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The Geek AgendaSince January 2013 I’ve been contributing articles to the online magazine HI! Magazine. An occasional music review and pieces on the Guildford Shakespeare Company have been a small part of my output but the main focus of my writing has been “geekier” matters, in particular Doctor Who (both classic era and revived era). I’m always surprised that a) my work is read, and b) my work is appreciated. I’m therefore delighted to be a tiny part of the imminent evolution of HI! Magazine from its current status as a general overview of life into something more catered for the exploding geek culture of the 21st century.

HI! Magazine is regenerating into The Geek Agenda. It’s the end…but the moment has been prepared for. The full announcement can be found here. It’s gratifying to read “articles on Doctor Who through the years brought a regular audience of Whovians”.

Once upon a time geeks were defined thus: “an unfashionable or socially inept person”. Now we’re defined thus: “a knowledgeable and obsessive enthusiast”. Like bow ties and fezzes we are cool.

The geeks are running the show in so many aspects of the entertainment universe. Current Doctor Who luminaries Russell T Davies, Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss all grew up watching and obsessing over the adventures of the Doctor. Joss Whedon, a chief custodian of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is a self-acknowledged geek. Massive geek J J Abrams is now overseeing the two titans of the science fiction genre, Star Trek and Star Wars. And is there a more acclaimed and popular geek than Neil Gaiman whose work transcends genres?

A new website is coming soon but in the interim you can follow all the news for The Geek Agenda on their Twitter.

I’m excited to be aboard for The Geek Agenda. Please join the adventure.

Please head over to HI! Magazine to read my full piece on the passing of Dalek designer Raymond Cusick. Here’s the first paragraph to whet your appetite…

Raymond Cusick, the designer of the Daleks in Doctor Who, died on 21 February aged 84 due to heart failure after a short illness. Cusick leaves behind two daughters, seven grandchildren and the greatest alien/monster design in the pantheon of science fiction.

Doctor-Who-Daleks

When writing for the vision of others it’s interesting to see how one’s work is edited. So far in writing for HI! Magazine I’ve not had to scream “no fair” when it comes to the tweaking of my words. I recently submitted a few words about the classic TV series The Prisoner for HI! Recommends: The Best Film and TV Show Marathons. Below is my original text is laid out in comparison with the edited text in italics. Not too much has been changed 🙂

The Prisoner

From September 1967 to February 1968 a masterpiece of television was transmitted as The Prisoner explored themes such as experimental drug use, rejection of authority, and the right of an individual to be an individual. There’s been nothing like it before or since: a television series that makes you think in tandem with enjoyment. The premise is simple but the application amongst the most challenging ever.

From September 1967 to February 1968, a masterpiece of television was transmitted. The Prisoner explored themes such as experimental drug use, rejection of authority, and the right of an individual to be an individual. There’s been nothing like it before or since: a television series that makes you think in tandem with enjoyment.

After abruptly resigning, a nameless British secret agent (Patrick McGoohan) is abducted and whisked away to a surreal coastal resort known only as The Village (exteriors provided by the tourist village of Portmeirion in North Wales). Dubbed Number 6 by his captors McGoohan’s character spends the series trying to learn who (or what) placed him in The Village whilst also attempting to escape. In turn The Village authorities, headed by Number 2 (portrayed by a series of guest stars), attempt to find out why Number 6 resigned so suddenly.

After abruptly resigning, a nameless British secret agent (Patrick McGoohan) is abducted and whisked away to a surreal coastal resort known only as The Village (Portmeirion in North Wales). Dubbed Number 6 by his captors McGoohan’s character spends the series trying to learn who (or what) placed him in The Village whilst also attempting to escape. In turn, The Village authorities, headed by Number 2 (portrayed by a series of guest stars), attempt to find out why Number 6 resigned so suddenly.

At the centre of the series is a powerhouse performance by Patrick McGoohan quite unlike any other you’ll have ever seen on the small screen. Also a producer, writer and director on the series, McGoohan nearly drove himself (and many of the production team) into nervous breakdowns in his vision for perfection. If you’re a fan of The Beatles think of the experimentation of Revolver, mixed with the psychedelia of Sgt Pepper, and sprinkled with the fragmented chaos of The White Album.

At the centre of the series is a powerhouse performance by Patrick McGoohan quite unlike any other you’ll have ever seen on the small screen. Also a producer, writer and director on the series, McGoohan nearly gave himself (and many of the production team) a nervous breakdown in pursuit of his vision.

Get the DVD or Blu-ray, immerse yourself in 17 gloriously colourful episodes and be amazed at how many of the series’ themes remain relevant today. Be seeing you.

Immerse yourself in 17 gloriously colourful episodes and be amazed at how many of the series’ themes remain relevant today.

Over at HI! Magazine is my piece Skyfall: Reviewed for DVD and Blu-Ray.

Please go and check it out and leave nice comments. I’ll be doing a Musings on Bond at 50: Skyfall article after the UK home media release on 18 February.

HI! Magazine From the start of 2013 I am contributing articles to the Entertainment section of HI! MagazineEK McAlpine, the new Editor-in-Chief, is someone I follow on Twitter and when she started asking for volunteers to contribute I cheekily put myself forward – being quite surprised at being told that my pieces on this blog showed me to be a good writer. Self-confidence about what I “scribble” about has never been one of my strong suits and probably never will be.  Anyways, I have now contributed two articles to HI! and hopefully there’s more to come.

The first piece was about the Guildford Shakespeare Company entitled An Ode to the Guildford Shakespeare Company. The second, and most recent, is part of HI! Recommends: The Best Film and TV Show Marathons and I wrote about Patrick McGoohan’s The Prisoner.

The main trial of writing to someone else’s “vision” is having to adjust my “voice”. On this blog I can ramble about anything and everything with no word count, no structure, and no restraints. Writing for HI! is a different kettle of fish and it’s a good learning curve for wanting to take my writing further.