Saturday, and What I’m Reading

And the cat box. Don’t forget the fucking cat box. Please, god.

Also, What I’ve Read:

It is with heavy heart that Doktor Drax gives a failing grade to The Final Dream by Daniel Pearlman.


“This might seem like a silly question, but will The Doctor be popping Jelly Babies in your horrible, horrible story?”

Via Tardis/Wikia

This is a deadly serious question. The answer is “No.” I was never a fan of that jelly baby nonsense.

Unless the damn candy could be used as a blistering life-or-death element utilized for extreme-pathos and excruciating emotional turmoil, you know? Example: The Doctor and Sarah are starving, lost in the (very pagan) wilderness and literally starving to death, and they are forced to fight—fight! With tooth and nail!—over the few remaining jelly babies in the Doctor’s pocket, revealing the dark dark oh DARK ickiness of the human/Galifreyian heart(s). But I seriously doubt there’ll be a scene like that, so,

No, sorry. No Jelly Babies.

Any other questions?


Pagan Dalek, Sketches and Resources and Such


• Going to be hitting both of the Huttons pretty heavily… and quickly. Don’t want to get bogged down/distracted in endless research. But I want authentic weirdness, not BS lifted from a movie or something.

• Thanks to Mlle Ghoul for putting SJS through her wardrobe paces the other day.

• Blocked the prologue—which was a no-brainer. Murder and moonlight and blood and WEIRDNESS, etc. But still.

• Certain components/factors set into motion that I can’t talk about yet.

• Tracked down one of the Dicks books… which I’m starting to feel ambivalent about even flipping through. But it might be nice to thumb through it, try to catch a glimpse of the past on an emotional level. Does that make sense?


The Daily DALEK Drax Count

Difficult to estimate time. Blocked the prologue, other plot elements. Tom Baker would have loved to film some of the shit I’m cooking up. At least, I think he’d dig it.

More tk. I warned you. This is better than clearing my desk, isn’t it???


The Mind Bending THRONE ROOM of the PAGAN DALEK

Good morning. Original picture via Superkintaro.


And everybody on twitter thought I was kidding…

I really want to write this, man. A real mid-seventies, let’s go to the woods and shoot it in two days, a rough and tumble creepy adventure featuring the 4th Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith. Yeah baby. An ancient cult… a terrible secret… and the PAGAN DALEK.

I want to write it in like, one week. Boom, done. I’m serious. Totally serious.

Oh, I wish I had those old Terrance Dicks novels…

More to come, really.


Doctor Who and its characters are trademarked and © The BBC, yes. Original photo (trees) A New Day’s Dawn by x horizon; Dalek from a cut-out ad. Design by The Creep.


“An Andromeda Strain for the new century, this is visionary fiction at its best: harrowing, brilliantly rendered, and far, far too believable.”
— LINCOLN CHILD, New York Times bestselling author of Deep Storm

Doubleday says:

The robots are coming! And they won’t stop until each and every one of us are crushed under their steely treads. We at Doubleday plan to welcome our shiny metal overlords, and to do it right, we’ll need a video trailer as electrifying as they are.

We need your help—and we’re willing to pay handsomely for it. Create and submit a video inspired by Daniel H. Wilson’s new novel ROBOPOCALYPSE, and you could win one of three cash prizes:

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Enjoy it now! Money won’t be worth much when they come.

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Gene Colan’s Final Work For Sale

Via Bleeding Cool:

“Legendary comic book creator Gene Colan is sick. And through long term friend and colleague, Clifford Meth, he is selling off the last of his artwork and signed books to fund his future needs, with the knowledge that he is unlikely to be drawing again any time soon.”

“So Clifford is accepting private bids on the following. If you are interested in the items [listed], e-mail him on with  “Colan Auction Bid” in the subject. The up to date list can be found here.” — Rich Johnston on April 25, 2011

Readers of this blog really should investigate and consider making a bid for the right reason: helping a beloved artist as gratitude for decades of wonderful work. But the purely mercenary should poke around, too, as items up for auction include several rare books autographed by Richard Matheson, Michael Moorcock, and more. Check it out. Planet Drax thanks you.


A Darker Shade of Pagan 4/24/11

Image © Ellen Rogers

Pagan sounds from the underground!

Playlist for 04/24/11

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Grouper – Wind Return
Jane Weaver (with Demdike Stare) – Europium Alluminate
Jane Weaver – Silver Chord
Burial Hex (with Zola Jesus) – The Far (Horrid Red Single Edit)
Ex Reverie – The Hanging Garden
Chelsea Wolfe – Advice & Vices
Every Silver Lining Has A Cloud – The Sun is Already Gone
Phaedra – Oserian
Sister Crayon – (In)Reverse
Veil Veil Vanish – Anthem For A Doomed Youth (Gomorrah Mix)
Religious to Damn – Glass Prayer
The Moon and the Nightspirit – Keregbolcso

You can also listen to this show on the Pagan Radio Network!


Edited to add

The Daily Drax Count

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HEXES the sunday spectra 4/24/11

M e m o r i e s   o f   E l i s a b e t h   S l a d e n

a s   S a r a h   J a n e   S m i t h


“Sarah Jane dead?  No, impossible!  Impossible.”

“She can’t be dead.  But she is: she died yesterday morning.  Cancer.  I had no idea she was ill; she was so private, never wanted any fuss, and now, gone.  A terrible blow to her friends and a shattering blow for all those fans of the programme whose lives were touched every Saturday evening by her lovely heroic character, Sarah-Jane Smith.”

“…when I replaced Jon Pertwee, it must have been an anxious time for Lis; it was a very anxious time for me.  Following in the big footsteps of Jon was daunting.  Tom Baker?  Never heard of him.  And so we started on the first story under Barry Letts as director.  We did the location stuff first and I just obeyed orders; running about, with the Brigadier and that silly car… But back in the rehearsal room things were quieter and there was time to put in little details, time for Lis and me to get acquainted, time for me to try and make a little mark, so to speak.  And Lis laughed at my silly antics; yes, she did, she laughed me to success.  We both came from Liverpool, that small detail helped.  We both loved old movies.  And quite suddenly Lis and Ian Marter and Tom Baker were a trio.  It is so consoling when one is sad and bereft to remember the good times, the laughter, the glamour; yes, the glamour: we three switched on the lights at Blackpool! A very great honour.  We performed a little melodrama directed by (guess who?) yes, David Maloney! And now Lis was adored by Ian Marter and Tom Baker too.”

More at Tom Baker’s Lovely Site

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My Sarah Jane: A Tribute To Elisabeth Sladen (Official, BBC)

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YOUR EDITOR, Simon Drax: Questions

Q: Favorite episode?

A:Seeds of Doom,” easily. Other favorites include “Brain of Morbius” —when Sarah goes blind?! Jesus—”Pyramids of Mars,” the classic “trio” episodes (The Doctor + Sarah + Harry), “Ark in Space” and “Genesis,” others. All of them. There’s not a bad episode with Sarah Jane Smith as the companion.

Q: How insane were you for Sarah Jane Smith as portrayed by Elisabeth Sladen?

A: Certifiably insane. Difficult to describe the level of insanity without resorting to profanity. Pretty damn crazy. Sarah Jane Smith was simply the most wonderful girl in the universe. I was pretty nuts.

Q: Love letters? Poems?

A: Oh for god’s sake, no. I was 14, 15, 16; poetry and love letters and things like that would come later, for real people, alas. No, my crazy infatuation for Lis Sladen as SJS made itself manifest by naming the wicked big spaceship in the stupid space opera I was writing the Sarah Jane Smith, things like that. Slavish fanboy worship.

Q: Pictures on your wall?

A: I wish! But no. Early 80s, no money, no access to cool stuff, only Starlog and the like. Though I wish I could send this picture back in time! The boy I used to be would have been very happy to have this picture on his wall, so I’m posting it for him.

Q: Is that it?

A: No. I was saving the best for last. “I was so crazy for Sarah Jane Smith that…” I featured her in a very big “plateau” story I wrote when I was fifteen, an 80 page blockbuster called, mysteriously, Blue Illusions. These days we’d call it a crossover or a mash-up, certainly fanfic. But I didn’t have those terms back then: I probably thought of it as a team-up. Anyway, Blue Illusions teamed the staple Star Wars characters with The Doctor and Sarah as well as Adam Warlock from Marvel comics. A triple team up! Luke Skywalker and Sarah get it on.

Q: They do not!

A: They do. They “get it on.” They kiss.

Q: “Sahra?”

A: I have no defense. No wonder some of my teachers hated me.

Q: Who cares about your teachers, you couldn’t spell the girl of your dreams name correctly?!

A: No defense. It’s very sad, yes.

Q: So what happens in your silly story?

A: Luke Skywalker gets captured by Imperial forces. Han and Leia set out to rescue him. Luke busts-out on his own, and he runs into The Doctor and Sarah Jane, who had accidently intercepted R2D2 in the TARDIS via a transmat beam/rebel force teleportation screw-up. Meanwhile, on their way to rescue Luke, Han and Leia and Chewie get captured themselves, but are saved by a just-wandering-by Adam Warlock. Luke and Sarah, believing that Han and Leia are in trouble, set out to rescue them, but tangle instead with evil stormtroopers (who lecherously wish to defile Sarah) and then Darth Vader himself. Very intense dramatic physical stuff; I was trying to imitate Alan Dean Foster’s Splinter of the Mind’s Eye. Anyway, Han and Leia and Warlock burst onto the scene, Adam Warlock BEATS THE CRAP OUT OF DARTH VADER, and our heroes high-tail it out of there. The story’s epilogue deals with Princess Leia sorting-out her emotions, as it’s obvious that Luke and Sarah have fallen deeply in love, and the princess is upset. That’s it. Epic. I was 15.

Q: It’s all so sad.

A: Maybe. But out of all of those characters running around, Sarah Jane Smith got the most face-time in my silly story. Now, that’s love.

Q: Thank you, Mister Drax. We wish you well.

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Elisabeth Sladen, 1948 — 2011

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Credits: Hexes cover photo © James Clevett. All other photos © BBC


Bleak Saturday—Mucha, Notes, Music, More (Maybe)

From Le Pater by Alphonse Mucha


• This week’s edition of HEXES is going to be solely devoted to the character of Sarah Jane Smith as portrayed by Elisabeth Sladen

• “The Kindle Experiment” is so far proceeding “all right,” more to come on that score, obviously

• Currently reading “The Final Dream” by Daniel Pearlman, which will be followed by “God’s War” by Kameron Hurley


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