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@Djornad @GoodYear92 @The Administrator Well, the show is called Doctor WHO, which implies a certain mystery. It's a perfectly understandable point of contention when we learn too much about who he is. And, to be honest, that's another issue I have with this episode. I'd prefer the how and why he became who he is to be left unanswered. It lends intrigue to his character, rather than it just being another case of Clara's influence. 

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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@Djornad @The Administrator I politely disagree that it has no reason to be controversial. I enjoyed the episode a lot, and I can even appreciate how clever that twist was (it had me lunging forward in my seat), but it still gets on my nerves that Clara's become so ridiculously integral to the Doctor's life since being introduced, to the extent now that pretty much everything he is is down to her. She's just one companion in a long line, at the end of the day.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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@The Genie @GoodYear92 It can be either, really. It's entirely up to you. In my Deep Breath one, I just focussed on the new Doctor, whereas in my Into the Dalek one, I've looked primarily at the theme of parallelism in the story.

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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@The Genie @GoodYear92 Nah, I don't mind whatsoever! It's be great to have you as well. Preferably 300-400 words, but you can go a bit upwards of that, if need be (mine is 480 this week).

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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@TardisBoy That's alright, don't worry. Thanks, by the way, for letting me know in advance! :)

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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@The Genie @GoodYear92 As I've said below to Hurricane, I'm fine with waiting until this evening for his, but if you'd like to take part as well, that'd be great, as it would take us up to five. 

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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@TheOncomingHurricane @GoodYear92 No, that's fine. I just didn't know who was and wasn't going to send one in, and I didn't want to leave those who have already waiting too long for the article to go up on the site. 

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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I've got three mini-reviews ready to go for the Cult Fix Writers on Into the Dalek article (mine, Mark's and James Amos'). I just need one more before I send it off. If anyone's willing to write one up quickly, I'd really appreciate it. And if David wants to, I'll give him first dibs, since he asked about it last week.


Plus, to those who asked to take part in last week's one, but didn't and haven't for this one either, would it be possible to just let me know as soon as you know you won't be able to take part? It's just so I have enough time to arrange others to take your places.

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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@stargazer0118 It would have to be The Wedding of River Song. I've never been so excited by a series as I was with Series 6 after the opening episodes, but equally I've never been left feeling so utterly deflated by the end of one as I was with this finale. 

1 month ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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@stargazer0118 I do love lists!

S1: The Empty Child / The Doctor Dances

S2: The Impossible Planet / The Satan Pit

S3: Utopia

S4: Midnight 

2009 Specials: The Waters of Mars

S5: The Eleventh Hour

S6: The God Complex

S7: Hide

2013 Specials: The Day of the Doctor


1 month ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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@doctorwhotvuk Yeah, it at least occurred for a reason. I don't have much of a problem with it for that exact reason. Clara and the Doctor's kiss in The Snowmen, I hate, simply because it felt so shoehorned into the episode. Whereas, going much further back, Captain Jack kissing the Doctor and Rose, I not only don't have a problem with, but it's actually one of my favourite moments. It stemmed naturally from the situation; Jack being who he is and the character's believing themselves to be facing almost certain death. 

1 month ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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@TardisBoy Yeah, it's pathetic and quite saddening to see such vitriolic reactions to it. It was just a kiss! I mean, personally, I found it a bit cringe-worthy, but no more so - in fact, probably less so - than the 'I think you need a Doctor' moment from TPotW, or any other kisses in the show's recent history. The homosexual nature of the kiss doesn't bother me one iota. I always tend to find the kissing scenes in Doctor Who a bit cringey, truth be told, mostly because I am not in the slightest a romantic person. Quite the opposite. But given the purpuse that this one served, as you've said, I'm really glad it happened.

1 month ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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@The Genie @GoodYear92 Yeah, that's perfectly fine. I think when me and Jamie discussed this at Christmas, we decided on six as the maximum, so if everyone who has already agreed to do it this time gets theirs in, we'll be at that number. But I expect not everyone will submit one for every episode (I probably won't, on occasion), so I'll definitely let you know straight away, so that you can take part as well. 

1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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Right, I've got three of the mini-reviews (including my own) ready to go so far. I want to wait until I have four before sending it to Jamie, and any I get after that can probably be added in once it's up on the site, as that's what happened with The Time of the Doctor. I'll need to confirm this, though, just to be sure. So, if anyone is very nearly done with theirs, just let me know.

1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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@TheOncomingHurricane @GoodYear92 Oh, interesting! Yeah, it's no bother. I don't how many have got it, so I though it worth mentioning. It's jpwynne92@gmail.com

1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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@Esterath I knew about Matt's cameo, the new title sequence, and the Clockwork Droids, and that's it, really. 

1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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I've just finished my mini-review. It's at 543 words, so I probably need to cut it down quite a bit. I've chosen to focus on the Doctor and Clara. The word limit just isn't have enough to say everything I'd want to say about anything else. If anyone wants to send theirs over to me, but doesn't have my new e-mail, just ask and I'll post it on here.

1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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I'll keep this brief, because I'll be writing that mini-review thing tomorrow morning, but I loved Deep Breath, I really did. Peter's performance was spot on (his comic timing and dramatic ability are astoundingly good), and that moment just pushed the boundaries, without going too far, which lends credence to what Jenna and Moffat have been saying about his Doctor. He's more reckless, but not cruel. It was a fair assumption that his seemingly callous action was all apart of some plan, and it was brilliantly executed, and completely shocked me. Jenna was absolutely brilliant. If this is to prove indicative of how she and Clara will be for the rest of the series, then my opinion of her has vastly improved. I much prefer her dynamic with Capaldi's Doctor. It's riveting. Vastra and Jenny were also fantastic, and, though I'm loathed to admit it, Strax had me in stitches on occasion. His humour did intrude uncomfortably during a couple of scenes, but for the most part, it didn't bother me. 


It wasn't the best episode ever, and nor was it entirely faultless, but it was hugely enjoyable, and one I'd gladly watch again and again.

1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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@TardisBoy I'd forgotten about that, to be honest. Well, I'm game if everyone else is.

1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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@TheBiPunishment 1. The Eleventh Hour

2. The Impossible Astronaut

3. Smith and Jones

4. Rose

5. Partners in Crime

6. Asylum of the Daleks

7. New Earth

It's just struck me that I don't dislike a single series opener. Even my lowest ranked one, I still really like. 

1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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@Ladydetemps @GoodYear92 I must admit, I searched Amazon for hexagonal, slanted-top desks to go in the centre of the room, but couldn't find anything decent. It's probably a good thing, 'cause that might have been just a bit too much. 

1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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This is weird. I started decorating the bedroom I'm moving into today. I went to get a colour mixed for the walls, and I knew I wanted a sort of mid blue. I found the shade I wanted within minutes. Just a moment ago, I was looking at it, almost finished, and it dawned on me that the colour I chose was essentially TARDIS blue. I even went and got a picture of Matt Smith's TARDIS (as that's the blue I'm talking about), held it up to the walls, and it is almost identical. This was not a conscious decision, but I couldn't be happier about it. Now I just have to resist the temptation to plaster the walls with the black band and the words POLICE PUBLIC CALL BOX.

1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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@doctorwhotvuk It really does. Even the two episodes I'm least anticipating (Robot of Sherwood and The Caretaker) at least sound fairly promising. 

1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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I'm not quite sure how to feel about this. On the one hand, if this is true (and that's a big IF), I've never been the character's biggest fan, so it's not a huge loss. On the other hand, this series is promising to rectify most, if not all, of the issues I have with Clara, and on the evidence of what little we've seen so far, it does seem to be delivering on that promise. It would be one hell of a shame for her to depart just as I've finally, properly warmed to her.

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I'm not too concerned about it. I don't think it needs explaining, no, but I'm still intrigued to see what they've come up with. If the idea has merit, then it would be a waste not to make use of it. Stories aren't always written to consist of only what's needed, and there's nothing wrong with including those little extra bits and bobs that just enhance the narrative.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Why Capaldi’s Previous Appearances Shouldn’t Really Matter

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I'd forgotten just how fantastic Martha was in Smith and Jones. She's not entirely undaunted by everything that transpires, but she's immediately intent to figure out exactly what's going on, even before the Doctor introduces himself. There's a very endearingly inquisitive bravery about her. She notices the peculiarity of there still being oxygen in the hospital straight away, and seems more fascinated by the miraculous fact that they're on the moon, instead of bemoaning how dire the situation is. She's got her mind engaged to try and understand what's happened, as opposed to just despairing at it. It's not hard to see why the Doctor was so impressed by her from the outset. 

I do think the subsequent unrequited love angle sort of diminished how assured and independant her character came across to start with, because another aspect I love is how she refuses to acknowledge the Doctor as the Doctor. As someone who is working towards the same title, albeit from a different slant, I think it's a brilliant bit of characterisation that she views it as an accolade that must be earned, and is not just a means of identifying someone.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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@TardisBoy Oh, I've not done a list in a while. 

1. Donna Noble

2. Amy Pond

3. Rory Williams

4. Martha Jones

5. Rose Tyler

6. Clara Oswald

Imagine there is a very long distance between numbers six and seven.

7. River Song 

Not much separates companions one through five. I love them all. I'm still not overly fond of Clara, and I'll just refrain from stating the obvious about River Song. 

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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@TheOncomingSnow @GoodYear92 @Djornad His full name is David Zowie Haywood Jones, so he wasn't actually named Zowie Bowie, no, but he was referred to by that nickname when he was younger. 

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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@Djornad Duncan Jones (otherwise known as David Bowie's son, Zowie Bowie). He wrote and directed the utterly fantastic Moon, which included model landscapes of the moon being shot so brilliantly deceptively that it completely escapes your notice. He brought a sense of scale to the movie which totally defied the paltry budget that went into it. He also directed Source Code, so he's definitely got his roots in science fiction. He's only working on his third movie now (Warcraft), but he's exceptionally talented and I'd love to see him bring some of that to Doctor Who. 

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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@The War Genie Here goes: I'm not that fond of Vincent and the Doctor. I don't dislike it as such, and I certainly recognise the merit of its depiction of Van Gogh's depression, but it's one of those episode that I frequently find myself skipping. I can't really explain why that is, but I'm just not particularly enamoured with it. 

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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I've always found the scenes where they slowly realise that Amy can't actually see them, and begin to converge on her, seriously creepy. There's one Angel, in particular, that gives me chills, the way it turns its face towards the camera. Yes, the episode tampered with things that were established about the Weeping Angels in Blink, and I do still believe they were at their absolute best in that outing, but if the man who created them can't do that, then who can? The Daleks changed drastically from their first appearance in the years that followed, and so have many returning Doctor Who monsters. It's just a rule of thumb that returning appearances begets certain changes in order to keep things fresh. I love these two episodes as well, although River Song annoyed me when I rewatched them recently, which I don't remember being the case the last time I saw them.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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@TardisBoy I could never you hate you. *timely cough*

I disagree entirely, but that's good. I'm glad other people enjoy it, and I'd much rather that than everybody feeling as I do about it. 

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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@TheBiPunishment Yeah, I love that episode as well. It's by no means perfect, but I always come away having thoroughly enjoyed it. Also, it gave us one of those really iconic Doctor Who quotes that will always stick with me. 

"Some people live more in twenty years than others do in eighty. It's not the time that matters, it's the person."

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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Continuing the discussion of how a negative consensus of certain episodes can impact how you view them, what's the most unpopular episode that you love? Not a guilty pleasure, but one that you unashamedly love, which is criticised by most. 

I think mine would probably have to be Night Terrors. When I first watched it, I didn't really feel strongly either way. It was just sort of...there, amogst the rest of the episodes. But now I always look forward to it whenever I'm rewatching Series 6. I love the dynamic between Matt Smith and Daniel Mays, and the idea of the Tenza itself is inspired. It's quite an uplifting notion that George became child to a couple who were unable to concieve their own, and just wanted to be accepted and loved by them. It's a typically Doctor Who take on infertility, and is really quite heartwarming all round. 

Ordinarily, I'd find something like this corny, especially when Alex runs down the stairs to embrace George, but I just don't here. I thoroughly enjoy it, and while Gatiss makes his typical missteps, with the Peg Dolls transforming Amy immediately confirming that everyone will be returned to normal by the end of the episode, the monsters of the story are completely and intentionally secondary to resolving George's fears that he's no longer wanted and doesn't belong.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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@Esterath I disagree. I think both are that bad, relative to the very best Doctor Who stories, at least. As Djornad has said, they're not anywhere near as bad as the likes of the Twilight saga, and I'd watch them a thousand times over before I put that cr*p on ever again, but on a scale of Doctor Who's best to worst, they definitely reside somewhere towards the bottom for me. 

It's always a frustrating experience whenever I watch them, because everything I dislike about them (and it's a lot) nags at me throughout, and I simply can't enjoy them very much. I originally liked Let's Kill Hitler, but went off it the very next day. It was nothing to do with anyone else, because at the time it was fairly well recieved, I just noticed its many shortcomings when I watched it without the overwhelming excitement of the show's return clouding my judgement. However, I've disliked TWoRS from the very first time I saw it. Plus, both of those episodes were instrumental in ruining Series 6's story arc for me, which I had been massively excited about and thoroughly enjoying beforehand. 

As for the negative opinions influencing our own, in my case it can happen from time to time that a criticism or two infects my perspective of an episode, but it won't be the difference between loving and loathing one. Hide, for instance, is my favourite episode of 7B, and no amount of people criticising its romantic twist at the end will alter that. I loved the twist. I think it was original, surprising, and really quite a clever way of playing on our perceptions that something ugly/creepy looking must therefore be evil.  

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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Inexperience isn't an issue at all. If you want to read what I've written about An Unearthly Child, I'll send it over to you, but otherwise, I'd be happy to have you take part in it.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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@LGwalchmai95 That's fine. You only need to choose one from those that you've seen. Hopefully, enough people will be interested that all of the episodes are covered. 

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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I've an idea for a topical feature article, but I'm not sure if anything like this is already in the works, or has been submitted. It's a collaborative article, which will be titled "The Debut of the Doctor", and basically has a number of writers select their favourite episodes that depict the debut of an incarnation. Each contributor only needs to do about 250 words on what it is about their chosen episode's portrayal of the Doctor that makes it their favourite. I've already done mine on "An Unearthly Child", but if anyone would like to take part, let me know.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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I remember billydakiduk's title sequence causing one hell of a storm when it was released. His clockwork concept is just so original compared to a lot of the other fan-made intros out there, so I'm glad to see it's been adopted as the show's official title sequence. 

I do think his version is slightly better than the one the BBC's produced (although, I prefer their incorporation of Capaldi's eyes over billy's reflection on the fob watch, and I can't decide which theme tune I'm more inclined towards, to be honest), but I'm certainly not complaining. It's still a fantastic arrangement, and a thousand times better than the garish assault on the eyes that the previous one was. I can't wait to see it properly on the 23rd, unless the BBC decide to be really generous and release it online beforehand.

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I don't think I've ever anticipated a new series quite to this extent before. I'm not sure if it's just Capaldi's Doctor that I'm most excited to see, or the show's new direction as a whole, but something about this series has piqued my enthusiasm for Doctor Who more than any other. I've been spending all of my free time reading news and articles about Doctor Who, and watching all sorts of Who-related videos on Youtube. I'm literally just passing the time until August 23rd. It's alarming just how obsessed I've become.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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Yeah, I'm fairly sure if Moffat had been asked about plans to resurrect the Time Lords prior to The Day of the Doctor, he'd have given a similar response to this. Moffat's interviews typically consist of about 90% misdirection. I even seem to recall him saying not so long ago that the Master would only return if there was a good enough reason from a narrative standpoint to bring him back, so I doubt he's ruled it out entirely. And I'm certain, even if he doesn't, someone else down the line will. The Master's too iconic, and too full of posibilities for writers to explore different interpretations of his character, for any seemingly permanent end for him not to be undone at some point. Just like the Daleks, he'll always find a way back.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Moffat on Why the Master Won’t Be Back

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"A Dalek so damaged it's turned good. Morality is malfunction. How could I resist?"


Beautiful dialogue. This series just looks incredible, and I'm loving the witty interplay between Capaldi's Doctor and Clara.

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I'll get around to watching it at some point, probably once the new series of Doctor Who has finished. I'll need something else after that. It's a shame it hasn't improved much, though, as it always seems to be falling short of its potential. 

Hopefully! It's been far, far too long since I've read one of your fantastic reviews.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/beyond-the-whoniverse/

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Wow, that's an incredibly creative idea, and has all the ingredients for an extremely poignant story. I'll be keeping an eye out for when it's released. 

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/beyond-the-whoniverse/

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That bad, huh? I take it there hasn't been any substantial improvement, then?

No, unfortunately not. I'd love to, but I don't want to risk anything that might distract me from writing the book for any length of time. Are you not reviewing anything at the moment?

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/beyond-the-whoniverse/

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Well, that's an even bigger compliment! I love those two films as well. If I could emulate even a tenth of their quality as stories, I'd be satisfied. 


I'll keep at it, like you say. And thanks, again!

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/beyond-the-whoniverse/

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@EternalDoctor Thanks! I really appreciate the compliments. It means a hell of a lot. And I'm really glad it's got your interest. I definitely won't give up on it. I just need to find ways speed up the process, because at this rate, it'll be ages before it sees the light of day. 

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/beyond-the-whoniverse/

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Well done! I'll have to buy them at some point to get a fuller impression (I definitely want to read more of The Bored Person's Guide to Time Tavel), but what I've read thus far of Too Far Gone has really, really impressed me. It seems like quite a brutally sincere depiction of child abuse.


What's your soon-to-be-published novel about?

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/beyond-the-whoniverse/

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