Feigning normality since 1973
And so we start on the last year of the 90s with issue 56 - the major item this issue was the Bottom Ten, another Doctor Who Magazine inspired article. Writers examined the ten stories which came lowest in the DWM mega-poll. I'm going to take a look at the stories myself further down this post. TSV 56 also contains not only the first installment of a new Erato comic Pex, but one of my favourite episodes of The Karkus (and the first Christmas episode, despite the issue coming out in January).
The big news this issue was the news about a missing episode, The Lion, turning up in Bruce Grenville's film collection. Paul Scoones wrote about this in the editorial, and Neil Lambess wrote up his first impressions in Indiana Who and the Lost Crusade. The full story is already online in TSV 57.
My favourite piece of artwork is Alistair Hughes' picture of the Destroyer from Battlefield. He also did the State of Decay picture on the back cover, for which we have a colour version as a bonus! Tom Baker looks a little familiar there... :) Also there is Peter Adamson's Mel and Pex artwork for the Bottom Ten entry on Paradise Towers.
Here's my analysis of the Bottom Ten:
10: Delta and the Bannermen (covered here by Graham Howard) is part of the much maligned season 24 (the only story from this season which didn't appear in the bottom 10 is Dragonfire). I haven't seen this in quite a while...
9: The Gunfighters - DWM readers obviously have no love for historical comedies. The highlight of this story is the Ballad of the Last Chance Saloon, and I hope when this story sees a DVD release, the Ballad is included as an extra. DWM archivist Andrew Pixley defends this story.
8: Paradise Towers, second story of season 24, is examined by Gary Russell, whose accomplishments are far to numerous to cover here. Paradise Towers is cool for the Mike Oldfield tribute incidentals alone.
7: Underworld, I have vague memories of, and I've got to wonder why David Howe picked a continuity announcement as the story quote. Seriously, is it that bad?
6: Time and the Rani is left to some guy named Alden Bates. It is a very silly story, and surprisingly the only Pip and Jane adventure in the bottom 10.
5: Time-Flight is, I find, a wonderfully eerie story, the Master's bizarre disguise aside. TSV writer Bevan Lewis reappraises it.
4: The Underwater Menace is one of those mostly missing stories, but seems reasonably fun from the episode we have left. Bruce Robinson covers it here.
3: Timelash I didn't like originally. Peter Adamson suggested I should have another go when it came out on video, and I liked it a bit more, but was still mostly unimpressed. Having seen it again on DVD after a long while, I've found a new appreciation for Timelash. One of the highlights for me being Jeananne Crowley's bizarre impression that she's playing a Time Lady and thus tottering around in an absurdly dignified manner in contrast to the rest of the residents of Karfel.
2: The Space Pirates is probably a lot better than the existing episode lets on - the novelisation was fun, anyway! Robert Franks gives it a fresh look.
1: The Twin Dilemma is no doubt at the very bottom due to the sixth Doctor's wild post-regenerative behaviour. I can only imagine how the fans must have felt when season 21 ended with this introduction to their new Doctor. Phillip J. Gray reviews the story.
Posted March 14, 2008 11:17 PM
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