The New Doctor Is A Woman

So, as you have probably found out recently, the latest incarnation of Doctor Who will be played by Jodie Whittaker. At first, I was disgruntled about this, but there again, I was disgruntled about David Tennant, then about Matt Smith and then again – very briefly – about Peter Capaldi.

Tom Baker was always my Doctor as he is the one I grew up with, and then in 2005 when Doctor Who returned, Christopher Ecclestone did a good job of returning it to the screens. He didn’t want to be typecast as the Doctor so finished after just one season.

When Capaldi came along, I liked the fact that it was an older Doctor again, and would hopefully get rid of the “Oooh I love the Doctor” element from the companions. It was fine with Rose Tyler because she changed the whole outlook of the Doctor. Changed him to be more empathetic than he was before due to him having been in the Time War.

Capaldi’s very little emotion take on the Doctor worked well, and the only down side to it was Clara. During the Matt Smith outing, she complimented him well as someone he bounced ideas off. Then when the regeneration happened, and he became Capaldi, the writers decided that it would be a good idea to make Clara the main person and gave her the puzzle solving element of the duo. To me, no longer was it Doctor Who featuring a companion, it was Clara Oswald featuring the Doctor. When they killed her off, it was an emotional moment. It was very well done. Then they brought her back! So now she exists between heartbeats. I really hope that she doesn’t turn up again.

I have recently started watching the latest series of Doctor Who, as I have been told that it is different without her in it, and after two episodes, I find that to be true.

With Jodie Whittaker taking over the mantle, it is not a surprise as they have been paving the way for it recently with the Master regenerating into Missy, a Time Lord in the last series being killed and regenerating a woman, so it was coming soon. It was going to be this regeneration, or the next one.

I just hope that other fans of the show do what I do and give her the benefit of the doubt.

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Departing 12th Doctor Peter Capaldi

 

Jodie Whittaker

Incoming 13th Doctor Jodie Whittaker

 

Armada – A Review

After reading Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One, I thought I would see how his other book, Armada, would play out.

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It’s just another day of high school for Zack Lightman. He’s daydreaming through another boring math class, with just one more month to go until graduation and freedom―if he can make it that long without getting suspended again.

Then he glances out his classroom window and spots the flying saucer.

At first, Zack thinks he’s going crazy.

A minute later, he’s sure of it. Because the UFO he’s staring at is straight out of the videogame he plays every night, a hugely popular online flight simulator called Armada―in which gamers just happen to be protecting the earth from alien invaders.

But what Zack’s seeing is all too real. And his skills―as well as those of millions of gamers across the world―are going to be needed to save the earth from what’s about to befall it.

Yet even as he and his new comrades scramble to prepare for the alien onslaught, Zack can’t help thinking of all the science-fiction books, TV shows, and movies he grew up reading and watching, and wonder: Doesn’t something about this scenario seem a little too… familiar?

Armada is at once a rollicking, surprising thriller, a classic coming of age adventure, and an alien-invasion tale like nothing you’ve ever read before―one whose every page is infused with author Ernest Cline’s trademark pop-culture savvy.

When I first started reading this, I was disgruntled as I thought “Oh, here comes The Last Starfighter again”. To my surprise, it isn’t. The concept of the book is good, and Cline names a fair few programs, films and games that conspiracy theorists would have a field day with.

Whilst the book is not overly bad, there were some twists I saw coming a mile off. Whether it is because of Cline’s style of writing, or because they are twists that are all too familiar.

Like Ready Player One, the book is similar to that of a teenager’s daydream. It is similar to the kind of daydreams I used to have when I was at school. Albeit with a lot more pizazz and graphical interface. Graphics and processor power have increased a millionfold since I was a teenager, and it shows in the book.

Cline draws upon his own experiences with science fiction games, films and all other memorabilia with his descriptions and backgrounds.

It is a good book, but some of the “seen a mile off” twists and a few cringeworthy moments that almost make me ashamed to be a gamer, it gets three stars.

This, like Cline’s other book Ready Player One, is in production for being turned into a film.

Armada ……………………………. Amazon UK Paperback

Armada ……………………………. Amazon UK Kindle

Armada ……………………………. Amazon US Paperback

Armada ……………………………. Amazon US Kindle

Ready Player One … Boop Beep Boop

I was recommended this book by a friend who said she enjoyed it immensely. I had bought it over a year ago, but finally got around to reading it in February this year.

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Ready Player One was suggested to me by a friend who knows the types of book that I like. I thought it was going to be a trip down the nostalgic lane, but it was so much more than that.

The book is set in the OASIS, a virtual reality system that with the right equipment can feel like the real thing, where people are searching for Halliday’s Egg, an Easter Egg that contains riches beyond belief to the person who finds it first.

The story is from the point of view of Wade Watts, an 18 year old “gunter” – Egg Hunter – obsessed with the 80s and Halliday as most people in OASIS are. He receives a wake up call when the first key is found and he learns what lengths some people will go to in order to win the competition.

Cline draws upon his own childhood and teenage years as the background and inspiration to flesh out the book. Being an avid gamer and roleplayer in the 80s, I can see all the inspiration through the games, books, films and TV programs. The detail is incredible, and at times you forget you are reading a book as you are transported in there.

It is one of the only books that when I finished it, I immediately started it again to see what I missed.

Ready Player One …………….. Amazon UK Paperback

Ready Player One …………….. Amazon UK Kindle

Ready Player One …………….. Amazon US Paperback

Ready Player One ……………..  Amazon US Kindle

Elite: Dangerous – Reclamation

Having been a fan of Elite since I played it on the ZX Spectrum over 30 years ago, this book had a lot of work to do to impress me. In the words of a famous smuggler from a different galaxy “I have been from one side of the galaxy to the other” and I have visited many planets and systems.

This book by Drew Wagar started off with a bang and it didn’t let up. The characters are believable, and the locations are described well. At one point someone is referring to things as they used to be, and it was a definite throwback to the original game. The intrigue and twists are very well done and you find yourself holding your breath at points.

It is a fast paced book that hits the ground running. You don’t need to know the game to read the book, it does well as a standalone.

If you like science fiction, this is a definite addition to your library.

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Elite Reclamation – Amazon US

Elite Reclamation – Amazon UK