908 posts • joined Saturday 6th October 2007 08:07 GMT
Re: Congratulations El Reg...
"Chitika" - wasn't that a Top 10 hit for ABBA?
Re: STRESS TEST?
"wouldn't that stress you out and make you spend?......."
Or suffer an anxiety attack and rush for the open air and safety of the street? Assuming you do make it and not just hyperventilate into passing out, making an untidy shape on the corporate flooring.
So functionally, there's no difference between an iPhone tariff and an ordinary voice+data tariff?
Re: RE: The lack of ads on the Beeb is still remarkably compelling
"US programmes on Sky are 40 to 45 minutes long on the BBC"
You can get the same effect by watching a BBC programme on Dave. You see that a certain Top Gear episode which you enjoyed in the original run is on, tune in and then wonder why there are jumps in the cuts across the studio and the "news" segment is missing.
There are so many different stories out there to choose from so I would say pick anyone and see if you like it. But like a box of chocolates with the picture guide missing you might have to be prepared to try another if the first one is not to your taste.
Yes, pick anyone. Except Time-Flight.
Then somewhere after saving Rose in the opening minutes of that episode and Rose going to see Clive (Mark Benton) Ecclestone's doctor goes off and turns up on the Titanic and other places in history etc. Not impossible but seems like a slightly convoluted way of doing it.
Re: Doctor Who stopped with Sylvester Mccoy
Yes sometimes there was padding. Either to make the story fit the time allotted or to get the cliffhanger to the right position in the story leaving a story that seemed to take a long while to get anywhere. Sometimes stories in the Classic period were rushed, or trimmed, to fit as well, leaving them confusing or with unanswered elements. And sometimes they met the Goldilocks ideal.
A four parter used to take around 80 minutes, nowadays a similar story is over and done with in 45. Bound to feel rushed for some and with few double episodes the cliffhanger seems to be a lost art. Is there a middle ground? A 1 hour Episode would have to be cut about for the American market (which is currently growing) and two half-hours would seem short. I think we have to live with 45 minutes.
Re: " It was nice for McGann to list the companions he's had while working for Big Finish"
"in the same room let alone to work together and just the other day they announced that they were doing Big Finish together."
I think the expectation is that the audio will feature both of them, but still not necessarily in the same room.
Re: Foggy memories and nostalgia
The use of Dalek toys makes some of the few images available of the end look a bit dodgy though.
But there is the soundtrack available - I'd say get it from Audiogo but at the moment they're in some sort of administration.
On a tangent
As the ring modulator was mentioned, and everyone has echoed my thoughts on the effort and results of Delia I thought I might throw in 2p.
Ring modulator for Dalek good; Ring mod for Cybermen bad.
My two favourite Cyber voices are:
the Tomb of the Cybermen made with an electrolarynx for an interesting and alien buzz (" You belong to uzzz. You shall be like uzzzz")
and the Earthshock type where the voice has a couple of pitched down copies mixed in ("Excellent")
But in both cases, as with the theme, the technology is but part of it, the remainder is the actor's intonation and delivery.
example of recreating the Excellent type http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tnUrSLrIM9w by Luke (TMDWP)
Mostly bad plans but also mostly not bad entertainment
A long while back I bought a book "Licence Denied" , it was a collection of (the best of?) Who fandom writing and it included an essay on "why the Master is the most rubbish Doctor Who enemy ever" or a title to that effect. And it was right. Most of the time he was a rubbish baddie but he was fun. IMO up to Roberts and Sims anyway.
The Master is good at exploiting people. Half the time he doesn't need to use the hypnotism ("I am the Master and you will obey me") because he exploits the weak , the disaffected, the gullible through their own desires (patriotism, envy, greed etc) and they want him to take control. Perhaps that's why the Sims Master isn't so good.
PS I can understand not mentioning Time-Flight, I'm not sure even Peter Grimwade can explain that one, but no Castrovalva?
Romana - not only duplicated once but met two doppelgangers of herself (or one-and-half depending how you feel about the Romana/Astra relationship).
Tough on Liz Shaw, now if it had said travelled to an parallel universe....
Re: The Cybermen have turned up a lot since the re-launch.
Might also explain why a bunch of Silurians turn up for "A Good Man Goes To War", the Proms etc
The other is that being made of sturdy stuff they last longer than the Troughton era Cybermen which go through several make-overs.
If you want to look for a long-lived prop, one of the Daleks in Remembrance is the same shell as first appeared on screen nearly 25 years earlier.
Re: Bring back the burnt out husk master (after final regeneration or some such nonsense)
"Omega, the first Time Lord"?
Yeah, but he's not much to look at....
Time Lords as foes?
Given that its not the Time Lords that are the Doctor's enemy in Genesis of the Daleks and in the Deadly Assassin it's only one of them (assuming the Master is counted separately) it looks like dodgy book-keeping.
Add in the Ice Warriors only really appear (other than in flashback) in 5 stories.
Why not add in "humans" and see who the most dangerous and reoccurring enemy is?
Re: unhelpful review
"Not to mention all the tourists..."
Does that prove the point or disprove it? The quality of the camera is naught if the next thing is to process the photo and make it look like it was taken on a Polaroid camera in 1976.
Re: Increase prices for faster speeds?
The closest analogy I could come up with is the water company increasing the water rates (a fixed charge rather than metered) but fitting a new water main so that you can use what you can't afford quicker.
Anyone do a better analogy than that ?
Not a "reboot"
to borrow a title , 2005 onwards is the Resurrection of the Doctor - the programme does not reject the classic series nor replay it slightly differently, everything that happened up to 1996 is still acknowledged in the current run.
Re: Daleks and stairs
"Revelation of the Daleks" (1985) is the one I think you are referring to.
The hovering Dalek effect was redone a bit for inclusion in the DVD: the Restoration Team website says:
"The original levitating Dalek that exterminates Grigory and Natasha ended up being rather confusing – the lighting and perspective on the model Dalek do not match the studio footage, and there is nothing to indicate that it is actually in mid air."
The Zygon costume looks a step back though. The original is much more organic/fetusy and the "face" seems smaller and more alien. Even though you can see where the mask isn't stuck around the actors eyes!
We'll see if the actor in the new suit is up to the job soon enough, bet they've changed the voice...
well it's north of where the Brigadier thought he was in the Three Doctors....
re Miwk and the JNT book - I advocating also listening to the podcast interview with the author.
It's in two parts - the first part is mostly how he got into the BBC in the first place and climbing up the career path to become editor in chief of Blue Peter. But its all a fascinating insight into how TV used to be made. and if you're a 30-something to 40-something you'll be taken to back to your youth.
The recent Radio Free Skaro podcasts have also covered the JNT era in their "Miniscope" segment (about an hour in length in practice). Listen to them and get more background on what was going from the production side of things. You can also listen to the Miniscopes and hear how the earlier episodes were produced and the different sort of fun and games going on during Hartnell and Troughton's tenure.
Re: Ark in Space
In my youth (7 to 8 years) I was scared by the maggots in Green Death, then by the Spiders and so avoided the programme for a bit. When I did catch a bit of it again, it was to see Rogin die horribly in the blast from the Ark's shuttle and I so didn't watch it again until the Key to Time season.
Fortunately when I was older there was VHS and then UK Gold.
By comparison my 8 yr old son has no problem with the Hinchcliffe horror at all. And he's not bothered by the bubble wrap either.
This might help http://www.geekologie.com/image.php?path=/2011/12/19/doctor-who-timeline-full.jpg
From the looks of it a monogamous relationship with assistants doesn't really begin until 1970, and even then there's all those squaddies hanging around the place.
Go to Gosport and the RN Submarine Museum there where you can walk through HMS Alliance and the Holland 1, and get a better feel for what it would be like on a British sub than via your monitor
Lack of imagination is the problem
That opening paragraph only references the 2005 onwards series for a start (and its got Tennant reusing a Tom Baker line)
besides bases on the moon - er Moonbase - there's
Inside asteroids - Invisible Enemy
suspended animation in space stations - Ark in Space
lifespan extension on long journeys - Underworld
on dwarf planets heated by artificial suns in orbit -The Sun Makers
and even massive engines to shift planets themselves, without the drawbacks of a Moonbase Alpha, - The Pirate Planet
Re: Good idea
a combination of USB charger and 3way socket adapter? saw them at B&Q at the weekend. Reduced to a tenner from £15.
Re: Hang on...
try something closer in spec
three cars, 4.5 m long track, pit stop challenge element, - £200.
The platinum is six cars, 8.5 metre track.
Re: Am I the only one...
commenting on myself here.
There is already a standard test method for pickup, etc
BS EN 60312-1:2013 Vacuum cleaners for household use Dry vacuum cleaners. Methods for measuring the performance
So why not just tag on a current/voltage measuring element to it and have a consistently measurable method for energy efficiency?
I suggest that anyone interested further in the subject and the work already done to hunt down missing episodes and how the few that do appear come about, listen to the interview with Richard Molesworth in the Radio Free Skaro podcast (episode 357) earlier this year.
Scale of the problem
What proportion of O2s total UK customers is 22,000?
I second bright silver as being in the best traditions of 1950s and 1960s British experimental aircraft.
With bright yellow on leading edges etc as was also used at the time.
Think RAF Museum Cosford research aircraft collection.
The Hunting H126 had a rather fetching all over yellow http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/research/collections/hunting-h126/
You ought to duplicate the in front of the windshield black panel if you've got time
Why not try it. Artists get paid lots for their works if people like them enough.
As we, the Australians, the Canadians, Argentinians, etc scrapped all of ours, any chance of buying the Colossus-class aircraft carrier HMS Hercules back from India.
I read that despite intending to save it as a museum ship they are going to scrap her.
Re: Sun Server Keyboard...
And the Amiga had one too - <Ctrl>-<Left-Amiga>-<Right-Amiga>; which since it could just about be done with one hand (rather than two as with Ctrl+Alt+Del) had a nickname of "Vulcan death grip" (or similar - it's been a long while since I put my Miggy away in the loft)
Perhaps if Gate's single button had been under one of those covers you get for switches on military kit, it would have been more popular - harder to knock by accident and with a certain "hard-bitten" look.
Re: Following the UPS protocol
In space nobody can hear the doorbell ring.
you can also get points at Esso petrol stations and domestic energy with EON, so it's fairly easy to ring up those points.
plus buying your shopping on the Tesco credit card and using a Tesco mobile.
Paint me Justice Department Blue and call me Kenneth, that's a lot of Dredd
It's OK, Humbrol do cans of spray these days.
And recently a line of RLM colours in enamel - but they would make it hard to track visually.
Stunning at the moment
Can't wait to see the finished article.
Hoping for something in the best traditions of Dan Dare, Thunderbirds and the golden age of British flight ( "Empire of the Clouds" by James Hamilton-Paterson)
Re: Use of the phrase
To quote one of John Finnemore's characters
"If you want me, I will NOT be in the seminar room"
Will they want their own super-duper computer/
so they can have their own Met Office.
(feel free to respond with joke about the weather _always_ being "character building" in Scotland)
Re: What an advert for tolerance
I will admit - for the record - I did intend to make that statement beneath the cloak of anonymity.......
Re: What an advert for tolerance
there's harmless, and there's giving those with an interest in technical matters a bad (or worse?) reputation...
Re: Just back from the Daily Mail
The DM and UKIP would be overjoyed if ISS compared their records with the Immigration people and even one cleaner came up as not being supposed to working.