Orac is the nom de blog of a humble surgeon/scientist who has an ego just big enough to delude himself that someone, somewhere might actually give a rodent's posterior about his copious verbal meanderings, but just barely small enough to admit to himself that few probably will. That surgeon is otherwise known as David Gorski.
That this particular surgeon has chosen his nom de blog based on a rather cranky and arrogant computer shaped like a clear box of blinking lights that he originally encountered when he became a fan of a 35 year old British SF television show whose special effects were renowned for their BBC/Doctor Who-style low budget look, but whose stories nonetheless resulted in some of the best, most innovative science fiction ever televised, should tell you nearly all that you need to know about Orac. (That, and the length of the preceding sentence.)
DISCLAIMER:: The various written meanderings here are the opinions of Orac and Orac alone, written on his own time. They should never be construed as representing the opinions of any other person or entity, especially Orac's cancer center, department of surgery, medical school, or university. Also note that Orac is nonpartisan; he is more than willing to criticize the statements of anyone, regardless of of political leanings, if that anyone advocates pseudoscience or quackery. Finally, medical commentary is not to be construed in any way as medical advice.
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12 replies on “Coming next week…The Planet of the Dead”
I haven’t watched Dr. Who since it was on PBS, and the grad students in the Biochemistry department where I was studying would huddle around the TV set (using an over the air antenna…these were the old days). This trailer reminds of a movie however:
Same looking animals, flying stingrays. Curious.
By the way, you do realize you can get Dr. Who from iTunes?
Only after it’s aired in the States.
“Fire up BitTorrent”?
Shouldn’t Orac be able just to plug into Ethernet socket and then hack the central MPAA server and download everything from there? 🙂
Would Hulu carry it? I’m just throwing that out there…
What Alex said, though…;)
I am into the Dr. Who spinoff of sorts, Torchwood. However, I can’t tell if the series is going to fade off into the sunset.
Sorry, Michael. The third “season” is a five episode single-arc miniseries. I’m afraid it’s curtains for Torchwood. (Lacy, gently wafting curtains…)
Not only that, but all five episodes, from what I hear, will be shown on consecutive nights.
Can’t wait for Planet of the Dead and Torchwood. With Torchwood jumping channels yet again it probably is make or break time.
Although without doubt what is causing the most excitement though is the (yet another) remake of Day of The Triffids, which should also be out later this year.
*shivers with anticipation*
Only one week left! Thank goodness for BitTorrent, or we could be waiting years! (Would it *kill* Sci-Fi, or BBC America, for that matter, to finally run the last Christmas special?)
Thanks for the heads-up, Orac!
BTW, there’s an interview with David Tennant and Russel T Davies in the London Times.
The Doctor is needed urgently!
I had to make a Voyager joke but I could not come up with one… so here my post is 😉