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@Ottoman14 Look, I know that "orange is the new black," but is it necessary for the wardrobe department to dress Capaldi like a prison convict just to be a janitor character?

1 day ago on Next Time: The Caretaker

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About the "I am the Doctor" theme: most likely the editor thought he needed a track that denoted "running", and with Clara dashing around it makes a bit of sense.

1 day, 14 hours ago on Next Time: The Caretaker

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What he said was, "Beat *that* for a date." Referring to the date that Clara was about to embark on.
Apparently Doc regards "date" and "adventures" as pretty much the same thing. Remember that when he took River out, they went out on what we'd call "adventures" but what River would call "dates."


2 days, 17 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Time Heist

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@YaelMoise It wasn't a date, it was an adventure.

Essentially Moffat regards Doc pretty much the same way he regards Sherlock - they're not really people who make close friends easily, so they get a bit out of sorts when they learn that their friends have other activities that don' involve them.

2 days, 17 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Time Heist

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Okay - was there anyone else who, when the episode was over, came up with the one word "Hide"?

And did anyone else think, when they heard about "Architect," that it almost certainly *had* to be ol' Doc himself?


I'm going to have to rank this ep *below* Dinosaurs on a Spaceship, which is basically the closest in structure to this episode - the "round up a gang for an adventure" gig. Thing about stories like this, you need more development of the gang members, and we didn't really get that.


I will concede that I was genuinely surprised by the revelation of the head of the bank, as well as the further role played by her.


All in all, bit of a downer in quality from last week.

2 days, 17 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Time Heist

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1. Yes, the barn was on Gallifrey. Remember the statement from the War Doctor in DotD : "There's still a billion billion Daleks up there." On the last day of the Last Great Time War, where else would the Daleks be?

2. Why was Boy Doc crying? Probably because he encountered something that cast doubt into him becoming a Time Lord, which the male commented on. Odds are it's the idea that he ran away from his first encounter with the Time Vortex.

3 days, 18 hours ago on Listen: Breaking the Time Lock?

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@pyroclasticflow @Rainbow Kidneys "Weren't we told in the past that the Doctor doesn't dream?" Not according to DotD, the end bit.

1 week, 1 day ago on Rate & Discuss Listen

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Okay, how about this theory:


1. The Doctor claimed, in Deep Thought, that he sometimes micro-catnaps while other people were talking. He could have "sleepwalked" into writing that word during those brief moments, in the monologue, when he wasn't actively talking.

2. Doc also has some limited psionic ability, primarily telepathy. So telekinesis isn't out of the question. The type that can move a portion of a blanket into the shape of a half-sphere, and make it float in the air. Not to mention the type that can make the molecules in a portion of metal plating vibrate like a knock.

Conclusion: the "hider" may be a manifestation from the Doctor's unconscious, via some psionic abilities.

1 week, 1 day ago on Poll: Listen – Was there a Monster or not?

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Here's the thing: if I had to pick an episode that was a shoo-in for the next BAFTA or Emmy for sound editing, this would be it. Using sounds to create emotional effects is an underappreciated art form, and this one does it brilliantly.

1 week, 1 day ago on Rate & Discuss Listen

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@MrRazza, Latest Result: Mr Pink is Human If you look at the "Cartmel Masterplan" documentation, one idea that was floating about was that Doc was grooming Ace to become a Time Lord. This would imply that, no, a Time Lord doesn't have to be Gallifreyan. (My mind-canon holds that the Doctor's mother was the first Earth human to become a Time Lord, so you might say I have an interest in this idea.)

1 week, 1 day ago on Rate & Discuss Listen

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@Bring Me Knitting Because Clara was, in essence, flying the Tardis via telepathic link. Because she wasn't actually aware of a destination, the Tardis used her subconscious mind to select a destination, circumventing the time lock in a way that it wasn't designed to block.


Or put another way: the Tardis takes someone where they "need to be." Clara needed to be at that point in Doc's life when he needed to make a life-changing decision. Predestination overrules time lock.

1 week, 1 day ago on Rate & Discuss Listen

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@Mikeyboss182 Yes we did. Doc regenerated in that one.

1 week, 1 day ago on Nick Frost Cast in Christmas Special

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I think the accent is livable, it's just the speed of delivery that's the issue. I think it's because these days actors equate "quick thinking" with "fast talking"; Benedict Cumberbatch has the same issue with some of the lines in Sherlock.

1 week, 3 days ago on Is Capaldi’s Accent Causing Issues?

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@awkward91 @Scootersfood she's actually an Auton?

1 week, 5 days ago on The Caretaker BBC Synopsis

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@TonySimmons More like Missy's next guest.

1 week, 5 days ago on The Caretaker BBC Synopsis

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@Kathrin Lily Franke If Sgt Benton can get away with it, so can I. ;)

1 week, 5 days ago on The Caretaker BBC Synopsis

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1. Okay, who here flashed back to the *last* time Doc was called Caretaker -- The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe? And who's anticipating what the Doc will do to Coal Hill School as part of his self-interpreted brief?

2. Wouldn't it be funny if Doc and Mr. Pink met, had the story adventure -- and the compartmentalizing Clara finds out about them only a few seconds after?

1 week, 5 days ago on The Caretaker BBC Synopsis

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As for going into myths ... well, I see nothing wrong with Doc having adventures examining the *origins* of said myths. Say he meets a gold prospector in Greece who uses a sheep's wool mat for panhandling, and encounters Cybermen along the way. Recognizable DW adventure plus an explanation for the Golden Fleece.

1 week, 6 days ago on Robot of Sherwood Review

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" Following “Robot of Sherwood,” the Doctor might as well pal around with the cast of The Lord of the Rings."

Shhhhh!. Apart from the fact that Tolkien's stuff is still under copyright, you're sure to raise fan expectations of those negotiations with Peter Jackson.

1 week, 6 days ago on Robot of Sherwood Review

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@TonySimmons Frankly I thought that departure was poorly written. It seemed to amount to just one page of dialogue, no build-up or anything, a protest, a handshake and then they're gone.

2 weeks ago on A Surprise Ending for Clara?

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@supermoff is alone. Listen... Or it could be that Jenna hasn't seen the paperwork needed for working on Series 9.

Yet.

2 weeks ago on A Surprise Ending for Clara?

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I was thinking more BBC Sherlock's shirt.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Rate & Discuss Robot of Sherwood

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Two conclusions:

1. The Doctor is over his aversion to apples (and, presumably, yogurt, which is what he was licking off the spoon in the pre-credit sequence).

2. The odds of him having an averse reaction to "fish fingers with custard" just went up exponentially.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Rate & Discuss Robot of Sherwood

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The thing is, archery - like Venusian aikido - seems to be one of those skills that *isn't* a part of the Doctor's core persona, the way that "sweet tooth" and "motorcyclist" and "swordsman" are. So of course this Doctor would cheat at archery, to make up a skills deficit..

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Rate & Discuss Robot of Sherwood

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"What's that in the mirror ... of the corner of your eye?"

Um ... Sister Mine?

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Next Time: Listen

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It gets an 8 out of 10 from me.

Probably the best way to look at this is "genre satire," in this case the swashbuckler movie. One positive is that there's no suspicion that this story wasn't driven by contemporary context, the way that Smith's pirate episode tended to be compared to the PotC franchise. This is more akin to A Town Called Mercy in terms of its fit in the DW storyline.

About "swashbuckler": a buckler is a small round shield, which young European gentlemen of the military class used to carry round. About the size of the metal plates that the peasants and the Doctor used to destroy the Robots.

The thing is, the show's format is open-ended enough to allow for a variety of episode types, and going for comedy is very much in keeping with both Classic and New storylines. Fans of a "darker Doctor" always need reminding: you need lighter portrayals (like what we have here) to make the darkness stand out more.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Rate & Discuss Robot of Sherwood

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Oh, I dunno -- I'd say cheating is fully in character with the "outside the box" mindset of the Doctor.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Rate & Discuss Robot of Sherwood

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@ Notsosmartguy If you're talking about Series 9, I'd vote for Marcus Aurelius. (Well, he *is* one of Clara's heroes.) Also wouldn't hurt for him to have a Paternoster adventure with Conan Doyle (played by Martin Freeman, perhaps?). Or The Three Musketeers, along with Cyrano de Bergerac.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Robot of Sherwood Clips

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@pinkjaguar12 I have to agree with you. I have to surmise that they decided to do "stage" archery and not spend the money to give the actors actual archery training.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Robot of Sherwood Clips

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@sontaran17 Jonny Lee Miller? You really hate CBS's Elementary, don't you?

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Ben Miller Would Love To Play the Doctor

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@Deus_Ex_Machina Ah. After Top Gear, of course.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Ben Miller Would Love To Play the Doctor

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Certainly I understand the reasons.The real question is (a) how crucial is the scene to the story and (b) who does the editing?

(a) would have been problematic in, say, Game of Thrones. But this being Doctor Who, odds are the beheading might just have been an incidental scene to demonstrate the "badness" of a character or situation. (If it were absolutely crucial, say Doc or Clara being threatened with beheading, the BBC would have chosen not to air the episode, period.)

(b) is the more important bit. If it's done by the original editor under supervision by the director, that's okay. If it's done by an executive at Broadcast Centre in London, then the odds of it being a botch increase exponentially.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on BBC Cuts Robot of Sherwood Scene

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Is this the one with Keeley Hawes, and is her Miss Delphox the shapeshifter?

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Time Heist BBC Synopsis

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You know what he needs with that shirt? A black scarf. And a red buttonhole on his lapel.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Robot of Sherwood Clips

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@MeglosProductions The difference: the Doctor didn't have a functioning TARDIS during most of his time with UNIT. After Three Doctors, the writers began to doing more off-planet adventures and phased out UNIT by Tom Baker's second year.

Think of it this way: the TARDIS is a ship, and the Doctor its chief pilot. The Doctor may work for UNIT, but the TARDIS isn't UNIT property, and so if the Brig (or a less knowledgeable subordinate) got it into his head that he could order the Doctor to take his TARDIS to Sontar-Prime and bomb the place, they'd have to argue it out.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Anderson on Doctor & Danny “Friction”

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@Planet of the Deaf Oh, and by the way: you do need maths for army trades such as logistics (accounting), artillery (geometry, trigonometry), and engineering.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Anderson on Doctor & Danny “Friction”

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The ex-soldier business - actually that's a dynamic that hasn't been explored in DW really.

If you think about it, Mr. Pink may have been a junior officer or a mid- to senior NCM. The Doctor has dealt with veterans before (see the Brig, Wilf), but these were people who've had the advantage of time to reconcile their time in service (and combat) with their post-service life. An advantage that Mr. Pink doesn't have.

There will be situations when Mr. Pink's military mindset will compel him to take a take-charge attitude, and since he doesn't (yet) understand the Doctor's everyday philosophy (unlike Clara), that's bound to be a clash. (We can also expect the Doctor's essential childishness to grate on the nerves of our teacher.)

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Anderson on Doctor & Danny “Friction”

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@Planet of the Deaf Probably a callback to the Brigadier in Mawdryn Undead.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Anderson on Doctor & Danny “Friction”

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There is one other thing about Doc not taking a soldier along: divided loyalties.

As a soldier, Journey has a loyalty oath to the authority that empowered her to carry arms on its behalf. The Doctor, being an independent agent, is fully aware that he may be going into situations where a companion who answers to another authority could be compromised. (The only reason why UNIT could be exempted is because, during his tenure with them, the Doctor wasn't going anywhere.)

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Into the Dalek Review

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I'm not fond of the new "oo-eee-oooo" bit; it sounds too much like it's coming out of a synthesizer.

What I liked about Series 1-4 is that they kept the original Derbyshire BBCRW "oo-eee-oooo" track, the original that went from Hartnell to T. Baker's first six seasons. The key to the original's appeal is that it *could not* be reproduced by today's keyboard synthesizers, as was demonstrated at the 2013 BBC Proms. The original, being mixed in studio, had a more ethereal quality and thus was more alien. 

Series 5-7 was more synthesized, but they made it slightly more echo-ey in a bid to recapture that etherealness. I also wasn't bothered by the 5-7 counterpoint; it was more bombastic and swashbuckling, reflecting the energy of the Smith Doctor.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Examining Series 8’s New Title Sequence

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Eleventh Hour. It had the harder job of selling a new Doctor, a new Companion, new production people and a new direction for the series. it succeeded brilliantly.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Face-Off: The Eleventh Hour vs Deep Breath

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The "tragic villain" -- honestly we don't get too many of those in DW, the last one I can recall is Julian Glover's Count Scarlioni in City of Death.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Ferdinando on the Possible Return of Half-Face

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No, not really. It's something that Rose, or Sarah, or the Brigadier would have done: test the companion's loyalty because of the fact of regeneration. Like anyone familiar with the process, Vastra knows that the Doctor is still the Doctor no matter what face he wears or what manners he acquires; she also knows that being rejected by a companion could have disastrous effects on the Doctor's psyche during the recuperation phase.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Deep Breath: The Very Best of Clara Oswald

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Actually, given the premise, I'm going to see if I can spot any "Robin Hood Daffy" references. Or something from "Maid Marian."

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Robot of Sherwood BBC Synopsis

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@KingoftheOod4450 Unless the Tardis had a default setting WRT its force field: "If encapsulated by giant living creature and unable to disengage, do not let it die in time vortex" or some such condition.

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Sciencey Wiencey: Deep Breath

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@TomLong2 Eleventh Hour. As good as Deep Breath is, it's not really as self-contained as Matt Smith's full-on debut. That, and Amy's introduction is funnier and fuller than Clara's performance here -- but then Clara's function in this episode is different from Amy's, so it's not a fair comparison.

4 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Deep Breath

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My own explanation: while Clara does vaguely remember meeting most of the Doctor's past incarnations (and saving their lives in the process), she was never present during any of the post-regeneration recuperation periods. Consequently, she's seeing a side of the Doctor that frightens and frustrates her, and also getting the worry that this behaviour isn't temporary.

4 weeks ago on Deep Breath Review

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Honestly? I think it's ultimately useless to decide whether or not the Doctor killed him. Not now, anyway.


He had several good reasons *not* to kill him. For one thing, the Half-Face Man is a unique life-form because of his assembling of body parts. For another, unlike the Daleks HFM isn't motivated by hate or monetary gain, but by the need to survive, putting him closer to the stingrays of Planet of the Dead than to Solomon the trader.


Future episodes will likely feature the Doctor making similar decisions vis-a-vis his opponents, and each one is meant (like this one) to force him to confront the question: is this Doctor a good man? Does removal of the knowledge that he committed genocide have an effect on the moral authority of the current Doctor, as the existence of said knowledge did on his three predecessors?

4 weeks ago on Whodunnit? The Fate of the Half-Face Man

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It's important to remember the primary purpose of the Paternosters: they help to illuminate and add to the Doctor's backstory.

We do not know the events that put Vastra and Strax under obligation to the Doctor, but we do know their effects: the Doctor's personality and behaviour impressed them so much that they consider themselves as the Doctor's friends and allies, no matter his personality or appearance. And because of this, they possess knowledge of his past that can be passed along to his traveling companions (and thus the audience) with the audience trusting that information.

That role has tremendous value to the writing crew, when it comes to shaping the current Doctor's characterization. We have characters who react from a different viewpoint to the companions; and they can also illuminate the relationship between the companions and the Doctor by challenging the companion's firsthand knowledge and conclusions.

4 weeks ago on The Future of the Paternoster Gang

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@TheOncomingHurricane Because they don't have a broadcast-quality copy of the track for the new theme yet?

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Next Time: Into The Dalek

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