• wordmuse replied to the topic Mummy on the Orient Express

    @JimTheFish – yep – different strokes for different folks.

    My one real hope, having nothing to do with the story arcs per se, is that enough fans are more like you than like me. ūüôā ¬†After all, since that is the way this story arc¬†is going, and since future shows depend in a big way on ratings, the more who like what’s going on now, the more who a…[Read more]

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    I appreciate the thought going into making this a more nuanced conversation. Really, very good. And @PhaseShift, your bit of history helped me clarify my thinking a little bit (though I won’t call it clear).

    Perhaps using the phrase “soap operaish” was not really a good choice of words.

    So what word or phrase¬†would be good to label the idea of…[Read more]

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    Hey @JimTheFish

    I did not think you were aiming things at me personally.  But I appreciate that you were concerned about me taking it so. Thank you.

    I wasn’t really a fan of the BG Who. (BG is “before gap,” yes?). ¬†So if there is a history of the BG Doctor not really being in the “pantheon of heroes,” does that mean there was a¬†significant sh…[Read more]

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    Hi again,

    So I don’t have any real disagreements with anything said here about character development in general. But there are still two things that seem discussion-worthy to me.

    #1 – The portrayal¬†of Clara’s relationships makes me cringe. She lies when there is no apparent need to do so. I am hoping that this is intentional and part of the…[Read more]

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    @JimTheFish – I agree with the whole mythos thing relative to DW. So let’s zoom in on¬†the relationships between Rose and Micky, Amy and Rory, and now Clara and Danny.

    Rose/Micky – Rose wanted to have a romp; Micky went from being that romp to being a wet sponge. Then he grew up and Rose’s relationship with him shifted through these various…[Read more]

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    Well – let me respond with a bit of perspective. This doesn’t even rate as a 1st world problem. ūüôā ¬†So we’re just having some fun here, yes? I mean – it *is* fiction.

    So it is within this tempest-in-a-teapot context that we are arguing. We’re certainly NOT discussing what should be done about Ebola as a public health policy. It’s just Doctor Who…[Read more]

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    @MTGradwell – I get what you’re saying (I think), and I mainly¬†agree with you. But when I say its not hard scifi, that means that the authors and actors¬†are asking me to suspend disbelief. ¬†It’s part of the bargain I make with them as I watch.

    That said, the minute they start relating the what’s going on in the¬†story to¬†our real world, where one…[Read more]

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    @MTGradwell – I hope you are right. Both my wife and I had he same spontaneous reaction: “Really? Are we really going to stay in “Three’s Company” territory?

    I would love nothing more than to be wrong.

    On another note: Doctor Who is not hard scifi. The facts of the real world are no more than props and devices. ¬†For example, in the real…[Read more]

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    This had the potential to be a really good episode – and it was, right up until the end. I don’t know what it is, exactly – well, yes I do. ¬†There is an artificial strain put into this season that doesn’t need to be there; that doesn’t do a lick of good that I can tell and makes for lots of contrivance. ¬†I speak of the relationship of Danny and C…[Read more]

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