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Series 8 so far and other thoughts


Was searching around for any reviews of the new series [8] and certain things became clear:

1.  People’s views are highly diverse and subjective on each character and episode, each story arc and ne’er the twain shall meet.


2.  Almost everyone agrees Moffat has ruined it at worst or is just caught up in circles of dullness at best.

My mate lent me The Day of the Doctor and asked for an opinion.  It didn’t work in the player but I found it elsewhere and feel:

3.  There’s a lack of logic – too many plotlines around linear time, resulting in endings when there ARE no endings in time travel.  You can endlessly go back and reverse things.  Also, having to kill his own world in order to wipe out the enemy was silly.  There are rules in SF, even Doctor Who and they shouldn’t be trampled on.

I get the feeling it’s gone to Moffat’s head.…

Talk shows reveal the best and worst in people

Tagline: stating the bleedin’ obvious.

You’re going to ask where the news is in this and you’d be right but still … late night, before sleeping, I’ve been watching Craig Ferguson interviews and if nothing else, they’re revealing of certain things.

The first is what we knew anyway – Hollywoood is poisonous. How any relationship can stay afloat with such amoral people sleeping around to get advancement, sticking knives in backs and then enjoying a huge reputation worldwide explains City of Angels – but which angels?

Anyway, the galaxy of “stars” made their way to Ferguson’s armchair and the females in particular were really falling over themselves to both get on and then flirt OTT – one last night had him backing off.

Even that’s not the point of the post. The point is what total a***h***s a few people are, beyond any normal definition of a***h***ery. I mean, total dead losses as people and the surprise, to me, were which ones were like this.…

The Late [Late] Show

If you look up Doctor Who on Youtube, you’ll run into The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, expat Scot who’s had all the Doctor Who cast on at one time or another, plus many other high profile guests, mainly from America.

As well as that angle, there is also his amazing effect on celeb women. Watch them on Letterman and similar and then watch them on Ferguson’s show and it’s pretty obvious:

So I went to a Nielsen ratings site and found this:

1. The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon — 1.28 (3.9 million viewers)
2. The Jimmy Kimmel Show — .64 (2.7 million)
3. Late Night with Seth Meyers — .64 (1.6 million)
4. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart — .56 (1.4 million)
5. The Late Show with David Letterman .47 (2.49 million)
6. The Colbert Report — .45 (1.1 million)
7. Nightline — .41 (1.67 million)

Why can’t the Beeb be accurate, asks the Doc

Amfortas reports that The Chap reports about Doctor Who’s boots.

Or in other words:

In its haste to trumpet the arrival of the twelfth Time Lord, the BBC made a huge howler by attributing most of his items of clothing to the wrong manufacturer.


# The Doctor’s black brogue boots, with a very similar sole to a Dr Marten, are in actual fact a joint production by Loake and the British Boot Company.

# While the coat is indeed cut in the Crombie style, the Crombie Company claims they did not make it nor supply it to the BBC.

In fact, comments show The Chap himself to have been in error on one point.…

Oh my goodness – third Doctor post today – LOL

alex-kingston-4Saw this below at the Express. Only went there to see what the papers were saying about the Doc.

Capaldi said: “I’m not looking for a new assistant. I don’t know where these rumours have started. I’ve read she may be leaving at Christmas but I don’t even know if she will get to Christmas. You’ll have to watch and see what happens.”

Coleman said: “The truth is, I do not want to tell you the truth. I quite like these rumours. People don’t have any idea [if I’m staying or going]. I think people can watch the show, not knowing whether I am [going] or not and I think that is exciting.”

If she does leave, she could be available for the Time Lord’s job, as the BBC has again floated the idea of casting a female Doctor. Asked at the Edinburgh TV festival if he would like to see a woman in the role, BBC TV boss Danny Cohen said: “I don’t see why not.”


Deep breath [2] – lowlifes in space

There’s a complete difference between something which has been a major tradition in the country for centuries or even over one century and let’s take football as an example and something alien pushed and forced upon the nation.

There are quite a few who don’t like football and I can do without the “experts” on panels pontificating over matches but the simple fact of life is – football is a major part of our culture. You can’t talk Britain without talking football, at least a little.

You have to lump it or leave.

However, when people in high places and in key positions, e.g. the political class and the film makers, the journos who come into our homes, take something of interest to 6% of the community and proceed to hijack programmes, hijack opening ceremonies and force something on us we don’t want, something which makes a substantial proportion of the population nauseous on a personal level, makes an added proportion unhappy with it because of a basic socio-religious code the country is based on and which really does upset a large amount of people – when those people do that, then many of us get angry.…

Deep Breath [1]

19:35 – looking for reviews of the first episode in Series 8. Can’t find a review anywhere except those silly spoiler-free things.

Just took a Deep Breath and realized it’s on at 19:50. I’ve no TV so how about reporting here what you thought?

Well, no one’s said so I went looking:

# Bad beginning – music too loud stifling the dialogue . After that though… fantastic – like the fact that Clara now has her own dialogue, not just Amy Pond.

# Filled with and marred by the usual left wing crap, although otherwise very enjoyable.

# I would have preferred to have had the new Doctor hitting the ground running instead of going through the usual disorientated regenerated sequence that we have seen in all the ‘new’ Doctors first episodes.

# The programme was stuffed full of disgraceful homosexual propaganda aimed at children. The BBC should hang their heads in shame.…

The Doctor’s been worldwide for decades

Ahead of the new series opening, another quick look.

The impression one gets is that Doctor Who pretty well went viral in North America from A Christmas Carol in 2010 but that’s not quite accurate.

It’s true that hosts such as Craig Ferguson picked up on it and many truly American hosts, which definitely helped and it’s very much a worldwide phenomenon now. Yet a glance at Wiki shows it had a following even back in the classic days, pretty well from Jon Pertwee onwards.

So it’s not that America has never seen it and suddenly took to it:

Conventions, personal appearances of cast members and production staff as well as the national airing on PBS of the 20th anniversary special The Five Doctors two days before the BBC sealed the success of the program in America. In November 1983, on the weekend after the airing of The Five Doctors, four actors who played the Doctor (Patrick TroughtonJon PertweePeter Davison and Tom Baker) and many of those who played the Doctor’s companions over the series’ first two decades on television appeared at a standing-room-only event in Chicago, the start of a Thanksgiving Day weekend celebration that continues annually.

Jenna-Louise, think we saw this coming


You can never really trust the Doctor Who explanations as to why actors leave.

We were talking today and I said I couldn’t really understand how Jenna-Louise could take it for long with Peter Capaldi.  It’s one thing being 56, another looking 66 but there’s also:

“I always thought Matt was so young- looking but had this older, wiser quality about him, whereas Peter is almost the opposite,” observes the 28-year-old Coleman. “Somehow he has this energy that is younger. Visually, obviously, it is very different.

He looks completely different and acts completely differently,” says Coleman. “We’re discovering that it’s much more of a turbulent relationship [between the characters]; he brings out the control freak in Clara because she can’t quite pin him down.

It’s always an interesting dynamic with the Doctor, anyway; one moment he’s your friend, and in another moment he’s this weird alien, and in another moment he’s being this annoying kind of toddler and you’re the adult, and in the next moment he’s playing the wise old grandfather.”

There was a time when the Doctor could be older and the companion young:

… and they got away with it through romance never really being on the horizon.…

Is this Cliff Richard?

I don’t believe a word of this scurrilous set of allegations, with no documentation offered as proof beyond quick, blurred, far-off shots, below and a naff musical track blasting over it:

No, this is the Cliff we all know, remember and love:

Let’s remember Jimmy and Cliff for all the good they did – after all, the Young Ones would have been nothing without Cliff.…

What’s my line?

Not all of them were great episodes and much of the non-celeb part was take it or leave it but there were so many highlights over the years that it certainly deserved its fame.

There was a graciousness and gracefulness in this show even if this one created a bow wave wherever she went:

How many lost their heads over her?  Couple more this evening:

In those days, spirits were brave, the stakes were high, men were real men, women were real women and small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri were real small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri.

Well – most of them were:

Nicolette Vasseur

Nicolette Vasseur carleton

There’s a very good reason for running this post – it’s that there’s no good reason in people’s eyes.   People are waiting for me to get off this topic of boat names and back onto current events, such as Robin Williams but Nicolette is going to have her brief time in the sun, even if I’m the only reader of this post, in the middle of the night.  She always was one for the wrong moment, saying the wrong thing.

If there’s defiance in that statement, it’s out of deference to Nikki. Never, in all the writing I’ve done, did I ever develop a character to that extent, down to every small detail of her life.

We all know such people who are efficient, talented but not fashionable as topics in themselves.   They don’t excite anyone, though they’re the first to help and take care of business.   The briskness, the vivacity are admired but one doesn’t warm to them as one does to the eternal victim or the celebs of the day.…