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@Turtlecake365 As I said eslewhere, there's no such thing. They need to expand their existing license, the BBC don't give out licenses exclusively based around modern Doctor Who (or more correctly they do, but its focused on the Moffat era, you either take everything pre-Moffat, post-Moffat or the lot).
1 day, 19 hours ago on Big Finish Confirms Audio Stories Until 2020
@Time_And_Space_Pirate There's no such thing as a "NuWho license", they just couldn't be bothered renewing the T&Cs and so are stuck with an out of date franchise.
@Holy Roman Doctor Um... surely those jobs are both one and the same.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on 5 Characters From Series 8 That Should Be In Series 9
"there was rarely any room for filler episodes."
Bit of advice, please look into the difference between a serial/story and an episode. Filler episodes were hardly rare, they were everywhere. The Jon Pertwee era especially suffers a lot during its six parters.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Why More Two-Parters Is A Good Thing
Hate to break it to the Shona lovers, but she's dead. That's if she was even alive in the first place and not just a figment of Clara's imagination (definitely not the Doctor's, he wiped her from his mind the second he walked out but she remained the same).
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Why Shona McCullough Should Not Return
@twoheartsonemind (Six Seasons and a Movie) Doesn't work like that. The writers write long scripts, long episodes are filmed, then they get torn to shreds in the edit afterwards.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Moffat Explains Series 9 Two-Parter Increase
@the Doctor's Euphonium only speaks in speeches Moffat's in control creatively. He's deciding what happens with the show at all times.
However, he is still going to be told how many episodes are to be produced, and rather crucially how much money he's got to make with them. Two parters went because the larger scale made them more expensive, if the high ups let the constraints slip they are in a far better position to start making them again.
Time is relative, simple as that. Time itself may change, but time travellers (whether time sensitive like the Doctor or simply time aware like his companions) are granted some degree of immunity to this.
"Planets in the sky" may not have happened to earth, but it still happened to the Doctor (hence the lost regeneration).
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Wibbly Continuity: Filling in the Cracks of the Moffat Era
@Conall McCormick @ilyootha Maybe it was, we don't know what the Moonbase of 2050 was like, we see it twenty years later (when The Moonbase takes place) but no doubt by that point it will have been expanded and renovated significantly, it certainly had been by the time it took another twenty year jump to the 2090s in The Seeds of Death.
Pertwee's Doctor summed it up best, "That's my best enemy, The Master."
I take that as their equivalent of a "frienemy".
1 month, 1 week ago on The Doctor and the Master: Enemies Or Friends?
@Mr_Chris_W How do you know she won't also be in the finale? She could be in several stories, Roger Delgado even made it into every single story back in the day for Series 8!
1 month, 1 week ago on Missy Back in Two-Part Series 9 Opener
So episodes 1 and 2 AND episodes 3 and four are two parters? They are really pushing the boat out this time round...
Jo and Cliff... or is it an atrocity to even acknowledge the show's existence prior to 2005 on this article?
1 month, 1 week ago on Top 10 Whoniverse Couples
"I dare you not to cry."
The only reason I'd cry is for letting that horrid cow back on the show... nothing against Billie Piper, she played the role very well, but the role was horrible.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on What if… Doctors Were Paired With Different Companions?
@fitzkreiner The BBC aren't the ones wanting testing, Steven Moffat has been on about getting them to do modern stuff for quite a while. If it was entirely up to them BBC, Big Finish would already making them.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Kate Stewart Returns in UNIT Extinction
@Antee991166 Doctor Who is the BBC's most expensive drama outright, simply because the BBC gives a standard rate to any TV show they make based on genre and Doctor Who consistently overspends (dramas are supposed to be a million pounds per hour of screen time, Doctor Who does that per 45 minute episode).
@HeyProfessor @The_Eternal_Dalek @Gustaff They can only "nudge, nudge, wink, wink" as they currently are, they are not allowed to give it the official thumbs up without a broadcast.
@Gustaff If it gets on the radio, it's canon.
@Captain Administrator is Ichabod Crane There's no such thing as a "New Who" license, Big Finish are just operating under an old contract that keeps getting renewed placing them in a unique position amongst merchandisers in only having the first eight Doctors.
Whatever happens now has to be a further unique deal or a complete renegotiation of the existing one.
@SonicTheHedgehogRules @The_Eternal_Dalek @ilyootha @The G Unitt - It's my initial, I'm not a rap fan A lot of it certainly is canon, that's not in doubt. The problem is there's that obstacle stopping the production team from saying everything is canon, but they can let some stuff trickle through slowly over time.
@ilyootha @The_Eternal_Dalek @SonicTheHedgehogRules @The G Unitt - It's my initial, I'm not a rap fan While obviously not firm proof, if it hasn't been broadcast it cannot be considered canon (as per BBC charter). The bit about it becoming canon is a lot more complicated, but certainly is there.
@SonicTheHedgehogRules @The G Unitt - It's my initial, I'm not a rap fan Keep an eye on the schedules for BBC Radio 4 Extra, they broadcast some of the audios there (and in addition anything that gets aired on it gets officially authorised as canon thanks to a loophole in the BBC charter).
@ Inverted Notsosmartguy Just get LEGO for that and you can definitely have all of them crossover.
@SonicTheHedgehogRules @The_Eternal_Dalek I think it is just because of the awkward way the contract is set up. Now anyone who takes a "classic" license gets the Eccleston and Tennant eras thrown in as well, presumably because Big Finish have just been renewing their contract rather than taking out a new one they have been stuck with just the 20th century stuff unless they get special permission.
In short, it would be easier to get current stuff than RTD stuff.
@SonicTheHedgehogRules That's up to Big Finish to sort out.
@Regenerated Catterson hails CTFxC Steven Moffat hasn't shut up about it for the past few years so I doubt the BBC have been responsible for holding it back.
@jamesrbristow That's not strictly true, Steven Moffat tried to get a Pasternoster gang spin-off going, unfortunately the BBC made it impossible for him to do unless he gave up one of his other shows (due to writing commitments they would demand on him personally).
Nothing wrong with what he said, it is a genuine concern, probably the only one that isn't just blatant sexism or ignorance... that somebody else's sexism or ignorance will destroy the character and/or the show because they can't keep the character the same.
As Steven Moffat has said repeatedly, when you write for the Doctor, you write for the Doctor, it is the actor who makes the subtle differences. Somebody who doesn't understand that may make an absolute mess of it all.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Davison Wants To See Doctor’s Daughter Spin-Off
The entrance to Omega's universe of course was the black hole that powered Gallifrey until the Doctors made it go super nova. Wouldn't it be the ultimate irony if the Master hadn't been lying and Gallifrey really was where it had always been but in another universe? We already know Gallifrey is at a central point for several universes (for example in had a CVE direct to E-Space) so perhaps it is in one such universe?
2 months ago on Could Gallifrey Be in Omega’s Dimension?
@Antee991166 Omega first appeared in the tenth series celebration, not tenth anniversary. "Series 10" then?
One of those curious discussions.
To be perfectly honest with you though, I prefer to take a neutral ground on these things, it is always better to be safe than sorry. As Steven Moffat once observed on another prejudice accusation, he isn't himself sexist, but some of the characters that he writes are. It's a delicate matter all the same, but we all need to be careful in some matters, especially horses that like male pronouns but traditionally female names.
2 months ago on Little Boxes Will Make You Angry: Doctor Who and Transphobia
"Not only will this make the movie canon with respect to the show "
No it wouldn't, there are BBC charter regulations preventing them from ever doing something like that, they'd need to also show it on television, otherwise it would have to be non-canon, regardless of how it was treated (as has affected the vast majority of the Big Finish releases).
"Now wouldn’t it be great to see some of them adapted into movies? I for one would love to see a movie version of Genesis of the Daleks and Vengeance on Varos."
Absolutely not, they screwed up two already, I don't want somebody coming along and ripping up continuity to stamp their "vision" on it.
Can't we just leave this thing altogether. As things stand Doctor Who can release bog standard regular episodes in cinemas and do very well off the back of it, why do we need a specially made movie?
Also as for increased scale, this is Doctor Who we are talking about here, if you handed them the budget to Avatar they'd still go way over budget because that is the nature of a show like this. Can't we leave it as it is?
2 months ago on Why A Doctor Who Movie Is A Good Idea
@Edoe @The_Eternal_Dalek @Mark McCullough No they didn't have a tenth anniversary special. I wish people would stop saying they did (and Steven Moffat has had a go at people for saying there was one as well).
There was a celebration of the fact they'd hit their tenth series which some people seem to think is the tenth anniversary special (even though it started in 1972), but not the anniversary (that just had a magazine published to celebrate it).
2 months ago on Tennant Won’t Be Returning Again Anytime Soon
@The Watchful Guardian Yes, they contacted him and asked him if he wanted to organise something and he told them it was wrong to celebrate it. Glad somebody has some sense.
@Mark McCullough Moffat has done nothing to you, you are deluded into thinking that the 10th anniversary of the show's return is somehow significant when it really isn't.
@Shane Michaels Well it was one of the worst episodes of Doctor Who ever, the Doctor is barely in it. Sure it may look impressive, have a brilliant psychological and tonal effects but as a Doctor Who episode it is dreadful.
The opinion of Steven Moffat is not the opinion of the BBC or the fans.
2 months, 1 week ago on Blink Director for Series 9
@ElyotWren @The_Eternal_Dalek Except Clara was gone by that point, the Doctor was off investigating the end of the universe to see if the "creature" (if there was one) was still around at that point in time and he met Orson there. Never ignore a coincidence of course, but if anything it seems more likely that what has created this coincidence was Clara's direct interference with Danny that day led to his relative (not descendant) becoming a time traveller.
2 months, 1 week ago on Speculating on Series 9’s Big Cliffhanger (Part 1)
@IcarusBeDamned @The_Eternal_Dalek No, you assumed it was. There is absolutely nothing there that directly ties him into being Danny's descendant.
@dragonsfyre @The_Eternal_Dalek No, because they have an in-house casting director who is hired for the whole series, so isn't going to cost them any more or any less for in-house management.
The only difference will be from the main cast itself, and they will end up more expensive.
2 months, 1 week ago on Toby Whithouse Two-parter Confirmed for Series 9
These so called "hints" don't exist. Steven Moffat wrote Listen after all, and he knew what was going to happen in the finale. He deliberately didn't put anything in that would directly suggest that Danny and Orson are related directly.
Perhaps its a great great nephew, or some unusual cousin, but certainly not a descendant.
@Master No More @jg007k He's already signed up for another episode (in fact it was thanks to him we initially got the news Peter Capaldi was staying on for a second series).
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Toby Whithouse Two-parter Confirmed for Series 9
@dragonsfyre No, everyone assumed it did for decades, then Steven Moffat had a look over the figures and discovered that two parters worked out as being more expensive than two single parters.
Let's have a look through your suggestions:
Location scouting - Double the story means more locations, some will be duplicated across the two episodes but that requires a longer stay and they aren't going to get a discount rate for hanging on longer. Result: Cost increase or no change
Actor hiring - Big definite no, in fact I already singled this out in my last post. Time is money, being stuck in Cardiff for four weeks as opposed to two weeks is going to knock a massive hole in their schedules, so costs will be much hire than hiring two separate casts. That's just the princiapl cast, extra numbers will remain the same. Result: Cost increase
Set building won't change anything, sets are re-used across separate stories anyway so any savings you make across a two parter would be made between several single parters as well giving them no distinct advantage., on top of this there will be maintenance and the crew will still be getting paid for the full block. Result: No change
Music scoring - There is one composer paid for the whole series, so what he's composing doesn't make a difference. Orchestra will record same music cues again if they are repeated from another episode, so no savings there either. Even then, if there were separate composers they'd still be paying for two episodes worth. Result: No change
Those are just some examples of the issues that may present themselves, I'm sure there are others as well. A big factor as well (which Steven Moffat has pointed out) is that two parters are naturally bigger stories to keep the casuals from drifting away week two so end up costing more to meet the bigger demands naturally without those other factors to consider.
@dragonsfyre Because the BBC have made it clear it doesn't save money. It used to back in the 70s where those sort of tactics worked. These days though costumes are (deliberately probably) designed to require ten an episode because they don't last, so they need to keep remaking them, the cast and locations will MORE than double in cost for taking four consecutive weeks out of their schedules (whereas two weeks is easier to manage)
Also, you are commissioning a writer to write two scripts, not one. And even if it was one, it would be double the length so they'd want double the pay.
Do we really need to finish off the Gallifrey arc already? They've only had two years on what was supposed to be a long term plot line.
Patience is a virtue people!
2 months, 2 weeks ago on 9 Predictions for Doctor Who Series 9…
@AlessandroArsuffi @The_Eternal_Dalek As soon as it gathers the energy it would need to store it somewhere, otherwise it would pass straight through. The mass would increase instantly on absorption.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Sciencey Wiencey: Kill the Moon
There s a common view amongst may in the scientific community that gravity functions over several extra dimensions, but we experience a limited view of it due to our 3+1 dimensional view of the universe. While it would seem utterly ridiculous, it is certainly possible the creature is drawing its excess mass from another dimension, which would help explain the gravity/mass situation. Energy cannot be created, but you could send it through a wormhole. If we don't see the egg white the mass must be coming from somewhere. Another dimension isn't the most bizarre idea when we are talking about a giant space chicken.
@Burgess Shale You mean like the global money spinner it was in the eighties, yet they still axed? The BBC will never work on the basis of profit, they aren't supposed to and the genuinely don't. The problem is they are supposed to be motivated by what the public want instead, but in reality they are motivated by what the execs like and want (see for example The Voice UK).
2 months, 2 weeks ago on RTD: It’s Now Impossible For Doctor Who To Ever Be Axed
Just to point out, Big Finish has been canon for about a decade now. It's all because of the BBC charter which forces them to authorise it in certain ways. If its been on the radio, it is definitely canon.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Why A Multi-Master Story Needs to Happen
All I'll say is Twitter failed to save Doctor Who Confidential. If an exec wants it gone it will be gone, regardless of public opinion.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on RTD: It’s Now Impossible For Doctor Who To Ever Be Axed
@Gustaff If it was the actors playing fictional versions of the themselves thinking there was going to be a special when there wasn't it would probably work out funnier than having the actual characters.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Russell T Davies on New Who’s 10th Anniversary