April 18th, 2010

"Know then thyself, presume not God to scan; The proper study of mankind is heavily armed rodents"

Returning, as one does, to the subject of arming guinea pigs with flame-throwers, I have remembered that it was Mark Pauline who had the guinea pig in a device controlled by waldos. See comment here

"SRL had a GUINEA PIG robot. It was kind of a four legged waldo that the guinea pig rode on top of. It is described in detail (with photos) in Re/Search publications PRANKS.

IIRC the critter’s feet where strapped in and is motions were used to control the motion of the four legged bot he was riding. So if the pig walked forward, the ‘bot walked forward, if it ran back, the ‘bot ran back. Mark Pauline claims that they fed the critter lettuce the whole time and it enjoyed it very much."

I have / had a copy of Pranks.

It aint half Who, Mum

I expect you all knew this (mentioned again by the BBC in the context of the BBC Archive thing about the regeneration) "Troughton's early thoughts about how he might play the Doctor included a "tough sea captain" and a piratical figure in blackface and a turban."
Wonder how that would have affected the DVD sales and re-runs.
Meanwhile, I quite enjoyed tonight's episode of Who, though it had moments which managed to be frenetic and dull simultaneously. We watched City Of Death afterwards for comparison, which is probably slightly unfair as it is an all time classic but I felt that NuWho didn't come out of the comparison favourably. Nonetheless Moffat-Who does feel to me like Who in the way that Rusty-Who didn't, even in the Eccleston era.
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This, of course, takes us to Victor Lewis-Smith. I am pleased to see that most of his 'satirical songs in the 80s style' are up on YouTube, which ARE very much satirical songs in the 80s style. Week Ending, small boys, satire for goal-posts, isn't it? I particularly like the
'It's nice selling God' one.