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    Avatar of MissRoriMissRori @missrori

    @jimthefish  Ooer, there’s too much vanilla entertainment right now, at the movies and stuff.  Though I like vanilla ice cream, so I’d use the word <i>bland</i> instead!  😉

    Avatar of ichabodichabod @ichabod

    @conchobarre  the odds of it being Kris Marshall have just risen dramatically

    Oh, damn.  I don’t like this guy for the part at all.  Oh, well.  Them’s the breaks . . . I’ll watch just to see what Chibnall does, or I’ll try to, anyway.  If it’s Marshall.

    @jimthefish  Broadchurch 3 hasn’t inspired me with any more confidence in Chibnall’s show-running, I’m increasingly expecting an approaching age of extremely vanilla Who.

    Oh, double damn!  That’s what I’m afraid of, too.  And it’s why I’ve wandered off before . . . But I wouldn’t mind so much.  A pal of mine with a psychic streak mentioned that she sees me writing a new book staring in the Autumn, so this long period of ingathering rather than output may be coming to an end.  As everything does.  Now, who told me that?

    @nikminkr  Thanks for the link.  Funny story — sheesh, I’m gonna miss this guy.

    Avatar of BluesqueakpipBluesqueakpip @bluesqueakpip

    The time to panic with the bookies is when they close down the betting – that’s when they think the part has been cast and people-in-the-know are betting on a dead cert. 😉

    Remember when Capaldi was cast? There was a massive surge in betting for Rory Kinnear – and it turned out to be rubbish.

    Avatar of KharisKharis @kharis

    It is just a rumor, thankfully.  Nothing more, and one of just many false alarms I’m sure.  I’m still hoping for Paul McGann.  (:

    Avatar of JimTheFishJimTheFish @jimthefish
    Time Lord

    what @bluesqueakpip said. Though seeing the really rather negative reaction on social media to the rumours yesterday I’d say Kris Marshall’s name has quite possibly been scratched off the shortlist…

    Avatar of nerysnerys @nerys

    @kharis I hadn’t even considered Paul McGann. Wouldn’t that be a wonderful redemption for him? I know he’s had other Doctor Who outings since that awful TV movie, but it would be so cool to see him fully realized as The Doctor. However, I suspect that given the unfair complaints about Peter Capaldi’s age, they’re looking for someone younger.

    @bluesqueakpip I’d love to see Rory Kinnear in the role. Hey, BBC, it’s not too late to consider him now!

    @jimthefish Coupled with the fact that Broadchurch 3 hasn’t inspired me with any more confidence in Chibnall’s show-running, I’m increasingly expecting an approaching age of extremely vanilla Who. Perfectly willing to be proved wrong though.

    See, I feel just the opposite. If we were talking Season 2, I’d agree with you completely. But Season 3 has restored my faith in his abilities. I know this is highly subjective, of course. Different strokes, and all.


    @nerys @jimthefish

    I’m inclined it agree with @nerys re Broadchurch – S3 managed to avoid the plotting stupidities of S2 (although it would be nice is, just occasionally, crime story writers familiarised themselves with the Police & Criminal Evidence Act). But I did quite like the rather contemplative ending tonight.

    Avatar of blenkinsopthebraveblenkinsopthebrave @blenkinsopthebrave

    @pedant Well, now that Broadchurch is over, I’m just hoping Chibnall’s got Thomas Hardy out of his system before he turns his attention to Who.

    On the question of the next Doctor, I am assuming that Chris Chibnall would have presented a pitch to the BBC on the type of Doctor he wanted to run with and, at the very least, would have worked in consultation with the suits at the BBC to get an actor that could realise his vision for the 13th? But others on the board might have more knowledge of how the BBC dynamics operate.



    There does seem to be an issue with vanishing posts – got a notification from @blenkinsopthebrave and the post seems to have gone walkabout (and not in the Jenny Agutter sense).


    (unless blenky deleted it, obv)

    Avatar of blenkinsopthebraveblenkinsopthebrave @blenkinsopthebrave

    Funny. The post I just put up seems to have disappeared…I’ll try again.

    @pedant Well, now that Broadchurch is over, I just hope that Chibnall has got Thomas Hardy out of his system, before he turns his attention to Who.

    On the subject of the choice of the new Doctor, I imagine that Chibnall would have presented the BBC with his take on how he wants to run with the Doctor, and I assume that, as show runner, he would, at the very least, have worked in close consultation with the suits at the BBC to get an actor who was capable of realising his vision? But others on the board might have more knowledge of how the BBC dynamics operate in regard to these issues?



    Avatar of JimTheFishJimTheFish @jimthefish
    Time Lord

    @nerys and @pedant

    Certainly s3 of Broadchurch is a vast step away from the idiocy of s2 and back in the direction of relative quality but I still felt there were points where dramatic logic was replaced with the dramatic equivalent of loud and self-conscious whistling. Julie Hesmondaigh was consistently amazing though. Haven’t watched the finale yet, so I’m willing to revise my opinion but I’ve not lost the feeling that Chibnall is far too happy to leap across narrative canyons to get to ‘the next cool bit’.


    I think Chibnall will have the greatest say in who and what the new Doctor would be but I think it unlikely that there won’t be other voices in the mix. Certainly I think there’s been plenty of hints from SM over the years that he’s had to accommodate the diktats of higher-ups, marketing bods and the like (iDaleks anyone?) and that there will be strong but insistent voices ‘guiding’ him in certain directions. (Once again, I’m very much hoping that SM is planning a Writer’s Tale type book. I feel certain there would be very many interesting stories to hear from his tenure in the big seat.)

    Avatar of wolfweedwolfweed @wolfweed

    Terrible jump cut in the Broadchurch reveal. Made it seem like the villain was twins/a ghost/a figment of the imagination/a teleporter…

    Avatar of thane15thane15 @thane15

    @blenkinsopthebrave @pedant @nerys @ichabod

    I really enjoyed Broadchurch 3! Ach. (puro here, let out on her own) but young Thane -nope, not at all.

    Actually…….pedant. Didn’t you LOVE it? 😉

    I’m sure there was shouting at one point? Not you, of course, pedantic the younger.

    Oh, crap,  that sounds weird, but, anyway.

    (Mind wipe.)


    Avatar of janetteBjanetteB @janetteb

    Another random thought re’ regeneration. Maybe there are two regenerations coming up. Moffat might do the regeneration he would chose if he was free to do so, ie Doctor into a woman but then two episodes later there will be another regeneration into the actor of Chibnell’s choice which will almost certainly be male. The BBC is too risk adverse for it to be otherwise. That way trying to please all and pleasing none. Fans will not be easily fobbed off.

    Just as long as we are not cheated of two or more episodes of PC as the Doctor.. I have been comforted by the reassurance that he would be safely in command of the Tardis console until the end of the Christmas Special.




    Avatar of KharisKharis @kharis

    @nerys You should listen to the audio stories starring Paul McGann, there is even a set with Alex as River.

    I like an older Doctor personally.  He would rock the part.

    Avatar of CraigCraig @craig

    @pedant Can you give me the number of the post that went missing? Should be in the URL. That’ll help me track down what happened to it.



    56386 (and if you browse the Pilot there’s at least one more from @geoffers, iirc) – see 56333 which refers to 56324 vanishing).

    Avatar of CraigCraig @craig

    @pedant Thanks. For some reason they were put in the spam folder. Have unspammed them now so that the authors are not tarred with that brush. I have no idea why. Algorithms! I’ll keep an eye on it.

    Avatar of wolfweedwolfweed @wolfweed

    David Tennant to appear on UK tv in ‘Billy Connolly & Me: A Celebration’, tonight @9pm on ITV…

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    bill n dave

    Avatar of CraigCraig @craig

    Cheers @wolfweed love Connolly (and Tennant of course). Been a bit busy over the weekend but can I also add my voice to those welcoming you back. Hope the internet issues are all sorted now. Your contributions are always great.

    Avatar of ichabodichabod @ichabod

    @jimthefish  I’m very much hoping that SM is planning a Writer’s Tale type book. I feel certain there would be very many interesting stories to hear from his tenure in the big seat.

    Oh, I second that — I’d love to see it happen!  But if so, I doubt it would be published for a long time — he has (I hope) a long writing career still ahead of him, and if you’re not in a position to piss off the PTB and tell embarrassing stories because, um, future jobs, it’s more politic to keep your notes in a drawer till if’s safe to take them out of there and let fly.

    @kharis  On Paul McGann — I saw The Movie years ago, was unimpressed, but this actor has many vocal fans here, so I’d like to see him get a proper crack at the part now — but, ageism, damn it.  So ridiculous . . . (said the old woman who’s got to do time on the rowing machine at the gym to get some decent breath back!).

    Avatar of MissyMissy @missy

    @thane15: Someone else  posted the same thing as your good self.(not on  here)  I know one should never believe all one reads, BUT unless it was done to deliberately deceive, why are is there a photograph on Kris Marshall half in and half out of the Tardis? Oh well, we’ll find out eventually, and please let it be Kris Marshall, he’s perfect for the part.

    Janette: If you watched the Whovians thingy after DW (thought them a bit silly) PC  apparently told Graham Norton that he will be in the Christmas special.  Also, according to them, you don’t lie to Graham Norton – so who knows?

    @mudlark: with a little luck, my viewing of ‘Easter eggs’ will come with my box set.


    Avatar of MissyMissy @missy

    @nikmlnkr: Thank you for that.

    Confirmed. If you watch the video, PC is in the Christmas special.



    Avatar of wolfweedwolfweed @wolfweed

    Dr Who style politics in tonight’s ‘This Week’ – from 11.45pm on bbc1…



    Avatar of MissyMissy @missy

    @kharis: Oh lawks, I hope not. It seems, reading some of the comments, that there is bit of skulduggery  afoot.

    I wonder if Steven Moffat will write the odd episode in series 11?  After all, he did when Russel T. Davies was in charge. here’s hoping.


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