• ichabod replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    @xadr4   She was amazing, and served as a powerful stimulus to numbers of American women who’d been SF fans for decades in secret — trashy space adventure for boys, as we were all told by librarians (poor things) who tried to steer us away.  Ursula did this incredible thing of get a book out there that crossed the SF ghetto walls and won a…[Read more]

  • ichabod replied to the topic Twice Upon a Time

    @mudlark  What is today in the open, challenged and fought over was then, in the 1950s and early 60s, largely unacknowledged and accepted,

    Exactly; I think they tried get sense of the way the cultural background was not only steeped in racist and sexist beliefs and behaviors but had been so over generations by having D1 share a joke about the…[Read more]

  • ichabod replied to the topic Twice Upon a Time

    @mudlark   . . . Leela, who may have been an ignorant ‘savage’, but was depicted as intelligent, a quick learner, and very resourceful, if sometimes a bit too aggressive for the Doctor’s liking.

    Yes!  Leela was the one I recall as definitely stepping past the usual boundaries, as an assertive, comattive warrior woman whom no one would dare to…[Read more]

  • ichabod replied to the topic Twice Upon a Time

    @thane16  Thanks for those comments, particularly your observations on persistent sexist attitudes at your school; too true in too many places, and changing very slowly, so yes, it really *was* important for Moffat to strike those notes, IMO.

    @countscarlioni  You’re welcome of course.  I’m grateful that we’ve come (however sadly) to a place in ou…[Read more]

  • ichabod replied to the topic Twice Upon a Time

    @blenkinsopthebrave  the truly brilliant 1945 film by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger “A Matter of Life and Death”

    I saw it here — way more than once! — under the American release title “Stairway to Heaven” — a beauty!

    @mudlark  . . . the recovery of the Doctor’s memory of Clara; my reasoning all along being that the memory was simply b…[Read more]

  • ichabod replied to the topic Twice Upon a Time

    @mudlark  ** I refuse to accept his prohibition on pears, though, and ate one at breakfast this morning – without dribbling any of the juice down my chin.

    Depends on the pears, doesn’t it?  Boscs are my favorite, and not “mushy” unless you leet them get over-ripe, in which case, don’t eat ’em, as you have, by neglect, forfeited the right to the…[Read more]

  • ichabod replied to the topic The Doctor Falls

    @missy  Yep; purely ridiculous.  Yet here we are . . .

  • ichabod replied to the topic Twice Upon a Time

    @puro  Despite their youth (and I certainly don’t speak for all) they’re not always equipped for subtlety and in their wish for youthful easy action they’re stolid, conservatively prurient and just a bit-behind-the-times. They miss the magical enactment of two Doctors making a decision, one creating the other; all moderated by Bill Potts. The 1s…[Read more]

  • ichabod replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    @blenkinsopthebrave   The ferry went up and down over each wave at an angle of about 45 degrees. All three of us remained silent.

    Funny effect, that; I was once on a teeny tour boat heading out from Juneau for an exploration of Tracy Arm, I think it was, and the stretch of open water that we had to cross was absolutely horrendous (well, to my e…[Read more]

  • ichabod replied to the topic Twice Upon a Time

    @thane16  Moffat was holding these characters: the new Doctor, the present Doctor, the first Doctor and the soldier, very gently in his hands, shaping and highlighting, forming and processing. It was a sight to see.

    It was; and you’ve put it very well.  A labor of love if ever I saw one, on everyone’s part.

    @missy  Yes, I read that Murray Go…[Read more]

  • ichabod replied to the topic Twice Upon a Time

    @missrori  Weirdest theory I’ve seen about the First Doctor’s sexism as running gag — a commenter at The Mary Sue genre discussion site argued that it’s actually Moffat’s way of clandestinely expressing how much he hates women, couched as a joke.

    Gods, they can be idiots over there sometimes!  Moffat doesn’t hate women, just came with the standar…[Read more]

  • ichabod replied to the topic Companions past and present

    @lamontcranston  @missy  The show is a “gimmick” show.  The gimmick is its flexibility (starting with the shape-shifting self-renewing hero in the police box), which allows it to respond to changes in our surrounding culture in a conscious way.  How weirdly stuffy and reactionary would DW look now, next to even superhero shows that just fold con…[Read more]

  • ichabod replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    I hope everyone had a warm and happy Christmas — mine was quiet and relaxing, good company and good food (except for an oddly congealed spinach thing — but the lemon squares made up for that).  It’s weirdly warm here in the US Southwest, for this time of year; dry as a bone.

    My sister’s dog has shown a talent for tool-using: the yard is full…[Read more]

  • @jimthefish — Aargghh!  Lime green?  I hope someone was put in the stocks for that.

    @missy   I never was good at writing down my emotional response to anything. I simply feel.

    Well, that’s what us hyper-verbals do in the world: put it out there for people to recognize as their own; or, just as importantly, not, or not quite.

    For those who th…[Read more]

  • Some bits and bobs from radiotimes.com:

    Episode writer and departing showrunner, Steven Moffat said that getting Capaldi’s send off right “took whatever emotions we were both having about leaving and put them on screen where they belong”. Moffat added: “By the time we got to that part of filming I think Peter and I were probably the least emotion…[Read more]

  • ichabod replied to the topic Twice Upon a Time

    @missrori  I did appreciate that Twelve wasn’t quite so alone in the end, choosing to be alone when he regenerated notwithstanding.

    Well, he’d just had a big, all-together-now group hug (“I don’t think I’m a hugging person now . . “) with people he loved but couldn’t “lose” any more because they were already dead, except as memories — they we…[Read more]

  • ichabod replied to the topic Twice Upon a Time

    @bluesqueakpip  The ring was the only part of the Capaldi Doctor’s costume that stayed throughout. It’s a symbol that this Doctor’s time had finished – the one thing he has constantly worn – no longer fits.

    Ah!  Perfectly put.  Thank you.

    @jimthefish  I agree that they pushed D1’s out-of-date attitudes a bit too hard, and it grated to have 12 te…[Read more]

  • ichabod replied to the topic Twice Upon a Time

    @miapatrick  Regeneration feels like death to the Doctor sometimes, the end of that personality.

    So here’s Moffat insisting all over the place (as he’s been wont to do) that of course the Doctor doesn’t actually DIE, he just steps onto a different moving sidewalk, after a dramatic light-show.  And yet — the Capaldi seasons have been all about d…[Read more]

  • Just saw the film tonight in a freezing cold cinema, came home, and watched it again on Amazon Prime.  God damn it, those people — the actors I mean — were excellent!  And Capaldi was superb.  Now 12 is over, and I’m feeling both sated and bereft.  He projected such a pervasive sense of steadfastness in the midst of doubt, vulnerability, and a n…[Read more]

  • ichabod replied to the topic The Doctor Falls

    @missy  I’m just — sad, I guess.  The show is resilient; whatever happens in S11, I trust it will endure, bounce back if needs be, and go on to thrive, with Whittaker/Chibnal or others.

    The question for me is whether *I* will bounce back from losing the writers and actors who have made me an enthusiastic DW fan again: will it remain “…[Read more]

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