Amy Ratcliffe

Doctor Who classic episodes

I’ve been meaning to catch up on classic episodes of Doctor Who, but there just aren’t enough hours in the day. However, thanks to YouTuber Omni Verse, I can watch over 700 episodes of classic Who at the same time – from the First Doctor to the Eighth Doctor. The itty bitty squares are pretty much impossible to distinguish from each other, but it’s better than nothing.

Here’s how the episodes break down:

William Hartnell (135), Patrick Troughton (119), Jon Pertwee (128), Tom Baker (178), Peter Davison (71), Colin Baker (31) and Sylvester McCoy (42) episodes, and to round out the era, Peter Cushing (2) and Paul McGann (1)

Watch the video after the break.

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tie fighter accident

What if we lived in a galaxy far, far away and seeing TIE fighters flying overhead was a normal occurrence? They’d crash from time to time, and we could come across sights like the fictional one captured in this dash cam video. It was posted by German TV channel Dein Sky Film, and it looks awesome. Of course, if the TIE fighter was piloted by regular stormtroopers that would be your problem right there.

See the footage after the break.

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LotR deaths

Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy is epic. The three films include battles of all sizes, and that means a lot of deaths. Orcs, humans, elves – they all lose lives in big numbers. Digg put together a six minute video that cuts together every on-screen death in the films, and there are over 212,000 in that span. As you’ll see, that estimate appears to be wild speculation, but still….It boggles the mind.

Watch the deaths in the video after the break.

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atari console

Andy Baio had a son in 2004, and he’s been performing an experiment of sorts on Eliot ever since. When Eliot was old enough to show interest in video games, Baio didn’t let him play the hottest and newest titles. No, he went way back to the beginning and made Eliot play through video game history in chronological order. He started with 1979’s Galaxian, Rally-X (1980), Bosconian (1981), Dig Dug (1982), Pac-Man (1980), Super Pac-Man (1982), Pac-Man Plus (1982) and Pac & Pal (1983).

The experiment continued for 10 years (Eliot got his first video games when he was four-years-old) and concluded when he reached games released around the time of his birth. Baio published his findings and results of the experiment in an essay on Medium titled “Playing With My Son: An experiment in forced nostalgia and questionable parenting“.

Basically, he concluded that Eliot has a better appreciation for modern games. He’s also become “frighteningly good” at them:

“Eliot’s early exposure to games with limited graphics inoculated him from the flashy, hyper-realistic graphics found in today’s AAA games”, Baio writes. “He can appreciate retro graphics on its own terms, and focus on the gameplay.”

“My hope is that this experiment instilled a life-long appreciation for smaller, weirder, more intimate games in him.”

(via Kotaku)

legends of the arena

Pokémon fans have been busy creating their own unofficial games with Pokémon characters. We just saw Pokémon Insurgence last month, and a new game developed by “Wackyturtle” is ready to play. Legends of the Arena focuses on a tournament with Pokémon Colosseum-style battles. You take a personality test to determine which Pokémon you’ll start with, and it will be one eight different Eevee evolutions.

It’s explained on Imgur:

The game begins with a prologue set five years in the past. You control a mysterious character called Bryce, whose battle against the legendary Dragon Master Aemon will have unforeseen consequences…

You then assume the role of the protagonist. The game revolves around a long-running, prestigious tournament which you and your brother decide to enter. There are eight rounds in the tournament, and each Pokémon Colosseum-style battle is equivalent to a gym battle.

It wouldn’t be a Pokémon game without an evil team. The Cult of Shadow has been dormant for years, but lately they’ve come out of hiding to manipulate the tournament for their own ends. They are the only trainers in the game to use the illegal Ghost-type Pokémon.

See more screen caps from Legends of the Arena in the gallery after the break.

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eye of sauron

The final installment of The Hobbit trilogy will be out soon, and Moscow City planned to welcome it in style. Russian art group Svechenie came up with the idea of installing a re-creation of the Eye of Sauron on the Moscow City skyline. The Hollywood Reporter stated the light installation would be set up on the roof of the “IQ-quarter complex” and would draw in fans of Middle-earth and Lord of the Rings.

However, City Lab reports the idea was shut down almost immediately. The Russian Orthodox Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin protested the Eye of Sauron installation. I see where the church is coming from, but if it was only up for a single night as a promotional gag, I don’t see the harm.

(Reddit via Tor)

gaston

One of my favorite characters to watch in Magic Kingdom is Gaston. He’s much like he is in Beauty and the Beast – so he’s awful – and the actors playing Gaston stay in character. One little girl named Isabella read him the riot act big time. I like this girl’s sass.

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Jen of EPBOT and her husband John are continuing work on their glorious Harry Potter Christmas tree. Seriously, they’re getting so creative that they should be providing tips to Wizarding World at Universal Orlando. The newest addition is Quidditch broom ornaments in different sizes. You’ll need twigs, wire, metal foil tape, and a couple more basics to make these beauties take flight.

See more photos of the ornaments after the break.

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cthulhu wreath 1

Tentacles make any holiday decoration cooler, and Geyser of Awesome’s co-editor Maika knows how to use them. She’s used Archie McPhee’s finger tentacles in the past for Cthulhu-themed Christmas trees, and this year she used the versatile product to craft a wreath. She glued the tentacles to a foam wreath covered in tinsel, added green LED lights, ornaments, and LEGO octopuses. The finished wreath looks weird and fantastic.

See photos of the making of the wreath after the break.

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krypton

It looks like Syfy is taking a page from Fox’s Gotham. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Syfy is working with David S. Goyer to develop Krypton. The series will be a Superman origin story that takes place long before Clark Kent puts on glasses. Goyer and writer Ian Goldberg came up with the following concept:

Krypton takes place years before the Superman legend we know, when the House of El was shamed and ostracized. This drama, which is in development, follows the Man of Steel’s grandfather as he brings hope and equality to Krypton, turning a planet in disarray into one worthy of giving birth to the greatest Super Hero ever known.

As long as the series has more focus than Gotham, I’m interested.

(via CBR)