The Daleks

“When this damnable business is done, Watson, I shall be glad of it,” said Holmes. “The state visit?” “Naturally.”  London’s papers were filled that spring with news of the impending state visit by the Crown Prince of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. “I should think this a time for celebration, Holmes, not exasperation.” “Were it not forContinue reading “The Daleks”

On Christmas With the Daleks

An extract from a parchment found in the ruins of Skaro in the 38th-century: “And there were in the same country Kaleds abiding in the wastelands, keeping watch over their mutants by night. And, lo, Nyder came upon them, and the glory of the Lord Davros shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.Continue reading “On Christmas With the Daleks”

On BBC America’s “Asylum of the Daleks” Screening

Yes, I scored tickets to BBC America’s “Asylum of the Daleks” Doctor Who screening in New York yesterday. You may have heard horror stories about acquiring tickets. My luck may be lousy in everything else, but the one time it counted the luck came through. 🙂 I made two “immediate reaction” tweets. The first: “HolyContinue reading “On BBC America’s “Asylum of the Daleks” Screening”

On Abducted by the Daleks

Abducted by the Daleks. I can’t believe I’m about to attempt a serious review of this. We’ll start with a summary. Spoilers ahead. On some deserted road in the middle of a forest four eastern European women are driving through the night, through a stretch of woods that one of the women claims is theContinue reading “On Abducted by the Daleks”

On "Evil of the Daleks"

Thanks to a poster on rec.arts.drwho I’ve received a reconstruction of the Patrick Troughton Doctor Who serial, “Evil of the Daleks.” Disappointed in “Evil of the Daleks”? Far from it. I enjoyed it immensely. The sound quality was crystal clear, the still pictures were rock-solid, the one extant episode looked very good, and all inContinue reading “On "Evil of the Daleks"”

On "Evil of the Daleks"

Thanks to an industrious Doctor Who fan, I have copies of a reconstruction of “Evil of the Daleks,” the fifth season Doctor Who epic that had the Daleks invade Victorian England, leading to a final confrontation between the Doctor and the Emperor Dalek on Skaro. Disappointed in “Evil of the Daleks”? Far from it. IContinue reading “On "Evil of the Daleks"”

Scenes of Recent Life

Some photos and commentary from the last two weeks. Last Friday, November 29th, marked the 50th-anniversary of the release of George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass. It’s also the day that Jem Roberts’ book, Fab Fools, was in my mailbox. This isn’t a book about the Beatles as musicians. It doesn’t concern itself with whenContinue reading “Scenes of Recent Life”

A Facebook Doctor Who Survey

Over the weekend a Doctor Who preferences survey wormed its way around Facebook — what do you like, what don’t you like, what’s overrated, what’s underrated. Seemed like fun. Here are my answers, and if you have comments on any of my choices, leave them at the bottom — DOCTOR WHO SURVEY FAVOURITE TV DOCTOR:Continue reading “A Facebook Doctor Who Survey”