• @missy — and here am I, even later at reading this essay — really enjoyed it, and the responses.

    Missy,  yes; I too have reminded myself of what brilliance and daring Moffat and Capaldi brought to DW, and […]

  • ichabod replied to the topic Revolution of the Daleks

    @missrory: I miss the snappier conversations and quiet moments of Twelve’s episodes; a lot of the equivalents here are more like characters lecturing each other, and more telling than showing.

    Yes, and yes.  I just don’t like the way Chibnal is writing this.  Everybody keeps explaining stuff to each other, and if there’s a rhythm to the scen…[Read more]

  • ichabod replied to the topic Doctor Who memories

    @pedant — Ha!  Wonderful!  There’s jargon, and then there’s self-satirical jargon, but such nuances do tend to get lost outside the fold.

  • ichabod replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @missy — So sorry to hear about your OH.  I wish you both the best in dealing with it.  The last “good” news I had about cancer was that my opposite number, my daughter-in-law’s mother (who started her own life-long war with this disease when her son went through a bout of it in his teens), died of a recurrence of her own cancer — aged 92.

  • ichabod replied to the topic Doctor Who memories

    Winston: Maybe a female Doctor will get a whole new bunch of people watching and loving the show so it keeps going.  . . .  I always understood that to be politically correct just meant being polite and kind and being considerate of everyone no matter who they are.

    Thank you, Winston; nicely put.  The “origin story” that I’ve read about the ter…[Read more]

  • ichabod replied to the topic General Music thread 3

    @thane16  Yup, just can’t stay away — civilized and intelligent conversation is much to be prized these days, and youse guys have it.

    Yeah, “Innocence” wasn’t wonderful, just pleasant, and that mostly because Nighy is such a pleasure to watch at work.  Speaking for myself, I can’t stand reading Christie — it’s all timetables, “fixed” clocks, a…[Read more]

  • ichabod replied to the topic General Music thread 3

    @thane16  Speaking of Nighy….there’s a strange series -an Agatha Christie – starring the venerable Nighy  that looks  horrorific. Has it been well received in the UK?

    Hi, Puro — if you mean, “Ordeal by Innocence”, I saw that on Netflix, I think, and enjoyed it, but I haven’t seen anything by way of reaction to it.

  • @missy  Me, too.  Me, too.

  • ichabod commented on the post, On joy.

    Just read this for the first time — I’d missed it, somehow.  That’s a nice clear summary of what we’ve seen happen, here and elsewhere.

  • Yes, you’re right!  I remember that one — I saw both versions, and frankly I can’t remember what, if any, differences the differences made.  But of course that says more about me than about the movie . . ,

  • Yes, I’d love that — maybe some day, but I doubt it — unless BBC thought they could make Big Bucks from selling that on DVD.  There may be contractual problems with coming around later to do that, too?  At any rate, I doubt they’ll bother . . . maybe some day after the whole program ends.  But I rather have the program keep going, and just im…[Read more]

  • @kevinwho  My thought was maybe Graham could have articulated it. I know when I used to watch TV dramas, they’d almost always let the hero express moral superiority over the villain during the climax. So maybe some of us were wishing we’d get something like what I made up over on the fan creativity thre…[Read more]

  • @bluesqueakpip  . . . series 12 is on its way and will be returning to BBC One in early 2020

    Good!  Thanks.

  • @bluesqueakpip  . . . the BBC has said ‘early 2020,’ so it’s not two years at all.

    Are you sure?  I’ve only seen “2020”.  If it ends up as September 2020, that will be a pretty long wait.  I hope you’re right, and I hope BBC is being realistic, not just optimistic.


  • @magickinn  The Doctor has companions who have killed before and that has not been a problem for earlier one.  I can see  several of the incarnations having no problem if Graham did it.

    I thought that, too, and it’s bugging me.  I’d accept “no killing the bad guys” as a new rule, a result of what the AG Doctors have learned in their more let…[Read more]

  • ichabod replied to the topic The Faces of the Doctor

    @kevinwho   . . . in this last season I’ve sometimes felt that whole episodes aren’t showing me a life lesson, they’re telling me what to think.

    Yes, sometimes — because she’s telling her companions, our stand-inswhat to think, but with no detectable (to me) emotion and personally-felt experience behind it.  Good grief, maybe my feeling a…[Read more]

  • ichabod replied to the topic The Faces of the Doctor

    @thane16  Puro  . . . a few people thought “the Doc, on a TANK wearing sunglasses and playing an electric guitar?” That’s not gravitas! That’s baloney!” Except we describe him like this: proud and noble, dignified, dutiful, lofty enough to shit marble when I don’t think 12 was like that much of the time. @ichabod -would you agree?

    G…[Read more]

  • ichabod replied to the topic It Takes You Away

    @pedant  Talking animals crop up a lot in Studio Ghibli animations, and this story had a bit of a Ghibli feel to it, with an ending that was honest, rather than shoe-horned in sentimental. Spirited Away? Princess Mononoke?

    Gad, yes!  “Spirited Away” sticks with me as the best animated fantasy film I’ve seen — I rarely miss a chance to see it a…[Read more]

  • Same!  Been busy — I flew to Portland OR to see a local production of my one and only stage play, in a converted chapel seating maybe 50, and had a good time — apart from nearly being blown off Vista Point and […]

  • @thane16  Puro — still here, still watching, but not much to comment on here these days, with Capaldi gone and the new order done with its first whole season (barring one special to go, In January).



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