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53 minutes ago, rockhopper penguin said:

Four legs, head, tail, ridden by humans = horse. Flightless bird, master of the oceans, rock hopping specialist = yours truly.

You obviously don't get it do you.

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3 hours ago, rockhopper penguin said:

Mindfulness tonight. Sometimes, one needs to feel at one with oneself.

 

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2 hours ago, redrumours said:

You obviously don't get it do you.

 

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Anyway the countdowns on for her 181st birthday next month,will she make it,Iwonder.

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10 minutes ago, redrumours said:

Anyway the countdowns on for her 181st birthday next month,will she make it,Iwonder.

Is it 2107 already. Dang, I must be getting old.

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She celebrates twice a year.The other one in June when it's warmer for the old dear.

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Let's end all of this "picture of the day" nonsense with a smorgasboard to finish.  Here, try topping these:

 

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Last page's discussion about the Queen's sense of humour sent me searching for info about her favourite TV shows, which are pretty well-covered in this appallingly subbed Mail piece from last year: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3553908/What-Queen-watches-royal-box-John-McEntee-reveals-monarch-favours-EastEnders-Coronation-Street-big-Downton-Fan.html

 

She misses The Bill, apparently. 

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The Queen's long standing fandom for cult SF is one of my favourite things about her. Not just Doctor Who, but she famously casually defended  the 1950s adaption of 1984 against parliament caution about the content.

 

Or as Nigel Kneale put it (heavily paraphrased): "One day, MPs and the press hate it, the repeat performance is off. Next day, the Queen loves, the press and MPs talk about what great TV it is, the repeat performance makes everyones career!"

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1 hour ago, msc said:

The Queen's long standing fandom for cult SF is one of my favourite things about her. Not just Doctor Who, but she famously casually defended  the 1950s adaption of 1984 against parliament caution about the content.

 

Or as Nigel Kneale put it (heavily paraphrased): "One day, MPs and the press hate it, the repeat performance is off. Next day, the Queen loves, the press and MPs talk about what great TV it is, the repeat performance makes everyones career!"

Is that true? Wow. Well, she just won me over then.  She understands the common man like me. God bless "er Majesty! Long may she reign!

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11 minutes ago, Davey Jones' Locker said:

Is that true? Wow. Well, she just won me over then.  She understands the common man like me. God bless "er Majesty! Long may she reign!

 

Yeah, it's been confirmed over the years by Kneale (in a BBC doc), various BFI historian types, and even Peter Cushing once (I think on one of his Wogan appearances, but don't quote me on that).

 

As for her Who love, oft joked about, comes up in random anecdotes, confirmed in 2005 by The Mirror and later Russell T Davies.

 

Gives an in-road into conversation should a meeting ever arise...

 

"So, your Majesty, I believe you saw Power of the Daleks on broadcast..."

"Oh yes. One thought: where's ones Billy, and who is this gremlin? But one was rather amused in the end..."

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3 hours ago, msc said:

 

Yeah, it's been confirmed over the years by Kneale (in a BBC doc), various BFI historian types, and even Peter Cushing once (I think on one of his Wogan appearances, but don't quote me on that).

 

As for her Who love, oft joked about, comes up in random anecdotes, confirmed in 2005 by The Mirror and later Russell T Davies.

 

Gives an in-road into conversation should a meeting ever arise...

 

"So, your Majesty, I believe you saw Power of the Daleks on broadcast..."

"Oh yes. One thought: where's ones Billy, and who is this gremlin? But one was rather amused in the end..."

According to that Mirror article you linked, "By tradition, broadcasters give members of the Royal family recordings of their favourite programmes before they are available in the shops on video or DVD."  I wonder if she sees some things before they are broadcast on television, too.  She'd know what happens in Dr Who before the rest of us.  I think I've just gone off the royals again.  :P

 

At any rate, I think we can now definitely rule out the Queen dying this year now. If she is that big a Doctor Who fan, she is going to be determined to stick around to find out who replaces Capaldi. The regeneration episode won't be until Christmas so she'll see the New Year in!  :D

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Well, that'll be the proof.  It'll be announced that Kris Marshall is the new Doctor, and five minutes later: Breaking news from Buckingham Palace on the health of the Queen...

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2 hours ago, msc said:

Well, that'll be the proof.  It'll be announced that Kris Marshall is the new Doctor, and five minutes later: Breaking news from Buckingham Palace on the health of the Queen...

With rumours of the BBC casting a woman as the Doctor popping up periodically, I had a brainwave:

 

Capaldi was a long time fan of the show =>  eventually was allowed to play the Doctor.

Queen Elizabeth is a long time fan of the show =>  ...

 

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She'd make two television appearances at Christmas then: once to deliver her message and the other to do the regeneration scene. They could film them both at the studio on the same day.

 

However does the BBC survive without lateral thinkers like me?

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Can't say I'm mad keen on the companion....

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Just now, YoungWillz said:

Can't say I'm mad keen on the companion....

Well, I am sure she'd do a better job than anyone who played the part in the 1980s at least!

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I was talking about Pip as companion, he he.

You know, without going off topic too much, I rather liked all of the classic Doctors. I really hated Eccleston (though the stories were excellent for the most part) and detested Matt Smith (and the stories were vastly rubbish by this point).

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19 minutes ago, YoungWillz said:

I was talking about Pip as companion, he he.

You know, without going off topic too much, I rather liked all of the classic Doctors. I really hated Eccleston (though the stories were excellent for the most part) and detested Matt Smith (and the stories were vastly rubbish by this point).

LOL - I had misread "companion" as "comparison" as in comparing Capaldi to Her Maj!

 

 

I am very selective about the Who I like...

 

I love the Hartnell historicals, but not his science fiction stories (too childish.)

I like the Pertwee era as long as UNIT is nowhere to be seen.

I like some of the latter McCoy episodes (Ghostlight, Survival, etc)

 

and that's about it. Some of Colin Baker's stuff like Trial isn't as bad as it is made out to be but still isn't great. 

 

The one that frustrates me is the Peter Davison era.  On paper, he is a great Doctor but the execution is dreadful, for which I mainly blame Saward.  Many people claim he is the most "pacifist" o the classic Doctors but he ends up killing more than most people. The dreadful companions don't help his era either.

 

As for new Who, I like it all but I feel the show only really hit its stride once Donna became the companion.  I think I was put off a bit at first by the Doctor's constant bullying of Mickey. (What was that all about, anyway?  He'd already stolen the guy's girlfriend off him and then he still treated him like a doormat.)  Also Tennant's introduction was a bit weird, as though they hadn't thought his characterisation out:  in Christmas Invasion he talks about not giving second chances yet he goes onto be one of the more compassionate doctors later on.

 

Anyway, I think the show really hit its stride from the latter part of the Tennant era onwards. I seem to like Capaldi more than a lot of people too.  Yes, Smith often misfires but when everything came together it was fairly magical.  I tended to like the lighter approaches of the Christmas episodes like A Christmas Carol (the one with Katherine Jenkins) and The Snowmen, rather than the convolutions of the crack in time nonsense.

 

Better go back on topic...

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All good tips for our Betty's portrayal....

 

Though if Harry were to get the part....I can't tell you how much I would love that.

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4 minutes ago, YoungWillz said:

All good tips for our Betty's portrayal....

 

Though if Harry were to get the part....I can't tell you how much I would love that.

I think the pacifist portrayal would go straight out the window with him.

 

My goodness, what if he became king and The Don was president?  The world would be truly doomed...

 

(At least you'd finally have a ginger doctor with him, though.)

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Unveiling a war memorial at 11.

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On 08/03/2017 at 17:40, Spade_Cooley said:

Last page's discussion about the Queen's sense of humour sent me searching for info about her favourite TV shows, which are pretty well-covered in this appallingly subbed Mail piece from last year: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3553908/What-Queen-watches-royal-box-John-McEntee-reveals-monarch-favours-EastEnders-Coronation-Street-big-Downton-Fan.html

 

She misses The Bill, apparently. 

 

That is one poorly written article.

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