hantsbear: (Tardis)
I wasn't around 50 years ago.  I hadn't even been thought of.  I can tie my earliest Who memory down to Patrick Troughton running around a factory of some description - this I recently identified as being from the last episode of "Invasion" in 1969.  But, in its own sweet way, Doctor Who has been a major part of my live and certainly responsible for some of my lasting friendships.  Now, I know that there are some of you out there who loathe the current incarnation of the show.  I remember the way some people felt in the last few years of the original incarnation.  As with everything in this life, you can't please all of the people all of the time.

So, to all my Who appreciating friends where ever you may be, Happy Who day!  Enjoy the show tonight, or at least sit down with your favourite classic episode and enjoy that.  Whichever you choose, enjoy!
hantsbear: (Value Tardis)
President Kennedy was shot.
And the BBC first broadcast a science fiction show based around a rather cranky old man and his grand-daughter who traveled in time and space.
hantsbear: (Value Tardis)

Just heard on the radio of the death yesterday of Lis Sladen, who played Sarah Jane Smith, one of the most (if not the most) popular Doctor Who companions.  Quite shocked, but it seems she'd been fighting cancer for a while, even, it seems, while filming the most recent series of the Sarah Jane Adventures.
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Bloody typical.
I mean, my frequent sojourns to the US have passed without remark; indeed, even my voice changes so that I attempt to blend into my surroundings.  However, my friends Karen and Keith went over to LA a couple of weeks ago - first time to the USA for both of them.  Their vacation began with attending Gallifrey - a Doctor Who convention - held at the LAX Marriott.  And what happens?  Keith manages to appear on national coast-to-coast television.  In the following clip from The Late Late Show, about 2'52"



The corpse.  Keith.
Oy gevalt.
(Okay, so my friend Jean gets her face on the screen as red-haired-fan-on-the far-right...)
hantsbear: (evil koala)
So, Friday was my birthday surprise from Best Beloved.  I had no idea where we were going when we started out - heading towards the M6 - that could mean north or south.  We headed north.  Initially.  Oooh, the Lake District or the very south of Scotland thinks I.  Nope.  We turn west on to the M54, then switched to the A5.  "You'll never guess!" he grinned.

Eventually, we got to Porthmadog on the west coast of Wales and he revealed his plans.  Apparently, he had already planned this trip when he asked me where in the UK I wanted still to visit.  And was pleased when I said that this area was one I wanted to explore.  So explore we did.  Okay, so finding an evening meal was a little difficult out of season, and a lot of attractions had that faded winter closure about it, but we explored.  Including a trip to Portmeirion.  Mode of transport was less than conventional...

We spent the rest of the time driving up and down the coast, visiting villages with more than their fair share of consonants in their name.  And, natrually, we had to visit...
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Beneath cut in case you haven't seen The End of Time Part 2... )
hantsbear: (Value Tardis)
After a rush of blood to the brain recently, I joined the Doctor Who Forum, usual user name.  Any whovians, whoovers or other domestic appliances want to friend me on there?
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Be afraid.  Be very afraid.
 
hantsbear: (Cake!)

... to [livejournal.com profile] tmaher .  Co-incidentally, today is also the 45th. anniversary of the showing of the first ever episode of "Doctor Who"...
(photo from www.tkmather.com)
 
hantsbear: (Value Tardis)
Okay, so I've been playing...

I can dream, can't I???
hantsbear: (Value Tardis)
I hate working the telephones at work.  Most of the time it's people ringing up with benefit queries, which we don't deal with.  So, I'm constantly reciting the mantra of the benefit enquiry line.  Then, we get the same people ringing back two days later because they can't get through and expect me to be able to access their data.  At which point they get a polite but firm lecture from me about the Data Protection Act and how since I don't need the access to that particular system, I don't have it.  And that they should go away and ring the enquiry line later.  Now sod off.  Have A Nice Day.

Then there's mom ringing up for her beloved son still asleep asking why he's not received his jobseekers allowance.   Terribly sorry, but, again... and I go off into another lecture on the Data Protection Act.  Is that the sound of my heart bleeding cold, lumpy custard?

Mmmmmm... custard...

But...

Things Develop in other departments.

And hopefully Doctor Who on Saturday will be awesome and not a let down.
hantsbear: (Fierce eyebrows...)
Goinked from [profile] je_smith for the benefit of [profile] rock_bear...
hantsbear: (Value Tardis)
For those curious about my little icon above, here it is full size...



I suppose the nearest UK to US translation is "Wal*Mart Smart Price"...!
hantsbear: (Value Tardis)
...we present the Abbreviated New Doctor Who (Series 1-3).

LOLZ.
hantsbear: (Tardis)
Dammit, Mister Cornell, consider me moved.  Again.  At the end of "Fathers Day", you nearly made me cry.  Same again after "The Family Of Blood". Another example of how much the current series has "grown up" over its original incarnation.  And yet, still embraces it with a warm and loving hug...
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It is an interesting experience watching an episode of Doctor Who, where you know the author. I first met Paul Cornell around 1983/84 in the days when a lot of Doctor Who fandom was based around photocopied A4 folded fanzines.  Paul lived about 12-14 miles away from me and was persuaded to become part of a local group I was part of at that time.  He tended to become very much a focal point of any meeting, very expressive (arms flailing like a windmill, easy, slightly lop-sided grin) and wrote fan fiction that was a little more emotional than perhaps a lot of the other writing at the time.  When it came to going to college, he ended up in North London while I was in the East, so we still saw each other as part of the scene at the time.

Anyway, time passes, people move on etcetera etcetera; the series ended on TV and Virgin Books started to publish The New Adventures.  And Paul wrote one of the first novels - Timewyrm: Revelation.  I suppose it came as no surprise to me that he was probably one of the first, if not the first fan author to make the transition into a proper published novel.  I can't remember how many novels he wrote in the end, but one of them was a Sylvester McCoy adventure called Human Nature. 

Time passes again; Paul becomes a successful TV writer for series such as Coronation Street and (I think) Casualty.  As well as penning a Sci-Fi TV drama of his own, The Uninvited.  And then the re-vamped series appears.  With Father's Day by Paul.  That came as no surprise; merely an inevitability that I have felt ever since I first met him.  His destiny, if you will.

So, last night (and I am not going to put any spoilers in here!) there were wry smiles every so often as something that I could only describe as "Cornell-esque" happened...

Absolutely.

hantsbear: (Hmmm...?)

1) Age?
THEN: 30
NOW: 40

2) Where did you work?
THEN: MOD, Bicester, Oxfordshire
NOW: EDS,
Gosport, Hampshire

3) Where did you live?
THEN: Bicester, Oxfordshire
NOW:
Gosport, Hampshire

4) How was your hair style
THEN: To the bottom of my neck
NOW: Half way down my back

5) Did you wear contacts?
THEN: No
NOW: No

6) Did you wear glasses?
THEN: Occasionally
NOW: Occasionally

7) Who was your best friend?
THEN: Jason
NOW: Russ/Clifford

8) Which of your pets were still alive?
THEN: None
NOW: None

9) Who was your boyfriend/girlfriend?
THEN: Wasn't out.
NOW: Just split up

10) Who was your celebrity crush?
THEN: Benny Andersson
NOW: Benny Andersson, Si King from the Hairy Bikers

11) Who was your regular-person crush?
THEN: Don’t remember.
NOW: Too many…

12) How many piercings did you have?
THEN: One
NOW: None

13) How many tattoos did you have?
THEN: None
NOW: Two

14) What was your favorite band/singer?
THEN: Mike Oldfield/ABBA
NOW: Mike Oldfield/ABBA

15) Smoking?
THEN: No
NOW: No.

16) Had you gotten drunk?
THEN: Once or twice.
NOW: Once or twice

17) What kind of Car did you drive?
THEN: Don't drive.
NOW: Still don't drive.

18) What was your weight?
THEN: 14 stone
NOW: 15 ½ stone.

19) What was your favorite TV shows?
THEN: Probably Star Trek - TNG
NOW: The Hairy Biker’s Cook Book/Doctor Who.

20) Were you using the internet?
THEN: Nope
NOW: Yes

hantsbear: (Value Tardis)
Swiped from [profile] eskiebear...
You scored as 4th Doctor.

</td>

4th Doctor

75%

9th Doctor

75%

5th Doctor

50%

3rd doctor

42%

1st Doctor

33%

8th Doctor

33%

2nd doctor

25%

7th Doctor

25%

10th Doctor

25%

a Dalek

25%

6th doctor

25%

Davros

8%

What Doctor Who character are You?
created with QuizFarm.com
hantsbear: (Mad Cow)

If you spot the following trundling down the street:-

...panicking would be a very good idea.

Don't ask... the trailer for next week's episode mentions Daleks in Salt Lake City.  Has anyone noticed? 

hantsbear: (The Bear-Koala Combo...)

...[livejournal.com profile] rock_bear is now back in Nottingham, sans internet access.  One unhappy bear.  Helped him move his suitcases up from London on Saturday.   Meanwhile my house remains in a reasonably tidy state after five days of lavish attention from a bear.  Now all I've got to do is keep it that way.

The pope is dead.  But don't worry, people, since 95% of the cardinals that will elect his successor were hand picked by His (late) Holiness, there won't be much hope of changing the official line of rampant homophobia.  I could say a lot more, but I might provoke a hostile reaction, and being as I have this need to be uncontrovercial, I'll just shut up now...

Meanwhile the universe floats on; Doctor Who is back and kicking ass; and lethargy is starting to eek its way into my bones again.

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