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I'm glad I did re-evaluate it a few days later. I gave it a 9 on Saturday - ridiculous, I know. I've set it straight now, by giving it a 10 instead!

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Robot of Sherwood Review

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I disagree - I loved the episode - and feel you dwell too unfairly on the by-the-book depiction of Robin Hood. Keeping "all the aspects of his legend intact" was a revelation in itself, and a dexterous one at that.

'To portray Robin Hood as “historically accurate” [..] robs the episode of what makes an adaptation of a myth fun to watch.'


Does it, though? I don't like the idea that the Doctor's interference should affect the lives of all the historical figures he meets. What's more, the episode would have been suffocated were it nothing but The Robin Hood Show - Robin was much better suited as part of a much bigger plot, which preserves the mystique surrounding his origins. 

What's more, he's a fine enough character as he is. He takes adventure in his stride regardless of the Doctor's influence! His spirit and determination should be what we admire today - not that the Doctor suggested he should wear a green hat.




1 month, 3 weeks ago on Robot of Sherwood Review

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(Or maybe the CGI cogs won't calibrate properly when he's not wearing his hat.) :D

1 month, 3 weeks ago on The Series 8 Arc: A Match Made In Heaven?

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They're definitely cleverer than the Missy = female = Rani rumours... ;)

1 month, 3 weeks ago on The Series 8 Arc: A Match Made In Heaven?

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Why not go better than just any old Gallifreyan... She could be a female Master! It's a good way to formally introduce gender-changing regeneration - oh, and Michelle Gomez would make a spectacular Master.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on The Series 8 Arc: A Match Made In Heaven?

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Of course the Clockwork Man was pushed!!! In my view, even the "soft"-est of Doctors - Five, Eight, perhaps even Eleven - would have pushed him. It was an impossible situation to get out of, and killing a robot hardly counts as murder.



1 month, 4 weeks ago on Your Verdict on Deep Breath

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It was, however, the most exciting thing ever back when it aired!

1 month, 4 weeks ago on Into the Dalek UK Ratings

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Presumably because the only people who were still watching Doctor Who by the time Dalek aired were people who actually enjoyed the show. The first few audiences would have been full of generally curious telly watchers, hence why some of the viewers pulled out after Rose and The Unquiet Dead. However, for Series 8, the audience has a higher concentration of dedicated fans from the get-go. But it's still very encouraging news!

1 month, 4 weeks ago on Into the Dalek UK Ratings

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Even the news?  Even those endless QI re-runs on Dave? Even Cash in the Attic?!


1 month, 4 weeks ago on Into the Dalek UK Ratings

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They'll never reach the dizzy heights of the 1961 heydays.

1 month, 4 weeks ago on Into the Dalek UK Ratings

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Then we need never tune in again! Hoora---wait

1 month, 4 weeks ago on Into the Dalek UK Ratings

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@sontaran17 Th-th-... They grade individual repeats?! How does that work?

1 month, 4 weeks ago on Into the Dalek UK Ratings

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Astonishingly good! As an iPlayer viewer (because it means getting Doctor Who in HD - yay!) I'm glad our views are being taken into account now. Great to see the show is given as much attention now as it was almost 10 years ago.

2 months ago on Deep Breath UK Ratings

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Well of course Moffat isn't ruining the show! ᵇᵘᵗ ᵗʰᵉʸ ˢʰᵒᵘᶫᵈ ˢᵗᶦᶫᶫ ᵇʳᶦᶰᵍ ᵇᵃᶜᵏ ᵀᵉᶰᶰᵃᶰᵗ

2 months ago on Deep Breath UK Ratings

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No, no - I don't mean that. While I love the idea of Doctor Who being part of foreign culture, that doesn't mean foreign culture should be embedded in Doctor Who. I'm all for this British show having an international identity - the larger the profile, the better. That shouldn't make Doctor Who any less of a quintessentially British show.

2 months ago on Deep Breath Record Overseas Ratings

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It's still one in every 400 people in America... Which is actually pretty decent!

2 months ago on Deep Breath Record Overseas Ratings

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This is really uplifting news. It's a step in the right direction - who knows, perhaps in 50 years' time, Doctor Who will be almost as much a part in Australian or Canadian television culture as it is in Britain.

2 months ago on Deep Breath Record Overseas Ratings

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Nice to see you back, K-Ci! My choices are similar, though The Happiness Patrol is a must...

Remembrance of the Daleks

The Happiness Patrol

Silver Nemesis

The Greatest Show in the Galaxy

Survival


2 months, 1 week ago on The Seventh Doctor: Five Favourites

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Well, it seems to have happened in every trailer and teaser so far... Surely he can't be that clumsy?! :D

2 months, 1 week ago on Series 8: 3 Days Teaser

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Whoops! The Doctor forgot to change the default TARDIS font of Times New Roman... Now that's just tasteless!

2 months, 1 week ago on Series 8: 3 Days Teaser

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Aha! I'm glad the polls are back. Now, this is a tie between The Caretaker and Robots of Sherwood. Caretaker because of Gareth Roberts, and Robots because from filming pics, it looks gorgeous!

2 months, 1 week ago on Poll: Your Most Anticipated Series 8 Story (Eps 1-6)

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Wow! I really love how Steven Moffat has been given co-writer credit on some of these. It's a long overdue rule-change, which does justice to the tireless work the showrunner puts in on not only their scripts – but most of the others, too!



2 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 8: All Titles Revealed

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So had the Eighth Doctor never met Cass, Chris Eccleston would've had to be in The Day of the Doctor? ;) Ooh, now there's a difficult choice... :s

2 months, 2 weeks ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – The Doctor Trilogy

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Not exactly... However, there was a cracking feature a few months ago called "Bad Wolf or Just Plain Bad?" which justified Rose's character throughout her time on the show. Rose fans loved it! That said, if you have a fresh perspective to bring to the table, it's definitely worth writing.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Write for Doctor Who TV

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You did! It was me! Hehe.

With that in mind, I think the ad sounds strangely creepy - and the nature of the lines taken from the episode makes me doubt that the whole 'borrowed faces' idea will be quite as light-going as Capaldi recently suggested...



2 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 8 “Faces” Deep Breath BBC Radio Trailer

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That sounds like quite a terrifying set-up for Deep Breath... Maybe the Caecilius dilemma will be a bigger part of Series 8 than we thought...

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 8 “Faces” Deep Breath BBC Radio Trailer

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Blimey! I'd like to try having to get up at 4am for new Doctor Who... Sounds like quite an odd experience!

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Deep Breath Time Confirmed

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Ah, yes, that's a good 'un! (Though it doesn't apply to many openers...) It's amazing how small bizarre moments in a Doctor's first episode can define them for the rest of their era. Sounds, er... tasty!

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Deep Breath: A Recipe for Success

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Thank you Gustaff! I'm sure Deep Breath will have plenty new to add to the mix.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Deep Breath: A Recipe for Success

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Super feature, Mark and Tayla! It's shocking to read that fans in Ireland are so starved of all-round Who-ishness, despite the area having various roles in the show's history. I'm off to a wedding in Northern Ireland on the day of Deep Breath - my first time there - so your words don't bode well for my chances of sneaking off in the evening to see the episode!

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Doctor Who – A Global Phenomenon: Part 8: The Emerald Isle

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As a fan of the "whingey" Tenth Doctor - the one who just didn't want his current persona to die - I take pride in playfully yelling: 

MOFFAT!!! *shakes fist*




2 months, 3 weeks ago on When Doctor Who Addresses Its Past

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Wait... Really?! As I recall, before the Christmas special, the same question was on everyone's lips: "Who blew up the TARDIS?"

Yes, it was always implied that it was the Silence - that's what everyone guessed. But it was never obvious. Not until it was confirmed in The Time of the Doctor.




2 months, 3 weeks ago on When Doctor Who Addresses Its Past

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Eleven: You didn’t always take me where I wanted to go.

Idris: No, but I always took you where you needed to go.

I love this quote! It brilliantly addresses how bizarrely lucky the Doctor is in finding a dastardly plot to solve wherever he goes. I always recall the line when watching the classics! Many thanks to Neil Gaiman for that one - Doctor Who now makes a lot more sense!



2 months, 3 weeks ago on When Doctor Who Addresses Its Past

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In conclusion, John Frobisher is Caecilius's cousin...

2 months, 4 weeks ago on Capaldi’s Familiar Face Addressed in a Low-key Way

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It looks GORGEOUS! And it looks like today's news was definitely right - he gets through a LOT of costumes! :D

3 months ago on Deep Breath Pics

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I like this new direction Doctor Who's taking. From the man who regrets, to the man who forgets, to the fashionista!

3 months ago on Moffat on Capaldi’s “Grey-haired stick-insect” Look

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"Fans will discover the identity of the guest presenter for the UK shows in early 2015."

Strax! That would be fabulous.



3 months ago on Symphonic Spectacular UK Tour in 2015

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I've been listening to Peter's embarassed laugh on a loop for far too many minutes now! We need Series 8... and pronto!

3 months ago on Capaldi was Adamant About No Flirting in Series 8

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Wowee! I like to see this as a statement of quality - the BBC are obviously confident that a cinema screening is worthwhile. Deep Breath must be amazing!

3 months, 1 week ago on Deep Breath To Be Shown in Cinemas Globally

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Maybe so, but that's by no means a bad thing. It thrives on the writing talents behind-the-scenes, and the stellar acting of its lead characters. Doctor Who is what it is - no amount of "big budget blockbuster" treatment is going to improve it. And so with the Deep Breath screenings, we get the best of both worlds: proper Doctor Who -- and at the cinema too!

3 months, 1 week ago on Deep Breath To Be Shown in Cinemas Globally

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Ooh, I wouldn't mind a bit of folly when it comes to a Doctor-Monster face-off this year. Well, only in small doses, mind. Of course Series 8, being the very very dark descent into pitch-black darkness we expect it to be, does deserve an overall sterner tone. That said, Doctor Who has never been quite complete without its sense of humour.

Even the baddest of bad baddies had their lighter moments - just look at the Master's affinity for the Clangers and Telletubbies, the Weeping Angels' attitude towards comfy chairs, or Satan's... umm.

The point is, Serious Monsters shouldn't really be just that - Series 8 can tell a powerfully poignant tale and still make room for clowning around. At the very least, I have faith in Gareth Roberts's episode to deliver just that.

Here's to fun!

3 months, 1 week ago on Five Expectations for Series 8

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Ah, the wonderful tale of the cobbled-together set with bits of the BBC's dusty old props department... ;D

3 months, 1 week ago on How does the TARDIS reflect the Doctor?

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Yes! Words cannot express my delight upon first seeing the TV Movie and discovering that the Seventh Doctor lived out his final days in something bizarrely homely. The backdrop really does suit him - a studious and sometimes withdrawn Doctor, a man beyond his years who had, effectively, retired from his traditional adventures.

3 months, 1 week ago on How does the TARDIS reflect the Doctor?

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Yeah, they were much more formidable. The design was robust, which although unusual for Cybermen, made them much more of a force to be reckoned with, which was brilliant!

3 months, 1 week ago on Cybermen Invade London (Again!)

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Ooh! So it's becoming increasingly likely the Cybermen aren't just a cameo. This is very exciting! 

3 months, 1 week ago on Cybermen Invade London (Again!)

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There's a really great idea, similar to your thinking, which I saw on Twitter recently. Going by Clara's mother's gravestone in The Rings of Akhaten, she died at the time that Rose was set. Did she die in the Auton invasion? Could be a great set-up for a proper 10th anniversary celebration.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Will There Be a 10th Anniversary Special for the Revival?

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As I recall, David Bradley was 20 years too old to play William Hartnell! Where there's a brilliant acting opportunity, there's a way...

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Will There Be a 10th Anniversary Special for the Revival?

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Obviously not Steven Moffat, based on last year's meeting with Chris...!

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Will There Be a 10th Anniversary Special for the Revival?

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Yes! And get Ian Hanmore to play Christopher Eccleston. I've said it before, and I'll say it again... It'd be uncanny! :D

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Will There Be a 10th Anniversary Special for the Revival?

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Brilliant piece George - your enthusiasm is infectious! Your love of the 2005 theme, in particular, hits home with me. I love how bombastic yet delicately crafted it is, moreso than many others. The Doctor Who theme rocks, and you're very right in saying the show wouldn't be the same without it!

3 months, 2 weeks ago on The Importance of Doctor Who’s Theme Tunes

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