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@NumberNine If there's something we the public don't know, and it would be his right to keep private, perhaps you're right. But even just to take Thor the Dark World, which, considering the added burden of all that costume and makeup, he has had challenging shoots before. I think it has more to do with where ones head is. Actors and actresses commit to long grueling schedules all the time when their heads and hearts are in it. I comes with the gig. It's hard work, most especially an ongoing television series. But we haven't seen anyone else collapse. Eccleston was a happy accident for us, it's just a shame he walked away unhappy.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Capaldi Signed Up For Doctor Who Series 9?

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@simon delafield So why hasn't he (Eccleston) become "ill" do to his "workload" since? He done major motion pictures, and now is quite involved with HBO's "The Leftovers" (brilliant work by the way), and he hasn't become "ill". Please don't attempt to buy him excuses, whatever transpired on Doctor Who, he failed to look before he leaped. It happens.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Capaldi Signed Up For Doctor Who Series 9?

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Take that, rumor mongering doubters. We really don't know why Christopher Eccleston left after one series. I don't think we'll ever know. I don't think he did enough thinking about what taking on the role of the Doctor would entail, and though I love his stories and his portrayal of the Doctor, he probably shouldn't have taken the part. Why has no other actor walked away and displayed such a desire to disassociate himself from the part? Eccleston should have stayed away, and I wish this great actor the best with his future endeavors. Peter Capaldi "gets it", and he, like David Tennant grew up loving it. There's that, and people like Paul McGann and Matt Smith falling in love with it. They all "get it" now. We don't need anymore "serious cred" actors who haven't a clue getting involved. We have what we need in Peter Capaldi, who loves it enough to respect it, and shake it up. I'm looking very forward to the Twelfth Doctor.............

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Capaldi Signed Up For Doctor Who Series 9?

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More McGann! More Eighth Doctor!

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Moffat: Big Plans For Future Online Episodes

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Just between the Ninth Doctor's initial departure, and his return to Rose to mention that his ship travels in Time as well, any number of adventures could have taken place. Except one thing stood in the way. Christopher Eccleston. Check out Charlie Higson's short story "The Beast Of Babylon" for just one such example.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on The Future of Multi-Doctor Stories

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@GetExiled @GrannyMumantoog The license issues actually got pretty much cleared up some time ago, but I don't think anyone has gone out of the way to reference anything from the TV Movie because of the rather dubious nature of some of it's tampering with canon. Or what would be seen as canon. I think the TV Movie was an obvious attempt to pander to a potential audience, rather than an attempt to engage a potential audience as the relaunch, in my opinion, managed to accomplish so well. The IDW comic "The Forgotten" has the Eighth Doctor telling another character that the whole "half human" thing was a successful attempt to fool the Master, though he doesn't go on to say why he wanted or needed to do that. And of course, there is the matter of the comics, or which comics, might be considered at canon, or not. The BBC hasn't spoken definitively on that as the have the Big Finish audios.

4 weeks, 1 day ago on RTD: Fans Can’t Ignore “Half-Human” Doctor

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@Duggy 1138 @mashieboyz @The 14th Doctor That's what David Troughton said of portraying the 2nd Doctor as well, and then he did some audio work for one of the pre Big Finish Tom Baker audioplays. What we're talking about is two men who have carved out careers for themselves and while they don't mind the association, don't want to be regarded solely in the shadows of their iconic fathers. They both seem to have managed fairly well, and probably still tread carefully. There just most likely aren't going to be recreations of those Doctors, unless they ever decide to do it via animation or further audioplay stories. David Bradley could do quite well in a pinch (certainly closer to Hartnell than Hurndall was), but I don't think it's likely we'll see that either.

1 month ago on Will There Be a 10th Anniversary Special for the Revival?

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@Notsosmartguy approves of female thor The audios are not the television show, and yet have been confirmed (even now on screen in TNOTD) as canon, so perhaps "subdivisions" can apply.

1 month ago on Moffat Questions “Twelfth Doctor” Title

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@MetamorphmagusWho @TardisBoy Colin is approachable and instantly puts you at ease. He may throw some "Sixie" (as he calls his Sixth Doctor) at you in jest, but it's all tongue in cheek. He's kind, friendly, gracious, and attentive. He really engages with the fans I've seen him meet, including myself.

1 month, 1 week ago on Colin Baker on Five(ish) Doctors Sequel

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@BenMilner_ You must have caught him on a bad day and/or at a bad moment. I've met and talked person to person with Colin at about five conventions over the years, and he has always been pleasant, approachable, and charming. Last year he even consented to get on the phone and send along well wishes to a friend who couldn't attend a particular con due to his state of health. He's a class act in my book.

1 month, 1 week ago on Colin Baker on Five(ish) Doctors Sequel

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If Eccleston was game, there might be. It was him, after all, "in the chair" so to speak, when the show returned. But his obvious desire to move forward and past Doctor Who, and any association with it, would, in my opinion, render it kind of pointless. Perhaps a documentary where Jane Tranter, Lorraine Heggessy, Mal Young, RTD, Julie Gardner, Phil Collinson, any behind the scenes people involved in its return would be the ticket.

1 month, 1 week ago on Will There Be a 10th Anniversary Special for the Revival?

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@Greenbed4059 The compliment was for you Greenbed4059, not any response to your comment, just to clarify.

1 month, 1 week ago on Doctor Who’s Biggest Deus Ex Machina

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@Greenbed4059 Very well stated.

1 month, 1 week ago on Doctor Who’s Biggest Deus Ex Machina

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I've accepted what I would call, in my opinion, the overuse of the Sonic Screwdriver as a mild negative amidst the overwhelming positives. It is part, even more so now, of the Doctor Who mythology, and if you've created a device that can get you out of almost anything, well, you're going to use it to get you out of almost everything! I feel, at the least, that it sometimes provides a solution that doesn't need involve violence, or blowing things up, and that's nice. But that being said, when the Doctor comes across a problem that involves technology, something mechanical, even if he figures it out, he'll most likely need a tool to implement that solution. Hence the Sonic is the go to.

1 month, 1 week ago on Doctor Who’s Biggest Deus Ex Machina

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@thribs1  "Engines Of War" is coming July 31st. I've already preordered my copy and I can hardly wait.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on First 12th Doctor Novels Detailed

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@doctorwhomultiverse  Unlike Comic Cons everywhere, people can probably AFFORD to attend these events, without taking a second mortgage out on their homes, or handing over the titles to their cars.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on An Audience with Capaldi & Coleman, Seoul World Tour Updates

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Bookcases! A golden sort of lighting in areas! Shades of the Eighth Doctor's Tardis console room! Excitement!

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Doctor Who Series 8 TV Launch Trailer

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@BJAMES  I meant Lawrence Miles. Trust me to get something backwards.

2 months, 1 week ago on Does Clara Hide a Secret that is Bigger on the Inside?

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Sounds like some shades of Compassion, aka Laura Tobin from Miles Lawrence's Faction Paradox mythology, as well as a fairly long stream of BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures books. She was an agent of the "Remote", a group of people who were attuned to "signals" that the Faction employed as field operatives. She began to travel with the Doctor, and began to transform through a symbiotic relationship with the Tardis into a tardis herself, albeit one able to continue on in her humanoid form. She later helped the Eighth Doctor in Gallifrey's war against the Faction, and the "Enemy", which led to his being able to safe keep the Matrix for Gallifrey's eventual restoration. The theories  above might be a little too close to Lawrence's storyline, so I doubt Moffat would be able or desirous of using them.

2 months, 1 week ago on Does Clara Hide a Secret that is Bigger on the Inside?

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The entire Doctor Who BBC book range is lying neglected in my opinion. Not just the drop off of current Doctor books, but the disappearance of past Doctor books as well. We had the wonderful "Wheel Of Ice" and "Harvest Of Time" books last year (Second and Third Doctors, respectively), but I genuinely miss having a steady stream of assorted era books. It's probably down to lack of sales, so we fans need to step up and purchase these and let the BBC know how we feel by speaking with our wallets.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on First 12th Doctor Novels Detailed

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@ConradWesleyClough @Goldenchest  I prefer to think that timelines can both be experienced and averted. Everything we understand to have taken place, the events on Trenzalore, Clara diving into the Doctor's timeline to save him, actually happened. And then, in a sense, didn't. Time had been rewritten, and those who were present may well remember an event that took place, and than didn't. Just my opinion, but I believe the Doctor's death on Trenzalore was on course to happen, but another solution was brought into play. Through Clara's and the Time Lord's invention, that timeline was averted. And as all involved were present in the same timeline playing out (not brought in from others), they, unlike The Doctors in TDOTD will probably remember everything. It's now "Much Ado About Trenzalore". Just my theory mind you.

2 months, 4 weeks ago on Doctor Who: Control-Alt-Delete

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@NumberNine @BJAMES @LaraHarris  There's that wind again........

2 months, 4 weeks ago on Doctor Who: Control-Alt-Delete

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@Rani Nose @brodgers123 It would be even better if the people who throw these words around as a means of venting their dissatisfactions and opinions actually knew what these words meant before so callously slandering and accusing another human being of something so terrible.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Rachel Talalay Directing Series 8

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@brodgers123 @TheCapaldiMasterplan And now Google is a barometer of truth about any individual's actual character as a person?  And the alleged notoriety for his alleged sexism smacks of nothing more than a slander, pure and simple, perpetuated by a small but vocal minority, who's tendency to confuse their own points of view and opinions with reality and fact are just having too much fun repeating. I'm glad Moffat keeps himself above this sort baseless criticism, as he and those who actually know him obviously know how baseless it is.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Rachel Talalay Directing Series 8

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@AaronMcGahon We don't actually know about any lack of offers to female directors or writers. We just know that there has been an absence. As I said above, hopefully this will encourage any female talent that may have been reticent to come forward to go after work on Doctor Who. To me, it's a foregone conclusion that creative people of all gender persuasions are potential talent that may very well have something to contribute to Doctor Who. To not think that betrays an ignorance on the part of anyone who would think that, equal to, well the ignorance of those who have accused Steven Moffat of being sexist.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Rachel Talalay Directing Series 8

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@Master Michael Moon An American director on a British show. That just feels more like the right way around for Doctor Who.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Rachel Talalay Directing Series 8

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It was never about a quota or a slight. It's always about the right person for the job, and Moffat has found yet another great talent that he believes can contribute to his vision for Doctor Who. This person just happens to be a woman. I personally hope that many more of these people (working alongside Moffat, and beyond) just happen to be women as well. Perhaps if there were any other female talents holding back, because of a misperception of sexism on Doctor Who, will now come forward and throw their hats, so to speak, into the ring. The time was always going to be right someday, and that time begins now.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Rachel Talalay Directing Series 8

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@Castrovalva Charley has her own box set on the way this month as well. Go India Fisher!

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Is it Time to Give Big Finish the New Who Licence?

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@thelonelycenturion @Angie Whodini The Doctor's mother Penelope Gate was using a chameleon arch to hide from the Time Lords when she conceived and gave birth to the Doctor. I've heard that one too, though I don't recall where just at the moment. It's a fairly plausible explanation of a timeline that could have been rewritten at some point.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on RTD: Fans Can’t Ignore “Half-Human” Doctor

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I think that would be cool. But I still can't see Eccleston getting involved. David Tennant actually made a few audio appearances before he became the Doctor , but he is a fan. I can see Matt Smith getting on board, and perhaps Billie Piper, John Barrowman, Catherine Tate, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill and Freema Agyeman reading some companion chronicles. And that medium just cries out for John Hurt's involvement. We are getting a John Hurt Doctor book in July, called "Engines Of War", but I think that's BBC Books.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Is it Time to Give Big Finish the New Who Licence?

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@doctorclu I've also heard the supposition that he was 'half human" only in that regeneration. Years back in DWM I believe. I think a certain Matthew Jacobs (the writer of the TV Movie) was trying to please too many masters. The Doctor has said some crazy stuff over time, so perhaps as in "The Forgotten" he was just throwing out some BS. McGann has referred to Eight as a "bullshitting" Doctor at times, especially when he traveled with Lucie Miller.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on RTD: Fans Can’t Ignore “Half-Human” Doctor

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If we take Tony Lee's IDW comic "The Forgotten" as any kind of canon, the Eighth Doctor explains that he used a malfunctioning chameleon arch to fool the Master. Why he did this was never explained or addressed, but it makes about as much sense as any other explanation.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on RTD: Fans Can’t Ignore “Half-Human” Doctor

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Great article, and I wholeheartedly agree. RTD's and Billie Piper's Rose was the viewers portal into the universe of the Doctor when the show returned. She represented the audience and was part of it all at the same time. But hey, she might even be on board with deflecting some of the hate that some folks are giving Jenna Coleman. In my view, both of them, actresses and characters, along with some brilliant writing, are clearly smarter than some of the audience. Hopefully both are unaware and/or unconcerned with the vitriol.

4 months ago on A Bad Wolf or Just Plain Bad? Addressing Rose Criticisms

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@chinnysandshoes I use the word ungrateful in the sense that, whether or not we all loved the characters or the actors/actresses portraying them in that first series, those people accomplished something HUGE with Series One. It was a combination of creativity and the perfect storm, but everything gelled and Doctor Who was returned to us powerfully and vibrantly. That collaboration was just exactly what it needed to be, and it's not mere nostalgia to continue to appreciate that hard work and what they accomplished. We wouldn't be talking about Ten, and Eleven, Martha, and Clara without those people, Billie Piper's Rose in no small measure included, putting in the hard work and bringing it to life. Rose was the audience's gateway, especially new viewers to bringing the audience into the universe of the Doctor. She was the template for a new kind of companion.

4 months ago on 10 Scene Stealing Clara Moments

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@MaraBackman I too am getting frustrated with the lack of any function that allows us to edit or correct anything in this comments section.

4 months ago on RTD on Doctor Who Becoming “Too Soapy”

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@MaraBackman I think it's all in the presentation. A simple dose of civility and respect can make differences matters of open discussion rather than a polarizing factor. It's the folks that can't express their opinion, their point of view, which is entirely subjective by the way, without resorting to hurling personal abuse at those who make the show, either RTD and his team, or Moffat and his various teams, that present a problem.  The "I didn't care for this, or that, and here are my reasons why", all to frequently is thrown out as "I didn't like it, so it sucks, I prefer something else, so it's inferior". That neither Russell T Davies or Steven Moffat care one jot about what's said (they probably don't even waste time to become aware of it), is besides the point. No one's opinion is the final arbiter of what's good or bad, just indicative of their tastes, and what they like. There's plenty of different shades of Doctor Who for people with differing tastes. Getting goaded into responding to a hater is too easy, I have many times. Ignoring them and seeking out more civil, congenial discourse is infinitely preferable. We can disagree agreeably.

4 months ago on RTD on Doctor Who Becoming “Too Soapy”

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@Antee991166 @Planet of the Deaf Ah, Zoe. Impossibly hot, especially for her time.

4 months ago on 10 Scene Stealing Clara Moments

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@gingersnapgirl Not to mention the pat on the bottom at the end of JTTCOTT that no one seems to be mentioning. That's the kind of thing I have often heard Jon Pertwee did on the sneak.

4 months ago on 10 Scene Stealing Clara Moments

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@chinnysandshoes It might just be me, but I've detected a seemingly growing undercurrent of Rose hate in the comments sections of a few Who sites. Strange and ungrateful points of view, in my book.

4 months ago on 10 Scene Stealing Clara Moments

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Excellent article. I think that the criticism, or at least most of it, that has been directed towards the Clara/Oswin Oswald character has been based on the character not living up to the audience/fans expectations. She's not so prefab. I suspect that Steven Moffat is attempting to do something quite different with the character, and as far as that goes, he's staying his course. The development or perceived lack thereof is most likely part of a longer game, not an "instant" companion type that a lot of people seemed to be expecting. And I think Jenna has taken everything that she's been given and just increasingly taken flight with it. I wouldn't be surprised if she is much better appreciated when her time is through, and people can look back over her arc.

4 months ago on 10 Scene Stealing Clara Moments

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@Deus_Ex_Machina You're saying that Gatiss's stuff is full of "awe"? I agree, actually.

4 months ago on Tom Riley on his Series 8 Role & Capaldi

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@Romanadvoratrelundar Guess I'm not "everyone". I'd venture to say that "everyone" isn't really "everyone". Didn't actually know that "everyone" actually had a spokesperson.

4 months ago on Tom Riley on his Series 8 Role & Capaldi

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@DaftDalek @BJAMES I had actually forgotten about that. "Dimensions In Time", not Colin. You just made me remember. Ouch.

4 months, 1 week ago on Matt Smith: I’ll happily come back

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@kuberater @TonySimmons You're absolutely correct. He's definitely not rolling in the ashes. And there's he and his sister Carole's books as well. He's definitely moving ahead with and in his career.

4 months, 1 week ago on Barrowman on Jack’s Future: There’s a lot more to tell

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@WellSpokenMan @BJAMES Well spoken and on point. If anyone had a reason to not agree with the "culture" or not "see eye to eye" with BBC management, it was Colin. If anyone got screwed over or mistreated by the BBC it was him. And note his willingness to not only return to the role for Big Finish, but openly a return to the show. Different people, different perspectives, different attitudes, I guess.

4 months, 1 week ago on Matt Smith: I’ll happily come back

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@The_Eternal_Dalek @BJAMES And the BBC did contribute to botching it all up with the coverup you mentioned, a.k.a. his alleged fear of being typecast. Eccleston's CV and credibility, his talent and all that he had accomplished before Doctor Who, clearly set him apart from a "one trick" actor. I think RTD had a crisis on his hands. He added to the misdirection by stating that Eccleston was only ever meant to do one series. I think that the fallout we saw was an attempt at damage control. Bad damage control, but probably the best they could have done under the circumstances. Doctor Who was a runaway hit, and their leading man was abandoning ship. That makes David Tennant even more the miracle than we might have thought him to be.

4 months, 1 week ago on Matt Smith: I’ll happily come back

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@The_Eternal_Dalek @BJAMES There was one different element (that I know of) that was present, both during Eccleston's run and gone in Tennant's. That would be a person, producer Mal Young, who left after Series One as well. Perhaps there was a conflict there. Perhaps a personal one. That same production team, and BBC management, presided over Tennant's Series Two. Note he didn't leave after one year after not liking the "culture" he encountered, or not "seeing eye to eye" with management. If there was mistreatment of anyone, did Tennant ignore it? Did the BBC correct the problem after Eccleston left? Personally, I just don't think that Eccleston did a whole lot of thinking about all that would accompany taking on the role of the Doctor. Bill Nighy had turned down the role before him, because although he liked and respected the show, he didn't want the "baggage" (his word) that he knew would come with it. I think either actors "get" what they are getting into, or rather promptly acclimate to it when they take on Doctor Who. It isn't just another part, or another job. Once you're in, you don't ever really get out. Christopher Eccleston is a brilliant actor who did a brilliant job with his portrayal of the Doctor. But all the above considered, I think that whatever problem, culture, or climate that existed had as much to do with Eccleston as it did the BBC, or anyone within. My opinion, for what it's worth? He should never have accepted the role. I'm really glad he did, but he promptly realized he was in over his head.

4 months, 1 week ago on Matt Smith: I’ll happily come back

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I don't want to open that particular can of worms again, but it just amazes me that you have virtually every other actor who's portrayed the Doctor (even those no longer with us were willing to and did) so eager to return if and when asked, and then there's Eccleston. He walks away after doing one series, turning down the opportunity to do more, and we have McGann cut short after the TV Movie, coming back for TNOTD, and wishing to and willing to do more. We have to let Eccleston go, and put him behind us, but one can't help but wonder what went down for him in his experience during Series One that puts him, alone, in the place of the odd man out.

4 months, 1 week ago on Matt Smith: I’ll happily come back

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@BlueBoxBum It didn't need to be the same, but it could have still been Torchwood. The next step in its progression. Torchwood had a legacy and history that was already present well beyond and well before these characters we came to know, and there was no reason that there wouldn't having been rebuilding and a next chapter. It just didn't, in my opinion, need to go international to do so. Kind of like M16 asking for American money, because it felt it had to "go bigger". It was all about RTD and Julie Gardner taking the yellow brick road to Hollywood, and Julie, still working for the BBC but on the US side, is the only one still on that road.

4 months, 1 week ago on Barrowman on Jack’s Future: There’s a lot more to tell

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@Deus_Ex_Machina I felt that the "homophobic" stuff frankly reeked of construct and forced trope, in what appeared to be an attempt to cater to what might have been expected, to add a contemporary aspect that wasn't needed. It felt to me like an injected stereotype, as if they felt it was only obvious it be present. To me, it felt tacked on. Not even smoke, let alone fire.

4 months, 1 week ago on Barrowman on Jack’s Future: There’s a lot more to tell

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