The May eshort story, 50th anniversary release from Puffin is Tip of the Tongue from Patrick Ness who writes for young adults as well as adults. I had no knowledge of Patrick Ness nor of his writing so had no preconceptions when I downloaded this latest story. All I knew was that it would feature the Fifth Doctor.
I read the story on my regular commute – did the time fly or was it a drag? The answer is on the tip of my…(more…) Tony Jones on Google+
Not a surreal sequel to Shada (though anything is possible) but a call out to any Doctor Who fans in Cambridge (UK) this Late Bank Holiday weekend (May 2013). If you visit the Arts Picturehouse they are showing the Peter Cushing Doctor Who films with an introduction by Philosophy lecturer Robin Bunce, followed by a talk later.
The running order is (from 1 pm):
- Sunday 26th May 2013: Dalek Invasion of Earth (1966)
- Monday 27th May 2013: Dr. Who and the Daleks (1965)
If you want more details the Cambridge News has a write-up here.
If you go (I can’t make it) I’d love to hear how it was!Tony Jones on Google+
One of the joys of having a chunk of the show’s past explored is that it allows for all kinds of speculation and for the myriad of TV shows, novels and audio offerings to be compared, contrasted and generally kicked over looking for gaps and contradictions.
The Name of the Doctor gives us plenty to chew over, so I thought I would start a debate on the interpretation and implications on the ‘c’ word (c*n*n). Some spoilers below but mostly some idle thinking…(more…) Tony Jones on Google+
So the waiting is over and The Name of the Doctor has been shown. We gasped in wonderment at the delights therein then sat back and thought ‘Hang on, was that actually and good?’ and as seems to be the fashion we take great delight in dissecting everything Steven Moffat does. We also looked at our speculations (see Is Tranzalore Gallifrey? for example) and started some new ones.
Before we dive in and get critical, let’s step back a moment and reflect that there was a lot to enjoy as a piece of TV and I’m sure families everywhere were entertained. That aside I will give my own thoughts and be somewhat liberal with the spoilers…(more…) Tony Jones on Google+
In this piece of meaningless frivolity I consider the possibility that Trenzalore is Gallifrey! No spoilers or facts follow…(more…) Tony Jones on Google+
I have no idea when the tipping point occurred that meant Doctor Who would be cancelled in 1989 after season 26, but if it wasn’t before Battlefield was transmitted I suspect this was another nail in the show’s coffin. It could be argued that there are elements of a strong story in Ben Aaronovitch’s tale of magic and warriors but I can’t pretend this was anything other than TV episode first and any other media second. I don’t lay the failings on anyone’s door in particular but a lot of things went wrong before this hit the air.
I can’t find more than some minor redeeming features in the transmitted stories and do remember that at the time I was so distant from the show that I did watch these but with little enthusiasm (my story as a fan is covered here). I recently watched this for the first time in more than 23 years; here are my thoughts…(more…) Tony Jones on Google+
Just a quick plug for my latest interview with Matt Fitton which you can find on the Starburst website here. Matt gives insight this years Sixth Doctor and Mel stories, his upcoming Seventh Doctor story, Counter Measures, Destiny of the Doctor and much else besides (including Dark Eyes 2).
Interested readers might also like to check out my previous interview here.
I hope you find it interesting – please let me know!
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