May 28, 2005

Winner takes all

Doctor Who is now officially bigger than all of us. The new Doctor Who tie-in books - the three novels plus Monsters and Villains - have sold out of their first 100,000 copy print run and have been reprinted before they even hit the shops.

A few issues of Enlightenment ago I wrote that new readers would read these new books and never want to read another Doctor Who book again - I’m glad to admit I was wrong there. When I was a little boy I shunned television and read Doctor Who books in my treehouse. Now children can do the same. All we need now are novelisations of the TV stories by Paul Magrs.

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May 26, 2005

Adric Lives!!!

Actor Matthew Waterhouse, who played Adric in the original tv series, makes his Canadian convention debut this summer, as he is a guest of Toronto Trek, the annual sci-fi convention.


Toronto Trek will be held on July 15-17 at the Doubletree International
Plaza Hotel, Toronto Airport. Cost is $55cdn ($47US) for the weekend by
pre-registration (deadline: May 31st), $65 at the door. Other guests include Barry “Victor” Morse of Space: 1999 fame, Katie “Starbuck” Sackhoff from the new Battlestar Galactica, Rene Auberjonois (Odo from Star Trek Deep Space Nine, or as I’ve always known him, Clayton Endicott III from Benson) and other guests from Buffy, Stargate and Earth Final Conflict. 

Plus 7 author guests and over 200 hours of other events and activities.
More details and pre-registration info (paypal accepted) at

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May 24, 2005

The Gallifrey Chronicles

is now available, or will be very soon. I’ve ordered my copy, and I’d advise you to do the same.

This is it. Does the Doctor regain his memories? Will Fitz ever play the guitar again? Which old faces will make a return? What about Gallifrey? Read this book if you care at all about the Eighth Doctor books, which are ending after exactly eight years of magic, amazement, and memory loss.


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May 17, 2005

Shaun of the Who

Simon Pegg, star of the hit film Shaun of the Dead guest stars in The Long Game, tonight’s episode of Doctor Who on CBC (8pm).  If viewers in BC are not already aware, due to live coverage of the BC Provincial Election The Long Game will not be shown on CBC stations in BC tonight, but on Saturday May 21st at 5pm Pacific time.

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May 16, 2005

How Times Change…Or Not

new dvd.jpgThe latest controversy, if it can be called that, is that the upcoming DVD releases will be given a “12” Certificate in Britain, that is it’s not to be shown to children under 12. According to Outpost Gallifrey the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) did this based on the episodes The Unquiet Dead and Dalek—the latter being particularly slated for its scenes where the Doctor taunts the Dalek. This apparently sets a bad example where “violence and cruelty [is] a way of dealing with problems”.

As producer Russell T Davies points out, it does seem a bit unfair since the stories on here don’t have the swearing and violence that many things that get this classification. Even the Times have an editorial criticizing the BBFC for this ruling.

But…weren’t we here almost a decade ago? Back when the last Doctor Who revival was happening (you remember it, the one that lasted a month or so in 1996 and yet took up the next nine years of books), the BBFC offered the video of the TV movie a 12 certificate only if it actually cut—like the televised version in Britain—scenes of violence during the shoot-out when Chang-Lee’s friends are killed and during the operating room scene when the Seventh Doctor dies. It was a month or two after the Dunblane massacre and people were very spooked about gun violence. The threat was that if cuts were not made it would receive a 14 certificate, which would have wreaked havoc with the BBC’s plans to air the TV Movie on the May Bank Holiday in a pre-watershed timeslot by releasing a version on video with stronger violence content than the version televised. So the videos—which were going to be released a month or so before (indeed it was meant to be a way for BBC Worldwide to make some money back on their investment in the TV movie)—had to be reduplicated which meant they were now only available days before the TV movie aired. (The local East London supermarket I used to go to when I lived there for two years had two lonely unbought copies the entire time I was there).

So here we are again. Compared to what happened in 1996, I think this is hardly a tragedy or a scandal at all. I frankly think those DVDs should wear those 12 certificates like a badge of honour.

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May 10, 2005

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words


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May 07, 2005

Web of Lies (new series spoilers!)

Aside from giving us a wonderful new series, the BBC are really going for value-added content in a big way. Just look at the official site to get an idea of what I mean.

In the run up to the new series, much bitching abounded regarding the content the BBC’s own Doctor Who page. Let’s face it, Who Spy was about as thrilling as pictures of cameras and cups of tea. Probably because it was pictures of cameras and cups of tea. Since the first UK broadcast the site has had a weekly front-page redesign, lots of behind-the-scenes material added, tantalising glimpses of running themes, even a Dalek game!

Best of all are the spoof sites (some of which also contain spoilers!) From the start, Clive’s website has really existed and is updated nearly every week. Geocomtex from Dalek have their own site, as does UNIT. Most intriguing of all, and frustratingly devoid of content right now, is this site. Has this been registered by the BBC, or an enthusiastic fan? Time will tell…

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May 05, 2005

Hail to the Dalek!

In honour of the might, history and lore of the Dalek Empire I’ve surrendered the Blog Banner to them.  Welcome back!

I was a bit worried about how the New Series would handle the return of the Daleks and (re-)introduce The Evil Pepper Pots to a world where Battlestar Galacticas and Episode III’s run wild.  You can quote Jubilee, argue Genesis, and slag Rememberance all you want, in the end DALEK stands on it’s own two feet (if it had any), and fulfills the apprehensive “introduction mandate”. From here the series can go any way it wants with the Daleks, and I look forward to being along for the ride.  Nice work Rob, RTD, BBC et al.

Long Live The Daleks!

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Birthplace of Myth Makers co-editor Richard Salter and now site of the very first new series oriented exhibition.

Coincidence? We think so. Nonetheless, there’s something cool for fans to do next time they want to visit Brighton pier besides reenacting the opening of The Leisure Hive, episode one.

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May 02, 2005

The Kids are alright

Recently I had an opportunity to watch the new series of Battlestar Galactica, which I had heard many good things about.  Just the mini-series mind you, I haven’t seen any of the regular series.

Despte all of the plaudits it has received, I can’t say I was overly impressed. It was all right, but it didn’t blow me away the way it has with a number of my peers. I found it to be cold, bleak, relatively emotionless and somewhat depressing - which is perhaps understandable given the subject matter, but not really what I look for in a television program.

Worst of all, I think its a shame that the series hasn’t just been updated (that I agree with), it has also been up-graded in terms of the appropriate age group. Its no longer a series for kids, in my view (which makes me really puzzled as to why they brought back the awful character of Boxey, the one element of the 70’s original that didn’t even deserve to exist as an idea). I saw the original Battlestar Galactica for my 6th birthday party in 1978 and loved it.  If I had a 6 year old son, I wouldn’t let them watch the new Galactica, at least until they got a few years older and more mature to handle the more mature subject matter.

What’s the connection to Doctor Who? Simply that I’m glad that Doctor Who didn’t go down the same route with its comeback. It came back updated, but the age group has remained the same. Its suitable for viewers of all ages, which is how the series always was, and how I think it always should be. The spectacular success of the new series in the UK and to a lesser extent in Canada, suggests they made the right move.

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