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Oh, finally! I was getting worried. A shame that the article is published so late this week, in an hour and a half it will get buried under In the Forest of the Night-related articles... Nevertheless, fantastic article as always, Connor!

For Flatline's "stunner souffle scene" I'd probably pick the warehouse scene. At first, "Fine, I'll tell you who I am! I am the one chance you've got of staying alive. That's who I am." - that's one of the greatest Doctor moments ever, unusually displayed not by the Doctor. And then when she talks to the Doctor, proposing to lie to the gang in order to give them false hope, you can see how being the Doctor changes you, and what a great responsibility it is, and why nobody except for the Doctor himself should have that responsibility.

6 days, 12 hours ago on Mission Impossible: Clara Oswald in Review – Part 3

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I strongly suspect that the words "Annabel" and "Maebh" are keys to solving some of the ciphers, but it seems I can't do anything beyond that today. No obvious ciphers this time, nothing with numbers... Any help?

6 days, 21 hours ago on In the Forest of the Night – 12 Hints & Teasers

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I think I found the original version of that fantastic photo on the top, in its full glory: imgur.com/0Ilielk.jpg

1 week ago on Poll: Is Clara Overshadowing the Doctor?

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No. It's not like we're seeing random aspects of Clara's life that distract from the Doctor, we're seeing how the Doctor affects the companion and vice versa.









1 week ago on Poll: Is Clara Overshadowing the Doctor?

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@Bored of Clara Who Maybe you can also remember why is it called "Doctor Who" instead of something like "The Doctor Show"?

1 week ago on Poll: Is Clara Overshadowing the Doctor?

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@Deus_Ex_Machina He's really great and on track of becoming my favourite Doctor, but sometimes his "Doctorness" gets questionable, for which I'm hoping there will be an explanation in the finale. Hence I don't want to judge him until then.




1 week, 1 day ago on Who is the Twelfth Doctor?

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Thanks for the review, I'm now excited about this story!

Patrick, which series do you think has been better so far - Puffin e-shorts or Time Trips?




1 week, 1 day ago on Lights Out Review

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@supermoff, agent of C.L.A.R.A. Oh I dread the finale now D:

1 week, 2 days ago on In the Forest of the Night Advance Review

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Well, here you go - a brand-new adventure focusing solely on the Doctor and a new companion! No Clara to distract you from proper Doctor Who! :P

1 week, 2 days ago on The Doctor and the Dalek

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Well, clearly the show is in ruins...


1 week, 2 days ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator

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@rowan5215 @ilyootha, a proud member of C.L.A.R.A.To be fair, Rose knew nothing about regeneration, whereas Clara had met other Doctors - including some really older-looking ones (War Doctor and Trenzalore Eleven)...

1 week, 2 days ago on Another Take on “Clara Who”

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@JulianPrime There next instalment of Mission Impossible articles should be coming up this week, I'm expecting some more Clara-defense there :P

1 week, 2 days ago on Another Take on “Clara Who”

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Good article, Andrew! It was interesting to read the opposite side's view. Naturally, I disagree with most of it.

First of all - and I've said it many times before - Clara DID NOT "create the Doctor" in Listen (pardon for not highlighting episode titles with italics, I'm on mobile again). If you go all the way back to Season 1, I think you'll find that initially the Doctor had very little to do with being "never cruel or cowardly". We know from Into the Dalek that the title "Doctor" was just a name back then and didn't stand for the promise. It was travelling with human companions that "created" the Doctor - not some childhood dream-like encounter with a random woman at night. All Clara did in Listen was consoling a scared child. (As well as teaching him the phrase "Fear makes companions of us all", I'll give you that. It hardly counts as "creating the Doctor" either though.)

I too didn't like Clara's reactions in Deep Breath (shock and doubt are understandable, but going "how do we change him back" was too much for my liking; and when her doubt returned, it felt quite forced in just to insert Matt's cameo and didn't do Clara's character a favour IMO) and Into the Dalek (the Doctor was totally right there, and the slap was unjustified - Clara should have preserved it until Kill the Moon, where he really deserved it!), but in Kill the Moon I was totally on her side. The Doctor ALWAYS stays and helps and interferes. Earlier he himself said that they shouldn't leave because that course of events wasn't certain or known in advance, invalidating his own comparison of it with killing Hitler. He had no reason NOT to stay and help, and even if we assume that he had one, it was still a VERY un-Doctorly move to abandon your friend over a dilemma in an enclosed space with a hundred of nuclear bombs and a person willing to detonate them. Kill the Moon does show the Doctor in a negative light indeed, but it's not Clara's fault. I hope this issue will be touched upon later.

I see many people criticising Clara for showing little respect to the Doctor and I wonder if we're watching the same show. Did Clara abandon the Doctor in Glasgow and return three weeks later without even an apology? Does Clara materialise inside the Doctor's house whenever it suits HER, asking him to go do some dangerous "thing" with him irregardless of what's he doing? Does Clara make jokes about the Doctor appearance or insult his lover? No, but the Doctor does all the above towards Clara, and until Kill the Moon she had been putting up with it. That's not to say that he is an anti-hero now, it just showcases his alienness and lack of understanding of human feelings.

"And for every fan who has known the show longer than Clara has been in it, fans love Doctor Who because of the Doctor, a character we have known and loved for over 50 years, this is irritating and broods dissatisfaction with the direction of the show."

I've known Doctor Who for a bit longer than Clara has been in it, and by the time she first appeared in it I've watched and enjoyed every episode, and you know what? I LOVE the current direction of the show!

Oh, and that logo! I suggest it becomes our (pro-Clara crowd) official logo, what do you think guys?

1 week, 3 days ago on Another Take on “Clara Who”

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@Exalos @MrRazza is regenerating @Mercy Reborn2 Well, we know that there is a bit of Gallifrey inside the National Gallery...

1 week, 3 days ago on In the Forest of the Night Promo Pics

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It just occurred to me that the picture on the left looks like a DVD cover of some future series with Capaldi and the Mummy as his companion... What a random thought


1 week, 3 days ago on Face-Off: Mummy vs Flatline

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Flatline, by a small margin. Both were great, this series' best episodes so far.

1 week, 3 days ago on Face-Off: Mummy vs Flatline

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@BazHood @ilyootha, a proud member of C.L.A.R.A.  For me, The Twin Dilemma is much better than Timelash. In my book, Timelash is absolutely the worst Doctor Who serial ever - but it's still watchable and, in some ways, even enjoyable!



1 week, 3 days ago on Your Verdict on Mummy & Episode Ranking

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@whonose1963 What? Where?

1 week, 3 days ago on In the Forest of the Night Promo Pics

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So Clara, Danny and the Doctor are together again... Clara will have lots of explaining to do.

1 week, 4 days ago on In the Forest of the Night Promo Pics

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Agreed. Even Timelash deserves higher than 1/10.

1 week, 4 days ago on Your Verdict on Mummy & Episode Ranking

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That sounds a bit silly to me. I mean, imagine if a teacher was withholding high marks for their pupils' excellent essays simply out of fear that one day someone might writre an even better essay? Then no matter how brilliant the kids are, nobody would be able to get excellent marks, which would be unfair. It's the same with episodes, because there are no perfect ones, every single episode has faults, and there is always a chance that one day there will be an episode with less faults. If 10/10 stood for a perfect episode, it would never be achievable, and what would be the point of having the 10/10 poll option in the first place?

1 week, 4 days ago on Your Verdict on Mummy & Episode Ranking

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We dislike the AI scores, but actually our own scores have placed four episodes below 8 already! AIs at least are all above 80%...

1 week, 4 days ago on Your Verdict on Mummy & Episode Ranking

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@Master Michael Moon I didn't start liking Listen until about halfway through the episode. It turned out to be really great, but Flatline, Mummy, and perhaps also The Caretaker topped it IMO.

1 week, 4 days ago on Your Verdict on Mummy & Episode Ranking

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@BazHood @NickyArmstrong Where did you find May 2011 results?!

Here are Series 7A and 7B L+7 figures:

doctorwhonews.net/2012/11/dwn121104120012live7-viewing-figures.html

doctorwhonews.net/2013/06/doctor-who-tops-may-iplayer-requests.html




1 week, 4 days ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator

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That's quite a random choice of stories. The Prisoner is not even a Doctor Who title.

1 week, 4 days ago on Watch Death in Heaven Early

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@Antee991166 I don't do Doctor lists, but I think my top Doctors would be Sylvester McCoy and Matt Smith (and, since recently, Jenna Coleman :P). Capaldi is great, I really love his "dark" nature - I expected him to be Colin Baker-style dark, which is great, but he actually appears more McCoy-style dark, which is greater! However, my faith in him took a hit in Kill the Moon (there is a difference between being dark and being a jerk), and now I don't like what's he changing Clara into. It's also weird how much he hates soldiers and that he is very observant in one things but oblivious in others, seemingly failing to recognise the connection between Danny and Orson.


I'd preserve my final judgement on him until the finale. If some of the above will be explained by him playing a long game, he'll have all the chances of becoming my all-time favourite Doctor.


1 week, 5 days ago on Flatline Review

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@PCAriza Well, there is this thing called Time Shift, which is not included in the overnights but makes up about 20-25% of final ratings.

1 week, 5 days ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator

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@DrWho879992The audience share dropped below 30(ish) only after the show was moved to a later time slot. However, the final figures are still around 7 million, which is normal, and they don't even include iPlayer viewings.








The AIs, however, are indeed a bit worrying, but only a bit. They're still above 80, which is still fine.

1 week, 5 days ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator

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What? Did the Mummy scare away half a million people?


1 week, 5 days ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator

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@supermoff, agent of C.L.A.R.A. @ Notsosmartguy Agent of C.L.A.R.A. @ilyootha, a proud member of C.L.A.R.A. @The Lazy Tiger Has Scared Off The Lazy Cat Whouffle is alive and kicking! Just you wait and see as it crushes down Pink Souffle in the finale!

1 week, 5 days ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline

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@supermoff, agent of C.L.A.R.A. @The Lazy Tiger Has Scared Off The Lazy Cat @ Notsosmartguy Agent of C.L.A.R.A. Jenna is in the Xmas special alright. The sad thing is, her being in it doesn't necessarily mean Clara surviving the finale :'(

1 week, 5 days ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline

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@The Lazy Tiger Has Scared Off The Lazy Cat Remove the http bit, just start from www

1 week, 5 days ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline

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I honestly think this was a fantastic episode. It certainly lived up to the hype, showcased the most interesting monsters ever and allowed both Clara and the Doctor to shine. It left me happy... But it also left me upset and worried.


Clara really made a great Doctor.


She's been travelling with the Doctor for a long time. And now, when she had to take his place, she demonstrated what has she has learned from him over the years. Use your mind, the sonic screwdriver and the psychic paper, like the Doctor would do. Use the enemy's power against them, like the Doctor would do...


...Lie to people and give them false hope, like the Doctor would do. The Doctor was shocked when Clara proposed to do so - but this is exactly what he himself made her do in the last episode! The Doctor is changing Clara - and it doesn't really make her better as a person.


Doctor, what are you turning my Clara into?!! D:


1 week, 6 days ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline

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@TardisBoy Ugh, no, thank you. I had enough of all those "Clara is a plot device, not a real character!" last year...

1 week, 6 days ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline

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@The Administrator "I'm allowed to give full marks to an episode I think deserves it. I'm not marking an episode down for no reason. They've all deserved 10/10s in my eyes."

Well, that was my point. I was agreeing with you there! If every episode really deserves a 10/10, than why not give them all 10/10s?




1 week, 6 days ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline

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@conallmc2013 @The Administrator Well, if you were a teacher, and gave your class a test, and every student completed every single task correctly and got 100%, you wouldn't give all of them the highest mark simply because it would somehow diminish the meaning of the highest mark?

1 week, 6 days ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline

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@ Notsosmartguy Agent of C.L.A.R.A. Well, to be honest, my only problem with Clara/Danny is that it is contrary to Whouffle :P

But thinking about it, there is something odd about their relationship. Clara scared Danny away by calling him by his secret real name, and kept turning up on dates in different clothes, seaweed, a space helmet, etc., and he never wondered what's really going on? It is as if he deliberately ignores Clara's "weirdness"... Either Clara is really good at making up excuses, or... Danny actually knows more than he lets on? Hm...

1 week, 6 days ago on ‘Doctor Who’ or ‘Clara Who?’

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Thank you, Connor!!

I'd like to add that in Listen (ugh, I hate the inability to write in italics on mobile!) Clara didn't "create the Doctor". "Never cruel or cowardly" is hardly applicable to the Doctor in Season 1. It was his travels with human companions - first of all with Ian and Barbara - that changed him from an arrogant Time Lord to the man we know now. Even Into the Dalek acknowledged this: he didn't turn his name into the promise until after the events of The Daleks. All Clara did in Listen was consoling a scared kid.

Companions are always there to save the Doctor, and ever since 2005 they have been doing it in "overly significant" ways. Rose basically became a god and got control over all time and space. Donna was "the most important woman in the Universe" and literally became the Doctor. Amy remembered the Doctor back into existence. Clara was just lucky to be the current companion during the 50th anniversary year, which gave her a chance to help not only the current Doctor, but the past ones as well.

Furthermore, since 2005 there also have been a lot of focus on the companions' domestic lives. Indeed, when in Series 5-7 Moffat toned it down, there've been a lot of complains about how his companions were less relatable than RTD's because there wasn't enough of their domestic lives shown! I'm not a big fan of this Clara/Danny thing going on, but I think at least it's more interesting than a yet another companion's mum going bananas.

I can understand why some people would dislike how the show is focusing on a companion they don't like (this used to be my problem with RTD's era). But saying that it's not Doctor Who anymore? Seriously? Oh please.

1 week, 6 days ago on ‘Doctor Who’ or ‘Clara Who?’

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Wow. I think it might be the most original monster since... Well, this is probably Doctor Who's most original monster ever! This is so going to be my favourite episode.

2 weeks ago on Flatline Clip

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@joe4LOL. You've seen how the lights were going out - country by country, not house by house. There clearly were no "billions of people" deciding, it was governments and/or corporations simply cutting off the power supplies of whole regions. There was no democracy to spit at in the first place.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Kill the Moon: Who Was Right? Thoughts & Your Vote

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2 weeks, 1 day ago on Flatline Clip

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@Alleigh Yeah, I have to admit agreeing with you here to some extent - one thing I didn't like about Deep Breath much is how Clara was reacting to the new Doctor. I mean, of course she won't find it easy to accept the new Doctor at first, that's only natural - but come on, "how do we change him back", really? From Clara? And when in the end it was all going well until she suddenly went "I don't think I know who you are any more" again, it felt rather unnatural and forced in just to fit Matt's cameo. I think they got a bit carried away too much with all the "ensuring the audience" stuff, as it didn't do Clara's character much justice IMO.

Still, apart from that and the slap in ITD (which she should have preserved for KTM, where the Doctor really deserved it), I love Clara. And I don't think she is selfish. That's certainly not how her character was portrayed in Series 7 and the specials.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Flatline Advance Review

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Lack of respect? What?! How does it show? She doesn't find his jokes about her appearance amusing? She protests when she is being taken away for some dangerous "thing" without her agreement? She doesn't agree with him when he insults her boyfriend?

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Flatline Advance Review

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That's not what I'm seeing at all. The Doctor makes insulting jokes about Clara's appearance, casually materialises in her house or school whenever it fits HIM and takes her away regardless of what is she doing at that moment, and is being very rude to her boyfriend. Just after she finally got convinced that he is really the Doctor, he abandoned her in Glasgow for three weeks and only returned when he needed something from her (and didn't even apologise!) - not exactly the best way to treat a friend! Clara has been putting up with all this; it is only after KTM, where the Doctor - whatever his reasons, motives and intentions really were - acted like a really awful friend, she spoke out.

Now, I'm not saying that he deliberately disrespects her. I think he doesn't really mean it, and it's just his lack of understanding of human feelings, but the way it looks like, the Doctor is the one who shows little respect. But in reality neither of them does. The Doctor is still Clara's friend and hero, and even when she points out he is wrong or pokes fun at him, it isn't her being disrespectful, it's just her, well, being his companion! "Give him hell, he'll always need it".

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Flatline Advance Review

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How did the Doctor get his psychic paper back? Last time we heard Courtney took it, did the Doctor secretly travel with her again while Clara was sulking? XD


2 weeks, 2 days ago on Flatline Clip

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Now Clara can return the compliment and poke fun at how the Doctor's face is so wide it doesn't even fit into the doorway!


2 weeks, 2 days ago on Flatline Clip

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Awwww, it's already my favourite episode!

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Flatline Clip

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@Ottoman14 I can imagine almost every other companion doing the same.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Flatline Clip

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