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

    @oochillyo

    Hi Declan

    In The Forest Of The Night doesn’t really bother me with its incredibly rapid tree growth. Maybe because I’m a tree-hugger so the idea of more trees is congenial to me. But I think, more, because it’s biology – something I’m less involved with and less finicky about than physics or mechanics (I’m an engineer). And it’s a bit…[Read more]

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

    @oochillyo

    Hi Declan

    I’ll admit right off I’m no expert in physiology and I didn’t do any research on space. I based my answer mostly on physics. I’m starting to question my own assumptions.

    Um, there’s (as usual) a host of ‘answers’ on the Internet, some of which are obviously made up. But one I found…[Read more]

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

    Well, when it comes to surviving in space, the answers are not as obvious as one might think.

    I believe there is a limit of approximately 4 minutes that the brain can survive (at normal temperatures) without a blood supply, before damage starts to happen (much longer in cases of extreme hypothermia, but that wouldn’t apply). Holding breath would…[Read more]

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

    Hi Declan

    Well I left a respectful gap in my viewing after Hell Bent (which was a magnificent episode IMO), out of respect for the departed Clara.   We all have different favourite companions but Clara’s one of mine.   And I wanted to savour that ep before I went on.

    Currently just watched Oxygen – excellent episode, Jamie Mathieson’s one of the…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic Hell Bent

    @janetteB

    Thanks for your kind comment.   It’s almost like therapy for me to write comments on an episode which made a deep impression on me, as this one did (specially since it’s the farewell to Clara).   I watch the episode, then I want to do something to celebrate the qualities of the episode, or just to ‘wind down’ from the emotional high tha…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic Hell Bent

    Thanks @winston

    Just a couple more reflections. I said previously that putting Clara back in London would have created a time paradox. But then the Doctor said he would put her ‘somewhere safe and out-of-the-way’. But (if her pulse had returned) then when she died (again) a paradox would arise. If her heart hadn’t restarted she would have been in…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic General Books thread

    @janetteB

    Hi JanetteB

    Pleased you liked Day of the Doctor.

    You mentioned  Good Omens  in an earlier note – that’s a pretty good book too.   I particularly like the interplay between the angel Aziraphale and the demon Crowley – two soldiers on opposing sides in an outpost who realise they have more interests in common with each other than th…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic Hell Bent

    First, I think Missy (above) is correct when she says that Clara thinks the Doctor is outside the Tardis when he says “It’s me”.

    Now back to my reaction to the episode…

    Wow. Just, wow.

    I just watched Hell Bent and it is an emotional rollercoaster. Besides being a beautiful-looking ep (especially after the grimness of Heaven Sent).

    The whole…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic General Books thread

    Is this the library?  Ah, good.   Where’s the swimming pool?

    I just read ‘The Day of the Doctor.’ I don’t normally bother with ‘the book of the film’ or ‘the book of the TV series’ because it’s often a disappointment – the magic that the director and actors created on screen may not be echoed by the skill of the author. And sometimes vice ve…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic Face The Raven

    Just watched it again (I watch all the really good episodes twice, even on a re-watch through the series like I’m doing) and this time the last ten minutes had even more effect on me.    I liked the touch that Clara ordered Me to take the teleport bracelet off the Doctor before she would let Me take the shade off her – that’s Clara, trying to ta…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic Face The Raven

    I’m in a mild state of shock. (Even though I have watched the episode previously, a year ago). So even though I know (this time) what’s going to happen, this episode can still move me profoundly. And I shed a tear at the coda of Rigsy’s little shrine to Clara at the abandoned Tardis.

    On my first watch through a year ago, though I knew Clara was…[Read more]

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

    Well, in my re-watch I’m up to Face the Raven.   I’ve been putting it off for a couple of days, not because I dislike it, in fact it’s a great ep, but because I know it’s the (almost) end of Clara, who I like muchly.   Just watched Sleep no More, which does nothing for me – and why is it that Sleep No More gets a commentary track while none of the…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic The Witch’s Familiar

    Well this was another attention-grabbing, fun episode, a fine counterpart for The Magician’s Apprentice. And like that one, I feel impelled to burble about it so I’ll just give my impressions.

    It starts with Clara looking at an upside-down world featuring an upside-down Missy (nobody really thought they were vapourised in the previous ep, did…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic Sleep No More

    Um.   Well, I’m not sure that made sense.   Yes I know that clue was in whose Point of View was could access.   And the reveal at the end was a good spooky shock.   But somehow it just wasn’t enough fun to make me want to re-watch to sort it out in my mind (unlike, say, Last Christmas or Listen), and it was too confused for easy following who was…[Read more]

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

    Thanks Declan

    Well those flame wars ranged anywhere from deadly serious (just as well the combatants were at the other end of a phone line – and 56k dialup took a little bit of the heat out) –  to kids just trying to outdo each other “I’ve got my big gun, ya pathetic wimp”  “I’ve got my anti-tank missile, dumbo!” “Well I’ve got my tactical n…[Read more]

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

    Umm, I tried it, but I don’t think I helped much since I didn’t know almost all of the terms.   Partly at least because I haven’t been

    ‘in’ a fandom for yonks.  I did know ‘flaming’ though, I recall in bulletin board days (that was about 30 years ago!) we used to have the most spectacular flame wars.   😎

    Oooh look, the website’s emoticon tran…[Read more]

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

    Hi Declan

    There isn’t an episode that scared me so much I’d skip it. There are a few that were poor enough (in my opinion) that I’d skip them on re-watch unless I was faithfully doing the complete series.

    However – scariest episodes or moments. The blanket monster in Listen. The Silents in the asylum, sorry orphanage, in Day of the Moon.   The k…[Read more]

  • Well now (he says, coming to this discussion five years late. But what’s 5 years when we have time travel?)

    I’ve been told (by one person) that it’s perfectly okay to try to resuscitate a long-dormant discussion, and since nobody has told me otherwise, that must be a 100% majority in favour. We are a democracy (to quote Colony Sarff).

    I just…[Read more]

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

    @winston

    Thanks for the welcome.     Yes ‘Rose’ was the episode that got me hooked too, though my favourite episode of S1 was probably The Parting of the Ways, and the awesomeness of Bad Wolf Rose after she looked into the Time Vortex.

    But I’ll happily adopt your suggestion and add a few comments to the discussion on specific episodes.   Proba…[Read more]

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

    Hi Declan

    Well Clara is one of my favourite companions, so we’ll just have to differ on that.   Your point about Clara and Me flitting about the universe in a stolen Tardis with too much power for their experience is – well, worth considering, but I think I have to disagree on the ‘experience’ side.   Clara went through some pretty harrowing exp…[Read more]

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