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  • Quick Doctor Who poll | Shiny Shelf
    59 pm My three 1 Caves of Androzani 2 The Ambassadors of Death 3 Snakedance Caves because it s just the aces bleak everyone including the Doctor dies with two exceptions Graeme Harper proving he was to 4 3 colour video what Douglas Camfield was to 4 3 black and white shame he sucks in 16 9 Morgus s monologues to camera and a true sense of danger and dread that you just don t tend to get with Doctor Who with the Doctor getting beaten and his pure white coat symbolically dirtied Best of all it s exactly what would happen if the Doctor landed in the middle of a war he d be tossed around from side to side and or shot and killed unable to do anything much except try to survive Ambassadors is simply fantastic The direction s brilliant Liz Shaw shows why she s the premiere companion able to understand complex science and machinery outsmart the Doctor offer witty putdowns to the baddies speak French without a TARDIS fight off guards hatch escape attempts and drive in a car chase in Bessy of all things Hell at the end the Doctor just legs it saying that Liz Shaw can handle everything in his absence It s also the only unless anyone else can think of another crime story on Doctor Who We have a proper villain who s only it for the money He s going around shooting people and burying the bodies He switches allegiances whenever it s convenient He reports to a boss whose motivation isn t world domination but who is simply misguided and trying to help the world wake up to what he thinks is an imminent alien invasion And the aliens aren t the baddies It s a human crime story with an alien backdrop and without the near textual comments on morality the close runner Doctor Who and the Silurians has Snakedance beats out Kinda for the top Doctor Who story that actually means something without completely heading off format Great as Kinda is for sub text et al Snakedance manages to marry the allegories and Buddhism of Kinda with a standard Doctor Who plot Okay you have to overlook Martin Clunes but Davison s performance is excellent and the idea that it s the Doctor who doesn t have the wisdom to save the situation for once because he is too tainted by his own Mara is subtly done yet awe inspiring at the same time And once you ve seen the Doctor forcing a real snake to bite him so that he can achieve internal harmony and save the day it s very hard to forget particularly when you watch one of Rusty s press this red button to commit genocide endings Jonn says June 23 2010 at 4 00 pm The Myth Makers because it s both like a Round the Horne film parody and a prototype for RTD s sillier historicals The Power of the

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  • Doctor Who: The post-’Big Bang’ survival kit | Shiny Shelf
    Survival is barring Paul McGann s 1996 appearance the last Doctor Who story before the 2005 revival and both Dorian and the Thumbcast voted for it alongside An Unearthly Child effectively book ending the whole series in their picks There are plenty of parallels to be had after years where the series stayed mostly out in space barely touching normality at all Survival ends where the series began a drab corner of contemporary Earth from a yard full of junk to a scruffy patch of parkland There s also an easy segue from the end of one series to the start of the next in spite of the sixteen year production gap Ignore the McGann film and it s a short geographic and spiritual jump from the Perivale suburbs of Survival to the South London council estate of Rose It s as if the series was groping towards it s future at the exact point of cancellation and one way for fans of the new show to get into the old is to start at the end and dig back peeling away the layers All three stories are out on DVD and you can buy them via these here links Ghost Light The Curse of Fenric Shiny review here Survival 8 9 Doctor Who and the Silurians Inferno Another season cluster this time season 7 Jon Pertwee s first year Both stories are long seven episodes each but use that length to build an impressive tension with an impressive sense of scale if you want to see a plague sweep through London or the entire Earth be consumed by fire this is the season to watch They re also smart and thoughtful stories where characters have strong motivations The Silurians recent TV showing may have been underwhelming but their debut remains the best use of those monsters and that story in this case the pattern of the story really is tied to the creature their every re appearance a re telling to a greater or lesser extent It s available in a DVD box set with its two 20th century sequels Although Who often creates a sense of scale entirely through dialogue see Talons above Inferno is a rare case of show don t tell with a clever plot loop demonstrating the exact fate Earth faces due to a misguided drilling project It s Doctor Who at its most apocalyptic You can get it on DVD 10 Special Mentions Not one story but many the following stories got a couple of nods each so if you ve seen the rest hunt this lot down The Dalek Invasion of Earth Read review Buy DVD The Myth Makers Buy CD The Horror of Fang Rock Buy DVD Warrior s Gate Buy DVD Remembrance of the Daleks Buy DVD That s our Top Ten ish which should keep you busy enough until Christmas Thanks to everyone who participated in the poll If you d like to chip in with further recommendations or comments

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  • Print’s Not Dead | Shiny Shelf
    form of self contained series DMZ Losers Fables or taken from ongoing titles e g for Batman DC have digitised the first two thirds of Hush as well as the start of Grant Morrison s run Some arcs are presently incomplete but crucially DC are working through sequentially This seems simple common sense but Marvel have gone for a more scatter gun approach with titles plucked hither and thither from classic and contemporary stories alike It s less easy to sympathise with this approach but one difference with DC is that Marvel are more willing to mine their back catalogue at present the earliest DC title is Neil Gaiman s Sandman as opposed to issues of Spider Man and Avengers from the 1960s However a big limitation shared by both major publishers is their reluctance to tie digital comics to the release dates of their paper brethren Justice League Generation Lost is the only DC title to do this while Marvel have experimented with the Iron Man annual Moreover there is no firm commitment to any title going digital on a regular basis Even if you have an iPad you are not going to be cancelling your standing order anytime soon Basically the one serious application of e comics is to catch up on a series that passed you by before in which case chances are you can get a good deal on a trade paperback from any number of online stores Obviously collectors will turn their nose up at ditching paper as will people of more refined aesthetic tastes but as a casual buyer with no delusions or aspirations to being anything more than a straight up consumer of comics I can see great appeal to having your whole collection on something the size and weight of a thick magazine This is a long way off at present aside from anything else there is a need for a proper iTunes style management system for your collection something currently missing and likely to stay missing unless Comixology or another system becomes formally accepted as industry standard Ultimately e comics are something to do if you have an iPad rather than a reason in themselves to get one It s nice to have a few issues of Die Hard Year One set aside for a rainy day or to stock up on Fables on a whim but there s little more appeal to it than that The collection of available titles will only grow and if they catch on tablet computers will likely become cheaper Perhaps by that stage comic book publishers will have moved over to a digital model and printed editions will become rare collectors items Until then however I m afraid Dr Spengler was wrong Line Break By Bruce Kent Share Print s Not Dead Tags Apple Boom Studios Comics Comixology DC e comics iPad iPhone Marvel technology 5 Responses Ash Farbrother says July 6 2010 at 1 44 pm My perspective on a digital comics app for

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  • World of Fancraft: The Shiny Shelf Alternative Xmas Gift Guide | Shiny Shelf
    For very sensible ethical and sanity retention based reasons we ve largely steered clear of fan made manga and anime based craft items Oh the things we ve seen Anyway who doesn t like L the misanthropic genius detective from Death Note We like him so we were delighted to find a number of items available bearing his face or distinctive italicised L logo We re not sure why this plushie of him is naked though 8 Spike from Buffy Basket Purse with lid Some shows may be gone but the fans still keep the faith especially in regards to fan favourite characters Take Spike for instance After dating a vampire and a blond guy Buffy the Vampire Slayer eventually fell into a relationship with a blond vampire Spike A classic antihero Spike also appeared in Angel but didn t get a spin off show of his own He did get his face burnt into the top of this basket purse though so that s something 9 The X Files nesting dolls Speaking of old shows The X Files may not be what it once was in terms of popularity certainly if the reception to that second movie they did is anything to go by but it still inspires a certain degree of devotion For most X Files devotees it s all about Mulder and Scully so rather than have tiny version of the supporting cast this set of nesting dolls features two Mulders and two Scullys getting more caricatured the smaller they get with a little green man right at the centre So anyone wanting a Skinner or Krycek doll will just have to make their own 10 Ianto and Jack painting Torchwood again No image as the artist behind this painting has sternly requested that his copyright be respected Not sure how the copyrights of the BBC and the likeness rights of the actors figure into all that but never mind Regardless you can click here to view this entirely safe for work painting of the two doomed lovers They re actually pretty good likenesses so if you only buy one painting of Ianto Jones and Captain Jack Harkness etc And that brings us to the end of the list Ianto Jones has been the insane online fan obsession of the last couple of years so the combination of Ianto and the world of fan made crafts must represent some kind of dark heart at the centre of the internet Wherever we go from here we ll be moving towards the light Merry Christmas Line Break By Shiny Shelf Share World of Fancraft The Shiny Shelf Alternative Xmas Gift Guide Tags Buffy Death Note Doctor Who Star Trek The X Files Torchwood Twin Peaks 5 Responses Mags says December 20 2010 at 10 35 am I er quite like the Star Trek meerkats And the kawaii Doctor and Rose earrings although the Doctor Master set are obviously even better JamesHG says December 20 2010 at 1 41 pm

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  • Fringe #2.16: Peter | Shiny Shelf
    events and a frustrated Walter was the only witness to his success Walter replicates the cure and crosses dimensions but when the vial breaks the only option is to take Earth 2 s Peter back with him at which point his wife forces them to keep the boy It doesn t read great on paper but is brought to life by Bishop s John Noble a man who after being asked to do one and a half seasons of wacky mad professor schtick finally gets to do some acting It s great stuff as Noble drops 20 years to play a genius obsessed with his own deceased son The setting is a lovely bit of understated 80s pastiche with big phones and big hair also being the basis for the episode s highlight a brilliantly Tomorrow s World version of the credits all over youtube and well worth tracking down if somehow you missed it When all s said and done not much is moved on in plot terms but there is something dangerously close to character development for Bishop for recurrring corporate boss Nina Sharp and for Peter Bishop while we only see him in flashback there s something very affecting about actually seeing an event we have only previously been told of It threatens to make something interesting out of the father son banter of Noble and Jackson The overall impression is that Fringe almost seems to take pride in conjuring up an absurdly contrived situation and then heaving a great dollop of touching and affecting family drama all over it This is almost certainly the right direction for a show that has little going for it aside from being utterly ridiculous keep the audience on their toes by offering heartfelt emotion alongside the teleporting buildings and viruses that make people vomit blood Line Break By Stephen Lavington Share Review of Fringe 2 16 Peter by stevelavington shinyshelf Tags Alex Kurtzman Bryan Burk Fringe JJ Abrams Roberto Orci TV 4 Responses MerseyMal says April 8 2010 at 12 10 pm Absolutely love this show and mostly because of John Noble who was also fantastic as Denethor Steward Of Gondor in The Return Of The King Steve Lavington says April 11 2010 at 3 44 pm Noble is very good in ROTK He s been pretty good in Fringe to this point but has not been overly taxed in terms of what s asked of him I love his mad professor stuff but it really felt that without that constraint he was putting in a genuine effort Mark Clapham says April 11 2010 at 7 02 pm Not seen much of Fringe but from what I ve seen I like that Noble doesn t play him as a bit nutty but as genuinely mentally ill Tweets that mention Fringe 2 16 Peter Shiny Shelf Topsy com says April 8 2010 at 12 12 pm This post was mentioned on Twitter by Mark Clapham Shiny Shelf Shiny Shelf said Fringe

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  • Ashes to Ashes | Shiny Shelf
    These are fashions and music from my teenage years songs I know every word of from the lyrics in Smash Hits Whether I liked the song or not It s very hard not to find Alex s Uptown Girl dream funny But the nostalgia in Ashes to Ashes is the same you can get from watching an 80s music marathon on 4Music Gene and the rest of it should be there to undercut that to remind you that this was a time when suspects still fell down the stairs in custody There s simply too much implicit approval in the writing and direction to make that undercutting work Oh and in 1983 they should have been buckling up in the front seat of the Quattro Line Break By Mags L Halliday Share Ashes to Ashes Tags Ashes to Ashes BBC BBC One Gene Hunt Keeley Hawes Life on Mars Matthew Graham Philip Glenister TV 4 Responses Jonn says April 16 2010 at 1 31 pm The entirety of the franchise has been worth it for the Uptown Girl sequence Hell the entirely of western civilisation was worth it to get to that Mags says April 19 2010 at 8 12 am I m not entirely convinced of that Jonn not least as it means I have Billy Joel stuck in my head now This week s episode was another one where the crime of the week was obvious And the exploration of Ray s character made the more pyschological episodes of The Professionals look subtle Steffan Alun says April 20 2010 at 12 00 pm The shift of emphasis to Gene is definitely to the detriment of the show A real shame Tyler s perspective of the 70s informed every aspect of the show If something didn t quite ring true it was fine since it seemed to be the 70s in his head rather than the actual 70s The question of the true nature of this world is entirely trivial of course it s just a land of fiction where the main character happens to realise it s fiction But if it s not all in their heads it s a lot less interesting if you ask me Tweets that mention Ashes to Ashes Shiny Shelf Topsy com says April 16 2010 at 9 22 am This post was mentioned on Twitter by Shiny Shelf Shiny Shelf said Ashes to Ashes Like 1980s lipgloss Ashes to Ashes is shiny but a bit gloopy and liable to get messy Ashes to http bit ly aj1o2O RECENT POPULAR TAGS Saga Django Unchained Disney and Lucasfilm Dracula vs Robin Hood vs Jekyll and Hyde 1 2 Star Trek Titan Fallen Gods Ted The Dark Knight Rises UK comics round up Nelson The Scarifyers Quick Doctor Who poll Doctor Who The post Big Bang survival kit Print s Not Dead World of Fancraft The Shiny Shelf Alternative Xmas Gift Guide Fringe 2 16 Peter Ashes to Ashes Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman

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  • Advent Calendar | Shiny Shelf
    cancel Top of the Pops but it has very quietly kept the show ticking over Tags Advent Calendar BBC BBC One BBC Two Top of the Pops TV SHINY ADVENT Mickey s Christmas Carol By Jon de Burgh Miller on 13 December 2006 Comments Off While there have been many adaptations of the Dickens classic over the years few capture the heart of the tale and convey it with such lean brevity as this 1983 Disney offering Tags Advent Calendar Disney Movies SHINY ADVENT Batman Returns By Mark Clapham on 12 December 2006 Comments Off Tim Burton s sequel to Batman is riddled with perverse decision making not only is it a big summer movie set at Christmas but it s also loaded with bleak moments of humorous violence and fetishistic relationships Tags Advent Calendar Batman DC Movies SHINY ADVENT National Lampoon s Christmas Vacation By Stephen Lavington on 11 December 2006 Comments Off There are some lifestyle choices which can t be justified by any objective standard and a full on enthusiasm for Chevy Chase is one of those Tags Advent Calendar Chevy Chase Comedy Movies National Lampoon SHINY ADVENT Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads Christmas Special 1974 By Eddie Robson on 10 December 2006 Comments Off Given that Only Fools and Horses has had about three episodes designed to stand as its definitive finale it s hard to imagine a time when the BBC wasn t bothered about giving closure to its sitcoms Tags Advent Calendar BBC Comedy Dick Clement DVD Ian La Frenais James Bolam Likely Lads Rodney Bewes TV SHINY ADVENT Die Hard By Stephen Lavington on 09 December 2006 Comments Off Bruce Willis may not be the obvious contender for title of Christmas action hero Arnold Schwarzenegger can after all draw on Jingle All the Way and good luck to him with that Tags Advent Calendar Bruce Willis Die Hard Movies SHINY ADVENT Detective Comics 826 By Mark Clapham on 08 December 2006 Comments Off Just in case you thought this advent calendar business was all going to be dewy eyed nostalgia about the movies we used to watch on TV when we were still young here s something new Tags Advent Calendar Batman Comics DC SHINY ADVENT The Apartment By Eddie Robson on 07 December 2006 Comments Off What could be more Christmassy than suicide Tags Advent Calendar Movies SHINY ADVENT Doctor Who The Christmas Invasion By Mags L Halliday on 06 December 2006 Comments Off The tradition of the Christmas Special is embedded in British culture Tags Advent Calendar BBC BBC One Billie Piper David Tennant Doctor Who Russell T Davies TV SHINY ADVENT The Blue Carbuncle By Jim Smith on 05 December 2006 Comments Off The Brett Burke Blue Carbuncle is perfect Christmas viewing It has some substance as well as atmosphere but it really gets the festive juices flowing Tags Advent Calendar Sherlock Holmes TV SHINY ADVENT Scrooged By Stephen Lavington on 04 December 2006 Comments Off People have their

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  • Angel | Shiny Shelf
    By Mark Clapham on 15 May 2002 Comments Off Angel s back and even better he s back on form Tags Angel Buffy Joss Whedon TV Angel That Vision Thing By Mark Clapham on 15 May 2002 Comments Off Cordelia s visions have been causing her increasing grief since late in season two sapping her of her youthful enthusiasm and damaging her health Tags Angel Buffy Joss Whedon TV Angel That Old Gang of Mine By Mark Clapham on 15 May 2002 Comments Off Crikey its been a while since Angel has been this grim That Old Gang of Mine is pretty short of laughs a fairly brutal story concerning vigilantism and loyalty which gives Gunn a rare mome Tags Angel Buffy Joss Whedon TV Angel Carpe Noctem By Mark Clapham on 15 May 2002 Comments Off Surprisingly for a show with such frequently dark subject matter Angel has always had a sense of humour about its own immense silliness Lovers of farce will appreciate this take on that age old Tags Angel Buffy Joss Whedon TV Angel Fredless By Mark Clapham on 15 May 2002 Comments Off And so the inevitable Fred centric episode arrives and mercifully it s a good one cementing her position at Angel Investigations When Fred s parents arrive in LA determined to find their daught Tags Angel Joss Whedon TV Vampires Angel Billy By Mark Clapham on 15 May 2002 Comments Off Welcome to the world s shortest story arc Remember that guy Angel pulled out of hell in That Vision Thing Well turns out he wasn t being lined up for a major storyline but for this excitin Tags Angel Buffy Jeffrey Bell Joss Whedon Tim Minear TV Vampires Angel Offspring Quickening Lullaby Dad By Jim Smith on 15 May 2002 Comments Off Big explosions big plot developments and lots of scenes taking place in the rain Tags Angel Buffy David Greenwalt Jeffrey Bell Joss Whedon Tim Minear TV Vampires Angel Birthday By Jim Smith on 15 May 2002 Comments Off Every great American TV must do its take on Frank Capra s It s a Wonderful Life sooner or later It s the law In fact given the fidelity with which this particular rule is stuck to it s probably Tags Angel Buffy Joss Whedon TV Angel Provider By Mark Clapham on 15 May 2002 Comments Off After the intensity of recent weeks this nifty albeit silly episode sees a cooling off of the ongoing plotlines as Angel comes to terms with fatherhood Tags Angel Bill Norton Buffy Joss Whedon TV Vampires Angel Waiting In The Wings By Mark Clapham on 15 May 2002 Comments Off This is something to get excited about an episode both written and directed by Joss Whedon As his attention is split between more and more projects so the rarity of getting a single undiluted do Tags Angel Buffy Joss Whedon Summer Glau TV Vampires Angel Couplet By Mark Clapham on 15 May 2002 Comments Off Ally

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