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One for the Whovians

I’m indebted to Feynmangroupie for this one (bigger). I’m not a Doctor Who fan — I tuned in a few times back when the effects were crudest and thought, “nah” — but this is a deeelightful character.

Lady Cassandra O’Brien.Δ17 (that’s pronounced “delta 17”) is a human so old she’s been kept alive by 709 plastic surgeries. She’s nothing but a brain in a jar attached to a piece of skin with a sort of face. Though she’s reduced to a CGI mouth and two eyes, it’s easy enough to recognize actress Zoë Wanamaker in the role.

Do watch the introduction to this character — it’s funny enough to be worth your time.


Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: April 14, 2015, 10:18 pm

I always think of Katherine Helmond’s character in Brazil, the one with so many face lifts her face was basically silly putty.

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: April 14, 2015, 10:21 pm

Is the ‘UVotessss’ picture in the post below available on a coffee mug in the Zazzle shop?…if not, why not? :+)

This one is good too but I don’t know anything about Dr. Who.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 14, 2015, 10:28 pm

I’m doing the quick-and-dirty versions at the moment, Quasi. Hi res work takes serious time (this one needs less lumps and more wrinkles, for example, but that’s a very slow job). When I see which hatchet jobs are popular, I can decide where to invest more ‘shopping time.

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: April 14, 2015, 11:13 pm

Okay, if I can get UVotessss on a mug, you have a sale :+)

Comment from surly
Time: April 14, 2015, 11:24 pm

I highly recommend Matt Smith’s Doctor. Best of the bunch IMHO.

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: April 14, 2015, 11:38 pm

I highly recommend Matt Smith’s Doctor. Best of the bunch IMHO.

That’s sure is a funny way of spelling Tom Baker.

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: April 14, 2015, 11:48 pm

There’s an old rule (& I do not know whom to attribute it to, but it’s not of my making. I think I saw it on slashdot back in the late 1900s) that applies to Mad Magazine & Doctor Who: whatever era you first started with is the best & it’s all been downhill from there.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: April 15, 2015, 12:05 am

Not in my case. I hated Dr Who from episode one.

I probably should add that I was a serious SF reader, so should have liked it. But I didn’t.

Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: April 15, 2015, 12:38 am

I never cared for it either. The new series at least has decent effects but it does nothing for me.

Comment from Anonymous
Time: April 15, 2015, 1:27 am

Ah, but at least Leela was HAWT!!!

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: April 15, 2015, 2:09 am

Well, yes, that is exactly who I was thinking of. How’d ya know?


Comment from surly
Time: April 15, 2015, 2:29 am

I grew up with Baker as the Doctor. I just enjoyed the Smith run more.

Comment from .
Time: April 15, 2015, 3:43 am

Heh, Uncle Badger.

I neither fancy or disfancy Dr. Who.

The merit of the show lies in demonstrating to the world just how dysfunctional, bizarre and absurd the Britisher tribe is.

In the assuredly never to be repeated circumstances, the so called British Empire made an appearance due to the industrial revolution and outgunning the technology-challenged. Well, easy come, quickly go. And now the pendulum swings mercilessly back and the Jolly Oulde Dart is percolating in the thick rich sauce of halal curry borscht pierogies soon to be superseded by the cuisine of grubs and goat steak tartare.

Tom Baker, the Fourth Doctor could be the under-documented kin of HRH Chas of Wales (somewhat sane-r).
Daleks are what Britishers cobble up when there is no Wonga for the R2D2.
The pool of left-over Britisher extras in acting industry is so heavily stretched that at times it feels like one is watching some “EastEnders” cutting floor footidge.

In short, I wish Dr. Who the widest circulation possible. Like cod liver oil, it is just that good.

Comment from drew458
Time: April 15, 2015, 5:46 am

I thought the best line from that episode is when she takes over Rose’s body, looks in the mirror and says “so chav”.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 15, 2015, 7:21 am

Actually, I think “bitchy trampoline” is the best line, but I haven’t seen the whole episode.

Comment from Anonymous
Time: April 15, 2015, 11:47 am

Great minds, Stark Dickflüssig, clearly think alike.

Just ask Slick and Thunder Rodent Thighs!

Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: April 15, 2015, 2:03 pm

I first saw some Doctor Who episodes with Tom Baker in the early Eighties. Who was the hot black-haired girl, the one with the bangs? Now THAT’S what I’d call a Companion –!

Comment from Anonymous
Time: April 15, 2015, 2:36 pm

For your eyes only, Wolfus Aurelius:

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: April 15, 2015, 2:43 pm

You’ve hit it out of the ballpark again, Stoaty. You’re my idol 🙂

(I tried, I really tried back in the mid-70s when my local PBS station started showing Dr. Who, but the I couldn’t understand them, and when I did understand what they were saying, it was just so cheesy. But I tried for a whole season. Though I’m sure Dr. Who never expected an American audience.)

Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: April 15, 2015, 3:01 pm

Anonymous, yes, that was the one — Sarah Jane as played by Elisabeth Sladen. So the episodes I saw with her around 1982 were actually from 6 years earlier, huh?

Comment from Anonymous
Time: April 15, 2015, 3:22 pm

If the topic is not religious or political in nature, Wikipedia tends to be reasonably accurate. Same for Snopes. However, their “facts” regarding anything with ANY religious or political coloration are somewhat suspect…

Comment from Fritzworth
Time: April 15, 2015, 3:50 pm

OK, I not only laughed out loud, I slapped my desk with my hand a few times. Well done, I say, well done!

Someone proposed a meme over on Twitter about reading news reports about HRC as if she were a robot learning about humanity. That might give you some more food for thought.

Comment from gromulin
Time: April 15, 2015, 8:54 pm

Having grown up on Tom Baker, I gotta say it’s not Matt Smith or David Tennant that make the reboot really worthwhile, it’s Steven Moffat’s storytelling. The guy is a genius. He can write time travel stories that leave you catching details three viewings later.

While I’ll always have a soft spot for Baker (and K9…and Leela) I just can’t seem to go back after watching almost all of the reboot. Just too kitchy.

Not digging the old guy now…I think he may very well wrap it up for good.

Comment from mojo
Time: April 16, 2015, 3:57 am

First seen: Baker, with what’s-her-name as Companion (schoolgirl outfit) and the inimitable K-9.

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