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  • #69519
    Brewski @replies

    @mudlark I like that hypothesis!  I’m gonna have to noodle on it a bit more.  As far as what we find out is really happening being more mundane?  Well… that IS the sub-title of the discussion board, isn’t it? 🙂

    btw…tying in with that Christmas episode is something that popped into my head as I was watching.  The remark(s) about the sonic screwdriver were very similar to the ones Brad-Doc made in “Twice Upon a Time”.

     

    #69518
    Brewski @replies

    <span style=”color: #333333;”><span style=”font-family: Arimo, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;”><span style=”font-size: small;”>So I suppose the answer is that it’s a perfectly allowable retcon to say that a </span></span></span><span style=”color: #333333;”><span style=”font-family: Arimo, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;”><span style=”font-size: small;”>fully working</span></span></span><span style=”color: #333333;”><span style=”font-family: Arimo, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;”><span style=”font-size: small;”> TARDIS has transmat facilities, but the current Doctor’s TARDIS transmat is not working.</span></span></span>
    <p align=”left”><span style=”color: #333333;”><span style=”font-family: Arimo, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;”><span style=”font-size: small;”>That said, I am getting the feel that the Martin Doctor is either between Troughton and Pertwee or pre Hartnell. Either way, the Martin Doctor has a fully working TARDIS. Possibly because it was repaired, then un-repaired when they exiled the Pertwee Doctor</span></span></span></p>

    Whoo!  That’s a lot of jockeying to get there, @bluesqueakpip!  :p  It would mean there is a transmat access to the TARDIS that no Doctor has bothered to repair since then.

    Also not “fully working” because it means they would have repaired the transmat but NOT the chameleon circuit.  And then broken the transmat again.

    I think its presence is  much more easily explained as part of a parallel Who-niverse.

     

     

    #69489
    Brewski @replies

    > @mudlark: The reviewer in question clearly lacks imagination

    I can forgive that. But not knowing basic facts like we have not witnessed all the regenerations?? Unforgivable! :p

    Thanks for the invite to the spoilers discussion. But I have decided to go spoiler free this series.

     

    After a rewatch, here is my big question:

    Since when does a Hartnell-ish era Doctor have transmat access to the TARDIS??

    Seems much later Doctory to me…

    #69465
    Brewski @replies

    Hi @blenkinsopthebrave,  Thanks!

    ETA: Just watched a reviewer claim that another unknown Doctor can’t be wedged in to the lore because we’ve seen all the regenerations.

    Untrue: We never actually saw Two to Three.  So if they wanted to squeeze in another Forgotten Doc, it could be done.  But I don’t think so.

     

    #69461
    Brewski @replies

    I’m going with WhitDoc is in a parallel universe.  Has been since her Regen.  That’s why the TARDIS went nuts and tossed her out.

    And why she didn’t recognize the Stenza.

    FWIW, it means we could meet other parallel Docs who might have had different fates, different deaths, different regens.

    Cue the appearance of one of the Classic Docs!

    P.S.  Hello all.  Been a while!

    #60537
    Brewski @replies

    That’s the one!  Thanks @wolfweed!  Off for a re-watch…

    #60534
    Brewski @replies

    @craig  Somewhere long ago I stumbled on a “making of” video of The Curse.  It has interviews with the cast and Moffat as well.  Might be worth adding it to this page.  I’ll try to track it down somewhere.

    Thanks.

    #60510
    Brewski @replies

    @ichabod @lisa @janetteb @jimthefish

    I think I am most drawn to the notion of this being a Full Circle kind of thing.  Where 13 is the 1 of the new cycle.  (I’m sticking with the Classic Numbering System, sorry War Doctor. 😉 )

    I do agree that rehashing Susan as she was would never work.  But I don’t think it would have to be like that.  Since it would be a regeneration, we would really be able to see a whole new Susan personality develop.

    Also, should the next Doctor be young and male again, traveling with his granddaughter would be the simplest way to remove any hints of romance.

    I am pretty convinced of at least a cameo though.  PC got his wish with the Mondasian Cybermen, so why not the Christmas gift he’s always wanted.

    Fingers crossed…

    #60480
    Brewski @replies

    @jimthefish I just had another thought as I awoke from a nap.  How’s that for hopeless fan?  😉

    Twelve takes One to see Susan (played by Carole Ann Ford of course) who is now old and nearing regeneration.  Which she does.  Becoming the new, younger Susan and Thirteen’s new companion!

    She’ll be pretty sassy and refer to him as “GranDoc”. 🙂

    #60456
    Brewski @replies

    @jimthefish [sigh] No, probably not.  I never get my wish.  Even at Christmas.  :p

    I’ll settle for the fangasm, though! lol…  (settles in to wait…)

     

    #60453
    Brewski @replies

    @ichabod  Thanks!

    I know others like @blenkinsopthebrave are thinking its more likely that Doctor One will be the Clarence of the story, rather than CapDoc.  However, I am rather keen on the twist of the teacher becoming the taught.

    In other words, Twelve is all against regenerating, but when he stubbornly explains its virtues to One he inadvertently teaches himself.

    It would be too good to be true to have old the old Docs being paid a visit, though, wouldn’t it?

    Only thing I’m wondering is: in order to demonstrate that not regenerating was a bad thing, they would all have to be a sort of crotchety and bitter version of their older selves.  So would that be a fun and quirky thing?  (The actor’s could certainly have fun with it.)  Or would it sort of spoil the character a bit?

    #60415
    Brewski @replies

    Hey @wolfweed.  Thanks for the comics!  Very cool.

    I always thought it would have been interesting to have Two killed by the Time Lords by aging him to death.  That way, he could have been teleported out in the middle of it and appear as a much older version of himself.  And then teleported back at the exact moment he was taken away.

    Come to think of it, could do the same thing with Ten.  Pull him from the Master’s age-ifying laser screwdriver after he’s gotten on in years.  Let David Tenant be Ten again and explain why he’s older.

    #60413
    Brewski @replies

    @<span class=”useratname”>blenkinsopthebrave</span> Thanks!  But sometimes I think I shouldn’t postulate what I actually want to see.  Since I am never right! lol.  I should theorize what I DON’T want to see.

    Actually if Moff really wanted to give fans an out-going treat, he’d find a way to give us the missing Two-Into-Three regen!

    #60408
    Brewski @replies

    First off, congrats to everyone who predicted the return of Heather.  Well done!

    And kudos to myself for maintaining my perfect record of Not Getting it Right. :p

    Stand-out moments: Missy dying.  How did they manage to make that sad?!  But they did!

    SimmMaster getting aroused by himself.  Gold!  As was the music.

    And now on to Bonkers for Christmas…

    Loving the It’s a Wonderful Ideas!  Only it will be “It’s a Wonderful Death”.  The story of why the Doctor dying and regenerating is a good thing after all!

    We are on the South Pole, shortly after the first defeat of the Cybermen in “The Tenth Planet”.  The Doctor (One) has rushed off, leaving Ben and Polly behind.  He knows he is about to die and regenerate and is grumbling bitterly about it.

    Twelve chastises him, telling him how selfish he’s being!  “After all, if you don’t regenerate there’ll never be a me!”

    In order to prove his point to One, CapDoc takes him on a journey through what-if universes.  Inside the TARDIS, One remarks, “You’ve redecorated…!  I quite like like!”

    In the what-if universes we meet iterations of the Doctor that would have been if he hadn’t died and regenerated.  Maybe ALL of them!  Older, maybe more cynical.  Unhappy because of all the things they didn’t accomplish by “renewing” themselves.

    Also we get to see most of the original actors playing these roles.

    For Two and Three you merely need actors in enough aging prosthetics that you can’t quite recognize them.

    As a special treat, CapDoc takes One to 22nd Century London to reunite briefly with Susan and to fulfill his promise to come back.

    #60024
    Brewski @replies

    @thane15  Yes, see… you just had to noodle on it.

    #59952
    Brewski @replies

    @pedant Or an entire pirate….

    LOL!

      And we haven’t even considered spaghettification…

    Is that part of Pastafarianism?

    The Theory of Rotini

    Or… Carb Annuity errors?

    #59943
    Brewski @replies

    Or…. what @nick said much more succinctly! 😉

    #59942
    Brewski @replies

    @thane15 I’m not saying that continuity errors should be excused continually but there does seem to be a fair group of people who, for whatever reason, bring this up. Often as part of a wider discussion to do with: a) the science doesn’t work b) we never see how Doctor 12 and Companion A survive a particular devastating experience or  c) the ducks in the pond were never explained. Oh!  and d) (my personal fave) “how can love ever save the day?”

    I think it might help if we were all clearer on what is meant by “continuity errors”.  I believe, in the strictest sense, it refers to boo-boos on the part of the production staff rather than plot or character flaws.

    Clara saying she was born under a clock (and that idea never being revisited) is NOT a continuity error.  (I’m not sure it can be considered an “error” at all since she is merely telling children a bedtime story, there is really no reason to take her literally or expect it to be followed up on.)  So… <nitpick>  even if it was a “mistake” – say, they intended to get back to that and forgot about it – it might be a plot flaw, but not a “continuity error”.</nitpick>

    A continuity error would be something like a piece of costume appearing and disappearing from a character throughout a scene.  It would be an editing mistake where the actor and/or dresser forgot to put a belt or badge back on between different takes of the same scene and no one catching it in the final cut.

    Contrast this to Doc 11 talking to Amy in “Flesh and Stone”: what LOOKS like a continuity error (the Doctors clothes changing from one cut to another) turns out to be deliberate.  We are seeing a future Doctor talking to her.

    Is the clock moving backwards?  (BRILLIANT observation, btw @blenkinsopthebrave :O)  Intended.  Or did someone in post-editing add the images in in the wrong order?  A continuity error.

    Sorry, I’m talking like I know I’m talking about.  I’m just parroting back what I’ve read.  I welcome corrections on it. 🙂

     

    #59880
    Brewski @replies

    @nick I suppose you’re right.  You’re going to make me (grudgingly) admit that we just have a different viewing sensibility now.  A shorter attention sp… hey look, a new YouTube video!

    #59879
    Brewski @replies

    Don’t know why, but I was just thinking how funny it would have been for Cyber-Bill at the end to say “Doc – tor Who – oo.  You are Doc – tor Who – oo.”

    ‘Course the weren’t really going for funny at the moment… :p

    #59877
    Brewski @replies

    @nick You’re reply to jimthefish sums up the he situation in BG Who better than I wrote.

    Thanks.  Even if it was a slightly little long winded sum-up. 😉

    Some of the very best Who stories, certainly in BG era, benefit from a mysterious build up, setting the scene and the key characters. I think one problem with many AG stories is that they jump into heart of the story has been too fast.

    I couldn’t agree with you more.  But surely this is the cost of going from a serialized story that has the luxury of 2 or 3 hours total time down to 45 minutes.  Short cuts have to be made, so best to make them in places where its a little more routine.  Best example of this I read (sorry, don’t remember where) was the chestnut of having the hero drive up to where the action is taking place and very luckily finding a parking space right in front!  We’re kind of willing to overlook this coincidence cuz we really rather get on with the story than circle the lot a few time. :p

     

    #59841
    Brewski @replies

    @tardigrade I’ve interpreted that to mean that TLs tend to recognise each other when directly talking to each other- a skill that would be handy when friends can regenerate into completely new bodies…

    I would agree with this.  In The Five Doctors, Three didn’t immediately recognize the Master (admittedly though he was in a stolen body) but did catch on after a few moments conversation.

    Ten only suspected who Eleven was until the latter produced the (man-sized) Sonic.

    A “hybrid”, when it can be interpreted metaphorically, is so general that I think it qualifies as a Barnum statement, so is pretty much useless as a prophecy.

    Actually I would say that makes it IDEAL for a prophesy.  Don’t they usually rely on ambiguity?

    @jimthefish My main problem is that their introduction constricted the Whoniverse far too much.

    You make an interesting point here, and I don’t really disagree with you.  However I am not sure you can “blame” the introduction of the Time Lords for it.  It seems to me the situation you describe is going to be inevitable in any program with great longevity.  Themes will repeat, characters (especially popular ones) will reappear.  If the TLs had never been added to the Whoniverse, the Doctor himself would still have ultimately gained a reputation, become known to greater numbers of people.  Been remembered by reappearing enemies.  So that mystery of the Great Unknown of the early years would have gradually diminished under pretty much any circumstances.  I think what having the TLs might do is allow the writers to take an easy out.  In the same way they can (and often do) with the Sonic.  Jump to a ready-made explanation.  And I am not even saying that is always bad.  The psychic paper CAN be over used.  On the other hand, we all know the Doctor will (and needs to) take control of the situation.  It saves a lot of time and redundant exposition to short-cut him into the leadership role.

    Okay, now *I* am rambling too long. Feel free to slap my wrist as well. 🙂

    Wanted to add a side-note re the discussion of the Doctor’s name and whether he is “officially” Doctor Who:  Without looking up the specifics, there is a Tom Baker ep where there is a case of mistaken identity, and Four cheekily says “No one knows Who’s Who around here.”

    #59797
    Brewski @replies

    Personally I’m not too troubled by Missy not remembering being on the colony ship.  Seems to be a side-effect of TL’s meeting themselves.  Ten and Eleven had an entire conversation about not remembering the events.  “How can you not remember this?”  “Hey, its not my fault!  Obviously you weren’t paying attention!”  Hell, Eleven didn’t even remember having fooled around with a Zygon!

    The whole-thing-was-a-simulation would disappoint me.  Pretty cliche.  I’d have to vote the same for “we’ll just re-write history.”  It would make me think: Oh good, no more danger now.  All you have to do is go back and fix it.  Five even got very bent out of shape when they suggested he should go back and save Adric.

    Here’s a weird thought that just came to me:  (okay, what thought have I expressed yet that HASN’T been weird?! 😛 )  When Bill talks about Missy being a murderer, the Doctor points out that she is blithely eating a bacon sandwich and to remember that it had parents before she takes such high moral ground.  But… isn’t that remark a much more Master/Missy thing to say?!  Are we sure at least some of what we’ve seen Twelve do hasn’t really been the Master in disguise?

     

     

    #59729
    Brewski @replies

    @jimthefish  Lets not forget Romana trying on new regens like she was shopping for a dress!  Lol…

    #59721
    Brewski @replies

    First thoughts:

    LOVED IT!  I was also too engrossed in it to catch Razor being SimMaster.  Felt silly that I missed it, too. :p

    I liked the “Doctor Who” stuff at the beginning.  It was so clearly poking fun at fans, especially the ones who get a bit bent out of shape when he is called “Doctor Who”.

    Along these lines, though, I thought what was a bit too on-the-nose, was PC’s exclamation “A Mondasian Cyberman!”.

    It felt to me like it was a little parting gift to PC from Moffat.  PC has said for most of his run that he really wanted to have them Mondasian Cybermen brought back.  Moff gave him his wish and put the icing on the cake when he got to call them by that name.  Because honestly otherwise, why would the Doctor use that specific (Who Cannon) name for them?  TO him they should just all be “Cybermen”.

    I LOVED the tear drop at the end.  Brilliant!  Besides the emotional impact it was clearly intended to connect the Mondasian cyberman with plain round eyes to the later configuration with the tear drop.  Total nerd-gasm.

    @jimthefish I quite like the theory that it’s an in-disguise Missy regenerating rather than the Doctor

    This IS an interesting idea!  But allow me to modify it a bit:

    Suppose Missy appearing to be working with SimMaster at the end is a ploy.  And she winds up betraying him (herself?)
    The regen is NOT Missy in disguise but SimMaster.  His “No!” is in anger because Missy has betrayed him (leading to his regen) and he now knows he has failed to correct his nice-girl future and is about to regenerate into Missy.

    Whoo!  Come to think of it, imagine seeing what appears to be PC regen into Missy!  Then to find out…

    Oh No!  And if IS the SimMaster in disguise, then mightn’t that have been him also in all those weird maniacal raggedy Doctor scenes this season??  That would mean SimMaster saved Missy from execution.  I’m making my own head spin here…

    #59083
    Brewski @replies

    Hey all!

    No bonkers theories this time.  (Despite the attempt at the end to urge us into one. 🙂 )

    I did enjoy the episode.  Noticed several people talked about it being fun and light, but it really wasn’t to me.  One of them more serious Gatiss ones, I thought.

    Show of hands: who would want to see PC sing to Aggedor! 😀

     

    #58636
    Brewski @replies

    @nick “that also means that D12 and D3 both spent several years living on Earth at the same time”

    Hah!  That’s a great thought! 😀  I wonder if that’s how UNIT got their decades confused.

    #58634
    Brewski @replies

    @thane15 was that your most bonkerist-bonkerested idea? Whoa! Tripping. I like it.

    Yes, probably.  I will just keep getting worse until stopped or de-bonked.

    (P.S.) Not turned into chalk.  Turned into that hard green foam stuff they put in the vases for plastic flowers.)

    #58633
    Brewski @replies

    @blenkinsopthebrave and @nerys I remember the first time I saw that Trek episode, too.  I would probably have been about 13.  However, even then I was pretty weird. And while I was also very disturbed by the cold ease with which the woman was killed, I also distinctly remember thinking: “She was turned into that hard foam stuff they put in the vases for plastic flowers.”

    (P.S.)  At least it wasn’t green bubble wrap!)

    #58594
    Brewski @replies

    @nick I guess I’m thinking that we can’t take anything we’ve heard this season to be completely accurate.  But rather smeared through the Doctor’s hazy perspective.

    The repeated notions of reality not being reality and things remembered not being what they really were lends some weight to this.

    For instance, for all we know, Bill knows all about regeneration because she witnessed it.  The reality we’ve been seeing is the Doctor’s distorted one.

    #58589
    Brewski @replies

    @blenkinsopthebrave Thanks!  Nothing like an insane explanation to explain insane behavior. :p

    @nick Good point!  I guess it doesn’t have to have occurred at the end of Oxygen.  Could be at any point in the series.  May have something to do with the tatty jacket and its strange reappearance?

     

    #58582
    Brewski @replies

    I think I’m going to join the ranks of “not my favorite”. I didn’t hate it, and some of it was quite good. But a lot of it was just odd and jarring.

    I am with @jimthefish on this one: Trying to stitch otherwise stand-alone episodes into a story arc is problematic and in all likelihood will show its scars at the joins: or sew it would seam.

    So now I feel like going full-on bonkers so I can alleviate the jarring sense of unevenness:

    The Doctor IS behaving erratically. Bordering on a bit of madness. The cackling on the prow of the ship, for instance. Why? We saw why! Or rather, we’ve caught glimpses of it.

    The Doctor did more than just go blind at the end of Oxygen. Or rather, that’s not what happened to him at all!

    He died! And then regenerated.  And he has been Doctor 13 since then! But in his post-regenerative madness he doesn’t even realize it himself. He only catches glimpse of reality, like re-imagining his regeneration as a prank to pull on Bill.

    The big reveal at the end of the series will be that he is already the next Doctor, and he (and we) will see his new look for the first time when his mind goes back to normal.  And of course a flashback to the regen.

    Thus the events of the Monks Trilogy are only partly reality. Made fuzzy and somewhat surreal by his warped perspective.

     

    #58284
    Brewski @replies

    @mirime  I don’t think the Doctor has a smartphone

    That would have saved me a lot of screaming. 😉

    #58276
    Brewski @replies

    <span class=”useratname”>@missrori</span> Well there was that mysterious phone booth in the background in Dark Water.  But I suspect that was just a red hearing device.

    #58274
    Brewski @replies

    P.S. Did anyone else think: “a ship disguised to look like a pyramid?  You mean like a TARDIS?!”

    #58273
    Brewski @replies

    Well I generally enjoyed this one and was, for the most part, willing to overlook some of the logic flaws; like the very poor judgment on the part of the male lab worker.

    But when the Doctor was trapped in the lab, talking to Bill, they had me screaming at the TV loud enough that they should have heard me:  “You have smart phones!  Aim the camera at the lock and have Bill walk you through cycling the combination!”

    Ah well.  I was amused that they killed the moon, dead! :p

     

    #57058
    Brewski @replies

    @thane15  Brewski: Oh you’re never out…..one has to count to 10 first.

    Oh I know!  When I would make my mom mad at me she used to count to 10.  And THEN I was dead!

    @mersey Please show me a companion who wasn’t slim and pretty?

    Well I was going to say Jamie McCrimmon.  But come to think of it he was both, too.

     

    #57036
    Brewski @replies

    Hello all.  Late to the game again, but the most annoying thing has begun to happen at work.  They expect me to work and not discuss DW.  Talk about bonkers!

    I enjoyed this ep.  More classic style Who.  Although I grudgingly admit that it was teetering on the edge of packaged sci-fi. Take one seasoned time traveler, add a companion, marinate one exploited “monster” and beat the true-monster-human to tenderize.  Don’t get me wrong, I did still enjoy it.  But I am tending to agree with others who have are looking for something a little meatier now.  (Hi <span class=”useratname”>@janetteb</span>)

    @pedant: I think the final scene somewhat arses up brewski‘s splendid bit of bonkerising.

    Lol… out but not down for the count!

    We have the notion that the Doctor has made some sort of promise.  And we have the vault, which now appears to contain something sentient.  But we don’t know how the two things are related (assuming they are.)  It seems unlikely that he made a vow TO or FOR whatever is in the vault.  So, for example, he probably didn’t lock Susan in there to keep her safe. 😉

    It’s easy to go with the idea that his promise was to protect something/someone from what’s inside the vault.  (Almost TOO easy to go with that.)  So how could that tie into anything we know about?  Based on what I’ve seen of Moffat’s style, I’m going to guess its nothing we’ve seen before.  A brand new knock-y something.

    I am really liking the theme of monster-isn’t-really evil (and must shamefully confess that I did not pick up on it myself) so it feels like a good idea to expect the same thing of whatever is in the vault.

    We are expecting to see Missy soon.  And we know she had some sort of brilliant idea the last time we saw her.  Wouldn’t surprise me if this is related to that.  Maybe what’s in the vault is something the Doctor is protecting from Missy.  Or maybe the result of Missy’s meddling that he is keeping locked up.

    Things I DON’T want it to be in order from Worst to Worstest: 1) The Rani, 2) An exploding Fob Watch, 3) The Valyard.

    #56838
    Brewski @replies

    Hi @pedant.  Thanks!  I know PC has said he really wants to see Susan brought back.  Well, he’s getting his wish with the Mondasian cybermen, so who knows?! :O

    Thanks @ichabod. Lily POND.  Melody Pond’s daughter.  Lol…  I wouldn’t be me without the word play…

    Of course, I think I also read that Shoshona could also mean Rose.  So where do we take THAT?!

     

    #56833
    Brewski @replies

    Hi @blenkinsopthebrave!  And thanks!

    Oh!  Great thinking on the “I shall come back” vow.  That’s one I think most of us would like to see kept.

    Hi @jimthefish.  Nice to be back and see everyone theorizing away! 🙂  I would be shocked if any idea I come up with actually panned out.  Hasn’t happened yet.  Why break a perfect record. :p

    For sure River has to figure in.  Which suits me.  I’ve liked her right from the beginning.

    But hey, I am willing to abandon the other part of my theory: That they were going to name their daughter Lily Pond

    Meaning of the name Susan: English form of Susannah, which is from the Hebrew Soshana, a derivative of shōshannāh (a lily)

    😀

     

    #56797
    Brewski @replies

    Hi all!

    Nice to see everyone back.  I have a LOT of catching up to do.  Have enjoyed the first two episodes.  To me “Smile” felt very much like Classic Who.  If I had seen this story with Three and Jo I would have thought “That looked about right.”

    And then I would have thought “Wow, how did they manage those special effects!”

    Seeing Susan’s picture on the desk last week, sitting next to River’s made me trot out an old wacko theory of mine.  But one that I am going to modify to trend the wackiness upward:

    Susan is NOT the Doctor’s granddaughter.  She is The Doctor and River’s DAUGHTER.

    But after River died, the Doctor knew he could not continue to care for her, so he put her in the care of… HIMSELF.  He left Susan with his First Incarnation, telling her that was her grandfather.

    May have something to do with the “promise” he made.

    brewski out (WAY out)

    #53852
    Brewski @replies

    Thanks @ichabod and @missy!

     

    #53830
    Brewski @replies

    Hi all!

    I imagine I’m like the rest of your waiting around impatiently waiting the new series.

    I have  been keeping occupied and I really REALLY hope it’s not horribly self serving to put this here,  but I just published a book on Amazon is anyone is interested.  Specifically in sci-fi, time travel with a bit of a gay love story thrown in.

    It’s called “A Particular Memory” by Matthew Bruehler.

    Oh! Is THAT where the “Brewski” came from?!

    Anyway,  check it out if you have a minute.

    Thanks.

    #50082
    Brewski @replies

    @ichabod Yes, I recall reading stories of the public outcry over the killing off of the character.  Not quite the same as with Superman. 😉

    If I remember my chronology correctly,  Doyle wrote a number of stories after that which predated the final problem. But that wasn’t quite good enough to satisfy the public, I guess.

     

    #50045
    Brewski @replies

    @ichabod I don’t disagree with you about that. It’s just that Holmes’ subsequent “Guess what, I’m not dead”,  to me, undermines that grand ending somewhat.

    Don’t get me wrong. I have adored those books since I was 10 and first discovered the Readers Digest version of them on my parents book shelf.  I hope you don’t think I mean to diminish them in any way by what I’ve said.

     

     

    #50028
    Brewski @replies

    @ichabod oh I have no doubt that ACD WANTED to divest himself of Holmes, but of course he ultimately didn’t.  After all, that was a pretty lucrative character.

    I would be more convinced that he intended no out if at the end Watson was there, desperately holding onto Holmes, losing his grip and witnessing his fall, and then finally recovering and identifying the body.  THAT is the author saying “I mean it. He’s done!” 🙂

     

    #50018
    Brewski @replies

    Well I found it thoroughly enjoyable. I am frankly not surprised that a lot of fans of the show were left confused since many only have modern Sherlock to go on.  Gattiss himself remarked that he heard fans ask outloud “How can Sherlock solve crimes without his smart phone?” That pretty much says it all.

    @blenkinsopthebrave Mycroft is definitely described in the books as “stout” and “massive”. My assumption when I saw him in tAB was that they were purposefully being as true to the original stories as possible.  So “Look! We even have a properly fat Mycroft!”

    @ichabod ACD killing of Holmes permanently.  I never believed it for a minute! If he’d really, truly intended to rid himself of the character forever he would never have given himself such a convenient out as having no body.  I have always believed that he intended from the beginning to bring the character back, or at least have the opportunity to if he wanted to.

    Unconnected note, just because I’ve found nowhere else to mention it: was anyone else tickled in episode 1 after we found out that Watson’s leg wound was indeed psychosomatic that he revealed he really was shot. But in the shoulder?

     

    #49887
    Brewski @replies

    How meta fun would it have been if, instead of Stephen Fry, River had married Mark Gattis?

     

    #49773
    Brewski @replies

    Well add my voice to the chorus of “Loved the Episode”!

    @pedant intriguing idea!  And consider that River knows a lot about Clara. Certainly at some point in those 24 years she will mention that. And the Doctor is just as certain to want to learn everything he can from her.

     

    #48466
    Brewski @replies

    @ichabod That does it; you win the internet today!

    Lol.  Thanks!  But I’m afraid I’m in the wrong time zone.

     

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