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The Friday Docback Is More Impromptu Than Usual This Week!! + Long Missing 'Galaxy 4' Episode Coming To DVD, A Classic DOCTOR WHO Coming To Blu-Ray, The 2012 Christmas Special For Christmas Day (?), And More!!

Hey folks...

Well, this had to occur sooner or later, but this week's Docback...isn't happening.  Not in the traditional sense, at least. 

This week has slammed me with two concurrent, unrelated, but equally problematic health emergencies.  Last weekend, I was bitten rather badly by a neighborhood cat - on my left wrist.  A normally friendly cat who, in a moment of unfortunate misjudgment, decided not to be so nice.  

Turns out, cat bites are incredibly dangerous and highly problematic due to a number of factors - but chiefly because of the kinds of bacteria which hang out in kittys' mouths.  This particular bite...damn near hospitalized me.  While I managed to narrowly avoid this fate, I wasn't able to escape a severe infection which rendered my left hand practically unusable for the better part of this week due to tremendous swelling, and a considerable amount of pain.  A trip to the ER and many high-end meds later, this situation is being arrested - but this morning (Friday) is pretty much the first  morning I've been able to type at all. This morning is also the first morning I haven't been rendered wholly disoriented or dysfunctional by a number of unnervingly strong pain killers.  

A second crisis erupted when one of my teeth more or less exploded because its long-standing filling had failed, and infection had swept through the tooth.  Two emergency trips to the dentist later - and a second wave of antibiotics later (my doctors had to get together to determine whether or not the antibiotics being used for the tooth would contravene the antibiotics fending off the spread of the cat bite infections!)  - this is being brought under control as well.  

The good news is:  I'm back on track, and next week should pretty much be back to normal.  The bad news is:  my work (both AICN and personal writing) has suffered tremendously because of what has happened.  Again, business as usual next week, and thank you so much for bearing with me while I work through these unfun and unexpected setbacks.  

In the meantime, feel free to chat below about ANY DOCTOR WHO matters you wish to discuss.  I *will* be monitoring the Docbacks, so the Docback Code of Conduct...posted below...remains firmly in effect.


Until next week, mull...

...the impending video release of the long-missing Galaxy 4 (Hartnell, Story #18 ) episode Airlock for March...

...the announcement of the first classic DOCTOR WHO to appear on Blu-ray - Spearhead from Space (Pertwee,  Story #51) [details for both HERE].  Even though Spearhead is apparently easier to master for Blu  because it was shot entirely on film, I'll be you ANYTHING more Classic WHO eps appear on the HD format...and I can't wait! ...evidently,  BBC has (not unexpectedly) confirmed that this year's DOCTOR WHO Christmas Special will appear on Christmas Day - although I can't find any official indication of this?  


..Docbacker Darth Devious has a new DOCTOR WHO-themed podcast!  I haven't heard it for myself, yet, but give it a listen HERE

If y'all stumble across any cool DW news over the next few days, SEND IT ALONG and...ant the very least...perhaps I can post some links as fodder for discussion in the Docbacks below! 




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[Season / Series Seven Docbacks - MOST RECENT DOCBACK IS HIGHLIGHTED]


The Coming of Season/Series 7

Asylum of the Daleks 

Dinosaurs on a Spaceship

A Town Called Mercy 

The Power of Three 

The Angels Take Manhattan 






"The Impossible Astronaut"

"Day of the Moon"

"The Curse of the Black Spot"

"The Doctor's Wife"

"The Rebel Flesh"

"The Almost People"

"A Good Man Goes To War"

"Let's Kill Hitler"

"Night Terrors"


"The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe" (2011 Christmas Special)  





"An Unearthly Child" (Story #1)

"The Daleks" (Story #2)

"The Edge of Destruction" (Story #3)

"Marco Polo" (Story #4)

"The Keys of Marinus(Story #5)

"The Aztecs" (Story #6)

"The Sensorites" (Story #7)

"The Sensorites" (Story #7 - full DVD release) 

"The Reign of Terror" (Story #8)

"Planet of Giants" (Story #9) 

"The Dalek Invasion of Earth" (Story #10)

"The Rescue" (Story #11) 

"The Romans"  (Story #12) 

"The Web Planet" (Story #13) / SHERLOCK - "A Scandal in Belgravia" (Story #4)

"The Crusade" (Story #14) 

"The Space Museum" (Story #15) 

"The Chase" (Story #16) 

"The Time Meddler" (Story #17) 

"Galaxy 4" (Story #18) 

"Mission to the Unkonwn" (Story #19) 

"The Myth Makers" (Story #20) 

"The Gunfighters" (Story #25)

"The Tomb of the Cybermen" (Story #37)

"The Mind Robber" (Story #45)

"The Krotons" (Story #47)

"The Seeds of Death" (Story #48) 

"Spearhead from Space" (Story #51) 

"The Abassadors of Death" (Story #53)

"The Colony in Space" (Story #58) 

"The Daemons" (Story #59) 

"Day of the Daleks" (Story #60) + Preview of the DotD Special Edition

"The Three Doctors" (Story #65) 

"Carnival of Monsters" (Story #66) 

"Death to the Daleks" (Story #72) 

"Invasion of the Dinosaurs" (Story #71) and SHERLOCK: "The Reichenbach Fall" (Story #6) 

"The Android Invasion" (Story #83) and SHERLOCK: "The Hounds of Baskerville" (Story #5) 

"The Face of Evil" (Story #89) 

"The Robots of Death" (Story #90) 

"The Talons of Weng-Chiang" (Story #91)

"The Sun Makers(Story #95)

"The City of Death" (Story #105)

"Nightmare of Eden" (Story #107) 

"Kinda" (Story #118)

"Snakedance" (Story #125) 

"The Five Doctors" (Story #129) 

"The Awakening" (Story #131)

"Frontios(Story #132)

"Resurrection of the Daleks" (Story #134) 

"The Caves of Androzani" (Story #136) 

"Vengeance on Varos" (Story #138) 

"Time and the Rani" (Story #144)

"Paradise Towers" (Story #145) + New WHOvian Documentary / Newsbits

"Dragonfire" (Story #147) 

"The Happiness Patrol" (Story #149) 

"The Greatest Show in the Galaxy" (Story #151) 

"Doctor Who: The Movie" (aka TVM) - McGann) 


Merrick's Personal Journey With The Doctor (How Merrick Got Hooked On DOCTOR WHO)

DOCTOR WHO Title Sequences & DW At Comic-Con 2011

"The Crash of the Elysium" (Manchester version - interactive DOCTOR WHO adventure)

Why Eccleston Left, Here Comes Caroline Skinner, And Season/Series Six Part 1 on Blu-Ray And DVD

New Trailer For Season/Series Six Part 2

The Companions of DOCTOR WHO + New Trailer & Artwork For Season/Series 7  






1) a Docback should be about completely open and free discourse regarding all things WHO with, obviously, some variation on subject matter from time to time - the real world intervenes, discussions of other shows are inevitable, etc.)... 

2) matters of SPOILAGE should be handled with thoughtful consideration and sensitivity.  Posts containing SPOILERS should clearly state that a SPOILER exists in its topic/headline and should never state the spoiler itself . "** SPOILER ** Regarding Rory" is OK, for example.  "** SPOILER ** Battle of Zarathustra" is fine as well.  " **SPOILER** Why did everyone die?"  Is NOT good.  
And, above all... 

3) converse, agree, disagree, and question as much as you want - but the freedom to do so is NOT a license to be rude, crass, disrespectful, or uncivilized in any way.  Not remaining courteous and civil, as well as TROLLING or undertaking sensational efforts to ignite controversy, will result in banning.  Lack of courtesy may receive one (1) warning before a ban is instigated.  Obvious Trolling or Spamming will result in summary banning with no warning.  One word posts intended to bump-up any Docback's figures on AICN's "Top Talkbacks" sidebar will be considered actionable Spam - they not only complicate efforts to access Docback from mobile devices, but impede readers' abilities to follow or engage in flowing conversation. 
In short, it's easy.  Be excellent to each other.  Now party on... 
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  • Oct. 19, 2012, 10:36 a.m. CST

    Get Well Soon Merrick.....

    by cymraeg_cowboy

    Ouch! Sounds like you've had a hell of a week....hopefully not being able to do much has enabled you to sit on the sofa and watch some good tv/movies in a drug enhanced state! In other Who news.... Gaimen has been confirmed as the writer of the penultimate episode of Series 7(b) - Most Excellent!!!

  • Oct. 19, 2012, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Sorry to hear about your week

    by HornOrSilk

    But it happens, and good to hear you made it through

  • Oct. 19, 2012, 10:41 a.m. CST

    Now... as to the release of Galaxy 4

    by HornOrSilk

    That SUCKS. Sorry, it SUCKS. It should be included with the Reign of Terror DVD, not a re-release of an old one. That sucks. I'm sorry, but that is just a bad idea and one to get many Doctor Who fans upset as they get the George Lucas treatment rammed down them.

  • Oct. 19, 2012, 10:48 a.m. CST

    Sorry it's been a bad week for you

    by DoctorTom

    it's good to hear that the bad part's behind you now, though.

  • Oct. 19, 2012, 10:54 a.m. CST

    Air lock

    by DoctorTom

    I'm glad they're releasing it on DVD. Yes, it might have been nice to include it on The Reign of Terror, but I suspect that the fact of them putting the animation in for missing episodes of that story might have caused BBC to think that there was enough for that release already, and they could boost sales of one of their Special Editions by including it there. If they're doing special editions of first Doctor stories, the Aztecs makes as good a place to put it (for now, anwyway). At least it's not going to be a reissue of Lost in Time with the 2 episodes added.

  • Oct. 19, 2012, 10:55 a.m. CST

    The Ambassadors of Death

    by photoboy

    Just watched the DVD of this recently, and I thought it was excellent. It does start to flag a little bit towards the end but not enough to spoil it. I particularly loved the recap before the credits followed by a shortened intro that adds extra screams to the Who theme when "OF DEATH" jumps in. That shorter style of opening made it feel very much like contemporary shows with their shortened opening sequences. The whole kidnapping plot, the various traitors and the emergence of new villains along the way made it feel like 24 where they'd catch one bad guy only for another to step in and carry on the evil plan. It also felt a lot like the two recent Torchwood series too (and I mean that in a good way). The "monsters" were well served by not being exposed very often too. The creepy spacesuits were very effective at heightening the tension (and possibly gave Moffat some inspiration for Silence in the Library). Ambassadors seems to be quite divisive as I've seen it on appear on fans best and worst lists, but I thought it was really fantastic.

  • Oct. 19, 2012, 10:57 a.m. CST

    Season 7 part 2

    by DoctorTom

    has anybody heard if Moffat's finished writing episode 13 yet? I imagine they're going to want to finish shooting all the S7 stories this year. and I know he had been late with the Christmas script.

  • Oct. 19, 2012, 11 a.m. CST

    Further classic stories on blu-ray

    by DoctorTom

    I'm skeptical of this one, to be honest. Because Spearhead from Space was all on film it lends itself easily to this. There's be more of a struggle with the other stories (and for struggle, read Costlier To Do). I'm not sure BBC will put up the money to do it the way it should be done (unfortunately, shows like ST:TNG have a broader base of people buying the DVDs to help with the costs of the conversion).

  • Oct. 19, 2012, 11:19 a.m. CST

    Get Better Fast

    by Marc Cerasini

    I saved my cat's life several years ago. The dog didn't bite me but my own cat did. I ended up in the hospital for five days, on IVs. Yes, watch out for kitty. And be well.

  • Oct. 19, 2012, 11:19 a.m. CST

    Blu Ray releases

    by PDepew2181

    This news upsets me a bit. Mostly because I've slowed buying really any Doctor Who DVD's due to the recent run of special edition releases. There are so many other movies I bought multiple times on DVD, and now so many that I've upgraded to Blu Ray that I'm not really looking forward to potentially doing the same with Doctor Who. I made up a database of all classic stories so I could track what I did and didn't have, and I now see that there are 8 stories I own already that now have special edition versions. So I'm not going to buy stories that were released back in 2003-2006 or so, knowing that special editions could come out. But now if there's potential for Blu Ray? I feel like I shouldn't buy anything. At least I know not to buy the Spearhead from Space special edition. I'll just wait for the Blu Ray.

  • Oct. 19, 2012, 11:37 a.m. CST

    shoulda held my Sisters of Plenitude comments for this week!

    by Kathryn Gail

    Merrick I hope all your ailments are cured without resorting to clone abuse. . .

  • Oct. 19, 2012, 11:49 a.m. CST

    Can we make it a Dwarfback this week then !

    by cosmic_dolphin

    Did anyone watch 'Lemons' I thought it was excellent and had tears of laughter streaming down my face at one point. Best one of the first 3 for me so far, though I've read a few Christians have gotten upset by it. Which kinda makes it all the more funny ( as an aethiest )

  • Oct. 19, 2012, 12:01 p.m. CST

    PSA: F*** Cats. They're jerks (link)

    by obijuanmartinez

  • Oct. 19, 2012, 12:05 p.m. CST

    @dolphin: I've only seen the first ep. of Red Dwarf X, and...

    by obijuanmartinez

    Enjoyed it. Still trying to plod along & keep abreast of all the shows I'm currently watching, including: Boardwalk Empire Copper Hunted (BBC) World Without End Merlin Clone Wars Sinbad Sons of Anarchy The Walking Dead

  • Oct. 19, 2012, 1:15 p.m. CST

    Speedy recovery Merrick ... and to obijuan

    by DrMorbius

    I'll see your F*** Cats, and raise you Cats are C****, by Triumph the Insult Comic Dog! (NSFW) Audio only.

  • Oct. 19, 2012, 1:16 p.m. CST

    ^forgot link^

    by DrMorbius

  • Oct. 19, 2012, 1:45 p.m. CST

    Herc can we get a talkback just for Fringe please?

    by Paul

  • Oct. 19, 2012, 1:46 p.m. CST

    Nevermind stupid me there is no Fringe tonight.

    by Paul

  • Oct. 19, 2012, 1:52 p.m. CST

    Part One The Power of Three

    by doctordaz

    Get well soon Merrick. Speaking from experience, infections can be a tricky thing. Therefore, I hope my post can cheer you up. It took me a few weeks of reflection and re-watching the “Power of Three” to understand what was going on. It really blew my mind. Therefore, with a bit of self-censoring on my part, here is what did the trauma. The cubes arrive according to the Doctor “As the sun rose”. Brian and the Doctor turn up on the Pond’s doorstep at 0630 AM. They proceed into the TARDIS for a think. The Doctor tells Brian to watch the cubes, then he, Amy and Rory leave the TARDIS, where Rory leaves to, get, changed for work. UNIT and Kate Stewart arrive, with Kate mentioning they detected a spike in Artron energy and traced it to the Pond’s place. UNIT, are of course, concerned over the events of the last 24 HOURS and have spent those hours conducting tests on the cubes, freighting them in from all over the world. Um...what? Did the Doctor, Amy and Rory lose a day here, and not notice? Did the world lose a day here and not notice? Is something else happening? Not only did Brian spend four days inside the TARDIS, his rationalisation for his lost time, was along the lines of “Doesn’t time fly when you’re alone with your thoughts.” Did he not get hungry, did he not pop out of the TARDIS and make a SOUFFLE or see what was going on...was the world ending? The Doctor, Amy and Rory apparently, spent four days outside the TARDIS and forgot Brian. In December, it is shown that humans, are being, taken from the hospital by the Shakri. Later, at no time does the Doctor reference this at all. Even on the Shakri ship, the Doctor does not seem to notice the captive humans in the background, who unfortunately, are, blown up when the ship is, destroyed. If only the Doctor had a way of instantly waking unconscious humans...oh right he did. Possibly, it is all a matter of PERCEPTION. When Amy rings the Doctor on her anniversary in June, she seems to believe the cubes have been on Earth for nine months when it is actually, closer to twelve. In addition, the Doctor said he would return Amy and Rory back to the party after his anniversary gift, and it would be as if they had never left. When they did come back, the party was now at night, and there be Christmas lights in the garden, when before (with obvious camera shots when Amy rang the Doctor) there was none. There is more...

  • Oct. 19, 2012, 1:59 p.m. CST

    Part Two The Power of Three

    by doctordaz

    On day 361, Brian is doing his latest log. He says the time is 2051 PM. The camera angle shown from the side, if Brian had looked to his left, or even through the corner of his eye, he would have seen, very bright sunlight streaming through the window. OK, this is the northern hemisphere for me, maybe you do have very bright evenings...I don’t know. The next scene is with Rory and Amy in their kitchen. The camera angle is low, focused on the cube, and Amy and Rory are out of focus in the background. The camera shifts slightly to the left, and to the right and again you clearly see the windows and light streaming in from two different directions. The sun does not appear to be low on the horizon. The Doctor is in the lounge, playing the Wii with a window behind him with bright light behind the curtains, and a window in front of him with light coming in from behind the curtains. Rory and Brian leave for the night shift with bright light streaming through the front door and quite, frankly throughout the hallway. However, the money shots for me were at the UNIT base underneath the Tower of London. We first see the Tower from the outside, and it is nighttime. The car lights are lens flared and the courtyard lights are yellow. Amy: “Secret base BENEATH the Tower...hope we’re not here BECAUSE WE KNOW TOO MUCH?” [Always listen to Amy] Kate, the Doctor and Amy proceed up some steps to an area where the cubes are being, tested on. You get a montage of cubes in cubicles with the Doctor looking at each one. I wonder if he was noticing the windows and the courtyard light streaming through from the outside, behind the cubicles. They head to the control room, and more windows. The cubes have been active for 47 minutes so the time is about 2138 PM if we go by Brian’s watch. Doctor: “...Who has an UNDERGROUND BASE...TERRIBLE VENTILATION.” Camera pulls back and more windows. This is the WINDOW, episode. “Night Terrors” for me was the FIREPLACE episode. When the power is, cut, with no backup, and because the base is underground, the room should have been pitch-black. In fact, moonlight is lighting our rather blind heroes. At the end of the episode, with Amy’s corny narration, the Christmas lights seem a bit distracting, sitting behind the TARDIS. The lights flashing behind Brian looked ominous too. (Think “Day of the Moon” and every flashing light reference this every year) There is more...

  • Really, please look at who's posted the thread instead of just assuming it's Herc. At the bottom you'll see it's Merrick, not Herc, who's doing this (the fact that Herc's name's not at the top of the thread should be a clue). This is the second week you've spammed the thread here. Regardless of how much we like Fringe (and I certainly do), please don't be so blatant on spamming lists asking for a different mod to do something. I'd say Merrick would be perfectly within reason to adopt a three-strikes-and-you're-out policy on this.

  • Oct. 19, 2012, 2:14 p.m. CST

    Part Three The Power of Three

    by doctordaz

    The following quotes to be, read with a discerning eye. “The Power of Three” Shakri Hologram: “So many of them...CRAWLING the planet...seeping into every corner.” “Day of the Moon” Doctor: “Because that's what the SILENCE do... think about it. They don't make anything themselves. They don't have to. They get other life forms to do it for them.” River Song: “So they're PARASITES then.” Doctor: “SUPER-PARASITES. STANDING IN THE SHADOWS of HUMAN HISTORY since the very beginning. We know they can INFLUENCE HUMAN BEHAVIOUR any way they want...” “The Power of Three” Doctor: “Why the cubes...why Earth?” Shakri Hologram: “Not Earth...HUMANITY. The Shakri will halt the human PLAGUE, before the SPREAD.” Doctor (Talking about the Shakri): “...the PEST CONTROLLERS of the universe” “The Vampires of Venice” Doctor (To the Inspector): “...Sorry, what exactly is your job?” Inspector: “Checking for ALIENS, VISITORS from foreign lands what might bring the PLAGUE with them.” Inspector: “...No, we're under QUARANTINE here, no-one comes in, no-one goes out, and all because of the grace and wisdom of our patron, Signora Rosanna Calvierri.” Doctor: “How interesting. I heard the plague died out years ago.” [“Day of the Moon” reference?] Inspector: “Not, OUT THERE. [The universe? Outside, Venice?] No, Signora Calvierri has seen it with her own eyes. Streets are, piled high with BODIES, she said.” “The Vampires of Venice” Signora (To Amy): “Where are you from? Did you fall through the CHASM?” Signora (To Francesco): “I need to know what this girl is doing in a world of savages with PSYCHIC PAPER.” (To Amy) WHO are you with?” “The Power of Three” Doctor: “...We thought the cubes were an start a WAR.” Shakri Hologram: [Note the phrasing] “The HUMAN CONTAGION, ONLY, must be eliminated.” [I think the Doctor misinterprets the Holograms answer] Shakri Hologram: “The human plague...BREEDING and fighting, and when cornered, they rage to DESTROY.” “Let’s Kill Hitler” River Song: “It was never going to be a gun for you, Doctor, the man of peace who understands every kind of warfare, except, perhaps, the CRUELEST.” One more to come...

  • Oct. 19, 2012, 2:21 p.m. CST

    Part Four The Power of Three

    by doctordaz

    At the hospital, Rory sends Brian on an errand. He comes to a corridor, looking left, and the corridor looks longer than it actually is. He turns right and seems distracted while electronic tones are, heard. Brian turns his head only when he hears a trolley approaching from behind him and moves out of the way of the alien orderlies, where he is collected, with Rory in hot pursuit. To my eyes, every single time the Doctor was about to crack the case, he is thwarted quite dramatically. When he has his first heart attack, he is, propelled backwards on the chair across the room as if he was struck by lightning. He is, struck again a few more times, most notably, when at the hospital and is about to interrogate the Shakri robot. Amy for some reason, and with ample hospital staff present, uses a defibrillator, shocking the Doctor’s heart back to life, where he instantly recovers and the two wander off, leaving the robot BEHIND. For Red Dwarf fans, I got a real “Back to Reality” vibe here. Therefore, the way I see things, I am not sure how much was real, and how much was altered perception... probably, equal doses of both, at the same time. You're probably think I am reading too much into things that maybe sloppy writing or production errors. (That's my brothers opinion) Nevertheless, since “The Pandorica Opens”, I have been doing just that, reading the devil in the detail and it has served me well up to now. It is just that “The Power of Three” was such a game changer for me, showing in my opinion, the Silence at the height of their powers...BEFORE their fall on Earth in “Day of the Moon”. I noticed a lot more in this episode, but they are, in terms of the connections, with other episodes and the longer story arc. Shout out if you would like to know more, and I will get, prepped for next week. Just do not get me started on “The God Complex”. Tweet, tweet...time for breakfast. Thanks for reading.

  • Oct. 19, 2012, 2:58 p.m. CST


    by Seph_J

    Interesting reading. The Doctor with/without jacket in the Angels two-parter makes me think that Moffat is capable of using the Silence in the awesome ways you are describing. But something inside me says nobody can write that well and play such a long game on such a high profile, 'trying-to-please-everyone' show. Would love to hear your further observations though about The Power of Three and The God Complex though. Ever since I first saw The God Complex I've thought that there was so much more going on there than was shown - and have had to keep convincing myself that I'm just expecting too much.

  • Oct. 19, 2012, 3:33 p.m. CST

    Merrick, Thank you again sir! And to everyone else...

    by Kevin Bolinger

    Really means alot that you posted the link. To everyone else, pleas forgive the audio on it, I had to tweak it some to fit into a 28 meg upload limit. Also, the direct play button does not seem to work, at least for me, but the button that says audio mp3 does start the audio going in a new window. Next weeks should be better as I work the bugs out...I am not new to podcasting, as I record on the GeekCast Radio Network in the TeamBotimus Hour podcast, but this is my first time posting, uploading and everything else on my own. So please, constructive criticism is welcome, and yes, I have a few adjustments to make while recording :)

  • Oct. 19, 2012, 4:38 p.m. CST

    doctordaz, so it's the plague THAT WE CARRY?

    by Kathryn Gail

    It's not the humans as such that are the plague, but the Silence we host, like flying foxes with Hendra virus or or mosquitoes carrying malaria? Interesting! And a lot of great time/light catches, too. . . I'd love to read more, and this would be a great week for it. . .

  • Oct. 19, 2012, 4:49 p.m. CST


    by berserkrl

    Evidently both feline teeth and human teeth have turned against you. I recommend against swimming or hiking for the time being. Just in case the sharks and bears have also gotten the memo.

  • Since most of them can't really be HD anyways, why not instead just do releases that fit entire seasons onto 1-2 BD discs, it would be nice to have the whole classic run in a format that doesn't take up an entire Ikea shelf (like mine) Blu-rays are also more durable than dvds.

  • Oct. 19, 2012, 6:38 p.m. CST

    Cat bite

    by Oozman

    Sorry it wasn't a radioactive or genetically enhanced cat! Get well, Super Puss!

  • It is only being done because it was all shot on film, and the remaining catalogue of old Who, as old footage shot on a mix of videotape and film in a 4:3 television format, can't actually be restored much better than what the dvd format has given. I mean Hell, the episodes don't even the best and cleanest of the classic Who episodes don't use the dvd format to their optimum available quality, so Bluray, forget it. Now of course they could do huge Who collections on Bluray, giving up either season releases, or even complete Doctor era releases across just a few Blurays, but I would suspect they won't do that for two very simple reasons. One, it'd kill the dvd lines sales, which still does quite well for them, both in terms of new and updated releases, and in already released stories. And two, they have been living on a marketing model for the classic series that basically relies on each story release (apart from the odd combined release) being sold and paid for by collectors separately. Whether it be via the old VHS range, the dvd one, or through media like iTunes. To now sell a huge number of the shows all packaged together for one price doesn't strike me as the kind of thing they are likely to do at all. Especially when the advance of Bluray hasn't killed dvd in the sense that Bluray players are backward compatible and can still play dvd discs anyhow. I just don't see it happening to be honest. Although I have been wrong before...

  • Oct. 19, 2012, 9:07 p.m. CST

    Oh, and for the record, 2e has lied before...

    by Stegman84

    They also said, to me, personally, as well as online, that Vengeance on Varos was the last SE release, and now we have The Claws of Axos about to be released, and Inferno, The Ark in Space, and The Aztecs (which is where the airlock orphan episode is being released), all being released next year, along with three other as yet unnamed SE's. Now of those, if Inferno (my favourite Pertwee story by the way) can be improved on in terms of picture quality in the restoration, then I'm all for that one, because the original release really is quite rough looking in places, even by classic Who standards. So that one is, to me, potentially worthy. The Ark in Space had quite a weak original release, and has long since been asked for an SE of by many fans, so that one gets a pass as well. Aztecs I don't really get, as I don't see the picture being improved that much (kind of like with previous SE releases like Seeds of Death and Three Doctors) and the extras were solid enough already. I believe it is the only Hartnell release not to have gone through the vidfire process, but I just don't see it making much difference at the end of the day, in order to warrant another release. And putting the recovered Air Lock orphan episode on here seems pretty mercenary to be honest. Claws of Axos, same as Aztecs for me. I don't really see the need. As to what the other three SE's coming down the pipe are, no idea, but I would rate the following stories have a pretty good chance of being in the running: Pertwee's The Green Death, Tom Baker's Pyramids of Mars and Horror at Fang Rock, Troughton's The Mind Robber, Davison's Earthshock (Dan Hall's favourite story, no less) and maybe The Visitation if they want to restore the extensive film elements, and possibly Colin Baker's The Two Doctors (with Troughton). As all were amongst the earlier releases, and are well regarded stories of their respective eras. I can't see much beyond that though. But then, I never would have expected Claws of Axos either, so... I mean I do get it in away, once they have run out of 'proper' releases they still want to try and keep that money ball rolling, but personally there's no way that I'm about to buy the entire range all over again, just for what in most cases would end up being a small selection of new extras, and maybe a marginal increase in imagine quality. There are a couple of restorations that I'll buy, such as Inferno, if it turns out there is a notable leap in imagine quality over previous efforts, but other than that, no thanks. Still, there is only six confirmed and proper story released left in the range now, and four of those are incomplete: -> the never completed Shada - being released in early January with the Tom Baker linking narration done for the VHS release, as well as the flash animated Shada done with Paul McGann, Lalla Ward and John Leeson for the BBC website back in the day. This is being boxed with the More Than Thirty Years in the TARDIS doco special as the Legacy boxed set. -> the Hartnell era Reign of Terror - finally being released in late January, with the two missing episodes animated in order to complete the story in a visual form. -> Tom Baker classic Terror of the Zygons - apparently due to be released next June. -> the Pertwee era Mind of Evil - with colour restored first episode, release date not yet announced, but expected before Zygons. -> the final Hartnell story, The Tenth Planet - no release date given, nor confirmation of how the single missing episode will be handled on the release. Though animation is hoped for and largely expected. - the Troughton six parter The Ice Warriors - again, no release date yet given, nor confirmation of how the two missing episodes will be handled on dvd. Though, again, animation is hoped for and largely expected. And then the entire classic era of Who, as far as complete stories go, will be available on dvd. Of course Dan Hall said recently, in relation to animated restorations of incomplete classic Who that their budgets only allowed for two episodes to be done via animation, so that limits what they can do as far as restorations go. He chose not to elaborate much further. However if you extrapolate that, that could mean that the following could also be completed via animation, and released, remembering that the audio still exists for all missing episodes: -> Hartnell's The Crusade, which has two episodes available, and two missing. -> Troughton's The Underwater Menace, which with the recently returned episode, now has two episodes intact, and two missing. -> Troughton's The Moonbase, another two available, two missing story. So that is three more stories that could potentially be completed via animation given current budget restrictions. That would also take the story count up to 20 Hartnell stories on dvd (counting The Tenth Planet), and 10 Troughton ones (counting The Ice Warriors). Nice round numbers for both. One can only hope.

  • Oct. 19, 2012, 9:13 p.m. CST

    @doctordaz, darthdevious, and Merrick

    by veteran_of_mu

    Doctordaz, fascinating reading. What you have there is what we here on the Docback refer to as a HAT. Meaning Half Arsed Theory. We love HATs here because it often happens that what we believe is going on is far more interesting than what is actually shown. In recent weeks we've had 3 different HATs on the QLA toy, last week's Moff-HAT on S8, and the sad death of the Rory Williams Is The Master HAT. Ave atque vale. HATs traditionally get some kind of numeric monicker from their originator. I invite you to attach a number to yours. @darthdevious, Okay! Podcast wars on DoshMosh! Right now Whotininnies is in the lead but WGAW is coming up fast .... Seriously, you guys and Glen & Ken have my two testers feuding over which is the better DW podcast. If you've got a preference give em a vote: @Merrick, Dude, I feel for you. Back in 2007 a cat scratch turned into cellulitis of my right leg. I was in hospital for a week and almost lost it. Only saving grace was a brilliant drug-addled X-rated DW hallucination involving Tennant, Piper and Barrowman dancing a kind of cross between a can-can and gang-bang. Hope you get that one!

  • Oct. 19, 2012, 11:29 p.m. CST

    Get well soon Merrick!

    by Michael_Jacksons_Ghost

    This whole docback has me wanting to listen to the Nudge's song "Cat Scratch Fever". Also, the latest Dwarf episode was pretty funny. I am glad that this season has went old school, and not Nu'school like it did with "Back to Earth".

  • Oct. 19, 2012, 11:31 p.m. CST

    Hmm. Disappeared post. Bug or did I overstep?

    by veteran_of_mu

  • I'm pretty sure the DW Restoration Team chaps have already said this won't happen for some reason. Something to do with the percentage of BD content that **has** to be in HD in order for the BBC to justify something being released on BD in the first place? A mixed blessing, really. I don't particularly want to (re)buy the entire range a third time, but it would be nice to have the entire series on far fewer discs.

  • Oct. 20, 2012, 6:53 a.m. CST

    Hey Glen, get well soon! Best wishes!

    by wtriker1701

    *Kill That Cat!* in the words of legendary Freddie Frinton. But NO, who am I kidding. Cats are beautiful lil' things.

  • Don't eve think, Herc's spending much attention to our docbacks over here. Sometimes he creates his own talkbacks about Doctor Who. but I believe he does so, beacause he knows, how sometimes they create heavy traffic. Well, not now at the moment though. So Pa, search one of Herc's own talkbacks and get him to do a Fringeback, or Alterback or whatever it should be named. I don't remember, didn't we want to give those Lostbacks back then the proper nam Lostback? I'm getting old. Here's someone waiting for news within a Lockback! Sir Moffat, I'm looking at you! ;-)

  • being age 13-15 and collecting all the issues of X-men, in pre-internet days of going from comic shop to comic shop, convention to convention hunting down random back issues I hadn't been able to find yet, reading them out of order, getting the whole saga in a crazy non-linear fashion. I don't mean any of this sarcastically, I actually do think it is pretty cool. I sold off my comic collection about 8 years ago and haven't really collected anything in a very long time, and in todays world of amazon and whatnot its pretty easy (though sometimes pricey) to get ahold of all of a certain item you are looking for. But because of the manner the BBC is releasing classic who it sort of replicates that feeling for me, and even for ones already in release I don't have yet, I get to check amazon every day to see if the price has dropped, or to find out which new releases have been announced. restorations of Ice Warriors, 10th planet, shada are all scheduled for 2013. It's fun to see the library of classic grow on the shelf

  • Oct. 20, 2012, 9:54 a.m. CST

    and I almost bought Spearhead...

    by Greg

    Glad I didn't now. Looking forward to the blu release.

  • Oct. 20, 2012, 11:51 a.m. CST

    darthdevious, good podcast!

    by DoctorTom

    It's different from Glen and Ken's in that you're keeping it focused on Doctor Who, but both have their charms. The digressions into other movies and shows, and Ken getting frustrated by Glen are some of the best parts - and the recent podcasts getting into deep territory are some of the best. I like how you did 2 episodes, and I think you'll probably need to keep doing multiple episodes in a podcast if you're looking to go for an hour (except for things like Dalek, which will probably end up pulling in references to other shows anyway). An episode on the Time War sounded like a good idea.

  • Oct. 20, 2012, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Link to a Mike McMahon drawing of an (old school) Cyberman

    by DoctorTom I remember him working on Doctor Who Weekly and Judge Dredd back in the day. I hope IDW gets him drawing a Doctor Who strip (more than just a pinup).

  • Actually, he might have shown it if the video was around back then.

  • Oct. 20, 2012, 12:21 p.m. CST

    You guys all rock!

    by Kevin Bolinger

    Thank you for the kind words and all about my really is a very low budget operation, lol, but I am sure Charles and I will try to continue to keep it interesting :)

  • Oct. 21, 2012, 5:40 a.m. CST

    Doctor Who easter egg in Iron Sky!

    by veteran_of_mu Blow it up and look for our favourite blue box. It's there. See what happens when you don't kill Hitler?

  • Oct. 21, 2012, 1:35 p.m. CST

    good catch, Caractuspotts!

    by DoctorTom

    I missed that while I was watching it.

  • Oct. 21, 2012, 2:17 p.m. CST

    Oh right, Iron Sky on DVD!

    by Kathryn Gail

    My radar is apparently a ca. 1940 museum piece, because even things I'm really really interested in chronically fall right off it. I'm "watching" City of Death even as I type (Douglas Adams! John Cleese!), but. . . really I just have the commentary track on while walking in and out doing boring chores. And since I keep popping up with half-baked comments on costumes, I just now remembered to google where the DVD extra on the Romanas' wardrobes is (somewhere on the E-Space Trilogy discs), so that's also on the agenda for the week. *IF* any cogent thoughts pop out of my head as a result, I'll try to grab them and put them here, since it's another slow week. Slow enough to remember that I just started right in windbagging away here a few months ago without bothering about an "I'm new here" post, so here's Patrick Stewart on Extras: . . .and the outtakes. . .

  • Oct. 21, 2012, 2:23 p.m. CST

    more disappearances

    by Kathryn Gail

    When I signed in just now, the last half-dozen or so posts completely disappeared (I noticed when I went to check that it was caractacuspotts who caught the Iron Sky easter egg--so it wasn't just that I didn't have them open!). Then they came back a couple refreshes later. So I'm not certain it's a true bug.

  • Oct. 21, 2012, 2:58 p.m. CST

    Another disappeared post ... cat bit more than just Glen's finger?

    by veteran_of_mu

  • Oct. 21, 2012, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Iron Sky

    by veteran_of_mu

    I wish I could claim to have caught that one but it's someone else's screencap. I just saw it come up on reddit. As for Iron Sky, there's a good 45 minutes of pure satire in there, somewhere. You just have to wait for the painful first arc to finish. Once the space zeppelins and meteorblitzkrieg line up against the mighty USS George W. Bush ... the film is gold. I really dug the impact of the Nazis on the UN and its space fleet. Wherever American extremism echoes Nazism the film hits home. I had to explain some of these jokes to the kids afterward. When the nazis ghost-wrote President Palin’s speech by translating Hitler’s “Ein Volk” propaganda, the youth of today can’t be expected to pick up on it. The kids also didn’t get references to Chaplin’s “The Great Dictator”, Hirschbiegel’s “Downfall” or Spinrad’s “The Iron Dream” either. what are they teaching in schools these days? But that’s what the Internet is for – and researching the cinematic and real-world history behind Iron Sky would make a kick-ass school project … well, okay, I admit this film is not actually educational. It is indeed a bad movie. But the beautifully realized space battles make it all worthwhile. Nazi saucers, zeppelins, and especially the awesome Gotterdamerung mothership are so lovingly animated – gigantic planetary gears grinding bicycle chains the size of freeways. Enormous love and skill clearly went into the FX – jaw-dropping for a film that cost just $7.5M. The standout is Nazi heroine Julia Dietze. She’s hot, cute, toned, stacked, sweet and really can act. All the other actors ride on her back. Or something like that.

  • Oct. 21, 2012, 3:16 p.m. CST

    I've been having that a lot with the disappearing posts too

    by DoctorTom

    the strange thing is I'll have them there, then a bunch disappear on a refresh, then they come back again a refresh or two later. At least it's a different bug we're seeing happen now.

  • Oct. 21, 2012, 3:20 p.m. CST

    Extras on the Iron Sky DVD

    by DoctorTom

    Under the Teasers, the first teaser shows a scene not actually shown in the movie but referenced. They show an Antarctic Nazi base in 1945 with the ships leaving to go to the dark side of the moon. I liked the bit of special effects that went on there, and thought it should have found its way into the film. Of course, I like to imagine the base that the Nazis had in the Antarctic was established above the site where a Miskatonic expedition in the 1930's found shoggoths...

  • Oct. 21, 2012, 4:14 p.m. CST

    Best Buy sale

    by HornOrSilk

    I just saw Season 5, Torchwood 1, 2 and Children of Men, End of Time 1 and 2 -- all being sold at Best Buy for $19.99 each for the Blu Rays. This is a good time to upgrade or get them if you want them

  • Oct. 21, 2012, 6:10 p.m. CST

    Iron Sky, general quests for answers, etc.

    by Kathryn Gail

    Well I had to look up Hirschbiegel/Spinrad and wouldn't have caught them myself, but I can't quarrel with a film that makes people look stuff up even if it's terrible, and I often enjoy shamelessly terrible films, so I'm excited to find out whether I'll love it or just develop a really impressive martyr complex for slogging through enough of it to say I caught a couple references other people already pointed out. By way of forcing some on-topic blood from this turnip, I'm never a stickler for historical or scientific accuracy so much as historical or scientific. . . impetus, maybe? I'll be angrier at a mostly-accurate show that leaves most viewers thinking they've seen that truth than I'll ever be at a mostly-wrong show that nudges viewers to question everything and figure out answers themselves. Doctor Who gets top marks for this even with its worst episodes, and beats the pants off even, like (yikes, some folks I know in real life may never speak to me again for stating this in print), Star Trek for encouraging fans (and especially kids) to jump in and figure things out for themselves--be it science questions, looking at events as functions of time (that's history!), making props and costumes, or putting a story together. Not that I can seriously argue that Star Trek hasn't been a broader phenomenon that has probably produced more scientists, kept more con vendors afloat and pulled more more people through personal crises, but DW really goes beyond "question everything" to "you are personally qualified to question everything, always," which is one helluva public service for a show to provide, when you think about it. Am I REALLY bursting with DW-inspired philosophy, or just exceptionally bored at my weekend job and blowing a lot of hot air to cover up for being too lazy-brained to debate HAT details? Well it started out as the latter, but then the DW Effect kicked in and some legit philosphizing popped out, Q.E.D., not that I'd take it too seriously!

  • Oct. 21, 2012, 6:20 p.m. CST

    Holy Hell, Merrick!

    by crimsonfreak

    Talk about a run of bad luck! Take care of yourself and recover. Not only is this my favorite internet forum, it's easily the most civilised.

  • Oct. 22, 2012, 5:28 p.m. CST

    and Cobwebs ep 2!

    by Kathryn Gail

  • I can't remember which one now, but I think there was a mention either during QI or during Have I Got News For You.

  • Oct. 23, 2012, 11:26 a.m. CST

    Interesting Episode title revealed

    by DoctorTom

    though I'm sure it's subject to change. Ashley Walters did an interview about his appearance in a 2013 Doctor Who episode, and it was mentioned that the title is Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS.

  • Oct. 23, 2012, 1:28 p.m. CST

    Maybe that's the Gaiman story

    by Stegman84

    He's talked about the story possibilities that could exist from exploring the inside the Tardis before. Plus, seems like the kind of story that he might do.

  • Oct. 23, 2012, 3:07 p.m. CST

    That's what I was wondering.

    by DoctorTom

    I didn't know if he was going to have 2 stories in a row that involved seeing a lot of the inside of the TARDIS. Of course, since they have the sets now, he can use those and maybe add an extra room or two.

  • Oct. 23, 2012, 4:08 p.m. CST

    Just finished listening to Gods and Monsters

    by DoctorTom

    wow - definitely a good BF audio. There's probably a few plot threads that I don't know all the intricacies of (had only listened to Black and White and this recently - still need to listen to Angels of Scutari, Project: Twilight and Protect and Survive). I liked how Fenric was used in this, and what happened with Hex (I'm still trying to figure out that postscript - if it meant that Hex was like that all along). I'm interested in seeing what they do after this, and if Captain Aristedes and Sally Morgan will be sticking around after this - and if Ace will be sticking around.

  • Oct. 23, 2012, 4:44 p.m. CST

    IDW solicitation for the 12 issue Doctorpalooza out now

    by DoctorTom

    It's a 12 part maxiseries, starting in January. The title is Doctor Who: Prisoners in Time Unfortunately, it's being written by Scott & David Tipton - the people writing Star Trek TNG/Doctor Who: Assimilation. They know their Star Trek, but they've managed to mishandle the Doctor Who portion, and ignored the script notes by Tony Lee on that mini to the point that he left after issue 4. I'll go in expecting the writing to be rubbish and be pleasantly surprised if they actually tell a good story. On the bright side, Simon Fraser's doing the artwork. (He drew Nikolai Dante for 2000 AD). At least we'll have good artwork to look forward to.

  • Oct. 23, 2012, 9:47 p.m. CST

    audio envy; got my Writer's Tale

    by Kathryn Gail

    I love audio stuff in general (books on CD in general as well as DW), IF ONLY I could keep up with Big Finish, which ought to be free as a public service (yet magically pay everyone involved enormous sacks of cash). . . Got the nicely-priced hardback Writer's Tale I tracked down and ordered last week, and immediately sat down and read it cover to cover and wrote a short but witty and insightful review which I shall now. . . Oh-- wait-- no, that's in my rich interior life where Big Finish gives me free stuff because they all love vacationing at my dinosaur ranch, and time stands still whenever I read or watch shows. I'm always getting my lives mixed up like that. I really did get a nice deal on a hardback Writer's Tale, though (what an attractive book!), and am ludicrously optimistic about getting through it by the next U.S. election. No the NEXT U.S. election. The one in 2016.

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 1:13 a.m. CST

    John Simm is open to reprising his role as The Master

    by Stegman84

    Article: Speaking at Cheltenham Literature Festival, John Simm (The Master in Doctor Who) stated he would be keen to reprise the role and play a 'quieter' Master. “I’d love the opportunity to play him differently, I’d love to have another take on him, to be a bit quieter.” Simm was the seventh actor to take on the role of The Doctor’s arch-adversary – most recently in the 2009 Christmas special – and was notable for his manic cackling. “I started annoying myself after a while,” he confessed. “Russell T Davies had a specific idea of what he wanted him to be like. So I just had to do exactly what he wanted me to, and he wanted a giggling lunatic.” However, he did admit that the Master’s blond hair was his idea: “That was a mistake. I shouldn’t have listened to my instinct there.” "There's a new writer now" he continued, referring to Davies’ successor Steven Moffat – “and I’m sure his take on him would be different so I’d be interested to have a look at it. I’d like to take the Master to a very, very dark place.” Simm later tweeted don't read too much into his comments, as he was merely responding to questions asked at the event. I know that Eccleston took issue with RTD trying to dictate his performance as The Doctor in NuWho season 1, but is this the first confirmation that we have had from Simm basically making the same complaint? Not that he was complaining as such, but you know what i mean... I always thought that Simm would have been quite good in the role, if not for the more over-the-top antics forced on the character at the time, so I'd actually welcome a quieter Simm version of The Master if the character was to return again. And given the events of the last time we saw the character, it would make sense for the character to change somewhat, as the primary reason for his manic behavious has been removed now anyway (and no, I'm not just talking about RTD... :p). Be nice to see Simm again at least once, and give him a chance to play the character more his own way, before they inevitably find a way to regenerate him into a new actor anyhow.

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 8:55 a.m. CST

    Center: Thompson not Gaiman

    by Kathryn Gail

    Apparently Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS is going to be by Stephen Thompson (Curse of the Black Spot) rather than Neil Gaiman, if Doctor Who Online's title list has it right.

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 9:09 a.m. CST

    patrickstewartsaweverything - the NEXT Election

    by DoctorTom

    We already know who gets elected, but apparently in the meantime a bill got pushed through for presidents to serve only 2 years, since there will be an election in 2018 that requires us to send men back to the moon as a stunt, and we get to find the Nazi base on the far side of the moon. (Yes, I would have thought that the makers of Iron Sky could have figured out that 2018 wasn't the year for a presidential election, I don't know if it was just a serious flub or if they deliberately chose 2018 to emphasize that this is a parallel world.)

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 9:11 a.m. CST

    That would make sense that it's not Gaiman

    by DoctorTom

    I figured he'd vary things up a bit this time around. I do like the title of that episode, though - Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS.

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 9:35 a.m. CST

    doctortom - the power of four

    by Kathryn Gail

    Hopefully the Iron Sky folks can count to four and picked a 2018 election date to stress that their world is made up, although to be fair U.S. elections can trigger unusual levels of aversion and avoidance and they may have found fact-checking unbearable. . . (and probably didn't have the budget for a crew of scientists offering incentive treats!) I haven't had enough coffee for simple fact-checking tasks myself, this morning, and can't wake up enough to recall exactly which DW comics I have in mind, but I hope the TV TARDIS isn't any smaller or more boring than the comics one(s). At the same time. . . the TARDIS interior as a gratuitously trippy nth-dimensional wonderland would indeed also be a bit too gratuitously Gaimanish (in general, not only by comparison to The Doctor's Wife), and I'd be pleased to see him going for a less predictable premise.

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 11:58 a.m. CST

    Doctor Who comics

    by DoctorTom

    some of the IDW ones are okay. They're going to be releasing an omnibus in a couple of months of the first 3 miniseries (well, actually 2 miniseries and a collection of one shots). Some of the older Doctor Who Magazine comics are the way to go, though. You can see the evolution of the stories. The first ones are fun because of the artwork and some of the stories. The fifth Doctor collection was very good. They had lots of fun doing the Eighth Doctor, since they could get away with things at the time like having people see McGann regenerate into the 9th Doctor as played by Nick Briggs (a shout out to the Doctor he did on his Audio Visuals fan releases long before Big Finish). And no, this regeneration wasn't at the end of the Eighth Doctor stories. There's definite continuity from the universe that they had been building in the comic - elements from the Fifth Doctor stories (Stockbridge, Shayde) got to come back.

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 12:32 p.m. CST

    I never got into Doctopr Who comics for some reason...

    by Stegman84

    Not sure if it is because I was too busy reading 2000AD at the time, or because I don't ever really recall seeing any of the Who comics on the shelves anywhere around where I lived, despite being vaguely aware that they actually did exist. Mind you, it is possible that I only knew that because 2000AD stalwarts like John Wagner and Pat Mills also worked on Doctor Who comic stories.

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 5:47 p.m. CST

    the comics

    by Kathryn Gail

    Sadly all my DW comic-reading is in borrowed books which does nothing for data retention (almost everything gets blasted right back out of my head at work on a daily basis anyway), but IDW. . . I've generally enjoyed them at least for the sake of spending more time with recent Doctors and seeing them in an assortment of not-uniformly-safe-and-normal art styles, although the story quality varies quite a bit (and they really let me down not making Kevin the new Frobisher to a more permanent degree! MORE KEVIN, PLEASE!). The classic stuff seems to have a bit more internal continuity (maybe, although. . . yeah there are really too many counterexamples for that statement I suppose, so never mind) and it's nice to see some gradual colorizations even though I always balk at not experiencing classic things in their original form (but then go on and secretly totally enjoy them). I'm reading The Crimson Hand (a DW Magazine arc presented as stand-alones or two-parters) right now and completely enjoying it, not least for its ample size, but most of all for capturing 10 in an assortment of art and storytelling styles without resorting to too much formulaic patter, which has been a recurring flaw in the IDW stuff. But yes, stegman84, comic-shop managers seem to have cartoonishly overacted opinions on DW in general, and my nearest one refuses to stock them or even willingly special-order them on the claim that they don't sell enough to be worth the effort, although they sell out like mad a couple shops over and I suspect he just isn't comfortable enough with the Whoniverse to absorb it, promote it, or not feel belittled by fans milling about promoting it in spite of him. Well, Amazon is cheaper and there's a better group milling about here online, so *shrug, stock monologue about comic retailing today* what can I say!

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 7:52 p.m. CST

    The Comics...

    by Kevin Bolinger

    I have read some of the IDW runs, currently enjoying the DW/STTNG crossover. The 8th Doctors stories in the comics are cool, and The Forgotten was a good run :)

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 8:56 a.m. CST

    patrickstewartsaweverything - It is the Thompson story, not Gaiman

    by DoctorTom

    The Doctor Who magazine came out in the US yesterday (a month behind the UK), and it listed the actor who was interviewed talking about Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS as being in Thompson's story. I wonder if Thompson will use Gaiman's idea for the Zero Room.

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 2:35 p.m. CST

    Merrick :( get well very soon!

    by shibleybc

    Well hello all, it's been a while :) Nice to see a lot of old familiar faces on here, although Sam Jacksons Wig is sorely missed, he probably reached puberty and found out about girls ;) Keep up the good work, I am now genuinely scared about living with three cats though! Gotta go now as Protocol417 will be home from work soon and I need to vacuum ;) Boing (not quite time for bed) Simon x

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 7:09 p.m. CST

    @doctorom--right, Thompson; pardon my obliqueness!

    by Kathryn Gail

    Right right, Thompson not Gaiman, I just accidentally get so wordy and post-y nobody can tell what I really mean sometimes! Yup, I saw Thompson was listed for that one on Doctor Who Online, and was for that reason rather pleased that Gaiman was maybe going for the less obviously Gaimanish one. I'd love to see writers in general do a bit more with the Zero Room and the swimming pool, the latter because they brought it up and ought to show it (went to a shmancy wedding once at a 100-year-old schmancyhouse that had a colonnaded, tiled swimming pool in a greenhouse: PERFECT), and the former because it's so damned interesting and just barely gets used, for anything, let alone to drive humans mad. I mean, it's more of a concept than a thing needing much of a set, so there's not much of a budget excuse! Plus Castrovalva was one of the episodes that first drew me into the web of this show I kept seeing on the Public Television schedule but that always seemed to be from different eras and halfway through different stories (and Castrovalva is a real town in Italy that M.C. Escher drew but NOT with mind-bending perspective, which somehow makes it more fascinatingly obscure as a reference!).