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@Doctor Who-The Master No. The Chairman of the Board of Governors is not part of the school administration, and is not involved in day-to-day operations as the Headmaster is.

18 hours, 34 minutes ago on Roberts Explains Why Ian Chesterton Didn’t Appear in The Caretaker

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@measkren Day of the Doctor, Opening scene establishing Coal Hill School, sign outside names I. Chesterton.

18 hours, 36 minutes ago on Roberts Explains Why Ian Chesterton Didn’t Appear in The Caretaker

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There is one other subplot to this that seems not to have been picked up: Danny's attitude towards Doc's attitude.

Danny's mocking of Doc's "upper-class" status shows another common trope in TV shows with a military theme: a disdain among non-coms for senior officers they're not familiar with. The non-coms have a tendency to believe that the senior people are all too likely to dismiss them.

A good part of this attitude is rooted in the understanding that the senior officers *have* to look on their subordinates as ultimately expendable (i.e. prepared to die) in pursuit of their goals. This outlook takes on a cynical tone if the noncom believes that the goal is unattainable or misunderstood and the officer is wasting lives to achieve it.

And so we now have a palpable fear worth exploring: Danny's suspicion that Doc's adventuring may somehow get Clara killed, and therefore he'lll be prepared to stand up to him to prevent that -- provided that Clara keeps him informed about what Doc is up to.

21 hours, 12 minutes ago on Examining the Doctor’s Attitude Towards Soldiers

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Frankly, the only reason to bring Chesterton back would be to have a conversation with either Clara or Danny re how to deal with Doc; the experienced person giving advice on how to handle situation X. Sure it'd be nice to have a scene with Doc showing Ian around his control room, but if that's all he's there for, it's not enough of a story point to justify bringing him in.

21 hours, 21 minutes ago on Roberts Explains Why Ian Chesterton Didn’t Appear in The Caretaker

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@Typo42  If you look at nerd-friendly writers like Sarah Vowell, you'll find that many view the antics of phys-ed instructors as a form of physical torture, with the pleasure they take in their tasks interpreted as unthinking sadism that benefits the physically strong (read: class bullies) and undermines those who want to go through life with a minimum of effort (read: the rest of us). Since there's a resemblance between phys-ed and military physical training, it's not surprising that Doc would equate past experience as a soldier with exercise instruction.

22 hours, 8 minutes ago on Examining the Doctor’s Attitude Towards Soldiers

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A couple of things to bear in mind:

1.  The anti-military attitude of the Classic Era Doctor tended to be muted up to the 1980s. This was because many of the writers, cast and production people still had direct experience with the military, having either served during WW2 or completed National Service in the Middle East during the 1950s. During the 1980s, this generation began to retire from the BBC, to be replaced by a generation whose knowledge of the military tended to be second-hand (i.e. by interviewing soldiers or reading memoirs).

2. The Doctor's attitude tended to be rooted in issues experienced by the production people themselves: confronting an over-regimented attitude that preferred to be guided by precedent and training rather than innovation, an impatience with an insistence on thinking in "worst-case scenario" terms, a distrust of the opinions of "in-field" personnel.


3.  The current anti-military attitude can also be considered a by-product of television tropes that developed during the 1990s and carried on during the 2000s, with a heavy distrust of central authority (which the military represents) given to major protagonists (see: The X-Files).

1 day, 10 hours ago on Examining the Doctor’s Attitude Towards Soldiers

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I'd say that the Blitzer was a fine design, physically, but only serviceable for a "monster of the week" and probably most likely to be used in future as an "en masse of greatest enemies" ensemble monster gangup.

The real problem is that for a monster to be spectacular and memorable, it has to use a specific aspect of the human condition so that people can reflect on it. Daleks reflect on hate governing action; Cybermen prey on fear of physical replacement; Weeping Angels and Silence on what isn't visible. Blitzer doesn't do that; it's a general shoot-em-up. Which is fine if you're going to focus more on character development, just not expected for long-term remembrance.

1 day, 20 hours ago on 2nd Opinion: The Caretaker

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@CAB82 Well, for starters, Doc never actually *attended* that school; he just let Susan go to class there. Second, if he was going to get sentimental, he would have done so in the brief period of time before Day of the Doctor when Clara got hired there. Either way there was no reason to go to the trouble of hiring William Russell for a cameo.

2 days, 14 hours ago on 12 Great Moments From The Caretaker

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@SamuelTurn Sorry, but unless it's a very special occasion (e.g. anniversary) or a very significant scene (story focus on old men), there's no real reason to bring Ian back. The story focus is on Doc / Clara / Danny, and anything about Ian would have been extraneous and ripe for the cutting room floor.

2 days, 18 hours ago on 12 Great Moments From The Caretaker

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Frankly I'm expecting to see Doc paralyzed by fear. Planet of the Spiders revisited.

2 days, 21 hours ago on Next Time: Kill The Moon

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@Meh Meh Meh Meh Meh Essentially it was an echo of The Lodger, when Doc tried to explain away his detector as a piece of modern art.
To be honest, with the scenes showing Danny demanding the truth, I half expected Doc to headbutt the guy.

3 days, 14 hours ago on 12 Great Moments From The Caretaker

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@Alfio Lescano Don't you mean "reprimanding"?

4 days, 9 hours ago on Rate & Discuss The Caretaker

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@EvilZygonRabbit Actually, the Doctor has always had that attitude towards soldiers, especially non-coms. Even during the Pertwee / TBaker years when he was working for UNIT, he tended to be pretty hard on Benton, compared with his relationship with Captain Yates and the Brigadier.

Danny was quick to pick up on Doc's aristocratic outlook; he seems to have sensed, instinctively, that Doc gets along better with senior officers than grunts (which is apparently what he was). We thus get a forecast of what Danny's relationship with the Doc will be: he's going to prove himself in Doc's eyes to be worthy of Clara.

4 days, 10 hours ago on Rate & Discuss The Caretaker

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Since William Russell left the series before they invented the Doctor's home planet backstory, it's probable that Ian Chesterton probably doesn't know a thing about Time Lords.

4 days, 23 hours ago on The Caretaker – 12 Hints & Teasers

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I also thought the Cybermats were a nice idea, great redesign.

5 days, 22 hours ago on Why I Love… Closing Time

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Ah. The return of Sutekh, perhaps?

5 days, 23 hours ago on Mummy on the Orient Express Synopsis

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@LiamTheFizz Actually it's more "discomfort" than outright hatred. I think part of the reason for this attitude is that the Capaldi Doctor, now free of the guilt caused by the "destruction" of Gallifrey, is now subconsciously dealing with the actual actions he took during the Time War to get to that Moment. You could say, then, that his discomfort with soldiers is a projection of his discomfort with himself. And one of the reasons Danny Pink was made a soldier is to help the Doctor address it openly.

5 days, 23 hours ago on The Caretaker Advance Review

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@ Notsosmartguy The new Caretaker. Sharing a space with Benedict Cumberbatch, was he?

6 days, 19 hours ago on The Caretaker Clip & Video Introduction

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Why on earth would William Russell appear? I. Chesterton is listed as one of the Governors, not one of the school staff.

6 days, 19 hours ago on The Caretaker Clip & Video Introduction

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One of the reasons why I like this episode is that this is one of the few times that Doc gets absolutely flummoxed by someone reacting to his popup appearance.

"Hello Craig. I'm back!"

"Oh God, don't tell me she got to you too!"

"??????"

1 week ago on Why I Love… Closing Time

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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 week, 2 days 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 week, 3 days 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."


1 week, 4 days 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.

1 week, 4 days 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.

1 week, 4 days 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.

1 week, 5 days 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.

2 weeks, 2 days 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.

2 weeks, 2 days 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.

2 weeks, 3 days 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.)

2 weeks, 3 days 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.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Rate & Discuss Listen

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

2 weeks, 3 days 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.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Is Capaldi’s Accent Causing Issues?

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@awkward91 @Scootersfood she's actually an Auton?

2 weeks, 6 days ago on The Caretaker BBC Synopsis

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@TonySimmons More like Missy's next guest.

2 weeks, 6 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. ;)

2 weeks, 6 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?

2 weeks, 6 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.

3 weeks, 1 day 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.

3 weeks, 1 day 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.

3 weeks, 1 day 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.

3 weeks, 1 day ago on A Surprise Ending for Clara?

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I was thinking more BBC Sherlock's shirt.

3 weeks, 3 days 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.

3 weeks, 3 days 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..

3 weeks, 3 days 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?

3 weeks, 4 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.

3 weeks, 4 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.

3 weeks, 4 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.

3 weeks, 5 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.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Robot of Sherwood Clips

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