Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Details on Doctor Who - Static

Out this month is the last Main Range release of 2017 and it features the 6th Doctor starring Colin Baker.  You can order this audio adventure from the Big Finish website.

Deep in the heart of nowhere, near a place called Abbey Marston, there’s a caravan site. The perfect place to get away from it all. Close by, there’s a stone circle they used for human sacrifice in olden times. A little further afield, there’s an old RAF research station, where they did hushhush things in the War.

There’s only one rule: the use of radios, cassette recorders and portable televisions is strictly forbidden.

People come here to get away from it all, you see. No-one wants to hear the noise. No-one wants to hear the voices in the static…

No-one wants to hear the ghosts.

Written By: Jonathan Morris
Directed By: Jamie Anderson

Colin Baker (The Doctor), Lisa Greenwood (Flip Jackson), Miranda Raison (Mrs Constance Clarke), Scott Chambers (Andy Clover / Sergeant Webster), Pippa Nixon (Joanna Nash), Jo Woodcock (Susannah Nash), David Graham (Percy Till), Brian Protheroe (Captain Hardwick), Chris Dale (Soldiers / Static). Other parts played by members of the cast.

Producer David Richardson
Script Editor Alan Barnes
Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Goodbye to 12 - Doctor Who - The Pyramid at the End of the World Review

We celebrate the Peter Capaldi era by revisiting the 12th Doctor's adventures as we count down the days to his last adventure.

Doctor Who:
The Pyramid at the End of the World
By Peter Harness and
Steven Moffat

“Bill, what have you done?”

“The Pyramid at the End of the World” is the second part of three of the story that features The Monks and their attempt to take over the world.  This story was co-written by Peter Harness and Steven Moffat and it more or less sets up what will happen in the next story “The Lie of the Land” which will be written by Toby Whitehouse and is the conclusion of this three part story.  Like what I wrote last week I really cannot grade this story until I see all three parts but so far I liked “Extremis” a lot better than “The Pyramid at the End of the World”.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Doctor Who Christmas Special Second Trailer

Goodbye to 12 - Doctor Who - Extremis Review

We celebrate the Peter Capaldi era by revisiting the 12th Doctor's adventures as we count down the days to his last adventure.

Doctor Who:
By Steven Moffat 

“Doctor, will you read the Veritas?”

Extremis is the first part of a three part story that is penned by Steven Moffat while the next two episodes will have different writers along with Steven Moffat.  I have to admit that I had to watch Extremis a couple of times to figure out what was going as it was a typical Steven Moffat story with a lot of stuff going on.  In fact that is one of the reasons to watch it again as there was a lot going on that you definitely didn’t pick everything up on first viewing.  You might not get everything on the second viewing either but anyway Extremis was a better story than anything that Steven Moffat wrote for last season.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Goodbye to 12 - Doctor Who - Oxygen Review

We celebrate the Peter Capaldi era by revisiting the 12th Doctor's adventures as we count down the days to his last adventure.

Doctor Who:
Jamie Mathieson

“Tell me a joke before you leave.”

Space Zombies, I’m not a big fan of zombie movie or even zombie television shows so when I saw the trailer for Oxygen I was a bit hesitant if I would like this particular story at all.  Well once I finished watching “Oxygen” that was not the case at all.  I really enjoyed it but not necessarily for the zombies; luckily they were not featured much, but for the overall message and what happened at the end. 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Doctor Who Twice Upon a Time Promo Pics

Doctor Who Comic Books Releases For December 6th

Out today will be one Doctor Who comic book and it belongs to the 12th Doctor.  This issue begins a brand new adventure and is a great jumping on point for new readers.

Writer: Richard Dinnick
Artist: Francesco Manna
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC - 32pp - $3.99 - On sale: December 6, 2017

All new adventure begins for the Twelfth Doctor, Bill and Nardole! Celebrate the most recent TARDIS team in all its glory!

Cover A: Simon Myers, Rachael Smith

Cover B: Photo
Cover C: David Carr

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

I Just Discovered How Bad the New Star Trek Series Is

As much as I dislike "Discovery," I enjoy Jason Isaacs' portrayal
of Captain Gabriel Lorca. His character comes across as someone who Just.
Does. Not. Care. about anyone or anything other than his own goals.
Unfortunately, the creators of "Discovery" seem to have adopted a similar
approach to the entire series at the expense of creativity and originality.
I haven't written anything for the blog in a long, long time. No movie reviews. No thoughts on the latest Dr. Who news. Life gets in the way, I guess. While convalescing from surgery this week - nothing too serious, mind you - I am confined to sickbay* (home) for a few days and decided to finally check out "Star Trek: Discovery."

Nurse - give me another dose of painkiller, stat.

I say this as someone who is old enough to have watched the original series as it was first broadcast back when Gorns roamed the planets of our imagination. I still remember waiting in line for "The Motion Picture" on opening night, when a college friend dramatically announced for local TV cameras as he purchased his ticket - "One for Star Trek - PLEASE." I fondly recall gathering with friends to watch (and record with the latest technology, something called videotape) the premiere of "Next Generation." With "Discovery," I find myself wanting a Vulcan mind meld to erase it from my memory.

Let's begin with the premise that "Discovery" takes place in the Star Trek universe about ten years before the original series. From a practical standpoint, this might be the worst decision of all. Thanks to CGI advances, the tech of the new series outshines the original series with the brightness of a supernova. In a way, this cannot be avoided. But at least "Enterprise" made an effort to make its tech look underdeveloped when compared to other series.

Also, in no particular order ...

Who are these villains? They aren't Klingons. They don't behave like Klingons. They don't look like Klingons. And all the subtitles are annoying.

The Spock Family Tree: Remember in "Star Trek V" (no winner itself), when we were surprised to learn that Spock had a half-brother? Now we learn he has a half-sister, sort of. Whatever happened to "Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations"? Or is this simple laziness on the part of the writers?

Speaking of Vulcans: Did the character of Michael Burnham learn nothing while being raised on a planet of cold-blooded humanoids? What kind of Vulcan betrays their captain? What kind of Starfleet takes her back?

These are just a few examples. I could go on and on, but I have spent far too much time on this already.

What is most frustrating is that all of these issues could have been dealt with - dare I say? - logically.
The award for Best Use of Spores
on a "Star Trek" series still belongs
to "This Side of Paradise."

  • For God's sake, set the series in a time past the other series. Take advantage of the latest special effects technology to make it look like it should - new and exciting.
  • For Kahless' sake, find a new race of villains. Someone new. Someone we have not seen before. "Deep Space Nine" excelled at this.
  • If you must have another human-Vulcan hybrid character, fine. But do so with a little more originality. Minimize the Sarek character as an adviser to Michael Burnham's Vulcan family. Make Burnham a Vulcan agitator or spy, working on behalf of Starfleet military. Having her suddenly turn on her captain with little explanation is - here I go again - highly illogical.
In short, whatever happened to "explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before"? The new series does none of these things. It has broken its promise while showing little promise. 

I wanted to love this series. Failing that, I wanted to like this series. Failing that, I wanted to be able to say "nice try." I can't. Phasers on kill, Mr. Sulu. I'd rather spend my hard-earned quatloos on something else.

* Sickbay? Seriously? This never came to mind before, but they couldn't come up with a better name? Following this nomenclature, why don't they call the restroom "pissbay"? Or Ten Forward "drunkbay"?

Goodbye to 12 - Doctor Who - Knock Knock Review

We celebrate the Peter Capaldi era by revisiting the 12th Doctor's adventures as we count down the days to his last adventure.

Doctor Who:
Knock Knock
By Mike Bartlett

“This is the part of my life you're not in.”

“Knock Knock” is mainly about Bill and her friends looking to rent a house while at university. They were not having any luck until an older man offered them a house for rent that was cheap and had enough bedrooms to accommodate everyone. But of course if it’s too good to be true it genuinely is as The Doctor who is helping Bill move in is instantly alerted to something not right about the house.  The Doctor senses something alien and as usual he is correct as the whole house seems to be alive and it’s alive and infested with alien bugs.  The creepy thing is the house won’t let you leave and it seems to open up the walls and sucks you in.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Goodbye to 12 - Doctor Who - Thin Ice Review

We celebrate the Peter Capaldi era by revisiting the 12th Doctor's adventures as we count down the days to his last adventure.

Doctor Who:
Thin Ice
Sarah Dollard

“I don’t have the luxury of outrage.”

The third episode of Series 10 of Doctor is the story written by Sarah Dollard titled “Thin Ice”.  It takes place during 1814 during the last Frost Fair on the river Thames.  But there is something not right with this Frost Fair as people seem to have been disappearing and there are also green lights under the ice.  Not to mention a giant creature chained down in the Thames whose excrement seems to burn a lot stronger and longer than coal.  I do believe that scene where Bill goes “No Sh…..” is one of the funniest in the new series in quite some time.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Goodbye to 12 - Doctor Who - Smile Review

We celebrate the Peter Capaldi era by revisiting the 12th Doctor's adventures as we count down the days to his last adventure.

Doctor Who
Frank Cottrell-Boyce

“So, where is everyone? Don't tell me we've come halfway across the universe and they've all gone out. We should've texted first or something.”

When this story was first announced, and from what was shown during the trailers, I thought this story was going to be really stupid and be one of the worst of all time.  Well for Sleep No More and Love and Monsters their title of one of the worst stories ever is still in their possession.  Smile was in fact a very entertaining and enjoyable story.  I never would have thought a story about Emojibots would be entertaining or in that fact good considering the writer is the same that gave us the very forgettable "In the Forest of the Night". 

Details on Doctor Who - UNIT: Encounters

Out now from Big Finish is the 5th series in the UNIT audio adventures featuring Jemma Redgrave as Kate Stewart.  You can order the box set from the Big Finish website.

Protecting the Earth is a full-time job, but Kate Stewart and her team are always prepared. Join UNIT as they deal with threats from other worlds, and some from closer to home...

The Dalek Transaction by Matt Fitton

When a rogue guerrilla faction offer an alien artefact for auction, Kate Stewart and her team go undercover to the jungles of Central America. But they find that the prize on offer is far deadlier than its owners realise. Captive, desperate and alone. That’s when a Dalek is at its most dangerous.

Invocation by Roy Gill

It’s Hallowe’en, and Josh finds himself at a party where phantoms are becoming all too real. Osgood is working late and hears a voice from the skies making strange incantations. The next day, Kate has gone missing in the Scottish Borders, and the team head north to investigate. Ghosts from the past are haunting UNIT, and now they threaten the whole world…

The Sontaran Project by Andrew Smith

On a routine reconnaissance mission, Colonel Shindi finds more than he bargains for in the Forest of Ardennes. Back in England, an old colleague makes Osgood an offer she cannot refuse. The chance to take part in an exciting new scientific advance. Before long, UNIT is on collision course with a force of alien clones, and Kate must forge an unlikely alliance.

False Negative by John Dorney

When a strange travel capsule is activated in UNIT’s laboratory, Osgood and Josh find themselves in a whole new world of trouble. Soon, nobody at UNIT HQ is quite who they seem, and the team discovers that the greatest danger they could ever face comes from within...

Written By: Matt Fitton, Roy Gill, Andrew Smith, John Dorney
Directed By: Ken Bentley

Jemma Redgrave (Kate Stewart), Ingrid Oliver (Osgood), James Joyce (Captain Josh Carter), Ramon Tikaram (Colonel Shindi), Karina Fernandez (Captain Gonsalves/ Phoebe Breckenridge), Lucy Fleming (Alice Donelly), Matthew Cottle (Ben Donelly/ Overseer), David Jonsson (Corporal James Morley), Dan Starkey (Marshal Skar/ Commander Merx/ Sontaran Escapee), James Wilby (Professor John Torrance), Beth Goddard (Christine Colley), Barnaby Edwards (Satellite voice), Jot Davies (Guerilla/ AIDE/ Soldier) and Nicholas Briggs (The Daleks). Other parts played by members of the cast.

Producer David Richardson

Script Editors Matt Fitton, John Dorney
Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Doctor Who Comic Book Releases for November 29th

Out now from Titan Comics is the continuing adventures of the 11th Doctor in his comic book series.  You can buy this comic book at your local comic book store.

Writers: Rob Williams, Alex Paknadel
Artists: Ivan Rodriguez, J.B. Bastos
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC - 32pp - $3.99 - On sale: November 29, 2017

The Eleventh Doctor's Third Year is nearly at an end! With all the Sapling has learned and experienced alongside its Dzparentsdz... Can it avoid becoming the genocidal weapon it was born to be?

Cover A: Simon Myers, Rachael Smith
Cover B: Photo
Cover C: Andy Carr