RRR 42 Doctor Who: The Crusade

By Roy Mathur, on 2014-06-01, at 15:48:00 to 16:30:00 BST, for Roy's Rocket Radio

Back Again

Yes! We are back... barely due to my insane, INSANE schedule...

Writing, Writing, Writing!

2000 words per day, every thing damn day of the week... forever. So this is an effort to destroy my ability to procrastinate and boy is is TOUGH. If you think writing is easy... try it. Hopefully, I'll adjust and start to get more sleep and fit in the podcasts too.

But what worries me is that then this first draft is done, I will be simultaneously edit it AND write a screen play based on it. Then beta readers get the book, a TV script editor (hopefully and if I nag enough) will rip it to shreds for re-editing before it finally going out to a couple of production companies and a particular production big-wig.

Do I know what I'm doing? Seat of the pants! After that, I start work on a second novel while simultaneously sorting out some shorter fiction.

Basically, then this current period (which is killing me) is actually the easy bit, i.e. it's boot-camp rather than war.

I'm not going to talk about my technique too much, until I know it is working, because I don't want to give wannabe writers the wrong info., but the moment I know it is working, I will talk about it in another podcast.

1D Shopped by Google Glass

Just read this in the paper yesterday, but could find nothing else about the story of how One Direction was, allegedly, caught on a Google Glass cam smoking MJ. You know what this mean's if that is true? 1D have now assured their immortality, even if the music isn't remembered, this will be.

Honestly, I don't know what the fuss is, but the thing that strikes me is that the whole thing feels portentous; an indicator of things to come.

Bauhaus's Bela Lugosi's Dead on Ukulele

Trying (badly) to learn Bauhaus's 1979 hit single Bela Lugosi's Dead on the uke.


Geeting a bit stupid, slower, icon pop-ups idiotic.

Rock Show

Annoying everyone at the hospital radio station about getting my own rock show.


And writing, of course... So better get on with the show so that I can get back to work!

Doctor Who: The Crusade

(1st Doctor, Series 2, 6 The Crusade 1-4, 1965)
Broadcast: 27 March - 17 April 1965
Writer: David Whitaker
Director: Douglas Camfield
Producer: Verity Lambert
Cast: William Hartnell as the Doctor, Jacqueline Hill as Barbara Wright, William Russell as Ian Chesterton and Maureen O'Brien as Vicki (companions).

Synopsis: The team land in a forest in the midst of a fight between some men fending off attackers. The team help the defenders, but are then separated. Barbara and one of the crusaders are captured by Saladin's men and the Doctor, Ian and Vicki take a survivor of the attack back to Richard's camp.

Barbara and her crusader companion, a decoy of Richard, is mistaken for the King and his sister...

Intrigue follows, as it usually does, with the team sucked into negotiations between the Saracens and the Crusaders. During the course of proceedings Ian is knighted (Knight of Jaffa), tortured and has a fairly rough time of it until he escapes, the Doctor becomes Richards advisor. Vicki is mistaken for a boy, though not a boy called 'bob', and Barbara has a really horrible time trying to escape from the Saracens.

Eventually they all manage to get back to the forest where they left the TARDIS in a forest and make good their escape.

My View: Again the Doctor shows us his chameleon-like ability to blend into to whatever culture he finds himself in.

He and Barbara also easily have the most stylish costumes in this adventure; so well done wardrobe!

There is also, to my mind a parallel, almost certainly unintentional with LOTR in that the Doctor takes up a post as Richard Coeur de Lyon's advisor. With his giggling and scheming, I am reminded of the Grima Wormtongue (King Théoden of Rohan's advisor), except that despite the Doctor's general unpleasantly creepy demeanor, he is not cowardly or evil... just a bit of a git.

Historical drama's in Doctor Who are not really my thing, unless there is a SF/Horror angle so I'm relieved that we are returning to SciFi with The Space Museum next week.

All-in-all pretty good, but a bit hard to follow as this is one of the lost tapes, the sound quality is particularly awful in places.

Surprisingly fair portrayal of both sides in a stupid war (they should have listened to Bruce Springsteen).

One great thing is the extra, bolted-on, piece of acting from William Russell at the beginning of the adventure filmed today, or at least in 1999, playing an older Ian Chesterton. All I can say is he hadn’t aged much in the 30 odd years since...

Guesting on SciFi Tech Talk

Check out these excellent people and their podcast on iTunes, because I will be joining them as a guest in a couple of Sunday's time!