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June 4th, 2008

Warrior Valeri!

I saw this when I watched it weeks ago, but I only just now took some video stills. In the behind-the-scenes "Doctor Who Confidential" episode for "The Fires of Pompeii," which itself was titled "The Italian Job" due to the cast and crew having traveled to Italy to the world famous (to film students...) Cinecittà Studios to film most of it, I spotted this completely hilarious doodle on the wall. I don't know if it was already there once the BBC crew got there or if the crew drew it themselves out of boredom (which is highly unlikely, since there was no time to be bored on that shoot, what with the effects being delayed a day!). But it was funny to see.

These are the special effects guys loading the fake ash into a machine that will spit it out all over the actors in the street. Look behind them at the Warrior Woman drawn on the wall, Valeri XX, in her helmet and armor and carrying her shield--!

Now naturally *I* find this hilarious. But I'd love to know the story on that. Just in case, I looked for a Val or Valerie amongst the crew, but there isn't one. Oh, for special effects supervisor Danny Hargreaves's phone number--!

And I don't even go to the beach--!



What the Beach Test Says About You



You tend to be a very social person. You live for your friends and family. You can get social burnout occasionally though. You aren't a total extrovert.



You fall in love with ease and confidence. Even if you've had bad experiences in the past, each new love is a reason to start completely over.



You are deeply passionate about several things in your life. You're not passionate about much... and the few passions you have are truly obsessions.



Your sense of humor is goofy and silly. You are good at making almost anyone laugh.

I'd run right into hell and back--!



You Would Do Most Things For Love



You are willing to go pretty far for love - but not far enough to compromise your core values.

Love is a priority for you, and you'll go further than most people to hold on to someone you love.

But killing for love? Or even taking a bullet? Probably out of the question.

No matter what, you love yourself the most!