• Craig replied to the topic General Music thread 3

    Just popping on because in a bit of a difficult time this made me laugh so much. On Halloween Dave Grohl dressed up as David Letterman (the retired version) and presented the Jimmy Kimmel Show. And Kristen Bell (from Frozen, and who is fast becoming a national treasure) dressed up as Magnum PI. And they jammed. The band were also dressed as 80s…[Read more]

  • Craig replied to the topic The Maldovarium

    Hi all, sorry I’ve been a bit AWOL but there’s some restructuring going on at my company. I may lose my job and be made redundant, or I may get a promotion. I had an interview today. Obviously I’d prefer the latter option.

    Normal service will be resumed shortly.

  • Craig started the topic The Keys of Marinus part 6

    This week is the finalé. And the episode is actually called “The Keys of Marinus”. As time ticks away (literally) the Doctor, the companions and assorted hangers-on are still trying to prove Ian is innocent of murder and save Susan from her kidnappers.

    I won’t say anymore before you watch it, except to say that the resolution is a bit swift…[Read more]

  • Craig replied to the topic The Maldovarium

    @bluesqueakpip Y’know what major stuff just happened? A new episode of The Keys of Marinus was posted (it was, admittedly, posted on Sunday and not Saturday – life got in the way).

    Just one of the people letting you know. 🙂

  • Craig replied to the topic The Maldovarium

    @missrori Just one example that made me laugh today – because sometimes the court jesters actually make the most sense. Big hugs.

  • Craig replied to the topic The Maldovarium

    @missrori Sorry to hear that. I know what you mean. You may find some useful tips in this article. There’s a lot of good advice. I know I have when I’ve needed to re-adjust some times.

    http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/technology/2013/04/boston_bombing_breaking_news_don_t_watch_cable_shut_off_twitter_you_d_be.html

    Also, as you’re a Doctor…[Read more]

  • Craig replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    @blenkinsopthebrave Good to have you back. As you say, after your excitement for a Hartnell retrospective I was kinda worried when we hadn’t seen you for 5 weeks. Hope all is well. The good news is that you’re back just in time for the finale next week!

  • Craig started the topic The Keys of Marinus part 5

    This week it’s “Sentence of Death” and the Doctor is back. Instead of Indiana Jones, this episode is more courtroom drama. The fourth and final key is stolen before Ian can get to it, but he is knocked out and then accused of stealing it. More importantly, he is also accused of murder. On this planet you are guilty until proven innocent (which is…[Read more]

  • Craig replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    I thought some of you might be interested in buying this calendar to get you through next year.

    Retro Visions Calendar 2018

    Doctor Who 2018 Calendar

  • Craig replied to the topic The Keys of Marinus part 1

    @whisht (and @thane15) it’s not just you…

    Sure, everyone's talking about the F, but look how appallingly spaced the 'THAT' is too. #CrimesAgainstFormatting#FontOCD pic.twitter.com/dv0DotpcGr— Alan TurkINgton (@thisisalanturk) October 4, 2017

  • Craig replied to the topic General Music thread 3

    Oh man, Tom Petty died.

  • Craig replied to the topic Website comments (2)

    Hi all, I thought it was about time I upgraded the site’s software and as it’s reasonably quiet at the moment I did it this morning. There were some minor hiccups and I panicked a little, but I think it’s all working fine now.

    If something doesn’t work or looks a bit weird or out of whack, please let me know as soon as possible, either here or by…[Read more]

  • Craig replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    It’s National Poetry Day today in the UK, and they’ve just released a book of Doctor Who poems. To celebrate, the official fan show had writer James Goss and illustrator Russell T Davies (yes, he can draw too) on to have a bit of fun. Thought you’d like this.

  • Craig replied to the topic The Keys of Marinus part 2

    I forgot to say, having watched it again, I was wondering if this was “Doctor Who” or “The Barbara Wright Show”. 😉

    [I’m being ironic]

  • Craig started the topic The Keys of Marinus part 2

    This week it’s “The Velvet Web”. Barbara is missing, possibly injured or worse. The TARDIS team are looking for one of the four missing keys of Marinus but they must find Barbara first. They quickly discover she’s fine – in fact, she’s better than fine. Barbara’s living in luxury! But as the title suggests, all may not be what it…[Read more]

  • Craig replied to the topic The Keys of Marinus part 1

    Just as a weird addendum to my post above. I only found out recently why capital letters are “uppercase” and others are “lowercase”. It’s ridiculously simple and made me laugh, as I’ve been using the terms all my life without even thinking about it.

    Supposedly, printers of old had cases (drawers) of letters and they kept the capitals in the top…[Read more]

  • Craig replied to the topic The Keys of Marinus part 1

    @thane15 Kerning is the term printers gave to the spaces between letters. It’s a bit of an art, based on what letters are placed next to each other. I think the main problem in “SEA OF DEATH” is the slope of the A next to the T in DEATH. Both letters take up the same space. A graphic designer, these days, would reduce the space taken up by the T…[Read more]

  • Craig replied to the topic The Keys of Marinus part 1

    @Wolfweed as well as the great fluff, which I laughed out loud at, there is also the sexism in the script (or in the Doctor), which made me wince.

    There’s at least twice when the Doctor walks up to Barbara and Ian, who are standing together, and says something like “What do you think of this Chesterton?” Barbara had already been established as a…[Read more]

  • Craig started the topic The Keys of Marinus part 1

    To fill the gap between now and Christmas @Bluesqueakpip helpfully suggested we revisit some episodes featuring the first Doctor. As we already know, he’ll be making an appearance at Christmas (played by David Bradley).

    As we’ve done previously, we’re going to take one story and watch it at the pace it was intended (one episode per week) and…[Read more]

  • Craig replied to the topic On The Sofa (8)

    This ‘On The Sofa’ is now closed as it has exceeded the 1000 post limit. But there is a new, very comfortable sofa, for all sorts of Doctor Who chat here.

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