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He definitely didn't approve of all their actions, you're quite right. The end of The Silurians is a perfect example. Also, the Third Doctor was trapped on Earth for a lot of his time. He needed the military and the freedom and facilities it afforded him. He had to make friends, it'd be senseless to do anything else.

14 hours, 40 minutes ago on Examining the Doctor’s Attitude Towards Soldiers

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Thank you for reminding me that I haven't watched The Mind of Evil lately.

14 hours, 43 minutes ago on Examining the Doctor’s Attitude Towards Soldiers

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I don't think it's out of character at all.

To use an example many are quoting, look at the Third Doctor and the Brigadier. Their relationship is generally rembered as being friendly, the Brig even being thought of as a "practically a companion" figure.. But this evolved over time and if you look at the earlier stories featuring the Brig the Doctor is a lot less friendly and more suspicious - and in the case of the Third Doctor, downright rude at times. Belittling the Brig all the time, talking about him "playing solider" and 'blundering about shooting things". Over time, the relationship softens, the Doctor realises that underneath his stern military exterior, Lethbridge-Stewart is a good and kind man, and they become friends despite their differences.

I think the same will happen with Danny Pink. A lot of the Doctor's friendships have started out with him being rather hostile. It just seems a lot more out of character when the last two Doctors have been much more inclined towards excessive friendliness in the face of uncertainty rather than inquisitive suspicion.

14 hours, 44 minutes ago on Examining the Doctor’s Attitude Towards Soldiers

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And of course her great line in that story..

"Oh no... You ARE going to sing!"

21 hours, 59 minutes ago on A Whology: Maggie Stables

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Thoroughly excellent article, Gustaff. I think it's fair to say that Evelyn is a strong contender for the best original character BF have come up with, and indeed to many will be the undisputed holder of said title. Her stories with Colin are great, with even the occasional weaker story elevated by her presence. Maggie Stables may be gone but those of us who love our Big Finish will never forget her - and of course those who haven't had the pleasure yet will perhaps discover her later. Marvellous woman. RIP.

22 hours ago on A Whology: Maggie Stables

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Rage Against the Machine are with Sony. They're not owned by Cowell. Cowell's label is also owned by Sony. So it's Sony that for paid regardless.

3 days, 23 hours ago on The Caretaker – 12 Hints & Teasers

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I liked all three (other than the disappearing crewman in Curse) but Time Heist just nudges it for me. Journey in close second.

6 days, 16 hours ago on Face-Off: The Thompson Episodes

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First fish complaint I've heard! I rather liked that bit.

1 week, 3 days ago on Rate & Discuss Time Heist

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Joy. Her name was Joy. Your name is Master Michael Moon.

1 week, 3 days ago on Rate & Discuss Time Heist

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You don't happen to watch BBC HD perchance? I've heard that there is a mixing issue on the HD channel. I sometimes don't catch dialogue when I watch live on the HD channel. When I watch via iPlayer with my awesome headphones the mix is perfect.

1 week, 3 days ago on Rate & Discuss Time Heist

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I would have to disagree on Invasion of Time being more successful. Journey might have shown us less but at least all the interiors looked like the inside of a mad time machine and not a community hospital and swimming baths.

1 week, 5 days ago on Time Heist Spoiler-Free Review

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It says iPlayer figures aren't included. It adds time shift viewers who record it on DVR but not the iPlayer.

I'm sure the BBC do monitor the numbers on iPlayer but perhaps there's no way for them to tell which are unique views and which are people rewatching.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator

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When do they get counted? It says on this page that "iPlayer figures are not included in the final figure". Which seems daft, but then at this stage the final figure discounts so many others - it's probably doubling that final figure in international and online views, and hopefully the BBC takes this into consideration even if the ratings figure doesn't..

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator

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Partners in Crime, for me, let that run down.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Rate & Discuss Listen

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Wow.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Rate & Discuss Listen

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Doctor Who and the Pirates or Davros would be excellent choices. Neither are reliant on any previous BF knowledge, both are absolutely excellent and stand up to multiple listens. Out of the two, my vote would be for Davros, not only my favourite Sixth Doctor audio but also my favourite BF play.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on The Worlds of Doctor Who Review

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Grace Holloway kind of did that in the TV movie. "Oh that would explain the spacial displacement we experienced as we crossed the threshold".

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Taking a ‘Journey’ Into the Future: The Next Companion

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I'm not saying the golden arrow bit wasn't silly, but I think your rationale makes it seem more silly than it is. I didn't think there was an implication that the robots had to retrieve the arrow from the side of the ship, melt it down, install it etc. Rather, the idea was that they were shooting the arrow directly into the engine. Which, if I'm right is still very silly, but a little more within the suspension of disbelief range we should be used to with Who.

3 weeks ago on Robot of Sherwood Review

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Exhibit A- Peter Davison.

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Rate & Discuss Robot of Sherwood

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This looks REALLY interesting. I hope it lives up to the standard of the episodes so far. This is shaping up to be a legendary series.

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Next Time: Listen

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I believe it was in the fight scene with Ben Miller's character getting beheaded and then reattaching it before jumping up on the high beam. Can't confirm if that's right but it came from someone on reddit who claims to have watched the leak.

I can only assume it would have to have been a human or human-looking character since we clearly saw a robot getting decapitated in the scene with the mirrors.

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Rate & Discuss Robot of Sherwood

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Wow. Once again my expectations have been exceeded. This was much more of a romp but I loved it, it still feels very much like Classic Who. Easily Gatiss' best script and a great guest cast. Sure, some of the plot was a little on the silly side, but it was all so much fun it didn't matter. I loved the little nod to Pertwee with the karate chop and of course it is now canon that the Second Doctor chose his face after seeing a photo of Troughton as Hood.

Oh also, I very much like that they've taken the sting from the Series 1 theme and reintroduced it leading into the Capaldi titles. Much better for it.

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Rate & Discuss Robot of Sherwood

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Knowing where that time window in Planet of the Spiders is, I'm very interested to see what this is like!

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Interview: Joanne Harris on writing the 3rd Doctor

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A little odd that the clip at the start is missing the voice effect for the Dalek..

1 month ago on Doctor Who Extra: Into the Dalek

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Yeah, and it gives particular emphasis to Nyder's death at the end - a shocked, silent death for the little creep who never saw it coming.

1 month ago on Into the Dalek Spoiler-Free Review

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Genesis of the Daleks is still the definitive "extermination" story for me. The way the whole screen fills with burning white light and the gratuitous (if somewhat hammy at times ) screaming of the victims. Aged 8 I terrified our neighbours re-enacting the final scene with Davros and the scientists at the end.

1 month ago on Into the Dalek Spoiler-Free Review

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I agree, absolutely. And this makes me happy. My preference for not having the romance side mainly applies to romance involving the Doctor. As someone who grew up on Classic Who it just seems like a radical departure from my childhood hero's character, y'know? I don't let it spoil the fun for me, I don't moan about it as I know it's what people want, I've sat through Rose and Ten, and River Song and Eleven, and I've still enjoyed the show despite it. I hope now the romance can be delegated to other characters and the Doctor can go back to how he was before. It sounds like Clara and Danny Pink will be taking on the mandatory romantic subplot this year, and that's all fine by me :)

1 month ago on Addressing the Deep Breath Kiss

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Well, Capaldi certainly wins the award for most nonchalant initial reaction to a Dalek. Compare it to the examples below which are definitely exact quotes and have in no way been altered for my own amusement.

THIRD DOCTOR: "Spiridons?..... DALEKS!!?!

FIFTH DOCTOR:" A Dalek... GET BACK EVERYONE SEEK COVER BEHIND PILLARS QUICK JUMP ON IT PUSH IT OUT THE WINDOW

NINTH DOCTOR: let me out! LET ME OUT! and then give me a big gun so I can go back in and NUT it!!

TENTH DOCTOR :They survive, they always survive, while I lose everything, QUICK RUN ABOUT THE PLACE WHY ISN'T THERE A WINDOW TO PUSH IT OUT OF

ELEVENTH DOCTOR : *Remains shocked and speechless with his head at a slight angle looking intensely into the camera as it zooms in on his face*

TWELFTH DOCTOR : *Half nods at Dalek*.. Hullo there.

1 month ago on Into The Dalek Clips

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Or the Twin Dilemma.

1 month ago on Into The Dalek Clips

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Personally I'd rather not have as much romance stuff in Who, but an overwhelming majority of TV viewers want some kind of love interest in a show. If a little gratuitous mushy stuff (whether heterosexual, homosexual, girl-on-reptile, whatever ) is the price for continued millions of viewers and the show keeping going then I'm happy to pay it.

1 month ago on Addressing the Deep Breath Kiss

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Excellent article with which I thoroughly agree.

An interesting footnote from something I saw on another forum - in the original work print version of the episode that was leaked, the kiss wasn't actually there, instead Vastra breathed into Jenny's mouth from a few inches away. So this was presumably a late addition.

Personally I'm glad they made that change - mainly because I don't think Doctor Who should shy away from showing loving relationships between same-sex couples (it'd be closing the stable door after the horse has bolted, moved to Spain, hooked up with a bull and destroyed a china shop) but also because from a plot perspective it makes much less sense.

1 month ago on Addressing the Deep Breath Kiss

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GeoCities is (or at least was) a Web hosting company, one of the earlier adopters of giving free webhosting to consumers. Back in the days of dial up Internet when people used to maintain personal home page websites because nobody had invented social media, you would see a lot of GeoCities and Angelfire sites. I think it was eventually bought by Yahoo and quietly killed off, but perhaps they've restarted it for retro value?

1 month ago on Deep Breath Review

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That one's fair enough (although even a dim memory you would think might throw up some grey hair memories ) :) I stand by the Hurt example though. I don't think any of Clara's issues adjusting are because she thinks the Doctor gets younger every time. It's just her particular connection to 11 that makes it difficult.

1 month ago on Deep Breath Review

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No, that applies to the Tenth Doctor and all Doctors previous. Clara remembers Hurt and so does 11 - remember when he explains the regeneration limit stuff in the following episode - "Are we forgetting Captain Grumpy?"

1 month ago on Deep Breath Review

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Which reminds me - that whole snarling bit about "how far I would go to protect them" - didn't he sound just like McCoy?

1 month ago on Whodunnit? The Fate of the Half-Face Man

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Why she would think so, so soon after meeting John Hurt, is a mystery to me. Or indeed having seen the Fifth and Sixth.

1 month ago on Deep Breath Review

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I think Doctor Who tends to be not anti-religion, but certainly pro-science and rationality, so I can understand concepts such as an afterlife being dismissed. However, I doubt you would ever see a specific religious faith mocked (and let's not forget the Doctor's strong ethical mindset which is mostly very compatible with Christian faith). I think it strikes the right balance. Nobody is being explicitly told their beliefs are wrong, but the show sometimes asks questions. If things like heaven, divine retribution etc are deeply rooted beliefs then those who have faith should not be affected by the words of a fictional character.

Personally I am very much against traditional religion but I want Who to be inclusive and not pander to any one side. Let's not forget that after declaring there is no heaven, we see a character apparently arrive there.

1 month, 1 week ago on Rate & Discuss Deep Breath

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Michael Smiley - but there's definitely a resemblance!

1 month, 1 week ago on Next Time: Into The Dalek

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It feels so good to finally be able to talk about this episode. Honestly I enjoyed it even more on the second viewing. I wasn't sure about the new theme tune at the Cardiff showing but it's growing on me. I think there was only one thing in the episode I really didn't like - Capaldi getting hit in the "Netherspheres" with the sonic screwdriver. It's glib gags like that I was hoping to see dispensed with in this series. Hopefully that was the last one for a bit.

1 month, 1 week ago on Rate & Discuss Deep Breath

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No, played by Brian Miller, who was married to Lis Sladen and also did some Dalek voices back in the day.

1 month, 1 week ago on Rate & Discuss Deep Breath

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... Or did he?

1 month, 1 week ago on Rate & Discuss Deep Breath

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I suspect this top 5 will need revising tonight... enjoy the show folks!

1 month, 1 week ago on Top Post-Regeneration Stories (5-1)

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I wouldn't call it a masterpiece as the article did. It started well but tailed off a bit further in, for me. That being said, it's still one of the stronger stories in series 2.

1 month, 1 week ago on New Who Openers In Perspective: New Earth

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See, New Earth might have been fine as a mid season bit of fluff. As an opener for a new Doctor (I realise there was the Christmas story but Tennant spent most of it asleep) this one really didn't work as a statement of intent.

I would have liked to see School Reunion as the first episode, so you have a Doctor at the beginning of his new life being brought face to face with the effects of his old one.

1 month, 1 week ago on New Who Openers In Perspective: New Earth

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Torchwood.

1 month, 1 week ago on New Who Openers In Perspective: New Earth

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It's just now hitting home that there are going to be twelve episodes all in one run. New episodes for roughly three months. And twelve episode of Capaldi at that. This all pleases me.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Series 8: All Titles Revealed

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Actually Robot would be a slightly better play on words (Robin of Sherwood, rather than Robins).

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Series 8: All Titles Revealed

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It does, thank you very much :-)

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Review: The Fifth Doctor Box Set (Spoiler-Free)

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"I'm the Nyssa, man! So that's what you call me, OK? That or Nyssarer, Her Nyssness, y'know, El Nyssarino, if you're not into the whole brevity thing..."

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Review: The Fifth Doctor Box Set (Spoiler-Free)

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