Friday, 13 June 2008

Music Meme Thing.

Hi pop pickers. Sheiky challenged me to this music meme thingy. ‘Seven songs that are making my spring’. As I usually only listen to Jazz/Punk fusion played on the Tibetan nose flute and accompanied by the sound of one hand clapping, I had to find a young person to tell me the names of some popular beat combo’s. So here are seven ‘bangin’ ‘groovy’ ‘beats’ that don’t make my teeth ache.

1 - Like a Prayer – Mad'House
2 - Voodoo Child – Rogue Traders
3 - The Racing Rats – The Editors
4 - The Passenger – Iggy Pop
5 - Jean Genie – David Bowie
6 – Faster Kill Pussycat – Paul Oakenfold & Britany Murphy
7 - Beauty on the Fire – Natalie Imbruglia

I’m supposed to pass this on but everyone I know has already been hit.

See you soon.

Friday, 6 June 2008

Getting Stuff Wrong

OK a slight correction. According to this list there are 156 Target novels and not the 153 I'd said (never believe Wikipedia). But this list doesn’t seem to mention Slipback at all so that would make it 157. Confused?…So am I.

Anyway while I was surfing I did happen on the official site of cover artist Chris Achilleos. There are two Doctor Who gallery’s and lots of other good stuff to check out. See you soon.
This is the list I'm using now, anything else I'm conting as 'extra'.
001 - The Abominable Snowmen
002 - The Android Invasion
003 - The Androids of Tara
004 - The Ark in Space
005 - The Armageddon Factor
006 - The Auton Invasion (Spearhead from Space)
007 - The Brain of Morbius
008 - Carnival of Monsters
009 - The Cave Monsters (The Silurians)
010 - The Claws of Axos
011 - The Creature from the Pit
012 - The Crusaders (The Crusade)
013 - The Curse of Peladon
014 - The Cybermen (The Moonbase)
015 - The Daemons
016 - The Daleks
017 - The Dalek Invasion of Earth
018 - Day of the Daleks
019 - The Deadly Assassin
020 - Death to the Daleks
021 - Destiny of the Daleks
022 - The Dinosaur Invasion (Invasion of the Dinosaurs)
023 - The Doomsday Weapon (Colony in Space)
024 - The Enemy of the World
025 - The Face of Evil
026 - Full Circle
027 - Genesis of the Daleks
028 - The Giant Robot (Robot)
029 - The Green Death
030 - The Hand of Fear
031 - The Horns of Nimon
032 - Horror of Fang Rock
033 - The Ice Warriors
034 - Image of the Fendahl
035 - The Invasion of Time
036 - The Invisible Enemy
037 - The Keeper of Traken
038 - The Keys of Marinus
039 - The Leisure Hive
040 - The Loch Ness Monster (Terror of the Zygons)
041 - Logopolis
042 - The Masque of Mandragora
043 - The Monster of Peladon
044 - The Mutants
045 - Nightmare of Eden
046 - Planet of the Daleks
047 - Planet of Evil
048 - Planet of the Spiders
049 - The Power of Kroll
050 - Pyramids of Mars
051 - Revenge of the Cybermen
052 - The Ribos Operation
053 - The Robots of Death
054 - The Sea Devils
055 - The Seeds of Doom
056 - The Sontaran Experiment
057 - The Space War (Frontier in Space)
058 - State of Decay
059 - The Stones of Blood
060 - The Sunmakers
061 - The Talons of Weng-Chiang
062 - The Tenth Planet
063 - Terror of the Autons
064 - The Three Doctors
065 - The Time Warrior
066 - Tomb of the Cybermen
067 - Underworld
068 - An Unearthly Child
069 - The Visitation
070 - The War Games
071 - Warrior's Gate
072 - The Web of Fear
073 - The Zarbi (The Web Planet)
074 - Time-Flight
075 - Meglos
076 - Castrovalva
077 - Four to Doomsday
078 - Earthshock
079 - Terminus
080 - Arc of Infinity
081 - The Five Doctors
082 - Mawdryn Undead
083 - Snakedance
084 - Kinda
085 - Enlightenment
086 - The Dominators
087 - Warriors of the Deep
088 - The Aztecs
089 - Inferno
090 - The Highlanders
091 - Frontios
092 - The Caves of Androzani
093 - Planet of Fire
094 - Marco Polo
095 - The Awakening
096 - The Mind of Evil
097 - The Myth Makers
098 - The Invasion
099 - The Krotons
100 - The Two Doctors
101 - The Gunfighters
102 - The Time Monster
103 - The Twin Dilemma
104 - Galaxy Four
105 - Timelash
106 - Vengeance on Varos
107 - The Mark of the Rani
108 - The King's Demons
109 - The Savages
110 - Fury from the Deep
111 - The Celestial Toymaker
112 - The Seeds of Death
113 - Black Orchid
114 - The Ark
115 - The Mind Robber
116 - The Faceless Ones
117 - The Space Museum
118 - The Sensorites
119 - The Reign of Terror
120 - The Romans
121 - The Ambassadors of Death
122 - The Massacre
123 - The Macra Terror
124 - The Rescue
125 - Terror of the Vervoids
126 - The Time Meddler
127 - The Mysterious Planet
128 - Time and the Rani
129 - The Underwater Menace
130 - The Wheel in Space
131 - The Ultimate Foe
132 - The Edge of Destruction
133 - The Smugglers
134 - Paradise Towers
135 - Delta and the Bannermen
136 - The War Machines
137 - Dragonfire
138 - Attack of the Cybermen
139 - Mindwarp
140 - The Chase
141 - The Daleks' Masterplan 1: Mission to the Unknown
142 - The Daleks' Masterplan 2: The Mutation of Time
143 - Silver Nemesis
144 - The Greatest Show in the Galaxy
145 - Planet of Giants
146 - The Happiness Patrol
147 - The Space Pirates
148 - Remembrance of the Daleks
149 - Ghost Light
150 - Survival
151 - Curse of Fenric
152 - Battlefield
153 - The Pescatons
154 - The Power of the Daleks
155 - The Evil of the Daleks
156 - The Paradise of Death

Doctor Who Target Novels

I have 62 of the 153 Target Novels.

(When I say “I”, I mean “WE” as Rachael is just as big a fan of these books as I am.)

After finding out that Rob Stickler and I were both collecting the old Doctor Who Target novels, and knowing that there must be more of you out there. I am issuing a general shout out to anybody else with a collection to let us know how it’s going. Put a quick post on your own blog and see if you can find any other collectors.

Between 1973 and 1991 Target printed 153 Doctor Who novels. The 152 numbered novels are based on the televised stories from the Doctor Who series. The extra book is Slipback which was based on a story broadcast on the radio and published by Target in the mid 80s.
Intended for children they are quick and easy to read, and great entertainment. It has to be said that the attraction of these books is as much to do with the illustrations and cover artwork, as it is to do with the stories themselves.

Collecting them all has for many people become a mini obsession. I’m not quite at that stage, but I have definitely been bitten by the bug. The way it usually happens is something like this. You have two or three old Doctor Who books knocking about the house from when you were a kid. You spot a few in a charity shop or at a car boot sale. And mostly out of nostalgia, but also because they are only 20p each you buy them. Then you start remembering how much you enjoyed them as a kid, and begin wishing you had a few more. Then comes the phase where you buy any one you see, because they are still quite cheep. Then one day when you realise you have half a shelf full, you start to fantasise about maybe one day having a complete set. Now you are lost!

This is the point I’m at now. My count is 62, so I’m not even over the brow of the hill yet. It’s on the other side of that hill that things start to get obsessive. You become happier to pay a little more to add to your collection. You start hunting out particular books, so that you can just get all of the Peter Davison’s. You buy a lot of six on eBay to get at the one you want. This is when you can easily end up with more spares than you actually have on your shelf. But it’s when the end is in sight and you only have a few left to get that people start to think of you as ODD. That is when you start considering paying £20.00 for a single book, or drive 100 miles to attend a book fair. This is when your wife divorces you, unless you are lucky enough to have a wife like mine.

Now when I’ve finished with these…there’s the script books, the new adventures, eighth doctor adventures, the new series books, the missing adventures, the previous doctor adventures, then onto the Telos books, short trips, companion adventures, and assorted spin off sets. Going to need a bigger house…

If you want to be really depressed about how few of these books you actually have, check out the check list here.

A fellow borderline obsessive has put together a video of Doctor Who novel covers. It’s nearly ten minutes long, so make a cup of tea, then sit back and enjoy. I deify you to not be dancing to the music by the end.

If you want to know more then these are the places to start.


On Target.

Target Novelisation Wiki.

“I'm a time traveler I point and laugh at archaeologists”

Thursday, 5 June 2008

The Culture Show 03/06/08

Tuesday night’s Culture Show was packed with interesting stuff (IMHO). If you didn’t catch it then it’s repeated on Friday night, or watch on the BBCi player. Or you can even check out the video clips page for highlights of this and previous weeks shows. And if the video archive isn’t enough for you then you can always have a read of The Culture Show blog.

Karl Pilkington’s visit to the set of Ricky Gervais’s feature film was very funny. (There is an extra clip on The Culture Show homepage).

There was also an item about Gustav Klimt, I have always loved his work and we are hoping during the summer to make it to the Klimt exhibition at Tate Liverpool.

Also mentioned by Mark Kermode (as an antidote to “Sex in the City”) was the low budget British film “The Waiting Room” which looks like it could be good (what can I say I’m a soppy old romantic.) Some time between my checking the site last night and popping there again this morning, it has been announced that the film has sold to “Lionsgate UK” so congratulations to them.