Saturday, May 23, 2015

Doctor Who Parody

I am usually not a big fan of parodies but this one, by The Hillwood Show is outstanding.  The amount of work these sisters put into their work is amazing.  The Lord of the Rings and especially the Supernatural are incredible.  If you are a Supernatural fan, you have to watch that one.

 

Eye on Sci-Fi - Mad Max, Twin Peaks and 4K Technology, is it for Sci-Fi fans?



May 22
By Ken Parker

The summer movie season is ramping into high gear and what better way to start it off (besides watching The Avengers) is to experience Mad Max: Fury Road.  Good news for Twin Peaks fans and I look at the new home theater technology coming out this year.


Friday, May 22, 2015

Doctor Who - Episode 3 of Doctor Who The Fan Show



Doctor Who - City of Death Book Cover and Synopsis


Out now in the UK is the Douglas Adams 4th Doctor story City of Death.  First aired in September and October 1979 the City of Death starred Tom Baker and Lalla Ward and is the next Douglas Adams story to be novelized as The Pirate Planet is due next.  So for those who want to complete their Doctor Who Television Novelizations  this one is a long time coming and sure to look good in your collection.  Now if they can get the rights to do Eric Saward's Dalek stories.

City of Death
Written by James Goss, based on the story by Douglas Adams
Published in hardback 21st May 2015 

The Doctor takes Romana for a holiday in Paris - a city which, like a fine wine, had a bouquet all of its own. Especially if you visit during one of the vintage years. But the TARDIS takes them to 1979, a table-wine year, a year whose vintage is soured by cracks - not in their wine glasses but in the very fabric of time itself.

Soon the Time Lords are embroiled in an audacious alien scheme which encompasses home-made time machines, the theft of the Mona Lisa, the resurrection of the much-feared Jagaroth race, and the beginning (and quite possibly the end) of all life on Earth.

Aided by British private detective Duggan, whose speciality is thumping people, the Doctor and Romana must thwart the machinations of the suave, mysterious Count Scarlioni - all twelve of him - if the human race has any chance of survival.

But then, the Doctor's holidays tend to turn out a bit like this.

City of Death is one of the best-loved serials in the show's 50-year history and was watched by over 16 million viewers when first broadcast.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Doctor Who - 10th Anniversary of NuWho: The Empty Child/ The Doctor Dances Review


Doctor Who
The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances
By Steven Moffat

“What's life? Life's easy. A quirk of matter. Nature's way of keeping meat fresh. Nothing to a nanogene. One problem, though. These nanogenes, they're not like the ones on your ship. This lot have never seen a human being before. Don't know what a human being's supposed to look like. All they've got to go on is one little body, and there's not a lot left. But they carry right on. They do what they're programmed to do. They patch it up. Can't tell what's gasmask and what's skull, but they do their best. Then off they fly, off they go, work to be done. Because, you see, now they think they know what people should look like, and it's time to fix all the rest. And they won't ever stop. They won't ever, ever stop. The entire human race is going to be torn down and rebuilt in the form of one terrified child looking for its mother, and nothing in the world can stop it!”

The Doctor and Rose are chasing a metal cylinder through the time vortex.  It is a high priority and The Doctor uses the TARDIS computers to lock in on it and follows it to Earth.  They land in London in the year 1941 during the height of German bombing blitz.  The problem is it will be difficult for The Doctor and Rose to find the cylinder as it is war time and the army is guarding it.  Rose wanders off and ends up getting caught hanging onto the rope of a barrage balloon as she was trying to help a kid on a roof wearing a gas mask.  She is soon rescued by the mysterious Captain Jack Harkness who knows where the cylinder is and wants to sell it for profit and wants to make a deal with Rose and The Doctor.

Doctor Who - 10 Years of Captain Jack


Today is the 10th anniversary of the first appearance of Captain Jack played by John Barrowman.  Captain Jack made his debut in the 9th Doctor story The Empty Child written by Steven Moffat.  Hard to believe it has been 10 years since he first graced our TV screens and who would have imagined what he would get to after his debut.  Below are two videos the BBC released today commemorating his first appearance.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Doctor Who - Out Today 11th Doctor Issue 12 Cover and Preview


Out today is the 11th Doctor comic book issue 12.  This months book starts a new story arc as The Doctor tries and figures out an ancient mystery.

Doctor Who - Titan Releases All Covers For Doctor Who Comics Day


Titan Comics has released all the covers that will be gracing the comic books for their summer event Doctor Who Comics Day in August.  The story boasts four Doctors in this 5 week event and the last cover reveals who the fourth Doctor will be.


New Comic Books Checklist For May 20th


DARK HORSE COMICS

Angel + Faith: Season 10:TPB 2-Lost + Found 2
Apocalyptigirl:TPB: An Aria for the End Times
Archie vs. Predator 2
BPRD: Hell on Earth 131 (Part 22)
BPRD: Plague of Frogs:TPB: 4
Buffy: The Vampire Slayer: Season 10: 15
Dark Horse Presents (2014) 10
Ei8ht 4
Goon: Once Upon A Hard Time 3
Grendel vs. Shadow:THC:
Groo: Friends And Foes 5
Mind MGMT 33
Resident Alien: Sam Hain Mystery 1
Shaper 3
Strain: Night Eternal 9
Usagi Yojimbo 145

DC COMICS

Batman: Detective Comics (2):THC: 6-Icarus
Batman: Detective Comics (2):TPB: 5-Gothopia
Convergence 7
Convergence: Adventures of Superman 2
Convergence: Batman + the Outsiders 2

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Doctor Who - Merchandise Revealed For Doctor Who Comics Day

Below is the items that will be available on August 15th for Doctor Who Comics Day.  Reserve yours at your local comic book store.




Doctor Who - Out Today In The USA "The Cybermen DVD"


Out today in the USA and Canada is The Cybermen DVD.  This collection of Cybermen stories from NuWho features stories from the 10th, 11th and 12th Doctors.  It also has a bonus story the 5th Doctor adventure Earthshock.  Below is the contents of the 2 disc set.

See the beginnings of the terrifying Cybermen in this thrilling Doctor Who compilation. Few villains in the fantastical world of Doctor Who spark such terror as the dreaded Cybermen - the murderous cyborgs with a bone chilling lack of emotion. This special release features iconic episodes of both the new and classic series showcasing the genesis and increasingly frightful transformations of these creatures, plus all new bonus content tying together the history of these fan favorite monsters.

"Army of Ghosts" (Part 1) and "Doomsday" (Part 2),
starring David Tennant as the 10th Doctor (Season 2)

"Closing Time," starring Matt Smith as the 11th Doctor (Season 6)

"Nightmare in Silver," starring Matt Smith as the 11th Doctor (Season 7)

"Dark Water" (Part 1) and "Death in Heaven" (Part 2),
starring Peter Capaldi as the 12th Doctor (Season 8)

Bonus: "Story #122: Earthshock," starring Peter Davison as the 5th Doctor

Bonus: "Cybermen Origins" Featurette: A New Documentary chronicling
the creation of the dreaded monsters (20 minutes)



Monday, May 18, 2015

Doctor Who - Steven Moffat Signs Up For Series 10


It has being making the rounds this weekend that Steven Moffat has signed on to be the show runner for Series 10 of Doctor Who.  There have been two interviews that he has made the statement that he will be back for another series.  He said it in this quote at the end of an interview with the Wales Online.

“Having just signed up for another year of Doctor Who, and with the ongoing success of Sherlock, Moffat’s place in the Tardis of broadcasting in Wales looks secure. And for that, we really can be very grateful.”

He also said the same thing this past Thursday in NYC at a fan event which may be the same place the Wales Online pickup on this news.  If anything it looks like we have Steven Moffat for at least one more series after series 9 airs.


Doctor Who - Series 9 Filming Pics

Here is another batch of filming pics from the Doctor Who Instagram site.  Classic Who fans will see something that has been updated from the Patrick Troughton era.


Sunday, May 17, 2015

"Mad Max: Fury Road" Review: Beyond Thunderdumb

"Wait a minute. Didn't I wear something like this in 'The Dark Knight Rises'"?
Wow, the "Mad Max" reboot is dumb.

And fun. Let's not forget fun. Lots of action - crashes, special effects, things blowing up, etc. If that's what entertains you during Summer Blockbuster Season, then go see "Mad Max: Fury Road" and you won't be disappointed. You get two hours of nearly non-stop, heart-pounding, adrenalin-fueled ... dumbness.

The plot is simple. A one-armed Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) is on a mission to lead a small band of escapees from the hellish Citadel as they search for The Promised Land (called The Green Place). Along the way, she forges an uneasy alliance with Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy).

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Marvel vs. DC - Spider-Man, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, The New Mutants

May 16

By Ken Parker

I set out to do this column monthly but there is just too much information going on right now.  We have trailers for two new superhero series starting next season including Supergirl. With The Avengers: Age of Ultron topping 1 billion in the box office, what do we think is going to happen next year with Captain America: Civil War? And has marvel found it's Spider-Man?