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Sunday, April 26th, 2009 05:11 pm
caddyman: (SC-Fi)
Oh well, I can tell the Summer is on its way in: the telly manages about 100 minutes before it gets too warm and turns itself off for a breather. I guess I am going to have to think about the fan behind it again, like last year. Actually, I've never moved it, but I think we would be best served putting the fan on a chair behind the TV and placing the fan closer and more accurately. It did work last summer, propped up as it was on books, but after a while then TV still got too hot. We have a spare chair and the space behind the TV is being wasted, so there's nothing to lose trying.

This plan came to me after watching DVDs this afternoon. I managed to get through the programme itself, around a 100 minutes, but shortly thereafter the TV arsed around while I was watching some of the extras. I've left it to cool down for now and will go back in a few minutes to implement my masterplan.

The DVD in question was an old William Hartnell Doctor Who story from 1965, one of my favourites: The Time Meddler, with the 'Meddling Monk' the first example, other than the Doctor, of the (as yet unnamed) Time Lords, complete with his fully working Mark IV TARDIS, which left the Doctor somewhat envious. There are times when the action is a little slow by modern standards, but it is an excellent story and far better executed than many from 20 years later.

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Sunday, April 26th, 2009 05:11 pm
caddyman: (SC-Fi)
Oh well, I can tell the Summer is on its way in: the telly manages about 100 minutes before it gets too warm and turns itself off for a breather. I guess I am going to have to think about the fan behind it again, like last year. Actually, I've never moved it, but I think we would be best served putting the fan on a chair behind the TV and placing the fan closer and more accurately. It did work last summer, propped up as it was on books, but after a while then TV still got too hot. We have a spare chair and the space behind the TV is being wasted, so there's nothing to lose trying.

This plan came to me after watching DVDs this afternoon. I managed to get through the programme itself, around a 100 minutes, but shortly thereafter the TV arsed around while I was watching some of the extras. I've left it to cool down for now and will go back in a few minutes to implement my masterplan.

The DVD in question was an old William Hartnell Doctor Who story from 1965, one of my favourites: The Time Meddler, with the 'Meddling Monk' the first example, other than the Doctor, of the (as yet unnamed) Time Lords, complete with his fully working Mark IV TARDIS, which left the Doctor somewhat envious. There are times when the action is a little slow by modern standards, but it is an excellent story and far better executed than many from 20 years later.

Me again!

Monday, January 5th, 2009 02:40 pm
caddyman: (Alternative Tardis)
Having remained sanguine and even optimistic about the casting of Matt Smith as the eleventh Doctor from 2010 onwards, I find myself rather less enthusiastic about this report that has appeared on MSN, suggesting that Lily Allen could be the new assistant for the Steven Moffat era.



This is the sort of casting that plagued the latter years of the John Nathan-Turner era in the mid to late eighties. Still, it doesn’t appear on either the BBC News website or the Who website, so maybe it is just idle speculation.

(Can you tell I'm bored yet?).

Me again!

Monday, January 5th, 2009 02:40 pm
caddyman: (Alternative Tardis)
Having remained sanguine and even optimistic about the casting of Matt Smith as the eleventh Doctor from 2010 onwards, I find myself rather less enthusiastic about this report that has appeared on MSN, suggesting that Lily Allen could be the new assistant for the Steven Moffat era.



This is the sort of casting that plagued the latter years of the John Nathan-Turner era in the mid to late eighties. Still, it doesn’t appear on either the BBC News website or the Who website, so maybe it is just idle speculation.

(Can you tell I'm bored yet?).

Dr Who

Thursday, October 30th, 2008 08:47 am
caddyman: (Doctor)
Having created a stir by expressing an opinion, I now turn the spotlight of this esteemed journal on a matter of true importance: who will be the new Doctor Who?

David Tennant has announced that he is quitting the role after filming a series of four specials in January, ready for someone new to take the part in time for the fifth season to be broadcast in 2010. I have to say I'm a little disappointed - I thought the hiatus was to give them time to recharge their creative batteries (which they can still do) and to allow Tennant the opportunity to do something else for a while, but then he will still have done four years in the part.

Myself, I think James Nesbitt could do a job on the role, but whether he would be interested in tying himself down to three or four years in a role, I don't know, though he did play in Cold Feet for 33 episodes over 5 seasons. So who knows?

Edited to add: For those suggesting an actor from a non-white background, I reckon Paterson Joseph, the chap who played the Marquis de Carabas in Neverwhere would be a fantastic choice!

Dr Who

Thursday, October 30th, 2008 08:47 am
caddyman: (Doctor)
Having created a stir by expressing an opinion, I now turn the spotlight of this esteemed journal on a matter of true importance: who will be the new Doctor Who?

David Tennant has announced that he is quitting the role after filming a series of four specials in January, ready for someone new to take the part in time for the fifth season to be broadcast in 2010. I have to say I'm a little disappointed - I thought the hiatus was to give them time to recharge their creative batteries (which they can still do) and to allow Tennant the opportunity to do something else for a while, but then he will still have done four years in the part.

Myself, I think James Nesbitt could do a job on the role, but whether he would be interested in tying himself down to three or four years in a role, I don't know, though he did play in Cold Feet for 33 episodes over 5 seasons. So who knows?

Edited to add: For those suggesting an actor from a non-white background, I reckon Paterson Joseph, the chap who played the Marquis de Carabas in Neverwhere would be a fantastic choice!

UNIT?

Thursday, April 24th, 2008 01:21 am
caddyman: (Alternative Tardis)
The UNIFIED Intelligence Task Force?

Say what?!

The UN is forcing RTD to trample on my childhood, damn them!

ETA: In fact this is probably total bollocks. It seems that the Beeb have not been asked not to call UNIT the 'United Nations Intelligence Task Force' by the UN. Rather, the UN were getting fed up with the swathe of fan websites that refer(red) to UNIT and the consequent queries they (the UN) were getting.

Rusty changed it as a courtesy. Now geekdom is enraged. My grumble was lighthearted, by the way. Now we know, we know it's still UNIT see. Inside information. My childhood is no longer trampled on, merely swept into the corner to stop it being trod on.

UNIT?

Thursday, April 24th, 2008 01:21 am
caddyman: (Alternative Tardis)
The UNIFIED Intelligence Task Force?

Say what?!

The UN is forcing RTD to trample on my childhood, damn them!

ETA: In fact this is probably total bollocks. It seems that the Beeb have not been asked not to call UNIT the 'United Nations Intelligence Task Force' by the UN. Rather, the UN were getting fed up with the swathe of fan websites that refer(red) to UNIT and the consequent queries they (the UN) were getting.

Rusty changed it as a courtesy. Now geekdom is enraged. My grumble was lighthearted, by the way. Now we know, we know it's still UNIT see. Inside information. My childhood is no longer trampled on, merely swept into the corner to stop it being trod on.
caddyman: (TARDIS)
This afternoon or -on looking at the time- more properly yesterday afternoon, [livejournal.com profile] ellefurtle, [livejournal.com profile] fencingsculptor and I went to the Doctor Who Exhibition at Earl's Court.

The first impression you get when you arrive is that they are not making much of an effort. On the outside there is very little to suggest that there is an exhibition at all other than a partially concealed poster and a small sandwich board in front of the taped off and obviously closed main entrance outside Earl's Court Station.

It's all happening on the West Brompton side as it turns out, but even there, there is little to show that anything's happening. Still, it was clear once inside that enough people knew about it since it was busy, though not overly so. Still, it took a good couple of hours to go round and I managed to get some fun photos and even a couple of short movie files:


Cybercontroller in chair

Remainder behind the cut for them as ain't interested )
By sheer fluke, and nothing to do with the exhibition, the Metropolitan Police's very own police box outside Earl's Court station. Note the CCTV camera on top instead of a lamp and the different window design. The idiot posing is [livejournal.com profile] fencingsculptor.




Finally, this chap was getting rather bolshy with anyone who pushed his button:



After all this we disappeared to the nearest hostelry for three pints of cold lager before coming home for a nap, pizza and X-Files. Pretty much in that order.

A good afternoon out for a tenner a head.
caddyman: (TARDIS)
This afternoon or -on looking at the time- more properly yesterday afternoon, [livejournal.com profile] ellefurtle, [livejournal.com profile] fencingsculptor and I went to the Doctor Who Exhibition at Earl's Court.

The first impression you get when you arrive is that they are not making much of an effort. On the outside there is very little to suggest that there is an exhibition at all other than a partially concealed poster and a small sandwich board in front of the taped off and obviously closed main entrance outside Earl's Court Station.

It's all happening on the West Brompton side as it turns out, but even there, there is little to show that anything's happening. Still, it was clear once inside that enough people knew about it since it was busy, though not overly so. Still, it took a good couple of hours to go round and I managed to get some fun photos and even a couple of short movie files:


Cybercontroller in chair

Remainder behind the cut for them as ain't interested )
By sheer fluke, and nothing to do with the exhibition, the Metropolitan Police's very own police box outside Earl's Court station. Note the CCTV camera on top instead of a lamp and the different window design. The idiot posing is [livejournal.com profile] fencingsculptor.




Finally, this chap was getting rather bolshy with anyone who pushed his button:



After all this we disappeared to the nearest hostelry for three pints of cold lager before coming home for a nap, pizza and X-Files. Pretty much in that order.

A good afternoon out for a tenner a head.

Lots of Telly

Monday, April 7th, 2008 12:20 am
caddyman: (telly)
Well I survived the meeting with Clan Furtle. It seemed to go well enough: the simple expedient of buying the drinks, making small talk about the relative merits of hoppy beers over heavier brews, a couple of comments about this and that and nodding sagely a lot of the time seems to have done the trick - by which I mean no obvious gaffs. As far as I am aware there have been no telephone calls, texts or emails telling Elle to run for her life or anything like that, so maybe I passed muster. Or maybe the family is in shock and intervention will come later. Who knows?

After about three hours we made our excuses and disappeared into the driving rain for a quick charge to the West End, where we bought fresh coffee beans from Monmouth Street (having taken delivery of a coffee grinder). We have since discovered that Whetstone is oddly bereft of anywhere to buy a cafetiere, so I may have to nip into Finchley tomorrow and attempt a purchase from there.

Weekend viewing started with the Torchwood finale on Friday (reviewed on video for Furtle who missed it); barely a dry eye in the house. The season premiere of Doctor Who, which was light weight fun: entertaining but not especially deep - one for the kids (which, to be honest, is good as it is actually a kids' show) but with a little foreshadowing of future plot. To my pleasure, Catherine Tate was restrained enough not to stink the show out and the choreography for the fist part of the episode was fun, just stopping before the joke wore out. Beyond that, further DVD episodes of the X-Files taking us deeper into the rather unfairly maligned seventh season (we're on a timetable: Furtle needs to complete her X0Files education before the new movie is released). My memory is going. I'm sure we watched a movie on Saturday night but I cannot for the life of me remember what it might have been. Maybe we just talked about it? Blimey, it was only a little over 24 hours ago...

This afternoon we partook of the season premiere for Battlestar Galactica season 4. A solid start, with hope of more shenanigans to come. Finally on the televisual front, tonight we slapped Stardust into the DVD player as neither of us had seen it at the movies. Highly recommended. Nice to see Michelle Pfeiffer again and the dead princes should have their own show. Robert DeNiro must have enjoyed every minute of filming.

I have tomorrow off. A further trip to the dentists, this time for the attentions of the hygienist and then it's done until I decide whether to empty my bank account and endure the root work or extraction on the remaining broken tooth at the back. Whatever, it won't be fore a while until the gum has healed from Thursday's attentions.

I expect that I shall be out of the house when the post arrives and I shall miss the copy of Maximum Power I am hoping to receive from Amazon. Still, we shall see.

Lots of Telly

Monday, April 7th, 2008 12:20 am
caddyman: (telly)
Well I survived the meeting with Clan Furtle. It seemed to go well enough: the simple expedient of buying the drinks, making small talk about the relative merits of hoppy beers over heavier brews, a couple of comments about this and that and nodding sagely a lot of the time seems to have done the trick - by which I mean no obvious gaffs. As far as I am aware there have been no telephone calls, texts or emails telling Elle to run for her life or anything like that, so maybe I passed muster. Or maybe the family is in shock and intervention will come later. Who knows?

After about three hours we made our excuses and disappeared into the driving rain for a quick charge to the West End, where we bought fresh coffee beans from Monmouth Street (having taken delivery of a coffee grinder). We have since discovered that Whetstone is oddly bereft of anywhere to buy a cafetiere, so I may have to nip into Finchley tomorrow and attempt a purchase from there.

Weekend viewing started with the Torchwood finale on Friday (reviewed on video for Furtle who missed it); barely a dry eye in the house. The season premiere of Doctor Who, which was light weight fun: entertaining but not especially deep - one for the kids (which, to be honest, is good as it is actually a kids' show) but with a little foreshadowing of future plot. To my pleasure, Catherine Tate was restrained enough not to stink the show out and the choreography for the fist part of the episode was fun, just stopping before the joke wore out. Beyond that, further DVD episodes of the X-Files taking us deeper into the rather unfairly maligned seventh season (we're on a timetable: Furtle needs to complete her X0Files education before the new movie is released). My memory is going. I'm sure we watched a movie on Saturday night but I cannot for the life of me remember what it might have been. Maybe we just talked about it? Blimey, it was only a little over 24 hours ago...

This afternoon we partook of the season premiere for Battlestar Galactica season 4. A solid start, with hope of more shenanigans to come. Finally on the televisual front, tonight we slapped Stardust into the DVD player as neither of us had seen it at the movies. Highly recommended. Nice to see Michelle Pfeiffer again and the dead princes should have their own show. Robert DeNiro must have enjoyed every minute of filming.

I have tomorrow off. A further trip to the dentists, this time for the attentions of the hygienist and then it's done until I decide whether to empty my bank account and endure the root work or extraction on the remaining broken tooth at the back. Whatever, it won't be fore a while until the gum has healed from Thursday's attentions.

I expect that I shall be out of the house when the post arrives and I shall miss the copy of Maximum Power I am hoping to receive from Amazon. Still, we shall see.
caddyman: (Doctor)
As I said in an earlier post, I am a linear sort of chap, so no work whatsoever has taken place on the Martha figure while I work on the Doctor. On that figure, however, work has continued apace.

I am now at the stage where the glue needs to dry before I add some filler around the coat collar and a couple of seams and then tidy up the base painting before working on fiddly detail such as aging the coat and trainers, deepening the shadows and highlighting the buttons. In due course, there will be a sonic screwdriver, too, but that will have to wait until the figure itself is complete.

Here is a picture of the figure at its current stage of completion posed against the TARDIS I finished a week or so ago. The final position of the figure will be more to the left, with Martha walking around the side, but this gives an idea of how it is developing.



More pictures behind the cut, for those as is interested: Read more... )
Still a fair amount of work to be done, but we're getting there!
caddyman: (Doctor)
As I said in an earlier post, I am a linear sort of chap, so no work whatsoever has taken place on the Martha figure while I work on the Doctor. On that figure, however, work has continued apace.

I am now at the stage where the glue needs to dry before I add some filler around the coat collar and a couple of seams and then tidy up the base painting before working on fiddly detail such as aging the coat and trainers, deepening the shadows and highlighting the buttons. In due course, there will be a sonic screwdriver, too, but that will have to wait until the figure itself is complete.

Here is a picture of the figure at its current stage of completion posed against the TARDIS I finished a week or so ago. The final position of the figure will be more to the left, with Martha walking around the side, but this gives an idea of how it is developing.



More pictures behind the cut, for those as is interested: Read more... )
Still a fair amount of work to be done, but we're getting there!
caddyman: (Doctor)
As I anticipated, the painting and building of the Doctor figure for my "Welcome Aboard" TARDIS kit is proving a little trickier than the TARDIS, which provided its own series of challenges.

Basically, while the pieces are crisply sculpted and moulded, they are small and very detailed. When you have fingers like bananas, this adds to the fun and inventive use of language. It is fiddly, painstaking work. Here is a picture of the torso assembly prior to its final paint - I have to wait now until the Milliput has set where I have had to fill the gap on the jacket collar. Below the cut I have stuck a number of pictures showing in rather blurry fashion (I had difficulty finding a focus with the camera), the development of the paintwork on the Doctor's head. You can get a sense of scale from my fingers.


Read more... )
caddyman: (Doctor)
As I anticipated, the painting and building of the Doctor figure for my "Welcome Aboard" TARDIS kit is proving a little trickier than the TARDIS, which provided its own series of challenges.

Basically, while the pieces are crisply sculpted and moulded, they are small and very detailed. When you have fingers like bananas, this adds to the fun and inventive use of language. It is fiddly, painstaking work. Here is a picture of the torso assembly prior to its final paint - I have to wait now until the Milliput has set where I have had to fill the gap on the jacket collar. Below the cut I have stuck a number of pictures showing in rather blurry fashion (I had difficulty finding a focus with the camera), the development of the paintwork on the Doctor's head. You can get a sense of scale from my fingers.


Read more... )

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