29 episodes in and the Quick Guide comes to an end with this look at non-TV Who (mostly between 1989 and 2005). Hope you have enjoyed the ride.
January 5, 2015
Categories: AQG2CW (A Quick Guide to Classic Who), TV Reviews, Twatty Who Reviews . Tags:A Quick Guide to Classic Who, AQG2CW, Big Finish, Doctor, Doctor Who, Tv reviews, Who . Author: Diamandahagan
The games prior to “Destiny of the Daleks” were (and yes, this is going to take a while):
“Doctor Who: The First Adventure” starring the Fifth Doctor in what basically is a collection of 4 arcade-style games (including Space Invaders and Pac-Man) with a Doctor Who appearance. It was released for the BBC Micro in 1983.
“Doctor Who and The Warlord”, a text adventure in which you (as an unspecified Doctor, but likely the sixth incarnation) are having an adventure in which you encounter both Napoelon and the (already spoiled) Warlord, who makes his re-appearance. This game too was released on the BBC Micro. (A ZX Spectrum version alledgedly was in the works, but ultimately was scrapped.)
The next title? “Doctor Who and the Mines of Terror” is a platforming game, in which the Sixth Doctor (easily identifiable bvy his hair and clothing) has to stop the Master from using a “TIRU”, which I’d basically describe as a kind of “time fragmentation device”.This game, by the way, was available on the Amstrad, the BBC Micro (where it came with an extra ROM chip you had to install), and the Commodore 64.
The last game prior to “Destiny of the Daleks” was “Dalek Attack”, a shooting platformer, in which up to two players could fight against the Daleks. Depending on the computer you played this on (MS-DOS PC, ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64, Amiga, or Atari ST – an Amstrad version was programmed, but not released) there could be a wider variety of enemies as well as a different selection of playable characters.
Guru Larry had a look at the 80s Doctor Who games if you want to see what they were like https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3bnP8mHthk
And only a day and a half left on the Doctor Who audiobook bundle https://www.humblebundle.com/books
Not really a fan of Real Time regrettably. Although I do love Evelyn, I think she got a much better end in A Death In The Family (my favourite piece of Who to come out of Big Finish) and like you said canon can be picked and chosen.
Pity you missed out The True History of Faction Paradox audios, written by BBC and Virgin books author Lawrence Miles and based on characters he developed for those book series, they involve a number of Doctor Who actors such as Peter Miles, Julian Glover and Isla Blair, and also features Gabriel Woolf reprising his role as Sutekh from Pyramids of Mars. Here’s a link to the first of six CDs: http://www.kaldorcity.com/audios/faction/dust.html
The comics are a blast to read. Before I finally bought some Doctor Who episodes, I would buy the comics, mostly because they were cheap in comparison. The best ones that I would recommend are:
Star Trek/Doctor Who: Assimilation2
The Crimson Hand
Prisoners of Time
The Child of Time
Doctor Who Novels – Was “Doctor Who and the Lochness Monster” a reference in “School Reunion” when Sarah Jane Smith said that she encountered the Lochness Monster? As for the Novels, I’m going to make a list right now. However, I don’t see myself buying a copy of “Lungbarrow,” out of how expensive and rare it is.
Big Finish – I agree with the masses on both “Ghost of N-space” and “Slipback.” They were just awful. If I had to pick which one to kill first, it would be “Slipback.” Thanks to your video, my list of audio episodes have expanded. I have heard of some fan made audio, and I can only remember the one that had to do with a planet that was made out of wood, and it was half the size of the moon. I have no idea how that can ever make any sense. The only episode that I have listened to from Nicolas Briggs was “Blood of the Daleks,” which I thought was really good! If you haven’t listen to it, check it out.
BBV and Reeltime – I was unaware of all of these. Well, all but “The Airzone Solution.” I saw that one reviewed by both Linkara and Phelous. Funny story: I had one of my friends, who helped me watch most of the classic Who that wasn’t available for Amazon Prime and Netflix, watch the Airzone Solution review, and when he saw Colin Baker take a shower, he shuddered for almost a minute out of how disgusted he was when he saw that.
Animated Webcasts – I have never seen any of these. I know about Paul McGann’s version of Shada, but that’s about it.
I have never played any of the video games, and I still don’t care enough to give them a try.
I had no idea that there were plays on the show, that aren’t fan based. I can’t tell you any of the fan based plays, because I don’t know any, but I know that there got to be at least one or two or ever several made.
“Slipback” was an awful adventure, agreed. I think we can all be glad it stayed on the radio and wasn’t made into a televison episode.
Man, the computer in that one was insufferable to listen to, the story was confusing, also made no sense, and I think this might be my new hated story in the show. I might even dare say that it is worse than Aliens in London/World War 3, which I have declared those two to be my most hated stories in the show for the longest time.
Great finale! I’m going to miss this video.
Series. I meant that I’m going to miss this series. Sorry.
A most excellent conclusion to AQGTCW. It’s thanks to this series that I have a general idea about Who from 1963-2005. Thanks Hagan, it’s been a great ride.
Oh, and unless my eyes are playing tricks on me, I can assume that, based on a very brief title flash, the next Twatty Who is 11th Doctor story “A Good Man Goes to War”?
I have very much enjoyed the AQG2CW ride. Thank you for taking us on it 😀
I’m gonna feel really bad for saying this, but I’ve recently gotten access to the audio stuff, and only yesterday listened to the entirety of Spare Parts. I don’t have the greatest attention span in the world so that might be all there is to it, but I found it to be just kind of…ok.
I feel like maybe I should listen to it again, just so I know I didn’t zone out through all the parts that have people raving about it so hard. It just felt like usual Cybermen fair on first listening; poignant in places but mostly just a typical adventure.
A Shawn Sebastian worked on Peter Sarsgaard’s Mysteries of Pittsburgh, Indian documentaries and the short Three Conversations about Two People in One Place with NIcholas Zebrun, a different Edgar Ramirez and David Paul whose Banana and Kim won the Fort Worth Bizarre film Festival run by Zebrun like my friend Todd Jenkins’ film Tied.
Alien Uprising with Jean Claude van Damme and Julian Glover mimics the cover of Command and Conquer Renegade. Its stars include Sean Hancock who was in Mark Hewes’ 2005 Nampa, Idaho shorts Red/Blue and Clocks with Katie McNeese and Naked Brothers Band’s Gabrielle Kaczkurkin who was in Silent, a Pleasantville-type short with Brain Damage films’ Michael Pleckaitis, Irene Alexandra as Abigaile Archibald, Dan Bailey, Ritz, Joe Barbagallo, Carl Frederick, etc http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1032758/companycredits?ref_=tt_ql_dt_5
Adam Gold, Piff the Magic Dragon associate Jeff Vernon, Dan McNamara, Kevin Glover, Casey Wong and my friend Robert Parigi’s friend Corsica Wilson shot the Friendly Visitor.
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