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@TheNightmareChild @Switcharoo I don't blame the DW fan club that was around at the time for complaining when they returned after The War Games - they were right in that the Time Lords were "too human"
1 day, 14 hours ago on Making Sense of Listen’s Gallifreyan Gallivant
@Planet of the Deaf "I always take you where you need to go." I think the TARDIS deliberately took her there. Or who knows, maybe it even has something to do with Missy?
1 day, 17 hours ago on Making Sense of Listen’s Gallifreyan Gallivant
@Amy says Peter Davison is the Thirteenth Doctor! True, but he was also kind of cowardly...
Thank you for this!!! People (particularly ones who have only watched New-Who) are so uptight when it comes to "continuity errors", but Doctor Who is teeming with them. When you watch the classic series you learn very quickly to just accept an explanation as headcanon and move on. To be honest I don't really care how she got there, but I've always thought it was only the Time War that was time locked...
@TheIdleIdol I agree, I think the reason RoS was rated so highly was because most opinions change after a second or third rewatch - I think many people who voted for RoS might not like the episode as much when they watch it a second or third time around. For example, the first time I watched The Rings of Akaten I hated it, but after subsequent viewings I actually really liked it. It's all relative.
2 days, 17 hours ago on Your Verdict on Robot of Sherwood
@TheWibblyLever It's all just pointless fun, there's no need to over-analyse it...
It always interests me how poll results and comments don't match up. On the "Best Mark Gatiss" poll nobody seemed to be mentioning The Crimson Horror much, yet there it is in second place. Come on all you phantom voters, we'd love to hear what you think!
2 days, 18 hours ago on Your Verdict on Robot of Sherwood
I'll admit it, sometimes I don't hear everything he says, particularly when he mumbles. But the same thing has happened to me with every Doctor!!!
4 days, 8 hours ago on Is Capaldi’s Accent Causing Issues?
@ManWithChips I noticed that, and also a trend in that an overwhelming number tend to be the "episode three" of the series - The Unquiet Dead, Victory of the Daleks, Robot of Sherwood and, by my definition anyway, Cold War (it was episode three of series 7b).
6 days, 17 hours ago on Face-Off: The Gatiss Episodes
The Crimson Horror. Hands down. I still don't understand why people disliked that episode.
This looks exciting, but also a little dry. I don't know, I'm mostly looking forward to Time Heist so maybe once that's aired and the hype for this one ramps up I'll start to get a little more excited...
6 days, 17 hours ago on The Caretaker BBC Synopsis
@andyot7777 @NineTenElevenTwelve IMO the picture gave absolutely no hints has to whether Danny meets the Doctor or why an apparently older version of him was in the TARDIS...
Also, we saw Danny in the orange suit in the next time trailer.
1 week ago on Listen Promo Pics
Amy and Rory were pretty normal, average humans. To be honest (and I've avoided all spoilers here so I'm just guessing) I think this episode will be about Danny - a normal human being - who takes a trip in the TARDIS where it all goes wrong. But who even knows.
I guess the last pic does seem spoiler-y, but if the BBC released it then it's generally something toward the beginning of the episode. But it's so random who even knows...
1 week, 1 day ago on Listen Promo Pics
@PaddyB I know, right! It's so random and unhelpful that it's almost not spoiler-y because I literally have no idea what it means
@DangerousWho @Romanadvoratrelundar Wait, are you talking about Australia or America?
1 week, 4 days ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator
@supermoff is alone. Listen... However, X-Factor has zero value when sold internationally, and absolutely no repeat or DVD sales value. The BBC are still making money from DVD sales and international repeat licences for DW episodes from 2005 - do you think the same can be said about X-Factor?
For those people who are worrying, don't. The show is not in danger - overnights don't mean anything, and Doctor Who has massive international value. The people at the BBC aren't stupid, they account for iPlayer downloads, international ratings, merchandise sales, repeat ratings, profit from international licences, etc. They're not going to axe a TV show purely because the overnights are looking a little low.
@Temporal Tomato There obviously are ways of gauging it. How else would they know that Game of Thrones is the world's most illegally downloaded TV show?
@Captain Grumpy Indeed, I believe series 7 had an average of about 77 million viewers worldwide?
@DangerousWho Well, the ABC put it on live in Australia. maybe other countries will do he same eventually. But there's no way there could ever be a "worldwide iPlayer", the whole point is that the BBC sells the Doctor Who licence to other networks.
I also made the connection with The Curse of the Fatal Death. I think the "boyfriend" thing was just meant to be a joke, people are taking it too seriously. Whether she's the Master, the Rani, the TARDIS, or someone else, I think the point is that she's obsessed with the Doctor, not actually attracted to him...
1 week, 4 days ago on The Series 8 Arc: A Match Made In Heaven?
@AlessandroArsuffi @Romanadvoratrelundar @AndrewSteed A good point, however she doesn't exactly appear to be on the side of the Doctor either...if anything, it looks as though she's building an army.
1 week, 5 days ago on The Series 8 Arc: A Match Made In Heaven?
@seaguy3000 @AndrewSteed It could be the Master - has it occurred to anyone yet that the "boyfriend" thing could be a joke? Recall the comic relief episode "The Curse of the Fatal Death" (written by Moffat), in which the Doctor uses up all 12 regenerations, turns into a woman, and runs off with the Master. Could it just be a fun, silly reference to that?
@seaguy3000 I agree, I honestly think it's the Moff setting us up for a slap on the wrist. He's responding to all the people who complained that Capaldi is "too old" or "can't play the Doctor" etc by making us doubt if he really is the Doctor. When we find out that he didn't push the clockwork man at all, it will be like Moffat telling us off for ever doubting him as the Doctor.
But I sometimes read into things too much :P
@AndrewSteed But Romana was a total ally. Absolutely and completely. I just can't see her being evil in any way, even if it is a stuffed up version of her. That's like saying Missy is Susan or Sarah Jane or Ace or Donna. Just no.
I would not, however, complain if she returned as a companion ;)
@PhotonFromOz Except the Rani recently returned in the Big Finish Audios. They go to great pains to make sure it lines up with the TV series and doesn't clash.
I still think she's a creation of the time lords, the "gatekeeper" of a bridge that connects the Doctor's universe with the pocket universe that contains Gallifrey. For whatever plan the time lords have now they require the Doctor, and so they made Missy, gave her a TARDIS, and programmed her to be obsessed with him (hence the "boyfriend" references), absoutely fixed on roping him through the gate.
But either way, no matter who she is, I think she definitely materialises around people at the last second to save them.
The Doctor with a beard...why has this possibility never even crossed my mind?! I wonder, if they ever did cast someone with a beard, if they'd be asked to shave it off...
1 week, 6 days ago on Ben Miller Would Love To Play the Doctor
I think an edit this late in the game won't affect the DVD. It made it past censorship and everything, the only reason it's not in the final cut is unfortunate timing - which is obviously not going to be a problem with the later release. I'm curious to know if it will make it onto reruns...
1 week, 6 days ago on BBC Cuts Robot of Sherwood Scene
@BJAMES Except I think the BBC want to avoid scandal more than anything else. All it takes is one big shot reporter to write about how insensitive Doctor Who was and how offended they are etc etc and all of a sudden it will be everywhere, tainting the reputation of a family show. Like that vlogger who complained last week about how Deep Breath triggered her hair-pulling disorder - but on a massive scale.
Nick Briggs would be amazing! Either way I'd love to see him write for the show sometime soon, he does great work for Big Finish.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Horowitz on Showrunner Rumours
Sylvester McCoy said it very well once, he pointed out that a new producer wants to bring in their own Doctor to put their mark on the show. It's basically been happening since Innes Lloyd got rid of Hartnell and brought in Troughton in 1966. Although those were unique circumstances, things could have gone a very different way.
@Oleta "public school-educated misogynistic twits"
Seriously? You're marginalising people by class and having a go at them for marginalising others?
I hope you realise how snobbishly ironic that comment sounds...
@FanSince1970 I say resurrect John Wiles. Although everyone hated him when he was producer, his vision for the show was way ahead of it's time, and his experiments with the stories set so many precedents for the show we know and love today.
@'Cos Guess Who? Ha! That would be great, except it would practically need double the money to make.
Are we seriously listening to a rumour Phillip Morris started? I mean, the guy is doing some legendary things trekking all over Africa to find the missing episodes and I really respect him for that, but like Ian Levine he has a bit of a...reputation when it comes to the internet.
@JJJ567 People have been going on and on about it every year for the last nine years. Doctor Who is not declining in popularity, anyone who didn't even pay attention to the ratings would know that. I became a Whovian in 2010, and I remember following the news for the 2011 season - people started flipping out when The Impossible Astronaut overnights were 'only' 6 million. OMG DOCTOR WHO IS GOING TO BE CANCELLED MOFFAT RUINED IT bla bla bla. And that was before it became incredibly popular in places like the US. Our show is here to stay, I'm not worried one bit.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Into the Dalek UK Ratings
That's also a very good point. I am a 19 year old female, and while a good looking guy to fangirl over is not even remotely close to my motive for watching Doctor Who (I'd still watch it if it was a bunch of old ladies standing around the console), I'm not ashamed to admit I don't mind having one. The William Hartnell era is probably my most favourite in the history of the show, and do you know why? Because not only is the Doctor old, grumpy and freaking hilarious, I get to fangirl over Ian x Barbara and Steven Taylor (*swoons*). Samuel Anderson is hot, I think the "young fangirls" will grow to love him and his relationship with Clara instead of the next good looking Doctor.
@Ballad of the Last Chance Saloon @SophieRichards Can I just go off topic and say I love your name and avi? Steven is one of my most favourite companions of mine, his rendition of The Ballad of the Last Chance Saloon is one of my most favourite DW moments ever xD
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Into the Dalek UK Ratings
@SophieRichards Sorry mate, you're in the minority. I have a really small amount of respect for you, considering you basically didn't give Capaldi a chance. You really need to watch at least four or five episodes (preferably a whole series) with a new Doctor before you can really make up your mind about them, "one and a bit" (assuming you actually watched Deep Breath until the end) isn't really good enough...
@The_Eternal_Dalek @Romanadvoratrelundar @MoserGray That's very true, it reminds me of an interview with Steven Moffat in DWM a while back. He was saying that DW has such a huge cultural impact, far far more than higher rating shows. He used Breaking Bad as an example: that show didn't bring in particularly huge ratings, but the cultural impact is massive. Everyone knows about it and talks about it, and probably will do for decades. Although the BBC will stop making Doctor Who if it's not profitable, for now it's one of those things that people will always stumble across and end up watching every now and again. I think that the fan base can keep it afloat enough for the casual viewers who are aware of it culturally to stumble upon it, get bored and decide to watch it on iPlayer, buy the DVDs, etc...
@MaraBackman You think that was a rude, belittling comment? I thought it was witty and perfectly respectful. You talk about how the 'problem' of the fandom not getting along comes from people belittling others, but those comments can only exist if someone else complains. If nobody ever complained then there would be no "rude" responses - by complaining you are contributing to the problem, and yet you have a go at others for doing the same. Everyone is entitled to express their opinion, it's just the way free speech works.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Doctor Who Extra: Into the Dalek
@elhakim It's marketed as a family show, not a kids show. It has a PG rating for a reason. I don't know how old your friend's boys are, but I'm sure they'll enjoy being scared if Mum or Dad are there watching it with them. At least, I remember feeling that way when I was a kid.
@MoserGray True, but don't forget Doctor Who's international value. Sure, something like X-Factor or The Voice may be cheaper to make, but does it have any international sales or repeat value? Doctor Who is brought - for a lot of money - by many countries around the world, and is shown on BBC Worldwide-owned channels in many non-English speaking countries. Look at Australia, for example - the ABC pays the BBC a licencing fee to show the episode live in the middle of the night, then again on Sunday night. On top of that, ABC2 practically has a constant Doctor Who marathon, putting a new series episode on every weekday at 7.30 for most of the year for the past few years - and every time they show a repeat, the BBC is paid more licencing fees. Now, do you think Australia would pay through the nose for new episodes of UK X-Factor? What about licences to repeat UK X-Factor? What about licences to repeat episodes of UK X-Factor from 2005?
Overnight ratings, and even BARB ratings, mean everything in the reality TV world, but nothing for dramas, especially ones with big international success. They need to be seen as an investment, they make their money over time. Think about it - the BBC are still making money from An Unearthly Child. Do you think they can say the same about an episode of Jukebox Jury from 1963?
Sorry, rant over.
@DavidWilliamAppleby I'm with the theory that Missy is the TARDIS. She saves them by materialising around them at the last second, just as the Doctor did. It also explains why she can time travel (place the ad in the paper in the 19th century and give Clara the number in the 21st), why she called the Doctor her 'boyfriend', and why she claimed she "couldn't quite see" if the clockwork man was pushed or fell.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Rate & Discuss Into the Dalek
@Lord of Time It should be! IceTV says it will be on. If you're looking at a printed guide it's possible it was printed before the ABC made that announcement.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Deep Breath Record Overseas Ratings
@sontaran17 @EyebrowsAttack Very true. There was even that two-part show on the ABC "When Julia Met the Doctor" (I haven't watched it yet, it's on my DVR) which featured an interview with Capaldi.
Ugh, once again I love Clara's style so much. I should pay attention, I'm a similar height and shape to JLC.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Into the Dalek Promo Pics