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What is it like to be Davros?

Posted by goldenplum on May 18, 2015 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Doctor Who star terry Molloy talks about playing the sinister leader of the Daleks Davros in the long running and beloved science fiction series. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWnH2XksZVo" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Please click here ti view the video.

Dr Who Baddies

Posted by goldenplum on May 11, 2015 at 6:10 AM Comments comments (0)

I would like to point you to a lovely map. Just like the London subway/underground map. Only this map is for the Monsters of Doctor who. Its pretty neet and has links to a wiki about each creacher. 

Excuse Me Mr. Dalek

Posted by goldenplum on May 4, 2015 at 2:35 AM Comments comments (0)

From Shall We Destroy -

Dr Who and the Daleks

Written by Terry Nation and Milton Subotsky, directed by Gordon Flemyng, 1965

I’m a big fan of sixties Doctor Who, and especially of Hartnell. Therefore, you’d be forgiven for expecting me to tow the party line when it comes to the Aaru movies (such as there is even a fan consensus at all): that at best they’re a bit of fun, and at worst a cartoonish Technicolor travesty of the original stories’ relatively unparalleled realism and ‘grittiness’. And I do. I think they’re shit.


But, see, here’s the thing – I’d love, I’d really love to like the films. I love apocrypha – the weird digressions and convolutions that Doctor Who’s colossus-like straddling of numerous media inevitably throws up. I like to be able to go, ‘Hey, you know what – I love the TV originals’ committed approach (which makes their no-budget values pretty much irrelevant), but this is something different

Shakedown, by Terrance Dicks

Posted by goldenplum on December 10, 2014 at 11:00 PM Comments comments (0)

From Tea with Morbius- Shakedown, by Terrance Dicks (Virgin New Adventure)


Shakedown began life as a fan made video production, featuring the Sontarans, but not the Doctor. It was scripted by Terrance Dicks, apparently for a very minimal fee. Terrance Dicks was later approached by Virgin, who wanted him to adapt it as a novel featuring the Doctor. Instead of changing the story of Shakedown to include the Doctor, Dicks did something rather more interesting. He wrote a basic novelisation of Shakedown, then included this as the middle section of a longer novel. This novel created a literary backstory for the fan movie. This involved the Doctor and his companions pursuing a Rutan spy.


Shakedown is written in that minimalistic, unfancy prose which characterised Terrance Dicks' novelisations. The middle section, based on the fan movie, is very reminiscent of his Target novels. However, it also draws on his Virgin novels too, with the playfulness and the endless references to other Doctor Who storie, especially Uncel Terry's own scripts. And with it being a Terrance Dicks, a female character inevitably gets threatened with rape.


As with some of his other novels, Dicks tends to make the Seventh Doctor seem more like Pertwee than McCoy, though he gets Bernice, Chris and Roz spot on. The Sontarans were portrayed more sympathetically here than in the Classic Series, one can see the emergence of the friendly Sontarans of the New Series. I was rather glad to see the Rutans getting a bit more attention here. I think they are a great monster.


There is some great world-buiding here, especially the planet of insectoid Oxford dons. Likewise, Dick's portrayal of the corrupt and anarchic Megacity has a cynicism to match the late Robert Holmes. The most striking character we are introdued to is the Ogron police chief, a polite and educated Ogron, who sips tea and eats cakes. Before we can applaud Dicks for breaking stereoypes, it turns out that this Ogron has been surgically altered. This is rather disappointing. Dicks just assumes Ogrons are all dumb because they conform to racially suspect stereotypes. Wouldn't it have been nice if Dicks had given us an Ogron who really did fail to conform to the cliche (without having been 'civilized' by surgery)? But we can hardly expect Uncle Terry to be progressive.


This is a fun novel with plenty of action. Readers who have grown up with Terrance Dicks' Target novels will very much enjoy this.



Funny monsters

Posted by goldenplum on January 4, 2014 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (0)

In such a long running show you are bound to fun into a bit of funny monsters. Lets start with one of my favorates the Vervoids.

They were just shown in one storyline as part of the doctors trial in "Trial of a Timelord." 

From the Tardis data core -They could release swamp gas out of their mouth-like appendage when panicked. They had short tendrils at the ends of their "arms", which served as hands for simple tasks or to shoot poisonous darts.

Next we have Mr. Poteo head I mean the sontarans.

From The Tardis data core - The Sontarans reproduced by cloning, meaning each Sontaran was nearly identical to each other. Based on General Sontar. The Sontarans were a martial species, obsessed with war. They hated the idea of a great war going on without them.

The Classic Who make-up was even worse

However, now they aremade even more funny with Strax. 

From the Tardis Data core -- Strax was one of many people who owed the Doctor a debt. He fought and died at the Battle of Demons Run, Strax was later resurrected and has become a comedic character living in Victorian London with them, acting as their butler.

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