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Human Nature eBook

We're a little behind on our Doctor Who series three reviews at the moment - although rest assured, we do intend to catch up in due course - so it'll be a little while before we get round to raving about how utterly fantastic Paul Cornell's "Human Nature" two-parter was (although he might as well clear a space on his shelf right now for the 2008 Hugo). In the meantime, though, it's worth noting that for those of you who enjoyed the episodes and want to read Cornell's original novel, the BBC have helpfully put their eBook of it back online, complete with some extra notes on the adaptation by Cornell, and all the lovely painted artwork and whatnot. Newcomers to the New Adventures series should note that they're set inbetween the end of the original series in 1989 and the 1996 TV movie, and feature Sylvester McCoy's Seventh Doctor (albeit one that evolved and changed quite a lot from his TV version).

And when you're done with Human Nature, go and read the excellent The Dying Days and Lungbarrow, as well - after all, you never know, with novels out there by Cornell, RTD, Gatiss, Roberts and Jones, Human Nature might not be the last of the NAs to get adapted for the screen...

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The notes are interesting. I'm probably being ignorant and/or stupid but I didn't know that Martha was originally going to be from 1913. People should also note Paul mentioning RTD's contributions to the story. Everyone just thinks Russell is shit when he ISN'T. He basically rewrote The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit and much of School Reunion. Give him a break ffs.

By performingmonkey
June 04, 2007 @ 4:49 pm

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One hilarious post on another forum I frequent actually blamed RTD for the slightly dodgy bit of directing in Utopia when Jack is leaping towards the TARDIS in slow motion. Many a criticism of the new series is topped off with "typical RTD bollocks" or something similar, and it's just plain LAZY. A bit like RTD.

By Jonathan Capps
June 04, 2007 @ 5:46 pm

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Well, it's not as if RTD isn't *capable* of being shit, at times. Even now his episodes are far better than they were, they still feel a bit slight and frothy compared to some. It's sort of odd that his episodes aren't really the best ones - can you imagine thinking "ooh, er, that could go either way" about one of Joss Whedons Buffy/Angel episodes? No, me neither. Except maybe the one where Fred dies, that was a bit poo.

By Michael Lacey
June 04, 2007 @ 7:14 pm

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