Archive for April, 2011

April 29, 2011

SCREAM 4 MOVIE REVIEW

JUST SAW SCREAM 4 AND IT WASN’T THE STINKER CRITICS SAID. IT WAS ACTUALLY A CLEVER EXTENSION OF THE ORIGINAL PREMISE WITH SOME GOOD SEQUENCES. IT IS BY FAR THE BLOODIEST OF THE SERIES BUT PEPPERED WITH INJOKES AND NODS TO THE PAST. BLINK AND YOU’LL MISS A BRONZE BUST OF HENRY WINKLER FROM THE ORIGINAL WHO YOU MAY REMEMBER AS THE DISPATCHED HEADMASTER. FOR EVERY GUESS YOU HAVE OF THE KILLER, THERE’S ANOTHER RED HERRING TO PUT YOU OFF BUT I WORKED IT PUT BUT THEN DIDN’T. IT WAS A BIT SLOW IN THE MIDDLE BUT THERE IS ENOUGH HERE TO KEEP YOU ENTERTAINED. GO ALONG, HAVE FUN AND SEE IF YOU CAN FIGURE IT OUT. AND ON A FINAL NOTE, THIS SHOULD BE THE LAST IN THE SERIES, AFTER ALL HOW MUCH BAD LUCK CAN A GIRL HAVE?

April 29, 2011

HEROES OF DOCTOR WHO SERGEANT BENTON JOHN LEVENE

JOHN LEVENE BEGAN HIS DOCTOR WHO ASSOCIATION IN THE PATRICK TROUGHTON ERA BUT IS FAMOUSLY KNOWN AS THE OLD RELIABLE SERGEANT BENTON WHO WAS PART OF THE UNIT FAMILY RIGHT THROUGH UNTIL TOM BAKER TOOK OVER. HIS LAST APPEARANCE WAS IN THE ANDROID INVASION BUT HE WAS MENTIONED BY THE BRIGADIER IN MAWDRYN UNDEAD AND WAS NOW SELLING CARS.

NO MATTER WHAT MONSTER APPEARED SERGEANT BENTON FACED THEM WITH BRAVERY AND WAS TOTALLY LOYAL TO THE DOCTOR AND THE BRIG. IN THE THREE DOCTORS HE GOT A TRIP TO THE ANTIMATTER UNIVERSE AND IT DIDN’T PHASE HIM WHEN THE SECOND DOCTOR REAPPEARED ALONGSIDE THE THIRD DOCTOR. EVEN THE MASTER DIDN’T SCARE HIM AND THERE WERE TIMES YOU COULD SEE THE MASTER WAS ALMOST ASTONISHED THAT THIS GRUNT WOULD DARE OPPOSE HIM LIKE THIS. BUT THAT WAS BENTON, STRONG, RESOLUTE, LOVED HIS FRIENDS AND DUTY WAS EVERYTHING TO HIM.

AS UNIT FACED SOME OF THE GREAT STORIES IN THE SERIES, BENTON IS THE ONLY COMPANION TO HAVE BEEN A BABY AND APPEARED NAKED UNTIL JOHN BARROWMAN AND DAVID TENNANT IN THE RECENT SHOWS. 

April 29, 2011

HEROES OF DOCTOR WHO TURLOUGH ,MARK STRICKSON

BROUGHT IN IN THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON AS A COMPANION TO THE DOCTOR, TURLOUGH WAS A COMPANION WITH A DIFFERENCE. HE WAS AN AGENT OF THE BLACK GUARDIAN, AN EXILED ALIEN TRAPPED IN A SCHOOL WHERE THE BRIGADIER WAS TEACHING WHO DESPERATELY WANTED TO ESCAPE. THE BLACK GUARDIAN MADE HIM TRY TO KILL THE DOCTOR AS HE WAS ACCEPTED ON BOARD THE TARDIS. DEVIOUS, SHARP AND READY TO SELL HIS GRANNY AT THE FIRST OPPORTUNITY, TURLOUGH WAS DISTRUSTED BY TEGAN AS EVEN SHE FELL FOUL OF HIS MASTER MANIPULATION. HOWEVER BEING WITH THE DOCTOR BROUGHT OUT THE BEST IN HIM AS HE GAVE UP ENLIGHTENMENT TO DEFEAT TE BLACK GUARDIAN AND STAY WITH THE DOCTOR.

HE BATTLED THE MASTER, SEA DEVILS, SILURIANS, TRACTATORS AND DALEKS AS WELL AS MEETING ALL FIVE DOCTORS IN HIS TIME. MARK BROUGHT A SPARKLE TO TURLOUGH THAT WAS NEVER USED PROPERLY AS TURLOUGH USUALLY ENDED UP A PRISONER OR UNCONSCIOUS. IN FRONTIOS DETAILS OF HIS BACKGROUND EMERGED AS RACIAL MEMORIES FROM HIS HOME GAVE THE DOCTOR CLUES AS TO THE TRACTATORS.

FINALLY IN PLANET OF FIRE, WE DISCOVERED HIS ORIGINS IN A STORY THAT SAW HIM AND KAMELION WRITTEN OUT OF THE SHOW. WE MET HIS BROTHER AND DISCOVERED HE WAS A POLITICAL PRISONER IN EXILE. BUT TIMES HAD CHANGED AND HE WAS WELCOMED HOME, A CHANCE HE COULDN’T REFUSE.

TURLOUGH WAS A BREATH OF FRESH AIR TO THE SERIES AND HAS CONTINUED IN THE BIG FINISH PLAYS AND COMPANION CHRONICLES AND NOW HE AND THE ORIGINAL TARDIS TEAM ARE EMBARKING ON THEIR SECOND SET OF ADVENTURES FOR THE SERIES. HE HAS APPEARED IN BBC AND MISSING ADVENTURES NOVELS AND IS ONLY 1 OF 2 COMPANIONS TO HAVE HIS OWN NOVEL, TURLOUGH AND THE EARTHLINK DILEMMA.

MARK WENT ON TO BECOME A SUCCESSFUL WILDLIFE PRODUCER BUT THE FACT HE WILLINGLY RETURNED TO PLAY TURLOUGH JUST SHOWS HOW MUCH THE CHARACTER MEANS TO HIM AND WE ARE GLAD TO SEE IT.

April 29, 2011

HEROES OF DOCTOR WHO LIZ SHAW CAROLINE JOHN

LIZ SHAW WAS DRAFTED FROM CAMBRIDGE TO ASSIST THE NEWLY FORMED UNOT BY BRIGADIER LETHBRIDGE STEWART TO INVESTIGATE ALIEN GOINGS ON.

AT THE SAME TIME THE NEWLY REGENERATED DOCTOR WAS EXILED TO EARTH, BROUGHT TO A HOSPITAL AND SECONDED BY UNIT TO LOOK AT METEORITES THAT WEREN’T METEORITES AT ALL BUT PART OF THE NESTENE INVASION USING THE PLASTIC AUTONS. LIZ WAS  A MATCH FOR THE DOCTOR AS A FELLOW SCIENTIST AND WAS INVOLVED IN SOME UNFORGETTABLE STORIES INCLUDING THE SILURIANS, INFERNO WHERE SHE PLAYED AN ALTERNATE GESTAPO LIKE VERSION OF HERSELF AND AMBASSADORS OF DEATH WHICH INVOLOVED A STUNNING CLIFFHANGER FOR HER.

LIZ SHOWED GREAT RESOURCEFULNESS IN HER TIME WITH THE DOCTOR BUT SHE WAS RETURNED TO CAMBRIDGE AT THE END OF THE SEASON AS THE PRODUCERS FELT AN EQUAL TO THE DOCTOR WAS A MISTAKE AND NEEDED A MORE SCATTY TRADITIONAL CHARACTER.

IN REAL LIFE CAROLINE JOHN WAS PREGNANT BUT MANY FANS FELT SHE DESERVED BETTER. HER TRUE LEAVING STORY APPEARED IN THE MISSING ADVENTURES BY GARY RUSSELL CALLED SCALES OF JUSTICE AGAIN INVOLVING SILURIANS AND AGAIN IN THE BIG FINISH AUDIO STORIES AS COMPANION CHRONCLES. AND FAMOUSLY SHE RETURNED AS A PHANTHOM IN THE FIVE DOCTORS TO CELEBRATE THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY.

SHE ALSO RETURNED WITH THE 3RD DOCTOR AND JO GRANT IN A BBC NOVEL INVOLVING RASPUTIN. IT’S NICE TO KNOW SHE HAD A LIFE AFTER THE SHOW AND HER CONNECTION WITH THE DOCTOR NEVER DIED.

April 29, 2011

DOCTOR WHO HEROES STEVEN PETER PURVES

STEVEN TAYLOR HAD TO FILL BIG SHOES. IAN AND BARBARA, WELL LOVED BY THE WORLD WERE LEAVING DOCTOR WHO AND STEVEN WAS TO BE THE NEW LEADING MAN, THE DOCTOR’S PERSONAL BODYGUARD. FIRST SEEN IN THE DALEK TALE THE CHASE, HE FIRST PLAYED A LOUD AMERICAN IN THE STORY AT THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING BEFORE BEING FOUND A PRISONER OF THE MECHANOIDS, THEN TOUTED TO REPLACE THE DALEKS. THE DOCTOR WASN’T EVEN AWARE STEVEN WAS ABOARD THE TARDIS UNTIL HE FOUND THE INJURED PILOT. STEVEN QUICKLY BECAME A FIRM FAVOURITE, LOYAL TO THE DOCTOR BUT NOT AFRAID TO CHALLENGE THE TIME LORD ESPECIALLY IN THE MASSACRE. STEVEN WAS VERY PROTECTIVE OF HIS FELLOW COMPANIONS, BEING VERY UPSET AT VICKI LEAVING AND THE SUBSEQUENT DEATHS OF KATARINA AND SARA KINGDOM. HE BATTLED THE TOYMAKER WITH DODO , MET THE MEDDLING MONK, THE DALEKS IN THE LONGEST DOCTOR WHO STORY EVER BEFORE FINALLY STAYING BEHIND IN THE SAVAGES TO BECOME LEADER OF THE NEWLY FORMED SOCIETY. STEVEN HAS RETURNED IN BIG FINISH AUDIO ONCE MORE IN THE COMPANION CHRONICLES FURTHER EXPANDING THE CHARACTER. PETER WENT ON TO BECOME FAMOUS WITH BLUE PETER AND STILL PRESENTS TODAY, RECENTLY HAVING DONE AN ADVERT WITH PETER KAY. HE HAS ALSO BEEN FEATURED IN THE MISSING ADVENTURES SERIES OF NOVELS WHICH BROUGHT OUT THE BEST OF HIS CHARACTER. GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN.

April 29, 2011

DOCTOR WHO HEROES LEELA

ORIGINALLY DEVISED AS AN ELIZA DOOLITTLE TYPE CHARACTER, LEELA STORMED HER WAY ABOARD THE TARDIS MUCH TO THE DOCTOR’S AND TOM BAKER’S CHAGRIN. TOM DIDN’T WANT COMPANIONS AND TREATED LOUSIE BADLY DURING HER TIME ON THE SHOW, A PROBLEM THEY HAVE RESOLVED SINCE OVER LUNCH.

LEELA WAS THE RIGHT SORT OF CHARACTER TO REPLACE SARAH JANE SMITH, STRONG YET SENSITIVE, BEMUSED BY TECHNOLOGY BUT ADORING THE ROBOT DOG K9, YET TRUSTED THE DOCTOR IMPLICITY.

LEELA SAW THROUGH SOME OF THE CLASSIC STORIES, ROBOTS OF DEATH, TALONS OF WEN CHIANG AND IMAGE OF THE FENDAHL AND LEELA’S LOYALTY TO THE DOCTOR NEVER WAVERED.

SHE IS THE ONLY COMPANION TO CHANGE THE COLOUR OF HER EYES  IN THE SERIES, AS THE CONTACTS WERE HURTING LOUISE. SHE LEFT IN THE INVASION OF TIME ALONG WITH K9 ON GALLIFREY AFTER FALLING IN LOVE, AN EXIT LOUISE DIDN’T APPROVE OF.

IN THE INTERVENING YEARS SHE HAS RETURNED IN BIG FINISH AUDIO PLAYS MOST PROMINENTLY GALLIFREY WHERE SHE HAS BECOME FRIENDS WITH ROMANA AND EVOLVED AS A STRONGER CHARACTER IN HER OWN RIGHT, CAUGHT IN THE MACHINATIONS OF TIME LORD SOCIETY.

THE SKIMPY OUTFITS WERE FOR THE DADS AND KIDS ADORED THIS SAVAGE WOMAN WHO FOLLOWED THIS MAD DOCTOR THROUGH TIME. SHE WILL ALWAYS BE A CLASSIC.

April 29, 2011

TRANSFORMERS 3 MOVIE TRAILER RELEASED

LAST NIGHT THE MOVIE TRAILER FOR DARK SIDE OF THE MOON WAS RELEASED. IT SHOWS THE NEIL ARMSTRONG MOON LANDING AND THE DISCOVERY OF A CRASHED TRANSFORMERS SHIP. IT SEEMS THE GOVERNMENT KNEW ALL ABOUT THE TRANSFORMERS SINCE 1968 AND OPTIMUS PRIME IS NOT BEST PLEASED. FURTHER IMAGES SHOW A PLETHORA OF DECEPTICONS RISING FROM BENEATH THE SURFACE OF THE MOON. IT LOOKS SPECTACULAR AND LESSONS SEEM TO HAVE BEEN LEARNED FROM THE OVERBLOWN SECOND MOVIE. EXCELLENT.

April 27, 2011

THE TIME WARRIORS BOOK COVERS RELEASED

April 27, 2011

TERMINATOR TO RETURN

IT HAS BEEN REPORTED THAT A NEW TERMINATOR MOVIE HAS BEEN GREENLIT WITH NONE OTHER THAN ARNIE HIMSELF REPRISING THE ICONIC ROLE, DETAILS OF EXACTLY WHAT THE STORY WILL ENTAIL OR FILMING DATES HAS YET TO BE RELEASED BUT STAY TUNED. AS SOON AS I KNOW YOU’LL KNOW.

April 25, 2011

TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE FOR DOCTOR WHO VORTEX 3 MAY 1ST

THIS SUNDAY SEES VORTEX 3 IN THE EUROPA HOTEL BELFAST, A DOCTOR WHO CONVENTION ORGANISED BY DENIS RUSHE. GUESTS WILL BE TONY CURRAN WHO PLAYED VINCENT VAN GOGH, IAN MCNEICE WHO PLAYED WINSTON CHURCHILL IN VICTORY OF THE DALEKS AND NEVE MCINTOSH SILURIAN GENERAL IN THE HUNGRY EARTH AND WHO IS RETURNING THIS SEASON. THERE ARE A PLETHORA OF MONSTERS INCLUDING DALEKS, CYBERMEN OOD, EMPTY CHILD, CASSANDRA TO MENTION A FEW WHILE THE PANDORICA ITSELF WILL MAKE AN APPEARANCE. 

THERE ARE STILL A FEW TICKETS LEFT BUT COME EARLY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT. IT’S GOING TO BE GREAT.