The Fastest Thing Alive... and also a huge fan of Colin Baker.
I'm not making any rules up, and I'll explain how I'm not.
As we all saw in the trailer, several monsters and characters appear on that screen, all seemingly criminals. Abslom Daak was one of those characters, and what Time Heist does is basically confirm that he is a character in the official DWU. Now, what's interesting to not is that Abslom Daak has met the 7th Doctor, but has been around even earlier than that. With this meeting of the 7th Doctor, and how the DWM strips are pretty tightly written with references to eachother, this basically gives us, the viewers, that all the DWM strips (unless stories within the strips contradict Big Finish or the main show) are canon.
The exact same can be applied to Big Finish. The Eighth Doctor name drops audio exclusive companions, and that basically confirms the 8th Doctor audios as canon. What's interesting to note is that Charley Pollard is also a companion of the Sixth Doctor. With this in mind, we know that the first 8 Doctors have met one another on several occasions within the audio series. This in turn means that the entire range (unless it's the Unbound series, or stated otherwise) is canon, with the BBC making no attempts to take down a story Big Finish published after Night of the Doctor was released, saying they were proud to be considered canon.
This can also be applied to Season 6B, although it's much more straight forward, as the BBC just straight up confirms it being correct, which means the Second Doctor as seen in the Two Doctors isn't just an ages Patrick Troughton, but indeed a much older Second Doctor, after the War Games. (Who I may add does NOT have his TARDIS with him). To refer to another point, the Second Doctor in The Five Doctors knows that Jamie and Zoe had their memories erased. Season 6B fills in is gap.
So yeah, I'm just a messenger sir, I'm not making rules.
9 hours, 53 minutes ago on Next Time: Time Heist
What does Night of the Doctor mean for you, out of curiosity? With the name dropping situation. Because Big Finish themselves made a pretty big deal about the minisode, even saying on their website that Big Finish was at last canon and it was a real moment to celebrate. Not to mention all BF scripts are sent to the main DW office straight away to make sure it doesn't conflict with anything from the TV show, past or future, which in my book (and probably about 80% of everyone else who knows Big Finish exists) pretty much says "A OK" to canon status. The BBC didn't exactly tell Big Finish to pull down that news story, so you know.
Another interesting factor to consider, by your logic, one would argue that the New Series isn't canon at all, because it isn't the same format, style, or actors. No Time Lords, no Cybermen, no Rani! With missing elements, one could argue that all of the New Series is flat out fanfiction. I don't believe that, obviously, but your logic can be twisted for that to make sense to someone. I mean, saying "televised episodes" is rather vague, again considering the style and format of the Classic vs the New.
With regards to canon, this is how I personally believe it works, with the higher it being the more priority is has over the lower ones.
The Television Series (1963-1989, 1996, 2005-present) (This could arguably also contain the New Series novels and audio books, IE, Touched by an Angel, Prisoner of the Daleks, Engines of War, etc. Also would include The Adventure Games and The Eternity Clock, although the former has continuity issues within itself, namly Amy not remembering the unspecified Cyberman facton)
Big Finish Doctor Who Audio Dramas (excluding the Unbound series, or anything else that states as such)
Doctor Who Magazine/Adventures Comic Strips (unless it's contradicting the above, see Ace's "death" for more explanation)
BBC Classic Doctor's novels (excluding stories such as War of the Daleks because of Big Finish contradicting it and taking precedent)
IDW Publishing comic strips (can be considered vague, I personally am unsure of this one)
Titan Publishing comic strips (same as above)
Virgin Publishing era (Big Finish actually confirms several stories within the Virgin novels range as canon, such as the 8th Doctor and Bernice Summerfield having an intimate encounter, and other stories such as Love and War, but mainly this entire era is pretty continuity heavy, featuring several elements, if not all, from the Cartmel Masterplan, concluding in the novel Lungbarrow. Can be argued based on above placement)
And thats about all I remember. If you know what BBV production are, you're probably going a little too deep. I'd say the last 3 probably aren't canon, but the first 3 are, and the BBC Classic Doctor's novels being vague, but considering the confirmation of the Season 6B (it's official, you cannot deny it folks. Go look on the Official Classic Doctor Who site), it can be interpreted.
Whoa, alotta typing. Blimey. =/
10 hours, 16 minutes ago on Next Time: Time Heist
Let's be entirely honest, there was only one great moment, in fact it was a brilliant moment. The Entire Episode.
16 hours, 18 minutes ago on 12 Great Moments From Listen
@AlessandroArsuffi @SonicTheHedgehogRules Well Love and War was adapted to be part of Big Finish, which I think is a really nice choice, given how popular Bernice Summerfield is. I personally feel what happened to Ace is rather vague, and until they properly confirm it, I'll just sorta believe she just kinda left (it's at points like these where I deeply wish the original Season 27 was made, it would have fixed so many problems we have now). I'm planning on getting as many of the DWM graphic novels, when they aren't out of print, to properly understand the continuity. I can see where you're coming from with 7 meeting Sarah Jane, but maybe she forgot? Or something? Possibly...?
20 hours, 58 minutes ago on Next Time: Time Heist
@joe4 @Scootersfood @tombaker64 You make an interesting point there. Good thing you said this, actually, considering the BBC themselves actually confirmed the Season 6B theory as being true! Also, if you know a bit about DWM comic history, the Eighth Doctor was supposed to regenerate in The Flood, the final 8th Doctor comic story, and there was even a drawing and everything. The BBC and Russell T liked it, but the BBC ultimately decided against it, and preferred that the 9th Doctor traveled with Rose Tyler throughout all his adventures.
23 hours, 12 minutes ago on Next Time: Time Heist
@joe4 @SonicTheHedgehogRules Too bad it kinda is.
23 hours, 15 minutes ago on Next Time: Time Heist
Not really too bothered by this news. I just want the episode to be good, the acting (especially from Nick Frost) is always superb in Doctor Who.
1 day ago on Nick Frost Cast in Christmas Special?
Did you forget A Christmas Carol? Pretty sure that confirmed that fact years ago! =P
Yeah, I'm actually really worried now. 4.8 is McCoy era viewing figures. That isn't good. Series 8 has been of such astounding great quality and not alot of people watch it? I'm really worried. =/
1 day ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator
I'm pretty sure that IS how canon works. He met both the Fourth and Seventh Doctors. AND the Doctors within the comics have met eachother, and a character from a Fifth Doctor comic meets the Tenth Doctor, not to mention Frobisher is in Big Finish. It's a simple connect the dots.
It's the same with Big Finish being canon. The Eighth Doctor name drops BF companions, but Charley Pollard was also a companion of the Sixth Doctor, and 6 and 8 have met other incarnation several times. Like I said, a simple connect the dots. It's defo canon now, whether you like it or not.
1 day ago on Next Time: Time Heist
Not to mention so is every DWM comic strip! Yay!
1 day, 10 hours ago on Next Time: Time Heist
So, there's a picture of Abslom Daak, right? Basically, all DWM comic strips are now automatically canon. I WAS RIGHT FROM THE BEGINNING! YES! =D
1 day, 13 hours ago on Next Time: Time Heist
@GalaxyEyes @Oliver J. "cool" I can understand where he's coming from. I find it a little odd too that Clara is suddenly the most central part of the Doctor's life, and I fear the next companion will be even bigger. But then again, this episode was written so damn well, I sort of ignored it and loved everything in the story.
1 day, 13 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Listen
I'm sorry to say, but I personally feel this just topples Blink off of it's podium. Listen is just shear brilliance. It's a story that makes you really think about everything and anything. Such brilliant and excellence, I can't give enough praise.
1 day, 14 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Listen
@IceDaleks The moment they showed that barn, I thought to myself "That actually looks VERY familiar!", and it seems I was right. That scene was just brilliant.
Well, I guess I was wrong about my comment on the Spoiler Free article. This was DEFIANTLY worth the hype. Absolutely splendid, the best of Series 8 so far. So many revelations, so many ideas given to me. This, this right here, is a brilliant, excellent piece of drama. Moffat, you've done well.
His accent is excellent, and I have no issues understanding it, and I'm from the UK. But I haven't really seen these types of comments yet. Hey, at least it's a different accent to a British one, eh?
2 days, 15 hours ago on Is Capaldi’s Accent Causing Issues?
Wowzers, that's a creepy proposition the Doctor suggests. Alternatively, he DOES sound a little crazy, so there's that one. Maybe it takes 2000 years fora Time Lord to start losing themselves?
2 days, 21 hours ago on Listen Clip
@supermoff is alone. Listen... @SonicTheHedgehogRules @ Notsosmartguy I think IV has the better story, but V has the better gameplay. Although to be entirely honest, Vice City blows both of them out of the water completely. With relation to viewing episodes, usually the repeat on BBC Three is enough for me to understand the story, otherwise I usually take a quick glance over to the TARDIS Data Core to read up on any plot points I might have misunderstood or completely missed, I feel that at least keeps the episode much more fresh for me on future viewings. My only time doing consecutive viewings is usually right after I get the Complete Series box set on DVD, and it's nice to just take a whole day and watch it all back to back.
3 days, 12 hours ago on Listen Spoiler-Free Review
@supermoff is alone. Listen... @SonicTheHedgehogRules @ Notsosmartguy I loved GTA V. I was hooked the moment they announced the game. I'm a life long GTA fan, and it was an absolute joy for me, absolutely deserved all the praise and awards it got, and to be honest, I only recently got bored of it, but it's mainly because I've done pretty much everything in it. This actually leads into a thing I have with Doctor Who episodes, in which I personally feel watching the same episode, let's say, 4/5 times within a month kinda removes the sense of wonder I first had with the story. I mean, Earthshock is my favourite episode of all time, and I've never hesitate to give it a watch, but I've only watched it about 4 times since I doubt it about a year ago, and I personally believe that helps keep away the boredom of watching the story over again, because I might know the plot for it, but at least it feels new every 2/3 months or so when I feel like watching it. It's why I find it a little weird when some people watch a Doctor Who episode again right after it airs, it doesn't really make sense to me.
@ Notsosmartguy @SonicTheHedgehogRules No problem! I'll have to agree with your on the episodes, Mummy on the Orient Express is my personal pick for episode I'm most looking forward too. The synopsis alone got me hooked, and I'm absolutely dying to get a glimpse of it!
@supermoff is alone. Listen... @SonicTheHedgehogRules @ Notsosmartguy Not to make any comparisons with this upcoming episode or anything, but Watch Dogs is an excellent example of an over-hyped piece of entertainment. It's the sort of thing that worries me, especially with Doctor Who.
@supermoff is alone. Listen... @SonicTheHedgehogRules I'm sure there have been past discussions and future ones to come where everyone decides, so best save that conversation for those! =P
@ Notsosmartguy @SonicTheHedgehogRules Goodness, I'm not saying he's a bad writer, heavens no! I just personally feel over-hyping this one isn't really fair on other stories in this Series. Like everyone clambering all over the Moffat ones and then forgetting the rest. Hey, I'm seriously looking forward to this one, but ya know, the over-hype worries me, that's all. =/
This one is sounding like a good one, but I honestly hope people don't over-hype it because Moffat wrote it. Moffat certainly isn't the best writer, so perhaps we should give him alot less slack, and watch him write something like how his initial episodes were, because that's how he became the popular writer he is today.
You know, I've always felt Victory of the Daleks gets unnecessary bashing. It's such an underrated story, and I'd probably say it's in my top 3 for Series 5. I absolutely adore the story (Power Ranger Daleks aside). The Daleks are manipulative, cunning, strategic, and they have a plan that actually REALLY works. Bracewell is also the most interesting character from the story (the scene where Amy tries to convince him of his humanity, it gets me every single time, I LOVE the scene), and it also does a really good job of setting up the rest of the story arc. I've always felt that if Gatiss and Moffat wanted to replicate the Dalek from the 60s movies, the better option would literally be "Just bring the 60s movie Daleks back", with tweaks to make them look modern, and uhh, less sharp metallic cases. I personally quite like the Paradigm Daleks, but not on the show itself. They work quite well in everything else though. Posters, toys, wallpapers. They're just too funny looking to be considered a genuine threat in the show. They look like plastic and I find it absolutely hilarious! But in all seriousness, Victory of the Daleks is an underrated masterpiece, loved it from the day it aired.
4 days, 12 hours ago on Face-Off: The Gatiss Episodes
@supermoff is alone. Listen... @SonicTheHedgehogRules Not to be disrespectful to the actress (because they did do amazing performances), but I found the character rather basic in goals, attitudes, characteristics, making it sound more like a cliche villain than anything else. It's just "Meh" for me, really.
@YaelMoise @SonicTheHedgehogRules I can understand why people might like Nightmare in Silver, but it's probably only for Matt Smith's performance and the way Cybermen "evolve" to be the way they are in the story. I personally think it's the worst Cyberman story to ever be put to script, but that's a discussion for another. With The Crimson Horror, I just don't see anything special about it. I can say quite confidently it's probably the single most average thing I've seen in my entire life. I don't really consider it one to watch again, but if it's on during a repeat, or whatever, I'd consider tuning in. I honestly don't have an opinion on the story at all, and I feel weird about it. =/
@The Administrator @SonicTheHedgehogRules To be entirely honest, I find it difficult to find bad acting in all of Doctor Who. Every performance every is just fantastic, and it's a true testament to the acting abilities of the actor or actress. The characters are a bit, well, I don't really have a descriptive word for it. When I watch The Crimson Horror, I feel nothing. Isn't particularly funny, or serious, or dark, or light. It's so average I tend to forget it exists. It isn't bad, I'm not saying that, but it's so average.
I'm still not fully sure why people like The Crimson Horror. I mean, I certainly don't hate it, but it's just, well, there. Nothing else I can think to say of it, it just exists, and it's there. I've watched it about 3 times now, my view of it really hasn't changed. Am I missing something that other people see in it?
I'm on pretty equal terms with The Unquiet Dead, Victory of the Daleks, Cold War and Robot of Sherwood, as they're all really well done, aswell as them being my 4 favourite from Mr Gatiss, although if I had to choose only one, it might actually be Robot of Sherwood, it has fantastic character interaction and it makes the viewer think, which I really like. Night Terrors is rather ghastly, The Idiot's Lantern is a weird one, and The Crimson Horror is an episode that exists in Doctor Who. So yeah, that's basically it.
Danny Pink is already an awesome character, it would be an absolute shame if he didn't return.
6 days, 19 hours ago on Danny’s Future Beyond Series 8
That BBCA trailer is rather underwhelming. The different music doesn't really set the tone for the story. =/
1 week ago on Next Time: Listen
Well, at least it isn't lower than Into The Dalek. These rating really bother me, I mean Series 8 is doing so well! =/
1 week ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator
Hey, it's the Master's head!
1 week, 1 day ago on Robot of Sherwood: What Was Cut
Well then, this one sounds like a story of pure mystery and intrigue. Let's hope it lives up to the hype, cus I'm really liking the look of this one.
1 week, 1 day ago on Next Time: Listen
@mrclever With the power of editing, the episode honestly did fine without it!
1 week, 1 day ago on Rate & Discuss Robot of Sherwood
Absolutely great episode. Everything, I feel, was done rather well. Mark Gatiss is really doing well so far, although I find the prospect of Robin Hood actually existing entirely preposterous. The Doctor really does well being a serious tone in an otherwise fun filled episode! Lovin' Series 8 so far!
@ Notsosmartguy Maybe it's the Series 9 cliffhanger Moffat is going on about...
1 week, 3 days ago on Face-Off: Dalek vs Into the Dalek
Wow, those screen grabs are really similar! Both are fantastic, both are really well written, both have superb new elements for Daleks and both give something new. Both are also written by fantastic writers! Although in the end, I'll have to go for Dalek. It has that one up of reintroducing the Doctor's greatest enemy to a whole new generation. Still, Into The Dalek is absolutely fantastic, no doubt about it.
As long as it goes on the Series 8 box set, I'm absolutely fine with this. Good call from the BBC.
1 week, 3 days ago on BBC Cuts Robot of Sherwood Scene
Whoa, crazy mood whiplash there. Still, this is shaping up to be a good one. ROBIN HOOD IN DOCTOR WHO HYPE!!
1 week, 4 days ago on Robot of Sherwood Clips
He looks so damn classy with that suit. Hey, I wonder if the Twelfth Doctor will get some sort of dinner suit, like 10 and 11 before him?
1 week, 4 days ago on Capaldi Wins TV Personality of the Year
Oohh, thank you very much! Missed out on the magazine itself originally.
1 week, 5 days ago on Horowitz on Showrunner Rumours
Well, as long as we don't get characters breathing in space, not to mention wind gusts in space and outer space singing, I think we'll have a pretty decent story.
Goodness, that poll. I should probably get a full read of it.
Day of the Doctor first? C'mon now DWM voters, let's get a serious first place.
@TheOncomingHurricane @SonicTheHedgehogRules @supermoff of Sherwood @ Notsosmartguy @Ottoman14 @BJAMES Ouch. Well, everyone has an opinion.
@The Finn @ilyootha @Antee991166 @Doctor Who-The Master I wouldn't say that. If The Lodger, originally a 1 part comic, got adapted into a full 45 minute episode, I say they're very similar, especially if a book series has an ongoing arc. Is Harry Potter a good example of that? I'm not too sure.
@joe4 @SonicTheHedgehogRules @Planet of the Deaf @Sephora is Scottish now Absolutely agree. The removing limbs and heads bothered the hell out of me, because it essentially proved a theory I have considering the Cybermen of the New Series; There's nothing inside them, they feel like the most generic robots the show has ever had. Shame really, Cyberman are my second favourite monster!
@TheOncomingHurricane @SonicTheHedgehogRules @supermoff of Sherwood @ Notsosmartguy @Ottoman14 @BJAMES No way people dislike A Town Called Mercy. It has the perfect balance of, well, everything! Defo my pick for best of Series 7.