I just might buy this as a "present" for my friend, a Dr Who fan.
Just to mess with his mind </evil>
There comes a time in every Doctor Who nerd's life when he or she realises that all the money spent on merchandise and tat was wasted. How many Dalek and Tardis toys do you need sitting on your shelves, demanding to be dusted? Are you really going to read through all the scripts from the 2005 season, complete with RTD's …
"I'm quite sure it's possible to set all of the Sonic Screwdriver's 39 code slots, but frankly, unless you've got 12 regenerations, life's too bloody short for this kind of nonsense."
Surely you are missing the point there, to have "done the full 39" will become a thing of prestige.
Friend of mine got one of their Harry Potter line as a birthday present. He tried damned hard to make it work, but it didn't last a day before he gave up and went back to a proper remote.
They do a fine job with the fit and finish, no argument, and the instruction sheets and other feelies are gorgeous. Too bad the bloody thing doesn't work properly!
...so that the BBC can make as much cash from tacky merchandising deals like this one before the brand is rendered worthless.
By the way, the sonic screwdriver (in the program, not this one) is nothing more than a 'deus ex machina' , in that it simply and cleanly solves problems that the doctor is facing. It is great for lazy/incompetent scriptwriters, but does not lend itself to good television.
I wish they'd bloody well do the same again! I'm well pissed off with Tha Doc pretty doing ANYTHING with that little bastard, much too conveniently and much too often!
And the article mentioned the DW Target novelisations. I sold all 100+ of mine to a secondhand shop when I went uni at the end of the 80s, for about a tenner... muppet :-(
To be fair though, Deus Ex Machina is a staple of the sci-fi genre, it's not unique to Doctor Who.
Sci-Fi Books, Movies and Games have been using Deus Ex Machina for years to wrap up stories. The problem when you create a deep universe and build up a huge threat, like the Daleks, is that you really don't have many options. If the enemy really is all powerful, how else are you meant to clear them out to end the storyline/series and move on to something new?
I'm sure we have many sci-fi fans on here, and I'm sure that most sci-fi fans expect this kind of thing.
"...so that the BBC can make as much cash from tacky merchandising deals like this one before the brand is rendered worthless."
To be fair, did you click the link for that "Tardis Tuner" radio from Tom Baker's era (over 30 years ago)? That appeared to be a generic radio with some spurious Doctor Who stickers plastered on it, no connection otherwise.
And it's not the only cheap cash-in from that time- there was a relatively continuous stream of commercial spin-offs and tie-ins from the mid-60s and Dalekmania onwards.
For example:- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmylI6SOzRk
Yowser! Strewth! "Must look like the real sonic screwdriver but not too much because it would cause injury"... At least the Star-Trek item was a standard in its 'First Contact' area, and the adornments were only external. Heck.
[I can't move in pubs these days for being compared to one of the Doctors... I always wanted to look like Tom Baker, but I don't have the luck. Instead I'm left wondering "Where's MY lingerie model?"]
If this was a TV-B-Gone, it might be worth the ... what, £60? Well, maybe not. But I can just imagine waltzing into a bar and pointing a sonic screwdriver at the TV, shutting it off. You'd feel very Doctorish. Until you got into an argument over why you turned the TV off. Still.
>unless its to display details of an extensive choice of real ales.
Er, that's what the beer pumps are for; failing that, the blackboard. Don't tell me you use Wetherspoons.... : D
Our pub only has a TV for the sport at which the Germans lose to England (not many). So it never shows association football, and some Formula1 a few years back. The opening ceremony of the Olympics was made more surreal because I was drunk, the TV was muted, and there was a band in the beer garden blasting Sweet Child O' MIne whilst a silent image of Mike Oldfield was strumming on the gogglebox.
No, not Wetherspoons.
The 'Welly' in Birmingham.
Its bar is a little too long to easily see all the pump clips. While a blackboard would work the TV does make sense since its easier to update as different beers become available during the evening (its positioned above head height for visibility since its a very popular pub).
There's a wiimote sonic screwdriver available for less than a tenner on amazon at the moment - with DarWiin remote on the mac it makes a nice powerpoint / anything you like remote control. Built in usb chargeable battery, bluetooth and motion sensitive as well.
It doesn't light up or do the whirring noise though.
Nope - apostrophes have lots of different uses, of which two are used here :)
First apostostrophe is to show that "there's" is a shortening of "there is" (apostrophe used to indicate a contraction)
The second is to indicate that one subject is possessed by another - an apostrophe before the "s" shows possession by a single subject, so "mother's voice" means "the voice owned by your mother"
Thanks for the reminder on the correct use of the apostrophe. Even us native english speakers sometime lose the plot.
surely there is something wrong with "there's are" if there's is a contraction of there is.
Back on subject, I quite liked the Logitec Harmony I played with.
Beer, because it's Friday (subs any other day of the week as suites)
Wikipedia has many excellent articles on the details of the English language. Such as this one:
If English is not your first language, these articles can be difficult to follow since they are very detailed and technical.