• @bluffme – I loved, loved, loved the Moffat years.  I miss him too.  But @pedant is right.  The show has to grow a new audience, and whatever praise I want to give Moffat, one job of a showrunner is to increase or at least hold steady on audience, and Chibnall has increased it where Moffat didn’t.

    So, yeah, I would like the complex st…[Read more]

  • Kevin Who replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    @bluffme – You’re not the only one disappointed, and if you look around some here you’ll see others expressing various levels of dismay (including me).

    At the same time, it’s still Doctor Who, it will always change, and so I at least try not to dwell too much on what I’m missing, and instead remember what I’m getting.  I don’t want to spoil the…[Read more]

  • Kevin Who replied to the topic It Takes You Away

    @idiotsavon – Losing a close loved one, well, death Takes Them Away, and the loss Takes Us Away from any belief we might have had that the world is a safe, secure place filled with happy storybook endings.  And yet we recover, and regain happiness.  It’s one of the reasons I love Doctor Who so much.  The show does not shy away from the im…[Read more]

  • Kevin Who replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    @seeoswald – Let me add that no one here is going to claim you don’t get to have an opinion, or that it has to match ours.  But you do have to contribute to the discussion here (we keep telling you) if you don’t want people to give you a hard time.

    Go back and look at my first response to you, or others’.  We’re a friendly site, but you can’t b…[Read more]

  • @ichabod – Yup.  Agree completely.  I also prefer a bit more action and movement with my exposition and character development.  But I can see good reasons for the approach they’re taking.  Maybe next season they can get some master of witty dialog into the writer’s room.  I nominate, with no sarcasm or snark whatsoever, @pedant – or maybe @cumquat[Read more]

  • Kevin Who replied to the topic It Takes You Away

    @craig – Nice!  Very nice.

    And, not that anyone was going to complain, if it seems we’ve wandered too far afield from the episode, all I can say is, like @craig‘s pic, It Takes You Away.

    Man.  Maybe this ep is going to become a personal classic (for me).  More and more seems to resonate with it as time goes on, always a good sign.

  • Kevin Who replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    @seeoswald

    Can ANYONE explain…

    Sure.  Make reasoned arguments, avoid unruly emotion, and people will respond similarly.

    Make unreasoned arguments, with unruly emotion, and people will respond similarly.

  • Kevin Who replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    @cumquat – I share your late husband’s admiration!  Wait, that doesn’t sound right–

  • Kevin Who replied to the topic It Takes You Away

    @cathannabel @craig – Well, I look on it as adding to my pile of good things and bad things.  Like life.  And since I get to spend time (it’s about time) with him, even if only an illusion of him, it’s more good than bad.  Like life again.

    Ohhh, @craig, that’s hard.  I wonder if I’d survive sixteen hours without my sweetie; I think I’d pine awa…[Read more]

  • Kevin Who replied to the topic It Takes You Away

    @idiotsavon – Brilliant post, and please don’t worry about finding nonexistent connections.  I say when you find them, that shows they exist! 🙂

    @cathannabel

    On a more personal note, over the 23 years since I lost my mum, I occasionally dream that she’s still here. I’ve never found those dreams comforting, they’re just troubling, because there’…

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  • @rob – About the Doctor seeming to talk too much, I think that’s partly how JW wants to demonstrate 13’s energy level.

    I know I’ve read criticisms that too many episodes have too much standing around and talking.  I have a feeling both are related.  I read somewhere that the Tennant, Smith and Capaldi all ended up with the same knee injury.  I’…[Read more]

  • @mudlark – I actually wish they’d spent just a little more time on the moral dilemma for Graham.  This may just be reflective of me being from the US, but while killing him out of hand is murder and thus wrong, especially for a fundamentally nurturing guy like Graham, letting him walk as so many villains have this year, potentially doing more…[Read more]

  • Kevin Who replied to the topic BBC Approved Spoilers

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  • @arbutus – The thing with coincidence in storytelling is that, to avoid straining willing suspension of disbelief, writers usually want to minimize it, and put it right up front.  “I couldn’t believe what I saw that winter morning…” is fine, nothing wrong with starting off that way.  But if followed by a bunch of other unlikely chances, some r…[Read more]

  • @thane16

    I think many people said that they’d be surprised if Tim Shaw didn’t return in this season -it acts as a perfect bracket for the whole series.

    Well, I just wish they’d done like, for example, Series Five did to bracket the series, namely bring back the strongest element of the first episode (Amelia Pond) rather than the weakest (Pr…[Read more]

  • Kevin Who replied to the topic BBC Approved Spoilers

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  • I should be sleeping, but this episode has seized my mind.  I’m going to be a bit critical – even though I liked it and thought it one of the better episodes this season – but fear not, because Have I Got A Bonkers Theory For You!

    1. I admit to dismay seeing the return of Tim Shaw.  Yes, thanks to Ux power-ups he now can go toe-to-toe with a f…[Read more]

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

    @pedant @bluesqueakpip @miapatrick @jimthefish

    I agree.  I’ve made clear, I think, that I haven’t been enjoying this season as I’d hoped.  But it would absolutely be a terrible outcome for JW to leave after one season.  I’m glad she’s sticking around at least one more year, and preferably two.  A Doctor’s third year is often (10, 12) their bes…[Read more]

  • Kevin Who replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    @pedant @bluesqueakpip

    Small role, but which moves the plot along- supporting player

    Very good point!!  That’s the term I should have used at the start.

  • Kevin Who replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    @pedant

    And on the two cops you are simply wrong.

    Billy Shipton was central to the plot of Blink – without him, specifically, it would have fallen apart.

    The cop in Rosa…

    @everybody – See, this is why I apologized; I said in the original post the two detectives, not cops, and the one to compare Billy Shipton to wasn’t in Rosa, but in The A…[Read more]

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