• @miapatrick and @scaryb

    Yes, I think we’re looking at a reset canon going forward and the Doc as cosmic adoptee too and I’m fairly happy with both ideas. RE. RuthDoc, yep, I think we’re definitely going to see her again. It occurs to me that the holy grail of unexpected reveals for Chibs will be a surprise regeneration and I wouldn’t be surprised…[Read more]

  • @blenkinsopthebrave

    I genuinely don’t know. Given how easy it would have been to call that episode ‘The Timeless Child’, I’m pretty sure the plural has some significance. Right the way back in Chibnall’s second episode, The Ghost Monument, the Doctor herself is the Timeless Child, singular.

    One of the things I did pick up this episode is that…[Read more]

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

    @mudlark   @miapatrick    I do apologise so much for swapping your names!    It was entirely inadvertent and a stupid mistake to make.    I’d go back and fix it with an edit but I’m out of time for that.

    Please (both of you) accept my apology.   I wish I could promise never to do it again but I’m afraid I do make silly mistakes from time to time…[Read more]

  • @scaryb @miapatrick

    I’ve been pondering the notion that Bel and Vinder are the Doctor’s birth parents and it would certainly work. I’m not sure that the Flux itself could be the operative factor in transforming the hypothetical Doctor embryo, because  Awsok stated that it – and presumably its effects – were spatial, not temporal. Swarm and…[Read more]

  • @Miapatrick – River was only vortexed. In this hypothesis the Doctor (to be) is fluxed – anything could happen! Her whole biology could be rewritten, including 2 hearts. She’s born, perhaps in dramatic fluxy circumstances, dies but immediately regenerates to the lost foundling Tecteun then finds. Waiting for her parents who she eventually finds…[Read more]

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

    I hasten to correct any implication that, because one memory was genuine, all my memories are accurate. I think the brain ‘reconstructs’ memories from a few key clues, with a generous helping of supposition and inference. (See ‘invisible gorilla’)   Though @miapatrick I absolutely accept that your brain got it right 🙂

    But the fallibility of my m…[Read more]

  • Great posts, everyone… and YAY! to bonkers theorising being back.

    @Juniperfish (big furry wave to you) – totally agree with your take on Tecteun (interesting to get her side of it which pretty much corroborates what the Master described to the Doctor, only “justified”), and like @Mudlark I wondered about her adopted child seeming to have so…[Read more]

  • @miapatrick

    I’m not saying it’s probable, but it’s possible so far.

    Oh, I think it’s both and as a theory I like it a lot. And if it brings a sense of closure to the Doc’s past going forward, as you suggest, then I think that can only be a good thing. And I do love the idea of bringing Eight’s backstory into the general mythos a lot. If there…[Read more]

  • @juniperfish, That is an awesome interpretation. It makes total sense, and, along with the serpent motifs, it also feels like a mobius strip, where the universe, the Doctor, and Doctor Who the show meet themselves in a never ending way.

    @miapatrick, Also love the idea that Chibnall might also be attempting to fold the 8th Doctor into this…[Read more]

  • @juniperfish and @miapatrick

    So are witnessing the death and rebirth of the universe and the death and birth (rebirth) of the Doctor simultaneosly?

    Ooh, I do like this idea quite a lot. I do wonder if the Doc and Vinder wouldn’t have felt some kind of bond when they met though — although I guess not, given we’re talking many, many regenerations…[Read more]

  • First of all, it’s so nice to see so many familiar names back. It’s almost like old times. A special wave to @scaryb — good to see you with us again, my furry friend…

    One the episode itself, I’m a bit more meh about this one. Still a vast improvement on the last couple of years but this defaulted once again to an entire episode of the Doctor…[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]

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

    @dentarthurdent @mudlark, @miapatrick and @winston

    Mudlark’s analagy of hitting one’s head on a wall summs up Uni well. It is fun but also massively stressful however once we finish we long to return. I have always thought that one day I would go back and now I am running out of excuses for putting it off. Earlier this year it was suggested that…[Read more]

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

    @dentarthurdent  @mudlark   @miapatrick    I have a variation of the same dream which finds me standing outside a door knowing that I have to go in and write an exam but realizing that I have forgotten everything. My mind is blank and I am in a cold panic. I can’t go in but I can’t leave either. A very frustrating dream considering I haven’t been…[Read more]

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

    @miapatrick    So you and Mudlark have almost the same dream as me?    There must be something deep-rooted (and probably Freudian) about that dream!

    I actually found the course work quite hard (it was Civil Engineering).    I did wimp out of one option (fluid dynamics) a few weeks in, it sounded interesting but I found it was fearsomely mathemat…[Read more]

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

    @Miapatrick    I suspect I must have enjoyed my student days (5 decades ago) since I quite frequently dream of being back at University.   Though usually the context is, I’m late for a lecture, and I can’t remember what room it’s in, except it’s  somewhere the other side of the campus, and I can’t find my timetable to locate it, and I can’t remem…[Read more]

  • @Miapatrick @Blenkinsopthebrave

    Ruth Doctor as immediately pre Hartnell – I like this too. Fits in with @Mudlark‘s theorising too. I think there’s strong suggestions that she is.  Listen suggests that Hartnell Doc started as a baby or at least a pre-schooler – maybe that was the “deal” (voluntary or otherwise) for leaving Division – mind wipe…[Read more]

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

    @Miapatrick So sorry about your loss. That’s a tough one at any time but that sounds particularly hard. Take it easy, and all the best with your dissertation. Big ups to your partner.

  • ScaryB replied to the topic Part 3 – Once, Upon Time

    Thanks @Jimthefish for remembering me back into existance!

    RL has been having a massive impact on my online DW life; ironically for life in a pandemic with lockdown etc I got really busy, and mostly been having to watch on catch up (sometimes several at a time). Also, with less scope for bonkers theorising in the last 2 seasons maybe some of the…[Read more]

  • I agree with the concensus here that that was a great episode. And like @Jimthefish I would tend to put a lot of the credit Maxine Alderton’s way. Proper behind the sofa stuff.

    Thanks to @Mudlark for the excellent research into the Division. They definitely seem to be about the ends justifying the means. They don’t seem to be a good thing, but…[Read more]

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