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@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 days, 19 hours 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.
2 days, 20 hours ago on Tennant Won’t Be Returning Again Anytime Soon
@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.
3 days, 5 hours 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.
5 days, 22 hours 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.
6 days, 19 hours 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.
1 week ago on Speculating on Series 9’s Big Cliffhanger (Part 1)
@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).
1 week, 3 days 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!
1 week, 6 days 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 weeks, 2 days 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 weeks, 2 days 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 weeks, 3 days 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 weeks, 3 days 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 weeks, 4 days ago on Russell T Davies on New Who’s 10th Anniversary
@ItsSmallerOnTheOutside @DonKlees @DalekSupreme1 Can't blame him, if you went to talk about acting or something along those lines and every question was about one thing you did you'd get pretty annoyed as well as he's done other things as well.
Plus, what were the questions like? If people were having a go at him for leaving I couldn't blame him for walking.
@YaelMoise Then again, so was Tom Baker taking on the role. That period of time is seen as the defining moment of the show's history, especially the episodes that followed in the Hinchcliffe/Holmes gothic horror era. Did that get a celebration last year? No, it was glossed over, mentioned on the day itself then ignored.
When the Eleventh Doctor faced his potentially very real demise he summed the matter up very correctly... "Number ten had vanity issues". He might have been referring to the fact he had taken an extra regeneration but it applies here too. He was egotistical which certainly isn't a new complaint aimed at the Doctor, indeed even for regeneration stories, but this incarnation took it to extremes.
I like to think he took it from Rose along with her accent when he became this form of himself.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Why I Hate the Tenth Doctor’s Regeneration
@Yawn They aren't available, but it isn't hard to calculate them. Just add on the repeats and iPlayer viewers.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Doctor Who Series 8 (2014) UK Ratings Accumulator
@Yawn Overnights mean nothing to the BBC. Fact
Final figures mean nothing to the BBC. Fact.
So I can argue with these figures and whether they even belong in this discussion. Fact.
Shona and Ashley are dead, they woke up, but that was still another dream (and the Doctor conveniently forgot about them).
Of course to make things worse, they might not even have been real in the first place.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on 7 Things I’d Like to See in Series 9
@JasonJDesrosiers @Rusty, agent of H.A.N.D.L.E.S. It's a selection of 20,000 adults designed around several factors fairly to represent a scaled down version of society (so things like age, gender, whether they have children or not, where they live, etc.).
I'd also point out expecting something to be around 90 is just going to lead to disappointment. 90 scores are exceptional pieces of television when it comes to drama. Saying something deserves a 90 is like saying it is one of the greatest dramas ever made.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Doctor Who Series 8 (2014) UK Ratings Accumulator
@awkwardMEOW (#1 CLARA WHO fan) An AI of 90+ means abnormally brilliant drama, that's very rarely going to happen, even in our beloved show.
@pats86 I'd just point you back to the start where the Doctor wasn't the focus of the show at all, in fact he'd wander off for weeks on end while the plot followed Ian.
4 weeks ago on Clara’s Fate & Series 9 (Spoilers)
I see a lot of people saying her story has nowhere to go, but I have to ask the question: does it really need to go anywhere? If the companion is established, and we obviously know who the Doctor is, then that gives them more time to focus on the story at hand.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Clara’s Fate & Series 9 (Spoilers)
@YaelMoise To top it all off she's dead... she woke up, but that was still within another dream state. That's provided she even existed and wasn't a figment of the Doctor and Clara's shared imaginations.
@Regenerated Catterson celebrates Super Christmas @The17thDoctor @Mark McCullough The Corsair is a Time Lord (or was), the Master is a Time Lord (or was), both changed genders, why should the Doctor be any different?
1 month, 1 week ago on Poll: A Female Doctor
@The17thDoctor Sure because that doesn't happen in real life... oh wait.
@Gallade Zero @Padaster Rule 1: The Doctor lies.
Rule 2: Moffat doesn't lie, but he does withhold important details which frankly makes him worse than a liar.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Moffat on Orson Pink Mystery
@Malohkeh @Arkleseizure Of course it is, dump the kid on your sibling while you relax for a bit. Brilliant idea, you are happy, and the kid(s) are happy, while your brother/sister is tortured.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on BBC Theme Park Set to Feature Doctor Who
@Malohkeh @TheNightmareChild, agent of R.A.C.C.O.O.N. @supermoff is in Christmas mode @The_Eternal_Dalek Of course not, there's no fun in that!
1 month, 2 weeks ago on An Opinion On Gender Regeneration: Plot or Politics?
I now want to see a man play Thatcher...
@Deus_Ex_Machina Even then the so called "ratings problems" were entirely staged by a BBC exec and his friends who hated the show.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Series 8 Is A “Ratings Flop” (Apparently)
@ilyootha, agent of C.L.A.R.A. @supermoff of C.L.A.R.A. can't wait for Christmas! @Unibot At the moment he seems more interested in trying to convince them to take on David Tennant and Matt Smith, but they are refusing.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Moffat Says He’s Not Running Out of Ideas Yet
@TheCyberDoctor Agent of CLARA @The_Eternal_Dalek @Who is the Doctor needs his Clara There would be eleven...
It would really have made more sense to just count everything.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Series 8’s Interesting Parallels to Season 8
@davidbrummy @The_Eternal_Dalek @Who is the Doctor needs his Clara RTD has made it clear it was all his idea.
@mrpaddy1984 They are saving that one for the Rani...
@Oliver J. "cool" @Who is the Doctor needs his Clara It's used when referring to American imports, because we have more respect for the creator's initial wishes than the US broadcasters clearly do.
@floppy_who @Malohkeh She was five months pregnant by the end of Inferno, although she was keeping it secret from the production team fearing for her job. She would have been fine by the time Series 8 hit.
@Who is the Doctor needs his Clara The full story is rather long, but I'll give it a shot.
The BBC started off with series as per usual, and worked their way up to Series 18 in 1979/80. Then JNT came in, who had rather big agendas when it came to international sales.
As a result of this he rebranded the entire show's history and merged Series 14 and 15 together as "Season 14" to get a consistent length throughout (ignoring the 1960s stuff, which obviously couldn't be sold), because the existing divide between The Deadly Assassin and The Face of Evil didn't look as nice to him.
When the show came back RTD wanted to reset the numbering and so called it "Series 1". Later when Steven Moffat came in, he scrapped that in favour of a Doctor-series system (so his first series would be "the Eleventh Doctor's first series" or Series 11-1, which ultimately is a far more logical system with so many conflicts and such high numbers throughout). BBC Worldwide for whatever reason refused to rebrand, and it caused even more divides rather than helping out.
So all in all there are five systems:
The technically correct system which gives Series 1-36
The JNT method which lists Seasons 1-34
The RTD method which lists Seasons 1-26, then Series 1-6, Series 7A/B and Series 8 for a total of 35 series, which is used for merchandising.
The Moffat method, which gives 34 (following the format of the JNT era)
And finally there is the system used by US fans who just call everything "season" but don't continue the counting after the gap. Again 34.
@Notsosmartguy Agent of C.L.A.R.A. @The_Eternal_Dalek @supermoff, agent of C.L.A.R.A. Because BBC One's got lots of other stuff to show over the Christmas period, and BBC Three only wants the stuff BBC Three wants.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Last Christmas BBC One Time Confirmed
@supermoff, agent of C.L.A.R.A. @Notsosmartguy Agent of C.L.A.R.A. That's not how the BBC do things full stop.
@Only as old Whovian as you feel - Hello Rusty They've normally been simulcasting online (or at least immediately after broadcast) from what I can gather. So if that's still the case you can watch it exceptionally early in the morning whilst still inebriated if necessary, so no hangover.
@Romanadvoratrelundar agent of C.L.A.R.A. A couple of them nearly ended up on Boxing Day, so it definitely wasn't out of the question.
@LordRassilon @Hibernus @The_Eternal_Dalek @DocWhoFan He's explained himself extremely clearly, I don't think you can get a much harder fact that his own explanation that some directors were blatantly bullying members of the production team and instead of dealing with it the BBC tried to pay him off to keep quiet.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Who is YOUR Doctor? The Results
@DocWhoFan Let go of the past? If I'd gone through that I'd want nowhere near this show either, and I'd hope anyone else in that situation would as well.
You've really missed the big part of the Master's motivation there.
She wants to give the Doctor an army to "do good" because she knows very well the result will be exactly the opposite, he'll just become as evil as she is and that's exactly what she wants, to know there is somebody out there just as insane as she is.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on The Problems with Death in Heaven