Thursday, April 29, 2004

Now That I've Started Tracking It, I Just Can't Stop

Looks like some of the lost Who episodes of the Hartnell and Troughton years will see their surviving fragments collected into multi-disc set. Pertwee, Tom Baker, and Peter Davison are my Whos of choice, but I've been checking out the older eps and will probably continue picking up the "off-Who" stories to satisfy my obsessive completist bent. (Kind of like how I keep getting the new Fall cd though even though I only ever listen to the ones up through "Shift Work".) I actually do like Troughton (Eccleston cites Patrick as an influence and calls his Who "compelling and a little bit frightening") but find his era a little hard to watch: hard to maintain suspension of disbelief when a show's writers have a character who is supposed to be a scientific genius launch into clunky (and head-scratchingly wrong) exposition about magnetism.

HD may or not be glad to know, if he doesn't already, that the skull busting"Curse of Fenric" from the McCoy era, the one that left us stunned and disoriented when we first watched it, will be out June 1st.

Sunday, April 25, 2004

More Who Rumor Mongering

This article has some companion speculation: three actresses I've never heard of and no mention of the popster that seemed to be a frontrunner earlier. Helen Mirren is mentioned as possibly making an appearance. Moreover, it seems everything I've been reading about the Daleks being locked up by Terry Nation's people seems to be thrown out the window ...

On a related note, I watched Davies and Eccleston's last project together, "The Second Coming" and it totally got me jazzed up all over again for this new series. If you're on Netflix or your local video store carries it, I highly recommend checking it out. It was brilliant: the kind of show that just couldn't be on TV here. Eccleston was great and Davies matches the best TV writing chops of Whedon or Sorkin. Not to say it's perfect, I had a little trouble with seeing how one of the key characters acted based on the information available to her -- but considering the subject matter and scope of the story, I felt like the whole of it came off far better than could reasonably have been expected. Based on what I've seen now of Davies's work, I have the expectation that this new Who could be as good as any sci-fi series we've ever had -- with appeal well beyond the subscribers list of Doctor Who Magazine.

Monday, April 5, 2004

Friday, April 2, 2004

Dennis Miller Is A Hot Mess

Air America Radio

I'm sure most people won't download Real for this but I had it already for the CPTV webcast of UConn Women's basketball; so, I listened to the Janeane Garofalo show a while and I'm sold. I haven't heard Franken's show yet and unless they add a Windows Media stream, I won't be able to get it at work either.

Channel surfing last night, I caught of few minutes of Dennis Miller's new show. He was pimping William F. Buckley's upcoming appearance. Miller's got the tinge of desperation, like someone on the verge of either bursting into tears or flying into a rage but utterly lacking the self-awareness to be able to mask the signals. I don't imagine anyone's actually watching him and it's probably eating away at his self-image.
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