Saturday May 03, 2008

RIP Bernard Archard

Bernard Archard died 03-MAY-2008. Readers may not know who he was: a great actor instrumental in making "Pyramids of Mars" as creepy as it was.

"Pyramids of Mars" is one of the best Doctor Who serials of the Tom Baker era, and in your humble author's opinion, one of the best Doctor Who serials ever. In "Pyramids of Mars", the Doctor - a traveling Time Lord from Gallifrey, or renegade, depending on whom you ask - encounters Sutekh, or Set, a tremendously powerful alien being who along with his kind were largely responsible for ancient Egyptian mythology.

As an aside, Time Lords were (they have since been destroyed, all but two) a powerful race with tremendous technological prowess, for example, command of time and space (the Doctor travels in a rickety, wheezing time capsule that can essentially go any place in any time). Yet for all their power and achievement, they were corrupt. Stagnant. Unfeeling. There's an allegory for you.

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Wednesday Apr 30, 2008

Doctor Who - "Partners in Crime" ... with a spoiler

"Partners in Crime", the first episode of the 2008 installment of "Doctor Who", was mostly a disappointment - except for the re-appearance, albeit briefly, of Rose Tyler. Rose's appearance had not been generally known from trailers and previews, so I for one was pleasantly surprised. Otherwise the episode was a letdown, a little cutesy even by Doctor Who standards.

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Friday Oct 19, 2007

Dalek in the shower

My imitation of a Dalek in the shower: "EX-FOL-IATE!!!"

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