Sunday, 13 January 2013

That Was The Week That Was 13.1.13

Very little happening in the Doctor Who world at the moment, after all the activity surrounding the Christmas episode. We are in that "calm before the storm" phase, I suspect. There won't be any new filming until April, and even the new DWM lacked any further news about the final half of Series 7.
Earlier in the week, K9 did pop up in the BBC's Stargazing Live series.
On Monday I purchased The Legacy Box. My old VHS player died a death about 4 years ago, and I decided not to replace it - so it was great to see Shada and More Than 30 Years In The TARDIS again.
I had entirely forgotten Tom Baker's wonderful introduction to the incomplete 1979 adventure.
I will be looking at both of the main features when I reach them as I work chronologically through the series. The extras are a bit of a mixed bag - some of them obviously intended for other releases. "Those Deadly Divas" is a bit rubbish - one of those cheap "get someone to watch some clips then get them to talk about them like they know what they're talking about" programmes which clutter up Channels 4 and 5 in the UK. This was obviously found not worth including at the time on one of the Rani DVD releases. Another oddly placed item is "Being A Girl on the Shada disc. A documentary looking at the role of women in the programme should surely have been better placed with a story which strongly featured female characters - one with a female villain for instance. It's nowhere near as strong as the look at race on The Mutants release. The other out of context item is the 2003 interview with Peter Purves - which really ought to have accompanied The Time Meddler, The Ark or The Gunfighters.
The best item in the box set is the superb "Remembering Nicholas Courtney". It is built around Nick's last filmed interview, which Tom Baker gatecrashes at one point. It's a shame we don't get to see more of the interview itself.

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