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!
Firstly I went to the Guardians of the Galleries event in Wigan, snapping shots like a Hungry Hippo (the game, not the animal!) Paul Prescot and the team behind Bolton Comic Con did it again with a Con set in a market. The First mini-con of the autumn season saw me on the bus to Wigan, cos the trains were on strike.
Getting there wasn’t the problem, strolling round the Galleries was at times a bit of a squeeze, but enjoyable, doing a few mini shoots with the Wigan Ghostbusters, Buck Rogers and Twiki and so on.
Then, because of the Rail Strike, took a bus back to St. Helens and caught a bus to Liverpool, which actually didn’t take as long as I thought it would. I had been to the Bluecoat and begun the Biennial Art trail, as well as doing architectural shots of old buildings, so wandered round Pierhead, caught a few shots of the River Mersey, the Art Fair and then joined the gathering of Bring the Fire Project for their session. After their performance on the steps of St. Georges Hall on Lightnight in May, I’ve been hoping to see Bring the Fire project in action again. I missed their last Fire session in Sefton Park, so knew I had to try and make an effort to see them again.
I got to do a bit of juggling, tried a couple of new tricks, and was a bit rusty (try very) but it was great just to have a go. I had just begun learning the basics about Twenty eight years ago, when a few people in Runcorn park did some fire juggling. I’ve never really progressed much. Then I got to see them rehearse as well as run a kid’s workshop, putting my efforts to shame.
Then finally it was Showtime.
Getting dark helped as the group lit their props up and performed their routines flawlessly. I also juggled two cameras filming and photographing, so that was interesting.
It was a good night. A few blurry pictures, but with fire the results are always intriquing.
Next was the Liverpool Pirate Festival at Albert Dock- Ahoy there Peri Parrott! This year I did spend more time there, following the Mermaid Parade and trying to get shots from different Angles (Special mention to the Doorman at Revolution Cuba bar for letting me stand on the wall!) Highlight of the day was the full-sized Parrot at The Maritime Museum as well as the insane amount of Pirate paraphernalia at With Love From Liverpool and Nauticalia shops!
Finally, I returned to Chester Comic Con for a second time, having missed 2017 (though I had gone to the promo shoot the week before, oddly enough!)
This was shockingly confusing as I walked round to the Racecourse Pavilion and it was empty! I didn’t know it had been moved into the centre of the Racecourse, so that was a bit of a discombobulating experience.
I did manage to get a few pictures, even one of me with the Ewoks! Peri Parrot made her first Convention appearance, along with Tig 2 and got to shoot with Order 66 and a few Heroes and villains!
Thanks to Stu, Damo and the gang for another delightfully fun day out!
I have also been shooting the Moon, half/full and early morning, so will have to start editing videos at some point. I’ve also been hiking round Woodhouse and Helsby Hill and along Cycleway Route 5 from Chester all the way to Connah’s Quay, so will have to get those edited as well- oh joy!
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The Fourth story!
Here it is at last- a story that’s been simmering away at the back of my head for a couple of years- a reversal of the classic Colin Baker serial The Trial of a TimeLord, with the evil version on Trial.
It was a great idea- I’d been posing for cover photos as the 14th NeoDoctor, so why not have the Valeyard/Dark Dr steal his face?
So, almost to the end of Series 5- tune in next week for the epic conclusion!
It’s on time this year! A day early even!
Another summer has nearly passed and things have not been done and it seems to take FOREVER to get stuff updated. I am finally catching up on pictures for Tigletverse Facebook page, videos updated- no chance! Short stories have been blahhh! But I have made progress in the war against the back garden!
In amidst the entire editing/tidying/sorting/recycling/cleaning etc I have started Infinite Whoniverses series five, nearly halfway through and I’m already planning ahead for the 55th Anniversary, great stuff, but I can’t be the only one thinking of the 55th Anniversary surely?
I’ve been wanting to do something different for a while- I’m always doing hiking/nature photos and videos, so I did the Scarecrow trail for school and been to several Art places and doing Architecture pictures as well as a Horror festival that was literally comatose and an Anime/comics day at Manchester Library, which was good. It made me start the Bee Trail, only 14 out of 100, so might have another go at that sometime.
Looking at the weather forecast, today would have been the best day for a walk, warmer than the rest of the week, with plenty of rain to not look forward too. Guess the garden’s gonna grow back with a stuffing vengeance then- great-not!
Another thing I have tried to do is more pitching/submitting CV’s/ideas and projects to TV broadcasters and producers. I’d have better luck removing my teeth with pliers, just as much fun. I guess I have to admit that maybe, just maybe I am stuck in a bit of a rut, creatively/life and work. But instead of feeling sorry for myself, am still looking for that ever-elusive silver lining, a way forward, some endeavour that might shine a little light on ahead. Oh yay, It’s another Philosophical ramble boys and girls. Might just have to go for a walk, even if it rains, or do the garden, or finish a story or pitch a script. Slay some internal or metaphysical Dragons!
Hi ho, let’s get to it then- Happy 8th Bloggerversary, whatever I end up doing!!
Well, he wishes! Sesame Studios are looking for new ideas, so what could be newer than a talking Tiger (that isn’t Tony or Tigger bouncing everywhere?) So after a few days of mulling it over, I put a pitch together, watched a couple of their Youtube videos and reminisced about Bert and Ernie, The Count and the Cookie Monster, who are all still going, along with Big Bird and a few new characters.
The obvious thing to pitch was THE TIGLET SHOW! My attempt five years ago to do something Muppet-like. As Experimental No-Budget Filmmaking goes, this did stretch the budget!
Oh my Geeky Goddess! Where did I come up with this? WHY? Yes, I have actually gone back to watch it and it was experimental, (maybe emphasis on mental?) making it by myself had its challenges, you can tell I was running out of ideas by the third episode, not sure stitching together previously made videos worked either. Two things I was pleased about were Professor Von Ool and then the GrumpyCats, with their sarcy Waldorf and Statler-like comments at the end.
So, it’s all done and pitched. I attached my Creativity and Imagination playlist from Youtube and it’s just a matter of seeing what happens, if anything.
I know I blogged sometime last summer about how Darci Farmer blew me away with her ventriloquism on America’s got talent last year, but maybe I do need to light a fire underneath the Puppetry again. Maybe try and make an original puppet and see who else I can rope into it. Come up with a new project. Things like Avenue Q and the Happytime Murders are a bit too-adult-like, it’s things like The Muppets, The Storyteller, Fraggle Rock, even Labyrinth and Dark Crystal I’m more interested in.
Anyhoo, I’ve started planning the sequel to Tiglet’s Time Travels, titled Tiglet’s Time Wars, funnily enough- cos, like, it’s a sequel and there’s temporal shenanigans going on all over the multiverses. I did think of putting in ideas from my aborted Star Trek Fan Film- Preservation, plus stuff I thought up for Infinite Whoniverses and a kids Time Travel show- there’s an idea- kids and puppets, like a junior Farscape, that’s the way to do it! (As Punch would say!)
Anyway, a week’s gone by since I made my pitch, so no news is good news, right? Probably not, but I live in a perpetual state of Hope, even if it is the false kind.
The Man of Steel, or the Last Son of Krypton turned 80 in April. Kal-El isn’t a spring chicken anymore, but he’s still going strong in the comic book world and on Television.
Last seen on the Big Screen in Justice League and on the Small screen in Supergirl, Clark Kent/Superman is still the Greatest Hero of them all.
And yes, that does include all the DC/Marvel heroes and Independent types like Titan Eren and Miraculous Ladybug!
I did my own bit to celebrate at Wales Comic Con, where I did my Superclark thing again- Clark Kent reporting on events, then tearing off his shirt to find half his super suit is missing- well, it is washing day after all! It’s been fun seeing it evolve over the past couple of years. I think it’s up to the stage where I’ll have to call the next one a Quest for a decent pair of Super boots or something!
Anyway, how did I get into all this? It began with the iconic Christopher Reeve movies in the 80’s- Superman 2 being my favourite for many reasons, like Kal El giving up his powers for Lois or the arrival of Zod and his cronies, or Lex Luther, Gene Hackman’s snide comments and of course the final showdown, it’s just the best, so that’s all there is to say about it really.
Other versions I have enjoyed include Lois and Clark, Smallville (see separate reviews from 2011- https://iancaimercer.wordpress.com/2011/11/20/somebody-save-me-ten-years-of-smallville-13/ )
Superman Returns was good, Brandon Routh was freakily uncanny, though I’m still unsure about Henry Cavill in the latest couple of films.
Tyler Hoechlin in Supergirl was brilliant, though he hasn’t appeared in Series three, so expect him to zoom in sometime in the Fourth Series!
So, a belated happy birthday Superman, have a cake, or a Super-cake as the case may be!!
Celebrating the 55th Anniversary of Doctor Who
“Carry on my wayward son, there’ll be peace when you are done.
Lay your weary head to rest,
Don’t you cry no more”
Kansas- Carry On My Wayward Son (Supernatural version)
CARRY ON WAYWARD DOCTORS-
The timeroads travelled so far…
In an Infinite number of Whoniverses, where possibilities and Alternatives play out, The 13th NeoGallifreyan Doctor wakes from the Matrix and flees with Star in the STARDIS as The Master leads a Dalek Occupation.
The Doctor and Star collect A Key To Time and are joined by Tori, a Transguardian in Human Form. She lets in the Centuroid Armada from another Universe, which battles the fleet before they are all transported elsewhere. The Cult of Davros mysteriously escapes though.
In the STARDIS, the NeoGallifreyan 13th Doctor, Star and Tori leave their reality on a quest into Alternity.
In another Whoniverse, the 9TH TimeLady Doctor, the Last of the Timeladies, arrives in a Commune under siege by a different version of the Centuroids. Davius helps her restore power to the Sanctuary System, though she is poisoned by radiation and regenerates into her 10th Incarnation.
Mr. Tiglet briefly travels with the 10th Doctor (Eccleston) before falling asleep in Mr. Mercer’s attic and hibernating.
The Cult of Davros is sighted in Chester, so Agent Korrina of the BTA is sent to investigate.
Kai-El, the Last of the CyberKryptonions saves the day as Dr. RRR! meets five monster’s and manages to outwit them all.
The Inferno Doctor, a mirror of the 3rd Doctor meets Sarah Jane Sullivan as Project Inferno spirals out of control. They evacuate as a cataclysmic chain reaction devastates the world’s surface.
Elsewhen, in a World Without The Doctor, the Robots of Death, led by Taren Capel seize control of Storm Mine 4 and a Robot Revolution on Kaldoria begins.
In a Prelude to ‘Battlefield’ in the Arthurian Realm, Morgaine becomes jealous when Merlin takes her place as Arthur’s Advisor, then learns of Arthur’s betrothal to Guinevere. She is enraged and starts down a Dark Path in her quest for vengeance.
An Alternate 8th Doctor finishes a Timewar against a Slug-like enemy and imprisons them in the Pandoriatrix.
The STARDIS crew enters the Time Rider Reality through holes in the Dimensional wall and help Sal and others trapped in Chaos Space.
They leave, sealing up the holes, but something else has fallen through to 1st Century Jerusalem.
The Last of the TimeLadies shows Davius the destruction of her home and the betrayal of The Mistress of Lies.
The Infernoverse Master conquers Gallifrey with the Daleks and draws the Inferno Doctor into a trap as Gallifrey dies. The Master is atomised and the Doctor shot by a Dalek. Will he survive?
The Cult of Davros is sighted in Liverpool and Intervention Agents rescue Korrina.
Dr. RRR! Beats The Feline Masterrr at a chocolate Invasion, then a TimeDalek Incursion of Widnes and goes on a Grailquest across the Whoniverses.
The Temporal Adjustment Bureau sees the dangers of a new Jagaroth Empire, so sends the 4th Doctor to Paris to stop Scaroth changing history.
The War Doctor/9th Doctor (Hurt) is ambushed by a Dalek Squad, so leads them to the Centuroid Wars in order to destroy them.
Taking Davius home, the Timelady 10th Doctor sets off on a quest but falls into a trap set by The Mistress of Lies and regenerates.
The 4th Doctor boldly goes where he’s never been before as he crosses over to an alternate timeline to help the Timeship Tempest get back on track.
After arriving in the Gallifreyan Intergalactic Federation, The STARDIS crew are taken prisoner. The NeoGallifreyan Doctor regenerates into his 14th life and Tori uses her powers to stop a Screamer, like an Interdimensional Shark from tearing the universe apart.
The Timewars will escalate into OMNIWARS as The Supreme Obliterator TimeDalek remembers his previous life as A Doctor and shuts down every Centuroid Armada across the Whoniverses.
Doctors collide as the new 11th TimeLady Doctor meets the 14th NeoGallifreyan Doctor and the STARDIS crew. They help her leave her Reality for good.
The STARDIS is captured by the evil and twisted forces of the Interdimensional Gallifreyan Inquisition.
Tortured and interrogated, The NeoDoctor realises the identity of the Supreme Inquisitor-
He is The Dark Doctor, the Abomination, The Time Ripper, the Beast, The Valeyard.
The 14th NeoDoctor’s nightmare is just beginning.
In A World Without the Doctor, The CyberLeader struggles to make sense of the ripples through time and two sets of Pre-Conversion memories.
Roarilon wants Dr RRR, but gets The Masterr instead, meanwhile Dr. RRr and The Surgeon have fun then part ways.
The Omnilords rescue The NeoDoctor and other Alternate Doctors and burn the Inquisition down, although The Dark Doctor escapes.
In another World without the Doctor, Rose Tyler faces the Mannequin monsters with the help of Osgood.
Dr RRR goes on a quest for the Omnimatrix as Dr. Ool is introduced.
The Last of the TimeLadies meets the Obliterator Master.
In the Season 4 Finale, The NeoDoctor, Star and Tori face a Dalek Invasion of Liverpool and the fall and Regeneration of the 14th Incarnation- Nothing will ever be the same again!
SIDEBAR- DR RRR SERIES 1 AND 2-
IW went off on a tangent as we tried to develop a spin-off, giving Dr. RRR his own series. It proved harder to do and was the main reason it has taken over TWO years to prepare Series 5. In the end, Dr RRR’s adventures have been re-integrated into the main series strand again.
Dr RRR series 1-
Attack of the Stone Monsters
A Dalek in the Library
IW 2016 HALLOWEEN SPECIAL –Tainted Love- A Tale of the Vampire Wars
Dr RRR Series 2-
Doc Bear to the Rescue!
The SnowDoctor and the WolfMaster
The Quest for the Purple Power Core
The Furry side of the Force
Prelude 1- the Oncoming Stormslayer
(Easter 2017 Special/Buffy TheVampire Slayer 20th Anniversary crossover)
Prelude 2- Independence of the Teenage Dirtbag Stormslayers (Summer 2017 Special)
Prelude 3- the Cult of Davros- Salvation of the Daleks
(Christmas 2017 Special)
Prelude 4- The TimeDalek Invasion of Liverpool 2- Aftermath
(Easter 2018 Special)
The past is just the Prologue…And also the End of the Beginning!
IW 5- August 2018
ETERNAL WINTER WILL FALL THIS SUMMER!
Ian Cai Mercer 2018
What are YOU doing to celebrate the 55th Anniversary?