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Which ones were your favourites? and which ones would you like to, you know ?

DV, Friday, 2 August 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

k9 = best

not sure about the second bit, but not Sophie Aldred or the bloke from Blue Peter.

chris, Friday, 2 August 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

sophie aldred. sophie aldred.

Alan Trewartha, Friday, 2 August 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

(aargh mind meld as i am listening to Orbital's version of the theme tune RIGHT NOW!!) it's obv sophie alread as she was v handy with explosives and once beat a Dalek up with a baseball bat cos she was incensed at it calling her a "small human"! if that's not rocking i dunno what is!

katie, Friday, 2 August 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

nup, Sophie Aldred sets off my "Bubbly person alarm" which instantly rules out any sort of crush.

chris, Friday, 2 August 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Alan and Katie, get thee to a mentalist asylum. Ace was teethgrindingly awful. My answer to both questions: Romana II, like, obviously.

RickyT, Friday, 2 August 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

http://www.consoleroom.com/assistants/nicola_b/nb_mx_08.jpg

peri, Friday, 2 August 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

ROMANA II - k-ROWR obv. Ace... mmm, num num. (the actress herself is even more attractive now.)

Alan Trewartha, Friday, 2 August 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

um AHEM christopher, and alang come to that, SOME of us like Dr Who assistants for OTHER reasons than having a crush on them you know! (eg. the explosives thing). you big load of shallow pervertalists you.

katie, Friday, 2 August 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Lalla Ward is famously married to Stephen Dawkins. Rowrrr.

K9 is pretty foxy. the way that thing comes out of his forehead - hubba hubba.

watching Robots of Death relatively recently convinces that Leela is the best ever assistant. you can't really imagine Ace saying something like "Touch me again and I'll cripple you".

DV, Friday, 2 August 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

It is threads like this that make me believe that men really would shag a bag of soil (or puddle of mud or whatever it was) regardless of their age. Good grief.

Emma, Friday, 2 August 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Eh? OK, DV being attracted to a metal dog is kind of odd, but I hardly think Lalla Ward, Louise Jameson and Sophie Aldred constitute a gallery of supreme mingdom.

RickyT, Friday, 2 August 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

I loved the way he said "Mistress Romana" though

Alan Trewartha, Friday, 2 August 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Can't remember the others but SOPHIE ALDRED?!!?? PUHLEASE! She is SO ROUGH! And has a square head! Give me a bag of soil any time.

Emma, Friday, 2 August 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

(haha and then emma lezzes up with the bag of soil...)

katie, Friday, 2 August 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

those bags of soil are very accomodating.

DV, Friday, 2 August 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

http://dspace.dial.pipex.com/town/road/xgj15/Finxy127.jpg

ROWR!

Alan Trewartha, Friday, 2 August 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

But DON'T YOU SEE? Her head! It's SQUARE!

Emma, Friday, 2 August 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Actually, I take it back, Sophie Aldred is a bit grim.

RickyT, Friday, 2 August 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

That's not Sophie Aldred! And I did say I couldn't remember the others. Though that soil is looking mighty fine I must say.

Emma, Friday, 2 August 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

No, that's Lalla Ward.

RickyT, Friday, 2 August 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Ha ha look the bag of soil has found itself a hoe!

Tom, Friday, 2 August 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Search: http://www.shillpages.com/dw/padburw0.jpg

Jeff W, Friday, 2 August 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

I like the way the soil comes with gloves so you don't get your hands dirty.

RickyT, Friday, 2 August 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Sophie Aldred is second on my wife list. after Jessica Stephenson. the bag of soil is way down (6th or 7th)

Alan Trewartha, Friday, 2 August 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

(oh god, JeffW a friend of mine is now seeing her ex! please use googleguard speak)

Tom -- please delete this thread

Alan Trewartha, Friday, 2 August 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

I ain't no hoe no!

Emma, Friday, 2 August 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Exactly where is Mr. Perry in all this? It's SO his thread -- salacious comments and Doctor Who!

Ned Raggett, Friday, 2 August 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

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Tom, Friday, 2 August 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

I don't remember Alan Trewartha being an assistant. Frazier Hines anyway for k-rub Scottish accent.

Pete, Friday, 2 August 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

right you are ????

Alan Trewartha, Friday, 2 August 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

My favourite has to be Jo - Jon Pertwee's asst. I remember her wearing a stripy jumper in The Seadevils, my earliest Dr Who memory.

Jez, Friday, 2 August 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Sorry Alan I was just applying the appropriate GoogleGuard

Tom, Friday, 2 August 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

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Alan Trewartha, Friday, 2 August 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

oh you men and your testosterone-fuelled fites!

katie, Friday, 2 August 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

At least we can slay mammoths!

Tom, Friday, 2 August 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

one for the 'destroy' pile:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/doctorwho/doctors/comp_mel.shtml

koogydelbbog, Friday, 2 August 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

didn't the Jo Grant actress do a saucy shoot for Playboy? do a websearch for Katy Manning and bob's your uncle, wheh wheh wheh.

DV, Friday, 2 August 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

there's a noise that is reserved for such images. it is this: Yuraaaaagruh. it is the noise made by Sideshow bob when he stands on rakes in the ep of the simpsons based on cape fear. it is said through gritted teeth.

Alan Trewartha, Friday, 2 August 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

(both Katy Manning nude draped over dalek, and anything to do with Mel)

Alan Trewartha, Friday, 2 August 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

My word it's Deano. Hello Deano! Run away!

Tim, Friday, 2 August 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

I have mixed feelings about The Brigadier - I liked him, but he always appeared in the episodes set on Earth...ie the really terrifying ones. Bloody hell - The Green Death scarred me for years!

Jez, Friday, 2 August 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Jeff, isn't that like, a 12 year-old girl?

N., Friday, 2 August 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

and taken about 30 years ago.

Alan Trewartha, Friday, 2 August 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Leela wins btw

Tom, Friday, 2 August 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Yeah, but I was abt. 4 y.o. when it was taken, N. B-sides, how do you know I wasn't answering the first question?

Jeff W, Friday, 2 August 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Girls - and homosexualists - where do you stand on the Rowr! factor of the boy assistants?

do any of Adric, the Brigadier, Turlough, or Harry etc. reverse the polarity of your neutron flow?

DV, Friday, 2 August 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Adric is usually cited, esp the bit where he is trapped in the master's weird maths/web thing in Castrovalva and he allegedly has a very visible erection. i'm not so convinced.

Alan Trewartha, Friday, 2 August 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

susan!!

mark s, Friday, 2 August 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

I know some ppl who just called their daughter Tegan - the first e.g. I know of the use of the name other than the Dr. who character. I must get round to asking them if they got the name from the programme.

Black Orchid was an odd story in that it was almost as if it started life as an ordinary period costume drama and Dr. Who was just thrown in as an afterthought.

MarkH (MarkH), Wednesday, 3 December 2003 12:41 (eighteen years ago) link

The look on the constables face was priceless.

around the same moment she sees some prisoner the cops have hauled in and says "Put him to the torture!".

what ethnicity is Tegan meant to be?

DV (dirtyvicar), Wednesday, 3 December 2003 13:11 (eighteen years ago) link

She's Australian, isn't she?

Sarah (starry), Wednesday, 3 December 2003 13:22 (eighteen years ago) link

Actually I mean "The Free Republic Of Irritating Farmers". I don't she was as bad as Nyssa, although there's a good chance I'm mixing them up.

Sarah (starry), Wednesday, 3 December 2003 13:22 (eighteen years ago) link

Nyssa was fine, she just never got much to do.

Tico Tico (Tico Tico), Wednesday, 3 December 2003 13:24 (eighteen years ago) link

Was Nyssa meant to be a scientist? I never saw where Nyssa and Tegan joined Il Dottore.

Sarah (starry), Wednesday, 3 December 2003 13:32 (eighteen years ago) link

Nyssa joined in Keeper of Traken. She was the daughter of the keeper whose body got nicked by the master.

Ricardo (RickyT), Wednesday, 3 December 2003 13:33 (eighteen years ago) link

A DOOMED keeper, by any chance?

Sarah (starry), Wednesday, 3 December 2003 13:35 (eighteen years ago) link

around the same moment she sees some prisoner the cops have hauled in and says "Put him to the torture!".
Yeah! I almost forgot that one.

I don't she was as bad as Nyssa, although there's a good chance I'm mixing them up.
Typical behaviour of the Doctors assistants during the Adric/Nyssa/Tegan era:
1) Adric would help think up a possible solution to the problem.
2) Nyssa would tactfully offer advice on what Adric got wrong, and offer an improved version of the solution.
3) Tegan would neurotically pace back and forth and complain about how they were all doomed.
4) The bag guys would capture Nyssa and Tegan.
5) The bag guys would **KILL** Adric.
6) Tegan would bitch and complain while Nyssa surrepticiously would find a way to free herself.
7) The Doctor shows up just in time to see that Nyssa has solved the problem.
8) The show ends with no theme music, just a shot of Adric's broken star badge.

Lord Custos Omicron (Lord Custos Omicron), Wednesday, 3 December 2003 13:48 (eighteen years ago) link

(that should've read "bad guys"

Lord Custos Omicron (Lord Custos Omicron), Wednesday, 3 December 2003 13:50 (eighteen years ago) link

i liked the guy on the dr who @ 40 thing on ukglod who persisted in mispronouncing assistant/companion names. "teh-gun" for Tegan and "lay-la" for Leela. anything to annoy the convention crowd

Alan (Alan), Wednesday, 3 December 2003 15:07 (eighteen years ago) link

I liked the mentalist with the white hair who played on the swings.

Sarah (starry), Wednesday, 3 December 2003 15:08 (eighteen years ago) link

him too :-)

Alan (Alan), Wednesday, 3 December 2003 15:09 (eighteen years ago) link

She's Australian, isn't she?

yeah, but her surname was Jovanka. Where do people with surnames like that originate from?

DV (dirtyvicar), Wednesday, 3 December 2003 17:46 (eighteen years ago) link

It was something someone yelled at Nathan-Turner once, apparently.

Tico Tico (Tico Tico), Wednesday, 3 December 2003 17:50 (eighteen years ago) link

HAHA!

There was a debate over whether the character was going to be named Tegan or Jovanka. Allegedly someone wrote down both names on a piece of paper and it was assumed that rather than being seperate choices for a first name, it was the character's full name. Hence a dumb-ass surname was born.

Imagine talking about The Doctor, Jovanka, and Turlough...

Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Wednesday, 3 December 2003 17:52 (eighteen years ago) link

What absurdity that would have been! How on earth is Jovanka a girl's first name...? Good job that was avoided I s'ppose. :)

"Black Orchid"; bloody good little story: a refreshing change and one of the few most purely enjoyable Davisons. My problem with a lot of Season 18-24 DW is that it really isn't fun to watch, unlike vitually all the Graham Williams episodes... it had lost that sense of being able to appeal to an audience wider than the 'fanbase'. Too many of the JNT companions didn't really work or weren't given enough good material. Nyssa and Peri worked well at times, but could have been given so much more to do. Tegan... all my memories (however long ago) point towards her being a whingeing irritant in most stories. I would like to be proved wrong if I watched the episodes again. In something like 'Four to Doomsday' I distinctly remember her being awfully portrayed...

Tom May (Tom May), Saturday, 6 December 2003 02:15 (eighteen years ago) link

five months pass...
We have a new contender, Billie Piper.

N. (nickdastoor), Monday, 24 May 2004 17:44 (eighteen years ago) link

I read that in the paper today. I don't think she'd be too bad - she seemed quite gutsy in Canterbury Tales and I guess she could carry it off quite well.

ailsa (ailsa), Monday, 24 May 2004 17:48 (eighteen years ago) link

Is there a character description for Rose Tyler anywhere (he asks knowing that with his amazing geek-fu he could probably find it without using a search engine).

VengaDan Perry (Dan Perry), Monday, 24 May 2004 17:50 (eighteen years ago) link

A fiesty young woman who engages in flirty sexual banter with him, says the Telegraph.

"Much more intelligent and pro-active” than her predecessors, says Eccleston.

N. (nickdastoor), Monday, 24 May 2004 18:05 (eighteen years ago) link

GRRRR. Barbara Wright, Sara Kingdom, Zoe Herriott, Liz Shaw, Sarah Jane Smith, Leela, Romanas I and II, Nyssa, Tegan and Ace to thread.

VengaDan Perry (Dan Perry), Monday, 24 May 2004 18:19 (eighteen years ago) link

she's pro-active? so the new doctor who is going to be a sitcom about management?

fortunate hazel (f. hazel), Monday, 24 May 2004 18:28 (eighteen years ago) link

Has Eccleston always been a cock?

N. (nickdastoor), Monday, 24 May 2004 18:31 (eighteen years ago) link

FFS do a little research before making stupid comments about your new job (particularly when your new job involves irrationally rabid mentalist fans).

VengaDan Perry (Dan Perry), Monday, 24 May 2004 19:13 (eighteen years ago) link

it's kind of funny to watch the fan boards simultaneously denounce her and scour the web for naked pictures of her.

fortunate hazel (f. hazel), Monday, 24 May 2004 22:06 (eighteen years ago) link

After checking the 'official' sites every day for three months, I see it first on ILx.

So is this Billie Piper any good then?

Pack Yr Romantic Almanac (Autumn Almanac), Monday, 24 May 2004 22:17 (eighteen years ago) link

I haven't seen any of her acting roles, but her performance in one of those "Canterbury Tales" - noted by Ailsa - was praised in many quarters.

I'm something of a DW fan and will frankly not denounce this decision; it seems to me potentially a very good choice indeed, from all I hear. Some will see it as a balancing act between the respected actor Eccleston and a more glamorous choice (reeling in certain other audiences), yet she must clearly have done a great audition and have something about her as actress to have got the role. Russell T. Davies and co. seem so far very astute judges. I have the impression they might just see Piper playing the role as something of the Buffy type... which would be interesting in DW's context.

Oh, and yes, it's definitely a bit absurd to say that none of the companions were intelligent before...! The stereotype is exaggerated. Some of them were underwritten at times, but yes, Romanas, Barbara, Zoe, Liz Shaw, Ace, Sarah Jane etc... these were all interesting characters and hardly stereotyped helpless 'lovelies'.

Tom May (Tom May), Tuesday, 25 May 2004 00:25 (eighteen years ago) link

I have the impression they might just see Piper playing the role as something of the Buffy type

They said as much about the Rose character months ago. They've written the part as an intelligent forthright independent assistant, not a piece of fluff that bounces around screaming.

All looking good so far. I just hope the whole relationship bent doesn't turn it into something horrible and sappy [news of the TARDIS interior being designed around relationship-building is a bit naff].

Yeah, most of the previous assistants were definitely intelligent, but some of them really were there as eye candy. Zoe didn't get that tight-fitting jumpsuit by magic. ;)

Pack Yr Romantic Almanac (Autumn Almanac), Tuesday, 25 May 2004 00:30 (eighteen years ago) link

Well, indeed. :) But then she was always generally written pretty well, especially in something like "The War Games" (given a more 'practical' costume there). Some brilliant scenes of bossing the hapless Frazer Hines about, who can't cope with a lunatic Mexican bandit.

Yes, one sees little need ever for sappiness in DW, if it directly involves the Doctor, but I see no reason why Piper's character oughtn't get involved in such stuff; she is to play a modern day human being after all, and I see no reason why DW in 2005 should entirely shirk the odd emotional storyline...

Tom May (Tom May), Tuesday, 25 May 2004 00:41 (eighteen years ago) link

Urgh. Don't start me on Jamie McCrimmon.

If Rose gets a porking in the control room, great. Awesome. Having her boyfriend as a second companion would create some good tension too [there's been talk of a second companion for ages]. What worries me is the prospect of this new Doctor being all sappy. Eccleston seems to want to drag the Doctor in that direction. If it works, cool, but right now I don't see how.

Pack Yr Romantic Almanac (Autumn Almanac), Tuesday, 25 May 2004 00:50 (eighteen years ago) link

Right, off I go to live in Dorkville.

Pack Yr Romantic Almanac (Autumn Almanac), Tuesday, 25 May 2004 00:51 (eighteen years ago) link

two months pass...
Earthshock, the story where Adric dies, is on UK Gold on Saturday morning.

Salvador Dalek, Wednesday, 11 August 2004 15:25 (seventeen years ago) link

Never liked that one too much; but indeed, as it was shown the year I was born, I missed out on the whole surprise quality of it.

Those Davison years saw a complete failure to grasp how the show works, c.f. companions. You can have more than one companion, but you have to do it very well for it to work; Jamie and Zoe, the original Series 1 team etc.

Frankly, Tegan, Nyssa and Adric were very thin characters, impoverished by some very misguided writing. Strange how I can actually stand Nicola Bryant's Peri and not these; maybe the sole companion format just sits more naturally and easy, even with a companion who was written similarly. She managed a bit more rapport with Davison and Baker at times than those 3 ever did (well at times I admit Tegan and Nyssa worked well, but only very fleetingly).

Anyway, one awaits with great interest to see how Ms. Piper fares within the pantheon of companions; my feeling is that she could surprise many and be one of the very best - and it seems likely her relation to the nature of the series itself will be larger than any companions since Ian and Barbara, right back at the start. But then such is my confidence in the production; a fantastic team of writers, so much time and thought going in, etc.

Tom May (Tom May), Wednesday, 11 August 2004 16:54 (seventeen years ago) link

two weeks pass...
What kind of Assistant do you think Billie Piper will/should be?
Feisty? Neurotic? A screamer in the best traditions of Dr Who?

I think I read somewhere she would be quite feisty. I just wonder if Dr Who will get terrible ratings because some prat will put it on a weekday between 7-8pm up against ITV soap operas and noone will watch it and the BBC will just let it die due to poor ratings(like happened before)
It has to be on around 6pm at the weekend IMO.

Rotten, Friday, 27 August 2004 12:46 (seventeen years ago) link

Argh a pox on all "fiesty" companions! (except Tegan; u no i luv u boo)

I'd love it if she was completely drugged out and criminal but that's not going to happen.

VengaDan Perry (Dan Perry), Friday, 27 August 2004 13:13 (seventeen years ago) link

Jo Grant = still absolutely horn city. My goodness!

Billie Piper is obv an arse-ette. I mean - Chris Evans! How can anyone bear to be in the same room as that tool, never mind live with him.

Dr. C (Dr. C), Friday, 27 August 2004 13:32 (seventeen years ago) link

I get a feeling it's going to be a feisty companion.

Rotten, Friday, 27 August 2004 17:21 (seventeen years ago) link

four months pass...
She'll be Buffy.

Adamdrome Crankypants (Autumn Almanac), Sunday, 9 January 2005 03:14 (seventeen years ago) link

Here are my reasons why POLLY is grebt.

1/ She is the hottest with her PANDA EYES.

2/ She is a secretary who goes into the Tardis by accident. Does the experience turn her into a fighting space trooper - NO! In almost every story she ends up literally making coffee, particularly in bases under siege.

3/ Except when she realises that the way to kill cybermen is by using her nail varnish on them!

4/ She is an even better screamer than Troughton's other assistants.

5/ She is the only companion who never gets an official surname, according to something I read somewhere.

6/ There is a great will-they won't-they thing going on with co-companion Ben. Except will-they won't-they hadn't been invented as a mechanism of characterisation so you have to squint to see it. But there is a definite dynamic and quite an interesting one - bit of rough Ben is clearly interested in posh girl Polly, and only really ever gets motivated when she gets kidnapped or captured (which is often), the rest of the time he's all "can't we go back to the Tardis?". Polly on the other hand never really pays much attention to poor old Ben, she seems more interested in Jamie though mostly to mother him and enjoy his quaint anachronistic ways.

Tom (Groke), Sunday, 9 January 2005 11:46 (seventeen years ago) link

I'm pretty certain that Katarina, Vicki, Romana, Leela, and Adric never had surnames (I'm not entirely sure "of Traken" counts, either).

The Ghost of Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Sunday, 9 January 2005 13:44 (seventeen years ago) link

Romana's real name was Romanalakiujhfaskifhdasjhdfbalyefbakjasjga. The lakidsufdaslkiaskjydflasiudfsahfdga bit probably counts as a surname.

Adamdrome Crankypants (Autumn Almanac), Monday, 10 January 2005 00:13 (seventeen years ago) link

(Romanadvoratrelundar)

(I am a sad, sad man)

The Ghost of Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Monday, 10 January 2005 03:35 (seventeen years ago) link

seventeen years pass...

Has Eccleston always been a cock?

He's one now, for sure.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/06/09/middle-aged-white-men-pariah-industry-says-christopher-eccleston/

Doodles Diamond (Tom D.), Friday, 17 June 2022 09:11 (two weeks ago) link

Times ran the same story a few days ago, & were getting shit for a near-identical headline. It seems like Ecclestone's actually saying "and that's how it should be" but I haven't checked the actual interview.

It is really interesting how paywalls and twitter allow newspapers to lie. It becomes necessarily difficult to verify what was actually said so people respond to the headline, the headline has ideological effects... (what Eccleston actually said in the next tweet of Jolyon’s) https://t.co/T0zD2KLwkP

— Tom Gann (@Tom_Gann) June 10, 2022

woof, Friday, 17 June 2022 09:27 (two weeks ago) link

i wrote a thing

https://www.alanauch.org/wtob/2022/06/19/no-more-allegories/

Kate (rushomancy), Sunday, 19 June 2022 15:42 (one week ago) link

Reading that notes and the unexpected shade is painful:

When it comes to Doctor Who, I’m always hopeful. I’m hopeful that this won’t be a “Picard”-style second act.

Antifa Lockhart (Leee), Sunday, 19 June 2022 20:05 (one week ago) link

jesus, this thread

assert (matttkkkk), Sunday, 19 June 2022 21:40 (one week ago) link

Sorry about the shade! I try to be kind and compassionate, and I certainly don't judge anybody who really likes the show. That sort of nostalgia is simply not my cup of tea these days.

Kate (rushomancy), Monday, 20 June 2022 15:01 (one week ago) link

No offense taken, I actually consider that show to be generally terrible! I've watched a trans youtuber talk about LGBT representation in Trek and how she had found and valued analogues to the trans experience in the '90s, but how much more affirming it was to see actual trans characters and actors on the show (as unwatchable as I find Discovery, I will applaud its inclusiveness, just as I do with Chibnall's tenure), so I'm excited for RTD II, and I really like your reading on "Turn Left"!

Antifa Lockhart (Leee), Monday, 20 June 2022 17:20 (one week ago) link


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