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17 hours, 48 minutes ago on Leaked Sony Emails Reveals Doctor Who Movie Plans

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This rumor seems terribly confused but if true does that mean the Thals will return as well?

1 day, 18 hours ago on Series 9 To Open With “Darkest ever plot”?

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@AlessandroArsuffi @Grand Fenwick @TardisKid101 How many years did Tom Baker stay away from Doctor Who?

2 days, 12 hours ago on Eccleston: I Have No Ill Feeling Towards Doctor Who

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@Mermeht They got the ending of Last Christmas correct only because they said Jenna was leaving and that Jenna was staying on.

2 days, 15 hours ago on Series 9 To Open With “Darkest ever plot”?

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@Lord of Time has redocorated It's quite entertaining.  That she specifically calls out the speculation about her playing a younger Clara shows that the show is paying attention to fan discussions and then stoking the fires to heat those discussions up even more. 

1 week ago on Maisie Williams Hints At Her Series 9 Role

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@The Finn is excited for audio Kate Stewart! Exactly!  Does he run a training session for everyone that appears on the show?  Like how Kevin Costner's character in Bull Durham teaches Tim Robbins' character how to deal with the media.

1 week ago on Maisie Williams Hints At Her Series 9 Role

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I've long thought a slice-of-life story, in which nothing much happens, would make for an interesting change of pace.  Maybe the Doctor and companion spend a few days in Victorian London and help the Paternoster Gang with a minor mystery.  


Or, to make it weird, they land the TARDIS on the Time Rift in Cardiff.  To pass the time they take a guided tour of the filming locations of the long-running BBC educational show "Professor Where" which is about a geography professor and her students who travel the world to learn about different places.

1 week, 5 days ago on Themed Episodes For The Future

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@TardisKid101 I wouldn't say stupid, but they do seem too gimmicky.  It is what shows do when they run out of ideas.

1 week, 5 days ago on Themed Episodes For The Future

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@Americanwhovian We just had In the Forest of the Night!

1 week, 5 days ago on Themed Episodes For The Future

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@The_Doctor_ Hopefully the Doctor won't elbow Clara too much.

1 week, 6 days ago on Moffat: Series 9 Is Tonally the Same

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As long as the show's lead actor doesn't continue attacking the lead bad guy I'm sure the show will continue.

2 weeks ago on Moffat: Revived Who To Last 15 Years Minimum

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I wouldn't call it sappy, but you're right that bringing Rose and Ten together again would have been an unnecessary distraction from the plot of TDOTD.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Bad Wolf: Connecting a Decade of New Who

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@ilyootha Agreed!

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Torrent Doctor Who (Legally)

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@doctorwhofan2006 You didn't see the photo of Capaldi leaving Cardiff General Hospital with a cast on his hand?

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Doctor Who Future in Doubt After Capaldi ‘Fracas’

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I must say I am disappointed with my fellow Whovians today.  Instead of taking the opportunity to have some fun with the joke most everyone is saying that DWTV's joke post, which we all knew was coming, was a joke post. Why point out what everyone already knows, that the joke post is a joke post?  Maybe next year people will have some fun and elaborate on the joke (e.g. "I heard Capaldi and the Dalek had been feuding ever since filming began" or whatever) rather than point out the obvious.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Doctor Who Future in Doubt After Capaldi ‘Fracas’

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I always knew that guy was trouble.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Doctor Who Future in Doubt After Capaldi ‘Fracas’

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@Planet of the Deaf We'll find out for sure (hopefully!) when they air, but Radio Times is claiming they have the inside scoop that these make up a two-parter.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Series 9: The Girl Who Died, and The Woman Who Lived

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@Baker Street has been a fan for 10 YEARS! Even though the BBC press release didn't mention it the Radio Times is reporting that the two stories make up a two-parter.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Series 9: The Girl Who Died, and The Woman Who Lived

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@Silent_Angel @supermoff praises the holy Mathiemoff union Radio Times is reporting that the two episodes are indeed a two-parter.  I stand corrected.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Series 9: The Girl Who Died, and The Woman Who Lived

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@Silent_Angel @supermoff praises the holy Mathiemoff union Yes, that's how I interpret the announcement, which distinctly avoided any mention of the episodes being a two-parter.  

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Series 9: The Girl Who Died, and The Woman Who Lived

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@DaftDalek If not a traditional two-parter they seem to be two stories with a strong connection.  

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Series 9: The Girl Who Died, and The Woman Who Lived

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Sorry, but this article is difficult to read. The sentence fragments, improper use of punctuation, and awkward word usage make this an exercise in frustration.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Horror Who Part II: The Hinchcliffe & Holmes Influence

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This coming Thursday would be an excellent day for a minisode.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Weird and Wonderful

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@Planet of the Deaf @Antee991166 With both Moffat and Capaldi on board you would think they'd film one episode in Glasgow.

1 month ago on Why Doctor Who Should Visit Ireland

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This is an excellent idea!  But I have to ask, what do the quarries in Ireland look like?

1 month ago on Why Doctor Who Should Visit Ireland

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@rehaank Why stop at two-parters?  A twelve-parter would give us eleven cliffhangers!

1 month, 1 week ago on Why More Two-Parters Is A Good Thing

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@Mikeyboss182 Series 7 was a mess but that mess had little to do with a lack of two-parters.  

1 month, 1 week ago on Why More Two-Parters Is A Good Thing

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@the666thdoctor I get where you're coming from, but it is six months until the show returns and we need something to discuss between now and them.

1 month, 1 week ago on Why Shona McCullough Should Not Return

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Although I very much enjoyed Shona in Last Christmas, I don't see any reason to bring her back.  For one, and I write this in almost every Shona thread, she, the Doctor and Clara don't know each other.  They only met in a dream and the end of the episode implied people were not remembering their dreams.  That makes for a weird episode because lots of viewers would assume they know each other, but to maintain continuity the three would have to meet as strangers.  Having said that I could see a funny bit where the Doctor and Clara meet Shona and all three are like "Don't I know you from somewhere?"

1 month, 1 week ago on Why Shona McCullough Should Not Return

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@Mark McCullough @Switcharoo  


The end.

The end.

The end.

repeat until the 500 word minimum is reached.

1 month, 1 week ago on Why Shona McCullough Should Not Return

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@cyberdalek too terrifying to exist @Rani Nose I was thinking more of an old Madame Vastra who has to be lured out of retirement by the Doctor.  Sort of a mirror story to The Snowmen.

1 month, 1 week ago on Moffat on Paternoster Return, Clara’s Original Exit

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How long do Silurian's live? Could we see an older Madame Vastra in the early 21st century?

1 month, 1 week ago on Moffat on Paternoster Return, Clara’s Original Exit

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I find it interesting that Moffat sees the Paternosters only as comic relief. I could see them in a story that begins lightheartedly but gets very serious. Perhaps with Strax sacrificing himself to save Jenny or Vastra.

1 month, 1 week ago on Moffat on Paternoster Return, Clara’s Original Exit

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@Malohkeh will sell soul for Big Finish CDs I don't want Gallifrey to return anytime soon because I find Time Lord politics boring.  I watch Doctor Who for the adventures, cliffhangers, weird aliens and clever escapes, not for palace intrigue.  There are any number of other shows that can do situational drama and palace intrigue far better than Doctor Who.


I don't think finding Gallifrey will happen soon because it is not a story arc like Bad Wolf or the Impossible Girl.  Finding Gallifrey is an underlying theme which gives the show a structure and provides the motivation for the Doctor's adventures.  


In the early years of the show the underlying theme was the rebellious Doctor escaping the stifling culture of Gallifrey.  That served the show well for many years, but one of the reasons the classic show grew stale was because the underlying theme didn't change.  Part of the motivation for the Cartmel masterplan was to refresh the underlying theme.  


When the show returned in 2005 RTD brilliantly came up with a new theme, the Doctor's guilt for his actions in the Time War.  That theme served the show well for seven series, but there are only so many times the writers can draw from that well before it seems repetitive. By clearing up what the Doctor did to end the Time War and giving him the possibility of finding Gallifrey, Moffat has essentially given the show a new well from which it can draw sustenance for several years.  Like in the classic show, where the Doctor's running away was mentioned only infrequently, I suspect his search for home will be dealt with explicitly only on rare occasions.  Most of the time we'll still see the Doctor bouncing around from place to place, and time to time, getting into and out of trouble without any mention of Gallifrey.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Will Gallifrey Return in Series 9?

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It would be great to have Gallifrey return... in Series 25.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Will Gallifrey Return in Series 9?

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@LordWhovian Look again at the Vine clip DWTV posted and you will see a gray-haired man wearing a hoodie.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Series 9 Filming in Spain

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@Polyphase I get where you're coming from but I disagree.  There are several gaps in Missy's story, (when and why did the Master regenerate into Missy, what does she know about Gallifrey, why did she "choose" Clara and how long has she been watching/manipulating her, does Clara know, how did Missy escape and what has she been up to, etc.) that could be worth exploring at the start of S9.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Series 9 Filming in Spain

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@supermoff, defender of Akhaten @The Finn is excited for audio Kate Stewart! That would be hilarious.  I mean, something that far out of character for Doctor Who would be jaw droppingly funny.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Series 9 Filming in Spain

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@russell t dalek Not to be too fighty but the Master is what that Time Lord goes by in his male incarnation, she goes by Missy when she is a woman.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Series 9 Filming in Spain

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@The Lazy Cat Returns! The Master was always known for his grand, convoluted plans.  I wonder if Moffat has decided to turn that up a notch with Missy and that what we saw in S8 was only a small part of a more grandiose, doubly convoluted, plan.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Series 9 Filming in Spain

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@Bernard13 Who?

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Series 9 Filming in Spain

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I liked Shona but I don't know if she would make a great companion.  But, I do think her reappearing in a single episode would be fun.  Shona, Clara and the Doctor only interacted while in a dream state.  Were they to meet again they wouldn't necessarily recognize each other.  It would be a one-not running gag but there could be a story where the Doctor and Clara run into Shona and all three are like "don't I know you from somewhere?" and it is only after the Doctor and Clara leave that all three remember their first meeting was in a dream.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Faye Marsay: There’s Been No talk of Shona Returning

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Yes!

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Missy Back in Two-Part Series 9 Opener

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Meh, I think talk of a divide is an exaggeration. It is true that RTD and Moffat bring different strengths, weaknesses and sensibilities to their eras and I hat people will prefer one over the other. But my impression is that there is a tiny, vocal, minority of people on either end of that continuum who get shouty. The vast majority of the rest of us are able to enjoy both eras of New Who as well as the many eras of Classic Who.

1 month, 4 weeks ago on The Divide in New Who: One Era to Another

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Even though I loved the Clara is pregnant theory, I think she was going to 'fess up and come clean to Danny about all her adventures with the Doctor.  However,


"I love you… Danny, I’ll never say those words again. Not to anybody else, ever. Those words, from me, are yours now."


sounds like a roundabout marriage proposal.  The only person you would say "I love you" to, with the promise that you would never say them to anyone else, is your future spouse. 



2 months ago on What was Clara going to say to Danny?

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I view Doctor Who as escapist entertainment and rate the show on how well I was entertained. By that measure ridiculous plots and silly aliens are good!

For me, an episode would have to be truly awful to get a score below 5/10. Pretty much any show that survives the vetting and production process and gets aired by a major network is going to have somet going for it. To score as low as a 1 or 2 there would have to be major problems, like the set falling apart, an actor forgetting their lines, totally impossible anachronisms, etc. Likewise a 10/10 episode would have to be just right and might happen once every ten or twenty episodes. Most of the time my rankings fall between 7 and 9.

2 months ago on Doctor Who and Episode Rankings

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DWTV polls are meant to be fun conversation starters.  They aren't conducted with scientific rigor.  That's not a criticism, but without a standard means of measurement there is no way to control for harsh graders vs. easy graders, or people who judge based on quality vs. those of us (such as myself) who rate a show solely on entertainment value. Without a yardstick results should be taken with at least one raised (attack or non-attack) eyebrow.  The results might be interesting or entertaining but without standard survey procedures in place they aren't all that meaningful.  


For example someone will invariably write something like "I'm surprised Episode X rated higher than Episode Y" in response to a poll.  But looking at the numbers shows that X scored a 8.1235 and Y a 8.1120.  Given the loose nature of an online poll, the difference in these scores is almost certainly smaller than uncertainty in the scores themselves.  In other words it is impossible to tell any difference in those scores.  

2 months ago on Doctor Who and Episode Rankings

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I liked it just fine, but that says nothing about the quality of the episode.

2 months, 1 week ago on Why Series 8 Needed Child-Friendly Episodes & Moments

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@Hibernus @ilyootha @Mikeyboss182 There was an informative interview with the Titan Comics people about a month ago in which their plans for various Doctors were discussed.  I can't find it at the moment otherwise I would link to it.

2 months, 1 week ago on Doctor Who Comic Launching February in UK

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