Published on May 29th, 2006 | by Christian Cawley
The End is Nigh…
…for the Ninth Doctor. Bad Wolf airs next Friday June 2nd on the US Sci Fi Channel, as the series reaches it’s thrilling conclusion.
And still on the subject of Doctor Who in America, the Blogcritics.org entry by Matthew Milam talks about Doctor Who’s poor ratings performance on Sci Fi. And he’s pretty certain that the problem is down to cultural differences, as well as who to point the finger at more specifically:
For me, it’s a matter of the script and who writes it.
In my reviews of “New Earth” and “Tooth and Claw”, one of my chief complaints was the clear lack of understanding of the words spoken by the actors, David Tennant especially. Those, however, are under the pen of Russell Davies. Under someone such as Steven Moffat, there is a sense of clarity in not only the dialogue, but even in the story itself.
Things got better with his episode, “The Girl In The Fireplace,” as well as the current Tom MacRae Cybermen two-parter that just finished. I suppose “School Reunion” deserves a mention, too.
Let’s have some classic monster talk, eh? How about Daleks? Coming to a bookshop near you soon is Gareth Roberts’ I Am A Dalek (reminiscent of Tthe Fast Show”‘s fanboy sketch “I am a alien”?) which is released as part of the Quick Reads campaign. The what?
The Quick Reads series of books have been specially designed to appeal to people who either don’t have much time to devote to reading or who have perhaps never been bitten by the reading bug.
The BBC’s Official Doctor Who website also features a picture of the books cover, which is available from Amazon.co.uk for just Â£2.39 (and shouldn’t be confused with the album “I am a Dalek” by Corvin Dalek. Yes, that’s his real name…)
And if that wasn’t enough, last week a Dalek invaded a bookstore in Barnstaple. Or so says Devon24.co.uk:
THE mortal enemy of Doctor Who dropped in at a Barnstaple book store on Saturday – and there were no stairs to get in his way!
Fortunately, the visiting dalek at Ottakar’s Bookshop was more concerned with posing for photographs than exterminating anybody.
Staff and customers were dressed as Doctors and characters from the popular series. It was all part of a day to promote several new additions to the best-selling BBC Book series about the wandering Timelord.
And it’s all done in a very good cause, the Children’s Hospice South West.