June 14th, 2021


Whoniversaries 14 June

i) births and deaths

14 June 1937: birth of Michael Ferguson, director of The War Machines (First Doctor, 1966), The Seeds of Death (Second Doctor, 1969), The Ambassadors of Death (Third Doctor, 1970) and The Claws of Axos (Third Doctor, 1971)

14 June 1985: death of Graham Leaman who played four roles in five Old Who stories: the captive Controller in The Macra Terror (Second Doctor, 1967), Price the communications office in Fury from the Deep (Second Doctor, 1968), the Grand Marshall of the Ice Warriors in The Seeds of Death (Second Doctor, 1969), and an un-named Time Lord in Colony in Space (Third Doctor, 1971) and The Three Doctors (Third Doctor, 1973). (Some dispute whether it is actually the same Time Lord.)

14 June 1998: possibly the youngest person I'll mention here, Julia Joyce played young Rose Tyler in Father's Day (Ninth Doctor, 2005), and Peter Capaldi's character's daughter Holly Frobisher in Torchwood: Children of Earth (2009).

14 June 2004: death of Max Rosenberg, who produced the two 1960s Dalek films.

ii) broadcast anniversaries

14 June 1969: broadcast of ninth episode of The War Games. The Doctor summons the Time Lords to deal with the situation, but is himself captured.

14 June 2008: broadcast of Midnight. The Doctor and fellow passengers on a space bus are trapped with a mysterious alien entity. I think this is the best single episode that RTD ever wrote.

14 June 2010: broadcast of Angel of the North, the twenty-third episode of the Australian K9 series. Gryffen goes in search of the Fallen Angel and finds out there's more to the alien ship then even a genius like him knew.

14 June 2016: Big Finish releases The Trouble with Drax, an audio play starring Tom Baker as the Doctor, Lalla Ward as Romana, John Leeson as K9, Ray Brooks as Drax (from The Armageddon Factor) and John Challis, Hugh Fraser and Miranda Raison in various parts. I don't normally note the anniversaries of Big Finish releases, but as it happens I listened to this at the weekend and hugely enjoyed it. You can get it here.

My tweets

  • Sun, 12:46: RT @herszenhorn: Message just now from handler about Boris Johnson's closing G7 news conference as summit host: "Unfortunately the UK does…
  • Sun, 12:56: Nevil Shute’s On the Beach, adapted as an Australian newspaper comic strip in 1957 https://t.co/WQYwx3NtuO Wow
  • Sun, 15:43: Wandered into a baptism ceremony at the eleventh-century St Peter’s Church in Bertem. People have been bringing their children here for christening for a millennium. https://t.co/5OxVBwu57d
  • Sun, 21:34: Two ancient churches: St Peter's, Bertem and St Verona's, Leefdaal https://t.co/hW7FBGNtzn
  • Mon, 05:58: Dreamed I had done no revision at all for my university exams. In fact I have indeed done no revision at all for my university exams, because I don’t have any. But with two students in the house who do, it’s not difficult to tell where that dream came from!
  • Mon, 09:30: Whoniversaries 14 June https://t.co/cWKrfQxiz7
  • Mon, 10:45: RT @SirJJQC: A sovereign state can decide that different trading rules (or other types of rules) apply to different “countries”/“nations”/u…
train, tintin, leuven

Wonder Woman: The Golden Age, vol 2, by William Moulton Marston and Harry G. Peter

Second frame of third story ("Man-hating Madness"):

I got this in 2019 because one of the stories, "Battle for Womanhood", was up for the Retro Hugo that year, which I was administering, and it won - topping the poll at nominations stage and convincingly carrying the final ballot. I voted for it too, and on reflection I'm really not sure why; these are a weird set of stories combining an attractively subversive feminism with some pretty awful racism against the Japanese. (But the Chinese, who of course are allies and victims of Japan, are all right.) I almost gave up after the first few, which were all about Wonder Woman biffing either the Germans or the Japanese, though getting tied up a lot. Then it starts getting interesting, with weird alien creatures and ancient gods getting involved, and an interesting mentoring relationship between Wonder Woman and human girl; along with the full-figured Etta Candy and her sorority, and recurrent villains Dr Psycho and the Cheetah, and Wonder Woman still gets tied up a lot. Oh, and Steve as well.

But honestly, it's not all that good. Inspiration for what came later, of course, and it's not like any comics were especially brilliant by today's standards at the time. But I am a bit surprised at my own vote, in retrospect. Anyway, you can get it here.

This was my top unread English-language comic. Next up, if I can find it, is a slim volume called Eurofiles.