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  • HURT/HEAL: The COMPANIONS   4 years 41 weeks ago

    - Ian 14              - Zoe 13                   - Romana I 11           - Barbara 12
    - Liz 8  
                   - Donna 14              
    - Vicki 7                    - The Brigadier 18
    - Nyssa 8            
    - Stephen 6               - Jo Grant 17             - Tegan 6
    - Polly 8              - Sarah Jane 16         - Peri 4                     - Ben 11
    Harry 14      
         
    - Jamie 18                Leela 14
    - Rose 8 (-2)       -
    Victoria 6                - K9 6 (+1)                - Captain Jack 10

    ___________________________________________________________________________

    24. Ace                   25. Martha
    26. Turlough            27. Romana II      
    28. Mickey                  29: Adric
    30. Susan               
    31: Grace              32: Dodo                    33: Mel

  • From the Beginning: The First Doctor   4 years 41 weeks ago

    I've probably said this twenty million times before: LAND OF THE GIANTS is so much better than PLANET but tha'ts perhaps not a fair comparison as LAND was made in the US (1968 but started filming in 1966)and PLANET was made in the UK years before (1964?63?) although when you look at the years it's not as many as you might think. The travelers never appear together with the giants in PLANET but in LAND they do and it's all the better for it. The sets may be good in PLANET but better in LAND and the plot makes a bit of sense I guess. The inspector stops by on holiday, the killer doesn't really have a good plan to get rid of the body and Barbara, well, for some reason, doesn't want to tel the others she may be infected by the poison. The Doc also tells them not to look at the cat while he's looking at it...right in the eyes. Still it is possible to enjoy this story as the foursome work together to stop the killer. Has the effects been up to it, the story might have had some exciting squences ala HONEY I SHRUNK THE KIDS or LAND but ...watched one ep at a time, it's not bad and the sink bit is quite good. I liked it much better when I recently saw it then when I first watched it, perhaps aware of its shortcomings. Hartnell makes this much better than it has any right to be and even Susan seems quite okay. It also makes for a change that it takes place on present day Earth and I like the worm discovery. Not too bad and I'd give it a higher rating than I usually do or than Idiom gave it. Maybe 6 or 7 out of 10. Just for trying and Hartnell of course.    

  • HURT/HEAL: The COMPANIONS   4 years 41 weeks ago

    - Ian 14(+1)        - Zoe 13                   - Romana I 11           - Barbara 12
    - Liz 8  
                   - Donna 14              
    - Vicki 7                    - The Brigadier 18
    - Nyssa 8            
    - Stephen 6               - Jo Grant 17             - Tegan 6
    - Polly 8              - Sarah Jane 16         - Peri (-2)              - Ben 11
    Harry 14      
         
    - Jamie 18                Leela 14
    - Rose 10            -
    Victoria 6                - K9 5                       - Captain Jack 10

    ___________________________________________________________________________

    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   4 years 41 weeks ago

    - Ian 13              - Zoe 13                   - Romana I 11           - Barbara 12
    - Liz 8  
                   - Donna 14              
    - Vicki 7                    - The Brigadier 18
    - Nyssa 8            
    - Stephen 6               - Jo Grant 17             - Tegan 6
    - Polly 8              - Sarah Jane 16         - Peri 6                     - Ben 11
    Harry 14      
         
    - Jamie 18 (+1)        Leela 14
    - Rose 10            -
    Victoria 6 (-2)          - K9 5                       - Captain Jack 10

    ___________________________________________________________________________

    24. Ace                   25. Martha
    26. Turlough            27. Romana II       28. Mickey                  29: Adric
    30. Susan               
    31: Grace              32: Dodo                    33: Mel

  • From the Beginning: The First Doctor   4 years 41 weeks ago

    Planet of the Giants: SPOILERS!!

    What  a strange story and an even stranger choice for the season opener for season 2. For any new viewers who joined Doctor Who at this point, this would have been a distinctly atypical adventure, not really fitting with either the sci-fi or the historical category. A very strange choice for a story – you can go anywhere in time and space so what do you do? You send the TARDIS crew to twentieth century earth (presumably) but shrink them down to less than an inch high. I vaguely remember hearing that this was a possible story choice for season one, maybe even the season opener (now that would have been an even stranger choice). Some thoughts:

    ·         Excellent props and scenery including a giant sink and a very well done giant fly (better than the fly in The Green Death over ten years later).

    ·         Why is Ian dressed in a suit all of a sudden? I preferred it when he wore clothes that he collected from the various times and places that the crew had visited. Hints of adventures that the TARDIS crew have had between The Reign of Terror and Planet of the Giants perhaps?

    ·         Interesting plot device to use the insecticide to ensure that the majority of the insects didn’t have to move.

    ·         Also good to see the travellers working together to make sure that the bad guys get their just desserts.

    ·         Interesting to see that the end of episode two differed from the beginning of episode three – if you haven’t noticed then look to see where the plug ends up after the scientist washes his hands.

    ·         At the end, if the seed shrank and the poison molecules shrank then why didn’t the dirt shrink on the crew’s hands and faces?

    ·         Apparently the Doctor and Susan had visited Berlin during the war. I love these little references back to past adventures.

    Apparently, the last two episodes were merged to leave the story with three rather than four parts to help the pace. Struggling a little with this, I feel that this was probably a good move overall. Only a 5 out of 10 for me. But I’m so looking forward to the next story.

  • Doctor Who: Radio Free Skaro   4 years 41 weeks ago

    A new Radio Free Skaro episode!:

    With only Torchwood news to bandy about, the second part of Steven Moffat’s epic two-parter from Season 1 took center stage for this episode for a shorthanded RFS staff as they discussed the intricacies of one of the first series’ masterpieces while simultaneously avoiding any actual discussion of the episode at hand, as per usual.

    Direct download

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  • Doctor Who: Radio Free Skaro   4 years 41 weeks ago

    A new Radio Free Skaro episode!:

    With only Torchwood news to bandy about, the second part of Steven Moffat’s epic two-parter from Season 1 took center stage for this episode for a shorthanded RFS staff as they discussed the intricacies of one of the first series’ masterpieces while simultaneously avoiding any actual discussion of the episode at hand, as per usual.

    Direct download

    Check http://www.radiofreeskaro.com for your Radio Free Skaro needs!

    iTunes users can subscribe at here.

  • Convention Topic?   4 years 41 weeks ago

    OK, the missing forum is no longer missing. The Conventions forum is now located in the subgroup Fandom. 

    Cool

  • HURT/HEAL: The COMPANIONS   4 years 41 weeks ago

    - Ian 13              - Zoe 13                   - Romana I 11           - Barbara 12
    - Liz 8  
                   - Donna 14             
    - Vicki 7                    - The Brigadier 18
    - Nyssa 8            
    - Stephen 6 (-2)        - Jo Grant 17 (+1)      - Tegan 6
    - Polly 8              - Sarah Jane 16         - Peri 6                     - Ben 11
    Harry 14      
         
    - Jamie 17                Leela 14
    - Rose 10            -
    Victoria 8               - K9 5                       - Captain Jack 10

    ___________________________________________________________________________

    24. Ace                   25. Martha
    26. Turlough            27. Romana II       28. Mickey                  29: Adric
    30. Susan               
    31: Grace              32: Dodo                    33: Mel

  • Convention Topic?   4 years 41 weeks ago

    Yikes! Would you believe that there was supposed to a forum on this very topic here in the regenerated website. In fact, it was going to added to the previous website (2.0), but since this one was in the works at the time, it just made sense to start it here than start it there and then having to move all the convention threads to the new there.

    Out of shear oversight, it was omitted when the new forums were created (because so much of it was following the same structure we had originally). 

    Yes, we will add the convention forum here. Though, I think it will not be specific to only Doctor Who, since there are general science fiction conventions that could also be covered within it.

    Thanks for the reminder.

  • HURT/HEAL: The COMPANIONS   4 years 41 weeks ago

    - Ian 13              - Zoe 13                   - Romana I 11           - Barbara 12
    - Liz 8  
                   - Donna 13              
    - Vicki 7                    - The Brigadier 18
    - Nyssa 8            
    - Stephen 8               - Jo Grant 16             - Tegan 6
    - Polly 8              - Sarah Jane 16 (+1)  - Peri 6                     - Ben 11
    Harry 14                      
                        
    - Jamie 17                Leela 14
    - Rose 12             -
    Victoria 8               - K9 5                       - Captain Jack 10

    ___________________________________________________________________________

    24. Ace 0 (-2)          25. Martha
    26. Turlough            27. Romana II       28. Mickey                  29: Adric
    30. Susan               
    31: Grace              32: Dodo                    33: Mel

  • KINDA the review   4 years 41 weeks ago
    4

    4

     

    Strange. There's filler with Adric and Tegan bitching at each other and in the past, I felt this added to the tension of the story but all it adds is tension between the two charcaters and this is exacxtly what is not needed. They needed to be nice to each other for us to care about both of them. Adric could have disarmed the bomb but it makes fsor nice foreshadowing for EARTHSHOCK as we now know what will happen but back then we didn't.

    Davison, too, while good, is not Tom Baker. I know I keep saying that but afater having watched all of Tom, the comparision is there. Take for example his speech about discovering it is Tegan that the Mara used to come through. Tom would have made us feel the discovery in a whispered hush and reveal that he missed that and didn't know that with just his voice and his tone and his look. Davison just says the lines. He's pretty poor in that pivotal scene...

    He also doesn't have the relationship with Tegan that he should, nor with Adric. Both, despite being poorly written, are viable adventure characters and his Doctor should be able to relate to them both but he just doesn't. It could be because he's relating wonderfully to Todd but she's gone after this ep and it is as if they have to start all over from scratch with THE VISITATION. Did anyone on the show at this time have any idea how to have the regulars relate and stay relating in  a positive manner? Does the bickering add anything to the show? It really doesn't until maybe VISITATION's opening and from VISITATION onward the team acts like a team but it's not long before they're broken up, and broken up and broken up.

    Ahh, yes, that snake. It's not too bad when it first comes out of Aris and wrestles with him but...the larger version. If one can ignore it, the story is fine and imagination is always key on DW and you have use it here to find the Mara a creepy idea. There's a lot of the great book THE POWER OF NOW and the follow up THE NEW EARTH to think about here. Time is the enemy, the present is all that matters, the enemy is from the inside, it cannot look at itself so if you observe yourself you can find and rid yoruself of the dark thing that is inside. Lots of good spiritual stuff. But like Tegan, I found myself a bit not understanding. I also wonder about Kuruna and Panna sharing a body! WTF?

    Anyway, a good story and with some good events, Adric making a mess of things but trying, as he says in the next ep, so hard to do the right thing.  It is his observation though that makes the Doctor realize the Mara can be casted out with mirrors. Of course, he's a banana and it is still hiding in Tegan...    

  • Colin and James   4 years 41 weeks ago

    Is this James grooming his rumoured replacement?  Innocent

    Or is Colin plotting James' ouster?   Tongue out

    Just having fun with an old Podshock meme!   Wink

  • KINDA the review   4 years 41 weeks ago
    3

    3

     

    Well that was weird. But good and Tegan is just seen once or so, on the ground, sleeping. Good. Todd is proving a more interesting companion that Tegan and Nyssa, yet again. Adric has a lot to do, mostly trying to escape the so called dome ,but it doesn't look like a dome. I must admit the first time I saw this I thought Panna's mumbo jumbo was just another of DW's time jumbles but I've since realized or found out it was a Buddist thing. Really? I wish it was explained better here but that's manmade spirtuality for you. Anyway Kuruna, Panna, and Aris as well as almost all the Kinda but the jester or trickster are interesting and different. I'm glad the Kinda cannot talk, one of the only aliens on DW to not do so. It makes a nice change and makes them very alien-----ish. The name Mara is only presented here and the cliffhanger is nice. Alot more tension arising and Hindle and Saunders both going off the deep end. And both are sort of...uhm...fond of Adric it would seem. Hindle's put off Adric's punishment from ep 2 (funny scene in ep2 is Hindle saying punishment to make Adric wash behind the ears). Again, Matthew Waterhouse makes for a great range of fear, bemusement, and craftiness. The Doctor  is called an idiot by Panna several times and he says nothing for the most part only that he's been called that before. In all, these episodes are not as gripping as a Tom Baker story (with maybe four or five exceptions) but they do manage to be different, do manage to create a world, nay a universe of possibilities and do manage to keep one thinking, and guessing and moving forward. Each story also seems to be different from each other. I also hoped the Doctor and Adric would travel on for many more adventures. Not to be.   Their coupling is soon to be ended. I also like how this Doctor leaves Adric, "He's very resourceful."

    Indeed. Famous near last words? Anyway a good story and it must have a cracking end iwth the Mara realizing its full power in a terrific show of special effects? Right?

  • HURT/HEAL: The COMPANIONS   4 years 41 weeks ago

    My top favorite is gone, three others on the way, need to start taking preventitive action on the rest.

    - Ian 13              - Zoe 13                   - Romana I 11           - Barbara 12
    - Liz 8  
                   - Donna 14 (+1)      
    - Vicki 7                    - The Brigadier 18
    - Nyssa 8            
    - Stephen 8               - Jo Grant 16             - Tegan 6
    - Polly 8              - Sarah Jane 16         - Peri 6                     - Ben 11
    Harry 14      
         
    - Jamie 17                Leela 14
    - Rose 10 (-2)      -
    Victoria 8               - K9 5                       - Captain Jack 10

    ___________________________________________________________________________

    24. Ace                   25. Martha
    26. Turlough            27. Romana II       28. Mickey                  29: Adric
    30. Susan               
    31: Grace              32: Dodo                    33: Mel

  • Poll anomaly   4 years 41 weeks ago

    Me and others have had problem using the polls on the right-hand side. We click on a selection and then are sent to a page that has nothing to do with the poll with an error message (the one you have above).

    Until this problem is fixed I reccommend that you vote on the poll in the middle column with the main articles. It seems to work fine there. So far the poll question has been placed with news articles.

     

    Hope this helps.

  • HURT/HEAL: The COMPANIONS   4 years 41 weeks ago

    - Ian 13                - Zoe 13                 - Romana I 11           - Barbara 12
    - Liz 8 
                     - Donna 13            
    - Vicki 7                    - The Brigadier 18
    - Nyssa 8              
    - Stephen 8             - Jo Grant 16             - Tegan 6
    - Polly 8                - Sarah Jane 15       - Peri 6  (-2)             - Ben 11
    Harry 14 (+1)     
     
    - Ace 2                   
    - Jamie 17                Leela 14
    - Rose 12              -
    Victoria 8              - K9 5                       - Captain Jack 10

    _____________________________________________________________________________

    25. Martha
    26. Turlough            27. Romana II       28. Mickey                  29: Adric
    30. Susan               
    31: Grace              32: Dodo                    33: Mel

  • KINDA the review   4 years 41 weeks ago
    2

    2

     What's odd to notice is that during this time in the show, the producers and script editor (Saward sucks) and maybe the writers were trying to, maybe, emulate the Fourth Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith with the Fifth and Tegan. Trouble is the situations, the writers and especially the actors, were not up to it. The actors don't really seem to like each other much less want to interact in THAT way, thus Davison and Fielding, even when they are saddled only wiht Turlough, don't really pull it off....AT ALL. The Fifth to me always seemed to want Tegan to go until the last moment when she actually does but more on that later. 

    I love it when Adric's  a part of the action and here he's center and he tries to save the Doctor yet again but fails again. He steals a key and makes the Doctor play a game to try to get it, much like his earlier self. The other thing is that the Third Doctor used to do what Adric basically did, hide a coin or another object and seemingly make it vanish. Somewhere I read that it happened in COLONY IN SPACE but I also know he did it in AMBASSADORS OF DEATH. In any event, the story moves along well disguising the fact that the Doctor's been imprisoned in the dome for a very long time, giving Adric much to do (and despite the ignoring from her and her acting like  a biatch, Adric worries about her when the Doc doesn't seem to but perhaps that's not fair, he does ask about her too), and keeping Tegan in the nightmare realm...uhm, until she gives in to the Mara and gets out bodily...is a good idea. I wouldn't have minded if she died in this story. The Kinda are suffiently puzzling and ...uhm, very very good looking for the most part. The two female Kinda Panna and the girl appear and give Saunders a strnage box that enlightens or changes him. He brings it back to the unhinged Hindle who makes the Doctor open the box into a great cliffhanger. Yet we know it didn't really kill Saunders when he opened it. So...we know it probably won't do anything to them.

    Again, another good episode, tension filled in a way. Nyssa doesn't appear at all. Thank Goodness. :) Davison still seems a   bit flat and his Doctor seems in over his head ALL the time. No other Doctor was like that except maybe Hartnell in his early stories and maybe later on too. It's not a bad thing, just very noticeable. OHHHH and wouldn't Todd make a much better companion than Tegan and Nyssa. She certainly works well with this Doctor AND with Adric! And she knows something...beliveably.

  • Taras' Big Finish rating omnibus   4 years 41 weeks ago

    I must also say the worst includes BOY TIME FORGOT and the ideas of : Peri's mom exploding thanks to the Doctor's stupidity; Tegan getting a deadly disease; Evelyn getting a deadly disease; and probably most of what happens to Crizz when he "dies".  I also hate the whole vampire project thing and the 7th and psuedo clone 6th Doctor story. Oh and I HATE SPARE PARTS totally. Mostly because it seems to finalize that Adric can't be saved but then...oh dear. Some good scenes are in it though but again, it makes the Doc responsbile for the  evolution of the Cybermen. I hate that too. 

    Best: Anything with Benny and the 7th Doctor together; Benny's son Peter; the evoluation of Ace and especially with Hex;  the whole Death vs the 7th Doctor; Hex's link to the Doc's past; the whole 5th Doctor thing where he is in limbo while regenerating into the 6th and in fact, that whole storyline wiht he and Nyssa in four or three short stories; the 6th Doctor on the phone iwth a woman, brilliant; the singalong Pirate story was amazing esxcept for a melancoly ending and that's just all off the top of  my head!  

  • HURT/HEAL: The COMPANIONS   4 years 41 weeks ago

    - Ian 13                - Zoe 13                 - Romana I 11           - Barbara 12
    - Liz 8 
                     - Donna 13            
    - Vicki 7                    - The Brigadier 18
    - Nyssa 8              
    - Stephen 8             - Jo Grant 16             - Tegan 6 (-2)
    - Polly 8                - Sarah Jane 15       - Peri 8                     - Ben 11
    Harry 13       
           
    - Ace 2                   
    - Jamie 17                Leela 14
    - Rose 12              -
    Victoria 8              - K9 5                       - Captain Jack 10 (+1)

    _____________________________________________________________________________

    25. Martha
    26. Turlough            27. Romana II       28. Mickey                  29: Adric
    30. Susan               
    31: Grace              32: Dodo                    33: Mel

  • Poll anomaly   4 years 41 weeks ago

    Hmm... Odd indeed. I wonder if this is related to the previous issue with the sidebar poll and our spam filtering? I had hoped the latest update to the filtering software had addressed it. I tested it out afterwards and all seem to be working as it should. I think (or suspect) it may only happen when the poll appears twice on the same page (i.e. side bar and main column). If that is the case, perhaps I can turn off the side bar poll until the poll scrolls off the front page... and then switch them (take it off the front page and activate the sidebar). 

  • Taras' Big Finish rating omnibus   4 years 41 weeks ago

    You gave it a 9

    Spoiler text *Dust Breeding*

  • US Residents: Do you currently receive BBC America via your satellite/cable service?   4 years 41 weeks ago

    There is one option that you left off the poll.

    I do watch BBC America but I had to get a larger package to get it. I have dish network and it is not part of the basic programming (Dish 150 (channels)) set but you can get it as part of a large package (Dish 200 (channels)).

     

    The missing choice should be - Yes, I watch it as an extra package.

  • CIA Info & Updates   4 years 41 weeks ago

    Please check the 'Blog' page tag on this to read my Blog post about development's on the podcast

     

    Cheers, daveac

  • Underground Toys San Diego Comic Con 2009 Exclusives   4 years 41 weeks ago

    Alien Entertainment and Doctor Who Store.com will be bringing in Colin Baker, the 6th Doctor, to sign the Exclusive "Blue" 6th Doctor action figure being offered by Underground Toys as well as an Exclusive SDCC Colin Baker photo and the Big Finish audio CDs.

     

    Colin will be on hand for Preview night as well as all day Thursday, Friday and Saturday plus Sunday morning to meet his fans and sign autographs. Pre-orders will also be taken for the upcoming "Lost Season" (stories from the canceled season that were written for TV and have now been adapted for audio) by Big Finish. 

    Alien Entertainment and Doctor Who Store.com are in booth number 3848

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