the power of mobility

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    the doctor: you like travel?
    gravis: only those who have been isolated for millennia truly appreciate the power of mobility.

    adapted from "frontios" (1984)

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    7 march 2012

    i've been watching my way through the fifth doctor's adventure tales over the past couple of months and returned, at last, to "frontios." many more things to think about this time around. people on the internet were discussing which of the doctor's foes should never return. i think that's a terrible discussion to have, as advances - in costuming, effects technology, and pacing of screenplays - mean that no past villain could not be improved upon in the modern age.

    in the classic series, the more ungainly the doctor's foes, the fonder i am of them, and that goes double for the sad, lonely, and philosophic leader of the tractators. for my own part, i think there is a redemptive tale yet to be told about gravis. he'd already been "isolated for millennia" when he met the doctor, and then was exiled by the time lord to the wild, barren landscape of kolkokron. what happened to him in the intervening period? did he find madness or redemption in his hermitage?

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    8 march 2012

    warm thanks to @gary_gillatt for sending people here on twitter with a retweet. apparently mr jeff rawle, who played plantagenet in "frontios" popped round his office today. you can find rawle on twitter as well: @jeffrawle1

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    26 april 2012

    inexplicably, from 20-24 april, this piece gained 1,211 views. flickr's stat-tracking mechanism is clearly flawed because it's attributing almost all of these views to "unknown" with no referring source. i wish i knew who was sharing the link, because i'm astounded and thrilled that so many are seeing it on that account. if you can tell me where the hits are coming from, that would be awesome! i did every kind of search with every kind of search-term i could think of, on twitter, google, and so on, but the kind referrer remains a mystery.

    thanks, whoever's out there!

    1. kittenry 30 months ago | reply

      the first time i tried out a piece about the doctor:

      i rather like the new fifth-doctor one more than the old eleventh-doctor piece. i felt a great deal of internal pressure to get the first one right and to get it seen. i also felt like i failed in both respects. this time, i was just doing it to please myself. it's a lot grimier, less precise, and, i think, as a result, breathes a little more easily.

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      update 23 april 2012

      and here's another piece on this theme, wherein the sixth doctor confronts his ancient foe, davros!

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      update 13 may 2012

      a fresh look at an iconic image of the eighth doctor, played by paul mcgann:

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      update 26 august 2012

      in which i make an effort at a kind of movie poster for "terror of the zygons":

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