Daily Archives: Tuesday, 11th Sep 2012

Weight and Stuff Report – 11 September 2012

Up just a wee bit today, but never mind. When I got up this morning, I was pretty sure I’d be getting the bus again, as it was raining heavily enough to be a problem. But by the time I was ready to leave, the sky had cleared and it was turning into a nice day, so I walked, accompanied by the Canon 5D Mark III. I was a little alarmed by some signs I spotted. Apparently the Doctor’s old friends have moved their base to Gateshead:

Secret HQ?

Secret HQ?

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Aperture: ƒ/8
Shutter speed: 1/200s
Focal length: 105mm
ISO: 100
Taken: 11 September, 2012
Location: 54° 57.5135′ 0″ N 1° 36.6016′ 0″ W

Well, I assume that’s what it’s about, anyway.

I also spotted some reflections which appealed to me:

55 Degrees South?

55 Degrees South?

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Aperture: ƒ/9
Shutter speed: 1/100s
Focal length: 105mm
ISO: 160
Taken: 11 September, 2012
Location: 54° 57.5135′ 0″ N 1° 36.6016′ 0″ W

Here’s the walk:

Walked to work

Walked to work

Not satisfied with that, the 5D insisted on taking me for another walk at lunchtime, which involved me taking a few turns I don’t believe I’ve ever done before, and which led me to this interesting bit of road:

Tracks

Tracks

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Aperture: ƒ/7.1
Shutter speed: 1/80s
Focal length: 100mm
ISO: 100
Taken: 11 September, 2012
Location: 54° 57.5135′ 0″ N 1° 36.6016′ 0″ W

This is the somewhat steep[1] Hanover Street. The straight lines of smooth stones were, I’m told[2], placed to provide easier passage for horse-drawn vehicles climbing the hill. More pictures when tuits allow, but here’s that walk:

Lunchtime Walk

Lunchtime Walk

[1] For really steep, try the bit of footpath at the bottom of the road, as it curves around. A bit of ice on that would be lethal
[2] By a source I’ll be revealing soon

Doctor Who – Colony in Space

I’m still catching up with the classic Doctor Who DVDs released over the last mumble months, and I’ll be writing about them in no particular order. Colony in Space was first shown in April and May 1971 and starts Jon Pertwee as the Doctor, with Katy Manning as Jo Grant and Roger Delgado as the Master.

Having established the Doctor’s exile on Earth in the previous year, the production team were feeling the need to play with the formula a bit – after all, having a fresh alien invasion once a month or so could be seen as stretching things a bit. And so came the Idea – from time to time, the Time Lords, while keeping themselves at a distance, and not intervening in the affairs of other planets, (oh no, not at all, against our rules, you know) would use the Doctor as an agent, regardless of what he might have wanted to do.

So when the Doctor thinks he’s built a new dematerialisation circuit and attempts to demonstrate it to a sceptical Jo[1], the TARDIS sets off under the control of the TIme Lords. It arrives in the traditional quarry which was apparently how all alien planets looked in the 1970s. Actually, it was more of a clay pit, which led to a wee bit of mess when it rained during filming…

Anyway, on the planet Uxarieus, there’s a bit of conflict. A struggling group of colonists, barely clinging on to life, find themselves confronted by the Interplanetary Mining Corporation (IMC), who claim to have been allocated the planet for exploitation, so no colonists allowed. Lots of entertainment follows, with mysterious native beings, a hidden city with a Big Secret, and the Adjudicator who comes to settle the dispute between the colonists and IMC. Ah. Yes. Not actually an Adjudicator, more of a Master, and he’s the reason the Time Lords dragged the Doctor there in the first place. It turns out that the native race is the remainder of a once-great civilisation, who created this rather nasty weapon, which the Master wants to play with.

The story stands up pretty well, and was worth watching again after all those years – I do remember seeing this one as a quite young person…

Extras are not very plentiful on this DVD. Apart from the usual commentary, production subtitles and pictures, there’s a small selection of unused bits of film, and a making of documentary. The documentary is lifted from obscurity by the comedy animated introduction, which is a recruitment film for IMC with Lego-style characters. Very, very, silly. I loved it.

[1] Cue the traditional “bigger on the inside” bit