• nerys replied to the topic Demons of the Punjab

    @cathannabel I agree with @winston in that the 10th Doctor, and also the 11th, apologized … a lot. It was usually in the face of something very bad that the Doctor knew was imminent and couldn’t prevent. It kind of became Tennant’s calling card, and Smith took it up. Capaldi’s Doctor apologized less. So I have felt that Whittaker’s Doctor is…[Read more]

  • nerys replied to the topic Demons of the Punjab

    @margaret-blaine You could be right about the bonkerizing. Doctor Who can’t please everyone, and that was the case in Moffat’s era, too. I lost count of the number of complaints I read about his stories being too complex, about how Capaldi wasn’t “my doc” … etc. Part of the fun many of us found with the Moffat era was our endless speculation…[Read more]

  • nerys replied to the topic Demons of the Punjab

    @miapatrick I do understand that this was really a story about two brothers, and the tragic divisions politics and religion can create within families and communities. I didn’t really expect there to be a major focus on this by having additional Sikh characters, but I guess I expected a bit more than a brief mention. Sikhs were equally affected by…[Read more]

  • nerys replied to the topic The Faces of the Doctor

    @missy I understand your comments about Capaldi, and I do miss him. But then, I’ve said that about all the Doctors after their regenerations. It’s not enough to keep me from watching, so I do continue on and am finding a lot to enjoy with the current Doctor and her companions. Not without complaints, mind you … but that’s always been the…[Read more]

  • nerys replied to the topic Demons of the Punjab

    @bluesqueakpip @juniperfish Just to be clear: Even though it’s natural for us to want the Doctor and/or Yaz to rush back to save Prem, I knew it wasn’t possible, and so I didn’t really yearn for it. The Doctor established that changing this outcome might very well erase Yaz’s existence, and of course I don’t want that. But I thought, despite her…[Read more]

  • nerys replied to the topic The Faces of the Doctor

    This is an interesting conversation, re: who is the most “alien” of all the Doctors. I’m most familiar with the post-gap Doctors, so for me it goes like this:

    Chris Eccleston convinced me of his alien-ness. I found him to be a believable in his portrayal of an alien needing companionship and trying (but not always succeeding) to understand and…[Read more]

  • nerys replied to the topic Demons of the Punjab

    Overall, I thought this was a wonderful episode. However, I thought there were a couple of missed opportunities:

    I know there was a need to simplify a very complex subject, the partition of India. And there was a need to dramatize the two opposing points of view. However, I was surprised that (at least as far as I can recall) there was no mention…[Read more]

  • nerys replied to the topic Rosa

    @mudlark Fair enough. I certainly understand that point of view. But for me, it isn’t a prerequisite for Doctor Who.

  • nerys replied to the topic Arachnids In The UK

    @chiana I had the same feeling about Matt Smith, to the point where I avoided watching Doctor Who for quite some time after he started. It was only when we happened upon a repeat and watched it that I realized he was quite convincing as the Doctor, and every bit as good as Tennant, just different.

    In fact, I loved Chris Eccleston, too. But…[Read more]

  • nerys replied to the topic Rosa

    @mudlark I was saying something similar to my husband, that re-watching these episodes isn’t mandatory. And, in a way, it’s a relief. As much as I loved Moffat’s writing, I sometimes got a bit tired of having to first watch an episode, just to get a sense of it, and then re-watch it multiple times in order to understand it. Needing to meet that…[Read more]

  • nerys replied to the topic Arachnids In The UK

    @chiana … but I am getting a bit tired of the sonic screwdriver pose with the big arm swing!

    Why more so with Jodie Whittaker than with any of her predecessors? They’ve all shown a flair for swinging out the sonic screwdriver and striking a dramatic pose.

  • nerys replied to the topic The Tsuranga Conundrum

    @azzitay Who lets Chris Chibnall write Doctor Who stories? The same people who let him write Doctor Who stories prior to him becoming showrunner. I take it you don’t recall episodes like “The Hungry Earth”?

    http://tardis.wikia.com/wiki/Chris_Chibnall

  • nerys replied to the topic The Tsuranga Conundrum

    I’m really enjoying this new Doctor and her companions. For me, this season harks back to the David Tennant era (whimsy and adventure, but without the Rose angst). The Pting was cute enough to add a bit of humor, but without being Disney-cute … if that makes any sense.

    As much as I liked Peter Capaldi’s Doctor, I find Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor…[Read more]

  • nerys replied to the topic Arachnids In The UK

    @geoffers Sarcasm understood! Bravo!

    @miapatrick Thank you for expounding so eloquently on how and why Graham is such a good role model, period. We can’t go too far wrong in trying to emulate him, regardless of our race, sex and other innate characteristics.

  • nerys replied to the topic Arachnids In The UK

    @hobbyco White male children need positive role models too!!

    I would say Graham qualifies, wouldn’t you?

  • nerys replied to the topic The Woman Who Fell To Earth

    @msrbahar Let me make that more grumpy and arrogant: having a PHD in music? Who gives a shit?

    I am sorry for your loss. I truly am. But I’m with @cathannabel. I can’t read your dismissals of Segun Akinola as anything other than racist, mainly because you claim he was chosen specifically because of his race. Why not because of his talent, which is…[Read more]

  • nerys replied to the topic The Woman Who Fell To Earth

    @thane16 Bravo, Puro! Your explanation was a joy to read. Any thread citing my favorite composer, Aaron Copland, is a winner in my book.

    And that clip from Close Encounters. Such marvelous musical interplay, one of John Williams’ best moments. But the thing that makes the scene so utterly engaging is the look of wonder on everyone’s faces. As @ich…[Read more]

  • nerys replied to the topic Rosa

    @craig With a title referencing the first ever episode of AG Who,…

    OK, I admit that it took me forever to get this. I’m slow sometimes!

  • nerys replied to the topic Rosa

    @misterf55 JW is a good actress (not actor)

    Why not “actor”? “Actress” is in that mob of needlessly gender-specific terms we are burdened with. “Actor” refers to a person who acts, which perfectly describes Jodie Whittaker (along with all the other actors who have played the Doctor).

    @thane16 Sadly I don’t think The Civil Rights Movement can e…

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  • nerys replied to the topic Rosa

    I loved it! For me, this episode hit it out of the park. The Doctor and her companions are melding together and learning why what the Doctor does is so important. It reminded me of so many of the classic Doctor Who episodes where the TARDIS drops them off in unexpected, unplanned places, and then they realize why they are there.

    I admit that I…[Read more]

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