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Jan. 21st, 2014

Sixth Doctor & Peri

mrscolumbolives

[sticky post] Welcome Whovians!

Greetings and Felicitations, Who Fans!

If you're a fan of The Sixth Doctor as portrayed by the wonderful Colin Baker and his companions (Peri, Mel, Frobisher, Grant, Evelyn, Charley, Flip), this is the place for you!

I started this community so fans like me could openly express our appreciation of Six, his companions, enemies, stories (television, comics, books, audio) thru discussions, fanfiction, fan art, reviews, etc.

I know this won't nearly be as popular or prolific as other communities dedicated to New Who (Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh...) but it doesn't matter. The purpose of this community is to HAVE FUN. I'd love for this to be like an internet fanzine dedicated to the Sixth Doctor.

I'd like to keep this place family friendly but if you want to post adult fanfiction, please use the appropriate warnings and ratings.

If you have any questions or comments for me, ideas on how to make this community thrive, anything on your mind, don't hesitate to contact me.

-Mrs. Columbo

Sep. 3rd, 2014

Sixth Doctor & Peri

mrscolumbolives

Earth Station Who #76- Live At Dragon*Con & Bonus Interview with Colin Baker

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Colin was recently a guest at Dragon*Con in Atlanta, GA (the Comic-Con of the Southeast United States) and granted an interview to a group of podcasters and online journalists including the Earth Station Who podcast.  The first 48 minutes are the Earth Station Who crew doing a live podcast panel, followed by Colin's interview.  He talks about his interpretation of the Doctor, what he thought of Peter Capaldi's first episode and his Doctor, and what television shows he currently enjoys.

http://esopodcast.com/earth-station-who-episode-76-doctor-who-past-present-future/

On a personal note, while the Doctor-Companion "romance" in NuWho quickly got on the nerves of many, I must disagree with Colin's interpretation of the Doctor's lack of romantic entanglements.  If you can accept a lesbian lizard-human married couple, then you can be fine with the Doctor having feelings for a human, it would *not* be the equivalent of "going native", as Colin would say.  The Doctor thinks on his own and often goes against what would be expected of him (i.e. exclusively choosing a mate that's Gallifreyan).  The First Doctor was shown to have a fondness for Cameca in "The Aztecs" and the Second Doctor was not opposed to flirtations with women like Astrid Ferrier in "Enemy of the World" or Anne Travers in "The Web of Fear".  The Classic series was better with leaving it up to the viewer and their imaginations than beating you over the head with a message.  Subtext and subtley is a lost art that Classic Who excelled at on a regular basis. 

Jul. 4th, 2014

Sixth Doctor & Peri

mrscolumbolives

Happy 4th of July!!

Wishing you all a very safe and Happy Independence Day weekend!!

Sixth Doctor & Peri

mrscolumbolives

The Widow's Assassin, Coming in October

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Synopsis:

Once, long ago, in a land of monsters and corridors, a fair maiden was captured, and placed in a deep sleep.

She was used to being captured, and she had a hero who rescued her on just such occasions. But this time the hero never came.

And the fair maiden slept on.

Eventually, a King rescued the maiden, and made her his bride, which many wise old women might that tell you is just another way of capturing fair maidens.

And still the fair maiden slept on.

Then, the hero had another stab at rescuing the maiden from her prison, but he was too late. And, more importantly, he had
forgotten the rules of fairy tales.

He didn’t slay the dragon.


WOW!! October can't get here soon enough!!

Pre-order on CD or Download here: http://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/the-widow-s-assassin-864

Jun. 27th, 2014

Sixth Doctor & Peri

mrscolumbolives

Coming Soon From Big Finish...What *Really* Happened to Peri After Thoros Beta? and Rani's Return

Novels, comic books, companion chronicles, fanfiction...there's always been widespread speculation on Peri's true fate after the Doctor's second trial. The Doctor was told that Peri was "alive and well and living as a warrior queen with King Yrcanos." But we only have the Master's word on that. Hints have been dropped in the 6th Doctor's latest BF trilogy but in a few months, we will find out what *really* happened to Peri after Thoros Beta.

On a personal note, I'm very very excited to hear this upcoming trilogy that's taken almost thirty years to finally resolve the question of Peri's fate.

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http://www.bigfinish.com/news/v/peri-brown-what-happened-next (details about the upcoming Six/Peri trilogy)

The upcoming trilogy will also feature the return of the Doctor's Time Lady rival in The Rani Elite.  With the passing of Kate O'Mara, the role of the Rani has been recast in the person of Siobhan Redmond and I think she will do an admirable job filling Kate O'Mara's Time Lady boots.



http://www.bigfinish.com/news/v/the-new-rani (more about the casting of Siobhan Redmond)

Jun. 20th, 2014

Sixth Doctor & Peri

mrscolumbolives

MASSIVE sale this weekend (June 20-22) on Big Finish's "Doctor Who: The Lost Stories" Range

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The first three seasons of the "Lost Stories" range of Doctor Who audios is on sale this weekend.  If there's any gaps in your collection or you've been wanting to check it out, *now* is the time to do so!  The entire first season of "The Lost Stories" is devoted to scripts written for the Sixth Doctor but either cancelled in Season 23 or commissioned but simply dropped altogether.

As a fan of the Sixth Doctor and the "Lost Stories" range, I cannot recommend these highly enough and at a great price to purchase either for download or on CD.  Check 'em out!

http://www.bigfinish.com/ranges/v/doctor-who---the-lost-stories (link to purchase from Big Finish)

Jun. 8th, 2014

Sixth Doctor & Peri

mrscolumbolives

Happy Birthday, Colin Baker!!!

Wishing our Sixth Doctor a *very* Happy Birthday!! 

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May. 17th, 2014

Sixth Doctor & Peri

mrscolumbolives

Shameless Plug: New Second Doctor LJ Community

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Well I've up and done it, I've just started a Second Doctor Fan Live Journal Community as a sister community to this one.  If you're a fan of Patrick Troughton (how can anyone not be?  He's wonderful), come on over and join in on the Classic Who goodness.  I'll be maintaining both communities at once.

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http://seconddoctorwho.livejournal.com/

May. 13th, 2014

Sixth Doctor & Peri

mrscolumbolives

RIP Paul Spragg (1975-2014)

From the Big Finish website: 

It is with the deepest regret that we have to inform you of the death of our dear friend and highly valued colleague, Paul Spragg.

All of us here at Big Finish feel utterly devastated by the news.

Paul had worked with us for over five years and had become an essential member of the team. We will remember him for his tireless diligence, his total dedication to his job, his cheery nature, his hilarious sense of humour and his kindness and friendship. Our listeners will perhaps know him best for his BF forum contributions, all the help he gave customers via the enquires@bigfinish address and his many, many podcast appearances.

He had relatively recently become editor of Vortex magazine (a promotion he was given 'live' on a podcast).

His work behind the scenes on contracts, script distribution, proof-reading, cover layout, studio management, CD Extra interviews, the website and so much more made him vital to the company's operations.

Paul's partner, Natalie Hayden, issued a statement on Facebook today.

'To all of you that I didn't manage to text yesterday (I couldn't get round to everyone): there is sad news that Paul died yesterday suddenly. He'd been unwell for a few weeks, and was due to go to the GPs yesterday. But he was too breathless to be able to make it in to the surgery, so they phoned him instead. They arranged for a non-emergency ambulance to come and take him to hospital so he could be monitored. When they arrived, he was talking to them normally, and then had a seizure. He came out of that one, then had another seizure, during which his heart stopped and he stopped breathing. The ambulance crew tried to resuscitate him for two hours at home, and then took him to hospital where they tried for a further half an hour, but couldn't bring him round.'

Our thoughts are with Natalie, who made Paul so happy, and all his family and close friends.

We intend to celebrate and honour Paul's memory. For now, we are in the most terrible shock.

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And on a personal note, I really enjoyed listening to Paul on the Big Finish podcasts.  He and Nick Briggs just goofed off and were so darn funny together.  Go back and listen to those podcasts and enjoy.  Paul Spragg, you will certainly be missed.

Sixth Doctor & Peri

mrscolumbolives

Virgin Missing Adventures: Time of Your Life Review (Minor Spoilers)

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First published in March of 1995

My colleague at Earth Station Who, Nathan Laws, pointed out to me something about this story that hadn't dawned on me before.  This is the only book that explores the direct aftermath of the Doctor's trial and battle with the Valeyard.  Yes, there are novels and Big Finish stories that deal with Peri's potential fate, the Doctor's continual angst over Peri's fate, the Doctor putting off his meeting with Mel and his inner struggle with the knowledge that he will one day potentially become the Valeyard.  The events were so vague on television you'd think that more would be done to flesh out and explore this chapter of the Doctor's life because the possibilities are endless.  Here, Steve Lyons spins a decent yarn about the events immediately proceeding the Doctor's trial.

The TARDIS takes the Doctor to Torrok, a dystopian planet in the 22nd century where everyone stays inside their homes and watch endless amounts of trash television provided by the Meson Broadcasting System.  Similar to his plan in The Twin Dilemma, the Doctor decides to become a hermit and spend his days hiding from the Time Lords and trying to prevent himself from ever meeting Mel.  He also struggles internally with his hazy memories of the trial, wondering if his actions led to Peri's death or not.

During his self-imposed exile on Torrok, the Doctor meets a young woman named Angela Jennings.  Angela works up the courage to venture outdoors under penalty of execution by the patrolling "peacekeeper" robots and sees the Doctor wandering the streets without fear.  Her fascination is peaked and she follows him around for several weeks before working up the courage to initiate a meeting and conversation, before asking the Doctor to take her away with him as his traveling companion.  Unfortunately, that arrangement ends abruptly just as the story is about to really take off.

Lyons infuses heavy-handed satire into this novel, taking on the state of British television of the mid-90s, the overzealous Doctor Who fans who complained loudly in the wake of its cancellation, the perceived rising violence of 1980s Doctor Who and the anti television violence fanaticism of Mary Whitehouse (Miriam Walker in this story).  Sometimes the satire works, sometimes it doesn't.

There are times when the story gets confusing because Lyons creates a cast of many many many characters that are hard to keep track of on first reading.  Characters that are, at first glance two dimensional characters, grow into better people by the end of the story.  That is, if they're lucky enough to survive.

In that same vein, Grant Markham is introduced the same as the fifty other characters in the novel, with no real significance and no discernible personality traits other than he is a computer programmer...uh oh.  He meets the Doctor very near the end and is the one that ultimately leaves with the Doctor to become his companion.  Grant only appears in Lyons's other Missing Adventures novel Killing Ground (stay tuned), is abandoned by the Doctor under tense circumstances in a short story written for the charity fanzine anthology Perfect Timing and is later deleted from time altogether in a Gary Russell Short Trips story, along with the Eighth Doctor's companion Sam Jones and other companions created for the novels.

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Grant's likeness for the cover
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The one thing I do really appreciate about Lyons's writing is his writing of the Sixth Doctor.  At a time when the Sixth Doctor was largely out of favor with Doctor Who fans, when there were no Big Finish audios to redeem and re-evaluate the character, Lyons writes the Doctor as Colin Baker played the character and would've continued to play on television had his time not been cut short.  The Doctor fears his future and feels immense guilt over leaving Peri to her fate, and later expresses immense regret over the fate of Angela.  In a moment of contemplation, while all hell breaks loose, he thinks of both his friends and calls them "precious sparks of existence."  Conversely, he is also cheerfully confident and even coldly tells Grant how useless he is when Grant confides his fear of robots.  The character of Miriam Walker is also given emotional depth after being written as a 2D parody of the hated Mary Whitehouse.

The story ends on the theme of survival and hope, for the people of Torrok and for the Doctor himself.

Overall, the book is a mixed bag but I would recommend it if you're a fan of the Sixth Doctor but be warned, if you think the show got too violent in the 1980s, this book aims to top that violence and succeeds.  Lyons may have taken potshots at Whovian fans of the early to mid 90s but he writes Colin Baker's Doctor with great care and incredible accuracy.

The Doctor Who Book Club Podcast featured this book for April 2014, the links of which can be found below.

http://amzn.com/0426204387 (Time of Your Life new and used paperbacks for sale)

http://dwbcp.libsyn.com/ (Doctor Who Book Club Podcast)

http://traffic.libsyn.com/dwbcp/Episode_40_Time_of_Your_Life.mp3 (Episode #40-Time of Your Life)

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