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@GalaxyEyes A tricky one attributing Weng Chiang to Robert Banks-Stewart. Would it been as good if his original story "Foe From The Future" hadn't been rewritten by Robert Holmes. A lot of the character driven appeal of Weng Chiang was Holmes (but based on Zygons and Seeds, Foe would almost certainly had a Geoffrey Burgon music score..!)

3 hours, 34 minutes ago on Writers to Bring Back for Series 9 & Beyond

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@TheOncomingHurricane I'm pleased that I wasn't the only one who thought that..!

1 day, 9 hours ago on 2014 Christmas Special Titled

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Hmmm...I'd go with Terry Nation as long as he didn't resurrect his recycled plot line and character names with him (how many of his stories in Who and Blake's 7 have names like Tarrant, Tarren, etc?)

1 day, 23 hours ago on Torchwood’s Catherine Tregenna Penning Series 9 Story

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@VictorWong1 Same here!

(Except I joined in with the last Pertwee season in 1973... I can just about remember the Time Warrior- maybe I gelled with Baker as being a whole 6 months older than i was when episode 6 of Planet of The Spiders was broadcast, I could just remember it better?

2 days, 5 hours ago on From 1-12: Who is YOUR Doctor?

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@pats86 I'm with you on Tom Baker- having said that, my first few episodes watched were during Jon Pertwee's final series, but it was Pertwee's regeneration into Baker that got me interested as a young viewer and Baker's humourous yet alien portrayal of the Doctor that got me hooked...!

2 days, 5 hours ago on From 1-12: Who is YOUR Doctor?

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@Baker Street What's even more terrifying is that viewers of my generation will be in their 90s...

3 days ago on Doctor Who’s 51st Anniversary

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@audhumla Oswin = "Oswald for the Win" (Bells of St John). Tenuous, but it's the best reference to it I could remember from the series...

3 days, 19 hours ago on Jenny: A Future Companion

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Yep. Disney certainly added considerably more than a spoonful of sugar to that adaptation...!

4 days, 9 hours ago on Unpopular Opinion: Missy the Master

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@Oliver J. "cool" yep- and in another universe, I think Bill Nighy is the 9th Doctor...

1 week, 1 day ago on Capaldi Turned Down 8th Doctor Audition

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I saw that very console at the Doctor Who Experience today. It does look very 80s..!

(And the time rotor has developed a squeak....)

1 week, 1 day ago on Capaldi Hoping for New TARDIS

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It stopped being white in the 1960s. And for a while it even swapped to the right hand door panel...!

1 week, 1 day ago on Capaldi Hoping for New TARDIS

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Bela Lugosi's dead

(Sorry...wrong Bauhaus! If Mies Van Der Rohe was alive today to hear that joke, he'd turn in his grave....)

1 week, 1 day ago on Capaldi Hoping for New TARDIS

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Gustaff rates it, so it must be half decent, at least....

1 week, 4 days ago on Moffat: Daleks Are Not A Contractual Obligation

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Piqued, surely? Having said that, peeking interest sounds like an interesting concept....

1 week, 4 days ago on 2014 Christmas Special: Children in Need Clip

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@DocWhoFan The Lucie Miller series are worth listening- it does get a little bit harrowing and dark near the end....

1 week, 5 days ago on Happy Birthday, Paul McGann

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@sontaran17 is being upgraded  @luckypenny If you count seeing host bodies being taken over by the Master, three I think

2 weeks, 2 days ago on DWM #480: Miss Me?

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@Want a 3way with Osgood and Missy Oh my giddy aunt... is your user name on here suitable for a family audience..??

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Poll: Capaldi’s Doctor – Hit or Miss?

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As well as missing the series itself, I'm going to miss the "Who Enhanced" BBC1 idents...the twelfth Doctor's face breaking into the regular idents with the sound of the TARDIS, the shadow of the TARDIS flying over the swimming hippos and the dalek shooting (apparently out of its eyestalk) as part of a massive circle of brightly sou'westered cyclists.

Everyone outside the UK reading this is going to think I'm a bit bonkers.... may need some back up from other UK viewers to protect my sanity's reputation..!

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Death in Heaven Clip

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Don't panic folks- you can still get it in time for the festive season..!

;-)

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Complete Eighth Series DVD Delayed

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I'm going to re-watch some Green Wing...!

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Capaldi and Moffat on the Master’s Gender Change

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Just a point about The Keeper of Traken- when we first saw it in 1981 it was a total surprise that Tremas became the Master (even with Tremas being an anagram) as Anthony Ainley wasn't associated with the role of the Master at that time. I guess back then they hadn't counted on the programme being viewed again and again on VHS/ DVD/ UK Gold / Horror Channel.....

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Ranking the Master Stories (Part 1)

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@Deus_Ex_Machina and the Master played by Derek Jacobi too. Very prophetic casting. Especially with The Great Intelligence, Liz 10 and the 10th Doctor also included in the cast...

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Death in Heaven Advance Review

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In my (pretty extensive) experience in dealing with people, a lot of people just react and "put the boot in" before thinking things through or before things have been explained in their entirety.

That's people for you...

3 weeks ago on BBC Defends Dark Water Complaints

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In the classic series (particularly in the 80s) the Master would regularly reappear after a certain death exit... Normally with only a fleeting reference to how he survived (or sometimes no explanation at all)

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Rate & Discuss Dark Water

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In the classic series, it was common for the Master to return after an almost certain death story ending with hardly a single reference to how he / she / they (hmmm going to have to work on the best way to use those pronouns now) came back in the next story apparently unscathed. We can't be spoon fed all the time, surely?

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Rate & Discuss Dark Water

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@Aztecs, Daleks and Cavemen @PaddyB @Tomb of the Cyberbob Apparently he owns a life size This Planet Earth dalek. And during Fairtrade Fortnight a few years ago he advocated the notion that people should swap regular non-fairtrade nuts for Fairtrade vodka. Gotta love that.

Sorted- respect due....

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Face-Off: New Writer Debuts

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Nice one! My sentiments exactly- take the episodes as they come and then afterwards revel in spotting all the clues dotted around the previous series and a half... no point in second guessing what Clara actually is, we're probably going to get it wrong!

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Questions, Questions: The Unsolved Clara Mystery (Part 2)

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Sounding great! Fingers crossed that our expectations haven't been set too high...

3 weeks, 6 days ago on BBC Confirms Hour Long Series 8 Finale

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@Unibot @MoserGray As I have mentioned before...K9 used to refer to Romana in a certain way which sounds vaguely familiar....

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Dark Water Advance Preview

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@Harry doctor who Potter It's feasible. How did K9 refer to her..?

;-)

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Dark Water Advance Preview

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@TheOncomingHurricane @YaelMoise @Polyphase @DocWhoFan you're mistaken- they are Dalek Bumps...

:-)

4 weeks ago on Dark Water Clip

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woohoo!

'Nuff said..

4 weeks ago on The Day / Time of the Doctor Soundtrack

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@LaraHarris The AI is calculated usings scores from viewers that rate a range of different programmes on that day on a scale of 1-10. Maybe the people providing the AI scores quite liked it? or perhaps there were fewer programmes on that day that they felt were better...?

Who knows. Anything over 80 is classed as being very good, so we shouldn't really complain.....

1 month ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator

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@Scootersfood, Secret Agent of C.L.A.R.A. I'm not sure a drop of 1 point could be classed as "freakish"?

1 month ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator

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To keep up with Frozen, perhaps the next episode should contain a song called "Do you want to build a Cyberman"?

:-)

1 month ago on In the Forest of the Night Review

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Try using a standard set of weighted evaluation criteria to mark each episode. A great way of objectively creating rankings for almost anything..!

(And we can thank an act of parliament for helping me come up with that idea ...)

1 month ago on In the Forest of the Night Review

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(Hmmm...that sounded much better in my head. Serves me right for trying to sit on the fence....)

1 month ago on Face-Off: Mummy vs Flatline

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I vote Mummyline on the Flatulent Express.

1 month ago on Face-Off: Mummy vs Flatline

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@Oodkind I don't thinkMissy necessarily created Clara- chose her perhaps. Perhaps the finale will reveal who gave Clara the Doctor's telephone number in the shop..?

1 month ago on Another Take on “Clara Who”

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I've never produced a ranked list of episodes before (and I've been following the series since 1973).

Maybe I should come up with a marking system based on weighted evaluation criteria and use that to score the Nu Who episodes (using criteria such as storyline, character development, cast, visual effects, etc- weighted in order of relative importance)- after all, its what I do for a living.

Or I can do what I've been doing for the last 41 years and just sit down, let the episode happen and see if I enjoy it or not...

:-)

1 month ago on Your Verdict on Mummy & Episode Ranking

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@BazHood @BJAMES I can remember the Dark Times of 1989 / 1990 very clearly. Even with the slight blip in the ratings, I cant see the programme going off air anytime soon (BBC Worldwide would see a massive hit in profits if NuWho merchandising was wound down.)

1 month, 1 week ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator

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@Mercy Reborn2 Yes she was. She appeared in the episode "Headhunter" in the final series in 1981. 

1 month, 1 week ago on R.I.P. Lynda Bellingham

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I'm going to be distracted by knowing that this episode wasn't actually filmed in the Bristol- but take solace in the fact that parts of Asylum of the Daleks, Night Terrors and The Snowmen were!

(and I mustn't forget The Sunmakers or one of the episodes in S3 of Sherlock..!)

1 month, 1 week ago on Flatline Advance Review

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...and watch the demand for 5" scale Character Options Tardis toys suddenly shoot up on eBay...!

1 month, 1 week ago on Flatline Clip

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@BeyondThePolice I prefer the Miranda Raison vocal to the Yamit Mamo version on the soundtrack CD. Thinking about it I prefer the Tim Phillips original vocal  on Song for Ten over Neil Hannon's (and I'm a big Divine Comedy fan). It's a pity that these two original versions of the songs weren't included in the recent 11 CD 50th Anniversary Soundtrack box set.

1 month, 1 week ago on Who Tunes: Ranking the Lyrical Songs of Doctor Who

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I remember back in the late seventies when it was on at 6:15 every Saturday night. Then JNT came along in 1980 and put it on almost an hour earlier. Such disruption....

1 month, 2 weeks ago on In the Forest of the Night Official Synopsis

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I was thinking he looked more like first season Pertwee (sans Inverness Cape)

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Mummy on the Orient Express Promo Pics

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Ah...the episode set in Bristol that actually wasn't filmed in Bristol (unlike the Sunmakers, Night Terrors, Asylum of the Daleks, The Snowmen, etc).

Even Murdoch Mysteries managed to film a few scenes here when they set an episode in Bristol (and it's a Canadian series!)

Oh well....

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Flatline Official Synopsis

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@The Lazy Caretaker Cat  I commented on the Guardian newspaper and the fact that Missy wore black. Read into that what you will...

2 months ago on The Caretaker Promo Pics

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