Doctor Who and the New World Order
By Suze Campagna
Disclaimer: The following is just an observation. The opinions expressed are not those of the Time Meddlers of Los Angeles, The BBC, or anyone associated with Doctor Who. If you are sensitive to political opinions, please bypass this Article. It is not meant to offend.
Some conspiracy theorists believe that our government or some secret shadow government is behind the war on terror and is using our fear to create what has become know as “The New World Order”. These Conspiracy theorist believe that the goals of this group are to create a classless society, were the people are entirely dependent on the government for everything, in other words, total enslavement. So what does this have to do with Doctor Who you may ask? Well, who (no pun intended) is better at uncovering conspiracies than the good Doctor? He tried to show you twice in the past season…or so the Conspiracy theorist would have you believe. I will demonstrate, putting the real life comparisons in parenthesis…
“Aliens of London/World War 3” An Alien ship (Jet plane) crashes into Big Ben (A nation symbol). It is soon discovered that this was a decoy (al-Qaida) for the farting aliens known as the Slithleen (Shadow government). The leaders, who are really the Slithleen, put in emergency protocols (The Patriot Act), to help them with their master plan. (The New World Order). The Silthleen launch weapons of mass destruction in an attempt to start world war 3 (War on Terrorism), but their plan is foiled, when the weapons are turned back on them.
In “The Long Game” (With Simon), symbolism does not even have to be used. It is out rightly stated that “they”, are controlling the media to guide the earth on a specific path and turn the people into slave without them knowing about.
Interesting… If you are curious what the conspiracy theorists have to say about the New World Order, check out Info Wars, ‘cause vinegar can’t save us.
Gallifrey by Night
By Suze Campagna
I hear there were a lot of things going on during the day, panels, autographs, and such, as with many committee members, I missed that. But as they say, night time is the right time. Friday night I hung out in the bar, for the first time in 6 years. Now I know why it’s so crowded, besides, they had Pete’s Wicked ale there. I was a great place to relax and reunite with friends and just hang out.
Galley isn’t known for its room parties, but I had a great time at the League of Evil Geniuses Party. (It was actually a bid party for costume con 26.) There was a lot of evil food (mystery flavored Atomic Warhead) and they honored the evil geniuses of Doctor Who. Later I wandered down to Monkey’s dance and had a great time. He was taking requests and played some great music. Saturday night was the Cabaret, which was invaded by pirates. I have secret inside information that the rehearsal was just as fun as the invasion itself. I saw a little bit of the Cabaret, as I was in the opening, which was fun, except when I tried not to laugh when Steffnee attacked Wendy. Good thing I’ve been hanging out with actors, eh? Peter Davison was hysterical, but David Howe, who I like, went on too long. Later came Lynx’s dance, which was a little more Goth/Industrial then Monkey’s dance, though I enjoyed it just the same. Sunday was Toga night and I had a great time throwing beads at everyone. Keith Topping said I made him look like Spandeau Ballet. (I’m just glad he didn’t start singing “True”) Hang out at the bar was fun, but I have no idea how anyone dance with a toga. Let’s just say I’m glad I had something on underneath.
"Mawdryn Undead" - The Fifth Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan, & Turlough
By suze Campagna and diana dougherty
(The plan was to watch this one episode at a time, but Suze, though she enjoys the cliffhanger format, she doesn't like to wait. Also note Diana has seen this story, but not for a while. Suze had never seen it. These are their reactions after each part.)
• Episode one - Nyssa doesn't come off as very nice. She is dismissive and patronizing towards Tegan. Turlough seems to be a troublemaker from the start, so it seems natural that the Black Guardian chose him. (Plus the Black Guardian has promised to get him back to his home.) The Fifth Doctor seems pushier than his previous regenerations; snapping his fingers at his companions and is seemingly unsympathetic, almost evasive, towards Tegan when she asks him about the Mara. The Black Guardian is obviously evil and has a stupid looking bird on his head. It was nice to see the Brigadier. The ship interiors looked cool, but the school looked like a set. The checkerboard effect was corny, but it did help to make a nice transition. Tegan was wearing too much white. (And after Labor Day! *) Good cliffhanger - we wanted to keep watching!
• Episode Two - Liked the clever plot twists. The story taking place in two times was confusing at first, but I was able to figure it out. (SMC) Tegan has more common sense than Nyssa gives credit and she is a "gal of action", though Nyssa is more analytical. The make up was good on Mawdryn, except for the pulsing spaghetti with marinara on his head. (Diana liked it, Suze thought it was gross.) We felt bad for the Brigadier. The Doctor looked like his feelings were hurt when the Brigadier didn't remember him. We are beginning to have sympathy for Turlough. He wants to break free, but there is no escape. (Like making a deal with the devil.) It was a nice effect when he crawled back into bed. The Doctor knows something's up with him, but he sort of files it away. Diana hated Nyssa's initial reaction to the Brigadier when he says he’s seen two regenerations. "So have we!" was her response. It just seems so childish. Nyssa seems to get whiny when she's not in control of a situation or can't ask the Doctor for help. It was a stupid cliffhanger...but Suze wanted to know what happened so we kept watching.
• Episode Three - Though there is much more humor in this part, it seems to be dragging. It's not as suspenseful. There is a lot of running around and it just seems like padding. Tegan was very forceful. The Brigadier seemed to have a more emotional bond with the Doctor. Nyssa was better, but Suze still doesn't like her. She is not very compassionate. The costumes were cool...the guys moved like the Gentlemen (from the episode "Hush" on Buffy the Vampire Slayer) on a lower budget. Their make up was good. Noticed the Doctor yells a lot. Turlough isn't used to following orders and seems mature for his age.
• Episode Four - The quote of the story seems to sum up the over all theme: "Sometimes you have to live with the consequences of your actions." - The Doctor. It was not a monster of the week story, which was very nice. It was also very nice that Tegan stopped and told the Doctor ‘thank you’ when he was willing to risk his remaining regenerations for her. It wasn't done much through the series that a companion said thank you so it just made this seem that much more special. The look on the girls face was priceless when the Doctor allowed Turlough to travel with them. At the end we felt less sympathetic for Turlough. The coincidence at the end was too much. The a 'milli-second either way' thing is just irksome. Nicholas Courtney as the Brigadier looked and acted different enough in the two time periods making it more believable. His voice was slightly different; he walked differently (the 'younger' version still had something of the swagger of a confident man, while the 'older' version was much more careful and slow). We liked the music; it worked well and seemed written for the story...right down to Turlough's theme. Being out of sequence made it more interesting to watch. When the Doctor closed his eyes when he was about to lose his regenerations, it made him seem normal. It was very noble to make the sacrifice for his companions and we wondered if any of the other Doctors would have done the same.
• Overall: Everyone had their own agenda. Mawdryn and Co. were not really evil, like the Black Guardian. The stakes were very small and controlled within the story. Diana pointed out that there was nice continuity from "Snakedance" with the scene in the beginning of part one. The Davison era came back to this, which was done quite a bit from the Hartnell through Pertwee eras but was lost somewhat during Tom Baker’s tenure. Dragging Mawdryn into the Tardis with all of his icky looking wounds/burns over the dirt, grass and rocks must have been painful.
Scales of Injustice
By Gary Russell
Review By Suze Campagna
This book was recommended to me as the X-Files meet Doctor Who. It could more accurately be describe as Gary Russell had been watching too much X-Files, but unlike Chris Carter, Russell didn’t answer questions with more questions.
Though the story is spread out and everyone is in a different place, it is still very readable and easy to follow. In fact, the book is difficult to put down, because the characters are left in treacherous or mysterious positions and places.
After a boy goes missing in the seaside village of Smallmarches and the a police officer is found drawing cave paintings, the Doctor recognizes it as Silurian influence and rather than trusting UNIT with the information, in fear they will just destroy the “earth reptiles”, he sets off to investigate himself. Meanwhile Dr. Liz Shaw is being fed information by an unknown source (Deep throat, X?) and joins a journalist to do their own investigation. There is also something fishy going on at the Glasshouse, which was set up to treat victims related to UNIT’s investigations. And another group, C-19 (The Consortium?) also appears to be up to no good. UNIT is under funding review and if that isn’t enough stress for the Brigadier, his marriage is breaking down and he fears losing his wife and daughter because of his job. Conspiracies abound in this suspenseful thrill...and they are all interconnected.
In addition to the great story telling, there is insight into the personal life and feelings of the Brigadier torn between duty and home life, and Liz Shaw’s internal conflict with her job as well as the Doctor’s relationship with the Silurian’s.
In fact, the only thing missing from this adventure is the kazoos. And we really can live with those anyway.
So to you, the reader, I say, check this book out, and to Gary Russell I would like to say, keep watching too much X-Files (Except the Last two seasons) and thank you for the answers.
(Note: Looking at this now, I almost wonder if Gary has been reading the works of David Icke)
Who Killed Kennedy
By James Stephens and David Bishop
Reviewed by Suze Campagna
“A man does what he must, in spite of personal consequences, in spite of dangers-and that is the basis of all human morality.” – John Fitzgerald Kennedy
What would have happened if John F. Kennedy had survived? That is the question posed to the reader at the beginning of the book, however the main bulk of the book is the events leading up to the answer to the question posed in the title.
The story is written from the point of view of Journalist James Stevens as told to David Bishop. Stevens knows nothing of UNIT, the Brigadier, the Doctor or the existence of aliens invading the planet. His first encounter with UNIT happens while he is investigating a report that a patient with non-human blood was admitted to a hospital after a meteor shower. From there his interest in the secret organization is piqued. With the encouragement of a mysterious caller, he sets out to expose UNIT as a secret government organization working to cover up Britain’s “Bad Science”. In the course of his investigation, he also learns of two other nefarious institutes, C19 and The Glasshouse. As he gets closer to exposing C19, bad things begin to happen to him, which only encourages him to fight harder to find the truth. Though he only encounters the Doctor and Brigadier in passing, their names keep turning up in his research. He even interviews Elizabeth Shaw and Dodo Chaplet. He finally learns that the truth can sometimes come at a great cost.
This is a great Doctor Who story, told from a new point of view: that of an outside observer. It is an examination on what an outsider may think of the actions of the Doctor and UNIT, and how his point of view can be manipulated. The Kennedy assassination is just a backdrop for this fascinating story telling.
So Who Killed Kennedy? I’m not telling, read the book!
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