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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.


1 day, 17 hours ago on Dark Water Advance Preview

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Now you've got me imagining Cybermen singing "Share and Enjoy" (Share and Delete?) a flattened fifth out of tune. Thanks.


3 days, 9 hours ago on Dark Water Promo Pics

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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 days, 23 hours ago on Dark Water TV Trailer

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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.


4 days, 1 hour ago on Series 8 Finale Trailer Breakdown

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Yes, Lethe is the memory-loss river. The Styx is the one that makes you invincible.

5 days, 4 hours ago on Next Time: Dark Water

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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.


5 days, 19 hours ago on Next Time: Dark Water

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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?


5 days, 19 hours ago on Next Time: Dark Water

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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?

5 days, 19 hours ago on Next Time: Dark Water

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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!

5 days, 19 hours ago on Rate & Discuss In the Forest of the Night

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"Nothing is more important than my egomania!" was never so obvious.

1 week, 3 days ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline

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Whoufflé got sunk in episode 1, and very explicitly too. "Clara, I'm not your boyfriend." "I never thought you were."


1 week, 3 days ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline

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Missy =/= Greek. You're thinking of Melissa, I think?


1 week, 3 days ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline

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Basically everyone died in Mummy on the Orient Express!

2 weeks ago on Details on Episodes 9-12 of Series 8

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Say it with me people: "It's [a lot] bigger on the inside!"

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Flatline Clip

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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.






2 weeks, 3 days ago on Kill the Moon: Who Was Right? Thoughts & Your Vote

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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.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Rate & Discuss Mummy on the Orient Express

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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.


2 weeks, 5 days ago on Rate & Discuss Mummy on the Orient Express

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Dare I ask... "What does the Foxes sing?"





3 weeks ago on Mummy on the Orient Express Advance Review

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I wonder if the Doctor will see it and then survive for quite a lot longer than anticipated, because he can regenerate!

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Next Time: Mummy on the Orient Express

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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.

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

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@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.

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Kill the Moon – 12 Hints & Teasers

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I was thinking he looks quite a bit like Benedict Cumberbatch, actually.

1 month, 1 week ago on Next Time: The Caretaker

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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



1 month, 1 week ago on Listen: Breaking the Time Lock?

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Sounds like a dreadful Cybermen episode.


1 month, 1 week ago on Time Heist Spoiler-Free Review

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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.

1 month, 1 week ago on Time Heist Spoiler-Free Review

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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.


1 month, 2 weeks ago on Tantalising Details on Episodes 5-8 of Series 8

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A one-hit wonder per series back when he wrote exactly one story per series. That was a perfect track record.


1 month, 2 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Listen

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Surely not? Doesn't that mean we actually do know the Doctor's name? Or surname, at least.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Listen

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Not true. There was at least one young Clara shown growing up there.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Listen

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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.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Listen – 12 Hints & Teasers

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@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 ago on Rate & Discuss Into the Dalek

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I love the new title sequence, except the weird sandy clouds, but the theme will probably take me a while to warm to, like the series 5-7 one did. It's really high and the synth is just screechy and bad. Too much like the 80s ones, which I'm really not a fan of. (It's exactly the same key as Colin Baker's version, by the way - at least it's not as high as the McCoy era one). I do love the bassline on it, just the synthesiser part is awful to my ears.

2 months ago on Examining Series 8’s New Title Sequence

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@Meh Meh Meh Meh Meh Not really, the synth is rubbish - more like bzz wzz wzzzz than ooo weee oooooo, if you get my meaning. Needs to be more whistle-y.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Weird and Wonderful

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@MaraBackman Sounds about right. "Who frowned me this face?" if delivered in a different tone, would be such an Eleven line (actually, having read the leaked script, there are quite a few Eleven-ish lines towards the beginning).

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 8 “Faces” Deep Breath BBC Radio Trailer

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The Curator/possible future Doctor addressed this in The Day of the Doctor, I think. "I never forget a face." "I know you don't. And in years to come, you might find yourself revisiting a few!"

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Capaldi’s Hint On Past Whoniverse Appearances

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@GabrieleLiuzzi  Would have worked, except that means Clara never went into the Doctor's time stream, so her whole arc never happened. I'm still trying to work it out myself. I think it's a plot hole. :(

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Trenzalore – What happened next?

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@AztecsDaleksAndCavemen  Sounds appropriately timey-wimey when you say it like that.

6 months, 1 week ago on Matt Smith: I’ll happily come back

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Why oh why must all but one of the episode 9s be the best episodes New Who's ever produced. ;; So hard to choose.



6 months, 4 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 1-10 Recap

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@Rainbow Kidneys  It's not about the grave, it's about the book. River writes the book AFTER the events of TATM and then sends it back in time to eventually somehow end up with the Doctor, so when he reads it he's reading what's going on during the events of the episode (as we know), so he can't read ahead or he'll be reading - and fixing - his own future. The book already established that TATM was "Amelia's Last Farewell", so he didn't/wouldn't see them again, and that Amy and Rory "lived well and were very happy" in NYC. He knows that he didn't rescue them because he's read the book, regardless of the grave. So that's fixed, like Moff!Doctor says.

6 months, 4 weeks ago on Moffat Explains Doctor’s Timey Tomb

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@Frank the Bunny Jack's immortal, and River's "taking the age down a little, just gradually, to freak people out". Even in real life, apparently.

7 months, 3 weeks ago on Happy Birthday, Alex Kingston & John Barrowman

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Plus, Carole Ann Ford doesn't exactly still look like she did 50 years ago, and there was no way you could reconstruct all the necessary lines from archive footage. So unless we consider using the woman who played her for An Adventure in Space and Time, Susan's out.

7 months, 3 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Day of the Doctor

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@Deus_Ex_Machina  He can certainly act the part too. Watch Game of Thrones some time. :D

7 months, 3 weeks ago on Major Series 8 Villain Revealed?

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10/10, rounding up from 9.5 - It loses half a point for Strax being in it just a leeeetle bit too much at some slightly strange points. Just before 11 goes to meet Clara at her house, for instance, he seemed quite out of place. The rest though, perfect.


8 months ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Snowmen

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4/10 from me, would have been lower but the ending with the Ponds was great  :)

8 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe & Series 6 Recap

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Even if it had referred to the finale, it wasn't this episode that spoiled it - A Good Man Goes To War had her mentioning "now they've taken a child, and they're going to turn her into a weapon just to bring you down" and then revealing she was Melody, so anyone could work out from that that she kills the Doctor. Anyway 9/10, I must be one of the few people who adore this episode.










8 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: Let’s Kill Hitler

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7/10 for the first half, I think, nicely developed themes and characters, and I did actually enjoy the cliffhanger. 3/10 for most of the second, especially the way it dealt with the aforementioned cliffhanger (I rather expected the Ganger-Doctor to be an antagonist and the pre-credits thing did seem to set that up, but then he stabilised and got sane and proper-looking surprisingly quickly), and for the rather awful Ganger-monster, but 10/10 for the cliffhanger.

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Rebel Flesh / The Almost People

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My ten biggest tearjerkers, in no particular order except the first two are my top two: 1) Donna getting her memory wiped. Gets me in floods of tears EVERY time. 2) The WWI/Remembrance Day scenes at the end of The Family of Blood, again every single time. 3) "Hello. Hello Doctor. It's so very, very nice to meet you." 4) "All those people..." - The Fires of Pompeii. 5) River's death, the first few times, but I've watched that episode so many times by now that it only really gets me if I watch all the River stories in the order she experiences them, except Name of the Doctor - so it comes at the end of a story rather than the beginning; if I watch it in that order River dying still gets me every time. 6) Owen and Tosh dying in Torchwood 7) The Master's death 8) The jump from Winter Quay, except I did think the music went from amazing to a bit cheesy right at the most otherwise tearjerking point - didn't like the drums much. 9) Amy at the end of The Girl Who Waited. 


















10) "Goodbye, my Sarah Jane!"             By the way, how do you do paragraph breaks on Livefyre? :/






































































8 months, 2 weeks ago on 10 Most Heartbreaking New Who Moments

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You can switch those off from your profile settings :)


8 months, 3 weeks ago on Weird and Wonderful

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@TimeLord22  Noooo, don't quote that, that scene makes me cry every time ;;

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8 months, 4 weeks ago on Site Update: 3 February 2014

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