March 31st, 2011

doctor who

Whoniversaries 31 March

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Three quarters of the way through the year now, and past the January-March hump; April-June will be less intense. Nine of the 26 seasons of Old Who ended in the first quarter of the year - six of them in March, including the two-episode-per week seasons of the 1980s which are of course particularly intense for Whoniversaries.

I will stop posting Whoniversaries to doctorwho and my own journal after 30 June, since I started on 1 July last year. But I would very much like to set up a permanent feed for people who want to continue seeing them. Does anyone have any ideas as to how I might do this - or better, can anyone help directly? At present the information exists only in LJ posts, but should be easy enough to extract and to update as necessary.
tardis

March Books 31) Deep Blue, by Mark Morris

I've just started re-watching the Fifth Doctor's stories, so it was interesting timing to read a Fifth Doctor novel featuring Tegan and Turlough, but also bringing in UNIT in the interval between The Green Death and Invasion of the Dinosaurs, giving pride of place to Tegan and Mike Yates - not the most obvious of pairings, but in the context where both have recently survived mind control, they are well placed to comprehend an Invasion of the Body Snatchers scenario in an English seaside resort in the early 1970s where Turlough, the Brigadier and Benton don't cope quite so well. Morris does horror pastiche well, and I think my biggest quibble is that the Doctor's solution to the invasion is a bit glib; still, it would probably have worked (indeed did work once or twice) on TV Who stories. A decent end to my month's reading.