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    Yes that is a timeless classic 😃

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    Belated Happy Birthday

    Great idea to have a later Official Birthday, you are as your avatar shows a person of high birth and that is entirely fitting for you to have as many 50th birthday parties as you desire (quick Who Forum people we all  need to panic buy jelly [for our cousins across the pond that’s jello], just in case Craig pops round the moment we’re allowed to mix again)


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    @thane16 or is it @Syzgy

    It was a good video call, I’m the only one out working as I’m considered a critical worker (and I always thought I was a sarcastic worker so is critical a promotion or demotion?)

    My Mum is in the high risk because of age

    My daughter is also in the high risk due to congenital heart disease and has had to shut her dog walking business,  with all the financial repercussions

    My wife is doing the Mum thing and worrying about the children, grandchildren,  life, the universe and everything (as Mum’s do)

    I’m being typically me and thinking about Dr Who, sword fighting techniques,  will I be able to get coffee machine de-scaler tablets and why there were no gloves at the pumps but you had to put the same gloves on to enter the shop, which were inside the shop etc etc etc……

    Seriously though I am concerned about my family and my social groups (Dr Who friends and reenacting friends) both frienfship groups are diverse in age, gender, backgrounds and it seems that this virus is having a huge impact.

    Right time to prepare the veg for the slow cooker for my tea tonight,  aubergine surprise,  the surprise being I’m not sure how I’m going to cook said aubergine

    Take care all, be safe, be well and even if we’re having to take the long way round we will get to the other side

    Big hugs (with Mr Tickle arms always 2m away from contact)



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    Evening All

    Just popping in before a WhatsApp video call to my Wife, my Mum and my Daughter

    Think I’m going to be nodding and agreeing alot as they’re all fiesty ladies

    It’s not the virus that scares me but those three ganging up on me

    Be good and stay safe everyone

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    @phaseshift no apology needed, just had been told that due to the nature of the works a visit may happen,  was just saying that I was now thinking that other far more important stuff would be going on….. and you can trust me to do the job right (honest Guv)

    Enjoy the isolation in the Lake District

    We nearly lost the extruder barrel at 25.5mBgl today took 2 1/2 hours to recover and blew a weld (stretched it 40mm over the whole circumference). Better a new weld and down time rather than the 20k ish for a new extruder and hydraulic ram though.


    @bluesqueakpip fingers crossed that some work comes your way, online tutoring may be the way to go

    Sending positive thoughts to all

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    Morning All….. well it could be afternoon/evening/middle of the bloomin’ night, please choose the appropriate greeting

    Thanks to @mudlark for posting that, very amusing 😃

    @blenkinsopthebrave good idea to try and use our shared nerdom to reduce isolation and give us all a outlet to manage the pressures of the Coronavirus,  bravo. This is one pub that won’t get shut by aforementioned infection.

    My world is, as per usual, mainly one of mud and holes of varying depths. Currently holes are just shy of 30m deep but only 450mm wide. I was expecting a visit from one of @phaseshift ‘s colleagues but I’m guessing that’s fairly unlikely now.

    My grandson was sent home from nursery with a temperature and cough yesterday so he’s on 7 days and the rest of them (son, daughter in law and older grandson) on 14 days. My daughter’s partner is on 14 as she is in a high risk group.  My Mum and my wife’s parents are all set for 16 weeks. So the social impact is hitting.

    I’m crossing my fingers on how hard the financial impact will be as I’m a mercenary (one man and his dog company….. no dog) and could just about last a month using tax money already set aside, then I’d be at the bottom of the vortex disappearing down the plughole.

    But on the bright side, Monday was a t-shirt day, first time since October so spring is definitely on the way.

    Take care all and I’ll make an extra effort to keep yabbering away among this site to you all


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    Well that was a curates egg, good in parts

    I still not sure what I thought of that and as to the reasons why, I shall ponder on and come back to in a future post.


    We’ve got Timelords out there already (possibly, probably, maybe) @miapatrick





    The Master’s offspring???



    It would have made far more sense for The Master to have been the Timeless Child that could have set him off on the implausible genocide (I thought, and could be wrong, that only the elite of Gallifrey were regenerating Timelords and that the many were ordinary Gallifreyans). The I’ve killed them all for their origins as a Mengele type butchers experiment bullshit sort of like exterminating all present day Mediterranean peoples for the crimes of Agamemnon

    Numbering Doctors is now a very moot point too

    I really enjoy Jodie Whittaker as the Doctor and think she has nailed the roll, though Chris Eccleston and Matt Smith remain my top two as AG Doctors with Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker being the best of BG Doctors (are we now going to have AG/BG Doctors a rock n roll super group of retconned pre William Hartnell led by the awesome Jo Martin theme tune Who Made Who by ACDC for all future AG/BG Doctors)

    As for Tardis’s we have The Doctor’s Wife our all time favourite Type 40, The Masters, he has two or more, The Tree, The Restaurant (at the end of the universe???), Captain Jack is growing one, The Lodger (a definite maybe Tardis), the DIY one from The Doctor’s Wife, all the Dardis’s too

    Probables other include The Monk’s and Iris Wildthyme’s.


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    Late to post on this episode, blaming real life….

    Bonkerising theory No. 47.6

    The baby that the Lone Cyberman picked up and says “Don’t be afraid, little one. You will be like us.” (Quote courtesy of a great resource for Dr Who) could be Brendan,  who could be The Lone Cyberman, very much A Timeless Child.

    Literally split from on time and inserted into a another. Child of the creator of Frankenstein dies and resurrected 3 times William to Brendan, Brendan off the cliff, Brendan to Lone Cyberman


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    So the Cyberium is a meta Cyberstamp equivalent which we had absorbed in The Next Doctor and as @psymon mentioned above the obvious absorption of the Cyberium by the Doctor allows a mind timey wimey Cyber screw too.

    Mind wiping by Timelords, this allows for the possibility of of  Jo Martin Doctor (Dr Foster from Gloucester) to be a future or previous and also possibly a link to Doctor Faustus? Wow the coffee has kicked in.

    Thought this was a good episode too

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    I am greatly enjoying Picard I do have a couple of issues with the burning of Mars.

    The androids are shown as very much lesser than Data, all locked together overnight like tractors in a barn. They are seen and act as interactive tools. There are only two reasons I can see for this.

    1 they are purely talking machines

    2 they are Data equivalents but for some let’s tear up cannon reason the Federation now enshrines slavery

    The assumption has to be item 1 is valid and sort of expanded on in the first 3 episodes.

    So a machine ( group of burn Mars) the reason must be they were programmed to, so it a huge handwavium to ban all synthetics might as well ban calculators for doing the maths on weapon design. For an advanced civilisation this really doesn’t scan. If Lore had done it then maybe.

    Ps to this, Data downloaded all his daughters memories (Lal) so his biological children being based of him will have her too in their positronic pathways.

    The other slight niggles I have are with the supergirl jump and the acid phlegm

    But on the whole very very good

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    The comforting/non-comforting of Graham…..

    The Doctor said ( I paraphrase)

    This is where I should say something (acknowledging Graham’s worries)

    But as I’m socially awkward (admitting her own foibles and or a lack of an immediate good answer)

    I’ll move over here and work on a control panel (hiding from truth of needing go respond and inability to do so)

    And then think of something I should have said (a universal truth we’ve all experienced)

    The fail(?) in the script was not showing a resolution, for example giving emotional physical contact,  or later saying I’ve been thinking about what you said and…..

    As I think that the Doctors have always shown that they do care but have not always exhibited that caring at the appropriate time

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    Hi all

    Anyone watching Picard?

    Have watched the first 3 episodes and am quietly impressed

    I have a couple of issues with how the Federation has come to being an insular institution but am loving the return of JLP

    Also Craig I’ll download and start reading tonight,  thanks for sharing

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    Bit of a manic weekend so only managed to watch this late last night (bits of site being blown around entailing a trip to Somerset and back with added chainsaws).

    We both enjoyed Can You Hear Me, Zellin was properly sinister,  the fingers in your ears, another flashback to hiding behind the sofa.

    I get what your saying @jimthefish but perhaps the reason for the social awkwardness was to counter aha the Doctor is a woman touchy feely trope (not sure i agree with my own point here and rapidly disappearing into a loop of being an ism when not being is-ist or making any sense)

    Liked the history and modern resonances

    Mental health openly discussed another trick

    Graham is a human version of the Doctor,  running away from problems in the Tardis surely a salient lesson for our Doctor?

    Time for more coffee  as I thought the Doctor saw the Timeless Child in her nightmare or was I dreaming too

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    Wandering through the Tesco Express on Thursday evening whilst hunter gathering for my evening meal when my phone received a message. The alert for this is the Tardis whoosh whoosh

    One of the lads who worked there, looked at me and said “You won’t fit that back into your pocket”,  we shared some Dr related chat

    Dr Who all about making connections

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    Morning all

    Been a hectic week stomping around in mud and getting occasionally stuck in it too

    Come on brains….. well she does have at least 13 different versions the same brain,  that is a major resource in problem solving

    Micro plastics as mentioned above are not sci-fi and we have ingested them too, so a good message and a call for action

    The Fam are also now a team trusted and capable of working independently

    Bio engineering also shown as an issue,  that’s how the Praxeus came to earth, think small pox in Birmingham and Foot and Mouth from Pirbright

    So an alternative arc could be the misguided use of science is the enemy (though that’s ben an arc for 50+ years)

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    If we follow the Oz theory and have the Cyberman as the Tin-man. Then we need the other characters too….. possibly

    Wizard of Oz, The Master? No surely not he’s more likely to be The Wicked Witch of the West (www his use of computers in the episode?)

    Wizard of Oz then is Jodie Whittaker Doctor (or maybe  she’s Glinda) or Rassilon (or definitely Chris Chibnall as he is pulling the strings behind the curtain)

    Dorothy , The Jo Martin Doctor, she needs help getting “home”which is a number in the Who heirarchy of Doctors

    The Munchkins, well that’s humanity as portrayed by the Fam-guard

    So we need the Scarecrow and the Lion, so let’s have a nice cup of tea and a slice o’ cake to ruminate on what could be


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    Bonkerising cont.

    The Master has exceptional hypnosis skills and maybe was in Oz to find some of the Dream Lords pollen put the two together and we get Dallas style dream arc or a Jodie Whittaker Doctor who is not seeing reality but a web spun by the Master.

    Alternatively, this Master is from the parallel universe of Jo Martin Doctor, this gets around Missy’s demise, and that Jodie Whittaker Doctor is the Timeless Child of a “bastard universe Gallifrey ” so our perspective is we are the correct or original universe but the still powerful alternative Gallifrey we live in an aberrant universe which needs to be tidied up

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    Morning All

    After some reflection (and several large mugs of coffee) and now reading the musings of the nutters Who-rati my sixpence short of a shilling lands heads on an alternative universe Doctor and tails on a prior/subsequent Doctor.

    This was one of the best jaunts we’ve had for a long while

    The Judoon were more than just stumpy rhino police

    Captain Jack made a brief appearance,  could pick holes but never the less he properly served his purpose and a dig at the Doctor misogyny wallahs too

    I didn’t guess the plot twists, though breadcrumbs were laid (thought Master, another Timelord style or trick to get at the Jodie Whittaker Doctor )

    8 or even 9 out of 10 will rewatch tonight which I haven’t done really since Matt Smith Doctor

    Heads then

    We’ve had plenty of alternative universes in Who before, Rose and her not quite Doctor for one, so an intact Gallifrey would have the technology to slide across alternative or parallel universes, weren’t the original Cybermen from an alternative Earth?

    Thus two Doctors without knowledge of each other


    The Master lies, Gallifrey still exists in its pocket universe and the destroyed Gallifrey is another pocket universe stroke duplicate used as a an extra layer of look we’re really really dead. Of course two Doctors also means two Masters or is our Master from the alternative/parallel getting around Missy’s demise.

    Hmm perhaps more coffee is needed


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    Evening One and All

    (There may be exceptions, caveats and small print, please see below)

    Enjoyed this one more


    On the whole the Skithra were intriguing monsters, the only negative was the queen’s resemblance to the queen of the Racnos though to be fair this could be as both are arachnids

    Recycling weapons, upcycling technology or just plain theft who knows

    Theoretical inventions and application of these to real world

    As others have said the Timeless Child could be a Timelord theft of some sort or could be Jenny, Me and/or Clara



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    I think The Green Death probably did the environmental argument more subtly and maybe more powerfully. That is because the message was spread over several episodes.

    I found this episode a curates egg.


    That the dregs were originally the poor and dispossessed after the rich and powerful left the mess behind and buggered off to a new world,  then I presume after they died off the new dominate life form on an Orphan Planet become The Dregs

    The green message

    The Doctor, JW is nailing it

    The Companions are a fascinating combination and hitting their stride

    The unresolved did they survive, did they deserve to survive

    On the not so positive side

    The story was rushed, the Dregs were a stupid then intelligent then stupid then intelligent monster/victim, plot not having an internal logic


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    Hi all

    My bonkerising has led me through a convoluted path to the caffeine inspired fact that the Sascha Dhawan Master will become Professor Yana

    Hidden (by Jodie Whittaker Doctor as she knows he’ll spend years trying to save the last of humanity) to atone for the crimes against the children of Gallifrey all 2.47 billion

    Ohh well it sounded better before I wrote it


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    Wanders in as if I’ve never been absent

    Looks for personalised Dr Who coffee mug behind sofa

    Wanders out muttering

    Waves at all 😃

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    Happy New Year Peeps

    Was away up in Cambridgeshireshire for a wobbly drinks start to 2019 and have therefore only just watched this years only offering.

    On the scientifically proven self built Whometer it scored a inspirational 56.78432r  (not sure what that is in Rells though)

    I shall post later when I’ve had time to think more about the episode

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    Merry Christmas One and All

    Had a great day and hope you’ve all enjoyed the same

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    We’ve had the Pting and now a Ptroll

    Ho hum

    Next item

    So inbetween slurping coffee running or maybe ruining multiple teams on two sites getting ever so slightly frazzled over seperate site diaries for each contract,  some teams doing upto three separate operations on the same site on the same day (this is not a woe is me or look how important I am thing) ….. I  might think if I were to concentrate that a possible reason for less posting is…….

    Gets back on a 19 hand white stallion baby

    The lack of a series arc, reduces bonkerising and the feedback that generates.

    This may or may not could possibly be probably a criticism

    Who needs to connect with all of its audience as well as connect to new. This season series cereal? has done the new bit fantastically well. Jodie Whitaker has absolutely nailed the role, the Team Tardis has been PDG (pretty darn good which is a UK’ism for awesome) . Where it has lacked is in the monster department where the most believable monsters where the good old humans in Rosa and Demons of the Punjab.

    The little rocky balls in lanterns still really didn’t impact enough to make Tim Shaw seem more than a Ptroll


    Happy Christmas to One and All

    Nadelik Lowen


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    Morning All

    Overall I enjoyed the episode.

    I missed the lights on the planet so ended the programme thinking Tim Shaw had destroyed 5 planets and every living thing on them. No evidence of light coming from the stasis planets either, just bits of rock in a capsule, no water, no ice no atmosphere all at odds with the stasis chambers used for individuals. This easily could have been resolved if the with a bit of timey-wimey doo-dah (Insert resolution of your choice)

    My better half felt The Doctor “talks too much” I get where she is coming from but all the previous Doctors have also had a proclivity to talk too  much too. This could also be centuries of Male dominated culture subliminally raising it’s dark maw to murmer “shhhh woman”. I was in the awkward position of potentially criticising my wife for her opinion on the basis of sexism so in a moment of clarity stopped before opening my gob and just said maybe analysis of scripts for Doctors word count would be useful as they’ve always been pretty talkative.  Spousal armageddon temporarily put into a stasis chamber.

    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.

    Now do I actually do a word count, or is winning an argument about sexism with your wife misogynistic?

    Wow rambley-wimey or what/Who

    More coffee is the answer ………

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    My take on the frog is

    Has large slurp of double strength cappuccino

    Granny 5 told a fairy tale to The Doctor

    In fairy tales when you kiss a frog it turns into a prince and “happily ever after”

    The Solitract wanted a kiss to seal the deal, but was doomed to ever be the amphibian of unrequited love.

    Hmmm more coffee needed on this theory I think

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    An excellent tale of four monsters

    One who was make believe

    One who paid the price

    Two who were redeemed


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    Just completed a long and rambling  intellectual post on the latest blog……

    And the damn thing disappeared

    So popped in for a pint or two of calm down


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    Happy Birthday

    Hope you’ve had a great day


    Ps it’s still your birthday here

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    Evening All

    I almost thought that the Tardis was inside of medical ship with all the Time Lord style circles in the white control room.

    The characters we met this week were all pretty interesting with only the exploitation of the android being unresolved or more precisely not even really addressed, bar the comment from the brother apologising for being a git

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    Excellent link


    Apart from the fantastic Rosa I’ve felt the stories are average fare but felt that Whittaker pretty much nailed the role of The Doctor

    Each to their own though and I completely agree with the concept that some are and some just occupy the role

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    Rose got a happily ever after though. … eventually……… I think

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    Evening All

    My better half observed the warning that the Doctor gave all her companions of not being able to promise safety as being a feminine trait that was new to Who, I can’t think of any previous regenerations warning new companions so bluntly either.

    Pretty good episode,  especially felt for Graham’s dealing with Grace’s ghost.

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    Had to Google that comment made by a complete arse, ‘nough said.

    Superb episode

    I thought that Graham was going to end up having to drive the bus. His reaction to the realisation that he was one of the white passengers (if not the passenger) that meant Rosa would have to give her seat up for was brilliant.

    Ryan’s vanquishing/vanishing of Krasco ( who was pretty crass) to the earliest setting was just deserts and arguably non violent

    Yasmin’s talk with Rosa surely assisted her with her world changing action


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    I think this sums it up…..

    Beware strong language

    The Daily Mash

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    Well, I think it was better than last week, the lethal bandages were a little mumbly or gabbled

    Graham’s character progressed significantly especially when compared to Yasmin and Ryan

    The Timeless Child could be Jenny

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    Warmley Tea Rooms on the Bath to Bristol Railway Path

    I did a 240 mile charity walk a few years back and whilst stopping for a cup of tea and a slice of cake completed the timeywimey loop and found they had a Tardis hence the avatar

    You may have an excellent brew and your own Tadis pic 😀

    (Actually I had coffee but you know the line above was better)

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    I thought it was the same gadget that was the homing beacon, so logically (yes wrong sci-fi show) it was to call the blue vase thingy to earth


    Interesting counter points and I’ll accept it wasn’t fridging.

    There were however several payments paid to victory, possibly accidentally the train driver, the loving brother, the doting grandad and the drunk kebab scoffer, who may have been a lovely chap when sober plus all the previous trophies, which is why I felt uneasy about Grace.

    Thanks for the responses 😀

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    Yes CC made Gran/Grace was shown to be lynch pin for both Ryan and Graham,  possibly hinted at having more than a passing knowledge of Yasmin too, so the Doctor (who remembered their names, wasn’t rude, showed real empathy and sympathy instant gran replacement maybe?) now has two granchildren and a grandfather (who is too old for a romantic entanglement handily) I’d bet my next cup of coffee (ohh yes serious stakes) that Ryan’s dad will not appear as a character more than once in this series

    This Doctor will not be getting cosy with anyone this series the way that her predecessors recently did

    Be interesting to see how Ryan anc Graham grow as characters. Yasmin seems pretty much a splendid individual already so bar getting experience not sure how her character grows.

    It’ll be an interesting journey fof sure 😀

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    Welcome @missrori

    Guessing or theories or bonkerising is usually (was willing to be put right by our mods) allowed, insider trading (you know something will happen because you 3rd cousin is the in thd production team or is JW or you’ve seen a something from the next episode even if an official trailer) is somewhat frowned upon

    I can already see you’ll make some great contributions 😀

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    Evening All

    <bends knees>

    Well I’ve now watched for the second time in my little white box on my little black rectangle

    Yup Jodie definitely makes the grade as The Doctor

    However I still think Gran’s death was veering close to woman in a fridge, for example, a broken arm in a sling making her unable to hold a gubbins and she sees them disappear would have worked just as well and given emotional push/pull , still doesn’t solve the lack of Yasmin’s family back story

    I’ve read that there wil not be a story arc this season,  do the forum think this is true and if so is it a good thing,  personally I think that a thread running through a series is usually a good thing.

    The closing credits reminded me quite strongly of the 70’s ( the coloured swirls on the border of the screen) and the theme tune with the drum beat heightened was Hartnellesque (I await the musical scholars here to politely tell me I’m a tone deaf idiot 😀)

    A solid start story wise with potentially one of the great Doctor’s being created for us to enjoy by Jodie


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    C O F F E E

    Yes @thane16 or more precisely Puro and Thane (or ‘tother way round)

    One can never ever have enough coffee, my little steel box in yhe middle of my site in Somerset has two filter machines and a another two cafeterieres for a constant supply of caffeine

    Nearly got enough in the bloodstream to start bonkerising…..

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    Wow, you and the new episode joined together in a timeywimey way there, did you use some Sheffield steel in your repairs too 😁

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    Unfortunately for you lovely lot I’m  back for a bit of bonkerising

    Missed you all

    Hello to those who are thinking who is and hugs to those thinking ut ohh

    Think I found enough blue lego under the sofa to make a new Tardis for Jodie

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    Waves excitedly

    Well, watchd with SWMBO ( who was not really in favour of the change) and we both were pleased with the new Doctor but after such a long wait a little underwhelmed at the story and thought it was a mistake to kill off Gran. It seemed to be the only reason to get Graham on the Tardis when they find it, no reason for Yasmin?

    I honestly wanted something that zapped in akin to Matt Smith’s debut, however I’m honest enough to also add it could be because Who has been part of my life for 50 years that I want the new Doctor to succeed that I’m being slighlty hard on the story

    Looking forward to more mad bonkers and I’ve missed this and you all

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    I think @juniperfish speculated that 1 and 12 will combat the Valeyard ( in the Christmas special)

    Now The Master stated that the Valeyard was a distillation of darker bits of the Doctor……

    Hence his knowledge of the Doctor

    The Master very very occasionally fibs

    Who else knows the Doctor so intimately and is somewhat dark?

    Answers via a Tardis with a working chameleon circuit


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    Eyes down…….


    I  am looking forward to seeing our second female Doctor Who (or the first since 1999)

    It is only to be expected that most of the negative comments will be shining examples of misogyny.

    Mother Time marches on ( not nearly fast enough for my next Who fix though)

    Ps sorry I’ve not around much but life has been busy and I’ve watched most of this season a few weeks late and in batches. Promise to be fully re-caffeinated for the Xmas special

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    Welcome back Doctor Who 😀

    Haven’t seen episode 2 yet, as per usual working away from home, my wife is beginning to forget what I look like.

    Episode 1 we both enjoyed greatly and she watches because I’m a Who Fan

    More red herrings in that episode than you can shake a stick at or maybe his office was simply a memory box stuffed full of good things. The raven was Clara, channelled through Ashilda ….. there you go a triple espresso inspired mad theory

    Will be playing catch up this weekend.

    Thank you all for the comments I’ve read through all of them and as per usual feel very very stooopid

    Must dash the percolator is bubbling 😀

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    Evening All

    Especially the special ones,  you know who you are 😉

    I’m going to a real pub tonight to meet an old friend who was my first Whovian friend, we genuinely used to hide behind the sofa at each others houses whilst watching D2 and D3!!!!


    Big hugs all around and so looking forward to the new season

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