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2012-07-03 02:15:41 AM  
Been working on a season 12 Baker scarf forever now.. finally down to the last color.
 
2012-07-03 10:34:21 AM  
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency

/in before reading the article!
//virgules!
 
2012-07-03 10:54:42 AM  
who?
 
2012-07-03 11:21:13 AM  
Shada?

I saw that at a DW convention when I was a wee lad. They showed the film and then slides for scenes that weren't filmed yet. That was also the convention I got Llala Ward to sign a Tom Baker head shot. She was not happy.
 
2012-07-03 11:36:56 AM  
Since it's non (science) fiction, this may be blasphemy on Fark, but my favorite Douglas Adams book is "Last Chance to See."
 
2012-07-03 11:46:39 AM  
Jon Pertwee was the best Doctor.
 
2012-07-03 11:59:35 AM  
I have The Shada in the garage someplace. The VHS isn't as bad as the author says. It suffers most by only having half of it filmed,but Tom Baker fills in the gaps. I bought the tape AFTER reading Dirk Gently, so my head just about imploded when I watched it.
 
2012-07-03 12:04:21 PM  

Gough: Since it's non (science) fiction, this may be blasphemy on Fark, but my favorite Douglas Adams book is "Last Chance to See."


It's a very good book, and I don't think it blasphemy at all to have it as your favorite. Having said that, it's also a little on the depressing side.
 
2012-07-03 12:20:27 PM  
The Tardis hangs in the air exactly the way bricks don't.
 
2012-07-03 12:28:55 PM  

Gough: Since it's non (science) fiction, this may be blasphemy on Fark, but my favorite Douglas Adams book is "Last Chance to See."


It's an excellent, but sad, book.
 
2012-07-03 12:34:23 PM  

Tyrone Slothrop: Gough: Since it's non (science) fiction, this may be blasphemy on Fark, but my favorite Douglas Adams book is "Last Chance to See."

It's an excellent, but sad, book.


I loved it too. Does anyone have an update on how the animals are faring today?
 
2012-07-03 12:35:36 PM  
I'm torn. My understanding of why Adams' other Doctor Who episodes were never novelized is that the Beeb wasn't willing to pay him enough to novelize his own scripts, and he didn't want anyone else touching them.

Now there's this.

My soul hungers for new Douglas Adams like a man in a desert might thirst for water (and no, Eoin Colfer doesn't cut it). When he passed in 2001, I was devastated: Only two Dirk Gently novels, and the last Hitchhikers novel was like an acerbic letter to his fans saying, "I'm sick of writing about these characters!"

So, I've got a dilemma on my hands.
 
jvl
2012-07-03 02:00:44 PM  

TGWJH: Tyrone Slothrop: Gough: Since it's non (science) fiction, this may be blasphemy on Fark, but my favorite Douglas Adams book is "Last Chance to See."

It's an excellent, but sad, book.

I loved it too. Does anyone have an update on how the animals are faring today?


Shall I Wikipedia that for you?

/ Spoiler: The river dolphin is extinct. Everything else survives.
 
2012-07-03 02:18:33 PM  

BalugaJoe: Jon Pertwee was the best Doctor.


Good lord, yes, he was. Between Netflix, and Dailymotion, I'm up to Frontier in Space. Something about him seems just perfect as the Doctor. Yes, I have an appreciation for, and even liking of the other Doctors, but Pertwee is MY Doctor.

To the point, I'm not surprised that this book is being well reviewed. Gareth Roberts, the author, has written several Who novels, and a few of the better NuWho scripts (The Lodger and Closing Time, for instance.), so I'm more excited than previously about this. Plus, I just read Dirk Gently, so it'll be interesting to see what this is like.

The more I read bout ol' Gareth, the more I wanted him to have written ...And Another Thing. It's not that I don't like Colfer, but he didn't do the characters any justice at all.
 
2012-07-03 02:40:36 PM  

jvl: TGWJH: Tyrone Slothrop: Gough: Since it's non (science) fiction, this may be blasphemy on Fark, but my favorite Douglas Adams book is "Last Chance to See."

It's an excellent, but sad, book.

I loved it too. Does anyone have an update on how the animals are faring today?

Shall I Wikipedia that for you?

/ Spoiler: The river dolphin is extinct. Everything else survives.


Too bad. The dolphin did seem doomed from the beginning considering its lifestyle and how China has grown so much. Pleasantly surprised about the rest.
 
2012-07-03 02:43:22 PM  

TGWJH: jvl: TGWJH: Tyrone Slothrop: Gough: Since it's non (science) fiction, this may be blasphemy on Fark, but my favorite Douglas Adams book is "Last Chance to See."

It's an excellent, but sad, book.

I loved it too. Does anyone have an update on how the animals are faring today?

Shall I Wikipedia that for you?

/ Spoiler: The river dolphin is extinct. Everything else survives.

Too bad. The dolphin did seem doomed from the beginning considering its lifestyle and how China has grown so much. Pleasantly surprised about the rest.


Just found outmy local library, which doesn't often have a lot, has Last Chance to See. I've been wanting to read it for close to a decade now, so I was pleasantly surprised.

And I had them order this Shada and the Eighth Doctor's audio version. Anybody listened to that? Is it any good?
 
2012-07-03 03:19:52 PM  

BroVinny: I'm torn. My understanding of why Adams' other Doctor Who episodes were never novelized is that the Beeb wasn't willing to pay him enough to novelize his own scripts, and he didn't want anyone else touching them.


More or less, but it was Target who put up the money for novelisations. The Doctor Who books were fun reading as a kid, but they weren't blockbuster sellers. Target could afford pocket money for Terrence Dicks to churn 'em out, but DNA, not unreasonably, wanted H2G2 sized advances and Target couldn't hope to afford that kind of money.
 
2012-07-03 05:00:40 PM  
I have this book. Even by the standards of Dr Who fiction, it's really not well written.
 
2012-07-03 05:31:15 PM  

TGWJH: Too bad. The dolphin did seem doomed from the beginning considering its lifestyle


What a coincidence. That's what's dooming me, too!
 
2012-07-03 06:32:52 PM  

TGWJH: Tyrone Slothrop: Gough: Since it's non (science) fiction, this may be blasphemy on Fark, but my favorite Douglas Adams book is "Last Chance to See."

It's an excellent, but sad, book.

I loved it too. Does anyone have an update on how the animals are faring today?


Mark Carwardine and Stephen Fry did a "revisit all the original animals" series for BBC a couple of years ago. Buy it. It's goddamn amazing.
 
2012-07-03 09:22:49 PM  

Lokasenna: Mark Carwardine and Stephen Fry did a "revisit all the original animals" series for BBC a couple of years ago. Buy it. It's goddamn amazing.


Found it on Blu for 5.45 pounds, a little under 9 bucks. I'll be getting it as soon as I can.
 
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