• Some stories are simple.

    There is, in Sheffield, a family. A grandmother, a grandson she’s bringing up. A second husband, that the boy (nearly a man) wants to keep at a distance. A dead daughter-in-law, a son […]

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


    They’re short for Before Gap and After Gap. The Gap is the over-long period when Who wasn’t being produced. After Gap starts with the episode Rose.

    Other sites refer to Classic Who and New Who, but we felt that identifying an era by whether it was before or after the Gap was more value-neutral.

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

    @blenkinsopthebrave, @janetteB and @winston

    The one slight problem is that we’ve already watched and discussed it, about four years back. I think it was one of the first Hartnells we watched. And we can’t really do the Dalek Master Plan because it’s mostly lost. There’s nothing to stop a second rewatch – the conversations are already set…[Read more]

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


    Try some maths.

    Eleven episodes of 42 minutes plus one of 60 minutes: 524 minutes to be written, shot, edited and SX put in.

    Nine episodes of 50 minutes plus one of 60 minutes: 510 minutes. People are wailing and gnashing their teeth over a loss of fourteen whole minutes of Doctor Who. Why, that’s nearly half one of the older…[Read more]

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


    It doesn’t matter how much work it is,

    Let me guess: you don’t work in TV either.

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


    Any reference for this, or are you just quoting a ‘my best friend’s mate who is third assistant focus puller at BBC Cardiff and once went within shouting distance of the Doctor Who set said’ article?

    I take it you don’t work in TV? Just guessing, because you don’t seem to have a clue how much work an effects heavy SF programme is.

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic Resolution

    A bit late to the party, but there it is. I did manage to watch most of Resolution on New Years Day, but squeezing out any time this week to watch the bits I missed has been a bit tricky. 🙂

    Like @ScaryB, I do like the move to New Years Day, even if it was difficult to find the time to watch. Firstly, I agree that the various producers have now…[Read more]

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    Happy New Year, everyone. 😀

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

    Hi everyone!

    Interesting comment from my brother on Christmas Day. He pointed out that Christmas Day audiences (for everything) have been dropping for years – all those new box sets to watch and new games to play.

    He thinks the BBC didn’t move Doctor Who because it was a demotion, but because they wanted some heavyweight audience-pulling…[Read more]

  • @kevinwho

    It means that they have correctly argued that they make a huge contribution to the episode. And that, like in many other BBC and UK shows, they should receive title credit for it.

    The most […]

  • @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]

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