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  • @wolfweed

    So what’s the ‘core self’ of the Doctor?

    I’m picking ‘regeneration’ as the start of the legend because, even though you can argue for ‘defeating the Daleks’, if the Doctor had died in his first […]

  • The beginnings of a bonkerish theory…

    … the Christmas Special is partly set up to explain why the Doctor, after a solid run of thirteen male bodies, regenerates into a female body. And it’s connected with […]

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic On The Sofa (8)

    @Craig

    It’s turning into a blog. I will confine myself to details about the Christmas Special that are known from the trailer.

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic On The Sofa (8)

    @Craig

    Funnily enough, the moment you closed the thread, a bonkers theory about the regeneration into Jodie Whittaker stole into my mind…

    … any suggestions where I should post it? Spoilers, maybe?

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic On The Sofa (8)

    @Craig

    I remember getting into a flaming row with someone on the Graun – because they insisted that David Tennant was selling out by doing those Virgin Media ads. :roll:

    Apparently Mr Tennant should have prioritised his artistic integrity over his mortgage, his three young children, and his complete lack of any kind of job security. As a…[Read more]

  • @cloisterbell

    What about the fact that I’ve watched some of her shows, and to phrase it delicately, was less than blown away by her acting abilities?

    What about the fact that she has seven more award nominations than Matt Smith had when he was cast as the Doctor? To say you dislike the roles she’s been in, or her acting style, is fine. But…[Read more]

  • @ichabod

    I too saw JW in Broadchurch, and it bothers me a lot that *I do not remember her from that show at all*. It’s also true that nobody much made an impression on me in Broadchurch — I found them all stiflingly dull and dreary and their story basically idiotic in any sort of real world terms, except the Woman With A Past living with her…

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  • @dwispccrap

    I have not heard of this word retcon before please explain?

    ‘Retcon’ is short for ‘retroactive continuity’. It’s a piece of new information that allows you to re-interpret previously described events. For example, an SF author might decide that they don’t want a particular character to ever be a ship’s captain, but do want them to…[Read more]

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

    Earl Cameron turns 100.

    Earl’s Doctor Who connection is that he appeared in William Hartnell’s regeneration story: The Tenth Planet.

    Not only was he a black actor playing an astronaut (in 1966), he was Zeus IV’s captain. Eat your heart out, Star Trek. 😀

  • @dwispccrap

    The thing is I like narrative consistency

    Are you sure you’re watching the right programme?

    Just asking, given that the Doctor’s ability to regenerate was rather hurriedly shoehorned in to the Tenth Planet three years after the programme started. The Doctor’s race arrived another three years after that. Which wasn’t narratively…[Read more]

  • @JanetteB

    It’s worth remembering that until TV came along, working with a team over several productions was the normal way of doing things in drama. In some countries it still is.

    TV adopted the West End/Broadway method of ‘one-show contracts’. That gradually became the norm as agents became more and more reluctant to have their actors stuck in…[Read more]

  • @Ichabod

    Don’t forget that Chris Chibnall may be thinking that he needs to stick with people he already knows he can work with in his first season – before he goes a bit wider and re-invites other Who directors.

    The directors he already knows include James Strong, Euros Lyn, Alice Troughton and Colin Teague. That’s a pretty strong, experienced Who team.

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic The Maldovarium

    This is one of those ‘check location before issuing directives’ things:

    Sports Direct puts up an ‘English-only’ notice in Bangor store.

    For those of you who don’t know the UK, that’s a bit like putting up an ‘English-only’ directive in Montreal. 😀

  • @Wolfweed

    Thanks for the links.

    She comes across really well; aware that this is almost certainly going to be the role that defines her for the rest of her life, enthusiastic, and excited about the creative freedom the part offers.

    @JimTheFish

    Yes, let’s hope that ‘lots of planets have a Yorkshire.’ 😀

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic The Maldovarium

    @Nick

    However I think there is a difference between something that can be proven to be factually correct in an absolute sense (evolution) and something which is subjective and unproven (unproveable even).

    Depends how you define ‘factually correct’ and ‘absolute’. Natural selection is definitely provable by observation and experiment, and the…[Read more]

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic The Maldovarium

    @JimTheFish

    Except if that were actually the case we wouldn’t have Trump in the White House, the lacerating self-harm of Brexit, or here in Scotland those self-same Orangemen finding their way onto local councils.

    Except how much of those things are at least partly due to a consensus that ‘all right thinking people’ will of course vote against…[Read more]

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