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

    @janetteb    I’m relieved to see you’re still there and not floating down a river somewhere.   Oz does seem to get some extraordinary weather (if you include fires as ‘weather’).   Still,you don’t seem to get many earthquakes, which is definitely a plus – the novelty wears off long before the repairs are finished.

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

    (This started as a discussion on the ‘Rose’ thread, but I wandered off as usual) –

    @winston I didn’t watch much BG (Before Gap ?) Doctor Who either. I think I caught the first ever ep, became a minor fan of Patrick Troughton, then sort of lost track. Of course in those days, even home videotape (VHS etc) didn’t exist, so it was a case of catch…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic Rose

    @winston   I didn’t watch much BG (Before Gap ?)  Doctor Who either.   I think I caught the first ever ep, became a minor fan of Patrick Troughton, then sort of lost track.   When it revived with ‘Rose’, I started watching again, until the gaps at the end of Tennnant’s era broke the continuity.    Also, we’d lost Billie Piper.  I liked Martha, di…[Read more]

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

    @dr-nao

    Hey, that’s pretty good.   Specially the way you’ve rendered the sky – the stars do look as if they’re real.

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

    Seems there’s a lull in posting.   I just watched A Good Man Goes to War and Let’s Kill Hitler – two fantastic episodes (and I mean that in both senses of the word).   Highly imaginative and great fun to watch.   Rather than fill this forum with my babblings, I posted a comment on each in the right place in the ‘Stephen Moffat Retrospective’ areas…[Read more]

  • Let’s Kill Hitler Wow, another ep full of goodies. Together with A Good Man Goes to War, there’s enough ideas here for an entire season of most Sci-fi series. Amy’s daughter/childhood best friend Mels (who we never saw before – is there a plot hole there? – don’t know, don’t care) – as a teen, she was perfectly cast – the sort of girl you know is…[Read more]

  • A Good Man Goes to War. If the last ep was a two-parter, this one is two parts worth crammed into one. [The real] Amy having a kid. Rory giving ultimatums to the Cybermen. A new monster, the Headless Monks. An old ‘monster’, a Silurian – Madame Vastra, apparently doing her part for Victorian law and order by eating Jack the Ripper. (Which would…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic Rose

    Rose was the first Doctor Who episode I’d watched for three decades. I seem to recall grumbles at the time, about casting a teen pop singer, but IMO Billie Piper is a good actress and the camera just loves her. I think Eccleston and Piper share the credit for the revived ‘Who’ taking off (along with competent scripts and adequate special…[Read more]

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

    This is a lot longer than I expected…

    The Rebel Flesh:  This was a really creepy episode. Never mind the inherent creepiness of replicant doppelgangers, there was a real sense of menace in the opening scenes. The foreman Miranda looked as if she might order the Doctor and companions all executed if they made a wrong move. Plus people-melting…[Read more]

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

    @blenkinsopthebrave    I agree, that episode (from memory – it’s still 7 eps away in my re-watch) had an unnerving premise.   But I really didn’t like David Walliams’ character.   Curiously, the character who first came to mind was the undertaker in Before the Flood, who, it turns out, was a different actor – but also from the planet Tivoli (the c…[Read more]

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

    @winston   As it happens, we had our first covid shots today.   About a month ago I got a text on my old cellphone giving an appointment for Mrs D, with a link to a website to confirm it – but my cellphone is NOT a smartphone and when I typed the link into my laptop it didn’t work.   So I rang the helpline number – “You are currently #128 in the q…[Read more]

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

    @janetteb    I don’t think any state can be ‘blamed’ for covid outbreaks unless their government was negligent or reckless in their precautions.   In fact it seems to me that the state boundaries are really just an arbitrary border to try and draw a line around an outbreak, at least as far as SA/Vic/NSW/Queensland go.   I guess Northern Territ…[Read more]

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

    @janetteb – I hope you’re safely clear of the Victorian covid outbreak.

    I’m still working my way through S6 – The Curse of the Black Spot. Not a bad episode as such, just a pirate story such as everybody and his dog has done. So, pretty forgettable. It would be a perfectly good episode in some other TV series, but here it’s just outshone by…[Read more]

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

    Day of the Moon (warning – massive SPOILERS!)

    What a ripper of a way to start the second half of a two-parter. As usual with a Moff two-parter, the second half starts with an apparently totally different tone from where the first left off. Amy is running down a dirt road in the Valley of the Gods (yes it is, I checked, and it’s been…[Read more]

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

    And on to The Impossible Astronaut

    The co-ordinates in the invitation are accurate (of course everyone who saw the ep immediately got on Googlemaps and checked it!) – Monument Valley, just inside the Utah border, exactly where they filmed the bus. But Hamilton / Jefferson / Adams, I couldn’t locate.

    Ten minutes into the new season and the…[Read more]

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

    Okay, I just watched the next episode (after Big Bang), which I was expecting to be The Impossible Astronaut, and I was slightly chagrined when I realised there was A Christmas Carol to wade through first. Up to this point I hadn’t rated Christmas specials very highly, they just tended to get in the way of the ongoing storyline.

    However, I…[Read more]

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

    @janetteb   As you say, the Moff is probably the only writer in NuWho who uses time travel to its full potential.   Of course you can’t do that too much or too often or the hero could avoid every crisis by nipping back in time and subverting it.   It does require very careful ‘book-keeping’ of who did what and when, and who knew about it, and c…[Read more]

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

    And, back to Doctor Who – The Big Bang – or is it back to The Eleventh Hour (seriously resisting an urge to cue up that episode and look for subtle changes). But the change comes soon enough – no stars. What *is* going on? Everything is slightly different. Fossilised Daleks in the museum. And young Amelia’s touch opens the museum Pandorica to…[Read more]

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

    @janetteb  @winston   Well, none of my books are family heirlooms.  All collected by me.   I have a vague idea that I was a reluctant reader at first, but when I found how it was done and it was actually quite easy I became a compulsive reader.  I read everything I could see, instruction manuals, the backs of corn flakes packets, everyt…[Read more]

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

    @janetteb    I’m like you, I collect books and have great trouble parting with them.   I have an estimated 1500 books, some of which I treasure, most of which I will never read again.   I am now very wary of buying books, I love browsing second-hand book shops but often come away empty because – unless a book *really* grabs me – I’ve got nowher…[Read more]

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