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@Zodin Could someone explain the term "edgy" to me - I never really grasped what it's supposed to refer to - "on the edge of what is appropriate"?
16 hours, 47 minutes ago on First Series 9 Title Revealed
@Last christmas I gave you my kidneys... I'd like her to either be more involved with the individual episode's plots, or not appear at all until the finale - the way Series 8 did it the scenes felt all too disconnected from the episodes' plot
16 hours, 54 minutes ago on First Series 9 Title Revealed
Seeing how Capaldi was refered to as a magician both outside and within the show, so it might be someone linked to him - with the Coleman leaving rumors, I think new companion might be very likely (Similar to the Episode titles "Rose", "The Runaway Bride" and "Smith and Jones" all refered to the new companion introduced)
16 hours, 56 minutes ago on First Series 9 Title Revealed
@Timhogan @S. Jek To me, the shock was more about the Master being there at all - that was the first thing he questioned her about once she was in UNIT's custody - after the initial surprise there was no difference in his attitude (instantly shifting to she when talking about their childhood for instance). Furthermore, I don't think a change of sex requires anymore story reason than any other regeneration-induced change. Why did the Doctor turn into an old man after having had 2 young bodies in a row?
5 days ago on Poll: A Female Doctor
@The Genie, Agent of JACKIE But then we would have two shows basically doing the exact same thing - aside from the obvious money issues, what would be the point of a spin-off that is but a copy of the original
I'm in favor of it being treated as a serious option - I don't need there to be a female Doctor, but I do want that when the choice is made between two actors, their sex would be of no importance. What counts is the acting and the writing. I don't see a change of sex any different from any other change in appearance
@Robot Juice I wouldn't call it shock, but surprise - he hadn't done it before (just as he hasn't been e.g. non-white before), so of course he is going to act surprised. I don't know where you get the idea that it requires intentional manipulation of the regeneration from - are you refering to Night of the Doctor? Because that was in reference to having control over the direction of regeneration with the elixir of the Sisterhood, as opposed to a random change like the Doctor is used to experiencing
5 days, 5 hours ago on An Opinion On Gender Regeneration: Plot or Politics?
@pats86 @ElyotWren Pats86, please calm down - this is needlessly aggressive and counterproductive to any form of viable discussion - you're a simple line, single words even, completely out of proportion. Just because The Doctor used the term "man" in a off-hand way does not mean he that a regeneration cannot result in a female body, even if the previous one was female - that isn't even the issue anymore, as it has been clearly proven on two occasions that it can. The discussion whether or not the Doctor can turn into a female form within the universe is closed - what we are discussing, is whether or not this potential can be made reality by the casting of a female actor to portray the role
1 week ago on An Opinion On Gender Regeneration: Plot or Politics?
@pats86 Actually, thinking again about the whole sex being refered to in naming (father, etc.), the scene in Dark Water, when The Doctor realizes Missy isn't an android, he first refers to her as a Time Lord, to which she replies with "Time Lady" because she is "old fashioned" - adjusting one's titles to the current body's gender might be an old fashioned thing to do on Gallifrey - so Susan might still call the Doctor Grandfather even if it was a female version
@pats86 Well, I wouldn't call
telepathically inducing a dreamstate real paternal skills :P
As I said to
Voterassilon further below, using terms like "man",
"father", or just "he" in regard to Time Lords seems tob be
simply because of the sex of the body currently occupied. The Doctor quickly
switched to she when talking about the Master in Death in Heaven, and also
switched between "he" and "she" when talking about the
Also, as ElyotWren
already mentioned, that family of his is Gallifreyan, properly Time Lord, too,
so to them, a change of sex would be a normal occurance.
regeneration into a female body is not a permanent change, as the next one
could be male again. I see that you think of the Doctor as a male person - so,
in the hypothetical case of a woman playing the Doctor, wouldn't that then
simply be a male character in a female body?
To me, this is not an
issue of whether or not the Doctor should be played by a woman, but whether The
Doctor can be played by a woman, and up to now, I haven't really seen anything
that speaks against that.
@pats86 @Sharaz_Jek But what about it doesn't work for you? I'm not trying to be obnoxious with my questioning, I honestly am trying to get a better grasp of your position.
1 week, 1 day ago on An Opinion On Gender Regeneration: Plot or Politics?
@voterassilon Okay, I think the problem seems to be boiling down to differing views on
what traits to consider "male" - to me, none of the examples given
are exclusively male, and the terminology of using "father",
"grandfather" and "man" are just in reference to the current
body. I mean, Missy and the Corsair are both referred to by
"her"/"girl"/"woman", even though their first
bodies were male.
My problem with the argument that he has always had a male body meaning
that he identifies himself as male is that he hasn't had a controlled
regeneration at any point in his life (except from 8-War, where the direction
was towards a "Warrior"-persona). The only instant that argument
works is that he was born as a male.
The issue to me is simply the alieness of regeneration being hard to be
put into human language and categorization - for a society where regeneration
exists, a change of sex - an unusual occurrence to humans, logically would be
far more run-of-the-mill than for us.
@Moffat'sLittleHelper Can't wait for Chrsitmas!!! : Yes, casting a woman because she is a woman is sexist. Saying that no woman should be cast is also sexist, though - both of these are decisions based on sex, therefore they are sexist; the question is whether or not this is one of the negative forms of sexism. To me, the role of the Doctor - due to the uniqueness of the show's universe and the lack of any characteristics requiring a male - can be open to actors of either sex.
@voterassilon Interesting, but could you give me any examples of him identifying himself as male, please - just because his bodies up to now have been male does not make him identify as such, seeing how Time Lords are not bound to specific bodies. Also, Gender Identity is something separate from sex - sex is purely biological and in the case of most species binary, while gender is far more loosely defined and besides biology also deals with cultural and psychological factors.
@pats86 But that is the same argument of "it hasn't been done before" - of course he would not be male anymore, but he would still have been male. Furthermore, he hasn't looked like he did back then for a very long time anyway - this again is just about the biology of the body he would be currently occupying, not the Doctor himself
@Rorschach's_Journal_of_Impossible_Things @divya12 Sorry, I've only seen the promotional pictures, so I could be completely of - this is pure speculation
1 week, 1 day ago on New Last Christmas Details & Big Clara Clue?
@pats86 having children and being married is not something specifically male - by its very definition, it these apply to both sexes. I'm sorry, but I don't get your comment's second half - could you please elaborate
@VictorWong1 @Sharaz_Jek giggling of one's own cleverness, clowing around, etc. are not exclusively male traits though, are they? I can guarantee from personal experience they aren't
@Rorschach's_Journal_of_Impossible_Things @divya12 Has it been confirmed that those are all different creatures? To me, it looks like the Dream Crabs will be a term made up for the Kantofarri, and Sleepers are the people on whose faces they clam on to
@floppy_who but those scenes could have easily been filmed months after the rest of the episode (and properly were), as they were all on a single set
Those look a bit too much like face-huggers for my taste - strange idea for a Christmas episode
Okay, after thinking this over the past day since I posted here, I
have a question for everyone that is against a regeneration of the Doctor into
As I mentioned in a previous post, I think that as long as a fictional character's identity is not closely
tied to certain physical attributes of theirs, there is no problem with said
physical attributes altering between adaptations. So, my question is this:
What about the Doctor is it that makes him an exclusively male character?
I'm asking because I'm trying to understand your side of the debate
better, as the only argument I've come into contact with has been "It
breaks with the tradition and hasn't been done before" - which, to me,
sounds actually like a good thing for a show that has already 50+ years of
various scenarios. Finding something new to do seems to be a good thing, and
episodes are frequently praised for originality, so why not in this case?
@kigyouhime @Switcharoo And when the redesign in the ultimate universe was made, the other versions of the character were white, but that isn't a problem either
@GallifreyAcademy Aside from the fact that the Doctor wasn't asexual from the get go (he was introduced travelling with his granddaughter, got engaged (accidently)), if he really was, a change of sex would be of no importance then, since 'male' isn't a neutral standard. Also, lots of things in Doctor Who happen "just because" - that's at the very core of the show. The Doctor tranformed from a tall, old man into a short, younger man "just because" - it is only in retrospect that all the "just because" moments in Doctor Who gain context and reasoning. In the case of a sex change due to regeneration, that reason and context already exists anyway
@allons_ywibblywobbly @HeyProfessor The Master has always been insane, and sadistically toying and joking about killing people has been part of a few of his incarnations, e.g. Simm and MacQueen
@DanFellows Why does a fictional character have to be of the same sex as you to be a rolemodel? A rolemodel is about their actions, not biology
@Planet of the Christmas Pudding Brains Well, jokes about the sex change would be automatically sexist - I mean, they would be about sex, so that is by definition sexist. I don't think that that would be horrible or offensive though. 12 made a joke about properly blaming the English after getting a Scottish accent, and that wasn't offensive either - at least it wasn't to me
1 week, 2 days ago on An Opinion On Gender Regeneration: Plot or Politics?
An interesting article, but I have to disagree with you on a number of
I disagree with the premise that a change of sex is silly - Silliness, humor,
etc. are very personal subjects, and to me, unless sex, race, etc. are integral
parts of a character's persona, an alteration for a new adaptation is perfectly
reasonable to me. I don't see any problem with "Jane Bond" or "Shelly
Holmes" (both of which actually exist in some form or other).
Furthermore, your example of a man playing Thatcher or a white person
playing Mandela don't apply in this case because these are real-life people so
of course a biopic would not be able to make such casting decisions - in our
case though we are discussing fictional characters whose persona is not tied to
a specific race or sex. An example is the casting of Idris Elba (Your Mandela
example reminded me of him) as Heimdall in Marvel's Thor - he does great work
with the role and there is nothing about the character that requires him to be
black or white as there is no real requirement. It is unusual because we are
not used to the idea of a being described by Nordic religion being black, but
the race has no impact on the character.
This is not always the case of course - there are fictional characters
whose identity is closely tied to certain physical attributes of theirs. Just
as a thought experiment, let's take for example Wonder Woman - one of her
defining characteristics is that she comes from a society dominated by the
opposite sex than the one dominating in the society she enters. For her to
change sex and still be an accurate adaptation, the relation between the sexes
of the fictional world she occupies must be reversed as well.
The Master and the Doctor though aren't defined by their sex - there is
nothing about them that is exclusively male, and by the very nature of
regeneration, a sex change is just as simple as a change in stature, voice, or
@Padaster The limit has been proven to be a real thing by cases of the Master and Azael in the classic series
1 week, 4 days ago on Steven Moffat: An Era of Forgotten Things
@Hibernus @ilyootha, agent of C.L.A.R.A. "Days not lived yet" does not mean that there is going to be another incarnation, just that Eleven had a future (which the Great Intelligence was about to destroy) - Eleven being the potential last Doctor was planned in that Moffat had planned Trenzalore to be the finale for the 11th Doctor at least from Series 6 on. That this coincides with being the last life of the regeneration cycle came about during Series 7 production with Eccelstone not returning and an extra incarnation being added to replace him, so it was planned at least already in Name - it wasn't spelled out til Time, but the revelation of the War Doctor's existence implied it
@Hibernus The inclusion of the War Doctor was relatively late in planning, because
of Eccelstone declining to return, but from the way he is written (aka a
well-kept secret unknown to anyone outside the Time War) it does not contradict
Series 6&7. Let me explain:
1) The Teselecta "regenerating" - The events at Lake Silencio
was a show set up by the Doctor to convince the Silence that were present that
he was dead. However, the fact that the Doctor was already in his 13th life was
not known in the universe, as both The War Doctor and the Meta Crisis were
secrets or not part of the main universe. Therefore, to convince the Silence
who believe him to be in his 11th life, there has to be some apparent attempt
at regeneration, otherwise they would have doubted the Teselecta being the
2) The Doctor giving some regenerative energy to River: Now, this does a
bit of head-canon, but it is based on facts established in the show. We know
that Time Lords always have a certain amount of regenerative energy active in
their bodies - it allows them to live as long as they do and heal much quicker.
Full regeneration, which takes a large amount of energy all at once only takes
place when the body completely fails. Since a Time Lord is still extremely long
lived even in his last incarnation, it is reasonable to assume that even if no
more full regeneration is possible, there is still a certain amount of energy
left (think the last remaining amount of gasoline in a car's tank even if the
indicator is on empty). When the Doctor gave energy to River to heal her hand,
he used up some of that remaining energy, maybe the equivalent of a few decades
- not enough for full regeneration, but enough to heal a broken wrist.
3) The Doctor threatening Mr Clever with regenerating: The important
point in that scene is that it is the Doctor who is giving Mr Clever
information on regeneration and the Doctor's previous lives and he uses it to
prevent a further takeover of his mind - by keeping the War Doctor a secret,
the Doctor is able to bluff the Cyber-Controller.
(Also, keep in mind that at least attempting regeneration beyond the
limit is not impossible - both the Master and Azael did so, resulting in either
dying in the process or ending up as a walking corpse, kept going only by
strength of will. This adds to the theory that the is still some regenerative
energy left, just not enough for a full regeneration)
@alex_494 @Gallade Zero Like the Asylum versions then? I agree that the metallic look is much better than the plastic one, and I really like the idea of a class distinction, but the negative backlash after Victory properly ended any chances from that being explored further. Still, all the Daleks in ToTD and Into the Dalek have only been foot soldiers, so the Paradigm commanders can still reappear
@KathyHoover @AnthonyBrass The Curator's identity is left intentionally ambigious, and I think that's a good thing - it was a pure fan-service moment and I think it is better to leave any kind of explanation up to the individual fan than trying to give a 'canon' explanation
@alex_494 @ilyootha, agent of C.L.A.R.A. @divya12 Just to elaborate, the earth being ravaged by solar radiation in a few centuries is a plot point mentioned in several classic story lines as well - that is actually a really nice touch by Moffat - he incorporates a lot of fictional future history elements from the classic era in his writing, for example Time Agents from the 51st century
@Desgar Let's be honest here, an episode about Clara applying for a job as a teacher isn't really interesting, nor would it involve the Doctor
@Zodin The Silence ship was an abandoned model from after Day of the Moon - it might even have been the same one as the one River killed all the operators off. It was malfunctioning and trying to get a new pilot
To be honest, things like not seeing family members of companions again, moving, or companions simply changing jobs doesn't really interest me - the style Moffat took for the Doctor is him showing up to take his companions away from their ordinary lives and show the new, fantastical worlds Peter Pan-like - the ordinary lives and relations don't really factor into that.
@DanielBiela Besides of course the actual reason being that no Doctors beyond Capaldi have been cast yet, the simple in universe explanation is that is the point in the TARDIS' history the calculation for saving Gallifrey was completed, and/or it needed 13 TARDISES
@bulerias Exactly - look at Game of Thrones for example - they recast supporting characters, even major ones, frequently. We can simply say that one of the extras in Big Bang was Rory's dad and he was recast
@JbLee Cybermen have always had organic components, including heads - just look at the 80s design - you can actually see the face hidden behind the mask; or the original 60s design - it had visible humanoid hands. In Pandorica Opens the Cyberhead also opened up to reveal a skull, so the design wasn't breaking with previous appearances
2 weeks, 5 days ago on The Problems with Death in Heaven
Okay, I'm in the "entertaining, but flawed"-camp with Death in Heaven,
but let me just comment on the issues raised in the article:
me, this is the Master trying to prove to the Doctor that they are not
so different (I mean, she outright says so) - and I like it, since the
Doctor has tried to do the same a couple of times previously, especially
of course in the Tennant era. The two did save each other's lives in
End of Time, and then the Doctor saved the Master again by rescuing
Gallifrey - so this is a rather twisted way of saying thank you and corrupting the Doctor at the same time. Missy is trying to show her old friend that they are not dissimilar and that he can act just as she has - conquering worlds, imposing his will upon others, thinking they are doing good. Good and evil are a question of perspective after all
2) That old
companions were brought back as a cybermen wasn't a real issue to me as I
don't think it cheapens their characters in any way, and the episode
doesn't really have time to make that into a plot point (aside from the
quick Brigadier moment, but even that was set up flimsily with the
saluting being mentioned only 15 minutes earlier). I also don't think we
really needed a look into how the Nethersphere/Gallifreyan Matrix
worked - it is alien tech beyond human comprehension; we also don't need
to know how the TARDIS or the sonic work. Missy was able to upload
dying minds into the matrix, while using her TARDIS to extend its reach
across Earth's history - that's enough explanation for me. My problem
with the Cybermen was that they never became a threat - they did bring
down the air plane, and Missy told them to kill some Belgians, but they
never killed anyone on screen. It would have been easy to have them at
least attack the man in the morgue and maybe a few people on graveyards
as they rise.
3) Yeah, Missy's knowledge of Clara is strange -
then again, this is time travel, and we all know how Moffat loves to use
the boot-strapp paradox style of time traveling in his work, so one
could argue that because Clara was the Doctor's companion, Missy looked
into her and ensured that Clara became the Doctor's companion in the
4) Danny was okay. I got his anger with the Doctor,
seeing him as just another commander that drops all pretenses of moral
at the chance of a tactical advantage while still trying to keep his
hands clean - it is an observation that has been made a couple of times
in New Who, for example by Davros and his "Children of Time" speech. The
Cybermen destroying themselves to dissipate the nanites in the air -
well, I suppose they said "burn", so I think that is intended to mean
that they completely annihalating the Cyber-tech without any working
@Rnegade13 You can get boxsets 2-4 as a bundle for the reduced price (20 each), but you definitely should listen to Dark Eyes 1 first
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Dark Eyes 3 Review
@PaddyB: Founding Father of R.O.S.E. Dark Eyes was one of my first Big Finish stories as well, so I'd say it is a good jumping on point - especially for New Who fans, as it is basically a prequel to the Time War. Most of the info concerning previous events is pretty easy to get from dialog. Dark Eyes is a direct continuation of the Eighth Doctor's Adventures, so that series' ending is spoiled by Dark Eyes, but that isn't really an issue to me - it's like watching the classics in that regard - you already know ruffly what's going to happen because of general knowledge from the modern era and fandom discussions about those stories, but you can still enjoy watching them a lot - but that's just me. I'm not really a person to be bothered with spoilers about something that's already existed for a few years, even if I haven't seen/heard/read it myself yet
@Gustaff @Sharaz_Jek About Narvin: I just thought that he didn't do anything really - the only part he actually gets involved in is in Rule of the Eminence, but only to be instantly captured and out of commission for the rest of the episode - if it had been any random CIA agent (like Straxus in his earlier appearances), he properly would have been killed off at that point
@Gustaff @Sharaz_Jek I was kidding a bit with the exclamation points. Favorite was properly Mastermind - the "Doctor&Master are stuck in a room"-scenario was just so much fun to listen to. I was not as interested in Sally Armstrong - I'm pretty indifferent towards her, to be honest
@12th's Sonic now wants a crossover with FNAF. Each are about 50-60 minutes each for the Dark Eyes parts
Scottish?! Scottish?! Molly is IRISH! - All overblown reaction aside, I really liked Dark Eyes 3, and agree with most of this review. I too was disappointed at the lack of Molly, but seeing how Ruth Bradley was in America during recording it is understandable that her part is kept to a minimum. MacQueen and McGann are the absolute highlight of this boxset, but I was disappointed at Narvin, as he didn't contribute anything substantial really - him being here is more or less just for continuity points with the events in Gallifrey. I also was a bit disappointed by the lack of an explanation of the Eminence's origins, since Masterplan seems to be building up to that, but the plot thread is dropped in Rule of the Eminence - Well, we'll have to see how DE4 will go with that. I am looking forward to the Master and the Dalek Time Controller teaming up though
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Dark Eyes 3 Review
I think the train for having Jenny as a companion left in 2010 at the latest. It is to late now to bring back a character from a single, mid-series story that was shown 6 years ago (7 if we are talking Series 9). Single episode might work - but only with a massive trip down memory lane and exposition.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Jenny: A Future Companion
Will there be an "Others" poll as well? I'm asking because of Alex Macqueen's brilliant version of the Master
4 weeks ago on Face-Off: The Masters (Classic Era)
@TheElusiveWhovian That is true, but it also means that there isn't much to go on in comparison to Delgado - I didn't really like Beevers that much in Keeper of Traken anyway, but his audio work is where he really shines.