Silence in the Library

We've just watch tonight's Dr. Who via the excellent iplayer. What a phenomenal episode.

It was everything a 'Who' should be. Taking the ordinary and making it extraordinary in a very creepy way. There will be children across the country who sleep with the lights on tonight!

For me, this is the best episode since the extremely creepy 'blink' (doesn't Alex Kingston look like an older Sally Sparrow?... no relation, I'm sure, Sally Sparrow would be a fantastic companion...)

There are a lot of ends to tie up, I just hope that the second episode does it justice (and that they finish with something to really make bedtime tricky next week - as they did in Blink with that statue montage).

Stephen Moffat has written another corking episode, I just hope that he can keep the standard this high when he's show-runner. Personally, I'd love to see extended stories (not just one and two parters) - so it's nice that the ground has been laid for future storylines with Alex Kingston (who was great today).

Don't mind me though, I'm still missing the big giant doctor head in the titles of each episode.

New FX in Trek

In ST:TOS there is news that they will be redoing the special effects to make them look less cheesey to modern eyes. Now, I'm not one for doing this, as a general rule. Yes, George Lucas, I'm looking at you. However, here it seems that the Enterprise to be handled sympathetically.

The result, at least to my eyes is crisper, but preserves the flavour of the original.

I do hope that the Trek people have seen the annoyance caused by modifications to Star Wars, and will not destroy the originals, making them unavailable to the punters.

The ideal DVD release for me would be one where the two versions were selectable by using the 'angle' button on the DVD (i.e. choose between camera angles). This is a most underused DVD option, but it would come into it's own here, allowing people to move easily between 'before' and 'after'. I have absolutely no Trek on DVD (perhaps this might surprise people), there's simply way too much of it for a completist freak like me to start (every time I see Season 3 of 'the Sopranos' without seasons 1, 2 and the rest I get a little pang). However, if they released the 'multi angle' version at a reasonable price, I would be tempted...

I'd then have to move to ST:TNG DVDs, ST:DS9, ST:VOY and even ST:ENT!

I wonder if these will be shown in the UK. Normally ST:TOS is tucked away in a daytime slot, I can imagine Sky One putting revamped versions on at primetime.

Stupid Fanfiction

There is something of a tradition for 'fan fiction', people who like a particular world, be it Tolkein or Lucas, to write their own stories set in that Universe. This is harmless enough, good luck to them. This website, however, tells us of the most stupid fanfic writer ever.

They wrote some (by all accounts bad) fanfiction set in the Star Wars universe, and are selling it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and

In her 'author interview' (I've been unable to find a direct link, so this is a second hand quote) she says:

Q: Having set Another Hope in an already existing universe, I find myself wondering if there was any concern on your part regarding copyrights?

No, because I wrote this book for myself. This is a self-published story and is not a commercial book. Yes, it is for sale on Amazon, but only my family, friends and acquaintances know it's there.


For a full parsing of this, have a look at the original article.

See also: Tod and Lee Goldberg