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Doctor Who Story 204 – The Beast Below

What adult doesn’t think this education system is creepy as fuck?

The Doctor is such a liar, but I like this intro to adventures with him.

I’ve never loved this episode, but I certainly love Matt Smith and Karen Gillan.

The Doctor pushing off that he’s the last of his species with, “Long day, bad day” is prefect.

Close your mouths!

They always went on about how Rose was brilliant, but I think they show Amy’s smarts.

Doctor Who Story 203 – The Eleventh Hour

Hate the new logo, but the rest of the opening credits is an upgrade… though the old logo sucked, too.

Amy praying to Santa is great.

I like that the TARDIS has a swimming pool in the library.

Matt Smith is great.

The whole eating scene is such a great scene for the wackiness and wonderfulness that is Matt Smith.

The Doctor leaving for “five minutes” and Amelia’s reply of “people always say that” is heartbreaking. And now she’s packing a bag to run off with the Doctor.

Rory!

Olivia Colman! Oscar winner, Olivia Colman!

Amy is great!

This doctor needs to listen to her staff.

“Do I just have a face that no one listens to? Again?”

I love that Amy is a stripper.

Where to start in that 30 seconds. Matt Smith saying no she hadn’t seen him because he has a new face and then stretches it and does funny things. Matt Smith finding out what a “kiss-a-gram” (read: stripper) is and saying “you were a child 5 minutes ago!” Or “You’re worse than my aunt,” “I’m the Doctor, I worse than everyone’s aunt!” That’s the best 30 seconds of Doctor Who. Bravo!

Doctor, maybe don’t send a lady’s scooter running out of her control… or a giant firetruck to careen down the road out of control.

Oh Jeff being more attractive than Rory. The good news is Rory is the one she marries.

The giddy look on Matt Smith’s face as he drives the fire truck is great.

Yay! The aliens are gone!

Amy is the literal personification of wide-eyed.

I love the new set.

Poor Rory.

Doctor Who Story 202 – The End of Time

Dreamland

A decent story about Area 51 would be nice, but I don’t think this is it. But it’s nice that David and Georgia got to work together again. I assume they were a couple by this point.

The Doctor making Die Hard and Alien references is great.

I wouldn’t mind the Doctor having an indigenous companion.

Uh oh, the military is controlled by an alien.

This animation style makes David Tennant look sickly.

There’s too many groups in this story. The US military, the Roswell Greys, the insects, the swarm, the robots.

People pick up the TARDIS way too easily.

Doctor, don’t set up other people with your wife. Well, unless you’re into that, you kinky bastard.

The End of Time Part One

Ahhh, it starts with narration, always a terrible sign.

Wilf!!!

People are stupid if they are trying to resurrect the Master.

They’re really playing the Master as too insane. It’s not enjoyable.

The narration is horrible. Sorry Mr. Bond.

What’s with the Master wanting to eat people? Also, I feel sorry for John Simm and all these shots of him eating.

This father daughter duo are gross. Like Trump and his daughter.

That’s a good hallway for the Doctor to run in.

More talking heads on news programs.

Boo! Wilfred is now trapped.

The head shaking special effect is so bad. Though most of this story is so bad.

“There is only the Master race.” Dude, I don’t think you know what that means.

“For Gallifrey!”

The End of Time Part Two

I really wish David Tennant’s ending wasn’t so bad, but at least I have tasty quiche.

It’s so strange that the lords of time resort to prophesy.

I don’t believe that 7 billion Masters would defer authority to the original one. I think you’d have fun chaos.

“He loves playing with Earth girls.” Well, “Earth Girls Are Easy.”

Why does the Doctor have such a huge hard on for the Master?

God, this show is so bad! James Bond throws a diamond from his place in this time lock at a picture of Earth and it just shows up on Earth?

What’s with sci-fi and senates and big open pits and balconies over it?

Remember when the Doctor fell from a tower and regenerated into Peter Davison? And now he can just jump out of a spaceship and crash to the floor?

The Master I know loves being the Master. I can’t believe that he’s so upset about being who he is. Also, Gallifrey is huge.

The Doctor is a bit cruel to Wilfred.

Honestly, the Doctor should leave him. Have him dictate a note to the Doctor for his daughter and Donna. Probably separate notes.

I can’t believe that made Mickey and Martha get married. They are so bad.

David Tennant’s Doctor is always so sad. It will be really nice to have a less sad Doctor.

It is nice to see all the Doctor’s companions one final time.

Hello Matt Smith, Goodbye David Tennant.

Doctor Who story xx – The Sarah Jane Adventures series 3

Prisoner of the Judoon

They’ve added a saga sell to the beginning of the episodes. Quantum Leap always had the best one.

Watching The Sarah Jane Adventures right after Torchwood‘s “Children of Earth” makes me think that Jack should have called Sarah Jane. She has expertise of working with children.

How does Sarah Jane know about the Judoon?

I love the spray bottle.

“Mr Smith, if your central processor fully functional?”

Well that escalated quickly. Mr Smith is going to blow up all of Bannerman Road.

Wow, Elizabeth Sladen is terrible at playing the baddy. I hate saying this.

Wow, I think that’s the first contract security that act realistically. Running away because they should.

Oh wow, Sarah Jane talking to herself via the mirror is so bad.

The Mad Woman in the Attic

That’s Rani.

Clyde’s a good drawer.

I’m only 7 minutes in and it’s so BORING.

These kids blab way too much about their alien hunting.

Let’s finish this story before lunch…

I really don’t like the structure of this episode. Framing it from old lady Rani is terrible.

K-9!

This is a pretty positive story. It’s just bad.

The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith

The Doctor is in this episode. Also, she has an alien boyfriend or something like that. It would be nice if Sarah Jane had a boyfriend… or a girlfriend would be good too.

Mr Smith and K-9 need to be friends with one another.

There’s a TARDIS sound!

Peter and Gita don’t rhyme. British people are so weird.

The CG slug is horrible, but K-9 is adorable.

“Luke says she’s never been to his place.” As if! Where do you think they’re getting down to it? Have you seen how small her car is? They’re not teenagers, that’s going to hurt their backs.

The Brigadier is in Peru, apparently the actor had a stroke recently and wasn’t able to come. It’s a shame. It would’ve been great.

Doctor, the TARDIS needs a tune up.

“Stop this wedding, now!” Screams the Doctor as he barges into the ceremony. “Master!” Says K-9

Why does the Doctor have a grager, is he Jewish? Haman, BOOOOOOOOOOOO!

The kids are shit out of luck without the Doctor.

I love stealth K-9.

I love when David Tennant’s Doctor pretends to be mad and cruel.

I would have loved to see Tom Baker in The Sarah Jane Adventures.

The Eternity Trap

The saga sell is weird. It’s Clyde’s point of view. Sarah Jane is obviously the main character. Luke is either second or third. Maria/Rani is probably actually second as the show is kinda told from their point of view and their curiosity. Clyde seems to tag along. Though this season, he is getting more to do. Also it ends with Sarah Jane asking him if he’s ready as she and Luke open the door. Rani isn’t there.

Sarah Jane is really dismissive.

What’s the point of moving the books back and forth if you stop before Sarah Jane looks?

That’s not a bad photograph for the 1600s.

This is a fun little horror film.

Mona Lisa’s Revenge

The extended Doctor Who universe is reminding me that no show since the original has taken any risks in theme music. Doctor Who‘s theme, especially Delia Derbyshire’s realization is so completely unique and unlike anything else in pop culture.

I like that they’re returning to Clyde’s drawing again.

Wow that was such a “you’re not my real mom” moment.

Russell Davies loves unrequited love. “Though, quit your moaning, love, do us all a favour” is exactly what I was thinking.

She does not look like Mona Lisa. How is she English? I understand that maybe if she’s in the Louvre, then she’s overhearing a lot of tourists and English is a common language. But why does she have an English accent?

That was quite some deus ex machina.

Hahaha! I didn’t expect the assistant to turn him down. YAY!

Doctor Who – The Waters of Mars

This aired in between episodes 10 and 11. So here’s a link to it.

The Gift

I don’t get why they are so enamoured with the Slitheen and use them so often.

I think that’s the same countdown screen as “Waters of Mars.”

The other shoe is gonna drop soon, isn’t it?

Found the shoe!

Poor Luke.

How is Luke not getting in trouble for bringing in K-9?

Oh good, he got caught with K-9, but the teacher didn’t do anything.

Luke is saved!

Sarah Jane needs some adult friends.

Doctor Who Story 201 – The Waters of Mars

Before this aired most of series 3 of Sarah Jane Adventures had aired, but the blog post will be after this one, as there’s two more episodes. I am watching in order, though.

You don’t tend to see the Doctor in a spacesuit as he leaves the TARDIS.

That robot’s adorable.

Gadget Gadget needs a bit of work.

It’s gotta suck being the Doctor, you can’t go anywhere and just enjoy yourself.

Like most Doctor Who stories, this story makes absolutely no sense.

When the Doctor replies to Brook to tell her the reason he’s telling her about her family’s future is “for consolation” is heart wrenching.

Put on spacesuits.

The Doctor is lucky that his spacesuit wasn’t punctured.

The Doctor is suddenly very arrogant.

With Gadget Gadget in the TARDIS I now wish he became a companion. Matt Smith would have loved him.

Captain Brooke calling out the Doctor for his recklessness is such an important part of Doctor Who.

But no to the voiceover “I don’t care who you are, the Timelord victorius is wrong.”

Doctor Who Story xx – Torchwood: Children of Earth

Tonight’s The Night

This is a mini-episode of Doctor Who that aired between “Planet of the Dead” and series 3 of Torchwood. Since it’s Jack in the TARDIS, I’m going to lump it in with Torchwood.

That was terrible, until David Tennant showed up.

Day One

It’s Malcolm fucking Tucker! Aka, the Doctor!

Rhys is always an asshole, even to children.

Does everyone in Cardiff know about Torchwood and what they do?

Those people in a hospital not wearing masks is wrong. I’m too surrounded by COVID.

The laser sutures should be commercialized.

Someone’s in Vancouver. Vancouver is great.

Would be so much better if Martha was able to be in the episode.

The new doctor1 reminds me of Matt Smith.

We. We. We. I need a wee!

If that happened at my place of employment, all the children stopping, screaming, saying “we are coming” over and over again, then them all resuming as normal, I honestly don’t think I’d blink an eye. Kids do weird things. Good thing Torchwood, UNIT, and Peter Capaldi are on the case.

“We need a child,” Jack, don’t say that to Ianto if you won’t admit you’re a couple.

Aww, it’s Jack’s daughter.

Jack is a complete asshole, asking his daughter to take his grandson for experimenting. Ianto and his niece.

Ianto’s brother in law’s a piece of shit.

Doesn’t the Torchwood car have a GPS?

Don’t give out your username and password. I really hope the civil service at the Home Office would know that, especially the secretary for the top civil servant (Deputy Minister? That’s what we would call that position in Canada. I think it’s Permanent Secretary in the United Kingdom after some very quick Googling) of the Home Office.

So more people have these laser sutures?

See, he gasps for air when he is resurrected, why didn’t he do that in Doctor Who?

Gwen should not have a baby!

Jack has a bomb in his belly. Cliffhanger time!

Capaldi is so sad.

Day Two

I don’t like this Prime Minister. He’s not willing to take responsibility, he’s more concerned about his job than he is about doing the right thing.

I didn’t notice last episode that there’s no opening credits anymore.

How did Gwen survive that sniper? Now I’m wondering how Ianto is surviving it.

Second reference to Canada.

Why are people honking at children stopped when they know this is not just kids hanging out and having a lark.

How did Ianto get that concrete block out of the building? That doesn’t really make sense

Day Three

I thought Jack would be into tracksuit bottoms.

God! Russell Davies, stop with the news broadcasts!

Why would someone leave their kids with a couple of people who just had police barge into their house with guns. I wouldn’t do that.

Why did you step out of your car to take a phone call and leave the keys in the ignition?

Jack’s daughter is an idiot.

Jack should change his outfit. Seriously, it’s time to stop wearing that stupid outfit.

I think they think Torchwood are the good guys, they’re not.

The 456 needs to learn to use their words. “Speak” “I am speaking” “We will speak” Why the fuck didn’t you just say that?

It makes no sense for civil servants to negotiate, and if the US government wants the president there, they can approve the room with haste.

He says “the Provinces and Territories of Canada” as if that’s the name of Canada. It’s simply Canada. Third mention in three episodes.

Day Four

12 children for millions of lives seems reasonable.

Ianto, he’s lived hundreds of years, you expect him to tell you everything he’s done?

Jack’s daughter reminds me of the actress who played Susan, Carole Ann Ford, in Doctor Who.

This is a big enough issue, Martha might be on her honeymoon (if UNIT hasn’t recalled her already) and she has the Doctor’s phone number. Call him.

“Thanks everyone, let’s take a break.” I don’t think that’s a time to take a break.

What did Jack really expect. The aliens had biological warfare, there’s only one on Earth and they have no idea where the rest are. How are they possibly going to fight? Jack is 100% responsible for Ianto’s death, plus all the other deaths in Thames House.

Day Five

Oh, I remember what the children hooked up to the aliens look like, the Toclafane.

The US government has no authority to override the UK government on UK soil.

UNIT sends a colonel to talk to the 456, and not a General? Or even the Brigadier?

Really? It’s about drugs? Yikes.

Why are they telling all this information to Alice?

The “nice kids are safe.” I don’t think they understand how systematic racism would be a part of this and I think “Children of Earth” really really loses a lot because it doesn’t address this.

Keep your vest on, Officer Andy!

Alice, don’t leave your child with a stranger in these times!

This was a horrible resolution to this story.

Governments the world over should fall because of what they did. The UK government at the very least. It had gone much too far for status quo to continue.

The careers of Doctor Who prime ministers is very short.

“You can not run away.” “Yes I can, just watch me.” There’s another reference to Canada.

  1. Not that kind of doctor []

Doctor Who Story 200 – Planet of the Dead

I recall enjoying this episode, but another one I don’t think I’ve seen more than once, or at least not since 2010.

This is really bad security. There’s no laser roof. There should be a laser roof.

Don’t take off your mask while you’re still in the museum. That’s the stupidest idea, ever.

Why do the holiday specials need to have some element of the holiday? I guess it works that I’m watching this episode on Good Friday. I’m just annoyed there’s never been a Pesach special or a Yom Kippur episode.

Why is UNIT arriving for a simple heist?

Oh god, alien hands pointing at screens. Worst Doctor Who trope.

Okay, now they’re calling UNIT, maybe I misunderstood.

The cop looks like the brother in law from You’re The Worst.

Oh, Malcolm. I like you.

I disapprove that Malcolms and Bernards are not metric. There should be kilomalcolms.

de Souza’s a babe.

That was convenient that the fly people are eaten by the metal mantas, now they aren’t going to hinder the Doctor’s work.

Doctor Who Story 199 – The Next Doctor

David Morrissey is great as the Doctor.

The Doctors sliding on their butts is fun.

“The Doctor’s companion does what the Doctor says.” He’s never been the Doctor before.

“How’s it sonic?” *tap tap tap* “It makes a noise.”

So Morrissey found a data tube with info on the Doctor, got zapped, forgot his memories and thought he was the Doctor.

This is a really nice story of someone wanting to help and wanting to be more than he is. I don’t think I’ve seen this episode more than once, and it’s mch better than I remembered.

I like Rosita and would’ve loved her as a full time companion.

DELETE!

The Doctor in his TARDIS… well, the other TARDIS.

Aww, the Doctor gets cheers for saving the world.

The Proms

This is really boring, and I don’t think the music to Doctor Who is worthy of this, except the original theme as realized by Delia Derbyshire.

Doctor Who story xx – The Sarah Jane Adventures series 2

The Last Sontaran

Oh my god! The UI on her music player. The past was so weird.

Goblin’s Copse? That’s the name of the village? British people are weird.

Call an ambulance, she hit her head.

Oh yeah, call the police, too. There’s a missing person.

Sarah Jane is being a bitch to Maria.

It’s a cloaked Sontaran!

I’m impressed by the Sontaran actor’s ability to run in that costume.

Call UNIT, Maria and Luke! Or at least call Mr Smith and have him call UNIT. They could have brought Martha into The Sarah Jane Adventure.

I really like the single balloon falling around when Mr Smith opens.

I wish they weren’t dragging out Maria leaving for America. It’s nice that she got one more story, but maybe introduce the idea near the end of the episode.

They let the Sontaran go? They should have arrested him, he attempted genocide.

The Day of the Clown

It’s the Rani!!!! Why would they name their character with the same name as a major Doctor Who character.

They’re really hitting us with the “Rani is going to be a main character” stick.

Doctor Who got rid of the serialized stories back in 2005. Why did they decide to bring it back for Sarah Jane?

Move quickly, jeez!

Why is Sarah Jane so scared of clowns?

Would any teenager not try to attach themselves to Sarah Jane’s world?

I wish her friend at the Pharos Institute was another Doctor Who companion.

Oh god, bad jokes are the solution to the episode.

So if all the children just arrive, does that include all those German kids from the Pied Piper tale?

Secrets of the Stars

This lady should listen to an astrology podcast.

I guess they already told Rani that Luke wasn’t born, because she’s taking it easily.

HAHAHAHA! He says Chair-yl for Cheryl! I used to have a boss who did that, Cheryl didn’t like it.

He’s talking about the Doctor.

The flashback is with David Tennant, when he’s talking about meeting the Doctor and him leaving her… it should have been Jon Pertwee or Tom Baker.

“Truman is human.” Truman is a true man!

“Is she your companion?” Yes, very much, Rani is Sarah Jane’s companion. I don’t think they’re ever referred to as such, but Rani, Luke and Clyde are Sarah’s companions, and Gwen and Ianto are Jack’s companions.

Clyde is Jesus.

Luke not having a star sign will mean he can’t be controlled and will save the day.

“It’s time for Cancer to join the circle.” Chevron two is locked!

I just learned that in a new block I can type /gif and get a Giphy block.

Oh shit, children of Scorpio are joining the circle. That’s ME!

Yay! I was right about Luke!

HAHAHA! He called her “Cheryl” with the proper pronunciation, not “Chair-yl.”

The Mark of the Berserker

They have a character named Rani. Why isn’t there an episode called “Mark of the Rani?”

Starts off with naughty kids.

Don’t you hate when your tattoos spread?

Jacob is an asshole.

Oh god! And Rani know has the pendent? And they’re not calling it the Mark of the Rani?

Uh oh, she now has the mark of the Rani! Also, fuck her for the cruel shit she’s doing to her dad.

I want sandwiches.

Clyde, you idiot. Don’t show your dad all this shit.

Clyde’s dad is a shitbag.

Oh my god! The slug! I love it.

Maria, don’t tell your dad to shut up.

He’s going to hack into a military database?

Clyde is an asshole. That dude is going to get fired for giving away a car.

They should have called Martha.

Is the sitting area in the attic new? It’s nice.

The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith

Uh oh! Oscar is trying to trick Sarah Jane.

The theme music reminds me of Harry Potter.

  1. Don’t do it!
  2. Don’t do it in that terrible outfit.

It’s a village fete! So British.

Did Sarah Jane’s mum say, “I’m Brabra?” What kind of name is Brabra?

Don’t be naughty, Sarah Jane.

Oscar the Grask!

The Trickster is a jackass.

Oh, that ain’t the TARDIS.

“Are you two having a laugh?”

“Yes, ethnic person in the 1950s.”

This episoe is actually sad. Poor Sarah Jane.

Hahaha! The Trickster just sounded like Noel Fielding when he said, “Oh no! Stop them!”

That’s some cheap-ass vortex manipulator, able to crush it with one stomp.

Enemy of the Bane

I think I’m supposed to know who Wormwood is, but I don’t.

Thank you for assuming I’m a dumb child, she was the lady who made Luke in the pilot.

Never give up, never surrender!

Hahaha! Stunned Rani mother is hilarious.

I didn’t realize that the Black Archive happened before the 50th Anniversary episode.

Yay! The Brigadier.

Wow, those guards are horrible at their jobs. The blanket covering Sarah Jane is a bit obvious.

Sarah Jane’s house gets destroyed way too often.

Sontaran? That was unexpected.

They learned the true intentions of Wormwood really quickly. That’s kinda surprising.

Hahahaha! Wormwood is an idiot for trusting Luke.

The Major is an asshole. Uh oh! The Major is an alien!

This is way too Darth Vader-esque.

Clyde tending to the injured Sontaran, that’s actually nice character growth.

From Raxacoricofallapatorius with Love

I’m skipping ahead. I should watch “The Next Doctor” and the Proms before I get to this little mini-episode, but I don’t think anything in continuity will be ruined by watching this first.

K-9!

That was no “Time Crash.”

Plex Smart Playlists

People seemed to appreciate some guidance I gave on smart playlists, so I thought I would post this here for anyone looking for this info.

It began because Plex’s smart shuffle is terrible, and I didn’t know it was a feature you can turn off. But let’s start earlier.

I stopped using iTunes (Apple Music) a while ago and moved my music library over to Plex. Well, that’s a bit of a lie. I do still use Music to import CDs and use it for its file sorting features. I buy a new album (digital or physical), put it into Apple Music, then Resilio Sync syncs my ~/Music folder to my Plex server (and my offsite backup server).

So it starts here:

Apple Music screenshot

Then it ends up here:

Screenshot of Finder showing ~/Music folder.

That syncs to the server via Resilio. And it’s indexed in Plex.

Screenshot of recently added music in Plexamp.

From there I can play my music anywhere. Handy dandy.

I have a playlist of “Wonderful Songs” which is just a smart playlist of any song that is 3 stars or more. This used to exist in iTunes for me. It is the default playlist I use. Unfortunately with Plex’s smart shuffle it was showing me the same songs every single time. It was really frustrating.

Turns out you can turn off Smart Shuffle by going into the Plex app (not PlexAmp), going to settings. Go to Library, show advanced, and there’s a checkbox there.

Screenshot of Plex

Boom. But I liked the workaround I was doing and I’m going to keep it, as well.

With Smart Playlists, you can choose to omit items that have been played in the last x days/weeks/months. So for my Wonderful Songs playlists, it looks like this:

Plex screenshot where Track Rating is greater than 3 stars and track last played is not the last 6 months.

And that’s not all, you can apply this same logic to video playlists:

Plex screenshot of a smart playlist logic. Show title contains "3rd Rock" or "Good Place" or "Bob's Burgers" or "Central Park" or "Taskmaster" or "No More" and Episode last played is not in the last 3 months.

Ta da!