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Clara's issues were resolved at the end of her first (half) season, surely! She's been a person rather than a plot device for a whole series now. And Danny's dead now, so whether he's companion material or not is surely a moot point.
2 days, 21 hours ago on Moffat Can’t Confirm Jenna Coleman for Series 9
One month! There's still the Christmas special, remember.
2 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Death in Heaven
1. There's probably some sort of user interface for the data-slice thing.
2. Cities can have gardens in; we only saw some of it before.
3. Well, he was dead and that seems to be what happens to dead people this series. If the different time-zone is a concern, well, Missy's a Time Lady.
4 & 5. No clue.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Death in Heaven – Hints & Teasers (Set #1)
Speaking of which, a car hitting Danny certainly surprised me!
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Capaldi and Moffat on the Master’s Gender Change
"... escaped MWTV", nice. We trapped him. *rubs hands together wickedly*
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Death in Heaven Advance Review
... we really hope it isn't, anyway. Have you died? :P
2 weeks, 4 days ago on BBC Defends Dark Water Complaints
Doesn't The Name of the Doctor count? (well, ish).
2 weeks, 5 days ago on 2nd Opinion: Dark Water
That last sentence made me go "OH!" I hope you're right.
You forgot the excellent example in Series 6. "Maybe he's a clone, or a duplicate or something." "I believe I can save you some time... that is most certainly the Doctor, and he is most certainly dead." Or that's a lie, and he IS a clone or a duplicate or something.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Death in Heaven TV Trailer
Not necessarily. Amy was pregnant once, and a whole story arc happened!
I reckon we've had the twist by now. There were people going "totally called it" all over the place, which I kind of expected - given how obvious the Doctor's death/Teselecta twist in Series 6 was in retrospect, I think people tend to overestimate Moffat's twist-writing skills. Making someone else the Master now would just confuse everyone. Then again, Moff had me completely taken in when Missy was pretending to be a droid for a bit, so I could be wrong!
2 weeks, 6 days ago on What Further Secrets do Missy & Seb Hide?
James Bond can't? He's been through six bodies so far.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Poll: The Missy Reveal
Not just 21st century Earth - Deep Breath was 19th century, Into the Dalek was far future and definitely not Earth. But I do think you're right that the Nethersphere doesn't collect every dead person ever, because we've not only seen River post-death, but also confirmation - at least in Torchwood - that Whoniverse death doesn't usually go like this.
3 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Dark Water
As I recall, there's no action in The Pandorica Opens either, and yet that's generally regarded as a great episode - so I wouldn't let that bother you too much, it'll probably explode into action in the second half.
This has been the case since "The Doctor's Wife" and the Corsair. He's been undetermined for two and a half series or so. "Please, try to keep up", as the Master would put it.
I was watching it on iPlayer afterwards and paused it and shuddered - all of my grandparents were cremated. I had to remind myself that, for instance, we've never had a Prime Minister called Harriet Jones (let alone Harold Saxon and all the various alien invasions, but most of that could have been crack-in-time'd) to reassure myself that yes, this is fiction. I had no clear feelings whether I wanted to be cremated or buried when I die, but now I think I know D:
A few of those are relatively answerable. The Master was resurrected in The End of Time - presumably with all his regenerations still intact; he certainly had some left an incarnation before. The Master was going back to Gallifrey via broken time lock last time we saw him, so the real question is, how did *he* get out of the pocket universe.
I wondered if it might be "you Clara". Coming *from* the Doctor. Less likely, but...
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Dark Water – Hints & Teasers (Set #2)
Not the only one. Army of Ghosts/Doomsday used the problem as the solution too (the portal to the void). But Pandorica/Big Bang is definitely cleverer.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Dark Water Advance Preview
Now you've got me imagining Cybermen singing "Share and Enjoy" (Share and Delete?) a flattened fifth out of tune. Thanks.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Dark Water Promo Pics
Even without calculating it exactly, I figured we got 11 45-ish-minute episodes and a double-length one (Deep Breath), so the same overall running time as 13 45-minute ones. I haven't felt too short-changed about only getting 12 episodes this time. (Hmm. 12 for the 12th Doctor?)
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Dark Water TV Trailer
And then he remembers he has a sonic screwdriver and just sonics the door open. Nah, it'll need to be more cliffhangy than that.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Series 8 Finale Trailer Breakdown
Yes, Lethe is the memory-loss river. The Styx is the one that makes you invincible.
4 weeks ago on Next Time: Dark Water
I figured that was because she'd saved the Doctor all through his timeline and made him choose the TARDIS in the first place. It would very much change the TARDIS' opinion of her - also as I see it, the TARDIS didn't like her because she was/would be an impossible temporal anomaly, and then after the reveal of how that happened it was OK with her again.
That bit with Missy opening her eyes and looking shocked at 0:11 reminds me of the bit in The Almost People when Amy got de-gangered. Could Clara be a Missy ganger somehow?
That reminded me of The Almost People - Amy had a similar waking-up-surprised scene just after being de-gangered. Clara = a ganger-type thing piloted by Missy since some earlier point?
I thought that was surprisingly good. Somehow didn't manage to make the fireproof-trees-beating-solar-flare connection until just after the Doctor did (I think I sort of subconsciously turn off my usual critical faculties sometimes when watching Doctor Who, so as to enjoy the twists more when they happen). The environmental message was very much too blatant, I'm not quite sure I buy the idea of fireproof trees in the first place, and they never did address the issue of the escaped animals during the clean-up - other than that, I quite enjoyed it. The kids were a lot better than I expected, except Ruby, and the effects were just amazing. Some of the lines were brilliant - particularly the Doctor's line about humans forgetting things "otherwise you'd stop having wars - and stop having children" and the call-back to Kill the Moon at one point. Nothing absolutely game-changingly memorable, though, so I'd give it 7/10 I think. Though really, the best part was the Next Time trailer!
4 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss In the Forest of the Night
"Nothing is more important than my egomania!" was never so obvious.
1 month ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline
Whoufflé got sunk in episode 1, and very explicitly too. "Clara, I'm not your boyfriend." "I never thought you were."
Missy =/= Greek. You're thinking of Melissa, I think?
Basically everyone died in Mummy on the Orient Express!
1 month, 1 week ago on Details on Episodes 9-12 of Series 8
Say it with me people: "It's [a lot] bigger on the inside!"
1 month, 1 week ago on Flatline Clip
I found their argument at the end quite shocking on a first watch, it took a second look before I really understood the reasons. I figure if the Doctor had made that decision and Clara had voted to kill the Moon it would have been even more understandable for her to want to leave him; he'd not only have been leaving her with an impossible choice and withholding vital information, but being manipulative and patronising and, frankly, hypocritical (and everything MaraBackman said). He was bad enough, but it would have made it even worse - and imho would have made for an even better climax.
1 month, 1 week ago on Kill the Moon: Who Was Right? Thoughts & Your Vote
At least (if you don't like that kind of thing) we're not seeing much of Clara's home/family life. The RTD era was much, much more companion-focused in that respect.
1 month, 1 week ago on Rate & Discuss Mummy on the Orient Express
Ohhhh, I completely missed that somehow! I also thought her change of heart came out of nowhere (and if anything, was expecting the Doctor's just letting guest cast die would make her even more likely to leave permanently), but in light of that - and after carefully rewatching some of her conversations with Maisie - I think I'm OK with it.
Dare I ask... "What does the Foxes sing?"
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Mummy on the Orient Express Advance Review
I wonder if the Doctor will see it and then survive for quite a lot longer than anticipated, because he can regenerate!
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Next Time: Mummy on the Orient Express
I think the single change that would have made this episode FAR more effective for me, the one thing necessary to make it a 10 (I give it an 8/10, I think), would have been for the Doctor himself to press the abort button at the end, but have Clara willing to let the moon die - then she could call him out for being a total hypocrite on top of everything else. Letting humanity *including Clara* make its own decision to kill the moon, withholding vital information, and then at the end *interfering and going against their decision, deciding for them after all* and *then* explaining why it was OK to let it live. Patronising, manipulative AND hypocritical.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Kill the Moon
@MrRazza, WANTED: A Lord of Thyme I usually watch it on iPlayer, it's really not very long. I think the longest I've ever waited is perhaps an hour and it's usually much quicker than that.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Kill the Moon – 12 Hints & Teasers
I was thinking he looks quite a bit like Benedict Cumberbatch, actually.
2 months ago on Next Time: The Caretaker
Dalek Caan broke the time lock with an emergency temporal shift - so it's not out of the question. I think that, combined with the high probability that Clara comforting the Doctor counts as "something that was already there" (to quote the Doctor from The End of Time, if I'm understanding him correctly), makes it quite possible that the TARDIS was powerful enough to break through on this one occasion which had already happened as far as the Doctor was concerned and may have been a fixed point. Or, far more likely, only the Time War part of Gallifrey's history was locked. Or maybe it was just the Power of Plot. :P
2 months ago on Listen: Breaking the Time Lock?
Sounds like a dreadful Cybermen episode.
2 months ago on Time Heist Spoiler-Free Review
And I read it and *have* read the leaked script (not watched the episode though) and while I do know what's going to happen, I really don't think this was "packed full of spoilers" unless you can guess which of "last year's more divisive endings" is being hinted at.
Remember what happened last time a child came in the TARDIS? And those ten seconds (and brief mention in Listen) are enough to remind one of Angie. Me, at least.
2 months, 1 week ago on Tantalising Details on Episodes 5-8 of Series 8
A one-hit wonder per series back when he wrote exactly one story per series. That was a perfect track record.
2 months, 1 week ago on Rate & Discuss Listen
Surely not? Doesn't that mean we actually do know the Doctor's name? Or surname, at least.
Not true. There was at least one young Clara shown growing up there.
Actually, listen closely, he's muttering stuff behind the Brigadier's lines too. "Typical Sontaran attitude... stop Linx... perverting the course of human history" is the full line, I think.
2 months, 1 week ago on Listen – 12 Hints & Teasers
@PaddyB @HopPyleen They cut a scene that was in the shooting script (and a rough version in the leaked copy. Maybe they just ran out of CGI budget to make it look good) in which the Dalek teleports back to the Dalek ship and then blows up both itself (in the same style as the Dalek from "Dalek") and the ship with it somehow.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Into the Dalek