Our endless flight through Doctor Who’s third season chokes, stalls and crashes into The Massacre, The Ark and The Celestial Toymaker. And Nathan’s not at all happy. (Let’s put a cork on that, Nathan!)
These are three controversial stories, and we’d like to know what you think. Do you hate The Massacre, or do you love it as much as all right-thinking Doctor Who commentators? Is The Ark racist? Is The Celestial Toymaker appalling or merely terrible?
Buy the stories!
None of The Massacre exists (sigh), so it’s just not possible for Nathan to see how great it actually is. But here’s the BBC audio version, narrated by the indefatigable Peter Purves. (Audible US) (Audible UK)
The Massacre (of St Bartholomew’s Eve)
Cornell, Day and Topping’s Discontinuity Guide: “Not only the best historical, but the best Hartnell, and, in its serious handling of dramatic material in a truly dramatic style, arguably the best ever Doctor Who story.”
Fact Fans! Here’s the Wikipedia entry on the St Bartholomew Day’s Massacre. Enjoy!
Olaf Stapledon’s Last and First Men, a novel about the history of humanity in the far, far future, can be found in its entirety on the Gutenberg Australia website.
Here’s Whoopi Goldberg explaining how we should regard the racism in Looney Tunes cartoons.
The Celestial Toymaker
Here’s a review of a production of George and Margaret, co-directed by Gerald Savory and performed in Boston in 1948.