September 23rd, 2014

Coupling - Stuck in the Giggle Loop

One Hit Wonderland - part 3

Or, actually, part 2 (which was what was shown this morning). So, obviously they just showed a couple of episodes out of order.

Tomorrow, then, will hopefully be episode 4, the episode I'm missing at the moment.

Also, I'd forgotten how silly Tony Hawks can be. His video for "I'm the only living pixie" is truly bonkers. Marvellous, but bonkers.

ETA: And here, indeed, is a clip of the video:

Doctor Who - 50th anniversary logo

The Projection Room

So, last month I was at Whooverville, which is a wonderful, small-scale Doctor Who convention held every year in Derby - I've been wanting to go for a while now, but this is the first year I've managed to make it.

I had a lovely time - I always enjoy small-scale conventions over the big ones. Don't get me wrong, Eastercon and Nineworlds are good, but things like the big Doctor Who 50th anniversary celebration at the Excel centre last year felt a bit claustrophobic for me, and although I regretted missing out on Loncon because of being unavoidably in hospital (something I've not mentioned hereabouts lately, although anyone who follows me on Facebook will know the score...), in hindsight I'm not sure I'd have coped with the sheer numbers of people. But Whooverville - like Blue Box, the Big Finish days, and the two Doctor Who and the Daleks conventions I went to in Liverpool back in 2004 (where I met the wonderful blazingskies for the first time) - just feel so wonderfully small and intimate. Some good and interesting guests, loads of opportunities to meet and chat with other fans, and (unless you really really want to) very little time spent in queues...

Anyway, that's a bit of a digression. When I was there, I saw a range of fan-produced videos, made by The Projection Room. They'd actually originally been released on VHS back in the 1990s, but have subsequently been put on DVD, in almost certainly copyright-infringing (*ahem*) sleeves that look astonishingly like the sleeves used for the classic Doctor Who DVD range. And they weren't desperately expensive, either (£2:00 or £3:00, IIRC). Haven't watched most of them yet, but they seem to be really interesting and boast some pretty good production values (like, they've built their own TARDIS console).

Sadly, one of the DVDs - Gene Genius had sold out, although at least one of the episodes thereof is available at Chris Hoyle's Youtube channel (Hoyle being the guy who played the Doctor in most of their productions).

Also, whilst pootling around on the Doctor Who Expanded Wiki (a site dedicated to Doctor Who fanon in all its many guises), I came across this special which features a bevy of Doctors from fan productions:

It was made in support of BBC's Children in Need (always a good cause), hence the name - Pudsai. :-)
Doctor Who - 50th anniversary logo


...rather irritatingly, is shaping up as One Of Those Days, specifically the sort of day when I don't really feel like actually doing...well, anything much, and would far rather be hibernating in bed.

Doctor Who - 50th anniversary logo

Book meme.

In other news, have been tagged by ghyste to do this 'ere book meme.

Rules: In a text post, list ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard – they don’t have to be “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you. Tag ten friends.

1.) The Hundred and One Dalmatians - Dodie Smith

2.) Danny the Champion of the World - Roald Dahl

3.) Blott on the Landscape - Tom Sharpe

4.) Star Wars - credited to George Lucas, actually novelised by Alan Dean Foster

5.) Pet Shop Boys, Literally - Chris Heath

6.) Doctor Who and the Genesis of the Daleks - Terrance Dicks

7.) The Making of Doctor Who (Target edition) - Terrance Dicks and Malcolm Hulke

8.) The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien

9.) The Castle of Adventure - Enid Blyton

10.) So Long, and thanks for all the fish - Douglas Adams.

As ever, the caveat goes with this sort of list - it could be a totally different list tomorrow.

Can't be bothered tagging anyone. If you read this and you feel like doing it, consider yourself tagged. Be interested to know what your ten books would be, though. :-)
Some Christians are bisexual

Apparently...'s Bisexual Visibility Day.

So, erm..."hi".

Not that I was ever really invisible in the first place (at my size, it's hard to go unnoticed for long). But yeah, David, 44, bisexual, out, and if not proud, at least happy and comfortable with who I am.

*waves* order a pizza and watch tonight's episode of Midsomer Murders, or just to go back to sleep..?
HIGNFY - Hislop Good

TV heads up.

New series of QI (the L series) and HIGNFY (with Armando Ianucci as a guest panelist) start up next Friday. This week's Mock the Week is on Friday (not sure why). Still no sign of a Channel 4 transmission for season 2 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..

And next week's episode of Only Connect sees their (already fairly high) geek quotient go stratospheric - it's coders vs. video gamers.