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@mrclever Gaiman kind of did say he wouldn't be able to take the job.

1 day, 9 hours ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator

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How far down in age does Coal Hill go? Those look like primary school kids to me, whereas Courtney very definitely was not...

1 day, 12 hours ago on In the Forest of the Night Promo Pics

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...I swear to god if people post spoilers from this (and they will) I will kill someone. 

1 day, 12 hours ago on Watch Death in Heaven Early

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I still think 'What the bloody hell?' when I see this synopsis...

1 week, 5 days ago on In the Forest of the Night Official Synopsis

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@RobertMadsen 'wish they had concentrated on a character driven episode for the Wallander-writer or a pure spectacular horror-spider flick.' As Harness pitched it, it was his idea.



1 week, 6 days ago on 2nd Opinion: Kill the Moon

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@Aztecs, Daleks and Cavemen @TheOncomingHurricane @Clara Laurinda @G_Unitt How many pro-choicers can you find in favour of abortion at the 9 month stage? Because that would be the equivalent. 

1 week, 6 days ago on 2nd Opinion: Kill the Moon

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@Clara Laurinda @TheOncomingHurricane @G_Unitt I can't honestly see the pro-life reading. I'm baffled by it, for reasons I dealt with in another comment above.

1 week, 6 days ago on 2nd Opinion: Kill the Moon

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Bah. *always a woman's 


1 week, 6 days ago on 2nd Opinion: Kill the Moon

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 The moon inspiring humanity to travel the stars was unnecessary; as Adelaide was motivated by a Dalek and went on to inspire the rest of humanity – but perhaps that was undone by Amy Pond and her magical mind. 

I think you missed some key points in both The Big Bang and The Waters of Mars - Amy's mind wouldn't have undone anything. Redone it after the cracks ate it, yes. As for The Waters of Mars, she inspires her granddaughter, specifically. The Brookes are a pivotal part in humanity's space exploration, but the only way you can reconcile today's declining interest of governments in actually sending people into space is if there was a major sea change (if you'll pardon the pun). From the Earth we're shown in KtM, the Bowie Base project just 9 years later (I think the proximity is intentional) would not have got funding without this happening.







As for the pro-life reading of the episode, I'm sorry, I just don't see it. In fact I see it the opposite way, I think it's explicitly pro-choice, and there's plenty of text and subtext in support of it. I'll start with the obvious one: 


"Womankind, it's your choice." (What a line right there.) 

This is clear invocation of the pro-choice argument - it's up to individual women to decide whether an abortion is right for them. It's not up to governments, whose hijacking of the democratic process (those are whole power grids being turned off, it's inevitable this was the case) is rightly ignored. It's not up to men either, which is why the Doctor leaves the narrative until the decision has been made. 

One of the things I found most interesting to think about is that Courtney's opinion is presented as valid and is respected, when (even if the voting age has been lowered to 16, which by 2049 I very much hope so) as a 15 year old teenager she would have been ineligible to vote and thus her voice would go ignored in the referendum even if it was fairly conducted. Despite that, her opinion on the debate is treated as more valid than that of the Doctor; who as a man will never be able to give birth (female Doctor debate notwithstanding); at least, that's the subtext (the text obviously being that he's not one of humanity). Thus, he will never be able to have a personal understanding of the implications of having/not having an abortion. 






The episode doesn't say that the decision to abort is always wrong, it says the decision to abort is always a woman. That's the only absolutism on display. And to back that up, there is an abortion, just not the one we'd expect, that of the nuclear bombs. There's a point to that close up of the screen saying 'ABORTED'. What this demonstrates, in the same situation, is that there are times when a woman feels it is right to abort, and there are times that a woman will feel it is wrong. The existence of both of those is a good thing and is exactly what being pro-choice is all about.


I've seen people say that Clara's reaction implies that men should not allow women to make difficult decisions. That's not the case. So, if men, represented by the Doctor, have no place in making the actual choice, then do they have a role in abortion, and if so, what is it? The answer is that they're there to provide moral and emotional support and advice, if it's wanted of them. Because Twelve  is a bit of a klutz when it comes to emotions, he doesn't recognise that the first 2 are important, hints at the "right" answer to this particular case and then leaves.

What the Doctor does in this case by withholding information from Clara, is akin to a member of the clergy refusing to help someone seeking their advice or telling them directly not to have an abortion as (they believe) it's a sin et cetera. Or, to consider the other point of view, a doctor or other medical practitioner not giving information on the risks and potential ramification to mental health of having an abortion. This is what Clara objects to, not being given the choice, but not being fully informed, and not being supported while making that decision.
















1 week, 6 days ago on 2nd Opinion: Kill the Moon

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@MaraBackman @AlexOsirisGlass @SonicTheHedgehogRules There is a point to that though, Game of Thrones is essentially War of the Roses on a massive scale. There are a few British colloquialisms in the books as well, despite having an American author.

1 week, 6 days ago on Downey Jr on Who Role: “Anything’s possible”

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@G_Unitt But how was it pro-life? I saw it being rather explicitly pro-choice, myself.

1 week, 6 days ago on 2nd Opinion: Kill the Moon

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@Typo42 @TheOncomingHurricane   '100% Dalek DNA would presumably have recessive genes and 'junk' DNA that came from the original humanoid Kaleds.' 

Except this doesn't work. We saw what happened when human and Dalek mixed...we got Human Dalek Sec. Apparently those that are more Dalek than this still look completely human. There's no consistency of anything in the episode, and this is no exception.



2 weeks, 1 day ago on Kill The Moon Review

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@Amy says Peter Davison is the Thirteenth Doctor! I draw the line at Expelliarmus being a resolution, mind XD

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Kill The Moon Review

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@MaraBackman It's been a long while since I agreed with you so completely. I'm glad this is what it was over.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Kill The Moon Review

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@Aztecs, Daleks and Cavemen @PCAriza @Grandfather This Series for me, has felt more like Series 1 than anything except possibly Series 5.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Kill The Moon Review

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@PaddyB @TheOncomingHurricane Unfortunately, it gets it wrong in about every area, not just science. It really is irredeemably bad.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Kill The Moon Review

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If we're going to knock this for scientific inaccuracy (and despite being a science student I don't feel inclined to), it's only fair to point out that it's nowhere near the worst science the show ever had, that would be Daleks in Manhattan/Evolution of the Daleks because you don't need to consult a scientist, you just know: DNA cannot pass through lightning, and secondly humans with 100% Dalek DNA would look, well, like Daleks, not like humans.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Kill The Moon Review

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@Banannam 'In my opinion, Toby Whithouse would have been a perfect writer for this episode, especially given his track record of dealing with big issues and examining how the Doctor approaches them' 


You must be joking, because it's horrendous.




2 weeks, 1 day ago on Kill The Moon Review

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@mrpaddy1984 I just thought it couldn't be heard through the glass. It was apparently reinforced against meteors, and I sometimes have trouble hearing through double glazing! 

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Kill The Moon Review

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@stargazer0118 @TheForgotten TheForgotten is not David. He used to be called YouWillObeyMe on here.

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

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@TheTimeTraveller is the 12th Doctor ...That didn't answer the question XD 

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Kill the Moon Advance Review

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So, here's a Kill the Moon review roundup so far:


Steven Moffat calls this ‘proper drama’ and he’s not wrong. It’s proper drama, proper old school sci-fi, and proper scary. It is also that rare thing in Doctor Who: completely unpredictable.(5/5) - Cultbox


It's barely worth hunting for the foibles in the case of Kill The Moon. It's tense, it's superbly executed, and it's the kind of episode that you skip to as fast as possible when you get the boxset home. - Den of Geek


If it's grown-up Doctor Who that you're craving then Kill The Moon is as close to 10 out of 10 as you are likely to find. - Warped Factor


Kill The Moon is very sci-fi, very horror and very personal - for me, already a modern day classic. And the best Doctor Who in years. - Blogtor Who


Well then...get hype!

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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@Master Michael Moon You think that of every episode for some reason...

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Next Time: Kill The Moon

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@ClaireAbraham @TheOncomingHurricane @Oliver J. "cool" No, he doesn't have a point. Because well, by his logic, The Waters of Mars is a copy of every DW base under siege story ever.

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Next Time: Kill The Moon

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I notice the theme tune on the trailers has finally been sorted, at our end at least!

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Next Time: Kill The Moon

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@Oliver J. "cool" "Let's completely ignore what 'copy and paste' means" - a stupid and ignorant comment is born.

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Next Time: Kill The Moon

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@Planet of the Deaf @Horus Killed The Moon Well, they stopped doing TV trailers after either Cold War or Hide. A decision which was really, really stupid. Name was an exception.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator

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And another thing, here's a list of episodes Time Heist rated higher than on just final figures: 


The Empty Child 

Bad Wolf 

The Parting of the Ways 

The Idiot's Lantern 

The Impossible Planet

The Satan Pit (6.08?! I think that's the lowest rating of a revived series ep ever and it was brilliant!)

Daleks In Manhattan

Evolution of the Daleks

Blink (yes, really) 

The Poison Sky 

Silence in the Library (apparently 1.57 million more people watched the second part, WTF) 

The Hungry Earth 

Vincent and the Doctor 

The Lodger 

The Big Bang 

The Almost People 

The God Complex 

Closing Time 

Hide 

Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS 

The Crimson Horror 

Nightmare in Silver











3 weeks, 2 days ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator

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@RUAZ When there's been a substantial dip in viewership in the middle of pretty much every series, this is a ludicrous argument.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator

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@MatthewBagnall @TheOncomingHurricane You do realise it was not on against the X Factor in...either of those series? 

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator

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@Smaragdkek I've often heard 'you' used in that context at parents' evenings before, it generally refers to either the school or the teaching staff as a collective, rather than the specific teacher. So, not necessarily.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on The Caretaker Review

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@TheBeast101 The collective, as it were.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator

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The fact we seem to have a stable viewership of around 5 million watching live while going up against the X Factor is hugely impressive, actually.

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator

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@Deus_Ex_Machina He said it was the only one!

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Mummy on the Orient Express Synopsis

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@Master Michael Moon No wonder the timeslot was moved! :o

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Mummy on the Orient Express Synopsis

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@Americanwhovian It's an episode in a school, are you high?

3 weeks, 5 days ago on The Caretaker Advance Review

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@RoastNewt @Ladydetemps I hope you find something soon. I had a year of it between leaving school and starting uni. I found nothing, it was really depressing.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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I know it's generally held that the characterisation in Midnight is perfect, but Jethro's parents don't seem to have...actual personality traits in the same way the rest of them do?

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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@Calebxy @TheOncomingHurricane @Mark McCullough Headcanon isn't meant to contradict actual canon. That's not what it's for. What you have is literally alternate continuity.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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@Calebxy @TheOncomingHurricane @Mark McCullough Yeah, but then the theory works only works in that way if he's shot before the regeneration...and it still doesn't work because he was in no condition to get up and run away (or even survive the first shot).

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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@ClassicWhovian @TARDlSkey Well, Psi took the device and chose to change himself back, so the Doctor would just tell him to eff off and take responsibility for his own actions XD

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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@Chris502 @TheOncomingHurricane I'm willing to let Forest of the Dead's pass because it plays with expectations in that it makes us think River could be joining the TARDIS.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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@Ladydetemps Yeesh. Sorry to hear that, hope you find another job as soon as possible :)

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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I've been critical recently of how much some Next Time trailers (in the RTD era particularly) have spoiled. The Next Time trailer for Forest of the Dead is a rare one that gets it right. No Donna at all, after she's been 'saved'.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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@ClassicWhovian Oooooooow. Cracker, if this is still going.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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@Calebxy @Mark McCullough ...That wouldn't work. He was able to blast them out of the sky, why would he be retreating?

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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@ClassicWhovian Never cruel or cowardly. Amazing.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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@ Notsosmartguy The new Caretaker. @TheOncomingHurricane You know what I want most...more Eleven and Amy stories. No Rory (no offence, I like him but eh). Heaven.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on The Caretaker Clip & Video Introduction

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@ Notsosmartguy The new Caretaker. @TheOncomingHurricane I want to see Big Finish make this canon. Get 'em those revived series rights!

3 weeks, 5 days ago on The Caretaker Clip & Video Introduction

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