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50th Anniversary Retrospective: Official Celebration Event

Doctor “Clara sometimes asks me if I dream. ‘Of course I dream’, I tell her, ‘Everybody dreams’. ‘But what do you dream about?,’ she’ll ask. ‘The same thing everybody dreams about,’ I tell her, ‘I dream about where I’m going.’ She always laughs at that: ‘But you’re not going anywhere, you’re just wandering about.’ That’s not true. Not anymore. I have a new destination. My journey is the same as yours, the same as anyone’s. It’s taken me so many years, so many lifetimes, but at last I know where I’m going. Where I’ve always been going. Home. The long way around.”

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The 22nd, 23rd, and 24th of November 2013 were like all the Christmas Eves, Christmas Days and Boxing Days rolled into one for Doctor Who fans fortunate enough to have procured themselves a ticket or three for the “Official 50th Celebration” at the Excel in London’s Docklands. Twenty-four thousand fans (so we were reliably informed by Nick Briggs) made their way to London’s Excel centre for the weekend of the 50th Anniversary where there was more than enough entertainment on offer to satiate the desires of the most hardened fans. After running a smaller Convention at the Millennium Centre in Cardiff in March of 2012, which mainly focussed on the modern era of the show, they took the lessons learnt from that and turned the dial up to Eleven. 24,000 attendees were split across three days, and each day was split into two streams, known not as Red Waterfall and Green Anchor but instead “Ice Warrior” and “Weeping Angel”, this made the logistics a little more manageable as, on the whole, these groups were largely kept apart, with the schedule of events being duplicated throughout the day at times that were appropriate for each stream. Continue reading

“The Doctor’s Daughter” – Review: Redux

Jenny “Hello Dad”

The Doctor's Daughter

Last year, Stephen Greenhorn gave us the intriguing “Lazarus Experiment”.  It was a tale of genetic manipulation gone wrong that had a few unforseen links to and consequences in the season finale.  This year, Mr Greenhorn gave us a tale of genetic manipulation gone right, although with not quite as many consequences as I might have liked. From the moment that the story’s title was originally revealed, let alone the intrigue of the last Next Time trailer, speculation had been high as to who exactly the eponymous daughter might be. “Susan’s mum” was a popular guess but in the end the eventual answer was a bit more mundane. At the story’s core lies the “progeny machine”, which created completely perfect people in a matter of seconds from a small cell sample.  So, after all the speculation and hints as to how exactly the good old, celibate Doc could ever find himself as a father figure once again, we find another old sci-fi trope rolled out for our enjoyment. Continue reading

“Voyage of the Damned” – Review: Redux

The Doctor “Titanic. Um… who… thought of the name?”
Robot Angel “Information: it was chosen as the most famous vessel of the planet Earth.”
The Doctor “Did they tell you why it was famous?”

Voyage of the Damned

Before we get to third Doctor Who Christmas Day special, it is worth mentioning the Children in Need special that was mysteriously sneaked in to the continuity between Martha leaving and the Titanic arriving at the end of the last episode. “Time Crash” was the more perfect little slices of Doctor Who you could ever wish to see. If Steven Moffat had sat down with me over a coffee to talk about what Doctor Who meant to me, so that he could go off and write a special, five-minute scene just for me, he could not have written a piece that resonated with me any more than “Time Crash“.  You see, Peter Davison was “my Doctor” as well.   Although I had watched  the show for most of Tom Baker’s tenure, I probably didn’t begin my fannish ways until PD and his crickety-cricket garb burst onto the scene in 1981. Continue reading