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

    @blenkinsopthebrave thanks for the link. I would have preferred them to say, “smallest adventure yet”, but other than that was welcome. Hopefully the “biggest adventure yet” is just advertising hyperbole and what we get is just a collection of good stories, average stories and maybe, one or two brilliant stories and Gallifrey is restored or was…[Read more]

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

    @Nerys I love Staged and there is to be another series of Good Omens. Apparently Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman discussed a sequel but never wrote anything down.

    @dentarthurdent I agree re’ the cubes. Such a neat idea but a very disappointing resolution. Speaking of Red Dwarf we are finally going to review it in the podcast but that is currently…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @dentarthurdent Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines was the only film I saw in a drive in cinema, when I was very young, far too young to notice a historically incorrect train though my father, who was a train enthusiast might have done. His father was a station master so he grew up living in railway stations.

    When you know something…[Read more]

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

    @dentarthurdent I think the real difference, (and many old Who fans would be calling for my blood for saying this) is that in BG Who the scriptwriters treat life as cheap, whereas in AGWho the characters who treat life as cheap, like Soloman are “evil”.  We cannot feel any sympathy at all for Soloman who committed genocide.

    Dinosaurs on a…[Read more]

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

    @dentarthurdent and @devilishrobby In Dalek Invasion of Earth, which we watched just last week the “robomen” were wearing a kind of metal band over their heads which controlled them. And even though it is only a week ago, I am not entirely certain but  I think they were basically “dead”, and not “recoverable”. Back in Old Who days human life was…[Read more]

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

    @dentarthurdent And the Doctor adjusting his bow tie when it is clear that Amy and Rory have healed the breach. It is those lovely little moments that make Moffat’s writing so brilliant and the current writing seem so lackluster.

    Cheers

    Janette

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

    @dentarthurdent You missed one. Rory “What colour” and when they all look at him. “There were no good questions left”. (or words to that effect.)

    It is one of the “great episodes”.

    Cheers

    Janette

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @dentarthurdent We are currently the only state not in lockdown and keeping all digits crossed. The borders are so easily breached still Victoria has gone into hard lockdown which hopefully will curtail the spread quickly. I really hope so as they keep getting hit with wave after wave.

    I really love the Widow and the Wardrobe. It has such a warm,…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    Hi. Hope everyone around the world is ok. There seem to be so many crisis happening at the moment, a planetary wake up call with the fires and heat waves in North America and flooding in Europe. If only those who have the power to do something about it take note.

    Just noticed, over in the distance, bright against the dark storm clouds I see…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @winston our houseguest/tenant loves otters. His girlfriend gave him a World Wildlife Fund River Otter adaption for his birthday last year. He has the certificate on display in our living area. I don’t know however if he has ever actually seen a river otter. Your home sounds heavenly but you will have seen a lot of changes over forty years. My…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @dentarthurdent Nature is not compensating sufficiently. I saw on the news that despite the recent cold spell N.Z. is having a unnaturally warm winter.  I fear we are in for a monstrous summer.

    Cheers

    Janette

     

  • janetteB replied to the topic General Films thread

    @missy and @dentarthurdent I have to take a contrary position on the questions of whether analysis ruins the enjoyment of viewing/reading. I love to analysis as I watch/read though too much does ruin a text/ film but my majors were English and Drama the later mostly consisting of film studies so it has become second nature for me. I really enjoy…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @winston and @blenkinsopthebrave I saw it actually got to 49c, in Canada!! That is really scary. Hope you are all fine and not in danger from heat/fires etc. Seems you are getting a dose of our weather and that is just wrong.

    I prefer the new, rule breaking Picard to the lawful Picard of Next Generation, which is certainly one of the reasons I…[Read more]

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

    @Missy I had seen that series is in development but did not realise that Moffat was the writer. That explains the cast, which includes David Tennant, Dolly Wells and the other Dracula name which I have already forgotten. Now I am more interested.

    Cheers

    Janette

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

    @dentarthurdent The Tessalecta was such an obvious “get out of goal free” card hidden in plain sight and we none of us guessed it. It was such a beautifully simple solution to the riddle of the series.

    This is a classic Moffat episode, timey wimey story that challenges and amuses the viewer in equal parts.

    cheers

    Janette

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @blekinsopthebrave. Glad to hear that your and Mrs B are holding up through the heat. Have been thinking of you when reading the news. It sounds like you are getting some of our weather.

    We watched Picard last year. (and did a podcast on the first episode as a “special” as the podcast series is supposed to be dedicated to cult tv from pre 2000.)…[Read more]

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

    @blenkinsopthebrave. We do have a reconstructed version in our personal library. Not sure as to the quality however. We have had the collection for some time so there might well be a better version around now but it does use stills and voice over so sounds akin to what you described.

    @dentarthurdent Time Heist is certainly not Listen which is one…[Read more]

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

    We are currently watching Listen. I must have watched it at least twenty times already. It is one of those episodes that can be watched and watched and is always a pleasure. We just watched Time Heist, out of order, and that always bears up well to repeated viewings too.

    Cheers

    Janette

     

     

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

    @blenkinsopthebrave We have the reconstructed stories but I have only watched a couple. Not sure if we have watched Wheel in Space or not. Will have to have a look as it sounds like it might be the Dr Who story that frightened me when  I was a child. (Not even really sure it was Dr Who)

    @miapatrick. I would be very happy to help as I have some…[Read more]

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

    @dentarthurdent You have nailed the problem with CGI. It is often taken too far to represent the impossible. That is one of the problems I have with LOTR, the overuse of CGI that breaks the viewer’s immersion in the narrative. If something defies our sense of what is physically possible then we know that we are watching a fiction, unless it is…[Read more]

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