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December 2, 2006

Christopher Eccleswho?

You may remember a while back TV Guide printed a photo purporting to be Billie Piper and David Tennant. The latest TV Guide has a photo purporting to be Christopher Eccleston:

[Not Christopher Eccleston]

Eccleston isn't from *that* far north...

On the up-side, the same issue reveals that Doctor Who got to 19th place on the reader-voted "Best on the Box" award.

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November 26, 2006

TSV 41

TSV issue 41 is now online, completing the 1994 set.

Of particular note this issue is Why the Nimon Should be our Friends, a piece defending The Horns of Nimon, which was reprinted in the book License Denied, published by Virgin. There are loads of other articles as well, including Cthulhu in the New Adventures, K9, and a Script-To-Screen for Vengeance on Varos, plus more New/Missing Adventures reviews, artwork, etc.. The review of First Frontier marks roughly the halfway point of the New Adventures up to The Dying Days.

I feel compelled to explain a bit about this piece of artwork. I had the vague idea of redesigning the Robot (from the story of the same name). I'm not sure why, exactly, I opted to add fins to the design, or the fact that it otherwise it looks almost exactly the same as the original design, but there it is.

Next Paul's sent me more material for the Another Time and Space eBook.

Previously: TSV 40

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October 23, 2006

TSV 40

Over the weekend I got TSV issue 40 online. The major item this issue is an interview with Andrew Cartmel, script editor for the Sylvester McCoy era. The first ever interview with him about his time on the show, in fact, and it was later reprinted in Doctor Who Magazine. It's also notable for the sheer amount of artwork, much of it from Tim Hill, including many items related to the stories made during Cartmel's years on Doctor Who.

There's lots of other stuff, of course, like the first Missing Adventures review published in TSV, some neat cartoons including the return of Tardis Tales with a New Adventures themed strip, a Script to Screen on Ghost Light, covering material cut from the story before transmission, and lots of other goodies.

And also I fixed the back end for my music page, so I'll be able to start adding CDs to it again. I haven't added anything to it since APRIL, so I've got a bit of a backlog...

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October 8, 2006

TSV 39

Issue 39 of TSV is now online. This issue was published in 1994. The cover, as you can see right, featured the current New Adventures TARDIS crew of Ace, the Doctor and Bernice Summerfield. It'd be cool if Benny could turn up in the new series someday...

There's a bunch of post-TV series articles in there, with an article by Kate Orman on her book The Left-Handed Hummingbird, an introduction to the Missing Adventures (updated to note which books were put in which gaps), a speculative article on how the show might have gone had it not been cancelled, and more reviews of the then-current New Adventure series. The first Missing Adventures review pops up in issue 40.

There's an exploration of the violence in Vengeance on Varos, a history of the planet Mars (no less!) and one of the contributions I made back then which I don't cringe at now: an article on how the various references to Atlantis fit together.

I also managed to stump Jon Preddle with a question in Doctor's Dilemma, which I'm quite proud of. :)

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October 5, 2006

Doctor Who Series 2 Overview

And series 2 draws to a close here in New Zealand. It's only just started screening in the states (Fridays on SciFi) so most of this post will be cut for spoilers.

The Christmas Invasion: Classic post-regeneration story of alien invasion. Reminded me a lot of The Dying Days only less complicated. The tenth Doctor spends most of the story in his ideal state (unconscious) which probably helps my appreciation of it. Jackie continues to be mostly annoying. As usual for a Christmas-themed episode this screened in the middle of the year here. 6/10

New Earth: New Who's equivalent of Time and the Rani complete with a female villain pretending to be the Doctor's companion. The Rani pretending to be Mel is far more entertaining than Cassandra pretending to be Rose, but the story improves once he works it out. Also there are some cat nuns and diseased zombies. 7/10

Continue reading "Doctor Who Series 2 Overview"

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August 27, 2006

TSV 38

A huge swath of material from TSV 38 is now up on the site.

Included are interviews with director Michael Hayes and New Adventures author Gareth Roberts. There's also the fourth and final instalment of Paul Scoones' series on the Novelisations, covering this time the second Doctor. The Novelisations series never covered Doctors four, five or six, because five stories were never officially novelised (the NZDWFC versions are gradually going up on the site too!).

In amongst the comic strips (including the return of Tardis Tales after a one-issue absence), is Lesser-Known Who-Gear, the first of many pieces by Peter Adamson which the zine published. Another first is the first Script to Screen covering Dragonfire, which has the alternate ending in which Mel stays on as companion. :)

Now days you can buy remote-controlled Daleks, but back then Stephen Prichard built his own using a Sevans Dalek kit and wrote an article on it. I wonder if he ever did make the accompanying Davros he mentioned...

Right! What's next? :)

Edit: As usual, Paul's put up a far more elegant write-up!

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July 24, 2006

Shada!

There are two reasons I've been quiet recently: I've been catching up on DVDs madly, and I've also been getting the "Doctor Who and Shada" novelisation ready to go online. Shada was never completed by the BBC*, nor was it published in book form by Target**, which lead Paul Scoones to write it in 1989. Although it's been reprinted a few times, now it's online as an ebook. Hopefully this should make the many people who've asked about it very happy. :)

As well as the book's text, there's a number of extras, including extensive author's notes, a comparison of material with Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, and a behind the scenes article. Also the Making of Shada article in TSV 26 has been revisited and rewritten. Kudos to Paul for assembling an amazingly detailed amount of information for this story!

* Although Big Finish recorded it as an audio play with the eighth Doctor recently.
** Target novelised most of the original Doctor Who series, bar the five stories which the NZDWFC subsequently novelised.

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July 3, 2006

Doctor Who Billboards

I have to say, Prime TV's billboards promoting the new series of Doctor Who:

Prime's Billboards

They are things of beauty.

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June 15, 2006

Doctor Who: Series 2

With four episodes of series 2 left to go, here's how I rank the stories shown so far:

  1. The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit
  2. The Idiot's Lantern
  3. The Girl in the Fireplace
  4. School Reunion
  5. The Rise of the Cybermen/The Age of Steel
  6. New Earth
  7. Tooth and Claw

... although that list is somewhat deceptive since I'd rate New Earth 6/10 and Tooth and Claw only 1/10, so there should really be a big gap in there. The series seems to be improving as it goes on, but then three of the remaining four episodes are written by my least-favourite writer, so it may be downhill from here... Incidentally, can some one please let Mr Davies know that "story arc" does not mean "name checking something in every episode"?

I'm finding that the one thing that is really annoying me this series is David Tennant as the Doctor. More specifically, every time he goes into "AWWWWWWW, you HUMANS! You're BRILLIANT, you are. Giveus a hug!" mode, I want to hit him. But the rest of the time he's all right.

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May 20, 2006

TSV 37!

When TSV 37 first popped through my mail box back in 1994, it gave me a huge surprise to find that a picture I'd drawn of a Dalek had ended up on the front cover (I'd drawn it to accompany a story I'd written for the issue called The Last Words). I was also proud of my picture of the secondary TARDIS console which is to date the only piece of artwork I'd done for TSV that I was completely happy with.

In fact, that issue's artwork was generally well praised in the next issue's letters column. I like Chris Girdler's illustration for the New Adventure Shadowmind. Illustrations for the novels (outside of the covers of the books) seem to be rare, which is a shame because I like seeing how other people have visualised the characters and events.

I also got a cartoon published called Good Omens which suggested we should watch out for things like flying pigs and hell freezing over to signal that the BBC was bringing Doctor Who back. Sadly, Russell T. Davies has somewhat taken the wind out of that by actually making new episodes. I intend to write him a letter of complaint.

There's also a couple of piece resulting from Jon Preddle's trip to the UK: an interview with Gary Russell and some behind the scenes for the 30 Years in the TARDIS documentary (he stumbled on the filming!).

There's lots of other cool stuff too, like another installment of Beyond the Book covering three of the New Adventures, and Graham Howard on Witch Mark, so go read! :)

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May 11, 2006

Doctor Who + Google Trends

Google launched Google Trends today, allowing you to see the popularity of particular searches over time. If there are relevant news items it displays a position on the graph, as you can see on their results for V for Vendetta.

Unfortunately in the case of "Doctor Who", there aren't any, and for Doctor Who they don't match up well with what's going on in the graph. I've therefore taken the liberty of marking on the graph below the screening dates of Series 1 to make it more obvious what's happening where:

Doctor Who graph

The first pre-series spike is, of course, the leaking of Rose onto the Internet. There's another high peak when the episode actually airs, then it tapers off a bit with spikes when Dalek, Father's Day and The Empty Child, and the last three stories screen. Later in the year there's a spike in November (for the Red Nose day special) and one in December for The Christmas Invasion. The graph ends in April short of the New Earth screening, but you can see it's leading up to another spike there. I'm interested to see if it matches the Rose spike. :)

And, coincidentally, the new Full Frontal Nerdity is Doctor Who related!

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April 18, 2006

TV Guide letter

In the latest TV Guide (NZ edition), there's a letter praising Prime for playing the first series of Doctor Who, mentioning the 'lost' 108 episode of the show, and also name checking the URL for the NZDWFC site! Though Prime noted that "The next series has not started playing in Britain yet", this was only true for about two or three days after the issue of TV Guide was published...

It's nice that the site got a bit of free promotion there. Thank you, William Horner!

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April 9, 2006

TSV 36

Tonight I got Time/Space Visualiser issue 36 online. A celebration of the show's thirtieth anniversary, the issue included a story guide and a history of Doctor Who related events covering the time the show had been off the air. In an article somewhat topical to now (with the release of "The Beginning" as a box set) titled An Unearthly Pilot Episode, Jon Preddle examined the differences between An Unearthly Child and the version as originally filmed.

On the book front, there are more reviews for the New Adventures from Deceit through to The Left-Handed Hummingbird, and a major article on the creation of Timeframe written by David Howe.

As Paul points out, TSV 36 is the halfway mark in archiving issues online, at least until issue 73 comes out later this month!

I've basically got the whole of the NZDWFC site converted to XHTML! The only thing left is the Editor's Log which is still using the default Wordpress template - I still need to find out how templates work in Wordpress...

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March 6, 2006

TSV 35

[cover]So last night I got TSV 35 online - you may note the new format for the index page (you can view either a segregated mode or a straight print listing). Please let me know if you have any problems with it.

As usual, there's some pretty cool stuff: a feature on the Titan Script Books, a piece by Kate Orman on the writing of The Left-Handed Hummingbird, the welcome return of Tardis Tales after a couple of issues absence, and the launch of a new regular column titled Beyond the Book, which delved into the background of some of the New Adventures. In TSV 35, Beyond the Book examines Lucifer Rising and White Darkness.

There's also yet another opinion piece suggesting Doctor Who should rest in peace as a series. He he he :)

So, now I have issue 35 online, I can look at going back and turning the earlier issues into XML and cleaning them up some so they all look spiffy! That should keep me out of mischief. :)

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