February 12th, 2021


Whoniversaries 12 February

i) births and deaths

12 February 1930: birth of Henry Lincoln, who together with Mervyn Haisman wrote The Abominable Snowmen (Second Doctor, 1967), The Web of Fear (Second Doctor, 1968) and The Dominators (also Second Doctor, 1968). Together with Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh, he later wrote The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail.

12 February 1953: birth of Nabil Shaban, who played Sil in Vengeance on Varos (1985), Mindwarp (1986) and Big Finish audios starting with Mission to Magnus (Sixth Doctor, 2009).

ii) broadcast anniversaries

12 February 1966: broadcast of "The Sea Beggar", second episode of the story we now call The Massacre. Stephen continues his search for the Doctor, while the Huguenots look for Anne Chaplette to resolve the rumours of the planned mass killing.

12 February 1972: broadcast of third episode of The Curse of Peladon. The Doctor is condemned to trial by combat; he escapes but is recaptured. As he defeats Grun, shots ring out...

12 February 1977: broadcast of third episode of The Robots of Death. Dask/Taran Capel sends the robots to kill the remaining crew; the Doctor teams up with D84.

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Friday reading

A Buzz in the Meadow, by Dave Goulson
Bold As Love, by Gwyneth Jones
Titus Alone, by Mervyn Peake
Pūrākau: Māori Myths Retold by Māori Writers, edited by Witi Ihimaera and Whiti Hereaka
A.I. Revolution vol 1, by Yuu Asami

Last books finished
The Kappa Child, by Hiromi Goto
Koko Takes a Holiday, by Kieran Shea
Ring Shout, by P. Djèlí Clark
The Autumn Land, by Clifford D. Simak
My Father’s Things, by Wendy Aldiss
Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor - Old Friends, by Jody Houser
The City We Became, by N.K. Jemisin

Next books
Three Daves, by Nicki Elson
Goodbye To All That, by Robert Graves

Endgames: Political Cartoons and Other Stuff, 2015-2020, by Martyn Turner

Second cartoon of third chapter (on Brexit):

Turner does a cartoon for the Irish Times most days; I've been following his work since I was a teenager, which must mean that he's getting on these days. This collection covers the last five years, and to be honest it's rather difficult to find much that is funny to say about Trump, COVID or Brexit, and where he does find something funny the joke is belaboured by repetition in a collection like this. (For instance, Boris Johnson is invariably depicted as a clown, which is hardly shocking.) It got a bit more interesting in the later parts about Irish politics more generally. Turner has always been hostile to the men of violence, but it's interesting to see his contempt now liberally applied to the main parties of government as well.

I think Turner's Micheal Martin looks more like his Charlie Haughey, back in the day, than like the real Micheal Martin, but there's no doubt who it's meant to be.

I'm afraid it seems to be sold out at present, but the ISBN is 9781999307820 if you want to look out for copies as they become available.