• Dentarthurdent replied to the topic Resolution

    @janetteb     Well thank you again   🙂     I’ve now watched Spyfall (pt 1) for the first time ever and I’m a much happier chappie.    I’l stick my impressions in the relevant forum.   Chibbers may have killed off UNIT, but (spoilers!) he’s revived a character who the Moff killed off.   No prizes for guessing who   🙂


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

    I do remember, when I was young, it was perfectly OK to show lots of people being shot on TV, Westerns revolved around little else, just not a trace of, errm, romance. But Doctor Who must have been very much a childrens’ show in those days. Because at the same time, we had Benny Hill, which was nothing but a comic character chasing delectable…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic Resolution

    [Well now, went to post this and I see the last post here was – me, a year and a half ago. My views on this ep have changed a little. I’ll post this anyway]

    Not sure what’s being ‘resolved’ in the title. Maybe the Dalek shows much resolution? Or is it Ryan’s beef with his father (which I’d completely forgotten about and don’t really…[Read more]

  • @janetteb Hi Janette. Thank you, but I think you’re being charitable to my slightly snarky comments. 🙂

    Overall, I think Ranskoor av Kolos was not as impressive as most season finales. Started well, but then faded into a small-scale drama where Graham shot the villain in the foot. (And somehow the threat to the Earth didn’t feel ‘real’). There…[Read more]

  • Well, second viewing of this, but I’ve mostly forgotten the plot from 18 months ago, other than it involved the Blue Tooth Fairy a.k.a. Tim Shaw.    Random impressions:

    Well, building a tower of rocks from the top down – that’s new. Too bad we don’t see it completed. But what is this thing which looms through the mist – too bad, we don’t get to…[Read more]

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

    @winston   If the tree is just resting on your neighbours’ roof (not buried in it)  they’re lucky.  Possibly the roots were still hanging on grimly, absorbing masses of energy and slowing the fall for much of its descent.   A tree falling freely acquires huge momentum, as numerous Youtube ‘fail’ videos demonstrate.     Trees were ‘designed…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic It Takes You Away

    Well here I am again, second time through…

    Seriously, having the Doctor eating dirt and deducing that there’s an alpaca farm 25 miles away (with a low Tripadvisor rating) doesn’t make her seem more exotic – just idiotic. This writer’s gotta be taking the piss in all possible senses of the phrase.

    Lovely scenery though (again), and the cottage…[Read more]

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

    @blenkinsopthebrave I’ve just watched through Season 10 and of course I agree about the brilliance of the Moff’s writing. Though for me, World Enough & Time was probably the highlight, even though it was so dark. I was very relieved that it had a ‘happy’ ending (so far as Bill was concerned) with Heather. (‘Happy’ being relative, of course). I…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic The Witchfinders

    My impressions of The Witchfinders –

    Strange that the villagers don’t notice how weirdly these strangers are dressed. OR that Ryan and Yaz are, err, black. I’d guess that in rural 17th-century Lancashire, black people would have occasioned some remark at least (if not an accusation of being a demon or ‘witch’s familiar’. I doubt the villagers…[Read more]

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

    @Mudlark   I sympathise with your historical misgivings.   As I said to devilishrobby, I’m a retired engineer, so my groans are usually elicited by mechanical absurdities.    I find I have to allow a moderate degree of leeway – so long as something looks ‘about right’ I let it pass.  For example, I approve of the East German ‘circus train’ in Octo…[Read more]

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

    @Devilishrobby    I occasionally trip over an episode of Casualty for about ten minutes (before I switch away because I don’t want to get hooked on their current storyline!) and my immediate thought is, “how do these people ever find time to, like, treat any patients?”

    Here in NZ our long-running nightly soap (which I have also never watched) is…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic The Winchester

    So now the secret is out.   That would explain a lot.   What’s the odds that Putin is a Dalek ‘skin job’?

    (Not sure the correct terminology, I borrowed it from Battlestar Galactica)

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

    @janetteb   Demons of the Punjab could likely have made an excellent human-interest story without the sci-fi elements at all.   But that’s not my thing, I’m told the Beeb’s recent-historical dramas (Upstairs Downstairs, Onedin Line  etc etc) are very well made but not my taste.   That society is not my taste.   The Doctor Who episodes set in the r…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic The Winchester

    @janetteb     Ah well, congratulations.    And when Freddie’s finished singing,  Day of the Doctor is an excellent upbeat episode for the occasion, I think.

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic Kerblam!

    Again, the cinematography and sets are excellent. About all that keeps me watching, frankly. Very spooky when Yaz is walking through the warehouse between racks of packages.

    The Doctor is all annoying and preachy again. And making threats which are as gratuitous as they are unconvincing.

    And howcome the arrogant manager guy Slade is suddenly…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic Demons of the Punjab

    Demons of the Punjab

    I see I wrote a bit about this on my first time around, so I’ll cut the bits where I repeated myself.

    Scenery is great. Sound design is excellent, background music is haunting and quite lovely.

    Yaz trying to explain their presence to her ?grandmother? is a bit awkward. And then she defies the Doctor’s instructions of ‘just…[Read more]

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

    Well, plodding desultorily through Season 11, I rewatched The Tsuranga Conundrum (the first ten minutes of it anyway. Then I gave up and went to Youtube. Maybe I was in a odd frame of mind.) First, let me say the set was absolutely beautiful, probably the best I’ve seen on any Who episode. Clean white walls with a two-tone blue stripe. Why…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic Dr Who News (5)

    @jimthefish   Yes I recall how how well Billie Piper did, against initial prognostications, that’s why I’d hate to see her performance retrospectively clouded by a less-than-stellar ‘Rose 2’ (if Rose 2 is supposed to be the ‘same’ character, which I note she may not be).     (Understand, I have absolutely no knowledge of Yasmin Finney, I hope…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic Dr Who News (5)

    Ummm. Yasmin Finney as Rose. I’m rather conflicted about that, for two reasons. One, obviously, is that Yasmin Finney looks nothing like Billie Piper, and since Rose is not a Timelord, how could that happen? Okay, she did look into the Tardis core, and I guess RTD will find a way to make her change of appearance work (regeneration?). But it better…[Read more]

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

    Ten *really* didn’t want to go,did he?   🙂

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