Friday, 28 February 2014

Enterprise Of The Daleks

What if, in trying to sell Daleks in Hollywood, Terry Nation has gone to Star Trek with them?

The thread probably says more about Star Trek than Daleks, as it mostly concerns the Enterprise crew dealing with this new threat, but never mind.

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Lego Doctor Who - coming soon?

Someone with sharp eyes at Bleeding Cool has noted that the list of licences Lego cannot pursue for its fan-voted line has been updated - and Doctor Who is now a possibility. Does this mean the end of the Character Building not-Lego toys? Perhaps...

Monday, 24 February 2014

New companions inspired by past companions

Following the announcement of a second teacher from Coal Hill School becoming a recurring character in the new series, which characters or groups of characters from the series’ history could you reference or draw inspiration from without copying exactly?

(Thinking about this recently as a friend started running the Dragonlance adventures for D&D with the players creating new characters, with some intentional similarities and some strong differences.)

What kind of character would you create from a brief of “investigative journalist” or “U.N.I.T. soldier” or “refugee from a famous battle in British history” or “stranded astronaut” or “lost heir to the throne of a pseudo-mediaeval planet” or “robot in disguise” or “shop assistant”?

A new... well, some sort of recurring character anyway

Samuel Anderson joins the cast as Danny, a fellow teacher at Coal Hill School.

So an older Doctor, the first of his regeneration cycle, played by an actor previously best known as a scary authority figure in a comedy show and who first appeared in the role on November 23rd, may be joined in his adventures by two teachers from Coal Hill School. Hmm... there’s some kind of pattern there...

Friday, 14 February 2014

My hearts belong to you

Or, love in the Whoniverse, and specifically in DWAITAS.

Not even starting on the origins of Valentine’s day, it’s all too weird.

“Is there a lot of this in the future?”
“It does start to happen, yeah.”
The War Doctor asking the Eleventh about kissing, studiously ignoring his immediate predecessor and Grace, Day Of The Doctor

Love can lift you up, knock you down, inspire you, break mind control, raise the dead and defuse android bombs. There’s no Trait for it, but it could do with its own category for Story Point expenditure. Most of all, it can really drive a plot.

Do your characters find love, with other PCs or with NPCs? A connection of this level can be a great source of Big Emotional Episodes. It wouldn’t suit every game, but it can certainly add to one if it doesn’t become too scene-steal-y. Easier with, say, two players around the table than six.

And love that only involves NPCs can be a great plot device as well even if the players don’t get mixed up in it directly. Could the travellers save a pair of star-crossed lovers, or stop someone messing up the space-time continuum in order to get a first date to go well?

Thursday, 13 February 2014

American Doctor Who Outrage (again)

As a result of a joke fan cast list.

Personally I’m outraged that Burgess Meredith is in the wrong place on the list. Although I can get behind some of these.

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Don't let people review something that hasn't been made yet

The results may look like this. I for one am looking forward to Indictment Of The Daleks.

(The open review box for the full-sized Iron Throne replica from Game Of Thrones had a similar effect. Hodor.)

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Like a red rag to a Nimon

I wouldn’t be surprised if, at some point, the red lining of the Doctor’s new coat is referenced in-character. Like so!

Saturday, 1 February 2014

An inevitable result of revealing the Doctor's new look

... is that sales of the coat rise overnight.

The reference at the end of the article to “so-called “cos-play” enthusiasts” is hilarious. I can just hear the hyphenated gap between syllables in a 1960s BBC News tone, as imitated by Graham Chapman.

Repost from TWH:

Via Bleeding Cool: Vote on which TV show from these isles goes on the list of things Captain America missed during his time asleep.

Shockingly, Doctor Who is not yet winning.

Same gag for celebrities at Empire