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  1. Would be nice, but realistically I think it's more likely to put boys off watching unless a male companion is cast with whom they can identify.
  2. But there are plenty of female role model type characters out there now. We've had Rey, Katniss from the Hunger Games, masses of leads in detective dramas, the BBC are doing a new version of HDM... There don't seem to be that many clever, compassionate male leads in stuff that might appeal to boys in the 7 - 12 age range. I also don't think the female casting of DW will be showing that it doesn't matter if you're a boy or a girl if Thirteen ends up being written as a wet blanket. Or if it's written with the skeevy undertones that half-spoiled a lot of Moffat's writing for female characters until the last two series, when he seemed to get it under control.
  3. Well, at least we can breath a sigh of relief that it's not Kris Marshall. Accent: Wikipedia says that she comes from the most Yorkshire-sounding place on the planet - Skelmanthorpe. I assume her natural accent is also of that country county. Haven't seen Jodie Whittaker in owt, so I don't know how capable she is of the necessary range. I'm not thrilled to have a first female Doctor - I once read an article which pointed out that the Doctor, as a hero who talks his way out of trouble rather than shooting his way out (let's ignore the recent finale for now), is rather a positive model for the young male section of the audience - and I find that a sympathetic viewpoint. But the next series will stand or fall on the quality of the writing. Cross fingers. I don't have great hopes of Chibnall. The bit of Broadchurch series 3 I saw was pretty leaden, and he hasn't distinguished himself in his scripts for Doctor Who.
  4. Yeah, I had a sudden vision of the Doctor channeling Ron Swanson from Parks and Recreation. "Take this apple-shaped hand grenade, little girl, and use it to defend your property." Though when I watched the scene, I had the impression that the apple was just a distraction/bait - the actual explosion was caused by Nardole doing stuff on his laptop.
  5. No, Kris Marshall was mentioned a lot a few months ago, but since then things have gone quiet on that front. I still have hope that it's not him.
  6. Sorry, I didn't mean that as a rebuke. I've just been too busy watching SM's back catalogue. The remark is meant to be about what I was writing, though in fact I only decided to use a spoiler cut because I wrote too much and it would have taken up a lot of space.
  7. Spoilers, sweetie. Been rewatching quite a few episodes from New Who recently. For all that I've complained about the tics and absurdities in Moffat's style, I will miss him. There is something so individualistic, ambitious and entertaining about the way he writes, and we're unlikely to get any hint of that from Chibnall. After watching Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead again late last night, I switched over to Shaun the Sheep for seven minutes just so I felt safe to risk falling asleep.
  8. Clearly the Master is a B5 fan.
  9. Yep. Really loved that episode. It felt as if my ten year old self had risen from the dead to watch it spellbound with the kind of rapt unjaundiced attention that is rarely experienced by adults. Only complaint is that the whole "the Mondasian cybermen!!!" bit was overdone - it seemed to be a moment of very Old Who fan-service, which would just comes across as extremely cheesy to other parts of the audience (i.e. me).
  10. Also TPM begins with the immortal lines: "Turmoil has engulfed the Galactic Republic. The taxation of trade routes to outlying star systems is in dispute." Not sure that could be described as an overwhelmingly kid-friendly, yet the movie was still rubbish, and would have been rubbish even if it started with the total annihilation of the Gungan race.
  11. If they came back to the rift with a few cans of Irn Bru (sorry, I mean Irrrn Brrrrui), I reckon the creations of utter darkness would put the monsters to flight pretty fast.
  12. Interesting. That kind of calls for a follow up episode where the Romano-British saviours of the world drop into McDonalds for a cheeseburger and a toilet break.
  13. Though it was okay - beautiful setting, costumes, and nice one liners. Williamjm highlights one of the best. The Doctor-Nardole banter was good too. “What are you doing?” “Ingratiating myself.” “Well stop it, it’s revolting!” And I liked “Death by Scotland”. Loved the clear reference to Rosemary Sutcliff's The Eagle of the Ninth at the start of the episode - a book that has been a big part of many people's childhoods - probably Rona Munro's, certainly mine. I studied Latin at university. The late great Sutcliff must certainly take some of the blame. I doubt Roman soldiers would be so sexually accepting in quite such modern terms, but obviously can't prove it, so will hand-wave it. The plot itself would have been better without the monster. That’s quite a big caveat. I also wasn’t fond of the solution. How are a tiny band of adolescents expecteed to hold off thousands of great big monsters for all time? Or even thirty minutes? Even fairy tale logic doesn’t seem to work there. And I could have done without the “let’s just put aside our differences and work together” speech. The show has done that so many times before that the trope really needs to be given a rest for a while. Since the show decided to do one tribute to a classic of twentieth century children’s literature, they could have worked in another one to Earthfasts by William Mayne. Much of the author’s work has been tainted by the knowledge of his paedophilia, some probably justifiably so, but I don’t think Earthfasts should be lost with the rest. For those not familiar with it: it’s based on a local legend in North Yorkshire that a gang of eighteeth century soldiers discovered a tunnel beneath Richmond castle, and sent down the youngest boy to explore it, telling him to keep drumming so that they could plot the route above ground. They followed him as far as Easby where the drumming stopped. The drummer boy was never seen again, except in Earthfasts, of course, where he emerges from a hill slip into the twentieth century.
  14. At least it's better in AG than David Boreanaz's alarmingly bad effort in Buffy. Let's just pause for a moment and remember how awful that was. (Starts at 1 min 58). Been enjoying the series. I listened to the audio book of American Gods in January 2017 - I don't normally say this kind of thing, but the changes that've been made from book to show feel like a big improvement. Especially the fleshing out of Laura's character.
  15. The diversity that is shown is represented by people on the lowest ranks of the social scale - a man selling pies, a beggar girl. Sutcliffe is a wealthy industrialist. Societies can be diverse, and still be racist.