Ode To A Myrka

Poor misunderstood nightmare from the abyss!
Why must they sneer and laugh when they should tremble in fear?
Do they not see the power rippling beneath your glistening rubber flanks
or the strength of those lumbering limbs?
Watertight bulkhead doors are no match for you!
Can they not feel the static crackling in the air generated by your very presence
as they wait for the shock of your electric hug?
Transfixed by your unflinching stare or fleeing in terror,
firing ineffectual weapons in retreat, the outcome is all but assured.
You are the battering ram, the tip of the spear,
the advance chaos clearing the way for Sea Devil shock troops.
A Silurian’s best friend,
Monster, myth, mesmerizing mediocrity.
My mighty, maligned Myrka.

Rock Band 3 Challenge: Action Shots

Rock Band Challenge

Well, David Tennant has joined our band. No, not really, but as part of our Episode Four challenge, we wanted to see how many Doctors we could create on Rock Band 3. Here’s my new and improved David Tennant in some action shots!
Don’t forget, we want to see YOUR creations! Just create a character, then “Doctor” them up, take a photo and send it too us and we’ll post it!

I’m sure mine will go through a few more revisions as I complete more challenges, thus unlocking more outfit options, (this still isn’t quite the right suit for him) so I’ll definately keep you appraised of my progress.

My gal Mel has even said since I’m doing Doctors, she might try her hand at companions!

Rock on…

Rockin’ The Doctor

In this week’s episode we issued a challenge to Shaun and the listeners to send us your Doctor Who inpired Rock Band characters. Shaun is hard at work on the first draft of Ten, and I have to say, from what I’ve seen it looks pretty impressive.

If you have some images of your DW inspired characters, please send them to us to feature on the blog!

You can send photos to travelingthevortex@gmail.com, or post them on our Facebook page.

Shaun promises me to have some of his own creations up on the blog very soon.

UPDATE – Very rough draft of Ten, but honestly when Shaun sent it to me I knew who it was even before I knew he did it in Rock Band 3. I will update the post when he gets further along.

UPDATE 2 Shaun, with the help of Keith and others has updated his Tenth Doctor character. This one is much closer to David Tennant as the Doctor.

Play Doctor Who with your LEGO®

From ActiveDad.co.uk

Doctor Who is now (unofficially) LEGO Compatible! The Character Building range of Doctor Who toys has nothing to do with LEGO but the bricks and characters work together. We had a play at Toy Fair 2011.

£1.99 buys you one of a series of 10 characters and you don’t know which one you’ve bought until you open the packet. We announced the launch of these toys last week and now we’ve got our hands on them we’re even more excited.

You’ll have a few months to buy the characters and swap them with your friends. Daleks, Amy, the Doctor and all the rest of the alien hordes are collectible. The theory behind these toys is to perfect the figurines with a world of Doctor Who scenes to build and save for. The Inside of the Tardis is the most expensive item for £49.99.

Click here to read more of the article.

New Poll

In this weeks episode of Traveling the Vortex, we had a little fun and asked you, the listener, to take a look at Keith’s haircut and tell us if it would be considered “emo hair”.

However, we put Keith in charge of posting this weeks poll and either he remembered it incorrectly, or just didn’t want his picture posted, and he asked if you think Matt Smith has “emo hair”.

So, as it is, we will leave the poll question intact, but we still want to know if Keith has that certain hairstyle.

Below is a picture of Keith. You decide, and leave us feedback on this post.

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Ambassadors Of Death Delayed

According to a tweet from @classicdw on Twitter earlier today, the DVD release of the Third Doctor story “The Ambassadors of Death” has been delayed due to ongoing restoration issues.

In the tweet 2|Entertain says “Due to ongoing restoration issues, Ambassadors of Death will now not be released in 2011. #doctorwho”.

The company had hoped to get the story out later this year and it was due to be released along with the 1977 story The Sun Makers as part of it’s “The Solar System” box set.

Only one episode currently exists in it’s original color format, with the others kept as 16mm black and white film.

An off air recording of “Ambassadors” from WNED Channel 17 in Buffalo was used to restore episodes five and six to color for it’s 2002 VHS release.

2|Entertain has said it is working to restore the story through colorization techniques.

Episode 4 – Tragedy Tomorrow, Comedy Tonight

In this episode of Traveling the Vortex, we discuss filming of “Torchwood: Miracle Day” starting in the U.S.

Also congratulations to David Tennant and Georgia Moffat on their impending new arrivals and wedding date.

Also in this episode, DVD discussion and plans for a review of some of the classic material.

Plus a review of “The Vampires of Venice”, “Amy’s Choice”. “The Hungry Earth” and “Cold Blood”. If you’d like to send us feedback you can e-mail us at travelingthevortex@gmail.com, follow us on Twitter – @travelvoretex, friend us on Facebook, or leave a message on our Google Voice number (913) 890-3025. We’d love to hear from you!

Technical Difficulties

We are currently experiencing some issues with uploading the latest episode to our server. We have been informed that the problem is being looked at, but in the meantime there will be a delay in getting the next show out on the feeds. Keep checking back, and we will let you know when it becomes available.

Recording Sunday

The next episode of Traveling the Vortex will be recorded on Sunday night. If you’d like to provide questions or feedback, you can send it to travelingthevortex@gmail.com, or leave audio feedback on our Google Voice at (913) 890-3025. You can also find us on Twitter – @travelvortex, or on Facebook. Submissions should be in before 10pm CST.

Also be sure to vote in our poll on the blog on whether we should go back and review some older Silurian episodes from the classic era after our review of “The Hungry Earth” and “Cold Blood”.

Classic Doctor Who Releases For 2011

The Doctor Who News Page reported recently that the folks over at 2entertain have confirmed the classic Doctor Who stories currently being worked on for release this year.

“Planet Of The Spiders” – Jon Pertwee
The third Doctor’s swan song story as he faces off against the Giant Spiders.
Extras include: Commentary, 90 minute compilation edition, Jon Pertwee on Wogan, John Kane remembers, The Final Curtain – Documentary, Directing Doctor Who: Barry Letts, Now and Then: Locations

“Spearhead From Space” / “Terror Of The Autons” – Jon Petwee
A double release of the third Doctor’s introduciton story re-issue, along with the debut of The Master.
Spearhead Extras include: Regenerations: Documentary, UNIT Recruitment film, Down to Earth: Documentary, New Commentary
Autons Extras include: Extra Footage, Commentary, Plastic Fantastic: Documentary, The Doctor’s Moriarty, Life on Earth: Documentary

“Frontios” – Peter Davison
The fifth Doctor’s TARDIS is apparently destroyed druing a meteorite bombardment on Frontios.
Extras include: Commentary, Isolated Score, Driven to Distraction

Earthstory Box Set – “The Awakening” / “The Gunfighters” – Peter Davison / William Hartnell
The fifth Doctor watches a Civil War re-enactment turns real from the affecting influence of an alien war machine, and the 1st Doctor lands in Tombstone.
Awakening Extras include: Commentary, Outakes, On the Cutting Room Floor, Kamelion deleted scene, Barry Newbury – Designer: Documentary, Location Footage, Now and Then
Gunfighters extras include: Commentary, End of the Line: Documentary, Tomorrow’s Times, The First Doctor

“Paradise Towers” – Sylvester McCoy
The seventh Doctor battles the inhabitants of a run-down apartment tower.
Extras include: Commentary, Girls Girls Girls: 1980’s, Horror of the High-Rise: Documentary
Rejected Score, Jigsaw

Revisitations 3 – “Tomb of the Cybermen” / “The Three Doctors” / “Robots Of Death” – Patrick Troughton / Jon Pertwee / Tom Baker
Three stories released near the start of the DVD range now get revisited with additional restoration work and special features. Tomb of the Cybermen – In this once thought to be lost forever second Doctor story, an Earth archaeological expedition attempts to uncover the lost tombs of the Cybermen. It’s the earliest surviving complete story with the Second Doctor, and has now been through the VidFire process designed to restore the look of the print to its original condition. In the 10th anniversary episode The Three Doctors must unify against renegade time lord Omega. The fourth Doctor must find a murderer on board a giant sandminer, who may not be human in Robots Of Death.
Cybermen Extras include: New Commentary, Tomb and the magic of VidFIRE: Documentary
Sky Ray promo, Lost Giants Documentary, Curse of the Cybermen: Documentary, Cybermen: Documentary
The Three Doctors extras include: Making of Documentary, When Doctor Who was Uncool: Documentary
Robots of Death extras include: Sandmine Murders: Documentary, Robophobia Documentary
Girls Girls Girls 1970’s

The Solar System Box – “Ambassadors of Death” / “The Sun Makers” – Jon Pertwee / Tom Baker
The third Doctor has been restored to full color as UNIT investigates Mars Probe 7, while the Fourth Doctor and Leela join forces with rebels on Pluto, where there are now six suns.
Ambassadors extras include: Battle for Mars Probe 7: Documentary, Tomorrow’s Times, The Third Doctor.
Sun Makers extras include: TX Trail, Running from the Tax Man: Documentary, Doctor’s Composer: Dudley Simpson

Day of the Daleks (Special Edition) – Jon Pertwee
No details available at this time.

Commissioning Editor Dan Hall revealed the sixth Doctor story Vengeance on Varos with Colin Baker was considered for re-visiting, but was dropped after review. He indicated he would be willing to reconsider this decision should there be increased demand favoring the re-release.

Time to get those emails and Twitters going!

The Dangers Of Knitting Fat?

Special thanks to co-worker and friend Sarah Hollis for bringing this tidbit to my attention…

As I have expressed previously, I have a very long, very heavy knit Doctor Who scarf. I love it, and I deeply admire the craftsmanship that went into it. Not everyone it seems, falls on the same side of that admiration.

A Doctor Who fan with a screen name of Mazzmatazz has a webstie featuring photography and knitting. One of her creations was a knit Adipose, featured in the Fourth Season opener, “Partners In Crime”. The response was overwhelmingly positive, so Mazz posted her patern on line for free, so that others could knit thier own fat baby.

Enter the BBC, and in a strange case of corperate dictatorship, they sent a Cease-and-Desist letter, requiring her to quote, “remove from your site any designs connected with DR WHO.” Now I completely understand wanting to get paid for your work. I have no issue with BBC cracking down on people who are manufacturing illegal copies of the episode DVDs and selling them, but a knit pattern? A FREE knit pattern?

At what point do we turn the corner from fandom to copyright infrengment? Surely an aspiring comic book artist, who draws a portrait of Batman which someone likes enough to offer him money for isnt infrenging on Warner Bros. Dark Knight? Surely someone who constructs a replica of the U.S.S. Enterprise bridge and charges $5 to take pictures in the Captain’s chair isnt creating a financial hardship for Paramount? And surely a fan who posted a FREE PATTERN to knit a Doctor Who monster (not even one of the main ones, a mobile ball of fat) is a threat to the profits of the BBC?

Stealing fat? Sounds like something from “Fight Club”.

I am against illegally making money off someone elses work. But I also understand that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. To BBC Worldwide, I say can’t we find some middle ground here for a fan who loves your product?