Sunday, 19 October 2014

Watching It Dry

It's about time for one of my woefully infrequent updates on mini painting. It's been quite a while since I've posted anything on the subject, but I haven't been entirely neglectful of the hobby. Just somewhat preoccupied with various other things. But I've still been working on the thing on and off, and it turns out I actually have quite a lot of new stuff to put up. So let's get on with it shall we?

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Maternal Instinct

You may recall that last week I made certain predictions as to the familiarity of Mummy On The Orient Express based on the continuing sense of Deja Vu that the series of Doctor Who has been consistently delivering. And whilst it wasn't exactly going out of it's way to prove me wrong, there was certainly one thing that was quite unexpected about it. Not only was it actually really good, it was also one of the best episodes so far.

Friday, 10 October 2014

Add 2 And Beat Well (With A Shovel)

Another week, another episode of Doctor Who. Another episode, another chance to tediously nitpick every slightest detail. And there's actually quite a few interesting points to be discussed about Kill The Moon.

Although I'm sure the main question everyone's asking is simply "Clara Oswald: What the FUCK is her problem?!?!?".

But we'll get back to that. There are a few other points to cover first.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Dairy Goodness

It's proving to be an interesting run this series of Doctor Who. Wt first the series seemed intent on redoing old episodes, before seemingly stopping to actually try and make some episodes that were actually good instead of just retro. And now, as we approach the mid point of series it seems they've decided to mix things up and do both. I enjoyed The Caretaker to be sure. And I'd certainly say it was a fairly good episode. But I keep having this terrible feeling of Deja Vu...

Saturday, 27 September 2014

A Dead Crab

Wow, this review is coming in late, huh? I'd apologize if I thought anybody actually cared. Or was even reading this. Still, one must press on.

When reviewing an episode of of Doctor Who one of the most important things is in deciding what angle to take in ones assessment. I find it helpful to have some sort of hook from which to start. And I admit I was a little stumped at first with how to tackle Time Heist. It's a good episode, sure. But more solid than standout remarkable. But when I finally managed to rewatch it I finally realized what it was about that episode that made it particularly enjoyable to me, and would give me my starting point when talking about it.

Did you know that 9 out of 10 housewives can't tell the difference between Time Heist and an adventure module for a Cyberpunk RPG?

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Stop, Look And The Other Thing

Conventional wisdom is a funny old thing isn't it? It's been one of the assumed tenants of Doctor Who for many years now that every story has to have a monster in it. Even when there is no real point to the creature in story terms.

You rang?

Even in recent years there have been several occasions where a creature has been tacked onto the episode, presumably just in case it makes a good action figure.

Not they always actually get as far as making them.

So in Listen we have something rather unique and interesting. Because it's not often you get a whole story that turns around the idea that, just possibly, there ISN'T actually a monster. Apart from that one bit in The Power Of Kroll obviously.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Karma Karma Karma

It's funny really. In my reviews of the last two episodes of this series of Doctor Who I've made jokes about how it seems like they were basically remaking an episode of the classic series. Specifically some of the sort of episodes that don't often make it into peoples top 10 lists.

Hardly surprising when at least 5 of the available positions are taken by Timelash.

I do like to jest about crazy fan type conspiracy theories because it amuses me to do so. What I don't like so much is when I make up some random stuff for fun and then it starts to actually come TRUE.

This week they kinda sorta remade The Kings Deamons.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Prawn Visibility

Funny story: Last weekend I was helping out a friend with a few chores, and as we were going about our business the subject of conversation invariably came around to Doctor Who. He mentioned that the title of the upcoming episode Into The Dalek was rather odd, and I jokingly suggested that maybe they were going to go for some sort of remake of The Invisible Enemy.

I wasn't actually being serious.

CONTACT HAS BEEN MADE. For some reason.

And yet, nevertheless and riff on The Invisible Enemy is just we got. It's funny when you think about it. The first episode combined features of The Twin Dilemma with a splash of Invasion Of The Dinosaurs. More stories that are not all that highly regarded. At this rate next will be a remake of Black Orchid and the season finale will just be a 45 minute dubstep remix of that song from the Gunfighters accompanied by Peter Capaldi's dancing eyebrows.

But I digress. Right now we're here to talk about the past, not the future. Even if it WAS set in the future. Shut up, I know what I'm talking about.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Deepy Weepy, Timey Wimey

So, in last weeks Dr Who we had a gigantic Kaiju sized Dinosaur. As a man with an interest in Dinosaurs this naturally got me thinking about various matters of Paleontological science in relation to Dr Who. Specifically it made me think "Whilst the scale is obviously a bit off, I wonder what implications the morphology of this particular specimen have for accurately dating the period of the Silurian Civilization?".

Sometimes I'm just THAT Rock & Roll.

Be EXCELLENT to each other.