So this is what I did twenty years ago today. Second time I saw them. #takethat #spectrumbrain #mark #gary #robbie #howard #jason
What did you think of “Deep Breath” then?
I liked it a lot. I enjoyed the pace of the storytelling, I thought Capaldi made a good start, I though Jenna and Starkey were terrific. I thought the plot was fine given that it was secondary to launching the new guy. I loved the title sequence.
And the phone call wiped me out.
The only thing I didn’t like was the Lesbian Lizard stuff getting shoved down our throats. Hardly subtle, was it?
Anyway. This RT cover has been my Facebook profile picture for the last week. Dead simple; it’s a photo of me dicking about under a spotlight in Edinburgh at a mate’s gig. Add some text. Done.
The next few are much more interesting.
It occurs to me that anyone who stumbles across my blog might find it a little odd so I thought I’d offer an explanation. I think the last time I did was when Steve set it up for me in 2011.
The “Radio Times” is the listings magazine of the BBC. It carries details of TV and radio programmes that will be broadcast over the following week and actually now that I think about it’s not actually owned by the BBC any more. Huh.
It was first published in September 1923 when it first carried details of radio transmissions (hence the title) and TV details were added later. It started carrying listings of non-BBC programming in 1991.
"Doctor Who" is a BBC TV programme that I am a huge fan of and in it’s time has been on the front cover of the "Radio Times" on around fifty occasions.
In 2008, mainly for laughs, I stuck the words “Radio Times” onto a photo of a friend and I standing in front of a Police Box in Glasgow and used it as my profile picture on MySpace the week that David Tennant’s third series of “Doctor Who” started its’ run.
Over the following weeks of the 2008 series I created many other profile pictures that either simply had the “Radio Times” text dropped onto photos or collages or else had photo collages added to a template made from a scan of a 1970s style “Radio Times” cover.
The idea being, I suppose to “plug” the broadcasts of “Doctor Who”. And have a laugh too.
Over the years I have continued to create profile picture “Radio Times” covers and as my Photoshop experience and creativity have grown the covers have got more complicated; other people have become involved either by appearing in images or by contributing by taking photos or providing graphic elements or lending props. For the new 2014 series I have actually built props myself from scratch for the first time and (so far) one cover has been created by someone else!
As of now I’ve done a profile picture cover for every story since the first episode of Matt Smith’s second series.
Soon after the 2008 series of “Doctor Who” ended I built an RT cover that featured myself , a Cyberman and Kimberley from Girls Aloud. Again, mainly for laughs. After I’d built a few more “Pop star” covers I thought it would be funny to build a cover featuring myself, Robbie Williams and a Weeping Angel (referencing Robbie’s massive hit song “Angels”) but instead I decided to begin a series of covers that merged Doctor Who elements and Take That elements. There are now over eighty of those. I’ve also worked, primarily for my own amusement, on covers merging Doctor Who elements with Beatles members and song titles and the same for a couple of other “pop cultural” phenomena.
So, that’s an explanation of my blog. Thanks for your interest!
As Peter Capaldi prepares to make his Doctor Who debut, Radio Times is celebrating with a special issue featuring a Who cover, an exclusive episode guide from showrunner Steven Moffat and an interview with the new Doctor himself.
But those who download the digital iPad or iPhone newsstand app from iTunes will get some bonus content - including a special animated cover featuring the new Doctor, with a nod to the title sequence that will be unveiled when the show returns to BBC One this Saturday.
Unique to the newsstand app, the animation brings together two images of Capaldi along with whirring cogs and the sound of a ticking clock.
The cog and clock motifs echo elements of the new Doctor Who intro which has been given a retro makeover for the show’s return.
The digital newsstand issue also features two exclusive photo galleries from the Radio Times covershoots with Capaldi, as well as a 68-page bonus magazine looking back at the 10th Anniversary of Doctor Who in 1973.
The new Doctor Who issue of Radio Times is on sale in shops and iTunes from Tuesday, 19th August.
It’s here! Five days until it’s on sale! #wintersoldier #OnYourLeft #cutthecheque #falcon #captainamerica