January 29th, 2011

belgium

Chroniques de fin de siècle

A hint from liliaeth and some more googling found me the bande dessinée I was trying to identify: it is Autonomes, the first of a trilogy called Chroniques de fin de siècle, by Jan Bucquoy (better known as a film director, including of La Vie sexuelle des Belges 1950-78). There is a plot summary here; apparently the eeevil French invade the freedom-loving anarchist Walloons, and there are two more volumes after the one I read (which was published in 1985). Now that I've identified it I may try and track it down via the local comics shop.
tardis

Peri and the Piscon Paradox

This is one of the best plays Big Finish have ever done. I had reasonably high hopes after reading the very connubial mutual interview between author Nev Fountain and star Nicola Bryant in the last Doctor Who Magazine, and even more so after reading Andrew Hickey's very positive and detailed review, and I was not disappointed. Nicola Bryant has been awfully good as Peri throughout the Big Finish run of audios; here Fountain has picked up on a number of the things that made The Kingmaker also one of the best Big Finish audios, and managed to both tie up a number of loose ends in Peri's story and add considerable depth to her character without overburdening her. The two actors involved, Bryant and Colin Baker as the Sixth Doctor, are both called on to perform rather more intensely and diversely than usual and both really rise to it. Like Andrew Hickey, I was left full of admiration for Bryant's convincing portrayal of young Peri with the Fifth Doctor just before The Caves of Androzani, combined with her equally convincing portrayal of 2009 Peri who has no memory of the Sixth Doctor at all. I am always attracted by doppelganger-style stories anyway but I loved the layers of disguise and identity in this one. And Fountain and Bryant managed to mix some pretty grim subject matter (which Big Finish don't always manage to pull off) with the comedy elements where they are perhaps more at home. Very strongly recommended, though I think one would need at least a passing familiarity not just with Doctor Who but with the Peri era to really enjoy it.
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