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50 years of Who: 2002


Death Comes to Time (parts 2-12)
Real Time

Mad Dogs and Englishmen (8)
Hope (8)
Anachrophobia (8)
Trading Futures (8)
The Book of the Still (8)
The Crooked World (8)
History 101 (8)
Camera Obscura (8)
Time Zero (8)
The Infinity Race (8)
Relative Dementias (7)
Drift (4)
Palace of the Red Sun (6)
Amorality Tale (3)
Warmonger (5)
Ten Little Aliens (1)
Combat Rock (2)
The Suns of Caresh (3)
Heritage (7)
Fear of the Dark (5)
Short Trips: Zodiac
Citadel of Dreams (7)
Nightdreamers (3)
Ghost Ship (4)
Foreign Devils (2)
The Glass Prison (Benny)
A Life of Surprises (Benny)

Invaders from Mars
The Chimes of Midnight
Seasons of Fear
Embrace the Darkness
The Time of the Daleks
Spare Parts
The Rapture
The Sandman
The Church and the Crown
The Maltese Penguin
The Ratings War
Excelis Dawns
Excelis Rising
Excelis Decays
Bernice Summerfield: The Greatest Shop in the Galaxy
Bernice Summerfield: The Green-Eyed Monsters
Bernice Summerfield: The Dance of the Dead
Bernice Summerfield: The Plague Herds of Excelis
Sarah Jane Smith: Comeback
Sarah Jane Smith: The TAO Connection
Sarah Jane Smith: Test Of Nerve
Sarah Jane Smith: Ghost Town
Sarah Jane Smith: Mirror, Signal, Manoeuvre

The first Who from 2002 that I encountered: I reviewed Keith Topping's Telos novella Ghost Ship for Infinity Plus shortly after publication. I didn't like it much.

My favourite Who from 2002: Again, Big Finish are doing very well here. My absolute favourite, possibly of Big Finish's entire output, is the Cybermen origin Spare Parts; but the spinoff ranges are also excellent this year, both Bernice Summerfield (I especially liked The Greatest Shop In The Galaxy) and the first Sarah Jane series (my recommendation: Test of Nerve).

Moving swiftly on from: The two webcasts are awfully disappointing. The Time of the Daleks is another rare lapse from BF. Ghost Ship was a poor introduction to the Who of this year for me.

So, what was your favourite of the above? What is the best bit? (And if you like, what is the worst bit?)

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Nov. 6th, 2013 09:51 am (UTC)
It's a few years since I read it, but I remember enjoying Camera Obscura, which was the first EDA I read. Lance Parkin (who was in the same year as me at York) recommended it, saying something like "if you've never read any EDAs then try this one". It was the first Doctor Who novel I'd read for some years (since Just War, I think) and I was inspired to read some others.
Nov. 6th, 2013 10:27 am (UTC)
I have some way to go till I get to Camera Obscura. Still, I think the EDAs certainly picked up after a wobbly beginning!
Nov. 6th, 2013 10:45 am (UTC)
Still, I think the EDAs certainly picked up after a wobbly beginning!
I remember reading a comment by someone, possibly Lawrence Miles, bemoaning the fact that the BBC looked at how innovative and successful the New Adventures were, took the licence back and promptly commissioned Terrance Dicks to write a novel featuring all eight Doctors. I've not read it myself, and I certainly wouldn't want to criticise Terrance Dicks, but the premise for the novel doesn't sound terribly inspiring when compared to something like Lungbarrow, The Dying Days or some of the later EDAs.
Nov. 9th, 2013 08:28 pm (UTC)
I do remember rather enjoying listening to Blue Veils and Golden Sands on the radio as I drove up north for Christmas that year - highly recommended if you haven't come across it.
Nov. 9th, 2013 11:43 pm (UTC)
It is great, but not actually fiction set in the Whoniverse! I like the play with Tom Baker at a Doctor Who convention in Belfast, Regenerations by Daragh Carville, even more.
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