• @blenkinsopthebrave. We really enjoyed the series. Dolly Wells, (Van Helsing) is now on my “potential Doctor” list. We are really enjoying Picard too. It is another series the entire family watches, a rare thing these days.



  • janetteB replied to the topic On The Sofa (10)

    This is going to be a long post as I have only just caught up with the new Sofa thread and there is much to comment on. (I have been making notes as I read through.)

    @phaseshift, Sorry to hear about the health problems. Hope you will soon be fully recovered. Good to have you back on the forum.

    @rob Hi. Good to have you back.

    @peacefrog Welcome.…[Read more]

  • @blenkinsopthebrave

    Hmm, that’s interesting about the ghosts. They certainly made a point of emphasising it at the end.

    I’m also slightly troubled by how this story seems to contradict the events of the Eighth Doctor Big Finish stories with Mary Shelley in them, particularly the one set at Diodati. I thought BF was canon now. Personally, I’m…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic The Haunting of Villa Diodati

    For the first 10 minutes or so of this episode I had a sinking feeling that it wasn’t going to live up to its promise. The Austen pastiche dialogue seemed a bit forced at first, and while the notion of delivering the background information on the somewhat convoluted domestic arrangements of the occupants of Villa Diodati as gossip between partners…[Read more]

  • Whisht replied to the topic The Haunting of Villa Diodati

    I enjoyed this one too.
    I liked that tonally the guests and Doctor and Companions were quite distinct. For me that worked.
    Also agree with @blenkinsopthebrave that the pacing was better (and allowed them to split up but not to the point of splitting storylines).

    Also loved the line “Is it too late to choose another group?”

    Agree also that some…[Read more]

  • Craig replied to the topic General Films thread

    @blenkinsopthebrave @jimthefish

    Two of my favourite film books, strangely enough.

    Film books

  • Craig replied to the topic General Films thread

    @blenkinsopthebrave That is true. But I really hope, if you’re gonna do a re-telling of the same story in Doctor Who, you might have watched some of the earlier takes and stolen the best ideas.

    Fingers crossed for Sunday. I hope it’s really creepy and bizarre.

  • JimTheFish replied to the topic Can You Hear Me?

    @blenkinsopthebrave et al

    It’s an interesting statement and I think I largely agree with the sentiment. Though part of me thinks that if you have to put out a statement explaining a scene then that scene has probably failed. Some thoughts:

    For one thing, the ‘socially awkward’ line seems so gauche, and not something any Doc would come out and…[Read more]

  • We have now watched the first three episodes of Picard, and recorded a podcast about the first. In the past watched Star Trek intermittently but aspects of the show annoyed me firstly the lack of story development. I dislike episodic tv where you know that everything will end back where the story began. Also I disliked the utopian starfleet which…[Read more]

  • @blenkinsopthebrave

    I am greatly enjoying Picard I do have a couple of issues with the burning of Mars.

    The androids are shown as very much lesser than Data, all locked together overnight like tractors in a barn. They are seen and act as interactive tools. There are only two reasons I can see for this.

    1 they are purely talking machines

    2 they…[Read more]

  • Peace Frog replied to the topic Can You Hear Me?


    “Now, this is a Doctor who was a grandparent. Either she has forgotten all about that, or Chibnall has. Because it just sounds wrong.”

    Yeah, but how much time has the Doctor spent thinking about his real family on screen. Nothing more than a few vague mentions of having one, even in the BG era other than Susan. At the end of…[Read more]

  • Arbutus replied to the topic Can You Hear Me?

    @blenkinsopthebrave      I watch on iTunes, so I don’t see it until Monday morning. Having just done so, I can now say that I really enjoyed this! I found it properly creepy, and interesting watching all the threads come together. I enjoyed the looks at the “real life” stories of the companions.

    @jimthefish    For what it’s worth, I think that s…[Read more]

  • JimTheFish replied to the topic Can You Hear Me?


    Maybe the ennui is just setting in. Not that this was a bad ep. I’d maybe count it as among the better episodes of s12. I liked the Syria setting and kind of wish that they’d stayed there a bit longer. It was also good to see the ‘fam’ (shudder) having their backstories filled in a bit more. I rather wish we’d seen some hints…[Read more]

  • Craig replied to the topic Website comments (2)

    @blenkinsopthebrave Many thanks for pointing that out – had gone completely unnoticed.

    New thread is up now at:

    General Open Thread – TV Shows (3)

    And also available via the link on the Home page, as usual.

  • @blenkinsopthebrave – thank you so much for this!
    Will watch these ones specifically.
    I’ve seen random ST Next Generation episodes but probably not the later ones, so was curious if there were storylines that would enrich (or make sense of!) the new series.
    Might even watch something tonight! Thanks again

  • @blenkinsopthebrave and @whisht     I agree that those episodes tell you so much about Picard. My OH and I are rewatching New Generation because Picard reminded us how much we liked it.

  • Hi @blenkinsopthebrave
    I’m thinking about watching the Picard series, but wondered if you had thoughts on which Trek films/ episodes I should watch first.

    I’ve seen a random selection of Star Trek, never a full series. So if you happen to know a storyline that might make sense to watch (in terms of Picard) or film where its kinda necessary to…[Read more]

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic Praxeus


    It’s possible. Missy certainly made a similar joke (‘I’m in two minds about it. Fortunately, one of them is unconscious.’)

  • Whisht replied to the topic Fugitive of the Judoon


    I can only think of one other main character from the Wizard of Oz film and I’m now beginning to hope this theory will happen!

    Toto – Dorothy’s pet.
    Based on what the Master said about pets before… Clara is coming back!!
    Clara and Whittaker Doctor… I reckon that chemistry could work!


    “Fangasm” is probably what…[Read more]

  • Whisht replied to the topic Fugitive of the Judoon

    @blenkinsopthebrave – methinks #2

    Glinda – Good witch who appears at convenient times (early on and at the end) to nudge Dorothy along.
    With Dorothy being The Doctor, and Captain Jack appearing with a nudge and then promising to be there at the end… but surely they wouldn’t do that gag.
    Glinda is kind’ve the Fairy Godmother….

    yeah, a…[Read more]

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