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@Amy is uniting the Earth Kingdom! While I'm all for "Death of the Author", I think we should also not be blind to the faults in people whose work we like. For example, "Dancer Taking a Bow" is a beautiful painting I really like - that doesn't mean I'm unaware that the painter Edgar Degas was a horrible Anti-Semit (god, I hope this isn't to bad of an example).



(Anyway, shouldn't you change your profile name to "uniting the Earth Empire"  now ;D)


1 day, 2 hours ago on Neil Gaiman on Hopes for Capaldi Episode

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@Typo42 A Gent of Clare @Aspiring Lion Really? I thought it was quite nice for the short format. I thought Hand for the Doctor was terrible - that was far to much unlike Hartnell (seriously, climbing onto/jumping of a rooftop? That's what Ian was for :P)

1 day, 3 hours ago on Neil Gaiman on Hopes for Capaldi Episode

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@LaraHarris Well, to be fair, its just one simple joke of no importance to the plot. I noticed the mistake as well upon first viewing but I honestly didn't mind as it has no relevance - Gaiman/The TARDIS made a tiny mistake of no real relevance to anything

1 day, 3 hours ago on Neil Gaiman on Hopes for Capaldi Episode

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@DWISCOOL100 I didn't intend to accuse you of not wanting a female writer - however, It is bad to hold female writers to a different standard than male ones, that they should in someway be more impressive than their male counterpart in order to be allowed a chance at writing for doctor who. This entire debate is just wrong in my mind.

I do think that it is a shame that we have such a massively unequal number of male-female writers, but that is just a symptom of the much larger issue of gender inequality in our society, and that can't be fixed at this level - it needs to be tackled at a much earlier point. Concerning getting writers for this specific TV show: it shouldn't matter one bit what sex or gender the person has, and, honestly, I don't think it does to the BBC (at least I hope so; especially when looking at Doctor Who's history in this department)



1 day, 6 hours ago on Neil Gaiman on Hopes for Capaldi Episode

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@DWISCOOL100 Gender has nothing to do with writing quality - seriously, why would that be of importance?

1 day, 9 hours ago on Neil Gaiman on Hopes for Capaldi Episode

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@Notsosmartguy's got no strings on him I doubt very much that criticism was directed at the writer's gender - at least I hope the DW community and regular watchers are better than that

1 day, 9 hours ago on Neil Gaiman on Hopes for Capaldi Episode

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@stargazer0118 But that was the point of 'Mr Clever' - The Cybermen tried to overcome their strategic weakness by converting children, and then targeted the Doctor when they realised his capacity

1 day, 9 hours ago on Neil Gaiman on Hopes for Capaldi Episode

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@The Living Angel is Regenerating The lowest score I ever gave was a 2 for Journey to the Center of the TARDIS, but I can't think of any story I'd give a 1 - I mean, that would mean that there was just nothing good in it at all, which isn't really possible with the regular cast's talent, etc.

3 days, 23 hours ago on Your Verdict on Mummy & Episode Ranking

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@Polyphase @Ariel in Space Overnight figures don't represent episode quality anyway since noone knows what an episode will be like before it aired

4 days, 11 hours ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator

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@Sam Davern @Sharaz_Jek @HeyProfessor I don't think Missy's heaven is like the actual heaven in the sense of the Abrahamian religions. As I said, we can only wait at the moment and observe how the plot will unfold

1 week, 1 day ago on Details on Episodes 9-12 of Series 8

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@HeyProfessor That's what happened from Owen's perspective - it might just be the mind's reaction to coming back after a prolonged time. However, 'Heaven'/Promised Land/Nethersphere seems to be some special place, maybe a separate dimension, rather than a general afterlife. We'll see what Missy&co's backstory is

1 week, 1 day ago on Details on Episodes 9-12 of Series 8

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@Amy is uniting the Earth Kingdom! I didn't know about them, thanks. I just checked them out - I do prefer the Series 7 posters though

1 week, 1 day ago on Details on Episodes 9-12 of Series 8

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@Calebxy @Gustaff @Sharaz_Jek There was an increase in forestation on the American continent during the 16th? Do we have data for that? I'm surprised, as I'd expect the forestation to remain the same or decrease before the more massive colonization of the 17th century and later



1 week, 1 day ago on Details on Episodes 9-12 of Series 8

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@Amy is uniting the Earth Kingdom! I thought the Moon/Egg only gained mass and remained the same in size? I'd have to rewatch to get the details straight. Maybe some time later




1 week, 1 day ago on Details on Episodes 9-12 of Series 8

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@SonicTheHedgehogRules @Gustaff Handles? Not sure if "important" fits, but he was a one-off companion and the scene was at least emotionally important for the Doctor (God, Matt Smith gave it his all in his last story). Before that, the Ponds, but also only from natural aging. 

1 week, 1 day ago on Details on Episodes 9-12 of Series 8

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@Gallifreyfalls1 I presume the person who organized Clara's and the Doctor's meeting was Missy, and the finale will explain her motives (and just who/what she is)

1 week, 1 day ago on Details on Episodes 9-12 of Series 8

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One thing I'm really missing in comparison to Series 7 are the amazing posters for each episode - I loved using them as Computer backgrounds :(

1 week, 1 day ago on Details on Episodes 9-12 of Series 8

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@Gustaff @Sharaz_Jek In Kill the Moon, we had an animal lay an egg the same size as the egg it came from just moments earlier - asexual reproduction for an alien species is understandable, but I doubt that makes any sort of sense

1 week, 1 day ago on Details on Episodes 9-12 of Series 8

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I don't think the Doctor really knows how Ice Ages work ...

1 week, 1 day ago on Details on Episodes 9-12 of Series 8

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@Gustaff Hm, they would bind a lot of CO2, wouldn't they?


1 week, 1 day ago on Details on Episodes 9-12 of Series 8

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@HopPyleen That doesn't really work - Gus was trying to find out what the Mummy/Foretold was, so it couldn't have already known the solution, so it couldn't have chosen the captain as a hint

1 week, 5 days ago on Rate & Discuss Mummy on the Orient Express

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@doctorwott @joseffwilliams A force field made by GUS kept her from going to the Tardis - there is a visual special effect when she tries to get close to the Tardis but isn't able to move forward. She also mentions it in the next scene, which leads to her deducing that GUS knows that the Doctor is a Timelord, leading to his admission that he had suspected something for a while and had actually been called before (reference to The Big Bang's ending)

1 week, 5 days ago on Rate & Discuss Mummy on the Orient Express

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Scary plants can definitely work if done right - or misfire spectacularly; anyway, I'm interested. Does the title have anything to do with William Blake's poem The Tyger/Tiger? (Tyger, Tyger burning bright, in the Forest of the Night ...)

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

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@DawnTime @MrRazza is wittily changing his name for each week @ Notsosmartguy Wasn't Baker's episode called Seeds of Doom? I'm pretty sure Seeds of Death was Troughton's second Ice Warrior story

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

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@tom colman @Sharaz_Jek @Clara Who is pushed beyond, fascinated No More I get your basic argument of it being a very rare occurance -  I just wanted to point that it wasn't the first time. Ace did call out the Doctor for lying and manipulating her on several occasions: In the TV series for example in Curse of Fenric and Ghost Light, and even more so in the EU, the prime example being Love and War

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Kill the Moon: Clara or the Doctor?

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@TheDreamer @tom colman @Sharaz_Jek @Clara Who is pushed beyond, fascinated No More I wasn't talking about Curse of Fenric, eventhough that is part of the issue, as the Doctor kept his knowledge of her being a "Wolf" from her. I was more thinking of Ghost Light and especially Love and War, where Ace outright leaves the Doctor for having basically sacrificed the man she had fallen in love with

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Kill the Moon: Clara or the Doctor?

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@tom colman @Clara Who is pushed beyond, fascinated No More I wouldn't say this was the first time a companion called the Doctor out for being manipulative - Ace is a prime example. Still, I fully agree with your arguement concerning Clara's anger, Tom

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Kill the Moon: Clara or the Doctor?

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I'm going with Clara because The Doctor witheld important information from her that would have helped to make the decision in a more informed way, and with the TARDIS he could have easily supported Earth's gravitational field in case the moon was lost completely - this was about securing Earth's and Humanity's continued existence, something of massive importance for the web of Time and the Universe's development. It wasn't a fixed moment or in any form established - it was a tipping point where history could have gone either way.


Some might argue that the Doctor was in the same situation when it came to the Silurian/Human relations in Hungry Earth/Cold Blood, but I disagree. In that story, the Doctor explained to both factions the history and background of the other, and actively got involved to create the chance of negotiations in the first place. The Doctor could have helped in a similar fashion here, providing Clara with a proper way to contact Earth (the "turn your lights off" does not work as it only gives on side of the planet and only those people who still have access to electricity any say in the matter - there were massive natural catastrophes going on), and informed her and the rest of humanity of the details. 




2 weeks, 3 days ago on Kill the Moon: Clara or the Doctor?

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So, this is the Doctor-lite episode of the season. Will there be a Companion-lite one as well?

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Flatline Official Synopsis

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I hadn't heard she died :'( A touching tribute (and explanation who she even was). Thanks a lot, Gustaff


3 weeks, 3 days ago on A Whology: Maggie Stables

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@Scootersfood is the new Caretaker I think that is in reference to the return of UNIT, but it is a possibility

1 month ago on Rate & Discuss Time Heist

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@joshtong11 Bootstrap Paradox - something is it's own cause and effect; it's a classical time travel model that Moffat is very much in love with (sometimes to the detriment of the story, but it worked in my opinion, as it added to the characters rather than distract from them). Other stories with this kind of time travel shenanigans are Time Museum, Ghost Light, Blink, Doctor's Daughter, The Big Bang, the entire River Song storyline, and of course the Doctor's taking on Clara as a Companion because he met her time splinters, which only existed because Clara started traveling with the Doctor




1 month ago on Rate & Discuss Time Heist

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Listen was just a mess - how does it even compare to Blink

1 month ago on Face-Off: Blink vs Listen

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@alwaysrunning @JoeRichie River's comment implies that the word "Doctor" is a bootstrap-paradox (a concept Moffat seems to be in love with, as he now puts it into almost all his storylines)

1 month, 1 week ago on Rate & Discuss Listen

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This just had too many rehashed previous Moffat stories elements to be really good to me. It is good on it's own, but kept in context with his previous works, it just felt like a retreading of old paths.

I do enjoy "timey-wimey" plots, but after River, Amy, and Clara I'd just like to have a companion whose backstory and timeline isn't twisted into an overly complicated knot - I hoped Dany would be that, but Listen sadly took that from me.

Also, what was the point of the visit to the young Doctor and the cottage being the same one as the one the War Doctor was in?

Overall, it felt more like we took away from Danny's and The Doctor's own agency by having them be influenced by Clara, the walking paradox - The Doctor didn't give that great speech about fear because of who he is, but because Clara told it to him; Danny didn't become a soldier because that's what he wanted to do, but because The Doctor and Clara implanted the idea in his head, etc.


1 month, 1 week ago on Rate & Discuss Listen

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I'm a non-native speaker and the accent isn't a problem to me. it is true that Capaldi can start speaking really fast which leads to missing a word or two, but I wouldn't call it an issue. Seriously, how is this suddenly an issue - Doctor Who isn't the only show with a character that has an accent and speaks fast

1 month, 1 week ago on Is Capaldi’s Accent Causing Issues?

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@bigmudcake The cut was made separately from the leaks, and I don't think this thread in any way to spoiling or damaging the episode. It is clearly marked as a spoiler for the actual episode and no one was forced to read this or the leaked scripts

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Robot of Sherwood: What Was Cut

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@Tomrzr Well, the similarities to Deep Breath are obviously intentional - we'll have to see how the Series ends to know whether or not it works out, but at the moment I don't think there is a problem there. The Golden Arrow - Well, that is an actual Robin Hood story, so I suppose to give it a pass. I do get your point though

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Robot of Sherwood

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@kyr95 @supermoff of Sherwood I feel kind of the opposite, as we, the audience, doesn't know the new Doctor yet, so asking us the question whether or not the Doctor is a good man seems to early. I think it should have been later in the series, so that we have more of a background and reason to ask that question

1 month, 3 weeks ago on 2nd Opinion: Into the Dalek

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@JamesSkippins Yeah, those were simply filming material to represent the Daleks memories. They simply pulled clips from the archives rather than film entirely new scenes to simply display them on a screen in the background. They also used material from stories like Stolen Earth, which the Dalek also couldn't have had

1 month, 3 weeks ago on 2nd Opinion: Into the Dalek

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@alwaysrunning @JamesSkippins Later in that scene, yes. But the first images we get are supposed to be the Daleks' own memories, but they used clips from stories that Dalek couldn't have been part off


1 month, 3 weeks ago on 2nd Opinion: Into the Dalek

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@Master Michael Moon Daleks are constantly at war with someone. Now that they are an Empire again, there really is no need to link up this fight to previous encounters the Doctor had

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Into the Dalek – 12 Hints & Teasers

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Lasagne? - Maybe it's how the Doctor is going to describe the Dalek mind "It's like a big lasagne of hatred - layer over layer with a bit of cunning and self-loathing in between"

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Into the Dalek – 12 Hints & Teasers

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"Other Daleks have also displayed evidence that they have a flair for poetry, even through their battle cries, which is an effective style of self-expression)" - I can't stop thinking about the "Dalek poetry reading" from Mock the Week. God, that was hilarious :D

Anyway, a great article and inside into the Dalek mind. I would have wished for a closer look at the emperor, the Cult of Skaro and especially the Dalek Time Controller, as those Daleks do act a-typical for their kind. Especially the Time Controller shows a perverted understanding of the human (and the Doctor's) psyche and seems to be less ruled by several of the possible personality disorders Dalek suffer from.





1 month, 3 weeks ago on Into the (Mind of the) Dalek

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By the way, great of DoctorWhoTV to give us a out-of-10 system - I think it allows for a much more variant result for the rating. Good idea!

1 month, 4 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Deep Breath

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@Planet of the Deaf @Sharaz_Jek The paradox of them (or more specifically Rory) dying before being captured by the angels is what appearantly killed these angels. So it wouldn't really have been a problem to say they died from the fall - consider this alternative ending scenario: 


The Doctor and River find themselves on the graveyard with the TARDIS standing by. The Doctor comments that something keeps drawing the TARDIS and them here. He goes off, calling for Amy and Rory. River looks around as well, but notices the gravestone, calls the Doctor over and he sees that Amy and Rory died in 1938. He has an emotional breakdown, tries to go save them mid-fall (similar to River in Day of the Moon), but another time traveling to New York in 1938 would destroy the city.

In this way we have the Doctor go through the same emotional moments like in the original episode, without the logical holes and unanswered questions like:

if the paradox were to kill all the angels, where did the one at the end come from (minor problem, but still)?

If River can go contact Amy, why can't the Doctor? It's not like the Doctor can't use River's vortex-manipulator.

Why can't the Doctor just travel to New York by other means than his TARDIS (e.g. land in New Jersey and take a train)? Same question for Amy and Rory leaving New York and meeting the Doctor somewhere else.

These questions and this alternative scenario came into my mind while watching the episode for the first time and I really think that shouldn't happen with a well-written script.

1 month, 4 weeks ago on Moffat on Death: “There are dark times ahead”

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@hybries Maybe it is an "inception"-style entering into the Dalek's subconscious


1 month, 4 weeks ago on Into the Dalek Promo Pics

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@SonicTheHedgehogRules The Doctor did say that he isn't a robot anymore - it's sort of like Data from Star Trek, just with a Frankenstein angle. He was a cyborg in reverse


2 months ago on Whodunnit? The Fate of the Half-Face Man

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Okay, the skin balloon was disgusting. Not really family show material to me

2 months ago on Rate & Discuss Deep Breath

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