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Started by markofrani, Dec 01, 2007, 05:13 pm
Quote from: rassilonsrod board=newbury thread=1196529224 post=1206461869My pewter key has been bent by just living in my wallet.Door latch mechanisms are pretty tough mechanisms... ever tried turning one with your fingers?-Marc
Quote from: exilea board=newbury thread=1196529224 post=1206462399Pewter is alot tougher than a finger. LOL
Quote from: rassilonsrod board=newbury thread=1196529224 post=1206464802LOL Well I'm no expert in the malleability of metals, but I was given this advice by someone who works in a mechanical workshop and works with metals every day... -Marc
Quote from: Borusa on Jun 24, 2010, 08:48 pmAbsolutely right about malleability being an issue when turning a key. That's why decent keys tend to be made of hard metals like brass and steel. Rest assured that the ankh key prop never actually turned any sort of lock whatsoever (I suspect). In keeping with that, I particularly like the suggestion that there may have been no requirement (within the context of the show) that the key turn at all. Just for the sake of adequately suspending our disbelief, imagine how an advanced technology like the Time Lords might see the practicality of carrying a "key" on a chain - they might even think it quaint - when that item was actually so advanced that it triggered the lock by simply being placed in the slot. Today magnetic key cards are absolutely commonplace.[Note: I LOVE this topic! When I was a kid I was fascinated by that nifty odd key!]
Quote from: Darksyde on Jun 25, 2010, 01:13 amThere was a 4th doctor episode that always gave me a chuckle. On Gallifrey they sent some poor chap to unlock his box. He had a big pile of odd acrylic shapes. Save for one, that was a simple acrylic shape with a normal key sticking out of the middle.
Quote from: galacticprobe on Jun 25, 2010, 04:56 amQuote from: Darksyde on Jun 25, 2010, 01:13 amThere was a 4th doctor episode that always gave me a chuckle. On Gallifrey they sent some poor chap to unlock his box. He had a big pile of odd acrylic shapes. Save for one, that was a simple acrylic shape with a normal key sticking out of the middle.I believe that episode was "The Invasion of Time". And if you watch the DVD with the CGI FX turned on, each one of those acrylic shapes emits some sort of light wave, rather than just a sound. (I've watched it both in the original version, and with the CGI FX on. It makes me wonder what the classic series would have been like if they'd had the budget to do FX like that back then, meaning, would they have stopped production after series 26?)Dino.
Quote from: Borusa on Jun 25, 2010, 03:55 pmIt is "The Invasion of Time" for sure - probably the most interesting or most controversial episode for those of us fascinated by all things TARDIS. (I've been clinging steadfast to the first opinion for almost 30 years.) I didn't know about the alternate CGI FX version on the DVD! Thanks, Dino.
Quote from: rassilonsrod on Mar 25, 2008, 04:17 pmMy pewter key has been bent by just living in my wallet.
Quote from: net97surferx on Jun 30, 2010, 11:29 pmI was at a micro mini weekend con in Memphis, TN, USA long long ago (circa 1982-3?) and met someone who had actually met Tom Baker (her last name was Baker also... love coincidences like that). He had given her an ankh shaped key ... and one side had what looked like a star constellation on it. The story was that the 'lock' would open since the key had the Gallefry 'constellation' on it to register with the main 'computer'.Kind of like the lateral tumbler system... or keyed magnetics some use today... stellar key coding !