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The Parting of the West

When the storm came, it was all storms; the ur-storm. Every tempest the Atlantic had ever unleashed before that night was just a premonition, each squall that would escape its abyssal depths from that day forth merely an echo. It would not … Continue reading

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Can You Have White Darkness? (Punchline)

It’s rare enough that Robert Shearman is mentioned without some close variation of a particular phrase. In magazines and on entertainment websites, it’s “the man who brought the Daleks back to Doctor Who”. In conversation, it’s “the guy who wrote the … Continue reading

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It’s a Trick, You Know, a Joke (Twice Upon a Timelord)

Following the nostalgic tedium of The Pair o’ Docs Paradox, the Sci-Fi Sea Cruise largely bounces back with Twice Upon a Timelord, a decidedly better fit for the production’s limited reserves of money and talent (right down to their surely conscious … Continue reading

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Erase This Disaster That Has Befallen Us All (The Pair o’ Docs Paradox)

In 2006, the only actors the Sci-Fi Sea Cruise managed to secure were Nicholas Courtney and Stewart Bevan. Bevan’s sole Doctor Who appearance was in 1973’s The Green Death, where his character, environmentalist professor Clifford Jones of the Nuthutch activist community, swept the Third … Continue reading

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He Always Managed to Evade Me (A Happy Ending)

Much has been written about the Doctor’s granddaughter, Susan Foreman, a character who seems increasingly perplexing as the series marches on. The original companion, she was written out in the second season, and while neither the character’s personality nor Carole … Continue reading

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Something’s Always Lost in Translation (The Crystal Conundrum)

Assembling a genuinely impressive cast and enlisting the help of brilliant creative consultant, 2004’s The Crystal Conundrum seems a significant step forward for the Sci-Fi Sea Cruise… at least on paper. It’s just a pity about the clumsy execution, which prevents … Continue reading

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Things I Do for Queen and Country (Death Takes a Holiday)

Admittedly, the Sci-Fi Sea Cruise videos generally get worse as they go on, but I’m happy to report that the first instalment is both written and filmed with such a level of competence that it can be enjoyed with very little … Continue reading

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