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The only thing I worry about this series is how long it took the Doctor to establish his character. Peter has already gotten more screen time then Eccleston, yet Eccleston got a complete character arc in that time. Smith was set up and accepted by the end of the first episode. But with Capaldi, we didn't get to see him in action very much for quite a while, with a main focus on Clara, and he still feels new and unfamiliar. I fear that it will make people lose interest in him.

2 days, 16 hours ago on With a Doctor this Dark, Who Needs Enemies?

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I disagree that he should be unlikable. Grumpy, sure. But there has to be something endearing about the main character to keep the viewer engaged. This is what Hartnell did so brilliantly: he managed to be likable despite being a grumpy old man. This is one reason why I really like Mummy on the Orient Express: I feel like that quality was brought out. However, I think the unlikableness was over the top sometimes for Capaldi, for example his attitude toward Danny in the Caretaker. I hope next series keeps the likable direction he is going, while retaining a grown-up persona.

2 days, 17 hours ago on Capaldi Didn’t Want Twelve to Be Likeable

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@SeanBennion Delgado had an evil charm that was never really matched, in my opinion. I think the love for him was more for his character, rather than the fact that he was the first. 

Also, the Doctor's character changes with every incarnation, so each has a unique personality. There's not as much comparison between them because they are all different. I feel that, especially in the classic era, the Master was always trying to be Delgado. And of course, Delgado was the best at it.

2 days, 17 hours ago on Face-Off: The Masters (Classic Era)

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Yes, let's make sure no little kids question if Santa is real. Because it's so much better for the parents to lie to their kid and have the kids believe that an old strange man breaks into their house and leaves gifts for kids. Even though parents teach their kids not to lie and not to take "gifts" from strangers. 


3 days, 16 hours ago on Christmas Special: Santa is Real, Not Evil

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I think the current TARDIS is really good. I really like how it turned out. I don't think throwing it away so soon and introducing a retro model is the best idea-- sorry, Peter. That being said, a few tweaks would be good. Bring back the time rotor, add some corridors on the 2nd floor to make it seem larger, maybe replace the hexagons with roundels, but I think the layout and lighting is a perfect design.

As for the sonic, I've never been too fond of the current model. It can't be that expensive to redesign, so I would be all for getting a new one.

5 days, 9 hours ago on Capaldi Hoping for New TARDIS

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@brewbrew42 "This was where the cracks really started to show."

No, that was Series 5. ;)

1 week ago on New Who Finales in Perspective: Series 6

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@bringmeknitting I thought it was one of the best stories, content-wise. It was interesting storytelling, between the Tocclafane and Humanity under the Master's rule. Most of the other finales are battles with a large scale, but I felt like Series 3, along with 1 and 8, discussed more interesting issues.

1 week ago on New Who Finales in Perspective: Series 6

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I feel like Series 6 started with a bang and ended with a confused whimper. This is the first time that I really felt like Moffat's timey-wimey plot twists got out of hand. The whole way the story was told was so silly it was cringe-worthy. The whole parallel universe was so ridiculous it ruined the tone of the story. The once-spooky Silence were now played for laughs, the whole episode was rushed and patched together, and a lot of things were stuck in to tie up loose ends but then forgotten about. For example, the Doctor and River getting married. It was alluded to for a long time, but we got no development of their relationship. He randomly married her for no apparent reason on top of a building with no ceremony. There was no point to that scene except for Moffat to say "I completed the arc" and tie up that part of the plot. Nothing changed in their relationship after that, so it's not even like the marriage meant anything. 

There were some good moments in it, but I feel like the whole tone of the episode, and for that matter the second half of the series, ruined the interesting and dark plot that began Series 6. I give the episode a 5/10, by far the lowest finale.

1 week ago on New Who Finales in Perspective: Series 6

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We have a lot of potentially good characters that would make good companions. Jack could always return, but we also have Orson and Perkins, who would make great companions. Psi would work with some more development. Canton is a bit of a lost cause at this point, unless he is in spin offs featuring the missing 300 years of Series 6. For females, Journey wouldn't be bad, and of course they could always bring back Osgood...

1 week, 1 day ago on Moffat Mulls Future Companion Not Being Another Earth Girl

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@DocWhoFan @Clara Laurinda @Rani Nose  What? He's so OBVIOUSLY the Rani!!!

1 week, 1 day ago on 2014 Christmas Special: Children in Need Clip

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Well, it looks like it could be very interesting. I've usually found Moffat's Christmas specials to be too much of the cliche Christmas parodies, but this actually looks like it could be an interesting invasion-type story. Also, could this be another case of a real story character, perhaps explaining Robin Hood's existence?

1 week, 1 day ago on 2014 Christmas Special: Children in Need Clip

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Well, I can't say I dislike it, but I didn't love it either. It felt overblown, like Moffat was trying to outdo the scale of Series 4's finale, but the monsters didn't get any development. It had some really cool concepts and epic speeches, but for actual quality of story, I found it a bit lacking. It was a great closure to Series 5, though, and the fantastical tone of the episode really worked. As with all of Series 5, the music was brilliant. Not the most profound story, but it was a magical episodes that really ended the series with a bang (pun intended).

1 week, 1 day ago on New Who Finales in Perspective: Series 5

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@TheNightmareChild @Malohkeh Crawl back into Michelle? That sounds... disturbing.

1 week, 2 days ago on Face-Off: New Who Masters

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@NotsoSmartguy is trapped in the Spiderverse @Malohkeh @Americanwhovian I always assumed he regenerated when he hid from the Time War, into a child. Unless that was a lie, but it would make sense to change your face before going into hiding.

1 week, 2 days ago on Face-Off: New Who Masters

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Well, I've never really seen the love for Jacobi. Yes, I am sure he would have been a great master, but he wasn't utilized at all as the Master. He was great as Professor Yana, but I never saw him enough as the Master to say he was great at it.

Now between Gomez and Simm... Simm was really quite good. In the Utopia arc, he was amazing. In the End of Time, well, by the end he was good. The jumping around and eating people was just silly on RTD's part. This makes me inclined to vote Gomez. However, Gomez has only had one episode, so we never know how she will be treated in the future. And of course, Gomez killed Osgood, and that's really not cool. Hmmm... as it stands now, I think I'm leaning Gomez, though I do really like Simm.

1 week, 2 days ago on Face-Off: New Who Masters

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I can't say I agree with either of you this time. It wasn't a perfect episode by any means, but I liked it better than both of you did. David, first of all, I think you are expecting too much from it, and that is why you are always disappointed. Yes, some things, like the cyber pollen, seem unlikely, but so does all the other technology in the show. I don't mind technologies that don't make sense to me in a show; I just accept that current human science as behind understanding it. I also think you missed a lot. For example, it was said that the 3W HQ was inter-dimensional engineering. If this is a bad explanation, then the TARDIS has never been explained well, or the Doctor's pockets, or the Genesis Arc, or anything ever labeled "time lord technology."  The people taking selfies were undercover UNIT agents. A bunch of your other points can be easily explained with a bit of thinking. The child's body could have been created with matter-energy conversion. The guards could have been hypnotized. The master could hypnotize people by talking to them 2000 years ago. I'm sure she's improved since Delgado's incarnation. Such "holes" are weird, but you can come up with a good explanation pretty easily.


John, about the Master being a woman, I understand your problem with it. However, it is very possible that his regeneration wasn't natural. In fact, it's probable, since Simm apparently couldn't regenerate. Perhaps Missy is a stolen body, or perhaps the Time Lords forced a regeneration on him. Jacobi's master was sexist-- perhaps that was their punishment?

1 week, 3 days ago on 2nd Opinion: Death in Heaven

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@josephlepkowski @Scootersfood is in love with The Mistress I thought I saw a laser fly into her before she was vaporized. I assumed he hit her. Of course, her teleporter to the Nethersphere was blue. Maybe she had another one.

2 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Death in Heaven

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@Deus_Ex_Machina Plot twist: The Brigadier becomes Iron Man. That's why the designs are so similar.

2 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Death in Heaven

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Sounds like Missy will be back! I couldn't stop laughing about "I escaped." And Osgood wants to come back? Find a way, Moffat! Maybe Osgood and Missy could return together from the Nethersphere?

Well, Extra definitely improved throughout the series. I hope it returns next year. 

2 weeks ago on Doctor Who Extra: Death in Heaven

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Well, I don't know what to say. That restaurant scene... I hope this is addressed. Two lies are a bad way to end it. Also, I really hope Missy isn't dead forever. And Osgood... :'(

2 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Death in Heaven

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@MetamorphmagusWho...Majora's Mask 3D confirmed! She wanted to tell him that Danny wasn't actually back. And probably to find the kid's parents.

2 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Death in Heaven

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@TardisBoy is the Mistress Don't pass out now! You'll miss the episode!

2 weeks ago on 10 Anticipated Death in Heaven Moments

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Lets see, who is expected to die?

1) Danny (well, I guess he is already dead).

2) Clara.

3) Osgood.

4) Seb

5) Graham, whoever he is.

6) Colonel Ahmed

Anyone else?

2 weeks ago on 10 Anticipated Death in Heaven Moments

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It seems a little bit early for Clara to leave. However, staying another series might be too long. After all the focus on her this series, I don't really see where else her character can go without either rehashing concepts or creating another persona for her. All the companions of New Who have ended their storylines nicely, and if Moffat has a good idea for a way to tie her character together and cap her story, I think he should do it.

Now how could she leave? I'm not sure so sure she will die. One thing I think could be effective, though perhaps unlikely, is the Doctor leaving her behind. I really would like her betrayal of him in Dark Water addressed instead of ending it with a "that's okay, I still like you" line. Yes, he forgave her, but that doesn't mean he should trust her again. Perhaps after the Doctor helps her with finding Danny, he will leave her? He said he would help her, not allow her to keep traveling. I think it would be a tragic, but fair ending for her. A sort of consequence for her behavior the latter half of this series.


At this point, I think the best person to replace her is Osgood. From what I've heard, her character will have a bit more self-confidence, so I think the "not companion material" argument won't apply. I understand why people don't think she's good enough, but you can't say until we see Death in Heaven. Personally, I think she's in the perfect position. I felt that she was well written right from the start in DotD. She got more character development in about 20 minutes of screen time than Clara got in half a season.  Since she works at UNIT, she already has some knowledge of what's out there. This is huge, because a companion with experience means we can keep the story going instead of having to start over and explain what happened to Gallifrey again. She is a scientist, so she would be a more useful assistant to the Doctor from the start. She's very relatable to a lot of the fan base, and she has a ton of room for character development over her time in the TARDIS. Besides, I really want to see her wear the 6th Doctor's coat, much to Twelve's dismay.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on The Tragedy of Clara Oswald

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@MJJ @TardisBoy is the Mistress And she wasn't in Mummy on the Orient Express. And the Master would never be brought back. Moffat has been known to throw us red herrings...

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Death in Heaven Advance Review

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Oh, this is just Evil! Hmm... Dark Water was great. But then, Utopia is Utopia. Well, I suppose the question isn't the better episode, but "which episode brought the Master back best." I guess I have to go with Utopia. The reveal was more complex and interesting, while I feel like Dark Water's reveal was not done as effectively. So, yeah, I guess Utopia.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Face-Off: Utopia vs Dark Water

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@JamesConnolly @Alleigh I'm guessing it's Donna and Amy. But Mel... *shudders*

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Death in Heaven Advance Review

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@MWTV Clara's face in the intro?

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Death in Heaven Advance Review

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@DaftDalek has never existed Is "that" Peri scene referring to her drowning? Why was she drowning anyway? Couldn't she have used her inflated bag of clothes as a flotation device? And why was she holding on to a plastic bag full of her clothes anyway? 

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Ranking the Master Stories (Part 1)

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@DavrosLives What if Missy offers her a place on her TARDIS?

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Death in Heaven Advance Review

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 "My theory to answer that question is this: Time Lords can only change sex in a controlled regeneration. In other words, they will only be able to deviate from their initil sex if they want to."

This is basically my theory as well, since I saw The Doctor's Wife. However, even if the Master wanted to change, which is kind of hard to imagine, when would he have time to decide that? Last we saw him, he apparently was trapped on Gallifrey. Assuming this happened, and the time lords in The End of Time went back there, the Master would have extremely limited time to get off the planet before it was burned/trapped in a parallel universe. He was a criminal anyway, so he couldn't just walk into a hospital and ask for a female incarnation. He apparently was unable to regenerate anyway, left in a rotting body (again). 

My conclusion is that Missy is not in fact a regeneration, but another stolen body. This would explain why the Doctor didn't recognize her as the Master: it's the body of a Time Lady he has never met. We know the Master has quite a lot of experience stealing bodies. He stole Ainley's body. In the movie, he had a different form before he was executed. Was he given a new regeneration cycle, or was this yet another stolen body? When he was executed, he was able to steal the body of a shapeshifting skaro snake, and later the police guy. If his old body couldn't regenerate, he would do as he has always done and steal a new one. Also, it may be a coincidence, but Moffat might have hinted it. "Gatekeeper of the Nethersphere" is a bit similar to "Keeper of Traken;" perhaps it's a nod to the last time the Master stole a body?

2 weeks, 4 days ago on A Study of Regeneration: Lord or Lady?

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@TardisBoy is in Heaven Or at least some explanation of what happened. Maybe we'll get it in Death in Heaven. I have a theory that Missy is a stolen body, given that Simm couldn't regenerate. That would also explain the woman thing.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Death in Heaven Promo Pics

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@MJJ @Oodkind has been upgraded. You said in your original post that you were tired of critiques, and that if you dislike something, you should make your own show. My point was that this is how you make a review: you talk about and critique elements.

I am not debating your qualifications in reviewing an episode, or stating that my opinion is more valid than you. I was only pointing out that you were doing the same thing in your comment directed at the article as you were accusing Mark of doing directed at the show. You stated you were tired of articles stating their opinion on how to improve a scene, but at the same time you were stating your opinion on how to improve this article.

And even in your review, you stated you would have liked to see more of Dr. Chang. That is you, stating "that this scene should have done this, and that scene should have done that, and why didn't they do the other," to put it in your own words. And it's a valid point. Just like Mark's point that they should have had a organized the cliff hanger differently.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on 12 Great Moments From Dark Water

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@MJJ So if you disagree with something, instead of explaining what bothered you, you should do it yourself. By that logic, shouldn't you write your own review rather than commenting on this one?

2 weeks, 6 days ago on 12 Great Moments From Dark Water

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I thought the volcano scene was a bit disappointing. We have a brilliant narrative teased to us about Clara going bad, and it started that way. But the resolution was sudden, and then it wasn't mentioned for the rest of the episode. It was out of character for Clara and then dismissed. I hope it's pointing to something and will be addressed again later. Perhaps the Doctor refuses to let Clara keep traveling with him at the end of the finale? It seems a bit cheap at the moment.

I agree about the cliffhanger-- it was bad editing to put Danny at the end. It was an action shot with cybermen and adrenaline was high-- and then it switched to the moral cliffhanger, which is in a calm setting. It upset the flow and made the cliffhanger less engaging.


I agree with you on the two reveals also-- both were spoiled in the episode, first with cyber eyes and then with the two hearts dialogue. It really destroyed the surprise in what would have otherwise been an amazing twist. I don't think that the End of Time should have been the end of the Master, however. I don't think we should ever have Doctor Who without him. The thing is, he has to be handled right when he returns. I don't know if Missy is handling him right; we need to wait for Death in Heaven


On #5, I think the dead remaining conscious is really one of the best ideas ever in Doctor Who. I know it may be disturbing to people who recently lost someone or is an organ donor; It's supposed to be utterly horrific, which it did quite effectively. If that offends people, they really have a problem; it's not the BBC's fault. There is obviously no offense meant by it, and it is just a story. Besides, if it does actually happen that way, hearing it hypothetically in a TV show won't change that, so there is no point in being offended at hearing it! Seriously, one of the biggest problems with the world is people who get offended at everything without thinking about what the author's intent actually was.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on 12 Great Moments From Dark Water

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@Scootersfood is in love with The Mistress @Oodkind has been upgraded. He is back... as a she. We really need a gender neutral pronoun in the English language...

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Poll: The Missy Reveal

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Here's a possibility no one has seemed to think of. What if the Master didn't regenerate into a woman? Perhaps Missy is not the Master, but a female time lord whose body the Master stole? He couldn't regenerate at the end of time, but he is quite experienced with stealing bodies. Maybe he grabbed the first one he could, which happened to be a woman, and escaped Gallifrey.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Poll: The Missy Reveal

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Right now? Unsure. I like that the Master. He is one of my favorite villains. However, I'm not sure if I like that he is back now. If they are bringing him back, they need a reason for it to be him. Otherwise, it's just fan service. Right now, Missy could just as easily be a new character. If they had removed the flirty behavior, she could have easily been the Rani. I'll have to wait for Death in Heaven and see how she is treated to decide if I like him/her being brought back.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Poll: The Missy Reveal

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@whovian101 I am hoping for a reference to someone who has died, similar to the Brigadier's death in Wedding of River Song. We saw "Xyro Jones" as a cyberman. Perhaps another one is Sarah Jane Smith?

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Death in Heaven Radio Trailer

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@mrclever That seems possible. However, it's not that easy. If you shut it down, you stop the "afterlife." Every person in it will die for good, including Danny. Do they have the right?

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Death in Heaven Radio Trailer

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@number1te I think he will be about to push the button, remembering the boy. The boy will then tell him not to. Perhaps he's someone who looks into things and knows what's going on, sort of like miss Evangelista.

3 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Dark Water

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@TheDimensionalist I will refer to this incarnation as Missy or the Mistress. I will refer to the time lord, all regenerations, as the Master. That includes Missy, and every other incarnation.

3 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Dark Water

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@madscotsmandoctor @thedoctorisinthehouse The show runner is always "ruining the show" from your definition. This is the thing about Doctor Who: it is always changing. Like the direction or not, it is the reason it has gone on 50 years. Every showrunner has added new things that may not be accepted well. Gallifrey wasn't even mentioned the first 6 years. Letts put the Doctor in exile on Earth. The Seventh Doctor's era would have made the Doctor on of Gallifrey's founders if the show wasn't cancelled. RTD killed all the Time Lords in a war. All this would be considered going WAAAAAY to far at the time, but now it is accepted canon. Moffat is no different, except now he has social media against him. If anything will 'ruin the show,' it will be doing what the 'fans' demand and taking no chances.

3 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Dark Water

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@madscotsmandoctor @supermoff is waiting for heaven.... On the Master, if she works as a woman, that's fine with me. The point of his character is not that he's a man, it is that he is a mirror of  the Doctor. His gender is irrelevant as long as he does this.

Romana would be a bit weird as a man, simply because she was created to be a female companion and acted as the classic companion chick, though more informed. If she regenerated into a man, she would act totally different from the Romana we know, so whether it works or not would depend on the new character.

The Rani would be fine as a man, though I think having her a woman made her seem more sinister. As an evil scientist, a man might seem too cliche.

I'm not sure how a female Doctor would work. Depends on how she's cast. A female valeyard would be quite interesting, though.

3 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Dark Water

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@madscotsmandoctor Well, Simm's master had a wife. He kissed her a lot. He also made rather sexual remarks to other female characters. "Just stand there and look beautiful." 

I didn't really get a feeling that she was actually into the Doctor any more than she always has been. I got more of a feeling that she was trying to drive him crazy.

3 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Dark Water

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I get the feeling that the Mistress' (Can I call her that now?)) kissing is just her fooling around to drive the Doctor mad, not a romantic involvement. It doesn't seem like sincere love to me; more like a joke Simm's master would make.

3 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Dark Water

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Well, that was certainly amazing! The Cyberman plot is genius. As Missy said, why didn't anyone do it before? Danny's storyline was certainly emotional.

As for Missy's reveal, it was a bit predictable. I don't really know how I feel about it. If Death in Heaven presents a reason for it to be the Master, then it will be great. However, I sort of feel like it was added in as a fan service, rather than because the plot required Missy to be him. The "didn't you expect me to come back" line was quite good, though.

Overall, this part is 10/10-worthy on first watch, though I have to wait for the second part to give the story an official ood-certified rating.

3 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Dark Water

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To further the Valeyard theory, here is a potential story:

When Eleven entered his timestream, Missy was created. She went back in time. She gave Clara the Doctor's number, and caused Clara to create her. Missy then followed the Doctor to Trenzalore, and when he regenerated, she collected the excess energy. She got pulled through the crack onto Gallifrey. For some reason, she used the Matrix to create "heaven," thus starting the events of Series 8. Perhaps at the end of Death in Heaven, the Doctor defeats her by draining her regeneration energy, causing her to use what she collected to regenerate into the man we know as the Valeyard. He now hates the Doctor, and devises a plan to travel back in Gallifrey's timestream, becomes a lawyer, and steals the Doctor's regenerations when he was young and vulnerable, thus leading to The Trial of a Time Lord.

I know that's probably wrong, but it makes for an interesting theory.

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Dark Water – Hints & Teasers (Set #1)

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@EllenIrwin17 It was manufactured on Earth (It was a popular toy in the 90s), and owned by Danny's orphanage. It was an heirloom in Danny's family, then Orson gave it to Clara. Clara gave it to a young Doctor.

It was not the Doctor's first, and later Danny's. It was Danny's first, and later the Doctor's. Why do so many people have trouble grasping this?

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Dark Water – Hints & Teasers (Set #1)

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