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

    P.S.   Mondassian Cybermen.     When I first saw a picture of the original cybermen, I cringed.   The most pathetic ‘monster’ ever, only too obviously a person wearing a sock on his head.    Worse ‘special FX’ than Lost in Space.    (Steven Moffatt apparently felt the same – he thought they were rubbish).

    Now I have their ‘origin’ story from Wo…[Read more]

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

    World Enough and Time / The Doctor Falls

    I’ve just re-watched through them and, wow.  Incidentally, the phrase ‘World enough and time’ is from a poem ‘To his coy Mistress’ written by Andrew Marvell c.1650.   Is this Moff having his little pun on Mistress?   The poem itself is a bit Omar Khayyam-ish, roughly ‘I would take a world of time, but life…[Read more]

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

    @oochillyo

    Hi Declan, since I’m watching them all in order, the ep I’m about to start next (with due solemnity) is  World Enough and Time / The Doctor Falls.    Because I know it’s the end of the season, the end of Bill, Nardole, the 12th Doctor, Missy, and Moffatt.   The end of almost everything, in other words.     (Yes I know there’s Twice Upo…[Read more]

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

    @oochillyo

    Declan,  since the alien is, well, alien, then maybe it could be a humongous bacteria.   That’s no more improbable than any other explanation,I guess.   🙂

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

    One thing I have to retract from my post at 11:10pm – the yo-yo wasn’t ‘wrong’ as I stated, the Doctor employed it *after* touchdown, not before.   (The synopsis at  tardis.fandom.com  had events out of sequence).   But the Shuttle would still have made a new crater when it hit.

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

    Maybe my previous post should be in the Kill The Moon forum, which I am now reading, but there’s another point I’d missed, made by Badwulf on 4thOct2014, that the Space Shuttle wouldn’t even be at the Moon because it could barely lift one maximum-size H-bomb into low earth orbit  (Shuttle capacity 24 tonnes, Tsar Bomba weight 27 tonnes)…   wh…[Read more]

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

    Kill The Moon – My reservations are twofold: First, I think Doctor Who was maybe unwise to tread so close to the edge on the abortion issue (and I don’t think this is the place to debate that so I won’t give my views on it).

    But secondly, and I’ll happily discuss this, is the physical/mechanical impossibilities which are not only featured but…[Read more]

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

    Hi Declan

    Kill the Moon – I see you concentrated on the human relationships.   It wasn’t that that turned me off KTM, it was the atrocious physics (but then I’m an engineer).

    However, to answer your points (with what I remember from a few weeks ago) –  first off, Courtney was really, really annoying.   I would have chucked her off the Tard…[Read more]

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

    @oochillyo

    Hi Declan

    Up to you if you want to share your thoughts on Kill The Moon.   I’d be interested,  can’t promise to agree but that doesn’t matter.    This is a democracy   🙂

     

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

    P.S.   Intriguing that the Tardis’s translation field extended to the cave the Romans were hiding in and the cairn at the Gate – and presumably the Doctor must have ‘fixed’ it so the field persisted inside the Gate forever, for the benefit of the Picts and Romans (or maybe by the time the field wore off they would have evolved a pidgin)

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

    Well, I survived Who going full Edgar Rice Burroughs (the Martian one).    So now I’m up to Eaters of Light, which I like a lot better.   The Roman soldiers/deserters were surprisingly decent fellows, I was much amused that they found Bill’s sexual preferences quaintly old-fashioned.   (That’s two lots of deserters in a cave in two episod…[Read more]

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

    @oochillyo

    Hi Declan

    Well, Martha was the only NuWho companion who left of her own volition. I liked Martha and would have happily watched her in another season, but if she had to leave I applauded her decision. It was certainly a ‘different’ way to leave. I suppose having developed a crush on the Doctor, it might have been a little difficult to…[Read more]

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

    Hi Declan

    Absolutely no offence taken.   The misunderstanding was perfectly natural, and arose out of my own wording, so I can’t blame anyone else.    There’s nothing wrong with being a professional reviewer, I was just in a hurry to correct it because I’m not one.   Back to episodes…

    Certainly Bill was taking major risks in ‘Pyramid at the en…[Read more]

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

    Hi Declan

    No, *I am not a professional reviewer*

    Sorry for shouting, but I want to kill that idea before it even gets started.

    I realise having said “some reviewers disagree with me” could give that impression, but I certainly hadn’t intended to.   My fault for not being clearer.    But no, I’ve never done a ‘review’ of any Doctor Who epis…[Read more]

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

    @oochillyo

    Hi Declan
    Please don’t ‘dread’ Empress of Mars. Nothing horrible happens to Bill or the Doctor. I just think it’s a ho-hum episode that can safely be ignored.
    By the way, I was just plagiarising ‘Pookieuk’s inevitable contribution to the Guardian comments pages of every ep – first message, always, ‘Well, that was no Robot of Sherwood’.…[Read more]

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

    Um.  Just watched Empress of Mars.   Well that was no Robot of Sherwood.   More like Love & Monsters or Fear Her.   It just seemed to me that the plot and much of the dialogue was entirely by-the-numbers Indiana Jones – not something I notice very often in recent series of Who.   Just one good moment – when the slimy lieutenant *actually got shot…[Read more]

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

    @janetteB

    Thinking it over, I’m inclined to waver a bit about the Rose-Tennant pairing.    Looking back at my self-compiled sequence-of-episodes list (which I created  so I could watch all the odd prequels and webisodes in the right order, but I also ‘shaded’ the episodes according to how good I thought they were), I agree Season 2 is fairly wea…[Read more]

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

    Hi @janetteb

    I see you posted while I was posting.   Nice to hear from you.   I really don’t have much to discuss about your post since I agree with all of it  🙂

    Nardole, I didn’t rate very highly in his first appearance – didn’t dislike him, just didn’t take to him much.   But he ‘grew’ on me, he’s well written and I have to admit Matt Lucas…[Read more]

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

    @oochillyo

    Well, I haven’t seen anything past Twice Upon a Time, so far.   (My favourite line, ever, goes something like: “Oh, it isn’t an evil plan.   I really don’t know what to do when it isn’t an *evil* plan.”)     I gather Graham is Bradley Walsh, who I only know from The Chase – from what I’ve seen there he could be good in the role  (…[Read more]

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

    @oochillyo

    Hi Declan

    Series 10 ep 6 – that’s where I am.   I just watched Extremis – Pyramid at the end of the world – The Lie of the Land trilogy straight through.   They’re all pretty good, I think, though I think they could have been condensed to a double episode.  As always, I love the flashes of humour with Nardole and Missy.

    I’ll try to a…[Read more]

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