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    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…

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    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. I haven’t seen his non-Marvel films, but the importance of Black Panther can’t be over-estimated – it goes way beyond whether you’re into super hero movies.  I wrote this about my response to the movie. (It was in a blog/talk about seeing women on the screen, doing stuff and making a difference, and how inspiring that was.)

    And just to make the point, that I don’t, I really don’t, want to see nothing but white middle-aged middle-class short bespectacled women when I go to the movies, I had the same emotional response to Black Panther as I did to Wonder Woman. I wanted to weep, and to punch the air. Because ultimately, it’s not Me me I want to see there. It’s all of us. The human race in all its wild and ridiculous and glorious diversity. And if some straight white guys have to hutch up a bit to make room, well, Time’s Up, dudes.

    If it was exhilarating for me, I can only imagine what that must have felt like to people of colour, those who’ve seen movie after movie where they are absent, or peripheral, or victimised, or expendable. And we all need black heroes, now especially.  RIP Chadwick Boseman. Wakanda Forever.

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    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 seeing the kids other than via Zoom/Messenger, and not seeing wider family, especially so soon after my brother’s death when we would have all wanted to be spending more time together rather than less. Social media is obviously a huge blessing – I cannot imagine what this would have been like even ten years ago. Lots of talk now about relaxing the constraints, which makes me anxious. My husband has underlying health conditions (asthma, type 2 diabetes) which will mean that even if the lockdown is lifted, until there’s a vaccine he’s going to want to stay relatively isolated, and therefore so must I, which may mean it’s a long time before I can meet up with friends/go to concerts or theatre/go and see family. So I try not to think any further ahead than the next week or so, or the anxiety starts to ramp up and I feel despondent and weepy. Reading a lot, listening to music, watching crime dramas, writing a bit – all ways of pushing those thoughts and anxieties to the side, at least temporarily. We are very conscious indeed of how fortunate we are not to have bigger worries or face worse things! I know many of you have major health issues either personally or in your immediate family, and you’re in my heart. I’ve found the Doctor’s messages so very uplifting and comforting – I know it’s just a story, but we here know just how important and powerful stories are. Stories can make us fly. Stay safe, stay well, and remember, darkness never prevails.

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    @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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    Are people thinking that Brendan is the lone Cyberman? I can’t quite see that. I saw somewhere (possibly on The Other Place) that the same actor plays old Brendan and Ko Sharmas (sp?) but IMDB doesn’t give the actor for the former (it defo wasn’t a prostheticised Evan McCabe). Whoever he is though, who are his adoptive dad and the Garda officer really? There’s no clue in the first few scenes that they are anything other than what they present at – the first unease comes with the dad giving him a very odd look at the dinner table after he’s survived the shooting and the fall (a la Captain Jack, as others have said). But then when we see old Brendan getting his retirement gift, they haven’t aged, and he has. The other thing that’s puzzling me (well, OK, one of the other things…) is what Lone Cyberman was doing to the cybermen he woke up (or some of them at least) – was he turning off whatever suppresses their pain and other human responses, and if so, why? Because wasn’t that what the Doctor wanted to do, with one of her shortlived bits of tech? OK, I have no idea what’s going on. All will, possibly, be revealed next week…

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    @thane16 Thank you so much for the Floyd – such a beautiful and moving track. I know it was posted with me in mind – my kid brother died almost a week ago. Expected, as he’d been diagnosed with terminal cancer the summer before last but still. Always sudden. We’re all doing OK, in the circs, but a lot of the time it just doesn’t feel real, so life goes on until you’re ambushed by the realisation. Taking solace, as always, in music and also in Who.

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    @pedant OK will need to re-view Army of Ghosts. Even so, what about the ‘we chose this form to take the p***’?

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    Well, we thoroughly enjoyed this. Didn’t expect the Master, no idea what his parting words mean… but we’ve another ep on Sunday so not long to wait for at least some of the mysteries to be resolved. I’m not convinced that the aliens are Cybermen, but they aren’t behaving like Cybermen ever have done (OK, the rules are flexible, but still…). But didn’t the alien they ‘captured’ in the cabin say that they’d chosen the form they had to mock the Doctor/earth people/whoever? In which case we should presumably not draw any conclusions from the shape of their heads/helmets?

    On another matter, I hope we can hold the line of ignoring the SJW shouter. He’s breezed in here, where we’ve all been talking Who for years, largely amicably if occasionally acerbically, and told us to go and play elsewhere, so I think we read that as license to ignore him unless his rhetoric becomes so toxic that he needs booting out. It’s just so very tedious and predictable (a fair bit of it on the Other Place too, inevitably).

    Great cameos from Fry and Henry – and delighted that Dhawan isn’t just a cameo! Had totally forgotten he played Waris Hussein in Adventure in Space & Time (have seen him in loads of things and he’s always good value). Yaz getting more of a role – hope that’s a sign of things to come this season.

    So, a long wait, but we feel rewarded, and v excited for Part 2.

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    Wishing you all a good New Year’s Eve. I know I’m not alone in going into 2020 with a heavy heart, whether for personal reasons or because of the state of the world, but we have Who, and that’s unequivocally a Good Thing. Will see you on the other side, looking forward to hearing what you think of the new episode (whenever and wherever you get a chance to watch it). Hang on in there. Keep on keeping on. Love to all.

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    Thank you @missy,@thane16, @whisht, @pedant, @blenkinsopthebrave, @miapatrick. And to Missy, yes, one compartmentalises as best one can and does what one must and you have my deepest sympathy. One clings on to good things, and this place is a Good Thing and I will come here whenever I can even if I can’t muster bonkers theories about Who, because I know there will be kindness and understanding here. Thanks for that.

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    Hello all. Have been an exceedingly occasional presence on here over the last largely Wholess year, but am looking forward with excitement mingled with trepidation to the NYD episode and the new series. Trepidation because I so so so so want/need it to be good. Of course I always want/need Who to live up to the place I’ve given it in my life, and all the more so when the Doctor is apparently despised/dismissed by some simply because she’s not a he at the moment. But, even putting aside the whole Brexit/Tory nightmare, life is tough just now, as my youngest brother (our kid, aged 57) who was diagnosed with terminal cancer about 18 months ago, has now been told that the chemo isn’t working and their remaining options are limited in terms of availability and likelihood of buying extra time, and/or problematic in terms of side effects. So, maybe 3-4 months. So if I don’t show up to contribute, that’s probably why. I will if I can – when life’s a bastard, Who can be a source somehow of hope and comfort. Sounds daft to many people, I’m sure, but I think on here I can say that without fear of ridicule. Thanks for being here.

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    Oh wow, Noor Inyat Khan – I’ve been borderline obsessed with her since reading stuff about the women of SOE. I ran a history taster session on the French Resistance and Occupied France with a group of Year 10s a couple of years back and when I talked about her, you could see the reaction from (esp.) the girls in the room. Quite extraordinary. Not that there was any question of me not looking forward to the next series, but now I’m just that bit more excited for it!

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    @missy I’m so very sorry to hear that. Cancer is an evil bastard and has no regard, ever, for fairness and justice. I hope that you get the support you need, medically and in other respects too, to get through this.

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    I know this is hardly an obscure Woodstock moment, but I have to interject with some Hendrix.  Was he ever more beautiful?


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    @syzygy  I love your description!  Am working on the relationship between text and music at the moment for my thesis (specifically literary fugues…) so it rings lots of bells. Great clip too!

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    Just re-read Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy, which was every bit as wonderful as I remembered it being.  And then I read La Belle Sauvage – first in the new Book of Dust trilogy, which I also highly recommend!  Part 2 is due out in October.

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    @whisht @blenkinsopthebrave yes, yes, yes to Arrival.  A truly beautiful film.  I really didn’t want the lights to go on in the cinema when it finished as I was still sobbing.  Thoughtful and subtle and unexpected.  Soundtrack is brilliant – by the late Johann Johannsonn who died far too young but left us some wonderful work.  I will track down the story the film is based on – thanks for the tip!


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    Seconding @pedant ‘s praise for First Man.  Gripping, claustrophobic, intense – and a remarkable amount of suspense given that we all knew that they would make it there and back again!

    Also seconding commiserations & best to @missy – hope things start to improve soon.

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    Hello all, have been AWOL for a while but prompted to post re a couple of TV things.  First off, Years and Years, highly recommended. Very RTD (in both its virtues and its flaws).  Managed to be funny and heartbreaking and provocative – not perfect by any means (I won’t be too specific about my quibbles for those who haven’t seen it yet) but brilliant performances and quite terrifying in terms of the plausibility of this particular dystopian vision of the future.  Secondly, Series 2 of Trust Me.  The first series starred our JW, and was an enjoyable if not credible hospital based thriller in which she played someone pretending to be a doctor, oddly enough.  Series 2 was denied JW since she had become a real Doctor by then and so was an entirely separate enjoyable if not credible hospital based thriller – but if you watch it, there are some lovely Who nods in the first couple of episodes!  Chernobyl we haven’t seen yet but since everyone we know has recommended it, will have to catch up with it soon!

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    Good to see lots of love for Jimi here!  His musical legacy is extraordinary – who knows what he might have achieved if he’d lived a bit longer…

    Also now immersed in retrospectives for Andre Previn – obviously one has to reference the Morecambe & Wise sketch, which is of course utter brilliance, but hope to listen to some of his jazz piano recordings, some movie soundtracks, and am also interested in checking out some of his work as a conductor on British 20th century music, esp. Vaughan Williams.

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    @winston @thane16 @pedant Many thanks.  And @pedant – that Buffy quote has come to mind so often lately, it just sums up the experience of losing someone, at whatever stage of life and in whatever circumstances.  It’s always sudden.

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    @thane16  Thanks for the thoughts!  It seems appropriate to talk about my mum-in-law (who died just before New Year) on this particular forum (she’s had a mention or two elsewhere, mainly in relation to the challenge of watching the Christmas special with her after the dementia set in and her attention span was somewhat erratic), as she was a musician, taught piano to generations of children and adults in the village where she lived for most of her life.  And the church was full of former pupils and fellow musicians on the day of her funeral.  We gave a lot of thought, obviously, to the music.  The entrance music was one of her favourite pieces of Chopin, the Fantasie Impromptu, played by John Ogdon who had the same piano teacher (Nellie Housley) as her.  And we went out to a setting of Byron’s poem ‘She walks in Beauty’ sung by the Newstead Abbey Singers, which she was a member of for many years (Newstead Abbey is in the village, and was Byron’s family home).  We also played another recording of the Chopin, performed by Kathryn Stott, who shared a different piano teacher (Kendall Taylor) at a later stage in Mum’s career, and a Debussy Reverie also played by KS, which we know she loved.  It’s been good to remember who she was, as we’d been so immersed in caring for her through this last few years, as her mobility had diminished and the dementia was eating away at her memory, her personality, everything that made her her.  We’d kind of forgotten the person that her friends, pupils and others were reminiscing about at the funeral – forthright, funny, stubborn (actually that was intact right to the end), independent, talented and interested in so many things (including Who).

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    @thane16 @geoffers @whisht Just been enjoying some Snarky Puppy on BBC Radio 3’s Saturday jazz prog, J to Z, which we listen to religiously.  I was thinking, now where have I heard that name before, and suddenly realised it was in this lovely place!

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    We have a couple of posts, in German, from two different individuals (supposedly) on forums relating to BG Who (The Daemons pt 1 and The Awakening Pt 2).  I don’t speak German so can’t comment on the content but both include links to the same something or other (obv I haven’t clicked on anything!).  Probably safest if they’re deactivated!  Cheers

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    I resist Christmas for as long as possible.  The point I give in is when I put Its A Wonderful Life on the DVD player, and settle down to have a long weep.  I’ve blogged here and on my own blog site  about this film, and why it is both heartwarming and devastating.  Not sure when I’ll watch it this year – either tomorrow pm or Xmas Eve once we’ve visited mother-in-law and I’ve made the stuffing for the Xmas dinner… Once I ‘ve watched it, it’s proper Christmas.

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    @rtdfan  I’m not sure what you see as being a problem here.  Looking at the responses to your posts, I see debate and discussion, and civil disagreement, not hostility.  You say:

    I didn’t start this thread to get people swapping ideas on morals

    but you raised the issue of whether the current series is heavy-handed in its treatment of moral issues, amongst other points, and people have responded to that, with two main areas of discussion – whether there is genuinely more ‘moralising’ in the current series, and whether the way in which it is currently treating moral issues is or is not heavy-handed.  That’s what happens here if you make a point – some will agree with you, others won’t, and we do swap ideas on morals and all sorts of things.  That’s kind of what we are about!

    You also say that you think Whittaker could be a great Doctor but

    let’s not start a huge debate as to whether she is or not

    Again, we’re a forum, and huge debates are what we do, and thoroughly enjoy doing, on that question as on so many others.  For the most part we do this with mutual respect, though it can get lively, and people may express themselves forthrightly – that’s fine (in my view) as long as we’re not slagging each other off.

    The silly posts which say that ‘I don’t like this series/the new showrunner/the new Doctor/the companions/the music and that therefore all concerned should be fired and the series cancelled’ will be called out as silly.  And posts which are offensive – sexist, racist, homophobic etc – most certainly will be called out.  That’s about respect.

    If what you post is thoughtful and based on love for and knowledge of Who, your comments will meet with both endorsement and civil disagreement, and may well trigger all kinds of debate.  That seems like a good thing to me!

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    OK so the big festive question to which I am now putting my mind is which previous Xmas special to line up for a watch on Xmas Day, since we don’t have a new one.  I’m currently favouring last year’s, because of the whole Armistice centenary thing (and I recently saw an amazing contemporary opera about the Xmas truce in the trenches), but the discussion elsewhere about The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe has reminded me how much I loved that one and it would be nice to spend some time with SmithDoc again.  Last year we rewatched the Capaldi specials so I’ll want to go back to previous Docs.  Any thoughts?

    @thane16 Fantastic post.  I wanted to applaud but the family would think I was rather odd.  Mind you, they KNOW I’m rather odd so what the heck.

    Festive greetings, everyone.

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    I loved this one.  It helped that it referenced in so many ways (starting with the title) The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, which was a huge part of my childhood.  I do also recall having a lengthy and fractious discussion on The Other Place about whether the narrative was attributing a mystical power to maternity, or whether ( as I argued) that in this particular case, with these particular aliens, maternity was a source of power.  Yes, the ending is cheesy, if you want to be cynical, but it was Christmas Day and who the heck wants to be cynical on Christmas Day?

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    @mudlark True, the Theseus myth is specifically Mediterranean but I like to think that most of these things have a universal element, and that aspects of that story found their way into this new Norse myth.  OK, I agree Ribbons is more Gollum than Minotaur, and the svart alfar/troll king reference is definitely relevant.  But I do think there’s a labyrinth, or maybe more than one in this ep (labyrinths may be manmade or naturally occurring – probably the latter inspired the former – and the key thing is that they are disorienting spaces where there’s a real danger of not finding the way out or back).  And there’s certainly an Ariadne’s thread!  Anyway, bonkers or not, I like the connection if only because I’ve been obsessed with labyrinth imagery for a very long time…

    Oh, and more generally @pedant @thane16 et al, I think I have finally stumbled upon the connection that I was looking for with the scenes in a white room with the Doctor finding the frog.  Angel, Season 5, various episodes: the White Room, in which they find a Conduit to the powers that be, a conduit which can take different forms, most memorably a panther.  OK, not even remotely a frog, but it was something about the blank bright space and its unexpected & incongruous inhabitant that I was thinking of, I suspect.

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    @kevinwho  Ahhh – do I envy you that dream?  The joy, yes, but the waking up….

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    @idiotsavon YES to the Ariadne’s thread motif (both in the Antizone and in our world).  The Antizone certainly shared some characteristics with the labyrinth, and Ribbons perhaps the Minotaur – although I think it echoed many 20th/21st century retellings of that story by making the Minotaur rather less terrifying, and locating the threat elsewhere.  In Andre Gide’s version the danger is that within the labyrinth there are fumes which sedate/seduce those who enter, sapping their will to leave – so perhaps the Solitract too is a kind of labyrinth, which traps people through creating the illusion of their loved ones.

    You say, you hope you’re not finding connections where there are none, but that’s where so much of the fun is, seeing these connections whether to popular culture or myth or whatever.  And after all, who can say whether or not there was a connection subliminally in the mind of the writers?  Frankly, even if they were to say there wasn’t, I’d just quote D H Lawrence: Trust the tale and not the teller!

    Oh, and YES to this:

    Chibnall will honour the simple, inevitable and painfully real truth of death: It Takes You Away.

    We accept in fantasy that not all deaths are permanent, but some need to be, and as in the Buffy episode The Body and its sequel Forever sometimes that reality needs to be addressed without the false comfort of a reversal.  Just as Buffy and Dawn turned back from the possibility of bringing their mother back from the dead, Graham has to turn back from the possibility of life with ‘Grace’, in both cases because they know, deep deep down, that the person they loved is truly gone.  On a more personal note, over the 23 years since I lost my mum, I occasionally dream that she’s still here.  I’ve never found those dreams comforting, they’re just troubling, because there’s always a sense that this isn’t quite right – rather as Graham sensed something not quite right with Grace, even before she gave away her true nature by being indifferent to Ryan’s fate.

    And a great call as to the real import of the episode title.

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    @pedant – we were gutted to hear of Pete Shelley’s death. Only 63  – we expect to be losing some of the old guard (as sad as we have been to see some of them go) but that’s far, far too young.  When punk arrived, I was initially utterly loyal to prog. I couldn’t see why people should want to embrace what seemed to me so often to be ugliness, in terms of image at least – all that sneering, let alone the gobbing.  The Buzzcocks were what persuaded me, because they were clearly punk in ethos and style but they took on board the best bits of early-mid 60s pop – the Kinks for example – and did something new and exciting with them, and their songs had real heart.  I haven’t followed what Shelley et al have done since the Buzzcocks’ heyday, but that body of work stands and will stand, with some of the finest 3 minute pop songs ever crafted.  And some of the most memorable lyrics.  Pete Shelley, RIP.

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    @pedant Ashamed to say Ghibli is unknown territory to me.  I know.  I must address that!  Still mystified by the connection that’s niggling away in my head.

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    @thane16 –  def not Rectify as I haven’t seen that!

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    The frog at the end is really bugging me.  Not because I didn’t like it, I read it as fairy tale and was fine with the image.  But it reminds me of something, I think in a film, so strongly that I can’t dismiss it, but not so strongly that I can actually figure out what it is!

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    I loved it.  Proper bonkers.  Sheep, moths and frogs.  And again with this series’ key trope, the big bad isn’t exactly a big bad after all.  The monster in the woods is a fake, the creepy little dude in the tunnels gets eaten by moths because he can’t resist going after the sonic, and the alternate universe is kind of a lonely consciousness trying to make and keep friends.  I really liked that Grace was Grace but somehow clearly not, even before the huge give-away of her not reacting to the idea that Ryan was in danger.  Bits of Doctory back story being thrown out there, just for fun.  Twisty turny, subverting expectations, and then a full-on assault on the tear ducts.  Well, mine, anyway.

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    Thought people here might enjoy this – Sheff Uni making the most of the Who connection!

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    Everyone already knows that Heaven 17 and Human League are SHEFFIELD, yeah?  People’s Republic of South Yorkshire, from the days when the buses were subsidised and you could go for miles and miles for about 10p, and when Sheffield music ruled.  There were loads of other less well known bands (Cabaret Voltaire, In the Nursery, Clock DVA, Comsat Angels, just off the top of my head) and there was a Sheffield sound, industrial/electronic or whatever.  And later of course ABC, Pulp, Arctic Monkeys, Richard Hawley….  Really must give some thought to a specifically Sheff soundtrack to this season of Who!

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    @pedant You have indeed blogged and splendidly.  I will I hope have a moment to comment properly but probably not till the weekend.  Suffice it for now to say ‘hear hear’ and that I may have choked up a little bit whilst reading your conclusion and clicking on that link…. Thank you.

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    @thane16 (17) Happy birthday!

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    Ah, the old ‘don’t feed the trolls’ dilemma.  I can see the argument, but decided some time ago that it was a dangerous tactic.  Some years back I wrote something on my blog about it, responding to the vilification and threats that Caroline Criado Perez was getting for arguing for the new £10 note to feature a woman (OMG!  The horror!)

    This was one of the comments I got:

    You say that the trolls want to “shut you up”, so by shouting at them you deny them. However, the trolls win in that case, because they’re distracting you from what you were saying before they came along. In CCP’s case, the commendable bank note campaign got lost in the noise of CCP’s angry responses to the trolls. So they won. They shut her up about the bank note campaign, because CCP chose to react publicly to them instead.

    I replied:

    This is not, as I’ve said, about trolls. I thought I’d made that distinction quite clearly. The flood of vile threats against CCP (and others) was not a distraction, it was a huge and horrifying assault on her peace of mind and her sense of personal safety, and her response, as she has said, was not a strategic or tactical one but an emotional response to attack. When I’m talking about shouting back, that’s what the rest of us should be doing, to defend those who are subjected to this horror. We should be shouting back at them not at their targets. And whilst the bank note campaign was important and a valuable victory, the campaign about how women who speak out on the internet are treated is in itself important.
    So I disagree. I note also that your comments elsewhere about CCP accuse her of ‘hysteria’ which in itself is a pretty classic way of shutting women up and invalidating their responses…

    I think the arguments there can be applied more broadly.  We do have to challenge the kind  of crap that has recently been appearing on the Forum in response to the new series, but the question is, how do we do that without amplifying their voices.  Some of them do pop up, demand that everyone involved in current Who is fired because they didn’t care for the episode, and then vanish again (hoorah!) but others linger like a rather bad smell and keep on injecting their particular brand of bigotry into the conversation.

    I share @jimthefish‘s weariness, and I’d far rather not have to deal with the crap but I am not prepared to advocate either summary blocking just for being twats, so we will have to respond ad hoc with mockery, demolition, distraction or whatever tactics seem appropriate, and then get on with what we really want to do which is to talk about Who.

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    @tardisprototype94 This is a parody, right?

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    @pedant Dammit you just made me cry.

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    I had a vague memory of a (relatively) obscure literary reference and have just tracked it down to this episode:

    We’re going to lure them in here with the promise of food, then deal with the spider mother in the ballroom. Oh, that sounds like the best novel Edith Wharton never wrote.

    Bit of an odd one! – not entirely obvious why Wharton sprang to mind.  Still, I do like the occasional obscure literary reference.

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    My other half (who is not given to bonkers theorising about Who but has watched it since pretty much the beginning and loves it almost as much as I do) has commented on how many times WhittDoc says ‘Sorry’.  I hadn’t picked up on that consciously but its interesting – apologising (in the sense of acknowledging fault or of expressing regret) is seen as more of a female trait, but I’d hope it’s more subtle than that.  As others have mentioned, we’re seeing a different response, a less interventionist response from the Doc, which may be a reaction to some of the actions of her predecessor(s) but also something that’s causing her internal conflict.  That might be the arc for this Doctor perhaps.  But it also goes along, possibly, with the fact that whilst she walks away because she believes she has to from situations where intervention would be wrong, despite the consequences and the conflict with her assertion that these people are protected, she stays in solidarity with the people who are hurt and grieving.  I’ll keep an eye on this in the remaining eps!

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    @mudlark That is rotten luck.  Hope it gets sorted completely and quickly.

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    I got a private message from the same ‘person’. I’ve just deleted it.

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    @ichabod @thane16 @janetteb  I loved what little we saw of Budapest (we had a coach tour and then a short guided walk by which time it was dark) and very much want to go back and explore without the constraints of a guide or an elderly parent!  I also was very taken with Bratislava.  Salzburg was lovely but for some reason it didn’t leave me with a strong desire to return – I’d go back to Vienna though as there was so much we didn’t get time to see.  I think the former Iron Curtain cities for me had a particular fascination in the juxtaposition of brutalist concrete slabs from the Communist era with lovely old buildings, ornate churches and so on.  Plus as a history nerd my period is definitely WWII and its aftermath.  And Prague is now top of my list to visit for architecture and history as well as literary connections (my PhD thesis involves studying W G Sebald’s Austerlitz which has a long section set in Prague).  Will raise a glass to @thane16 Puro when I do!

    Cath Annabel @replies

    I’m back, and catching up (have watched the Conundrum ep but not the Punjab yet – tonight for sure).  The Danube was amazing, and the company we travelled with (Riviera Travel) were superb.  It wasn’t the kind of holiday I’d envisaged for myself but it was my father’s holiday really, and I was there as eyes and ears but obviously enjoying the places we visited (and the life of luxury) as  much as possible, and I’ve now got a short list of cities I definitely want to go back and explore properly.  Travelling with my father was challenging.  I found myself yelling ‘Dad! Dad!’ so often that some of the staff on board took to calling him Dad too… And I must have told him a dozen times each day ‘Don’t wander off’ with about as much effect as it had when various Doctors gave that instruction to various companions (he did wander off in the middle of Salzburg, following a random group of total strangers, and was only intercepted as he was about to cross the road with them and disappear into the throng)!  However, we both survived….

    Brilliant to see the new series and the new Doc are getting lots of viewers and lots of love.

    Cath Annabel @replies

    Just to say, I will be AWOL for the next two Sundays, as I’m sailing up the Danube on one of them big river cruisers with my 90 year old Dad.  Will have to catch up rapidly when I get back to Sheffield (Sonic City) – I will stay clear of this site till then, however, and hope that I can avoid spoilers on Twitter and Facebook!  Have fun and don’t feed the trolls…

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