• Mudlark replied to the topic General Theatre thread

    @nightingale

    I had a very strong suspicion that was the case, but on the internet you never can tell, so I had to ask 🙂

     

  • Mudlark replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @Whisht

    Thank you for that thought.

    Although potentially in the at-risk category I am, I hope, keeping things in perspective and taking all reasonable precautions. The worry-meter did waver up a notch when No.1 brother, who is a retired paediatrician, phoned to enquire delicately, and in a roundabout way, whether I had stockpiled provisions -…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic General Theatre thread

    @nightingale

    That certainly provides an interesting perspective on Endgame, but if anyone told you that it was a sequel to Infinity War it’s no wonder that you were confused 🙂 Or did you write this with tongue in cheek?   If not the latter,  Endgame was written as a one act play, originally in French but later translated by the playwright h…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic Ascension Of The Cybermen

    @blenkinsopthebrave   and others who have speculated about the seemingly ageless ‘minders’.

    Could they have been Time Lords who were chameleon arched and have now rediscovered their identity?  Or maybe they were entities who simply assumed the appearance of the father and the senior policeman. Either way the presentation clock is obviously a C…[Read more]

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

    @unclewalter

    Since Theta and Sigma are letters in the earthling Greek alphabet, how likely is it that they constitute a Gallifreyan name 😉  At best they might approximate to the initials of his original name, but even that is pure speculation.

    As a matter of interest, why haven’t you been tempted to follow the After Gap episodes?  The q…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic The Haunting of Villa Diodati

    @bluesqueakpip

    I did not mean to disparage Chibnall’s ability as a writer in general; he just seems so much more at home dealing with people in the world as it is or was in the past.

    Over the past 60+ years I have read a great deal of science fiction and a somewhat lesser amount of fantasy by numerous different authors. Many have written…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic The Haunting of Villa Diodati

    @blenkinsopthebrave

    Clearly Graham is not of a generation which can remember the po’ under the bed or the commode – necessities if one was to avoid a nocturnal trip to the privy at the bottom of the garden 🙂  The water closet was not unknown in the early 19th century, but it was still a rarity and not terribly efficient.

  • Mudlark replied to the topic The Haunting of Villa Diodati

    @bluesqueakpip

    I wonder why it is that the Chibnall historicals seem to be so much the best episodes of his era? It’s like everyone (actors, writers, production team) have the ‘touch’ with historicals. – which then proceeds to promptly desert them when they have to do something else.

    I suspect the reason is that Chibnall lacks the kind of free-wh…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic The Haunting of Villa Diodati

    Another random observation which I forgot to include; I was very amused to see Byron’s repeated attempts to flirt with the Doctor meet with a decided and blunt rebuff. How very different from the 10th Doctor 😉

  • Mudlark replied to the topic The Haunting of Villa Diodati

    For the first 10 minutes or so of this episode I had a sinking feeling that it wasn’t going to live up to its promise. The Austen pastiche dialogue seemed a bit forced at first, and while the notion of delivering the background information on the somewhat convoluted domestic arrangements of the occupants of Villa Diodati as gossip between partners…[Read more]

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

    @davros

    Since you will be covering all the post-gap Doctors but understandably don’t want to keep it as a continuous thread, Faces of the Doctor might be the most appropriate forum.

  • Mudlark replied to the topic Can You Hear Me?

    @missrori

    In that link the BBC do make a valid point. It is true that a lot of people have difficulty responding to those who have suffered a bereavement or who are in mental distress, and they do tend either to avoid the issue altogether or to resort to euphemisms or platitudes; if someone has died it seems people have difficulty saying the…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic Can You Hear Me?

    The first thing that struck me about this episode were the parallels with Listen, and not just in the sequence of the titles – Listen, Can You Hear Me?  Both dealt with the hidden fears which lurk in our subconscious and in our nightmares; the insecurities and doubts which generate the monsters under the bed and the bogeymen haunting the shadows,…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic Praxeus

    @Davros

    It looks as if your memory is playing tricks on you, because it was Graham who had cancer and Grace who was his oncology nurse. That said, it did seem odd that he didn’t know the meaning of pathogen. Pathogens aren’t known to be a cause of Cancer, but even so …

  • Mudlark replied to the topic Praxeus

    @galaxymage

    Sympathy over the commercial breaks 🙁  Living in the UK where that is not a problem I can only imagine how frustrating that must be, especially since BBC productions are not designed to accommodate them. It’s irritating enough on commercial channels where the shows are generally structured around the ads.

  • Mudlark replied to the topic Praxeus

    @bluesqueakpip

    Perhaps the contrast between last week’s episode caused me to be a bit harsh in my comments yesterday evening, but I certainly didn’t think it was as bad as Orphan 55 and, as I said, it held my attention. After a second viewing, now that perhaps I am in a more tolerant mood, I feel less inclined to be critical, but I still have the…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic Praxeus

    That was certainly topical, but the way in which the message was delivered was far from subtle, with rather too much high-speed exposition for my taste. It is the kind of subject which multi-episode stories have dealt with rather more effectively, and The Green Death is a prime example as @jimthefish has already pointed out; and that did it…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic General Music thread 4

    On this sad day for the UK, in defiance, the anthem of the EU

  • Mudlark replied to the topic Fugitive of the Judoon

    @davros

    Good point about the amnesia inducing effect of the chameleon arch. On the other hand there is clearly a lot more going on with Lee than there was with Martha as a companion to Tennant Doctor, and a good many indications that he is more than just Martin Doctor’s human companion.

    1) He has a service medal made of chronotelluric alloy…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic Fugitive of the Judoon

    @blenkinsopthebrave

    Another thought: we’ve been assuming that all the people who vanished when zapped by the Judoon were killed, but I’ve been wondering about that. The Doctor described the weapon used as a temporal isolator, designed to freeze time, but that when used it causes horrific collateral damage to anyone and anything in its path.…[Read more]

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