January 10th, 2021


Whoniversaries 10 January: Spearhead from Space #2, Brain of Morbius #2, Warr

i) births and deaths

10 January 2018: death of David Fisher, writer of four Fourth Doctor stories.

ii) broadcast anniversaries

10 January 1970: broadcast of second episode of Spearhead from Space. The Doctor steals some clothes and joins up with the Brigadier and Liz. Meanwhile there are sinister goings-on at the plastics factory.

10 January 1976: broadcast of second episode of The Brain of Morbius. The Sisters threaten the Doctor, and blind Sarah; Solon wants the Doctor's head very badly, and we see the disembodied brain.

10 January 1981: broadcast of second episode of Warrior's Gate. Romana is forced into the navigator's chair, and the Doctor forced to repair the Gundan robots until he falls through a mirror.

iii) date specified in-universe

10 January 2540: The President of Earth is unable to address the annual meeting of the Historical Monuments Preservation Society because she has to attend a cabinet meeting.

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September 2009 books

This is the latest post in a series I started in late 2019, anticipating the twentieth anniversary of my bookblogging which will fall in 2023. Every six-ish days I've been revisiting a month from my recent past, noting work and family developments as well as the books I read in that month. I've found it a pleasantly cathartic process, especially in recent circumstances. If you want to look back at previous entries, they are all tagged under bookblog nostalgia.

My only trip this month seems to have been to Cyprus; I note in several of the book reviews below that I came back with an upset stomach. But I had a sensual shaving experience while I was there. I was also exercised about the Irish referendum on the Lisbon Treaty.

F and I had a nice visit with B (B is 12 here, and F 10), taking her to a nearby park and blowing bubbles for her.
F and U (aged 6) also enjoyed their uncle and aunt's company at home.

September 2009 books (this was also the month I started my read-through of Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire):

Non-fiction 7 (YTD 78)
Anglo-Norman Ulster, by T.E. McNeill
The Doctor Who Programme Guide vols 1 and 2, by Jean-Marc Lofficier
England's Troubles, by Jonathan Scott
Ireland in the Age of the Tudors, by R[obin] Dudley Edwards
Diplomacy, by Henry Kissinger
The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing, edited by Richard Dawkins

Non-genre 7 (YTD 47)
Half a Life, by V.S. Naipaul
The Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd
The Diary of a Nobody, by George and Weedon Grossmith
Doctor Thorne, by Anthony Trollope
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, by Dave Eggers
Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë
Strip Jack, by Ian Rankin

SF 4 (YTD 64)
Stand On Zanzibar, by John Brunner
Prelude to Chaos, by Edward Llewellyn
Appleseed, by John Clute
Fairyland, by Paul J. McAuley

Doctor Who 14 (YTD 56)
The Nightmare of Black Island, by Mike Tucker
Zeta Major, by Simon Messingham
The Darksmith Legacy: The Dust of Ages by Justin Richards
The Darksmith Legacy: The Caves of Mordane, by Colin Brake
The Darksmith Legacy: The Colour of Darkness, by Richard Dungworth
The Darksmith Legacy: The Depths of Despair, by Justin Richards
The Darksmith Legacy: The Vampire of Paris, by Stephen Cole
The Darksmith Legacy: The Game of Death, by Trevor Baxendale
The Darksmith Legacy: The Planet of Oblivion, by Justin Richards
The Darksmith Legacy: The Pictures of Emptiness, by Jacqueline Rayner
The Darksmith Legacy: The Art of War, by Mike Tucker
The Darksmith Legacy: The End of Time, by Justin Richards

The Time Capsule, by Peter Anghelides
The Ghost House, by Steve Cole

Total page count ~9,100 (YTD ~80,700)
3 (YTD 54/284) by women (Kidd, Bronte, Rayner)
1 (YTD 15/284) by PoC (Naipaul)
I enjoyed returning to Jane Eyre more than I had expected - you can get it here - but the best new reads of the month were Diary of a Nobody, which you can get here, and Ian Rankin's Strip Jack, which you can get here. I regret to say that I completely bounced off John Clute's Appleseed, but you can get it here.