• @blenkinsopthebrave @jimthefish I agree.  There’s little more any of us can add, pro or anti, until we can actually see JW in the role and see CC running the show.  I am sure there will be plenty to discuss then, but for now, we’re going round in circles somewhat I think.

  • Cath Annabel replied to the topic General Music thread 3

    Nice one @craig.  We played Wichita Lineman last night when I saw the news.   A gorgeous song, gorgeously sung.

  • @missy In referring to Social Justice Warriors I was merely using @antaus term – not one I use myself, and one that’s intended as far as I can tell to disparage those of a leftist tendency who go on about issues of equality, sexism, racism etc.  In so far as that is what it means, I have to acknowledge that I am myself of a leftist tendency and…[Read more]

  • @antaus Fair enough, I don’t know to which organisations you refer, and I don’t feel it’s particularly pertinent to the Who conversation.  But if not all feminists/SJWs are bad, perhaps we can agree to work on the assumption that Forum members who identify as either are likely to be amongst the good guys, and focus on the programme?  I, for one,…[Read more]

  • @antaus  I’m with @jimthefish on the use of SJW as a pejorative.   I’ve only started seeing this relatively recently, and I would suggest it is not really reasonable to take for granted (a) that people will know what it stands for and (b) that people will accept that it is a Bad Thing.  Political Correctness I guess most people will have come…[Read more]

  • Thanks @nick.  I think my answer to several of these points would be, yes, let’s see how they approach it.  I’ve seen JW in a few things but have no idea really how she will play the Doctor, and how it will be […]

  • JW Who 2
    Master: Is the future going to be all girl?
    Doctor: We can only hope.
    With hindsight it was obvious this regeneration was going to be the one.  The one that brought us a woman Doctor.

    We’d seen it established that Time Lord regenerations can involve a change of gender as well as of height, hair colour, apparent age and so on. We’d engaged…[Read more]

  • @juniperfish I’m just in the process of writing a blog piece about the new Doctor and wondered if you would be ok with me quoting you:

    A plethora of girls and women have regarded the Doctor as a role model, and identified with him, over Doctor Who’s 50 year span, whilst he’s regenerated, repeatedly, as a man. The Doctor is still, no doubt, going…[Read more]

  • I am delighted with the news.  And there were no dissenting voices when it was announced at our party yesterday – plenty of comments along the lines of ‘at last’, and ‘about time’.  I wish I could say I understand why it makes people so unhappy but truly I don’t.  The doctor is not human.  There’s no reason why gender should work in the same way…[Read more]

  • Cath Annabel replied to the topic On The Sofa (8)

    @thane15 @missy thanks both for your congrats and good wishes.  The party is this afternoon so will coincide with the announcement of the new Doctor!  We will be briefing the DJs (who are good friends and one of them is a real Whovian) to play the theme tune and then make the announcement as soon as it’s known.


  • Cath Annabel replied to the topic Dr Who News (4)

    Thanks for good wishes, @jimthefish and @wolfweed.

  • Cath Annabel replied to the topic Dr Who News (4)

    @blenkinsopthebrave Thank you!

  • Cath Annabel replied to the topic Dr Who News (4)

    Oh blimey. I was kind of hoping the secret would remain a secret till the Xmas special but I guess that was naive.  On Sunday we will be celebrating my 60th birthday and our ruby wedding anniversary but I guess one or two of us [50% approx of the guests] will be checking our mobiles for news during the proceedings… Just hope it turns out to be…[Read more]

  • Cath Annabel replied to the topic The Doctor Falls

    Bill Potts. You’re a cyberman. You’re part of a neural net. Can you find her.

    @mudlark – I’ve just realised how ambiguous that is.  I heard it at the time as addressing an anonymous cyberman, giving Bill’s name and asking it to find her.  But it’s also possible to hear it as knowingly addressing Bill herself, who is a cyberman and thus part of…[Read more]

  • Cath Annabel replied to the topic The Doctor Falls

    Yay, we have a first sighting of DEM (Heather) on the Grauniad comments.  Don’t know why I look on there, really, when all the insightful, thoughtful comments are right here.

    I loved that finale.  I am so glad Bill got a kind of afterlife as Bill – and we’ve all been anticipating Heather reappearing, ever since The Pilot, what with the tears and…[Read more]

  • Cath Annabel replied to the topic World Enough and Time

    Re all the science stuff. I managed to work in a Physics & Astronomy department for ten years without absorbing even the slightest understanding of what they were all on about.  I did once grasp the idea of dark matter for about 5 minutes but then it slipped through my fingers again (like long division and the offside rule).

  • Cath Annabel replied to the topic Spoilers (3)


  • Cath Annabel replied to the topic World Enough and Time

    OK, that’s why I LOVE this place.  Marvell, Powell & Pressburger and all (and a film to add to my must-see list, Snowpiercer).  And the episode was stunning.  The suddenness of Bill’s ‘demise’ was brutal – at least Clara got to be brave, and face the raven on her own terms (kinda). I wasn’t expecting it – not like that, not so soon, not so…[Read more]

  • Cath Annabel replied to the topic The Maldovarium

    @pedant Thank you – it means a lot to me that you like it.

  • Cath Annabel replied to the topic The Maldovarium

    I wrote something last night about Grenfell Towers, in sorrow and anger.  You may spot an unattributed quote from the Doctor in there…

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