Doctor Who – The Seventh Doctor

Played by: Sylvester McCoy

When: 1987 – 1996

Significant contributions to the Whoniverse:   Unfortunately, the most significant thing that stands out for Sylvester McCoy’s tenure as the Doctor is that he was the last Doctor in the classic run of Doctor Who.   This is quite unfair, as McCoy was fantastic in the role, and personally I would love to have seen him play the role a bit longer into the period that the Doctor was absent from our screens.

McCoy’s Doctor met with all the classic villains… The Master (still played by Anthony Ainley), the Cybermen, and the Daleks.   He also reunited with the Brigadier, on the final occasion he appeared in a regular episode of the series.   In addition to this, there is a very amusing story-line that reveals the Doctor was indeed Merlin from Arthurian legend.   In hindsight, this is extremely amusing given the same actor has taken on the role of another prominent wizard, Radagast the Brown from The Hobbit.

Of course, with the series ending in 1989, it meant the show was not running for the 30th anniversary in 1993.   A special of sorts did occur though, featuring McCoy, Pertwee, both Bakers and Davison.   It was a charity special for Children in Need, called Dimensions in Time, intersecting the Doctor with another popular BBC series EastEnders.   Many former companions also appeared, and The Rani also made a return. McCoy was to return one more time after this, to regenerate into Paul McGann in the 1996 telemovie.   As a result, though the record of most episodes still goes to Tom Baker, McCoy technically is the one man to play the Doctor for the longest period of time. Black_Sylv_26 Continue reading

Lords of Time – April 7th 2013

Time Lords have the rule of both space and time, but Homo sapiens do not.   Our time is running out to get tickets to the latest Culture Shock Event….

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That’s right, FOUR DOCTORS!!   Five through Eight inclusive.   To break it down even further, that means Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann.   That is not all, however…  Janet Fielding, whom played companion Janet Fielding alongside Davsion, will also be in attendance, as well as John Leeson, voice of K9.   Unfortunately, Frazer Hines has had to pull out, which is a real shame as he was quite the entertaining gentleman at last year’s Heroes and Villains convention.

To book your tickets, visit the Culture Shock Events website.   We here at Revenge of the Film Nerds look forward to catching up with you all.

While you are at it, don’t forget about our competition which we are currently running, thanks to our friends at CSE!!

Podcast: To Kill a Mockingbird, Hitchcock, The Place Beyond the Pines

We are now aiming to make our podcast a weekly thing.   So episode three is already up, much quicker than the gap between episodes one and two.

In this one, we chat To Kill a Mockingbird, Hitchcock, and The Place Beyond the Pines.   We also remind you all of our competition, in which we have autographed photos of both Robert Englund and Jeri Ryan.   You can enter on our Facebook or Twitter page, or on the form below.   For an Englund photo, tell us what your favourite Freddy kill is, and for a Ryan photo, tell us your favourite Seven of Nine line.

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Competition!

Thanks to our friends at Culture Shock events, we have the following four autographed photos to give away, featuring previous convention guests Robert Englund and Jeri Ryan…..

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Those interested in winning, listen to Episode 2 of the Revenge of the Film Nerds Podcast, then leave your competition entries on our Facebook page or Twitter feed (@RevengeFilmNerd).    Competition entry details are at the end of the episode.   Good luck!

Podcast Episode 2 – Worth the wait!!

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It has been a long wait to our second podcast episode.   There are many excuses, and I assure you all of them valid.   I put all the blame on my co-host, SmilinScottSowter.   Yep, not my fault at all.

We got quite a few listens on episode one, so we hope you enjoyed.   To check out episode two, click the following link!!

http://filmnerds.podbean.com/

What’s So Special About the PS4?

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Hi guys. I’m sure you have all read the articles on the PS4 announcement earlier today, or even saw it yourself when you found time (if not, view it here), so I won’t bore you with the details. If you are interested in reading about them, go to the official PlayStation blog, or if you want to see a breakdown of the game developer videos, view them here. If you haven’t done so, I would recommend it as there are some amazing looking games set for the PS4 release. What I am going to discuss is some of the key features announced and my opinion of them. Continue reading

Doctor Who – The Sixth Doctor

Played by: Colin Baker

When: 1984 – 1986

Significant contributions to the Whoniverse:   The second Baker to take on the role of the Doctor bears little similarity to previous incarnations other than his surname.   He was more brash and certainly more egotistical, and had the worst fashion sense of any to date.   I can understand his portrayal being divisive at the time, yet by modern standards an attempt to shake things up a bit and being less predictable certainly had some merit.

A recurring character was introduced in a Sixth Doctor story in the form of a Time Lady, known as The Rani.   To my recollection, this is the first non-companion Time Lady we have met in the series outside of the realms of Gallifrey.   She forms the role of recurring villain who is out for herself, as ill at ease working with the Master just as she is ill at ease working with the Doctor.   Her story will prove to intersect quite significantly with the Doctor’s at a later date.

As already alluded to, i think one of the most memorable elements of the sixth Doctor is his outfit, which was as brash and loud as the man was himself.   This was not a Doctor accustomed to stealth.   Fitting with this nature is the storyline that I feel dominate’s this Doctor’s tenure; Trial of a Time Lord.   The Doctor’s actions past and present come under direct scrutiny by the Time Lords, with the Doctor’s exuberance proving potentially disastrous.   It is interesting to note that prior to this story, there had been a number of season-long storylines.   However, these stories had been loosely connected serials with an end of season pay-off.   Trial of a Time Lord was a full season story bearing only one title, though subsequently story titles have been added.   It was a bold move which also led to another first… the Doctor meeting a future incarnation.

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Zack and Miri Make a Porno

Director: Kevin Smith

Cast: Seth Rogen, Elizabeth Banks, Craig Robinson, Brandon Routh, Justin Long, Jeff Anderson, Katie Morgan, Jason Mewes, Traci Lords

Synopsis: Zack and Miri are two life-long friends living together and unable to make ends meet.   Despite having no romantic attraction to each other, they decide to make their own porno film together, after seeing how well it went for other guests at their high school reunion.

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Can’t Hardly Wait

Director: Harry Elfont, Deborah Kaplan

Cast: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ethan Embry, Charlie Korsmo, Lauren Ambrose, Peter Facinelli, Seth Green

Synopsis: School is over forever, and there is a party to end all parties to celebrate the freedom of a whole year group of teenagers.   Nerds seek revenge on the jocks that made their lives a living hell, two former friends but now long-term enemies get locked in a bathroom together, and Preston Meyers (Embry) thinks he might finally have the chance to tell Amanda Beckett (Love Hewitt) how he feels.

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Dead Island

Developer: Techland

Console: 360, PS3, PC

Synopsis: You play one of a team of four people whom wake up one morning in the hotel resort on the island of Banoi, where you were holidaying.  Suddenly, you have a voice directing you out of the hotel, which is now infested with zombies.   So this, like many games of the same ilk, has you working through a plot whose ultimate goal is to escape before you yourself are zombie chowder.

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