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I have to side with you on the definition of "whovian". Back in the day (early 80s, as I recall) whovian was a term used solely in the US. here in the UK, we were just Doctor Who fans (although most people at my school had other descriptions for us, but I'm too polite to repeat them here. It was tough for us fans pre-2005!)

3 days, 18 hours ago on The Doctor Division

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@AlessandroArsuffi @StephenAHayes RTD's rewrite may have something to do with the companion for series 4 originally meant to be someone else (I forget the character's name...possibly Penny? it's been a while since I read The Writer's Tale). He got to the stage where he even had an actor in mind to play the role when Catherine Tate agreed to come back for a whole season and the rewrites began....

1 week ago on Faye Marsay: There’s Been No talk of Shona Returning

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@MikkoKivisto I quite agree. A pity I didn't scroll down to read your comment before posting a similar one above..!

There is a difference between having no intelligence and not having an education...

1 week ago on Doctor Who In Perspective 1974-1981

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A great article, however I have to disagree with the comment about Leela not being intelligent- she was very intelligent (by the standards of the Sevateem), just uneducated.

1 week ago on Doctor Who In Perspective 1974-1981

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The time ring (genesis of the Daleks) was bracelet sized. I think what you saw on her right hand was just a ring.

1 week, 1 day ago on Missy Back in Two-Part Series 9 Opener

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As per my comment below...interrogation has taken place, but I am sworn to secrecy.....

1 week, 1 day ago on Missy Back in Two-Part Series 9 Opener

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It's less than a quarter of mine.....

1 week, 1 day ago on Doctor Who vs Avatar: The Last Airbender

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@The Finn is excited for audio Kate Stewart! The Holmes/ Moriarty analogy is exactly how the Master was concieved by Barry Letts and Terrance Dicks when looking for a recurring adversary for the exiled Third Doctor.

Apparently the name was deliberate too as it indicated some form of conferred academic rank (which by that thinking means there could have been renegade Time Lords called The Batchelor and The Professor. Maybe Ace knew more than she was letting on...!)

1 week, 3 days ago on The Doctor and the Master: Enemies Or Friends?

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Someone I know is off filming this week in Cardiff for the BBC and is being very cagey about what they are doing... time for some interrogation, I think...!

1 week, 4 days ago on Missy Back in Two-Part Series 9 Opener

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@divya12 I've found that one of the best ways of keeping my sanity on here is turning off the email notifications that tell me I have a response to one of my comments. I did this as a couple of years ago I dared to express an opinion on something that someone took exception to and laid into me big time (unreasonably so in my mind). As someone with high blood pressure, anxiety disorders and borderline depression, this wasn't good for my health- particularly as the fandom during the 1970s and 80s that I had grown up with seemed to me to be far more welcoming and and had a greater sense of cameraderie (guess what- no internet!).

So now I just comment, try to be nice (or at least be inconsequential) and just move on without looking back.

Hang on, that sounds familiar....

2 weeks ago on Say Something Nice: Internet Fandom

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@Malohkeh, not a member of any acronyms We've already had the First Doctor with Tegan Jovanka....

(and Sixth with Jamie McCrimmon)

2 weeks, 3 days ago on What if… Doctors Were Paired With Different Companions?

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@supermoff @Planet of the Deaf Fetch a spade....

;-)

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Doctor Who and Episode Rankings

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@blakeavon I like your thinking! It doesn't occur to me to rank everything in life. I'm rapidly discovering that life is too short to stress over quantifying how good something is compared to something else and that there are better things to to spend what little free time I have (like watching more episodes of Doctor Who...).

And do I detect a creeping reference to another BBC sci-fi show in your user name..?

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Doctor Who and Episode Rankings

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Is anyone using a more stuctured qualitative evaluation approach using weighted evaluation criteria as a constant across all episodes?

(Spot the procurement professional!)

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Doctor Who and Episode Rankings

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@OAOHAYF unexpected item in the bagging area @floppy_who There are some seriously good menacing pouts going on in that episode (and in the whole of B7, come to think of it!)

3 weeks ago on Colin Baker: Re-trial of a Time Lord

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@MrRazza has joined David Dimbleby Agree- silliness does not necessarily equate to childish. All adults should remember they have a right to enjoy silliness now and again...

(says the 40-something that went to see the Shaun The Sheep movie today...)

3 weeks ago on Why Series 8 Needed Child-Friendly Episodes & Moments

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@ElyotWren I'm not sure how we kept up with and remembered the plots back in the 60s, 70s and 80s either- we just did. 


Maybe our brains were able to process information more slowly over a longer period of time back then as they weren't subject to constant information overload all the time like they are now?


(At this point I'd reference the Art of Noise song "Something is Missing", but not sure it would be a widely enough recognised reference..!)


I think someone has recently done research that proves that due to the amount of on-demand information available to us all currently, the brain is losing its ability to retain facts but becoming better at knowing how to find information.?


A bit off topic, so many apologies for my digression...!

3 weeks ago on Why Series 8 Needed Child-Friendly Episodes & Moments

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@Doctavarium: Knight of CYDONIA Deadly Assassin wasn't so bad- I watched it as a 5 year old and the only thing that gave me the heebie jeebies was the physical appearance of the Master. The fact the Doctor was being graphically drowned at the end of one of the episodes didn't bother me as knew deep down that he would be ok the following week...


:-)

3 weeks ago on Why Series 8 Needed Child-Friendly Episodes & Moments

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...but comfortable!

3 weeks, 2 days ago on How The Sixth Doctor Was Saved

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Nice one Gustaff! I'm also more of a fan of the Sixth Doctor's coat after I persuaded Colin to let me try it on at a small convention in 2001... I have utmost respect for Colin filming under the hot studio lights as it is incredibly heavy..!

3 weeks, 2 days ago on How The Sixth Doctor Was Saved

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And in the final few episodes of the Lucie Miller stories, along with her son (seems odd for a young adult to be calling a man in his 40s "great grandfather!)

3 weeks, 2 days ago on 10 Classic Companions Who Deserve A Return

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Have you listened to any of the Big Finish audios with Mel Bush? They have altered my opinion of her as a character almost completely (if only for portraying Mel as the person that told the Seventh Doctor to stop mis-quoting proverbs as they were annoying... Explaining why he mysteriously stopped doing it during his first season).

Worth a listen.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on 10 Classic Companions Who Deserve A Return

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At a recent convention I was lucky enough to be able to sit down for a chat with Louise Jameson for an hour with a small group of people. The discussion was varied and one of the group asked Louise what she thought Leela would be doing on Gallifrey more than 35 years after leaving the Doctor. She paused thoughtfully and then went on to say that Leela would almost certainly got rid of Andred somehow (making some reference to him not being Leela's type) and that by now she would be some wise tribal matriarch with dozens of children and grandchildren. I quite like that idea of settling down and having a quiet life ( although the events of the Time War and the Big Finish Gallifrey Series might be something of an issue there...!)

3 weeks, 2 days ago on 10 Classic Companions Who Deserve A Return

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Hi, you could try his turn as Bayban the Butcher in Blake's 7 (City on the Edge of the World, series 3) or see if you can find any footage of him playing Paul Merroney in the 70s drama The Brothers (alongside Kate O'Mara)

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Colin Baker: Re-trial of a Time Lord

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Doctor Who Weekly (now DWM) did that way back in 1979.. Mainly due to them not getting rights to use the likenesses of the companions until Peri Brown. It's almost better, in my view..!

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Doctor Who Comic Launching February in UK

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I think an article covering the Big Finish audios should be commissioned as a counter argument to support Colin's acting abilities.....

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Colin Baker: Re-trial of a Time Lord

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It appears on the series two DVD box set and was part of the series two filming, so I think you're not alone in thinking that...!

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2005 Part 3

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I had an idea the other day. Thankfully it didn't turn out to be a person. My house could get rather overcrowded if that happened on a brain-fog free day..!!

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Is the Doctor a Person, Or An Idea?

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@PaddyB Verity Newman? A gestalt entity?

:-)

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Is the Doctor a Person, Or An Idea?

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It's a misconception that the Daleks were used without prior permission. Terrance Dicks claimed that no permission was sought but Barry Letts recollection was contrary to that. Apparently BBC records (not the now defunct record label) show that negotiations took place with Nation's agents to use the Daleks.

Given the Sontarans weren't created at the time that DOTD was in production, I guess the choice of monsters to deal with time travelling was a tad limited...

:-)

4 weeks ago on Jon Pertwee: The Beginning, End and In-Between (Part 2)

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Sarah Jane was the companion when I started watching the show in 1974, so always has a special place in the show's history for me.

Great article..!

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Why I Love Sarah Jane Smith

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Day of the Daleks was originally written without Daleks, so they are in fact a bolt on. The BBC had just got back the rights to use the Daleks again after Terry Nation's plan to launch the Daleks in the US hadn't gone to plan...

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Jon Pertwee: The Beginning, End and In-Between (Part 2)

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WARNING: OLD PERSON NOSTALGIA ALERT!

one of my favorite Target novelisations (back in the early 1980s before VHS, DVD, or continuous repeats on UK Gold or Horror) was Day of the Daleks (particularly the one man cheese and wine party scene), so I rushed out to buy it when it came out on video. Oh dear. A near perfect Pertwee story almost ruined by possibly the most lacklustre Dalek voices ever. To those who haven't seen it yet, watch the DVD version with Nick Briggs' re-dubbed voices...!

And Planet of The Spiders... This one I remember watching as a child on first transmission. What I didn't appreciate until many years later on viewing on VHS was how long the episode re-caps were (especially at the start of the later episodes).

That being said, the Pertwee era is one of the most consistent 25 stories in the shows history (proven by the fact that although a Tom Baker fan, I've inadvertently completed my Pertwee DVD collection first!) and I'd urge any Whovian that hasn't dipped into the early 1970s to do so.

(However, you may end up with a liking of miniskirts, vintage cars, velvet jackets and Dudley Simpson....)

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Jon Pertwee: The Beginning, End and In-Between (Part 2)

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Apparently not. Although not the strongest classic Who story, it holds a special place for me as it was one of the first serials I remember watching when I was young in 1974, it was the first Who VHS I bought in 1988 and I've always liked the silver and black dalek livery. One of my 1:5 scale Sevans Dalek kits from 1986 was painted in the DTTD colours.

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Jon Pertwee: The Beginning, End and In-Between (Part 1)

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Looks to me like there are more Pertwee story reviews to come! A good choice of early stories. Terror of the Autons was also the first story to get a serious number of complaints from viewers (and the police) for traumatising children and making them afraid of their toys, policemen, furniture, garden flowers....

Now that's what I call Who!

(Sounds like a good title for a series of features..!)

1 month ago on Jon Pertwee: The Beginning, End and In-Between (Part 1)

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I quite like Big Finish Audio's take on the subject of alternative Whoniverses.

-Auld Mortality is set on Gallifrey a few hundred years after the Doctor had intended to steal a TARDIS (and didn't get around to it) and he is a writer...whose most celebrated book  is "An Adventure in Space and Time", a science fiction story about travelling through time and space.

-Sympathy for the Devil has an interesting take on what would have happened if the third Doctor had arrived exiled on Earth years later than he did in the series..  the newly regenerated alternative Third Doctor (David Warner) arrives in 1997 (not the 70s / 80s) and comes across Lethbridge-Stewart, a discredited Army officer kicked out of the failed UNIT project as it had been unable to avert a number of "disasters" in the 1970s (or 80s depending which UNIT dating system you follow).

Worth a listen.

1 month ago on Who and What Would the Doctor be without the TARDIS?

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Perhaps, but it's the T in LGBT (+)

1 month ago on Little Boxes Will Make You Angry: Doctor Who and Transphobia

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I could see some parallels between 12 and very early 4 (when Tom's portrayal was more alien).

1 month ago on Is Twelve Really So Different to Previous Doctors?

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I wonder how long it will be before someone spots that John Hurt, Benedict Cumberbatch and Toby Jones all starred in the film Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy a few years ago and we start to see some 1970s themed Wholock/ Dream Lord videos on YouTube..?

1 month, 1 week ago on Why I Love The War Doctor

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Still, The Three Doctors was shown a couple of weeks after the show's 9th anniversary. Perhaps the Two Doctors could then be considered the show's 22nd anniversary special?

1 month, 1 week ago on Tennant Won’t Be Returning Again Anytime Soon

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@Planet of the Deaf @allons_ywibblywobbly Is Broadchurch a form of afterlife for Doctor Who? Maybe it's the Who equivalent of Life on Mars...

1 month, 1 week ago on 2015 National Television Awards UPDATE

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@gojonah Because more members of the public inclined to vote for these things voted for Downton rather than Doctor Who. That may have something to do with it.


Also- I hope all Brits here complaining at the result actually voted? Otherwise, maybe you shouldn't be complaining...

;-)

1 month, 1 week ago on 2015 National Television Awards UPDATE

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@LaraHarris @ Notsosmartguy is nervous about Miles's fate. @SOG_AB And for those of you looking for a link between Who and Downton, Matt Smith is currently dating Lilly James (Lady Rose).


(I'd better mention Hugh Bonneville and Richard E Grant too...)

1 month, 1 week ago on 2015 National Television Awards UPDATE

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Great article! Tom is my Doctor (even though I started watching in Pertwee's last season) and was lucky enough to meet him twice at signing events when I was very young (and he used to appear in full costume!) At the second event as he arrived at the Doctor Who Exhibition in Longleat, he walked past me (closely followed by Louise Jameson) and I blurted out "I've seen you before!" Referring to the first time I'd met him. He paused, pointed at me with that wide eyed toothy grin and said "oh yes, I've sent you before too!" I was over the moon that he'd apparently remembered me.

It was many years later whilst reading his autobiography that I discovered that that sort of reply was one that he'd give to many younger viewers to make them feel special (along with others like "did I see you watching me on television the other Saturday?). Did I feel cheated? Not in the slightest. His comment to me (and subsequent autograph with Louise) still ranks as a highlight from my childhood.

No Other actor playing the role past or present is going to have the same impact on me.

Now if anyone's interested, I also have a couple of amusing anecdotes about Colin Baker when I wore a part of his costume and another occasion where he spent 10 minutes chatting to my wife on my mobile..... And how I prevented john Levine tucking into a BLT sandwich as he didn't know what they were.....

:-)

1 month, 1 week ago on Why I Love The Fourth Doctor

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I'm impressed that sufficient water has passed under the bridge not only for Tom to be actively involved in the Whoniverse again (those of us of a certain age still clearly remember the whole Five Doctors disappointment) but also to be acting alongside his ex wife....

1 month, 1 week ago on The Fourth Doctor By Gareth Roberts – Volume 1 Review

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@IrishPenmanship I like what you did there..! And in response I would like to say that my comment is not as stupid as it looks.

(waits for some one to reply, "my dear, no comment is as stupid as that looks")

1 month, 1 week ago on Happy Birthday, Tom Baker!

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@Antee991166  @TardisBoy! I second that. Maybe not so much Monster of Peladon, though...

(great haircuts!)

1 month, 1 week ago on On Thin Ice: The Future of the Ice Warriors

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@Supermoff  @TardisBoy! Seeds of death has one of the best 2nd Doctor lines:

"You can't kill me... I'm a genius!!"

1 month, 1 week ago on On Thin Ice: The Future of the Ice Warriors

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