• Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator


    It will affect me loads, and you loads. Untangling ourselves from the EU is proving a nightmare after a mere forty odd years; how do you think untangling Scotland and rUK is going to be after three hundred?

    The idea that anything would result in a life time of Tory government is unrealistic, frankly, because the UK pattern (in ALL the UK…[Read more]

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator


    No, there aren’t that many occasions when 5.3 million people are going to provide the tipping point that swings 66 million people. His argument is a bit like saying Wales doesn’t control UK-wide elections – which is why Devolution happened in both countries.

    The most populous country in the UK (England) currently tends to be slightly…[Read more]

  • @ichabod

    I’d guess that the Series 12 Announcement on the BBC Doctor Who Official site has been vetted and approved by the BBC – it specifically says ‘early 2020’ in the very first paragraph.

    This might translate as ‘New Year Special’ then the main series a bit later, but it definitely says ‘series 12 is on its way and will be returning to BBC…[Read more]

  • @MagicKirin

    Several of the non military companions have killed during the show Ian, Leela, Romana and Ace

    Except Ian had survived World War II and done National Service (i.e. he was ex-military), Leela was famously a ‘warrior of the SevvaTeem’, and Ace arrived with a fondness for blowing things up. I agree we have no idea whether Romana had any…[Read more]

  • @magickirin

    I’m hoping that Ryan and Graham got the arc this series and Yaz gets the arc next series. On the whole, I think the three companions worked well this week, as it allowed the subplot to progress with Graham and Ryan while Yaz played ‘main companion’ and gave the Doctor someone to explain things to. 🙂

    I’d say that the Doctor’s main…[Read more]

  • @bluffme

    To me the whole season seemed to be about trying to conform The Doctor to this world view of making sure no one’s feelings get hurt, this generation of people wearing their heart on their sleeve. Where every child should get a trophy

    If it had been that sort of season, Ryan would have ended it by riding a bike. Grace would have s…[Read more]

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator


    Reports are coming in that there are an unheard-of twenty-seven gazebos on College Green, where the press hang out during political crises. They haven’t quite reached the stage of having fist fights over the available electrical outlets, but it’s only a matter of time. If a mobile burger van turns up, the poor driver is going to be…[Read more]

  • @Rob
    Most of the Doctors could talk the hind leg off a donkey, but one thing I suddenly realised last night was that they talked about how wonderful they were. It was, in fact, called out a couple of times, with jokes that they really needed a companion to make admiring noises.

    The Whittaker Doctor, on the other hand, talks through everything,…[Read more]

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic Spoilers (4)


  • @mudlark

    ‘Eye for an eye’ is exactly right – but in the original sense, where the meaning was that you took no more than an eye for an eye. [As far as I know, there’s no evidence it was ever applied in practice or meant to be taken literally; it was stating a principle that any punishment or vengeance should not be harsher than the crime it was…[Read more]

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic Spoilers (4)


  • @craig

    I think you could see the arc as Graham and Ryan’s grief over Grace’s death, in which case It Takes You Away would have been a good finale episode.

    But I don’t think it quite is: as I say, my thoughts haven’t exactly coalesced yet, though I strongly suspect another blog is a’comin’. I think the arc is about ‘grace’ and the loss of…[Read more]

  • @craig

    I also said last week’s episode, “It Takes You Away”, could have been made into a better season finale,

    I understand what you mean, but I don’t think so. My thoughts haven’t quite coalesced yet – though I will say that this episode and The Woman Who Fell To Earth are the only episodes this series I’ve watched three times.

    I think the a…[Read more]

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic Spoilers (4)


  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic BBC Approved Spoilers


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

    @blenkinsopthebrave and @Craig

    Shouldn’t this discussion be in BBC Approved Spoilers?

  • @MissRori

    I think the Thirteen was too sunny at the end given that five planets’ populations were destroyed as an indirect result of her sparing Tim Shaw’s life

    I think that’s one area where the script did need a bit of editing. When you rewatch, you can see that the planets are in fact in things that look like the big stasis chambers the sup…[Read more]

  • @Craig
    I don’t think it was trying to be that sort of finale. At least, given the jokes in there about previous overblown finales, I’d say the script was deliberately trying not to be that sort of finale.

    If Chibnall had left the Earth out, then we wouldn’t have got that moment of realising that the Earth isn’t really the centre of the…[Read more]

  • @craig

    What I meant was there was no sense (for me anyway) that everyone was going to die on Earth. It was tell, not show (apart from the CGI).

    Yup, I agree completely. The difference between us is that I think the fact that everyone on Earth was going to die was – backstory.

    The reason we’re not getting this is because in an RTD or Moffat…[Read more]

  • @arch

    Clearly the compassionate thing to do is to put him out of his misery

    He’s not a dog (or even a spider). He’s a self aware being who made self-aware choices. Those choices included causing death and suffering to others – effectively depriving them of their choices. The audience has seen Tim Shaw kill a harmless (if annoying) drunk, a…[Read more]

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