Week of November 19, 2001
Doctor Who - Primeval
Happy Birthday, Doctor!
Friday, November 23 marks the 38th anniversary of the first broadcast of
Doctor Who on the BBC. But does this mean the Doctor gets a day off? Not
at all, for this week also sees the release of Big Finish Productions' latest
Doctor Who Audio Adventure, Primeval,
starring Peter Davison and Sarah Sutton as the fifth Doctor and Nyssa, and
it's the first audio adventure written by Lance Parkin, acclaimed Who
novelist. Big Finish has been teasing us for months with hints that
Primeval will explain why Nyssa demonstrated psi powers in Time-Flight, the final story of
the 19th season, as well as the earlier Audio Adventures Land Of The Dead and Winter For The Adept - and
then showed no signs of those powers during the following season's TV
adventures. Come to think of it, I've always wondered about that myself. Guest
starring in Primeval is none other than Stephen Grief, who played
the original Travis in Blake's 7, just the
latest of several veterans of that series to appear in the Doctor Who audio
Source: Big Finish Productions
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Nemesis begins filming.
The Star Trek: The Next Generation cast
- including some surprise guests, such as Wil Wheaton - goes before the
cameras on November 19th to begin filming what may prove to be the final
Star Trek feature film, Star Trek: Nemesis. The
movie will be opening next year, contrary to popular rumors, and Patrick
Stewart even recently rebuked another rumor: that the script, by Oscar-winning
screenwriter John Logan (Gladiator), had been extensively
revised to avoid potential offense in light of the September 11th terrorist
attacks. Stewart has been quoted as saying that there's "no better
time" for a movie like Nemesis. Also, Star Trek veteran
Jerry Goldsmith has been confirmed to score the new Trek flick.
Source: Sci-Fi Wire
Save Battlestar Galactica Petition
Galactica runs aground.
It looks like the Sci-Fi Channel/Fox revival of Battlestar Galactica has
hit a stumbling block. Producer and potential pilot movie director Bryan
Singer (X-Men) has jumped ship, leaving the production
searching for a new guiding light. Singer's partner, X-Men
producer Tom DeSanto, is struggling to keep the show in pre-production,
and even Richard Hatch, who starred as Apollo in the original series and
has opposed nearly every attempt to mount a sequel or remake that didn't
involve him, has decided to give the production his blessing in the hopes
that fans will unite to keep it alive. An online petition has been
started to demonstrate fan interest to Fox.
Who casting coup.
It's official - Anthony Stewart Head, who played Giles on Buffy The
Vampire Slayer, is taking on the mantle of Grayvorn, the Doctor's newest
recurring enemy, in a series of linked single-CD audio dramas from Big Finish
next year. Head's character will also appear in a Bernice Summerfield audio,
Professor Bernice Summerfield and the Plague Herds of Excelis. Also
joining the adventure in these stories will by Doctor Who veteran Katy
Manning, best remembered as the scatterbrained Jo Grant from Jon Pertwee's
era, who will be taking on the role of Iris Wildthyme, a Time Lady character who
happens to be an old flame of the Doctor's. Created by author Paul Magrs in the
BBC novels, Iris will be appearing in the first of the Excelis trilogy stories
next year, as well as teaming up with Benny in Plague Herds. Manning
will presumably reprise the role as Big Finish launches Iris Wildthyme in her
own series of solo stories in late 2002 or early 2003.
Source: Big Finish Productions
Babylon 5: Invoking Darkness
Technomage trilogy terminates.
The final volume in Jeanne Cavelos' Babylon
5 Technomage Trilogy of books, Invoking Darkness, is due next week.
The final destiny of Technomage leader Elric is revealed, as is the event that
led Galen to be expelled from the order of the mages - later to come to the aid
of Captain Gideon and the Excalibur in Crusade. The entire trilogy is based upon an
outline by B5 creator J. Michael
Straczynski, so it's official. Invoking Darkness is now available
It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Joe Don Baker, and as we all know, true
believers, Joe Don Baker is Mitchell! Joel Hodgson's
last turn at the wheel of the Satellite of Love, plus Joel and the bots'
relentless, merciless hounding of both the movie's star and the movie
itself, make this new Mystery Science Theater
3000 DVD a classic. (And as for Joe Don Baker, apparently this movie
was the man's magnum opus - he all but vowed revenge upon the MST3K
writers and actors for this treatment of his lousy cop flick.)
Mystery Science Theater 3000 - Mitchell
Seven Worlds won't be colliding after
Bad news for those fans who were eagerly awaiting Neil Finn's new concert
video and DVD: it's been pushed back to January or February of 2002. The live
CD of the shows will still be released this month as planned. But you want a
sign that hell has, indeed, frozen over? February will also see the release
of the Seven Worlds Collide DVD in the United States. Who
would've guessed? Sessions At West 54th must have done better than we
New NASA head named.
Is this good news or bad news? NASA's deputy director of the Office of
Management and Budget will be ascending to the position of the head of
the entire space agency. Sean O'Keefe has also, however, been a critic
of NASA in recent years. There's no indication, as yet, to what his
approach to managing the U.S. space program would be. O'Keefe will
succeed Dan Goldin, who headed NASA for nine years.
Source: Associated Press