• ScaryB replied to the topic Part 3 – Once, Upon Time

    Thanks @Jimthefish for remembering me back into existance!

    RL has been having a massive impact on my online DW life; ironically for life in a pandemic with lockdown etc I got really busy, and mostly been having to watch on catch up (sometimes several at a time). Also, with less scope for bonkers theorising in the last 2 seasons maybe some of the…[Read more]

  • @craig I like your ideas for where to go with James Bond. At the moment, most people seem to be thinking about how to address issues of gender and sexuality. But I like that you want to bring it back to the Englishness of Bond and shoot it all in the UK.

    I would suggest one step further–to address the fact that Bond represents not just the UK,…[Read more]

  • @craig I’m a relative newcomer, I arrived here following a remark in the Guardian comments section, at a time when the site was fairly dormant (no new episodes). It was surprising to find that some of the inhabitants had been here ‘forever’ – but they’re a friendly lot. I have no idea how I’ll find JW’s third season – I’ll probably get that far…[Read more]

  • nerys replied to the topic Part 3 – Once, Upon Time

    @craig I’m feeling a bit heartbroken for you, for feeling as you do. And yet, I can only echo what others have said. It’s also true that for me, this most recent iteration of Doctor Who has not been what I had hoped for. And yet, there have been some surprising moments. I keep hoping that this season will unwind in a satisfying way. We can only…[Read more]

  • Miapatrick replied to the topic Part 3 – Once, Upon Time

    @Craig, you created, as I remember, this site as an act of great kindness, as well as in your own enthusiasm, when a group of people on t’other place really wanted to keep talking about a Christmas episode – was the it Clara Snowmen one?

    And I’ll admit, though I’ve found stuff to like and talk about, that urgency hasn’t been there in the current…[Read more]

  • JimTheFish replied to the topic Part 3 – Once, Upon Time


    I’ll just add my voice to the eloquent appeals above. I felt much the same way as you a year ago. I thought, I’ve finally gone past this (it only took 40-odd years) and that I was done. I was struggling to get through more than 10 minutes of a Chibs episode without my attention wandering. But this year, while it’s still far from perfect…[Read more]

  • @craig  I’ll join with @cathannabel and @blenkinsopthebrave and @mudlark and @winston in thanking you so much for everything you’ve done for us in keeping this forum going.

    I know it’s taken plenty of your time and energy (and some money too). It’s your gift, so if you’re weary, you should look after yourself first. We appreciate you.

    But, I…[Read more]

  • winston replied to the topic Part 3 – Once, Upon Time

    @craig  When I found this site I was a forum newbie and I lurked for a long time while still enjoying all that went on here. I finally joined in and I have loved it here ever since.This is a great place for Whovians of all ages , countries and walks of life, united in our love (sometimes dislike) of all things Who.

    During the pandemic this place…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic Part 3 – Once, Upon Time


    May I add my voice to those of @blenkinsopthebrave and @cathannabel . Please don’t give up on the show. Doctor Who has had its lows in the past, only to survive and flourish again, and however disappointing Chibnall’s run has been – and it has been his misfortune to follow immediately on the highs of Moffat’s tenure – there is always hope…[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]

  • @craig Say it ain’t so! No, really, hear me out. There was a time, it seems ages ago (and it was) when a core group of us–some still around, some who drifted, and some who passed–found a connection with a love of Who that did not really connect with all the criticism and (I must say it) bile that was in evidence on t’other place, when Moffat…[Read more]

  • Whisht replied to the topic General Music thread 4

    Hey @craig – that list of songs from 1971 is really interesting. Lot of Latin love in there as well as the usual rock and pop… and Benny Hill ;¬D

    Number 1 when I was born was apparently this little choon.
    Not a bad one tbh

  • idiotsavon replied to the topic On The Sofa (10)

    Well hello!

    Many apologies for being such a fairweather friend, only rocking up when there is new Dr Who to be watched.

    Some of you may have clocked that it’s been a crazy couple of years. I hope you and yours have all stayed well and in good health.

    And also that you’ve remained in good spirits. Apocalyptic turmoil, dread and seclusion can…[Read more]

  • Whisht replied to the topic General Music thread 4

    oooh – great embed there @craig !
    I think our birthdays may not be far apart ;¬)

  • @craig There is a new post on the BBC spoilers page which I think should be moved to the actual Spoilers page.


  • Well, that was quite the chaotic mess. And yet, it was a chaotic mess that I think I, on the whole, rather enjoyed. As @craig says, if you look at it as you would a regular AG Who episode then structurally it’s a mess but I think the key is to look at it like a first episode of BG gap story. I rewatched Image of the Fendahl as my Halloween treat…[Read more]

  • For me on first viewing this episode amounted to an information overload delivered much of the time at a machine gun rattle. I may be getting old,* but my hearing is still pretty good, and even so at times I had to resort to subtitles to keep track of what was going on, which didn’t help. There were plenty of intriguing and very promising…[Read more]

  • Merry meet everyone!

    Thanks to @Craig for keeping the Forum going.

    I’m excited for a serial story, as I much prefer a contiguous narrative thread to pull on, Minotaur style.

    There WAS a lot going on and I feel I need a re-watch – bit of a Halloween smorgasbord of aliens, with Sontarans, dog-aliens, whoever blue-crystal-face (Swarm) is, Weeping…[Read more]

  • Well, when an episode is entitled Chapter 1, you know what you’re going to get. An episode in which we establish the characters, the setting and the problem.

    My guess is (agree with you, @devilishrobby) that the problem is still the Doctor’s Memory Wiped Past and we are now in Act Three of that story. That’s why the Inciting Incident is…[Read more]

  • winston replied to the topic The Winchester

    @craig  Cheers!

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