October 15th, 2013

doctor who

50 years of Who: 1980


The Horns of Nimon
The Leisure Hive
Full Circle
State of Decay

Doctor Who and the Underworld (4)
Doctor Who and the Invasion of Time (4)
Doctor Who and the Stones of Blood (4)
Doctor Who and the Androids of Tara (4)
Doctor Who and the Power of Kroll (4)
Doctor Who and the Armageddon Factor (4)
Doctor Who and the Keys of Marinus (1)
Doctor Who and the Nightmare of Eden (4)
Doctor Who and the Horns of Nimon (4)
Doctor Who and the Monster of Peladon (3)
K9 and the Time Trap
K9 and the Beasts of Vega
K9 and the Zeta Rescue
K9 and the Missing Planet
1981 Doctor Who Annual (4)

The first Who from 1980 that I encountered: As in 1974 we were out of the UK for much of the year, but back in time to catch the first episode of The Leisure Hive on 30 August. I was 13.

My favourite Who from 1980: It barely counts, but the punting scene from Shada.

Moving swiftly on from: Adric's attempt to be a vampire convert. (And, "Lord Niiiimoooon!")

So, what was your favourite of the above? What is the best bit? (And if you like, what is the worst bit?)

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A post for Ada Lovelace day: Nineteenth-century computers

This is a picture of the Harvard Computer Room in 1890. Can you see the computers?

There are eight of them in the picture. Seven of the computers are seated and the eighth, Williamina Fleming, is standing. She was the first woman to be given a formal appointment at Harvard. There were also computers at Greenwich and in Australia, and basically at any serious observatory. The Dudley Observatory in Albany, New York, had more computers than anywhere else.

As we all know, "computer" means a woman who worked in a nineteenth-century observatory, doing cutting-edge scientific work for little pay. I suppose that the word may have picked up other meanings since, partly thanks to Ada Lovelace, who we celebrate today.