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  • JimTheFish replied to the topic On The Sofa (8)

    Quite fun and worth it for Michelle Gomez’s interpretation of the 12th Doc alone…

  • JimTheFish replied to the topic Smile

    @tardigrade

    Yes, I was wondering where your post went to.

    Honestly, I can’t see them having any concept of rent as we’d understand it

    Well, we see the ‘tablet’ with the human history showing on it beside the dead shepherd. Surely the Vardies had seen that, or more likely had access to databanks of human culture and history. I think it’s safe to…[Read more]

  • JimTheFish replied to the topic Smile

    @missy

    It must be some other show you’re thinking of — perhaps one specific to your region? The ‘official’ after show is definitely Christel. Here’s this week’s btw, with a cracking interview with Peter Capaldi, replete with some interesting tidbits on his take on the Doctor’s character, the discovery of alien life and the usual gubbins about…[Read more]

  • JimTheFish replied to the topic Smile

    @bluesqueakpip — yes, I think the Doctor did perform what he considered to be a piece of ad hoc ‘justice’. (so much for him not being ‘the police’). It’s also his Time Lord showing, let’s face it.

    @tardigrade — it wouldn’t be the first time that the Doctor has left a planet with a precarious ad hoc ‘peace’ and just hopes that it’ll all turn out…[Read more]

  • JimTheFish replied to the topic Smile

    @mudlark and @pufferfish

    I think there’s a definite Puritan edge to all the names of the colonists and I think this is possibly what made me think of Faber’s Book of Strange New Things. Is it possible that this colony ship is reserved for a religious faction/cult of some kind (after all, the Scots got a ship to themselves). Although it is an…[Read more]

  • JimTheFish replied to the topic The Maldovarium

    My personal take is that Broadchurch has always been a flawed creation and that the first series benefited from being broadcast during a period of relative drought of quality drama. The second series was pants and Chibnall did himself no favours by lashing out at his critics instead of just putting his hand up to its failings and just carrying on.…[Read more]

  • JimTheFish replied to the topic Smile

    @missy

    Last week I thought the presenter was rather silly and not a true DW fan. He was just doing a job. That was my impression anyway

    Think that’s a bit unfair. Christel Dee is a long-term YouTuber with serious Who tendencies and was doing really rather good fan vlogs for quite some time now. That the BBC has taken on her show as the…[Read more]

  • JimTheFish replied to the topic Smile

    @pedant

    Re the bird, it did occur to me that it might be a Dodo (think about it)

    Ooo, that’s a really cool idea. I’m really enjoying all the Hartnell love this series. It’s often felt to me that his era tends to get forgotten about as somehow being too ‘old fashioned’ or ‘too long ago’ or something…

    Though I suppose it’s probably too much to…[Read more]

  • JimTheFish replied to the topic The Pilot

    We all know that Peter Capaldi is quite the talented artist but it turns out that Heather is no slouch herself. Really liked this.

  • JimTheFish replied to the topic Smile

    The paintings are an interesting spot and definitely seem to be a ‘thing’. Although I must admit I was convinced by the Tarot talk last year and that didn’t seem to have any lasting significance. I do wonder if SM and the production team do like to throw something in for the likes of our little gang to chew over but which is essentially tangential…[Read more]

  • JimTheFish replied to the topic Smile

    @blenkinsopthebrave — also think you’re take on the episode being at least partially about language is spot on. Though I don’t seem to mind emoji as much you or @ pedant 😉

    @mudlark and @wolfweed — the Van Gogh painting is striking, but I think the chances are it’s a striking similarity. I suspect the cornfields were chosen because its a…[Read more]

  • JimTheFish replied to the topic On The Sofa (8)

    @janetteb — Planet of the Daleks is cheesily terrible — Terry Nation really phoning it in. But as it’s my first encounter with Who in any form I have a significant soft spot for it…

  • JimTheFish replied to the topic Smile

    Not quite as glorious as last week but a pretty solid episode nonetheless. I like how the first 20 or so minutes had a real old-school feeling to them — the equivalent off what would have been the first episode of a BG story, with lots of questions, a mystery, a new world to explore, and Capaldi is definitely reminding me of mid-period Tom Baker…[Read more]

  • JimTheFish replied to the topic The Pilot

    @missy — fair enough. The After Show is very good and it’s been posted up-thread a bit. It’s well worth checking out for the interview with SM and Pearl Mackie. But basically the Dalek scene was cut because it affected the pace of the episode.

  • @thane15

    I think one ought to be careful when stating “Series 8 was deeply flawed”  and then perhaps claiming why it wasn’t? Was it flawed, deeply, or not?

    @pedant has just pointed out in his inimitable and […]

  • @pedant

    My fundamental problem with this discussion is that it is rooted in a false premise about ratings, and an equally false narrative about failure

    Actually, it isn’t. As has been stressed several times […]

  • @blenkinsopthebrave

    totally agree with the death themes of s8 and s9. SM must have been undergoing a dark night of the soul when he was writing them. But on a more general note, I think yours and @mudlark‘s […]

  • @thane15

    Yes, a fascinating discussion.

    I think it’s true that s8 is very patchy in terms of story quality but not that I didn’t like it. But it has had a knock-on effect on subsequent series — ones that […]

  • @mudlark

    Yeah, tends to agree about Pertwee. There’s just something about his performance that’s slightly off-putting/dated. I’ve said this before but my first introduction to Who was through the Target […]

  • JimTheFish replied to the topic The Pilot

    @missy

    Didn’t really mind about the missing Dalek scene. And SM’s reasoning for omitting it (in the After Show video) is pretty sound I think…

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