• ichabod replied to the topic BBC Approved Spoilers

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

    @blenkinsopthebrave  the great science fiction series of all time is Doctor Who.

    WHAT?  My God, I had no idea — Harlan said that?  Wow.  If I’d known before, I’d have called him up for a natter about it.  He was a very — ah — volatile party, who often did amazing favors for other writers and/or insulted, alienated, and occasionally punch…[Read more]

  • ichabod replied to the topic The Maldovarium

    @pedant — Thank you; applause right back.  And thanks for the clarification.

    And of course if most of the ground water is poisoned by chemicals from fracking, the raccoons don’t have much of a chance either . . . nobody does.  Rich fucks don’t care; they just want another private submarine and a house in Monaco, and to hell with everything and e…[Read more]

  • ichabod replied to the topic The Maldovarium

    @winston   public service commercials on TV  by Competitive Enterprise Institute calling climate change a myth and even saying that carbon dioxide was not pollution because “plants breath it”  and that industrial waste was “harmless” and “essential to life.” The members of this institute were Exxon, Texico, Ford, Arco and General Motors .

    SOP fro…[Read more]

  • ichabod replied to the topic The Maldovarium

    Love Tyson; tells it as it is.  And as it is, is that we damn well better pull our socks up and get serious about things liek (today’s news) the Artic ice sheets melting faster than ever, and probably not because they’re mean and want to make like difficult for everybody, or because, oh, you know, it’s *time* for that to happen.  @missy This is n…[Read more]

  • @missy  I think JW will be fine, though probably more limited in scope by the scripts given her; I just a fascinating documentary on PBS about working artists who are also mothers, and how their art explores areas of experience pretty much utterly ignored til now, unless seen through the eyes of male artists.  I found some of it kinda urpy, to t…[Read more]

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

    @winston   I am sure there are kids and adults out there who will one day claim her as their Doctor.

    Oh, I don’t doubt it!  It’ll be a bumpy ride, but why not?  We live in bumpy times.  I expect a lot of youthful energy and enthusiasm from JW for, as you say, a whole new take on Doctoring, with maybe an occasional island of sadness and darker mem…[Read more]

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

    @bluesqueakpip  Ha!  Thanks.  A charity shop in the nineties, maybe, someone having a closet clear-ou!  Why not?  Did they have on-seam pockets?  One thing I *really* can’t imagine is the Doctor choosing clothes with No Pockets.  But that’s partly because I myself refuse to have or wear such things — and I’ve been keenly aware for years in the US…[Read more]

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

    Let’s see if this works — found it on the Fansided site:

    Peter Capaldi thinks the big appeal to Doctor Who is death, but is that true?

    Not exactly what he said, but I find the phrase, “which I’m not encouraged to say” because it might damage “the brand” to point out this morbid but undeniably present aspect of the show — interesting, to…[Read more]

  • Yikes!  I remember 60.  Well, sort of.  Intimidating, that’s what it was.  Back then.  Eighty, now . . . a year and a half away, and “intimidating” doesn’t begin to describe it.

    Back to the gym tomorrow; you can always try to outrun — well, out-*walk* it, I guess.  But no doubt Peter C will be too busy with new possibilities to give it much…[Read more]

  • ichabod replied to the topic Spoilers (4)

    SPOILER, SPOILER, SPOILER...

  • ichabod replied to the topic The Maldovarium

    @thane16 or rather his dad and @missy and others: what’s happening has surely happened before, in the way that climate change has always been a “thing” — *slowly*.  Now it’s happening with (geologically speaking) at lightning speed, as I understand it, and that speed is the human contribution: we’ve forced something very quickly that might have…[Read more]

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

    @pedant — Oh, that made my day!  What a sight!  All is well, for the moment anyway, in Ichi-land tonight.

  • ichabod replied to the topic Twice Upon a Time

    @pedant  It has been established that Doctors lose memories of future Doctors (ref: Day of the Doctor) and that even future doctors can bury the memory of entire regenerations (ref: War Doctor). This is canon.

    So, when he says things like, “I remember every single thing!” he’s, ah, lying, or boasting, or trying to convince himself that it’s not…[Read more]

  • 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]

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