• Dentarthurdent replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @janetteb

    Sorry to hear your weekend is off. Hopefully the lockdown will be brief and you can reschedule your trip.

    I’m not sure what Black Books is?

    Xena is notorious for the uneven ‘quality’ of its episodes, even more than Who. One week it’s Hell Bent, next week it’s Love and Monsters (in Who terms). And from my observation any Xena fan would…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @bluesqueakpip

    Sadly, there’s no great glowing eye any more, though there was 25,000 years ago – known as the Taupo supervolcano, it was a humongous eruption in the middle of North Island where Lake Taupo is now. I think the lake is in the crater.

    There are (of course) books and probably websites that tell where all the locations for LOTR are. I…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @janetteb

    Reminds me of ‘the only water in the forest is the river’   🙂

    I actually lived in Perth (with my parents) from the age of 3 till 6.   (I know West Australia doesn’t really count as ‘Australia’, or so I’ve heard   🙂     But it was too hot and my parents fled back to England for a while (where schoolkids thought I was Australia…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @janetteb

    The ‘outbreak’ in Auckland seems to be under control – it’s limited to about three people. It originated as a ‘leak’ from a quarantine facility – which just shows how sneaky this virus can be. Typically NZ has up to 30 cases at any one time, being overseas arrivals in quarantine – it’s when it leaks out that everyone worries since one…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @nerys Can I add my best wishes to the others?

    I was going to say we’re relatively lucky (here in New Zealand) but just to remind us that nowhere is 100% safe, someone just tested positive today in Auckland City and it hasn’t been traced to a known source so everyone’s hopping. (There was a minor outbreak a couple of months ago that caused a…[Read more]

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

    @janetteb

    The Capaldi Tardis was great, wasn’t it? Lots of space, it was three-dimensional (by which I mean, it was on more than one level, it had stairways and a gallery for actors to walk around – a great set for them to just do acting in). And enough design elements to be visually interesting and convincing as a control room, but clean and…[Read more]

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

    @missy

    That certainly sounds … weird.

    In fact I was going to elaborate on how weird it all was when I came across the source of that report, on DoctorWhoTV

    Jodie Quits! Julia Foster is the 14th Doctor, with Tennant Back as Companion


    – the thing is, it’s dated April 1st 2020. And reading it with that in…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @blenkinsopthebrave

    That’s brilliant.   You couldn’t make this stuff up.   (Well, you could, but no-one would believe it).    Four Seasons Total Landscaping is indeed a few yards from a porn shop called Fantasy Island  and just across the road from a crematorium.   The symbolism is irresistible.

    (It really is.   I looked on Streetview,…[Read more]

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

    @missy

    I think I share your feelings. I watched Season 11 but it didn’t do a lot for me. Season 12 can wait till a DVD boxset comes up at a reasonable price, I’m in no great hurry. Instead, I just rewatched Hell Bent, and then I was going to follow it with Magicians’Apprentice/Witch’s Familiar, but Last Christmas was on the same DVD so I watched…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    Finally!   For what seemed like weeks (but was actually days) typing ‘US election’ into Google gave ‘Biden 264   Trump 214’.   Now it says  290 – 214 which looks decisive.     Anyone sane would concede at this point.

    But I’m reminded of a comment made by a competitor in the America’s Cup, that notoriously litigious boat race:   “We sail around…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @blenkinsopthebrave

    Thanks for that link.    I absolutely love Hell Bent, more than Heaven Sent.  Heaven Sent was a tour de force, but not fun.    Hell Bent was just a visual and narrative delight from start to finish.

    I’m a sucker for genuinely clever dialogue. “How many regenerations did we grant you? I’ve got all night.” Ouch!

    Or the pilot…[Read more]

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

    I first saw a very few early Doctor Who’s.   Possibly even the first ever.   Saw a few later on with Patrick Troughton (who is my canonical ‘Doctor) and a few more with Pertwee, then lost touch.   Never saw McCoy, and in the various still photos I saw I thought he looked rather silly – the question-mark theme didn’t help.   Just recently I saw him…[Read more]

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

    Since there doesn’t seem to be an episode thread for ‘Survival’, I’ll just post my impressions here.

    Well, I’ve just watched Survival, and I enjoyed it. The plot is fairly easy to follow, for some reason it felt like a ninth-Doctor (i.e. Eccleston) episode to me.
    I did like the mental image of Ace as a big cat. Speaking of which, the big cats…[Read more]

  • Excellent analysis by PhaseShift up there.

    This is my impressions of the full remastered ‘directors cut’ version off the DVD.

    This is weirder than Ghost Light.
    Some impressions:
    In the first 15 minutes we’ve had: Men in rubber boats speaking what-sounded-like-Italian-to-me but was probably Russian (and on re-listen, yes); confirmed by a document…[Read more]

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

    @janetteb    It seems we have similar views again  🙂

    Human Nature / Family of Blood is good, two of the better eps of Martha’s tenure (though it’s hard to beat Blink, of course.   However Blink is not really a Tennant/Martha episode at all).

    Actually, the hardest thing about ‘three disks’ is stopping at three.   I could think of maybe thirty…[Read more]

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

    Well now, I was going to watch ‘Survival’ next after Ghost Light, when I realised Curse of Fenric came in between them so I bought it online and…   it’s just arrived.   2-disc set, and includes a 104-minute re-edited movie-length version with additional CGI and remixed soundtrack (so it says), so that’ll be interesting.   And also a comm…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic Ghost Light part 3

    I just watched Ghost Light (all three parts). First of OldWho I’ve seen in five decades, first McCoy ep ever.

    I’ve just finished a saga through all of NuWho from Rose to Resolution (end of S11). I recently ordered Survival (as the last of oldWho) and Ghost Light which was said to be deeply weird and incomprehensible. Well, I didn’t find it so,…[Read more]

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

    …  umm, great.   I’d heard Ghost Light got really weird, but I found I could follow it okay.  And Ace certainly held her own.   She reminded a bit of Clara – not in her storyline, but in her attitude.

    Talk of Chibnall going back to the style of Old Who doesn’t stand up, this Old Who ep felt a lot more like a Moffatt ep to me.   It might have be…[Read more]

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

    Okay, I’m watching  Ghost Light.   The first OldWho I’ve seen in decades, first time I’ve ever seen McCoy.   I’m five minutes in so far, and already I like Ace.   I don’t mind that the Doc keeps trying to shut her up, they’re characters, and I’m sure she can look after herself.   We shall see…

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    testing  – oh it is working.   Tried on another thread & it ate my comment.   Sorry for the noise

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