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

2 days, 12 hours 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.

4 days, 13 hours 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.

4 days, 18 hours 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 :)

5 days, 18 hours ago on Addressing the Deep Breath Kiss

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5 days, 18 hours 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.

6 days, 8 hours ago on Into The Dalek Clips

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Or the Twin Dilemma.

6 days, 8 hours 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.

6 days, 13 hours 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.

6 days, 17 hours ago on Addressing the Deep Breath Kiss

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1 week 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 week 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 week 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 week 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 week 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 week, 2 days ago on Rate & Discuss Deep Breath

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Michael Smiley - but there's definitely a resemblance!

1 week, 2 days 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 week, 3 days 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 week, 3 days ago on Rate & Discuss Deep Breath

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... Or did he?

1 week, 3 days ago on Rate & Discuss Deep Breath

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

1 week, 3 days 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 week, 6 days 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 week, 6 days ago on New Who Openers In Perspective: New Earth

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Torchwood.

1 week, 6 days 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.

2 weeks, 1 day 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).

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

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It does, thank you very much :-)

2 weeks, 2 days 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..."

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Review: The Fifth Doctor Box Set (Spoiler-Free)

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I'm still making up my mind on buying this. I don't tend to go for many Davison stories, he's had some crackers but I've never been a fan of his companions. I am curious about seeing what Big Finish do with Adric, though.

If Gustaff or anyone else who's heard this one could answer the two questions below, without spoilers, it might help me decide.

1 - With the story set after Logopolis - does Davison sound more like his TV portrayal? I've nothing against his more matured take on the character, but have always understood this was intentional on his part and I'm curious as to whether he can really capture the original 5th still.

2 - Has Adric been fleshed out a bit or at least made into a character I don't want to lock in a box until the grown ups have finished saving the universe?

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Review: The Fifth Doctor Box Set (Spoiler-Free)

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An interesting story but I was very glad they undid it at the end.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Review: The Fifth Doctor Box Set (Spoiler-Free)

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Unless I'm forgetting something, the only actual plot point from series 7 that gets a mention is something fairly small that is explained perfectly within the episode, and isn't something that spoils anything in S7.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on 12 Spoiler-Free Thoughts on Deep Breath

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I can picture the gravestone...

- - - - Here lies - - - -

The English Language

- - - c. 600 - 2014 - - -

Remembered Forever

#yolo #throwbackthursday LOLZ

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Capaldi Unclear on Series 9 Return

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Coincidence or spatial genetic multiplicity can happily cover Salamander and Romania's double in Androids.

3 weeks ago on Capaldi’s Hint On Past Whoniverse Appearances

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Edit - did not correctly read what I was replying to.

3 weeks ago on Capaldi’s Hint On Past Whoniverse Appearances

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I can't wait for everyone to see Capaldi. He's fantastic.

3 weeks ago on Dawn of the New Doctor

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I like how everyone is hyperventilating about Deep Breath.

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Deep Breath TV Trailer

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Never quote the Doctor yourself then? It's quite normal for someone to hear something funny their friend said and then repeat it.

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Deep Breath TV Trailer

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I don't think it's going THAT sort of dark.

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Deep Breath TV Trailer

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Thanks to that observation about McGann, I cannot get out of my head the image of Capaldi with a shroud wrapped round him glaring into a broken mirror and then bellowing in his best Scots accent, "WHO - AH'M - AAAAAYE?!?"

*Can confirm this is not a spoiler.

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Deep Breath TV Trailer

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That dinosaur. Between that and the Tricey from last year there's almost enough CGI dinos for someone on YouTube to digitally fix Invasion of the Dinosaurs.

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Deep Breath TV Trailer

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Makes sense, from her perspective Day of the Doctor was quite recent. People often repeat lines they think are funny. Just look at this place! :)

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Deep Breath TV Trailer

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Oh, snap.

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Deep Breath TV Trailer

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I think it makes perfect sense. With some exceptions, most of what has come from the screenings has been spoiler free preview articles and impressions that generate a positive buzz for what is a very accomplished opener. It was also a nice little gift to the fans. I greatly enjoyed the whole day, being out in the streets of Cardiff with Daleks and Cybermen, seeing the cast, spotting people such as Louise Jameson, Nick Briggs and Samuel Anderson in the audience, watching the episode and the q and a. I hope they do more of them for notable episodes like this. Especially when they're as good as that one was.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Deep Breath Screenings & Spoilers: Pros & Cons

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The music seemed to be less prominent - I don't recall any motifs like "I am the Doctor". It provided a great atmosphere as ever but less of the hummable tunes that you remember afterwards.

That being said I was so focused on the new Doctor and the visual elements that I may have just not been paying enough attention to the music.

3 weeks, 3 days ago on 12 Spoiler-Free Thoughts on Deep Breath

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I wouldn't call it flawless. Very few Who stories are. But it is very, very enjoyable, particularly in terms of the performances of Capaldi and Coleman.

3 weeks, 3 days ago on 12 Spoiler-Free Thoughts on Deep Breath

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Why oh why can't we hum with our words. It's the OTHER bit of the tune, in a major key. Tell you what, look at the McCoy credits. The bit that is playing when his face appears? That's the tail end of the middle eight.

3 weeks, 3 days ago on The Series 8 Title Sequence

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Thank you for your thanks! A pleasure to contribute to the excitement levels on my favourite Who site. Can't wait till the 23rd when we can talk about it properly. Series 8.. "it's gonna be a WHOPPER!"

3 weeks, 3 days ago on The Series 8 Title Sequence

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On the list of bad choices for a first ep that's right next to Name of the Doctor. :-)

3 weeks, 3 days ago on 12 Spoiler-Free Thoughts on Deep Breath

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The one embedded above is the fan idea the new titles are based on - "Last of the Ganderene" is made up. The real ones have leaked online , very poor quality though, particularly the sound quality.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on The Series 8 Title Sequence

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You’re always tremendously confident and then you’re humiliatingly defeated and you don’t remember that the next time you pop up with your ridiculous plan’.

Doesn't that apply to the Daleks as well? Or indeed the Cybermen.. I'd say Davros too, but Moff has yet to bring him back (which also is a crime ).

Sometimes though I wonder if he's got a point. A number of the returning villains suffer from diminishing returns, more so in the case of Classic era villains. But to say never or that the story of that character is done, seems a little far to go.

Nope, changed my mind again. How about this. You don't like that the Master is always over confident with ludicrous plans? You're the writer, change it. Do something new. Give him a decent plan. Make him scary, or make him lose his memory, play with our sympathies and our prejudices, make him vulnerable even, whatever form it takes, change it up and give us a different perspective on the character. I am sure Moffat could do it, I have no doubt.

Then do the same for Davros. Cheers.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Moffat on Why the Master Won’t Be Back

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I wish Capaldi was the 32nd Doctor, there were many spoiler free thoughts I had to cut out to get down to 12. Although six of those were just excited squealing noises.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on 12 Spoiler-Free Thoughts on Deep Breath

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