Upon watching the 2014 finale of Doctor Who I've never been so happy to have Nick Frost appear. He was the ray of weird that lifted Death in Heaven from being one of helluva Halloweeen-ish downer episode to something a tiny bit hopeful. Character assassin If previous series were about fairy tales, this series was solid SF ideas and … Continue reading Doctor Who: Role Play
Doctor Who and Childish Things
“This hobble of being alive is rather serious, don’t you think so?” ― Thomas Hardy, Tess of the D'Urbervilles This post is in response to Helen Razer's article in Crikey, which if I read it right, lamented too many adults - including critics - take too much from TV and books for children and warns … Continue reading Doctor Who and Childish Things
Running up that hill
The problems of the world are really big. They're awful and all-encompassing and involve all of us. I sign petitions, donate when I can, stay informed and try to not make choices that I dunno, badden things up. (I'm inventing phrases now, because creative). Nothing much changes. Or if it does, it is slowly by … Continue reading Running up that hill
‘Who’s’ that Girl?
Clarity on Clara Everything about Clara is repeated. Not just phrases and names, but repeated numbers, repeated words, colours (red) and flowers (roses) and items (like the umbrella). Look for them. They're there. Or try Pinterest. Some suggest Clara is the daughter of the Doctor and Rose from Pete's World. Others say she could be the Doctor's … Continue reading ‘Who’s’ that Girl?
Shelf Life: Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Douglas Adams stole all my best lines...says everyone...probably. He managed to define so much, so succinctly, about the world, about people, that there is little I can say to add to how well he managed it. Except, being a contrary sort, I will anyway. I was in primary school, and as my brothers, my mum … Continue reading Shelf Life: Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Doctor Who: Widows, Fools n Brides.
I'm insanely excited. I'm soon attending the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular with the MSO. Woo Who indeed. So I thought it was timely to post this. Of a Widow I'm lying. I'm always lying, at least when I state categorically I will not post about the Dr Who Christmas episode. And then do so. I … Continue reading Doctor Who: Widows, Fools n Brides.
Dr Who: it’s all in the name
So now a couple of hints from Matt Smith, plus a few recent headlines means Mr Smith is leaving Dr Who. We'll see. I took a while to warm to Smith's interpretation, he was a bit too...slapstick for me. The Doctor is an alien, sure, but he doesn't need added layers of weird. He is not … Continue reading Dr Who: it’s all in the name
Lost In the Forest (Dr Who & some ideas)
It's a bit late, but anyway, here's my spin on the mid-season finale of Dr Who. Look away now if you haven't seen it the episode. For a long time the writers have been enjoying an extended word play game with Dr Who and it was at it's best at Demon's Run. Melody Pond/River Song … Continue reading Lost In the Forest (Dr Who & some ideas)
The myth of the mad man and his box
Dr Who has a mythic arc to it, with epic battles with worlds at stake, but it's also a fairy tale. It always was. There is the eponymous hero (with not 1000 but) 13 faces. He has special devices to solve problems (like psychic paper) and unique abilities, which puts in a category similar to … Continue reading The myth of the mad man and his box
When Sequels Attack II
Buffy the TV show was a reboot and it was successful as it took what worked from the original film, which was basically the title, and built on it. Pretty much the TV program changed the direction of and created a compelling mythos for what was a forgettable film with an interesting premise and little … Continue reading When Sequels Attack II