Right. So that’s Doctor Who, done and dusted. (And thank you all for the excessively nice things you said about me in the comments section of the last post.)
Except, of course, it’s not. There’s still a lot to cover, and I expect this blog will keep us busy until the early 2014. But obviously, as the line goes, it means I’m gonna change. For the remainder of the year, the primary focus of this blog is books. Specifically the Virgin New Adventures line, which provided the official continuation of Doctor Who from 1991 through to the TV Movie, with some chronological eccentricity at the end.
It’s reasonable to ask why I’m doing this, especially given the marginality of the books compared to the series. The answer, glibly, is “because they happened.” Doctor Who has a history through the 1990s, and even if it was a more obscure history than its history through the preceding three decades and the next decade, it was a history. More broadly, were I to just jump to the TV Movie and then to Rose then I wouldn’t have the context necessary to adequately discuss either. And, well, these books deserve mention and analysis. They’re good books worthy of being talked about. I have things to say about them. So I’m saying them.
That said, I know these are more obscure. Indeed, they’re out of print, which is absolutely dreadful, and I really wish they’d go back in print, as they’re wonderful, and as the only means of acquiring them these days are either prohibitively expensive (some of the later ones still go for upwards of $50) or illegal, and either way don’t actually get the authors any money. I’m sorry about that. It kinda sucks.
(For what it’s worth, while I’m certainly not going to link to any sites, I wouldn’t think less of someone who downloaded them, so long as, if the books ever come back into print, they were to buy copies then. Others, I know, would disagree with this approach. And for the record, having said that, I have a complete run of the New Adventures, all bought as new copies, from which the authors got their royalties.)
In any case, to mitigate against that I am going to shift the format of the blog ever so slightly when I cover them, opening with a brief summary of what the book is – not so much a plot summary as a bulked out version of the About Time “Which One is This?” sections/a compressed version of the overall basics section. Then we’ll get into our usual “It’s #DATE. #BAND is at number one with #SONG” stuff.
Once we get into the swing of this phase of things, the plan is that books will be covered on Mondays and Fridays, with Wednesdays devoted to something else – usually, but not always, a Pop Between Realities. That said, it’ll take a bit to ease into that schedule – I’ve got six posts scheduled between Survival and the first Timewyrm books, and the schedule is a bit eccentric around those four books. So it’s not until Cat’s Cradle: Time’s Crucible, that the Monday/Friday schedule will take hold. That said, the list, with dates for those who want to read along:
8/15 Timewyrm: Genesys/Exodus (single entry combined)
8/17 Timewyrm: Apocalypse/Revelation (ditto)
8/24 Cat’s Cradle: Time’s Crucible
8/27 Cat’s Cradle: Warhead
8/31 Love and War
9/7 The Highest Science
9/14 Lucifer Rising
9/17 White Darkness
9/24 Blood Heat
9/28 The Left-Handed Hummingbird
10/5 No Future
10/8 All-Consuming Fire
10/12 Blood Harvest
10/17 First Frontier (Note date – I’m doing this on the Wednesday because I want the relevant Pop Between Realities post to come first.)
10/22 Set Piece
10/29 Human Nature
11/2 Original Sin
11/5 Sky Pirates!
11/9 Head Games
11/12 The Also People
11/23 Happy Endings
11/26 Christmas on a Rational Planet
11/30 Return of the Living Dad
12/3 Damaged Goods
12/7 So Vile a Sin
12/10 The Room With No Doors
Even if it’s not a television blog for the rest of the year (and a fair chunk of 2013), I’m terribly excited about the next four months. Please do stick around. If you’re familiar with the era, it’ll hopefully be a discussion that goes in directions you’ve not thought of. If you’re not familiar with the era and can’t get ahold of copies, I promise a bracing take on an chunk of Doctor Who’s history that you’ve not heard of before. Either way, if you’ve enjoyed the blog up to this point, I expect that you’ll keep doing so for the next phase of the project.