Doctor Who: The TV Movie-The Ainley Cut! [Fanedit]

Happy 25th anniversary to the Doctor Who TV Movie.

Yes, on 27th May 1996, around bank holiday Monday, the Seventh Doctor went out in a rather ‘inglorious’ blaze and from the ashes, with the chilling sounds of thunder, lightning, and the movie Frankeinstien, arose Paul McGann, Doctor Who’s very own George Lazenby (as far as Television canon goes), a whole new slate, all new adventures…where will he go? What will he see?

It wasn’t so much a question of where he would go, it’s just we wouldn’t see it unless it was in audio, or in a comic strip. He wasn’t on our screens for very long, as the TV Movie took the plunge in the American market and never quite reached the surface again.

Ah, but we have so much to take from it,. American locations, romance with a companion, feature length adventures, the eye of harmony as a fully integrated part of the TARDIS. The Master possessing a go’uld from Stargate. The Seventh Doctor, the master schemer, unable to see a timing malfunction and a random shooting coming! The TARDIS can revive the dead! Wild ideas, wilder execution

That being said, perhaps the TV Movie should have done more to connect to the more traditional Who of old, instead of trying to latch so readily onto an unfamiliar audience? The modern show knew how to slowly trickle it all in, but the TV Movie was more intrusive, often demanding you pay attention to all IT’S concepts, and it’s all a little much to take in, even with the run time it’s allocated.

And I’m sorry Big Finish, no matter how much material you give him, Eric Roberts is one of the least convincing Masters ever.

So here we scale it back, there’s no ‘temporal orbit’, The Doctor suceeds in closing the eye on the first go, Eric Roberts is a henchman for The Master, with the role of the real deal now being given over exclusively to Antony Ainley, making use of some of the gorgeous footage of him from the PC video game ‘Destiny of the Doctors’, complete with an ending that sets him up for The Master’s inclusion in the modern series and aligns it more closely to the continuity referenced in “The Sound of Drums”

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Doctor Who-His Dark Design Episode One [Fanfiction]

Beginning an exciting ‘new’ serial on my blog…well, ‘new’ in the sense that I am adapting a classic Doctor Who strip from TV Comic and adding my own personal touch to it. I was reading ‘Return of the Daleks’ and was awe struck by how good it was, if only Roger Delgado’s Master had been at the heart of it…so that’s what I’ve done, added him to proceedings to make the event all the more compelling. Expect plenty of surprises here

This fanscript is structured a bit like an ‘audio novel’, the narrator describes the goings on, but the characters speak their own lines, and I’ve also included some choice hightlights from the actual strip itself!

I hope to make this a daily serial, but we’ll see.

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Powerpuff (CW) Pilot Script Extract Rewrite#1

Like so many, I was shocked at the state of the leaked Powerpuff pilot script, I understand it was a first draft, but it was a cynical, mean-spirited mess that lacked a great deal of class and didn’t credit the girls with their intelligence. So I thought I’d ‘fix’ some of these lines, starting with this conversation between Blossom and Buttercup as they catch up on Blossom

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Amazing Spider-Man: The Night Gwen Stacy Lived [Comic Book Fanedit]

It’s safe to say the comic book editing bug has officially bitten me…as I unviel the first of no less than three Amazing Spider-Man projects I’ve been working on today. I actually made this one as a gift for one of my old friends over on Rangerboard who is a massive Gwen stan.

I often tease Gwen fans a lot on places like Youtube and Comicvine. I’ve never really gotten her appeal and my introduction to her as a comics reader was…well..the story where she died, and the more I read up on her, the less I liked her, greatly preferring Mary Jane.

So why would I bother with this? Well, first there is the afore-mentioned Gwen stan friend of mine, the second is the issue part of this book is based on, “What If Gwen Stacy Had Lived” is a bit of an underlooked treasure in the Marvel vaults, rarely if ever reprinted or collected, but it’s actually written fairly well, Peter is in character, and the situation is somewhat believable.

For people constantly clamouring for a continuity where Gwen is alive and happy with Peter, they usually find themselves in short supply, so there’s that too. For many, the Night Gwen Stacy died set the tone for the rest of Spider-Man’s life, some will say it led to a better life, but for some, the days spent hanging out at the discos and coffe beans with all your college friends and first loves is a dream one wishes they could never wake up from.

Just be thankful I didn’t add anything from Sins Past in this.

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Giant-Size Amazing Spider-Man: King’s Ransom Conclusion [Fanedit]

The Giant-Size Amazing Spider-Man issue released last week needn’t have been necessary IMO, this could have been told over the course of just two issues, or three counting only a fraction of the events in Amazing Spider-Man#66 (which concerned itself more with advancing the Kindred plotline) .

Instead, Marvel tried to choke your wallets with putting a major status quo shift in the pages of a random one-shot that most readers weren’t aware factored majorly in the thrust of the plotlines of the main book. I’m not sure whether or not the book underperformed as a whole for the month, but it wasn’t as high as I figure it could have ranked on some charts I’d seen.

Not that the issue was bad or anything, and it did push the stories forward, but at the same time it felt rather ‘inconclusive’, with the very ending instructing you to go buy the next issue that deals with the immediate aftermath.

I figured this one-shot deserved to tell a more complete story to give readers who had been perhaps only following this story (either as Kingpin or Boomerang/Superior Foes fans, or had heard the buzz about the ‘new’ Spider-Man costume), a decent jumping off point if they so wish, and to do that the book needed to feel like it had reached a definitive stop, no next issue holdovers.

So that’s what I’ve done. Took some of the pages from ASM#66 related to the King’s Ransom arc and not the Kindred saga (though, besides Fisk’s flashbacks, old present day Kindrey does show up on a page) and rearranged a couple of panels and dialogue boxes to tighten the bolts.

With this edit, Marvel needn’t hold any conclusion to ransom

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