• janetteB replied to the topic The Time Meddler part 1

    @blenkinsopthebrave given that this thread was started many a year ago and there are no threads for subsequent episodes I think it would be safe to waive the spoilers restrictions. Maybe, from these posts down with a warning at the top of the post.

    Cheers

    Janette

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Time Meddler part 1

    @blenkinsopthebrave We watched it recently and it is a good story. It helps that it is a period of history that I have a particular interest in though there were plenty of flaws in the history which were irritating.

    Cheers

    Janette

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @cathannabel I am so sorry to hear. I will think about something. Many years ago as an honours subject we put together a book of secular readings for “rites of passage” occasions. I have often thought of revisiting that as there is an increasing need for it. I love the idea of something from Dr Who. Maybe something from the Capaldi era or the…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @mudlark Your story reminds me of the worst hospital experience i ever had was in London. I don’t know which hospital. I thought it was in the area of Marble Arch but can’t work it out from Google. I was rather ill at the time so perhaps my sense of location was as fuzzy as my memory is now. I spent a couple of hours in an overcrowded waiting…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic On The Sofa (10)

    @dentarthurdent I think Fires of Pompeii is the only episode to feature a future Doctor so it is unique in that regard.

    Agree re’ Time of the Doctor. It is trying to tie up too many threads and does not really work as a story. Moffat is brilliant at creating stories but not so good at resolving them. Maybe had he more time. This episode probably…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @dentarthurdent Not a typo. She has a car, they have a cat which is currently sulking because they have gone away on holiday leaving her in our care.

    cheers

    Janette

     

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @Nerys Best wishes for a safe journey. Sorry to hear about your Dad.

    @thane16 Also sorry ot hear about your Mum.

    I have not yet watched Foundation but am looking forward to doing so when I can. It sounds promising.

    @winston yes indeed. I hope that your son is fully recovered now. Our children never really grow up to us at least. Our eldest is…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic On The Sofa (10)

    I never tire of watching Fires of Pompeii and so will watch it some time this week so that I can join in the discussion. I have been a bit AWOL recently, lurking as always but not posting so will be a nice prompt for me.

    cheers

    Janette

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

    @phaseshift did sum it up well. I think the BBC are desperate to keep Dr Who afloat and are turning back to “safe hands” but I am also certain that RTD has been watching Who and developing plenty of ideas of where he might go with it now. (And he is not the only showrunner returning to a former series…)

    like @dentarthurdent I half agree with…[Read more]

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

    @jimthefish YOu beat me too it Wow. I am excitted. Yes. Hope returns.

    (Just the news i needed… ((after end of term Friday night drinks))

    Cheers

    double cheers

    Janette

  • janetteB replied to the topic On The Sofa (10)

    Wow a couple of days of not checking and there is soo much to catch up on. 🙂 I had to make notes.

    to start with I am references posts from prior to my last post. I think I was either rushed or tired then. so, to my notes,

    @Dentarthurdent I fondly remember watching the old Sherlock series. I think Green Screen was either pioneered by the Star…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @blenkinsopthebrave. Those were indeed the days. We have “Save the Franklin” posters up on the walls of the room in London we were living in for a time. There was so much optimism then. It was not a bad time to be young. It makes me sad when I compare those days and the possibilites we had to what life has to offer the young now.

    Cheers

    Janette

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @blenkinsopthebrave Congrats on becoming a bona fide Canadian and just in time too. I recall the first time I voted. I was in Dublin and went to the Australian embassy to vote. (they used to do that kind of thing back then. Sadly a service no longer on offer.) Next day I was hitching around Ireland and continually told that Australia had a new P.M…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic On The Sofa (10)

    @dentarthurdent

    I have been checking in, and have a post half written which I keep copying but been busy with podcasts, esssays on teh cold war, and general household stuff and so apologies for not posting. Sorry about the lockdown. We are still getting by just, holding our breaths and turning face masks into fashion items. There are some really…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    Firstly some old responses that I have been copy/pasting for days.

    @dentarthurdent Belated Happy Birthday. Getting older is a misfortune we all share, like lockdowns. Hopefully yours will soon be over. At least you have a responsive government and have lots of water between you and N.S.W though Delta has a way of infiltrating. I believe that we…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic On The Sofa (10)

    @dentarthurdent A good review of the episode. There are so many good moments in it. “I may have invented the quadracycle.” Matt Smith is in fine form so too is Moffat. It is a good introduction to Clara. It is a whirlwind of an episode. “there is something in the wi fi.”

    I have a feeling that “the woman in the shop” was a throw away line at the…[Read more]

  • @blenkinsopthebrave thank you for posting the link to the tribute. Una Stubbs was wonderful in Sherlock.

    Cheers

    Janette

  • janetteB replied to the topic On The Sofa (10)

    @winston Loved the story about the fez. My moment of realisation regarding self consciousness came when I was working in a big Hotel in central London. I would watch the guests coming in with their breakfast trays and panicking because they felt as though they were being watched by the other guests and I realised that everyone experiences that…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic On The Sofa (10)

    @oochillyo Welcome back.

    As to whether fate as a narrative device annoys me, it depends on how good the writing is. If it is too obvious that the writer is designing the story to get to the desired outcome, ie the death of a character and ignoring possibilities that might change that outcome, then yes it is annoying. If the script is well enough…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic On The Sofa (10)

    @dentarthurdent. That’s ok and I am sure it won’t be long until we are in lockdown again. Makes it hard to plan anything. I think everyone is “on edge” just waiting for it to happen.

    I love Snowmen and I agree re’ Vastra, Jenny and Strax. I was hoping that Moff would pen a spin off series about them. The potential was certainly there. Likewise…[Read more]

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