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Or maybe Missy is the magician and the Doctor is her apprentice.
21 hours, 2 minutes ago on First Series 9 Title Revealed
The next companion should be a mirror, but the Doctor doesn't know it is a mirror. Initially the Doctor is flattered that someone wants to mimic his every move, but gets more and more creeped out when he realizes his companion follows him everywhere when there is light but disappears in the darkness.
1 day, 20 hours ago on 4 Different Types of Companions Doctor Who Should Consider
@Oodkind I completely agree. The big change a companion faces is not shifting time periods, but to life on the TARDIS and traveling with the Doctor. That adjustment is way bigger than someone living in 1700 suddenly finding themselves in 2015. The companion has to adjust to life with the Doctor quickly or the Doctor is going to find a new companion.
2 days ago on 4 Different Types of Companions Doctor Who Should Consider
@Notsosmartguy @YaelMoise @The Lazy Cat In my mind Rose and the Metacrisis Doctor start off well but become estranged because he is out of sorts without his true love, the TARDIS, he can't truly connect to other humans and he can't hold down a traditional job so he is always around the house, driving Rose nuts. Eventually they make up once Rose realizes she can't much relate to other humans either after her time with the Doctor and the Metacrisis Doctor finds contentment in raising bees and fixing children's toys.
2 days, 8 hours ago on Moffat Explains “Clara Who”
@DocWhoFan @MJJ It's a reference to a 1970s-era Life cereal commercial in the US.
2 days, 10 hours ago on Site Update: Christmas 2014
Does anyone remember what Moffat said about Series 9: "I’ve figured out the cliffhanger to the penultimate episode of the next series. And it’s a whopper. Ohh, I don’t think you’ll see this coming!”
4 days, 7 hours ago on Poll: A Female Doctor
@Malohkeh @joe4 @Regenerated Catterson celebrates Super Christmas Presumably the BBC would also be super careful about casting a woman. While the show runner is the public face of the show's production, they don't work in a vacuum. BBC executives have significant input into who gets cast in the lead role, and will have even more input if the show runner, whether Moffat or one of his successors, decides to cast a female actor.
@joe4 @Malohkeh @supermoff wants Clara in Series 9 for Christmas! The point is Time Lords aren't human. As Moffat recently said, gender is fluid for them. What we as humans would see as a big deal is apparently not a big deal to Time Lords. When the Doctor regenerates as a woman the show will have to treat that in a way that we viewers realize it is not a big deal to her so we can get on watching the show.
@gunslinger19 Your working assumption here is that a female Doctor would be a gimmick. If the show were to try this as a stunt, everybody would be upset, with the people advocating for a female Doctor being the most upset. But Moffat and the BBC know Doctor Who is a valuable property. They aren't going to do this as a gimmick. A female Doctor will have to be accompanied by a good story and an actress capable of playing the part.
@MikeUK2011 As Moffat recently said, Time Lord gender is fluid. They aren't humans and we shouldn't expect them to behave as humans. If Time Lords can switch gender when they regenerate then their grandchildren would stop calling them "grandfather" and start calling them "grandmother". That's just how their culture works.
Similarly for their marriages. Both parties would be entering into the agreement knowing that either they or their partner could regenerate into a different gender. Again, this would be as natural as natural could be to a Time Lord/Lady.
4 days, 8 hours ago on Poll: A Female Doctor
@The Genie, Agent of JACKIE I see where you're coming from but I respectfully disagree. It seems inevitable that the Doctor will be played by a woman someday. It is better to have this conversation now, so fans can think about the implications and work through their feelings, than to wait until the casting is announced. That's why Moffat and the BBC are laying the groundwork now by slowly bringing up the idea over the past few years.
I'm not playing your game.
4 days, 9 hours ago on Poll: A Female Doctor
This is a gross oversimplification of why the show got cancelled. Colin Baker was saddled with the worst stories, scripts and costume in the show's history. McCoy's tenure began to get better stories, but by that time the show was out of favor with BBC executives and there was little any lead actor could have done to ensure the show's survival.
4 days, 10 hours ago on Poll: A Female Doctor
While fans may have a preferred age, that is not how the role gets cast. Moffat chose Smith and Capaldi because each actor had a set of qualities that Moffat thought would best help him tell the stories he had in mind. Likewise, whoever casts the first woman to play the Doctor will, hopefully, choose someone who can best play the role.
I think it is important to remember that the preview clips this season have general come from a scene early in the episode, have not given away important plot points, and have not even been necessarily representative of the episode.
4 days, 11 hours ago on Last Christmas New Clip
Yeah, there would be an outcry if Moffat retconned the Santa myth.
5 days, 2 hours ago on Last Christmas New Clip
They could also be shocked by seeing Santa at the North Pole just a few minutes after leaving him behind on Clara's rooftop.
He gets paid well for his pain.
5 days, 9 hours ago on Moffat on Criticisms that Doctor Who Is Too Dark
Maybe now that we have a more established Clara character Series 9 will focus more on soufflé making.
You are talking about Doctor Who, a show that has generally ignored that important thing for more than half a century.
5 days, 21 hours ago on Last Christmas New Clip
But MrRazza said exactly what he wanted to say.
Isn't that the universal fear before any Doctor Who episode is aired?
@StephenAHayes You can tell that by a contextless one-minute clip?
5 days, 23 hours ago on Last Christmas New Clip
@ChrisWalton1 It gets better once Robin Hood arrives.
6 days, 4 hours ago on Last Christmas New Clip
Five anagrams for Kantrofarri:
Rani Ark Fort
Rani Kart Fro
Rani Kart For
Rani Tar Fork
Rani Rat Fork
6 days, 5 hours ago on Last Christmas TV Trailer Breakdown
"Well, if Jenna’s in it… [laughs]"
Stevie, you're the best!
6 days, 10 hours ago on Moffat on the Doctor/Companion Relationship for Series 9
@Fine. MrRazza, RACCOONite, has put a Xmas hat on. Osgood's death is a perfect example of why a Doctor Who showrunner can't with with all the fans. For a long time there has been a contingent of fans complaining about Moffat is incapable of killing off significant characters. Then, when Osgood died, another contingent of fans complain that Moffat shouldn't kill off significant characters! I wonder how much crossover there is between the two groups?
1 week ago on Moffat on Orson Pink Mystery
@The MasterDoctor I agree. That was a stunt rather than good writing.
1 week ago on Capaldi Needed to “Slap the audience awake” – Moffat
@LaraHarris @Rani Nose Clara was out of her mind with grief and thinking properly so it seems reasonable that she wouldn't have remembered the finger-clicking technique.
@awkwardMEOW (#1 CLARA WHO fan) @supermoff wants Clara in Series 9 for Christmas! Doctor Who isn't a vampire story! :)
@LaraHarris @TheOncomingHurricane @supermoff wants Clara in Series 9 for Christmas! @Mikeyboss182 My take is that Rory's series of deaths were intended as a bit of a fourth-wall breaking joke where Moffat basically winked at the audience and said "we know this is ridiculous, and we know you know this is ridiculous, but we're going to keep doing it".
Moffat has also said that Last Christmas takes place six months after Death in Heaven. Since Clara isn't pregnant in the photos and preview clips that means she has already given birth or was never pregnant.
Oral history is notoriously imperfect. People misunderstand what they hear. They change narrative bits to simplify they story, or make it more interesting, or more personal, the people they tell the story to mis-hear it and pass on their own version, etc. That's what makes the telephone game fun and is how legends and myths evolve. Admittedly, that was more prevalent before contemporary helpings would have been captured in writing or on video, and two generations is a short time for the legend of Danny Pink to form, but Moffat is primarily a storyteller so I'll grant him poetic license in this case.
That was my thought. Was that actually the Doctor at the volcano or Clara's dream of the Doctor? That's beside the point anyway as they were in the TARDIS the whole time and the keys were never in any danger of being thrown in a volcano.
I generally thought they did a good job of slapping the audience, but I could have done without the numerous rude remarks about Clara's looks. I get it that the Doctor is an alien and is somewhat clueless with human niceties but attacks on a person's appearance come across as coming from a writer who is more and more out of touch with contemporary sensibilities.
1 week, 1 day ago on Capaldi Needed to “Slap the audience awake” – Moffat
@Clara Laurinda @the Doctor's euphonium Maybe he is working on a show set during the Spanish Inquisition that will bring out the comfy chair.
@pats86 You are assuming the reaction to a female Doctor only falls in one direction, the direction you plan to follow.
There is no doubt that some people, such as yourself, will leave the show. Most people, I would guess, would either continue watching without a problem, or would at least give the show a chance. But, you totally leave out the people who would be attracted to the the show, either because it is taking a bold chance, or because of the tremendous amount of publicity the change will stir up. You're also not considering the people who have previously left the show, perhaps because a woman Doctor did not occur earlier, who might be drawn back because of the change.
1 week, 1 day ago on Moffat: Gender is Fluid on Gallifrey
@91 Queen of EvilI liked Danny a lot but I don't want him to come back.
1 week, 2 days ago on Capaldi, Coleman, Frost and Moffat on Last Christmas
@supermoff is in Christmas mode @The Lazy Cat is Santa Paws Given that we don't know how much time has passed since Death in Heaven Clara could have already had a child by the time the Doctor returns.
@joe4 @McTardis @Polyphase @Rani Nose It's not conjecture at all and there is no possible way to interpret it as conjecture. DWTV quoted Moffat above, but here it is again:
"And now of course we have had the female Master, with the Doctor not
reacting to that fact at all. He doesn’t seem to register the fact that
his old friend is now a woman. So obviously, he doesn’t think it’s a
remarkable thing to happen." (emphasis mine).
What he said is not conjecture, that's Steven Moffat, the person whose job it is to run Doctor Who, telling us that the Doctor was not shocked by the Master being regenerated as a woman.
1 week, 2 days ago on Moffat: Gender is Fluid on Gallifrey
@pats86 Making the same assertion over and over again won't make it true. If you have an argument to make as to how a female Doctor will harm the show then please make the argument.
@Shane Michaels I'm not sure what the problem is. When it is time for the first female Doctor to regeneration the executive producers will have the choice of all British actors to choose from. They will, hopefully, choose the one actor whose talents best fit the producer's vision of what they want in the next Doctor.
@LaraHarris @Rani Nose @stargazer0118 If you want to characterize every character with an ounce of self-initiative in them as feisty then go ahead and do so, but doing so puts an end to any conversation.
@stargazer0118 @LaraHarris When the Doctor regenerates as a woman she is not going to feel herself up. She's going to say "Oh! I knew that was going to happen one of these times" and get on with her life.
@LaraHarris @stargazer0118 That's cherry picking characters. One can just as easily pick a long list of characters who are neither feisty or nuts: Most prominenty Clara and Kate Stewart, but also Osgood, Victorian Jenny, Madame Vastra, Miss Kizlet, Madam de Pompadour, Nancy from The Empty Child, etc.
@joe4 @Rani Nose What is pointless is people throwing around loaded terms they don't understand, such as "politically correct". PC is a pejorative phrase used by conservatives who are opposed to letting women and minorities share in the power structure because sharing power is anathema to those already in power. Those in control who fear the loss of their power can't just come out and say "we don't want to share power with women and minorities" because that will, rightfully, be seen as the bigotry it is. Instead they use a term like "political correctness" to give the impression that women, who make up more than half the population, and minorities, who make up a significant portion of the population, are doing something wrong for wanting to be included in the power structure.
In a lot of ways this debate reminds me a lot of the current gay marriage debate in the US in which one side advocates for treating everyone fairly under the law and the other side counters with empty "but, but, but..." arguments.
The truth is no harm will come to Doctor Who (and possibly a lot of good will come to the show) by opening up the lead role to both men and women and the people opposed to the change have yet to advance any argument other than "I won't like it" and "it's never been done that way before".
@The 4th Doctor @Typo42 Sceptic of ROSE Would you continue to not watch if the woman who plays the Doctor is fantastic and the show gets rave reviews?
There is no reason to keep the Doctor male except to be politically correct.
@MrJimiTheFish @Polyphase @Rani Nose That's how Moffat explained it.
Assuming Moffat is playing the long game to make it possible to introduce a female Doctor, he is playing that game very well. At least to my mind. Eleven checking himself out and mentioning the Corsair were just enough to get the conversation started. Let the issue lie dormant for a couple of years then gradually introduce Missy as the not-surprising big surprise of the season. The Doctor treating the gender change as no big deal seals the canonicity of the change as it sets a boundary: If the Doctor doesn't think Time Lords switching genders is a big deal it implies that the viewer should also not treat it as a big deal.
Now we've got Moffat and Capaldi, probably the two biggest Who geeks officially associated with the show, lay more groundwork by saying out-of-universe that the same could happen to the Doctor. Moffat is probably deep into the scripts and story arc for S9 right now, so he judge fan reactions and alter those scripts to address people's concerns long before the show has to cast a new Doctor (which will hopefully not occur for at least a couple of years).