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Alan Barnes (1) (1970–)

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Alan Barnes has co-authored acclaimed books on Quentin Tarantino, the James Bond films and Hammer Horror. His fiction writings include comic strips, audio dramas and the animated Doctor Who adventure, The Infinite Quest.
Foto taget av: Jeff Hardcastle, 2008.


Verk av Alan Barnes

The Hammer Story (1997) — Författare — 85 exemplar, 3 recensioner
Storm Warning (2001) — Författare — 73 exemplar, 2 recensioner
Zagreus (2003) — Författare — 62 exemplar, 3 recensioner
Neverland (2002) — Författare — 58 exemplar, 2 recensioner
End Game (2005) 55 exemplar, 1 recension
Sherlock Holmes On Screen (Updated Edition) (2001) 54 exemplar, 2 recensioner
The Girl Who Never Was (2007) — Författare — 46 exemplar, 2 recensioner
The Next Life (2004) — Författare — 42 exemplar, 1 recension
Weapon of Choice (2004) 38 exemplar, 3 recensioner
Panacea (2006) 35 exemplar, 1 recension
A Blind Eye (2004) 34 exemplar, 2 recensioner
Brotherhood of the Daleks (2008) — Författare — 32 exemplar, 2 recensioner
Castle of Fear (2009) — Författare — 30 exemplar, 3 recensioner
Orbis (2009) 29 exemplar, 1 recension
Enemy Aliens (2013) 28 exemplar, 2 recensioner
Death in Blackpool (2009) 26 exemplar, 2 recensioner
Nevermore (2010) 26 exemplar, 2 recensioner
Heroes of Sontar (2011) — Författare — 24 exemplar, 1 recension
Gods and Monsters (2012) — Författare — 21 exemplar
Trail of the White Worm (2012) 21 exemplar, 3 recensioner
The Oseidon Adventure (2012) 21 exemplar, 3 recensioner
Daleks Among Us (2013) — Författare — 17 exemplar, 1 recension
The Clockwise War (2019) — Författare — 17 exemplar, 3 recensioner
Trial of the Valeyard (2013) — Författare — 16 exemplar, 1 recension
Last of the Cybermen (2015) — Författare — 16 exemplar
White Ghosts (2014) 15 exemplar, 1 recension
And You Will Obey Me (2016) — Författare — 13 exemplar
Suburban Hell (2015) — Författare — 12 exemplar, 1 recension
Gallery of Ghouls (2016) 11 exemplar
Ground Zero (2019) — Författare — 11 exemplar, 1 recension
Liberation of the Daleks (2023) 11 exemplar, 1 recension
Daleks: The Ultimate Comic Strip Collection, Volume 2 (2023) — Författare — 10 exemplar, 1 recension
Time War: Susan's War (2020) — Författare — 9 exemplar
An Alien Werewolf in London (2019) — Författare — 9 exemplar
Doctor Who: The Comic Strip Adaptations, Volume One (2019) — Adapted — 8 exemplar
The Eighth Doctor: The Further Adventures of Lucie Miller, Volume One (2019) — Script Editor; Bidragsgivare — 7 exemplar
The War Master: Anti-Genesis (2020) — Författare — 5 exemplar
The Fourth Doctor Adventures: Series 9, Volume 2 (2020) — Författare — 4 exemplar
The Eighth Doctor Collection (2008) 3 exemplar
Charlotte Pollard: The Further Adventuress (2022) — Författare — 3 exemplar

Associerade verk

The Glorious Dead (2006) — Bidragsgivare — 56 exemplar, 1 recension
The Company of Friends (2009) — Bidragsgivare — 45 exemplar, 3 recensioner
The Betrothal of Sontar (2008) — Bidragsgivare — 34 exemplar, 2 recensioner
The Blue Tooth (2007) — Script Editor — 33 exemplar, 1 recension
Doctor Who: Dark Eyes 2 (2014) — Bidragsgivare — 22 exemplar, 1 recension
The Sixth Doctor: The Last Adventure (2015) — Bidragsgivare — 21 exemplar
Doctor Who: The Audio Scripts, Volume One (2003) — Bidragsgivare — 19 exemplar
Jago & Litefoot: Series One (2010) — Bidragsgivare — 18 exemplar, 2 recensioner
Doctor Who: The Audio Scripts, Volume Four (2005) — Bidragsgivare — 14 exemplar
Doctor Who: The Churchill Years, Volume One (2016) — Författare — 12 exemplar, 1 recension
Doctor Who: The Churchill Years, Volume Two (2018) — Författare — 9 exemplar
Cybermen: The Ultimate Comic Strip Collection (2023) — Författare — 6 exemplar, 1 recension
Destiny of the Doctor: The Complete Series (2013) — Bidragsgivare — 5 exemplar
The Eighth Doctor Authors (2002) — Bidragsgivare — 2 exemplar
Doctor Who Magazine, Issue 581 — Bidragsgivare — 2 exemplar
Doctor Who Magazine, Issue 253 (1997) — Bidragsgivare — 2 exemplar
Doctor Who Magazine, Issue 572 — Bidragsgivare — 1 exemplar
Doctor Who Magazine, Issue 535 — Bidragsgivare — 1 exemplar
Doctor Who Magazine, Issue 594 — Bidragsgivare — 1 exemplar


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A cautious four stars, but it will depend on how this series unfolds as to whether it warrants it.
therebelprince | 2 andra recensioner | Apr 21, 2024 |
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It's DWM's longest story! By issue count, at least; I think The Glorious Dead still has it beat out by approximately ten pages. Picking up from the end of The Power of the Doctor, this leads right into Destination: Skaro... though I am unconvinced that its events really could squeeze into the sixty minutes the Doctor states have passed between the two stories in Destination: Skaro. I am pretty sure it took me longer than sixty minutes to read it!

It's a bit bonkers, and it's not very deep, but it is fun. One of Alan Barnes's strengths as a writer has always been rearranging pop culture iconography in interesting ways: here the Daleks attack the World Cup Final in 1966, only it turns out that it's all a simulation from the future, an amusement park where people go to experience Dalek wars... and the park enslaves real Daleks to make it all work. When the Doctor escapes from the simulation, he brings real Daleks with him.

It's not very deep, but it is deep enough; the story does some fun stuff with the disjunction between how we perceive Daleks as viewers (fun, goofy) and how they function in the narrative of Doctor Who (purveyors of genocide); probably the best of the many strong cliffhangers is the one where a bunch of tourists began chanting "EXTERMINATE," hoping to be exterminated! As you would, of course. It casts a lens on Doctor Who's own story, but also reflects the way that, say, Nazis come across in real pop culture. Alan Barnes amps it up as the story proceeds by even bringing in the TV Century 21 Daleks, contrasting their even more goofy iconography with the brutality of the "actual" Daleks.

It does give a feeling of being made up as it went along. Mostly I don't mind this (so does, say, the original Star Beast) but it does seem like the whole story could have ended with part eight but keeps going with a whole new subplot.

Lee Sullivan does a great job with Daleks of course, but all throughout; he captures new series Daleks, classic series Daleks, TV21 Daleks, all of them. James Offredi matches him on coloring with some good work, especially on the TV21 stuff.

If you thought this would be a deep plunge into the mysteries of the fourteenth Doctor (and I can see why you might have, though the story itself discards this pretty quickly), this isn't it. But it is a solid piece of DWM fun.

Other Notes:
  • For those of us who keep track of such things, these fourteen strips tie Alan Barnes for the twelfth-longest run as writer of the DWM strip with Steve Parkhouse (#86-99), and tie Lee Sullivan for seventh as artist with David A Roach (#451-64). For total written, it moves Barnes from fifth to third (at 41 strips, a bit below Steve Parkhouse's total of 46), and Lee Sullivan from eighth to seventh (at 44 strips). But I believe there's more to come after this for both, so their numbers will move even further up.
  • This is Barnes's first contribution to the main strip since #380, a gap of 204 strips! This would place him in second for largest gap (if we discount the returns for issue #500), behind John Tomlinson's record of 210... except that Lee Sullivan makes his first contribution since #317, setting a new record of 267!
  • I'm given to understand that the conceit of TV Century 21 was that it was a news magazine from one century after its time of publication. Because of that, the humorless pedants of the Tardis wiki have counted all sorts of weird stuff as "valid" because it was printed in TV21 alongside the Dalek strips. Like, they'll count Thunderbirds... but (up until recently) not Scream of the Shalka or Death Comes to Time!? Anyway, if they are paying attention to Liberation, they need to take all that stuff back out, because Barnes establishes the TV21 comic strips are an in-universe 21st-century children's fiction.
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Stevil2001 | Apr 15, 2024 |
2.5-2.75 stars. I was really looking forward to hearing this, and as usual The 5th Doctor and Nyssa gave great performances. However the story itself, or perhaps the way it was followed left me nonplussed. I thought the castle owner sounded more like an extremely daft "lad about town" from the 20 or 30's than someone of that era. I think between Wendy and
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Kiri | 2 andra recensioner | Dec 24, 2023 |
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The twelfth Doctor's run comes to an end with this somewhat odd collection, which includes just one twelfth Doctor story as well as a number of outstanding uncollected color stories from various sources, basically everything color that was left except for a few strips that made their way into The Age of Chaos.

The Clockwise War
This story caps off the twelfth Doctor era with a story that pits the Doctor and Bill against erstwhile companion Fey, who's out for revenge against the Time Lords after suffering through the horrors of the Time War. I think there's a lot to like about this story but it didn't totally work for me. I like the return of Fey, I like the installment told from the perspective of the War Doctor, I like the reveal about Shayde, I like the return of Jodafra and the use of his death to prove the situation is serious, I like the stuff with Wonderland and especially Annabel Lake. John Ross probably turns in his best-ever DWM work here, it's propulsive and beautiful to look at. On the other hand, the black-and-white monsters are too similar to what we just saw in The Phantom Piper, and while it's nice to see some of the supporting characters from The Parliament of Fear return... I'm not actually sure why they're there! Ultimately I think it's at least partially a victim of the sudden page cut: there's little room to breathe, and just like in the last story, Bill feels a bit forgotten in the middle of it all. This is her last story, but she doesn't get the kind of moments or send-off that Rose, Donna, Amy, and Clara got in theirs. Lots of moments to love but I didn't love it altogether.

A Religious Experience
In this first Doctor story from 1994, he and Ian watch a religious ritual on an alien planet. I didn't care for this at all: overly talky and nihilistic, I felt. Plus, John Ridgway's art usually doesn't benefit from being colored, especially coloring this crude.

Rest & Re-Creation / The Naked Flame
These are both fourth Doctor stories from the 1990s where he re-meets old monsters: the Zygons in the first and the Menoptera. They're by a young pre-"Scott" Scott Gray, and I found both kind of boring and confusing.

Blood Invocation
The fifth Doctor, Tegan, and Nyssa take on Time Lord vampires in this story that's almost but not quite a prequel to the Missing Adventure Goth Opera; in the extras, Paul Cornell explains that he doesn't know why they aren't consistent. I didn't find much to enjoy here; again, I think I'd be more into John Ridgway drawing vampires if it was all in black and white.

The Cybermen
This was a series of one-page strips published in the magazine across about two years; even before reading the commentary it was obvious to me that it was based on the old Daleks strips: it focuses on the Cybermen on Mondas in the old days, encountering weird threats, where we're usually meant to identify with the monsters, not the people trying to stop them. Like those old strips, they're kinetic and weird and fascinating, and I kind of felt like reading them all in a row wasn't doing them justice. They're very visual stories, and I often didn't know what exactly had happened, and felt I ought to have spent the time working through the art of the (as always) brilliant Adrian Salmon, but instead I went on to the next. But still: where else can you get Cybermen battling dinosaurs, Cybermen with blimps, Cybermen battling Cthuluoid menaces. The use of stuff like the Silurians could be overly fannish, but Barnes and Salmon make it work; I don't know how this actually fits with previous Cybermen stories, not even The Tenth Planet, but I don't really care.

Star Beast II / Junk-Yard Demon II
It would be easy to attack to self-consuming nature of DWM pre-TVM: the best it could come up was two sequels to Steve Parkhouse strips? But actually these were my favorites of the various yearbook stories collected here. Fun, straightforward stories with good artwork. Beep the Meep is always good fun, of course, and it's nice to see Fudge again. I don't know that Junk-Yard Demon demanded a sequel, but if it had to get one, this one is suitably grotesque.

Stray Observations:
  • Branding this collection "Collected Multi-Doctor Comic Strips – Volume 2" is one of those things that's technically correct but seems a bit confusing. Far better to brand it as the fifth and final of the "Collected Twelfth Doctor Comic Strips," since that's the series it actually ties into.
  • I liked the return of Jodafra, but on the other hand I didn't remember who Gol Clutha was at all even though she appeared much more recently, in Hunters of the Burning Stone and The Stockbridge Showdown!
  • I know the name came from Moffat (it debuted in this comic, but Scott Gray e-mailed Moffat to find out if the character had a name), but I find "Kenossium" as a name for Ken Bones/T'Nia Miller's General character really really stupid.
  • In the extras, Tim Quinn complains that editor John Freeman added a reference to the planet Quinnis from Inside the Spaceship to A Religious Experience. He seems to think the name "Quinnis" is intrinsically dumb-sounding but I'm not sure why.
  • These are Charlie Adlard's only Doctor Who contributions, and he seems faintly bemused by the whole things in the notes. He also did a lot of Vertigo work in the 1990s, but most notably went on to be the penciller on 187 issues of The Walking Dead, making him the person in this volume with the biggest non–Doctor Who comics career.
  • Star Beast II picks up from the end of The Star Beast; when Big Finish eventually did its own Beep the Meep story (2002's The Ratings War), it would actually pick up right from the end of Star Beast II, with Beep escaping Lassie.
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Martin Geraghty Illustrator
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Robin Smith Illustrator
Lee Sullivan Illustrator
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Pat Mills Original comics, Author
John Ross Illustrator
Charlie Adlard Illustrator
Eddie Robson Contributor
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India Fisher Actor, Narrator
Paul McGann Actor, Narrator
Peter Davison Narrator
Colin Baker Narrator, Reader
Sylvester McCoy Narrator, Performer
Lalla Ward Narrator
Ken Bentley Director
Sean Longcroft Illustrator, Contributor
Louise Jameson Narrator, Reader
Derek Carlyle Narrator
Sarah Sutton Narrator
John Banks Narrator
Gareth Thomas Narrator
Tom Baker Reader, Performer, Narrator
Sophie Aldred Narrator, Performer
Tim Treloar Narrator
Anna Massey Narrator
Amanda Root Narrator
Tim Sutton Narrator
Robert Duncan Narrator
David Yip Narrator
Danny Webb Narrator
Gary Gillatt Contributor
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Anthony Lamb Illustrator, Cover Design
Tom Webster Cover Design
Steve Hansell Narrator
Jo Castleton Narrator
Dave Gibbons Original comics, Illustrator
Joe Thomas Narrator
John Sessions Narrator
Susan Brown Narrator
Trevor Cooper Narrator
Teddy Kempner Narrator
Alex Lowe Narrator
Samuel Clemens Director, Narrator
Duncan Wisbey Narrator
Andrew Fettes Narrator
Mark Gatiss Contributor, Performer
Tim Quinn Contributor
Tracey Childs Narrator
John Ridgway Illustrator
Frazer Hines Narrator
Wendy Padbury Narrator
Peri Godbold Lettering
Tessa Coates Narrator
Peta Cornish Narrator
Alex Foley Narrator
Katy Wix Narrator
Russ Bain Narrator
Alix Dunmore Narrator
Bambos Georgiou Illustrator
Tom Mahy Narrator
Laura Aikman Narrator
Ian Brooker Narrator
Joe Meiners Composer
William Russell Performer
Simon Ludders Narrator
Hugh Fraser Narrator
Lara Lemon Narrator
Gideon Turner Narrator
Shiloh Coke Narrator
Howard Carter Composer
John Wagner Original comics
Roly Botha Narrator
Louis Davison Narrator
Becky Wright Narrator
Dan Starkey Narrator
Damian Lynch Narrator
Jessica Martin Performer
Beth Chalmers Narrator
Carole Ann Ford Performer
Lisa Bowerman Director
Rex Duis Narrator
Alice Cavender Contributor
Robert Harvey Composer
Timothy Blore Narrator
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Tom Newsom Cover Design
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