• And I was going to comment on The Big Bang, but for some reason I was content to just watch, my commenting instincts seem to have been exhausted with ‘Pandorica’.

    And Rewvian has commented at length anyway.

    I do think re-watching helps, second time around you have an idea of the outline of the complicated plot to hang the details on.

  • I wasn’t going to comment much on this, since Rewvian just did, but it starts so well I can’t contain myself. The first three scenes are derived straight out of previous episodes – Vincent, Churchill and Bracewell, and River in Stormcage. Lovely to see River’s hallucinogenic lipstick is still as effective as ever. And as a bonus, we get Liz…[Read more]

  • @Rewvian   To answer your points – I think in the case of the sunflowers painting, the painting was there before, just the message is new (because they changed history just that little bit).   But of course the message had ‘always’ been there.   The same way the Krafayis quietly disappeared and had never been there.

    I think the monster was blind…[Read more]

  • Impressions of Vincent and the Doctor –

    Isn’t Bill Nighy the perfect art gallery curator?

    And of course the Doctor is being extra nice to Amy because she’s lost Rory – and can’t remember him. “Why are you being so nice to me? It’s suspicious”. “There’s nothing to be suspicious about.” “Okay, I was joking – why aren’t you?” She’s sharp, that…[Read more]

  • @einston Yes, I do love that the Doctor understands cat. Watching the Doctor trying to be ‘human’ is almost painful. Actually very good writing, and acting, I think – it takes some skill to make his performance subtly ‘wrong’. Like someone tone deaf trying to play an instrument.

  • @janetteb I too had never heard of James Corden, or Catherine Tate (or Billy Piper for that matter). I had heard of Capaldi of course. I have to admit I instinctively disliked Donna simply because of her first appearance, crashing into the Doctor’s grief over losing Rose. Which was quite unfair to Catherine Tate, I think she could be a…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic 42

    @Rewvian Could we ever make ships that could come into contact with the sun?

    Trivial answer – sure we could, but they’d just melt fairly promptly. I’d guess a few space probes may have ended up there by now.

    But I think you mean, could we make a ship that could do something useful? I think probably not (outside of sci-fi). Temperature of…[Read more]

  • @Rewvian I was wondering what to watch this evening and came across your post – so I just watched The Lodger because, why not. Your review pretty much says it all, here’s a few random comments that struck me.

    The chemistry between Craig and Sophie is obvious right from the start, just they’re both too timid to admit it. And here comes the…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic 42

    @Missy I think your recollection is correct. (And I just scanned tardis.fandom.com to prompt my memory). When they vented the fuel back to the sun, it somehow released them and the auxiliary engines started up.

    But the whole episode was very – loose. The ship had been mining the sun for fuel – but how could they do that without coming…[Read more]

  • @Rewvian It wasn’t so much that it ‘made’ me lose interest. But about that time I was gradually stopping watching series on TV anyway, since the Internet (and DVDs) had arrived and I could never remember to catch the TV at the right time anyway. Since then I don’t follow anything on TV (except the news), I get the DVD’s. And some things I…[Read more]

  • Amy’s Choice – doesn’t seem to have its own thread, so like Rewvian I’ll plonk this here.

    So the Tardis lands – right in Amy’s flower bed. Nice piloting, Doc. Maybe you should get River to drive you around. And has it really been five years since the last one? (Actually not, this is a dream).

    So, which is the dream and which is…[Read more]

  • @Rewvian You’re getting way ahead of me now and disappearing in the distance! However, what I remember from this episode (that, so far as I know, was never expanded on later) was a future ‘Amy and Rory’ waving from a hill in the distance.
    Other than that, I found the double episode a bit disappointing. Big build-up of apparently…[Read more]

  • @Rewvian (re the Doctor confronting Madame Calvieri) I’m not sure I chose quite the right word (‘powerful’) to express my view of the Doctor at that moment. Certainly in every previous episode he had been dynamic and active. Warning off the Atraxi, confronting the Daleks in their own ship (though much of that was a bluff), battling the…[Read more]

  • Vampires of Venice – like Rewvian, I’ll post my impressions here.

    Interesting that nobody makes any comment on Isabella or her father being black, I wouldn’t have expected Venice back then to be so cosmopolitan or enlightened, but then maybe they were. Or maybe the fish people didn’t care what colour their victims were.

    The Doctor popping out…[Read more]

  • The above were my impressions scribbled down watching the ep. Reading through the comments it seems I was roughly in line with the general consensus. I didn’t hate the ep, it didn’t annoy me like, say, Kill the Moon or… well, actually, KTM is the only Moff ep that I actively disliked, possibly because I was invested in the characters.…[Read more]

  • @Rewvian As to why River was allowed to act alone, I presume she was out “on parole”. If she had skipped then she would become a fugitive, I assume the Galactic Authority (or whoever sentenced her to Stormcage) would then attempt to recapture her. As to why she neededd to act alone, it seems likely that she would not have been invited to the…[Read more]

  • Oh dear, no sooner have we got a good pair of companions than we make them look like idiots – Dan for dressing like a pantomime pirate and Yaz for encouraging him. This is a let-down after Eve of the Daleks.

    And it’s Legend of the Black Spot again I’m afraid. Dr Who really should learn not to do 19th-century pirate stories. The pirate ship looks…[Read more]

  • @Rewvian To go into a bit more detail – the sequence of events (as I see it) was: At some time past (in River’s timeline, but in the Doctor’s future) she killed a ‘good man’ (I think it was the Doctor). She was imprisoned in Stormcage. She was released on parole (in Bishop’s custody) to investigate Alistair, who owned the ship. She conned…[Read more]

  • @oochillyo @Rewvian The way I see it (unless I’ve missed something) – River was in Stormcage jail (which we never see in this episode, it wasn’t on the crashing ship, we do see it in a subsequent ep) for killing someone – I think the Doctor in his future (her past). She was released from Stormcage on parole (under the custody of the Bishop)…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic Eve of the Daleks

    @Nerys Well I’d agree with you that it’s Chibs best episode (so far – haven’t seen Sea Devils or Power yet). Your description of the Flux was pretty much my impression too. Too much going on. The best Flux episode IMO was the Angels one, which happened to be the most focussed one with the least complicated storyline.

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