Archive for April, 2010

Sort of apology from BBC for Doctor Who bannergate.

Posted in TV with tags , , on April 28, 2010 by bytor

I recently blogged about the stupid trailer/banner that the BBC put over the end of the latest episode of Doctor Who. It also apparently enraged a few other people who put fingers to keyboards to let the BBC know.

Today I received an email response from “BBC Complaints”:

Thank you for your e-mail.

The ‘Over the Rainbow’ trail in ‘Doctor Who’ should not have played out on Saturday and we apologise to all ‘Doctor Who’ fans whose enjoyment of the show was disrupted. We recognise the strength of feeling that has been expressed and are taking steps to ensure that this mistake will not happen again.

Thank you again for taking the time to contact us with your concerns.

Regards

BBC Complaints

I know it’s a form reply that has been sent to everyone who complained, but, hey at least it’s something. They know they done wrong, and are unlikely to risk the ire of the online whovians again….. until the next time. I wonder if Graham Norton can make it a hat-trick and disrupt a future episode of Doctor Who just once more

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Posted in Uncategorized on April 25, 2010 by bytor

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Posted in Uncategorized on April 25, 2010 by bytor

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Idiot BBC & their overlayed trailers

Posted in TV with tags , , , on April 25, 2010 by bytor

I just watched the latest episode of Doctor Who “Time of Angels”, with the return of both an old foe and a previous acquaintance for the Doctor. However, this post is not about that episode (which was great by the way). This is about the BBC’s idiotic decision to ruin the climax of the episode.

(minor spoilers in embedded clip)

The finale scene was racking up the tension and building to it’s climax. Just at the exact moment when we the viewers were supposed to be the most engaged with the plight of the Doctor and his friends in their moment peril, and actually as the Doctor was uttering his monologue to his enemy, a huge brash, animated, multicoloured cartoon graphic flashed up over the lower one-third of the screen. This was trailing the next programme Over The Rainbow.

It ruined the moment for me, and was incredibly annoying. The worst thing was if the BBC had just waited 1 more minute until the episode had actually ended and the credits were runnning it would have been fine. I actually hate the increasingly prevalent practice of squeezing the credit sequence to half a screen width, so it is invisible to mortal eyes, or running it at hyper speed (since I think programme makers deserve their credit to be visible on the screen) but even this would have been preferable to tonight’s debacle.

If you were similarly irritated, I would suggest you do as I did and let the BBC know at

https://www.bbc.co.uk/complaints/forms/

How to make F1 exciting

Posted in sport, TV with tags , , , on April 4, 2010 by bytor

The Malaysian grand prix was not quite as exciting as last week’s at Melbourne, but it was pretty good with another winner, and plenty of action and overtaking (especially Lewis Hamilton coming from 20th on the grid to an eventual 6th place). And there was not even the usual afternoon monsoon on race day to spice things up. However, one of the reasons for the fun and games was the mixed up grid which was itself caused by rain on the Saturday.

We cannot guarantee rain during a race or qualifying, but it is clear that the backwards grid set things up for a good chance of action. Talented drivers like Hamilton and Alonso in fast cars making their way through the pack is likely to produce a spectacle, but how do we do this in a fair and consistent fashion?

What is qualifying for? It is to reward fast cars/drivers with a better starting position for the race and hence a better chance of winning the race or getting points. If we had random starting positions it would be exciting but very unfair. Perhaps if we had a grid based on reverse qualifying positions? Of course in order to persuade drivers not to deliberately qualify last in order to get pole position you would need to award championship points as an incentive. What about 6 points for fastest qualy then 5, 4, 3 etc. That should be enough for front runners to be tempted into going for it and then have the challenge of picking through the pack.

But as Hamilton’s charge today showed, even a fast guy will have difficulty getting past another reasonably fast guy (i.e. Sutil today) so the “overtaking problem” still needs to be addressed.

New Doctor Who (spoiler-free)

Posted in TV with tags , , , , , , , on April 3, 2010 by bytor

Matt Smith as the Eleventh DoctorSo, the new series of Doctor Who has started and with it the reign of Matt Smith as the eleventh Doctor. I can’t believe I almost missed it. In this day of PVRs and time shifting that hardly is the earth-shattering faux pas it might have been, but still… I sort of knew the new series was coming, but I had tried to avoid getting caught up in any hype, hoping I could watch it objectively.

I knew it was on today, but I didn’t realise it was so early. I didn’t even have a Season Pass set on Tivo! Aaaaaanyhoo. Here are a few first thoughts, and in deference to all and sundry out there who haven’t yet watched it, this post shall be free of spoilers.

First of all, it was great. Anyone who was any kind of fan of the previous few seasons of the rebooted “Who” will enjoy this. Of course anyone who was a fan of the rebooted “Who” agreed that the very best of it was written by a certain Steven Moffat, who just happens to be the new controller in chief. Of course with his new great powers, comes great responsibilty and one might have had concerns about meeting the challenge of introducing a new Doctor, kick-starting the series after a year long semi-drought (only the “specials” to keep the fans going), introducing a new companion, and new Tardis even.

It was a good story, but not Moffat’s best. It recycled a few key plot elements from one of his past classics. It’s tone was noticable lighter than the “dark and scary” we have come to recognize as the signature of Moffat’s stories. However it was perfect at doing all the setting up and introduction of new characters. The new Doctor is a bit like Tennant’s doctor but a bit wackier. Also a bit more full of himself, but not in an annoying way. It may be that Matt Smith was playing the character deliberately a bit like Tennant in view of his recent regeneration (he said himself he “wasn’t cooked yet”) but if this is how the new Doctor is, I could deal with him. In short, Matt Smith has in one episode made the character his own, and only the most ardent Tennant fan-boy/girls would be complaining. As someone said on Twitter, there’s a bit of Tom Baker in him, and I can see that, a bit of an weird alien gleam in his otherwise human-like eye…

The new companion, Amy Pond, a bonny Scots red-haired hotty – what’s not to like? Jesting aside, she seems a perfect foil for Matt Smith’s new Doctor. Not as bolshy as Donna was, but independent and feisty nevertheless. The new Tardis interior is revealed, not hugely different from the previous one, but a bit more…..steampunky?

One complaint – the new music. I don’t like it. The beginning has a stupid orchestral bit to it and takes an extra few bars to get to the familiar theme. Because of this the actual best bit has been left out. You know, that bit where the melody modulates into a major key. Maybe I’ll get used to it but I don’t think so. On the plus side the visuals for the new title sequence looked good. Even the new logo (which I must confess I hated the look when I first saw it) seemed to fit in OK.

There were a few nice nods to the past history of the series and the trailers for the future epsodes look fantastic. Key enemies return (ones that you would predict, and a couple you might not) as well as possibly the return of some old friends. There was what looked like an episode set in WW2, and another with an apparent coven of female vampires (strangely NONE of them were touched by the ugly stick), as well as a few special guests such as Bill Nighy. I can’t wait for the rest of the series.