Madame Vastra and Doctor Who Spin-Offs

After last night’s Doctor Who, the clamor for a spin-off series starring Madame Vastra, Jenny, and Strax the Sontaran has resumed. We met these characters in the sixth season in “A Good Man Goes to War.” Vastra is a Silurian who was awoken from her aeons-long slumber in Victorian London and set herself up a … Continue reading Madame Vastra and Doctor Who Spin-Offs

More on Doctor Who Spin-Off Thinking

A couple of weeks ago, I mused on potential Doctor Who spin-offs. I’m not the only one. SyFy’s Blastr website yesterday posted an article on the five modern Who characters who deserve spin-off series: River Song Liz X Canton Everett Delaware III Sally Sparrow Martha Jones Let’s set aside the fact that the last two … Continue reading More on Doctor Who Spin-Off Thinking

On My 2011 Shore Leave Schedule

We come to it at last, the great battle of our times. No, wait. That’s not right. Words are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup. No, that’s not it, either. Oh! I’ve got it! Next weekend, July 8th through 10th, in Hunt Valley, Maryland, is Shore Leave, a science-fiction and fantasy convention. … Continue reading On My 2011 Shore Leave Schedule

On Torchwood: Children of Earth: Day Four & Day Five

And now, after the brief pause for Shore Leave, we return to Torchwood: Children of Earth. Mid-way through Day Four, I thought I saw where the story was going. Jack Harkness would find a way to deal himself back into the political games surrounding the Four-Five-Six, who made their appalling demands at the end of … Continue reading On Torchwood: Children of Earth: Day Four & Day Five

On Torchwood: Children of Earth: Day Three

There’s one major problem with the new-look Torchwood — as much as we see the team on-screen, this isn’t their story. They’re not driving events. No, it’s British civil servant John Frobisher who’s in the driver’s seat. And the alien creature known only as the Four-Five-Six. They’re not even solving events. Of course, that could … Continue reading On Torchwood: Children of Earth: Day Three