Monday, 30 May 2016

A Midsummer Night's Dream

The Russell T Davies adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream contained quite a few other familiar names from modern Who, like Murray Gold providing the music and Millennium Effects at work as well.

Don’t be looking for a definitive reading of the text here. The Hollow Crown this is not.

Theseus is presented as juuuuust a bit Fascist in style (although the jacket also suggests Mountie) which earns him one of the biggest rewrites. Others include rather less suicide talk from Hermia and Helena, which is nice. The mix of modern, WWII and medieval in Athens could provide inspiration for something Whovian - the guards are a bit Dredd but also a bit Robomen...

The Fairies led by Maxine Peake and Nonso Anonzie have gone full Changeling: The Dreaming. Bottom is still recognisably Matt Lucas, but you can’t have everything. ;)

Bernard Cribbins!

Saturday, 28 May 2016

DWM 500

Issue 500 of Doctor Who Magazine (including the original Weekly title in the numbering, with a cover referring back to it) is on shelves now, running to 116 pages with interviews with Steven Moffat, Peter Capaldi and Tom Baker, sealed in a card envelope with a magazine about its history running to another 116 pages, a great big poster, an Iron Legion art card, and a set of stickers featuring DWM logos, the TARDIS, the Vworp! Vworp! sound effect, monsters, and, er, the long discontinued sweets advertising character from the back page of issue 1, and Paul Cornell.

The comic strip is a celebration of the run (and quite right too!) with art from Dave Gibbons onwards and naturally centred on the long-suffering town of Stockbridge and poor old Maxwell Edison, among many many others.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Suzanne Lenglen

Suzanne Lenglen, whose 117th birthday (of course) is marked today by a Google Doodle, changed women’s tennis with her skill and her statements on its rules and attitudes, and the place of women in sport and society as well.

The Independent says that in 1914, at age 15, “she won the World Hard Court Championships, making her the youngest winner of any major tennis championship – a title which she still holds.”

She was an early female sports star, her style pushed the flapper look into the mainstream and she encouraged women to follow her example in active pursuits.

An adventure could feature her expertise - aliens seeking to challenge humanity’s champions, perhaps, or needing to find someone who can strike a target just so to deactivate a killer space automaton threatening Paris - or her effect on society, with someone wanting to change it.

Saturday, 21 May 2016

The Traveller and Sophie versus the mutants

Stumbled across this quite by accident - paper horror miniatures featuring totally not the War Doctor and Ace battling an outbreak of mutant zombies.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Sunday, 15 May 2016


Timeless looks like it could be pretty interesting - essentially a modern-day Time Police show so it gets the Stargate small cast thrown into SF adventures every week, in a prototype time machine that works most of the time...

“The future is not on your side!”

The trailer presumably comes from the pilot. The show could be heavily serialised, or more “year of the week” in style. We’ll see.

Fingers crossed for dinosaurs, if not Daleks.