Ten Days Till Nine Worlds

One of the things I’ve been most remiss blogging about the last couple of weeks is Nine Worlds (tickets still available!), which is a most fine and excellent convention taking place in London in but ten days time (7-8 August).

It’s now in it’s third year, and is a fabulous weekend of geek shenanigans with an incredible number of tracks covering a plethora of geekish interests. Which you can see on this handy online programme here, where you can make your own personal schedule.

I’ll hopefully be getting to see a few panels (and I’m super excited about participating in a Star Trek one! I’ve never spoken about Trek at a con before!) but mostly I’ll be around Royal C&D, which is the room where most of the Doctor Who programming is happening (and the bar, I will also be there).

This is my second year running this track, and hopefully it’ll be another year of fun, engaging and elucidating (I’ve used this word three times already today, I may use it some more) panel discussions on all aspects of this fifty-two year old behemoth of a show. And here is where you can find the full list of panels and workshops going on Doctor Who-wise.

If you’re coming to the con, do say hello! Or come and watch some Who panels! I promise the Capaldi one will not be entirely about how amazing his hair is.


Mondays: now 500% faster

I assume they’re faster anyway. This is because I had my first podcast recordings yesterday since I had NEW INTERNET installed. And it was amazing. Uploading, instead of taking a seriously cantakerous hour, was over in 3 mins, and that was for two podcasts, *and* the Skype call didn’t even lag. It was ridiculously awesome. I may have cried a little. (I didn’t.)

One of the things I talked about, and which I may have mentioned slightly on Twitter is this interview, which I think every Doctor Who fan should watch:

It’s my very favourite Capaldi interview, for the old skool fanboyishness he’s trying so hard and totally failing to hide with the yay and the smiles and just sheer joy of talking about Axons and Frontier in Space and Troughton, and such a fine Web Planet defense too! As I was listening I could feel my defensiveness regarding the Zarbi and Menoptra increasing. Ahem. (And I’m now highly suspicious of those Menoptra I met at the Gallifrey convention this year….was one of them SECRET CAPALDI??)

For anyone reading unfamiliar with The Web Planet – a none too popular Doctor Who story from the show’s second season – and it’s somewhat maligned aliens, here are some illuminating pics:


The Menoptra! They also dance while flying, not kidding, no.


Zarbi! Not yet an action figure with exciting Zarbi sound, alas. 😦

I wasn’t allowed to talk about this on Verity! (I totally got in a mention, but still) due to our remit being Doctor Who, and any connection I could make between Doctor Who and a Star Trek vid to Shatner’s Common People would be Highly Dubious. Thus, I leave it here. It is MAGNIFICENT. And I unironically adore Shatner’s version of the song.

My love for this one, however, is purely ironic. Listen to it often enough (ahem…) and you may find your opening conversational gambit becoming “Why is he climbing a mountain??”

Also on this week’s Verity! recording this essay came up: Finding Hope in a TARDIS: Violence, Racism, and Headline Fatigue. It’s a great piece, and for me, the beauty of it was having the TARDIS, which I’ve always viewed as a symbol of escape, recontextualised into a symbol of connection, and of hope. Much recommended!

I think I can blame this on ComicCon

I was flicking through lists of San Diego ComicCon panels on the YouTubes looking for anything of interest to me that wasn’t Doctor Who, and I failed really quite badly. (The two Doctor Who panels are however excellent and I’m totally not saying this just cause three-quarters of both panels were Scottish. And that Moffat’s west coast accent is definitely more noticeable since Capaldi started.)

Anyway, thanks to that I thought “oh, no! I am out of touch with POPULAR CULTURE! I should probably not have spent the last three weeks watching The Avengers (the proper one, obv)!” So I decided to pick up one of these Cool Current Shows more or less at random. By which I mean, could I Netflix it? I chose Hannibal (beloved by many of ye friends of taste what I trust) and managed about, um, twenty-two minutes before I switched it off. Which, in fairness, is over EIGHTEEN more minutes than I managed last time. I’m so sorry, but as soon as I hit play big neon lights start flashing in the mind’s eye and they read PEOPLE EATING, EATING PEOPLE, and it’s a bit distracting.

Then I tried The Walking Dead, which I gave up on one episode into the second season some years ago cause I was bored and there was some dreadful gender essentialism, and also I was bored and there were zombies, and I was bored. With zombies happening. And, yes, they are also eating people, but no-one here is pretending that’s not gross with their pretty cinematography ways, so the neon lights are off.

And I’m very behind but definitely watching The Walking Dead now. Spoiler me not or I shall be more sad.

There’ve been quite a few podcasts I’ve done since the last update. Not just the usual Verity!, and the now usual Down and Safe (we meet Servalan in the latest ep!), but an episode of Random Trek, where I’m mostly apologetic about how much I don’t like The Visitor even though I think it’s very good; another ep of The Inconcievable, where I’m foolishly asked a Doctor Who question; and Unjustly Maligned, where I explain why I love Dragon Age II and cheerfully dismiss all criticisms of it that don’t involve those bloody repetitive dungeon maps.

I can now look at my podcast oeuvre and totally pretend to be a well-rounded person with many and varying interests, hurrah!

I’m also a terrible person because my least favourite on Walking Dead just got eaten and I loled. It’s okay, kids, it’s fictional; you’re allowed to laugh.