• 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]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic Fugitive of the Judoon

    @blenkinsopthebrave

    what was in the little metal box that Gat recognizes?

    Lee did in fact open the box and we got a brief glimpse of what was in it. He said it was his service medal. Gant implied that it was made of or included a distinctive alloy which enabled her to trace him to Earth. Everything points to Lee also being a Time Lord, as you say,…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic Fugitive of the Judoon

    @Brewski

    The discussion which I referred to isn’t really  spoilery, just the report that sparked it off.

    This gist of the hypothesis which I proposed there is that the coincidence of the paired regenerations of Hartnell Doctor and Capaldi Doctor which immediately followed their meeting, which could be seen in one sense as simultaneous although…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic Spoilers (4)

    SPOILER, SPOILER, SPOILER...

  • Mudlark replied to the topic Fugitive of the Judoon

    @brewski

    The reviewer in question clearly lacks imagination 🙄

    There is a relevant discussion which might be of interest if you are prepared to venture onto the Spoiler forum.

  • Mudlark replied to the topic Spoilers (4)

    SPOILER, SPOILER, SPOILER...

  • Mudlark replied to the topic Spoilers (4)

    SPOILER, SPOILER, SPOILER...

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