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@Wonky Apples i find it very hard to believe that either the doctor or the ideology of the show would take a pro-life stance on abortion. this episode arguably did, but i dont think that can be translated to the whole show. im hoping a pro-choice episode will appear in series 9 because lets be honest, pro-life is a bit conservative for a show by a nationalized corporation that should really be politically neutral. i for one was somewhat disgusted by the abortion parallels. though i agree that good drama should say something about the world, i dislike outright propaganda which is what i felt this was.
8 hours, 5 minutes ago on Why I Love Kill the Moon
i love most of this story, though the spiders deserved their own episode really. thing is, I cannot stand Courtney and the thought of watching the character in the episode makes me not want to watch it, so i dont rate it that highly.
8 hours, 9 minutes ago on Why I Love Kill the Moon
that does sound amazing but im going to hate the week in between 2 parters so much tension
8 hours, 29 minutes ago on Moffat Explains Series 9 Two-Parter Increase
@AlessandroArsuffi @gunslinger19 i completely agree. when Smith showed his dark side like when he almost shot jex, i was wowed. when capaldi shows that he does care about others like when he takes maisie's grief to beat the mummy, i was also wowed. i agree that we need character progression as well. however, iv just never felt that the doctor was dark. his bluntness and rudeness was just a way of saving lives. and there is nothing rude about saving lives. this, if anything shows how unwilling he is to watch others die and shows that he is perhaps the lightest doctor of all time. this is why i think his progression needs to go darker as opposed to lighter.
1 day, 2 hours ago on DWM #484: What Next for the 12th Doctor?
@AlessandroArsuffi @gunslinger19 i know that its all opinions, and that 12 is not universally popular, but if anything i never felt he was dark enough. iv always considered Smith to be much darker than Capaldi. but I assumed that 12 would gradually progress to become darker and then possibly redeem himself in his last story. weve had many goofy, funny doctors. but this is the gallifrey finder. the universe needs him to concentrate. in any case, i thought the bit where he punches the tardis in death in heaven marked the beginning of a darker progression. last xmas i assumed was just happy cos xmas and now we would see a truly dark incarnation.
1 day, 3 hours ago on DWM #484: What Next for the 12th Doctor?
WHAT?? but Capaldi was borderline perfect! just when the show looks like it could make some real progression in the right direction...
@SirTrey @gunslinger19 i said i would prefer Amy, not that i would have enjoyed it. its true that a little imagination does largely compensate for the pre unearthly child doctors, but name actually shows the doctor stealing the tardis in a manner which i found to be extremely underwhelming. that scene was a hugely consequential and improtant part of the shows mythos. i also always assumed that the doctor initially ran away as a very young man probably in his early twenties. the old man stealing the TARDIS does not conform to this theory (im aware that susan says they had lived on earth for only six months but i didnt think that they escaped Gallifrey simultaneously). the listen depiction showed the doctor as someone who didnt want to be in the army which contradicts my view of the character's early life and suggests that his parents were either distant or possibly even not present. that, in my opinion, is too much. also, we see that the young doctor was crying. that doesnt say a lot, but it does suggest that he wasnt a strong willed child and while its interesting that the doctor is afraid, i may well like the idea that the doctor was raised comfortably and grew up happily until seeing the untempered schism.
and while Clara isnt at her worst in this story, i do find it hard to engage for such long date scenes as i dont care about the characters AT ALL.
still, as i said the episode was beautiful and i totally understand why people love it. about half the episode absilutely would score 10/10 from me. the lther half score zero, but i still love a lot of it.
2 days, 2 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2014 Part 2
i have such a love/hate relationship with listen. there are things that i love more than anything else in the show, and things that sicken me to my very core.
for example, the bit in the orphanage with the blanket creature is brilliant and probably the most the show has ever scared me. i find the idea of a creature that exists to hide absolutely terrifying. and if you find it, will it kill you? the ambiguity is absolutely brilliant. is it real? i would say yes, but i understand why others would disagree. this is doctor who at its best as it had me and the other fans thinking about this wonderful creature for weeks afterwards. it still makes me think now.
the end of the universe is fantastic. the imagery of the last man standing is epic in its own right, and the hiders coming to find him is brilliant. that poem sends shivers down my spine.
on the other hand, the date scene almost sends me to sleep. to be honest, i really dislike Clara and im somewhat ambivalent about Danny so its clear to see why i dont like it. but to let the scene return 3 times in the episode was a mistake imo.
but the thing that i hate most about listen is the gallifrey scene. every time that we go back before unearthly child, the magic of the doctor is undermined slightly more. i do think that the showrunner is in charge of the show and can change the canon, but name of the doctor and listen (especially listen) do so much damage to the character for me. i have my own theory about who the doctor is. and the backstory we get undermines these theories.
i would mention that i would have preferred this if it had been Amy who spoke to the young doctor because there's something beautiful in them both appearing to each other as children and the parallels of the imaginary friend would be great. but Clara's speech just makes me want to die inside. i really really dislike Clara.
so i gave it a 5/10 which is a shame because i feel that if the different elements of the story had been given their own stories, we could have had multiple 10/10s. unfortunately, it takes a lot of will for me to watch this episode because ive pretty much deleted the bulk of it from my own personal canon.
@Blanchard @supermoff, defender of Hide nahhh the masters nowhere near evil enough to join UKIP.
6 days, 23 hours ago on The Ultimate ‘Ism’: Doctor Who and Ideology
brilliant article. to decipher the ideology of the entire show would be an almost impossible task because it is all so open to interpretation. its true that the doctor tries to champion love, stability and freedom and on a basic level he seems to believe in those concepts. but the doctor's actions dont always result in these things and you are right, the doctor is very flexible. furthermore, im not sure if the ideology of the doctor translates to the ideology of the show. this is wonderful though, as it means that dr who can mean whatever you want it to. also i really dont think the daleks can be evil if you are excluding the cybermen from being evil just because they are deluded. the lens through which we view the daleks is obviously tinted in favour of the doctor. and ofcourse, the daleks are creatures which current Western society is hardwired to dislike (for good reason). but the daleks are controlled from birth by Davros' original programming. also, they are stuck inside their shells all their lives. no wonder they are so scared of everything they have never come into contact with it. the daleks are similar to humans because it is their fear that generates their savagery.
the great thing is that its all so subjective when choosing a doctor. ten and four are the most popular, which is fine. personally, they wouldn't make it into my top six. of course, that doesn't mean i don't like them. far from it. and its amazing that one show can divide opinion so much!
1 week ago on The Doctor Division
she is a brilliant actress (i loved her in fresh meat and white queen), but the character imo was badly introduced. the dancing thing felt really forced to me like it was trying to be fun and edgy just for the sake of it. and i dont think that she as a character would be especially lonely and this aspect seemed designed purely to create pathos and therefore i dont find it very interesting. overall, i also think she is approaching the realms of too young (in character not actor age). saying this, i would prefer her to Clara infinitely.
1 week, 1 day ago on Why Shona McCullough Should Return
5- most disappointing episode ever for me. it wasnt that it was terrible, just that there was so much potential and once they enter the asylum i find very little to like. still, the conversation with the dalek parliament was brilliant and i do feel like i understand the doctor/daleks relationship much better now.
10- absolutely loved the character of Solomon made the episode for me. his conversation with the doctor was just fantastic. even the annoying robots couldnt downrank the episode.
10- favorite episode ever!!!
1 week, 2 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2012 Part 1
@Notsosmartguy @gunslinger19 ooh that would be interesting, but then i wouldnt blame her personally for that. to be honest, anything could happen either way its all a stab in the dark. saying that, with the information she had, i cant see any moral justification for not blowing up the moon.
1 week, 2 days ago on Doctor Who’s Impossible Choices and the Trolley Problem
thing is, ive never found most of the dillemas in doctor who to be very difficult. particularly, pompeii. Pompeii or the earth? if the earth gets destroyed, pompeii will also be destroyed. wheres the dilemma? i also tend to disagree with the choices of the protaginists. i would have blown up the moon, i would have destroyed gallifrey(though i suppose the doctor would have if the moment hadnt intervened). parting of the ways is easy because the daleks are going to kill/enslave humanity anyway. id even say that i judge the doctor and his companions when they make a choice i would disagree with. i really want to see more dilemmas in the show which are actually hard. eg should the doctor ressurect Gallifrey, should the doctor kill the master, should he destroy the daleks completely? i would also like some solution to not always pop up at the end and negate the whole choice. imagine seeing Clara having to live with the moon dragon coming to earth and causing mass destruction. after making a choice like she did, id say its what she deserves in a poetic sense.
@Scootersfood can't wait for Series 9... @gunslinger19 @supermoff why?
1 week, 5 days ago on Series 9 Filming: Bah Bah Biker
@Reeze, agent of C.L.A.R.A. @supermoff @gunslinger19 i cant remember which one she is (im assuming itfotn) but i found both of the girls in that episode distinctly unlikeable. the ginger one felt extremely forced in all her lines imo, constantly saying things that are somehow both insulting to the interests of children and too intelligent for anyone to plausibly be. the other girl was better, but still seemed forced to me. saying this, the fact that she wasnt as earthly as the others does make her lines somewhat less cringeworthy, even if the scene where she sends the message made me cringe myself to death.
@supermoff @gunslinger19 there are exceptions, but thinking about it they tend to be kids like Merry or Kazran who are off world and naturally different. even Rupert was from a different time and set apart from general society. its the 21st century kids which annoy me so much because i find them so cringeworthy to watch. i feel like im watching writers trying to prove that they can be down with the kids and failing completely. ofcourse, i am willing to be proved wrong, but if Courtney and ITFOTN are anything to go by, im worried.
1 week, 6 days ago on Series 9 Filming: Bah Bah Biker
really dont like the fact that coal hill kids are in it again. even a minor role in the episode from these ones could suggest we will be getting more kids. and if series 8 is anything to go by, this could well ruin my enjoyment of whole episodes.
@TheNightmareChild is... Peeves i agree that the doctor's actions were immoral, but do you not think that the doctor is often an extremely immoral character? basically everything he does is an abuse of his abilities as a time traveller, and thats what makes his character so wonderful.
1 week, 6 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2010 Part 3
I wonder to what extent the doctor is responsible for the master. as you said, the events of last of the time lords show that the Master's plan was personal to his struggle to degrade the doctor. but what if the doctor wasnt there? what would the master be without the doctor? i would conjecture that he would be a great leader without his ultimate enemy (and best friend). he wouldnt need to prove the doctor wrong. he could take as much power as he can and use it as a force for good. i have never understood the master to be an agent of chaos. the master, imo, is an agent of order and control. the doctor, if anyone, is the agent of chaos. dropping in and bestowing godlike powers on civilizations briefly, than flying away and never looking back. the damage this must do to societies is perhaps incalculable.
1 week, 6 days ago on The Doctor and the Master: Enemies Or Friends?
Amy's choice is one of my favorite episodes ever, a definite 10! i know that the nature of the story kind of restricts this, but a dream lord return would be wonderful.
2 weeks ago on Rank the Revival: 2010 Part 2
great news, iv always wanted the Master to act as a recurring villain who doesnt always get killed off at the end and this looks likely now in series 9! i hope we see a slightly less crazy Missy though.
2 weeks ago on Missy Back in Two-Part Series 9 Opener
i actually really like most of Victory. except i really dislike the Bracewell power of love ending. i also feel like time of angels was far superior to flesh and stone. we should never have seen the angels move and and the use of the crack to defeat the angels, while cool, always felt a little off to me. i think the conclusion should have been more self contained. i gave 11th hour a 10, but im starting to regret this as even though it is really good, i think its a little overrated. beast below i gave a 5, dont think much of it at all, Amy's sudden epiphany concerning the star whale was vile and makes pretty much no sense imo.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Rank the Revival: 2010 Part 1
@GingerCrawford i agree that telling over showing is a massive problem for Moffatt, but he can show in some cases. for example, the doctor's longing to find Gallifrey was hardly touched upon throughout series 8, but all that pain was shown when he punches the TARDIS at the end. however, Clara's characterization i would agree is a massive telling the audience how to feel and think fest eg control freak. saying this, i dont think that RTD was exempt from this either.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on The Divide in New Who: One Era to Another
PLEASE???!!!! Miracle day cannot be the end! i loved it ofc but it was hardly a conclusion. and Jack needs to return in who as well. i cannot express how much i want this within the confines of the english language.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Eve Myles Hopeful for Torchwood Series 5
@supermoff @gunslinger19 @Notsosmartguy taking charge and control freakery are different things. Rose too charge in satan pit when she told everyone what to do, but it wasnt control freakery. and im not saying that Clara is not a control freak, merely that this characterisation felt forced to me. while there may be brief happy expressions in crimson horror, i have always felt that the primary points of evidence for control freakey have been extremely unsubtle and not very nuanced. while this is all opinion, the evidence is there.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Say Something Nice: Internet Fandom
@supermoff @gunslinger19 iv looked very hard. iv been vocal in my dislike for Clara and one time, i found a link to a sight that gave an incredibly beautiful interpretation to Clara's character which hinged on Clara creating stories for her life eg she couldn't except Danny's death because it was normal and boring. while i think this defense is valid because it was backed up by evidence, i still find that writers tend to state this in the script instead of showing this through actions of characters which annoys me personally. normally, when i say i dont like Clara, the response i get is "she saved the doctors life a more than anyone else the doctor would be dead if it wasn't for her." this is a plot point not a defense of her character.
@Notsosmartguy @gunslinger19 when you have to actually say "control freak (time of the doctor) or have a scene pretty much devoted to control freakery (deep breath final sanction scene) i think its a pretty forced characteristic.
just saying, i think that people who dislike Clara are not disproportionate at all. while i dislike the culture of "all y friends think" or the "bloke down the pub said", so many of my friends who are regular viewers dislike Clara. also, iv only ever been given one valid (by valid i mean reliant on evidence) defense of her character, and that relied very heavily on forced characterization and development, so i personally think that Clara as a character is extremely flawed and deserving of any attacks. I'm somewhat indifferent in Jenna's performance, but i really dislike the characterization.
@the666thdoctor it may be popular but its still probably my least favorite couple ever and whatever your opinion. there are very serious arguments for leaving it out. its all opinion after all
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Top 10 Whoniverse Couples
iv always liked the idea that companions meet the doctor in the wrong order. if Martha had met 9 in 2005, she could have healed his psychological time war scarring, fallen in love with 10 who would have reciprocated and i think theyre breakup in doomsday wouldve ended better because they would have had a romantic life and not wasted their time and Martha would have been able to move on in the parallel world unlike Rose because shes more independent. Donna could have followed in series 3 and they would have been friends and he would have gotten over Martha's loss. she would have then been able to stay around for longer than she did and if Rose had come in in series 4, then although it seems unlikely that her and the doctor would have fallen in love, a more adjusted 10 could probably have helped her to stop getting bored by her existence and she could have loved Mickey and her mother.
in the Moffat era this is less obvious, but if Amy and Rory had followed Clara then eleven could have had fallen in love with Clara, spent his time with her, probably have gotten bored with her once he had solved her mystery and she would have found Danny. Amy and Rory seem much better suited to deal with 12 because they could draw strength from each other and, being parental figures to the doctor, could have helped mature him.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on What if… Doctors Were Paired With Different Companions?
gave all these a 5. i dont hate any of them. partners is quite fun but it always leaves me feeling a little unsatisfied. also, Rose's return provoked a feeling of sad dread at the rest of the series. why was she ever brought back?? fires is okayish but i never really bought into the whole emotional dilemna. Pompeii or the world? hmmm. let me think....well pompeii is in the world which makes the choice about as hard as which ice cream flavour? (always chocolate obvs) planet is okay but i felt like the whole slavery thing could have been played more, and the ood song never felt that sad to me so donnas reaction seemed a little otp. also the giant brain was wierd and the ood transformation was, while understandable, sort of ccliched, unnecessary and it seemed like it was trying and failing to be deep. the sontaran one is also quite good i guess and there is an awesome moment when UNIT takes control back. but i didnt feel that the story had any value as drama really was just a straight forward plot. luke rattigan was sort of interesting i suppose and i did like Mace proving the doctor wring repeatedly. overall, i didnt feel like the sontarans were bought back very effectively and the martha subplot was unnecessary and boring. so not my favorite run of episodes. still the series should improve from here on in(except journeys end which i passionately hate).
3 weeks ago on Rank the Revival: 2008 Part 1
thing is, what you seem to have highlighted are humorous moments as opposed to childish moments. i love the adams family bit and the doctor flying bit and the spoon fight as well. they are all hilarious and epic simultaneously. what i dislike is the moments that take childishness too far. im talking about burping bins and farting aliens. im talking about angie and artie and courtney who i almost felt were insulting characters to me as a teenager. when you make kids that appear to be silly and immature suddenly become unnaturally clever (angie, in the forest of the night kids) it is childish. and that ruins whole episodes for me. when i was a child, i didnt watch the show for the childish moments. ofcourse, i enjoyed these moments, but i also loved the adult moments just as much. the childish moments are unnecessary and dont add to the show, even for children imo.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Why Series 8 Needed Child-Friendly Episodes & Moments
in some ways i wanted to rate l and M higher as it is underrated and while it had a lot of negative aspects, i wish they tried more things like this in the show. also, has a quote from my favorite book, "salvation and damnation are the same thing."
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2006 Part 3
generally, i dont think companions should return because it undermines the tragedy of the doctor that he must move on from the people he loved. while im happy for them to return like Martha did in subsequent series, i dont think they should return after they have been gone for a long time. the exceptions to this are Jack, Romana and Susan.
Jack should return because hes immortal so it makes sense that the doctor can always return and because he was never really a proper companion for very long and i dont think that the Doctor will get a lot of nostalgic happiness from seeing Jack anyway. not to say he wouldnt be happy to see him, but they were never as close as say the doctor and donna or the doctor and clara as shown by his abandoning him in parting of the ways. also, Jack is such a great character since children of earth that it would be cruel not to have him further developed.
Romana should return because she can regenerate and can be suitably different. and the 'curse of the timelord' the doctor spoke of in school reunion doesnt apply to other time lords for obvious reasons.
Susan should return because she represents the most unexplored storyline. i am aware she has returned in audio,but i think a tv return should occur, perhaps at some anniversary. the doctor will have much to say to his grand daughter i would imagine.
saying this, im happy with other companions to return, just s long as they dont meet the doctor in person.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on 10 Classic Companions Who Deserve A Return
@ Notsosmartguy @gunslinger19 i quite like her for the first 2/3 of series 1 and shes ok for some episodes in series 2. just the whole taking charge/trying to be doctorlike thing really annoyed me in satan pit. and that Tescos joke was NOT funny.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Rank the Revival: 2006 Part 2
5, 5, 4, 10, 10. impossible planet/satan pit was absolutely fantastic and despite the fact that it works well independently, i really want a beast return. i think we could get a whole multi series arc out of the doctor fighting the devil. saying this, Rose annoys me and her presence especially in the second half puts me off from watching a lot. i often wish that the story had found its way into series 3. the others dont do a lot for me and i never found them to be valuable drama.
4, 4, 4, 10. with the exception of girl in the fireplace, these episodes are nothing special. i never thought much of sarah jane (SORRY!) and i dont think companions should ever return so far after the end of their time because i think it diminishes the loneliness of the doctor. and the story was okay at best imo. the other two are just meh for me. nothing special or interesting, but somewhat tense at points. the new earth episodes i think work much better given the context of the other episodes.
4 weeks ago on Rank the Revival: 2006 Part 1
wait, so will this show the build up to the on screen regeneration? its not like a new one right?
4 weeks, 1 day ago on The Sixth Doctor: The Last Adventure
10, 10, 9, 5. boom town is fantastic and is one of the few eps in my opinion in series 1 to really explore the doctor and question the quality of his character. obviously, Dalek is another. the Ecclestone finale is also brilliant but it is in this story that Rose became absolutely intolerable for me. i quite like her before. i like some aspects of xmas, especially harriet jones and and the doctor's tea-based entrance followed by sword fight. but the story seems very slow to me and the acting seems a little off. but thats just me.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Rank the Revival: 2005 Part 3
10, 9,9, 10, 10/ i think long game is really underrated. its the only episode since the rival that really ventured into dystopian fiction with the possible exception of Utopia and it has simon pegg. ofcourse, the mighty Jagrofess is a horrible villain, but the rest of the episode is suitably tense and interesting and makes up for this. Dalek is also brilliant, definitely a modern classic.
1 month ago on Rank the Revival: 2005 Part 2
interesting article, the great thing about the character is that every fan will have a different opinion on what makes the doctor the doctor. personally, i think the doctor is a character who tries to be good, but its debatable whether or not he has done more good than bad in his life. the decisions he makes are very open to interpretation eg moon egg, saving Gallifrey, destroying Gallifrey. i think there is probably a concensus among the fandom that the doctor is a good character. i would dispute this, but thats what makes the show so wonderful. i think that the doctor likes to think of himself as an idea. he has strong ideologies which he does his best to stick to as well as he can. he fights for freedom against tyranny and puts his own life in danger to save others. i think he probably struggles to accept that he is also a personality which is fallable and makes mistakes.
1 month ago on Is the Doctor a Person, Or An Idea?
4, 4, 10, 5, 5.i was being harsh but with the exception of unquiet, none of those episodes do anything for me. they just dont seem like they are especially valuable as drama. also, i decided to give Rose no advantage on the basis that it was an effective introduction. furthermore, i am totally against farting aliens. unquiet dead is hands down my favorite Gatiss script and is desperately underrated. i didnt realise my love for it until i watched it about a year ago but it really is fantastic and Dickens really was portrayed wonderfully. the Gelth are also decent villains and the scene in the dungeon kills me, "i pushed boxes at the boston tea party and now im gonna die in a dungeon...in Cardiff!
1 month ago on Rank the Revival: 2005 Part 1
I agree with all of these criticisms, and they do prevent the show from being so much better than it currently is. however, the good he has done for the show outweighs these imo. while he does destroy perfectly good episodes by infecting them with children, the show has never been darker. i also think it is a mistake to label fairytales as lighthearted and childish. the fairytale aspect has led the show into adult and dark territory eg the doctor's indoctrination of young Amelia or the doctors death at silencio. i think the fandom has become bored by Moffat's provocative nature though, and while political correctness is a positive thing, female doctor/master is a step too far and shouldnt have happened and shouldnt happen. i would still watch, but i doubt highly i could enjoy the show nearly as much.
1 month ago on Steven Moffat: The Good, The Bad and the Timey Wimey
@The Cosmic Dodo i agree it would make a superior regeneration, but in terms of progression, surely ten starts out with his head held high and get slowly beaten down by the universe until he has nothing left. just my opinion ofc :)
1 month ago on Top 12 Best Written Russell T Davies Characters
@The Cosmic Dodo im not a big fan of ten's regeneration, but how would him taking his regen like a champion have shown progression? if anything it seems like a steo back to series 2 for the character.
excluding doctors, i think my favorite RTD character would undoubtedly be Mickey. look at him in Rose and look at him in doomsday. he proves stringer than Rose, despite the fact that Rose initially appeared to be far more capable and brave. i feel constantly sorry for Mickey and the way he was treated, but atleast he wins in then end with Martha.
interesting, i imagine that the doctor would be a revolutionary as he wouldnt just accept Gallifreyan politics. it is possible that his thirst for adventure only manifested after he had adventured by necessity due to the TARDIS so it seems plausible that he could have settled down and lived a normal gallifreyan life. Given that he has a family through Susan and her parents, he would have had roots to keep him grounded. overall, i disagree with your statement that the doctor would be less happy without the TARDIS. the TARDIS is, imo, the ultimate tragedy of the doctor. without it, he could be truly happy and find peace in himself. instead, he is dragged through his own personal Hell, endlessly repeating the same mistakes and losing everything that he loves, but unable to stop because despite everything he is addicted. i would love for the show to explore this idea at some point.
1 month ago on Who and What Would the Doctor be without the TARDIS?
@GalaxyEyes while a strong female would once have been a subversion of the stereotype, women in media are normally portrayed as strong these days. arguably, the presentation of women on tv is too strong as it seems to suggest that women have to be able to outbanter and surprise men at every point which makes women who dont want to conform to this become underrepresented by media. furthermore, your suggestion of making the doctor a "strong female" would completely change the character as he was never a strong male. if they were to do this (and i hope that they never do) i think it would be essential to portray the female doctor as just as weak and fallible as her previous incarnations.
1 month ago on Davison Wants To See Doctor’s Daughter Spin-Off