Action, Pertwee and the Boyfriend from Blupo

Just popping my head out from my hibernation (oh, it's good not to have to think about writing anything for a week, but my brain keeps working out plots without my help) to tell you that today in the States, tomorrow in Britain, Action Comics #896 (Lex and the Secret Six) is in your comic stores.

Also, I've written about the Third Doctor, Jon Pertwee, for Tor's Twelve Doctors of Christmas series of essays, and you can see the results here.

And my old friend and Doctor Who novelist Jac Farrow has started a blog about girls' comics in Britain, the Blupoblog, named after one of her favourite strips. Jac's an expert on this subject, and her reminiscences are always funny and insightful.

Right, back into the burrow I go! Until the New Year, Cheerio!

13 Response to "Action, Pertwee and the Boyfriend from Blupo"

  • Mark Coale Says:

    I grew up as a teen preferring Davison but nowadays, I think Pertwee is my favorite Doctor.

    I love the 70s series, with its politics and Earthbound stories and showdowns with the Master. (always a fan of the Fu Manchu/Moriarty/Doom type antagonists)

  • Craig Says:

    Ah, it's always nice when ideas come unbidden.

    Certainly nicer than when ideas don't come when... is bidden a word? Well, you know what I mean.

  • Paul Cornell Says:

    Season Ten is now my favourite season, but I still prefer Davison/McCoy of the old Doctors, and Matt Smith above all. And yes, thank goodness I don't have to do the work of plotting, but my brain just gets on with it!

  • Ian Cullen Says:

    Paul: I really enjoyed your peice on Pertwee. I didn't get to enjoy his series run til UK Gold repeated the whole series in the 90s, but I fell for Pertwee and some of the stories from his era in a very short time.

    I loved that recurring line because of the actors discomfort with technobabble. You know, 'I just have to reverse the polarity of the neutron flow.'

    Anyway great article. Really enjoyed it. I must do a tomb at at some point with my thoughts on all the doctors to date, but it would probably bore everyone and I'd probably have Peter Davison lovers breaking down my door to beat me up because Davison and Colin Baker who directly proceeded him didn't really sit to well with me. I think with Davison it was because had seen him play an inconfident vet and I didn't make the transition to well. Whereas with Colin Baker it was the scripts and the ridiculious costuming choice. As in I recognised right off what Colin was trying to do and even applauded it to some degree, but felt the writing of his era and production did a lot to hold him back.

    McCoy I warmed to after his initial first series. Soon as they got rid of Bonnie Langford all was right with the world.

    Anyway sorry to ramble on so much about Doctor Who.

    Anyway am off to watch some movies, then tomorrow I go out to celebrate my Birthday, and not sure what I want to treat myself to before heading to my sisters to bring in the new year.

    Yup am a new years baby. I was born on last day of the sixties. How cool is that lol.

  • Martin Gray Says:

    I missed lots of the later original Dr Who as it was moved opposite Corrie, and it was pre-video. Darn.

    I do have this week's Action Comics. Would it be boring of me to say that I enjoyed yet another issue hugely?

    Here's my review:

  • Paul Cornell Says:

    Happy birthday, Ian. A lot of your Who reactions there match mine. And thanks for that lovely review, Martin.

  • Mark Coale Says:

    I was discussing various doctors with a friend of mine who is a bit younger and he doesn't dig Pertwee and really doesn't seem the appeal of Tom Baker. (he does love Big Finish audios, including Bernie.)

    I wonder if, to truly appreciate the pertwee era, you have to have lived through the 70s, either in the US or UK.

  • Claude Says:

    What a gigantic load of filth American TV is. Thank God for British imports....except for that BP thing, of course.
    Luther, Doctor Who, even Law and Order UK!
    And now, Primeval begins anew tomorrow! I may put a voodoo curse on Hollywood so that you guys can come take over!
    Paul Cornell writes it and Ian tells us how bad off we really were before the new "British Invasion" I said,except for that BP....thing.
    BBCAmerica, I'm ready for my videoverdose!!!

  • Nightsky Says:

    I very much enjoyed your piece on Pertwee. He's cool.

    Now then. I cannot help but notice that you aren't yet listed as coming to Gallifrey One. You ARE coming, right? Right? Please?

  • Ian Cullen Says:

    Paul: Quick question about Action and Secret Six Crossover.

    What issues of Secret Six will I need to get to enjoy the full experience because I don't sub to secret six and don't really want to do so on a long term basis.


  • Paul Cornell Says:

    Mark: well, I didn't see it at the time, and disliked it in the 1990s, so I don't know if that's always true. Claude: I don't know if that's true, I love a lot of US shows. Night: sorry, I'm finally taking a year off from Galley. No new anecdotes to tell! Ian: it's a single issue crossover, just Secret Six #29. which I think is out on Wednesday.

  • Ian Cullen Says:

    Thanks Paul

    I'll give Travelling Man a call with some adjustments to my monthly stash.

    As to Claude thinking most American TV is Filfth. I'm kind of with you there. I mean Warehouse 13 and Eureka being two examples of good shows and that's right off the top of my head.

    Then we have some of the witty spy shows such as Burn Notice and then we have Leverage. Not to mention True Blood, which some of the more red blooded American Males would probably refer to as a Chick Show lol.

    I'd so love to write a Doctor Who and True Blood crossover just for a laugh.

  • Claude Says:

    Paul and Ian, You're missing my point, gents.
    Once upon a time at a con, Lis Sladen let the audience know that their wonderful American movies are actually mostly made in the U.K.
    Most of the "American" shows you like may actually originate in Canada.
    Warehouse 13 and Eureka are faves of mine, too. Along with Psych, White Collar and the long departed Due South, a show taking place in Chicago and filmed in Canada.
    Our TV Shows consist mainly of drunken tanned post pubescent girls calling each other names or trying to convince other members of the 'cast' that they will NEVER vote them off.
    I've seen "Steptoe and Son" and find it far superior to a show made here that I actually liked called "Sanford and Son".
    So....American shows? I think Piers Morgan has a good one.