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Chris Chibnall's Dr Who [Oct. 22nd, 2018|09:34 am]
Tony Grist
Jodie Whittaker's Doctor is all bustle and bounce. No introspection or retrospection- but perhaps that will come. She's a tyke. Scrappy. Yorkshire.

Three companions is a lot to handle. The man and the boy have a pre-existing- edgy- relationship, the girl and the boy a tenuous one.  The girl is under-used but it's early days. The Doctor is their organiser, their team leader- though some chemistry is beginning to show between the her and the man- not sexual (God forbid) but matey.

Chris Chibnall is a boots and braces kind of a writer. His stories are less fantastical, less comical than those of his immediate predecessors. He's more interested in human beings than aliens (and to be frank the aliens thus far have been a bit perfunctory.) The third episode- co-written with Malorie Blackman- is one that will stick in the memory-   firstly for immersing us in its recreation of Montgomery, Alabama, 1955 (not a comfortable experience) and the performances of Vinette Robinson as Rosa Parks- a characterisation that went remarkably deep considering how little time it had to develop in- and Bradley Walsh as poor, hapless Graham- suckered into playing the role of a bus-riding white racist so history could take its course. Who knew the genial host of Countdown was such a subtle actor?

[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2018-10-22 03:58 pm (UTC)
Here in the U.S.A., our options are jury-rig a VPN, pay for BBCAmerica and suffer through their endless commercials, or wait 12-24 hours and stream it from Amazon Prime Video (for a fee). I chose the latter, and watched it over breakfast. I found it wrenchingly powerful.

Whitaker's Doctor hit the ground running, with hardly any time off for regeneration. I hope she gets to catch her breath in some upcoming episode. Maybe Arachnids In London (or whatever it's called) will be Doctor-lite. I am really liking the emphasis on characters over gimmicks. We're binge-watching Father Brown right now, and I like that for all the same reasons. The crimes are almost incidental.

Edited at 2018-10-22 03:58 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-10-22 04:21 pm (UTC)
Father Brown is very likeable- but far removed from Chesterton. And it rankles that the writers are so ignorant of ecclesiastical matters.
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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2018-10-22 04:25 pm (UTC)
Having never read Chesterton's Father Brown, I don't mind much -- and I'm serenely ignorant of many Roman Catholic ecclesiastical matters. I did get the idea that Fr. Brown's interpretation of doctrine and proper conduct was, let us say, fluid.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-10-22 04:29 pm (UTC)
A case in point: TV's Father Brown operates out of a splendid medieval parish church in the Cotswolds- but the R C church doesn't possess any splendid medieval parish churches in the Cotswolds because Henry VIII confiscated them all.
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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2018-10-22 05:16 pm (UTC)
For all I know, they could have bought it back. The C of E does disencumber itself of redundant churches, does it not? Its American counterpart certainly does -- a glorious West Philadelphia Episcopal church around 43rd and Chestnut just met the wrecking ball.

St. James Kingsessing still stands and has a congregation...
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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2018-10-22 05:22 pm (UTC)
In fact, here's one currently on offer, although its splendor may be in question -- I see it was restored in the 19c:

Darlton St Giles

The Church of St Giles is a prominent Grade II* Listed Church of 13th Century origins; the Church was partly rebuilt and restored in 1863. The construction is of ashlar and rough hewn ashlar beneath tiled roofs with interesting architectural features. The lychgate and churchyard wall are listed Grade II.

St Giles is situated off the main street (A57) in the village of Darlton with good links to the A1 and A1M. Leisure amenities and educational facilities (both state and independent) are well catered for nearby.

The approximate floor area is 1,713 sq ft (159.2m²) and the property is suitable for a variety of uses, subject to planning and all necessary consents/approvals. Prospective purchasers are expressly advised to consider the informal Planning & Conservation Statement and contact the Local Planning Authority, particularly the Conservation Team directly to discuss their proposals.

Offers are invited on a conditional basis. The conditions of sale and information pack are available from the selling agents website www.brown-co.com

Diocese: Southwell and Nottingham

Location: Main Street, Darlton

OS grid reference: NGR:SK 77 73

Edited to add: since LJ doesn't let one add photos to a comment, I've posted them on my own journal, here: https://lblanchard.livejournal.com/1009205.html

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-10-22 06:40 pm (UTC)
I like the tower. The rest of it looks Victorian. I have limited enthusiasm for Victorian churches- though the best of them are magnificent.

Ailz and I support the Churches Conservation Trust- which buys and restores redundant churches, makes a point of ensuring public access- and- where feasible- finds new but sympathetic uses for them.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-10-22 06:19 pm (UTC)
The church of England does off-load redundant churches- but it wasn't doing that in the 1950s.

I know, it doesn't really matter- but if you've been in a line of business you always notice when the film and Tv people get things wrong. Doctors and nurses have a good giggle at hospital dramas and real policemen and women do the same with cop shows.
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