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This was actually the hardest one for me. John Hurt had great writing on his side (as did Matt, for all the critics), and he seemed to "get it" right away. With Eccleston bowing out (surprise!) and a reasonably short amount of turnaround time, Hurt captured the "Doctor", the Time Lord who failed (in his mind) his own ideal and his "name".  And he nailed it. But would we have been able to appreciate this without Chris', David's and Matt's work? No. And especially, in my opinion, in Matt's case. The "old man" in the "young man", still running, still laden with survivor guilt ( and responsible guilt), where had he come from? John Hurt, and Paul McGann in his brief wonderful return showed us where. But Matt had only Moffat, and scripts, and instinct in what he built. And he nailed it. Steven Moffat has been absolutely intrinsic. But Matt took it and spun it, and moved it, and really fulfilled the course. Peter Capaldi was given solid ground upon which he is thriving. Matt built THE bridge.

1 week ago on Doctor of the Decade: Face-Off #5

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@Timhogan I would still take all this with a grain of salt anyway. The ONLY reason for a major motion picture would be potential $$$. Doctor Who is already cinematic in it's widest scope moments, and there's nothing that a movie could do to expand upon thematic, dramatic, or storytelling substance and considerations. Bigger FX? Not needed in my opinion, either. Add to that the potential for Sony to screw it all up proper, and the question remains. Apart from potential $$$, WHY? In the Wilderness Years without the show on television, this might have been a viable consideration, but it's just not anymore, period.

1 week, 1 day ago on Leaked Sony Emails Reveals Doctor Who Movie Plans

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A very perceptive well thought out article. Excellent, and thank you.

1 week, 2 days ago on Fall of the 11th: 
How the 12th Doctor’s Personality Came To Be

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@ToSeek @Polyphase There would have been a Doctor Who without him. He was brilliant, and unique, but another actor well chosen (and when haven't they chosen well?) would have had just as much a shot at a successful run. I hope you're not implying that the show wouldn't have come back successfully without him, because, pardon me, but that would just be silly.

1 week, 3 days ago on Eccleston: I Have No Ill Feeling Towards Doctor Who

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@Planet of the Deaf Love him as I still do (just), Christopher Eccleston is no Benedict Cumberbatch. Never will be.

1 week, 3 days ago on Eccleston: I Have No Ill Feeling Towards Doctor Who

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@Polyphase It's all about "integrity".

1 week, 3 days ago on Eccleston: I Have No Ill Feeling Towards Doctor Who

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Now that really makes me feel better. That's mighty grand of him. So gracious. Good luck with the latest Mr. Eccleston. We won't forget you like you never stayed with us.

1 week, 3 days ago on Eccleston: I Have No Ill Feeling Towards Doctor Who

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@The Finn is excited for audio Kate Stewart! @Malohkeh @DaftDalek That's when Eccleston will make a return!

1 week, 4 days ago on Doctor of the Decade: Face-Off #1

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@Gouder 'lycan of the underworld' master No, there's not. One series in, and he's brilliant. Enthusiasm and an obvious love for the role and the show. And he's staying with it and is bound to take it even further. Unlike someone else I could mention. Brilliant as Eccleston was (and is), I still feel like he punched in and then punched out. Another part, another role, then on to the next. I don't think he understood what he was in for, or what playing the Doctor would mean. I think it's fair to say, he still doesn't. If he had done more, perhaps it might have been different. If anyone, ever, who has ever portrayed the Doctor has something missing or left incomplete, it's Eccleston. Even McGann (my favorite) has outdone him between Big Finish and TNOTD. Eccleston abandoned the show, and we have to credit RTD (and his team) and David Tennant with a BIG save.

1 week, 4 days ago on Doctor of the Decade: Face-Off #1

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With all due respect to both outstanding actors, this was an easy one. Capaldi. And we're still going to get more.

1 week, 4 days ago on Doctor of the Decade: Face-Off #1

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@The Dreamer... dreaming about series 9 The box sets approach has sidelined me a bit as well. It's really only Eighth Doctor from BF for me as of late, as it's all my budget will allow.

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Doctor Who Presents… Doom Coalition

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Just finished Dark Eyes 4 and loved it. I can barely, hardly wait for this.

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Doctor Who Presents… Doom Coalition

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@aisey100 @Jim from Sydney Delusional thinking all around sometimes. I'm still of the mind that if anyone found the show had really become so distasteful to them that they should just stop watching it, period. The advent of the box set means that one can watch one's favorite era(s) forever if this is no longer "their" Doctor Who.

2 months, 1 week ago on Doctor Who Series 8 (2014) UK Ratings Accumulator

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@davidbrummy @pats86 BBC America reported record high viewing figures for series 8. Don't have the exact figures on hand, but an internet search would find them, as they announced them not too long ago. Something about the viewing figures being the highest ever since the show started going out on BBC America. We Whovians really need some new issues to discuss and debate. There are topics out there that just go on like an old vinyl record album skipping.

2 months, 1 week ago on Doctor Who Series 8 (2014) UK Ratings Accumulator

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@HeyProfessor @OAOHAYF unexpected item in the bagging area @Lord Denton That echos my comment above. There has never been a moment when or a statement where the BBC, RTD, or Steven Moffat didn't consider BF to be canon. RTD even wrote the forward in the 2003 book that told the story so far (to that point) of Big Finish. Any fan is free to exclude whatever they choose from "canon", but the official position has always been that Big Finish IS canon, and TNOTD merely confirmed that. Every story BF does has to pass muster and be vetted by the showrunner in residence, so as not to contradict or clash with what's going on in televised Doctor Who. This has been the case since the show returned to our screens. It's questionable whether we'll ever see visual counterparts to characters from the audios, but they ARE part of the mythology.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on 10 Classic Companions Who Deserve A Return

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Romana was long out of E-Space, as, with Big Finish (even if only for the Eighth Doctor, though I believe the rest applies, as did RTD, and as does Steven Moffat, and the BBC) declared canon in TNOTD, she would have, at some point, become Lord High President of Gallifrey. She's either still there, or she got out at some point and stayed off the Doctor's radar like the Master did. Although why she would flee the War and disguise herself via Chameleon Arch would be a question begging an answer.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on 10 Classic Companions Who Deserve A Return

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Cool article. It has amazed me again and again how so much of the big points in the new series resemble some of the big points in the BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures novels. A great War that resulted in the fall of Gallifrey, but with the Daleks instead of the Faction Paradox. The Doctors "saving" Gallifrey (SPOILERS) by shifting it into another universe, instead of the Eighth Doctor taking the Matrix (again SPOILERS! and the life essence of every single Time Lord) into his own mind, with the help of a "living" Tardis, his companion Compassion. Note that last one, and its similarity to your speculation. In the books, Eight took it all into himself, and if continuity is present, at some point restores all of it. In your theory, Twelve might just be about to do the same.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Love from Gallifrey: Something We All Missed?

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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.

2 months, 3 weeks 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 months, 3 weeks 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.

2 months, 3 weeks 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.

3 months 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.

3 months, 1 week ago on Barrowman Reveals New Torchwood Plans

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Great article. Well spoken. Thanks.

3 months, 2 weeks 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 months, 2 weeks 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 months, 2 weeks 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.

3 months, 3 weeks 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.

3 months, 3 weeks 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.

3 months, 4 weeks ago on 12 Great Moments From Last Christmas

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

3 months, 4 weeks 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.


3 months, 4 weeks 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.

3 months, 4 weeks 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.

4 months 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.

4 months 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?

4 months 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.

4 months ago on Rate & Discuss Last Christmas

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YES! She's staying!

4 months 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!

4 months 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.

4 months 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.

4 months 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.

4 months ago on Female Doctor Poll Results & A Case For

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

4 months 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.

4 months 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.

4 months 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.

4 months 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.

4 months, 1 week 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.

4 months, 1 week 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?

4 months, 2 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.

4 months, 2 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!

4 months, 4 weeks ago on Tate: Donna Return Unlikely

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