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  1. Llywela

    Hercule Poirot

    Yes, that's the diagnosis given in the episode.
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    Hercule Poirot

    I think it was a pain-pleasure thing. He wanted other kinds of pain to distract from the blinding headaches, and that got rolled up into a weird fetish thing.
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    Small Talk: Slaves To Gab

    I'm here in spirit, guys, if not in chat, as I have a minor family emergency occupying all my time at present - hoping to have a bit more time to myself by the time the new season rolls around!
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    Small Talk: Slaves To Gab

    Hallo! I'm still alive (and ducking trailers for the final season, which looks like it might actually air at some point). Anyone else around?
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    Doctor Who in the Media

    Yeah, I was more talking to the person who thought it would be impossible to set a story in China because they assumed it would have to be about the current oppressive regime - the show has already proved that is not the case, was my point.
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    Doctor Who in the Media

    The Doctor has already been to China - way back in 1964 he spent a mammoth seven-episode epic travelling across China with Marco Polo (who had confiscated the TARDIS). It was a story about a group of unwilling companions learning about the culture in which they found themselves immersed, forging alliances (and enmities) along the way, pooling all their resources and ingenuity to fend off danger and eventually escape, and becoming a family along the way. The serial is completely missing today, but can still be experienced as a reconstruction, and is one of my favourite Classic adventures - slow-paced rather than action-packed, but beautifully written as a study of both character and culture. The Doctor ends up winning half of Asia in a game of backgammon with Kublai Khan and then stakes it all on one last game to win back the TARDIS - and loses! So yeah, it would be perfectly possible for the present Doctor and her companions to have an adventure in China - which would not have to be set against a backdrop of the present regime! There is plenty of historical context to choose from.
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    The Thirteenth Doctor: Jodie Whittaker

    Yeah, I've been confused by complaints about the 'SJW agenda' all season. Doctor Who has always attempted to be progressive. Sometimes the show gets it right. Sometimes it comes across as heavy-handed and preachy. That has literally always been true, since 1963. I honestly fail to see what this season did that was any different than anything the show has ever done, to be labelled as having a specific 'head-bonking liberal social agenda'.
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    Disability On TV

    Thank you. Because yes, I know most Americans won't have ever seen it, but I also knew there is a service that it is available on, I just didn't know the name - so thanks for answering the question above. In terms of disability representation, Izzy is just one character in a large cast who tend to rotate in an out of the spotlight, but her disability is merely one facet of who she is. She has had storylines dealing with aspects of her condition and how it affects her daily life, but the majority of her story revolves around her family, friends and relationships - we've seen her as a daughter, a sister, a girlfriend, a mother, a colleague, an employee, a friend...as well as a person living with disability. I don't watch Emmerdale to know much about James Moore's character, for which he won the Best Newcomer award, but I do know that his storyline has been about being reunited with the teen mother who abandoned him at birth.
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    Disability On TV

    I wouldn't know, I'm afraid. I think Corrie, at least, is available in the US, but I don't know the name of the service that shows it - I doubt if it is Netflix, though.
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    Disability On TV

    Since I mentioned Coronation Street above, I should also mention that rival soap opera Emmerdale currently has a character played by actor James Moore, who has cerebral palsy - he won Best Newcomer award at the NTA's this week, so well done to him!
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    Disability On TV

    A few years ago BBC Wales aired a primetime drama called Baker Boys - Eve Myles is probably the best known of the actors involved, and her character in the show had a teenage daughter who had been born prematurely and had cerebral palsy. She was played by actress Cara Readle, who also has cerebral palsy, and has been quoted in the press a number of times calling for greater opportunities for disabled actors. Elen was a great part for her, and was the kind of representation this thread is calling for: a disabled character played by a disabled actor, whose storylines are not about their disability - although frustration with her own limitations did come up at times, Elen's story was primarily about a moody teenager navigating the push-pull between her divorced parents. It was a good show, too, but I don't think it was ever shown outside Wales.
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    Disability On TV

    British soap Coronation Street has a long-term resident called Izzy who has Ehler-Danos syndrome and is wheelchair bound, played by an actress who also has Ehler-Danos (Cherylee Houston). Izzy's disability is only a small part of who the character is, and has only rarely been the focus of her storylines. Corrie also has a more part-time character called Alex, who has Down's Syndrome - as does his actor, Liam Bairstow. Actress Sarah Gordy, who has Down's Syndrome, has popped up in a number of shows over the last few years, including Upstairs Downstairs and Strike. She's fab and I wish she worked more, but it can't be easy for her finding roles - she tends to be restricted to playing disabled parts, rather than being able to access general roles in which her disability is merely a footnote.
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    Doctor Who in the Media

    Yeah, the NTAs are basically a popularity contest, which is why Ant and Dec managed to win best presenter for the 18th year in a row despite the fact that Ant was in rehab for most of last year, with Dec soldiering on alone or with replacement partners. They have a massive fanbase, spread across the multiple shows they host, and have done ever since they first moved into presenting as a double act, after starting out as teen actors in Byker Grove (a popular teen drama series way back - they brought a huge fanbase with them from that into their presenting roles after leaving the show). Little or no critical evaluation goes into the NTAs, it is all about the viewer vote. The BAFTAs are the more heavy-weight awards, based on peer review from within the industry.
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    The Twelfth Doctor: Let's Not Argue About Numbers

    The Doctor doesn't (although some of them may not be switched on enough to notice even the possibility of it) but the producers back in the 1980s did!
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    From Across The Pond: Royal Weddings and Scandals

    It was the other car that hit him. He pulled out of a side road as another vehicle was moving toward him at speed - either didn't see them at all (he apparently mentioned being dazzled by the sun), or thought he had more time to make the turn than he did. Evidently the local council was already due to discuss safety issues on that stretch of road even before this crash took place. Eye witnesses have talked about his entourage being right there on the spot, so he definitely had royal protection people with him, whether actually in his car or not.
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