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  • #71452
    janetteB @replies

    @dentarthurdent I hope you have made it down to Christchurch and are not caught in the new lockdown.

    cheers

    Janette

    #71445
    janetteB @replies

    @oochillyo such lists are always fun but I find it hard to limit my favourites to just 14. I would agree with a lot of those on your list but FAmily of Blood/Human Nature would have to be in there and The Empty Child, Blink, the second last episode with Bill, (forgotten the name) I might be able to manage 24 favourites. The hardest would be to pick a single favourite Christmas Special. I just don’t think I can chose between them.

    Cheers

    Janette

    #71444
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    @missy apparently it is a remake, a U.S. remake maybe.  Not much is known about it as yet and there are no actors attached. I had heard that the original was not considered a success so it surprises me that they are remaking it.

    Cheers

    Janette

     

     

    #71441
    janetteB @replies

    @nerys that is a beautiful photo. Thank you for sharing the link. Snow is so photogenic. Much more photogenic than dust. I also love the effects of mist. The first time we visited Avebury it was early morning in January and very misty. I love the images of the stones looming out of the mist. Next time we visited it was sunny and they did not have the same sense of magic but it was fun to watch the boys playing in the ditch which children must have been doing for thousands of years.

    @dentarthurdent. Re’ your comment about how different travel was before the days of mobile phones and internet. It certainly was. I wrote a book based in some of my experiences travelling in the 80s but wanted to update it but could only bring it forward to the early 90s before it all changed. My partner and I were travelling in the USSR, (last week of) and Europe in the winter of 91-92. It feels as though that was a century ago, not just last century. And now just the ability to travel feels like a wonderful, lost thing. It is not just Covid. Our sons cannot afford to do what we did in similiar circumstances. When I was the age of our youngest I was hitch-hiking around Europe and then working in London. He can’t even get any kind of student allowance. When my partner and I did the TransSiberian we were both full times students. I also worked part time. It is impossible for our kids in the same circumstance to save that kind of money. They cannot even afford a flat. I am glad that they went overseas when they were young as they may never get to do so again. It makes me very sad.

    cheers

    Janette

     

     

    #71439
    janetteB @replies

    @dentarthurdent, @blenkinsopthebrave @winston, True snow can be quite disgusting when it has been lying about on roadsides and banked up on pavements for weeks or months. Perhaps it takes more than one snowy winter to loose its appeal.

    We spent 14 months in Sweden. IT was snowing when we arrived but by the time we were able to buy a car the snow had virtually gone. Late in autumn we were told by numerous people, that “this weekend change to snow tyres.” Being “newbies” we did as advised even though the sun was shining and there was not a hint of cloud in the sky. Sure enough mid week it snowed, and snowed and snowed. The trains were delayed, the buses stopped running and my partner was stuck at the end of the train line station, in -17c. I had to drive down to rescue him. The rood was like a winding white ribbon with abandoned cars banked along the slide all the way. There was a jackknifed bus half hanging in a ditch. Out on the freeway it was eerie. There were no other cars at all. Never having driven on snow before I took it very carefully, doing about 30 k all the way but I got there safely, rescued my partner and drove back, thinking, “here am I from dusty South Australia driving through the snow while the locals have all parked and fled.” I did not know if I was just being incredibly stupid or not. Turned out that nobody else had changed to snow tyres the previous weekend. Apparently the same thing happens every year. So the lesson was do as the locals say not do as the locals do.

    so still love snow but I do understand why it loses it magic at times.

    Cheers

    Janette

     

    #71434
    janetteB @replies

    @winston Snow sounds like heaven to me. there is something quite magical about snow. I am always looking at photos of snow on the Guardian. I love snow even though I really feel the cold and right now, as we swelter through a mild heat wave, snow is especially appealing.

    If something does go wrong and we have to cancel again at least we will have had the fun of planning and I prefer to feel safe. In times like these leaders do need to be strong, which is why the Victorian Premier, Dan Andrews has become bit of a hero to many Australians. He is weathering the abuse of Murdoch media and the federal government and standing his ground. During the bad outbreak last year he did press conferences every day and answered all the media questions. As a result this latest outbreak in Victoria appears to be contained and with only a few days of lockdown rather than a long period of suffering because once Covid is out there it spreads so fast.

    Stay safe and well and I hope that the situation in Ontario improves soon so that you can be with family in person again.

    cheers

    Janette

     

     

    #71427
    janetteB @replies

    @dentarthurdent Yes. Given that our relative situations, (in oz and nz) are so good in comparison to the rest of the world we can only be thankful if we have the occasional two or three day lockdown. I feel incredibly lucky at the moment, just doing things that a year ago we took for granted, ie going to the pub, attending meetings, going for picnics and if the holiday does not happen, well at least I had the fun of planning it.

    cheers

    Janette

    #71425
    janetteB @replies

    @missy. Yes. what is the saying, something better an ounce of prevention than a pound of cure. It is more than time that our leaders adapted that policy. Nice to see that both Victoria and Auckland are now out of quarantine because the quick reaction worked to contain the potential outbreaks.

    Just hoping that there are no snap lockdowns required here for the next couple of weeks. We have booked another break away. (last time our booking was cancelled due to a lockdown.)

    Cheers

    Janette

    #71424
    janetteB @replies

    @missy Yes and really enjoyed it, especially the first two episodes.I see that Moffat is now working on a series titled Jekyll.

    Cheers

    Janette

    #71420
    janetteB @replies

    @dentarthurdent Yes several of those in our podcast group really do not like the way Moffat writes. I love how layered his stories are and all the little references that are so easy to miss. For instance we just watched the Pertwee story with the Daemons in which there is a UNIT scientist called Osgood complete with very thick glasses. I think he gets blown up not directly by the Master but as a result of the Master’s plans so the Osgood’s, (whom I presume is his daughter) storyline is almost a repeat of the former Osgood’s at least until she becomes a Zygon.

    Cheers

    Janette

     

    #71417
    janetteB @replies

    @dentarthurdent I hope that your lockdown is soon over but as in Victoria better a short sharp preventative lockdown than a protracted reactive lockdown.

    @oochillyo I enjoyed Extremis too. A very interesting episode and I really like the rapport between the Doctor, Bill and Nardole. I had not thought about Bill’s foster mother as being the same actor in Gridlock.

    I would second @blenkinsopthebrave‘s Pertwee story suggestion. We have been working our way through the Pertwee stories in the past couple of weeks.

    Hope everyone is keeping well.

    cheers

    Janette

    #71402
    janetteB @replies

    @blenkinsopthebrave that is a very moving story. Thanks for sharing it.

    I don’t think my family ever questioned the “white Australia” narrative despite evidence to the contrary being all around us. My ancestors were all small settlers, assuming, (conveniently) that the land was “free” of any contrary claims. I guess for them, coming from a country where everything was owned by the rich and powerful it was akin to a fairy tale and indeed that is just what it was. We need to acknowledge the wrong they did while understanding that they were unaware of doing wrong. There were others who knowingly did wrong, those responsible for the all too numerous murders and killings. In doing research into the history I am working on I came across a letter to the editor written in the early years of the 20th c about atrocities happening in the N.T. It incurred the same kind of knee jerk response that such a letter would now, showing that public sentiment was as “mixed” then as now and though the sentiments of the writer are unacceptable by today’s standards his intentions are noble for the time.

    Cheers

    Janette

     

     

     

     

    #71400
    janetteB @replies

    @blenkinsopthebrave It is the same kind of narrative that predominated in Australia at the time and it was equally untrue, ignoring the rich diversity of our history. Looking back now I realise just how “unwhite” the society I grew up in was. My uncle was part Indian, my cousin’s wife descended from the Afghan cameleers, our neighbours had either Aboriginal or Pacific Islander background and many other friends and local people had Chinese ancestry.

    Recently I discovered that a neighbour’s father had been close friends with my cousin-in-law’s cameleer ancestor and read the Koran at his funeral. She was a child in Maree during the war and knew the cameleers well. I am hoping to do a oral history recording of her story as it is so interesting and also touches on my extended family’s history.

    The real history is just so much richer and more interesting that the white washed version. The buildings are lovely though.

    Cheers

    Janette

    #71398
    janetteB @replies

    @missy Hi and sorry about the lockdown. Yet another example of mismanaged quarantine. I wonder what Terry Pratchett would have made of it. It is exactly the kind of bungling that he so loved to satirise and scotty from marketing would have been right at home in one of his stories, head of the marketing guild and snake oil salespersons I think.

    Cheers

    Janette

    #71393
    janetteB @replies

    @dentarthurdent Still laughing at the “ambulatory haggises” which would have been very at home somewhere on Discworld. I am now going to imagine that they are there and that Pratchett just had not got around to writing about them. (But we know that David Tennant is very skilled at summoning them or so he claims in Staged which, btw, is well worth watching.)

    Cheers

    Janette

    #71391
    janetteB @replies

    @dentarthurdent Don’t think I have come across a mention of Drop bears yet in Discworld but  I still have about 30 plus books to read so plenty of opportunity. I do a colouring image for a local newsletter and last months featured drop bears. I am thinking of doing an image of a haggis running around a mountain next. I have a loose “mythology” theme.

    @winston puppy punishment, now that is a novel idea. I guess at least it was memorable.

    Cheers

    Janette

     

    #71386
    janetteB @replies

    @dentarthurdent ah but you don’t have drop bears. (not sure how that is relevant.)

    and @blenkinsoothrebrave I don’t recall the add in question but then did not watch very much commercial tv. Where I grew up we only got two channels, ABC and local which did not have much to offer. After leaving home I rarely watched tv and later, after settling down again and acquiring a video recorder  I would record any programs from commercial channels and cut out the adds. Does not surprise me however that Australia would “steal” a kiwi add. Australia has rather a habit of claiming credit for kiwi achievements, like for instance pavlova and The Piano.

    Reminds me of something a Scottish landlady once told me. If the person who does something good is English then the British papers describe them thus but if the good/high achieving person is Scottish/Irish/Welsh they are described as “British”. If hte person commits a crime or something “bad” then if English they are “British” and if Scots/Irish/Welsh they are described as Scots/Irish/Welsh. (I did not read enough English papers to say if this is true or not)

    Cheers

    Janette

     

    #71374
    janetteB @replies

    @winston I will echo those sentiments. Hopefully we are seeing the beginning of a better USA, not just from the overt horrors of the past few years but of past horrors many of which have not been as “obvious” as the evils of the Trump era. Perhaps, (me being super optimistic here) Trump has been a much needed wake up call and brought things to the surface that might otherwise have kept festering and growing. Perhaps now issues such as climate change, social injustice and economic issues will be take more seriously and the growth of the far right will be dealt with.

    Cheers

    Janette

    #71359
    janetteB @replies

    @nerys it is good to know what someone wants in such circumstances. When my Mother in Law died as a result of a road accident we had no idea what she would want and made decisions that I regret still. I felt as though she would not have liked her funeral at all and that we let her down. It is important to “say farewell and honour a person’s life and it sounds as though you did that well.

    Regards

    Janette

    #71357
    janetteB @replies

    @winston I read the books some years back and really loved them so was very excited when I heard that BBC were doing an adaptation. It is just as I hoped, it captures the heart and scope of the story. The casting is excellent, the camera work stunning and the “daemons” very well done. We have started watching series 2 but it is the one show that the entire family watches together and getting them together is harder to organise that a feline conference on human management so it has become a very drawn out process. I am currently reading the second book of the new series, The Secret Commonwealth. I really recommend the books as they are very well written. I am finding these books to be “darker’ in tone than the original series, reflecting perhaps the world we live in now.

    @dentarthurdent I believe that wearing masks on public transport is compulsory in other states and it should be. It makes sense though sadly it doesn’t not really effect us as our beloved train is being upgraded and so out of action indefinitely. Was supposed to be done in stages but plans keep changing and currently it is a one and a half hour bus ride to the city so we are not likely to be using public transport for a while. We caught a bus part way before Christmas and it was not at all pleasant and nobody was wearing masks. I keep mine and my s/o’s with me whenever we go out but his is still in its’ packaging.

    Maybe there was an advertising campaign on tv and radio? I would miss that kind of information to as I get all my news from the net and very little of that is local. I now buy our local paper again but rarely read it. Not much of note happens in our little town and when it did back in April, the paper was closed down which meant that nobody knew there were seven local cases. Fortunately the paper was saved but they missed the big scoop of the year.

    Here in S.A we also feel as though a storm could break over us at any moment. Makes it hard to plan anything. We got government accommodation vouchers but have not even looked at making bookings. We are living in a strange normal/not normal. Hopefully the vaccine will be effective but there is doubts about the vaccine our government has chosen and with some reason. They are not noted for their disinterested decision making.

    Cheers

    Janette

     

     

     

     

    #71356
    janetteB @replies

    @nerys So sorry to hear about your Dad. It is always hard to loose a loved one, life is never quite the same and moving on, adjusting to the new reality takes time. Hope you can at least talk to family and share the memories even if it by digital means.

    Regards

    Janette

    #71348
    janetteB @replies

    @missy yes I noticed that when I was giving the eldest and his g/f my book wish list at Christmas. (I am making my way through the books very very slowly. Right now however I am reading Phillip Pullman’s The Secret Commonwealth. I really love his “Dark Materials” series.

    Cheers

    Janette

     

    #71347
    janetteB @replies

    @winston it is the State Premiers who are to thank for our current situation not the federal government who have done nothing except criticise left wing premiers like Dan Andrews. Funnily enough they do not criticise the right wing premiers. We are fortunate to be able to close borders, which is a big help but there have been some appalling examples of mismanagement of quarantine which makes one wonder if those in charge have really thought about what they are dealing with.

    Hopefully Dr Who will be back again soon though I must confess it does not excite me as much as it used to do.

    Cheers

    Janette

    #71343
    janetteB @replies

    @winston Glad that your and your husband are safe and well. The selfishness and stupidity of some people has been a major factor in the spread of Covid. The traction given to “anti maskers” here in Oz is really depressing. When there are so many things we should be getting agitated about, like the destruction of this planet of ours, to jump and and down about something that saves lives is so absurd. Victoria suffered the same kind of pressure (from our idiot P.M) to lift lockdown during our winter months when they had the spike in numbers but the Premier stood his ground making him a hero to many but unfortunately he is being vilified by the right and the “anti-mask” crowd. Needless to say the P.M is happy to take any credit going for Victoria’s success in getting back to “donut days”.

    Yes that old saying about “interesting times” comes to mind often these days. I am using it as a title in some writing I am doing. (And that was before December last year.)

    cheers

    Janette

    #71341
    janetteB @replies

    Saw that Ontario is now in full lock down. Best Wishes to @winston Keep safe and well and hope that “normality” will soon be restored.

    Right now it feels as though the world is teetering not on one knife’s edge but on many knife edges. We have “interesting times” ahead.

    Cheers

    Janette

     

    #71340
    janetteB @replies

    @dentarthurdent I agree that the cubes were a great idea and the reactions to them were also fun. Have to love Brian sitting watching them. I also liked the “character interaction” scenes with the Doctor, Amy and Rory in the flat but the plot really let this episode down. (as I said before, I suspect some of the best lines were edited in, especially after watching series 11 and 12. That kind of “light touch humour” does not seem to be Chibnell’s style.

    cheers

    Janette

    #71339
    janetteB @replies

    wow. This thread had been dormant for a long time. Looking at the date on Phaseshift’s post reminds me of how old this forum is.

    @blenkinsopthebrave The Lodger is a fun episode. Maybe not being familiar with James Cordon helps as I found the report between him and the Doctor to be delightful. I also enjoy Closing Time. Whenever The Doctor attempts to be human we are reminded of how alien he is.

    Cheers

    Janette

    #71334
    janetteB @replies

    @blenkinsopthebrave. I will have a look at it. I don’t think I have seen any of the Liz Shaw stories. I was thinking Day of the Daleks as it to me typifies the Pertwee years. My eldest son suggested Monster of Peladon but I would rather a story that features UNIT. We will do Dr Who in November so plenty of time to think about it.

    Cheers

    Janette

    #71332
    janetteB @replies

    Not sure if this is official yet or just rumour still but it is giving the media something to talk about, (other than the orange idiot and his mutinous minions.)

    I do wonder if it is simply expected now that an actor will quit the roll after three series and so people just expect J.W. to do so. If she is leaving though I feel that the next Doctor probably should be female too otherwise people will say that having a woman in the role was a “failed experiment” and not just simply how it is now. The Doctor changes gender when he/she regenerates, just as he/she changes every other aspect of appearance. But Michael Sheen as the Doctor, a tempting prospect given my top pick for the role is now out of the running on account of being cast as the Master. In fact it is getting harder to think of a potential actor who has not been in the show at some point.

    Cheers

    Janette

    #71331
    janetteB @replies

    Happy New Year all. Fingers crossed 2021 will see a turning in the trend in world affairs, not just in terms of the pandemic but that we will also see the end of the march of right wing ideas and some attention given to our beleaguered environment at last. We are at a critical point now and, with a new administration in the U.S. I feel as thought there is a smidgen of hope for this dying planet after all.

    @nerys Glad to hear your father is improving.

    @missrori sorry to hear that you have been ill and hope you recover fully.

    Cheers

    Janette

    #71330
    janetteB @replies

    Hi all,

    This sounds like an interesting Dr Who project. I like the concept and hope they are able to do it given current restrictions in the U.K. Is this the first time Dr Who has been produced for theatre? (discounting Proms that is)

    Also there was an article in the Guardian recently about Sacha Dhawan which is of interest. (still think he would have been an ideal future candidate for the role of the Doctor if he had not been cast as The Master)

    And lastly a link to a podcast on a community website reviewing the second Doctor story, Tomb of the Cybermen. It is split into two parts as was too large for the site. This particular story generated a very robust discussion which was too good to cut. (editor’s view anyway) Another note, the editor does not necessarily agree with all the views expressed in this podcast. If you listen I think you will recognise what I am referring to.

    Year before, (2019) the group reviewed “An Unearthly Child” and this year the plan is to look at a Pertwee story. Doing a Doctor a year.

    Cheers

    Janette

     

     

     

    #71255
    janetteB @replies

    @blenkinsopthebrave I only just saw the item about Waris Hussein. He was especially talented given the obstacles he had to overcome to succeed at the BBC at that time. Really liked the portrayal of him in An Adventure in Space and Time.

    We watch through a projector or if I am watching things while on the exercise bike, on son’s monitor so the 4k will not be noticed here either. We recently watched The Tomb of the Cybermen for a podcast. I always enjoy re watching the older stories. (and the new ones)

    Cheers

    Janette

    #71252
    janetteB @replies

    Merry Christmas to all

    cheers

    Janette

    #71231
    janetteB @replies

    @nerys Nova Scotia sounds so lovely. Your descriptions bring back memories of L.M.Mongomery books. Glad you father is recovering.

    @blenkinsopthebrave and @winston I really wish that our government had made mask wearing compulsory, especially as I spent an afternoon making myself a mask and have barely had an opportunity to wear it. Instead they are rolling out a “check in” thing which is fine only does not work for older model phones like mine. I have already been turned away from one premises because I could not check in. (they were at fault as they are supposed to offer a paper alternative for details but were not doing so.)

    We are fortunate here and I really appreciate that especially after Victoria suffered so badly. As long as our governments bungle the quarantine accommodation however we are at risk and I would feel safer if people were wearing masks. Covid is so so contagious and spreads so quickly that once you know it is “out” in the population it is already too late. We have  been debating whether or not to go to the city Christmas shopping and I am nervous about doing so not helped by the fact that our train service is currently not fully operational due to line upgrades and the bus we would have to catch was the one that was noted as being a source of contamination a few weeks back. (Is safe now one assumes but is still off putting) I really hate driving to the city but otherwise cannot go book shopping and I want to avoid Amazon so it is city, bookshop and market with masks..

    I hope that others are able to connect with family over christmas. Was looking at  photos in the Guardian yesterday of socially distanced Santas. This is certainly going to be a Christmas like no other.

    Regards

    Janette

     

     

    #71221
    janetteB @replies

    @arbutus lovely to hear from you. You have been missed. Glad that you are doing ok in Vancouver.Sorry to hear about the health problems, not a good year for that.. I like the sound of your Advent Calendar. That is a  great idea. Our Son’s Girlfriend just bought the Elder Scrolls cookbook which has some very tempting drinks in it.

    We have been fortunate here apart from out little “blip” a couple of weeks ago, the weekend we had finally booked to go away but this is that kind of a year where is nothing is certain. In a way I am not sorry about the restrictions here which are still very light but mean no Christmas events to organise though I am hoping to be able to host our traditional “end of term/year Christmas Drinks with the neighbours. IT is a long established tradition and we would be no more than ten, but that does not include the kids who will be upstairs and never join in so I feel as though we would not be breaking any rules. (though fingers crossed the number permitted for private gatherings will increased before then.)

    Cheers

    Janette

     

    #71190
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    @heyoli Hi Welcome. We watched this story just over a week ago, it being one of my favourites I have watching it many many times. there is no explanation of who the family are or their origins. They are just another of those random Dr Who “monsters”. If  I have one complaint about Dr Who is it the total absence of any attempt at “world building.”

    @winston is right. Martha Jones is the real hero of this story. Having worked in hospitality back in student days I really relate to her. “Private school” boys, (in Aus we refer to them a private schools) are the most offensive. I refused to work on those events after a while. “Public Schools”, (which in Aus’ are no fee, government schools) were never a problem.

    cheers

    Janette

     

    #71189
    janetteB @replies

    @winston If I am ever fortunate enough to get to Canada then I will certainly visit and likewise if you ever get to Australia then would love to meet you.

    Back in the early “noughties” I was active in a toy collector’s forum and when we went to the U.K there was a meet up which was one of the highlights of the trip. It was so nice to meet people in person after being part of an on line community.  Now our kids talk about overseas travel in the same way that our parents generation did, as something that will never be in their reach.

    @blenkinsopthebrave Our one day heatwave is over thankfully and we have had rain but there was a bushfire up on the hill just out of town near to one of our favourite wineries, this afternoon. The waterbombers seem to have stopped flying over so guessing it is now controlled and this is supposed to be a cool summer… As for Murdoch’s mates in Canberra.. they clearly live in a very different “reality” to me and just about everybody else for that matter..

    cheers

    Janette

     

     

     

     

    #71188
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    @devilishrobby, @blenkinsopthebrave and @bluesqueakpip It would be interesting to see the Doctor and Yaz working together as they are forming a strong team I do feel that a bit of “gender balance” is good and so whether it is Ryan and Graeme joining the team occasionally or a new male companion it would satisfy that requirement. Also I like there to be two companions but felt at times that three was too many. The Doctor sometimes seemed to be overwhelmed by the “fam”.

    I did hear somewhere that Tosin Cole had been cast in something so maybe he is moving on to “bigger’ things. I think that Ryan as a character is not dependent upon Graeme but not the other way around.

    Cheers

    Janette

    #71183
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    @devilishrobby  I was not aware that two companions are leaving. Hopefully that is Graeme and Ryan. Though  I will miss them would prefer not to loose Yaz yet as I feel the character has a lot more untapped potential. The dynamic between the companions and the Doctor has been one of the best aspects of series 11 & 12 so loosing any part of the “fam” is a shame.

    I also like the new design and it makes sense if the two stories are linked.

    cheers

    Janette

    #71159
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    @dentarthurdent I loved Blakes 7 when I was young. Our boys were introduced to it at a young age. We did a podcast on it last year. (I will put up links but the site is undergoing a transition at the moment and I have to check to see that the older posts are there.) Babylon 5 was inspired by Blakes 7 and Doctor Who among other things. The first series is not particulary gripping but it improves massively. The best is brilliant but there are some cringey moments.

    I just recently re watched Sherlock. It is very “Moffat”. Have you watched the recent Moffat/Gattiss Dracula? IT seems to follow their usual pattern of starting out brilliantly but tapering off at the end.

    @blenkinsopthebrave Fun clips and scarily apt.

    Cheers

    Janette

    #71147
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    @thane16 gosh the lengths we Adelaidians have to go to  to get noticed…

    @blenkinsopthebrave. Yes I am always grateful that my ancestors took the long journey around the planet and not the short hop across the pond, much though I would love to visit Canada one day. I am happy to be on the other side of the planet to the U.S. right now.  I am afraid that there is still plenty of trouble ahead, with a resident in the White House who refuses to leave. I think most people here welcome the decision to lockdown hard and fast. Better by far than delay and then be in lockdown for much longer though we here are “caught short” not having facemasks and as they are already sold out I am looking at making some.

    @dentarthurdent when we get to Xena  I will ask your advice as to which episode to watch. IT may be a while though as we only record monthly and we have a very long list. This month we will be doing Tomb of the Cybermen as I have decreed that November is Dr Who month and I want to cover one story from every Doctor. We did An Unearthly Child last year and the New Doctor the year before. (as a special.)

    Cheers

    Janette

     

     

     

     

    #71141
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    @dentarthurdent Have not watched either Hercules or Xena though the later is on our “Too watch” list for the cult TV podcast. Sounds like Hercules is another contender. (we look at Cult TV shows from over 20 years ago. that is so we can fit in Black Books.)

    Well we are now in full on lockdown. Apparently there are mad queues at the supermarkets. We have a well stocked pantry and over stocked fridge and freezer so hoping to hold out until sanity resumes. It is only for one week and we are a very small state so really no reason to fear shortages. Our trip to the River is not happening but the money is being refunded and so another time.

    Cheers

    Janette

    #71130
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    @dentarthurdent Your mechanics incident sounds like one of my plumbing disasters. I went about replacing a washer the wrong way and still have to fix up the resulting mess.

    Yes The River is the Murray.Water is a very scarce commodity in South Australia so the river is a vital source of fresh water, much fought over with the eastern states.

    My knowledge of N.Z is pretty sketchy though improved after watching LOTR. My partner has visited a couple of times for work but that was when the boys were young and we stayed home.

    cheers

    Janette

     

     

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    Nice to see so many familiar faces on the forum again. It has been very quite here for the last few months.

    @dentarthurdent I hope the “outbreak” in Auckland is under control now.

    @nerys Hoping that your Dad is doing ok.

    Well we have been feeling like we are living in a Covid safe bubble too but two days ago that bubble burst with our first community transmission cases since April 16 and now we are heading back into lockdown which is unfortunate for us as we have a holiday away booked for this weekend, our first break for the year. We were going to the River for a Writing event. In S.A. there is only one river so people talk about “going to the river”. I suspect the event won’t be happening but hopefully we can still get away, for a socially isolating weekend. So now it is us checking the daily dashboard for updates and let’s see if our Premier can match Dan Andrews, (Victorian Premier) for dedication.

    Cheers

    Janette

     

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    @nerys So sorry to hear about your Dad. I hope that he is lucky and pulls through this. Do take care of yourself too through this difficult time.

    Regards

    Janette

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    @dentarthurdent I agree totally with your list of potential Doctors. They all have the quality that J.W. lacks. I felt the same about Peter Davison. He was a good actor, as is J.W. but lacked that something else that is needed for the role. J.W. is also hampered by scripts as was P.D. Both are passable Doctors but neither for me quite nail what it takes. They perhaps feel too much like actors playing the part whereas the actor playing the Doctor should just be the Doctor.  I do feel that she is more natural in the role by series 12. I will probably really like her as the Doctor by the times she leaves.

    Sophie Okonedo, aka Liz 10 would have been a great Doctor. She has that “spark”. Seems most of the best potential Doctor’s have already appeared in the show. Sacha Dhawan was top of my Doctor/actor wish list so I was really disappointed when he appears in series 12 as another character. I kept thinking, “but he would be so much better as the Doctor”. (better than as the person he was cast as that is)

    I don’t like the new Tardis interior either but am getting used to it. Have not really been a fan of any of the AG interiors other than the Capdoc one. Loved the bookcases. Just what the Tardis needs.

    Cheers

    Janette

     

     

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    @thane16 so sorry to hear that you lost a close family member due to covid 19 and difficult not being able to see her before she passed away.

    @mudlark good to hear from you. Glad that you are keeping well.

    @nerys I don’t think the “Orange Menace” will conceed willingly or gracefully and like you fear that there is trouble ahead but his power base is fast evaporating. (good to hear from you too.)

    Cheers

    Janette

     

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    Um. My reply just got eaten so try again.

    Thank you for that link @blenkinsopthebrave A good antidote to the news, or lack of. This is torture even for us on the other side of the planet because the welfare of the planet is at stake.

    Fingers crossed, toes crossed,

    Cheers

    Janette

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    @dentarthurdent I stopped watching Dr Who at about the time Peter Davison took over due to life circumstances, leaving home and heading off to the other side of the planet mostly. Watched a few episodes while living in the U.K but don’t even recall what they were, then many years later saw several McCoy stories and would have re engaged but then the series was cancelled. It did feel as though it was canned just when it had hit an upwards trajectory. But at the same time I do appreciate the gap. Maybe it it had not been cancelled then it would have run aground again and we would not have had the wonderful revival ten or so years later.

    Ace is a good companion, one of my favourites from BG Who.

    While on the subject of BG Who there was this rather fun article on the Guardian the other day. “Gotta” love that cheeky smile, still the same after all these years.

    Cheers

    Janette

     

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    @blenkinsopthebrave I am not sure I could keep it down to just three Desert Island Stories. I would want at least one from each Doctor AG and the first four BG but if I really had to get it down to just two,

    Oh this is tough,..

    1, and 2 Human Nature and Family of Blood. 3. Has to be a Capaldi. Maybe Last Christmas for the reasons mentioned by @dentarthurdent and if 1 & 2 count as one story then third would be Day of the Doctor.

    The Empty Child and The Doctor Dances are certainly the best of the first series and would be my fourth choice. Hard to pick between those two and Human Nature and Family of Blood.

    @dentarthurdent I just watched Ghost Light which was ok. Not brilliant but certainly watchable. I do like Ace as a companion and there is a great rapport between her and the Doctor. Curse of Fenric is another good story.

    cheers

    Janette

     

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