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With an older Doctor like Capaldi I'd have a middle-aged woman (Olivia Coleman would be perfect), possibly divorced or widowed, or in an unhappy marriage, who basically wants a bit of escapism in her life and treats the TARDIS like Clara does, going on trips every week...ooh, and then she could be mistaken for having an affair with the Doctor by her husband (It's more realistic because the age difference would only be around 15 years). Then there'd be a young gay man, probably 18/19, escaping from an abusive and homophobic family background and travelling full-time with the Doctor, never wanting to go back to his family life. He can probably die. And a couple of episodes in they could be joined by a female alien, preferably a Krillitane, so she can take on human form if needs be, perhaps one that has been disgraced by her society and her time on the TARDIS could culminate with returning to the planet of the Krillitanes and leading a revolution against its savage dictatorship, leaving the TARDIS to become the new ruler of the Krillitane people.

16 hours, 57 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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1. The Doctor's Wife 10/10 2. Mummy on the Orient Express 10/10 3. Vincent and the Doctor 9.5/10 4. Amy's Choice 9/10 5. Kill the Moon 7/10 6. Curse of the Black Spot 6/10 7. The Rings of Akhaten 6/10 8. In the Forest of the Night 5.5/10

20 hours, 24 minutes ago on Face-Off: New Writer Debuts

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Thanks for the warning.

2 days, 16 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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Same. I was disappointed about the other finalist, but still, at least Peter beat him.

2 days, 23 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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So the winner of the WD Best Doctor poll is...Peter Capaldi! *Fireworks etc.*


Stay tuned kids for the much longer and more arduous best episode polls, which will be coming soon...

2 days, 23 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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Theory o'clock: The lava place in the trailer looks like Hell. Many have suggested the Promised Land is actually Hell. Missy appears to be in charge of the Promised Land/Hell. This implies that Missy is the Devil. The Devil has already been in Doctor Who before, as the Beast. However, it fell into a black hole and died. BUT, if the Promised Land had already existed, it might've gone there, and then taken over, and now it's using Hell for some evil means, perhaps to return to this world and take control of that too. But anyway, that means that Missy could actually be the Beast. Moffat did say she was "satanic", after all...

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

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Vincent and the Doctor, The Impossible Astronaut, The Doctor's Wife, The Bells of Saint John, The Day of the Doctor for me. Matt's era is one of the more mixed ones for me, and he's one of the more mixed Doctors, but these episodes each showcase what that era could do at its best, and what a talented actor he is.

3 days, 1 hour ago on The Eleventh Doctor: Five Favourites

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14/15, I thought the TFOP one was TIP.

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

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I won't look at them.

3 days, 16 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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I like that he changed his mind, it shows development, and how Clara's changing him for the better.

3 days, 21 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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In the Forest of the Night

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I get that this episode is meant to be similar to a fairytale, but that doesn't excuse the mass of plot conveniences and frankly ridiculous plot points. The central idea is obviously ridiculous, but I feel it could've worked if it was supported by some sound story-telling and some sense of consequences. Like Kill the Moon it felt like something massive was done and no-one felt the effects, which is just irritating. The reason for the trees being there and how they protect the world is all basically magic, and they don't even attempt to hide it. However, despite the fact I have issues with the main plot, the characters sub-plot with the Doctor, Clara and Danny is, as can be expected, brilliant. Capaldi, Coleman and Anderson all give great performances, and have some great lines to work with. The scene when they think Earth is actually going to be destroyed is excellent, and I really liked how they mirrored the lines from the end of Kill the Moon. Meanwhile, the child actors were generally pretty good, although Ruby was irritating. They had quite a few naff lines, but did there best with them. The visuals were excellent, the direction was sometimes great, sometimes less than good. The music was perfect, it really created the magical feel of the episode. But nonetheless, the main story was just atrocious, and very forgettable.

5.5/10

3 days, 22 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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The End of Time, The Bells of Saint John, Midnight, The Day of the Doctor and The Waters of Mars are my favourite episodes musically.

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

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The final is here. It's down to the two most recent Doctors (great surprise), and it's up to you to choose who'll win. It's an easy one for me, but I hope it'll be torture for some of you! =D

Matt Smith vs Peter Capaldi

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

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5/10 for me, everything felt a bit hit and miss.

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

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So far my ratings for the first 6 episodes of Series 8 are averaging out as an 8.7/10, and the last 4 are averaging out as a 7.4/10...hopefully the finale can save the second half and get the 2 halves of the series to an equal footing.

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

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Also, did you notice that out the Doctor, Psi and Clara, the Teller went after Clara first...in fact it took the combined guilt of every criminal in the universe to draw it away.

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

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I heard most of it and I've still got nothing...

5 days, 18 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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Hey, Capaldi's my favourite! >.< (although you can trust that's not because of him being the most recent, remember Matt Smith...)

5 days, 18 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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Time for the semi-finals, who do you choose?

Matt Smith vs Paul McGann

Peter Capaldi vs David Tennant

5 days, 18 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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I'm voting yes, but I'm not against what they're doing. I've seen enough of Capaldi over the weeks to see him shoot to the top of my favourite Doctors list. I think it's more a case of going from underuse in Series 7 to perfect use in Series 8. Which is a good thing.


6 days, 17 hours ago on Poll: Is Clara Overshadowing the Doctor?

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Round 2 begins. Happy voting, I can promise these will only get crueller. :)

Matt Smith vs Patrick Troughton

Tom Baker vs Paul McGann

Christopher Eccleston vs Peter Capaldi

David Tennant vs Jon Pertwee

6 days, 18 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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You already voted. -_-

6 days, 18 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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Sorry, forgot to say, reposting these because one's a tie, first comment will tip the balance.

6 days, 20 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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Matt Smith vs Sylvester McCoy

Patrick Troughton vs Peter Davison

Tom Baker vs Colin Baker

Paul McGann vs John Hurt

Christopher Eccleston vs William Hartnell

Peter Capaldi vs Richard E Grant

David Tennant vs Rowan Atkinson

Jon Pertwee vs Peter Cushing

6 days, 20 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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'cause I'm bored here are the rest of the Doctors: (the one below is still open and shall remain open until tomorrow eveningish)

Christopher Eccleston vs William Hartnell

Peter Capaldi vs Richard E Grant

David Tennant vs Rowan Atkinson

Jon Pertwee vs Peter Cushing

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

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Huh, funny. Colin's my least favourite, but Capaldi's my favourite.

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

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Doesn't mean I dislike Colin, he did an admirable job with some rather shoddy writing and trainwreck costume.

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

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For me Tom is right near the top and Colin is at the very bottom.

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

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Surprising amount of love for Colin, I thought Tom'd have an easy win but so far they're neck and neck.

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

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OK, I'm starting a thing, a best Doctor face-off poll thing. Now, obviously we only have 13 Doctors and that's a tricky number, so I've included Peter Cushing, Richard E Grant and Rowan Atkinson, even if their canonicity could be disputed. Anywho, here are the first 4 polls, happy voting:

Matt Smith vs Sylvester McCoy

Patrick Troughton vs Peter Davison

Colin Baker vs Tom Baker

Paul McGann vs John Hurt

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

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90% of the time it's just misleading, rather than outright lies.

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

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Because we might hurt the ickle kiddy-winks' feelings.

1 week, 1 day ago on In the Forest of the Night Advance Review

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Screw my Chemistry AS, this is way more fun than homework.

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

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He makes an interesting point and its worded quite well, shame that he's aiming in the wrong direction.

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

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Flatline

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If this had been a Series 7 episode I'd probably be praising it has a welcome break from the usual mediocrity, however as a Series 8 episode my main feelings are that it's not as good as usual. Which I guess is a good thing, looking at the bigger picture. And pretty much everything in this episode works pretty well, but there are still some little flaws here and there. The Boneless are a really cool enemy, both when they were 2D and when they became 3D, but they do look a little more daft than sinister. Still, the idea behind them is very chilling, and shows that Matthieson's ability to create monsters didn't end with the Foretold. I hope he gets the chance to come back next series with even more new and intriguing monsters. Meanwhile, the guest characters were pretty good. Rigsy was a really nice, cool character, although part of me wishes he could've had his moment of self-sacrifice (then again, he was necessary for the resolution of the episode, which I thought was very clever). Fenton was a little one dimensional in his gittishness, but he made me hate him, which was probably the point. The rest of the characters were just sort of there, speaking in slightly OTT Bristolian accents and getting killed. The Doctor's really good again here, although his big speech at the end felt a little forced (nowhere near as bad as the one in The Rings of Akhaten, though). Also his little dance after he thinks he's saved the TARDIS from the train is adorable, and just goes to show he can be just as happy and jolly as any previous Doctors and isn't just moody. However, the star of the show is easily Clara. Jenna Coleman owns ever line, and delivers a performance even better than the ones she gave in Kill the Moon (her acting is one of its redeeming features) and Deep Breath. Clara's character is continuing to develop in an interesting way, the lies she's told to Danny surely about to come back and bite her on the bum, while at the end of the episode we got a very intriguing insight into how she's changing, because of spending time with the Doctor no doubt, and also that Missy seems to have a very particular interest in her. With the finale only a few weeks away, it seems right that they should start ramping up the interest in the heaven-arc again.

7.5/10


Series 8 episodes: 

1. Mummy on the Orient Express 10/10

2. Listen 10/10

3. Into the Dalek 9.5/10

4. Deep Breath 8.5/10

5. The Caretaker 8.5/10

6. Robot of Sherwood 8/10

7. Time Heist 8/10

8. Flatline 7.5/10

9. Kill the Moon 7/10

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

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It's going well. Certainly capable of becoming my favourite Moffat series.

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

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Saying "that's not attitude to have" comes across as disrespectful and snappy, no matter what you actually meant by it.

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

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You were a tad snappy.

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

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"That's no attitude to have" - it's like David didn't even leave an impression. Just let Yosh hate it if he wants to hate it.

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

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You mean you finished Series 4 and now it's onto Series 5, right?

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

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Pond dating and RTD dating come to mind.

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

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Quite possibly it is. XD We're certainly more in synch than we were over Series 7 Part One...

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

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DB: 8.5/10 ITD: 9.5/10 ROS: 8/10 L: 10/10 TH: 8/10 TC: 8.5/10 KTM: 7/10 MOTOE: 10/10 So the series average is 8.7/10. I'm anxious about the next few episodes, each has the potential to go quite badly, but still, hopefully they'll maintain the high quality already established.

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

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Who says it has to be one? I'd love to come out of Dark Water questioning all of the "heroes".

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

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