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My favorite was the Death in Heaven look. I thought that suited him the best. The Holey Jumper was good for when he was just being relaxed. I really don't like the white t-shirt and hoodie, though-- it really ruins his distinct image. When Eleven switched costumes, it was still basically the same tone of crazy, though a little more mature, but this goes from laid back and distant to just bizarre.

2 days, 4 hours ago on Twelve’s Rapidly Changing Look

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Great article-- I agree completely. After Series 7, I didn't like her. She just didn't seem to add anything to the show, other than the fact that she was constantly described as perfect by all the characters. I

After Series 8, I appreciate her character a lot more, because she actually added to the narrative. Some things could have been done better, and I have to say I found her quite annoying at times, but she's a good character now. I just hope Moffat continues to take her character in new directions, or she'll feel really worn out by the end of another series.

3 days, 6 hours ago on How the Character of Clara Oswald Was Saved

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Viking helmets with horns? Interesting, since that's purely fiction... I wonder if this is a simulation like what Robot of Sherwood might have been, or if it's just a historical error.

4 days, 17 hours ago on Series 9 Filming: Medieval Times

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I don't dislike them. Sure, the farting was silly and childish, but the concept of them was still pretty good. Not the best villains of course, but I don't think they are as bad as a lot of people seem to.

5 days, 11 hours ago on Are the Slitheen the Most Underrated New Who Monster?

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I'm voting for Ten, simply because I enjoy him more. 

In their portrayals I think they had about an equal number of strengths and flaws, but Ten appealed to me more as a character. Ten sometimes didn't feel as "doctor-ish" as Eleven; he did act a bit young at times. But then there are times when he is so perfect at it, and for me that outweighs the lesser moments. Eleven was good at the "I'm old and troubled" spiel, but I found his personality tiring after a while. I also feel like his character was often written carelessly, so that brings him down a bit.

5 days, 13 hours ago on Doctor of the Decade: Face-Off #8

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Looks like they stuck some plaster over the Dinosaurs robots and called it a new monster!

5 days, 17 hours ago on BBC Reveals New Series 9 Monster

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Has it been confirmed that those are episodes 5 and 6? Or was that just assumed?

6 days, 17 hours ago on BBC Reveals New Series 9 Monster

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I love Ten, but I've have to vote for Nine. His characterization was nearly perfect, while I do think Tennant's had some flaws.

1 week ago on Doctor of the Decade: Face-Off #6

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I know the end of Night of the Doctor isn't supposed to be funny, but I always crack up at the "Will it Hurt?" line... I really wonder if that was intentional.

1 week, 3 days ago on Top 10 Reuses of Murray Gold’s Music

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@Gustaff @MrRazza, lover of all things Series 1 And don't dare exclude the Skaro Snot Snake Master! He really asserted his authority, literally forcing himself down people's throats. From the fierce look in his eyes to his ability to create sticky situations, he's definitely my favorite incarnation!!

1 week, 4 days ago on Masterology Part 1 – The Suit

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@whoswho @Limited Edition Monkey "What I did that day was wrong."

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

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Ha,  I'm not sure about the Ratson... At this point I would rather see more Skovox. Same concept, similar design. I would love another Rutan episode, though! The Krynoids would also be nice to see.

1 week, 5 days ago on 9 Foes That Are Due A Return

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@The_War_Braden Remember what he said in Into the Dalek, that the daleks made him realize who he was. Without them, he would be very different. Probably less likely to save people, less likely to stand up for the moral thing to do. 

On the other hand, he probably wouldn't risk himself to save others, so that would negate his regenerations. If he regenerated only out of old age, we'd still be on an old 4th (maybe 5th, if The War Games still happened). That could explain the Curator!

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

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I would worry that this is a bit too similar to Genesis... It also doesn't seem to fit with the title, it UNIT, or Missy... But we'll see. Perhaps if this is true, Davros will be back in the Finale!

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

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Smith was good, but it's gotta be Eccleston. No contest.

1 week, 5 days ago on Doctor of the Decade: Face-Off #3

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The War Doctor was great, but I have to vote for Tennant.

1 week, 6 days ago on Doctor of the Decade: Face-Off #2

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Persona: I really like Capaldi's persona. Perhaps sometimes he's a bit too harsh for no reason, The Caretaker comes to mind, but besides that one instance he's been amazing. 9.5/10

Development: This is the one place where I really have problems. The "good man" arc seemed forced and unnatural and it held back his natural development. There was never a moment where I felt that he asserted himself, (I felt the closest was the beach scene in Mummy-- 8 episodes in!) so he just doesn't have the familiarity a protagonist should have yet. This will improve in time, but for right now I have to give him a 6/10.

Continuity: He did well in this respect. Sure, you can take issue with the fact that he didn't seem affected by spending centuries on Trenzalore, but I'd rather forget about that plot entirely anyway... Besides that, he felt like the Doctor should. 9.5/10.

In all, that puts his Doctor at 8.33/10 (voted 9). He would be higher if it was not for the weak introduction, and I expect him to improve with time.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Doctor of the Decade: Rate the Twelfth Doctor

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@DrainOfMorbius @Oodkind Okay, he was technically in more episodes than one, but two of them didn't have anything significant. He had one line in Name and his appearance in Night was just old BBC stock footage and the hand of an extra picking up a sash-- not exactly something that I can rate his Doctor on. His appearance in Name did have a good feel to it, but that was due to Eleven's acting, not Hurt's doctor himself.

I haven't read Engines of War, so I unfortunately can't consider that... I don't generally count books in my ratings anyway, because they aren't actually being portrayed on screen so I would have to have a different rating system.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Doctor of the Decade: Rate the War Doctor

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I somewhat agree. I don't think he should stay forever-- the show needs to be switched up once in a while, and he does have certain signatures that are starting to get old. But if he leaves, there has to be someone good lined up to take over, and there isn't anyone like that at the moment. For the time being he seems to be keeping things fresh, so I don't really see a reason for him to leave just yet. Better some bad episodes due to a lack of creativity that for him to leave and the whole thing fall apart.

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

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I have mixed feelings about him. On one hand, he was totally amazing. On the other hand, he was totally amazing, as in he was a great Doctor-- something he wasn't meant to be based on previous episodes.

Persona: He was a great character; wise and grumpy, not unlike the First Doctor. I really liked him for that. It's too bad we didn't see more of him. 10/10.

Development: We didn't see much of him, so it's kind of hard to rate him in this area. But you could see the toll the Time War took on him. The development his doctor went through offscreen really showed, and his acting was amazing. I'll give him a 9/10.

Continuity:  This is where he really falters, in my opinion. If he was a normal Doctor, he would get a perfect 10. But he was set up as someone who acted "not in the name of the Doctor" throughout New Who, even when we didn't know who he was. We heard of all the awful things he did, and then Day of the Doctor set him up as more of a tragic hero, and while that worked well, it doesn't hold up very well in canon. I just gave him too much sympathy, and he wasn't dark enough. I have to give him 5/10 for that.

Therefore, he comes out with a 8/10 in all, barely sliding into second, behind Eccleston. I feel kind of weird rating him above Tennant (7.89) and Smith (7.83), since I would normally rank him below them, but I guess with a sample size of 1 episode there's not much to set him back.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Doctor of the Decade: Rate the War Doctor

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I expect Eleven will win this poll by a lot, as that seems to be the general consensus of the community, but I can't say I share the sentiments. He was very good, but not as great as many of the others for me. I'll try to set aside my problems with his era and just focus on his character itself.

1) Persona: I can't say I particularly liked the silly, clueless side-- I much prefer the more grown up Doctor personas. It started out fun, but it didn't make as interesting or deep a character and the whole forgetful hyperactive puppy thing got a bit old after a while. It's a good watch, but just not as compelling for me. 6/10.

2) Character: I did think Eleven developed well. He started a lot more childish and matured with time. I liked that he got darker with time, though it was partially set back by the occasional reversion in character development to the silly child (case in point: TDTWATW), and I think it would have worked a lot better if his maturing hadn't been accompanied by increasingly silly stories that destroyed the tone. I'll give him a 8.5/10 on that this.

3) Continuity: I think Smith hit this point on the head in his later Serieses. The "ancient hero" storyline really helped him in that regard. He was pretty convincing that he was The Doctor. Day of the Doctor went a long way to tying his silly behavior to regret, so that also helped. I'll give him a 9/10 in this category.

Therefore, he comes out to an average of 7.83/10, just barely placing behind David Tennant's score of 7.89/10. Eccleston remains in first place with a perfect 10.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Doctor of the Decade: Rate the Eleventh Doctor

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@Deus_Ex_Machina Well said! Doctor Who has a set of morals that can certainly affect the way you live your life, but it's different from a religion.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Whovianism: Doctor Who As A Religion?

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Okay then... Am I the only one who finds this a bit disturbing?

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Whovianism: Doctor Who As A Religion?

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1)  Personality: I do like Tennant's persona quite a bit. I don't think it's quite as good as Eccleston's, but it made for an interesting Doctor. I wasn't much a fan of his in Series 2, but I think he was brilliant in the rest of his run. I would give Series 2 a 6, Series 3 a 8, and Series 4 a 9, for a combined total of 7.67/10.


2) Character: I thought the Tenrose relationship was a bit irritating after a while, especially in Series 4, but overall I thought the character progression was quite good. I, for one, liked the direction he went in the 2009 Specials; I actually thought it was quite brilliant. Therefore, I'll give him a 9/10 in this category.


3) Continuity: Sometimes, I could look at him and it was evident he was the same 1000 year old alien we all knew. But other times, especially in Series 2, he was more teenager than alien. As his era went on he improved quite a bit in that regard, but it was often still difficult to see him as the same man as the classic doctors. I'd give Series 2 a 5/10, Series 3 a 7/10, and Series 4 a 9/10 for a combined total of 7/10.


Therefore, my score for David Tennant's Doctor is 7.89/10, rounding to 8/10. Eccleston still holds 1st with a perfect 10.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Doctor of the Decade: Rate the Tenth Doctor

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I feel like we need to establish some sort of scientific system for this poll, because otherwise it's just going to be 10/10 only voters and haters. I think I'll rate them in three categories:

1) Personality: This is more opinionated, but did I like the persona?

2) Character: Is the doctor well written? Does he have a good character progression?

3) Continuity: Is it believable that this is the same, wise, old alien of the past 50 years?


For Eccleston, I give him a 10/10 on all counts. I really enjoy the darker persona, and his ruder, know-it-all personality really works. He's down to business, and still really fun. The character progression was the best of New Who, in my opinion. As much as I wish he was given more time, he had an amazing run as it was, and I think another series might have taken away from his great progression as a character. His persona is different from previous Doctors, but given the Time War, it's totally believable. It's clear that he is the Doctor from the moment he appears, which is something that I can't say for some other doctors.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Doctor of the Decade: Rate the Ninth Doctor

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I agree with Moffat on this one-- It could be great, but I don't see that it's too reasonable at this point. I think a Torchwood movie would be a better thing to go for.

3 weeks ago on Capaldi: A Doctor Who Movie Would Be Great

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Sounds good. Perhaps more like Listen? I thought he was really funny in that one. "It's because her face is so wide. She needs three mirrors." 

But PLEASE no more "funny" fights and severed head comments. (looking at you, Gatiss)

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

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Ha, I've been looking forward to this all year! Another good one, as always.

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

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I agree, very happy to have him back! I love the way his stories worked-- he really gets Who. The only real problem I had with him is that he didn't develop all the characters. For example, in Mummy there were a ton of scientists, but the Doctor and Perkins did all the thinking while the rest just stood around awkwardly, pretending to be doing something. Hopefully, with Moffat cowriting that will be fixed.

3 weeks, 6 days ago on 5 Reasons To Rejoice At Jamie Mathieson’s Return

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I don't like the hoodie on him; it messes up his stark, minimal look. Those plaid pants look interesting, though. And the hair is great!

3 weeks, 6 days ago on 12th Doctor Costume Change for Series 9

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@Clara Laurinda @EXALT100 That means... YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

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

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@Deus_Ex_Machina I'm guessing Missy's Vortex Manipulator is suggesting she's controlled by Missy, not actually the Master. 

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

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Hmm... similar titles but different writers. This is making me think there will be a stronger series arc. Perhaps something similar to Series 6? I think that would make a nice change after two series of mainly standalone episodes.

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

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Her necklace is yellow. Yellow jelly babies are yellow. It can only mean one thing-- KANDYMAN RETURN CONFIRMED!!

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

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@ilyootha @The Dreamer... dreaming about series 9 @The Finn is excited for audio Kate Stewart! @Planet of the Deaf @supermoff Clara's slap was very different from anyone else's, though. Look at Jackie and Francine, for instance. They were both protecting their daughters. Sylvia was made out to be a 'bad' person anyway. Donna and River were both played for laughs (though it still wasn't funny), and Jenny was in self defense (Eleven violated her). 

However, Clara's slapping was just out of her anger, because she disagreed from the Doctor. That just sent the message that you should abuse people you don't like-- and it was shown in a good way, with Clara being portrayed as the moral character. It reminds me of the cyber explosion scene at the beginning of AGMGTW, in that it portrayed the hero doing immoral stuff but treated it as right.

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Rank the Revival: A Numbery-Wumbery Breakdown (Part 1)

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Kill the Moon at 6.81? Funny, after it aired, it seemed like everyone was giving it 10s.

1 month ago on All 117 Episodes of the Revival Ranked By You

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I rewatched L&M recently, just for a bit of fun. And yes, I still hate it. It has a few merits, such as the wonderful portrayal of Jackie. Apart from that, things start to go wrong. It seems like the episode was supposed to be somewhat comical. However, this was oddly mixed with a dark tone of death, and the two together don't mix well. For example, the death of the Absorbaloff was too silly to be taken seriously, but laughing at it would be laughing at the death of all the people he absorbed. It makes the whole thing just sit in an awkward category. Furthermore, half of it seemed to be suited to young children-- I think I would have loved Elton and Victor Kennedy when I was 7 or 8. However, this was mixed with more adult themes in his relationship with Jackie and, erm, a concrete slab. On their own, all of these elements could have worked in different settings (okay, not the slab), but together, it just didn't work.

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

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10.Curse of the Black Spot - 2/10. The singing was sort of relaxing, but that was the only good part of the episode. The pirates were painfully bad and the story was pretty boring. Overall, just not a good episode.

9.Victory of the Daleks. It ruined the dalek plot RTD had set up. The 'love saves the day' plot was really bad. Sending spitfires to space complete with lasers to fight the dalek ship was completely stupid. The paradigm plot could have been scary, but even that was ruined by the Power Ranger Daleks.

8.The Shakespeare Code. To be honest, I don't completely know why I dislike this episode so much. Maybe it's the constant praising of Shakespeare, who didn't seem smart or heroic at all. Maybe it was the witches, who I found completely enticing villains. To me, this episode was just unappealing.

7.Night Terrors. Yeah, this one. Ew. I think everyone else has explained the problems with this one pretty well, so I won't get into it.

6.The Doctor, The Widow, and the Wardrobe  - 1.5/10. The plot was painful. Eleven's childish acting was over the top cringey, especially after a darker series. The mother was possibly the worst actor ever in Who. And that resolution...

5.The Rebel Flesh/The Almost People. This is another one that I can't describe my dislike for very well. Something about it was just terribly unenticing.The characters were all irritating, too, including Amy (who I usually like).

4.Daleks in Manhattan/Evolution of the Daleks. No thank you. Between the pig slaves and human daleks, this episode is just a big nope. The first part was somewhat respectable and even a bit interesting at times, but Evolution completely degraded the whole thing.

3.Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS - 1/10. I've talked about my dislike of this one often. First of all, the directing made everything blurry to the point it was sickening to watch. The brothers were some of the worst actors ever, and their whole plot made absolutely no sense, especially the ending. I can see why people like it, but it just didn't work for me.

2.Love and Monsters. Well yeah, you know. I didn't like Elton much, so that was the first problem. The Absorbaloff was ridiculous. And the pavement slab thing. It is fun to watch once in a while just for laughs, but that's about it.

1.Fear Her. This is one that just irritates me. The kid is so annoying. The mother is exasperatingly wimpy. The Rose/Doctor relationship was a bit painful by then too. And then there's the demon dad and the singing, which was just ridiculous. The best part is the council guy...

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

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I don't really see why The Long Game is so low-- it's not a great episode, but I never saw it as particularly bad. I could name about 30 worse episodes off the top of my head. I don't particularly agree with Forest's ranking either-- it wasn't good by any means, but third from the bottom? I agree with the bottom two, though.


I am surprised though that the lowest episodes attained 4/10s. Really, nearly half the voters gave Love and Monsters 'above average'??

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

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Still one hour to go for me till the 26th, but forget that... Happy Anniversary, Revived Who! 

And here's to the (irrational) hope that Eccleston will return for a special mini-episode.

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

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Well, both are good episodes, if slightly overrated. I rate both of them at 9/10.

Day of the Doctor was a wonderful celebration for the 50th. John Hurt was great as his role, and it was good to see all the Doctors. Plus Tom Baker, so yeah. However, the story was by no means perfect. The Zygon subplot was fairly weak, and the saving Gallifrey portion needed a lot of acceptance, considering it completely went against The End of Time. I think the reason it always places so high is because of nostalgia from the celebrations and a sense that if you dislike it, it's blasphemy.

Blink is also a very good episode. When I first saw it, I thought it was one of the best ever. However, I feel like it's not entirely rewatchable, as so much of its power comes from jump scares. There's also the facts that the Weeping Angels are a bit worn out now, and it's hard not to hold it against Blink. However, the story itself was interesting and different, at least of first watch.

Certainly not my top two choices, but I guess I'll go with Blink because I had fewer problems with the plot. It's pretty close, though.

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

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Well that was predictable.

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

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Aw, all my favorites are knocked out now... Oh well. I guess I'll go with Human Nature, because I'm tired of everything being knocked out by Blink.

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

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Where can I buy that clock??

1 month ago on Weird and Wonderful

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Easier group than yesterday's...

1) The Eleventh Hour. Not that Vincent isn't good; it isn't bad at all. But Hour just worked-- it effectively kicked off a new era. Vincent was above the average filler, and it was a beautiful episode, but it just didn't have the same feel.


2) Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon. Name was good, but it doesn't stand out the way this one does. The monsters were enticing, the resolution was exciting, and in general it worked a lot better than Name.


3) This is the hardest one for me. It's a bit odd how similar these episodes are in how I received them. Both are mostly brilliant, and both had an ending that I didn't particularly like at the time it aired, but both of which I have accepted now. I think I'll put my support behind Listen, because I think the episode itself was more interesting, though I feel a bit bad about not voting for the epicness of the War Doctor and Tom Baker...

1 month ago on Revival Face-Off: Moffat Era Triple

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Eleven's aging really doesn't make sense at all. He didn't age significantly for 200 years while running from the silence in Series 6, and yet he aged considerably in the first 200 years on Trenzalore. Eleven finally regenerated about 600 years later. So in all, it took him about 1000 years to get old. That doesn't add up with the First Doctor got old in about 300 years, and finally regenerated from it about 100 years later. 

And then of course, River claimed to be able to get younger with time...


I suppose you explain this by saying he doesn't age in the TARDIS, but then why did Amy and Rory age in it? You know, if Moffat didn't have that unhealthy obsession with aging characters, this all could have been avoided!

1 month, 1 week ago on Wearing A Bit Thin: A Theory on Time Lord Ageing

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I'm glad they are telling us more this year. The secrecy in last year's dry period was really irritating. And look where that got them: five leaked episodes.

1 month, 1 week ago on Series 9: Episode 5 Filming Soon

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Oh no.

My two favorite episodes of Series 8. I've been going back and forth on them since they aired...
Listen: 10/10. A really beautiful and original episode. The most inventive thing we've had in a long time, and that made it amazing.
Mummy: 10/10. It really captures the essence of Doctor Who, more than any other this season.

Darn you, DWTV! I think I'll have to think about this all day and come back to it later...

1 month, 1 week ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #11

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All good choices. Some of my favorites were the end of Listen, Missy's Theme/The Nethersphere, and the Falling from the plane theme from Death in Heaven. Murray Gold did it again!

1 month, 1 week ago on Top 21 Tracks of Series 8 (Part 1)

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These are two good episode, but I don't share the sentiment for either of them that many people do. 

Vincent and the Doctor was 8/10 for me. The Vincent stuff was quite good (despite minor, excusable historical inaccuracies) but the invisible chicken subplot was a bit off. This is the only time I can think of where the "monster of the week format" brought down the episode-- it really wasn't necessary.

I give The Doctor's Wife an 8.5/10. The House was an excellent villain. The parallel universe concept was quite good. The sentiment was there. However, I wasn't a fan of the way the TARDIS was portrayed. 

Two beautiful episodes with a few flaws. I'll have to go for The Doctor's Wife, but it's pretty close.

1 month, 1 week ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #8

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