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I know many people really like Jenny, and I found her to be interesting enough in The Doctor's Daughter, but I really don't see a reason for a spin-off. Of course, such a thing could really develop the character further, but to have her running around through space (the likely basic plot of the show) is basically Doctor Who with a female Doctor. If they were to do something truly unique in a spin-off then it might be worth it, but at this point I don't think the character is interesting enough to have her own series.

His points about a female Doctor assume that she will be written as weak, and, while this is a valid fear, there's also a great probability that she'll be written like any other Doctor. To not give the perfect actor a chance for the part simply because the character MIGHT be written weakly, doesn't makes sense. Using this logic, Jenny shouldn't have a spin-off, because she might be written as "fallible." Really, that logic can be used to never put a female character as the main character, simply for fear they might not be written well.

9 hours, 35 minutes ago on Davison Wants To See Doctor’s Daughter Spin-Off

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@divya12  The reason that Susan was used in the argument is because clearly Whithouse set out to make Susan transgender. That seems very clear. The author is suggesting that based on Whithouse's past work it seems unlikely that he would be creating a non-binary character, which would be the explanation for the mismatched pronouns. This may very well have been simply a slip up by the writer, but it also marks a larger problem that people don't realize what pronouns to use for a transgender person.

1 day, 11 hours ago on Little Boxes Will Make You Angry: Doctor Who and Transphobia

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Honestly, that was one of the best, most rationally handled argument I've seen, not only on this site, but on the whole of the internet. When talking about subjects like transphobia, racism, sexism, etc. it is very easy to take an extreme stance and let your emotions get the better of you, but this argument is completely logical, and does attempt to look at things from the writer's perspective.

The only real point of contention I have is that I'm not sure it is entirely fair to call Whithouse transphobic. To me, I don't think you can necessarily judge a writer only on what they've written, because as pointed out for other writers in the article, slip-ups occur. I haven't heard Whithouse speak on the subject, so I can't be sure of his opinions. I do understand, though, that both instances (particularly the first, where I don't think there can be any argument against it being transphobic and out of character for Capt. Jack) can be considered offensive. However, there is a significant time difference between the episodes (2006-2012), so it is possible that Whithouse's opinions changed or he educated himself (leading to Susan being non-binary, which is possible).

I am not transgender, so I obviously come in with a different perspective and am likely to not pick up on many things that may be offensive. I am, however, asexual, so am involved with many of the issues of LGBTQ* people, but even so I have no right to tell someone they shouldn't be offended.

1 day, 11 hours ago on Little Boxes Will Make You Angry: Doctor Who and Transphobia

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I don't think any of the writers set out to be transphobic. I really don't. I do believe that they made mistakes, though the likelihood is that this is from ignorance and not hatred. The two are very different things and ignorance is often confused for hatred.

1 day, 11 hours ago on Little Boxes Will Make You Angry: Doctor Who and Transphobia

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@IcarusBeDamned @twoheartsonemind (Six Seasons and a Movie)  I had totally forgotten that The Forgotten can't be considered canon anymore because of it's depiction of the Time War.

The point still stands and this actually illustrates it. Here we are debating over what's canon. It's confusing enough as is.

2 days, 22 hours ago on Why A Doctor Who Movie Is A Good Idea

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The only thing that I don't think fits is Faye Marsay. While she was fantastic comic relief, there were other guest actresses who were playing more interesting parts. For instance, Hermione Norris in Kill the Moon. I wasn't a big fan of the episode itself, but her part was really well done and she had a lot more difficult material to work with, as far as character.

3 days, 6 hours ago on Best of 2014 Awards: The Winners (Part 1)

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@IcarusBeDamned @twoheartsonemind (Six Seasons and a Movie)  In the comic The Forgotten, the Eighth Doctor says that the whole half-human thing was a lie.

4 days, 6 hours ago on Why A Doctor Who Movie Is A Good Idea

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I think having a movie is something that sounds amazing at first thought, because there is the idea of a bigger budget, run-time and that more people will get to see it, but the plan is riddled with problems. Firstly, is it going to be canon? There are plenty of reasons for and against this, but the major thing is that if the film got into the hands of an unreliable studio and the writers (at this point the best idea would be to have either Russell T. Davies or Steven Moffat write it) lost creative control, then we'd be left with a situation similar to the Doctor being half-human in the TV Movie, something that fans hate and that is retconned later. Then, there's the fact that if this is what happens, all those people who see the movie will have a pre-conceived notion of what Doctor Who is before seeing the show. If a studio does change things, then these viewers will potentially be isolated from the TV show (this issue remains if the film isn't canon), and TV fans will just dislike the film.

I'd much rather see full concentration being given to the TV show.

4 days, 11 hours ago on Why A Doctor Who Movie Is A Good Idea

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@BSuckerpunch  Poorest series (which is your opinion, not everyone's) doesn't necessarily mean poorest characterization.

5 days, 6 hours ago on The 12 Best Written Moffat Characters

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@Beasts_a_Snarling - THE KANDYMAN'S APPRENTICE  Kate might be saved, but Osgood died. Clara might keep returning to travel, but she hasn't been brought back from the dead. Danny wasn't alive in Last Christmas, he was just part of Clara's consciousness.

I wouldn't say series 8 was the solution to "everybody lives",  but it was certainly a move in the right direction.

1 week ago on Best of 2014 Awards #14: Moffat Series

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@Malohkeh, not a member of any acronyms  Series 6 took a lot risks and I, at the very least, appreciate that. For me, they paid off splendidly and it was such an exciting series, as you said.

1 week ago on Best of 2014 Awards #14: Moffat Series

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1. Series 8- This series put character at the forefront and used each story as an exploration of those characters, even in few weaker episode (like In the Forest of the Night) the characters shined.

2. Series 5- There was a real freshness to this series and a whimsy that just made it a delight to watch. It's very close (almost tied) with series 8 for me.

3. Series 6- This is the series that made me fall in love with Doctor Who. Sure the arc is complicated (some would say overly so), but it's definitely a fun ride and the standalone stories are the same.

4. Series 7- In last place more through default than for anything else, I really enjoyed this series. Like 6 it's a lot of fun. There are some weaker episodes (like Dinosaurs on a Spaceship and Cold War), but it's still very enjoyable overall.

1 week ago on Best of 2014 Awards #14: Moffat Series

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This is quite difficult, especially because of the co-write credits; it's hard to vote best writer for someone who's only co-written an episode. That leaves it between Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss, Peter Harness, Jamie Mathieson and Frank Cotrell-Boyce.

It comes down to between Steven Moffat and Jamie Mathieson for me, but I really want to reward a new writer to Doctor Who, so I'm going to go with Mathieson.

1 week, 3 days ago on Best of 2014 Awards #11: Writer

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I absolutely love Toby Whithouse and have been impressed by all of his Doctor Who episodes. The depth and focus he gives to his characters is always welcome and I find he picks some fascinating themes to delve into in his episodes. I think he'll give us something truly interesting with his exploration of the 12/Clara relationship and dynamic and the fact that he's got a two-parter makes me very happy, as that only means added levels of depth.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on 5 Reasons To Rejoice At Toby Whithouse’s Return

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First, Toby Whithouse two-parter! Yes please! Second, two-parters are back for regular stories! I actually wouldn't mind a whole series of two parters. Sure it's less stories, but there's more time to go into depth with those stories.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Toby Whithouse Two-parter Confirmed for Series 9

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It was a hard choice between The Boneless, The Mummy, The Teller and The Kantrofarri, but I went with The Teller. It was one of the best monster designs I've seen and I think it was a pretty complex monster. Sure, it didn't turn out to be a villainous creature, but I'm fine with that, because it totally worked within the narrative and because the Teller was so well realized.

Second place would probably go to The Boneless, another inventive creation from this series.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Best of 2014 Awards #7: New Monster

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I'm apparently one of the few people who liked Nightmare in Silver (actually it's one of my favorite episodes of Series 7), but I do agree that given some extra time several issues could have been fixed, such as Angie not coming off as so obnoxious and Artie having a bit more personality. And I think the episode would have really benefited from being a two parter (maybe they could have scrapped Journey to the Center of the TARDIS or Cold War).

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Neil Gaiman on Nightmare in Silver Reception

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@Beasts_a_Snarling - THE KANDYMAN'S APPRENTICE  Of course, casual viewers are important, but a writer is going to write a story that they believe to be good, and shouldn't be hampered by trying to make sure that the casual viewers are keeping up. If a story is interesting enough, a viewer will be compelled to go watch so that they can understand (this is actually how I came into watching Doctor Who). Also, how do we define a casual viewer? I ask, because when I think of a casual viewer, I think of someone who watches the show if it's on when they turn on the television, so they miss episodes in between and aren't really invested in the show. Anyone who watches each week, I'd call a fan, personally.


I thought the arc taking a backseat for most of the series was a welcome change from the two arc heavy series that preceded series 8. But in general, I understand where you're coming from with the tension deteriorating. To be honest though, I was distracted from this arc by the character arcs, which took center stage from the Heaven arc for most of the series.


I imagine Missy was meant to be more mysterious than anything else in those short cut scenes, but you are right, this shouldn't be a writer's only trick to make audiences interested in a character. It does work, for better or worse, but I think considering how much was going on with other arcs, this was not such a grievous error this time around. However, it shouldn't be a habit.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on New Who’s Best Cliffhangers (Part 2)

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That's an interesting thought about binge-watching, but, personally, I like having that week in between episodes, so that I can mull over my thoughts on the episode and I can rarely do more than two episodes a day and then there's usually a few days break between watching. I do like that I have all of the episodes at my disposal, but having the set date on TV ensures that I'm going to make time to watch the episode.

It would be interesting to see if there's a great difference of opinion between people who watched the episodes as they premiered and those who binge-watch after the show comes out on DVD, Netflix, etc.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on When Is the Best Time to Watch Doctor Who?

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@Planet of the Deaf @twoheartsonemind  @supermoff I really liked her hair in The Crimson Horror, as well.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Best of 2014 Awards #1-5 Recap

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@the666thdoctor  I like this idea very much and thought it worked for series 6 and 7. The only issue I have is that it forces a mid-series cliffhanger, which can work brilliantly, but I dislike the idea of constricting a writer like that and not letting them just organically build up the story.

This series I thought there was a good balance to arc and story, and I'm not sure a split would effect this in a good way.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on When Is the Best Time to Watch Doctor Who?

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@MetamorphmagusWho met Peter Davison @twoheartsonemind   Agreed. I think the closest that we've had to that so far are The Boneless, but, although they are a brilliant monster, they just don't have the iconic feel to them.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on 9 Predictions for Doctor Who Series 9…

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As far as both villains and new companions, I'd really like to see new creations. Preexisting villains/monsters and characters do have great potential, but I'd much rather see an innovative new creation. Especially, when another companion hopefully joins the Doctor and Clara in the coming series. I'd just rather see someone new created rather than reuse a character.

I do NOT want Gallifrey back in full so soon. However, if some other Tiime Lords start popping up through out the next few series and this leads to Gallifrey being found, then I think it could work. Two years after realizing that Gallifrey's out there just doesn't seem like enough time for the journey to find it, especially because Gallifrey was only mentioned in the last episode of this series.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on 9 Predictions for Doctor Who Series 9…

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@Planet of the Deaf @supermoff   For Clara: either Deep Breath (beautiful Victorian outfit) or Time Heist (she really rocked the pants suit)

For the Doctor: Mummy on the Orient Express (Capaldi looked rather dashing)

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Best of 2014 Awards #1-5 Recap

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@Beasts_a_Snarling - THE KANDYMAN'S APPRENTICE  Isn't a writer supposed to write for the fandom, by which I mean the people who are fans? They're not going to write for someone who doesn't care about the show.

I don't think not having clues as to who Missy was (though the name was in itself a big hint, probably the only hint), detracts from the reveal. But you are right, it could have been anyone leading up to that episode (personally, I thought she gave off a very Master-vibe when allowed to act like herself in Dark Water). The arc was left in the background, allowing standalone episodes to take center stage, and I see nothing wrong with that. Besides, if anything the fact that she could have been anything, I think, makes it more exciting.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on New Who’s Best Cliffhangers (Part 2)

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I don't think there's a bad performance in the bunch (even from the two children), but some performances stand out more than others. The stand outs being: Pippa Bennett-Warner, Hermione Norris, Daisy Beaumont and Faye Marsay, in my opinion.

I think I'll go for Hermione Norris as I think she had the most difficult task of all of them.

3 weeks ago on Best of 2014 Awards #4: Female Guest Actor

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@ElyotWren @twoheartsonemind   Probably should have looked at the comments before saying that. I didn't think of Rose's grandfather though.

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Paul Kaye Cast in Series 9

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Is anyone else thinking Prentis sounds a bit like apprentice? He could have to do with The Magician's Apprentice.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Paul Kaye Cast in Series 9

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Perhaps I'm in the minority, but I see no need for a tenth anniversary special. Getting to a tenth anniversary in TV these days, and not being a detective procedural, is really impressive, but we just got done celebrating the 50th. I'm happy to just have another wonderful series of Doctor Who with maybe a few references to the past, though I don't think any old companions or Doctors should return.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Russell T Davies on New Who’s 10th Anniversary

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@Beasts_a_Snarling - THE KANDYMAN'S APPRENTICE  Yes, that's what I meant. Amy mentions having a desire to find her child, but the effects of that on her aren't really explored and I don't think the Doctor coming to terms with his death was really evident until the end of the series. The focus is really on the mystery of how the Doctor will survive, not on how this effects characters for the most part.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on The 5 Greatest Strengths of Series 8 (Part 1)

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If Osgood had been in one more episode (or been in other episodes longer) I could have justified voting for the lovely Ingrid Oliver over Michelle Gomez, but Gomez was simply amazing and such a joy to watch that I have to go with her.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Best of 2014 #2: Recurring Actor

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Completely and utterly agree! "I don't want to go" was such a self-indulgent line, and the whole idea of regeneration being death was simply immature, especially coming from a showrunner who knew that the show was going to have to continue after he left. Yes, it was meant to get to people's emotions, but at the cost of isolating viewers from the next Doctor?

Even if you believe that Ten was so narcissistic that it make sense for his character, it is still not a logical thing to do, when you need viewers to continue watching after you've gone.

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Why I Hate the Tenth Doctor’s Regeneration

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@Unibot @twoheartsonemind   I thought he was best in Last Christmas and The Caretaker, otherwise he just didn't make an impression.

3 weeks, 3 days ago on The 5 Greatest Weaknesses of Series 8 (Part 2)

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@Beasts_a_Snarling - THE KANDYMAN'S APPRENTICE  Series 8 has more of a focus on psychological effects, whereas series 6 focuses on moving along to the plot, even if characters are going through deep psychological trauma. That to me made the difference.

3 weeks, 3 days ago on The 5 Greatest Strengths of Series 8 (Part 1)

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Tough decision. Typically, I break ties by seeing who's going to be leaving the show, but neither one is, so I'm going to have to split hairs. I went for Jenna Coleman in the end, but really they were both equally good this series.

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Best of 2014 Awards #1: Lead Actor

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@Ottoman14  How does cultural awareness play into picking the best actor in Doctor Who? We're not picking them based on their other body of work, just on Doctor Who for this year, so having seen either one in something else shouldn't play into your vote. Besides, who are you to judge someone as "culturally unaware?"

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Best of 2014 Awards #1: Lead Actor

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@Miles Morales the Ultimate Notsosmartguy  @Ivegotkidneys   I thought the point was that he went too far. We weren't supposed to like how the Doctor was talking about soldiers and were supposed to be aware that he was wrong.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on The 5 Greatest Weaknesses of Series 8 (Part 2)

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I disagree with the analysis about Clara's home life, especially in how you use The Caretaker for an example. In my opinion, that was where the use of Clara's home life was perfectly utilized. Some of the best science-fiction uses the SF elements in the background as more of a catalyst for analyzing characters than anything else and that is what I believe The Caretaker did.

The main issue I found with Clara's home life was Danny. I feel that the writing for him from episode to episode was really up to chance. For instance, I feel he excelled as a character in The Caretaker and Last Christmas (even if that wasn't really him), but in other episodes it was hard to care about him. Clara was what made him interesting, alone he just wasn't interesting. Part of the issue, I think, was that Samuel Anderson didn't have much of a stage presence, at least not when surrounded by Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman, so Danny got somewhat lost in the background sometimes.


I also think it's interesting that the author called Listen repetitive. I think it's actually a great deviation from Doctor Who's usual format. The episode is spent looking for a villain, when there really is none. It's really a great psychological episode and doesn't follow the established formula for a story. It meanders, allowing it to focus on characters, rather than action.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on The 5 Greatest Weaknesses of Series 8 (Part 2)

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@Beasts_a_Snarling - THE KANDYMAN'S APPRENTICE  This may shock you, but I am judging this by my own opinion. And my opinion is that Moffat was true to his word and this series was most certainly darker than last.

What I said about writers looking at the tone of the series, I meant while they were writing it and their awareness of what they wanted the series to be like in terms of tone. And I don't think Moffat thought of series 6 as dark, he was thinking more about the complex plot. While in series 8, he made a conscious effort to explore dark themes, and it comes through in the writing.

3 weeks, 3 days ago on The 5 Greatest Strengths of Series 8 (Part 1)

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@TheOncomingFish @twoheartsonemind   True, but it was done in an overtly sci-fi way, which I think leads to a perception that it is less relatable, even if it actually is. I'm not disagreeing with the darkness that was in series 6, just offering up an explanation why it wasn't as in the forefront as it has been in series 8.

3 weeks, 3 days ago on The 5 Greatest Strengths of Series 8 (Part 1)

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@TheDoctornator @twoheartsonemind  @TheOncomingFish  I enjoyed the themes of both series, but in different ways. Series 8 was more character driven, while series 6 was more action driven. That's really the difference that makes me more intrigued by series 8.

3 weeks, 3 days ago on The 5 Greatest Strengths of Series 8 (Part 1)

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@Shane Michaels  Moffat actually said at the NYC Q&A from the World Tour that, contrary to popular belief, he actually doesn't like catchphrases and never intended Smith to keep saying "Geronimo" and "____ are cool," so that may explain that. But no, it hasn't been missed. There are, however, certain patterns in how Twelve speaks, like when he says "Question" and follows with a question.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on The 5 Greatest Strengths of Series 8 (Part 1)

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@TheOncomingFish  Series 6 most definitely had some dark themes running through it (I think Doctor Who always has), but it wasn't the sort of darkness that feels as relatable as what was done in series 8. I think when you bring death to the forefront in a way that feels normal to the audience (for instance Danny dies by being hit by a car, that is far more hollowing than being blasted by aliens), as series 8 did, it brings an overall darker feeling.

It's also in how the writers look at the tone of the series. And I don't think Moffat was looking at series 6 as as dark as what actually was produced, but he was clearly aware of the darkness in series 8, which makes the tone more perceptible.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on The 5 Greatest Strengths of Series 8 (Part 1)

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As much fun as I think this theory is, and it is quite fun, it really would cheapen Clara's character, especially with the character development we saw from her in series 8. The idea sounds like a fun "what if" story, but nothing I'd actually want to see on the show.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on The Impossible Girl: An Impossible Theory

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Excellent news. I'm happy to see anyone from Being Human work on Doctor Who (that includes other directors, writers and actors). I also hope Rachel Talalay and Ben Wheatley return to direct.

Hopefully Toby Whithouse writes an episode this series. I've loved all his other episodes, especially A Town Called Mercy and The God Complex.

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Being Human Director for Series 9

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@The_Eternal_Dalek @twoheartsonemind   Do they not have to license the show to countries for use? In any case, I was talking about the merchandise like books, posters, toys, etc. And the BBC would definitely be wise to look at the show's popularity worldwide. You can call the BBC a non-profit organization, but the fact is that they are making money off of international viewers.

"Last time around"  ( and I can only speak for the US here) BBCAmerica didn't exist and Doctor Who was only shown on PBS, and even then very sporadically, so the viewing figures were extraordinarily low. I can only assume that the case was similar in other countries.

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Doctor Who Series 8 (2014) UK Ratings Accumulator

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I quite liked Shona and think that if she were to become a companion there would be many places to take her character. However, I really would prefer a new character to become a companion. The part about how Shona is so different compared to Clara made me think that a new companion is just what we need to add to the Clara/ Doctor dynamic, because the Doctor and Clara understand each other now and that means there's a loss of tension, and while that's not a bad thing, I think it helps to introduce another character into the fold to continue character development for all involved.

I like the idea of companions mentoring each other and developing a friendship. Maybe even commenting on similarities between the Doctor and Clara, and expressing fear about how they'll change from traveling with the Doctor. This also gives Clara the opportunity to reflect on her own changes as well.

Another companion also gives those who don't like Clara an opportunity to have another companion in the mix who they might feel represents them better or who simply appeals to them more.

4 weeks ago on Doctor Who in 2015: Where to Now?

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