Daily Archives: Wednesday, 12th Sep 2012

Weight and Stuff Report – 12 September 2012

Up another one of those tiny bits today, mutter, mutter.

I walked to work again, but without any photographic detours. It was another one of those days when the rain stopped in time for me to not have an excuse for catching the bus, which was good. Here’s the walk:

Walked to work

Walked to work

I would have had at least a short walk at lunchtime, but as it was raining heavily, I made do with a quick dash to the sarnie shop over the road. Today’s picture is something I spotted on my lunchtime walk yesterday. It’s one of those things that could be construed as tacky or tasteless, but I like it anyway

Roosting

Roosting

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Aperture: ƒ/7.1
Shutter speed: 1/160s
Focal length: 105mm
ISO: 100
Taken: 11 September, 2012
Location: 54° 58.0222′ 0″ N 1° 36.7162′ 0″ W

And if you’d like to guess[1] where that roosting birdie lives, you’d probably be prettty:

..enough

..enough

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Aperture: ƒ/7.1
Shutter speed: 1/640s
Focal length: 60mm
ISO: 100
Taken: 11 September, 2012
Location: 54° 58.0222′ 0″ N 1° 36.7162′ 0″ W

[1] Clicking the GPS coordinates would be cheating, of course

Doctor Who – The Android Invasion

It’s time for another classic Doctor Who DVD! This was the other story included with Invasion of the Dinosaurs in the UNIT Files box set. First shown in November and December 1975,  it stars Tom Baker as the Doctor and Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith. It’s notable for being the last appearance of UNIT for quite a long time…

The TARDIS lands in a nicely quiet English village, where it turns out that things are, in a shockingly unexpected development, not quite as they seem. Not only are the people android replicas, but the village itself is a fake. Some suitably nasty aliens are planning to invade Earth, wipe out the population, and all the usual kind of thing.

There is some fun with the android versions of old friends Harry Sullivan and Corporal Sergeant RSM Benton, but it’s a bit of a let down that the last appearances of both were so low-key, with no real goodbye for either. It’s something of a relief that Nicholas Courtney wasn’t available for the Brigadier to be treated in a similar manner, really.  Overall, not one of the best stories of the period, and not one that stuck in my mind in the way its immediate predecessor Pyramids of Mars[1] did.

This is another release that’s light on the extras, but I did enjoy Life After Who – Philip Hinchcliffe, in which the producer talks to his daughter about his long career in TV. There’s also the usual “making of” documentary and bits and bobs.

[1] Hmmm. I used to be a lot more brief with my DVD comments, didn’t I?