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@The Lazy Cat Returns! Yet another amazing haircut for Clara! Loving it!

1 day, 4 hours ago on Series 9 Filming in Spain

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@Clara Laurinda @ilyootha Post-viewing hype wore off a bit, I guess...

2 days, 22 hours ago on Faye Marsay: There’s Been No talk of Shona Returning

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@SonicTheHedgehogRules Here we go again... Akhaten is a gas giant, not a sun. Planets don't usually roast people.

3 days, 2 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 1

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Oh this is very intriguing!

3 days, 4 hours ago on Series 9 Filming in Spain

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@Capaldian Because when an interesting character who appeals to you and grows on you appears in an epsiode, only to disappear in the end and never to be seen again, it makes them feel somewhat wasted.

4 days, 21 hours ago on Why Shona McCullough Should Return

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This!! Excellent article, I agree with every word. Well, apart from the bit where you mention Faye's other works, because, to be honest, I haven't seen any, although I loved her in Last Christmas anyway. Shona would be a perfect addition to the current TARDIS duo - Clara is becoming more like the Doctor and is gradually loosing human touch, so Shona would be there to provide a link to the viewer's world instead, and the contrast and the dynamic between the two companions would be very interesting!

4 days, 21 hours ago on Why Shona McCullough Should Return

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@Huknar @ilyootha It's not just about science. Normally you can just ignore scientific inaccuracies, but in Kill the Moon they actually affect and demean the authorial intention. Because even if you suspend disbelief and assume for a moment that mass can come out of nowhere, it still raises questions that directly affect the storytelling. Remember, the anomalous extra mass was causing major problems on Earth and was the reason the whole story happened in the first place, but since it doesn't abide to normal laws of physics and we don't know how did it appear, we don't know how to make it go away either. What would happen with it if you explode those bombs? What would happen if you leave the creature alone? Will everything return to normal or the mass will still be there? How do I know which option is less risky and more beneficial for the fate of humanity? How do I choose whether to side with Clara, Lundvik or the Doctor? How do I relate to the dilemma in the way the author intended?

5 days, 6 hours ago on Doctor Who’s Impossible Choices and the Trolley Problem

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@AdamDanielJohnThompson @ilyootha @Gustaff If he knew that, I don't see why couldn't he say so straight away.

5 days, 10 hours ago on Doctor Who’s Impossible Choices and the Trolley Problem

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@Gustaff It sure does, when you paint it black and white like that. But in reality there was no actual evidence, beyond Lundvik's paranoic speculation, that the creature would kill everyone on Earth; likewise, there were risks that trying to kill it would also harm the Earth (at the very least high tides and climate changes are guaranteed, since the damage done by the mass of the creature would continue being inflicted by the mass of the corpse). Both options may or may not have killed lots of innocent people (and the fact that the only expert decided to stay neutral and retreated in a jerkish manner didn't help at all).

5 days, 18 hours ago on Doctor Who’s Impossible Choices and the Trolley Problem

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A very interesting, though-provoking article. If there are no other options, I know I'd divert the trolley to the side track. Doing nothing is still a way of doing something, and if the lever is within your reach, you'd be just as responsible for killing those five people by non-action as you would be for killing that one person by doing action.


I'm not sure about Kill the Moon. My problem with it is that thanks to the awful "science" in it, I couldn't relate to the dilemma the way the author intended. If it all was as simple and clear as in the trolley example, with every human on Earth tied to the main track and the Moon creature tied to the other, then of course I'd choose saving humanity; however, from the way things were set in the episode it wasn't very clear what would really happen if the hypothetical trolley rides on either hypothetical track. I, for one, was convinced that blowing up those bombs was a much more risky option, because the mass of the creature's corpse (if that would be enough to kill it in the first place, that is) would still be hanging in orbit, still causing gravitational problems and worsening the Earth' climate - not to mention the fact that the mass increase was an anomaly in the first place, so exploding nuclear weapons in close proximity is about as wise as making bonfires on a fireworks factory. The fact that the anomalous increase of mass was shown as something ordinary really ruins the authorial intention, as it changes the risks of the dilemma's outcomes. Added to the Doctor's unwillingness to be involved, this makes him feel even more out of character, knowing what's at stake. Ultimately this is why in retrospect I dislike Kill the Moon, and can't apply the trolley dilemma to it :/

5 days, 20 hours ago on Doctor Who’s Impossible Choices and the Trolley Problem

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What happened to you guys? Two months ago there have been a lot more Shona love in the comments sections...

5 days, 23 hours ago on Faye Marsay: There’s Been No talk of Shona Returning

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@DrOswald I have nothing against Ashley's character, but I think she would make a somewhat boring companion.

6 days, 5 hours ago on Faye Marsay: There’s Been No talk of Shona Returning

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Well, that's very disappointing :(

It's no secret that I've been advocating Shona becoming a companion since even before Last Christmas aired - when it was unclear whether Clara was staying or not, some advance reviews hinted that Shona was good companion material and might even be replacing Clara. I really liked Shona, she is kind of a mix between Lucie Miller and Charley Pollard. And she was really scripted like she was being introduced as a future companion, there was more focus on her than on other dreamers, she seemed friendly but lonely and after meeting the Doctor and Clara expressed desire to hang out with them...

There is, of course, still a chance that Shona might return later, like Donna did, but I think I'd be just fooling myself if I were counting on it. A shame, really :(

6 days, 6 hours ago on Faye Marsay: There’s Been No talk of Shona Returning

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@AlessandroArsuffi @ilyootha Oh, definitely. That's probably the most "realistic" (I couldn't think of a better word) version of the Time Vortex I've ever seen. It just looks so... natural. No smoke, no wavy things, just pure blobs of energy.

1 week ago on Weird and Wonderful

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@91whiskeylady "I do not think that the Doctor, who has for over two thousand years been a man, with wife and children and many female love interests, would suddenly want to be a woman."

But it has been shown many times that the Doctor is not very good at controlling his own regenerations. He has always claimed that "regeneration is a lottery" and "you never know what you're going to end up with". I really don't think that the kind and selfless Five actually wanted to become more arrogant and egocentric, or that One and Six actually wanted to become short, or that the friendly and usually young-looking Eleven actually wanted to become an old-looking "snarling beast". Yet they all did.

I imagine the same can happen with gender. Yes, we don't see a lot of gender-swapping regenerations, so we conclude that they are rare - but we still know that they exist, and may one day, for one reason or another, happen to the Doctor. It doesn't mean that the preceding male incarnation should be happy about it (and it also doesn't mean that the resulting female incarnation should be unhappy about it).

1 week ago on Doctor Who vs Avatar: The Last Airbender

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The dematerialisation video is a work of genius! I've always wanted to see the camera "dematerialise" along with the TARDIS, it's a bit disappointing that such effect has never been used in the show so far.

1 week ago on Weird and Wonderful

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@Dorf Doctor 11 is Dorf Johnson (Ford Smiley)

"My only question is this: Does LoK ever say that Korra and Asami are a couple? I always thought they were just friends..."

It doesn't outright say it, but that was pretty much the authorial implication. Unfortunately the showrunners couldn't show it more explicitly because they're on a children's TV network. Here is what they say:

bryankonietzko.tumblr.com/post/105916338157/korrasami-is-canon-you-can-celebrate-it-embrace

michaeldantedimartino.tumblr.com/post/105916326500/korrasami-confirmed-now-that-korra-and-asamis

1 week ago on Doctor Who vs Avatar: The Last Airbender

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@Notsosmartguy  @Malohkeh, not a member of any acronyms @ilyootha To be honest, I didn't like The Beginnings much. I found it a bit too boring and somewhat too fantasy-ish for my taste, even within the context of such a fantasy-ish show. Korra Alone was great though, but maybe not as great as a similarly-named episode from the original series :P

But then, with an arc-based show like The Legend of Korra it's very hard to say which episodes I liked better than others, because they are all a part of the same story, unlike with something like Doctor Who which follows the "adventure of the week" format, where you can easily separate a Midnight from a Fear Her...

1 week ago on Doctor Who vs Avatar: The Last Airbender

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@Gustaff Headcanon accepted!

1 week ago on Doctor Who vs Avatar: The Last Airbender

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Permission to squeeee? I can't even begin to describe how excited I am to see this article here.


Until recently I knew very little about the Avatar franchise, but in the wake of all the online stir caused by The Legend of Korra finale it caught my attention, so I read up, gave it a try, and now I'm unashamedly and irreversibly addicted! The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra quickly became two of my most favourite shows. I was amazed by their well thought-through unique world with its own history and culture, and the interesting storytelling and characters that, like in Doctor Who, I believe can appeal to both children and adults. And Toph Beifong is now easily my favourite character in the history of fiction.


Although the Avatar world reminded me more of the Star Wars world rather than the Whoniverse (just replace bending with the Force), I too couldn't help but notice strong parallels between the Avatar and the Doctor. They both have many lives and faces, each time reincarnating into someone different; they both do their best to maintain peace and balance in their worlds, sometimes making mistakes on the way; they both travel the world with their friends, learning and helping people together...


The two franchises indeed have many things in common (sadly, that includes them both having a vocal group of fans who like to complan about how nowadays finales are rushed, female protagonists are boring characters and how generally things were better during the 2005-2008 era :S). It's impressive that they both are celebrating milestones this year, and I hope their legacies will live on for many years.


Now if you excuse me, I have to go read the comics, I need to know what happened to Zuko's mum!

1 week ago on Doctor Who vs Avatar: The Last Airbender

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@Planet of the Deaf @ilyootha Well, even then, she changed her home, so I imagine she changed schools as well. Working at Coal Hill would remind of Danny and the Doctor a lot...

1 week, 1 day ago on Series 9 Filming: Bah Bah Biker

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Eh, not sure how I feel about this... I imagined we won't be seeing Clara and Coal Hill together again. I really thought that after Series 8, Clara needed a change and thus retired from the school, because it would be a painful reminder of Danny. The fact that by Last Christmas she moved from her old flat into a big house supported that impression. I was hoping that with not much left to tie her to Earth anymore, Clara would move into the TARDIS full-time for Series 9, which would fit well with her "addiction" and her character's journey of becoming less human and more like the Doctor in Series 8. Apparently that's not the case :(


On the other hand though, revisiting Coal Hill gives us another chance of seeing Ian :D

1 week, 1 day ago on Series 9 Filming: Bah Bah Biker

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@SonicTheHedgehogRules @ilyootha Well, now that you mention it, the art is often pretty poor, but like Scootersfood says, that wasn't my point. It's just that when I started reading the title, my first thought was "Wow, they're really going to do a 10th anniversary episode!", but then I saw "Titan" and realised it's going to be only a comic. Which is still good news, by the way.

1 week, 2 days ago on Paul Cornell Penning Multi-Doctor Story for Titan

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Great news! Although I find 2 two-parters in a row slightly worrying. I know that many people would love it, but I hope they're not doing a series of 6 multi-parters. Longer doesn't necessarily mean better, and I like my Doctor Who to have variety.

1 week, 3 days ago on Missy Back in Two-Part Series 9 Opener

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"Paul Cornell penning multi-doctor story..."

!!!!!!

"...for Titan"

Ah.

1 week, 3 days ago on Paul Cornell Penning Multi-Doctor Story for Titan

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@Typo42 "Magic Carrots" @FireplaceGirl I can agree with what you say about Rose, but Children of Earth is a "remake" of Terror, what?! Please name some similarities between the two stories, because apart from really generic ones (like the fact that they both involve London and aliens), I can't think of any at all.

1 week, 5 days ago on Eve Myles Hopeful for Torchwood Series 5

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@Christoph1337 "and the Doctor seriously never showed up for either Children of Earth or Miracle Day when they're FAR bigger deals than most of the modern-day stories in the main series?!?"

If a big thing is happening it doesn't necessarily mean that the Doctor should show up. Most of the time he gets involved into big historical events by accident. If he knew about the 456 incident and/or the Miracle Day taking place in Earth's history, it was reasonable of him to try and avoid these grim events. Or he may simply have not known about them and just missed them, especially the 456 incident since it only lasted for 5 days (if I recall correctly). After all, when the Slitheen almost switched off the Sun, or a giant devil rampaged Cardiff, the Doctor didn't show up either.

1 week, 5 days ago on Eve Myles Hopeful for Torchwood Series 5

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The Dalek two-parter is an underrated gem.

There, I said it.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2007 Part 1

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@Gustaff @Malohkeh, not a member of any acronyms I've always wanted a multi-Master story

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Kate Stewart Returns in UNIT Extinction

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@Gustaff Rose and the Piscon Paradox

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Kate Stewart Returns in UNIT Extinction

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@JL41R @ilyootha Missed that line initially. You made me more hopefull :D

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Kate Stewart Returns in UNIT Extinction

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@Malohkeh, not a member of any acronyms @ilyootha I'll pretend they were not being serious.

(But I'll keep an eye out for potential fanfics and fanart, just in case :P)

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Kate Stewart Returns in UNIT Extinction

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@Malohkeh, not a member of any acronyms @ilyootha But they... It doesn't even... What?!

At least, when in their timelines does it take place?

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Kate Stewart Returns in UNIT Extinction

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I wonder if any of the old friends, like Benton or Yates, will make an appearance, I always wanted to see someone from classic series' UNIT personnel work alongside modern UNIT.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Kate Stewart Returns in UNIT Extinction

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@The_Eternal_Dalek @SonicTheHedgehogRules @The G Unitt - It's my initial, I'm not a rap fan "anything that gets aired on it gets officially authorised as canon thanks to a loophole in the BBC charter"

I don't think it works the way you think it works

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Kate Stewart Returns in UNIT Extinction

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@The G Unitt - It's my initial, I'm not a rap fan Well, it is a spin-off, technically :P

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Kate Stewart Returns in UNIT Extinction

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@YaelMoise @ilyootha @Runcible Of course, we should buy and encourage this release, as it may indeed bring the actual Big Finish revived series license closer to reality. What I meant was we shouldn't jump to conclusions and go "hooray, this means Ninth Doctor/Martha Jones/Paternoster Gang spin-off soon!".

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Kate Stewart Returns in UNIT Extinction

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@Runcible @ilyootha It doesn't sound like a proof of an upcoming NewWho license to me, to be honest. More like some fancy words to sell it to NewWho fans. Besides, they used images from the revived series before (the Daleks and the default look of the TARDIS come to mind), so it doesn't prove anything either.


Believe me, I desire that Big Finish had a NewWho license as much as the next guy, but I'd advise to remain skeptical, just in case. Hype trains are dangerous.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Kate Stewart Returns in UNIT Extinction

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While I'm delighted to hear such great news, it should be noted that this news almost certainly has nothing to do with "Big Finish getting rights for anything from NewWho", because the character of Kate Lethbridge-Stewart was created long before The Power of Three and most likely doesn't belong to the BBC.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Kate Stewart Returns in UNIT Extinction

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@LordWhovian Um, what? This is a British publication of Titan comics which were previously published only in America. I don't follow the connection between this, DWM and DWA.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Doctor Who Comic Launching February in UK

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@SonicTheHedgehogRules Well, if you prefer graphic novel format, paperbacks of these comics will come out in summer, so you might want to wait for those.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Doctor Who Comic Launching February in UK

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@Mikeyboss182 Titan will launch a miniseries of the Ninth Doctor comics in March.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Doctor Who Comic Launching February in UK

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I'm not very enthusiastic about Titan's Doctor Who comics, but it's a good thing that they will now be published in the UK as well.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Doctor Who Comic Launching February in UK

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@ Notsosmartguy I've read only a few IDW comics, but I've heard of or peeked into many more, and a lot of their stuff seems really amazing. I'm not sure Titan are doing as much a good job as IDW did, to be honest.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Doctor Who Comic Launching February in UK

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Not saying that I don't like them, but personally I think School Reunion and The Girl in the Fireplace are overrated.

*Runs for cover*

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2006 Part 1

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@Temporal Tomato, jumping on the B.A.N.D.W.A.G.O.N  I don't like using alternative universes, unless the narrative explicitly says otherwise or there is no other choice. I know that there are countless realities out there, but I like to think that in all ranges and media, we usually follow the adventures of the same Doctor from the same universe. But once alternative universes are involved anyway, they indeed can come handy as a leeway for explanations.

My backup plan was that the Valeyard would manipulate the timeline (like what he did in The Eight Doctors) to make a Six with an alternative regeneration, but I like your explanation more!

3 weeks, 3 days ago on The Sixth Doctor: The Last Adventure

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@pats86 You do realise that every decision made by every writer is always bound to upset one portion of fans or another? "I and many of my friends and relatives didn't like the female Master, therefore Moffat doesn't care about fans!" is not a valid logic. Many fans didn't like, for example, Rose's characterisation or Ten's farewell, does it mean that Russell T Davies didn't care about fans? No, it doesn't.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Love from Gallifrey: Something We All Missed?

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