Saturday, 17 August 2019

Fourth Dimension, Fourth Wall

Doctor Who has always had an interesting relationship with the viewer at home. Characters can look out through the television screen and talk directly to the audience. This breaking of the 'fourth wall' is never directly commented upon within the television programme.

I wrote this for Hero Collector to catalogue the many instances of fourth wall breakage in Doctor Who from the sixties to the modern day.

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Carruthers Ten Years On: December 2008

We had talked about doing a Christmas show in December 2008, but it didn't happen because among other things I was in the doomed second Dickens Of A Christmas show. We managed to film some stuff, but more on that later.

The Carruthers blog hit 200 posts, but none this month were particularly stellar. There's a handful of posts I still like: one on the song 'White Christmas', the anniversary of Wright Brothers first flight, the Winter Solstice and Noche de RĂ¡banos, but my favourite is probably this one written in broken Esperanto.

Sunday, 11 August 2019

Outside In Gains A Soul Is Available For Pre-Order

Fresh from dealing with Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, the latest volume of the Outside In series of books has turned its unshakeable gaze toward spinoff series Angel. Outside In Gains A Soul is available for pre-order at a 15% discount here.

But wait there's more: Outside In Gains A Soul not only focusses o each and every episode of TV's Angel, but also Firefly, its big screen follow up Serenity and, thanks in part to yours truly, it's obscure online curio The R. Tam Sessions.

You're welcome.

Outside In Gains A Soul is available for pre-order at a 15% discount here.

Thursday, 8 August 2019

Carruthers Ten Years On: November 2008

I've been getting a bit behind with these, so I'm going to try and get back on track over the course of the next month. If only for myself.

November 2008 was clearly a bit of a slow month. I delved into an analysis of the demographics that that were watching the Carruthers videos, which probably only interested me.

The Sitcom Porn strand was clearly my favourite with posts on American comedy, both live action and animated.

I like the wording of this post designed to tie into our Trainspotting sketch. Mostly stolen from a stand up routine I did and a great example of a joke you can do in your mid-twenties that you can't do when approaching forty.

Probably the most potentially tasteless post was this Bobby Davro survival announcement. It's aged surprisingly well and at the time of posting is still true.

Monday, 5 August 2019

Man On The Moon

It's been fifty years since humanity took a giant leap onto our closest neighbour and we have been honouring the astronauts, but what about the real pioneers, the actors, writers and directors who pretended that they landed on the Moon merely for your entertainment? I wrote this to honour them.

Monday, 17 June 2019


The original Star Trek gave us the Romulans and the Klingons and Star Trek: The Next Generation had the Romulans and the Borg.

When Star Trek: Deep Space Nine needed a villain they came up with the Dominion. Several races working together toward a common goal, they act as a mirror to the Federation. Although not one held together through shared ideals, but by fear, genetic manipulation and forced deification. The Dominion, and in particular the war that followed their introduction, helped to define DS9 and further mark it out as different to its contemporaries.

Astonishingly, it is twenty-five years since the Dominion were the new kids on the block and I wrote this in celebration.

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Bodyswapping Is Your Future

As a sort of follow-up to the article I wrote about Time Loops, I've written another about another common plot device used in science fiction: the bodyswap episode.

Two characters exchange bodies and learn a little more about how the other person lives, feels and is treated by those around them. It's a great device that can be used for comedy as much as for serious character development.

I wrote this for Hero Collector.