• nerys replied to the topic Doctor Who memories

    @missy I enjoyed those early entries in the Stephen King oeuvre, too!

    I can read horror fiction before bed. Obviously I’ve been doing it since my return to Stephen King. But there are times when I read something so unsettling that I find it difficult, if not impossible, to fall asleep. Usually it’s something that takes me unawares. When I’m…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Faces of the Doctor (2)

    @winston I did think Jodie Whittaker was growing into the role in season 12 and from memory there were some good episodes but the overall arc put me off a bit and I think that is why I have not done a re watch yet. It is on my “watch” list for this year.

    I am looking forward to the next series and hoping  that Chibnell will not tear up too much…[Read more]

  • @winston I agree about Holmes and Watson should be British males. But I’m not ‘protective’ of the Doctor in that sense that I require him(/her) to be a certain character. Since the Doctor regenerates into a whole new person there’s nothing to protect. What I do want is that the new Doctor be an interesting strong character (and, I guess, not break…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic On The Sofa (10)

    Hi @janetteb

    The black sand at Piha is a mixture of iron-rich black sand (titanomagnetite), and ordinary yellow-brown sand. The black sand apparently comes all the way up the coast from Mt Taranaki (Mt Egmont), 200 miles away, by wave action (okay, so I had to Google that). The yellow sand is probably of local origin, and that would be volcanic,…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic On The Sofa (10)

    @dentarthurdent I has a look at the google images too and it is a stunningly beautiful beach.  Is the black sand volcanic?

    Time of Angles is indeed a cracking episode.  I love the moment when they realise that the statues only have one head. It reminds me a lot of “Curse of Fatal Death” which Moffat wrote as a Red Nose Day fundraiser back in t…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic On The Sofa (10)

    @winston I thought you might Google it (it’s what I instantly do for any reference).
    I usually swim at the South beach (south of Lion Rock), but my favourite spot for watching the surf is The Gap. If you zoom in on Satellite View, at the south end is Taitomo Island – which is only just technically an island, the water only just fills a shallow…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic On The Sofa (10)

    @winston I guess in Canada you should be getting into spring by now?

    Easter is usually when the weather breaks down here, but our summer (NZ) seems to be hanging on extraordinarily well. We had a batch of rain before Easter, so I hadn’t been out to Piha beach for a week and a half, went out today, the beach was near deserted, the waves were big,…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic Doctor Who memories

    @missy and @winston Yes another episode like Robots of Sherwood, where the camaraderie and general character interaction makes up for massive plot holes. The Caretaker is another of those that I watch when I need cheering up and most definitely should have been in my list. Sometimes it is episodes like these that work best because the “monster” is…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic On The Sofa (10)

    @winston   That’s happy news.   I guess he’ll have a story to tell his kids in future years if he remembers (or if his parents document it for him).   Kids are surprisingly resilient.   I’m not surprised he made a kilometer, even young kids can move at quite surprising speeds on occasion.   (I’ve just realised I’ve been saying ‘surprisi…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic On The Sofa (10)

    @winston that is a lovely story. Children are wonderfully resilient. I did not know that even wet wool provides insulation. I guess that helped the early 20thc arctic and antarctic explorers to survive.

    A little good news is to be treasured in times like these. It feels at times that there is nothing good happening, if it isn’t Covid it is global…[Read more]

  • Oochillyo replied to the topic On The Sofa (10)

    hey @winston wow that’s amazing 🙂 I am very glad that lovely little boy is safe and reunited with his family, at such a young age the outdoors is a fun adventure and you cant blame him 🙂 its like an early Easter Joy 🙂

    Take care everyone and stay positive especially with this lovely news hugs 🙂

    Regards – Declan Sargent

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic Doctor Who memories

    @janetteb   A number of Christmas eps aren’t very Christmassy (not that I care because I never watch eps on their TV release date).   The End of Time is one of those.   But quite a powerful ep.   A good voice-over always adds weight, especially when it’s voiced by someone like Timothy Dalton.   Some people just have voices that ring with authority…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic On The Sofa (10)

    @winston   It was probably just as well that my knowledge of ancient history was…. sketchy.   If I’d known much I would probably have been continually dismayed by Xena’s wildly erratic treatment of history and chronology   🙂

    But what am I talking about.   Greek female warrior princess – about as likely as a Tardis, I guess.   It’s a thesis of…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic Doctor Who memories

    @winston, now that is going to be a long list. Definitely the Christmas Specials, The Christmas Invasion, A Christmas Carol, the Snowmen, The Doctor the Widow and the Wardrobe and Husbands of River Song with Runaway Bride, Voyage of the Damned, the Next Doctor, Time of the Doctor and Doctor Mysterio not quite so good but still a joy to watch. I…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic On The Sofa (10)

    @missy @janetteb Face the Raven is absolutely one of my favourites. Well written and tragic. How can I like an episode that killed my favourite companion due to a miscalculation? Because that’s the essence of tragedy. Clara died while courageously saving a life. Okay she thought she’d be safe, but it still takes courage to run the risk of…[Read more]

  • Missy replied to the topic Doctor Who memories

    @winston: Yes, me too. At my great age you would think I would have got over it? Not at all.🙄 Yes, thank you, I am bearing up. As I tell my children I still have a pulse!😄 What about you?

    @dentarthurdent:  When I am alone – which is all the time – in the house, sudden noises, bangs etc make me jump,

    Usually, it’s just the water…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic On The Sofa (10)

    @winston by coincidence we currently have a plush river otter sitting on our table. Our border’s girlfriend gave him a WWF North American River Otter adaption for his birthday so maybe that is his otter you saw. Until yesterday I was not particularly familiar with the breed so having a toy version is not quite the same but still very cute. She…[Read more]

  • blenkinsopthebrave replied to the topic On The Sofa (10)

    @winston and @oochillyo, Just rewatched “The Unicorn and the Wasp”. It is outrageously silly, but…it is also lots of fun. The way they incorporate so many Agatha book titles into the dialogue is wonderful. As for “Empress of Mars”, I loved it it! It is one of my favourite episodes. Thinking about it, it is probably because both stories capture…[Read more]

  • nerys replied to the topic Doctor Who memories

    @winston I was in Grade 7 when I saw The Godfather. My parents took me to see that, if you can believe it. I guess they didn’t want to leave me at home alone (my older sister was working at the drive-in). I would have been far better off without seeing that. My mother and sister especially loved scary stuff. I think they got an adrenaline rush…[Read more]

  • nerys replied to the topic Doctor Who memories

    @missy I too am part of the “afraid of the dark” club. Like @winston, I suffered from night terrors as a child. Horror films and scary TV shows (The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits) would keep me awake with night sweats for weeks on end afterward. Seeing The Godfather, a story of human monsters, at a drive-in movie theater nearly did me in. I kept…[Read more]

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