• tardigrade replied to the topic Twice Upon a Time


    Locke is obviously well before any understanding (nascent though it still is) of the brain and was, I imagine, a cartesian dualist, so in his view, memory presumably resided with the soul, so a reconstituted body containing that soul would contain the same self.

    I’d argue that in the modern understanding, and disregarding…[Read more]

  • tardigrade replied to the topic Twice Upon a Time


    It was not so long ago that the Twelfth Doctor was fumbling with Clara’s index cards containing her notes on human social cues he’s supposed to heed. Has he really finally picked up on those clues?

    I’d agree there’s something of a disconnect there. I think that’s more about the cuecards than his sensitivity at present though. I was cri…[Read more]

  • tardigrade replied to the topic Twice Upon a Time

    I’ve thought a little about the “memory as identity” concept that’s raised in this episode. I tend to think that there is more than memory in identity. Even stripped of all memories, I feel that something of the self remains. I’m not talking about a soul, as I think that everything of the self comes from the physical components of the body.…[Read more]

  • tardigrade replied to the topic Twice Upon a Time

    While there was a lot to like in this episode, and it was a fitting farewell to Capaldi, it didn’t feel like it really quite scratched the itch I had. A sentimental character piece wasn’t I think what I was looking for in a Xmas episode. Though when it’s also a swan song for Capaldi, that should perhaps have been expected. Though, perhaps, that’s…[Read more]

  • tardigrade replied to the topic Dr Who News (4)

    @wolfweed Looks interesting. I see there’s some criticism of the animation style, but for the purpose of bridging elements of the story where there is no footage, I think it’s fine. In fact, it makes the animation look more like it’s a product of the time when the rest was filmed, rather than a modern day animation studio, so there’s a certain…[Read more]

  • tardigrade replied to the topic BBC Approved Spoilers


  • tardigrade replied to the topic BBC Approved Spoilers


  • tardigrade replied to the topic BBC Approved Spoilers


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  • @blenkinsopthebrave @jimthefish @cathannabel I agree also that this thread has probably run it’s course, though not necessarily that it’s having a negative impact. I don’t think opinions are going to change or solidify very much until we actually see episodes with the new Doctor and showrunner, which is further off than I’d like.

    We should keep…[Read more]

  • @whofangirl-73 I’m very open to a female Doctor, and thought it was an appropriate time for that casting to happen (even if I’m still apprehensive, by dint of not knowing Jodie Whittaker’s work). But if Benedict Cumberbatch had been available (and able to commit to more than one season), then, to my mind, he would trump literally anyone for the…[Read more]

  • @stew1221 To be clear, I don’t blame Colin Baker for issues at the time- it was the writing and some questionable production decisions. Agreed that costume was a mess- trying much too hard to be quirky (something that carried on into McCoy’s Doctor, though perhaps a little less egregiously). And Peri is amongst my least favourite companions, so…[Read more]

  • @stew1221 Romana I being relatively cold and a touch arrogant worked well for the Key to Time series, so that she could bump heads with the Doctor. After that, I thought it was a good decision to make her much warmer as a regular companion. I’d be pretty concerned if the Doctor’s character was deliberately made less sympathetic- I think that was a…[Read more]

  • @geoffers

    …maybe the transition (in universe/story and in reality) will be easier to accept if he CHOOSES to regenerate into a woman (perhaps in an attempt to honor missy’s and bill’s sacrifices)?

    It’s a little difficult to see the Doctor getting to a position of making that sort of choice (and has had precious little control over previou…[Read more]

  • @lisa @genek1953 “Time Lady” has been used by Missy in AG Who:

    DALEK: You are a Time Lord?
    MISSY: Time Lady, thank you. Some of us can afford the upgrade.

    However, I actually think it may be a good time to ditch the Time Lord/Lady terminology altogether, as it’s not just the gender of the term that’s the issue. The modern connotations of “Lord”…[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]

  • @premonition

    Does the Doctor now have existential angst not knowing how many regenerations he has left, I wonder? Or has he now got all the regeneration energy of all Time Lords no longer around, and is effectively immortal…

    If anything the angst appears to stem from not knowing how much more change he can go through, rather than a more c…[Read more]

  • @premonition Welcome to the forum. Perhaps you missed the events around the regeneration of the 11th Doctor? It turned out he was on his last regeneration then, and the Time Lords granted him more regeneration energy, and an unknown additional number of regenerations. So that issue was dealt with then.

  • @rorysmith @nerys It would be fun to see the Doctor regenerate and see her much more interested in her new hair colour than her changed gender, just based on comments from earlier Doctors. As long as that’s made clear that it’s not a preoccupation based on her new gender.

    I really think it’s quite a small group who’ve had the inevitable kne…[Read more]

  • tardigrade replied to the topic The Doctor Falls


    So I think this is why Missy clasps the Doctor’s hand as they part ways near the end. Without words, just this gesture, she is reassuring him that she is on his side.

    When they clasp hands, earlier in this episode and previously, it clearly affects Missy emotionally. She actually rejects an attempt by the Doctor to clasp both her hands w…[Read more]

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