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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.

2 hours, 55 minutes 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?

6 hours, 7 minutes 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?

6 hours, 4 minutes 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).

1 day, 6 hours 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...

1 day, 6 hours 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.

2 days, 4 hours 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!

3 days 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.

6 days, 7 hours ago on Christmas Special: Santa is Real, Not Evil

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What a fantastic series! While our scores may differ drastically on episodes, it's nice to see an overwhelming show of support for Peter Capaldi. Even people who weren't too keen on this series, seem to have enjoyed him as a Doctor.

1 week, 1 day ago on Doctor Who TV Readers’ Final Series 8 Episode Ranking

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@Jayveemon  I haven't listened to the Big Finish audios with her, but if she's like what I described then yes.

1 week, 3 days ago on Moffat Mulls Future Companion Not Being Another Earth Girl

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@Planet of the Deaf @twoheartsonemind is the Thirteenth Inspector Yeah, but River was never a regular companion, so the benefits of her age were lessened. But I think someone around Alex Kingston's age or a bit older would work very well against Capaldi.

I was initially thinking someone in their sixties or seventies, but I figured that probably isn't feasible with the physicality that seems rather necessary.

1 week, 5 days ago on Moffat Mulls Future Companion Not Being Another Earth Girl

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@ahunter8056  I can go either way with this, because as much as I like Clara and want her back, I feel like she's at a really good point to leave.

1 week, 5 days ago on Moffat Mulls Future Companion Not Being Another Earth Girl

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Gomez, hands down. She's so brilliantly unhinged and yet can be such a calculating villain as well. I also love the fact that there was an emphasis on the Master's relationship with the Doctor.

Jacobi was also great, but, alas, he didn't get much time to really show off all of the character's facets.

1 week, 5 days ago on Face-Off: New Who Masters

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@The Lazy Cat Has Attack Eyebrows  She was speaking over a loudspeaker when we heard her human voice and since she was a computer genius it wouldn't be hard for her to change the sound frequencies so that they sounded like her human voice. I'm sure she would've done anything to keep up the charade in her head that she was human.

1 week, 5 days ago on Moffat Mulls Future Companion Not Being Another Earth Girl

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I'd still really like to see the Doctor take a companion who looks about the same age as him. It would be nice to have an older companion, and while I think this would have worked best as juxtaposition to Matt Smith's Doctor, I think Capaldi's Doctor could handle an older human interestingly. It would be even more interesting if they were from the future, but were born around the same time that many young fans of today were born.

1 week, 5 days ago on Moffat Mulls Future Companion Not Being Another Earth Girl

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The rest of the crew deserves our praise as well. Their work is just as hard as the writer's and they do so much with what they are given. It is their job to make a piece of fiction come to life and that is no easy task.

1 week, 5 days ago on Moffat: Making Doctor Who Doesn’t Get Any Easier

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It's so easy for us to forget that the stories we see came from someone's head and that those people are not only human and fallible, but that they work really hard (as cliché as it sounds, it is true) to bring us the show that we love, and that they love. Writers take the utmost care in their character's, in their plot and in all the little details that make up a story. Writers are not lazy, by nature, and even when we think a plot resolution or a twist was lazy, we should know that someone had to think about all the possibilities that would stem from this decision and work out all possible alternatives. Writing isn't a physical labor, but it is a heavy mental one. Too often, as viewers, we forget this.


1 week, 5 days ago on Moffat: Making Doctor Who Doesn’t Get Any Easier

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Personally, I think the Cybermen were at their best in Death in Heaven, at least for the new series. I just don't think the Cybermen are interesting enough to be the stars of an episode. Their premise has long since become a classic sci-fi trope and I thought the fact that they were converting the dead actually did a lot to revitalize them.

Every character is a tool for story development! No (good) writer adds in a character that does nothing for the plot. Everything about a character is planned out so that they advance the story or offer a new perspective. Even something like a new Doctor's personality is made just to open up new story avenues, as was obviously done with the Twelfth Doctor. Did Osgood need to die? No, but nothing is ever necessary in a story. She did not die for no purpose; she died to further establish the Master"s (and especially the new Master's) threat level and personality. Yes, someone else could have been killed in the same way, but what's the point of killing off someone we don't care about? It does seem like a waste of a perfectly good character, but that's what makes the death so much more meaningful and more tragic. If anything, this made the episode far more realistic, because sometimes that's what happens, good people die.

1 week, 6 days ago on 2nd Opinion: Death in Heaven

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YES! Thank goodness. I was worried we wouldn't get to see her again for another few series.

1 week, 6 days ago on Michelle Gomez Reveals Series 9 Return, Rani Trickery

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@PeterPeazyLittlefield  Death in Heaven is one of the strangest episodes to write a 12 Great Moments article for. I may as well state it from the off, I didn’t like it and was thoroughly disappointed.

The author admits his perspective doesn't allow for him to properly write this article. Regardless of other meanings of the world, in these articles great has been used to pick out well executed scenes, as shown in previous articles. If the article was simply ranking scenes in order of how "big" they were, or I suppose significant, then why is Clara and the Danny at 7 when it is a big development and central to the plot?

 It makes sense to give criticism to lower ranked scenes, but when your number 1 and 2 scenes are highly criticized, it just doesn't make sense to have even put them in those positions.

2 weeks ago on 12 Great Moments From Death in Heaven

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I'm sorry to be beating a dead horse, but I think that if this style of articles is to continue then it needs to be written by someone who liked the episode, which means it would need a revolving cast of writers. There's no point in calling it "12 GREAT Moments from..." if the moments are going to be described as though they were terrible.

That said, you make some good points, though I disagree about calling the Doctor and Clara's last (for now at least) a "misunderstanding". Yes, it technically started out as this, but I think misunderstanding trivializes the ideas of trust and deception put forth by the conversation and really the entire series.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on 12 Great Moments From Death in Heaven

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@Thefezthatruledtheworld  Personally, I find that Simm loses the backbone of the character when he dives into the insanity, especially in The End of Time. Before that there are only a few moments that really bug me about his Master. However, I think Missy always has a handle on the fact that she's insane. She's aware of it and therefore makes it work for her.

I really think the kiss was pretty obviously a way for her to mess with the Doctor, which is completely in line for the Master, especially this incarnation.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on 12 Great Moments From Death in Heaven

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I actually gave Dark Water only an 8/10, but then I rewatched it. I wish I'd given it a 10/10, not that it needed it. Wow. It really was a masterful piece of television.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Your Verdict on Dark Water & Episode Ranking

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@gunslinger19  I'm actually happy they didn't focus on the sex regeneration. Instead of Missy being a female Master, she was a Master who happened to be female.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Your Verdict on Dark Water & Episode Ranking

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I fail to see how Osgood's death was a cheap trick. Did it further establish Missy's character? Yes, it did; I feel. And that means that while it wasn't necessary (but really in storytelling nothing is necessary), it was used to great effect. You could argue that we already know enough about the Master, so that this didn't need to show something we already know. But I contend that since we haven't seen the character in 5 years, and since most villains do not make such cruel killings, that it was a necessary shock to the viewer. It also kept us on our toes when it came to other possible deaths.

Death in Heaven had many flaws, but I think it's strong emotional backbone is what made the episode. Yes, I have minor quibbles with characterization (i.e. those guards), but nothing with the major players of the episode.

As for the Cybermen, I've never found them to be terribly interesting. I'm sure that they were quite revolutionary when first introduced in the classic series, but they have not aged well. I thought they were used rather effectively in this episode. The Master is a far more interesting villain.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Death in Heaven Review (Part 1)

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@Gustaff @Amy is uniting the Earth Kingdom!  She could have been told by her companion or someone else. John Smith found out he was the Doctor.

But, I agree, I'm not sure if the Cybermen would have known about that.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Death in Heaven Review (Part 1)

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@Ottoman14  I was completely prepared to accept your opinion (even though I disagree, not about her character traits, as those are obvious, but that they negate any of her good character traits), until that last sentence. Just how shallow do you think I (I won't speak for everyone) am? To insinuate that I only like the character because of the actress is juvenile in itself. I may think Jenna Coleman is gorgeous and a very good actress, but don't confuse that with why I like the character.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Rate & Discuss Death in Heaven

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@The Lazy Cat Needs Her Inhaler  I agree with you, because I like Clara and I want her to have some either heroic or incredibly upsetting death, or go on to do something extraordinary with her life. But wouldn't it be just so tragic if she just has to go off back into normal life? I mean, isn't that how life really works. Like you come back from an amazing vacation, where you've seen incredible things and learned so much, but your ordinary life is waiting for you, because it never goes away. That's how most people's entire lives are and where even the most intrepid of adventurers must return to eventually.

And I think if this is where Clara's life takes her, it would greatly benefit from some scenes of her attempting to re-adjust, and failing. That would be an incredibly tragic ending and I think the character deserves that.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Rate & Discuss Death in Heaven

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@Deus_Ex_Machina  I suppose I have. Strange, though, I usually don't think of Doctor Who that way.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Rate & Discuss Death in Heaven

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@MrRazza likes counting down with Tony Blackburn  I agree with you that the "mutual lying, mutual despair, both thinking the other is fine" was a really nice goodbye for Clara, but I didn't find it terribly satisfying to have her just go off back into normal life or to go back and what, have to travel to Afghanistan to find that boy's parents? It just didn't feel like a proper ending. I would have rather had the deceptive good bye and not have the boy hanging over her. That said, I'd like her to either officially exit in the Christmas Special or in the beginning of series 9. I'd like a companion to leave at a random episode in the series, adds more tension.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Rate & Discuss Death in Heaven

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I have no idea how I feel about this episode. On one hand, it was pretty emotionally satisfying. But on the other hand, it might be the silliest and strangest piece of TV ever. Yet it also made sense, so...um, I just don't know how to feel. I'm going to hold back my rating until I rewatch the episode.

Michelle Gomez was astounding. She was just pitch perfect. And Missy was just such a great incarnation of the Master. The moment where she tells the Doctor she wanted to show how similar they are was inspired. Please, let her not be dead. I want her back.

I literally screamed at the TV when Osgood died. I was not okay with that. But it was so well executed.

The Brigadier catching Kate was also perfect. It was just so touching. I was prepared to be so sad if Kate had died (I couldn't have taken both her and Osgood dying).

And then Nick Frost at the end! I laughed so hard. I'm glad Clara will be back, as I wasn't entirely satisfied by her just walking off down the street as an ending.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Rate & Discuss Death in Heaven

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The thing about Utopia is that after the big Master reveal (which I think was spectacularly done), everything after that goes down hill for the Master in terms of  The Sound of Drums and Last of the Time Lords. I personally liked when Simm's Master was able to be a cold, calculating villain with a hint of madness instead of a full out mad man. I feel like we got that with Missy right away, even when we didn't know she was the Master.

Personally, I think the classic villain feel that Missy was given in Dark Water was better than just the reveal that we got in Utopia (good as that was).

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Face-Off: Utopia vs Dark Water

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@Feeling the BURN @The Lazy Cat Needs Her Inhaler  Well, she did go a bit mad in Dark Water. This could be a really interesting reason for her to leave and an undeniably saddening one.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Death in Heaven Advance Review

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@NeutronFlow is having a gender crisis @twoheartsonemind wants a Black Widow Movie @Amy is uniting the Earth Kingdom!  That's quite fair. Personally, as long as a book or comic or other media doesn't contradict the TV show, I take it as canon.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on A Study of Regeneration: Lord or Lady?

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@TardisBoy is the Mistress  I think more than Danny's death actually being Clara's fault, it's that she feels like it was her fault or at least directly connected to her.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Death in Heaven Advance Review

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And I thought I couldn't get any more excited for Saturday.

One thing I think we've all been forgetting a bit what with the Missy reveal and the wonderful story is that Rachel Talalay is a fantastic director! Dark Water was superbly shot with some incredible visuals and camera shots. I really hope she returns next series.

I also stand by my theory that we'll see Danny's body converted into a Cyberman.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Death in Heaven Advance Review

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@NeutronFlow is having a gender crisis @Amy is uniting the Earth Kingdom!  "Fan-fiction" that's a bit harsh don't you think? You know the BBC licensed those comics, right? They are hardly fan-fiction and many people, myself included, consider them canon. They have never contradicted something said in the show and there are some very good stories in them.

3 weeks ago on A Study of Regeneration: Lord or Lady?

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@Planet of the Deaf  But that could be the brilliance of having the Doctor become female. The Doctor would be the great hero and character that he is and gender wouldn't make a difference. It would be great in disproving gender stereotypes and showing that they don't control who you are.

3 weeks ago on A Study of Regeneration: Lord or Lady?

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@The 4th Doctor @MechaPotatoAlex  Personally, I think the reason this idea never existed before Moffat's era is because the world was not as accepting of transgender people (not that today is that accepting but it is definitely better), and through that not as accepting of the idea of a character like a Timelord changing sex.

The show is evolving with the times.

3 weeks ago on A Study of Regeneration: Lord or Lady?

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@supermoff is waiting for heaven....  While I like this theory, it does seem to be a bit of a cop out.

3 weeks ago on A Study of Regeneration: Lord or Lady?

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@Ottoman14  Why is it inappropriate for children to see a portrayal of death? We don't know what happens when you die and children can believe what they want. Children can be shown mature topics; it is important that they know the world isn't just rainbows and sunshine. And if they don't want to think about it, that's just what they do, ignore it.

3 weeks ago on 2nd Opinion: Dark Water

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@bringmeknitting @twoheartsonemind wants a Black Widow Movie @seddon  Yes, that was a beautiful scene. Possibly my favorite scene in Doctor Who. I was quite glad that the episode brought such attention to mental health issues and showed that people who suffer from them aren't just crazy.

3 weeks ago on Your Verdict on Forest & Episode Ranking

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@hobbitdude13  Completely agree. Death is something that needs to be brought up with children. They can most certainly take these mature topics, especially because there are very few other places (media, books, parents) that will bring them to their attention. It is important for their critical thinking skills and they most certainly can handle it.

3 weeks ago on 2nd Opinion: Dark Water

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You both very eloquently explain your opinions (as always), but I cannot help but disagree with much of what you both said.

I am personally of the opinion that the afterlife that we were shown isn't the real afterlife and that it is a trick used by Missy. However, even if it isn't I don't think that it is too dark an idea to show to children. The reality is that we don't know what the afterlife is like (or if there even is one). It could very well be what a religion says it is, it could be utter nothingness, it could be heaven, hell or something far stranger. But the point is that it isn't necessarily happy. Children shouldn't be shielded from anything that is bad or sad. My sister is eleven (not the youngest age for a child to be watching Doctor Who, but still young) and she didn't mention the afterlife aspect of the episode at all; she's much more concerned about how Clara and the Doctor will save the day and how much she likes Missy. And I think that is what most children will focus on.

I think that when a character can canonically switch gender like a Time Lord can, gender doesn't matter at all. Men and women can have the same personalities. However, changing genders can also open up a lot of interesting new paths for the character. I wouldn't be too quick to judge Missy, as we only saw her acting like herself for what amounted to maybe five minutes in Dark Water. I also think that when judging the character, we need to put all thoughts of what she could have been out of our heads and focus on what she is.

Personally, I think she acts more like the Master than he did in The End of Time. Michelle Gomez's portrayal has been much more of a calculating, well-planned villain with a dark sense of humor and a playfulness that is offset by her creepiness. I also wouldn't call her flirty at all. I think it was clear she kissed the Doctor to mess with him and it worked, because he was clearly unable to figure out who she was. Other than that, there wasn't anything really romantic between the two in Dark Water. I think that if there was any sense of a possible romance between the two it was in Davies' stories.

I look forward to seeing everyone's opinions after Death in Heaven.

3 weeks ago on 2nd Opinion: Dark Water

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What if that Cyberman covered in the sheet is what remains of Danny's body?

3 weeks ago on Death in Heaven TV Trailer Breakdown

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@seddon @twoheartsonemind wants a Black Widow Movie  Well, I'm an artist and have suffered from mental health problems, so Vincent just might have meant more to me personally. I think Mummy is very strong all around, but I think Vincent handles it's characters better.

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Your Verdict on Forest & Episode Ranking

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That last picture! The expression on her face! I laughed so hard.

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Death in Heaven Promo Pics

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@Alleigh I wonder how many people think her being the focus of the show is a bad thing. Some people like when the companion takes the spotlight.

I doubt it would be a large percentage of that 40%, but I would like to see how many think that way.

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Your Verdict on Forest & Episode Ranking

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@Calebxy  It would be interesting to see how many of those people think she's overshadowing the Doctor in a negative way.

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Your Verdict on Forest & Episode Ranking

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