September 11th, 2020


Whoniversaries 11 September: Galaxy 4 #1, Masque of Mandragora #2, Series 9 prologue

i) births and deaths

11 September 1921: birth of Edwin Richfield, who played Captain John Hart in The Sea Devils (Third Doctor, 1972) - not the Captain John Hart of later Torchwood! - and also Mestor in The Twin Dilemma (Sixth Doctor, 1984). I think it's reasonably clear which part required more make-up...

11 September 1981: birth of Lachlan Niebohr, who played Jack's brother Gray in the second season of Torchwood (2008). (So what happened to him after the Hub was blown up?)

11 September 1987: death of Hugh David, who directed The Highlanders (Second Doctor, 1966-67) and Fury from the Deep (Second Doctor, 1968). As an actor, he was one of those approached about playing the role of the Doctor back in 1963, but turned it down.

ii) broadcast anniversaries

11 September 1965: broadcast of "Four Hundred Dawns", first episode of the story we now call Galaxy 4, starting Season 3 of Old Who. The Doctor, Steven and Vicki land on a remote planet where the Drahvins and Rills (the latter assisted by the robot Chumblies) are at odds. But the Doctor discovers that the planet will explode the day after next.

11 September 1976: broadcast of episode 2 of The Masque of Mandragora. The Doctor escapes execution, and Sarah escapes sacrifice, but is recaptured by the cultists.

11 September 2015: release of the Prologue to Season 9 of New Who - I admit I hadn't seen this before until I wrote today's entry.

iii) date specified in-universe

11 September 1960: birth of Clara Oswald's mother Ellie (née Ravenswood).

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January 2008 books

We saw in the new year multinationally, with Belgian friends coming for dinner and cooking a raclette for us (very nice) and then the brother-in-law and his Eastern European fiancée showing up in time for the fireworks. One of F's Christmas presents was a meccano-style Shark Run roller-coaster, which he set up pretty much single-handed.

A modest start to the year with eleven books.

Non-fiction 2
Endgame in Ireland, by Eamonn Mallie and David McKittrick
Seven Pillars of Wisdom, by T.E. Lawrence

Non-genre 1
An Instance of the Fingerpost, by Iain Pears

SF 5
The Last Hero: A Discworld Fable, by Terry Pratchett, illustrated by Paul Kidby
Again, Dangerous Visions, edited by Harlan Ellison
The Rising of the Moon, by Flynn Connolly
Interview with the Vampire, by Anne Rice
National Lampoon's Doon, by Ellis Weiner

Doctor Who 2
Doctor Who - Fury from the Deep, by Victor Pemberton
The City of the Dead, by Lloyd Rose

Comics 1
Macedonia, by Harvey Pekar and Heather Roberson, illustrated by Ed Piskor

4300 pages
4/11 by women
none by PoC

Best books of the month: An Instance of the Fingerpost, which you can get here, and The Last Hero, which you can get here. Worst by far: Interview with the Vampire, which you can get here.