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For me it's because the companions are supposed to be us the viewer. We're supposed to be able to identify with the companion and think that *we*can see ourselves in their roll. Clara is at this point practically Timelord herself. She's suddenly seminal in the Doctors history can, like him both open the TARDIS with a click of her fingers and control it (to a point).

Yes the companion should be brave and clever and capable of working some stuff out on their own but so far this season the Doctor has taken a secondary roll to the companion and I think people struggle with that.

You will disagree and that's fine but that's how it seems to me and clearly I'm not alone in that opinion.

1 hour, 42 minutes ago on Poll: Is Clara Overshadowing the Doctor?

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I like the Krotons too! I don't understand the lovestruck for Inferno. The concepts are brilliant but the story itself makes no sense.

8 hours, 12 minutes ago on Neil Gaiman on Hopes for Capaldi Episode

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Or... it could be that people just genuinely didn't like the episode. As I've said earlier I love him as a author. I have most of his books and was VERY excited about him writing for Who but neither of his offerings did anything for me.

8 hours, 14 minutes ago on Neil Gaiman on Hopes for Capaldi Episode

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I never intended to imply otherwise. As a species we need to get away from being pejorative in general.

8 hours, 18 minutes ago on Neil Gaiman on Hopes for Capaldi Episode

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He's like Dickens. Can only write two types of women (Fir Dickens it was three). Sassy or Crazy. And sometimes if he's on a roll we get crazy sassy or sassy crazy.

8 hours, 20 minutes ago on Neil Gaiman on Hopes for Capaldi Episode

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Yup.

19 hours, 12 minutes ago on Poll: Is Clara Overshadowing the Doctor?

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I see where you're coming from.

19 hours, 18 minutes ago on Neil Gaiman on Hopes for Capaldi Episode

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You do realise that's a scientific argument and is promoting scientific education and is SPECIFICALLY stating magic and technology are NOT the same thing?

Indistinguishable to the uneducated doesn't make it magic. Hell they covered that in The Satan Pit and Rings and The Shakespeare Code and more of the original series than you can shake a stick at (As you illustrated :-))

19 hours, 20 minutes ago on Neil Gaiman on Hopes for Capaldi Episode

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A person can have an opinion without having to justify to you or anyone else. I'm quite sure they don't give a fig whether you take them seriously or not! Their opinion still counts.

19 hours, 29 minutes ago on Poll: Is Clara Overshadowing the Doctor?

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Correct. Welcome to the real world.

21 hours, 30 minutes ago on Neil Gaiman on Hopes for Capaldi Episode

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Yes.

21 hours, 40 minutes ago on Poll: Is Clara Overshadowing the Doctor?

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I didn't say it ruined the episode for me. I said it was a mistake I couldn't forgive.

1 day, 3 hours ago on Neil Gaiman on Hopes for Capaldi Episode

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No idea how any of those are fantasy. When there is a "scientific" explanation and not "magic" then it's Sci-Fi. You wouldn't class star trek as fantasy would you?

1 day, 9 hours ago on Neil Gaiman on Hopes for Capaldi Episode

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The Mind Robber? The fact that you had to reach that far back should tell you something and if I recall correctly it was technology giving life to imagination. It wasn't fantasy. That's sci-fi.

1 day, 15 hours ago on Neil Gaiman on Hopes for Capaldi Episode

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I'm really not :-)

1 day, 19 hours ago on Neil Gaiman on Hopes for Capaldi Episode

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Not really...

1 day, 19 hours ago on Neil Gaiman on Hopes for Capaldi Episode

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Because the TARDIS told the Doctor that he opened the TARDIS doors incorrectly. He doesn't. The instruction to PULL relates only to the little door that the phone sits behind.

1 day, 19 hours ago on Neil Gaiman on Hopes for Capaldi Episode

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Not in a fit, but thanks for the concern.

1 day, 19 hours ago on Neil Gaiman on Hopes for Capaldi Episode

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As Joe said the "pull to open" is for the phone cupboard. Not for the doors. The public could never open the doors to the box. It's a stupid mistake to make.

1 day, 23 hours ago on Neil Gaiman on Hopes for Capaldi Episode

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With you till the last line lol

2 days ago on Neil Gaiman on Hopes for Capaldi Episode

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Thank you for saying that. I think you are absolutely right about the difference between Sci Fi and fantasy and while I love Gaiman as an author, I think he should stick to books.

2 days ago on Neil Gaiman on Hopes for Capaldi Episode

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Everyone missed it? Not one person on the read through our on the production team or Moffat himself picked it up? Is a key moment. It's not low it was just a throw away line.

No sorry. It's a gaff to far for me. It shows either lazinessor the desire to have a memorable line regardless of whether it makes sense or not. It's the equivalent of saying Batman can fly.

2 days ago on Neil Gaiman on Hopes for Capaldi Episode

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"Pull to open" The TARDIS would neverhave gotten that wrong. Its an idiotic mistake to make in the first place the fact that it got checked off and *no one* caught it is frankly frightening.

2 days ago on Neil Gaiman on Hopes for Capaldi Episode

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Can't forgive the error in the Doctors wife and nightmare was a true nightmare with those bloody kids.

2 days ago on Neil Gaiman on Hopes for Capaldi Episode

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That makes zero sense.

6 days, 19 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline

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@Typo42 @LaraHarris @Polyphase First thing he does when Clara rings is ask how she got the number... lol ;)

1 week, 1 day ago on Rate & Discuss Mummy on the Orient Express

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@Polyphase No, I don't think you are. Whoever was sealed into the Seventh Obelisk it was someone very specific and it clearly wasn't the Foretold. 

These are the points where Moffats inability to keep continuity and canon bug me. Clearly the 11th had no issue getting that phone call, he wasn't all "how did you get this number?!" You can't just ram your own interpretation on to something that specific. 


*wanders off mumbling to herself*

"pull to open"... "PULL to OPEN" the TARDIS herself wouldn't get that wrong...

1 week, 2 days ago on Rate & Discuss Mummy on the Orient Express

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@Typo42 @LaraHarris @Polyphase I wouldn't disagree with you about that. Her responses to things are about him - but to me the companion is a bit like Puck. A character, but really, a narrator of sorts to guide us through and on occasion a chance to BE them. 

If I said to you, lets make a superman movie but we aren't going to focus on superman we're going to focus on Lois Lane and what it's like from her point of view would you give me money to make it? I wouldn't. No matter HOW much I liked Lois Lane as a character.


1 week, 2 days ago on Rate & Discuss Mummy on the Orient Express

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@ Notsosmartguy @who251 @supermoff is now in 2D! Generally I tell them they are being jerks. Don't you? And if they are jerks to others I apologise for offence called but I don't excuse a friends behaviour unless there are extreme circumstances.


1 week, 2 days ago on Flatline Advance Review

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@Polyphase I wonder about this direction... 

I remember reading/seeing an interview with Julie Gardner years ago about the people who pitched for the job of Head Writer. RTD (naturally) and apparently Gatiss and a couple of others who's names I can't remember. The pitch Gatiss made stuck with me because I remember thinking at the time, "What a TERRIBLE idea, thank god he didn't get the job!" lol 

What was the pitch? That the *companion* would be the main character, that the Doctor would take on the role of companion (so to speak), dipping in and out of the main characters life. 

It  struck me this season, that this is the route we are going down and as I predicted, I don't like it much. Doctor Who is currently about Clara and her life and what having the Doctor popping in and out of it does *to* her life. In the past we had Doctor lite episodes and thats grand, but... think about it, in ALL of the episodes this season so far, how much of it has been concentrated on the Doctors actions?

Deep Breath (much as I liked it) Clara was the focus (perhaps understandable as the "here is the new Doc episode).

ITD... Clara, apart from the bit where the Doctor talks to the Dalek.

ROS... Clara, AGAIN with the Doctor in the background fiddling about or being dramatic.

Listen.... need I say more? 

TH, slightly better episode and surprise surprise a bit more Doctor in it. Same for the Caretaker... 

KTM once again, focusing on Clara 

MOTOE one of the better episodes again but again, an episode with more focus on the Doctor. 

When you think about the shots like the one at the end of TC or KTM or Listen, Clara is the focus, it's Clara's response to things we see. When was the last time we were given a moment alone with the Doctor that was about HIM? Just him?

1 week, 2 days ago on Rate & Discuss Mummy on the Orient Express

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@ilyootha is addicted to 'Clara Who' Pretty sure Clara took it off her since she was the one who figured out she had stolen it.

1 week, 2 days ago on Flatline Clip

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The scene was cut. It therefore doesn't exist. It doesn't matter why it was cut. The fact is. It leaves the scene ambiguous. Personally I think that ambiguity is dispersed when we see Jenkins. But the question is still posed.

1 week, 5 days ago on 12 Great Moments From Mummy on the Orient Express

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I appreciate the attempt to help but I'm very familiar with old who in fact just before I watched this week I was rewatching Terror of the Zygons. lol

One of my favourite quotes is "you can't rule in hiding! Yoy have to come out on the balcony sometimes and wave a tentacle! " lol

I'll persevere. I've been watching over 35 years. And as I said I'm loving Capaldi. There's just something about the quality of the stories being told that doesn't work for me.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Rate & Discuss Kill the Moon

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Isn't this the question that is also being asked? "Am I a god man? " This Doctor is all business. Since he woke he's been running calculations. We all know what that's for but it makes this incarnation very focused and direct and somewhat disconnected.

As for Clara. I'm kinda finding it hard to connect with her. She's been through so much. Through all the Doctors lives. Can fly the TARDIS... She's practically Time Lord herself.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Rate & Discuss Kill the Moon

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No. I know exactly what you mean. I LOVE Capaldi but I have been struggling with many of the stories. I liked Deep Breath and was quite excited but ITD left me bored. ROS was ok. The Doctor was good but I was underwhelmed overall. I thought Listen had awesome potential and just was allowed to fall flat... TH was better but I didn't connect at all with the one off companions and I'm sorry lol but the time loop annoys me.

I did like The Caretaker but this week... Again, Capaldi was brilliant (for him alone I gave a 7 the story I give a 5)but eh... I dunno, it just isn't hitting the mark.

I have hope however! I am told there is going to be a bit of a change from here on in (whatever direction the story is taking). Maybe I'll get in better with that. I feel bad for not getting it too lol because so many people seem to like it!

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Rate & Discuss Kill the Moon

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7/10 Good. Not *very* good. Definitely not excellent but good.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Rate & Discuss Kill the Moon

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Ok... so. I have struggled with this entire season. Deep Breath is the only episode I have liked on first viewing. 

Till now.

I really enjoyed it. Very grown up. Great moment between Danny and the Doctor on the TARDIS. Very good episode.


3 weeks, 6 days ago on Rate & Discuss The Caretaker

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@ Notsosmartguy The new Caretaker. @LaraHarris @stargazer0118 Oh I'll never give up. :) And there are some brilliant moments and some fantastic lines, I just think the stories themselves don't work.

1 month ago on Face-Off: The Thompson Episodes

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@ Notsosmartguy The new Caretaker. @LaraHarris @stargazer0118 I really hope so. I've never had a season I disliked as much and considering some of the Colin Baker stories that's saying something! lol 

And the thing is, I *LOVE* Peter as the Doctor, it's the stories that are letting me down, they're (imo) so weak. Either poor retellings of stories we've already had or just stories not worth telling. I'm almost starting to dread saturday nights. I could have cried last week.


1 month ago on Face-Off: The Thompson Episodes

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@stargazer0118 @LaraHarris This whole season so far has been a disappointment to me. I gave Deep Breath 8/10 and none of the others have scraped past a 5.

1 month ago on Face-Off: The Thompson Episodes

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@Polyphase Some fantastic lines and some great individual brief moments, but for me, like all the other episodes this season (except Deep Breath) poor stories not very well told. 

Oh and rehashes of stories we've already had *recently*.

1 month ago on 12 Great Moments From Time Heist

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@cyberbrayde I don't think I will ever understand comments like this. You do know what the Valeyard IS don't you? The Doctor *never* becomes the Valeyard. He never regenerates into him, he never *becomes* him, in fact, for all intents and purpose they aren't even the same "person".

1 month ago on 12 Great Moments From Time Heist

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@Oodkind Moffat resurrecting the dead has become a dreadfully dull plot device. 

1 month ago on 12 Great Moments From Time Heist

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They're all pretty dreadful. But the least irritating to me was Journey. 

1 month ago on Face-Off: The Thompson Episodes

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@VictorWong1 Hide, yup.

I also thought "God Complex".

1 month ago on Rate & Discuss Time Heist

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@Battlion @LaraHarris @Lord Denton Are we expected to believe after 2000 years the Doctor can't tell if he did or did not activate an opening mechanism with his sonic? Really?

1 month, 1 week ago on Rate & Discuss Listen

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@Lord Denton This is one of the things that bugs me. The ship wasn't just making noises... *something* was opening the door. It was turning ffs. It wasn't just creaking.


1 month, 1 week ago on Rate & Discuss Listen

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@lizzybennett21 I think ( and I know people are going to slam me for this even though I enjoy most of his stories) he doesn't seem to be able to use companions for anything other than plot devices. I liked Clara, now, frankly, I'm sick to death of her.

1 month, 1 week ago on Rate & Discuss Listen

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@NameOfDoctorHere It's not a stain. It's water from the bottom of the mug evaporating because it's hot.

1 month, 1 week ago on Rate & Discuss Listen

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@Alleigh Thats the situation I'm in. I liked Moffats tenure up to this point for the most part. There were liberties he took that made me uncomfortable and there were plot holes you could drive buses through at times. BUT. The stories were good and worth telling. 

I was very excited after Deep Breath, there were aspects of it (sound effect when Vastra knocked out the Doctor and Clara getting smacked by the paper (even though that was very funny)) that I didn't like but I was so excited for the rest of this season. After that it all fell on its face. Poor stories, badly told. 

ITD was flat and ridiculous in places, ROS left me cold and as for Listen... this just...  *sigh* I'm so sad I am hating this season as much as I am because Capaldi is brilliant. This "new direction" of Moffats is not working for me at all.



1 month, 1 week ago on Rate & Discuss Listen

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