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The American Doctor Who

Posted by goldenplum on February 24, 2016 at 3:25 AM Comments comments (0)

From https://doctorwhoworldwide.com/2016/01/06/yee-jee-tso-to-publish-doctor-who-book-new-interview-available-online/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Doctor Who World Wide - Yee Jee Tso who played Chang Lee in the 1996  (American ) Doctor Who TV Movie has given a new interview where he talks on his experiences working on the McGann special, learning photography, writing his first book, and how his life is twenty years after the premiere of the episode.


Speaking during his appearance on the New Year Special of the MarkWHO42 podcast, hosted by MarkWHO42‘s Christian Basel and Patty Hawkins, Yee Jee Tso, also discussed his new book coming out in 2016 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the TV Movie!


Time and Spaces: A Photo Journal of Doctor Who Filming will be released in May 2016

River Song

Posted by goldenplum on February 19, 2016 at 1:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Fromhttps://doctorwhoworldwide.com/2016/01/08/new-bbc-book-explores-the-legends-of-river-song/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> Doctor Who World Wide -

A new book from the BBC will explore the further adventures of River Song, charting her exploits as extracted from her journals. It will be written by  Jacqueline Rayner, Guy Adams, Jenny T Colgan, Steve Lyons and Andy Lane will all be contributing to the anthology.

Editor Justin Richards says the release will reveal more about the legend of River:


“These are just a few of River Song’s exploits, extracted from her journals, sometimes she is with the Doctor. Sometimes she is on her own. But wherever and whenever she may be, she is never far from danger and excitement. This is just a tiny portion of her impossible life. But it will reveal more than you’ve ever known about the legend that is River Song.”

The Silent Stars Go By

Posted by goldenplum on April 8, 2015 at 2:15 AM Comments comments (0)

From Tea with Morbius -

this being the first appearance of the Ice Warriors in a BBC Wales Doctor story and it also being a Dan Abnett novel, I definitely wanted to read it.


Silent Stars is a novel that very much wears its influences on its literary sleeve. With the Christmas feel, it very much feels like a Moffat Christmas episode (though it is better than all of those dreadful affairs). On the other hand, it is not only the presence of the Ice Warriors that makes this feel like a classic four or six part Doctor Who serial; it is also set on a planet that appears to be inhabited by about ten people and has a council consisting of an elder hostile to the Doctor and an elder sympathetic to the Doctor. The simple and effective storytelling puts one in mind of a Terrance Dicks Target novelisation. The playful use of language, such as 'Guide E-manual' and 'Unguidely' also reminds me of Paradise Towers.

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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.



We need a two hearted hero

Posted by goldenplum on January 23, 2014 at 3:10 AM Comments comments (0)


“When they made this particular hero, they didn’t give him a gun, they gave him a screwdriver to fix things. They didn’t give him a tank or a warship or an x-wing fighter, they gave him a call box from which you can call for help. And they didn’t give him a superpower or pointy ears or a heat ray, they gave him an extra heart. They gave him two hearts.


And that’s an extraordinary thing; there will never come a time when we don’t need a hero like the Doctor.”


- Steven Moffat

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