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Doctor Who: Scream of the Shalka
Doctor Who: Scream of the Shalka
by Paul Cornell
Edition: Paperback

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Scream If You Want To Go Faster, 11 May 2004
Paul Cornell is the acclaimed author of a number of Doctor Who novels.
His respect by fans of the show and its spin-offs into other media proven when his Human Nature novel from the Virgin New Adventures series was voted as best piece of Who fiction…Ever! This was in Doctor Who Magazine’s tribute special for the show’s 40th anniversary – We Love Doctor Who.
This is Paul’s novelization of the script he wrote for BBCi’s very own 40th anniversary tribute – Scream Of The Shalka, which went out as six internet episodes in 2003. It starred Richard E Grant as The Doctor – a Doctor with haughtiness and high brow instincts who only comes to earth for its wines and eclipses. He also seems to be a Doctor under a dark cloud due to some undisclosed recent events which are still quite obviously traumatic and full of tragedy for him. This initially makes him reluctant to get stuck in. Still, he finds himself having to help Earth out once more as he finds a town in Lancashire under alien siege and as the events unfold, the very earth itself.
This adaptation by Paul of his very own script not only shows his love for the show and its concepts, but is also written in a style as a tip of the hat to Terrance Dicks who wrote a hefty percentage of the Target Doctor Who novels so popular in the 70s and 80s when fans couldn’t get hold of video or DVD copies of their favourite show or indeed audios of the episodes carelessly discarded by a not very futuristic-thinking BBC in the 70s.
Paul captures the feel of the Target series as penned by Terrance very well and better still delivers a cracking traditional type of Doctor Who tale which cunningly evolves into something with grander ambitions once the extent of the Shalka’s plan is revealed.
Clever touches are the Doctor’s mobile phone which just like the Tardis itself, is more than it first appears, the Shalka – who use sound to engineer and vanquish and The Doctor’s travelling companion – an android version of his fellow Timelord nemesis, The Master.
An addendum after the story details how the web broadcast came into being and that is also of interest – not only for fans, but anyone wanting to possibly pursue story-telling in any media.
Cracking stuff in this eventful outing for this unique Doctor and I look forward to Paul’s episode of ‘real’ Doctor Who in the Russell T Davies desgined/Christopher Eccleston acted incarnation of the Doctor due 2005.
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Ultimate Daryl Hall And John Oates
Ultimate Daryl Hall And John Oates
Offered by music_by_mail_uk
Price: £11.95

5 of 58 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Whoa-hoa! Here they come..., 10 May 2004
DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES
Ultimate
BMG Heritage
I Can't Go For That - Oh Yes You Can! I always thought Hall & Oates would have been great in pantomime. You've got Oates there, a moustache-twirling homunculus whilst in Daryl Hall in all his Don Johnson in Miami Vice mulleted prime, you have a hardy knee-slapping hero. He would have made a great Dick Whittingdon.
Hall & Oates are very, very 80s - their look, the ideas behind the songs and their curiously plasticised production technique verily screams 80s at you. Even in the 70s and 90s H&O were 80s. And because of all that, it's still somewhat hard to take them too seriously.
They took themselves very seriously though, even when they were nicking You Can't Hurry Love's bassline for Maneater and dressing up as Private Eyes.
Or worse yet, when they were getting all overwrought and emotional for the likes of She's Gone or fey on Sara Smile. By the time we reach the frankly, ridiculous Adult Education and Method Of Modern Love, they should have been taking heed of another one of their songs - Out Of Touch.
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Van Lear Rose
Van Lear Rose
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £9.73

6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Van Lear Rose, 10 May 2004
This review is from: Van Lear Rose (Audio CD)
LORETTA LYNN
Van Lear Rose
Interscope/Universal
Not in my wildest dreams, did I ever consider I’d be reviewing a Loretta Lynn album. Even more bizarre is the fact that I’m thoroughly recommending it. Here, Lynn manages to turn round that tired and worn out C&W genre into something that’s like a glistening jewel in the eye.
This is down in no small way to Jack White of The White Stripes presenting Lynn with a rough and ready, grunty and gristly production palette to metaphorically stride around in. The mix of her triumphant voice out front of the grizzled guitar sounds are totally arresting.
That you’ve got a bunch of songs that bring us tales of sloe gin fizz, communication breakdown, yer general alcoholism, survival of worn down women, Bad Girls in county prisons, some unjust poverty and pink limousines makes it even more riveting. Every darned C&W clichés gets trotted out, turned on it’s head and subverted like a bushpig in a hoedown rodeo and is all the more wondrous for it.
It’s like Post Modernism finally breaks into the inbred country and western ancestry line and it’s mighty fine.


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