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Shucks - I've come to this news really late and I'm really sad. The BTS gang have been a great delight over the years and I really hope that at least the archives can stay alive. I'd hate to lose access to all the chuckleworthy and thought provoking commentary you've all provided. May the Tachyon force live strong though.
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My partner called it the 'Alzheimer's season', and though part of me baulked at such a crass use of a serious debilitating illness, I can see where he's coming from. Because everything in the season narrative is about the fragility of and connection between identity and memory. Visual memory, false memory, lost memory; the loss of self, loss of relationships, loss of the broader social world (the universe even). I loved it, even if some bits made no sense. And my memory, and identity, is stronger for having watched and enjoyed it so much.
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Can I just say I'm really upset to hear you've been getting hate mail. I didn't agree at all with most of what you said, but I can't think of any circumstances in which it would be acceptable to write hate mail in response to a viewer's review. I've been reading Tachyon/Behind the Sofa gubbins for a good number of years now and love to come here for the diversity of opinions. Even when I totally don't agree, the gang are never less than wittily insightful. Rants, scathing humour, intellectual theory, and squees: all equally welcome. I hope you're not too hacked off at the attacking numpties.
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Ah Neil, I kinda thought you'd be in the negativity camp on this - it's not really a Marmite episode but you either fall willingly in with the 'cue tears' scene or not. And I agree with those taking issue about the Doctor and Amy causing Vinnie's suicide. No, no, no. He's told he is unappreciated in his own time: well, I think from what we saw, we knew he knew that already. I don't think he was 'cruelly dumped by Amy: he was taking a flyer with his proposal to Amy - and he knew it. Mental illness is massively complex but within the scope of what this could do it did a fine enough job. Vincent came back from his trip to the future newly invigorated, but if he was in an 'up' (manic) phase by that moment anyway (coffee of no coffee) then nothing they showed him could have prevented the 'down' (depression) from coming back. It worked for me; I'm sorry it didn't work for you.
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Lovely: a brilliantly executed pastiche of Radio 4.0. And somehow, given the quality of the 'questions' posed by Middle Row, I think you even managed to avoid including Mark 'the-Irish-Question' Lawson. Bravo.
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Wooah! Thanks for the poem - that really sets the mind alight with the series thinking! Possibly not so casual a choice of music to mention after all?
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I think the vision and visuals are noticeably different: less comfortable, familiar. Even with a village green in sight, nothing feels as comfortable (or is that to do with our expectations?). I'm happy to settle for a fairy-tale era and I love your description of Amy as "the Moffat Protagonist Victorious"
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I heard the new titles described as the 'Gaviscon' title sequence and sadly that is now stuck in my head. It's going to take a lot to shift that descriptor from my brain. Still, cracking start to the new series. Optimism, as if we ever really doubted it, is in abundance!
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Howdy Frank: yep, very best is yet to come! We have to want that, don't we, otherwise aren't we just a bit stuck in the past? DW at its best releases the inner child in all of us - and this certainly did that. Okay, so the new titles are ... erm... *cough* completely sucky *cough*... but hey, surely we all have our own horror stories of feeling thrown by a new titles sequence?
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Thank you Stu: knew I could trust you. I held off reading your review till I had written my own, but I should have known that you would have been giddy like me. The only thing I avoided commenting on was that theme music and titles sequence... because I think I need time to come to terms with that. The only slightly meh point of the show, and even then I did like some aspects of the tunnel...
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What a wonderful review -- I'm still waiting to get hold of a copy, but your review really highlights some of the things I was hoping to get from the book.
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Stuart, you have set my week up nicely. I was hoping for your review to be up and here you are, right on cue, to make me feel all warm and fuzzy at recalling last night's story. Thank you: you've pretty much caught my response to a capital T (as you so often do). What I think you best capture is that this was a dark reaction deriving from a narrative history, and not a mere change of personality without warning.
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Well, I care about your review: spiffing stuff. I rewatched part one and then the Declassified piece from the DVD whilst off work last week ill. I don't think it helped me feel better but by blimey it bought home how much this drama had got to me. I'll be interested to see the US/Canada reviews from those who resisted the UK broadcast...
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