788 – Her Drawing Olympics | Sleeping With Doctor Who S2E12
Drawing you off to dreamland with a recap of an Olympic opening episode.
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, friends beyond the binary, my patron peeps, it's time for the podcast or – I don't know if I'm the best thing since sliced bread. Or spriced br – Well, it was. I thought of spriced bread. A sprace bread. Ed. I don't know, patrons. I don't know what I'm talking about, I know you're the ones that keep the show going, though, so here we go. Hey, are you up all night tossing, turning, mind racing, trouble with getting to sleep, trouble staying asleep? Well welcome. This is Sleep With Me, the podcast that puts you to sleep. We do it through bedtime story. All's you need to do is get in bed, turn out the lights, and press play.
I'm going to do the rest where I'm going to attempt to do is create a safe place where you could sit aside whatever's keeping you awake whether it's the thoughts, feelings, physicals, you know anything physical. So things you're thinking about, things you're experiencing emotionally, physically feeling. Where you might be. You know, you could be traveling, someone else could be traveling. You could be a student, you could work the second or the third shift. You could be getting ready for –
Whatever it is, I'd like to take your mind off of that. It's really the gist of the show is it's take your mind off of things while you fall asleep. To keep you company as you drift off into dream land. Like, I don't usually use this word “facilitate”, but to create a safe place to facilitate all that. And it's really an important part of it is, even though it's like a TOTM, a safe place, it's not really a TOTM. Theater of the mind is what TOTM stands for. But you know, it's a joint safe place that I'm carving out here and kind of saying, “Here. Here's plenty of room” and the other ways I try to facilitate it are st – I guess I, whoa Scoots. Hold on with the – establish-ation before facilitation.
And I say chim chimney, chim chimney or chim chim cheree for sure. What I'm going to do is I'm going to send my voice across the deep, dark night. I'm going to use lulling, soothing, creaky dulcet tones. Pointless meanders, nonsense, and nonsense words or words that are contextually nonsensical. Like you say, “Well, you know for a chimney sweep or a character in a musical or an actor or actress in a musical, chim chimney chim chimney chim chim cheree makes sense.” In the middle of a sleep podcast, when you were talking about something else, that somehow you already forgot about. Oh, I don't even know. Nonsense words or whatever. Oh, no, that was my nonsense word.
Okay, again, mixed up. But what I'm going to do is I'm going to send my voice against oh, nonsense words, that's what – or nonsensically yeah, send my voice against the deep. Lulling, soothing, tones. Pointless meanders. And kind of like a – not just – there's a part of it that's nonsensical in a way to try to deflate the intensity of bedtime, to dial it down. You can hear me breathing, you know, to give some levity. To give you some room not just to breathe, but to unwind, to get some distance, and then to drift off.
You're here, maybe because you heard about this podcast. Maybe a regular listener. Glad you're here. Maybe this is your second or third time or, you know, maybe you occasionally use this show. But maybe you're – I don't know if you're here because you're having trouble getting to sleep, falling asleep, staying asleep, in the middle of sleep, whatever it is. You deserve some rest.
I mean, if you're here for a good night's sleep, you deserve that. If you're here for a break during the day, you deserve some room there to breathe too. And that's really why I'm here. Is to help. Now, this doesn't work for everybody so if you're new and you're approaching the show with a healthy dose of skepticism or even an extra – you know, and then you say, and a couple extra tablespoons of skepticism, totally makes sense. Like maybe you heard about this podcast and you said, “What is it? It's a sleep podcast? Okay.” And maybe this is already a little divergent from your expectations. It's a little bit different, yeah. For sure.
And, you know, who am I to kind of – Well, I've been there. That's why I make this show. Also my thoughts tend to be disjointed, so… That may be, make you more skeptical at first. So all I can say is give it a few tries. Let me, if you're new, let me give you a couple of other pieces of information. Structurally, the show starts off with a few minutes of business, that's how we keep the show free and goin' over six years. So thanks everybody. More important for regular listeners. If you're new, just kind of like whatever, thanks for listening to that.
Then there's an intro. Now we're probably a couple minutes into the intro. The intro is like the wind-down portion of the show or, you know, for some listeners and maybe this is me being, you know, idealizing things, because there's no wrong way to use this podcast, but you know, I am a hopeless romantic when it comes to bedtime routines. I wish I had, you know, I wish I – Sorry, I just goofin' at my – Anyway, my bedtime routine unfortunately is hopelessly non-romantic. I guess I get caught in my own pun. As exposed by an accidental pun.
But, what was I saying. In my romantic version of it, which is much like my romantic bedtime anyways, I picture listeners that kind of start the show, or there's like listeners that take care of dogs, either in a professional or volunteer sense. Like at a lot of places there's animals, people play the podcast. Now that's really romantic to me. I mean in like a – I love animals and knowing the podcast is playing is, you know, they wind down for the night and put their heads down. That really is touching to me.
But also kind of just seeing listeners brushing their teeth and they kind of bare – you know, you can't really hear that great when you're brushing your teeth, but that's kind of, you know, you don't really need to hear me that great. And then the, you know, the fly deal, you floss – yep thanks, dentists everywhere are actually giving me applause. Everybody, all my listeners floss. Of course, dentists. You know, then maybe you do the rest of your skin care routine. If you do any – You know, I'm big on the – I actually don't. I'm aspirationally, one day, not only will I have a skin care routine, I'll have a elbow routine. I don't know why I, again, romanticize balming elbows, but I do.
In whole time this intro is playing, and then the listener gets into bed maybe, and maybe they're paging through something or maybe they're doing – you know, I guess you could journal while you listen to this podcast but as I said, maybe you're doodling, you know, getting your temperature set, getting your blankets set, maybe dimming the lights and so the intro for a lot of the listeners is part of the lying down, I guess is my point. Statistically speaking, like I think 2 or 3% of people skip the intro to about 18 minutes and start the show there.
And do some listeners fall asleep during the intro? And I think a lot of listeners become patrons you know, that way it keeps the show going. And so some new people like, when you're new, the intro kind of – it can definitely throw you off because it's not super efficient. Just because I've found bedtime and getting to bed isn't efficient. So it's about a 12 or 14 minute wind-down where I just kind of try to explain the podcast and slow, easy motion, get lost in my discursive thinking. Try to come up with goofy metaphors, then I forget what metaphor I made at the beginning of the show. That already happened.
Then I'll try to come up with another metaphor and maybe talk to imaginary friends, take phone calls from imaginary beings, which feel to me very real. A lot of friendly banter. So that's the intro. But it's a big part of the show for a lot of listeners and it's kind of something that's grown out of listener feedback. And, you know, it's optional like to regular listeners know that…
So that's the intro. Then tonight after the intro we'll have – there's some business talk between the intro and the show. Again, you're winding down, keeps the show going. Then tonight we'll be talking about Dr. Who, I think season two episode 11 or 12 – probably, yeah, somewhere in there. The episode with the Olympics in it. And it'll be very indirect discussion of the episode, not really any spoilers, not really any points, we'll just talk about road work and crayons and things like that.
So it kind of barely resembles the original episode, maybe talk about some stuff I had to look up and say, “Huh. I wonder what that meant” or, “Oh, they just – so that's what they call that in England. What do they call it in the US?” Or things, you know. Say, okay, what are some factoids about the 2012 Olympiad, actually it's a – and I say thank you, thank you, brain. So that'll be the episode portion and then at the end of the show is some thank yous. So that's structurally what to expect. And here's the good news.
This podcast doesn't really have a lot of rules, people use it in tons of different ways. There's people that listen to 10 episodes a night, there's people that listen to the same episode over and over and like I said, we've talked about other use cases. But this is one podcast you don't really need to listen to and ideally I just get enough of your attention to take your mind off whatever's keeping you awake, I walk at your side, stand at your side, sit at your side, sit nearby, sit across the hall, across the room, whatever you're comfortable with, and keep you company as you drift off into the arms of Morpheus.
So you don't need to listen to me and yeah, there's a percentage of listeners either that don't understand anything I'm saying or that turn me way down to a mumble. But there's also no pressure to fall asleep. This is I guess the paradox is like, you don't need to listen but you can. You might not hear any of the story, but the story or the journey of this Dr. Who episode will be complete because there is no pressure to fall asleep. I'm going to be here about an hour, you could queue up 10 hours of episodes if you need them. I'm here to keep you company. I'm here for those listeners that can't sleep just as much as for the ones that are deep, deep asleep.
And oh boy, do you look good sleeping so deeply. I'm so – it makes me so happy. Because I know, you know, that you're resting. But those of you that aren't, I'm here too and you, by the way, you look great too. Did you balm your elbows tonight? Whoa, boy. So I'm here. No pressure to fall asleep at all. This is – it's a weird – it's a – Yeah. You fall asleep at your leisure or not. I mean, I'm here to keep you company.
I truly believe you deserve a good night's sleep and I'm someone that's so struggled with sleep on and off and tons of different ways including this one, which the podcast – this might be one of the few use cases the podcast is not good for. Or it might be good for the wind-down part, portion, is the thirty minutes before your alarm wake up, that's what's been going on with me this week. And it's – say, that's great that you're really waking up right before that alarm, but not part of what we planned or discussed so last night, so really no – if you say – I'm glad there's some sort of go-getter inside me, but I'd prefer you do any of your go-getting or getting or going after the alarm.
As much as I loathe the alarm and like to wake up without it, it's really there as a, like an aspirational thing. You say, “When that alarm goes off”, it's like the idyllic we've been asleep for eight hours exactly. And I know it's probably truly cognitive dissonance, but I'd really appreciate it if you just – I mean I don't know what we're going to do for those 30 minutes anyway, you know, I think about just – you know what, I've seen the ceiling. So I got a good view of it, okay, we could talk about it later. You're right. I'm doing a podcast intro.
So anyway, my main point is I'm glad you're here. I really hope I can help you, you know, especially if you're new. But if you're a regular listener, I'm so glad you're back. And I'm so glad you give me this opportunity to keep you company and to help you drift off. I work very hard, I strive and I yearn, you know what, I take this nonsense seriously. To be – for this opportunity to be nonsensical, seriously. So thank you so much for coming by, and here's a couple ways we keep the show a-goin'.
All right everybody, today we're talking about Series Two Season Two of Dr. Who. If you're watching it on Amazon it's episode 12, if you're watching it somewhere else it's probably episode 11, and it has – I have the alternative working title here. “Her Olympics”, but it also has a different title, being it was a really enjoyable episode. Olympic themed, a little bit blue and cloudy sky, it opens with happy music. It was actually a blue sky with clouds which I said like last episode was about ELO, Mr. Blue Sky. We see a banner that says London 2012 Olympics, or Olympics 2012 London, or 2012 London Olympics or 2012 Olympics of London and then, what do we see, mail person, there's road repair going on.
At first I thought the mail person was doing food delivery, but then I said, “no, I think that's mail delivery.” Not, because this is 2012, it wasn't like one of the food delivery services. Though it could have been filmed, I don't actually know when it was filmed. We see a baby in a pram, kids playing soccer in their yard, a dark washing, oh a dad is washing a car. We see someone with her hand in a second story window looking out. A woman looks around, then I think there's a spin cam.
The Doctor can't help, DK, can't you feel it go inside? I don't know what DK means or – Oh, ad. Is that an ad? No. But what happens is, oh I just saw the spin cam. It's a woman, she's walking with her basket. And she knows something's coming, like a coming – She says, “Something's happening”, she's surprised why no one else notices it. Then, her name's Maeve, actually. Just like the famous lamppost named Maeve if you listen to the Everything is Alive podcast. They say – Well, she called doctor, she says, “No doctor, can you help with this?” She says, “Don't you feel it? It's in the air.”
She tells everybody, “Go inside”, we hear a kookaburra, kookabarra, a girl singing that song, we see a boy in a union jack polo, or it's a T-shirt. I wasn't sure. A girl that was singing is also drawing, laugh, kookaburra. Spiegel writing. I don't know what that – I'm not sure what that says, but then the dad is dismissive of the woman, Maeve. Does it say goad or road or? Oh, goal. There's a – with the goal, we go back to the girl who's drawing, she's really into it. And then she finds a way to take the boy with the union jack out of the goal, the soccer goal, and put him in a drawing. For fun. For total fun purposes.
He's not so sure about it, but then the episode opens. It's by Matthew Graham, and then we see after the open, the two blue – not crates, what are those called. Like storage containers. Like shipping containers, almost. They're almost the same blue. The TARDIS is between them. Like just a little bit less than wedged in there so that they can't open the TARDIS door, which I guess this would be trivia. The TARDIS door opens outward. And so then they, the TARDIS dematerializes and rematerializes so the door turned. The Doctor goes on, he has his brown pinstriped suit on, but he does not have a tie.
He says, Rose looks at a Shayne Ward poster, like a [inaudible 00:17:38] bills, Shayne Ward bills are posted. For the upcoming Shayne Ward show. It's the near future because the Doctor says, “Yes time for the 30th Olympiad in London.” He said, “I had a passing fancy that didn't pass, so we came here.” They talk about Club Med. The Doctor, “seems like only yesterday I was at the original Olympics”, you know, with the Greeks. And he wants to go to the opening ceremony, like I thought they would like it. He was also at the one in 1948 at Wembley.
Looking for carrying a torch. He loves cakes with ball bearings on there. Little cakes with the crunchy ball bearings. They're on a thoroughly ordinary street. They think the Doctor mentions, but then of course Rose realizes, she says, “It feels cold.” You know, [inaudible 00:18:41] say, what makes you think it is a person? “Why is it so cold”, the Doctor says. “Someone reducing a temperature?” And then they realize that some – you know, they were brought there for a reason. Well Rose says, “What makes a person do something” and the Doctor says, “what makes you think it's a person?” And then the Doctor runs off to Full Fields, something with his – Oh, field goal. The football goal. With his fingers.
A car stalls out by Rose for the fifth time today. I don't know what that says. I thought it said bonkers, but it might say benders or bounders. Maybe it's this gentleman's name. Let's see. Their car is a Cooper Mini ran out, a gentleman working says, “Fifth time today”, he says, “Let me give you a push”, the guy says, “I just got my car tuned up. I don't even know what happened.” No, he does say, “It's bonkers. Bonkers.” And then Rose helps him push the car, starts after they get it going a little while.
The Doctor tickles somethin'. The Doctor tickles his fingers? Let's see. “Dad, what you came? Come?” The Doctor talks about the game Chutes and Ladders by another name. A gentleman talks about tarmacking every pothole, they talk about the torcher's going to be nearby, that's why he's making the streets look good. Oh, the Doctor senses some tickles in his fingers. No, the dad comes and says, “Why are you standing in my kid's goal, dude? What's your game?” And the Doctor goes, “Well, I'm – oh, Chutes and Ladders, squash, those are the games I like to play.” He says, “I'm just being facetious, though. Sorry. I've got a colleague, Louis” who's Rose. Because the dad's acting like – I mean, the Doctor's like using his psychic paper.
He says something like, “It's right here” oh, and then it's an argument between the city, the council workers and the people that live on the streets and some other guy from the council says “stop picking on me and stop blaming me” and then the Doctor says, “everybody put your fingers on your lips” and then he says, “Come on. This was a good street. Not a person – please look” and we see a person looking out the window. The Doctor does some sniffing like a dog. And he says, “It's right here among us. A smell smelled” the Doctor says, “hairs on the back of my neck or back of my head, I'm sensing an awful lot of power”, and then we see the young girl who's been drawing. Her name's Chloe. She's drawing a cat with Dale, the boy in the union jack shirt.
And, let's see, what – who looks frowny. Dale looks frowny, and then she says, “You made Dale a frowny cat, which will make him happy.” Then I put me in Torchwatch, Chloe does not come. “Come on, Mom.” So I think her mom hears, watching everybody has their fingers on their lips now. And then Maeve asks the Doctor for permission to speak. She says, “Look around. This used to be a great street.” And… I don't know if Chloe's mom was portrayed in a specific way or not, but she's definitely aloof in this episode. So I don't know if that's intentional or not.
But Chloe, like and her mom say, she goes, “Mom, unless you want me to draw you, you stay out of my drawing business. I don't want to watch the Olympic torch.” Rose sees a cat, Doctor says, “Oh this is definitely not a person.” Because the cat goes to another dimension. Let's see what else come up here. Cat, oh the cat sneaks into a box and then goes into the drawing. Into drawing land with Chloe. Doctor says, “Blimey. We got to find the source of the power that's drawing everybody into the drawings.” But they don't know everybody's in a drawing yet, they just know they're being drawn away. “Find the source of po – Keep up a pockets, Louis.” It goes, the Doctor's still calling Louis, Rose Louis, like they're looking into stuff.
He says some other thing like a typical, like a copper would in a show. Keep up something, Louis. Chloe talks, scolds kids, oh she scolds the kids in her drawing. And then she gets frustrated. She makes a big scribble of Daisy Fairyweather's the person currently carrying the torch. And then Rose goes up to a garage. She – she hears some sort of noise in the garage and she says, “Not gonna open it. Not gonna open it. Not gonna open it. Not gonna open it.” And she opens it and the scribble flies out like a flock of birds. The Doctor zaps it with a sonic screwdriver. This answered a question from the last episode because the Doctor and Rose have a big hug. So that was – They said, oh great, so Rose and the Doctor do have a good connection.
Let's see what else. I put the dialogue, so let's see what they talk about here. They see, okay there was a scribble. Maybe it was an ionic scribble being, huh. The Doctor, oh they test it back at the TARDIS. It's the same material as graphite pencil. The Doctor calls it “so dinky.” Yeah, it comes from the same energy. So it's graphite, so they do determine. Rose goes, “Well what if it was from a child's drawing? You said it was on the street”, “Oh the girl upstairs, looking out the window and her mom looked like she had something on her mind.” And then the Doctor goes, “Are you deducing or deducting?” And Rose goes, “I am, copper's hunch, permission to follow it up sarge?” Oh, I didn't look this up.
H.B. Pencil, but that was interesting. Yeah, why make a scribble creat – being like child's to are deducing, they go to the house, knock knock knock, repurpose move. What does that mean? Talk with mom. Oh, they do a reverse like, reverse psychology move. They knock on the door they say, “Hey. Mind if we check in with your daughter?” She says, “No.” They say, “All right. No problem.” And the Doctor walks off with Rose and then they say, “Well why do you want to see Chloe?” And they say, the Doctor, “Well just thought I'd look into it. Something going on here. Thought she could help. Sorry, we'll just move on. You can handle it yourself.” And then Trish, the mom says, “Well can you help?” And we get a little backstory while Rose goes sneaking around the house and then hides in a linen closet.
Chloe goes out of her room, Rose sneaks into her room, it's a nice room. Lots of kid's stuff, lots of kid's drawings of kids. Rose knocks over the pencils. She notices kid's faces have changes so she goes, “Oh, these kids are in these drawings.” Doctor's getting backstory downstairs. Chloe's getting milk. Rose goes, “How you doing Chloe Webber?” And she goes, “I'm busy as a matter of fact.” And Trish goes, Trish talks about Chloe like she's not there. Doctor gives her the Vulcan salute. I had to look that up, I was just calling it Spock hands. And Chloe says she's been trying to help the drawings, but they don't stop moaning.
And Chloe's a little bit irritated with her mom. Rose looks into like a wardrobe and there's a big drawing in there. Chloe says, “Doctor, hit the road. I'm busy.” Doctor calls her a spoilsport. “What's the project?” Glowing eye – Chloe drew a drawing of glowing eyes. Rose calls the Doctor because she says, “I don't like this glowing – the looks of this drawing.” It's a drawing in her closet or wardrobe. And the mom says, “You guys got to lean – leave out of the house.” I think Chloe gets a little hint because she talks about herself in the plural. “Us.” She refers to herself – Her and her mom, but also just herself as us.
Mom's in a bit of denial about everything. Doctor tries to break through the denial, “I'm here to help.” Doctor starts exit jelly or something. Oh, he was – I don't know if he was eating brown sauce or jelly. In the kitchen. Rose and Mom and the Doctor talk, the Doctor does a ton of staring and thinking. And then sweeping a spot, the Doctor, they're back to Chloe's room and Doctor does a bit of like a mind meld so he can talk to another being. It's living with Chloe. And he says, “Now we can talk.” Also Chloe gave the Doctor a look and salute back before he did the Vulcan mind meld. And there's another being with Chloe, Doctor says, “I'm here in compliance of parlay with the Shadow Proclamation.” Chloe says, “I don't care about shadows or parlay.”
It turns out that the being living with Chloe's called Isolas which is a, let's see what I got. Chloe does mind meld, parlays he says, I think even that term got used. Like a bit of a golem turn. Lonely, Isolas is lonely. Far from home. Part of like your collective being takes thousands of years for these Isolas which are like, kind of like seed pods a bit. They're from a empathetic planet of community beings. They fly on solar tides, thousands of years to grow up. While they travel, they play with each other in this imaginary empathy thing.
They run on the fuel of love. Or they fuel each other's love, but a solar flare kind of knocked this particular Isolas off the chart. It was drawn to the heat in the street while they were patching the street and empathized with Chloe and the, but this being does not belong there, so they say, “Well you gotta get back.” Of course this isn't easy, and Chloe so they sing kookaburra to calm her down. Then, oh we see a bunch of Chloe's marker and pen collection then we get more backstory.
Mom, oh, I think the – a pretty big fonts. Four billion Zoe watching eighty thousand crowd looking for the pod. But the sun – I don't know what any of that means, to be honest with you. Marker and pen collection and pen story. Oh, so hint of mommy, I stole this from a big family. Four billion people, so that's what Zoe's, Isolas is gonna want to find a bigger family soon. Then they're watching the opening games, a crowd of eighty thousand. Rose and the doctor go out looking for the pod, you know wherever the Isolas' little ship became and Zoe sneaks out of the house. She sees the TARDIS and the Doctor. The Doctor and Rose are on the TARDIS looking for like a search device to find the pod.
The Doctor says, “They're two lonely, mixed up kids. The Isolas and Chloe. We got to help them.” Because Rose kind of speaks for the audience's skepticism in some way and says, “Why should we help these two?” And the Doctor says, “They're just mixed up.” They use a binary dot and some wormhole reflectors or something. Rose, oh Zoe, Chloe. I put Zoe there, but she has stashed pencils everywhere and pens hidden in her room. The Doctor drops a huge hint, “I was a dad once” even though they're in the middle of something, the Doctor changes the subject. He says it in passing and Rose gives a WTF look.
“Fear and loneliness”, Doctor says, “Those are powerful things. And most of all, you need a hand to hold.” Again, beautiful language in there. “Everything is coming up Doctor”, he says. “Like a goal's egg” But then the Doctor gets – Chloe draws the Doctor into a drawing. Drawing, Doctor into drawing, is in something and Rose is not happy. Oh, they weren't happy because Rose, they said “don't leave Chloe alone and don't let her draw anything” and then the mom's like, she must have been a big Olympics fan because she's like, “I'm watching the Olympics and having a glass of soda.” Does try to chill Doctor's hands in pockets. Oh, Rose tries to chill out. The Doctor's hands are in the pockets in the picture.
“Don't leave”, Rose says again, “Don't leave her alone”. She goes out to talk to Kell, who's the guy looking at the road or working on the road. He's fixing it again. There's a good joke. He said, “I could write the big book about tarmacking.” He goes, every six days he says, “Six days goes the first pothole fix.” So they realize, Rose realizes, that that's when the whole thing started. So she's like, “Where's the first pothole?” And then the, let's see what the dialogue was pretty good. Because she says, “I'm going to dig it up” and he says, “No no no no, stay. You can't. This is, you know, council property van.” Rose says, “Don't worry. I'll dig up the pothole, you can put it back, it went for the hottest thing in the street, your tar in the pothole” and she pulls, it looks like a shell.
She goes, Kell says, “What is it?” She goes, “It's a spaceship.” Rose finds it, Chloe's drawing again. She's alone. So her mom's back, you know. Little bit aloof. She talks to the – talks to the – She takes the starfruit moon. Mom's downstairs having a drink, empty – Oh, so Chloe takes the empty Olympic opening games stadium. She paints or draws the whole stadium. Which they said before it happened, was eighty thousand people and thirty thousand athletes. Bob in the box, they say, “Back to you, Bob.” WTF. Rose and pickaxe, pictures are moving, the Doctor, more than heat, the torch is a beam.
So they're trying to figure out, okay, Rose wants to get the doctor out of the picture. He hinted to do that they got to get Chloe or the Isolas back to, you know, outer space. It's like okay, doesn't just need heat. And then Rose working with the Doctor's painting. And then they – the Olympic opening games is going on the TV. They say, “Oh the torch is more than just a beacon. Or more than heat. It's a beacon of hope and love.” And this handwriting's still going towards random empty, what [inaudible 00:35:25] timing. Let me see if I can look that up.
So, let's see. Okay, here it goes. Needs more than heat. Chloe – the Isolas says, Rose says, once. Kell says, “I see the picture move, but it needs more than heat, Doctor.” That's when they say, “It's more than a torch. It's a beacon of hope, fortitude, and courage. A beacon of love.” And then Rose knows how to charge the pod. So she runs out to the route. She is going to get closer. “I can stop everything.” Meanwhile Chloe's trying to get more family members, four billion or whatever, she's drawing the globe. So there's a ticking clock now. The pod is making noises, Rose is saying, “You can feel the love, can't you?” And Rose throws the pod and it flies into the torch.
And the torch bearer goes to knee and then keeps going. And then we go to Chloe's room and Isolas leaves her, says, “I can go home. Goodbye Chloe Webber. I love you.” Chloe's back, she kind of reconnects with her mom. See, pod beeps. Perfect throw. Feel love, goodbye Chloe Webber. “I love you mommy”, she says. Everyone gets out of the pictures, there's a big music. Big hugs. Everybody's reunited. Stadium's filled. But the Doctor's missing. Maeve is back on the streets. She's all happy. Yeah, all drawings are back to normal. Isolas energy not alone sing, Doctor. I don't know what that meant, but you know, the Isolas is getting to go back home.
The Doctor's still missing. The Olympics are back on the TV. They say, “Thank goodness, Bob. Good to have you back.” Oh, so I think he was in a drawing. And then they say, “Where's the dude with the – the dude can't run any more with the torch” and then a total moment of like joy because the Doctor scoops up the torch. The Doctor does. And starts running with it. He's carrying the flame, they say, “It's more than a flame. It's hope, courage, love.” There's big cheers and grins. The Doctor runs right into the Olympic stadium, lights the Olympic flame, the Isolas flies out. Everyone's like in the streets with joy.
“Cake with ball bearings?” Rose says to the Doctor. He says, “Top banana.” And then there's big hugs and then there's quite the tease because we see, let's see how it's close. Cake, top banana. Ball bearings you can eat, masterpiece. And Rose goes, “I thought you were gone”, and Doctor says, “Oh no no, on a night like this, this is a time for the lost things to be found.” He goes, “let's go to the games” and Rose goes, “Well who does good in what?” And then they joke and the fireworks just start and Rose says, “you know what, Doctor? We'll never be split up.” And then Doctor says, “Never say never.” And Rose goes, “Well, what was that about being a father?” She doesn't say that, but she says, “We'll never split, don't you reckon, Doctor?” And the Doctor goes, “Something in the air. A storm's approaching.” And the episode comes to a close.
Okay, so let's shake through 2012 Olympics. I think I have this game on Wii with Mario and Sonic. It was 2012 Summer Olympics, the 30th Olympiad, known as the London 2012. The July 27th, August 12th, 2012. Women's football is the first event held at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. And followed by the Olympic ceremonies on the 27th of July. The bid was held by the mayor of London and Olympian Sebastian Coe. They won over New York, Madrid, Moscow, and Paris. The first city to have modern Olympics three times. The last two times were in 1908 and 1948.
Now, let's see. There's a lot of work that went into it and rebuilding and reuse of venues. Wide-spread acclaim for the organization. Opening ceremony was directed by Danny Boyle. Michael Phelps won his 22nd medal. Let's see, anything else, bidding process. We don't need to know about that. Oh, the bare – just barely beat out Paris. That was really close. Development, venues, Hyde Park, you have a lot of stuff that we could – you know, link to it. They tried to get their public trans – upgrade it to public transport to get ready. They ran a cable car across the Thames.
I don't know if that's still up or not. The plan was have 80% of athletes have to travel less than 20 minutes to their event. And 93% less than 30 minutes. Let's see what else here. Cost, of course it's expensive. Ticketing. Countdown. Medals. Oh, torch relay. Here we go. The Olympic torch ran from May 19th to the 27th of July before the games. Plans were developed in 2010 and 2011 and the torch bearer selection process announced on 2011, May 18th. They were – May 18th, 2012, the flame arrived in Cornwall from Greece on a flight called Firefly. And the flame was carried inside of four minor lamps. It was supplied by a lamp company from Manchester.
The relay lasted 70 days with 67 celebrations. 6 island visits. 8,000 people carrying the torch. Starting from Land's End and Cornwall. Three days outside the UK when it visited the Isle of Man and Dublin and [inaudible 00:42:21] and Jersey. It focused on national heritage sites, was sporting significant… let's see. Dumphrey's and Galloway were the only regions in the UK that had it pass through twice. And, yeah. It was actually lit together with a few different torch bearers. So opening ceremony.
See, opening ceremony began at 9 PM British summertime, which is UTC plus one. And it was called the Isles of Wonder. It was Danny Boyle and music direction by Rick Smith. Opened by Elizabeth the Second with Prince Phillip. It was the second games the queen had opened personally, the first being the 1976 games in Montreal. It included a short comic film with Daniel Craig and the queen and Rowan Atkinson as Mr. Bean. There's, you know, a bunch of performers and then the closing ceremonies are on the 12th of August and yeah. So that's a little bit about the 2012 Summer Olympics.
What about pram? The, you, pram is for a four-wheeled, what do you call it thing, conveyance for children. Baby train sports. But it's also a small flat-bottomed ship or a boat with a transom bow rather than a pointed bow which makes sense because you don't think prams are pointed. A kookaburra. Kookaburras are terrestrial kingfishers native to Australia and New Guinea which can grow to 28, from 28 to 42 centimeters. It's an onomatopoeia of their call, gookokookooaburra. A loud, distinctive call. The laughing kookaburra is widely used to sound effects in movies for, to based in Australia. Let's see. There's, the rufus bellied kookaburra. The spangled kookaburra. Blue-winged kookaburra. Laughing kookaburra. And the shovel-billed kookaburra. They eat small forest friends.
It doesn't look like they're under any kind of, it says they're listed as least concerned, though Australian law does protect native birds. They, yeah. They're famous because their laugh sounds very human. They are one of three mascots in the 2000s Summer Olympics in Sydney. The other was, let's see. It was Syd the platypus and Millie the enchi – echeeta – enchinda? There's a famous book, the Mystery of the Laughing Shadow. There's of course the famous song which we get into. And I guess that's the extent of some facts about the kookaburra. Oh, this is all from Wikipedia. Everything that we've done so far…
Kookaburra – Kookaburra. They say Kookaburra. Also known as “Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree” so popular Australian nursery rhyme and round about the Kookaburra written by Marion Sinclair in 1932. Who was a music teacher. And she had a sudden inspiration in church dash en route [inaudible 00:46:24] kookaburra. And entered the song in a competition run by the Girl's Guide Association of Victoria with the rights of the winning song to be sold to raise money for the purchase of a camping ground. The song's well known around the world. Copyright says, still under copyright. And, yeah. I think that's about it. I can't sing on the podcast, and I know a long time ago I read the words to it.
It was Matthew Graham. Matthew Graham was on the credits for this episode. It's a British television writer. Also a co-creator of the great show Life on Mars, which came out in 2000 – Wow, 2006. And there was actually like a US version of it too. There's also a spin-off, Ashes to Ashes. He's worked on other shows. Bonekickers, a six-part drama series about archeology set in Bath and I think that's it. What do we got, like, did an episode of East Enders. Let's see. A couple of more Doctor Who episodes. Oh, Phillip K. Dick so Electric Dreams. So just a little bit from Wikipedia about Matthew Graham.
What about Shayne Ward? Shayne Ward looks a little bit like Rob sister's Nino, actually. And Shayne Ward, born in 1984, English singer and actor. Best known for his role as Aidan Connor in Coronation Street from 2015 to 2018. He was the winner of the second series of X-Factor. His debut single was, it came out in 2005. “That's My Goal”. Went to Christmas in Number 1 Charts. It was the first X-Factor winner to release an original song as a winner's single. Original song, I mean. Signed onto Simon Cowell's, what is it, record label. Hit platinum in the UK, 4x platinum in Ireland, also two more hit singles, “No Promises” and “Stand by Me” also had a hit with follow-up album Breathless.
After a little hiatus in 2010, the third album came out of the – then it started to go into TV fame. And I would say definitely easy on the eyes. His shirt's open on, what do you call it, Wikipedia, so… You know, what about Club Med? I don't know – Like the only thing I knew about Club Med I guess was wrong. Yeah, I thought it was a thing in the 80s that single people used to go to for vacations, but it turns out I'm looking at this one. It's a private company headquartered in France. Premium, all-inclusive holidays. Started 1950 by a Belgian entrepreneur, Gerard Blitz. It was a low-priced summer colony of tents. And then the first official Club Med was built in Italy.
The members stayed in unlit straw huts on the beach sharing communal washing facilities. But it's been upgraded. In '61, Baron Rothschild visited it and enjoyed it. They opened winter villages in Switzerland and Tahiti, Mediterranean, Caribbean, Florida. Yeah. Originally attracting many singles and young couples, then it became a destination for families in the '60s. Because I guess, I don't know, in the 80s I thought it was like, some – I thought it was really fancy. In the '90s there was too much competition, so they went on the decline. Then from a holiday village company to a services company.
They've tried to change, like, then they've had gyms, restaurants, clubs. But that strategy was not successful, 2015 it was acquired. Let's see what else do I need to know. Villages, there's family resorts, resorts for everyone and resorts for adult only. Exclusive collection. In popular culture, the phrase “Club Med”, a cheap holiday for other people. It's like a… and then the Sex Pistols had a song about it too. It was satired in a film called Les Bronzes, released in English as French Fried Vacation.
Another movie with Jim Carrey and Allen Thicke. Copper Mountain, a Club Medic experience was a quasi-commercial for the Club Med village at Copper Mountain in Colorado. In 1986, there was a TV movie Club Med with Linda Hamilton and Jack Scalia. So, I don't know. I guess – I guess, I don't – still don't know anything about it. Maybe there's some other – Oh, I guess maybe there was a different thing that I'm thinking of. But I guess it just seems like a all-inclusive resort, I guess because once somebody copied that then that's when their fortune – it's like oh, we can just give you free alcohol and food. I guess maybe cruise ships, right? Were competition.
Okay, so this is a website my B-L-U-P-R-I-N-T.com. Mybluprint. This is my Jessie Olsen Moore from November 17, 2018. And I'll be paraphrasing. Everything you wanted to know about sprinkles. You know, there's tons of stuff. Round sprinkles, nonpareils or whatever. Teeny tiny balls, rainbow, fused, nonpareil means without equal in French. So pariel, whatever. So… Oh, British have their own names for these orbs. Hundreds and thousands. Hundred-thousands, I think I've heard that. But this is po – possibly the cutest way to say sprinkles.
Then there's cylinder sprinkles. These are made by extruding sugar paste in long, skinny ropes. In some parts, these types of sprinkles are referred to as “jimmy”. And then there's the balls the Doctor likes, those D-R-A-G-E-E-S, dragees? It's a confection with a hard outer shell, name comes from a term for sugar-coated pills. But really any candy-coated garnish could be a form of dragee from Jordan almonds to M&M's. But when it comes to cake, people will think of these as metallic toned ones resembling ball bearings, yeah. And you got a mixture, check the ingredients. They say sanding sugar. I don't even know what that is.
Translucent and available in a variety of colors. Larger grain than white sugar. Oh, adds a nice light touch. Crystal sugar is sanding sugar's older sibling. Translucent, in many colors, but larger and coarser. Pearl sugar, looks a bit like dragees. Shaped sprinkles, they can come in any shapes. Stars and et cetera. So that's just a little bit about sprinkles. What about the game Chutes and Ladders? Also is known by other names, but we won't worry about those ones of course. Oh boy. Hold on, I just messed up. I just pressed the wrong button.
Chutes and Ladders and then we'll talk about one other thing after that. It's actually an ancient Indian board game, now worldwide classic. Does go by other names. Two players on a game board having numbered, gridded squares. A number of ladders and chutes are on each board connecting two specific board squares. The object of the game is to navigate one's game piece from the bottom to the top. Helped or hindered by the chutes and ladders. The game is a bit – like basically a race to see if you can get to the top first based on sheer luck.
Popular with young children. The historic version had roots in morality lessons where the players' progression of the board represented a journey through life via virtue ladders and chutes, vice. Yeah. Mostly displayed on a board, originated in India as part of a family of dice-board games. Maybe at the same time as Ludo and Parcheesi. Milton Bradley started putting it out in 1942. But you could see them in the national museum in New Delhi has a very old version of the game. So that's cool.
And then let's finish with the Vulcan salute. You know, let's say goodnight on that. Vulcan salute is a popular hand gesture popularized in the '60s show Star Trek. Raised hand with arm forward, thumb extended, well fingers are parted between the middle and ring finger. Devised by Leonard Nimoy. New York Times '68, New York Times interview said it was a double-fingered version of Churchill's victory sign, and Nimoy said in that interview that he decided Vulcans were hand-oriented people. First appeared on the second season opening episode, “Amok Time”. A-M-O-K T-I-M-E. The gesture is known for being difficult for certain people to do properly without practice or the covert repositioning of fingers. I could do it on my left hand, on my right hand I would have to preposition the fingers. May – difficulty may stem from variations in manual dexterity. First parodied in Star Trek First Contact when Zephrym is unable to do the gesture and then shakes a Vulcan's hand.
In the autobiography I am not Spock, Nimoy wrote that he wrote – based it on a priestly blessing. Reformed both hands thumb to thumb after the Hebrew letter “shen” or “shin”, S-H-I-N, which has three upward strokes, similar to the position of the thumb and fingers in the gesture. Yeah, which stands for all mighty and as well as shalom, this is according to Wikipedia. Nimoy wrote that when he was a child, his grandfather took him to an Orthodox synagogue where he saw the blessing performed and was impressed by it.
Others often greeted Nimoy with the Vulcan sign and it became so well-known that it was, in 2014 it was added to version 7 of the Unicode Standard. The U+1F596. So maybe that's how you do the emoji. And this is a little bit about that and yeah. I give you the Vulcan salute. The vocal Vulcan salute. Live long and prosper. Good night.