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Going for Anthony Ainley on this one, although Delgado and Beevers are great too. Not a huge fan of Pratt or Roberts.


1 month ago on Face-Off: The Masters (Classic Era)

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"but making this the real Father Christmas at the expense of the genuine history is a tad disrespectful" - You do realize that Earth's history in the Doctor Who universe is already pretty darned departed from actual Earth history, yeah? And has been for quite a while? The Silurians alone show that DW Earth is nothing like ours in terms of history.


1 month ago on Christmas Special: Santa is Real, Not Evil

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Well, I mean, Jesus was an actual person, so in theory, it could happen. It's just his divinity or lack thereof that is up for debate. Although technically he wasn't actually born on 25 December.


1 month ago on Christmas Special: Santa is Real, Not Evil

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Yeah I was about to say, as great as the three of them are, getting their own half-hour special where they're they central focus was far more satisfying to me than any minute cameo that they could have contributed to the 50th would have been (although having them record voices for the "All thirteen" scene would have been a nice acknowledgement of their Big Finish roles).


1 month ago on Steven Moffat: 10 Triumphs

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Is Moffat not capable of changing his mind?


1 month ago on Capaldi Doesn’t Plan to Regenerate “For a While”

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"He's comiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiing! Heehee, heehehehehehee!!!"


1 month ago on Steven Moffat: 10 Triumphs

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Ultimately, I understand the logic behind the Space Jesus Doctor (although I do wish people would quit saying that The Shakespeare Code foreshadowed it by establishing that words have power, because it's not the words that are giving him power in that scene; it's the psychic interface). That's not where my issue with the episode lies. My problem is more to do with the House of Lungbarrow Elf Doctor. The hyper-aged make-up looked just fine on Tennant and was perfectly convincing, and tied into The Lazarus Experiment in a way that made sense. The Master had already reduced the Doctor to a feeble old man. Turning him into Dobby was not only pointless and beyond silly, but also a waste of money on bad CGI despite them having a workable and convincing practical effect. To say nothing of the anime-eyed Hob-Doctor being kept in a flipping bird cage. I honestly don't know what drugs RTD must have been on when he came up with that. Because now we have it that in the DW universe, humans could have evolved into giant red scorpion monsters and Time Lords into dewy-eyed Yodas. And then another minor issue is that the paradox machine is stopped by... Jack shooting it up with an AK. Alright. I would have expected something more but I can at least let that one slide. But not the DoctorDobby. I honestly believe that it is one of the most ridiculous and unnecessary moments in the history of the show. It's not even ridiculous in a fun way, it's just outright weird, and pointless, and redundant after the Doctor has already been forcefully aged.


1 month ago on Finale Face-Off (Series 1-8)

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These are simplified, if anything. The End of Time and The Time of the Doctor are classified as specials and have never been referred to as series finales in any official capacity. Only the listed choices have been.


1 month ago on Finale Face-Off (Series 1-8)

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I'm not sure... which point you're trying to argue, sorry. <:P


1 month ago on Steven Moffat: 10 Triumphs

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Captain America punched a Hitler stand-in, for what it's worth. :P


1 month ago on Steven Moffat: 10 Triumphs

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Both made heroic sacrifices before killing themselves. "This will work, this will kill the Angels." vs. "I will burn."


1 month ago on Steven Moffat: 10 Triumphs

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Moffat clearly has a fetish for roboticizing men. Rory the Roman Auton, Dan the Cyberman...


1 month ago on Steven Moffat: 10 Triumphs

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"And biting them NO* less," LiveFyre!!!!

1 month ago on Steven Moffat: 10 Triumphs

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Possibly not - remember that Amy was visiting psychiatrists regularly as a kid (and biting them, not less). She may not have been deemed fit to adopt, but even then, it's clear that they never discussed the particular issue of Rory wanting kids. When Amy talks about it in Asylum is clearly the first he's hearing of it, because the problem was that Amy kept her emotions bottled up within her and her bubble, and assumed that she wasn't good enough for Rory (and there are people who do develop self-worth issues upon finding out that they're infertile). I agree that the patching up of the relationship was mishandled and that yeah, YaelMoise is spot-on about a separation being a better way of going about it, but the problem itself was very realistic, I feel. Communication is massively important in a relationship, and this was them failing to communicate.


1 month ago on Steven Moffat: 10 Triumphs

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She didn't have much time to *try* and stop him before instinct kicked in (because she's not just going to let it plummet to the floor, is she?), and no, she didn't, because she was acting on impulse and emotion, and the Doctor promptly reprimanded her for it.


1 month ago on Finale Face-Off (Series 1-8)

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Yesterday, The Name of the Doctor probably would have gotten my vote, but while I still love it, somebody on the "in Perspective" article (apologies to them if they're reading this, I can't remember the username) made a strong case that it's not really a "finale" so much as it is a "turning point." It resolves the Clara mystery for that Series, yes, but functionally it's more of a set-up for the next two episodes, and that's just not quite what I want from a finale. So Series 5 won out for me, although that was still a difficult choice between it and Series 1.


1 month ago on Finale Face-Off (Series 1-8)

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Personally, I think it's just the Pete's World Bunch (Tyler Bunch? There are options.) that push it past the breaking point... maybe Sarah Jane as well. Martha and Torchwood being involved makes sense, as they represent U.N.I.T. and, well, Torchwood, which are both important government agencies that would get involved in something like that. Sarah Jane, lovely as it is to have her, doesn't really contribute anything beyond some Plot-Advancing Tech and a nice call-back to Genesis of the Daleks. Whereas having the Tyler Bunch only serves to overload the cast list and trample all over Rose's character development.


1 month ago on Finale Face-Off (Series 1-8)

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I am by no accounts a Rose fan, but it's not as if she actively picked up Baby!Rose after being told not to. Pete shoved her into Rose's arms.


1 month ago on Finale Face-Off (Series 1-8)

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It reverted a Slitheen to its base element. Rose reverted the Daleks to atoms. Same basic principle, except in Rose's case, all of that power was bent to her will.


1 month ago on Finale Face-Off (Series 1-8)

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"Who's Tardis was that? Why is the Tardis the same model as the 11th?" - Because it was the Doctor's TARDIS... I thought they made that fairly clear when he said "it's my TARDIS in the future."


1 month ago on Finale Face-Off (Series 1-8)

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"Also, the scene where River is with Amy in the Byzantium suit really bugs me." - Whyzzat?


1 month ago on Finale Face-Off (Series 1-8)

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And as far as the woman in the shop resolution goes, I think it's obvious that it was only made relevant later on in the game when Moffat saw that he had the opportunity to do something with it. Personally, I was never really invested in that particular mystery to begin with, but I suspect that Moffat never had any specific plan in mind for it, and that he probably just decided to address it now so that people wouldn't be asking him about it at cons and panels for eternity. I mean, are we really to believe that way, way back in late 2012 Moffat knew that he would 1) bring back Gallifrey, 2) bring back the Master, 3) as a woman), and 4) that Jenna would still be on as the companion? If so, then that's a lot he was banking on everything going according to plan, which I don't think he does. And besides, it's the Master we're talking about. The same Master who once hid out in a random field on 1820s Earth, disguised as a scarecrow, just on the off-chance that the Doctor and Peri would happen to stroll by. Her own blood probably takes the most convoluted and roundabout path possible just to circulate throughout her system.


1 month ago on Finale Face-Off (Series 1-8)

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They could probably use a hand.


1 month ago on Finale Face-Off (Series 1-8)

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Frankly I thought her "exit" in Death in Heaven would have been a perfect ending for her; I guess I'm happy to see more but I think they missed an opportunity to leave it on a strong, bittersweet note. And if she doesn't at least leave at Christmas, I think they'll be overdoing it. Not that I don't love her; I do. But you've got to know where to stop.


1 month ago on Finale Face-Off (Series 1-8)

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I'm a rare case of someone who doesn't really care for his pre-Series 5 work (except for the Library two-parter, of course, which is stunningly good - the WWII two-parter is pretty good too but not a favorite of mine, while The Girl in the Fireplace is dull and overly sappy and Blink is solid but nothing to write home about), but loves most of what came after. :P


1 month ago on Moffat’s Best Monsters, Tricks & Stories (So Far)

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Maybe he counts Turn Left as a part of the Series 4 finale instead. :P


1 month ago on New Who Finales in Perspective: Series 8

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There were three threats for the bulk of the episode. Just because we found out in the end that they were imagined doesn't mean that we didn't spend most of the episode with the characters dealing with what they perceived to be threats.


1 month ago on BBC Declares Series 8 A Triumph

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Moff makes the offer every year, but RTD is content to just enjoy it as a fan.


1 month ago on Doctor Who TV Readers’ Final Series 8 Episode Ranking

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"'In the Forest of the Night' was resolved much too conveniently with the solar flare which magically eradicated the forest." - Erm... that was the whole purpose of the forest, to take the hit from the solar flare.


1 month ago on BBC Declares Series 8 A Triumph

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Except it was the Time Lords who changed it, and they've shown that they can rewrite time without creating paradoxes like that. 


1 month ago on New Who Finales in Perspective: Series 7

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It's been said plenty of times before, but they got out of the timestream by walking out. The Doctor says that him *not* making it out is only a possibility, because if he's in there for too long, then his presence will cause the timestream to collapse due to the paradoxes. And I would imagine that no, he wouldn't be split apart, because he is already, by definition, distributed along his timeline (as it's *his* timeline). And that's probably why his presence in the timestream would cause it to collapse - because it's trying to break him apart (hence his outbursts of pain while talking to Clara), but it can't because he already exists all over his timeline. Him being there again at every moment would be too big a paradox.


1 month ago on New Who Finales in Perspective: Series 7

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1. No, but that doesn't necessarily mean that they have to be different in every respect. I would argue that The Day of the Doctor tried to make a point of Eleven and Ten being quite similar in some ways, but different in others. 


2. While I think that Ten's breakdown made sense for him at the time, make no mistake - context is important here. While their reactions come from the same place (the fear of dying or being faced with an inevitable fate), the reactions themselves are not the same. Ten throws a tantrum, while Eleven has a very brief loss of his collected cool. This illustrating perfectly point #1, that the two are both similar and different. They respond to the same thing in a similar vein, but the way that they express it is different.


1 month ago on New Who Finales in Perspective: Series 7

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People have suggested the Master and Davros before, but I don't think either would have worked without significant changes to the plot. The Master can't bear to imagine a universe without the Doctor (so why would he try to erase him from it?), and Davros slowly wheeling his Kaled Hoveround into the timestream would have been Narm of the highest degree, in my opinion. :P


1 month ago on New Who Finales in Perspective: Series 7

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But the was only a book about the Time War, wasn't it? And she looked at it for like five seconds.


1 month ago on New Who Finales in Perspective: Series 7

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I'm sure it came up at some point. The Doctor and her seem to have lots of personal chats in their off-time, hence Clara knowing so much about his personal details.


1 month ago on New Who Finales in Perspective: Series 7

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But the Tenth Doctor had essentially the same reaction, no? When Eleven was faced with his "death" in Series 6, he freaked out and went on a cross-universal road trip. Just like Ten at the end of The Waters of Mars. When Eleven thought he'd managed to avoid his prophesied death but then found out that he hadn't, he had a breakdown on Clara's couch. When Ten thought he'd sent the Time Lords away and avoided the "four knocks," and then Wilf banged on the door, the Doctor had a breakdown. I think it was in-character under the circumstances.


1 month ago on New Who Finales in Perspective: Series 7

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It's because he's heard the prophecy of Trenzalore. He thinks this is where he's going to be confronted with it. He's scared of his fate, and ever since the Series 6 finale, even though he knew that cheating death at Lake Silencio meant that Trenzalore was still to come, he took it for granted, flippantly indulging in every reference to the Question that came up (see Asylum of the Daleks, The Bells of Saint John). But now he can't run from it because the GI has forced his hand.


1 month ago on New Who Finales in Perspective: Series 7

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Personally, I think that it was written in such a way that it could be seen as the solution to the Trenzalore "prophecy," but for the purposes of being a red herring so that when Time came around, it would seem like a bigger shock.


1 month ago on New Who Finales in Perspective: Series 7

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I don't see why people get so hung up on this. It's Doctor Who. Time can be rewritten, and things can be erased, but as long as the Doctor and (most of the time) the companion remember it and experienced it, then it doesn't matter. THEIR personal timestreams are the only ones that should matter to the audience. Nobody laments The End of the World overwriting The Ark.


1 month ago on New Who Finales in Perspective: Series 7

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Name was indeed set on 10 April 2013 according to Vastra (well, technically, that's only when Vastra *intended* for the letter to be delivered so it's feasible that it could have been late, but come on). Day has no date given on-screen, but the official synopsis puts it in 2013 as well - but since that's not on-screen, you can regard it or disregard it as appropriate. Time is most likely Christmas 2015.


1 month ago on New Who Finales in Perspective: Series 7

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"Trenzalore" is delightfully alien and haunting.


1 month ago on New Who Finales in Perspective: Series 7

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Well, exiting the timestream was never presented as an issue. The risk of the Doctor going in there was that his presence inside of his own timestream would cause a mass of paradoxes and would cause it to collapse, trapping/killing the Doctor and Clara in there. It wasn't so much "How will we get out??" so much as it was "I've got you, now let's hurry before me being in here brings the whole place down!" I think us seeing the [Eleventh] Doctor turn around and walk away from the shadowy figure is supposed to be shorthand for "they're stepping out and leaving now," but the could have been made more clear (although that'd have been tricky to do without undoing the WHAM of the Hurt reveal). My solution would be to throw The Last Day in the bin because really, who cares, and instead do a minisode with the Doctor stepping out of the timestream and taking Clara and the Paternosters back to the TARDIS. That way, you could even discuss the effect of the timestream on Clara have the Paternosters ask what they saw in there, and even get a tension-building tease about the Doctor's secret in as a lead-in to the 50th. And you wouldn't even need more than the TARDIS set to shoot it; you could just cut from them in the TOMBDIS to the TARDIS. And that would allow you to both 1) retain the epic tension of the Hurt reveal at the end of Name, and 2) let Day remain a standalone. 


1 month ago on New Who Finales in Perspective: Series 7

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A good point. I've often thought about that. I think it would have felt more justified, at least, if Series 7 had explored more of the whole "deleting himself from history" thing. Because if he's going to survive Lake Silencio while still maintaining a lower profile so as to avoid hurting people, then that's what he has to do, is go into a sort of "hiding." That's one of the few things that I like about Asylum of the Daleks, is that we get a bit of pick-up on that in the very beginning, when the Doctor and Darla are talking. "They say you can help." "Do they? I wish they'd stop." A very reserved, but powerful, moment in which we see the Doctor trying to preserve his silence. But that was never really followed up on (and having the obscenely fluffy The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe in between the two doesn't help matters, especially since it opens with the Doctor helping Earth against an invasion). Although there was at least one big consequence - the Doctor knew that surviving Lake Silencio meant that he would still have to go to Trenzalore and face the Question one day. I'm guessing he was hoping that he'd get lucky and avoid it, which explains his breakdown when the issue is forced in The Name of the Doctor.


1 month ago on New Who Finales in Perspective: Series 6

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But as I said, they've seen Time Lords survive certain-death situations. The Master did it. Heck, the time before last when the Daleks faced the Doctor, one of them managed to kill him, and then an hour later, there were TWO of him, who along with his newly-empowered Distaff Counterpart Time Ginger, proceeded to blow up their entire empire. Whereas the Pandorica was a specially-made prison built with all the resources and brainpower of the entire BBC costume and prop department.


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

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Well, the real reason why they didn't attack him was because they were leading him into a false sense of security. They wanted to trap him in the Pandorica so that they would know for certain that he couldn't one day cause the TARDIS to blow up. The Daleks in particular have tried executing a Time Lord before, and that one managed to avoid it with a CGI Horcrux Snake. The whole episode is supposed to subvert the notion of the Doctor being an all-powerful wizard god who can give a big speech and turn armies way. So the Alliance let him talk his head off, knowing that they retain the upper-hand. Or plunger.


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

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I don't disagree, although this is one of those instances where it's inconsequential enough (and yet simultaneously so beneficial to Rory's character development) to the point where I don't mind that the logistics are essentially just "timey-wimey, now watch the show."


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

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Yes, see, *that* was the problem. There was no reason not to mention it in Series 6, particularly in The Doctor's Wife when hey, look at that, the TARDIS can communicate openly for once. It was obviously the Silence who did it, but not addressing it until the very end made everybody expect some huge revelation out of it. I honestly have no idea why Moffat chose to do it like that.


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

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"I think I may be the only person in the entire fandom who wasn't too keen on this one." - Far from it. I loved it, personally, but I've seen plenty of people who didn't.


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

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The Doctor *could* do that in every scenario, except he would create a massive paradox in the process. He was only able to get away with it here because most of the universe was gone anyway.


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

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I like to think that what we see as the Time Vortex isn't even close to what it actually looks like. I imagine it would be far more abstract. The visuals that they use in the show are just a shorthand for "Time Vortex" in my opinion.


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

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