• Dentarthurdent replied to the topic Planet of the Dead

    @ps1l0v3y0u This is spoiler territory so – if you don’t mind – I’ll answer this (as far as I can) in the ‘Hell Bent’ thread where it fits best.

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic Planet of the Dead

    @vickymallard I really liked this one. And I too, liked that the giant fly aliens were not the enemy (and in fact, acted very honourably. I felt quite sorry for them).

    Lady Christina was great (in my view). A sort of female James Bond (or Emma Peel?) I would have liked to see a lot more of her. Maybe not workable as a Companion,…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic Knock Knock

    @winston Bees I’m cautious about, though I do like lovely big hairy bumble bees. I like spiders (and in NZ there aren’t any really poisonous ones), we used to have lovely big ‘Avondale spiders’ (an immigrant Australian Huntsman) a couple of inches across, in our garden, sadly I haven’t seen one for decades. And I also like moths, the bigger…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic The Next Doctor

    @ps1l0v3y0u Yes, I would have loved to see more of McGann. I thought John Hurt did a great job as the War Doctor, but if things like (presumably) availability had worked out differently, I think McGann could have taken that part with the most minimal of adjustments and he would have been equally good. And yes I would have loved to see…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic On the Sofa 11

    @juniperfish Good one! Though I can’t help noticing Tom Lamont confuses Heaven Sent with Heaven’s Gate – which became famous as a disaster of a movie. And then there was the American cult that ended with them all committing mass suicide. What a mistake-a to make-a.

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic The Next Doctor

    @rewvian Somehow your comments (which have just appeared in my email) are dated 22 October 2022 in this thread. So about 6 or 8 posts up. Not sure what’s going on.
    The Night of the Doctor (the complete 6-minute special) is on Youtube, see if this link works:

    I think it was probably also on the Day…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic Knock Knock

    @winston I love old slightly-run-down buildings. Some of the pleasantest nights I’ve had away from home have been in old run-down country pubs that I’ve booked into at the last minute when I ran out of time and daylight. Like the Tavistock Hotel in Waipukurau, one stormy Easter – ‘We do have a room but it’s above the bar and it’s disco night…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic Knock Knock

    Incidentally, the tiny house they were first shown into really exists – its 91a (you can actually read the number in the episode) Fairwater Grove West, Llandaff, Cardiff (you can see it in Streetview) and it’s a few houses down from Terry Nation’s birthplace at No 113, as mentioned in the commentary to the episode. (The commentary obviously…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic Knock Knock

    Bill using the Tardis for a removal van? That just feels a little bit wrong.

    The Doctor is really weird in this one, I felt a little embarrassed for Bill. It’s like going out to dinner with a relative who turns out to be socially tone deaf.

    The creepy noises in the kitchen turn out to be – the Doctor. Looking a bit like Boris Karloff…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic The Next Doctor

    @vickymallard @ps1l0v3y0u Well I was – slightly disappointed by The Next Doctor (which turned out not to be the next Doctor after all). Cybermen child labour in Victorian London just seemed a bit like the old Dickens/Christmas theme, Oliver Twist and all that. I thought Christmas Carol (okay that was openly Dickens-derived) was a better…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic Thin Ice

    @ps1l0v3y0u You’re geeking me out now. 🙂 Which episode was it started by Anthony Stevens and finished by Eric Saward? Writers can certainly ‘riff on their favourite obsessions’ so long as the result is entertaining for a general audience (obviously) and fits in with the ambiance of the series, I think.

    I can assure you KTM was far worse…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic Thin Ice

    What was dishonest about Thin Ice? If you’re going to go to the past at all, then you’re either going to have to ‘take it as it comes’ and treat it just as background, because you can’t turn every past ep into an in-depth social documentary.

    Well, Kill the Moon was the absolute worst of NuWho (IMO). Worse than anything of Chibnall’s. With…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic General Films thread

    @winston By rights I should have probably reported it to Health & Safety, since the noise could interfere with communication, and the possibility of banging your head on the handrail when exiting the shaft and falling back down it was a definite hazard, noise or not. They would probably just have made it compulsory to wear a hard hat though,…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic Thin Ice

    @mudlark Thanks! That’s quite a good rationalisation and I always like it if a loose end can be neatly tied up. That also takes care of the minor issue of where they got them (i.e. did they rent them? steal them? buy them?) and when did Bill learn to use a diving suit (I don’t think they’re just ‘put on and hop in the water’). Obviously…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic Thin Ice

    @ps1l0v3y0u Okay. I don’t think we disagree on the circumstances of this one. Except you found the social background more of a distraction to the story than I did. I usually don’t want Who to get into contentious or ‘heavy’ moral questions.

    For example, ‘Extremis’ – excellent episode IMO. I’m quite willing to debate the Vatican’s…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic Thin Ice

    @ps1l0v3y0u This was 1814, right? A year before Waterloo. The slave trade was banned in the British Empire in 1807. And slavery was never a legal thing in England. So – within the limits of the story – Bill was never in much danger in London simply because of her colour. That’s as far as I can tell from a quick Google, I’m open to…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic Thin Ice

    Just re-watched Thin Ice.
    This is what I wrote first time around (but don’t seem to have posted in this thread):
    I have a slight problem with the scale of the monster (as shown on the Tardis map screen). It’s just too big to ‘hide’ in the Thames (how deep is the Thames at low tide anyway?) How could it ever turn round? Also (to anticipate…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic General Films thread

    @mudlark @winston I had a slightly alarming subterranean experience. I visited a little old sewage pumping station, built in the 1920’s. Auckland City had done things properly, with a little control building at ground level, and little underground pump room maybe 20 feet below it. So as I entered the control building and switched all the…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic General Films thread

    @mudlark I share your nervousness at dark spooky places. (I’m not as bad as I was). But movie directors know, it’s not what you *can* see that’s frightening, it’s what you can’t. The noises in the future base at the end of time in ‘Listen’ for example, scare the daylights out of me.

    As a University student I had a holiday job with the…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic General Films thread

    @ps1l0v3y0u I was forbidden by my parents to watch Quatermass (the TV series). Too scary. As I recall, there were all these ‘dead’ alien things hanging on racks in a warehouse. Then one of them flopped off. That’s all I know.

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