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It's not an either/or situation. Some of the best, and most beloved movies ever made, "E.T." and "the Wizard of Oz" come to mind, simultaneously tell a great story and blatantly manipulates our emotions.

21 hours, 39 minutes ago on Another Take on “Clara Who”

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That was Perkins, not GUS, who said that line.

21 hours, 45 minutes ago on Another Take on “Clara Who”

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Moffat also had experience running a show before he took over Doctor Who. Being a showrunner is a lot more involved than writing a couple of scripts.

23 hours, 6 minutes ago on Face-Off: Mummy vs Flatline

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@The Lazy Tiger Has Scared Off The Lazy Cat @ Notsosmartguy Agent of C.L.A.R.A. That part worries me.  The "Impossible Girl" Clara was a plot device, I would be disappointed if the new, improved Clara also turned out to be yet another plot device.

1 day, 1 hour ago on Face-Off: Mummy vs Flatline

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@Moffat'sLittleHelper - is surrounded by trees! What experience does Mathieson have regarding running a show?

1 day, 1 hour ago on Face-Off: Mummy vs Flatline

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@usmandikkoladan In Time Heist the Doctor himself said “I was hoping for minimalism, but I think I came up with magician."



2 days, 7 hours ago on 12 Great Moments From Flatline

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@MeThree No, he was just a guy with no imagination.

2 days, 10 hours ago on 12 Great Moments From Flatline

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@DannyGold Hasn't been explained.  Wouldn't be surprised if an explanation were worked into the finale.

2 days, 16 hours ago on 12 Great Moments From Flatline

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@JamesClegg There is less to this than you think.  They simply filmed his scenes out of sequence.

2 days, 20 hours ago on 12 Great Moments From Flatline

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@Mark McCullough Or Cal.

6 days, 8 hours ago on Dark Water Official Synopsis

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@Ottoman14 I could see Rose bursting out laughing or Donna mocking the all-powerful Time Lord in his tiny TARDIS in this situation.

1 week ago on Flatline Clip

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@NoQuarterRex There are many possible stories!  I like to think that without the ability to travel in time and space the clone would turn into a small town eccentric, puttering around in a garden and fixing kids' bikes.  

1 week ago on Piper Praises Capaldi, Unsure on Another Return

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I've said it before but Rose and Ten-clone need to return, but not for a good 15-20 years.  First, that would mean the show is still being produced 15-20  years from now.  Second, I think an interesting story could be told of the Doctor landing on Pete's World and needing the assistance of middle-aged Rose and Ten. 

1 week ago on Piper Praises Capaldi, Unsure on Another Return

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Love the Doctor in the tiny TARDIS!

1 week, 1 day ago on Flatline Promo Pics

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@NewWho2012 That clip is so without context that there is no way to tell if the Doctor was looking at Clara or not. 

1 week, 2 days ago on Next Time: Flatline

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@YaelMoise is glad they mentioned the goddess @Rani Nose @Clara Laurinda @ Notsosmartguy likes watching "Clara Who" That's not what I'm implying, nor what I want.  The absorption is a problem, one that is tied up with Missy, the woman in the shop, and now GUS, and will presumably be explained in the finale when we learn who/what this mysterious power is that is keen on keeping Clara and the Doctor together.

1 week, 2 days ago on Next Time: Flatline

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@YaelMoise is glad they mentioned the goddess @Clara Laurinda @ Notsosmartguy likes watching "Clara Who" "Earned it" is not the right way to describe it, but it is not beyond the realm of possibility that Clara has "absorbed" some bit of Time Lord capabilities. 

1 week, 2 days ago on Next Time: Flatline

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@jackrudrum Several people have said this, but there is a big difference between writing a couple of good scripts and running a show.  Both Davies and Moffat had years of experience creating and producing hit shows and flops.  They learned what works and doesn't work before they got a chance to run Doctor Who.  Even if Flatline is great the BBC is unlikely to choose someone without showrunner experience to take over one of its flagship shows.

1 week, 2 days ago on Next Time: Flatline

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Break out the chainsaws!

1 week, 6 days ago on In the Forest of the Night Official Synopsis

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It is extremely insulting in that it says Clara has no thoughts, no agency, unless a man puts those thoughts in her head.

2 weeks ago on Kill the Moon: Clara or the Doctor?

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I thought Clara very clearly stated what her problem was. Blaming Danny for putting ideas into Clara's head is insulting in the extreme. Clara is clearly a very intelligent woman who can think and act for herself. She doesn't need a man to put ideas into her head.

2 weeks ago on Kill the Moon: Clara or the Doctor?

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How would you react if your wise, close, friend left you with a decision to either kill an innocent being or every person on Earth and acted all flippant when they left?

2 weeks ago on Kill the Moon: Clara or the Doctor?

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@ Notsosmartguy  @stargazer0118 @Rani Nose @Mercy Reborn2 Or not enough influence.  That crack they sent the regeneration energy through wasn't all that big!

2 weeks ago on Kill the Moon: Clara or the Doctor?

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@stargazer0118 @Rani Nose @Mercy Reborn2 Sure, Twelve may be cold and unlikeable, but that doesn't explain his memory loss.

2 weeks ago on Kill the Moon: Clara or the Doctor?

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Possible explanation as to why the Doctor left Clara to make an impossible choice:  The woman in the shop.  Seriously!  The Doctor knows there is someone or something trying to keep Clara and himself together. How does he figure out who/what is doing that and why?



Set a trap.   

Generally, be a jerk to Clara and put her into situations she does not like (endangering kids at Coal Hill, make her decide between space baby and humanity, etc.) until she leaves him.  Whoever wants them together will have to do something to reunite them.  Whatever they do leaves clues so the Doctor can figure out what is going on (admittedly, this last bit is pretty vague).

2 weeks ago on Kill the Moon: Clara or the Doctor?

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@ilyootha Interesting points!  The Doctor appears to have known that the egg hatching would not harm the Earth.  In that light he leaves solely to test Clara.  She knows this and that's why she is so angry.


2 weeks ago on Kill the Moon: Clara or the Doctor?

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@Mercy Reborn2 That raises an interesting question.  Why doesn't the Doctor understand humanity as much as previous Doctors?  As far as we know Time Lord's don't lose their memory during regeneration, so what happened to make this Doctor different?

2 weeks ago on Kill the Moon: Clara or the Doctor?

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As of now I'm on Clara's side if the argument, but I strongly suspect that, by series end, there will be revelations about the Doctor that will put his actions in a more sympathetic light.

2 weeks ago on Kill the Moon: Clara or the Doctor?

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@Amy says Peter Davison is the Thirteenth Doctor! Take a look at the Doctor Who Tumblr.  They reposted a gif set that someone made showing the exact sequence.  

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Doctor Who and The Hype Train

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@The Administrator "Fear is a superpower.  It will make you run faster, jump higher, even slow down time..."  That's not the exact quote, but everything the Doctor told Rupert in 'Listen' happened in the exact order the Doctor stated when Danny jumped over the Scovox Blitzer.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Doctor Who and The Hype Train

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You don't need to explain why the laws of physics are different, you just need to accept that they are.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Kill The Moon Review

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@Amy says Peter Davison is the Thirteenth Doctor! I would just add that there were so many science gaffes, the creature moved by flapping its wings in space, that we clearly were not meant to take the science seriously in this episode.  

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Kill The Moon Review

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@TheAmazingSkyFaller™ Seriously?

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Rate & Discuss Kill the Moon

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@ Notsosmartguy Will Kill the Moon Could also be Missy to the Doctor.  We don't yet know much about her but she seems obsessed with the Doctor and the quote sounds like something someone obsessed person might say.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Doctor Who Series 8 (2014): What We Know UPDATE

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@Polyphase Other than die hard Doctor Who fans very few viewers would know who Ian is.  The show can get away with having his name on the sign in Day of the Doctor because it is an unobtrusive bit of fan service that doesn't interrupt the narrative.   

Bringing Ian back in a speaking capacity is, as Roberts implied, a lot trickier.  A non-speaking cameo is a bit of an insult.  Presumably the point of bringing Ian back is to interact with the Doctor.  If he meets the Doctor his importance needs to be explained and that explanation has to be woven into the narrative.  But they just can't introduce a character, explain his relevance, then drop him from the rest of the story.  There would have to be more scenes to show why this character is important.  So, now Roberts has to add in scenes with Ian in addition to the Scovox Blitzer plot, the Clara-Danny interactions, the Doctor-Danny interactions, the introduction of Courtney, and the sub-plot of Clara and the Eleven lookalike, all of which are essential to not only The Caretaker but also to the remainder of Series 8.  Doctor Who already gets frequent criticism for feeling too rushed.  Adding another character and sub-plot to this episode would only add to that criticism.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Roberts Explains Why Ian Chesterton Didn’t Appear in The Caretaker

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I am just disappointed that the we didn't see a sign outside the assembly hall that said "Barbara Wright Memorial Assembly Hall".

3 weeks ago on Roberts Explains Why Ian Chesterton Didn’t Appear in The Caretaker

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@Joseph Graham @Antee991166 People complained because he wasn't in The Caretaker, they would have complained had he just made a cameo and if the entire episode was about him.  There is no winning with fans because they don't speak with one voice.

3 weeks ago on Roberts Explains Why Ian Chesterton Didn’t Appear in The Caretaker

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Judging from the lighting on the crawling picture I guess sun angles and lighting aren't the BBC marketing department's strong suit.


3 weeks, 1 day ago on Kill The Moon Promo Pics

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The twelfth Doctor has been more than a bit "off" so far in this regeneration.

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Rate & Discuss The Caretaker

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So you've seen 'Kill the Moon'?

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Next Time: Kill The Moon

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@The Lazy Cat Has a Terrible Decision to Make... I'm assuming the Doctor recognized the soldier but didn't let on because Clara needed to talk to his younger self on her own, and not be coached to do it.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on The Caretaker Review

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@The Lazy Cat Has a Terrible Decision to Make...  @ Notsosmartguy Likes watching "Clara Who" Consider this, the moment when Clara gives Rupert the toy soldier right after the Doctor gives him the "fear is a superpower" speech is surely the moment the Doctor realizes where his childhood dream comes from.  I mean, there is no way he can not connect having a "dream" and being left a toy soldier as a child to what just happened in Rupert's room.


The implications of that realization is that the Doctor knows Clara must someday come into possession of the toy soldier so she can leave it with his child self.  That has to happen.  Now, the Doctor can leave that chance to leftover telepathic energy from Clara within the TARDIS memory banks or he can follow Rupert and his descendants until he can get Clara to meet Orson and Orson can give her the soldier.  



If you are the Doctor do you leave that to chance or do you lie to Clara about the telepathic energy and manipulate events to get her at the right place and time?

3 weeks, 3 days ago on The Caretaker Review

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@Kosidus @PCAriza Is the problem with Capaldi, as you're implying, or the character he is playing?

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Rate & Discuss The Caretaker

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What's that out of the corner of your eye...

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Kill The Moon Clip

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@YaelMoise @supermoff is your new lodger- I mean, caretaker.  @ Notsosmartguy The new Caretaker. @The_Eternal_Dalek @TheOncomingHurricane I read a comment somewhere else that I thought was insightful.  Their idea was that it wasn't until recently that Tom Baker realized that starring on Doctor Who was the best thing that ever happened to him professionally.  For Eccleston, though, it was a one role out of many and he is never going to have the same epiphany as Baker.

3 weeks, 6 days ago on The Caretaker Clip & Video Introduction

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@VictorWong1 For Ian to say something like "Ms. Oswald, be careful when you travel with him.  The Doctor doesn't always tell the truth about how dangerous traveling with him can be."





3 weeks, 6 days ago on The Caretaker Clip & Video Introduction

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One reason I want Doctor Who to last for a very long time is I would love to see an episode twenty years from now that starts with a young couple, or a group of friends, walking past a blue police box and one person says "Hey, Alf, tell us your dad's crazy stories about the guy in the blue box who chases aliens." 

4 weeks ago on Why I Love… Closing Time

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I often don't know how to feel about episodes like "Time Heist".  I mainly watch Who for 45 minutes of escapist entertainment. Give me a good scare, a good laugh and an improbable situation that makes me ask 'what just happened?" and I'm happy.  On that level "Time Heist" fit the bill:  a few good jokes, scary alien, and crazy circumstances.  But like 'Into the Dalek" the story falls apart if I think about it too much.

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Time Heist Review

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