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“The Last of the Gaderene” by Mark Gatiss (2000) — Doctor Who

Synopsis

Some­thing mys­te­ri­ous is hap­pen­ing with mys­te­ri­ous peo­ple mys­te­ri­ous­ly at a near­by aban­doned air­field, which is the cov­er for an impend­ing alien inva­sion. Already the aliens have tak­en pos­ses­sion of sev­er­al Very Impor­tant Peo­ple at the Defense Min­istry to smooth oth­er every­thing and are hunt­ing for the Lost MacGuf­fin in order to begin the inva­sion. For­tu­nate­ly some­one was old friends with the Brigadier and knew just how to bypass secu­ri­ty to con­tact him direct­ly. The Brig, of course, sends the Doc­tor, after he gets back from a lit­tle side trip that has noth­ing to do with the main sto­ry, and soon every­thing turns into (pseu­do) Zom­bie Apoc­a­lypse! with vil­lagers get­ting implant­ed with alien embryos to con­trol them to hold off the UNIT troops until the actu­al inva­sion begins. All is saved when a WW II Spit­fire air­plane dives into the tele­por­ta­tion beam and halts the inva­sion permanently.

⇒ Con­tin­ue read­ing ““The Last of the Gaderene” by Mark Gatiss (2000) — Doc­tor Who”

“The Harvest of Time” by Alastair Reynolds (2013) — Doctor Who

Synopsis

Mys­te­ri­ous events involv­ing dis­ap­pear­ing oil rigs and a secret Defense Min­istry project attract UNIT’s atten­tion, espe­cial­ly when the Master’s involve­ment becomes appar­ent. The Mas­ter is being used as a con­sul­tant by a Min­istry of Defense com­mu­ni­ca­tions project but in real­i­ty he is using them to broad­cast a tachy­on res­cue sig­nal to his past and future selves. How­ev­er, the rapa­cious alien race of the Sild inter­cept the sig­nal and use it to pluck var­i­ous incar­na­tions of the Mas­ter out of time, start­ing to erase him from exis­tence. Then the alien inva­sion begins, whose object is to cap­ture the Mas­ter him­self as the Mas­ter Stroke of their Mas­ter Plan of cre­at­ing the Mas­ter Com­put­er, built of all the incar­na­tions of the Mas­ter they were col­lect­ing. 1 They don’t find him, thanks to the inter­fer­ence of the Doc­tor who came to res­cue him, which only leads to the aliens cap­tur­ing him any­way in the far-flung future. But that is exact­ly what the Mas­ter wants, because the Mas­ter is in con­trol of the com­put­er, not the Sild, as they discover.

⇒ Con­tin­ue read­ing ““The Har­vest of Time” by Alas­tair Reynolds (2013) — Doc­tor Who”

Happy Anniversary Star Trek!

Its been quite a ride, Star Trek. 45 years ago, the first series aired its first episode (not the first filmed) to an unsus­pect­ing audi­ence. The result, after the three years of the “five year mis­sion” was noth­ing short of the bgin­ning of a rev­o­lu­tion in tele­vi­sion, movies and pop­u­lar cul­ture. And sprin­kled in among the five dif­fer­ent series and many movies are fre­quent sto­ries about mind con­trol­ling aliens, tele­path­ic con­trol, hyp­no­sis and even the Vul­can Mind Meld (cre­at­ed because the Stan­dards & Prac­tices depart­ment object­ed to Spock hyp­no­tiz­ing a patient, say­ing it was a med­ical pro­ce­dure and that McCoy should do it.)

And, of course, I must post a shout to Bjo Trim­ble, the lady who was most respon­si­ble for the let­ter-writ­ing cam­paign that got the orig­i­nal series’ renew­al for the third sea­son. Fail­ing that, the series might not have been run in syn­di­ca­tion (not enough episodes to mar­ket) and there­fore nev­er achieve the pop­u­lar­i­ty it did. Because of her and the thou­sands and thou­sands of peo­ple who del­uged NBC with let­ters, it sur­vived long enough to final­ly find its place, and now phras­es like “beam us up” and terms like “trans­porter” and “warp fac­tor 9” are part of every­day slang.

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