• Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic The Maldovarium

    The BBC’s helpful guide to spotting fake news:

    … if thermonuclear war was breaking out in much of the world and the BBC had reported on it, it is likely the news would be mentioned on the website and would be corroborated by other news organisations.

    Just so you know. 😀

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic General Books thread

    @JimTheFish

    I’ll chime in to agree with that. The Day of the Doctor is really good – the others are on my ‘to read’ list.

  • @JimTheFish

    I think you ought to choose the Romana I story, because otherwise this Retrospective is in danger of turning into an ‘All The Stories JimTheFish Really Hates Retrospective.’ 😀

    Sorry you don’t like it – I agree about the sets, which definitely had a ‘someone find the plans from Deadly Assassin’ feel about them. The costumes were…[Read more]

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic The Faces of the Doctor

    @ddoherty95

    No, Twice Upon a Time

  • This was surprisingly good, considering it was written in two weeks flat when another script didn’t come up to scratch. I do remember watching it – I’d have been in my early teens and at least one scene is engraved in my memory – and so I’m going to try and avoid spoilers. I believe this has got a reputation as a mediocre story, but the first…[Read more]

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic The Faces of the Doctor

    @ddoherty95

    Time Heist?

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic The Aztecs part 4

    And it’s the last audio commentary for this story.

    Verity Lambert notes that Sidney Newman taught her the importance of cliffhangers – ‘you’ve got to grab them by the balls in the first 30 seconds.’ The cliffhanger was what brought the audience back. He also taught her the importance of splitting stories into ‘acts’. For the 24 minute Doctor Who…[Read more]

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic The Aztecs part 4

    Our female Gallifreyan, played by Carole Ann Ford, will leave the TARDIS in November 1964. From that point on the audience will not see another female member of the Doctor’s race until Leela finds Rodan, in The Invasion of Time. In February 1978.

    While the long gap is partly understandable (the concept of ‘Time Lords’ wasn’t invented until…[Read more]

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic The Aztecs part 4

    Okay, a mere one-and-a-half weeks late. Blame Holy Week and Easter. 😀

    Great episode – this is such a well written story. Within the limitations of time and budget it’s so well done.

    For example, last week’s cliffhanger isn’t resolved easily. Ian really has to work at escaping from the rapidly rising water. I also note that what the scriptwriter…[Read more]

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

    @Missy
    It’s a perfectly genuine clip of a youtube video of some flooding. One of the items carried off in the flood was a portable toilet. A blue portable toilet. A TARDIS sized, blue, portable toilet.

    First, add some Doctor Who Theme music.

    Then, imagine a normal city street, with a river of floodwater running through it. The floodwater is of…[Read more]

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic The Faces of the Doctor

    @ddoherty95

    “Splendid chaps, all of them.” 😀

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic The Aztecs part 3

    Audio Commentary:

    Not much commentary on this episode; the actors and producer frequently seem to be caught up in watching the action – and then remember that they’re supposed to be talking about it. 🙂

    First comment is the way Jacqueline Hill took complete command of the first scene (and later scenes). Praise for Ian Cullen and Keith Pyott, as…[Read more]

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

    @thane16

    Hi, Thane!

    For your problem, you’d have to distinguish between the different types of memory. We remember facts, events and what kind of person we are as different types of memory. My knowledge of this area of psychology is hugely out of date – there’s been a lot of recent research – but apparently our memory of our character is stored…[Read more]

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic Spoilers (4)

    SPOILER, SPOILER, SPOILER...

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic The Aztecs part 3

    @blenkinsopthebrave and @whisht

    Yes, you can see why some of the actors have decided to go for flat-out RSC style. ::cough:: Tlotoxl ::cough::

    And you can’t help wondering whether Team TARDIS’ competence with weapons has been developed in the previous five stories; at least, I hope Barbara didn’t pick up that facility with knives during her…[Read more]

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic The Aztecs part 2

    The Audio Commentary: Verity Lambert, William Russell, Carole Ann Ford.

    General agreement that John Ringham is terrifying in the opening scene, especially for kids. ‘He means it’ is one comment. Bill Hartnell’s Doctor was always at odds with everyone he met – and William Russell remembers Bill was always looking for comic bits. You never knew…[Read more]

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic The Aztecs part 1

    So, the audio commentary: the late Verity Lambert is running the interview, with William Russell and Carole Anne Ford.

    Verity comments that the historicals had to be completely accurate – right dates, right costumes, authentic designs. Several decades later, they’re pretty impressed by the set and costumes (quite rightly, I’d say). Though the…[Read more]

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic The Aztecs part 2

    Bit late in watching this one: it’s full of derring do, excitement, and the Doctor getting things wrong. 🙂
    Given that the scriptwriters had an ‘educational’ remit, they’ve done really well in portraying the Aztecs as ‘people like us’. Good, bad, nosy, wise, foolish. Set in their ways, and open to new thoughts.

    Susan learning the ‘Good Housewife…[Read more]

  • @2011bumblebee

    Congratulations on creating a genuinely short and ‘no trouble’ survey. 🙂

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic Spoilers (4)

    SPOILER, SPOILER, SPOILER...

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