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Doctor Who Training Opportunity

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 22/03/2019 - 8:40am in

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It's My ShoutAn organisation dedicated to developing new talent in the TV and Film industry is offering work placements working on the next series of Doctor Who.

Since 2002 It’s My Shout Ltd has been specialising in finding and developing new talent for the film industry, producing short films for their broadcast partners, BBC and S4C

This year they are offering 5 training opportunities on Doctor Who for motivated and ambitious newcomers who are passionate about Drama. This is a paid opportunity and is open for applications from people of all backgrounds.

The project is seeking to address the under-representation of diverse talent within BBC Drama so is actively encouraging applicants from diverse backgrounds, disability and lower Socio-Economic backgrounds to apply.

Successful candidates will gain hands-on practical experience within a fast paced, vibrant and challenging production environment. They will gain TV production skills which will hopefully allow the, to develop a career in the television industry.

The ideal candidate will have a passion for Drama and ambition to pursue a career in Drama TV production. The will have a strong work ethic, and a willingness to work in a fast-paced environment. They will be an enthusiastic and collaborative team player.

This opportunity is not open to people in full-time education.

You will need to be fully available for 11 weeks from 29th April to 12th July.

You will know whether you have been selected for an interview by 5th April 2019 and if successful, will need to be available for interviews on the week of 8h April 2019.

This is a brief description of the roles available.

Junior Graphic Designer:
The role requires a person who is organized and passionate with an artistic flair and must be proficient with graphic packages such as Photoshop and Illustrator and who can work to tight deadlines. During the scheme there is also an opportunity for the candidate to learn and understand some of the art department processes to include sourcing props, understanding a plan and set dressing when necessary for filming.Costume:
The role requires a person who is enthusiastic and hardworking with a willingness to learn and work within a team whilst answering to the Costume Supervisor and Designer. During the scheme the candidate will learn and understand some of the production processes to include maintaining, altering and cleaning costumes, dressing actors, script breakdown, continuity, production scheduling, set etiquette.Carpenter:
The role requires someone with a keen interest in carpentry who is hardworking, ambitious and is eager to develop new skills. You will need to have experience of working as a Carpenter – a carpentry qualification would be beneficial. You will need to have excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to interact with fellow crew.Floor Runner:
The role requires a person who is enthusiastic, passionate and hard-working. Previous experience is not essential but a willingness to learn and a resolve to work hard is a must. A sense of humour us vital, as is the ability to interact with fellow cast and crew. During the scheme the candidate will learn and understand set etiquette, provide hospitality for cast and crew, support the AD team on the floor and assist the production with a large variety of requests.TV Electrician:
This is a rare opportunity for a qualified electrician (apprenticeship - AM2/relevant qualification, 17th Edition and IEE wiring regulations, Inspection and Testing, City & Guilds parts 2 and 3, City and Guilds 2356 Electrotechnical Services NVQ (or equivalent) to receive additional concise training in all aspects of television electrical and lighting practices. The successful candidate will be hardworking, ambitious and eager to develop new skills. You will need to have excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to interact with fellow crew. If you are interested send your CV (in PDF format) with your name and the role that you are interested in with a short paragraph about why you think you are the perfect candidate for this opportunity to DoctorWho.Scheme@bbc.co.uk by Sunday 31st March 2019.

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Doctor Who May Be Returning To Saturday’s

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 19/03/2019 - 4:55am in

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Doctor Who may be returning to a Saturday evening slot in 2020 for Series 12.

British tabloid paper The Mirror claims that the BBC might be planning on moving the show back due to “a steady ratings slide”.

Their report stated:

The Sunday run kicked off with 8.2 million viewers in October but had slipped to 5.2 million for the last episode in December.

An insider revealed: “There is a feeling families are freer to watch on Saturdays than Sundays, when kids have homework to finish.

“While the show rated well overall, there were concerns over the decline in audience. Returning to Saturdays is being discussed as a likely option.”

The series averaged a respectable 5.7 million across the 10 episodes.

It should be noted that the Mirror correctly first reported Doctor Who’s move to Sunday last year, as well as the Christmas Special shift to New Year.

Thirteenth Doctor To Be Animated

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 19/03/2019 - 4:50am in

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The BBC recently revealed that they are planning a special online interactive animated special featuring Jodie Whitaker as the Thirteenth Doctor…

Doctor Who fans will soon be able to step inside a virtual reality version of the TARDIS, in an upcoming immersive VR film based on the beloved series called Doctor Who: The Runaway. Jodie Whittaker reprises her role as the Doctor in animated form in the interactive story, which will run for around 12 minutes and will be available on selected VR headsets in the coming months.

Viewers will join the Thirteenth Doctor on board the TARDIS in this animated interactive story from the BBC and Passion Animation Studios. Fans will get the chance to be the Doctor’s champion and help her on this exciting adventure, as they find themselves at the centre of the action facing a deadly threat.

Jo Pearce, creative director for the BBC’s digital drama team, said: “Fans will experience the TARDIS like never before in this thrilling new interactive story. As ever, the Doctor is full of warmth, wit and charm – helped by a wonderful performance from Jodie – which puts fans at the heart of the story as they immerse themselves in this beautifully animated world.”

Zillah Watson, head of BBC VR Hub, said: “Our team at the BBC VR Hub has been creating new experiences with the goal of helping to usher virtual reality into the mainstream, and Doctor Who is exactly the sort of series that can help more people to try this new technology. The show has been pushing boundaries for over 55 years, and VR enables Doctor Who to explore a whole new dimension of storytelling.”

Featuring new original music from series composer Segun Akinola, Doctor Who: The Runaway has been written by Victoria Asare-Archer and directed by Mathias Chelebourg, whose previous VR films include Alice, the Virtual Reality Play and The Real Thing VR. It has been produced by the BBC’s digital drama team, BBC VR Hub and Passion Animation Studios.

‘Doctor Who’ Confidential [Part 3: Video Games, Books, Etc.]: Pop Culture’s Secret Time Lords Exposed!

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 18/03/2019 - 12:15am in

It could happen at any time, and most often does when you least expect it. You are watching television, seeing a movie, playing a game, or reading a book. All of the sudden it hits you:

“That’s a Time Lord!”

Suddenly, all the pieces of character-building background now make sense!

While Time Lords may have first appeared in Doctor Who, we can now see that they’ve infiltrated nearly every corner of pop culture – and for some time now.

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As any Doctor Who fan could tell you, Time Lords are an ancient alien race from the planet Gallifrey. They have the ability to travel through time and space in a special craft called a TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimension In Space) that is bigger on the inside. While they appear humanoid, Time Lords have two hearts, special abilities to restrict respiration, telepathy (in limited cases), and an increased ability to heal via coma. But the most remarkable aspect of a Time Lord? Their ability to regenerate when damage to their body is too severe. After regeneration, a Time Lord has a new face and body, as well as slight changes in personality, but all of their previous memories.

As we continue along “The Year Without Who,” a determined team of Bleeding Cool reporters and I are wrapping up our expose on “hidden Time Lords” who have been living under our noses for years (“Operation WHO (Tar)DIS?”) – this time shining the spotlight on video games, books, and more (and for a look back at Part 1: Television, click here; and for a look back at Part 2: Movies, click here).

Part 3: Video Games

(Courtesy of Madeline Ricchiuto)

Cid: Final Fantasy – There is a Cid in almost every game, sometimes with a slightly different name. Cid is always a mechanic, often builds airships, usually flies an airship named Highwind (could be a TARDIS), he’s had companions before, and has appeared in every mainline FF game since Final Fantasy II (including several spinoffs). That is a lot of regenerations.

Al Mualim: Assassin’s Creed – He could be the Master. His end-game seems like a Master plot (convolutedly playing both sides to get his hands on a high-tech artifact that’s also a world-ending McGuffin), his name translates to something along the lines of “the master,” and he speaks to the main character Altaïr after his “death,” even reacting to the protagonist’s comments and questions.

Pretty much everyone in The Legend of Zelda: Link, the hero, must save Zelda, the princess, from the evil Ganon/Ganondorf. They’re not supposed to be the same character. Zelda is usually just another princess from the Royal family with the same name and the soul of the Goddess Hylia. Link, the Hero, is the name of every protagonist, with some being the grandkid of previous games’ Link. Ganondorf takes on non-human forms as Ganon (botched regenerations?), and is supposed to be a different evil Geurdo King every time, though, his motivations are always the same.

Commander Shepard: Mass Effect – Shepard dies at the start of the second game and is “brought back” by a shady company named Cerberus. However, Shep would have to be roughly 60% synthetic for that to work, and we only ever see cybernetic implant issues on the Commander’s face. So, its more likely Shepard went through a partial regeneration. Shepard also survives what should be total annihilation at the end of the third game (if you went with the Kill All Technology ending). Further proof, every vehicle Shepard drives or commands is larger on the inside (though they don’t time travel).

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Books

Sherlock Holmes: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – This entry could easily have appeared in film or television as well, as the character has appeared in all three media. However, it was in literature where Holmes got his starts and it is even in the books where he appears to have special powers. A genius, he has technological and scientific knowledge decades and sometimes centuries ahead of his cohorts. He travels with his companion, Dr. Watson, to whom he often delivers lengthy expositions. And he has gone through more iterations than even the Doctor has.

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Dumbledore: Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling – Professor Albus Dumbledore has somehow managed to be present at every important event in the last 100 years of wizarding history. He has a device that lets him travel through time. He has gone through at least one regeneration in the movies (we miss you, Richard Harris). Additionally his love/hate history with his former best friend Gellert Grindelwald is reminiscent of the Master/Doctor relationship in Doctor Who.

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Other

Santa: Time travel is really the only way to explain Santa’s ability to visit all the homes of all of the children around the world who celebrate Christmas. He travels in a sleigh, which is very obviously a TARDIS that can travel through space and time. The Reindeer are obviously alien beings that have joined him on his travels. The bag he carries is bigger on the inside.

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Thanks for joining us on this little journey… and keep watching the skies!

Or for that cool-weird noise the TARDIS makes as it’s leaving or arriving…

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‘Doctor Who’ Confidential [Part 2: Movies]: Pop Culture’s Secret Time Lords Exposed!

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 17/03/2019 - 1:45am in

It could happen at any time, and most often does when you least expect it. You are watching television, seeing a movie, playing a game, or reading a book. All of the sudden it hits you:

“That’s a Time Lord!”

Suddenly, all the pieces of character-building background now make sense!

While Time Lords may have first appeared in Doctor Who, we can now see that they’ve infiltrated nearly every corner of pop culture – and for some time now.

doctor who bbcBBC

As any Doctor Who fan could tell you, Time Lords are an ancient alien race from the planet Gallifrey. They have the ability to travel through time and space in a special craft called a TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimension In Space) that is bigger on the inside. While they appear humanoid, Time Lords have two hearts, special abilities to restrict respiration, telepathy (in limited cases), and an increased ability to heal via coma. But the most remarkable aspect of a Time Lord? Their ability to regenerate when damage to their body is too severe. After regeneration, a Time Lord has a new face and body, as well as slight changes in personality, but all of their previous memories.

As we continue along “The Year Without Who,” a determined team of Bleeding Cool reporters and I are continuing on with our expose on “hidden Time Lords” who have been living under our noses for years (“Operation WHO (Tar)DIS?”) – this time shining the spotlight on movies (and for a look back at Part 1: Television, click here)

Part 2: Movies

Rufus (George Carlin): Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure – Rufus is a being from the future sent to 1980’s Earth in a phone booth time machine, who then takes two young, attractive Earthlings back to meet famous figures from the past. It even sounds like an episode of Doctor Who.Bill Waters

Mary Poppins (Julie Andrews): Mary Poppins – She flies, she has a bag that is bigger on the inside, she stays in one place only long enough to fix everyone’s problems and make them love her. And then she flies away. – Mary Anne Butler

Santa (Kurt Russell): The Christmas Chronicles – Miraculous hats, bags that are bigger on the inside, a Santa that knows all about people’s past and future, and the picking up of two plucky kids to come along on adventures. Also, Santa is apparently a genius with electronics and vehicles. – Adi Tantimedh

Highlander (Christopher Lambert): Highlander – A mostly-immortal Scotsman (can be beheaded) has adventures through time falling in love, righting wrongs, and wearing fantastic outfits. Honestly, the whole thing makes more sense with the Highlander being a Time Lord. He has also shown up in multiple media and been played by multiple actors.

Ash Williams (Bruce Campbell): The Evil Dead – A serious yet comically cheesy man travels through time fighting the forces of evil and leaving behind a surprisingly high body count. Extra Time Lord Points for complex mythology, an ever expanding world, and Bruce Campbell who never seems to age. – Tom Chang

Q: James Bond – A man before his time, Q continuously produces gadgets and vehicles that are decades before their time technologically, always seems to know what is coming next, and gives sage advice that no one seems to listen too. Additionally, he has been played by multiple different actors in different incarnations over the years. – Mary Anne Butler

Make sure you check back with us for Part 3 of Doctor Who Confidential, as we look at the Time Lord “sleeper agents” we’ve uncovered in… video games, books, and more!

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After Christchurch Massacre, Beeb Invites Nazi on to Newsnight

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 17/03/2019 - 12:51am in

This is another story from Tim Fenton over at Zelo Street, and it’s absolutely unbelievable. Just as the world was in shock and mourning for the 49 Muslim lives lost and the many more wounded at the hands of Fascist gunmen in Christchurch, New Zealand, the Beeb decided to get the views of the other side of the incident on Newsnight. They invited on Benjamin Jones, the leader of Generation Identity UK. Zelo Street then quotes Wikipedia to show why they’re considered a Fascist organization.

According to the Wikipedia article, Generation Identity have gone in for such racist stunts as distrusting soup containing pork in order to exclude Jews and Muslims, and in 2018 Facebook banned them for hate speech and extremist content. In December that year, Al-Jazeera broadcast another documentary, Undercover Hate, in which one of their journo infiltrated Generation Identity, and secretly filmed them racially abusing and attacking immigrants in Lille, calling for violence against Muslims, and which alleged they had contacts with the Front National.

Zelo Street then gives a series of tweets from rightly angry members of the public wondering what got into the Beeb’s heads. One of them, Tom Kibasi, demanded answer from Esme Wren, the programme’s editor, and said he would be putting in a complaint. Novara Media’s Ash Sarkar also complained, and said that it showed how disposable Muslim lives were to the Beeb. She also said she didn’t recall ISIS being given a chance to speak on Newsnight after the Manchester bombing. But Waqas Tufail did remember how Newsnight had on Anjem Chaudhury, the Islamist extremist, after the murder of Lee Rigby, and complained that some things don’t change.

The article concludes

Is Newsnight trying too hard to be a bit edgy? Is this the current idea of balance at the programme? Someone isn’t engaging brain first. And that’s not good enough.

See:
https://zelo-street.blogspot.com/2019/03/bbc-platforms-actual-nazi.html

This once again raises the question of bias on the Beeb. I can remember a decade or so ago when it seemed Nick Griffin and the BNP were about to make their final breakthrough into British politics. The Beeb caused uproar then when they invited him on to Question Time. And Buddy Hell over at Guy Debord’s cat has consistently argued that the television producers are softer on their treatment of the Far Right than they are with the left, inviting leading figures in the National Front and even Oswald Mosley onto their programmes to be interviewed. The Beeb’s argument in these cases is that it has duty to represent all forms of opinion across the spectrum. A case is also made that by bringing Fascists on to television and interrogated, they can be shown for what they are and their appeal tackled and undermined. The argument against that is simply that they are being given a platform to disseminate their vile views.

There’s also more than just a whiff of hypocrisy here. The Beeb has joined the rest of the media in its smearing of Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour party as anti-Semites. But to my knowledge absolutely none of those smeared – Ken Livingstone, Jackie Walker, Tony Greenstein, Cyril Chilson, Martin Odoni, Mike Sivier, Marc Wadsworth and so on – have been invited onto any mainstream news or current affairs show to present their side. As far as I know, the only news networks that have were the alternative media, like RT, which had both Livingstone and Walker on, if I recall correctly. And I’m not surprised, because if they really allowed Leninspart, Walker and co. to speak, it would show how utterly shallowed and false these accusations are.

And so we have the serious injustice that genuine anti-racists are debarred from appearing on television because of utterly false accusations of Jew-hatred, while the real racists are given a platform after those, who share the views commit horrific acts of violence.

This shows that there is something very, very wrong with mainstream, and particularly BBC news. It is no longer fit for purpose.

Aaron Bastani of Novara Media Exposes BBC Anti-Labour Bias

The Beeb has been hit with several scandals recently about its right-wing bias, and particularly about the very slanted debates and the selection of the guests and panel in Question Time. Members of the audience have been revealed as UKIP and Tory plants, the panels frequently consist of four members of the right against only one left-winger, chair Fiona Bruce intervenes to support Conservative speakers and repeat right-wing falsehoods. When she and other members of staff aren’t making jokes for the audience against Diane Abbott, of course.

In this eleven minute video from Novara Media, presenter Aaron Bastani exposes the anti-Labour, anti-socialist bias across BBC news programming. He begins with Brexit, and a radio interview by Sarah Montague of the Beeb’s World at One and Labour’s John Trickett. Trickett talks about how they’ve been to Europe, and suggests changing the red lines and forming a consensus. He is interrupted by Montague, who tells him that May’s deal has been struck, and gives Labour the customs union they want. She asks him why Labour would not support it. Bastani points out that the government is not in favour of a customs union. If they were, the Irish backstop would not be an issue. Does Montague not know this, or is she laying a trap for the opposition when now, more than ever, it is the government that needs to be held to account.

The Beeb’s Emily Barnett asked a simply question of Labour’s Emily Thornberry the same day. Barnett states that the EU have said that it’s May’s deal, and asks her if she has any evidence that they’re open to another deal. Thornberry replies with the letter Labour had written to the EU, with its entirely viable suggestions. Barnett repeats that they aren’t supported by the EU. Thornberry responds by saying that Michel Barnier said that it was an entirely reasonable way they could have negotiations. Bastani points out that Barnett’s assertions aren’t true. Guy Verhofstadt, Michel Barnier and Donald Tusk have all welcomed Labour’s suggestions. Tusk even told May that Corbyn’s plan could break the deadlock.

Bastani states that it isn’t just on radio that there’s bias, where basic facts are not mentioned or denied and where there is a great emphasis to hold Labour to account than the government. He then goes on to discuss the edition of Newsnight on Tuesday, the day before those two radio broadcasts, where presenter Emily Maitlis talked to the Tories’ Nadim Zahawi and Labour’s Barry Gardiner. This was the evening when May’s withdrawal agreement was voted down for the second time, but it looked like there was a tag-team effort between Maitlis and Zahawi against Gardiner. He then plays the clip of Maitlis challenging Gardiner about what will be on Labour’s manifesto. Gardner replies that it will all be discussed by the party, which will decide what will be put in the manifesto. Maitlis rolls her eyes and then she and Zahawi join in joking about how this is ‘chaos’. Bastani says that the eye roll was unprofessional, and states that the Guardian talked about it because it was anti-Labour.  He goes on to describe how Maitlis has form in this. In 2017 she tweeted a question about whether the Labour party still had time to ditch Corbyn. She’s not impartial and, when push comes to shove, doesn’t have much time for democracy. He plays a clip of her asking a guest at one point does democracy become less important than the future prosperity of the country.

Bastani goes on to discuss how the Beeb had a live feed outside parliament during the Brexit vote. This was, at one point, fronted by Andrew Neil, who had as his guests Ann McElroy from the Economist, Julia Hartley-Brewer and Matthew Parris. He submits that this biased panel, followed by Maitlis’ eye roll and the shenanigans the next day by Barnett shows that the Beeb’s current affairs output simply isn’t good enough.

He then moves on to Question Time with its terrible audience and panel selection. He says that there is an issue about right-wing activists not only getting access to the audience, but to the audience question, but on last week’s edition with Owen Jones the rightists asked five questions. Bastani states that the purpose of Question Time is to show what the public thinks beyond the Westminster bubble. But if the audience is infiltrated to such an extent, then what’s the point. He also argues that it isn’t just the audience that’s the problem. You frequently see the panel set up four to one against the left. There may be some centrist figures like the economist Jurgen Meyer, who voted Tory, but in terms of people supporting a broken status quo against socialists, it is anything but a fair fight. And almost always there’ll be a right-wing populist voice on the panel, whether it be Isobel Oakeshott, Nick Ferrari, Julia Hartley-Brewer, and their function is simple. It’s to drag the terms of the debate to the right. You almost never see someone from the left performing the same role.

He goes on to discuss how some people believe that since in 2017 election, the Beeb has recognised some of its failing and tried to correct them. Forty per cent of the electorate is barely represented in our television and our newspapers. Bastani states that he finds the changes so far just cosmetic. You may see the odd Novara editor here and there – and here he means the very able Ash Sarkar – but the scripts, the producers, the news agendas, what is viewed as important, have not changed. This is because they still view Corbynism a blip. They still think, despite Brexit, Trump, the rise of the SNP and transformations in the Labour party and the decay of neoliberalism, that things will go back to normal. This is not going to happen as the economic basis of Blairism – the growth that came out of financialisation and a favourable global economic system and inflated asset prices – was a one-off. This was the basis for centrist policies generally, which is why the shambolic re-run with the Independent Group is bound to fail. And there is also something deeper going on in the Beeb’s failure to portray the Left, its activists and policies accurately. Before 2017 the Beeb found the left a joke. They would have them on to laugh at. In June 2017, for a short period, it looked like it had changed. But now we’ve seen the Beeb and the right close ranks, there is class consciousness amongst the establishment, who recognise the danger that the Left represents. They don’t want them on.

The radical left, says Bastani, has made all of the right calls over the last 15-20 years. You can see that in innumerable videos on social media with Bernie Sanders in the 1980s, Jeremy Corbyn in the Iraq demonstrations in 2003, or even Tony Benn. They got everything right since 2000. They were right on foreign policy, right on the idiocy of Iraq, right about Blairism, as shown by the collapse of 2008. They were right about austerity and about the public at large being profoundly p***ed off. mainstream print and broadcast journalists missed all of this. They want to be proved right on at least one of these things, which means they have a powerful incentive to prevent Corbyn coming to power and creating an economy that’s for the many, not the few. Corbyn represents a threat to Maitlis and her colleagues, because it’s just embarrassing for them to be wrong all the time.

This is a very good analysis of the Beeb’s bias from a Marxist perspective. In Marxism, the economic structure of society determines the superstructure – its politics and culture. So when Blair’s policies of financialisation are in operation and appear to work, Centrism is in vogue. But when that collapses, the mood shifts to the left and centrist policies are doomed to fail. There are many problems with Marxism, and it has had to be considerably revised since Marx’s day, but the analysis offered by Bastani is essentially correct.

The Beeb’s massive right-wing bias is increasingly being recognised and called out. Barry and Savile Kushner describe the pro-austerity bias of the Beeb and media establishment in their book, Who Needs the Cuts? Academics at Glasgow and Edinburgh universities have shown how Conservatives and financiers are twice as like to be asked to comment on the economy on the Beeb as Labour MPs and trade unionists. Zelo Street, amongst many other blogs, like Vox Political, Evolve Politics, the Canary and so on, have described the massive right-wing bias on the Beeb’s news shows, the Daily Politics, Question Time and Newsnight. And Gordon Dimmack posted a video last week of John Cleese showing Maitlis how, out of 33 European countries polled, Britain ranked 33rd in its trust of the press and media, with only 23 per cent of Brits saying they trusted them. Now that 23 per cent no doubt includes the nutters, who believe that the Beeb really is left-wing and there is a secret plan by the Jews to import Blacks and Asians to destroy the White race and prevent Jacob Rees-Mogg and Boris Johnson getting elected. But even so, this shows a massive crisis in the journalistic establishment. A crisis which Maitlis, Bruce, Barnett, Montague, Kuensberg, Robinson, Pienaar, Humphries and the rest of them aren’t helping by repeating the same tired tactics of favouring the Tories over the left.

They discrediting the Beeb. And it’s becoming very clear to everyone.

‘Doctor Who’ Confidential [Part 1: TV]: Pop Culture’s Secret Time Lords Exposed!

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 16/03/2019 - 6:05am in

It could happen at any time, and most often does when you least expect it. You are watching television, seeing a movie, playing a game, or reading a book. All of the sudden it hits you:

“That’s a Time Lord!”

Suddenly, all the pieces of character-building background now make sense!

While Time Lords may have first appeared in Doctor Who, we can now see that they’ve infiltrated nearly every corner of pop culture – and for some time now.

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As any Doctor Who fan could tell you, Time Lords are an ancient alien race from the planet Gallifrey. They have the ability to travel through time and space in a special craft called a TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimension In Space) that is bigger on the inside. While they appear humanoid, Time Lords have two hearts, special abilities to restrict respiration, telepathy (in limited cases), and an increased ability to heal via coma. But the most remarkable aspect of a Time Lord? Their ability to regenerate when damage to their body is too severe. After regeneration, a Time Lord has a new face and body, as well as slight changes in personality, but all of their previous memories.

So to pass the time as we slog through “The Year Without Who” and with the aid of the keen investigative skills of the intrepid team of Bleeding Cool reporters, I’ve compiled an expose on “hidden Time Lords” who have been living under our noses for year (“Operation WHO (Tar)DIS?”).

Part 1: Television

John Munch (Richard Belzer): Multiple, first appearing in Homicide: Life on the Street – A man who seems to have been born middle-aged. Munch is a conspiracy theorist who has showed up no less that 11 television shows in multiple locations, always as the same character. Heck, most characters don’t go from Law & Order to The X-Files to 30Rock.

Guinan (Whoopi Goldberg): First appearing in Star Trek: The Next Generation – She’s from an alien race that travels through space and time, knows all sorts of things about the past and the future that she can’t share, never seems to age, and knows everyone.

Q ( John de Lancie): First appearing in Star Trek: The Next Generation – A seemingly omnipresent being that can travel through time and space and can transport itself and humans to a different dimension and enjoys teaching humans moral lessons the hard way. Has appeared at multiple different points in the Star Trek timeline, sometimes at key moments or when things are about to get really bad.

Ms. Frizzle (Lily Tomlin)The Magic School Bus – A teacher who travels through time and space in a TARDIS disguised as a school bus that is bigger on the inside. The chameleon circuit on hers still works, as it can disguise itself as different animals and vehicles in order to accomplish missions.

Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan): Twin Peaks – While it would be easy to rattle off a dozen or more reasons that would make the case as to why FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper is clearly of the Gallifreyan persuasion, these three moments from the real series’ run (we don’t acknowledge the Showtime thing) prove that actions (and Cooper’s words) speak much louder than our words… this time. – Ray Flook

Dwight Schrute (Wilson): The Office – A man that is both everywhere and nowhere all at once, he seems to have endless energy and time, and a strange personal mythology where no one is sure what is true and what is not. It has always been obvious Dwight was an alien, so why not one from Gallifrey? – Jeremy Konrad

Michael (Ted Danson): The Good Place – A being who exists outside of time and space but is obsessed with humans, human culture, and human things. He has a love-hate relationship with the humans he interacts with and hides how connected he is to his denizens from others of his kind. – Jeremy Konrad

Oscar the Grouch (‎Caroll Spinney): Sesame Street – A grumpy being of unknown origin that lives in a TARDIS disguised as a trash can. As seen through multiple films and specials, said trash can is much larger on the inside and can transport beings to other realities/universes.

MacGyver (Richard Dean Anderson):  MacGyver – Time Lord is basically the only origin story that makes sense for MacGyver. He has unlimited technical, mechanical, and scientific knowledge as well as intense fighting skills but a preference for non-lethal methods. He recklessly throws himself into life or death situations to solve overly complicated plots, always at the last minute. – Tom Chang

Cole Hawlings (Patrick Troughton): The Box of Delights – First, the character was portrayed by the same actor that played the Second Doctor. Second, he is a kindly time traveler that has a box that is bigger on the inside and can travel through time and space. He then entrusts the box to a boy he meets and has an instant friendship with, taking the boy on travels through time and space. – Rich Johnston

Bobby Draper (Mason Vale Cotton and Jared Gilmore): Mad Men – This kid only pops up when something big is going down or the show needs to make a point. Additionally, he disappears for what seems like years at a time on the show, only to pop up looking completely different and being portrayed by a different actor. – Adi Tantimedh

Queen Elizabeth (Claire Foy, Olivia Colman), Prince Philip (Matt Smith, Tobias Menzies) and Princess Margaret (Vanessa Kirby, Helena Bonham Carter): The Crown – Between seasons 2 and 3, an unseen assassination attempt was made on the Royals during a dinner (the only time the three of them saw each other since Margaret was estranged from Elizabeth) using an exploding corgi caused the three of them to regenerate from Claire Foy, Matt Smith and Vanessa Kirby into Olivia Colman, Tobias Menzies and Helena Bonham-Carter. The mess was cleaned up, the assassination attempt was covered up by the government and the non-Timelords who died were quietly disposed of. – Adi Tantimedh

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Pictured: Olivia Colman and Tobias Menzies

Make sure you check back with us for Part 2 of ‘Doctor Who’ Confidential, as we look at the Time Lord “sleeper agents” we’ve uncovered in… film!

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‘Doctor Who’: Big Finish Audio Drama Adapts 4th Doctor’s 80’s Comics [TRAILER]

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Big Finish Productions released a trailer on Thursday announcing the Doctor Who audio drama adaptation of the Fourth Doctor’s comic book adventures that originally ran in the early 1980s.

Back in the early 80s, Doctor Who Monthly magazine ran comic strips featuring The Fourth Doctor drawn by Watchmen co-creator and artist Dave Gibbons and written by many 2000AD stalwarts like Pat Mills, John Wagner, Steve Moore, and Steve Parkhouse.

Of course, Tom Baker will portray The Fourth Doctor in the audio adventures.

In case you need reminding, Mills is the creator of Judge Dredd, Nemesis the Warlock, ABC Warriors and Slaine, amongst many other characters in 2000AD, and Wagner co-created Strontium Dog and Button Man, and has been writing and overseeing Judge Dredd for over 40 years now. The late Moore mentored a teenage Alan Moore into writing comics. Steve Parkhouse wrote for Warrior and is the creator and writer of the Dark Horse comic Resident Alien, which has been picked up for a TV series by the SyFy Channel.

See? Doctor Who really does link together everything the universe after all!

The first release will adapt the first two Fourth Doctor comics adventures:

Doctor Who and the Iron Legion (adapted by Alan Barnes)

1979 AD! Led by the terrible General Ironicus, the mighty Iron Legion – robot veterans of the Eternal War – have come, seen and conquered the English village of Stockbridge!

Caught up in the mayhem, the Doctor pursues the Legion back through the great Dimension Duct to their place of origin – an alternative Earth where Rome never fell…

But can he survive the horrors of the gladiatorial Hyp-Arena long enough to uncover the terrifying secret at the heart of the Galactic Roman Empire?

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Doctor Who and the Star Beast (adapted by Alan Barnes)

1980 AD! In Yorkshire, the authorities have dismissed reports that an Unidentified Flying Object was seen plummeting towards the ground… moments before the explosion that destroyed the Blackcastle Steel Mills. After all, Blackcastle is the last place on Earth aliens would ever want to visit…

Local teenagers Sharon and Fudge know better. ’Cos they’ve found an actual space alien hiding in the allotments. He’s their alien. Their secret. And his name is… The Meep.

He’s not the only alien in Blackcastle, though. His pursuers, the terrible Wrarth Warriors, are on his trail, along with their unwitting accomplice: The Doctor!

From the comic strips written by Pat Mills and John Wagner, with art by Dave Gibbons

Doctor Who: The Comic Strip Adventures Volume 1 can be ordered from Big Finish now as a CD or digital download.

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Gordon Dimmack Urges John Cleese to Look at and Support Independent Media

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In this 17 minute long video from the left-wing vlogger Gordon Dimmack, he talks about John Cleese’s decision to move from the UK to the Caribbean. When the papers covered the story a month or so ago, they very much gave the impression that it was all about a feud between Cleese and the Beeb. Cleese was angry at the Corporation for not showing Monty Python and annoyed that it was no longer rated over here as one of the greatest comedies ever. In short, he was going because of personal bitterness.

That appears to be part of it, sure, but from this wider coverage it’s clear that there’s much more to it. Cleese is concerned about the massive corruption in British politics and the major part played in this by the press. Dimmack plays a clip from an interview Cleese gave to Emily Maitlis of Newsnight, in which he talks about how terrible and mendacious the press is. He supports his point by showing Maitlis a graph illustrating a study done by the  EU into the trust the citizens of its countries have in their press. Of 33 countries, Britain comes 33rd, with only 23 per cent of Brits saying they trust their media.

That’s damning.

Maitlis tried to get round this by pointing to a statistical outlier, Albania, which is near the top of the list, where 98 per cent of its citizens believe their press to be trustworthy. Albania under Hoxha was a Stalinist dictatorship. After the Fall of Communism it became a mass of seething corruption which destroyed several governments as the economy collapsed through pyramid schemes. So it very probably doesn’t have a remotely trustworthy press. But Maitlis’ remark ignores the greater trust other, stable countries with a history of open, democratic politics, like the Netherlands, have in their media. When Maitlis tries to object to Cleese’s point that the British press is not trusted and untrustworthy, he just laughs in her face.

The conversation then moves on to Cleese’s complaints about Python, which Dimmack supports, although he says he like Ricky Gervaise’s latest comedy, Malcolm. Dimmack then moves to another interview Cleese gave, in which talked more about his departure from these isles. He was going first to Nepal to see the tigers, then going to do another tour of America before finally settling in Nevis, which he and his wife saw and fell in love with. He states that he’s leaving because it’s nearer to his daughter in Los Angeles, and that he does most of his business in America. But he’s also moving because he’s sick of the corruption in British society. He states that he was personally involved in British politics, first for proportional representation and then in the Leveson II inquiry. But these were stifled by the British press. He’s also critical about the banks and their destruction of the economy. He’ll still be interested in British politics, but he won’t return until we get a government that is serious about changing things in Britain for the better. This is possible, but he fears he’ll be away for some time.

To show how genuinely politically engaged Cleese is, Dimmack flashes up a couple of tweets from the great man about Russiagate and sources supporting his belief in Russian involvement in Trump’s election. Dimmack fully agrees with Cleese about the corruption of the lamestream media, and says he has tried to point him in the direction of people, who do tell the truth. Like Max Blumenthal about Venezuela, and Jimmy Dore. People Cleese could more easily contact in America. Dimmack admits that there’s hardly any chance that Cleese will read his tweets, as he’s got 597 million followers. But perhaps if enough people follow Dimmack and tweet to Cleese recommending he look at the above journos of the new media, this may change and Cleese will start supporting them. Which would be great, because Cleese’s support would obviously be highly influential. Dimmack states very clearly that he is trying to change the world, and if you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem and should step away.

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