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I too feel that the Raxacoricofallapotorians deserve another shot, as they are, as you say, a very chilling concept and they do look brilliant too.

Also, this article is perfectly times as the Slitheen were my first ever Who monster, when I watched my first Who episode, World War Three...

10 years ago today!

Yep, that's right people, I've now been a fan of this wonderful show for exactly 10 years. And I guess that, if it wasn't for those criminally underrated Slitheen then I may well not have been...

4 days, 22 hours ago on Are the Slitheen the Most Underrated New Who Monster?

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Is that a Sontaran on steroids?

5 days, 14 hours ago on BBC Reveals New Series 9 Monster

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SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!

I adore the sound tracks and have been dying to hear the Series 8 one since... well, Series 8. I have no doubt that this one will be the best yet. Can't wait to hear A Good Man? in full, and the soundtracks for Into the Dalek and Dark Water/Death in Heaven will be so good!

1 week, 3 days ago on Series 8 Soundtrack Details, Date

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Yeh, I completely agree. Another part would have allowed both Missy to get some development (like in DiH) but would have also allowed Moffat to actually use the Cybermen - it was like, "hey it'll be scary to have Cybermen coming out of the tombs and having dead people converted" but then he didn't know what else to do with them apart from make them just a plot device. The plane scene was good and the bit where they rose out of the graves was good, but then they just felt a bit pointless and awkward. The rest of the episode was brilliant though, IMO, as was Dark Water.

1 week, 5 days ago on Series 9 To Open With “Darkest ever plot”?

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Is it just me who actually wouldn't really like this? It just sounds a bit over the top and a young Davros sounds like a very bad idea that will almost certainly not fulfill expectations and could completely ruin the characer. Still, I doubt it'll happen anyway, especially seeing as the opener features Missy and UNIT. As DiH proved, having two main monsters/villains doesn't really work.

1 week, 5 days ago on Series 9 To Open With “Darkest ever plot”?

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Brilliant articles Lewis - superbly well-written and they examined every aspect of the episode I hoped they would, from Capaldi and Coleman's fantastic acting, to the ingenious parallels between 12 and Half-Face, to the brilliance of the Droids, and to the wonderful ending.

I'm glad you came to a generally positive conclusion overall, as this is (and after watching last week it's gone up in my ratings slightly) my third favourite episode of all time, behind Listen and The Parting of the Ways. I feel that this is best regeneration story yet, as Capaldi is absolutely flawless and gives one of the best performances in Who history, as does Coleman who effortlessly portrays a confused, confident and independent companion who is the perfect audience surrogate. But the best bit of this episode is the Doctor finding himself - in the dinosaur he finds another lost soul, who people don't understand and is far from home; in the alleyway he meets another outcast, another lost man searching for a friend and identity; in the restaurant he finds his friend, his reason for living and adventuring, a strong companion who he can trust in; in the Half-Face Man he sees himself - a wannabe human, an ancient, lost soul seeking redemption and beauty, someone who has changed so much he doesn't know who he is anymore. It's fantastic writing and truly fantastic acting.

I won't go on anymore because you've already covered everything perfectly :)

2 weeks, 1 day ago on A Divided Opinion: Deep Breath (Part 2)

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Basically, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it".

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Should Series 9 Be Moffat’s Last?

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Fair point. I suppose it'd be a good idea to see how successful his future episodes are first, to ensure that his two for Series 8 weren't just brilliant accidents! If his future episodes are as successful as Moffat's RTD era eps were then I'd love to see Matheson take the reigns (I believe he has some previous showrunning experience, although I might be dreaming and have a Kantrofarri eating my brain), although writers such as Whithouse and Gatiss would also be great. Or maybe we could have Russell T Mathiwhitmofftiss in charge in the future? That'd be... um... interesting.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Should Series 9 Be Moffat’s Last?

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I'm not fussed either way to be honest. Of course it would be good to see the show go in a new direction with a fresh head writer at the helm, and we could see the show enter a brand new era and possibly become even more popular. Who knows?

But on the other hand, Moffat is by far the best writer the show has ever had in my opinion, and, as Series 8 more than proved, he is not even getting close to running out of ideas yet. His scripts are as funny, terrifying, emotional, engaging and intelligent as ever, with Listen being my favourite ever episode and Deep Breath and Dark Water/Death in Heaven both in my top 10 of all time. He really is a genius, and I would like to see where he is going to take Capaldi's Doctor (who is seemingly undergoing some long, complex and brilliant character development, as seen last series). So, actually, I think I'd rather he stayed on until he starts to run out of ideas. And because Moffat loves the show, I trust him to leave just before he knows he's running out of ideas, leaving his and the show's reputation intact.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Should Series 9 Be Moffat’s Last?

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*cough*Mathieson*cough*

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Should Series 9 Be Moffat’s Last?

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Listen totally deserves this. It is an incredible episode of the show - my all time favourite, in fact - that functions as a terrifying horror story, a deep, wonderful psychological examination of one of the most complex television characters ever, a complex sci-if time travel piece and a phenomenally well scripted, directed and produced episode that is as terrifying as it is beautiful. Also, the last 5-10 minutes or so are the best piece of television ever.

This is a complete masterpiece from start to finish that is more than deserving of such a prestigious award.

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Listen Up for Hugo Award

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I think this Doctor is possibly the funniest and most loveable person on television.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Moffat: Series 9 Is Tonally the Same

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Capaldi is literally the PERFECT man for the job - he''s both a phenomenal actor and phenomenally funny!

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Moffat: Series 9 Is Tonally the Same

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Yippee!! I must admit I was slightly worried by the original statement as, for me, Peter Capaldi''s Doctor and the darker, harsher tone of the show were the main reasons as to why I loved Series 8 so much. The fact that this approach to both Doctor and series tone is continued makes me all the more excited for Series 9 now!

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Moffat: Series 9 Is Tonally the Same

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How about The Long Game, when the Doctor stopping the Jagrafess and shutting down Satellite Five turned humanity into mindless, helpless slaves of sadistic television, as seen in Bad Wolf? The moment when Lynda tells the Doctor what has happened over the last 100 years and his realisation ("I made this world...") is one of my favourite bits from that episode.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on When The Doctor’s Cure Has Unforeseen Consequences

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It's nowhere near as bad as everyone makes it out to be. In fact, it is rather good, and has some brilliant character moments, some really creepy moments and a very well-utilised setting.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Revival Face-Off: The Grand Grand Final

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I fell off my chair and nearly punched my computer! That was a painful few minutes courtesy of DWTV :)

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Doctor Who Future in Doubt After Capaldi ‘Fracas’

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Okay, some thoughts:

1. Great casting news, she's a great actress and I can't wait to see who she is playing and what she'll be like!

2. So these are two single episodes that have very similar titles... I would say it's just a coincidence, but this is Moffat. Then again, why would they be separate stories.

3. Absolutely buzzing for Treganna's episode, Out of Time was one of the best Torchwood episodes, if not the best, IMO.

4. Sorry, did I read that right? Jamie Mathieson AND Steven Moffat writing an episode TOGETHER? The two best New Who writers writing an episode TOGETHER? Permission to SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!

4 weeks ago on Series 9: The Girl Who Died, and The Woman Who Lived

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Hehe, can't wait for this!

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Doctor Who Presents… Doom Coalition

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Honestly, L&M is one of my fave episodes - not a classic by any means, but it's ambitious, wildly entertaining and has some great through-provoking moments (such as Elton's speech at the end). Definitely worth a re-watch. And Fear Her is certainly not worthy of the criticism it endlessly receives either.

1 month ago on Why I Love Fear Her And Love & Monsters

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Can I just say to both of you, THANK YOU for these pieces on two completely underrated episodes! I actually adore L&M and couldn't have praised it better myself - it's just a (and yes, I am going to say this) great piece of television that is fun and entertaining as well as being serious and though-provoking. Likewise, Fear Her is a terrifying concept that is actually presented quite well in a familiar, realistic setting with an ending that always makes me smile.

1 month ago on Why I Love Fear Her And Love & Monsters

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To be honest, I'm not entirely bothered by them not yet having the New Series license, a) because I've only just got into them and have a hell of a lot to listen to, and b) because why not keep doing the Classic Doctors while they're still around and then do the New Series Doctors when they've been off air for a while (like, 20 years or something) so the actors are less busy and the audios with them feel more special.

1 month ago on Big Finish Confirms Audio Stories Until 2020

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Permission to SQUEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!

1 month ago on Big Finish Confirms Audio Stories Until 2020

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@rorythehipster Are you a clone of me?

1 month ago on The Bottom 10 TV Stories of the Decade

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@Antee991166 I'm with you on The Doctor's Wife my friend! You're possibly the only other person I know who doesn't like it!

1 month ago on The Bottom 10 TV Stories of the Decade

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@Planet of the Deaf @DWTV - Barbarically Evil If it's not in the bottom 15 I will cry.

1 month ago on The Bottom 10 TV Stories of the Decade

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@supermoff  @Baker Street has been a fan for 10 YEARS! Ah, yes, about that... um, well, I don't like ponchos or ponytails. Or those weird eye things. Probably.

To be honest, I'm not entirely sure why I don't like it! I guess it's just not my dream episode (get it, dream episode? No?)

1 month ago on The Bottom 10 TV Stories of the Decade

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@Reeze, agent of C.L.A.R.A. The day after I watched it I despised it, but now I can actually appreciate it and, weirdly, really enjoy it! I think "charming" is a pretty apt description :)

1 month ago on The Bottom 10 TV Stories of the Decade

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@Ivegotkidneys Blasphemy! Blasphemy! Blasphemy! ELO ARE BRILLIANT!

1 month ago on The Bottom 10 TV Stories of the Decade

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My bottom 10 episodes are:

88. The Wedding of River Song

89. The Girl Who Waited (please don't hurt me!)

90. The Next Doctor

91. Let's Kill Hitler

92. The Runaway Bride

93. The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood

94. Nightmare in Silver

95. The Doctor's Daughter

96. Amy's Choice

97. Night Terrors

1 month ago on The Bottom 10 TV Stories of the Decade

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Episodes on this list compared to where they are in my New Who list (all placings are out of 97):

- Fear Her - [81st] 

- Love & Monsters - [33rd]

- In the Forest of the Night - [59th]

- The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe - [80th]

- The Curse of the Black Spot - [46th]

- The Idiot's Lantern - [41st]

- Daleks in Manhattan/Evolution of the Daleks - [73rd]

- Night Terrors - [97th]

- The Lazarus Experiment - [36th]

- The Long Game - [44th]


So, all in all, I actually quite like most of these episodes!


1 month ago on The Bottom 10 TV Stories of the Decade

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I LOVE:


- The Long Game

- The Idiot's Lantern

- Love & Monsters

- The Lazarus Experiment

- The Curse of the Black Spot


So I don't really like this list!

1 month ago on The Bottom 10 TV Stories of the Decade

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@Edoe @Baker Street has been a fan for 10 YEARS! I'll be posting my reasons for each placement tomorrow, either as a reply to the above comment or with the full set of results :)

1 month ago on Your Top 20 TV Stories of the Decade

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Pretty happy with these results overall, although there are obviously some differences to my list. I think it's a testament to the quality of the Revived Series that I think every one of these 20 is a television masterpiece!

1 month ago on Your Top 20 TV Stories of the Decade

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1.Listen

2.Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways

3.The Day of the Doctor

4.Dark Water/Death in Heaven

5.The Rings of Akhaten

6.Mummy on the Orient Express

7.Deep Breath

8.Human Nature/The Family of Blood

9.Flatline

10.The Waters of Mars

11.The Name of the Doctor

12.The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit

13.The Eleventh Hour

14.Blink

15.Rose

16.The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon

17.The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances

18.Vincent and the Doctor

19.Dalek

20.The Bells of Saint John

21.The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang

22.School Reunion

23.Aliens of London/World War Three

24.The Girl in the Fireplace

25.The Time of the Doctor

26.The End of Time

27.The End of the World

28.Into the Dalek

29.Rise of the Cybermen/The Age of Steel

30.Boom Town

31.The Unquiet Dead

32.A Good Man Goes to War

33.Love & Monsters

34.A Town Called Mercy

35.Asylum of the Daleks

36.The Lazarus Experiment

37.Robot of Sherwood

38.The Power of Three

39.Army of Ghosts/Doomsday

40.A Christmas Carol

41.The Idiot's Lantern

42.Midnight

43.Tooth and Claw

44.The Long Game

45.The Angels Take Manhattan

46.The Curse of the Black Spot

47.The Christmas Invasion

48.The Lodger

49.The Stolen Earth/Journey's End

50.Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead

51.Hide

52.Gridlock

53.The Unicorn and the Wasp

54.Closing Time

55.The Beast Below

56.Last Christmas

57.Utopia/The Sound of Drums/Last of the Time Lords

58.In the Forest of the Night

59.Cold War

60.The Fires of Pompeii

61.Voyage of the Damned

62.Time Heist

63.Dinosaurs on a Spaceship

64.Planet of the Dead

65.Father's Day

66.42

67.The Crimson Horror

68.Kill the Moon

69.Turn Left

70.Planet of the Ood

71.The Snowmen

72.The Rebel Flesh/The Almost People

73.Daleks in Manhattan/Evolution of the Daleks

74.The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone

75.The Vampires of Venice

76.The God Complex

77.The Doctor's Wife

78.The Sontaran Stratagem/The Poison Sky

79.Smith and Jones

80.The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe

81.Fear Her

82.The Caretaker

83.The Shakespeare Code

84.New Earth

85.Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS

86.Victory of the Daleks

87.Partners in Crime

88.The Wedding of River Song

89.The Girl Who Waited

90.The Next Doctor

91.Let's Kill Hitler

92.The Runaway Bride

93.The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood

94.Nightmare in Silver

95.The Doctor's Daughter

96.Amy's Choice

97.Night Terrors

#01-#27 = 10/10

#28-#56 = 9/10

#57-#80 = 8/10

#81-#92 = 7/10

#93-#95 = 6/10

#96-#97 = 5/10

1 month ago on Your Top 20 TV Stories of the Decade

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So in 2006 I began collecting Doctor Who Adventures and never missed an issue until I stopped collecting in 2010, and I also used to collect the Battles in Time magazines that were pretty epic (and I collected far too many trading cards that came with them). And then, as Matt Smith took over, I turned to DWM and have been an avid reader ever since. There we go, 10 years of New Who in magazines :)

1 month ago on DWM #485: The Trip Of A Lifetime

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This looks stunning, I HAVE TO GET THIS!

1 month ago on DWM #485: The Trip Of A Lifetime

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Great book :)

1 month ago on Doctor Who’s Revival: 10 Years On

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Beautiful comment supermoff, and completely true :)

1 month ago on Doctor Who’s Revival: 10 Years On

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New Who has been my life. I was 5 when it started and have loved it ever since. It has been my companion throughout my childhood, my support and reassurance throughout my adolescent years and my constant relief in every problem. In two months I am taking my GCSEs, and I do not doubt that it will be my rock during those weeks and months. It has taught me to live optimistically and to be as kind as possible, as well as ensuring that life is fun and, well, the trip of a lifetime -- that works, I think?! I never thought all those years ago that I'd be so in love with the show 10 years on, and that I'd have watched each episode at least too many times. I never thought it could be so wonderful, so unique, so inspiring and honest and beautiful. I never thought I'd be on this site, now, typing this (although I'm so thankful I am). New Who has literally been my entire childhood and is something I will always cherish. It is not just a television programme - it is a way of life. And... yeah, it's a friend through which I have made many more friends, some of whom I have met, but most of whom I have not but are reading this comment now :)

Happy Anniversary New Who. And thank you. It really has been the trip of a lifetime.

1 month ago on Doctor Who’s Revival: 10 Years On

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Wow. 10 years! I was a wee 6-year-old fast asleep in my bed this time 10 years ago, who caught a glimpse of a man talking about the Earth turning and 4 weeks later tuned in to a programme about the same man and farting aliens. You can work out the rest...

Happy 10th Anniversary New Who!

1 month ago on The Best Pre-Title Sequences of the Revival (Part 3)

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I will back you all the way! Gotta love a bit of Marc Warren being chased by Peter Kay in his underwear. But no, seriously, I do actually really love that story too!

1 month ago on Revival Face-Off: The Grand Final

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If TDOTD wins we'll have the same top 2 as the DWM 2014 poll if memory serves me correctly...

1 month ago on Revival Face-Off: The Grand Final

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Listen, Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways and Dark Water/Death in Heaven are my top 3... all gone :(

1 month ago on Revival Face-Off: The Grand Final

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The Day of the Doctor for me, which I'll be watching tomorrow (as it is also a nice tribute to New Who). I could re-watch it forever and ever - it's 76 minutes of sumptuous visuals, intelligent and ingenious (as well as hilarious) writing and general Who-epicness. Well done to the Moff!

1 month ago on Revival Face-Off: The Grand Final

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BW/TPotW should be number 1 :(

1 month ago on Revival Face-Off: Semi-Final #2

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