June 9th, 2007

doctor who

The Paradise of Death and The Ghosts of N-Space

Two 1990s audio plays here, both by long-time BBC producer Barry Letts, both starring Jon Pertwee as the Third Doctor (18 years after he had stopped playing the TV role) with Elisabeth Sladen and as Sarah Jane Smith and Nicholas Courtney as the Brigadier.

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Anyway, good to hear the voice of Pertwee in his last performances in the role, and the other two leads seem to be having fun too - the Brigadier actually gets to lead a military operation in both stories. Shame about Jeremy.
earthsea

June Books 4) Alias vol 3: The Underneath

4) Alias vol 3: The Underneath, by Brian Michael Bendis

Third in this very enjoyable series of graphic novels by Brian Michael Bendis, featuring the continuing adventures of semi-lapsed superhero Jessica Jones. Here she tracks down a missing teenage Spiderwoman, dealing with a horrible media magnate and evil drug-dealers. I find the characterisation very nicely observed - there's a beautiful scene of Jessica in bed with on/off boyfriend, the conversation wrinkling into the sheets. Looking forward to the next one.
doctor who

Three Classic Who stories

Managed to get through no less than three classic Doctor Who four-parters last weekend, from 1977, 1971 and 1965. One of them I had seen when it was first broadcast; I had read the novelisation of the second; the third was completely new to me. All three are good 'uns; though few fans will put any of them in their personal top ten, they are all pretty good.

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