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If I find better words, I'll come back to this and say them. Right now, all I can say is WOW.

5 days, 23 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Listen

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Ben Miller was SO channeling Anthony Ainley.........

1 week, 5 days ago on Rate & Discuss Robot of Sherwood

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@GrantBattersby With all due respect, I think, at least speaking from my own point of view, one has nothing to do with the other. What does Doctor Who have to do with ISIS and their cowardly, horrific acts of terrorism? Who would possibly be watching Doctor Who, see a fantasy character beheaded, and think, "Dear God, that reminds me of those poor journalists"? Two men losing their lives is tragic, horrific, and an atrocity, and the governments of the free world need to go after these murderers and take them out. My point is that whatever length we go to outside of that showing any sort of reaction or response to this sort of thing feeds the lunatics that are carrying out these crimes. They've got our attention, and now we're changing what we do, what we watch, listen to, etc., in the wake of their atrocities. No need to start throwing around words like "stupid" and making accusations about people being insensitive. Doctor Who is just a television show, but the greater issue here is how much we are going to let these monsters get in our heads and make us change our approach to our freedoms. The BBC has the right to edit anything they want to edit. They didn't even need to go out there blowing their horns and announcing how "sensitive" they were being by making any cuts in the first place.

2 weeks ago on BBC Cuts Robot of Sherwood Scene

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@Ivegotkidneys is in Sherwood forest @Daleky Hey, Rusty is kind of a genocidal maniac, right? Kind of like Palestine wanting to wipe out Israel. The BBC should have just cancelled that episode altogether.

2 weeks ago on BBC Cuts Robot of Sherwood Scene

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@ Notsosmartguy  @joe4 @DangerousWho @Oliver J. "cool" @dandaman62 See my comments above, please. The IS, and any other terrorist organization (we honor them too much by even repeating their stupid cowardly names) want us to live in FEAR. They want to control us through FEAR. When we give ground in any of our freedoms, what we watch, listen to, where we want to go, what we want to do, they win. They make us jump when they say jump. Doctor Who is a fantasy television show. Any fantasy television show is a place we should be free to have as an escape from the stark reality we face when live in the real world. How else should any of us change our way of life as some sort of reaction or response to terrorists? It isn't anyone here being pudding brained. This is about anyone in any free country not wanting terrorists dictating how we live our lives. We squirm, they win.

2 weeks ago on BBC Cuts Robot of Sherwood Scene

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@The Outer Space K9 I'm just wondering what the IS gets to indirectly edit next.

2 weeks ago on BBC Cuts Robot of Sherwood Scene

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I don't think sensitivity has anything to do with this. This sort of thing is simply the real world being allowed to invade one the places we can escape to. Again. And that's what the terror mongers want. For us to squirm, and change what we do and how we think to live in fear of them. It reminds me of when the WB postponed the Buffy The Vampire Slayer episode "Earshot" because of the Columbine High School shootings in 1999. We give ground to terrorists and lunatics and the horrors they visit upon this world, when we allow them to effect us by reacting to their atrocities. Who would be watching Doctor Who and even make a connection between these recent horrific events and a fantasy television series? The monsters win again, it seems. The BBC is afraid to offend imaginary viewers. It's a good thing Highlander isn't still on the air, as they'd have to cancel the whole series. Because the adventures of a sword wielding immortal Scotsman would be just too alarmingly similar to terrorists beheading American journalists, right? I mean, I get it, I think Robin Hood, and I think, hey, that was probably a Jihad too.

2 weeks ago on BBC Cuts Robot of Sherwood Scene

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Here's the possible scoop. I attend an annual convention in Chicago every year. A writer associated with Doctor Who in several other media (not television), attends almost every year. After a few beers, this writer always seems to let slip (there's a pre-con reception, and one can talk one on one with most of the Who guests) some little breaking bit of news. I won't go into specifics, but he has been absolutely right each time I've heard him do this. He lets something interesting out, and then clams up and refuses to elaborate. When a group of us were speculating at a table about how long Moffat would stay on and who would replace him, I offered a guess of two more series (8 and 9). The writer replied, "One and a half more, and then Phil Ford". All of the rest of our jaws dropped and the writer just grinned, shrugged, and would say no more. Could be wrong, but............

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Horowitz on Showrunner Rumours

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@The Moment He isn't leaving just yet.............

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Horowitz on Showrunner Rumours

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Two words for us all. Phil Ford.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Horowitz on Showrunner Rumours

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@TimeLord22 Nice and pleasant for a change, isn't it?

2 weeks, 5 days ago on 12 Great Moments From Into the Dalek

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Here we go with the ratings/overnight figures, and soon they'll be voices crying out about Doctor Who's imminent cancellation. I always so look forward to this...........

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Into the Dalek UK Ratings

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@Clara Laurinda @Mercy Reborn2 That IS going to be interesting. Will she have conscious memories? Or will the Doctor have to reluctantly fill her in? There are some SERIOUS dramatic possibilities there.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Into the (Mind of the) Dalek

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Great article. Just when a lot of folks talk about the obligatory Dalek story, or the notion that the Daleks are overused, it's quite simple to be reminded of how credible an adversary they actually are. Taking them to new places, in my opinion, is the ticket, and exploring the shades of how they have evolved and adapted, specifically in the Time War, still seems ripe with possibilities. With an adversary like the Doctor, they have had to think more and more "outside the box". That never really gets them to question, at least en mass, what they are doing but how they go about doing it. Even with the occasional story misstep (merely my opinion there), I still find them formidable.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Into the (Mind of the) Dalek

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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.

1 month, 1 week 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.

1 month, 1 week 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.............

1 month, 1 week ago on Capaldi Signed Up For Doctor Who Series 9?

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More McGann! More Eighth Doctor!

1 month, 1 week 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.

1 month, 2 weeks 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.

1 month, 3 weeks 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, 3 weeks 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, 3 weeks 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, 4 weeks 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, 4 weeks 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.

2 months 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.

2 months ago on Doctor Who’s Biggest Deus Ex Machina

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@Greenbed4059 Very well stated.

2 months 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.

2 months 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.

2 months 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.

2 months 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!

2 months, 1 week ago on Doctor Who Series 8 TV Launch Trailer

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

3 months 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.

3 months 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.

3 months, 2 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.

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

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

3 months, 3 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.

4 months, 1 week 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.

4 months, 1 week 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.

4 months, 1 week 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.

4 months, 1 week 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.

4 months, 1 week 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!

4 months, 1 week 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.

4 months, 1 week 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.

4 months, 2 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.

4 months, 2 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.

4 months, 2 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, 3 weeks 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, 3 weeks 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, 3 weeks ago on RTD on Doctor Who Becoming “Too Soapy”

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