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21 November 2020 at 05:33 #71159
@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.
Janette18 November 2020 at 13:31 #71147
@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.)
Janette18 November 2020 at 05:14 #71141
@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.
Janette16 November 2020 at 13:25 #71130
@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.
Janette16 November 2020 at 05:46 #71128
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.
Janette12 November 2020 at 03:10 #71123
@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.
Janette9 November 2020 at 10:37 #71111
@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.
Janette9 November 2020 at 06:06 #71104
@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.)
Janette6 November 2020 at 05:20 #71081
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,
Janette4 November 2020 at 06:36 #71076
@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.
Janette26 October 2020 at 07:44 #71066
@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.
Janette17 October 2020 at 13:36 #71050
Hi @dentarthurdent I have been looking forward to your review of this episode. It is one of my favourites from this series, in part because of the location, in part because of the very welcome appearance of Grace and the early scenes in the house. The ending is a bit rushed and there are some narrative inconsistencies but overall it is a very enjoyable episode and has a “Who” feel that some of the earlier episodes lack.
Janette14 October 2020 at 04:23 #71047
@blenkinsopthebrave I know of the book though I have never read it. I do often think of the title, though I thought it was “The Great Australian Ugliness” when I look at post war houses. It seems Australian architecture is on a “race to the bottom”. Our houses get uglier and uglier. There is a street that I walk down when walking into town with some lovely colonial housing. One stone cottage would date back to the 1860s or 70s at a guess. It was recently extended, understandably as it would be no more than two rooms, but there has been no attempt made to compliment the style of the original. I just don’t understand the thinking or lack of. Even on a tight budget one can have sash windows in wooden frames, (I know..) and a rough render that won’t conflict with the stone and scream modern.
I hope you find the rake. When we lived in Sweden we had a similiar situation with the snow shovels. We did not realise their usefulness and let the boys play with them so when it snowed they were buried under the snow, disaster..
@winston Belated happy Thanks giving. Incidentally my Great, great, great grandfather moved to Moore township in Lambton County Ontario. The story is that he visited his son in Australia then went on to visit another son in Canada and settled there. I am reading this from family history so the names may well have changed over the years.
Janette12 October 2020 at 06:26 #71041
@blenkinsopthebrave I always say that in Australia we are so focussed on keeping houses cool in summer that we entirely forget about the need to keep warm in winter, especially in S.A which has very cold winters. The early settlers built cellars and water tanks before they built proper houses. Our house originally had both but the former has been filled in. The kitchen was always separate to keep the cooking heat away from the main house. I guess they were used to cold but the heat must have been a shock to them. I can’t imagine how they survived those summers without any form of cooling and barely any fresh water.
It still makes sense to have cellars in Aus but post war housing is designed to be as cheap to build as possible with little regard for energy saving, comfort or aesthetics. I do think Australia must have the worst house design on the planet.
And another thing, (rant warning) that really irks me about Australian housing is the attitude that a house is an asset not a home. We were reprimanded repeatedly for “over capitalising” when we built an extension on our house, an extension that has enabled our children to stay at home, to have partners move in and friends to stay. (We now have seven people living in our house..) The money we spent vastly improved our quality of life but we were told we were throwing it away.
I agree re’ attics and cellars. When we lived in Sweden we had a three story house, basement, ground floor and attic level. It was not a large house but full of “secret spaces.” When we built the extension we built up rather than out, swallowing up the garden as is the trend here. Due to heritage restrictions we could not build above the original roof height but due to the ceiling height in the old house we were able to have attics. I do understand why Australians did not have attics as they get very hot in summer, even with heavy duty insulation and good air flow but for the kids it almost feels like their own place up there. We now have an “upstairs” cat. Eldest son and his girlfriend recently got a cat that has yet to leave their room, and meet the “downstairs” cat. Interesting times ahead..
Janette11 October 2020 at 14:58 #71038
@dentarthurdent I never miss a new post on the forum. (And I check far too often.) I really enjoy this story too. It is one of the few that I re watch from this series. The story reminded me of a book we studied in “Post Colonial Lit”. which lacked the demons. I did like that the aliens were not evil. Disappointed however to learn that it was not filmed in location but guess there are reasons for that.
Janette11 October 2020 at 09:23 #71036
@blenkinsopthebrave I do agree that anything that has been screened no longer counts as a spoiler. The location in question is Gallifrey. I was not happy at all about that story development especially as we have seen Gallifrey at the end of the universe. It felt rather as though Chibbers was stomping on Moff’s story.
We feel as though we are currently living in a bubble in S.A. Life goes on almost as normal. Last night we even went to the city for the first time since Fringe in Feb’ and to the cinema. (don’t ask what film…) But we are aware that our security is fragile, very fragile and everyone makes plans while looking for something wooden to touch, even the most cynical of us. When all else fails we fall back on superstition. (well at least I do, silly though it is)
The entire world is watching the U.S with trepidation. I always think the one disadvantage with Canada is not the weather but its border. (even though I really, really feel the cold I love snow and extreme cold and in Canada the houses are well heated. We probably feel the cold more here in S.A. because heating is an alien concept and our houses are designed purely for summer and turn into ice boxes in winter.)
Janette10 October 2020 at 06:30 #71034
@blenkinsopthebrave Thank you for the good news. (Might be a bit spoilery for those who have not yet seen series 12) I hoped the festive special (if there was one) would pick up from the last episode and I’m still hoping to see some of the events of series 12 undone, especially as the depiction of a certain location does not tie into earlier stories, which are set much later.
Janette8 October 2020 at 05:26 #71030
@winston N.Z has the advantages of being an Island and Jacinta Arden. I think too many people just don’t appreciate how contagious this virus is or how dangerous and governments keep obsessing over the economic damage rather than the human cost. I hope you will be able to see your grandchildren in person again soon. A good friend of mine became a grandmother just when lockdown started in March and had to wait two months to see her granddaughter.
@dentarthurdent The cat is very well. Bank account less so..
@oochillyo I like Doctor Mysterioso too but like Winston I do a Christmas Special re watch in the run up to Christmas, usually starting late November. I also try to squeeze in Hogfather which was my introduction to Pratchett and several other dramas. (usually a Dickens. Like Gatiss I do like a good ghost story at Christmas.) sorry I can’t advise as to the I Player problem.
I am currently re watching Sherlock as I felt like some “Moffaty” writing. I see that he is now working on something titled Jekyll. (He worked on a tv series back in 2007 with the same name so presumably whatever this is it is based upon that,)
Janette.6 October 2020 at 04:27 #71018
Hi @winston really sorry to hear that you are back in Lockdown. I think this is going to be an “ongoing” for all of use for a long time to come. We have spent the last few months holding our breaths as we dodge the bullets here. the situation across the border in Victoria shows just how easily and quickly Covid can get out and spread. Thankfully they seem to have the lid on it now.
@dentarthurdent We so seem ot agree mostly but not on Arachnids in the U.K I thought Yaz’ family were great but the only good thing in the episode, perhaps because here in Oz we cannot afford to be so forgiving of spiders. A couple of years ago one of our sons and a visiting neighbour were attacked at the top of the stairs by a funnelweb, Luckily it didn’t get to bite because while not the Sydney variety which are very deadly, it would still have been very nasty. We also share our house and garden with a major colony of redbacks. Australia must be the only country to ever censor an Peppa Pig. (the episode in question stated that spiders are friendly.)
Rosa I enjoyed parts of. The moment where Graeme realises that he had to be that guy to keep history on track is good. The history elements are good and the subject matter very pertinent at the moment. I think the real problem is that after the “show” which is good we then get the “tell”, something that seems to be common problem with the Chibnell era stories. I worry that the “preachiness” of the ending alienates those who agree with the message as they “got” it and undoes any good that the story achieved with those who don’t agree but might be influenced by the story by ramming in the message. It has been over a year since I watched Rosa so I might be doing the episode an injustice.
I have more to add but am being reminded that the cat is due at the vets in 15 mins so will post now and continue when we return.
Janette2 October 2020 at 05:47 #71007
@dentarthurdent Hi. I am following your posts with interest. Overall I am in agreement with you. Series 11 does improve but I found it lacking. One family member said it lacked “charm” but I think “bland” is very apt. It is good but all a but bland. There are no terrible episodes but no brilliant ones. There are only three episodes in the series that I enjoy enough to re watch. I do feel that Jodie Whitaker’s acting lacks that magic ingredient that the role of the Doctor requires. (I felt exactly the same way about Peter Davison.) Both are fine actors. P.D was probably one of the best actors to play the Doctor before the gap but he lacked that ingredient which Tom Baker, who was not such a great actor, had in spades. The actor who plays Grace may well have been better. she is charismatic and warm. There were comments to that effect here after watching the first episodes. I don’t dislike J.W. and I think she is hampered by scripts which are often ‘leaden”. Maybe if Moffat was show runner we would see some of that charm and charisma that is lacking.
On the companions I agree and disagree. I liked the “fam”, Yaz especially. She is a good character played with conviction. She feels more “real” than many of the previous companions. Ryan and Graeme can be a bit to ready to play the “wise words” role, a bit preachy, which is one of the problems with the writing of the series overall. That is pared down a bit in series 12 I think. It feels as though there is a bit more confidence in the writing, letting the narrative speak for itself. My issue with the companions is one with the writing. At times the splintering of the narrative feels contrived at at time they overshadow the Doctor. But for me these are minor quibbles.
The good news is having just re watched series 12 I can say it is much better than series 11 so hang on, keep watching.
Good Omens is wonderful. I have yet to read the book. It is on top of my “too read” pile. Oh and check the You Tube Good Omens lock down snippet. It is golden.
Janette18 September 2020 at 05:03 #70978
Another lost story animation. Article about it is here
It is great that the missing stories are being brought back in some form, as best as can be done without access to a Tardis.
Janette16 September 2020 at 05:11 #70967
@oochillyo We are the extended “fam”. I like that idea.
@dentarthurdent I agree you on most points but not the Tennant/Rose pairing. Their’s is the Doctor/Companion relationship that I like least of AGWho. (After Gap Who) Series 2 is my least favourite and I find Rose quite irritating in some episodes.
Three seems to be the magic number for the Tardis crew it seems. (Doctor and two companions.) More than two companions can work but too often one is getting pushed to the background which I feel is a tendency in these last two series. Often I think there is too much of Graeme not enough time for Yaz and Ryan to develop and even the Doctor is sometimes taking second place.
Janette15 September 2020 at 07:29 #70963
@oochilyo and @dentarthurdent I am really enjoying your discussion. Sorry for not joining in but am busy with lots of stuff and usually read posts here when I am tired or just need a break.
Declan, I will defend Clara too, but like Dentarthurdent I am biased because I like Clara, though many of my friends do not so I get that to some viewers she is annoying. She does treat Danny badly but she is aware of doing so. She does take responsibility for her “faults”. Clara to me is very real and very human. I really enjoy the report between her and “CapDoc”.
Kill The Moon is one of the few recent episodes that I just can’t watch. Forest of the Night is also preposterous but it gets a pass from me because it is fun, has heart and though the science is silly there is a good message in it and I love the idea of a forest growing up overnight in London.
We recently watched Extremis and the following two episodes. I understand Bill’s decision to ask for help from the monks. she was left with two bad choices because the planet was not likely to survive without the Doctor. In her position would I do as she did, possibly and it did buy time. She saved the Doctor and in doing so ensured the eventual saving of the planet.
It is a pity Bill and Nardole did not get to do another series as I really enjoyed them both as companions.
Janette1 September 2020 at 10:18 #70945
Are we doing a re-watch of this?? Tried it once and did not get far but might have been my frame of mind at the time. Will give it another go.
Janette26 August 2020 at 14:53 #70937
@dentarthurdent That is a wonderful and very comprehensive analysis of Hell Bent. Reading it was almost as good as watching the actual episode. It is a beautiful episode and as you demonstrate the writing and acting are both close to perfection as is the directing. I do think this episode and Heaven Sent are two of the best of the best Who stories.
Janette23 August 2020 at 16:10 #70930
@dentarthurdent (I hope I spelt that correctly..) I read Day of the Doctor at Christmas and loved it. It is so typically MOffat in style, witty, clever and imaginative. One of the best “Who” novelisations I have read. Definitely worth its place on the bookshelf.
Janette19 August 2020 at 06:49 #70922
Hi Puro @thane16 really good to hear from you again. Glad that all is well up in Brisbane. It is like a yo yo at the moment. We are relatively relaxed here in S.A. but everyone is fearful and unwilling to make any plans. So many events cancelled. It does get a bit depressing but at least we can go out. Pubs, cafes and wineries are open and we are able to attend meetings in person. No sun in the garden today though. We are getting some very much needed rain.
@blenkinsopthebrave Your summery island sounds lovely. What I miss most at the moment is the possibility of travel. (not that we can really afford it anyway but is nice to dream.)
Janette15 August 2020 at 04:31 #70896
@winston Hi. Hope you are well. We are relatively fortunate in that our state is managing to keep things under control thanks to strict border patrols but we are all holding our breaths and wondering how long it will last. It is so hard for small businesses. some are afraid to re open still as they would not survive a second lock down.
I am really enjoying the discussion @oochillyo and @dentathurdent. At the moment I have a backlog of work to do hence not replying. I am following your posts with interest. Please do revisit old threads. it is always good to revive old discussions. We are all of us here because we never get tired of talking about Dr Who.
@cbsbacon welcome to the forum.
Janette10 August 2020 at 07:31 #70877
@toinfinityandbepond You beat me… I shared your delight too when I read this. Great that “Eccles” has finally returned to the fold. There was an article in the Guardian the other day about Big Finish and how they started up.
Janette6 August 2020 at 13:29 #70873
@oochillyo There are some fine episodes in series 11 and 12 but for me, none really stand out as either exceptionally good or exceptionally bad. They are all average to above average. I like “Team Tardis” though I am beginning to find Graeme a bit annoying. Yaz is my favourite of the three and I hope to see her character get more “space” to develop next series. J.W. is good but again, not my favourite Doctor. I feel that she is a bit too human. I would compare her to Peter Davison only with good companions and better scripts. Like P.D. she is following a brilliant Doctor. Had she been before P.C. I think she would have possibly really nailed it for me. I am a little biased as I really liked P.C. as the Doctor. He was my “Tom Baker” equivalent.
I have yet to re watch series 12, in part due to computer crashes. I must remedy this situation soon.
Janette3 August 2020 at 15:29 #70869
@oochillyo Our boys were young when Silence in the Library and Forest of the Dead first aired and they were terrified of those episodes too. It was some years before we could watch them. I don’t blame them either. The threat that cannot be seen is one of the most frightening in all of Who and I can see how the idea of children who are not real would be quite confronting for child viewers. As a Mum it brought tears to my eyes. I really felt for Donna in that second episode.
Janette3 August 2020 at 08:03 #70867
Hope everyone is well and getting through these tough times. The news is grim and getting grimmer. Here in Oz we are watching the headlines every day with suspended breath, and keeping fingers crossed that the border will hold but it is a very large border to patrol and Melbourne is only eight hours away. Some of our local small businesses are not reopening in case they have to close again. they are waiting things out, but overall despite the lack of rain I am glad that I chose to live where I do. The countryside is lovely still, and the sun is flooding into our garden once again.
Janette3 August 2020 at 07:57 #70866
@oochillyo Welcome to the forum and thank you for starting up a discussion. I do like Gridlock. Certainly up there in the favourites list however like @winston I cannot pick a particular favourite. I have so many favourites including Blink and Vincent which we re-watched recently. My other favourites include Heaven Sent, The Empty Child and the Doctor Dances and Turn Left Silence in the Library and Forest of the Dead. Each is brilliant in a different way but these are the episodes that for me stand out most. These are the episodes that I will watch again and again, and then again..
Janette24 July 2020 at 06:29 #70847
My Who lore really tapers of after the Tom Baker years. I have books on the making of up to the eighties but nothing beyond as that was when I left home and stopped watching for many years.
The Master is fun and I have trouble viewing Sacha Dhawan as evil. He has always played nice characters, (that I have seen anyway). I think he would have been better cast as the Doctor some time in the future. Perhaps, (crazy theory forming here) the Master is The Doctor, a Doctor splinter or alternate Doctor or perhaps they are twins, both seem to bend the regeneration laws and neither are typical Time Lords.
Janette22 July 2020 at 07:54 #7083922 July 2020 at 07:50 #70838
@blenkinsopthebrave I still check in most days but am currently on a borrowed laptop, mine being out of action for unknown causes. Hopefully we can get it working again in the next day or so.
I have never seen the valeyard episode and don’t really care to. Nor have I slogged through Trial of a Timelord”. I am not a completist. I have only watched some of the Davison stories, a couple of Colin Baker’s and the last series of Sylvestor McCoy. From what I have read the idea of the Valeyard sounds like a betrayal of what the Doctor stands for and I hope it will never be revisited but as I have not watched the stories perhaps I am not doing justice to the concept.
Janette19 July 2020 at 06:26 #70832
We were recording a podcast during the week and everyone was saddened by the death of Grant Imahara. Way too young.
The descriptions of Canada were lovely and gave me “itchy feet syndrome”. We were talking to a Canadian yesterday which made it worse. One day, maybe..
For the first time since February we went out to the Barossa yesterday. I would hardly call it “country” but it is rural and beautiful, especially when the later afternoon sun falls on the jagged hills that border the valley.
Janette5 July 2020 at 06:42 #70813
Saw the news about Earl Cameron last night and recognised the name instantly. He was memorable in Tenth Planet too, giving depth to the character. A fine actor.
Janette2 July 2020 at 10:33 #70803
Happy Canada Day, @winston @blenkinsopthebrave and all our other Canadian friends. I have yet to visit Canada but I have a great, great, great grandfather buried in Canada. The story is that when his wife died he came to Australia to visit the son who immigrated here then went to Canada to visit the other sons and daughter who had gone to Canada and there he stayed.
@davros Sad news about Louis Mahoney As Blenkinsopthebrave said, he was so memorable in that short role of Billy Shipton, I did not realise he had other parts in old Who. I will look out for him when I next do a re watch.
Janette1 July 2020 at 15:58 #70797
@blenkinsopthebrave that is impressive. I knew Bob Baker wrote for Dr Who but did not know he also contributed to Wallace and Gromit.
We watched The Three Doctors last year. I recall enjoying it. It does establish formulas for future multi doctor stories.
Janette13 June 2020 at 04:30 #70758
Yes and shed a tear or two. It is highly fictionalised but I can forgive that because it is such a beautiful film. You might remember an old BBC series back in the 70s or very early 80s, (before I left home in 82) about J.M.Barrie called “The Lost Boys” I think. It was very good but probably too slow and “dry” for modern audiences. I Dr Who link, Maureen O’Brien, who played Vicky companion to the First Doctor is Barrie’s wife.
Janette13 June 2020 at 04:26 #7075712 June 2020 at 07:55 #70751
@blenkinsopthebrave Thanks for posting that link. That was a lovely interview with Mandip Gill. Really glad that there will be a festive special though her description of Sacha Dhawan just reminded me of how much I wanted him to be the Doctor one day. I had been thinking for some time that he is perfect for the role, in a way that few actors are, so I was a little disappointed when he was cast as The Master.
Janette11 June 2020 at 10:07 #70749
@missrori I agree that this current situation needs to be addressed in the next series and I think it will be. Dr Who writers have tended to blend in current situations and this one has great story potential to be mined. The only problem is on drawing one something like the current situation is there needs to be an explanation for why the Doctor does not fix everything. Our world is broken, like the world of “Turn Left” because we don’t have the Doctor to fix things and the writers have to balance that.
(I found this myself in the short piece of “fan fic” I am writing. I was half way through when the pandemic hit and had to change things a little.)
Janette6 June 2020 at 05:45 #70741
Good article in the Guardian about the Dr Who watchalong thingies. Do watch the Sarah Jane Tribute but warning, have a large packet of tissues at the ready.
Janette2 June 2020 at 10:25 #70728
Even later. The only criticism I have about the episode is some of the special effects are dodgy but other than that it is near perfection, one of the best. Agree that few other Doctor’s could have pulled it off. It is hard to imagine anyone but Capaldi in this episode but it was written for him, for his Doctor.
The letter is lovely and so like him to credit all those involved reminding us of the collaborative effort required to produce a brilliant episode. All too often those behind the scenes are overlooked and their contribution not given the credit is is due.
Janette2 June 2020 at 09:13 #70727
@grahamwarren I know that locally the “opp shops,” (second hand/charity shops) take VHS videos still, around where I live anyway so that is always worth a try. I assume they are all pre-recordeds not taken from TV? I doubt you will get any money for them unless there happens to be something recorded from TV (using reel to reel I believe) in the 60s but that is unfortunately more unlikely than finding a time travelling police box that is larger on the inside on your street corner.
Janette20 May 2020 at 09:10 #70699
@craig Brilliant. One of the best I have seen so far. the last one made me feel teary, this has left me in tears too but for a different reason. Must say however that scarf looks to be in remarkably good condition for something that has been knocking around space for seven years, dragging through the mud of alien planets, being trod on and tripped over, not to mention caught in doors and on random pieces of furniture.
Janette20 May 2020 at 09:01 #70698
@craig. My eyes are a little moist after watching that. Beautifully written and of course acted.
I am rather behind with the rewatches but we watched “Girl in the Fireplace very recently so I can say, it is still as brilliant as it was back when first screened. An episode that really plays with time travel, it is fun, very very scary, well costumed and heartbreaking. An aside, one of the costumes worn by Madame Pompadour was made for the Fifth Doctor story, Black Orchid.
Janette20 May 2020 at 07:41 #70697
Have been in and out over the past few weeks, busy as always, though the lockdown has at least meant no meetings. It has almost felt like a holiday but have been trying to catch up on other work which I had been neglecting.
Good to hear all are well and keeping safe. Right now I am very glad to be living where I do. Despite our idiot government so aptly described by the chinese as a “kangaroo serving as the dog of the U.S.” we seem to be doing well, mostly because of the State Governments taking responsibility and an good health service. Low population density is a big factor too. @nerys I hope your region stays Covid clear.
We still have an expanded household which has actually been good though was difficult when there were shortages. We are now able to be in groups of up to ten so were able to have a meeting the other night. It was so nice to talk to people that everyone stood about for an hour in the cold afterwards chatting. All going well, in a month’s time pubs and cafes will open and this Saturday we are finally going to meet the “boy over the road’s” baby who was born just before lockdown. His mother has not seen her for almost two months which has been tough. (her first and only grandchild). @winston, I hope you are able to see your grandchildren soon too.
@whisht enjoy Denmark. It is a very interesting country. We only got to Copenhagen for one weekend. It rained, and rained and rained. We got soaked and spent half of one day sitting in a department store cafeteria drying out. The museum was mostly closed for renovations which was really disappointing for me, probably not for the boys who were getting “museum fatigue” by that stage.
@thane16 A wave from down south. Hopefully things are well on the way to recovery in your state too.
@blenkinsopthebrave I hope the Blenkinsop cellar is holding out. We are eagerly looking forward to being able to take a trip out to the Barossa which was in total lockdown for a while, thanks to some inconsiderate tourists.