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11 hours, 1 minute ago on Moffat Teases “Major Foe” For Series 8

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@Xaven No, it sounds more like Jenna has discovered her inner Jack Nicholson.

Fan: "I want the truth!"

Jenna: "You can't handle the truth!"

11 hours, 10 minutes ago on Coleman on Exit Rumours: “I don’t want to tell you the truth”

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You want Strax as a regular companion, then?

Seriously, though, the closest we'd get to having a soldier on board the Tardis would be that female UNIT captain from "Planet of the Dead" being conscripted by Kate Stewart to babysit a reluctant Doctor. You'd get a superficial tension, but it'd be hampered by one major thing:

None of the writing staff have military "life experience." That means you run the risk of the Captain turning into a parody or caricature, much to the consternation of those viewers who *do* happen to have a military career.

1 day, 4 hours ago on Capaldi on Coleman Leaving Rumours

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Which is why Osgood *won't* be a regular companion. She's essentially the writers' commentary on the fanbase, and to dwell on the fanbase's particular foibles would be too exhausting for a storytelling device.

1 day, 4 hours ago on Capaldi on Coleman Leaving Rumours

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@Doctor When Actually the paper tells you what its holder *needs* you to see. 2 days is just fine.

1 day, 11 hours ago on Series 8: 2 Days Teaser

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@ Notsosmartguy the dalek of Jersey He also used it in Dinosaurs on a Spaceship, to get the alert from the Indian Space Agency, as well as that wooden puppet episode when he got alerted to do a house call.

1 day, 11 hours ago on Series 8: 2 Days Teaser

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I think we're more likely to see "guest star" deaths of the Horror of Fang Rock variety, i.e. show enough of the character that you care about them, and then bang they're all gone.

And to the more bloodthirsty of the fans out there, companion deaths in the TV series are the exception rather than the rule. I fully expect Clara and Mr. Pink, the character, to walk away from the Doctor at the end of the Christmas special instead of being burned in a pyre.

1 day, 11 hours ago on Moffat on Death: “There are dark times ahead”

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"Robot of Sherwood" -- Now I *know* that Gatiss and Moffat watch Looney Tunes. I'm gonna keep an eye out for "Robin Hood Daffy" tributes.

2 days, 8 hours ago on Details on Series 8′s First Four Episodes

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Oh, you didn't catch the reference? "Fantastic Voyage" was a 1966 movie in which a team of scientists got shrunk to microscopic size in order to take care of a blood clot inside a patient's brain.

3 days, 1 hour ago on Moffat Previews Series 8 in Radio Times

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I'm just remembering this comment from CA on Mock the Week, from Scenes We'd Never See on Doctor Who:

"Yes, I hang around mainly with much younger women. Yes, I was on television during the Seventies. Where are you going with this?"

3 days, 9 hours ago on Chris Addison to Guest in Series 8 Finale

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There is one advantage that Moffat enjoys that JNT didn't: the BBC's tacit acknowledgement that DW is a cash cow for the network. This means they're less likely to try to cut its budget as they did during the JNT era, and since Moffat is not a one-trick pony (due to successes with other TV shows), they're more likely to give him some latitude for experimentation.

5 days, 5 hours ago on Is Doctor Who History Repeating Itself?

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Um ...reality alert here?

Capaldi's longevity as the Doctor does not depend on his health, his age, or the demands for his services as an actor.

It depends on the ratings.

It's not enough that he capture the hearts of the core fandom. He (and the stories he's in) also have to capture a good chunk of the general viewing audience.

And a lot can happen that could affect those viewing numbers. A popular show could be scheduled against them (e.g. Dave re-running Sherlock or Bake-off). Restrictions on online platforms like iPlayer could be loosened. A technician's strike might delay program delivery. And I know it sounds unfair, but the show's expected to overcome *all* such adversity.

If Series 8's ratings drop significantly and follow a severe downward trend ... well, as unfair as this may sound, executives will blame the ratings drop on the casting of Capaldi, as being too radical a departure from Tennant and Smith.

1 week, 1 day ago on Capaldi Unclear on Series 9 Return

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@Undiscovered Adventure Oh sure. Let Series 9 start with Clara Oswald's funeral, Clara having died of extreme old age.

1 week, 1 day ago on Coleman on Clara and Danny in Series 8

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@Deus_Ex_Machina Suuuuuuure she did. Married a woman named Harry Watson. Gave her a mobile phone. Harry drank. It didn't work out. ;)

1 week, 1 day ago on Coleman on Clara and Danny in Series 8

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@Antee991166 Lasagne: layers upon layers upon layers ... into the Dalek's psyche.

And let's face it: if Phil Ford gave the clue "Layer Cake" we'd be looking for a cameo from Daniel Craig.

1 week, 1 day ago on Into The Dalek BBC Synopsis

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BTW - is anyone else looking forward to seeing a Tarantino / Reservoir Dogs reference when Danny Pink is introduced?

1 week, 2 days ago on Coleman on Clara and Danny in Series 8

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@Venawesomeo Nope. Not gonna happen.

Using romance is actually a very efficient method for a writer to showcase character development. How does Clara act when she's in love? How does Mr. Pink? How do they fight / treat each other? And how does that affect their relationship with the Doctor?

If Mr. Pink is not boyfriend material, then what motivation can you supply to get him on board the Tardis? If you use professional jealousy, you brand him as a villain. If they're just friends, they'll give each other space for their non-work activities, which means there's no reason for Mr. Pink to inquire further.

1 week, 2 days ago on Coleman on Clara and Danny in Series 8

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@Ottoman14 One vital difference: Rory knew about the Doctor prior to meeting him (via Amelia's cosplaying during their childhood). I'm expecting Mr. Pink to be in full-on "stranger in a strange land" mode.

1 week, 2 days ago on Coleman on Clara and Danny in Series 8

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This does sound interesting. Because what if the Doctor takes a "mentor-apprentice/sidekick" relationship with Mr. Pink, as he did with Jamie or Harry Sullivan? Does Clara become jealous of that?

1 week, 2 days ago on Coleman on Clara and Danny in Series 8

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Easy. John Watson and his ex-sister-in-law Clara meet up for coffee. They discuss the foibles and frustrations re their companions, Sherlock and Doctor Smith.

1 week, 6 days ago on Moffat Would Do ‘Wholock’

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All this means is, none of the writing staff have come up with a plot fiendish and vexing enough to make a good story for The Master.

Also note: "Sorry John Simm." Translation: they're not going to recast the character, i.e. no regeneration. And yes, that's a good thing.

2 weeks ago on Moffat on Why the Master Won’t Be Back

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Realistically? I'd say about 4 series should be the limit.

First, no actor in Britain today wants to commit to Tom Baker's record. It's not just the risk of typecasting, but the character risks becoming stale once everyone gets used to the portrayal.

Second, there are other projects that Capaldi (or his agent) might want to look forward to. A return to The Musketeers. Work in America. Auditioning for the Doctor Strange movie. And so on.

The role of the Doctor, properly speaking, should only be seen as *a* highlight of a career, not its summit. It's a good way of rapidly advancing an actor on the "B" or "C" list to get within striking distance of the "A," which is what the three previous Doctors are doing.

2 weeks ago on Capaldi Signed Up For Doctor Who Series 9?

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@tombaker64 Actors tend to be signed on on a "per series" basis. There are also other projects that Capaldi might want to work on -- a recurring role in "The Musketeers," for example.

2 weeks ago on Capaldi Signed Up For Doctor Who Series 9?

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@SteveWillis They already did that. Check the Green Death Special Edition DVD.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on No 10th Anniversary Special For New Who?

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@Gallade Zero Unless she does a Tegan. I.e. leave at the end of the series, "guest star" for the Special.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Capaldi & Coleman Back For 2014 Christmas Special

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@The Finn He was on the shortlist for the Eleventh Doctor casting, according to Moffat. My guess is they went with Matt because Peter looks too much like an older version of Tennant.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Doctor Who World Tour: Cardiff Launch Pics

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I don't mind the idea, with one caveat: I'd prefer to see simulataneous release via a global platform like YouTube rather than a proprietary thing like iPlayer. This is because iPlayer still has this hangup about releasing select TV content to users outside the UK. And of course don't forget the technical issues like video format, HD file size, etc.

I will say that one thing troubles me: the additional online material falls into the same category as the interstitials for specials like Ultimate Guide and Proms: they're good for amplifying character development, but risk having the characters appear flat or inexplicably changed in the main series, for viewers whose habits don't normally include watching online video (due to limited bandwidth, firewall compatibility, etc.)

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Moffat: Big Plans For Future Online Episodes

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The thing to remember about the Tennant and Smith Doctors is that they were written by writing teams whose head writers cut their professional teeth on relationship comedies (Queer as Folk, Coupling). So they couldn't help but bring that mode of thinking into their versions of the Doctor, which meant injecting varying levels of "romantic tension" as a shortcut to establishing the bond between the Doc and his regular companions.

Since Moffat's long-term vision seems to be to revert the current series to the values and worldview of the Classic series, bringing in an older Doctor will help that project along by helping to recreate the "Doctor / Sarah Jane" or "Doctor / Ace" style of relationship. Probably an amalgamation of the two.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Capaldi Doesn’t Expect to be a Heartthrob Doctor

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To be perfectly honest, I think we're more likely to see a non-Caucasian Doctor than a female one in the near term.

Why? Because we now have two generations of immigrant Britons who have successfully assimilated into the mainstream population. This means two things:

1. Casual and mainstream viewers have acclimatized enough to accept the idea of a non-white as the Doctor

2.  There *should* be enough non-white faces in the acting talent pool that one could have the qualities of "young-and-old-at-same-time" that's endemic to the role of the Doctor.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Brian Blessed Could Have Been the Doctor

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@Deus_Ex_Machina Editing. Works every time.

Myself, I'm glad he didn't get the part. Like that line in AAISAT, "We want to scare the children. We don't want to traumatise them."

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Brian Blessed Could Have Been the Doctor

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@awkward912 @MaraBackman New Zealand would be better. Good TV production infrastruction, spectacular scenery for exteriors, and Peter Jackson is there. Only drawback: traps producers into trying to get production budget increases for future series. But that's okay.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Moffat on Series 8′s Smaller Story Arc

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If I might make a suggestion: certainly Clara, as a character, has shown some growth between "Name" and the two Specials. The real problem is that said growth has been documented in media *other* than the main series.


We see aspects of her character, and her relationship with the TARDIS, not so much in the main episodes as in the mini-sode "Clara and the Tardis" which was part of the Series 7 DVD set. We see her control-freak discomfort come out, not in her scenes with the kids but in the interstitial sketches of the 2013 BBC Proms, when she freaks out at finding herself sitting as a double-bass player. We see some more of her relationship with the Doctor during the BAFTA tribute in 2013, as well as the intro and outro of the Ultimate Guide special.


Such pieces are of course ephemeral, but in terms of measuring Clara's development, particularly her relationship with the Doctor, they have to be taken into account.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Popular / Unpopular Opinion: Clara Oswald

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@9101112 Er ... that 1996 movie was written by Matthew Jacobs, a Brit, and directed by Geoffrey Sax, a Brith.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Zoe Saldana Wants Doctor Who Role

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You know what? I'd like to declare a moratorium on appearances from the Classic Doctors. For at least ten years.


I don't just mean fresh appearances from Davison, the Bakers et all. I mean no more using clips of them, video and otherwise, in explaining who the Doctor is.


It started with The Next Doctor (infostamp). Since then we've had them in Eleventh Hour (Atraxi scan), The Lodger (memory transfer), Journey to the Center of the Tardis (audio murmur), Nightmare in Silver (regeneration threat), and of course the anniversary episodes Name and Day.


Frankly that's too much. We no longer need reminders of the show's past and heritage, and we need the Capaldi Doctor to focus forward.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on The Future of Multi-Doctor Stories

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@simon delafield Can't be done -- mainly because a lot of the footage from Tenth Planet is still lost.



2 weeks, 5 days ago on The Future of Multi-Doctor Stories

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For those looking forward to Moffat's explaining Karen Gillan in Pompeii, I bet you're *really* looking forward to the scene when Clara tells the Doctor she used to be married.


D: Oh?

C: Yeah, just seemed like a good idea at the time. Didn't last long.


D: And who was the lucky--


C: Watson. Harry Watson.


D: And what was he--


C: She.


D: She?


C: Yeah, long story. I thought I liked her, but she drank. Gave her a mobile so I could check on her; last I heard she gave it to her brother John.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Capaldi’s Familiar Face Addressed in a Low-key Way

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I always figured that the Doctor's new regenerated forms were based on fragments from his memory: for example, the Hartnell Doctor may have encountered the despot Salamander, leading to the regeneration basing the Troughton Doctor on that character; and either version encountering someone with Jon Pertwee's face, and someone with a snake's tattoo, leading to the Pertwee Doctor's eventual form.


This is one of the reasons why I figure the Curator is *not* the Tom Baker Doctor, but a man whom the Doctor met during their younger days, when the Curator's hair was dark brown and long.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Capaldi’s Familiar Face Addressed in a Low-key Way

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Since he mentioned Troughton and Pertwee, it's most likely he meant old Teeth & Curls Tom. He's the actor most identified with the role, after all.

3 weeks ago on Moffat on Why Series 8 Needed A Big Shake-Up

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@Mikeyboss182 More likely we'll see Clara staring boggle-eyed at the grey-haired janitor, then running over, dragging him by the ear and hissing at him about blowing his identity.

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Coleman on Capaldi’s “Mad Curiosity”, Clara’s Home Life

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@Undiscovered Adventure Y'know, it'd be just like Moffat to make the suggestion that "the woman in the shop" is actually an older version of Clara.

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Coleman on Capaldi’s “Mad Curiosity”, Clara’s Home Life

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The real problem isn't the Dalek design. The Dalek design is a Porsche 911 or a Jeep Wrangler: after 50-odd years the look is so iconic that you risk career annihilation if you do anything even remotely radical. You wind up with the Panamera - er, Paradigm Daleks: they may very well work fine, but people will complain that they don't look right.


The real problem, really, is how the writers propose to use the Daleks. Due to the 50th anniversary and their icon status, the Daleks have commonly been seen as the "horde" enemy: terrifying in numbers, but really shallow on a closer look.


Yes, it's very easy to portray the Doctor-Dalek relationship as "old foes hating each other equally," but in the direction of that dynamic lies the pantomime -- something that modern Who must strive to avoid.


What needs to be done is to shake up the Dalek portrayal such that the Doctor doesn't *hate* the Daleks, but fears and doubts his reflexive action to them.


Example? A story whereby the Daleks actually wind up being the *good* guys, and the Doctor realizing this to his own consternation.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Time to Regenerate the Daleks?

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That bulletin board Vastra's using ... I'm pretty sure they must have been inspired by the Sherlock set.

It would be interesting to see if Neve McIntosh can pull off the Silurian Cumberbatch.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Deep Breath Pics

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@teddybowties @VictorWong1 it was established that it isn't - otherwise he wouldn't have need that shower in "Spearhead from Space."

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Moffat on Capaldi’s “Grey-haired stick-insect” Look

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@Undiscovered Adventure I suspect she's confiding to Vastra about what happened, and is asking for advice on how to handle it.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Moffat on Capaldi’s “Grey-haired stick-insect” Look

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@floppy_who I think you mean "crew-neck" or "turtle-neck". "Polo-neck" is a golf shirt.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Moffat on Capaldi’s “Grey-haired stick-insect” Look

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@Ladydetemps @Master Michael Moon "it was a bit undoctor-ish to wear the skin of a dead animal" ...

Um ... you *were* aware that the Second Doctor wore a fur coat in "Tomb of the Cybermen" and "The Five Doctors," right?

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Moffat on Capaldi’s “Grey-haired stick-insect” Look

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@Notsosmartguy  @TAFKA-A problem with that coat is that it's an overt costume look, something a performer would wear to attract attention to him/herself.

And the problem with that is, when people are performing the audience instinctively moves back to let the performance happen, putting distance between themselves and the performer.

Unfortunately the archetypal Doctor Who story requires that the Doctor be approachable and at least superficially trustworthy. And because of its "performance" signal, the coat is actually a repeller that distracts and gets in the way.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Moffat on Capaldi’s “Grey-haired stick-insect” Look

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@allons_ywibblywobbly All of the Doctors have made changes to their basic "look." Davison changed his jumper, C.Baker changed his waistcoat and tie, McCoy changed his jacket.

They sorta had to. You can't have the protagonist wear the same outfit week after week, otherwise the audience will wonder if he ever takes a shower. Or if the Tardis has a laundry on board. And clothes get damaged for stuntwork, plus the normal wear and tear.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Moffat on Capaldi’s “Grey-haired stick-insect” Look

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@allons_ywibblywobbly "They all avoided the 'circus clown' look ..."

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3 weeks, 2 days ago on Moffat on Capaldi’s “Grey-haired stick-insect” Look

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