Wednesday, November 13, 2013

What's in a Name... ?

Welcome to the new and refocused Galaxy 4 blog. As this month marks the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who, my all-time favourite telefantasy series, I reckon that now is the perfect time to relaunch this blog as a dedicated Doctor Who blog, rather than the more general telefantasy blog of its previous regeneration. From this point onwards it'll be quite different to the generic geek blog that it was before.

For the past year, I've been doing all of the more general sci-fi posting over on my main Tales of Time & Space blog on As I'm starting from scratch here with Doctor Who-only posts, I've cleared out all previous generic geek posts from this blog (which explains why all of the earlier posts prior to November 2013 are now gone), and transferred those over to Tales of Time & Space.

So, how did this blog get its name? Well, I've always found having to think up titles or names for things to be a royal pain in the ass, whether it be essays at college, blog postings, or indeed the names of the websites or blogs themselves. I invariably spend way too much time dithering over what to call something, rather than just getting down to the subject matter itself. Just pick a bloody name and get on with it, willya! Well, I've never really been able to do that, unfortunately. Shame on me.

Surprisingly, that wasn't the case with this blog, when I first created it way back at the start of November 2011. A name just popped into my head, or, rather, a name very close to what I ended up using as the blog title. Initially I intended to create a general geek blog based around (but not confined to) Doctor Who, and I wanted a title that sounded not only sci-fi-ish, but also had some connection to my favourite TV series. As I'd originally wanted something which would cover both Doctor Who and general sci-fi, for some reason the word "Galaxy" jumped out at me immediately. So right from the start the title was going to be Galaxy... something, most likely the "something" being a number.

Initially I wanted the blog title to be Galaxy 5, which fans will remember as the name of the bad guys in the classic 1974 story The Monster of Peladon. But that name wasn't available on Blogger. Neither were any of the other names in the range of Galaxy 1 through 10. So I tried going down the One through Ten route instead, and the only one that was available was Four. I ended up with "" as my blog address, but I changed the title masthead in the blog from Galaxy Four to Galaxy 4, because the number "4" just has a more visual appeal to me than the word "Four".

The original Galaxy 4 sci-fi blog had been active from November 2011 until December 2012. After that, I lost interest, and switched to making all my generic sci-fi postings on my Tales of Time & Space blog. This blog has been inactive for almost a year now, hence the decision to start over again from scratch with a pure Doctor Who-only thingie. This new "introductory" post is a much revised version of the first half of the post that first appeared on the original Galaxy 4 blog back on Saturday, November 05, 2011.

All of which covers the convoluted birth and rebirth of the Galaxy 4 blog, and explains why the blog is named after a creaky old black & white William Hartnell story. More than you wanted to know, eh? Well, the title certainly fits this new and rejigged blog even better than it did before. :)

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