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I loved Robot of Sherwood but yeah, the idea for intergalactic scrap men was a creative concept. :)


10 hours, 13 minutes ago on Time Heist Spoiler-Free Review

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I thought Tricky was nice, at least. <:P


10 hours, 15 minutes ago on Time Heist Spoiler-Free Review

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Fear the Silver Time Monsters


14 hours, 28 minutes ago on Time Heist Spoiler-Free Review

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So much Time!!!


15 hours, 16 minutes ago on Time Heist Spoiler-Free Review

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In The Name of the Doctor, she did end up regaining some of her lost memories of that episode. It isn't made clear as to whether or not that included her learning the Doctor's name; the fact that it isn't mentioned at all and that she doesn't say it when it would be a really good time to (when the GI sics the Whispermen on them by the entrance to the timestream) lead me to believe that she didn't remember it, although part of me does think that her knowing his true name further enhances the moment in The Time of the Doctor where she tells the Time Lords that his name is "the Doctor," because she would have both names to consider, and it would mean that she chooses "the Doctor" as his name because she understands why it is a better definition of who he is.


15 hours, 20 minutes ago on Time Heist Spoiler-Free Review

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How do we know it isn't referring to The Name of the Doctor? :P


15 hours, 40 minutes ago on Time Heist Spoiler-Free Review

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I thought Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS was great fun, and a solid story. No, it didn't live up to its *full* potential, but at least it didn't make as criminally little of it as Nightmare in Silver did. And there were some really creative timey-wimey elements in there. My only complaint would be that, like most episodes in Series 7, it needed an extra fifteen minutes in order to give it some breathing room. Really, we should have had a series of 60-minute episodes, with the Day and Time specials both being 75 minutes long. And, I have to ask, were the Van Baalens really *that* bad? I must not have noticed, or something. To me they were just your average Doctor Who guest stars.


15 hours, 42 minutes ago on Time Heist Spoiler-Free Review

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In my opinion, it would be either Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead or The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang. Probably the latter, but just by a tiny bit.

17 hours, 20 minutes ago on Face-Off: Blink vs Listen

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Golly forbid they be like me and actually prefer Listen, but in this case I think that Blink is such an enduring and beloved episode, and a far less controversial one than Listen at that, that neo-favoritism will not be a huge issue here.


17 hours, 24 minutes ago on Face-Off: Blink vs Listen

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And just exactly how many "most dangerous places in the universe" are there, anyway? :P


20 hours, 12 minutes ago on Time Heist Clips & Introduction

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The only thing that annoyed *me* about Hide was the Earth being shown to be in the early volcanic stages "about six billion years ago," which is several billion years too far back. We saw the Earth being *formed* in The Runaway Bride "4.6 billion years ago."


23 hours, 8 minutes ago on Kill The Moon BBC Synopsis

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I don't think that Danny is in this episode.


23 hours, 28 minutes ago on Kill The Moon BBC Synopsis

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Clara will appear in every episode; in fact, Episode 9 (Flatline) appears to be something of a Doctor-lite episode with more of a focus on Clara.


1 day ago on Tantalising Details on Episodes 5-8 of Series 8

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Well, even in-universe, that is only a rumor.


1 day, 5 hours ago on Tantalising Details on Episodes 5-8 of Series 8

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Moffat has confirmed that that is what the title refers to.


1 day, 5 hours ago on Tantalising Details on Episodes 5-8 of Series 8

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True. Ten was more concerned with letting the Daleks, Davros, and the Master live. *don't shoot, guys, I'm kidding... mostly*


1 day, 17 hours ago on DWM: Things will never be the same again after Kill the Moon

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Maybe the SB part of it just coincidentally stood for something else this time.


1 day, 18 hours ago on DWM: Things will never be the same again after Kill the Moon

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I want this. All of it.


1 day, 19 hours ago on Tantalising Details on Episodes 5-8 of Series 8

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This is just a wonderful comment.


2 days, 10 hours ago on Making Sense of Listen’s Gallifreyan Gallivant

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I really should get to reading Lungbarrow after I get around to Engines of War. I'd really like to have the full context to work with.


2 days, 13 hours ago on Listen Review

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Yes, but what of it? That's the "present" Gallifrey. Young Doctor is "past" Gallifrey, looooooooooong before the Time War or the pocket universe.


2 days, 13 hours ago on Listen Review

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Kind of like how it was originally meant to be more about Ian and Barbara with the Doctor being "Space Gandalf" off on the side.


2 days, 13 hours ago on Making Sense of Listen’s Gallifreyan Gallivant

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The Doctor wanted to die, though.


2 days, 13 hours ago on Making Sense of Listen’s Gallifreyan Gallivant

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Yes, they would remember the promise. They remember being the War Doctor and going to the barn with the Moment, but as soon as she opens the time fissures, that is where they forget. There is no reason for them to forget anything that came before she intertwined their timestreams. That is why the Eleventh Doctor only "almost" remembers it once the time fissure appears. That's the cut-off point.


2 days, 14 hours ago on Making Sense of Listen’s Gallifreyan Gallivant

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"From the Tenth Doctor's perspective," I said. He's 904 in TDOTD and 906 in TEOT. 


2 days, 14 hours ago on Making Sense of Listen’s Gallifreyan Gallivant

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The Moment was not the source of the time lock.

2 days, 14 hours ago on Making Sense of Listen’s Gallifreyan Gallivant

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It depends on what part of TDOTD is meant to have taken place at night. It could easily be that the theft of the Moment (TDOTD) happened shortly before the High Council discussed it (TEOT), and then the High Council tried to move Gallifrey (TEOT), and then, after they failed, sometime that night the Doctors all showed up and saved Gallifrey (TDOTD).


2 days, 14 hours ago on Making Sense of Listen’s Gallifreyan Gallivant

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I never got the impression that the area was barren due the to Daleks' bombardment - it just looked like a desert to me, and I don't see any reason why it couldn't have become one naturally in the time since the Doctor lived there. If it had just been bombarded, then I would have expected there to be more rubble and obvious damage.


2 days, 14 hours ago on Making Sense of Listen’s Gallifreyan Gallivant

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But then, why would the Daleks dedicate any of their attack force to a barren desert with an empty barn? It only makes sense that they would instead focus on the more highly-populated cities like Arcadia.


2 days, 15 hours ago on Making Sense of Listen’s Gallifreyan Gallivant

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It is indeed the same "Moment" that they are referring to; the likelihood is that when writing the 50th special, Moffat chose to expand on the idea, just as he did with the Fall of Arcadia that was mentioned back in Doomsday.

2 days, 15 hours ago on Making Sense of Listen’s Gallifreyan Gallivant

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The Daleks are still around because the ones that got away at the end of Victory of the Daleks then went on to rebuild their race, which is easy for them since they reproduce via cloning. And the time lock must still exist, because otherwise, the horrors of the Time War, such as the Nightmare Child and the Could-Have-Been King, would be free to roam the universe once again. Doubly so, since from the Tenth Doctor's perspective, The Day of the Doctor takes place a few years before The End of Time, which involves the High Council attempting to break through the lock.


2 days, 16 hours ago on Making Sense of Listen’s Gallifreyan Gallivant

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Gallifrey is no longer time-locked, though. The Time War was time-locked, but Gallifrey is no longer involved in the War - it was removed and put into a pocket universe. Although, that does bring up an interesting point about the time lock - it was shown that one can also circumvent it using the 3D paintings, as the New Three Doctors (love that title) and Clara traveled from the Elizabethan era to the Black Archive by passing through the Gallifrey Falls painting, which was essentially a window into the Time War.


2 days, 16 hours ago on Making Sense of Listen’s Gallifreyan Gallivant

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"With Caan, we had the how he did it and what happened because of it." -Now, while we did learn what happened because Caan bypassed the time lock, I wouldn't say that they explained how he did it. Well, aside from "he got lucky," anyway. In the case of this episode, it was already established that the TARDIS was going places that it should have been, and I think that the circumstances were different enough so as to allow some wiggle room. Telepathic piloting, extrapolated timeline, offline safeguards... add it all up, and who knows what you'll get. But more importantly, how would they have explained it? The Doctor isn't supposed to know where they are by the end of it, and nobody else involved has the technical knowledge necessary.


2 days, 16 hours ago on Making Sense of Listen’s Gallifreyan Gallivant

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Assuming that Gallifrey's past is normally accessible (although, remember, the Daleks are stuck using time corridors, the amateurs *hoity-toity laugh*), I would think that the Time Lords would anticipate that, considering that they, you know, tried to do that exact same thing to the Daleks. It would be immensely stupid of them not to expect retaliation.


2 days, 16 hours ago on Making Sense of Listen’s Gallifreyan Gallivant

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Really, it just reminds me of what the Doctor said in Boom Town - "She looked into the heart of the TARDIS. Even I don't know how strong that is. And the ship's telepathic, like I told you, Rose. Gets inside your head. Translates alien languages. Maybe the raw energy can translate all sorts of thoughts."


2 days, 16 hours ago on Making Sense of Listen’s Gallifreyan Gallivant

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My take on it is simple - the TARDIS safeguards were off (how do we know that whatever mechanism it is that normally prevents Time Lords from going into Gallifrey's past isn't partially built into their TARDISes?), and while that alone wouldn't usually be enough to allow them to enter Gallifrey's past (although it was to be enough to enable them to go to the end of the universe), Clara was piloting the ship telepathically as opposed to mechanically, and the Doctor had set it up to extrapolate her entire timeline, so it was presumably working on a principle similar to that of travel via the Doctor's own timestream on the alternate Trenzalore, which was already shown to be able to bypass Gallifrey's temporal blocks.


2 days, 16 hours ago on Making Sense of Listen’s Gallifreyan Gallivant

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The Moment would have ensured their survival. It said so itself. That's their punishment for using it.


2 days, 16 hours ago on Making Sense of Listen’s Gallifreyan Gallivant

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"The latest Big Finish Master is post-movie, but have met the Seventh Doctor. Now they also have a new incarnation of the Rani, who will meet the Sixth Doctor between Mark of the Rani and Time and the Rani, despite both featuring another incarnation of her." -Ah, I see, I wasn't aware of that. And there are no special circumstances going on or anything?


2 days, 18 hours ago on Listen Review

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I love the idea about the Doctor traveling back a day or so earlier and walking to the barn though. That's brilliant, and I never would have considered it. :)


2 days, 19 hours ago on Listen Review

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Actually, I don't think that the time lock affects pre-Time War Gallifreyan history, because if it is time-locked on the principle that it will eventually be a part of the War, then so is pre-Time War Dalek history, pre-Time War Zygon history, pre-Time War Sontaran history, and so on, because all of those races' histories would have to happen a certain way in order for the Time War to happen. And considering that the Time War itself involves massive amounts of temporal revision and weaponized paradoxes, changing the past of one of those races wouldn't really stop the Time War from happening, since that was par for the course there. But if history had to happen a certain way in order for the Time War to happen, then the Doctor can't be changing or even visiting any of it now because it should all be time-locked. :P So I look at it as, the main bulk of the Time War is locked off. The history of the universe leading up to it is not, and can be visited and changed, because the Time War is now like an alternate reality that has been contained and shunted off to the side. However, Gallifrey should be inaccessible anyway, because its timeline is synced to that of all Time Lords. They can't go into its past, because that would potentially create a catastrophic paradox. That is also why Time Lords always met in the right order, and why they have to rely on prophecy and the Matrix in order to predict the future; they can't skip ahead and see it for themselves. Clara has circumvented the synced timelines twice now under two special circumstances, but normally, there is no going back.

2 days, 19 hours ago on Listen Review

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The Moment didn't create the time lock, though. That was never suggested in the series, and when the Eleventh Doctor theorizes that something let them through the time lock, the Moment says, "you clever boys." Because it let them through the time lock. Plus, if there isn't one, then why did Rassilon and co. have to go through the trouble of retroactively implanting a signal into the Master's mind? They wouldn't have forgotten about the time lock; they could already see that it was there before the Moment had been activated (which is irrelevant anyway, because the time lock didn't come from the Moment).


2 days, 20 hours ago on Listen Review

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Now, here's where everybody seems to be misunderstanding - the time lock is around the Time War, not just Gallifrey. The War pervaded all of time and space, and it was time-locked so that the consequences of the War could not affect conventional spacetime. So any event that constitutes a part of the Time War is time-locked. Theoretically, the barn could have been elsewhere, like perhaps one of Gallifrey's moons, but I, personally, do not think that, and the non-disclosure documents for the review copies of the episode did state that the barn was on Gallifrey.


2 days, 20 hours ago on Listen Review

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"Wouldn't Barbara and Ian plead with the Time Lords to give their good friend another set of regenerations." -No, no, I'm not crying, I'm, uh, um, sweating! Yes. Been working out my corneas, you see. *sniff*


2 days, 20 hours ago on Listen Review

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The Moment, as far as we know, though, is not what created the time lock. It can circumvent it, however, as it is just that powerful. But it did confirm the Doctor's suspicion that it had let him through it in the 50th, which means that there was indeed a time lock, which was also proven in The End of Time when then Time Lords attempted to break through it.


2 days, 20 hours ago on Listen Review

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I love them, myself. They are actually the reason why I got back into Doctor Who, when I was reading about Series 6 and found out that they had grown in prominence. I was fascinated by the concept at the time and decided to see how the show had come to use them. They are truly one of my favorite devices.


2 days, 20 hours ago on Listen Review

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"No-one can know the Doctor's name, except each successive showrunner. We're taken into a special room far beneath the BBC and given the ancient and special runes that spell his true and awful name. We're commanded never to reveal what we have learned, because then the show would have to be renamed Mildred. Oh, bugger." -Steven Moffat


2 days, 20 hours ago on Listen Review

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"Sure, Clara gave him some good words that sunk in that he would use later, but Wikipedia has done that to me loads of times, and it certainly hasn't shaped my very being." -Very astute.


2 days, 20 hours ago on Listen Review

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So, then... what is his name?


2 days, 20 hours ago on Listen Review

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For what it's worth, the documentation that came with the advance review copies of the episode explicitly stated, "Please do not mention the character we meet in the barn (the young Doctor) or that we go to Gallifrey." Confirmed here: http ://www.radiotimes.com/news/2014-09-13/doctor-who-listen-review-a-classy-creepy-study-of-fear-and-loneliness


2 days, 20 hours ago on Listen Review

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I love Clara and I'm not too keen on the "new Sarah Jane" stuff either, to be honest.


2 days, 21 hours ago on Listen Review

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