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

    @oochillyo   Declan – OK, I’ve got Vampires of Venice and Amy’s Choice to work through, but when I get to The Hungry Earth I’ll drop a note.   Actually from the title and the spooky atmosphere of the start of Hungry Earth I was expecting something more metaphysical.   It reminded me of Conan Doyle’s ‘The Day the Earth Screamed’ which also featu…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic Doctor Who memories

    @janetteb Kill the Moon probably started as a high-concept musing – ‘what if the Moon were an egg?’. Unfortunately, while many such postulates result in extraordinary episodes, sometimes the practical difficulties are insurmountable. But in KTM they just blandly ignored them all, a list a mile long. I think every practical detail was wrong. For…[Read more]

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

    @janetteb @oochillyo

    There are some interesting points in this conversation you’re having.

    @janetteb I thought Mickey was a bit of a drip, though he did improve a bit as time went on. But the companion’s boyfriend never had an easy ride in Nu Who – Mickey, Rory, Danny Pink. Hint to guys – if your girlfriend starts travelling with the doctor,…[Read more]

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

    So far as I can tell, this is the most appropriate forum to discuss episodes. (Though people seem to ramble all over the place, and I’m as guilty as anyone).

    Flesh and Stone – I’m continuing my trip through Season 5. A Time of Angels was a cracking episode, and this second half keeps it up. First time I saw it I was a little confused about the…[Read more]

  • @winston I agree about Holmes and Watson should be British males. But I’m not ‘protective’ of the Doctor in that sense that I require him(/her) to be a certain character. Since the Doctor regenerates into a whole new person there’s nothing to protect. What I do want is that the new Doctor be an interesting strong character (and, I guess, not break…[Read more]

  • @janetteb Well, as to James Bond, I guess you’re right and continuity of the main character is a lost cause (though Mrs D still refers to Sean Connery as ‘James Bond’). Talking of actors who didn’t ‘fit’, (I know you were talking about the Doctor but I’m applying it here), Sean Connery fitted perfectly, George Lazenby (who only did one) for some…[Read more]

  • @pezwf

    Okay, I’ll pick that one up, cautiously.

    First, I like every Doctor from McCoy through to Capaldi. (I thought McCoy looked silly in still photos, but after seeing him in The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot I watched his last three stories and I thought he was good. Great chemistry with Sophie Aldred. And I thought Matt Smith looked too foolish…[Read more]

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

    @janetteb The Piano was at Karekare, which is the next significant beach south of Piha. Hercules and Xena and most other productions use Bethells Beach, 5 miles north of Piha. Piha tends to not be used so much because it’s the busiest settlement, however I have come across filming activity at The Gap and also at the far north end of Piha Beach. In…[Read more]

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

    Hi @janetteb

    The black sand at Piha is a mixture of iron-rich black sand (titanomagnetite), and ordinary yellow-brown sand. The black sand apparently comes all the way up the coast from Mt Taranaki (Mt Egmont), 200 miles away, by wave action (okay, so I had to Google that). The yellow sand is probably of local origin, and that would be volcanic,…[Read more]

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

    Not sure whether this should be in Doctor Who memories (where I put my comments on Victory of the Daleks) or On The Sofa. I’ll stick it here (On The Sofa). I’ve got up to A Time of Angels.

    A Time of Angels – now that’s cooking with gas (as they used to say). Right out of the blocks, it’s cool, slick and cheeky. Hallucinogenic lipstick, indeed.…[Read more]

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

    @winston I thought you might Google it (it’s what I instantly do for any reference).
    I usually swim at the South beach (south of Lion Rock), but my favourite spot for watching the surf is The Gap. If you zoom in on Satellite View, at the south end is Taitomo Island – which is only just technically an island, the water only just fills a shallow…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic Website comments (2)

    I saw that one.   One ref to Peter Davison and four paragraphs on Advice When Visiting Your Doctor, presumably stolen from somewhere.   Makes me wonder if it’s some sort of bot that can’t tell the Doctor from a doctor.

    I can’t find it now, maybe Craig got to it.

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

    Thanks @ winston
    Here’s hoping your emergency lockdown works and you’re released in time for your summer.

    It’s just occurred to me how extraordinarily lucky I am. First, I’m retired, there’s just me and Mrs D in the house, so we have space, even in a lockdown, to not get on each other’s nerves (and after 30+ years we’ve learned how to get along).…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic Doctor Who memories

    Nothing wrong with jigsaw puzzles.   🙂    There’s something very satisfying about completing a good 1500 piece puzzle.   Mind you, I do ‘cheat’ by making sure the puzzle  I choose has plenty of detail and no big areas of low-contrast visually ‘samey’ extent.   Then I make little piles of e.g. sky, sea, building, etc, and I usually do the edges…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic Doctor Who memories

    So I just watched Victory of the Daleks, because it was next in sequence.
    Churchill was not particularly good, though not atrociously bad either. A bit too fat and the accent not quite right.
    Stukas over London? I didn’t think they had the range. But Googling shows the occasional one did drop a bomb on London, though not a dozen of them in…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic Doctor Who memories

    The Caretaker.   If that’s what the Doctor calls ‘undercover’ – Worst.  Disguise.  Ever.

    I seem to recall that Danny and the Doctor weren’t too impressed with each other (to put it mildly).   And this was where Clara’s efforts to lead a normal life and indulge in adventures with the Doctor came unstuck.   In fact I wasn’t too impressed with Da…[Read more]

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

    @winston I guess in Canada you should be getting into spring by now?

    Easter is usually when the weather breaks down here, but our summer (NZ) seems to be hanging on extraordinarily well. We had a batch of rain before Easter, so I hadn’t been out to Piha beach for a week and a half, went out today, the beach was near deserted, the waves were big,…[Read more]

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

    @winston   That’s happy news.   I guess he’ll have a story to tell his kids in future years if he remembers (or if his parents document it for him).   Kids are surprisingly resilient.   I’m not surprised he made a kilometer, even young kids can move at quite surprising speeds on occasion.   (I’ve just realised I’ve been saying ‘surprisi…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic Doctor Who memories

    Well, I just watched The Beast Below (carrying on from The Eleventh Hour). Almost didn’t bother, but I did because it had Sophie Okonedo in it. And – it was very good indeed. There was a lot more in it than I remembered. The dialogue between the Doctor and Amy was engaging. The little girl (Mandy) was a very appealing character. The plot point…[Read more]

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

    I found with Hercules and Xena that the pleasant, often impressive, scenery helped a lot to make me more accepting of impossibilities.   Though about 50% of the episodes are still forgettable and better forgotten.   It was an open secret even the producers acknowledged that the quality varied wildly.   The other thing they had going for them was J…[Read more]

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