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

    Part six of the recently aired (here in North America anyway) James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction is on time travel. There’s a fascinating segment with Peter Capaldi. After rooting around a bit, I came across a Radio Times piece from last week on this segment and which includes the following extract:  

    “It has all these other levels of phil…[Read more]

  • CountScarlioni replied to the topic Twice Upon a Time

    Away from the party for a few days…There are some very moving posts above, and am especially grateful to @ichabod and  @cathannabel for sharing their stories.

    I was fortunate enough to get to a cinema show last week, and thought Rachel Talalay’s direction was even more impressive on a big screen than on TV. The shots up and down the sta…[Read more]

  • CountScarlioni replied to the topic Twice Upon a Time

    @bluesqueakpip  There’s an interview with the vision mixer for the regeneration on the Tenth Planet DVD.

    Many thanks for the extra information and the correction!

    @tardigrade @ichabod  @ichabod “These are my memories so this is me”: I might be making a mess of this, but the Countess Scarloni has explained to me (by talking very slowly) that this…[Read more]

  • CountScarlioni replied to the topic Twice Upon a Time

    @nerys  was that Hartnell in the regeneration scene?  Yes. I believe it’s the only bit of Part 4 of 10th Planet that survives. In his 2005 British Film Institute book on Doctor Who, Kim Newman, however, argues that “the close-up was so close and the average TV set so small it was quite hard to read the difference between the Doctor’s faces and v…[Read more]

  • CountScarlioni replied to the topic Twice Upon a Time

    I took a second look today at some of what I thought were the key scenes, and was struck by a few more links to earlier episodes of the SM era in addition to those pointed out above.  Sorry if these have been noted above and I missed them.

    A few minor ones:

    Captain Archibald Lethbridge-Stewart saluted the Doctor at their parting, just as the…[Read more]

  • CountScarlioni replied to the topic Twice Upon a Time

    @juniperfish “character piece.” A nice way to put it.

    Good to see SM audacious to the end: We don’t usually get a story where the focus is on three dead men walking and one dead woman walking. I thought we also got a powerful visit to what have been big SM themes: memories and the meaning of death. The christmas present for the Doctor was to get…[Read more]

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    Judging by the archive copy of Radio Times, the audience could easily have missed hearing about the transfer between Hartnell and Troughton. The front cover is all about the return of the Daleks.

    In his little book on Doctor Who in the BFI TV Classics series, Kim Newman argues the changeover was very low key. He writes t…[Read more]

  • CountScarlioni replied to the topic Spoilers (4)

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  • 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…

  • CountScarlioni replied to the topic The Doctor Falls

    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]

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