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Old 07-11-2018, 04:55 AM
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Time Trips: A Long Way Down:
A Long Way Down is a short story by Jenny T. Colgan as part of the Time Trips collection.
In the omnibus book, A Long Way Down is not in the book itself but on the sleeve jacket.
It was sure fun reading this story featuring the Twelfth Doctor and Clara this way.
Mostly with Clara it is enthralling story of dealing the situation at hand in the TARDIS.
This is rather akin to the mini-episode Clara and The TARDIS which also has just Clara in the TARDIS.
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Old 07-11-2018, 05:06 AM
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On November 4 2018, the same date as The Tsuranga Conundrum, the Talking Dead episode on The Walking Dead 9.5 What Comes After which talks about it being Rick Grimes’ departure, host and Doctor Who fan Chris Hardwick briefly mentions Doctor Who as he says to Yvette Nicole Brown that she knows what it is like to lose people as she herself is a Doctor Who fan.
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Old 07-11-2018, 08:33 PM
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Manifest 1.4 Unclaimed Baggage showed a moving stone statue that looked remarkably like a Weeping Angel.
This episode included the line “blink of an eye” and perhaps coincidentally the Weeping Angels made their debut in Blink.
One of the cast members of Manifest is Josh Dallas and he was briefly in Silence In The Library which is two episodes before Blink.
Unclaimed Baggage also featured briefly Bethesda Fountain in Central Park in Manhattan and that was also in The Angels Take Manhattan.
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Old 07-11-2018, 10:13 PM
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Hard Quiz on Wednesday November 7 2018 on the ABC had Peep Show as one of the specialist subjects.
In one question host Tom Gleeson asked to this subject’s contestant Valerie that Peep Show stars Paterson Joseph and Olivia Colman was considered the lead for which sci fi show and then it was Valerie correctly answered Doctor Who.
Gleeson then finished the question with the lead to replace Peter Capaldi.

One of the other contestants Jason had Back To The Future as his specialist subject which is a time travel narrative like Doctor Who.

So having a Peep Show question that relates to Doctor Who is either very deliberate, coincidental or a sense of irony to Back To The Future as one of the other specialist subjects.

Valerie and Jason made it to the final round which was won by Jason.
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Old 18-11-2018, 12:25 AM
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Anna’s Doctor Who Surprise:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yeI4...PoWfvQ5CSPb_J4

Shown as part of Children In Need 2018.
Quite heart-warming on little girl Anna, with the medical condition she has, being shown the Doctor Who set and of course meeting the Doctor Jodie Whittaker.
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Old 20-11-2018, 11:47 AM
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41 x 7 - Kerblam!:
Directed by Australian Jennifer Perrott in her second episode after The Tsuranga Conundrum and Kerblam! is written in his series debut by fellow Aussie Pete McTighe.
Kerblam Man appears in the TARDIS as he makes a delivery for the Doctor. Did think sometime later that there must be something wrong with the TARDIS defence system if the Kerblam Man could easily appear like that before reminded by Whovians that outside forces have unexpectedly came into the TARDIS numerous times.
The delivery was a fez. Undoubtedly the fez was ordered by the fez-loving Eleventh Doctor.
The way that the travellers came into Kerblam reminded me of how the Tenth Doctor and Donna Noble came into Ood Operations with the cover story they are from the Noble Corporation.
The Doctor chides her companions on being robophobic a term that was introduced in Robots of Death.
The Doctor and her companions joined the workforce in Kerblam and it is funny that Graham was assigned as a cleaner.
I am currently listening to the First Doctor Big Finish story The Dalek Occupation of Winter which coincidentally includes a workforce atmosphere.
The Thirteenth Doctor mentioned about meeting Agatha Christie and Agatha Christie was in The Unicorn and the Wasp which is a Tenth Doctor/Donna episode which was four episodes after the earlier mentioned Planet of the Ood.
There was a hint of a potential workplace romance between Kira and Charlie. This made me think of Karen Gillan at her character Eliza Dooley’s workplace in Selfie and made me wish that I was in Selfie so I could have a workplace romance with her.
Exciting when Ryan, Yaz and Charlie at the conveyer belts and then dodging lasers.
Enthralling with the revelation of the army of TeamMates and reminded me of a similar sight of robots in the movie I, Robot (2004).
Horrifying on the weaponisation of bubblewrap and that it cost Kira her life.
Very disappointing that Charlie turned out to be the real villain in all this but the episode did it well in the revelation of this as this was not about the problems of technology but rather how it can be misused.

The Next Time trailer sees Alan Cumming as James I. Knew this episode was going to have Cumming as the king as soon as I learnt that the episode is called The Witchfinders.
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Old 27-11-2018, 01:45 AM
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41 x 8 - The Witchfinders:
Antepenultimate episode of season 41.
Written by Joy Wilkinson in her series debut.
As indicated in the title, this episode delves into the topic of witches.
This episode came on November 25 2018 and somewhat coincidentally fellow time travel series Timeless & Legends of Tomorrow both went into the topic of witches and both about the Salem witch trials and both in this year 2018.
For Timeless it was The Salem Witch Hunt on April 8 and Legends of Tomorrow had an almost same title with just Witch Hunt which came on much more recently on October 29 the day after Arachnids In The UK.
Unlike the Timeless & Legends of Tomorrow episodes, The Witchfinders does not take place in Salem but like those two episodes it does take place in the 17th century.
Incidentally the First Doctor, Susan, Ian and Barbara were at the Salem witch trials in the novel The Witch Hunters, similar in name to the Timeless & Legends of Tomorrow episodes.
While still on the subject of witches elsewhere, I watched the Charmed reboot and long before learning The Witchfinders name let alone knowing the episode was going to be about witches I had planned to see the movie Bell, Book and Candle (1958) which by sheer coincidence I finally got to see just less than 24 hours before seeing The Witchfinders.
The psychic paper identifies the Doctor as the Witchfinder General and it was funny that she was quickly demoted to the assistant with Graham now usurping the Witchfinder General position.
Surprising that the masked figure turned out to be King James I. James is played by Alan Cumming a casting that has been made known several months ago.
Sometime after learning of Cumming’s casting as James, saw another portrayal of the King in the Gunpowder mini-series where he was played by Tooth and Claw guest star Derek Riddell.
Coincidentally Riddell can now be seen in the movie Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, which like The Witchfinders also delves into the topic of magic.
Another coincidence is that clips of Tooth and Claw but not one with Riddell was shown in Whovians as it looked at the Doctor meeting Royals before.
James mentioned her mother but not her name. Any viewer who may not immediately know who she was it was Mary, Queen of Scots.
Terrifying on seeing the reanimated bodies.
Shocking when blood (?) came out of Becka’s eye.
Amazing that tree is of alien technology.
Creepy the Morax came in led by Becka and James finding a simplistic reason to kill Becka.
Not really surprised the Doctor namedropping Houdini after getting her out of that tree and not bad her quoting Arthur C. Clarke of technology being indistinguishable from magic.
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Old 29-11-2018, 04:51 AM
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Rick James has passed away.

Born on October 10 1939, James appeared in Doctor Who in The Mutants playing Cotton.

He was also in Blake’s 7 in the penultimate episode Warlord playing Chalsa.

He died on September 24 2018, just 16 days before his 79th birthday.
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Old 02-12-2018, 01:23 PM
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Derrick Sherwin has passed away.

Born on April 16 1936, Sherwin was a producer of Doctor Who and was responsible with fellow producer Peter Bryant (1923-2006) for casting Jon Pertwee as the Third Doctor.
Before being producer, Sherwin worked on Doctor Who as story/script editor in the second half of the Patrick Troughton era and during this era wrote The Invasion which introduced UNIT and the first to feature Nicholas Courtney as Lethbridge-Stewart as a Brigadier (Courtney previously played him as a Colonel in The Web of Fear).

Sherwin only produced two stories on Doctor Who, the Troughton swansong The War Games and Pertwee’s first story Spearhead from Space.

The end of The War Games saw the introduction of the Time Lords, the Doctor’s people and became a permanent fixture in the series.

In the DVD commentary on The War Games, Sherwin says in discussion with Terrance ****s who had co-written this story that ****s was absolutely certain that Sherwin had created the Time Lords but Sherwin says he could not remember the Time Lords being his creation.

Sherwin’s second story as producer, the Pertwee debut Spearhead from Space became his last as Sherwin was persuaded by Bryant to join him on the production of Paul Temple (1969-71).

His two stories as producer marked the transition of the series from black and white with The War Games the last black and white story to colour with Spearhead from Space from Space the first colour story.

Spearhead from Space saw Sherwin, as he used to be an actor himself, in front of the camera in a cameo in a scene in which Pertwee got to tell off his boss Sherwin.

Sherwin’s other acting roles included The Invisible Man, Danger Man & The Baron.

He died on October 29 2018 at the age of 82 and his passing makes Philip Hinchcliffe the only surviving producer of classic Doctor Who.
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Old 04-12-2018, 05:04 AM
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Saw the 2012 edition of The Big Fat Quiz of the Year from Channel 4 in the UK and during this quiz it showed clips of what was on British television that year.
The clips included Doctor Who: The Power of Three with the explosion of the Shakri ship followed by the Doctor, Amy and Rory falling down to the floor.
Other clips included Jessica Raine in Call The Midwife and future Doctor Peter Capaldi as Malcolm Tucker in The Thick of It.

James Corden was one of the contestants and Kylie Minogue was a guest questioner.
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