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Remembering Roger Delgado March 1, 2018

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Today would have been the birthday of Roger Delgado.

For the fans of 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 100 years old today.

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A Death in the (Gaming) Family February 15, 2018

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It has been a very difficult day for me today, as well as for the Friday night gaming group.

When I woke up this morning, I learned from Stephanie, DavidM’s wife, that DavidM had died at 3:45 am this morning of congestive heart failure as a complication/consequence of his having a very severe case of the flu that’s going around. David had been ill for over two weeks now, and had progressively got worse to the point where he’d been admitted to the hospital a week ago today. I’m saddened by his loss, and can’t even begin to imagine or feel how his wife and family are right now.

I’ve been sort of dysfunctional for most of the day, in a state of shock for the most part (I guess), and haven’t really accomplished anything at all today other than a bit of banking and grocery shopping I needed to get done.

I’d been gaming with DavidM for several years now, and had come to really like him. His personality was sparkling, he loved his wife and two children, ages 14 and 19, fiercely, and enjoyed what he did for a living. His loss leaves a terrible void in the lives of both his family and his friends, and I still can’t believe he’s gone.

A tragedy. A horrible day for all concerned.

In Memorium December 6, 2017

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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.

R.I.P. Brian Aldiss (1925-2017) August 22, 2017

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I came home yesterday from GenCon Indy 2017, and learned during the day that author Brian Aldiss had died.

Author Brian Aldiss Dies at the Age of 92

I discovered Brian Aldiss’s writing in 1967 or so, when I was 15, the first novel of his that I read being Hothouse (1962), and soon started to devour as much of his work as I could find over the years. He was a master of the genre, writing many intriguing books and lots of shorter fiction that was just…tremendous.

His loss is a terrible and sad one for the science fiction, fantasy, and horror community.

Rest In Peace, oh Grandmaster of the SFWA.

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.