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Thursday, May 25, 2006

Doctor Who news

D.W.Q.M.: Sgt. Benton: "What are we going to do now?"
the Second Doctor: "Keep it confused, feed it with useless information. I wonder if I have a television set handy?"

(author's note: this post can also be found at the Idiot's Lantern)

Hiya everybody!! This post is a day early-I won't have time to write this tomorrow because I will be heading to
Marcon! Yay! :)

Series One (season 27) in the USA:
Fridays, 9pm EST on the SciFi Channel
Current episode:
No Doctor Who this week-SciFi is showing it's Memorial Day Weekend movie marathon.

Previous episodes:
11.
Boom Town
10.
The Doctor Dances
9.
The Empty Child
8.
Father's Day
7.
The Long Game
6.
Dalek
5.
World War III
4.
Aliens of London
3.
The Unquiet Dead
2.
The End of the World
1.
Rose

Series Two (season 28) in the UK:
Saturdays, at 7pm GMT on BBC1
Current episode:
7.
The Idiot's Lantern

Previous episodes:
6.
The Age of Steel
5.
The Rise of the Cybermen
4.
The Girl in the Fireplace
3.
School Reunion
2.
Tooth and Claw
1.
New Earth

U.S.A. ratings: (from Outpost Gallifrey) The Doctor Dances: A slightly improved household rating this week of 1.09 with an average of 1.4 million viewers, up nearly a quarter of a million viewers from the previous week's season low.
Boomtown:1.03 with an average of 1.2 million viewers, down approximately 200,000 viewers from the previous week.

Season-to-date, Sci Fi reports that Doctor Who is currently averaging a 1.28 household rating and an average audience of 1.5 million viewers for the season.

Is it just me or do these ratings seem to be going up and down like a seesaw every week?

"Sutekh is supreme!" Gabriel Woolf, who played Sutekh in the Fourth Doctor story, Pyramids of Mars, will be playing the voice of Satan himself in the second series episode, The Satan's Pit. Oooh, I can't wait to hear that!

That's all for now-sorry this is so short-it's been another busy week. Getting ready for Marcon takes it's toll. ;) *heehee*

Everyone have a fantastic weekend! Those going to Marcon-I can't wait to see you! :)
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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Strange electrical phenomenon or deaf ghost?

D.W.Q.M.: Ian: "Where's your spirit of adventure, hm?"
the First Doctor: "It died a slow and painful death when those bats came out of the rafters."

Ahh, the system is down again. I've had a lovely morning so far-I posted a short entry at
the Idiot's Lantern, read several blogs, checked my email, edited some Mp3 track info...yeah, a real productive day at the library so far. ;)

So I decided to take the time and write about an incident that happened last Friday morning that was...well, just plain weird.

My stereo is hooked up to my tv-and when I use the stereo for sound, I usually have to have it cranked to at least 20 or 22 to make it worthwhile. However, at the end of the day, I usually turn the sound down and then set it to the radio, since I can't wake up without the radio to keep me going in the morning. Last Thursday, I didn't use the stereo for the tv at all, so the volume should have been at it's normal radio setting...right?

Wrong!

When I turned on the radio Friday morning, I was greeted with the music blaring at at least 22. Startled, and somewhat puzzled, I quickly turned it down and went back to my bedroom to finish getting dressed. When I came out again, the volume was loud again. I know I turned it down. Frustrated, I once again turned it down and went about getting ready for work.

I was in the middle of packing my lunch when I heard the volume go up. Startled, I ran into the living room and once again turned it down. This time I sat there for a few minutes, and once again, the volume went up for no apparent reason. This happened a few more times before I left for work, but it hasn't happened since.

...will there be a part 2 to this story? I'm not sure...

All I know is that it was a very strange experience, and when I was writing about it in my written journal (yes, I still keep one of those) something startled me big time which sent my heart racing. No more writing about strange happennings late at night for me!

...I just heard a 'hooray!' shout from someone's office-and an email confirms it-the system is finally back up, so off to work I go! :)
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Friday, May 19, 2006

Doctor Who news

D.W.Q.M.: Sgt. Benton: "What are we going to do now?"
the Second Doctor: "Keep it confused, feed it with useless information. I wonder if I have a television set handy?"

(author's note: this post can also be found at the Idiot's Lantern)

Series One (season 27) in the USA:
Fridays, 9pm EST on the SciFi Channel
Current episode:
11.
Boom Town

Previous episodes:
10.
The Doctor Dances
9.
The Empty Child
8.
Father's Day
7.
The Long Game
6.
Dalek
5.
World War III
4.
Aliens of London
3.
The Unquiet Dead
2.
The End of the World
1.
Rose

Series Two (season 28) in the UK:
Saturdays, at 6:35pm GMT on BBC1
Current episode:
6.
The Age of Steel

Previous episodes:
5.
The Rise of the Cybermen
4.
The Girl in the Fireplace
3.
School Reunion
2.
Tooth and Claw
1.
New Earth

U.K. Ratings: The Appreciation Index (AI) for the Rise of the Cybermen scored 86 last week. According to Outpost Gallifrey, not only is this the highest score for the second series, but it's one of the highest since the series return. Only the Parting of the Ways scored higher at 89.

I haven't seen any official ratings for SciFi's broadcast of the Doctor Dances yet. (The editor of OG has been pretty busy this week.)

from SciFi Wire:
Who Blitzes WWII London Steven Moffat, (the Empty Child, the Doctor Dances, and the Girl in the Fireplace [from series 2]) told SciFi Wire that he was "that he was surprised by the overwhelmingly positive response to the two-parter.." He had no idea how powerful the story was going to become. Neither did we! I can't tell you the number of adults who were spooked by this episode-it's like we were 5 years old again, hiding behind the couch. Not only is the two-parter my favorite from series one, but it ranks up there with my favorites from the series as a whole. I hope it wins the Hugo award.

Moffat is also responsible for one of the new series earliest catchphrases: "Are you my mummy?"

...in my opinion, he's responsible for two: "Bananas are good." ;) LOL. 0:-)

Torchwood in the News
Articles about the spinoff, Torchwood have been spotted in the SciFi Wire and SyFy Portal:

from the SciFi Wire:
Torchwood Begins Production

Torchwood Ignited at Right Time

from SyFy Portal:
'Torchwood' Gets Underway

Right Time for 'Torchwood'

(actually, it looks like the SyFy Portal articles are just shorter summaries of the SciFi Wire articles-but that didn't stop me from reading both. LOL. ;) )

That's all for now. Have a fantastic weekend!!!
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Thursday, May 18, 2006

May Night Sky

D.W.Q.M.: Duke Juliano: "There's this man in Florence claims that by arranging ground glasses in a certain order, it's possible to see the moon and stars as large as your hand."
Marco: "Is that a good thing?" (from the Fourth Doctor story, the Masque of Mandragora,)

It has been a very long time since I've done one of these posts-I am so sorry! I don't have a good excuse, really, so I won't try to make one up. I know this month is already more than halfway over, but I figured if I want to start these posts again, I should start somewhere. ;)

This post is brought to you by
Sky and Telescope.

Sky Events
May 3rd: Jupiter reaches opposition to the Sun
May 6th: Eta Aquarid meteor shower peaks (best seen in the tropics and Southern Hemisphere)
May 13th: Full Moon
May 30th: Moon besides Mars, just after dusk
May 31st: Moon besides Saturn, just after dusk.

Comets!
Comet Schwassmann-Wachmann 3(or what's left of it) is making it's closest approach to earth this week (well, on the 15th-I knew I should have written this on Saturday). The comet broke apart in 1995, and fragments B and C are very bright, and can be seen with binoculars, depending on the sky darkness. As of yesterday, fragment B is now at magnitude 7.6 Sky and Telescope is keeping track of the comet-and updating
this article daily.

Also in the same article: "Jack Drummond of the Starfire Optical Range predicts that debris shed by the comet many years ago (long before the 1995 breakup) could bring us a meteor shower on the night of May 22–23".
Check out the article for more details. :)

This Day in Astronomy
May 21st, 1965: Physicists Amo Penzias and Robert Wilson discover cosmic background radiation, the "embers" of the Big Bang.
May 29th, 1919: During a total solar eclipse, Einstein's theory of general relativity is tested for the first time.

Just because...an interesting fact
A new section-not sure how often I will actually have something for this section-but if I read, hear, or see something that's interesting, I'll post it here.

(from my Astronomy calendar) Pulsars are incredibly dense. A thimble of pulsar material would weigh as much as all the water in Lake Erie. Whoa...

Clear skies and happy viewing!!
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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

ahh, little ones-how we have corrupted you. ;)

D.W.Q.M.: "Female? Ah, you have a primary and secondary reproductive system. It is an inefficient system, you should change it." -Linx, (from the Third Doctor story, the Time Warrior)

Well, as long as there is new Doctor Who airing either here or in the U.K., I'm guaranteed at least one new post every week-sometimes more. *hee*

I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother's Day! I made my usual calls up north, and as always, they turned into the most interesting conversations. ;) This year's topic? Doctor Who. ;)

My Mom, Ally, Shan and I all agree we need to have a Doctor Who marathon while I'm there-problem is, we've been saying that for about 3 years now-it hasn't quite happened yet. (we've tried, though-one or two episodes here and there-but we are talking about hours long, with lots of junk food!) LOL. So this summer will mark our
7th attempt (one for each time I visit in the summer and at Christmas) The big question is-wide screen tv, or big, comfy couch that fits more than 7 comfortably? I dunno about the rest-but I vote for the couch! ;) (besides, bigger couch will be better to hide behind. ;) )

So for Mother's Day, I made a Doctor Who cd for both Ally and Shan-it has the theme, some remixes of the theme, and a few silly songs. Ally's been listening to it ever since she got it. Apparently, when Shan opened hers, Sum saw it and screamed (an excited scream, not a horrified scream. :p) Shan says that she'll be watching Doctor Who after Sum has supposedly gone to bed, but as soon as the theme music starts to play, she'll her Sum yell, 'Hey! Are you watching Doctor Who?!?!' Ally says that Boo will sometimes ask if Doctor Who is on, cause she wants to watch it now! Remember after Christmas I was writing about Maddy imitating Autons? Shan says that Maddy proudly remembers 'staying up late with mommy and auntie ella watching doctor who'. :) I wonder what Mellon will remember in another few years.

Ah, the tradition of watching Doctor Who with family and friends still lives on. ;)
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Friday, May 12, 2006

Doctor Who news

D.W.Q.M.: Sgt. Benton: "What are we going to do now?"
the Second Doctor: "Keep it confused, feed it with useless information. I wonder if I have a television set handy?"

(author's note: this entry can also be found at the Idiot's Lantern)

Series One (season 27) in the USA:
Fridays, 9pm EST on the SciFi Channel
Current episode:
10.
The Doctor Dances

Previous episodes:
9.
The Empty Child
8.
Father's Day
7.
The Long Game
6.
Dalek
5.
World War III
4.
Aliens of London
3.
The Unquiet Dead
2.
The End of the World
1.
Rose

Series Two (season 28) in the UK:
Saturdays, at 6:40pm GMT on BBC1
Current episode:
5.
The Rise of the Cybermen

Previous episodes:
4.
The Girl in the Fireplace
3.
School Reunion
2.
Tooth and Claw
1.
New Earth

U.S.A. Ratings: Sadly, the ratings were down last week. 1.04 household rating, with an average of 1.2 million viewers, making it the lowest of this season to date. Which is a shame, because I think the Empty Child is one of the best episodes of the first series. However, as many have pointed out on the boards, last weekend was Cinco de Mayo, and the weather is getting nicer, so people are probably going out on Friday nights, and catching the episodes later. Sci Fi reports that Doctor Who is currently averaging a 1.29 household rating and an average audience of 1.5 million viewers for the season.

As most of you probably know by now, Doctor Who took home
three BAFTA awards! More than any other program. Audience award for Best Program of 2005, Best Drama series, and Russell T. Davies won the Dennis Potter Award for outstanding writing for television. Woo-hoo!

More Classic series coming to dvd: According to
TVshowsondvd.com., the First Doctor Story, the Web Planet and the Third Doctor story, Inferno, are coming to dvd on September 5th. Some cool features including pdf's of the Doctor Who Annuals are included in the releases. (man, I wish I had a dvd-rom). ;) I was hoping Inferno would be released soon-it's out of print and our libraries don't have it. (now, if only they'd release the Monster of Peladon on dvd, and I'd be one happy whovian camper.) lol.

some fun stuff: I found a new Whovian blogger(well, new to me-he's been around a while!) Michael, at
the Torchwood Institute was looking at Google trends for Doctor Who in the U.S. Top three cities were St. Louis, Chicago, and Minneapolis. (I found his blog while searching to find out when Doctor Who first aired on Minneapolis' PBS station, KTCA.)

Tegan points us to an entry at Paul Cornell's blog. He's been commissioned to write a 2 part story for the third series of Doctor Who,, plus he has a link to a Dalek font. Sweet!

Cybermen on the web: The Cybermen have been making news on both the Scifi Wire and SyFy Portal:

Who's Cybermen Lighten Up

Cybermen Rise in Who

Davies Worked to make Cybermen Believeable Warning: spoilers

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That's all for now-everyone have a great weekend!
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Monday, May 08, 2006

"Mummy...? Are you my mummy? (or, little Whovians in training)

D.W.Q.M.: "No mummies here. Nobody here but us chickens...Well, this chicken." -the Ninth Doctor

My sister celebrated her birthday on Saturday. I called her early that morning, and started to leave a long message on their answering machine when someone picked up and a tiny voice declared,
"Auntie, you're silly!!"

*heehee* I chatted with Boo for a while, then she brought the phone into the bedroom where Ally was resting with Mellon. Ha! I woke her up! Actually, she was glad I called, 'cause she had the cutest little story to tell me.

She was watching Friday's episode of Doctor Who, the Empty Child, with Mellon sitting on her belly. Well, as they were watching the part where all the zombies start repeating 'Mum-my' at the end of the episode, when Mellon started rocking back and for and repeating 'Mom-my, mom-my' in the same sing-song fashion. She was so cute!! I started to laugh. I had that picture in my head all day. LOL.

So, we have Maddy imitating Autons and Mellon imitating gas-masked zombies.

*sniff* I am so proud. ;)
:-D
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Friday, May 05, 2006

Doctor Who news

D.W.Q.M.:Sgt. Benton: "What are we going to do now?"
the Second Doctor: "Keep it confused, feed it with useless information. I wonder if I have a television set handy?"

(author's note: this post can also be found at the Idiot's Lantern)

Series One (season 27) in the USA:
Fridays, 9pm EST on the SciFi Channel
Current episode:
9.
The Empty Child

Previous episodes:
8.
Father's Day
7.
The Long Game
6.
Dalek
5.
World War III
4.
Aliens of London
3.
The Unquiet Dead
2.
The End of the World
1.
Rose

Series Two (season 28) in the UK:
Saturdays, at 7:00pm GMT on BBC1
Current episode:
4.
The Girl in the Fireplace

Previous episodes:
3.
School Reunion
2.
Tooth and Claw
1.
New Earth

There is alot of news out there, but I haven't had much time this week to read much about it, so this is going to be a short news post! So short, there isn't any difference between this one and the one over at the Idiot's Lantern. I'm sorry!

U.S.A. ratings: Ratings for Father's Day varied from last week-although the average household rating was slightly down (1.4 million), the average viewers held at 1.4 million viewers. Huh, how does that work? ;) Also-Doctor Who has had the second highest rating of SciFi shows for the past couple of weeks now. Sweet!

U.K. ratings: For those curious, according to Outpost Gallifrey, School Reunion was tied with Five's CSI: New York epsiode as having the highest AI rating (measures audience appreciation) at 85. This is the same rating that New Earth recieved two weeks ago, making these two episodes two of the five most popular since the return of the series. The repeat of School Reunion on BBC Three was the second placed program on Sunday.

The Doctor Who spinoff, Torchwood, started filming this week. Cool! I wonder what the likelihood of this being brought to American television will be. It sounds interesting-especially with all of the references to it in the second series. (see the Torchwood set report at
Outpost Gallifrey for more details-don't worry, the spoiler guard is on. ;))

Fun and amusements: Every week, Scifi Wire has a poll-this week it's asking if you are going to see MI:III from J.J. Abrams this weekend-here are the selections:
-Yes! I love J.J!
-No! Tom Cruise is crazy!
-It Depends-is Greg Grunberg in it?
and finally:
-It depends-Is Doctor Who on?

Guess what-as of today, Doctor Who is second (with 35% of the vote) to No! (with 36% of the vote) LOL. That is so funny! ;)

Have a great weekend everybody!
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Thursday, May 04, 2006

HA!

D.W.Q.M.: "Your arrogance is nearly as great as your ignorance." -the First Doctor

For months, I have refused to buy the 'original' Star Wars triology on dvd, because, well-I didn't consider what Lucas put out to be the original. (I mean, come on-replacing Sebastian Shaw with Hayden Christiensen at the end of Jedi? what was that all about?!?!) I was upset that Lucas didn't include the original unaltered versions in the dvd release. He said something along the lines of he considered the original was a work in progress, so he wasn't going to release them on dvd-that we had our videos.

That's ok, I've got the videos and that's $70 that will remain in my pocketbook. ;p

Well, he must have changed his mind-it's been brought to my attention that
the original, un-altered versions of the original triology will become available on DVD until December 31st. Each release will also include the 2004 tweaked version. That's ok, I don't have to watch that if I don't want to! ;)

I'm not the only one who is happy:
Michael over at Big Orange Michael is also excited about the news. He said that there was a part of him that didn't really want to be cynical and say that Lucas has just found a way to milk more money out of Star Wars fans...LOL.

Well, he didn't milk any more money out of me-'cause I didn't cave in in the first place!! YEAH! Take that! WOO! ;)

Looks like I will finally be able to update my wishlist with Star Wars dvds-the ORIGINAL Star Wars. LOL. ;)

(special thanks to both Karen and Peter who alerted me to the announcement-you know me so well-you guys rock!)
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