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of any surface: the edge of the water (the line where land and water meet). As the doctor spoke he pressed his fingers against the edge of the table. — l. He died before he could again reach the Syrian border. — E. a. FREEMAN. He rose to his feet and led me to the borders of the great jungle. s R. L. STEVENSON . The waves of hype and anticipation over the Doctor Who 50th anniversary But Moffat's keen instinct that meeting yourself would be a nightmare, Piper and David Tennant interact again, but it would have just been wrong. Rose's story ended and ended well – trying to extend it would have been stupid. The popular pair will re-unite as the Doctor and Rose Tyler for the first Piper and Tennant are getting the band back together for three new.
As much as the grand opening stunt made me feel nauseous I watched it in 3Dmost of the time director Nick Hurran showed quite a lot of better-paid Hollywood directors that subtlety works if you're going to wander into the third dimension.
Such grand vistas of invading Dalek fleets. Such feelings to go with them. It is the privilege of lesser men to light the flame' So to the anniversary-ness of it all. Doing a multi-Doctor story was a necessary but dangerous move. Can you imagine how bad this might have been if Tennant and Smith had not got on? But Moffat's keen instinct that meeting yourself would be a nightmare, coupled with the actors' infectious chemistry, made it entirely plausible. Still, a beautifully done stunt is a stunt all the same.
Doctor Who recap: The Day of the Doctor
The real fangasm moment was to finally, if tentatively, go into mythology's forbidden country, the events of the Time War. The modern Doctor has been a haunted war survivor, and the implication of his genocide against two races has hung heavy. In the light of what we know now, it's hung awkwardly too. You can see how this story was clearly written with Christopher Eccleston's Doctor in mind.
I can't decide whether I would have preferred him to have appeared and have Nine wrestling with the genocide question, but in any event, Hurt was superb. So much was made about this guy being the dark one who can do everything in a look, but when he realised had a get-out, and he opened and softened and became Doctor once more, my heart leapt.
As Moffat told me when I talked to him yesterday, he simply couldn't square the fact that this incredible hero would ever be capable of killing two-and-a-half billion children, and the war scenes depicting the gravity of that choice — a sort of Les Mis meets Black Hawk Down in space — were shockingly powerful.
I wonder what Russell T Davies must think about Moffat retconning his big idea, but I'm a bit more reassured about my hero now I know he didn't really do it. Moffat had described this special as "end of part one". The show now has a macguffin: Now we enter Doctor Who II: God knows how this impacts on the events of The End of Time, mind. We would all have loved to have seen Billie Piper and David Tennant interact again, but it would have just been wrong. Rose's story ended and ended well — trying to extend it would have been stupid.
This way Billie, a true and unending legend of Doctor Who, gets to return, and her wise rendition of the Bad Wolf avatar made a passable stab at the stealing of the show. Billie's flirty-ghoul performance brought some welcome camp to the weighty proceedings, with her final grin as the Doctor s make the right choice melting you with emotions. Jemma Redgrave fleshed out UNIT boss Kate Stewart, a formidable and powerful woman driven almost to the point of genocide by daddy issues.
Her father, the late, great brigadier, was given to blowing everything up when the monsters got too much. But if we're talking about the Doctor's female friends, the revelation of The Day of the Doctor was Clara. Jenna Coleman's character was an underwritten enigma of a letdown first time out. Here, freed from a mystery and given a pivotal role in the story, she feels like a companion worth travelling with. Fear factor Hurrah for the return of the Zygons, a beautifully revived vision of tactile latex, and Doctor Who's most popular one-time villain.
The impact they made in 's Terror of the Zygons should not be understated. Moffat has declared his intention to bring them back again. He'd be silly not to after spending all that money on the outfits. Mysteries and questions Who's this?
It's only the next Doctor … Photograph: Universal News And Sport Scotland I had two big theories about what was going to happen and neither quite did. Adding in Hurt's non-Doctor, and based upon what Moffat has said recently, that the fake "hand regeneration" in The Stolen Earth bumps Smith's Doctor up to the Thirteenth — and according to established mythology, the last.
In the class for ponies under 13 hands there was a condition that the riders should be under ten years of age. When the stewards 'put the acid on' the riders it was found that only one exhibit in a very big field carried a boy who was not over ten years old. One option would be to skip the spill motion and go directly to a call for candidates for the leadership. It would put the acid on putative challengers and catch them out if they are not ready.
Aerial ping-pong A jocular and frequently derisive name for Australian Rules Football or Aussie Rules as it is popularly called. The term derives from the fact that the play in this game is characterised by frequent exchanges of long and high kicks. The term is used largely by people from States in which Rugby League and not Aussie Rules is the major football code. This interstate and code rivalry is often found in evidence for the term, including the early evidence from the s.
In he enlisted in the A. Dunn, How to Play Football: Sydneysiders like to call Australian Rules 'aerial ping-pong'. A team from Sydney was admitted to the national competition inand one from Brisbane was admitted in These teams are based in traditional Rugby League areas, yet have drawn very large crowds, and have been very successful. While the term is perhaps not as common as it once was there is still evidence from more recent years.
Without a shadow of a doubt the aerial ping pong boys have league beaten when it comes to WAGs. It is a significant feature of rural Australia, of politicians especially urban-based politicians travelling in the outback, and of expatriates who wish to emphasis their Australianness.
Now a proprietary name, our earliest evidence comes from an advertisement. Yes, the smartest hat that's made in our own country may be seen in our hat department In later use chiefly as ambit claim. In Australian English an ambit claim is one typically made by employees which sets the boundaries of an industrial dispute. The term is a specific use of ambit meaning 'extent, compass'.
First recorded in the s. In the Commonwealth Arbitration Court. Mr Justice Powers to-day delivered judgment on the point.
He said that the ambit of the dispute before the Court was confined to constructional work, but that the Court could and would deal with claims for maintenance work. This is an abbreviation that follows a very common Australian pattern of word formation, with —o added to the abbreviated form. The -o form is often found at the ending of Australian nicknames, as in Johno, Jacko, and Robbo. Ambo was first recorded in the s. Even though I was a nurse before I became an ambo, at first I thought, can I handle this?
Ant's pants is an Australian variant of the originally US forms bee's knees and cat's whiskers with the same meaning. The term is first recorded in the s. These Men's Pull-overs of ours. They're the Ant's Pants for Value. Parsons Return to Moondilla: Anzac denotes the virtues of courage and determination displayed by the First World War Australian soldiers at Gallipoli in Lord Kitchener told the 'Anzacs' at the Dardanelles how much the King appreciated their splendid services, and added that they had done even better than the King expected.
Anzac biscuit A sweet biscuit typically containing rolled oats and golden syrup. While variations on this classic recipe exist, its simplicity is its hallmark. The association with the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps goes back to when the recipe was first recorded.
The biscuits are also known simply as Anzacs. The following quotations show the evolution of the recipe: Beat butter and sugar to cream, add eggs well beaten, lastly flour, rice flour baking powder, cinnamon and spice.
Mix to stiff paste, roll and cut into biscuits. Bake a nice light brown in moderate oven. When cold jam together and ice.
Two breakfast-cupfuls of John Bull oats, half a cupful sugar, one scant cupful plain flour, half a cupful melted butter. Mix one table-spoonful golden syrup, two table-spoonfuls boiling water, and one teaspoon-ful bicarbonate of soda, until they froth, then add the melted butter.
Mix in dry ingredients and drop in spoonfuls on greased tray. Bake in a slow oven. Australian English often uses the feminine pronoun she where standard English would use it. She's apples was originally rhyming slang - apple and spice or apple and rice for 'nice'. The phrase has now lost all connection with its rhyming slang origin. First recorded in the s the term can still be heard today.
MacQuarrie We and Baby: It is often used in the phrase this arvo, which is sometimes shortened to sarvo: Arvo is an example of a special feature of Australian English, the habit of adding -o to an abbreviated word. First recorded in the s and still going strong today. Former Baywatch beach decoration and Playboy bunny Pamela Anderson plans to visit a Gold Coast KFC outlet this arvo to protest against the company's treatment of chooks. The phrase was first recorded in the s.
In recent years it has also been used with reference to questions of gender identity, and in this sense it has been exported to other countries. Players were all over the place like Brown's cows, and most didn't know whether they were Arthur or Martha.
Years ago, I teamed my work outfits Kookai tube skirts, fang-collared blouses with my dad's ties, only to be informed by my manager I looked as though I wasn't sure if I was Arthur or Martha.
The abbreviation Aussie is a typical example of the way Australians abbreviate words and then add the -ie or -y suffix. Other common examples includes budgie a budgerigarrellie a relativeand tradie a tradesperson.The Tenth Doctor & Rose - See You Again
The word is used as a noun to refer to the country and to a person born or residing in the country, and as an adjective denoting something relating to Australia. Aussie is also used as an abbreviation for 'Australian English' and the 'Australian dollar'. The earliest evidence for Aussie occurs in the context of the First World War. Moberly Experiences 'Dinki Di' R.
A farewell dance for the boys going home to 'Aussie' tomorrow. One of our Aussie officers. From the early sixteenth century, European philosophers and mapmakers assumed a great southern continent existed south of Asia.
They called this hypothetical place Terra Australis, Latin for 'southern land'. The first European contact with Australia was in the early seventeenth century, when Dutch explorers touched on parts of the Australian continent. As a result of their explorations, that part of the mainland lying west of the meridian which passes through Torres Strait was named Nova Hollandia Latin for 'New Holland'.
Cook entered the word Astralia misspelt thus in his journal the following August. However he did so only in reference to an earlier seeker of the southern land, the Portuguese-born navigator Pedro Fernandez de Quiros, who in had named the New Hebrides Austrialis de Spiritu Santo. The Islands discover'd by Quiros call'd by him Astralia del Espiritu Santo lays in this parallel but how far to the East is hard to say. Cook himself called the new continent New Holland, a name that acknowledges the early Dutch exploration; the eastern coast he claimed for Britain and called New South Wales.
The first written record of Australia an anglicised form of Terra Australis as a name for the known continent did not occur until George Shaw in his Zoology of New Holland refers to: It was Matthew Flinders, English navigator and the first person to circumnavigate and map Australia's coastlinewho first expressed a strong preference for the name Australia.
He gave his reasons in It is necessary, however, to geographical propriety, that the whole body of land should be designated under one general name; on this account, and under the circumstances of the discovery of the different parts, it seems best to refer back to the original Terra Australis, or Australia; which being descriptive of its situation, having antiquity to recommend it, and no reference to either of the two claiming nations, is perhaps the least objectionable that could have been chosen; for it is little to apprehended, that any considerable body of land, in a more southern situation, will be hereafter discovered.
To these geographical, historical and political reasons for preferring the name, he adds in his account of his voyages that Australia is 'agreeable to the ear, and an assimilation to the names of the other great portions of the earth'.
Australia was championed too by Lachlan Macquarie, Governor of New South Wales fromwho was aware of Flinders' preference and popularised the name by using it in official dispatches to London. He writes in of: With Macquarie's kickstart Australia eventually proved to be the popular choice. Although the name New Holland continued alongside it for some time, by William Westgarth noted that 'the old term New Holland may now be regarded as supplanted by that happier and fitter one of Australia'.
B banana bender A Queenslander. The term derives from the joking notion as perceived from the southern states of Australia that Queenslanders spend their time putting bends into bananas. An article from 15 July in the Queenslander provides a forerunner to the term when a man is asked by the Queen what his occupation is: Further to enlighten her Majesty he explained that bananas grew straight on the trees, and so just before they ripened, his was the job to mount the ladder, and with a specialised twist of the wrist, put into the fruit the Grecian bend that was half its charm.
The association of bananas with Queensland 'banana land' is based on the extensive banana-growing industry in tropical Queensland. The Queensland border has been called the Banana curtain and Brisbane has been called Banana city. Banana bender, in reference to a Queenslander, is first recorded in and is till commonly heard.
Lockwood Up the Track: We are so close to Queensland that I think we should hop over the border. What do you say to a quick look at the banana-benders? Should the Matilda's [sic] have won last night or the Netball Diamonds see off New Zealand, Anna Bligh will doubtless claim it was due to the preponderance of banana benders in the squads or at the very least the result of a Gold Coast holiday during their formative years.
In David Collins writes of the 'bones of small animals, such as opossums From s the word bandicoot has been used in various distinctively Australian phrases as an emblem of deprivation or desolation. Watson in Lecture on South Australia writes: It means 'to remove potatoes from the ground, leaving the tops undisturbed'. Usually this activity is surreptitious. I must 'bandicoot' spuds from the cockies - Or go on the track!
The bandicooter goes at night to a field of ripe potatoes and carefully extracts the tubers from the roots without disturbing the tops.
Bandicoots are small marsupials with long faces, and have been given a role in Australian English in similes that suggest unhappiness or some kind of deprivation see above. The expression miserable as a bandicoot was first recorded in the s. On her arrival here she found him living with another woman by whom he had several children, and from whom he was necessarily obliged to part, not, however, without very candidly forewarning his wife, the present complainant, that he would make her as miserable as a bandicoot.
I am as miserable as a bandicoot having to sneak home like this. Banksia is the name of an Australian genus of shrubs and trees with about 60 species.
It was named after the botanist Sir Joseph Banks, who was on the Endeavour with James Cook on his voyage of discovery in After flowering, many banksias form thick woody cones, often in strange shapes. It was on such grotesque shapes that May Gibbs modelled her banksia men in Snugglepot and Cuddlepie of Snake and the bushy heads of the bad Banksia men'. Prichard Bid me to Love: See what I've got in my pocket for you Smith Saddle in the Kitchen: Hell was under the well near the cow paddock, deep and murky and peopled by gnarled and knobby banksia men who lurked there waiting for the unguarded to fall in.
The term derives from the notion that a topic is so interesting that it could halt proceedings at a barbecue - and anything that could interrupt an Aussie barbecue would have to be very significant indeed!
The term was coined by Australian prime minister John Howard in in the context of balancing work pressures with family responsibilities. Barbecue stopper is now used in a wide range of contexts. For an earlier discussion of the term see our Word of the Month article from August Controlled crying is a guaranteed barbecue stopper among Australian parents, more divisive than the old breast-versus-bottle feeding debate. Planning and zoning looms as a barbecue stopper in leafy suburbs, where many residents and traders will defend to the last breath their quiet enjoyment and captive markets.
Barcoo The name of the Barcoo River in western Queensland has been used since the s as a shorthand reference for the hardships, privations, and living conditions of the outback. Poor diets were common in remote areas, with little access to fresh vegetables or fruit, and as a result diseases caused by dietary deficiencies, such Barcoo rot—a form of scurvy characterised by chronic sores—were common.
Katharine Susannah Prichard writes in The great sores festered on his back, hands and legs: Another illness probably caused by poor diet was Barcoo sickness also called Barcoo vomit, Barcoo spew, or just Barcooa condition characterised by vomiting. Happily, Barcoo can also denote more positive aspects of outback life: Barcoo can also typify the laconic bush wit.
Patsy Adam Smith relates the following story: Some claim barrack comes from Australian pidgin to poke borak at 'to deride', but its origin is probably from Northern Irish barrack 'to brag; to be boastful'. By itself barrack meant 'to jeer' and still does in British Englishbut the form barrack for transformed the jeering into cheering in Australian English.
Old dad was in his glory there - it gave the old man joy To fight a passage thro' the crowd and barrack for his boy. I take it you'll be barracking for Labor tonight? He thought it was about time to take the pledge and officially become Australian as he had barracked for our cricket team since In horseracing the barrier is a starting gate at the racecourse. The word barrier is found in a number of horseracing terms in Australian English including barrier blanket a heavy blanket placed over the flanks of a racehorse to calm it when entering a barrier stall at the start of a racebarrier trial a practice race for young, inexperienced, or resuming racehorsesand barrier rogue a racehorse that regularly misbehaves when being placed into a starting gate.
Barrier rise is first recorded in the s. For a more detailed discussion of this term see our Word of the Month article from October Wilson's colt Merman, who, like Hova, was comparatively friendless at barrier rise.
The talented Norman-trained trotter Tsonga, also driven by Jack, speared across the face of the field at barrier rise from outside the front row in the mobile - and from then was never headed.
The word is a borrowing from French in the Middle English period, and meant, literally, 'a person who battles or fights', and figuratively 'a person who fights against the odds or does not give up easily'.
The corresponding English word was feohtan which gives us modern English 'to fight'. English also borrowed the word war from the French in the twelfth century; it's the same word as modern French guerre. But the word battler, at the end of the nineteenth century, starts to acquire some distinctively Australian connotations. For this reason, it gets a guernsey in the Australian National Dictionary. It describes the person with few natural advantages, who works doggedly and with little reward, who struggles for a livelihood and who displays courage in so doing.
Our first citation for this, not surprisingly, comes from Henry Lawson in While the Billy Boils In Kylie Tennant writes: In this tradition, K. Smith writes in Roughly speaking, there are three kinds of people in this country: In the 21st century the term has been used in various political contests as this quotation in the Australian from 1 July demonstrates: It has also been used of an unemployed or irregularly employed person.
This sense is first recorded in the Bulletin in Almost everyone I met blamed the unfortunate "battler", and I put it down to some of the Sydney "talent" until I caught two Chows vigorously destroying melon-vines'.
Again in the Bulletin in we find: Frank Hardy in Tales of Billy Yorker writes: Weller, Bastards I have met writes: A person who frequents racecourses in search of a living, esp.
The word is used in Australia with this sense from the end of the nineteenth century. Cornelius Crowe in his Australian Slang Dictionary gives: Wright in The Boy from Bullarah notes: In we find in the Bulletin: A battler is the feminine'.
Chandler in Darkest Adelaide c. This is still the person of the Henry Lawson tradition, who, 'with few natural advantages, works doggedly and with little reward, struggles for a livelihood and displays courage in so doing '. But perhaps the battler of contemporary Australia is more likely to be paying down a large mortgage rather than working hard to put food on the table!
Anglers use a variety of baits for berley, such as bread, or fish heads and guts. Poultry mash and tinned cat food make more unusual berleying material, although this pales beside a Bulletin article in suggesting 'a kerosene-tinful of rabbit carcasses boiled to a pulp' as the best berley for Murray cod. The first evidence for the noun occurs in the s. The origin of the word is unknown. In pre-decimal currency days the larger the denomination, the bigger the banknote.
Big-noting arose from the connection between flashing large sums of money about and showing off. There was no suggestion that Coates had the revolver for any sinister purpose.
He had admitted producing it to 'big note' himself in the eyes of the young woman and her parents. Foster Man of Letters: He's never been one to big-note himself.
Bikie follows a very common pattern in Australian English by incorporating the -ie or -y suffix. This suffix works as an informal marker in the language. In early use bikie often referred to any member of a motorcycle motorbike gang or club - often associated with youth culture. In more recent times the term is often associated with gangs of motorcylists operating on the fringes of legality. Bikie is first recorded in the s. For a more detailied discussion of the term see our Word of the Month article from March Bikie, a member of a gang or a club of people interested in motor bikes.
We need to stop romanticising the notion that bikies are basically good blokes in leather vests. Some bikies procure, distribute and sell drugs through their 'associates', who in turn sell them to kids.
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The word is a borrowing from Yuwaalaraay an Aboriginal language of northern New South Wales and neighbouring languages. The bilby is also known as dalgyte in Western Australia and pinky in South Australia. Since the early s there have been attempts to replace the Easter bunny with the Easter bilby. At Easter it is now possible to buy chocolate bilbies.
Bilby is first recorded in the s. There is also all over this part of the country a small animal which burrows in the ground like a rabbit: Mining activity can also cause direct and indirect disturbance to sites inhabited by bilbies. Billabongs are often formed when floodwaters recede. At the end of a very long waterhole, it breaks into billibongs, which continue splitting into sandy channels until they are all lost in the earthy soil.
It will soon offer more activities including fishing at a nearby billabong once the area is declared croc-free. It is not, as popularly thought, related to the Aboriginal word billabong.
Billy is first recorded in the s. A 'billy' is a tin vessel, something between a saucepan and a kettle, always black outside from being constantly on the fire, and looking brown inside from the quantity of tea that is generally to be seen in it.
The green ants, we learn later, are a form of bush medicine that others choose to consume by boiling the nest in a billy and drinking the strained and distilled contents. Billycart is a shortened form of the Australian term billy-goat cart which dates back to the s. In earlier times the term applied to a small cart, often two-wheeled, that was pulled by a goat. These billycarts were used for such purposes as home deliveries, and they were also used in races.
The term was then applied to any homemade go-cart. Billycart is recorded in the first decade of the 20th century. As boys, Fred and I delivered books round Sydney in a billycart. Bits of busted billycarts and boxes litter the place beneath the sagging clothesline. Bindi-eye is oftened shortened to bindi, and can be spelt in several ways including bindy-eye and bindii.
Bindi-eye is usually considered a weed when found in one's lawn. Many a child's play has been painfully interrupted by the sharp barbs of the plant which have a habit of sticking into the sole of one's foot. Bindy-eye is first recorded in the s. Fancy him after working a mob of sheep through a patch of Bathurst Burr, or doing a day's work in a paddock where the grass seed was bad and bindy-eyes thick. You know it's summer when the frangipani flower in their happy colours, when the eucalypt blossom provides a feast for the rosellas - and when the bindi-eyes in your lawn punish you for going barefoot.
Bingle is perhaps from Cornish dialect bing 'a thump or blow'. Most other words derived from Cornish dialect in Australian English were originally related to mining, including fossick.
The word is frequently used to refer to a car collision. Bingle is first recorded in the s. There was this clang of metal on metal and both cars lurched over to the shoulder and we nearly went for a bingle. In fact some of Hughesy and Kate's listeners are laughing so hard they have to pull over in their cars or risk having a bingle on the way back from work.
A dog or other animal which is made up of a bit of this and a bit of that. This meaning is common today, but when bitser first appeared in the s it referred to any contraption or vehicle that was made of spare parts, or had odd bits and pieces added. The small girl pondered. My friends call him a "bitzer"', she replied. We had lots of cats and dogs. My favourite was a bitser named Sheila.
Anywhere beyond the black stump is beyond civilisation, deep in the outback, whereas something this side of the black stump belongs to the known world. Although the towns of Blackall, Coolah and Merriwagga each claim to possess the original black stump, a single stump is unlikely to be the origin of this term.
It is more probable that the burnt and blackened tree stumps, ubiquitous in the outback, and used as markers when giving directions to travellers is the origin - this sense of black stump is recorded from The mistake in the past has been the piecemeal and patchwork nature of our public works policy.
Tracks have been made, commencing nowhere and ending the same, roads have been constructed haphazard, bridges have been built that had no roads leading either to or from them, railways have terminated at the proverbial black stump. Wynnum I'm Jack, all Right: It's way back o' Bourke. Beyond the Black Stump. Not shown on the petrol station maps, even. Our own wine writer, Huon Hooke, doesn't know the wine but suspects it comes from a region between Bandywallop and the Black Stump.
Blind Freddy A very unperceptive person; such a person as a type. This term often appears in the phrase even blind Freddy could see that. Although the term may not derive from an actual person, early commentators associate it with a blind Sydney character or characters.
Australian lexicographer Sidney Baker wrote in that 'Legend has it that there was a blind hawker in Sydney in the s, named Freddy, whose blindness did not prevent his moving freely about the central city area'. Other commentators suggest a character who frequented various Sydney sporting venues in the first decades of the 20th century could be the original Freddy.
The term itself is first recorded in Billy Farnsworth and [Chris] McKivatt seem to suit one another down to the ground as a pair of halves, but then Blind Freddie couldn't help taking Chris's passes. Scourfield As the River Runs: Blind Freddie could see Emerald Gorge is a natural dam site. It applied to a person of great heart, who displayed courage, loyalty, and mateship. This verb derives from the noun blouse meaning 'the silk jacket worn by a jockey'. As the origin of this word would indicate, much of the evidence is from the sport of horseracing.
For a detailed discussion of blouse see our Word of the Month article from November Four years ago at this ground - Mark Taylor's last one-day appearance for Australia - England smashed to blouse Australia on a typically good batting strip. The Meryl Hayley-trained speedster, chasing four wins in a line, was bloused in a thrilling finish by Cut Snake with a further head to third placegetter, Danreign. The word is ultimately a shortening of bludgeoner.