Oh, and plans for the blog as it goes on

I’m going to try to keep a rough schedule for the next few months:
Weekends – comics posts.
Mondays I’m going to start reviewing every ‘classic’ Doctor Who story in order, starting with An Unearthly Child tomorrow, until I get bored (probably somewhere in series 2).
Tuesdays will be Spotify playlists.
Fridays will be book reviews – I’m not going to try to continue reviewing *every* book I’ve read this year, as the backlog is already greater than the number I’ve reviewed, but I do want to talk about, for example, I, Claudius (*especially* since after reading that I read two Faction Paradox books in a row, one of which I’ve already reviewed, which relied heavily on that book for inspiration),
The other days will be whatever comes into my head – possibly politics (though I’m trying to steer clear of that for a while) more likely linkblogging or rest days.
ETA The plan already has a problem – spent the time I planned to write the post doing phone tech support for my dad…

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8 Responses to Oh, and plans for the blog as it goes on

  1. Colin Smith says:

    Andrew, that’s actually really good news for me. I could absolutely do with a real personal, passionate, nail-it-to-the-wall take on even the first few years of Doctor Who. I look forward to following it. I hope you’ll let us know which episodes – that are available of course – are the essential purchases.

    Splendid!

    • Andrew Hickey says:

      Glad to hear it. I’ll obviously be doing proper reviews, but if you’re after advice as to which ones to get, from the Hartnell years the best stuff currently on DVD is the The Beginning box (the first three stories, all ranging from good to superb, and you can get it for under a tenner), The Aztecs (one of the best stories of the entire series) and The Time Meddler (Peter Butterworth as a rival Time Lord trying to make Harold win the Battle Of Hastings, with one of my favourite lines ever as Hartnell introduces new companion Stephen to the TARDIS interior – “That is the dematerialising control. And that, over yonder, is the horizontal hold. Up there is the scanner, those are the doors, that is a chair with a panda on it. Sheer poetry, dear boy! Now please stop bothering me.”)

      Almost all the Hartnell stuff is at least watchable and interesting – if only because there was never a formula to fall back on, and for Hartnell’s absolutely mesmerising performance – but those are the must-have immediate-purchase stories if you’re just starting to get into the early years.

  2. Colin Smith says:

    I love it! Thank you. As a teacher, I never once enjoyed giving homework, though I doubt any of my student-victims would believe it. But that’s homework I’m happy to accept for myself. Cheers, Andrew.

  3. Don Alsafi says:

    Hi Andrew! After reading your blog for a couple of years now (originally pointed to for the Countdown posts – by Wolk? – which were quickly and rightly abandoned), I’m finally delurking to introduce myself. I’m actually interested in most of the widely varied things you write about – from Who, to comics, to British politics, to intricately-dissected music (loved the Beatles posts; any plans to do a similar thing on any other groups or albums?) – as even when I don’t agree, it’s always good reading. So, first off: Thanks!

    And I wanted to say in advance how happy I am at your new Who blogging project. I suppose I’m somewhat unusual in that I started watching Doctor Who five years ago … with the 1963 episodes and going forward, watching every episode of the classic series (including restorations of the missing ones!) as well as the new series. In fact, I chanced to watch Rose about a week after I’d seen the first Pertwee episode, with the Autons! And yet, my favorite era since the beginning has been the beginning, with Troughton only barely edging out Hartnell as my favorite Doctor. So I’m absolutely looking forward to your rundown of each 1960s story (for as long as it lasts); I’d already been looking for a reason to watch the full run of the old black and whites again, and this would be as good an excuse as any.

    On a different note, I also wanted to pass on to you the blog I’ve been writing for the past several months, Marvel Genesis. I started with Fantastic Four #1 and have been going forward ever since, taking an keen eye to the stories that I hope is equal parts appreciation, criticism, historical research and (when appropriate) poking fun. Blogs like yours have been a guiding light as to the kind of writings that compel me, so I hope what I’ve been working on is something you’ll appreciate as well!

    Anyway: Thanks again, Andrew. Keep it up!

    • No, thank *you* (though you’re not *quite* delurking – you have commented here a handful of times), and I’ve added the blog to my feed reader. (Not adding it – yet – to my blogroll as I read something like 200 blogs and so I have to cherry-pick).
      The post on An Unearthly Child is half-written, and will be up tonight. It’s going to be the least interesting of them though, I think, because I already wrote about it 18 months ago, and I don’t want to repeat what I said in that post.
      As for doing other bands, the only one I can think of where I have enough knowledge and the complete discography is the Beach Boys, and I strongly suspect that that series would have *MUCH* less popular appeal than the Beatles posts did.
      And please, now that you’ve formally introduced yourself, keep commenting…

      • Don Alsafi says:

        Ha! Had I? I know I commented on the Kirby/Darkseid question recently; didn’t remember otherwise. :)

        And yeah, I did realize after I wrote that the Beatles posts were necessarily a combination of having fascinating, detailed things to say, with a subject that happens to be of interest to most anyway.

        Although that’s food for thought: A series of posts on musicians and bands that should be better appreciated than they are, taking as your focus one particularly seminal or quintessential album? I was just talking to a friend about how I’ve never been able to get into Elvis Costello, despite getting the feeling that I should – and it’s not that I dislike him at all, just that I’ve never “found my way in”. In other words, from all that I’ve read I’m sure there are fascinating things going on in his songs; I’ve just not been able to see them yet. In cases like this, I feel like I’m waiting for someone who listens to music closely, and completely, to point out to me the things I’m missing; the things that are actually fascinating to the ear when you know what to listen for.

        At least, I know I’d appreciate such a series of posts. :)

        • Andrew Hickey says:

          Yeah, you didn’t like Final Crisis, and you *do* like the About Time books…

          That sounds like an interesting project, but maybe quite close to the Albums You Should Own thing I already do? Though I’ve only done one of those in 16 months, looking at the tag…

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