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On Daleks

After a near all-nighter working on a grant and another day and night to try to get a talk together that I have to give tomorrow, somehow Insolence, Respectful or not-so-Respectful, fell by the wayside, at least for today. Nothing like two hours’ sleep followed by a full day of work. It’s a good thing I don’t have clinic or the OR today. Of course, if I did, I wouldn’t have pushed myself the way I did last night. I do have to admit, however, that this video I came across over at Runolfr’s place cracked me up. We really do need a Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy:

I wonder what the Guide says about Cybermen.

Yeah, I know it’s fluff, but after the Tigers got their butts kicked last night and my lack of sleep, I need something silly for a day. True, I could make another go at Dana Ullman, who is very silly indeed, but I fear my fragile eggshell mind couldn’t take it today. There’s plenty of time later.

By Orac

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.)

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11 replies on “On Daleks”

My mind perplexes me, sometimes. After reading this post (haven’t been able to watch the vid yet), I got a Dalek version of Skye Boat Song stuck in my head… “Over the seas to SKAAARO!”

Fluff is good. Fluff puts a shine on the soul and a smile on the face, if taken in proper quantities at the right time.

Unfortunately (for me) this now means I am down one Video of the Day. Not fair.


But we do have a Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

It’s called Wikipedia.

@ Todd W.:

Oh Todd! Your comment reveals so much about how your mind works- even unto its deepest darkest recesses.

Actually, I think that you may be related to TBruce.
( and therefore, TRex) and probably yours truly.

Thanks so much for this. My 15 year old Dr. Who crazy daughter (Go geekgirl!) will love it.

And, from a place far from Michigan, I say: “Go Tigers!”

Dan, have you seen who wrote the script for “Genesis of the Daleks”? It explains why those episodes were better plotted than the other seventies Dr Who.

That would be Terry Nation; the Daleks were his creation, and until his death, every Dalek story was written by him. In fact, even today the BBC has to pay a licensing fee to his estate in order to use them.

The clip in this one isn’t from “Genesis of the Daleks”, though. It’s actually from the next one, “Destiny of the Daleks”, introducing the second Romana and the Movellans. The Doctor is about to threaten Davros with that little yellow bomb.

Calli, thanks. I hadn’t finished watching “Genesis” and so I stopped watching the above video until I finished. The sets look remarkably similar, though.

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