• Mudlark replied to the topic Website comments (2)

    @craig  Fransico alice apparently wants to be my friend, too (message now deleted). I checked on her/him/it, and apparently they registered here about a month ago.

  • Mudlark replied to the topic Kerblam!

    @JimTheFish

    And I still can’t get over how cramped that console room is compared to the last few iterations.

    Yes, especially when there are four people crowded into it, and the massive crystalline structures just contribute to the oppressive,claustrophobic atmosphere. I was hoping that it would somehow open out to reveal a larger space beyond, b…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic Kerblam!

    The old style pattern of alternating historical and futuristic episodes continues, and this for my money was the best so far of the future set episodes. The plot, with all its mildly satirical contemporary references and relevance, was sufficiently intriguing and involving, and it ended with a satisfactory twist which was equally applicable to…[Read more]

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

    @pedant  @thane16  @JimTheFish  @KevinWho  @blenkinsopthebrave  @Bluesqueakpip

    Thanks everybody. As I said, I have been through this before and it turned out OK. Been through it twice, in fact. if you count the time they thought I had ovarian cancer, although I was reasonably certain then that it was just a very large cyst. And boy, did I feel…[Read more]

  • Mudlark commented on the post, Out of the comfort zone

    @KevinWho

    The current conception of the Tardis is as an abstract and, from a human point of view, very alien intelligence governing a space/time machine and having a particular bond with the Doctor. As I see […]

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

    @CathAnnabel

    Thank you. It does sometimes feel as if I have reached a stage in which life is throwing just one damn thing after another at me, but so far I keep bouncing back 🙂  The hospital phoned this morning to give me a date for my appointment with the dermatologists – 12 pm on 26th of this month, so only ten days to wait.  I’m hoping t…[Read more]

  • Mudlark commented on the post, Out of the comfort zone

    @KevinWho
    Maybe if the show can establish the TARDIS as really having a mind of her own.  Being determined to take the Doctor and company someplace no matter what the Doctor wants.
    Wasn’t that in fact […]

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

    In other news, it looks as if I may shortly be having my nose reshaped in a less than aesthetically pleasing fashion.

    Over the past five weeks a small, doubtful-looking, oozy spot on my nose has developed, and first thing this morning I finally got round to calling the GP practice and arranging an appointment to have it looked at. It turned out…[Read more]

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

    @ichabod  @thane @janetteB

    Your confidence in my omniscience in all things historical is very flattering, but my knowledge of the incidence of plague is not very detailed. There were few if any places in Europe not devastated by the Black Death, least of all urban centres, although Poland is supposed to have remained largely unaffected. This…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic Demons of the Punjab

    @pedant

    Don’t underestimate the influence of the Wahhabi’s since the 50s.

    Yes. In Birmingham in the 1970s I often saw women wearing the salwar kameez , but very rarely with their heads covered, and never with the hijab.

    The widespread adoption of the hijab, let alone the niqab is a relatively recent phenomenon.

  • Mudlark replied to the topic Demons of the Punjab

    @troygorsline

    The dupatta (the long scarf worn with a salwar kameez), or the end of a sari might have been drawn over the head in public or in the presence of strangers, but not necessarily in informal circumstances and not within the family. It might have been expected when Graham and Ryan appeared, but wouldn’t have been imperative. The custom…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic Demons of the Punjab

    There was just one trivial detail which bothered me in passing. On past evidence the Tardis can provide a wardrobe of clothing for all occasions, so why not a shalwar kameez for Yaz, especially when she knew she was going back in time to see her grandmother?  Her clothes, however nondescript in a 21st century context, would have stood out like…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic Demons of the Punjab

    @Juniperfish

    it’s creating a negative space in the narrative arc screaming, “We MUST DO something to stand up to bigotry!!!” which, as I’ve said upstream, Chibnall and team are thereby inviting us to apply in our own time.

    That thread and the continuing moral imperative is, above all, what is keeping me engaged with S11, because there is a small p…[Read more]

  • @Bluesqueakpip

    It’s well worth watching; it can be distressing. Especially seeing the genuine footage of the real cost of the war – all those dead young men, without the distancing effect of black and white.

    Yes, it is astonishing how much colour and sound effects contribute to the sense of immediacy, and this was very well done – far more so tha…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic Demons of the Punjab

    Partition was such a difficult subject for a show such as Doctor Who to address, in view of the millions who died in the needless and senseless bloodletting, that I was reluctant even to watch this episode for fear that it would be mishandled, and the title, suggesting the introduction of alien antagonists, was not reassuring. My fears were…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic Rosa

    @nerys

    It is the difference between reading a novel which you may enjoy but, at the end, feel there is nothing more to be learned from a second reading because everything is there on the surface, and reading one which you immediately want to read again because you know that, however much you have understood and gained from that first reading…[Read more]

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

    @ichabod

    There was a six part BBC adaptation of The City and the City early this year, although I only recently got round to watching it. It diverged in some respects from the novel, giving Borlu a back story and an additional motive in the form of a wife who had disappeared, and greater prominence to the archaeological excavations. What made the…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @pedant

    Ouch!  and commiserations about this additional sideswipe by the fates; but excellent news about the blood sugar levels 🙂

    Fingers crossed that the aches and pains will not trouble you for long.

  • Mudlark replied to the topic The Tsuranga Conundrum

    @pedant

    Thank me later.

    Or curse you, more like 😈

     

  • Mudlark replied to the topic Rosa

    @KevinWho

    It is probably asking too much of Chibnall to hope he will come up with something wildly imaginative; that isn’t his strongest suit 😉  Moffat had an almost limitless imagination and a willingness to take risks which made even his less successful episodes interesting. It is significant that Rosa is the only episode in this season that…[Read more]

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