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COMING SOON- THE DOCTORS WHO SAVED CHRISTMAS!

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There was no real snow again over the Christmas/New Year holidays, but I knew I had to try and film something, so began the long-awaited stop-motion series. First three are ‘in the can’ as they say, just needing effects/voices music and editing together. I think it’ll be Easter by the time they are all done, but here’s a photo teaser-trailer from the epic prelude to Series 6- entitled The NeoDoctor Adventures!

Time Travelling has never been so much FUN!

 

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INFINITE WHONIVERSES – ROBOT REVOLUTION REVISITED! (1/2)

IW RR4Back in Series 2 of Infinite WHOniverses, in 2015 I introduced A World Without The Doctor- Classic stories retold without the TARDIS arriving and the intervention/meddling/interference of The Doctor and friends.

The First tale retold was THE ROBOTS OF DEATH, from the era of 4TH Doctor Tom Baker.

Now, finally the Sequel to that story is nearly ready- More on that next time.

For now, here is THE ROBOT REVOLUTION- available to download or read online.

Ian Cai Mercer.

 11/01/2019

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ENJOY!

 

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THE FIRST ROGUE- The New STAR WARS Prequel series And Star Wars Fan Film fest Winner- ‘Like My Father Before me’. PLUS- THE END OF THE SKYWALKER SAGA???

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When Lucasfilm/Disney announced that Diego Luna was to reprise his role as Cassian Andor from Rogue One, I thought- “At last!” Something gritty and darker that’s been missing from the last couple of films. Whether it starts off with Cassian with K2SO, or if he finds K2 and reprograms him later on I don’t know. As Prequel ideas go, it’s pretty nifty and I think LF can deliver. It certainly seems like they are making an effort to listen to the fanbase.

The Galaxy of Adventure shorts are fun, cheeky little short Anime-style retellings of scenes from The Original Trilogy, each concentrating on a character like Luke, Chewbacca, Leia and recently Darth Vader. My favourite part is where Palpatine’s machinations and manipulations are shown- “Everything that has transpired has done so according to my design”. The Master puppeteer says, although it is Luke and gang who mess that all up for him.

 

THE MANDALORIAN, the live-action series by Jon Favreau is still being a bit enigmatic. I still think it’s about Cobb Vanth, a self-styled ‘Lawman’ who finds a suit of Mando armour and becomes the Sheriff in a frontier Town on Tatooine, but I could be wrong. There were Mandalorians on Rebels, so it could follow them, or could even be about Montross from The Bounty Hunter games on PS2, for all I know.

 

Then there is the SWFFF- That’s Star Wars Fan Film Fest to you, an annual competition shown on the Lucasfilm website. I watched several after a couple of my Friends from The Keystroke Killer shared their entry. ‘Like my Father before me’ is about a trio of ‘retired’ Jedi who face Darth Maul in a mini epic. Aided by R2D2 and BB8, they defeat him to fight on another day.

Played well by DH Lewis, Jack Curenton and co, it’s a nice whimsical tale, even with a possible sequel as Jack C faces Darth V!

It won the Audience Choice award and is listed on the Lucasfilm website, which also includes Exiles/The Kessel Run and The Toys Awaken, a stop-motion Star Wars version of Toy Story, which is also pretty good.

I think I might work on a few short films myself for next year’s Fan Film Fest-

 

Storming the Dead. This was one of those happy accidents that sometimes happen when I went to Hamfest-Oldham Comic con in 2017. 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

 

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. This could be The SW version of Game of Thrones. And if I could get Sean Bean for it, so much the better!

 

THE DARK ORDER

The universe is filled with galaxies, although Dark Matter and voids separate them, like islands. Unlike many other SF stories, the SW galaxy is far, far away, not like the Andromeda galaxy and forty-odd satellite galaxies of the Local Group.

In Empire Strikes Back, the fleet gather, with a large spiral galaxy in the backdrop. This has been interpreted as The main Star Wars galaxy, but that is a false assumption. The surrounding starfield wouldn’t be there if the fleet was outside, plus the Falcon flies ‘over’ the galaxy, not down into the gravity well.

So, that means it is a neighbouring galaxy, perhaps a twin to the SW one. And that means there is another galaxy of possible stories out there, including the possible Origins of the Skywalkers. What if Shmi was a refugee, or part of a Mengele-like experiment? Wouldn’t that explain Anakin’s abilities? Did Shmi have another child with Lars who then had Rey? That would make Luke her Uncle and Ben her cousin.

Another galaxy opens up even more possibilities for stories. An alternate take on the Yuuzhan Vong or the Nagai, two Intergalactic invaders, and if, as Obi Wan says the Force ‘binds the galaxy together’, what would bind another galaxy? An anti-Force maybe?

Rather than a series, this could form the basis of a trilogy, Episodes 10, 11 and 12. That’s the 45th and 50th Anniversaries sorted.

But that begs the question- how long is the Saga to go on for? Lucas original outline was the Journal of the Whills; alternate versions were the Adventures of Starkiller/Adventures of Luke Skywalker. It was supposed to be nine chapters, based on the 1930’s versions of Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers, which usually ran for 12 chapters, or episodes. Lucas finished at Return of the Jedi as it was about Anakin and Luke- the Fall and Redemption of Darth Vader- but The Journal can continue with other stories, other heroes and villains, other families, alien creatures and mystical Beings.

As well as the 40th Anniversary of Empire in 2020, 2022 will be 45th Anniversary of Star Wars Episode 4- A New Hope, with the 50th Anniversary in 2027. So there is a lot riding on what happens in the next year. It’s an exciting time to watch further adventures from a long time ago, in a galaxy (or Galaxies) far, far away!

MAY THE FOURTH (OF JANUARY!) BE WITH YOU!

PS- Sharing one of my favourite Xmas pics- see the full album on Tigletverse photography on Facebook!

https://en-gb.facebook.com/MrTigletsTravels/

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The Force is caffeinated in this one!

 

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COMING IN 2019- THE NEODOCTOR ADVENTURES!

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Yes, I know there’s only a couple of days till the end of 2018, but I’ve been doing a bit of filming and photography for New things, one of which is another spinoff from Infinite Whoniverses- a stop-motion/puppetry mini-series I’m calling The NeoDoctor Adventures, as it follows the 21st NDr. In the lead up to Series 6.

I wanted to make The Doctors Who Saved Christmas last year, but it didn’t snow, so I have had to create my own Snow planet set- not quite Hoth, but near enough, without any Wampa’s though!

So I will be casting voice actors and Narrator’s over the next couple of weeks and hopefully have a few episodes ready by the end of Jan/start of Feb 19!

GET READY! Here comes The NeoDoctor in her own series!

 

 

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Tiglets Time Travels- THE ENTIRE SAGA!

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Mr Tiglet began as a hiking mascot in early 2012 for Ian’s Travelblog Adventures, then gradually began taking over.

Devising a story arc for Tiglet’s Time Travels over two years was an epic Storytelling project. The First season was an exercise in storytelling using photographs and in poetic form and expanded into an epic storyline over the next few months. I finished the series in December 2013, an epic 17k words in 32 episodes, which is not bad, given that I had to make it with virtually no money and little resources, using whatever I could find to build/paint and shoot the series.

The sequel- Tiglet’s Timewars is undergoing planning, although I have no idea when it will be ready for release.

 

SEASON 1-LOST IN TIME

Original post-

https://iancaimercer.wordpress.com/2012/09/29/tiglets-time-travels-2/

Revamped-

https://mrtigletstravels.wordpress.com/2014/04/21/tiglets-time-travels-revamped-series-1-lost-in-time/

Videos-

Ep1- LOST IN TIME

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ONWTvPJ8QE&index=28&list=PL0XgFU2LKnsjoQvFus3tLUlMT-l_240XC

Ep2- STOWAWAY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRJ_PsQ4iAA&index=29&list=PL0XgFU2LKnsjoQvFus3tLUlMT-l_240XC

ep3-RESURGENCE OF THE GIANT GLOW-IN-THE-DARK-SPIDERS FROM BEYOND THE MILKY WAY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y79vWhY7EAs&index=30&list=PL0XgFU2LKnsjoQvFus3tLUlMT-l_240XC

Ep4- BATTLE OF THE ATLANTIG-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6AgXXaTe3k&index=31&list=PL0XgFU2LKnsjoQvFus3tLUlMT-l_240XC

EP5- ZAURIUS Z’ROMA-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8BH6LHjuOo

EP 6- MRS TIGLETS TIME TRAVELS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJvo8-TZ5yw&list=PL0XgFU2LKnsjoQvFus3tLUlMT-l_240XC&index=32

TIGLET’S CHRISTMAS SPECIAL-

https://iancaimercer.wordpress.com/2012/12/25/tiglets-christmas-special/

 

SEASON 2- THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME-

EPISODE 1- EMPIRE OF THE TERRORCATS-

https://mrtigletstravels.wordpress.com/2013/02/02/tiglets-time-travels-season-2-the-shape-of-things-to-come/

EPISODE 2- STRANDED IN THE BLITZ!

https://mrtigletstravels.wordpress.com/2013/02/03/tiglets-time-travels-season-2-the-shape-of-things-to-come-episode-2-stranded-in-the-blitz/

EPISODE 3- THE PROPHECY

https://mrtigletstravels.wordpress.com/2013/02/04/tiglets-time-travels-season-2-the-shape-of-things-to-come-episode-3-the-prophecy/

EPISODE 4- ROARY’S STORY

https://mrtigletstravels.wordpress.com/2013/02/04/tiglets-time-travels-season-2-the-shape-of-things-to-come-episode-4-roarys-story/

EPISODE 5- ATTACK OF THE RACHNOIDIONS

https://mrtigletstravels.wordpress.com/2013/02/05/tiglets-time-travels-season-2-the-shape-of-things-to-come-episode-5-attack-of-the-rachnoidions/

EPISODE 6- IN TOO DEEP

https://mrtigletstravels.wordpress.com/2013/02/06/tiglets-time-travels-season-2-the-shape-of-things-to-come-episode-6-in-too-deep/

2013 Easter Special- Series 3 prologue

https://mrtigletstravels.wordpress.com/2013/03/31/tiglets-easter-special/

 

SEASON 3- REVELATIONS AND REVOLUTIONS

EPISODE 1- VINDICATION DAY

https://mrtigletstravels.wordpress.com/2013/04/07/tiglets-time-travels-season-3-revelations-and-revolutions/

EPISODE 2- ZAURIA THE TIME PROTECTOR

https://mrtigletstravels.wordpress.com/2013/04/08/tiglets-time-travels-season-3-revelations-and-revolutions-ep-2/

EPISODE 3- REVELATIONS AND REVOLUTIONS

https://mrtigletstravels.wordpress.com/2013/04/09/tiglets-time-travels-season-3-revelations-and-revolutions-episode-3/

EPISODE 4- THE CONCLAVE

https://mrtigletstravels.wordpress.com/2013/04/10/tiglets-time-travels-season-3-revelations-and-revolutions-episode-4/

EPISODE 5-   TIGLET, IN AN ADVENTURE WITH PIRATES!!!

https://mrtigletstravels.wordpress.com/2013/04/11/tiglets-time-travels-season-3-revelations-and-revolutions-episode-5/

EPISODE 6- THE LAST STAND OF THE LEONIUS

https://mrtigletstravels.wordpress.com/2013/04/12/tiglets-time-travels-season-3-revelations-and-revolutions-ep-6/

 

 

SEASON 4- THE COMING OF THE ROARBRINGERS

EPISODE 1- ORIGIN

https://mrtigletstravels.wordpress.com/2013/08/04/tiglets-time-travels-season-4-the-coming-of-the-roarbringers/

EPISODE 2- WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?

https://mrtigletstravels.wordpress.com/2013/08/11/tiglets-time-travels-season-4-the-coming-of-the-roarbringers-2/

EPISODE 3- RETURN TO THE BATTLE OF THE ATLANTIG!

https://mrtigletstravels.wordpress.com/2013/08/18/tiglets-time-travels-season-4-the-coming-of-the-roarbringers-3/

EPISODE 4- THE SCOURGE OF SKAARVATOR

https://mrtigletstravels.wordpress.com/2013/08/29/tiglets-time-travels-season-4-the-coming-of-the-roarbringers-4/

EPISODE 5-   ROARBRINGERS!

https://mrtigletstravels.wordpress.com/2013/08/30/episode-5-roarbringers/

EPISODE 6- THE WAY IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN

https://mrtigletstravels.wordpress.com/2013/09/01/episode-6-the-way-it-should-have-been/

 

 

SEASON 5- FOR BLOOD AND FOR GLORY!

EPISODE 1- REUNIFICATION (or THE WAY IT SHALL BE)

https://mrtigletstravels.wordpress.com/2013/11/03/tiglets-time-travels-season-5-for-blood-and-for-glory/

EPISODE 2- THE STORY OF THE TIMESHIP KLAWHAMMER

https://mrtigletstravels.wordpress.com/2013/11/10/tiglets-time-travels-series-5-episode-2-the-story-of-the-timeship-klawhammer/

EPISODE 3- ALL THE PIECES INTO PLACE

https://mrtigletstravels.wordpress.com/2013/11/17/tiglets-time-travels-season-5-for-blood-and-for-glory-2/

EPISODE 4- FOR BLOOD AND FOR GLORY!!!

https://mrtigletstravels.wordpress.com/2013/11/24/tiglets-time-travels-season-5-episode-4-for-blood-and-for-glory/

EPISODE 5-   TIGLET’S TIMERANGERS

https://mrtigletstravels.wordpress.com/2013/12/01/episode-5-tiglets-timerangers/

EPISODE 6- THE END OF THE TIMEROAD

https://mrtigletstravels.wordpress.com/2013/12/09/tiglets-time-travels-season-5-episode-6-the-end-of-the-timeroad/

 

THE EPILOGUE- JAN.14

https://mrtigletstravels.wordpress.com/2014/01/11/tiglets-time-travels-the-epilogue/

“As the Time windows were closed and sealed, the Z’Romians returned to their Timeline and the Family of Tiglet settled in their new home, none of them had any idea that there were gathering clouds on a distant horizon.

But that is, as they say, another epic tale, to be told another time, and in another place.”

FROM THE EPILOGUE- Tiglet’s Time Travels will continue- someday!

 

 

 

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

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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))

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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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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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