This week, we return to those heady days of Doctor Who’s return in 2005 with BOOM TOWN, the late season sequel to the2005 season’s first two-part story. Most fans would agree that the Slitheen didn’t exactly light up the Whoniverse as the most compelling of new alien races (but certainly the most flatuent). However, Russell T Davies takes a last minute replacement script and uses it to fashion not only something that single-handedly rehabilitates the Slitheen, it also gives Christopher Eccleston the chance to flex his acting muscles in a quiet, more intimate manner. The 9th Doctor’s single season felt like it was all-go from the moment it blasted onto our screens…but this episode slows everything down, and takes stock of the roller-coaster life the Doctor & Rose have been living up to this point.
This week, we hurtle forward in time to 2011, and the middle of the 11th Doctor’s tenure. Matt Smith actually has a light day this week, as THE GIRL WHO WAITED is an episode all about Amy & Rory…which gives Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill the chance to strut their stuff as the best companion duo to travel in the TARDIS since Sarah & Harry in the 1970s, and Tegan & Turlough in the 1980s. This is an episode of high concept surroundings, deep emotions, terrible choices, and a showcase for the power of love…a love that can break time and space. Bring some kleenex this week, because there will be weeping at the climax…
Sil is the most memorable of Doctor Who’s 1980s creations. Nabil Shaban transforms a simple character on paper into a (literally) slimy corporate slug of epic proportions, with a voice that every fan of the era can imitate from memory (if one is capable of rolling one’s tongue in the correct manner). This week, we continue with the second half of the 6th Doctor adventure VENGEANCE ON VAROS, and Sil begins to show off his darkly humorous side…even as the reality-show nightmare on Varos continues to unfold. Join us this week and watch the Doctor battle the system…and the slug.
Carol Shantz Bursary Award – KidsAbility Foundation
Due Date: May 18, 2018
- must have a life-long disability
- must be a client or alumnus of KidsAbility (formerly Rotary Children’s Centre)
- must have applied to or returning to a certified post-secondary institution (college/university)
- application form includes short essay component
For application form please see Mr. Betik
We dive back into the heart of the 1980s, with the first half of a 6th Doctor classic: VENGEANCE ON VAROS. Not only is it one of Doctor Who’s darker, more political stories, it’s one that has much to say on television violence, screen obsession, reality programming…topics that are highly relevant in 2018, but Doctor Who was already commenting on these matters in 1985. Everything old is new again, so join us as we ride on the multi-coloured coat tails of Colin Baker’s fascinating, prickly and commanding incarnation of the Doctor…on a satiric journey into the dark heart of public entertainment.