Doctor Who and the Daleks
By: David Whitaker
Format/Source: Mass bound paperback; my copy
This is Doctor Who’s first exciting adventure – with the Daleks! Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright travel with the mysterious Doctor Who and his granddaughter, Susan, to the planet of Skaro in the space-time machine, the TARDIS. There they strive to save the peace-loving Thals from the evil intentions of the hideous Daleks. Can they succeed? And, what is more important, will they ever see their native Earth again?
Despite knowing about Doctor Who for a number of years (being a sci-fi fan and all), I actually never got around to watching the show until a few years ago. I’ve started with new Who (David Tennant’s Doctor is my Doctor) but I’ve been curious about going back and watching classic Who (the only classic Who episode I really watched was the “Five Doctors” episode). I really wish BBC would make box sets for the old Doctors rather than release individual DVDs (but that’s another argument for another day) but in the meantime it’s really cool that there are novelisations out there of the early story arcs–a great way to access the stories! With the 50th anniversary just a few months away, it’s great to go back and check out the Doctor’s early adventures.
Happy 1st of August! With the start of the month comes the latest issue of Femnista!
This issue’s focus is on friendships and for it I wrote about the wonderful, hilarious and amazing friendship between the Doctor and Donna Noble from BBC’s Doctor Who. Series 4 is my favourite series from new Who (well, tied with series 2) because it was so fun and epic and not a single episode bored me. One of the other reasons I enjoyed it was because of the chemistry between the Doctor and Donna; as I mentioned in the article, the dynamic is rather buddy-cop or a comedy duo and it’s just fantastic to watch on-screen. Sometimes they’re hilarious, sometimes Donna is holding the Doctor accountable to some of his actions and what he can and cannot do. It was a real pity they didn’t have more than a series together, their adventures and experiences were fun to watch.
Some of my favourite Donna Noble moments (that I could find on YouTube O_o):
Doctor Who: The Snowmen (2012)
Christmas Eve 1892 and the falling snow is the stuff of fairy-tales. When the fairy-tale becomes a nightmare and a chilling menace threatens Earth, an unorthodox young governess, Clara, calls on the Doctor for help. But the Doctor is in mourning, reclusive and determined not to engage in the problems of the universe. As old friends return, will the Doctor really abandon humankind or will he fight to save the world – and Christmas – from the icy clutches of this mysterious menace.
The Doctor Who Christmas specials have become something in my house that we watch every year. We’ve been a little busy for the past two weeks but we finally got around to watching it–yay! Been looking forward to this episode because it introduces the Doctor’s newest companion, Clara. Contains spoilers ahead!
Doctor Who: The Angel’s Kiss
By: Melody Malone (Justin Richards)
On some days, New York is one of the most beautiful places on Earth.
This was one of the other days…
Melody Malone, owner and sole employee of the Angel Detective Agency, has an unexpected caller. It’s movie star Rock Railton, and he thinks someone is out to kill him. When he mentions the ‘kiss of the Angel’, she takes the case. Angels are Melody’s business…
At the press party for Railton’s latest movie, studio owner Max Kliener invites Melody to the film set of their next blockbuster. He’s obviously spotted her potential, and Melody is flattered when Kliener asks her to become a star. But the cost of fame, she’ll soon discover, is greater than anyone could possibly imagine.
Will Melody be able to escape Kliener’s dastardly plan – before the Angels take Manhattan?
lol I should’ve figured that BBC would release something like this especially after airing “The Angels Take Manhattan” last weekend. It’s awesome they did nonetheless.
I should note before I continue that this novel is not the novel that was featured in the episode with the Doctor and co. going back to 1938. However this novel does have a connect to the episode (I won’t say how). Anyways, The Angel’s Kiss is a short but exciting read; there’s not a single dull moment in the book and the mystery was pretty intriguing. If this was an episode in the show it would totally fit in. I really enjoyed Melody Malone’s narration of the story complete with all of the Whovian references and the characterisation.
This is a very short review but it’s a pretty quick read and I don’t want to spoil the plot if you’re planning on reading it. Suffice to say it was my first Doctor Who novella and I greatly enjoyed it. It’s worth checking out if you’re a fan of the show.
Major spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen the episode! Also, this is bound to be a bit of a long entry =P Mid-series finale and all =P