10 December 2012

The Gallifreyian Army Knife

Ever wonder about all the uses of the Doctor's Sonic Screwdriver? Like exactly how many doors he's opened or how many things he's scanned.

A few years back I created a vid that attempted to mark every use of the Doctor's screwdriver. It was an effort that, quite literally, wore me out creating it. But I did finish it. It ends with the Eleventh Doctor's story, A Christmas Carol. If you like, you can watch the vid below. The vid is 7 minutes and 52 seconds long. What! There were a lot of uses...

A Little More Sonic 2.0


A Little More Sonic 2.0 from greenpear on Vimeo.

Viewing this vid again got me to thinking that it might be interesting to actually map out all these uses into a network. I want to view each of the Doctor's different uses, not just about the total uses.

Nine is known for using his for mostly opening doors. Ten did that but many additional functions began popping up. Eleven seems to love using it to scan everything in existence. (And just where is the display Eleven keeps looking at after he scans something?)

I Don't Need No Stinkin' Screwdriver

It is interesting to look back at the time after John Nathan-Turner got rid of the thing and made the Doctor actually have to think his way out of a predicament. Not that I was a fan of getting rid of it back then. There were times you forgot the Doctor actually had the thing. Some times it wasn't seen for a story or two. Amazing! Nowadays it doesn't get seen for a minute or two. Actually, I'd like to see some sort of happy medium for its use.

A Little Bit of This and a Little Bit of That

I think the blogger Jay Kristoff -Literary Giant shows a little more hatred for it that most people but he does have a wonderful graphic.



I have heard more than one person refer to it in terms of A Magic Wand that can do whatever is necessary at crisis time. Another person called it the Doctor's Deux Ex Machina. Yet another term is a get-out-of-everything-free card.

Yea, it's all that and more nowadays.

Sonic Screwdriver Toothbrush

So maybe this is more up your alley.



Real Life

And now Scientists, at the University of Dundee, claim to have invented their own version of Doctor Who's famous sonic screwdriver.

Like Doctor Who's own device, our sonic screwdriver is capable of much more than just spinning things around
This should make an interesting party gag...

Okay, enough of the fun and games. Let's talk about the real subject of this blog. Networking stuff from Doctor Who.

The Planned Network

Okay, back to the point of this entry.

So the plan is to take the data from the vid and transfer it into the analysis program, add in the uses from next next two series (when the second part of series 7 airs), and see what pretty pictures useful network data I get from it. Hopefully I will be able to use the spreadsheet I originally made for the vid and convert it into a dataset for the network program. that would certainly make things easier.

I'm not entirely sure what information I'm going for yet in this analysis. And it's always a good thing to know where the finish line is. So it's a project that in the embreo stage and won't be started on till I have a clearer picture of the type of results I'm looking for.

But as with everything connected to this show, there is so much data it's hard not to finc interesting connections everywhere you look.

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