• OsakaHatter replied to the topic The Time of The Doctor

    @Wisht – seconding @geoffers, I took that to be a step-mum (or potential step-mum).  Rather ties in with the idea raised on here last week of Clara as the fairytale princess, waiting for the hero to ride in and save her*.  From a tower (block).  And a wicked stepmother!


    *Apologies to whoever pointed that out, I can’t find the relevant post at…[Read more]

  • OsakaHatter replied to the topic The Time of The Doctor


    I guess if they could send the energy through the crack why couldn’t they have just gone through the crack themselves?

    Perhaps they could have, but they knew it wasn’t safe to do so – hence calling for the Doctor.  He’s their man on the outside, waiting to let them know when it’s safe to come out.  This does suggest that the s…[Read more]

  • OsakaHatter replied to the topic The Rose & Crown


    Glad to see staffing concerns have been addressed!  Could be useful come kick out time too although I was also disturbed by the domesticity of a Dalek (in fact it’s a shame that episode is mostly remembered for the iDaleks – seeing them being onside was extremely disconcerting and a good concept for a story)

    Are Boston D…[Read more]

  • OsakaHatter replied to the topic On The Sofa (4)


    one section of the bar could be stretched to make room for a barista

    Having worked in several bars around the world, while I’m all in favour of people bobbing in for a coffee in the morning and afternoon, I can honestly say there is a special layer of hell reserved for folk who think it’s sensible to order a bloody cappuccino* in a crowded…[Read more]

  • OsakaHatter replied to the topic On The Sofa (4)


    I went on a school trip to Blists Hill museum when I was 10. Did you get chance to go to the Tar Tunnel at Coalport? It’s normally lit by electric lights but they allowed us to go down with candles (this was long before ‘Health & Safety’ came along and ruined all the fun). Very spooky!

    We didn’t go this time, but I did that as a…[Read more]

  • OsakaHatter replied to the topic The Time of The Doctor

    Hello all, hope you had a lovely Christmas.

    Having spent most of the year disappointed with the limited amount of ‘Who on TV, I’ve ended the year feeling rather spoiled.  That was a lovely end to Matt Smith’s tenure and he really is leaving me wanting more.  Personally, I think the consistency and quality of the last 3 years have set a high w…[Read more]

  • OsakaHatter replied to the topic Website comments

    @Craig – hope you’re well.  Having been limited to -at most – once daily lurking of late, I’ve been more reliant than normal on the Activity feed.  Not sure if you’ve ever noticed, but sometimes when you click ‘Load More’ it loads entries from above the point that you’re at, so you’ll have a message from say 9 hours ago, press load more, and t…[Read more]

  • OsakaHatter replied to the topic The Rose & Crown

    @Rob et al

    I have a cafetiere and a kettle but NO BLOODY COFFEE.  Life is unfair.  Given all this talk, is the pub getting closed and replaced with a coffee shop?  That’s very 21st century Britain!


    Would it be inappropriate to say ‘Thanks for sticking your head above the parapet’?  I’ll get my coat.  No, seriously, cheers – I’m…[Read more]

  • OsakaHatter replied to the topic On The Sofa (3)

    Hello all.

    Recently been back to Victorian England (admittedly, only courtesy of the open air Blists Hill living museum in Ironbridge) but sadly the barmaid was no Clara.  For one thing, he had a beard.

    But other than that, RL has been largely nose to the keyboard,  so haven’t had chance to do anything other than brief lurking of late.  Just wa…[Read more]

  • OsakaHatter replied to the topic The Day of the Doctor

    Well, the only word I can think of for that weekend is ace.  Which would have made me cool and hip in the early 90’s.  Haven’t had chance to re-watch the episode yet, having only escaped the clutches of the South late last night and initial viewing was on a dodgy 14 inch in a Days Inn half way down the M1, so need to rewatch to collect my t…[Read more]

  • OsakaHatter replied to the topic On The Sofa (3)


    It couldn’t be our @Shazzbot could it?

    You know, that entire paragraph went right over my head because of the end of the article (suggesting that Peter Capaldi would be The Doctor from Saturday onwards) – really thought that I’d spent all week being hyper careful to avoid spoilers, only for the Graun to bloody ruin it! …[Read more]

  • OsakaHatter replied to the topic On The Sofa (3)

    Just a warning.  I’ve just read a Zoe Williams piece in the Grauniad about the ExCel celebration.  The last paragraph may be a cock up or a major spoiler.  I suspect cock up, but recommend avoiding it til Saturday evening to be on the safe side.

  • @PhaseShift – cheers, thought it might be that.  @all may have been the better way to go after all 🙂

  • OsakaHatter replied to the topic On The Sofa (3)

    @Wolfweed – scotch and jelly babies.  I’d like to say in tribute to the previous and next Doctors, but basically because I like scotch, scotchy scotch scotch.

    I may break out the custard later.  No fish fingers though.  Unless I get really drunk.

  • @Phaseshift – any idea why my toast has been lost in moderation?

  • OsakaHatter replied to the topic On The Sofa (3)

    @pedant – apparently, I’m The Defender, the Mrs is The Rogue and the little ‘un is The General. Which sums up our family dynamic rather well.

    @all – all ready for Friday night, got a nice bottle of Talisker on stand by 🙂  To reiterate @Whohar earlier today, see ya all (virtually) there – staying fairly Internet dark in the mean time for fear of spoiler.

  • @Shazzbot – chilling is the right word. I always push that book on the retelling of the Noah’s ark story, which was genius.

    I wonder if the choice of painting is a reference to the WarDoctor, and that his story […]

  • @blenkinsopthebrave – been having a think, an I think the reason the 4th wall theory popped in my head was firstly that the description tends to be ‘breaking’ or ‘shattering’ the 4th wall, and of course we had two […]

  • @Bluesqueakpip – wow, great spot, you’re absolutely right.  Raft of the Medusa has made me uncomfortable, ever since I read Julian Barnes’ A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters.  Having the raft populated by […]

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