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

    You gave it a 9

    Spoiler text *Dust Breeding*

  • US Residents: Do you currently receive BBC America via your satellite/cable service?   5 years 11 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   5 years 11 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   5 years 11 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

  • BBC America in HD! Oh Yeah Baby!   5 years 11 weeks ago

    BBC America has begun to air ads for the HD channel. The new ads show upcoming scenes from 'Torchwood: Children of Earth', 'Doctor Who: Planet of the Dead' and a new series 'Being Human' (which was originally shown on BBC 3).  

     

    Watch for ads that feature the new shows!

  • Air Date for Torchwood S3   5 years 11 weeks ago

    Just to confirm what was suspected - The new series of 'Torchwood' will air on BBC America and BBC America HD on July 20th at 9:00 PM (EDT).

    They will air an episode per night to complete the story by the end of the week. BBC America is calling it "a week-long event" in the new commercials for the channel and their ads for the HD Channel.

     

    For the BBC channel (BBC 1) in the UK check the links in the above posts.

  • FOUR TO DOOMSDAY   5 years 11 weeks ago

    Oh and one more error concerning Adric: you would think he would know what photosyethesis is since he came from a swamp planet or rather  a planet that had a swamp on it. The writers realy blew it concerning Adric (and to a larger extent Tegan) in FOUR TO DD. He also helped prepare slides in FULL CIRCLE so he should know more scientifically and as the writer had more to go on for Adric than any other character here, Adric is the one that he should have gotten terribly RIGHT but he's the one the writer gets terribly WRONG! Even through all of that, Adric still, IMO, comes off as the best more interesting companion. but this is his weakest story.  

  • The Big Screen   5 years 11 weeks ago

    Okay I hope Tennant DOES NOT make animated boredoms or even return once unless it's for something like the 11 Doctors. I also hope this movie plan falls through like the dozen that have in the 1990s. Truthfully I won't miss Tennant at all. He's overstayed his welcome just like RTD and have outlived all the good they've done and outdone undone all the good stuff.

    Also frankly, if they were going to make a movie ARMY OF GHOSTS/DOOMSDAY would have been the one to go with. I'm afraid now we'll just get a bunch of crap.

    I also quite like RTD's New Adventure novel (can't remember the name so that speaks volumes) but it's very good and could be a movie easily...

  • The Big Screen   5 years 11 weeks ago

    For Davis and Tennant to create a big screen movie at this point is akin to Jay Leno turning over the reigns of the Tonight Show and then starting up a brand new show an hour earlier.  It just a little crass.

    I hope Tennant continues to make animated adventures and guest appearances but the work of previous doctors should never overshadow the current doctor.   That's just bad form.  Tennant is running the risk of becoming that lovable relative who stands with his hand on the door knob and talks for another hour after saying his goodbyes.

     

  • FOUR TO DOOMSDAY   5 years 11 weeks ago
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    A fitting end. Tegan doesn't get reprimanded as she should but Adric does. Adric of course turns on Monarch and helps the Doctor and once again takes command as the main companion. A few questions remain: Nyssa at one point tells Adric her air is running low but nothing's done to help her and it's forgotten about. The poison: the Doctor throws it at Monarch and ...he shrinks? He doesn't seem to be dead either and the script says he turns back into a toad? WTF? Anyway the action is better in this ep and the Doc's plan makes sense but Monarch is too sedate a villain. I think there are deleted scenes of him trying to get into the Tardis...which is strange as the Doc and Tegan upon reTARDISing in, leave the door open in time honored blooper tradition. Persuasion ends up in a ridiculous position. The space walk scenes are not bad at all, better than memory allows and even if they don't make scienfic sense, they are fun and nice to see. All in all a better ep and a story that is not that bad. It also has the first cliffhanger at the very end into the next story, something that hasn't been done for a long, long time, possibly since Pertwee's DALEK MASTER...I mean FRONTIER IN SPACE into PLANET OF THE DALEKS and then before that back into  Troughton's last season. It's a nice thing to have but again, Nyssa will be sidelined. If you have four companions, chances are good this will happen if your writers can think of what to do with four of them. Proving that Nyssa or the poorly turned out Tegan should have been written out. Nice to see Davison turn out his pockets as Tom often did and also to put himself into that trance state and to resist the cold temps of outer space.      

  • FOUR TO DOOMSDAY   5 years 11 weeks ago
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    A bit more action but not much. Though I must say the direction is sharp here, directed by trhe same director of KEEPER OF TRAKEN, he makes you feel a lot of action has happened even though it really hasn't. Why Monarch waited this long to try to stop the Doctor and kill Nyssa (to make her an android more specifically) is beyond me but it does make him a patient villain. His plans seem both logical and then mad (he believes he's god and will meet himself at the beginning of the universe?WTF?). The guest actors are very strong in all counts. Yet another SPACE: 1999 link is the actress who plays Enlightenment (I believe she played Tanya in 1999 in some first season eps and possibly even one second season ep).

    The trouble here is still with the regulars and how they are written. Adric is nothing like Adric at all and the problem was discussed above I think. Tegan. Ahh, yes, until now she was just fearful and upset and rightly. In this ep, however, she panics. The dvd text tells us that she was deliberately made to be this way: in the first three stories she was supposed to usurp the Doctor's leadership over himself and Adric and take over, her brash overconfidence making her a liability. Well wtf? First of all, I can see Tom Baker squashing that. With the less in control Davison (that changes fast as he is the main reason JNT gets rid of Adric; Nyssa was supposed to go), the writers and silly producer and sillier script editor (and I mean Eric Saward and maybe even Root) made Tegan obnoxious, overprotective of Earth and the TARDIS and just plain annoying. SHE should have went. In any event, her scenes of stealing the TARDIS are just annoying and embarassing to watch as she overacts, cries, and laughs as she gains the ability to dematerializes. She sucks. In fact, she's left the Doctor and Nyssa to be killed in the event that she wants to go warn Earth...but she knows she can't fly the TARDIS. No wonder the Doctor didn't want her to be on board after this and tries to get her back to where she belongs...amid much harassement. I actually am annoyed that so much of the time Waterhouse had left on the show was filled with the annoyed, annoying, nag/boss Tegan and here she's at her worst, knocking Adric out (although to be fair, the way he's being written, as a brat, this time he deserved it). NO ONE here, save Waterhouse, understood Adric or knew how to use him.

    It's easy to see how he might just think Monarch's abilities are interesting and when people are about to die at the end of their natural life span they might just want to become part of Monarch's process but none of that is stated. He just sides with Monarch and starts telling about the Doctor, prompting Nyssa to tell him to shut up. AGAIN, she gets the more scientific bits, using the Doc's pencil and sonic screwdriver to...do something in the next ep (stop the androids). Here, she's somewhat stupid too as instead of playing along with Monarch, she protests and then is surprised when they hypnotize her and try to make her one of the androids by putting her in another SPACE: 1999 prop (or one very like one in MISSION OF THE DARIANS).

    It's still strange to see two companions fight physically and Tegan knocks Adric down and out and his recovery is pretty funny to watch. It's stranger still to see the Doctor tell Tegan earlier that if they try to warn Earth, they will be laughed at. Has he forgotten thanks to his regeneration that he was a member of UNIT and they fought all manner of invasions from outer space and even once from under the sea?  UNIT certainly would not laugh at him. The dolt. Another thing is that this Doctor is the least interesting character here and that even includes the "NEW" stupider Tegan and Adric.  He's just very flat and boring. I didn't notice at the time but he is but then again maybe I"m still comparing him to Tom Baker's better Doctor. Davison may be still finding his way but it's still...well, he's still quite dull in most ways. He doesn't even have the bad puns going at this point.

    Again, though, even with all of that, this ep is not as bad as the story's reputation holds and there are far worse stories to come (I won't list them all but I might have already elsewhere) and far worse companions to suffer through.

           

  • HURT/HEAL: The COMPANIONS   5 years 11 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 8
    - Polly 8                - Sarah Jane 15 (+1) - Peri 8                     - Ben 11
    Harry 13       
           
    - Ace 2                   
    - Jamie 17                Leela 14
    - Rose 12 (-2)       -
    Victoria 8              - K9 5                       - Captain Jack 9

    _____________________________________________________________________________

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

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