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Random fact which I can't take any credit for spotting... On that London bus in the forest, on the side, is an advert for Doctor Who. Probably an Easter egg rather than a plot point but it intrigued me nonetheless

1 week, 4 days ago on Next Time: In the Forest of the Night

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It's not the Doctor Who game I've been dreaming of for years.. And its certainly not aimed at my age range.. But it's got Peter Capaldi in it and I'll therefore have to at least check it out.

1 week, 4 days ago on The Doctor and the Dalek

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Wow. That was even better than I was expecting, and my expectations were high. I cannot find a single flaw in that episode and therefore clearly have to give it 10/10. Capaldi's best performance yet.

1 week, 5 days ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline

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I think I'll just download the episodes (legally) I'd only really buy the dvd if there were some particularly interesting extras -ie prequels, minisodes, that sort of thing. Otherwise it's just a format I've moved beyond.

1 week, 6 days ago on The Complete Eighth Series DVD Extras

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I have never considered it a possibility for a fragment of a second. The guy clearly loves being the Doctor. And I'm happy for him to stay a good long while yet. He's been sensational.

2 weeks ago on Details on Episodes 9-12 of Series 8

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I'm trying not to think about the wait. I'll plug the gap with Big Finish. Although it won't be as bad as the wait for series 8 in a way. None of the wondering what the new Doctor is going to be like, whether the new style will be good.. I'll just take more of the same please. And more new writers, it's really been a breath of fresh air.

2 weeks ago on Details on Episodes 9-12 of Series 8

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The Capaldi Doctor, die? Never. You can't kill those eyebrows. He's too Scottish to die.

2 weeks ago on Details on Episodes 9-12 of Series 8

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Well, it may be a crying shame that we're already so close to the end of this wonderful series, but the description of the remaining episodes gives me a lot of faith that the current run of high quality episodes will continue to the end. I honestly, genuinely haven't disliked a single episode this year. They've all been either outstanding or very good. And more of the former than the latter. I suppose at least when the finale airs it's only a month (ish) away from A Very Capaldi Christmas.

2 weeks ago on Details on Episodes 9-12 of Series 8

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Moffat may not have taken a co writing credit but he certainly had input. The writer did an AMA on Reddit yesterday. Moffat had him rewrite it completely to make it more simple and he also wrote directly several scenes with the Doctor and Clara talking.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Mummy on the Orient Express Review

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Ah, that poor woman. First she gets devoured by Haemovores, then twenty five years later she gets devoured by a mummy!

3 weeks ago on Mummy on the Orient Express Clip & Intro

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To my knowledge it's explicitly obeyed this rule precisely one time... In Parting of the Ways, when the Dalek flies up the outside of the window to get Lynda.

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Kill The Moon Review

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The moon it lays is significantly smaller than the one it hatches from.

Can't argue with the other bits of science you've pointed out here (except maybe some wishy-washy line about alien science not following the rules as we understand them) but honestly, it doesn't bother me. I enjoyed this episode so much, particularly hoe they've used the slow burning idea of the Doctor and Clara slowly finding themselves at loggerheads and it all coming to a head at the end. I like the idea of the Doctor trying to teach and encourage humanity to decide for itself rather than him sorting it all out for them. For me, that ties in with Deep Breath and the "I've made many mistakes" line. He's tried solving our problems for us and it hasn't always worked so well for him.

Above all I'm looking forward to next week and seeing how this Doctor gets on without Clara. And also I want to see what happens to his personality. - will he mellow down now that he's been called out on it like that or will he just become more detached and fierce...

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Kill The Moon Review

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The whole reason the first moon was a problem was that it had gained a significant amount of mass. The second moon that the creature laid was the size and mass of the original moon before it got bigger and heavier.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Rate & Discuss Kill the Moon

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I'd be inclined to agree. If it's a fixed point this would be in danger of just redoing Waters of Mars. With all the teaser stuff emphasising the "make a decision" plot it seems more likely this will be about a flux point and trying to make the right choice.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Kill the Moon – 12 Hints & Teasers

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This is why I love this show. Of the few modern television series that have made it to eight series, how many of them have had fans saying that the eighth season is one of, if not the, best of the lot?

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Thoughts on Series 8 at the Halfway Point

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I can totally respect the argument. A cameo from Ian would have been the fanboy moment of the year for me, but with everything else that was going on in that episode I do think it would probably not have got the focus it deserved, or taken away from the episode plot as a result.

I just hope they get around to it soon. William Russell won't be around forever.

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Roberts Explains Why Ian Chesterton Didn’t Appear in The Caretaker

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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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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!"

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

1 month ago on Face-Off: The Thompson Episodes

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

1 month, 1 week ago on Rate & Discuss Time Heist

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

1 month, 1 week 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 month, 1 week 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 month, 1 week 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.

1 month, 2 weeks 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..

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator

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

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Listen

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Wow.

1 month, 2 weeks 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.

1 month, 2 weeks 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".

1 month, 2 weeks 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.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Robot of Sherwood Review

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Exhibit A- Peter Davison.

1 month, 3 weeks 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.

1 month, 3 weeks 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.

1 month, 3 weeks 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.

1 month, 3 weeks 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!

1 month, 3 weeks 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..

2 months 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.

2 months 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.

2 months 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 :)

2 months 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.

2 months ago on Into The Dalek Clips

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Or the Twin Dilemma.

2 months 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.

2 months 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.

2 months 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?

2 months 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.

2 months ago on Deep Breath Review

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