• JimTheFish replied to the topic Kerblam!

    @bluesqueakpip

    Avoiding the obvious critique is fine but I think you have to think it through and not just do it for the sake of it. Leaving aside the plotholes which, let’s face it, have never really bothered us, this episode seems to be all over the place intellectually, with its ‘terrorism wins’ and ‘let’s define people’s self worth by their…[Read more]

  • JimTheFish replied to the topic Kerblam!

    @bluesqueakpip

    We’re talking apples and oranges here

    To an extent we are, I suppose. I guess I was citing Oxygen as the most recent episode to take on modern capitalism before this one. But I was more thinking that if you take this whole sub-genre from The Happiness Patrol to The Sun Makers to The Green Death and beyond, Kerblamm really sticks o…[Read more]

  • JimTheFish replied to the topic Kerblam!

    Shades of The Happiness Patrol, Time Heist and The Beast Below to that one, although mostly what it reminded me of was The Long Game. A nice enough runaround with a touch of stunt casting and a premise that’s going to look quite dated further down the line. And still that vague feeling of what would have been a filler episode in times gone by.

    I…[Read more]

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

    @bluesqueakpip

    the opening shots in ‘we want some changes around here’

    I dunno, it seems a bit early in his run for him to be demanding changes, especially as it seems that the Beeb seems to have gone out of its way to accommodate him as it is. Unless he’s angling for more money, I don’t see what else there is that he could possibly want to cha…[Read more]

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

    @bluesqueakpip

    Yeah, fair points. I just don’t get that that discomfort is coming from those lines or that she’s projecting a performance as much as fumbling to find a pitch for it. She’s not unique in this. […]

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

    @bluesqueakpip

    As you were. I hopefully stand corrected. S12 airing in Autumn 2019.

    https://www.starburstmagazine.com/doctor-bbc-confirm-series-12-broadcast-2019

    Though interesting speculation that Chibnall and Whittaker might go afterwards. Where, one wonders, would that leave the much-vaunted five-year deal?

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

    @mudlark

    Sorry to hear that. As @pedant says, always best to get these things removed as early as possible. Hope it all goes OK.

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

    @KevinWho
    Maybe if the show can establish the TARDIS as really having a mind of her own
    As @mudlark says, The Doctor’s Wife did address that and didn’t TUAT also highlight CapDoc being able to pilot the TARDIS w […]

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

    @bluesqueakpip

    s12 is definitely in pre-production, although the early stages if the chat on Twitter and thereabouts is to be believed. I suppose it’s theoretically possible that we could see it late in 2019 but I doubt it, not with the amount of post that Who requires. I’m pretty sure they were well under way with filming s11 by this time last…[Read more]

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

    I don’t think this really qualifies as a spoiler. No Christmas Special this year but a New Year Day one instead.

    https://www.denofgeek.com/uk/tv/doctor-who/61805/doctor-who-2018-christmas-special-moved-to-new-years-day

    Cue the usual outrage but I’m not sure I’m all that bothered by this. Can’t recall ever actually watching a Christmas episode…[Read more]

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

    @bluesqueakpip
    But don’t forget the first RTD series, which essentially threw everything including the kitchen sink at the audience. That was a bit – wobbly
    I know, it always surprises me to see that more tha […]

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

    @bluesqueakpip

    Great blog, as ever, Pip. I think you’re definitely right that Chibnall’s intention is to take Who fans out of their comfort zone in the sense of expanding the frames of reference over what a Who […]

  • JimTheFish replied to the topic Demons of the Punjab

    @bluesqueakpip

    it might be that the change from the direction of the Moffat years is so great that it’s going to take a series to get your head round

    That’s distinctly possible, of course, but I’ve seen a number of dramatic changes in direction over the years, not all I’ve cared for (the shift from the sublime Hinchcliffe/Holmes era to the W…[Read more]

  • JimTheFish replied to the topic Demons of the Punjab

    I continue to be conflicted. Clive James once had a line that went something like whenever he found that he shared an opinion with Jane Fonda he immediately had to examine it to figure out what was wrong with it. Similarly, it’s frustrating me that while I have absolutely no truck with the #notmydoctor #whotoopc moron brigade, I find that I’m…[Read more]

  • JimTheFish replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @pedant

    Your life is certainly being rather on the eventful side at the moment. Glad you emerged from this (relatively) unscathed. Hope you’ll be quickly on the mend….

  • JimTheFish replied to the topic The Tsuranga Conundrum

    @troygorsline

    I think we are all taking the color of the shirt too far

    Ah, you must be new around these here parts….

    @rob

    It did strike me that some of the sets did look quite TARDIS-like. Maybe they were part of an earlier redesign and just repurposed….

  • JimTheFish replied to the topic The Tsuranga Conundrum

    @pedant

    So it’s a machine that goes PTing?

    I can’t believe you went there.

    What the P’Ting (and CC really needs to stop with the random apostrophe villains, if that’s indeed how you spell it) really reminded me of was the Purple Minions from Despicable Me 2.

  • JimTheFish replied to the topic The Tsuranga Conundrum

    Well, it looked nice. Sort of 80s Who meets Space 1999 vibe to the sets. And doesn’t The Tsuranga Conundrum just sound like the title of an annual story from the 70s?

    Apart from that, I got nothing.

  • JimTheFish replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @craig

    I’ll definitely be interested in giving it a read when I get a chance….

    And as you’re ‘funemployed’ at the moment, surely no better time to sit down and write something else?

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

    @nekrosys

    And yet, here you are, being all triggered.

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