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@ilyootha Based on the actors and production team, Broadchurch is the nearest thing we have to a DW spin off at the moment...!

18 hours, 12 minutes ago on Weird and Wonderful

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Many happy returns Mr T... The only actor to play the Doctor that is 5 days older than I am...!

;-)

2 days, 12 hours ago on Happy Birthday, David Tennant!

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Pre-ordered before I read the details..! Nice to see there are a few extra goodies being thrown in by Silva Screen if you get in there early. Also nice to see we won't have to wait as long for the actual release as we did with the 11 disc box set....!

2 days, 18 hours ago on Series 8 Soundtrack Details, Date

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@Planet of the Deaf I think BBC Worldwide held the rights for the production of Doctor Who for a majority of the wilderness years which was apparently one of the sticking points for the show coming back to TV. RTD covers these issues in the DWM articles last year about the ressurection of the show in the early 2000s. The show could only have come back to our screens if the BBC acquired the rights back from BBC Worldwide (which they did).

3 days, 12 hours ago on Leaked Sony Emails Reveals Doctor Who Movie Plans

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...and possibly Delgado's portrayal of the Master is possibly the only one so far that could carry off smoking a whacking great cigar. Now there's a challenge for Missy.....

3 days, 18 hours ago on Masterology Part 1 – The Suit

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The Sun were spot on in 2007 about the whole Derek Jacobi / John Simm Master storyline.

5 days, 8 hours ago on Series 9 To Open With “Darkest ever plot”?

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@MetamorphmagusWho It's a fairly specific rumour. Either the journo that wrote it knows their stuff about the early Tom Baker stories, or they've been talking to someone that has. Let's see if the Mirror keeps its track record for accuracy..! :-)

5 days, 18 hours ago on Why I Love The Twelfth Doctor

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@Malohkeh I just checked Peter Cushing's birth month and it is May.... I was wondering if there was a hat trick of "people called Peter that have played the Doctor / Dr Who and that were born in April" birthdays to be had..!

6 days, 18 hours ago on Happy Birthday, Peter Capaldi!

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@Malohkeh and four days before David's. (and nine days before mine- April rocks for birthdays!)

6 days, 18 hours ago on Happy Birthday, Peter Capaldi!

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@Shane Michaels Ah.. you watched Graham Norton as well? Thanks to Peter's appearance on that, I can no longer watch The Musketeers without wincing and wondering what life would be like not being able to open a packet of crisps....

6 days, 18 hours ago on Happy Birthday, Peter Capaldi!

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Here's to decorative vegetables. And practical too. And so much more humane than using a canary....

1 week ago on Happy Birthday, Peter Davison!

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What's the most terrifying thing for me about this story? That I remember watching it on first transmission as a four year old! It was Tom's first season that got me hooked into watching the show (to be fair I didn't fully appreciate the nuances of the plot first time around and had to rely on Target novelisations a few years later) and what can be wrong watching a show that teaches a four year old the words Genesis and Genocide?

(Might explain why I had a reading age of 16 by the time I was 10! Sadly, I still have a reading age of 16....)

1 week ago on Genesis of the Daleks: 40 Years On

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The series 8 title sequence grew on me fairly quickly, although I disagree that the music harked back to the classic series (other than my initial reaction of "What the..." was the same as I had when I heard the opening music for seasons 23 and 24 for the first time), however even that is growing on me.

An interesting thing I noticed recently regarding the various theme arrangements used in the programme since the revival, is that the "middle eight" (and I still have an issue calling it that as in most commercial releases of the theme, it appears twice) has only appeared in episodes where David Tennant has featured as the Doctor.

Also, it's no secret that Murray Gold doesn't like the middle eight as it reminds him of Band Aid's "Do They Know it's Christmas". And since he pointed that out in 2005, I get the two muddled up if I'm whistling them.

(For those old enough to remember, try humming or whistling the theme to The High Chaparral without it morphing into Telstar....)

1 week, 1 day ago on A Divided Opinion: Deep Breath (Part 2)

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I thought that was Sydney Newman...?

1 week, 2 days ago on Should Series 9 Be Moffat’s Last?

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(By that I was referring to the show being about the companion...I miss being able to edit comments..!)

1 week, 3 days ago on Maisie Williams Hints At Her Series 9 Role

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Maybe not the Deadly Assassin....?

1 week, 3 days ago on Maisie Williams Hints At Her Series 9 Role

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Technically, it should be Allons-y est tres Bon, but I'm all for mixing up languages. Bring back Esperanto..! Always handy when you have a frog in your bidet....

1 week, 5 days ago on Doctor of the Decade: Rate the Tenth Doctor

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I've been allons-y-ing since Monty Python and the Holy Grail....

1 week, 5 days ago on Doctor of the Decade: Rate the Tenth Doctor

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Isn't the director of Poldark doing an episode of Who this year..?

1 week, 6 days ago on Mark Gatiss on Whether He’d Be Up for Next Showrunner

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Ooh...that sounds like a dig at Classic Who...!

1 week, 6 days ago on Mark Gatiss on Whether He’d Be Up for Next Showrunner

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I was really happy going to see episodes in the cinema, so maybe the solution is to continue with occasional cinema broadcasts...?

2 weeks ago on Capaldi: A Doctor Who Movie Would Be Great

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Have you seen the "Making of" documentary on the Warriors of the Deep DVD? The story was produced in a rush to get the studio time prior to the BBC needing the studio space for the 1983 general election, subsequently a lot of the studio work wasn't as it was envisaged. The lighting was supposed to be a lot more subdued and the Myrka was only supposed to be seen in silhouette a part at a time, not in its entirety.

Re-watching it with the knowledge of these problems puts it into perspective.

I still can't forgive the Silurians sounding like Pinky and Perky, though.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Doctor Who In Perspective 1982-1984

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Peter Davison's Doctor had a bit of an uphill task as far as I was concerned to begin with. Although I had started watching the show in Pertwee's last season, Tom Baker had been the Doctor in my formative years and was to me just that...THE Doctor. The massive change in tone of season 18 was an unsettling enough change, but then to change the Doctor ... Mr Davison had a big job on his hands. But pull it off, he did... And the fact that most of us didn't want him to go by the time he got to the end of episode 4 of Caves of Androzani is testament to what a great job he did.

Plus his commentaries on the DVDs are normally well worth a listen..!

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Doctor Who In Perspective 1982-1984

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You must have read my mind... I was about to write a similar reply...! Yes, the JN-T years weren't the best, but behind the scenes he was a staunch supporter of the show, which would probably have ended a lot sooner had he not been so tenacious...

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Moffat: Revived Who To Last 15 Years Minimum

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@12th's Sonic wants The Walking Dead/DW Crossover On the whole, I found all of the early run episodes a joy to watch (why wouldn't I, my favourite TV show from the 70s and 80s had just been ressurected), however the production values have improved and looking back at some of the earlier Nu Who episodes, some elements don't quite look as good as they did at the time. Also, there are a lot of new fans that jump on at particular points in the show (eg at the start of a new Doctor) that based on a lot of comments I've read on here don't seem to warm to earlier episodes.

After 10 years, I'm still grateful the show came back after its 16 year break..!

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Rank the Revival: A Numbery-Wumbery Breakdown (Part 2)

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Will they alter the format to a feature based show, including a weekly "Star in a Reasonably Priced TARDIS"?

Anyone that hasn't seen the You Tube clip with the soundtrack to David Tennant's lap on Top Gear put to visuals from Who needs to do so now.....

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Doctor Who Future in Doubt After Capaldi ‘Fracas’

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Yay! Bristol strikes again..!

3 weeks ago on Series 9: The Girl Who Died, and The Woman Who Lived

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This story is a guilty pleasure of mine. Also, it's got Count Rochfort and The voice of Aleksander Orlov (the car insurance meerkat) What's not to like?

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Why I Love Fear Her And Love & Monsters

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It's worth watching the "making of" featurette on the Timelash DVD and re watching the story again. It doesn't improve it at all, but you better appreciation of why the production turned out the way it did..!

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Why I Love Fear Her And Love & Monsters

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(which mean's it's 10 years since I took my avatar photo of Lis Sladen with my alter-ego time-travelling Floppy Lion on her shoulder.)

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Doctor Who’s Revival: 10 Years On

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Is it 10 years already?

10 years after I laid new flooring in my study on Good Friday and Easter Saturday, only half concentrating on the job as I was looking forward to the return of my favourite show (on a regular basis)after a 16 year break?

10 years since someone at the BBC forgot to turn off the audio feed from the live show that preceded it, so that the quiet, suspenseful scenes near the start of "Rose" were interspersed with audience chatter and the dulcet tones of Graham Norton?

10 years since I re-subscribed to DWM after falling off the wagon in 1993 (and missing the creativity of the wilderness years)?

10 years since the stigma of being a Doctor Who fan rapidly began to fade and the kids in my family began to take an interest in the "weird" programme that I used to watch as a kid and still clung on to?

Wow

I'm pretty sure that looking forward to each subsequent series since that Easter weekend in 2005 is one of the reasons that the decade has passed so quickly. Here's to the next 10. and then the next (by which time I can look forward to retirement and filling my days by binge-watching the whole (by then) 72 years of the show.

I can't wait. And it's about time (sic).

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Doctor Who’s Revival: 10 Years On

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@TheNightmareChild Off topic, but loving the Fly avatar..!

1 month ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #8

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@The Dreamer... dreaming about series 9 @floppy_who I have to say Vincent and The Doctor is an amazing episode on so many counts (if only to get a glimpse of what Bill Nighy might have been like if he had accepted the role of the Doc), but it's TDW that I keep re-watching...!

1 month ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #8

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@The Dreamer... dreaming about series 9 @floppy_who Aha- I agree with you on that point too...!

1 month ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #8

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@The Dreamer... dreaming about series 9 No tears here either, but the "hello Doctor" speech at the end did put a hell of a lump in my throat. That rarely happens for me.

1 month ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #8

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I guess things like this happen when it's put to a public poll.

1 month, 1 week ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #5

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I'm keeping mine shorter by not commenting.

(Darn it, I just did..!)

1 month, 1 week ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #5

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@The Trickster's Brigade The hidden interview....! The punchline to that still makes me smile..!

1 month, 1 week ago on Douglas, the Doctor and Everything

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@OAOHAYF unexpected item in the bagging area @floppy_who The Deeper Meaning is the version I bought many moons ago. It fits on my bookshelf nice and kentucky.

1 month, 1 week ago on Douglas, the Doctor and Everything

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Has anyone mentioned the Meaning of Liff yet..?

Also...worthy of note... Is the Easter egg on one of the classic Who DVD which is a part of an intview where Douglas recounts an incident during the production of Destiny of the Daleks where after work one evening he spontaneously went on what ended up as an all weekend drinking spree with Ken Trew that ended up in Paris. The long and the short of it is that they make it back to BBC TV Centre in the nick of time on Monday morning, where someone asks Douglas how his weekend went. His reply was:

"Well, you know those weekends where you wonder how you're going to get back to England....?"

1 month, 1 week ago on Douglas, the Doctor and Everything

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...and don't forget the work of Genius by Douglas Adams and John Lloyd that is the Meaning of Liff.

Your vocabulary will thank you for reading a copy.....

1 month, 1 week ago on Douglas, the Doctor and Everything

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@OAOHAYF unexpected item in the bagging area @floppy_who There certainly is. I Still use the Professor Chronotis method of asking people how they like their tea :

"Do you take milk? One lump or two? How about sugar?" and working in a University I am all in favour of Prof C's policy of banning undergraduates talking in open spaces...

1 month, 1 week ago on Douglas, the Doctor and Everything

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Great Article about a great man. I was on hols in the States when I heard he had died- it was for me one of those rare occasions when I felt a genuine sense of loss on hearing of the passing of someone I hadn't actually met. Here are a couple of my favourite DA quotes:

"I wouldn't trust him as far as I could comfortably spit out a rat" (I still use that one in conversation!)

Zaphod Beeblebrox on trying to describe how slippery some ice covered marble is:

ZB                  "It's really slippery. It's as slippery as...er..what's the slipperiest thing you can think of?"

Ford Prefect:   "Right now? I'd say this ice covered marble"

ZB:                   "Yeah...this ice covered marble is as slippery as..This ice covered marble..."

And HHGTTG's advice on how to fly: throw yourself towards the ground...and miss.

And like the ground, Mr Adams in my book is very much still missed.

1 month, 1 week ago on Douglas, the Doctor and Everything

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I think you'll find Drax was calling the Doctor "feet", short for "Feet-a Sig-ma", which is how someone with a really fick, erm I mean thick London accent would pronounce "Theta Sigma" which was the Doctor's nickname at the Time Lord academy.

1 month, 1 week ago on 5 Characters From Series 8 That Should Be In Series 9

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Interesting point about rotating the Monocle anti-clockwise to make it look like a fob-watch.

Still- if the Master can swap genders, so could the Rani....and she was good at conducting scientific experiments without regard for human (or Lakertyan) life. Maybe the Mummy's ancient tech was being sought to extend and extinguished regeneration cycle?

Sounds a bit feasible......

1 month, 1 week ago on 5 Characters From Series 8 That Should Be In Series 9

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Most kind...very generous of you!

:-)

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Why More Two-Parters Is A Good Thing

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I was brought up on classic Who from the early 70s right up to the end and at the time every story felt great. Compared to modern tv, some of the story telling can feel a little "slow burn" (particularly some of the 6 and 7 parter stories that used to crop up back in the day), however even in the early days there were stories that are definitely filler, by design. "Inside The Spaceship", the 3rd story ever was written at short notice using only the regular cast and the TARDIS set due to not having the next scheduled story ready to film (this was back when episodes were rehearsed and filmed weekly). The resulting story was only 2 episodes long (so about 45 minutes of actual story), but blimey it feels longer. And not in a good way.

I agree with Switcharoo, one or two parts are fine as long as the recipe is right, it's cooked properly and served well.

Now I need food. Anyone have any jelly babies..?

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Why More Two-Parters Is A Good Thing

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Having just read the previous article about Jenna Coleman changing her mind about leaving at the read-through stage of last Christmas (which would have been in the latter part of last year) it's highly likely that (contingency) plans for a replacement companion would have been at quite an advanced stage by the time Last Christmas was in pre-production.

Until any of the production team are able to spill the beans in a book (like RTD did) we can only speculate if it was due to be any of the characters in the Xmas special.

But we're not really the speculating types on this site, are we...?

;-)

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Why Shona McCullough Should Not Return

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@MattRose1 Did you see her turn as Jane Rochford in the BBC adaptation of Wolf Hall? Now that is a strong (if not completely likeable) character.

(Then, there are not that many completely likeable characters in Wolf Hall..!!)

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Why Shona McCullough Should Not Return

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@calliarcale I like your turn of phrase about the fit hitting the shan..!

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Moffat Explains Series 9 Two-Parter Increase

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