Archive for the ‘Doctor Who’ Category

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Playing with pictures

February 21, 2013

I have been very busy so far this year. I have a new camera and I have treated myself to Lightroom 4 to edit the pics. I'm still learning how to use it but here are the first two pics that I've played with.

I'm also working on an eBook celebrating 50 years of Doctor Who in haiku. My working title for it is Fifty, Eleven, Seventeen (50 years, 11 Doctors and 17 syllables). There will be at least one haiku for each story with some other haiku for returning monsters, companions and a narrative of the history of the show. I hope I'll get it done in time for the 50th anniversary this November.

Thank you for taking the time to read and I hope you'll enjoy the pics.

Forth Bridges

Purple Wheel

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It’s been a while

November 3, 2012

It’s been a while since I’ve posted here so I thought I’d check in and let you know what I’ve been up to.

I’ve been working on a series of zombie shorts that will hopefully be appearing over advent. I have written a prologue to it which can be found here I hope you will enjoy it. I have a few ideas for it but I may just see how it progresses.

I have also written a blog to commemorate the anniversary of the very first regeneration in Doctor Who which can be found here. As 2013 is the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, I am hoping to complete a celebration of Doctor Who in haiku. Watch this space for more details as they happen…

Health wise, I am currently battling a cold and yesterday had my braces serviced.

Poetry wise, I’ve not done much recently but you can find some stuff here

Thank you for reading, please feel free to leave a comment and I hope you’re having a fun day.

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Happy 47th Anniversary Doctor Who

November 23, 2010

As it is the 47th anniversary of Doctor Who, I thought I’d find out what the 47th story was.  In itself it is not a particularly memorable one and isn’t one of the most fondly remembered stories but it is memorable for one very important reason.  The story is THE KROTONS and it was the first Doctor Who script written by Robert Holmes.

The second Doctor’s era was a time of bases under siege and recurring aliens but the season in which this story finds itself is a season of change.  Only the Cybermen and Ice Warriors made reappearances and one BIG change was around the corner, but first there was a second story from Robert Holmes called THE SPACE PIRATES (notable for being the only story that is missing from the archives from this season [alright, two epiosdes of THE INVASION are missing too but have been animated wonderfully by Cosgrove-Hall]).  Then came the epic finale to the Patrick Troughton era, THE WAR GAMES, when the Doctor would return to his home planet to stand trial. 

Sadly, Robert Holmes died in 1986 but he has left his mark on new Doctor Who too.

When Doctor Who was introduced to a new generation of fans, the first alien menace that the Doctor faced was a Robert Holmes creation, the Autons.  These aliens made their memorable debut in another major change in Doctor Who’s history, the first colour episode SPEARHEAD FROM SPACE.  The Autons returned a year later in another Robert Holmes story where a memorable foe made his debut, The Master. 

Robert Holmes was the script editor for Doctor Who during the first few years of the Tom Baker era, a time that was reminiscent of the first Doctor’s era in that there was no over reliance on recurring aliens.  Only the Sontarans, Daleks and Cybermen had appeared in previous stories (and they appeared in three of the first five stories).  

It should also be noted that two of the most popular stories in the history of Doctor Who, namely  THE TALONS OF WENG-CHIANG and THE CAVES OF ANDROZANI, were both written by Robert Holmes.  He has also left his mark on the history of Gallifrey having named it in THE TIME WARRIOR and revealing it to be a less than perfect society in THE DEADLY ASSASSIN.  And when the Doctor found himself once again on trial, Robert Holmes was also involved in the writing….

At tea time on the 23rd November 1963, a new children’s television show came on the air.  A time travelling crew consisted of a crotchety old man, his grand-daughter and two school teachers.  And how do they travel through time and space on their wonderful adventures?  A battered blue Police Box.  I am glad that there were those at the Beeb at the time who took a chance on this strange idea.  There certainly hadn’t been anything like it on television before.  I am extremely thankful for all those who have worked so hard to overcome limited budgets and limited scripts to create a show as limitless as the imagination.

Happy anniversary.

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Doctor Who: A New Era Begins

April 8, 2010

Doctors 1-9

A new era has begun…and it is good.

While the episode was not one of Stephen Moffat’s best, It was an enjoyable start to the Matt Smith era.

You never know quite what you are going to get with a first story for a new Doctor. Patrick Troughton had a tough start, facing the Daleks. I believe the Daleks were used to attract the viewers, after all, this was a brand new Doctor. No getting another actor in and pretending it was the same character, this was a characteristic that would enable the show to continue for so long. The Daleks were in subdued mood in this story ~ eerily repeating “I am your servant” while the humans on the planet Vulcan conspire in various plots. Of course, the Daleks where planning their own takeover bid. Alas, this is one of the many episodes to have been wiped, with only a few clips surviving. The next story for a new Doctor had a number of similarities with “The Eleventh Hour”. Not least of which is the setting of a hospital, and the hospital acting as the source for the Doctor’s new wardrobe. There is also a spot of vehicle theft in both (although I hope that the new Doctor doesn’t decide to build his own fire-engine). Jon Pertwee also introduce colour into Doctor Who, and, because of one of the seemingly endless BBC strikes, his first story was shot entirely on film. In both episode, the TARDIS is not functioning, in “Spearhead from Space” it was due to the Time Lords exiling him to earth at the end of the War Games, in “The Eleventh Hour”, it is as a result of the tenth Doctor’s regeneration causing the TARDIS to suffer sever damage.

And so to the new TARDIS, I really like it, it feels spacious in a way that the previous new Who TARDIS didn’t. As lovely as it was (and it was), it seemed to be comfortable as a vehicle but not as a home.

Back to first stories, the fourth Doctor started out by starring in his own remake of King Kong with a giant robot instead of a gorilla and Sarah Jane as the apple of the robot’s eye. The next first story saw the Doctor looking for a place to recover after his regeneration and finds himself a stick of celery. The sixth Doctor’s first story was recently voted as the worst story EVER by readers of Doctor Who magazine, following the story that was voted the number 1 story (the fifth Doctor’s finale, “The Caves Of Androzani” penned by the same writer who wrote “Spearhead from Space”, Robert Holmes). I really don’t recall much about the seventh Doctor’s debut, only that it involved Sylvester McCoy having to don Colin Baker’s garish outfit and wear a curly wig. The tv movie featuring Paul McGann was a strange choice for a first Doctor story where the regeneration starts about 20 minutes into the story. For a proposed reboot of the series, this was just one of many mistakes made in what could have been a promising start to a new series.

I was looking forward to this episode and it was reminiscent to how I felt before the airing of “Rose”, the 9th Doctor’s debut. The anticipation was incredible and it was great to see Doctor Who on the screens once more. The 10th Doctor’s debut was a Christmas special (the first since the 1960’s) and due to other commitments that kept me away from the tv, I was unable to see it live.

And there you have it. The good Doctor is back on our screens once more, and I for one, can’t wait to see more.

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Eleventh Hour

March 31, 2010

The Eleventh Hour

Only a few days away

I’m so excited

 

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Victory Of The Daleks

March 31, 2010

You will obey

Not long to go now

Until an old enemy

Meets the new Doctor

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Doctor Who Haiku (The Doctors)

November 25, 2009

A grey haired old man
At times very crotchety
Susan’s grandfather

Is this man a fool?
Or is he a genius?
This cosmic hobo

A tall dapper chap
And a member of UNIT
As an adviser

A long woolen scarf
Jelly babies aplenty
He’s all teeth and curls

A cricketer’s garb
Celery on his lapel
And a heart of gold

With very loud clothes
He never goes unnoticed
Looks just like Maxil

Another clown or
A dark manipulator
More than what he seems

He rose from the dead
To save the world once again
From evil Master

Fresh from the Time War
With a strong Northern accent
He was fantastic

Full of energy
Is he the last of his race?
Or are there others