October 6th, 2020

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Whoniversaries 6 October: Adrienne Hill, City of Death #2, Age of Chaos, Day of the Clown #1

i) births and deaths

6 October 1997: death of Adrienne Hill, who played the short-lived Katarina, a companion of the First Doctor, in the last episode of The Myth Makers and the first few episodes of The Daleks' Master Plan in 1965.

ii) broadcast and publication anniversaries

6 October 1979: broadcast of second episode of City of Death. 'What a wonderful butler! He's so violent! ... You're a very beautiful woman, probably.' Kerensky's time machine and the fake Mona Lisas. I must say this is a favourite episode of a favourite story.

6 October 1994: publication of The Age of Chaos, a Sixth Doctor graphic novel. I don't usually mark publication dates of any kind here, but this one is particularly noteworthy in that it was actually written by Colin Baker. I reviewed it here, and you can get it here.

6 October 2008: broadcast of part 1 of Day of the Clown. Sarah and Luke's new neighbour Rani Chandra is being stalked by sinister clowns; and it turns out that the real Pied Piper is responsible (and we'll see his face again)...

Yes, it's Bradley Walsh, ten years before he became a regular companion of the Thirteenth Doctor!
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May 2008 books

Started May 2008 with a long weekend at my sister's in France; later on travelled to Montenegro and Albania, and then for a day to Belfast.

Plenty of daytime travel and easily consumed reading meant I got through 39 books that month:

Non-fiction 7 (YTD 25)
About Time vol 6: The Unauthorised Guide to Doctor Who, 1985-1999, by Tat Wood
Kosova Express: A Journey in Wartime, by James Pettifer
Contested Island: Ireland 1460-1630, by S.J. Connolly
Letter from America, 1946-2004, by Alistair Cooke
Contested Lands: Israel-Palestine, Kashmir, Bosnia, Cyprus and Sri Lanka, by Sumantra Bose
Cyprus, by Christopher Hitchens
A Functional Cyprus Settlement: the Constitutional Dimension, by Tim Potier


Non-genre 4 (YTD 10)
The Prince of Tides, by Pat Conroy
Don Quixote part II, by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Odd Man Out, by F.L. Green
Gösta Berling's Saga, by Selma Lagerlöf

SF 2 (YTD 11)
Template, by Matt Hughes
Jhereg, by Steven Brust

Doctor Who 26 (YTD 88)
Decalog 2: Lost Property, edited by Mark Stammers and Stephen James Walker
Doctor Who and the Auton Invasion, by Terrance Dicks
Doctor Who and the Cave Monsters, by Malcolm Hulke
Doctor Who - the Ambassadors of Death, by Terrance Dicks
Doctor Who - Inferno, by Terrance Dicks

Doctor Who and the Terror of the Autons, by Terrance Dicks
Doctor Who - the Mind of Evil, by Terrance Dicks
Doctor Who and the Claws of Axos, by Terrance Dicks
Doctor Who and the Doomsday Weapon, by Malcolm Hulke
Doctor Who and the Dæmons, by Barry Letts

Doctor Who and the Day of the Daleks, by Terrance Dicks
Doctor Who and the Curse of Peladon, by Brian Hayles
Doctor Who and the Sea Devils, by Malcolm Hulke
Doctor Who and the Mutants, by Terrance Dicks
Doctor Who - The Time Monster, by Terrance Dicks
Doctor Who - The Three Doctors, by Terrance Dicks
Doctor Who and the Space War, by Malcolm Hulke
Doctor Who and the Planet of the Daleks, by Terrance Dicks
Doctor Who and the Green Death, by Malcolm Hulke

Doctor Who and the Time Warrior, by Terrance Dicks and Robert Holmes
Doctor Who and the Dinosaur Invasion, by Malcolm Hulke
Doctor Who - Death to the Daleks, by Terrance Dicks
Doctor Who and the Monster of Peladon, by Terrance Dicks

Doctor Who and the Giant Robot, by Terrance Dicks
Doctor Who and the Genesis of the Daleks, by Terrance Dicks
Doctor Who and the Revenge of the Cybermen, by Terrance Dicks


9,500 pages (YTD 38,400)
1/39 by a woman (YTD 12/157)
1/39 by a PoC (YTD 3/157)

Again I'm going to flag up the best ones and gloss over the worst. Sumantra Bose's comparative study, which you can get here, and S.J. Connolly's Irish history, which you can get here, were my favourite non-Who books of the month; the novelisations of The Dæmons, which you can get here, and The Green Death, which you can get here, are especially good; and About Time vol 6, which you can get here, is indispensable for Who fans.