Sunday 19 May 2013

That Was The Week That Was 19.5.13

And what a roller-coaster of a week it was - though not intended by the BBC to be such (I hope). No sooner had I posted last week's news round-up than I heard about the US Blu-Ray bungle. As it was, I managed to completely avoid overt spoilers (apart from the official BBC ones) and joined the 5.46 million who watched it on transmission last night.
This figure is up quite a bit from the previous episode.
I have read that Doctor Who had 5 out of the top 10 places on i-player for the month of April. Most popular story being The Rings of Akhaten.

Funniest story of the week was the near punch-up at a Star Wars Convention in Norwich, between SW and DW fans. Not a lot usually happens in Norwich.

Sad news of the week was the passing of a number of people associated with the programme.
Costume designer for the latter Troughton era, Bobi Bartlett, died in April though the news only broke this month.

Norman Jones, who played Khrisong in The Abominable Snowmen, Major Baker in The Silurians, and Hieronymous in The Masque of Mandragora, died on 23rd April at the age of 78.

Aubrey Woods, whose superb performance as the Controller was the best thing about Day of the Daleks, passed away on 7th May at the age of 85.

And Sean Caffrey, Lord Palmerdale in The Horror of Fang Rock, died on April 25th aged 72.

The DWM Daleks special "bookazine" (dreadful word) was supposed to be in the shops on Thursday. Except, of course, it wasn't. One on-line retailer (Galaxy 4) now has it available from 22nd May. Come back next week to see if DWM have actually managed to get this into any shops.

With no "bookazine" (still a dreadful word) the award for best publication of the week goes to the latest edition of The Beano - including the reprint of the 1981 summer special which the Doctor was seen reading in The Rings of Akhaten.

Finally, with no new Doctor Who for a full 6 months, this blog can get back on track with its classic series reviews - The Green Death is next up on Tuesday, plus my new on-going series of landmark stories.

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