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Doctor Who Serial 131 – The Awakening

Part One

I think the strangers the lady is talking about is the Doctor and his companions.

That crack looks like the one that will eventually swallow up Rory Pond.

That’s the jankiest transporter effect I’ve seen.

“There’s been a confusion in time…” How does time get confused?

Part Two

Good thing the Doctor didn’t go into the crack in the wall. He was very close to joining Rory.

Everyone knows how to work the TARDIS, except the Doctor. She’s never been in it before!

Doctor Who Serial 130 – Warriors of the Deep

Part One

That’s very white.

I want a big flashing light on the top of my head. Maybe it will distract from how bald I’m getting.

Oh, this white room is a submarine? It looks like an office building.

Part Two

Wow Turlough, what a jerk. The Doctor was in the water for 2 seconds and you think it’s a hopeless cause? Remind me to never go swimming with that fictional character.

Wow, that woman’s hair is taller than her forehead.

Part Three

Doctor Who loves long conversations between two aliens who don’t move in anyway when they talk. They really should have learned by now. It’s the 1980s. The show is in its 21st season. It should stop doing stuff like that.

Also, they should increase the budget.

Those outfits have hints of Japanese. They’re slightly impressive, if not for the poorly executed monsters wearing them.

I have no idea what’s going on on the bridge, all I know is that stupid monster that looks like Polkaroo is stumbling in a corridor and is in no way a threat.

Part Four

Oh no! Samarai Salamanders with suction cups!

I wish Doctor Who had hired people who knew how to do audio, and visual effects, and make up, and costumes, and yeah… all the things.

Doctor Who Serial 129 – The Five Doctors

Doctor Who loves that “One day, I shall come back” clip.

Richard Hurndall doesn’t look much like William Hartnell.

“Just a twinge of ‘Cosmic Angst.'” That’s my band name. Cosmic Angst. The nerdy teenagers will love it!

God damn, just 30 seconds with Patrick Troughton makes me happy. He’s so good. Best Doctor.

The Brigadier says that someone is his replacement and Troughton replies, “yes, mine was pretty unpromising, too.” Now I have no idea how he knows that as a character, but damn, I love that line, so much.

Jon Pertwee’s abduction wasn’t as great as I would have wanted.

Sarah Jane has a greater part to play in abduction scenes than Jon Pertwee.

And here’s Tom Baker’s archive footage. A shame he wouldn’t participate. I would have loved to see him with Patrick Troughton.

I don’t like this trend of Companions knowing how to use the TARDIS.

Yay! The Master! Time for some moustache twirling!

Hmm, this is the first appearance of the Dalek’s since Tom Baker left.

“Teeth and curls?” Classic!

Peter Davison making excuses to his previous self is great.

It’s nice that they have well maintained paved roads in the Death Zone.

The Commodore 64 graphics in the TARDIS are excellent.

“The scanner is keyed to my, to our, brainwave pattern. Well, well, well, so two of them made it. I wonder what happened to the other.” This is written in William Hartnell’s Doctor voice, and Hurndall fails to master it in any way.

Susan twisting her ankle is probably the best moment in this entire story.

God, I love Gallifreyan fashion.

Susan acts exactly like she did in the good ole’ days.

Cops are bastards on Earth and on Gallifrey.

Patrick Troughton’s cowardess is one of my favourite things of the second doctor era.

Yeah, make Sara Jane carry everything, Doctor.

I love Zoe and Jamie. I miss that trio.

“What happened to the little fellow?”

“I’ve reversed the polarity of the neutron flow.” Thank you Jon Pertwee!

What a romp!

Doctor Who Serial 128 – The King’s Demons

Part One

Can we talk about the disembodied heads in the opening credits for a second… why? Who thought this was a good idea? Who thought you should keep doing that 20 years later? They do it until the end of the classic run, and honestly, they shouldn’t.

Oooo, a royal feast. Yum yum yum.

If the King calls you “Lord Doctor,” does that mean you have a seat in the House of Lords?

“We take your council, demon.” I’m liking this story already.

So the king seems strange, and I know Anthony Ainley is in this episode. So I’m pretty sure that it’s the Master.

The Doctor has 20 layers. Tegan is cold. Doctor, lend her your jacket.

So he takes his jacket off for a sword fight, but not Tegan.

Oh! I was wrong about who the Master is masquerading as, that’s a nice surprised.

Part Two

Oh my! It’s the Master!

The Doctor isn’t going to murder the Master. That’s not how Doctor Who works.

How does Turlough know the Master?

I kinda want to see Monty Python do this whole episode. Graham Chapman as King John, John Cleese as the Doctor, Michael Palin as the Master, Terry Jones as Tegan, Eric Idle as Turlough and Terry Gilliam as Ranulf Fitzwilliam.

Michael Palin would be amazing as the Master.

That cutting of shots of the Doctor and the Master speeding up is exactly why Doctor Who is horrible.

The Master’s evil laugh is amazing.

Is the eye of orion a euphemism?

Doctor Who Serial 127 – Enlightenment

Part One

The Black Guardian is an asshole.

That dude, is lookin’ good.

Why not be nice to your friends? The Doctor can be such an asshole.

YAAAAACHTS INNNNNNN SPAAAAAAAACE!

Part Two

Apparently Time is a small domain, and Eternity is much bigger. It’s Eternity a part of time?

Hold her on course, man!

Part Three

Dum de dum dum de dum.

A pirate’s life for me, eh Turlough?

HAHAHA! The Doctor is replacing his celery! That’s the best scene of this really silly story.

Part Four

Well, this started with a great soundtrack.

Wow, that dude is super desperate. Go take a cold shower!

Well, I knew that tiara would play a role.

A man wants a companion, and unlike when it was the Doctor’s granddaughter, he’s actually fighting this time.

Grumpy Turlough’s grumpiness killed the Black Guardian.

Doctor Who Serial 126 – Terminus

Part One

The Black Guardian is still up to his tricks and trying to make Turlough sabotage.

It’s nice to see more of the TARDIS and Adric’s/Turlough’s room.

Oh, the ’80s hair of that lady, it’s perfect!

Part Two

This story is really boring. The only good things are the uniforms for the crew.

Part Three

Will I care enough about Part three to pay attention? Probably not, but her hair amazing. I think part of it is I just started Lovecraft Country and Ted Lasso and both are much better.

The dog man just standing there and waiting for the guy to stop shooting is not very convincing.

Part Four

Time for “Terminus” to terminate.

Doggie!

Nyssa tripped this guy, and it seemed like they were about to make out. I was very disappointed they didn’t.

That was terrible. I’ll miss Nyssa, slightly. Just annoyed that Turlough is who replaces her.

Rename Computer using Scripting and Google Sheets

Google has made some changes that made this script not work, but it was an easy fix, once I bothered to look at why it wasn’t working.

The page redirects to another page, and thus the cURL doesn’t work as usual. Instead you need to add the redirect flag to the cURL command so, instead of:

curl 'https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/YOURGOOGLESHEETIDHERE/export?exportFormat=csv' -o $OUTPUT

You want:

curl -L 'https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/YOURGOOGLESHEETIDHERE/export?exportFormat=csv' -o $OUTPUT

So the full script would be:

#!/bin/sh

# Get the current device's serial number
SERIAL="$(ioreg -l | grep IOPlatformSerialNumber | sed -e 's/.*\"\(.*\)\"/\1/')"

# Where the file will be saved using today's date. On date of writing would be /tmp/serials20190802.csv
OUTPUT=/tmp/serials$(date +%Y%m%d).csv

# Download the CSV from Google Drive, file must be set to Shared With Anyone with Link (or Shared with Anyone)
curl -L 'https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/YOURGOOGLESHEETIDHERE/export?exportFormat=csv' -o $OUTPUT

# With much thanks to @Gerk and the rest of the crew on the MacAdmins #toronto channel, this now grabs the entire line from the CSV file 
LINE=$(grep $SERIAL $OUTPUT)

# This will grab all the text before the ,
ASSETTAG="$( cut -d ',' -f 1 <<< "$LINE" )"

# Set the ComputerName, HostName and LocalHostName
scutil --set ComputerName $ASSETTAG
scutil --set HostName $ASSETTAG
scutil --set LocalHostName $ASSETTAG

Doctor Who Serial 125 – Mawdryn Undead

Part One

Wow, 30 seconds in and Turlough is already insufferable. They really should stop putting British people in this show.

Yay! Lethbridge-Stewart.

Turlough is a jackass AND he’s plotting to murder the Doctor.

This soundtrack is both terrible and amazing.

Why is that kid following Turlough?

Part Two

I wonder if Turlough will knock out the Doctor. Nope… that’s a surprise.

How can Lethbridge-Stewart forget his time with the Doctor? I don’t approve.

Oh good, he knows the Doctor during Tegan’s time period.

Wow, they’re really going deep into the Doctor’s mythology in this season.

Part Three

This is the least Doctor Who structure and it’s a nice change.

Tegan should just poke the dude’s brain.

Part Four

So these people tried to become Time Lords. They failed. Whomp whomp. But the Doctor calling them fools is silly, as all the Time Lords were once not Time Lords and took energy from that child (the Doctor (SPOILERS!)) and became Time Lords. So not fools. Also the Doctor not saving them, as it would be giving up his remaining 8 regenerations… NOT SINCE YOU’RE THE ALPHA TIME LORD!

Well, the Brigadier meeting himself didn’t end with Pterodactyls like when Rose met her father.

Doctor Who Serial 124 – Snakedance

Part One

I really hope this one doesn’t have the bad guy be a snake-esque species who spend forever saying one sentence because they put in too many Ses.

“You are the Federated Son…” “The Federated Son wants to dance!”

Sssssuuuumaaaahran empire. I bet. Snakes.

The Federated Son’s lips are giant.

Part Two

The bad guy is Tegan, and she’s not overpronunciating her Ses.

People should listen to the Doctor.

Also, if this was written by Stephen Moffatt, the Doctor would be the one who did the Snakedance in the past.

The gay moody teen in repose sounds like the baby from Family Guy.

Part Three

I like the Son of the Federated’s dad’s assistant, he’s got a good head of hair.

The Son of the Federated is quite swashbuckling right now.

Nyssa, those bright colours and stripes are not helping in your sneaking away.

That Stormtrooper is the worst guard in sci-fi history.

Why are we watching a terrible puppet show? I miss The Muppet Show.

They need to stop making the default cliffhanger be a woman screaming. It’s the 1980s.

Part Four

“Your son is evil!” You have to be to wear those pants.

Good thing that stormtrooper is wearing a helmet. No peripheral vision.

Oh my! That costume is sublime!

That snake needs to see a dentist, it’s teeth are wiggling.

Doctor Who Serial 123 – Arc of Infinity

Part One

Well that was obvious that those were Time Lords, I guess they’re so well established by now that we know what to expect.

“The Dutch are civilized, they’re not going to put you in jail for losing a passport.” I really expected it to be about cannabis.

I hate when other people painfully superimpose themselves over me.

Was that a weeping angel?

Colin Baker! I wonder if we’ll ever see him again.

The Doctor just shot the Doctor!!! That explains why no one liked Colin Baker.

Part Two

Aliens use lighting gels as paper. That’s how it should be.

Good hair, Tegan.

Now that I remember that Tegan went missing, the Doctor doesn’t seem to care. That seems consistent with his character. An asshole from William Hartnell to Jody Whitaker.

Dude, you lost your passport, go to the consulate and get a replacement. That’s one of the reasons governments have a presence in foreign countries.

This is reminding me that the Doctor is not a Time Lord, because new Doctor Who is as ridiculous as old Doctor Who.

Man, they’re really teasing hard on the Doctor’s death.

Part Three

Oh, he’s not dead.

Why did Tegan’s buddy get shorter as he flashed between regular and inverted colours?

Part Four

How is Tegan’s breast staying in that top? It seems magical. If she’s not careful she’ll look like this.

I love TNG. Image courtesy of “Fashion It So.”

Omega looks like he has hot dogs stapled to the side of his face. And Tegan’s gentleman friend is lying in beautiful repose. Paint me like one of your French girls.

My Big Bird in shining armour!

Peter Davison looks good in a normal outfit. He should wear those more.

Oh no! He has eczema.