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August 13, 2008

Correction to previous post

As it turns out the article linked to in my previous post was, in fact, a pack of lies and Digital Spy have removed it. People who were actually there report no such thing as happening, and likewise The Sun's article makes no mention of it (and if anyone would pounce on such a story, it's them...)

Of course, we're lied to all the time, so this shouldn't come as a surprise. :)

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August 11, 2008

Doctor Who "fans" disrupt Tate's play

Catherine Tate, who appeared in the fourth season of Doctor Who, has been appearing in a play in the West End, however it seems like a bunch of fans have decided to make a nuisance of themselves:

'Who' fans 'disrupt Tate's West End play'

Tennant showed his support for his former co-star by turning up for a performance this week, but was reportedly horrified when Who obsessives began singing the show's theme and waving sonic screwdrivers.

"Fans had heard he was going to watch former Doctor Who star Catherine, so they turned up in force, complete with props," a source told the Daily Star. "He was very charming and friendly with them during the interval, but he was rightly disgusted when they disrupted her performance by singing the show's music and waving their sonic screwdrivers."

Greaaaat, thanks for that.

Update: it's all lies!

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August 6, 2008

July Mailbox: Doctor Who edition

More questions from the search engine queries: this time they read like a Doctor Who pub quiz.

Who shot off Davros's hand?
Lee Harvey Oswald
How did the Master escape from the eye of harmony?
A really big stepladder.
Which story featured a transparent or glass Dalek?
Modern Art of the Daleks
Which superweapon was used to stop the Sontaran invasion of gallifrey?
The Collapsible Plastic Chair of Rassilon.
When is Jason Donovan taking the part of dr who?
Well, he- WHAT?!

Or the actual answers: Bostock in Revelation of the Daleks; the Time Lords resurrected him; Revelation and Resurrection of the Daleks (and the novelisation of The Daleks); the Demat Gun; and I'm not even going to ask where you heard that rumour.

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July 16, 2008

Series 4 in Review

My average rating for episodes this series was 7.153, which is down on Series 3. Though I thought this season was better overall - the finale really dragged it down. A handful of spoilers and misuse of the dl tag:

Continue reading "Series 4 in Review"

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July 14, 2008

TSV 58

Let me take you on a trip back in time to shortly before the millennium, which is a roundabout way of saying that TSV issue 58 went online yesterday. In the last pre-Y2K issue, there are many lovely shiny things.

Beyond the Sofa is one of my favourite TSV article series, wherein Peter Adamson and Alistair Hughes watch old Doctor Who (in this case Nightmare of Eden) in a similar vein to DWM's Time Team. Also Scott Gray gives us an article on the making of the DWM comic strip Happy Deathday!; there's A Locked Room Mystery, a comic strip featuring the first Doctor and Steven; and a look at the Sherlock Holmes continuity in the Virgin book All-Consuming Fire by Jamas.

There's nothing from me in 58, so instead I'll mention Neil Lambess' column in which he mentions having seen episodes of The Macra Terror and hearing rumours of The Highlanders, raising the possibility of more missing Doctor Who episodes existing in the hands of collectors. Since it's some nine years later and no more complete episodes have been found here, nothing came of it, but the recent discovery of a complete print of Metropolis, missing for the last 80 some years, does give me hope that more missing episodes exist out there.

Here's hoping, anyway.

Previously: TSV 57
See also: Jamas, Paul

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July 9, 2008

Doctor Who Series 4 (Part 5)

Blah blah, continued from Doctor Who Series 4 (Part 4), spoilers, etc.

Continue reading "Doctor Who Series 4 (Part 5)"

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June 24, 2008

Doctor Who Series 4 (Part 4)

Trailing on from Doctor Who Series 4 (Part 3), this time we get two Russell T. Davies (OBE) episodes. Marvellous!

Continue reading "Doctor Who Series 4 (Part 4)"

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June 17, 2008

Time's Champion

When Doctor Who author Craig Hinton sadly died in 2006, he was in the middle of writing a book. That book has been completed by Chris McKeon and will be published with proceeds going to the British Heart Foundation. You can read about Time's Champion here. From the sketch published on there, the Alister Pearson artwork on the cover looks like it's going to be really nice.

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June 11, 2008

Doctor Who Series 4 (Part 3)

Since Doctor Who Series 4 Parte II, the news broke that Steven Moffat is replacing Russell T. as series producer as of the start of series 5. I swear the cheering woke me up that morning. As usual, spoilers ahead!

Continue reading "Doctor Who Series 4 (Part 3)"

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May 31, 2008

Doctor Who and Shipping

While waiting for the next episode to screen (two weeks has never been such a long time), I've been musing. Spoilers ensue for The Doctor's Daughter below!

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May 15, 2008

Doctor Who Series 4 (Part 2)

Continued from last time, but obviously covering episodes 4 through 6. Spoiler warnings are, of course, in effect.

Continue reading "Doctor Who Series 4 (Part 2)"

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May 3, 2008

TSV 57

Online today - TSV 57!

After the news of the recovery of missing episode The Lion in TSV 56, the next issue contained the full story of its recovery, as well as the more off-beat experiences of Neil Lambess in his new regular column The Life and Times of Neil Lambess.

The other major item was the printing of Pilots of the Deep. Parts 1 and 2 had been printed in TSV 12 and 14 back in 1989 before the original artist, Mark Roach, had lost interest. Ten years later, David Ronayne and Peter Adamson collaborated on a conclusion and it was printed (along with the first two parts) in TSV 57. There was even a behind the strip article about the creation of Pilots of the Deep. I wonder if Mark Roach has seen it. :)

Also in this issue, Pex anticipates The Juggernauts, and he and the Karkus team up to fight a giant headless chicken. Yes!

Next time, Beyond the Sofa!

Previously: Resurrection of the Daleks
See also: the write-ups by Jamas and Paul

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April 30, 2008


Back in Y2K or so, Jim Mortimore wrote a Doctor Who novel called Campaign. At the time, BBC books were publishing Doctor Who books from a wider range of people, so he submitted it to them. It was rejected. Campaign, you see, didn't so much push the limits of the genre as kick the limits over and then run away giggling. It's a veritable mind-bender of a story.

At the time, the author chose to self-publish the novel, and the other day, it went up on the NZDWFC site as an eBook. It's available primarily as a PDF file (although there's also the option to email the author regarding a hard copy) and not in HTML format like the other eBooks, mainly because it would be really difficult to do.

The crux is, the book is now available to an audience I suspect is wider than that which it would have had had it actually have been published back in 2000. :)

Read Campaign here.

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April 24, 2008

Doctor Who Series 4 (Part 1)

In addition to reviewing the episodes, I'm going to run a "Battle of the Seasons", wherein I rate analogue stories from each season by some arbitrary factor. Story most-matching the factor in question gets 4 points, second gets 3 points, etc. It should be self explanatory as we go. Onward! (Spoiler warnings now in effect!)

Continue reading "Doctor Who Series 4 (Part 1)"

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April 17, 2008

A Dalek pushing a Wheelbarrow

From this year's Great Carterton Wheelbarrow Race (Wairarapa Times Age coverage):

[A Dalek pushing a wheelbarrow]

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