As everyone whose paying attention knows, there are a lots of superhero films out there now, with at least several mainstream ones each year. As a comic reader since my youth and a movie fan, I consider this to be generally a good thing. Still, most of the time I find that I’m not strongly drawn to watch these movies more than once. Mostly, it’s just been because of my children that I’ve gone back to most of these movies for a second watch through…although most of the time I have enjoyed that process.
So with that in mind, tonight I’m rewatching Wonder Woman!
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Spare Parts is advertised on the Big Finish website as being one of its most popular Doctor Who audio dramas, and it’s easy to see (or hear) why: not only is the story gripping and the production strong, but it addresses one of bigger unanswered mysteries of the television series: the origin of the Cybermen (easily the franchise’s second most popular monster, after the Daleks).
Continue reading Doctor Who: Spare Parts [Big Finish]
Sam becomes Cam Wilson, an awkward teenager whose sister Cheryl is about to marry the attractive but abusive Bob Thompson. Sam must figure out how to help his sister see the truth about her fiancé. In the end, he gets Bob to blow his cool by winning his car in a street race, using modern means to boost his own speed. When Bob blows his cool, Cheryl dumps him and pursues her calling in the Peace Corp. Sam meanwhile, helps Cam begin a romance with his friend Jill.
Written by Paul Brown. Directed by Alan J. Levi.
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Neverland is the most latest of the main range Doctor Who audios from Big Finish that I have listened to. It stars Paul McGann as the 8th Doctor, India Fisher as the audio-only companion Charley Pollard and Lalla Ward as Romana, who was a regular on the TV series back in the 1970’s.
Now, it’s not the latest main range Doctor Who audio to be released, make no mistake. Indeed, it came out in 2002, and is number 33 in the line which now boasts 230 titles! But, it is the most recent one that I have listened to.
Continue reading Doctor Who: Neverland [Big Finish]
It’s been a couple of months since Spider-Man: Homecoming came out, but it hit the screens when I was in a period of basically never getting anything up on this blog. Fortunately, it also came out while I was in Asia and had access to relatively cinema tickets, so I was able to freely go with my two younger daughters (the oldest, and their mother, were back in Australia). Good times!
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So, last time I wrote I mentioned that I might try to go back to other Big Finish Doctor Who audios that I’ve listened to but not yet blogged about. And then right after that, I was looking for something to listen to and pulled out the “Bonus Release” story The Maltese Penguin. As I started listening to it, I thought it sounded very familiar. I thought maybe I’d listened to a preview track of it before. But eventually I realized that actually I’ve listened to this entire thing before, but just forgotten it!
So, since I accidentally made good on my initial idea of re-listening to old stories, I thought why not go all the way and write this on up? (Unless of course, I already have and have forgotten about that as well! Quick check…nope, seems good.)
The Maltese Penguin stars Colin Baker as the 6th Doctor and Frobisher, and Robert Jezek as Frobisher. Confused? Well, it’s simple really: Frobisher is a shape-shifting alien (a “Whifferdill”) who originated in the comic strip in Doctor Who Magazine, created by Steve Parkhouse and John Ridgway. He traveled primarily with the Sixth Doctor, and spent most of his time in the form of a penguin. He proved popular (or at least memorable) enough to appear in other spin-off media, including the novel Mission: Impractical and one of the first Big Finish audios I ever listened to, The Holy Terror.
Continue reading Doctor Who: The Maltese Penguin [Big Finish]
The Wrath of the Iceni is the third story in the “first season” of Big Finish audios starring Tom Baker as the fourth Doctor. Produced back in 2012, this series represented something of a watershed moment for Big Finish, as they’d been producing their audio dramas for over a decade at that point, and Tom Baker had been the only living Doctor that the company’s license gave them access to who hadn’t agreed yet to make an appearance. But something convinced him to change his mind (maybe the upcoming–at the time–50th anniversary of the series?) and we are all the better for it.
It’s been ages since I wrote about these; I may try to go back and fill in the gaps, but in the meantime I so enjoyed this one that I thought it was time for me to break back into this blog series.
Continue reading Doctor Who: The Wrath of the Iceni [Big Finish – Fourth Doctor]
And after an extended delay, on we go through the massive 1985 maxi-series, Crisis on Infinite Earths, written by Marv Wolfman and penciled by George Perez. The last issue ended with the visual reveal of the series’ main villain (not yet referred to as the Anti-Monitor). Now, we continue with #6.
Continue reading Re-Reading Crisis on Infinite Earths #6 & 7
Aside from the new Hanna Jo story recently, I haven’t written on this blog in months. That’s true, even with Wonder Woman coming out not that long ago, and even more recently, Spider-Man: Homecoming. I never even penned a commentary on Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2!
But now I’m back, and what has brought me out of these non-writing doldrums? None of those films, actually, but rather another oddity of a film that I recently watched, and it’s called Fish Story. Continue reading If my solitude was a fish, it’d be so enormous, so militant: Fish Story (2009)