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Sums up all my considerations for it entirely :) I give a lot of weight towards the Trenzalore side of things, which indeed would have reopened all wounds. It's perfectly understandable with that in mind, as I stick to the head cannon that the circumstances and environment prior to regeneration influence the personality of the subsequent incarnation. Plus, his general dislike of soldiers has been around for some time, and even with the Brigadier he had arguments. 

Still I never thought he went too far in The Caretaker. If anything, I was hoping for some greater vehemence than what we saw, which I honestly thought was a bit tame compared to what was said. 

1 hour, 26 minutes ago on Examining the Doctor’s Attitude Towards Soldiers

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@The Lazy Cat Has a Terrible Decision to Make... I was thinking perhaps a pregnancy...not of the kind given above (thanks Yael for the nightmares XD) but a pregnancy nonetheless. :)

1 hour, 47 minutes ago on Poll: Your Most Anticipated Series 8 Story (Eps 7-12)

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@ Notsosmartguy Will Kill the Moon @supermoff will kill the moon! The Promised Land is presumably some kind of dimension. I'm pretty sure the finale will reference or incorporate Gallifrey somehow (otherwise, after how Day and Time set it up, that would be very weird to completely ignore this pressing subplot), but the Promised Land doesn't have to be Gallifrey I suppose. We'll see I guess :P

1 hour, 58 minutes ago on Poll: Your Most Anticipated Series 8 Story (Eps 7-12)

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@DWISCOOL100 Moffat would not be safe anywhere if he kills off Clara :P

2 hours, 17 minutes ago on Poll: Your Most Anticipated Series 8 Story (Eps 7-12)

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@ Notsosmartguy Will Kill the Moon @supermoff will kill the moon! I think the signal concept has been done enough at this point :P 

But everyone is in search of paradise, even the humble robot I suppose. Maybe that's truly why the Half Face Man incorporated humanity into itself; not just to repair itself, but to become alive so he could be eligible for The Promised Land

But maybe they just want something in the Promised Land. Or maybe they're just jealous of everyone in paradise and want to destroy said paradise, a la BWABB (which I love too, such a great movie :P). 

2 hours, 21 minutes ago on Poll: Your Most Anticipated Series 8 Story (Eps 7-12)

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@ Notsosmartguy Will Kill the Moon @supermoff will kill the moon! I thought up my main theory actually when watching that Futurama movie The Beast With a Billion Backs. Said movie shows a heaven like place that only living creatures can enter and robots eventually attack it. I'm kind of thinking that robots are desperate to enter The Promised Land to the extent they wage war upon it, explaining the role of the Cybermen in the finale, and they're undergoing mass conversions to fuel their war effort. 

Ultimately, I feel Missy will eventually contact the Doctor to help, but that's where I'm up to theory wise. Merging it with my Gallifrey theory though, I still think the Nethersphere contains Gallifrey, which may be a reason why so many want to get in, to perhaps eliminate Gallifrey once and for all, by killing it in heaven :S 

Speculation sure is fun :P

2 hours, 28 minutes ago on Poll: Your Most Anticipated Series 8 Story (Eps 7-12)

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@ Notsosmartguy Will Kill the Moon My predictions: Tears and heartbreak. 

2 hours, 36 minutes ago on Poll: Your Most Anticipated Series 8 Story (Eps 7-12)

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@ Notsosmartguy Will Kill the Moon @YaelMoise supports the nuking of space-spiders I think he's saving her for something special...and by special I mean inevitably heartbreaking DX But I remain hopeful that she'll make it into Series 9 :/

2 hours, 37 minutes ago on Poll: Your Most Anticipated Series 8 Story (Eps 7-12)

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@The Lazy Cat Has a Terrible Decision to Make... That would be a good idea. ITFOTN is supposed to be a surreal invasion, so perhaps it can be another one of those stories where the Earth is invaded without the Doctor being there and we keep to a human perspective :P

3 hours, 17 minutes ago on Poll: Your Most Anticipated Series 8 Story (Eps 7-12)

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@ThePowerOfClara @The Lazy Cat Has a Terrible Decision to Make... I think ITFOTN looks Doctor and Clara lite, judging by the cast details. Coleman and Capaldi had very little involvement in the filming, so it could indeed be a Danny-centric episode, and/or a guest cast-centric episode. 

3 hours, 22 minutes ago on Poll: Your Most Anticipated Series 8 Story (Eps 7-12)

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@Horus On The Orient Express Yeah, this episode is supposed to finally address that plotpoint at the ending of The Big Bang. :P As Moffat said "The Doctor is finally catching up on his phone calls" :)

3 hours, 24 minutes ago on Poll: Your Most Anticipated Series 8 Story (Eps 7-12)

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Ultimately it'll be great to have some episodes written by brand new writers. Should lead to some original ideas (which, judging by the premises of Episode 7 through 10, is indeed the case; each of these episodes sounds brilliantly unique) and a brand new take on the show. Bring on the Harness, the Matheison and the Cottrell Boyce :)


3 hours, 27 minutes ago on Poll: Your Most Anticipated Series 8 Story (Eps 7-12)

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@ilyootha Those complaints are inevitable XD 

3 hours, 32 minutes ago on Poll: Your Most Anticipated Series 8 Story (Eps 7-12)

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But I'm still massively looking forward to all 5 stories. They all look fantastic!! :D

4 hours, 13 minutes ago on Poll: Your Most Anticipated Series 8 Story (Eps 7-12)

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@Master Michael Moon I dunno, "Dark Water" sounds pretty damn awesome :P Plus, "Dark Water / Death in Heaven" is one of those two-parter titles that really rolls off the tongue :D

4 hours, 22 minutes ago on Poll: Your Most Anticipated Series 8 Story (Eps 7-12)

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Kill The Moon, though followed closely by the finale, seeing as this heaven arc is driving me crazy XD

4 hours, 33 minutes ago on Poll: Your Most Anticipated Series 8 Story (Eps 7-12)

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Beautifully written. I've not heard much of her, but, regardless, I wish all the best for her family in their time of need and may she rest in peace.

8 hours, 4 minutes ago on A Whology: Maggie Stables

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Some great pictures :)

13 hours, 6 minutes ago on Kill The Moon Promo Pics

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Lanzarote, not Tenerife :P

13 hours, 7 minutes ago on Kill The Moon Promo Pics

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@Antee991166 I agree, I can't remember a series start so strongly. 6 brilliant episodes in a row. Hopefully it can keep it up :)

1 day, 1 hour ago on Your Verdict on Time Heist & Episode Ranking

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@Switcharoo A) What kind of drugs allow you to produce these displays of unparalleled and hilarious absurdities, and 

B) Where can I get some? XD

1 day, 2 hours ago on Your Verdict on Time Heist & Episode Ranking

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Numbery-wumbery statsy watsy recap:


 The standard deviations: 

Deep Breath - 1.726392884 

Into the Dalek - 1.72299733 

Robot of Sherwood - 2.09385798 

Listen - 1.636464741 

Time Heist - 1.622483953

So by a small margin, Time Heist is actually the least divisive episode of the series to date, taking that achievement away from Listen. Robot of Sherwood continues to be the most divisive statistically.

Position within the Best of Matt Polls 

Time Heist's score of 7.823 puts it between The Bells of Saint John above [7.957], and Hide below [7.748], as per the Best of Matt Smith Polls.

Series averages 

So far series 8 has a non-weighted DWTV community average episode score of 8.1174. Compared with Series 5-7 (as per the Best of Matt Smith polls): 

Series 5: 8.02

Series 6: 7.73

Series 7: 7.56 (not including Day or Time; if you do, then this figures leaps to 7.74)

So, on this basis and at this current time, Series 8 is still beating the other Moffat series. 

Other notes

In Series 8, Time Heist has the lowest percentage of people given it a 1/10. However, it also has the lowest percentage of people given it a 10/10.

1 day, 2 hours ago on Your Verdict on Time Heist & Episode Ranking

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@TheCyberDoctor Wants to Kill the Moon @supermoff will kill the moon! I agree. Both episodes had fantastic premises and failed to live up to them, but Curse at least was fun in parts and, though nonsensical, it was at least entertaining. Journey on the other hand I was really looking forward to, so crippling disappointment at how poorly realised its premise was has tarnished it in my mind ever since. But Thompson has definitely made a great comeback here, I do hope he comes back :)

1 day, 2 hours ago on Your Verdict on Time Heist & Episode Ranking

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Including The Caretaker:

1: Listen 10/10 

2: Deep Breath 9.5/10 

3: Into the Dalek 9/10 

4: The Caretaker 9/10 

5: Time Heist 8.5/10 

6: Robot of Sherwood: 8.5/10


1 day, 2 hours ago on Your Verdict on Time Heist & Episode Ranking

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Great to see it did pretty good overall in the poll. It was a great episode, but, to be honest Listen > Deep Breath > Into the Dalek > Time Heist > Robot of Sherwood is exactly how I'd rank them atm anyway, but all are great entries in a series which continues to amaze with its consistency and level of quality. 




Also, naturally, Time Heist would trounce the Thompson competition, but it's also great to see Curse of the Black Spot had some support in this faceoff, albeit only 6%. Journey got a lot more votes than I thought it would though. 



1 day, 2 hours ago on Your Verdict on Time Heist & Episode Ranking

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@Amy says Peter Davison is the Thirteenth Doctor! Ooh now that you mention it that was one hell of an amazing team. XD 

1 day, 3 hours ago on Remembering the Ponds – 2 Years On

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@YaelMoise @supermoff will kill the moon! @MetamorphmagusWho likes Conventions @SonicTheHedgehogRules Yeah same, generally. I'd much prefer it if it hadn't gone to a full divorce, they went too quickly into that. They should have just gone to the point where they needed some time apart to contemplate their relationship and not rushed into the messy divorce subplot :/

1 day, 4 hours ago on Remembering the Ponds – 2 Years On

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@MetamorphmagusWho likes Conventions @SonicTheHedgehogRules I think it could have been handled a lot better, though I can just about accept it. 

1 day, 4 hours ago on Remembering the Ponds – 2 Years On

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@Beasts_a_Snarling A war could be cool to see, bringing back both designs simultaneously. You could have Vastra trying to be peacemaker and failing. 

1 day, 4 hours ago on Remembering the Ponds – 2 Years On

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@Ultimately Amazing Superior Notsosmartguy 2099 @supermoff will kill the moon! Human silurian utopia? The one promised in "Cold Blood"? If that's the one you're referring to, well that future is still in flux, so we'll have to see :D

1 day, 4 hours ago on Remembering the Ponds – 2 Years On

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@Ultimately Amazing Superior Notsosmartguy 2099 @supermoff will kill the moon! Sea devils should be the next step yeah. But ultimately, I feel the modern Silurians are great, and should be given another story dedicated to them, with perhaps Vastra thrown in for some drama :)

1 day, 4 hours ago on Remembering the Ponds – 2 Years On

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@Ultimately Amazing Superior Notsosmartguy 2099 @supermoff will kill the moon! I prefer it immensely to the 70's design, though the 80's design is still the best for me :) Though, in either retro case, I'd struggle to imagine Jenny falling in love with any of that XD

1 day, 4 hours ago on Remembering the Ponds – 2 Years On

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And I'd agree and say "The Hungry Earth" / "Cold Blood" is indeed criminally underrated. As is - more than anything else though imo - Let's Kill Hitler. And The Girl Who Waited to some extent, that seems to get a bit ignored :/


1 day, 4 hours ago on Remembering the Ponds – 2 Years On

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@Ultimately Amazing Superior Notsosmartguy 2099 @supermoff will kill the moon! @Antee991166 Might as well include Adam, he's a bottom benchmark :P Although, it was all for good reason, of course, to show how only the best get to travel with the Doctor :)

1 day, 4 hours ago on Remembering the Ponds – 2 Years On

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@YaelMoise @Antee991166 Great to see River love :)

1 day, 4 hours ago on Remembering the Ponds – 2 Years On

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@SonicTheHedgehogRules Well, for that last bit, each Doctor is different. Eleven, I think, was a Doctor with a much greater emotional attachment to his companions than most others incarnations, along with his hatred of endings. 

I believe both these things were born out of his regeneration (it's a commonly held head cannon that the circumstances of regeneration influence the personality of the subsequent incarnation, and Ten's isolation and "I don't want to go" mentality influenced Eleven significantly. Just a headcannon, but there's a lot of evidence for this regeneration influence). So yeah that, but it's open to interpretation. But mostly, Eleven was quite the attached Doctor. 



1 day, 5 hours ago on Remembering the Ponds – 2 Years On

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@MetamorphmagusWho likes Conventions @supermoff will kill the moon! @Antee991166 Same. I would have never chosen Clara over Amy/Rory until Series 8, as amazing as all these companions are. But series 8 made Clara soar above them both for me :)

1 day, 5 hours ago on Remembering the Ponds – 2 Years On

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@Antee991166 I'd go 

1: Clara 

2: Amy 

3: Donna 

4: River

5: Rory 

6: Jack

7: Martha 

8: Rose 

9: Adam

All great though...:D well all except Adam...

1 day, 5 hours ago on Remembering the Ponds – 2 Years On

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@Antee991166 I'd go for Clara, but indeed it'd be interesting to see a poll on the subject :)

1 day, 5 hours ago on Remembering the Ponds – 2 Years On

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Great article! Has it only been two years? Feels a lot longer than that, but that's a testament to how much the show changes I suppose. 

But, yes, the Ponds. After Clara, Amy and Rory must be my absolute favourites. Their story was heartbreaking, beautiful, genuine, and I loved how we saw it evolve (though, in a very Doctor Who way, not always in the right order) through Series 5, 6 and 7A (7A especially. I fully agree with Connor, 7A was a perfectly sculpted farewell for the Ponds and a pretty strong run of episodes to boot, and a final episode I'm still recovering from emotionally XD). 

This run of episodes, from "The Eleventh Hour" to "The Angels Take Manhattan" was a golden era of the revived era for me and, until Series 8, the best run of Doctor Who ever, and the Ponds greatly presided over it. So, a toast to this brilliant couple and their brilliant, golden era, and Connor sums it up perfectly with "The Ponds will forever be remembered as two of the greatest and most loved companions of all time". :)



1 day, 5 hours ago on Remembering the Ponds – 2 Years On

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It's a decent AI figure relative to the rest of the series, at least :/

1 day, 9 hours ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator

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My most anticipated episode of the rest of the series! :D Getting serious Waters of Mars and Impossible Planet vibes, which can only be a good thing :D

1 day, 9 hours ago on Next Time: Kill The Moon

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@GRANDMARSHALL What? Just what?!

2 days ago on Rate & Discuss The Caretaker

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@Scootersfood Indeed it must return. With a thousand other Scovoxes too :P 

2 days ago on 12 Great Moments From The Caretaker

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@MaraBackman Not just sci-fi but fantasy too. Someone pointed out a Lord of the Rings reference:

"An invisibility watch. Not even a ring..."

2 days ago on 12 Great Moments From The Caretaker

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 "One thing Clara. I'm a soldier. Guilty as charged. You see him? He's an officer."


"I am not an officer!"

"I'm the one who carries you out of the fire. He's the one who lights it."

"Out. Now!"

"Right away, sir? Straight now?"

"Yes!"

"Am I dismissed!"

"Yes you are!"

"That's him...Look at him right now. That's who he is." 

Along with Murray Gold's music, I had chills here :P

2 days, 1 hour ago on 12 Great Moments From The Caretaker

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