John’s “News”round – 8/6/05 News Posted by John Hoare on 8th June 2005, 18:34 I really don’t know why I’m bothering with this one now, as you’ll have read it all already (and discussed it over on OD) – but just consider it part of my anal fan mentality. Blah blah blah, lots of snippets about the VII/VIII DVDs on TOS blah blah blah. A few things occur, though. After I’d stopped capering round the room shouting “90 MINUTE DOCUMENTARIES” and “AN HOUR OF VIII DELETED SCENES”, that is. In particular, (and yes, we’ve all known about this for a while) – I’m actually surprised the Xtended eps are to be included. Am I really the only person here who doesn’t care about them? I would have been happy to have just had the extra stuff in the deleted scenes. However, perhaps I simply don’t care because I’m not keen on the series – if I liked it more, I’d probably be very happy. (After all, it was me who wanted to see Holoship re-edited together including the deleted scenes.) Regardless – there’s loads of great stuff, so there’s nothing to whinge about. Not that that’ll stop the reviewers… Good news about the extra stuff to be included in the feature length BITR, though – what with those extra bits, and the planned repositioning of BITR3’s cell scene, it’s beginning to look like it’ll be slightly more than just the three eps stuck together with the padding removed. To be honest though, I suspect the main advantage will be the elimination of the anticlimatic feel of the ends of episodes one and especially two; with the broadcast version, the Skutter Dibbleys are given a weight that they really, REALLY didn’t deserve. (It’s not much worse than the end of Dimension Jump, mind you.) There’s also one thing I want to know about this picture. The VIII: Production Time Hole article reveals that this is from a deleted scene from Pete. The question is: why didn’t this (and some other deleted scenes, such as Archie flying up Hollister’s backside) show up in the VIII scriptbook, which had some deleted material in? (And here’s a further question: will Archie flying up Hollister’s arse pose a problem for the 12 certificate? I would have thought not, but from the reaction of some people I’ve talked to to the idea of the scene, and the supposed reaction of the studio audience, and with some of the silly decisions of the BBFC in the past, I wonder…) I have to say though, the part of the DVD I’m looking forward to most so far is: a) the discussion of VII’s effects, and b) The reams of model footage shot and not used for the series. The only thing better would be to see Peter Wragg go on for hours about different types of glue and the clever ways wires are hidden on model shots. And show his bum, of course. And finally: if I don’t find out what this extra “that will knock your week-old socks off” is, I shall shortly explode. Or, indeed, bust my quite considerable gut. Identity Within? A Rob Grant interview? Footage of Chloë Annett’s foaming twat? Put your guesses here. Opinion masquerading as a news article there. At least I don’t get into trouble about that, like I would have done on here. Unless someone wants to give me a lecture on journalistic impartiality, of course.