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A Teenage boy with a passion for all things nerdy! Expect a lot of Doctor Who, Cult/Horror Movies, Literature and Novels, History, Comic Books and random thoughts. Posts published weekly on a Friday evening. DISCLAIMER: I do not own any of the items reviewed on this site and i also do not own of the pictures (unless stated so). If you own one of the photos and wish for it to be removed contact me at this adress: Super.pig@live.co.uk. However all of the written work is my own and is protected under copyright law.

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Doctor Who at 50: Spearhead from Space

After experiencing and loving the two Peter Cushing Movies at the tender age of five, I was fortunate that that same year BBC 2 decided it would be a good idea to repeat several Jon Pertwee stories and began by showing Spearhead from Space. As much as I enjoyed it, I shrank away from the Television Screen in pure terror and spent most of the night struggling to sleep. It’s not an entirely original story for a Doctor Who fan, most young Children seem to have found this a particularly harrowing story but I find it quite incredible that a piece of television made 38 years before I saw still had the same impact it did in its day. I’m not sure whether it’s due to this but since then Spearhead from Space has become one of my favourite stories and is easily one of the most important moments in me developing my love for the show. It’s also recently, due to it being the only classic Doctor Who story shot entirely on film (aside from the TV Movie) been released on Blu-Ray and was the first Doctor Who story in the main range to be released on DVD. If anything I think all of these things show the lasting appeal of this story and the importance of its place in Doctor Who History.

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Doctor Who at 50: The Evil of The Daleks

As the 50th anniversary looms ever closer, I’m going to be putting greater emphasis on Doctor Who and celebration of it as one of the greatest Science Fiction shows ever produced. So for the next week you can expect (hopefully anyway!) a different Doctor Who related post per-day. Now I’ve already discussed one of the best Doctor Who stories of all time (Talons of Weng-Chiang) but I feel that considering Doctor Who owes much of its success to them, I would be missing a trick if I didn’t look at one of the best Dalek stories. First appearing in 1963 in the second ever Doctor Who serial they have since appeared in 24 televised stories, 2 Movies, 41 audio stories, 6 Novels and 43 Magazine comic strips not to mention cameo appearances and other spin off media too varied to mention. The story I’m looking at today though, is what I personally consider to be the single greatest Dalek story ever in any medium. David Whitaker wrote two TV Dalek stories in the 1960’s (as well as a Dalek Novel, play and a heap of comic strips) and both of these adventures show the Daleks at their most cunning and evil. They story manipulate the characters to their own ends, they force the Doctor to experiment on Jamie and for the first time we meet their emperor. It’s a seven episode epic that was originally intended as the final adventure for the Daleks, with creator Terry Nation planning to give them their own show in America.

Sunday, 3 November 2013

The Quatermass Experiment (TV: 1953)

I think it’s fair to say that Nigel Kneale’s ‘The Quatermass Experiment’, has become legendary in the world of Science Fiction and for extremely good reason. Not only is it a defining piece of British Sci-fi (influencing other Science Fiction greats such as Doctor Who, 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) and Alien (1979)) but a defining piece of Television in general. Broadcast live, the serial pushed the boundaries of what was capable at the time and indeed was a huge gamble, unlike anything ever seen before it in both story and style. During the early 1950’s the most popular science fiction was the American sort, movies like The Thing from Another World (1951) and ‘schlocky’ B-Movies such as Robot Monster (1953) and Cat Women of the Moon (1953). Now please don’t misunderstand me, whilst some of these films (the Thing for example) are undisputed classics, others, to say the least, are somewhat lacking in character development and have a disappointing ‘hammy’ feel. Kneale took this tongue in cheek approach and threw it out the window along with the stereotypical characters that often populated the worlds these movies were set in. Kneale's story was set in the real Britain of the 1950’s; he used recognisable landmarks and characters who had lives outside of what was happening in the main plot. In short he created a masterpiece.