• Dentarthurdent replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @nerys    Wow, that’s a lot of writing.   Covid – we’re slightly eased to Level 3 now.   (Level 4 is highest, almost everything shuts, 3 is very limited opening, 2 is fairly relaxed and 1 is virtually normal.   The biggest jump for most people is between 2 and 3).

    Okay, I’ve got another travel oops.   2016, I was taking the wife, daughter a…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @nerys     Oh yes, that tax thing is bizarre.   Considering the popular ‘Murican mantra that taxation is a form of theft, and their scorn for other countries (like Europe) that supposedly tax their citizens for social benefits, I’m surprised they stand for it.   But then I suppose the ones who are subject to it are overseas so can’t protest…[Read more]

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

    As I said, that look has the same regrettable effect for most people.   It’s one that should never be held for more than half a second (in my opinion).   Xena (Lucy Lawless) occasionally used to use a similar look and it made me cringe there too.   Really, directors and editors (if they want their star to look good) could do better.

    Back to Whitt…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic Dr Who News (4)

    Well,  well, well.   That one came out of the blue, didn’t it?

    Now maybe if Moffat can contribute a few episodes…

    I’ll sort of half-agree with Missy, I don’t really care who the Doctor is, so long as s/he is British and can act   😉

    (Hopefully the writing and direction will be taken care of with RTD in charge…)

     

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

    @janetteb That Sherlock Holmes series is generally very well made. I don’t think they used any green screen – as I said, the Reichenbach Falls shot was a couple of stunties on wires, actually on location. And I don’t think they even did wire removal, just the wires were nearly invisible in front of the waterfall.

    The predecessor of green screen…[Read more]

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

    And as a P.S. –  yes we know that all Rassilon really had to do in Hell Bent was shoot the Doctor fatally and then shoot him again while he was regenerating.   (And that would presumably be that, regardless of whether the Doc had a counter in his DNA, or whether the Gallifrey ‘mainframe’ enabled regenerations).   So presumably he was just bein…[Read more]

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

    @devilishrobby

    Yes but…  (as they say)

    The numbering you have given may be technically correct.    Though (as always among geeks) one could quibble.    Does the regen from McGann 8 to the War Doctor count, since it was considerably modified by the Sisterhood of Karn?

    This raises the question of how the regenerations were kept track of.  …[Read more]

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

    @aidan    The 7th Doctor was Sylvester McCoy, the last of OldWho.

    He regenerated into the 8th, Paul McGann, in the Doctor Who movie.

    McGann regenerated into the War Doctor John Hurt in ‘The Night of the Doctor’, a short that preceded the 50th ‘Day of the Doctor’.   The War Doctor was effectively not counted, subsequent Doctors never ackn…[Read more]

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

    Well, I just re-watched The Day of the Doctor, for about the fifth time, and it’s as good and entertaining as ever. Liberally sprinkled with little easter eggs for the fans, but none of them are obtrusive or forced.

    The interplay between the three doctors is a joy to see. For example their competition in screwdriver sizes (“Compensating?”) or the…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @blenkinsopthebrave    Congratulations on your citizenship!

    I’m a Pom (English), but I have dual nationality (NZ citizen as well).   For a couple of decades I was basically an immigrant with ‘permanent resident’ status (or whatever it was called), but then the Prime Minister of the day, Muldoon (think mini-Putin), started getting all nati…[Read more]

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

    @blenkinsopthebrave    Thanks!

    @winston    You’re right about the forums being a rabbit hole  (of course Youtube is the most famous rabbit hole but there are many on the Internet).   (Where’d that phrase come from? – Alice in Wonderland I think).

    Dalek – not only showed the Doctor in a darker light, but wasn’t that the first time Rose seriousl…[Read more]

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

    @oochillyo   It’s unfortunate your friend got attached to Billy Shipton.   Doctor Who has a knack (and particularly RTD and the Moff) of inventing secondary characters who are much more sympathetic and engaging than just-another-extra-to-support-the-plot.   And generally they’re well cast.  So you do care about them enough to be interested in wha…[Read more]

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

    @aidan    The spinoff shows.   The only one I know is  Torchwood.    It featured Gwen Cooper  (Eve Myles – Gwyneth from The Unquiet Dead),  Jack Harkness, plus others, and later on Martha Jones for three eps.    The first two series were a bit ‘darker’ than Doctor Who.    But generally, I suppose you could call them similar in tone to Unquiet…[Read more]

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

    @aidan   Midnight was almost a ‘bottle’ episode.   (A bottle episode is one that uses very few sets, very few cast members, and so can be produced quite quickly and cheaply.    Midnight had only about 8?  cast – a few more than a strictly ‘bottle’ ep – and really only one set).   I think Declan has expressed why it’s so effective.   And – when…[Read more]

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

    @aidan

    Yes! to that speech by the Dalek Emperor. It lifts the Daleks above the level of just-baddies-to-be-destroyed.

    Silence in the Library / Forest of the Dead is pretty good as a starter.

    Oh gosh, this is going to be *very* subjective!
    All I can do is list a few of the episodes (NuWho eps only) I personally liked the most. No guarantee…[Read more]

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

    Hi @aidan    Welcome, this is as good a place as any to introduce yourself, and nobody is going to be bothered by typos or grammar overmuch.

    I sort of lost touch with the original show partway through Patrick Troughton’s run – if you missed the show when it was on, or maybe the repeat a week or so later, that was it – no rental DVD’s in those da…[Read more]

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

    @devilishrobby   I expect your knowledge of the oldWho production staff is better than mine (which is virtually non-existent) so I’ll happily take your word that female production staff have been frequent.   What I don’t know (and regardless of gender) is whether it’s usual for the showrunner to double as head writer?    I just Googled and, appare…[Read more]

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

    Hey  Declan  @oochillyo     Of course you wouldn’t be intrusive!    I can only speak for myself, but the more comments in this forum the better.   Gives us something to chew over, maybe reply to and anyone not interested can just skip over them.

    (At least, that’s what I tell myself when I wonder if I’m talking too much  🙂

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

    Hi @janetteb

    No apologies ever required for NOT posting, it’s not an obligation. My ‘Hullooo’ should be read, not as an exhortation, but merely mild surprise that everyone seems to have gone silent after the babble of conversation a week ago. 🙂

    Anyway, our lockdown seems to be persisting – we’re still getting about 20 cases a day, not getting…[Read more]

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

    Hmm, this place seems to have gone dead.    Where is everybody?   Hulloooo??

    Well, here in Auckland not much is happening.   Still in Level 4 lockdown because ONE case of Covid got loose a month ago and spread to several hundred…

    I’ve reached The Name of the Doctor in my re-watch, just some impressions:

    This episode is excellent, much better…[Read more]

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