Dr Who 322

I just had to sit through a whole bloody tennis match to find out about the new Dr Who.

I remember watching the first transformation, from William Hartnell to Patrick Troughton, with my sister when I was 8. The transformation itself was the most technically amazing thing then seen on TV, and I remember distinctly our deciding we liked Troughton a lot more, with his cheery trews and little flute. People forget that Hartnell’s Dr Who was himself part of what was scarey about the original series, a rather more alien character than subsequent doctors.

Anyway there are probably few people alive who have watched more Dr Who than I have over 50 years. (There, that’s an unexpected confession about my private life). And I cannot see any problem at all with a female appearing doctor. It is an alien life form, for goodness sake. If it can travel through time, regenerate and always speak English despite being from Gallifrey, it can appear in different humanoid sexual roles.

What Dr Who requires is an excellent character actor, full stop. And the series has been astonishingly, if not uniformly, well served.

But there will only ever be one Tom Baker.

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  • Republicofscotland

    Rev Campbell ups his defamation claim against Kezia Dugdale to a whopping £25,000 quid.

    Dugdale the calamitous leader of the London Labour branch office in Scotland, has until August the first to respond to it.

    Incidently Dugdale’s new girlfriend is a secretary to SNP minister John Swinney conflict of interest?


  • Trowbridge H. Ford

    See that American officials who tried to get Colleen LaRose aka ‘Jihad Jane’ and Gwrhyr to recruit me as her whitey assassin lover of Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks in 2009 for Al- Qaeda’s Ali-Charaf Damarche is now to be tried for terrorism in Philadelphia after he was extradited from Spain. If I had agreed to father her baby in a drunken orgy, I would long ago have been on trial too.

    If they cannot kill one outright, they will try to get enemies like the Iranians to help set one up too. ‘Jihad Jane’ even went to the Iranian Embassy outside of Stockholm to try to establish the set-up. Of course, my American enemies have never asked me for my side of the story.

    • Republicofscotland


      I never actually got round to asking you , who wants you, we shall call it “retired” to be polite, and why “they” want to “retire” you permanently?

      • Trowbridge H. Ford

        Who wants me permanently retired? The American political elite because of all the dirt it engages in, and tries to cover up.

        Just one example. Bill Clinton sees to the pardon of Israeli supporter, Al Schwinner. Not for this role in causing the assassination of Sweden’s Olof Palme. But for his illegal help of the country in its early days with Illegal aid to its air force for which he was never tried, but was given a pardon, so he would have a clean slate for all his covert activity which Trump is now using as a precedent for threatening to pardon himself and any other scum.

    • mog

      This issue has to be argued to conclusion, and it seems time to bring some clarity to Labour’s position. The party is probably as divided as the Tories.
      Corbyn is echoing a criticism of the EU/ single market system that has long been made by the Left in the party. It is a Neoliberal system that promotes precariousness in employment and pits workers against each other to keep wages down and profits high.
      I do not think Corbyn is a nationalist, he is a socialist, and an internationalist.
      Genuine national interest is inextricably bound to the interests of workers everywhere, not the interests of the European corporate class.

    • giyane

      Oh dear. It’s so confusing. Mrs May loves immigrants so much, because they help to reduce workers rights and bring down employers’ costs. that she’s going to chuck them all out. How dare English people want to move to Europe anyway? I stand for the opposite of my party’s interests. I am my own opposition. No need for anyone else. She’s lying through her teeth, they’re never going to deliver BREXIT. Tories never tell the truth.

      But what’s left for Jeremy Corbyn’s pitch? Truth is so yesterday, that everybody benefits from freedom of movement.. So what’s left? Ripe tomatoes , ideal for lobbying at politicians . One pound a box. Empty slogans of the Left. what he should be saying is that the Tories are lying and they will never, ever deliver anything that is against their party’s interests

    • Tony_0pmoc

      Ben, This is before they escaped. Don’t worry us British are a bit weird. For example, my next door neighbour goes to work all suited and booted – Very Formal. When he gets home and answers the door to me..he is sometimes dressed as a Treckie

      “Dalek invasion salford quays u.k (Lightwaves digital festival 2016) ”



  • Courtenay Barnett


    500 or 600 years or a millennia before:-

    500 + ante = European, conquest and domination.

    1,000 + ante = Ghengis Khan, founder of the Mogul Empire, and his hordes conquering large swathes of territory.

    Ante, ante, ante = humankind is without medications for the simplest of illnesses, some agricultural know-how but not the best at generating sustained food supplies or any significant scale*, basic food, shelter and clothing if not living the challenges of nomadic existence – and add it all together and back to the future.

    For those interested read: http://www.britac.ac.uk/pubs/proc/files/96p001.pdf
    I Agriculture in Egypt Pharaonic to Modern Times
    AGRICULTURE IN EGYPT: PHARAONIC TO MODERN TIMES 3 possible extension. Without regular dredging, the canals were ineffectual and the cropped area reduced accordingly …
    So – we might consider 5,000 plus years and behind that, then fast forward to the present.

    Empires in the present times = domination of large swathes of resource rich lands*, structured creation of false-flag wars, misinformation and subterfuge in high places and scandalous squandering of available resources on production on armaments while several million persons globally starve, are in need of housing or basics such as potable water, and not even to start thinking about fundamental education etc.

    E.g. The wars and turmoil in the oil rich Middle East exist more by willful design than by accident.

    So – when this set of nationalist sentiments or that set or the other group is competing – to say – mine is better than thine – or – I must have, control and dominate what you have – we are going back to the European conquests and to Ghesgis Khan and beyond. To say that my country, territory, sacred space is more sacred than yours – if, as supposedly sentient beings – we as homo sapiens ( i.e. not ‘Wall Street Neanderthals’) – MIGHT JUST BEGIN TO REFLECT AND THINK:-


    * Can anyone out there in computer-land please inform – what is this endless war in Afghanistan all about?


    P. S. A quotation I used in a research paper I published back in 2006 on the propulsion to wars because of ‘oil conquests’ being pursed:-

    “…I knew that I could not ever again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the greater purveyor of violence in the world: my own government.” Martin Luther King in his “Beyond Vietnam” April 4, 1967 speech – AND SO TRUE MORE THAN EVER TO THIS DAY!

    Rev. Courtenay ( preaching in an uncaring world). So much hypocrisy and greed abounds.

    • Salford Lad

      @ Courtenay Barnett,
      The presence of US troops in Afghanistan is to protect the UNOCAL oil pipeline transiting from Krygstan and Turkmenistan.
      Afghanistan is also rich in rare metals.
      It is a jump off point into Central Asia to disrupt the Chinese New Silk Roads and preserve the dollar as reserve currency.
      Under the Taliban the opium crop was almost eliminated and reduced to 350 ton/year.It is back to over 3500 ton/year since the USA ‘intervention’.
      The CIA finance their ‘black ops’ from Afghan drug sales, as they did in Vietnam from the Golden Triangle crop and in Central America from the import of Colombian cocaine into Mena,Arkansas to finance the Contras in Nicaragua.
      US troops will not leave Afghanistan until the oil runs dry.
      As an aside;
      The Jihadi/ISIS attack in Marawi City, Phillipines is a warning to President Duterte for his overtures to China and Russia and Duterte knows it. He has previous experience of CIA ‘dirty tricks’ in the area.

      • Courtenay Barnett

        @Salford Lad,
        Thank you for responding.
        It is crystal clear what you have said.
        So – as I understand it, one power ( the US) sustains a war in Afghanistan to protect oil interests; engages in drug trafficking; sets out to destabilise the Philippines government, because its President wants to engage China economically for reasons of what he perceives to be in the Philippines best economic interest. All of this I infer from your reply.
        Yet, as I see on CNN, the US is fully preoccupied in complaining and investigating and complaining again, again and again about Russia meddling in US domestic affairs ( i.e. the recent election).
        Answer this one if you can: since others see what is happening; that it is illegal; that it is inhumane; that it is disastrous for any prospect of world peace as we go along this global trajectory; that we, as a species, simply cannot pursue the future much longer along this vein for so to do, if not for reasons of already existing ecological imbalances existing in an industrialised world – then – towards the logical conclusion – the greatest war ( the nuclear war) is one, if fought can never be won ( we shall all be losers). What then do the bright, the brilliant, the best do in the capitals of Washington, London. Paris, Berlin, and so on around the world – if there is to be a future of sustained human existence beyond the narrow here and now?
        Maybe, I should direct the foregoing question initially to the average American?

        • Salford Lad

          @Courtenay Barnett,
          The USA is an Empire and has been subverting and looting abroad for most of its history from 1776, the expansion into the American West and the genocide of its indigenous Indians,to its seizure of the Mexican areas of Texas Nevada,California and its control of South America using Comprador controlled dictators and its Monroe Doctrine, Manifest Destiny and Exceptionalism. These are Fascist diktats.
          The Spanish-American War of 1898,was instigated by a ‘false flag’ explosion of the battleship USS Maine in Havana Harbour. The Cuban fight for Independence from Spain gave the US the opportunity to invade and exploit Cuba until Fidels Revolucion in ’59.
          The then Spanish controlled Phillipines was next overrun and subjected to Imperial control ,with the deaths estimates at over 1 million. The Japanese invaded and threw them out in WW2.
          The basis of the US Empire is the dollar reserve currency and the petrodollar, enforced by a massive military. The Chinese Silk Roads bypass the sea route control of the US Navy and is the death knell of the dollar and Empire.
          That is why Syria and Iran are in the crosshairs, they are the route to Central Asia and the disruption and control of the Chinese Silk Roads.
          The days of the US Empire are numbered and the defeat in Syria is the beginning of its dissolution.

        • Tony_0pmoc

          Courtenay Barnett,

          Your questions are extremely profound, and in this one instance I seriously approve of your CAPITALISATION. Salford Lad’s response is completely accurate, and if you want even more detail, you could read Peter Dale Scott.

          However, neither provide the answer as to Why?

          The people in control of such events have far more personal “riches” than they or their offspring could ever utilse to achieve a state of “happinness”. After you have got far more than you could ever need, why create such misery and destruction for so many, simply to attain even more. What exactly is the point?

          I have been trying to find the answer to this question for many years.

          The study of Psychopathy and Ponerology only provides limited answers. It does not explain Why.

          Its great you asked the question. If everyone did that, we might find some solutions.

          Meanwhile you could watch this. It gives a few hints..

          “JFK to 911 Everything Is A Rich Man’s Trick”



  • Sharp Ears

    The Chinese are building a navy and at the moment, are conducting naval exercises with Russia. Is that to scare the pants off Trump?

    China’s naval ambitions on show in Russia war games
    To be a true superpower China realises it needs blue water capability – but it won’t be behind for long, writes Alistair Bunkall.

    Fallon is having them shadowed. A pathetic pocket politician.

    • Courtenay Barnett

      Sharpe Ears,
      Interesting that you asked about the Governor.

      Much of much I would say. The Governor’s job is to report back to the FCO, keep himself out of trouble then having his last assignment duly he heads back home to get his OBE or Knighthood or whatever at the end of his career. This one very much fits that mold.

      Why – why did you ask?


        • Sharp Ears

          Thanks. So Buggin’s turn then.

          No reason for asking. I noticed Freeman on the Wikipedia page. He will be off with his fat pension to somewhere here in the countryside no doubt.

          Have followed your past posts on here ref affairs in T&C.


          • Courtenay Barnett

            Interesting that you do know where we are – thought no one knew that we existed.

            There is a long-term link all the way from here up to Lord Ashcroft ( former significant financier of the Tories and down here to TCI) and the UK.

            Dirty ‘ol world we live in ( all of it- not just here). But only planet I plan to call ‘home’ until I close my eyes for the final time.

            Have any ideas for a Mars mission soon – before it all implodes and claims us mere earthlings in the process? ( Not joking).

            I am a fan of Bertrand Russell. It was either he or Einstein who is attributed with the observation:-

            That after the Third World War – we would be fighting each other with spears and stones in the next one – or something like that.

            Seems to me that from the early 1960s, into the Vietnam war and CND – it is no longer too fashionable to question why some countries like going to war endlessly and dropping bombs on all and sundry. “Collateral damage” – I guess! – so why question the necessity ( or inevitability) of state actions in the first place?

  • Courtenay Barnett

    It was Albert Einstein who said:-
    “I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”
    Albert Einstein – US (German-born) physicist (1879 – 1955)
    As, I said, I am a fan of Bertrand Russell. He had this to say in his essay at and around the time of the First World War:-
    “The objects for which men have fought in the past, whether just or unjust, are no longer to be achieved by wars amongst civilized nations. A great weight of tradition, of financial interests, of political insincerity, is bound up with the anachronism of international hostility. It is, however, perhaps not chimerical to hope that the present war, which has shocked the conscience of mankind more than any war in previous history, may produce a revulsion against antiquated methods, and may lead the exhausted nations to insist upon the brotherhood and co-operation which their rulers have hitherto denied them.”
    As more comprehensively stated here:-

    Surprise – surprise – these thoughts are as relevant today as when Russell first wrote them. But, just go back to the Iraq war and watch just how it was debated in Parliament. Exception – did someone say – George Galloway when he stood up in the US and made the US Senator look the total jackass he was?
    Who cares; who watches; who listens? Yes – the majority listen to the ‘conventional wisdom’ and their sons and daughters keep dying because they are ‘serving their country’. Bullshit!
    But overall, stupidity in high places just seems to march on. Like untruncated shit being uttered out of Parliaments and Congress – with precious little questioning on any credible basis – while patently accepting the a priori of war, war, war and more wars….

  • Pyewacket

    Off topic I know, but have just watched BBC4’s Storyville titled Accidental Anarchist, Life without Government that featured Carne Ross, an ex FCO employee who resigned on principle over the Iraq War. Did anyone else catch it ?

  • Republicofscotland

    I can’t wait to eat American meat washed with ammonia, bleached and treated with antibiotics…hmmm yummy.

    Along side that lovely meat I’ll have my Monsanto GM crop vegetables, yum yum, must eat your greens now.

  • Republicofscotland

    I can’t wait to eat American meat washed with ammonia, bleached and treated with antibiotics…hmmm yummy.

    Along side that lovely meat I’ll have my Monsanto GM crop vegetables, yum yum, must eat your greens now.

  • Republicofscotland

    I can’t wait to eat American meat washed with ammonia, bleached and treated with antibiotics…hmmm yummy.

    Along side that lovely meat I’ll have my Monsanto GM crop vegetables, yum yum, must eat your greens now.


  • Julian

    I have to say that I saw the first episode of Dr Who, and feel like I must contest Craig’s boast/statement that he has seen more eps than me 🙂

  • pietra

    At least a tennis match is over within hours. Poor us, we have to sit through a whole lot of drivel, for, now eight days, while expectantly waiting for this bloggers’ next wise thoughts. In purely semantic terms, I wonder below what frequency a blog (ahem, web log, log in the sense of diary) ceases to be a blog, and simply disappears up its own chimney flue.

    • John Spencer-Davis

      You could consider checking the site, say, once per day, then leaving immediately to do something else if there is no new post from Craig Murray. That might be more productive than whining about other people’s drivel while posting your own. J

  • Sharp Ears

    Dr Fox, purveyor of snake oil, appears to be prevaricating on his chlorinated chicken proposal. Just a ruse probably.

    This is the reality of US meat production. UK’s?? who knows.

    Five Gross Ways Your Meat Is Kept Safe to Eat
    by Martha Rosenberg / May 9th, 2014
    It is no secret that in the war against meat pathogens in commercial U.S. meat production, the pathogens are winning. The logical result of the tons of antibiotics that Big Meat gives livestock (not because they are sick but to fatten them) is clear: antibiotics that no longer work against antibiotic-resistant diseases like staph (MRSA), enterococci (VRE) and C.difficile. Antibiotic resistant infections, once limited to hospitals and nursing homes, are now in the community and have been found on Florida public beaches and on the highway behind a poultry truck . Big Meat has found some novel ways to retard the growth of salmonella, E.coli and listeria on commercially grown meat–but it does not necessarily want people to know about them and they are conspicuously absent from labels.
    Chlorine baths
    Carbon Monoxide
    Other “Safe and Suitable” Ingredients You Don’t Know You’re Eating

  • reel guid

    Coronation Chicken was invented to mark the start of the Queen’s reign.

    65 years into that reign and the Tories are presenting her with Chlorination Chicken.

  • Trowbridge H. Ford

    What’s to prevent Donald Trump sacking Sessions, and putting Rudy Giuliani in his place who then nominates Donald Jr. to be the next Pardon Attorney who then pardons you-know-who!

    Forget what the law experts are contending. Wonder what Dr Who will make of it.

    • giyane

      ” will make of it ” ? with all due respect for your different opinion, One would surely hope the Doctor is looking back and chuckling at Trump impeaching the Democratic Party for funding Islamist terror. His pile of snowballs/cowpats/bad eggs /rotten tomatoes is quite a lot bigger than the Clintons’. IMHO

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