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Tiglets Time Travels- THE ENTIRE SAGA!

EP 1

Mr Tiglet began as a hiking mascot in early 2012 for Ian’s Travelblog Adventures, then gradually began taking over.

Devising a story arc for Tiglet’s Time Travels over two years was an epic Storytelling project. The First season was an exercise in storytelling using photographs and in poetic form and expanded into an epic storyline over the next few months. I finished the series in December 2013, an epic 17k words in 32 episodes, which is not bad, given that I had to make it with virtually no money and little resources, using whatever I could find to build/paint and shoot the series.

The sequel- Tiglet’s Timewars is undergoing planning, although I have no idea when it will be ready for release.

 

SEASON 1-LOST IN TIME

Original post-

https://iancaimercer.wordpress.com/2012/09/29/tiglets-time-travels-2/

Revamped-

https://mrtigletstravels.wordpress.com/2014/04/21/tiglets-time-travels-revamped-series-1-lost-in-time/

Videos-

Ep1- LOST IN TIME

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ONWTvPJ8QE&index=28&list=PL0XgFU2LKnsjoQvFus3tLUlMT-l_240XC

Ep2- STOWAWAY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRJ_PsQ4iAA&index=29&list=PL0XgFU2LKnsjoQvFus3tLUlMT-l_240XC

ep3-RESURGENCE OF THE GIANT GLOW-IN-THE-DARK-SPIDERS FROM BEYOND THE MILKY WAY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y79vWhY7EAs&index=30&list=PL0XgFU2LKnsjoQvFus3tLUlMT-l_240XC

Ep4- BATTLE OF THE ATLANTIG-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6AgXXaTe3k&index=31&list=PL0XgFU2LKnsjoQvFus3tLUlMT-l_240XC

EP5- ZAURIUS Z’ROMA-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8BH6LHjuOo

EP 6- MRS TIGLETS TIME TRAVELS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJvo8-TZ5yw&list=PL0XgFU2LKnsjoQvFus3tLUlMT-l_240XC&index=32

TIGLET’S CHRISTMAS SPECIAL-

https://iancaimercer.wordpress.com/2012/12/25/tiglets-christmas-special/

 

SEASON 2- THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME-

EPISODE 1- EMPIRE OF THE TERRORCATS-

https://mrtigletstravels.wordpress.com/2013/02/02/tiglets-time-travels-season-2-the-shape-of-things-to-come/

EPISODE 2- STRANDED IN THE BLITZ!

https://mrtigletstravels.wordpress.com/2013/02/03/tiglets-time-travels-season-2-the-shape-of-things-to-come-episode-2-stranded-in-the-blitz/

EPISODE 3- THE PROPHECY

https://mrtigletstravels.wordpress.com/2013/02/04/tiglets-time-travels-season-2-the-shape-of-things-to-come-episode-3-the-prophecy/

EPISODE 4- ROARY’S STORY

https://mrtigletstravels.wordpress.com/2013/02/04/tiglets-time-travels-season-2-the-shape-of-things-to-come-episode-4-roarys-story/

EPISODE 5- ATTACK OF THE RACHNOIDIONS

https://mrtigletstravels.wordpress.com/2013/02/05/tiglets-time-travels-season-2-the-shape-of-things-to-come-episode-5-attack-of-the-rachnoidions/

EPISODE 6- IN TOO DEEP

https://mrtigletstravels.wordpress.com/2013/02/06/tiglets-time-travels-season-2-the-shape-of-things-to-come-episode-6-in-too-deep/

2013 Easter Special- Series 3 prologue

https://mrtigletstravels.wordpress.com/2013/03/31/tiglets-easter-special/

 

SEASON 3- REVELATIONS AND REVOLUTIONS

EPISODE 1- VINDICATION DAY

https://mrtigletstravels.wordpress.com/2013/04/07/tiglets-time-travels-season-3-revelations-and-revolutions/

EPISODE 2- ZAURIA THE TIME PROTECTOR

https://mrtigletstravels.wordpress.com/2013/04/08/tiglets-time-travels-season-3-revelations-and-revolutions-ep-2/

EPISODE 3- REVELATIONS AND REVOLUTIONS

https://mrtigletstravels.wordpress.com/2013/04/09/tiglets-time-travels-season-3-revelations-and-revolutions-episode-3/

EPISODE 4- THE CONCLAVE

https://mrtigletstravels.wordpress.com/2013/04/10/tiglets-time-travels-season-3-revelations-and-revolutions-episode-4/

EPISODE 5-   TIGLET, IN AN ADVENTURE WITH PIRATES!!!

https://mrtigletstravels.wordpress.com/2013/04/11/tiglets-time-travels-season-3-revelations-and-revolutions-episode-5/

EPISODE 6- THE LAST STAND OF THE LEONIUS

https://mrtigletstravels.wordpress.com/2013/04/12/tiglets-time-travels-season-3-revelations-and-revolutions-ep-6/

 

 

SEASON 4- THE COMING OF THE ROARBRINGERS

EPISODE 1- ORIGIN

https://mrtigletstravels.wordpress.com/2013/08/04/tiglets-time-travels-season-4-the-coming-of-the-roarbringers/

EPISODE 2- WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?

https://mrtigletstravels.wordpress.com/2013/08/11/tiglets-time-travels-season-4-the-coming-of-the-roarbringers-2/

EPISODE 3- RETURN TO THE BATTLE OF THE ATLANTIG!

https://mrtigletstravels.wordpress.com/2013/08/18/tiglets-time-travels-season-4-the-coming-of-the-roarbringers-3/

EPISODE 4- THE SCOURGE OF SKAARVATOR

https://mrtigletstravels.wordpress.com/2013/08/29/tiglets-time-travels-season-4-the-coming-of-the-roarbringers-4/

EPISODE 5-   ROARBRINGERS!

https://mrtigletstravels.wordpress.com/2013/08/30/episode-5-roarbringers/

EPISODE 6- THE WAY IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN

https://mrtigletstravels.wordpress.com/2013/09/01/episode-6-the-way-it-should-have-been/

 

 

SEASON 5- FOR BLOOD AND FOR GLORY!

EPISODE 1- REUNIFICATION (or THE WAY IT SHALL BE)

https://mrtigletstravels.wordpress.com/2013/11/03/tiglets-time-travels-season-5-for-blood-and-for-glory/

EPISODE 2- THE STORY OF THE TIMESHIP KLAWHAMMER

https://mrtigletstravels.wordpress.com/2013/11/10/tiglets-time-travels-series-5-episode-2-the-story-of-the-timeship-klawhammer/

EPISODE 3- ALL THE PIECES INTO PLACE

https://mrtigletstravels.wordpress.com/2013/11/17/tiglets-time-travels-season-5-for-blood-and-for-glory-2/

EPISODE 4- FOR BLOOD AND FOR GLORY!!!

https://mrtigletstravels.wordpress.com/2013/11/24/tiglets-time-travels-season-5-episode-4-for-blood-and-for-glory/

EPISODE 5-   TIGLET’S TIMERANGERS

https://mrtigletstravels.wordpress.com/2013/12/01/episode-5-tiglets-timerangers/

EPISODE 6- THE END OF THE TIMEROAD

https://mrtigletstravels.wordpress.com/2013/12/09/tiglets-time-travels-season-5-episode-6-the-end-of-the-timeroad/

 

THE EPILOGUE- JAN.14

https://mrtigletstravels.wordpress.com/2014/01/11/tiglets-time-travels-the-epilogue/

“As the Time windows were closed and sealed, the Z’Romians returned to their Timeline and the Family of Tiglet settled in their new home, none of them had any idea that there were gathering clouds on a distant horizon.

But that is, as they say, another epic tale, to be told another time, and in another place.”

FROM THE EPILOGUE- Tiglet’s Time Travels will continue- someday!

 

 

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DOCTOR WHO’S 55TH ANNIVERSARY- PART 3-(3/4)

15 DOCTORS!

Mr. Tiglet's Blog

IW55THDOCTOR WHO’S 55TH ANNIVERSARY- PART 3-(3/4)

Well, it’s a week later than planned, but In true Blue Peter-style, here’s a rant I wrote earlier in the year-

Regeneration 101- the 15 Faces of Doctor Who


“My Successor? It could even be a Woman. There’s no reason why The Doctor should always be a Man”

Tom Baker on his ‘retirement’ from the role of Doctor Who.

(Quoted from Regeneration- The Mystery of Ages. The Time Travellers Guide by Peter Haining. 1987. (1995 edition))

15 drs numbered properly

With the release of Series 11(Season 37), I thought it was about time I updated DRG2TW, with something that’s been annoying me for some time- how everyone has gotten something fundamentally wrong.

Just thought I’d mention that I can do basic mathematics- One bean plus two beans makes three beans. Sounds a bit like Baldrick from Blackadder- one bean plus two beans are some beans!

It seems that…

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DOCTOR WHO’S 55TH ANNIVERSARY- PART 2- WHOTOPIA (2/4)

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For the second part, I thought I’d talk about my experiences with fandom, especially trying to get stories/articles published/commissioned or made in some form or Other.

I’ve already written how Infinite Whoniverses came about, pitching Triumph of the Daleks to the BBC, Virgin books/BBC Books, Big Finish etc in the 90’s and getting nowhere fast.

About 2011 I began reading Jigsaw Publications The Doctor Who Project and pitched a few ideas to them. THE CHILDREN OF CHAOS storyline was accepted and would have been part of Season 38, had I completed the story, but I didn’t. Life, work and not much free time conspired againast me, along with a lack of organisation too. I did write reviews for the first two seasons of stories, but the editor told me they were too short. The few up on their reviews section were like essays and one even gave away a plot twist- a no-no if ever there was. Reviews should be short, succinct and to the point, not long-winded rambling essays that give away plot points or even the ending or even whitewash it, which I’ve noticed Doctor Who Magazine does now. Anyway, I left it, but one thing that did get published on the sister site Whotopia was my City of Death review (page53) part of the ‘Top 25 stories of all time’ section of the 50th Anniversary Special. While I didn’t agree with all of the selections (Midnight is SO overrated!) there are a few crackers in there, and yes I do wish I’d have done the Robots of Death review, but I have a new idea to blog about it, hopefully before Xmas! The fact that most of the readers who voted only watched since the 2005 reboot was a big factor. I’ve been watching the show since Season 17- 1979- Destiny of the Daleks onwards, so of course I’d favour most classic stories over new anyway.

 

So, here’s my copy of the issue, along with a link to WHOtopia-

2013 Summer Special

http://www.whotopia.ca/

 

 

 

DOCTOR WHO’S 55TH ANNIVERSARY- Dark Days (1/4)

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DOCTOR WHO’S 55TH ANNIVERSARY- Dark Days (1/4)

With the 55th Anniversary of the world’s longest running Television Science Fiction series, I thought it was appropriate to do something to mark the occasion- several somethings actually.

So, here I am sharing a story that first appeared in the Fanzine DXC in January 1996- a long time ago in a suburb of Liverpool-not-so-far-away!

This was one of several submissions to the zine and the only one printed. The Degeneration Game and Murder on the Andromeda Express did not get printed, as far as I know. DXC was the enigmatic title given by Archeologist/writer/artist John Gordon Swogger. The second issue had contained the awesome Lord of the Rings pastische AND IN THE DARKNESS BIND THEM with Davros as the DarkLord and Thals/Humans and Draconians asDwarves, Men and Elves.

Since I was doing an Astronomy course at the time, I think I asked about an Intergalactic war story- the result was Dark Days, published in issue 4, January 1996. It began the Epic saga of a Second Vampire War and the Confederation, which developed into an original four-part Space Opera script I’m still trying to get made!

Anyway, here’s the story- hope you enjoy it!

Doc1- Dark Days by Ian Cai Mercer- DXC 1996

I recently found John’s blog, which focuses on his academic work and artistic projects and well worth a read-

https://johngswogger.wordpress.com/

 

 

 

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Universes Without Doctors- UWD

Universes Without Doctors- UWD

By Ian Cai Mercer

“THE UNIVERSE WITHOUT THE DOCTOR- THERE WILL BE CONSEQUENCES”- MADAME VASHTRA- THE NAME OF THE DOCTOR.

“A Timelord? But they’re forbidden to interfere.” “This one calls himself The Doctor, and does nothing but interfere.”

The Cyber lieutenant and Cyber leader- Earthshock Part 2

“A WORLD WITHOUT THE DOCTOR SCARCE BEARS THINKING ABOUT.”- THE MASTER IN THE FIVE DOCTORS.

 

WHAT HAS GONE BEFORE-

THERE ARE A NUMBER OF STORIES WHERE THE DOCTOR’S INTERVENTION IS CRITICAL TO THE EVIL BEING STOPPED OR PROBLEM OVERCOME.

BUT WHAT IF HE HAD NOT BEEN THERE? How Different would the outcome be?

It’s a scary thought, but a brilliant premise-

Welcome to a world without the doctor!!!

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There is a new force in the Multiverse- well, a re-branding really. No longer A World Without The Doctor- It’s time to think bigger- It’s time for UNIVERSES WITHOUT DOCTORS- UWD!

Yes- plural not singular.. More unfriendly, even downright dangerous and scary-hairy, no messing about.

The previous six stories played with the premise well- using TV stories as the Launchpad and seeing what MIGHT have happened without the Doctor’s arrival/interference. ROBOTS OF DEATH became The Robot Revolution, still my favourite of the bunch.

CITY OF DEATH became Saviour of the Jagaroth as Scaroth stopped himself and led a new Jagaroth Empire.

EARTHSHOCK became Aftershock as three Beings vied for dominance in the body of the CyberLeader. ROSE turned into Rose Tyler and the Manniquin Monsters.

THE RUNAWAY BRIDE became Infestation Day and recently THE CURSE OF PELADON and THE DALEKS MASTERPLAN  became The Warriors of Peladon- with the local group of galaxies going up in flames.

It seems apt to change the name of the thread as the 55th Anniversary Season is on (Series 11- or Season 37 if you’re counting from Season 26)

So this Halloween get ready for scary Clown and Sweet droids as THE HAPPINESS PATROL becomes Happiness Will Prevail- originally slated for a year ago, but a few new elements make it even better- including the debut of The Kandy Lady!

Get ready for INFINITE WHONIVERSES- UNIVERSES WITHOUT DOCTORS!

 

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THERE IS NO CONFLICT- RETURN OF THE JEDI’S 35TH ANNIVERSARY

THERE IS NO CONFLICT- RETURN OF THE JEDI’S 35TH ANNIVERSARY- plus thoughts on Aftermath/Resistance and The Mandalorian

ROTJI almost titled this ‘The Redemption of Darth Vader’, as that was the whole point of the Original saga- even including the Prequel Trilogy.

I missed the actual date back in May, so watched it last week, the original version first and then the rereleased ‘special’ edition- I prefer the old music at the end, but it’s still one of the best films I have ever seen- Empire Strikes back narrowly beats it to the top spot, with ET in joint third place with New Hope.

I vaguely recall going to see it in 1983. I was nine and it was on at the old Empire Cinema in Widnes, which is now a car park for the Leisure Centre.

It is an epic conclusion to the original Trilogy- Han is freed, Yoda dies, Luke learns the full truth and the rebellion against the Empire reaches a climatic finale, bringing closure to the saga.

Short helps better than no help at all Chewie”- Han Solo.

Now here’s a revelation- would the strike against the Shield Generator succeeded without the Ewoks? In a word- NO! Gaining their help was a pivotal plot point. Wicket seems like a cute teddy bear, but proves himself against the Scout Trooper, then the rest of the tribe save the rebels from the trap.

“So what I told you was true, from a certain point of view” Obi Wan Kenobi.

Truth- or how we perceive it is a strong theme- Palpatine’s lies and machinations are self- evident, but as Kenobi says, personal perspective does play a large part in figuring out what truth is. Okay, he was justifying not telling what really happened to Anakin Skywalker, meaning Luke was not ready, something Yoda emphasised as well.

“I feel the conflict in you.” “There is no conflict”- Luke and Vader.

Two scenes that stand out are where Luke tells Leia she is his sister and then Luke meeting Vader. Dave Prowse did an amazing thing, right at the end of the scene when Luke walks off saying- “Then my Father is truly dead”. He stands at the rail, hunched a bit and it is just a moment, but yes- there is the conflict right there.

It perfectly sets up the Finale- Palpatine is killing Luke with Force Lightning, Vader hunched over, looking between the two, Luke begging. Then he straightens and picks The Emperor up and throws him over the bridge- Anakin, saved by his Son. Like I said at the start- it’s the Redemption of Anakin Skywalker, ditching the Dark Side. (Maybe that should’ve been the title?)

As I said earlier, it is still one of the best films ever, I prefer the old music at the end- the ‘yubyub’ song, although the added celebrations on Tatooine, Coruscant and Cloud City are great in the Special Edition.

When Disney took over the franchise, the old Expanded Universe timeline was ditched and a blank slate meant New things could be made. The Aftermath trilogy of novels by Chuck Wendig revised what happened after Endor and the rise of the New Republic.

They are not bad. Admiral Sloane isn’t quite Thrawn or Daala or Isard, but she is capable, although Rax is the true manipulator of the Remnant. The criminal nature of the Regime is apparent and there are a few new characters introduced.

There are a number of Interludes peppered throughout the trilogy, showing the wider conflict.

One of the recurring Interludes is on Tatooine, following Lawman Cobb Vanth as he claims some Mandalorian armour. This could lead into-

‘MANDALORIANS’. A live-action series by Jon Favreau. This seems to be like the Underworld/Bounty Hunters ideas that got shelved when Disney took over that I mentioned in the Summer, another freaky coincidence that makes me think The Force is strong in this one! (yeah, he wishes!)

Few things are known, apart from it has the Mandalorians or a group as the protagonists and is set seven years after the Return of the Jedi. This is part of the Force Awakens timeline, the old Expanded universe ditched. It is interesting to note that in the Old EU saga, seven years after ROJ was the Jedi Academy trilogy. It seems to be set on Tatooine, so is it following Vanth?

Perhaps The Mandalorian will also furnish some clues on Rey’s parentage. Did Shmi have a brother or sister? Did she have another child with Lars?

I reckon Rey’s a Kenobi, Obi Wan’s Granddaughter. In the Novel Kenobi, he helps some locals including Anileen Calwell, and there is a hint of romance in there. I think if the Kenobi film goes ahead, that might play out, as twenty years on Tatooine might have led to a few reasons why he became known as crazy old Ben.

Finally Resistance. I watched the First episode and it was okay. Taz is likeable, if a bit clumsy and unsure of himself. The Race is a re-tread of the Podracing scene from Episode 1, but sets up his goal of getting accepted to try and sniff out the First Order spy while gathering a team to help/hinder him.

It is very different from Rebels, not just the animation style, but in characters and story as well. And there’s evena couple of Snaggletooth’s in the background- cool!

2022 will be 45th Anniversary, so maybe we’ll see a few new series- I’m still hoping to see my Storming the Dead or Another Chance, but I’d probably have to make them myself. I’ve had a few more ideas since the summer- Holonews/Heroes of the Rebellion/ The Halo crew and The Dark Order, but that’s in Another galaxy even farther away!

Anyway, that’s it from a Galaxy far, far away. I do need to crack on with a review of Jodie in the TARDIS- which is brilliant, by the way- oops- Spoilers Baby!!

 

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ENDORSE/LIKE/FOLLOW/CONNECT!

I’ve been updating my profile on Linked In and noticed there are a few other places I need to update, so here’s a few that need likes/endorsements/connections etc!

Thanks!

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