• Mudlark replied to the topic Empire of Death

    @blenkinsopthebrave

    As  @ps1l0v3y0u  says, there is no answer; in fact nothing adds up in terms of the explanation offered. Who attaches a road sign to a lamp post on the premises of a pub, anyway? (For the record, I checked all the scenes in the Time Window where the lamp post is visible and, although the images aren’t exactly crystal clear, t…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic Empire of Death

    @miapatrick

    … it was Ruby’s mother who he couldn’t see

    Yes, now that you point it out. I suppose my mind was wandering down another path and interpreting ‘see’ in a much wider sense. But why, among all the other mothers who have abandoned their babies or given them up for adoption and whose children have since tried and failed to find them, was…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic Empire of Death

    Mrs Flood’s Snow Queen get up at the end suggests that she may play a bigger part in events in the Christmas episode, and given Moffat’s record in basing Christmas specials on what could loosely be termed fairy stories, maybe we should expect a Hans Andersen theme.

  • Mudlark replied to the topic Empire of Death

    @miapatrick @cathannabel

    He couldn’t see her, therefore he feared her, as a potential ‘rogue’ element that could sabotage his plan.

    True, but in the population of Earth, let alone in the universe as a whole, how many people are mysteries to themselves and others, so why was it Ruby alone whom Sutekh couldn’t see?  Was it the additional fact that s…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic Empire of Death

    @blenkinsopthebrave

    Well, here are a couple of reflections. I think we should change the subtitle of our forum to:

    “Theories even more dramatically satisfying than what’s actually happening.”

    Perhaps they should employ the members of this forum collectively as a kind of think tank to come up with scenarios for future Doctor Who episodes ;-)…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic Empire of Death

    After all the hype and advance publicity, with RTG telling us it would be devastating, heart rending and the most spectacular season finale ever, that was something of a disappointment to put it mildly. All the musical cues and clues led nowhere, it seems, and the mystery of Ruby and her parentage turned out to be nothing out of the ordinary, even…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic The Legend of Ruby Sunday

    As preparation for tomorrow I’ve just been watching the remastered and edited version of Pyramid of Mars in Tales of the Tardis on iPlayer. As a feature length film and with a few updated tweaks it has greater impact, I think, even though the effect of the cliff hangers in the original 25 min episodes is lost.  I note that Prof. Scarman’s racist…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic The Legend of Ruby Sunday

    @miapatrick

    Mrs Flood is Susan, who had been chameleon arced till the Christmas episode.

    Yessss!  Wonderful suggestion – it fits perfectly with what we know, and if I were given to betting I might even stake a modest sum on the likelihood of it turning out to be true.

  • Mudlark replied to the topic The Legend of Ruby Sunday

    @thane16

    With two artificial hips and now a new knee I’m gradually turning into bionic woman. It’s exactly a year since I had the knee op, but I made what the surgeon and physio seemed to think was near miraculously rapid progress in recovering full use of the joint.  If only they could also do spine replacements.  Because of the loss of i…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic The Legend of Ruby Sunday

    @thane16

    Experiments on sound profiles or fluctuations of, & connections between, pitch in scales, triads & chords across an entire work are on-going but technology is developing legitimate methods of sound analysis and measurement in Time Windows (!)

    And RTD has been dropping thumping great hints from The Giggle onward, in addition to the more…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic The Legend of Ruby Sunday

    @whohar

    On the subject of Jemma Redgrave I’m in complete agreement. I’m in awe of any actor who can convey so much with just a tightening or twitch of the facial muscles, and I always look forward to any episode when I know she’ll be in it.

    I confess I’ve never come across Rovelli’s books; I’ll look out for them. I am, however, broadly familiar…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic The Legend of Ruby Sunday

    @blenkinsopthebrave

    On the question of Mrs Flood I’ve had second thoughts, and your idea that she has been watching over Ruby is pertinent. In short, I’ve concluded that she probably hasn’t been taken over by Sutekh or any harbinger acolyte of Sutekh’s but that, for whatever reason, she is time sensitive and so was aware of his approach. After…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic BBC Approved Spoilers

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  • Mudlark replied to the topic The Legend of Ruby Sunday

    @bunface

    I’m glad it was helpful. One of the great things about this forum is the many different areas of expertise and the different angles which people bring to the discussions.

    Yes, I’m an archaeologist. I started out as a prehistorian, specialising in the Neolithic and early Bronze Age periods in Britain, while at the same time spending…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic The Legend of Ruby Sunday

    @bunface

    Did you really think it that scary?   I suppose I was treating it like an exercise in field work – visiting, say, the site of an abandoned medieval village or of a monastic precinct, observing and recording all the humps and bumps marking buried remains, identifying them in terms of ditches, walls, buildings and so forth, and trying to i…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic The Legend of Ruby Sunday

    I’ve been musing on that question of infection/possession – who was channeling a supernatural entity, at what point did that entity gain access, and to what degree were the people affected aware before the point at which the full manifestation of Sutekh himself was about to break through? The identity of these entities, other than Sutekh himself,…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic The Legend of Ruby Sunday

    @scaryB

    When did the TARDIS become infected? Let’s assume it was in Wild Blue Yonder,

    That seems to me very much the most likely occasion – see my earlier post in response to @markkelly. It’s just about possible the Meep brought it earlier, depending on the identity of the ‘boss’ referred to. It might be worth re-watching that episode to check if…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic The Legend of Ruby Sunday

    @blenkinsopthebrave

    .. it might imply that Sutekh is able to manifest in the Time Window. How? Well, it has already been  established that UNIT has incorporated a dynamic system courtesy of Triad Technology…

    If I am right in thinking that that the Tardis had already been possessed by Sutekh – or perhaps infected is a more appropriate term – wh…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic The Legend of Ruby Sunday

    Today I found time to re-watch the Time window scenes more closely, pausing at frequent intervals, in order to compare, in detail, the differences between events as we saw them here and as we saw them in The Church on Ruby Road. What follows is probably going way too far into nit-picking detail, so just call me obsessive and ignore if you so wish.…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic Pyramids of Mars

    I join @blenkinsopthebrave  and @scaryB in thanking you, @craig  for opening this thread. It has prompted me to go to iPlayer and start a re-watch – so far just the first two episodes. It must be more than a decade since I last saw it, on some obscure TV channel, and it’s good to be reminded of the details.

    If I was being judgemental I would s…[Read more]

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