• Cath Annabel replied to the topic Empire of Death

    @whohar These two points chime with what I’ve been thinking.

    1. The hooded figure is Ruby’s guardian in the literal sense (i.e. not her mother) and maybe a higher-order being.

    It makes no sense for the hooded figure to be Louise, as many have pointed out (and not just because of the pointing out). Are we sure the figure is female? I’d have to l…[Read more]

  • Cath Annabel replied to the topic Empire of Death

    @miapatrick Exactly! He couldn’t see her, therefore he feared her, as a potential ‘rogue’ element that could sabotage his plan. So he was thwarted by his lack of understanding of the species he was about to destroy, to whom ordinariness can be extraordinary.

  • Cath Annabel replied to the topic Empire of Death

    Still processing, and will re-watch. But did anyone else think Infinity Wars when people started crumbling to dust? And Endgame when those deaths were overturned?

  • I am, as always, in awe of the bonkers theorising that goes on here, so erudite and so detailed! I can contribute nothing on that level but what’s preoccupying me at the moment is the importance of music and how that will play out (ha!) in the finale. I keep thinking about Stranger Things and how music was so vital to the last series, both the…[Read more]

  • Cath Annabel replied to the topic Rogue

    Oh, @juniperfish, that line hit me straight in the gut…

  • Cath Annabel replied to the topic Rogue

    Re the Doctor’s tears, I recalled just now several episodes when Amy shed tears without knowing that she was doing so, let alone why (can’t remember exactly at what point this was, but it includes the Van Gogh ep). So rather than the Doctor turning the tears on, for whatever purpose (cf @bunface), could they be an involuntary response to something…[Read more]

  • Cath Annabel replied to the topic Dot and Bubble

    I think obviously there is satire on and critique of social media here, but I don’t think that’s all – these young people have had a world created for them, and have been encouraged to live in their bubble. But whereas the criticism of ‘young people today’ is so often that they prefer the on-line to the real world, choosing vacuous Tik-tokery over…[Read more]

  • Cath Annabel replied to the topic Dot and Bubble

    @miapatrick I do wonder if even Rickey September would have been entirely immune – though given the level of self-education, decency and courage that he showed, one hopes that he would have fought against his indoctrination.  As the song says, ‘you’ve got to be carefully taught’, but he’s been exploring other aspects of the society and its…[Read more]

  • Cath Annabel replied to the topic 73 Yards

    Re the mystery of what Old Witchy Ruby says to everyone, that’s one of the elements that speaks to me of magic. There isn’t anything that I can imagine that would have that effect, in any remotely rational way, on Ruby’s adoptive Mum, or on Kate – the behaviour of each of the people who speak to OWR is more or less identical and suggests that they…[Read more]

  • Cath Annabel replied to the topic Dot and Bubble

    Hello all – I’ve been lurking but not posting for a looong time, and had to call on help from Craig to get me back in here as my password didn’t work… Lovely to see familiar names back here.

    I’m more excited about Who than I have been for ages – which makes me sad that Whitaker got such a raw deal with both the quality of scripts and stories,…[Read more]

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

    I haven’t seen Gatwa in anything and will enjoy encountering him as The Doctor without any preconceptions I think – I have high hopes given the return of RTD. Relieved that it’s not an (over) familiar face, that we haven’t reset to straight white male. Looking forward to Whitaker’s finale, and then, yes, allons-y to 14(ish)!

  • Cath Annabel replied to the topic Eve of the Daleks

    I love a time loop. And the device of having the time reducing by a minute each time added a lot more tension (I didn’t time it myself to make sure they weren’t cheating, mind you!). It reminded me of a Star Trek NG episode where (if my memory serves me well) each time the loop recurred, the space had contracted (i.e. more of the ship had…[Read more]

  • @craig What @blenkinsopthebrave said! Don’t go. Many of us are the ones who never quite gave up on Who, through multiple regenerations, through multiple writers and showrunners, through the glorious, the pedestrian and the downright rubbish stories. We’ve probably all fallen out of love with the show at certain times.

    I am actually enjoying this…[Read more]

  • Cath Annabel replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    Thank you all, for your kind words, your Who quotes, and your warmth & love. I have always believed that the internet has the potential to be a place of safety and comfort, where complete strangers can connect with each other in ways that help and heal. I have seen and felt that in the last few days. It is real and it does help. Love, Cath

  • Cath Annabel replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    Hello, fellow Whovians. I haven’t said much here for quite a while, for a host of reasons. I wanted to tell you, though, that my lovely husband, with whom I shared my own passion for Who since our teens, died very suddenly (I know it’s always sudden…) on Saturday morning, completely unexpectedly and we are devastated and shell shocked. We are…[Read more]

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

    I wasn’t expecting that! Yes, definitely good news. I feel a bit sad that we won’t get RTD working with Jodie’s Doctor, but nonetheless, worth raising a glass to!

  • Cath Annabel replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    Just checking in briefly to wish you all the best Christmas possible in these difficult circs! Stay safe and well. The Doctor will be here soon…

  • Cath Annabel replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    I can’t be the only one here whose fandom stretches from Who to Marvel. And thus who woke the other day to the news that Chadwick Boseman, who played Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, had died at only 43 years old, having evidently been a cancer patient through the entirety of his work on four Marvel films, alongside his other work.…[Read more]

  • Cath Annabel replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    Thanks @thane16 – have been meaning to check in here and see how everyone is doing. We’re ok here – v lucky really. We’re in good health, retired so our income is unaffected, and live near beautiful countryside so we can go for our government-sanctioned daily walk to do our legs, lungs, and souls good. The hard thing, and it is really hard, is not…[Read more]

  • @davros I read somewhere – probably on the Other Place, and whether it was info or speculation I know not – that the same actor played Old Brendan and Ko Sharmus….

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