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@Kathrin Lily Franke Yes! The 2 children in The Snowmen were excellent, and helped to set the atmosphere of the episode

5 hours, 19 minutes ago on Won’t Somebody Think of the Children!?

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No! Peter and Jenna make a brilliant team, and the whole thing with Peter's Doctor is that he's not the life and soul of the party that 10 or 11 were, he's no nonsense in the background, getting things done, with little concern for social niceties, not everyone's best mate. The 12/Clara relationship has been amazing, so complicated and unpredictable, in no other series have I gone into the last 3 episodes with NO idea what will happen between them...


5 hours, 21 minutes ago on Poll: Is Clara Overshadowing the Doctor?

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@The Finn @DWTV It is almost like you're one of the Teller creatures, what with your ability to suck out our brains out ARGGGGHHHHHHHH!



1 day, 5 hours ago on Who is the Twelfth Doctor?

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@supermoff, agent of C.L.A.R.A. 12/Clara has been so unpredictable this year, it's so hard to describe, as it's so deep and complicated! And still developing, we need another series of them together!

1 day, 5 hours ago on Who is the Twelfth Doctor?

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@Deus_Ex_Machina He's not a 'likeable' Doctor like 10 and 11, so inevitably will be a slow burner in some people's eyes. 

As for reviews, well ALL Doctors, writers, Companions, showrunners etc have mixed reviews! It's because the lead character and show format is so varied, and as a result, there will always be unhappy viewers, but on the flip side, by refreshing itself, the show never becomes stale and past it for long.

1 day, 5 hours ago on Who is the Twelfth Doctor?

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With previous recent Doctors, their personalities were clear from the start, whereas Twelve is taking time to settle down. And complementing his development, Clara has changed as well, making this a fascinating duo.



What 12 isn't is a conventional hero, the decent, nice guy who always saves the day, and holds his Companion's hand, and that of all the humans who work with him. 12 has less time for niceties, compliments are hard earned, as are apologies... Deep down he's the Doctor, but this is an alien Doctor, at times frankly unpleasant! A brave decision to make the leading character so unuser friendly...


Clara's reactions to him have been fascinating, horror that her youthful, tactile 11 has gone, comfort when he does something Doctorly, horror again when she doubts his morals, relief when she's reassured they're back.


And yet, she loves travelling with him. The opening sequence of The Caretaker with their random adventures, the takeaway at the end of Time Heist, show that travelling with 12 is still enjoyable and amazing. That smile when she decides to stay with him (and the hurt expression when Clara seemed to be rejecting him in Deep Breath). And it's worth noting that at the end of Mummy, when Clara says to Danny on the phone "I love you", she's looking directly at the Doctor (something Jenna has confirmed)...


1 day, 5 hours ago on Who is the Twelfth Doctor?

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Really looking forward to this now, I love Doctor Who when it does something a bit left-field, as opposed to the usual monster of the week

1 day, 8 hours ago on Introduction to In the Forest of the Night

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I'd be happy for him to him to write another episode if he has a good idea and time to do it justice, but S8 has shown that there is plenty of new(ish) writing talent out there!

1 day, 8 hours ago on Neil Gaiman on Hopes for Capaldi Episode

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@SonicTheHedgehogRules As Doctor Who follows Strictly Come Dancing in the BBC schedules, a Len Goodman style SEVEN! is indeed appropriate...

2 days, 4 hours ago on In the Forest of the Night Advance Review

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Weirdly this was promoted at 10pm tonight on BBC2, not an obvious time for a children's game!

2 days, 4 hours ago on The Doctor and the Dalek

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@DWTV And we will. Oh, yes! (as someone might have said)

2 days, 7 hours ago on In the Forest of the Night Advance Review

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@NineTenElevenTwelve Agreed, Peter's Doctor is developing rather than being born fully former like Matt's, and Clara's relationship with him is improving too after the Kill The Moon wobble...

2 days, 7 hours ago on Another Take on “Clara Who”

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@StephenAHayes I've seen other previews of this episode that raved about it, so it comes down to opinions...

2 days, 7 hours ago on In the Forest of the Night Advance Review

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@BeyondThePolice @Unibot In the last 2 episodes you can see her faith being restored as the Doctor behaves in a more Doctorly way, and er so does she!

2 days, 7 hours ago on 2nd Opinion: Flatline

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@allons_ywibblywobbly @JLS1138 But she doesn't KEEP complaining at him, and most of the time it's entirely justified. It's not as if the guest characters (Robin Hood, Journey, Psi etc) are on the Doctor's side in these arguments. She travels with him because she loves the adventures... and because deep down she has a deep bond with him

2 days, 7 hours ago on Another Take on “Clara Who”

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@MJJ The Doctor really threw Clara into the deep end in Kill the Moon. I entirely understood her emotional reaction afterwards, but it was also a sign of how much he trusted her judgement and ability to make the tough decisions that usually only the Doctor does. 

12/Clara have a fascinating relationship, it's a bit teacher/pupil with both taking on each role, they have the closeness and emotionality of siblings, and also the close bond of an old married couple, where they put up with each other until death us do part...

3 days, 3 hours ago on Another Take on “Clara Who”

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@YaelMoise waits for the trees to take over Just do what the Doctor does and take catnaps :-)

3 days, 4 hours ago on Another Take on “Clara Who”

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@ Notsosmartguy Agent of C.L.A.R.A. @MrRazza is regenerating Yes, the whole 'holding her breath' scene was brilliant, but very disturbing for her, and even his reaction afterwards was very different from 11's (he would have held her, praised her, kissed her forehead etc). Indeed throughout the episode he was apart from her except when Missy (presumably) brought them together, so it's hardly surprising she had doubts

3 days, 4 hours ago on Another Take on “Clara Who”

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@supermoff, agent of C.L.A.R.A. It's fascinating to watch, Clara already was more Doctorly than most Companions, being relatively educated, independent, and controlling. 

In S7, she had an easy ride as 11 was generally very nice to her, and fun to be with, though you do see bits of her S8 character there for example the end of Flatline where she asks for approval was something she did in Cold War, and In S7 she also did her best to cover up her secret Doctor life as well, this time from the Maitlands and her own family (Rose, Martha and Donna's family all knew about him by contrast)

3 days, 4 hours ago on Another Take on “Clara Who”

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@sontaran17 @ Notsosmartguy Agent of C.L.A.R.A. I love the ending of Time Heist, with the 4 of them eating a takeaway and the Doctor telling an anecdote, the life and soul of the party(ish). It shows the happier side of him, followed by the lovely "beat that for a date" which reveals his sly humour and dare I say jealousy of Clara's relationship with Danny :-)

3 days, 4 hours ago on Another Take on “Clara Who”

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I find Clara's reaction of confusion and dismay in Deep Breath largely understandable. She was given a VERY different and difficult Doctor, Peri was the last Companion to have such a change forced on her. having only known young Doctors who GREW old, naturally she would have expected 12 to also start young. 



It's also worth pointing out that the events of Deep Breath (including the dinosaur adventure that we didn't see) follow DIRECTLY on from Time of the Doctor, which started with the stressful turkey and got worse and worse, so it's hardly surprising she was a bit frazzled! The Doctor treated Clara pretty rudely in that episode anyway, lying to her twice, bit lies too; if it wasn't for Tasha, Clara wouldn't even have been there to save him.


The other issue I have, is that Danny is the 'good guy' and that the Doctor was portrayed as 'stupid' and 'prejudiced' in The Caretaker. I am still of the belief that he knows a LOT more than he has said about both Danny and Clara (and Orson). I certainly didn't watch that episode thinking that Danny is somehow a completely innocent victim, he's lying as well!


The Doctor may be an anti-hero at times during S8, but that is part of 12's development. Imagine how boring it would be if the Doctor was perfect in every episode, or if Clara was always perfect. Interestingly their personalities are starting to come together, in Flatline he was starting to mellow, while Clara was becoming more like him, and clearly really enjoyed the power. I'm sure there'll be a fascinating resolution to this...

3 days, 4 hours ago on Another Take on “Clara Who”

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@Exalos The answer being that the fandom isn't a united voice. If a vote had been taken, I suspect a majority of the 7m viewers would probably have wanted another Tennant/Smith type Doctor as Twelve. Making the Doctor darker was an 'artistic' decision, to keep the show fresh...

3 days, 4 hours ago on 2nd Opinion: Flatline

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Tough choice as both were excellent episodes, but voted for Flatline as it was really good, and I loved the Doctor/Clara relationship in it. Sorry Frank!

3 days, 4 hours ago on Face-Off: Mummy vs Flatline

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@Dsjh I don;'t think it was meant to be a 'tube train' so much as a train in a relatively shallow tunnel, which most big cities in the UK have (possibly not Bristol admittedly) though with Banksy being such a Bristol icon, it would have been odd not to set the episode there!

3 days, 4 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline

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Funnily after Listen there were complaints that the two 2nd Opinion pieces were both positive (and not reflecting the other point of view), now we have two 2nd Opinion pieces that are both slightly negative, and against the general opinion of what was a well received episode! Opinions eh :-) 

David, I completely disagree that Clara lying to Danny suddenly makes her completely untrustworthy, but is the result of her trying to keep her Danny life and Doctor life separate, which will probably end in disaster, but is fascinating to watch. What we have instead is a fascinating bit of character development in the episode, the Doctor is starting to mellow, as through Clara's actions he sees what he is really like, but also sees how Clara is becoming like him which is not to his liking... 

Previously people criticised Clara because she was too perfect "Why couldn't she be like Rose and Donna, as they were flawed and hence real" etc. She is changing, but that's because she's had to take real responsibility, other Companions have had their hand held far more


3 days, 5 hours ago on 2nd Opinion: Flatline

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@The Finn @Planet of the Deaf @SilenceHasFallen There was a bit of a rest before S8, with the lack of summer filming, certainly a chance to take stock as Peter was chosen as the Doctor, and S8 was planned, but no such luxury for S9, with filming starting in January, that's barely 2 months away!

4 days, 3 hours ago on Your Verdict on Mummy & Episode Ranking

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@supermoff, agent of C.L.A.R.A. @Planet of the Deaf @YaelMoise waits for the trees to take over Yes thanks, I was in Morocco, though regrettably didn't buy a Fez in Fes :-) 

4 days, 6 hours ago on Your Verdict on Mummy & Episode Ranking

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@The Finn @Planet of the Deaf @SilenceHasFallen Producing a series like this annually is very tough, when you consider the read throughs for S8 were before Christmas, almost a year will have passed before the Christmas 2014 episode is complete, with few gaps in between. 

4 days, 6 hours ago on Your Verdict on Mummy & Episode Ranking

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@ilyootha, a proud member of C.L.A.R.A. @Planet of the Deaf Back home last night from holiday, so watched the 2 latest episode before going to bed!

4 days, 6 hours ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator

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@SilenceHasFallen It's been a very solid series, the relative lack of production in 2013 was put to good use by making this series really consistent and solid.

4 days, 6 hours ago on Your Verdict on Mummy & Episode Ranking

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I was away and unable to vote (sob sob). A solid episode, I've no idea how how to rank this series. I didn't like Into the Dalek, so that's last, but apart from that the episodes are really hard for me to rank

4 days, 6 hours ago on Your Verdict on Mummy & Episode Ranking

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Stablisers again...

4 days, 7 hours ago on Anderson on Series 8 Finale, Danny Future

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@Typo42 Plenty of content, those who didn't watch this are missing out. It even confirms from the Moffat's mouth that Clara's development isn't all positive...

4 days, 7 hours ago on Doctor Who Extra: Flatline

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@MJJ She'd be great, but hard to tie down as her career is on the up, and after S8 she's hot property!

4 days, 7 hours ago on Flatline Review

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@EvilZygonRabbit Clara's development is fascinating, but I wouldn't say she was turning evil, so much as turning into the Doctor! Able to take the emotion out of terrible decisions, lie when it's convenient, use the humans around her...

4 days, 7 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline

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2 excellent episodes by Jamie. He probably also benefitted by Peter's Doctor mellowing and becoming more Doctorly...

4 days, 7 hours ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator

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I presume the other shows were chosen due to their filming location, some of The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe for example was filmed near Llanelli. 



4 days, 7 hours ago on Watch Death in Heaven Early

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Back in the normal world. Would definitely vote for Jenna over Peter, Jenna is really on top of her game, whereas with Peter, I think he will get better and better as Matt did! 

It's a ridiculous category though, so many nominations for such a variety of shows. I'm surprised by the two Death comes to Pemberley nominations, they've nominated the 2 'leads' who were actually a bit disappointing, with much of the the rest of the cast (including our Jenna again!) outshining them...

5 days, 2 hours ago on Capaldi vs Coleman in 2015 NTAs

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@whitewhim but the whole point of the show is that HE is the time Lord with amazing knowledge and wisdom, and 2000 years of pain. Being asked to make planet deciding decisions is not something ANY human would find easy, especially when the outcome wasNOT at all predictable, the Doctor never said what would happen, and if it had ended in disaster for earth, Clara would have had blood on her hands...


2 weeks ago on Kill the Moon: Clara or the Doctor?

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definitely on Clara's side, while it may not have been the Doctor's decision to make, it wasn't Clara's to make either, and he abandoned his closest friend in a desperate situation. She had every right to feel let down by him, when he's the one with the most knowledge about what would happen


2 weeks ago on Kill the Moon: Clara or the Doctor?

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tiny M@ Notsosmartguy  @Planet of the Deaf @abogges1 a tiny minority though and even people who don't like Clara often add that Jenna has done a fine job...

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Kill The Moon Review

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@abogges1 yes, you probably are the only one (or one of a tiny minority)




2 weeks, 4 days ago on Kill The Moon Review

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@ilyootha we need a poll on how hard Clara should slap the Doctor :-)

2 weeks, 4 days ago on 12 Great Moments From Kill the Moon

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@Castrovalva I doubt abortion was deliberately brought up as in the UK it's not a big political issue at all, and probably wouldn't have gone through the minds of the writer and producers

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Kill The Moon Review

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@Ottoman14 In that situation Donna would definitely have slapped the Doctor to regeneration! Rose would also have exploded, and as for Amy :-)

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Kill The Moon Review

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@Romanadvoratrelundar When I started reading your comment and saw "Steven challenging the Doctor " for a moment I thought Moffat was now a character in the show :-)

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Rate & Discuss Kill the Moon

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@TheAbsofBoe Got bored one night Yup, I don't trust the Doctor and I don't trust Danny, I trust Clara, but that doesn't mean there isn't some deep secret about her to be revealed, it's just that she's the one playing it straight!

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Next Time: Mummy on the Orient Express

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@Clara Laurinda @Gustaff It'll be interesting to hear the reaction from the school playground to a Doctor who upset his Companion like he did last night, and isn't very child friendly

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator

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