Blue Box Rocks: A Doctor Who Re-Watch Show

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03/29/2022

of the day: A Stroll in Blee.

A small game in which the protagonist navigates about the town of Blee, going on mini quests and interacting with people, buildings, and the history of the town.

I want to use it as a tool to take a very 10,000 foot high view of the history of Virginia from the 1800s to today, both negative and positive. I want to cover the racial history of the 1600s to today, the hidden ultra-rich people that live in this area, and fairly modern things like the transformation of the railroad into a walking trail, and the coke bottling plant, etc.

I want this game to last 1-3 hours, so this will all be a very brief look at the area.

10/23/2021

Today, we count down every single Doctor Who serial, from 1963 to 1996, based on results of the Big Doctor Who Poll, which ran in the past two months.Social:...

ROY KENT!! Pre-Ted Lasso!
10/18/2021

ROY KENT!! Pre-Ted Lasso!

Besides offering you a glimpse of Brent Goldstein just before he starred on Ted Lasso, what does The Tsuranga Conundrum have to offer? Find out in under 5 mi...

Just Uploaded: Blue Box Rocks  #3, my review of White Witch of Devil's End. It currently holds the second-lowest rating ...
10/17/2021

Just Uploaded: Blue Box Rocks #3, my review of White Witch of Devil's End. It currently holds the second-lowest rating of 4.7 out of 10, placing it above only one other episode from Doctor Who. I very briefly go into some of the details of this production, and whether it's worth giving White Witch a watch.

This is my 5-ish minute review of White Witch of Devil's End, a six-part serial that acts as a sequel to the 1971 Doctor Who serial "The Daemons", featuring ...

It's time for Episode  #2 of Shorty Reviews!This time it's also Doctor  #2, Patrick Troughton, in The Space Pirates from...
10/13/2021

It's time for Episode #2 of Shorty Reviews!

This time it's also Doctor #2, Patrick Troughton, in The Space Pirates from early 1969. Prepare for the 6-episode serial containing the lowest-rated episode of the primary Doctor Who canon from 1963 until 2020!

Does The Space Pirates deserve the anti-praise? Why is Aaron filming vertically? And, will he ever stop saying Uh or Um? Exactly 1/3 of those questions will be answered in episode 0002!

It's time for Blue Box Rocks Shorty Review #2 - The Space Pirates! Arrr mateys! Yes, it's the serial containing the lowest rated episode of Doctor Who for ov...

10/11/2021

So I started this review show with much more detail in mind, like setting up the right studio lighting, running a sort of rudimentary teleprompter, a nice microphone... and I stalled.

Part of it was the daunting prospect of watching a 6-episode serial of classic Doctor Who that contained one episode considered the worst episode of Doctor Who primary canon, which is basically anything produced at least partially-directly by the BBC.

But most of it was the editing. And re-records. And framing. Just all of it. It was too much, too fast, and when I stress out about stuff, my ADD kicks in, and I move onto other things, important things, like playing yet another scenario of Civilization 1, or Skyrim, to de-stress.

But thanks to a SkillShare by Colin Stuckert, I got the nudge to realize that simply producing content is more important initially. The quality will get incrementally better as time goes by. And hopefully, my comfort with the whole thing will increase with my confidence, and I can start adding more in-studio time and so on.

I have my second episode scripted, and I just need to record it on my off-time today, on Native American / Indigenous Peoples Day in Virginia, USA. So stay tuned for Space Pirates, sometime this week!

I recently switched up format, and I'm doing really short reviews on Doctor Who episodes / serials / movies, in rough-or...
10/11/2021

I recently switched up format, and I'm doing really short reviews on Doctor Who episodes / serials / movies, in rough-order from lowest-rated to highest-rated on a particular ratings site. This is episode 1, covering the lowest rated episode in Doctor Who media from 1963 to the present: Orphan 55, an episode from 2020. Does it deserve this vitriol?

This is my super-short review for the lowest rated episode in all of Doctor Who media. Does it deserve the hate? Find out my opinion, in under 4 minutes.

While I was trying to find out which railroad station the Scooby Gang come across in the tunnels of Orphan 55, this ad c...
07/10/2021

While I was trying to find out which railroad station the Scooby Gang come across in the tunnels of Orphan 55, this ad came up, and being the lowest rated Doctor Who story, I thought it was funny.

A wonderfully rendered background picture for my next post.
07/10/2021

A wonderfully rendered background picture for my next post.

I re-did the intro to Blue Box Rocks, and I'm hoping to post the first episode on Monday. The focus: a re-watch and meas...
07/10/2021

I re-did the intro to Blue Box Rocks, and I'm hoping to post the first episode on Monday. The focus: a re-watch and measured review of the 2nd Era episode Orphan 55, from 2020. I hope you'll join me! Thanks for watching!

07/10/2021

So, I finally got around to creating a YouTube channel to coincide with this page! Also, I'll be changing the name of this page, because I feel as if the lowest rated episodes of Doctor Who on certain sites are NOT the worst episodes of the series, and in fact are episodes I find myself watching and rewatching now and again! So, welcome to Blue Box Rocks!

DOCTOR WHO WORST-TO-BEST  #10: Finally, we're done bashing the 13th Doctor for a moment! And onto unfairly bashing on on...
10/09/2020

DOCTOR WHO WORST-TO-BEST #10: Finally, we're done bashing the 13th Doctor for a moment! And onto unfairly bashing on one of my very favorite doctors, #7, portrayed by Sylvester McCoy, the master at turning s**t dialogue into high art. He deserved SO much better than he got, and this 4 30-minute episode serial (which only averaged a score of 5.05/10 on IMDB) is actually one of my favorite regeneration episodes. The Doctor has hodgepodge amnesia, and the only person there to help him through it is a baddie who's only goal is to use The Doctor's scientific knowledge to finish an evil device. It's a fun spin on the whole thing. I give the serial an 8/10. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0562978/?ref_=ttep_ep1 https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6su7yh

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Note: I posted this in October, 2020... and I've softened a bit on a rewatch. Or 3. Yeah, I've been rewatching this one ...
10/09/2020

Note: I posted this in October, 2020... and I've softened a bit on a rewatch. Or 3. Yeah, I've been rewatching this one a lot just to determine how I want to swing this show. And I have to say, it's gotten both better and worse in the reviewing, but mostly better. One other thing of note: I found it very easy to rewatch this episode. Like easier than anything I've attempted from the 6th Doctor's era. This episode is very FARRR from perfect, but it doesn't deserve the beating I gave below, about 9 months ago:

DOCTOR WHO WORST-TO-BEST #3... so it comes to this. My new term for utter s**te is "Ed Hime", the credited "writer" of this episode. Uh, so many logic fails in this episode. Doctor to security officer: "You should stay here, while people are dying out there!"; many people obviously dying. Doctor, in what I assume is mental dialogue: "Oh my gosh! What do we do? Let's just not take any actions, at all!" One citizen is outside the gates, you have 2 soldiers, 1 truck, and all the survivors, to risk 1 person, in an unknown and dangerous territory, with native creatures that are capable of killing like 3/4 of the humanoid population...and also, there's underground tunnels that you could have used the entire freaking time to get out there instead of taking the truck, but yeah, let's just take EVERYBODY on this su***de mission, for lulz! Oh, and whoever organized establishment shots for the episode should be shot. It's like the baddies all suddenly POP into a space like 20 meters from the heroes. This is literally worse than the writing and directing from many episodes of the 7th Doctor's era. I really wanted to give this a higher score than the current 4.3, but oh man, this was such a failure of potential. Even on an obviously low budget, and given the time between series, 1) write a logical scenario that places all the principle actors in danger, either by splitting them up for different tasks or together by being chased out of the safe zone (and hell, steal plot points from Aliens 1986 if you need to, since the alien costumes and dripping goop from the fangs is definitely borrowing from that source), and 2) put the actors and the freaking aliens in the same shots! There's no sense of urgency or danger when they're completely different shots! Just...man, it makes me want to move to Cardiff, because I can freaking do better than this POS episode! The actors deserve better than this!

Orphan 55: Directed by Lee Haven Jones. With Jodie Whittaker, Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole, Mandip Gill. Having decided that everyone could do with a holiday, Graham accidentally teleports himself, the Doctor Yasmin and Ryan to a luxury resort for a spot of rest and relaxation. However, they discover t...

DOCTOR WHO WORST-TO-BEST  #2: The Runaway. Rated 7.3/10 on IMDB as a stand-alone entry, but only 3.3/10 as an entry unde...
10/09/2020

DOCTOR WHO WORST-TO-BEST #2: The Runaway. Rated 7.3/10 on IMDB as a stand-alone entry, but only 3.3/10 as an entry under the Doctor Who series specials. This is a VR game for kids, like those 5D rides at amusement parks. There's not much real consequences as a result of your actions as far as I can tell, but it'd be a lot of fun for a young Whovian. I rated it a 6/10.

Jodie Whittaker voices The Doctor in this interactive animated VR short story. Doctor Who: The Runaway is developed by Paris-based studio Innerspace VR for P...

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of the day: A Stroll in Blee.

A small game in which the protagonist navigates about the town of Blee, going on mini quests and interacting with people, buildings, and the history of the town.

I want to use it as a tool to take a very 10,000 foot high view of the history of Virginia from the 1800s to today, both negative and positive. I want to cover the racial history of the 1600s to today, the hidden ultra-rich people that live in this area, and fairly modern things like the transformation of the railroad into a walking trail, and the coke bottling plant, etc.

I want this game to last 1-3 hours, so this will all be a very brief look at the area.
ROY KENT!! Pre-Ted Lasso!
Just Uploaded: Blue Box Rocks #3, my review of White Witch of Devil's End. It currently holds the second-lowest rating of 4.7 out of 10, placing it above only one other episode from Doctor Who. I very briefly go into some of the details of this production, and whether it's worth giving White Witch a watch.
It's time for Episode #2 of Shorty Reviews!

This time it's also Doctor #2, Patrick Troughton, in The Space Pirates from early 1969. Prepare for the 6-episode serial containing the lowest-rated episode of the primary Doctor Who canon from 1963 until 2020!

Does The Space Pirates deserve the anti-praise? Why is Aaron filming vertically? And, will he ever stop saying Uh or Um? Exactly 1/3 of those questions will be answered in episode 0002!
So I started this review show with much more detail in mind, like setting up the right studio lighting, running a sort of rudimentary teleprompter, a nice microphone... and I stalled.

Part of it was the daunting prospect of watching a 6-episode serial of classic Doctor Who that contained one episode considered the worst episode of Doctor Who primary canon, which is basically anything produced at least partially-directly by the BBC.

But most of it was the editing. And re-records. And framing. Just all of it. It was too much, too fast, and when I stress out about stuff, my ADD kicks in, and I move onto other things, important things, like playing yet another scenario of Civilization 1, or Skyrim, to de-stress.

But thanks to a SkillShare by Colin Stuckert, I got the nudge to realize that simply producing content is more important initially. The quality will get incrementally better as time goes by. And hopefully, my comfort with the whole thing will increase with my confidence, and I can start adding more in-studio time and so on.

I have my second episode scripted, and I just need to record it on my off-time today, on Native American / Indigenous Peoples Day in Virginia, USA. So stay tuned for Space Pirates, sometime this week!
I recently switched up format, and I'm doing really short reviews on Doctor Who episodes / serials / movies, in rough-order from lowest-rated to highest-rated on a particular ratings site. This is episode 1, covering the lowest rated episode in Doctor Who media from 1963 to the present: Orphan 55, an episode from 2020. Does it deserve this vitriol?
While I was trying to find out which railroad station the Scooby Gang come across in the tunnels of Orphan 55, this ad came up, and being the lowest rated Doctor Who story, I thought it was funny.
A wonderfully rendered background picture for my next post.
I re-did the intro to Blue Box Rocks, and I'm hoping to post the first episode on Monday. The focus: a re-watch and measured review of the 2nd Era episode Orphan 55, from 2020. I hope you'll join me! Thanks for watching!
So, I finally got around to creating a YouTube channel to coincide with this page! Also, I'll be changing the name of this page, because I feel as if the lowest rated episodes of Doctor Who on certain sites are NOT the worst episodes of the series, and in fact are episodes I find myself watching and rewatching now and again! So, welcome to Blue Box Rocks!
DOCTOR WHO WORST-TO-BEST #10: Finally, we're done bashing the 13th Doctor for a moment! And onto unfairly bashing on one of my very favorite doctors, #7, portrayed by Sylvester McCoy, the master at turning s**t dialogue into high art. He deserved SO much better than he got, and this 4 30-minute episode serial (which only averaged a score of 5.05/10 on IMDB) is actually one of my favorite regeneration episodes. The Doctor has hodgepodge amnesia, and the only person there to help him through it is a baddie who's only goal is to use The Doctor's scientific knowledge to finish an evil device. It's a fun spin on the whole thing. I give the serial an 8/10. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0562978/?ref_=ttep_ep1 https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6su7yh
Note: I posted this in October, 2020... and I've softened a bit on a rewatch. Or 3. Yeah, I've been rewatching this one a lot just to determine how I want to swing this show. And I have to say, it's gotten both better and worse in the reviewing, but mostly better. One other thing of note: I found it very easy to rewatch this episode. Like easier than anything I've attempted from the 6th Doctor's era. This episode is very FARRR from perfect, but it doesn't deserve the beating I gave below, about 9 months ago:

DOCTOR WHO WORST-TO-BEST #3... so it comes to this. My new term for utter s**te is "Ed Hime", the credited "writer" of this episode. Uh, so many logic fails in this episode. Doctor to security officer: "You should stay here, while people are dying out there!"; many people obviously dying. Doctor, in what I assume is mental dialogue: "Oh my gosh! What do we do? Let's just not take any actions, at all!" One citizen is outside the gates, you have 2 soldiers, 1 truck, and all the survivors, to risk 1 person, in an unknown and dangerous territory, with native creatures that are capable of killing like 3/4 of the humanoid population...and also, there's underground tunnels that you could have used the entire freaking time to get out there instead of taking the truck, but yeah, let's just take EVERYBODY on this su***de mission, for lulz! Oh, and whoever organized establishment shots for the episode should be shot. It's like the baddies all suddenly POP into a space like 20 meters from the heroes. This is literally worse than the writing and directing from many episodes of the 7th Doctor's era. I really wanted to give this a higher score than the current 4.3, but oh man, this was such a failure of potential. Even on an obviously low budget, and given the time between series, 1) write a logical scenario that places all the principle actors in danger, either by splitting them up for different tasks or together by being chased out of the safe zone (and hell, steal plot points from Aliens 1986 if you need to, since the alien costumes and dripping goop from the fangs is definitely borrowing from that source), and 2) put the actors and the freaking aliens in the same shots! There's no sense of urgency or danger when they're completely different shots! Just...man, it makes me want to move to Cardiff, because I can freaking do better than this POS episode! The actors deserve better than this!
DOCTOR WHO WORST-TO-BEST #2: The Runaway. Rated 7.3/10 on IMDB as a stand-alone entry, but only 3.3/10 as an entry under the Doctor Who series specials. This is a VR game for kids, like those 5D rides at amusement parks. There's not much real consequences as a result of your actions as far as I can tell, but it'd be a lot of fun for a young Whovian. I rated it a 6/10.