May 28th, 2008

electric sheep, memes

letter meme

Use the 1st letter of your name to answer each of the following questions. They have to be real places, names &/or objects, but nothing made up! Try to use different answers if the person you got this from has the same 1st initial. You CAN'T use your name for the boy/girl name question. And Have Fun With It!!!

1) 4 LETTER WORD: Nook
2) BOY NAME: Niall
3) GIRL NAME: Nadine
4) OCCUPATION: Neurologist
5) A COLOUR: Nectarine
7) BEVERAGE: Nektar/Нектар (the local beer in Banja Luka, Bosnia)
8) FOOD: Nuts
9) SOMETHING FOUND IN A BATHROOM: Nappies (in our bathroom, anyway)
10) A PLACE: Nivelles
11) REASON FOR BEING LATE: Normal Non-arrival of train or bus
12) SOMETHING YOU SHOUT: NO!!!!!!!! (or NOW!!!!!!)
doctor who

May Books 34-36) Three Season 12 Novelisations

And so to the glory days of Who, when Hinchcliffe and Holmes oversaw the Best Stories Ever (until recently), and Terrance Dicks turned them into readable and sometimes (as in two of these cases) good novels.

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The Season 12 novels, including the two not reviewed here but with slight reservations for Doctor Who and the Giant Robot, are consistently good in a way that I don't think can be said for any other season so far. (I know that Season 7 has its partisans, though.) All the elements seem to have come together successfully. There are a couple of significant differences in characterisation: Dicks' version of the Fourth Doctor is more jolly than the screen version, so I imagine that fans coming to Tom Baker's stories via the books will be surprised by the darkness in the original portrayal. Harry comes over as more clueless than gallant as written by Dicks (the reverse is true in Marter's books for some strange reason). I'll come back to Sarah in due course.

You may be relieved to know that the end of this mad project is coming into view; there are different ways of calculating it, but the half-way mark for Classic Who stories, counted individually, is definitely in the second half of Season 12. And I've read perhaps a quarter of the remaining novelisations already. Thanks for your patience.