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Staggering Stories Podcast #276: Whittaker Calling Orson
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 19 Nov 2017 09:15

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Fake Keith and the Real Keith Dunn discuss Doctor Who subjects such as the Thirteenth Doctor’s costume, the 60s and 70s composer Dudley Simpson and director Paddy Russell, review the second season of Stranger Things, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: 00:00 – Intro […]


Staggering Stories Commentary #204: Babylon 5 – And All My Dreams, Torn Asunder
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 12 Nov 2017 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins and Keith Dunn sit down, inquiring, in front of the Season 5 Babylon 5 episode ‘And All My Dreams, Torn Asunder’, and spout our usual nonsense! Mollari is feeling left out, Lennier has some hot footage and G’Kar wants to guard Londo’s body. But enough of their problems, please […]


Staggering Stories Podcast #275: Business is Business
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 05 Nov 2017 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Fake Keith, the Real Keith Dunn and Scott Fuller review Big Finish’s version of the Doctor Who stage play The Ultimate Adventure, the fifth and sixth episodes of Star Trek: Discovery and the new Red Dwarf episode Timewave, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: […]


Staggering Stories Commentary #203 Doctor Who – The Pyramid at the End of the World
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 29 Oct 2017 10:00

Summary: The Doctor is trapped in an even more artificial situation than last week, Bill considers the meaning of consent and the Monks have gained god-like powers in the real world. But enough of their problems, please sit down with us to enjoy The Pyramid at the End of the World… Vital Links: Staggering Stories. […]


Staggering Stories Podcast #274: The Seven Keys to Starbug
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 22 Oct 2017 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Fake Crumbly, Fake Keith, Jean Riddler, the Real Keith Dunn and Scott Fuller review Big Finish’s version of the Doctor Who stage play The Seven Keys to Doomsday, the third and fourth episodes of Star Trek: Discovery and the new Red Dwarf episodes Cured and Siliconia, find some general […]


Staggering Stories Commentary #202: Babylon 5 – Phoenix Rising
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 15 Oct 2017 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins and Keith Dunn sit down, roasted, in front of the Season 5 Babylon 5 episode ‘Phoenix Rising’, and spout our usual nonsense! Byron is losing control of more than his flowing locks, Garibaldi has a word with Bester and the rogue telepaths are burning bright. But enough of their […]

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Tony Gallichan is Mildly Perturbed by... The BBC Doctor Who Books


Ok. I have had enough. When they can make even a Paul Cornell book read as if it’s a junior Dr.Who book then we know that we are in trouble.

I had high hopes at the start. No. Really. I did. I thought that if the BBC was gonna take the license away from Virgin then they knew that they were on to something good and would try to make it better. Though deep inside a little voice was saying that maybe, just maybe it was another way of trying to make Who so bad that no one would care if they finished it once and for all. But I thought, no..they wouldn’t…they know how profitable its is. I was right too. BBC worldwide must have visited  Paramount and taken lessons on selling any old crap to the poor suckers who are stupid enough to actually like something they made.

So…High hopes.

Then I read the Eight Doctors

Oh Terrance.

Why?

I know you had to reintroduce the characters and concept but for heaven’s sake man…You wrote Exodus and Blood Harvest. Easy going books that were still almost unputdownable.

Nice cover though. But the typeface..oooh now, yes, the typeface, isn’t it? So cold and offputting. And the same in every book. This is known as a “Bad Thing”

But then a ray of hope. Kate Orman comes to the crease, bat raised defiantly, Jon Blum at the other end ready to form a winning partnership.

And what an opening over it was.

Vampire Science is brilliant…even the typeface doesn’t intrude that much. The doc is portrayed wonderfully. The scene where he cooks breakfast and all the trouble with the kittens…great. Super. Oh…and Eric the eternal snail. Lol

The Bodysnatchers. Hmm…. A returning foe. Professor Litefoot. Nope…it just din’t gell. And something else.

The depth of the books were getting shallower. No wonderful New Adventures soulsearching.

It caries on this way till Alien Bodies. Now I love that book. Yeeeeessss!!! I thought. Here we go. It’s gonna get better, you’ll see.

Or not as it turned out.

I've read most of the books up to the Ancestor Cell.

Why on earth destroy Gallifrey??

Was it That important? I know authors say that it was a millstobne around their necks but I don’t see how. I have a feeling that it happened because someone had the idea and others jumped on the bandwagon.

I know how fandom works. Look at the pertwee hating years. One jumps they all jump

Sheep!!!!

Lemmings!!!!

Think for yourselves for goodness sake. (though I was just as guilty when it came to the pertwee bashing)

Keith won’t have anything to do with the BBC books range. He prefers the Big Finish stuff.

And they could do with rediscovering their sense of humour.

So, The Buccaneer Chrionicles are set within the bottle universe. (Who do you think caused it to leek in the first place?)

I am trying to get some BBC stuff worked in but our Reality advisor keeps a very intense eye out for these things.

COME ON BBC BOOKS.
BUCK UP YOUR IDEAS

(I suppose I should really go and read some of the more recent ones…but money is tight and I don’t want to waste it in the hope that I’ll actually get a book I’ll enjoy)

Ok, that’s off my chest. Next time I shall be mildly perturbed by the word..
“Anorak”

 

Tony

Tony Gallichan is 72 and is suffering from Mrs. Brady-old lady syndrome.