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     Wednesday, September 06 2006 @ 05:38 PM EDT
    Hi all, enjoying listening to Podshock 51 - up to about 1hr 20mins to had to stop to post.

    Louis makes a point - refering to Blake's 7 - about Zen being 'one of the seven' The point is in reference to whether the TARDIS is more than a machine.

    Anyway - I don't think Zen (the ship's computer) or later with Slave (on the second ship) is one of the seven.

    That part was taken by ORAC - the box like computer 'aquired' by Avon.

    There are other Blake's seven fan's here - what do you think?

    Still loving the Podcast - cheers, daveac

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     Wednesday, September 06 2006 @ 06:09 PM EDT
    From wikipedia:

    [Quote  by:  wikipedia]

    When Terry Nation originally scripted the show, he intended Blake to have seven companions, hence the name Blake's 7. Due to budget constraints, however, Blake's crew never included more than six human actors at one time (including Blake, who was now counted as one of the seven). The show subtly addressed this discrepancy by counting one or more computers as members of the crew. Thus, the original seven were:
    Humans: Roj Blake, Kerr Avon, Jenna Stannis, Vila Restal, Olag Gan, Cally (6)
    Computers: Zen (1)
    By the end of the series, the lineup had become
    Humans: Kerr Avon, Vila Restal, Del Tarrant, Dayna Mellanby, Soolin (5)
    Computers: Orac, Slave(2)
    Using this system, the total does actually add up to seven with fair consistency throughout the series. Kerr Avon and Vila Restal were the only members of the seven to remain throughout the entire run of the series. However, this means that at the end of Season A and part of the way through Season B, there were in fact eight members, as both Gan and Orac were on board at the same time.
    The preceding list demonstrates the characteristic attrition of main characters (including Blake himself!) over the course of the series:
    Gan killed early in Season B (replaced in the count by Orac; thereafter never more than five humans at one time)
    Blake and Jenna lost at the end of Season B (replaced in the count by Dayna and Tarrant)
    Zen destroyed and Cally killed at the end of Season C/start of Season D (replaced in the count by Slave and Soolin, respectively).

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     Thursday, September 07 2006 @ 06:56 PM EDT
    Just finished listening to the 'cast. Loved the discussion on the TVM. I always liked it myself.

    Regarding the question from the "newbie" about where to go for classic Doctor Who on DVD, never count out the possibility that your local public library has some. In the Chicagoland area for example, the online catalog for the Metropolitan Library System has...

    The Mind Robber
    Horror of Fang Rock
    The Green Death
    Ghost Light
    Pyramids of Mars

    ...and more.

    If your local library doesn't seem to have them, see if you can do an interlibrary loan from another library to yours. Even better, request that your local library get them.

    (ok...yes, I am a librarian...but I was using my public library long before I became a librarian)

    Big Grin

    p.s. I tried searching to see if there was a "newbie" thread or topic already created but couldn't find one. If I missed it, feel free to move this post if needed.

    I'm going "Full Circle" and putting my avatar back to what it was when I first joined. :)
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     Friday, September 08 2006 @ 10:56 AM EDT
    Another tip for users in the States who want to see some old Doctor Who episodes: Try Netflix. They actually have a good amount of DVDs that you can rent. I've gone through a good many of them and it's been great to see episodes that I haven't seen in a while, but wouldn't necessarily want to own (I know that sounds sacreligious, but with so many movies to see, there's only so much time).

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     Saturday, September 09 2006 @ 12:45 PM EDT
    [Quote  by:  Mohan] Another tip for users in the States who want to see some old Doctor Who episodes: Try Netflix. They actually have a good amount of DVDs that you can rent. I've gone through a good many of them and it's been great to see episodes that I haven't seen in a while, but wouldn't necessarily want to own (I know that sounds sacreligious, but with so many movies to see, there's only so much time).

    Wow... I have to say that we have been a bit overwhelmed with people leaving feedback recommending NetFlix after this podcast. If they weren't all coming from known listeners, I would begin to wonder if NetFlix were spamming us Wink . Actually it is a very good point. We will mention it in the next recording of the podcast (we are a bit behind right now).

    Speaking of NetFlix, I have been considering taking up their service myself recently. Since I hardly watch anything on the premium channels these days provided by my satellite service. I may axe the premies and just keep the basic service and then rely on Netflix for catching just the movies I want to see. It will save me money since I am now paying for channels I hardly use now.


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