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  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic Extremis

    @tardigrade

    ‘complete trust or confidence’ is not the same as ‘absolute trust or confidence’. Which may be why you’re uncomfortable – if you think that having a complete trust is the same as some kind of ‘absolute faith’.

    For example, Bill probably has complete faith in the Doctor, but the evidence suggests that she doesn’t have absolute faith…[Read more]

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic The Maldovarium

    @pedant

    See the answer I gave some moments ago

    Which explains hypothesis testing quite nicely. But you are missing the essential point: hypothesis testing requires repeatable events. If your event is not repeatable then you are left with its effects; you can’t investigate it directly.

    And you will know that you had inadequate information…

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  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic Extremis

    @pedant

    None of it is anything to do with faith.

    Yes, it is. You are standing waiting at a bus stop to prove the hypothesis that a bus will turn up, yes, but that doesn’t stop your hypothesis testing also being an act of faith. If it’s important that you get somewhere else quickly, you will not have time for repeat testing. You have to trust a)…[Read more]

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic Extremis

    @tardigrade

    In religion it is used to mean “belief” without evidence,

    No, it most definitely isn’t and doesn’t. 😀

    Sorry, I was catching up on the earlier posts; the ‘belief without evidence’ meme is a propaganda slogan. It’s roughly as accurate as announcing that computer scientists and game designers believe in fairies because they talk…[Read more]

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic Empress of Mars

    @MissRori and @Nick

    I think that Nick’s put his finger on it when he says that the Doctor didn’t even try. The way it was shot, the kid’s hand was still sticking up from the ice, holding onto the sonic. Normally, what you’d expect with a shot like that is that somebody will grab the hand/wrist then either succeed or fail in pulling the character…[Read more]

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic Empress of Mars

    @Nick, @JimTheFish, @MissRori

    I wonder if the other thing that has changed in the relationship – apart from Missy’s sense of it – is that the moral dynamic has changed. Pre Gap, the Doctor had a sense of moral superiority over the Master. Yes, fine, he was a thief and a rebel – but he wasn’t a mass murderer.

    Oops. Or as Missy would say,…[Read more]

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

    @ScaryB

    A somewhat delayed reply, but…

    (hope you’re more convinced now, @Bluesqueakpip (but look forward to discussing if you’re not)).

    Alas, no. To me, Peter Capaldi is just not ‘The Doctor’. A Time Lord, yes, fine. Alien, definitely. But he’s not ‘The Doctor’. For me, Peter Capaldi’s playing the Gallifreyan who really lives behind the…[Read more]

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic Empress of Mars

    Possibility A: It’s all (another) nefarious plot by Missy, using the Doctor’s friendship as a weakness to get under his guard.

    Possibility B: Moffat used the events in The End of Time to work in a character change for the Master/Missy. The Master found out that his old friend really didn’t want to kill him, the Doctor found the Master didn’t…[Read more]

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic BBC Approved Spoilers

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  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic The Maldovarium

    @Missy

    There’s a reasonably large ABB (‘Anyone But Boris’) contingent in the Tory Parliamentary Party. 😈

    It’s difficult to say who’d stand against May because Tory Leadership Contests often include MPs who are testing the waters for the next leadership campaign and MPs who are angling for a major cabinet post rather than the actual…[Read more]

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic The Maldovarium

    @Miapatrick

    Congratulations! Have a virtual one one me!

    😀

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic The Maldovarium

    British Threat Levels:

    Low: Have a cup of tea later.
    Moderate: Have a cup of tea now.
    Substantial: Have a cup of tea with a biscuit.
    Severe: Have a cup of tea with a chocolate biscuit.
    Critical: Add whisky to tea.

    Fortunately, all my relatives in Manchester are fine. Stay safe, folks. :-)

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic BBC Approved Spoilers

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  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic Knock Knock

    @CountScarlioni

    Yes, I think it’s a little production joke: Clara was positioned as the Doctor’s ‘daughter’, Bill is positioned as ‘granddaughter’, therefore the picture of her mum – as a little joke – really resembles Clara.

    I dunno if we’ll see Susan herself, but Moffat really has re-taken the Doctor through his entire life cycle. We’ve seen…[Read more]

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic Knock Knock

    @Blenkinsopthebrave and @pedant

    Don’t forget that this was the Doctor and Bill’s imaginative reconstruction. It’s entirely possible there was a (now deceased) Junior Parent to take care of the six year old and Wooden Mama, and then the boy took over when he was older.

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic Knock Knock

    @Geoffers

    That photo of Bill’s mum reminds me very much of Clara; it looks like a face merge between Jenna Coleman and a model. I’m pretty sure we’re looking at a production joke, though.

    But what if one of the Claricles was black? The Claricles we know of were all utterly identical to Jenna Coleman (for obvious reasons), but did they have to…[Read more]

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic Knock Knock

    Oh, yes, Bill’s Mum.

    Bill's Mum

    Remind you of anyone?

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic Thin Ice

    @PhaseShift

    Yes, there’s something very odd about the death of young Spider. Firstly, it’s unusual in Who that we see a child dying. Secondly, the Doctor doesn’t appear to care; which is really unusual – part of the reason that we don’t often see children dying is that the Doctor prioritises saving the kids. Yet he relates to the other kids,…[Read more]

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic The Maldovarium

    @Nick

    The inference being No Clara no Doctor.

    My bonkers theory: Clara was the avatar of the Production Team. :-) It was, after all, the 50th Anniversary Season. At the time I remember going through each episode in the Clara section and pointing out that you could summarise each plot by a summary of a period in the history of Doctor Who, the…[Read more]

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

    @instramatic

    Hi,Ed!
    That sounds to me like Pyramids of Mars – in one of the episodes the Doctor had to solve a series of logic puzzles. Corridors were involved and the Doctor’s Companion was Sarah Jane Smith.

    The puzzles ended up with two robot mummies (don’t ask) who acted out the old classic of The Guard Who Always Tells The Truth and The…[Read more]

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