15 June 2011

Doctor Who back for a 7th season/series; just when will they air?

After initially picking up Doctor Who for a seventh (or series) season, the BBC has let it know that the show will either take a break in 2012, with limited number of episodes (possibly mirroring 2009's set-up), or not return at all until 2013, which will be the long-running franchises 50th Anniversary year.

Michael Hinman, who runs Airlock Alpha, wrote that "The economy has wreaked havoc on television, especially those that depend on government-style assessments like the BBC. Because of that, there was a lot of speculation that the BBC would take a year off, like it did in 2009, airing 'Doctor Who' specials instead of a full season."

Right now, the BBC has been tight-lipped on what exactly will happen with the 14 episodes they've ordered. Could they skip what has now become an annual Christmas Special? While story line dictated this years episode split, could the BBC air 6 or 7 episodes in 2012 (or less), and broadcast the rest in 2013? Or, because 2013 is the shows Golden Anniversary, could they be planning an expanded season?

All of this, or course, is speculation. Until the BBC says something, we'll all have to except the fact that beyond this current season, 14 more episodes will be made with Matt Smith at the helm as the Doctor.

12 June 2011

Books: Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde (2002)

In the second adventure of literary detective Thursday Next, author Jasper Fforde expands his alternate universe of 1985 by laying another reality within it, the Jurisfiction. Housed in the Great Library, the Jurisfiction organization fights against everything from vicious creatures that eat vocabulary, to rowdy groups, who travel through fiction trying to eliminate obscenity and profanity from it.

Off her triumph of defeating Hades, and making the ending of Jane Erye better for most people, she becomes a celebrity. Of course, The Goliath Corporation rules with an iron fist, and it becomes clear that Thursday cannot tell the truth. She also finds out that someone is trying to kill her by using a string of coincidences. When a new Shakespeare play, long thought lost, pops up, which causes all sorts of political maneuvering due to an election that is up coming, Thursday’s life becomes even more complicated, as someone within Goliath has eradicated her husband, Landen. And then, of course, her ChronoGuard father informs her that the world will end on Thursday afternoon.

So, in the end, all her other issues become moot because of this.

Like the first book, Lost in a Good Book is a triumph of prose and imagery over character, thus a lot of the characters are not that well drawn out, with the exception of Thursday and the hoot of woman Mrs. Havisham from Charles Dickens classic novel Great Expectations. The concept of “book jumping” is clever, and allows fictional characters to interact with real people. Thus when Mrs. Havisham gets into a car, it’s a delight to read an 18th century spinster becoming a hazard to other citizens.

There are a lot of great notions in this world, which is great on one hand, but it’s at the cost of characterization of the other people. They do -these people - interesting things, but are not interesting people. Does that make sense?