• CountScarlioni replied to the topic Dr Who News (4)

    The 23rd was Doctor Who Day and the birthday of Clara Oswald (born 23 November 1986), so belated birthday greetings!

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  • Extremely pleased with the choice of Jodie Whittaker as the 13th Doctor. As noted upthread, the way for this change has been very well prepared by SM (Master to Missy, Clara as the Doctor in Flatline, male to female Time Lord regeneration in Hell Bent, etc etc etc). I’m taken aback that this move could have come as a surprise to anyone. Nor does…[Read more]

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  • CountScarlioni replied to the topic The Doctor Falls

    @serahni   I suspect that “Sontarans perverting the course of human history” is a new phrase to use in same sort of way as “Reverse the polarity of the neutron flow.” I wish it were otherwise! The proximity of the Master to Missy caused her to forget things in her timeline. So, it seems we can expect that the First Doctor’s appearance on the s…[Read more]

  • CountScarlioni replied to the topic The Doctor Falls

    @nick   whether the “Sontarans changing the course of Human History” is the plot of the Christmas show or just some random thought that popped out of his brain whilst the Doctor was communing in the Tardis ?

    Well, among Tom Baker’s first lines was one about Sontarans “perverting the course of human history,” and the 12th Doctor also shouted i…[Read more]

  • CountScarlioni replied to the topic The Doctor Falls

    Oops. I should have watched Rachel Talalay on the Aftershow before posting above on the western feel to the episode, and not after…

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    Wonderful, great stuff from all the principals, with PC and Michelle Gomez flying. It’ll take a second viewing and more to get to grips with TDF. An immediate thought is that there was something of a `Western’ feel to this one, just as there was to Rachel Talalay’s treatment of Hell Bent, although in a different way.  Here the Doctor is the she…[Read more]

  • CountScarlioni replied to the topic World Enough and Time

    @thane15   I got the spoiler warning in time. Thanks.

    @wolfweed  In theory, if two Missy’s touch, it could cause Paradoxical Time Distortion (or Blinovitch Limitation Effect). A quick read of the Tardis Data Core on the Blinovitch Limitation Effect has examples where touching has not been necessary to produce the effect; proximity has been enough…[Read more]

  • CountScarlioni replied to the topic World Enough and Time

    @bluesqueakpip  What would happen in the Whoniverse if a ship nearly crashes into a black hole while travelling faster than light? Wasn’t that discussed in Prof. Cox’s 50th anniversary lecture on time travel? I believe the speed of light is still taken as an absolute limit so that in the real universe no ship can travel faster than light (ther…[Read more]

  • CountScarlioni replied to the topic World Enough and Time

    @nerys  Insignificance Terrific movie! As well as the explanation of relativity, it also carries a very powerful punch and moral message at the end. Here’s Marilyn (played brilliantly by Theresa Russell) explaining special relativity to Albert:  

    @mudlark @thane15 @nick @ichabod   As I understand it…[Read more]

  • CountScarlioni replied to the topic World Enough and Time

    A puzzle: If the Master gets zapped by a cyberman in the presence of Missy (say, he’s turned good and is standing with the Doctor, while she has turned bad), prompting a regeneration, what would happen?? He surely could not regenerate into her if she is already standing there.  Also, is it possible there are other `Masters’ between the Master and…[Read more]

  • CountScarlioni replied to the topic World Enough and Time

    One thought in reflecting on this episode: SM puts himself head and shoulders above all other AG writers for me in part because of his delight in, and willingness to push up to the limit and beyond, various notions and perceptions of time. Here we had the different time rates at the top and bottom of the ship. His best monster does not obliterate…[Read more]

  • CountScarlioni replied to the topic World Enough and Time

    A very powerful episode that will take some digesting, but a few immediate thoughts to add….

    With PC’s regeneration and the protests of “No, no, no!”, I thought there were definitely echoes of the of the Second Doctor’s strongly resisted regeneration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_xRkPUMHhc

    @devilishrobby similar dilemma that he faced in…[Read more]

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  • CountScarlioni replied to the topic The Eaters of Light

    @craig  I was actually thinking of an earlier conversation between The Doctor and The Master, very near the end, where The Master asks for help. I had fun reading this as if it was between Capaldi Doc and Missy. It’s almost flirtatious.

    Thanks for emphasising that conversation and that way of reading it. I was prompted to then watch the final ep…[Read more]

  • CountScarlioni replied to the topic The Eaters of Light

    @ichabod  I wonder whether taking on the gatekeeper’s job (for however long before devising a way to shut the gate for good) was almost tempting to him, as a respite from all us “kids” and our mistakes and foolishness for a bit . . .

    That’s a really interesting reading. In Series 9, the Doctor moaned about the pudding brains, but his attitu…[Read more]

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