[watching] Doctor Who

The Star Beast comic strip first appeared in the Doctor Who Weekly in 1980. Unless there was a reprint in 1984?
 
Please just drop this silly argument.
Nobody ducks in spilt seconds in a firefight.
You are either in cover already or you are in real trouble.

https://www.military.com/video/oper...ecial-operations-firefight-iraq/3513693350001

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/may/04/charles-keating-iv-navy-seal-isis-battle-video

Yes they do, advance position, duck, covering fire, etc. No wheelchair user can keep up. The ridiculous argument is the delusional proposition nowadays to convince everyone for the sake of representation that a combat wheelchair is anything more than a deathtrap in urban areas. Even heavily armored tanks are deathtraps in urban areas against heavily armed infantry with tank killer weapons.
 
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I’d assumed that the Scientific Advisor just had those elements added for self-defense, rather than attack.

Anyway.

Bartending Staff mode: I will delete any further discussion of combat wheelchairs as this part of the bar is getting rowdy, and we’re getting away from the point of the thread.
 
After watching The Star Beast again last night, I think it's a good start to the new era. It wasn't the greatest story in Who history, but it certainly was charming, heart-warming, and fun. It was Russel T Davies all over. Rest of my thoughts are in the spoiler tag.

I liked how it was very inclusive and included a progressive transgender storyline. The return of Donna and her family and the interactions between them was probably the best parts of the episode. The Meep was brilliantly executed, even though it was a little cartoonish. However, since we're dealing with a family show, the Meep is certainly in the same league as baby Grogu and that can be forgiven. The reveal of the new TARDIS console room was another favourite moment of mine. Very clean and less cluttered as previous revived era versions.

I scored the episode 7.5 out of 10.
 
After watching The Star Beast again last night, I think it's a good start to the new era. It wasn't the greatest story in Who history, but it certainly was charming, heart-warming, and fun. It was Russel T Davies all over. Rest of my thoughts are in the spoiler tag.
If Davies is going to start mining the old comic strip for inspiration I'd love to see an adaptation of The Iron Legion. I remember liking that more than many of the actual TV stories.
 
If Davies is going to start mining the old comic strip for inspiration I'd love to see an adaptation of The Iron Legion. I remember liking that more than many of the actual TV stories.

I have a feeling it was only just for the first special.
 
It's a shame that you didn't quite like it, Darran.

The audience share for The Star Beast was 36.5%. That's the highest since The Woman Who Fell To Earth (40.1%) back in 2018.
 
I highly doubt that. Subotsky had been trying for years to produce a movie based on Night of the Crabs before he decided to turn it into a Doctor Who film, in the vain hope that it would get made. Subotsky was pitching the Doctor Who variant of the film, along with other adaptations of the original novel, to studios even before he had spoken to the BBC about obtaining the rights. It was a very desperate move. The BBC turned him down in 1986 and again in 1991, mainly due to the whole idea being ludicrous. Before he officially approached the BBC in 1986, Subotsky had publicly slammed the series itself and both actors Peter Davison and Colin Baker, so he wasn't making any friends among the fans. Plus by the time he spoke to the BBC, the future of Doctor Who was in question and BBC bosses had no appetite for a film adaptation. Subotsky died in 1991 without a film version being made.
 
I am a bit unwell in bed & I am listening to the Doctor Who: The Audio Adventures on BBC Sounds, essentially a sampling of Big Finish Audio. (@Nathan told us about it above.) I'll report back.

I did the same when I was ill a week or two ago - The Assassination Game with Sylvester McCoy. Very enjoyable. The break point between episodes cuts off mid-word for a couple of the episodes though. I think BBC Sounds was getting overkeen to line up the next episode!
 
I did the same when I was ill a week or two ago - The Assassination Game with Sylvester McCoy. Very enjoyable. The break point between episodes cuts off mid-word for a couple of the episodes though. I think BBC Sounds was getting overkeen to line up the next episode!
I have to say I found it quite leaden and clunky.
 
Oh dear, maybe I was more poorly than I thought.

I didn't much understand the next one, I got confused in a way that I didn't feel as happy as with as usual.

Ninth Doctor, the Ravagers, apparently Christopher Ecclestone's return to Doctor Who. Maybe he was rusty and hadn't warmed up yet. Or maybe my brain wasn't running on all cylinders.

I'm going to switch media and read the first of the Time Lord Victorious novels, The Knight, The Fool and the Dead.
 
I have been disappointed with the two Time Lord Victorious books. Following on from the disappointment I felt over the first two audio adventures I am feeling that I need to get more discerning.

There have been many many good audio adventures from BF and directly from the BBC that I have listened to over the years.

Indeed I have been mostly pleased with the Dr Who novels up until now, I liked the little hardback ones they did some time back.

Sadly I have found the 'review' sites far too forgiving. Usually they seem to gush about this actor and that actor, and isn't it nice the gang got together, and when I last met X (at a con I assume) we chuckled over Y.

One problem seems to be what I also disliked about the first two MCU Spider-Man films, the endless name checking and interperlation of other canon, which just gets in the way of a focused yarn.

The other problem seems to be the catastrophe inflation. Stories that are always leading to "the end of the universe/multiverse" really lost their edge. Who and other SF thrillers seem more grounded and therefore can be engaged with when the peril is just small enough to be almost imaginable. I can get to a country or city, a planet is just about my limit, but 3 people in a building works better.

So, and I realise my niggling may be as much caused by exposure to MCU as two weak audios and two weak novels from Dr. Who.. but where can one get good objective reviews of Who extra mural books and audios?
 
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