• Dentarthurdent replied to the topic On the Sofa 11

    Hi @doctorines Your English is a lot better than my French!

    But there’s an awful lot to say about the Tardis…

    The Tardis – there’s a Wikipedia page on it https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TARDIS
    that gives quite a lot of detail.
    There’s also an excellent site at tardis.fandom.com that is full of information on every Doctor Who episode…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic On the Sofa 11

    @tawnyowl38 I don’t mean that in a bad way. You’ve got 12 or so seasons yet to view before you run out of new episodes, so that’s a good thing I guess. But for me to be in your position, I’d have to forget all the episodes I’ve seen, and I wouldn’t want to do that. So which of us is the more fortunate? (I don’t think there’s an answer to…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic The Winchester

    @janetteb Thanks. Our house is ‘one section away’ from the little local stream, on rising ground, so we’re fairly safe from floodwaters. Our neighbours nearer the stream got their garages / basements flooded though.
    What we do get is surface runoff from the sections above, at one point yesterday it was coming through a gap in the fence like…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic On the Sofa 11

    Hi Tawny @tawnyowl38
    Season 1 – that’d be S1 of New Who I take it? (Also known as ‘After Gap’ or ‘AG’ Who, as opposed to ‘Before Gap’). The Season with Rose Tyler and Chris Eccleston as the Doctor?
    You’ve got a good long way to go, I almost envy you.
    You may need to beware of ‘spoilers’, we’re supposed not to post them without warning…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic The Winchester

    Just skipped over Night Terrors and The God Complex and Closing Time (not that they’re bad episodes, as such) and got straight to The Wedding of River Song. Which was just fan-tastic. And just sheer fun. I’ve posted more in the relevant forum.

    In real life – just had the heaviest rain I ever remember, big areas of West Auckland flooded.…[Read more]

  • This is *fun*. That train coming out of the Gherkin, the engine is French – the cab windows are quite distinctive. (This would be a nitpick but compared with the other insanity going on, it fades into insignificance). Pterodactyls in Hyde Park. Holy Roman Emperor Churchill. I’ll bet the Moff loved writing this incredible fantasy.

    So…[Read more]

  • (I see the last two posts were by me. What the heck, I wrote this and it doesn’t exactly copy what is aid before, so I’ll post it…)

    At the start, this seemed like a light and entertaining adventure. Was that ever wrong.

    The first reveal of Old Amy is startling and the most sensational bit of aging I’ve ever seen. The makeup artists…[Read more]

  • @janetteb Good point, it’s hard to feel a lot of empathy for the characters. I think part of this may be the difficulty of being sure whether at any moment we’re watching the ‘original’ or the ‘copy’, which is a problem inherent in the premise of the episode. And also, of course, the humans show little empathy for their clones. And (maybe…[Read more]

  • To belatedly answer @davros query from 2020 – how Rory & Amy got back to Earth from Demon’s Run – at the end of that ep the Doctor said “River, get them all home”. Quite how River did that is unspecified (but then, ditto for how she got to Demon’s Run). This is a woman who treats Stormcage as her own personal crash pad, so I guess she could…[Read more]

  • Thoughts on a second viewing (18 months later) –

    I do love the concept of Amy and Rory using ‘cereal art’ (crop circles) to summon the Doctor, though I have an insurmountable caveat about the method. A Mini would not flatten the wheatstalks adequately (as can be seen in one shot in the episode itself), you need a plank to press them down as…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic The Winchester

    – and I’m back to my Doctor Who collection, after a month. Last night I watched The Rebel Flesh/ The Almost People. A so-so episode (I posted a brief comment in the relevant forum, my post was #7 and the first for nine years, which kinda shows how much interest/controversy the episode had).

    The most striking bit of course was the ‘sting in…[Read more]

  • Wow, am I the first person to feel inclined to comment on this double episode in nine years? And I’m only comment #7…

    Actually, I guess that says it all, really. Not a terrible episode, just enough happening to keep me watching, I have a feeling it could almost have been cut down to a single episode without losing much.

    The two Doctors…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic The Winchester

    @syzygy Yes, I’ve been in Christchurch for the past month (until yesterday) and the sea temperature (according to the little ‘sea conditions’ sign the life guards put up) has been 17 or 18 degrees the whole time. Now subjectively it seems to me that it’s varied up or down a couple of degrees and their signs have been a little slow to respond,…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic The Winchester

    @janetteb Nice to see a Whoforum post in my mailbox. Yes, the place has been dead quiet. I’m sitting in our daughter’s lounge in New Brighton, Christchurch, a long way away from my Who DVD collection. But the sea’s been fairly warm (slightly warmer than I remember it to be, or at least, I’ve been swimming here every day and in the past…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic The Winchester

    @winston Like JanetteB, I applaud your new years’ resolution. It’s entirely in line with what I think, I’ve always been aware of the energy cost of things. (In kilowatt-hours or similar, not dollars). In the past I got agitated about waste and inefficiency of all sorts. These days I would have said I was getting more tolerant, but I…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic Dr Who News (5)

    @thane16 The Silents certainly were frightening monsters. Probably second only to the Angels in the Moff menagerie. They reminded me mostly of Munch’s ‘The Scream’. Where the Angels got a lot of their frighteningness (is that a word? It is now!) from moving when you weren’t looking, the Silents got theirs from their property that you…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic Dr Who News (5)

    @thane16 Apropos of my crack about a modern ‘phone’ being baffling to people from 50 years ago, I’ve just recalled a scene from ‘The Impossible Astronaut’ where Amy was confronted by a Silent in the White House rest room and took a picture of it. Amy exits the rest room and the Secret service guy says “What’s that?” and Amy says “It’s my…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic Dr Who News (5)

    @thane16 Yes, ‘device’ in this context means phone/laptop etc. Notice in aircraft they ask you to turn off your ‘devices’. I think ‘computer thingy’ is a better description – and a ‘phone’ in this context is really a tiny computer that happens to make phone calls. More like a ‘communicator’ really. Just think how baffled people 50 years…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic Dr Who News (5)

    Hi syzygy @thane16 Okay, I must admit I’ve never tried reading this site (or most Internet sites) on a smartphone, I always use a laptop. Warning: Big rambling digression follows. (In fact, up until Covid struck and I needed a ‘device’ that would run the Covid Tracker app – you know, scanning in at the entrances to everywhere – my phone…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic Dr Who News (5)

    @thane16 Hi, if I can comment on one thing you mentioned – The Sofa. I don’t know how it shows up on your ‘device’ (what an awful term:) but on my laptop, I never need to load 22 pages. At worst it opens at Page 1 and there’s a little list of pages at the top or bottom of the page and I just click on ’22’ or whatever and it jumps there.…[Read more]

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