• Juniperfish replied to the topic Empire of Death

    @mudlark

    The problem, for me at least, was that after all the previous build up which misled us into thinking Ruby must be special in an extraordinary, possibly timey or extra-terrestrial way, and overpowered by the apocalyptic events earlier in the episode, it fell rather flat.

    Yes, I did think it would have been awesome if Ruby’s eyes had turned…[Read more]

  • Juniperfish replied to the topic Empire of Death

    Also – “there’s always a twist at the end” and Moffat has written the Christmas special…

    So my guess is – yes, it’s true that Ruby is an ordinary person with ordinary parents which fits with RTD’s very wonderful recurring message for Doctor Who about how every ordinary person is valuable and meaningful.

    However, it’s also going to be the case…[Read more]

  • Juniperfish replied to the topic Empire of Death

    @ps1l0v3y0u

    The arc is VR. The VR is created by someone who knows The Doctor as well as they know themself…

    Why does Ruby snow? The VR snows…

    I really like this theory – which might lead to the Great Intelligence, as others have previously theorised, given the snow connection. Or alternatively to a Time Lord using a grand-scale version of The…[Read more]

  • Juniperfish replied to the topic Empire of Death

    @BlenkinsoptheBrave – I’ve had The Tempest in mind as an inspiration for this season because of the magic entering the universe since Wild Blue Yonder.

    The Tempest has been ripe for modern discussion in the context of colonialism – Prospero seems like a cool magician aristocrat but he sets about enslaving the spirits of the island he and his…[Read more]

  • Juniperfish replied to the topic Empire of Death

    @cathannabel @devilishrobby  I did indeed think about Thanos’ big Snap from Avengers. 

    Thanos vs Sutekh – Sutekh would presumably win, as Thanos *only* wanted to depopulate the universe by half, not slaughter everyone.

    It also made me think about Torchwood: Miracle Day when Jack Harkness’ blood is used to abolish death on earth (with p…[Read more]

  • Juniperfish replied to the topic Empire of Death

    @classicsrule1 – The TARDIS still beats Sutekh, as she only got infected by him during the Fourth Doctor’s era, so she was whirling through the episodes with just the Doc before that!

    https://x.com/aljeensane/status/1804499553254850592

  • Juniperfish replied to the topic Empire of Death

    Narrator voice <Ruby was not, in fact, Horus, God of Rejuvenation>

    I’m tickled my suggestion that Sutekh had been travelling in shadow-form with the TARDIS ever since The Pyramids of Mars panned out though, at least. I do really, really appreciate having, in RTD2, a fan of the classic series.

    Like others, I was also disappointed in The Empire o…[Read more]

  • Juniperfish replied to the topic The Legend of Ruby Sunday

    Wow – the Forum has been on fire with some super musings! (I’ve been immured in Exam Boards).

    @thane16

    If the Tardis was infected when the Doctor saved baby Ruby from the goblin dinner then do we account for his tears, at other times, because part of him, perhaps due to his connection with the Tardis, is aware that something is deeply w…

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  • Juniperfish replied to the topic The Legend of Ruby Sunday

    @bunface and @Devilishrobby

    Thanks yes, blank post, I was trying to include an image of the jukebox with Rose but failed in my efforts!

     

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  • Juniperfish replied to the topic The Legend of Ruby Sunday

    @pufferfish – thanks for the song find!

    Seems like a gloating song from Lord Sutekh – he’s got control of the TARDIS (/alternative Red TARDIS – let’s see) so can presumably spread his dominion of death throughout time and space:

    “Roam if you want to

    Roam around the world

    Roam if you want to

    Without wings, without wheels”

  • Juniperfish replied to the topic The Legend of Ruby Sunday

    @Whisht and @ScaryB as our resident musos – what is the tune Susan Twist dances to on stage? It’s bugging me as it’s really familiar…

    @bunface @Blenkinsopthebrave @thane16

    I wonder if Gatwa Doctor’s frequent tears are because, on some deep level, he recognises that there is a Red Doctor/ Sutekh-possessed Red TARDIS out there in the crossed…[Read more]

  • Juniperfish replied to the topic The Legend of Ruby Sunday

    Sutekhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Lord of Death…

    @bunface @thane16

    Just rewatching… What about Kate testing DNA and saying ‘Just because Susan Triad is nice, doesn’t mean she can’t change. A chrysalis doesn’t know it’s a butterfly. A phoenix is just a bird until it burns.’

    Is that a hint… As you said, baaaad Doctor?

    I re-watched The Pyramids of Mars…[Read more]

  • Juniperfish replied to the topic Rogue

    @WhoHar exellent summary!

    To your “What needs clearing up” list I’d add:

    8. Who is the Meep’s boss and is that the same as Rogue’s new boss?

    9. To whom did the mysterious red-finger-nailed hand belong, which picked up the gold tooth the Master is supposedly trapped in?

    10. Why could Maestro sense that the oldest of the Toymaker’s Pantheon was…[Read more]

  • Juniperfish replied to the topic Rogue

    I feel like we haven’t talked about Rogue’s line about loss – sometimes the simplest dialogue is the best:

    “We travelled together, we had fun, and then one day a day came along, and at the end of that day, I lost them.”

    I love that line – it captures the shock and the banality, the unexpected finality of loss. We know death is coming,…[Read more]

  • Juniperfish replied to the topic Rogue

    @JanetteB

    He promises to take Rogue to Gallifrey. Does that mean that Gallfirey still exists?

    Yes I noticed that and I was happy, as I was not a fan of the re-genociding of Gallifrey by the Dhawan Master. It detracted IMHO from the fact that the War Doctor was responsible/ the 9th and 10th and 11th Doctors believed he was responsible for the…[Read more]

  • Juniperfish replied to the topic Rogue

    I realise with a smile that RTD2 set this episode in Bath in 1813 – that’s the year Pride and Prejudice was published.

    Not only that, but Austen lived in Bath for a bit, and at an address in Gay Street no less. Two of her novels were set there too, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion.

    Rogue is certainly about pride and prejudice, given the Doctor’s…[Read more]

  • Juniperfish replied to the topic Rogue

    @bunface

    Noticed second time that Varma’s bird form entered the room to announce the wedding saying ‘wilkommen, bienvenue’ like the Emcee in Cabaret. A film all about masquerade and queerness in the face of a very dark threat.

    Ooh – I missed that – more masquerade – love it… I am forever a fan of Alan Cumming’s version of Cabaret.

  • Juniperfish replied to the topic Rogue

    The bird-headed shape-shifters kept ringing a bell in my head and I’ve now twigged what they put me in mind of…

    Has anyone read John Fowles’ The Magus? I read it when I was far too young, which is of course, exactly the right age (my parents had excellent inappropriate bookshelves in the hallways) and as such it was absolutely…[Read more]

  • Juniperfish replied to the topic Rogue

    @ScaryB

    “queering” of the Doctor. (Not delved into the nether regions of Twitter tho, or BTL comments). But this old school DW veteran is very happy.

    Me too – I’m delighted. I may have let out an undignified squeal once Gatwa Doc starting getting his flirt on with Rogue.

    @Miapatrick I feel the need for a rainbow TARDIS mug with Gatwa-Doc lea…[Read more]

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