• Mudlark replied to the topic The Tenth Planet part 1

    @Bluesqueakpip , @whisht, @Wolfweed

    General Cutler is an idiot.

    He is all of that, but my first thought was that he is an example of a common – at the time – stereotype of the totally unimaginative and by-the-rule military officer who is so mentally and emotionally incapable of processing such a truly out of the ordinary experience as this that he…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic The Maldovarium


    Congratulations on the upgrade and on successful navigation of another year!     Sorry about the acne, but it does tend to go with the territory –  and with any luck is a short lived phase :-;

  • Mudlark replied to the topic The Keys of Marinus part 6

    This is rather late in the day to be commenting, I know.  I’ve been very much in catch-up mode, though playing by the rules in that I watched the episodes at roughly weekly intervals.

    My recollections of early Who are vague, to say the least, but given the dates of transmission I can be certain that this is a story which I have never seen…[Read more]

  • @ichabod

    It seems that we think alike about the 12th Doctor’s resistance to the prospect of regeneration, and for very much the same reasons. Growth and change are a part of life’s process, and on the whole are to be welcomed; but the abrupt changes involved in the successive regenerations of the Doctor are not of the same order as gradual…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic The Maldovarium


    Nostalgia time 🙂   I have not only heard of Round the Horne, I recall it and its predecessor, Beyond Our Ken, with considerable fondness and I still find it funny, being old enough to get all the references. It ran 1965-1968, although I listened to it regularly only from 1966 onward when I was engaged in post grad research and …[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic Dr Who News (4)


    Erratum:  Having just re-read my post above, I see that in my haste to hit ‘submit’ I failed to spot the inadvertent and misleading omission of a couple of words.  It should have read … adaption of his and Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens, since they were, of course, co-authors of the said work 😳

  • Mudlark replied to the topic Dr Who News (4)

    Not exactly Doctor Who, but David Tennant is to star in Neil Gaiman’s adaptation of Terry Pratchett’s ‘Good Omens’

  • Mudlark replied to the topic Spoilers (3)


  • @Craig

    If I can only find the time, I badly need to re-watch series 8 – 10, and no doubt I could even now review and evaluate  Capaldi’s Doctor analytically and in detail; but that compilation brings home why,  for me, after more than 50 years of watching on and off, his incarnation of this mercurial, eccentric alien – erratic, funny and at the…[Read more]

  • @ichabod

    Your description of your reaction to the news made me smile.  Being less pessimistic than you I was half expecting it, but before the announcement I would have said that I wasn’t greatly concerned either way as long as the actor cast was up to the job so, although I didn’t actually yell out loud,  the rush and glow of satisfaction I felt…[Read more]

  • @Juniperfish

    triumphantly pulling out the packet of ginger nut biscuits from the back of the closet which she was looking for all along.

    Any Doctor who liked ginger nuts would have my unqualified approval from the off!

  • @GreyhoundJon

    May I echo @JimTheFish ‘s sentiments. Greetings, and welcome in from lurkerdom 🙂  And there is no need to feel apologetic about the length of your post; it was excellent and well worth reading, and I agree wholeheartedly with  everything you say.

  • @janetteB

    I think that there will be record ratings this Christmas.

    You are almost certainly correct, and I suspect that for every viewer lost because they cannot get over their fixed views on gender and what constitutes masculinity and femininity, alien or otherwise, there will be others who reconnect or, indeed, connect for the first time.

    As…[Read more]

  • For those who have not yet seen it, there is an OP by Colin Baker  on the Graun website and, as his earlier tweet indicated, he is among those delighted by the casting of Whattaker.

  • Master: Is the future going to be all girl?

    Doctor: We can only hope.

    It surprises me a little that so many seem surprised at the casting of a woman as the Doctor. The possibility has been telegraphed fairly clearly and with increasing frequency over the past few years and, speaking for myself, I’m very much looking forward to seeing what Jodie…[Read more]

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


    Add my congratulations to those already accumulated. Very best wishes for the double celebration!

  • Mudlark commented on the post, Crazy Captions 94


    ‘… but the Pork Pie Hat is bigger on the inside.’

  • Mudlark commented on the post, Crazy Captions 93

    ‘No, it’s *psychic* paper. Psychic paper is cool!’

  • Mudlark replied to the topic The Doctor Falls


    The Master-Missy relationship is, I think, fairly straightforward – insofar as Moffat loops can ever be described as such. The indications in the text are that Simm-Master will regenerate into Missy and that she remembers enough to realise this. She claims to be a bit hazy about the details, but then she has never been particularly…[Read more]

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