Friday, September 25, 2015

Customer Disservice, Part III

Hello once again, my dear fellow prisoners... first off, I just wanted to say that I didn't really expect to complete this proposed trilogy of my awfully bad experiences with eBay; mainly because I didn't feel as though I had enough literally meat to sink my teeth into. However, yet another recent mishap with a sale has opened up my eyes just a bit more, and thought I'd take a moment or two to share it with you all. Also, I just want to point out that my head's literally still reeling from being called a yuppie. And in case you don't realize what I'm referring to exactly, have a look at my exchange with an unruly patron in my last blog piece (related to this subject) to get a better understanding of what's led to this final installment in this ongoing saga.

So, originally I was planning on writing about an incident that happened to me; not selling on eBay, but rather purchasing an item and then returning it for a refund. So here's what happened there. I had gotten into the whole rechargeable batteries kick after realizing that most of the surplus I had purchased ages ago from eBay; which consisted mostly of AA and AAA batteries, had mostly exploded all on their own from simply being put away in storage.& Imagine that! If and when the zombie apocalypse does occur, make sure you have a reliable set of batteries that haven't been sitting around for more than a year. And so... being the technology inclined geek that I am, I started researching the differences in rechargeable batteries and realized that the greater the mAh value, the longer a charge they are all capable of holding.

So after doing some searches, I deduced that the highest value a AA could hold was around the 3000 mAh value. Although it could very well be 3300mAh, but I'm not willing to go wasting my money like that again, because that's exactly where I went wrong in this instance. See, what happened was that I came across a listing for a set of eight batteries that had a 5000mAh capacity, so I figured those were the ones that I really wanted to be using for all of my electronic needs! And sure enough, when the packaged arrived and I opened up the yellow bubble wrap envelope I immediately realized that these batteries were designed for something else, because they looked way bigger than standard AA sized batteries. So basically put, I ordered the wrong thing all together and needed to send it back.

Normally, the return process shouldn't be that much of a problem. You simply inform the seller that you're going to return the item back for a refund, pay the return shipping cost, and then wait to get the money back in your account and call it a day. Only here, I had purchased the same wrong item (which just so happened to be the same exact item) from two different sellers. One seller was completely courteous and granted me a refund on the spot and even insisted that I just simply keep the item (because frankly, it's just not worth the effort of sending an item back due to shipping costs and whatnot). But, I, of course... being the honest schmuck that I am, decided to send it back just to be karmically on par with this other generous being (yes, we are a rare breed, aren't we?) and not owing any kind of debt to this random vendor; be it in this life or the next. And so, I took care of that, and actually wasted most of the refund money attempting to send back these batteries; because the other vendor wasn't as nice as this other one was.

The first thing that put me off about this seller was that he didn't agree to a refund right away, so I kind of had to bend their arm a bit. Meaning, that they didn't even bother to respond to my messages right away. What I did get out of them was that they would only give me the refund if I sent the item back and they received, inspected, and ensured that the item(s) was (or were) still in perfect working order. So in order to step up the time table here, I sent back both packages via US Postal Priority Service, simply by cramming the original manila envelope bubble wrapped packaging into one of those small and awfully convenient small flat rate boxes, which cost $5.75 to send... so that basically left me with a actual remaining refund (or dare I say profit loss?) of about three dollars or so for each return.

Anyways, about a day goes by after I got confirmation that the batteries were returned and I didn't hear back from this seller in regards to the refund. I even made the mistake of contacting the wrong seller (the one that was nice) and asked him for what was going on with my refund. And that misstep was immediately followed up by an apology on behalf of the whole confusion produced largely on my part. So, I wrote the same message again to the other unruly seller and demanded to know was going on with my refund. I can't remember if I got a follow up or not with yet some more lip service that basically was the same broken record about the item having to be physically in the seller's hands so that they could grant me the refund, so I must have pointed out somewhere to them that the tracking number clearly stated that the packaged was received and signed for, and yada, yada, yada... I wound up filing a complaint with eBay's resolution center; which in and of itself was (and is) another mess all together.

The reason why this instance was such a mess was that there is no specific box or explanation you can mark to explain that you simply made the wrong purchase; without implying that you either received the wrong item, or it was damaged, so I had to choose between those two unlikely reasons for my return. So, I chose the wrong item... because technically it's correct, however, if I had bothered to actually read the specific item details I would have known better and not bought this item at all; for it's simply the kind of batteries that one uses for RC remote control planes or cars, and not the ones you would fit into a regular TV remote control, or a gamepad, etc. So at this point, I had opened up a case which eBay is notorious for (more on that later) which basically delays the time it takes for a buyer to get their money back whenever they find themselves in a predicament such as this one. And that time frame is something that I don't agree with at all; because it takes three days from the item's purchase to file a complaint, and then about four or five more days to give that contacted party enough ample time to respond to the complaint (in this case the vendor that sold me the battery) and then (if I remember correctly) it takes an additional ten days for the geniuses at eBay to reach a decision in regards to the case should you decide to escalate it (which I usually do when fuckers like these don't even bother to respond to lodged complaints), and then yet another three to sometimes five business days after that final decision is reached for the money to be put back into your account after it goes through the hands of PayPal (which is now operating as a separate entity, by the way).

So here is where this story gets interesting... after about ten odd days or so (from the initial waiting period to officially go ahead and file a complaint, that is) had gone by, I now had the ability to escalate the case and ask eBay to take action, because it seemed to me that the seller was simply just running down the clock and expecting the case to go away all on its own on account of the fact that you can't really do anything after 30 days have passed. Clever Catch 22, by the way, isn't it, folks? He even wrote back to me insisting that I drop the case so that I could get my refund back... which in my naive way of thinking assumed that because this vendor didn't know how eBay policy regarding returns actually worked, must have been completely mistaken about. So because of this constant insistence of theirs (they suggested I do that a couple of times, by the way), I figured the best way out of this was to escalate the complaint more... with the only reliable shred of evidence remaining here would have been the message that eBay insist its members partake in when such a problem arises, that way their crack staff can directly probe the details of before reaching their final verdict.

So I escalated the case, and within moments, this asshole vendor decides to have eBay step in and help suss out the details in regards to this refund which could have been easily handled, but no...!

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Simply click on the thumbnail up above for a larger resolution image...

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Next thing I know, I get the case ruled against my favor. Yes, you heard that right, folks... not IN MY FAVOR, but AGAINST MY FAVOR. So what was left for me to do? I left them some negative feedback detailing that I didn't get my refund back after returning the item and warning others to steer clear of this seller. And wouldn't you know it? Moments after that, I receive yet another email from eBay stating that they removed the negative feedback I had left this seller.

Doesn't it strike you as ironic that eBay insists that customers provide
more accurately detailed feedback ratings for the sake of their whole community,

yet when someone like me states the obvious (i.e. no refund after item was returned)
they rush to take down the truth right away... if only customer service was this
quick! Maybe I could have gotten my money back a hell of a lot quicker!

And if it would please this court... I'd like to refer to the thumnail image
(and/or the higher resolution image link that follows it... if you, the reader clicks on it)
of my email inbox up above as exhibit D. Note the times that it took between
each of these transgressions and then wonder why there's a stupid and
needless ten to thirteen day waiting rule in effect. I rest my case, your honor!

Of course, you can just imagine how angry I was over this. It wasn't really about the money anymore; that's just chump change any way you look at it... what angered me was the principle of the whole thing. So after digging around in the obscurest corners of eBay's help section, I found out that I could appeal this decision and decided to write to them detailing everything that happened, and wouldn't you know it? I wound up getting a complete refund from the seller, within just mere seconds of my sending out that appeal. A few days later, I get an email back from eBay (which I unfortunately lost somewhere along the lines and don't have a screen capture of to show off here for posterity purposes) which basically apologized for their mishandling of this case but that they were aware that the vendor had already gone ahead and issued a full refund already, so basically put... (insert highly indifferent yet trying to be consoling shoulder shrug here) no harm no foul! Right? Yeah--- as if my ulcer wasn't being being unruly enough already! Thank you for that lovely bit of stress induced regurgitation and lapse of common sense there, ya corporate pricks!

So maybe, the experienced seller was right after all... I didn't have to through the motions of getting eBay involved to resolve this matter, and all I really needed to do was drop the case so that I can get my refund issued back to me. My mind, however, still boggles at the fact that this fucker was able to get the case ruled in their favor. I believe they basically argued that there was nothing wrong with the product and that it was accurately described as stated in the listing, which I am in complete agreement with. It was my fault for not paying attention to the details, after all... but they really didn't have to make me go through all this trouble had they just been a little more sympathetic and probably more attentive to the fact that I had spent just as much money trying to send this item back to them as I did in paying for the freaking thing in the first place! This incident, however, wouldn't be the first time this happened.

As a matter of fact, several months after the fact, I decided to buy X-Men: Days of Future Past on Blu Ray, only to find out (the hard way) that it wasn't compatible with my outdated region free Blu Ray player. So once again, I found myself going through the same exact motions of returning the item; (i.e. not hearing back from the seller, opening a resolution case, dealing once again with having to decide whether the item was damaged or not as described) and then having to subject myself to the same exact hold up instituted herein and due forth by the lovely pecker headed community that is eBay and all of its over glorified and infinite corporate wisdom! But all this, of course, occurred after I had unknowingly damaged my Blu Ray player by popping in this copy only to hear a very high pitched disc screeching sound (which it now does every time I put in a Blu Ray or a DVD for that matter). The tray even shuts back now without my even pressing of the close tray button. Sure, it still reads discs and plays them, but it's got this rather disturbing sound to it now that seems like the discs are being placed on a light speed centrifuge. I wouldn't be surprised if I get a positive blood sample now whenever I try to sit back and enjoy a movie. I even made the mistake of trying out this same movie on my computer's Blu Ray tray as well as my laptop. And in both of those instances, the reader made an even stranger sound when I attempted to get the disc out of the tray. The ending resolve for both of those was to shut down the system and reboot it in order to get the disc out.

And to this I wonder... why does the industry even bother with this whole fucking anti-piracy bullshit anyways? Hackers will always find a workaround solution to their level of protection anyways... it's only a matter of time, ya dinks! The thing that pisses me off is that they don't even bother to let consumers know beforehand that this may practically impair their disc player's performance for years to come should they bother to venture putting it in there in the first place! You know... it's not a very idea to refer to something as "industry standard" when in fact it's all just industry in progress! Of course, that's another topic of discussion, and I'm sorry for getting sidetracked. But I'd like to get back to the main topic at hand, and what prompted me to finish this here consumer complaint department of an epic trilogy over here. And that's my most recent sale that just took place approximately two and a half days ago, and... you guessed it! I still have yet to receive payment for this item, and the buyer still hasn't responded. What really defies all logic here is that this customer didn't even agree to pay for the full price of the item I was selling, but rather sent me a best offer value which I considered and agreed to. The least they can do is hurry up and pay it, right?

But then... I started wondering. And I started getting very suspicious. In this past year alone, I've had quite a few instances that were very similar to this. In fact, most of them were best offers that I had agreed to, just so I could cash in on as much as I could and get out of somethings that were just taking up way too much room around the house. But in this specific instance, as I was typing up a message to the buyer, I happened to glance at their email and noticed that it wasn't one of the usual email providers (i.e. Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo, etc.) but rather it was a specific domain address... you know, like the ones that you get when you sign up for a web hosting package (i.e. just the like the one I got to keep bringing you pictures such as these)?

So would anyone care to explain how a parked domain that probably doesn't
even have a working email be allowed to be registered on eBay as a contact email?

And upon checking out the domain itself, I got this GoDaddy page which declared the site as currently being parked, so I'm thinking either this buyer is currently buying up items to sell off on his up and coming website, or he's simply using a false email, which I'm sure that eBay is knowingly aware about, and they're just helping to engage in this suspected fraudulent activity without doing anything about it. Of course, that's just borderline conspiracy theory, right? Well... technically not. Have you ever tried to sign up with any given email provider and provided them with a website email as an alternate contact? There's no way they would accept that... so why in the hell is eBay allowing this?!? And then it occurred to me... maybe with all the holds that they put on the money being refunded and/or the seller fees that are currently being tacked on (well, technically being tacked on in limbo because buyers like these certainly don't plan on paying anything off right away); maybe, just maybe... eBay is engaging in a fraud of epic proportions. Think about this for a second... if you're new to the world of eBay and don't customize your settings, there's a chance that you might leave the seller fees option to automatically be deducted from your account on, so that when you make a sale and the random a hole customer (with or without a bogus email address) decides not to pay you, those seller fees are still being charged to your account, and if you're not careful they can be withdrawn without you even knowing about it. That's what they're banking on usually.

So what happens then is that you have to go through all the red tape, and file a complaint against the buyer to have these fees returned to your account. In one specific case, when I had to get in touch with eBay I was refunded my money back in error, as it was deposited into my seller fees account and not my actual PayPal account. Doesn't anybody see this as troubling? By default, eBay has a ratio of 10 cents being charged for sellers fees for every dollar made on a sale... so if you were to sell something at say... five bucks, the seller fees would come out to 50 cents. That's the standard at least for the time being, until they decide to hike it up some more, which wouldn't surprise me, seeing how greedy they all are and whatnot. And then of course, PayPal also has fees of their own which they take out of your earnings, just for using their services. So it's like a bank fee that's really just the equivalent of a tick bite in the balls, in my opinion. And there's nothing you can do about that, except for requesting that the buyers pay via check or maybe even Western Union; although I'm not completely sure if the new user policy now states that eBay no longer supports these forms of payment (and I apologize for not keeping up to date with that, but it's been a while since I read the eBay user policy agreement that these pinheads seem to be updating every fifteen minutes or so; at just about the same frequency of a new Apple iTunes update).

A friend of mine which I'm constantly playing Words with Friends with pointed out to me that there's this concept called an overnight rate which banks use to place deposits with each other with at the rate of about .0001% for every dollar. But they do this in the span of 12 to 24 hours, so you really don't get to see this money being deducted and actually lining up bankers' pockets with. It's like that scene from the movie Office Space, where the team of disgruntled computer programmers decide to make a virus that will deposit this small and nearly untraceable percentage of an exchange rate of money from all of their corporate accounts, but inevitably screw up a decimal point and wind up with the possibility of being hauled off into federal pound-me-in-the-ass prison. In case, you missed it... "this salami technique" concept was borrowed from Superman III, which the characters cited in the film. So basically put, if it worked for the movies, what's to say that this is not happening in the real world, where eBay is continually making off with all of our money in small denominational fractions but on a more monumental scale. It all adds up doesn't it? And why wouldn't it... with this "too big to fail" monopoly of an institution that doesn't even have any true dot com rival to compete for its business and all?

Well... maybe I'm just being paranoid. But then again, considering the company's checkered history of being investigated and all, I wouldn't be surprised if it was stealing (that is, more than it is already with all these newly imposed seller fees and all) from every end user on a global scale. When you really think about it, that's the only way any "successful business empire" can continue to operate in this crony capitalistic day and age of ours. I really don't think this is what Neitzsche had in mind when he said that: "All great things must first wear terrifying and monstrous masks in order to inscribe themselves on the hearts of humanity." As bad as I thought it was having to deal with a deadbeat payer on eBay was, having to deal with the whole corporate bureaucratic structure of being a buyer can be just as bad, if not all together a lot worse! Anyways, this concludes this nightmarish trilogy... now onto more pressing matters, such as dealing with this deadbeat buyer with the phony baloney email address!

This has been P.S. Elliott (AKA: buyer bewaring Dr. Gonzo XXVII) reporting for the disassociated press, that is... The Gnoyze Guitar Mods & More Web Blog.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Lego My Ergo... Part II

Hello again, my fellow prisoners... So the other day, I was just wasting my time on social media (Facebook, to be exact) as I usually do when I got nothing better to do, when I stumbled across a shared video to one of my favorite literal block content producers, which arrived in the form of a long overdue, but still highly unexpected game release trailer; which was nothing other than the video that I have embedded below for continuity purposes. Let the nerdgasm ensue!

Well, that certainly looks promising, if I do say so myself! It was almost as if someone (well, not just anyone Joe Schmoe, but rather someone of some importance - relative to the gaming industry; probably in charge of packaging a concept and most likely the one in charge of marketing the ever loving shit out of it all) actually read my previous blog post (entitled Lego My Ergo - hence the obvious title for this new post here) written ages ago, during the time of the dinosaurs. And speaking of which... did I mention that characters from Jurassic Park would be making their appearance here, as well? Looks like Chris Pratt will be pulling double duty voicing both Emmett and the Lego version of Owen, which would explain that odd reference (or should I say Pixar style tie-in) of a dinosaur as well as the Jurassic Park Theme Music playing in Lego Batman III.

Of course, this trailer up above only revealed a brief glimpse at the Back to the Future brick built versions of Marty & Doc. It wasn't until I saw this other trailer down below that I was eager to play this game. But still I wasn't that sold on the idea yet... because this whole new gimmick that they developed of incorporating an actual brick build as a controller during gameplay is enough to see just how far the corporate dick is being shoved up the consumers' collective arse... and with the current market value of all these expansion sets (most of which are required to play the game), I think I'll keep from shelling out my money anytime soon. Couldn't they just make a scaled down version that didn't require the use of this special Lego set brick build controller? Maybe it was corporate's way of getting rid of all the left over bricks that they produced prior to announcing that they were going to use environmentally safer (i.e. greener) substances to produce the blocks with. And maybe, just maybe... several years on down the road (when we're up to our necks in ocean water, courtesy of the melted polar ice caps and all) these expansion sets will be fetching an upwards of a thousand bucks or so on eBay, that is if the government hasn't taxed the crap out of that business empire too!

But then... they pulled a good one on me by announcing that Doctor Who, Ghostbusters, The Simpsons, and a slew of other famously known and well beloved franchises would also be appearing in this colossal epic story line crossover! Here's some proof of that, followed by some further proof...

At this point, I just want to say that being the loyal fan that I am and all... I would consider turning to a life of crime just to get my hands on this game! There's no way the market value of a game like this with all its expansion sets could possibly drop on an online auction site any time soon. In fact, quite the opposite will most likely happen... causing the availability (as well as the overall rarity) of the sets to go up in value to the point where people may just have to settle for buying used sets that probably have some pieces missing or worse yet, broken! Let's face it, people... the whole gimmick that the video game industry is using to market their games and gain some profit out of it all before it depreciates in value is just plain stupid, and a little sinister on working parents around the holiday season, to say the least. Can't you just make enough of these things to destroy the planet with all the plastic it comes housed in and leave it at a highly affordable cost so that gaming idiots such as myself aren't aware of the damage that they're doing to environment simply by storing a green (or in some cases a transparent white) gaming box in a closet somewhere already?!? JUST END IT ALL ALREADY!!!

Colonel Kurtz and Lego Expansion Sets

Okay... maybe that didn't go in the direction I hoped it would---for I really can't get enough of video games; especially anything related to LEGO; but what can I say? I'm just a little bit conscious of my surroundings, and to see a polar ice cap melting right before my very lifetime is enough to open my eyes a bit; at least, when they're not busy being distracted for about fifteen seconds or more (depending on the random length of my ever shrinking attention span, that is). Anyways, it was thrilling to see that they even went all out and managed to get not only Christopher Lloyd to reprise his role for the game (as well as the commercial) but they also got Michael J. Fox as well to voice Marty McFly! For a while I was thinking that they may have had to settle for voice actor A.J. Locascio as a pretty darn close substitute to play him... you know, like they did in the Back to the Future - The Game?). And just like any other game of the LEGO franchise, I'm pretty sure it's going to be one of those monumental play each and every level over and again until you get all the bricks achievements and whatnot whilst I keep wondering why I haven't gotten my life together, settled down, got married, and all that jazz...

Until then... future boys and girls, this has been P.S. Elliott (AKA: Doctor "Mario?" Gonzo XXVII) reporting for the disassociated press, that is... The Gnoyze Guitar Mods & More Web Blog.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Doctor Who Meme Part 1

Hello again my fellow Whovians... (you thought I was going to say prisoners again, didn't you?). With the series premiere of season 9 just around the corner, the BBC has released the prologue episode to fill in the gap between the Last Christmas special and the upcoming The Magician's Apprentice. So, here's what it looks like... enjoy!

To tell you the truth, I barely know what any of it means, so I guess I'll have to wait for Emergency Awesome to do a breakdown on it. I'm simply just a'typin' this here blog post up as a means to conclude the proposed trilogy of memes that I hinted at the possibility of in my previous installments. Of course, this conclusion here doesn't set anything in stone and there's always the possibility that I might revisit it sometime in the near future... you know, like how a famous producer keeps stating that he'll never do another sci fi space opera again, and then turns around and sells it to the Empire only to milk it a little more, and then even goes as far as say... make some more stand alone movies to fill the gaps in between each official release while simultaneously making all of the expanded universe entries non canon? I mean, it's bad enough that you have to make a term like nerdgasm a sad reality, but is there no end to all this? You know why the original trilogy was actually better? Because it stems from a time in Hollywood (well, actually the last few fleeting years of it, anyways) where moviegoers went to the theater just to see their favorite actors and/or actresses act in a new film. Whereas now just about anybody can be an actor, and some studio executive made the decision to cast virtual unknowns because they feel that this formula worked for them the first time around... you know, like when they initially cast Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and the like...?

It's sort of like when they replaced the last batch of clone troopers with storm troopers, you know?  However, in this case... the new batch of storm troopers (i.e. actors) actually exhibit more clone-like qualities and really don't come across as anything remarkably near memorable.  But then again, I'm only going by the prequel trilogy which had some good moments, but it was all just riddled in this CGI green screen nonsense, so you can easily see why it's harder for any actor's performance in that franchise to come across anywhere near believable.  It's like storm troopers that can't shoot their way out of a Sarlacc pit, but then again...

No wonder they can't see anything in those helmets!!!
While I'm at it, here's another gem I found whilst surfing on the web...

Special thanks goes out to the Pinterest community for sharing this image.

Ok, enough with the crossover jabs between these two particular franchises... the real reason why I why I typed up this blog piece, (or dare I say--- the reason you're reading this?) is for the meme to complete this here trilogy-in-progress.  And you may notice that everything is chronologically out of order, just the way the Doctor would have wanted it!  But at any rate... this image below was what started it all.  The subject matter is none other than my favorite animated robot Bender Bending Rodriguez from the Futurama cartoon series, made famous (or infamous) by the same people that brought you The Simpsons.  Anybody ever notice the similarities between him and the Cybermen before?

What's even more coincidental is the fact that Turanga Leela was named after the Fourth Doctor's companion.  And also note, that that very same beloved Doctor also made a couple of cameos in that short-lived cult hit tv series.  So I guess this might have been Stephen Moffat's subtle way of returning the favor for the obscure yet blatantly obvious reference?  Who knows, eh?  Who knows...?  But then I stumbled across this video, which led to more coincidences that I thought I'd point out; which is none other than the Daleks making a cameo in Mr. Bean.

And did that crazy connection end there?  Hell no!!!  Rowan Atkinson eventually went on to film a special for Comic Relief in which he portrayed, you guessed it!  The Doctor!

Not only did this one-off special also star Joanna Lumley and Julia Sawalha from Absolutely Fabulous fame, but it also featured Richard E. Grant as the 10th incarnation of the Doctor in this spoof.  And in case you didn't realize it, this is also the same actor to play the Shalka Doctor in the flash animated series developed by the BBC to fill in the void between the series cancellation and the failed revival for an overseas release (more on that later).

And whilst we're on the subject of Daleks... did you ever notice that the set design of the interior of a Dalek in the Into the Dalek episode looks awfully similar to the set of the Death Star?  Yes, I know I promised no more jabs at Star Wars franchise, but then I realized something else...

Holy shazbot, Batman! Yes, it's true...Peter Cushing not only portrayed Grand Moff Wilhuf Tarkin, but he was also the re-imagined version of the role made popular by the very first Doctor William Hartnell prior to Patrick Troughton taking over the role, and with it the whole explanation of the Doctor's regeneration trick being further explained and developed...

And then... I noticed something else, which was incredibly coincidental, which occurs at the art gallery scene in the movie Blind Date when Kim Basinger's character Nadia Gate's crazy ex-boyfriend David Bedford, portrayed John Larroquette shows up and makes trouble for Bruce Willis' character Walter (which also happens to be his real first name, by the way) Davis' night out on the town.  Check out the similarity in the wardrobe...

Doctor John?  No, that's somebody completely different...

And if that wasn't entirely too coincidental enough, I also spotted something else which was pretty noteworthy, but took me quite sometime to spot because I never noticed it before in all the countless number of times I saw this movie.  And that was the fact that the art being exhibited was actually from Necronomicon; the series from which the Alien costume is based on, painted by none other than the late great H. R. Giger.  And what does any of that have to do with Doctor Who?  Well... 

It just so happens that both Paul McGann (AKA: the eighth doctor who starred in the aforementioned tv movie pilot/ill faded attempt to bring the series over to America) and John Hurt (AKA: the ninth or War Doctor) each starred in the Alien franchise.  Paul played Golic in Alien III while John played Kane in the first Alien film and forever changed the history of the whole sci-fi horror movie genre with the immortalized shot of the infamous chest bursting scene, which is not to be confused with the parody from Spaceballs below...

And who could forget the crazy joke that Peter Capaldi dished out in the Last Christmas episode when one of the dream crabs' victims compared the organism to being like a facehugger (at approximately the 20:50-21:02 minute mark of the episode).  I've taken the liberty of meme'ing it, since the DailyMotion video sometimes takes a little too long to buffer... so enjoy!

But wait... there's more!

It just so happens that one of the choices to play the incarnation of the master (before Eric Roberts was ultimately chosen) was none other than Doc Emmett Brown himself; Christopher Lloyd.  His character in the Back to the Future trilogy is not only a fellow time traveler who at one point has to eventually get accustomed to wearing cowboy hats, but he also comes across a female by the name of Clara!  Of course, this companionship is a bit more of the romantic persuasion, than anything else... but still it's a bit too coincidental, isn't it, folks?  Well, that and the fact that these two characters' Lego counterparts are set to be interacting in the same video game playing universe pretty soon.  Now that right there is a true nerdgasm if I ever did see (or have) one!

And last, but certainly not least... let's not forget the incredibly true real life coincidence of actor David Tennant (AKA: The tenth or technically the eleventh and twelfth incarnations of Doctor Who) being married to co-star Georgia Moffett (who played the genetically engineered daughter of the Doctor, Jenny) and just so happens to be the actual daughter of Peter Davison (AKA: the fifth Doctor).  So does anybody here think that she may be having from some kind of science fictional daddy issues?  Before you answer that--- let's check in with Tom Baker to see what he has to say about all these peachy keen observations of mine...

This has been P.S. Elliott (AKA: "The Doctor" Gonzo; XXVII incarnation) reporting for the disassociated press, that is... The Gnoyze Guitar Mods & More Web Blog.

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