• syzygy replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    Hi there @bluesqueakpip. @mudlark @serahni  and all you great men and women!  @whisht @blenkinsopthebrave @arbutus  @nerys. This idea sounds like it’s about theology only, but I think it’s about changing perceptions -or not changing them?

    Due to the ‘serious’ nature of the post below I thought I’d should share this from a Reuters article which co…[Read more]

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic Twice Upon a Time


    I don’t think the ring was ever specifically defined as the Doctor’s wedding ring. It was designed to hide Peter Capaldi’s wedding ring, because he didn’t really want to be constantly taking it off.

    I took it as a moment like Matt Smith removing the bow tie. The ring was the only part of the Capaldi Doctor’s costume that stayed…[Read more]

  • Juniperfish replied to the topic Spoilers (3)


  • @serahni

    I think I also said up earlier that we have to be careful that the quest for balance doesn’t become one of replacement instead of creation.  Gender swapping fictional characters is okay up to a point, but I’m not sure that the correct message to be sending out is that men don’t deserve ANY representation….For me, they will have got it…[Read more]

  • @serahni  . . . What I’m actually hoping for, after all this outcry, is that The Doctor asserts the identity he’s always had and demands to be considered male, despite appearances.

    I think I’d rather have JW’s Doctor casually accept both pronouns, him and her, because now it’s established that TLs (including Doctors) can regenerate across gend…[Read more]

  • @rorysmith

    To be honest, I’m ready for the Master to be gone for a long time. I’ve said this repeatedly but I want to see new twists and villains or even old ones we have yet to entertain in the new series.

    Agreed- I think that as things stand, the Master/Missy, cybermen and Time Lords can all disappear for a season or more. The daleks are dou…[Read more]

  • @Serahni – ha ha – great list of all the ways Doctor Who has previously been “ruined”.

    @Craig and @JimtheFish – Ugh – I’ve seen the headlines – The S*n has “Dalektable” and The Daily Fail has “Doctor Nude”. I’ve also seen “Doctor Whooters” doing the rounds on social media.

    I hope the writers’ team trolls everyone hard and we find the new…[Read more]

  • @mirime @serahni I’ve actually missed 80% of Capaldi for various reasons, which has rather put a crimp in my understanding of the current Doctor mythos. It’s why I’m glad that the few of the latest season I did catch seemed to have less of an overarching storyline (or I just didn’t know enough to recognise the hooks). I might have to start hinting…[Read more]

  • Came in this morning specifically to post the “Times Doctor Who Was Ruined Forever” link but @serahni beat me to it!  If you haven’t clicked yet (here it is again), do so – it’s a good laugh and a little historical perspective.

    As for the conversation about the Doctor’s (apparent) age, yes of course all explanations are after-the-fact j…[Read more]

  • @serahni Thank you for the link. Lots of chuckles here too. I never cease to wonder how many supposed “fans” have actually watched Dr Who. The claim that Doctor Who was never meant to be political always amuses me. Do they forget Monster of Peladon or The Green Death, not to mention The Sunmakers. And as for the series being P.C. Barbara Wright…[Read more]

  • @mudlark @serahni @janetteB

    “Doctor Who dies” quite funny (especially with the increased frequency over the least few years), but a bit too close to the bone with casting Bonnie Langford. Much as I might have got a bit wound up once or twice recently, nothing has been as bad as that. Mind you, I admit my bias there was something about her voice I…[Read more]

  • wolfweed replied to the topic Spoilers (3)


  • Missy replied to the topic On The Sofa (8)

    @serahni:  Not to worry about spoilers, it happens.


    I’m with you about Rose, but I should liked to have seen more of Bill.

    @sabesjt98: Hey, they are Time Lords, they can do anything. As for Kris Marshall, we will have to agree to disgree.

    He would be perfect in the role. He can be, clumsy, silly, funny, writes on bits of paper,…[Read more]

  • Arbutus replied to the topic On The Sofa (8)

    @Serahni     You’ve pretty much nailed down a lot of my feelings about the Rose arc. I loved her (most of the time) with 9, less so with 10, although there were plenty of times in Series 2 that I really enjoyed her. I also agree with those who suggest that what made it hardest to take was the post-Rose period. RTD really didn’t want to let her go…[Read more]

  • JimTheFish replied to the topic On The Sofa (8)

    @serahni et al–

    I personally wouldn’t be too down on Rose. I think Billie Piper played her brilliantly and I think much of the show’s dramatic success in those early years is as down to her as it is to anything else. And her return does pay off really rather well — for me, it’s one of the highpoints of Journey’s End (the other being Donna’s…[Read more]

  • Nick replied to the topic On The Sofa (8)

    @serahni @jimthefish @blenkinsopthebrave

    I thought Rose was handled reasonably well with Eccleston, but it was a mistake in S2 to make the Rose/Doctor love-in. What made it worse was RTD compounded it with Martha (which killed off that character on two different fronts – another infatuation and as substitute Rose). I didnt like the Rose…[Read more]

  • JimTheFish replied to the topic On The Sofa (8)


    You can probably count me among your number too. I have a funny feeling that there’s an old and occasionally heated dispute with @HTPBDET somewhere on the site about the relative merits of the 10/Rose scenario. My feeling is that it was something that had to happen to drag Who into the modern age and that RTD should be commended for…[Read more]

  • blenkinsopthebrave replied to the topic On The Sofa (8)

    Let me join your small but honourable group. I found the whole Rose/Ten dynamic horribly cringeworthy. Indeed, I felt it brought out the worst of both characters, and was one of the reasons I skipped a lot of episodes during those years. I found her selfish and self-indulgent character intensely annoying. I think Moffat was very astute in…[Read more]

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