Q: I'm a long time fan of British crime and mystery TV shows and have enjoyed reading some sci-fi novels from Britain as well. I'm wondering if you know of any fun things connected to these subjects as I plan our upcoming trip there.
-- G. Lane, Toronto
A: There are many things to do related to these popular themes:
• In East London, the notorious Whitechapel serial killer known as Jack the Ripper continues to fascinate. This year marks the 125th anniversary of the Ripper's bloody murders. There are several walking tours with a Ripper bent but London Walks does some of the best.
Try to get on Donald Rumbelow's tours. He's a huge crime historian, a Ripper specialist and author of The Complete Jack the Ripper.
• There is a new two-hour gangster tour of London's criminal underworld led by a celebrity guide. Actor Stephen Marcus played the villain in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. The meeting place is the Blind Beggar Pub on Whitechapel Rd. For details, visit britmovietours and click on "celebrity tours."
• Sci-fi lovers are celebrating the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who this year. The series started in the '60s and over the years several actors have played the time-travelling doctor. Peter Capaldi has recently been named the 12th Doctor Who. A 50th anniversary special will air around the world on Nov. 23. Many companies have Doctor Who tours of filming locations and the British Film Institute has screenings of the show through 2013. Hardcore fans should make the trip to Cardiff, Wales, to visit the Doctor Who Experience, where fans can fly the TARDIS and come face to face with Daleks and other scary intergalactic monsters.
Q: Have details been released on next year's PGA tournament?
-- D. Newton, Etobicoke
A: Louisville Kentucky will host the 96th PGA championship Aug. 4-10. The Valhalla Golf Club will undergo extensive changes, including new greens for all 18 holes, to accommodate the event for the first time in 14 years. The club has hosted several significant gold events in recent years including Team USA's victory at the 37th Ryder Cup in 2008 and the playoff between Tiger Woods and Bob May at the 82nd PGA Championship in 2000. For ticket information, contact the PGA Ticketing Centre at toll-free 1-800-742-4653. For general information, see pga.com, where you can also sign up for PGA championship updates (click on "event info").