(Not so) Fast Return – January 2008


The passage of time. We’ve seen it, and it’s not a pretty sight. It does things to a man. Nevertheless, we at ZeusBlog Terraces are a flinty-eyed steely bunch, and we don’t shrink from our blogging responsibilities no sir. Thankfully, nothing of any importance Who-wise happened in January to blog about – not a single thing, so it makes this instalment so much easier.

Let’s keep this in the manner of the TSV Message Board and start out by going completely off-topic…

OMG teh Prisoner is deads!
Okay, he was never in the series (even though The Village was of course), so let’s see some of that, as well as the late great scary man, put to the tune of some imminently-visiting senior songsters of the heavily metallic genre [indulge me, it's the only way I'll see them now. Curse you, parenthood!]

OMG Khaaaan is deads as well!
Aint It Cool News really pulled one out of the hat on the video tributes to this guy who was also never in DW. We spent a wee while – yes, a very wee while, finding one they missed. Khan. Say it once and there’s muuusic playing. Say it twice and it’s actually a little obsessive.

OMG Computer voice too? Curse you, mortality!
The fickle fulcrum of fate teeters cruelly in Roddenberryland. Majel Roddenberry, the precedent of all that’s lady sounding in computers of skiffy will be broadcast live no more. She was the antecedent of Mister Smith in the Sarah Jane Adventures we suppose.  Er, that’s about it. No, we’re not going to comment on the guy who was in the robot in Lost in Space.

OMG Dalek is deads!
Lest we forget and let it be said now: before Katy Manning it was John Scott Martin who was the first actual Who actor to pose topless with a Dalek. That man – what an innovator! And he had a career afterwards as well.

[Ed: It's possible we may be wrong on this and the picture is of that pesky Bob Jewel again. In which case, here's a blog covering some of the worst Dalek cakes of all time. Ye gods.]

Matt Smith not dead, but lives on in YouTube mash-ups
Which, after les Piper’s Call Girl antics, is writing ‘shipping’ videos all by itself…

RT Forum throws in towel, becomes news site instead.
And fair enough. The RT, it has to be said, isn’t alwasys the life of the party on the Interweb, what with its talk of colour spots, 72 edits (to which we say, hey – if you can remember them you were never there, eh punters?) and fending off the young enthusiasts and their weekly assault on the board with suggestions that, gosh – maybe other stories could be animated as well? That said, what a great mont for articles about forthcoming releases – and what releases! Planet of the Daleks in colour fully of course. Yeah, and Marinus! War Games! Attack of some Cybermen! Why, you’d never think there’s a global depression looming with that shopping list.

Bus Smashed en route to Dubai. (gate)
We got nothing. Why is this news? More David Tennant stories? Oh.
Aren’t we all over him now?

And there’s your January 2000 and nine. Peesha-pish!

7 Responses to “(Not so) Fast Return – January 2008”

  1. Paul Scoones Says:

    What’s with all the lol-speak…?

    How can you mistake John Scott Martin for Robert Jewell? Martin had an incredible head of springy white hair which made him instantly recognisable wherever he appeared, and for someone who made a career out of hiding inside a Dalek, he did appear ‘sans casing’ quite a few times.
    This is what he looked like in later years:

  2. Peter A Says:

    Oh I know what JSM looked like. I was thinking of this pic or similar:


  3. Paul Scoones Says:

    You were right first time, then.

    The caption correctly identifies John Scott Martin in that picture. In this photo from the same set Robert Jewell’s on the left and Martin’s on the right:


  4. Paul Scoones Says:

    … Only of course his hair had yet to turn white then which, now that I think of it, might have been the cause of your confusion! :)

  5. Al Says:

    Great stuff – good to see the cheesiest Indian Prince-played-by-veteran Mexican-actor space villain ever (in the best possible way) remembered here. Flailing feebly for a Who connection, the best I could come up with was a rooftop scene starring the Ninth Doctor, The TV Movie Master and Mr. Sulu in the first season of Heroes. Squeemongous!
    Outstanding work for such a Who-lite month.


  6. Peter A Says:

    That second one was actually THE shot I was remembering, hence the Martin/Jewel doubt (although I got the right faces to names – memory like a tortoise, see).

    Still, as Gemstone Bob’s on the left, does that make him first?

  7. Foo Says:

    Loving those cakes…

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