Screening: “The Seeds of Doom” + (maybe) “Class” eps 1&2

Happy Halloween, everybody!

To celebrate, we’re screening one of the most chilling Who stories (and one of the best) ever made: From 1976, “The Seeds of Doom.”

After a centuries-old alien pod is discovered at an Arctic scientific base, the Doctor and Sarah are called in to investigate…but the plot of an insane botanist back in London unleashes the Krynoid, an alien life form that threatens to destroy all human life on the planet.

9/23 UPDATE: The BBC has announced that the first 2 episodes of the new Who spinoff “Class” (with Peter Capaldi guesting in the first ep) will debut online on our screening day, so hopefully (no promises) we’ll be able to show them before “Seeds”! We’ll be starting the screenings very close to 4 p.m., so please be on time! 

We’re at the Duck Club, so bring Halloween goodies for everyone! More food details will be announced shortly.

Big Finish Club – Spectre of Lanyon Moor, Apocalypse Element, & Holy Terror

Sad about no new Who for a while? Join us for our monthly Big Finish Audio Club! 

This month we’ll be discussing The Spectre of Lanyon Moor, The Apocalypse Element, & The Holy Terror – all 6th Doctor stories. Please listen to the stories prior to the meet-up, or you will be spoiled. 

Below are the links to Big Finish.

The Spectre of Lanyon Moor – https://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/the-spectre-of-lanyon-moor-633

In a desolate Cornish landscape littered with relics of prehistoric man, the Doctor and Evelyn uncover a catalogue of mysteries.

What is the secret of the fog? Can the moor be haunted by a demonic host of imps? And what is Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart doing in Pengriffen?

Teaming up with his old friend, the Doctor realises that an ancient conflict is nearing its conclusion – and Lanyon Moor is set to be the final battleground.

The Apocalypse Element – https://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/the-apocalypse-element-626

When the planet Archetryx is threatened by a Dalek assault squad, the Doctor and Evelyn become embroiled in an ever-deepening mystery. What has become of President Romana, missing for twenty years? What lurks in the vast gravity wells of Archetryx? What is the secret of the ancient element the Daleks are synthesising – and how does Gallifrey feature in the plans?

The Doctor finds that if his oldest enemies cannot conquer the universe they will watch it go up in flames…

The Holy Terror – https://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/the-holy-terror-637

The TARDIS lands in a forbidding castle in a time of religious upheaval. The old god has been overthrown, and all heretics are to be slaughtered. Obviously it isn’t the sort of thing which would happen there every day – just every few years or so.

And when the Doctor and Frobisher are hailed as messengers from heaven, they quickly become vital to opposing factions in their struggle for power. But will they be merely the acolytes of the new order – or will they be made gods themselves?

An evil destructive force is growing deep within the crypt. And the pair soon find out that they will be lucky to escape their new immortality with their lives.

Monthly Meetup – The Olde Ship, Santa Ana

Join us for British Pub Food, Beer and Lots of Fun!

If you love British food and drink in an authentic pub atmosphere, this is the place to be. Meet other members, learn about upcoming events, chat about all things Doctor Who, and maybe even take part in a Who-themed Pub Quiz for prizes!

To find the restaurant:

From the 5 (N or S), exit on 17th Street and head west. At Bristol, make a U-turn and head east, back toward the highway. The restaurant is 1/2 a block down on the right side, just past N Rosewood Ave. and just before the Clinica Del Sagrado Corazon building.

From the 22, exit Bristol south, and turn left on 17th street.

Call if you have trouble finding us: 949-466-8470

Bring cash to pay your portion – there will be no individual checks. If your plans change, please update your RSVP. We ask for 24 hour notice so we can update our reservation. Our no-show policy does apply. Thank you!

 

~TRTLoOC Team~

BBQ and Screening

Combining the end of Summer with our continuing journey through “Old Who” I thought we might look at the Second Doctor Patrick Troughton this month and the episode “Tomb of the Cybermen.” and reserve the BBQ grills at the Irvine Duck Club.

“Troughton may well have been the best Doctor of them all — but most of his best stories were junked, and we only have snippets. The exception is this Hammer Horror-tinged adventure, where an archeological expedition travels to the planet of the Cybermen to find out why they died out. The expedition finds the Cybermen’s final resting place and — not really a spoiler — the Cybermen aren’t quite so dead. This story features the Cybermen at their creepiest and most menacing. But also, Patrick Troughton is a revelation in this story: wily and cunning and sweet and mocking.”–Gizmodo http://goo.gl/JdLhWq

I will bring a Brita, plates, cups, utensils, condiments and an ice machine. As the description says we will have access to the BBQ so grilling foods are welcome. If there is time and a need (i.e. if I am not too busy hosting) I may be able to make a barely edible pizza or two. I’ve also been thinking of bringing my bread machine and making a mediocre cheesecake and/or pound cake (don’t get your hopes up–I won’t be putting The Cheescake Factory or Sara Lee out of business). Please post it in the comments what you are bringing to share so we have an idea of what’s coming.

Following directions from Google or other mapping websites can be misleading, I would reccomend confirming whatever directions you get against Irvine Ranch’s PDF map, you can find here: https://goo.gl/GSJ6ze

I may be there as early as 4 PM setting up, making ice, testing audio video equipment. I will announce in the comments if I have arrived early. If people want to come in and watch videos (eg. a marathon of Mr. Robot or Orphan Black, Gallifrey One panels or Comic-Con pictures) or just hangout; you are welcome to do so though please be aware I will be busy with setup at least initially.

DISCLAIMER: The Irvine Ranch Water District neither supports nor endorses the cause or activities of organizations which use the District’s facilities. The facilities are made available as a public service.

Big Finish Club – Genocide Machine. Fires of Vulcan, & Shadow of the Scourge

Sad about no new Who for a while? Join us for our monthly Big Finish Audio Club! 

This month we’ll be discussing “The Genocide Machine,” “The Fires of Vulcan,” & “The Shadow of the Scourge” – all 7th Doctor stories.

Below are the links to Big Finish.

“The Genocide Machine” – https://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/the-genocide-machine-625?range=111

The library on Kar-Charrat is one of the wonders of the Universe. It is also hidden from all but a few select species. The Doctor and Ace discover that the librarians have found a new way of storing data – a wetworks facility – but the machine has attracted unwanted attention, and the Doctor soon finds himself pitted against his oldest and deadliest enemies – the Daleks!

“The Fires of Vulcan” – https://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/the-fires-of-vulcan-635

Two thousand years ago, a volcanic eruption wiped the Roman city of Pompeii from the face of the Earth. It also buried the Doctor’s TARDIS…

Arriving in Pompeii one day before the disaster, the Doctor and Mel find themselves separated from their ship and entangled in local politics. As time runs out, they fight to escape from the shadow of Mount Vesuvius. But how can they succeed when history itself is working against them?

“The Shadow of the Scourge” – https://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/the-shadow-of-the-scourge-636

The Pinehill Crest Hotel in Kent is host to three very different events: a cross-stitch convention, an experiment in time travel and… the summoning of the scourge.

The Doctor, Bernice and Ace find themselves dealing with a dead body that’s come back to life, a mystical symbol that possesses its host, and a threat from another universe that’s ready for every trick the Doctor’s got up his sleeve.

This time, has the Doctor gone too far?

August Screening

The Duck Club is closed for August but we have the Community Meeting Room at Irvine Ranch Water District. Full on potlucks are not allowed it but we are allowed to bring drinks and finger foods (chips and the like). Concerns are for the persistence of food smells and stains on the carpet. As of now there are no plans for what is to be played. Last month we watched “An Unearthly Child” and “Genesis of the Daleks” just based on popular requests. Maybe we can do the same again or roll dice D&D style.

Monthly Meetup – The Olde Ship, Santa Ana

Join us for British Pub Food, Beer and Lots of Fun!

If you love British food and drink in an authentic pub atmosphere, this is the place to be. Meet other members, learn about upcoming events, chat about all things Doctor Who, and maybe even take part in a Who-themed Pub Quiz for prizes!

To find the restaurant:

From the 5 (N or S), exit on 17th Street and head west. At Bristol, make a U-turn and head east, back toward the highway. The restaurant is 1/2 a block down on the right side, just past N Rosewood Ave. and just before the Clinica Del Sagrado Corazon building.

From the 22, exit Bristol south, and turn left on 17th street.

Call if you have trouble finding us: 949-466-8470

Bring cash to pay your portion – there will be no individual checks. If your plans change, please update your RSVP. We ask for 24 hour notice so we can update our reservation. Our no-show policy does apply. Thank you!

 

~TRTLoOC Team~

Screening: Star Trek Beyond

Join us for Star Trek Beyond, the newest NuTrek! After an extremely dubious first trailer, the first reviews of early screenings have been fantastic! The screening we’ll be seeing is the 2:40 p.m. digital (not 3-D) screening, but we’ll be meeting in line at 2 p.m. Afterward we can grab dinner at one of the eateries in Bella Terra. The link for the Fandango tickets is here: https://tickets.fandango.com/transaction/ticketing/express/ticketboxoffice.aspx?row_count=136872944&mid=188462&tid=AATTF

You have to select a particular seat – I’ve started us at K-11, so try for something close to that.

See you there!

Big Finish Club – Storm Warning, Sword of Orion, & The Stones of Venice

After watching the Night of the Doctor, did you wonder who Charley was? The 8th Doctor mentioned her first, as one of his companions. This month we’ll be beginning the 8th Doctor’s main range audios and meet Charley and discussing “Storm Warning,” “Sword of Orion,” and “The Stones of Venice.”

Haven’t been attending and wonder if you can jump in? Of course! Still worried? Message me!

Below are the links to Big Finish.

Storm Warning – https://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/storm-warning-641

October, 1930. His Majesty’s Airship, the R101, sets off on her maiden voyage to the farthest-flung reaches of the British Empire, carrying the brightest lights of the Imperial fleet. Carrying the hopes and dreams of a breathless nation.

Not to mention a ruthless spy with a top-secret mission, a mysterious passenger who appears nowhere on the crew list, a would-be adventuress destined for the Singapore Hilton… and a Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey.

There’s a storm coming. There’s something unspeakable, something with wings, crawling across the stern. Thousands of feet high in the blackening sky, the crew of the R101 brace themselves. When the storm breaks, their lives won’t be all that’s at stake…

The future of the galaxy will be hanging by a thread.

Sword of Orion – 

https://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/sword-of-orion-642

The human race is locked in deadly combat with the ‘Android Hordes’ in the Orion System. Light years from the front line, the Doctor and Charley arrive to sample the dubious delights of a galactic backwater, little suspecting that the consequences of the Orion War might reach them there. But High Command’s lust for victory knows no bounds.

Trapped aboard a mysterious derelict star destroyer, the Doctor and Charley find themselves facing summary execution. But this is only the beginning of their troubles. The real danger has yet to awaken.

Until, somewhere in the dark recesses of the Garazone System, the Cybermen receive the signal for reactivation…

The Stones of Venice – 

https://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/the-stones-of-venice-643

The Doctor and Charley decide to take a well-deserved break from the monotony of being chased, shot at and generally suffering anti-social behaviour at the hands of others. And so they end up in Venice, well into Charley’s future, as the great city prepares to sink beneath the water for the last time…

Which would be a momentous, if rather dispiriting, event to witness in itself. However, the machinations of a love-sick aristocrat, a proud art historian and a rabid High Priest of a really quite dodgy cult combine to make Venice’s swansong a night to remember. And then there’s the rebellion by the web-footed amphibious underclass, the mystery of a disappearing corpse and the truth behind a curse going back further than curses usually do. The Doctor and Charley are forced to wonder just what they have got themselves involved with this time…

Saturday morning videos

This Saturday morning video event will be hosted by Ming, who will be playing a variety of videos (Gallifrey One videos, shows, movies, cartoons?) from his library. We can’t give you a list yet, but it’s a fun way to spend a Saturday!! Please bring your own food, snacks and drinks to share!