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4 years, 1 month ago
are back with more episode commentaries, for 'The Ark in Space
' this time.
Oh your lucky, lucky ears.
Download a zip containing all four episodes here
In other audio news, Holly B
of Comfortable Bohemian Elegance
has begun a new podcasting project, City of the Dead
, which will cover all the Amicus films. She's accompanied by James Murphy
of Pex Lives
's episode one, covering the movie City of the Dead
(AKA Horror Hotel
) which features the late Christopher Lee
. It's a funny and thoughtful first episode, and the series looks well worth following.
It's really nice to see tabs like 'City of the Dead' and 'Eruditorum' and (of course) 'Shabcasts' appearing down the side of the Pex Lives Libsyn page
and James really are generous and encouraging coves who are coaxing great content out of great people... and even some passable content out of me! Long may they continue.
6 years, 6 months ago
From the October 2011 issue of
Panic Moon. As ever, lightly edited and titivated... 'cos I just can't help tinkering.
When Doctor Who
talks about evolution, it doesn’t usually bother getting the facts right. 'Evolution of the Daleks', for instance, seems to think species change when genes mutate morally because of lightning bolts. Such ideas go right back to 'The Daleks', in which the two races on Skaro have changed totally in mere “hundreds of years” of mutation, with the warrior Thals becoming natural pacifists in the process. (Incidentally, it’s ironic that this supposedly anti-Nazi parable speaks of blonde, blue-eyed, athletic specimens as “refined” and “perfect”.)
Real evolution does involve mutations, but they’re not sudden and drastic as depicted in, to pick another example, 'The Mutants'. Instead we’re talking about tiny replication errors in genetic code which are preserved or rejected by natural selection, leading to big changes over very long periods. This creates staggering variety on our planet alone. However, most aliens in the Doctor Who
universe look like British actors, which (accidentally) implies that the humanoid shape is a universal pinnacle or goal of evolution. ...