Sunday, August 10, 2008

Why Not Another Batch Of Random Links?

Using your browser URL history to estimate gender: Does what it says! Although possibly not all that well. Apparently I'm 60% likely to be male.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Animated Series promo: A three-minute video that offers a sense of what the Buffy animated series would have been like if it had actually gone ahead. I'm sorry that it didn't, now, because I enjoyed that.

Dr. Who Episodes quiz: How many classic-series Doctor Who stories can you name in five minutes? Me, I choked badly, and proved to myself that I really have forgotten more about Doctor Who than most people ever know. But I did get all the Sylvester McCoy episodes, at least!

Doctor Who Roundtable with Stephen Moffat @ Comic-Con: The audio and video aren't great, but the interview is fascinating. Man, the more I hear this guy talk about his attitude towards and his vision for Doctor Who, the happier I am about the fact that he'll be taking over. (And congratulations to him, by the way, on his Hugo Award win for "Blink"!)

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  1. Moffatt really does seem to have his head on straight about what worked in his episodes and why you can't just repeat that in each episode. I think he'll do well.

    And I've been watching a fair amount of Russell T. Davies' non-Who output lately -- The Second Coming, Bob & Rose -- and you know, the man can really write about human relationships. Maybe he ran into problems on Doctor Who so often because he managed to convince himself the show isn't about that, or second-guessed himself. I don't know. Obviously the man was pivotal in getting the show in the air, loves the series and character to death, and produced so great scripts. But I'll be much more interested to see his next project if it doesn't include space ships, I think.

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  2. Yeah, he has a really sensible and level-headed kind of approach to that, I think. And he's perfectly right. As much as I love a typical Moffat episode with all its timey-wimey goodness, you can't do that 13 episodes in a row. And, more than that, he's dead-on right about how the very best tradition of the show involves the Doctor opening the TARDIS doors, stepping out, and encountering something brand new that neither he nor the audience were expecting.

    And I actually agree with you about Davies. I haven't see The Second Coming and Bob & Rose is still sitting on my Netflix queue, but he impressed the hell out of me with his writing on the original British version of Queer as Folk. The guy does have talent, it just didn't always serve him as well on Who as might be hoped. And even though I have some fairly large complaints about certain specific things, I do have to express my appreciation for all the things he did right. Including bringing the series back to the air in the first place.

    But I'll be much more interested to see his next project if it doesn't include space ships, I think.

    I hadn't even put any thought at all into what he might be doing next and whether I might want to watch it, but when you put it like that, I can only nod in agreement.

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  3. I've only seen the first couple of Bob & Rose episodes (on YouTube), but I'm really liking them so far. Alan Davies is particularly very good.

    I definitely recommend The Second Coming. It's about a man (Christopher Ecceleston) who thinks he's the second coming of Christ...and is.

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  4. I haven't seen any of Alan Davies' actual acting yet, but I've found him utterly adorable on QI. And I've heard good things about The Second Coming elsewhere, too. I must check it out at some point.

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  5. Where can I get a copy of "The Second Coming?" Anyone know?

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  6. I am extremely excited about Moffat stepping up to the plate. (or wickets, I suppose?) Gavin and I habeen talking about the old series and he was steadfastly of the opinion that davies should step down after 4 or 5 seasons/series.
    BTW, did anyone here see the 2005 remake of The Quatermass Experiment,? The character of Quatermass has become a bit of an obsession.

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  7. I saw the original Quatermass Experiment ages and ages ago, but I don't remember it terribly well. I keep thinking I should take another look at it. Definitely haven't seen the remake, though.

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  8. David Tennant, Jason Flemyng and Indira Varma (Susie from Torchwood and Niobe in Rome) star in it. I quite liked it. Other than that I have only seen the 1967 version of Quatermass and the Pit.

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  9. I saw the original version of "Quatermass and the Pit" back in the late 1950s. As a child of ten or so, it frightened me more than anything I've seen since. There was also a Hammer flim made in the mid '60s, but it didn't seem so frightening in colour as in the black and white. Or maybe it's just that I was older.

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  10. The only Hammer Quatermass I have heard anything good about is Quatermass and the Pit. And Andrew Keir was great as Quatermass.

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