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  • Mudlark replied to the topic The Maldovarium

    .@Blenkinsopthebrave  @thane15 (puro)  @JimTheFish  @Nick

    Thanks for the good wishes.  It was a rather disconcerting attack of tachycardia – for no apparent reason my heart rate went through the roof and stayed in the stratosphere for the better part of an hour, which to say the least felt weird. After things had settled down again the…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic The Maldovarium

    The best laid plans ….

    This afternoon I had intended to spend two or three hours gardening before perhaps posting a comment on The Empress of Mars.  Instead there was an interlude involving an ambulance and several hours in A & E at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital. All I did was call 111 for some advice and they promptly summoned the emergency…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic The Maldovarium

    @thane15

    I meant to send you my thoughts on the R & J question yesterday but other matters intervened. I have now sent a PM with some suggestions, for whatever they are worth and assuming that it is not now too late for them to be of use.

    @Missy

    As I wrote on Friday, Boris Johnson would jump at the chance to be PM and would probably be first to…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic The Maldovarium

    @pedant

    I was putting myself in the hubristic head of May.

    Yeeeuch!  Brain  bleach, stat!

  • Mudlark replied to the topic The Maldovarium

    @pedant

    watch out for another hubristic snap election when the Universities are on break.

    But if the students are registered in the constituency where the university is situated they have the option of a postal vote, even if they are elsewhere at the time. I hope that I am not too optimistic in thinking that, given the motivation and a targeted…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic The Maldovarium

    @Nick

    Who could replace May?  If the choices on offer following Cameron’s resignation are anything to go by, it’s a very shallow pool from which to choose. I haven’t made a study of the Tory party, but while I suppose that it is always possible there is a light somewhere under a bushel in the lower ranks and back benches, I rather doubt it.  BoJo…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic The Maldovarium

    Meanwhile, on the other side of the pond we have Trump: the Opera   https://youtu.be/Hz7SfkhJe74

  • Mudlark replied to the topic The Maldovarium

    @thane15  et al

    An interesting night!  I’d been feeling a bit under the weather since the weekend and, although much better yesterday, was feeling a bit dozy and exhausted by the time the polls closed at 10 pm, so was intending to stay up only long enough to see the exit poll results and perhaps half an hour of the initial discussion and…[Read more]

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

    @Missy   Moffat would have to have been very precocious indeed to have written An Unearthly Child, since he was only two years old when it was broadcast in November 1963 :-)  You appear to be confusing that, the first ever Hartnell episode, with The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances.   Apologies for being pedantic, but I wouldn’t want @Abaath to be…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic The Maldovarium

    @Miapatrick

    Likewise, congratulations!  A drink is most definitely in order, so have one of your choice (virtually speaking) on me.

  • Mudlark replied to the topic Extremis

    @ichabod

    ‘Timescape’ is one of those novels which has stuck with me, too; much exposition and not a word wasted.  Those in the doomed present who send the messages back to their counterparts in the past cannot avert their own fate but, though they will never know it, they succeed in creating an alternative future for those who receive the message…[Read more]

  • @Nick

    its hard to separate the time when the stories were written (and from when the writers grew up). Don’t many Doctor’s reflect the society the society they appeared in.

    That is true to a certain extent, but […]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic Extremis

    @Steffstaff @pedant @bendubz11

    What I found anomalous about the Pope Benedict IX as female diversion was the portrait.  The style of the painting bore no resemblance to any depiction which might have dated from the 11th century, but that is not in itself a problem, since there are plenty of representations of historical persons painted long after…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic Extremis

    @Miapatrick

    The Master seems a little like Spike in Buffy in a way: evil plan, evil plan, evil plain, wait, I don’t actually want to live in a hell dimension, quick side switch. I’m sure I remember a pre gap episode where he suddenly switches.

    The point at which the Master switches is usually the point where he* realises that there is a massive…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic Extremis

    @thane15

    I’m pretty sure Prof Cox is a Who fan!

    As you may recall, he did make a very brief appearance in The Power of Three :-)

  • Mudlark replied to the topic Extremis

    @thane15

    philosophers or social morays

    Why do I get this mental picture of a tangle of eels gossiping over morning coffee and cake, while a group of bearded, himation-clad gents look on disapprovingly :-)   Vanitas and Veritas: illusion and truth – or vice versa

    The mention of the confession dial by @AlexWho reminded me of the reference to the…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic Extremis

    Having shown that he and his c0-writers can do old-style Doctor Who in fine style, and in the process provided ample scope for Bill to establish herself in relation to  Doctor, and for Capalidi’s Doctor to establish himself as more grounded than we have seen so far – in a literal as well as metaphorical sense, we are now presented with the…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic Oxygen

    @Missy

    we watched a film/series a few years ago (can’t remember what) where a women barged into a house accompanied by several uniformed men. She told the occupants not to worry ‘the dogs’ would clear things up, it was time  they got an outing- or words to that affect.

    Was it by any chance this you were thinking of?

    KATE: All these muscles, and…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic Oxygen

    @MissRori  (and others)

    The Doctor is blind, but I have wondered whether he was telling Nardole the whole truth, given the signs of their somewhat edgy relationship.  Although I didn’t spell it out in my post on Saturday evening, my assumption has been that he had reverted to wearing the sonic glasses because he could use them to help overcome…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic Oxygen

    Among all the other incidental details which appealed to me was the Doctor, as he lectured on the dangers to life in the vacuum of space instead of crop rotation, drawing a series of curving lines on the star chart on the chalk board, seemingly random until the camera pulled back to reveal the join-the-stars image of a skull. Such are the details…[Read more]

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