My Doctor Who Scarf

 

Season 12

I am a huge Doctor Who fan and I’ve always wanted a scarf like Tom Baker, now I’m lucky enough to have a Doctor Who scarf being knitted for me. Its going to be a replica of the original scarf as it appeared in season 12, that’s The Robot to Revenge of the Cybermen. It’s now reached about 2½ ft in length so there’s a long way to go yet to reach the full 15ft, but it’s looking good.

My wife, who is doing all the hard work, has used a Sport and Melange weight Alpaca wool. Apparently

The first 2.5ft

 ‘Alpaca fleece is a lustrous and silky natural fibre. While similar to sheep’s wool, it is warmer, not prickly, and bears no lanolin, which makes it hypoallergenic. Without lanolin, it does not repel water. It is also soft and luxurious.’ Thank you Wikipedia.

The trickiest part so far has been finding colours that are close enough to the original. The rest has been easy thanks to http://www.doctorwhoscarf.com the website is full of all the information that you need to make your own scarf. Instructions, colour and yarn advice, designs showing how the patterns changed season to season and even a history of the Who scarves.

Well that’s about it for now, there will be further updates and pictures as the scarf grows and maybe some of you will visit doctorwhoscarf.com and start your own.

Also if you want to vote for your favourite Doctor please go visit the poll page and make your selection, thank you.

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Which is your favourite Doctor?

I am a big Doctor Who fan. I love the ‘classic’ ‘original’ ‘old’, whatever you want to call it, series. My favourite Doctor is Tom Baker, but I am also interested in who you think is the best Doctor Who so please go to the poll page at the top of this page and cast your vote for your favourite Doctor.
 
 This poll will remain open until 28/02/2010 
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The Brig

One of my favourite companions in Doctor Who is Brigadier Alastair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart aka The Brigadier or just The Brig, played by Nicolas Courtney. He first appears in the 1968 season 5 serial The Web of Fear next to the second Doctor Patrick Troughton, and whether you class him as a companion or not he has met more Doctors than any other, appearing alongside every subsequent Doctor from the ’classic series’ (except Colin Baker the sixth Doctor).

By his next appearance in The Invasion (Season 6 1968), he had been promoted to Brigadier and is working with UNIT (United Nations Intelligence Taskforce retitled UNified Intelligence Taskforce for the ‘new series‘), an international organisation that defends Earth from alien threats. It was Lethbridge-Stewart that gave the Third Doctor the position of UNIT’s scientific advisor when he was exiled to Earth. A position that has been taken up by subsequent Doctors.

I like the Brig because he is one of the most interesting and complex characters in Doctor Who, with some great one liners, often giving as good as he gets. On the face of it the Doctor and the Brigadier seem to be complete opposites, the Doctor is a rebel, a runaway and anti-establishment, the Brig the classic stiff-upper-lipped British Officer, a career soldier and that is what makes the Brigadier’s relationship with the Doctor so interesting. They are two opposites that over time earn the respect of the other.

In one of my favourite stories, there is a fantastic twist. Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart becomes Brigade Leader in the fascist world of Inferno. Loyal to the leader who governs this alternate version of Britain, the ruthless Brigade Leader was the antithesis of the Brigadier. And as if trying to prove his anti-Brigadier status the Brigade Leader was shot and killed by his own second in command Section Leader Elizabeth Shaw, while forcing the 3rd Doctor to help him in a cowardly attempt to escape his doomed Earth at gunpoint.

The character was treated so badly in seasons 10 & 11. In the finale to season 11 and the 3rd Doctor, Planet of the Spiders, the astute professional soldier has degenerated into playing Watson to the Doctors Holmes, and not the good Jeremy Brett Watson but the buffoon Rathbone Watson. The no-nonsense Brig waits around to be told what to do by the Doctor, his casual manner, near shoulder-length hair, would be unacceptable in any professional army. He is incapable of understanding even basic scientific concepts and in the scenes where he suggests that a belly-dancer’s movements could be adapted as exercises for his men or the revelation of a ‘dirty weekend’ spent in Brighton, you feel embarrassed for the character he looses all authority. It is unfortunate that the writers decided to play with such a well loved character, luckily in later seasons we see the old Brigadier restored to us.

And lets not forget it’s now Brigadier Sir Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart

List of appearances

11 seasons, 22 stories of Doctor Who

2 anniversary specials, The Five Doctors & Dimensions in Time (a charity special crossover between Doctor Who and EastEnders soap opera)

16 audio dramas

22 novels

2 video spin offs

1 episode of The Sarah Jane Adventures

And several comics and short stories

As the Brig would say ‘Five Rounds Rapid!’

 

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Water Found on Moon

NASA’s LCROSS mission discoveries water on the moon.

The LCROSS Centaur upper stage rocket impacted the moon in a permanently shadowed region of Cabeus cater near the moon’s south pole, creating a two-part plume of material from the bottom of the crater.  The first part was a high angle plume of vapor and fine dust and the second a lower angle ejecta curtain of heavier material. This material has not seen sunlight in billions of years.

“We’re unlocking the mysteries of our nearest neighbor and by extension the solar system. It turns out the moon harbors many secrets, and LCROSS has added a new layer to our understanding,” said Michael Wargo, chief lunar scientist at NASA Headquarters in Washington.

After a journey of approx. 113 days and nearly 5.6 million miles (9 million km), Centaur and LCROSS separated on thier final approach to the moon. Traveling as fast as a speeding bullet, Centaur impacted the lunar surface shortly after 11:31 a.m. GMT 09/10/2009 with LCROSS watching with its onboard instruments. Approximately four minutes later LCROSS itself impacted the lunar surface.

These permanently shadowed regions could hold a key to the history and evolution of the solar system. In addition, water, and other compounds represent potential resources that could sustain future lunar exploration.

Source www.nasa.gov 

For more on this story go to: www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/LCROSS/main/prelim_water_results.html

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Near Earth Fly-by of 2009VA

Discovered 09/11/2009 Near Earth flyby of asteroid 2009VA on 06/11/2009 16:30 EST. This is the third-closest known (non-impacting) Earth approach on record for a cataloged asteroid.

Distance – 8,699mi (14,000km)

Size – 23ft (7m)

More details at: http://neo.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news166.html

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Near Earth flyby

21/10/2009 Near Earth flyby of asteroid 2009TO8,

Distance 0.0183AU (1,701,091 mi),

Size 52.5 – 118ft (16 – 36m),

Speed 6.3mi/s (10.15km/s).

More details at http://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/sbdb.cgi?sstr=2009TO8;orb=1

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My New App

I’ve got a fantastic binary clock app for my iPhone, it shows the time in True binary and a format known as Binary-coded decimal (BCD).

True binary

True binary

   

 

Binary-coded decimal

Binary-coded decimal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To read a BCD clock add the values of each column of LEDs to get six decimal digits. This gives two decimal digits each for hours, minutes, and seconds.

Very geeky, I love my iPhone : )

If you want to know more about how to read a binary clock try http://enwikipedia.org/wiki/Binary_clock

And remember – There are 10 types of people in the world. Those who understand binary, and those who don’t.

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