Polly the Glot

A while back, I mentioned that when I was in grade school, I always looked forward to reading Doctor Who Magazine. One of the coolest things about that magazine was the comic strip version of the Doctor's adventures. As much as I loved the TV show, it had fallen on somewhat hard times by the…Read more Polly the Glot

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A Longish Preamble to My New Song

Between the ages of ten and thirteen, I went to a Catholic school just beyond the city limits of Philadelphia. You knew you were leaving Philadelphia because you had to cross a bridge that spanned a set of railroad tracks and ended at the top of a steep hill that descended into the wilds of…Read more A Longish Preamble to My New Song

So… Handmines! (Doctor Who, Daleks, & Slaughterhouse Five)

I just watched the season premiere of Doctor Who and was struck by the thing that probably struck all fans of Kurt Vonnegut's Slaugherhouse Five: The Handmines are suspiciously similar to the Tralfamadorians. In case you haven't seen the episode, Handmines are like landmines, but instead of blowing people up, they reach up from underground…Read more So… Handmines! (Doctor Who, Daleks, & Slaughterhouse Five)

J N-T: The Life and Scandalous Times of John Nathan-Turner (review)

With a little tweaking, Richard Marson's tell-all biography of the late John Nathan-Turner could easily replace its subtitle with that of Peter Hook's wonderful memoir on the Manchester club scene of the 1980s, The Hacienda: How Not to Run a Club, as its subject's tenure as producer of Doctor Who reads like a case study…Read more J N-T: The Life and Scandalous Times of John Nathan-Turner (review)

The Greatest Loo in the Galaxy

To say I'm a Doctor Who fan is a bit of an understatement, as anyone who's read my first book, The Greatest Show in the Galaxy: The Discerning Fan's Guide to Doctor Who, can tell you. So I was rendered somewhat dumbstruck when my wife surprised me with a visit to Brooklyn's The Way Station.…Read more The Greatest Loo in the Galaxy

Mr. Sin

Since a couple of my favorite artists -- namely David Bowie and Depeche Mode -- have new music coming out this month, I thought it might be fun to get my imaginary electronic band, Android Invasion, back together for another recording. Their first studio outing since last year's "Through the Trees" finds the band moving…Read more Mr. Sin