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GREY DOMINION- Trailer 1- I slept through the apocalypse

GREY DOMINION- Trailer 1- I slept through the apocalypse

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I’ve put up a new video on my Youtube channel. Shocking, I know! After putting up a dozen hikes and events from Jan-March, I’m now behind again on April’s events. One thing I spent most of last weekend on was the footage I had shot of ‘The Mothership’ or Mersey Dome at Pierhead, New Brighton and Woodside the other week. This is part of Grey Dominion, an unfinished film script I first outlined back in 1997/98. Set in 2028, a decade after Contact with the Grey Dominion, the last few resistors discover the truth behind the Greys and witness the End of the Grey Lord’s reign.

There are several obvious influences- V, War of the Worlds, Independence Day. When I learned that the new version of War of the Worlds was being shot in Liverpool, I thought I had best get a move on with my own version.

I was going to work on the sequel to Tiglet’s Time Travels- again featuring an invasion centred on Liverpool. In fact, most of my scripts/short film ideas are set in or around the city and I’ve made over a hundred videos of different places and events over past five years. GD I actually pitched to Phil Redmond when I was involved with Shout radio- the Student radio society at JMU, but didn’t really develop it into a Radio play. I did pitch a Doctor Who version in about 2000 to BBC Books, but that wasn’t accepted, so I lost interest and worked on other things.

I have also been watching V again, as it was the 35th Anniversary last week. Most of the storyline of GD began as a ‘Liverpool Resistance’ story, although it was headed by Stevie Kuza, a Japanese student. When I changed the Lead to Lucius, who I thought might be Black, but I don’t know if that would be best. I mean, what do I know about Casting? I’ve sent CV’s to Agents in the past and heard nothing, I’ve cast myself in several puppet shows including doing Dalek voices, plus had my Nephew’s in Pawlock , but Casting Other People? Okay, let’s do it!

So, I will be getting that sorted in the next couple of months and hopefully get two more trailers done and the main shoot by the end of the summer- though I am aware I’m not the best at scheduling either- IW 5 has only one story out of six finished, so that’s dragging its feet. But the journey to get GD made has begun!

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The 23 lives of the Doctor- The Brain of Morbius Doctors

the forgotten doctorsREGENERATION 101- THE MORBIUS DOCTORS

How far, Doctor?  How long have you lived?  Your puny mind is powerless against the strength of Morbius.  Back, back to your beginning . . .”                                             – Morbius

 

The 23 lives of the Doctor- The Brain of Morbius Doctors

There have been several times in the history of DW when the Question of Who The Doctor is and The Mystery of his identity comes up. In the Brain of Morbius eight more faces appear after Hartnell, leading to speculation on who they could be.

Here’s what Wikipedia has to say-

During the Doctor’s mental battle with Morbius, the mind-bending machine displays two images of Morbius, then images of the Doctor’s four incarnations as of the serial’s production. These are followed by images of eight previously-unseen faces, intended to represent incarnations preceding the First Doctor. The Doctor’s previous faces are portrayed by production unit manager George Gallaccio, script editor Robert Holmes, production assistant Graeme Harper, director Douglas Camfield, producer Philip Hinchcliffe, production assistant Christopher Baker, writer Robert Banks Stewart, and director Christopher Barry.[5][1] Hinchcliffe stated, “We tried to get famous actors for the faces of the Doctor. But because no one would volunteer, we had to use backroom boys. And it is true to say that I attempted to imply that William Hartnell was not the first Doctor”. [6] After a complaint, the BBC paid a sum of money to the actor’s union Equity benevolent fund. [7]

The season 14 story The Deadly Assassin would introduce the idea that Time Lords are limited to 12 regenerations, with the number being confirmed in the season 18 story The Keeper of Traken. Attempts to retrofit this fact with the number of faces seen in the mind test machine have brought about explanations including the possibility that the faces were Morbius’ previous incarnations, younger versions of the First Doctor, or the Doctor’s potential future incarnations. [1][8][9] The Virgin Missing Adventure Cold Fusion by Lance Parkin implies that one of these prior Doctors was the incarnation of the Doctor active at the time of the birth of Susan Foreman. However, the subsequent Virgin New Adventures novel Lungbarrow states that Hartnell’s Doctor was the first, implying instead that the faces represent incarnations of the Other, one of the founders of Time Lord civilisation, of whom the Doctor is the reincarnation.[10]

Seems pretty straightforward. Then I found this on THE HISTORY OF THE TIME LORDS PART III

MIDDLE GALLIFREY

Pre and Morbius Doctors Era-

 

How far, Doctor?  How long have you lived?  Your puny mind is powerless against the strength of Morbius.  Back, back to your beginning . . .”                                             – Morbius

The earliest known face worn by the Doctor (Christopher Barry)

-4500??        (Several thousand years before Doctor Who and the Silurians / at least 75 years after Quences is born)                 The Other emerges from the looms as the Chris Barry Doctor.  The Doctor has had some bodies and lives that he doesn’t admit to.   This Doctor will be nicknamed the Maverick.       NOTE: The mystery of the Morbius Doctors is a tricky problem.  They appear to exist before the Doctor left Gallifrey, and yet the Doctor and most (if not all) Time Lords regard the Hartnell Doctor as the Doctor’s first body.  It is known that the Doctor was married to Patience for much of time he spent in these lost incarnations, and that both he and his sons served on the High Council.  It is also known that the Doctor had not regenerated and had no interested in romance when he turned 200 at the Academy.  In order to get married and have a son that served on the high Council it would seem likely that the Doctor would be at least 330 when he was in the Camfield body.  However the Doctor’s leaving Gallifrey would have had to occur at this point.  For now I’m assuming that the Morbius Doctors were a reincarnation of the Other that occurred shortly before the birth of the Hartnell Doctor.   He married Patience, raised a family and the Doctor (and his son) served on the High Council.  When the Council discovered that the Doctor having naturally born children the Watch attacked and the family was scattered.  After experiencing at least 8 incarnations the Other Jumps Looms (i.e. enters the loom distributor and was woven into the biodata of the Hartnell Doctor), who was conceived with the help of the Loom of Lungbarrow.  Thus the Hartnell (and all subsequent Doctors) are a mix of the Other/Morbius Doctors and the half human half Gallifreyan conceived by Ulysses and Penelope.

Much to everyone (including Patience’s) surprise Patience becomes pregnant with Doctor’s child.  Patience and the Doctor’s first child, a son, is born.    The child of this first born off-spring  (Susan) is the Doctor’s grandaughter, Susan.  At the time of the son’s birth the Doctor, claims he is getting old.

The Doctor (George Gallacio)

-3900??            The Doctor regenerates for the first time. The Doctor has had some bodies and lives that he doesn’t admit to.  This Doctor will be Time’s Champion.

??                     (before the grandaughter’s birth / 2 million years after the Curse)                   The Doctor had a large family that he loved.  Patience and her husband (the Doctor) have children, 13 sons and daughters.  They wear blue clothes most of the time.  None of them become Housekeeper of Blyledge but they all live and grow up there.  None of their children are named Miranda.

-3323~??         (299, or 3462 or 4332 before Lungbarrow)                 Jobiska of the House of Lungbarrow is Loomed.

The new Doctor (Robert Banks Stewart)

-3300??             (after the birth of his son)             The Doctor regenerates.  His new body has a beard.  The Doctor has had some bodies and lives that he doesn’t admit to.  This Doctor will be nicknamed the Innocent

The new Doctor (Phillip Hinchcliffe)

-2700??            The Doctor regenerates.  His new body has dark hair. The Doctor has had some bodies and lives that he doesn’t admit to.  This Doctor will be nicknamed the Imp.

-2500??            (probably at least 2000 years after the Doctor is born / before the birth of the grandaughter)                 Patience’s husband sits on the Supreme Council and may have been a Doctor.

The new Doctor (Douglas Camfield)

-2000??               (centuries before TID / hundreds of centuries after the Curse / the day before the Grandchild is supposed to be born / after centuries of being Patience’s lover)               Patience’s husband, the Doctor, regenerates.  His new body has light colored curly hair and a dark beard. The Doctor has had some bodies and lives that he doesn’t admit to.  The Doctor and Patience’s first born son’s wife is going to give birth to the Doctor’s grandchild tomorrow.  One of Susan’s parents (almost certainly her mother) was related to Rassilon (who was probably from House Fordfarding).   This Doctor will be nicknamed the Scientist.

The new Doctor (Graeme Harper)

-1500??      The Doctor regenerates.  His new body also has a beard. The Doctor has had some bodies and lives that he doesn’t admit to.  This Doctor will be nicknamed the Explorer.

The new Doctor (Robert Holmes)

-1000??            The Doctor regenerates. The Doctor has had some bodies and lives that he doesn’t admit to.  This Doctor has been nicknamed The Warlock

The new Doctor (Chris Baker)

-500??       The Doctor regenerates for the last time before becoming the First Doctor (ie the William Hartnell Doctor).  He has dark hair and a dark moustache.  The Doctor has had some bodies and lives that he doesn’t admit to.

Morbius’ first and final incarnation

(probably around 270 days before the Doctor’s birth)                 The Time Lord Ulysses and (probably British) Human woman Penelope Gate use the Loom of the House of Lungbarrow to facilitate an interspecies pregnancy and conceive a child. Possibly as a result of the Micen Island incident the Chris Baker Doctor jumps looms and is woven into the biodata of Penelope and Ulysses’s child.  This child will become the Doctor.  The Other/Doctor loses all memory of Patience and his time as the Morbius Doctors.  Ulysses will arrange to have the Doctor “loomed” into the House of Lungbarrow.  The Doctor comes from a family of explorers.                 NOTE: The 7th Doctor claims that he has been born from a Womb twice.  This probably refers to the birth of the Other and the birth of the Doctor (via Ulysses and Penelope).

Snail (the Doctor) remembers his birth because the Other and the “Morbius Doctors” were conscious in him.  The Other/Doctor loses access to memory of Patience and his past as the Morbius Doctors.  The memories of these former lives are protected by one of the Doctor’s dreams; a female custodian named Verity.  She guards the essential essence of the Doctor.

?        (while very young)             The Doctor often dreams of stars. Despite the fact that it is very rare for Time Lords to dream, the Doctor believes that dreams are whole reason for taking time to sleep.  The Doctor suspects that Dreams are all rehearsals for future realities.

The Doctor’s name in the Omegabet, his CIA designation, and possibly the name of the Other?

WEBSITE-

http://meshyfish.com/~roo/docwho2b.html

(NOTE- I have tried to keep the formatting as it is on the page, including colour-codes- it didn’t work as it kept the text, not pictures or formatting- ah well!)

That is William B Swift’s version, which is pretty good, I think. It does make sense of some of the 7th Doctor’s statements, which came about as the Production Team were trying to reintroduce mystery into the Character. I DO THINK THOUGH THAT INCLUDING THE INFINITY DOCTORS (IN BLUE) IS A MISTAKE, AS IT IS CLEAR THE DOCTOR IN THAT NOVEL IS FROM A PARRALLEL UNIVERSE/ALTERNATE REALITY.

Anyway, as with the question of The Valeyard, it is something that hasn’t been addressed onscreen in years. The question of it being MERLIN from the Arthurian Realm is also a possibility.

So, that means then that the question that must be asked is- how is the doctor connected to THE OTHER? There is a mystery in itself, because of course, the name of the show is –DOCTOR WHO????

Also- the Youtube video The Ten Doctors by Babelcolour includes a plausible reason why The Doctor only remembers fragments of his Forgotten lives. (Part 4)

So, has THE DOCTOR had 23 lives? Only time will tell!

the three regeneration cycles of the doctor

 

STAR WARS REBELS and the Snaggletooth Quest

4th alwaysMay The 25th be with you! Belatedly of course. Seems the 40th Anniversary of the release of Episode 4 a New Hope slipped through my fingers like Star Systems through Governor Tarkin’s, as Leia said it would!

 

Anyway, Rebels series 3 has just finished, following Ezra Bridger and the rag-tag crew of the Ghost, a Millennium Falcon-type ship that seems to be part setting up ANH and the New Trilogy and part product-placement for Disney toys.

So after the climatic finale Zero Hour I watched Rogue One and A New Hope back-to-back, which was a great watch, though the ending of R1 was a bit abrupt, but tied in well to the start of ANH.

I’m playing the first Star Wars Battlefront game on the ps2 again, so I may have to blog that at some point!

I also went to Warrington Market Comic Con at the weekend, which was okay, but saw more toys for sale. I bought an AST-5 for five pounds at For the love of Sci-Fi in December, so have been looking at other stuff. The price of original Kenner-edition toys are bloody ridiculous though, you would think Lucasfilm would just remake them, but a bit better, especially Darth Vader. I must have had about half a dozen headless Vaders- looked like some kind-of Robot without a head!

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Anyway, I’ve since come to the conclusion that all this ‘collectability’ nonsense is just that. Looking out for a red or blue Snaggletooth that costs at least £80 is a bit of a ripoff. So I’m giving that quest up and just going to enjoy whatever happens with Rebels and The Last Jedi, though it will probably be about Luke giving up the Light and the dark and being like the Bendu, be the one in the middle.

One thing I did like was watching Boogie Storm- the dancing Stormtroopers, complete with Meco’s 70’s Disco theme!

 

Time to get groovy and Feel the funkyside of the Force!!

 

 

 

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VDay Blog- Courting Controversy

Here’s something el-presidente might tweet-

Lets play a game shall we? Just for fun.

Let’s call it ‘The Regeneration Game’. It’s a game any Doctor Who Fan can play, or writer/producer/actor, showrunner, whatever. You just have to lose the ability to count. Forget any ability to do simple maths, be a two year old just confused about this weird thing called ‘numbers’.

Actually, it’s a game Stephen Moffat invented, round about the time when he should’ve stepped down and done just Sherlock and Tintin rather than try juggling all three. (and dropping the ball on Who!)

Anyhoo, this is it- the only courting I’m gonna do on Valentine’s day- yes, SHE’S BACK BABY! A hot date with a Red-hot B^*%$! With a bad-A&%$ attitude- so watch out! Obi-Don Drumphioli never got as controversial as me and Miss C.

So, watch out, as we play THE REGENERATION GAME- Coming sooner than expected, or even wanted!

HAPPY VDAY!- WITH FLOWERS!

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COSDAY 4- My Cosday Will Go On- 300TH VIDEO!

2016 New Year card or background with monkey.Happy New Year. Merry Christmas.
Year of the monkey!

2016 New Year card or background with monkey. Happy New Year. Merry Christmas. Year of the monkey!

 

Well, this has been a bit different. Tidying, sorting, recycling revising old stories and CV, catching up on stuff, seeing Rogue 1 twice and planning Dr. Rrr Series 2.

In the midst of all that, I have even begun sorting photos and clips from last few hikes and compiled a compilation of the two dozen Comic Cons/Cosplay meets and events from 2016.

 

It’s been an awesome journey, trying out new things, especially Anime- Attack on Titan etc and learning new things/expanding my Cultural horizons. Chinese New Year was awesome, it’s still the Year of the Monkey, and a right cheeky one it has been!

Recently I’ve become fascinated and even captivated by the concept of Bunraku- Japanese Puppetry, something akin to Thunderbirds-style, indeed Starfleet was an 80’s Bunraku that was even more popular in the West than in Japan- it was a shame a fire destroyed the original puppets though. Thunderbolt Fantasy is a Taiwan-based show and something I’d like to emulate at some point- after Series 2 of Dr. Rrr though!

Anyway, 300 videos. Ever changing-ever learning, My Cosday will go on!

 

SOUNDTRACK-

My Heart will go on Meets Metal

Lord of the Rings Meets Metal

Star Wars – The Force Theme/Rogue One

covers by Eric Calderone- 331EROCK on Youtube

Star Wars – The Force Theme/Rogue One Meets Metal

 

William Tell Overture HEAVY METAL MASHUP!!!

 

Ultimate cover n°8: Back to the future + “Double Back” (ZZ top)

 

Very special thanks once again!!

A TIGLETVERSE PRESENTATION 2016

MY 300TH YOUTUBE VIDEO!!!

And, at least according to the Western Calender, probably my final post of the Year.

HAPPY 2017!!

 

 

 

 

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5 REASONS I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO ROGUE 1

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1)The Original Opening Crawl intro-

“IT IS A PERIOD OF CIVIL WAR. REBEL SPACESHIPS, STRIKING FROM A HIDDEN BASE HAVE WON THEIR FIRST VICTORY AGAINST THE EVIL GALACTIC EMPIRE.

DURING THE BATTLE, REBEL SPIES MANAGED TO STEAL SECRET PLANS TO THE EMPIRE’S SECRET WEAPON, THE DEATH STAR, AN ARMOURED SPACE STATION WITH ENOUGH POWER TO DESTROY AN ENTIRE PLANET”

Star wars 1977 original opening crawl text.

So, here it is, 39 years later- the film based on that background text that introduced the very first Star Wars movie, later renamed A New Hope and the Fourth Episode of a projected nine. It’s got a heap of expectations on it though.

2) Hints in other media-

There was a radio play set beforehand and some of the novels had their own interpretation. The Han Solo Trilogy by AC Crispin told of a raid on Toprawa by Bria Tharen and Red Hand Squad. Battlefront 2 on the PS2 had a breakout on the Death Star and plans transmitted to Polis Massa and then the Tantive 4. So this would be the fourth version, since Disney took over and everything written beforehand has been shunted into a parallel universe, giving them a blank slate. (Although Grand Admiral Thrawn is turning up in Rebels series 3, which means they haven’t jettisoned everything like a load of Spice from the spice mines of Kessel then)

3) “That’s no moon, it’s a space station”

Obi Wans ominous recognition of the sheer, err enormity of the problem facing them is played well. The look of horror on his face as the Millennium Falcon approaches the Death Star is priceless- Immense, powerful, the ultimate power in the universe! About time it was revisited, shiny and new!

4) Obi Wan’s Narration over The First Trailer-

“For a thousand Generations the Jedi were the Guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic. Before the Dark Times, before The Empire.”

As a Tie Fighter soars over a jungle, the outline of the Death Star is seen for the first time- an iconic image and one that sent a shiver up my spine! The trailers since then have built upon that, as well as giving more tantalising glimpses into the characters (and ships/vehicles- the AT-AT’s are back!)

5) There’s more to come!

If I was going to be cynical, then I’d say since taking over the franchise, Disney has upped its marketing and merchandising, milking the SW cashcow for all it’s worth.

Well, I won’t. Like I stated earlier, Lucasfilm has created a blank slate between Return of the Jedi and The New Trilogy. Rebels has been pretty good. The Live-action series has yet to materialise, but a number of spin-off/stand alone films has been announced. Boba Fett, Han Solo and even Yoda are getting their own films, but I’d love to see some of the Beings from the Cantina get their own film- Muftak the Talz or a Snaggletooth movie! Yeah, that could work- explore the difference between the tall blue snaggletooth’s and the smaller red ones! Maybe the red support the Empire and the rarer blues the Rebellion maybe?

Come on Lucasfilm, get it done!

 

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Events- FOR THE LOVE OF SCI-FI COSPLAY SHOOT

15107379_10209735684622581_4515850338791953191_n-copyIt’s been a yet another manic Sunday as I headed off on an epic journey to Trafford Park in Manchester for the inaugural FOR THE LOVE OF SCI-FI weekend at Bowlers Exhibition Centre.

A bit further out of my way than usual with a stroll near the Bridgewater canal along a stretch I didn’t do in my epic hike two years ago from Runcorn to Manchester, but it was a very nice day, if a bit on the chilly side of the Force (but not Hoth-cold, if you get what I mean!)

From just-after sunrise to just-before sunset I got 360 pictures and video footage. Going through that was epic enough, cutting 45 and looking at what could make it into a video. Here’s a taster- something that’s not your average Cosplay Contest- there wasn’t one, but an epic Star Wars themed shoot as Uncle George corralled as many Cosplayers as possible into a corner. I immediately found the best vantage point, practically invading the stage, but the results were well-worth the effort.

I also noticed it was a bit Christmassy- several Leia’s and Han’s, Eight Stormtroopers, Six Jawas, a few Bounty Hunters, Three Imperial Royal Guards, Two Tie Fighter Pilots and Scout Troopers, One Wookie/Moff Tarkin/Darth Vader/Darth Maul/Lando and an R2D2 rolling up late! (But not in a Pear tree it has to be said!)

So just need to edit/process the pictures and make a video- no pressure there then! Think it’ll be later in the week, still haven’t finished sorting Wholock photos from LAST weekend- oops, better get my skates on like Yuri then!

 

Thanks to George for directing the Troops!

Thanks to Delroy, Camille and all the Cosplayers!

 

Thanks to the Andy and the Organisers for putting on an AWESOME event!

http://www.fortheloveofscifi.com

 

Special thanks to Vayle Mystery/Skyborn for the fantastic Cover Theme-

Star Wars- Throne Room Rock anthem!

On Youtube and Facebook.

 

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Tigletverse Photography on Facebook and Pinterest-

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Full video of event coming soon!

A TIGLETVERSE PRESENTATION 2016

 

“THE FORCE IS STRONG IN THIS ONE!”