Fast Return – November 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.

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