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  • Matt Smith’s Face To Appear In Doctor Who Titles?   6 years 11 weeks ago

    I dn't know how to take this info. It reminds me of the JNT days when there was so much wrong with the show and he's come out and say, "And we've changed the music and we have a new opening titles sequence"  rather than, "ANd we've got a new script editor and a good story."

    In that context, i'ts worrying because it might mean we've entered the JNT phase of the new show: all gloss and no substance but who knows? Next thing we'll hear "we've plenty of top notch guest stars who've not been in DW yet"  and "I want to kill off K9... again"  

    And oh yes, we're getting another animated story because THE INFINITE QUEST was so good. (?)! 



    Whatever, right now until Matt starts DW is dead to me. It's so sucky   

  • Forums   6 years 11 weeks ago

    Now that the Doctor Who forums are closing down this month were are all those users heading too? Does anybody know?

    Actually, it is next month (31st of July) which it and Outpost Gallifrey are going away leaving solely dedicated to the annual Doctor Who convention in Los Angeles. 

    Where the existing forum participates go is really anybody's guess at this point. Some may already participating in other forums already - in which case perhaps their activity in those other forums will increase. Some may seek out new forums. While others are hectically creating new forums in hopes to be the new home of those in question. 

  • The Minute Doctor Who Podcast   6 years 11 weeks ago

    The latest episode is now online. This time I'm looking at the last Pertwee story.

    Episode 16 - The Last Pertwee

  • The "Checkout Line" Promo   6 years 11 weeks ago

    Thanks! It was fun to produce and create. Yes, I played all the parts in it too (it's hard to find actors and actresses that will work between 3-4 AM for no pay -- Unlike myself, they're smart).

    Thanks in advance. It does make a difference. This month alone, one of our monthly server fees we pay went up by 20% Frown

    "I need a price check! Frank... I need a price check!"


  • Kinda   6 years 11 weeks ago

    I agree but what befuddles me is that, good shows but not as much a cult fandom, such as LOST IN SPACE, LAND OF THE GIANTS, THE TIME TUNNEL, MILLENNIUM, BLAKE'S SEVEN, SAPPHIRE AND STEEL, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, GALACTICA 1980, VOYAGERS, STAR TREK: the all of them including the animated one, LAND OF THE LOST, even JOSIE AND THE PUSSY CATS  and many many others...have all come out on dvd far far ahead of DOCTOR just defies future thought would have expected DW to have come out season by season and be finished by now...

    but yeah KINDA is a good story. Not really scary but I don't scare easily but it was tense and it showcased Tegan, Adric and the new Doctor rather well and was a different kind of story for DW and TV in general. Of course the big snake can be ignored but the story is just so strange and werid and ...entertaining. Still, even though Janet is good in it..I somteimes wonder if it'd be a better show without Tegan and with just another colonist being taken over...

  • MEGLOS 3-4   6 years 11 weeks ago


    Wow. That was tedious. At least now Tom is in full villain mode and doing a great job. For some reason his performance reminds me of Bela Lugosi's Dracula, maybe because he's seen menacing a female for most of the episode. Lalla just about holds her own against the Gaztak pirates who by ep4 or even this ep, get really annoying. Other writers and fans have compared them favorably to the scavengers in CREATURE FROM THE PIT but in that story, the Scavengers were not so prominently featured. The pirates, here, are and not really to the story's success, if there can be such a thing for this story. At least there is some action going on in this episode and in the the 4th. The music, as mentioned before, is very over the top now with the cliffhanger music saying, "DIE DIE Die" or something and Tom mugging it terribly...which just doesn't fit as it used to. There's one or two Tom-isms but the whole double thing is just...boring. Tom's performance as the Doctor when he's in the cell with Meglos...for some reason reminds me of Richard Basehart in VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA. It was well known that Basehart grew weary of the show and yet grew to feel out the show to the very, bitter end...and that, even remaining professional, at times, he'd be somewhat...feeling good from liquid but who knows if that is true...perhaps Tom was doing the same. The Doctor comes off as a killer in a way and also ...he laughs uncontrollably when he tells Meglos that he, Meg, and the planet will be blown up. And why can't K9 just shoot the black man guard in stead of distracting him so that one of the Savants (Detrick?) can hit him over the head with a rock? Lexa's death scene...I thought it was one of those better moments but my memory cheated. Here it just seems like what it is: a tagged on scene to stretch things out. Even so the running time on ep4 is just like 19 minutes or so.

    And was it just the copy I was watching or does Tom's hair look gray on some scenes? It is usually during the CSO stuff on Zultha Thura but Tom's hair at times looks gray and not as curly as it used to be. 

    The most interesting thing is that the theme music at the end of ep4 USED to be a somewhat different version. It was slowed down or something or speeded up. I can't recall. The video version seems "fixed" to the correct theme and it sounds like all the others. Or maybe  I just can't tell the difference anymore. It used to be very telling, the different version. Franklly, I think some of the reshowings also fixed that and I"m sure the DVD will fix it so that we get robbed of that little bit of strangeness. It sounded pretty good that way.

    What else? Yeah---this was boring. Really boring. I can't imagine anyone but the most avid DW fan sticking around for this and then coming back next week. Sure, there were some long dull stretches in DW before but one could always count on something to enjoy, action, sets, music, a fast pace, an intersting idea or, it just seems to drag on to the end. I must say that Meglos's true form is rather disturbing when we see it crawl  off the Earthling.

    Other than the different sounding new new theme song for ep4...the best thing about ths is the ended.



  • Gallifreyan Embassy Website Regenerated   6 years 12 weeks ago

    Louis / Ken / James - The website is awesome - it looks a little intimidating at first, but with any regeneration, the fun is in discovering the new features!  Thank you for your great efforts.


  • From the Beginning: The First Doctor   6 years 12 weeks ago

    One of the wacky things about DW at this time and probably all the others is that...nothing is really what it seems or is explained enough. The Didoians: were they human at one time? Are they now? Are the two that do in the killer still alive? Are they ghosts? The whole thing is played out as if they are more than human, more than alive, as if they are ghosts or something supernatural. I love how the Doctor fell asleep when he was materializing the Tardis! Hartnell can get away with so much as his Doctor was getting on in years. I also love how Ian and Barbara interact with him now, so much less tnesion and more amusement at his oldmanness. And to me, he just seems slightly alien and not at all fully alien...very much an old crankly man who likes the people he is with but doesn't often want to show it. And Vicki and he just get on so well. It was...all...very comfortable...for now. And ther'es nothing wrong with that. 

  • From the Beginning: The First Doctor   6 years 12 weeks ago

    KEYS I actually liked all the way through but found I didn't really miss the Doctor when he wasn't there, don't know why. I mean I always like it when he is there but I found the companions able to hold the show up for an ep or two, I mean there were three of them. JNt should have learned something from this but anyway...liked the story...

    RESCUE: I like this does'nt make sense does it? Vicki didn't know Bennett wasn't the killer? And why wouldn't he just kill her? Did he want a witness to back up his story? I thought the Doctor and Vicki's relationship got off to a great start and their scenes together are touching without being coy. Hated that Barbara killed that beast but it did add some tension and drama.

    THE WEB PLANET: Well I too felt this was overlong...when I watched it all in one go. Recentlly I watched it ep by ep and with an open mind (if you had my mind you'd want it open too) and thinking it would be funny with all the technical faults (I had a copy of the DW Error Finder). I a watched it one ep at a time and found that they had indeed created an alien world. A very alien world...perhaps for the first and only time. Nothing is human in this but of course you need to suspend disbelief...  

     THE ROMANS was another I entered into with an open mind and wiht the thought to watch only one ep at a time. It was on the first time I viewed it in the 80s during a channel's intermittent Colin showings so I really wanted to see Colin! Oh my! Needless to say times change and I'd rather see any Hartnell than any Colin story but never mind...ROMANS nowadays in viewing it ep by fact, I enjoyed the first ep so much I watched another one or two. It's not bad. It's not terribly funny but there are some menacing scenes especially as Ian and his ally escape but have to leave Barbara in Nero's grip....literally. The slapstick doesn't work much but ti does'nt take away from the rest and a historical is purely refreshing in ANY era of DW. If you look at this as a part of DW history and try to take it for what it  a's not that bad. I love that the travelers are there for a long time (as in MARCO POLO), that the TARDIS fell down a hill or something, and that they stay in a house vacated by the owner. There is danger and quite a few deaths going on and Hartnell is just...amusing throughout and even seems to fight well in one or two scenes, I think. The Doc and Vicki are getting along; Ian and Barbara seem to be having a romance of sorts and things just seem so...dangerous and yet relaxed all at once. It's like...well, like traveling in a time machine should be...IMO of course   


  • MEGLOS 3-4   6 years 12 weeks ago

    Welcome to the newly upgraded site. I am glad you were able to sign on.

  • CIA Info & Updates   6 years 12 weeks ago

    On CIA now ^_^

    Just testing out the new forum.... not much to say, other than I won't make the show on 28th june due to attending a con

  • CIA Info & Updates   6 years 12 weeks ago

    CIA- Cultdom In Audio Epi 93 - New Numbers :-) 2pm EDT
    See Wizard site - 25 greatest Sci-fi shows - down to the last four - or should that be up the top four :-)

    Also may talk about those shows that 'should' have made the list

    Cheers, daveac


  • CIA Info & Updates   6 years 12 weeks ago

    I think 85x85 is a lttle larrge compared to the amount of space for text in the forum layout.

    But what do others think?

    Cheers, daveac

  • Doctor Who Motivational Posters   6 years 12 weeks ago

  • Staggering Stories Podcast   6 years 12 weeks ago

    Have we entered an false reality?  Yes, Staggering Stories Podcast 47: When Assassins Go Deadly is now available!

    We cover:
    Doctor Who: The Deadly Assassin.
    Doctor Who in Unusual Places.
    Ashes to Ashes.
    Choose your own Staggering Story.
    Plus, as ever, lots of news (Doctor Who, Sarah Jane Adventures and more!)

    More madness than a clown in a mirror!

    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 or visit our Main Site or Blog.

  • From the Beginning: The First Doctor   6 years 12 weeks ago

    The Keys of Marinus Parts Three to Six: SPOILERS!

    Part Four: Another nonsense, plot-free episode but you know what? With its knights frozen in ice, its (sex?-)crazed trapper pursuing Barbara around the table and its various instances of slow leg rubbing, I enjoyed this. Silly but tremendous fun!

    Part Five: Great set up and then the return of the Doctor like a breath of fresh air and I realise why I’ve been struggling with this story. Early programmes (just as the most recent series) had a tendency to run a few weeks without the Doctor and, boy, do we miss him when he’s not there. Interesting to see Ian powerless and dependent on the others for a change, giving Barbara and Susan the opportunity to use their initiative. Good to see the story being given some leg room and run over into episode six.

    Part Six: Loved seeing Ian with his Chinese top and his Marinus Fur coat – gradually collecting things from his different adventures. Well, you would, wouldn’t you? And then everything wrapped up? Well, sort of in a completely futile way, what with the whole reason that the keys were searched for in the first place, conveniently gone by the end of the episode... but I won’t spoil it completely.

    Overall: the first story that I’ve struggled with. I think that it had to do with various reasons: the stand-alone stories covered in one episode and so not being given the time to develop fully, William Hartnell’s absence for much of the time, the one too many plot inconsistencies, and then there’s the special effects and the line fluffing – things which I usually find charming but this time kept pulling me out of the story. And it wasn’t just William Hartnell stumbling over his lines (at least that could be written off as a character trait), it was every other male actor. Mind you, seeing the Voord trip over his own flippers at the end was almost (if not quite) worth the price of admission.

    Five out of ten from me.

  • Matt Smith’s Face To Appear In Doctor Who Titles?   6 years 12 weeks ago

    Rich Johnston used to run Lying in the Gutters for He always has inside info, and is rarely wrong. It does happen, but only once in a blue moon. I would definitely trust Rich's information.

  • daveac vblog   6 years 12 weeks ago

    Thanks Dave...

    I changed the embed code to reflect a scaled view of width=550 and height=438 to better fit the current forum size.

    Looks like a good show, I am watching it as I type this, but most likely I will watch the whole thing on my Apple TV than on the website.


  • From the Beginning: The First Doctor   6 years 12 weeks ago

    I'm just about to finish Keys of Marinus so will post on it soon! Is it ok to post images here?

  • Thank You Louis!   6 years 12 weeks ago

    Now that Outpost Gallifrey is leaving us, this will, hopefully, become the new hub of Dr. Who fandom.

    Filling the shoes of Outpost Gallifrey are some pretty big shoes to fill. It will be interesting to see what happens in the wake of OG going away. As Shaun said, the community is there. That is not going away. Where it congregates will change. I am not so sure there will be a central hub that will replace it. Instead, there may be many smaller hubs throughout the net that will take on the role. Anything is possible though. I am not sure any one site could serve the needs of everyone, not our site or any other. It would be like having only one channel on our TV.

    Thanks for the comments about the site and the work that went into it.



  • Thank You Louis!   6 years 12 weeks ago

    Thanks Brigid,

    thanks for sending the message out on myspace..... i would have never known LOL.

    Well, I am glad the message did some good. We hope you can spend more time here without the fear being spoiled. We try to label everything as "Spoilers" if we feel they are spoilery.

    Thanks for your feedback on the site, it is appreciated.


  • Thank You Louis!   6 years 12 weeks ago

    Thanks Chip! Yeah, the forum here as I noted elsewhere is really part of the core CMS (Drupal) which behaves more like the rest of the CMS's article/story or page with comments system tweaked to be more like a forum.

    There is a 3rd party module that will make it look more like a traditional forum. Though I don't see any actual 3rd party forum modules to replace it. Our previous site didn't have any built in forum as part of the CMS, so it was entirely a 3rd party forum module for it.

    The advantage of using the core system is just that, it is part of the CMS itself, so there is no compatibility issues, no patches to the CMS to make it work, one user account for everything, themes are designed to work with them, systems already in place to deter spam will work within it, and so forth. There is truly a host of benefits.

    On the other side of the coin is that it is not a full feature forum with all the aspects and functions one usually expects from one.

    Now there are 3rd party modules that will enable stand-alone forum software packages to work within the CMS. So in a sense it would be dealing with two 3rd parties to achieve a forum that would be like a traditional forum that most people are accostumed to most likely. But it is two 3rd party software code and the original CMS code you are now dealing with - three pieces of software working together as one.

    The problem there is making it all work, making it so that visitors can access it using their existing accounts, making the look of it fit into the existing theme, incompatibilies (it could break when the CMS is updated which happens on a regular basis), other 3rd party utilities in place to safeguard against spammers may not be able to work with it, there may be 3rd party costs involved, and so on.

    So I have been looking at options to see what might work best for the site and not make me pull more hair of my head in the process.



  • Thank You Louis!   6 years 12 weeks ago

    the site looks great. everything is easy to find and it's nice and clean looking. thanks for sending the message out on myspace..... i would have never known LOL. have tried to stay away for the fear of too many spoilers HAHAHA. trying to be patient and wait for the specials coming to bbc america..... so *blepping* hard to do LOL.

  • Matt Smith’s Face To Appear In Doctor Who Titles?   6 years 12 weeks ago

    The floaty head in the title used to freak me out when I was a kid.  I guess I've never been into the disembodied-head use in any format (including The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - and yes, somehow when I was a kid I associated that tale and the Doctor's floaty head together).

    Still - I'm all for changes!  And definitely hoping that we see other rooms in the Tardis this time through!

  • Matt Smith’s Face To Appear In Doctor Who Titles?   6 years 12 weeks ago

    I've heard rumors that the opening title sequence was being redone for the new Doctor (Matt Smith) but I haven't heard anything definite.


    If they keep the old titles then all that would change would have been the name in the credits. However the show will have used the same sequnce for three Doctors. A change is needed (more than just tweaking the music theme), and it's overdue anyway.


    I hope it's true because it would send a message that the show is getting back to it's roots and there is a "new producer in town".

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