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Doctor Who Experience – The End of 11

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I was quite fortunate to take a trip to Cardiff and visit the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff before they close their doors for a serious regeneration! With Matt Smith’s 11th (12th?) Doctor recently regenerated into his 12th (13th?) self everything Doctor Who is about to change.

In 2011 I visited the original Doctor Who experience in London. Your first time walking in and being pulled through the crack in time and space is quite unforgettable. Boarding Starship UK to gaze upon some relics to all of the sudden find yourself boring and flying the Tardis, landing on a Dalek ship, and finally running through a forest of Weeping Angels before saving the Doctor from Pandorica 2; it’s quite the thrill. What big eyed kid, or adult, wouldn’t get a kick out of this? Suppose if you hated Doctor Who and found yourself there against your will then you may, but that wasn’t the case with myself. Having done this already, doing it again was still fun! Nothing has drastically changed in the Experiences move from London to Cardiff save a few additional scenes in the promotional video before the ‘experience’ begins.

As before, one you complete your adventure with the Doctor you step out into a huge exhibition with costumes, gadgets, Sonic Screwdrivers, TARDISes (what’s the plural for TARDIS – TARDAE? Oh well) Consuls, aliens, miniatures, and more.

It would be fun if Experience offered exclusive contact from upcoming series. For example it would have been great to have Peter Capaldi’s Doctor in the long line of Doctor’s, and maybe a few extra tidbits. After you finish the exhibit you find yourself in the most terrible, horrifying place; a place where all inhibition fails, where judgement is thrown out the window; a place no human should ever have to go: the Doctor Who Experience Shop! If you can get out alive without a substantially lighter wallet good on you! So I guess good on me! Pause while I pat myself on the back: *pat *pat *pat.

Having been to the Experience twice in London and now once in Cardiff I was quite impressed that each time felt, generally, like a new experience. With consistent changes to the exhibits you aren’t seeing many things twice; that you don’t already want to see twice or thrice.  What would be a welcome addition to the fun is if Experience built the set for whichever TARDIS interior was currently in use. And if I’m extra greedy, have a Tardis that you can stand inside of with the false backdrop (yes the it’s not actually bigger on the inside, sorry!). What could have done with an update was the walk-through. While the walk-through at the start was still fun and enjoyable – running through a forest of Weeping Angels will never get boring! – I think an update to coincide with the whatever current series is running would be a much more attractive thing, and encourage re-attendnace more! The ride currently is been based off Series 5’s Pandorica which now very out-dated. Alternatively, they need a more neutral ‘adventure’ that doesn’t have any significance to any current series or even any companions.  But this is an adult talking, a kid probably isn’t going to care all that much! Still, the idea of either a neutral adventure or series by series update is something to consider.

The shop – well, that’s like any other shop you’ll go to. Some truly amazing things at a truly price. If you want to buy an episode or series box set, go to Amazon – here you’ll be paying £47.00 for the blu-ray for the compete series 7, £20.00 for a single episode from the classic era, £10.00-30.00 for a poster, £40.00-50.00 for a Tom Baker Scarf, just to name a few. While it’s tempting to give in and hand over your hard earned cash, it wasn’t something I was prepared to do as it didn’t make any logical sense at all to do so. But when have general shoppers ever been logical (Tickle Me Elmo flashbacks!). Still, if you can go take on last peek at the experience before it closes in August for regeneration do so! Otherwise start saving your pennies for it’s come back!

Order Tickets HERE

Doctor Who returns to BBC One August 23rd

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In the meantime check out my Sherlock books which are for sale now!

Sherlock Holmes Studies in Legacy  is available from all good book stores including in the USA Amazon, in the UK AmazonWaterstones, and for everywhere else Book Depository who offer free worldwide delivery. In ebook format there is KindleiPad and Kobo.

Sherlock Holmes & The Horror of Frankenstein: A Graphic Novel is available from all good book stories including USA Amazon, in the UK AmazonWaterstones, and for everywhere else Book Depository who offer free worldwide delivery. In ebook format there is kindle, iPad, and Kobo.

Sherlock Holmes & The Case of the Crystal Blue Bottle – A Graphic Novel. Available in paperback and ebook from all good book stores in US & UK, Amazon.com Amazon.co.ukiTunes & iTunes UK and The Book Depository ! Alternatively you can order straight from MX Publishing!

Celebrate the Birth of A Legend on May 22nd

There is an exciting event happening on May 22nd to celebrate the birthday of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle at the Sherlock Holmes hotel London! See the details below. This will be one fun event. Hope to see you there!

“It’s Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s 155th birthday – and we Sherlock Holmes fans plan to celebrate it in style. Held at the iconic Sherlock Holmes Hotel on Baker Street, there will be several activities during the day culminating in this unique evening of fun. Total tickets are limited to the theatre capacity (70) and are likely to sell out fast so please book early.(Book Here)

6.30pm  Networking and welcome at the hotel

7.00pm Exclusive performance of ‘The Singular Exploits of Sherlock Holmes’ by the world famous Don’t Go Into Cellar TheatreCompany who have been selling out venues across the UK this year.

8pm Welcome, introduction and overview of the ‘Save Undershaw’ project.

8.15pm Exclusive live interview and Q&A with multi-award winning author Diane Madsen about her latest novel, launched tonight ‘The Conan Doyle Notes – The Secret of Jack The Ripper. Diane will be talking to us live from the world book launch in Chicago.

8.45pm Prize Draw for signed first editions of The Conan Doyle Notes and other unique prizes.

Your ticket includes:

  • Theatre performance
  • Entry into prize draw
  • Sherlock Holmes Cocktail and canape#
  • 20% discount on drinks at the Park Plaza Sherlock Holmes bar throughout the evening
  • 20% off best available rate for a future overnight stays at Park Plaza Sherlock Homes Hotel (subject to availability)
  • Lifetime discount voucher for Watson’s Lounge Bookshop
  • Donation to the Save Undershaw campaign
  • Donation to the National Literacy Trust

 [Please note the proceeds of the raffle will go towards the Undershaw Preservation Trust. If you can't attend but would like to take part in the rafffle please chose the Raffle only tickets]“

Also pick up my latest novels/graphic novels which are out now:

Sherlock Holmes Studies in Legacy  is available from all good book stores including in the USA Amazon, in the UK AmazonWaterstones, and for everywhere else Book Depository who offer free worldwide delivery. In ebook format there is KindleiPad and Kobo.

Sherlock Holmes & The Horror of Frankenstein: A Graphic Novel is available from all good book stories including USA Amazon, in the UK AmazonWaterstones, and for everywhere else Book Depository who offer free worldwide delivery. In ebook format there is kindle, iPad, and Kobo.

The Untold Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is available in paperback and ebook from all good bookstores including in the USA Barnes and NobleAmazon & Itunes. In the UK AmazonWaterstonesItunes UK. For fans outside US and UK can get free delivery from Book Depository. Alternatively you can order straight from MX Publishing!

Sherlock Holmes & The Case of the Crystal Blue Bottle – A Graphic Novel. Available in paperback and ebook from all good book stores in US & UK, Amazon.com Amazon.co.ukiTunes & iTunes UK and The Book Depository ! Alternatively you can order straight from MX Publishing!

Hope In The Darkness

If this is life, why live?

What is there to live for when your life is not worth living for?

Punching numbers on a keyboard, battling superiority complexes.

Controlling rulers, rude people, and slanderous clients.

 

If this is life, why live?

What is there to live for when your life is empty and void?

When the waking hours are more horrible than nightmares, what’s it for?

Crawling out of bed, staggering down the streets, drowning in bottles.

 

If this is life why live?

When whitewalls are your most familiar friends, why live?

Escaping into a screen, wishing this life was anything but yours.

No amount of painkillers can numb this sadness.

The pain lived with is torturous, yet forced to live with nevertheless.

 

If this is living, why live?

When your heart dreams of better things that are unobtainable

When society looks down on you like you are unusable.

When you are rejected the option of a joyful life, why live?

If this is life, this is not what I want.

 

Not by our choice, we are born into a hell.

Into a world that rejects, condemns, and confines.

It is our choice to turn this hell into a heaven.

In small actions; in a smile, in a nod.

In a compliment, in a hug, or a kiss.

We already live in a such hell,

Why not live like we’re living in a heaven?

Maybe it’ll make this life less hellish.

Maybe it’ll give us hope in the darkness.

 

For if this is life,  why live?

 

 

By Luke Benjamen Kuhns.

Copyright 2013 by Luke Benjamen Kuhns.

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More from Luke Kuhns:

Sherlock Holmes: Studies In Legacy is available in paperback and ebook from all good book stores including USA barnes and noble, Amazon, & itunes. In the UK WaterstonesAmazon UK, & itunes UK. For fans outside the US/UK you can get free delivery from The Book Depository. (Released May 15 2013)

The Untold Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is available in paperback and ebook from all good bookstores including in the USA Barnes and NobleAmazon & Itunes. In the UK AmazonWaterstonesItunes UK. For fans outside US and UK can get free delivery from Book Depository. Alternatively you can order straight from MX Publishing!

Sherlock Holmes & The Case of the Crystal Blue Bottle – A Graphic Novel. Available in paperback and ebook from all good book stores in US & UK and on Amazon.comAmazon.co.uk and The Book Depository. Alternatively you can order straight from MX Publishing!

Fragile Words: A Collection of Verses and Short Stories Available in both ebook and paperback! Go to amazon.com & amazon.co.uk for ebooks! If you are old fashioned and wish to have a physical copy go to lulu.com!

Luchrupan: Physical copies found at lulu.com. Ebooks found on,Barnes & Nobleitunesamazon.comamazon.co.uk, &smashwords!

The Fall by Luke B Kuhns

The Fall

The bubbling abyss below churns

My mind has yet to come to terms

With the scene I see laid out before me.

My heart is on fire burning in my chest

As I sit here and pieced together the rest.

 

Muddy prints left behind tell the story

Broken earth before me confirms my theory

Holding the last scribe close to me.

I know angel fell with the devil

Now either of them can revel

 

The fall, the fall, the fall.

Deep down below into these falls.

The final problem was finally solved.

 

- Inspired by The Final Problem by Arthur Conan Doyle.

By Luke Benjamen Kuhns.

Copyright 2013 by Luke Benjamen Kuhns.

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More from Luke Kuhns:

Sherlock Holmes: Studies In Legacy is available in paperback and ebook from all good book stores including USA barnes and noble, Amazon, & itunes. In the UK WaterstonesAmazon UK, & itunes UK. For fans outside the US/UK you can get free delivery from The Book Depository. (Released May 15 2013)

The Untold Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is available in paperback and ebook from all good bookstores including in the USA Barnes and NobleAmazon & Itunes. In the UK AmazonWaterstonesItunes UK. For fans outside US and UK can get free delivery from Book Depository. Alternatively you can order straight from MX Publishing!

Sherlock Holmes & The Case of the Crystal Blue Bottle – A Graphic Novel. Available in paperback and ebook from all good book stores in US & UK and on Amazon.comAmazon.co.uk and The Book Depository. Alternatively you can order straight from MX Publishing!

Fragile Words: A Collection of Verses and Short Stories Available in both ebook and paperback! Go to amazon.com & amazon.co.uk for ebooks! If you are old fashioned and wish to have a physical copy go to lulu.com!

Luchrupan: Physical copies found at lulu.com. Ebooks found on,Barnes & Nobleitunesamazon.comamazon.co.uk, &smashwords!

The Great Delusion by Luke B. Kuhns

It’s like an itch I can never scratch.

It’s a nagging I can never detach

My thoughts buzzing like bees

My thoughts jump like fleas.

 

The noise is here, the noise is there

No matter where, it is like air.

A poisoned air, a toxic flare

How can I escape when I have no cape

to fly high and get far away?

 

This is my cage, my prison

Glass walls encase my tension

It presses firm with no release

I’m pressed down I need release.

 

The pressure is here, the pressure is there

No matter where, it is like air.

A poisoned air, a toxic flare

How can I escape when I have no cape

to fly high and find new life?

 

The great delusion of life is the most simple lie

A lie so simple how can it not be true?

A truth so fundamental how can it be a lie?

Try we must to forget and deny

But we cannot escape this lie.

 

In the stillness of the night it nags

Turning dreams to nightmares and reality into nowheres.

The simple truth, the itching feelings,

The truth so fundamental yet a lie so simple

 

Do you know what it is to which I refer?

Let me tell you in a way you might not prefer

When you are alone and you let your thoughts roam

You realise you have no home, no hope, no place of peace

And that freedom and opportunity is world’s great delusion

The great lie of life is that you are free.

 

You are but a piece of the machine of life.

Soon you’ll break and be replaced.

You can feel it now can’t you, the strife

 

The pressure is here, the pressure is there

No matter where, it is like air.

A poisoned air, a toxic flare

How can I escape when I have no cape

to fly high and find new life?

 

Don’t be a fool. The great delusion is that you are free a all.

 

The Great Delusion

By Luke Benjamen Kuhns

Copyright 2013 Luke Benjamen Kuhns

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More from Luke Kuhns:

Sherlock Holmes: Studies In Legacy is available in paperback and ebook from all good book stores including USA barnes and noble, Amazon, & itunes. In the UK WaterstonesAmazon UK, & itunes UK. For fans outside the US/UK you can get free delivery from The Book Depository. (Released May 15 2013)

The Untold Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is available in paperback and ebook from all good bookstores including in the USA Barnes and NobleAmazon & Itunes. In the UK AmazonWaterstonesItunes UK. For fans outside US and UK can get free delivery from Book Depository. Alternatively you can order straight from MX Publishing!

Sherlock Holmes & The Case of the Crystal Blue Bottle – A Graphic Novel. Available in paperback and ebook from all good book stores in US & UK and on Amazon.comAmazon.co.uk and The Book Depository. Alternatively you can order straight from MX Publishing!

Fragile Words: A Collection of Verses and Short Stories Available in both ebook and paperback! Go to amazon.com & amazon.co.uk for ebooks! If you are old fashioned and wish to have a physical copy go to lulu.com!

Luchrupan: Physical copies found at lulu.com. Ebooks found on,Barnes & Nobleitunesamazon.comamazon.co.uk, &smashwords!

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Doctor Who The Rings of Akhaten: Review

dr who The Doctor is breaking in his new companion. While he is still trying to unravel the dull mystery that is Clara Oswin Oswald he takes her to visit an alien world. Once there Clara meets a young girl named Mary who needs to sing a song to a sleeping god in order to appease him and keep him in slumber. Well, the song goes wrong, not sure why, the god wakes up, and the Doctor waves his magic wand aka Sonic Screwdriver and Clara does a lot of talking in order to save the day.

Some more of Clara’s back story is revealed to us as the Doctor creepily stalks her through time seeing various moments in her life, including the day her Mother died; all before going to pick Clara up at 7, like he promised the episode before hand. Does the back story do anything to enhance Clara? Nope. All it does is suggest that there might be something ‘special’ with Clara’s mother as she features heavily in the episode while her ‘Dad’ does not. Is there a correlation in the ‘death’ of her Mother, March 2005, and when Christopher Eccleston shows up on earth as the 9th Doctor and meets Rose Tyler in March 2005?

Neil Cross, a writer for the hit show Luther, brings us his first Doctor Who story. How does it hold up? Not very well. While the episode had an interesting idea behind it it wasn’t original enough nor does it deliver. The episode is overloaded with redundant chit-chatting that doesn’t drive the plot but simply bores you stiff. The episode tried too hard to be this Star Wars meets Indiana Jones and it just fell flat. The monsters are grossly underused and their scare factor is viciously reduced by the lack of screen time and their ultimate redundancy. For an episode so heavily reliant on CGI/Green Screen you’d think they would have tried harder. This episode suffers from some of the worst green screen I have seen on Doctor Who in many years. It was laughable. There is one particular scene of Clara on a space-Moped  that caused me to let out an audible groan due to the sheer badness of it. I would be utterly embarrassed by that moment if I was her.

It’s a shame that this episode is the first one in a long time to mention the Doctor’s granddaughter. Why this wasn’t explored further by Clara I’ve no idea. I also found it very odd that at the end of the episode Clara just goes home. Isn’t the point of a travelling companion to. . .travel? The Doctor has become nothing more than  babysitter who takes the kid  for a day out before returning them back home. That isn’t a travelling companion.

Much like last week’s this episode feels like more rehashing. I couldn’t help but notice that Clara’s first outing off earth finds her aiding a ‘troubled’ young girl. I seem to remember a certain Amelia Pond who finds herself on Starship UK aiding a troubled young girl. The look of the alien world felt very much like a mixture between, The Beast Below, The Fires of Pompeii and The Satan Pit. Even the final confrontation between the Doctor and the monster was reminiscent to the final confrontation between the Doctor and Satan in The Satan Pit. Yes, there will be similarities between all the companions and their first outings, but Clara and Amy is too similar; to a point where you ask ‘is the show even trying anymore?’

Are there any more adventures worth telling? That is the question which must be asked. When a show has aired for 50 years has hordes of episodes, books, comics, games, and more one has to wonder if the Doctor and his endless adventures are nearing their end. Series 7 as a whole has been episode after episode of disappointment. Clearly the ‘blockbuster’ style is not something that works with Doctor Who.

Is Doctor Who running out of Adventures or are the Producers to blame for the shows degeneration? 

Should we look forward to Neil Cross’ second episode set to air later in this series? 

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I have authored the following titles. Please check them out.

Studies in Legacy Front CoverSherlock Holmes: Studies In Legacy is available in paperback and ebook from all good book stores including USA barns and noble, Amazon, & itunes. In the UK Waterstones, Amazon UK, & itunes UK. For fans outside the US/UK you can get free delivery from The Book Depository. (Released May 15 2013)

“There is nothing more tragic than a story left untold. At least that is what Sherlock Holmes thought. Through his urgings Doctor Watson opens his tin dispatch box to recall a series of strange and grotesque events which consumed their daily lives in the early months of 1899. Follow Holmes and Watson as they tackle an unusual case of hysteria, race through fires in Whitechapel, find mystery and murder in a seaside village, and discover what strange game is afoot when an assault in the confines of 221b sends Holmes and Watson racing against time towards a deadly and toxic end! One thing is certain, sometimes the most deadly villain is their legacy.” The Untold Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Volume 2.

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The Untold Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is available in paperback and ebook from all good bookstores including in the USA Barnes and NobleAmazon & Itunes. In the UK AmazonWaterstonesItunes UK. For fans outside US and UK can get free delivery from Book Depository. Alternatively you can order straight from MX Publishing!

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Sherlock Holmes & The Case of the Crystal Blue Bottle – A Graphic Novel. Available in paperback and ebook from all good book stores in US & UK and on Amazon.com Amazon.co.uk and The Book Depository ! Alternatively you can order straight from MX Publishing!

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Fragile Words: A Collection of Verses and Short Stories Available in both ebook and paperback! Go to amazon.com & amazon.co.uk for ebooks! If you are old fashioned and wish to have a physical copy go to lulu.com!

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Midy lives in the most boring rural area of America. Her days are filled with dreams of wanting more and finding that one true love! One fateful evening she meets an alluring figure in the woods and her dreams, and possible her nightmares, come true when she learns who and what her new lover IS! Passions are roused, love is tested, and danger is lurking in the shadows as Midy fights to be with her new found love! Luchrupan is widely romantic and unbelievably suspenseful! This is the love story we all WISH FOR!

Another sick book by Luke. . .Plenty of humour and really good story writing, go buy it!” – Amazon.co.uk Review

Physical copies found at lulu.com. Ebooks found onamazon.com & amazon.co.uk

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Game of Thrones Season 3 Review


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Game of Thrones came battling its way back on to our TV’s last night. I’ve done a rather extensive review of the first episode and it does have  spoilers so highlight to read my review of the season 3 primere of Game of Thrones!

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What, did you actually think I was going to review this? 

April Fools!!! 

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I have authored the following titles. Please check them out.

Studies in Legacy Front CoverSherlock Holmes: Studies In Legacy is available in paperback and ebook from all good book stores including USA barns and noble, Amazon, & itunes. In the UK Waterstones, Amazon UK, & itunes UK. For fans outside the US/UK you can get free delivery from The Book Depository. (Released May 15 2013)

“There is nothing more tragic than a story left untold. At least that is what Sherlock Holmes thought. Through his urgings Doctor Watson opens his tin dispatch box to recall a series of strange and grotesque events which consumed their daily lives in the early months of 1899. Follow Holmes and Watson as they tackle an unusual case of hysteria, race through fires in Whitechapel, find mystery and murder in a seaside village, and discover what strange game is afoot when an assault in the confines of 221b sends Holmes and Watson racing against time towards a deadly and toxic end! One thing is certain, sometimes the most deadly villain is their legacy.” The Untold Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Volume 2.

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The Untold Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is available in paperback and ebook from all good bookstores including in the USA Barnes and NobleAmazon & Itunes. In the UK AmazonWaterstonesItunes UK. For fans outside US and UK can get free delivery from Book Depository. Alternatively you can order straight from MX Publishing!

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Sherlock Holmes & The Case of the Crystal Blue Bottle – A Graphic Novel. Available in paperback and ebook from all good book stores in US & UK and on Amazon.com Amazon.co.uk and The Book Depository ! Alternatively you can order straight from MX Publishing!

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Fragile Words: A Collection of Verses and Short Stories Available in both ebook and paperback! Go to amazon.com & amazon.co.uk for ebooks! If you are old fashioned and wish to have a physical copy go to lulu.com!

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leps

Midy lives in the most boring rural area of America. Her days are filled with dreams of wanting more and finding that one true love! One fateful evening she meets an alluring figure in the woods and her dreams, and possible her nightmares, come true when she learns who and what her new lover IS! Passions are roused, love is tested, and danger is lurking in the shadows as Midy fights to be with her new found love! Luchrupan is widely romantic and unbelievably suspenseful! This is the love story we all WISH FOR!

Another sick book by Luke. . .Plenty of humour and really good story writing, go buy it!” – Amazon.co.uk Review

Physical copies found at lulu.com. Ebooks found onamazon.com & amazon.co.uk

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