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Well, I'm away for a week without wifi or a decent mobile signal. Hope you all enjoy Deep Breath. Fortunately I won't be totally DW free as I've bought The Three Doctors and plan to watch that while I'm away.

At least I'll be able to go into 'Into the Dalek' without having read virtually anything about it.

Anyway enjoy DW, be enthralled by Capaldi and see you all in a week's time. God bless.

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

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It's on Iplayer for UK viewers (presuming you mean the One Show interview?)

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

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I know. It's great isn't it. Goes to show that the quizzes aren't as accurate as they make out.

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

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For those who like stats, New Who companions duration (as full time companion):

Amy: TEH-TATM: 32 episodes (no CT): 2 years 5 months 26 days

Rory: VOV-CB, TEH-TATM: 25 episodes (no CT): 2 years 4 months 21 days

{Modern day} Clara (At Christmas 2014) 23 episodes: 1 year 8 months 26 days

Rose: R-D: 27 episodes: 1 year 3 months 13 days

Donna: PIC-JE: 13 episodes: 3 months

Martha: SAJ-TLOTT: 13 episodes: 2 months 30 days

I know that people don't particularly want to discuss the rumour of the departure of Clara, but if she does leave at Christmas, she'll have had a decent run compared to other New Who companions.

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

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Sonty isn't the first time we've seen a DWTV member on video. Anyone remember the documentary we made last year? http:// www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL43VZrFBcutY8wlJEZEYqSKoUxnLwdxKV

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

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Ah, the good old double bluff ploy.

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

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I've updated my UNIT dating controversy article again. Enjoy:

'Never mind, Mike.'

Ah, those infamous words spoken by the Brigadier Benton in 'the Green Deaf'. Truly heartbreaking for all Doctor Who fans. Why you might ask? Because it ruined continuity. That line were the beginning of one of the greatest arguments in Doctor Who history. Those words led to the birth of the famous U.N.I.T (Unused National Institutions Trust) dating controversy.

Now, we all know about the dating controversy but please allow me to restate it so that I can write an article in an attempt to get my article count up to a number similar to Patrick's or David's. The U.N.I.T dating controversy is as follows: when Joe Pertwee took over as the Doctor it was decided that there would be some new rules introduced concerning how to run the show

1: The Doctor was to be exiled to the Moon

2: The Doctor would be the military advisor of U.N.I.T

3: No member of U.N.I.T was allowed to go out on any dates.

New producers Barry Dicks and Terrance Letts immediately discarded and ignored the first two rules but they did promote rule number three to rule number one. They made it clear that there would be no dating occurring on Doctor Who. This was their rule number one, just as Moffat Stevens' is to 'lie to sleeping dogs wherever possible'.

Let's consider a few examples of this rule:

1: The Doctor's new costume which is totally tasteless and unattractive making sure that no female would ever fall for him.

2: Liz Shawn killing the Brigand Leader so as to prove that there was no love interest between her and him.

3: The Doctor intervening to prevent Jo Grunt, his lab assistant, from going on a date with Captain Mike Tate in 'The Curse of Paladin' by taking her away to the alien planet: Paladin.

4: The Doctor intervening again to prevent Jo from falling in love with the king of Paladin by taking her back to the Moon.

As you can see, Barry and Terrance were determined that Doctor Who's U.N.I.T was no place for romance. However then a dispute arose between them as how best to write out Jo Grunt. Terrance had written an episode in which Joan left due to falling in love with Cliff Joans. Barry objected that this contradicted rule number one, but Terrance argued that as Jo was leaving U.N.I.T it didn't matter. However Barry, who was the script editor at the time, secretly edited Terrance's script for the Green Deaf to include the controversial line mentioned above which suggests that Captain Mike Tate did actually have a romantic attachment to Jo. He later explained this by stating that since Terrance had already broken rule number one, it didn't matter.

However most people started backing up Terrance on the matter until Terrance broke the rule himself in 'The Spider of Plants', by suggesting that the Brigadier also had a love interest. This caused a huge uprising and Terrance and Barry were both forced to resign. Sherlock Holmes, their successor, made it clear that he would abide by rule number one and so Doctor Who was allowed to remain on television. Sadly the shame of the controversy got to Pertwee and he decided to resign.

Later on the controversy resurfaced when in the 1989 story 'Battlefront', writer Aaron Benjamin decided to reintroduce the Brigadier's love interest as well as having another member of U.N.I.T falling in love with a knight from an alternative universe. This time the public deemed Doctor Who had gone too far and the show was brought to an end.

When the show was brought back in 2005, it was decided that as the Doctor no-longer worked for U.N.I.T, he could have romantic relations provided that the person he fell in love with was both ugly and insufferable. Russell Davies (more commonly known as R2D2), the new show-runner, introduced Rose Tailor while his successor Stevens chose Melody Rivers to be the character to marry the Doctor. Both of these individuals fitted the criterial perfectly.

Sadly though the problem did resurface in 2008 where, in the episode 'The Poisoned Sontaran', Martha Joans (daughter of Cliff Joans and Jo Grunt), a member of U.N.I.T, mentioned being engaged. R2D2 came under a lot of criticism for this and despite his attempt to solve it by having Martha going free-lance, he was forced to resign. Daniel Tennant, the Tenth Doctor, decided to resign just as Pertwee had before him.

However even with R2D2 gone, the U.N.I.T dating controversy continued. Stevens has already come under fire for allowing Neil Chibnall to write a scene in which Captain Tates' daughter kisses Matt Smiles' Doctor in the episode 'The Three Powers'. Stevens was able to keep his job via confirming in 'the Doctor of the Day' that no romance was occurring between the Doctor and Kate Tates and they were in fact quite hostile, but this was not enough to save Smiles who was forced to leave the town of Trenzalore and the show at the Eleventh Hour.

However due to an accident during the filming of 'the Doctor of the Day' (involving a troll {in a dungeon [thought you'd like to know]}) a line in that episode confirmed Private Pace's comments in 'the Poisoned Sontaran' that the Doctor was still a member of U.N.I.T and therefore must abide by the 'no dating' rule. As a result Stevens cast a stick insect Peter Al Capone as the new Doctor in the hope of ending the controversy once and for all.

But many wonder if the controversy is biding its time waiting for an opportunity to rise up and be the final nail in Doctor Who's coffin. Will the U.N.I.T dating controversy finally kill off Doctor Who once and for all? As Dr McCoy once said 'Time tellers will toll time. They always do.'

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

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@GoodYear92 It is a nice shade of blue. I liked it long before I started watching DW.

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

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@doctorwhotvuk I think he does to. He freely admits to watching fan productions on Youtube hence the new title sequence. And I'm sure he knows which sites will give him a fair evaluation of his stories/showrunning/ideas etc. I hope DWTV is one such site in his book.

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

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Series 7 wrapped in December 2012.

In early 2013, I wrote an article about Moffat not taking death seriously

Now, Moffat says that in Series 8, death won't be used so lightly.


Clearly, Moffat checks this site, read my article and decided to change the way death is portrayed for Series 8. Or maybe not.

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

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@The 4th Doctor  Last time was Nightmare in Silver.



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

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@SonicTheHedgehogRules It's only 4 episodes since it was last used: Nightmare in Silver.



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

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(I guess this may have been mentioned before) Could the Ninth Doctor's accent be related at all to Clara's slightly Northern accent? After all the War Doctor met her just before he regenerated and held her in high esteem.

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

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@doctorwhotvuk That's a pity. I loved Tennant's and Smith's Doctors choosing their costumes. Oh well.

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

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One thing that I'm slightly anxious about is the fact that we haven't heard much about the way in which the Doctor chooses his new costume which makes it sound as though it isn't really a scene which stands out much.... Or it's such a cool scene everyone is refusing to even tease it for fear of spoiling.

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

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Doctor Who news in the BBC News website today:

Peter Capaldi says that his portrayal of the Doctor 'isn't yet in place'. Interesting read:

http: //www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-28849955

And Pat Troughton's grandson, Jim retires from playing cricket due to injury:

http: //www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cricket/28851764

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

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No. I voted for it

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

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I know we've done it lots of times before but now we've got the titles:

Rank Series 8 episodes by how much you're looking forward to them

Dark Waters/Death in Heaven

Kill the Moon

Robots of Sherwood

Mummy on the Orient Express

In the Forest of the Night

Into the Dalek

Listen

Deep Breath

The Caretaker

Time Heist

Flatline

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

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No, it's not important. As I said, I still really looking forward to the episodes and I think it'll be a great series, maybe even the greatest. But I just don't find the episode titles interesting. It doesn't matter that they aren't. The titles won't actually effect the content of the episode, after all.

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

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Ok. I'll take your word for it.

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

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Oh no. The episodes look great. Capaldi is a quality actor and I don't doubt he'll be amazing. I'm just not very excited by the episode titles.

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

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It could prove me wrong. But from what we know, it sounds like a title which doesn't fit the episode but the era.

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

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Why have we only recently learnt about the co-writing of episodes? Moffat implied that they'd all written episodes by themselves in the last DWM. Was he just being humble? I assume so. Why else would it be kept quiet?

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

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1) In The Forest of the Night

2) Death in Heaven

3) Dark Water

Not sure about the others. Perhaps they'll grow on me.

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

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I'm afraid they haven't particularly impressed me. The only ones I like are the last three.

Deep Breath- It's one of those titles like TDOTD and TTOTD which have little to do with the episode but rather focus on the situation of the show.

Into the Dalek- It doesn't really sound like a title.

The Robots of Sherwood- adapted titles like these just feel like poor versions of the original titles.

Listen- Reserved judgement. Not a huge fan of one word titles. Depends though how well it suits the episode. Hide failed. Blink worked.

Time Heist- Reminds me too much of titles like Time Flight, Timelash

The Caretaker- Short and to the point. Nothing special

Kill the Moon- Same as ITD

Mummy on the Orient Express- Same as TROS

Flatline- Same as L

In The Forest Of The Night- Now this sounds fascinating

Dark Waters- unusual but something different in a good way

Death in Heaven- nice use of an oxymoron

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

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@Esterath Sounds ilegal? Don't know. The website is blocked for me

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

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For those who haven't seen many Classic DW stories, ITunes have quite a nice deal where you can buy a 'Best of [insert Doctor here]' thing. It gives you 4 stories from that Doctor (I don't think one exists for the Sixth or Eighth Doctors) and costs usually about £5.99 though for some reason Pertwee's costs £9.99. Plug over.

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

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@TardisBoy That's because DWTV is uploading a high quality pirated version of Deep Breath for us to watch.... but shhhhh.... don't tell anyone.

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

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Well it had to at least be updated because they couldn't use Matt's face and when they have a reason to update something they tend to change it.

Just like when they had to rebuild the TARDIS in 2010 for the new HD cameras, they upgraded it. And the same in 2012 when they had to rebuild the TARDIS after moving studios, they decided to upgrade it again.

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

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I hope Capaldi has a consistent title sequence throughout his era. I like a sense of consistency in such things.

And for stat fans:

2005-2010 sequence: 59 episodes (had minor logo adjustment as well as a theme change)

2010-2012 sequence: 33 episodes (had minor logo adjustments as well as colour adjustments in Series 7)

2012-2013 sequence: 10 episodes (minor logo adjustments with a small change in the way the text disappears)

+ 1 story with the 1963 title sequence.

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

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I guess so. I don't it though when just because something isn't new and shiny, it is criticised.

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

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The story is a prequel and it serves as a prequel even if it isn't given that title.

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

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Going from recent article comments and the DWM poll, it seems that despite MS' popularity as the Doctor, his era is seem by the fanbase as a bit of a let down, I'll stress the fact that I didn't say a 'huge let down'. And I can see what people mean. There were certain aspects of the last two series which were quite disappointing such as a lack of two parters and hasty conclusions to stories which felt a bit over crowded.

But at the same time, I'm concerned that all this hype for Series 8 is slightly ruining Smith's era's reputation. People are starting to criticise it more because Series 8 sounds so good. They seem to forget that at the time of watching, they enjoyed Series 5-7 immensely.

I for one enjoyed Smith's era immensely. Was it perfect? No. But it was enjoyable, fun, quirky and it reflected Smith's Doctor. Yeah it would have been nice if it wasn't so incredibly rushed at points. Yes it would have been nice to have a few more two parters. Yes monsters and villains could have been used better at points. But at the same time, it worked. It was a strong era of Who and perhaps it won't be as highly regarded by the fans as Capaldi's, or Tennant's or "insert name here"'s, but I'm glad to have seen it.... except.... well we can always have episodes and things we dislike but on the whole, it was good DW and I hope it'll be remembered as that even if at the moment it is being regarded a bit negatively as people anticipate Series 8.

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

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I'm not sure if we're getting an episode set in the First World War for Series 8. Bit of a shame if we don't. After it, it would be fitting for Who to pay tribute to those sad events.

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

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It wasn't a genuine article. Just a spoof.

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

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(Innocently) I'm still waiting for my one on the unit dating controversy to be published..... Though I think the odds on that aren't great.

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

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I remember being quite disappointed with Series 5 when it first aired. Now it's really grown on me and is my favourite MS series. Series 6 and 7 on the other hand impressed me on first impression and have since lost their shine in my eyes. I hope Series 8 is more than just impressive on first watching but rather is long lasting brilliance.

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

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I hope that Series 8 has a 'classic' episode. One which is universally loved. It was one of the things which Series 7 missed. Name came the closest and rated the highest in the DWM poll. But it'd be nice for Series 8 to have an episode like TDW, TEH, M (interestingly Name actually ranked higher than this classic?), B, TGITF, TEC/TDD...

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

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@TardisBoy Or we'll be away and not able to see it.....

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

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@TardisBoy True. Maybe it is hard to find a TARDIS related teaser for that ep.

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

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@TardisBoy I wonder if each of the teasers are based around episodes. I would speculate more but as the episode titles aren't yet confirmed yet, it probably isn't allowed.

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

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@ThePaternosterGangAreAwesome I agree. And I think by the end of his run, his darkness will have worn off leaving a kind old man bowing out with a smile. Bit Ninth Doctor esque

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

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@stargazer0118 I think that they'll have to play it carefully. The Doctor shouldn't be a dark character rather a character with a darker side. As I've said before, I'm looking forward to seeing this Doctor smile as it'll be a rare but wonderful occurrence.

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

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@Bollyknickers

1. The Eleventh Hour 9/10

2. Asylum of the Daleks 8.5/10

3. Deep Breath 8/10

4. The Impossible Astronaut 8/10

5. Partners in Crime 7/10

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

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