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@Planet of the Deaf  It was a one-off piece of concept art that never even got approval never  mind tested for feasibility.

12 hours, 42 minutes ago on How does the TARDIS reflect the Doctor? (Part 2)

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@Benjamin Bradley  But she's not dead.

2 days, 11 hours ago on Bring Back… Sky Smith

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@SteviePenny  But Sarah's not dead, she's still out there somewhere saving the Earth. I feel if an appearance was to happen they should state that point in the show just to get people to stop asking for somebody to tell the Doctor she's dead.

3 days, 4 hours ago on Bring Back… Sky Smith

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@Awqwapwnics  The irony is the sixth series of the SJA would have revealed what happened to Ace in the end, although they never got round to deciding what that ending would be, so a mystery was created around an already existing mystery.


Perhaps one day we will get a resolution of sorts.

3 days, 4 hours ago on Bring Back… Sky Smith

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@Clara Laurinda @The_Eternal_Dalek  The Trickster is a combination of many beings, Sky would have been a part of this, in essence his "daughter". This would have ended the series with a huge fight as the Trickster tried to reclaim her, which would result in the destruction of Bannerman Road. There were two alternative versions of the ending, either Bannerman Road would be restored and the show would carry on as before, or It would be left destroyed if Clyde and Rani would left the show.


If the second option was picked Sarah Jane would have relocated to the Welsh coast and acquired two new assistants there in the sixth series. Also in either situation she would have found herself working for Ace and bumped into the Doctor again (although this time just to really mess things up continuity wise it would have been the Fourth Doctor). Also The Shopkeeper may have been revealed to have been a younger incarnation of the Doctor's Time Lord friend The Corsair who inevitably met his end at the hands of House in The Doctor's Wife.


Rather big plans we sadly never got to see.

3 days, 4 hours ago on Bring Back… Sky Smith

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@OMEGA_IS_RETURNING @The_Eternal_Dalek  They killed off a 13 year old in the first series.


Besides, she wasn't really a 12 year old, she was a newborn whose growth was being accelerated, in the fourth story it would be noted she was having a "growth spurt" (after all there would have been a large filming gap) then in the final story she'd have matured further and reached full adulthood... and had the blank "Trickster" face.

3 days, 4 hours ago on Bring Back… Sky Smith

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"Luke having to raise Sky in the absence of their mother"


This is the big problem, Sarah Jane Smith is still alive and still out there saving the universe.


Besides, it makes a mockery of the original plans for the character (she's an aspect of the Trickster and would have been killed off in the series finale).

3 days, 7 hours ago on Bring Back… Sky Smith

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@ThePaternosterGangAreAwesome  But ultimately it is still the sonic operating them so it changes nothing.

4 days, 2 hours ago on Doctor Who’s Biggest Deus Ex Machina

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@ThePaternosterGangAreAwesome  A couple of occasions it has (most notable The Power of Three, although that wasn't much of a "resolution").

4 days, 2 hours ago on Doctor Who’s Biggest Deus Ex Machina

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@supermoff  @The_Eternal_Dalek  As said above, it is a rather misused term, and Moffat demonstrated it by labelling the Tesselecta as such. It is a machine, with a "god" inside it, saving the day.

4 days, 3 hours ago on Doctor Who’s Biggest Deus Ex Machina

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@Notsosmartguy approves of female thor @The_Eternal_Dalek  That's exactly what Moffat was getting at though. That's people misinterpreting the phrase.


A deus ex machina isn't from a lack of establishing the thing before, it is a "god" showing up and saving the heroes from an otherwise inescapable situation because the writer has jammed himself/herself in a corner. It may be established beforehand, but it doesn't make it any less bad a choice (ask any Tolkien critic about the eagles and you'll see why).


4 days, 3 hours ago on Doctor Who’s Biggest Deus Ex Machina

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The show is definitely over reliant on it, but "Deus ex machine" is the wrong term. Same with "plot holes". A problem exists, and people have a phrase in their head so they'll throw it out there.


Proper examples of "deus ex machine" are things like the Bad Wolf entity (back in the RTD run). Steven Moffat has always been keen to avoid actually doing a real "deus ex machine", the only one he's ever used is the Tesselecta, and even then that's a very literal use of the phrase.

4 days, 3 hours ago on Doctor Who’s Biggest Deus Ex Machina

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My thought process:


"Today has seen the Cybermen making a very public appearance in London mimicking one of the most memorable moments from Doctor Who’s history."


I wonder what that could be. Looks at picture. Of course! Oh wait... The Invasion? I thought with the hands of hips Cyberman it was Revenge...

4 days, 4 hours ago on Cybermen Invade London (Again!)

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"but in 1973 there was a ten year anniversary special. The Three Doctors was the first anniversary episode"


Eh... seriously? This is one of the most well known fan myths around. It doesn't take much effort to look at the broadcast dates and realise it is absolutely nowhere near the tenth anniversary. It was to celebrate the tenth series, not the tenth anniversary (and as a result was far closer to the 9th anniversary than the tenth).


There was absolutely no celebration in the show for the tenth anniversary. The last thing we need are more idiots telling Google they have the right start date.

4 days, 4 hours ago on Will There Be a 10th Anniversary Special for the Revival?

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@IamTheDoctorBasicallyRun @TardisBoy  Why do you think he won't bring them back for the sake of it?

5 days, 5 hours ago on Barrowman on Jack’s Future, Capaldi Critics

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@The Outer Space K9  With people like that, the show is better without them frankly.

5 days, 5 hours ago on Barrowman on Jack’s Future, Capaldi Critics

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@MaraBackman @VictorWong1  There are other sites where you can find it. The deepest darkest corners of the internet filled with screaming fan girls who clearly aren't interested in Capaldi physically, rather than his acting ability. It is those people Barrowman is talking about.

5 days, 6 hours ago on Barrowman on Jack’s Future, Capaldi Critics

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@Notsosmartguy approves of female thor @supermoff   I hope I'm not the only one who read that and started thinking of penguins...

5 days, 6 hours ago on Barrowman on Jack’s Future, Capaldi Critics

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@WhovianJack  RTD pulled out to care for his partner who is seriously ill. Torchwood will come back when he feels up to it.

5 days, 6 hours ago on Barrowman on Jack’s Future, Capaldi Critics

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@TheBeast101  Moffat didn't create him, he was ultimately RTD's creation, but he does credit Moffat as a co-creator for developing the character.

5 days, 6 hours ago on Barrowman on Jack’s Future, Capaldi Critics

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@TomLong2  Um... you are aware Moffat is his co-creator aren't you?


He's said himself if such a time happens where he is writing a script and thinks "We could use Jack here" he will do it, but he isn't going to go out of his way to add him in. So far one situation has presented itself, but Barrowman was far too busy working elsewhere at the time. So nothing about being selfish, the opportunity was there.

5 days, 6 hours ago on Barrowman on Jack’s Future, Capaldi Critics

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@Master Michael Moon @The Genie  We don't even know if that's the case, there was a flash of light and the next thing we know the Doctor is clambering up off the floor grateful that he is alive rather than paying any attention to anything else going on until Wilf starts knocking.


For all we know the Master conveniently slipped out the door whilst the Doctor was too busy saying "I'm alive!"

6 days, 10 hours ago on McGann: Charles Dance Would Be a Great Master

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@Doctor Who-The Master  About a dozen? Not even half that.

6 days, 10 hours ago on Are Longer Stories Better? Five Classics

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@JamesStroud  The BBC are a lot more generous than some other broadcasters with adverts would be. A few episodes have been allowed to go up to 50 minutes in the past.

6 days, 10 hours ago on Are Longer Stories Better? Five Classics

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Case Six - The Matt Smith Era


Let's face it, it was pretty much one huge story.


Out of the seven stories that have gone past six episodes in the correct sense (sorry Moff) they can be a very mixed bag. Stories like The Daleks' Master Plan or The War Games are well loved, yet other stories like The Invasion or The Trial of a Time Lord less so (although the complaints aren't generally about the length of Trial).

6 days, 23 hours ago on Are Longer Stories Better? Five Classics

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@supermoff   I've only ever seen him doing one thing... the Big Fat Quiz of the Year, and that is pretty hilarious (he reads excerpts from books which are a bit... for lack of a better word "odd" completely seriously, there is something very disturbing about a man glaring at the camera with a serious face, whilst quoting 50 Shades of Grey or Mel B's autobiography, as one of the contestants observed, "It's like he's living it").

1 week ago on McGann: Charles Dance Would Be a Great Master

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@bl0ndie98  How would the Master "go back" to Gallifrey when he wasn't there in the first place? There's a good chance he's still out there somewhere. There was a lot of light (possibly obscuring Wilf's vision) and the Doctor may very well have passed out.

1 week ago on McGann: Charles Dance Would Be a Great Master

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I'm sure he'll be the darkest of recent times, but ultimately they can't go as dark as some of the earlier Doctors thanks to huge restrictions on violence.


They can fill it with innuendo, they can even put very mild swearing it, but try to blow somebody's head off and they'll come down on them like a tonne of bricks.

1 week, 1 day ago on How Far Into Darkness will the 12th Doctor Take Us?

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"Not pictured: merchandise men crying."


Who are you trying to kid, they'll be running around dancing and cheering. They can re-release the Eleventh Doctor's screwdriver and slap the name "Twelfth Doctor" on it for a fraction of the cost of creating a new one.

1 week, 2 days ago on Series 8 Launch Trailer Breakdown

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@Captain Braxton  That's of course assuming it was leaked. A lot of people suspect the whole thing was a BBC publicity stunt to get the internet sites to stop speculating.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Series 8: Watch Deep Breath First

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The thing working in the X-Men films favour is that it has decades worth of comic book time travel rules which back up exactly what happened on screen, which is a bit of a miracle given some of the things 20th Century Fox have produced over the years.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Does Time Travel Work on the Big Screen?

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@Piramids of Mars @TiggyTimelord @gaznut1  Depends on your angle but strictly it is neither. Only thing we can all agree on is that it is Capaldi's first series.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Dalek Story Details for Series 8?

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@gaznut1  Problem is every time the Daleks come back they get defeated, and that tarnishes their image. How can they maintain them as this great force in the universe if the Doctor shows up and defeats them every time?


That's why they are taking the other angles, to provide ways that the Doctor can face off against the Daleks but have the Daleks ultimately achieve their goals so they don't get reduced to intergalactic dustbins every time they show up.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Dalek Story Details for Series 8?

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Just watched... that's not Davros.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Series 8: New Teaser Trailer “I see into your soul, Doctor”

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The latest DWM has confirmed that Block 6 will be the final filming block of the series. This "episode 10" you refer to doesn't exist (or rather it is the first part of the finale).

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Series 8: The Almost Complete Line-Up

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@jlocoleman @Ollie Walton Harrod @drjakeyoung   Neither were called "feature length" though, this will probably be even longer, probably approaching 90 minutes.

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Series 8 Airdate Confirmed, New Trailer & Image

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@Huknar  Episodes 10 and 11. There is no episode twelve (confirmed by DWM).

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Series 8 Airdate Confirmed, New Trailer & Image

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@Unibot @Ollie Walton Harrod  First it was the 23rd of August. Everything has been fan speculation and is a very good reason to ignore it.


For another example, look at the debate over how many episodes there will be in the upcoming series. Some were saying 13, some were saying 12. Now the latest issue of DWM confirms It is 11 episodes. That doesn't mean the others were ever true, just that's what somebody on the internet thought.

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Series 8 Airdate Confirmed, New Trailer & Image

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"Series 8 is reaching its end, we’re at the closing moments of the penultimate story (said to contain a blinder of a cliffhanger). "


Penultimate episode, and that for next series (i.e. 2015, not this year).

3 weeks, 3 days ago on An Earthly Gallifrey

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I'd be fine with it being darker, just as long as it is actually darker and isn't just turned into a rather horrid modern horror movie (where it is all about "jump scares" and stabbing people for dramatic effect, not that the latter would happen these days, for all the innuendo they allow these days if you dare try and kill someone with their eyes open pre-watershed Ofcom are going to hunt you down and make you pay...)

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Should Doctor Who Adopt a Darker Tone?

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Doctor Who TV, could you kindly switch the capitalisation from "NOT" to "Who" to make it clear to the numerous people who are clearly either being stupid or too lazy to read the article and find out the discussion is actually about who established the Doctor's alien heritage, not anything to do with him actually being human as you seem to be suggesting in that misleading headline.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Moffat: Who says the Doctor is NOT human?

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@Scrawlers  Read the article in future, not the headline.


You'll find the answer is "The Evil of the Daleks" not "Sack this man for not knowing what he is talking about"

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Moffat: Who says the Doctor is NOT human?

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@Planet of the Deaf  Yes, the matter is brought up because he was intended to be human at the time An Unearthly Child was produced but was later changed before the information made it on screen nearly four years later in The Evil of the Daleks.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Moffat: Who says the Doctor is NOT human?

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@Seaborn W Deadman  We are talking about the very early days of the show here, he was originally envisaged as a human from the far future (and in The Power of the Daleks the implications is certainly that the regeneration was caused by the TARDIS rather than a natural biological process).


What Moffat was asking was when was the change of "intention" first put into effect, in other words when did we first learn the Doctor was an alien and not a human from the future (the answer is The Evil of the Daleks).

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Moffat: Who says the Doctor is NOT human?

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@Scrawlers  What he is asking is when did the show makers decide to make the Doctor an alien, because he was originally a human from the far future. They just cut the line out of the first episode on the second recording that actually went out on air which left his story ambiguous enough to later make him a member of an alien race called the Time Lords.


As far as I am aware the first incident where he explicitly states he is not human is in The Evil of the Daleks, in 1967.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Moffat: Who says the Doctor is NOT human?

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@Seaborn W Deadman  Of course it was, he also says he's not a human being in Pyramids of Mars, 21 years earlier. No doubt there are others too.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Moffat: Who says the Doctor is NOT human?

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We all know what the answer is... The Movie, he isn't human, only half. The Master says so, and he seems like the truthful sort.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Moffat: Who says the Doctor is NOT human?

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@TheBiPunishment  No, a specific part of the BBC made a mistake. This is the problem with a such a big organisation, the different departments have nothing to do with each other.


See the incident a couple of years back where everyone thought the story about the Doctor Who movie was "official" because BBC News "confirmed" it. Turned out they had been caught up in the same rubbish everyone else had, and hadn't checked with the production team or even BBC Wales, BBC Drama, BBC One or BBC Worldwide to see if this was the case.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Series 8 Airdate Confirmed, New Trailer & Image

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@MrRazza, the Now Unemployed Rani Identifier  As per Kate O'Mara's wishes there will be a new Rani.

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Moffat Teases Massive Cliffhanger

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@Malohkeh @Skylord Marc  Whenever I hear that line I can't help but imagine what it would have been like if Patrick Stewart had said yes to the role...

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Moffat Teases Massive Cliffhanger

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@berwyn26  He does have a thing for wriggling out of death.

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Moffat Teases Massive Cliffhanger

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@GavinShepherd  That's already been confirmed. Mark Gatiss has said all the "guest" writers were told their scripts were being split between this series and the next and they wouldn't know when their episodes would be produced (he's got two scripts, one definitely in 2014 and filmed, the other could be 2014 or next year).

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Moffat Teases Massive Cliffhanger

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@The Finn @The Mind Probe @Benjamin Bradley  As long as it isn't that speech impediment that means instead of words water comes out we should be fine.

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Series 8: The Almost Complete Line-Up

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@TheTimeExplorer  Moff definitely isn't leaving at the end of this series, he's commissioned a few writers to write scripts over both this series and the next, so he'll be here until 2015 at least.


And we can fairly safely rule out the Doctor-lite episode unless there are actually 13 episodes (excluding the Christmas special) as there is no time limitations or problems preventing the actors from filming the whole series.

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Series 8: The Almost Complete Line-Up

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@supermoff @Ollie Walton Harrod  No, filming 13 episodes was fine (see 2005 and 2010 for examples of this), its when they go up to 14 episodes and try to bring in the Christmas Special it causes problems elsewhere.

4 weeks ago on Series 8: The Almost Complete Line-Up

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@tcexect  More likely a very, very late writer who hasn't got their script in quickly enough so has been left until last.

4 weeks ago on Series 8: The Almost Complete Line-Up

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@Ollie Walton Harrod  Several years worth of Doctor-lite episodes proves otherwise (assuming it is true of course and not some good old fashioned internet crossed wires, the BBC have yet to confirm anything).

4 weeks ago on Series 8: The Almost Complete Line-Up

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@Lemonhead118  After the failed attempts by Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker and Matt Smith it would be nice for a Doctor to get an episode. Star Trek did it all the time.

4 weeks ago on Series 8: The Almost Complete Line-Up

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@Huknar  Thirteen, we've got the Christmas Special as well which will seemingly be filmed alongside episode 10.

4 weeks ago on Series 8: The Almost Complete Line-Up

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@Amy's on the Mofflex Diet  Because the man in question said Moffat "must be a terrible father" in his first ever press release on getting the job of BBC One Controller, so regardless of BBC claims he "has a dry sense of humour" there is a definite feeling he didn't get on with Moffat (especially given the mess made of broadcasting during his time in that position and his relationship with other producers on other shows).

4 weeks, 1 day ago on DWM #475: Vastra, Strax & Jenny are Back

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@Master Michael Moon @TheOncomingSnow  If you can't understand why a Silurian would be "human like" then you've completely missed the point of the Silurians as a whole.

4 weeks, 1 day ago on DWM #475: Vastra, Strax & Jenny are Back

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@Rani Nose @Me and Stuff @Antee991166  Given what you've just said I would definitely believe you are. And as this word is used on both sides of the Atlantic I'd guess you've misheard it in the past and been using the wrong one,

4 weeks, 1 day ago on DWM #475: Vastra, Strax & Jenny are Back

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@Gustaff  I think they said in the past Moffat asked about one but unfortunately the guy in charge at the time hated him and made it nigh on impossible for him to make one whilst he is still involved with Doctor Who and Sherlock (by demanding Moffat himself be in charge of the show rather than let someone else make it for him).

4 weeks, 1 day ago on DWM #475: Vastra, Strax & Jenny are Back

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@Master Michael Moon  Maybe with the Sontarans you have a point, but the Silurians aren't 100% evil and never have been. Vastra helping out humas is not her being disloyal to her own kind, although some of her own kind would believe that is the case many others would support her.

4 weeks, 1 day ago on DWM #475: Vastra, Strax & Jenny are Back

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@Lord of Time  Capaldi is 56. He was the second oldest actor to ever get the role (well unless you include John Hurt) missing out on the top spot by only a few months to Hartnell.

1 month ago on Colin Baker: Tennant & Smith Brought Female Fans to Doctor Who

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@Unibot @The_Eternal_Dalek @The Administrator  That though is normally because of the word "fan girl". "Fan boy" has similarly worrying connotations, but with that stigma attached to the term, and many women using it not aware of this it causes problems.


For the record a "fan girl" are the creepy weird people on Twitter and the likes who obsess about the actors and on one occasion (as an example) would rather David Tennant had died of terminal cancer during the filming of the specials so he couldn't have completed his regeneration scene so he could be the Doctor "forever". "Fan boy" is creepy stalker obsessive as well, but in a slightly different way (normally not involving wishing death on the person or their families... well unless its their husbands/boyfriends).

1 month ago on Colin Baker: Tennant & Smith Brought Female Fans to Doctor Who

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@Planet of the Deaf @The_Eternal_Dalek  Ultimately though the split at the moment isn't due to who is in charge, rather it is down to who is around. It's like when people complain about the fact there are more male politicians than female politicians. It's nothing to do with them stopping women getting into power, rather there is a huge lack of female candidates going forward to elections (as has been shown on numerous occasions, the percentage of female candidates is always lower than the percentage of female MPs after the election).


If no women step up to the job then ultimately a man will get it (and vice versa obviously), and that has been the big problem Doctor Who has been having. There is a lack of female writers or directors who want to write for the show, no the show having a lack of interest in women which is the big tragedy of the matter.

1 month ago on Colin Baker: Tennant & Smith Brought Female Fans to Doctor Who

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@The Administrator  Well they have been saying for years men only watch it for the companions so what's the difference ultimately? It's certainly nothing new, Tom Baker had a very large female following, but as it was in the pre-internet days it has been hidden by many.

1 month ago on Colin Baker: Tennant & Smith Brought Female Fans to Doctor Who

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@Planet of the Deaf  Almost certainly nonsense led by a so called "feminist". The show was aimed at children, no focus on one gender or the other, unless you want to go to stereotypes about "only boys like sci-fi".

1 month ago on Colin Baker: Tennant & Smith Brought Female Fans to Doctor Who

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@InfiniDaZa  They've only just made a new one, why make another so soon?

1 month ago on Weird and Wonderful

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Given the stories Tom Baker has told over the years there have been plenty of female fans around, otherwise he couldn't have won "those" awards from Equity.

1 month ago on Colin Baker: Tennant & Smith Brought Female Fans to Doctor Who

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Oh dear, looks like he's deleted football and cricket again...

1 month, 1 week ago on Weird and Wonderful

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We have actually seen the Brigadier and Kate together on screen... just not in Doctor Who itself.


Got to say it though, bit lacking in 20th century characters.

1 month, 1 week ago on The (Father’s) Day of the Doctor

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"I don’t think the RTD vs Moffat debate (*cough* argument *cough*) will ever really stop, not until this generation is dead"


A debate and an argument are the same thing. Just people seem to get in in their heads that an argument involves shouting and lowering yourself down to "pub fight" level.


But no, the debate will ever end because people never stop. The only thing that will stop is people aiming it directly between those two because hopefully by that point people will have realised there are actually MORE people involved with producing the show over its (currently) 51 year history than those two men and when that sixteen year gap seems as meaningless as the 18 month gap between seasons 22 and 23 does now.

1 month, 1 week ago on Comparing the Different Arcs of the Revival

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It's those pesky Logopolotians again, isn't it?

1 month, 1 week ago on Series 8 Filming: Smaller on the Outside

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Why not just have Davros by himself? He's a brilliant scientist who had developed many things over the years, yet all we ever see are the Daleks. Surely his great mind can think of something else to take out the Doctor before carrying on building his master race.

1 month, 1 week ago on Is it time for Davros to return?

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Well that narrows down the start date to the 23rd or 30th then.

1 month, 1 week ago on Doctor Who World Tour To Promote Series 8

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The problem is though The Name of the Doctor and The Time of the Doctor are not compatible and were never intended to be so. The Time Lords had to be called in to alter the course of history to allow the Doctor to win the fight (and get another twelve regenerations). The Name of the Doctor will have been accommodated in those changes, for all we know Clara hasn't been spliced across all of time now and old G.I. is still out there somewhere.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Trenzalore – What happened next?

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Wouldn't have been Capaldi as no. 11, Moffat himself has confirmed there is no way he could have followed Tennant.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on What if… Tennant had stayed for Series 5?

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@JFrance  Showing the early days of the Time War (obviously not showing the Time War itself as the Doctor wasn't directly involved with any of the conflict for the duration of his eighth life) isn't really necessary though. The Time War storyline really doesn't have much else they could do with it and I'm sure Big Finish are ultimately going to head in that direction anyway, even if they do have to skirt round things a bit due to the limitations they have set on themselves by refusing to take on the modern Doctors.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on McGann Signed Petition for 8th Doctor Spin-off

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@Benjamin Bradley  Time Lords are also capable of holding their breath for a longer time, they are essentially capable of bypassing their entire cardio-vascular system if it comes to it meaning they could go for several minutes before experiencing any side effects, which would also mean that when they are using it they'd probably need to be using it a lot more.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Two Hearts: Better than One?

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@MaraBackman  It was Matt Smith being drunk that really made things look a bit off.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on The Fox in the Box: Thoughts on Foxes’ Casting

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Just had a quick look through the article and the comments.


I always find it brilliant whenever this sort of debate comes up everyone conveniently forgets (or simply doesn't know) that Kylie Minogue is an actress as well as a singer, indeed that's how she became famous, because she was in Neighbours at the height of its popularity so when she moved into singing as the article puts it as her "day job" already a huge hit. But, she had the experience, whereas Katherine Jenkins and Foxes do not so can we really compare her to this situation?

1 month, 3 weeks ago on The Fox in the Box: Thoughts on Foxes’ Casting

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"It’s not sexism, but awareness of the fact that gender plays a massive part in who a person is"


This is the little niggling issue at the heart of the gender change issue. The fact of the matter is, the Doctor's personality and character changes with every actor but remains fundamentally the same. There is nothing inherently wrong with the idea of a female Doctor, that's what people need to realise, the problem is would the writing team be able to do a female Doctor justice on screen. As Steven Moffat himself once pointed out, you just write for "The Doctor" and let the actor fill in the gaps, add the personality, change things about and make the role suit them.


I think the problem is a lot of women just like to complain about these sorts of things, not all women but quite a considerable group and I think we all know who they are. The ones that call themselves "feminists" without truly knowing what the word means (a feminist being somebody who wants equality between the men and women, whereas that lot think of men as pure dirt and women as being far superior which just makes them as bad as the things they are claiming to fight). Goodness me, politics is such a horrible thing, isn't it?

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Sexism and Doctor Who: The Truth

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@Me and Stuff @gunslinger19  Well we now have John Hurt to take that spot, much as Paul McGann always did it before.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on The Top Stories & Doctors (According to DWM 2014)

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At least Paul McGann isn't bottom any more.


Interesting to note that The Twin Dilemma, while still at the bottom is now considered more highly. People must be enjoying all Doctor Who ever so slightly more.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on The Top Stories & Doctors (According to DWM 2014)

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Actually they do say she's dead, and there's some things that even time travel can't solve.

1 month, 4 weeks ago on Campbell-Jones Wants McGann Spin-Off

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If we include the first three in Light, surely we can include Capaldi's specially filmed scene in Day?


So that's five against eight.

1 month, 4 weeks ago on The Day of the Doctor vs The Light at the End

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@supermoff @The_Eternal_Dalek  Then what is the long term story? There's something that was happening in the 50th that would create a long term story is this seems to be it.


You'll only bore the audience if you keep going on about it, if it really is long term, you only need to throw in the occasional comment once in a while, not bring it up every episode.

2 months ago on Peter De Jersey Hopeful for Gallifrey Return

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@supermoff @The_Eternal_Dalek  That's definitely not the impression I was getting, I get the feeling he'll leave it hanging for whoever his replacement is to carry on. You don't make that sort of long term storyline then just finish it off as soon as physically possible.

2 months ago on Peter De Jersey Hopeful for Gallifrey Return

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Don't hold your breath, the intention was this storyline would have enough momentum to keep the show going for another fifty years, don't expect it to be resolved in the next couple of years.

2 months ago on Peter De Jersey Hopeful for Gallifrey Return

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@Rani Nose When they are trying to get across that it is all one show it definitely does.

2 months ago on Smith Eager for Another Multi-Doctor Story

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"Well there’s always the 10th anniversary of the revival next year."


Not this again, this is the one of those things I definitely do not want to ever happen. I'm sick of there being idiots who honestly believe the show only started in 2005 (yes, they still exist, I had an argument with one the other day). Allowing them to continue wallowing in their ignorance is not a good idea.

2 months ago on Smith Eager for Another Multi-Doctor Story

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@Notsosmartguy the Superior Venom @beskar Fact of the matter is, you probably never will change somebody's mind but at the very least have the decency to present your argument. It's just rude to come in and say "I disagree with you" then refuse to give an explanation.

2 months, 1 week ago on Moffat: Day Was My Most Difficult Script Ever

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Here's a bizarre idea for you, the Doctor chose the form inspired by the man he met in Pompeii, much like Romana did with Astra. Frobisher is actually Frobisher the Whifferdil who will bump into Capaldi's Doctor in the DWM comic strip at some point and take his form for no good reason.

2 months, 1 week ago on Capaldi’s Previous Appearances: A Theory

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@Planet of the Deaf @Rani Nose@Deus_Ex_Machina Has that ever been confirmed anywhere or is that just speculation? There's been plenty of female viewers at all times, the only thing is there were technological limitations once upon a time and figures like that were not an immediate concern back in the day.


The only problem is people just assume it was mostly male at one point due to stereotyping of fan groups and of course the rise of the fan girl (and when I say fan girl I mean the correct definition of the term, the obsessive, weird, creepy lot that need to have a serious talk with a psychiatrist).

2 months, 1 week ago on Rachel Talalay Directing Series 8

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@Sharaz_Jek It does show quality, as somebody once put it, viewing figures are the bums on seats, the AI score is what those bums thought. In your analogy, viewing figures are the high ticket sales, the AI scores are the reviews that come out afterwards, but as we all know good or bad reviews don't mean anything in the grand scheme of things.

2 months, 1 week ago on Settling the Moffat vs. RTD Debate (Using AI Scores)

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It won't end the arguments amongst the fans. It should however end the arguments about the mass public not understanding the Moffat era stories as they are clearly enjoying them ever so slightly more.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Settling the Moffat vs. RTD Debate (Using AI Scores)

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@SonicTheHedgehogRules Humans are also inferior in the eyes of the Cybermen, so they want to convert us to their own. Similarly the Cybusmen are inferior, so they convert them to their own.


They have made it fairly clear outwith the show that these are not Cybusmen still. This is the Mondasians of old, the whole "change the chest plate" was because as per usual the BBC are only paying them the budget of any other drama so they are hard up again and needed to save money. Metal plate to cover up the Cybus logo was all they could afford.


You are of course entitled to your opinion and it has yet to be made absolutely clear on screen, but given obvious traits of the Mondasians (Cybermats, Cyber Planners, the lack of that dreadful word "Delete") there is plenty of evidence to support their position.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Why the Cybermen should be Doctor Who’s best monster

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The Cybermen are very much a concept for the "future" and it happens to be that future we are living in. The Daleks were the same, but luckily we didn't annihilate ourselves with a nuclear war like everyone feared back in the 60s.


The Daleks keep going because of the fame they picked up but as a concept they have lost their edge.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Why the Cybermen should be Doctor Who’s best monster

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@SonicTheHedgehogRules In what way do you mean "faithfully"? If you mean the whole Cybus reboot nonsense, that was just RTD messing around with everything. As of A Good Man Goes to War they are Mondasians (apparently they took over the Cybusmen at some point and took advantage of their technology, even the ones in The Pandorica Opens are just servants of the greater Cyberiad or whatever they call themselves now).

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Why the Cybermen should be Doctor Who’s best monster

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@Polyphase Of course Chris has his regrets but we do know why he left and it was down to horrible BBC politics not the role itself so he never got to do what he wanted as a result.


Although I get the feeling if you did put Tom back to 1980 and made him live through that series again he'd still walk, anyone would have done.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Smith Jealous of Capaldi and Series 8

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Just going off the television we've had evidence both ways ever since. There's the Meta-Crisis Doctor saying he is now half human after merging with Donna, but according to Cold Blood if you were to get rid of everything non-human in the Doctor you'd kill half the things keeping him alive.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on RTD: Fans Can’t Ignore “Half-Human” Doctor

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@Liana21 They aren't afraid of "modern" they just don't want to do it, they want to stick to the first eight Doctors and that's their prerogative really.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Is it Time to Give Big Finish the New Who Licence?

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@TheSoundofDrums They have offered them it (at least Eccelston and Tennant when the classic era was redefined to include RTD's run on the show) but it was Big Finish that refused it. Steven Moffat is a big supporter of it and has jokingly told Matt Smith they would be his retirement home on his last day of filming so it is very much a case of encouraging Nick Briggs and co to take the license rather than the other way round/

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Is it Time to Give Big Finish the New Who Licence?

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@robchristianson Is kissing a Billie Piper lookalike really something to be proud of?

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Moffat on Why Hurt to Eccleston Regeneration Was So Short

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@Gluben He's made his stance fairly clear and his reasons for not returning.


Problem is even if they had brought in Eccelston it would have been a continuity nightmare (are we really to believe he didn't once see a mirror during the entire Time War?) and with McGann you'd have ended up with three Doctors who are all effectively the same.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Moffat on Why Hurt to Eccleston Regeneration Was So Short

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@Polyphase It was abandoned for several years when Moffat took over and then picked up again in The Day of the Doctor. After The End of Time there wasn't really much more to do, other than bring Gallifrey back.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on What was life on Gallifrey like Pre-Time War?

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@Liana21 Certainly the suggestion is this a very long term storyline, not something that will be resolved any time soon. It was intended to give the show momentum to carry on for 50 more years (of course it would surely have done so already, but it certainly gives you an idea this is a long term story, covering a few showrunners at least).

2 months, 3 weeks ago on What was life on Gallifrey like Pre-Time War?

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@AlessandroArsuffi @Xenon Unicorn Remember though, they could potentially end up swapping genders or even species in a regeneration so obviously it would not be sensible to carry on past a certain point. Different regeneration, different personality and different tastes.


That's assuming Time Lords even have marriage, many of the novels suggest the Doctor was the first naturally born Gallifreyan in millions of years.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on What was life on Gallifrey like Pre-Time War?

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@BJAMES Apparently there was a lot of mistreatment of people working for the production team. He tried to stand up and threatened to leave, BBC did nothing so he carried out his threat.


Then what happens? The BBC tried to cover it up and said he did it out of fear of typecasting and to this day many rather thick people still believe that, even though Eccelston has denied that numerous times.

3 months ago on Matt Smith: I’ll happily come back

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Please have absolutely no aliens. Fair enough if Ben Miller is the Master, but no "monsters", we could do with a nice pure historical, it's only been 32 years!

3 months ago on Series 8 Filming: A Castle and a Villain

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@DW2014 Noel Edmonds: Why thank you, I would like a jelly baby. Thank you for your participation, you will have the lead role in Doctor Who in my new BBC. *evil laugh*

3 months, 1 week ago on Tom Baker Would Consider Returning Again

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Have got to say... this is the "Unpopular opinion"? Every time I see an article about this story somebody is complaining about it!

3 months, 1 week ago on Unpopular Opinion: Asylum of the Daleks

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You know they were going to announce "The Doctor's Wife" on the first of April and then not do a follow up denying or confirming it to see if anyone genuinely believed it.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Capaldi is Not the Doctor!

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@Richy Woo She did have an official send off, a lot more so than most people attached to the show had.


If you were expecting them to mention the fact she was dead on screen then you are very greatly mistaken, it was decided that Sarah Jane Smith lives on and will continue to save the earth and the universe forever more.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Obituaries: Kate O’Mara, Derek Martinus

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@BJAMES I think most people realised that the second he spiked in the bookie's favourites list a few days before the announcement. Some people hate him just because of his age, but everyone looking at the show seriously have had absolutely nothing but praise for the casting.


In fact it is absolutely shocking this has happened, every casting to date has met some sort of controversy. Here it has been unanimously positive (mind you, John Hurt was the same but the existence of his Doctor met a lot of trouble).

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Sean Pertwee: My father was very fond of Capaldi

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@Galax @Planet of the Deaf Not really a safe assumption to make though, plans change. He'll leave when he feels his time is up.

3 months, 4 weeks ago on Gatiss Confirms Two Capaldi Eps, Hints at Jane Austen Story

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But it does mean he's staying on for a second series, take that Daily-whichever-one-it-was-they-are-all-stupid-and-shouldn't-be-given-any-attention.

3 months, 4 weeks ago on Gatiss Confirms Two Capaldi Eps, Hints at Jane Austen Story

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@brodgers123 @The_Eternal_Dalek Well if you want to ignore Colin Baker, what about Tom Baker? 40th anniversary this year and is anyone talking about it? No. They are talking about the fact that next year will be Eccelston and Tennant's tenth anniversary.

I really feel the thing we should be looking at isn't the fact it came back ten years ago but the fact it stopped not being on the air ten years ago.

3 months, 4 weeks ago on Celebrate 9 Years Since Doctor Who’s Revival

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@mwanderson @The_Eternal_Dalek But why? What does it achieve by celebrating an event in Doctor Who's history. The whole concept of "NuWho" was invented by fans of the original show who hated the modern version which has also been taken by fans of the modern version who hate the original, so why reinforce the divide? The 50th anniversary celebrated everything and brought everything together, why celebrate a tiny section of it?

3 months, 4 weeks ago on Celebrate 9 Years Since Doctor Who’s Revival

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I don't know how many sites I've now seen this on and how many times I've seen people asking if they are going to do something to celebrate it next year. It was the 30th anniversary of the Sixth Doctor's first appearance not that long ago, nobody demanded they bring back Colin Baker, did they?


The last thing they need is to reinforce that irritating view that Doctor Who only started in 2005.

3 months, 4 weeks ago on Celebrate 9 Years Since Doctor Who’s Revival

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Fact of the matter is though Steven Moffat has said The Beast Below was a terrible story and given another chance he'd have replaced it with another story entirely or given it a big overhaul. If the writer isn't happy with it you can't blame the fans for overlooking it.

3 months, 4 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 2

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I can't help reading Steven Moffat talking about "doomed" in a Scottish accent without thinking of Dad's Army.

4 months ago on Moffat: Doomed dialogue sounds great in Scottish

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@AztecsDaleksAndCavemen Judging by the reviews a lot of people have got it already.

4 months ago on Moffat: Doomed dialogue sounds great in Scottish

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@Wibbly-Wobbly Strawberry Jelly If it is almost nine then it already has turned eight, Of course there's two ways to interpret it, either look at it as it has already done "being eight" before (back in the 70s) or the fact that it has already been around for well over eight years so you can't use the whole "new series" angle any more, because it has re-established itself already, so to attempt to go down that route won't work today.

4 months, 1 week ago on Gatiss: Capaldi’s Doctor is Dangerous & Crazy

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@DasManiac  They gave the American's a chance to produce Doctor Who before, and look what happened there. We got a good Doctor but a fairly bad TV movie.

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Weird and Wonderful

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@RomanaOnCaprica Curse of the black Spot definitely had its problems, but looking through the notes and information that has been given out it would appear the script was fine and many of the "plot holes" and problems are down to shoddy editing.

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 8: Episode 4 & 5 Writers Confirmed

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I always love people who think Capaldi's Doctor won't be romantic because he's older, as Moffat has pointed out he's the closest of the three most recent Doctors to Alex Kingston's age which makes a relationship with River Song all the more "realistic" looking.


It will certainly be interesting to see where this character leads to in future though.

4 months, 4 weeks ago on A Few Thoughts On Danny Pink

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@RebelTimeLord Well it is really Doctor #2 (because he's used up the first regeneration to get to who he is now. Although it does have the same sort of effect.

4 months, 4 weeks ago on Series 8: Meet Danny Pink

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The problem with this one (according to Moffat anyway) is that Paul McGann's Doctor as we all know is very human, "young" (okay, he's in his 50s but he still looks young) and charming. That makes him too similar to both Tennant and Smith's Doctors and he needed somebody completely different. Eccelston would have worked in this aspect, but messed up the story a bit, McGann would have worked in the story, but the character interactions wouldn't have worked as well.

5 months, 1 week ago on What if… the 8th Doctor was the War Doctor?

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@ChristopherValin They would probably have forgotten, or assumed they'll figure a way around the regeneration limit. All the others were well aware of what was happening.

Of course it is also possible the Tenth Doctor comes from between Voyage of the Damned and Partners in Crime, in which case he hasn't had the "vanity issues" yet (and the events that he referred to in The End of Time was just him going back for his honeymoon). That would only cause problems for the Eleventh Doctor then (but he would similarly forget what he was told, as interestingly enough he forgot his conversation with The Curator by the events of The Time of the Doctor).

5 months, 2 weeks ago on To Know Thine Self: What can or can’t the Doctor know about his future selves?

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@AlmightyAllan From what is said in The Day of the Doctor, the incarnations are aware of one another, but they suffer from some degree of amnesia after the encounter (probably as a postponed response to the Blinivotch Limitation Effect, time sensitivity has its advantages).

The Eleventh Doctor knew he was about to encounter his previous self as he had some memory of the incident, but it wasn't all there (and he had completely forgotten about meeting the War Doctor, even though he'd done it twice).

5 months, 2 weeks ago on To Know Thine Self: What can or can’t the Doctor know about his future selves?

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If the 23rd Doctor meets a future incarnation then he'll definitely not know which incarnation he's meeting. The Eleventh Doctor was seemingly provided with a new regeneration cycle (that's twelve more regenerations), so in theory that's twelve more Doctors (unless they skip over some along the way again). The 23rd Doctor should be the last of the second cycle (and probably the first of the third cycle).

5 months, 2 weeks ago on To Know Thine Self: What can or can’t the Doctor know about his future selves?

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Fact of the matter is though, as Moffat stated in the interview if Eccelston had wanted to come back he'd have included him but it was making the continuity and story an absolute nightmare. How come he reacts as though he's not seen his face before in Rose if he's had it for a long time became the biggest issue for him.

Your problems with Trenzalore would definitely have been a part of this thought process. Getting Eccelston back would have been brilliant but in practice for the story he was going to tell he needed a new Doctor (because it would have mucked up the continuity with Eccelston and if he had gone with Plan B and brought in McGann then you'd have been presented with three incredibly similar Doctors, so he opted for Plan C, get in a huge actor to play an unknown Doctor).

5 months, 2 weeks ago on What if… the Ninth Doctor was the War Doctor?

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