Friday, October 31, 2014

Doctor Who - Radio Times Poster For Dark Water

Doctor Who - Introduction to Dark Water

Terminator - Genisys

There are some promotional photos going around of the new Terminator film.  Included in these photos from Entertainment Weekly are Matt Smith.

Doctor Who - Who's Missy? - Dark Water: Preview Clip

Doctor Who - The Moonbase

With the Cybermen returning this week The Gallifrayan Gazette decided to take a look back at some of the classic stories featuring the Cybermen. Today The Moonbase.

The Moonbase
By Kit Peddler

“Funny. Funny. Go to all that trouble to make the men do the work. Why? Do it themselves, easy. They're using the men as tools. Why? Don't know. Yes, I do though. There must be something in here they don't like. Pressure? Electricity? Radiation? Maybe. Gravity! Now there's a thought. Gravity. Oh, yes. Gravity.”

After the events of The Underwater Menace The Doctor made the attempt to get Ben, Polly and Jamie to Mars.  Where they ended up was not Mars but in fact the moon.  The travelers have fun experiencing the low gravity of the moon until Jamie gets hurt.  Luckily there is a base on the moon that is there to help control the weather on Earth.  But there is a problem in the base.  A mysterious plague has swept over the base only infecting a certain few.  The Doctor has no idea what is causing the crew of the moonbase to get infected but once The Cybermen have been seen sneaking around it becomes all the more obvious what is going on.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Ex Machina Teaser Trailer

April 10, 2015

Doctor Who - Attack of the Cybermen

With the Cybermen returning this week The Gallifrayan Gazette decided to take a look back at some of the classic stories featuring the Cybermen. Today Attack of the Cybermen

Doctor Who:
Attack of the Cybermen
By Paula Moore

“Then perhaps you should tell them, because if you don't, they intend to prevent Mondas from being destroyed.”

The Doctor discovers that the Cybermen want to save Mondas but in doing that Earth must be destroyed.  The have the perfect weapon in doing it as Haley’s Comet is making its approach back to Earth.  The Doctor and Peri stumble upon their plan by searching out a distress signal which leads them to the sewers of London and a secret Cybermen base.   The Cybermen capture The Doctor and force him to pilot his TARDIS to Telos so that they can use his TARDIS in their plans to save Mondas.  On Telos is an old adversary of The Doctor as he finds out that The Cyber Controller is still alive.  There is also a wildcard in the mix as Lytton is involved in this also and The Doctor does not know if he is working for the Cybermen or the Cryons.  One thing The Doctor does know about and that is stopping the Cybermen and preserving the web of time by preventing Mondas from being saved.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Space Precinct – Unmasked by Richard James - Book Review

by Ken Parker

Space Precinct is one of those under appreciated TV shows that not too many people saw or gave a chance to when it came out in 1994. The show was watched by me for two reasons. One, it was sci-fi and two, it was by producer Gerry Anderson who had numerous terrific TV series such as Stingray, Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, UFO and Space: 1999. Space Precinct was an idea that was batted around for years, first as a pilot, Space Police in 1989 and finally was given the green light a few years later. The show had its charm and despite some problems with finding an identity. Sporting a good cast, excellent effects, exciting music and all around superb talent, Space Precinct did fairly well in the UK but failed to attract audiences in the United States primarily because they were asleep at 2am (bad time slots).

The look of the series is very familiar as it appears to be a cop show but in outer space. We have sci-fi stories and of course, aliens. The make up effects were done by Neil Gorton (Doctor Who) who produced some excellent aliens including the two primary races, the Creons and the Tarns. Humans were also populating the cast including Lt. Brogan (Ted Shackleford) from Earth. The book, Space Precinct – Unmasked is written by Richard James, a fresh face in acting. His face would not be seen though in the show as he played one of the Creons, Orrin. Donning make-up and prosthetics each day, James would also get to play other parts in the show.

Richard James has decided to share his time on this show and includes a wealth of information about the early beginnings to the wrap of the first season. His point of view is unique and interesting as it includes his limited perception of the entire series as well as insights on what the show was going through with money problems and ratings failings. He brings a nice sense of humor and perspective that is not jaded nor over joyed with his experience on the show at the time. He understands, as the narrative goes on, that it was a job that might lead to better jobs. His enjoyment of these times also shows through which is contrasted by some of his fellow actors who were less happy with the series.

The book has little about James and concentrates more on his involvement on the show. The book also looks at each episode and includes information about each of those scripts and what he thought of them at the time. James also pulls mini interviews and statements from various cast and crew to augment the text which helps flesh out the structure of the book. We learn more about James as we go along.

As a fan of Space Precinct it was a surprise to read so much that I did not know about and it certainly made me want to go back and watch the show again. Richard James is straight forward but knows how to tease and entertain with his writing style. Hearing from anyone who played a character 'behind the mask' is always fascinating to readers because we really don't know too much from what we see in the finished show.

The book is full of behind the scenes photos and diagrams that punctuate the overall design which is pleasing. I know much more about Richard James and Space Precinct. There is not much out there about the show and so this makes this book highly sought after for fans. It is also an excellent look at television production from one of hidden but present cast members. Not only would Space Precinct and Gerry Anderson fans be interested in the book but fans of television, movies, sci-fi and the men, and women behind the mask would also find this book enjoyable.

The Avengers - Infinity War Teaser

Special Look at Marvel's The Avengers - Age of Ultron

Love the look Thor has when his hammer moves slightly when Cap tries to pick it up.

Also, who is that girl relaxing with the Avengers in the opening scene????  And no, it is not Scarlet Witch, Maria Hill, Black Widow nor Jane Foster!

Edit - it appears to be actress Claudia Kim who is a scientist who worked on Ultron with Tony.

Doctor Who - Earthshock

With the Cybermen returning this week The Gallifrayan Gazette decided to take a look back at some of the classic stories featuring the Cybermen.  Today Earthshock.

Doctor Who:
By Eric Saward

DOCTOR: Emotions have their uses.
CYBERLEADER: They restrict and curtail the intellect and logic of the mind.
DOCTOR: They also enhance life! When did you last have the pleasure of smelling a flower, watching a sunset, eating a well-prepared meal?
CYBERLEADER: These things are irrelevant.
DOCTOR: For some people, small, beautiful events is what life is all about!

The Doctor and Adric are having quite the argument.  Adric is tired of being teased and being considered an outsider and wants to go home.  The Doctor is furious over this as it would require going back into E – Space and through a CVE and would be really tricky if not disastrous.  So The Doctor materializes the TARDIS in an underground cave and decides to go outside and calm down leaving Adric to plot the course to his own destruction.

STRAY BULLETS: SUNSHINE & ROSES—A new path of violence‏

The cult classic begins a new story arc
about love and bad decisions

Award-winning creator David Lapham begins an all-new story arc in the cult classic series STRAY BULLETS with SUNSHINE & ROSES. The new story will center around violence, love, and the bad decisions made when characters find themselves in over their heads and ensnared in seedy, illegal dealings. The new arc launches on January 21 and follows up the staggering return to form by Lapham in STRAY BULLETS: KILLERS.

CASANOVA: ACEDIA—An all-new, mind-bending adventure begins‏

Casanova Quinn r eturns to solve the mystery of…
Casanova Quinn

Eisner Award-winners Matt Fraction, Gabriel Bá, and Fábio Moon team up with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon for an all-new Casanova Quinn story in CASANOVA: ACEDIA #1, coming to Image Comics on January 7.

In CASANOVA: ACEDIA #1, Casanova Quinn returns to find himself caught between unlocking the riddle of his own past and discovering the hidden history of his mysterious new criminal benefactor. “When we last saw him, Casanova Quinn crash-landed on our Earth from the ruins of his past with absolutely no memory of who he is, where he came from, or anything that happened to him before — but he knows he was somebody dangerous and that people are out to kill him," said Fraction. "So new readers and Cass alike have the exact same blank-slate context for this all-new adventure in Los Angeles.”

Milligan and Nord Conquer ETERNAL WARRIOR: DAYS OF STEEL #2‏

Valiant is proud to present an advance preview for ETERNAL WARRIOR: DAYS OF STEEL #2 (of 3) – the next bone-breaking issue of the all-new limited series from legendary writer Peter Milligan (Hellblazer, Shade the Changing Man) and Eisner Award-winning artist Cary Nord (X-O Manowar, Conan) ! Be here on December 3rd as two master storytellers unite to unleash a brutal chronicle torn from the blood-stained history of the Earth's own immortal champion – the Eternal Warrior!

Valiant Summons PUNK MAMBO #0 in November!‏

Oi! Valiant is proud to present an advance preview of PUNK MAMBO #0 – a sinister new one-shot tale revealing the origin of Valiant's pogo-punk priestess from comics icon Peter Milligan (Hellblazer) and rising star Robert Gill (ARMOR HUNTERS: HARBINGER)! In the tradition of HARBINGER #0, SHADOWMAN #0 and X-O MANOWAR #0, explore the eerie beginnings of New Orleans' most unorthodox practitioner of the dark arts for the first time anywhere on November 19th!