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I’ve blogged for many years in various places on the web, but I wanted to set up a nice, smart, centralised site for my writing about Doctor Who and occasionally about other British telefantasy, with a view to establishing a clearer online identity for myself as I move into professional writing. So far my sole professional Doctor Who writing credit is the Invasion of the Dinosaurs review in Outside In: 160 New Perspectives on 160 Classic Doctor Who Stories by 160 Writers, but I’ve written a staggering amount for free in various places.
By “British telefantasy” I mean a group of mostly science fiction/fantasy-ish British television series that did not always share the same generic tropes, but which did often share the same actors and production personnel alongside a common ethos. This ethos is a rather British ironic wit, a slight pessimism of outlook and a scepticism of authority. They also often had a tendency towards slightly surreal juxtapositions to cover budgetary shortcomings where there would be big budget spectacle in a US series like Star Trek. These factors tend to contrast with American screen science fiction. Examples include Doctor Who, The Avengers (the British, John Steed and Emma Peel Avengers), The Prisoner, Blake’s 7, Sapphire and Steel and Quatermass. I will expand on this in a forthcoming post. I may occasionally write about other science fiction series, if I feel I have something to say that may be of interest to readers here.
I will post reviews (both brief and in depth), more discursive analytical articles and occasional observations. I will also repost some of my favourite pieces from elsewhere on the web at times if I think they deserve a wider audience.