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Doctor Who’s Weeping Angel Christmas tree topper
11.14.2014
11:22 am

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Television

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Weeping Angel


 
Okay, so I’m a bit late on this, sue me. But how late can I be since it’s not even Thanks-fucking-giving yet? Anyway, ThinkGeek is selling a Weeping Angel Christmas topper for yer tree this year for $19.99 + shipping.

You and your family simply CANNOT BLINK whilst admiring your tree.

 

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Attention Doctor Who fans: Watch ‘The Delian Mode’ terrific short documentary on Delia Derbyshire
04.09.2014
08:58 am

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Feminism
Music
Science/Tech

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Delia Derbyshire


 
Canadian director Kara Blake‘s award-winning short documentary The Delian Mode is an audio-visual love letter to pioneering electronic composer Delia Derbyshire, best known for her spooky rendering of Ron Grainer’s Doctor Who theme music for the BBC Radiophonic Workshop in 1963. (Legend has it that when Grainer heard what she’d done—creating each quavering, alien-sounding note by speeding up or slowing down analog tape recordings of a single plucked string, then cutting and splicing it—with rulers, razor and cellophane tape—before embellishing the results with the sound of waveform oscillators and white noise, he asked “Did I write that?” She answered “Most of it.”). It’s an impressive piece of filmmaking, dreamlike, lyrical and especially pleasing to the eye—and ear—for a documentary. Blake wouldn’t have had a lot to work with (I’ve only ever seen one short film clip of Derbyshire) but does a wonderful job of presenting a well-rounded account of Delia Derbyshire’s work and of her influence on electronic dance music.

You simply cannot watch this marvelous film without concluding that Delia Derbyshire was a creative and technical genius, producing complex music that seemed to come directly from another dimension, yet was wholly constructed via analog means (such as a tape loop that ran all the way down a hallway or slowing down the sound of banging on a metal lampshade.)

The Delian Mode is inspiring, it’s a bit sad (depression and alcoholism plagued Derbyshire’s life) but it’s a story that needed to be told and told with respect. That she was a self-created woman working in what was then largely a man’s space makes her achievements seem all the more remarkable and and especially cool. (At one point we hear audio of Derbyshire describing herself as being a “post-feminist” before the concept of feminism even existed, although there were other women veterans of the BBC Radiophonic Laboratory, notably Daphne Oram, creator of “Oramics,” which controlled sound with celluloid plates, and Maddalena Fagandini.)

Blake interviews Derbyshire’s colleagues at the BBC Radio Workshop, Adrian Utley of Portishead, Ann Shenton of Add N to (X) and Sonic Boom aka Peter Kember of Spacemen 3, Spectrum and E.A.R., who brought Derbyshire into his own work towards the end of her life on the E.A.R. albums Vibrations (2000) and Continuum (2001).

After Derbyshire’s death, 267 reel-to-reel tapes and a box of a thousand pages of music and notes were found in her attic. Her life and work will be celebrated this Saturday April 12th on Delia Derbyshire Day at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation in Manchester.
 

 
More Delia Derbyshire after the jump…

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Watch every episode of your cult TV favorites playing at the same time

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Why? How? Who cares! This is just rather awesome!

YouTube user Omni Verse has put together ten minute packages of your favorite cult TV shows in an intense “videoggedon,” where all the episodes are played at the same time!

From Star Trek and The Twilight Zone, to Kolchak—The Night Stalker, Planet of the Apes and Doctor Who. This is like a ten minute sugar rush of cult TV heaven!
 

‘Star Trek’ all 80 episodes played at same time.
 

The Twilight Zone’ all 156 episodes at the same time.
 

‘Kolchak—The Night Stalker’ 20 eps all at once.
 

‘Doctor Who’ all 178 Tom Baker episodes.
 
More cult TV all at once, after the jump…
 

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Doctor Who?: This is the composite face of all 13 Doctors
12.24.2013
08:29 am

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Television

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No, this isn’t the face of some F.B.I. most wanted, or distant inbred relation of royalty, or the latest anodyne pop star, no, this is the “real face” of Doctor Who as created by scientists at the University of Aberdeen Face Laboratory, in Scotland.

By using “face averaging” technology, scientists merged images of all of the thirteen actors who have played Doctor Who into one face. According to the Daily Mirror, David Robertson, from the Face Lab said:

“It’s interesting that the face we have developed is not dominated by the features of any one of the actors to have played The Doctor.

“Rather it represents a combination of the averaged features of each actor to have taken on the role.”

For such a quirky and compelling character the result is incredibly bland.
 

 
H/T the Daily Mirror

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Brilliant men build (and then tragically crash) a life-size flying TARDIS
12.16.2013
07:12 am

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Science/Tech

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Doctor Who
Tardis
TARDIS


 
Ah, what a monument to the arrogance of man! Like the engineers of the Titanic, like Icarus with his waxen wings, the folks over at Flyonix (a company that does flying aerial camera work), created this styrofoam beauty, only to let her fall to a tragic death. But for a moment, we saw our nerdy little dreams take flight…

You can watch the construction of the TARDIS here, if only to remind yourself… we can rebuild it... or maybe you  can, if you have a spare $1,600 to blow.
 
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Via Geekologie

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Check out the new Doctor Who’s old punk band, The Dreamboys
08.06.2013
10:33 pm

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Music
Television

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Doctor Who
Peter Capaldi

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55-year-old native Glaswegian Peter Capaldi is Doctor Who number twelve! While Tom Baker will always be my first Doctor (you never forget your first!), Capaldi could definitely be in the running for the coolest Doctor.

After moving to Edinburgh in 1980, Peter Capaldi fronted a Scottish punk band called The Dreamboys (with The Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson on drums, no less). It’s all very overdriven and shambolic (with a crudeness emphasized by a cheap record player and probably wonky vinyl), but check out the (totally catchy) tunes below, “Outer Limits,” “Shall We Dance,” and “Bela Lugosi’s Birthday.” It can be a bit like The Damned one minute, with echoes of The Jesus and Mary Chain the next- all bodes well for the next Doctor!
 

 

 

 
Via Noisey

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I’m Doctor f*cking Who, that’s who!: Hilarious fake trailer for the new foul-mouthed Doctor


 
Even if you’re not a Doctor Who fan, you have probably by now, been reminded at least 100 times today alone that Peter Capaldi has been cast as the new Doctor. The news is on every goddamned website and blog, so I won’t bore you with it.

What I will show you though, is a fabulous fanmade trailer featuring Peter Capaldi in his career-making role as the political “fixer” “Malcolm Tucker” from The Thick of It recast as a rather foul-mouthed Doctor.

It works, IMO. It works great!

 
Below, a Malcolm Tucker “best of” compilation from The Thick of It:

 

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Freaky cosplay, dood: The Dude as a ‘Doctor Who’ Ood


 
Holy hell, while twisted and marvelous, The Dude as an Ood is something to… behold!

This remarkable costume was spotted at the annual Doctor Who convention, Gallifrey One, in Los Angeles.

Via Neatorama

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Timelord time-stretched: ‘Doctor Who’ theme slowed to 21 minute alien symphony
07.07.2013
01:09 pm

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Music
Television

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Doctor Who

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The original Doctor Who title music from 1963 stretched.

Many of these slowed tracks fail to maintain interest, but Ron Grainer’s theme music, as performed by Delia Derbyshire at the BBC’s Radiophonic Workshop, proves its incredible richness and durability, producing a Ligeti-like symphony of dark, menacing, beauty.
 

 
H/T Tim Paxton.

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CONTAMINATE! Dalek grown in a petri dish
07.03.2013
09:20 am

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Amusing
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Television

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Doctor Who
Dalek


 
Microbiologist “Who-ligan” grew this Dalek out of E. coli bacteria inside a petri dish because he/she admits they suck at art but “I’ve got science!”

Works for me.

Via Neatorama

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Exterminate All Excuses: The Doctor Who Workout Challenge
06.10.2013
01:31 pm

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Sports
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Doctor Who


 
It’s like a drinking game, but much healthier. Want to watch another season of Doctor Who on Netflix now and work out later?

No need to procrastinate. You can do both!

Via the fitforinfinity.tumblr.com.

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‘Doctor Who Magazine’: As a supermarket tabloid

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The Zygons’ cellulite Hell. The Cyber-shock secret—Botox! Vajazzle the Alien way. And the shame of Doctor, who? Are the headlines to a supermarket tabloid version of Doctor Who Magazine, as imagined by the talented Red Scharlach, who writes:

To commemorate the supposedly surprise-filled season finale of Doctor Who, I thought I’d give Doctor Who Magazine a scandalmongering makeover. But I can’t decide whether I’d like to read this version or would simply be too scared to open the cover

I’d certainly be more happy to read Red Sharlach‘s wonderfully made-over mag than watch the increasingly smug and irrelevant TV series.
 
Via Red Scharlach
 

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Grumpy Cat, Doctor Who and Star Wars BDSM toys


Grumpy Cat-inspired BDSM paddle

Etsy shop Geek Kink (based in Sacramento, CA) makes meme-ish BDSM toys. Their goal is “to make toys no man has made before.”

Like a TARDIS paddle.
 

Doctor Who-inspired Tardis paddle
 

Darth Vader inspired Lightsaber Cane Mature BDSM


Sith Lightsaber-inspired BDSM flogger
 
With thanks to Edward Ludvigsen!

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Doctor Who ‘Weeping Angel’ toilet decal
03.12.2013
10:06 am

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Amusing
Television

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Doctor Who
Weeping Angel


 
Do I need it? No. Do I want it? That would be a resounding YES!

This Doctor Who-inspired “Weeping Angel” toilet decal might teach the gentlemen folk to aim better! Or else…

You can purchase this from Etsy shop Walking Dead Promotion whose motto is “Brilliant decals for fantastic people!” It’s $17.99 + shipping.

Previously on Dangerous Minds:
Amazing Doctor Who ‘Weeping Angel’ costume

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(Doctor) Who ate my food? A TARDIS refrigerator
11.14.2012
09:17 am

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Amusing
Art
Television

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Doctor Who


 
As Geekologie points out, most objects turned into a TARDIS by Whovian fanatics are kind of, well… crappy. But this TARDIS refrigerator painted by Blake “to look like the wall so his roommates would stop eating all his food” is pretty special.

I dig it.

 

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