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Welcome to Demon’s Run

Welcome, one and all. As you can see, I have migrated my old Doctor Who blog away from http://fazzinchi.co.uk over here to the newly branded Demon’s Run. Hopefully, courtesy of WordPress, having both this and my other site both running under the same account, it will make things easier to maintain and I have other plans for my “fazzinchi” site that will happen in the next few days/weeks. I am currently busily updating links from the “Episode Reviews…” page above but also coming very soon will be my considered opinions of “Let’s Kill Hitler”, Torchwood: Miracle Day” and other Whoish goodness. If you have a DW site of your own, please drop me a comment below and I’ll get you added to my blogroll.  Enjoy!

Back To Fish Custard

The countdown clock tells me that it is a little over two weeks until the new series begins. This makes me think a little re-watch is in order…

  • Sat 9th – Eleventh Hour
  • Sun 10th – Beast Below
  • Mon 11th – Victory of the Daleks
  • Tue 12th – The Time of Angels
  • Wed 13th – Flesh and Stone
  • Thu 14th – Vampires of Venice
  • Fri 15th – Amy’s Choice
  • Sat 16th – The Hungry Earth
  • Sun 17th – Cold Blood
  • Mon 18th – Vincent and the Doctor
  • Tue 19th – The Lodger
  • Wed 20th – The Pandorica Opens
  • Thu 21st – The Big Bang
  • Fri 22nd – A Christmas Carol

Are you with me? Pop back every day for a little retrospective and clue spotting before the new stuff gets going.

[Oh, by the way…. I am looking to expand the list of links to Doctor Who blogs that are over in the sidebar. So, if you have a blog of your own or know of one that you read regularly, please do let me know in the comments]

 

Silence Will…. End

After a self-enforced sabbatical in which I undertook a quest to regain my blogging mojo (more information soon to be available on my personal blog), I am returning to my little website here at the advent of 2011 series of Doctor Who. We’ve had teasers, trailers, prequels, teasers for the prequels, special images, episode titles revealed, two mini scenes and a guest appearance on Comic Relief and, to top it all, tonight’s press launch. Throughout all the kerfuffle I have remained steadfastly silent…. until now. It is time, dear reader (if indeed there is anyone out there reading this) to get excited. (Much) more to follow…..

Mission To The Unknown

12 Blogs of Christmas: #12

I have had a dabble with this old blog following its minor relaunch and revised mission that I announced back in early December. I have written a total of 15 new posts in little over a month, starting with a few comments about some random Who-related bits and bobs and concluding with this “Twelve Blogs of Christmas” series, which ostensibly finishes right now. The question becomes, what next? To start with, 2011 is going to be a busy year for Doctor Who: We will have 6 spring episodes, 7 autumn ones and a Christmas special (not to mention the associated Confidentials), 10 Torchwoods, 12 episodes of Sarah Jane Adventures, 13 Doctor Who Magazines and 3 DWM Specials, dozens of action figures, a full year of classic DVD releases, The Doctor Who Experience opening in Earl’s Court (I already have a ticket) and who knows what else still to be announced.

It is going to be difficult to make this blog stand out from the community of other Doctor Who blogs out on the web. And to a degree, the fact is that I don’t especially want to stand out too much. It is time, given that it is nice and early in 2011 for a little slice of introspection for which I hope you will indulge me. What follows are some conclusions that I’ve reached and some ideas for moving forward….

  • I get a bit lost as a fan trawling round Gallifrey Base (and much the same is true of my occasional visits to Doctor Who Online), especially in the furore immediately following transmission of a new episode or a particularly exciting slice of Who-news. So much so, that it is easy to feel that any contribution or comment that I feel like making is lost in the torrent of chatter. An exercise in futility: Like trying to explain “What’s canon?” or to reconcile UNIT dating. Too many replies in too short a time and it’s nigh on impossible to sort the wheat from the chaff. I need an outlet that is less urgent and more relaxed (more “wheat-y”?) and this place, I feel, will serve that purpose just fine. My comments about the Whoniverse, in my own time, and I’ll provide links from GB, DWO and Twitter so that, if anyone’s interested in what I have to say, they can come and visit.
  • Another conclusion that I have reached is that I am not writing this Doctor Who blog for anyone else’s benefit except my own. I sincerely hope that I get some regular readers and, if you’re reading this, I would be more than happy to hear from you in the comments from time to time. However, there is a challenge. A blog without feedback or comment is self-indulgent at best and pointless at worst, but there are innumerable sites out there that serve more specific purposes. News sites, sites full of syndicated links, review sites, comment sites, the list goes on. I feel that this place will be jack-of-all-trades and master of none as I try and hone its objectives. I will try and post updates in a timely manner so that I will be talking about the things that other fans are talking about because, more than anything, blogs should be relevant. Equally, I won’t even attempt a comprehensive review of everything that is released or broadcast with a DW logo on it. That way madness lies.
  • My other blog, that covers all the other aspects of my life is currently replete with talk of New Year’s resolutions and one of those resolutions relates to this place. The target that I have set myself is designed to be thoroughly achievable and is simply to publish 100 posts in 2011. In truth, 10 posts per month is probably my secret ambition, i.e. 120 in the year. Judging by the list above, I am sure that I will have enough to talk about, I just hope I can maintain the motivation. The next posts will, I anticipate, be about DWM #430 and the new Meglos DVD.
  • Just looking at the blog from an objective perspective for a moment, and I think that what I have done in these last dozen posts does, if truth be told, looks a bit bland (although I hope the content was interesting enough on the whole). A a consequence, I will be endeavouring to get more pics and more links included within my blogging to cheer the place up. And may be I will create a bit more interaction by resurrecting the old polls or coming up with an idea or two to be fans together.

So, a simple enough as a set of blog objectives, but here endeth the navel gazing. I will, henceforth, forge onwards to bring you a nice and (hopefully) well written fan site and I hope you join me on the journey (RSS and Tweet feeds can be found above).

Guess Who's Back?

It’s been over six months since my last post on this website and I bet you never thought you’d hear from me again. Truth be told, I wasn’t sure myself whether or not I’d be back. In the intervening months I have been concentrating on another website that is more of a personal journal effort rather than being content-specific like this one. So, I had to make a decision regarding what to do with this place. From the outset, the remit of fazzinchi.co.uk has been for me to discuss what I’ve been watching on TV and this breadth allowed me to cover subjects as diverse as sport, news, politics, and even obituaries. However, there was a  bit of an issue with that, inasmuchas the blog was quick to lose direction and people looking here for my comments on sport would have been distracted and perhaps turned off by the sci-fi stuff and, equally, vice versa. The more recent development is that the aforementioned “other blog” can now happily cater for that diversity of content under its umbrella objective of just being a personal commentary place. Therefore, that question regarding what was to be done here became more fundamental.

The answer is… Doctor Who. There has been something of a focus here on the TV series since Russell T Davies brought it back in 2005. From that opening episode of “Rose” to the final post below this one that looked at “Amy’s Choice”, I managed to write reviews of all the intervening episodes. And you can see links to them all (including a personal rating) if you follow the “Episode Reviews…” link above. It has, bar a few self-imposed wilderness years, always been my favourite telly programme and it seemed appropriate that I make the effort to re-brand fazzinchi.co.uk into a dedicated Doctor Who fansite. This will serve to give this site some much needed focus as well as providing me with a channel for my fandom. I’m all too aware that the internet isn’t exactly crying out for another Whovian who feels the urge to ram their opinions down other people’s broadband connection and it won’t be a news service either as there are plenty of other excellent resources out there that I hope we can share with each over time. So this will just be a gentle, personal exercise in sharing my thoughts on the greatest TV show that the world has ever seen!

In order to accomplish this, I have stripped back the blog with a nice, new theme, taken out a lot of the unnecessary fluff and will endeavour to keep coming back with regular content for your enjoyment. Hopefully, you’ll stick around.

Radio Doctor

Doctor Who

In Case You Missed My Radio Debut

Thanks to Martin for providing the file. An excerpt from the mighty Victoria Derbyshire’s BBC Radio 5Live show, in which I phone in to give them my two cents about the debut of Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Steven Moffat’s “Eleventh Hour”. [P.S. Hope this works, never uploaded an audio file before]

Reviewing Doctor Who

As if you needed reminding, episode 2, “Beast Below”, is on in a couple of hour’s time.

BACK FROM HOLIDAYS

Just before I went off for my summer holidays, I managed to get all the programmes on my PVR watched and therefore had an unprecidented “100% free”. The question remains, “Is there anything worth watching in August?”.  Please vote in the August poll and leave comments here with you recommendations?