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But they did say that it was fairly obvious.


10 hours, 30 minutes ago on Dark Water – Hints & Teasers (Set #1)

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How...


10 hours, 30 minutes ago on Dark Water – Hints & Teasers (Set #1)

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I'll make it even harder for you: When the Valeyard first appeared, he wanted to take the Doctor's regenerations. Well, now the Doctor has at least twice as many as he did back then; brand new set. And if the Valeyard was the Keeper of the Matrix at the time, then he would probably have known about the decision to grant the Doctor a new cycle...


12 hours, 3 minutes ago on Dark Water – Hints & Teasers (Set #1)

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No, he couldn't regenerate and he wasn't quite "fully formed," but at least within the Matrix he could change how he appeared to others.


12 hours, 25 minutes ago on Dark Water – Hints & Teasers (Set #1)

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Maybe Omega and the Other had a thing back in the day. ;P


12 hours, 27 minutes ago on Dark Water – Hints & Teasers (Set #1)

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It just so happens that "Clara, my Clara" is exactly something that the Doctor would say... and did say... when he was in the timestream...


12 hours, 29 minutes ago on Dark Water – Hints & Teasers (Set #1)

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And it makes sense. Much as I think Michelle Gomez totally looks the part of the Rani, the Rani has never been so much as mentioned in the revival, whereas the Valeyard was mentioned in last series' finale in a rather foreshadowey remark.


12 hours, 36 minutes ago on Dark Water – Hints & Teasers (Set #1)

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I think I'm going to be a bit disappointed if this isn't it. :P


12 hours, 38 minutes ago on Dark Water – Hints & Teasers (Set #1)

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And maybe the incarnation numbering ambiguity (Is he twelve? Thirteen? Fourteen?) is why the Master couldn't determine exactly where in the Doctor's life the Valeyard came from...


12 hours, 41 minutes ago on Dark Water – Hints & Teasers (Set #1)

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But... it was confirmed that she was an echo, because we know that the GI went to the Dalek Asylum. Hearing that is actually what convinced Clara that she had already stepped into the timestream.


12 hours, 44 minutes ago on Dark Water – Hints & Teasers (Set #1)

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Although if Missy is the Valeyard... then who is Seb?


12 hours, 54 minutes ago on Dark Water – Hints & Teasers (Set #1)

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I was *just* about to say the same thing! And the Keeper of the Matrix is the only one who can manipulate it...


12 hours, 55 minutes ago on Dark Water – Hints & Teasers (Set #1)

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Highlight all of them.


12 hours, 57 minutes ago on Dark Water – Hints & Teasers (Set #1)

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Just because it may be involved does not necessarily mean that it will be resolved.


13 hours, 4 minutes ago on Dark Water – Hints & Teasers (Set #1)

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I am surprised that nobody has really mentioned the "Doctor Who?" tease, given that question's now very Time Lord-ey connotation.


13 hours, 7 minutes ago on Dark Water – Hints & Teasers (Set #1)

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Personally, I would also count the first few seasons of Pertwee's run as something of an "arc," in that it has him stuck in a predicament that he has to cope with over the course of several stories, and is finally resolved in a big special episode. The Wikipedia page for story arcs in Doctor Who also lists numerous examples of story arcs/recurring themes and plot threads in the classic series. For instance, there is the E-Space trilogy (Full CircleState of Decay, and Warriors' Gate), as well as the Black Guardian trilogy (Mawdryn Undead, Terminus, and Enlightenment).


13 hours, 19 minutes ago on The Trouble with Story Arcs

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"Or rather everything that happened in the reboot up until Day of the Doctor happens because of what the Doctor/s did there." -Well, yes, technically that's true. But saving Gallifrey leads to the Siege of Trenzalore, which leads to the Church of the Silence and the exploding TARDIS and Lake Silencio and the Impossible Girl, which is why I considered Series 5-7 to be the direct consequences of his decision. Character-wise, though, it is indeed an arc that spans all seven series. | "I'm not sure the Doctor is quite so certain about it even now... in Forest of the Night he said he was the last of his kind (and Clara repeated that referring to herself) when it clearly isn't true" -He does know that Gallifrey is out there, but he is still the last of his species in this universe. Whether they're dead or frozen in a pocket of space, he's the last "active" one, certainly, and he indeed cannot go to them for help with his TARDIS. And as for what Clara said, even without being the *actual* last of his kind, he still knows what it feels like because he spent centuries believing that he was, and Clara saw some of what that was like for him. She did not want to undergo that same experience. | "Also the granting of the new cycle was probably done, because the Time Lords needed to make sure that the man who had placed them in the parallel pocket universe was there to get them out again when the time was right" -I do agree with you there. What Clara said to them was a nice sentiment, but ultimately I think they were just desperate and didn't opt to save him out of any particular goodwill toward him. The Doctor and the Time Lords do not have a very harmonious relationship. | "but in the end the resolution was inevitable once you'd put together all the hints [...] which might only have happened when you rewatched the series and paid more attention to when the things popped up again" -But then I pose the same question as I did below; what is the point of having an arc if the viewers don't even know that there is an arc until it's already over? If it's just for the, "oh, I could just slap myself for not picking up on those unnoticeable hints" effect, then is it really worth doing? But then, only one of RTD's arcs were really like that (that one being Bad Wolf in Series 1). As time went on, his arcs did begin to develop a more and more visible and tangible impact on the individual episodes.


14 hours, 11 minutes ago on The Trouble with Story Arcs

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Ehhh, fair point, although the Doctor did say that he had no idea how powerful the Heart really was, and it did exhibit some degree of influence over life and death by reverting Blon into an egg. But in that instance, nobody was exerting their will over its power like Rose did in the finale. With her in control of it, she was able to force it to revert the Daleks into atoms, or bring Jack back to life. Well, in any case, I still loved it. :P


14 hours, 31 minutes ago on The Trouble with Story Arcs

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Agreed in that DEMs are not necessarily bad things, but was the Series 1 finale one? The Heart of the TARDIS plot strand was set up by Boom Town.


14 hours, 39 minutes ago on The Trouble with Story Arcs

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I completely agree. Additionally, The Girl Who Waited and The God Complex were perfect opportunities to broach the issue; one episode dealing with an older, cynical, hateful Amy who now resents the Doctor, and the other episode focusing on the inadvertent damage that the Doctor does to his companions (e.g., "I'm not a hero, Amy. I took you with me because I was vain. And look what happened - you were put in danger. Rory almost died. I cost you your daughter...). Golden chances for some emotional weight right there, flagrantly passed up.


14 hours, 53 minutes ago on The Trouble with Story Arcs

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Now, I was going to say that maybe part of the problem is that Moffat's bigger arcs naturally demand a bigger consequential resonance than they've had, but then I remembered that I was looking at it wrong (although on an individual basis; yeah, Series 6 needed more of that). The Day of the Doctor and The Time of the Doctor did something very interesting and retooled the series up to that point so that The Day of the Doctor was the pay-off to the Time War arc that had been there since the start of the revival, while the entirety Series 5-7 became the consequence. Everything that happens in those three series happens because of those last two specials, but we see it out of order. While we *think* we're seeing the Doctor go through the trials and tribulations in order to reach a pay-off at the end, they are in fact, the consequences *of* the decisions that he has already made. And that's a unique and clever inversion of the usual storytelling model; a closed circle that ties together very well and clears the air of all of the hanging threads (more or less) so that a new story can be told afterward. And I think that Moffat followed up on it in exactly the way that he needed to, with a simple, straightforward arc like the one we're seeing now.

15 hours ago on The Trouble with Story Arcs

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Not Last of the Time Lords, certainly, but Utopia definitely was, if you ask me (as it was the primary pay-off, with the Big Reveal of the Master).


15 hours, 11 minutes ago on The Trouble with Story Arcs

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But if you don't even notice that there's an arc until it's already over, then what's the point in doing it at all? You may as well just have a big, standalone finale. And this is coming from someone who loves the Bad Wolf arc.


15 hours, 19 minutes ago on The Trouble with Story Arcs

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Oh, I know. I just meant, long-running story and/or character arcs are a main fixture in many modern drama shows, so I'm not surprised that Doctor Who evolved in that direction.


15 hours, 24 minutes ago on The Trouble with Story Arcs

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In an alternative timeline, yes, but that was undone.


15 hours, 27 minutes ago on Introduction to Dark Water

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"Obviously since Moffat replaced RTD, he took 'story arc' to a whole new level..." -Although that "new level" is really just where most other mainstream drama shows already were. :P


15 hours, 28 minutes ago on The Trouble with Story Arcs

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Would Missy also be Dalek-ized?


16 hours, 19 minutes ago on Introduction to Dark Water

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Well, we've known since Terror of the Autons that the Doctor was already familiar with the Master and that they went to the Academy together (and that the Master, of course, did better :P), so it wasn't too far of a stretch to think that they were once friends or at least acquaintances in any case.


18 hours, 24 minutes ago on Introduction to Dark Water

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"Cybermen" is plural, though.


18 hours, 37 minutes ago on Introduction to Dark Water

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In fairness, though, there are some religions that can involve nudity. Jainism springs to mind.


18 hours, 43 minutes ago on The Dangers of Heaven

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And even more visibly in The Rings of Akhaten.


1 day, 4 hours ago on Questions, Questions: The Unsolved Clara Mystery (Part 2)

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I always saw that as just a Mainframe custom. They're a space church army; they know that other species have their own beliefs, so when they kill them in battle, there's probably some prayer or ritual they carry out that respects those beliefs. I don't take the line very literally. :)


1 day, 5 hours ago on The Dangers of Heaven

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I liked In the Forest of the Night, just not as much as some of these other episodes.


1 day, 13 hours ago on Face-Off: New Writer Debuts

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But that's only two out of eight. Not really what I would call a "trend." I would also argue that in contrast, Thompson got better with each attempt (and I would actually say the same for Moffat, personally; I'm not actually all that big on his RTD-era stuff, save the Library two-parter).


1 day, 15 hours ago on Face-Off: New Writer Debuts

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I would say that it screams for more from these writers. :P


1 day, 15 hours ago on Face-Off: New Writer Debuts

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Although, technically speaking, Flatline and Hide *were* their first offerings, from a production standpoint. :P


1 day, 15 hours ago on Face-Off: New Writer Debuts

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... oh, heh. Amy's Choice is Amy's choice. Look at that.


1 day, 15 hours ago on Face-Off: New Writer Debuts

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Missy almighty, this is a difficult choice. I'm going to go for Amy's Choice, I think, but I loved all of these except for The Curse of the Black Spot and The Rings of Akhaten.


1 day, 15 hours ago on Face-Off: New Writer Debuts

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That sounds just like my sister and I. :P


1 day, 16 hours ago on Questions, Questions: The Unsolved Clara Mystery (Part 2)

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I think it's a reference to the last few verses of the poem "Sheep in Fog" by Sylvia Plath. "They threaten to let me through to a heaven, starless and fatherless, a dark water."


1 day, 16 hours ago on Questions, Questions: The Unsolved Clara Mystery (Part 2)

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... but in Danitronic's opinion, it did.


1 day, 16 hours ago on BBC Confirms Hour Long Series 8 Finale

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I just assumed he was adopted at some point.


1 day, 17 hours ago on Questions, Questions: The Unsolved Clara Mystery (Part 2)

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Also (and this is more pertinent to Missy than it is to Clara), I don't remember it being mentioned in Part 1, but there is also the matter of Gus from Mummy on the Orient Express. He was also capable of calling the TARDIS's not-phone. So surely he must be connected to whoever gave Clara the number in The Bells of Saint John?


1 day, 19 hours ago on Questions, Questions: The Unsolved Clara Mystery (Part 2)

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Like if she's a renegade who was fortunate enough to get out in time... if you lock the cops inside the station, then who is there to stop you? :O


1 day, 19 hours ago on Questions, Questions: The Unsolved Clara Mystery (Part 2)

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My Iguanas Stopped Spinning, Yippee


1 day, 19 hours ago on Dark Water Advance Preview

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Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

1 day, 19 hours ago on BBC Confirms Hour Long Series 8 Finale

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And what's really interesting about it is, Clara never confessed. As far as we know, nobody should be able to ignore a Silent's command, so what if Clara is some kind of sleeper agent, whose memory of their mission is buried so deep in their mind to the point that they can't even remember it until it's triggered?


1 day, 19 hours ago on Questions, Questions: The Unsolved Clara Mystery (Part 2)

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I also remember it being speculated that Missy could have allowed the TARDIS to enter Gallifrey's past in Listen. With the way that it was presented, it was under ambiguous-enough circumstances to be a unique instance, but maybe there was something more to it. Especially if Missy is a Time Lord; she may know how to bypass the preventative block around Gallifrey's past. Maybe, if she *is* a Time Lord, her plan is to get the Doctor to a point where he can successfully bring Gallifrey out of its current predicament.


1 day, 19 hours ago on Questions, Questions: The Unsolved Clara Mystery (Part 2)

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I think that they'll almost certain deal with what River said; "I was mentally linked with Clara. If she's really dead, then how can I still be here? [...] Spoilers..." Perhaps Missy sustained Clara's life inside of the timestream? How much influence has Missy really had? For all that we know, she could even be responsible for causing that one leaf to fall onto Clara's dad.


1 day, 19 hours ago on Questions, Questions: The Unsolved Clara Mystery (Part 2)

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"And my question is, why of all things is a puny, prepubescent human brain the perfect sponge to soak up all of time and space seeping out of the crack?  Why didn't it just burn away and not really go anywhere?" -Well because it's in keeping with the fairy tale tone of Series 5, of course. :)


2 days, 3 hours ago on Dark Water Advance Preview

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