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  • in reply to: Your Unpopular Red Dwarf Opinions #264383
    Ben Kirkham
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    Or the people who think Chris Barrie played Arnold Rimmer, when we all know that Arnold Rimmer played Barrie.

    in reply to: Your Unpopular Red Dwarf Opinions #264337
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    I find it slightly amusing that Lee Bee posted this diatribe in an Unpopular Opinions thread.

    For what it’s worth, I don’t like any of you and I never have. Thanks.

    in reply to: What year did “The End” take place in? #264278
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    It took place on 15th February 1988.

    in reply to: people who “react” to RD on Youtube #264205
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    Thanks. Beginning to get me down, to be honest.

    Likewise. Thanks, Capps. Thapps.

    in reply to: A Red Dwarf, Alan Partridge Crossover? #264117
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    Ian’s post = hall of fame status.

    in reply to: A Red Dwarf, Alan Partridge Crossover? #264094
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    I think that’d make a good mobisode or promo advert, a bit like the AA adverts. Maybe a comic relief sketch? I can definitely see it in a cartoonish way but I don’t think it’d ever fit into the main series.

    in reply to: A Red Dwarf, Alan Partridge Crossover? #264085
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    “Will Rob or Douglas make this do you think?”

    No.

    Having said that, I’m interested in the proposal. Please flesh this out for us some more, Trimmer Ex.

    How did Alan get into space?
    How is he breathing if he’s floating in space?
    Where in Alan’s chronology is this?
    How can he communicate with Starbug?
    Is he in his sports casual wear?
    Pringle jumper?
    The Alan Partridge Blazer badge and tie combination pack?

    What would the plot of the episode be? Does it impact on our characters?

    Thanks.

    in reply to: Sonic Mania #263258
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    Sonic 2006 and Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric are unspeakably awful.

    in reply to: Sonic Mania #263196
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    When those purple portals appear, does anyone else have an overwhelming urge to whisper “Sssllliiidddderrrss?”

    in reply to: people who “react” to RD on Youtube #262177
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    Jodie Whitaker still got voted the 2nd best Doctor anyway

    What the actual fuck???
    Worth noting that it was a poll of Favourite Doctors, not Doctors being rated.
    Like I said at the time, it depends on who’s voting – under-30s are going to vote Tennant/Smith, 50-somethings will vote Pertwee/Baker, and youngsters will always vote for The Current Doctor, who, of course, is Jodie. It’s a (re)generational thing.

    It’s fair enough, I suppose. I’m one of the Wilderness years kids, so I never really had a sustained, current Doctor. I suppose it’d be Paul McGann but he wasn’t around long enough (on TV, at least).

    His performance through Big Finish has cemented McGann as *my* Doctor, but I think that Tom Baker is the definitive Doctor. Love them all in their own way, though. Except Whittaker, for reasons that would take up an essay.

    in reply to: people who “react” to RD on Youtube #262153
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    Jodie Whitaker still got voted the 2nd best Doctor anyway

    What the actual fuck???

    in reply to: people who “react” to RD on Youtube #262152
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    It’s not your fault, it’s Symes’s Law.

    The most recent things will always over-perform to varying degrees in any poll, Dwarfy or otherwise. When things are fresher, reactions are more extreme. It takes time for people to look at things more objectively and placings to settle down.

    This is exactly the reason ‘The Day of the Doctor’ came first place in the DWM Poll.

    in reply to: The “Programme Guide” books #261904
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    This is so odd – the Smeg Ups and Outs tapes were such a HUGE part of the Red Dwarf oeuvre for anyone who was into the show in the mid 90s that I kind of assume everyone is as familiar with them as they are with some of the actual episodes. But I guess if you came to the show later, they must have slipped through the net. I sense a feature or two coming, as soon as free time becomes a concept that I refamiliarise myself with.

    I think I’m right in saying that every single outtake made it on to the main DVD releases eventually. There was a small number (like two or three) that were accidentally omitted from the series-by-series compilations, but they were included on The Bodysnatcher Collection as easter eggs. In terms of the reverse, there are no outtakes from the Series 1-VI DVD compilations that weren’t on the tapes, although there are a few dotted around the big series-specific documentaries.
    It is of course a completely different (and in my opinion much more satisfying) experience to see the outtakes formatted and compiled as part of an hour-long programme, with different sections for different types of fluff and linking material in between, rather than just grouped together by series. I’d strongly recommend picking up the Just The Smegs DVD if you can, any Red Dwarf collection feels incomplete without Smeg Ups and Smeg Outs.
    Oh, and in addition to the links there are a couple of little bits that didn’t make it onto the main DVDs, both from Smeg Outs – the claymation version of Tongue Tied, and footage from Dimension Jump ’95. And it would be remiss of me if I didn’t point out that there are a small number of cuts to the original tapes on Just The Smegs, to remove out-of-date info on merchandise and competitions – clips available here.

    I’m interested how the production team actually label what is an outtake and what isn’t. There are certain moments seen in the rushes of the DVD documentaries that could probably class as Smeg Ups. Maybe it’s just judged on humorous content, but the editing of the Smeg Ups and Smeg Outs tapes is a huge part of their success. Watching them neatly presented in series’ order doesn’t quite have the same impact.

    in reply to: The “Programme Guide” books #261882
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    Here’s a sixteen year old child summarising Howarth & Lyons’ Smeg Ups snark, just over 17 years ago: https://www.ganymede.tv/2003/06/smeg-ups-smeg-smeg-off/

    What a snotty little twat.

    in reply to: The “Programme Guide” books #261840
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    Why in the name of God’s arse would they get angry about the smeg ups?

    I got the impression from the books that they found outtakes rather tedious, but that’s just me reading between the lines. They made a sarcastic comment about the Smeg Ups in ‘LIE MODE,’ if I remember correctly.

    in reply to: Last Human/Backwards Audiobooks #261828
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    It seems crazy to me that new unabridged versions haven’t been done in recent years. They have a perfect reason to do them again since they were always abridged originally.

    It seems like something Audible would now pick up. I’d definitely buy unabridged versions of both books read by Mr Barrie.

    in reply to: Worst episodes of series 3-5? #261363
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    I think Meltdown is just one of those episodes that you either get or you just don’t. Maybe some people see it as too broad and silly but I think it’s absolutely glorious. I think it works within its own world, in a way that (for example) VIII doesn’t.

    in reply to: Red Dwarf VIII is flawed #261337
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    I think saying ‘Red Dwarf VIII is flawed’ is a little bit like saying that rain is a bit wet.

    I tried watching ‘Cassandra’ the other day, and even that was shit.

    in reply to: Who has has a Red Dwarf dream? #261336
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    That’s nothing compared to the dream I had in 1999, where the entire Red Dwarf crew were resurrected and the Dwarfers ended up in prison. Though that was more of a nightmare than a dream.

    in reply to: The style of the forum #261279
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    While this forum is relatively busy by modern standards, I don’t think it’d sustain many different sections as it’d spread things too thin and make them harder to find. Forums that set themselves up like that very rarely have the traffic to back it up and end up having threads with duplicate purposes spread about the place.

    Yes, and forums like that are an insult to the eye and I want to leave them immediately. This is much more comfortable.

    in reply to: Worst episodes of series 3-5? #261276
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    Series 3 – Backwards isn’t great, but neither is Bodyswap.
    Series 4 – Camille.
    Series 5 – Can’t choose one; it’d be like choosing a favourite child.

    in reply to: Who has has a Red Dwarf dream? #261275
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    When I was 11 or 12, I remember hearing the news that Rimmer was being “killed off” in Red Dwarf and I was devastated. I had dreams around that time about being on Starbug and being the new crew member, saving the day.

    It was a lonely childhood, ok?

    in reply to: Doctor Who – Series 12 #257986
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    Ok. Time to vent my spleen. I’ve been a Doctor Who fan all of my life. I’m 34 now. The series has given me so much wonder, hope, humour, scares, thrills etc. But not anymore.

    I struggle to see how anybody can see what Chibnall has done as anything other than vandalism. Aside from the idea of Pre-Hartnell Doctors (which I’ve never liked anyway), Chibnall has ripped the very hearts and soul out of the character of the Doctor. To say that he/she wasn’t really someone that left Gallifrey to rebel against the hierarchy and help people *just because he cared,* he’s turned the character into the Sci-Fi Mary Sue cliché; a version of the baby Jesus that is the key to everything. It’s an awful development. By introducing a seemingly endless plethora of early Doctors, the character has been diluted and the other Doctor’s feel compromised as a result. “This adds to the mythology,” I’ve heard people say. You add to mythologies by moving forwards and creating new characters, new stories and new situations, not by crowbarring in some poorly-conceived origin. But Chibnall is creatively bankrupt and sees this as innovative. Said “origin” by the way leaves a bad taste in the mouth. A mother repeatedly torturing, murdering and experimenting on her child (adopted or not) in what I’ve always believed is a television series for the whole family, leaves me slack jawed in disbelief. There’s something really sick about how casually it was dealt with, too. This whole obsession the series has now with regeneration. It was supposed to be some quirky thing to allow for a change of lead actor, but now it’s the focus of the show. To be fair, that did start with Moffat.

    Hideous, franchise-damaging retcon aside: Jodie Whittaker isn’t very good. I’m sure she’s a good actress but she is woefully miscast as The Doctor. This isn’t a gender complaint either; a female Doctor can and should work. But Whittaker is not up to the task. She is irritating in the extreme, lacks emotional depth and the quirky moments seem incredibly forced and childish. She hasn’t helped herself in interviews as it’s clear that she has a distain for the classic series, in particular. Not every Doctor has to be a rabid fan of the show, sure, but Whittaker seems to regard the legacy of the series as an embarrassment and is keen to rewrite it, from what I can gather. To be fair to her performance, the script gives her nothing to work with. No Doctor has ever felt so badly detached from the others.

    I find the character of the 13th Doctor to be fraudulent. This is supposed to be the same character that wouldn’t destroy the Daleks at birth because he saw the bigger picture of their existence. This is the same character that very quietly decided to take Wilfred Mott’s place to save the life of an old man because it was the right thing to do. A hero. This is the same character that argued with the Master about staying to stand and fight to protect a small community from the Cybermen, even though he knew it was almost certainly futile. This is the same character who sacrificed his life to save Peri, a young girl who he hardly even knew at that point. But the 13th Doctor isn’t like that. She doesn’t comfort her friend when he worries about his cancer returning, even though we’ve seen the “socially awkward” Doctor have tender and emotionally resonating moments with his companions throughout the history of the series. She is prepared to let another person take the fall so that she can escape. This isn’t the Doctor.

    I’ve stuck with Chibnall’s era out of a loyalty and hope that it would get better. I’ve felt through every episode that this series isn’t welcoming me anymore. Telling people to feel emotions doesn’t work. All of Chibnall’s emotional scenes ring hollow. I don’t believe or understand the Doctor’s attitude toward her “fam” (groan) or believe that she really cares about them.

    Chibnall is a terrible choice of showrunner. I watched ‘World Enough and Time’ and ‘The Doctor Falls’ the other day. Moffat made many mistakes but he clearly adored the show and when on top form, he delivered brilliant Doctor Who. I also watched ‘The Waters of Mars,’ and marvelled at how a show so clever and emotionally complex that featured characters I could root for and believe in has degenerated into such a pitiful mess. It’s also telling how he views the series pre-Whittaker. In Spyfall, Stephen Fry’s character is corrected on the Doctor’s gender by her saying “I’ve had an upgrade.” Awful. What’s wrong with her just saying that she wanted a change? It’s hard not to think Chibnall has an agenda with dialogue like that.

    I refuse to let this retcon change the way I view Doctor Who 1963-2017. Hopefully someone will do a fan edit of ‘Twice Upon A Time’ where the screen fades to the credits when Capaldi starts regenerating. It’s a far more fitting end, the First Doctor and the final Doctor in one final episode together.

    I’m devastated. I like to believe that I’m a positive, progressive person that has always adapted to changes in the series over the years. But this is it for me. Series 13 can come and go, and then the best thing at the moment would be to give the series 10 years off. Then bring it back, just like RTD did with Rose (those were the days) and give me a hero I can believe in again. In 1989, Doctor Who ended with dignity. Now it’s ending screaming.

    It’s been painful yet cathartic to write this and I’m going to my DVD shelf to enjoy REAL Doctor Who now.

    in reply to: Doctor Who – Series 12 #257792
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    If the rumours are true, Chibnall is about to take a massive shit on the history of ‘Doctor Who’. If he does, can somebody do a fan edit of the end of ‘Twice Upon A Time’ where Capaldi explodes mid-regeneration? I’d rather leave it like that and stick with 1963-2017 and Big Finish than see this vandalism.

    If the rumours aren’t true, I’ll happily eat my words. I’ve never wanted to be proven wrong more than I do at the moment.

    in reply to: Doctor Who – Series 12 #257383
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    I hope this is a case of “the showrunner lies” that Moffat was so good at, just to throw people off the scent.

    in reply to: Doctor Who – Series 12 #257382
    Ben Kirkham
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    in reply to: Doctor Who – Series 12 #257342
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    I pray to God that this is an alternate universe (like Big Finish’s Unbound series) and that Chibnall isn’t introducing pre-Hartnell Doctors. That would seriously piss me off. I actually love the idea of a whole alternate universe of different Doctors, but I’d hate Chibnall to create a huge retcon of the series. I think they got away with it with the War Doctor because it was plausible (and it’s John Hurt so why not). But to contradict the classic series would be vandalism, as far as I’m concerned.

    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    I was a bit stressed when I made that previous post, apologies (that’ll teach me to log on to G&T whilst I’m at work).

    Offensive itself is a very personal thing. What I should have added to my previous post is basically what Ian and Percy have said above. It wouldn’t be acceptable today and it could be considered offensive by some but the man has been dead for nearly 25 years and this was the early 80s. The thing that stands out to me most is how utterly bored Pertwee looks for the whole time. I suppose he did this with his ‘take the money and run’ philosophy and I can’t blame him.

    It’s a little bit like watching an old ‘Carry On’ film nowadays; I’m laughing but I’m not entirely sure that I should be. But it’s important to put things into the context of the time they were made.

    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    Oh dear God, it’s funny because it’s something you’d never hear the Doctor say. That’s it. I’ve been more offended by a toilet roll.

    in reply to: Cliche #255636
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    Excellent work, Warbodog. I never got around to writing anything about this series because reasons. But I still love it. The BBC *need* to release this, Son of Cliche and Wrinkles. There must be a wealth of BBC radio comedy over the years that remains unreleased.

    in reply to: Signed book worth anything? #253432
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    Definitely worth investigating how much you could get for it. Try googling the online auctions; see how much similar items are selling for on eBay. Price would also depend on condition of the book.

    in reply to: actual plot summaries on streaming services #245788
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    PETE PART 2

    Don’t fucking bother.

    in reply to: This Time with Alan Partridge #244982
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    Sounds like the original co-presenter dies! I’m remembering Alan’s priceless reaction to Tony Hayers’ passing. Looking forward to this.

    in reply to: Smegazine strips collected #243418
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    What software would you recommend to open them with?

    in reply to: How do you solve a problem like Meltdown? #243205
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    So the consensus I’m getting is that it’s mainly in the production looking a bit cheap and uninspired. I’d never really noticed it that much before, but there’s definitely a point to be made there. Still love it, though.

    in reply to: How do you solve a problem like Meltdown? #243062
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    Re: The Percy’s Beard thing in Blackadder II. He chops it off in Bells and grows it back before Head. Then he decides to get rid of it before Potato. Continuity issue solved ;)

    in reply to: How do you solve a problem like Meltdown? #243055
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    Brave decision if you’re playing the long game. Sort of like that bit in The Shawshank Redemption when Andy Dufresne tunnels through all the shit to get to freedom.

    in reply to: How do you solve a problem like Meltdown? #243033
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    Never be afraid to voice your opinion on G&T, genericnerdyusername, we’re all friends here :-)

    I, too, agree that the Winnie the Pooh scene is sold purely through dialogue and reactions. “He’s refusing the blindfold” always makes me laugh. And maybe that’s why I love the episode and it’s unique style. It’s utterly absurd but it’s absurdity seems to make sense within itself. Quite Monty Python-esque. Compare it’s broad and freewheeling absurdity to the dinosaur/cow moment in ‘Pete Part Two’ which is ludicrous in a sad and desperate way. Likewise ‘Timewave,’ which is just embarrassing.

    I wouldn’t like Red Dwarf to be like this all the time, but if it ever experiments with going a bit Monty Python, I’m glad it’s this episode.

    in reply to: Out Of Time #242575
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    One of Red Dwarf’s finest episodes. Clever, funny, brilliantly paced. Close to flawless. This is definitely in my top three episodes.

    in reply to: Doctor Who – Series 11 #242463
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    In the early 2000s I was excited to open up a DVD and delve in. Nowadays (with a few exceptions), it mainly feels like a duty for the sake of completeness.

    in reply to: Doctor Who – Series 11 #242462
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    Back in the day, that was quite possible. Given the state of physical releases at the moment and the staggering lack of detail (Thanks for the Memories, the Doctor Who Season 10 box having no information as to what was on each disc), I doubt it’ll get included and since we’re waiting until 2020 for the next series it seems too long a gap. Same thing for Series 10. If BBC Worldwide waited until January 2019 to release it, it could have had Twice Upon A Time on it. My expectations for all releases now is a type of cautious anticipation. I think DVD/ Blu-Ray releases generally started to go really downhill about the time of Series 8.

    in reply to: Doctor Who – Series 11 #242458
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    I don’t see any reason why Resolution couldn’t have been included, given the release date of the boxset.

    in reply to: Doctor Who – Series 11 #241560
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    I think RTD was the best showrunner of 21st Century Doctor Who. He knew how to attract and keep an audience, he kept the show very faithful to its past yet also made it accessible. He didn’t hit the bullseye 100% of the time, but I found it to be event television for the majority of his era. Plus, I really like him; I could listen to him talk all day. His other stuff outside Doctor Who is remarkable, particularly The Second Coming and Bob & Rose.

    in reply to: Kambrook pressure cooker ja-2689 manual #241421
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    Nice to see that Crapola Inc. are still keeping busy.

    in reply to: Kambrook pressure cooker ja-2689 manual #241416
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    I nominate this thread for Hall of Fame status.

    in reply to: Kambrook pressure cooker ja-2689 manual #241413
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    I was massively disappointed with this purchase. No groinal attachment and no 24 hour emergency call-out number. It’s stupid, slow, and quite amazingly ugly. It needs replacing.

    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    That’s enough now, Jawscvmcdia. The novelty has worn off.

    in reply to: Best and Worst Members of G&T #239820
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    Symes! Hoare! Jones! Stephenson! Capps! Partridge? Find out tonight.

    in reply to: Best and Worst Members of G&T #239819
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    Sgt. Smiley. Dodge Lister. Matt aka Not Here. Nancy Hemming. PecosPete.

    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    The suitcase joke is one of all-time favourite Grant/Naylor jokes. Really silly but really brilliant.

    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    My sister has lived in the USA for five years now. She has a great life, misses some things about the UK. But what she misses the most is the BBC.

    If we’re talking about bias and corruption in terms of broadcasting, look at Fox in the USA. It’s right-leaning, sure, and all points of view should be represented. But it’s also got it’s fingers in political matters. Would you rather a broadcaster that at least *tries* to be unbiased or would you like the world’s media to be run solely by Rupert Murdoch?

    My sister has ceased watching broadcast telly in America, by the way.

    The BBC is far from perfect. And it gets a kicking from the Left and from the Right. But it’s important. As Mark Gatiss once said “we should always be critical of the BBC, but we should also defend it to the fucking death”.

    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    Wrong, wrong, absolutely brimming over with wrongability.

    in reply to: Doctor Who – Series 11 #239278
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    A bit like the Red Dwarf 1-VI ‘bubble,’ I like to think of the first seven Doctors (and, at a pinch, number eight) as existing in their own little bubble. I love 21st Century Doctor Who, but I grew up watching the classic series, and it’s untouchable (even the bad bits!).

    in reply to: Doctor Who – Series 11 #239277
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    I really hope that these rumours about Chibnall and Whittaker aren’t true. There’s a huge amount of potential in the new team and it would seem such a shame if they don’t get at least three series for the 13th Doctor.

    in reply to: Doctor Who – Series 11 #239209
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    Oh, love the theme tune, love the title sequence. The TARDIS interior will grow on me.

    in reply to: Doctor Who – Series 11 #239208
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    Think I’ve seen enough of this series to begin forming an opinion and it’s… mixed.

    Once you get past the hype of the female Doctor thing (which has worked and not been that big a deal), I can’t find much more to talk about. This series is… fine. It’s just so achingly unambitious. I can’t fault Whittaker’s performance nor can I praise it that much. I can’t say much on the episodes because there isn’t much to say. I don’t love it, I don’t hate it. A strange feeling. Particularly after so many years of Moffat, where I *always* at least had something to say about the episodes. For example, I love Heaven Sent and I despise Hell Bent, but at least there’s something to say about it. But I feel guilty because I feel I’m being unfair. It’s definitely going down the populist route which I completely approve of. Moffat’s era had become too inaccessible.

    But surely some real jeopardy would help with things. But it’s a new team getting started. I’m hopeful that things will get better and better.

    in reply to: Howard Goodall is a fucking idiot #237336
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    I’m hugely disappointed about threads like this. Howard Goodall is entitled to his political views, whatever they are. I have massive respect for the man because he is responsible for some excellent music (both Red Dwarf and elsewhere) and always comes across as a kind and generous man. Get a grip.

    in reply to: Rimmer's Uniform Colour #237210
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    Love the red look on Rimmer.

    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    I don’t see why not. It’s a free and open universe.

    in reply to: Bottom Podcast #236727
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    Rik Mayall is an icon to me (still can’t get over his death to be honest) and I love pretty much everything he did but I have struggled with The New Statesman myself. Maybe I’m unfairly comparing it to more contemporary political satire, but it didn’t make me laugh in the way I thought it would.

    in reply to: "I wouldn't even know how to make the nose!" #236704
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    What if Red Dwaf was orange and the planets were all made of dust?

    in reply to: Bottom Podcast #236690
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    Especially loving the discussion about the infamous “yobbo” edit on Apocalypse.

    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    Haha Huge Lorry fnar fnar!!

    Ahem. This does sound quite surprising to me. I’d never have though Iannucci would be interested in writing a space sitcom. Intriguing.

    in reply to: DVD Details Articles #236168
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    We are *so* lucky with the DVDs, aren’t we? Bloody hell. That mock-up cover above makes my skin crawl at the thought of what could have been.

    in reply to: DVD Details Articles #236167
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    Ben Paddon- courtesy of a gentleman named Matthew Purchase

    https://goo.gl/images/m94S8i

    in reply to: DVD Details Articles #236124
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    How things change. Ross McGinley was in charge of the BBC DVD range back then, I believe, and it was a golden age for BBC DVDs. The League of Gentlemen DVDs (especially the Christmas Special) were exemplary. When the latest series was released, it was a vanilla release with no thought put into it. Just seems so slapdash and sloppy now, even down to the point of the Doctor Who Series 10 boxset not giving any indication whatsoever of what is on each disc, and fans having to create their own leaflet. Very sad.

    What shines through from these articles is the craftsmanship and sheer enthusiasm for the project, particularly from Andrew Ellard, whose articles are entertaining and informative.

    in reply to: DVD Details Articles #236078
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    Excellent, thank you!

    in reply to: Sonic Mania #221086
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    Aaargh! My PS3 Controller doesn’t work when I hook it up to the PC (downloaded all the appropriate software)! I can’t keep using the keyboard, it just isn’t the same.

    Any help/ideas guys?

    in reply to: Sonic Mania #221039
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    Yes Dave, I’d love to see a remixed Scrap Brain Zone in a sequel.

    I’m desperately trying to find a way for Sonic Mania to fit into Red Dwarf so I can justify asking Cappsy or Ian to do a playthrough?

    Well, technically Sonic is a BLUE dwarf so…

    in reply to: Sonic Mania #221026
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    I’m incredibly frustrated that, at the age of 32, I am nowhere near as good at playing classic-style Sonic as I was at 7 and 8.

    My 8-year-old self is roundly attacking me using a spin dash.

    in reply to: I Complained To The BBC Tonight #221001
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    It didn’t tackle or achieve anything, other than to prove that you are an absolute fucking idiot.

    in reply to: Test #221000
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    I nominate “needlessly provocative and dickish” for the Recommendations section.

    in reply to: Sonic Mania #220893
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    Dave Wallace, completely agree. This feels like it should have been after S&K. I love the original spin they’ve put on some of the classic levels. Chemical Plant Zone Act 2 is wonderfully quirky, and there’s a richness to the level design that makes me want to go back and explore even more. Exactly what I want from a Sonic game. Never felt warmly to the more modern games like Generations.

    I’m also surprised that it’s actually a good deal harder than I expected it to be. It’s a bit like a greatest hits in its game structure.

    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    Thanks so much for this, quinn_drummer, very helpful!

    Still awaiting a commentary on Universe Challenge, though.

    in reply to: Quantum Leap Guide Project #214769
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    “I’d rather see the money budgeted for Doctor Who put into something akin to a British Star Trek, rather than the misadventures of a hipster twat in a police box who appeals to the morbidly shite, faux-geeky and uninformed in life.
    Or, or… abolish the licence fee, but we’ve had that discussion, haven’t we.”

    Ludicrous.

    in reply to: Quantum Leap Guide Project #214529
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    I like it! Interesting idea. A recent tribute sketch worth looking at

    <i>Quantum Leap</i> Returns… To Stop a Trump Presidency on <i>The Late Show</i>

    in reply to: Quantum Leap Guide Project #214527
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    Yeah there’s no way it would ever return as it was. Dean Stockwell is 81 and apparently in very poor health at the moment. It would probably get a reboot if it were to come back. But I’d rather it come back with a new cast related to the original series rather than a complete reboot.

    It did break its own rules in its final season, and most of the time that was a mistake. But I quite like some of the bizarre stuff they tried in season 5. Better to end experimenting with new things than trying to repeat old successes.

    in reply to: Quantum Leap Guide Project #214514
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    Update: the book WILL be published. Seen previews of various segments. It’s truly a labour of love, with the kind of attention to detail that any QL loving G&T crew will absolutely love, I have no doubt about that.

    Pre-orders being taken until 31st August for a December release!

    in reply to: Quantum Leap Guide Project #214493
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    Yep, the seasons 2-4 R1 DVDs are edited, and the season 4 R2 DVD is too. Music is such an important thing to QL, it helps to set the scene and the mood. The biggest casualty is ‘M.I.A’ in season 2, where the music is part of the story. And the pivotal ‘Georgia on My Mind’ by Ray Charles is omitted and neuters the scene of any emotion.

    in reply to: New banner #212857
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    Bamber Gascoigne is my favourite.

    in reply to: New banner #212856
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    I love the new banners more than is probably healthy.

    *Refresh*

    in reply to: crime traveler #212040
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    Crime Traveller was poor. Ill-conceived and poorly executed, contradicting its own science within its own episodes.

    in reply to: PLOTS FOR SERIES 11 #211494
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    Now we know there’ll also be a Red Dwarf XII, is it possible XI will end with a great big cliffhanger?

    in reply to: Doctor Who from the beginning #211324
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    There was initially a feeling of overkill with Spearhead from Space; it was released on DVD twice then BD. But the BD is meant as a companion to the second DVD release. There’s a superb Jon Pertwee documentary on the BD that I’d highly recommend.

    in reply to: Doctor Who from the beginning #211321
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    And, btw, Spearhead from Space looks STUNNING in HD.

    in reply to: Doctor Who from the beginning #211320
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    > “Has anyone experienced both audio only and reconstructions of the same episodes? I’ve always wondered if one format was more enjoyable than the other, or whether some stories worked better only as audio”

    I have and I can say that it does make a difference to certain stories. Marco Polo is such a strong story that it’s fantastic either way, but there are loads of production photos and telesnaps that help the recon, particularly the colour recon. Stories such as The Celestial Toymaker greatly benefit from a reconstruction because it’s very visual in its storytelling; all the games work much better when enjoyed this way.

    Most of the Troughton stuff is better through a reconstruction too, because there tends to be a bit more action and incident in Troughton’s era than Hartnell’s.

    in reply to: Doctor Who from the beginning #211311
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    Loose Cannon are fantastic! Particularly their Marco Polo recon. We’re so lucky that people recorded the soundtracks off-air all those years ago. There’s no way of experiencing series 1 episodes of The Avengers in its original form, for example.

    One you get passed Episode 6 of The Space Pirates, you’re free of missing episodes! And every Pertwee episode is now watchable in colour too :)

    in reply to: Doctor Who from the beginning #211308
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    Troughton’s stuff is brilliant, such a fucking shame so much is missing. Are you filling in the missing episode gaps with soundtracks or reconstructions? The animated episodes and, obviously, the discovery of The Underwater Menace Episode 3, The Enemy of the World and The Web of Fear massively help his era. Troughton could make the weakest script excellent. My three personal favourites are Power of the Daleks, The Mind Robber and The War Games.

    I think you’ve set a good pace to watch them at. With Doctor Who, there’s loads of change just around the corner. Check this out:

    Running Through Corridors: Rob and Toby’s Marathon Watch of Doctor Who (Vol. 1: The 60s)

    Volume 2 and 3 seem to be taking near enough a decade to get released, but the first volume is a thoroughly engaging, funny and thought-provoking read (apart from the typos, unfortunately). Anything Rob Shearman is involved in is bound to be good.

    in reply to: Doctor Who from the beginning #211298
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    That’s a brave, bold undertaking. The amount of times I’ve considered doing this but chickened out. You have a huge advantage if you’re coming to a lot of it new. As you said, you’re unaware of a lot of fan opinion so you won’t ever dread what’s coming up next.

    Which era are you on now, Ian?

    I don’t want to spoil anything, just enjoy the ride. But I will just tell you in case you weren’t already aware that almost all of the Fourth Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith era strikes pure gold, particularly ‘The Seeds of Doom’.

    in reply to: Oh my. #211289
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    Wahey! Welcome back Arlene, you’ve been missed x

    in reply to: New 'Doctor Who' blog #211148
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    And while you’re at it, check this brilliant and long-running blog out:

    http://docohobigfinish.blogspot.co.uk/

    in reply to: Dirty Feed #210864
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    How dare you have lives of your own! I expect you all to spend every living hour obeying the whims of your fanbase, endlessly typing into a computer. But you all choose to have families, friends, lives, even jobs. Where are your priorities?

    in reply to: Cliche #210587
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    *ahem* pirate bay *ahem* Don’t judge me!

    I would always recommend that people buy legitimate material and abide by copyright laws. Do not fuel piracy. But it’s incredibly handy when you’re looking for something that just isn’t available anywhere else, particularly radio comedy. And I’m really not sure where the copyright lies with this. Is it in the public domain, like ‘Wrinkles’?

    I’m interested in writing an article about the series. I haven’t listened to ‘Son of Cliche’ yet, but I want to wait until I’ve dissected this as much as possible. But the short version is:

    Worst stuff = amusing
    Best stuff= hilarious

    There’s traces of stuff that made it into Red Dwarf, such as Holly’s gag about creating the decative scale. I firmly believe it is among the funniest and most sublime material that Rob and Doug ever wrote (Red Dwarf aside), performed by an exemplary cast. It was broadcast in 1981, but hasn’t aged a day in my opinion. Think ‘Absolutely’ on radio, written by Rob and Doug early on in their careers, unfiltered, and you’ll get the idea. A particular sketch referring to a condition called ‘Verbitis’ had me chuckling belly laughs.

    I intend to do as much research as I can into Rob and Doug’s radio years, and I hope that (if G&T allow it) this article could be a companion piece to Cappsy’s wonderful ‘Wrinkles’ features.

    in reply to: Cliche #210585
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    Capps,
    I’ve got 5 episodes and all the episodes of son of cliche, which I haven’t listened to yet.

    Anniescribe,
    I’ll see if I can find out.

    in reply to: RIP Rik Mayall. #210277
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant
    in reply to: RIP Rik Mayall. #210268
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    Gutted. A true, true comedy maverick, and one of my favourite comedians of all time. He was truly unique and his energy was extraordinary. RIP

    in reply to: Doctor number 12 incoming Sunday #208953
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    Absolutely delighted with this news.

    Peter Capaldi is an actor that I’ve always loved, and I think he’s an inspired choice and will be an excellent Doctor.

    I’m going to miss Matt Smith. He’s beguiled me with his Doctor.

    Doctor Who is in good hands.

    in reply to: PLOTS FOR SERIES 11 #208777
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    200.

    in reply to: Red Dwarf USA – Craig Bierko Interview #208762
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    Thanks Jonsmad :)

    in reply to: Red Dwarf USA – Craig Bierko Interview #208743
    Ben Kirkham
    Participant

    Oops, sorry guys. Don’t know what the fuck that one was, must have clicked on something else.

    I find Craig Bierko’s comments refreshingly honest. At least he wasn’t trying to make it out as something it’s not.

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