Tuesday, October 26, 2010

News: Doctor Who

Miggea - a world on the very edge of reality. The cusp between this universe and the next. A point where space-time has worn thin, and is in danger of collapsing. And the venue for the grand finals of the competition to win the fabled Arrow of Law. The Doctor and Amy have joined the Terraphiles - a group obsessed with all aspects of Earth's history, and dedicated to re-enacting ancient sporting events. They are determined to win the Arrow. But just getting to Miggea proves tricky. Reality is collapsing, ships are disappearing, and Captain Cornelius and his pirates are looking for easy pickings. Even when they arrive, the Doctor and Amy's troubles won't be over. They have to find out who is so desperate to get the Arrow of Law that they will kill for it. And uncover the traitor on their own team. And win the contest fair and square. And, of course, they need to save the universe from total destruction.

Um hi....why is it no one told me that Michael Moorcock, one of the grandfathers of modern fantasy, decided to write an EU Doctor Who book?! How did that one slip past my radar?

Sigh. THE COMING OF THE TERRAPHILES sounds like a blast. It's funny, that the Extended Universe Doctor Who books (I've read a bunch that featured the Tenth Doctor and Rose or Martha [ one that was written by the great Dan Abnett explaining what happened to Martha during hear year before the Series 3 finale]) are SO much better than most of the Star Wars EU books. Basically the BBC commissions these books and they really are like episodes on their own and work really well as such. But then, most of the previous Doctor's enjoy healthy lives still in Audio book form and audio plays, not to mention comic books and graphic novels. It's really a universe worth checking out if you are a fan. It's not high literature, but these books are usually a hell of a ride...and one written by Moorcock? Yeah, I'll damn well be buying that when it comes out.

Also in the Doctor Who world of news. Matt Smith's appearance on the youth spinoff show THE SARAH JANE ADVENTURES concludes today with the second of the two parter "THE DEATH OF THE DOCTOR".

It's being reported that there is new speculation about just what is going to comprise the forthcoming sixth series and a book that was released has some tidbits from Moffatt himself....and seems to include some vague mentions of perhaps Alt Universe Rose, and Susan Foreman (the companion of the first Doctor who has not been seen since the B&W days in the 60's).

In some weird, book linky news, Sylvester McCoy (the 7th Doctor) has been cast as Ragast in the long in development hell THE HOBBIT which is now back to being directed by Peter Jackson.

Finally, Chris and I were discussing that we think it would be awesome (and completely feasible) for Matt Smith's 11th Doctor to meet Alt Universe David Tennant Clone Doctor who lives with Rose...and the brilliance that would ensue from having them share the stage. Pipedreams? Maybe not what with the talk of Rose showing back up.....

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