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  • Mersey replied to the topic Smile

    @jimthefish

    That’s my main charge against Steven Moffat. He leaves too many meaningless cluess (don’t tell me he doesn’t, he does). Look how it works in Agatha Christie’s books or any other really good detective novel. You usually know all the clues, know all the suspects and yet you are still surprised at the solution. And that’s the trick!

    I…[Read more]

  • Mersey replied to the topic Smile

    When it comes to the pictures in DW we have another self-portrait, this time it’s Van Gogh’s Self Portrait with Straw Hat, 1887

  • Mersey replied to the topic Smile

    I like Smile better than the Pilot. I like how they succeeded in creating the mood of creepy idyll and the fact that Doctor is stranded in this closed space (like in classic Who). I also like that Bill could show all of her potential and she’s different from previous companions (for now). Funny how they see history. Until the late nineteenth…[Read more]

  • Mersey replied to the topic The Pilot

    @mudlark @smallgreenplant so do I but after months I knew you so well that it didn’t occur to me that you didn’t know me so I do not recall I have ever officially said hallo.

    5th Doctor actually met Rembrandt. Believe me or not (it sounds far-fetched) but today I wanted to listen to Big Finish with Nyssa and Tegan so I chose the first story with…[Read more]

  • Mersey replied to the topic The Pilot

    @wolfweed

    You are 100% right. I haven’t noticed it on my cell phone. I thought the picture is visible only in the first shot and the circles are just darken. But I watched it on my computer and it’s so obvious. The circles definitely have a texture.

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

    @wolfweed a new Doctress.

  • Mersey replied to the topic The Pilot

    I forgot about Cornelia, Rembrandt’s daughter whom he had with his lover Hendrikje Stoffels. She of course outlived her father.

  • Mersey replied to the topic The Faces of the Doctor

    I posted this yesterday but it’s a ghost post so I post it now again.

    @whisht

    I think I will watch some episodes with 7th, I’ll start probably from those mentioned by @jimthefish. Thanks for that. It’s somehow refreshing to watch Doctor with completely different personality from last three Doctors, less emotional but at the same time more…[Read more]

  • Mersey replied to the topic The Pilot

    @ichabod I would agree with you if it was any of the other Rembrandt’s late self-portraits in which he did depicted himself as an old man who stares in disbelief how the young man full of self-confidence and self-esteem he was turned into this tired and lonely old man. But even than the sense of humor didn’t abandoned him as he painted himself im…[Read more]

  • Mersey replied to the topic The Pilot

    @kharis you are right, there’s Shakespeare too, on a different window silk.

  • Mersey replied to the topic The Pilot

    @wolfweed @blenkinsopthebrave

    I think Moffat wanted people to spot them. The painting hangs in the background and thin circles as they are in the oryginal could be missed.

    @kharis the bust I’ve mentioned has a mane of hair and chubby cheeks. I think it’s Beethoven.

     

  • Mersey replied to the topic The Faces of the Doctor

    @whisht

    I think I will watch some episodes with 7th, I’ll start probably from those mentioned by @jimthefish. Thanks for that. It’s somehow refreshing to watch Doctor with completely different personality from last three Doctors, less emotional but at the same time more expressive (I think it’s McCoys’s voice).

    @blenkinsopthebrave

    Thank you for…[Read more]

  • Mersey replied to the topic The Pilot

    @kharis

    Thank you, that’s nice. I think this picture is significant (or maybe not, maybe Rembrandt is Moffat’s favourite painter and he wanted to pay him tribute, it definitely tells something about his excellent taste). But Rembrandt throughout his life painted plenty of self-portraits, as a young man, as a middle-aged man, as an old man, as a…[Read more]

  • Mersey replied to the topic The Pilot

    @kharis Doctor gave Bill her mother’s pictures. She didn’t look at all like Donna.

  • Mersey replied to the topic The Pilot

    The circle can also represent a full circle either for the Doctor or for Steven Moffatt or return to the beginning. That’s why Susan’s portrait would stand on a desk. This portrait of Rembrandt is one of his last if not the last and it’s a coping stone of his life-long series of self-portraits. Rembrand died in 1969 outliving his wife Saskia, his…[Read more]

  • Mersey replied to the topic The Pilot

    So the new companion is an orphan or a half-orphan, most of the time she’s happy-go-lucky but sometimes she’s sad because her mom died. She quotes her mother, who was a charming, lively woman. Bill is also very friendly, sociable and protective. How inventive. I hoped for something a bit different this time, not diffrent from Bill but from the…[Read more]

  • Mersey replied to the topic The Faces of the Doctor

    My first encounter with the Seventh Doctor didn’t go well. I saw him for the first time in Doctor Who movie when he was so stupidly killed by the Chinatown mafia in San Fransisco. I thought he looked pitiful and stupidly with his awful vest and question mark shaped umbrella, a kind of a whimpish good uncle or loser. And of course it was during his…[Read more]

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

    @mudlark I’ve been thinking about something easy but with flowers to make them blooming again, so it should be a biennal or perennial plant. My windows look on north-west and I have very intensive and really hot sunsets on summer but not very bright sunrises. I will be very grateful for any tips. They predict snow on Easter :(

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

    @mudlark

    It would be great if Gardeners’world last one hour with half an hour of Monty Don wandering in his garden and half an hour about interesting gardens. The current format seems a bit cramped. The next episode is one hour long so I can’t wait. The interview with Beth Chatto was very inspiring. My favourite moment was when Beth touched…[Read more]

  • Mersey replied to the topic BBC Approved Spoilers

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