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  • in reply to: The Name of The Doctor #207777
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    It was a great episode. I’ve seen the last five minutes about seven times now.

    I loved her in Silence in the Library but I must admit River’s exit was something of a relief.

    in reply to: Sebby P #207660
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    This absurd display of morbid twattery has inspired me to achieve something with my life.

    The ‘P.S. I am a twat, obviously’ bit is funny but it’s even funnier if every time you read Nancy’s posts you play Bill Pearson’s “This is absolute shite” comment from the Trojan Dwarfcast.

    in reply to: Game of Thrones – Season 3 #206875
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    I really want to watch this series but I don’t think I can watch Sean Bean die again.

    in reply to: H2G2 original radio series cast tour #112099
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    I’m still a fan of Dirk Maggs and will look out for new things from him. Batman: Knightfall is fantastic but I was less impressed with Dirk Gently, Sexton Blake and his bizarre decision to make such drastic changes to the portrayal of the Vogons in the last series.

    As for him making himself feel ‘important’, I don’t know. I think his decision to do the Tertiary Phase as if The Secondary Phase happened only in Zaphod’s head showed he was totally subservient to Adam’s work and was very reluctant to muck about with it in any way even if it would lead some difficult plot problems later on. Or maybe he just couldn’t figure out how to do it, it is tough. But anyway, I’ve always felt he’s been very respectful to DA. I’m sure he’s said somewhere that he read a review of The Tertiary Phase and someone said ‘Dirk Maggs is no Douglas Adams’ and his response was along the lines of ‘Duh’.

    Also, for a man who has chosen to spend his life in the medium of radio, I can’t blame him if he jumps at one of the rare occasions to do ‘event radio’. So I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt as to his motives for doing this.

    Saying that, I’ll wait for more info about the material they’ll be performing before I book my tickets.

    in reply to: Dr Who Series 6 #112096
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    How amazing was that? And then the ending as well… I haven’t been that excited about the new series but I am now. 5/5.

    in reply to: Dr Who Series 6 #111960
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    I was disappointed.

    I found a lot of the interaction between the characters was tired and Alex Kingston’s hamming it up annoying. And the Doctor really pissed me off in this episode. Whether it’s constantly telling us how great he is or overly enthusiastic hugging while saying patronising things like ‘And RORY the ROMAN!’, he really got on my nerves.

    I found his approach to time travel and crisis situations just too careless and unreal. Landing in the Oval Office, appearing in films, treating an attempt to escape from prison with a friend like a game… the guy is out of control in this episode. This guy is Time Lord Cocky Idiot, recklessly blundering in ensuring things happen in the most madcap way while his followers say how much they love him in the corner of the room. It was almost Doctor Who self-parody at times with the hat-associated eccentricities (I’m really sick of the Fez), little history jokes, ridiculously powerful intuition and that gag about who has to explain the Tardis is bigger on the inside. I hope that’s the last time we see that one. I know it makes sense but I think it’s dangerous to make fun of the conventions of the show like that. Of course when the episode got out of the Oval Office things got a lot more interesting and the second episode will give The Doctor a chance to be more serious but for the first half-hour I was really worried.

    Also, did Moffat forget Nixon was in the scene? It was bizarre watching Everett take charge of the scene, while the President said almost nothing. I think also that Everett III bloke really needed a character moment before he got taken by the guys at the bar, he’s just a nothing character walking around aimlessly.

    3/5 for me because by the end of the episode I was very excited about how it all would come together.

    in reply to: Dr Who Series 6 #111665
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    The trailer looks like more of the same for me. Note to Steven Moffat – Series 7 should not include any vague prophecies about the Doctor.

    in reply to: Father Ted Night – new documentaries! #111209
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    Christmassy Ted is brilliant. In my opinion, the worst episode of Ted is the very first one.

    in reply to: Upcoming Rob Grant radio interview #110912
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    Listen to it. It was a nice interview with not too much new. Couple of interesting things about writing with Doug such as their going to the same university simply being a ‘miracle of clearing’ rather than something they intended. Also, he talked about the amount of extra work they had to as producers of RD which is interesting because it makes it seem that they were not as present during the production process Series 1-2 as we might think. Rob also responds a lot better than usual to the ‘Why did you split up?’ question.

    Didn’t go into their exact role in ‘Spitting Image’ which is a bit disappointing after the interesting conversation in the Bodysnatcher Easter Egg. Also it would have been confusing to casual listeners because seconds before they find out Rob wrote for Spitting Image he says he dislikes satire and regards most of it as ‘mickey-taking’.

    And he seems to suggest he has gone into stand-up because he has found writing novels to be a ‘lonely’ experience.

    Anyway, generally worth a listen.

    in reply to: Ackerman goes from Red Dwarf to Blue-Bearded Dwarf #110882
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    Not sure about casting. As soon as I heard Richard Armitage I thought ‘He’ll be Bard’. But Thorin… in the programmes I’ve seen him in he hasn’t shown anything of the volume and power of delivery I expect from Thorin. Though obviously I’ve only seen as a shady character in Spooks and a loser who wants to marry an overweight vicar fifteen years his senior in that disappointing Vicar of Dibley finale. Plus, I’m very confident that the filmmakers will get this right, so I’m not worried.

    in reply to: “Pete” was meant to go before “Krytie TV” #110717
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    Not sure about Krytie TV and Pete but we should probably watch Meltdown first in Series IV because it makes more sense to have an episode where Kryten has to obey humans to an episode, Camille, where he refuses to go through with Rimmer’s orders. Not that continuity matters in RD really but it does go against the character development for Kryten in Series IV if it comes at the end.

    in reply to: This is going to be the best film of 2010 #110388
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    http://www.boxofficemojo.com/news/?id=2889&p=.htm

    I’m afraid the American Box Office for Scott Pilgrim was a bit shit.

    in reply to: Carl – check your emails #110376
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    New Manics album time again…

    ANNA FRIEL and MICHAEL SHEEN in the new video. That is pretty impressive, Sony must be pretty excited by the new album.

    in reply to: IT Crowd Series 4 #110306
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    How do we view Graham Linehan’s writing?

    We all deeply respect him and The IT Crowd certainly has a lot of great comic moments but a lot of episodes don’t pay off the way they should or have some structural problems. Is that something we just accept as part of his writing that is cancelled out completely by the good parts or is there is a certain messiness to his writing that is The Graham Linehan style?

    Example: Series 2 Episode 2
    Douglas appears almost completely out of the blue, plot with Roy just ends, GL admits on commentary ‘it’s a bit of a deus ex machina’.

    Now I was really annoyed when that happened but I know people on here thought it was a really good episode. Having watched it since on DVD I now love that scene especially the wink to Jen after he promises no more sexual harassment cases.

    This week’s episode had a really dodgy suplot with Jen that just ended with no real resolution but because GL so readily admits to problems with the episodes, the ‘Douglas forgot to fire Jen and that whole thing went nowhere’ (or whatever it actually was) line looks like an in-joke to his problems writing episodes.

    My problem is when I watch ‘The Work Outing’ which I think is a classic sitcom episode I think he can do so much better. But then maybe ‘The Work Outing’ was just one of the standout moments you get in a series. For as we all know Thanks for the Memory > Parallel Universe.

    What do you guys think?

    in reply to: Sherlock #110304
    Rad
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    Yes. Shame it’s only three episodes but quality over quantity every time.

    Rad
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    I really have to stand by my comment above. I really don’t think there has been a 5/5 fantastically brilliant episode in Series 5. Certainly no Blink or Human Nature/Family of Blood.

    And the series has been a lightweight. The series finale had no bad guy. Most of the series had no bad guy. The Dream Lord or whatever Toby Jones’ character was called was a Stone of Hallucination +4, Van Gogh was battling a very unimpressive invisible bird that couldn’t see. I suppose the Silurian episode had a good villain because Welsh people having tedious dilemnas with lizard things gave me a horrible flashback to Series 1 of Torchwood. The Hungry Earth had some spaceship that had a misunderstanding or something. God knows. The Weeping Angels? The Weeping Idiots more like. Her eyes are closed, do what you always do when their eyes are closed. Send them back in time! What? Snap their necks? Oh okay. And the finale was just the Doctor in a museum for an hour while a Stone Dalek showed up and shot him but didn’t kill him for no clear reason and then River Soong killed it with a Gun of Plot Convenience after telling the Dalek her name.

    This series has never made any sense. The bomb in Doctor Bracewell, torturing the Star Whale for no possible reason, Amy remembering the Doctor makes him magically cross whatever impenetrable thing he couldn’t cross. In fact everything in the Series Finale didn’t make any sense. Rather than being a crack in the universe I think there’s been a crack in Moffat’s logical thinking. And something. And stuff.

    Though I have to admit even though I don’t think there was a truly great episode, it has been always very good (apart from the Star Whale episode) and is the most consistent series of New Who to date. and Matt Smith and Karen Gillan are wonderful. But with the loss of the Time War mythos and the low number of decent adversaries this series did feel lightweight to me.

    Rad
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    More garbled than Journey’s End and nowhere near as fun. I think we’ve all become used to RTD making us worry about every character in his season finales and all we had was a stone Dalek before the inevitable, impossible reboot bit. Disappointing stuff. This series really has been a bit of a lightweight and in my opinion the first series of the new run not to have a great episode. A lot of very good ones but nothing really special.

    Rad
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    It was pretty good though a number of poor moments.

    The first ten minutes with the mystery of what was happening with these Daleks was more interesting than the rest of the episode. After that we enter historical romp mode and after the admittedly fun battle with the spitfires in space, it seemed that this would have been a better episode if it was constrained by a smaller budget. Given the miracles they work with money on the show, this isn’t really a fair point but there may have been a better episode in a different version of the story.

    Also, even though it totally contradicts my previous point about budget, I’m disappointed we didn’t have a WW2 Dalek version of Dr Manhattan vs The Viet Cong.

    Getting sick of The Doctor’s self-mythologising – “You Know What Davros Called Me – Iron Balls the Badaass” etc etc.

    The final scene with the Android was unsatisfying. He’s an immortal with a bunch of fake memories (Am I right? I may have not heard some dialogue). Quite what he’s going to do in 1940 I don’t know. May as well have gone with the Doctor. There was a lot more that could have been done with the character rather than run after a non-existent woman (Am I right? Someone tell me).

    Despite these concerns, it was enjoyable enough to merit four stars for me.

    Rad
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    Agree with Pete. I assumed when the episode ended the way it did that I hadn’t understood something but no, the episode doesn’t make that sense. Matt Smith’s great though so it’s probably a 3/5 for me. I’ll never watch it again though.

    Rad
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    As well as the Front Row interview, there was a programme on Good Friday about Douglas Adams’ time as script editor, ‘The Doctor and Douglas’. I’m not sure about it. The justification for the programme’s assertion that Douglas Adams ‘changed Doctor Who forever’ is based on the fact that when RTD gave Julie Gardener some Doctor Who vids to watch she really enjoyed ‘City of Death’ and it is fast and funny like the new Who. Not that much new and probably not strong enough for a national radio slot but some of you might enjoy it – hurry, in 12 hours it’s gone.

    in reply to: Spoilers! Doctor Who – New Series. New Thread #109221
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    4/5. It wasn’t as good as Smith and Jones but still pretty enjoyable. Did start to drag in the middle and the solution wasn’t as clever as they thought it was. Matt Smith was great.

    Not sure about Amy Pond just yet. I knew she was going to be leaving something because of a spoilerific entry in a TV guide so I was a bit underwhelmed when I found it wasn’t a baby. Plus, I wasn’t a big fan of the last Runaway Bride we had on this show.

    Oh and the new theme tune was really bad. And the Tardis appeared to be flying through a Fire and Smoke visualisation on Windows Media Player.

    in reply to: This is going to be the best film of 2010 #109171
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    Saw Kick-Ass tonight. Great film. Definitely go to see it.

    in reply to: This is going to be the best film of 2010 #109145
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    That does look great. Like Kick-Ass I haven’t been paying much attention to it and I’m now excited to both close to release date. Makes a nice change from 2009 after all that time waiting for Avatar and Watchmen.

    Speaking of Kick-Ass, I’m impressed by your page on Rotten Tomatoes Seb.

    in reply to: Remastering Series IV-VI #109035
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    Yeah, she’s poor but it’s one of my favourite moments on the commentaries.

    Danny: Oh dear, oh dear…
    Chris: We’re stunned into silence.

    That and the bit where Chris asks why Hollister’s pile of dust is the same as Rimmer’s in ‘The End’.

    Danny: Yeah, his should have been a bucketload!

    in reply to: Better Than Life on iPlayer #108899
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    Sorry guys, I assumed you knew. We got three episodes of Son of Cliche but probably only one Dave Hollins sketch. Quite good timing actually considering Rob Grant talking about the 25th Anniverary Son of Cliche lunch on Carpool.

    in reply to: Doctor Who – End of Time Broadcast Discussion #107533
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    Yay! Trailer!

    At the end of Doctor Who Confidential.

    in reply to: Series VII, bad Dwarf but good comedy tv? #106371
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    Cut out Beyond a Joke and Duct Soup and it would make a very good series of Old Dwarf. Would love to have seen Craig Charles do the Caroline Carmen part in front of a studio audience.

    Rad
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    I prefer the radio series to the novels anyway. ‘Let’s go the restaurant at the end of the universe’ is a rubbish ending to the first novel. Yeah I know it ends where it does because DNA was in the bath most of the day but the first part of Hitchhikers should start before the Earth gets blown up and end with Ford and Arthur on prehistoric Earth. One of the problems of the film was its attempts to turn the first novel into a complete story giving us that Humma Kavula subplot which only slowed things down.

    I really wish the film had been more successful because Zaphod on Ursa Minor Beta and the Total Perspective Vortex are my favourite parts of the series.

    Rad
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    It’s Radio 4’s Book at Bedtime at 10:45 for the next two weeks.

    in reply to: Avatar Trailer #102659
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    I went to see the 15 minute preview. It’s a James Cameron science-fiction film so I was expecting something truly great. But… I am a bit disappointed. It does seem to be telling a conventional story of man finds a new life in different society then fights against his own people to protect it by utilising extraordinary special effects.

    After seeing the preview I have to say I don’t agree with this 3D = greater immersion idea. If anything it was just distracting. When the general addresses the troops in the scene he just stands out unrealistically from everyone else. It was like watching a film while something waves an Action Man in front of your face. And the action scene with Sam Worthington being chased through a forest by a beastie was actually blurry in comparison with what I saw in the trailer.

    However, it looks like a very well-worn story but you could probably say that about most of Cameron’s films to an extent. Also, Cameron has amazing form when creating believable worlds. I don’t think there’s a shot out of place in the incredible Aliens. So I’m still definitely going to see it when it comes out.

    in reply to: Holy shit! Monkey Island! #99553
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    Looking forward to this. Only ever got to play Grim Fandango and Full Throttle.

    in reply to: Marleen’s NO SPOILERS Doctor Who Thread – Part III #99261
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    Yeah, full marks for this first impression.

    Not sure how the BBC thinks Lizo from Newsround is an ‘insider’. He hasn’t learned how to speak to adults yet.

    in reply to: so…. which rimmer is it ? #96210
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    Rimmer was too good as Ace Rimmer because his weasel cunning was so extraordinary he would just stab the bad guy’s in the back instead of doing something stupidly heroic like attacking the Nazis from a parachute. He was summoned before some Heavenly Ace Council who ordered him to give up being Ace Rimmer for the sake of a little excitement in the universe. He went back to Red Dwarf, saved the day, swapped places with New Rimmer and realised he enjoyed being a goit. The End.

    in reply to: Doctor Whoooooooooooo, hey! Doctor Who! #95938
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    ‘I thought Lee Evans was channelling Colin off Brittas’.

    Totally agree! Anyway, this episode was good fun. It wasn’t great but I don’t mind a couple more fluffy episodes of Who before The Doctor dies. Especially now that The Waters of Mars looks great in a Impossible Planet/Satan Pit way.

    in reply to: Radio Five Live #95712
    Rad
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    Great interview. Will probably be the Daily Mayo podcast, I don’t think there was anything else.

    in reply to: Things Norm is right about #95571
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    >Was it supposed to be? It?s BBC Breakfast, not Jonathan Ross.

    Yeah I know, this is a thread about how little Norm is right about. Given the rest of what Norm said I thought that was a good line.

    in reply to: Things Norm is right about #95532
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    Well to be fair to him the Breakfast interview wasn’t that funny.

    in reply to: POSSIBLY SPOILERY Back To Earth predictions #95427
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    FICTIONAL NAYLOR: ‘We remastered the show a few years ago but we were given a budget that would have been tiny if remastering in the 14th century. Heh. Heh. Heh.’

    in reply to: Lots of interviews #95407
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    Yeah, Colin Murray says on the podcast the Red Dwarf interview is on Friday.

    in reply to: Lots of interviews #95404
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    Colin Murray is covering for Simon Mayo for this week and he did interview them. It doesn’t seem to be on today but he mentioned it about 5 mins+ into in his David Tennant interview podcast: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/podcasts/mayo/

    in reply to: Lots of interviews #95399
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    They were on Entertainment 24 and there was a pretty good interview, at about 6:40. Entertainment 24 is on again at 9:30, though with terror raids and dodgy policing there might not be much of it.

    in reply to: Lots of interviews #95377
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    The BB6 interview is by far the best one so far today. Worth a listen. No spoilers but very fun.

    in reply to: Lots of interviews #95357
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    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7989385.stm

    Yeah, that was pretty poor. Now on to Kent.

    in reply to: The Listings Mags… #95315
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    Cheers man.

    in reply to: The Listings Mags… #95296
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    Series Nine in the new Radiotimes today as well.

    When do we think Series 5 of Doctor Who will start shooting?

    in reply to: Red Dwarf on BBC Breakfast tommorow #95261
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    Don’t like what I’ve seen of the BBC Breakfast interviews – a lot of the time they don’t do enough research. They didn’t know anything about Libby off Neighbours this morning. And when they interviewed someone off Mistresses a couple of weeks ago all they could manage was bland nothingness – ‘In the show, the women are really in control aren’t they?’ and the actress was like ‘Eh?’ It could well be painful. Bobby coped well with Richard and Judy so hopefully it’ll be him.

    in reply to: Loose Women #95232
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    According to the website they’re not on tomorrow. And on Wednesday all it tells us they’ve got Whoopi.

    in reply to: New article #95089
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    in reply to: New article #95084
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    Here we go. My scanner is a bit dirty.

    http://img211.imageshack.us/img211/8929/dc2d.jpg

    in reply to: New article #95080
    Rad
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    Red Dwarf is on the front of the TV section of the Sunday Times Culture magazine – it’s a huge picture. It gets the same treatment in the Sunday Herald (Scotland).

    in reply to: Chris Barrie – hostility? #94816
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    And that one.

    in reply to: Chris Barrie – hostility? #94769
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    Yeah, Doug does say doing bunkroom scenes partly because Chris Barrie and Craig Charles didn’t get along. And Chris Barrie on the DVD says something on the lines of he didn’t want to do another Red Dwarf after 6 because he thought the shoot was disorganised and harder than it needed to have been. On the Series VII DVD, Craig says Chris and him were friends when Chris left the show.

    in reply to: Red Dwarf DVD commentary – a question #94759
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    I thought it was just generally good fun.

    ‘Craig Ferguson lives in Los Angeles now’
    ‘And Norm’s in Clapham’

    I think Norm does get annoyed with it a bit eventually to do with them constantly bringing up his hair or his spots but I think even then it’s mainly a joke. ‘Alright Danny, there’s nothing I can do about it, I’m sorry!’

    Verdict: TONGUE-IN-CHEEK BANTER.

    in reply to: RT…Not the full picture #94749
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    I should have known. Most Radiotimes covers these days are a white background with a face on it.

    in reply to: Anyone seen that Chris has a blog on Dave too? #94716
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    Well, this thread’s getting closed down in a minute then. Read this people in charge of news! :)

    in reply to: Hidden Item on spacecorpsdirective98247 #94686
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    Cheers man, I’d missed this.

    in reply to: Phil – check your penis #94609
    Rad
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    Speaking of shows on minor BBC channels, did anyone watch Charlie Brooker’s Newswipe last night?

    in reply to: Carl – check your emails #94595
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    I’m a bit disappointed with Peeled Apples. After all the hype, it is basically Manics by the numbers – America, capitalism, advertising images, big chorus. It’s fine but it’s not in the same league as Your Love Alone. We’ve heard most of it before really and Nicky’s written songs that have said the same after Richey’s been missing.

    Strangely, the song sounds like the next stage after Send Away the Tigers – a totally natural transition. So what seemed a nice gesture in not releasing any singles makes little sense after I’ve heard this song. It’s not different, it’s not commercially unviable, it’s just a pretty routine Manics song.

    I hope the album is a lot different that Peeled Apples.

    in reply to: RED DWARF IN RADIOTIMES NEXT WEEK! #94517
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    Here’s a scan:

    http://img17.imageshack.us/img17/9788/rdrt.jpg

    The Ed Woodward thing is just an interview on the same page.

    in reply to: 100 Albums You Couldn’t Live Without #93837
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    Oh yeah, it definitely does that.

    in reply to: 100 Albums You Couldn’t Live Without #93819
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    Generation Terrorists is just very dated. It’s the only Manics album I didn’t like first time I listened to it but then I did come to it last (Order I listened to Manics albums: TIMTTMY, GATS, EMG, KYE, LB, THB, GT and then of course SATT) and EMG is the only album that could successfully follow on from the Bible. I like it now but it took a long time and I must admit I had to see them live before I could appreciate Motorcycle Emptiness. Strangely, even though its older, You Love Us (Heavenly) still sounds amazing.

    Looking forward to Journal for Plague Lovers. I loved Wire’s solo album but I don’t know – I’m not sure he’s been as lyrically successful as he might have been. Some cracking Social History Rock but some of his output has been disappointing.

    in reply to: Into the Wild Green Yonder #92647
    Rad
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    Really? Oh, okay then. We all liked Bender’s Big Score though right?

    in reply to: Bobby interview on MacBreak Weekly #92133
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    Green screen? That’s very interesting indeed.

    in reply to: Latter-day Simpsons episodes that DON’T totally suck #91995
    Rad
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    I quite like the episode when Young Homer is out with Young Moe, Lennie and Carl and finds the dead body in the tunnel. The reveal about Smithers’ dad and the jokes about Moe’s loneliness are good fun.

    It’s interesting how little of recent Simpsons. There might be a time soon when I like just over half the episodes made. Unlike The It Crowd which I can’t really be a fan of now I don’t like 2 of its 3 series.

    in reply to: Worst lines ever #91305
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    That line ‘you have all the wit and sophistication of an alsatian dog after a headswap operation’ is terrible.

    Also, II, IV, V, VI – the great Red Dwarf series.

    in reply to: Oh, you know what’s just hit me about Tikka to Ride? #90951
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    Yeah, when I figured this out in 2001 I was sure to keep quiet. :)

    The other problem with Series VII is that at some point, seemingly after Series VIII because the characters should have at least referenced it in Series VII, we have to have a nine month period where Kochanski is pregnant with Baby Lister, at the end of which Present Lister has to go back in time to the Aigburth Arms and put him under the pool table. Given that Kochanski seems to be absent in the Dave special, I’m a bit worried this incredibly important part of the timeline may have been forgotten.

    Rad
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    Do we know how tall Matt Smith is?

    Rad
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    Yeah, there’s no reason it shouldn’t work out. It might not but at this stage I’m okay with it. Though there is something irritating about the kind of self-congratulation we’re getting in this programme 15 months before we really see the new Doctor in action, 6 months before they start filming and probably still while the new Doctor is starting to be defined. ‘He’s the one isn’t he?’ – save it for an edition of Series 5 Doctor Who Confidential.

    Rad
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    Yeah, I’m not too enthusiastic about Paterson Joseph. But I’ve only seen him in Hyperdrive, Survivors and doing a ghastly American accent in Jekyll. I’ve not seen Neverwhere.

    The MediaGuardian website is listing Chiwetel Ejiofor as one of the candidates but I don’t see that happening. He would definitely satisy a lot of camps if he was though – a serious actor and appeared in Serenity.

    Rad
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    The human story was great, the Cybermen stuff not so good. I’ll give it 4/5 because even though there plot holes and logic flaws, it was still always exciting.

    Someone tell me this though – was it severing the link that caused the Cybermen to explode? If so, that’s piss poor.

    in reply to: Charlie Brooker’s Screenwipe Series 4 begins tonight. #87274
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    I agree – very worthwhile but not Screen Wipe.

    in reply to: Charlie Brooker’s Screenwipe Series 4 begins tonight. #87141
    Rad
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    Episode 2 is brilliant. You really have to catch it if you haven’t already.

    in reply to: Survivors #87084
    Rad
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    I really liked it. 4/5. Apologies to Julie Graham, she was great. But yeah, the petrol station explosion wasn’t up to much.

    in reply to: Charlie Brooker’s Screenwipe Series 4 begins tonight. #86982
    Rad
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    It was very good. Especially the end credits sequence.

    in reply to: David Tennant is leaving Doctor Who :o( #86450
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    I hope Alex Kingston makes an appearance in one of them. That would be cool.

    in reply to: David Tennant is leaving Doctor Who :o( #86432
    Rad
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    Yeah, it’s a shame but he had a good run. So does this mean Christmas Day 2009 will see the regeneration?

    in reply to: Buy The Independent on Friday #86347
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    Not only has the Independent got shit since I switched to The Guardian, it’s also gone up to ?1. The article wasn’t very good but it’s nice to see the specials getting coverage.

    in reply to: Buy The Independent on Friday #86297
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    :) Yeah, too true. Switched from the Indy to the Guardian this year myself.

    Nice to see the specials finally getting some press coverage.

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    I would still rate Black Books Series 1 ahead of IT Crowd. In my opinion, Black Books probably has the most successful opening episode of a sitcom ever. Not only that but its probably the best episode of the entire show. The Little Book of Calm stuff, the character set-ups, it’s very well put together. Also, Bernard Black was a classic character from the beginning which doesn’t happen very often.

    The IT Crowd, I’m still not sure about. It’s a shame because when Graham Linehan really pays attention to story structure he really comes up with the goods like Series 2 Episode 1. But most of the time its never really satisfying enough.

    in reply to: Blackadder: The Whole Rotten Saga #85931
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    I stopped watching about halfway through. Didn’t learn anything new, saw the same old clips all over again and the behind the scenes clips were all taken from the Back and Forth DVD. No footage of the pilot. Didn’t hear much new at all disappointingly.

    in reply to: Blackadder: The Whole Rotten Saga #85800
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    I think I read in the Radiotimes that they didn’t interview Rowan Atkinson I’m afraid.

    in reply to: Quantum of Solace / Another Way To Die *Spoilers* #84637
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    > Thanks for the warm and friendly comment!

    Sorry man, I didn’t mean to direct that at you.

    in reply to: Quantum of Solace / Another Way To Die *Spoilers* #84624
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    ‘Surrender’ isn’t better than TND. TND wonderfully captures Paris’ story and the whole James Bond mystique. Surrender is just a series of dull cliches too lazy and unfocused to get Elliot Carver’s character. And it’s chorus is really deficient compared to TND’s. I’ve no idea how people can listen to the two and create some tragedy that ‘Surrender’ wasn’t used, usually involving money men who don’t understand music and an anti-lesbian conspiracy. They were both used in the film, get over it.

    in reply to: Quantum of Solace / Another Way To Die *Spoilers* #84594
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    I really don’t know.

    First time I heard it, I thought overlong opening, stupid lyrics, crap distortion on the vocals. It felt empty, it wasn’t driven enough for a Bond song, it wasn’t epic enough, it was just a badly made, badly written, badly produced song by a guy who clearly doesn’t know what he’s talking about and who probably wrote it in ten minutes. Another blinger with a slick trigger finger for her majesty? Oh fuck off. And most of the instrumental parts of the song just sounded like the Bond theme played backwards.

    And I still think that. But it gets better with repeat listens. Certainly with the volume turned up a lot of the feeling that this was too low key and too small goes away. I still have a lot of reservations but it’s actually quite exciting. It doesn’t come close to the last great Bond song Tomorrow Never Dies but it’s not terrible.

    in reply to: End of the World or just baseless fears #84051
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    Speaking of holes, what is great about quite a few apocalypses is that going down one for a while gives you a better chance of surviving. This black hole one would really suck. Interesting way to die though. We’d probably have a greater understanding of the universe before our deaths.

    in reply to: Last Minute – Robert Llewellyn on TWiT #83899
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    Wow, what a great interview. Especially considering the presenter hasn’t seen Red Dwarf.

    in reply to: New Red Dwarf Episode Announced August 24th 2008 #83262
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    http://www.dragoncon.org/dc_guest_detail.php?id=1848

    Looks like Robert’s at Dragon Con next week. Hopefully he’ll mention this again there and hopefully someone will cover it.

    in reply to: The Doctor Who Spoilers Thread – Part II #80904
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    4/5. A bit slow in places and the shadow idea (which isn’t that original) wasn’t that well executed in my opinion. Still, they implied Catherine Tate’s death so it’s much closer to 5 than 3.

    in reply to: The Doctor Who Spoilers Thread – Part II #80803
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    Yep, agree with everything above (apart from Mark Gatiss performance in Lazarus which I don’t remember being brilliant). Series 3 has been much better than Series 4 was so far.

    in reply to: Did you see Doctor Who? – Spoilers! #80695
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    ‘BUT THEY?RE NOT BY THEMSELVES, ARE THEY?’

    I certainly hope not. Maybe DAVROS WILL COME. Most interesting for me is Rose – has she gone nuts etc etc.

    in reply to: Did you see Doctor Who? – Spoilers! #80690
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIczQyLfbCc

    Not too exciting. Daleks don’t excite just by themselves anymore.

    in reply to: Just saw Batman Begins… #80489
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    It’s a pretty average film. Good, not great.

    in reply to: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull #80121
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    Have there been any reviews? I’ve not seen any myself yet.

    in reply to: Blake’s 7 is coming back! #122793
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    Sounds pretty cool. I would rather the BBC were doing it, I was a bit disappointed by ‘Hogfather’ in 2006.

    in reply to: So why WAS he allowed to mend the drive-plate? #122638
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    Didn’t Justice come after the novel Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers when Rimmer is not responsible for the drive plate? Could this be a change in continuity? Anyway, yeah, it is ridiculous that Rimmer would have been given the job to fix the drive plate. My answer = Captain Hollister is a rubbish Captain and a self-confessed Dennis the Donut Boy.

    in reply to: Doctor Who II #123800
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    Yeah, I had no problems with paradox machine ending. It helped that the characters involved still remember what happened. I was slightly annoyed that the fantastic Voyager episode ‘Year of Hell’ had the characters lose all knowledge of an entire year’s interesting character development. There was no way around it admittedly in that episode and I suppose having Annorax reunited with his wife was a satisfying enough conclusion. Though after seeing Janeway tested to her limits and sacrifing herself for the sake of the crew not happen can make the previous 85 minutes seem worthless.

    in reply to: Doctor Who II #123699
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    Yeah, that was amazing. And I totally disagree with newspaper critics that the rest of the episode was poor and was just buildng up for the climax. I thought the story about the last humans at the end of the universe was very intriguing and I can’t wait to find out what happens to them. Hopefully RTD won’t get too cameo-happy in the big two-parter.

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