The First Doctor: A Big Hand for the Doctor by Eoin Colfer.
Not a good start. It didn’t capture the character that William Hartnell played. The villain and situation would of been more suited to the 11th doctor really & the only reason i say that as is a part of the plot revolves around something that happen to him!
The Second Doctor: The Nameless City by Michael Scott.
Quiet surreal imagery, you could see Jamie and the Doctor running around this alien world in black and white.I doubt back then they would of had the budget.
The Third Doctor: The Spear of Destiny by Marcus Sedgwick.
Captures his UNIT days perfectly. Running around a museum and being shot out and going back in time. Great stuff.
The Fourth Doctor: The Roots of Evil by Philip Reeve.
Like The Spear of Destiny, its visualizes a story that uses the characters you are familiar with.
The Fifth Doctor: Tip of the Tongue by Patrick Ness.
Odd story. Very later Doctor who really but seems to work for the 5th.
The Sixth Doctor: Something Borrowed by Richelle Mead. encapsulates the arrogance of the 6th quite well. Seemed very day-glo and fitting for the 80s (like the Technicolor coat Baker had to wear).
The Seventh Doctor: The Ripple Effect by Malorie Blackman.
My least favorite doctor in one of the best of the stories here. I really enjoined this one more then i thought.
The Eighth Doctor: Spore by Alex Scarrow.
Very fitting for the 8th to set in the USA as his appearance was for an American TV movie. I could see Mcgann speaking these lines if they could ever film this story.
The Ninth Doctor: The Beast of Babylon by Charlie Higson.
I wasn’t so sure of the story or the alien but Higson does understand the character of the 9th.
The Tenth Doctor: The Mystery of the Haunted Cottage by Derek Landy.
Works well, i even like Martha! Quite amusing in the later parts of the story.
The Eleventh Doctor: Nothing o’Clock by Neil Gaiman. Another sinister villain much like the angels or the silence.
Thor: The Dark World (2013)
Christopher Yost (screenplay), Christopher Markus (screenplay)
Never a one for Thor in the comics unless he is in the Avengers or whacking the shit out of The Hulk (or the other way around). This was fairly entertaining though like the 1st film. Christopher Eccleston is unrecognizable as Malekith who is the main villain (and under used). Of course, Loki is there for family bonding but it this has to be a double cross. I think he is being over used in these stories even though Tom is great in the role but please stop with the Kat Denning’s character, can’t you add her comic relief else where in the narrative and dialogue?
quote: Thor: I need your help. And I wish I could trust you…
Loki: If you did, you’d be the fool I always took you for.
The Trippy ’60s, Courtesy of a Master
‘Mad Men’ Enlists the Graphics Guru Milton Glaser
Day of the Daleks is the first serial of the ninth season of the British science fiction television series Doctor Who, which was first broadcast in four weekly parts from 1 January to 22 January 1972. It was the first to feature the Daleks since 1967’s The Evil of the Daleks.
And jolly exciting it was too!
Those Ogrons are a bit cloddish and it takes a bit more Venusian karate to subdue them!
Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
Never seen the actually infamous Deep Throat and I’m not really interested too either. I’ve seen the documentary Inside Deep Throat and that is an interesting account. It always seems like there are more losers then winners in this ‘industry’. Peter Sarsgaard plays his usual role, Chuck Traynor is a pretty repulsive character in his coercion of his young bride. Amanda Seyfried doesn’t look like Linda Lovelace and why was James Fraco playing Hugh Hefner, i did the maths…Hugh was 46 in 1972 and James must of been 34/35 when making this film. While it states that Linda only made $1,250 which was kept by her then husband. The actually Deep Throat movie went to make $600 million but i feel that still her notoriety is still being used to make money, like with this film and with the selling of Deep Throat on DVD etc. I wonder if her family get any finance from it?
The Rolling Stones - Sympathy For The Devil - A First - 1968
Introduced by David Frost.
The Ambassadors of Death is the third serial of the seventh season of ‘The British science fiction television series Doctor Who, which was first broadcast in seven weekly parts from 21 March to 2 May 1970. Written by Trevor Ray, Terrance Dicks and Malcolm Hulke from a story by David Whitaker, the serial was directed by Michael Ferguson.’
An action packed story which went on for far too long. It had shoot outs and fisty cuffs with the over weight, middle aged UNIT soldiers (they protect us from alien invaders, somehow!) and some heavies who look like extras from the Sweeney.
They even chase poor Liz Shaw in her impressive white boots and mini dresses in a ford cortina! The futuristic space suits have wellingtons when traveling in the space probe to mars, I don’t think there are many puddles on the red planet.
I’m not sure, but this may be the 1st time the Doctor has worn a space suit.
Fairly harrowing viewing, if a little over long in my opinion. Hugh Jackman once again has facial hair and gets angry (not like he hasn’t done that before) and Jake Gyllenhaal wears the same shirts as Elementary’s Sherlock Holmes! Paul Dano plays the creepy suspect (type casting anyone?) who leads the characters and the audience into moral ambiguity. There a few twists and turns to keep you interested as Detective Loki (Jake) tries to investigate the disappearance of two little girls.
Eliza Birch: Did you feel bad for that deer when you shot it?
Ralph Dover: Do you feel bad for cows when you go into McDonalds?
My new favorite show.
(p)Rick, The People’s Poet.
Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
Craig Borten, Melisa Wallack
quote: Rog: Who the hell’s Rock Hudson?
Clint: He’s an actor, dumbass. Haven’t you seen North By Northwest?
Once again, Matthew McConaughey and his proud Texan accent excel in a film which seems to be tailored man for him. It is a familiar story of the common man going up a system and its laws. He does this to save his life and you have got to admire his arrogance. He also uses loop-holes in law to ‘sell’ the drugs to HIV patients.
I didn’t feel a great amount of disdain at his ignorance about the illness. As this was the 80s and news of how it was transmitted was ‘spread’ by the press and that is the only information you had in those days (even the doctors stood back from him with face-masks). His homophobic nature was a part of his age and culture but being introduced to people who he easily mocked earlier and then seeing them as people in the same of boat as him lead to one of the film’s theme of ‘redemption’.
I’ve read that there is some artistic license to the real story and some of the characters but i don’t give a shit. The sentiment is there and the film is well made and acted and it isn’t a documentary.
The Hunt (2012)
“Jagten” (original title)
Tobias Lindholm, Thomas Vinterberg
It was lovely to watch after several weeks of Hollywood sci-fi and superhero hullabaloo on DVD. Maybe ‘lovely’ isn’t the word but this was a exceptional crafted film which wasn’t too gratuitous in it’s subject matter. The performances of Mads Mikkelsen and the little Annika Wedderkopp are remarkable as they portray the innocence of characters who get caught up in lies and small town hysteria.