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R.I.P. Deborah Watling (1948-2017) July 21, 2017

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Sad news in the world of Doctor Who.

Deborah Watling has died. The actress played companion Victoria Waterfield during the Patrick Troughton era of the show

Deborah Watling, Doctor Who Companion, Dies at 69

I really only knew Deborah Watling through her work on Doctor Who, where she took on the role of Victoria Waterfield from “The Evil of the Daleks” (1967) through “Fury From the Deep” (1968). After leaving the show, she appeared in numerous TV roles including Danger UXB (1979), Rising Damp: Hello Young Lovers (1978), and Doctor in Charge (1972) as well as doing a lot of work in the theatre.

My favourite moment with Victoria from the Second Doctor’s period is this bit from “The Tomb of the Cybermen”:

Rest In Piece, Deborah. Your memory will live on when I close my eyes. Goodbye.

Remembering Vimy Ridge Today April 9, 2017

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Today is the 100th anniversary since the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

This battle is one of the most famous of the First World War, and is of special significance to Canadians. As the 100th anniversary since the battle, the ceremonies to be held in Canada as well as at the Vimy Monument in France will be unique today.

Here’s honouring the Canadian soldiers who died at Vimy Ridge on this day (and the days surrounding it) back on April 9th (to the 12th), 1917.
in 9 to 12 April 1917. They served their country well, and paid the ultimate price. It is only fair, right that we acknowledge them today on this anniversary.

Happy Birthday, Patrick Troughton! March 25, 2017

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For those who are fans of Doctor Who, today is the anniversary of the birth of actor Patrick Troughton.

Born March 25th, 1920, Patrick Troughton was the Second Doctor on the acclaimed tv series, and the first actor to replace the original Doctor, William Hartnell, and is thus the first regeneration of the Time Lord. It was a bold move on the part of the production team to replace the actor in the title role, and Doctor Who could have been a disaster from that point on. But it wasn’t, and Patrick Troughton was the reason. His Doctor was unofficially known later on as “the cosmic hobo” due to the mannerisms that Troughton imbued the character with, but he could be as serious as needed when called upon. And when Troughton’s Doctor was being serious, you knew that serious trouble was afoot.

Patrick Troughton’s Doctor was my favourite in the role, though I also loved the William Hartnell Doctor. Sadly, much of Troughton’s serials from the series no longer exist, and he is the most under-represented of the incarnations of the Time Lord on DVD.

So raise a glass today for the Second Doctor and the man who portrayed him so brilliantly, Patrick Troughton.

R.I.P. Chuck Berry (1926-2017) March 19, 2017

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Terribly sad news in the music industry. (Heard about it a couple of hours after yesterday.)

Rock ‘n roll musician and legend Chuck Berry has died. 😦

Rock ‘n Roll Legend Chuck Berry Dies at 90

Chuck Berry, Rock ‘n’ Roll Pioneer, Dead at 90

I’ve been listening to rock ‘n roll for most of my life, to be honest, and this news was both saddening and shocking to me for various reasons that I’m not going into here. Chuck Berry was one of, if not, rock’s greatest practitioners, guitarists, and the best pure rock ‘n roll writer who ever lived. He’s going to be sorely missed.

Here’s the iconic song from 1958.

*sigh*

Remembering Roger Delgado March 1, 2017

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Today would have been the birthday of Roger Delgado.

For the fans of the Doctor Who… the Doctor has faced many foes over the years – Daleks (and their creator Davros), Cybermen, Sontarans, Ice Warriors, to name a few – but only one foe has stood the test of time as his equal. If the Doctor had gone the other route, followed the dark path… That was the premise for the character of The Master, the renegade Time Lord who was first portrayed by the late (and great) Roger Delgado.

Delgado begat the role of The Master, making his debut appearance in 1971 in the Doctor Who serial “Terror of the Autons”, which also saw the first appearance of Katy Manning as Jo Grant. Delgado reappeared in a good number of subsequent serials during the Jon Pertwee years, and originally, it had been planned that the story of The Master would end and be tied up in one last serial, “The Final Game”. However, in 1973 while filming another project, Delgado was sadly involved in a car accident and passed away at the age of 55. Thus, “The Final Game” never saw the light of day.

While Roger continues to be missed from the world of Doctor Who, his influence on the tv show will never be forgotten. The Master may have regenerated countless times since that time, but Roger Delgado’s legacy as the *first* Master is available for all to see. Personally, I adored Roger’s performance as The Master, and have felt that none of the actors who’ve since taken the role on ever did it justice (though Anthony Ainley had his moments). I still love going back and watching some of the Delgado serials/episodes of Doctor Who, and watching his sophisticated and refined performances.

So lift a glass today in memory of Roger Delgado, the first and best Master, who would have turned 99 years old today.

Lest Hartnell Be Forgot January 8, 2017

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For those who are fans of the Doctor Who tv series, and those who were fans of the actor…

William Hartnell, the first actor to play the Doctor on the Doctor Who series, was born on this day in 1908.

For me, Hartnell will always be the definitive version of the Doctor in the series, as I grew up with him as a kid back in the early and mid-1960’s. When I got older, I finally caught some of Hartnell’s performances in other things he had done over the years, and came to truly appreciate his acting abilities.

William Hartnell was a superb actor, and he will never be forgotten by folks who loved and admired his acting abilities, and who came to know him as the *First* Doctor on the tv series that we have all come to know and love.

In Memory of Carrie Fisher/Princess Leia December 27, 2016

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This needs to be posted today, at this moment.

Seems…fitting.

R.I.P. Carrie Fisher (1956 – 2016) December 27, 2016

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Terribly sad news today in the movie, writing, and life biz.

Carrie Fisher, the actress world famous for her portrayal of Princess Leia Organa in the Star Wars films, and who later penned award-winning books that included touching on her battles with addiction, has died at age 60.

Star Wars Actress, Bestselling Author Carrie Fisher Dead at 60

Words cannot express my sentiments at the moment, but the death of Carrie Fisher has hit me relatively hard in some ways, especially in light of the deaths of various other artists this year (and the ones that have struck in December so far, George Michael just a day or so ago). When the first (well, actually the fourth) Star Wars movie came out, my 20-plus-year-old self fell in love with Princess Leia, and while I can’t say that I followed her film career all that much, I did enjoy some of the other films that she’s been in (you can see the film list in the link above).

One of my favourite lines from the actress is…

I don’t want my life to imitate art, I want my life to be art.” — Carrie Fisher

May the force be with you Princess Leia, Queen Leia Organa, General Organa… Carrie. You will be truly missed.

Rest In Peace, Carrie Fisher. *sigh*

I really hate 2016.

R.I.P. John Glenn (1921 – 2016) December 9, 2016

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Saw on the news last night, and read in the morning papers, that John Glenn has died.

Former Astronaut and U.S. Senator John Glenn Dead at 95

One of the Mercury Seven, John Glenn made his famous first flight into space in February, 1962. I was only 6-1/2 years old at the time, so I didn’t really know the significance of the event, but as I grew older I came to appreciate it for what it was – a feat of challenging the unknown, a feat of historical importance in both the space race and the U.S.’s heading “out there”, and a feat of of personal bravery. The fact that John Glenn has always been a man to admire is something that makes his death so much more poignant, especially in this time of American politics.

We’ll always remember you for the astronaut you were, but more importantly, for the man you were.

Godspeed, John Glenn.

In Memorium December 6, 2016

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A sad day in history.

Remember the 14

Geneviève Bergeron (b. 1968), civil engineering student.
Hélène Colgan (b. 1966), mechanical engineering student.
Nathalie Croteau (b. 1966), mechanical engineering student.
Barbara Daigneault (b. 1967), mechanical engineering student.
Anne-Marie Edward (b. 1968), chemical engineering student.
Maud Haviernick (b. 1960), materials engineering student.
Maryse Laganière (b. 1964), budget clerk in the École Polytechnique’s finance department.
Maryse Leclair (b. 1966), materials engineering student.
Anne-Marie Lemay (b. 1967), mechanical engineering student.
Sonia Pelletier (b. 1961), mechanical engineering student.
Michèle Richard (b. 1968), materials engineering student.
Annie St-Arneault (b. 1966), mechanical engineering student.
Annie Turcotte (b. 1969), materials engineering student.
Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz (b. 1958), nursing student.

‘Nuff said.