June 29th, 2018


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World Cup, Second Round, Day One

Poll #2082711 World Cup, Second Round, Day One

Who will win the first match on Saturday?

France will beat Argentina
Argentina will beat France

Who will win the second match on Saturday?

Uruguay will beat Portugal
Portugal will beat Uruguay

You should be able to vote using your Facebook or Twitter account, even if you aren't on Livejournal.

Yesterday nobody called all four matches correctly. redfiona99 and I failed to foresee Poland's victory, but got the other three right, whereas coughingbear and hano hoped in vain for England not to lose against Belgium, but predicted the other three results.

The state of play after the first round is as follows:

N %
nwhyte 27 48 56%
johnny9fingers 20 42 48%
vilakins 19 42 45%
redfiona99 16 34 47%
trepkos 16 34 47%
coughingbear 11 18 61%
drplokta 10 24 42%
yiskah 8 13 62%
mount_oregano 8 16 50%
sevenorora 8 18 44%
hano 7 13 54%
pseudomantid 6 9 67%
po8crg 5 6 83%
dave_gallaher 3 3 100%
slemslempike 3 9 33%
huskyteer 3 13 23%
infinitemonkeys 2 3 67%
busarewski 2 4 50%
strange_complex 1 1 100%
lexin 1 3 33%
liliaeth 1 3 33%
tournesolavande 1 3 33%
sekvo 1 4 25%
arwel_p 0 1 0%

The Fifth Doctor Box Set: Psychodrome by Jonathan Morris, Iterations of I by John Dorney

This is a set of two Big Finish plays released in 2014, featuring the full early Fifth Doctor line-up - Peter Davison, Sara Sutton, Janet Fielding and for the first time Matthew Waterhouse.

The first story, Psychodrome by Jonathan Morris, is explicitly set immediately after Castrovalva, and features a complex narrative of the Tardis crew dealing with their own images of each other. The guest cast are put through their paces, each of them having to play three different roles - particularly Robert Whitelock, who does three different Doctor-substitutes as perceived by the others. As Peter Davison points out in the extras, it's good to have a bridging narrative from the uneasy relationships at the end of Castrovalva to the relative comfort of later stories.

I spotted Iterations of I in my St Patrick's Day post of Doctor Who stories set in Ireland, of which the vast majority are Big Finish audios. It's set between Black Orchid and Earthshock, Adric in his hubris attempting to pilot the Tardis and ending up on an island off the Irish coast where the crew become involved with a missing person investigation, a strange cult and the awful prospect of sentient numbers, a gonzo concept which is well-used by not being too deeply explored. The wonderful Sinead Keenan is the lead female guest, sadly not depicted on the cover. There's no particular reason for this story to be set in Ireland, but there's no reason why not either.

You can get them both here.