Twilight of the Doctor: Series 8: Rumours, Gossip, Spoilers & More

Earlier last month, former Doctor Who Matt Smith announced that he was “really jealous” of successor Peter Capaldi.

Smith, who portrayed the eponymous Doctor from 2010 – 2013, told Calgary Expo Comic-Con visitors that upon hearing about series boss Steven Moffat’s plans for the upcoming episodes, he actually felt some misgivings about leaving the role.

“(I) Found out everything about the new series. It sounds really good! I was really jealous actually” he said.

dr who series 8This statement only served to whet the collective appetites of the science fiction show’s legions of adoring fans, as they eagerly anticipate the arrival of the latest series, which will be the first to star Capaldi.

Mark Gatiss, the writer behind Christopher Eccleston adventure ‘The Unquiet Dead’, David Tennant episode ‘The Idiot’s Lantern’ and Matt Smith outings ‘Victory to the Daleks’ (Spitfires in space! Yay!), ‘Night Terrors’, ‘Cold War’ and ‘The Crimson Horror’ has also teased fans by allowing us a little peek behind the curtain,

“I saw a little of Peter Capaldi in action and he is wonderful. I think it will be very exciting for everyone, because it is a more dangerous, more urgent Doctor. It has a side of crazy”.

Clearly, Gatiss, who has written for every incarnation of the character since the show’s 2005 revival (as well as appearing as an actor in the 2007 story ‘The Lazarus Experiment’), is already a fan.

“The series has already turned eight. It’s not new anymore. (…) Its time to do something more radical. I think it will be fantastic”, he told Adorocinema in March.

Speculation is absolutely rife as to what Series 8 (and especially Capaldi’s full-length debut) will bring, but the BBC is doing a spectacular job of keeping a lid on it (and a tight one at that!).

In one funny example, the Radio Times attempted to come off like they had some inside dirt on the new series, claiming to have a ‘source’ on the show. This ‘source’ however, is less of a mole than the show’s writers, producers, actors and official website, all of which regularly reveal more than this would-be ‘Deep Throat’ has, (or likely ever will).

Still, from the RT article (which did yield at least a couple of points of interest), we can discern that BBC bigwigs are very much behind Capaldi in the role and that Capaldi’s Doctor will be written and portrayed as

“More distanced from his assistant, more of a mystery. Less a mate, and someone she looks up to. She has to try and gauge him – but dramatically it’s very satisfying and onscreen they work very well together.”

The mysterious source also compares Capaldi’s Doctor with the performance of Jon Pertwee, who played The Doctor from 1970 – 1974, but also stresses that “he’s his own man – very distinctive”.

In any instance, Steven Moffat is certainly not fretting about losing his audience with the casting of a new Doctor. In fact, he believes that the arrival of a fresh new face in the role will actually gain the long-running series some new fans.

“We’ve cast one of the most beloved, one of the most distinguished – and one of the few Oscar winning – actors in the role of the doctor” he told SFX magazine.

“There will be people who will come and have a look just because it’s Peter Capaldi. We’ll tell them “You never thought this would be your show, but it is your show.”

A few leaked images have teased at least one new monster (which we covered here a few months back) and a smattering of casting choices have been announced, but that’s about it. At this rate, the entire nation, from the diehard to the casual fan, will be able to go in totally fresh.

The secret to the longevity and success of both the character and the show is the ability to occasionally change and shake things up. It looks as if this tradition is going to continue for a long time to come.



Nation Mourns Fundraiser Stephen Sutton

Stephen Sutton, the courageous 19-year-old cancer patient who raised more than £3Million for charity has sadly passed away.

Stephen’s story resonated with the hearts and minds of the British people once the news of his fundraising activities spread to social media. The Facebook post announcing his death was shared 120,000 times within an hour of going live.

However, Stephen’s good work has yet to end. Just two hours after the news was announced, Sutton’s fundraising page handled some £60,000 in donations. The total is now at £3.72 million and is still rising. 

Jane Sutton, Stephen’s mother, said in a statement that, “My heart is bursting with pride but breaking with pain for my courageous, selfless, inspirational son”.

Stephen SuttonStephen Sutton was diagnosed with terminal metastatic bowel cancer aged just 15. The young man drew up a ‘bucket list’ of things he wanted to do before he died. These included skydiving, hugging an elephant and getting a tattoo. He also played the drums before the Uefa Champions League Final at Wembley last year, performing for some 90,000 attending fans.

Sutton even broke a world record by getting 554 people to make a heart shaped hand gesture earlier this month.

His charity work began when he set himself the goal of raising £10,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust, but he did quite a bit better than that. Celebrities caught wind of Stephen’s selfless goals and pretty soon, publicity and money was flooding in. Comedian Jason Manford, one of Stephen’s strongest supporters, said that the young man “was the most inspiring person I’ve ever met and (he) touched more lives than he will ever know”


“In his darkest hour he selflessly dedicated his final moments to raising millions of pounds for teenagers with cancer”

The Teenage Cancer Trust, who received their largest ever donation from Stephen’s ‘Just Giving’ page said, “We are humbled and hugely grateful for what Stephen achieved and continues to achieve for us.”

On the page itself (, Stephen says,

“Hi! My name’s Stephen and I’m pretty much like your average teenager- except for the last three years now I’ve been battling cancer. The current opinion voiced by my doctors is that my disease is incurable, and as a result I want to spend as much time as possible raising funds for a charity very close to my heart”.

The introduction doesn’t dwell on the negative, but instead looks forward with a positive eye, which just about says it all, really.

The image that most people will have of Stephen Sutton is of a fresh faced; handsome young man giving two thumbs up to the camera. A breathing mask pulled to one side is unable to hide a kind and genuine smile. But for the hospital bed, it could be a candid holiday snap.

Stephen’s bravery in the face of hardship, together with his generosity of spirit and positive message, stands as an inspiration to us all.


What takes place when one of the earpieces stops functioning? very best solution here

There are many reasons for this everyday (yet absurdly nauseating) phenomenon. Typically, though, it is simply due to a loose wire and can often be set by pushing the cable in the direction of the earpiece and, if needs be, affixing it into place with a little electrical tape, super glue, or other glue.

Now and again, if ever the earpieces have an inline volume wheel, that may be the cause. That one is slightly trickier to mend, but you could always try the ‘wire trick’ described above and see if it works. If not, then open the volume controls and re-solder the wires into place (be warned, this may invalidate most warranties, so if the ‘phones remain covered, just send ‘em back and get replacements). 

Avoiding stuff like this happening in the future, it’s recommended to wrap your cables carefully and to avoid stressing your headphones. No, I do not mean that you should give Motorhead a rest and only play floaty, soothing New-Agey music on them, I mean that you should not have them in your back pocket when you sit down and it is best to remove them carefully from your ears after use (this will sound obvious, but you’d be astounded how many individuals just rip ‘em out).

Another thing to take care for is the jack, if ever the cable is fraying/wearing round the jack, then that will also be a problem. Luckily, like so many everything in life, a bit of electrical tape can really come in useful, just be sure that all the copper wiring is tightly bound and it should go back to standard usage in no time.

Now and then, however, it is simply an indication that the headphones are knackered and no quantity of skillful tinkering can mend them. Typically, in these cases, the challenge is inside. This particular variant on the trouble also catches headphones of any price range, be they Poundland specials or your year old Sennheiser Eargasm headset. I’m reminded of the Shakespeare quote from Hamlet, something about a king and the guts of a beggar, but I can not be bothered to look the entire thing up right now. You get the purpose I’m trying to make though, everything dies eventually, no matter just how much it cost you.

Which PC Tablets Work with Microsoft Office?

Asked by Donnie from Dover

I’m an Apple man myself, but I can certainly give you a broad overview of the best tablet PCs that are currently running Windows 8. Call it my gift to the underprivileged (JOKE!)

The Microsoft Surface is the obvious (and easy!) option to mention first. Upon its initial release, this tablet made a fair few friends, but it also made some enemies. However, even considering its flaws, the Surface is a frankly astonishing bit of kit. In fact, in my humble opinion, the hardware is actually far more impressive than the software. Still, if you’re looking for a Windows 8 tablet, then you really can’t go far wrong with this one, especially since it came down in price.

The Acer Iconia W700 is also a nifty bit of kit. It comes with a detachable dock and a (frankly lovely) detachable keyboard, plus, it is pretty tasty in terms of processing power and memory, actually doing a passable impression of a desktop (if you handle it right). This tablet is a nice little all-rounder, able to work efficiently on complicated tasks or simple jobs alike.

windows 8 tabetThe Acer Aspire P3, despite being ludicrously expensive, is also really nice. The keyboard is really well designed and the overall bodywork of this tablet feels stylish and professional. To make things even better, this tablet runs very quickly indeed.

Another impressive desktop-esque model (although one wonders what the point of that actually is) is the Sony Vaio Duo 11. The most divisive factor here is the inclusive keyboard. Rather than being detached, like most hybrid tablets (and practically everything on this list), this tablet actually has a keyboard as part of the casing. Which is fine, unless you are concerned about size and weight. Where you stand on the keyboard will likely determine where you stand on this tablet (well, either that or the gargantuan price tag).

In addition, Dell’s XPS range are all beautiful machines and should certainly be on your shortlist (budget permitting, of course).

All told, there are actually quite a few very good Windows 8 tablets out there. I’d suggest seeking out full reviews for these products before buying, but this list is just here to give you a few starting points.

Good luck, Donnie. 

Former Wrestling Champion Ultimate Warrior Dies at 54

Former WWE star The Ultimate Warrior has died aged 54. His death came just one day after he gave an eerily prophetic speech on WWE’s April 7th RAW broadcast and just a few days after he had been inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

One of the biggest stars in wrestling during the late 80’s and early 90’s, The Ultimate Warrior was noted for his energetic ring entrance, during which he would run at full speed down the entrance ramp and vigorously shake the ring ropes.

He was also well liked for his muscular physique, unique interview style and colourful face paint.

Warrior is perhaps best remembered for his victory over Hulk Hogan for the WWE (then WWF) Championship at WrestleMania VI in 1990. He also feuded with other notable stars like Andre The Giant, ‘Mr Perfect’ Curt Hennig, Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts, ‘Ravishing’ Rick Rude and ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage, amongst others. Warrior was also a two-time WWF Intercontinental Champion.

The Ultimate Warrior had been at odds with the WWE management for a number of years. However, his appearance in the recent WWE 2K14 video game, followed by his induction into the Hall of Fame earlier in the month, seemed to announce that any/all burned bridges had been mended prior to his death.

WWE released a statement a short while after Warrior’s death, stating that, “WWE is shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the passing of one of the most iconic WWE superstars ever, The Ultimate Warrior. (…) We are grateful that just days ago, Warrior had the opportunity to take his rightful place in the WWE Hall of Fame and was also able to appear at WrestleMania 30 and Monday Night Raw to address his legions of fans. WWE sends its sincere condolences to Warrior’s family, friends and fans.”

Tributes poured in from all corners of the wrestling business, including many who had been previously critical of Warrior’s actions or career. Wrestling stars Hulk Hogan, Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart, Mick Foley, Iron Shiek, Triple H and (current WWE Champion) Daniel Bryan are just some of the marquee names that offered their heartfelt messages to Warrior, his family and his fans.

Born Jim Hellwig in 1959, the man who would become known around the word as The Ultimate Warrior originally wanted to become a chiropractor. He took up bodybuilding as a hobby, entering several contests in the process and eventually transitioned from bodybuilding to professional wrestling in the mid 1980’s.

In various regional promotions Hellwig wrestled under the names Jim ‘Justice’ Hellwig, ‘Justice’ and ‘Blade Runner Rock’ – forming one half of the team The Blade Runners with ‘Blade Runner Flash’ (AKA Steve Borden, who would go onto greater fame as Sting in WCW and later TNA).

Hellwig also wrestled as ‘Dingo Warrior’ before joining the WWF and being re-packaged as The Ultimate Warrior in 1987.

As The Ultimate Warrior, Jim Hellwig was an instant success, being promoted to the top of the card and becoming the WWF Intercontinental Champion in 1988. In 1990, he became WWF Champion for the first and only time in his career.

He departed WWF in 1991 after losing the championship to Sgt. Slaughter and following a series of contractual disputes. Warrior briefly returned to the WWF in 1992 and 1996, although neither stint matched the success of his first run with the company. Although The Ultimate Warrior surfaced in rival promotion WCW in 1998, his run only lasted for four matches.

His final match was in 2008, where he wrestled former WWE and TNA wrestler Orlando Jordan in Spain, winning the Nu-Wrestling Evolution (NWE) Championship from him. 

In his final televised speech, Warrior addressed the WWE fans in the voice of his wrestling persona.

“No WWE talent becomes a legend on their own”. He began, “Every man’s heart one day beats its final beat; his lungs breathe their final breath. And if what that man did in his life makes the blood pulse through the body of others and makes them believe deeper in something larger than life, then his essence, his spirit, will be immortalized by the storytellers, by the loyalty, by the memory. You, you, you, you, you, you are the legend makers of Ultimate Warrior. In the back I see many potential legends. Some of them with warrior spirits. And you will do the same for them. You will decide if they lived with the passion and intensity. So much so that you will tell your stories and you will make them legends, as well. I am Ultimate Warrior. You are the Ultimate Warrior fans. And the spirit of The Ultimate Warrior will run forever!”

‘Wrestling Observer’ founder and world-renowned wrestling expert Dave Meltzer said of Warrior that “Warrior and Hogan represented that period, the era of the big bodybuilders and he was a huge, muscular guy (…) He connected well with kids and was a massive superstar at the time” 

Meltzer continued, making reference to Warrior’s daughters, aged 11 and 13, who joined their Dad onstage for the Hall of Fame ceremony. “I didn’t know him personally, but you could tell he lived for those kids (…) After the [induction ceremony], everybody got together and whatnot, but he disappeared to be with his kids.”

The Ultimate warrior left a unique imprint in the annals of professional wrestling and he will never be forgotten.

Is Extraterrestrial Life Living Underground?

The relatively recent discovery of life deep under the Earth’s surface has led some scientists to speculate that extraterrestrial life may also live below the surfaces of other planets.

Sean McMahon, a PHD student at the University of Aberdeen and leader of a team researching this theory, believes that the scientific community should be considering more planets with liquid water beneath the surface to be potentially habitable by alien organisms. To this end, McMahon and his team created a computer model that estimates the temperature below the surface of a planet, given the body’s size and relative distance from the sun. The results were surprising.

The model demonstrates that the habitable zone of an Earth-like planet is actually three times larger than previously considered, if potential underground habitats (specifically the top 5KM) are included as a possibility.

Scientifically, this theory is very valid. There are many organisms that live below the Earth’s surface, the deepest point that life has been found under our surface was 5.3KM, but scientists believe that life could exist as far below as 10KM.

In 2011, South African miners discovered 2.4 Metre long nematodes living at a depth of 1.3KM. The so-called ‘worms from hell’ are living proof that in the words of ‘Jurassic Park’s Ian Malcolm “life will find a way”. Extremeophiles, organisms that survive in incredibly hostile environments, have been discovered in places as disparate as active volcanoes, deep under ground and, amazingly, below the seafloor.

Is it too crazy to assume that similar creatures exist on other planets as well?

In fact, it seems even crazier to think that nobody ever considered it before.

Dr. Norman Sleep, a geophysicist with Stanford University in the US, thinks this idea is viable. He uses Mars as just one tantalizing example “A planet like Mars was clement at the start and could have evolved photosynthesis before freezing at the surface” he told science magazine ‘Science Uncovered’.

The most exceptional thing about this theory is that NASA’s Curiosity Rover, which is currently surveying the surface of the Red Planet, could be in a position to find evidence of this.

However, it is important for scientists (and journalists!) not to get carried away by this idea. “We have only recently started to discover this type of life on Earth,” he told Science Uncovered.

What (if any) evidence can be collected to validate this amazing new theory remains to be seen. 

Manning Manufacture: Radios in Manufacturing

Modern manufacturing is a tough and competitive world. It is a world where only the strong survive, while the weak go and find an easier career. The widespread adoption of new principles in this area, as well as the general expansion experienced by an always in-demand service, has led to an even harder, more competitive global industry than ever before.

In this new, hard-edged manufacturing world, management teams and boards of directors are looking for anything that can give them an advantage over the competition. Computer systems have enabled automatic functions that improve performance, while new ways of managing production have allowed faster, more efficient manufacturing to take place.

However, the one technology that no company can do without is the two-way radio.

A modern factory is a complex hub of activity, creation and hard work. With the use of two-way radio technology, supervisors are able to interact with management, whilst staff are able to interact with supervisors and security teams, for their part, are able to keep everyone safe.

Health and safety is paramount in such an environment and two-way radios are a vital component in the process of ensuring a workforce that is safe from harm of any kind.

In order for such a difficult process to run smoothly enough to compete, workers, supervisors and managers keep in touch via two-way radio. It is a technology that has proven itself time and time again.

Fast, efficient and easy to use, the two-way radio allows for instant communication between employees. It is easy to train people to use a two way, as functions are simple, with very few possible mistakes (especially for staff used to operating complex machinery and equipment). In addition, two-way sound quality is generally very good and the equipment is always reliable. With two-way radios in constant use, all levels of a manufacturing company are able to interact quickly and easily. While we’re on the subject, the rugged design of a modern radio is perfectly suited to the hustle and bustle of a busy factory floor.

Global manufacturing is an industry of dedication, sweat and a high-pressure working environment at all levels, but it is also a very rewarding and wholly important way to make a living.

Everyone around the world needs things made, they need them made well and they usually need them sooner, as opposed to than later. Two-way radios simply make the job easier, safer, quicker and more efficient. What could be wrong with that?