Daily Archives: Tuesday, 4th Sep 2012

This happens to a lot of photographers…

You know the sort of thing – people see your images and say that you must have a great camera. As somebody or other[1] on Twitter[2] said, this is like “complementing” a chef by saying he must have a great frying pan. What the Duck has a nice take on it, which is no longer available in its original location, so you’ll just have to take my work for it…

[1] I was skim reading
[2] Or somewhere

Weight and Stuff Report – 4 September 2012

Up just a wee bit today, but not enough to be annoying. I walked to work again:

Walked to work

Walked to work

and had another, shorter walk at lunchtime. I also got some walking-related reading matter while I was out. More about that when tuits allow.

Today’s picture is a new subject for me. In all these years, I’d never got round to taking any pictures inside the Grainger Market. So here’s a nice roof:

Grainger Market

Grainger Market

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Aperture: ƒ/8
Shutter speed: 1/60s
Focal length: 32mm
ISO: 100
Taken: 3 September, 2012
Location: 54° 58.3929′ 0″ N 1° 36.8929′ 0″ W

And here’s the lunchtime walk

Lunchtime walk

Lunchtime walk

Doctor Who Asylum of the Daleks Prequel

It seems that people watching BBC America, or subscribing to Doctor Who on iTunes, got a special treat from Steven Moffat which UK viewers have not seen. In the usual way, someone has kindly recorded it and put it on YouTube for our viewing pleasure. Here it is, subject to the usual “it might disappear” disclaimer:

And apparently it did disappear

Oh – and you see that cafe that the Doctor isn’t actually in? That’s the Plan Cafe in Morgan Arcade, which I like to visit when I’m in Cardiff. Lovely place, great espresso, and now it’s got an added Doctor Who vibe to make it even better.

Doctor Who – Planet of Giants

As there won’t be another new episode of Doctor Who until 7:35 on Saturday, I thought I’d fill in by starting to catch up on the classic DVDs. This one was the opening story in the second season, first shown in October/November 1964. Back then, the show went out almost all year round, with just a short break. The first such break happened just before this one was shown, so this was treated as a new start, which led to a problem I’ll get to later.

The idea of the the TARDIS crew finding themselves reduced in size dated back to the beginning of the series, but it took a year for it to be realised for one reason or another. The problem starts when the TARDIS doors accidentally open in flight, which for reasons of mumble causes it to be reduced in size on materialisation.  Lots of fun follows with less of the usual chasing down corridors and much more trying to work out where they are, what’s happened to them and why all the insects in the vicinity are dead.

In parallel to the story of the Doctor and his companions, we see what’s going on, with a good bit of Evil Conspiracy and Murder to add to the fun. Err, you know what I mean. Given the limitations of effects at the time, and the fact that Doctor Who was recorded as a live performance with very few breaks, the giant surroundings are realised remarkably well, and I had no trouble getting into the story.  It’s not the most exciting of stories, especially compared to anything with Daleks in (this was before the Cybermen made their first appearance), and the management decided that the completed four part story should be cut to three parts. This was done with remarkably little violence to the story, and only one or two slightly odd moments.

Extras aren’t too plentiful – there’s a problem with the early stories in that most of the participants are dead, and the survivors don’t necessarily recall the details of one show among many, but a reasonable selection has been assembled:

  • Episodes 3 and 4 Reconstruction – Working from the scripts, using voice actors and a careful reuse of clips, an attempt has been made to present the original last two episodes. A curiosity, worth a glance at least
  • Rediscovering the Urge to Live – The usual bit of documentary, but based on creating the reconstruction rather than the original episodes
  • Doctor Who Stories – Suddenly Susan – A recycled interview from the 2003 Story of Doctor Who, in which Carole Ann Ford talks about her part, and how it was never quite what she’d hoped it would be (too much passive screaming, not enough intelligence and action)
  • The Lambert Tapes – The Doctor – Another selection from The Story of Doctor Who, in which Verity Lambert, the show’s first producer, recalls the early days.

Then there’s the usual commentary, pictures, production subtitles and other bits and bobs. Overall, nice, but not a particularly special release.