VSX, A shadowy flight into the dangerous world of a man who does not exist: Starbuck Powersurge - a young loner on a crusade to champion the cause of Viper Squad Ten, a long-disbanded group of stranded timetravelling troubadours, formed to help finance repairs to their time-machine. Now very much stuck in C21...
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Favourite SMS from amongst the maelstrom of texts received during the Celebrity housemate's induction into the Big Brother house
 As Towers of London frontman Donny Tourette set about alienating the baying crowd...
 [The following post has been published using a small Font size so as not to alienate the less nerdy amongst you who may want to skip down to Stu's Music Round Up (nothing nerdy about that!). That said, you're reading a blog called "Viper Squad Ten" in the first place, so there's got to be something wrong with you...]
OK, so I'd long guessed what the nature of that "something moving in the darkness" which was coming for Jack would be. The "bad wolf" and "Torchwood" references seeded through the last 2 series of Doctor Who had quite sensitised me towards the writers' not-so-devious games; throw in the whole psychic suggestion thing from the Satan Pit, and voila, a SPOILER.
But as for the explanation for Jack's Comedy Hand In A Jar - of course! After recently re-viewing last year's Who Christmas Special, I can't believe I didn't see that one coming...
Torchwood has had its critics, but in spite of its inherent crackers silliness, or perhaps because of it, its been one of the most enjoyable British shows for a long time, and it just goes to show how po-faced so much drama (sci-fi or otherwise) tends to be. But I would say that, being a man with a (1) a TARDIS materialising SMS alert tone (2) a TARDIS keyring (3) a Dalek bottle opener (4) a Dalek birthday cake [digested].
And I'd say I'm actually looking forward to the next series of this spin-off series more than its progenitor - praise indeed for an old Who nerd like me!
My only fear, what with Torchwood, the incoming Sarah Jane Adventures and much of the new Doctor Who being set very much in our present times, is that monster fatigue will quickly begin to set in. When something extraordinary becomes the norm in a fictional world, it becomes harded to empathise with the wonder of experiencing that fiction.
Stu's Music Round Up
Hey I thought I would get in first with my top tens and fives and wotnot.
Before I do so, I will do my Christmas TV round up. Very easy as I only saw one festive programme - Dracula. It was TERRIBLE!!!! Why take one of the finest scariest stories ever and change it completely AND keep the names from the book? It was an insult, particularly in the way by which they effectively neutered Dracula by making him not very clever or powerful at all. Rubbish.
Okay, rant over - here goes....
Top Ten Albums
Grandaddy - Just Like The Fambly Cat Yo La Tengo - I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass Jarvis Eels - Live at the Town Hall Broken Family Band - Balls Muse - Black Holes and Revelations TV on the Radio - Return to Cookie Mountain Mogwai - Mr Beast Raconteurs Peeping Tom
The Feeling - 12 Stops and Home Snow Patrol - Eyes Open Babybird - Between My Ears There's Nothing But Music Tool - 10,000 Days Hot Chip ? The Warning My Chemical Romance - The Black Parade Mastodon - Blood Mountain Broken Social Scene
One Album What I Bought But Definitely Not In My Top Ten
Hot Chip - Over and Over Simian vs wotsit - We Are Your Friends Muse - Supermassive Blackhole My Chemical Romance - Welcome to the Black Parade Peter Bjorn and John - Young Folks
Toss up - either Raconteurs - Electric Ballroom OR Jarvis - Koko
Worst Album of the Year (that I bought which I was hoping would be great and everybody said would be)
Thom Yorke - Eraser
Worst Song of the Year (that I did not buy and would never buy and is the worst song ever)