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  • blenkinsopthebrave replied to the topic Smile

    @craig

    Happened to me on two occasions as well, both after initial submission.

  • blenkinsopthebrave replied to the topic Smile

    @thane15
    Really liked your take on being at your ANZAC ceremony. I remember standing in the school hall during the ANZAC ceremony in 1969. I was 16, the Vietnam War was raging, and there were a lot of us at school that thought there was something very, very wrong about that war, and the Deputy Headmaster stood up and lectured us on how the battle…[Read more]

  • blenkinsopthebrave replied to the topic Smile

    @mudlark

    I  have a spine-prickling feeling that the dates are significant.

    We know (from Hell Bent) that the Time Lords possess the power to use an extraction chamber in order to retrieve someone from the moment before their death (or regeneration?).  That might explain how it could be the first Doctor in the vault at the time of the Mondasians in…[Read more]

  • blenkinsopthebrave replied to the topic Smile

    @mudlark

    I will now slink away and do penance for my irreverence.

    Not at all! I think it is great that you can out-pedant @pedant!

  • blenkinsopthebrave replied to the topic Smile

    @countscarlioni
    Thanks for that. The quote is quite interesting, particularly given that use of the emojis in the context of the story and its impact on the colonists is neither funny nor touching but dark and deadly. It is a uptopia gone very, very wrong.

  • blenkinsopthebrave replied to the topic Smile

    @countscarlioni
    It seems that I cannot get the current issue of the DW Magazine in my remote part of Canada. I don’t suppose you know what he says on the subject?

  • blenkinsopthebrave replied to the topic Smile

    Well, on first viewing I thought it was amusing, but slight. But the more I think about it the more I think it can be interpreted as a clever reflection on language. On the one hand you have the Doctor, who uses reason and logic and can articulate his reasoning (the episode was very heavy on dialogue). On the other hand, you have the emoji robots…[Read more]

  • blenkinsopthebrave replied to the topic The Pilot

    Just back from a second viewing. OK, it is clear that the vault is not inside the Tardis, it is on university grounds. Also the Doctor clearly does not want to open the vault. And he says at some point (I know, forgotten already) that he has made a promise (to who?) that keeps him at the university. (And has for the last 50 years…?)

    And from…[Read more]

  • blenkinsopthebrave replied to the topic The Pilot

    Hi @whisht All kudos for the egg whisk of Rassilon belong to @phaseshift, not me. I am still stumped on that one. I suppose my current theory is either the 13th Doctor, or the 1st Doctor, but basically I am waiting for another clue.

  • @jimthefish I ended my earlier, typo-infested, post with reference to what I saw as an emphasis on death and dying that I tend to think hampered PC in developing a truly memorable Doctor. Let me explain.

    There […]

  • blenkinsopthebrave replied to the topic Spoilers (3)

    SPOILER, SPOILER, SPOILER...

  • Pity about the lack of an edit function on the blogs. I find the sight of my own typos very annoying!

  • @jimthefish I enjoyed those very perceptive reflection very much indeed, and find myself in agreement with just about everything you say. It is a very good point about an authoritarian Doctor not working in this […]

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    SPOILER, SPOILER, SPOILER...

  • blenkinsopthebrave replied to the topic The Pilot

    Hullo @theeleven Agree with you totally on the episode. Not entirely sure how to reconcile Missy running around causing chaos with The Master being locked in the vault, but there is always “timey wimey” I suppose. Come to think of it, if Missy and the Master are going to share screen time, I suppose there has to be “timey wimey” involved!

    I seem…[Read more]

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

    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…[Read more]

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

    @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…[Read more]

  • blenkinsopthebrave replied to the topic The Pilot

    @wolfweed Dr Poo was disgustingly funny! Particularly the response of the Daleks.

  • blenkinsopthebrave replied to the topic The Pilot

    @craig and @jimthefish
    It is true about what @geoffers said. Posts (and not just by @geoffers) seem to have gone missing.

    Oh, this is probably on the wrong thread…anyway, you get my point.

  • blenkinsopthebrave replied to the topic The Pilot

    @lisa
    P.S. As a retired university professor, I should also add that the grandeur of the Doctor’s office at the university also demonstrates why fiction is far more desirable than reality…

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