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  • in reply to: Unanswered Questions #259891
    ChrisM
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    In Psirens Rimmers light bee is on battery backup but by Rimmerworld it survives at least 600 years …

    While in Promised land it indicates that light bees can be charged with an AC like socket . If that’s the case why is it a worry when Lister is going through the list of Starbug issues due to them losing the Dwarf?
    They upgraded his light bee in Legion. They probably gave him a recharge off-screen too.

    Concerning Rimmerworld, they actually stated that the escape pod was equipped with solar batteries (or some such thing) so Rimmer’s lightbee could be charged indefinitely.

    in reply to: Loose Ends #258873
    ChrisM
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    My post mysteriously vanished after I edited it, so here it is again:

    I’m mainly interested in catching up with Kochanski, but that’s been mentioned already above.

    I’d also like to be filled in with how the cliff-hanger at the end of series 8 was resolved, but I appreciate Doug may not be interested in telling that story. I don’t really care that the characters look too old for a back-flash story. I’d just see it as a story of their memory of events and assume the other people of the time see them how they Would have looked back then. On the other hand, I appreciate that the fact this story was left hanging was a source of gags in The Beginning, so part of me wouldn’t mind if it were just left that way.

    Another story that could be picked up:
    What happened to Lister’s sons with him/herself from a parallel universe.

    We know from the fast moving catch up text at the start of Series 3 that they aged quickly* and were returned to their father (who is a woman) in her universe, but they have never been referred to again.

    It’s not really a loose end, and I’m not fussed if they never tell the story, but it could be fuel for an interesting Lister-centric story with their reunion.

    *Why would that actually happen? I know it’s something to do with different rules in different universes but it seems a peculiar outcome. A time dilation thing maybe?

    in reply to: Loose Ends #258872
    ChrisM
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    I’m mainly interested in catching up with Kochanski, but that’s been mentioned already above.

    I’d also like to be filled in with how the cliff-hanger at the end of series 8 was resolved, but I appreciate Doug may not be interested in telling that story. I don’t really care that the characters look too old for a back-flash story. I’d just see it as a story of their memory of events and assume the other people of the time see them how they would have looked back then. On the other hand, I appreciate that the fact this story was left hanging was a source of gags in The Beginning, so part of me wouldn’t mind if it were just left that way.

    Another story that could be picked up:
    What happened to Lister’s sons with him/herself from a parallel universe.

    We know from the fast moving catch up text at the start of Series 3 that they aged quickly* and were returned to their father (who is a woman) in her universe, but they have never been referred to again.

    It’s not really a loose end, and I’m not fussed if they never tell the story, but it could be fuel for an interesting Lister-centric story with their reunion.

    *Why would that actually happen? I know it’s something to do with different rules in different universes but it seems a peculiar outcome. A time dilation thing maybe?

    in reply to: A thought regarding Pot Noodles #217254
    ChrisM
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    I rather like them too.

    Bombay Bad boys are really tasty!

    I miss the soya pieces the old pot noodles used to have, though, which my young naive self actually thought was pieces of meat.

    Oddly I’ve had soya since and I didn’t particularly like it, but those bits in pot noodle were small enough they could pass for meat. To my young, naive self, anyway.

    in reply to: Should they have continued Red Dwarf after Series VI? #216699
    ChrisM
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    I can understand people preferring Backwards to Last Human (I’m not one of them, although I liked both books) but it seems that post writer is equating preference with creativity, which is smegging annoying and just not true.

    I find Last Human a much more creative novel. And I’m not just saying that because I prefer it. There is just so much more going on. Cyberia. Whole new gelf cultures. Parallels self shenanigans. Plotting and action and… it dares to be sad and poignant too. (Although there’s a bit of that in Backwards as well.)

    I don’t say that to criticise Backwards though. It was a tighter novel and its realisation of a Backwards reality was far better than the episode of the same name. It was a good novel with a lot of merit, but I thought Last Human beat it where creativity is concerned.

    ChrisM
    Participant

    Sim Crawford is technically still on the ship, right? (Assuming she wasn’t dumped out of an airlock between episodes.)

    If she somehow got rebooted after an antivirus purge* that could lead to an interesting episode. Or a really awful episode, come to think of it.

    *How or why? The lads need her for something, or simulants elsewhere, wishing revenge for the destruction of the Death Ship, etc, detect her presence and boot her up remotely…

    A team up between first generation and current generation model simulants if you like.

    in reply to: Bald Dwarf #209098
    ChrisM
    Participant

    I didn’t mind Little Britain, (the earlier series at least) but the repetitive humour got a bit much after a while.

    And some stuff just came across rather nasty, later, although I think it was meant to be ironic.

    in reply to: Bald Dwarf #209048
    ChrisM
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    I’ve written something. I’ve never written a radio sketch before and it might not be any good. I thought it quite amusing. Just more an amusing character piece rather than Gag! Bang! Gag! Bang! etc, (although there are gags) but Little Britain’s humour tends to be based on characters and their eccentricities.

    I really enjoyed the experience. And I have an idea for a follow up with the same character. Whether I’ll write it and send it in with the original, I’m not sure. They allow five submissions per person, but whether that includes follow up sketches (i.e. based on the ongoing story of a particular character) I don’t know. I guess it can’t hurt. If they like the first they can use the other in a later episode.

    Anyway, getting a bit ahead of myself there. I’ll read through what I’ve done and rework it if need be.

    in reply to: PEACE IN OUR TIME #208255
    ChrisM
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    All the more amusing for a hot girl standing right nearby* while the two lads have at it. (Although she seems to be having a moment in the last picture too. Dear me.)

    Anyway. Yeah. Big Brother. I confess I still watch it, or at least half watch it while I’m doing something else. I missed *that* in BBLB though. But I haven’t been watching that as much as I used to.

    *Not that I’m suggesting attractive young ladies should be accosted in such a manner. Just to be clear… There are injunctions against stuff like that.

    in reply to: IT Crowd Series 4 #207278
    ChrisM
    Participant

    Just…. one… more?

    Okay, I guess I’m being a glass-half-empty kinda guy.

    So from different stance:

    Great! Another episode!

    in reply to: Dimension Jump XVII #207060
    ChrisM
    Participant

    >Hey I’m up for meeting people on the day, I’m going alone but have been a life long fan :)

    I’ll be going alone too.

    I’m too old to be a life long fan though, but it’s certainly been a significant part of my life.

    in reply to: Dimension Jump XVII #207048
    ChrisM
    Participant

    >On a different note, who is entering the DJ costume comp, or is it a secret?

    I shall be attending as a 3000 series Mechanoid.

    It’s particularly cool as I don’t need to dress up at all. ;)

    in reply to: Anyone going to Wales Comic Con then? #207004
    ChrisM
    Participant

    Snigger. Oh you lads! Behave!
    :)

    in reply to: Dimension Jump XVII #206950
    ChrisM
    Participant

    This is my first Dimension Jump too. Yep, card’d be nice for merchandise. (While I’m paid at the end of the month the cheque will likely not have cleared by the 3rd. I wish the boss would just pay this into my account directly – it’s quicker that way but he does like his cheques…)

    That being said I probably won’t buy all that much.

    in reply to: RDX model workshop photo explosion. #206949
    ChrisM
    Participant

    The boosters on the Trojan are toy binoculars! Didn’t they work well?

    Actually the whole design of that ship is lovely.

    in reply to: Let's argue about Parallel Universe #206624
    ChrisM
    Participant

    And I edited my post and it vanished.
    Meh. I can’t be bothered repeating myself.

    Just thought I’d mention it as after the edit it appeared by itself without the other posts. There might be a post lurking all alone out there.. (more or less…)

    in reply to: Let's argue about Parallel Universe #206623
    ChrisM
    Participant

    >The main problem is Arlene trying to rape Arnold. Arnold wouldn’t do that to any woman – even if he wanted to, he simply wouldn’t be capable.

    Well, she was implementing a technique that he himself had supposedly used, although that was arguably a bit dodgy too. (Mind you this is also the man who apparently had his way with McGruder after she was concussed. Not that I particularly want to open THAT can of worms again.* Sometimes a joke is just a joke and shouldn’t be interpreted any other way.)

    That being said, she was much more full on than he would ever be. I’d say ‘rape’ is a bit strong though. She did leave him alone when he said no. Eventually. When Lister turned up. Okay, I’m not really doing a good job of defending her case am I? :)

    *Referring here to another thread which resulted in a bit of an argument. I forget if it was here or on the official site forum.

    in reply to: Tikka to Ride – Pronunciation? #205590
    ChrisM
    Participant

    >I think I misunderstood what was being said. I thought the “London thing” was pronouncing tikka “ticka” when referring to the curry.

    It was me who mentioned ‘London thing’ originally. I meant, that I live in London (well the outskirts really) and I’ve only ever heard the curry pronounced ‘teeka’, so I automatically applied that pronunciation to the episode.

    I didn’t even know it was pronounced differently elsewhere until I opened this thread!

    in reply to: The Hobbit #205588
    ChrisM
    Participant

    I went to see it in 2D on Christmas Eve. I liked it a lot.

    I hope to catch the 3D version soon.

    in reply to: DEAR GANYMEDE & TITAN COMMUNITY #205587
    ChrisM
    Participant

    I’d go for a nice cup of tea. Leaf tea, not the bagged variety (although that’s not bad and will work as a stand-by).

    I think baked beans have got a very strong case

    I have my own recipe for baked beans. Well, not really, as I get the baked beans out of a tin. My recipe are the additives, namely:

    Brown sauce to give the flavour a bit of body and
    a splurge of West Indian hot pepper sauce to pep it up.

    I tend to mix the sauces with the beans so the flavour spreads throughout and heat em in the microwave. (I usually add the extra sauces partway through heating when I mix the beans but it doesn’t really matter.)

    It works really well. Particularly on toast with a fried egg on top.

    ChrisM
    Participant

    I do remember BtE getting mixed reviews back then, although I think the overall consensus was good. The same with fans and casual viewers, although with a firmer foot in the good side.

    I’m referring to actual viewers of the show here, not peoples reaction to the ad campaign, etc.

    Then on seeing viewers comments on Red Dwarf X you’d have thought BtE was pretty much universally derided. Although to be fair, people with something negative to say tend to be more vocal. (If you can count typing on a website as vocal but lets not get too literal here.)

    Not so much on this site, mind. Those who liked or disliked it then seem to feel the same now.

    Will the same be true of X when XI comes out? I actually have my doubts on this since the positive inclination does seem overall greater than it was for the (still largely positive) response to BtE. On the other hand, I wouldn’t be all that surprised either.

    in reply to: Tikka to Ride – Pronunciation? #205209
    ChrisM
    Participant

    I’ve always said it Tee-kah

    Me too. Mainly as I pronounce the curry that way, and didn’t even know it was pronounced by many ‘ticka’. Maybe it’s a London thing.

    in reply to: RDXDVD? #202370
    ChrisM
    Participant

    Assuming the Steelbook doesn’t have any extra stuff I’ll likely stick with the regular release. I like the idea of that reversible cover.

    in reply to: Racist, sexist and homophobic #202367
    ChrisM
    Participant

    Yes, we’re all blind to the faults of the I-VI. We just hate this because it’s in post Rob Grant Dwarf. That’s the only explanation.

    While I largely agree with you’re point (lthough not so much the way it was expressed – no offence) I did see the odd dodgy quip in the old series which is hardly ever mentioned. Rimmer referring to Lister as a ‘rectum faced Pygmy’ for example.

    We know it’s not really meant to be racist, more showcasing the unpleasantness Rimmer’s character. But I doubt very much it would go down very well if it had appeared in RDX. And it’s nastier than a food machine with a silly accent to my mind.

    in reply to: Trojan timelines #202359
    ChrisM
    Participant

    I never got the impression the Columbus was brought along, I assumed the transporter just transported the crew through space (and time) by way of the rod ‘connecting’ the Rimmers

    The way I understand it though, the connecting is done by squidging up the fabric of space time between two locations. That’s why when functioning correctly, the ship can use it to traverse vast distances in space. So in a sense you’re right, the ship still remained where it is, but the fact that they were able to receive the signal and teleport them was due to taking advantage of the space-time shortcut the rod provided.

    in reply to: Racist, sexist and homophobic #202358
    ChrisM
    Participant

    While I think they raise good points concerning Taiwan Tony, (I think I called him Taiwan Tim in another post. Heh), I think they’re blowing things waaaaaaay out of proportion in that Fathers and Suns thread. (On the official site I mean. While the same points are raised in the review and comments on this site, it seems altogether more restrained and positive. Mostly. )

    Don’t get me wrong. I think it would be a good thing if Doug Naylor took offended fans’ reaction into account and was a bit more careful in future.

    I wasn’t particularly offended by TT myself, getting the ironic joke. It’s just too silly for me to take that seriously. (It certainly didn’t spoil the rest of the episode for me. (Actually I felt more bothered by Cat’s comment that Taiwan is kinda Chinese for some reason than the actual obvious caricature of the machine itself, but that’s really highlights the idiocy of the character, much as I like him). I can see why some people were offended though, but boy did they go on in that thread…

    As for the other stuff in that thread, I skipped over some posts but I got the gist with Krytie TV and Duct Soup. I have to say I disagree. Red Dwarf is not sexist, racist or homophobic. Some of the characters might be though. On rare occasions.

    in reply to: Trojan timelines #202129
    ChrisM
    Participant

    :-)

    in reply to: Trojan timelines #202127
    ChrisM
    Participant

    Or maybe Rimmer hasn’t aged. Okay he has aged to US because, well, Chris Barrie has aged, but maybe he looks the same to the other characters. Much like the two versions of Kochanski look the same to the characters.

    I kinda like the idea that he ages to them as well though. I liked how they made a joke out of that in Out of Time. There’s no reason the simulation program couldn’t accommodate aging. And maybe he actually did age in the time period he was in the cell on Rimmerworld, but was periodically rebooted in a younger form when he reached the end of what would have been his human life. They happened to come across him a few years after the reboot. (Or the ageing was something the RD sim suite did, and he was no longer created by that.)

    in reply to: Trojan timelines #202061
    ChrisM
    Participant

    Yes, that makes sense.. I know there’s that scene in BtE where Rimmer is shot in the light bee (that sounds painful) by the Creator, but, well, that was a fantasy within a fantasy so doesn’t really count I guess. But the fact it was portrayed as a possibility made me wonder if Doug was sweeping the indestructibility thing under the carpet.

    Or I’m overthinking it. This sort of thing doesn’t really bother me by the way, I just find it all part of the fun trying to tie this stuff together.

    in reply to: Trojan timelines #202050
    ChrisM
    Participant

    I think it was more where she shot him than the kind of weapon – I.e central torso where the light bee is located.

    That being said, hardlight holograms do seem a lot less tough than they’re originally depicted in series 6 where you get the impression the hardlight drive is nearly indestructible, so you could be right. Ace Rimmer mark ??? getting killed with a bullet to the light bee for example in Stoke me a Clipper.

    I’ll admit it didn’t really occur to me on viewing that the Howard and Crawford were brought through time as well as space, although that would certainly explain a few things.

    If I understand Kryten’s explanation of the Quantum Rod though, it didn’t actually drag their ship through space. It rather contracts the space in between thus having the effect of bringing their ships closer.

    So yeah, I guess that’s the same thing really. It’s just they haven’t actually budged from their location, it’s just a short-cut through space-time between the two locations has been created. Like a wormhole, basically.

    This makes me wonder if Red Dwarf could have used it to jump to their ships location. And if the contraction affects time as well as space, that could get them back to the 23rd century.* Then again the tunnel could be very narrow, just wide enough to communicate of teleport.

    *I’m not suggesting they’ll do this. I’m just speculating.

    ChrisM
    Participant

    Not the heels or the toes or the sides – the SOLES of my feet

    I can believe it. I noticed that very thing when I did some leaflet delivery work a couple of years back.* While the geographical distance wasn’t great, all that wandering up and down front paths took it’s toll meaning I must have covered a few miles by the end, and I just wasn’t used to it.

    I was literally hobbling like an old man at the end of it. I’d take the odd sit down here and there and feel like steam was rising off the bottom of my feet.

    Anyway well done. On the plus side, with rest recovery is pretty quick.

    *I was unemployed and at least it earned me a bit.

    in reply to: Craig was on Loose Women (again) today… #201803
    ChrisM
    Participant

    I AM NOT CLICKING ON THAT LINK AT WORK
    Or at home.

    I just did, not paying attention to the actual text and thinking it was a link to the interview.

    Dear me…

    in reply to: Dredd. #201042
    ChrisM
    Participant

    So, I picked up the latest issue of 2000AD, which seems helpfully geared towards new readers.
    Is good, some nice eccentric sci-fi concepts, gorgeours artwork….it still feels a bit like I’m crashing a party that’s been running for 30 something years, especially in strips like The ABC Warriors.

    It’s a good issue. I found ABC warriors weakest in that there’s a lot of chatting and not a whole lot happens, but i don’t dislike it. I love the artwork.

    The new story: Brass Sun is particularly promising.

    in reply to: Fat bastard G&T member attempts to walk a marathon for charity #200513
    ChrisM
    Participant

    Thanks, Chris M! (I think it’s you, anyway)

    You’re very welcome.

    in reply to: Dredd. #200512
    ChrisM
    Participant

    I read 2000 AD! They’re starting a new set of stories this coming week, so you could jump on there. Other than that they recently finished the Day Of Chaos mega epic in the Judge Dredd strip (I say recently it was a few weeks ago now.) It’s pretty long, but I’m sure they’ll collect it in GN at some point.

    Anyhow. Yes. I watched Dredd yesterday. I agree, it was very good.A bunch of us from the 2000 AD forum went to watch it. A couple of the guys turned up in Judge outfits and posed for photos between showings to help add a bit of publicity for the film, etc. All good fun seeing kiddies reactions, etc.

    in reply to: Back-to-Back Dwarf #126504
    ChrisM
    Participant

    I seem to remember BtE being repeated shortly after showing, but I think it was a while before it was shown again.

    in reply to: Doctor Who Series 7 #126503
    ChrisM
    Participant

    That’s Amy guessing he doesn’t need it. Completely different from “confirmation that he doesn’t need it”.

    Yes. Although the fact Moffat wrote Amy with that line suggest he might have intended Timelord immunity as the explanation, although giving the line to her for that reason doesn’t make much sense for reasons you state. I suppose Moffat may just have given her the line to show she her esteem for the Doctor, possibly bordering idolisation, although she certainly doesn’t go silly like Rose and Martha did.

    I think the Doctor would have been affected, but as the process is slow and he was near their destination when he passed on the bracelet, the nano-things had a negligible effect on him.

    I thought the it was offensive to kill Daleks… but then at the first chance they get they blow the planet up anyway? What’s going on there?

    I don’t think the daleks find killing the insane daleks offensive so much as they are reluctant to do so. Past episodes have show that they are willing to kill their own kind in certain circumstances. In the case of the insane daleks, I think that the daleks actually admire them in a way. They’re not just hateful creatures. They’re insane in their hatred, and the daleks, esteeming hatred as they do, applaud that, yet understand that they are a danger to them as well. So they compromise and maroon them on a prison world where they can do no damage to the great dalek empire, yet remain as exhibits of the ultimate dalek. In a way.

    Of course, when the prison becomes ineffective, they are quick to overcome their reluctance. They’re not stupid.

    in reply to: Doctor Who Series 7 #126412
    ChrisM
    Participant

    I liked that episode a lot and I liked the new (rather saucy) character.

    There were things that struck me as odd, although ‘plot hole’ would be a bit strong. They certainly didn’t ruin the episode for me:

    SPOILERS AHOY!!!

    1) There’s shielding on the planet that will deflect dalek weapons… yet they can beam people straight to the surface.

    This might be explained easily enough by the kind of shielding. I.e. in the Star Wars films there are domelike force-shields which protect an army from energy weapons yet allow physical objects and people to pass through. (See the thing used by the Gungans in The Phantom Menace for example.)
    A little explanation would have been nice though.

    2) The girl’s* mention of ‘the bad news’ at the end of the episode- namely that the Doctor was about to pass through the last few most insane daleks. That in itself wasn’t strange, just the girl’s later surprise when they reactivated. If she thought they were dormant, why was she so afraid in the first place? Just their reputation?

    3) Why would removing the memory of the Doctor from the Daleks’ minds have been enough to make the insane daleks ignore him? They may not have hated or feared him as much, but surely just not being dalek would be reason enough to kill him in their eye(s) particularly being right there in front of them?

    This could be explained perhaps by their earlier dormancy, and the fact that it took the return of their arch enemy to wake them up. Maybe this apathy runs through their waking state too, which again makes one wonder why they were so feared.

    4) Convenient teleporter on a prison planet. Right near their destination. Okay so it didn’t work right away, (and there was the shielding) but even so.

    As for the twist, I guessed there was one coming (I made the mistake of reading a spoiler, but I think I would have guessed that there was a twist coming) but I didn’t forecast the full nature of the twist. I.e. I thought it would be a similar deal to what happened to her mother and the other ‘dalek puppets’.

    All-in-all great stuff. I was curious to find that quite a few people on another forum I frequent found the new female character very irritating with her chirpy flirting. Personally I thought she was lovely.

    As for how she and the Doctor will hook up again, well, he has a time machine right? That doesn’t really explain why she doesn’t know him, but the fact that the first stages of ‘dalekification’ affect the mind and memory could explain this.

    Or maybe she actually got out somehow at the last minute and some physical alterations were later reversed. Again we don’t know the full extent of her physical changes. Would she have become one of those one eyed tentacle things or be essentially just a girl wired into a giant moving pepper pot?

    Sorry, this post ended up longer than I expected.

    *Her name has slipped my memory.

    in reply to: Commentaries Commentary #126410
    ChrisM
    Participant

    I doubt there will be no commentaries.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if not all the cast were on them.

    And I’m aware I’ve just written a couple of confusing sentences with double negatives. ;)

    in reply to: Good Moments, Bad Half Hours #118185
    ChrisM
    Participant

    If every episode after BITR had been a CANARIES adventure a la Cassandra, I would have been much hapier with series VIII. Great idea poorly executed bar the one high point.

    I was thinking about that when typing my post above. If it had been like that, do you think a lot of us would then be complaining that Red Dwarf VIII was too repetitive?

    That was one complaint made by some viewers of Red Dwarf VI. That being said, while I can see what they mean in retrospect I liked the format of that series and it is arguably my favourite of the lot. It’s probably a good thing they changed the format a bit for series VII though. (Silly size increasing stuff aside.)

    I know where you’re (Carlito) coming from. I liked the Canaries concept in series VIII and I think they should have done more with it, although probably not with every episode.

    in reply to: Good Moments, Bad Half Hours #118148
    ChrisM
    Participant

    >Lister’s character simply isn’t that stupid…

    He is uneducated in some ways and ignorant though. His statement shows more a lack of knowledge rather than a lack of intelligence.

    Mind you knowledge and intelligence are often (possibly ironically) confused. And that Dwarf line does play on that.

    I didn’t find the line particularly funny, although it didn’t bother me.

    I actually don’t dislike any episodes of Red Dwarf including the later series, although I favour some episodes over others.

    For a good while, Blue was probably my least favourite episode of series VII. (I am very fond of the series itself though. I probably rate it over series 1. Don’t shoot me.) I think there’s some quite amusing character interchanges in Blue. The “what’s that noise?” bit with Lister and Cat had an amusing punchline delivered by Lister. And I quite liked the Kochanski/Lister dialogue where she tries to take his mind off of his claustrophobia*, then the Cat’s disastrous attempt to do the same.

    *Although I wasn’t keen on his developing the condition just for this episode.

    in reply to: The SFX Awesome TV Preview #117950
    ChrisM
    Participant

    I can see it being a factor certainly.

    One of the most important roles of the audience is to provide a gage for the actors so they can see what performance and jokes work best and alter their performance accordingly. I understand there are even times when the writer or director will do on the spot changes to the script to see if something else words better, although I imagine they probably prepare a number of backup variations before hand.

    With a raucous ‘up for it’ audience which laugh at everything that gage is going to be skewed.

    That reminds me of when I sat in the audience in an American sitcom when on holiday over in LA years back. The comedian ‘warm up’ guy actually rebuked us (mildly to be fair) for not laughing. ‘Come on give the actors encouragement…” etc.

    I did have a good time at that recording, but the honest laughs, on my part, were for the comedian’s antics between takes rather than the show itself, which I found rather boring. I can’t even remember the name of the sitcom, although that’ says more about my memory than the quality of the programme.

    ChrisM
    Participant

    Ian will you be walking dressed in that li’l devil costume? There could be a few more quid in it for you…

    Joking aside, a great cause. I’ll contribute come payday.

    in reply to: Celebrity Big Brother #117857
    ChrisM
    Participant

    >Wait, there’s a man that goes by the name of ‘The Situation’?

    Or just… Michael. ;)
    I hadn’t heard of him either.

    Come to think of it there were a few I didn’t know… but quite a few that I did.

    Julie and Heather’s performance was actually quite impressive. And I found Julie’s “WooOOoo” exclamation nearly every time the theme tune came through her secret mission ear piece amusing.

    in reply to: Question for those who saw an episode (or more) filmed #117377
    ChrisM
    Participant

    Dear me. This bread*. Some butter shoot me in the head.

    *Bread=thread. Yeah, I’ll admit that spreading the puns mighty thin.

    in reply to: Tony Hawks movie #117205
    ChrisM
    Participant

    A male model. I’m just waiting for the calendar to come out. I’ve seen pictures and everything.*

    *Yes I watch BBLB. That bit was quite funny by the way.

    in reply to: Dave’s promotional activity begins? #116766
    ChrisM
    Participant

    I was at that one. First time I’ve seen the lads in the flesh. (I’ve never been to a Dimension Jump.)

    ChrisM
    Participant

    Not Red Dwarf, but for years I thought they were singing ‘Cookie Street’ in the end theme tune of Only Fools and Horses. I used to wonder why a British sitcom full of working class English folk were using such an Americanism… (Mind you I always think of those biscuits with the chocolate chips as cookies.)

    ChrisM
    Participant
    in reply to: Robbed Llewellyn #116987
    ChrisM
    Participant

    Yeah, a shame, although I’ll admit Jezzmund’s post made me laugh.

    in reply to: Mid mornings still matter #116910
    ChrisM
    Participant

    Is that a gelf show? ;)

    in reply to: Community #116435
    ChrisM
    Participant

    You haven’t seen it yet. It could be excellent. (Although, considering the way a lot of shows go over time, I can see why you’d doubt this.)

    Mind you, I haven’t seen the original yet either. I’m thinking maybe I should look it up at some point.

    in reply to: Can Kryten prosecute for idea theft? #116314
    ChrisM
    Participant

    >So is Jesus.

    No he isn’t.

    Even if you disbelieve the things written of him, the fact that the original drafts of many of the books were written by people of the time period or shortly afterwards is indicative that the man existed.

    in reply to: MUMMY DID LOVE ME. #116221
    ChrisM
    Participant

    Is it actually a reboot? Not just a completely new film that has a mummy in it?

    I’d like to see the latter. I didn’t dislike the other remake/reboot with Brendan Fraser. Quite liked it in fact particularly having the Mummy as a kind of undead super-sorcerer with desert powers rather than just a shambling bloke wrapped in bandages (although that is a creepy image). I didn’t mind the first sequel either, although the stuff concerning reincarnation made little sense. (I’ve yet to see the other sequel.)

    However a modern film dealing with the mummy character getting back to the proper scary horror roots rather than the blockbuster action movie extravaganza would be highly welcome. Mind you, they sort of did that with the rather good but somewhat overlooked Bubba Ho-Tep, but that had other themes and wasn’t really about the mummy so much. (Great film though.)

    in reply to: What does everyone think of Back to Earth? #115874
    ChrisM
    Participant

    >Did it leak that Chloe was going to appear?

    I don’t think so. That joke was kept well under the production teams proverbial hat. And it wasn’t the big chef thing Kryten wore in Red Dwarf VIII (although I liked that joke in all it’s silliness).

    in reply to: Community #115859
    ChrisM
    Participant

    >I keep meaning to ask. Has anybody else watched Todd And The Book Of Pure Evil yet?

    Yes, although I missed some of episode one as I was doing something else at the time.

    I enjoyed what I saw. Goofy silly fun with a twisted slant.

    As for Community… I confess I’d never heard of it until I read the posts here!

    in reply to: What does everyone think of Back to Earth? #115858
    ChrisM
    Participant

    It’s certainly interesting that a character that is despised by a lot of fans* (in her second incarnation) turned out to be a surprise highlight of Back To Earth.

    No doubt it’s all in the presentation (especially as it wasn’t really her) but.. well… I’m easily fascinated.

    *Not including myself.

    ChrisM
    Participant

    Which version should we watch? I did see it many years ago and keep meaning to watch it again. You should all watch Dark Star as well if you’ve never seen it.

    The Final Cut is my favourite version, but to all the references I’d advise you watch The Theatrical Cut.

    Actually, watch both. :)

    ChrisM
    Participant

    >At the recordings I saw, Red Dwarf X may have had its faults – but it is at least its own thing.

    I’m glad of this.

    ChrisM
    Participant

    Oh, and the Katarina character was great and a nice foreshadowing of what was going on. I wish they’d had time to fit in the original arrest scene though. That fills more like a suitable way of Rimmer getting his revenge.

    ChrisM
    Participant

    One thing BtE never fails to do is (almost…I am a man, duh…) bring a tear to my eye with Lister’s speech at the end, when he calls back to what the kids on the bus said.

    I found myself wincing at that scene when Lister started quoting that kid… but ended up deeply touched by it. In many ways that scene really made BtE stand out for me. Not that I disliked the rest. (Well.. some of it.)

    Find the comedy awkward (Lister sneezing tomatoes, the frequent behind-my-back joke),

    I didn’t like the tomato gag. Gross* and as you say, awkward. I found the ‘behind you’ gag very funny though. I know it’s been done before, but Kryten’s attempt at subtle hinting to Rimmer sold the joke to me.

    DETEST the BladeRunner stuff and despair at the BTR retread which was obvious as soon as squid ink starts getting sprayed around.

    My feelings on the Blade Runner stuff are mixed. I got a geeky thrill in getting the references, but it got rather clunky. As for the squid ink, I think I prefer that they went that route than actually travelling to a parallel universe where they are fictional.

    Okay, I suppose it could be argued that Kryten’s explanation suggests that both explanations are true, i.e. it was both a dream and real. (I’m referring to his statement that the world they encountered would continue after they left as there are worlds for every dream and area of the imagination**.) But at least this way the viewer has a choice of which they prefer.

    Performance-wise I think BtE is amongst the best Dwarf has ever been, although Rimmer seemed a bit off to me. I thought that might be due to the character changing/maturing over the years, but I think maybe Chris Barrie just needs a bit more time to fill the uniform more. He wasn’t bad though, and some of his performance was spot-on. I’m interested to see how he fares in Red Dwarf X.

    Edit- I’m not suggesting that Barrie’s acting is bad here. It just didn’t strike me as altogether Rimmer.

    *Mind you, some gross jokes make me laugh, but coupled with the awkwardness…

    **I think that’s a bit of a stretch even for multi-verse theory.

    in reply to: Roboot #115673
    ChrisM
    Participant

    Oh, and the shape of Robocop’s right gun is reminiscent of Judge Dredd’s mark 2 Lawgiver. (The comic version.)

    in reply to: Roboot #115672
    ChrisM
    Participant

    I disagreed with the idea of a reboot for Robocop. Still do, in principal, as to my mind the only films that should be rebooted should be those that were poor*.

    I do think that image an interesting take though, if a bit messy (and I’m not a fan of that visor either.) I like the other big robot design. And this blurb on that site** sparks my curiosity:

    “I have my take on it,” Padilha told ComingSoon.net late last year, “And I can tell you this: In the first ‘RoboCop’ when Alex Murphy is shot, gunned down, then you see some hospitals and stuff and then you cut to him as RoboCop. My movie is between those two cuts. How do you make RoboCop? How do you slowly bring a guy to be a robot? How do you actually take humanity out of someone and how do you program a brain, so to speak, and how does that affect an individual?”

    *Granted that’s subjective. And there are exceptions. The 70s Invasions of the Bodysnatchers is my favourite, but I did see it first. I saw the earlier version, and although I didn’t like it as much as the other it wasn’t bad at all. I guess The Fly would fit that category too although I’ve yet to see the original all the way through.

    in reply to: Pete: 30 Minute Version #115583
    ChrisM
    Participant

    > We could have lost Duct Soup, Beyond A Joke and both Petes.

    Beyond A Joke is arguably my favourite episode of Series VII.

    I say ‘arguably’ as Tikka to Ride is up there.

    >For VIII, cut one part of BITR and Pete.

    Yes I think shorter versions of those stories would have worked better.

    in reply to: Pete: 30 Minute Version #115545
    ChrisM
    Participant

    I did a version of this. I kept the basketball game, but I cut all scenes that had nothing to do with Lister and Rimmer, as well as the delayed fight.

    I liked the basketball game. And one of the delayed fight scene was one of the highlights of that episode for me! I thought it was very well done.

    I had mixed feelings concerning the other repetitive Hollister stuff mind you. Starts amusing, gets irritating and gets amusing again. Or just more irritating, depending on how I’m feeling. The time wand gag making Hollister repeat himself should have been cut out though. At least after the first repeat.

    As for Rimmer’s extended salute (was it that episode or another, they tend to blend together somewhat) I’m undecided if it’s a great piece of physical comedy or tiresome. Or a mixture of both.

    in reply to: It’s better than a box! #115343
    ChrisM
    Participant

    A while back I met up with some guys from the 2000 AD web board a couple of times in London. It was rather weird that a couple of them actually called me by the screeen name I go by on that board.

    “See you later Mardroid.”

    Oh dear.

    in reply to: Ackerman’s eye #115147
    ChrisM
    Participant

    I just noticed. Hid=hide. Obviously.

    in reply to: Ackerman’s eye #115145
    ChrisM
    Participant

    >… in that pic it still looks CGI to me.

    Me too. I’m not entirely sure whey. Maybe it’s just the shape, which is also unusual for an eye patch, although probably intentional to hid it behind the glasses. It always had a post production look to me.

    in reply to: Things found through Red Dwarf Google Alerts… #115132
    ChrisM
    Participant

    >are there other musicians on here too?

    I can play the keyboard, but I’m out of practice, and it looks like that’s covered already. :)

    I’ve never been to DJ but I hope to rectify that at some point.

    in reply to: Ackerman’s eye #115131
    ChrisM
    Participant

    I always assumed it was meant to be a great big gaping hole. It looked strange (no doubt intentional for comic effect, whether it worked or not) but I assumed the implant must have consisted of the entire eye, lids and surrounding area. The idea it was an eye-patch didn’t even occur to me. If that WAS the intention, I think that again it was rendered in rubbish CG for comedy purposes. I know affects aren’t usually intentionally meant to be rubbish in Red Dwarf, but I think this is an exception.

    Also, if Kryten’s self-repair system could disassemble / reassemble something as large as Red Dwarf in a matter of hours, what’s the point in having a mining fleet, anyway? But then, Kryten was manufactured after Red Dwarf, so maybe nanos weren’t as sophisticated back when the ship was built (plus they had three million years to break their programming / refine their technique).

    Yeah, I don’t think Kryten’s nanobots would have been that sophisticated even in his time. I’d go with the bit I emboldened and add- machine evolution. I.e. if the nanobots can repair other systems, then it makes sense that they’d be able to upgrade each other as well. In all that time* I don’t think they’re the little beasties they used to be, particularly considering their independence.

    Incidentally, I always wondered how Kryten’s self repair system worked when he was crushed into a cube shape considering his nanobots had left at that point. I understand that the real world explanation is that the writers hadn’t decided what had happened to the ship at that rate, but in-world…?

    I remember bringing it up on the official site and Andrew suggested that might have been the point when Kryten became aware that his nanobots were missing. It still doesn’t really explain how he fixed himself though. I suppose it’s possible that the nanobots only formed part of his self repair system, maybe for the finer micro-level fixing.

    *I’m not sure Kryten would have been on-line for the entire three million years. He may have leap-frogged through time by going in stasis or just switching himseolf off for a millennia or so while the girls were in stasis. I think it’s fair to say he’s been active a long time by our standards though.

    in reply to: Downtime #115050
    ChrisM
    Participant

    Bouncing apparently.
    ;)

    in reply to: Channel 4 did a countdown containing Red Dwarf… #114928
    ChrisM
    Participant

    I watched the Strangerers, and although it had an interesting premise, I found that premise got old and irritating fast. I never saw it through to the end.

    I’ve yet to see 10%ers. That I remember, anyway.

    in reply to: Things found through Red Dwarf Google Alerts… #114887
    ChrisM
    Participant

    Most scientists we know are the absolute opposite of the stereotype on the show — when you’re super-smart, you spend your time working on world-changing projects, not visiting the comic book store every Wednesday.

    Are those things mutually exclusive? Okay, since the Scientists probably work on Wednesday, they probably are, but… point is, you can be a brilliant scientist, and enjoy comic books.

    >Penny and wine is probably one of the few combos that could drag me away from RD.

    Me too, but then I’ve seen Red Dwarf. If she came around when the new series was being broadcast? Well… if I had to chose, I’d probably still go with Penny, but I’d be thinking of RD. (For a bit, anyway.) However, the fact that Dave show repeats and I’d inevitably end up buying the box-set would be a large deciding factor there.

    in reply to: Original Fly-by’s lost? #114741
    ChrisM
    Participant

    Yeah. Model bits are designed to LOOK like bits of vehicle after all. As long as they’re utilised right they should look part of the ship.

    in reply to: How long do you (realisticaly) want RD to run for? #114597
    ChrisM
    Participant

    >Wouldn’t that be generations of INbreeding? Perhaps they can all have genetic mutations due to the small gene pool.

    Colony Spoiler:

    That was pretty much a them in Colony. Not the mutations so much but inbreeding causing, well, stupidity.

    in reply to: How long do you (realisticaly) want RD to run for? #114536
    ChrisM
    Participant

    Three years? Dear me, has it been that long?

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure you’re right. It’s just time seems to slip past so fast nowadays.

    in reply to: SFDebris: Opinionated Guide To Red Dwarf #114271
    ChrisM
    Participant

    >It may be late at night… but that makes no sense to me. Explain.

    The theory?

    I’m assuming he’s saying that the reason we never saw Lister go back and marry Kochanski is because the incident at the end of Series VI where the future selves killed their younger selves means that he will never become that Lister who went back…

    Or something.

    in reply to: Need help identifying a prop #114270
    ChrisM
    Participant

    I think that’s a gun used by one of the guards in the Tank, not the Canaries, although I’d need to rewatch the episode to verify.

    in reply to: Something’s Coming #114136
    ChrisM
    Participant

    Snigger.

    in reply to: Space Mumps? Pah. #114095
    ChrisM
    Participant

    At least you got £150 out of it! Oh. Wait…

    in reply to: Kochanski in christmas Who! #113894
    ChrisM
    Participant

    I think it may have worked better if they had played a bit more mystery to the Father’s original fate than they did. If at the beginning they had shown him seeing and flying into a bright light, the ending would have more palatable for me.

    But wouldn’t that have given away the twist? I mean, I wasn’t exactly surprised anyway, as we never actually saw him shot down, but ‘flying into a glowing light’ would have pretty much let us know we’d see him again.

    Not that I’m a fan of that particular twist as I said above. (I think he should have stayed dead or at least missing.), but if you’re going to do it you might as well do it properly. To be fair, I think they did.

    in reply to: Kochanski in christmas Who! #113880
    ChrisM
    Participant

    Was last year’s the Christmas Carol one with the flying fish? (I ask because it’s scary how fast time seems to fly past as I get older.)

    If so, I agree. It was a wonderful episode, although I’d have preferred something more alien than that shark. Great story involving a time travel related plot, in a Dickensian setting with a strong Christmassy feeling. And of course a feel good factor spiced with sadness. I like my Christmas stories like that*, big girl’s blouse that I am.

    *Within reason.

    in reply to: Kochanski in christmas Who! #113875
    ChrisM
    Participant

    I largely liked the story. I came to it with some trepidation that it would be a rip-off of The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, so was glad that while it certainly homages that story, – I liked Doctor’s reference to his Tardis as a wardrobe for example, and no doubt the Doctor utilised it to create the portal – it had it’s own story to tell.

    Spoilers:

    I think I would have preferred it if they hadn’t saved the father though. I know that probably comes across as cold, but I actually think it would have been more powerful to have a bitter-sweet ending.

    The whole business with the souls of the trees escape made little sense. “We need a human woman to escape, but once we’re off the ground we can fly across the universe all by ourselves, etc, etc.” Beside you’d think that beings that can grow a tower and a space ship could create a more direct control interface, but I’m probably being too logical in a story that was, ultimately, magical and no bad thing. I’d have preferred it if they’d found a way to stop the acid rain and save the trees, but maybe that would be a bit too predictable.

    I agree, Bill Bailey was underused. I loved the setting and overall concept of the sentient Christmas Trees and the king and queen though.

    Overall good, but far from perfect. It had that lovely Christmassy feeling though, and I’m a bit sentimental at heart.

    in reply to: More Twitter-based Dwarfy stuff. #113579
    ChrisM
    Participant

    The costume was silly but it served it’s purpose. It had a sense of oddness which fitted the character well.

    ChrisM
    Participant

    I find most comedy amusing rather than laugh out loud funny. And that’s usually good enough for me.

    Not that I’m opposed to some laugh out loud moments, but Dwarf, even at it’s worst, had it’s moments…

    in reply to: Happy Birthday, SingingPotato1979! #113360
    ChrisM
    Participant

    Belated happy birthday Jo.

    And *I* don’t think you’re a spanner…

    ;)

    in reply to: The self loathing monster was from Doctor Who???????? #113172
    ChrisM
    Participant

    It’s a great design anyway. In some ways it’s a shame we never saw more of it… yet it fits the premise better that we didn’t.

    I actually found my eyes more drawn to the Starbug models in those pictures though. I know we’ve seen them before, but they’re really excellent with that weathered look and all. And I didn’t know they splashed orange paint on one of them for effects shots!

    in reply to: Things found through Red Dwarf Google Alerts… #113131
    ChrisM
    Participant

    Heh. The first seems like Red Dwarf done Morcambe and Wise style.

    As for the latter…. disturbing image aside, the guy/gal has talent but they need to sort out their proportions! Or maybe it’s a holo version of Ace and his light bee’s contracted a virus. His lifestyle may put him at particular risk of that. Next time install some proper RBR AV software before-hand Ace-lad. ;)

    in reply to: danny interview on chortle #113130
    ChrisM
    Participant

    Not meaning to shoot this down,so did Craig, and then that was declared ‘unofficial’ on the main site.

    The fact this is coming from two sources (albeit two who are mates) does bode well though. If you want a studio audience that is. Obviously. I can see pros and cons either way, but I think I lean towards being a supporter.

    EDIT- And for some reason I didn’t notice the other thread. Oh well, think of this as a parallel universe, except, less exciting!

    in reply to: Dr Who Series 6 #113047
    ChrisM
    Participant

    It got a bit sappy at the end, but I enjoyed it a lot. The mashed up universe was messy (but then it was meant to be) and didn’t entirely make sense if you analyse it, but… it was a lot of fun. I loved the steam trains in a modern setting. Not sure why so many cars would be lifted by hot air balloons but I enjoyed the imagery.

    And I loved the resolution. Sure it was signposted earlier. I wondered when we saw the Doctor’s interview with the Tesselector if that would be used, but as he left through the door and it wasn’t revealed until later that he came back, my attention was diverted so he conclusion ended up a surprise after all.

    in reply to: Red Dwarf VII: Letterbox #113069
    ChrisM
    Participant

    The paradoxical stuff in that episode was confusing what with changing rules established at the start, etc.* No more so than Timeslides though.

    A great fun episode.

    *Or do they? We don’t know that ‘new universes spawned to deal with a paradox containing elements from both diverging realites/wotnot’ are always spawned in the same way with the same affect.

    in reply to: Dr Who Series 6 #113068
    ChrisM
    Participant

    One way the story could continue without a reset button:

    Possible spoilers, but I’m extrapolating this purely on the episodes I’ve seen so far, not leaked stuff on the internet.

    The doctor actually dies…. and the ganger takes on his role instead. Considering the Tardis has some mysterious power to stabilise the biology of gangers he could be functionally identical to the original although I’m not sure that would include the regenerations. Their DNA would still be different surely, or maybe the bio-gunk copies that too.

    Mind you, I think that would smeg fans off even more than the reset buttons since technically the Doctor who has existed for all these decades (centuries in show time) would be technically dead for good.

    Of course he could transfer his consciousness to the ganger too, so it’s not just a copy of his mind. It would actually BE his mind. I know Moffat doesn’t believe in the soul but there’s forerunners of this in both the ganger episode and Gaiman’s one with the Doctor’s Wife. I think many fans would accept that better.

    in reply to: Dr Who Series 6 #113037
    ChrisM
    Participant

    I’m pretty sure these are the original Cybermen despite how they look. (Well not original, original since I think they’re mainly converted shop-folk, but I think the technology is the alien Mondasian variety rather than the parallel universe jobs.) Didn’t those ones always convert the entire body? (I haven’t seen that many of the original episodes so I don’t know for sure, but I remember Old Who fans making a fuss when the Cybus cybermen turned out to be brains in mech-bodies.)

    Mind you even the Cybus Cybermen started doing total physical conversions too when they’re resources started to run low, if we believe that Cyberwoman episode of Torchwood. As these guys are in a similar boat* I suppose this makes sense.

    *Or ship. :)

    in reply to: Dr Who Series 6 #113027
    ChrisM
    Participant


    > When did the sonic screwdriver start shooting green laser beams?

    Some time in the last 200 years? Been a long time for the Doctor since The God Complex

    My question was more rhetorical really, although that’s certainly a believable explanation.

    Thing is, it’s not needed. Nothing the sonic screwdriver did in the episode was outside it’s usual capacity, except the fact we saw a visual beam. And I’m sure, even now, everything was still meant to be sound based, (the Doctor even drew emphasis to the nature of the device in the episode) the beam was there just to look cool. “Oh, look the doctor is shooting lasers at the baddies!” That’s not the Doctor’s thing.

    Don’t get me wrong, it’s not really a big deal. Like complaining about the packaging for a present, maybe, and I did like the episode overall (bad resolution aside). The fact remains, the Doctor generally doesn’t shoot guns (okay he did shoot one in that Angels episode but not at anyone directly) but he does use tools.

    in reply to: Torchwood #113012
    ChrisM
    Participant

    >I don’t think Torchwood could, or should, exist without him from this point on

    I agree. Well not that it couldn’t but shouldn’t, certainly. It’s changed too much as it is… although it’s still entertaining.

    My comment wasn’t meant to come across that my continued watching was conditional on his leaving by the way!

    in reply to: Dr Who Series 6 #113011
    ChrisM
    Participant

    I liked the latest episode, Closing Time.

    Spoilers:

    Silly walk aside, I like the Cybermen although they’re becoming a bit rubbish. And the cyber-mat was good fun. I also rather enjoyed the tone of the episode.

    When did the sonic screwdriver start shooting green laser beams? On one hand it was kinda cool but I think they should have left it as a sound-based tool. You can use it to short circuitry and even fuse electronics (which he did) but all by sound waves.

    I really didn’t like the love-reverses-cyberisation-process*-feedback-loop- resolution though. Or the cyberman who hit the doctor just having to have a knackered arm. Really? He could have escaped death in plenty other more interesting ways, I think. I know it established that these cybermen were not at their best but I think that could have been provided by a visual inspection or scan.

    To leave on a more positive note, it was still a fun story. And that bit at the very end gave me a chill in a good way. I’m not so sure a bunch of kids on the street would be that interested in a geeky looking bloke in a cowboy hat though. Assuming they don’t actually watch Doctor Who. (Maybe it’s a documentary in their reality? Heh.)

    *or whatever the process of becoming is called

    in reply to: Dr Who Series 6 #113006
    ChrisM
    Participant

    They’re both good, but I think I’d rate Blink! over The God Complex. I’ll admit that’s largely due to novelty of following different characters and the fact I find the Weeping Angels rather scary.

    in reply to: Torchwood #112989
    ChrisM
    Participant

    Small spoilers ahead:

    Thinking through the whole Blessing, anthropomorphic field thing, the effect on Jack made little sense.

    I thought the series was quite good overall. I hope future series return to a more British cast/setting but I think it will likely become even more American, if the comments concerning RTD leaving turn out to be right. I’ll probably continue watching though.

    in reply to: Dr Who Series 6 #112962
    ChrisM
    Participant

    If this had been a Moffat episode you’ve gotta wonder whether he would have been able to resist a gag about the probe. As in…well. she has been alone for 36 years…

    I confess my mind went to a naughty place when she was discussing her ‘Rory-bot’ with Rory. Especially looking at her delivery of ‘a pet’. I think I was seeing way too much into it though.

    By the way, I’ve seen complaints concerning Karren Gillan’s acting in Doctor Who (not that I agree with them). I thought her portrayal of the two Amys was great this episode.

    in reply to: Dr Who Series 6 #112957
    ChrisM
    Participant

    And finally, Rory didn’t make the choice. He was about to open the door and damn the consequences until Old Amy gave in and told him not to.

    Sure he did. She certainly influenced his decision, but she didn’t force him to do anything.

    Your other points are good, although I’m not entirely sure The Doctor did know bringing both along wouldn’t work. I know his reaction at the end seemed to suggest so, but his murmuring to the Tardis “What did that nasty Amy do to you”, made me wonder if he had thought it possible before hand, albeit I’m sure he always thought it unlikely. Of course he could have just been referring to the stabilising of their present situation until young Amy was brought on board…

    Anyway. A great episode.

    >What has Amy been eating for 36 years?

    This week in “People Who Haven’t Paid Attention To the Episode”…

    The compressed time thing perhaps explains the lack of hunger although 36 years is a good deal longer than two weeks, so I’d have thought she’d have gotten the munchies at some point in that time. (Compressed time doesn’t mean ‘no time’.) I don’t have a problem assuming she managed to raid some supplies in that time though. She was able to make a sonic-screwdriver, sorry, sonic- probe in that time after all.

    If compressed time is the only explanation for her needing no food, then surely she wouldn’t have aged that much either? Then again, as old though she looked, she looked younger than her mid fifties. In fact she didn’t really look that old at all.

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