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  1. S11.E10: The Battle Of Ranskoor Av Kolos

    Again, this is why I specifically said 'discussion', not 'lecture'. We are talking about the Doctor, not Yaz. The Doctor is an ancient being who has been responsible for the deaths of others on numerous occasions, both directly and indirectly. What she actually did was lay down the law, in the manner of a schoolteacher instructing a recalcitrant child (don't do this, or else!), coming from her 30-something face to Graham's 60-something maturity, but I'm still not sure why you think that has better optics, as you put it, than the alternative I suggested of two adults having a nuanced discussion about something one has direct experience of and the other doesn't.
  2. S11.E10: The Battle Of Ranskoor Av Kolos

    I'm not sure age really comes into it when it is a case of 'this is a thing I have direct experience of and you don't' - and note that I said 'discuss' not 'lecture'. I'm not sure how that can be interpreted as more teacherish and therefore worse optics than the actual scene as it played out of the 30-something Whittaker laying down the law to a 60-something Walsh. If anything, it becomes an opportunity for the actor to demonstrate their chops, to find out if they can pull off a sense of the Doctor's true age despite the youthfulness of their features. Like David Tennant playing across from Bernard Cribbins, bonding as fellow 'old men'. Anyhoo. The Doctor's morals often flip-flop a bit according to plot requirements and whatever message the showrunner-of-the-moment most wants to send at this point in time. The current hardline stance feels uncharacteristically inflexible and hypocritical to me, but it is hardly the first time this has happened.
  3. S11.E10: The Battle Of Ranskoor Av Kolos

    The Doctor once blew up a whole room full of baby Daleks, just to prevent them growing up to become genocidal adult Daleks. He agonised over it, but ultimately decided that it was the right thing to do. That was in 1974 and was a much more nuanced examination of right and wrong than today's hardline 'killing of any kind is always bad, no one who travels with me must ever kill' stance. Heck, the Fourth Doctor travelled with Leela, who went around stabbing enemies in the neck just as a matter of course! He disapproved of her killing people and attempted to show her that there was usually a better way of achieving their aims, but there was none of this hypocritical moralistic 'if you kill anyone ever you are not worthy to travel with me, ever' malarkey. I'd have bought it more if the Doctor had discussed with Graham the effect that killing would have on him, rather than laying down the law like a schoolteacher. Doctor Who is badged as a family show, but its primary audience has always been 8-10 year olds, ever since 1963. The approach taken in appealing to that young audience has certainly changed over the years (this particular season has been pitched unusually young), but that has always been the target demographic.
  4. S04.E08: Episode 8

    Dwight might not use quite the same words in the book, but he spells out to Ray Penvenen that he does indeed come from a very old family, with ancestors who held rank such as High Sheriff and fitted out ships for the Armada. Impoverished gentry was still considered gentry and it took more than a couple of generations to move from one class to another, so that the son of an old family which had lost its money would still be considered a gentleman - in much the same way that Elizabeth Bennett (Pride & Prejudice) could still claim the rank of gentleman's daughter and demand to be treated as such, despite having no personal wealth to back that claim, and in the same way that Elinor Dashwood and her sisters (Sense & Sensibility) were still considered gentlefolk despite being left destitute when their father died. Heck, Elizabeth Chynoweth in this series is considered a catch because of her ancestry, even though her parents haven't two beans to rub together and their ancestral home is practically falling down (sorry, that's a book detail, I can't remember now if the show really spelled out their predicament in as much detail). It was all about blood and ancestry, which is why George Warleggan struggles, because no matter how much money he makes and no matter how high he rises through society, the people he wants to impress cannot and will not forget that his grandfather was a blacksmith. When Dwight talks to Ray Penvenen in the novel it is clear that money is the obstacle, rather than Dwight's ancestry - Ray at first assumes that Dwight is of much lower class than Caroline and is taken aback to learn that he is not, so clings to the financial distinction between them. A lot of sons of the gentry ended up going into various professions in this era because their families had lost their money, or because they had older brothers who would inherit everything - typically the law or army rather than medicine, true, but this was a time of great social mobility, when there was a lot of interchange between the middle and upper classes. But we are getting off topic for this episode now.
  5. Miscellaneous Celebrity News

    A severe compound fracture of the wrist would do it, if it ripped the skin badly enough.
  6. I keep seeing this complaint. Too 'SJW' - what do you mean by that, exactly? What did the show do different this year that it hasn't done before, that makes it suddenly 'too progressive'. This is a show that has always been progressive, since its inception, although what that looks like has changed over the decades. This season was weak in many ways, but it has nonetheless still very much been an entertaining, escapist sci fi drama. Each episode this season was hugely varied - what exactly did you think they were trying to indoctrinate you into? The one common theme I've picked out of the season was 'be a decent person' - what's wrong with that?
  7. S11.E10: The Battle Of Ranskoor Av Kolos

    The way the CC has it is completely correct on both counts. The character's actual name is Tzim-Sha, that's what he calls himself and how his allies and the scene description would naturally refer to him. It is the Doctor and her companions who call him Tim Shaw, because the Doctor misheard him when he first gave his name, and he was annoyed by that, so they kept using the name just to wind him up. Therefore the CC for their dialogue says 'Tim Shaw' because that's what they are calling him.
  8. S11.E09: It Takes You Away

    My point is just that it is better to say 'this isn't my preferred flavour of Doctor Who' than 'this isn't Doctor Who anymore', because no matter what the show does, there is precedent for it in its 55 year history. It is all Doctor Who. We don't have to like all of it, but we do have to accept it as part of the show. Because the truth is that no matter what era of the show you pick, you will find both viewers who consider it their favourite and viewers who absolutely hate it. There is a piece of Who for everyone, and that is because it changes so much - so this era that some find so disappointing will also have fans for whom it is doing exactly what you said it should do: entertaining and engaging. That's what I mean when I say it is all Doctor Who. Heck, I found the Clara era beyond onerous - I hated it more than I have ever hated any era of this show, and I have seen all of it, 55 years worth of Who. I thought Moffat took liberties with the show that he never should have taken. But it was still Doctor Who - and as much as I hated it, there are others who absolutely adored it. It is all Doctor Who, and the writers will never be able to please every single fan.
  9. S11.E09: It Takes You Away

    None of the history of the show has been dispensed with. Not mentioning it for a run of episodes doesn't mean it no longer exists or never happened! The Doctor's origins and history remain the same whether she chooses to mention them or not. If anyone dispensed with the history of the show it was Russell Davies in season one, since he came up with the concept of the Time War specifically to create a divide between Old and New Who, so that his rebooted show could establish itself on its own terms, without overwhelming new viewers by the weight of its history. He chose not to refer back to the show's history and mythology even when doing so would have strengthened its internal universe, which is why we see extraterrestrial threats being dealt with by the army instead of UNIT in that first season. But guess what? Once that first season was over and the show had been re-established, references to the past began to creep back in, bit by bit and then more and more. And both that first season and that season are 100% Doctor Who, just as those early years in the 1960s before Time Lords and their planet had been named were also Doctor Who, just as the run of years in the 1980s when the Doctor didn't have a sonic screwdriver were also Doctor Who. The Doctor is still the Doctor whether male or female, whether sympathetic or abrasive. Doctor Who is Doctor Who in all its iterations. It is all Doctor Who. As viewers, the onus is on us to adapt to its many different faces.
  10. S11.E09: It Takes You Away

    Nope. :D Thankfully! The Doctor Who universe is made up of many, many parts. They all don't have to be mentioned all the time to remain true, or for the show to still be Doctor Who. This season has its problems, but not mentioning the words 'Time Lord' or 'Gallifrey' or including any well-known enemies are not among those problems. Those are all things that have happened before. And I get it, as viewers we find comfort in the familiar - but as Doctor Who fans, it pays to be flexible, because this is a show that re-creates itself constantly, and to cope with that you have to be prepared to adapt to each new status quo, whatever form it might take next. You won't like every iteration, but that's okay, because another will be along soon enough. That's how it goes.
  11. S11.E09: It Takes You Away

    I'm surprised people were so bothered by the frog. This is a show that’s featured bubble wrap monsters, a sentient skin trampoline, killer Christmas trees, space Titanic crashing through the TARDIS walls, massive giant wasps and spiders, space fish vampires, the moon being a egg, actual Santa Claus showing up out of nowhere, killer infectious eye dust, and death emoji bots, to name but a few - but a sentient anti-universe manifesting as a frog is too weird? Nah, the lonely Solitract manifesting as a frog because it had picked the image out of Graham's mind and liked it (but keeping Grace's voice because it had none of its own) seemed pretty standard Doctor Who, to me! It was the character stories in general I thought could have been tied together a bit more tidily in this episode, to make them truly resonate. The Solitract I had no problem with.
  12. Doctor Who in the Media

    Doctor Who only did one Christmas special for the whole of the 26 seasons of the Classic era, and that one only came about because a scheduled episode just happened to fall on Christmas Day that year. Christmas specials have been a New Who tradition, but I'm pretty sure the kids will have enough excitement without one this year, and they are still getting a special episode over the holiday period, so they aren't actually missing out. Personally, I always find Christmas specials difficult to watch because I'm always with my family on Christmas Day and they talk right through it, so for me, a New Year's Day special is better!
  13. S04.E08: Episode 8

    Dwight is a doctor, which puts him squarely in the upper middle class at worst. He had a conversation with Caroline's uncle which pretty much laid out his social standing - he is a gentleman, so belongs to the same broad social class as Caroline (and Ross, for that matter, they are all gentlefolk), but her wealth put her at the upper end of the scale within that class, while Dwight's poverty put him at the lower end of the scale. So he very much married up, but within his own broad social class - this in contrast with Demelza, who comes from the working class, lowest of the low.
  14. S11.E09: It Takes You Away

    In the very first season of the show, way back in 1963, the TARDIS contained a food machine, which produced little cubes of food engineered to replicate meals in flavour and nutrition - so that little cube might taste like bacon and eggs or a full roast dinner, the user could programme it for whatever they chose. I think that's about as close as the show has ever come to demonstrating what Time Lords actually eat! I mean, the Doctor has been seen eating all manner of human food over the 55 years of the show. But that food machine is Gallifreyan, so we can read into it what we like - is it simply a practical device for space travel? Or do Time Lords prefer their food that way? Who the heck can tell!
  15. S11.E09: It Takes You Away

    The Doctor's explanation was a bit woolly, but it sounded to me more like an anti-magnetism thing - our universe repels the solitract in the same way that misaligned magnets repel one another. Sentience wouldn't be required for that.