Doctor Who Extended Media Review – Gods and Monsters Book One Sutekh/Omega

Gods and Monsters Book One was published by Cutaway Comics and features stories about Sutekh and Omega.

The Sutekh story is written by Ian Winterton with art by Adrian Salmon. Salmon’s art style is not my favorite style and the story grounds Sutekh into too much of a straight science fiction story. Sutekh should be more god-like in my opinion 7 out of 10.

The art of John Ridgway is phenomenal, I love his realistic style harking all the way back to classic Doctor Who Magazine comic strips like Voyager. Mark Griffiths expands on the Omega miniseries also published by Cutaway and tells a story of Omega attempting to escape his anti-matter isolation. 9 out of 10.

I absolutely love these expansions of the Whoniverse by Cutaway. This series has future issues featuring the Tharils, Drax and Iris Wildthyme! They also publish miniseries with Lytton, Paradise Towers, Orcini and other characters. Is there any other science fiction franchise with an expanded universe as rich and diverse as the Whoniverse.

Taste Test – Dried Fish

My mother was from Eastport, Maine and growing up we would often have a comfort meal from her childhood. The Mainers refer to it as dried fish but it is more commonly called bacalao. The Maine version of the dish consists of salted and dried cod or pollack, caramelized onions, potatoes and either salt pork or bacon.

The salt fish must be soaked in several changes of water

Traditionally salt pork is used we have substituted bacon

Boiled baby potatoes


After soaking overnight and several changes of water boil the fish

The components of the meal

Mix all together

Nostalgia alone rates it 9 out of 10 for me. Alex 8 out of 10.

Doctor Who Extended Media Review – The Complete History Volume #24

Doctor Who The Complete History was a series of hardback volumes which came out every two weeks and covered 3-4 stories each. These were in-depth volumes covering the production of each episode from the first in 1963 to the end of the Peter Capaldi era of the show. In addition to the extensive production notes there were also merchandise and publicity updates and actor profiles. The quality of each volume was exceptional overseen by several different editors. The volumes were only available in the UK and Ireland so were difficult to obtain in other locations. I am more of a Watsonian fan but if you are a Doyalist you will greatly appreciate these books. Even so I give the entire series a solid 8 out of 10. I will rate each episode covered below.

The Planet of Evil sees The Fourth Doctor and Sarah Jane fighting an anti-matter monster. The stage setting is phenomenal with a very believable jungle landscape. The always reliable Prentis Hancock and a very well played Ewen Solon as Vishinsky showcase some interesting characters. 7 out of 10.

The Pyramids of Mars was my favorite Doctor Who story for a long time. The atmospheric backdrop of Egyptology and Victoriana only added to the story of the evil god Sutekh played fabulously by Gabriel Wolf. Michael Sheard as Laurence Scarman was a great Dr. John Watson type character that I thought would have made a great companion to the Doctor. Two moments stick out to me; The Doctor’s alien-like reaction to Scarman’s death and the riddle posed by the two servo units on Mars. 10 out of 10.

The Android Invasion is only the second non-Dalek story written by Terry Nation for the program. The story is a pedestrian effort which wastes the final appearances of Harry Sullivan and John Benton in the program. The first episode with The Doctor and Sarah discovering the reality of the quaint village they have stumbled on is very good and the unveil of the Sarah Jane android at the end of the second episode is a great cliffhanger. 7 out of 10.

The Brain of Morbius is another great episode from producer Philip Hinchcliffe and script editor Robert Holmes. The Frankenstein pastiche is extremely well done with great performances by Baker and Sladen along with Philip Madoc as Dr. Mehendri Solon. The introduction of the Sisterhood of Karn to the mythos was well envisioned. The Morbius Doctors were finally acknowledged during the Thirteenth Doctor episode The Timeless Children. 10 out of 10.