Soph Watches Classic Doctor Who – The Rescue

By Sophie Iles

This week it’s time to look at The Rescue, it’s a really sweet two parter, with some wonderful character moments and an introduction to a new companion. Not only that, but this was the first for a lot of people. Dennis Spooner starts his role as script editor (though he isn’t credited and didn’t do as much on this one as he does the rest.) It’s the first time the Doctor suggests the TARDIS materialises, the first time the Doctor suggests having been to this planet before, before snatching Ian and Barbara from 1963, which obviously opens avenues of questions of what his stories with Susan were before they come along.

As well as this, during its initial release, the second part Desperate Measures was one of the top ten programs to be watched that week, which is something that isn’t a regular occurrence until the show come back in 2005.

Lastly, but certainly not least, it’s the first time that a main companion has been replaced by another. We’ll talk more about Vicki later, but let’s get to the bones of the story and take it from there.

Our first time meeting Vicki Pallister, future Doctor Who companion.

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New Release – All the Petty Myths!

Now available in ebook, M.H. Norris’ All the Petty Myths!

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Lurking in your hometown and countless others, urban legends and folklore are all around us. To many, they exist solely as myth. But not for all. Sometimes a body is found, apparently killed by something from stories. Sometimes someone goes missing, all the clues pointing to something only spoken of around campfires. Then the police are called, or a detective, who must discover if there really is something in those stories…

Featuring M.H. Norris’ “Midnight,” which debuts her new series. Dr. Rosella Tassoni, a Forensic Mythologist, is hired by the FBI to consult on a case where seeming old world folklore is cross-contaminated by internet fauxlore. High school students are being murdered. Will the experience break her?

A detective who wishes to write his own mysteries, but can’t bring his words to life, is now trapped in a “Locked Room” mystery by Marc Sorondo. Is the killer a ghost, or a clever human?

Sherlock Holmes and his partner’s partner, Mary Watson, investigate a mad artists. He insists his doppelganger has replaced him, and that he himself is locked away in his painting. How can he see a painting which no-one else can see? James Bojaciuk answers this question in “Doppelgangers (and Other Artistic Piffle).”

A mournful soul on a lonely highway, calling for death, is the center of  a murder case in D.J. Tyrer’s “Tuttle and Gretel.” What is the Vanishing Hitchhiker?

Presented by award-winning mystery author M.H. Norris, All the Petty Myths confronts folklore and urban legends with detectives, FBI agents, and private investigators.

Soph Watches Classic Doctor Who – The Dalek Invasion of Earth

By Sophie Iles

It’s that time of year. Here in Britain it’s a sign of mad Christmas shopping, families fighting to not have the heating turned on by wearing an overload of Christmas jumpers, and preparing for their disastrous Christmas work parties. That means it’s almost time for the Doctor Who Christmas Special, almost time for most to sit around a tv screen and watch things that make them feel childlike.

So I think it’s a good time to review a wicked serial of the classic series, The Dalek Invasion of Earth and sadly say goodbye to the wonderful Carole Ann Ford as she moves on to pastures new. Let’s have a look shall we?

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