Blu-ray Review: The House That Dripped Blood
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The House That Dripped Blood
Director: Peter Duffell
Screenwriters: Robert Bloch, Russ Jones
Cast: Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Ingrid Pitt, Denholm Elliot, Jon Pertwee, Nyree Dawn Porter
Distributor: Scream Factory
Rated PG | 102 Minutes
Release Date: May 8, 2018

“Vampires! Voodoo! Vixens! Victims!”

The 1971 horror anthology film, The House That Dripped Blood, promises more than just alliteration. In addition to the vixens and vampires, there’s a lot to appreciate about this portmanteau production, namely Hammer horror icons Peter Cushing (The Curse of Frankenstein), Christopher Lee (The Satanic Rites of Dracula), and Ingrid Pitt (The Vampire Lovers). And if that isn’t enough, it also features Denholm Elliott (Raiders of the Lost Ark) and Jon Pertwee (Doctor Who).

Written by Russ Jones and Robert Bloch, the author of Psycho, The House That Dripped Blood comes to us from Amicus Productions, the purveyor of horror anthologies like Tales from the Crypt (1972), Asylum (1972), and Vault of Horror (1973).

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Book Review: Doctor Who: The Time Lord Letters by Justin Richards

Doctor Who: The Time Lord Letters
Hardcover | Kindle
by Justin Richards
Harper Design | HarperCollins Publishers
Release date: September 29, 2015

Ahhh, what would it mean to know the mind of a Time Lord? It must be something to know what a Time Lord saw. There must be wit! There must be wisdom! There must be an ambivalence, a humor about the mundane moments. There must be perspective that comes from the understanding of time and history as a sometimes malleable thing. So, we are presented with a book called Doctor Who: The Time Lord Letters. What does it tell us?

In the end, it doesn’t tell us much. It tries to create a narrative of Doctor Who history that is approachable for younger television viewers. The actual history of the show is far more complex than that, due to reasons that have little to do with good storytelling. The full-color hardcover title does little to weave together all the historical threads of the Doctor’s lives. Instead, the book’s best appeal is to provide both older and younger viewers with an excellent photo collage of the entire history of Doctor Who. That, I think, is what will keep readers coming back to this book.

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Because, Awesome: ‘Doctor Who’ 12-Minute Anime

Doctor Who is all the rage these days, but how awesome would it be if someone were to create an anime based on the ever-popular British science fiction television series?

Well, thankfully, someone did!

Circa 2011, animator Paul Johnson aka Alponk45, using voice recordings from the classic era episodes, developed this fantastic 12-minute short — true to both Doctor Who and anime form — featuring Jon Pertwee’s third Doctor, Daleks, the menacing Cybermen, the Master, and…oh, I could keep going. Check it out for yourself here below!

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Comic Review: Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time #3

Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time #3
Written by Scott & David Tipton
Art by Mike Collins
Colors by Charlie Kirchof
Cover Artwork by Francesco Francavilla
IDW Publishing
Publication Date: March 20, 2013
Cover Price: $3.99

The 50th anniversary celebrations by IDW for Doctor Who resume in the third issue of Prisoners of Time – a series that is getting better with each issue, with this one focusing on Jon Pertwee‘s portrayal of the Third Doctor. Writers Scott and David Tipton have made yet a further chapter that tops the previous edition and I cannot emphasize enough how much I recommend this noteworthy series.

Each issue of Prisoners of Time focuses in on one incarnation of the Doctor, to close with a 12th issue in which all presumably join forces. The Doctor is plagued by the kidnapping of his companions from each of his major eras, from an unseen (or rather now, unknown) enemy. While this is the story arc, each chapter focuses on an adventure that beautifully represents that specific Doctor’s era with much respect and reverence.

For the Jon Pertwee Third Doctor issue, we find the Doctor back in his UNIT days in 1974. He comes with Sarah Jane Smith, one of the most memorable companions of all time; as the Doctor is also reunited with a former companion from the same era, Liz Shaw. Having been summoned to UNIT in an extraordinary emergency during a thundering deluge of rain, the Doctor finds Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart acting irrationally and ordering troop movements that make no sense whatsoever.

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Comic Review: Doctor Who Classics, Series 4 #1

Doctor Who Classics, Series 4 #1
Written by Alan McKenzie
Original Art by John Ridgway
Colors by Charlie Kirchoff
Covers by John Ridgway and Charlie Kirchoff
IDW Publishing
Release Date: February 01, 2012
Cover Price: $3.99

Talk about a blast from the past. Doctor Who Classics Series 4 #1 is a republication of the original Doctor Who comic book series as first released in Doctor Who Magazine. Younger fans of the original television series who have viewed the DVD releases may recall some special features dealing specifically with these comic strips.

Classics Series 4 undertakes the interesting era of the Colin Baker years. During his time as the sixth incarnation of the Doctor, the television series was under threat of cancellation, an ever-increasing strain on budget availability, and a rising dissatisfaction from many fans as their criticisms of the John Nathan-Turner showrunner years would reach their peak.

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