• @blenkinsopthebrave

    Agreed. Everything just works with this one: not just Curran’s performance, but Karen Gillan’s performance as someone grieving but not understanding why. And then there’s Matt Smith, being nice to Amy without being able to explain why.

    It all just – works. A dramatic poem on the subject of depression and grief.

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    Why. Do. They. All. Have. To Try. “It”. In. America??

    Short answer: an acting job in Hollywood pays about five to ten times as much as an acting job in the UK.

    Long answer: everyone’s hoping like crazy they’ll do a Sir Patrick Stewart: get a high profile job in a high profile US series and earn so much from the spin-offs, conventions, etc tha…[Read more]

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @miapatrick

    Yes, I saw video of the goats! Llandudno hits the national news!

    Typical nosy goats – no humans around so we’ll trot down from the headland and take a look, ooh, tasty flowers! And typical of a small dog. In their doggy minds they are equal to any challenge and if necessary, they’ll bring the goat down by the kneecaps.

    Glad you held…[Read more]

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @Craig
    Happy Birthday! Hope it’s a good one in spite of the circumstances. 🙂

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @miapatrick Yeah, it’s the not knowing the timescale that makes it worse. There was an article on NHS England’s response in the Spectator this week by Dr Max Pemberton which is simultaneously reassuring and scary. Reassuring because they are gearing up to do everything they can; scary because they don’t yet know how long they’ll have to be in…[Read more]

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @miapatrick

    I’m really sorry to hear that. I do know some cancer treatments affect the immune system, so it could well be that they’re cancelling treatments because they’re balancing the medium term progression against the short term chance of dying from Coronavirus.

    Or it just could be that all their beds are full (or they expect them to be…[Read more]

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic The Day of the Doctor

    @mudlark

    unless the choice of a fancy breed was a deliberate joke

    I suspect it was partly a deliberate joke and partly that they needed a rabbit that would sit placidly where it was put while David Tennant was ranting at it. It was probably an exhibition or show rabbit.

    But I know what you mean; I remember seeing it for the first time and…[Read more]

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic The Day of the Doctor

    This is a fan video that Tom Spilsbury (Editor of Doctor Who Magazine)has shared – an expanded and brought-up-to-date version of the ‘Gallifrey Stands’ sequence

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic The Day of the Doctor

    @jimthefish
    Maybe see what people are going with online initially? I think we have done rewatches of every new-Who episode, plus the 50th Anniversary Specials, so joining in a worldwide rewatch of ‘greatest hits’ might be fun – especially if the relevant showrunners are along for the ride. The Moffat beard is pretty scary, though.

    If we did go…[Read more]

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic The Day of the Doctor

    Well, that was fun. Is it really six and a half years since the 50th?

    I agree with @jimthefish – everyone is working at the top of their game, trying to make something really special. This isn’t a love letter to the fans – it’s a love letter to Doctor Who. All of Doctor Who, from the actors who’ve played The Doctor on TV, to the slightly naff…[Read more]

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @blenkinsopthebrave
    So that’s how the centre gets in chocolates! Thanks for the link to that very interesting collection.

    Thanks also for everyone’s good wishes – my temperature was down again today, approaching normal. But you’re right @winston – I did a tiny bit of prep work this morning, and it was exhausting. The afternoon was spent resting.…[Read more]

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @phaseshift and @mudlark

    Currently I’m catching up with Discovery Season 2, which my brother very kindly posted to me. I’m liking it much more than I did Season 1; they seem to have got their act together and everyone now knows the characters. I’ve also managed to nearly finish one of those ‘books I ought to read’. I think feeling ill helps fight…[Read more]

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @rob and @janetteB

    Yes, it’s a worrisom time for the self-employed and small businesses. I have no idea how it’s going to go – I’ve already lost my regular summer work, because it was invigilating for university exams. Theatres are being shut, and I’ve no idea whether filming is going to completely shut down – some series have already stopped.…[Read more]

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @missy

    They’re pushing it as a precaution, because they have some evidence that ibuprofen and respiratory diseases like Coronavirus don’t go well together. The BBC have a fact vs fiction page on it.

    The NHS advice is:

    There is currently no strong evidence that ibuprofen can make coronavirus (COVID-19) worse. But until we have more information,…

    [Read more]

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @jimthefish

    Thanks for that – I’m definitely eating my (frozen) greens.

    Further to my advice above, the latest precaution is that you should now AVOID anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen (Nurofen, Advil) if you suspect your illness may possibly be Coronavirus. Paracetamol (Acetaminophen, Tylenol or Panadol) is still fine.

    @mudlark
    That’s…[Read more]

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @whisht – Thanks for your good wishes – yes, being able to type to someone is definitely one of the strengths of online!

    Advice from others that I’ve found useful two-and-a-half days in: the government advice is to keep well ventilated and having a through breeze definitely feels less ‘locked in’. So unless they change that advice, open a couple…[Read more]

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic The Timeless Children

    @nightingale

    Yeah, technically what created the continuity snafu was ignoring the additional possible Doctors after Brain of Morbius and calling Davison the Fifth Doctor. I suppose you could say that was the point at which the continuity snafu starts.

    I’d have to re-rewatch the Deadly Assassin to double-check, but I think the Doctor is talking…[Read more]

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @blenkinsopthebrave, @whisht and @mudlark

    Alas, I’m already in self-isolation – I managed to develop a cough yesterday (complete with headache and a bit of a temperature). As Mudlark says, I think I may be very bored of the contents of my cupboards by next week.

    I doubt it’s the Dreaded Lurgy Itself, but as you say Whisht, one way I can help is…[Read more]

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic The Timeless Children

    @nightingale

    He betrays no astonishment at his pre-Hartnell selves when psychically battling the outcast Time Lord Morbius, but is mindblown when receiving psychic exposition about them from the outcast Time Lord the Master.

    Yes, that’s a continuity problem. But there’s no good answer to it, because the pre-Hartnell selves were a continuity…[Read more]

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic The Timeless Children

    @phaseshift

    No, I don’t want to start any arguments again either. So:

    No, she tells him she’s filled with a multitude. Her genetic inheritance. Her DNA is better than the Master’s.

    While that is a possible interpretation, I would say that at the moment, it’s a theory. It’s a theory based on the Master’s obsessive anger at having the Doc…[Read more]

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