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


    It was me, not Miapatrick, who remembers living in a house with no electricity 🙂 .  I suppose that for most people now it is hard to imagine, but at that time there were still many houses in remote rural areas in Britain which were not yet connected to the grid or even to a gas supply. I was born in 1942, in the middle of the…[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]

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


    ‘Twasn’t me who likened university studies to banging my head against a brick wall. In fact, as I said, I mostly enjoyed my time there as an undergraduate. Post graduate research was a different matter. I enjoyed the research itself, but for the most part I was working in isolation with no-one to bounce ideas off, apart from my brief…[Read more]

  • Once again we are jumping back and forth between multiple narrative threads – six in this case, but now that we have a firmer idea of what is going on and where everyone fits in it isn’t so much of a problem and I enjoyed this episode, even if it wasn’t up to the standard of last week. And visually it was gorgeous.

    Of the various threads, that of…[Read more]

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

    @dentarthurdent @scaryb

    I know that dream all too well. I’m at school or university and I’m about to sit an exam but realise that I haven’t attended any of the classes in that subject and I’m going to have to wing it somehow.

    I certainly enjoyed my time as a university student in Edinburgh, both work and play, and the only classes I skipped were…[Read more]

  • @blenkinsopthebrave

    Here is the bonkers theory: what if Doctor Ruth was the immediate predecessor to Hartnell, and, as part of escaping from Division, somehow managed to regenerate (into Hartnell) while simultaneously escaping, but in a way that denied Hartnell the knowledge of Division.

    I agree with you that Ruth Doctor is probably the immediate…[Read more]

  • I’ve just been re-reading some of the comments on the previous three chapters and was reminded of this evilly bonkers theory proposed by @devilishrobby in the discussion of The Halloween Apocalypse

    What if it turns out the Doctor as the timeless child is in fact not only the progenitor of the Timelord race as the current past story seem indicate,…

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  • @blenkinsopthebrave

    Returning to the subject of Awsok, I’ve been looking again at what she actually said in that brief interlude. After saying in effect  that this universe is ending and there is nothing that the Doctor can do about it, so she might as well give up trying, she goes on to say, The Flux was not an accident. It wasn’t a naturally…[Read more]

  • @miapatrick

    re Clair, the impression got from the latest chapter was that they were saying she’d seen them in a vision, which is why she knew them, and then got sent back in time.

    Yes, you’re right; I’d missed that detail. She says that shortly before the night she met them in the street in Liverpool she had a premonition, a succession of d…[Read more]

  • @blenkinsopthebrave and @miapatrick

    As regards the Division, they clearly aren’t the Big Bad in this context, but I don’t get the impression that they were/are entirely a force for good.

    I’ve been doing some backtracking through previous episodes to refresh my memory on what we know of them so far. Our first encounter with them is in Fugitive of…[Read more]

  • This, for me, was a definite improvement on last week, not least because it made maximum effective use of the scare potential of the Weeping Angels. The synopsis in the Radio Times made me think immediately of The Daemons from the Pertwee era and it did indeed have some elements in common with that story, but this was, of course, part of a much…[Read more]

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


    May I add my voice to those of @blenkinsopthebrave and @cathannabel . Please don’t give up on the show. Doctor Who has had its lows in the past, only to survive and flourish again, and however disappointing Chibnall’s run has been – and it has been his misfortune to follow immediately on the highs of Moffat’s tenure – there is always hope…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic The Faces of the Doctor (2)


    Welcome to the forum, the home of bonkers theories.

    I like your suggestion that the reason the name of a Timelord is not normally revealed is that it can be used to gain access to secret information.  It is reminiscent of the old belief in some cultures that to know a person’s real name was to gain power over them, so that everyone…[Read more]

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


    My sympathy and condolences in the loss of your mother. You must still be in shock, but it is good to know that visiting this forum helps provide some distraction, however brief, from everything which you are currently having to deal with.

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

    Judging by Martin Belam’s recap and an initial quick scan of some of the comments BTL, it seems that there are a lot of people who found this episode completely baffling, with a confused structure and too many chunks of exposition, and although – with the aid of subtitles – I didn’t find the gist of it too difficult to follow, on another level I…[Read more]

  • @brewski

    Bonkers, yes, but in the best possible way 🙂  An alternative reality as the context of so much that has happened in recent Doctor Who episodes would suit me all too well, and would be a very happy solution to some of the questions raised by Chibnall’s clumsy attempt to set a permanent stamp on the show.

    It’s not that I have any…[Read more]

  • That was somewhat hectic; a bit like one of those science fiction or fantasy novels which are narrated from multiple points of view and skip between them with such dizzying frequency that one keeps on having to back-track, but the pieces are beginning to link up. I enjoyed it and found myself more fully engaged than has generally been the case…[Read more]

  • @jimthefish

    Yes, if we are comparing the various iterations of the Doctor, Davison’s is the one who springs to mind, but although his characterisation might seem relatively low key, I always had a firm sense of Who he was, and that is something which I still don’t get with Jodie’s Doctor. Your observation about gestural shorthand and her…[Read more]

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


    It’s a long time since I last viewed Time Heist, but it remains in my mind as one of the more memorable ones of the Moffat/Capaldi era; the plot was so ingeniously and elegantly constructed, the production very stylish and, like you, I found much to savour in the dialogue. I don’t recall feeling that it was a come-down after…[Read more]

  • @Scot-C

    Welcome to the forum.

    It occurred to me, also, that it was a little strange that the Lupari, at least as represented by Karvanista, weren’t particularly enthusiastic or consistent in their attitude to humanity, given their assigned role as protectors. Karvanista doesn’t seem to like even his assigned human very much. On the other hand,…[Read more]

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