Well, it's been a while, my friends, for which I can only apologise. I think I said back at the end of last year that now that the 50th anniversary is past, I didn't want this to turn into one of those comms you see where the last post was months ago. Luckily, some of you have picked up some of my slack by posting to the comm, preventing that from quite becoming the case - please, I urge you, feel free to keep posting anything Who-related that you feel belongs here and help keep that comm spirit alive.
So, while I still consider what our next big move should be, I thought I could do worse than a bit of a recent Who news roundup (I won't bother recapping any of the news re new series casting etc from the past couple of months, as you've no doubt already long since seen those items elsewhere). Here goes, then:
Don't know how I missed this one before today - the Horror Channel here in the UK has secured a deal with BBC Worldwide to show 30 oldschool Who stories as part of a special season
. It begins on Good Friday 18 April 2014 with An Unearthly Child
, followed by an Easter Weekend Who marathon featuring one story for each of the first seven Doctors, and then by weekday double-bills starting on Easter Monday 21 April. Big Tommy B seems pleased by the news.
As with the The Doctors Revisited
series last year, it saddens me that this isn't on an outlet that's free to view, i.e. an actual BBC channel, but it's better than nothing. And just looking at the linked article, it seems that they've actually got a better, more representative selection of classic series stories than The Doctors Revisited
showed. If you're here in Blighty and have satellite/cable TV, the Horror Channel is available on Sky channels 319 and 198, Virgin channel 149 and Freesat channel 138.
In other news, the ubiquitous Mark Gatiss has let slip that he is writing not one but two episodes for Peter Capaldi's Twelve
, although they won't necessarily both be part of the upcoming 2014 series. At the same time, he also hinted at a possible new "celebrity historical" guest character
(or he could have just been idly speculating).
You may recall that a couple of weeks ago, Gatiss was also talking up Twelve's debut story
, although I think it's fair to say I'd be ridiculously excited whatever people were saying about it, and how we're in store for a very different sort of new series Doctor
. Whether that turns out to be the case or not, I can't wait to see Capaldi in action, and he definitely seems to know what he's doing already
And finally, yesterday there came the sad news that classic series director Derek Martinus has passed away
. Martinus directed such iconic Doctor Who stories as The Tenth Planet
and Spearhead from Space
as well as a lot of other British TV of a certain age. As the number of people directly involved in making the original series, especially its earlier years, continues to dwindle, I think that it makes it even more important for us as fans to keep generating awareness of it and keep introducing new generations of Who fans and genre TV fans in general to the joys of the old stuff, and also to the stories of the many talented real life individuals who made it what it was.
So that's my thought for the day - what's yours? And do you have any other Who news you'd like to share with the comm?