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Fast Return – February 2013

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013


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Fast Return – January 2013

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

WE HAVE BEEN PERSUADED TO RETURN!
Well of course we would. Who ever doubted it. In 2013? The Fiftieth Anniversary? To fall silent and wait for others to fill the void or do the hard work? 2013 is going to be a BIG ‘UN, even if the likelihood of this year’s TV input includes a mere eight episodes, a 60-minute ‘tentpole’ anniversary episode and a 90-minute Genesis of DW docu-drama. Even without a Christmas Special noted yet (which would be part of the 2014 programming block, surely?) there’s plenty going on and plenty to talk about. And we haven’t even mentioned further potential animations on the DVD schedule or the re-released BBC Books with new covers (including the novelisation of Remembrance? Well worth it, but… weird) We might even get a local fanzine out before year’s end – wouldn’t that be something? Us, stay away? Keep taking those crazy pills, missus.

KEEP TAKING THOSE CRAZY PILLS, MISSUS
Good Lord, Gallybase. NINETEEN pages on (for Gog’s sake don’t Google him!)RogueCyberman (no I’m not Linking! I’m not Linking!) and his dodgy dodgy attempt to stir up interest and links to his adult pay site though a constant feed of claims in non-existent missing episodes? If you want to know the story it’s on the Past Doctors board, and it’s a litany of lies, being discussed and given undue longevity. Seriously, avoid. Shameful, exploitative and oily.

SHAMEFUL, EXPLOITIVE AND OILY
The expansion of the DW Expanded Universe continues to expand like the Cybercontroller’s waistline! I dunno. eBooks based on peripheral (sorry, sorry – ‘core cast’) characters from the Who Universe like River Song and Paternoster? Not for me, sorry. I’m you’re your ‘THIS GUY is the main character, not the second-banana’ type, which is why I refuse to acknowledge Eccleston as a true Doctor (he’s more a locum.) Granted, I’m in a minority and this sort of thing is probably very popular and the kids love it, don’t they?

THE KIDS LOVE IT, DON’T THEY?
Annnnimation! The way of the future! Now that The Reign of Turn- er, Terror is out and The Ice Warriors teased through a ‘Coming Soon’ (tho no firm suggestion of animation at ‘time of writing), could it be the floodgates are finally opening?

THE FLOODGATES ARE FINALLY OPENING
Oh but hey – Scott Gray’s new strip in DWM with its fun Kiwi inclusions again! A character with the surname Clutha? Lovely bit of Otago-ite namedropping there (look it up, northerners!), and then there’s the (CAUTION: SPOILERS!) cute ‘NZ’ on a certain blackboard courtesy of (non-Antipodean) Martin Geraghty. With this story being DWM’s ‘tentpole’ anniversary release of 2013, we wonder if there are more local cameos to come?

MORE LOCAL CAMEOS TO COME?
A serious case of Crossed purposes in the Waikato Times? Interview with Jon Preddle turns from request for an Arabic translation (found, apparently – God bless crowdsourcing!) to odd suggestion that Sir Peter Jackson directing a NZ episode writ by Neil ‘Mama’ Cross at behest of Matt Smith. It’s bobbins as far as we know, which is about as much as anyone else. But you know these newspapers…

YOU KNOW THESE NEWSPAPERS…
Sigh. That bastion of the Fourth Estate the Birmingham Mail reports that there’ll be a full-on multi-doc story for the anniversary oh yes there will. Oh yes there might, of course, but let’s not jump to the same conclusions reported here, folks. Worse still, don’t go believing the Daily Mail’s avowed hand-on-heart confusion between The light At The End (Big Finish’s ‘tentpole’ anniversary release of 2013) with whatever shows on the telly. Fact-checking and retractions are a twentieth-century media thing. This is what we invented the internet for, isn’t it?

THIS IS WHAT WE INVENTED THE INTERNET FOR, ISN’T IT?
Oh well, look. Time for some fun. If you’re after some miniature Detectivesauruses and maidservants to complete your lead mountain (because 28mm scale is where it’s at, daddio) then head on over to Crooked Dice in a month or so and check out their potential listings. The kids love it, let’s have more lizard ladies, comedy Sontarans and a little less explanation. Elsewhere, Drathro looks like he’s for the chop. Only the good, as they say

ONLY THE GOOD, AS THEY SAY
RIP Mr Bernard Horsfall. A decent Thal Taran, a mysterious Time Lord, a Supreme Chancellor Goth, and to this blogger’s mind, the only Lemuel Gulliver you’ll ever need. Already missed. Well played, sir

WELL PLAYED, SIR
But we thumpingly applaud, in full Citizen Kane style, the casting of David Bradley as William Hartnell in Mark Gatiss’ feature-length adaptation of the Pitch Sketch. A great look, and let’s face it – enough people were fooled by the trailer for last season to think that was the character Bradley was playing in Dinosaurs on a Spaceship. Is it possible to have a dress rehearsal for a retrospective lookeelikey documentary through drama I’m drifting…

Hey, you know what’s cool? The new title sequence and redone theme music. Oh and Star Wars coming back. Muse? I could pass, but hey.

Roll the clip!

Fast Return – June 2012

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

No, I can’t quite believe it either. I must be mad. So what’s new?

SOMETHING FOR THE DADS
Courtesy of Dave.

NEST TAKES A REST
After three years of faffing about in Deepest Darkest Sussex with a crotchety housekeeper as his de facto companion, it seems Paul Magrs’ AudioGo Fourth Doctor is taking the year off. This may be no bad thing, especially given courtesy of Big Finish we’ve had eight new Tom Baker audio stories this year already, with the promise of Tom’n'RomanaOne next year AND more Tom’n'Leela in 2014. Not to mention that 2013 will, apparently, see Magrs return to the series and the possibility of James Goss doing something unrelated with the Fourth Doctor also for AudioGo. Or not (who knows?) If ever there were a Time Lord equivalent of a bus…

…which reminds me; if Magrs doesn’t arrange for Iris Wildthyme to meet the Fourth Doctor then there is no justice!

CASTING CLOSE TO SHORE
We’d not be so ignorant as to overlook the wondrous casting of David Warner, Dame Diana Rigg and Rachael Stirling in the forthcoming series (even if it is for the mixed blessing of a Mark Gattis script…) but isn’t all of this casting happening worryingly close to the last minute? Corrections and admonishments welcome!

THAT SAID…
Still struggling to summon enthusiasm for NewWhu this year. Maybe if, I dunno, we had an airdate to count down to?

OLD TUNES, NEW HYMNBOOK?
Is it us, or is Benjamin Cook (‘DWM‘ to those of you reading at home) better at new series interviews than classic series ones? Aside from Tom Baker, who gives so much of himself, and Sylvester McCoy, the recent interviews with Sophie Aldred and William Russell have been a bit… ‘meh’, as the kids say these days. It’s a far cry from passing Alex Kingston DWM‘s own pack of Doritos on set in Utah…

COUNT THE SHADAS
When last ZeusBlog covered the ongoing saga of Shada there were no versions out on general release save for the TSV novelisation and the old bonkers VHS boxset. Now of course there’s a book by Grobbits, an audio of the Grobbits book read by Lalla Dawkins, an unofficial and never-to-be-released personal animation made at the behest of Ian Levine (seen by a rare few) and, yet to be released, the official 2Entertian (insert new name) version, out soon. Will it be picked up by a fan audience? The ones who aren’t completists anyway I mean? Time will tell, but ooh – try and get a proper conversation going on GallyBelly about it and you just know how these things turn out!

And finally…

TWO WRONGS?
Now, everybody knows that scoring reptiles from the dawn of time is the devil’s job, but occasionally, you get it right. John Williams produced a memorable score for Jurassic Park that, while technically proficient, didn’t for us strike the required Carey Blyton-esque angle. Until now, of course (bravo, sir). Back in Whoville marrying scales, both musical and Eocene is still a challenge. You might not have liked The Hungry Blood/Cold Earth much, or maybe you did, but try and tell us that this sequence, rescored with music from that infamous Silurian plodder from yesteryear Warriors of the Deep, doesn’t make the whole thing suddenly work!

Fast Return Septober 2011

Monday, October 31st, 2011

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Best viewed: Not at Work!

Here we are at the cusp of November with so many updates we simply have to be brief and fast in this return because a lot of other recent eventenings are frankly the fodder of longer articles. So stay tuned and consider yourself warned. In the mean-time, here’s six of the best from the past eight weeks!

A’COS’TED!
It’s Helloevening! And what better time than this to do fancy dress and angle for sweeties? Internet sweeties we mean. This year the ever popular trend of dressing your offspring as NuHoo characters (can we call them Moffat’s Moppets? Ed) is still ever popular. And from NuYoik ComicCon, here’s more cosplay. “What’s better than two Amys?” Asked Al and Rory this year. Well I can’t imagine this is. Cheers to Jono for the links.

IT’S NOT EASY BEING LEVINE
Spare a thought for Ian Levine, who had a rough week in late October with the news that not only have 2|e opted out of including his animated reboot of Shada on the official release, but also that his extra-length Dimensions in Time (merciful heavens!) had slipped its leash and run barking onto the torrents. They say he shut the culprit down before it got around, but surely it’d be a first if he was one hundred per cent successful?

HAVE YOU WORKED OUT WHAT IT IS, YET?
That Moffat. Moffaaaaat!! Hee hee (it’s not too late to reuse that gag is it? Ed) not only has he gone and dun it with a series that has more twists and turns than Chubby Checker on a turntable, but he’s gone and confused us all with when the blessed thing’s going to come back and for how many episodes. Seriously, can anyone give a straight answer on this? Paul?

DON’T HASSLE THE MOFF
But before we rage too hard, let us ponder: across the benighted interfields of the worldly wise web can there be a more benign and restrained playground than Twitter? The place of choice for those with little of import to say generally, and only 140 characters to do it with? Well, apparently so. Last month’s spat of upper cuts and Chinese burns between Smurfette and CHamiltonB (with GRoberts and T’Spillsbury standing by holding the producer’s jacket) was… well, you might be able to read it for yourself. Started innocently, if a little misjudged on the hilarity front, with a Golden Globes-related nudge from the Classic Series CHiBbers; then sort of… descended into bloody hell and eye gouging from there. What’s the collective noun for a gang of Twitter shout-downs? A ‘Yikes’, perhaps?

And finally…

RUDE AWAKENING

Season 21 was never like this. Oh, NSFW BTW!

Fast Return – August 2011

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

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Woo woo! Doctor Who is return - and fast! So on that note, time for another round-up. And not yer usual half-dozen this time because, baby, everyone’s been busy this month! Counting down then:

11. A GOOD REVIEW GOES TO PRESS!
Just in time for a Let’s Bump Adolf screening and after a Zeus Bloggian-length delay, Tachyon TV have finally reviewed A Good Man Goes to War. And it’s a cracker of a review! If you thought this blog’s lemonfest of a gripe (well, one review’s at least) small fare, then this is the review for you. Thought-provoking, and as ever, succinctly argued. And it comes with the Zeus Blog stamp of attention.

10. AMOR VINCENT OMNES
Old Tenner’s been quiet lately, but yon Dave’s new movie, the Fright Night remake is finally out (in which he plays a character originally portrayed by Roddy McDowell while a Planet of the Apes movie is also on release… buh?) There’s an interview with him on Ain’t It Cool News, and DW’s 50th anniversary gets a brief mention. Try to contain your anticipation, mind.

 9. CHRIS SLIPS QUITS QUIPS
Well, if you hadn’t already read the extended tweet, it appears the next best thing to verification is now available as to the public reasons the Ninth Doctor had such a short tenure. Odd. I thought we had all that sorted out and on record already? What’s that you say? No! Surely not! Anyway, as ever we hope that 2013 might offer a chance for him to be re-involved in the celebrations in some form, eh?

8. VAULT FACE!
Paul McGann is available for weddings, barmitzvahs, audio plays, conventions and bespoke costume “fittings.” Mean-time, welcome back to the Big Finish fold Daphne Ashbrook and Yee Jee So as UNIT operatives (it says here) in a Companion Chronicle portmanteau Tales From the Vault. Nice idea, though the execution is perhaps a little off, and we know Johnny Morris has scripted better. Still, they seem to be promising more instalments, so here’s hoping! But really, it’s evident that the characters of Grace and Chang Lee are off-limits to anyone but Fox/Universal. We know that they don’t have the rights to make Who now (a decision they thought long and hard about, of course), so why not just relinquish this nonsense and stop being such dicks about the characters investigate the possibility of a spin-off featuring the two?

7. SNAPS TO ATTENTION
Lovely promo shots done a few years back for Sylv’s convetion run have resurfaced and been much commented upon on Gallybelly. No, they’re not an Ian Levine Joint™, but as perhaps the last we’ll publicly see of Sylv as the Doctor before wizarding robes eclipse his previous famous role, it’s quite the boon. And as Gandalf said ten years ago “you haven’t aged a day…”

6. WHAT IF THE NEXT SIXTH DOCTOR MIGHT BE A WOMAN?
I was going to link to somethign about BF reuniting the Sixth Doctor and Peri for their 150th audio release (Recorded Time and Other Stories), but some things simply cannot be igonored. Like, for instance, the culmination of all of JN-T’s media teases realised in cosplay.

5. FEELS… DIFFERENT THIS TIME…
You can tell it’s time for the series to return when GallyBase goes all feral and eats itself. After months of kicking the new equivalent of Nineties Pertwee with the Teens equivalent (the entire decade of the 80s for those of you playing at home), we’ve reached a tipping point. Avert your eyes Paul, ’cause apparently Peter Davison? Not that popular any more!

4. BRING IT ON, TOM
It’s all about the chocolate and burgundy voice of Tom Baker for the next few months again. Not only is Paul Magrs’ third BBC Audio series Serpent Crest on the cusp of release (series opener Tsar Wars‘ cover is a SF record pastiche as any fule kno), but Big Finish are again leakig  out the odd tid-bit about their series to come. Two unmade stories from the Hinchcliffe and Williams Era, and six original stories from the usual war horses of the BF roster, plus fresh new faces Nick Briggs and Alan Barnes (have I got that right?) And of course, most excitingly, the return of Geoffrey Beevers as the Master. As it should be, hoorah et cetera.

3. OH, YETH!
But of course before then, it’s the long-awaited release of Day of the Daleks, much pored-over, anticipated, and even a little worried about after the Sony Warehouse fire during recent London riots. Then of course it’s Colony in Space for those of you who are into that sort of thing, and upon its release, the answer to the question to date: What will accompany (probably) The Android Invasion on the forthcoming UNIT box set, and will it be Ambassadors of Death or Invasion of the Dinosaurs?

And if that’s a little light on the Pertwee side of news, cheer yourself instead with who we may have had hosting the Oscars(tm) last year. It says here. Well, he can’t have been any worse than James Franco, could he?

2. THE SOLDIER AND THE CLOWN
Courtesy of new fanzine with the rather fetching title of Fanwnak, here’s Fade Away, a lovely strip dedicated to the Brig and featuring his first meeting with the Doctor, as inspired by Terrance Dicks’ Web of Fear novelisation. Available as seen here on Deviantart, but also in the latest issue.

1. IT’S REIGNING AGAIN
Without doubt the biggest news of the past month with regard to restoring past Who has to be the animation of missing episodes of The Reign of Terror. This is excellent news, it’s important to know, and that’s why I’m telling you so. And it’s even being worked on as close as <Watling>Australia!</Watling> Not sure about the competition to have fans put themselves in the picture. Quite possibly the Venn crossover of Twenty-first century fans and Nineteenth century Parisien likenesses isn’t that large…

What, no vid? Of course we’d never do that to you! Enjoy!

And that’s August. Bring on the comedy Fuhrer!

Fast Return – April 2011

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

fastreturnapr11 April is the cruellest month. We get the new series back, but we lose a much-loved companion. Broadband rates improve for large swathes of the country, and the gummint rushes through legislation to further curtail dodgy downloading (it causes earthquakes – who knew?) A future monarch marries his future queen, and then someone turns up to the service wearing Cthulhu on her head.

This guy? Not making things any better, dude.

Let’s roll out the looking back, then. First up, the sad stuff:

BABELCOLOUR’S LIS SLADEN TRIBUTE
This went up surprisingly quickly, and would have been worth the wait even if it hadn’t. Babelcolour has pretty much become the go-to guy for Who tributes (but let’s hope he doesn’t have to do another one for a long while)

WHAT A FRIEND WE HAVE IN CHEESES
A tear, Sarah-Jane? For cheese? Well, each to their own I guess. 
 

DAVID, DON’T GET YER COAT!
Lovely news for fans of the Doctor in 28mm metal – Heresy Miniatures have reproduced their really good proxy-Doctor Hugh McCrimmon in a coat-less option. It’s a new sculpt, and stands nicely alongside their two Nerdlord variants, Christopher Ecclescake, existing Doctor Hugh and Emily Lake. Great stuff – now do a McGann!

Wait… Crooked Dice have now greened-up a ‘Guru?

WE RECOMMEND…
It’s old news, but we’re nevertheless using this opportunity to do some housekeeping. Sadly, Behind the Sofa closed shop a few months ago, so when we’re finished reading Kasterborous.com, we have to go elsewhere for the keen insight and cruel humour. Luckily Tachyon TV, BTS’s natural successor is easily worth the redirect. Recommended is your daily WhoFix (also available on Facebook) and the on-going Adventures With the Wife In Space, alternately brilliant, cringeworthy and heartening. It’s the sort of idea I’d only envy because if I ever tried it myself at home… hoo boy!

And that’ll do for April.

Fast Return – March 2011

Saturday, April 2nd, 2011

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Right then, here we are once more.

LEVINE THE DREAM
It’s all getting a bit weird in the Ian Levine stable of digging up the past to play with it again. Some might consider Shada without Tom an outrage, others Downtime with added Sylv and a folly, and the least said about recasting pretty much everyone but Sevensy in The Dark Dimension the better. But revisiting Dimensions in Time as well? Too far! Too soon!

Mind you, if he’s into voice artistes for the new generation he could do a lot worse than look up this bloke…

THE SALFORD JOKER

‘Tis true, the makeup’s all wrong. And very creepy. But if you can forget the Weeping Angels and shut your eyes a tic he doesn’t sound half bad!

THIS EASTER, KEEP TEASERS IN YOUR HEART
Trailers! Teasers! Prequels! (By the way BBC, that word ‘prequel’? I don’t think that means what you think it means). The new half series can’t come soon enough – particularly as we run the great danger of seeing most of it before it’s even aired, surely?

DAVE FOUND THIS STRIP:
Nice. To the point, a little bit MAD, and not too precious.
 
GROUP CAPTAIN JIM BARROWIGHT…
…Hmm the name sort of rings a bell but we can’t quiteplace it. A nice figure though, and an excellent proxy for any WWII-themed tabletop game you might want to play. Such as this one. 

Back to the nu series though…

THE DOCTOR’S WIFE?
Words fail me, Mr Gaiman. It’s a wind-up, right? based on a wind-up? After all, this from the same season that promises to spill the beans once and for all about the identity of River Song  you’d expect there to be a bit of a cosmic story title shell game going on. Right? I mean, you wouldn’t squander such an illuminated writer on an idea like that, right? RIGHT??

NO MORE CGI?
Apaarently so. No new major CGI in classic DW releases post- well, probably post-Day of the Daleks. Of course it doesn’t bode well for Invasion of the Dinosaurs but we all knew that was the case. Times are tough anyway, better get used to those rod puppet dinos after all!

TOM’S IN NOW…
At least we’ve got this to look forward to. McGann might be out of the star stable at Big Finish, relegated to the regulars stable after the utter bloodbath that was To The Death, but heeey! Confirmation at last that Baker the First is aboard for some life off Magrs and non-BBC Audio action. AND we get some companions alongside too! Leela and Romana 1 (well, you would, wouldn’t you?) lest we end up getting ourselves confused with Unclehorse over on the NZDWFC Board we’ll cease with the obvious and posted earlier elsewhere news. But really, this we’re quite looking forward to.

And that’s yer March for the month!

Fast Return – November 2010

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

 flastreturnNovember 2010 – it’s so last month. But good grief what a month that was – horrible stuff happening locally, and Who fandom lost some stars of the show as well – Soldeed AND Solow, two of the most fondly-remembered (and possibly re-enacted, you never know) death scenes of the classic series. They don’t make, laser or electrocute them like that anymore, sadly.

So it’s light and breezy and bonus-sized this month to set us up before Christmas is upon us and we slip down the back of the sofa overfed, overwatered and over-relatived:

THE PROBLEM WITH REAL LIFE IS THERE’S NO DANGER MUSIC
Everything in life would go better with a score, wouldn’t it? From Carey to Simpson to Kingslaid to KEFF! ™ to fried Gold, the series has had its fair share of great scores and the occasional null point. Other shows don’t have it so good, reduced to the same music sheet week in, week out, with nary a change in mood or scale. Take The Apprentice UK – and see how TV Cream, a great site that despite doggedly getting their entry for Under the Mountain wrong for well over ten years now, has Sugared the mood with some rather lovely soundtracks sourced from Der Who. Can you name the stories they’re from (of course you can).

DOCTOR DOOLALLY
While we’re on the subject of musical Doctors, Babelcolour offers proof that even the most tuneless of Time Lords can put together a tune. At least we think it’s a tune. Lovely.

“I DO GLASTONBURY NOW. GLASTONBURY IS COOL”.
While we’re on the subject of musical Doctors, Yeah yeah, Hartnell got air shows, Pertwee raced traction engines, but trust the new guy to close Glastonbury with Orbital. It’s cool and everything, sure. But did he write the lyrics as well? Jon did. So let’s hear the mash up we’ve been waiting for: Jon, Smith, and the Common Men

THEY’RE LIKE BUSES, BIG AND RED AND DESTROYED BY DUBAI DOCKERS
Honestly, you wait for one lookee-likee 28mm Scarecrow figure to come along, and then two arrive at once. And then a handy family to go with them. This is Nerdlord all over again!

IN BED WITH MAH DOCTOR…
Local (and Old – Ed) news now, with this example of the handyman’s art, a TARDIS bed. We’ve all seen it, admired its craft and simplicity, maybe even coveted it. It’s a kid’s bed, guys! The only way it could surely be meant for DW fans of a certain other age is that it’s, er, a single.

5H*CK 0F TH N^W?
Everybody loves a  little nostalgia, a little skewed commentary and a fair amount of intelligence, don’t they? I reckon. So stand up, step aside and get down for Freaky Trigger’s pˆnk s lord sükråt cunctør who has for the last few whiles been going through a random selection of Classic Who (mainly “BadBaker” – and that’s not who you’d assume) and offering his decidedly unique take on it all in the FT series Time Reconsidered as a Helix of Semi-Precious Who. Okay, you need to concentrate and the punctuation’s like something out of The Invisible Enemy, but it adds to it all. Really fun, thought-provoking stuff.

MING MONGS IT SHALL BE!
More reading! Courtesy of Dave and reviewed in don’t-dare-be-negative Kasterborous, it’s Planet of the Ming Mongs fanzine! Brilliant! And free.

D’OH! A NEEDLE PULLING THREAD?
Just when you think you’ve seen everything Craft 2.0 can do to Who, miniature crochet Doctors. Not sure about Chris, but they’ve got Smithy down pat!

THE ULTIMATE TEST OF TESTS
Yeah, those new Dalek paradigms have their fans and apparently the upgrades are pretty fat bad arsed. But – will they blend? We don’t know yet, actually. Sequel!

Whew. That was a long while between drinks. It’ll be Christmas before we know it, you mark my words.

Fast Return – October 2010

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

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Now ‘vember is upon us we approach the Christmas special at increasing speed. October was… odd, wasn’t it? A change of clothes, some drive-by legislation for Radagast (plus some other Moff alumni in Freeman and Nesbitt of course) – is there nothing we won’t do to get Doctors to return to our shores? And this:

AXONMANIA!

Who’d have thought we’d come to this? It seems all the planets have aligned for the moment – we’re near enough in Axon heaven for those of us who enjoy a bit of frog-faking bug-eyed curly-whirly in our lives. DWM’s current strip The Golden Ones is storming barns everywhere with a solid team of Johnny Morris and Martin Geraghty leading the charge – and it’s in colour! Precisely the sort of thing colour was invented for, that – the Pertwee canon. Coming soon from Big Finish Productions of course is the spoilerifically-titled The Feast of Axos for Old Sixie and Evelyn, so if you like that sort of thing (and we do) it’s well looking forward to, especially with old Axon Male Bernard Holley soothing the mike with that cake-in-a-velvet-glove voice of his. Oh I’ve come over all funny. What else? Well, Seeds of Doom, innit? There’s an Axon in that one for sure. A green one. Hat-trick!

SPEAKING OF HATS…
Bouquets to DWM also for their recent interview with mad Tom Baker and his latter-day costume designer June Hudson. In Soho, of course. Six pages of mutual admiration, madness and genuine fondness. It’s a great read. And good to see June’s still dress-model deep in Who, having created the rather painterly cover for the third volume of Tom’s new audio series Demon Quest. And it’s not like she didn’t have designs of her own on Old Sixie and yon Eighth Doctor as well, as this fascinating link shows.

SPEAKING OF EIGHT IN CLOTHES…
Oh dear.

A leather jacket, Paul? A big chunky glow-headed sonic that you now have to point at things? A hand bag?

Your Doctor’s meant to be approaching an all-encompassing Time War, not a mid-life crisis!

RIP TORCHWOOD MAGAZINE
Yup. It’s dead. Kaput. Joined the choir invisible.
I don’t think draping tea bags over a Cardiff fence is going to bring this one back either, kids.

SPEAKING OF RETURNING FROM THE DEAD…
Revisitations Twooo! Carnival! Resurrection! Seeds of Deaaath!
Your mileage may vary in your response to that forthcoming DVD line-up. Resurrection gets an episodic treatment and if there are new effects a Tennant-hosted doco and cool Info Text then fair enough and more power to your gunstick. But Carnival? Really? And didn’t we already pay too much for Seeds in the first place? I mean, it’s a good story with some lovely images but it’s a slick package already at two-thirds the price. Sure, Pat’s face is blue on the DVD spine and not full-colour. Apparently this is a BIG DEAL to some of the more OCD collectors out there. But is it worth delaying a VidFired copy of Tomb of the Cybermen for this?

LINKS
Some love though, people, for our recent additions to the links over to the right. A CosPlay blog that’s really seriously good and well-researched! Doctor Oho is reviewing comic strips (and there’s a great Martin Geraghty interview over on his page too, with some rather tempting Vworp Vworp news!) And even RTP’s blog has shaken some of the grave dirt off and staggered out onto the empty streets, hungry for braiinns!

Chuck us a vid, love…

Good ’nuff!

Fast Return – September 2010

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

What, already? Where is this year GOING to?

Here’s the September-October skinny from the scene that dares not generate much news…

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SPLITSVILLE FOR 2011
A-ha o-ho! TWO series next year – not a series of specials, or a gap year (although that’s some gap in there), but two bijou series in sized positively RETRO in design, albeit with the Noosurries narrative impetus of an overarching story. Maybe. Or a cliff-hanger betwixt them. Possibly. Hmm. Actually, we like this idea, and even if there’s no World Cup, Olympics or Eurovision (does anyone watch this post-Wogan anyway?) dividing things up or scaring the ratings, it seems like a fair enough experiment. Who is strong  and flexible – bring it on!

But…

PARADIGM LOST?
Not such good news for the new Dalek Paradigm (insert Teletubbies/i-Daleks/Mini Cooper/Lardeks substitute here, if you insist). A telling Moff interview in The Brilliant Book of Doctor Who Bumpers or whatever it’s called seems now to be relegating 2010’s bonded polychromatic enfants terrible to figurehead status and presumably opting for a quick paint-job of their predecessors, Rusty’s dumpy bots. It might be that cursed credit queeze putting word in the Grand One’s mouth, but any way you read it, this seems like a fair compromise. So we could be looking at genuinely red near-Classic looking Daleks for 2011. Cool! A-ha o-ho, but how will they be able to see one another, we ask?

GIRL U WANT?
Crooked Dice Game’s miniatures division have released shots of their new ‘green’, a template figure for their cult telefantasy line.

CasualMayKillanUnpainted she’s a beauty, and an enterprising modeller could no doubt turn her into a model citizen, video shop owner, kissogrammer, or even Time Lady. Where to begin?

TRAILER PARK 1 – THE 2e TWITTER TEASE
So what’s it all about then, this ‘new Dimension’ Classic DVD release hyped in this trailer? We ought to know by tonight. It looks Daleky (or Greek – maybe it’s Mythmakers? Nah). 3-D? Animation? Surely not – too expensive. A Special Edition for sure… is that a spaceship exterior the teaser’s crawling over? Resurrection, maybe?

TRAILER PARK 2 – FAKE SNOW
Oh, this is Christmas! A trailer for this year’s Yuletide Special. But it isn’t, of course. It’s a well-made fake. How well-made? Head on over to the delightfully-named Dirty Whoers blog to see the simple genius behind it all. (Thanks to Dave for the link!)

And finally…

SIMPLE GENIUS REVISITED
Our Al Hughes is nothing of the sort (simple, we mean), but has provided a rather genius Who-related illustration in his time. Here, in case you missed it in the Fairfax TV Week supplement, is his Cardiff section of the big TV land location map, where Torchwood’s sandpit nestled wickedly among such spooky neighbours as Bon Temps, Summer Bay and, er, Shortland Street.

 Torchwoodmap

We particularly like the pterodactyl, Al. K-k-klak!