dbskyler: (Sarah looking up)
They're playing a rerun of the Star Trek TOS episode "The Naked Time," or as I call it, the "I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen" episode. It was one of my favorite episodes when I was a kid just for the part where the sick crewperson kept singing that over and over again. We used to go around the house singing it. (I'm sure my parents loved that.)

Anyone else have any stories about old TV and what you used to name the episodes back when you didn't know what the official names were?

In other news, Broadchurch series 3 has made it to BBC America. I watched the first episode and really liked it. But before I get too far into it, for those of you've seen it already: is it better than series 2?
dbskyler: (Four and Sarah)
I wish more clips from this wonderful Star Trek: Voyager episode were on Youtube, but in lieu of that, here, have the dialogue from some of my favorite scenes.

Quick summary of the plot: A holodeck program interferes with reality. Yes, tired Star Trek cliche, I know, but the program in question this time is Captain Proton, a Flash Gordon-esque space adventure, with a villain named Chaotica. The holodeck scenes are over-the-top camp, and the whole thing is full of win.

spoilers for Bride of Chaotica, but honestly, it is hard to truly spoil this episode )
dbskyler: (ten_fez)
One of the channels way down the list in my cable package has started broadcasting Star Trek: DS9, and I've found myself getting hooked on it again. It also broadcasts Star Trek: Voyager, which I find myself sometimes enjoying and sometimes rolling my eyes at (just like the first time I watched!), and Star Trek: Enterprise, which I mostly avoided the first time but am now watching in order to see how I was absolutely correct to avoid it the first time.

(I should just turn off the TV when it gets to Enterprise. I really should. That show is a huge train wreck. But for some reason, when it's on at 10pm after two hours of better Star Trek, I find myself watching it just to confirm what a train wreck it is.)

Anyway, back to DS9. I was watching this episode with a guest actress playing an alien, and I kept thinking how she really seemed familiar behind all that alien make-up. It was something in her voice. So after it was over, I looked up the cast, and guess what? It was Daphne Ashbrook! Apparently she's one of a very small number of actors to have appeared in both Doctor Who and Star Trek.
dbskyler: (eleven smile)
I'm not ready for a full-on reaction post other than to say that I really liked it! But I found something on the internet about the episode, and I just have to share it:

spoilers for Under the Lake )
dbskyler: (fez)
I'm working on my fic for [profile] dw_50ficathon, and I needed some technobabble. I sat there staring at a blank screen, trying vainly to think up something good, when it suddenly occurred to me to wonder if there might be some technobabble examples on the web that I could steal from get inspiration from.

A quick google search later, and what did I find? The Star Trek Random Technobabble Generator.

The internet is AWESOME.
dbskyler: (up to eleven)
It might not help you relax, but it will definitely improve your life: Dalek relaxation tape

And, Google Maps now includes the inside of the TARDIS!

I find it especially hilarious that Google starts with the police box at Earl's Court, which I got to see myself during a trip to London:

picture behind cut )

You know what this means, right? The Earl's Court police box is the actual TARDIS! I've seen the TARDIS!
dbskyler: (eleven smile)
Take a look at this amazing picture:

http://i.imgur.com/U1GU1.jpg

Isn't it AWESOME?

I have wasted an amazing amount of time trying to identify as many robots as I can in it. Here's what I have so far (probably showing off my age here more than a little bit):

cut for those who don't care )
dbskyler: (eleven smile)
In honor of [livejournal.com profile] fic_rush, here's the best-ever BBC iPlayer commercial:

dbskyler: (tardis)
Just got back from a trip, which was really convenient for me in terms of timing because now I'm back and it's . . .

ONE MORE DAY UNTIL THE PANDORICA OPENS!!!!!!!

Can you tell I'm excited? I think I've been looking forward to this finale since Moffat was first announced as the new show-runner. I can't wait to see what he's thought up!

In other DW-watching, I've recently seen the only two episodes that still exist for "Wheel in Space," which was both happy-making because I thoroughly enjoyed them both, and sad-making because the other parts of it are no longer around to enjoy. I also finished "Doctor Who and the Silurians," which was really excellent. The ending was especially powerful, and that's despite the fact that I'd been spoiled for it; I can only imagine what it must have been like for someone who had no idea that was coming. And hey, a question for you Brig/Liz shippers out there -- even I noticed how solicitous Liz was when the Brig finally came safely out of those tunnels, and I normally have to be hit over the head in order to see shippiness. So now I'm curious -- what sparked the ship for you? Was it that moment, or a similar-type moment in another episode? Or was it just a general sense of chemistry between them? Or was it something else?
dbskyler: (tardis)
Just got back from a trip, which was really convenient for me in terms of timing because now I'm back and it's . . .

ONE MORE DAY UNTIL THE PANDORICA OPENS!!!!!!!

Can you tell I'm excited? I think I've been looking forward to this finale since Moffat was first announced as the new show-runner. I can't wait to see what he's thought up!

In other DW-watching, I've recently seen the only two episodes that still exist for "Wheel in Space," which was both happy-making because I thoroughly enjoyed them both, and sad-making because the other parts of it are no longer around to enjoy. I also finished "Doctor Who and the Silurians," which was really excellent. The ending was especially powerful, and that's despite the fact that I'd been spoiled for it; I can only imagine what it must have been like for someone who had no idea that was coming. And hey, a question for you Brig/Liz shippers out there -- even I noticed how solicitous Liz was when the Brig finally came safely out of those tunnels, and I normally have to be hit over the head in order to see shippiness. So now I'm curious -- what sparked the ship for you? Was it that moment, or a similar-type moment in another episode? Or was it just a general sense of chemistry between them? Or was it something else?
dbskyler: (Default)
I've seen people get these collages based on the interests listed on their LJ profiles, but sadly I have very few interests listed and so my collage was incredibly sad and boring. However, I discovered that there is also an option for getting a collage based on what you've been journaling about, and that one turned out to be far more interesting. Truthfully, I have no idea what some of these images are meant to represent, but others are very recognizable.

What I've been journaling about )
dbskyler: (Default)
I've seen people get these collages based on the interests listed on their LJ profiles, but sadly I have very few interests listed and so my collage was incredibly sad and boring. However, I discovered that there is also an option for getting a collage based on what you've been journaling about, and that one turned out to be far more interesting. Truthfully, I have no idea what some of these images are meant to represent, but others are very recognizable.

What I've been journaling about )
dbskyler: (Harry)
Had a hard day today and was just randomly playing on Netflix to see what Doctor Who episodes they had available for instant streaming when I clicked on "Carnival of Monsters," a Third Doctor episode which I'd never seen before. So picture me innocently watching, idly wondering if this one's any good and then OMG IT'S HARRY SULLIVAN!!!!!!!!!!!

Okay, actually Ian Marter but OMG IT'S IAN MARTER!!!!!!!!!! Playing *another* naval officer! Did the guy get typecast in Doctor Who, or what?

So now I'm obviously going to have to watch the rest of this ASAP. "Delta and the Bannermen" is due to show up tomorrow in the mail, and I've never seen it either, and I was looking forward to my first time seeing Seven and Mel together, but now that one's just going to have to wait. Because did I mention Ian Marter? In fact, if I'm not careful, I'm going to be dragging out my "Terror of the Zygons" videotape next, I just know it . . .
dbskyler: (Default)
Had a hard day today and was just randomly playing on Netflix to see what Doctor Who episodes they had available for instant streaming when I clicked on "Carnival of Monsters," a Third Doctor episode which I'd never seen before. So picture me innocently watching, idly wondering if this one's any good and then OMG IT'S HARRY SULLIVAN!!!!!!!!!!!

Okay, actually Ian Marter but OMG IT'S IAN MARTER!!!!!!!!!! Playing *another* naval officer! Did the guy get typecast in Doctor Who, or what?

So now I'm obviously going to have to watch the rest of this ASAP. "Delta and the Bannermen" is due to show up tomorrow in the mail, and I've never seen it either, and I was looking forward to my first time seeing Seven and Mel together, but now that one's just going to have to wait. Because did I mention Ian Marter? In fact, if I'm not careful, I'm going to be dragging out my "Terror of the Zygons" videotape next, I just know it . . .
dbskyler: (Default)
Okay, so that's not going to be true for everyone reading this, but I bet that at least some of you were born after spring 1987, right? That's when the contents of the videotape I watched today were aired.

I had intended to watch "Stones of Blood" (all [personal profile] lost_spook's fault, by the way), but it turned out that while the videotape was labeled with that episode, it had been taped over. In spring 1987. I was able to date the contents very well, because there were references to upcoming air dates in April, and an episode of "Starman" on the tape. Yes, that's right, Starman, the television series, which only aired for one season (in 1987).

So then of course I had to sit down and see what the hell else was on this mystery videotape. It turned out to contain the last three episodes of "War Games," about 5 minutes of the last episode of "The Sea Devils," the opening credits to "Earthshock," and all of "The Deadly Assassin." Obviously my local PBS station was bouncing around between Doctors at the time (not unusual), and there was a fair amount of taping and re-taping going on, for which I blame my brother, mostly -- "War Games" sounds like him -- but then again, I suspect that "Starman" was my fault. I used to have a crush on Robert Hays.

"Starman" was hilariously bad -- pretentious, hokey sci-fi -- but I'm sorry I wasn't able to see "Stones of Blood." Although most likely that is hilariously bad too, seeing as my brother and I relegated the videotape to the "can be taped over" pile. At least the combination of "War Games" and "Deadly Assassin" was an interesting one, especially in light of "End of Time." Gallifrey and the Time Lords have really changed quite a lot over the years, haven't they?
dbskyler: (Default)
Okay, so that's not going to be true for everyone reading this, but I bet that at least some of you were born after spring 1987, right? That's when the contents of the videotape I watched today were aired.

I had intended to watch "Stones of Blood" (all [personal profile] lost_spook's fault, by the way), but it turned out that while the videotape was labeled with that episode, it had been taped over. In spring 1987. I was able to date the contents very well, because there were references to upcoming air dates in April, and an episode of "Starman" on the tape. Yes, that's right, Starman, the television series, which only aired for one season (in 1987).

So then of course I had to sit down and see what the hell else was on this mystery videotape. It turned out to contain the last three episodes of "War Games," about 5 minutes of the last episode of "The Sea Devils," the opening credits to "Earthshock," and all of "The Deadly Assassin." Obviously my local PBS station was bouncing around between Doctors at the time (not unusual), and there was a fair amount of taping and re-taping going on, for which I blame my brother, mostly -- "War Games" sounds like him -- but then again, I suspect that "Starman" was my fault. I used to have a crush on Robert Hays.

"Starman" was hilariously bad -- pretentious, hokey sci-fi -- but I'm sorry I wasn't able to see "Stones of Blood." Although most likely that is hilariously bad too, seeing as my brother and I relegated the videotape to the "can be taped over" pile. At least the combination of "War Games" and "Deadly Assassin" was an interesting one, especially in light of "End of Time." Gallifrey and the Time Lords have really changed quite a lot over the years, haven't they?
dbskyler: (Ten expression)
Ah yes, the 80's. I remember that decade very well. MTV was born, and with it came the debut of "artsy" music videos that didn't always make a whole lot of sense.

Until now, that is. Because some genius out there has done a new vocal track to Bonnie Tyler's video "Total Eclipse of the Heart." The new vocal track (which is nicely sung) has words that now go along with the actual video.

It's hilarious and well worth checking out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lj-x9ygQEGA
dbskyler: (Ten expression)
Ah yes, the 80's. I remember that decade very well. MTV was born, and with it came the debut of "artsy" music videos that didn't always make a whole lot of sense.

Until now, that is. Because some genius out there has done a new vocal track to Bonnie Tyler's video "Total Eclipse of the Heart." The new vocal track (which is nicely sung) has words that now go along with the actual video.

It's hilarious and well worth checking out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lj-x9ygQEGA
dbskyler: (Default)
Open position, right here: https://jobs.bbc.co.uk/fe/tpl_bbc01.asp?s=jsUrXCzMkBNsPpBkh&newlang=1&jobid=25828,1402874123&key=15462128&c=612134123665&pagestamp=sekxulnetvsnbehnbf

And since I'm guessing the link will go away after the application closing date (Jan. 18), here is the full text of the job description. I think it's fascinating. Among the interesting details -- the position reports directly to Head of Drama for BBC Wales, not to the Executive Producers of the show.

job description here )
dbskyler: (Default)
Open position, right here: https://jobs.bbc.co.uk/fe/tpl_bbc01.asp?s=jsUrXCzMkBNsPpBkh&newlang=1&jobid=25828,1402874123&key=15462128&c=612134123665&pagestamp=sekxulnetvsnbehnbf

And since I'm guessing the link will go away after the application closing date (Jan. 18), here is the full text of the job description. I think it's fascinating. Among the interesting details -- the position reports directly to Head of Drama for BBC Wales, not to the Executive Producers of the show.

job description here )

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