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"so gan gan practeel"- you are very very funny

I actually remember that off the top of my head, which is slightly worrying...

I really enjoy both episodes, but it's The Christmas Invasion for me. Many say that RTD's specials are not Christmassy enough in comparison to Moffat's, yet in this episode I related to the portrayal of a modern family Christmas more so than the fairytale imagery of recent years. Somehow it fills me with immense joy watching the Doctor choose his new outfit as the Tylers settle down for their turkey dinner, with Song For Ten swelling up in the background.

The plot is good too. The pilot fish were a very creepy seasonal trimming, with their blank faces of cracked porcelain and the Sycorax were a well thought-through alien race with considerable potential for returning. It's also surprisingly important to future arcs, with the prominence of Torchwood, the Doctor's ousting of Harriet Jones paving the way for the Master as Prime Minister and even the origins of the meta-crisis Doctor.

18 hours, 49 minutes ago on Festive Face-Off: The Christmas Invasion vs The Runaway Bride

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It could work to have a companion from the past, although I'm sceptical that they could pull off an alien companion. I can imagine there being a lot of clunky exposition and alienating levels of alienness, for example:

DOCTOR: It's 1865, the year that the 13th amendment was passed, outlawing slavery in the USA.

GHROLOP737: On my planet, Muhgesiamia866, we worship the celestial shrine of Hxhopinono382, a great prophet, who brought the sacred rays of equality and mutual understanding to our planetoid upon the 91st Feast of Lsfhasumio519.

DOCTOR: Um... that's nice...

1 day, 17 hours ago on 4 Different Types of Companions Doctor Who Should Consider

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@Notsosmartguy It would be quite irresponsible of the Doctor however. Admittedly, he doesn't tend to pay much heed to laws, but at least other companions are adults who choose to take the risk of danger and death. In other words, if Courtney got stuck in a parallel universe, the Doctor would have a lot of explaining to do!

1 day, 17 hours ago on 4 Different Types of Companions Doctor Who Should Consider

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@ilyootha, agent of C.L.A.R.A. I agree, although I don't think we're ever supposed to know if Jack actually is The Face of Boe. I just wish I could read that letter RTD sent to Frank Cotrell Boyce's daughter in which he gives a possible solution as to how Jack ends up becoming Boe.

1 day, 23 hours ago on “Jack & River Returns Would Have to be Seismic” – Moffat

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I completely agree. Some critics seem to think that children should watch 'drama' set in a lovely fluffy world where nothing ever goes wrong until they're 16 or so at which point they immediately become completely mature and are wholly able to digest proper 'adult drama'.

One of the main reasons that I became a Doctor Who back in 2005, as a mere 7 year old, was that it was tangibly different to other children's TV. It didn't patronise me or water down any of its more mature themes and that's what made it so captivating.

5 days, 2 hours ago on Moffat on Criticisms that Doctor Who Is Too Dark

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@Antee991166  @supermoff wants Clara in Series 9 for Christmas! I enjoyed LKH, although I disliked that Amy and Rory seemed completely apathetic that their daughter was kidnapped as an infant and trained to be a psychopath during a completely miserable childhood that can never be undone.

5 days, 20 hours ago on Last Christmas New Clip

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I hope the Santa aspect of this is sorted out in a way similar to The Snowman (no, not The Snowmen) whereby the Doctor and Clara conclude at the end that Santa was only a dream, only for the Doctor to discover the scarf (or something to that effect) that Santa had given to him earlier in the episode. The Doctor smiles wryly, steps inside the TARDIS and dematerialises, just as the episode concludes. This leaves three options open:

1.The events of the episode occurred exactly as was seen and Santa is real. This option is likely to be favoured by young children.

2. Santa does exist in some shape of form, although he is not so caricatured or traditional as he is seen to be in the episode. In other words, a potential unreliable narrator device, as was used in Love and Monsters (please do not use this comment as a convenient means to slag off Love and Monsters).

3. Santa doesn't exist at all. The whole 'scarf' incident was just a coincidence.

I have no qualms with the more fantastical elements of Doctor Who. I enjoyed Kill the Moon and In the Forest of the Night for all that they were. However, the absolute confirmation that the figure of Santa Claus does exist would irk me, given that his existence would brazenly contradict reality, even Doctor Who reality!

Now, I doubt anyone gets this concerned about the Downton Abbey Christmas Special!

5 days, 20 hours ago on Last Christmas New Clip

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Robosapian! I fondly remember getting one of those back in Christmas '04.

5 days, 22 hours ago on Last Christmas New Clip

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They should call it 'Auton Towers'.

That is all.

1 week, 1 day ago on BBC Theme Park Set to Feature Doctor Who

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@The_Eternal_Dalek Yeah! in a film called 'Iron Man'!

Oh.

1 week, 1 day ago on An Opinion On Gender Regeneration: Plot or Politics?

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@supermoff is in Christmas mode @NSSG&SMAF "You're a genius. You're stone cold brilliant, you are. I swear, you really are. But you could be so much more. You could be beautiful. With a mind like that, we could travel the stars. It would be my honour. Because you don't need to own the universe, just see it. To have the privilege of seeing the whole of time and space. That's ownership enough, Because I LUUUUURRRRRVVVVVEEEEE YOU!" 

Ok, I added in that last bit!

1 week, 1 day ago on An Opinion On Gender Regeneration: Plot or Politics?

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A very considered argument, although not one that I would necessarily agree with. I don't intend to vilify anyone not in favour of a female Doctor by labelling them as 'sexist'. The vast majority of commenters here state their opinions in a reasonable and intelligent manner, and the issue at hand is hardly black-and-white, or rather, male-and-female. My comment on the topic yesterday was stuck in pending for some time, so if I may copy and paste it here:

I like to think that a Timelord gender change is only likely to occur in the latter part of their regeneration cycle, or in a renewed cycle (the Master is presumably on his/her third now and has had plenty of anomalous incarnations along the way as a result of possession or the chameleon arch). We've seen the Doctor's regenerations get fierier and more unpredictable in The End of Time and Time of the Doctor so it wouldn't be too unlikely for certain 'malfunctions' to occur during the process.

I would be perfectly happy to have a female Doctor although I'm anxious that the move would cause too many fans to abandon ship. I actually find the "I will stop watching the show" mindset quite hard to comprehend. Obviously you may not like the change, but a female Doctor would still travel through time and space with companions while fighting monsters, the basic essence of the show, as simplistic as it sounds. Surely the Doctor being male isn't the only thing that's keeping you watching?

1 week, 1 day ago on An Opinion On Gender Regeneration: Plot or Politics?

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@Antee991166 But he's hardly macho, especially so in comparison with James 'Jane' Bond, nor even a conventional male hero. So if any iconic male character (but not iconically male) was to become female, it would be him. Not to mention of course that the plot device of regeneration allows such a change to occur

1 week, 1 day ago on An Opinion On Gender Regeneration: Plot or Politics?

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I like to think that a Timelord gender change is only likely to occur in the latter part of their regeneration cycle, or in a renewed cycle (the Master is presumably on his/her third now and has had plenty of anomalous incarnations along the way as a result of possession or the chameleon arch). We've seen the Doctor's regenerations get fierier and more unpredictable in The End of Time and Time of the Doctor so it wouldn't be too unlikely for certain 'malfunctions' to occur during the process.

I would be perfectly happy to have a female Doctor although I'm anxious that the move would cause too many fans to abandon ship. I actually find the "I will stop watching the show" mindset quite hard to comprehend. Obviously you may not like the change, but a female Doctor would still travel through time and space with companions while fighting monsters, the basic essence of the show, as simplistic as it sounds. Surely the Doctor being male isn't the only thing that's keeping you watching?

1 week, 2 days ago on Moffat: Gender is Fluid on Gallifrey

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All very valid questions, most of which I have wondered about myself. I was disappointed that we never returned to Leadworth after series five, since I found the picturesque little vilage to be an interesting and fresh setting for stories. Likewise, I was irritated that the 'blockbuster' themed episodes of series 7 lead to Amy and Rory departing the show in a film-noir styled episode set in New York. Why was New York deemed to be a fitting setting for their final episode? Obviously it's a famous city which allows for sumptuous cinematography, yada yada... I personally think 'The Angels Take Leadworth' would have made for a more fitting, more unique and generally more Doctor Who-ish farewell to the Ponds.

1 week, 4 days ago on Steven Moffat: An Era of Forgotten Things

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@DoctarHoo @PaddyB: Founding Father of R.O.S.E. Hard to say for sure when it isn't on-screen, but probably so, the book itself is more mature and its characters less caricatured than in Night Terrors.

1 week, 4 days ago on The End of Doctor Who: An Adventure in the Wilderness

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My only experience of non-TV Doctor Who in the Wilderness Years is Mark Gattis' Nightshade, a novel which is considerably darker than his TV episodes, as well as Storm harvest, which features the seventh Doctor hatching out of an egg!

1 week, 4 days ago on The End of Doctor Who: An Adventure in the Wilderness

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@Tardis Boy But wouldn't that be a bit too similar to Mummy on the Orient Express?

1 week, 5 days ago on Capaldi Teases Last Christmas & Clara’s Fate

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@The Genie, Double-Agent of J.A.C.K.I.E & D.O.N.N.A I was actually slightly unsatisfied after watching  Time of the Doctor for the first time. However, upon rewatching it for the first time recently I completely saw it anew for its deep, pervading poignancy, featuring the return of what i like to call 'Murray Gold's bleak Krop Tor violin'. It does have noticeable structural flaws, yet I'm willing to enjoy Time of the Doctor simply as Matt Smith's last hurrah, rather than a slightly botched plot-thread tidy up.

As for the whole 'Agents of...' thing. I'm not even sure myself! I just pretend to be Pete Tyler for a laugh. The dead one, not the rich n' bald one.

1 week, 5 days ago on Doctor Who: Fifty-One Favourites (Part 2)

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Ugh, those face-clinger things are weird looking!

1 week, 5 days ago on Last Christmas Promo Gallery

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This could just as easily be a list of the episodes with the most heartrending death and farewell scenes:

The Girl Who Waited

"I love you, too. Don't let me in. Tell Amy, your Amy, I'm giving her the days. The days with you. The days to come. The days I can't have. Take them, please. I'm giving you my days. "

 Forest of the Dead

"Is "all right" special Time Lord code for really not all right at all" "Why?"   "Because I'm all right, too."   "D...d...d...do-"

 The God Complex

"I want you to do me one last favour, Doctor. I can feel the rapture approaching, like a wave. I don't want you to witness this. I want you to remember me the way I was. You stay where you are. Please, let me be robbed of my faith in private" 

Doomsday

"Quite right, too. And I suppose, if it's one last chance to say it, Rose Tyler..."

Time of the Doctor

 "Come back. Handles? Handles. Oh. Thank you, Handles, and well done. Well done, mate"     ( this one is more so tragic due to the Doctor's reaction, rather than the actual 'death' of a funny robot head)

Blink

"It was raining when we met."   "It's the same rain."

1 week, 5 days ago on Doctor Who: Fifty-One Favourites (Part 2)

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@Beasts_a_Snarling is a Christmas KANDY I thought that, plot aside, the clockwork droids in Deep Breath were an interesting metaphor for regeneration, in that the half-face man has reconstructed himself so many time, over and over, that he not quite sure who he is.

There are certain examples of Moffat reusing old ideas, but to me the clockwork droids aren't one.

1 week, 5 days ago on Moffat Says He’s Not Running Out of Ideas Yet

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The Master, as we've seen him in the revived series, has a funny concept of 'winning', doesn't he/she.

In The Last of the Timelords his plan to wage war across the universe has completely failed, his year as the ruler of Earth has been entirely undone and, worst of all, he's just been shot by his own wife.

Master: "How about that. I win."

In Death in Heaven her army of cybermen have self-destructed themselves, the Doctor has adamantly refused her birthday present for him and she's about to be incinerated by her childhood best friend.

Missy: "Say something nice."

Doctor: "You win."

Missy: "I know."

Yes, I know, he/she achieves a symbolic victory of sorts by making the Doctor a wee bit sad, but to me it seems like the stubborn denial of a spoiled child.


1 week, 6 days ago on Your Favourite Master Revealed

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These results are very pleasant indeed. Gomez just managed to edge in front of Simm, meaning that no RTD versus Moffat rows, nor sexism debates will break out. Meanwhile Delgado beats Gomez, dispelling any 'Newvian' unpleasantness. Generally, everyone's happy!

My classic Masters back-catalogue only includes Ainely and Roberts so far. I am very intrigued by Delgado from the various clips I've seen so I look forwards to watching some pertwee episodes with him. From what I have seen, he doesn't appear entirely different from his more manic successors. There's still an element of showmanship, and needless antagonism of the Doctor.

1 week, 6 days ago on Your Favourite Master Revealed

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@SonicTheHedgehogRules His ability to wear a round metal hat is unrivaled.

1 week, 6 days ago on Your Favourite Master Revealed

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Come to think of it, I haven't actually expressed an opinion on the poll yet. I was too busy nattering on about Ood Oil. Then again, what's not to like about Ood Oil? COME ON! OOD OIL!

The thing is... I don't know. I do like Clara very much. She was a bit boneless (not in that way though!) in series 7, yet she emerged as an engaging, complex and at times flawed character this series, so much so that she barely feels like the Impossible Girl of old. Series 8 Clara has no time for souffles or slightly odd 'win' suffixes any more. Nowadays her priorities are Robin Hood (somewhat inexplicably, I think) and Mr. Pink, a character whose premature death doomed him to remaining boneless for the rest of eternity.

it almost feels as though we've only seen the real Clara this series, and even then she could still be slightly more honed as a character, in other words, no more Robin Hoods. However, it feels like she's been around forever already and I feel like any new companion-arc for her would be exhausting and would feel like retreading old ground.

She's already had several red-herring 'final episodes' so I suppose I'll have to trust Mozza to conclude Clazza's story in a satisfactory manner.

2 weeks ago on Clara, or a New Companion for Series 9?

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"'No turning back'? That's almost as bad as 'nothing can possibly go wrong', or 'this is going to be the best Christmas Walford's ever had.'"- The Doctor

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Last Christmas BBC One Time Confirmed

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@Baker Street Except that everyone ends up falling asleep on the sofa at about 5:00pm on Christmas day, so proportionately it makes sense.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Last Christmas BBC One Time Confirmed

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@TheNightmareChild, proud member of R.O.S.E. @PaddyB: Founding Father of R.O.S.E. Yeah, except why include the death of her mum in the first place if it has no impact on her overall storyline? Well, apart from that business with the leaf, which was all a bit wishy-washy in the first place.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on 5 Reasons Why Clara Should Stay for Series 9

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Series 8 Clara was for me a vast improvement upon series 7 Clara, she became a vulnerable and at times flawed character, rather than a quip-generator and question-asker.

If I do have one criticism however, it is that she felt almost like a completely different character, rather than a more developed version of her former self. In series 7 she was innocent and carefree, with a self-enforced air of inscrutability. In series 8 however, she could be uptight and at times slightly manic. Also, how did she go from being a nanny to being a teacher?

On that note, I wouldn't mind seeing more of her interest in literature shining through, other than her writing the first line of some classic text up on her whiteboard. More focus was placed on the companion's career (or lack of one) by RTD- worked in a shop, Doctor, best temp in Chiswick.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on 5 Reasons Why Clara Should Stay for Series 9

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@TheNightmareChild, proud member of R.O.S.E. We have seen her as a child, something that can't be said for Martha or Donna, although it feels like there's something lacking in her backstory. A lack of cohesion perhaps, from her mum's death, to being a nanny, to being a teacher.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on 5 Reasons Why Clara Should Stay for Series 9

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@Notsosmartguy Agent of C.L.A.R.A. That does make sense, although it would seem unfair to Samuel Anderson if Danny Pink was reduced to the 'middle chapter' of the Clara Oswald years, even if I personally didn't like the character.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on 5 Reasons Why Clara Should Stay for Series 9

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@stargazer0118 @MatthewBurrows In the fictional universe of Doctor Who, it's actually quite arrogant, racist even, of us humans to consider lack of empathy or lack of emotions to be 'alien'. When the Doctor is cold, aloof and inscrutable, I tend to regard that as a consequence of the elitist and aristocratic society of Gallifrey.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Who is YOUR Doctor? The Results

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@The Lazy Cat is Hanging Out With Jenna Coleman 1. Eccelston

2. Tennant

3. Eccelston

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Who is YOUR Doctor? The Results

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@MrRazza, Lord Tony of Blackburn Genesis was my first classic story too. My cousin lent it to me along with Revelation and Remembrance of the Daleks, although I can't really say that I watched Revelation, since the DVD kept skipping.

Since then I have seen The Invisible Enemy, K9 and Company (I know, it technically isn't Doctor Who), the Five Doctors, The Curse of Fenric, The Talons of Weng Chiang, The Caves of Androzani, The TV Movie, Attack of the Cybermen and Destiny of the Daleks. So I really ought to watch the first three Doctors in their own right!

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Who is YOUR Doctor? The Results

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@SANTA-ran17 Fortunately for the sake of enjoying Doctor Who!

2 weeks, 4 days ago on The Problems with Death in Heaven

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WILF: "My wife's buried down there. I might never visit her again now. Do you think he changed them, in their graves"

DOCTOR: "No, but just wait another five years and he'll have straightened that all out. Well, I say 'he', she'll have."

2 weeks, 4 days ago on The Problems with Death in Heaven

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@The Lazy Cat is Hanging Out With Jenna Coleman To me it seemed like an old plot-thread that Moffat had either discarded or forgotten about.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on The Problems with Death in Heaven

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Good article, I did enjoy the finale a lot, although it's obvious that you have tried hard to like the story, and your criticisms are valid and not at all petty

I agree with you about Danny. I don't know whether it was the writing, Samuel Anderson's acting or a combination of the two, but I never warmed to him as a character. I was intrigued by him in Into the Dalek and Listen, but in The Caretaker, Mummy on the orient Express and In the Forest of the Night he came across as controlling and passive-aggressive (oddly these are character traits that tend to be attributed to Clara). I began to like him in Dark Water, having seen him completely emotionally crushed (I'm sadistic like that!) But his resentment of the Doctor in Death in Heaven grated with me, and I felt they should have said goodbye on better terms.  I mean, he's trying to save the world mate, give him a break!


2 weeks, 4 days ago on The Problems with Death in Heaven

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I was quite surprised by the hoo-ha about Osgood's death. I didn't dislike her as a character, yet I never egarded her as PCM (Potential Companion Material) in the same way as Lynda or Rita. In fact, I don't recall anyone regarding her as such up until the week before Death in Heaven aired. In the lead-up to the finale everyone was baying for the blood of a main character (Clara in particullar). osgood was only a supporting character, but I suppose it was the unceremonious nature of her death that upset some. Perhaps if the Doctor had been there for her disintegration, it would have had more of an emotional impact.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Could Osgood Still Be Alive?

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The idea of the Doctor visiting Clara from time to time until she eventually dies of old age seems like a rather nice idea to me. It's a bit different to former companion exits, yes, the Ponds also died of old age but it would be much more dramatic to actually seeage take its toll on Clara... well, as long as the prosthetics are alright...which they don't end to be! We always hear about how the Doctor can never get too close to his companions because they age and die whereas he just regenerates, but we've never actually seen this hypothesis in action.

I'd be happy enough to have Clra for another year, although if the rumours are true, I hope that she doesn't feel shoehorned in.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Rumour: Christmas Won’t Be Jenna Coleman’s Last

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@ClaraOswinOswald Time of the Doctor-Time of the Doctor-so good you listed it twice!

3 weeks ago on Doctor Who: Fifty-One Favourites (Part 1)

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Er... I'm not really one for list-making, but here's ten of my current favourites, completely off the top of my head and in chronological order:

1. Bad Wolf/Parting of the Ways

2. The Girl in the Fireplace

3. Army of Ghosts/Doomsday

4. Human Nature/The Family of Blood

5. Blink

6. Midnight

7. Turn Left

8. The Girl who Waited

9. Day of the Doctor

10. Listen

3 weeks ago on Doctor Who: Fifty-One Favourites (Part 1)

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I'm thinking of buying the original Dark Eyes. I haven't listened to any Big Finish yet so I was wondering if this is a good jumping-on point for the Eighth Doctor adventures?

3 weeks ago on Dark Eyes 3 Review

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RTD would be great because... he's RTD. Also, Most of my favourite Moffat stories where those that he wrote pre-2010, so RTD could probably write a brilliant standalone episode given that he's been simmering away with ideas for five years now.

I'd love to see Tom McRae back too.I was painfully aware of the absence quirky little episodes akin to The Girl Who Waited in series 7. Series 8 went to some lengths to rectify this (Listen stands out) so hopefully we'll get plenty of them next year, as TGWW is one of my favourite Matt Smith episodes.

Neil Gaiman would be good too, as long as he gets to make is own monster, hopefully on par in scariness to the Other Mother or Ursula Monkton from his books. In other words, don't let him misunderstand the Cybermen again...

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Writers to Bring Back for Series 9 & Beyond

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@#SaveConstantine @PaddyB @SANTA-ran17 No offense taken. I just feel that Rose needs some certified protectors. Hence R.O.S.E.

3 weeks, 1 day ago on New Who Finale Face-Off: Your Top 8

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@#SaveConstantine @SANTA-ran17 BEEPBEEP! (checks stopwatch) 

Oh, that's, what? an hour in? and already my dearest Rose is getting slagged off!

Since we had all this 'Agents of C.L.A.R.A' stuff a couple of months back when she was getting a bit of flak, how about I found a new association, one that is long overdue:

R.O.S.E (Rose Organisation for Sincere Eulogies- not that Billie Piper is dead or anything...)

Now, Who's with me?

3 weeks, 1 day ago on New Who Finale Face-Off: Your Top 8

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Calling all fans of Army of Ghosts/Doomsday, I invite you to place your ears against your computer monitors and weep, as rivulets of non-waterproof mascara run down our faces.

I just need to find some non-waterproof mascara... 

3 weeks, 1 day ago on New Who Finale Face-Off: Your Top 8

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@Baker Street @TheCyberDoctor @Clara Bosswald  @LGwalchmai95 Thank you! It's nice to know that I'm not alone in fighting a bitter, endless war for the sake of Love and Monsters (and losing quite badly)!

3 weeks, 1 day ago on New Who Finale Face-Off: Your Top 8

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@The Lazy Cat Has Stowed Away on the TARDIS If she does leave, which I think is very likely, I can't see in what way she would go. 

The 'sort of, but not really' death plot device received by Rose, Donna, Amy and Rory would seem clichéd this time round, and would be a bit out of the blue.

Her and the Doctor simply parting ways would become very repetitive after Kill the Moon, Mummy on the Orient Express, and Death in Heaven.

Lastly, an untimely death would suffer from its close proximity to Danny's untimely death (or more likely, the impact of Danny's death would suffer due to the greater importance of Clara). Death also seems unlikely in a Christmas special featuring Santa Claus!

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Last Christmas: Short Synopsis

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