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Jan. 21st, 2014

Sixth Doctor, Six/Peri, Doctor Who, 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

Apr. 19th, 2014

Sixth Doctor, Six/Peri, Doctor Who, Peri

mrscolumbolives

Vignette: "Why Maxil?"

Why Maxil?

I posted this story over at Whofic (my username is DarkCollins).

Rating: All Ages Appropriate

Summary: It’s implied that Time Lords and Ladies have an influence on the physical outcome of their regenerations.  The Doctor doesn’t appear to have mastered this skill but as he’s dying from the spectrox toxemia, he finds the will to manipulate who and what his next regeneration will become.

A/N: I always had a fondness for Commander Maxil (that guy didn't mess around!) and decided to write a very short explanation of how and why the Doctor regenerated into Maxil.  Any feedback (positive or constructive) is more than welcome. Thank you!


“It feels different this time.”

The Doctor was dying.  He knew he didn’t have much time left.  He wasn’t even sure if he’d regenerate.  The spectrox could simply kill a human but with his Gallifreyan physiome, he felt the effects ten times stronger.

As his companions swirled around him in his mind and encouraged him to fight to survive, he remembered Romana “trying on” new bodies, as it were, until she found the one she liked and wanted to keep.  She regenerated into Princess Astra.

His previous regenerations had not been under his control, though once the Time Lords gave him choices of a new body, which he all rejected.

Then it suddenly came to the Doctor.

“MAXIL!”

Yes!  Commander Maxil, of the High Council chancellery guard.  The only person who had truly defeated him, so to speak, and the only head of the guard that excelled in competence, intelligence and action.  Though he was at odds with the Doctor while Omega was trying to break through the anti-matter universe, even shooting the Doctor down, the Doctor’s respect for Maxil was not affected.  He did his job and did it very well.

Yes, he would regenerate into Maxil.

As the faces and voices of his companions swirled around him as he was dying, the Doctor used the remaining force of his will to regenerate into the person he chose.

Courage.  Intelligence.  Strength.  Action.

With a burst of energy, the newly regenerated Doctor popped up from the TARDIS floor.  He looked at his hands.  It had worked!  No longer suffering in pain, he took his first breath as a new, rejuvenated man.  His companion looked on, confused and frightened.

“…Doctor?”

What a silly question.  The Doctor's new incarnation spoke his first words.

“You were expecting someone else?” he replied with haughty sarcasm.

Peri thought she imagined what she witnessed.  "Perhaps a residual effect of the illness", she thought.  Her friend the Doctor had changed his appearance completely.

"I-I-I..."

"That's three 'I's in one breath, makes you sound a rather egotistical young lady."

And now his personality was that of another individual.  She knew the Doctor was unlike any other man she met in her life but confusion clouded her thoughts.

"What's happened?"

"Change, my dear!" the Doctor proclaimed proudly.  "And it seems not a moment too soon..."

Apr. 17th, 2014

Sixth Doctor, Six/Peri, Doctor Who, Peri

mrscolumbolives

Shameless Plug Time: Earth Station Who Episode #64: Terror of the Autons

Last month I rejoined the crew of Earth Station Who (Mike Faber, Mike Gordon and The Phantom Troublemaker) to talk about the Jon Pertwee story Terror of the Autons, the episode that not only was the debut of two new companions (Jo Grant and Captain Mike Yates) but the very first episode with Roger Delgado as THE MASTER!

http://esopodcast.com/earth-station-who-episode-64/

I'm always a little nervous doing these but I think it turned out OK and the guys are always super to hang out and chat with.  Check out the other great podcasts on the Earth Station One Network, including the Doctor Who spin-off media podcast called "The Oncoming Storm".  Many Sixth Doctor Big Finish audios are talked about, including the 100 audio on their 100th episode!

http://esopodcast.com/category/the-oncoming-storm/

Apr. 13th, 2014

Sixth Doctor, Six/Peri, Doctor Who, Peri

mrscolumbolives

Doctor Who-The Lost Stories 1.1 The Nightmare Fair (No Spoilers)

At the end of season 22's Revelation of the Daleks, the episode would've left off with the Doctor telling Peri he would be taking her to Blackpool, which would then be picked up at the start of the next season's premiere story, The Nightmare Fair.  Very shortly before production on season 23 was to begin, the BBC announced that Doctor Who would be packed in mothballs for eighteen months.  With the announcement of the show's extended hiatus, the aired episode of Revelation ended on a freeze frame before the Doctor could tell Peri they'd be going to Blackpool.




Funkytown?

With Doctor Who put on hiatus in 1985, the stories about to go into production for season 23 were all scrapped in favor of a season-long arc of the Doctor being put on trial by the High Council of Time Lords and newly commissioned stories rounding out the season.  Of the "missing stories" that were scheduled for the lost season 23, The Nightmare Fair by Graham Williams, The Ultimate Evil by Wally K. Daly and Mission To Magnus by Philip Martin were later novelized by their respective authors for Target publishing after Doctor Who was cancelled in 1989.
For his novel, Graham Williams dropped the ending of Revelation entirely so that the TARDIS would be drawn to Blackpool instead of the Doctor and Peri going there on purpose.

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The Nightmare Fair would've seen the return of Michael Gough as The Celestial Toymaker, twenty years after the character had first appeared in Doctor Who as a nemesis for William Hartnell's First Doctor and the Doctor's companions Steven Taylor and Dodo Chaplet.  Unfortunately of the four part Hartnell story, only the last episode survives in its entirety but the whole story was later written into a novelization from Target books in 1986 and the complete audio made available from the BBC Radio Collection in 2001.

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The Toymaker would return, albeit in a 5th Doctor PDA from BBC books in 1999 called Divided Loyalties, which ends with the Toymaker telling his servant Stefan, "I'll take you to Blackpool", effectively taking the original end of Revelation of the Daleks and setting up The Nightmare Fair.



Initially, Big Finish insisted that they were committed to producing original Doctor Who audio dramas and had no interest in pursuing any "lost" scripts commissioned by the BBC.  With the go-ahead from Big Finish, a fan-produced dramatic reading of The Nightmare Fair's script, without the original cast and not identifying it as a Doctor Who story, was released in May 2003 with the profits going to the charity Sense-National Deafblind and Rubella Association.

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In 2009, Big Finish reversed their decision and announced they would be producing a season of eight stories of BBC commissioned scripts for Doctor Who's 23rd season, including The Nightmare Fair and Mission To Magnus.  Big Finish was interested in producing The Ultimate Evil but could not reach an agreement with author Wally K. Daly.  With certain scripts and authors unavailable, Big Finish would dip into the well of unproduced season 22 scripts to finish out the first season of lost stories.  They would later extend "the lost stories" to unproduced scripts intended for other Doctors, with varying degrees of success.

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At the same time the audio version of The Nightmare Fair was going into production, Big Finish was also producing a 7th Doctor story where the Doctor and companions Ace and Hex battle the unseen Toymaker in The Magic Mousetrap.



The role of the Toymaker had to be recast for The Nightmare Fair because Michael Gough was in his early 90s and in retirement.  David Bailie, who had played Dask in the 4th Doctor story Robots of Death, was cast as the new Toymaker.



The TARDIS has been drawn to Blackpool in the year 1985, where the Doctor intends to investigate a dangerous space/time vortex… while enjoying some local attractions along the way. But an old enemy is watching from his base deep within the amusement park, a timeless being who craves revenge.

The Celestial Toymaker has returned. The game is on. And, should he lose, the Doctor will pay the ultimate forfeit...

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The Doctor and Peri are back to being the bickering couple of season 22 but to Big Finish's credit it's been toned down and the banter between the two is as great as ever (and Nicola's American accent is just about flawless now).  The way Colin and Nicola play the characters there's no doubt the two are good pals that genuinely like each other.  And listening to the two coming off the roller coaster together is worth the price of the audio by itself.

David Bailie brilliantly creates his own original interpretation of the Toymaker, retaining Michael Gough's coldness but adding a layer of sinister, child-like enthusiasm.  His exchanges with the 6th Doctor are so natural and nuanced that you can believe these are two old enemies meeting each other again.

As for the story itself...well, it's just not action-packed or even interesting.  The beginning and the end are very well done but the middle is kinda dull.  The meeting of the Doctor and the Toymaker is built up nicely, with the Doctor hearing the Toymaker calling out to him as the Toymaker watches on his monitor as the Doctor and Peri are going through the funfair.  But without the benefit of visuals or the printed page, the audio narrative loses steam when the Doctor and Peri are separated.  Peri's companion for most of the story is Kevin Stoney, played by Matthew Noble, looking for his brother who's gone missing at the fair.  Video arcades were all the rage in the 1980s and the story reflects the new, at the time, fascination with video games.  The Doctor's attempt to defeat the Toymaker once and for all through an arcade game, that we can only see in our imagination, benefits greatly from the vocal acting of Baker and Bailie as the Doctor exposes the Toymaker's grand scheme...and his mysterious origins.

There's also a few references to classic adventures such as The Talons of Weng-Chiang, The Leisure Hive and City of Death (co-written by Graham Williams, Douglas Adams and David Fisher), a delight for old school Who fans like myself.

The end of each disc features interviews with the cast and crew of this story, including Graham Williams's widow Jackie and their youngest son. The origins of the idea of "The Lost Stories" are talked about in addition to the process of bringing The Nightmare Fair to Big Finish and adapting the script to an audio medium. Colin and Nicola talk about having the rug pulled out from under them when Michael Grade put the show on hiatus in addition to concerns about how the Doctor and Peri are portrayed at this point in their relationship.  It could be seen as a step back from how Colin had developed the Doctor into a warmer, less abrasive character than the way he was on television and Peri's role in this story as being more reactive than proactive as developed by Nicola for her audio stories.  However, both express great enthusiasm and joy of being able to revisit a story they were both looking forward to filming in 1985.  The wife and son of Graham Williams are also gratified to see their loved one's story finally seeing the light of day as intended.

Overall as an audio, The Nightmare Fair is worth a listen.  The middle does drag on but the acting performances of all involved are entertaining enough to keep you interested.

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Bailie as the Toymaker would later return in Big Finish's Companion Chronicles with Charley Pollard telling the story of her meeting with the Toymaker while in the company of the 8th Doctor.



Links to purchase:

http://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/the-nightmare-fair-421 Doctor Who The Lost Stories 1.1 The Nightmare Fair

http://amzn.com/0426203348 Doctor Who The Missing Stories The Nightmare Fair Target Novel

http://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/the-magic-mousetrap-286 Doctor Who 120. The Magic Mousetrap

http://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/solitaire-488 Doctor Who The Companion Chronicles 4.12 Solitaire

http://amzn.com/0426202511 Doctor Who The Celestial Toymaker Target Novel

http://amzn.com/0563478551 Doctor Who The Celestial Toymaker CD or Audible Download

http://amzn.com/0563555785 Doctor Who Divided Loyalties BBC Books

Mar. 31st, 2014

Sixth Doctor, Six/Peri, Doctor Who, Peri

mrscolumbolives

Sixth Doctor Mugs for Home and Travel

Recently I purchased 50th Anniversary ceramic coffee mugs of the Sixth and Seventh Doctors via the BBC America Doctor Who Shop.  Each Doctor mug has a Doctor silhouette with images of the Doctor, his companion(s) and enemies.  The Sixth Doctor mug is very nice-looking!  If you sign up for the BBC Doctor Who Shop e-mails you can get vouchers for Free Shipping, $10 Off a $50 purchase and more by filling out short surveys.

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https://www.bbcdoctorwhoshop.com/en/doctor-who-sixth-doctor-anniversary-mug-exclusive#.UzoHhlfDWtA

ThinkGeek also has DW Anniversary Travel Mugs at a very nice discount so pick 'em up while they're still available!  They still use the silhouette design but with slight modifications.  The Sixth Doctor travel mug includes The Valeyard and The Inquisitor.

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http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/f2af/

Also available are ceramic mugs in the shape of each Doctor's head.  The sculptures are a bit dodgy-looking but at the price it is now, if you're a collector it isn't a bad deal.



http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/136d/

If you know of any other Sixth Doctor products for sale, be sure to post a picture and a short review. 
Sixth Doctor, Six/Peri, Doctor Who, Peri

mrscolumbolives

RIP Kate O'Mara (1939-2014)

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Very sad to hear about the passing of the great Kate O'Mara on March 30.  Best known in the United States for her role as Joan Collins's sister on Dynasty but to fans of Doctor Who she'll always be the Doctor's amoral contemporary "The Rani", the renegade Time Lady...appearing in only two stories for the program ("Mark of the Rani" with the Sixth Doctor and The Master and "Time and the Rani", Sylvester McCoy's inaugural episode as the Seventh Doctor).  Despite only two appearances, Kate as The Rani left a strong, lasting impression in Doctor Who history.  She later reprised The Rani for the Children in Need 1993 Doctor Who special "Dimensions in Time" and later for the BBV audio adventure "The Rani Reaps the Whirlwind."

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Nicola, Colin and Kate together again to record the audio commentary for the DVD of "Mark of the Rani"

Years before her guest appearances on Doctor Who, she appeared on The Brothers as the business rival of Colin Baker's character.  They also appeared in the same episode of The Adventures of Don Quick (presumably lost) where Colin is given the task of saying that immortal line, "We are revolting."

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Kate was also very memorable in Hammer Horror films such as The Vampire Lovers and The Horror of Frankenstein.

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With a distinguished acting career spanning almost 50 years, Kate O'Mara still had a great affection for The Rani and was ready to reprise her role in the new DW series if she was called upon.




Rest well, Miss O'Mara. 

Mar. 28th, 2014

Sixth Doctor, Six/Peri, Doctor Who, Peri

mrscolumbolives

Updates

Hello Sixies!

I apologize for the lack of updates recently (real life, other hobbies and all that stuff that gets in the way) but I've been listening to a bunch of Big Finish audios, the vast majority of which have been amazingly awesome, and plan to do some reviews on each.  I've also been reading a lot of various Doctor Who novels and I highly recommend any of the reprinted 50th Anniversary stories ("Eleven classic adventures.  Eleven brilliant writers.  One incredible Doctor.") and the brand new "Monster Collection" reprints, but dammit those book covers could've been better.  Hopefully with all the resurgence and popularity, BBC Books will reprint some of the more obscure out of print titles from the Virgin Publishing Missing Adventures line and the BBC Past Doctor Adventures series.

Meanwhile, feel free to post and share anything Six-related (fanfiction, reviews, opinions, art, etc).  If you have any questions or comments for me, send 'em on.

And be sure to share this page with other Six fans and spread the word.  Thank you all so much! 

Mar. 7th, 2014

Sixth Doctor, Six/Peri, Doctor Who, Peri

mrscolumbolives

Babelcolour Tribute Fanvid



Babelcolour has created many wonderful Doctor Who fanvids.  This is no exception.  Enjoy! 

Feb. 24th, 2014

Sixth Doctor, Six/Peri, Doctor Who, Peri

mrscolumbolives

All That Matters is The Game..."Players" Review (NO SPOILERS)

Players is a PDA (Past Doctor Adventure) from BBC books published in 1999. The author is Terrance Dicks, one of Doctor Who's most prolific writers in both television and novel-form. After reading this particular novel, I sincerely wished he had written a television story for the Sixth Doctor and Peri.

Original BBC books 1999 Cover
Original 1999 BBC Books Cover

This very well could've been a First Doctor story because the main component is World History, specifically how vitally important Winston Churchill figures into the grand scheme of Earth's history.  I have a keen interest in history and Winston Churchill in particular, yet I learned new things about the man whose very existence prevented the evil Nazis from conquering the world (a frightening thought, it would've been easier than you think).  Terrance Dicks clearly admires Winston Churchill and shows it with the great care he's taken in writing him with the force of personality, humor, humility and ego that by all accounts is true to the real life historical Churchill.

The Doctor meets Churchill at pivotal points in his life (The Boer War in 1899, The Great War in 1915 and the King Edward VIII abdication crisis in 1936).  In each of the three points in time The Doctor meets him, an enigmatic ageless pair, known as "The Count" and "The Countess", are also on hand, along with an unnamed ageless assassin.  The background and motives of the three are unknown but wherever Churchill meets them, he is in danger of losing his life.

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Winston Churchill as the 6th Doctor
and Peri would've seen him during
The Boer War.


The care that Dicks has taken with Churchill is also extended to the 6th Doctor and Peri.  This novel would be placed some time after Vengeance On Varos but before The Two Doctors.  At this point they are still the bickering couple of their early adventures but the friendship and deep caring for one another is apparent throughout the story.  Peri is not the helpless damsel she unfortunately became identified with on television.  The Peri of this story is funny, observational, helpful and brave.  And The Doctor is undoubtedly the 6th Doctor in all his Sixiness glory(alien but also dignified, perceptive, intelligent, witty, heroic and caring).  Dicks also helps The Doctor shed his multicolor coat and puts him in clothes of a wealthy gentleman in each time period.  Even Peri is impressed with his change in wardrobe and how it improves his image, in her eyes.  There are great moments of The Doctor and Peri, masquerading as a pair of wealthy heirs, hobnobbing with members of high society.

As for The Players themselves, they are a mystery throughout the novel.  We never learn where they come from or what they are (human or alien).  All they care about is "the game".  To them, everyone is either a Piece or a Player.  An excellent bit of foreshadowing is included towards the end of the novel when The Countess attempts to recruit The Doctor.

There's plenty of Who-dom continuity to please fans of Classic Who on television and readers of the New Adventures book series (Dicks brings back the Chicago private investigator, Dekker, first introduced in the novel Blood Harvest). Dicks also brings back the 2nd Doctor when the 6th shows Peri (via that headband/viewscreen thingie from The Wheel in Space) the time before his forced regeneration and Earthly exile when he was recruited by the Celestial Intervention Agency (the much speculated on "Season 6B") and encounters Churchill during The Great War, along with the 2nd Doctor's two old friends from The War Games (with no memory of him, of course).  But even if you're new to the Classic Who era, don't let that deter you from reading and enjoying.  The continuity is merely icing on the cake.

There's so many surprises, dramatic and humorous moments throughout but you'll have to read the book to see them all.

Final Thoughts: This is a MUST READ for any fan of the 6th Doctor. I remember Colin Baker stating on the DVD for The Mark of The Rani that he would've liked to have done more historical stories.  I strongly feel if Colin and Nicola Bryant had been fortunate enough to do this story or even this caliber of story on television, the 6th Doctor's era may have been looked upon differently and more favorably with fans in general.  And if you're interested in History and Winston Churchill, it's even more of a hearty recommend.

The novel was reprinted by BBC books in 2013 as part of Doctor Who's 50th anniversary celebration (the best story of each of the 11 Doctors) with a brand new cover, new back-of-the-book summary and new introduction by Terrance Dicks. It's available to purchase on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and just about any book retailer.

2013 BBC Books Reissue Cover
2013 BBC Books 50th Anniversary Reissue Cover

Have you read the book?  What are your thoughts on it? Like it? Not like it? Think the characters were well-written? Feel free to share your opinions on this novel in the comments section and if you have your own review of this novel or any other 6th Doctor novels, by all means post them here.

Feb. 17th, 2014

Sixth Doctor, Six/Peri, Doctor Who, Peri

mrscolumbolives

Shameless Plug Time: Earth Station Who Episode #61: Resurrection of The Daleks

A couple weeks ago I was humbled to be invited as a guest on the wonderful EARTH STATION WHO podcast to discuss the Fifth Doctor story "Resurrection of The Daleks". In my introduction, I do mention my unconditional love for Ol' Sixy. The podcast was an absolute blast to do because I had three awesome guys to chat Who with (Mike Faber, Mike Gordon and The Phantom Troublemaker).

http://esopodcast.com/earth-station-who-episode-61

And do check out other episodes of the ESW podcast and also other podcasts part of the EARTH STATION ONE network. If you're a fan of Doctor Who (why else would you be here?) and other fandoms and media, I highly recommend it.

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