BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | 47 year old television signals bouncing back to Earth

Way better than Hitler! :)

BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | 47 year old television signals bouncing back to Earth.
[…] “They are signals that left the Earth about 50 years ago and have bounced off an object or more likely a field of objects some 25 light years away”.
[…] “We now know these are original broadcasts. So far we have recovered about 7 weeks of old television signals from space. Every day in our lab is like traveling back in time. And speaking of which we have just started the digital recovery of signals that contain lost Doctor Who episodes.

This is so cool. Due to various policies that the BBC used to have about recordings and storage of TV shows, there are a lot of missing episodes of quite a few of their early shows including Doctor Who. Now, because of something in space which has reflected our own TV signals back to us, some of those episodes can probably be recovered. It’s very impressive to me that something that is very similar to one of my favourite book and movie is actually true.

BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | 47 year old television signals bouncing back to Earth

BBC News – Doctor Who’s Elisabeth Sladen dies aged 63

A BBC spokesman said: "It is with much sadness that we can announce Elisabeth Sladen, the much-loved actress best known for her role as Sarah Jane Smith in Doctor Who and CBBC’s The Sarah Jane Adventures, passed away this morning."
via BBC News – Doctor Who’s Elisabeth Sladen dies aged 63.

Wouldn’t it be good if everybody could just regenerate?

BBC News – Doctor Who’s Elisabeth Sladen dies aged 63

being a picky geek

I saw this article linked to from Sexy Aliens: 17 Heavenly Bodies from Sci-Fi and thought it sounded interesting so I went to have a look.

That dude seriously needs to learn how to check his facts. There were a couple of glaring errors that I noticed, and I am not even familiar with all of the shows/movies on there, so there could be more. First, on Christopher Eccleston. It states him as being on Doctor Who from 2005 to present. Um, no. There have been another two seasons of the show with Mr. Eccleston’s successor since then. (And though it is of course subjective, I would rate Mr. Tennant as a much sexier Doctor.)

This is the one that really annoys me, though. Jadzia Dax. “This tall drink of synthehol is a symbiote — which, in Star Trek-ese, means that she’s got a little slug living inside of her. And that’s a joke I’m just gonna let sit right there, unmolested.” To start with, she is not a symbiont, she is a Trill. The “little slug” is the symbiont. If you want to talk about a symbiote you need to get into the Stargate universe. That is how the Goa’uld and Tok’ra are referred to when making the distinction between the host and the parasite, and they are quite different from symbionts. The symbiotes can make the host’s eyes glow and voice sound different, which is something that the symbionts can’t do; but on the upside, the symbionts are all quite nice docile creatures, whereas the majority of symbiotes are.. not.

And it’s not so much an error as an oversight, but there was no mention of Worf’s four years on DS9 after TNG finished. And I’d say that the nicer First Contact style uniform he had from then on made him and his warrior braid look even better.

being a picky geek

what’s your tardis interior? / which doctor are you?

What is your TARDIS interior
created with
You scored as The Rani’s TARDIS

If you are a busy scientist with little time for maintenance, you need to start with the best. This is one of the most modern and reliable designs. If your time machine needs a woman’s touch, this is the design for you.

If you liked this test try ‘Which Dr Who are you?’ at:

The Rani’s TARDIS


The film TARDIS


The Secondary Control Room


The 80’s TARDIS




The Original TARDIS


The Master’s TARDIS

Which Doctor Who are you?
created with
You scored as The Ninth Doctor (Christoper Eccleston)

You liked the Ninth Doctor the most. You may be new to Dr Who, but you like what you’ve seen so far. Hoorah for Russell T Davies!

The Ninth Doctor (Christoper Eccleston)


The Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker)


The First Doctor (William Hartnell)


The Seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy)


The Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton)


The Eighth Doctor (Paul McGann)


The Third Doctor (Jon Pertwee)


The Sixth Doctor (Colin Baker)


The Fifth Doctor (Peter Davidson)


It appears that Ten isn’t included. :(

what’s your tardis interior? / which doctor are you?