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  • #70350
    Craig @replies
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    @whisht And here it is.

    Clock

    #70348
    Craig @replies
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    @whisht Many thanks. Yep, you’ve got a pretty good understanding of where I’m coming from – what Scottish boy of a certain age didn’t love Claire Grogan?

    Also, what a great version of “Bridge Over Troubled Water”. You are correct – it was number one in the UK the day I was born.

    For my 40th birthday my friends managed to get an original 7 inch record of it and had it made into a clock, which now hangs proudly on my wall. I’m guessing there was a “time starting, then passing with every tick” theme to their thoughts.

    #70347
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    @jimthefish I dunno, most of the comments tonight were a bit lacklustre, but I actually quite liked the Richard Curtis feed.

    I mean, Richard Curtis’ work is not something I usually like, in fact almost dislike, but he did a great job with this episode (who knows how much Moffat reined him in?) and everything seemed to gel almost perfectly.

    It was nice to find out his daughter came up with the idea of the monster in the painting, and that the whole thing is basically a love letter to his sister who loved van Gogh, and who suffered from depression before taking her own life. And that the line “No, they are tears of joy” comes from the film “Elle S’Appelle Sabine” which, again, is about someone who suffered terrible depression. One I’ll I have to search out.

    #70345
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    Oh, and this.

    #70344
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    My favourite tweet from tonight’s global viewing.

    #70343
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    Thet seem to be coming thick and fast today.

    Many thanks @toinfinityandbepond and @blenkinsopthebrave

    I’ve marked them as spammers.

    #70300
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    Hey all, at the risk of seeming needy, I thought I would let you all know that today is my 50th birthday.

    And I’m spending it on my own. 🙁

    We did have a whole family thing planned with my parents and my brother and his family but it all, quite rightly, had to be cancelled. Have talked on the phone though.

    Then one of my friends was going to stay, but we cancelled that too.

    So I’m having cake on my own today.

    I am planning a 50 and a half birthday party though – if this has all blown over by then.

    #70288
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    And, as we were promised. A sequel.

    #70286
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    I love that, even though it’s not on TV, the original TV announcer is doing idents – because, why not?

    #70283
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    And here is Russell T Davies prequel to “Rose”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/doctorwho/entries/4acfd237-6eee-47b5-93bd-1c16cd065614

    Tune in on your favourite streaming service at 7pm for the episode.

    #70282
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    Here’s a trailer for tonight’s global watch-along. On Twitter: #TripofaLifetime

    #70281
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    Russell T Davies just posted this on Twitter:

    Okay, so, PREQUEL on the BBC website at 2, then 2.30 on my instagram in a different format. What can this mean?! Rose at 7pm, then 7.45pm, ROSE: THE SEQUEL. Yes! The sequel!

    I will try to keep up.

    #70231
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    @phaseshift @jimthefish @janetteb @blenkinsopthebrave and everyone else.

    I think there are more watch-alongs planned. In fact I think “Rose” is happening on Thursday” (15 year anniversary – maybe) and then shortly after “The Eleventh Hour” (10 year anniversary – maybe). I’m unsure but will check and have everything in order if it does happen.

    #70203
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    Well, here it is.

    #70120
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    Just to let everyone know I have already marked mona chara as a spammer.

    #70103
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    @miapatrick Thank you. Have marked them as a spammer.

    #70095
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    By the great comic artist Bill Sienkiewicz.

    Max von Sydow

    #70089
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    Sad to hear that the great Max von Sydow passed away. A true legend. It’s hard to think of an actor who created so many different iconic characters or was in so many iconic films and TV programmes. Even people who’ve never seen “The Seventh Seal” know his chess game with Death. People who’ve never seen “The Exorcist” know “The power of Christ compels you”. And, of course, there is Ming – which he played with just the right amount of camp. What a pitch-perfect, wide range he had.

    #69864
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    And apropos of nothing… I’m developing a new website for my mate Dave, the music producer, and I’ve been digging around for some of his old stuff to add content to the site.

    I’d almost forgotten about this (but have a nagging doubt I may have posted it before – but who cares). In 2004 he went to Jamaica and got to make a track with the legend that is Big Youth. The track ended up great, but he brought back about six minutes of terrible quality home video and asked if I could turn it into a music video.

    It kinda came out alright – I’m sort of proud of what I achieved considering I had very little to work with – but I wouldn’t watch it full screen if I were you as the resolution is awful. But, as I said, the music is good.

    #69862
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    Just rewatched the episode and, taking a leaf out of @whist ‘s book, this came to mind. I love the words to this.

    Talking Heads – Life During Wartime

    #69842
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    @blenkinsopthebrave @nerys

    Just popping in. My brain may be fuzzy as it’s been a long day and I’ve had a couple of after dinner G&Ts. But I think he was called Yana – which stood for “You Are Not Alone” (a running theme that series).

    Why that makes any sense whatever, I have no idea. But it was a great reveal.

    #69800
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    @jimthefish All links are “No follow” so no harm done, no rankings improved. I don’t really mind.

    #69796
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    I didn’t know Ian McElhinney from “Game of Thrones” was going to be in this too. Bonus.

    As someone who is 50 next month I kinda like that all the main guest-stars are older than me for a change!

    I thought that was frenetic, but this time it probably was the right choice. If you drop into a war zone don’t expect a quiet build up or even any time to breathe. And it mostly looked great, apart from some dodgy CGI near the start with the flying cyber heads (or whatever they were called).

    And the end had shades of “The Tomb of the Cybermen” (Chibnall does like to steal) so as a first part I’ll give it a thumbs up. But, as I’ve said before, I really hope they stick the landing as there is only one episode left.

    And have we seen a Dalek this season?

    #69782
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    Hi @cedarbranchtardis

    As above, this thread has now moved to the “Faces of The Doctor” topic.

    Please don’t post here unless you have comments about the website or users of the website.

    Many thanks.

    #69778
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    @beemartha @missy

    Hi both, no biggie but could you please move this conversation over to the “Faces of the Doctor” thread? Many thanks.

    The Faces of the Doctor (2)

    The “Website comments” thread is more for problems with the website or with users so I can know what to fix, or who to have a stern chat to etc., not for general Doctor chat.

    Many thanks.

    #69771
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    @toinfinityandbepond Thank you. I’ve marked them as spammer, so won’t happen again. At least from them.

    As I’ve said before, I can’t stop this happening once in a while, unfortunately. It’s not automated. There’s a human behind it who has to set up an account, maybe upload a picture (as they did here), then send the message.

    #69711
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    @whisht Dave told me that Weatherall wasn’t really a technical producer – he didn’t know what all the buttons and effects did (which is why he partnered up with the people who did know that stuff). But he said he had a really good ear and was always saying things like “We need more of this” or “Less of that”, “That has to be higher in the mix” or “Can we make it sound like this obscure record I just found” etc.

    #69704
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    Damn, just found out Andy Weatherall died. I just saw him at a gig at New Year (perhaps one of his last). He was only 56. I think I’ve seen him DJ at least once a year since 1994 (if not more). He also worked with my music producer mate Dave as “Lords of Afford” for a while.

    Anyway, as a tribute, his classic remix, which I remember dancing to like a loon at parties when it came out, when I was 21.

    If you’re geeky like me, it’s a remix of this (but he only used the last 2 minutes). I like to compare and contrast to get an idea of the thought process that went into the production.

    He will be sadly missed.

    #69695
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    Hi @davros Thank you for pointing that out – my bad, I forgot to give it a category.

    All fixed now.

    #69677
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    Hi @bluesqueakpip Yes, I got an email too. Have just dealt with them. Strangely enough (or not), they had a .ru address.

    #69672
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    @blenkinsopthebrave @jimthefish

    Two of my favourite film books, strangely enough.

    Film books

    #69670
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    @blenkinsopthebrave That is true. But I really hope, if you’re gonna do a re-telling of the same story in Doctor Who, you might have watched some of the earlier takes and stolen the best ideas.

    Fingers crossed for Sunday. I hope it’s really creepy and bizarre.

    #69665
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    As a warm-up / homework for this Sunday’s episode, you might want to check out “Gothic” from 1986. It’s maverick / bonkers director Ken Russell’s take on the night Mary Shelley conceived “Frankenstein”. It stars Gabriel Byrne as Lord Byron, Julian Sands as Percy Bysshe Shelley and Natasha Richardson as Mary. They don’t make them like this anymore.

    Someone has posted the whole thing on YouTube – you can also rent it on Amazon. But here’s the crazy trailer:

    #69624
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    All right – Frankenstein is next.

    #69623
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    @blenkinsopthebrave Many thanks for pointing that out – had gone completely unnoticed.

    New thread is up now at:

    General Open Thread – TV Shows (3)

    And also available via the link on the Home page, as usual.

    #69620
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    This thread is now closed as it is well over its 1000 post limit. I’ve started a new one here:

    General Open Thread – TV Shows (3)

    #69539
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    @bluesqueakpip I was taking liberties, but the astronaut was being tested on (or whatever) in Hong Kong.

    #69537
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    Well, that was a bit topical – a virus coming out of China.

    I do think I might have to re-post Tim Minchin though. Take your canvas bags to the supermarket and free the world from plastic!

    #69458
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    @devilishrobby I’m afraid I think you have to make a post and untick the box when you do so.

    But many people have done that in the past. You know – “Just posting so I can stop getting notifications from this thread”, or words to that effect.

    #69381
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    @juniperfish I’m delighted too. Let the theories commence.

    #69375
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    Well, that was full of surprises! And I guess Chibnall is going all timey-wimey this season.

    #69191
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    @peacefrog

    I would never dare walk out in public with hair like the Trumpster. I mean, would anybody, even Trump? 🙂

    I haven’t had hair since I was 30, which is almost 20 years ago.

    On Halloween I choose hair appropriate costumes. Hence Ming The Merciless. I also do a great Clint Eastwood (cos I can grow a beard in a day), but I need a cowboy hat for that. I do a good Nosferatu too.

    #69188
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    @peacefrog

    Cool. Thanks for the clarification. Yeah, online conversations can get confusing, or misinterpreted, if we don’t make ourselves clear.

    #69185
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    @peacefrog

    Eh? I’m kinda the chief. Do you mean me? If so, I have no idea what you’re talking about.

    #69183
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    Well, it was an interesting year, but I think this is my tune of the year, partly because its message is “Deal Wiv It”.

    It’s like The Streets over a distorted, but pretty obvious, remix of New Order’s Blue Monday – with a bit of Talking Heads’ Psycho Killer thrown in. Those are two of my favourite tunes so of course I’m gonna like it.

    Is pretty cool (in a weird way – but I like weird). Mura Masa – ‘Deal Wiv It’ with slowthai:

    #69179
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    I was doing some tidying up this week and came across this, which is a script I wrote when I was young and dumb and first trying to break into the film biz (which kinda worked out, but only for 7 years or so). It was part of my MA in Film and Video Production (instead of a thesis we got to write a story! That’s a good course.).

    So I scanned it and I’m now putting it out there for your amusement. I did sell it but it was finished around the same time as “Lock Stock” and “Reservoir Dogs” came out so no one was interested after that.

    It’s a Glaswegian gangster/gang movie and I’m afraid my youth shows through – there’s the young gang member who is kinda good and, yes, there’s a tart with a heart. I apologise – but I grew up on Jimmy Cagney movies and that was what I was aspiring to.

    Anyway, if you have a couple of hours to sit back and read my rude, crude and violent story I’d be interested to hear what you think.

    https://www.thedoctorwhoforum.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/razors-edge.pdf

    As this is in the pub… Cheers!

    #69129
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    @peacefrog @whisht

    If you like Karen O and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, this is worth a quick watch – how “Maps” changed pop music.

    #69115
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    As I started a little Tim Minchin love in, here’s a full concert for those who haven’t yet appreciated his brilliance / madness.

    #69089
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    @jimthefish

    My pet theory about Yaz is that she’s being set up to become disenchanted with the Doctor and switch sides to become the Master’s companion.

    While that is an interesting idea, I don’t think it will happen. Mostly because, while we may be colour blind, it would be very bad optics for some.

    #69050
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    @arbutus @peter3110

    Sorry, this is off topic, but I’m the Emperor. 🙂

    Tim Minchin is a world treasure! I’ve never gone to one of his gigs but I’m now going to make peter3110 jealous (sorry about that). I once went to a small comedy club in Crouch End, London and half-way through the night Tim Minchin turned up (unannounced) – he was a friend of the promoter. He’d just done a gig to several thousand people in central London. He then did about half his act again – to about 50 people. It was so small I was sat about 2 metres away. It was fantastic.

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