The following is the final entry in Steve Berry’s Doctor Who book, Behind The Sofa, originally published in 2012, and to which my dad – who died this morning – contributed. If you’re so moved, please support Alzheimer’s Research UK.
Holly and Dan meet the Hickman/Gatiss/Roberts Doctor (Click to enlarge)
I was shameless. Absolutely shameless.
I remember ringing Tom Splisbury in the middle of 2015, to gossip about this and that – but in truth the purpose was to make it clear I really wanted to have something in DWM #500. It meant a lot to me. Even then, I didn’t think that something would also include my own illustration… Continue reading →
The last ever Doctor Who DVD release… maybe. So it was terrific to get to write about it. Perhaps I could have played on that element a little more, but this was one of those reviews where I seemed to reach my word count fairly swiftly.
This was a nice thing to do. Tom and Peter at DWM felt the magazine was missing the weighty reviews of old episodes now the DVD releases had stopped (or so it seemed – then cameth The Underwater Menace, of which more another time). Hence the notion of starting an occasional series getting to grips with mostly missing stories that were never going to get a commercial release. Although, let’s see if the upcoming BBC Shop has any impact upon that…
I picked The Macra Terror to start the segment off for two reasons; I didn’t know the story and thought I’d like it. It’s only four episodes, and the deadline was tight. Sometimes, that’s what it comes down to. So, from DWM #491.
This, and the next seven posts which will follow – umm – in time, are all from DWM #474, and that big poll feature.
I wouldn’t want to have reviewed Enemy on DVD, particularly not in the wake of Matthew Sweet’s excellent DWM piece that accompanied its iTunes release. But here? Sure, with a smaller word count and the fact there was one specific idea I wanted to play with, I was keen.Continue reading →
While Gary Gillatt was busy with the Mara boxset, I snuck back into the DVD reviewing pages with this.
Reviewing the three stories in the format I opted for here took a small leap in imagination, chunking it up into three mini-reviews rather than one narrative. Since then, where possible, I’ve inserted lists and the like in the copy, cos I think it’s good to break up the flow.
This is from DWM #433 and presented here with an additional joke about Toby Hadoke, which was excised from the finished piece presumably due to grounds of quality (ie. lack of). Continue reading →
There’s an all-too-easy trick if you want to give the appearance your writing is structured and thought-through. Have the ending of a piece tie up its opening. That’s blatantly what I did here (from DWM #424.)
I recall a very good pal from a rival magazine telling me how neat this review was and I attribute that entirely to its symmetry. It’s not something I resort to very often. It makes me feel as though I’m not trying hard enough. Likewise, closing on a pithy final bon mot.