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‘Doctor Who’: Big Finish Audio Drama Adapts 4th Doctor’s 80’s Comics [TRAILER]

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Big Finish Productions released a trailer on Thursday announcing the Doctor Who audio drama adaptation of the Fourth Doctor’s comic book adventures that originally ran in the early 1980s.

Back in the early 80s, Doctor Who Monthly magazine ran comic strips featuring The Fourth Doctor drawn by Watchmen co-creator and artist Dave Gibbons and written by many 2000AD stalwarts like Pat Mills, John Wagner, Steve Moore, and Steve Parkhouse.

Of course, Tom Baker will portray The Fourth Doctor in the audio adventures.

In case you need reminding, Mills is the creator of Judge Dredd, Nemesis the Warlock, ABC Warriors and Slaine, amongst many other characters in 2000AD, and Wagner co-created Strontium Dog and Button Man, and has been writing and overseeing Judge Dredd for over 40 years now. The late Moore mentored a teenage Alan Moore into writing comics. Steve Parkhouse wrote for Warrior and is the creator and writer of the Dark Horse comic Resident Alien, which has been picked up for a TV series by the SyFy Channel.

See? Doctor Who really does link together everything the universe after all!

The first release will adapt the first two Fourth Doctor comics adventures:

Doctor Who and the Iron Legion (adapted by Alan Barnes)

1979 AD! Led by the terrible General Ironicus, the mighty Iron Legion – robot veterans of the Eternal War – have come, seen and conquered the English village of Stockbridge!

Caught up in the mayhem, the Doctor pursues the Legion back through the great Dimension Duct to their place of origin – an alternative Earth where Rome never fell…

But can he survive the horrors of the gladiatorial Hyp-Arena long enough to uncover the terrifying secret at the heart of the Galactic Roman Empire?

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Doctor Who and the Star Beast (adapted by Alan Barnes)

1980 AD! In Yorkshire, the authorities have dismissed reports that an Unidentified Flying Object was seen plummeting towards the ground… moments before the explosion that destroyed the Blackcastle Steel Mills. After all, Blackcastle is the last place on Earth aliens would ever want to visit…

Local teenagers Sharon and Fudge know better. ’Cos they’ve found an actual space alien hiding in the allotments. He’s their alien. Their secret. And his name is… The Meep.

He’s not the only alien in Blackcastle, though. His pursuers, the terrible Wrarth Warriors, are on his trail, along with their unwitting accomplice: The Doctor!

From the comic strips written by Pat Mills and John Wagner, with art by Dave Gibbons

Doctor Who: The Comic Strip Adventures Volume 1 can be ordered from Big Finish now as a CD or digital download.

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‘I’ Newspaper Smears Corbyn’s Labour as Anti-Semitic Conspiracy Theorists: Part 3

The next anti-Semitic conspiracy theory Verber claims is held by people in the Labour party is ‘Twisting or denying the facts of the holocaust’. The example he gives of this is ‘Chris Williamson’s series of unfortunate events’. He writes of this conspiracy theory

Wander into any coffee shop in Tel Aviv and you will hear all manner of Israelis criticising the government of the day. But none of the Nazis’ anti-Semitic policies are remotely similar to any passed by Israel. The Nazis set out to murder every Jew in Europe and then – had they got their way – across the globe.

Each innocent Palestinian life that has been lost in the conflict with Israel is a tragedy, as it every Israeli life. But Gaza is not Auschwitz. Comparing the two is a lie, a low blow deliberately calculated to cause hurt and pain to a community still in trauma.

Other versions of this conspiracy theory include attempts to play down the Holocaust’s significance or event to question its existence.

Now look what’s being done here. It’s a classic example of ‘bait and switch’. For most people, ‘twisting or denying the facts of the Holocaust’ would mean straight out Holocaust denial, or the noxious variants of it that minimise the numbers murdered. But that’s not what concern Verber. He’s upset because, gasp, some people are comparing Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians to the Nazis. His statement that none of Israel’s policies are comparable to the Nazis is a flat-out lie. Firstly, Israel is an apartheid state. Only Jews can be citizens. This is identical to the Nazis’ policy that only ethnic Germans could be German citizens. The country’s indigenous Arabs also live under separate laws and may only use specific roads. Many municipalities in Israel have passed legislation forbidding property to be let to non-Jews. Furthermore, the country was born partly through a series of massacres against the Arabs. Those making the claim that Israel resembles Nazi Germany, like Tony Greenstein, qualify that statement by saying that it is like Nazi Germany before the launch of the Holocaust in 1942. Gaza is not Auschwitz, as Verber says. But I don’t think anyone has said it was. It has, however, been described as an open-air ghetto.

As for comparisons to Nazi Germany being hurtful to a community still in trauma, this is massively hypocritical. Israelis accuse their politicians of being Nazis all the time. There was even a cartoon in one newspaper of Netanyahu in Nazi uniform.

Now we come to what Verber calls ‘Chris Williamson’s series of unfortunate events’. This begins with Williamson signing a petition against Islington Council’s banning of Jazz saxophonist Gilad Atzmon, a Holocaust denier. Verber notes that he later claimed that he didn’t know about Atzmon’s views. It’s possible. Atzmon considers himself to be a supporter of the Palestinians, although the mainstream Palestinian solidarity movement doesn’t want to have anything to do with him because of his toxic views about Jews. But Atzmon is hardly a household name, and if the petition claimed that he was being banned because of his support for the Palestinians, then it’s quite possible that Williamson signed it in all innocence.

But there is more half-truths and malign insinuations that follow. He states that Williamson has several times shared a platform with Jackie, who has been suspended for falsely accusing Jews of financing the slave trade and playing down the importance of the Holocaust, and defended Ken Livingstone, who said that Hitler supported Zionism. I’ve dealt with the accusations against Walker and Livingstone ad nauseam. Neither of the two are racist, and especially not Walker, who is a Black Jew, believes in Judaism as a religion, sends her daughter to a Jewish school, and has a Jewish partner. The quote the CAA used to claim that she believes Jews financed the slave trade was lifted out of context from a personal discussion with three friends, where it was understood that she was talking about how some Jews financed and profited from the slave trade. Which is true, as she cites the literature and authorities to back up her comment. As for downplaying the importance of the Holocaust, she did no such thing. She was secretly recorded by the Jewish Labour Movement at their Holocaust Memorial Day workshop questioning the exclusive focus on Jews at the expense of other ethnicities, that have also suffered Holocausts. She also asked them to give her a definition of anti-Semitism she could work with. When Marc Wadsworth asked the same question at his tribunal, when he was smeared as an anti-Semite, the tribunal called for an adjournment. When they returned, it was accompanied with four lawyers, all arguing. Walker was singled out because she did not accept the I.H.R.A. definition of anti-Semitism, because it is used to suppress criticism of Israel. As for Leninspart, he was right about Hitler and Zionism. Before the Final Solution was introduced, the Nazis were keen to find anyway of getting rid of Germany’s Jews. And this meant sending them to Israel through the short-lived Ha’avara Agreement. Which is historical fact.

Verber also goes on to say that Williamson has warned of ‘certain dark forces ‘ using their contacts in the media and power to undermine Corbyn. But as we’ve seen, there is abundant evidence to show that these fears are not unfounded, not least as regards Israel.

Verber concludes this section with the words

Outright Holocaust denial has been moved to the fringes even of the world occupied by conspiracy theorists. Given the vacuum, new and more subtle ways of trivialising and attacking the Holocaust have had to be created.

Well I dare say, but this doesn’t apply to criticism of Israel for ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians or the smears against Walker and Livingstone. The last two haven’t denied or played down the Holocaust at all, and neither has Williamson. This is just more lies and smears from him, to try to make them seem anti-Semitic monsters.

‘Doom Patrol’ Season 1, Episode 4 “Cult Patrol” Brought Us Back Into the Fold [SPOILER REVIEW]

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Thank you, DC Universe.

Thank you, Doom Patrol.

Thank you, Stefan Pleszczynski, Marcus Dalzine, and Chris Dingess.

Thank you, Mark Sheppard.

In my review of last week’s episode “Donkey Patrol,” I didn’t hold back on my disappointment over what I thought was just a poor retread of what had come before with characters stuck slow-spinning their wheels in quicksand. With a 15-episode freshman season, it had the red flags in my brain flying full-mast that we were about to experience a painfully stretched-out inaugural run.

Doom Patrol s01e04 “Cult Patrol”: Willoughby Kipling (Mark Sheppard) conscripts the Doom Patrol into helping him avert the end of the world by stopping a nihilistic cult.

This week’s episode of DC Universe’s Doom Patrol “Cult Patrol” was an almost 180-degree turn-around… a much-needed screeching-of-the-brakes-and-avoiding-the-cliff move that worked for two huge reason. First, it was refreshing to take a break from watching our heroes continue to flagellate themselves with their backstories: it was story that took the spotlight this week, and the story was fun, quirky-to-odd and kept things moving. Character development felt subtle and natural – focusing deeper on a character’s psyche only when it suited the episode or when the viewer could tell we were getting some background 411 that will be key for what’s to come.

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The second reason “Cult Patrol” worked so well? Sheppard as “Doom-blazer” Willoughby Kipling, who may need to go on a diet after all the scenes he gobbled up in this episode. As the cynical, bombastic, over-the-top, and as much a “cult of personality” as either The Chief (Timothy Dalton) or the Cult of the Unwritten Book chaos magician, Sheppard not only moves the series into a broader horizon of possibilities, but also helped bring out some really strong performances from those he shared screen time with. If this is your first go-around with Sheppard, check out his work on BBC’s Doctor Who and CW’s Supernatural to see more of what I’m talking about.

And I’m always a sucker for a “good slice of cheese” when it comes to a cliffhanger ending…

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Now here’s a look at this week’s “Random Thoughts Patrol”:

● Elliot’s (Ted Sutherland) “Mommie Dearest” Martha (Lilli Birdsell) has a very unique way of shutting down a dispute.

● While I try not to deep-dive into the comics side of things, there was a part of me hoping Cyborg (Joivan Wade) has mapped out 52 universal dimensions, instead.

● While I’m not looking to take away from the originality of the Cult of the Unwritten Book writing a book that summons a giant Eye thing called the Decreator to rewrite the world… I’m not the only one who noticed a “subtle” nod to SYFY’s Happy!, am I?

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● Speaking of cool concepts… if you can have a farting donkey serve as a dimensional doorway, then you can definitely have a Spanish priest’s stigmata wound serve as the gates to the cult’s home dimension of Nurnheim. There’s a disturbing intimacy to the answer being our heroes having to  stitch up the wound that I appreciated.

● Of course The Beatles would be the foundation for a protection spell.

● Rita (April Bowlby) needs to have a story arc like Larry’s (Matt Bomer): she is the only one who still feels like she’s spinning her wheels, and I’d like to see the writers do more with her moving forward – even with her “hero redemption” move with Elliot at the end. Larry’s backstory is moving along with a very intriguing vibe: the footage of Negative Man uttering “torture” to The Chief was not only impactful and insightful, it also set the stage for an inevitable Larry / Negative Man face-off.

● Clearly Martha [Ed. Note: another DC “Martha”???] knew how to win the “Game of Thrones.”

● There’s a pretty good chance Jane’s (Diane Guerrero) personality changes will get at least one team member killed – but until that happens, personalities like “Penny Farthing” and “Hammerhead” really make the series damn enjoyable.

● Now that’s how you feed my hunger for old-school cliffhangers, Doom Patrol!

So nice work, DC Universe and Doom Patrol! Looking forward to next week’s episode “Paw Patrol”

DOOM PATROL reimagines one of DC’s most beloved groups of Super Heroes: Robotman aka Cliff Steele (BRENDAN FRASER), Negative Man aka Larry Trainor (MATT BOMER), Elasti-Woman aka Rita Farr (APRIL BOWLBY) and Crazy Jane (DIANE GUERRERO), led by modern-day mad scientist Niles Caulder aka The Chief (TIMOTHY DALTON). Each member of the Doom Patrol suffered a horrible accident that gave them superhuman abilities, but also left them scarred and disfigured.

Traumatized and downtrodden, the team found their purpose through The Chief, coming together to investigate the weirdest phenomena in existence. Following the mysterious disappearance of The Chief these reluctant heroes will find themselves in a place they never expected to be, called to action by none other than Cyborg (JOIVAN WADE), who comes to them with a mission hard to refuse. Part support group, part Super Hero team, the Doom Patrol is a band of superpowered freaks who fight for a world that wants nothing to do with them.

DC Universe’s Doom Patrol stars April Bowlby as Rita Farr / Elasti-Woman, Diane Guerrero as Kay Challis / Crazy Jane, Joivan Wade as Victor Stone / Cyborg, Brendan Fraser and Riley Shanahan as Clifford “Cliff” Steele / Robotman, Matt Bomer and Matthew Zuk as Larry Trainor / Negative Man, Timothy Dalton as Dr. Niles Caulder / The Chief, and Alan Tudyk as Eric Morden / Mr. Nobody.

A reimagining of the superhero DC characters originally written and drawn by Arnold Drake, Bob Haney, and Bruno PremianiDoom Patrol is written by series creator Jeremy Carver (Supernatural, Being Human), who executive produces alongside Greg BerlantiGeoff Johns, and Berlanti Productions’ Sarah Schechter. Warner Bros. Television produces in association with Berlanti Productions.

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Doctor Who: Thirteenth Doctor #5

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Next week sees the latest in the Titan series of comics, with a new story arc begining for the Thirteenth Doctor

Doctor Who: Thirteenth Doctor #5

Writer: Jody Houser
Artist: Giorgia Sposito, Rachael Stott
Colourist: Enrica Eren Angiolini
A new story starts for the Thirteenth Doctor, as her debut season leaves fans hungry for more stories starring the Doctor, Yasmin, Ryan, and Graham! There's never been a better time to board the TARDIS, with Eisner Award nominee Jody Houser (Mother Panic, Stranger Things, Star Wars, Faith, Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows) writing fresh adventures through time and space!  THIRTEENTH DOCTOR #5 - Cover A (Credit: Titan ) THIRTEENTH DOCTOR #5 - Cover B (Credit: Titan ) THIRTEENTH DOCTOR #5 - Cover C (Credit: Titan ) THIRTEENTH DOCTOR #5 - Page 1 (Credit: Titan ) THIRTEENTH DOCTOR #5 - Page 2 (Credit: Titan ) THIRTEENTH DOCTOR #5 - Page 3 (Credit: Titan ) THIRTEENTH DOCTOR #5 - Page 4 (Credit: Titan )
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How Long Before the Labour Splitters Ask to Join Tweezer’s Cabinet?

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Looking at the has-beens and deadbeats, who split from Labour the other day reminded me of another possible point of comparison with the SDP split in the 1980s. They were also members of the Labour right, who left the party to form their own, declaring that they were going to ‘break the mould’ of British politics. In fact, they did no such thing, and rather than being a serious rival to Labour they were forced into an alliance with the Liberals before finally merging with them to form the Lib Dems.

Unfortunately, their decision to separate did split the Labour vote, with the result that Maggie Thatcher got in again. However, it’s questionable how much this harmed Labour’s electoral chances. I can remember reading an article in Lobster which suggested that the factors against Labour winning an election against Maggie were so strong, that probably the SDP’s departure didn’t make much difference. But even if they didn’t do that much damage to the party electorally, they certainly didn’t help it.

And some members of the SDP were so personally desperate for power, that they were ready and very willing to jump into bed with the Tories. I can remember reading a piece in the Sunday Express that reported that Dr. David Owen had said that he would be willing to accept a place in Maggie’s cabinet. Of course, he had absolutely no chance. To Maggie and her minions, he was definitely not ‘one of us’. And the Sunday Express certainly expressed strong contempt for defectors from the opposition benches. The wretched Tory rag used to have a cartoon called ‘No.10’, which was supposed to be a comic look at politics from the vantage point of the PM’s residence. Well, I suppose it might have been funny, but only to Tories. It wasn’t exactly well-drawn either. The comics many teenagers draw in their bedrooms, dreaming of being the next Frank Hampson, Kevin O’Neil or Dave Gibbons were probably better. And its jokes were as weak as its execution. The only piece from the strip that I remember was two Tory flunkeys watching a clockwork toy figure march across a table before falling off. This toy, they declared, was ‘the Labour defector’.

Now the group that formed the SDP did have some great minds in it. Roy Jenkins was responsible for the decriminalization of homosexuality and other liberal reforms, for which the Tories still cordially hate him. Shirley Williams was also, at the time, a strong left-wing intellectual. The Maleficent Seven, as they are called, are, by contrast, very second rate. About how of them were deselected, or facing deselection by their constituency parties. It looks to me very much that these were desperate failures leaving before they were pushed, trying to grasp one last hope of hanging on to their seats.

Well, they’ve had that. Their refusal to hold bye-elections speaks volumes. It looks very much like they’re afraid to, because they know they’d be annihilated, probably by a fresh candidate put up by the very party they left. They want to hang on to their seats as long as possible in order to maximise their chance at retaining it. But they’re still duff no-hopers, and they’ll still lose big time at the next election.

In the meantime, I wonder which one of these desperately ambitious mediocrities will follow Owen, and abandon all pretence of being a ‘centrist’ or ‘independent’ and ask Tweezer, or her successor, if they could have a place in her cabinet.

My guess is that the most likely is Chuka Umunna, who threatened to leave a little while ago claiming that the Labour party was ignoring aspirational people. If it didn’t reform, he warned, more aspirational Blacks and Asians like himself would leave. In fact, research has found that regardless of ethnicity, most Labour supporters simply aren’t interested in aspiration. However, the Tories have been desperate to disguise their own racism with a veneer of racial tolerance by looking for Black and Asian candidates to fight elections and put in the cabinet. Umunna may well think he has a chance with the Tories, who have always been the party of business. But if he does, I expect, like David Owen before him, he’s going to be disappointed. The Tories already have Black and Asian MPs and cabinet members like Sajid Javid, Priti Patel and others, and so won’t want to embrace a Labour defector. Just as the ‘No.10’ strip back in the 1980s sneered at them.

But that doesn’t mean that Umunna, or indeed any of them, won’t try. And in so doing they really will bear out the description of them as ‘red Tories’.

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