Two podcasts and an article

Hello, Tuesday, a day of much mist and rain which was LOVELY…it’s not quite windy enough to be a STORM but it is getting there. But, yes, things! I was on a couple of podcasts recently, which were tremendous fun and hopefully Quite Nice to listen to: the latest Low Definition, one of the Incomparable network’s game shows where I think I acquitted myself MAGNIFICENTLY in the field of song-writing. And on the rather spiffy Tangential Deviation Christmas Special where we totally talk about lovely festive things the whole time and no-one mentions Doctor Who *eye-dart*.

And Verity! podcast is in Doctor Who magazine this month! In a smashing feature about podcasts, which is rather spiffy. There are some extras bits that the feature writer, Graham Kibble-White, has put up on his blog over here.New Doctor Who is VERY SOON. Just in case you didn’t know that.


Doctor Who Buckety List

I failed to make a Friday Flail list so instead (and I totally started writing this on Friday, so it somehow counts against not failing at regular blogging) I give you my DOCTOR WHO BUCKETY LIST. It was supposed to be Bucket List but I typoed and then thought I liked the typo better. ANYWAYS. This is a list of everything I would like to see in (proper, meaning telly) Doctor Who before I DIE. Several things to bear in mind as you, no doubt a reader of fine taste and grand intellect, peruse this list (1) I consider the Time Monster to be top notch Who (2) I’m writing this inbetween gaming where  I’m in the midst of a miserable losing streak and this does not make me cheery (3) I’m quite tired, it’s almost midnight (4) I’m making this up as I go along.

The list!

  1. Doctor-Master bodyswap with Michelle Gomez and Peter Capaldi. Cause who DOESN’T want to see them play the other part?? No-one. The correct answer is no-one.
  2. Patrick Stewart as the Meddling Monk. Ah, the one rumour that I really had my HEART SET ON. And yet it’s not that ridic. Ian McKellen was in it, why wouldn’t PT want to? Apart from time. And money. And maybe hating Doctor Who, I don’t know. But it would be GREAT.
  3. A WOMAN DOCTOR. I’ll tell you who I want to be the Doctor more than anyone else on the planet: Alice Krige. If you don’t know who that is (AND WHY NOT??) she’s actually my very favourite (living) actor and South African so TECHNICALLY ineligible to play the Doctor but sod that, she’d be amazing (she was the Borg Queen, okay? DON’T JUDGE HER BASED ON THAT. Watch Children of Dune and judge her on that.) Actually, Anna Maxwell Martin would also be perfect and wonderful and I’d love her like pie AND she’s even been in the show already (The Long Game) so that means she’s practically got the job.
  4. Gel Guards. A big fuck off army of Gel Guards. So many classic Who monsters have returned, mostly not all that well, but how could ANYONE get Gel Guards wrong? Exactly. It literally COULDN’T happen.
  5. Ooh, Raston Warrior Robot. Yeah. God, they’d probably make it CGI, DON’T DO THAT. Non-CGI Raston Warrior Robot.
  6. The Rani. If only cause then you have to pretend in promos and shit that Time and the Rani is amazing (IT IS). But actually yeah, New Who’s pretty decent with female villains, bring back THE BEST ONE.
  7. You’re probably reading this thinking “dear God, doesn’t she want anything cool and new and original instead of just a lot of recycled old tat from the classic series?” And you know what, reader, YOU’RE RIGHT. That is basically all I want.
  8. NIMON. Another classic monster that it’s literally impossible to get wrong. FACT.
  9. Okay, actually I want some cool FUTURE EARTH stuff where this are GALACTIC POLITICS and interplanetary diplomacy with Ice Warriors on Mars, and Draconians, and it’s all just a THIN ALLEGORY of EU politics. (Yes, I know we had that before and one of the results was Monster of Peladon, but there is NO WAY a show could make something as tedious as Monster of Peladon TWICE…oh, wait, Voyage of the Damned, never mind. No, wait, there’s no way they could do it a third time. NO TELLY COULD BE THAT UNLUCKY.)
  10. Actually, sod it, it’s my list, I’d like a remix of Season 17. For the lols. My lols. No-one else’s probably.

Right, I have to go pretend I know about Star Trek on a podcast.

My Amazing Not the Least Bit Embarassing Christmas Playlist

I don’t have to make excuses for any of this, even though the desire is strong, IT’S CHRISTMAS. And this is the playlist I listen to (a work-in-progress of MANY YEARS):

1: Christmas Time (Don’t Let the Bells End) (The Darkness) – Probably my favourite Christmas song. I’m not sure how that happened, but yeah, there it is.

2: Do They Know It’s (Snoopy’s) Christmas (The Kustard Kings) – So, like many people, I have a completely rational strong dislike to bloody “Do They Know It’s Christmas.” Because of course they fucking know. Fuck’s sake. Now, you might say, it’s just song lyrics. Sure. Song lyrics that REALLY ANNOY ME and patronise a whole continent, and that’s not the sort of thing I want to hear ever or at Christmas. HOWEVER, remove the lyrics and add a healthy dose of Peanuts and suddenly it’s awesomesauce.

3: Fairytale of New York (The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl)– When I was very young I did not get that this was not a happy song.

4: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (Bing Crosby)

5: Here Comes Santa Claus (Doris Day)

6: I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday (Wizzard) – I was going to say I wasn’t actually terribly fond of this, but it just started playing and actually it is QUITE GREAT when it comes after the sombre God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen and the more upbeat but much slower, less sparkly Here Comes Santa Claus. Yay, context!

7: In the Bleak Midwinter (Julie Andrews) – This actually makes me cry, shusht.

8: Is Christmas Only A Tree? (Bing Crosby) – I only know Bing Crosby via Christmas songs but I do love his Christmas songs.

9: Is This Christmas? (The Wombats) – I find this immensely cheering; I love a proper sparkly Christmas song, but I’ve plenty of room left for the angry, depressed ones too.

10:It Must Be Santa (Bob Dylan)

11: Jingle Bells (Duke Ellington and His Orchestra) – One where I listened to SO MANY VERSION to decide my favourite for THE PLAYLIST and this was the one I liked best.

12: The Little Drummer Boy (Christopher Lee) – No Christmas playlist is complete without some heavy metal from Christopher Lee. FACT.

13: Carol of the Bells (Exultate Choir and Orchestra) – I’m not entirely satisfied with this version as it’s not scary enough, but it’s pretty decent.

14: Deck the Halls (Vic Damone) – I really seem to like quite old American singers for Christmas songs.

15: Good King Wenceslas (The Ames Brothers) – I learned the Other Verses so I could sing along to this.

16: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (Mahalia Jackson)

17: Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (Judy Garland)

18: We Three Kings of Orient Are (Mario Lanza) – The dude calling out the names of the kings is the best. BALTHAZAR!!

19: Jingle Bell Rock (Bobby Helms)

20: Silent Night (Eva Cassidy)

21: Cool Yule (Bette Midler)

And that’s my Christmas playlist!