Comparison of the fantastic Hillywood Show parody video against the real thing.
Behind the Scenes of Gridlock
Excerpts from DWM 382, as reported by Jason Arnopp
David is suffering more sonic-related misfortune. Amateur kidnappers Milo and Cheen have swiped Martha, slamming the door in his face as they flee. He sonics the lock, pulls the handle, tugs frantically… but it’s no good, the door is locked, for real. “Useless!” he hoots, snapping out of character. Strolling over to DWM, he shrugs, “To be honest, me and Martha have only just met. It’s no skin off my nose…”
Russell T. Davies: “On the day of Boe’s death scene, David actually texted me from set, to say how ridiculously sad it was! A great big lump of animatronic latex, and everyone felt sorry for him!
All of my previous behind-the-scenes photoset posts can be found here.
In a text post, list ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you. Tag [ten] friends, including me, so I’ll see your list. Make sure you let your friends know you’ve tagged them.
I’m sure I’ll forget a few and end up kicking myself shortly after posting this. Here’s what sprung to mind first, in no particular order.
1) Dune by Frank Herbert - I adored this book. The library had a massive hard-backed copy that I would check out at least once or twice a year when I was a youngster. I kept asking my mom for a paperback copy but she would say, “Why should I buy it when you can always check it out of the library?” When I got my first job the paperback copy was one of my first purchases - I always thought of it as a symbol of my independence.
2) A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle - I’d always leaned toward sci-fi from a very early age, and I was quite young when I first read this book. I remember loving the idea of the “wrinkle” as a way to get around the limitations of long-distance travel. It has always stuck with me. The fact that the main character was a girl helped too.
3) Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams - Hysterically funny and obviously didn’t take itself seriously. I always loved this book (and the rest of the series as well) when I wanted a break from the more serious stuff I tended to read.
4) Microserfs by Douglas Coupland - As a software engineer myself, this funny, fictional story about a group of Microsoft developers who break away and start their own company really spoke to me. It painted a world full of geek culture references and wonderfully quirky characters — and so much of it seemed to have come straight out of my life.
5) Cyteen by C. J. Cherryh - absolutely one of my favorite books of all time. Interesting sci-fi concepts related to cloning and nature vs. nurture really intrigued me, with some political intrigue layered on top. I used to read it at least every other year.
6) The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis - I went through a phase of reading everything from C. S. Lewis, but this will always be my favorite from him (particularly The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe).
7) The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J. R. R.Tolkien - required reading for any self-respecting geek, right? My high school sweetheart and I both memorized the Uruk Runes alphabet so we could write coded messages to each other.
8) Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson - I would probably put just about every Neal Stephenson book on a list of my favorite books. He’s one of my favorite authors. But if I have to narrow it down to only one of his books I’ll go with Snow Crash - cyberpunk at its best (although his “The Diamond Age” is a very, very close 2nd for me - I really love that one too)
9) The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood - such a disturbing story of a dystopian future - the concepts really bothered me and stuck with me.
10) Mirror of her Dreams / A Man Rides Through by Stephen R. Donaldson - Donaldson had been another of those authors whose works I read voraciously, but this 2-part series was one of my favorites because the first book was soooo frustrating - I couldn’t put the story pieces together to make any logical sense - and then the 2nd book starts and suddenly it all slots into place and comes together brilliantly. It was a great payoff for all of the earlier frustration, so it’s another set of books that I have read over and over down through the years.
- The How to Train Your Dragon series by Cressida Cowell - for turning my eldest son from a kid who hated books into a kid who loved to read.
- Michael Crichton books - long before they started being turned into movies, my husband and I loved reading these books together because we loved the mix of pseudo-science, wild ideas, and adventure
Who to tag: I’m kind of nervous about tagging anyone. I’m still kind-of new to Tumblr and am not sure who wouldn’t mind being tagged and who might be annoyed by it… To the following people: please don’t do this if you don’t want to! anniviech, mochaahh, sabine-blackraven, luv4dt, hideandsqueek, badwolfsf, gallifreyan-reject, lonestargal
The Tenth Doctor’s Suit Button Analysis - now in Tumblr-image form!
Because the manner in which the suit is buttoned is important. No, really. It is!
In all honesty though, I’m rather impressed that DT took it upon himself to change it up. Keeping up with these tiniest of details is just another sign of how dedicated he was to Doctor Who.
The list owes much to Unfolded73’s Button Analysis on LiveJournal. As far as I’m aware she was the first to do the analysis back in March 2009 and share it with the world.
For the pedant in us all.
David Tennant / The Tenth Doctor - Looking dashing in a tux
From The Lazarus Experiment
Scan from DWM #384
From 1994 to 2014 - David Tennant and Arabella Weir
Arabella on David: David and I met on what was my last proper acting job and his first big acting job. I was completely blown away by how mesmerically talented he was. I remember thinking, “Blimey, this boy’s brilliant.”
David is astonishingly focused for his age. He’s amazingly honest and straightforward. He’s one of the handful of people I would tell a secret to and know that he wouldn’t tell anybody. He’s trustworthy and he’s honourable. He’s lovely.
Click here for a fantastic article (from 2002) on how they met and their time living together (David was Arabella’s lodger for 5 years when he first moved to London from Scotland - and they’ve remained the best of friends ever since). It’s a fun read!
…with extra special thanks to blackannis238 for finding & posting that Tennant/Pemberton/Gatiss/Weir photo from 2004 a couple of weeks ago.