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Time & Space Visualiser: The story and history of Doctor Who as data visualisations
Time & Space Visualiser: The story and history of Doctor Who as data visualisations
by Paul Smith
Edition: Paperback
Price: 18.68

5.0 out of 5 stars A painstaking labour of love and a very fun book, 31 Oct 2013
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I struggle to find a reason to look at new Doctor Who non-fiction books because it feels like each claims to be more definitive than the last, and I'm always sceptical about whether they'll bring to light any more information than would't be found in Doctor Who Magazine or in the DVD Extras. It's nice to find a book which is not only different but also on my wavelength. If you're a visual learner like me, or you like lists, this will be right up your street. It presents lots of information in ways which are amusing and thought-provoking. I like the fact this book has a sense of humour about the trivial nature of the subject, but it doesn't compromise on the quality of the work. My brain boggles and the amount of time and effort which must have gone into collating the data, even before the visuals themselves are put together. Many graphics are amusing, a few are actually useful reference, and some are genuinely fascinating. For example, I love the graph whose X and Y axes are a story's fan popularity versus the public's view. It's interesting to see which episodes were loved by everyone, or just one of the two camps. It's not a book you'd read from cover to cover, but it's one you'll never tire of picking up at random.

Doctor Who - Daleks Limited Collector's Edition (2-Film Set) [Blu-ray]
Doctor Who - Daleks Limited Collector's Edition (2-Film Set) [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Peter Cushing
Offered by FLASH
Price: 24.98

24 of 39 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Carelessly and amateurishly put together - a real disappoitnment, 29 May 2013
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I have looked forward to seeing the Daleks in pin-sharp high definition for some time so this release has been eagerly awaited. Sadly the pin-sharp picture is the only positive thing I can say about this Blu Ray. It's a huge let-down and a real insult to fans. When you load up the disk and see the menu features a TARDIS from 2005 and a mirror-image of a 1970s Dalek from the TV series, it immediately makes you ask yourself who is putting this together, and do they know anything about Doctor Who - or care?

The presentation is a mixture of laziness and incompetence. I'm not sure which of these the menu graphics falls under, but an example of the latter is an interview on the "Daleks Invasion Earth 2150AD" disk on which the audio is so quiet you have to turn up the sound - only to be deafened when it returns to the menu music. This is just amateurish.

The content of the extras is extremely low quality. For example: a feature on the restoration work talks about Techniscope without actually explaining what it is, or how it differs to its rival formats. An engineer rattles off information about film types as if we're all familiar with the intricacies of celluloid and despite the fact I'm interested in this behind-the-scenes stuff I found it generally incomprehensible.

An interview on the "Dr Who and the Daleks" disk is so packed with errors, it beggars belief. The subject which he's discussing is well documented however Gareth Owen spouts his own version of events which is incorrect in every aspect. He states numerous things which many fans will know are wrong off the top of their heads, and it completely undermines his inclusion, and also his title of "expert". A few errors include the number of Daleks built, the name of the person who built them, and the manner of their construction. It's embarrassing to listen to if you know anything about this film already. If you don't, you're being given a work of fiction!

The commentary for the first film is simply the same one used on previous releases and worse, there is no commentary for the second film at all. This is even more of crime given the people who are still around who could have contributed - most notably the much-loved Bernard Cribbins who has now battled the Daleks alongside David Tennant and whose anecdotes would have been fantastic to hear. The stills gallery is padded out with promotional posters and clippings, rather than actual photos from the production, and there is a very little which feels special about this release. It seems as if they went with the cheapest option at every turn.

As to the image quality of the film itself, the print is very sharp and has been treated to remove dust and scratches. This is obviously the least we should expect from a Blu Ray. The colours, however, are the palest of any version of these films I've seen. It is repeatedly stated that the restoration has returned the film to its original appearance and, whilst this may be the case, it is less vibrant than we're used to. Perhaps this "natural" look is the most technically accurate, but is the least enjoyable to look at.

The sound has been given no treatment except a clean-up. That is to say, it has not been mastered with a surround sound option - in fact, not even stereo! It is left in the original mono form. Once again the easiest (cheapest) option.

The absent audio options, the dirth of good extras, the lackluster colours and the inaccurate graphics make for a really poor-quality release.

If your sole concern is the sharpness of the film prints then turn up the colour on your TV and there you have your heart's desire. If you're hoping for more than the bare minimum, then this release is something of an insult. The impression I'm left with is that many decisions were made using the phrase, "Who cares? The fans will buy it anyway..."

It really goes to show what a tremendous job is done on a monthly basis by the team responsible for the classic TV series DVD releases, the worst of which puts these Blu Rays to shame.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Sexy Lingerie, 1 July 2010
This is a great item exactly like the picture. Seller description was spot on. It was a great fit and at the price you can't go wrong! Really good value. They certainly spiced up a night out of fun. ;-)

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