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     Monday, April 09 2007 @ 07:31 PM EDT
    You guys seem so blasé about this episode, I really don't understand why. My love of the halfling's leaf must have slowed my mind.

    If Worzel Gummidge and the Third Doctor had a fist fight - who would win?
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     Monday, April 09 2007 @ 09:06 PM EDT
    [Quote  by:  gwensdad2003] I've been watching the Potter fansites and the episode has been mentioned the biggest ones. (still no news from JK Rowling's site-maybe 30 years from now THAT will be the famous author that gets visited)


    Speaking of JK - was that her shown arriving at the Series 3 press launch on Confidential #1?

    Pat

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     Tuesday, April 10 2007 @ 12:14 AM EDT
    [Quote  by:  Magpie] You guys seem so blasé about this episode, I really don't understand why. My love of the halfling's leaf must have slowed my mind.

    Hey, I loved this episode. So don't feel alone Magpie.

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     Tuesday, April 10 2007 @ 05:06 AM EDT
    The realisation of Shakespearean London was brilliant. I actually walk past the real Globe Theatre every day coming to work so know that part of London very well. They'd done such a great job recreating the Southwark (pronounced Suth-erk) of 1599 that I felt I actually could still recognise that part of the river. Was handy for the crew to already have a full size recreation of the Globe Theatre up and working on the South Bank!

    But generally a good episode. Martha is shaping up really well and seems to look better each week! My one moan would be the witches. As with the werewolf of last season, it's essentially just a ghost story with a side explanation of "oh it's alien tech really" to placate the moaning hard-core fans (us lot)!

    I think it was Arthur C Clarke who said something along the lines of "any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic". Well, I wish the program makers had done a bit more to distinguish this science from magic!

    Overall, was great stuff though and I'm almost hopping from foot to foot in anticipation for next week. My policy of going into this entire series blind is paying off! I lterally know nothing of what's to come! I love being surprised!

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     Tuesday, April 10 2007 @ 06:52 AM EDT
    Anyone notice that the Podshock graphic for "Shakespeare Code" looks like Martha is standing next to the Face of Bo's sister?

    :-)

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     Tuesday, April 10 2007 @ 07:51 AM EDT
    I can't remember, was the DNA "technology" the Witches were using with the voodoo dolls and hair the same type of technology that the aliens in Christmas Invasion were using with blood?

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     Tuesday, April 10 2007 @ 08:30 AM EDT
    [Quote  by:  Linquel] I can't remember, was the DNA "technology" the Witches were using with the voodoo dolls and hair the same type of technology that the aliens in Christmas Invasion were using with blood?


    Humm, good question. Putting on several hats at once to attempt a viewpoint. Blood control vs. DNA replication - both apear to have the halmark of sympathetic magic although the chief diffrence is that with blood control (being more general in nature) you can't force someone to harm ones self, and with DNA replication (Voodoo?) you seem to have Complete control of an individual. As it apears that the witches sniped the hair instead of plucking I don't see how they could have "live DNA" but perhaps we may be tring to overanalyze an obvious plot device Wink .

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     Tuesday, April 10 2007 @ 11:39 AM EDT
    [Quote  by:  old china]
    I think it was Arthur C Clarke who said something along the lines of "any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic". Well, I wish the program makers had done a bit more to distinguish this science from magic!


    It was Isaac Asimov in the "Foundation" series. I always enjoyed this part of Doctor Who- the idea that technology and magic are really the same thing, just with different approaches. It's definitely a recurring theme. I recall a scene with the 4th Doctor in which he says to Leela (I think), "Everything has a scientific explanation!"

    I enjoyed The Shakespeare Code slightly more than Smith and Jones. Definitely laughed at the "I hate starting from scratch" and "57 academics..." lines. I was glad to see Queen Elizabeth I recognize the Doctor. From what we hear from him, you'd think most historically significant people they run into would at least have known him in his past incarnations.

    My main critique of the series in general is that every episode is so rushed, you don't get much character development or learn much about the baddies. I miss the pace of the classic Doctor Who serials.

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     Tuesday, April 10 2007 @ 11:53 AM EDT
    [Quote  by:  rocko]
    It was Isaac Asimov in the "Foundation" series. I always enjoyed this part of Doctor Who- the idea that technology and magic are really the same thing, just with different approaches. It's definitely a recurring theme. I recall a scene with the 4th Doctor in which he says to Leela (I think), "Everything has a scientific explanation!"


    I've only ever known that particular quote to be a Clarke-ism.

    Clarke's Three Laws

    Interestingly, in that Wikipedia entry there is a Doctor Who reference...

    "In Part Three of the Doctor Who story Battlefield, the Seventh Doctor asks Ace if she remembers Clarke's Law (Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic) and explains that the same can be held true in reverse (Any sufficiently arcane magic is indistinguishable from technology) while justifying the possibility of a dimensional spaceship which has been grown, not built."

    I've never seen Battlefield, is this the source of the TARDIS is grown theory?

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     Tuesday, April 10 2007 @ 06:00 PM EDT
    [Quote  by:  Linquel] I've only ever known that particular quote to be a Clarke-ism.


    Hmm. Guess I just have a faulty memory. Sorry 'bout that, but I swear they used that idea in the Foundation stories as a means to manipulate cultures in the right direction, according to Seldon's plan. Open mouth, insert foot.

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     Tuesday, April 10 2007 @ 08:24 PM EDT
    [Quote  by:  seanhuxter] Anyone notice that the Podshock graphic for "Shakespeare Code" looks like Martha is standing next to the Face of Bo's sister?

    :-)

    Sean.


    Yeah, it does... It was unintentional. Though it actually reminds me more of the Malus from The Awakening.



    Again unintentional... but that is what I see when I see it.

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     Tuesday, April 10 2007 @ 09:09 PM EDT
    [Quote  by:  rocko]Hmm. Guess I just have a faulty memory. Sorry 'bout that, but I swear they used that idea in the Foundation stories as a means to manipulate cultures in the right direction, according to Seldon's plan. Open mouth, insert foot.


    I've read all the Foundation books (at least all of the originals), but it's been a while so I don't recall. It's possible Asimov adapted it or used something similar. I've been meaning to reread them, maybe now I'll force myself to. My wife keeps telling me to take a break from all the political books that angry up my blood.

    I'm going "Full Circle" and putting my avatar back to what it was when I first joined. :)
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     Tuesday, April 10 2007 @ 09:37 PM EDT
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    [Quote  by:  gwensdad2003] I've been watching the Potter fansites and the episode has been mentioned the biggest ones. (still no news from JK Rowling's site-maybe 30 years from now THAT will be the famous author that gets visited)


    Speaking of JK - was that her shown arriving at the Series 3 press launch on Confidential #1?

    Pat


    I had my wife watch that part a few times to make sure but she (Harry Fanatic) didn't think she saw her.

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     Tuesday, April 10 2007 @ 09:49 PM EDT
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    [Quote  by:  Magpie] You guys seem so blasé about this episode, I really don't understand why. My love of the halfling's leaf must have slowed my mind.

    Hey, I loved this episode. So don't feel alone Magpie.
    Yeah seriously, it's the best use of Earth history (which isn't necessarily the same thing as saying it's the best historical) in all of (surviving) televised Doctor Who. All those caveats might seem to reduce the statement to saying nothing much at all, but really I think Sidney Newman would be givin' this one a full 5/5.

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     Tuesday, April 10 2007 @ 11:38 PM EDT
    [Quote  by:  Linquel]
    I've never seen Battlefield, is this the source of the TARDIS is grown theory?
    As it's not the first reference to the TARDIS being alive, no. It may be the first time the word "grow" was used in reference to where TARDISes come from, but the natural implication of a ship that's "alive" is that it's more grown than built. Series 1's "The Edge of Destruction" is really the first time the TARDIS is described as being alive, so that's really the origin point of what has now been greatly emphasized in the RTD era.

    "I think of myself as ambitious in casting terms, and I know that Bonnie [Langford] has the potential to make the part totally unirritating . . ." — JNT, 1986
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