• Juniperfish replied to the topic The Power of the Doctor

    @Bluesqueakpip <waves>

    But I agree that, when we look back, we will see this as a great ‘opening up’ era

    Yes, and I am really grateful for it. The seeds were sown in The Doctor’s Wife, with the off-screen appearance of the Time Lord, the Corsair, described as sometimes regenerating male-embodied and sometimes female-embodied. And Missy and Whi…[Read more]

  • Juniperfish replied to the topic The Power of the Doctor

    Hello Everyone!

    I got absolutely soaked in a really wild thunderstorm on my way to the pub at tea time, so had to come home and try to dry the chill off my bones in time to settle in for The Power of the Doctor.

    I was watching the incredible special effects and thinking, you know, I really wish we had lower production values and more frequent…[Read more]

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

    Hope you’re feeling better @scaryb , and @winston that the rest of your family stay Covid free. It’s everywhere right now – bloomin’ Covid Christmas, as Raymond Briggs would say. I’ve been indoors for the last ten days with my sis, as she tested + on Christmas eve. So far I’ve escaped – lots of open windows! We are out of Covid-gaol…[Read more]

  • Juniperfish replied to the topic Eve of the Daleks

    HNY everyone.

    I was delighted that Yaz’s romantic feelings for the Doc were acknowledged in text.

    It’s really, deeply meaningful for gender non-conforming and LGBTQ+ fans to have watched the Doctor become gender-fluid by way of regenerations and now, in the Doc’s awkward fashion, perhaps romantically, fond of certain humans regardless of…[Read more]

  • @ichabod – your characterisation and frustration did make me smile 🙂

    I do appreciate feeling slightly crazed (as above) by the kitchen-sinkyness of it all. Some of the mystery I liked, however, because the universe is mysterious, after all.

    I mean yes, totally, what was The Grand Serpent’s motivation? He seems to have been a dictator on…[Read more]

  • Hi Everyone,

    I only managed to watch yesterday and did get a vertiginous sense of kitchen sink. I’m still digesting.

    There are elements I’ve appreciated very much about this “mini-series”. I feel Whittaker now fully inhabits the role of the Doctor. Her relationship with Yaz has developed an emotional meaning which anchors relations on board the…[Read more]

  • @Miapatrick “I think we have seen the Doctor’s parents, and they’re human”

    Yes, I’ve seen the spec elsewhere on the interwebs that Bel and Vinder are the Doctor’s parents.

    I mean certainly, the fact that Bel is pregnant, does seem pregnant with meaning.

    In terms of timey-wimeyness, there would be a time paradox going on though?

    Bel and Vin…[Read more]

  • Hi Everyone,

    Like you, @Oochillyo , I enjoyed this episode.

    The Doctor’s new origin story is a bit galactic fairytale isn’t it?

    A foundling, she confronts the Evil Step-Mother who experimented on her as a child. A mother who stole her genetics to create her (adoptive) species, recruited her to meddle in and control Time, and mind-wiped her when…[Read more]

  • @craig  I’ll join with @cathannabel and @blenkinsopthebrave and @mudlark and @winston in thanking you so much for everything you’ve done for us in keeping this forum going.

    I know it’s taken plenty of your time and energy (and some money too). It’s your gift, so if you’re weary, you should look after yourself first. We appreciate you.

    But, I…[Read more]

  • Blimey, well that was a bit of a head-spinner.

    This episode One, Upon Time perhaps takes us back, by allusion, to the episode in which Capaldi regenerated into Whit-Doc – as that episode was titled Twice Upon a Time.

    As we are meeting Jo Martin’s “Fugitive Doctor” again, it seems confirmed she’s a previous incarnation whose existence has been…[Read more]

  • @Bluesqueakpip  – I love the idea that Dan is the Master (maybe chamelion-arched?).

    @whereami62 – the credits described blue crystal-face dude as “Swarm”.

    But there’s a lot we don’t know. Swarm the blue entity seems to consume life-force in a similar way to the space-cloud called the Flux. So, are they they same entity, say, at different stages…[Read more]

  • Merry meet everyone!

    Thanks to @Craig for keeping the Forum going.

    I’m excited for a serial story, as I much prefer a contiguous narrative thread to pull on, Minotaur style.

    There WAS a lot going on and I feel I need a re-watch – bit of a Halloween smorgasbord of aliens, with Sontarans, dog-aliens, whoever blue-crystal-face (Swarm) is, Weeping…[Read more]

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

    Hey everyone <waves> Came here too when I saw the news on Twitter this morning.

    Absolutely gutted about Dan. Without his Doctor Who exhuberance and the extensive space provided back then below the line of his recaps on The Graun, we wouldn’t have this lovely place. I’ll always think fondly of the Moffat/ Guardian “golden years” on his blog.

    LGBT…[Read more]

  • Juniperfish replied to the topic Fugitive of the Judoon

    @Jimthefish He’s there for the benefit of a bit of fan service rather than being narratively necessary.

    Except, Jack is only one of a handful of the Doctor’s previous companions who can time-travel independently. And we do seem to be getting gratifyingly timey-wimey. Maybe the Jack who the “Fam” just met came from further up the present ti…[Read more]

  • Juniperfish replied to the topic Fugitive of the Judoon

    @Jimthefish Oh I’m pretty confident the “cyberman” clue will pay off in a future story.

    The Captain isn’t for everyone, I know that. But I personally love his swashbuckling, piratical, big bisexual energy 🙂

    In a way, it was a smart writers’ move not to have Jack and WhitDoc meet, because I kind of think this version of the Doctor might get on…[Read more]

  • Juniperfish replied to the topic Fugitive of the Judoon

    @Miapatrick Yes,  in terms of the distance WhitDoc has been keeping from her companions, from a character point of view, we can argue it make makes sense, particularly after all the trauma of the Time War and its aftermath and losing River and then Clara and Bill, all in upsetting ways.

    Although, that’s also, perhaps, a little generous to the…[Read more]

  • Juniperfish replied to the topic Fugitive of the Judoon

    Wow, well Vinay Patel is officially my favourite writer on Chibnall’s team.

    That was the first time I’ve felt really gripped with the excitement that is Doctor Who at its best since the start of the Chibnall era.

    Loved seeing Captain Jack again – always a fave Nu Who character for me, and he came bearing a cyberman mystery too. And (and this is…[Read more]

  • @mudlark I like your idea that the Scythra (I know it’s officially Skithra, but I like my spelling better) are a hive species.

    @bluesqueakpip Yes, I can buy your distinction in terms of the Spyfall mind-wipe for tech-whizz Lovelace (as she’d seen the future) vs the lack of mind-wipe for tech-whizz Tesla. But, as you and @jimthefish and @mudlark[Read more]

  • @Mudlark Yes – the origins of Elon Musk’s own Tesla company are more complex than the “genius inventor founder” mythology:


  • @miapatrick Yes, I wish we’d spent more time with Lovelace. She deserved a whole episode of her own.

    And also, glaring incongruity – why did Lovelace have to get her memory wiped, but Tesla (who saw the inside of the TARDIS) didn’t?

    Just to re-ignite the ethics of the mind-wipe debate @Jimthefish was having earlier!

    BTW, I don’t think the…[Read more]

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