January 4th, 2010

gibbon

Gibbon Chapter XV

  • The growth of Christianity "was most effectually favoured and assisted by the five following causes: I. The inflexible, and, if we may use the expression, the intolerant zeal of the Christians, derived, it is true, from the Jewish religion, but purified from the narrow and unsocial spirit which, instead of inviting, had deterred the Gentiles from embracing the law of Moses. II. The doctrine of a future life, improved by every additional circumstance which could give weight and efficacy to that important truth. III. The miraculous powers ascribed to the primitive church. IV. The pure and austere morals of the Christians. V. The union and discipline of the Christian republic, which gradually formed an independent and increasing state in the heart of the Roman empire."
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doctor who

Doctor Who Rewatch: 04

In general I am doing these write-ups in groups of six stories at a time, regardless of season breaks or (for next time) changes of Doctor. By most counts, however, this entry covers seven stories, not six. But I persist in my own eccentric view that Mission To The Unknown should be considered as part of The Daleks' Master Plan, in the teeth of everyone else's opposition (and of the evidence from BBC official documents that it should be considered, if not separately, then as a fifth episode of Galaxy Four). So The Myth Makers is the first story of those reviewed below, and Mission to the Unknown in effect is the zeroth story for this month's write-up. OK?

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I had listened to the audio releases of these stories a couple of years ago, and there was some discussion in comments about the changeover from Wiles/Tosh to Lloyd/Davis, which I didn't really twig to on that occasion. This time round, with the surviving videos, and also in the context of having watched what's left of the previous two years' stories, it really jumped out at me. Wiles was I think ahead of his time; his Who stories are much more like those of the colour era than any other period of Hartnell. It clearly didn't work for Hartnell or for the BBC hierarchy, but it works for me.

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