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@pats86 @The Finn, Agent of SPECTRE Agreed. All debate aside, and the Master/Mistress being a whole other issue, the bottom line is this WILL NOT HAPPEN. The BBC will not endanger its most internationally successful export flagship to satisfy the whims of what in the larger picture, is a niche audience, a minority clamoring for a token change for the sake of itself. I think Moffat's Master/Mistress was/is perhaps a gesture on his part to meet that niche/minority halfway, and like it or not (it went over better with me than I would have thought), it's workable. A female Doctor would not be a progressive or an expansive move. More like the potential suicide of a British institution. Moffat is just stirring up the pot as usual with his comments. The any press/publicity is good press/publicity approach.

1 day, 11 hours ago on Davison Wants To See Doctor’s Daughter Spin-Off

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Peter Davison remains a brilliant elder statesman of the Doctor Who Universe. Listen to him, people.

2 days, 12 hours ago on Davison Wants To See Doctor’s Daughter Spin-Off

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The process of education is never going to yield instant results. Nor will education or expression cause all disagreements to cease. Not all ignorance comes from a place of hate or prejudice. And ignorance regarding this issue will still abound, as no meaningful change comes overnight, and long held misunderstandings and the more "hard wired" worldviews that spawned them won't go away overnight either. I don't believe any of the above mentioned writers meant harm or offense. Calling Toby Whithouse a bit of an arse is infantile and indefensible and does nothing but undermine an article that was both interesting and fascinating reading. But, hey, nobody is perfect. The fact that Doctor Who is even taking on this issue and broadening its horizons is a fantastic start. Nobody who makes the show was or is under any obligation to do so. The LGBT community and LGBT individuals are not Doctor Who's cause. That a process of incorporation has begun can only be a positive aspect. Let us converse and give people time to exchange and learn. Name calling is not conducive to that process.

3 days, 22 hours ago on Little Boxes Will Make You Angry: Doctor Who and Transphobia

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I also strongly felt that Moffat wrote an exceedingly strong Eighth Doctor, which somehow took the scant glimpse of the TV Movie, and wedded it to the substance that Big Finish brought to the table. That Paul McGann came back and seemed that he absolutely belonged there, was a near perfect marriage of writing and performance. That was some serious gravitas within the seven minutes or so of TNOTD, yet none of it seemed rushed or unfocused.

6 days, 21 hours ago on The 12 Best Written Moffat Characters

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There was no indication of when these stories take place chronologically. Like Big Finish stories, they could just come from any time frame. Series 1 or 2, pre COE or (yes I'm including this) MD.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Barrowman Reveals New Torchwood Plans

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Great article. Well spoken. Thanks.

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Why I Love The First Doctor

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@Burrunjor @ItsSmallerOnTheOutside  @TheSoundofDrums This should not be an issue that leads to Who fans attacking one another personally. I'm sure that there are people on both sides of this debate that are "lovely". We just see things differently. As for Paul Cornell, I don't necessarily see "bully" or "liar", so much as someone who honestly thinks he's being open minded and progressive on this issue. Pleasing a certain misplaced sense of feminism by saying the right things, as if forcing a gender change on the Doctor will somehow strike a blow for equality and balance. That doing this will redress a long established slight. Or he could be really trying to get laid. In my view, you don't move equality and balance forward by going back and turning characters who have long been established as male into females. You move it all forward by creating and establishing strong, equal, independent female characters NOW. What was done with the Master/Mistress worked, I believe, but it shouldn't become the new paradigm. And it won't. If we had a Tardis, and went back in time, and starting gender swapping for the imagined cause of establishing equality, we wouldn't be so different from the (formerly) prevailing mindset that created this imbalance and inequality in the first place. This particular horse is dead, but I'm afraid that there are some people who just won't ever stop beating it.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Moffat: Gender is Fluid on Gallifrey

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@Burrunjor @Malohkeh You should have told Paul that there was no need to start calling you insulting names. I too have heard Paul offer his point of view on this, and he's a very intelligent, thoughtful man. To me, though, he often comes across as someone who's saying the "right" things on this topic, in the mistaken effort to please the misplaced sense of feminism that usually masquerades as the "substance" of this whole argument. Or you'd think, he was really trying to get laid. I truly believe that we are never going to see a female Doctor. For the BBC, the possible negatives far outweigh the potential positives. For the few who will be pleased, the many simply won't be. I also truly believe that this is something that isn't going to go away. Every time an incumbent Doctor departs, this thing is going to rear its delusional head. And as long as there's someone in Moffat's position to whip things up, this thing will have legs. I say again, let us enjoy and celebrate Peter Capaldi, this is his time, and enjoy however long he stays on. And then, Time will tell.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Moffat: Gender is Fluid on Gallifrey

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@ElyotWren @supermoff  @Clara Who, The Apprentice And that makes more sense and for a follow through with the Capaldi Doctor and Clara than it would have if the Smith Doctor would have gone on. That incarnation clearly fancied her.

1 month ago on 12 Great Moments From Last Christmas

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@pfontaine23 Absolutely how I felt as well. And Peter Capaldi played that as near perfect as any great actor has played anything.

1 month ago on 12 Great Moments From Last Christmas

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@MMBOAT1208 Yes, your feelings about being in the minority may well be spot on.

1 month ago on 12 Great Moments From Last Christmas

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@supermoff  @LaraHarris @ElyotWren Not to mention an anatomical feat of considerable intensity.

1 month ago on 12 Great Moments From Last Christmas

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@LaraHarris @Planet of the Deaf Don't let it bum you out so much.


1 month ago on 12 Great Moments From Last Christmas

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As much as I've loved the harsher, more acidic, almost Hartnell like (in my opinion) disposition of the 12th Doctor, seeing him show some real emotion, and giving himself over to some real joy was wonderful here. I hope Peter Capaldi keeps both. As an actor, he seems to be loading up a much more extensive tool box for the character than I've ever seen for the most part (on television at least, the performances from Paul McGann on the BF audios play way deep), and it creates a genuine atmosphere of surprise as to what he'll do, or how he'll respond to what he encounters. Wonderful work all around.

1 month ago on 12 Great Moments From Last Christmas

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@TheNightmareChild, agent of H.U.M.B.U.G. Plus, I thought a nice balance was struck. It wasn't "about" Christmas, but the Spirit of Christmas played a big part in it.

1 month ago on Rate & Discuss Last Christmas

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@The King of... Nick Frost And I have serious doubts he will ever be "fired". He has more time as showrunner behind him than he does ahead, I believe, because everyone eventually moves on. When he decides to go, the process will most likely be the same as when RTD departed. Moffat will put a name up to succeed him (whoever he or she will be, I'm thinking Phil Ford, personally), the BBC will vet it, and someone new will take the reigns.

1 month ago on Rate & Discuss Last Christmas

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@Antee991166  @Scootersfood is ready for Christmas! @DaveSJH It's also a stupid question, which borders on psychotic thinking. The BBC is going to cut loose a highly productive, successful showrunner simply because of a a loud minority ("fans") of complaints and opinions? Really?

1 month ago on Rate & Discuss Last Christmas

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@supermoff  @Antee991166 I found Ashley (Natalie Gumede) almost unbearably hot, even to the point of distraction.

1 month ago on Rate & Discuss Last Christmas

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YES! She's staying!

1 month, 1 week ago on Rate & Discuss Last Christmas

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I personally believe that the next Doctor should just be a hermaphrodite. Multi ethnic and multi species. There you go, all problems solved. And we can all be stunned to silence by how well the good Doctor handles the organs. And while we're at it, shouldn't Cybermen actually be called Cyberpeople, or Cyberpersons? It can be taken a sexist otherwise. And Kate Stewart should actually turn out to be the Brig's SON. Let us shake things up!

1 month, 1 week ago on Female Doctor Poll Results & A Case For

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@antimon_bush @91 Queen of Evil That was a great answer. Even though this is a fantasy show, touching upon and introducing this issue should still be a matter of utmost sensitivity. It's not like changing an outfit, or even the change in personality we see when a Time Lord regenerates. Gender is still key and essential to anyone's identity, even if we want to accept it as "fluid". The Corsair was obviously an example of a transgender individual, and unlike a human being, he/she could choose what form or gender to regenerate into. He/She answered to both as the inclination arose. People experiencing Gender Dysphoria are not exactly dealing with a multiple choice situation, but a discontent and ill at ease state that the individual is the opposite sex of the physical body they were born into. This for human beings can lead to undergoing gender reassignment surgery. It simply isn't sound narrative or story to assume that just because a Time Lord can switch genders at regeneration that this only follows that they will just because they can. The Doctor has never exhibited any sign of being of a feminine disposition. The Master, on the other hand, has been not only Time Lord, but possessed by and of other species in his/her ongoing quest for survival at any cost. He/She has stolen and/or taken over other bodies, been possessed by the Cheetah Species, and also become an amorphous snake. The fact is, we don't know how he/she came to possess this body. Was it a regeneration, or did he take it over and possess it? Was it the only body he could acquire at the time, or did he choose to regenerate into a woman? We simply don't know yet. At any rate, we shouldn't take "fluid" as meaning changing gender like we change our pants.

1 month, 1 week ago on Female Doctor Poll Results & A Case For

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@3rdDalektotheLeft - minion of D.O.C.T.O.R. @pats86 I think she took the high road, the respectful one. She made her mark and showed no sign of gloating or disrespect. She earned her place in my opinion, through a solid, exceptional performance, and not just because she's a woman in a formerly male role.

1 month, 1 week ago on Female Doctor Poll Results & A Case For

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@3rdDalektotheLeft - minion of D.O.C.T.O.R. @BJAMES @Moffat'sLittleHelper Can't wait for Christmas :D I just felt that we are at the beginning of what I hope will be a lengthy run for Peter Capaldi. Let this stuff start all over again when he decides to move on. I can't quite read Moffat as to whether he's capitulating (even with the Missy thing, although I felt that worked well), or just trying to wind things up. In my opinion, not very respectful to Peter.

1 month, 1 week ago on Female Doctor Poll Results & A Case For

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@krawhitham Oh dear God, please let that be true............

1 month, 1 week ago on Female Doctor Poll Results & A Case For

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@Moffat'sLittleHelper Can't wait for Christmas :D I think Moffat's comments may have poked the hornet's nest again. Just slightly. Having to address the Missy factor was understandable, and I think it was handled very well. But otherwise, to go beyond that to the whole "Doctor will be a woman" someday thing, well, what a way to piss on Peter Capaldi's brilliant arrival and first series. Let it rest for a bit. We should have all appreciated Missy (I surprised myself by quite enjoying her arrival), and let the Capaldi era begin without stoking this issue up again. I'm not near ready to look beyond him, even if the next Doctor turns out to be a ferret. I think Moffat unintentionally disrespected his leading man by not just letting the moment be the moment.

1 month, 1 week ago on Female Doctor Poll Results & A Case For

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@SWTV I think that the perception just seems to suggest that DWTV has taken a position. I actually genuinely think that this has been handled as well as could possibly be expected. That if we could just relax, appreciate Peter Capaldi and Michelle Gomez, and let this thing just lie for a while again, we could avoid a lot of further brain damage.

1 month, 1 week ago on Female Doctor Poll Results & A Case For

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@Scribey The Daily Mail just reported that Capaldi has in fact signed an eternal contract with GOD. To stay forevermore.

1 month, 1 week ago on Female Doctor Poll Results & A Case For

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@Blon Fel-Fotch, Blaidd Drwg of R.O.S.E. Thank you! Yes, please. Let's celebrate our new Doctor and not just keep trawling this issue.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Moffat: Gender is Fluid on Gallifrey

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I have a great idea that I don't believe anyone has entertained. Gender is "fluid" on Gallifrey. I believe that the show has moved in a direction that properly establishes this. But how about gender being fluid amongst Doctor Who showrunners? Here's my proposition. Steven Moffat doesn't leave the showrunner post to be succeeded in the immediate by a man or a woman. Instead, he stays on for a few more series, but he BECOMES a woman. That's right, in real life, Steven Moffat has complete gender reassignment surgery, and becomes..........Stephanie Moffat. But why, you ask, would he do this? Because he can. Just as there has been no dramatic or narrative reason for the Doctor to regenerate into a woman, so there doesn't need to be any reason for Moffat to actually become a woman. Let us say he would do it just because HE CAN. What other reason would he need? Far be it from me to actually show respect or affirmation to the LGBT community, because why should something like that get in the way of "LET US DO IT JUST BECAUSE WE CAN". Let's just be silly. Anyone who objects to this proposition must, obviously, be bigoted against Women, the LGBT community as a whole, gender equality (on second thought, strike that because GENDER DOES NOT MATTER, right?), and truth and fairness in general. Come on Mr Moffat, put your money where your mouth is.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Moffat: Gender is Fluid on Gallifrey

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Why is this website, or anyplace other than a trash rag like the Mirror, still wasting space on this stupid, nonsensical topic?

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Series 8 Is A “Ratings Flop” (Apparently)

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It was Big Finish (mostly the Eighth Doctor stories, but I loved where they took the other Doctors as well, especially Colin), and a smattering of the BBC Eighth Doctor novels that kept my Whovian fires burning. The Classic Series coming out in bits and bobs on DVD helped, but Big Finish especially, felt like Doctor Who still moving forward.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on The End of Doctor Who: An Adventure in the Wilderness

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@LiamTheFizz Think of the paychecks Big Finish would have to write for something like that!

2 months ago on Tate: Donna Return Unlikely

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Not a fair contest at all. There should be no competition, as each are unique.

2 months ago on Face-Off: The Masters (Final)

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Rob Shearman's lack of further contributions have a bit more to do with Rob himself having reticence, and less to do with the showrunners, either RTD or Steven Moffat not wanting more from him. Rob moved on to other writing (he has some excellent non Doctor Who work available from Big Finish's book line), and has openly stated that, at least at present, he doesn't want to risk any new offering that might fall short of what he has already contributed. I sincerely hope he changes his mind, as he is quite simply, brilliant. If you were genuinely looking at him with the suggestion that he take over a showrunner, when Moffat departs, he would look back at you as if you were mental.

2 months ago on Writers to Bring Back for Series 9 & Beyond

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I will be purchasing this and tucking in this weekend!

2 months ago on Dark Eyes 3 Review

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That is a question that carries a high risk of misunderstood answers, especially for someone from the US like myself. But I understand the gist of it. Obviously for someone from my generation (I will be 49 shortly), it's Tom Baker.

2 months, 1 week ago on From 1-12: Who is YOUR Doctor?

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@the Doctor's euphonium @BJAMES @Clara Bosswald wants a Kate Stewart Spin-off I think that outside of what RTD or Steven Moffat clearly state, things are MEANT to be a bit bewildering. As viewers we can do our own summation of what's canon I guess, but I for my own purposes always start with what the writer might state that he or she intended. I honestly think that when they want cohesion they put it there, but when it suits their intent, they don't. A lot of fans want to make complete sense of everything, when I don't think Moffat or RTD, or any writer that's worked with them feels at all constrained to provide that. It's Doctor Who! And they are the ones writing it, and we are the ones watching it.

2 months, 1 week ago on Jenny: A Future Companion

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@Clara Bosswald wants a Kate Stewart Spin-off In Doctor Who: The Writer's Tale – The Final Chapter, Russell T Davies states that he created the character to be the Doctor's mother and this is what actress Claire Bloom was told when she was cast.

2 months, 1 week ago on Jenny: A Future Companion

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@Clara Bosswald wants a Kate Stewart Spin-off RTD has stated that the woman Time Lord in TEOT was in fact, the Doctor's mother. That was his intention.

2 months, 1 week ago on Jenny: A Future Companion

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@Americanwhovian Agreed. That is, after all, all we can do. Speculation isn't going to change anything, or make Christmas come faster.

2 months, 1 week ago on A Hint on Jenna Coleman’s Future?

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@TheSoundofDrums Get them! There really isn't a bad apple in the bunch, even the more off track, unconventional ones (think Divergent Universe series) are well worth the investment and listen.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Happy Birthday, Paul McGann

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He doesn't look a day over 1996..............

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Happy Birthday, Paul McGann

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@Clara Bosswald wants a Kate Stewart Spin-off @SonicTheHedgehogRules They've done it with Nev Mcintosh as Vastra, and Dan Starkey as Strax on a regular basis. Star Trek did it with several characters over a longer run. So it is possible, but as I said, I think it would be more of a question of budget, and perhaps a mixture of practical makeup and CGI work, depending on what kind of alien they were trying to realize.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Moffat Mulls Future Companion Not Being Another Earth Girl

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We need a proper, full on, ALIEN companion. I know that would prove more costly perhaps for the ongoing budget, but in my opinion, it's time to see this new, more "alien" Doctor bounce off of someone that's not human, or even female. See Holly Black's recent novella "Lights Out" for an example of how this dynamic can pop.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Moffat Mulls Future Companion Not Being Another Earth Girl

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@TheOncomingHurricane @supermoff  @Malohkeh Sanity, TOH, some wisdom and sanity. Thank you.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Moffat on Series 8 Ratings: There is no drop-off

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@Mercy Reborn2 That was going to happen at the end of the Delgado run in the Third Doctor era, before Delgado's tragic unfortunate death. The Master was going to sacrifice himself to save the Doctor. We've seen him do that in TEOT, but we haven't seen him find peace yet, except perhaps, from the sound of those drums.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Moffat on Finale Death, Master Future

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@TheDreamer... wanting her DW Christmas NOW! @TaylorBoone I agree that it appeared to be a teleportation. Missy didn't seem alarmed, and the nonchalant way in which she just stood between the tombstones more than suggested it was a teleport point. At any rate, the Doctor got off the hook, the Brigadier got to fire his execution shot, and the Master/Missy will no doubt be returning.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Moffat on Finale Death, Master Future

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Ah, and now backhanded compliments.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on 12 Great Moments From Death in Heaven

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