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General / Re: Top ten Dredds and top ten non-Dredd thrills
« on: 13 November, 2018, 10:29:01 pm »
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8/  Taxi Driver by Alan Grant & Paul Hardy (531-532)

Now I often say "Eh? I have no memory of this?!?", but usually the thrill in question is from the mid-90s and there's a good reason.  This is from a period when I hung on every dribble from Tharg's well-wrung organ.  So why does something that makes it into Frank's Top Ten ring no bells?

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Film & TV / Re: Doctor Who Series 11 Discussion
« on: 13 November, 2018, 09:47:18 pm »
I see what you did there, and the resulting earworm and disturbingly sharply remembered video imagery is not appreciated.  Why is some of my very limited storage capacity filled with this sort of thing, and not something useful (like Prog numbers for specific Future Shocks, for example),

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Film & TV / Re: Doctor Who Series 11 Discussion
« on: 13 November, 2018, 08:20:25 pm »
Pardon my ignorance, but what's the "Timmy Mallet tie debacle" problem with Girl in the Fireplace? That's one of my absolute favourite NuWhos, and not just because Sophia Myles is staggeringly gorgeous in it (honest).

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Welcome to the board / Re: Welcome to 2000AD Online
« on: 13 November, 2018, 03:40:58 pm »
How in hell was that username not taken!  Welcome, you genius!

(Scurries off to find what else can be pressed into service with an '@' prefix,  then remembers the chameleon circuit was taken offline...)

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Film & TV / Re: Doctor Who Series 11 Discussion
« on: 13 November, 2018, 03:38:41 pm »
That's what I figured, but it's a pity.  And TBH Dr Who is the only new broadcast TV we follow in our house. Other TV is random repeats of Simpsons, Horrible Histories and Nickelodeon dross, and the occasional wildlife doc.

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Film & TV / Re: Doctor Who Series 11 Discussion
« on: 13 November, 2018, 02:28:38 pm »
remember RTD served up farting Slitheen and deadly… wheelie bins.

Paving. Slab. Blow. Job.

With Moaning Myrtle no less. And in Tennant's much-loved first season as well,  IIRC. We're so far away from that nadir that it's hardly the same show.

There's a lot to be said for these current more self-contained more grounded* episodes, but...  I know we're an even longer way now from the pre-Ecclestone days, but I still see a problem with trying to cover too much in single episode stories.

If you're trying to establish a new setting,  introduce new characters and offer them a role and a resolution, develop multiple companions, give them and the Doctor something memorable to do, have a good bit of running and general peril, AND create and dispatch an original alien threat to underpin it all ... It seems like a lot to do,  and inevitably some aspect is going to feel barely sketched out or tacked on. No other show on telly tries to do what NuWho tries, and I wonder if two-part stories would allow a little more room to write more substantial elements.

*Not a paving slab joke.

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 12 November, 2018, 09:22:25 pm »
I dunno, Jayzus - he seems to know absolutely nothing about the prog. I watched one vid last year where he spent half the runtime googling Grennie and Dabnett to see how old they were, and how creepy it was that they wrote comics about "young girls" at their ages.

 IIRC the 'young girls' in question were Officer Bridget Curtis (a 'teenager of colour',  apparently), Officer Resting Bitch Face (a 'sad girl' who wants to join the Borg) and Rogue Trooper (he had decided Rogue had actually turned into Venus Bluegenes at some point). Even passing familiarity with the forum would have cured him of that little lot.

EDIT: ah,  that one looks more like it!

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Off Topic / Re: RIP Stan Lee
« on: 12 November, 2018, 07:13:19 pm »
Ah shite.

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 12 November, 2018, 04:27:52 pm »
He's actually priceless. Did you watch the one where his main objection to Spurrier's Dora (in The Dreaming) is that her type of woman (and he doesn't mean monstrous teeth and wings sticking out of her head, BTW,  he means a 'masculine empowered woman' with a short haircut) doesn't exist in the real world? This revelation is illustrated with scenes of her talking to Merv Pumpkinhead,  Lucien the Librarian of Books That Never Were and Matthew the Raven-that-in-life-was-married-to-Abby-Holland-nee-Arcane. In the Dreaming. I don't know about you,  but that's where I go to read about grounded, real-world characters.

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Film & TV / Re: Doctor Who Series 11 Discussion
« on: 12 November, 2018, 01:19:01 pm »
There was criticism of the handling of the partition by Mountbatten et al. That hardly seems controversial, unless you're some sort of Niall Ferguson-type revisionist.

Indeed,  but the criticism was mainly a statement of simple fact - it was a mismanaged disaster - rather than getting into the attitudes behind it, or even the history of the Raj itself.  There can't be any argument about that,  surely?

I thought the things that (supposedly) enraged them were issues of identity and any moral, emotional or philosophical input into the strictly rational matters of policy, economics and the (cough) meritocracy. If "these people did this and then that happened" is now 'Social Justice Warrior' territory, what's left?

Obviously I'm aware that these are not their concerns at all,  and never were, but it's interesting to see the usual suspects attacking something for literally no other discernible reason than that it involves non-whites and women. Interesting too to see umbrage taken with a plot most famously employed by that pillar of western (and English) cultural superiority, Shakespeare.

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Film & TV / Re: Doctor Who Series 11 Discussion
« on: 12 November, 2018, 12:24:27 pm »
I've been trying to work out what the SJW dimension of the partition of India, and this episode, actually is (Rosa Parks I totally get). It uses a simplified but reasonably solid snapshot of a historical catastrophe as a background for a fairly standard star-crossed-lovers why-can't-we-all-just-get-along tragedy, with added aliens: like many Dr Who stories before it.

I can't see any direct reference to the usual topics that so upset the definitely-not-snowflakes brigade. It doesn't really even wag the finger too severely at Britain (for example, wartime hunger is alluded to, but no reference to the horrific engineered famine on the far side of the country only 5 years earlier), beyond observing the inescapable facts.

Is it really 'another SJW nightmare' for them just because because most of the participants are non-white Muslims and Hindus, and they appear to be ordinary people? I think it's exactly that.

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Film & TV / Re: Doctor Who Series 11 Discussion
« on: 12 November, 2018, 10:29:22 am »
...but Graham preparing Prem for the ceremony bought a tear to my glass eye.

That was powerful stuff alright, Bradley is MVP for me this series. I confess I was hoping the Doc would pull an "everybody lives! " and whisk Prem away with some timey-wimey sleight of hand, I think he could have made a fun companion.

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Film & TV / Re: Doctor Who Series 11 Discussion
« on: 11 November, 2018, 08:26:37 pm »
Heh, quick poll reveals my kids did love it! Well, one love and one like. Daughter really loved the poignant doomed wedding, son enjoyed learning about partition and the historical resonsnce with the creation of Israel, which we'd been discussing at length on a hike earlier today.

You're right though, the sidekicks are becoming a problem - the guest characters in this one, and last week's too, were really strong, but fighting for space with the companions who are largely just hanging around. It's better than everything being about one sexy companion, her family problems and her unrequited love for the Doctor, but still... While I really like the idea of a large gang,  I don't think they're being used well.

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Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 11 November, 2018, 08:21:44 pm »
Nostalgia can be toxic sometimes.

It ain't what it used to be,  that's for sure.

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