• @janetteb when I said “all you need” I confess I am not sure how easy it is to acquire a region free player in Australia.

  • @janetteb It is available on the Amazon UK site; all you need is a region-free DVD player. It’s an excellent show.


  • @whisht thanks for posting that. He was a wonderful character actor of great range. It is interesting what sticks in the mind for each of us. For me, it was his Claudius in “The Caesars” back in the late ’60s, and his understated, yet hypnotically effective, villain in the 1974 film “Juggernaut”.


  • @winston, @janetteB

    Thought I would move this conversation over here as it is not really Who related.

    Climate change: I have never really understood the opposition to an acceptance of this. It seems like a perverse rejection of countless scientific reports. Then I was thinking back to an episode of the current affairs program on Australian TV…[Read more]

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


    I should also add that, as a Time Lord, you have been gone for more than five minutes…


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    Saw the news this morning. Very sad indeed. Not only was he brilliant as Avon (indeed, his Avon was both magnetic and seductive–in a way perhaps not a million miles away from River Song) but there were other shows I remember him from. In particular, he he was great as Mr. Tallboy in the Lord Peter Wimsey Story–“Murder Must…[Read more]


  • @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]

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    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…

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    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]

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