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@supermoff Interesting examples, I suppose it's because in most of these episodes, 11 will bounce in with arms flailing, whereas in the same situation if a grim faced 12 goes in after telling Clara that things were terrible, we'd automatically find the same events and episodes darker!

4 hours, 58 minutes ago on What Actually Makes a Story Dark?

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@supermoff I think you need some light, fun moments to emphasise the dark moments. 

For example, in Name of the Doctor, seeing the Doctor distraught at learning that he had to go to Trenzalore was genuinely moving, Matt's tears being more powerful because 2 minutes earlier we'd seen the silly Doctor blindfolded by the children. 45 minutes of misery every week would be like listening to the worst sort of gloomy indie band!

5 hours, 8 minutes ago on What Actually Makes a Story Dark?

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Sometimes it's the tone at the end of the episode that defines whether the episode leaves 'dark' feelings or 'optimistic' feelings. The Waters of Mars and the The Snowmen are both favourite episodes of mine, but leave very different feelings despite both having a major death.


In WoM, Adelaide Brooke isn't a Companion, but her suicide at the end to rectify the Doctor's actions is an incredibly dark moment, and the whole ending is completely sombre, the death of a brilliant woman, and the Doctor completely distraught over what happened and what he did.There are no positives to be taken.


In TS, Clara Oswin Oswald is much more of a Companion than Adelaide Brooke, this version of Clara wasn't introduced as a guest star, she was introduced as the new Companion, so for her to die was completely shocking. And yes she did die, Captain Latimer and the children will never see Clara again. However, the Doctor after seeing the grave  realises something amazing is happening and bounds off full of joy, something which is reinforced for us by seeing modern day Clara, which leaves us all intrigued and optimstic, even if we still mourn the loss of the Victorian Clara.


I love both scenarios, one leaves us feeling low and and down, the other intrigued and excited for the future! The show thrives on such a mixture of feelings.


5 hours, 21 minutes ago on What Actually Makes a Story Dark?

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@floppy_who Work computer network (especially those with internet filtering devices) are a nightmare when trying to buy tickets before they sell out!

13 hours, 31 minutes ago on Symphonic Spectacular UK Tour in 2015

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@TardisBoy Yeah that it a bit long :-(

12 hours, 5 minutes ago on Symphonic Spectacular UK Tour in 2015

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@VictorWong1 Sadly unlikely, S9 filming will be going on then anyway, which would presumably rule out one of the main cast, and even if Jenna had left the show, would she do something like this for a whole week?

Peter Davison hosted the recent shows in Australia , so should be someone good though!

13 hours, 32 minutes ago on Symphonic Spectacular UK Tour in 2015

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@TardisBoy I know Yorkshire is alien territory to Lancashire folk, but it really isn't that far on the train :-)

14 hours, 2 minutes ago on Symphonic Spectacular UK Tour in 2015

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@DawnTime I think the best thing is to wait and see what actually happens on screen. Before a new era, everyone likes to portray a certain image, a certain party line, but in reality it's more complicated than that. The childish Doctor will have serious moments, the serious one will find something funny, the non romantic one will have a tender moment

15 hours, 34 minutes ago on Capaldi was Adamant About No Flirting in Series 8

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@sontaran17 There's nothing worse than a smug Australian :-)

16 hours, 4 minutes ago on Symphonic Spectacular UK Tour in 2015

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That's a long way off, it's one thing selling rock ticket nearly a year in advance, but this as well!

A good idea, while the Prom was great, only a small number of people could attend. I assume this means there won't be a Doctor Who Prom in 2015. Wembley Arena is a bit of a shed though, and you won't see much from the back...

16 hours, 5 minutes ago on Symphonic Spectacular UK Tour in 2015

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The flirting comment is the one that's made headlines everywhere, but thinking about it 11 didn't actually flirt very much. More often it was women who flirted with him, with 11 reacting like an embarrassed schoolboy. Indeed in many ways it was 11's innocence which encouraged women to flirt with him, the gruff more haggard 12 will hardly give the sort of vibes that encourage that anyway!

10 was much flirtier, charm personified.

What I find slightly irritating is the implication that somehow Moffat is obsessed with flirting, and that Capaldi had to fight to force him to change his ways. It was Moffat who chose Capaldi, you don't choose a 55 year old, famous for playing Malcolm Tucker, if you want a flirty Doctor!

18 hours, 9 minutes ago on Capaldi was Adamant About No Flirting in Series 8

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I do like S7b, but am perhaps a slightly harsher marker!



TBOSJ - 9/10, I think this has gaimed a mark from me from when I previously marked it, as the way it moves on the arc is very clever

RoA - 9/10 for being very different, for showing an alien world, an unusual threat, some great dialogue, good character development for Clara (I love the bit where she challenges him for watching her) and of course the music!

Cold War - 7.5/10, decent but nothing special

Hide - 10/10 a really clever and well written episode, and I didn't mind the ending as it's good that ugly aliens aren't always the baddies!

JTTCOTT - 7/10 some nice views of the TARDIS, the scenes between the Doctor and Clara are great, but the main plot and guest characters weren't great

Crimson Horror - 10/10 Gatiss at his best!

NiS - 6/10, my least favourite of the series, the children were very poorly written, but so was Clara, who suddenly turned into this confident military leader which was too much of a leap to be credible.


Snowmen and NOTD which top and tail S7B were both 10/10s for me incidentally

1 day, 5 hours ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – Series 7 (Part 2)

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@LGwalchmai95 The mother and daughter relationship was brilliantly written. I also LOVE the sepia scene, great directing by Saul Metzstein

1 day, 4 hours ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – Series 7 (Part 2)

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@SephoraNeedSeries8 To be fair to Gatiss, Crimson Horror highlighted the Paternosters instead, with a strong role for Jenny. And the Doctor himself also needed rescuing, so was also absent as well! 

1 day, 4 hours ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – Series 7 (Part 2)

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@awkward912 @The Outer Space K9 My impression from  the article is that his worries were NOTHING to do with the previous series, but down to whether he wants the press and media spotlight, it's the biggest, most public role he's ever had, which will change his life forever...

1 day, 5 hours ago on Capaldi was Adamant About No Flirting in Series 8

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@SteviePenny RTD and Moffat are both mega fans as well, it hasn't stopped both being slaughtered by certain sections of the fanbase though...

1 day, 5 hours ago on Capaldi was Adamant About No Flirting in Series 8

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Better later than never my ratings. I prefer 7B to 7A...


TDTWATW - 6/10 for making me cry!

Asylum - 9/10, one mark off for the divorce subplot which was far too sudden

Dinosaurs - 7/10, a good ending but not my favourite overwise

Mercy - 8/10

Power of Three - 8/10, I enjoyed this, a good character piece

TATM - 8/10, I was slightly disappointed with this, a very good 2 parter could have perhaps been created by merging this with the character stuff from Power of Three?


The Snowmen - 10/10 I love this episode, one of my favourite episodes of New Who A 7B episode though!



1 day, 5 hours ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – Series 7 (Part 1)

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it was interesting reading the article how even someone who loves the show as much as he does had to consider whether the media attention that comes with the part was something he could live with

1 day, 11 hours ago on Capaldi was Adamant About No Flirting in Series 8

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@gunslinger19 I think what he meant was that he wanted to be sure that his vision of what he wanted the Doctor to be was the as Moffat's. When it comes to the stories and scripts then ultimately he's just an actor...

1 day, 11 hours ago on Capaldi was Adamant About No Flirting in Series 8

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@Lemonhead118 @gunslinger19 In this show he IS just an actor though, you can't have actors changing stories and scripts, otherwise it would be chaos!

1 day, 10 hours ago on Capaldi was Adamant About No Flirting in Series 8

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I enjoyed S7, though generally preferred the episodes with Clara in them, one downside of Oswin/Clara appearing early in Asylum is that I was so excited by her that I was rather counting down the days before the Ponds left, which was perhaps unfair on fine characters!

2 days, 1 hour ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – Series 7 (Part 1)

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@Rani Nose or...

Listen to what the flower people say


Listen, it's getting louder every day




2 days, 6 hours ago on Listen! Series 8 Teaser Trailer

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@Who is the Doctor Not enough room on the roof as the TARDIS is smaller on the outside!

2 days, 6 hours ago on Listen! Series 8 Teaser Trailer

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12: Listen 

Clara: What to? 

12: It's a song by the Glasgow band Dreamboys 

Clara: What, the band that Peter Capaldi was in? No thanks! 

12: Humph



2 days, 6 hours ago on Listen! Series 8 Teaser Trailer

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@Amy is Hannibal It just seems odd when you consider how much new music was produced around the 18 month S7 period (TDTWATW to NOTD), enough to fill 3 CDs, when so little new music was written for DOTD and TOTD! 

Four knocks was used very well I agree though

2 days, 16 hours ago on Why I Love the 11th Doctor’s Regeneration

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@Greempa And when Clara saw 11 all young again, she must have thought, he's back again, he's not had to change his face!

2 days, 16 hours ago on Why I Love the 11th Doctor’s Regeneration

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@Notsosmartguy approves of female thor @Planet of the Deaf @supermoff The "we're all stories in end" speech to young Ameria from Big Bang is the one which turned me from someone who watched the show to someone who loved the show!

3 days, 3 hours ago on Why I Love the 11th Doctor’s Regeneration

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@Notsosmartguy approves of female thor @supermoff Ooh, I'm not sure about that! Vincent and the Doctor, The Pandorica Opens and The Big Bang all have some cracking 11 speeches!

3 days, 3 hours ago on Why I Love the 11th Doctor’s Regeneration

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@supermoff  @Planet of the Deaf @Notsosmartguy approves of female thor @TheCyberDoctor is Undead Yeah, it sortof makes sense, and then it sortof doesn't make sense. Covering 800 years in 20 minutes on screen though is a bit bizarre! 

I think I'll just  have  to continue fast forwarding through most of this episode :-)

3 days, 3 hours ago on Why I Love the 11th Doctor’s Regeneration

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@supermoff  @Planet of the Deaf @Notsosmartguy approves of female thor @TheCyberDoctor is Undead I understand what you're saying, but the Timelords know why the Doctor sent them to this hidden parallel universe and that the Doctor, who is their only hope, is there, as otherwise how could they have given him the extra lives? Clara's speech by itself meant nothing, unless they knew he was there. 

And why did they close the crack after her speech, giving up on the possibility of coming through, as after the Daleks were destroyed, the coast would have been clear. If they had closed the crack 800 years earlier, everyone could have gone home!

And then for this new set of lives to cause the massive explosion that kills all the Dalek fleet, but not Clara and the people hiding in a church tower, hmmm. 

Apologies for sounding negative in all these messages btw :-)


3 days, 3 hours ago on Why I Love the 11th Doctor’s Regeneration

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@supermoff  @Notsosmartguy approves of female thor @Planet of the Deaf @TheCyberDoctor is Undead That's where the logic of the episode doesn't work for me. The way he tells Clara "if only there were Timelords" when he knows he saved them and they are the other side of the crack. He had hundreds of years to talk to them, but instead it took his 'sent away' companion 1 minute to get them to give him a new regeneration cycle!

3 days, 4 hours ago on Why I Love the 11th Doctor’s Regeneration

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@Regenerated Catterson @Planet of the Deaf @JolomontheCube Musically it was a bit buried in impossible Astronaut, whereas played in full in NiOTD, its majesty is awesome!

3 days, 4 hours ago on Why I Love the 11th Doctor’s Regeneration

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@Regenerated Catterson @supermoff "Will you stop laying an extra place on the table, the Doctor isn't going to be joining us for Christmas!"

3 days, 4 hours ago on Why I Love the 11th Doctor’s Regeneration

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@Notsosmartguy approves of female thor @Planet of the Deaf @TheCyberDoctor is Undead @supermoff But then he was happy for her to come to Trenzalore in NOTD which would be pretty grim! 

And when she did finally turn up as he was about to die, she managed to fix things within 5 minutes!

3 days, 4 hours ago on Why I Love the 11th Doctor’s Regeneration

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@Huknar I felt new music should have been used for the regeneration, but if a piece was to be reused, Infinite Potential fitted the bill perfectly. 

Though of course, it wasn't the actual regeneration music as it finished just before, the regeneration actually happened to the Mad man in a box variant "My husband's home"!


3 days, 4 hours ago on Why I Love the 11th Doctor’s Regeneration

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@TheCyberDoctor is Undead @Planet of the Deaf @supermoff She's only in her mid 20s! He sent her away immediately...

3 days, 4 hours ago on Why I Love the 11th Doctor’s Regeneration

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@JolomontheCube 8th to War was a brilliant regeneration, and reuse of the track 1969!

3 days, 4 hours ago on Why I Love the 11th Doctor’s Regeneration

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@supermoff  @Planet of the Deaf She jumped into his timestream in NOTD to save him, not knowing whether she would get out or not, in DOTD you can see they're very close, so it doesn't ring true to me for him to send her away twice against her will, especially after he promised her. 9 might have sent Rose away, but no way would 10 have done the same against her will...

3 days, 4 hours ago on Why I Love the 11th Doctor’s Regeneration

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@Regenerated Catterson Clara Oswin's death in The Snowmen still gets me a bit, a year and a half on...

3 days, 4 hours ago on Why I Love the 11th Doctor’s Regeneration

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@Regenerated Catterson Ah yes, Oh please don't make me watch him die!

3 days, 4 hours ago on Why I Love the 11th Doctor’s Regeneration

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As someone who's loved the Matt era, I still have reservations about the episode, the way 2 years of arc history was crammed into way too short an episode, the way the Doctor treated Clara (e.g. sending her away twice, the flirting with Tasha Lem) which seemed out of character to the way their relationship had developed in DOTD, and the way the Daleks were destroyed by his regeneration energy, which seemed a bit too convenient...

But having said that I loved the last 15 minutes, Clara pulling the Doctor's cracker because he was too weak, and then the ending after the explosion, the way she saw 11, all young again and thought (like a few viewers) that her Doctor was back again only to be heartbroken as he regenerated in front of her. The metaphor of the bow tie falling to the floor was a brilliant idea, and I was happy for 11 to hallucinate Amy, that made entire sense. 

I just wish the episode was more satisfactory as a whole, I remember the feelings of numbness and disappointment afterwards. TOTD has grown on me, but it will never be  favourite of mine...

3 days, 5 hours ago on Why I Love the 11th Doctor’s Regeneration

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I'm excited by this option, but understand why some people will be happy to watch it on TV. It's personal preference, like 

Whether to buy the gold plated box set, despite already owning all of the episodes 

To spend a fortune on attending a convention, just so you can get Colin's autograph or a photo with Jenna 

To spend a fortune on your cosplaying outfit, so that you can dress like your favourite Doctor or Companion...




3 days, 6 hours ago on Deep Breath To Be Shown in Cinemas Globally

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@SteviePenny But sticking it in cinemas is at very little cost to the BBC, and the way the DOTD ticket sold, they'll easily sell the tickets.

These day, with social media and the internet, it's very easy to get information out as thousands of people will then spread the news on their websites, twitter feeds, TUBMLR pages etc

3 days, 10 hours ago on Deep Breath To Be Shown in Cinemas Globally

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@TheDreamer @Planet of the Deaf @bl0ndie98 Shocking, though at least it gave Clara 3 months to cook her turkey!

3 days, 13 hours ago on Deep Breath To Be Shown in Cinemas Globally

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@bl0ndie98 Perhaps you'll be able to watch Docteur Qui in a French cinema :-)

3 days, 13 hours ago on Deep Breath To Be Shown in Cinemas Globally

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@Zakk Williams It was in SFX magazine this week (from scans I've seen)

3 days, 13 hours ago on Deep Breath To Be Shown in Cinemas Globally

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@TheValeyardsMimeArmy @MrGuymanwatch At least you had nobody to disturb you with the rustling of sweets and popcorn!

3 days, 14 hours ago on Deep Breath To Be Shown in Cinemas Globally

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@supermoff  @Baker Street is excited for Series 8! Our friends over the water will just have stay off the internet for a few hours surely. Otherwise we wouldn't be able to comment until the middle of the night :-)

3 days, 14 hours ago on Deep Breath To Be Shown in Cinemas Globally

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@ShayHatchard1 It was a great atmosphere, and certainly made the whole DOTD experience more exciting.

3 days, 14 hours ago on Deep Breath To Be Shown in Cinemas Globally

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@SephoraNeedSeries8 Eurostar to London? A bit expensive for one evening I admit...

3 days, 14 hours ago on Deep Breath To Be Shown in Cinemas Globally

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