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Saturday 20th April 2013 3:21 pm

A couple of photos of the slightly unusual Daleks I have around the house - they're even clean (Daleks are a bugger to dust). Read more...

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TV catchup
Sunday 7th April 2013 7:31 pm

I woke this morning feeling terrible, so I spent this afternoon doing nothing but watching TV. I haven't caught up on everything - it would probably take me a week to do that - but I have now watched last week's TV (among other things). So it's been a productive day from that perspective.

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Mumbling on TV
Saturday 6th April 2013 9:11 pm

I hate it when TV programmes are full of people mumbling. Doctor Who is a particularly bad offender. I have to turn the TV up to twice the usual volume to hear what they're saying, and then when you get an action scene it's so loud I have to turn it down again. Somewhere along the line I miss bits, but get the gist - if I get really confused that's what the rewind button is for.

Being Human was even worse for mumbling, and worse than that, they also whispered! I had to turn the TV up really loud and turn the subtitles on and then sometimes the only way I knew that someone had said something is because the subtitles told me.

I don't get why they have to do this. Surely with all the technology they have these days they can pick up what the actors are saying - and if not, ask them to speak up!

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Being Human
Wednesday 27th March 2013 10:10 pm

I have finally watched the last series of Being Human - having finally got round to starting it on Saturday. And even though I still haven't seen any of the last series of Lewis or Black Mirror, the last episode of Wonders of Life and I can't remember whether there's one episode of Midsomer Murders on my PVR, or two. But at least I've made a start on watching stuff.

Being Human is a series that I've ended up watching in a short space of time. I did it for the first series because I'd heard good things about it and I was ill between the fifth and sixth episodes, so I watched all five before, then the sixth on the right day. And every time it's been on it's been inconvenient or too much on or too late at night or all three and I usually end up waiting until most of the series has been on before watching them all. I just ended up starting a little later with this series.

The thing is, I can't quite decide if I like it. After every episode I find myself wishing it was just about a vampire, a ghost and a werewolf living together and trying to be normal and act human, without any of the big series arc stuff. Except that if it was that would be boring. And I miss Mitchell, George and Annie, except that I like Tom, Hal and Alex.

And as I only finished the final episode an hour ago, I definitely don't have any opinions on the ending.

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Another First Doctor 50th anniversary event
Sunday 27th January 2013 5:45 pm

Yesterday I went to The Who Shop's First Doctor celebration. It's been such a long week and I have no energy left that I spent the day mostly not knowing what I was doing and forgetting whatever anyone said to me the moment they said it. But aside from that, I enjoyed it, on the whole. If you're my family or friend on flickr I have scanned in proof that I met William Russell (who played Ian Chesterton).

I'd write it all up, but I just don't have the energy. By the time I do I expect it'll next weekend and then I'll forgotten it all. I'm looking forward to having nothing planned the next three weekends.

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An Unearthly Child at the BFI
Sunday 13th January 2013 4:16 pm

Yesterday I went to the BFI to their screening of An Unearthly Child. They said the bits with the guests will be on BFI Live (presumably part of their website), but didn't say when. So if you don't want to know what they said look away now... Read more...

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Wizards vs Aliens
Wednesday 31st October 2012 8:08 pm

I watched the first episode (ie part 1 and part 2) of Wizards vs Aliens last night. It was obvious from the start that it was being done by the same people as The Sarah Jane Adventures because it looked the same. And it was almost an episode of SJA, just with magic instead of a sonic lipstick.

Overall I liked it. It was interesting how the magic works there and what's going on with the aliens. I'm not convinced they can spin the story over however many episodes it is, but we'll see.

I spent the whole time trying to work out where I recognised Michael (Tom's dad) from and I had convinced myself I had imagined it until I googled it and discovered he was Eddie Santini in The Bill. He's just gone grey since then and it makes him look different. Thanks to my googling I am also prepared for next week's episode, which will feature Jenny from Teachers, who was also in Doctor Who and Hustle.

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Busy week
Sunday 7th October 2012 5:52 pm

I have been busy this week. Monday I felt great and stayed up until 11pm. Then Tuesday I went out to Rotary, post about that to follow, but I couldn't sleep for all the things I was thinking about. Wednesday it all went horribly wrong at work, so then I was worrying about that. Thursday I stayed up late after choir to watch Red Dwarf X. Friday I was too tired to do anything.

Yesterday I spent four hours in the afternoon cutting things in the garden. It is now done, although I could cut ivy forever and never finish, I think. But I have at least thinned it out and chopped the long bits that were making their way across the ground. I now have 25 big bags of garden waste to take to the recycling centre when I have the energy.

I was going to write a post about Red Dwarf, but it's not a programme that needs (or wants) analysis. Did I like it: yes, did I laugh: yes. Job done. It was better than Back to Earth and felt like series III. Which considering only Doug Naylor wrote it, is pretty good, because he's just not that funny on his own. Hopefully the rest of the series will be more of the same.

I also signed up for the [info]dw_femslash ficathon. I tend to like gen when it comes to Doctor Who, but it at least is a fandom with plenty of women in it to choose from and it'll be a different writing challenge. And will hopefully get me writing - I stopped for the summer of sport and haven't started again yet, despite having the time to.

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A catch-up
Sunday 30th September 2012 10:13 am

Every day this week I've got into work, thought I've not got much on and ended up being really busy. So by Friday when I went to see Alan Davies I spent the second half alternating between laughing and yawning.

This week I'm hoping won't be as busy as I'm out three nights in a row. And then I get to spend Friday avoiding the internet so I don't see any Red Dwarf spoilers.

But I did find the time to do my Yuletide nominations (Sarah Jane Smith audios, Sadler's Wells, Big Finish: Counter-Measures). But what I'm most looking forward to in this year's Yuletide is being able to write Treats and offering to write fandoms that I'd have to do some research in before I write because there's actually time to do that this year.

Last night I thought I was awake enough to stay up and watch The Thick of It. Although I still managed not to get to it before the PVR started taping it. And then when I watched it I thought it had started a minute early and when I came to watch it on the iPlayer I found I'd actually missed the first seven minutes. It did make so much more sense once I'd watched the first seven minutes (especially the reminder of what happened two weeks ago).

Edit: After a few minutes work I now have an entirely appropriate Thick of It icon The Thick of It
although that text looks better on my computer. What's that font that looks good at size 6?

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The Thick of It
Sunday 23rd September 2012 8:18 pm

A week late, but here is Malcolm describing Ollie's favourite film in last week's The Thick of It (for Malcolm the swearing's quite restrained: he only uses the f word three times).

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Why can’t all weekends be a three day weekend?
Monday 27th August 2012 7:23 pm

It's been so nice to have a three day weekend. I spent Saturday reading, Sunday cleaning and today doing computery things. And I've managed to catch up the things I taped during the Olympics. Just in time for the Paralympics and me to be behind in more things (Doctor Who and The Thick of It are the only ones I know of so far).

I also got to post my AU Big Bang fic. I finished it in June and make changes based on betaing in July, so it feels like ages ago I wrote it now. It is:

Chasing Memories: When Ian and Barbara return home in a Dalek ship they're relieved to find it's the day they left. However, they soon find that a two year absence coupled with the dangers lurking around Coal Hill School means they're not going to be able to go back to their old lives that easily.

The link takes you to a post that gives you links to the story on LJ, DW, A03. It will be on Teaspoon too and it is also on my website. And there's a link to the art that [info]spammypod did. It goes AU from the end of The Chase.

I may or may not manage to post again before the Paralympics start, but I almost certainly won't post while it's on. And might not be reading much, so as to avoid Doctor Who spoilers. Although I'm not sure how much I care - I never care much about Doctor Who when it's not on, it's only once it is that I remember how good it is. And in this instance the first episode features [redacted] which I don't like, so it's hard to get excited about that.

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The Avengers
Wednesday 22nd August 2012 8:02 pm

Since the re-release of the whole of The Avengers on DVD, I've been watching the Cathy Gale era. Or at least trying to. I made it through two DVDs plus half an episode before I decided that I wasn't going to enjoy it more the more I tried.

I started with the Emma Peel era. I own them all on DVD in a boxset that was only available in Region 1. Although I've seen all the colour episodes, I still haven't seen all the black & white ones. I must finish those sometime.

I went onto the Tara King era because they were the only ones available at the time. I think I've seen two DVDs of those. It took me a while to get used to Tara, but Steed's still Steed and Tara's flat is so cool. Her front door is a floor above the rest of the flat and she has a fireman's pole to get down to the lounge. There are stairs too, but the fireman's pole comes in very useful in fights. The point at which I really like the era was in Look - (stop me if you've heard this one) But There Were These Two Fellers which involved people being murdered in clown-related ways. The whole thing's hilarious.

The Cathy Gale era can't fail to be cool with Honor Blackman (although as far as I'm concerned she'll always be the grandmother in whatever sitcom it was I watched in the 80s/90s with Joe McGann). I've even (accidentally) started with some of the later DVDs. I've even gone for episodes that are supposedly good or like the Emma Peel era. And I've just not really cared much. Partly it's because the relationship between Steed & Gale isn't like that of Steed & Peel and I miss it. But also I haven't like the episodes so much. I can't put my finger on why, I just can't get excited about them.

So the conclusion is I need to finish my Emma Peel box set and not worry so much about the rest.

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Big Finish Fifth Doctor
Friday 18th May 2012 8:12 pm

The upside of not sharing lifts at work is that I've listened to one and a half of the last two Big Finish audios. Half the point of subscribing to their main range was so that I listened to the ones that I wouldn't usually buy (ie the ones without the Seventh Doctor and Ace in). While listening to The Emerald Tiger I realised that I quite like all these characters.

I generally can't get excited about the Fifth Doctor era. None of his companions are any of my favourites and I can't look at Peter Davison back then without thinking that he's Tristan. But on audio it's easier to forget - and he sounds more like Peter Davison these days. I also like the friendship between Nyssa and Tegan and the banter between Tegan and Turlough. And the writers make sure to do something with all four of them, so the TARDIS doesn't feel as crowded as it was with Nyssa, Tegan and Adric.

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I’m not good at popular things
Tuesday 10th April 2012 6:25 pm

I'm terrible with wanting to try a book/film/TV series that's popular. There were four Harry Potter books out and a film on the way before I decided that maybe it was popular for a reason and perhaps I'd try it. Of course by that time the first book was really cheap because it had been out for a while, so that helped.

Since then I've been better at trying things. Lost, Heroes and Once Upon a Time were big hits before they were on over here. But none of those I enjoyed for various reasons.

The latest big thing is The Hunger Games. I don't know anything about it, except that it's a book and a film. I'm quite happy not knowing anything about it because I refuse to try it. Everyone else is reading it therefore I don't want to. And I definitely shouldn't go and see the film given that it gave [info]jedinic motion sickness, so I dread to think what it would do to me.

But Downton Abbey and A Game of Thrones were series I held out on for longer and then enjoyed. Perhaps the answer is not to try something when it's popular, but wait until everyone who's going to watch it has tried it and the fuss has died down, then give it a go. I even enjoy Doctor Who less the more people it seems are watching it...

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A complaint about cliffhangers
Saturday 21st January 2012 4:05 pm

I've complained about cliffhangers before, but this one is directly related to Sherlock and the cliffhangers at the end of both series. I'm not going to spoil what happens, not least because I don't actually know.


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An updatey thing
Sunday 18th December 2011 5:19 pm

My sole post all week has been the latest Big Finish releases, which included the subscriber special The Five Companions. Which was fun - I want to see more of Ian and Steven teaming up now.

Friday was our work Christmas party, which I've only just recovered from. All I did was to sit around and talk (and stand for an hour) but I was tired from it I slept for 11 hours Friday night, still felt tired and slept for 10 hours last night. Now I don't feel tired.

In the work secret santa for the first year in I don't know how many, I didn't get a Doctor Who related thing. I got a rabbit instead. Which is good, because generally you can't go wrong with with rabbits. However, this one has a hole in it that you're clearly meant to put something in, but no one knows what. There was no packaging, so presumably my santa doesn't know either. The most suggested things at the party were mobile, iPod and remote control. I tried putting my phone in it and the hole holds together too well to get anything in there easily. So I am stumped.

There was also food, which I mostly couldn't eat. The chef wouldn't understand that I just wanted to know what was in it, I didn't care about contamination, which she was more interested in telling me. I don't think she wanted me to eat at all. Fortunately, I brought my own - I remember last year well when I got a salad.

I have things booked for January now. I am going to see the Gymnastics at the O2. It feels like we can't get away from that place. I'm also going to see Spamalot. For the third time. But the first and second times were on Broadway and in the West End, this one's in my nearest city.

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Talking about Spooks (without spoilers)
Tuesday 25th October 2011 8:54 pm

I don't generally talk about Spooks much here because I know various people are behind or haven't seen earlier series and I hate to spoil people, or offer up temptation. The latter I discovered before series 8, so I read forums and therefore knew things I'd rather have waited for the episode to find out. But the last ever episode (sob!) made me want to talk about it. But I will endeavour to do so without spoilers. Read more...

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SJA: The Man Who Never Was (spoilers)
Tuesday 18th October 2011 9:56 pm

Spoilers for this week's (last ever) episode.

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SJA: The Curse of Clyde Langer (spoilers)
Wednesday 12th October 2011 8:24 pm

Spoilers for this week's SJA.


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SJA: Sky (spoilers)
Thursday 6th October 2011 9:17 pm

Spoilers for this week's SJA.


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