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Torch Tailbright City Carrier 3 LED
Torch Tailbright City Carrier 3 LED
Offered by E-BikesDirect
Price: £9.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Simple but effective, 9 Nov. 2010
I needed a light that attached to the rear rack and found very few. I kept seeing this one and thinking it was maybe too cheap and cheerful so I kept looking.

It was especially important that the unit had a good reflector built in as it would be replacing the standard reflector that came fitted to the bike. My previous purchase looked good but the reflector was a bit small and the whole thing fell apart after too many bumps in the road! The next important aspect about this light is the screw that secures the casing together, no chance of this one accidentally popping apart!

Fitted easily to the standard rack mounting plate and although the reflector doesn't mention British Standards it looks pretty good to me. The whole casing gets a bit of a glow from the LEDs which is nice since there are only three of them. I had a slightly different model before this from a different seller that had an extra LED pointing out at each side which was better but it was a faulty unit and the seller was less than helpful so I came back to this one and it's great! The casing screw worked lose within a couple of days but that's my fault for not checking it on arrival. I tightened it up and it's been fine ever since.

Simple in design but it does what it needs to and didn't cost the earth. If you are wondering if you should bother with it or try something more fancy and expensive, I'd say you can't really go wrong with this.

Doctor Who - Lost in Time [DVD] [1963]
Doctor Who - Lost in Time [DVD] [1963]
Dvd ~ William Hartnell
Price: £11.44

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The savings of a tragic financial policy, 7 Nov. 2009
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I started my Doctor Who collection with this and The Beginning and I'm so glad I did!

Throughout the 60s and most of the 70s, video tape was prohibitively expensive and there were restrictions on the number of times a TV production could be shown. As a result it was BBC policy to wipe their recordings from time to time and re-use the tapes for new shows. Thus the vast majority of William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton episodes of Doctor Who (and anything else made at the time) were lost with just a few remaining in the archives. Thankfully for us Who fans, the BBC sold the show to several countries all over the world and shipped out film transfers for them to broadcast... thus begins the trail for recovery. While the majority of episodes were recovered from various sources there are still many missing. This collection of DVDs presents the recovered parts of still incomplete adventures, giving us a glimpse of what has been lost and an insight into the process of recovering and repairing the missing footage.

The biggest shame of "Lost In Time" is the fact that we don't get to see the rest of the featured adventures! The likes of "The Faceless Ones" "The Abominable Snowmen" "The Web Of Fear" and "The Wheel In Space" look very promising and serve to fuel the dream that one day all the episodes will finally be recovered (A dream which is sadly unrealistic) and of course the 12 episode epic "The Daleks' Master Plan" of which only episodes 2, 5 and 10 survive.

This collection of episodes and extras is another must-have for any fan and while Doctor Who won't be complete without the missing adventures, no collection is complete without this set.

Doctor Who - The Beginning (An Unearthly Child [1963] / The Daleks [1963] / The Edge of Destruction [1964]) [DVD]
Doctor Who - The Beginning (An Unearthly Child [1963] / The Daleks [1963] / The Edge of Destruction [1964]) [DVD]
Dvd ~ William Hartnell
Price: £9.80

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where it all started, such a sparkling birth, 7 Nov. 2009
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I've always been a Doctor Who fan but only recently got around to collecting the DVDs and this seemed the obvious place to start. It represents the birth of one of the BBC's most successful and long running shows and explains how everyone involved faced the odds from all directions to prove to the world that this new experimental format wasn't just a training ground for young producers and directors. The opening episode "An Unearthly Child" has a dark mysterious air about it as we are introduced to the characters one by one. It is very clearly early 60s television but the whole team put everything into it and produced a masterpiece. Even the first recording (referred to as the pilot but really just a rejected first take) is also worthy with just a few off moments - there are even aspects in the original that I prefer but perhaps didn't fit in with the requirements at the time. The adventure that follows in the stone age isn't so wonderful but highlights the stark contrast between contemporary London and the potential adventures the TARDIS crew could be facing.

The second serial "The Daleks" has to be classed among the best Doctor Who adventures ever made. Written by Terry Nation it introduced the world to scariest tin-cans ever! The Doctor's greatest and most featured enemy that had three generations of children hiding behind the sofa and shooting at dustbins still strike a chord with children today in the revived series. Genius! Far superior to the film version featuring Peter Cushing, this 7 part adventure was what made Doctor Who the success it was, quite literally, since it secured the show a full run of episodes rather than letting it end a few weeks later and potentialy going no further. My only gripe is that it was one episode too long, it loses pace slightly in the middle - something that I have subsequently found with other long adventures

Finally, because "The Darleks" had been extended, "The Edge Of Destruction" was something of a filler mini-serial at just two episodes and the smallest Who budget ever. It's an odd mix of psychedelia, mystery and sci-fi as the TARDIS is thrown into a destructive mode and its passengers experience all manner of mind tricks from an unknown force. The cause, when identified, is quite wonderful but the resulting solution is a little disappointing or perhaps too post-modern...

Also featured on the "Edge Of Destruction" disc is a 30 minuted audio and still-photo edit of the following adventure "Marco Polo" who's episodes are otherwise missing from the archives. Either the story didn't grab me or this format of recreation isn't very successful as I don't remember much about it now!

With a wash of extras brimming with memories of enthusiasm-against-the-odds this is a must-have DVD for any Doctor Who fan. They explain how the show came about as well as introducing the modern audience to a seemingly alien way of filming a 25 minute episode in a time when video tape cost a fortune and computers that could do anything remotely useful were the size of a room!

Comes in a small blue box... but it's bigger on the inside!

Dr Who: The Dalek Collection (Dr Who And The Daleks & Daleks - Invasion Earth 2150AD + Dalekmania documentary) [DVD] [1965]
Dr Who: The Dalek Collection (Dr Who And The Daleks & Daleks - Invasion Earth 2150AD + Dalekmania documentary) [DVD] [1965]
Dvd ~ Peter Cushing

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Reasonable adaptations but the TV originals were better, 2 Nov. 2009
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Among the first purchaces for my classic Doctor Who collection, I was looking forward to seeing "Dr Who And The Daleks" again having enjoyed it as a child. I didn't remember seeing "Daleks Invasion Earth 2150AD" so I was looking forward to seeing that too...

I made sure I watched the original TV versions of both these adventures first because to me they are more important and I didn't want to know too much of the plot in advance. I'm glad I did. While both films were based on Terry Nation's original TV serials (The Daleks & Dalek Invasion Of Earth), they lack the quality of the TV serials. I think this is largely due to the younger target audience. While Doctor Who has often been referred to as a kids' show, it's truthfully more family viewing with darker aspects and more mature production values (originally produced by the BBC's drama department rather than children's) With that in mind you can understand why the Doctor is accompanied by a much younger granddaughter (Susan) and the teachers that traveled with them for the first two TV series have been replaced by Susan's older sister and her would-be boyfriend (I'm not sure how old these two were supposed to be but they're old enough to be Susan's parents!).

Roberta Tovey plays the young Susan admirably (no wonder she was nicknamed 'One Take Tovey' by the director) and her contribution to the DVD extras 40 years on are worthy, making it all pleasant viewing.

Peter Cushing as the Doctor (or Dr Who has he is specifically called by Roy Castle) is weak in my opinion, especialy when compared to William Hartnell who was the only other actor to have played him at the time. Perhaps it was down to the direction given but his 'old man acting' didn't sit well with me.

Finally, with the likes of childrens' favourites Roy Castle and Bernard Cribbins, it's little wonder there is a bit of slap-stick for the kids to enjoy and if you view these films with that in mind rather than anything you'd expect from the TV series (also be prepared for a few variations from the now well established world of Doctor Who) then this isn't a bad pair of films. It must have been sheer joy to see the Daleks in vivid colours for the first time!

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