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Nice to see some love for the McCoy era! Interestingly, the production budget for the 26th (and final) season was pretty low- the high production standards were down to the creativity of the programme makers. Having said that, in Andrew Cartmel's recent features for DWM during an interview with Survival's writer (Rona Munro) there was a discussion on how the cheetah people didn't quite turn out how they wanted- the aim was to have something more like Mags from Greatest Show in the Galaxy, but the Beeb didn't have the time or budget...

Anyway, for something a bit left-field and a tad creepy- have a look at Ghost Light....

1 day, 15 hours ago on The Seventh Doctor: Five Favourites

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@Liana21 I met a few times a while back and she didn't look any different than she did in the 1980s. In fact, I may well dig out my pic of her with my Floppy Lion mascot to replace my Livefyre avatar of it sitting on Matt Smith's TARDIS console as a birthday acknowledgment!

1 day, 15 hours ago on Happy Birthday, Sylvester McCoy & Sophie Aldred

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@Xaven It was common during the classic series to have the Master's disguised characters (even though Tremas wasn't really a disguise) to be a play on words of "master" (Rev. Magister, Prof Thascalos, Sir Giles Estram, etc), even disgusing the actor's name to help conceal the disguise (Anthony Ainley being credited as "James Stoker- Master's Joke).

Completely by accident, the name "Mister Saxon" is an anagram of "Master no. six..."

1 day, 15 hours ago on Happy Birthday, Sylvester McCoy & Sophie Aldred

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Is Rebecca Front making an appearance too..?

;-)

2 days, 16 hours ago on Chris Addison to Guest in Series 8 Finale

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I've read somewhere that the 12th Doctor solves problems "with a chalkboard" (I thought it was a metaphor for him being more old school) so it looks like your wish may come true....

3 days, 10 hours ago on Series 8: 5 Days Teaser

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That's a pretty diplomatic answer from the Beeb. Definitely not a denial- so either it's a ruse to get us all to watch (as if we wouldn't!) , a way of getting attention back onto the arrival of a new Doctor rather than a departure of a companion- or someone has just busted a surprise storyline and the BBC want to keep it low key...

3 days, 15 hours ago on Jenna Coleman Leaving at Christmas?

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Had I not bought the 2003 re-print of the RT 10th Anniversary special, I'd be really pleased about this. I'm still quite pleased, though..!

3 days, 15 hours ago on Radio Times: Series 8 Cover

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Yay! New Doctor, new(ish) logo! The last few months of DWM have reminded me why I've been reading it since 1979...

3 days, 15 hours ago on DWM #477: Peter Capaldi

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@NateBryant @adamwright1989 (He was still a fan of the show though- i think he shared a flat with one of Patrick Troughton's sons too...)

4 days, 7 hours ago on Is Doctor Who History Repeating Itself?

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@NateBryant @adamwright1989 Colin will love you for the "watched as a kid" comment- he was 20 when the show started and is on record on saying how he used to watch some of the early episodes whilst staying in student digs while he was studying to be a lawyer. He lost touch with the series later in the 60s when he started acting as...well...actors in the theatre generally have to do some acting on a Saturday evening..

4 days, 7 hours ago on Is Doctor Who History Repeating Itself?

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Don't forget that more than 6 grammes of salt per day is bad for you. Reading the exclusives in the Mirror will result in eventual renal and cardiac illness in many readers....

4 days, 18 hours ago on Jenna Coleman Leaving at Christmas?

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RP end of the estuary.... Like it!

I wonder if we'll ever get a Doctor or companion with a Bristol accent? A very Bristol heavy exchange might go something like:

"Ere, ooz at?"

"That's Doc Troo"

"Doc Troo? Wassy Do?"

"Ee fights darrleks in is TARRDESS"

"Darrleks? They'm dussbins, innum?"

"S'right. Gert lush."

I'm happy to provide a translation for those not familiar with my local vernacular....!

Makes me think if there are any famous exchanges from Who that might be amusing if translated into Bristle....

:-)

5 days, 22 hours ago on Review: The Fifth Doctor Box Set (Spoiler-Free)

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So long as it's Dominic's Gallifrey remix of his 1986 theme, I'd be happy...

:-)

6 days, 7 hours ago on The Series 8 Title Sequence

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Or Jon Pertwee for that matter....

6 days, 8 hours ago on The Series 8 Title Sequence

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Great review Gustaff! I haven't heard Matthew Waterhouse recently and was wondering if he still sounded the same or not! Having bumped into Sarah Sutton a few times over the last decade or so, I'm beginning to wonder if she has an oil painting in the attic....

(Having watched the first 5th Doctor season on original transmission in 1982, I'm beginning to feel my age a bit..!)

6 days, 15 hours ago on Review: The Fifth Doctor Box Set (Spoiler-Free)

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@MrRazza, General Rogue Timelord Identifier You forgot Michael Wisher (Ambassadors of Death, Terror of the Autons, Carnival of Monsters, Genesis of the Daleks, Revenge of the Cybermen and Planet of Evil...and I could cheat and include his dalek voices in Frontier in Space, Planet of the Daleks and Death to the Daleks..!)

Also Stephen Thorne...played Azal in The Daemons, Eldrad in The Hand of Fear and some bad guy in the Three Doctors....

6 days, 20 hours ago on Why Capaldi’s Previous Appearances Shouldn’t Really Matter

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I see Mr Capaldi has recently graduated from the Moffat School of Question Replying....

1 week ago on Capaldi Unclear on Series 9 Return

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The big question is...was it sung as a baritone, tenor or soprano (or castrati, even)?

1 week ago on Review: An Audience With Peter Capaldi & Jenna Coleman

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Kidneys sung in an opera voice...? We must have that as a DVD extra now!!!

1 week, 1 day ago on Review: An Audience With Peter Capaldi & Jenna Coleman

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Cinema. Yes, it costs, but I'm seeing it on a screen that is twice the size of a double decker bus.....

1 week, 1 day ago on Deep Breath Time Confirmed

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Not necessarily a new idea, regeneration being influenced by things / people. Romana purposefully regenerated into a Princess Astra look-alike in Destiny of the Daleks.

1 week, 2 days ago on Capaldi’s Hint On Past Whoniverse Appearances

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@LaraHarris Physically sick? Do you have a wood intolerance?

1 week, 2 days ago on Dawn of the New Doctor

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@craig33 Try anything gold / gold plated from 1975 onwards. Even the Star Trek / Who crossover comic book has the 4th Doctor finishing off a Cyberman using gold from a TOS Enterprise communicator cover. 

1 week, 2 days ago on Dawn of the New Doctor

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@Polyphase @AztecsDaleksAndCavemen So any children in the script should be played by adults?

1 week, 2 days ago on Dawn of the New Doctor

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A lot of expectations here. Best not expect- difficult to be disappointed that way!

;-)

1 week, 2 days ago on Dawn of the New Doctor

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@TheOncomingStorm Both. Sesame Street helped me learn to read in the early 70s so I could read the Doctor Who comic strip in TV Comic....

(there was no DWM back then..)

1 week, 3 days ago on Weird and Wonderful

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I don't think it counts as being delayed anymore. August is the new April.

1 week, 4 days ago on 2014′s Christmas Special Director

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Christmas again already? Can I have 2014 back please, I haven't finished with it yet...!

( but at this rate it looks as if it has finished with me.....)

1 week, 4 days ago on 2014′s Christmas Special Director

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Ms Langford redeems herself in some of the early 7th Doctor Big Finish audios, I think (I wasn't a huge fan of Mel Bush back in the 80s). Her scene with the Doctor that explains why the the 7th Doctor suddenly stopped misquoting proverbs after his first couple of stories is a good one...!

1 week, 4 days ago on The Future of Clara Oswald

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Just Davison's ? It was Baker's first..... ( and afterwards...sort of...)

1 week, 5 days ago on The Series 8 Title Sequence

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...or you could just wait a couple of months and get the whole series......

1 week, 6 days ago on Deep Breath Standalone DVD & Blu-Ray

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Dinosaurs and spontaneous combusting? Excellent...!!!!

1 week, 6 days ago on Deep Breath Synopsis

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@Whovian1500 It's the Keep in the middle of Cardiff Castle. It's about 5 minutes walk from wher ethe premier was held.

1 week, 6 days ago on Doctor Who World Tour: Cardiff Launch Pics

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Kudos to whoever lugged the TARDIS prop up to the top of the keep at Cardiff Castle- It's no mean feat getting to the top without a 9 foot tall phone box...

(or they could have just used a crane, of course...failing that, a UNIT helicopter?)

1 week, 6 days ago on Doctor Who World Tour: Cardiff Launch Pics

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Maybe the Shalka Doctor and Doctors 9 to 12 in the Curse of Fatal Death (I will never look at the sonic screwdriver in the same light again thanks to Joanna Lumley) are future incarnations from his next regeneration cycle....?

2 weeks ago on The Curious Case of the 9th Doctor

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@Antee991166 @Master Michael Moon Bill Hartnell's hair was pretty much grey by the time he played the Doctor. Have a look at him in the original version of Brighton Rock to see the difference when he was younger..

(or alternatively, watch the 1953 film "Will any Gentleman" and see him playong alongside a decidedly dark and wavy haired Jon Pertwee..)

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Capaldi Doesn’t Expect to be a Heartthrob Doctor

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@luckypenny @troughton who? it was filmed in 2007...(gulps)

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Doctor Who and the Doppelganger Dilemma

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@troughton who? Could be that Caecillius and Frobisher photos were taken 7 and 6 years ago respectively? We all change a lot in that period of time...especially those of us that have reached a certain age....

;-)

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Doctor Who and the Doppelganger Dilemma

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@MrRazza, Taking Supplementary Identifying Courses You're thinking of the late Bernard Horsefall- who also appeared in the 6th Doctor Big Finish audio "Davros". It's also quite fun listing the appearances of Michael Wisher and Philip Madoc.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Doctor Who and the Doppelganger Dilemma

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@Polyphase @supermoff  ...and then the Doctor completely forgets the revelation as soon as he looks away.

(On that note...is there any mileage in a Weeping Angel / Silent hybrid? It can't move when you're looking at it and as soon as you look away you forget about it just as it starts moving...)

2 weeks, 2 days ago on When Doctor Who Addresses Its Past

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@Huknar @The Finn @DaveHartnell @Antee991166 That depends whether or not the cybermen are actually the main threat in the finale... the Beeb's decision to publically display those pics could be a way of diverting attention away from something else...?

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Weird and Wonderful

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@MowTheFrontLawn @floppy_who @DaveHartnell @Antee991166 Ah...that's how I've missed it...I've been keping my nose clean, so to speak..!

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Weird and Wonderful

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@Antee991166 @floppy_who Aaaah- I see! I've just re-watched series 7a for the first time since transmission and apart from the textured logos, I quite liked some of the variants to the titles. I particularly liked the icy cold blue vortex in The Angels Take Manhattan- reminds me of the titles i grew up with in the 1970s..!

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Weird and Wonderful

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@DaveHartnell @Antee991166 Have I missed something- has that been confirmed somewhere...?

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Weird and Wonderful

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@Antee991166 that should have read "series 5 better than series 6". I should know better than to type after several beers on a site without the means to edit...

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Weird and Wonderful

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@Antee991166 And the Series 5 titles were better than series , because...?;-)



2 weeks, 4 days ago on Weird and Wonderful

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@Moves Like Jagaroth And spare parts made very good use of them (they looked good in my head anyhow!) And the idea of a Mondasian Cyberhorse was interesting...

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Capaldi & Moffat on Axons, Cybermen and the Master

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@Lemonhead118 Well that's not far off the cost of an adult ticket at most multiplexes near me.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Deep Breath To Be Shown in Cinemas Globally

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@Ollie Walton Harrod It's already one of BBC Worldwide's most profitable brands, so possibly a bit late for that...

(Not like in the good old days pre-2005 when people would cross over to the other side of the road when they discovered you were a Doctor Who fan...)

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Deep Breath To Be Shown in Cinemas Globally

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All sounding good so far...! I like the idea of the series becoming slightly more uncomfortable..!

3 weeks ago on Coleman on Capaldi’s “Mad Curiosity”, Clara’s Home Life

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