Meanwhile, in the TARDIS…

14th November 2010 • Blog Post by Seb Patrick •

Yes, alright, slightly slow on posting these – but if you haven’t yet bought the series five boxset (or you don’t want to out of general principle based on the addition of a fucking stupid animated BBC logo to the opening titles), you may well want to watch the two Meanwhile In The TARDIS insert scenes. Just two little extra pieces, written by Moffat, that bridge the gaps between eps one and two, and then eps five and six. They are, of course, utterly wonderful – and each involves Moffat being far more fanboy than one suspects he’d ever be allowed to be in the main show…

Thanks to Hendiadys for sticking the links in comments DAYS ago.

Seb Patrick once met Paul McGann, who immediately pretended to be Mark McGann. He writes for Den of Geek, BBC America, Film4 and the official Red Dwarf website, among others. He owns over thirty toy Daleks and wishes the Dapol factory tour was still open.

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  1. Having seen an admittedly poor-quality video of the new animated BBC logo inserted at the start of Victory of the Daleks, I actually don’t think it’s too bad. My primary criticism is that it doesn’t fade out – it just vwips off of the screen. That pisses me off.

    I imagine it’s more intrusive during the actual opening title sequence, though.

  2. Seb Patrick

    I think it’s less about how bad the logo is, and more the fact that we’re not getting broadcast versions.

    Some of us get quite het up about not getting broadcast versions, y’know ;-)

  3. > Some of us get quite het up about not getting broadcast versions, y’know

    I’d be quite unhappy if they shipped the broadcast version of Time of Angels.

    It seems the BBC marketing department are unable to stop themselves spoiling Doctor Who with their arsing branding. Are there any clips on YouTube of the new animated logo so I can decide if I need to go spare or not?

  4. The Flesh and Stone bridge episode is excellent. Particularly: “Ooh, Gandalf!” “Thanks dear – miss out the metal dog, why don’t you?”

  5. Si

    I hate the fact we’re not getting the broadcast versions too.

    I hate, like Ben, the fact that the ‘exploding’ logo just disappears, I hate the fact that the ‘next time’ trailers have been excised (yes, I realise that we have the next episode in the boxset, but that’s not the point), and I hate the multicoloured BBC screen we get at the end of each episode, which is somewhat incongruous compared to the Black and Red screen with the BBC Cymru Wales logo.

    If the new series has the exploding logo, then fine. But this series didn’t.

    (And don’t even get me started on the lack of deleted scenes or the shortage of commentaries. Honestly, six – in-vision – commentaries, and only four of those are worth watching…)

  6. Andy M

    Only 6 commentaries? That sounds a bit shit.

    Though my attitude to DVD extras has completely changed in the last few years: I’ve got so many DVDs whose actual main content I haven’t found time to watch yet I rarely bother with extras anymore.

  7. Si

    The commentary for Vampires of Venice is dull as fuck – when The Doctor’s library card appears, with the photograph of William Hartnell on it, Alex Price (Francesco) – who has also been narrating Confidential this year – asks “Is that someone?”.
    And the ‘Cold Blood’ commentary is alright, I suppose, but the commentators aren’t particularly interesting. Still, it beats actually watching the episode itself, I suppose.
    The others are a lot better – ‘The Eleventh Hour’ features Steven Moffat, Piers Wenger and Beth Willis (phwoar!), ‘The Time Of Angels’ features Steven Moffat and Karen Gillan (phwoar!), ‘The Big Bang’ features Toby Haynes, Arthur Darvill and Karen Gillan (phwoar!), and ‘Victory of the Daleks’ features Mark Gatiss, Nick Briggs and Barnaby Edwards (phw-uh).

  8. > (And don’t even get me started on the lack of deleted scenes or the shortage of commentaries. Honestly, six – in-vision – commentaries, and only four of those are worth watching…)

    Are they the ones with Beth Willis? ;)

    I don’t have any Doctor Who box sets but I liked the BBC7 commentaries you could download as MP3s for earlier seasons. I had assumed that the lack of free commentaries this time around was because they were saving them up for the DVDs.

    Mind you, the best commentary tracks always had RTD hooting away, and if he’s not present they probably won’t be as fun to listen to anyway.

  9. Si

    The Victory of the Daleks is one of the best, as, not only do all three have a great love and knowledge of the show, but I’ve met all three of them.

  10. Hendiadys

    Thanks to Hendiadys for sticking the links in comments DAYS ago.

    My pleasure.

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