• @Rob
    Most of the Doctors could talk the hind leg off a donkey, but one thing I suddenly realised last night was that they talked about how wonderful they were. It was, in fact, called out a couple of times, with jokes that they really needed a companion to make admiring noises.

    The Whittaker Doctor, on the other hand, talks through everything,…[Read more]

  • @rob  This is one of the good things that has come out of the regeneration it makes you think about equality,  hopefully it will make me a better person just by making me think about it.

    I’d say so — one of the clear signs of a knee-jerk reactionary is automatic outrage at the fact that The Contentious Issue *has been raised* — “SJW!  …[Read more]

  • thane16 replied to the topic It Takes You Away

    @Bluesqueakpip @rob  great analysis.

    brilliant: The Monsters Four.

    somebody needs to write a choon to that.


  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic It Takes You Away

    So, another one I wanted to watch again. I wasn’t looking forward to this episode that much – all the advance notice seemed to talk about ‘Scandi-noir’, and I was thinking, ‘Oh, please, not the North Sea Depression’*.

    But instead of the inheritors of Ibsen, we got the inheritors of Norwegian fairy tales. I loved it.

    @arbutus – I agree that this…[Read more]

  • thane16 replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @rob me too! Last week and lost the whole hog. Luckily, a mate had brought me a new (very small, mind) coffee plunger with a sweet bean. I had just come home and fancied a good brew. So, rob it calmed me down. We have merlo coffee here? And if you purchase a large tin of it (as I did about 3 months ago) they give you a free coffee AND a $5 voucher…[Read more]

  • JimTheFish replied to the topic The Tsuranga Conundrum


    I think we are all taking the color of the shirt too far

    Ah, you must be new around these here parts….


    It did strike me that some of the sets did look quite TARDIS-like. Maybe they were part of an earlier redesign and just repurposed….

  • Miapatrick replied to the topic Arachnids In The UK

    @rob I agree with @bluesqueakpip that this is character development rather than a gender shift. I have always been a little concerned that certain changes to the character coming with the change of sex could seem to Say Things about differences between the sexes which I don’t personally think are true. And it’s hard to watch TV without a certain…[Read more]

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic Arachnids In The UK


    Yes, after much angst she eventually ended up with the Doctor-Donna clone with the human lifespan.

    But on the whole, I don’t think ‘You’ll end up trapped in an entirely different dimension’ counts as ‘being kept safe’, even if Rose did end up with a wealthy Dad, a boyfriend and possibly a TARDIS.


    Yes, that’s how I felt about…[Read more]

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic Arachnids In The UK

    Yes, I noticed that. In fact, I remember saying for The Woman Who Fell To Earth that the Whittaker Doctor seemed to be considerably more honest than previous incarnations.

    But I don’t think it’s necessarily a ‘female’ thing. If you think about it, things have ended badly for every single AG Who Companion. It may simply be that this more…[Read more]

  • ardaraith replied to the topic Rosa

    @rob and @miapatrick I also thought Graham was going to drive the bus.  His utter despair standing there at the end was gut wrenching.  And Ryan, such a good hearted kid, being spoken to like that…. my heart hurt. I cried multiple times during this one.

    I am really enjoying the humanity of these episodes.


  • Miapatrick replied to the topic Rosa

    @rob, I was convinced that Graham would be driving the bus, and The Doctor would have to demand her seat.

  • ichabod replied to the topic The Ghost Monument

    @pedant  A dark, gloomy….custard cream dispenser.

    Dash it all!  Now I want one of those.  Only, chocolate mousse for me, thanks.

    @thane16  The colourised sequence reminded me of the interior of sclerotic bowel.

    Er — yes.  I was trying to put my finger on it — uh, trying to come up with something visceral like that . .

    @rob  LOL!…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic The Ghost Monument


    Yes, I received two separate notifications, as presumably did everyone else who was tagged, but no apology is needed. These things happen, and anything is better than losing a lengthy post entirely, which happened to me a few days ago.


    The Timeless Child could be Jenny

    Somehow I don’t think so. The Doctor felt that the Remnants…[Read more]

  • Missy replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)


    Blimey, I sent this once but got kicked off! Welcome. Love the name.


    Good for you. Unfortunately I haven’t got a pic of the Tardis, and couldn’t upload if I had. Really dense when it comes to technology. Love coffee, but tea is my drink. Enjoy your stay here.


  • thane16 replied to the topic The Woman Who Fell To Earth

    @tardigrade  @pedant writes this above:

    But functionally, she is a bit like the Eric Balfour character, Jesse, in the first episode of Buffy (Whedon wanted him in the main credits, but the network wouldn’t let him). It is a signal that nobody is safe. It is also floats the question (which is is nice to see acknowledged in this thread) of why we ca…

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  • Missy replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)


    Hello there, love the avatar! I wish………………………


  • @rob

    Don’t see the fridge issue. Grace was a leader, led from the front and that comes with risk. Pretty much from the outset she was the one who investigated, went first, threw caution to the wind. And that is as dangerous as throwing your salad at an alien.

    But functionally, she is a bit like the Eric Balfour character, Jesse, in the first…[Read more]

  • @Rob
    Well, Chibbers also said that the stories were all standalone and single episode – and we’ve just gone into Episode Two with everyone stranded in vacuum and a still-missing TARDIS. So he’s clearly absorbed Rule Zero: The Showrunner Always Lies. 🙂

    What he may mean is that you don’t need to know why the Gang are hanging about in space if you…[Read more]

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

    @rob I was bothered by the optics of Gran’s death too — especially coming (narratively) not that long after sweet Bill Potts narrowly escaped fridging, and only a few years after Clara Oswin Oswald went through a similar so-close-but-yet-so-far encounter with the Doctor with even the same manner of death.  It will be really interesting to see…[Read more]

  • thane16 replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    @rob sounds wonderful!

    @scaryB  oh, that be very clever….the top’s poking out. I like it!


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