This issue of 2000 AD, the 246th, came out 9 Jan 1982, and I remember that my feelings about it were colored by what was happening on TV. Just a few days later season nineteen of the original run of Doctor Who started, and the first episode of this series is the one where Tom Baker’s interpretation of the Doctor is retired. We see him for the last time lying under a radio telescope he just fell off of, and I remember that I did not like it one bit.
I just watched the latest episode of Doctor Who, which is episode six of series eleven of New Who. It is like no episode of Doctor Who I have ever seen before, but in a good way. It wasn’t perfect – Doctor Who never is – but it was well above average. A lot of the latest season of the show has been harking back to glory days, with space station under siege episodes, giant monster episodes, and a regeneration episode.
The stuff I talk about on this site is all connected in some way to sci-fi. This is the usual mix of TV, like Doctor Who, comic books, like 2000 AD, movies, like Pacific Rim 2, ebooks, like On the Steel Breeze, and other such works of futurism, but there is another medium used to express sci-fi ideas that I don’t talk about as often. I’m starting to put that right now, so here is another post about sci-fi music.
Season four of Supergirl is in full swing now, and it is a show that rewards watching. I’ve been a fan from the very start, and I wrote a post about Supergirl’s sci-fi credentials back then. If, like me, you started watching this show for superhero battles, you will notice that this element is getting less and less. The first season did knock-down, drawn-out battles between opposing super powered individuals very well, but the show has a lot of episodes under it’s belt now, and it has evolved beyond that, into something different.
In this post, I am talking about a comic book that was released way back on the 2nd January, 1982. It is issue 245 of the grande dame of British comic books, a publication that goes by the name of 2000 AD. I loved it as a kid, and I’m rereading those great old issues I enjoyed then, through my cynical, grown up eyes. This is an unusual issue which is stuffed with a lot of inconsequential filler, but there are still some good stories here, such as the start of a momentous and epic Judge Dredd story.
The fifth episode of New Who season eleven, The Tsuranga Conundrum, was… erm… yeah… not good. It had a lot of potential, and there were some enjoyable moments, but all the good stuff it had going for it was let down by a laughable monster, and a cast of characters who were all there to provide brief, unearned, tiny, shrunken, redemption stories. I’m a Who fan, so I enjoyed it, but I can well imagine that somebody less invested in everything related to the Doctor might find their attention wandering.
I’m reviewing a comic book in this post, but not a comic book that has been published recently, oh no, quite the opposite: the comic book I’m talking about in this post was published a long, long time ago. This issue of 2000 AD – a weekly British science fiction-orientated comics anthology – came out on the 26 December, 1981, when I was just a kid. Back then, I had to walk the dog down to the newsagents, and buy the comic with my pocket money, but now anyone can get it with the click of a mouse, from the excellent BritishComics at Wordpress archive.
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