This is what happens when a small floppy lion gets drawn into the space / time continuum...
@Exalos @NeutronFlow @jchinuk The long white hair and jewelled ring can be confusing..
18 hours, 25 minutes ago on Into the Dalek UK Ratings
@Ballad of the Last Chance Saloon @Scootersfood @DrunkenDalek That's no way to refer to The Radiophonic Workshop....
@Huknar Dont worry- Strictly will probably take the brunt of it in a few weeks...
18 hours, 26 minutes ago on Into the Dalek UK Ratings
@The_Eternal_Dalek @Scootersfood @Ottoman14 Yes- it is possible to survive a Doctor Who cancellation. Many of us here still bear the scars....
18 hours, 28 minutes ago on Into the Dalek UK Ratings
@MatthewBurrows I'm really liking the classic series vibe that Capaldi seems to be bringing to the Doctor's character- a lot of Tom Baker-isms creeping in. The whole concept of taking three weeks to fetch coffee and not thinking too much about it- brilliant.
18 hours, 29 minutes ago on Into the Dalek UK Ratings
@Sukee @elhakim It used to terrify me as a kid in the 70s. That's how it should be.
18 hours, 31 minutes ago on Into the Dalek UK Ratings
...and such dedication from Samuel: getting a real lump on his forehead from repeatedly banging his head on the desk..!
23 hours, 45 minutes ago on A Study of Pink: Danny Speculation
A friend of mine pointed out a colour theme going on here: Danny Pink, Journey Blue- and wasn't one of Robin Hood's band of merry men Will Scarlett?
I still think the Guardian newspaper might be a bit of a clue to something going on in the back ground.
Or maybe I'm being human and seeing patterns that aren't there....!
Don't panic folks! And don't be lasagne....
1 day, 20 hours ago on Into the Dalek UK Ratings
Same here. Having said that, I TiVo'd it and watched it at 11pm, so I'd be included in the figures.
Two theories about The Guardian: is it a clue to the return of a classic Who villain ( and isn't Missy wearing black?) , or is it a joke from the props team (Clara is an English teacher with control issues and The Grauniad had a fine reputation for spelling mistakes a while back). Or it could just be a newspaper....
2 days ago on Rate & Discuss Into the Dalek
@JordanXeros it is a dalek reference and was also mentioned in Asylum. Interestingly it's also the reference to the Roman god Vulcan that gave rise to Caecilius creating the word "volcanic", and he looks like someone from Into The Dalek (or someone in this episode looks like him...)
2 days, 16 hours ago on Into the Dalek – 12 Hints & Teasers
@Deus_Ex_Machina According to Mr Moff in his regular DWM article, the best line of this episode contains the word "Lasagne"
@ilyootha is back in home Universe @floppy_who Indeed- it was nice to have something abstract and swirly back in the titles again!
3 days, 15 hours ago on Examining Series 8′s New Title Sequence
@SonicTheHedgehogRules @Mikeyboss182 Ah, you're referring to the Delaware theme that The Radiophonic Workshop were commissioned to celebrate the show's 10th series by mothballing the original theme. Luckily. someone spotted that it was a bit warbly and soul-less and it didn't get used. However some copies with the new theme escaped and were sold overseas....
@twoheartsonemind it's because the first phrase of the main melody (the "oo-ee-oo" bit) is really screechy (and is that random vibrato part way through really necessary?) and thinking about it is probably how a snake charming pipe would sound if played through a guitar distortion effects pedal..!
Other than that, the new theme is fine.
@TomTurner66 Surely the series 1-3 version is closest to the original as it uses so many of the original Delia Derbyshire sounds? In fact that version came about at the 11th hour as they were going to use the original 1963 music but felt when married to the opening titles that it needed pepping up a little.
@Nick1995 Quick! Fetch Sylvester McCoy..!! That version of the theme released in the early 90s with Sylv playing the spoons has suddenly found value..!!
@Stradiwhovius yep- gotta love those tubular bells. Unfortunately looks like Murray Gold also took inspiration from Two Slightly Distorted Guitars...
(nervously looks around to see if anyone got the Mike Oldfield joke...)
@ilyootha is back in home Universe I quite like the 7b titles as it invoked elements of quite a few classic series titles- and the music was an improvement on the series 5- 7a music...especially the arangement used in Day of The Doctor.
@Baker Street is heading Into the Dalek You might want to revise number eight in your least favourite theme tunes- the 1967 "spangly" version of the theme was used sparingly after 1970 as it was replaced with the remixed version of the tune that you have down as 74-80 that appeared first on Spearhead from Space and lasted almost unchanged until Shada.
I thought to begin with that your lists were rating your least favourite tunes / titles at the top of the lists... Slit scans and Delia Derbyshire as least favorite is almost heracy!
It's a good job the "Delaware" version of the tune from Carnival of Monsters isn't here...I don't think it would fare too well....
@Planet of the Deaf Don't forget- the version of the tune you're referring to was Tom Baker's version as well up until Shada..!
(It's my favorite too..!)
3 days, 18 hours ago on Examining Series 8′s New Title Sequence
In 40+ years of being a fan of the show, I've been dissapointed / surprised by the various re-workings of the theme tune, but my initial reaction to this version when the melody fired up was actually embarrassment. The rest of the new theme tune arrangement is great- and the titles particularly well done as well. I'm wondering whether the melody line from one of the Delia Derbyshire realisations of the theme might have added more of an air of menace and mystery to the titles rather than employing what sounds like a set of demonic hamster bagpipes...
But having said that, if that's the only quibble I have with the series over the remaining rum, I'll be very happy!
@Antee991166 @Planet of the Deaf @LGwalchmai95 I agree with Pertwee daleks not being the best examples on some occasions. Before the days of VHS or DVD, my only connection with "Day of the Daleks" was the Target novelisation, whick I read several times- it was a cracking read (especially the "one man cheese and wine tasting" scene). Imagine my disappointment when I saw it on it's VHS release nearly a decade later and heard the dalek voices...this was supposed to be their big comeback!!
The DVD special edition release with new voices overdubbed was a huge improvement!
3 days, 23 hours ago on Into the Dalek Spoiler-Free Review
@Polyphase I wonder if the dalek in this story is also host to a prawn, erm, swarm nucleus...
@troughton who? @Polyphase @twoheartsonemind Maybe somebody should edit the two stories together and make "Let's Kill Daleks"...?
@mayotango131 @Polyphase @ Notsosmartguy the dalek of Jersey The third Doctor did have moments of being more of an "establishment" person than other incarnations (name dropping senior cabinet ministers that he bumped into in in a members only club as a way of influencing obstructive civil servants that seemed to be everywhere during the UNIT years). It's difficult to imagine the 4th Doctor being so friendly with senior establishment figures though...
@ConnorWhite The daleks exterminating was scary way before the x-ray effect was introduced in 1988. Still- gotta love the x-ray!
"not quite the one many fans will be expecting"- does the 8th Doctor make a reappearance..?
@Gustaff I havent watched the above clip- partially because I've already seen it and secondly all the comments about the annoying laugh have put me off...
5 days, 18 hours ago on Watch the Deep Breath Cinema “Prequel”
@Gustaff But... imagine watching Deep Breath on a screen the size of two double decker buses with full cinema surround sound- that makes up for it..!
When I saw the above short in the cinema, a lot of the classic series references appeared to be missed by a lot of the audience.
@Lord Styro the Drashig Camoflage!
@MoserGray It is indeed a ring- it was added to 12's costume partially as a nod to the 1st Doctor costume, but also as Peter didn't want to take off his wedding ring during filming in case it got mislaid (if you look at a close up of it you can see it is made up of 2 rings- one of which is Peter's wedding ring).
Kudos to Mr C for sticking by his principles..!
6 days, 23 hours ago on Into the Dalek Promo Pics
@TARDlSkey at least it means we might get a 5" version....!
I know people who grew up with them in the 60s and 70s that are fine with them on tv, but when faced with life size ones (especially with operators inside) they do tend to go a little pale...
1 week ago on Next Time: Into The Dalek
@PERTWEE FOREVER That's because there were only 4 tv channels in the UK in 1984- and C4 and BBC2 weren't particularly well known for primetime TV viewing.
1 week ago on Deep Breath UK Ratings
It was excellent, however I feel the only thing that lets the show down is the melody line of the new theme arrangement... Sounds like it's being played either on a crumhorn or a demonic set of bagpipes...!
The title sequence could have gone horribly wrong if handled differently, but thought considering how different it was from previous ones it fitted the programme well.
1 week, 1 day ago on Deep Breath UK Ratings
Also to add to the Tom Baker ratings analogy, not only was live tv the only way to watch programmes in the 70s, there were only 3 stations to choose from, one of which was BBC2, so for Saturday night tv, your choice was either BBC1 or your local independent station. Very handy in the late 70s when a lot of the independent channels went on strike, pretty much 100% of the tv viewing public ended up watching City of Death as it was the only thing on...!
Agree.. The title sequence was well executed (had the potential to go badly wrong if not executed well), but could have done with an arrangement that reflected the Delia Derbyshire original, as you say to add gravitas.
1 week, 2 days ago on Rate & Discuss Deep Breath
Strax gave a review of the first 12/ 13 doctors...strax style..!
Loved the show... Thought the new theme was a bit screechy.
Where there's a Will, there's a Tom, Dick and Harriet..!
1 week, 2 days ago on Top Post-Regeneration Stories (5-1)
Classic series pacing is fine (mostly) if you grew up with it. True, some stories drag more than others, but occasionally you get anomalies such as Inferno which should be a nightmare at 7 episodes, but trots along quite nicely....
Nice article..however Keff McCulloch's theme music replaced Dominic Glynn's version of the theme, not Peter Howell's.
1 week, 2 days ago on Top Post-Regeneration Stories (11-6)
Nice to see some love for the McCoy era! Interestingly, the production budget for the 26th (and final) season was pretty low- the high production standards were down to the creativity of the programme makers. Having said that, in Andrew Cartmel's recent features for DWM during an interview with Survival's writer (Rona Munro) there was a discussion on how the cheetah people didn't quite turn out how they wanted- the aim was to have something more like Mags from Greatest Show in the Galaxy, but the Beeb didn't have the time or budget...
Anyway, for something a bit left-field and a tad creepy- have a look at Ghost Light....
1 week, 5 days ago on The Seventh Doctor: Five Favourites
@Liana21 I met a few times a while back and she didn't look any different than she did in the 1980s. In fact, I may well dig out my pic of her with my Floppy Lion mascot to replace my Livefyre avatar of it sitting on Matt Smith's TARDIS console as a birthday acknowledgment!
1 week, 5 days ago on Happy Birthday, Sylvester McCoy & Sophie Aldred
@Xaven It was common during the classic series to have the Master's disguised characters (even though Tremas wasn't really a disguise) to be a play on words of "master" (Rev. Magister, Prof Thascalos, Sir Giles Estram, etc), even disgusing the actor's name to help conceal the disguise (Anthony Ainley being credited as "James Stoker- Master's Joke).
Completely by accident, the name "Mister Saxon" is an anagram of "Master no. six..."
Is Rebecca Front making an appearance too..?
1 week, 6 days ago on Chris Addison to Guest in Series 8 Finale
I've read somewhere that the 12th Doctor solves problems "with a chalkboard" (I thought it was a metaphor for him being more old school) so it looks like your wish may come true....
2 weeks ago on Series 8: 5 Days Teaser
That's a pretty diplomatic answer from the Beeb. Definitely not a denial- so either it's a ruse to get us all to watch (as if we wouldn't!) , a way of getting attention back onto the arrival of a new Doctor rather than a departure of a companion- or someone has just busted a surprise storyline and the BBC want to keep it low key...
2 weeks ago on Jenna Coleman Leaving at Christmas?