Paul McGann was the shortest lived Doctor, on screen for just one episode. On the other hand, he’s one of the longest lasting Doctors, being the central character of novels, audio plays and comics from 1996 to the present day.

Even with this, though, he’s probably the least well known Doctor, which is why it was a great idea by BBC7 in 2006 to commission Big Finish to create an audio series about the Eighth Doctor similar in style to the television series.

Here, Lucie Miller is the companion, and unlike most companions she doesn’t want to be one. The Time Lords put her on some sort of witness protection program, for reasons unknown, and she’s stuck in the care of the Doctor. The TARDIS can’t even leave without her. Personally, I think this created for a dynamic that’s pretty hard to beat (although Donna did).

Well, that’s enough of the introduction. One last thing – you might think 3 is very few stories to put as my favourite, but, actually, this season only had 6 stories, so 3 is quite a lot indeed.

3. No More Lies

You’d be forgiven for thinking that you’d walked right into the middle of an episode when this one begins, but you’d soon realise this is just the beginning. The first ‘act’ of this story nicely juxtaposes the excitement of some sort of chase that the Doctor and Lucie are in (for once, though, they’re not the chased), and an extremely ordinary garden party in England. It’s intriguing, wondering what the two have to do with each other, but before you can frustrate yourself with confusion, the Doctor and Lucie end up following the man they were chasing into the very same garden party.

Generally, the second act is an extremely emotional story, which I won’t spoil for you, but I’d actually say my favourite thing about the story was the villains. The enemies in this story are a race of creatures that live in the Time Vortex, called the Tar-Modowk, and while they’re not the scariest villains in the world, they very much feel like traditional Doctor Who enemies. It’d be great to see them and the Voritsaurs (pterodactyl-like-creatures that live in the vortex) in the TV show one day.

It’s also worth noting that the audio play manages, by different background noises, to create a perfect image of the garden party in your mind – brilliant work on the part of Big Finish, I say.

The Doctor: I thought you wanted to save the world?
Gordon: I just didn’t envisage saving it by riding bareback on a pterodactyl named Margaret.

2. Phobos

If No More Lies created the perfect image of the garden party by just sound, then in this story the moon of Phobos is perfectly created in one’s imagination by the sound and description alone. Here, Phobos is a planet of extreme sports, a place visited by adrenaline junkies, or ‘drennies’ as the characters put it. And on this planet lives a beast, lying in wait to attack.

Once again, I don’t want to spoil the story, but near the end the Doctor has to face his fears. And it’s not just fears of the past. The greatest fear that the Doctor faces is the fear of what he may have to do in the future. Now, think what you like, but that sounds suspiciously close to the end of the Time War to me.

1. Human Resources

This is the two part finale. Most of the story is set in what appears to be an office, but it’s filled with so many differences from reality that the first part of the story is just hilarious. Of course, there’s still something clearly wrong, so there’s a very creepy feel about this, but that just makes everything so much better.

In the second part, we have the return of the Cybermen. And they’re Mondasian Cybermen, at that, before they even discovered Telos. What’s lovely is that the voices are a very subtle blend of new series Cybermen voices, and old series Cybermen, which gives them quite a disconcerting sound.

In addition, this is, after all, the season finale, so we find out all about what this witness protection program for Lucie was. We also have some very major character development on the part of Lucie, and we catch a glimpse at the Time Lords, and the chaotic way with which they try to control the universe without actually interferring.

Plus, the manner in which the Cybermen was defeated was both incredibly ludicrous, and extremely funny. If anything else, you have to hear this episode for that.

These episodes can be purchased on Amazon, or on the Big Finish website.

With Donald Trump’s presidency looking less and less like a joke, these high-profile authors and writers believe the time for silence is over.

Over 400 authors have signed a petition to keep Donald Trump out of the White House.

The petition, titled “An open letter to the American people,” was written by Andrew Altschul and Mark Slouka. It unequivocally states that Trump must not become President of the United States, and explains why writers in particular are worried about the power of his empty words and fear-mongering rhetoric.

Signed by the likes of Stephen King, Junot Diaz, Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket), Cheryl Strayed, Colm Tóibín and Jennifer Egan, the open letter lays out reasons for openly opposing Trump’s candidacy, which they believe “appeals to the basest and most violent elements in society.”

The letter states:

“Because, as writers, we are particularly aware of the many ways that language can be abused in the name of power;

Because we believe that any democracy worthy of the name rests on pluralism, welcomes principled disagreement, and achieves consensus through reasoned debate;

Because American history, despite periods of nativism and bigotry, has from the first been a grand experiment in bringing people of different backgrounds together, not pitting them against one another;

Because the history of dictatorship is the history of manipulation and division, demagoguery and lies;

Because the search for justice is predicated on a respect for the truth;

Because we believe that knowledge, experience, flexibility, and historical awareness are indispensable in a leader;

Because neither wealth nor celebrity qualifies anyone to speak for the United States, to lead its military, to maintain its alliances, or to represent its people;

Because the rise of a political candidate who deliberately appeals to the basest and most violent elements in society, who encourages aggression among his followers, shouts down opponents, intimidates dissenters, and denigrates women and minorities, demands, from each of us, an immediate and forceful response;

For all these reasons, we, the undersigned, as a matter of conscience, oppose, unequivocally, the candidacy of Donald J. Trump for the Presidency of the United States.”

While there are plenty of arguments for why Trump should not receive as much media coverage as he gets, we have to acknowledge the seriousness of the situation when some of the country’s most respected artists take such a powerful stance as this.

The petition has been signed by over 7,000 people so far, and you can add your name to the list right here.

You can find out more about the group of writers who oppose Trump on Twitter, at @WritersOnTrump.

Official pictures from the Gilmore Girls revival hint that Stars Hollow’s pride and joy went on to become a teacher. Tanc Sade’s Instagram suggests otherwise.

Rory Gilmore — high school English teacher or staff writer on The Stars Hollow Gazette? When the first official photos of the Gilmore Girls revival were released by TV Line, Rory Gilmore was shown standing at the front of a classroom with some chalkboard notes that seemed to indicate she was teaching high school English. And she wasn’t just any high school teacher, but a Chilton high school teacher.

GILMORE GIRLS
Source: TV Line

However, while promoting an upcoming charity fundraiser, Tanc Sade, everyone’s favorite Life and Death Brigade member, Finn, gave away that Rory Gilmore is an above the fold writer of the Stars Hollow Gazette. Sure it’s a long cry from covering the parking lot pavement of Chilton, but it does not strike us as the type of hard-hitting journalism that would satisfy a girl who hit the road to cover the Obama campaign at the close of the series. This issue, dated July 19, 2016, will appear sometime in the “Summer” installment of the four-part series.


Whose to say that Rory Gilmore can’t juggle two careers at once? She was, after all, the Editor in Chief of The Yale Daily News and a star student who graduated on time after taking a semester off to have a breakdown. Maybe her staff writing position is just a hobby.

This is not the first inside look into the Gilmore Girls reunion that Sade has provided. One quick browse through his Instagram and you will be treated to tons of behind the scenes goodies! Here are some of our favorites.

A Gilmore and her LDB boys


LUKES LIVES


They’ve come a long way from moving Rory out


Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life arrives on Netflix soon.

Twitter announces slew of changes to give you more room to tweet, get noticed

You'll also be allowed to retweet yourself. Umm...

11:15 am EDT, May 24, 2016

Twitter has confirmed that they’ll be making a few changes to let you fit more in a single tweet. Changes to retweeting and chatting with a user are also in the pipeline.

Earlier this month we told you Twitter would stop counting photos and links as part of the 140 character limit, but it looks like the social network is taking things a step further. Not only will URLs and photos no longer be a part of the character count, but they will also stop counting usernames.

Here’s Twitter’s full breakdown of the upcoming changes:

– Replies: When replying to a Tweet, @names will no longer count toward the 140-character count. This will make having conversations on Twitter easier and more straightforward, no more penny-pinching your words to ensure they reach the whole group.

– Media attachments: When you add attachments like photos, GIFs, videos, polls, or Quote Tweets, that media will no longer count as characters within your Tweet. More room for words!

– Retweet and Quote Tweet yourself: We’ll be enabling the Retweet button on your own Tweets, so you can easily Retweet or Quote Tweet yourself when you want to share a new reflection or feel like a really good one went unnoticed.

– Goodbye, .@: These changes will help simplify the rules around Tweets that start with a username. New Tweets that begin with a username will reach all your followers. (That means you’ll no longer have to use the ”.@” convention, which people currently use to broadcast Tweets broadly.) If you want a reply to be seen by all your followers, you will be able to Retweet it to signal that you intend for it to be viewed more broadly.

One or two of these additions may be controversial. For example, giving people the option to retweet themselves if “a really good one went unnoticed” sounds like a cheap solution to fix the issue of tweets not getting noticed. Why should it be upon the user to do something to get the tweet noticed? It’ll look obnoxious if we’re retweeting ourselves — it’s the equivalent of asking aloud, “Hey, did anyone just hear my excellent thought?” even when everyone heard it but purposely ignored it.

Twitter isn’t ready to launch these changes today because they want to give developers time to prepare. This way, third party apps like Tweetbot (It’s great — there are no ads in it!) will be ready to support Twitter’s new rules right at the start of the official launch. Expect to see these features in a few months.

Sadly, we’re still waiting for Twitter to launch an “edit” button. It sucks to be unable to fx a mistake.