• @rob  This is one of the good things that has come out of the regeneration it makes you think about equality,  hopefully it will make me a better person just by making me think about it.

    I’d say so — one of the clear signs of a knee-jerk reactionary is automatic outrage at the fact that The Contentious Issue *has been raised* — “SJW!  …[Read more]

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

    @blenkinsopthebrave  Mrs Blenkinsop and I just watched the last episode of series 10 . . . Looking back on that episode, I feel that Moffat could not simply do grand emotion, but grand emotion that was almost operatic.

    Nothing “almost” about it — I think it’s the operatic intensity that really caught me up in the Moffat era, because I am a…[Read more]

  • ichabod replied to the topic Spoilers (4)

    SPOILER, SPOILER, SPOILER...

  • ichabod replied to the topic It Takes You Away

    @miapatrick To me the high concept of this series is that the monsters are not just monsters.

    Yes, that seems to be a theme here — consistent with a Doctor who’s “heroic” on a deliberately smaller scale, so her companions can share in the heroics on a human scale, instead of having to stretch hard to help rescue a  planet, a species, a u…[Read more]

  • ichabod replied to the topic It Takes You Away

    @kevinwho  Yes, I think that’s part of it.  I’m not picking up cues of reflection; thinking (except about how to solve the immediate problem); or really remembering rather than just ticking off a box from the past.  So maybe it’s more a matter of the pacing of the episodes (for those who share this reaction).  They’ve set it for youth, new…[Read more]

  • ichabod replied to the topic It Takes You Away

    @thane16  You make a good case; and I’m not really looking for an extension of the Moffat/Capaldi tone.  I agree that that was taken as far as it could go within the parameters of the show, and wrapped up pretty well in Season 10.  I don’t miss it, certainly not pining for a repeat; I’m just missing a sense of emotional continuity between that an…[Read more]

  • ichabod replied to the topic It Takes You Away

    @arbutus  @thane16  But to me, the baddie was the solitract: luring people with promises of “forever.”  Or not even the solitract, but the refusal to accept reality, let go of the past, and let the dead rest.

    Oh, yes; it is our clinging to the past that can never be authentically re-created again for us in the present, that is what’s being declin…[Read more]

  • ichabod replied to the topic The Ghost Monument

    @mirime  ‘Timeless Child’ is interesting. I’m torn between wanting to know more and thinking it should just be left as a mystery. There’s such a risk of disappointment and I’m not confident in Chibnall’s abilities yet.

    Me too; I’d love to see that bloom into something gripping, something to help anchor this Doctor to her own deep past maybe,…[Read more]

  • ichabod replied to the topic It Takes You Away

    @thane16  She’s completely a new person but she still has, deep inside, those memories, that sadness and that loss. It isn’t front and centre. This world is not just about the Doctor anymore. It’s like she steps back to serve. Or, almost, like she’s an idiot in a box, stepping in and out to help when she can.

    Agreed — that’s clearly the intentio…[Read more]

  • ichabod replied to the topic It Takes You Away

    @arbutus    I’d like to think that the Doctor’s offer was more of a “take me instead”, spur of the moment attempt to save Erik, and that she only realized afterward that she wouldn’t be able to stay.

    I like that better, too.  What I missed, though, was some — sense of connection between Doctor and the Solitract — it’s a being from an old Gallif…[Read more]

  • ichabod replied to the topic It Takes You Away

    @notime   It didnt even try to trick the Doctor or Jaz with memories

    Wonder why it didn’t try to draw Ryan in, maybe with a double of his father . . . ?  Or does it have to be a siren — female, singing to men of assured and deathless love?

  • ichabod replied to the topic It Takes You Away

    @thane16  @ichabod I think you might like this one?

    You’re right; for me, this story had a pleasingly disconnected feeling that I think came with the “through the looking glass” echo — first time I felt that they dared to take off without a clear flight path to an expected landing place (except that a sort of resolution between Ryan and Graham…[Read more]

  • ichabod replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @thane16  Happy birthday!

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

    @miapatrick  the actors did seem to be working to that reading,

    They certainly didn’t shy away from it.  Now I think I see something to watch for here: the emergence of this disparity as an ongoing but not ” […]

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

    @miapatrick  I always liked Danny for pointing that out, it seemed to slightly deflate Twelves self image as a wayward rebel. He was a wayward rebel who reeked of privilege.

    Yep, neatly put.  I liked that in D […]

  • ichabod replied to the topic The Witchfinders

    Enjoyed it, might watch again because the ending was so rushed that I can’t sort it out clearly in my head.

    I did wonder, though, if the Morax thing would say “imprisoned in the hill or war crimes”.  What, no denial, no self-justification?  Odd.  And I wondered why the Doctor didn’t have some reaction to the high-handedness some deep space Nu…[Read more]

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

    @bluesqueakpip  Well, “I’m just a traveler” is in the tradition of “I — am an idiot!”  Just a bloke in a box jaunting around helping out when I can.  It’s not what I’d call a novel announcement, but I agree, CC […]

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

    @pedant   At last, a much needed public service to all DW fans some of the time and some DW fans all of the time!  Thanks for the giggle; I needed it!  Well, we all need it some of the time . . .

  • ichabod replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @pedant  Thanks for the link.  We’re not losing pubs (well, bars) around here; we’re gaining lots of little independent breweries, which seem to be blossoming in every US city with a halfway decent economy.  We’ve also got a massive alcoholism problem that’s been going on for a while under the radar because our opioid epidemic has taken the sp…[Read more]

  • ichabod replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @pedant  @mudlark  Jesus H Christ On A Bike, ichabod. That you even gave such transparent horse shit credence does not reflect well on you.

    Don’t be daft!  Who says I gave it credence?  I said I’ve seen pub closures attributed to this “cause”, and am pleased to read comments on it here that throw more light on the subject from folks who’d kno…[Read more]

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