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My problem with ITFOTN wasn't the science. That was Kill the Moon's problem. My problem with this episode was the undeveloped characters and badly written plot. The overnight forest was an interesting idea, but it was not well executed.

1 day, 11 hours ago on Moffat Defends In the Forest of the Night Science Criticisms

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@Antee991166 I agree. I feel like the Christmas theme weakened Time of the Doctor. It seemed that it was held back from the plot in an effort to be childish and festive, and the darker elements that were needed to make it seem relevant never materialized onscreen. We were told of an endless, bitter war, but it was sidestepped and skipped over because it wouldn't fit the festive theme.

2 days, 13 hours ago on The Christmas Conundrum

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I recently rewatched VotD, and I was surprised at how 'not bad' it was. It was still not amazing, or my favorite by any means, but it had a lot of good elements. Sure, there were downsides. The Titanic itself was quite silly. People complain about "Doctor Jesus" in Last of the Time Lords, but Voyage had the Doctor being lifted up by angels-- that was just weird. But it did have a lot of redeeming qualities.

I haven't ever rewatched The Next Doctor. Mostly because I really didn't like it the first time. The concept with Jackson Lake was good, but between the giant cyberman and the cybergorillas and the resolution and everything, it is one of my least favorite Christmas specials. 

Therefore, I have to go with Voyage on this one. Uh oh, is Tomorrow The End of Time vs. A Christmas Carol? There will be blood...

2 days, 15 hours ago on Festive Face-Off: Voyage of the Damned vs The Next Doctor

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I guess I have to go with The Christmas Invasion. It's close, though. The Christmas Invasion was really fun. I think it could have been better, particularly if there had been less sleeping, but I think the story itself is better quality than the Runaway Bride. And the Tyler family is always fun.

I really like The Runaway Bride. Donna and Ten had great chemistry. The story was a lot of fun. Tennant's acting was on point. I liked how the loss of Rose was dealt with. I felt like the scene where he floods out the spider babies really showed off his Doctor for who he is for the first time. But looking back on that sentence was my problem with it-- spider people. The Racnoss were the letdown of the episode. While they could have been made creepy and menacing, they came off as cheesy and laughable. It's still a great watch, but I just can't say it was stunning for that reason.

3 days, 11 hours ago on Festive Face-Off: The Christmas Invasion vs The Runaway Bride

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@Planet of the Deaf If they mentioned the name at the end of the Christmas special, does that mean the special ends with a cliffhanger? "To be continued in The Magician's Apprentice."

3 days, 11 hours ago on First Series 9 Title Revealed

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Well, assuming the Doctor is "the magician," as mentioned in Time Heist, maybe this is indicating a new companion? 'Apprentice' suggests that it is a younger person-- probably younger than Clara. 

On the other hand, it could be a reference to Clara. I suppose you could label her the Doctor's apprentice. Maybe it sets up her arc for Series 9. A bit less interesting, but a bit more likely.

On the other hand (yes, I have 3 hands), is could be totally unrelated to the Doctor. Maybe a "black magic"-themed episode, more along the lines of The Shakespeare Code? Maybe the title is a reference to The Sorcerer's Apprentice or something like that.

3 days, 11 hours ago on First Series 9 Title Revealed

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I can't say I'm a huge fan of companions from the past. I've found that the lack of knowledge of the present day, though sometimes interesting, can get quite tiring. It also puts a burden on writers to be historically accurate, and can take away from the episode because the companion needs something obvious to us explained to them. Victorian era or later is usually okay, but I prefer modern day or future. Of course, that's just my personal preference and I'm sure I would like a companion from the past, should it be created.

As a younger viewer, I do like the student idea. Courtney was a bit young for my taste, especially as I've found that many writers seem to find it incredibly difficult to write for her age, but another Ace would be great: a smart high school or college student. In fact, if they were to do a new male companion, this would be a good route to take. It would keep him from overshadowing the Doctor, giving more of an professor-student relationship instead of a rival.

My first reaction when you mentioned an alien companion was "ugh." I then realized this was mainly because it featured a picture of a sontaran. If there is an alien companion, it has to be someone with a complex background. It shouldn't be someone created just to be an alien, it should be a very complex person with a complete backstory and his/her own set of morals. Turlough is a good example of this. Astrid came close to this, but of course, she died. Someone like this would be quite interesting. To be honest, though, I don't think this is quite the time for an alien companion. For one, I'm not sure Moffat is quite up to the job of creating that. I've noticed that he has always had trouble creating a character who acts according to her back-story. Also, he would have to edit every other writer's script to build on this character, and it would be quite a task to keep the character on a consistent path. Secondly, Twelve is already very alien himself. I think that another alien wouldn't really have good chemistry with him, at least at this point in his tenure. Notice that the majority of alien companions were with Five, who was probably one of the most human Doctors. I don't think this is the time for an alien companion, but it would be interesting to see in the future.

4 days, 12 hours ago on 4 Different Types of Companions Doctor Who Should Consider

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Oh, you've redecorated. I don't like it. 

Actually, it is pretty good. The one thing I don't like is the home page. The banner and top stories are too big, so I have to scroll to see the newest articles. Other than that, it looks nice, and is definitely a lot smoother!

5 days, 13 hours ago on Site Update: Christmas 2014

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@Mark McCullough As much as as I liked the Ponds, I think another series would have been too much.

1 week, 1 day ago on Clara, or a New Companion? The Results

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@Scootersfood is ready for Christmas! @Deus_Ex_Machina Well, remember 'Clara Oswald never existed?' We were led to believe that Clara was going bad in the Finale. Moffat really screwed with us that time. Sure, that's the Next Time trailer, not an official BBC One trailer, but this could be the same trick again.

1 week, 2 days ago on Last Christmas New Trailer

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@TaylorBoone Uhh, the zygons lost their memory for the negotiation. As Kate wasn't questioning if she was a Zygon in Death in Heaven, we can assume that the Doctor(s) brought everyone's memory back at the end of the negotiation. I agree that it was a bit weird not to show the conclusion to the Zygon problem, but that story is over. It ended with Day of the Doctor. Moffat has never said that any of those zygons are still around-- the Osgood theory is just something fans made up.

Oh,And while Clara being pregnant could work, that doesn't seem to be the direction they're going. That's basically been debunked.

Also, not finishing a storyline in an episode does not make you an idiot. Ever heard of a story arc? Most shows do it. I guess everyone is an idiot then.

1 week, 2 days ago on Moffat on Orson Pink Mystery

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I wouldn't really call any of these problems. Amy was married, so she wasn't living with her parents anymore. There wasn't really an opportunity to bring them back, and to be honest they weren't the most interesting characters in the first place so bringing them back, say instead of Brian, wouldn't really have a benefit. It was weird that the Doctor didn't recognize Brian, (I thought he danced with everyone at the wedding?) but it's not a big problem. I got the feeling that Brian recognized the Doctor, which fits considering he showed up out of nowhere in a big blue box.
Was it ever stated that Amy and Rory moved out of Leadworth? I never picked up on that... though it's far from a plot hole. Newly married couples often move into a new house. Maybe Rory got a new job elsewhere, and they moved. We don't need to see every detail of their lives.

As for Clara's new job, this did bother me a bit. Mostly because she didn't seem teacher material in Series 7-- She couldn't even work a computer. You can't get through college without that, let alone get a teaching degree. However, I just accept that enough time passed between Name and Day, allowing her to leave the Maitlands, get a degree, and get a job. 

Paradigm Daleks perhaps should have been used a bit more, but no one actually liked them better than the Time War variant. I don't blame the decision to go back to the old, classic-based model. It's not really something that needs explaining. Yes, the Daleks are an important part of Doctor Who history, but it's not Dalek Who.


I think the faces thing isn't really important at all. Capaldi looked very different in Fires of Pompeii anyway. Besides, what we got in Deep Breath was enough. He says it's a message to himself. We can all debate what that message is, but it doesn't need to be explained further.


As for Courtney, I feel like she wasn't meant to fit into anything. Is it a bad thing to have a character who is just a person, not some great mystery? She had a nice little character development. She really doesn't need more. If she comes back, great. But it's not like it's a big hole or anything.

As for your other questions, I think they will be explained eventually. The Master will eventually return, and perhaps she will elaborate. Or at least, we will get something when Gallifrey returns. This isn't "forgotten," it's just not addressed. In the real world, you rarely find out something in one big package; there are always unanswered questions. I'm guessing Gus will be returned to later as well. No one said Orson was Danny's direct descendant. And I'm starting to think the robots weren't looking for the Nethersphere. The first half of the series was just setting up the idea that everyone searches for "the promised land." The Half-faced man picked up on this dream from Humanity, and the Nethersphere just happens to be what he reaches. I agree, it's kind of weak, but it doesn't really need to be explained further.


In conclusion, I don't think any of these are really forgotten or plot holes. It's just some things that are not explicitly explained on screen, and really don't need to be.

1 week, 6 days ago on Steven Moffat: An Era of Forgotten Things

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@Malohkeh #BringBackGum

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Your Favourite Master Revealed

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@morn Of course. When things go against you, scream "voter fraud." You know, not everyone holds your opinion...

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Your Favourite Master Revealed

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@Beasts_a_Snarling is a Christmas KANDY Everyone delving into classic(ish) who watches the TV movie, because it's 8's only appearance. But even many 4th Doctor fans haven't seen The Deadly Assassin. In fact, I would guess that most of his votes come from people who have not seen any of the other classic Masters. It's ridiculous, yes, but it happens.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Your Favourite Master Revealed

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I feel like Clara has been badly handled in general, and that is why many people want her to leave. First, the impossible girl arc really didn't allow room for her character to develop. Then Series 8 established an entirely new Clara with no mention to her past. We've now said goodbye to her twice (KTM & DIH), plus two other fake goodbyes (MOTOE & ITFOTN) in the last 6 episodes. At this point, goodbyes are losing their effect.

Furthermore, her arcs have not fleshed out well. The Woman in the Shop arc was concluded without much thought, and we were all left unsatisfied. We were all led to believe that she was turning against the Doctor, only for it to turn out to be less interesting. And then she was the Doctor for two minutes for no reason at all. Meanwhile, she was set up to be one of the most influential characters in 50 years of the show, but no reason was given for that.

This leaves a lot of unanswered questions. I think it comes down to whether you are patient enough to allow another season to possibly put everything together, or to walk away and start over with a new companion. At this point, I'm not sure another season could fix the holes. If she stays, I would hope they tie everything together; however I am not confident that the problems are fixable. Another season of her could be brilliant, but I feel like it could also be tiring and repetitive if not handled right. She's been good as a companion, but I think it's time for a fresh face.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on 5 Reasons Why Clara Should Stay for Series 9

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I think he could come back if there's reason to bring him. Perhaps if the Gus storyline is pursued, the Doctor could run into him again eventually? Maybe he's tracking down Gus himself?

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Frank Skinner Up for Doctor Who Return

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"To be Frank," I don't believe you.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Frank Skinner Up for Doctor Who Return

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Funny, I was just wondering this morning when W&W will return!

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Weird and Wonderful

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@divya12 I feel like Capaldi has to go out with a bang, rather than a sentimental goodbye speech. He will probably have to give his life to save the universe or something. Something like a mix of Pertwee's regeneration and River's death. You can't really top Matt with sentimental value, and you can't do the 'saving someone' thing, as it has been done both with Tennant and Davison. 

2 weeks, 6 days ago on William Hartnell: The Beginning, End and In-Between

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Missy's Plan

I think the idea was, not that she wanted him to do good, but that she wanted to show him that they were similar. If he had accepted the army, what would he do? Take over planets and institute his "good" over them? Intervene in wars so that the "good" side always wins? I think her point was that if he did this, he would be no different than she/he has always been. I feel like it could certainly have been done better, but the plan itself had an interesting symbolism to it.


The Dead Upgraded

Yes, got to agree with you there. I really wish we had seen more reaction to the dead coming back to life. It's an interesting plot point that was nearly ignored. This is the same problem I have with the End of Time. Everyone the Doctor loves is turned into the Master, and while RTD said it disgusted the Doctor in Confidential, it wasn't explored well onscreen. Here, there were just a lot of unanswered questions.


Woman in the shop

I feel like this isn't actually explained thoroughly. Perhaps we will learn more about it later. The Mistress must have had some other goal to Clara being their other than to control him. There are a lot of other ways to attract him to the Nethersphere. She had Time Lord technology. All she had to do was emit a Time Lord frequency or something, and he would have come right there. My personal theory is that she knew Clara would jump into the timestream, and that had something to do with her escaping Gallifrey. It was weak writing on Moffat's part, I agree.


Danny's Resolution

I agree that the anger was pointless. Seriously, he dies, is cyberconverted, and is in pain, and all he will do is insult the Doctor and manipulate the Doctor into turning him into a cyberman just to prove a point? I was also a little off-put be the "love is a promise, so I didn't turn into a cyberman" thing. As for the cyber pollination thing, I think that the pollen was vaporized because the clouds exploded. 


Goodbye

I can see how it's unsatisfying, but I do think it was a brilliant end to the arc. With both of them lying, it shows how liars end up. Unlike other endings, wherethe character dies, this one portrays a more real ending. I thought it was brilliant, even if it is frustrating.

3 weeks ago on The Problems with Death in Heaven

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Well that was certainly more spoiler-y than I expected. I feel like there are two possibilities. 

#1: the Mirror just made this up in case Clara isn't leaving at Christmas, in order to justify their earlier article claiming she was leaving.

#2: This is legitimate.

I have to say I think this would be a good sendoff for her, though it is a bit close to Time of the Doctor, in the aging thing. I sort of hope this ending does happen, in fact. I don't dislike Clara, though she's not my favorite, but I think this is really a good time for her to go. All series she seemed to be set up for a departure. In fact, she already left. Twice. I feel like another series will just be repetitive, and I'd really like to see Capaldi with someone new.

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Rumour: Christmas Won’t Be Jenna Coleman’s Last

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Well, Missy was brilliant. However, I think Delgado has to take it.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Face-Off: The Masters (Final)

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I agree with this, for the most part. I'm not too sure about Raynor. I always felt like there was something off about her stories. Mat Jones and Keith Temple-- I really don't know. I've heard that their stories were mostly RTD anyway. I wouldn't mind their return, but I wouldn't be too hyped about it. Speaking of RTD, I would love for his return. He had a tendency to get a bit carried away sometimes, especially in finales, but I really liked the tone of his episodes. I would be really happy if he returned, just for one episode. It is the 10th anniversary of his restarting of the show, so it's a good time to return.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Writers to Bring Back for Series 9 & Beyond

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@TheOncomingHurricane @TheNightmareChild Last time we heard from them, they could see into the time vortex. Perhaps it's time for a character development revolving along that? Perhaps the new "time stewards" while the Time Lords have been away? They could have something to do with Gallifrey? That's just one idea. There's still plenty you could do with them.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Writers to Bring Back for Series 9 & Beyond

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I just hope Mathieson returns. Moffat did say he pitched 4 scripts, so he definitely has more material. I'd also like to see his take on a classic monster, or even a Dalek/Cyberman/Master story. He's my current pick for the next showrunner, but he needs to be able to write established villains well, not just create new ones.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Torchwood’s Catherine Tregenna Penning Series 9 Story

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Interesting... Well, I'm guessing it is something like, "Santa is threatened, and if he's not saved, Christmas will never come again." 

I'm just glad it wasn't "The Twelfth Day of Christmas."

3 weeks, 5 days ago on 2014 Christmas Special Titled

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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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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. 


1 month 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.

1 month 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 month 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 month 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 month 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 month 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 month 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 month 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 month ago on New Who Finales in Perspective: Series 5

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

1 month, 1 week 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 month, 1 week 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 month, 1 week 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 month, 1 week 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.

1 month, 1 week 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.

1 month, 1 week 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. 

1 month, 1 week 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... :'(

1 month, 1 week 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.

1 month, 1 week ago on Rate & Discuss Death in Heaven

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