Summary: Will the Doctor’s Trust in Missy cost Bill her life, or has it already done so?

Plot: The Doctor decision over the objections of Bill and Nardole to let Missy play Doctor as a test to see if she’s changed get Bill’s heart literally blown away by a panicked janitor on a 400 mile long space ship next to a black hole. She taken below decks where time runs at a much faster speed to a hospital time runs at a much faster speed than the top of the ship where she is befriended by an odd man named Razor a given a cybernetic hart. Years pass as she waits for the Doctor. Will he be able to sae he from the Hospital of Horrors and for her as she waits for the Doctor, but is there an even greater danger awaiting them or maybe two.

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Writing: It seems to me that this episodes an the ones that follow are the entire reason for the seasons with the rest of it just filler. The episode is about as good as it gets and maybe even better. The mix of humor (those are genders) and horror (pain, pain) is simply amazing

Acting:: Ok Capaldi, Mackie and Lucas are all excellent but Michelle Gomez and John Simm both as Razor and the Master steal every scene they are in. Gomez’s scenes with Lucas and Mackie are great, Simm’s scenes with Mackie are better and the brief periods where Simm and Gomez are together are simply awesome.

Memorable Moments: He likes me, do you like disguises, Tea, That’s his name, this is a bad idea. Cradle Robbing, Pain

Doctor Who Flashbacks: Prime Minister (sound of the Drums last of the Time Lords) the Master’s Goatee (Roger Delgado and Anthony Ainley. Mondasitan Cybermen (The Tenth Planet 1st Doctor), Venusian Akido (3rd Doctor)

Oddities: Missy Pointing her umbrella as if it’s a weapon, I suspect that it is one.  the episode starts with the Doctor’s regeneration, if this is a three part episode ending with the Christmas special it’s a cliffhanger and a half.  I found it an interesting change where the earlier incarnation recognizes his later version before the reverse then again he had months or years to study her.

Pet Peeves: The whole time Lord Gender speech is less about time lords and more about SJW,

Great Quote(s) via chakoteya.net transcripts

Much too many to list them all so we’ll settle for five


Jorj: Who are you?
Missy: Well, I am that mysterious adventurer in all of time and space, known only as Doctor Who. And these are my disposables, Exposition and Comic Relief.
Nardole: We’re not functions.
Missy:   Darling, those were genders.
Jorj:   Please, stay exactly where you are for your own safety.
Missy:  He likes me. So exciting.
Jorj:   I’m coming through.
Missy:  Hurry, my stallion. And if I’m in the shower, just bring me some beans on toast. That’s
Nardole:  Urgh.
Missy:  That’s roughly human flirting, isn’t it?
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The Doctor: I pick a scenario, we drop her down into it, and we see how she does.
Bill:  How does that work?
The Doctor:  Ah. We just take the Tardis for a spin and we graze for distress calls. We pick a good one. Our usual Saturday.
Bill:  And what if she just walks out and slaughters everyone just for a laugh?
The Doctor: Well, I will be monitoring you the whole time.
Bill:  Me?
The Doctor:  Yes. You and Nardole. You can be her companions. See?
Bill:  Ah, nah! Forget it. Absolutely no way.
The Doctor:   Nardole agreed.
Nardole:  No, I didn’t.
The Doctor:  You did in my head, which is good enough for me.


Razor: Do you want the good tea or the bad tea?
Bill:   What’s the difference?
Razor:   I call one good, one bad.
Bill:   Er, I’ll take the good one.
Razor:  Excellent, positive attitude. Will help with the horror to come.
Bill:   What horror?
Razor:   Mainly the tea.


Missy:   Oh, this is super interesting. I assumed this ship was from Earth, full of squishable little humans, but it’s not from Earth at all, is it?
Razor:  You don’t remember me, do you?
Missy:  Looks like an Earth-like planet, but not Earth itself. Very Earth-like. If planets had twins
Razor:  You don’t remember being here before, do you?
Missy:  I’ve never been here before. Will you please stop wittering on or I’ll have to splat your brains for finger paint.
Razor:  Oh, you have been here before. You really can trust me on that.


Missy:   Okay, listen to me. I may be about to take that silly little gun away from you
Razor:  He’ll never forgive you, you know, He’ll never set you free. Not when he discovers what you did to his little friend.
Missy:   I haven’t done anything to his silly little friend.
Razor:   Oh, but I’m afraid you did. But a long time ago.


Final Verdict: Five stars  or to put it another way, Wow!

Ranking of Season: 1st of 10  I really had a hard time ranking it above Extremis but there is simply too much great acting here to do otherwise.

1st World Enough and Time
2nd Extremis
3rd The Eaters of Light
4th The Lie of the Land
5th Empress of Mars
6th The Pyramid at the End of the World
7th Knock Knock
8th Oxygen
9th Thin Ice
10th Smile
11th The Pilot

Top 10 Ranking in the Capaldi Era:  2nd  I’m partial to a happy ending so it couldn’t dislodge the Husbands of River Song.  It was also a little hard to rank because it’s a multi part episode.  It’s also kinda sad that it pushes Eater of Light off the list but I imagine the next two episodes might cause some movement on the list and boy will it be disappointing if it doesn’t

1st The Husbands of River Song
2nd World Enough and Time
3rd. Last Christmas
4th. The Caretaker
5th  Extremis
6th. The Return of Doctor Mysterio
7th. The Girl who Died
8th. The Witch’s Familiar
9th. Hell Bent
10th. Mummy on the Orient Express

by baldilocks

At Politico, here’s a profile on the ugly history of Portland, Oregon.

The fact that Portland erupted as the epicenter in Trump-era political violence in the U.S. is, in a certain sense, surprising. A liberal nirvana, a crunchy, weed-and-hops city where Republicans and plastic bags alike have been all but evicted, Portland has embodied and outpaced many of the urban trends of the early 21st century: gentrification and co-ops, food trucks and footbridges, transitions to a bike-and-pedestrian economy. It is, as a conspicuous show has encapsulated, a progressive paradise.

And yet, as many within and without the city have begun realizing, Portland is a town leavened with a history of rampant racial strife. As the whitest major American city, Portland blossomed in the lone state that constitutionally barred blacks from living there through the 19th century, that acted as one of the primary concentration centers for incarcerating American citizens of Japanese ancestry during World War II, that redlined as severely as any major metropolis elsewhere. That in 1922 saw its chief of police posing alongside hooded Ku Klux Klan membersThat brought Jim Crow to the Pacific shoreline.

It’s the type of legal legacy, the type of nod-and-wink encouragement of white supremacy, that not only welcomed any number of Confederate families to relocate to the region in the aftermath of the Civil War, but that, toward the close of the 20th century, saw neo-Nazi and skinhead groups begin to extend their tendrils through the area. Before “Portlandia,” there was “Skinhead City.” In the mid-1980s, skinheads began marching through downtown, hauling bats, pipes and axes. Not long after, the city birthed Volksfront, a neo-Nazi contingent that eventually expanded internationally. In 1988, a trio of skinheads bashed Mulugeta Seraw, an Ethiopian student, to death; the three all received prison sentences, with one tabbed as a “prisoner of war” by other white supremacy groups.

There’s much, much more reportage of Antifa’s present-day violence and advocacy thereof. Personally, I had no idea how bad things are up there, but it’s obvious that Portland mayhem is nothing new.

It will get better; but worse will come first.

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I don’t fondly remember college. I was in engineering, and engineering is hard. During my summer indoc course, we had two “welcome” presentations. The first one was this long skit put on while the whole indoc class was present, and it was really bouncy and cheery, like somehow college was all about the social aspect, with classes barely mentioned.

The next day I went to the engineering campus, and the welcome was different. We were brought into a room, the door shut, and the professor let us know that most people don’t last the first year in engineering. He told us that we could expect to work hard without a lot to show for the first three years. But one thing that stuck out was him telling us to “Just do when you have a lot going on.”

Seems easy right? But it isn’t easy, at least for most people.

My workday is pretty busy, and yet I get a lot done both at work and at home. I’m still amazed by the number of people that say “I could never get all that done.” But I’m not special. I don’t have a high IQ, and I wasn’t a brilliant savant in college. I wasn’t blessed with a lot of money, and I didn’t have parents that spoke lots of languages or taught me higher level math.

But what I do best is just do. Everyday, I focus efforts and make things happen. Sometimes it’s getting the family out the door for a trip. Other times, it’s replacing trucks and equipment at work. I take problems, break them down, and just start doing the small pieces. It’s not easy, and I don’t “do” it right the first time, but there is something to be said for just doing.

And yet, I see too many people that don’t “do” in their day to day life. From shipyard workers to government bureaucrats, I’ve seen people spend their days not getting much done. They also tend to be unhappy, even if they get paid well.

Doing leaves me with a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day. Instead of analyzing, strategizing, or some other “ing,” perhaps we need to get back to doing.


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Originally posted December 29, 2004. Occasionally, I like to dig back into my old blog and see what’s there. It’s interesting to see how my writing style has changed since then.

December 28, 2004, Nighttime: It’s raining in LA. Those of us who live here and have grown up here know that a large amount of precipitation is not unusual in the beginning of winter. But it’s not merely raining, it’s pouring; windy rain, sideways rain. It’s the kind of rain that makes my shorn-headed, no umbrella-carrying self think about buying another hat.

It’s pouring as if a trillion glasses of water were being spilled onto the Southland. Pouring like the coldest of high-pressure showers. Additionally, there’s the thunder and the lightening; both very unusual phenomena accompanying an LA shower; the type of T and L that frightened your humble (hah!) correspondent very much some forty years ago.

An even more unusual occurrence was observed in the nighttime skies around here: seeing aircraft depart LAX. I live right under the LAX approach lanes and have prayed many times for no craft to crash, especially on top of my house. But seeing aircraft leave LAX was rather jarring: like seeing a clock run backward.

However, I love it when it rains in LA. After the storm blows through, the basin is the most beautiful of sights: everything washed away out of the “Valley of Smoke,” at least for a couple of days. Driving north away from my house on the Harbor Freeway (I-110), downtown LA, Mount Wilson, the Hollywood sign and the Observatory appear pure, new and beautiful.

But water is yet another one of those facts of living that has taken on a whole new meaning since the natural disaster in Southern Asia: it’s our friend and our enemy. Just as I have never viewed any overhead aircraft in quite the same way as I did before September 11, 2001, I’ll never view water—especially ocean water–in the same way since December of 2004; especially living on the perimeter of the “Ring of Fire.”

Fear? Yeah, well. It’s hard to fear most things, at least for me. It’s not my Christian faith that suppresses most of my fears (though it keeps the remnants in check), it’s not that I’m so tough. It’s simple utility: what good does fear do? Fear the reasonable things–the situations that you can keep yourself out of–sure. But fear the things you can’t control? Heck, you’d never leave the house.

December 29, 2004, Daytime: Flash floods, traffic accidents, shut-down freeways, weather related fatalities and a couple of missing hikers near the now snow-laden Mount Baldy. Hard going (and Godspeed to those involved). But who would have thought that one would feel that we’re getting off easy in acts-of-God sweepstakes? I guess a little perspective will do that.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel tentatively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done one day soon! Follow her on Twitter and on Gab.ai.

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Summary:   Will the fate of the 9th Legion be the fate of the Doctor and his friends?

Plot: The Doctor and Bill find themselves arguing over the fate of the lost 9th Roman Legion that disappeared in the 2nd century AD, so they decided to go back to find out what happened.  They and Nardole discover a gateway to another dimension guarded by a Celt who thought it would be a good idea to let the monster they were guarding though to stop the  Roman invader, but when said monster decides everyone is on the diet and the world is threatened will the Doctor be able to forge an alliance between Roman and Celt to stop them in time?

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Writing: Rona Munro does everything right here with a traditional Doctor Who story with all the fixings from natives to Romans to a cool monster.  This episode could have been been written for any Doctor and any in any Era and other than the sexual preference references it would have worked.

Acting: Of all the episodes to this point this is, in my opining the best acted by everyone involved.  Every performance from every lead and supporting character is far above par, particularly of course Capaldi, Lucas, Mackie (who has really grown in the role) Michelle Gomez in her cameo and all the rest

Memorable Moments: I know more about Roman’s than you,  All Crows talk,  Popcorn,  totally found the 9th Legion. Stop being brave. Talking crows

Doctor Who Flashbacks: Arguing over history (Robots of Sherwood)  Fans of the Roman history/legions (The Pandorica 11th Doctor)

Oddities: It didn’t hit me until this moment that this is really the first time that Bill really has reason to notice the TARDIS translation circuit.   seems to me it might have weapon that ties the men into knots seems kind of cool but very impractical.   Also I’m pretty sure I remember Nardole being able to fly the TARDIS.

Pet Peeves: I know the Doctor is softening toward Missy/Master but is he really going to give her unsupervised access to the TARDIS engines?

Great Quote(s) via chakoteya.net transcripts


The Doctor:   What are you doing?
Nardole: I’m ingratiating myself.
The Doctor:  Stop it. It’s nauseating.
Nardole:  It’s called charm.
The Doctor:  I’m against it. I’m against charm.
Nardole:  Yeah, we all know that.
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Bill: Something to do with the Tardis. Maybe, telepathic field? So now that we all understand each other, how do we all sound?
Lucius: You sound like children.
Kar: You sound like children too.
The Doctor: You all do.
Bill: Is this what happens when you understand what everyone in the universe is saying? Everybody just sounds like children?
The Doctor: There are exceptions.
Nardole: Thank you very much.
The Doctor: Not you


Nardole:   Right, shall we go back home? Time you were guarding that Vault. We don’t want Missy getting any ideas.
Missy:  Oh, one should always try to avoid those. Hello! You lot were ages. I was getting ever so worried.
Nardole:  How did you get out of the Vault? Sir, what do we do? How could this happen?
The Doctor:  It’s all right, Nardole. She’s been doing some work for me.
Missy: Sorry. I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry. I assumed they knew. Should I have stayed below decks?
The Doctor:   No, no, no, no. It’s fine.
Nardole:   She’s supposed to be in the Vault!
The Doctor:  How were the engines?
Missy: Better than you deserve. You are naughty. Do you ever do basic maintenance?
The Doctor:   No, but I’ve got a plan for that.
Missy: What?
The Doctor:  You.


Final Verdict: Five stars  What every Doctor who episode should want to be

Ranking of Season: 2nd of 10  I kept looking for reasons not to like this episode and failed miserably to find one.

1st Extremis
2nd The Eaters of Light
3rd The Lie of the Land
4th Empress of Mars
5th The Pyramid at the End of the World
6th Knock Knock
7th Oxygen
8th Thin Ice
9th Smile
10th The Pilot

Top 10 Ranking in the Capaldi Era: 10th.   The more I thought about it the more that I found I liked it better than Face the Raven and it almost edged Mummy on the Orient Express but either way it’s nice to see the season finally get places.

1st The Husbands of River Song
2nd. Last Christmas
3rd. The Caretaker
4th  Extremis
5th. The Return of Doctor Mysterio
6th. The Girl who Died
7th. The Witch’s Familiar
8th. Hell Bent
9th. Mummy on the Orient Express
10th. The Eaters of Light