• @cathannabel @miapatrick @whisht

    That apparently random text is to try to evade spam filters. You see that sort of thing in spam email quite often (although less than you used to).

  • Craig replied to the topic Website comments (2)

    @cathannabel @miapatrick @whisht

    Many thanks – have marked them both as spammers. It does seem to be the case that, because there is “Doctor” in the site name they think we might be interested in their dodgy medication. They take the time to sign up, and add a profile pic. But they don’t take the time to work out what the site is about!

  • Missy replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)


    Hello and welcome.


    As you know, I too am a Moffat fan. However, I don’t dislike CC because he isn’t Moffat, but because he is Chibnall and I never liked his writing. SM’s sometimes complex stories were right up my street, they made me think and didn’t preach politics, or what I should believe – unless it was subtlety…[Read more]

  • thane16 replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)


    I think the cyberman (wood) was a long, long time ago on Trenzalore? The cybermen sent many different things to stop Trenzalore so the Doctor simply never left.


    I think a lot of us ‘make up’ things as we see the consequences of something that’s occurred. I liked Sherlock & the way we saw the first thing which happened…[Read more]

  • thane16 replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)


    I think you said that really well. & I would agree, personally.

    Also, as we’re on the Sofa, Mum was asking how your study is doing? Have you finished & do you have a lot more to do?


  • thane16 replied to the topic Rosa


    Elsewhere in the episode a waitress tells them to leave. All we can be certain of the other customers is complicity. Are they silent out of shock for who has walked into the place? Or out of tension for what they know is about to happen? The episode essentially shows three attitudes: overt racism, complacency/indifference to racism,…

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  • Bluffme replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    If you read my original post that was my point…. American Syfy can turn out up to 22 episodes a season and Chinball complaining about 10 being to much work.

  • IAmNotAFishIAmAFreeMan replied to the topic Rosa

    @kevinwho @miapatrick

    The reason the story works so well  is that it never once loses sight of what the story was about just so that it could pause coddle the hurt feelings of whiney white boys.

    But consider me a lost cause please, and don’t try to convince me.

    Or, for that matter, those whose understanding of format-constrained storytelling is…[Read more]

  • nerys replied to the topic Resolution

    @miapatrick Well … I thought I understood the bit about the Doctor’s and River’s timelines, but now that I’ve read your description, I realize I don’t. And I’m too hopelessly mired in my own linear thinking to understand it, so I won’t even try. Just enjoy their story on its own merits, and leave it at that.

    As for this episode, I actually…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic Resolution

    @Miapatrick  @ScaryB

    Yes, that ‘So I’m told’ was freighted with a lot of potential meaning, and in ‘Listen’ the situation of the boy in the barn suggested that, if not actually orphaned, he had been separated from family for purposes of training in some kind of elite academy.  On the other hand, also in ‘Listen’, we saw the Doctor putting young R…[Read more]

  • ScaryB replied to the topic Resolution

    Thanks for the clarification on the length a  Rel, @countscarlioni, although I also think @pedant has a point that it’s as long/short as it needs to be for dramatic tension, haha. (And thanks also to Pedant for the extension to my vocabularly – so a cruft is a bit of a shaggy dog then…? )

    @Miapatrick – I agree that the dads being…[Read more]

  • IAmNotAFishIAmAFreeMan replied to the topic Resolution


    Chibnall doesn’t want his show cluttered up with things people loved in the past; he wants it cluttered up with things people will love in the future

    That’s a splendidly tendencious way of phrasing it. It was an exercise in cruft-clearing:

    RTD used the Time War to sweep away the Time Lords;

    Moffat used the cracks in time to sweep a…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    Happy New Year all. I hope that 2019 is a good year for all and a better year for this poor, beleaguered world of ours.

    And we have a Dr Who special to look forward to.

    @thane16 We went to Sweden in February, from a heatwave in S.A. so from 40c + to -17c and heavy snowfall. Australian winter clothing just isn’t designed for that. Luckily we were…[Read more]

  • @miapatrick

    Yep – very interesting, even if it was a bit conservative about pushing the bounds of interactivity.

  • winston replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    @janetteb and @thane16   Hope you both had a good day. I wish I could send you some cold because you are way too hot there and we have plenty to spare. Your feasts sound yummy and I would love a juicey summer nectarine or peach.Mmmmmm.

    @miapatrick  Your day sounds perfect and I love Christmas doggies.

    @kevinwho  I just watched that one and it…[Read more]

  • thane16 replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)


    Indeed we are. But I had a moment….wherein the roast pork, left in fridge for too long, wasn’t going to crackle. To the god crattklexporokox I prayed (also called the Bosch oven handbook) and soon ……(within 10 mins) we had pork crackling with potatoes dauphin  – – @mudlark when returning would know the origin of said spuds – – and…[Read more]

  • @kevinwho

    hate Clara, love and hate Heaven Sent, love and hate aspects of the latest series

    There is literally nobody here who hates anything, because hate is an emotion for the juvenile.


    The BBC should not be using Dr Who to replace a lack of education in schools.

    The BBC was founded to inform, educate and entertain and Doctor Who had an…[Read more]

  • thane16 replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)


    I think @margaret-blaine above had some excellent points.

    One of the things I found useful when joining was reading as many posts as possible -to get a sense of the site, its posters, academic or not, those who are published writers or not, involved with music as a career, or with experience in acting and script-writing.  Over…[Read more]

  • thane16 replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    @miapatrick @pedant

    ooh, The Rick! Don’t you just love his hair?

    Bowie: Well, I can’t comment on his talent. But I wish I had his hair.

    rimshot 😀


  • @miapatrick

    Not all of us. I, for example, am a little bit rickroll.

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