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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.

9 hours, 56 minutes 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?"

9 hours, 57 minutes 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.

10 hours, 4 minutes 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.

10 hours, 11 minutes 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?

14 hours, 14 minutes 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.

14 hours, 16 minutes 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.

6 days, 5 hours ago on Will Gallifrey Return in Series 9?

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

6 days, 9 hours 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.

6 days, 15 hours 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.

6 days, 16 hours 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 week 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 week 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 week 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 week, 2 days ago on Faye Marsay: There’s Been No talk of Shona Returning

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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.

2 weeks, 2 days 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 weeks, 5 days 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.

3 weeks, 1 day 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.  

3 weeks, 1 day 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.

3 weeks, 4 days 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.

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Doctor Who Comic Launching February in UK

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@the Doctor's euphonium, agent of N.O.T.H.I.N.G. The Ninth Doctor comic will be out March 11th in the US.

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Doctor Who Comic Launching February in UK

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@Clara Bosswald loves A-Force Ladies. @SirTrey Of the three I've found Eleven's comic to be the weakest (though the most recent comic is really good).  The female companion is someone you want as the Doctor's companion but the male companion is dull.  I find Eleven's whimsical, talky personality doesn't translate well to the comic. 

Ten has a young Mexican-American woman as a companion and she's great.  Their first story was the most Moffat-like of all the comics so far.  The first issue of their second adventure came out a couple of weeks ago and it is terrific.


Twelve's comic story is just getting started so I'll not yet pass judgement on that.  Clara is drawn as a generic pretty young woman and only has a passing resemblance to Jenna Coleman.  I've had to stop and remind myself a couple of times that the woman in the comic is actually Clara.


3 weeks, 6 days ago on Doctor Who Comic Launching February in UK

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This is a press release, not a scientific survey of Doctor popularity.

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Doctor Who Comic Launching February in UK

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They have been available In the US as individual comics for Ten, Eleven and Twelve, for a few months now.

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Doctor Who Comic Launching February in UK

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In the US these comics have been available for a few months now as individual books for each Doctor's story.  Has that not been the case in the UK?

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Doctor Who Comic Launching February in UK

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Only slightly related, but I believe the Funko Pop versions of Doctor Who characters will be available in a couple of months.

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Lego Doctor Who Is Officially Happening in 2015

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I don't understand why you call introducing new writers a gimmick. New writers bring new ideas and they are essential to keeping the show alive.

1 month ago on Moffat Confirms His Next Two Stories for Series 9

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@The Finn, Agent of SPECTRE @ilyootha I wonder how much Moffat has talked to Chris Chibnall and how he has kept the second season of Broadchurch under wraps.

1 month ago on Moffat Confirms His Next Two Stories for Series 9

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@Status: Stuck in the vortex  @JFrance Well, what Moffat said was a massive cliffhanger in the penultimate episode, which pretty much guarantees it is the first part of a two-parter.

1 month ago on Moffat Confirms His Next Two Stories for Series 9

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@Time_And_Space_Pirate @Unibot That would be brilliant!  Then we could spend several months arguing how the title "Shona" is too obvious to mean what we all think it means.

1 month ago on Moffat Confirms His Next Two Stories for Series 9

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Or Danny returning.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Speculating on Series 9’s Big Cliffhanger (Part 2)

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@TardisBoy! That would be a good one!  We've never seen a Doctor forget a companion before.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Speculating on Series 9’s Big Cliffhanger (Part 1)

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And I see TardisBoy and I were having the same thought at the same moment in time.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Speculating on Series 9’s Big Cliffhanger (Part 1)

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None of the above.  Without knowing the arc of S9 there is no way to guess what the cliffhanger will be.  Even knowing the arc there is little chance of guessing the cliffhanger as it could be something as mundane as the Doctor tripping on a brick.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Speculating on Series 9’s Big Cliffhanger (Part 1)

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Isn't this, announcing the writer and guest stars, a sign that outdoor filming is about to begin? That is what I noticed last year.

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

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@Beasts_a_Snarling - THE KANDYMAN'S APPRENTICE In retrospect I'm fascinated by how much "A Town Called Mercy" sets up "The Day of the Doctor".  In the former the Doctor confronts an alien who has made similar difficult war time decisions.  In the latter the Doctor confronts his former self who made a very difficult war time decision.

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

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@The Lazy Cat is in a Hugging Mood @the Ultimate Notsosmartguy  
The companion role in Nightmare did seem to be written for Amy rather than Clara.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Neil Gaiman on Nightmare in Silver Reception

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@Scribey @Malohkeh Yes, but these could be Spanish corridors.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Series 9 Filming in Spain

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@supermoff  If Shona were to come back would she remember the Doctor and Clara?  Would they remember her?

1 month, 3 weeks ago on 9 Predictions for Doctor Who Series 9…

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Rather than a returning classic villain I would much prefer a new one that could stand up to repeated return visits. The Weeping Angels and the Silence are among the greatest villains ever seen on Doctor Who but both rely heavily on a clever gimmick (a Moffat specialty) rather than rich characterization. Viewers quickly grow wise to the gimmick and repeat visits by the villains become less threatening. A bad guy with whose motivations are murky, and who does not have any quirky powers, would make for a formidable long-term for for the Doctor.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on 9 Predictions for Doctor Who Series 9…

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The problem with Sontarans is that they aren't very interesting. They were third-rate villains in the classic show and they weren't improved much in their one substantial, serious story. Their very nature as militaristic clones that fight with honor limits what can be done with them. Moffat did the wisest thing one could do with them.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on 9 Predictions for Doctor Who Series 9…

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@Antee991166  @Conall McCormick Seeking Gallifrey is not a story arc.  Like running away from Gallifrey and feeling guilty about the Time War, it is a frame upon which story arcs can be built.  As such the search for Gallifrey will almost certainly take many years to unfold.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on 9 Predictions for Doctor Who Series 9…

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@ilyootha, agent of C.L.A.R.A. @The17thDoctor And that doesn't even account for the rapid growth in international viewers. 

1 month, 3 weeks ago on RTD: It’s Now Impossible For Doctor Who To Ever Be Axed

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@Jon Pertwees No 1 Fan @whovian101 From my middle-aged perspective I think we should celebrate every chance we get because life is short.  The 10th anniversary doesn't have to be a big bash like the 50th, but a mini episode featuring a character from Series 1, or a Series 1 marathon would be a nice, not costly, way of observing the occasion. 

1 month, 4 weeks ago on Russell T Davies on New Who’s 10th Anniversary

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@supermoff  @TheCyberDoctor @Gustaff As I recall Moffat's claim for more minisodes was because the BBC had given them a proper budget to produce more minisodes. 

1 month, 4 weeks ago on Russell T Davies on New Who’s 10th Anniversary

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I tend to agree. I really like Danny as a character, and how Anderson played him, but The Danny-Clara relationship never clicked for me.

2 months ago on The 5 Greatest Strengths of Series 8 (Part 1)

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@TheOncomingHurricane I don't wish to be rude, but it would be helpful to the conversation here if you articulated your reasons for disliking Whithouse rather than dropping vague, one-liners.

2 months ago on Being Human Director for Series 9

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@ItsSmallerOnTheOutside  @LGwalchmai95 Those weren't Moffat characters.  

Another Moffat character who did age was Canton Everett Delaware III.

2 months, 1 week ago on 12 Great Moments From Last Christmas

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