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Life behind Star Trek and Doctor Who

Life behind Star Trek and Doctor Who

One of the things I love is finding out the minutiae, the inside notes behind a great production. I have actually listened to DVD commentaries, and one of my favourite books is Russell T Davies’ The Writer’s Tale – it’s like reading his blog while he was writing and producing Doctor Who.

Oddly, no similar book has been written about that other great sci-fi franchise, Star Trek. At least, until Michael Piller wrote a book about the writing of the last Next Generation Star Trek film, Insurrection – but the book never saw the light of day. Now, thanks to the Internet, it’s available if you’re willing to go against the wishes of Piller’s family.

As you can imagine, there’s been a bit of analysis over the book, which most people will find deathly dull, but I found endlessly fascinating.

Thanks to foomandoonian for the tip-off!

How not to reboot Star Trek

How not to reboot Star Trek

I went to see the new Star Trek film at the London Imax, and alongside pretty much everyone else, I was awed and wowed by the action, laughed at the character interplay, and suffused with nostalgic feelings for the actions of Kirk, Spock, Sulu and everyone else. And acknowledged that even if green skin does not go with red hair, it still looks darned good.

However, there are a couple of things that are annoying me about new Trek (spoilers dead ahead, captain!)

Let the Who/Trek squee begin

Let the Who/Trek squee begin

Tennant. Stewart. Together on stage doing Hamlet at the Royal Shakespeare Company. Summer 2008.

On one hand, it pretty much guarantees Tennant won’t stay beyond the next series of Who. Unless there’s an extended hiatus or some other piece of trickery.

On the other hand, c’mon! Tennant! Stewart! Hamlet!

I only hope the front row isn’t filled with Trekkies wearing the Star Trek uniforms like they were when I saw Stewart doing his one-man Christmas Carol…

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