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  • Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 155   5 years 11 weeks ago

    It turns out that I was mistaken with the Torchwood: Children of Earth website. The desktop images are not being blocked outside the UK. When I first saw the thumbnails on the webpage which "Access Denied" labeled across them, I simply thought they were UK exclusives without reading the captions below. As it turns out, they are restricting access to those galleries until each episode is transmitted.

    However the video is still locked down to the UK.

  • What I'm looking from the change of guard...   5 years 11 weeks ago
    deleks, yeah, give thema rest. i started watching in eanest with the 2005 season (when it aired in 2006.) i rather like simm's master, though.
  • TIMEFLIGHT(spoilers about Kalid)   5 years 11 weeks ago
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    Nope, Angela Clifford doesn't make it out of the Master's TARDIS! Her voice does do a voice over at the airport in one of  the last few scenes.

    Anyway despite a lot of logical flaws in this (why would the Master want knowledge from a race that couldn't even stop their own near destruction in a war between two other races?) this is watchable and enjoyable. I liked it and didn't expect to. Tegan wasn't too bad in this (even in her stewardess role) and Sutton has her good moments here. Now that Adric's gone the Doctor seems to have taken to yelling at and blaming Nyssa for things going wrong with the Tardis or in general. It's a strange scene when the Prof walks through the back TARDIS doors, rather creepy and well done.

    Davison has some of his funniest moments here, possibly due to the script actually being written for Tom Baker's Doctor. He runs, stops, turns and races back into Tegan withoiut her realizing it to tell her something she probably already knows, he sleeps on the floor of TARDIS , trying to work out what to do about the Master, and rambles on.

    One of this Doc's traits is to flip a coin to figure something out and then ignoring the coin toss answer all together. Another is to say, "I'll explain later," something mocked in CURSE OF FATAL TIME.

    One of Davison's funniest moments is when the Tardis appears thanks to the Prof's ghost/energy making it appear and The Doc mistakeningly attributing it to Capt. Stapley (or as Kalid said, a flub by Ainley (?) Capt Stuffley). The Doc and the girls were trying to figure out how to get to the other side of the cubicle they were trapped in so when the Doc sees Stapley has, he thinks, materialized the TARDIS inside the cubicle, he praises the man and running inside, he asks, "Do you think you could it to materialize on the other side of that wall for me?" He does this without the rampant sarccasm that made him so nasty in VISITATION. It is quite funny.

    At first, at Heathrow, the Doc asks where Tegan is as if he wants to find her. Then he leaves her there.  Yeah! Tegan's off the TARDIS! hooray! Now the Doc and wet Nyssa can have loads of years of adventures (sound only) with big finishes. One down, one to go. And maybe we'll get a good male companion or a female from another planet or some other time. Well, one can dream, can't one?

    Not sure about the end to the Master's plan though. It seemed...a bit...too...I don't know, not shown to us! I mean the Xeraphin to their home planet but does the sarphogaus get taken off the Master's TARDIS or is it still there? And to trap them and the Master on the same planet? Isn't that a bit...wreckless for the Doc to do to them? I don't know if we even find out what happens to them. Tha'ts bad storytelling. But never mind....soon we'll go back to Gallifrey and it will be just like it was...oh, wait, no it won't.         

       

  • TIMEFLIGHT(spoilers about Kalid)   5 years 11 weeks ago
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    I guess I've gotten over the death of Adric and it only took me what? 28 years is it? Anyway, this is not terrible at all. It seemed to go quick as I watched it and I'm really getting into it. The Xeraphin look suitably alien and creepy, the Master is nasty if not totally deadly here. Does Angela Clifford really go into his TARDIS and is never seen again? That's creepy. Did they just forget to save her? Or write her back into the script after this extra scene was written to spend more time as the ep as shorter than normal? It's odd how they delete stuff from the scripts or cut stuff out and then find they are running short so then they have to write new stuff to pad out the episode!

    The Doctor lets the Prof die but so does Tegan, who pulls Nyssa out. The Prof's death is disturbing. It's one thing he does it to save Nyssa but he seems to do it for knowledge or to realize he's gooing to die someday soon anyway so he does it for those reasons? ANd he doesn't die easily, he's moaning in pain to the end so it's really upsetting. Peter does a better job here as does Sutton in some demanding scenes.

    As for Nyssa: This could be her last meeting iwth the Master and I felt that all that could have come out of that for her character didn't. I mean she could hate him for what he did to her father but in a fan fiction storyh I wrote, she wonders still if her father is still in there and the Master uses that by telling her the Doctor could have separated Tremas from him but didn't for his own reasons. That kind of conflict could have made things all the more dramatic but instead all we get is talk about the tissue compressior elminator and her shocked look that the Master is here.

    It's funny to see pilots try to fly the TARDIS and it goes into hover mode over the citadel. The actors are doing what they can. Ainley is in fine form for most of this. The sets still look good and the cliffhanger is okay.

    Not as bad as one might think.    

  • The Doctor's Personality   5 years 11 weeks ago

    thatnks guys, the doctor seems even more mysterious :P. Also it gives me more reason to look for the older series.

  • Name's For A Podcast!   5 years 11 weeks ago

    Given you forum name how about:

    Chap with wings, Five rounds rapid

    or just

    Five rounds rapid

    Trap One

    Benton's Coffee Break

    UNIT HQ

    UNIP - The United Nations Inteligence Podcast

     

     

  • Name's For A Podcast!   5 years 11 weeks ago

    Can you give us a clue? Is it a Doctor Who themed podcast? a Torchwood one? a general sci-fi  podcast?

    How often? any particular theme - classic DVD reviews? Extended universe (books, big finish etc)? News? Toy reviews? Dalek Building Cool ?

    If DW related........

    Podcast Sec

    Smith and Tones

    The Oncoming Storm

    The Voice of Boe

    Extermi-cast

    Podshock

    cyber-pod

    The Type 40 podcast

    Doctor Whoovie and the Garlics (something a friend of my daughter once said leading to my forum handle)

    The lack of silence in the library

    The Osterhagen Key

    The Raston Warrior Podcast

    Rassilon's Rant

    Adric's Advice Column

    The Romanadvoratrelundar Review

    The Venusian Aikido Manual 

    THe Bad Wolf Podcast

    The Shadow's Proclimations

    Lucy Saxon's Boudoir (I'd download this one !)

    Sally Sparrow's Easter Eggs of Doom

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • TIMEFLIGHT(spoilers about Kalid)   5 years 11 weeks ago

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    This wasn't as good as the first ep but it's not terrible either. There's an AWFUL lot of technobabble going on here but unlike most of the past technobabble, here, there acxtually are explanations behind all the big fancy words...only the show doesn't give us any, the dvd text does. The Professor is a standard DW character and he gets big fancy words too.

    What struck me while watching this was that this story is a bit like THE THREE DOCTORS. There is the standard Prof, three heroes that can almost be a replacement for UNIT (dandy-ish, almost gay pilots instead of dandish almost gay military men, although to be fair, Stapley brings one of his men out of the trance by making him specifically think of Tegan over and over). There's a master manipulator behind it all, a Time Lord in fact, and there are gell like gell guards in both. There's also a citadel that has to be traveled to and threats pulled from the mind. It's almost too many things to be a coincidence but as poor Peter Grimwade is passed on, we can just pass on all of that.

    The airport passengers and the Prof are bog standard boring to be honest and things slow down a bit with them. The whole Nyssa-Tegan march through the illusions thing is also standard bog sci fi and boring. It's been done much better in LOST IN SPACE-FLIGHT INTO THE FUTURE ("it's only an illusion, it's not real!") and the Adric scene, done so that Matthew Waterhouse's credit could fool the audience with keen eyes reading the tv listings into thinking Adric will be alive...is an embarassment and if that reason given for including it is looked at ....it's one of the things that will drag DW down in the future...worrying about publicity more than the story and scripts.

    The Doctor doesn't recognize the Master, I wonder why and the reveal at the end is rather shocking. I never knew. Really. Did anyone know before hand that the Master was Kalid based on just watching this show and not given advance info? If you say yes, you must be lying. :) Again, not a bad ep but not terribly good either. I'ts almost sleep inducing and Sutton is back to being pretty bad.    

  • From the Beginning: The First Doctor   5 years 11 weeks ago

    I think this is a very uneven story as well, but have two nuggets to add: somewhere, I recall reading that this was a Season 1 story pushed back into season 2 - notice Ian is wearing his teacher's suit rather than some of the other clothing he chooses later; and, more interestingly: the story is 3 episodes but had been cut down from 4. I think this leads to most of the dropped threads, odd passages, etc.  It's like a designed story with a missing episode! Of course, this might make it move more quickly, but it's definitely rocky.

    On a side note, since the insecticide is capable of killing *everything*, I always thought, for one reason, that's how the Doctor and company survived - as they certainly would have been eaten by insects otherwise.

    Second odd note: why is Barbara cured when she is returned to her normal size? If she's taken on a lethal amount of insecticide while small, why isn't the insecticide also increased proportionately when she's returned to full size? Weak writing, I guess.

    Overall, a valiant effort, however!

  • HURT/HEAL: The COMPANIONS   5 years 11 weeks ago

    - Ian 15              - Zoe 13                   - Romana I 11           - Barbara 13 
    - Liz 4       
             - Donna 14               
    - Vicki 6                   - The Brigadier 20 
    - Nyssa 6             
    - Stephen 7 (+1)              - Jo Grant 17 (-2)             - Tegan 6   
    - Polly 6              - Sarah Jane 18         - Ben 10                   - Victoria 8 
    Harry 16            
    - Jamie 20                 Leela 15                 - Captain Jack 3

    __________________________________________________________________________

    21. K9 
    22. Rose                 23. Peri                 24. Ace                       25. Martha
    26. Turlough            27. Romana II       
    28. Mickey                  29: Adric
    30. Susan                
    31: Grace              32: Dodo                    33: Mel

     

  • HURT/HEAL: The COMPANIONS   5 years 11 weeks ago

    - Ian 15              - Zoe 13                   - Romana I 11           - Barbara 13 (+1)
    - Liz 4 (-2)
              - Donna 14              
    - Vicki 6                   - The Brigadier 20 
    - Nyssa 6             
    - Stephen 6               - Jo Grant 19             - Tegan 6   
    - Polly 6              - Sarah Jane 18         - Ben 10                   - Victoria 8
    Harry 16            
    - Jamie 20                 Leela 15                 - Captain Jack 3

    __________________________________________________________________________

    21. K9
    22. Rose                 23. Peri                 24. Ace                       25. Martha
    26. Turlough            27. Romana II      
    28. Mickey                  29: Adric
    30. Susan               
    31: Grace              32: Dodo                    33: Mel

  • When did Chase take over the forums?   5 years 11 weeks ago

    It's basically like posting your views into a forum, the set up of posting a blog is very much like posting a comment here.  One of the best blog hosting sites is Blogger https://www.blogger.com/start

  • When did Chase take over the forums?   5 years 11 weeks ago

    I wouldn't know how to do a blog. What does it entail? Let me know.

  • HURT/HEAL: The COMPANIONS   5 years 11 weeks ago

    - Ian 15              - Zoe 13                   - Romana I 11           - Barbara 12
    - Liz 6      
              - Donna 14              
    - Vicki 6                   - The Brigadier 20 
    - Nyssa 6             
    - Stephen 6               - Jo Grant 19             - Tegan 6   
    - Polly 6 (-2)        - Sarah Jane 18         - Ben 10                   - Victoria 8
    Harry 16 (+1)     
    - Jamie 20                 Leela 15                 - Captain Jack 3

    __________________________________________________________________________

    21. K9
    22. Rose                 23. Peri                 24. Ace                       25. Martha
    26. Turlough            27. Romana II      
    28. Mickey                  29: Adric
    30. Susan               
    31: Grace              32: Dodo                    33: Mel

  • HURT/HEAL: The COMPANIONS   5 years 11 weeks ago

    - Ian 15              - Zoe 13                   - Romana I 11           - Barbara 12
    - Liz 6      
              - Donna 14              
    - Vicki 6 (-2)                   - The Brigadier 20 
    - Nyssa 6             
    - Stephen 6               - Jo Grant 19             - Tegan 6   
    - Polly 8              - Sarah Jane 18         - Ben 10                   - Victoria 8 (+1)
    Harry 15           
    - Jamie 20                 Leela 15                 - Captain Jack 3

    __________________________________________________________________________

    21. K9
    22. Rose                 23. Peri                 24. Ace                       25. Martha
    26. Turlough            27. Romana II      
    28. Mickey                  29: Adric
    30. Susan               
    31: Grace              32: Dodo                    33: Mel

  • CIA Info & Updates   5 years 11 weeks ago

    Quick post - watching tennis :-)

    CIA ID 30659

    Primeval Ashes! hoping to cover Primeval and Ashes to Ashes - however this may take up 2 shows

     

    Cheers, daveac


  • When did Chase take over the forums?   5 years 11 weeks ago

    Perhaps you need a blog.  The Occasional rant is fun here but, it does seem that a majority of your posts tend to go that way.  I suppose one of the things that bug me most about the issue is the multiple posts one after the other.  I mentioned it on the old site but it seems to make no diffrence.  I suggest a blog for your long posts and the occasional non rant post in the threads.

  • London Film and Comic Comic Con - 18/19 July - Lot's of Doctor Who Guests!   5 years 11 weeks ago

    Thomas Sangster (Human Nature/Family of Blood) has just been added to the guest list.

    P.S I'll try my best to knock some feedback together Louis!

  • HURT/HEAL: The COMPANIONS   5 years 11 weeks ago

    - Ian 15              - Zoe 13                   - Romana I 11           - Barbara 12
    - Liz 6      
              - Donna 14              
    - Vicki 8 (+1)              - The Brigadier 20 
    - Nyssa 6             
    - Stephen 6               - Jo Grant 19             - Tegan 6   
    - Polly 8              - Sarah Jane 18         - Ben 10                   - Victoria 7
    Harry 15           
    - Jamie 20                 Leela 15                 - Captain Jack 3 (-2)

    __________________________________________________________________________

    21. K9
    22. Rose                 23. Peri                 24. Ace                       25. Martha
    26. Turlough            27. Romana II      
    28. Mickey                  29: Adric
    30. Susan               
    31: Grace              32: Dodo                    33: Mel

  • HURT/HEAL: The COMPANIONS   5 years 11 weeks ago

    - Ian 15              - Zoe 13                   - Romana I 11           - Barbara 12
    - Liz 6      
              - Donna 14              
    - Vicki 7                    - The Brigadier 20 
    - Nyssa 6 (-2)      
    - Stephen 6               - Jo Grant 19             - Tegan 6   
    - Polly 8              - Sarah Jane 18         - Ben 10                   - Victoria 7
    Harry 15           
    - Jamie 20                 - Leela 15 (+1)         - Captain Jack 5

    __________________________________________________________________________

    21. K9
    22. Rose                 23. Peri                 24. Ace                       25. Martha
    26. Turlough            27. Romana II      
    28. Mickey                  29: Adric
    30. Susan               
    31: Grace              32: Dodo                    33: Mel

  • Tom Baker is back as the Doctor!!!!!   5 years 11 weeks ago

    Thanks.. Word seemed to had spread about it around the end of May. Though it is hard to find any real hard facts on the releases. I am assuming that Tom Baker will be reading them as audiobooks. Obviously, for the Doctor parts, he will most likely take the tone and mannerisms of the Doctor. Well, we shall see (or hear) soon enough come this Autumn I suppose.

     

    Cheers,
    Louis

     

  • Louis at the Gallifreyan Embassy table (1986)   5 years 11 weeks ago

    I can venture to say you were still in school. Or should I just say, young enough. But you were in NY at the time perhaps, no?

     

    Cheers,
    Louis

     

  • London Film and Comic Comic Con - 18/19 July - Lot's of Doctor Who Guests!   5 years 11 weeks ago

    If you like, please send us feedback for Doctor Who: Podshock on the convention and your experiences there to share with our listeners.

     

    Cheers,
    Louis

     

  • Staggering Stories Podcast   5 years 11 weeks ago

    Are blobs always evil?  Yes, Staggering Stories Podcast 49: Daleks Are Special, Too is now available!

    We cover:
    Doctor Who's Daleks (in general).
    Listener's Escape Pod Discs.
    A 30 Second Recommendation: Legend (by that fine fellow Benjamin Elliott of This Week in Doctor Who)
    Plus, as ever, lots of news (Torchwood, Sarah Jane Adventures and more!)

    More madness than a Dalek with hair, playing scrabble!



    Available on iTunes and most other major podcast directory sites.

    We also have a Staggering Stories Facebook group.
    You can drop us a line at show@staggeringstories.net or visit our Main Site or Blog

  • forum crossing over   5 years 11 weeks ago

    I find myself reluctant to participate in this new forum for two reasons.  I suppose the main reason is that there's not a lot happening in this inter-season "lull".  My participation always tends to pick up when we're actively in the midst of one of the three series.  

    But I also genuinely dislike the new "forum".  It's a little better now that the rich-text editor has been made default, but it's still more of a commenting system than a true forum.  I find it exceptionally difficult to follow the conversations, because each comment is titled separate from the thread title.  Thus, the "Recent Comments" sidebar is all but useless.  Who has the time to click each one of the individual comment titles to see if it's in the thread you're interested in following?   I'm further befuddled by the difference between the comment-follower on the left and the topic-follower on the right.  Who cares about topics that are new, but have "died" due to inactivity?  I want to know about the status of topics that are getting new comments; i.e., the ones that have an actual discussion brewing.  Now, luckily, we're given that info under the "Active Forum Topics" sidebar, but that just makes the "New Forum Topics" sidebar all the more a waste of space.  I say get rid of that thing and give us back the sidebar that tells us who's online at the moment.   Or, better still, just give us some much-needed white space.  

    It also should be noted that none of these three different trackers actually tells who's making the comments.  And that's key.  If you're having a discussion with someone, it's useful to know when they, particularly, have made a new comment in a thread of interest.  With this new board, you have no idea at all who's commenting until you click on the comment.  That's just a big waste of time.

    But my big problem continues to be quoting.  It's more difficult to perform, and certainly harder to read, than it is in just about any other fora in which I participate.  It should be easy to do multiple quotes, because the whole reason for having a forum is to foster specific discussions, but instead it's a pain in the ass.    Yeah, you <b>can</b> (oops, that doesn't work: can) quote with this software, but by the time you get it all set up manually, you run the risk of forgetting the point you were trying to make.  Yeah, there's a greater ability to format your entries on this new board, but we've sacrificed core functionality for the ability to use crazy fonts.  

    Not a great trade-off, if you ask me.

     

     

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