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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-

 

https://mrtigletstravels.wordpress.com/2014/09/08/infinite-whoniverses-by-ian-cai-mercer/

 

 

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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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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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ANOTHER CHANCE FOR STAR WARS?

ANOTHER CHANCE FOR STAR WARS?4th always

A DOZEN IDEAS TO REVATILISE THE FRANCHISE, GET IT BACK ON TRACK AND MAKE IT FUN AGAIN!

Lucasfilm has been wrecking Star wars, or rather Kathleen Kennedy’s Political/Feminist agenda has. But all is not quite lost; there is a spark of hope out there.

The whole concept behind it was good versus evil and overcoming that evil. That arises out of despair and anguish like a Phoenix rising from the ashes.

That simple premise has been forgotten by KK and her cronies. THAT is why there has been a fan rebellion and both Last Jedi and Solo were complete failures.

With the ‘Original Trilogy’ there were several factors crucial to its success- strong characters male and female- though they were few/ the Hero’s Journey, although I wasn’t aware of the story structure at the time/allusions to the Second World War, the Roman Empire, the seven Samurai, even Laurel and Hardy with the droids. We even get a David vs Goliath with Luke taking on the Death Star in his X-Wing.

These latest ones lack consistency- like runny porridge, you know it’s been rushed and not cooked properly. Force Awakens/Lost Jedi/Solo have been flawed by bad writing, inconsistent direction, bureaucratic interference and micro management.

Paradoxically, Rebels and Rogue One have been flawless, well-written and well made. “Rebellions are made on Hope” Jyn said, quoting Cassian. So here we go- A dozen ideas-

  1. Sabine’s quest to find Ezra after Endor. There you go, a simple premise and taking a well-rounded Female Lead character off to rescue her male friend- the White (and purple/blue) Knight-ess off to rescue her Prince- there’s a subversion of the traditional fairy tale for Kathy.
  2. Bounty Hunters. One of the mooted Live-action series ideas that got shelved when Disney took over. Grim, gritty and maybe gruesome- not sugar-coated sweetness that Disney execs are used to- let’s see some Underworld action!
  3. Darth Vader/the 501st Legion. Having Vader as the Lead/focus is a great opportunity for Drama- he’s an iconic villain, his appearance in Rogue One and fight at the end really elevated the ending, so let’s see the CONFLICT- the shades of grey between darkness and light Luke saw in ROTJ, let’s see him waver, make him go to Naboo, visit Amidala’s grave and do some silent grieving.
  4. Smugglers. Here’s your Sitcom – Friends/Big Bang Theory in space! There’s a story in one of the Tales graphic novels of an Imperial Captain on a Star Destroyer who intercepts a Corellian Corvette, piloted by Han and Chewie. They inspect the ship, find no evidence of contraband, so let them go. A week later, the Corvette with Han and Chewie again, so inspect, find nothing, let it go, but he suspects there’s something not quite right. A week later, same ship and crew- so the Captain searches thoroughly- nothing. He has no choice but to let them go. Then he realises, it’s not the same ship, they’ve been smuggling Corvettes! A great tale and possibly something worth considering.
  5. Rebels Series 5. They’re still going, so why not continue the adventures of The Ghost or crew- Scariff/Yavin/Hoth/Endor. Or have a different ship or crew? No one cares about Resistance, so why not go back and carry on this? Doesn’t make sense Disney/Lucasfilm.
  6. Explorers. Something Star Trekky, out in the Unknown Regions.
  7. 80’s Comic Adaptations. There were some strange crazy adventures Luke and co had in between the movies. Let’s have the Hoojibs and Jaxx for a change!
  8. A Time Travel series? Okay, there’s thousands of years in the old EU Timeline, but Luke does ask threepio if he can “alter time, speed up the harvest or teleport me off this rock”, so at least there are a few SF stories in the galaxy!
  9. The Thrawn Trilogy. I didn’t read it when it first came out, but this is an awesome continuation of the Saga.
  10. Infinities. The Darkhorse comics did something very brave, different and risky- something execs at Disney and Lucasfilm should sit up and take notice of- a Reinterpretation of the Original trilogy. I even had my own idea- The Tatooine Rebellion. Inspired by Tales from Mos Eisley Cantina and using Steve Sansweets Encyclopaedia, I charted how each of the background characters would react and which side they would fight for if the start of ANH took a slightly different turn, with the Tantive 4 crashing into the Dune Sea and Leia and the droids hiding while Vader led a legion of Stormtroopers down. Interestingly, the first Battlefront game on PS2 had a Dune Sea and Mos Eisley level- great fun!
  11. Storming the Dead. One of those happy accidents that sometimes happen when I went to Hamfest-Oldham Comic con last year. Spectre Squad, a cosplay/costuming group were there, along with some painted props/sets, including a door saying ‘don’t open, dead inside’ so I had the idea of Stormtroopers going in, so set up a mini-photoshoot with several of the guys posing in front. When I got home, I saw the footage and was inspired to make a Walking Dead/Star Wars crossover, so had to have Tiglet narrate it- great fun!          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vI0hQg8BE6w
  12. ANOTHER CHANCE. When you think about it, the destruction of Alderaan in ANH is the most heinous crime you could think of- the murder of millions of people echoes real life crimes like The Holocaust/911/Darfur/Pearl Harbour. As leia said, it is the most desperate hour, echoed by Obi Wans line- “millions of voices crying out in terror and were suddenly silenced, I fear something terrible has happened” The saga’s most chilling moment, more chilling than Order 66. I get goosebumps and shivers. Battlestar Galactica has done it, but in Star Wars, the survivors are spread out across the galaxy. Like Games of Thrones, it is an epic tale of betrayal/survival from several viewpoints in different places. There have been hints of a persecution of Alderaani survivors in Inferno Squad and a graphic novel about Leia, but a series like this would be awesome.         So, there you go Lucasfilm/Disney- less Mary Poppins in space and more Drama! Make Star Wars great again!   IW- bad feeling
 

HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD AND POTTER NO MORE???

WARNING- SPOILERS AHEAD!

(If you haven’t read it or seen the play!)

 

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I thought that this would be disappointing. I was wrong. When I heard it would be presented in Play format, rather than as a proper novel like the other HP books, I thought it would be a bit of a let-down. Thankfully, I was rather pleasantly surprised by how quickly I read through it.

It’s still a chunky hardback, one of those brick-like books that could come in handy for self-defence maybe, but it launches straight away with a slight re-tweeking of the final chapter from Deathly Hallows.

 

It is 19 years after the Battle for Hogwarts and the Fall of Voldemort. Hermione is Minister for Magic, Harry the Head of Magical Law Enforcement and Ron has just passed a Driving Test. They’ve all got children of their own now and the focus character is young Albus Severus Potter. He is nothing like his famous Father, resenting that fact, leading to estrangement between Father and Son- AHOY SPOILER ALERT!! (I did warn you!)

Albus befriends loner Scorpius Malfoy and then joins Slytherin House, something Harry has trouble understanding. At the start of their Fourth year (tying-in to Goblet of Fire) Al overhears Harry arguing with Amos Diggory, Cedric’s Father, he decides to steal a Time Turner and save Cedric.

Accompanied by Scorpius and Amos niece Delphi, they go back to the Triwizard Tournament (from HP and the GoF) to save Cedric, but then everything goes horribly wrong.

 

MAJOR SPOILER ALERT BABY!!!

Both are affected when Reality changes to an Alternate nightmare world where Voldemort and his Augurey reign supreme. Putting everything right again is a harrowing ordeal and all the characters grow as a result.

 

ALSO- JKR has said she has no plans to continue the story after this, so there won’t be tales of Albus and Scorpius and their adventures, nor of Harry’s Grandchildren- but now she’s said that, I wonder how many people, like me, now have Hogwarts the Next Generation in their heads? The New Adventures of Albus and Scorpius maybe? There is still their fifth/sixth and seventh years at Hogwarts, that’s OWLS and NEWTS. Then there is still the matter of the Elder Wand- Harry has to die undefeated for its power to be truly broken- if he gets Disarmed even once, then the Wand’s allegiance will change, Even though it’s broken in two, it could always get mended.

And it’s not just the main characters; the Wizarding World beyond Hogwarts is such a rich tapestry- Look how she has expanded Fantastic Beasts from a small guide to five films. The Tales of Beadle the Bard was just five stories- that’s a TV spinoff right there. Then there’s A History of Magic- possibly an Anthology series- the Goblin Rebellions/Giant Wars and so on. The Founders of Hogwarts- what did Slytherin do after he made the Chamber of Secrets?

What fascinates me from HP and Order of the Phoenix is the history of the Department of Mysteries and the Unspeakables. That’s the early career of Broderick Bode- killed off in OOP, but mentioned very briefly in GOF- ‘Bagman and Crouch’ page 79-

ARTHUR WEASLEY-‘and that’s Bode and Croaker. They’re Unspeakables, from the Department of Mysteries, top secret, no idea what they get up to.’

Then the Department itself is in OOP- Harry’s Trial and the Final battle and is such a great place- The Veil, brains in jars, Hall of Prophecies, all intriguing and worth exploring.

So there you go JK, so many more stories worth exploring and expanding upon. Not just a thousand years of Hogwarts, but Beyond, Before and Bezoar!

Okay, I added that last one to make three B’s, but there is such a diverse world in the Potterverse, you know it’s not over. I would like, one day, to see a HP Series that keeps in all the stuff the movies missed out- like Dobby in Goblet of Fire- such a travesty leaving him out. For now though, my head is spinning faster than a Portkey, whizzing my imagination off in multiple tangents- I might even be tempted to do a HP/Who crossover for Infinite Whoniverses series 6 next year- better get my Thinking Hat on then hadn’t I?

 

HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD- In hardback (and paperback now!)

9/10

SORTED!

(note- a Spoiler-free version originally appeared in Bookylicious last year- here’s the link-

https://www.bookylicious.com/autumn-2017/

Thanks to Gwyneth and Paul for including it!

 

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