• @blenkinsopthebrave

    Definitely meant ‘knowingly’. This is Chapter 2 – if a Deus Ex Machina turns up in Chapter 2, I expect to find out why by the end of the story. 😀

    Dan’s parents 1) turn up without being mentioned previously. 2) Have the precise skills needed to save Dan as well as the precise information he needs and finally (this is the…[Read more]

  • Okay, that was … dull. I’m not sure why I felt that way, because most other people seem to have found it a fun episode.

    It probably didn’t help that I have to watch the current series on time-shift, which means that if I get bored I can pause rather than having to carry on watching. But it’s a bad sign when I really do wander off to make a cup…[Read more]

  • BTW, if anyone is doing another watch – keep an eye out for oblique or direct references to previous companions. The ones that are coming into my brain after a night’s sleep 🙂 are: Station Rose, Nitro 9 being unstable, Claire having the same name meaning as Clara (thanks to T’Other Place for that spot), plus a direct reference to Graham and…[Read more]

  • @Juniperfish
    Yes, there was a lot going on.

    A clear link made to Victorian industrial revolution Britain, and the poor being worked to the bone in the mines (digging for what, if not coal?).

    Ah, that’s the interesting thing. Williamson was clearly harking back to previous villains like the Great Intelligence, but he and his tunnels are part of…[Read more]

  • Well, when an episode is entitled Chapter 1, you know what you’re going to get. An episode in which we establish the characters, the setting and the problem.

    My guess is (agree with you, @devilishrobby) that the problem is still the Doctor’s Memory Wiped Past and we are now in Act Three of that story. That’s why the Inciting Incident is…[Read more]

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator


    So sorry to hear of your loss.

    I can’t think of any quotes, but the whole ethos of Who is that every second of time is eternal. Whatever memory you can think of, whatever event, the people we love will always be still living, there, in that moment.

    We can’t meet them there again, because we don’t have a TARDIS, but that perio…[Read more]

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

    I read that Russell T was returning and I was wondering if April 1st had come early. Then it got reported in the other papers.

    Well – I wasn’t expecting that, but definitely great news. He brings the best out in other writers (as well as being a bloody good writer himself).

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator


    They could easily have fixed it by dating the telegram ‘1943’ instead of ‘1940’ though whether that would have fitted with them evacuating from London, I’m not sure.

    My favourite reply to the ‘but you used an artefact from the wrong period’ was from the producer of the 1995 version of Pride and Prejudice. In response to e…[Read more]

  • @nerys
    Glad it was helpful.

    UK senior politicians are called ‘Secretary of State for xxx’ just as in the U.S. The terms date from the same period. However, the UK has a practice of calling any Secretary of State who is also in the Cabinet ‘Minister’.

    So, unlike the US, ‘Secretary’ is often a signal that you aren’t in one of the really important…[Read more]

  • @blenkinsopthebrave

    We see the Dalek from Resolution being driven away, there is a stop at the side of the road, the truck is driven away, there is huddled discussion between Robertson and the scientist, there is a demonstration of the Dalek to the corrupt politician…

    Yup. It was a long slow burn of a set up. That is, the plot proceeded m…[Read more]

  • @blenkinsopthebrave

    Martin Belam, who wrote this year’s recap over at T’Other Place, made a very good point. He was watching this with his kids, aged seven and ten. The bits he found clunky were also the bits where the seven-year-old was going ‘aha!’

    The Verhoeven film was brilliant. It was also rated 18 in the UK. It was not aimed squarel…[Read more]

  • @jamjarr

    From a production point of view, I think the neon was to give us an easy way of telling the two Dalek factions apart. From a story point of view, the jazzy light show was to demonstrate that these were human designed Daleks. Face it, we do tend to think everything robotic looks better with flashing lights.

  • Ooh, and did anyone notice that the Doctor thinks Jack’s never had a room in the TARDIS but Jack said he had a suite? Either Jack’s travelled with a now forgotten incarnation, or their timelines are slightly out of synch.

  • Yes, I thought that was pretty good. I think the Doctor being tossed in the clink for nineteen years may have been a slight leg pull for Steven Moffat and his ‘am I a good man’ arc, in that the Whittaker Doctor has now also had a long period of identity crisis … but offscreen.

    The ten month mistake also proved to have dramatic point, as it was…[Read more]

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    Hope everyone had a good and safe Christmas and that you all managed to eat and drink too much even in these most difficult times.

    Merry Christmas


  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic Spoilers (4)


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

    @blenkinsopthebrave and @geoffers

    The not-always-good Captain is front and centre in one of the BBC publicity photos, so it’s now as official as it gets.

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    Glad to hear the news that your Dad’s oxygen levels are now up to scratch and they’re thinking in terms of a move to rehab. That is good news. As @dentarthurdent says, not wanting to read etc is part of resting – and from what I’ve been told, a more serious dose of Covid is really energy-sapping.

    My Mum lives back in North Wales and they’…[Read more]

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    Glad to hear your Dad seems to be staying stable. Yeah, COVID is very weird and can present with all sorts of symptoms (or none at all). I think Strange Noises hit about 10% or so.

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic The Timeless Children


    I classed the archive as handwavium – the Master showed he can hack the Matrix more than once, so I’d expect him to be able to copy the interesting bits. But we’ll see.

    I think the definite ‘unreliable narrator’ bit for me is where Brendan in the cover story is deliberately shot by a criminal, but the Master is oddly insiste…[Read more]

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