• … and for once this is exactly the right forum (not that that ever stopped anyone) –  by total coincidence I’ve just this minute finished watching the first episode of Sherlock, written/produced by, of course, Steven Moffat, Sue Vertue and Mark Gatiss.   I have to say it’s pretty good.   I’ve had the box set sitting on the shelf for a year and…[Read more]

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

    @mudlark It’s a little bit reassuring (to me) to see that female persons agree with me on Moffat’s characters and I’m not somehow blinkered by my male point of view. (Actually I just realised I’ve stereotyped myself horribly there – I’m not really sure what a ‘male point of view’ is, forget I said that 🙂

    Whittaker was either mis-cast or…[Read more]

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

    @Mudlark   That was an excellent interview with the Moff.     Two things the critics reportedly alleged, which I absolutely disagree with – one was (alleged) misogyny.    Maybe my perspective is different from this side of the gender gap, but would a misogynist ever have created such strong and appealing female characters as Sally Sparrow,…[Read more]

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

    @janetteb   Maybe the finale will be, as you say, better.   (That’s called ‘damning with faint praise I think   😉    I’m still waiting for my Resolution of the Daleks DVD to arrive so then I can watch Series 13 (which I already have but waiting to watch in sequence) so then after that there’s a couple of specials before ‘The Power of the Doctor’.…[Read more]

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

    @nerys  @winston  @blenkinsopthebrave    Midnight was one of RTD’s best-written episodes, I think.   It was actually a bottle episode  (I checked to see I’d got the terminology right and, surprise,  Wikipedia lists it as an example of that  🙂     but all the more intense for that.   Scared people turning on each other is always frightening.  …[Read more]

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

    @winston Well, Rose is one of the better first episodes, I think – it did signal the return of Doctor Who after a long gap, it rekindled my interest after a much longer gap, Eccleston and Billie Piper were great in their roles. (And I give Billie equal credit with Chris and RTD for the revival being a success, I think the Companion has almost…[Read more]

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

    @winston    Generally the first episodes of Doctors tend to be reasonably good ones, as if the writers make an extra effort (I’m sure they do).   So you’ve got ‘Rose’, ‘Christmas Invasion’, ‘Eleventh Hour’, ‘Deep Breath’ and ‘The Woman Who Fell to Earth’ (well personally I have reservations about that last one).   You could also if you liked…[Read more]

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

    @janetteb    Thanks for the Happy Birthday.    I also got one from my dentist (or I guess his computer system, which knows altogether too much about me 🙂    But anyway, yes, occasionally an old colleague from work dies.   I was in a loose grouping at work, all of whom started more or less together (give or take a few years) four decades ag…[Read more]

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

    @winston    Thank you!   Actually, I spent the day at home with Mrs D, and it was really quite pleasant.  I know her niece was plotting to take us out to dinner, but Mrs D had the flu last week and I managed to catch it, sorta – a very mild infection since we’ve had out flu shots.    Oh, and I am now 0.75 centuries old.

    But what really makes me…[Read more]

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

    Yes, I love that (non-) episode.   Features a cast of everybody, some of whom I recognise, and has a friendly jab at each ones’ little quirks.   And it was the first time I’d seen Paul McGann and Sylvester McCoy – I’d always skipped the later years of old Who, not least because McCoy looked so silly – the Five(ish) Doctors convinced me that he had…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic The Timeless Children

    @winston   Well, the episode was quite good, or about 3/4 of it was.   If they’d left the Timeless Child and the CyberTimelords out of it, there would still have been plenty of content and it might have been a bit more coherent.  There was just too much stuff.  Even though it was a double episode, the events at the end seemed to be a bit compr…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic The Timeless Children

    @janetteb Well, the upheavals in the finale were worrisome, though maybe didn’t affect me quite as badly as you. Maybe that was because I’m less serious about ‘canon’ – though I’d still rather it wasn’t broken gratuitously. Or maybe it was because I was aware of the controversy it had caused so I was pre-warned. Or maybe it was just because I had…[Read more]

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

    @devilishrobby    No, Timeless Children is the last one I’ve seen.   I haven’t seen the Flux series but it’s in the mail to me.   Haven’t seen Revolution of the Daleks either (Revolution?  Evolution?   Revelation?  Restoration?  Resolution?  Retribution?   whatever…)    I’m kinda hoping it will be included in the Flux DVD’s but it might not be. …[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic The Timeless Children

    Well, I’m finally up to the finale, The Timeless Children. The previous episode was build-up, lots and lots of build-up. Maybe too much, we have the riddle of the Irish guy, the Cyberpursuit of the last few humans, plus the reveal of the ruins of Gallifrey, and the Master – all of which seem quite unrelated to each other. Oh, and the music gets…[Read more]

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

    Well, things have been pretty quiet around here, haven’t they?

    I just – finally – watched the S12 finale, Timeless Children.   A vast improvement on the previous season ender (though that wasn’t a very high bar).   I can see why some people were upset about the canon.   It seemed to me that Chibbers was determined to shake up as many conce…[Read more]

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

    @janetteb    Your comment on English literature teaching rings a bell.   As I recall, in the sixties sci fi wasn’t even mentioned at school.   We got Dickens (which prejudiced me horribly against him), Shakespeare (which was a relief after Dickens, at least in Julius Caesar stuff happened), the nearest to a sci fi author was H G Wells but we did…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic The Winchester

    Hi Declan

    Well you’ve probably got the right forum if you want to talk, the mods here very rarely ban anybody for talking too much, so long as you don’t post spam or insult people they’re cool.   Only thing is, this isn’t a very active site (but you know that).   So you may not get many replies.   So if talking helps, fine, but you can’t expec…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic Can You Hear Me?

    Just went back & rewatched Can You Hear Me (which I think I only watched once, first time through, a couple of weeks ago). I probably posted a couple of comments On the Sofa (cos I didn’t post them here). But anyway – quite a good episode.

    Chibbers (or the director) seems to have a thing for goofy headgear – IMO it always makes people look silly.…[Read more]

  • @janetteb   If the Thermians – who could not comprehend a lie and therefore took TV fiction as real – if they’d seen Doctor Who they would have been horribly confused trying to replicate the Tardis, wouldn’t they?   Never mind the ‘bigger on the inside’, that would be only the start, what would they have made of ‘The Doctor’s Wif…[Read more]

  • @janetteb    Yes, I recall Lexx as a bit rough around the edges.   For some reason Farscape always reminded me of it, though a slightly more polished production.  (Only slightly, they had their moments).

    I like Galaxy Quest, though not as much as Princess Bride.   There’s one sequence in Galaxy Quest that I only ‘got’ in retrospect – when they we…[Read more]

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