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    @peacefrog   I hadn’t heard about David Olney. Heartbreaking.

    I love The Band, have posted them on here before. In amongst all the perfect bits, I’m a big fan of Garth Hudson’s organ playing.

    Also, nice little Talking Orange Heads mashup.  🙂

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    @thane16   I think Mum would say “the sound was found as early as the 3rd century BC in…Crete.”

    This made me smile. I once heard June Tabor introduce a song that she dated back to the 19th century. When she began, I recognized as originating in the Renaissance. Nothing’s as new as you think it is. Maybe some 16th-century listener knew it from his grandfather! I don’t remember what the song was, but it would have been something along these lines:

    #69331
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    Wow, I can’t keep up with all the excitement around here! So much fabulous stuff. My American-born husband introduced me to Tom Lehrer many years ago. My father-in-law is tone-deaf and has little interest in music, but as a Harvard-educated liberal, he greatly approved of Lehrer, and those songs were basically my husband’s nursery rhymes. I, of course, was singing a weird mix of Dylan, Kris Kristofferson, the Fifth Dimension, and Englebert Humperdinck (the crooner, not the Hansel and Gretel guy) at a similar age. Oh, and I can recall dancing around my grandmother’s living room singing along to “Delilah” by Tom Jones. I can’t imagine I understood it!

    @mudlark   Love the Animals. Here, for @peacefrog as well:

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    @nerys   Yes, I forgot to mention that I also liked the connection Ryan made with Miss Skeritt, their mutual experience of how meeting someone extraordinary can change your outlook forever.

    I don’t disagree with most of the criticisms that people have made. But while I watched the episode, they were nowhere in my view. They didn’t take me out of the experience in the same way as last week. And I found the performances in this one very enjoyable.

    #69269
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    I agree @missrori that the ending was lovely. It reminds me that even now, with all the challenges facing the world, there are forward-thinking, inspired people with ideas that might just take us into a better future!

    Oh, and nice research @whisht on the Kraftwerk connection!

    #69268
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    Goran Visnjic’s performance was inspired. Of course, it’s impossible not to take the side of the brilliant underdog, when he’s presented with such warmth and energy, and easy to see Edison as a stereotypical capitalist villain. But there was a nice moment when Edison made the absolutely valid point that for every idea, there needs to be someone who can make that idea a reality. We need both the Teslas and the Edisons, really. I was very moved by the idea that Tesla might have understood that his lack of success in the present might have been superseded by his importance to the future.

    While it’s possible to come up with an explanation for the different approaches to the mind wipe, I think that it’s problematic in a lot of ways and it would definitely have been better to find a way to avoid using it in the earlier episode. I also agree with @jimthefish that the villain was distractingly similar to the Racnoss. Although I suppose, as there are so many humanoid type aliens in the universe, there’s no reason there shouldn’t be a lot of arachnid ones as well!

    #69267
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    Oh. My. God. So good. That was the best thing, I enjoyed every minute of it. It’s going to take me a while to come down off my high to think rationally about it. So good. I watched the whole thing with a big smile on my face and wept at the end. Loved it, loved it, loved it.

    #69175
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    @peacefrog    I haven’t been able to keep up with your awesome posts. And now Cowboy Junkies! And the Doors. 🙂 Brilliant.

    I’ll leave something completely different, as I make ready to go out into the snow, with requisite grumbles about living in Vancouver where we’re not supposed to get this stuff. And yet, there’s about a foot of it outside my door, and more what they like to call “mixed precip” coming down as I write. *Huff!*

    But really, as I am about the age Ella was in this recording, and feel like I’m  watching my skill sets vanish before my eyes, how amazing is this performance? Cheers!

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    @missrori     I understand that your special circumstances present particular challenges. But I do relate to the statement “to keep the peace, I just don’t talk to her about much anymore“!

    I love my parents dearly, but they live in a part of Canada where the politics are so different from those of mine that I end up avoiding a lot of topics. It’s frustrating sometimes, particularly in regard to the climate, which is such a critical issue. Not that they are deniers, but they definitely don’t share my belief that we can and must wean ourselves from fossil fuels. My step dad, now retired, worked in the oil patch, and they have thoroughly partaken of the Alberta Kool-Aid in this regard. When my mom bemoans the increasingly challenging weather, floods, and forest fires that impact them, and refuses to connect the dots to pipelines and bitumen and so on, it’s maddening. I bite my tongue most of the time, because getting into this with an 80-year-old won’t serve any purpose. The 80-year-olds aren’t the ones we need to convince, anyway!

    #69122
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    @missrori     Responding to you in the pub so as to avoid getting modded!

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    @juniperfish     I think we’ve gotten used to After Gap DW, in which the Doctor’s connection to his companions has been much deeper than in the past. So far, at least, Thirteen has a warm but less intense relationship with her “fam”. I was never altogether comfortable with the angsty aspect of the Doctor/Companion dynamic that took over the After Gap series, so this current version doesn’t bother me. Anyway, we’ve yet to see how it will all play out!

    @jimthefish     Fifth Doctor was gifted Companions that were always squabbling amongst themselves. It always felt like he had to parent them, and he often came across looking very weak as a result. The current group doesn’t have quite that problem. However, it’s true that we lose time with the Doctor due to the group. Much as I love all these companions, I’ve always felt that the Doctor benefits from cycling through a few. New relationships bring out new aspects of character.

    We’ll see how the new Gallifrey arc goes. Hopefully it’s not as much of a retread as it sounds at the moment.

     

    #69049
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    Just leaving this here for @thane16  (aka Syzygy the Elder). I love this.

    #69047
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    Welcome, @peacefrog! I too lurked a long time before joining in the fun.

    @thane16   Not sure if Midnight was a tranquility base, but it was certainly the same kind of place. Definitely a recall there, and that was one of my favourite Tennant episodes!

    @vervain   whether you stop being a fan of whichever team you follow if they lose a few games? Have a bad season? Temporarily have a crap coach?  This made me laugh. None of us would ever follow a team again if that were the case.

    @craig   That video is freakin’ awesome.

    @jimthefish   the Doctor returns to a planet where she’s previously instigated a revolt and deal with the messy aftermath that she usually conveniently disappears before having to deal with     Didn’t something like this happen to Nine?

    #69045
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    Sigh. I hate that the minute any kind of social message is presented I catch myself anticipating the flood of negativity that is about to ensue. As others have said, ad nauseam, there has always been a place for these in DW. There has never been any “golden age” where this wasn’t true. And I so wish that people would remember that nothing — episode, series, regen, show as a whole — is “just patently bad”. It’s bad to you. This language is a real slap in the face to those with a different opinion.

    My problem with the episode was that it felt awfully kitchen-sinky. It didn’t feel very cohesive. Too many ideas thrown in and not enough attention paid to any of them. I felt that more could have been done with the parent/child theme, which I assume was the main theme of the episode. I would have better enjoyed the “planet of the apes” concept if it had been the main thrust of an episode of its own.

    There was a lot that could have been better enjoyed had there been more time. Ryan’s tentative approach to Bella could have had more space to breathe, as could Graham’s brief moment of fear for Ryan’s safety. Benni and Vilma’s fate was a straight recall of Ten’s Titanic Christmas episode (sorry, can’t recall the title), but could have elicited more emotion even so, had it not been one thing among so many others. (I did love Vilma’s delivery of her final line, “Which one of you hurt my Benni?”)

    It says a lot about the episode that my favourite moment was quite possibly the Doctor’s line about crayons and half a can of Spam. 🙂 Graham’s “Are you having a laugh, mate? I’m a bus driver!” was also pretty good.

    #68963
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    RIP Neil Peart.   🙁

    #68962
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    So nice to see all the speculation again! I don’t have any particular views about the Timeless Child, but I’m enjoying the return of the Master more than I would have expected. One of the things the post gap show has done nicely is the shift of the Master from a stereotypical evil nemesis to a villain of more nuance. We’ve been given believable background for how he became what he is, and enough hints about his past with the Doctor to create more of a love-hate relationship.

    It’s now possible to have the same debate about the Master’s fundamental nature as we have had had in the past about the Doctor. There’s a depth of anger that keeps him forever on a precipice. It’s easy to imagine him shifting toward the Doctor and away as external events push and pull at him. @winston, I don’t think that he would need the same degree of “reason” to destroy Gallifrey, due to his tremendously unstable personality. But I agree that you can never exclude the possibility that the Master is lying! I can’t help noting that, in their final appearances, both Simm and Gomez Masters actually ended up, in a sense, on the Doctor’s side.

    @vervain   That cabinet assembly line was a favourite of mine! 🙂

    @blenkinsopthebrave   I buy the iTunes series as well. Like you we don’t have cable, so it’s essential, but listening to comments of others about ad breaks, I feel I get the better bargain!

    #68786
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    Well, this was fun. 🙂  I think Dhawan is doing a great job with the Master so far. I guessed nothing (although I did wonder why O seemed to smile so much!). I’d prefer the Master to be post-Missy, because I like forward motion and anything else would be a little too much like overwriting a lot of great character development. But we shall see. I also agree with @miapatrick that I don’t like the idea of a female Master being the only one capable of redemption.

    @badwolfalice  The pre-Gap Master often tried to kill the Doctor very blatantly indeed. But I like the suggestion that there is more behind the Master’s actions than what is obvious.

    @pedant  The Master stole a body in order to become the Anthony Ainley Master, but as I recall, that was because he had used up his regenerations. This would appear to be a different case, as he did it in order to infiltrate MI6.

    Now, we’re all excited about the master but we mustn’t forget Barton! Is he an alien disguised as human, or a converted human, or something different? And we still don’t know what the Master has to do with all that. (Or do we? There was a lot unfolding in the last few minutes!) Personally, I don’t think think the aliens are Cybermen, partly because of the comment about mocking humans, and partly because it seems a bit much bringing back the Master and the Cybermen in one episode! But I’ve been wrong before and will be again.

    @cathannabel  Regarding trolls, I check out the minute I see any reference to “SJW”. It’s a signpost to the kind of bias that I can’t be bothered engaging with.

    @twelveismydoctor  Interesting ideas about the Matrix!

    @winston  I also liked the Doctor’s bowtie. I’d love to see her in a dress at some point, but I suspect that isn’t this Doctor’s style!

    #68703
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    Echoing @cathannabel‘s New Year wishes for everyone. I hope that more people can find common ground somewhere this year, and that 2020 will be the year that the world finally begins addressing climate change in a way that matters. Meanwhile, there is still beauty in the world, goodness, and the many small things that make life worthwhile. Let’s hang onto them with all the strength we have.

    So much love to you all,

    Arbutus

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    @pedant   I love these, especially Gaudete, which is an Arbutus family favourite. Here’s another that comes up at our annual carol sing, carefully timed so that we haven’t had too much wine and cheese to get through it, but just enough to not feel self-conscious when we mess up the verses (we take turns soloing, and we never fail to mess them up, sometimes quite extensively!).

    #68692
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    I love just about any version of A Christmas Carol. I used to read the original aloud to the rest of the Arbutuses every Christmas. This year, we watched The Bishop’s Wife with Cary Grant and David Niven, one of our family faves. But our absolute must-not-miss is actually audio. The much-lamented Canadian icon Stuart McLean’s Vinyl Cafe Christmas stories are essential every year. We never fail to listen to Dave Cooks The Turkey on Christmas Eve.

    @nerys, I’ll look for Cash on Demand, it sounds great.

    #68688
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    I hope everyone has had/is having a great Christmas filled with what matters to each of you—family, friends, food, music, stories. @winston, I’m sorry for your difficult time. I hope the grandchildren filled your day with light!

    #68628
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    Wow. Logging on to say it’s Christmas and I’ve been thinking about you all, and look, tubas! So great. And scrolling upward, Dixie Chicks. I’ll check in at the Kebab later, but wanted to leave this here. I hope I haven’t shared this before, but I may have. One of the great drops in Christmas music. 🙂

     

    #68046
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    @janetteb    I’m not the most discerning of viewers. If something resonates with me emotionally, or makes me smile, then I’m usually happy. Although some series or episodes I have gone back to over and over, and others I haven’t. I’ll have to do a rewatch of the last series and see how it sits with me on a second go-around.

    @mudlark   I also remember the bat! 🙂

    @roger429  I saw the first three or four episodes of the AG series, but I had a small child at the time and TV was difficult on any kind of regular basis. I came in midway through the Matt Smith era, when  my son was older, and iTunes had become a thing so I could watch on my own time. I binged-watched through Eccleston and Tennant, as well as the Amy/Rory years of Matt Smith. But I had seen pretty much all of the BG shows in late-night TV reruns in the 80s.

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    @thane16   Well, I’m trying to be up and about! I seem to have some time-management problems nowadays. Love the librarians! I have a fondness for Les Miz, and thought the film was solid, although for me it can never compare to a stage version. Arbutus Jr. did “Stars” for a singing test in choir a few years ago—they had to sing along with a recording and try and match the performance. I think he chose the original London cast recording.

    I also have a fondness for librarians. Most years at Christmas, we watch It’s a Wonderful Life, and I laugh like a loon at the scene where Clarence is forced to divulge to a wild-eyed George that his alternate-universe wife is (the horror!) a spinster librarian! I’m pretty sure they never meant that to be as funny as it is. On the other hand, have you seen the Hepburn-Tracy movie Desk Set? She’s a librarian and he’s a guy with a computer. I adore that film.

    Siggers the Younger, nice pick. Despite having, as I said, bailed on the 90s, I did like REM.

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    @whisht  @thane16   Awesome Woodstock content! And the B52’s. I have weirdly fond memories of dancing to Rock Lobster in high school. For some reason, we all had to fall to the floor at one point, and then bounce back up again. I lived in Calgary, Alberta, for my last two years of high school and Calgary was pretty much a disco, rock-n-roll, or nothing town at that time. I think the B-52’s were the trendiest thing I heard until I moved back to Vancouver in 1980 (because they did get played in the discos). Then all of a sudden there was all this punk/new wave/Brit pop/R&B stuff happening that I had barely even heard of. This was great until about the mid-80’s when all the music on the radio started sounding the same to me, and then rap was a thing and the tunes all went away, and I just stopped listening to the radio at that point, and went back to school and studied classical for about eight years. I pretty much missed nineties. 🙂

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    @thane16   All and any errors are attributed to Syzygy the Younger always and forever. This is why we have children.   I wish I could get away with assigning all my mistakes to Arbutus Jr. This would never fly. I can’t even assign them to the cat and get away with it.  🙂

     

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    @roger429     Welcome to the DWF. Like you, I was never much for social media or participating on forums, until this one. (I was drawn to join shortly after the 50th anniversary special, so that I could comment on a fabulous essay by the erudite @bluesqueakpip. I have found that the level of discussion around here hugely exceeds the usual attitudes around the internet (which Mr. Arbutus and I refer to as the “Well, you’re an extra, extra a**hole” approach to debate—long story).

    DW fans often lean toward one side or the other of the history-vs.-scifi debate. Personally, I enjoy both approaches. I’m a historian by education, so I always enjoy a historical setting (even the ones that stray pretty far from legit history don’t bother me), but there’s a lot to be said for a good, alien-filled outer space setting as well! As you can say, I’m usually pretty easy to please (possibly due to being Canadian! 😀 ) But you’ll find here a nice spread of opinion as to superiority of Doctors, companions, show runners, themes, settings, and so on. There’s lots of (mostly courteous) disagreement!

    My first (and in many ways, still fave) Doctor was Doctor No. 4, Tom Baker. Like you, I have a fondness for the Douglas Adams era. But I have great memories of watching old Pertwee episodes with a room mate of mine and enjoying them hugely (I discovered Red Dwarf at that time, too). Of the new era Doctors, Capaldi is my favourite, but I’ve always found something to love in each regeneration.

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    Earlier this month, in honour of Stranger Things, the NYT put up a playlist of music from the 1985 American charts. I just happened on this list today. They wrapped it up with this. So good.

    (For the interested, you can find the whole playlist here.)

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    @blenkinsopthebrave    That is absolutely surreal. Cab is what, a ghost walrus??? I love it. Interestingly, in the very cool opening, the band is actually playing St. James Infirmary, another one I love.

    @thane16     Wonderful Ellington, he was amazing. He was never behind the times, was he? Young Syzygy, I should be astonished at what you say about belief in a “fake moon landing”, but honestly, these days I don’t even shake my head anymore at the idiocy around us. I was just reading a local news story about a bike lane that has become the busiest in North America, and several people on comment boards simply dismissed it. “Those numbers can’t be right because they don’t seem right to me, clearly the city just made them up.” People will believe what they want to, but I’m not always sure why they want to!

    Hi ho, off to bed, but tomorrow will try to find musical illustration of stupid. 🙂

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    @pedant    Gorgeous.

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    @thane16     I don’t think I *do* know this, although it sounds very retro, like something 20-year-old me would have liked to if I’d heard it. (20-year-old me, now there’s something to try and wrap my head around!)

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    Hola, @whisht!

    I saw this news as well, while I was off exploring the heartlands of Quebec. I love Desafinado, and that is such a lovely, silky performance. There’s a recording from quite a bit later, mid seventies, that includes this svelte number:

    #67741
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    @thane16    Oh it’s you! 🙂 I read the notification and wondered who the heck is this Syzygy person?

    I’ve been thinking of this lovely eclectic bunch of humans recently and been meaning to jump back into the pool, but I’m so easily distracted these days. I even made the Duolingo Owl cry. (I’ll be getting back at that Spanish shortly, I promise!) Lots of great posts on here as always, although too many inspired by sad events. I saw a wonderful video clip of the parade for Dr. John in N.O. Mr. Arbutus was absolutely delighted to see so many in-tune trombones in one place.  🙂

    I can see I have a lot of reading to do on other threads, and I will do it. Meanwhile, hope everyone and everything is flowing along as usual.   *heart*

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    Brief appearance to wish everyone a very happy New Year! Hoping for better things in 2019 (not for me personally, I’m good, more for the world generally). I’ll be back tomorrow after I’ve seen the New Year special. Meanwhile, love to you all!

    #66841
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    I’ve just spent a chunk of time catching up on a couple of weeks of sofa chat that I’m really sorry to have missed. Especially the garden talk. Nothing like a good convo about things like lavender, frogs, and climate. As @winston knows, there’s nothing a Canadian likes more than a nice bitch about how hard it is to garden in zone whatever. Too hot, too cold, too wet, too dry, too windy. These are the things over which we bond.  🙂

    However, comment of the month (to date) has to go to @pedant‘s succinct description of Elon Musk: He does some very cool stuff, but fuck me he’s a dickhead.

    #66825
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    A Christmas present:

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    Yay! Graham faced his demon and survived. The series arc was never the Stenza, or Tim Shaw, it was Graham’s journey (and on another level, Ryan’s). False gods, the value of life, the soul-destroying nature of a life focused on vengeance. Tim Shaw paid the price for this, Graham didn’t have to. And Team TARDIS is the Doctor’s fam!

    @miapatrick   There are some levels there – Graham was her husband, but he only knew her for three years. Ryan knew her his entire life.  And while Grace was obviously a huge influence for good in Graham’s life, she raised Ryan. He is the embodiment of her values.

    When Yaz suggested that the choice might be all of earth vs. the two Ux, all I could think was that that’s not a math the Doctor has ever been good at!

    @kevinwho   I see your point about the villain, although it didn’t bother me. I liked the circular aspect of it and thought it tied well into the series theme. But as for the long arm of coincidence, I can only say that without coincidence there wouldn’t be a lot of stories! Fiction relies on it. 🙂 That being said, I do like your bonkers theory.

    @thane16   I agree that the Master will be back, but I suspect not in the form of Missy. I’m not sure the current Doctor has the gravitas to avoid to avoid some unfortunate gender stereotypes!

    As to the issue of finales, I think we’re seeing differing views based upon personal taste. I never cared all that much for the big blow-out finales, so I didn’t miss it. @craig  At no point did I think everyone’s gonna die (or be bottled up, or whatever).  I have never, ever felt that in any episode, so again, not missing it here. It’s really a “different strokes” kind of thing, I think.

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    @thane16    Not sure why I’m feeling Herbie Hancock for your belated birthday experience. But why not? Here are two classics, each in the original and then reimagined.

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    Oh, happy birthday, @thane16 (now 17)! Have you done the helicopter yet? I would never do a thing like that myself, I’m terrified of heights whenever you can actually feel them. But yes, definitely, to experiences rather than things. Puro mentioned albums as things, but I would argue that music is an experience as well! Mr. Arbutus bought a fancy turntable in the summer, so we are collecting vinyl now. Some of my old ones still sound remarkably good, others are just a mess. But you can buy a lot of stuff new, and it’s an entirely different listening experience when you have to hop up every 15 minutes and flip the album over!

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    My remark on the other thread, about the refusal to let the dead rest, immediately brought to mind the very old song The Unquiet Grave. This is my favourite version, for its haunted feel.

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    @miapatrick  The fact it doesn’t work on the daughter makes me wonder if it simply doesn’t work with family members    We’ve already seen that Hanne is very sensitive to lies. She knows immediately when Ryan is lying to her.

    Btw, I just love this take, regarding the Doctor and River: I think what seemed like a good idea when he had only just met her and only knew that she would become important to him and she had given her life to save him, felt like less of a good idea once he got to know her and love her   

     

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    @thane16  But to me, the baddie was the solitract: luring people with promises of “forever.”  Or not even the solitract, but the refusal to accept reality, let go of the past, and let the dead rest.

    @bluesqueakpip  Just for a couple of seconds, as if the Solitract had thought it might try taking the Doctor back to the barn and becoming someone in her past – and then decided against it. I like this, because I was definitely expecting it to do that. I like @miapatrick‘s point that the Doctor found the solitract more relatable when it wasn’t trying to deceive. The solitract might well have gotten that sense of the Doctor, that she would be better dealt with honestly.

     

    @ichabod  Did the Doctor ever really consider spending some time telling the Solitract stories of her adventures in our universe?  No . . . not really.  It was a trick, to escape a trap.  That’s what I found sad.  I’d like to think that the Doctor’s offer was more of a “take me instead”, spur of the moment attempt to save Erik, and that she only realized afterward that she wouldn’t be able to stay.

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    And the dead stay dead.

    It’s interesting to me that this series, in which numerous people have died and stayed that way, still feels lighter and brighter than many a previous series in which most deaths didn’t stick.

    I loved this, both the underlying theme and the story itself, which engrossed and delighted me from start to finish. We saw a very quick and authoritative Doctor here, she really took charge, without showing much sign of the self-doubt that’s been plaguing her. I loved the brief but clear reference to the scope of her history and experience (the “reverse the polarity” moment made me laugh). And the Doctor’s open enthusiasm for life and sentience in every form shone very clearly at the end.

    Oh, and Ribbon of the Seven Stomachs!

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    @mudlark   Echoing the best wishes of everyone. I trust everything will proceed accordingly.

     

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    @idiotsavon <span class=”Apple-converted-space”> </span>On the subject of names, I don’t disagree with the principle. And yet, I recall that while Tennant and Capaldi were mostly called by last names, Matt Smith was very often “Matt”. Due to youth, perhaps, or personality? There might be a bit of that element with the use of Jodi (as well as the typing issue, as someone mentioned).

    The hip hop guys frequently go by one name (often made up, as you say). Interestingly, Vancouver’s new mayor, a guy named Kennedy Stewart, ran his whole campaign on a first-name basis– “Elect Kennedy”, to the point where Mr. Arbutus wasn’t sure whether his name was Kennedy Stewart or Stewart Kennedy!

    @thane16   Puro, re “smelled” vs. “smelt”, there is this old line: “He who smelt it, dealt it.” 🙂

    @janetteb  Love the story of R2 and the mince pies! With a 19-year old son at home, I would pretty much have to label things “do not touch” if I expect them to stick around!

    @pedant   I love a good form letter.

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    @miapatrick   I didn’t see the Doctor as ineffectual, more as torn. It’s interesting to see the Doctor actually trying to live up to the “don’t change history” rule, as opposed to just blowing it off most of the time. As I recall, she acted immediately Graham told her about his witch tour and the fact that this town wasn’t mentioned. In other words, as soon as she realized that she was free to act, she did. It’s nice to see the moral conundrum of time travel taken seriously, which I think it has to be if we’re going to see this number of historical settings, which personally I love.

    And from what I’m seeing here, I’m really glad I’m not reading comments anywhere else! I don’t mind reading criticism here, even when I disagree, because it is rarely of the “I don’t like the ideological slant” variety. Thanks for that!

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    I loved, loved, loved this. Looked gorgeous, great performances from the guest actors, excellent use of each member of Team TARDIS, and a growing sense of this Doctor. I felt that most of the historical inaccuracies were covered by the stated fact that the events were out of the ordinary and were wiped from the historical record.

    There’s a bit of a return to BG-style Who in the fact that the Doctor feels in no way “super human”– she can’t talk, sonic, or psychic-paper her way out of everything. I loved her interactions with the King and with Becca, they felt very Doctor-ish to me. I also enjoyed the moment where the Companions realize who must be on trial. (Oh, can I claim that pun as intentional? 🙂 )

    I agree with those who felt the ending was rushed, I could have used a few more minutes. But I happily accepted that for the excellent pace at which the rest of the story played out. I admit I do find it a bit strange that they would arrive for Elizabeth I’s coronation in modern clothes, so I hope that @bluesqueakpip is right and there is a reason for that.

    I really think this series is winning on the historical episodes, they’ve all been excellent. I’m looking forward to watching this one again.

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    @bluesqueakpip   The maddening thing is that I somehow thought that by leaving out the little knob, it would prevent the heat-based explosion from happening. Which it did. The lid didn’t come off. The soup just shot out through the hole, hit the overhanging cupboard, and rebounded downward in multiple directions. This is me being clever. I do wonder about myself, sometimes.

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    @blenkinsopthebrave     Ha! “I think the time has come for us to go down to the pub.” Well, that’s pretty much what I did, isn’t it?  🙂

    Mr. Arbutus found some more lentils underneath the espresso machine this morning, and did not hit me over the head with a bottle, or behave badly in any other way. So that’s something.

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    Okay. We’ve all done the dumbass thing with the blender, right? Where you fill it with lentil soup to puree, and for who knows what reason, you put the lid on without the little knob thing in the hole? And one pulse later, there are Puy lentils all over that corner of the kitchen? Which in my kitchen means the espresso machine, the bean grinder, the olive oil dispenser, the salt container, the counter, the wall, the electrical outlet, and the bottom of the cupboard? You’ve all done this, right?

    I don’t think I’ve used the F-word so many times for one incident. 15 minutes to clean it up, and I’m going, “I just want to eat my effing dinner.”

    I feel a bit better now, after a couple glasses of Cabernet, the soup, and the roquefort. But damn.

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