Sunday, January 25, 2009


Doctor Who 45th Anniversary – Why Was 2008 Brilliant?

There’s more excitement from The Sarah Jane Adventures and Torchwood (Joe Lidster writes interesting stories for both), and more surprises from Big Finish: The Haunting of Thomas Brewster; Brave New Town; The Bride of Peladon; old stage plays reimagined; and Home Truths just kills us. TV Doctor Who offers sheer entertainment in Partners In Crime and The Unicorn and the Wasp, a giant ‘robot’ and countless “Who” gags in The Next Doctor, and two simply outstanding dramas – Midnight’s claustrophobic, terrifying inventiveness, and…

The Fires of Pompeii
“You fought her off – with a water pistol! I bloody love you.”
Awesome. Filming in Rome, an exploding volcano, flaming great monsters – and a moral argument that recalls Billy’s stories. With tragedy, mystery, modern art, fabulous frocks (and nice legs), shouty villains and a superb ‘duelling soothsayers’ scene, you can almost forget how funny it is, too.
“Because that’s how I see the Universe. Every waking second I can see what is, what was, what could be, what must not. That’s the burden of a Time Lord, Donna. I’m the only one left.”

This has three DVD releases: a vanilla disc along with Partners in Crime and Planet of the Ood; in a box set of the whole 2008 season, complete with extras; and in Autumn 2009, paired again with Partners in Crime, accompanied by a magazine as part of the newly-launched Doctor Who DVD Files. You can also buy a double-pack with a toy ‘Pyrovile Magma Creature’ and ‘Roman soldier’.

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Surely because 2008 also brought us Alex's magnum opus summary of every Dr Who story ever :-)
Thank you! Though I think you'll find there are several hundred others to take into consideration were that to be the case ;-)
Mmmmmm Joe Lidster... Pretty AND brainy! You'd never find HIM in a Moffat script...
My younger two are now big Who fans.

In fact Emma, recently 7 years old, said to me th other day: "I'll be as big a fan of Doctor Who as you soon Daddy."

So I will leave her to disagree with you on 2008. She loves the excellent "Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead".

In fact she has been watching it two or three times a week since she got the DVD for Christmas.
Joe's very nice. Though I always remember him looking very much the worse for wear next to a very perky Geoffrey Beevers at a signing for Master.

And good for Emma! The more different Who opinions and things to enjoy for different people the better. I hope I've encouraged a few people to try some others in these 46 postings, too...
Thanks, yes, it's been great reading and very interesting.

Since you started I've managed to get through four more New Adventures (I'm re-reading them again) and all the graphic novels.

I'm extra excited today because I've just picked up the Abslom Daak graphic novel - one of my favourite strips from Doctor Who Weekly.
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