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Post by Lucy McGough on Tue Jan 17, 2012 6:13 pm

So far I'm up to episode two of 'The Visitation'. I'd heard bad things about Adric, but I personally find him rather amusing so I don't see what all the fuss is about.

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Post by tony ingram on Wed Jan 18, 2012 6:53 pm

Where did you start Luce? Right from the beginning? How long's it taken you to reach Davison?

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Post by Lucy McGough on Wed Jan 18, 2012 6:55 pm

I started from the beginning in... 2010, I think it was. Hasn't taken me that long. Certainly not as long as the original broadcasts took Very Happy

I like Davison. I think I shall add him to my 'favourite Doctors' shelf with Hartnell and Pertwee.

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Post by tony ingram on Wed Jan 18, 2012 7:05 pm

I'm a definite Hartnell fan, but these days i find it difficult to watch Pertwee. Like Tennant, he sometimes seems to me to be playing a different character to all the other Doctors, if that makes sense. I'm not sure the 'action man' portrayal works for the Doctor. I think Davison got off to a weak start but quickly got a lot better. I love his occasionally sardonic wit...

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Post by Lucy McGough on Wed Jan 18, 2012 7:19 pm

We're just going to have to agree to disagree about Pertwee.

There's a lovely bit near the beginning of 'The Visitation' where the Doctor talks about how some people are unable to express how they really feel and then glances awkwardly at Adric... I think he was quite fond of the kid.

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Post by tony ingram on Thu Jan 19, 2012 8:16 am

Lucy McGough wrote:We're just going to have to agree to disagree about Pertwee.

There's a lovely bit near the beginning of 'The Visitation' where the Doctor talks about how some people are unable to express how they really feel and then glances awkwardly at Adric... I think he was quite fond of the kid.
Ah. You don't think he was just wishing he could express his undying hatred, then?

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Post by Lucy McGough on Thu Jan 19, 2012 5:35 pm

I'm a glass half full kind of woman Smile

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Post by tony ingram on Thu Jan 19, 2012 6:00 pm

Lucy McGough wrote:I'm a glass half full kind of woman Smile
I'd consider the Doctor hacking Adric to death with his own badge for mathematical excellence to be a very positive outcome.

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Post by Lucy McGough on Thu Jan 19, 2012 6:05 pm

I thought you had a high tolerance for annoying people. You put up with me, don't you?

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Post by tony ingram on Thu Jan 19, 2012 6:12 pm

Lucy McGough wrote:I thought you had a high tolerance for annoying people. You put up with me, don't you?
When it comes to being an irritant Luce, you are an amateur compared to Matthew Waterhouse. Do your worst by all means, but you'll never achieve even a fraction of the sheer, unadulterated annoyingness which MW can summon up with one twitch of that supremely punchable snub nose. Twisted Evil

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Post by Lucy McGough on Thu Jan 19, 2012 6:15 pm

I think his nose is rather sweet.

I bet that the Doctor secretly rather liked him and that they spent many happy hours together playing chess, exploring alien planets and frolicking in the Tardis swimming pool. We only see the bits with monsters in.

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You'll regret saying that Very Happy

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Post by tony ingram on Thu Jan 19, 2012 6:17 pm

Lucy McGough wrote:frolicking in the Tardis swimming pool
Ugh, what a revolting thought. Shocked

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Post by Lucy McGough on Thu Jan 19, 2012 6:22 pm

No it isn't. I bet the Tardis swimming pool has a water slide and inflatables and everything. You're just being grumpy on purpose. I shall go and eat chips and ketchup WITHOUT YOU.

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Post by tony ingram on Thu Jan 19, 2012 6:28 pm

Lucy McGough wrote:No it isn't. I bet the Tardis swimming pool has a water slide and inflatables and everything. You're just being grumpy on purpose. I shall go and eat chips and ketchup WITHOUT YOU.
Feel free. I've got sausages. Razz

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Post by Lucy McGough on Sun Feb 26, 2012 7:03 pm

I like 'Earthshock' too. This Eric Saward chap is rather good. Interesting to see that RTD nicked the Cybermen's androids for 'Smith and Jones'.

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Post by tony ingram on Sun Feb 26, 2012 7:07 pm

Lucy McGough wrote:I like 'Earthshock' too. This Eric Saward chap is rather good. Interesting to see that RTD nicked the Cybermen's androids for 'Smith and Jones'.
Eric Saward is often unfairly maligned, i think. He added a lot to the series that I really liked. And as far as Earthshock is concerned, it goes without saying that David Banks as the Cyberleader is EXCELLENT.

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Post by Lucy McGough on Sun Feb 26, 2012 7:10 pm

Suavest Cyberman ever Very Happy

I like the way lots of the soldiers, or whatever they are, are women. Women are just as good at getting killed by horrible monsters as men!

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Post by tony ingram on Sun Feb 26, 2012 7:15 pm

Lucy McGough wrote:Women are just as good at getting killed by horrible monsters as men!
That's a ringing endorsement for feminism if I ever heard one...

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Post by Lucy McGough on Sun Feb 26, 2012 7:17 pm

I dunno why I get teased whenever I say something vaguely feminist. I know people who are a lot more feminist than me, and a lot more annoying about it. I wouldn't even call myself a feminist.

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Post by tony ingram on Sun Feb 26, 2012 7:20 pm

Of course you wouldn't. You're too sensible and nowhere near insecure enough to need to.

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Post by Lucy McGough on Sun Feb 26, 2012 7:22 pm

You say the nicest things Embarassed

God, Adric is annoying in this one, isn't he? It's like Mr Saward was trying to make sure we'd all cheer when he went. The Tardis is no place for hormonal teenagers. "I want to go back to my own planet! No, I've changed my mind! I hate you all! I'm going to my room!"

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Post by tony ingram on Sun Feb 26, 2012 7:30 pm

Wasn't he annoying in every one?

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Post by Lucy McGough on Mon Feb 27, 2012 5:14 pm

You just dislike anyone under the age of 30 Razz

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Post by tony ingram on Mon Feb 27, 2012 5:56 pm

Lucy McGough wrote:You just dislike anyone under the age of 30 Razz
Yes, but to be fair, I also dislike almost everyone over 30. Laughing

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Post by Lucy McGough on Sun Mar 04, 2012 5:21 pm

Just watched the first episode of 'Time Flight'. The Doctor has been attacked by some bubble bath.

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Post by tony ingram on Sun Mar 04, 2012 6:56 pm

Lucy McGough wrote:Just watched the first episode of 'Time Flight'. The Doctor has been attacked by some bubble bath.
I suspect that you are not taking this entirely seriously...

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Post by Lucy McGough on Sun Mar 04, 2012 7:13 pm

It's hard to take things seriously when the Master dresses up as an Arabian sorcerer for no reason at all.

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Post by tony ingram on Sun Mar 04, 2012 7:17 pm

Lucy McGough wrote:It's hard to take things seriously when the Master dresses up as an Arabian sorcerer for no reason at all.
Wait a minute-you said you'd only seen part one! You can't possibly have seen through Ant Ainley's cunning disguise that quickly!

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Post by Lucy McGough on Sun Mar 04, 2012 7:20 pm

I've seen three episodes now. I am a diligent student Smile

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Post by tony ingram on Sun Mar 04, 2012 7:21 pm

The Kalid 'reveal' is one of my favourite cliffhangers. It's just so wonderfully random!

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Post by Lucy McGough on Mon Mar 05, 2012 9:13 am

Yes. You get the feeling that as a child the Master was very fond of fancy dress. He even maintains the Khalid persona when there's nobody watching him! It's nuts.

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Post by tony ingram on Mon Mar 05, 2012 9:21 am

He does that sort of thin g quite often. I was never quite sure what the point of the Portreeve was, and in a later story, he dresses up as a scarecrow and seemingly spends some time standing in a field in 19th Century England just in case the Doctor happens to be passing...

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Post by Lucy McGough on Mon Mar 05, 2012 10:05 am

Makes you wonder how many other villains in the show's history were actually the Master all along. It could put an interesting spin on some of Hartnell's historicals.

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Post by tony ingram on Mon Mar 05, 2012 10:15 am

Lucy McGough wrote:Makes you wonder how many other villains in the show's history were actually the Master all along. It could put an interesting spin on some of Hartnell's historicals.
Hmm. Could the Master actually have been the Doctor's unconvincing robot double in The Chase, the Abbot of Amboise, Maaga the Drahvin and Yartek, leader of the alien Voord? Was he the third Zarbi on the left, as well/ We'll never know. Though that Zarbi had very muscular legs, for a giant ant...

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Post by Lucy McGough on Sat Mar 31, 2012 8:13 am

I've now reached episode two of 'Warriors of the Deep'. I've told Tony that I want a pet Myrka, but so far none has been forthcoming Sad

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Post by tony ingram on Sat Mar 31, 2012 8:29 am

The pet shop are all out. Would you settle for a Mara?

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Post by Lucy McGough on Sat Mar 31, 2012 8:34 am

*extremely dodgy joke about keeping a giant pink snake in my bedroom*

Happy now?

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Post by tony ingram on Sat Mar 31, 2012 8:59 am

Lucy McGough wrote:*extremely dodgy joke about keeping a giant pink snake in my bedroom*

Happy now?
Razz Razz Razz

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Post by Lucy McGough on Sat Mar 31, 2012 9:08 am

It is my mission in life to bring sunshine into your days.

The Myrka looks like the misbegotten offspring of an overgrown newt and a pantomime horse... but I guess fandom noticed that at the time, right?

And by the way, does anyone else find "Face it, Tegan! He's drowned!" - or, more specifically, Turlough's rendition of it - absolutely hilarious?

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Post by tony ingram on Sat Mar 31, 2012 9:21 am

You're too young to remember it Luce, but at the time this story was made there was a children's TV series called Rentaghost running, and one of the main characters was a ghostly animated pantomime horse named Dobbin. It was all rather silly.

When they needed two operators for the Myrka, guess who the Who team hired...

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Post by Lucy McGough on Sat Mar 31, 2012 6:05 pm

Frontios, episode one
  • What's with all the panpipes?
  • Tegan is wearing a very tight, very short black leather miniskirt. Crikey.
  • The colonists have been on Frontios for 40 years and it still looks like a junkyard. This would not have happened had I been on the colony ship.
  • I like the way the first episode is centred around acquiring a light source - a simple yet effective metaphor.
  • I am loving this story so far.

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Post by tony ingram on Sat Mar 31, 2012 6:46 pm

I think for me, Frontios is the story where the Davison era starts to really stand out. Did you watch The Awakening?

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Post by Lucy McGough on Sat Mar 31, 2012 6:53 pm

Of course! I really liked that one too.

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Post by Lucy McGough on Sun Apr 01, 2012 10:09 am

I love 'Resurrection of the Daleks'! I think it's one of my favourite Doctor Who stories. And I'll miss Tegan.

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Post by Lucy McGough on Sun Apr 01, 2012 10:36 am

'Planet of Fire', episode one
  • Peri. In a bikini.
  • Um...
  • ...didn't really notice anything else.



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Post by tony ingram on Sun Apr 01, 2012 11:52 am

Lucy McGough wrote:I love 'Resurrection of the Daleks'! I think it's one of my favourite Doctor Who stories. And I'll miss Tegan.
I don't think the Doctor will, though... Razz

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Post by tony ingram on Sun Apr 01, 2012 11:55 am

Lucy McGough wrote:'Planet of Fire', episode one
  • Peri. In a bikini.
  • Um...
  • ...didn't really notice anything else.


Curiously, I think most of the audience at the time had the same reaction.

A story you may not have heard; while filming the scene in which she's supposed to be in trouble in the water, Nicola's plight attracted the attention of an unwelcome knight errant who'd failed to realize what was happening; she suddenly found herself being 'rescued' by a German nudist...

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Post by Lucy McGough on Sun Apr 01, 2012 12:40 pm

*checks timestamp on post*

I don't believe you Razz

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Post by tony ingram on Sun Apr 01, 2012 12:51 pm

Lucy McGough wrote:*checks timestamp on post*

I don't believe you Razz
Absolutely true, Luce. see here: http://www.shannonsullivan.com/drwho/serials/6q.html

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Post by Lucy McGough on Sun Apr 01, 2012 1:07 pm

Oh Embarassed

Says the bloke was disappointed to find out she wasn't drowning, which seems a bit heartless!

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