ASSESSING STRESS #12: “The Doctor Falls” and series 10 wrap-up

Welcome to DoWntime’s not-too-regular column, Assessing Stress. That’s where we assess … stress. Or more accurately, talk and debate about the newest episodes to hit the television screen, the new releases from Big Finish, and all these good things.

And at long last, this is the end – the last episode of our weekly coverage of series 10. And, to give this piece of fiction a worthy eulogy, we have gathered alone, the three of us, in silence and meditation, ranking episodes through complex mathematical processes (that involved both Excel and darts, as it happens), sharing insight, and crying profusely over a finale that hit, as young people say, #rightinthefeelsbruv.

Thank you all for having followed us so far – we’re not going anywhere, and have plenty of exciting projects to launch during the hiatus! But let’s not wait anymore, and let’s dig right into the finale. Spoilers follow, obviously, both from the episode, the series, and the third series of “Hannibal”.

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ASSESSING STRESS #11: “World Enough and Time”

Welcome to DoWntime’s not-too-regular column, Assessing Stress. That’s where we assess … stress. Or more accurately, talk and debate about the newest episodes to hit the television screen, the new releases from Big Finish, and all these good things.

And for the finale, all the team is here, ready, sharp, even Tibère who watched the episode drunk (true story – apparently pina colada and Cyberconversions are a great mix), and joined by our last guest of the series, Sam Baker – who you might remember from our article on Bill Potts and sexuality in Who! -. His blog, Sam’s Random Musings, can be found here – https://samsrandommusings.wordpress.com/ .

Spoilers follow, obviously.

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ASSESSING STRESS #10: “The Eaters of Light”

Welcome to DoWntime’s not-too-regular column, Assessing Stress. That’s where we assess … stress. Or more accurately, talk and debate about the newest episodes to hit the television screen, the new releases from Big Finish, and all these good things.

And this time, our roster is full, with Scarves, Scribbles and Tibère all there to answer the call (we’ve been doing some tai chi together through Skype, it is di-vine), along with guest contributor Ruth Long (who has already written for us, go check her stuff out! Also, her Tumblr is that way), aka the Lazy Cat, aka the world’s leading expert on Clara Oswald, aka an all-around awesome person.

Spoilers follow, obviously.

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ASSESSING STRESS #9: “Empress of Mars”

Welcome to DoWntime’s not-too-regular column, Assessing Stress. That’s where we assess … stress. Or more accurately, talk and debate about the newest episodes to hit the television screen, the new releases from Big Finish, and all these good things.

And, in what is starting to feel like a running gag, Scarves is sitting that one out. He was out at a cricket match. Little known fact: he’s actually the Fifth Doctor. I mean, he does have “celery” in his username. That’s a giveaway if ever there is one. But still! We soldiered on, and, for Queen and country (aka Michelle Gomez and the United Nations of Whozistan), we tackled the latest episode of series 10.

But eh, we have a guest! A jack-of-all-trades Who that we are only going to refer to as “Timey-Wimey” here (apparently he has a hit on his head, that’s why, don’t go and ask me, I know jack shit about it).

Spoilers follow, obviously. For both the episode and the fifth series of Game of Thrones, because of a shitty Tibère joke.

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ASSESSING STRESS #8: “The Lie of the Land”

Welcome to DoWntime’s not-too-regular column, Assessing Stress. That’s where we assess … stress. Or more accurately, talk and debate about the newest episodes to hit the television screen, the new releases from Big Finish, and all these good things.

And we managed to get the band back together again! Yay us! Scarves came back from the Sahara, and he has started his own religion now, I think, but he managed to come back from us and we had a lovely time meditating together in the astral plane, chatting with the spirit of John Nathan-Turner and all those good things.

Also, we dragged a guest with us! James Kirkland, from Canada, Whovian, and independant writer/director, say hello everyone!

Spoilers follow, obviously.

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ASSESSING STRESS #7: “The Pyramid at the End of the World”

Welcome to DoWntime’s not-too-regular column, Assessing Stress. That’s where we assess … stress. Or more accurately, talk and debate about the newest episodes to hit the television screen, the new releases from Big Finish, and all these good things.

Dear diary. Today, Scarves is not here. Apparently he has joined a bunch of monks and has gone on a spiritual enlightenment journey through the Sahara. That’s weird. I hope those were nice monks, not like the ones in that episode. I don’t really know. Anyway, Scribbles and the other guy are here. And there’s also a guest, one of our contributors/readers. I’m not sure he has given a name to us, though. He’s very elusive. So we’re just going to call him the Elusive Whovian for the rest of the talk. That should work. Goodbye, dear diary. I must get back to eating my curry. See you.

Spoilers follow, obviously. For the episode, “Class” and the Da Vinci Code, if you care about the Da Vinci Code. If you do, we’re kind of judging you, tho.

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ASSESSING STRESS #6: “Extremis”

Welcome to DoWntime’s not-too-regular column, Assessing Stress. That’s where we assess … stress. Or more accurately, talk and debate about the newest episodes to hit the television screen, the new releases from Big Finish, and all these good things. And finally, it happened. We got back to a full, four-people crew! Hurray us! Of course we had to extract Scarves from the little hut he had taken shelter in, somewhere near the Balkans, where he was hunting wolves and reading Mitlon, but Tibère had contacts among the French secret service, so it was a pretty smooth ride, all things considered.

And joining us today is David Nirved, writer of Who fanfiction and essays, generally awesome person, and the only hardcore “Fear Her” fan in the world. He’s the one that held Tibbles at gunpoint and forced him to write that article about it, if you recall the oh so old beginnings of this lovely blog. Anyway, let’s dive into it.

Oh, and a random piece of information – we’re going to run an article on the episode’s philosphical themes in the coming days! Stay tuned.

Spoilers follow, obviously. And it should be obvious if you have seen the episode – but be warned that we’re gonna talk about suicide in that talk, so have a content warning.

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ASSESSING STRESS #5: “Oxygen”

Welcome to DoWntime’s not-too-regular column, Assessing Stress. That’s where we assess … stress. Or more accurately, talk and debate about the newest episodes to hit the television screen, the new releases from Big Finish, and all these good things. And this week, we’re not late! But unfortunately, our numbers are still down. Scarves, alas, is not here this week. This is not because last week’s couple therapy failed when we discovered the therapist was actually the guru of a zoroastrian BDSM cult that sent a hundred masked assassins mounted on tiny Shetland ponies after him, by the way – no, it’s not that at all, just … life stuff. Yeah, let’s go with that, life stuff. So it’s only Scribbles and Tibbles here. But don’t worry, “Extremis” will normally have us return to a four-person crew.

Still, we managed to get a guest to accompany us on this fine day – dear Audrey T. Armstrong, who lives in the country of attractive Prime Ministers and elks, also known as Canada. Also she’s writing stuff for us (watch that space, good things comin’, yo – that’s how young people talk, right?), and, when she’s not doing that (and frankly, that’s a bit sad, who needs a life beyond a niche Who fansite?), she 1) dabbles occasionally in fanfiction (http://doctorwhofanfic.weebly.com/the-2017-specials.html ) and 2) co-hosts a blog about journeying with a friend through the Classic series  ( https://thelinearadventuresdoctorwho.wordpress.com/ )

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ASSESSING STRESS #4: “Knock Knock”

Welcome to DoWntime’s not-too-regular column, Assessing Stress. That’s where we assess … stress. Or more accurately, talk and debate about the newest episodes to hit the television screen, the new releases from Big Finish, and all these good things. And this week, we’re late! Because someone decided it was a good idea to take a week-end off work, internet and all that good stuff to go galavanting about who-knows-which European country. Well, screw you Tibère. Screw. You. But still! We managed to pull through this difficult time of our lives, and after a few sessions of couple therapy administered by a German psychiatrist over Skype, we’re back as one, unitied, loving family to talk about Who stuff. And, following the advice of said professional, it’s just the three of us this week. Not just because guests that fit our (complicated, due to timezones and stuff) schedule are rare, but also because it’s a great occasion for us to learn how to know each other better and eventually know how to reach a new, improved understanding, to quote my lifecoach who learned his job through Wes Anderson movies.

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ASSESSING STRESS #3: “Thin Ice”

Welcome to DoWntime’s new, not-too-regular column, Assessing Stress. That’s where we assess … stress. Or more accurately, talk and debate about the newest episodes to hit the television screen, the new releases from Big Finish, and all these good things.  It may be freezing, we might be attacked by savage snakes or elegant Nazis, or we may just be lazy and stuff, but we shall always be there to discuss episodes and be a bunch of leftist pompous arses.

This week, Scarves, Scribbles & Tibère are joined by Ryan Smith, Who aficionado and friend of us, whose blog you can find that way (https://dreamsofcybersheep.wordpress.com/ ). Also, he dabbles a bit in fanfiction, the saucy minx – have a look that way at the occasion: http://sjaneverending.weebly.com/ .

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