• ichabod replied to the topic The Faces of the Doctor

    @missy  Although only fiction and an actor acting out that fiction, PC’s Doctor always made me feel safe. Strange isn’t it.

    I felt both the same, and the opposite — never knew, particularly in S8, which way he would jump, or how far he would go, but simultaneously there was no doubt whatever in my mind that this Doctor’s two hearts were posi…[Read more]

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

    @mudlark  Thanks!  And Fermor’s book is one of my favorites, right up there with, say, “Akenfield: Portrait of an English Village” et al.

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

    @toinfinityandbeyond  — GAWD, that clip is *wonderful* — thanks so much!  Love it, love it — and they used the middle eight!  Hurray!

  • ichabod commented on the post, Out of the comfort zone

    @bluesqueakpip   I really do think Moffat is a genuine, old-school genius. He’d be up there with Pinter and Dennis Potter if he hadn’t chosen to do comedies and Doctor Who.

    I agree; and damn, I *miss* that high […]

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

    @cathannabel   I must have told him a dozen times each day ‘Don’t wander off’ with about as much effect as it had when various Doctors gave that instruction to various companions (he did wander off in the middle of Salzburg,

    I know the feeling, from when my husband and I did a couple of river cruises, and before it became just too much to even t…[Read more]

  • ichabod replied to the topic Demons of the Punjab

    @margaret-blaine   . . . under Chibnall, the show seems to be moving in a different direction and the time for theorizing of a bonkers nature may, sadly, be over. Perhaps this has been a Moffat site more than a Dr Who site.

    My very thoughts.  Even a good story (like “Punjab”) is flatfooted, by which I mean — what you see is what you get, so ho…[Read more]

  • ichabod replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @blenkinsopthebrave  Ye gods.  That clip really *hurts*, after all this time — and so much else that has hurt and continues to hurt.

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

    @bluesqueakpip  High ratings — good!  Relieved to hear it.  Thanks.

  • ichabod replied to the topic Demons of the Punjab

    @mudlark  Yaz . I thought I knew my Nan … But if this is true, if this is her life, then she lied to me.

    Graham. … that girl in there, she ain’t your nan, yet. It’s only later that she’ll decide how to tell it. And I honestly don’t know whether any of us know the real truth about our own lives’.

    This was the first hint of serious depth in this…[Read more]

  • ichabod replied to the topic The Faces of the Doctor

    @missy  Yes, many of us do . . . Funny, but it was always quite clear that Capaldi himself was not “his” Doctor (“He’s the Doctor, I’m just a guy”), and that the Doctor was separated from human by eons of not-human experience although electrifyingly connected to humanity at certain emotional points.

    The thing with Whittaker that I’m finding is…[Read more]

  • ichabod replied to the topic The Tsuranga Conundrum

    @BJT25  2, Jodie is a proven good actor so why is she the same in all episodes!

    That’s the writing: so far, it’s been pretty simplistic and shallow (compared with what we’ve become used to with Moffat, that is), but I’m hoping for better as the writers gain more confidence.

    Female roles in the past episodes have been so much stronger.  I think t…[Read more]

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

    @mudlark  Oops, misread “Cry” as “City”.  Time for lunch!

  • ichabod replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @pedant  O crap on the BMW — I’ve been bashed like that once, no great harm done, by a very old lady driver who told me she’d thought she was on the interstate highway rather than little old Thingie Street, and I found the sheer *shock* of it absolutely — I like a quiet life, thrills and chills and bolts of panic strictly on a viewing screen,…[Read more]

  • ichabod replied to the topic Arachnids In The UK

    @chiara  I think a female actor with a bit more character may have been better (personally I think Rebecca Front would have been quite good)

    I think so too; Amanda Tapper, from “Sanctuary” etc, might have done better.  I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed by chipper-upper-lipper-itis, or something, and longing for some moments of reflection, some q…[Read more]

  • ichabod replied to the topic Arachnids In The UK

    @juniperfish  We can’t wait for the Doctor, or anyone else, to fix earth’s problems. We have to do it ourselves. A rather sombre message, for sombre times.

    And much needed — and heeded, to some degree, as noted about the mid-term elections here in the US.  This part of what CC is doing I do like: the scaling back of the earlier Docto…[Read more]

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

    @pedant  What sort of show is “The City”?  What popped into my head was China Mieville’s novel “The City and the City” (prolly not).  Mieville is too convoluted for me in book form (I more or less quit at “The Scar”), but I’d love to see a smart screen presentation of his work.

    @swordwhale  I watched a documentary about Pony Penning Day on Chi…[Read more]

  • ichabod replied to the topic The Ghost Monument

    @kevinwho  @chiana  Great bonkering Bonkers!  Love it.  If only . . . !  But, no chance.

    Me, I’ll be quieting down here, I think, during this season anyway (unless it starts giving something more to chew on).  It’s pretty much what I expected from Chibnal, and the fact that I had some glitchy problem getting the spiders ep and everything since a…[Read more]

  • ichabod replied to the topic The Tsuranga Conundrum

    @troyorsline  I did wonder if Pting was Stitch

    Gargoyle Stitch; or Stitch mutated into something even meaner that Stitch-at-the-start.  Definite resemblance.

  • ichabod replied to the topic The Woman Who Fell To Earth

    @thane16  (Puro)  often political correctness is a term in the pejorative used to denigrate courtesy.

    Yes, the evil Right has captured that phrase it and turned it into a pejorative, with great success.  Someone once asked author Ursula LeGuin, in an aggressive tone, whether she would describe herself as “politically correct”.  She answered, wit…[Read more]

  • ichabod replied to the topic Rosa

    The coda; yes.  Absolutely necessary for modern moderns who weren’t there, or anywhere near it in terms of time, to be reminded that this was one of many starts on a path that keeps branching both upward and downward toward a goal that may not be achievable in a hundred years or more (even lots more), but is nevertheless worth fighting for all…[Read more]

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