"Six Barbies, two cans of primer, two cans of Stone paint, four bags of feathers, less than half a yard of fabric, (a Dremel), miles of hot glue, and a shit-ton of patience." The result: Weeping Barbie Angels
sells, well, costumes. But they also have made some interesting infographics over the years. The first few were what you'd expect, Halloween statistics
(direct link to the long, long image
), but later they got into the "evolution" of super hero designs, costumes and logos, from Iron Man's suit
), Superman's shield
), Wolverine's costume/image
), the look and some facts about Doctor Who
), and even a character map of interactions in Alice in Wonderland
). [more inside]
Well, most of the world has now seen the 50th Anniversary special of Dr. Who. And the reviews
in across the world
. (Warning: Spoilers may be contained within reviews.) What was your take on this epic episode? [more inside]
If you're a fan of the good Doctor, you'll probably want to use the Googles
today. [more inside]
Doctor Who is turning 50.
There is a minisode. It goes there.
If you are a fan, watch it. [more inside]
On the cusp of Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary
, rumors have been swirling for months
that at least 90 of the 106 missing Doctor Who episodes have been recovered. Today, a Sunday tabloid in the UK ran the same rumor
. A report in the Radio Times
seems to confirm it. [more inside]
Character designer veteran Phil Postma
has a blog, Minion Factory
, where he often likes to explore the possibilities of Pixar-like reinterpretations
of such things as Superman
, Star Wars
, Star Trek
, and Pulp Serials
(and much, much more).
indistinguishable from the current series. For example:
A failsafe on the TARDIS console blows, sending her crashing towards Sontar, but the Sonic Screwdriver picks up a signal from an unexpected lifeform. The Doctor and his friend make a grave mistake in a battle with the traces of the Master. The Doctor defuses a massive bomb, but is unable to save everyone. Lady GaGa is the voice of the video-link.
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Something is coming
. Not Winter (well, yes, that), but the new half-series of Doctor Who. Here's the prequel
to this weekend's episode: The Bells of St Johns
And here's what you really want: Madame Vastra, Jenny 'n' Strax The Sontaran in: A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To London, Boy
. [more inside]
is a BBC nature documentary narrated by David Tennant that takes a breathtaking flight on the wings of birds across six continents and experiences some of the world's greatest natural spectacles from a bird's-eye view. There are some full episodes up on YouTube (including South America, Africa, and the Making Of)
, but in particular these two clips caught my eye: Feral Cat Hunting
and Peregrine Falcon Hunting
A young Eddie Izzard contemplates Daleks. (slyt)
A famous Scottish cow makes a cameo. Surprisingly funny youtube comments ensue.
Related: This Dr. Who themed cookbook
is available (as of this posting) as a free download on Kindle. Contains equal parts amusing episode commentary and gross food imagery.
the BBC sound of the 1960s with 4 demos of Radiophonic equipment. [more inside]
The BBC have released a narrated storyboard
of an unfilmed Doctor Who scene that would have been a postscript to 'Angels In Manhattan' (SLYT)
Diamanda Hagan is an obsessive Dr. Who fan in scary makeup. She posts extensive, entertaining, and exhaustively nerdy rants on some of the worst episodes of Nu Who. Behold! The Beast Below
, Voyage Of The Damned
, Victory Of The Daleks
, Fear Her
, The Next Doctor
, Planet Of The Dead
, The Doctor's Daughter
, and The End Of Time (The Whole Damn Thing)
It's just past 6am in the United Kingdom, and that means the trailer for Series 7(a) of the New Doctor Who
has been released to the Internet.
It follows this striking desktop
image featuring many, many older model Daleks, including the Special Weapons Dalek
(not seen since 1988).
You may not know this but pantomime
for non-Brits) is a very lucrative
business in the UK, especially for minor or fading stars
of stage and screen (and Vanilla Ice
) - Children's entertainers The Krankies
(who have had a troubled
relationship with panto in the past) have gone all out this year to pull in the punters via going to the gym
(video), a lurid interview
revealing their rather more adult private lives and a mind-blowing photo op
with John Barrowman (SFW but what has been seen cannot be unseen
and may prove traumatic for British people of a certain age) (previous
Fuck Yeah Canton Everett Delaware the Third!
Warning: Dr Who, series 5, season 6, episode 1 & 2, "Day of the Moon" spoiler. [more inside]
Radiophonics Workshop Founder Daphne Oram's Oramics Synthesizer
"So there Dr. Mick Grierson was, wandering around a French barn, minding his own business when all of a sudden he happened upon an antique: one of the earliest modern synthesizers." [more inside]
British manned space flights; an insidious threat from outer space; a man mutating into an evil alien, his human consciousness being eaten away; and a scientist - utterly anti-Establishment, courageous and cerebral - the only man who can fight it. No, not Doctor Who, but his highly distinguished predecessor, Prof Bernard Quatermass
. A decade before Doctor Who first aired, the The Quartermass Experiment was the first science-fiction TV serial produced for adults
, and a live-to-viewers BBC production
, to boot. The show ran for six episodes in 1953, of which only the first two episodes are known survive
. The short sci-fi series spun off three original sequels
and a radio drama-documentary
, along with movie re-makes of the first three series
by Hammer Films
. BBC brought back live TV with a 2005 adaptation of the original 1953 series
. You can watch the various series on online (in parts on Daily Motion), thanks to fans of The British Rocket Group
. [more inside]
Every Dr Who Opening Theme
Every Dr Who Theme from 1963 to the present. [SLYT]
Further to the recent FPP
about the end of his time on Dr. Who, Whovians can now find out more behind the scenes information about Russell T Davies' thoughts, experience and creative process in The Writers Tale: The Final Chapter
. Here, one can learn twenty or so things about the final season that you might not already know
... or read Russell confronting head-on some criticisms
of his work on the show... [more inside]
Read all about it! Discover all the news! Read all about it! Track down all the clues!
With interesting people there's a mystery to be solved! An adventure is unfolding, so why not get involved? Come on and
READ ALL ABOUT IT.
Young Chris is left an old coach house by his missing uncle. As he and his two friends fuddle with the lock, a strange figure watches. The kids do not yet know the building is the entrance to a mystery that spans time and space! Aided by Otto the IBM Selectric
robot typewriter and Theta the spooky as hell
talking viewscreen, they will find that the concerns of an alien tyrant reach into the government of their own town. (24 of 40 15-minute episodes, including the entire first season, of this early-80s TV Ontario-produced "educational" show are on YouTube
.) [more inside]
The Doctor is set to regenerate once again as David Tennant calls time on Doctor Who. "When Doctor Who returns in 2010 it won’t be with me
" Tennant, widely acknowledged as one of the most popular actors ever to play the Doctor, said. "Now don’t make me cry. The 2009 shows will be my last playing the doctor.” [more inside]
The Russell T. Davis papers
– As he prepares to leave the role of Doctor Who show runner (previously)
he’s releasing a book of email exchanges with Doctor Who Magazine
writer Benjamin Cook about his time on the longstanding British SF series, revealing the younger face of Who he’s like to see
, and plans for a Doctor Who/Harry Potter crossover
which never materialized.
A recently uncovered musical experiment
by Delia Derbyshire
predicted the sound of modern dance music three decades before it became fashionable. [more inside]
As of 2010 Steven Moffat will be replacing Russell T. Davies
as lead writer and executive producer of Doctor Who
. In 2005 Davies revived the series
, which had been dormant (bar the odd US co-production or audiodrama
) since 1989, for BBC Wales
. It won awards and was successful enough to spawn the spin-offs Sarah Jane Adventures
and the popular-in-America Torchwood
. He is replaced by Moffat
, one of the regular writers on the show, whose highly acclaimed episodes
have won a number of awards
. "I applied before but I got knocked back 'cos the BBC wanted someone else. Also I was seven. Anyway, I'm glad the BBC has finally seen the light and it's a huge honour to be following Russell into the best - and the toughest - job in television. I say toughest 'cos Russell's at my window right now, pointing and laughing."
- a guide to the totality of the Dr. Who universe online. Like the TARDIS itself, this post contains much [more inside]. via
Create Digital Music has two pieces on the making of Doctor Who's theme song
. The second is an introduction to Delia Derbyshire
, who is considered to be the "woman behind the men" behind the notability of the song. She pioneered techniques of synthesizing sounds, sampling and looping in the sixties. One WFMU blogger waxes on
about Delia, who "was an inspiring collaborator" working behind the scenes of the BBC's Radiophonic Workshop
. BBC Four produced a documentary about the workshop called Alchemists of Sound
which aired in 2005, ten years after the workshop closed due to budget cuts.
BBC Open News Archive
Eighty iconic news reports available in a variety of formats. Here is the full directory
. For another example of the cool things Auntie as been offering lately, see the downloadable mp3 commentary for the Christmas episode of Doctor Who
The Doctor Who Cuttings Archive 42 Years of Doctor Who in newspapers magazines and listings...
“They weren’t ever intended to be sexual creatures. It’s simple, Daleks do not do porn
Dr Who - The Second Key.
Original Dr Who strips made with photographed dolls and speech balloons.
The Doctor is in:
David Tennant, the new Doctor Who (#10), has revealed his look to the world. No long scarf
, cricket uniform
, or leather jacket
this time... instead, a brown pinstripe suit and grubby Converse. He calls it geek chic
After the theft
of a Dalek
from a UK tourist attraction, its "kidnappers" have delivered a ransom note
- and its severed plunger.
The new Doctor Who series has been airing on BBC Television for three weeks now. And it is "good TV"
Most all of the reviews are startlingly positive, far more than I've seen for a television series in a long, long time. What is most striking is that many of the commentaries about the "New Who" state that it is just plain ole' good television that combines something intelligent, something scary, something mysterious and something balls-out fun. In our world of reality television, what other series would you classify as being "good tv"? What makes for "good TV"? (Link goes to a fan site that has re-printed and linked to numerous reviews)
Dr. Who Returns to the BBC
on Saturday, 26 March at 7pm on BBC One. To those of us of a certain age, this is good news. Russell T Davies, creator of "Queer As Folk", is the writer and executive producer.
North American fans with access to the CBC
won't have to wait long to see the new series. It starts Tuesday 5 April at 8pm.
The Historian of Things That Never Were
: Edgar Governo collects timelines, chronologies, and histories of events that never happened, to people and things that never existed. Like who? Like Dr. Who, and Final Fantasy VII, Gargoyles, Buckaroo Bonzai, Gulliver's Travels, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and many more.