November 6th, 2013

doctor who

50 years of Who: 2002


Death Comes to Time (parts 2-12)
Real Time

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The first Who from 2002 that I encountered: I reviewed Keith Topping's Telos novella Ghost Ship for Infinity Plus shortly after publication. I didn't like it much.

My favourite Who from 2002: Again, Big Finish are doing very well here. My absolute favourite, possibly of Big Finish's entire output, is the Cybermen origin Spare Parts; but the spinoff ranges are also excellent this year, both Bernice Summerfield (I especially liked The Greatest Shop In The Galaxy) and the first Sarah Jane series (my recommendation: Test of Nerve).

Moving swiftly on from: The two webcasts are awfully disappointing. The Time of the Daleks is another rare lapse from BF. Ghost Ship was a poor introduction to the Who of this year for me.

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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Wednesday reading

Reading the Oxford English Dictionary: One Man, One Year, 21,730 Pages, by Ammon Shea
Reamde, by Neal Stephenson
Isaac Asimov: A Life of the Grand Master of Science Fiction, by Michael White
[Doctor Who] Sleepy, by Kate Orman
About Time: The Unauthorized Guide to Doctor Who, 2005-2006; Series 1 & 2, by Tat Wood

Last books finished
The Watchers: A Secret History of the Reign of Elizabeth I, by Stephen Alford
[Doctor Who] Nightdreamers, by Tom Arden

Next books
Jacob Have I Loved, by Katherine Paterson
The Wise Man's Fear, by Patrick Rothfuss
There Will be Time, by Poul Anderson
[Doctor Who] Dark Progeny, by Steve Emmerson

Books acquired in last week
Het achterhuis: dagboekbrieven 12 juni 1942-1 augustus 1944, by Anne Frank, ed. Otto Frank and Mirjam Pressler