October 20th, 2013

doctor who

50 years of Who: 1985

1985:

TV
Attack of the Cybermen
Vengeance on Varos
The Mark of the Rani
The Two Doctors
Timelash
Revelation of the Daleks
In A Fix With Sontarans

Books
Doctor Who - Planet of Fire (5)
Doctor Who - The Caves of Androzani (5)
Doctor Who - Marco Polo (5)
Doctor Who - The Awakening (5)
Doctor Who - The Mind of Evil (3)
Doctor Who - The Myth Makers (1)
Doctor Who - The Invasion (2)
Doctor Who - The Krotons (2)
Doctor Who - The Two Doctors (2,6)
1986 Doctor Who Annual (6)

Audio
Slipback

The first Who from 1985 that I encountered: My memory is that I didn't in fact catch any of Attack of the Cybermen on first broadcast, and that Vengeance on Varos was the first story this season that I watched first time round. I was 17.

My favourite Who from 1985: This isn't a high point on screen, is it? On the other hand, both Doctor Who - The Myth Makers and Doctor Who - The Invasion are pretty good novelisations.

Moving swiftly on from: Knowing what we do now, In A Fix With Sontarans is pretty unpalatable.

So, what was your favourite of the above? What is the best bit? (And if you like, what is the worst bit?)

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earthsea

October Books 15) Odd and the Frost Giants, by Neil Gaiman

Odd meant the tip of a blade, and it was a lucky name.
A short YA book by Neil Gaiman, in which the young boy hero with a disability saves the Æsir from the frost giants. Very nice illustrations by Mark Buckingham (I thought I spotted the resemblance to Fables. The story is lucidly told, and perhaps a bit of a homage to Diana Wynne Jones' lovely Eight Days of Luke which has a similar theme (though Eight Days of Luke is set in the 1970s rather than medieval Norway).

But.

Odd's mother was kidnapped from Scotland as a girl by his father, and the frost giants get to enjoy Freya's hospitality in unspecified ways while they are occupying Asgard (though they are too big to do more than look at her, I guess). I find this rather skeevy.