December 3rd, 2020


Whoniversaries 3 December: Gerald Blake, Donald Tosh, Power #5, Sun #2, Suzie

i) births and deaths

3 December 1928: birth of Gerald Blake, director of The Abominable Snowmen (Second Doctor, 1967) and The Invasion of Time (Fourth Doctor, 1978).

3 December 2019: death of Donald Tosh, script editor in 1965-66, author of "Bell of Doom", fourth episode of the story we now call The Massacre (First Doctor, 1966).

ii) broadcast anniversaries

3 December 1966: broadcast of fifth episode of The Power of the Daleks. Lesterson realises what the Daleks are up to; the rebels kill the governor; and the Daleks "CON-QUER AND DE-STROY"!

3 December 1977: broadcast of second episode of The Sunmakers. Leela and K9 attempt to rescue the Doctor; he escapes but they are captured.

3 December 2006: broadcast of They Keep Killing Suzie (Torchwood), the one where the woman who died in the first episode comes back and tries to steal Gwen's life.

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Thursday reading

Gormenghast, by Mervyn Peake
Tono-Bungay, by H.G. Wells
Perdido Street Station, by China Miéville
Dreamsnake, by Vonda McIntyre

Last books finished
Painless, by Rich Larson
The Time Invariance of Snow, by E. Lily Yu
Blood is Another Word for Hunger, by Rivers Solomon
More Real Than Him, by Silvia Park
The Inside of the Cup, by the other Winston S. Churchill
Terms of Endearment, by Larry McMurtry
After Me Comes the Flood, by Sarah Perry
Ash: A Secret History, by Mary Gentle
"The Persistence of Vision" by John Varley

Next books
The Company Articles of Edward Teach/Angaelien Apocalypse, by Thoraiya Dyer
Above/Below, by Stephanie Campisi