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A precious jewel, untarnished by the passing centuries

May 6, 2013

The story chosen to represent the Peter Davison era of Doctor Who at the BFI’s 50th anniversary screenings was Caves of Androzani. It’s an odd choice, as it is unlike other stories being produced at the time. It’s a excellent story, an excellent script and very well directed. But it’s not fun. The few quips […]

Creepy Mechanical Men

April 22, 2013

This weekend was the fourth of the BFI‘s Doctor Who 50th anniversary celebrations. It was the turn of the fourth Doctor, Tom Baker, and the story chosen to represent his era was Robots of Death. After a brief a introduction from Steven Moffat, who described the story as “perfect” and this era of the show […]

Can I go to bed yet?

March 25, 2013

It’s been quite a week. But in a really good way. It started off last Sunday with a trip to see Richard Herring‘s latest show, “Talking Cock.” The subject matter should be obvious from the title, and it says something about the topics he has covered in the past that this is probably the lightest and fluffiest of […]

A double dose of Katy

March 11, 2013

A couple of weeks ago I saw Katy Manning in a tour of Agatha Christie’s “A Murder is Announced.” It’s a very traditional production: A single set and a cast of eleven, with scene changes covered by blackouts and music. Unusual in this day and age, but pleasant for it. Katy portrayed the central character of […]

Waiting for the signal to arise

February 11, 2013

Last month I wrote about the BFI’s screening of “An Unearthly Child”, the first ever Doctor Who story. This month it was the turn of the second Doctor and the story chosen to represent that era of the show was Tomb of the Cybermen. Lost from the BBC archives for twenty years and believed wiped, […]