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The art pieces this week are exceptional, especially the colored pencil piece. The use of blue and yellow ochre on the skin and hair look amazing!

15 hours, 16 minutes ago on Weird and Wonderful

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Both episodes are, for me, some of the weaker episodes in RTD's run. The plots just aren't terribly interesting and there's quite a few cheesy lines that I'd like to forget, but The Christmas Invasion does a pretty good job of setting up a new Doctor, while The End of Time just made me want Ten to leave sooner. The whole regeneration is dying idea felt strongly out of character and "I don't want to go" was just too self-indulgent for my liking. The Christmas Invasion gets my vote. 

1 day ago on Festive Face-Off: The End of Time vs The Christmas Invasion

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@Notsosmartguy  @supermoff   Who said we're all male...

1 day, 11 hours ago on 10 Last Minute Christmas Gifts for a Special Whovian

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@Notsosmartguy  @Clara Bosswald  @ilyootha, agent of C.L.A.R.A.  The writing's actually really good and Eleven's new companion Alice is a well-developed character.

I don't think the art is that bad, but if you're used to the artwork that's been coming out of Marvel and DC, you'll no doubt be disappointed.

1 day, 11 hours ago on 10 Last Minute Christmas Gifts for a Special Whovian

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@Clara Bosswald  @ilyootha, agent of C.L.A.R.A.  It's not that bad, certainly not up to caliber with the major publishers, but that's to be expected since Titan is a small publisher. And at least Eleven is recognizable and everyone's in proportion The Twelfth Doctor comic artist has clearly never looked at a picture of Jenna Coleman before and half of his figures are out of proportion.

1 day, 11 hours ago on 10 Last Minute Christmas Gifts for a Special Whovian

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@LaraHarris @Notsosmartguy   Well, he did call it an episode "...I think will grow in stature over the years..." that doesn't really sound like he's telling people they have to like it, more like he's making a prediction. It seems to me he was definitively calling it a classic before the episode was actually put out.

But I do agree that this wasn't the time to defend the episode.

2 days, 16 hours ago on Moffat Defends In the Forest of the Night Science Criticisms

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@LaraHarris @Notsosmartguy   I tend to agree, but human nature. I'm sure Mr. Moffat has the same inclination as we do to defend episodes we love, but others hate. This was probably not the right time to do this, considering the question wasn't directly about In the Forest of the Night, but I can see why he'd want to defend the episode if he liked it.

2 days, 17 hours ago on Moffat Defends In the Forest of the Night Science Criticisms

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If the plot as a whole had been better I could have overlooked any scientific inaccuracies, but the plot was boring. I honestly don't think this episode is quite as bad as people make it out to be, but that doesn't make it good. The only thing I really like about this episode is the character interactions between Clara and the Doctor, but that's nowhere good enough to make this episode, well, good.

I get that Moffat feels he has to defend each episode of the series, but this feels like he should have just left this alone and really answered the question.

2 days, 17 hours ago on Moffat Defends In the Forest of the Night Science Criticisms

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@radagast  Isn't he only justifying himself, because this was from an interview and he was clearly asked about it? I, for one, like when you get to hear a writer talk about their work; it gives greater insight into character, plot, etc., kind of like listening to commentary on a movie or TV show.

3 days, 17 hours ago on Moffat Explains “Clara Who”

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I think the thing is that we are all so aware that Clara's a flawed character (and she is, but I personally think that she's flawed in very human ways), because Moffat and the writers are aware of how flawed she is. That was kind of one of the main arcs of the series. Moffat said it himself, she's becoming a worse person by traveling with the Doctor. That's an interesting concept to explore and, for me, I'd rather have an interesting character than a likeable one. That's part of why I like Clara, because she's interesting.

I'd say she's actually as whiny and egotistical as Rose, but the reason I like Clara and not Rose is because the show is actively using Clara's flaws to enhance the story. I know Clara's flawed and Moffat knows Clara's flawed, but it felt like while I looked at Rose and saw a flawed character, RTD saw a perfect character. With Rose portrayed as perfect, she was far less interesting and her flaws added nothing to stories.

3 days, 17 hours ago on Moffat Explains “Clara Who”

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@NameOfDoctorHere Ate a pancake for lunch @Calebxy  Agreed, though I relate to Capaldi's Doctor on the level more of his pragmatism and how he sees humans in an alien way. And to Clara, because of the more manipulative, lying side of her and, because she has a neurotic side, which I've never seen in another companion.

5 days, 16 hours ago on Moffat Explains “Clara Who”

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I never really liked Jack. It's not that I hated him, but I never found him particularly interesting. He did seem rather one dimensional. Maybe another appearance would change my mind, but I can't see him fitting in with Capaldi's Doctor. I think his time on the show may have just passed.

I am vehemently against River returning, because her last appearance in The Name of The Doctor was absolutely perfect. The Doctor finally made it up to her in some way (even if in retrospect it was an extremely small way, considering her own sacrifices) and it was just such a touching moment that I'd hate for it to be ruined with her returning again. And, like Jack, I can't see her really working with the Twelfth Doctor; Eleven was her Doctor and I think her time is done.

5 days, 15 hours ago on “Jack & River Returns Would Have to be Seismic” – Moffat

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I think this may be my favorite thing that Moffat's ever said. It's so on the nose with how I perceived this season's character development and relationship for Clara and the Doctor, and even adds in some new analysis that I hadn't thought of.

I love reading interviews with writers; it always reveals so many more layers to character and story than are often immediately apparent. I wish we'd get in depth interviews like this after every episode. It might remind people of the hard work writers put into episodes, which we often forget in favor of just bashing them.

6 days, 13 hours ago on Moffat Explains “Clara Who”

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@John McDermott @twoheartsonemind is the Thirteenth Inspector @Scootersfood is ready for Christmas! @MichaelFisher215  I see where you're coming from, but considering we're talking about Capaldi's Doctor, I doubt a gay companion would be written to fall in love with the Doctor.

I just don't see the difference between having a non-straight male companion and a straight male companion as long as their relationship with the Doctor and other companion is platonic, besides having a more diverse cast of characters.

6 days, 17 hours ago on Clara, or a New Companion? The Results

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@John McDermott @Scootersfood is ready for Christmas! @MichaelFisher215  Wouldn't it make more sense then to have a gay companion? Then, he wouldn't be competing for the female companion's affections. As long as being gay isn't the character's only trait (and it shouldn't be), then that should give the same male representation.

1 week ago on Clara, or a New Companion? The Results

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An issue with this poll was that it didn't give the option to have two (or more) companions for all or part of the series with one of them being Clara. Personally, I would like to see Clara remain for part of the series, but with another companion in the TARDIS as well. Then, Clara could leave at halfway or later in the series and this could have an effect on the other companion.

1 week ago on Clara, or a New Companion? The Results

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@SonicTheHedgehogRules  Sorry. I didn't mean to sound like I was attacking you. I forget that not everyone has as much experience with this topic.

I see what you're saying now. Sorry.

1 week, 3 days ago on Moffat: Gender is Fluid on Gallifrey

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@LaraHarris  I'm not accusing them of transphobia. I'm saying that the argument that since the idea of sex swapping a Time Lord didn't come up in the sixties we shouldn't have it now, doesn't take into account the fact that no one would have thought of this, because of the transphobia that was prevalent in society.


1 week, 3 days ago on Moffat: Gender is Fluid on Gallifrey

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To use other fictional characters as an example, there have been productions of both Hamlet and the Tempest where the protagonist (Hamlet and Prospero, respectively) has been played by a woman, while both are traditionally male parts. This gender swap didn't change the characters at all, nor the themes of the work.

Besides, if this helps to make people, especially children, more comfortable with the idea of transgender people (as I think it would) then I'm all for it. Of course, an actress who is right for the part is my first concern.


1 week, 4 days ago on An Opinion On Gender Regeneration: Plot or Politics?

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@Doctor Ben @The17DaysTillChristmasoftheDoctor  So we, who live in the far more progressive twenty first century, should cater to 60s transphobia?

1 week, 6 days ago on Moffat: Gender is Fluid on Gallifrey

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@Adric the Genius  No, the Doctor wouldn't have been a woman by now, because of the transphobia that has existed for all of human history. It is only now that this phobia is lessening, and even that is only slightly. Now is the first time with the given social beliefs that this would be possible.

1 week, 6 days ago on Moffat: Gender is Fluid on Gallifrey

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@SonicTheHedgehogRules  Gender is in your mind. Sex is the parts your born with. And gender is not set. My friend is gender fluid; they just don't feel the need to label themselves with a gender. Basically, gender is an easy label that humans use, because we feel the need to categorize everything. But it's not that simple. 

1 week, 6 days ago on Moffat: Gender is Fluid on Gallifrey

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@ElephantAndCastle  I'll say it again, gender and personality aren't correlated. I know both men and women who have the same (or similar) personalities. If the role of the protector and fighter is more attributed to men in our society, then why shouldn't Doctor Who attempt to break these gender stereotypes? Because, frankly, they are just that, stereotypes.

I agree the change shouldn't be made for no reason, it should be made because there's an actress out there who's perfect for the part (a few names spring to my mind already).

1 week, 6 days ago on Moffat: Gender is Fluid on Gallifrey

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@Klotus Having a Time Lord change sex would never have flown in the past, simply due to the unfortunate transphobia that's been present through all of human history, and is only slightly less now. Doctor Who is rolling with the times by including this ability.

1 week, 6 days ago on Moffat: Gender is Fluid on Gallifrey

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@The Genie, Agent of JACKIE @Planet of the Deaf  But why couldn't fans look up to a female Doctor and a male companion?

Besides, while the Doctor is a good role model for boys, he's also a good role model for everyone, as are the companions.

Why can't we have a good role model who defies all gender/sex expectations and proves that gender doesn't determine your personality?

1 week, 6 days ago on Moffat: Gender is Fluid on Gallifrey

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Gender doesn't define personality. A female Doctor would have the same characteristics we see carried through all other Doctors. I think this is a great opportunity to show people (all people) that our gender doesn't define who we are.

Do we need the next Doctor to be female? No, but I like that the option is there, because there are some actresses out there who would be amazing in the role, and because it's a fantastic way to introduce people to the idea of gender fluidity.

Humans put way too much emphasis on gender, instead of just treating someone like a person. The idea that Time Lords don't care about gender seems to be very much in line with their society.

1 week, 6 days ago on Moffat: Gender is Fluid on Gallifrey

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I'm not sure I understand the issue with Amy's parents or Rory's dad. When it comes to Amy's parents they're not actually important to the plot and were only brought back to further establish the changes of the rebooted universe. Besides, there's no other place where they would logically show up and it doesn't make sense to expend screen time to have a quick scene of Amy's parents popping in to say hello when you've got a complex plot to look after.

It makes sense that we didn't see Rory's dad until as late as we did, because Rory's character revolves around Amy. We don't see his home life; we see him interacting with Amy, and as a consequence the Doctor. The reason to include Rory's father instead of either of Amy's parents is possibly due to the actors having other commitments or that it does far more for Rory's character to have his father there, as it establishes his relationships outside of those related to, or with, Amy.

Personally, I thought Courtney,and other side characters from this series like Saibra, Psy and even Perkins, were effectively developed in the episodes that featured them. We knew enough about them to get the gist of their personalities and for the most part we learned about their goals and what drives them. However, though many of these characters were likeable, I see no reason for them to return. I like giving the writers room to create more characters that fit in directly with the story, because the reality is that the more returning characters you have the less likely a writer will be to create new characters specific to that story for fear of overcrowding the episode.

2 weeks ago on Steven Moffat: An Era of Forgotten Things

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My preference would be to have Clara and another companion in the TARDIS at the same time. I'd love to rekindle a Tegan/Nyssa dynamic. And I think that there are some interesting avenues to explore when one companion has been with the Doctor for so long and another is just beginning. Seeing the companion's perspective from one who's just been picked up and is fresh and maybe more optimistic, and one who is maybe a bit jaded, even would be very interesting.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Clara, or a New Companion for Series 9?

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@Thefezthatruledtheworld  I've got to disagree. I couldn't relate to Rose at all, and not because of her family or personal life, but because of how she reacted to things and because of how she acted towards the Doctor, the same goes for Martha (though I love her) and Donna. I would say I related to Amy, because of the whole imaginary friend idea.

I relate to Clara because this series in particular has developed a kind of neurotic-almost edge to her, which I find very relatable and realistic considering how she's balancing her home life with traveling through time and space.

I actually think she's brought out Twelve's caring side a lot. He literally says "Do you think I care for you so little that betraying me would make a difference?", not to mention it's through her understanding of his pragmatism that we understand that he's just trying to save as many people as he can, and thus cares for them greatly.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Clara, or a New Companion for Series 9?

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As long as BBC America puts Doctor Who on late enough so I can finish my Chinese food first,  everything should be fine.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Last Christmas BBC One Time Confirmed

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I'm still torn on if I want Clara to remain for series 9. On one hand, I think that her character still has a lot of story in her and, even if stories aren't directly related to her, I feel that she provides an interesting counterpart to the Twelfth Doctor. But, on the other hand, Clara has gotten a lot of spotlight on her recently and it might be time to pass on the torch to another companion, and, in a way, refresh the show from the companion angle again.

I think the best compromise would be to have Clara stay for either part of series 9 or to add another companion into the mix. Clara's gotten so much development that I don't think it would hurt the character to have another companion taking up time with their own character arc. I also think we'd get to see a new side of Clara's character with another companion in the TARDIS and this could potentially lead to some interesting plotlines and moments between the two.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on 5 Reasons Why Clara Should Stay for Series 9

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If there's a story that would benefit from Perkins inclusion, then I'm all for him to return. But otherwise I'm perfectly happy to have new characters created.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Frank Skinner Up for Doctor Who Return

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I love the companions piece! It's really nice to see all of the Big Finish and comics companions included as well. I especially love seeing Kevin (the t-rex) and Alice Obiefune.

And that Missy video. I still have a stupid grin plastered on my face.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Weird and Wonderful

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These results aren't unexpected, but I can't help feeling bad for Colin Baker. I suppose, most people didn't start with him or were already big fans of the show thanks to the amazing Doctors before him, but he never seems to get much love, at least not for his television portrayal. 

Personally, I think he was an amazing Doctor. Cantankerous, grumpy and hard to get along with, but he had such a presence and, at  the end of the day, was still the caring Doctor that we know and love.

3 weeks ago on Who is YOUR Doctor? The Results

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@The Lazy Cat is Hanging Out With Jenna Coleman  1) 11th Doctor

2) 11th/ 12th Doctor

3) 11th Doctor

3 weeks ago on Who is YOUR Doctor? The Results

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@MrRazza, Lord Tony of Blackburn  Colin Baker in Vengeance on Varos. I know he isn't the most loved Doctor, but I've always really enjoyed his Doctor. Even if the story wasn't particularly good, he made up for it, for me.

3 weeks ago on Who is YOUR Doctor? The Results

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I've got to say this has alleviated some of my fears about Santa. I have every faith in Mr. Frost to play him well, but I was worried the character would have no depth besides being jolly. However, I like the idea of an edgy Santa Claus. And the idea about dreams v. reality sounds fascinating.

Only, what, 26 days left to wait?

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Frost on “Gangster” Santa, Last Christmas Monsters

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These are fantastic viewing figures. We should also remember how many other countries show Doctor Who. I know that Deep Breath broke a viewing record on BBC America. Considering how many other countries also have massive viewer turnouts for Doctor Who, the show is in absolutely no danger of being canceled. It is a worldwide cash cow for the BBC.

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

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@Planet of the Deaf  That's probably the only way I'd be satisfied if she turned out to be alive.

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Could Osgood Still Be Alive?

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I don't have a top ten, but my favorite episodes are Human Nature/ Family of Blood. I also love Vincent and the Doctor, Midnight, The Pandorica Opens/ The Big Bang, Dark Water, The Caretaker, The Girl Who Waited, The Doctor's Wife, Hide and The Impossible Astronaut/ Day of the Moon.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Doctor Who: Fifty-One Favourites (Part 1)

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@TerraceArchimedes @twoheartsonemind is the Thirteenth Inspector  Whedon does certainly make his characters pragmatic and he understands using violence to make stories realistic, without being overly violent (*cough* Quentin Tarantino *cough*), but that's because we've seen him create the characters that think this way, whereas the Doctor is a pre-made character. I think Whedon has enough writing talent to fit his style to a character. I'll remind you that Mr. Whedon has quite a range, considering he's written shows like Firefly, but also wrote the Toy Story screenplay.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Writers to Bring Back for Series 9 & Beyond

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@Clara Bosswald   I completely forgot about Tom MacRae! I wasn't too keen on his Cybermen two-parter, but, I agree, The Girl Who Waited was perfect!

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Writers to Bring Back for Series 9 & Beyond

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I'd quite like to see Simon Nye return; I adore Amy's Choice and his idea of the Dream Lord was supurb.

Jamie Mathieson must return; he's done two excellent episodes and seems to be full of new and innovative ideas.

I'd like to see Richard Curtis return, maybe to do another historical.

I'd love Neil Gaiman to come back. I think he'd be a really good fit with Capaldi's Doctor.

Toby Whithouse would be a great as well. I've really enjoyed all of his episodes, especially The God Complex and A Town Called Mercy. He's got a great feel for characters and stories about morality, which, come to think of it, would have fit in really well this series.

While it's incredibly improbable, I want Joss Whedon to write and episode. He's got a great feel for sci-fi, as well as characters and, well, he's Joss Whedon (maybe he could direct the episode too).

Does anyone else think Terry Pratchett could write a really good Doctor Who episode? Maybe, he and Neil Gaiman could co-write an episode, like they co-wrote Good Omens.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Writers to Bring Back for Series 9 & Beyond

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Does anyone else love the fact that Capaldi's wearing a shirt, then a sweater and then he has his  magician's jacket over that?

3 weeks, 5 days ago on “Last Christmas” Promo Art

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@The Lazy Cat Has Stowed Away on the TARDIS  Is it bad I kind of hope she doesn't leave just to spite the Mirror?

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Last Christmas: Short Synopsis

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@Clara Bosswald wants a Kate Stewart Spin-off  If we're talking novelists, I'd love Joe Hill to write an episode. I'm nearly done with N0S4A2 and it is simply amazing. He could write a really scary episode!

And, I know he's not an author, but Joss Whedon needs to write an episode sometime. Maybe when he's done with Avengers movies (his contract is up after Ultron, I think).

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Torchwood’s Catherine Tregenna Penning Series 9 Story

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Great news! I don't watch Torchwood, so I'm not familiar with her writing, but I'm always excited to see new writers on Doctor Who (the fact that she's a woman is just a lovely bonus)! And so the series 9 hype begins...

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Torchwood’s Catherine Tregenna Penning Series 9 Story

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The reason I got into Doctor Who was because of Sherlock actually. I loved that show so much and knew (from the back of the DVD) that both Moffat and Gatiss wrote for Doctor Who. This happened to coincide with BBC America being added to our cable package, so one day I turned on BBCA and caught the last half of The Almost People. And man did it confuse me! I had no idea what was going on, but I was sufficiently intrigued and began to look for more. The first full episode I saw was Curse of the Blackspot, and, while I know it isn't a well-liked episode, I started to really love how different Doctor Who was from any show I'd seen before. While hiding out from a hurricane at my grandparent's house, I caught up on all of the first part of series 6, thanks to a BBCA marathon, and was able to watch Let's Kill Hitler in real time. So it was Matt Smith's Doctor that hooked me initially, but it was the stories as much as it was him.

4 weeks ago on From 1-12: Who is YOUR Doctor?

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Happy birthday, Doctor Who! To many bright years ahead! To continuing to give fans hope and joy! And to continuing to show viewers the wonders of the universe!

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Doctor Who’s 51st Anniversary

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All I want is an explanation for why parents (who don't believe in Santa) aren't surprised when there are mysteriously more presents under the tree than just the one's they bought.

1 month ago on Christmas Special: Santa is Real, Not Evil

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