Books, Books and more Books - WNAR #88


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Welcome to Who New and review, a podcast from the Galactic Network

BBC Books have revealed details of a new release of Doctor Who: The Pirate Planet featuring Tom Baker’s fourth Doctor.

Prepare yourself for some excellent big finish goodness with this 6th doctor story – Order of the Daleks

Are you stuck for something to buy your whovian better half?

The Science Behind Who
In Doctor Who many black holes have been mentioned or observed.
Black holes were regions in space created when the remains of a dense star of normal matter collapsed far enough to drill a hole through the fabric of space, (PROSE: Sanctuary) creating a singularity. Their incredible density resulted in a strong gravitational pull. The Tenth Doctor said to Rose Tyler that his people, the Time Lords, "practically invented black holes. Well, in fact, they did." (TV: The Satan Pit)

Omega and Rassilon destroyed the star Qqaba (COMIC: Star Death) to produce an energy source powerful enough to enable time travel. Omega, thought dead, survived his journey through this black hole, although he was trapped within it. He was able to shape matter within it at his will. (TV: The Three Doctors, Arc of Infinity) Rassilon brought back either a black hole or its singularity to become the Eye of Harmony. (TV: The Deadly Assassin)

When two versions of the Doctor's TARDIS collided, the Tenth Doctor combined a black hole and a supernova to stop a black hole from being created, after witnessing it in his fifth incarnation. (TV: Time Crash)

The Doctor's TARDIS had the power to both resist the pull of a black hole and to tug the Walker Expedition's rocket out of the black hole's gravitational field. (TV: The Satan Pit)

Science however has other ideas - A black hole is a region of spacetime exhibiting such strong gravitational effects that nothing—not even particles and electromagnetic radiation such as light—can escape from inside it.[1] The theory of general relativity predicts that a sufficiently compact mass can deform spacetime to form a black hole. The boundary of the region from which no escape is possible is called the event horizon. Although the event horizon has an enormous effect on the fate and circumstances of an object crossing it, no locally detectable features appear to be observed. In many ways a black hole acts like an ideal black body, as it reflects no light. Moreover, quantum field theory in curved spacetime predicts that event horizons emit Hawking radiation, with the same spectrum as a black body of a temperature inversely proportional to its mass. This temperature is on the order of billionths of a kelvin for black holes of stellar mass, making it essentially impossible to observe.

Objects whose gravitational fields are too strong for light to escape were first considered in the 18th century by John Michell and Pierre-Simon Laplace. The first modern solution of general relativity that would characterize a black hole was found by Karl Schwarzschild in 1916, although its interpretation as a region of space from which nothing can escape was first published by David Finkelstein in 1958. Black holes were long considered a mathematical curiosity; it was during the 1960s that theoretical work showed they were a generic prediction of general relativity. The discovery of neutron stars sparked interest in gravitationally collapsed compact objects as a possible astrophysical reality.

Black holes of stellar mass are expected to form when very massive stars collapse at the end of their life cycle. After a black hole has formed, it can continue to grow by absorbing mass from its surroundings. By absorbing other stars and merging with other black holes, supermassive black holes of millions of solar masses (M) may form. There is general consensus that supermassive black holes exist in the centers of most galaxies.

Despite its invisible interior, the presence of a black hole can be inferred through its interaction with other matter and with electromagnetic radiation such as visible light. Matter that falls onto a black hole can form an external accretion disk heated by friction, forming some of the brightest objects in the universe. If there are other stars orbiting a black hole, their orbits can be used to determine the black hole's mass and location. Such observations can be used to exclude possible alternatives such as neutron stars. In this way, astronomers have identified numerous stellar black hole candidates in binary systems, and established that the radio source known as Sagittarius A*, at the core of our own Milky Way galaxy, contains a supermassive black hole of about 4.3 million solar masses.

BBC bosses want Doctor Who to feel like “a brand new show”

And Pearl Mackie, 29, was pictured filmed scenes for the popular sci-fi drama in woodland in Cardiff

A to Z

Monster – Macra
Episode The Macra Terror
Planet of Origin – The Macra Empire

The sapient species of Macra were larger than humans, able to hold a human in one claw. They were stocky in build, with large eyestalks, large claws (with a second, smaller set beneath the mouth) and were a dark, mucky brown colour. They were also covered in hairs. (TV: The Macra Terror) The Macra were a gigantic crustacean race that fed on unclean gases which were poisonous to humans. The Macra resembled crabs. They would consume humans when possible. Eventually, the Macra fell into evolutionary decline, reverting to mindless creatures in the depths of New New York.

A Touch of Class

The way the review will work is as follows, I will begin with a synopsis, the good bits, the bad bitsand the most whovian bit and then any notable things in way of a review followed by my rating using the universal method (yep – out of 5 tardis)

The Synopsis
April starts to feel greater effects of sharing her heart with Corakinus: his attempts to sever the attachment have only made it stronger. Manifesting traits of the Shadow Kin leader, April confronts her estranged father with Shadow Kin force when he makes a startling appearance. Frightened by this extraordinary newfound power, April seeks comfort in Ram, and vows to reclaim her heart as her own. Meanwhile, something strange is happening to the others – London is slowly being infested with unusual, sinister flower petals.

The Good Bits

Majesty - you are showing the colours of the mate. - I don't suppose we could have a moment of cuddling. The whoniverse does strong scary women well.

The Bad Bits

The angst is strong but sadly comedic.

The most whoniversal bit

The design and realm of the shadowkin is done particularly well. And who doesn't love vocoder effects.


So it seems sharing a heart over a crack in space isn't all it's cracked up to be. Poor shadow kin and poor sofa- and yeah poor April.

The flower reminded me of an isolus - hope we are not going to get a fear her moment. As that was the second worst doctor who episode ever.

I'm all for violin players - it's a weakness of mine.

So the thing with the governors, is that a not so subtle shoehorn or is it a red herring?

It seems April has a few issues when it comes to organized wars and lockers. But I was more annoyed by her android phone with an iPhone ringtone.

I guess sharing a shadowkin heart has it advantages - who wouldn't want to manifest swords -

But what's with the creepy ass head teacher and flower petals that bite

At first the sex scenes didn't seem to have much of a point, there is still no back story as such. But then the business with the shadowkin

So far out of all the whoby gang - yes, that's what I'm calling them are April and Ram.

I like how the headmistress is very matter of fact about everything that's happening.

I think I prefer violin April rather than scimitar April.

Seems all it takes to get someone walking is a bit of shadowkin magic

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