• blenkinsopthebrave replied to the topic The Aztecs part 2

    Wow! Just…wow! It was like being 13 again! Why do I think this is such a great Who story? The main thing to keep in mind when answering that question is to appreciate it in context. It was not made for 13 year-olds (or 63 year-olds) in 2018. It was made for 13 year-olds in 1964.  To be a 13 year-old in 1964 was to have been someone who watched…[Read more]

  • blenkinsopthebrave replied to the topic Twice Upon a Time

    @thewatcher Actually, I had not thought of that, but I understand your point, given “The Five Doctors” in particular.

    On the other hand, it did not explicitly rule out the possibility that he had met his future incarnations (I think) just that he had not met the 12th.

    But, nonetheless, I take your point. It may be an an example of what Mrs…[Read more]

  • blenkinsopthebrave replied to the topic The Aztecs part 1

    Ahh, “The Aztecs”. This was why I fell in love with show at the age of 13. The whole idea of engaging with different cultural assumptions in a historical context was a revelation to me at that age. I am certain it was one of the reasons I would end up pursuing academic life.

    Watching it again, I am still impressed by how it made thoughtful points…[Read more]

  • blenkinsopthebrave replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    Just came across this. A sequence of all the regenerations. So, a

    SPOILER ALERT

    for anyone who is unfamiliar with BG Who.

    BTW, is it just me, or are others being denied access to this site because of…[Read more]

  • blenkinsopthebrave replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    @bluesqueakpip

    Alas, no love for Peter Wyngarde…

    I like the idea of a retrospective of female Time Lords, though. Perhaps, instead of “The Aztecs” (yes, one of the greats…but my favourite Hartnell?…that honour might actually go to “The Dalek Invasion of Earth”). Anyway, as “The Aztecs” isn’t actually really about Susan as Timelord, why not…[Read more]

  • blenkinsopthebrave replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    A rare emergence from the Blenkinsop cellar to note the passing of a Who alum (and so much more) Peter Wyngarde, who was, of course, the priest Timanov in the 1984 “Planet of Fire” story.

    But there was so much more: the brooding Quint in the utterly terrifying Deborah Kerr version of “The Innocents”, the conflicted college professor in equally…[Read more]

  • blenkinsopthebrave replied to the topic The Maldovarium

    @thane16

    hi Thane and Puro,

    Well as an alternative (antidote?) to The Bill, I highly recommend the episode of The Comic Strip presents  “Detectives on the Edge of a Nervous Breakdown”. It is a stunningly brilliant  satire of the police shows of the 70s, compared to the police shows of the 80s and 90s, like, well…The Bill, where the episode e…[Read more]

  • blenkinsopthebrave replied to the topic Twice Upon a Time

    @thane16

    Hi Thane and Puro,

    since you are both watch The Bill I will head on over to The Malvodarium to offer an alternative perspective…

  • blenkinsopthebrave replied to the topic Twice Upon a Time

    Just rewatched with Mrs Blenkinsop and again, not a dry eye in the house. But this time realized the connection with the truly brilliant 1945 film by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger “A Matter of Life and Death”, about an airman, who should have died, but strangely lives and “heaven” has to decide whether to correct the mistake by returning…[Read more]

  • blenkinsopthebrave replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    @scaryb

    A few years back Mrs Blenkinsop and I were in Perth, Australia, for a conference, and decided (in a fit of lunacy, as it transpired) to get a ferry out to an old convict settlement on Rottnest Island which is a few miles off the coast of Western Australia in the open sea. We were travelling with a good friend from Canada. The trip started…[Read more]

  • blenkinsopthebrave replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    @janetteB

    ah, but that photo was not of a cruise ship, it was the (admittedly large) car ferry that goes between the island and the mainland. A couple of weeks back Mrs Blenkinsop and I took the (very small) car ferry (which only holds a couple of dozen cars and only takes about 30 minutes) to one of the other smaller islands for a day trip. As I…[Read more]

  • blenkinsopthebrave replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    @winston

    The west coast of Vancouver Island is spectacular–partly because it is, well, sort of rugged, with the rain that comes in from the Pacific. But a wonderful, spectacular place. We live on the east coast, which is more protected — or should I say “wimpy”?

    @ScaryB and @janetteB

    I was trying to think of an image that captured why it was,…[Read more]

  • blenkinsopthebrave replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    @thane16

    Salutations! And warm greetings to Mum. Given the choice between Adelaide and somewhere colder, I recommend somewhere colder!

    @scaryB

    “ancient and crumbly”…and loving it! My ‘western provinces’ version of the Western Isles is just great. Thanks for asking. There is nothing quite like living on an island. Have you seen “I Know Where…[Read more]

  • blenkinsopthebrave replied to the topic Twice Upon a Time

    @scaryB Oh, I agree that the show seems like a perfect way to tell younger viewers about the Christmas truce, I only wonder if they are aware, even after having seen it, that it was a real event. Hopefully, they will have parents who know of it, or it will inspire them to find out about it in a book.

    @nerys Yes, I am with you on Rusty. I could…[Read more]

  • blenkinsopthebrave replied to the topic Twice Upon a Time

    Well, there wasn’t dry eye in the Blenkinsop household. Really liked it. Did absolutely everything work? Well, not sure about Rusty the Dalek, and that whole way of explaining the glass people, but everything else was wonderful–the dynamic between the 12th and the 1st, the treatment of the Captain (and I thought Gatiss was very good), the…[Read more]

  • blenkinsopthebrave replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    Well, like @scaryB <waves hello!> I have been laying low for quite a while, but the last episode of Capaldi required a response. So, off to the appropriate thread…

  • blenkinsopthebrave replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    Just dropping in to say hi. Cannot promise an immediate return. Life has been getting in the road a little more than I would like (and threatens to do so in the future) but I thought I would take this opportunity to say hello to everyone.

    I recently came across this clip of all the opening sequences (and theme music) from 1963 to the present. I…[Read more]

  • @bluesqueakpip, @craig,

    In spite of the fact that life still seems to get in the way (but reflections on The Keys of Marinus will hopefully follow soon) I can guarantee you that the attack of the mace will have have pin-point accuracy and deadly consequences!

    So… bring on The Aztecs!

  • blenkinsopthebrave replied to the topic Spoilers (3)

    SPOILER, SPOILER, SPOILER...

  • blenkinsopthebrave replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    Thanks @craig

    Crikey, a six episode binge! I’ll do my best.

     

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