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@Goudypies Gosh, aside from Victory, I loved all the above. I think it just comes down to what you like and what you don't. I love the episodes in the past - there's something just right about them for me. I think Robot of Sherwood will be lots of fun. 

1 day, 11 hours ago on Next Time: Robot of Sherwood

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@FreddieC That scene was in the Pre-Air screener, too. Must have been cut, I think, and it wasn't a really a loss. I thought it felt a bit tacked on and unnecessary. 

1 day, 12 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Into the Dalek

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As someone who has felt apatheic toward the show for about three years now, I can happily say that the Doctor Who I know and love is back, and I'm incredibly excited. 

1 day, 12 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Into the Dalek

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@awkward912 I disagree completely. I thought it was a brilliant episode - maybe the best standalone story since The God Complex. It was absolutely gorgeous (a testament to Ben Wheatley, I really hope he returns... that transition through the blue eyestalk was beautiful, and those hordes of daleks coming in through the flames gave me shivers down my spine), with really strong performances, and a straightforward, no nonsense script, full of Dalek action with some really poignant interludes. Loved Danny Pink and all the Coal Hill scenes, too, and Peter Capaldi was... well, perfect I thought. Just the right level of callousness, and  this line had me in stiches: "Is Ross here?" "Top layer, if you want to say a few words". 9/10 from me. Also, Doomsday? I think we disagree in a number of cases ;) 


1 day, 12 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Into the Dalek

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I thought he was wonderful. It may be a small moment, but I loved the delivery of his line after the Doctor says, "You realise that one of is lying about our basic programming?".

"Yes". One word, but the way he does it tells you everything. He's afraid. Shivers down my spine. You're welcome back, Mr Ferdinando.

4 days, 1 hour ago on Ferdinando on the Possible Return of Half-Face

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@JackArtaganMackenna That's not what I said at all. 

4 days, 5 hours ago on Addressing the Deep Breath Kiss

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@Ottoman14 I heard the majority of them are 50 minutes - Episodes 1-4 certainly are. 

4 days, 6 hours ago on Robot of Sherwood BBC Synopsis

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It was so successful in Australia, that they announced they would simulcast every single episode of Series 8 down under. Whilst this does mean very early Sunday mornings for us Aussie whovians, it's actually a very expensive process - which just illustrates the trust ABC has put in Doctor Who. Also, as one of the most pirating nations in the world (mainly due to the fact we normally get things significantly later than everybody else), it's also a great way to combat internet streaming, by making it legally available as soon as possible. Great news!

5 days, 12 hours ago on Deep Breath Record Overseas Ratings

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@tombaker64 Though ratings and quality don't necessarily go hand in hand, I understand your point ;) 

5 days, 12 hours ago on Deep Breath Record Overseas Ratings

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@TheOncomingHurricane @HitchcockWhovian Look, it's fine as a nice joke once. I just feel like I've heard it one too many times. 

5 days, 13 hours ago on Addressing the Deep Breath Kiss

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Great article, and I actually cheered when the kiss occurred - about time, too. But I did feel that on this occasion the whole issue was needlessly shoved down our throats too many times. That "I don't like her ma'm, I love her. And as for different, well... she's a lizard" was absolutely lovely. And the pouring tea joke was great. But after a while the whole "Oi! Married" becomes a bit glib. I applaud Moffat for developing on Vastra and Jenny's relationship, I just wish in some cases he'd done it a bit more subtly and intelligently. 

5 days, 13 hours ago on Addressing the Deep Breath Kiss

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@TheCapaldiMasterplan @John Smith the Second @VERITASERUMUK Though, RTD extensively rewrote ever episode in Series one, aside from episodes 8-10.

6 days, 3 hours ago on Next Time: Into The Dalek

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I think my list is quite different to yours:

11. The Twin Dilemma

10. The TV Movie

9. Time and the Rani

8. Robot

7. Castrovalva

6. The Power of the Daleks

5. The Eleventh Hour

4. Rose

3. An Unearthly Child

2. The Christmas Invasion

1. Spearhead From Space


1 week, 2 days ago on Top Post-Regeneration Stories (11-6)

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@Whodman6 Well, Power is wonderful, but The Christmas Invasion is equally so. Such an intelligent, well-crafted episode.

1 week, 2 days ago on Top Post-Regeneration Stories (11-6)

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Oh, and applying your system to my reaction to Deep Breath would go something like:


Episode Rating: 8.4

Effectiveness as an Opener: 8.7

Monster Rating: 8.4

Character Rating: 9.2

Total: 33.7/40

1 week, 2 days ago on New Who Openers In Perspective: The Impossible Astronaut / Asylum of the Daleks

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Great series of articles, I do agree mostly. I think my list would be something like this:

1. The Eleventh Hour (9.1/10)

2. Rose (8.8/10)

3. Smith and Jones (8.7/10)

4. The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon (8.7/10)

5. Partners in Crime (8.5/10)

6. Asylum of the Daleks (7.9/10)

7. New Earth (7.6/10)

For the record, I love Partners in Crime. The quality of openers in Who is quite wonderful. The only two I have mixed feelings toward are indeed Asylum and New Earth.

1 week, 2 days ago on New Who Openers In Perspective: The Impossible Astronaut / Asylum of the Daleks

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Having seen the episode at the Sydney premiere, I can't wait to be able to talk about it with you guys - you're all in for a treat. Good evening from Sydney, and take a deep breath.

1 week, 2 days ago on Deep Breath 12 Hints & Teasers

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Such a perfect team - The Happiness Patrol, Survival, Ghost Light, The Curse of Fenric, The Greatest Show in the Glaxy, Remembrance of the Daleks - one of my very favourite era's of Doctor Who and so much of that has to do with these two wonderful souls. I met Sylvester twice; both times he extended such enthusiasm, kindness and zaniness to me personally that I was left quite starstruck. He read a letter that I'd written and had been published in DWM to me - words of absolute praise for him. I went purple. Truly the doctor. Happy birthday to the both of you!

1 week, 5 days ago on Happy Birthday, Sylvester McCoy & Sophie Aldred

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@Polyphase It really is - of course, it's not everyone's cup of tea, but I think it's hilarious. The swearing, too, is gorgeous. 

1 week, 5 days ago on Chris Addison to Guest in Series 8 Finale

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Assuming they shot all these little TARDIS teasers in one day, that'd be an awful lot of standing around staring dramatically. But then, again I'd watch 45 minutes of Capaldi's scowl.

1 week, 6 days ago on Series 8: 4 Days Teaser

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@Gustaff @TheNightmareChild redecorated (You better like it) I'm calling it now - it's gonna be Capaldi whispering straight to camera: "One"...

1 week, 6 days ago on Series 8: 4 Days Teaser

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Oh wonderful. The two are just incredible together in The Thick Of It. Can't wait for this - even if it's just for a few scenes.

1 week, 6 days ago on Chris Addison to Guest in Series 8 Finale

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@SephoraNeedSeries8 @HitchcockWhovian It does, doesn't it? I think The Satan Pit was effectivelyhis episode. Beyond concept and the first draft or two, it wasn't really Matt Jones at all. 

1 week, 6 days ago on The Moffat Co-writing Conundrum

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@no_tweeter @HitchcockWhovian Hmm. I've never interpreted it like that before. I think maybe the execution is a little clumsy, but I'll forgive that episode everything for the harrowing, bleak conclusion. I'd hazard to say it's one of the most powerful pieces of Doctor Who ever. Seeing our hero just walk away, uncomprimising, with the screams and deaths of all these people playing out in his ears - that German lady tearing up at the video of her children. I'm crying now. Big fan here. Always thought it was infinitely better than The End of Time

1 week, 6 days ago on The Moffat Co-writing Conundrum

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It's certainly interesting - in The Writer's Tale, Russell T Davies revealed he'd always been tempted to claim co-writer credit, as he worked so extensively on the majority of other writers episodes. I think The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit and Dalek we particularly rewritten by him, if I remember correctly. He eventually decided to claim it for the two 2009 specials; The Waters of Mars was also majorly rewritten by him, indeed a lot of the dark, bleak stuff was his. So it's intruiging to see Moffat do the same, as I'm sure he also has a very similar footprint on all of the epispodes, whether it's gone credited or not. 

1 week, 6 days ago on The Moffat Co-writing Conundrum

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Though, I have to say, the old autons are creepier. I dunno what it is - maybe that Spearhead From Spacewas shot on film, or that they were decidedly more brutal - but those 70s mannequins give me the shivers. 

1 week, 6 days ago on New Who Openers In Perspective: Rose

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I agree - I love this episode. Even plastic Mickey. And the goofy conspiracy theories. It's so effortlessly entertaining; very old school, whilst at the same time introducing that modern, slick edge to the show. Underrated. I reckon I'd give it a 9/10 - or something like 35/40.



1 week, 6 days ago on New Who Openers In Perspective: Rose

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@ilyootha is back in home Universe Er, two from what I remember. Bowties from The Time of the Doctor and Victorian.

1 week, 6 days ago on Series 8: Deep Breath New Pics

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I really hope she stays - she has such great chemistry with Peter, it'd be a crying shame if we only got to see it for one series. 

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Jenna Coleman Leaving at Christmas?

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@The Mind Probe It's a tad... macabre, let's say. 

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Deep Breath Time Confirmed

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Wonderful series - and a great conclusion, well done! On an unrelated note, I have the great fortune to be going to the Sydney screening of Deep Breath tomorrow - what question would you lovely people like me to ask Peter and Jenna? 



3 weeks ago on Doctor Who – A Global Phenomenon: Part 9: Belgium

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@TheNightmareChild sees into your soul! @HitchcockWhovian @newhorizons Exactly. I mean there's absolute crackers in there - Tooth and Claw, School Reunion, The Girl in the Fireplace, The Impossible Planet/The Satand Pit, Army of Ghosts/Doomsday. And I acytually have a very soft spot for Love & Monsters. But don't tell anyone ;)

1 month ago on Moffat on Why Series 8 Needed A Big Shake-Up

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As a side note, that picture of Capaldi is tremendous. 

1 month ago on Moffat on Why Series 8 Needed A Big Shake-Up

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@newhorizons @HitchcockWhovian Hey, I like Series 2 and 3. Just what I prefer.

1 month ago on Moffat on Why Series 8 Needed A Big Shake-Up

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@newhorizons Well, really it's all about perspective. For me, I don't want the show to slip even further into mediocrity - I found the latter halves of Series 6 and 7 to be utterly shallow, the low points of the new series. All of the comments above make me tremendously excited, it sounds like just the sort of changes Doctor Who desperately needs right now. But hey, whatever floats your boat.



1 month ago on Moffat on Why Series 8 Needed A Big Shake-Up

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I was lucky enough to go twice while it was down under - both occasions were absolutely wonderful. You're in for a treat, guys.

1 month ago on Symphonic Spectacular UK Tour in 2015

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@Gustaff Don't think he realy has one.

1 month ago on Listen! Series 8 Teaser Trailer

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@MissKBrooks A lot of them are a lot longer - Deep Breath is 75 minutes, the next three episodes are 50 minutes, and presumably the final episodes will be extended a bit too. 

1 month, 1 week ago on SFX #251 Previews Series 8

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@BazHood Personally, I think the arcs shouldn't weigh heavily on the series at all. Just small, eerie moments that don't quite make sense, or a common phrase spread throughout the universe... Leave the detailed, intricate arcs to shows that suit it better.

1 month, 1 week ago on Five Expectations for Series 8

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I watched Doctor Who and the Silurians the other day - gosh it's good.

1 month, 1 week ago on Five Expectations for Series 8

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I really just want one thing, and it's what Moffat promised a few days ago - consequence. 


The fairytale was gripping in Series 5, taken too far in Series 6, and fell apart in Series 7, in my humble opinion. I quite liked the take on the show for a while; until it became synonymous with all the problems that I felt plagued the latter halves of Series 6 and Series 7. I'd love for it to return to a gritty, yet still loveable show that wasn't afraid to be a bit harsh, or a bit scary to tell a relevant, gripping story. Series 7 of the Classic Era perfected this balance, I thought.

1 month, 1 week ago on Five Expectations for Series 8

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@Christoph1337 @ahunter8056 Well, he was seen filming Episode 7, and Episode 8 I think... don't quote me on that, but I think he might turn up for 6-8 as a companion.

1 month, 1 week ago on Five Expectations for Series 8

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@Planet of the Deaf As a side note, I always hated that "whisky" line. Felt very clunky and out of place.

1 month, 1 week ago on Moffat Questions “Twelfth Doctor” Title

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@Thesilence_1994 I made the terrible mistake of peaking at the scripts, a desicion I regret hugely. All I'm going to say is... I think you'll be pleasantly suprised. I certainly was.

1 month, 1 week ago on SFX #251 Previews Series 8

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As an Australian, I'd love for them to come over and film here, but New Zealand woud be just as good. As a side note, I would love to see Wes Anderson direct a few episodes. 





1 month, 1 week ago on Moffat: Peter Jackson Episode Will Probably Happen

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Capaldi is captivating, even when he's just staring out at you from the cover of a magazine. I can't stress this enough, he is the perfect choice.

1 month, 1 week ago on DWM #476: “Am I A Good Man?”

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@TheOncomingStorm Jackie was, I felt, one of Russell's very best characters. Such a real, delicate, intricate, and FUNNY character. Loved her. Great chemistry with Billie, too. I really miss the family element too - it grounded the show in such a way that provided a stability and consistency, but also often emphasised the darker tones. Moffat's fairytale was refreshing at first, but grew a bit too open ended and sacrificed depth of character for shocking twists and turns.

1 month, 1 week ago on Moffat: Series 8 Not A Fairytale, There Are Consequences

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I'm becoming immune to the Moffat waffle, I think. IF he's telling it like it is, then I'll welcome this change with enthusiastic open arms. It's just... well, he does have a history of... *uncomprimising stare from Moffat diehards* being very lovely.

1 month, 1 week ago on Moffat: Series 8 Not A Fairytale, There Are Consequences

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I remember hearing how Russell T. Davies was never happy with one aspect about the new theme. The "scream" was apparently never loud enough. That screech that sounds seconds before the episode cuts into the closing titles. This was particularly relevant in the context of the double-parters. He recalled that as a child, watching the stories of Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker, that scream would signal the imminent cliffhanger, and the horrible one week wait that would then ensue - I reckon the volume should be almost shocking, as the titles come crashing in over another terrible cliffhanger for the Doctor and his friends. Gives me chills when I watch the classic series' - I feel transported into the body of a young child in the 1970s, dreading the end of the weeks episode. 

1 month, 2 weeks ago on The Importance of Doctor Who’s Theme Tunes

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