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  • #67375
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    @blenkinsopthebrave *waves back*

    Talalay post – I agree (and apologies for it posting with the full length preview* (I just begin to think I’ve got the hang of this posting thing, then that happens!)). I love her direction (like Camfield, it’s got a flair, expertise and depth, that adds to the storytelling).

    Must go and check out the Crusade again, you’ve stirred a lot of memories in me old brain. There’s a lot to be learned from Dr Who, old ones and new. Enjoy the pub, old friend. I’m off to bed (after midnight here in the northern territory of the “old country”). Cheers.

     

    *Any mods about who want to fix that, please feel free ๐Ÿ™‚

    #67372
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    Just popped in as I came across this tonight. Director Rachel Talaley in session at Gallifrey One, talking about making Heaven Sent. She posted this – a breakdown of her first impressions of, and notes about, the first scene. For those of us who like the technical behind the scenes (and sofa) insider view, it’s fascinating. So complicated!

    http://racheltalalay.tumblr.com/post/135339295759/notes-on-heaven-sent-part-1

    #67371
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    Thanks for that summary @blenkinsopthebrave

    I remember The Crusade making an impact on me at the time as a little un (and you’re right about Douglas Camfield. His direction work turns up in a lot of 60s/early series, and it’s always notable)

    #67105
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    @thane16 – Happy to offer any cooking tips I can, Puro and Thane, tho it may not go further than – make sure you take the giblets out! As @idiotsavon (hi back) says – melted plastic is not a recommended seasoning! (Been there, done that too, I try to stick to garlic now ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

    @janetteb Sorry about the cinema disaster, but sounds like you made the best of it as usual. Not a lot of sympathies from us northerners when you can resolve turkey challenges via a BBQ (tho I’m guessing that’s not so much fun at 30+ ). 12 days of Christmas though, that’s cool.

    @winston – your turkey on a sled tale made me ROFL!

    I take exception to @pedant‘s mums food group list – cheese, bacon, green stuff and booze. And pancakes.ย Well, it’s OK as far as it goes… but where’s the chocolate?! (especially the dark stuff (and you can get low sugar versions as well, so good for everyone))

    @blenkinsopthebrave Good to hear from you too, old friend. Have you caught up with us further-round-the-globe people yet? (I like this internet thing – I was celebrating NYD for nearly 2 days, with good friends in Australia and all the way round to California… that may explain the blurred vision and headache on Thursday, haha).

    Now… where’s the biscuits… I’m sure I left some jaffa cakes behind the sofa a while back. @juniperfish, @fatmaninabox – I’m looking at you! (Come to think of it – that TARDIS custard cream dispenser is criminally underused. Teased us with it in Ep 2, then it’s been ignored ever since!)

    #67104
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    Have to say, I like the move to New Year’s Day. There’s only so many Christmas themed stories you can do without it becoming stale, and it’s good to jump before it does. NYD feels fresher, and I like the multi-layered possibilities in the word “Resolution”

    #67103
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    @arbutus Happy New Year to you too. Wholeheartedly second that emotion (and glad to hear things are good with you and yours)

    #67102
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    Oooh… the pub’s still open, yippee! ๐Ÿ˜›

    I see I’ve been missing some fun tonight! (My main computer’s very sick (but out of intensive care and hopefully on the mend now). I think my overexcitement at trying to download ALL the AG series on iplayer may have finally done for the poor wee thing!)

    @pedant Thanks so much for the MERL twitter thread. So so funny ๐Ÿ˜€ (Hope you don’t mind, I stole it and shared it elsewhere). Thanks also for your youtube posts, loving them too. Glad to hear you’re keeping the b*gger in check (DESMOND, LOL). And hopefully it will persuade youtube that I’m REALLY not interested in the rash of extremely trollsome Dr Who videos it keeps trying to serve me up. Algorithms, eh?!

    Anyway… CHEERS everyone, happy new year to you all.

    #67036
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    @mudlark – Giblets – been there, and definitely not pleasant! (No one told me about that the first time I cooked a chicken. Bleurgh ๐Ÿ˜› )

    #67035
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    @pedant – I believe you did, but you’re allowed to repeat. Dammit tho, I was hoping you could help with my alt universe mind wipe! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    #67034
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    Thanks for the clarification on the length aย  Rel, @countscarlioni, although I also think @pedant has a point that it’s as long/short as it needs to be for dramatic tension, haha. (And thanks also to Pedant for the extension to my vocabularly – so a cruft is a bit of a shaggy dog then…? )

    @miapatrick – I agree that the dads being complicated… “or so I’m told” comment was loaded, and also said with a metaphorical wink.ย  As was Ryan calling Graham “Gramps” in front of his dad – that was for Aaron more than it was meant for Graham, I reckon.

    #67020
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    Well I liked that! As @pedant says – lone daleks are scary. Especially when they’re on a mission. Not perfect, but loads to like. And yay for the return of skeleton exposing extermination effect.

    Loved the steampunk dalek, and the parallel with the Doctor constructing her new sonic from bits of Sheffield steel in ep 1. And was the Doctor really going to sacrifice Ryan’s dad for the greater good of destroying the dalek? Looked like it to me. A definitely darker steely edge to 13.

    Lots to talk about re this series, once I’ve had a chance to catch up on previous discussion (could be a while!) But there’s definitely a feeling of very old school Who for me, like way back to 1963. I also like this move away froom Christmas Day special to New Year, tat definitely freshened it up a bit – and gave them a great reason for fewer cast and empty streets.

    PS How long is a rel – no idea! I think it’s relative – and depends on whether there’s time travel involved ๐Ÿ™‚

    #67019
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    Happy New Year to everyone. And apologies for AWOL-ness from the forum thro most of this series, caught in that pesky alt universe vortex (ie too much RL) again! Mega thanks to @blenkinsopthebrave (and hi to your resident aliens masquerading as earth type felines) and @thane16 among others for not forgetting me and lighting the route back!

    #64259
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    Mega sympathies to @blenkinsopthebrave. Good to see you back tho, brave warrior in the colonial outpost! Glad the cellar continues to be well stocked.
    @thane16 *waves*

    Cheers all,

    #64258
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    Greetings to @fatmaninabox – you completely lost me at line 2, haha, but sending you back some caffeine saturated squishy hugs!
    @craig – thanks for the quick tutorial on photos (can’t believe I’ve forgotten). Had another shot at it, but still not working. Hmm… more practice needed.

    #64257
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    Here we go again! And as others have said, great to see lots of familiar faces again, as well as new ones. Hi everyone.

    I’m totally up for this, and agree with everyone who says that Jodie nailed it from the outset. Felt quite Tennant-y (not a bad thing IMHO ๐Ÿ™‚ ) and I loved how, apart from a couple of throwaway lines, she just gets on with being the Doctor… and she very definitely is. Couple of call backs as others have mentioned, eg to Pertwee’s pottering, and also to Troughton’s speech about dead loved ones sleeping in your head. They’re dead, but you still bring them with you.

    I agree with @bendubz11 that Grace’s demise felt significant. I kept waiting (and hoping) that the Doctor would syphon off a little spare regeneration energy to heal her… but it didn’t happen. That really does set a tone – in this incarnation of the Doctor, despite her fizzing energy, not everyone lives. I also liked the smaller scale of the story – going from the Doctor’s first theory that it was 2 rival space races using Earth as an intergalactic battleground (and the whole Earth at risk) to being about just a few people being picked off.

    And like @fatmaninabox *waves excitedly* I suspected the (Tardis) blue marshmallowy thing to be Tardis coral… so first theory of the new series following my usual track record. ๐Ÿ˜›

    Other than that, I loved what I heard of the new theme tune, does sound like it has more echoes than recent themes to Delia Derbyshire’s atmospheric andcreepy original, and I’m very excited to see what they’ve done with the Tardis.ย  And much as I tried not to watch the “coming soon” bit…. Art Malik!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    #64209
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    Heeeey!

    Just a quick hello to anyone who still remembers me! (Been AWOL for ages ๐Ÿ™ย  ).ย  Great to see the sofa’s still here, and still as comfy.ย  Ooh, is that still some of my Christmas glitter hanging about?!

    I am SOOOOO excited and looking forward to watching the new series, new era and new Doctor. Can’t believe it’s finally here.

    See you all on the other side.

    Anyone for a jelly baby? ๐Ÿ™‚

    PS If anyone can remind me how to post a pic that would be much appreciated! ๐Ÿ˜›

    #62917
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    @ichabod

    Other people have said to me before that the Doctor finds you/you find the Doctor when you need him most. For me the worst was during Smithy’s era, when my mum’s memories were disintegrating rapidly (my mum who watched DW from 1963 with me, including the episodes I had to miss, and would then remember them and relate them back to me); at the same time Amy was remembering her Doctor back into life. Sadly no such happy ending for me, but it helped.ย  A daft wee programme that’s bigger on the inside! Hang in there, and stay strong. Treasure what sparks you can still find.

    @idiotsavon I’ve completely ruined my screen spluttering at your tales of snotty sleeves! (thank you ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

    @wolfweed A million thanks (as ever) for your researching and trawling of the cloister archives. The script link in particular is magic, love Moffat’s little asides. I could get lost in that little treasure trove forever!

    @fatmaninabox – that would be very sad, but as we’re Who knows how many years beyond the Paternoster Gang’s timeline, maybe not so surprising. Will need to go and freeze frame!

    @bluesqueakpip War Doctor/NOT being the Doctor of War – avoidance – ingenious as ever, I love it. (Hope #13 works for you better than Twelve)

    #62915
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    @janetteb

    Beautifully put (sometimes the real world seems more surreal and fantastical than Doctor Who), and thanks for the words of hope.

    HAPPY NEW YEAR. May 2018 be the year it all starts to get better.

    I second that.

    Cheers to all on the DWF. Lang may yer lums reek*, as we say in my little corner of the northern hemisphere of the blue planet.

    Yay!! We’re in the Pub… and the drinks are FREEEEE ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    *TARDIS translation circuits: Long may your chimneys smoke… WTF??! (TARDIS explodes)

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    #62914
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    Just came across this on Twitter… dismantling the Tardis.ย  My heart is broken!

     

     

    #62913
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    Great to hear all your stormy crossings tales. I tend to work on the basis that the Captain/pilot/driver doesn’t have a suicide wish, and is experienced enough to what’s safe… but then you can never be 100% sure ๐Ÿ˜›

    @janetteb That sounds very disconcerting! And similar to a recent experience I had, on a rather bumpy flight, watching Interstellar as the spacecraft started to disintegrate! Eek

    #62887
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    @ichabod @cathannabel

    Thanks for sharing your RL experiences of dementia. It’s a horrible thing to watch in a loved one. And yes, it does focus one’s thoughts on what is “self”. Very often personality changes come in too. We hang on to the little flashes in the eyes that suggest the person we knew is still in there, somewhere. Hugs to you both.

    #62886
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    @missy

    There was absolutely no harshness intended, and if it read that way, I apologise.

    Just that for me, a 15 month break, with 9 months (a good gestation period, no?) from the Xmas special, plus a new showrunner (and associate team of writers, directors, camera crew, music director etc) plus a different kind of Doctor, and new companions, does seem like a definite break – long enough to slow down even a mammoth ship like Dr Who, and change direction. “Chibbers” has said he wants to shake it up. The new series will have longer episodes, and a more “filmic” quality (he’s aready ordered new cameras apparently).

    2 years is a long time in TV-land, enough to lose a chunk of your core audience when they’re under 12s, and possibly your BBC slot; it took 16 years to get it back the last time.

    Anyway, enough of this here, let’s adjourn to the pub if you want to continue the discussion, or not. Let me get you a drink of your choice, and salute the coming new year in a spirit of reconciliation. ๐Ÿ™‚

    #62863
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    Same jacket, as originally worn by the 3rd… could be the same man, haha. (Apparently it’s hanging up in the background in the final scene of TUAT).

    #62862
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    Capaldi’s last day, wearing Jon Pertwee’s jacket from Planet of the Daleks (now owned by Mark Gatiss (who took the pic))… these guys are bigger fanboys than we are! ๐Ÿ˜‰ :

    #62847
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    @ichabod – Agreed

    @missy

    “There is a part of me that wonders whether they should have ย โ€˜restedโ€™ DW for a couple of years. Then start afresh”

    That’s pretty much what they’re doing, is it not? Last Capaldi/Moffat epi – July 2017, next one (bar the Christmas “Coda”), with completely new team, not till Sep 2018. That’s a long enough gap for me!! I’m gasping from lack of new Dr Who already ๐Ÿ˜›

    @ALL Can I respectfully suggest we keep on topic, please. This thread is for “Companions Past & Present”. There’s really nothing more to be said about the incoming no. Thirteen, till we’ve seen at least her first episode.

    #62846
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    @blenkinsopthebrave

    Islands are great, I don’t need convincing. Thanks for the pic, it looks stunning. And yes toย โ€œI Know Where Iโ€™m Goingโ€, a bit dated, but still a great film (not watched it for ages, thanks for the reminder).

    Stay cosy.

    PS The downside of islands and ferries:

     

    #62830
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    @pedant

    Indeed, haha. Or maybe the Doctor just wasn’t remembering her, so she wasn’t “called”.

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    #62827
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    It’s not just the demands of actually filming, including it being a physically demanding role, with all the running down corridors, being blown up etc. It’s also the promotional parts of the role, which these days includes the major Comic Cons and events all over the world. There’s always been a bit of that (I think since Pertwee), and all the Doctors have taken the role seriously (there are lots of lovely stories about Tom Baker “being the Doctor” for fans), but nowadays “being the Doctor” is pretty much a full time job. (Although not in the same way it was for Hartnell and co, when they were turning out more than 40 episodes/year).

    Apologies if anyone’s posted this before, but this just surfaced today, a really lovely story about Capaldi’s letter to a young fan, which seems to be typical of his attitude, especially to the younger fans.

    https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2017/dec/28/peter-capaldi-writes-to-reassure-young-fan-about-doctor-who-regeneration

    #62826
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    @karenmarie – it’s usually pretty instant as far as I know, add it to “profile photo”.ย  Our Emperor in Chief (aka Head Geek), @craig will advise ๐Ÿ™‚

    #62825
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    @bluesqueakpip I thought the ring slipping off was a very powerful moment, so simple

    #62824
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    Interesting comments about the First’s *sexist attitudes* (or rather his *sixties attitudes* ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). Should Twelve have commented on it/noticed it? Hmmm… I know if I somehow met up with my younger self several decades later (never mind a couple of millennia later) I would be very likely a bit embarrassed (hopefully combined with a fond tolerance) by some of my attitudes/phrases. We are all products of our time, and we all change and learn and grow as we get older, the Doctor no less than anyone else.

    Rusty – In Into the Dalek, the Doctor explicitely pinned his hopes on finding a “good” dalek, one that could override its programming. It would seem Rusty has been able to maintain the change. He’s still exterminating things, but he’s on the side of the good guys (there’s potentially a whole existentialist thesis to be written on that one, but it’s probably as *good* as a dalek gets!). The point is he’s been permanently changed by his encounter with the Doctor.

    @ollie14 Some good points raised… Re the Captain – he wasn’t taken by the glass people (not dead yet), he was caught up in the “frozen moment time crisis” caused by the 2 Doctors (esp the First) refusing to regenerate. The Tardis being the Tardis delivered them to the Captain (the place where he’s “meant” to be). The moment remains frozen till the Captain is returned… doesn’t matter if that was 2 minutes or 2 hours after he was extracted.

    “do the enchanted glass people only turn up when someone thinks of them?” – I think that’s exactly it. The dead are preserved as their own memories but can come back when someone thinks about them. Not as themselves exactly, but from the POV of the person who remembers them – eg the group cuddle, from which Bill and Nardole dissolve back into glass.

    Bill is dead, but for the Doctor she’s alive when he remembers her (as a previous Doctor (#2) said of his family that “they sleep in my mind”).ย  How is she travelling with puddlegirl Heather? No idea! Still working on that one!

    #62769
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    *waves back* at @thane16 and your mum. Hope you get the big screen working, it’s worth it. Look forward to hearing your thoughts. (Have another jelly baby (and some more glitter, heehee) to keep you going).

    And to @blenkinsopthebrave, my fellow original, veteran (ie ancient and crumbly… but we were there at the beginning!) Whovian! Hope all’s good with you in the western provinces ๐Ÿ˜‰

    #62766
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    @blenkinsopthebrave

    ” the significance of the Christmas truce of 1914.”

    If newer viewers don’t know about it, what better way to tell them about it – such an important, unique moment of real life hope, a small glimmer of light in the darknes of war – than through Doctor Who?

    #62765
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    Ah,

    *sniff*

    I really enjoyed that. Made me laugh, and cry. And very much on a favourite Moffatt theme of keeping people alive through memoriesย  – from Amy with Rory, and now gifting Twelve with his restored memories of Clara. At the end of the day, that’s all we’ve got. I agree with @juniperfish, I was hoping for a cameo from River, but we’ve seen from the photo on his desk, that Twelve still remembers her.ย  Clara and Bill are clearly still dead (small quibble – what happened to the restorative powers of The Puddle?), but live on so long as someone remembers them. We’re all just stories/memories in the end.

    The little 8 year old fangirl in me particularly liked that the First (finally) got a proper send-off, and I thought Bradley did great.

    @miapatrick – nice callout about Moffatt’s tenure beginning and ending with a fire in the TARDIS.

    @countscarlioni and Cromer – missed that completely.

    As others have said, this was very much a character piece, and beautifully made. I liked the return of Rusty – a source of doubt for Twelve – who turned out to have been fighting daleks since his encounter with the Doctor, a tangible sign of the change Twelve has made. Unlike @bluesqueakpip, I’ve been a big fan of Capaldi (and we all have our favourites, and not so favourites, so it goes), I take her point that Moffatt was working a bit on a PTSD theme for Twelve (which had already been done with Ten and Eleven), but I agree with @jimthefish about Twelveย  having a more defined character arc, that actually worked through that, and beyond. I think Capaldi was magnificent (and at his most Doctorish, and inspirational) on the big speeches particularly, and I thought he knocked it out the park (again) here. I especially liked that this wasn’t a big explosions style episode, but concentrated on the (apparently) small differences the Doctor can make (esp Rusty and the Captain).

    Finally, I look forward to the new era, it feels like something very fresh coming through (although I do hope the TARDIS lets her back in (no TARDIS would push even my good will, haha). As I’ve said elsewhere, I can’t imagine a better role model for 21st century boys than one who is so in touch with his female side, that he’s happy to embrace changing gender. (And really, where’s the challenge in that? He was happy to embrace his Scottish side after all!)

    So farewell Moffatt and Capaldi, Thank you both for a helluva ride. The Doctor is dead… long live the Doctor! Personally, I can’t wait. Aaaaaargh.. not till September you say..????!

    And thanks as ever to everyone who contributes so positively in here… I managed 3 BTL comments in other places, and gave up in disgust!

    Apologies for this being a bit garbled – it’s late, there’s been several gins, and I’m feeling very emotional (all of that’s a good thing!). And it’s great to be back!

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    And special waves to @thane16 (and your mum) and @whisht (love the card, you talented so and so!). Missed you guys ๐Ÿ™‚

    #62756
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    @phaseshift – thanks so much for sharing – I hope it lived up to expectations. Time travelling with the Doctor is always special, I’ve found. (The Christmas episode just took me back to being an excited 7 year old, watching weekly, with my mum (and that is special indeed))

    @xad4 – thanks for sharing, I love the Doctor Puppet stuff… that was very special… “thanks for the stars…” *sniff…damn grit in the eye!!*

    @miapatrick – Ha! Hope you hung in there! Raising a GnT to you ๐Ÿ™‚

    @Karenmarie Welcome. As A Doctor Who fan since the very first episode (which makes me very old, but hopefully, only in body, not in mind), some advice (if you’ll forgive the presumption) – don’t fear the change, just hang on, and enjoy the ride. Be open minded, be kind ๐Ÿ™‚

    #62725
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    A very happy Christmas to all my fellow Whovians.

    Personally I can’t wait to hang with the first again, I’m going to shed a tear or two of goodbye to the magnificent twelfth… and I really can’t wait to meet the thirteenth. (Will be timeshifting tho, so will catch up with you all in a couple of days (NO internet for me till then!!)).

    I can’t think of any better role model for anyone (young boys in particular) than a hero who is so completely unafraid of his feminine side that he’s happy to regenerate into a female for a while.

    (I’ve been AWOL for a while, I’m afraid, and it’s going to take a while to catch up with all the postings, but particular thanks to @bluesqueakpip and @cathannabel for the recent blogs and to @juniperfish and @jimthefish for keeping me alive in the alt universe by tagging me! And a mega thank you as ever to the mighty @craig for setting up and maintaining this great little space (that is definitely “bigger on the inside” )).

    *throws some Christmassy glitter, some jelly babies and some jaffa cakes on the sofa*

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    Final thoughts on this for now (and apologies if it’s already been said and I missed it).ย  I think the trilogy is a bold experiment that maybe doesn’t quite come off, but it has a lot of depth and resonance to it. And it shows how far you can push the envelope in terms of writing Dr Who. The whole thing is a metaphor – I said above it’s about fakery, but it’s also about truth. It’s about the Matrix-type themes of whether you allow yourself to accept the lies you are told, and live in that world, or if you shake off the blind faith (which is why the invaders look like (degraded) monks) and choose free will.ย  This is Bill’s journey – in Pyramids she chooses to disobey the Doctor so he’ll get his sight back, in the faith that he will get her world back for her. In Lie of the Land she fights to retain her sense of reality. She then chooses to shoot the Doctor (who fakes the start of a regeneration) when she believes he is part of creating the myths/lies. She then has to mentally fight to blow apart the fake world – it can’t be done by the Doctor, she has to do it herself – in orderย  to find the (presumably!) true reality where she is truly aware, and understands, free will.ย  Although the monks have gone by the end, most other people still do not have this awareness. They choose to go along with what they are told, and to not examine their thoughts/memories or the world around them in any depth.

    #58893
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    @Thane15 You too (Are you old enough to be in the pub??!). Got some jelly babies if you’d like some.

    #58891
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    @wolfweed‘s comment on costumes – interesting – back to the Tenth Planet again.

    @missrori Very true about Missy, but I’m with @winston – I still don’t trust her! (“Realising you’ve left the cage door open…” I like it!).ย  And I do like a dialed down a bit Missy (at least for now). There’s amazing chemistry between Gomez and Capaldi). The callback to the Troughton adventure Tomb of the Cybermen when the Ice Warriors start to wake up and burst out of their cells was great.

    Last thoughts for now – eyes seem to be a recurring theme in the series – the Doctor losing his sight, people being metaphoricallyย  blind to the Monk’s fake world,ย  the awkward moment for Bill when she’s telling the Doctor about Terminator and big Arnie’s lost eye and then realises that the Ice Warrior has also lost an eye; one of the soldiers says “an eye for an eye”… not sure if this is building to anything, but keeping an, er, eye on it! (Anyone else spot any eye/vision references in any of the other episodes?)

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    @idiotsavant

    Your paragraph about PRs, spin and truth and lies sounds very Monk-ish method to me!ย  ๐Ÿ˜‰

    (And thank you – I didn’t make it tho (wish I had), just popped up on my twitter feed). Happy birthday btw

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    @nerys

    I agree with you that there’s a lot the resonates with this episode, especially on a second viewing. Everything about it is about being fake, nothing is what it seems. Even the Doctor (at the start). Even Bill’s memory of her mother isn’t what it seems. It’s her fantasy of her mum (albeit enabled by the photos the Doctor took). Much like Clara and her souffles when she was trapped in Asylum… (So is there another layer to the Monks that’s not been revealed yet? (I don’t expect it but I’m keeping my theoretical options open!))

    @blenkinsopthebrave ย I have a feeling that we might be left with a tragic end for this Doctor. Not just a sad end, or a wistful end, but a tragic end.

    It wouldn’t surprise me. I’m also seeing a lot of callbacks to Hartnell’s run – starting with Bill’s name (and (his wife) Heather), the photo of Susan (in the Pilot), the talk of impending death, the impairment of losing his sight (cf the first Doctor’s comment (just before his (first) regeneration) in The Tenth Planet that he was “wearing a bit thin” (as @missrori mentions as well).ย  The Tenth Planet, of course, being the episode which introduced those pesky cybermen that Capaldi is apparently so keen to get back.

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    @wolfweed

    Funny to think that a beingย which looks like a big green Theresa May is now an asylum seeker

    and

    My bonkers theory is that the Doctor is pregnant with Missyโ€™s babyโ€ฆ

    Now I’ve got wine spluttered all over my screen! ๐Ÿ˜ฏย  ๐Ÿ™‚

    On the last one – there’s definitely that sort of a look in the photo. (Love the steampunky look of the Doctor’s special gear this season – the diver’s kit in Thin Ice and tonight’s spacesuit’s breathing pack in particular)

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    For info – anyone in Edinburgh this August might want to check out this show (14-26 Aug) – a 3 hander, written by Minister of Chance writer Dan Freeman, with performers including SYLVESTER McCOY!!

    https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/joke

    (Not a joke… well it is, as in A Joke is the title! ๐Ÿ˜›ย  )

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    I enjoyed that much more than I was expecting to, a fun one, and well realised I thought. I liked it. Lots of little digs at colonialism (eg Empress of Mars v Victoria’s title of Empress of India, Bill’s LOOK on hearing the ice warrior called Man Friday and realising he was in such a subserviant position (much like the dalek in V for Victory (also by Gatiss)) was brilliant).ย  I liked Catchlove’s (played by Ben Kingsley’s son) portrayal of the arrogant cad who’s ultimately a bigger coward than Godsacre (who was probably just more honest and ultimately turns out honourable).ย  And what’s not to love about the return of Alpha Centauri (from Pertwee era) – played by the original actor – Ysanne Churchmanm who’s now 92. I confess to a squeee at the hearing her voice!

    Re what was up with the TARDIS – I assumed the HADS kicked in (last time it did that, I think, was in Cold War (also an Ice Warrior story by Gatiss)). Nardole is nowhere near the controls. Unless it’s Missy with her hands on a remote control. (Out of story it was apparently because the story was written before Gatiss knew Nardole was going to be in it so he had to find a way of getting away from the others!).

    But what is it with Missy’s repeated concern for the Doctor’s health at the end? That was a very pointed “Are you all right?”. Does she know something we don’t? Was there more to that blindness incident than we know? And is she just going to go sweetly back in the box? Can’t wait to find out, but, but… there’s only 3 more Capaldi ones (and presumably the Xmas one) to go ๐Ÿ™ย  ๐Ÿ™ย  ๐Ÿ™

    @miapatrick A dues ex River – I like it! (I wouldn’t rule it out)

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    @fatmaninabox

    “The scare room”

    LOL – sounds like my kinda place (and also sounds very familiar (come and do mine too if you like ๐Ÿ˜‰ ))

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    @wolfweed You are the king of memes and interweb pics!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Great posts (as always), Thanks @whisht, @toinfinityandbepond, @phaseshift, @craig, @wolfweed and all. @pedant – you have great taste! Thea Gilmore is fab.

    Bit hard to get away from politics in the UK this week, but I don’t really need an excuse for The The, haha. Love this –

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    I can completely forgive the Monks their flaws for enabling the internet to come up with this (thanks to Twitter) –

    “Thanks to our friends, the Monks, I can now form a strong and stable government!”

     

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    @Thane15 – Aw, that’s so lovely, thank you. And I completely second your thoughts to @fatmaninabox.

    @fatmaninabox – Heehee, still some glitter there, huh? No IDEA where that could’ve come from ๐Ÿ˜‰

    @wolfweed – LOVE the Weclome mat, and a picture of a squishy MEEEE (and my Doctor)! Thank you.

    @pedant (you have no idea how much that made me laugh!), @Thane15 – you doubt my existence? Oh dear… I was hoping you could tell me!! I just came across this site by accident and it seemed to know me!

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    To all of you, thanks again for the warm welcome back. Made me feel all squishy. Will do my best to sustain the transfer window, till end of the series at least.

     

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