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I agree. I'm not fond of it.

8 hours, 20 minutes ago on 12th Doctor Costume Change for Series 9

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I know, but that's not what your comment said.

1 day, 14 hours ago on Series 9: The Girl Who Died, and The Woman Who Lived

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You can calculate it, but it isn't relevant. Trust me, I'm doing a stats degree. If the data is skewed then the standard deviation and the mean don't give a correct picture of the data and therefore it is unwise to use them.

True, the median wouldn't be very precise in that it would be a whole number, but it would be comparable to the mean and help to show if there is any skew on the data. So if the mean was 7.214 and the median was 7, then I would happily accept the mean as a fair represnatiation of the data. But if the mean was 4.2 and the median was 7, then I would take the median was the mean is clearly being effected by negative skew and is telling the wrong story about the data.

1 day, 14 hours ago on Series 9: The Girl Who Died, and The Woman Who Lived

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Why? As I've said before:

"Is it ironic that people are celebrating this? As in the argument is that: the gender of the writer isn't important (aka both genders can do it), but now people are celebrating Catherine because she's female."

1 day, 14 hours ago on Series 9: The Girl Who Died, and The Woman Who Lived

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Sounds interesting. Mathieson is a great writer. I loved Mummy and Flatline was decent. Wonder how significant this casting will be. I half expect to see a new companion appear this series, let's wait and see.

Could I make a brief comment about statistics? While I enjoy reading articles like the one from yesterday, I do want to create awareness of the flaws of using the mean and the standard deviation. Both require the data to be symmetric which I doubt was the case in some of the episode rankings. I always would recommend plotting the data to see if it is a normal distribution and also calculating the median, the mode and the IQR. That way a better more accurate picture could be given.

I know people don't tend to do this. In this very article the BBC have gone and used a mean to get their figure of 7.4 which just isn't a very good representation of the average viewing figure of Series 8. The data has a clear positive skew and I would prefer that the median is used for viewing figures because of the impact that the opening episode has.

I know it sounds pedantic, but it's worth thinking of the tools you are using before you used them. A lot of statistics has inbuilt assumptions which might not be true with the data you are using.

1 day, 14 hours ago on Series 9: The Girl Who Died, and The Woman Who Lived

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I spotted a few minor points:

-The War Doctor says he's 400 years younger than the 1200 year old 11th Doctor. In other words, he's 800 years old. We later see him regenerate at that age. Where did you then get the figure that the war Doctor lived for 400 years from?

-my calculations state that the first Doctor stole his TARDIS at either 237 (according to Romana) or 209 (TDW). How did you calculate that as 296?

An interesting topic to cover. I think one thing you could say is that as with humans, different bodies age at different rates. Some humans get very frail in their 70s while others are fighting fit when they're 80.

Also you could always mention the first Doctor's lack of a second heart. That might have had an impact on his age. Plus the fact that he's potentially half human though that side of him could have been destroyed after his first regeneration,

Anyway thanks for the article. Good topic.

1 week, 3 days ago on Wearing A Bit Thin: A Theory on Time Lord Ageing

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@Missy's vortex manipulator confirmed @The Watchful Guardian I mean I don't understand why we had the first round of episodes as well.

1 week, 3 days ago on Revival Face-Off: RTD Era Triple

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I don't quite get why we're doing this knockout phase. Surely we already have a winner based on the scores previously calculated? 

1 week, 3 days ago on Revival Face-Off: RTD Era Triple

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@Missy's vortex manipulator confirmed @The Watchful Guardian Not so judging from the comments below

1 week, 3 days ago on Revival Face-Off: RTD Era Triple

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That was fairly straightforward: The Empty Child, Human Nature and The Waters of Mars.

1 week, 3 days ago on Revival Face-Off: RTD Era Triple

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@The Finn is excited for audio Kate Stewart! @The Watchful Guardian @DWTV is No Thrills DWTV Nowhere. I've still been here. Suppose I just didn't have anything interesting to say.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #4

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@Mark McCullough @The Watchful Guardian Trevor voted Blink as Donna goes fishing in FotD and he seems it as an attack on aquatic creatures.


Ok. I hope we hear something soon then. Thanks

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #4

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I went for SITL and FOTD


Also:

@DWTV is No Thrills DWTV I haven't heard anything about the reopening of the Whoniverse discussion. Is there any news or update that I've missed? Thanks.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #4

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Wouldn't fit with Missy's comments about the Doctor's new voice in Deep Breath?

1 month, 1 week ago on Master Plan? The Mysteries of Missy

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Whithouse's episodes have wrapped. Moffat's are now being shot. Should hear some news about more writers soon.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Blink Director for Series 9

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@supermoff @StephenAHayes Yeah. I save my 9/10s for my favourite episodes.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Blink Director for Series 9

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@Edoe The page will soon fill up with news, rumours, and the odd bit of speculation

1 month, 4 weeks ago on Doctor Who Series 9 (2015): What We Know

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I wonder what happened to John Fay's episode from Series 7.... or Jack Lothian's or Tom MacRae's for that matter.


I'm slightly optimistic about this series (mainly down to Toby Whithouse's return). Series 8 left a bitter taste in my mouth. But having a poor series one year means that it's easier for the next to be an improvement. 

1 month, 4 weeks ago on Doctor Who Series 9 (2015): What We Know

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So what's the final category, I wonder?

And just to tease DWTV: how is this a 'Best of 2014' poll? Surely it's a 'Best of Moffat's era' poll?

2 months, 1 week ago on Best of 2014 Awards #14: Moffat Series

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Alas that I'm voting Series 5.... But it's so brilliant, it's going to take something really special to top it.

[Series 7 Pt1 (8/10)]

Series 5 (7.69/10)

[Series 6 Pt1 (7.57/10)]

Series 6 (7.31/10)

Series 7 (7.31/10)

Series 8 (7.25/10)

[Series 6 Pt2 (7/10)]

[Series 7 Pt2 (6.88/19)]

2 months, 1 week ago on Best of 2014 Awards #14: Moffat Series

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Well they clearly have some plans (a convention or something) to mark it because RTD said they had contacted him about it.

2 months, 1 week ago on Tennant Won’t Be Returning Again Anytime Soon

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Nah he looked older.

2 months, 1 week ago on Tennant Won’t Be Returning Again Anytime Soon

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Pretty sure that The Two Doctors wasn't made to boost Colin's ratings. After all it was in Colin's first series. I believe I've read that the fans positive response to TFD led JNT to think it was a good idea to have a multi-doctor story outside of anniversaries. Plus he wanted Jamie back, but Frazer had been unable to play any major part in TFD, so it gave them another opportunity to bring him back.

2 months, 1 week ago on Tennant Won’t Be Returning Again Anytime Soon

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@Malohkeh, not a member of any acronyms @Gustaff @The Watchful Guardian @Antee991166 Pertwee's comment could merely be interrupted as his time travelling......

2 months, 1 week ago on Tennant Won’t Be Returning Again Anytime Soon

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@Gustaff @Antee991166  @The Watchful Guardian But it doesn't add up with Idris' comments about when he sold the TARDIS.

2 months, 1 week ago on Tennant Won’t Be Returning Again Anytime Soon

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@Antee991166  @The Watchful Guardian @Gustaff I wrote an article on it back in the day for this site developing a Gallifreyan years/Earth years calculator, but sadly Moffat ruined it with TDOTD.

2 months, 1 week ago on Tennant Won’t Be Returning Again Anytime Soon

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@Antee991166  @The Watchful Guardian I agree. I'd love to see McCoy return so we could have the two wonderful Scottish Doctors together.

2 months, 1 week ago on Tennant Won’t Be Returning Again Anytime Soon

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@Gustaff @The Watchful Guardian I always thought the ages were a bit odd. At the time we also though the ninth Doctor also only lived for about a year, though Moffat has now changed that so we know he was between 50-150 (War Doctor regenerated at about 800 which is somewhere between 750 and 850).

2 months, 1 week ago on Tennant Won’t Be Returning Again Anytime Soon

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The weird thing is that if you did the probabilities, you wouldn't expect the current Doctor to meet the  tenth Doctor due to the shortness of his life span. But it wouldn't really be that fun to have a multi-doctor story with 4 11th Doctors.......

2 months, 1 week ago on Tennant Won’t Be Returning Again Anytime Soon

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@Antee991166 I agree though I don't mind them doing a miniepisode at some point for Children in Need or Comic Relief akin to Time Crash.


That saying I'm not going to complain if there is a multi-Doctor story before the 60th.

2 months, 1 week ago on Tennant Won’t Be Returning Again Anytime Soon

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@Malohkeh, not a member of any acronyms To be fair, he already looked noticeably older in tDotD

2 months, 1 week ago on Tennant Won’t Be Returning Again Anytime Soon

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Nooooo! Too brilliant as a one off!

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of 2014 Awards #7: New Monster

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@divya12 I don't think it was actual foreshadowing as Moffat's original plan was for the Ponds to leave in a Dalek episode. It's more coincidence.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Is Clara Really in All of Series 9?

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I'm not annoyed. I understand exactly why you chose the names you did for this poll, I just messing around.

Nah it's fine. He didn't really impress me anyway. Frank Skinner will probably have my next vote.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Best of 2014 #2: Recurring Actor

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Fair enough. It does feel a shame though that Paul rarely gets any attention or praise for his work.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Best of 2014 #2: Recurring Actor

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That's not the median. The median is the mid point. You list all the data in order and find what the middle value is. So if you have 11 numbers: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 6, 7, 8, 9 , 9 and 200 then the median is 6 not 100.5.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Doctor Who Series 8 (2014) UK Ratings Accumulator

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Probably.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Best of 2014 #2: Recurring Actor

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Smith was more of a reappearance than an ongoing reoccurrence.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Best of 2014 #2: Recurring Actor

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Also Nick Frost appeared in two episodes this year. Why isn't he on this poll?

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Best of 2014 #2: Recurring Actor

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Dear DWTV, why is Paul Kasey not on this poll?

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Best of 2014 #2: Recurring Actor

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Yeah, I've noticed that as well.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Best of 2014 #2: Recurring Actor

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No Paul Kasey again? Poor man. More Whoniverse appearances since 2005 than any other actor and no recognition.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Best of 2014 #2: Recurring Actor

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@Gustaff They've saving the time up to make one big minisode. 


I know it doesn't make sense, but trust me, it's true.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Russell T Davies on New Who’s 10th Anniversary

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@ItsSmallerOnTheOutside “A BBC source says that plans for the reboot anniversary were still to be decided, and that the Corporation’s primary focus was always the show’s 50th anniversary back in 2013.”


We may still get something.... Just RTD probably won't be involved....

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Russell T Davies on New Who’s 10th Anniversary

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