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Doctor Who XXXVII/11.10 - The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos

December 13th, 2018 (12:44 am)

Yes, I've skipped It Takes You Away, for reasons of time. I was asked to review The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos for Space-Time Telegraph, however.

An introductory post on The Event Library adds a little more context.

Also posted at https://sir-guinglain.dreamwidth.org/963404.html.

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Doctor Who XXXVII/11.8 - The Witchfinders (and Tides of Time)

November 30th, 2018 (02:48 am)

My review, this week at the Doctor Who News Page's reviews section.

Afterword on my review, at The Event Library

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Also, news on the publication of issue 42 of the Oxford-based Doctor Who fanzine, The Tides of Time.

Also posted at https://sir-guinglain.dreamwidth.org/2018/11/30/doctor-who-xxxvii118-the-witchfinders-and-tides-of-time.html.

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Doctor Who XXXVII/11.7 - Kerblam!

November 24th, 2018 (02:15 am)

Written up at last at The Event Library.

Also posted at https://sir-guinglain.dreamwidth.org/2018/11/24/kerblam.html.

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Doctor Who XXXVII/11.6 - Demons of the Punjab

November 17th, 2018 (07:30 pm)

No considered review this time, but some quick reflections and links to some other reviews, set out at The Event Library

Also posted at https://sir-guinglain.dreamwidth.org/2018/11/17/demons-of-the-punjab.html.

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Doctor Who XXXVII/11.5 - The Tsuranga Conundrum

November 7th, 2018 (12:46 am)

My thoughts are at The Event Library this week.

Also posted at https://sir-guinglain.dreamwidth.org/2018/11/07/doctor-who-xxxvii115-the-tsuranga-conundrum.html.

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Doctor Who XXXVII/11.4 - Arachnids in the UK

October 31st, 2018 (01:02 am)

Another Series Eleven review from me, back at The Event Library. Compassionate ethics and the shadows of Malcolm Hulke, Robert Sloman and Eric Saward, and a project manager in the time machine trade.

Also posted at https://sir-guinglain.dreamwidth.org/2018/10/31/arachnids-in-the-uk.html.

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Doctor Who XXXVII/11.3 - Rosa

October 22nd, 2018 (04:58 pm)

At the Doctor Who News Page this week: Doctor Who Reviews: Rosa

Also posted at https://sir-guinglain.dreamwidth.org/2018/10/22/doctor-who-xxxvii113-rosa.html.

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Doctor Who XXXVII/11.2 - The Ghost Monument

October 15th, 2018 (01:33 am)

Reviewed this week at The Event Library.

Also posted at https://sir-guinglain.dreamwidth.org/2018/10/15/the-ghost-monument.html.

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Doctor Who XXXVII/11:1 - The Woman Who Fell to Earth

October 8th, 2018 (11:55 pm)

A new season, a new Doctor, a new showrunner, and lots of newness. So it's no surprise that there was a touch of light familiarity to this new season. I've written more about the symbolism and more at Space-Time Telegraph.

Two other reviews with different opinions:

James Cooray Smith at Hero Collector

J.R. Southall at Starburst

Also posted at https://sir-guinglain.dreamwidth.org/2018/10/08/the-woman-who-fell-to-earth.html.

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The Black Archive 24: The Time Warrior - now in stock

September 28th, 2018 (01:44 pm)

I have a book out, in Obverse's series of Doctor Who monographs The Black Archive. For more details and a link to download a sample, see the publisher's website.

Also posted at https://sir-guinglain.dreamwidth.org/954031.html.

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The Black Archive 24: The Time Warrior

September 21st, 2018 (01:20 am)

This is not the last time that I will be promoting this book here, for transparent reasons. "Explore Gothic castles, ghosts in armour, amphibious landings and a heroine who already knows her own mind, as the gargoyles of the Gothic aesthetic merge with the bogeymen of Britain's imperial decline," says the author on Facebook about his contribution to Obverse Books' series of Doctor Who monographs.

On Twitter, he reports "My entry in @theblackarchive series of monographs on individual Doctor Who stories can now be ordered from the publisher. This 1973 story dwelt in currents of Gothic literature and film, feminism and post-imperial consciousness, and potato-headed aliens."

Here, he urges you to go to The Black Archive website and place an order for the print edition of The Black Archive 24: The Time Warrior. Ebook ordering to follow on publication day or thereabouts.

Also posted at https://sir-guinglain.dreamwidth.org/2018/09/21/the-black-archive-24-the-time-warrior.html.

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Jacqueline Pearce

September 3rd, 2018 (06:01 pm)

Farewell to an extraordinary actor. Maximum power, always.

Also posted at https://sir-guinglain.dreamwidth.org/950097.html.

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Umbrella

July 30th, 2018 (09:42 pm)

I've posted one of my ventures into fan fiction to AO3:

Umbrella (3191 words) by SirGuinglain
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Doctor Who, Giles cartoons
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Third Doctor, Zoe Heriot
Summary:

In an alternative timeline where Zoe was exiled to Earth with the Doctor (as was intended at one point), Zoe has difficulty blending in to twentieth-century London - and it looks as if twentieth-century London might have its own ideas. First published in issue 20 of 'The Terrible Zodin', Fall 2017.



Also posted at https://sir-guinglain.dreamwidth.org/943206.html.

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The Tides of Time, issue 41

Some blatant fanzine plugging:

The latest issue of The Tides of Time, number 41, was published by The Oxford Doctor Who Society in June 2018. It's printed in colour throughout its 80 pages and is edited by James Ashworth, who is studying biology at Worcester College, and society veteran, its historian Matthew Kilburn.

Copies of the print edition can be ordered within the UK for £3.50 via PayPal. Contact us for information about overseas orders.

A PDF of the issue (compact, just over 5Mb in size) can be downloaded from this link.

More detailsCollapse )

Also posted at https://sir-guinglain.dreamwidth.org/2018/06/08/tides-of-time-41.html.

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The lost Dalek novelizations and David Whitaker's 'Doctor Who and the Enemy of the World'

February 11th, 2018 (08:13 pm)

Over at The Event Library, some thoughts by me on what Doctor Who readers were expecting from David Whitaker, why they were expecting it, and whether their wishes were realistic.

Also posted at https://sir-guinglain.dreamwidth.org/922657.html.

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La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman

January 4th, 2018 (07:47 pm)

My review from Goodreads:

Philip Pullman has returned to the world of Lyra, nearly two decades after completing the trilogy His Dark Materials - but the events narrated are set about ten years before those of the books which illuminated children's literature in the 1990s. This isn't a backward-looking story; more light and plenty of shade is cast over Lyra's world, with details of stratification of class, income and education which resonate in the era of Trump and Brexit. Pullman's concerns over the natures of knowledge and consciousness are perhaps even more acute in his storytelling, enriched here by Thames lore which calls back to the age of Kipling and Grahame and toasts the modernity of Aaronovitch. Characters are spun carefully and unpredictably and we get to know a few old friends better. Perhaps, now, we have a clue why Lyra is surnamed Belacqua; and perhaps the Silent Commonwealth had to prefigure the Republic of Heaven.

Also posted at https://sir-guinglain.dreamwidth.org/2018/01/04/la-belle-sauvage.html.

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Tides of Time issue 40 again - now on eBay

December 6th, 2017 (05:34 pm)

The Oxford Doctor Who Society still has a number of copies of Tides of Time available, and they can now be bought via eBay.

Also posted at https://sir-guinglain.dreamwidth.org/913601.html.

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Tides of Time issue 40 - now free to download

November 13th, 2017 (02:25 am)

I mentioned issue 40 of Tides of Time, the Oxford University Doctor Who fanzine, in an earlier post. It's now free to download from http://tidesoftime.wordpress.com .

Also posted at https://sir-guinglain.dreamwidth.org/910032.html.

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The Tides of Time, issue 40

October 30th, 2017 (01:05 am)

There is a new issue of The Tides of Time, magazine of the Oxford University Doctor Who Society, now published, and there are a limited number of print copies available. For more details see the magazine's website.

Also posted at https://sir-guinglain.dreamwidth.org/2017/10/30/the-tides-of-time-issue-40.html.

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Star Trek: Discovery - first thoughts

September 26th, 2017 (02:04 am)

Not much to say, other than PLOT DETAILS MENTIONED HEREINCollapse )

Also posted at http://sir-guinglain.dreamwidth.org/2017/09/26/star-trek-discovery-first-thoughts.html.

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Literary condescension

September 25th, 2017 (02:29 pm)

"The vicissitudes of old books furnish a romantic chapter in the history of literature. About the end of the eighteenth century, the library of an old Lincolnshire house was overhauled by someone who weeded out a lot of what he no doubt considered rubbish. These were destroyed, except for a few which were begged by the gardener, who probably wanted them to use as stands for plant-pots, or to give a false air of literary distinction to his cottage."
--- J. Arthur Hill, 'Old Books and their Printers', The Imprint, 17 June 1913, p 407.

This periodical celebrated the beauty of good craft for its own sake as well as for the benefit of the businesses of its readers, but it seems the appreciation of good printing could not be expected from all. (in this case 'The Book of St Albans', which came into the possession of Thomas Grenville a few steps after the gardener, and is now in the British Library.)

Also posted at http://sir-guinglain.dreamwidth.org/2017/09/25/literary-condescension.html.

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Doctor Who - A Chat for Heroes!

August 3rd, 2017 (11:55 pm)

Thoughts from the Oxford Doctor Who Society on the most recent series, condensed from several weeks of discussion on Facebook Messenger, are now available in one document downloadable from The Tides of Time blog.

Also posted at http://sir-guinglain.dreamwidth.org/895501.html.

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Khaaaan!

July 31st, 2017 (02:06 am)

It says something about our times that Nicholas Meyer is reportedly developing a new Star Trek series based around the adventures of Khan and his merry band of eugenics supporters following the events of Space Seed.

Also posted at http://sir-guinglain.dreamwidth.org/2017/07/31/khaaaan.html.

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Planet of the Spiders revisited

Dialogue for the old and new fans...

From Planet of the Spiders part one, as it might be re-edited:

LUPTON: Not only a Doctor, but a woman Doctor. We do not want her here.
CHO-JE: We cannot shut out the world entirely, my brother.
LUPTON: Why not? You used to, in Tibet.
CHO-JE: All things pass away, as you will learn in your meditation. This world of samsara, the world of appearance, is the world of change.
LUPTON: Yes, but I came here to get away from the world. So did the others. We came here to find solitude.
CHO-JE: One day you will learn to walk in solitude amidst the traffic of the world.
LUPTON: It's still not too late to stop her coming.
CHO-JE: But it is. Mister Chibnall has already gone to the station to fetch her.

**

CHO-JE: We can but point a finger along the way. A man must go inside and face his fears and hopes, his hates and his loves, and watch them wither away. Then he will find his true self, which is no self. He will see his true mind, which is no mind.
SARAH: And that's what meditation's all about?
CHO-JE: Yes! The old man must die and the new woman will discover to her inexpressible joy that he has never existed.
SARAH: Well, good luck, mate.

From Chrissie's Transcripts Site, with alterations.

Also posted at http://sir-guinglain.dreamwidth.org/2017/07/17/planet-of-the-spiders-revisited.html.

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Doctor Who XXXVI/10.12: The Doctor Falls. Again.

July 11th, 2017 (02:29 am)

I found myself double-booked for The Doctor Falls, and so over a week after broadcast have returned with a follow-up review for Time Lines, John Connors's blog which continues the ancient traditions of his earlier fanzines Top, Faze, This Way Up, Antenna and others. As I write, it's not quite a review...

Steven Moffat at his best is very good at treating characters and events as symbols whose interaction as principles not only shapes but often overtakes conventional narrative. Looking back after over a week of rewatches and reviews, the success of The Doctor Falls lies largely in how this coded writing works, laying emphasis on specific aspects of character and setting which sometimes confound expectations which World Enough and Time might have encouraged. What follows isn’t quite another review but a set of reactions considering some of the opinions I’ve come across since The Doctor Falls was broadcast. In case anyone is in any doubt, I greatly enjoyed the episode; there was a tense fatalism throughout, leavened by statements of optimistic principle. I realised while watching it that kindness was probably the factor that kept me watching Doctor Who in the first place. The Doctor has not always been kind, but he tries to be kind to the greatest possible conceivable number of people, all the time. This is his virtue and periodically, in limited ways, his downfall.

Read more...

Also posted at http://sir-guinglain.dreamwidth.org/2017/07/11/doctor-who-xxxvi1012-the-doctor-falls-again.html.

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