Monthly Archives: May 2014

Dr Who Meets Mackintosh

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Following yesterday’s disastrous fire at The Glasgow School of Art, I remembered a story idea I’d had not long after Capaldi was cast. It’s well known that he is a former GSoA pupil, so why not have a Doctor Who “celebrity historical” story where Twelvy and Clara meet Charles Rennie Mackintosh? I loved the idea of showing off the interior of that wonderful building to a worldwide TV audience. And the notion of the Tardis outside the GSoA…

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The fire is pretty much Scotland’s equivalent of the fire at Windsor Castle, although on a much smaller scale than at first feared. Nevertheless the loss of the GSoA library is terrible news. Of course setting a Dr Who story there now would have to include the “real” explanation of how the fire started.

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Despite the sadness of the fire destroying the library [that’s what’s in these mockups] I’d still love to see a story set at the Art School with Twelvy meeting Rennie Mackintosh. As a former pupil I can’t imagine that Capaldi hasn’t mentioned the idea to The Moff and I can just imagine Clara not knowing who he is and thinking he’s a sort of Victorian Frank Zappa…

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I think a GSoA-set story would still be a great idea and could be a “Vincent And The Doctor” type tribute to a man whose work is still loved and admired around the world to this day. Season Nine maybe?

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 UPDATE:

You can give to the Mackintosh Building Fire Fund HERE

BLOOPERS! – The Ice Warriors

The Ice Warriors marks the first appearance of the titular enemies, given a not entirely successful upgrade in S7`s Cold War IMHO. The recent DVD release has given me the chance to not only update the Fan Edit of the story but to do a proper blooper hunt!

Originally I could only find 4 in the rather ropey VHS edition, let’s see how many more the clarity of VidFIRE reveals…

Here’s the first one, the edge of the camera taking the close up of Clent creeping into shot…

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As they trundle Varga [did the Daleks name their flesh-eating plants after him? Varga/Vaaga – maybe he’s a Martian Alan Titchmarsh!] down the corridor, you can spot the not very well hidden microphone halfway down the corridor to pick up Arden’s dialogue as he passes by…

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Here you can see that Varga’s claw is really just a rubber glove…

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Not entirely sure of this next one is really a blooper or not, but when old Icey turn to camera, the split in his armour is made rather obvious…

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…quite apart from the fact that his head is completely different!
Skipping the two animated episodes, we come to part four and, although it’s not terribly clear on this screengrab, there is a boom mic shadow bouncing across Penley’s jacket….

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and here’s another one, it’s very quick but it goes right over Victoria`s head to catch her dialogue…

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and if you look closely during this scene, you can see the shadow moving across the stove top…

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Thanks to VidFIRE, we can now see that there isn’t a skinny little lizard inside an Ice Warrior after all, it’s a bloke. And I reckon Bernie B deserves a round of applause for managing to make that rubber mouth move at all, bet he had a sore jaw at the end of the studio day…
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It looks like the Ice Warrior ship could do with a spot of redecoration…
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In this shot, you can see the inside of Varga’s costume,. I mean armour…
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and here, you can see the join on Clent’s wig. Why the hell didn’t they just let Peter Barkworth use his own hair?
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This looks like the reflection of a low hanging studio light, and just above it, there’s that hole in the screen again…
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Britannicus Base technology isn’t so advanced that it doesn’t need plugged in…
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that wig still needs stuck down…
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we haven’t had a boom shadow for ages… oh look, there’s one!
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that shadow on Clent’s back is the camera he’s too close to…
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there’s those studio lights again, and also if you look, just below them you can make out one of the studio cameras!
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Now we all know that the original Ice Warrior helmets were way too big and a bit crap, well a lot crap. And it can’t have been fun balancing that bloody thing on yer head, but did you ever wonder how the poor bugger wearing it was meant to see out? Here’s your answer!
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Look closely at this next one – is it me, or is Miss Garret flashing her knickers?
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and how about a nice boom shadow to finish?
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So, five times as many bloopers spotted as last time, and who knows how many more we would have if there weren’t two episodes missing!

Terry Molloy reads Genesis of the Daleks!

Just found out that Tarry Molloy has read Genesis as an audiobook for the RNIB.

You can find the book HERE but, before all you Molloy fans get too excited, you have to subscribe to the RNIB book club to be able to get it and that costs £50.

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Personally I think Molloy makes a terrible Davros so I have no interest in listening to this but, if you like Molloy’s sibilant portrayal and can afford the £50 this might be worth getting. And you would be supporting audiobooks for the blind and the RNIB, which is a very worthwhile cause indeed.

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Dr Who in “The Mutants”!

from the pages of Mighty TV Comic…

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NEXT – The Devil’s Mouth

Dr Who in “The Orb”!

from the pages of Mighty TV Comic…

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NEXT – The Mutants