Tuesday, 31 May 2016
Sunday, 29 May 2016
The Truth Is Owt There— David Black (@Davetweetedthis) 1 February 2016
Daily Mail turning bereavement into a competition. Classy! pic.twitter.com/tD5NOhqMpb— Louis Theroux (@louistheroux) 2 February 2016
I've given up being ill, for Lent.— David Black (@Davetweetedthis) 10 February 2016
This clip of the Windows 95 Launch is the greatest awkward thing ever. pic.twitter.com/DjOuu2h4C2— Claire Nelson (@clairenelson) 13 February 2016
'Don't piss in my soup and tell me you're cooling it down'. Great quote #deutschland83— Adam Seymour (@adzseymour) 14 February 2016
I've been a little busy, has Stephen Fry killed a homeless woman?— David Black (@Davetweetedthis) 15 February 2016
@claytonhickman But is it canon?— David Black (@Davetweetedthis) 18 February 2016
A pollster asked if I remembered how I voted in the general election. I laughed; he said, “You’d be surprised how many people don’t.” Scary.— Andrew Cartmel (@andrewcartmel) 18 February 2016
@avpgalaxy Didcot— David Black (@Davetweetedthis) 18 February 2016
Now that's what you call recycling. pic.twitter.com/K3MPPXKhkT— Failed Images (@Failedimages) 25 February 2016
Friday, 27 May 2016
Don't just take my word for it, Time Shadows has been edited by Matt Grady with Samuel Gibb, with stories by Violet Addison, John Anderson, Andrew Blair, Simon Blake, Christopher Colley, John Davies, Abel Diaz, R.P. Fox, Stephen Hatcher, Chris Heffernan, Ian Howden, Pete Kempshall, J.R. Loflin, Kevin Mason, Roger McCoy, David McLain, Christopher Olsen, John Peel, Stuart Roth, Dale Smith, David N. Smith and Nick Walters as well, not to mention a foreword by Gary Russell, which I have.
I'll post more details about my story and the anthology nearer the date of publication, which is currently planned for sometime in June. In the meantime, please consider donating to the Enable Community Foundation.
Tuesday, 19 April 2016
@stephenfry, will you be on my team? https://t.co/wp20YKfB2E— David Black (@Davetweetedthis) 1 January 2016
% increase in house prices, 1970-2014 (real terms)— Eddie Marsan (@eddiemarsan) 3 January 2016
Does this really make our country happier?
Following David Bowie's death
David Cameron sad at the loss of his favourite singer, West Ham— James Moran (@jamesmoran) 11 January 2016
@BenPaddon Done. I await delivery.— David Black (@Davetweetedthis) 17 January 2016
Keep Calm And Carrion— David Black (@Davetweetedthis) 17 January 2016
The first flower grown in space… (Photo: Scott Kelly, astronaut on the International Space Station) pic.twitter.com/1tW488oUTO— The QI Elves (@qikipedia) 19 January 2016
@claytonhickman "Nobody could be as stupid as he looks"— David Black (@Davetweetedthis) 24 January 2016
Children are imbeciles. pic.twitter.com/DAFRYQuoDB— The Darwin Awards (@AwardsDarwin) 20 January 2016
I'm struggling to think of a phrase more offensive than "Towering Conservative"— David Black (@Davetweetedthis) 25 January 2016
"Join Larry Lamb, Maureen Lipman, Michael Buerk and friends as they rediscover what makes Britain grate..." #DiscoveringBritain— David Black (@Davetweetedthis) 26 January 2016
The moment Jenna Coleman decided to change her name and leave Doctor Who pic.twitter.com/xn3mheBf4S— M.R.Michael (@The_Cybermatt) 3 January 2016
@OldRoberts953 "Sure to anger Mary Whitehouse"— David Black (@Davetweetedthis) 28 January 2016
@OldRoberts953 "Marred by bad CSO"— David Black (@Davetweetedthis) 28 January 2016
@OldRoberts953 "A bit of a runaround"— David Black (@Davetweetedthis) 28 January 2016
@OldRoberts953 "An unwarranted sequel"— David Black (@Davetweetedthis) 28 January 2016
That *would* be interesting... considering he'd been dead for three years. pic.twitter.com/BJLxzLlofI— Mere Smith (@EvilGalProds) 30 January 2016
never before has one photo said so much pic.twitter.com/oUeFNMRMHs— snidey montag (@hummusandpizza) 30 January 2016
Samantha Cameron on Bake Off doing a surf cake. I misheard 'Serf Cake'.#GBBOSportRelief— Eliza Ronksley (@ElizaRonksley) 31 January 2016
Tories: "We'll make big companies pay tax which is why we'll fight for Bermuda to stay a £30bn tax haven for Google" pic.twitter.com/JmRvcKLr21— David Schneider (@davidschneider) 31 January 2016
Sunday, 17 April 2016
Friday, 11 September 2015
This week we are delighted to share a guest blog from self-confessed Sisterhood Superfan Ellen Murray…
Ahead of the new series, an online mini-episode has emerged online. Modestly entitled Prologue it serves as a prologue to the latest television adventures of The Sisterhood Of Karn. Karn itself appears against a starry backdrop and is initially labelled simply as ‘The Planet’. Such is its importance to fans of The Sisterhood Of Karn that it almost doesn’t need spelling out. Where else could we be?
Prologue is a two-hander between everybody’s favourite high priestess Ohila, ably played as always by Clare Higgins, and the current Doctor Who, Peter Capaldi. The two work very well together. Higgins asks all the right questions and Capaldi almost answers them. As we’ve come to expect from Ohila, she sees through the Time Lord’s deceptions and knows him better than he knows himself.
Ohila: Why do you always lie?
Doctor Who: Why do you always assume I'm lying?
Ohila: It saves time. The truth, will you go?
Doctor Who is wrestling with a dilemma and naturally Ohila is the only one that can help him. Higgins plays what is essentially a confession scene with aplomb and Doctor Who follows her lead. The lines are delivered like a rally in a tennis match, but with words instead of balls and no net. Or maybe Doctor Who is playing tennis against himself and Ohila is the umpire.
Doctor Who: He and I've known each other a long time.
Ohila: You've been enemies for all of it.
Doctor Who: An enemy's just a friend you don't really know yet. Sorry. What, was that me being cynical again?
Who is Doctor Who talking about? Does it matter? Why is he being so rude to our heroine? Could it be that she has touched a nerve? The umpire strikes back? As we have come to learn from our years watching, discussing and absorbing episodes of The Sisterhood Of Karn, the answers to these questions are not as important as the act of asking them. The revelations that may come will be fleeting, but their ramifications could last a lifetime or more. It’s a scene reminiscent of a similar scene between Sisters Mawea and Canda from the Season Forty-Three finale, Warlock!, by Lawrence Miles, and we all know how that storyline turned out, don’t we?
Ohila: You are embarking on an enterprise that will end in your destruction.
Doctor Who: You could say that about being born.
A famous writer once wrote “What's past is prologue”. It was Louis Marks in Season Nine’s Sunset On The Edge. What happened before leads us inexorably to what is happing now. Every effect has a cause. It’s a theme that The Sisterhood Of Karn has returned to again and again, most notably in those episodes set in the spaceship graveyard during the nineties. Neil Penswick’s Beyond The Mountains and Kate Orman’s Lost Properties are two obvious examples which have set the stage for recent storylines. Doctor Who may have done something to bring him to Ohila’s door and eventually we may find out what it is, but personally I hope not. Raika said it best way back in Season Two’s The Cave Of Secrets: “It is in the not knowing that we truly learn about ourselves.” That the episode is itself missing from the archives and we only have David Whitaker’s script and a sparse number of John Cura’s telesnaps to go on is both ironic and tantalising in equal measure.
Ohila: Wherever you go, there are people who care enough to find you.
Doctor Who: Look after the universe for me. I've put a lot of work into it.
Fans are reminded that Doctor Who is no stranger to The Sisterhood Of Karn’s universe. This is another in a long line of crossovers that have seen the world’s longest running science fiction series continually lend its credibility to Doctor Who. Beginning with 1975’s The Brain Of Morbius which saw Thomas Baker tangle with Cynthia Grenville, rejuvenate the sacred flame, but also slay the popular character of Mehendri Solon, played to perfection by Philip Madoc. This controversial act meant that Doctor Who wasn’t welcomed back for over thirty years and when he finally was, we couldn’t bear to look at him, in 2008’s radio episodes Sisters Of The Flame and The Vengeance Of Morbius. Five years later, Paul McGann returned to Karn again in 2013’s The Night Of The Doctor and never left, the episode also featured a youthful reflection of a photograph of John Hurt.
Fittingly, it is our leading lady Ohila that is given the last word. “Anyone can hide from an enemy, Doctor. No one from a friend.” The Sisterhood Of Karn returns to BBC1 with its record breaking fifty-third season and it shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. Don’t make any other plans on Saturdays for the next twelve weeks (and a Christmas special later in the year), stoke the sacred flame and make up a batch of stewed apricots, no custard.
There is, as yet, no word on whether an Epilogue will be forthcoming.
Posted By: Kalia at 21:47
Tags: DOCOTR WHO, ELLEN MURRAY, GUEST BLOG, OHILA, PROLOGUE, SEASON 53, SHAKESPEARE, THE SISTERHOOD OF KARN, THE TEMPEST
Wednesday, 6 April 2016
@David_Cameron do some good for once: stand with climate vulnerable countries for all #go100percent clean at #COP21, support #1o5C limit— David Black (@Davetweetedthis) 2 December 2015
Help make it happen for #SUPERCORBYN TSHIRTS - NOT FOR PROFIT - FIVE POUNDS https://t.co/Af8jIJ7Px5 #indiegogo via @indiegogo— David Black (@Davetweetedthis) 12 December 2015
It's not quite finished yet... #2015In5Words— David Black (@Davetweetedthis) 18 December 2015
#TheXFiles returns in 2016! To celebrate @CollectDST have announced a Katie Hopkins action figure... pic.twitter.com/ORuYE5gLZd— David Black (@Davetweetedthis) 19 December 2015
Christmas Eve so far: listening to @thehoosiersuk compete with the rain thrashing against the window. Hoosiers have better lyrics.— David Black (@Davetweetedthis) 24 December 2015
@thehoosiersuk Merry Everything to you too.— David Black (@Davetweetedthis) 24 December 2015
I'm selling these fine leather jackets.— David Black (@Davetweetedthis) 31 December 2015
#PeopleWhoMadeMyYear @uppityfabulous, @bethwilliams551, @NoNoiseChitChat, @ShazzaFortune, @SparkFeatures, @ajbloor, @IrwinofSparkes, @2000AD— David Black (@Davetweetedthis) 31 December 2015
@ClaireHodgson20 Congratulations on the MBE— David Black (@Davetweetedthis) 31 December 2015
Wednesday, 23 March 2016
In 2013, I was asked by Bad Teeth, Hat Trick's YouTube channel to write a script for a 'Draw My Life' for the Doctor and so I did and here it is:
Doctor Who: The Fan Show has recently gone one better and asked the Twelfth Doctor himself, Peter Capaldi, to draw his life. He doesn't, but instead he finds himself revisiting a few, but just, the old favourites...
Get him back to do the rest, eh?