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I've said it before and I'll say it again, the ideal companions are: The Chuckle Brothers.

3 hours, 22 minutes ago on 4 Different Types of Companions Doctor Who Should Consider

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One of my favourite Tennant stories is the novel Prisoner of the Daleks.  The Doctor is flying solo at the time of the specials however an obvious replacement companion appears quite early on.  Yet the traditional companion is not used, instead the Doctor ends up working with an aged space captain and bounty hunter; he is nothing like the usual young, female companion and it works really well.

5 days, 9 hours ago on Clara, or a New Companion? The Results

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The show would still have female representation in every episode, given that at least a few of the guest stars would be female.  The only story I can remember which has no female representation is The Deadly Assassin, and its lack of females did not necessarily detract from the quality of the story.  Why should it matter that both the Doctor and his companion would be male?  We really should stop judging people based on their gender; a good companion, male or female, should be all we need.

5 days, 9 hours ago on Clara, or a New Companion? The Results

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I hope Capaldi stays for ever, even if this is just to avoid there ever being the chance of a female Doctor.  If I were the actor of the Doctor and saw comments like these from the showrunner I would keep on going in the role until I died.  I hate the idea of a female Doctor.  If gender really was quite 'fluid' on Gallifrey, then don't you think the Doctor would have been a woman by now?

1 week, 3 days ago on Moffat: Gender is Fluid on Gallifrey

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I was watching Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead earlier today and it is so much more rewarding knowing all of River's story whilst watching it.  It actually gives an emotional attachment to River, whereas on first broadcast I was rather indifferent over her death.  Also, you see the genius of Moffat, and how far he plans ahead.  We had references to the crash of the Byzantium, Mr Lux saying that they were like an old married couple and all the references to spoilers and handcufffs.  It's so much better six years on; I think I'd give it 10/10.

1 week, 6 days ago on Doctor Who: Fifty-One Favourites (Part 2)

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Ainley is still my Master.

1 week, 6 days ago on Your Favourite Master Revealed

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I went for a new companion, but if we get another young Earth female I think that I'd rather have Capaldi fly solo.

2 weeks ago on Clara, or a New Companion for Series 9?

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I'm not Clara's biggest fan, but what I really want is a new companion for Capaldi.  We don't need any more time to develop Clara.  It was amazing how RTD managed to develop fully a companion over just the course of one series. 

2 weeks, 3 days ago on 5 Reasons Why Clara Should Stay for Series 9

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What is the reasoning behind the change to twice monthly rather than weekly?

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Weird and Wonderful

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I'm assuming that they will either make Santa real or leave it ambiguous.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Frost on “Gangster” Santa, Last Christmas Monsters

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Genesis and the Daleks is a particular favourite for me, as are The Keeper of Traken, Logopolis and Castrovalva.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Doctor Who: Fifty-One Favourites (Part 1)

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"Ta-tardis" Bad puns and colloquial language do not belong in newspapers of any good quality, and thus why we ought to take everything the Mirror says lightly.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Rumour: Christmas Won’t Be Jenna Coleman’s Last

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I voted Delgado, however for me this was the choice between two Masters I don't like as much.  Ainley was the best in my mind.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Face-Off: The Masters (Final)

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I suppose Martha could be Osgood's replacement, and we could add in Mickey for good measure.  There are only a few companions of the modern era whom can realistically be brought back: Adam, Captain Jack, Mickey, Martha, Wilfred, Lady Christina de Souza and Craig.  Notice how most of these are what we would term 'secondary' companions.  Classic companion returns offer more hope for me; I would love to see Ian, Steven Taylor, Jamie, Jo Grant, Sergeant Benton and Captain Yates, K9, Tegan, Nyssa, Turlough, Peri, Mel, Ace and Grace Holloway again.  I wonder what they are all up to now; there are so many possibilities.  It worked for Sarah Jane.

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Tate: Donna Return Unlikely

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I like Seasons 12 and 18, the two opposite ends of Tom Baker's tenure.

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Writers to Bring Back for Series 9 & Beyond

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The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang just doesn't inspire me.  I like the episodes, but to me they don't stand out.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on New Who Finale Face-Off: Your Top 8

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It's nice to see some female writing talent returning to Doctor Who.  I personally really enjoyed the last female contribution The Sontaran Strategem/The Poison Sky.  It wasn't timey-wimey or too complex but was just a classic UNIT invasion story which did the Sontarans justice.

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Torchwood’s Catherine Tregenna Penning Series 9 Story

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Ecclestone does not have a special place in my heart.  I usually rank him quite lowly.  However, it was he whom I first watched back in 2005 and I was hooked on the show from that point on.  That being said, my favourite Doctor is Tom Baker, though I also like Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and David Tennant.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on From 1-12: Who is YOUR Doctor?

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She is still young, attractive and female.  It would be a step in the right direction but what we really need is a male companion or someone more unusual.  The Chuckle Brothers, for example.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Jenny: A Future Companion

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I must be right!  Well, of course I'm better than you. I'm elite.  (As I made clear in Full Circle).

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Face-Off: The Masters (Classic Era)

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I was just watching The Keeper of Traken an hour or so ago, and I have to say that Beevers was brilliant as the Master, though not as good as Ainley.  Beever's work on The Light at the End was excellent also.  You really sense the evil and malevolence in his voice, something I find is lacking from Gomez.

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Face-Off: The Masters (Classic Era)

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Beevers, Roberts, Jacobi, Simm and Gomez are still alive.  Beevers would be easy to bring back as they did it for audio stories; Roberts would require more of an explanation; I can't see a way of bringing Jacobi back; Simm would have to be explained in some way, perhaps another resurrection or a story taking place after his escape from Gallifrey but before the regeneration into Gomez; we could even do the regeneration story.  Gomez would be easy to bring back.

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Face-Off: The Masters (Classic Era)

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Even if the Doctor changed gender, which I would vehemently oppose, I would probably still watch the show.  I wouldn't like it as much and I would tend to dislike the Doctor in all likeliness.  I can just about deal with a female Master, but a male Doctor?  No way.

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Unpopular Opinion: Missy the Master

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"It’s almost like the society of modern day had the biggest influence on the show, rather than letting it be what it is. Sure change is fine to keep it updated for this modern age, but there has to be a point where a line is drawn and I think the changing of character’s gender should be that line. Would you have a female James Bond or Harry Potter? Or on the reverse side, would you go as far as turning heroines like Lara Croft or Ellen Ripley into a man? It is a simple concept of formula and some formulas you just don’t mess with. There is no need to change iconic character’s genders if it just doesn’t add anything. If anything it just turns the character into joke formulated by a modern ideal. That is what fan-fiction was invented for."

Exactly my view.  We really need to stop changing things for the sake of it.  There is nothing sexist about the Master remaining male or the Doctor for that matter.  In fact, we should be celebrating the fact that the Doctor is a man as much as we celebrate Lara Croft or Katniss Everdeen being women.  There is nothing wrong with a formula which has worked well for fifty years.

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Unpopular Opinion: Missy the Master

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Also, DWTV, we didn't have the option to vote for William Hughes as the young Master from Series 3 in the New Who poll.  The evil in his eyes in that scene may have deserved a few votes.

4 weeks ago on Face-Off: The Masters (Classic Era)

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Some excellent Ainley Master quotes:

The Master: Peoples of the Universe, please attend carefully. The message that follows is vital to the future of you all. The choice for you all is simple; a continued existence under my guidance or total annihilation.

Killing you once was never enough for me, Doctor. How...how gratifying to do it three times over.

Won't you show mercy to your own ... ?[Disappearing] Aaaah ! AAAAahh ! Aaaah !

You are indeed a worthy opponent, Doctor. It's what gives your destruction its... piquancy.

And of course that evil, malevolent laugh!

4 weeks ago on Face-Off: The Masters (Classic Era)

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Nyssa : You killed my father.

The Master: But his body remains useful.

4 weeks ago on Face-Off: The Masters (Classic Era)

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Exactly.  That's the Master too, and a fair number of people have argued that the CGI snake out acted Roberts.  Tipple and the snake are the Master as much as Ainley or Delgado.   

4 weeks ago on Face-Off: The Masters (Classic Era)

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Ainley.  He is my Master.  He was the first classic Master I watched and the one whom I have seen the most of.

4 weeks ago on Face-Off: The Masters (Classic Era)

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Therefore, ought we have an 'others' poll?  Tipple was credited as the Master and thus is the Master, so I would have enjoyed the option to vote for him.

4 weeks ago on Face-Off: The Masters (Classic Era)

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That's not the point though.  I would have liked the choice.

4 weeks ago on Face-Off: The Masters (Classic Era)

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Doctor Who TV, where is Gordon Tipple? If you include Eric Roberts, you ought to include him; he did play the Master at the start of the TV movie. What if he was my favourite classic Master?

4 weeks ago on Face-Off: The Masters (Classic Era)

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Ainley is by far the best Master.  He combines evil with charm, giving a brilliant pantomime flavour to the role.  He's never too mad, like Simm and Gomez have been, in my opinion.  Moreover, Ainley is superior to Delgado in my mind.  I like Ainley's stories more and the fact that he fought multiple Doctors, with such great stories as Logopolis, Castrovalva, The Trial of a Time Lord and Survival.  I simply really like him, yet it seems as inevitable that Delgado will win as UKIP is likely to win the Rochester and Strood by-election.

4 weeks ago on Face-Off: The Masters (Classic Era)

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Series 3 should not be so highly rated, in my opinion.  Perhaps a larger sample size would have helped?  Anyway, we'll see how Doctor Who TV votes.  I personally liked the Series 7 finale; however, this was mainly due to the appearances of past Doctors.  It was wonderful to see that coat of many colours again.

4 weeks, 1 day ago on New Who Finales in Perspective: Series 7

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He's a Time Lord.  The sleigh must be his TARDIS.  That would make sense.

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Christmas Special: Santa is Real, Not Evil

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I knew that they would have to make Santa real.  I suppose it's in the spirit of Christmas, but I would have preferred that they left him out of it completely.  I would prefer to see the Doctor journey to Bethlehem on around the year 0 and witness the birth of Christ.  But of course, that would insert Christianity into the Whoniverse canon, and I can't see many people agreeing with that!  What I'm trying to say is that I find the nativity far more Christmassy, so to speak, than Santa and his elves.

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Christmas Special: Santa is Real, Not Evil

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A series 9 appearance seems possible, but not as a cameo, as a star of an episode.  The Caretaker did not feature him as Roberts didn't feel that it would have done Ian justice.

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Happy Birthday, William Russell

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Capaldi would also probably have to outstay Moffat.  Baker managed to outstay a fair number of producers.

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Capaldi Doesn’t Plan to Regenerate “For a While”

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Tom Baker's reign continued to reinvent itself over its seven years which is what makes it so successful.  It still had remnants of the Pertwee era in Seasons 12 and 13, but then progressed into becoming more gothic and horror centred.  We also had Season 16 with its Key to Time arc, a novel idea, and the beginnings of the 80s style Doctor Who in his final season with the takeover of John Nathan Turner.  Baker also had such a multitude of companions to keep the viewers interested.  There was Sarah and Harry in the beginning, the savage Leela, K-9 the lovable robot dog, Romana, a Time Lady (we were treated to two incarnations) and of course Adric, Nyssa and Tegan at the very end.  These changing factors allowed the lead actor to remain constant, though it helped that Baker was so brilliant for the role.  He's my favourite and many other's.  To many, he is the eponymous Doctor.  To what extent this is due to his long era it is unclear, yet it certainly helped.  If Capaldi were to remain at large for seven or more years, then the show would have to develop around him to keep the viewers interested. 

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Capaldi Doesn’t Plan to Regenerate “For a While”

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Personally I think that Mummy on the Orient Express was better than Flatline.  Anywho, has anyone else heard how the Lego Doctor Who sets have been defeated in favour of Big Bang Theory ones?

1 month ago on Doctor Who TV Readers’ Final Series 8 Episode Ranking

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I don't mind the Daleks turning up every year but I want to see them kill people.  Lots of people.  Generic death scenes and all that.  On another note, I was watching The Keeper of Traken on the Horror channel this morning and they pronounced it very badly.  They called it "The Keeper of the Traken", adding "the" and pronouncing "Traken" like Kraken!

1 month ago on Moffat: Daleks Are Not A Contractual Obligation

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He's not much younger than Capaldi.  McGann certainly looks good at 55.

1 month ago on Happy Birthday, Paul McGann

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I know who I'll be voting in the next round: Anthony Ainley.

1 month ago on Face-Off: New Who Masters

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Jacobi.  Easy decision, as he was, for me, the one of the three whom best suited the role and was most like the core character of the Master.  Had he had all of the Series 3 finale, he would have been fantastic.  Maybe even better than Anthony Ainley.

1 month ago on Face-Off: New Who Masters

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Series 8 has been full of guest appearances by comedians.  Frank Skinner almost became a companion.  Therefore I am hopeful that Moffat will continue this trend and come to his senses by making the Chuckle Brothers the companions for Series 9.  Dalek invasion: Oh dear oh dear oh dear oh dear oh dear...

1 month ago on Moffat Mulls Future Companion Not Being Another Earth Girl

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Something like either of them, though a new take on the robotic companion type.

1 month ago on Moffat Mulls Future Companion Not Being Another Earth Girl

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I think we know the Doctor well enough to be able to relate to him instead of the companion.  Modern viewers are intelligent; I think even the casual viewer could relate with or accept an alien companion.

1 month ago on Moffat Mulls Future Companion Not Being Another Earth Girl

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12 Suggestions (No.12 is my favourite):

1. A male primary companion

2. An older companion

3. A companion from either the future or the past

4. An alien companion

5. A robotic companion

6. More than two companions

7. A Christian companion

8. A Time Lord companion

9. No companion

10. A child companion

11. An evil companion

12. The Chuckle Brothers

1 month ago on Moffat Mulls Future Companion Not Being Another Earth Girl

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"Also, why have there been multiple mentions of Nicholas Courtney’s character, but no in-story tribute to the character played by Elisabeth Sladen?"

Because Sarah Jane is not dead!  Her character has not been killed off.  It would be pointless to kill her off when you see how happy she was in SJA.

1 month, 1 week ago on Death in Heaven Review (Part 2): Questions, Questions

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7/10.  Too many great moments to reduce the score any further.  Really, Clara ought to have died, not Osgood; the Cybermen were wasted, as was Seb and elements of the plot do not hold together.  There was too much of Danny and Clara; I would have liked more on the Cybermen.  Missy was entertaining, UNIT were on form and Capaldi was fantastic.  I definitely prefer him to Matt Smith and Christopher Eccleston now.  He's currently up there with Tom Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Colin Baker and David Tennant as a favourite Doctor of mine.  (I change my mind too much to give a top five list, though Tom Baker usually remains at the top).  Capaldi could soon become my favourite.  I also enjoyed the themes of lying and deceit in this episode and the resolution to the 'good man' arc.  Moreover, the Doctor's anger at Gallifrey and the few scenes Seb had were excellent.  Perhaps my biggest issue with the episode was the lack of information on how the Master escaped Gallifrey and Rassilon and regenerated. 

1 month, 1 week ago on Rate & Discuss Death in Heaven

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