• Dentarthurdent replied to the topic Flatline

    Flatline

    Now we’re cooking! Right from the off – in the first 60 seconds we’re right into the action, man pulled screaming into the wall.

    And after the credits – oh Clara, you liar (hint: don’t talk too much when you’re making outrageous lies, it’s a dead giveaway). But the Doc’s too preoccupied to notice, his readings are – ish. Clara:  Don’t…[Read more]

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

    @nerys     Pleased to hear your trip went OK,  I seem to recall you were quite anxious about the prospect before you went.    To tell the truth, I often get slight feeling of trepidation when setting out on a long trip, even though I know a fair bit about my cars and have done almost every mechanical job on mine at one time or another.   But there…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic The Caretaker

    @missy   Of course, the Doctor was equally prejudiced about Danny.   But I personally was inclined to give the Doctor a pass on that, he tended to be equally rude about almost everybody – in a quirky alien way that helped make his character intriguing.   Call it a double standard on my part, I don’t really care.   Show’s called Doctor Who, after all.

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic The Caretaker

    @missy I never liked Danny very much. His first introduction military-drilling the kids counted against him (first impressions and all that) albeit it was quickly made clear that he was a maths teacher. He was starting to get very prickly in Listen, and I actively disliked him by The Caretaker, I felt he was being altogether too possessive and…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic Kill the Moon

    @janetteb Thanks! Interestingly, I didn’t feel that argument was contrived, I felt it was inevitable (given the admittedly unlikely events of the episode), I would have been disconcerted if it hadn’t happened. That seemed to be the only in-character part of the episode, to me.
    Even the start of Mummy on the Orient Express felt false to me, until…[Read more]

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

    Hi @janetteb    I also haven’t started watching the new series (or in fact the one before that.   I have yet to acquire the boxset).   I’m used to coming late to the party though.

    Oddly enough, I was just reading some of the comments in the Mummy on the Orient Express thread (I just posted my comments on the episode, then I went back and read s…[Read more]

  • Arbutus’s review  (posted 7 years ago now!) was, I thought, very good.

    At the risk of being superfluous, I scribbled some comments on the episode, I might as well post them here.

    This starts with a bit of a surprise – Clara and the Doctor behaving as normal. What happened about the meltdown at the end of Kill The Moon? Well, it transpires that…[Read more]

  • I’m not so much a fan of original TV western series (because they rapidly ran out of ideas and just started repeating the same plot, just shuffled) but I do quite like most ‘western’ episodes of sci-fi series, because they all bring their own flavour to the genre.

    And they’ve just about all done a western at some point, from The Prisoner to Red…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic Kill the Moon

    @oochillyo

    Hi Declan    Thanks for being so broadminded.    I tried not to get too carried away with my criticisms (though I’m not sure how successful I was there).    Actually I was breaking an unwritten rule of mine which was, don’t get too negative (I hope Craig will forgive this one occasion   🙂     I know Craig founded this site because t…[Read more]

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

    So I just posted a massive (and uncomplimentary) screed on the Kill The Moon thread. If you loved KTM then please, don’t go and look. 🙂      I don’t want to retrospectively spoil any one’s enjoyment.

    I was almost dreading coming up to KTM in the sequence. I sort of overcame my reluctance by writing down my impressions as I went. There was a lot…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic Kill the Moon

    SPOILAGE WARNING – I really didn’t like this episode. If you loved it, don’t read this, it can only retrospectively spoil your enjoyment.

    Kill The Moon, how do I hate thee. Let me count the ways…
    (this is therapy) (also it’s going to be long)

    Courtney is just plain annoying. Also, stupid. Steals the Doctor’s psychic paper and uses it as a…[Read more]

  • Is this really the only comment thread on A Town Called Mercy?   (Not minimising Declan’s comment but there should be lots more).    I didn’t think that Jex flip-flopped too much.   He was a prey to conflicting emotions – he wanted to be a good guy.   He had done terrible things in the past and wanted to atone.   He also (like all of us) wanted…[Read more]

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

    @mudlark     Oh, right!    Just found it.   I did go looking originally, but totally failed to find it.   I missed that there was more than one page of Twelfth Doctor episodes  (should have had more faith in this site!)      I also looked in ‘Steven Moffat retrospective’ (since he co-wrote it) but it definitely wasn’t there.    My fault I guess.…[Read more]

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

    @janetteb

    Yes,  Time Heist had the same effect on me – it seemed far better to me this time around (when I wasn’t expecting much) than the first time I viewed the season coming straight off  Listen.

    Sometimes expectations lead to inverse results.   I remember the second time I watched Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid, it fell very flat bec…[Read more]

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

    So here I am, plodding my solitary way through the abandoned ruins of Season 8, while everyone has fled to the bright lights and the attractions of New Episodes. I’m sure I could try to locate a streaming service of some sort, but I haven’t even watched (or acquired) Season 12 yet…

    I can’t find a forum for Time Heist so I’ll just plonk my…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic Listen

    @janetteb Yes, Orson is a bit of a problem. If it was a different writer, I would have said he was just a loose end, or the writer creating a plot twist that later on got forgotten about. But Moffat is famous for setting up things that pay off months later, so that seems unlikely to me.

    Of course sometimes these long-distance plots have to be…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic Listen

    OK, my thoughts in passing, on Listen.

    After the very conventional Robot of Sherwood, we have an episode that is startlingly different.

    This episode is… different. And it keeps playing mind games on us, we never know what is real and what is imaginary. It manages to be truly scary at times, yet we never find out if it really was a horrifying…[Read more]

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

    @winston    I hate commercial breaks too.   That’s one of the advantages of watching on DVD (along with being able to watch it when I want, and some of the DVD extras are interesting).

    I do miss video rental shops (I used to rent Who before I took the plunge and acquired my own sets).    There was something very satisfying about a big well-st…[Read more]

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

    Leads me to wonder, how do Whovians in other regions of space-time than the UK, manage with new episodes?    (I just do it asynchronous, don’t even try to catch TV series on TV, just get the DVD’s.   So I’m always a couple of years behind the latest, but it’s ‘new’ to me).

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

    Just watched Robot of Sherwood, which is a lightweight episode, enjoyable enough if you don’t take it too seriously.

    Ben Miller was good as the (surprisingly rational) Sheriff of Nottingham – “Why would we create an enemy to fight us? What sense would that make? That would be a terrible idea.”

    The one thing that gave me major trouble was the…[Read more]

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