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@The Rise of the Eleventh  It's not an unreasonable thing to do; almost every Doctor is nervous to some extent about regenerating, we know 10 was more so than others, and he was presented with a handy way out of that. I would have taken it. The part-regeneration saved his life  - and when you think about the subsequent creation of the 'Doctor-Donna' from that hand, who went on to ruin Davros' plans, it technically saved the entire of reality from the reality bomb. Definitely not wasted.

2 weeks ago on Doctor of the Decade: Rate the Tenth Doctor

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It's difficult to say with Nine. Such a short amount of time, yet superbly acted and a fantastic Doctor. If we'd seen more of him we could have seen more of the character, but perhaps it was the shortness of his run that makes him so great - it was a diamond run. Nine was the one that introduced me and millions of others to the show as well. My second favourite, and not a long way off #1. 9/10 it is.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Doctor of the Decade: Rate the Ninth Doctor

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10/10, no contest. Nine got me introduced, Ten got me hooked - Ten will always be my Doctor. I loved the funny moments, the dramatic moments, the emotional moments, the fantastic speeches and comments - all superbly acted by David Tennant.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Doctor of the Decade: Rate the Tenth Doctor

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Great article, thank you for taking the time to work it all out!

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Rank the Revival: A Numbery-Wumbery Breakdown (Part 2)

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Surprised not to see Army Of Ghosts/Doomsday anywhere - I thought that was quite popular amongst fans.

1 month ago on Your Top 20 TV Stories of the Decade

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@Exalos  My thoughts exactly

1 month ago on The Bottom 10 TV Stories of the Decade

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@Bow Ties Are Cool  I know what you mean. Not the best, sure, but certainly not the worst.

1 month ago on The Bottom 10 TV Stories of the Decade

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@Beasts_a_Snarling - Servant of the Union of Three!  I think what JFrance is trying to say is that Blink gets a lot of attention, and it's nice to see other episodes (ie, Day of the Doctor) get the attention they also deserve.

I don't think anyone's trying to discard Blink and remove it's status, it's just another episode has (deservedly, in my view) clinched the spot Blink's held for a long time. DOTD has been deemed to be more entertaining than Blink, which for some - and clearly here a majority - is right.

1 month ago on Your Top 20 TV Stories of the Decade

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Not surprised to see these two at all, they are definitely 'juggernauts'. For me though, it's undoubtedly Day of the Doctor - I could write a short novel about how brilliant that episode is, but I'll save that for another day. It had an amazing cast, plenty of nostalgia, fan favourite moments, it looked visually stunning, the settings and stunts were great, the music was fantastic, and the entire atmosphere and euphoria around it was amazing. My absolute favourite episode, ever. Blink is also a formidable opponent to any other episode, but I think against DOTD it just cannot win (in my eyes). To have two Moffat episodes regarded as being at the very top, it just shows how good his writing is.

1 month ago on Revival Face-Off: The Grand Final

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DWTV... This is mean aha.... I don't think I can vote without feeling incredibly guilty for not voting for the other.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Best of 2014 Awards #1: Lead Actor

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Looks really nice on my phone, only slight issue is that the 'Updates' bit is all the way at the bottom, past all the comments, but other than that I really like the new look!

4 months, 1 week ago on Site Update: Christmas 2014

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Wow. Didn't quite believe it when I saw the headline. Looks like this will be amazing!

4 months, 2 weeks ago on BBC Theme Park Set to Feature Doctor Who

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@NewWho2012  Nice idea, but it's just playing on the title by incorporating it into the synopsis. I wouldn't think there's anything else behind it.

5 months ago on Last Christmas: Short Synopsis

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Happy Birthday Doctor Who!


Wow.. a year since the phenomenal Day of the Doctor and all of the 50th celebrations. Where does the time go, eh? 51 years and going strong, it's an outstanding achievement, and may you keep going for many decades to come.

5 months ago on Doctor Who’s 51st Anniversary

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I love this set, so glad I ordered one. Yes, the packaging may not be the best, but I don't mind too much - I've just used a gentler approach when opening the lid, mine's still in great condition since I got it on release day. The artwork is really nice, the changeable covers look great and I love the picture of Gallifrey, the Doctor and their TARDISes on the back. With the discs themselves, I don't entirely understand why the Doctor covers don't match up with the discs inside, but oh well. Personally, I was hoping for a more of a booklet-like presentation, like the series boxsets.


The extra content is great, and of course the episodes are too.The exclusion of 3D on this release is odd, but I already had the standalone release, so I can dust that off if I ever get a chance to use a 3D TV, and one thing that I am pleased about is the brightness - when I first bought the standalone version (that had 3D), the picture seemed darker than televised; now with this release it's back to normal. I don't know if I purchased a faulty vanilla release, or if anyone else noticed this, but I'm glad it's fixed.

5 months ago on 50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition Review (Part 1)

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I like the current Tardis, and I don't think it should be replaced any time soon - I really like the design. The 2005-10 set was used by Christopher Eccleston for a year, and then David Tennant ' inherited' it afterwards for four more years - and despite the fact that David wasn't it's first owner, it is usually referred to as the 'Tennant Tardis'. I can see the same happening with this one; Matt Smith only used it for one year, and if it's kept for a few more seasons at least, I can see it becoming the 'Capaldi Tardis'.


There could be a way to change the set further like Peter is saying, however - I know the current roundel walls, or at least some of them, can be removed to allow access to large cameras. Perhaps replacing these with more classic-roundel-y walls may work?

5 months ago on Capaldi Hoping for New TARDIS

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Gotta be John Simm - the first Master I saw, and one that was played perfectly, mad, unpredictable, yet ruthless and cunning.

5 months, 1 week ago on Face-Off: New Who Masters

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@Edoe @supermoff is waiting for heaven....  I've heard the theme tune is turning to AC DC for next episode...

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Death in Heaven TV Trailer

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@Typo42 A Gent of Clare  I like the idea, but I put that down to him being so focused on talking to Clara, she had just admitted to doing stuff wrong and also told him in quite a personal way that she loved him. I'd assumed he'd just lost concentration on the road and didn't see until it was too late. :)

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Dark Water

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Wow. Now that is a cliff-hanger and a half.


Loved it. Danny's death was a massive surprise though, there was always the possibility that he'd die a heroic death at the end, but the idea of him being hit by a car five minutes in was quite unexpected. A normal way to go for a normal guy, reinforcing the theme of death by stating it can happen in any way to anyone at any time. Glad he came back though, I really like Danny and those scenes with Seb were just fantastic. I liked the idea of organic-showing water, as soon as Doctor Chang said the skeletons were encased in an exoskeleton I knew straight away what it was leading to, and when the revealed Cybermen stormed out of St Pauls en mass it was great, they once again seemed to finally have a sense of power. I'm satisfied that they gave the major ideas such as the Nethersphere "rational" explanations - I put rational in speech marks because this is Doctor Who - and they didn't try and tread on beliefs, they just displayed it as a digital continuation of life - very similar to River being kept in the Library. 

And the revelation at the end... I was genuinely shocked. Not entirely sure how I feel about the idea that a Time Lord has now been shown to change gender (I've never been a fan of the female doctor idea, that's all), but I think Michelle Gomez was brilliant as Missy, so no complaints with the portrayal. Interested to see if they'd mention how he/she/what-do-I-call-them-now? escaped the Time War.


I'd say the best episode so far, really looking forward to Death in Heaven.



9/10.

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Dark Water

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Brilliant article, really enjoyed reading this!

5 months, 3 weeks ago on The Portrayal of the Cybermen in New Who

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@The Whoniversal Man  The only explanation I could think of is that some of the tracks were originally longer than what they ended up as being in the episodes, after they were edited in?

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

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@Benvenfold  Both Day and Time have been released individually, and also together as part of the 50th Anniversary Collection. There isn't a version with just those two episodes bundled together, but I would say that the individual releases would be there for that. :)

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

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@Stradiwhovius @Tardis Stowaway  Yep, completely agree. The fact that they've shown these snippets (without context, like you say) a week before transmission makes me think that this is just sneaky editing to ensure people watch next week to see what actually happens. Still, who knows?

6 months ago on Dark Water TV Trailer

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@Stradiwhovius  I'm considering that too; we haven't actually seen her do anything bad yet.

6 months ago on Dark Water TV Trailer

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@Master Michael Moon @ Notsosmartguy Agent of C.L.A.R.A. @The Finn @Benvenfold  Unfortunately the boxset doesn't completely solve that issue, all three in the 'trilogy' are on separate discs! At least they are all in the same set though, no getting out another boxset and opening that as well for the sake of one disc. :)

6 months, 1 week ago on The Complete Eighth Series DVD Extras

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@The_Doctor_  Different box art and exclusive art cards, I believe. I don't believe there's any difference content-wise, just a smarter-dressed package.

6 months, 1 week ago on The Complete Eighth Series DVD Extras

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Voted for Jenna. With the rumours that she might leave, no matter whether they end up being true or false, I felt that she absolutely deserves to get this award before her time as Clara is up, she's a brilliant actress and my favourite companion. Wanted to vote for Peter too, but I've no doubt he'll get into the final shortlist as he's a truly fantastic actor, and I know some others who have voted for him so I don't feel too guilty.


And of course, I voted for Doctor Who for Best Drama. It'd be a crime if I didn't. ;)

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Capaldi vs Coleman in 2015 NTAs

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When I first heard about the idea for this episode, I thought that it'd be a watchable episode, but one that wouldn't make sense, have too many mismatched ideas stuffed in, and wouldn't warrant more than a couple of rewatches.


I was wrong.

I enjoyed that episode much much more than I thought I would. The story was good, a great idea with only one person being able to see it, and only having a short and precise amount of time to live. It looked great, the interior of the train was so detailed that it became very believable as a real train and not a studio set, and everything looked authentic but leant well to the futuristic nature of the plot. There were great themes and ideas explored, and the acting from Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman was, again, superb. The mummy looked good, however I only found it a bit chilling rather than properly scary. The ending was a bit quick, the matter of what happened to everyone else on the train was only covered by a few lines of dialogue, but allowed for more Doctor/Clara time, so I'm not fussed about that - Clara's change of heart was interested, perhaps something's being set up with this unstable relationship they seem to have?


Overall, an enjoyable episode and one of the best of the series - 8/10

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Mummy on the Orient Express

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@The Doctor's Chalkboard @Planet of the Deaf  I think Planet of the Deaf was trying to put emphasis on the fact that quite a few of the guest stars on Doctor Who are comedians, not that the show is running out of British actors - I don't see that happening for quite a while yet! :)

7 months, 1 week ago on Nick Frost Cast in Christmas Special

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@The12thDoctorRaps  Or imagine one set in the future... Now that would be interesting to see!

7 months, 2 weeks ago on Nick Frost Cast in Christmas Special

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Nick Frost would be great, but I hope the possible spoiler is just a false rumour, particularly the first bit. There's some things Doctor Who just shouldn't get involved in and try to reshape - and for me, on Christmas Day especially, that's one of them.

7 months, 2 weeks ago on Nick Frost Cast in Christmas Special

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@TomTrigg @Pipnant  With regards to the War Doctor, Clara couldn't remember the Doctor doing that herself as she never saw it, but of course she knows that he went to the barn with the Moment, because she was there to stop the three Doctors from using it. The flashback was intended for the audience, not for Clara. In a way, it's actually a flash forward to show future events, not past memories.

7 months, 2 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Listen

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Personally, I hope not, because I didn't really like the character. She's not the kind of character that would be enthusiastic and helpful to get out of a situation, like Clara would, instead I'd imagine she'd be quite emotionless, dull, and make a few quite unhelpful comments. I'm also not entirely sure why she actually did want to travel with the Doctor that much - she was either angry at him or not with him throughout the majority of the important moments in the episode. Hopefully, Jenna will be staying for a while yet, and when it does get to needing to find her successor, I think - character-wise - there would be much, much better ways to go.


I do have to quickly say, Connor, I really like the title (very clever!) and the thought that was put into writing the article!

7 months, 2 weeks ago on Taking a ‘Journey’ Into the Future: The Next Companion

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@12th's Sonic (I'm Listening!)  Seems so. The only way it could revert to Spring is if they have a longer time without Doctor Who (around six months longer), have a much shorter series or two, or if they split a series. With Doctor Who being as popular as it is, and the split being quite divisive, I don't see the BBC doing any of those again. Personally, I'm quite happy with it at this time of year due to it being darker outside (like it should be, for me), and when it comes to the prospect of selling more merchandise much closer to Christmas, the BBC must be quite happy with it too!

7 months, 2 weeks ago on A Surprise Ending for Clara?

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@jeebshjbju I would expect so, the S8 boxsets are released almost straight after this series' finale, and I imagine they would already be too far along in production of the sets for the manufacturers to replace the episode with the edited version, or for the designers to risk a delay in manufacturing to alter the disc.

7 months, 3 weeks ago on Robot of Sherwood: What Was Cut

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@Jonathon Richards  I expect so, the S8 DVD/Bluray boxsets release almost straight after this series ends, and so I imagine they would be too far along in production already for the manufacturers to replace the episode with the new edited version. Even if there is enough time for them to edit the DVD release as well, there's a chance it would pop up as a deleted scene somewhere on the set.

7 months, 3 weeks ago on Robot of Sherwood: What Was Cut

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I fully understand and agree with the BBC's decision behind it, and I presume for it to have been cut out it wouldn't have been a major part of the climax of the episode, so I'm fine with this. I do wonder if we will ever see this scene, though; will it be included in future repeats, when the episode is released on DVD, or as a deleted scene on DVD boxsets?

7 months, 3 weeks ago on BBC Cuts Robot of Sherwood Scene

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So I managed to watch the episode for the first time yesterday. Before your jaw drops too much in alarm and you reach for your pitchfork, I'd like to explain that Deep Breath aired, unfortunately for me, whilst I was on holiday abroad, and I was faced with quite a difficult choice; either wait 6 days and watch it properly on my TV when I get home, or watch it immediately on BBC iPlayer via the smaller screen of my phone and with many more distractions around me. The former seemed to be the most logical and sensible choice. (I find it a little ironic, actually, that whilst some were considering watching Deep Breath on the big screen, I was considering watching it on the little screen.) Hopefully, by now, you've lowered your pitchfork. If not, please do. :)


Plot-wise, Deep Breath may not be the very best story out there, but it was fun. It was bonkers yet dark, scary yet joyful, and most importantly, it felt like Doctor Who. The new titles are nice, but the new look can't be used within the show for vortex shots like the others could due to the unravelling clock face and so it feels a bit less related and a bit more cheesy. Whilst I prefer the previous version, I'm sure it'll grow on me. The Paternoster Gang had a few good moments, but I think they were featured a bit too much in Deep Breath and more time should have been spent on Twelve/Clara, but that's just my preference.


The idea of a dinosaur roaming the Thames was a bit too bonkers to me - there didn't seem to be much thought of an explanation as to why nobody seems to remember that and nothing like that was acknowledged in the episode - but again, it was great fun.  From a production point of view, it looked great on screen and the CGI was really quite well done - although I think it was overused a bit, such as when Strax was scanning Clara. The clockwork people and half-faced man were quite chilling and refreshingly dark. Indeed, the episode did feel at times a bit darker - and I enjoyed that. There were quite a few comedic moments too, and brilliant moments of drama, in particular that great restaurant argument. The acting was superb from all - and particularly Jenna Coleman, who portrayed a struggling, confused and (in a way) mourning Clara perfectly. Clara has some great moments this episode, such as her argument with Vastra, her standing up to the Half-Faced Man and that phone call (more on that later).


But, of course, the star of this episode was Peter Capaldi. This episode's sole purpose is none other than to introduce the new Doctor and cement him into the show. And it did that for me. Capaldi's Doctor is different to what I was expecting - dark, a bit more ruthless but still the Doctor, yes, but I was not expecting the fantastic mad eccentricity of this Doctor that could even beat Matt Smith's - one of my favourite moments was the bedroom scene where he says "Door? Boring. Not me." before opening the window, sticking his head out and going "Me!". Of course, I expect him to be a bit more serious from how on, since he's recovered from the regeneration, but bits like that and the ending 'chips and coffee' bit were great to see. It might be early to say this, but I feel Capaldi will have the potential to get very high on my list of favourite Doctor's, and he may even reach the top.... (but overtaking Tennant to take #1 will be a massive feat, in my view). That moment with him in the TARDIS, showing Clara his new costume, was when he completely became the Doctor for me,


Last thing I wanted to talk about; that cameo. Some may not have agreed with it's inclusion, but I disagree with them - I thought it was amazing. To see Matt again was great anyway, and it completely sums up his Doctor; before he went, he took time to consider what effect his new self might have on Clara, and he wanted to reassure her. It was also a brilliant final way of making the viewer, just like Clara, accept that this new man is still the Doctor. My favourite part of the episode.



A good episode, let down in a few places but brought up by some fantastic moments - 8/10

7 months, 4 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Deep Breath

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My ratings:





Name: 8/10 - Loved the opening sequence and ending scenes especially, full of funny, sad and exciting moments. Good ending to the Impossible Girl arc and a great cliff-hanger - perhaps the best in all of Who. Not the best finale, but an enjoyable watch.

Night: 10/10. Almost purely for the fact that it was a fantastic surprise, and it was great to see Paul McGann back again!

Day: 11/10 - Without doubt, my favourite episode - I could write a review the size of a novel for Day, but I won't start that right here. Seeing the three Doctors with each other and interacting, the breathtaking Time War battle scenes, Daleks, the comedy, the dramatic moments, the thrill, the dungeon door scene, all the Doctors (even Capaldi!) saving Gallifrey, the Other Doctor's redemption, three TARDISes, Tom Baker, the attempt to cram as many relevant references to the past 50 years in - all just some of the list of things that made Day great. I cannot find anything to fault with it.

Time: 9/10 - Over the course of a rewatch or two, I grew to really like Time. Full of the typical Matt Smith-era humour we expect from one of Eleven's episodes, it brought together all of the unanswered questions that have been threaded through his era in a satisfying way. Handles was a highlight, of course, and I actually was quite sad to see him go, but not as sad as Matt's perfectly-done regeneration scene. Not quite a 10 as it would have been nice if it was a bit longer, maybe 15/20min on top of it's running time, like Day or Deep Breath, just to explore some of the ideas a bit more.

And one that doesn't quite fit in with the others but was one of my highlights of the anniversary year, very quickly; The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot: 10/10. Need I explain why?




A truly great year for Doctor Who.

8 months, 1 week ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – The Doctor Trilogy

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Thank you to DWTV for posting it so quickly! :)

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Write for Doctor Who TV

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@StephenAHayes  Hi there, I was the writer of this article. Thank you very much - I spent a fair bit of time trying to come up with the right quotes for the right paragraphs and I'm glad that they've been enjoyed. :)

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Why Capaldi’s Previous Appearances Shouldn’t Really Matter

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Thank you to DWTV for publishing my article! It was the first one I've written for the site, so I was overjoyed to see it on here last night.


I'd also like to thank everyone who left a nice comment here, I've read them all and I really appreciate the compliments!


Again, this is just my opinion and I know not everyone will agree, and of course I completely respect and understand everyone's views on this. Some people have said that just because it shouldn't really matter, it doesn't mean it can't - and I totally agree. Like I mentioned in my conclusion, I'm looking forward to the explanation, as with both RTD and Moffat's ideas combined I'm sure it will be brilliant, clever and quite original, but the point I was trying to make was that this issue could be left unexplained as it is, and so when we get the explanation I don't think it should be shoehorned into the plot just because the writers feel they need to include one - I'd rather have no explanation at all than one that feels forced and not quite right.


But again, thank you for all your comments, it was great to write this article and to see everyone else's views on this matter, and I hope to write some more articles in the future! :)



8 months, 2 weeks ago on Why Capaldi’s Previous Appearances Shouldn’t Really Matter

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Just sent in my first article, I'm hoping it gets featured but even if not, it was great fun to write!

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Write for Doctor Who TV

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I'm not expecting too much of an explanation, just a throwaway line or similar, but certainly not a massive story like many others expect. Remembering that The Fires Of Pompeii was 6 years ago, I cant see why they would spend a lot of time (and money) explaining a coincidence that some of the newer fans and casual viewers will likely not remember. In my mind, it doesn't really need explaining, as Capaldi does look a bit different now than what he looked like 6 years ago, and his Doctors new personality (and even costume) would help separate Caucillus and Twelve further, I'd imagine.

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Capaldi’s Hint On Past Whoniverse Appearances

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@ahunter8056  Got to agree, it's one of my pet hates. Calling it a 'kids show' implies that it is solely for kids, yet the majority of fans are older than 10, surely. It has always been a family show, and when you look at it's spin-offs, it's evident; SJA was for the younger viewers, Torchwood for the older viewers, and Doctor Who was the one in the middle, the all-rounder for everyone. I'm not saying that kids shouldn't watch it, far from it, it's how I started watching, but Doctor Who is for everyone, regardless of age. I have always said that Doctor Who is not a kids show; it is a show that is suitable for kids.

8 months, 2 weeks ago on BBC News Series 8 Preview Featuring Into the Dalek Clips

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@Whovian2000 wants a Wholock crossover!  I imagine that everything on this release, perhaps with the exception of Doctor Who Live (though they might include the highlights of that), will be on the Series 8 boxset, yes. In fact, there could even be more, as the recently-announced 50th Anniversary boxset showed; the earlier standalone release of Day Of The Doctor had the two mini-episodes, a behind the scenes and two trailers, whereas the boxset included all of that as well as cinema-exclusive intros, The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot, the script readthrough and deleted scenes, amongst others. I'm certainly holding out for the boxset. :)

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Deep Breath Standalone DVD & Blu-Ray

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@DWTV  That'd do nicely, thank you! Or maybe one of those cakes with the ball bearings on top?

8 months, 3 weeks ago on Moffat on Why the Master Won’t Be Back

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Moffat Lies. I believed I'm owed a Jelly Baby? ;)

8 months, 3 weeks ago on Moffat on Why the Master Won’t Be Back

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