• @thane16

    Hi Syzygy,

    well, yes, it’s true, you should always reference (said not in a sing song voice, but a sententious disapproving voice…)

    but I am pleased to report the the blenkinsop archival skills revealed the source as the NY Times, Jan 19, 2017. (It’s a good article, as well.)

    And if anyone on the right in Australian politics starts…[Read more]

  • @thane16

    Hello syzygy! (it is always exciting to be at the birth of a new voice–time will tell whether the views of the new syzygy are different from those of the old Puro and Thane…)

    Where does the Waleed Aly quote come from?

  • @thane16

    Well, that was depressing news to wake up to.

    Although, entirely predictable.

    Anyway, here are a few thoughts on what are essential to know about to get a handle on what is distinctively Australian. (In light of the election, the following tend to be oriented towards politics in the broadest sense.)

    Compulsory voting: the single most…[Read more]

  • @thane16 and @janetteb

    Oh, crikey. Where to start?

    I started writing, but realized (a) it required a lot more thought, and (b) it is close to midnight where I am. So I will respond properly when…well, when we might know who  is the new government.

    But before I go to bed I do want to say that in my lifetime, three Prime Ministers changed…[Read more]

  • blenkinsopthebrave replied to the topic The Hungry Earth

    @winston Totally agree that this was very enjoyable. In fact, this two parter (and my lips are sealed on the second part until next week) remains one of my favourite AG Who stories. I know it has received some flack but I find it quintessentially Who. The Doctor’s admonition that we have to be “the best of humanity”, the seamless juxtaposition of…[Read more]

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

    Welcome back @craig!

    And you return bearing treats! You are a beneficent Emperor indeed.

  • @craig, @bluesqueakpip, or anyone who can solve the issue, I suspect that I am not the only person to receive an email from Elizabeth who wants to share her fortune…

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


    After reading the Rachel Talalay notes you uploaded, I watched Heaven Sent again last night. Fascinating to compare the notes with the way it was realized. The whole was very effective, yet I wonder if the TV monitors clashed a bit with the dream-like quality of the castle? For me, perhaps they did. But it was still a damned effective…[Read more]

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

    @scaryB That material from Rachel Talalay is absolutely fascinating. Thanks for posting.

    I will have some reflections, but it is coming up to 5pm Pacific time in Canada which means…off to the pub!

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

    @scaryB (waves!)

    It is hard to think of a Who story more relevant to today’s headlines than “The Crusade”. And I really do mean today’s headlines.


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

    Just reporting back on a re-watch of one of the partial stories contained in the disc “Lost in Time”.

    the story is the brilliant “The Crusade” from 1965. Scripted by David Whitaker, and directed by Douglas Camfield (perhaps the best writer and best director of the early years–although they have contenders) it is a fourt-part story set in…[Read more]

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

    @bluesqueakpip, @winston, @janetteb By golly, we did discuss it back then. Of course, I have entered the phase of life when what I did yesterday is often a mystery to me…

    Until @craig is back on deck (best wishes) might I suggest that if you can find a copy on a streaming service or online (particularly those who might not have seen much early…[Read more]

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

    @craig, @bluesqueakpip, @thane16, @winston, @janetteb, @cathannabel, and, well, everybody

    I mentioned this before, but, I think it would be a great idea if we could have a discussion about Dr Who again. After all, that is why we are here.

    So @craig, (and everyone) what about “The Meddling Monk”?


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


    Sometimes, it seems, the BBC suits make the right decision…I mean, yes, she’s funny, but…

  • @janetteB

    I saw your avatar on the page, and thought: “Brilliant! She has survived the 48 degree heat.” A few days ago Mrs Blenkinsop flew over to Toronto to visit family. It was minus 18 degrees. What a crazy world.

  • I was just reading about the Trump administration’s NSA advisor John Bolton apparently revealing  (because he was holding his notepad in full view of the cameras) that they may be sending 5000 troops to Columbia, presumably because of what’s happening in Venezuela) and I was reminded (because of the rank stupidity involved) of the bit in the…[Read more]

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


    You must watch it! It is lots of fun, and it is the first time a renegade Time Lord is introduced. And it is about 1066!

    Here is a brief clip (approved by the BBC!):


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

    Hi @craig

    Since we have a very long wait for new Who, do you think we might revisit some old Who to discuss?

    And I mean really old Who. Specifically, “The Meddling Monk”.



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