• @kevinwho

    Credits don’t work that way. If you check out the credits for Series 10, you will note that Peter Capaldi and Pearl Mackie come first, and then Matt Lucas.

    So Matt Lucas is the least important, […]

  • @jimthefish

    Oops, forgot to mention…
    A companion openly defying their Doctor should be a Very Big Deal and it really wasn’t.

    Uh, yeah, that might be because Bradley Walsh was able to rearrange his c […]

  • @jimthefish

    There’s a world of difference between there being ‘enough for the actor to work with’ and actually being decent writing

    Sorry, but there’s also a world of difference between ‘decent’ and ‘bril […]

  • @kevinwho

    I would have been happy just to see one face in the background turn away, or look uncomfortable.

    What’s making me feel really, really uncomfortable about this is that – basically – the black writer […]

  • @kevinwho

    I find the depiction of the American whites in Rosa so distasteful

    Yeah, it’s not fun when the boot’s on the other foot, is it? 😈

    It was, artistically, the right decision. Because if […]

  • @kevinwho

    I think ‘vengeance’ wasn’t the theme. The theme was, I think, ‘the monster inside us’. Throughout the series we see racism, overwhelming greed, nationalism, political and religious fanaticism – yeah, […]

  • I’d add that Chibnall essentially planted a Chekhov’s Gun in Episode 1, said ‘Have you noticed the gun?’ in Episode 2 and then let us forget about it until the Battle of Thingy, when Graham grabbed the gun and […]

  • @jimthefish

    The one example I’d use is that Graham’s vengeful motivation in Battle pretty much comes from nowhere and is actually counter to anything we’ve seen him express in any prior episode, espec […]

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic Website comments (2)

    At the moment I’m thinking we’ve been targeted by a neo-fascist group, or grouplet, or individual. Could be a Russkibot, but claiming to be from one of the ethnic groups they hate, then making the nastiest comments imaginable is a classic neo-fascist online tactic. It’s supposed to make you think [insert ethnic or religious group here] are…[Read more]

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


    I didn’t find much joy in Peter Capaldi’s tenure, myself – but that was because I didn’t much like his interpretation of the Doctor. However, I did and do like Peter Capaldi the actor, and I would never say that he hadn’t thoroughly researched his role, or that the performance he selected wasn’t based on characteristics that you…[Read more]

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic Website comments (2)


    To expand on @pedant‘s comment: Our little friend lives under a bridge and has an allergy to Billy Goats: what they’ve said on this site is inconsistent and error-ridden – I’m not saying how, because they’re also pretty good at Internet research. Best to leave them to continue in their errors, as a warning flag.

    They are a persona, a…[Read more]

  • I don’t think Chibnall is backing away from the premise. It’s just the puzzle he’s interested in – and interested in letting his writers play with – is the ‘killing your grandfather’ paradox of Time Travel. Or in […]

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator


    My Mum is Welsh, and has now retired back there. Just saying.

  • 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]

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