Sunday, 13 August 2017
Subterranea is a well written piece by Jonathan Morris that not only brings to mind the atmosphere of the television show of that era but also the early Pat Mills/Dave Gibbons comic strips that used to appear in the old Doctor Who Weekly. In that the characters have a quirky seventies working class speech patterns and yet are also strong characters in their own way. And just look at that cover. There is an almost lost art to album sleeves although it is not one lost on the good people at Big Finish. The look of the era is mirrored by the sound of a very clever atmospheric soundtrack., very synth of that period (Human League "Travelogue" anyone?One of my favourite album covers.)
During the story, no spoiler here, The Doctor and Romanna are apart for a time.which allows both of them to behave as the Children Of Gallifrey they are, possessed of an almost enfant terrible like ability to adapt to the circumstances they find themselves in. I found myself picturing the wonderful Lalla as she was in what I have seen of the cobbled together recorded pieces of that lost Tom Baker story Shada. She really is on top of her game in this one. When I listen to these stories I sometimes see the shadow of Warriors Gate loom and think how the mirror to another universe awaits. But that moment is not now, not today. Not yet.
There are a few more stories to go...A big two parter by all accounts..Hurrah!
Thursday, 3 August 2017
I had the good fortune to meet the writer ian Gallagher and was impressed by his genuine desire to tell a tale for children that would inspire as well as entertain.
And on the strength of this little Big book he suceeds splendidly.
Oh yes, I read it out loud.
And those scenes in the filth of the First World War trenches and Mark Gatiss as that soldier.
Amazing. I imagine nearly every Doctor Who fan went "Aaah, Captain Lethbridge Stewart" as we do. It had such a Rudyard Kipling vibe, I believe he lost a son in that conflict. A terrible time for humanity and one we should never forget. And maybe, just maybe that soldier is some relative of the Brigadier.
Anybody remember Jona Lewie and stop The Cavalry? that old Christmassey song about life in the trenches and the football match in the snow. A small pop cultural gem that stresses our shared humanity. Stick it on. Watch the twice Upon a Time trailer with the sound turned down.
We know now that the Christmas special is a perfect storm of endings.
Let us hope it is also a celebration of new beginnings.
After that stunning two part finale story they have raised the bar quite high for themselves in terms of assuring that Peter Capaldi's last story is one to never forget. The trailer for this special would indicate that is exactly what we will be getting this Christmas Night. every Christmas being Last Christmas.
And I must confess as much as I liked everything in this trailer my heart skipped for joy when I heard Pearl Mackie's voice. Oh Bill, I miss you already. Welcome back..