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@The Lazy Cat is Investigating I sort of feel that she's in danger of overstaying her welcome if she stays the whole series. Best to leave while the going is good (or at least bearable.) But she and the writers might surprise me so if they feel that they have a story to tell, I'm wait and see.
4 days, 13 hours ago on Series 9 Filming: Medieval Times
@MrGuymanwatch I agree somewhat. It does feel too relaxed for want of a better word. The hooded jumper particularly bugs me, but I guess it's what Capaldi feels comfortable with.
But that saying I'm not a huge fan of Capaldi's costumes in general. They're not terrible, but they're not very iconic. Given the choice I would have his costume from Mummy as his main costume.
@The Lazy Cat is Investigating Since she is such a significant character, why not have a second half of a series to see the impact of her leaving before having a huge shift with a new companion for series 10?
@The Lazy Cat is Investigating I believe the BBC announced that Eccleston was going to do the 2005 Christmas Special in order to keep it a secret. I don't think it's particularly cruel for her to leave midseason if she chooses to.
4 days, 14 hours ago on Series 9 Filming: Medieval Times
@The Finn is excited for audio Kate Stewart! @The Watchful Guardian But as it has already been established in DW history that they do, surely DW can be consistent with themselves even if it is historically inaccurate? It's be a bit like a story being set in 2005 and you couldn't have Tony Blair as the prime minister (even if it was historically accurate) as the Whoniverse Prime Minister then was Harriet Jones.
I'm really starting to look forward to this episode. Looks exciting.
@DWTV: Just to let you know if you don't already: Blogtor Who had some casting news on this episode.
@The Finn is excited for audio Kate Stewart! Their helmets that is, not the people themselves.
@The Finn is excited for audio Kate Stewart! But Whoniverse Vikings did have horns! See The Time Meddler!
Out of interest DWTV, how are these results doing to be presented? Like a league table with wins and losses? Or just a list of who beat who? Or both?
6 days, 6 hours ago on Doctor of the Decade: Face-Off #7
@MikkoKivisto @4sure Tom has never watched the show. He didn't watch it before he was the Doctor, he didn't watch it when he was the Doctor and he doesn't watch it now. He's probably seen an odd episode at a convention or something (I think he's mentioned watching David Tennant once), but other than that he doesn't watch it.
1 week, 6 days ago on Eccleston: I Have No Ill Feeling Towards Doctor Who
@The Joker Tom doesn't and never has. Peter Davison didn't at least before his appearance in Time Crash (I don't remember reading anywhere that he now does). Paul doesn't. So Chris is in good company.
@Baker Street has been a fan for 10 YEARS! But Mathieson hasn't watched any Classic Who!
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Should Series 9 Be Moffat’s Last?
I though Capaldi said that he didn't have favourite episodes. See: http: //www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/capaldi-on-coleman-leaving-rumours-65720.htm
About the 12 minute mark. A certain Whovian named Connor from Australia asked him this very question.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Torrent Doctor Who (Legally)
@ilyootha @NoMoreBollo It's not usually well reviewed by fans or critics. It's a strange episode as it is a low rated episode (in the bottom 10 of DWM's poll) which does have a group of fans who absolutely adore it (all episodes have some people who love them, but tRoA more so than other 'poor' episodes), but for the most part it isn't regarded as being good.
I personally don't mind it. It's story isn't great, but the setting and the Doctor's speech makes it acceptable. I prefer it to Cold War and most of Series 7 Part 2.
I agree. I'm not fond of it.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on 12th Doctor Costume Change for Series 9
I know, but that's not what your comment said.
4 weeks ago on Series 9: The Girl Who Died, and The Woman Who Lived
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.
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."
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.
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 month, 1 week ago on Wearing A Bit Thin: A Theory on Time Lord Ageing
@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 month, 1 week ago on Revival Face-Off: RTD Era Triple
I don't quite get why we're doing this knockout phase. Surely we already have a winner based on the scores previously calculated?
@The Finn is excited for audio Kate Stewart! @The Watchful Guardian @Missy's vortex manipulator confirmed But Missy's vortex manipulator confirmed did say 'first'
@Missy's vortex manipulator confirmed @The Watchful Guardian Not so judging from the comments below
That was fairly straightforward: The Empty Child, Human Nature and The Waters of Mars.
@Malohkeh will sell soul for Big Finish CDs @NumberNine @The Finn is excited for audio Kate Stewart! @MetamorphmagusWho He could do with watching some Classic Who as well.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #4
@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.
@Edoe @The Watchful Guardian @DWTV is No Thrills DWTV Hello.
@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
I went for SITL and FOTD
@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.
Wouldn't fit with Missy's comments about the Doctor's new voice in Deep Breath?
2 months ago on Master Plan? The Mysteries of Missy
Whithouse's episodes have wrapped. Moffat's are now being shot. Should hear some news about more writers soon.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Blink Director for Series 9
@supermoff @StephenAHayes Yeah. I save my 9/10s for my favourite episodes.
@Edoe The page will soon fill up with news, rumours, and the odd bit of speculation
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Doctor Who Series 9 (2015): What We Know
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.
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?
3 months ago on Best of 2014 Awards #14: Moffat Series
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)]
Well they clearly have some plans (a convention or something) to mark it because RTD said they had contacted him about it.
3 months ago on Tennant Won’t Be Returning Again Anytime Soon
Nah he looked older.
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.
@Malohkeh, not a member of any acronyms @The Watchful Guardian @Gustaff @Antee991166 Didn't he identify himself as about 450?
@Malohkeh, not a member of any acronyms @Gustaff @The Watchful Guardian @Antee991166 Pertwee's comment could merely be interrupted as his time travelling......
@Gustaff @Antee991166 @The Watchful Guardian But it doesn't add up with Idris' comments about when he sold the TARDIS.
@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.
@Antee991166 @The Watchful Guardian I agree. I'd love to see McCoy return so we could have the two wonderful Scottish Doctors together.
@Malohkeh, not a member of any acronyms @The Watchful Guardian I was talking about Tennant.
@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).
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.......
@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.
@Malohkeh, not a member of any acronyms To be fair, he already looked noticeably older in tDotD