• blenkinsopthebrave replied to the topic On The Sofa (10)

    Was sitting here thinking about a possible “what Who would I want if stranded on a desert island. Well, obviously all of it! But if the choice was down to three episodes…

    Well, we all respond to “who was our first Doctor” but there are other factors that mean some stories “speak” to us, not necessarily because of the brilliance of the episode,…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic Ghost Light part 3

    I just watched Ghost Light (all three parts). First of OldWho I’ve seen in five decades, first McCoy ep ever.

    I’ve just finished a saga through all of NuWho from Rose to Resolution (end of S11). I recently ordered Survival (as the last of oldWho) and Ghost Light which was said to be deeply weird and incomprehensible. Well, I didn’t find it so,…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic On The Sofa (10)

    …  umm, great.   I’d heard Ghost Light got really weird, but I found I could follow it okay.  And Ace certainly held her own.   She reminded a bit of Clara – not in her storyline, but in her attitude.

    Talk of Chibnall going back to the style of Old Who doesn’t stand up, this Old Who ep felt a lot more like a Moffatt ep to me.   It might have be…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic On The Sofa (10)

    Okay, I’m watching  Ghost Light.   The first OldWho I’ve seen in decades, first time I’ve ever seen McCoy.   I’m five minutes in so far, and already I like Ace.   I don’t mind that the Doc keeps trying to shut her up, they’re characters, and I’m sure she can look after herself.   We shall see…

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    testing  – oh it is working.   Tried on another thread & it ate my comment.   Sorry for the noise

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic Resolution

    Well that was no Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos (thank goodness)
    It started well, with a sweeping concept (the Pacific Islands weren’t part of the known world 900 years ago, but I can overlook that) but then it scaled back to something much more mundane.

    Chibnall can’t do dialogue nearly as well as his predecessors. As some reviewer commented, the…[Read more]

  • That is one of my absolute favourite stand-alone episodes.    It is actually a classic tragedy, but with no villain except Time.   Amy seems fated to suffer these glitches of the timeline.

    But it set up a situation at the end where there was no good answer.   The classic ‘trolley problem’.   Far, far worse than just facing terrible conseque…[Read more]

  • @blenkinsopthebrave I agree with you so much that I rarely watch it because it is so intense and sad. This episode is so good it is hard to watch.

    Stay safe.

  • winston replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    janetteb   This is one of life’s little coincidences, my husband grew up in the area that your ancestor settled in. It is beautiful country on the banks of Lake Huron which has miles of beaches and sand dunes.  Even now it is  a farming area with a big rural population. I hope he was happy here.

    Stay safe.

  • Rewatched this last night, for the first time in ages. Had forgotten just how good it was. Karen Gillan puts in a bravura performance. The emotion is complex and riveting, the decisions that have to be made are complex and painful, the Doctor is both caring and brutal. Everything about it works–the writing, the acting, the direction. This was an…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    Hmm,  well I’ve reached the end of S11 with Battle of Ranskoor av Kolos.   The episodes were gradually improving (Demons of the Punjab, Kerblam, It Takes You Away, and I posted my comments on them on the relevant pages) but I’m afraid Ranskoor raised a continual string of nitpicks which I won’t post since the thread for that episode had already no…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic It Takes You Away

    @janetteb    Oh, good.   Makes it worth me posting.     I think I will give it a re-watch.

    In fact I think (as someone suggested) it might have made a better series finale than Ranskoor av Kolos, it had the necessary quality of cosmic peril  (the Solitract potentially destroying the universe),  the ‘book-end’ resolution of the Grace thread, an…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic It Takes You Away

    Hi @dentarthurdent I have been looking forward to your review of this episode. It is one of my favourites from this series, in part because of the location, in part because of the very welcome appearance of Grace and the early scenes in the house. The ending is a bit rushed and there are some narrative inconsistencies but overall it is a very…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic It Takes You Away

    Well the last page of comments seems to have been about comparative linguistics. Not that I object – fascinating subject.
    But I came here to talk about ‘It Takes You Away’, so I guess I’ll just leave this here:

    Interesting bit of world-building, feels more like the Who I’m used to.
    I still can’t ‘see’ Jodie as an alien, even if she is eating…[Read more]

  • blenkinsopthebrave replied to the topic Dr Who News (4)

    The (new) War Doctor


    I am starting to wonder if the most interesting Who these days is now not the TV show…


  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @blenkinsopthebrave I know of the book though I have never read it. I do often think of the title, though I thought it was “The Great Australian Ugliness” when I look at post war houses. It seems Australian architecture is on a “race to the bottom”. Our houses get uglier and uglier. There is a street that I walk down when walking into town with…[Read more]

  • winston replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @blenkinsopthebrave    Oh the “Mysterious Case of the Missing Rake” a strange case occurring all over Canada. I found mine hanging in one of our trees, no idea how it got there.

    Stay safe.

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  • @winston Yes, Happy Thanksgiving Day in return! Of course, as a recent Canadian, I am still a little unknowing about the whole Thanksgiving thing in Canada. Mrs Blenkinsop tells me that it is connected to harvest time. I am willing to go with that, but that has no actual resonance for someone who grew up in Australia. What it means to me now is…[Read more]

  • winston replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @blenkinsopthebrave   Happy Thanksgiving Day! Hope you had a good one. We are shut down in Ontario and asked to stay home with only our household which means Mr. Winston and me. It also means a turkey that only he eats and a giant cheesecake (baked by me,first time!) that only I eat so…..it is track pants today.

    It is a either an extremely h…[Read more]

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