Doctor Who Books Checklist (all) – LINK

I’ve written a number of posts on this blog about the various series of Doctor Who books, and I’ve reviewed several individual titles on my GoodReads page. Suffice it to say, there are several different series, six at least – for the main, official, ranges. It is a lot to keep up with. And I’ve gathered information from several sources in order to publish blog posts listing the various series of books in both chronological release order, and in the order the books would take place within the Doctor Who universe (e.g. Doctor then Companion order). While looking for some other information about Doctor Who I found the following site which lists all the Doctor Who books, including the Target novelisations, and even books published by Big Finish (better known for their audio plays) and Telos Publishing.

Complete Doctor Who Books Checklist.

Check it out!

Doctor Who Books – New Reprints

Earlier on this blog I wrote a number of entries, lists really, of the various ranges of Doctor Who books. However, those books, especially those published by Virgin Publishing are now long out of print. For new Doctor Who fans, or even for established Doctor Who fans looking to fill holes in their collection, they can be hard to find, and often demand inflated collectors’ prices.

Never fear though, as a result of the 50th Anniversary bringing attention to the entirety of the program, BBC books has started to release a series of series of books reprinting classic adventures from previous book series. Reading the individual book description will tell you what Doctor and sometimes what companions are featured in the books, but details such as which book series the title came from originally are missing. This list aims to fill in that gap. Listed below are the book series that I know of with their titles (Anniversary, Monster, and History collections) the books in each series, the Doctor for each book, the companions (if known), and the original book series it came from (such as the Past Doctor Adventures or the Missing Adventures). Please see my other posts on the subject for information on those book series, specifically. Also, I’m including links to articles about each series of books from which I assembled this list. Where necessary I also consulted Amazon, especially in regards to the History Collection.  Please inform me in the comments of any corrections or additions. Thank you.

Doctor Who the 50th Anniversary Collection

See this article (off-site):  50th Anniversary Fiction Book Collection Article

The following titles are in this collection:

Ten Little Aliens by Stephen Cole – First Doctor with Ben and Polly; reprint of BBC Past Doctor Adv.

Dreams of Empire by Justin Richards – Second Doctor with Jaime and Victoria; reprint of BBC Past Doctor Adv.

Last of the Gaderene by Mark Gatiss –Third Doctor with Jo and UNIT; reprint of BBC Past Doctor Adv.

Festival of Death by Jonathan Morris – Fourth Doctor with the Second Romana and K-9; reprint of BBC Past Doctor Adv.

Fear of the Dark by Trevor Baxendale – Fifth Doctor with Tegan and Nyssa; reprint of BBC Past Doctor Adv.

Players by Terrance Dicks – Sixth Doctor with Peri; reprint of BBC Past Doctor Adv.

Remembrance of the Daleks by Ben Aaronovitch – Seventh Doctor with Ace. Novelisation of the aired episode. Possibly a re-print of the Target Novelisation.

Earthworld by Jacqueline Rayner. Eighth Doctor with Fitz and Anji; reprint of BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures.

Only Human by Gareth Roberts. Ninth Doctor. Reprint of New Series Adventures (BBC Books).

Beautiful Chaos by Gary Russell. Tenth Doctor. Reprint of New Series Adventures (BBC Books).

The Silent Stars Go By by Dan Abnett. Eleventh Doctor. Reprint of New Series Adventures (BBC Books).

Doctor Who – The Monster Collection

See also this article (off-site):  BBC Books Monster Collection

Sting of the Zygons by Stephen Cole.  Tenth Doctor with Martha. Reprint of New Series Adventures (BBC Books).

Prisoner of the Daleks by Trevor Baxendale. Tenth Doctor. Reprint of New Series Adventures (BBC Books).

Touched by an Angel by Jonathan Morris.  Eleventh Doctor with Amy and Rory. Reprint of New Series Adventures (BBC Books).

Shakedown by Terrance Dicks. Seventh Doctor, with Dr. Bernice Summerfield, Chris, and Roz. Reprint of Virgin Publishing New Adventures featuring the Seventh Doctor.

Corpse Marker by Chris Boucher. – Fourth Doctor and Leela. Reprint of BBC Past Doctor Adventures.

Illegal Alien by Mike Tucker & Robert Perry. – Seventh Doctor and Ace. Reprint of BBC Past Doctor Adventures. This is the first in a mini-series within the BBC Past Doctor Adventures featuring the Seventh Doctor and Ace. Here is a list of the rest of the series. So far these have not been reprinted recently.

  • Matrix – Mike Tucker & Robert Perry
  • Storm Harvest – Mike Tucker & Robert Perry
  • Prime Time – Mike Tucker
  • Loving the Alien – Mike Tucker & Robert Perry

Sands of Time by Justin Richards. Fifth Doctor, with Tegan, and Nyssa. Reprint of Virgin Publishing, Doctor Who the Missing Adventures.

Scales of Injustice by Gary Russell. Third Doctor, with Liz and UNIT. Reprint of Virgin Publishing, Doctor Who the Missing Adventures.

Doctor Who – The History Collection

This is the newest collection of reprints and is on-going. For more see this article (off site):  History Collection Article 1

Here is another article (off-site) on the subject:  History Collection Article 2

The Witch Hunters by Steve Lyons. First Doctor, with Ian, Barbara, and Susan. Reprint of BBC Past Doctor Adventures.

Human Nature by Paul Cornell. Seventh Doctor with Dr. Bernice Summerfield. Reprint of Virgin Publishing New Adventures featuring the Seventh Doctor.

The Shadow in the Glass by Justin Richards and Stephen Cole. Sixth Doctor with the Brigadier. Reprint of BBC Past Doctor Adventures.

Amorality Tale by David Bishop. Third Doctor with Sarah Jane. Reprint of BBC Past Doctor Adventures.

The English Way of Death by Gareth Roberts. Fourth Doctor with Romana II and K-9. Reprint of Virgin Publishing, Doctor Who the Missing Adventures.

The Roundheads by Mark Gatiss. Second Doctor with Ben, Polly, and Jaime. Reprint of BBC Past Doctor Adventures.

The Stone Rose by Jacqueline Rayner. Tenth Doctor with Rose. Reprint of New Series Adventures (BBC Books).

Dead of Winter by James Goss. Eleventh Doctor with Amy and Rory. Reprint of New Series Adventures (BBC Books)

Published Article

Astute readers of this blog may remember a few weeks ago when I mentioned I had submitted an article to a professional on-line film website (they paid for articles!). Well, sadly, that article was not accepted and it’s now been slightly re-written and is now featured on Bitch With Wi-Fi, as Intelligence In Modern Film. You know what they say about how one door closing means another opens. Recently I was contacted on Twitter about another opportunity. Everything has worked out and I’ve published my first professional article. This is huge for me – I’ve wanted to be an author ever since forever. I’m not at the level of being able to live off my income yet – not even close, but it’s a huge, huge confidence booster! I’m as excited about now being professionally published. It is another on-line publication, but I’m not going to say it doesn’t count – everything is going towards on-line anyway, and publishing experience is publishing experience. Everyone needs to start somewhere. The article is going on the Publications section of my résumé, and the entire experience is encouraging me to do more.

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Oscars 2015 Ceremony and Wrap Up

I watched the OSCARs last night – all of it, from 8:00 pm to 12:09pm (EST). It’s sad when you get to the last couple of awards and all you’re thinking is, “Is it over yet? I want to sleep!”

This year’s OSCARs seemed almost a throwback to the infamous 1970s OSCARs when political speeches dominated the acceptance speeches. However, I felt that it was nice, or at least, different, to see some thought-provoking references to topics as diverse as:  Women’s Rights (specifically equal pay); racism – how far we’ve come, yet how far we still need to go; teen suicide; Alzheimer’s disease; ALS; and as always the importance of allowing creative people to be creative and achieve their dreams (or at least to stop crushing those who try).

I also watched the Red Carpet preview – which was as annoying as usual. But I thought this was interesting – Lady Gaga, looking very much like a member of DC Comics Royal Flush Gang:


Speaking of, OMG – after teasing us all night that she was going to perform, her Sound of Music Tribute was brilliant! In short, Lady Gaga nailed it – proving for once and for all – that gal can sing!

But it was a night for good music – from Neil Patrick Harris’s opening song and dance tribute to film, (nearly spoiled by Jeff Black’s scripted interruption, which was not funny – at all,) to the fun and bouncy live performance of “Everything is Awesome” and the very moving performance of “Glory”, which literally had audience members in tears, and, of course, Lady Gaga’s performance – it was a great night for music.  That it was supposed to be a night dedicated to film seemed to slip the minds of whoever wrote the show (because, yes, such awards shows are scripted.)

Neil Patrick Harris did a good job hosting, though having him come out in only his underwear on film’s biggest night, in front of all his more powerful, and no doubt much richer colleagues, in a word, sucked. It felt like one of those teen dreams you always hear people talk about, where the person shows up to school or a job interview naked. It was just wrong. I was embarrassed for Neil Patrick Harris, I didn’t find it funny at all, it was cruel, and it went against what turned out to be a theme for the night – the triumph of the little guy against all odds. Which is it Hollywood – encourage the “weird kids” who dream big? Or act like the popular kids who bully and tease and make the lives of the “weird kids” miserable?

Next, let’s talk about Patricia Arquette. During her OSCARs speech she talked about wage equality for women. You go girl! It was awesome! Cynics are already criticizing her brave move, pointing to the high wages of the entertainment industry. However, First, she wasn’t specifically talking about her industry – her comment was about all women – no matter what they do. Second, women are notoriously underpaid in Hollywood and in the American Entertainment Industry, especially when compared to their male counterpoints. When George Clooney demanded and got $1 million dollars an episode for E/R, Julianna Marguies asked for a raise. Not only did she not get the raise, she was fired for “causing trouble”. And actors, working actors, do not make as much money as you think they do. Sure, A-list Hollywood superstars get million dollar contracts, but the guy playing “storm trooper #3” or “woman in crowd”? They’re not pulling down multi-million dollar contracts. And all actors do contract work – 4-6 months on any given movie is the norm. My guess is you don’t get a 401k when you only work for six months at a time. One of the reasons many established actors (male and female) go into television late in their careers is they can pull down a decent wage, the hours are better and more predictable, and the stream of money coming in is also predictable – something that’s necessary for future planning.

But anyway, enough ranting. This year’s OSCAR’s saw several films bringing home the gold, rather than a clean sweep by any one film – a result I usually think is more fair, and more realistic in honoring the creative talent of film. Films that won awards included:  The Grand Budapest Hotel, Birdman, and Whiplash. Eddie Redmayne won best actor. Sorry, Benedict Cumberbatch. I saw both films, and they were both excellent. I actually think it was in some ways a pity that they came out during the same year, and competed against each other at the OSCARs – because both deserved the win.

Here’s the full list of winners:  2015 Oscar Winners, from The Guardian – Film.

How Not to Write a Social Media Advice Post

In contrast to the post I found earlier today Blogging Advice for Businesses Review, this post pretty much sums up what not to do:  Advertise your Business for Free

This post simply repeats the obvious. It doesn’t add any information that most people don’t already know. It’s important when posting on business topics, or social media topics, to add to knowledge, unless it’s a round-up post meant to synthesize information from several sources.  Or, if the post’s audience really are completely new to the topic (social media marketing in this case).

The “Advertise Your Small Business for FREE with Social Media” post only mentions Twitter and Facebook. I would add that Pinterest and youTube are also useful – Pinterest for pics of your items for sale, especially if you’re an artist (including crafts for sale such as homemade jewelry, pottery, leather goods, etc) and youTube for demos of your items (especially if done in an informative manner – not an infomercial. In other words, if you’re selling makeup – don’t just talk about why your make-up is better than someone else’s, do a make-up demo then mention “and you can buy the make-up used in these techniques from your friendly neighborhood Avon Lady” or whatever – then send customers to your website. Blogs are also good if you create new, shareable content on a regular basis.

Incidentally, Creative Professionals (artists, craftspeople, writers, graphic artists, musicians, bands, etc) can also benefit from using Social Media to get the word out about what you do. Getting the word out is half the battle in finding new clients, gigs, and opportunities.

The problem with the post isn’t that the information is wrong, or that it misleads the reader, but it simply doesn’t go far enough.  It could be improved by either getting into the deep details of social media marketing or by quoting reliable statistics, with citations, as to why a small business owner might want to use Social Media to reach new customers.

Blogging Advice for Businesses – Review

I found this post this morning,  After a rocky start, “Maybe because, unless you’re one of the few people who actually like writing, business blogging kind of stinks.” – uh, would I have four blogs if I didn’t like writing? But, at least Rachel Sprung, the author, didn’t out-and-out state, “of course everyone hates writing,” which is one of the most annoying assumptions I see on business Internet sites. Anyway, after the predictable rocky start, the article gets into some good advice, which you may read for yourself if you’re interested.

I felt point three was the weakest. Yes, it’s common advice to speech-givers and writers to “start with a joke”, but, in today’s world – online a writer is literally addressing the world. What you might find funny can be very offensive to someone else. Better to leave your funny posts and memes to separate posts that break-up your website flow, than to start every business-oriented or advice or how-to post with, “Did you hear the one about the corporate CEO, the accountant, and the IT professional who walked into the bar?” Metaphorically speaking of course. And, I know, I’ve been so turned off by an offensive business post, that I’ve not only stopped reading – I’ve left sarcastic, angry comments on the post – much to my shame. Anyway, I simply felt point three, like the introduction, was weak.

The other point I felt was weak, or rather, annoying, was that the “product”, a free download of templates, was mentioned five times plus a pop-up came up that actually covered the blog post I was reading. I had decided to download the templates within a few paragraphs – it was totally unnecessary to remind me five times.

Overall, though there’s some good advice here, and always the acid test for me, there was advice I thought I could actually use.

Inventive Fan Re-Interpretations of the Sherlock Theme

I found this blog post yesterday – and I was astounded at the creativity and musical artistry of these videos – compiled into a BBCA Anglophenia blog post.  Click the link above to listen.  The Merlin crossover is probably my favorite, but I also really like the Indian version and the version played on bells.  Take a listen!

Adapting Agile for Personal Time Management

I’ve never been one for To Do lists.  I look at a long list of things that I need to do and get overwhelmed, and as a result – things don’t get done at all.  Or, they get done late and haphazardly.  I have also found that To Do lists, especially Daily To Do lists actually cause me to procrastinate even more.

However, as a part of some professional development I just finished reading the most recent issue of Intercom, the magazine of the Society for Technical Communication, and the article (see link below, may require log-on to view full contents) struck a cord with me.

As much as I hate To Do lists, I am also someone who likes planning.  For example, to go off someplace, without any plans whatsoever – no particular places you want to see, no particular event you want to attend, is often my idea of the worst vacation ever.  Mind you, planning every second of an over-seas vacation is also a mistake – you need the flexibility to adapt if something comes up.  But to say, lets just hop in the car and drive, no planned hotel, no planned places to stay or things to do? That’s not me!

So the methodology in this article for planning, personal development, etc., actually appealed to me. The point is to break things down into small chunks, and further, to structure that into a three-part structure.  This “Monday Vision”, “Daily Outcomes”, “Friday Reflection” structure makes sense to me, so I’m going to try it out on some of my personal projects.  The structure also fits a typical work-week schedule very well.  Monday often is a fresh start, and Friday a day for wrap-ups.



The above illustration is from “Why Make Plans in an Agile World?”, by Lee Turner, pp. 16 – 18, Intercom, November/December 2014, published by the Society for Technical Communication

So here I go.  I’ve created a Monday Vision – even though, yes, it’s Tuesday, but I’m not going to see that as a negative.  I’ve also created an Agile Planning notebook in Evernote, which is a marvelous tool for tracking your progress and organizing information on almost any topic.

My Monday Vision Includes:

  • Review two – three films
  • Write two – three blog posts (for a total of five posts)
  • Work on one professional development task and document it.  Such as:  reading an article, working through an on-line tutorial etc.

That’s only three items, so it’s manageable. So far, I’ve written up today’s accomplishments so far. Friday, we will see how far I’ve gotten.  I have notes for one more blog post.  We’ll see how this goes, wish me luck!

Since other professional development books I’ve read also suggest it’s important to have goals and write them down – here are some of my goals.

  • Goal:  On-line professional publication, such as STC Intercom magazine or a blog post on their website.
  • Goal:  Publication of an article in Bright Wall/Dark Room.
  • Goal:  Look into paid freelance writing/consider a real volunteer opportunity.