While the rest of the country checks out Todd MacFarlane’s family guy version of the Oscars Dr. Who fans in America will be tuned to BBC America to watch the 2nd Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special featuring Patrick Troughton as the 2nd Doctor.

The selection of Tomb of the Cybermen as tonight’s episode was almost by default. Of the 4 part 2nd Doctor Episodes the only other adventure that exists in its entirety is the Krotons and while that episode has the advantage of Zoe rather than Victoria who was a much longer lasting companion the Krotons are such a campy looking monster that modern Doctor Who fans not familiar with the old series would likely rebel.

Next month with Jon Pertwee there will be a lot more flexibility a full Seven Four Part stories are available ( I don’t count the planet of the Dinosaurs as one episode is not in color.) including two Dalek Stories, 2 Master Stories and the introduction of both Sarah Jane Smith and the Sontarans in the Time Warrior.

If that episode was not the first Sarah Jane I would suspect it would be the one but if I had to bet money I would suppose it would the the Claws of Axos.

It features the Master and Jo Grant and the Brigadier and is an excellent representative of the series. Only the Three Doctors would be superior but because it was a special it’s not as fitting.

Do you disagree? Tell me, which 3rd Doctor 4 part episode would YOU choose if you were BBC America to represent the five years of his run?

The BBC has made a concerted effort this year to push Doctor Who in America. One of the things that might confuse people are the different faces.

Doctor Who has been around almost as long as I have. The First episode premiered just six months after I was born. The series the actor in the lead role William Hartnell was an elderly man and when it became plain that he couldn’t continue the brilliant idea of having the Doctor “regenerate” into a totally new body (and a new personality) came up.

Each doctor is the same man, with the same memories, but with a different appearance and personality.

So to those of my readers who are not familiar with the history of the Doctor Who here is the complete history of Regeneration from Daily Motion via user regenerating Tardis who did a marvelous job putting it together (sorry about the ads they come with the package).

Regenerations: An Extened Look – Part 1 by RegeneratingTardis

The second set of regenerations 4-6

Regenerations: An Extened Look – Part 2 by RegeneratingTardis

These videos were first put on YouTube but were blocked there all except for this one which was ironically blocked by Daily Motion

And this last one brings you up to date:

Regenerations: An Extened Look – Part FNARG… by RegeneratingTardis

If that doesn’t get you interested in the series I don’t know what will.

4 days short of the start of Season 6 of the New Doctor Who. Some crushing news for fans of Doctor Who:

Sladen had been suffering from cancer, BBC entertainment reporter Lizo Mzimba said. It had not been widely known that the actress was in ill health.

He said: “She was one of the most popular Doctor Who companions of all time, and one of the people who managed to do both old Doctor Who and Doctor Who when it came back.”

She has been active in the Doctor Who series since 1973 staring opposite the 3rd Doctor Jon Pertwee, Stayed on two years with Tom Baker, appeared with the 5 doctors special with 5th Doctor Peter Davidson, Appeared in audio adventures for Big Finish (including Zagreus with the 8th Doctor) and in the Dimensions in Time Special along with Doctors 3-7, Came back triumphantly in the Second Series of the New doctor Who series appearing 4 times with David Tennant, and during the run of her current series the Sarah Jane Adventures appeared opposite both Nicholas Courtney (the Brigadier) Katy Manning (Jo Grant) and 11th Doctor Matt Smith. If she had lived there is no doubt the series would have continued as long as she did.

No person has been more closely associated with the series or more universally loved by fans of the show. Tens of millions will mourn her.

Update: At Big Finish Nick Briggs reveals that she was going to be doing new audio adventures with Tom Baker at Big Finish if she had lived, how wonderful those would have been.

My review of the Big Finish Companion Chronicles adventure # 5.3 Staring Alex Lowe as Huxley and Katy Manning as BOTH Jo Grant and Iris Wildthyme are available here at Amazon.com and Here at Lunch.com

I haven’t done a Doctor who review in a while so I’m glad to get back to it.

As always you can pick this up at Mike’s comics. You can also listen to a trailer the adventure here.

One of the things that us old timers who have followed the series for decades love is to see the return of old foes, this episode we see old foes that we haven’t seen since the time of the 5th doctor (unless you follow the audios).

For most of the people seeing this episode, there is a sense of mystery, what is happening to the corpses? Why are people disappearing and what does this have to do with the drilling project going on?

For us old hands it is very familiar. Almost a repeat in may ways of a classic episode from the 3rd Doctor’s first season.

There is the aspect of separation Amy, the Doctor and Rory all on their own, that’s not bad, and the how will the people manage under pressure without the Doctor to keep them straight, that’s not bad either.

But it just never manages to raise itself beyond that point. You wait for a climax that seems to never come. The cliff hangers for part two are OK but it just didn’t excite me

Rating ***

Last episode: Amy’s Choice

Next episode: Cold Blood

the final chapter of the original 3rd Doctor adventure The Stalker of Norfolk at Rich’s Comic Blog.

If you didn’t get a chance to check out the story set in 1588 and don’t want to come in at the end the Title page is here. Simply go on through the 63 pages. The Archive page featuring 3-10 pages at a time is here.

The Next new adventure is called Outrage. Since he has now done the 3rd, 5th, and 8th Doctors we can assume that we will be seeing a different one(s). Anyone want to make book on which one(s)?

It’s moments like this:

Yes my inner geek is really shining today, it’s been highly repressed for a bit.

Update: Is there a line better than “Basically, RUN!”?

Update 2: Yes I had to use a 2nd video the first one was pulled.

First Senator Scott Brown wins and now I see that Rich’s comic Blog has returned after a 27 day absence with the next chapter in his 3rd Doctor Saga, The Stalker of Norfolk.

All I need is that job and the week will be complete.

Update…and I trust you have been reading Robert Stacy, unfortunately we aren’t sitting near each other so I have missed his pithy wisdom.

Update 2: Ok that true Adrienne is pithy too and sounder theologically.

My review of the penultimate Big Finish 6th Doctor Charley Pollard adventure Paper Cuts number #125 is available at Amazon.com here.

This also contains the next part of the Three Companions Story. This has really been interesting. I think the use of this kind of backfeature might be a great way to get people to actually buy these instead of pirating them.

I really don’t understand why Amazon US doesn’t carry those but that is what Mike’s comics is for.

Mike and Patty are sweethearts and you will not find a retailer more considerate than Mike’s. You will be happy to give them your business.

Update: I don’t know how I managed to forget the link but it’s there now.

…is exactly what the world needs more of these days, but I see that commentator Ayla was way ahead of me on this.

I hadn’t plugged Rich’s Comic blog for a bit. If you like good drawn art, fun stories and Dr. Who it is the place to be.

He is only 18 pages into his latest Dr. Who tale so you won’t have much to Catch up on.

If you want a sample of his work here is a bit from his 10 Ten Doctors with Sound added by a fan:

I recommend all of his work, just click on his comics archive and read em all.

If it was in book form it would be what I want for Christmas.

My review of the the Big Finish Companion Chronicles adventure 4.03 The Prisoner of Peladon staring David Troughton (son of the 2nd doctor) as King Peladon interacting with the 3rd Doctor is available at Amazon.com here.

This is a real departure from the Companion Chronicles series in that the King was a one-shot character rather than a regular companion, but it turns out to be pretty good. This is the 2nd Big Finish adventure that takes place on Peladon the first being 5th Doctor adventure the Bride of Peladon (Big finish 104). Ironically Nicola Bryant who plays Peri in that episode directs this one. It is a great start for her, of course it helps to have a solid Vets like Troughton and Briggs in the pot.

I don’t know if we will see more of Peladon but it’s a worthwhile start.

My review of the Big Finish Companion Chronicles 1.3 The Blue Tooth a story of the 3rd Doctor Staring Caroline John as Liz Shaw and Nick Briggs as the Cybermen is available at Amazon.com here.

This story surprised me, I generally don’t like Cybermen stories but I liked this one, I do think they used a really bad Jon Pertwee picture on the inside.

If you are a Doctor Who fan (and if you’re not you should be) you should check out the web site Life Doctor Who and Combom. It is one of the better sites on the web that covers the news of the series.

Yesterday he lined to a wired article by Scott Brown that apparently he didn’t realize was available online not online (he scanned it in) concerning can us Yanks appreciate Doctor Who? As his commentators noted it appears we have been watching two different series than the writer Mr. Brown, that was a slight annoyance to a Who vet like me but this bit just clinched it:

Sound familiar, America? Oh, I can hear the teabaggers now: This is defeatist talk! Doesn’t sound like your cup of Tetley, eh, Glenn Beck? Fair enough: Enjoy your Transformers and the baby-faced club kids of the new Enterprise.

I vented my spleen in comments there. My sons and I just want to enjoy our Doctor Who but I can’t due to another as Jay Nordlinger has called it safe zone violation, but I promised a longer response so here it is…

Memo to Brown I’ve been watching the show for 30 years, I have (and have reviewed) many of the Big Finish audios. I know the series very well and if anything it is an illustration of the value of action rather than non-action.

I will happily stipulate that whenever possible the Doctor will use a scientific solution rather than a violent one but they come at a cost. And that doesn’t preclude violence and guns (No matter what Sarah Jane says) if needed, let review:

In Planet of the Dead Unit kills the two creatures that come through the wormhole instead of the Doctor noveling them somehow.

In The Next Doctor Miss Hartigan’s Brain is fried by the Doctor’s action to save the city.

In the three part finish to last season (Stolen Earth, Journey’s End) the Doctor scolds his twin for destroying the Dalek fleet even though he knows that millions will die if it is allowed to live, his primary plan to stop Davros from slaughtering the universe is…to beg him not to.

In Turn Left the world is saved by Donna Noble killing herself

In Midnight the Doctor is saved by the Hostess killing the Ms. Sylvertry and taking herself with her.

In Unicorn and the Wasp Donna saves the day by drowning the wasp against the Doctor’s desire

In the Sontaran Stratagem and the Poison Sky the Doctor’s solution is to destroy the Sontaran ship killing them, only the fact that someone else did it prevented him killing them himself.

In Planet of the Ood the doctor actually…doesn’t do anything. Ood sigma and the friends of the earth solve the issue and it was because of , wait for it. Bloody Revolution.

In the Fires of Pompeii he kills the Pyroviles.

And lets take a quick peek at what happens when he refuses to kill The family of Blood?, How many people die because the Doctor isn’t willing to kill the four aliens in season 3’s The four humans they take over, the vet at the door, the two teachers, those who were shelled, the family of the little girl etc etc etc…

And you can go back to the primary series, The Invisible Enemy, The Invasion of time, The Sontaran Experiment, Terror of the Verviods, Snakedance, Monster of Peladon to see the Doctor do what has to be done to save the day.

Granted he does hold back, he does wait he tries every other method he can but in the end when talk can’t solve the problem he acts, and during the times when he just can’t pull the trigger and is about to be killed, (particularly in his 9th incarnation) someone else does it (Rose, The parting of the Ways).

One note about the 9th incarnation, his unwillingness to kill in part of the plot and the psychological injury of the Time War so it can be excused to some degree but even in that season he can do what needs to be done, (World War III).

So PLEASE don’t give me that pap about “Glen Beck” types etc. We who recognize that there are times when you have to act rather than talk know the cost and we recognize the cost of inaction is often even higher. Or as Ronald Reagan said:

Let’s set the record straight. There is no argument over the choice between peace and war, but there is only one guaranteed way you can have peace–and you can have it in the next second–surrender.

Admittedly there is a risk in any course we follow other than this, but every lesson in history tells us that the greater risk lies in appeasement, and this is the specter our well-meaning liberal friends refuse to face–that their policy of accommodation is appeasement, and it gives no choice between peace and war, only between fight and surrender. If we continue to accommodate, continue to back and retreat, eventually we have to face the final demand–the ultimatum. And what then?

For a long time our friends worldwide on the left had the privilege to tell us how primitive we where and less enlighten because they lived under the umbrella of our protection. As our current administration dithers on said protection others will have to make the choice to give in or stand up. To quote Mark (Dr. Who gay mafia) Steyn from his book America Alone:

A while back, I was struck by the words of Oscar van den Boogaard, a Dutch gay humanist (which is pretty much the trifecta of Eurocool). Reflecting on the Continent’s accelerating Islamification, he concluded that the jig was up for the Europe he loved, but what could he do? “I am not a warrior, but who is?” he shrugged. “I have never learned to fight for my freedom. I was only good at enjoying it.”

The close of his speech at Hillsdale College says it all:

General Stark knew that. Mr. van den Boogard’s words are an epitaph for Europe. Whereas New Hampshire’s motto—”Live free or die!”—is still the greatest rallying cry for this state or any other. About a year ago, there was a picture in the papers of Iranian students demonstrating in Tehran and waving placards. And what they’d written on those placards was: “Live free or die!” They understand the power of those words; so should we.

It’s is a shame that I have to write this post, I just want to enjoy my Doctor Who and the adventures in time and space, but the more enlightened won’t allow it. I say to them you would make a good Castellan Kelner.

This post deserves linkage simply for making a connection between Archbishop Rowan Williams and the Doctor’s Arch Enemy the Master. Money Quote:

Well, the Master had his flaws, I’ll give you that. One of which was an unwavering commitment to the forces of evil. But at least he didn’t waffle, like Dr Rowan Williams. He wasn’t always strictly truthful, but unless you were massively gullible you knew where he stood. He was in favour of unbridled greed, tryannical world domination, the enslavement of entire galaxies, and the ordination of women bishops.

I don’t think much of Williams myself but I see though Thompson’s unflattering comparison with the 3rd doctor’s foe. He knows Rich’s comic blog has a New 3rd doctor story in progress and is engaged in shameless blogwhoring in the hopes of getting crossover hits.

You can’t fool me.

The Stalker of Norfolk begins on Rich’s comics blog today.

So if your life is more than political stuff hop on over there and enjoy one from the start.

Update Welcome Rich readers. If you haven’t already be sure to take our Doctor Who poll. William Hartnell and Sylvester McCoy are desperate for some respect in it.

Since Rich has finished his last story and hasn’t started his next story yet and we need a change of pace to get my mind off of all of the stupid stuff we’ve had to deal with today.

So lets have a fun poll that has (almost) nothing political about it:

The Ron Paul thing BTW is a running gag and the only thing from Charles worth emulating these days

zagreusMy review of # 50 in the Big Finish Doctor Who series. Zagreus is available at Amazon.com here.

It not only features doctors 5,6,7 and 8 but also has Doctor #3 Jon Pertwee appearing via fan recording that you likely haven’t heard.

It is a very odd story and I’ve written the review in the style of the Zagreus rhymes so you might find it confusing.

You can buy this and all the other Big Finish audios via Mail order from Mike’s comics.