Monthly Archives: April 2011

April Books 33) Deadly Download, by Jason Arnopp

I’m glad to see that despite the sad loss of Elisabeth Sladen there remains a certain amount of Sarah Jane material for me to absorb, even before the BBC decide what to do with the already filmed material for the … Continue reading

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Taxi conversation

Me: The city’s changed a fair bit in the last thirty years. Driver: It surely has. (Indicates the junction of Ormeau Road and Donegall Pass.) See them traffic lights? In 1973 I rammed through them lights and slammed on the … Continue reading

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April Books 32) More Short Trips, edited by Stephen Cole

Another of the late 1990s BBC anthologies of short stories about the first eight Doctors. Standouts for me: “64 Carlisle Street”, by Gary Russell, featuring the First Doctor, Steven and Dodo; “Special Weapons”, by Paul Leonard, with Mel and the … Continue reading

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April Books 31) Lady Chatterley’s Lover, by D.H. Lawrence

One of those famous books which I had never actually read – I did leaf through Hunt Emerson’s graphic novel adaptation a few years back but wasn’t really engaged, and actually my memory is that he gets one very important … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 30 April

i) broadcast anniversaries 30 April 1966: broadcast of “A Holiday for the Doctor”, first episode of the story we now call The Gunfighters. The Doctor, Steven and Dodo arrive in Tombstone, Arizona in 1881 in search of a dentist. 30 … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 29 April

broadcast anniversaries 29 April 1967: broadcast of fourth episode of The Faceless Ones. Jamie gets on a Chameleon plane, which is duly captured by the aliens. 29 April 1972: broadcast of fourth episode of The Mutants. The Marshal plans to … Continue reading

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Delicious LiveJournal Links for 4-29-2011

PUNKADIDDLE: Ian Watson, Miracle Visitors (1978) Adam Roberts disagrees with me on <b>The Miracle Visitors</b>. (tags: sf) YouTube – Existential Star Wars (In French) "Life begins on the other side of despair", says R2D2 trundling away over the dunes. (tags: … Continue reading

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April Books 30) Tintin and Alph-Art

Another lesser-known Tintin book, this time from the exact opposite end of Hergé’s career: this is the story he was working on when he died in 1983. It is a strange and convoluted tale – Captain Haddock wakes from a … Continue reading

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Doctor Who Experience

If you are in or near London tomorrow and wanting to avoid the television for any reason, I can heartily recommend the Doctor Who Experience at Kensington Olympia, who are offering “a limited number of tickets” at the knockdown rate … Continue reading

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April Books 29) Kuifje in Amerika / Tintin in America

This is one of the three pre-war Tintin books which are not in general circulation in English, and for fairly good reason; it’s not all that good. Tintin goes to America in 1931, briefly captures Al Capone (who was still … Continue reading

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2011 Hugo Award for Best Short Story

This year’s Hugo shortlist for the Best Short Story category is rather easy to digest – there are only four nominees (presumably there was a multiple tie for fifth place among the nominations), all of them are already available online, … Continue reading

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Ow

I’ve had a rather horizontal and painful week so far. I referred a bit cryptically the other day to a minor but inconvenient medical complaint: this was a swollen haemorrhoid, which I’ve suffered from a couple of times before, so … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 28 April

i) births and deaths 28 April 1977: death of Anthony Coburn, who wrote An Unearthly Child (1963) and the never-produced story The Masters of Luxor. i) broadcast anniversaries 28 April 1973: broadcast of fourth episode of Planet of the Daleks. … Continue reading

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Delicious LiveJournal Links for 4-28-2011

Royal Wedding Dalek Does what it says. (tags: doctorwho funny)

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The Case of the Virgin Birth

I usually spend about ten seconds every morning looking at Wikipedia’s death notices, on the basis that roughly once a year I find out from there that someone I knew, or knew of, has passed away. This morning, however, I … Continue reading

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Doctor Who writers on Elisabeth Sladen

Peter Anghelides and David Bishop – particularly nice to read these as I enjoyed their stories featuring her very much.

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Whoniversaries 27 April

i) births and deaths 27 April 1963 (incorrectly recorded here earlier this month as 17 April): birth of Russell T. Davies, head writer and executive producer of the first five years of New Who (2005-10) and author of Virgin New … Continue reading

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Delicious LiveJournal Links for 4-27-2011

Recipes | Doctor Who | BBC America Doctor Who recipes. Really. (And I do have a copy of Gary Downie's magnum opus on my shelves as well.) (tags: doctorwho cooking)

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Bill Craig, 1924-2011

The former Unionist politician, Bill Craig, has died at the age of 86; see standard and surprisingly brief obituaries, no doubt written twenty years ago, by the BBC (with bonus video), the News Letter, the Belfast Telegraph, and the Guardian. … Continue reading

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Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form

It’s a little startling to discover that I have actually got through an entire category of this year’s Hugo nominations already. For the last few years, the Doctor Who episodes which made the shortlist shared their billing with episodes from … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 26 April

i) births and deaths 26 April 1928: birth of Donald Cotton, who wrote The Myth Makers (1965) and The Gunfighters (1966) as well as the novelisations of both stories and of The Romans (1965), three of the best Who novelisations … Continue reading

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Delicious LiveJournal Links for 4-26-2011

Archbishop of Canterbury's Easter 2011 sermon Quotes Doctor Who (specifically "The Happiness Patrol"). Really. (tags: doctorwho religion) The Political Studies Association Alan Renwick's analysis of the Alternative Vote as an electoral system. (tags: avreferendum) LotR re-read: Concluding Thoughts | tor.com … Continue reading

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Game of Thrones, Part 2

I think this will prove to be the gateway moment. There will be a certain number of people who watched the first part last week and gave up, finding it all too confusing; but I think anyone who stuck it … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 25 April

i) births and deaths 25 April 1923: birth of Paul Whitsun-Jones, who played the Squire in The Smugglers (1966) and the Marshal in The Mutants (1972). ii) broadcast anniversaries 25 April 1964: broadcast of "The Screaming Jungle", third episode of … Continue reading

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April Books 28) A Song for Arbonne, by Guy Gavriel Kay

A Song for Arbonne is set in a vaguely parallel world, a story of conflict between the free loving Provençal-ish people of Arbonne and the nassty Norman-type bigots of Gorhaut, with pseudo-Celts, pseudo-Italians, pseudo-Spaniards and pseudo-Germans as well. The exiled … Continue reading

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Gibbon Chapter L: Mahomet

This is one of the classic chapters of Decline and Fall, and also one of the classic accounts of the life of Mahomet (sic) and the early years of Islam. It is very readable – for once, Gibbon is not … Continue reading

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April Books 27) The Face Eater, by Simon Messingham

I’ve consistently enjoyed Simon Messingham’s other Doctor Who books, and this one was no exception: essentially a rewriting of Colony in Space to make it much much better, with the Master out of it entirely and a single bloc of … Continue reading

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April Books 26) The Time Dissolver, by Jerry Sohl

I bought this I think on a recommendation from Ken MacLeod, and I am very glad he suggested it to me. It’s a low-key, subtle, short novel about a man and woman who wake up in a motel together one … Continue reading

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Happy Easter!

…from Fred Astaire!

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Whoniversaries 24 April

i) births and deaths 24 April 2008: death of Tristram Cary, who wrote incidental music for six First Doctor stories and two later ones. ii) broadcast anniversaries 24 April 1965: broadcast of “The Space Museum”, first episode of the story … Continue reading

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