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orig mkiii8 – Classic Series Original Dalek Drone

First (only) appearance 1963, Season 1, Story B “The Mutants/The Daleks”.

Now we’re talking, in at no.8 the first completed conception of a Dalek from Terry Nations brief description. For the uninitiated, this model only ever appeared in the first Dalek story but owing to the near hysteria it created, it became THE blueprint for all future incarnations.  The paint scheme remained until right up to Patrick Troughtons 1967 story “Evil of the Daleks” (Season 4 Story LL) when those old enough to remember saw what many thought at the time was the final demise of the Daleks. The BBC wanting to promote the newer Cybermen as the Doctors chief villain (and cynically me thinks reap 100% of the merchandising rights as oppose “only” getting a percentage owing to Terry Nations joint ownership of the Dalek rights).  1963-dalek-fullThis model went through some changes prior to the paint scheme change.  Notably the mid section which changed to the more recognisable solar panel vertical slats in the 1965 story “The Chase”  Other noticeable changes were in the 1964 follow up story “The Dalek Invasion of Earth” their bases became thicker not dissimilar to bumper cars and they had a circular disc on the back. These changes were brought in to justify allowing them to leave their home city on Skaro and terrorise the Universe without having to rely on static electricity for motive power.  I suspect however the thicker bases allowed the user to trundle over rougher ground with outside broadcasts without the risk of viewers catching a glimpse of the operator pushing the dalek!  One other change was the use of different light covers for the “ears” which continually changed from the original flimsy Ping-Pong style through to more sturdier Ford Anglia side lights and the chunky ones we have on the modern style (not paradigm) Daleks.

Chunky bumper car base versions from 2013's re-enacted scene of Season 2's "Dalek Invasion of Earth"

Chunky bumper car base versions from 2013’s re-enacted scene of Season 2’s “Dalek Invasion of Earth”

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 TV continuity announcers. Now don’t get me wrong, my Northern accent is long gone and although I appear to speak a form of ‘Ershamese which is nothing to be proud of I do try to actually use proper vocabulary with a neutral accent. So at the risk of sounding like even more of an old fart than I actually am I’m going to have a rant.

Being  old enough to remember 3 tv channels with everyone speaking the Queens English its only fair or inevitable to keep up with the times and not alienate large swathes of the country by having a few presenters here and there with regional accents.  But the flood gates opened some years ago as the tv channels vied against each other trying to find the next “cool” accent whether it was scouse, cockney, glaswegian, or west country etc.

That was just about bearable until someone somewhere decided that they needed to go a step further and use extreme examples of “comedy” colloquial accents that incredibly they thought the viewing public would actually think cool.  I can only assume that their research was based on inner city deprived 12 year old oiks comments or those with a dangerously low IQ level.

So what was conceived was ch4’s oh so hilarious big brother continuity geordie announcer. Amusing maybe the first time by the second time I heard it I had already switched channels and they had lost me.  But the damage was done as pillocks in tv company ivory towers sought to compete.

Next up South Park and an exaggerated South London black accent where the announcer reading from a screen that warns the viewers about the content inexplicably either can’t or chooses not to say the on screen word “viewers” but replaces it with “peepull”

It gets worse. Channel 5 never wanting to be outdone in scraping the barrel then start using a welsh nit whose accent is so far off its how I imagine Edward II sounded when he came face to face with his red hot poker at Berkeley castle. Currently heard after The Walking Dead and Love/Hate serials.

And then the final straw in our inescapable decent into chavdom. The BBC, that bastion of honesty and fairness and all things wholesome – jimmy Saville, phone in scams……..er well anyway.  As usual behind the curve they use one of their radio presenters to do the continuity for “down with the kids” BBC3.  This specimens name is Jen Long. Clearly too cool to be known as Jennifer and having just heard it being interviewed its quite capable of speaking almost normally. But put her in front of a bbc3 mic and ………………gods holy trousers, I’ve heard 3 year olds with better pronounciation. Its not cool and its not clever luv. You sound like you’re taking the mikey out of someone with learning difficulties. Please please BBC, sack her NOW!

And just to make matters worse its infiltrated our adverts as well (for example the Brixton vodaphone bee ads and the use of the word “powah” instead of power.

God knows what would Kenneth Williams would have said?


Oi Gold....nooooooooooo

Oi Gold….nooooooooooo”

My growing dissatisfaction with the relaunched Doctor Who is well known amongst friends and enemies alike. Right from the first episode where one of the most frightening monsters from the original series, the Autons turned up in a sanitised form running through at break neck speed what was effectively no script but a launch vehicle for the Doctors new chavtastic assistant I was harbouring doubts that at the time I kept to myself being carried along on the wave of euphoria with the series revival. But over the years its steadily and rather depressingly gotten to the point where I just watch, tut, and moan or in the case of those despicable new style teletubby wheelie bins swear my head off at the way a cherished series from my childhood has been so bastardised.
Russell “can you guess?” t Davies with his agenda of packing out the show with the audience of an Erasure concert doing a Judy Garland/Liza Minnelli tribute night  was so boring although not as irritating as his Adipose invention so when he handed over the reins to Moffat I was hopeful of a return to form. Sadly the BBC’s terrified fear of political correctness with the merchandise buying public means that regardless of script, in nearly every story they’ll be a couple who happen to be super cool and just happen to be in a same sex, quasi-religious, different race/species relationship. For a childrens programme originally pitched at 7 year olds? There have been some very good bits amongst the dross, the ann-droid, some of the humour, the first incarnation Daleks and of course The Weeping Angels but I’m in danger of writing an essay without even getting to the point of this post and thats Murray Gold.

Now I could live with a lot of what I’ve just moaned about as its normally just the sub plot stuff but with this “composer” I’m getting very cross. It took a while to realise just how irritating his “music” was but it winds me up so much now that I have to skip the intro theme music to the show. Delia Derbyshire must be turning in her grave at how he’s single handedly destroyed her epic iconic theme. Not only that but the sub-plot motif themes played repetitively throughout the show and at every occasion that specific character opens their mouth are absolutely pathetic and shows a total disrespect to an audience that are evidently incapable of picking up the mood of the moment.  Add to that the deafening “action” incidental music blasted over the dialogue and I fear the time to switch off for good is looming. Deep breath…………of course I won’t just yet (unless they retire the original classic Daleks for good for those primary colour blashphemous filth buckets) but why oh why did they have to muck up the signature tune and then get this fool to write such banal irrelevant tosh is beyond me. So for these very reasons he now has qualified for a place of infamy in my hall of Villains. “Mr Gold…….you’re name vill also go in ze book”