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A Summer full of shorts (stories that is!)

imagesCA8CH531It’s that time again when I get the usual bunch of short stories sent off to be rejected. Most were submitted in May, but a few done today takes the tally to nine, the most out at one time, I think. Okay, there’s four already ‘out there’, both A Riot in the Library and Inquisition were relegated to being online by the University of Liverpool while Incineration Day was included in Epic Anthology and the Case of the Missing Mince Pies in the Chester Writers Anthology last year. None of them I was paid for, by the way, so I’m still fishing for that elusive, slippery First Commission, wriggling like a fish, if you get the imagery.

 

So what’s out? Well, The Last Christmas of Planet Earth is with Analog, Time of the Centuroids with Galaxy’s Edge, The Bestiarium, revised three times and probably-most-rejected-story-ever is with 3LBE, Terror of the Centuroids, eight years old this August, is with The Masters Review New Voices, Making the First Move and By the Lights of the Silvery Moons are both with Hearts Kiss. Today I have sent The Band of Firebrothers to Third Flatiron, The Beckoning Call to Apex and SID The RoboDetective to Asimov’s.

 

Writing is like slogging through treacle, a tough hike that makes you wonder why you bother, although with my hikes I always manage to find something unexpected and occasionally even spectacular. Red Rocks up at Hoylake was awesome last weekend, and I’m looking at going back to film an episode of Infinite Whoniverses at some point. Another example would be the spot I found on the Sandstone Trail last year and the silence was incredible. It’s these little gems that make it worthwhile. With story writing, the thrill is the same, when you find that moment that just gives you a cosmological whammy and it’s something you’ve written. Amazeballs!

 

Anyway, after writing that I think I’ll head off to the Coast again, because it’s gonna be another glorious day and because life’s a Beach!

somewhere-on-the-horizon

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Ian’s Travelblogs no more- Beyond 6th anniversary

tvp6aTigletverse Travel and Photography- update

I’ve been reading a bunch of old blogposts from 2011/2012. I did a lot of hiking back then, also writing up where I went to as well. That was before the video blogging, or Vlogging on Youtube.

I’ve never got the time these days, nor an organising principle to get myself, err, organised!

So, I merged both Tiglet’s Travels and ITA in 2016, creating Tigletverse Travel and Photography, with one Facebook page (please Like!) and not much up on Pinterest. BUT NOW ON FLICKR! With Wild Walks on the Welshside kicking off 2018- so far I have been to Wepre Park (twice), Flint Castle, Loggerheads, Llwyni ponds, Bailey Hill in Mold, Caergwrle Castle, Southport and a walk to Another Place for an Awesome sunset, Chester in the Snow and round St. George’s Hall for my Birthday and finally going round Spike Island in the fog one Monday morning, and that was all before Easter!

I have also been along the Bridgewater Canal- Preston Brook section, Etna Park with a bit of the Buckley Heritage Trail, Pex Hill and Blundell’s Hill after a job interview (which I didn’t get!) Liverpool Lightnight, including the performance by Bring the Fire Project. I also saw the Museum of the Moon, which is an artwork based on NASA photographs and seems to be on tour in several places at the same time. I have also taken a few pics of the real thing, along with Sun pictures, including New Brighton and West Kirby Marine Lake.

Event-wise, Wales Comic con was awesome, been to Liverpool museum and an amble round Chester on the Upton Scarecrow Trail.

I have been attempting to catch up on a mass of editing, of both photos but mainly videos, so hopefully will have caught up with those by the end of June, which will bring me to 500 videos, though the next episode of Dr. RRR’s Guide to the Whoniverses is going to be more complex than the Morbius one, so WHO knows when that’ll be completed!

So that’s it, that’s the big update for Spring and the Summer-so-far on the Hiking/Event front.

STAY GROOVY AND SMOOTHIE!

 

 

WHAT IN THE 7 HELLS IS GOING ON WITH INFINITE WHONIVERSES THESE DAYS AND WHEN IS INFINITE WHONIVERSES – series 5 GONNA HAPPEN??

logo2.x18WHAT IN THE 7 HELLS IS GOING ON WITH INFINITE WHONIVERSES THESE DAYS AND WHEN IS INFINITE WHONIVERSES – series 5 GONNA HAPPEN??

I tried answering that question when I presented THE TIMEDALEK INVASION OF LIVERPOOL PART TWO- AFTERMATH! Featuring Annie Bee a few months ago.

April and the Easter launch never happened, I only completed one story out of six, so I’m trying to get the first three completed. It is hard going. Work is fine, but I’ve got no money and been trying to find some extra income from something, so been concentrating on pitching cv’s and ideas/original stories. It might be the end of July and the holidays when I can get the time to finish them off, and I am behind again on editing photos and videos, as well as blogposts, so I might just do a story a day for a week in August, we’ll have to wait and see. It is ironic, as I outlined the ending back in 2016, so as far as story arc goes, The NeoDoctor and Dark Doctor story should be completed by series 7, but that might be in 2020 now, not the middle of 2019, we’ll just have to see how it goes!

As updates go, I know it leans towards the cryptic side of the Force, but I’m still catching up with stuff from April as well as May, so it’s going to be another busy weekend sorting/tidying/washing/organising/editing and so on. Maybe I just need to clone myself. Yes, there’s the solution!

IW5- AUGUST 2018!!

We’ll get there, eventually!!!

 

 

 

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!

GD COVER3

 

FUN FACTOID NO.1- NOODLES!

pexels-photo-1028734.jpegFUN FACTOID NO.1- NOODLES!

Think I might need to spice the blog up a bit. So one thing I think I might do each week is try to find something to rave or rant about. This Week-

NOODLES BABY!

Maybe I listen too much to Steve Wrights Radio 2 show, or watch Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, but I think one thing I would find difficult to give up if there’s ever an Alien Invasion or Zombie Apocalypse, or I somehow find myself stranded on a Desert Island- is noodles. Why- I don’t know, I had some for tea the other day, the Chicken variety, and it’s something I thought of. The Spicy stir-fry is awesome, but you need plenty of water/juice to wash it down with.

 

Anyway, just something I thought I’d share!

 

Anything can happen Tuesday- those pesky/meddling/interfering kids!

THOSE PESKY KIDS! 2It was time for a Scooby snack at drama group a few Tuesdays ago as I led my second-ever workshop. It was supposed to be a case of the haunting of pickleville hall, with a ghost and some scattered clues about the place. I had planned a few games and exercises to start with, but didn’t really plan the session, thinking people could improvise it- mistake no. 1.

Mistake no. 2 was planting very few clues and not explain clearly what they meant, and only telling the ‘villain’ his plan toward the end- not a good idea at all. Sorry to say everyone was confused and it didn’t work out quite as I thought it would- ah well!

So what lessons have we learned from this shambolic display of ineptitude and lack of planning? Well, plan the damn thing properly would be the first thing, obviously! I think part of it was I had only decided on the theme a couple of weeks before- I’ve been wanting to do a puppet workshop for ages and originally begun outlining a plan, but changed it in the pub and thought of doing a cartoony workshop instead. Mistake no.3. Or no.1 actually!

So, I meddled with my own plan, no meddling kids needed! I did watch most of the first ever-series of Scooby Doo- Where are you? It was only from about the 20th or so episode when ‘meddling kids’ started getting used, ‘pesky kids’ was from later on, ‘interfering’ used a couple of times, along with mentioning Scooby as well, but not even the grand plan of a couple of packets of cookies- the proverbial Scooby snacks could save this Workshop from its own inept lack of foresight!

Anyway, messaged received loud and clear- don’t change the plan halfway through and explain CLEARLY what’s going on-so I guess I’d never really make a great Bond villain either.

Hold on- think I’ve had an idea for another workshop!!!

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SCOOBY-DOOBY-DOOOOO!!!

 

 

 

 

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