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  • #69191
    Craig @replies
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    @peacefrog

    I would never dare walk out in public with hair like the Trumpster. I mean, would anybody, even Trump? πŸ™‚

    I haven’t had hair since I was 30, which is almost 20 years ago.

    On Halloween I choose hair appropriate costumes. Hence Ming The Merciless. I also do a great Clint Eastwood (cos I can grow a beard in a day), but I need a cowboy hat for that. I do a good Nosferatu too.

    #69188
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    @peacefrog

    Cool. Thanks for the clarification. Yeah, online conversations can get confusing, or misinterpreted, if we don’t make ourselves clear.

    #69185
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    @peacefrog

    Eh? I’m kinda the chief. Do you mean me? If so, I have no idea what you’re talking about.

    #69183
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    Well, it was an interesting year, but I think this is my tune of the year, partly because its message is “Deal Wiv It”.

    It’s like The Streets over a distorted, but pretty obvious, remix of New Order’s Blue Monday – with a bit of Talking Heads’ Psycho Killer thrown in. Those are two of my favourite tunes so of course I’m gonna like it.

    Is pretty cool (in a weird way – but I like weird). Mura Masa – ‘Deal Wiv It’ with slowthai:

    #69179
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    I was doing some tidying up this week and came across this, which is a script I wrote when I was young and dumb and first trying to break into the film biz (which kinda worked out, but only for 7 years or so). It was part of my MA in Film and Video Production (instead of a thesis we got to write a story! That’s a good course.).

    So I scanned it and I’m now putting it out there for your amusement. I did sell it but it was finished around the same time as “Lock Stock” and “Reservoir Dogs” came out so no one was interested after that.

    It’s a Glaswegian gangster/gang movie and I’m afraid my youth shows through – there’s the young gang member who is kinda good and, yes, there’s a tart with a heart. I apologise – but I grew up on Jimmy Cagney movies and that was what I was aspiring to.

    Anyway, if you have a couple of hours to sit back and read my rude, crude and violent story I’d be interested to hear what you think.

    https://www.thedoctorwhoforum.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/razors-edge.pdf

    As this is in the pub… Cheers!

    #69129
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    @peacefrog @whisht

    If you like Karen O and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, this is worth a quick watch – how “Maps” changed pop music.

    #69115
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    As I started a little Tim Minchin love in, here’s a full concert for those who haven’t yet appreciated his brilliance / madness.

    #69089
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    @jimthefish

    My pet theory about Yaz is that she’s being set up to become disenchanted with the Doctor and switch sides to become the Master’s companion.

    While that is an interesting idea, I don’t think it will happen. Mostly because, while we may be colour blind, it would be very bad optics for some.

    #69050
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    @arbutus @peter3110

    Sorry, this is off topic, but I’m the Emperor. πŸ™‚

    Tim Minchin is a world treasure! I’ve never gone to one of his gigs but I’m now going to make peter3110 jealous (sorry about that). I once went to a small comedy club in Crouch End, London and half-way through the night Tim Minchin turned up (unannounced) – he was a friend of the promoter. He’d just done a gig to several thousand people in central London. He then did about half his act again – to about 50 people. It was so small I was sat about 2 metres away. It was fantastic.

    #69043
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    I have to admit I didn’t like this one. Such a disappointment after the first two episodes (which I thought were a vast improvement). It may have been my after-dinner G&T (which usually improves an episode) but the pacing seemed terrible.

    There was no build up, we were straight into the action and then there was so much wasted time in the transport. They could have cut so much of that and spent some time on character development. I was reminded of “Midnight” and how that cramped, isolated scenario was done so much better.

    And then the end – taking a sledgehammer to crack a nut. I honestly laughed out loud at the dialogue. Who thought that was a good idea? The only redeeming feature is that it reminded me of Tim Minchin taking the total mick out of pop stars like Michael Jackson or Bono who wouldn’t know subtle or subtext if they both punched them in the face at the same time.

    But this is good – take your canvas bags to the supermarket:

    #68923
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    @juniperfish I’ve released all your posts and kept the first one (I think the others were more or less duplicates). Hopefully you won’t have any more problems. I think if you post too many links the system thinks you’re possibly a spammer so it puts them in “pending”.

    Thanks for letting me know. And hopefully won’t happen again.

    #68841
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    Well, it might be the couple of gin & tonics I had since dinner but, I thought that was a vast improvement over possibly all the episodes from the last series. Loved all the time jump stuff and the fun stuff (such as Graham’s laser shoes – it’s a family show so it should be silly and fun at times – I can live with that). And there’s an ongoing story set up. It seems like Chibnall has learned from the reaction to last season. Here’s hoping it continues.

    And if someone’s only takeaway from this is “Oh, yeah, forcing it down our throats that women did this and women did that and men are useless” I really feel sorry for them. But there’ll probably be a few.

    #68725
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    Hi all. Like The Doctor, I have returned on New Year’s Day. Apologies for abandoning you all for a while, and many thanks to those of you who were concerned – it is nice to know you care. I’m fine, just … y’know … stuff happens sometimes. Anyway, a new series is a good reason to get motivated again. I hope it will be great, and that the new year will be great for all of you.

    #68716
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    This β€˜On The Sofa’ is now closed as it has exceeded the 1000 post limit by quite a bit – my bad! But there is a new, very comfortable sofa, for all sorts of Doctor Who chat here.

    #67948
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    @pedant I got a message from Kayla too – so she’s been dealt with. Sorry but I’ve been busy with real world stuff but will try to get back to the site properly soon, including removal firms (although I have to wonder what they have to gain)

    #67859
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    Hi @blenkinsopthebrave Yes I’ve marked her/him as a spammer, and the next person who also registered with the same email domain right after I spammed them.

    Some nights it’s like whack-a-mole!

    #67704
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    I think that I recommended “Snowpiercer” a while back. I was delighted to find that it has now been added to Netflix, so now I don’t have to watch it illegally.

    It really is worth a watch. It is incredibly good. John Hurt, Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Tilda Swinton and more, in a crazy allegorical sci-fi movie where all that’s left of humanity is stuck on a huge train travelling the whole globe, round and round.

    It was directed by the amazing Korean director Bong Joon-ho and also stars several amazing Korean actors.

    It is totally bonkers, but is worth your time, believe me. You won’t regret it. I’ve watched it several times and loved it every single time.

    #67692
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    Sorry for the late responses to you all @pedant @janetteb @whisht @mudlark @winston @thane16

    Thank you for the kind words but I hope, actually I believe, it’s something anyone could and should do. As I said, I have no training, it just takes a bit of nerve to go up and talk to a stranger. It might take even more nerve to call up a friend.

    Someone did commit suicide this week – unfortunately I wasn’t there. My neighbour, who also talks to people who look like they are in that frame of mind (we’re almost a tag team), reminded me that we can’t save everyone.

    It’s been reported that he was a GP (a doctor) with a wife and two young daughters. You would think he had it all. I feel so sorry for all involved and can’t imagine how low, or disturbed, he must have been.

    And yet he was loved. I took this picture tonight. Remember – you are always loved – even if you don’t think you are. And it will always get better. That’s what I always say to those I meet who are thinking about it.

    Flowers

    #67656
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    @pedant You beat me to it. But here’s the beautiful clip from ‘The Man Who Knew Too Much’.

    Truly one of the greats.

    #67645
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    I guess this is some sort of Public Service Announcement. So it’s a bit dull, but I wanted to get it out there – for my own good, if not anyone else’s. I live near a well-known suicide spot and in the past two weeks I have talked two people out of killing themselves. Both had travelled for about an hour to get there – so they really made an effort and were serious.

    And you know what I do? I just go up to them and say hello, then take it from there. It turns out people really like having someone to talk to. I’m not trained, I don’t have a map to follow, I just talk to them.

    I guess my point is, if you have anyone you’re concerned about, pick up the phone and say hello. It does wonders.

    #67629
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    I’ve added this back to the home page as it completes our Chris Chibnall retrospective. We now have five episodes (four stories) to discuss in light of him becoming the new showrunner.

    My own thoughts (which I can go into more detail if anyone wants) is that he wasn’t given the gig because the strength of his Doctor Who writing. None of his stories are standouts. I think, and this may be controversial, that “42” is probably the best of his pre-showrunner work. And it’s only okay.

    I think he got the gig because, being a life-long fan, he knew what he was talking about when it came to Doctor Who, and because he’d done a good job on some Torchwood episodes (which I haven’t watched) and Broadchurch (which I haven’t watched). I believe he was viewed as a safe pair of hands – which, depending on your opinion, is maybe, or maybe not, what you want for a series about a madman/madwoman in a box.

    #67497
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    As @pedant suggests, this thread has gone over its maximum 20 pages so it’s now closed I’ve started a new one here:

    General Music thread 4

    #67466
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    Thanks all – now marked as a spammer.

    By the way, am hoping regular service will restart this Saturday I’ve had a lot going on but it’s almost over. Thankfully.

    #67393
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    @pedant Cheers – spammer (or strangely confused person) duly removed.

    #67362
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    @blenkinsopthebrave @bluesqueakpip, @thane16, @winston, @janetteb, @cathannabel,

    I’m afraid I’m currently having to deal with some personal matters but normal service should be resumed in March. Hopefully you can wait until then.

    We still have a short Chibnall retrospective to do, and a whole host of female Timelord stories lined up too.

    #67320
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    @thane16 @kevinwho and everyone else. Apologies as always. I have marked our new friend as a spammer. (sorry for the delay but I was asleep – I have to sleep, sometimes) πŸ™‚

    Please do not respond to their emails. I have quite a tight ‘bot’ stricture on this site, but if a human signs up and posts nonsense messages then I’m kinda at your mercy. Thank you, you lovely people, for letting me know.

    #67286
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    @cathannabel @miapatrick @whisht

    Many thanks – have marked them both as spammers. It does seem to be the case that, because there is “Doctor” in the site name they think we might be interested in their dodgy medication. They take the time to sign up, and add a profile pic. But they don’t take the time to work out what the site is about!

    #67154
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    Just popping in – am home from my holidays. I watched “Killing Eve” with my Dad over the last few days. It is great. Was nominated for Best Drama at the Golden Globes and Sandra Oh won Best Actress. It’s a must see. It’s an “agent chases assassin” story, but it subverts so many of the normal storytelling tropes. The dynamic brings to mind Batman and the Joker or, dare I say it, The Doctor and The Master. Honestly, just watch it – you’ll love it.

    #67131
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    @pedant @margaret-blaine @janetteb @kevinwho @jimthefish

    Sorry, late to the party again (still on holiday). But you all seem to have done your thing. I think the user’s comments are fine – not great, but okay. It’s just the stupid username that’s the problem.

    If they change it, as they say they will, then I’m gonna leave it. For now.

    #66976
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    Cheers @kevinwho. That’s what happens when you copy and paste from the previous thread and don’t read it properly! πŸ™‚

    #66974
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    @pedant Thanks for letting me know.

    I am now closing this thread (as it is way over the 20 page limit). A continuation of the thread can be found here:

    The Faces of the Doctor (2)

    #66882
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    Following on from @arbutus – one for New Year. I really liked this.

    #66858
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    @pedant Don’t worry, I’ve been keeping an eye on it. Nothing too bad just yet, but getting close.

    #66846
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    I thought you might like this, in a metaphorical kinda way. You may not know, but John Cena is a famous wrestling star in America, and has now branched out in to acting – he was very funny in “Trainwreck” and is about to appear in “Bumblebee”, the new Transformers movie.

    He’s had a crew-cut his whole career, but now he’s grown his hair a bit. And people are telling him he’s ruined their childhood! Made me laugh a lot. Is every fandom the same?

    #66839
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    @thane16 Puro, that’s very kind of you. But I couldn’t have done it without all of you.

    I know @blenkinsopthebrave is concerned about the level of engagement or conversation recently (which, although I liked the latest series I would lay some blame at). I am going to take some time over the holidays, have a think, see what the New Year special brings and then decide on what we do for a non-Doctor year.

    #66835
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    @thane16 No worries Puro – love you.

    #66828
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    As this topic isn’t a big part of the site I don’t mind just chatting. Strangely enough, just after I posted, a user joined called adamsnowflake. It’s gonna be a fun few days, I can tell.

    #66827
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    I may sound like a conspiracy theorist now, but people who complain about SJWs are usually white, privileged mostly-males from the UK or USA. As are the mostly-males who call people “Snowflakes” yet who take massive offence whenever you question them, Brexit, or Trump.

    So they are educated – always wrong, but educated.

    I’m starting to wonder if our friend is/was a Russian plant. Who knows what plan they have? Break the BBC? Create gender politics wars? Just be a pain in the ass?

    They will not win. Report any pains in the ass to me.

    #66824
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    So I got a post (quickly deleted by me) which confirms what I thought. And it’s not even grammatically correct English. I begin to wonder where our friend is from?

    I came here mostly to validate that the pettiness of SJW fans who can not accept other opinions.

    What an idiot.

    #66820
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    Radio Times readers have voted for their favourite episodes this series.

    Spoilers – Rosa came out top.

    https://www.radiotimes.com/news/tv/2018-12-18/doctor-who-series-11-best-episodes-ranked-fans-vote-rosa-as-best-episode-of-jodie-whittakers-first-series/

    Edit: it is slightly concerning that almost every episode written by Chibnall is the public’s least favourite (although we don’t know how much he had to do with Rosa).

    #66810
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    @ All I’m now kinda busy with the run up to Christmas, but I have made our friend a spammer and deleted some posts. I don’t need it in my life and neither do you. They’ll probably think it’s SJW censorship or something, but I don’t care – it’s really just dealing with someone who has really bad manners.

    But really – if we get more, don’t engage, just point them out to me and I’ll deal with them.

    I’d really like to have a decent conversation with a polite person who thinks the series is awful – but our ‘friend’ wasn’t that person.

    #66772
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    And another little Christmas card from the good people at Doctor Who:

    #66767
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    HBO have now made ‘Brexit – the movie’ With Benedict Cumberbatch.

    I wonder, and when you watch the trailer you’ll see what I mean, if they made this because they can’t quite target the Trump campaign just yet. So, although it’s real, it’s also a metaphor. Quite clever if that was their thinking.

    #66701
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    @pedant

    While Youtube embeds automatically, you have to click “More” (the down arrow) on Twitter and then use the Embed Tweet code (in the text version of the editor). Like this:

    #66681
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    @winston You can download it using this link:

    https://www.thedoctorwhoforum.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Death-and-Nightingales.pdf

    It was just a first draft so is a bit over-written. When I read it now I groan at some of the dialogue and would probably cut quite a bit of it – but it’s still not bad (if I do say so myself).

    As I said before – trigger warnings. It’s a domestic drama but also, kind of, a metaphor about the early Irish ‘troubles’. It’s a complex story and the leading man is abusive to his wife and there are also threats of child abuse.

    #66666
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    So the Doctor (well, Stacey Dooley – who is almost a real-life version of the Doctor) won this year’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ (or ‘Dancing With The Stars’ as it’s called in the US).’

    Big congrats to her.

    #66665
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    @ichabod The one that immediately springs to mind is “Bladerunner”. The studio forced Ridley Scott and Harrison Ford to lay down a voiceover, as they thought no one would understand the film. You can tell Ford was bored with the whole thing. In the “director’s cut” they dropped the voiceover and added a few extra elements.

    A lot of people think the “director’s cut” without the voiceover is far superior.

    That said – I actually like the voiceover version just as well as the subsequent versions as it makes it a throw-back to film noir. But that’s just me.

    #66664
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    @bluesqueakpip Cool. I hope she’ll be voting for Plaid Cymru. πŸ™‚

    #66659
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    @idiotsavon Thank you for taking the time to read my script. I’m glad you’re enjoying it. I may post another one soon.

    The TV version was really good – but it was interesting in that it almost completely focused on the second half of the story. There is little of Billy and Cathy. So, I hate to say it, but I think my version is more complex and interesting. The TV version may be more atmospheric though. Each has its own virtues.

    I sent a message to the actress who plays Beth – I hope this works.

    #66658
    Craig @replies
    Emperor

    @bluesqueakpip Untangling Scotland from the UK basically means parting from one country (no offence meant towards Wales or Northern Ireland – but you know what I mean). Untangling from the EU means splitting from 27 countries (or is it 26, I lose count?)

    Anyway, one seems much easier than the other.

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