• Dentarthurdent replied to the topic Doctor Who memories

    @janetteb   A number of Christmas eps aren’t very Christmassy (not that I care because I never watch eps on their TV release date).   The End of Time is one of those.   But quite a powerful ep.   A good voice-over always adds weight, especially when it’s voiced by someone like Timothy Dalton.   Some people just have voices that ring with authority…[Read more]

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

    @winston   It was probably just as well that my knowledge of ancient history was…. sketchy.   If I’d known much I would probably have been continually dismayed by Xena’s wildly erratic treatment of history and chronology   🙂

    But what am I talking about.   Greek female warrior princess – about as likely as a Tardis, I guess.   It’s a thesis of…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic Doctor Who memories

     

    @janetteb You forgot Last Christmas! The best ‘happy’ of them all, in my opinion. Where else could you have a sarcastic Father Christmas and sarcastic elves drawing attention to the unlikeliness of their own existence – and all strictly explained in sci-fi (and not magic or fantasy) terms? (You could in Pratchett’s Discworld, but that…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic Doctor Who memories

    @missy   Well, last night while Mrs D was out babysitting, I was watching TV and there was an Unexplained Thud in the kitchen.   Or maybe it was an Unexplained Clonk.   And a definite whirring noise.   Quite unnerving.   I can only imagine that it was the fridge, starting up.   The Noise had gone when I went to investigate, half an hour later …[Read more]

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

    @missy @janetteb Face the Raven is absolutely one of my favourites. Well written and tragic. How can I like an episode that killed my favourite companion due to a miscalculation? Because that’s the essence of tragedy. Clara died while courageously saving a life. Okay she thought she’d be safe, but it still takes courage to run the risk of…[Read more]

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

    @janetteb   I was just thinking of you.   Hope you’re all right where you are.   We’ve been seeing the newsreel footage of catastrophic floods in Oz, though I think that’s mostly to the east of you?    We normally get the weather after you’ve finished with it, but it seems there’s this ‘blocking high’ in the Tasman that’s caused all the weather…[Read more]

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

    @oochillyo   @blenkinsopthebrave

    Empress of Mars doesn’t really do it for me.   It seems kind of predictable, Indiana Jones crossed with Edgar Rice Burroughs  (I think, I’ve never actually read Burroughs).   Sort of like Blenkinsopthebrave mentioned.   Ah well, tastes vary in an unpredictable way, a while ago I picked up a copy of Red Sonja fo…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic Doctor Who memories

    @winston    Oh yes, those happy-face robots in ‘Smile’ were scary.   Not least because of the idea that your own fears would cause them to kill you.    Be happy or you die.   By the way, wasn’t the architecture in that episode fantastic?   I’m NOT a fan of most modern architecture but I am of Calatrava, since I arrived at Lisbon Oriente sta…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic Doctor Who memories

    @winston Yes, statues are everywhere. To adapt the saying about Vashta Nerada, “it’s not every shadow, but any shadow could be”. Same goes for statues and Angels.
    @baines @missy Yes, the monster in Midnight was one of the most classic. Even though the human mob mentality was at least as dangerous to a rational being like the Doctor. The stewardess…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic Doctor Who memories

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    @baines

    I’d rate the Weeping Angels as the best Doctor Who monster ever. The most frightening. The fact that they didn’t have to move (on camera) was a big asset – many frightening-looking monsters became a little bit silly when they actually had to move and do stuff. The Angels didn’t risk that.

    I…[Read more]

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

    @deathbycocktails   Well, I suppose if the Doctor can regenerate into a female, he can just as likely regenerate into a Scotsman?

    (It’s the Scottish Mafia in operation…   Seven, Ten, Twelve, Amy, and the showrunner for series 5-10…)

     

  • Companions – yes, I agree with @JanetteB, I like Martha a lot. Very intelligent, able to stand up for herself, and – when she realised she was falling for the Doctor (which is not something we can control) but he was never going to get over Rose – she had the sense and strength of character to leave him. That is not easy to do. Without…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @janetteb    Thanks, yes, I made it to Chch.    I flew down to Wellington on Monday and caught the ferry and train to Christchurch on Tuesday.   (This is NOT the most sensible way to go, I could have flown all the way for about the same air fare, but I enjoy the journey).

    We’re heading back to Auckland in about two weeks so hopefully this lockdow…[Read more]

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

    @janetteb    The second-last ep with Bill was ‘World Enough and Time’ – marvellous title.   The original quote was the first line from a love poem by Andrew Marvell,  ‘Had we but world enough, and time’.    The title fits well with the episode, after all, time (or the time distortion caused by the black hole) is the root of all their problems…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @janetteb
    I found the freedom of travelling in Europe in the last decade, marvellous. I was used to arriving back in NZ from the Cook Islands and going through our tedious antiquated bureaucratic border controls – laboriously filling in Arrival Cards and Customs Declaration (penalty for incorrect statements), queueing for Immigration, queueing for…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @devilishrobby

    Considering that Gordon Ramsay is the only other TV personality whose vocabulary approached Malcolm Tucker, I found that entirely credible.    🙂

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @janetteb    Snow.   I love snow too, in the right context.   Fresh snow is lovely.   Old snow turns to slush, which is no fun at all.

    When I was a kid in southern England, I used to be disappointed that we hardly ever had a ‘white Christmas’.   Just didn’t get snow there.   Here in Auckland we never get snow either, (it was reported once on the…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @oochillyo  Well, the beach is our current reward for being in the upside-down half of the world.   Six months time, it’ll be the other way round.   So I do rather like to make the people ‘on top’ feel a little jealous when I have the chance   🙂

    I think we were lucky with covid, two ways.   First, obviously, we’re an island, so easier to isola…[Read more]

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

    @oochillyo

    Whew! That’s quite a review. (Also, a wall of print. With respect, it would appear much less intimidating to the reader if you hit Return occasionally to break it up into paragraphs :).

    It’s a while since I viewed the Monks trilogy but much of it is coming back to me. It was an absolutely brilliant concept in ‘Extremis’ that the whole…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @janetteb     Hoping you have good luck with your booking and don’t get disrupted (again) by a lockdown.

    I would be in Christchurch now (as I think I blathered about in the On The Sofa page), but the Sunday evening before I was due to catch the train we had a 3-day Level 3 lockdown…

    As it happened, we had about 2 weeks perfect weather bef…[Read more]

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