Author Archive for Derelict Space Sheep

Doctor Who: Warriors’ Gate

Doctor Who: Warriors’ Gate by Stephen Gallagher, writing as John Lydecker restored from the original extended manuscript (1981); audiobook read by Jon Culshaw (with John Leeson as K9) (BBC Audio, 2019) Even in heavily expurgated form, the version of Warriors’ Gate published in 1982 outshone all but a few of the original Target novelisations. The 2019 audiobook restores Gallagher’s original…

The Black Archive #29: The Impossible Astronaut / Day of the Moon

The Black Archive #29: The Impossible Astronaut / Day of the Moon by John Toon (Obverse Books, 2019) A slim volume given the double episode. Toon touches on conspiracy theories (as a tonal setting) and the nomenclature of historical stories, while concentrating mainly on the moral ambiguity of the Doctor’s actions. Some easily digestible philosophical points are tabled for discussion.…

A Memoir of Vincent van Gogh

A Memoir of Vincent van Gogh by Jo Van Gogh-Bonger (The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2018) (Originally published in 1913) A pocket-sized biography of Vincent van Gogh penned by his sister-in-law, whose written testimony and overseeing of his works did much posthumously to secure van Gogh’s historical standing. Van Gogh-Bonger’s account is accessible if measured, and liberal in its reproduction…


Zombieland dir. Ruben Fleischer (2009) Zombieland strikes that hugely unusual balance between the serious and the comedic to produce—go figure—an enjoyable zombie apocalypse. The violence is graphic and over-the-top but Harrelson and Eisenberg play well off each other; plus there’s a cameo for the ages.    

The Adventures of Sally

The Adventures of Sally by P G Wodehouse (Herbert Jenkins, 1922); audiobook read by Frederick Davidson (Blackstone, 1997) Wodehouse’s American stories tend to be a little more staid than those set in England. The plot here is clever and the prose witty. Sally is a winning protagonist. But Davidson’s audiobook reading plays no small role in enlivening the whole shebang.…

Doctor Who: The King’s Dragon

Doctor Who: The King’s Dragon by Una McCormack (BBC, 2010); audiobook read by Nicholas Briggs (AudioGO, 2011) Somewhat drawn-out, like an old four-parter told over six episodes. Nonetheless, McCormack tells a steady tale amidst the obligatory befriendings, betrayals and plot-twisting volte-faces. The support cast has some depth and the Doctor, Rory and Amy are spot-on. Nick Briggs reads well.  …

Reaper, Season 2

Reaper, Season 2 created by Michele Fazekas & Tara Butters (The CW, 2009) In its second season (and last before cancellation), Reaper sheds the underlying credibility necessary to carry its oddball humour. The storylines feature too little reaping and too much of Bert and Ben’s bromance and relationship issues. A dash more seriousness was required.    

Sold – For a Spaceship

Sold – For a Spaceship by Philip E High (Robert Hale, 1973) High deploys his customary optimism in having the remnants of the human race awake from suspended animation to reclaim their much-changed planet. An enjoyable helter-skelter hodgepodge of pulp SF ideas, characters and landscapes, marred by male-female interactions that are early Hollywood cringeworthy.