• 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,…

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  • 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]

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic The Timeless Children

    @nightingale

    that altered nothing of the mythos up to and including the TV movie.

    That’s quite true, but can we argue that a showrunner has to treat the Pre Gap mythos as sacrosanct? Which bit of it is sacrosanct? How do we reconcile the already existing inconsistencies? Moffat inserted an extra Doctor from the Gap into the running order.…[Read more]

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic The Timeless Children

    @badwolfalice

    Daniel Barton was explained both in Spyfall and in the finale – in Spyfall, from what I remember, it was explained that his computer geek persona was so strong, he’d used himself as a beta testa for splicing the alien DNA into humans – so that they could become hard drives, presumably.

    The Master/Missy always escapes and he/she…[Read more]

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic The Timeless Children

    @Jimthefish

    What Chibs has done is that he’s tried to destroy/rewrite the fabula rather than contribute his own sjuzet (God, kill me now for even going down this route….)

    If this reaches the stage of discussing semiotics, your local vicar should be able to suggest some suitable deliverance ministries.

    In the meantime, if I understand you, you…[Read more]

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic The Timeless Children

    @badwolfalice

    The Police Box TARDIS can be explained as the Hartnell Doctor ‘stealing’ his previous TARDIS – without knowing that she was the TARDIS he’d used before. It actually fits better with Sexy’s comment that ‘she stole him’ if she’d known the Doctor in his/her pre-mind-wipe incarnations. There are then a couple of possibilities:

    a) She…[Read more]

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic The Timeless Children

    @Jimthefish

    but there are lots of valid criticisms you can make of Chibs.

    There are indeed, and I’ve actually made some of them. His pacing! But I’ve never been bothered as much as you’ve been by his tendency to have characters who experience ‘lightbulb’ moments and then do a 180 degree turn. We’ve argued about this before, I think, and you…[Read more]

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic The Timeless Children

    @nightingale

    Yes, sorry, replied to wrong person. I’m definitely up for ‘River and the Timeless Child both got their ability to regenerate from the Time Vortex’.

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic The Timeless Children

    @nightingale

    No, River’s origin story works fine. Just ask yourself where the Timeless Child got her ability to regenerate from?

    And Madame Vastra was very clear that it was in River’s DNA. I vaguely recall a big DNA diagram on screen, and she was rather delicately trying to ask if the Doctor was River’s father. Without using the words ‘sex’ or…[Read more]

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic The Timeless Children

    @Jimthefish

    Just saying that I really hope that we’re not being infected by the Twitter virus where if you articulate any criticisms of the current run that you’re automatically labelled an NMD and basically told just to shut the hell up.

    I hope so too – but I think, when articulating criticisms, there is a responsibility to assess whether the…[Read more]

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic The Timeless Children

    @phaseshift

    But ‘I repeat’ this is as cynical a fanwank as you are likely to experience.

    Then we’re just going to have to agree to disagree – because where you see cynical fanwank, I see enormous creative possibilities.

    Yes, the BBC can sell the franchise now, into areas where British produced programmes are a niche taste. The actors (m or f)…[Read more]

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