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

ROBOTS OF DOOM didn’t get finished for the 55th Anniversary, so I’m putting it up as The Christmas Special, either Xmas or Boxing day, not sure which.

I know I’ve had a moan about the false numbering thing (JW is 15th Doctor, NOT 13th!!) and said BBC hasn’t made much of a bother with the 55th Anniversary, but the 11th Season itself was actually pretty good.

ROSA is the stand-out story, but I’ll be doing a full review a bit later on, but for now I’m planning ahead to the 60th Anniversary in 2023. INFINITE WHONIVERSES is moving forward, series 6 I am already nicknaming ‘The Season of the Daleks’ because of the dozen factions from Alternate WHOniverses vying for supremacy.

So, a lot to look forward to- in the meantime, here’s the very first post from IW in 2014-

 

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Xmas Blogathon 2018/2019- A Midwinter challenge

Xmas Blogathon 2018/2019- A Midwinter challenge

In the bleak mid-winter- we’re off to the Blogging Olympics!

 

I didn’t complete Nano again, made a lukewarm half-hearted attempt, but after four years of trying, it’s still not happening. Yes, I tried adapting Tiglet’s Time Travels, expanding 17k words into 50k, but with multiple viewpoints/styles it’s an exercise in mind-bending discombobulation of the First-kind, or should that be Third-kind? Dunno, Anyway, with 27 more posts to go before 800, I’m going to have a little Blogathon, just like in 2012 after the Olympics. That was epic- trying to find something to write about every day. I’ve got two dozen things I’ve started, so maybe it’s about time a few got finished.

There are book reviews, Doctor Who and Star Wars-related posts and a few other things.

So here we go- Counting down to the 800th Post.

Hold on tight now!

 

 

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

15 DOCTORS!

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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/

 

 

 

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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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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Autumn Events- SEPTEMBER 18 ROUNDUP

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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