• @JanetteB Yes, this episode has a strong air of ‘quick, find some more filler!’

    Andred seems to be suffering from a certain reluctance to kill his Head of State. Not to mention suffering from an episode where he’s largely acting as an excuse to explain the plot or have the plot explained to him. I’d imagine the long process of teaching him to…[Read more]

  • @JannetteB – yes, I agree that this story, hurriedly written as it was, plays to the leading actors strengths. It takes advantage of Baker’s unpredictability, and Louise Jameson has a good, strong role to play as Leela – who, as you say, shows off how she’s grown while she was with the Doctor.

    Rodan does indeed have an inner strength. She has her…[Read more]

  • This is a much better paced, more ‘fun’ episode than last week. Probably because they now have a lot of plot to get through – get Leela and Rodan outside, bring Borusa in on the plot, develop a resistance movement through Andred.
    And room for some terrible puns. ‘A matter of time,’ indeed.

    The weakness of the Time Lords; they’re utilitarian…[Read more]

  • @JanetteB

    I didn’t mean to be so detailed I stopped anyone saying anything!

    Yes, the Time Lords have terrible taste in hats – though I did rather like the more ‘working class’ headgear used in The Day of The Doctor. The purple, embroidered taqiyahs managed to be both practical and recognisably ‘Gallifreyan’.

    The guards are completely useless,…[Read more]

  • Inside this episode is a perfectly good plot, screaming to get out.

    Unfortunately, that perfectly good plot would only take up about twelve minutes of screen time. Given that the two writers – Anthony Read and Graham Williams – were struggling with both the after effects of a production strike and having to write a replacement script in…[Read more]

  • @craig

    Yippee! Will watch this tomorrow – which is kind of appropriate, given the Sunday slot for the Whittaker Doctor.

    Glad you’re back, even if you did have to take a year-long detour to get here. 🙂

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @thane16 and @pedant

    Wot pedant says. 🙂

    Diabetes Type 1 is complicated in that it appears to be a combination of both genetics and environment, and the honest answer is that we don’t currently know why people get Type 1. Genetic risk factors can be identified: they don’t mean you’re going to get Type 1.

    Similarly with Type 2. But again,…[Read more]

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic Website comments (2)

    @craig @blenkinsopthebrave @mudlark @devilishrobby @miapatrick

    Apparently, Elizabeth thinks we’re a dating site. Are we a dating site? I didn’t know we were a dating site.

    I’ve been doing this all wrong….


  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    So: we in the UK are possibly days away from a Prime Minister nobody’s ever heard of. David Lidington.

    Nobody’s noticed any hypnotic drum beats on their phones, have they?

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

    Okay, I’ve been thinking about our BG episode recap discussions.

    Generally, we’ve run them as follows: @craig sets up a thread for each episode in the story, we discuss them. But that puts a lot of work on Craig, who has to set up a new thread weekly. That became apparent during The Invasion of Time discussion, when it just wasn’t possible for…[Read more]

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator


    Funnily enough, I think they mentioned something about a) and b) when I did my BSc. 😈

    b) would explain the differences between NHS Scotland and NHS England – the Glasgow study was done with Scottish NHS GPs and nurses, so they’re confident that they can go forward into a wider roll-out. Presumably, gathering longitudinal data as…[Read more]

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator


    That’s the one. The impression I got is that it’s the big topic at this year’s conferences for diabetes professionals, because the Newcastle-Glasgow follow up showed the results could be replicated in general practice. Plus, the whatever-scan-it-is seems to have confirmed the hypothesis of the pilot study – so it’s all terribly…[Read more]

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator


    Talking matters diabetic, have you seen the latest results of the DIRECT study? Apparently the preliminary results are so exciting (about a third of patients go into remission) that NHS England is going ahead with a pilot study and NHS Scotland is already rolling out programmes.

    In matters pancake, I’m currently trying to make almond…[Read more]

  • @whisht

    Yes, I think the Doctor has a few mirrors. But she sees herself in them, very much a ‘learning’ Doctor. I wonder if that’s because she has to learn how to be a woman? So that this regeneration is more […]

  • @winston – yes, I think you’re right that Yaz shows her training quite a bit – keeping her cool, knowing how to get people out of the danger zone, defusing the Doctor where necessary. But the character flaw I’ve […]

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic Resolution


    It would be interesting if the doctor could leave the earth and go to other places and times in the universe

    The Ghost Monument
    The Tsuranga Conundrum
    The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos

    That’s over a third of the series on other planets and I’m not even counting the historicals.

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic Resolution

    @miapatrick and @peladon1972

    Doctor Who is a mix between sci-fi and fantasy. Where, exactly, each story places on the Mohs Scale of Science Fiction hardness depends entirely on the writer, and has done from the beginning. Generally speaking, we’re talking really, really soft as the story becomes SF-in-name-only. We want a horror story about a…[Read more]

  • @miapatrick I do think they planned for Bradley Walsh to have a one series arc, and then he decided that he could do more than one series. How he’s doing it, I don’t know, because his schedule is unbelievable. But […]

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


    Yes, loss after death was a good arc for this series – because, in the subtext, we had the loss of just about everything except the format and the technical staff. Producers, leading actors, writing team – all gone.

    I’m going to check the settings on the blog in case there’s anything I can do – it might be a time-out or a connection…[Read more]

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


    Just flagging that I have a new blog up – which is really my take on the Series 11 arc. Other series arcs may be available. 🙂

    More seriously, since it’s now time enough for Series 11 to have sunk in, so to speak, I wondered if we could use the comment sections of the blog to talk about Series 11 as-a-whole, rather than as individual episodes?

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