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  • Doctor Who: Podshock 264 - 2011 Christmas Special 'The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe' Reviewed   2 years 33 weeks ago

    Sometimes I think we're just too literal. Or maybe we see patterns that just aren't there. That was one Time Lord's take on humans, wasn't it?
     
    There's been a lot of debate and discussion about the Doctor wishing for help with the dire situation in which he found himself at the onset of The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe. For the record, we didn't see or hear the Doctor wish for help, did we? Presuming that he made a wish, did he wish that Madge Arwell would turn up to help him, or did he wish for help and it turned up in the form of Madge Arwell. There's a difference.
     
    In response to Madge asking the Doctor how she was supposed to let him know if there was anything he could ever do for her the Doctor replied, "I don't know, make a wish, that usually works." I didn't take him literally. I took his answer to be not unlike the way we wish during a sporting event as we cheer for our team.
     
    Take the World Series for instance, very few in attendance share a personal relationship with a single member of their favorite team, let alone the entire team, but that doesn't stop them wishing for a miracle as the player with the lowest batting average in the league makes his way to the plate in the bottom of the ninth with his team four runs down, three men on and two men out.
     
    Madge didn't have a personal relationship with the Doctor, not at first, but that didn't stop the Doctor from encouraging her to make a wish. If we miss this aspect of the Doctor's character then we fail to see some of his most endearing qualities, specifically, how he engenders faith, hope, and courage in others. Often the most extraordinary feats are performed by the most ordinary people and all because the Doctor inspired the worst batter to hit a home run.

    And while we're considering patterns that aren't there, did anyone see and hear the similarities I saw between Lilly and Ace? Holly Earl could easily pass for a junior Ace were we to ever travel back in time to an earlier point in the life of Ace.

     Happy Travels!

  • daveac vblog   2 years 33 weeks ago

    I decided to stay in safe today protected by my red wine

  • The Cultdom Collective Podcast Updates   2 years 33 weeks ago

    The Cultdom Collective Podcast

    Cultdom Commentary: Life On Mars Series 2 Episode 1

    After a terrible ride on a Manchester bus Ian, Mike & Dave skip going to the Casino and instead talk all over LOM S2 E1

    Direct Link to mp3:-

    http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-54821/TS-579786.mp3

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    Cheers, Ian, Mike & daveac

  • The Cultdom Collective Podcast Updates   2 years 33 weeks ago

    The Cultdom Collective podcast

    Episode 132 ‘The Doctor, The Widow & The Wardrobe’ Review

    The Collective Review the Doctor Who Christmas Special – ‘The Doctor, The Widow & The Wardrobe’

    Direct Link to mp3:-

    http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-54821/TS-571042.mp3

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    Cheers, Ian & daveac

  • Ramble With Russel Podcast Updates   2 years 34 weeks ago

    And then the latest episode of the show is...

     

    Ramble Extra - Rise of the Planet of the GLEE Punks

     

    On this edition of Extra it's the vampire next door, a punk rock rebel, singing kids and angry monkeys. First up it is the review of blu-ray/dvd combo of Fright Night (2011) (Courtesy of Walt Disney Home Video) starring Colin Farrell and David Tennant as a young man begins to belive his neighbour may be more than what he seems in this remake of a 80's classic horror/comedy. Then it is a trip to the world of Punk Rock with the raunchy tale of love and violence in the blu-ray review of the Collector's Edition of Sid & Nancy (courtesy of Fox Home Video) starring Gary Oldman as Sid Vicious from the Sex Pistols. The kids from McKinley High take their act on the road with the blu-ray review of Glee The Concert Movie (Courtesy of Fox Home Video) where you get highlights of their concert tour and the impacts the show has on the fans. It's a look into the origins of a classic science fiction movie franchise with the blu-ray review of Rise of The Planets of The Apes (Courtesy of Fox Home Video) where Cesear begins the start of an ape revolution. Music for this episode features the songs In The Dead of The Night by Barry McCabe, Sex and Violence by Nadeea and Love Revolution by All Mighty Whispers, they can all be found at www.famemusic.com. Other instrumental music is by the band Mr. Burns (www.mrburnsmusic.com). As always your comments and suggestions are welcome and encouraged.

     

    You can check it out at http://ramblingruss.libsyn.com

     

    Cheers,

     

    Russel

  • Ramble With Russel Podcast Updates   2 years 34 weeks ago

    It's time again for another update for my podcast and we start things off with my last show of 2011 which was...

     

    Ramble Extra - Year End Horror

     

    On his year end edition of Extra we take a trip to the horror side on the last podcast of 2011. First up I give you some exciting news about a great new release from my new friends at Paramount Home Video. A group of teenagers get more than what they bargained for when a pirate radio station comes to town in he dvd review of The Open Door (courtesy of Phase4Films) in this new horror movie. Then it is off to the English countryside as 2 couples get more than what they bargained for in the dvd review of Don't Let Him In (courtesy of eOne Entertainment). We then learn why we have never gone back to the moon in the dvd review of Apollo 18 (courtesy of Alliance Films) where 2 astronauts find more than just space rocks on the lunar surface. We wrap things up with a another aquatic thriller with the dvd review of Shark Night (courtesy of eOne Entertainment) as some young adults learn that it is still not safe to go back into the water. Music for this episode features the songs A Man outside your door by Miles Cain, Wishing Well by Humanzee and Shark Attack by josh, they can all be found at www.famemusic.com. Other instrumental music is by the band Mr. Burns (www.mrburnsmusic.com). As always your comments and suggestions are welcome and encouraged.

     

    Then it is Episode 282 - Rage Fueled Revenge

     

    On this week's first edition of 2012 we ring in the new year with with some red hot, rage filled reviews.  First up we go back in time to a date of infamy with the blu-ray review of Tora! Tora! Tora! (courtesy of Fox Home Video) in this dramatic 1970's re-telling of the attack on Pearl Harbour that brought the US into WWII.  Then we jump to the world of sport entertainment with the 3-disc dvd review of WWE's Best Pay-Per-View Matches of 2011 (courtesy of eOne Entertainment) that highlights some of the best matches from last year. It's a trip to a changed Earth with the video game review of RAGE for the PS3 (courtesy of www.gameaccess.ca) as one man tries to survive the Authority and an army of nasty mutants in this first person shooter.  We wrap things up with the dvd review of Colombiana (courtesy of Sony Pictures home video) starring Zoe Saldana(AVATAR) as a young woman out to avenge the death of her parents in this action thriller.   Music for this episode features the songs Best Behaviour by The Cartwheel Club, Rage by Stone Jack Jones and Cactus Dave's Revenge by The Pike Bishops, they can all be found at www.famemusic.com. Other instrumental music is by the band Mr. Burns (www.mrburnsmusic.com). As always your comments and suggestions are welcome and encouraged.

     

    You can check it out at http://ramblingruss.libsyn.com

     

    Cheers,

     

    Russel

  • daveac vblog   2 years 34 weeks ago

    Is the The Big and Fruity Vblog? Well there's lot's of wine!

  • Happy Birthday, Waris Hussein   2 years 34 weeks ago

    From the Gallifrey One website:

    We are also delighted to announce that WARIS HUSSEIN will be with us again in 2012. Waris, who directed the very first Doctor Who story, "An Unearthly Child," back in 1963, was a surprise guest at the Podshock podcaster panel in 2011, and returns as a full guest this year to join us as we look back at the early years of the show with guests William Russell and Maureen O'Brien.

  • The Cultdom Collective Podcast Updates   2 years 34 weeks ago

    The Cultdom Collective podcast

    Cultdom Studio Review – The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe

    Dave, Mike and Ian finish of the rest of the Christmas leftovers while discussing this years Doctor Who Xmas Special, The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe.

    Direct Link to mp3:-

    http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-54821/TS-576436.mp3

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    Cheers, Ian, Mike & daveac

  • daveac vblog   2 years 34 weeks ago

    A quiet week to end the year - I'll toast to that!

  • daveac vblog   2 years 35 weeks ago

    Happy Holiday to you as I start mine - with a wine!

  • daveac vblog   2 years 35 weeks ago

    Such a good weekend that I am late again but I still have wine

  • The Cultdom Collective Podcast Updates   2 years 35 weeks ago

    The Cultdom Collective podcast

    Cultdom Commentary: Dr Who ‘The End of Time’ Parts 1 & 2

    Part 1

    A Doctor Who Special – ‘The End of Time Part 1′ – Another Cultdom Christmas treat for 2011 with Special Guest Samantha – that’s Romana II of The Cultdom Collective joining Ian, Mike & Dave on the commentary.

    Direct Link to mp3 – Part 1:-

    http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-54821/TS-572706.mp3

    Part 2:

    A Doctor Who Special – ‘The End of Time Part 2′ – A Cultdom Christmas treat for 2011 with Special Guest Paul Scoones – Dr Who DVD Info Text writer & much more – joining Ian, Mike & Dave on the commentary.

    Direct Link to mp3 – Part 2:-

    http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-54821/TS-574287.mp3

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    Cheers, Ian, Mike, Paul & daveac

  • Day Of The Daleks - Episode 2 Discontinuity (Plus a quick review of the Special Edition DVD)   2 years 35 weeks ago

    The Special Edition gives the story a slightly more modern feel without losing the charm of the original. Well said. I could not agree more.

    New firepower effects are very impressive, sound all around is improved, plus a few glitches present in the original were edited out of the update and all without compromising the story in any way.

    Happy Travels!

  • Day Of The Daleks - Episode 2 Discontinuity (Plus a quick review of the Special Edition DVD)   2 years 35 weeks ago

    I wasn't worried about the continutity.  I was quite impressed with the special edition.  It gave it a slightly more modern feel without losing the charm of the original.  I liked the newly shot planet scenes and Nicholas Briggs' new Dalek voiceovers.  The battle scenes were enhanced by the use of some actors dressed as 1970's era UNIT soldiers and a period looking Ogron.  Even the lasers from the weapons madem it look good.  I also liked the simple things like adding the green wave effects on the TV screens and the disintegrating battle victims. 

    People who have only been exposed to the new series might find this one to be a but more palatable thanks to these enhancements that really do not hut the charm of the oringinal.

  • Ramble With Russel Podcast Updates   2 years 35 weeks ago

    First off Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone at Podshock and the users of the website, my gift to you , fresh espisodes of my show, starting with

     

    Episode 281 - Chronicles of a Saintly Penguin

     

    On this week's show we feature a killer saint, a gaggle of penguins, a struggling kid and a war in a glaxy far far away.  First up the holidays in Holland take a turn on the terror side with the blu-ray review of Saint (courtesy of eOne Entertainment) as the legend of St. Nicholas gets a makeover in this Dutch horror film.  Then it's man vs nature with my blu-ray dvd review of Mr. Popper's Penguins (courtesy of Fox Home Video) starring Jim Carrey as a businessman who has the help of the arctic birds to rediscover his kids.  It's the story of a teenage boy's struggle with weigh in the dvd review of The Fat Boy Chronicles (courtesy of Phase 4 Films) in this heartwarming tale of overcoming odds toachieve your dream.  We wrap things up with a journey back to a galaxy in turmoil with the audio book review of Star Wars : Fate of the Jedi : Book 8 Ascension by Christie Golden as the lost tribe of the Sith continue thier march to power.  Music for this episode features the songs The Penguin by Manny, Shy Boy by Robin Stine and Just Rise by Plunkett, they can all be found at www.famemusic.com. Other instrumental music is by the band Mr. Burns (www.mrburnsmusic.com). As always your comments and suggestions are welcome and encouraged.

     

    And then This week's Edition of Extra features my annual Christmas Special 2011

     

    On this week's edition of Extra it's my annual Christmas Special with reviews a plenty and a visit from the man in red. First up it's a trip to the Lindsay Square Mall where I catch up with Santa and find out what the kids are asking for this year. Then it''s a trip to the North Pole with the dvd review of Disney's Prep and Landing (courtesy of Walt Disney Home Video) where two elves try to save Christmas for a small boy. Then we take a trip back to the world of Disney's Beauty and the Beast with the dvd review of Belle's Magical World (courtesy of Walt Disney Home Video) and Beauty and the Beast : The Enchanted Christmas on blu-ray (courtesy of Walt Disney Home Video) as we look at some untold tales from the Enchanted Castle. To wrap things up we turn to the world of the MMA with the 20-disc dvd review of The UFC Ultimate Fight Collection 2011 Edition (courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment) where we look back at some of the greatest battles in the octogon from July 2010 to June 2011. Music for this episode features the songs Pimpin' With Santa, Sweet Christmas Day by Amagodden and Midnight Snow by Abscondo, they can all be found at www.famemusic.com. Other instrumental music is by the band Mr. Burns (www.mrburnsmusic.com). As always your comments and suggestions are welcome and encouraged.

     

    You can check them out at http://ramblingruss.libsyn.com

     

    Cheers,

     

    Russel

     

  • The Cultdom Collective Podcast Updates   2 years 36 weeks ago
    The Cultdom Collective podcast
     
    Cultdom Epi. 131 – 'A Year of it…' Our Review of Cultdom 2011
     
    Yes, with another year almost over 'A Year of it…' is our review of Cultdom in 2011
     
    Direct Link to mp3:-
     
     
    Subscribe on iTunes
     
     
    Cheers, Ian & daveac
  • Ramble With Russel Podcast Updates   2 years 36 weeks ago

    And then an a Special Edition of my show for all those who are fans of some great 80's & 90's television with...

     

    This Week's Edition  of Extra - These Are The Tales of Captain Power Special

     

    On this week's edition of Extra we take a trip back to the glory days of Saturday morning television with my Captain Power/Gary Goddard special. First up you get my dvd review of the brand new 4-disc set of the groundbreaking live action/CGI series Captain Power and The Soliders of The Future Complete Series (courtesy of Video Services Corporation) as humans fight for thier future in the year 2147. Then it's a trip to the planet Luminaire where the Legion of Light do battle with Baron Dark in my dvd review of the 2-disc Collector's Edition of Skeleton Warriors The Complete Series (courtesy of Video Services Corporation) in this 1994 animated series. As a special treat to my listeners I am joined by creator/writer Gary Goddard as we talk about both shows and plans to bring them back to a new generation of fans. Music for this episode features the song Power Inside by EL84 it can all be found at www.famemusic.com. Other instrumental music is by the band Mr. Burns (www.mrburnsmusic.com). As always your comments and suggestions are welcome and encouraged.

     

    It can be found on at http://ramblingruss.libsyn.com

     

    Cheers,

     

    Russel

  • Ramble With Russel Podcast Updates   2 years 36 weeks ago

    Here are some more podcast updates for you all, please check them out..

     

    Ramble Extra - Helping out the Muppets

     

    On this week's edition of Extra we get a little help from some furry and feathered friends and the world's greatest detective. First up it's my theatrical review of The Muppets as the late Jen Henson's creations get a reboot for a new generation. It's a trip to the deep US South of the 60's with my blu-ray/dvd combo review of The Help (courtesy of Walt Disney Home Video) as unlikey freindship in this touching drama. It's another take on the legendary lawman of literature faces off against hellish hounds, curses and a vampire with the dvd review of the new 4-disc Sherlock Holmes Collection (courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment) starring Matt Frewer (Max Headroom) as Holmes and Kenneth Welsh as Dr. Watson. 3 Mossad agents have to deal with a kidnapping gone wrong with the dvd review of The Debt (courtesy of Alliance Films) starring Helen Mirren, Sam Worthington, Jessica Chastain & Tom Wilkinson. Music for this episode features the songs Daytime Soaps and Shattered Hopes by Sweet Diss and The Comebacks, Runnin Hound by Eros and Curse of a Madman by Ancient Influence, they can all be found at www.famemusic.com. Other instrumental music is by the band Mr. Burns (www.mrburnsmusic.com). As always your comments and suggestions are welcome and encouraged.

     

    Then on Episode 280 - A Little Collection of Animals

     

    On this edition of the show the focus goes back on our furry friends.  First up it's a trip back to the world of 80's tv animation with the 3-disc review of The Littles Collection (courtesy of Mill Creek Entertainment) as we follow the adventures of tiny people in your walls.  Then it's back to ancient China for trhe further adventures of Po the Panda with the blu-ray/dvd review of Kung-Fu Panda 2 (courtesy of Paramount Home Video) as he and the Furious Five face off against a threat to kung-fu itself.  It's a trip to the wilds of Kenya with the blu-ray/dvd review of Disney Nature's African Cats (courtesy of Walt Disney Home Video) where two families of big cats fight to survive.  We wrap thiings with another new holiday special with the blu-ray review of Ice Age : A Mammoth Christmas Special (courtesy of Fox Home Video) as the prehistoric gang try to get off Santa's naughty list.  Music for this episode features the songs Very Little by Cutting Jade, China Walls by 11 Miles West of Nowhere and Frozen Boy by Ken Blackwood, they can all be found at www.famemusic.com. Other instrumental music is by the band Mr. Burns (www.mrburnsmusic.com). As always your comments and suggestions are welcome and encouraged.

     

    Both can be found at http://ramblingruss.libsyn.com

     

    Cheers,

     

    Russel

     

     

  • Happy Birthday Louis!   2 years 37 weeks ago

    Thanks so much, Dave. It feels like I just had one about a year ago... and now once again. It seems to be becoming a habit.

    Cheers,
    Louis

  • The Cultdom Collective Podcast Updates   2 years 37 weeks ago

    The Cultdom Collective Podcast

    Commentary: The Waters of Mars

    A Doctor Who Special – ‘The Waters of Mars’ the second of Cultdom’s Christmas treats for 2011 with Special Guest Gail Willis of The Cultdom Collective joining Ian, Mike & Dave on the commentary

    Direct Link to mp3:-

    http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-54821/TS-570631.mp3

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    Cheers, Ian, Mike, Gail & daveac

  • Doctor Who: Podshock 262 - Classic Peter Davison Interview and Frazer Hines Interview Pt 2   2 years 37 weeks ago

    If the volume levels seems a little low in this episode, it's not you or your equipment. For some unknown reason, it is low after encoding the file (both formats). The original audio is not low. I am not sure what is causing it and nothing has changed in our post production work flow. So it is puzzling. I have re-encoded it three times, each hoping for better results, but each sounds the same.

    Apologies to those having trouble with it. Turn up the volume to number 11 if you can.

  • 2011 Christmas Special Airs on BBC America on Christmas!   2 years 37 weeks ago

    On BBC's website the annual tradition of the Adventure Calendar is currently ongoing.Today begins the third week on the calendar and you can find two screensavers available. There are two available for PC or MAC and you can find them here:

    Doctor Who: Adventure Calendar - Day fifteen

     

    As in the past you can do a different thing each day leading up the airing of the Christmas special.

    For the items available through WEEK 1:

    BBC: Doctor Who: Adventure Calendar - Week one

     

    ...and for week two:

    BBC: Doctor Who: Adventure Calendar - Week two

     

    Go back and enjoy the things you've missed so far and come back every day to find new items.

  • Give me a brake.   2 years 37 weeks ago

    http://www.chakoteya.net/index.html Chrissie's Transcripts Site, "Your one-stop site for who said what and when on Star Trek and classic Doctor Who." What a fantastic resource! If you haven't been, go!

    Just as the 11th Doctor and River kept meeting in the wrong order, I've been watching classic episodes in a similar way... in no particular order. Funny what turns up.

    4 minutes and 50 seconds into into the first episode of Time Flight "the TARDIS encounters heavy turbulence, as if it's been caught in the wake of another time machine" according to http://www.drwhoguide.com/who_6c.htm, when it (the TARDIS) along with the Doctor, Nyssa and Tegan begin to experience a rather rough ride as the TARDIS suddenly lurches while subjected to sustained shaking...

    "DOCTOR: Nyssa, have you touched the dimensional stabilisers?
    NYSSA: Of course not. All systems functioning normally.
    DOCTOR: It could be the relative drift compensator.
    NYSSA: No.
    TEGAN: Some sort of turbulence?
    DOCTOR: Feedback from the solar comparator? No.
    NYSSA: Another ship.
    DOCTOR: Another ship? What do you mean, another ship?
    NYSSA: If it builds up at this frequency, it could draw us into spatial convergence. We must materialise immediately.
    TEGAN: But we're due to land in London in a few minutes.
    DOCTOR: If we don't materialise, the TARDIS will be destroyed."

    Source: http://www.chakoteya.net/DoctorWho/19-7.htm (Time Flight Transcript)

    The first line of dialogue says it all: DOCTOR: "Nyssa, have you touched the dimensional stabilisers?" These would be the stabilisers that (according to the 11th Doctor) don't exist?

    Okay, so the TARDIS has been reconfigured a number of times since the 5th Doctor, or at least the console room has changed, but are we to believe that the core systems of how the TARDIS traverses time and space have likewise changed? Don't think so.

    Of course there's always Rule #1. You can explain away anything and everything with that.

    Happy Travels!

  • Doctor Who Lost and Found: Two Missing Episodes Recovered!   2 years 37 weeks ago

    IT's great news that two more episodes of the show have been found.  Too bad they're not from better stories.

    Regardless we still have a long way to go before we can rest. There are many episodes still missing and we can not rest until they are found as well.

                                                                                                                                        

    On a side-note many of the Loose Cannon recons are being or have been redone and are of better quality that the previous version.

     

    Their list of updates include:

    The Macra Terror

    The Myth Makers

    The Highlanders

    The Space Pirates

    The Savages

    The Smugglers

    and The Faceless ones.

     

    Contact Loose Cannon Productions for the newer version.

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