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Doctor Who versus Eminem versus Benny Hill

Why? Because I love Doctor Who and Benny Hill (although I was never much of an Eminem fan) and because it’s funny, that’s why. Besides, it’s a beautiful Saturday, and I’m feeling too lazy to post anything substantive this morning. That’s all the reason I need.

I realize my post earlier today was a bit of a downer, but what can I say? Lately, there doesn’t seem to be much good news on the ever-growing front in the war against quackery. However, in researching that piece I did come across something that made me smile. I found the campaign website for…

I can’t wait until Saturday night…

…or maybe Sunday morning, as I don’t know how long it will take to get this by BitTorrent, the penultimate episode of series 4 of Doctor Who (if you’re a Doctor Who fan and haven’t seen the last couple of episodes before this Saturday’s episode The Stolen Earth, beware the spoilers–don’t start the videos if…

Tired of hearing me rant about antivaccinationists? Actually, I’m a bit tired of ranting about antivaccinationists myself, but a blogger’s got to do what a blogger’s got to do when an event like Jenny McCarthy’s “Green Our Vaccines” rally pops up. Still, that doesn’t mean I can’t take a break and indulge myself for a…

Hitler pans the Torchwood season finale

Ever since it appeared as an “adult” spinoff of Doctor Who, I’ve had a love-hate relationship with Torchwood. The first season was about as uneven as anything I’ve ever seen, ranging from a truly execrable (and, even worse, unforgivably stupidly and badly written) “homage” to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Countrycide) that ranks among the worst…

…which Presidential candidate would make the best companion for which Doctor. I have to agree with Phil, though, in that McCain is probably too old. In the show, the Doctor’s companions are nearly always younger-appearing than the Doctor. McCain looks way older than the Doctor–and I’m talking about the Doctor’s real age.

I’m ready for my close-up…

You didn’t think I wouldn’t take notice of this bit of news, did you? Even if I had, I would have had little choice, as readers deluged me with various news reports about this. Yes, it would appear that there might very well be a new Blakes 7 series. Of course, I’ll believe it when…

Sometimes my readers save my butt. There I was earlier this week, looking through my Folder of Woo, as is my wont, and oddly enough nothing much was floating my boat. I know, I know, I’ve started this little weekly exercise before lamenting a lack of enthusiasm for the woo of which I am aware.…

Geek orgasms will ensue…

…at Elijah Wood’s elaborating on plans to adapt J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit to the big screen in not one but two movies. I don’t know if he knows what he’s talking about or not, even if he is buddies with Peter Jackson, but the plans sound at the same time intriguing and worrisome. I do…

Charlie Anders seeks to answer that very question: (Click on the graph above to go to the full size original graph, which graphs the frequency of stories per season in which the Doctor is portrayed as overthrowing the government or the status quo or foments a rebellion.) Although the arch-conservatism of the John Pertwee-era Doctor…

Open mouth. Insert foot.

Given the way that he’s so successfully resurrected Doctor Who, I had come to believe that Russell T. Davies could do no wrong. I guess I was wrong: The Daily Post is reporting that comments made by Executive Producer Russell T. Davies at the preview screening of Voyage of the Damned have caused quite a…

If you think spending the holidays with your family is stressful, imagine what it might be like for the Doctor: By the way, I’ve managed to check out the Doctor Who Christmas Special. By and large it’s pretty good; maybe I’ll post a review sometime in the next few days, while I’m taking it fairly…

On Halloween…

…we need a little something as night approaches. I know just the thing: Brain-eating zombies. Given that this is the blog that conceived of the misbegotten literary (if you can call it that) device known as the Hitler Zombie, how could I not post a clip involving an actual cinematic brain-eating zombie on Halloween? (Warning:…

I can’t say I saw this one coming, but it turns out that Albus Dumbledore is gay: Harry Potter author JK Rowling has revealed that one of her characters, Hogwarts school headmaster Albus Dumbledore, is gay. She made her revelation to a packed house in New York’s Carnegie Hall on Friday, as part of her…

Must. See. This. Movie.

Will Smith is the last man on earth. The movie is directed by Ridley Scott. The last take on this story (Richard Matheson’s post-apocalyptic I Am Legend), The Omega Man, is one of my all time favorite science fiction movies. (Yes, I know it didn’t follow the story that closely, but it stood on its…

Regular readers of this blog are probably aware of my general opinion about Reiki and other “energy healing” modalities. In short, they’re woo, pure and simple. Consequently, one might reasonably ask why I’ve never featured the woo that is Reiki in Your Friday Dose of Woo. There’s a simple reason for that. Basic Reiki is…

It’s Saturday afternoon, so what the heck? Ah, that’s better.

This might almost make me go back to church!

Now here’s a church service that I could get into, the Church of the Time Lord. As an article in Metro.co.uk says: A congregation are to be invited to compare a Time Lord with the Lord of Time at a special Dr Who-themed church service, it was disclosed today. Teenagers and young people in their…

Souvenirs of London

More random weekend chatter… If a big time Doctor Who fan visits London, what is it that he brings back as souvenirs? Well, I had wanted to bring back a large radio-controlled Dalek to harass my wife with, but I just couldn’t figure out how we would get it back on the plane, and I…

Bummer…

Sadly, I won’t be in London for 10 more days. Consequently, I’ll be missing something really cool that’ll be happening a mere couple of blocks down the street where I’m staying now: I did, however, purchase a nice cast metal replica of the TARDIS at this shop, the Stamp Centre, which seems to carry a…

I’m guessing there will be a lot of–shall we say?–disagreement with this one. I’m always appropriately skeptical of IQ studies, including this one. However, if you actually believe this survey (and what physician wouldn’t want to believe it?), apparently as a profession physicians have the highest IQ. Heh. I wonder where M.D./Ph.D.’s like yours truly…

I can answer that question!

Since I’m still immersed in grant writing, to start the afternoon off, here’s one that I saw a week ago but never got around to answering. It’s a question from this week’s host of the Skeptics’ Circle, Bronze Dog, over at (appropriately enough) The Bronze Blog, who asks: You’ve been captured by Daleks. You’re their…

Greatest. Movie. Ever.

While trying to avoid working on my grant yesterday, I was idly flipping channels. I had planned on killing a few minutes while psyching myself up to go back into the Bat Cave that is my office, ignoring a gloriously perfect sunny day with temperatures in the low 80s, to do battle with the grant…

Oh, you nasty Wookiee!

I’m disappointed to find out that Chewbacca is a bad, bad Wookiee: (CBS) HOLLYWOOD, Calif. A Chewbacca impersonator is accused of sexually assaulting a Marilyn Monroe impersonator in front of the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood in June. The wookie then reportedly evaded arrest, police said. According to an officer with the LAPD, Chewbacca allegedly took…

This blog is in mourning

Here’s the reason why: Actor and voice artiste Peter Tuddenham has died at the age of 88 after a short illness. His vocal talents were used in Doctor Who for The Ark in Space, The Masque of Mandragora and Time and the Rani, but he will also be well-known to cult TV fans for providing…