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Published on May 18th, 2006 | by Christian Cawley

News Roundup

There’s a vast selection of Doctor Who reviews online at present…

We’ll start with the older stuff – such as news that BBC America & Warner Home Video will be releasing The Web Planet and Inferno in North america on September 5th. TVShowsonDVD.com reports that both DVD releases seem to mirror their UK counterparts – and if you haven’t seen Inferno, you really are missing out!

Meanwhile the run of Doctor Who on the Sci Fi Channel is shortly coming to a close, and TVSquad have reviewed The Doctor Dances, observing:

The Doctor can babysit at my house anytime. I mean, any man who can get a crazed group of gas-masked zombies to stop attacking just by saying ‘Go to your room’ can get my kids to behave as well.

Ninth Doctor, Rose and Captain Jack adventure The Stealer of Dreams is reviewed on the Now Playing Magazine website. It’s a good tale, with writer Steve Lyons again exploring the concept of fiction becoming unleashed in the real world, a theme he started back in 1993′s Conundrum Seventh Doctor adventure. The Stealer of Dreams is one of the better Doctor Who novels since the relaunch. Of course, that’s just my opinion, one not share by the reviewer – although it has to be said the days of the Virgin Books’ New Adventures are long gone and much missed…

David Tennant’s appearance in the 50th Anniversary performance of John Osbourne’s “Look Back in Anger” was reviewed in The Guardian, with particular praise applied to the leading man (performing to a remarkably young audience, it seems…):

David Tennant’s lean, hungry Jimmy was filled with a flailing, neurotic energy. He prowled with barefoot vitality and, like Hamlet, was full of wild and whirling words, but he made you feel everything he did was directed at Anne-Marie Duff’s provocatively silent Alison, stuck behind her eternal ironing-board.

And we’ll finish this bulletin with news gleaned from the DWAS Serendipity website – this Saturday at the Maltings Art Theatre in lovely St. Albans, discover “How To Build A Time Machine”:

Meet Doctor Patrick Beer, whose personal and professional worlds movingly collide throughout this surreal and comic one man show. With the spirit of a Royal Institute Christmas Lecture, he uses his spectators to demonstrate the workings of his theories. Watch as a collection of cardboard takes the shape of a prototype time machine. A fascinating exploration through time travel, the universe and the heart.

This production received much critical acclaim at the Edinburgh festival 2005.

For tickets call 01277 844222.

Looks a great way to spend a Saturday night – watch Doctor Who on TV, then leave the house to watch “How To Build A Time Machine” – missing the Eurovision Song Contest in the process!

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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.




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