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Yep...met him many times and always a pleasure to chat with.

10 hours, 58 minutes ago on Colin Baker on Five(ish) Doctors Sequel

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I think the bottom line is that the TARDIS interior design reflects each era's technical and design zeitgeists. The point about the 1983-89 console being flashy but boring...pretty much sums up the whole 1980s (except perhaps musically!), and the pale green colour of the 1972 Pertwee console is carried over from the original 1963 to 1970 console- it was colured green as it appeared as a brighter shade of white on black and white VT.. purely a practical design choice!

Interesting no mention is made of the extensive modifications that were made to the "T Baker Primary" console for the first two Peter Davison seasons (the "boring" console didn't appear until The Five Doctors) as this would indicate not only something about the 5th Doctor's attitude to the TARDIS (a lot of his stories were highly TARDIS-centric in terms of location) but also the BBC's attitude to not spending a huge amount on the show during the 1980s..(indeed the console room's final appearance in the classic series, the wall was literally a cardboard cut-out as the set had perished in storage).

For trivia fans...It's worth noting that the modified T Baker console used by the 5th Doctor in 1983 is the control panel seen in the Day of the Doctor trailer when we see the 3rd Doctor sword fighting with the Master..!

(Did I mention I was a design geek?)

17 hours, 2 minutes ago on How does the TARDIS reflect the Doctor?

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Just a quick line to point out that the console room in the picture was only used for one story (The Time Monster)- the walls were replaced from the Three Doctors onwards and were kept almost unchanged until the secodary control room was unveiled in The Masque of Mandragora.

:-)

22 hours, 17 minutes ago on How does the TARDIS reflect the Doctor?

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@AlessandroArsuffi @Notsosmartguy approves of female thor @YaelMoise @TheCyberDoctor is Undead Ah...I love the round things. They don't have to be bright- the series 20 console room looked great in episode 1 of Enlightenment with the subdued roundel lighting.

22 hours, 23 minutes ago on DWM #476: “Am I A Good Man?”

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@Notsosmartguy approves of female thor @TheCyberDoctor is Undead Don't forget the bookcases around the walls!

22 hours, 24 minutes ago on DWM #476: “Am I A Good Man?”

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@DrunkenDalek Lobby your mum for a pocket money allowance! That's what I did in 1979 to find the 12p a week for DWW when it first started. Or do what I did when I was 14 to feed my DW addiction- find a Saturday job.

(To be fair, I'd prefer the pocket Money option if I had my time again....)

22 hours, 25 minutes ago on DWM #476: “Am I A Good Man?”

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@TakeTheType40 is now pixelated! Most magazine's dates relate to the month that it stops going on sale and is superseded by the next issue. it always amuses me that magazines that come out every 4 weeks instead of monthly (like DWM) have a mysterious 13th "winter" issue each year which plugs the gap between December and January...!

:-)

22 hours, 29 minutes ago on DWM #476: “Am I A Good Man?”

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@The Finn possibly the same sort of questions he is asked most months?

22 hours, 32 minutes ago on DWM #476: “Am I A Good Man?”

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@MeglosProductions you should get the previous couple of issues as well- the features in this issue are both continuations. The Cartmel article is written by the man himself and outlines his time as script editor. The Terrance Dicks interview  is well worth reading too..

22 hours, 32 minutes ago on DWM #476: “Am I A Good Man?”

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@The Finn the 1974 trailer is made up of clips from the 1973 and 1975 seasons as well (possibly because the 74 season has no robot knights, TARDIS interior scenes or zygon cyborgs that look like dinosaurs...).

1 day, 22 hours ago on Weird and Wonderful

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@Seaborn W Deadman Robot Chicken has altered the way the doors open- pray that they do not alter them any further...

(Robot Chicken Star Wars joke for all those RC efficionados out there...)

1 day, 22 hours ago on Weird and Wonderful

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Love the 1974 trailer- however, some of the clips were from the seasons either side of it (am I being too picky?)..... perhaps the challenge would be to restrict the clips being used to the 74-75 series (although that would seriously restrict the number of TARDIS interior scenes you could use to...none..!)

1 day, 22 hours ago on Weird and Wonderful

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The "30 years in the TARDIS" documentary recreated the St Paul's Invasion scene with 80s Cybermen....

3 days, 7 hours ago on Cybermen Invade London (Again!)

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...or maybe it's contemplating a visit to the Tate modern and then a quick tour around Shakespeare's Globe....

3 days, 8 hours ago on Cybermen Invade London (Again!)

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@Baker Street is excited for Series 8! Agreed, except for the fact that the original 1963 theme was pitch shifted / sped up to match the key of of the current version of the tune- that sort of lost some of the impact for me. But then since the two versions of the tune are played in different keys, there's not much they could do..!

4 days, 22 hours ago on The Importance of Doctor Who’s Theme Tunes

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If the theme is re-arranged I hope it starts to reflect more of the original arrangement. The opening bassline to the Delia Derbyshire theme still makes the hair on the back of my neck stand on end when I hear it, even more than 40 years after I first heard it!

4 days, 22 hours ago on The Importance of Doctor Who’s Theme Tunes

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@ilyootha counts Lungbarrow canon @Adric the Genius Have a listen to Dominic Glynn's recently released "Gallifrey Remix" of his 1986 theme. It's based around his "Trial" theme but contains elements of the Delia Derbyshire, Peter Howell and Keff McCulloch themes- that along with the occasional TARDIS noise and samples of Colin Baker's "I've should have stayed here" speech from the end of Trial of a Time Lord, what's not to like?

:-)

4 days, 22 hours ago on The Importance of Doctor Who’s Theme Tunes

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@Baker Street is excited for Series 8! Totally agree. Even the Dominic Glynn one grew on me in the end. Not sure where the guitars are in any of the 1980s versions of the tune.. Keff McCulloch's 1987 theme was all keyboard and the 1980-85 Peter Howell theme had guitar sounding parts to the main melody that were actually made by Peter making "Eee-oo-ahh" noises into a Vocoder (a short feature from 1980 showing this version being made at the Radiophonic Workshop can be found on You-Tube)

4 days, 22 hours ago on The Importance of Doctor Who’s Theme Tunes

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@NewWho2012 @Huknar Nobody missed the middle Eight during the 1970s. During the mid to late 70s it normally only made an appearance during the closing credits to the last episode of the series.

4 days, 22 hours ago on The Importance of Doctor Who’s Theme Tunes

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@MrRazza, the Newly Qualified Omega Identifier Might be worth pointing out at this stage that the trailers for Matt Smith's first series still used snatches of the Series 4 / specials theme and not the 2010 arrangement. It could still change....

4 days, 22 hours ago on The Importance of Doctor Who’s Theme Tunes

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@Polyphase me too. Delia Derbyshire's arrangements (or arrangements using elements of her realisation of the theme) are the best in my opinion- even if she wasn't too fond of the 70's version of it. I'm pretty pleased that the BBC decided not to change the theme in 1973 to the "Delaware" version...it's a little too "wibbly wobbly" for my liking.

4 days, 22 hours ago on The Importance of Doctor Who’s Theme Tunes

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@gwylock1 @TheTardisIsCrashingAgain The Mary Shelley Stories theme is definitely an acquired taste. Great for moshing whilst wearing denims though! Almost reminded me of the version of the theme Tim Minchin payed at the end of the Comedy Prom a few years ago. I really like the Big Finish theme used for the last few Lucie Miller stories...but then I'm a big Delia Derbyshire fan!

4 days, 22 hours ago on The Importance of Doctor Who’s Theme Tunes

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(and I agree with the invasion too!)

6 days, 8 hours ago on Are Longer Stories Better? Five Classics

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I totally agree about no.s 4 and 5 in this list. Interestingly, Terrance Dicks wasn't happy about inheriting the 7 episode format from Derrick Sherwin, so dropped the length of the stories the following year.

6 days, 8 hours ago on Are Longer Stories Better? Five Classics

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@TheOncomingFish What?? But it's terror...and it crawls... what's not to like?

;-)

1 week ago on First 12th Doctor Novels Detailed

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@The Mind Probe @Richy Woo At least 1 of them may well have been involved in making the new series. Mike Tucker's day job isn't book writing....

1 week ago on First 12th Doctor Novels Detailed

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@Notsosmartguy sells propane and propaneaccessories @NovaDoctor I picked up a couple of the IDW Who / Trek crossover comic books and wasn't overly impressed with the artwork. Did like the 4th Doctor / TOS cover with the 1975 Cybermen on issue 3, though...

1 week ago on First 12th Doctor Novels Detailed

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@Stradiwhovius Look closely...it's not quite the same as its 2010 counterpart (and that doesn't include the "DW" logo)

1 week ago on First 12th Doctor Novels Detailed

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@The Finn It is the same font. If intentional, maybe the Great Intelligence has swapped from using Yeti androids to spiders as a cost cutting measure due to some inter-galactic economic crisis...?

1 week ago on First 12th Doctor Novels Detailed

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@The Hatter The big question is- if the books are in the control room, has something happened to the Library...?

1 week ago on Series 8 Launch Trailer Breakdown

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@foolmentaljoker I like your thinking! You could be onto something there....

1 week ago on Series 8 Launch Trailer Breakdown

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Quite a few parallels are being drawn between the upcoming 12th Doctor era and the 1st Doctor era. If memory serves, the first Doctor holds the record for the number of travelling companions that don't survive their travels with the Doctor (Katerina and Sara Kingdom , both in the Dalek Master Plan).

Possibly another parallel to move Capaldi's era away from (to quote mr Moffat) the fairy tale quality of the 11th's era?

1 week, 3 days ago on Where Doctor Who Could Improve and How

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@The 14th Doctor Yep- the site show's it as being sold out now. (14:17)

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Series 8: Watch Deep Breath First

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Not only was it awesome watching the classic series as it was transmitted, it was very rare to know what was coming up in the series as there was no internet or DWM to give hints and drop spoilers before transmission. That's what I miss most now.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Why We love Doctor Who

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Genesis of the Daleks scared the heck out of me in 1975. But then, I was very young at the time....

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Why We love Doctor Who

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This article shows that nothing changes. Long term fans my age (I can just about remember watching the end of The Time Warrior) who read this will be smiling. Just like Pauline's dad, we've seen the series change many times ( in terms of look, the lead actor and the time of year which the show goes out) and as with life in General, one of the few certainties is change.

Personally, the show for me will always be an autumn / winter event, mainly as growing up with the series in the 70s and 80s the series would start in either early September or January and then run for between 3 and 6 months. I encourage all nu-whovians that haven't experienced a full autumn / winter series to give it a go. You probably won't want it in the spring again....

As with anything in life, keep an open mind (and don't set standards in your imagination that are so high that no matter how good something is, it's still a disappointment when it happens) and everything will be fine.. That ethos has kept me with the show since 1973 ( even through the shocks of the first JNT series and the TV movie dalek voices....)

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Why We love Doctor Who

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I shouldn't worry about it. From what I've seen elsewhere there will probably be some changes to the logo regardless what texture it's rendered with.

Back in the 70s the 1973-1980 "diamond " logo was published in a myriad of colours (and usually without the diamond...)

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Series 8 DVD / Blu-Ray Dated

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@TheOncomingStorm @Ollie Walton Harrod @SimonThorpe @Mary Sue's Vertue Indeed- it's more like Home and Away. (I jest, in case anyone thinks I am actually serious....)

3 weeks ago on Why the Doomsday Farewell is Not the Greatest

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I've just realised...on Saturday I'm going to the exact spot in Cardiff where these scenes are being shot...how's that for bad timing..?

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Series 8 Finale Filming: Returning Characters & Monster

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A Classic series cyberhead!!!!! Looks like a 1968 Invasion one....

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Series 8 Finale Filming: Returning Characters & Monster

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All the comments about the word "Nethersphere" and hardly anyone excited about the fact Michelle Gomez is in it! Well, based on other things I've seen her in we're in for a treat, I think....

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Series 8: Meet the Gatekeeper of the Nethersphere

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Nice idea- how does that square with the 6th Doctor discovering that the planet Ravalox is in fact Earth in the far future that had been moved and renamed by the Time Lords to prevent some of their dirty laundry being aired. I don't recall the evidence of that part of the Doctor's trial having been falsified within the Matrix. Or had it....?

3 weeks, 2 days ago on An Earthly Gallifrey

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@Master Michael Moon Does the 5th Doctor's introduction in 1982 count as a new era? The rest of the show's look and production team remained largely the same (excluding script editor) as Tom Baker's final season.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Series 8 Airdate Confirmed, New Trailer & Image

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@Ollie Walton Harrod @A Friend of the Ood @Huknar Or maybe it's the show's script editor not doing a good job of trimming down source material to fit a 45 min screen time..? Script editors on the show are more often than responsible for making an OK script great in the past (Inferno, we're looking at you), so it's feasible that the reverse could be possible...



3 weeks, 2 days ago on Series 8 Airdate Confirmed, New Trailer & Image

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@VictorWong1 I just hope she plays the part in her native accent! Would be great to hear a verbal stand-off between her and the 7th Doctor if she does...!

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Meet the New Rani

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Looks to me like it's the mega expensive 11 cd soundtrack box set in its hand made wooden case...

4 weeks ago on DWM #475: Vastra, Strax & Jenny are Back

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@PaddyB Tennant was 33 when he was cast as the Doctor (I'm not obsessed with age, it just happens that I'm the same age as him to within a few days), so that is nearly a decade between the two actors on their debuts. No mention of Peter Davison here, who relinquished the role at 33...

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Colin Baker: Tennant & Smith Brought Female Fans to Doctor Who

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Is it me or did Mr C sound very much like Tom Baker at the end of his message when he wished the Glasgow School of Art students good luck..?

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Weird and Wonderful

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I believe the door opened inwards. The telephone hatch opens out wards. Unless of course you're watching the two Peter Cushing movies where the doors open outwards... And the main character is called Dr. Who.....

1 month ago on WHOops! When Doctor Who Gets It Wrong

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@Polyphase indeed it was the end to a great couple of days- got home from the Excel Convention, straight out to see the 50th Special at the cinema and then got home just in time to watch Five-Ish doctors on the red button- superb!

1 month ago on The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot Getting A Follow-Up?

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Where are the Radio Times World Cup covers with Team Dalek and Team Cyberman?

1 month ago on The Inaugural Universe World Cup

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The thing that got me about the 2005 poster when it came out wasn't so much that the doors open out wards, more the fact that they appear to be attached to the side of the TARDIS....

1 month ago on WHOops! When Doctor Who Gets It Wrong

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As an older fan, could I ask that you use your apostrophes correctly please?

Many thanks!

1 month, 1 week ago on Yes, I’m a Whovian, but I’m one of the nice ones

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@Notsosmartguy the Superior Venom Yep- I think based on the Classic Series the Time Lords could do pretty much what they want- after all , they invented black holes, allegedly....

1 month, 1 week ago on Trenzalore – What happened next?

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@MrRazza Soupy Twist.

1 month, 1 week ago on Trenzalore – What happened next?

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Indeed... It's worth watching the DVD extras for the late 80s stories to see what was going on behind the scenes... I have a lot more respect for a lot of the poorer stories now

1 month, 2 weeks ago on The 6th Doctor: What Worked & What Didn’t

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They did use Robert Holmes twice during the era. Sadly, not his best work and not produced well....

:(

1 month, 2 weeks ago on The 6th Doctor: What Worked & What Didn’t

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"Revolutionary biscuits of Italy, rise up out of your box, you have nothing to lose but your wafers, yum yum yum yum yum."

The Young Ones and Doctor Who have other things in common ( other than Alexei Sayle)

- a lot of location work for the Young Ones was filmed in Bristol

- Christopher Ryan (Kiv in the 6th Doctor Story "MindWarp" and General Staal)

- Damaris Hayman ("Do you dig graves?")

Who doesn't have any biscuits named after Italian revolutionaries, but it has Jammie Dodgers.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on On First View: Revelation of the Daleks

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@RobJohnPhillips Totally agree. Even asylum of the Daleks had a sequence filmed here. And yes, Cardiff to Bristol is a very reasonable 40 mile stone's throw..

:-)

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Series 8 Filming: Tunnel Vision

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@mrpaddy1984 Wouldn't it just! I can just picture the TARDIS parked on Turbo Island in Stokes Croft opposite Banksy's "Mild Mild West" painting...

:-)

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Series 8 Filming: Tunnel Vision

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@Rorschach's_Journal_of_Impossible_Things @The Outer Space K9 He is also very prolific in (and allegedly comes from) Bristol, so the fact that the story is supposed set here is quite exciting- pity they didn't actually film here again...

...or have they..?

;-)

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Series 8 Filming: Tunnel Vision

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Reckon so! Having seen this article, I'm going to think twice about walking through any subways near Stokes Croft for a while.... I might end up as a stencil graffiti figure

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Series 8 Filming: Tunnel Vision

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Bristol + graffiti people = Banksy.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Series 8 Filming: Tunnel Vision

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More likely a Bristol connection with Banksy? Maybe Banksy doesn't just come from Bristol, but is actually some form of alien menace? Would explain a few things....

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Series 8 Filming: Tunnel Vision

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Yes, but think of all the scenes filmed here recently (night terrors, Asylum of the Daleks and the Snowmen)

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Series 8 Filming: Tunnel Vision

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Set in Bristol, but not filmed here? That's a pity considering they've filmed Doctor Who here three or four times over the last years....

(Not forgetting the Wills Cigarette factory in Hartcliffe doubling for Pluto in The Sun Makers in 1977...)

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Series 8 Filming: Tunnel Vision

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@VictorWong1 I have to agree here. With Georgia Moffett moving away from acting and either a re-casting / regeneration likely, we're only left with the concept of a cloned daughter itself (with no Georgia, we cant guarantee the same characterisation). Is the concept of a cloned daughter vital to the series in the long term? Possibly not (unless you count the timey-wimey idea suggested by NeedComicMoney below).

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Bring Back… Jenny, the Doctor’s Daughter

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Yay! My patience with not buying Day and Time looks like it might have paid off....!

1 month, 2 weeks ago on 50th Anniversary Box Set Incoming

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Did anyone who has watched this story spot the tiniest hint of the 5th Doctor's regeneration starting near the end of episode 3? Looks like he held it off for a whole episode whilst saving the day before having his swansong overshadowed by Nicola Bryant's cleavage. Top stuff from the pen of Bob Holmes (but then his stories were generally of a much higher quality than average: Pyramids of Mars, Brain of Morbius and Talons of Weng Chiang anyone?. Let's not forget he penned the first Auton and Sontaran stories too)

1 month, 2 weeks ago on On First View: The Caves of Androzani

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@The13thDoctor It tackles the subject of mental illness with sensitivity and openness. Not something a family show does on a regular basis. It will have resonated with anyone who's life has been touched in some way by mental illness, either directly or indirectly.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – Series 5 (Episodes 7-13)

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I caught the Parody vid on You Tube early this morning- I'm a fan of Rocky Horror anyhow, so loved this..!

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Weird and Wonderful

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It had a musical number in it...

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Foxes Cast in Series 8

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Phantom of the Menoptera...?

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Foxes Cast in Series 8

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@supermoff @floppy_who Can you imagine the 12th Doctor acting like Malcolm Tucker having a verbal stand-off with Vince Fox...?

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Foxes Cast in Series 8

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@supermoff Wasn't Basil Brush in the series 1 episode "Boom Boom Town?"

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Foxes Cast in Series 8

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@supermoff ..or maybe Nelson and Vince from Mongrels....

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Foxes Cast in Series 8

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@TardisBoy Almost correct- Billie Piper had appeared in The Canterbury Tales before Who. The media were referring to it when Who-Fandom went up in arms that a singer had been cast as the companion when it was announced.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Foxes Cast in Series 8

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@FreddieC Yep - that was a bit of a shocker when this survey first came out in 2009. But even as a teenager in 1984, I found the change in quality between the two episodes noticeable..

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Analysing The Top Doctor Who Stories (DWM 2009)

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The ripples of the fear from 1990 seem to have touched another generation of viewers.

Disheartening, isn't it?

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Doctor Who Could Have Ended With Tennant

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If I remember rightly, the Beeb used the 2008 music for some of the teaser trailers for Matt Smith's first season, so anything is possible...

1 month, 4 weeks ago on Series 8 Confirmed for August, First Teaser Trailer

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Heresy! But everyone is entitled to an opinion, so good on you.

2 months ago on On First View: Genesis of the Daleks

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You feel old? Imagine how old some of us feel when we realise how long ago it was when we watched Jon Pertwee, Pat Troughton or Bill Hartnell first time round....

2 months ago on Smith Eager for Another Multi-Doctor Story

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The 2010 theme has that rising brass line over the first 8 bars of the tune. Reminded me a bit of Scooby Doo when I heard it. The 1970 to 1980 opening title music is the definitive version for me (but that's an age thing, I think!)

2 months ago on The Theme – Time for a Change?

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Delia rocks! Would be nice to have the 1967-69 arrangement...or better still the 1970-80 opening music (or something close to it). Would be nice to hear the electronic jangles and the thundering echo under the bass line again. And how about the good old looped melody repeating into the start of the episode....?

Ah those were the days...!

2 months ago on The Theme – Time for a Change?

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Darn this lack of editing! My point was I've been hearing it for 41 years and I haven't tired of the tune.

2 months ago on The Theme – Time for a Change?

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No. Just no. I've been hearing it in its various arrangements and I haven't tired of it one jot. You may as we'll take away the TARDIS if you did that. And while you're at it, may as well get rid of the Doctor too.

Let me know if anyone feels my response is at all ambiguous.

2 months ago on The Theme – Time for a Change?

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Ec-zeema

:-)

2 months ago on Frank Skinner Cast in Series 8

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The Red Dwarf remake failed because the humour and charm of the original is distinctly British and the character dynamic / slovenlyness of the Rimmer / Lister / Cat / Kryten relationship didn't translate when adapted for the US market (having seen some of the remade episodes it's pretty clear that the original charm has been lost. It wasn't awful, but it didn't work).

There would be a risk of the same thing happening if Who was remade in other countries. During the 50th anniversary amongst all of the tv and radio programmes being shown, a popular question was "what makes the show so enduring" and many responses referred to the show's Britishness.

However- I wouldn't go as far as to support Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart's slightly xenophobic comment in Robot in this context..!

(Anyone who's not seen Robot will need to watch it to get that last point!)

2 months, 1 week ago on Could An Overseas Version of Doctor Who Ever Work?

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@DaireConstantineOReilly Just a minor point- the BBC is public body funded by the British public and regulated in part by the British Government. The citizens of Great Britain have a pretty hefty stake in the Corporation's decisions. The BBC almost didn't own it as the rights to make the show were passed onto BBC Worldwide during the 16 year hiatus between the classic series and the new series. The new series almost didn't go ahead as the BBC were having difficulties regaining the rights to make it.

But you're right- lets be thankful the BBC are treating the show with more respect than thet did throughout the 1980s.

2 months, 1 week ago on Could An Overseas Version of Doctor Who Ever Work?

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This is the first Who story I remember from my early childhood!

(Now I feel a little old...!)

Trivia time:

- Hal the Archer is Boba Fett and also appeared with Cliff Richard in Summer Holiday

- Professor Ruebish does a very good line in bad Who-related jokes on the "Wotcha" page of DWM

(OK, the second one is probably not actually done by the actor who played Ruebish, but Jeremy Bulloch did play the Mandalorian bounty hunter..!)

2 months, 1 week ago on On First View: The Time Warrior

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@Who is the Doctor @shyx111 David and Catherine did a short stint presenting a Saturday morning radio show on Radio 2 a few years ago- their chemistry was evident, the three hours just shot by each week. Let's hope they can do it again some day..!

2 months, 1 week ago on “Well isn’t that Wizard!” The Many faces of Donna Noble

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I wouldn't be so sure about Mr Moffat's reluctance to reference the classic series. He's referenced the classic series more frequently than RTD did.

2 months, 1 week ago on Series 8 Filming in Lanzarote, Hermione Norris Cast

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The Two Doctors was filmed in Seville, Spain.

(And Television Centre in Wood Lane..!)

2 months, 1 week ago on Series 8 Filming in Lanzarote, Hermione Norris Cast

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Lanzarote has a volcanic rock landscape. Pompeii shortly after the eruption?

Just a thought.

2 months, 1 week ago on Series 8 Filming in Lanzarote, Hermione Norris Cast

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Jato and Litefoot are two of my favorite supporting characters from the entire classic series run and when I saw the first audio dramas advertised in DWM a few years ago I was almost tempted to delve in with a purchase, however I hadn't taken the dive with big finish audios. Now that I have quite a few under my belt and having read this article, the balance has well and truly been tripped.

The Rock of Gibraltar would be more easily......zzzzzz

(Apropos th nothing... The above is one of my favorite lines from TTOWC!)

2 months, 1 week ago on Beyond the TV Series: Jago & Litefoot

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It's gold...full stop. The Cyberleader in Earthshock is disabled by the gold edging on Adric's badge.

Basically, a classic era Cyberman (from 1975 onwards) could have been knocked out by one of those new cinnamon flavoured vodkas that have gold leaf in them. But then a bottle of that would go a fair way to knocking me out too....

2 months, 1 week ago on Why the Cybermen should be Doctor Who’s best monster

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I enjoyed this story when I first watched it on a BBC2 repeat back in 1992 and having caught it again more recently on DVD enjoyed it again.. On this basis it must be ok in my books!

Zoe's character is a little more than just a classic series screamer (her predecessor Victoria takes some beating in that department) and she gives the Cybermen a run for their money in the following story (the Invasion) so much so that some UNIT personnel ask the Brigadier if they can keep her..... Because she's "much prettier than a computer ".

Well... It was the 1960s.....

2 months, 2 weeks ago on On First View: The Mind Robber

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@Polyphase That's the thing I miss most about NuWho- that point just before the programme is due to finish when the heroes are in some dire peril- the camera would do a crash zoom (or something similar) on the peril itself or the shocked/ terrified / bemused look of the protagonists and then the closing music would crash in.

The closest the new run has come to that in my view is the conclusion to The Stolen Earth. It's the only time both me and my wife have shouted "NOOOOOO...!!" at the end of an episode at the sudden realisation that we'd have to wait a whole week to see how the heck it would be resolved...

:-)

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Change, My Dear: Rebirth from the 50th

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@Liana21 I wonder if his response would have contained the word "vinegar" (along with a choice few others..)?

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Change, My Dear: Rebirth from the 50th

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An interesting article, however change of this magnitude is not new. Compare Troughton's final season with Pertwee's first. The sudden change in direction stylistically in seasons 11 and 18 (with the latter losing the Delia Derbyshire theme tune- that upset a lot of people) and also the revelations that came out of the 1996 TV movie that many fans rejected at the time.

After 41 years of following the series, it's clear to see that the show is about change- sometimes for the better, sometimes not so well received.

But if it hadn't changed at all or tried different approaches and formats (45 minute length episodes in season 22? It'll never catch on!) it almost certainly wouldn't have made it past 1969.

Basically- que sera sera. Just sit back and enjoy the ride as you can..!

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Change, My Dear: Rebirth from the 50th

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Hmmm... Truth or hypothesis? Has this been canonised?

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Continuity of the Daleks

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@Deus_Ex_Machina  The Seventh Doctor is proof of that...!

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 8 Filming: En Garde!

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@angelusnathan  Think about the working title of the episode- then think of the film WestWorld. Beginning to make sense...?

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 8 Filming: En Garde!

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That would be dead handy considering on that basis Verity Lambert is an empath.

(Carrying on that analogy further, you can include Harry the commissionaire being a school teacher, Donald Baverstock is a 13th century merchant traveller, two of the party guests are a space agent and a secretary respectively and things get really convoluted when you work out that using the same terms of reference that Peter Hawkins is the voice of the Daleks ...er...and the 11th Doctor is actually .... Um ....the 11th Doctor.

Man, that casting messes with your head if you think about it like that...!!!

2 months, 2 weeks ago on 10 Misused Actors in Doctor Who

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Well, if you wanted more of Hugh Bonneville and Olivia Colman, you could always watch episode 4 of W1A, the Twenty Twelve sequel. You'd also then get extra helpings of Sarah Parish, Jessica Hynes, Jason Watkins, Nina Sosanya and David Tennant.

So that's all good then.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on 10 Misused Actors in Doctor Who

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@RevDoc You're not way of at all. I think it's generally accepted by viewers of the classic series that not all Gallifreyans are Time Lords. And not all Gallifreyans were happy with Gallifreyan society, so lived outside the citidels. To get a better view on how things on Gallifrey were a little but dull on the surface, but downright corrupt at its heart, it's worth watching The Deadly Assassin (which contains the most complained about violent cliffhanger in the show's history...it's pretty mild by today's standards), The Invasion of Time (if you ignore the Vardan costumes and the Sontaran cockney accents), Arc of Infinity (but try not to laugh at the Ergon or Colin Baker's head gear) and the last couple of episodes of Trial of a Time Lord (and have a dictionary handy to keep up with Pip and Jane Baker's dialogue).

2 months, 3 weeks ago on What was life on Gallifrey like Pre-Time War?

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A lot covered in the various classic series episodes where Gallifrey is actually the main location of the story appears to be overlooked here.

What about what is actually known from the series? Caste systems (ie Time Lords vs non-Time Lord Gallifreyans), the shobogans and outcasts? Best not to even think about the Big Finish Audio "Gallifrey Series" and what that adds to the canon (mainly because I haven't got past episode 1 yet!).

And on the subject of Time Lord executions- yes, they can be carried out. One was attempted (apparently at the time successfully) on the Fifth Doctor under the supervison of the Sixth Doct..er, I mean Commander Maxil in "Arc of Infinity" in the 20th Anniversary season.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on What was life on Gallifrey like Pre-Time War?

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@The Finn @ilyootha It's got a head!!

2 months, 3 weeks ago on The War Doctor Returns in “Engines of War”

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If the Eighth Doctor audio adventures are now canon (thanks to Night of the Doctor) then there is a possibility of encountering either the Doctor's great grandson or if it's a bit further down the timeline, a very traumatised and upset Susan Campbell....

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Doctor Who Series 8 (2014): What We Know UPDATE

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@Mary Sue's Vertue An interesting point. I recently started subscribing to Netflix and watched a series 6 episode- I was surprised to see a short pre-title sequence monologue from Amy Pond talking about how she had an imaginary (raggedy) friend when she was little, who came back when she grew up , ran away with him and has been "running ever since". A nice little touch for those who are new the programme, but it does give the impression that the series is primarily about Amy and that nothing existed prior to series 5. 

Does anyone know if this monologue went out on any broadcasts of Who outside the UK? 'Cos we certainly didn't have it..!

:-)

2 months, 3 weeks ago on RTD on Doctor Who Becoming “Too Soapy”

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I wonder how many more lyrics from Who incidental music DWM can use as straplines on their covers..?




2 months, 3 weeks ago on DWM #473: Here’s to the Future

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A minor point, but wasn't The Dalek story being referred to here in Turn Left set in 1930, not the 1950s?

2 months, 3 weeks ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – Series 4 (Episodes 6-13)

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@ClassicWhovian  One of my faves too.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – Series 4 (Episodes 6-13)

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What is it with people posting scored lists on this site? And does anyone have any actual weighted evaluation criteria that they base their final scores on?

2 months, 3 weeks ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – Series 4 (Specials, Episodes 1-5)

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Hot Fuzz!!! Aaah 'spose. One of the best lines in the film. Apart from perhaps "by the power of Greyskull!"

3 months ago on Celebrating David Bradley

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"Oh my god, I'm a chav!" Is one of the best lines ever in NuWho!

3 months, 1 week ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off Results: Nightmare Run (Episodes 1-8)

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John Hurt doesn't have soft centres.

3 months, 1 week ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off Results: Nightmare Run (Episodes 1-8)

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@Baker Street… is the Moment! Getting Tom Baker and Nick Courtney together on set for SJA would have been an experience- they were drinking buddies in real life and very good friends. I'm too polite to recount it here, but anyone with access to the issue of DWM with Tom's tribute to Nick in it should read it- there is a very moving, but hilarious tale about Nick's final words to Tom on his last hospital visit before Nick passed away.

3 months, 1 week ago on Tom Baker Reunion with Sarah Jane Was Planned

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@The Finn I'm taking it as being witty in a dry manner...

3 months, 1 week ago on Tom Baker Would Consider Returning Again

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@The Genie I don't think it's ever been officially confirmed, but I'm pretty sure Maxil was a non-Time Lord Gallifreyan (not all Gallifreyans are Time lords)

3 months, 1 week ago on Tom Baker Would Consider Returning Again

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@epicduda @sontaran17 Peter Davison was a musician before being an actor. He wrote (and sang) the theme tune to the early 80s childrens programme "Button Moon"

Also, Jon Pertwee recorded a large number of childrens songs during the 1960s. His rendition of "There was an old lady" is pretty famous (if you are of a certain age....!)

3 months, 1 week ago on The Life and Times of Peter Capaldi (So far)

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@ilyootha ...And if i recall correctly, there is another one on Friday (only it's not another Peter. The "other, other" Peter was born in May).

:-)

3 months, 1 week ago on Happy Birthday, Peter Capaldi!

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@Special Weapons Dalek @SonicTheHedgehogRules It's also David Tennant's birthday...!

3 months, 1 week ago on Weird and Wonderful

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Doctor Who meets Indiana Jones... Great Stuff! Are we sure that Pinkhavok isn't Drew Struzan in disguise...?

3 months, 1 week ago on Weird and Wonderful

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Indeed...the directors cut on the DVD is better than the original, I think...

3 months, 1 week ago on The Fifth Doctor: Five Favourites

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A great Doctor (although at the time It took a while for me to get over the fact Tom Baker wasn't the Doctor anymore) and a thoroughly nice chap. Anyone that's met him at conventions will find the autograph scene in The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot very very funny...

(And he made a great King Arthur in Spamalot!)

3 months, 1 week ago on Happy Birthday, Peter Davison!

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You all realise don't you, that at the end of all this voting for the various episodes in each series, we're going to have enough data for DWTV to compile the definitive list of which series is best...voted for by ourselves.

There are going to be some interesting discussions on here if that list is published.....but as the community voted for it, there's not a lot that can be done other than accept the result.

Wow, isn't democracy great!

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 12

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@DrKnockers05 And therein lies the argument for bringing back two-parters...!

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 12

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@Gustaff You've just reminded me of a brilliant cartoon I saw recently: a disappointed cat staring into an open, but empty tin can bearing the label "Schrodinger's Cat Food".....

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Sciencey Wiencey: The Weeping Angels – Quantum Locking

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@Baker Street… is the Moment! Maybe he will be appearing as the "Monkey" knitted character from the tea bag commercials..?

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Ben Miller Cast as Villain in Series 8

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(but with the exception that Xander Armstrong and Ben Miller don't appear in the same episode..!)

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Ben Miller Cast as Villain in Series 8

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Great news! And now we can add  Armstrong & Miller to the list of comedy double acts to have appeared on the show along with Mitchell & Webb and Hale & Pace..!

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Ben Miller Cast as Villain in Series 8

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@Wibbly-Wobbly Strawberry Jelly It can't be the violence that set's these apart. Have you seen how much real blood is in the Bake Off? A lot of the contestants really don't know how to handle sharp kitchen utensils....

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Vote The Day of the Doctor for BAFTA TV Award

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@HitchcockWhovian Don't forget it's written by Chris Chibnall and directed by James Strong and Euros Lyn. The programme has a very stong Who pedigree..!

(And it's worth watching as a lot of the location work was filmed near my home city and a work colleague of mine appears in it as an SA..!)

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Vote The Day of the Doctor for BAFTA TV Award

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@Americanwhovian According to Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart, he left UNIT and became a second hand car salesman...

3 months, 3 weeks ago on DWM #472: Paul McGann

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@The Finn  They've worked together

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Sean Pertwee: My father was very fond of Capaldi

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I do rankings and evaluation of qualitative criteria to award contracts for a living. Reading this thread feels too much like work for me....!

4 months ago on Best of Matt Smith: Results (5-1)

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@Baker Street I've never been a huge ELO fan, but the part of Love and Monsters at the end with Elton's mother walking off to the coda from Mr Blue Sky actually put a lump in my throat when I saw it on transmission.

I've since invested in a "Best of" ELO CD (which in turn lead to a Travelling Wilburys CD and then onto CDs by George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, and so on..)

Actually, Nu Who has been resposible for my music collection going off in unexpected directions.. Rogue Traders and Cut Chemist are the most surprising ones- the Cut Chemist track being from the edition of Doctor Who Confidential that covered The Girl Who Waited (just thought I'd throw that one in as to tie this rambling post almost back onto topic..!)

4 months ago on Are Doctor-Lite stories the best of Doctor Who?

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@RhonDOH @Deus_Ex_Machina Down hill from 40? I've had more fun in my 40s than I had in my teens, 20s or 30s..! There's something that starts to happen from the age of 30 that no-one really points out until you get there....

4 months ago on Happy Birthday, Freema Agyeman

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Good to see Tom Baker getting a lot of support in this thread. I'm still trying to come to terms with him giving up the part 33 years ago....

4 months ago on How Can Capaldi Win Over Previous Fans?

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@The Mind Probe @Polyphase and it's an anagram of  O FIRM MEAN

(probably not as relevant!) 

4 months ago on Capaldi: A Mod Man In A Box?

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Maybe 12 should take a leaf out of Capaldi's portrayal of Cardinal Richelieu. Imagine 12 sending the burnt remains of a Yeti back to the Great Intelligence and saying "Please let the Great Intelligence know that should any more of his yetis wish to pay me a visit they will be returned in a similar condition."

(A bit harsh for the Doctor perhaps, but Richelieu's line from The Musketeers made me chuckle..)

4 months ago on Capaldi: A Mod Man In A Box?

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Which is how his surname was spelt on the cover of the first 5th Doctor issue of DWM. Whoops...

4 months, 1 week ago on Weird and Wonderful

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I'm glad it's not just me that thought that. If you're going to do something different, do something different. And get the spelling of the lead actors' names right.

4 months, 1 week ago on Weird and Wonderful

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I see the modernised classic who titles made the same mistake that DWM made on their front cover in January 1982....

4 months, 1 week ago on Weird and Wonderful

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Ah...Cardiff bay. Maybe the Doctor and Clara plan to visit the Doctor Who Experience just around the corner? Or perhaps pay a visit to the Diner that was used in the Impossible Astronaut? Or maybe even pay their respects at the Ianto Jones memorial wall ( that freaked me out a little when I saw that for the first time...!)

4 months, 1 week ago on Series 8 Filming: The Suits

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Hopefully it'll be like UKGold all over again. Ah, how I miss those Who-filled Sunday mornings of the early 1990s.....

:-)

4 months, 1 week ago on Catch Classic Who on The Horror Channel This Easter

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@Polyphase @DasManiac  Apparently not. That was one of the best lines in the episode..!

4 months, 1 week ago on River Song & Captain Jack: Five Favourites

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@Seaborn W Deadman  It was, but it works either way around, so who cares?:-)


4 months, 1 week ago on River Song & Captain Jack: Five Favourites

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@Americanwhovian My CO voice activated dalek's eye light turns from blue to red when it gets fed up receiving voice commands and then goes off around the house doing its own thing. Very cool, but scares the cat something rotten.

4 months, 2 weeks ago on DWM #471: 50 Years of the Daleks

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@DasManiac @gwylock1 Are there still such things as Multi-Region DVD Players anymore? They used to be very common in the late 90s / early 00s when the States got all the best DVD releases and the only way to view them was to import them into the UK.

4 months, 2 weeks ago on An Adventure in Space and Time Soundtrack Review

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Is anyone getting the feeling that Pink might be a pseudonym? Is Danny hiding something? Is Moffat hiding something? Or maybe he is the heir to the well known shirt manufacturing company....

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Series 8 Filming: A Night Out

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@ClarasLeaf To my knowledge they only use 2 casting agencies for SAs. My sister used to work as an SA and got 2 on screen roles in Who in 2006.

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Series 8 Filming: A Night Out

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@The Finn @HopeAbigailMacLeod I watched a night shoot for The Snowmen back in 2012 and it took about 2 hours to film the scene near the start of the episode where the Doctor budles Clara into the carriage before it drives off. That night's location shooting started at around 9pm and finished at 5am the next morning- on transmission I spotted maybe a couple of minutes location shooting in the Corn Street area.

So to answer your question....lots!

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Series 8 Filming: A Night Out

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Sing along if you know the words...

"Everything is Awesome....."

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Lego Doctor Who One Step Closer

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@Liana21 Not very good at driving vintage cars, though...

4 months, 3 weeks ago on A Few Thoughts On Danny Pink

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@NeutronFlow @KelvTwelve @PrerogativeOfATimeLord @Amy the Consulting Commentator Dalek civil war story has already been done....(Imperial daleks vs Renegades)

4 months, 3 weeks ago on A Few Thoughts On Danny Pink

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@WiblyWoblyTimyWimyMOFFAT  Yes there are- last year DWM ran an article called (I think) the 69 faces of Doctor Who which named every known instance of someone portraying the Doctor, canon or otherwise.Nice to see Mark Gatiss, Lenny Henry and two Richard E Grants! (there should be a second Jim Broadbent in there too somewhere...)


4 months, 4 weeks ago on Weird and Wonderful

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good Ice Warrior story = Curse of Peladon. The classic series is a little overlooked in a lot of these threads.

(But I agree, they could do with another outing!)

5 months ago on Another new Director for Series 8

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@lukefoord  That's how it used to be prior to DWM starting up in 1979. Prior to that, Who was always a surprise.

5 months ago on Doctor Who’s Biggest Missed Opportunity: A Surprise Regeneration

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@Antee991166 @Cambrell It's well documented in the extra features of the 6th Doctor DVD range that Colin didn't have a huge say in how the show went (e.g. costume) and that had JN-T not been producer the show would have been cancelled a lot earlier in the 1980s. Admittedly JN-T's style of production wasn't to everyone's taste (I remember being horrified in 1980 that the music and logo had been changed and the 4th Doctor suddenly losing his multi coloured scarf), but he was a staunch supporter of the show and fought many battles to keep it on the air.

Absolutely true about the show not being liked by those on the 6th floor...

5 months ago on Twelve is Equal to Six?

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@COswinPond  I think a mind battle between the Doctor and  a headless Time Lord makes it pretty special.

5 months ago on Weird and Wonderful

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@FMOB11  so that will just be series 4 and the 2008 specials then..?

5 months ago on Weird and Wonderful

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I love the retro style opening titles! Floppy Who has a few too. Here's one done in 2009 whilst my skills in Adobe After Effects were still developing..!


/watch?v=pBqgy67j8o8   

and there's more where that came from...    


/watch?v=NVxgr7FhxHI









5 months ago on Weird and Wonderful

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Imagine a Who / Gene Hunt crossover:

"Hello... I'm the Doctor. It's nearly tea time and I'm having hoops...."

5 months ago on Lords of Time #7: Doctor Who Vs Life On Mars

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If you think that's scary...wait until you're reminiscing about Who episodes you saw 4 decades earlier....

5 months ago on Happy Birthday, Chris Eccleston!

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@DawnTime Don't forget to shout "No! Not the mind probe!!!" at the appropriate moment.

5 months, 1 week ago on Honey, I’m a Whovian!

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@Doctor von Wer Back in the 1980's, that conversation would have gone like this:

"- Do you like Doctor Who?"

(other person turns about face and walks away briskly muttering something about having left the gas on...)

5 months, 1 week ago on Honey, I’m a Whovian!

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After almost 20 years, my significant other (initially completely unfamiliar with any Sci Fi) is able to pick up on areas of continuity in Who, able to provide critique on episodes she's not seen previously and knows her Barry Letts from her Graham Williams.

As a comeback, I am now conversant with a number of musicals and am subjected to hours of Christmas movies during November and December on the Xmas 24 cable channel.

The door swings both ways.....

5 months, 1 week ago on Honey, I’m a Whovian!

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In the original comic strip in DWM that The Lodger is based on, Mickey Smith picks up the 10th Doctor's sonic screwdriver instead of his electric toothbrush (in a dark bathroom) and inadvertently shatters his teeth when it switches on.

(Luckily the sonic has a dental repair setting...)

5 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Lodger

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That's not what happened in the DWM strip that The Lodger was based on...

5 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Lodger

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Apropos to nothing, I bumped into Mr Shearman in the loos at the Excel Celebration last November...

(Not literally bumped into.. That would have been very awkward and potentially a bit messy)

5 months, 1 week ago on Bring Back… Robert Shearman

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I loved this episode, but a little disappointed that the toe curling incident with the sonic didn't make the transition from the original comic strip version..!

5 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Lodger

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They're hand warmer pockets... That's all you normally get with an overcoat.

They're normally used for.... Well, not storing sonic devices..!

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Your verdict on Capaldi’s Costume

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@DoctorClassicMan Any co-incidence that he plays a character called "WHO Doctor"?

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 8 Will Be Darker, More like Classic Who

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