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This might just be me but when you dig under all the hyperbole Capaldi's Doctor actually sounds a lot like Eleven in Series 5.

The nature of the Eleventh Doctor was that he very much developed as a character through his tenure. Because by Series 7 Eleven was describing humans as 'the only mystery worth solving' and declaring happy tears to be 'humany wumany' people forget that when he first came regenerated he was actually very alien, dark and even a bit abrasive.

I always remember Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone the Doctor declares humans as breeding like rabbits and knocks heads with Father Octavian. When Amy is seconds away he runs off leaving her blind in the middle of the forest with only a "Later Pond" in the way of goodbye. In The Hungry Earth he leaves a young boy outside in the knowledge the whole area is surrounded by angry Silurians without even thinking. In the Beast Below he rages at the rulers of Starship UK for "Only being human".

I'm sure Capaldi's Doctor will be brilliant and different and everything but sometimes I feel that all this talk of how 'accessible' and 'human friendly' Eleven was makes him seem a little bit safe and placid when he really wasn't.

1 day, 8 hours ago on Capaldi’s Doctor More Alien, Less “human-friendly”

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@YaelMoise @sontaran17 I think part of the problem is context and miscommunication. This extract is a response to a question in a magazine article about what Capaldi's Doctor will call himself not Moffat randomly making a blog post to annoy everyone. He's not saying everyone is 'WRONG' to refer to the Doctors with numbers he's just saying that he has no interest in referring to the numbering in the show, it would be like meeting someone and saying "Hi I'm 33 year old John!" "What?" "Well three years ago I was 30 year old John who wore a purple blazer and liked Pizza." "I'm 33 year old John who is much darker and more serious...and wears a beret!" You wouldn't do it...or would only do it very rarely. He's not peeing on anyone's numbering bonfire. The same with the running away with the Doctor thing, he's not saying "If people want to run away with the Doctor THEY ARE WRONG" he's saying "This series we are going to show some of the negative impacts the Doctor has on his companion's lives" Moffat has a talent for not conveying himself well combined with a need as a showrunner to be a bit controversial and keep Doctor Who in the news and hype people up. It was the same under RTD who openly admitted in 'A Writer's Tale' that when in interviews he would suddenly become a different person throwing out hyperbole.  








6 days, 11 hours ago on Moffat Questions “Twelfth Doctor” Title

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Good point well made.

2 weeks ago on How Far Into Darkness will the 12th Doctor Take Us?

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It's interesting that people talk about wanting 12 to be darker, more calculating and manipulative but for me Matt Smith's Doctor was all of those things. Unlike Ten the Eleventh Doctor didn't meet people he liked and invite them to travel with him his companions were instead puzzles to be solved eg. The girl with the crack in her wall or the impossible girl.

He often lied to or didn't tell his companions the whole story e.g. Amy being the flesh or having met Clara before. For me the fact that Eleven gave the impression of being a warm, eccentric buffoon whilst really working on his own agenda actually makes him darker.

Finally he did some pretty dark and calculating things - he organised the genocide of a whole race, he ordered a general/priest to humiliate himself by telling his men to run away, he killed Solomon, his influence on Amy's life led to her having a child who she was never allowed to see grow up. It's all quite dark to me...

2 weeks ago on How Far Into Darkness will the 12th Doctor Take Us?

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@Amy is Hannibal Hmmm yes that would fit with the fact the TARDIS light seems slightly green the colour of House, maybe just pointless speculation but who knows!


2 weeks, 3 days ago on Doctor Who Series 8 TV Launch Trailer

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Is the corridor at 0.05 the Tesseract also it might be just an effect but 0.47 looks like they have travelled through a 'crack' in time. 

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Doctor Who Series 8 TV Launch Trailer

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I don't think you can condemn the episode's ending as being implausible in terms of cyberman science as we don't really have any manual for how that works. We don't know how much power a cyber leader with human emotions would have to override their suit. We know that the leader of torchwood in Doomsday was able to maintain at least part of her identity inside her suit enough to attack other cybermen. We know that miss hartigan was able to override a whole army of cybermen why should craig not be able to use his powers as cyber leader to break out of a suit.

Also on the asylum of the Daleks thing. Nano genes, whilst hardly accurate science are based on real science. Although we talk about them 'infecting' what they really are is tiny robots that essentially re-engineer you from the inside out. Not infecting you as such.

Matt Smith is good with children was clearly a reference to his on screen presence with children not that he's just nice! He does act well against young cast members eg. Teh, acc, tdtwatw etc etc.

3 weeks, 6 days ago on The Common Criticisms of Closing Time

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I think this article did a great job of bringing balance to the Torchwood Miracle Day debate and highlighting some unfair criticism but for me it misses out perhaps the largest criticism of the story. Ultimately the premise of the show was 'Miracle Day' which was, I thought, a truly inspired idea by Russell T. Davies and a way to explore some really interesting topical questions about population growth and Malthusian crisis.

However the big reveal of WHY Miracle Day had happened was ultimately just a huge deux ex machina and very unsatisfying. What was great about RTD's story arcs in Doctor Who was that everything came together at the end, all the hints of missing planets and mysterious appearances of Rose suddenly made complete sense. There was no sense of a big reveal in Miracle Day's finale and this made the rest of the series (however good or bad that was) feel like a waste of time.

1 month, 1 week ago on Is Torchwood: Miracle Day Unfairly Criticised?

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@Iris Wildthyme Surely the point of the Clara arc was that despite the mystery around her she is 'genuine'. Ultimately her splintering is not really about timelines or rips in the fabric of space and time, it is the act of a girl so brave she is willing to sacrifice her being to save her best friend's life over and over again. Throughout Series 7 we are reminded Clara is as the Doctor says, "just a girl". Her big sisterly conversation with Merrie and her discussion with the War Doctor in DotD immediately stand out as examples of Clara being actually far more 'genuine' than perhaps more brash characters such as Rose or Martha.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Clara Oswald – A Question of Perspective

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@teddybowties @PaddyB @Malohkeh I'm very confused as to where the evidence that Moffat is 'arrogant' comes from. Read some interviews he's given on his own writing he raves about the work of other Who writers and regularly rips into his own. The idea that he is some arrogant egomaniac is just not true.

There are plenty of 'hints' at a backstory. TBoSJ's the Doctor works out that Clara was going to see the world but she can't leave this one family who have lost their mum. Akhaten we see the impact of her mother's death on Clara and how her parents fell in love. In TotD we meet Clara's family. Bare in mind Clara has been a companion for half a series less than any other companion so far - If we compare her with the first half of Martha's series all we found out was that her parents were going through a messy divorce and her sister and brother were barely in it unless the plot required it.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Clara Oswald – A Question of Perspective

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I think the whole point of The Day of the Doctor was that the Doctor committing the genocide of billions of innocent children was an act which was out of character. Personally I loved the Time War as a plot device and the impact it had on the Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Doctors.

But the Doctor is the man who turned up on Amelia Pond's doorstep and ate fish fingers and custard, he's the man who climbed in through young Kazran Sardick's window to show him a flying fish, he's the man who will stay out of history unless he hears children crying as Amy says in The Beast Below. I understand the point of the Time War that the Doctor has 'no choice' but to commit genocide. But I still find it hard to believe he could.

I understand what you are saying about the threat of the Timelords to the universe but then you have to think about what the Doctor did. He didn't craft a situation where the Timelords can just immediately be released into the world but instead kept them contained in a pocket universe.

I'm also not sure about this idea that being older makes your moral judgements better. Often young people have much stronger and better moral compasses than adults. Being older can be a disadvantage, you can become so caught up in the complexity of your life that you become distanced from your values and loves. What Clara did wasn't to tell the Doctor that his judgement was wrong, it was to tell him his judgement was not HIM. Killing billions of innocent children was against who the Doctor was as a person and everything he values and I think she was right.  

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Why Bringing Back Gallifrey is Wrong

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@Ollie Walton Harrod 'It is just that there is absolutely no chance that Moffat wouldn't overdo it, as he has been doing thus far, and make that the main point of the season' Isn't there? All of the episodes from Series 7 were stand alone episodes in response to fan complaints that Series 6 was too arc heavy. In episodes 1-5 of Series 7 there was practically no arc at all with the exception of the Pond's Leaving which really made little difference to narrative in anything but ATM. In Series 7 Part 2 the Clara arc can only be said to dramatically have affected the narrative of the first and last episodes. I understand you might not like Moffat's arcs but I think the idea they overwhelm the show or that somehow there is 'absolutely no chance' of change is unfair when Moffat has been far more responsive to fan comment than RTD.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Why Bringing Back Gallifrey is Wrong

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Moffat stated on the whole bringing-back-Jenny-thing that he was talking to RTD about the upcoming series and RTD told him about The Doctor's Daughter and how she would be killed at the end of the episode, to which Moffat in essence responded with "Introducing an important person to a main character and killing them off in the same episode, that's a bit Star Trek isn't it?" Which led to RTD rewriting the ending. I know Rule 1: Moffat lies but I honestly think in this case he has no plans for bringing Jenny back. I imagine if he was going to do this kind of story he would probably go one step further and bring back Susan. Saying that personally I would love to see Jenny back.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Bring Back… Jenny, the Doctor’s Daughter

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@Sir James Bond Lets be honest though there were 3 options for the inclusion of classic Doctors and the Day of the Doctor and Name of the Doctor explored all of them.

1. Using remastered archive footage - Check. It worked reasonably effectively. It gave an opportunity for sadly deceased Doctors to appear and for classic Doctors to appear as they had done in the show. BUT lets be honest the footage was a little dodgy in places.

2. Doubles with facial digital facial reconstruction. Worked ok at the end of the Day of the Doctor but the technology would have been too expensive for moving people really.

3. Bringing back old Doctors as they are now - Cue Tom Baker in a wonderful little cameo. Could other Doctors have been included at this juncture as other curators? Yes perhaps but there wouldn't be time to give each of them the kind of appearance Baker got.

I think the honest truth was that the episode was quite referential and there were lots of winks (many of which I'm sure I missed). The credits, totters lane, unit, neutron flow, the many pictures of the secret unit base, the scarf, the zygons, the changing console room, you've redecorated - I don't like it, etc etc. But ultimately it was referential because it was asking the same question the series has always been asking. Doctor Who? What kind of man is the Doctor? What does he stand for?  

2 months ago on Could The Eleven Doctors Have Been Achieved Without Overcrowding?

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I really think Rita should have been on the list. She was a companion who managed to be simultaneously smart, warm, funny and complex. I feel as though in some ways Rita embodies a lot of what writers have tried to do with the character of Clara - She was a companion who could keep up with the Doctor. In one episode we got a beautiful tantalising insight into the life of Rita who was pressured by her father into doing well in school, who could compartmentalise the strangeness of her life, who still held with her a Muslim faith, the kind of character development writers have failed to give Clara in half a series (Don't get me wrong I love Clara!).

2 months, 1 week ago on 5 Could Have Been Companions

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@robohappy @VortexDan He had an impossible task, he could never have made a 50th that pleased everybody. He gave us a story that delivered surprises - regardless of what you felt about the War Doctor reveal it was a big revelation for a big special, plenty of nods to the past not to mention Tom Baker!, a story which was personal and game-changing for the Doctor, great comedic moments with some deeper moral questions. In contrast what did he spoil? 

It's been stated the numbers remain the same as the War Doctor rejected the name. Honestly what is the problem? If showrunners never changed the canon then shows would be massively dull. If no one had changed the canon there would be no regeneration in the first place. Moffat has put the show in a position where it can continue for another 13 regenerations even if you don't like the way he did it, surely that has to be a good thing. So how can people defend Moffat after this...quite easily?  

2 months, 1 week ago on Smith on 50th Classic Doctor Criticisms

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@Oodkind  I think Nine struck the right balance on the flirtation front. He was in his 40s so only 10 years younger than Capaldi. But he still had the odd moment of romance with the Forest of Cheem and the talk of 'dancing' with Rose and Jack, but it never felt creepy.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Moffat: Handsome Actors don’t suit the Doctor

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@Beasts_a_Snarling Surely the show has already been doing this for at least the last 8 years: Nine's guilt and rage over his involvement in the Time War, Ten's feelings of responsibility for the his damaging impact on the lives of his companions, Ten's brief moment as the Timelord Victorious and raging against his inevitable fate, Eleven's existential crisis about what he has become and mission to erase himself from the universe, Eleven's crisis over how he can be merciful AND ensure justice, the whole 50th anniversary about the Doctor's feelings about his part in the genocide of millions of children.

As RTD said recently the romance and the flirting makes a tiny percentage of the overall show which has been exploring the 'Darkness of the Time Lord's soul' for years. The flirting is just something the press like to jump on. e.g. Who will Matt Smith snog next?  

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Moffat: Handsome Actors don’t suit the Doctor

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@dragonsfyre I understand what you are saying. The issue is that it doesn't really make logical sense. If the BBC, production teams, executives, writers etc knew that they could digitally add in Christopher Eccleston's face in and they knew the fan wanted this why wouldn't they do it? The people who make Doctor Who aren't idiots and Steven Moffat certainly isn't

We're talking about the same man who helped to arrange the mini-episode The Night of the Doctor (something he was under not obligation to do and which was pretty much an act of fan service) why would he not have even thought of including in Eccleston's face.

We know from interviews Christopher Eccleston is a man who puts a lot of emphasis on his choices as an actor and respect to his performance. This seems (reading between the lines) part of the reason he left Doctor Who in the first place. It seems to make much more sense that they did this out of respect to him than that the whole Doctor Who production team didn't think to digitally add his face into the regeneration sequence. Bearing in mind this episode was in edit for months before it was shown.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Moffat on Why Hurt to Eccleston Regeneration Was So Short

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@dragonsfyre Could you just clarify what you consider being 'professional and respectful' to be? Being within your rights to do something due to copyright ownership isn't quite the same as being respectful towards an actor or their performance, is it? Surely the only person who can say if they have been disrespected is Christopher Eccleston.

The production team clearly knew they could digitally include Eccleston's face in the regeneration scene with the technology they had and their copyright, but chose not to. It is also safe to assume they knew how much the fans wanted to see this. Surely the most logical explanation is that they had spoken to Eccleston and were respecting his wishes.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Moffat on Why Hurt to Eccleston Regeneration Was So Short

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@dragonsfyre Surely it was clear that in the final shot people had been digitally added in as there were all the classic doctors there too. Moffat discussed through several meetings Chris' involvement in the show and got his blessing for the 50th it seems highly unlikely that this shot would not have been mentioned to him so there's not really any contradiction in what he is saying. Is there?

3 months ago on Moffat on Why Hurt to Eccleston Regeneration Was So Short

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@DeanySevigny You can have a health condition that will dramatically reduce your life expectancy and your blood will still clot if your get a cut because there's a difference between your body doing small things to heal itself and doing large things heal long term problems. Similarly if you know you only have 20 years left to live you can still continue making blood donations to help other people.  

Timelord biology is different to human biology but surely the ability to heal a wrist would require tonnes less energy than rewriting every cell of the human body whilst maintaining the exact structure of human memory. If you knew you didn't have enough energy in you left to regenerate but you could use your remaining energy to help a person you love surely you would do it in the same way an elderly person might choose to donate blood or bone marrow. I fail to see how this is sloppy or arrogant.  

3 months ago on Moffat on Why Hurt to Eccleston Regeneration Was So Short

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@twoheartsonemind  Being Human had some excellent female writers like Lisa McGee, Lucy Catherine, Sarah Phelps, Sarah Dollard who's written episodes for Merlin and Primeval! I love to see any of these writers working on Doctor Who!

3 months, 1 week ago on Peter Harness Writing for Series 8?

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'Have the Doctor escape by the skin of his teeth and have the Daleks win in some way'? Isn't that exactly what happens in this episode? The Daleks (who have amassed an empire, rebuilt or reclaimed their home planet and created concentration camps) capture and blackmail the doctor into destroying the Asylum. The Doctor does that and only manages to escape alive with the assistance of Oswin. At the end of the episode the Dalek parliament still exists and their problem has been solved. Can't really win more than that.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Unpopular Opinion: Asylum of the Daleks

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Don't get me wrong I love speculating about potential episodes of Doctor Who but the problem with speculating is that the Doctor Who in your head has an unlimited budget and is not restrained by issues such as money, practicality of location or insurance.

Lets be honest the reason the Daleks were not 'used' as moving characters in the episode is because they were taken from museums and private collections, they are moveable working props but they are also collectors pieces. Do you have any idea how much the bbc has to pay out in insurance and organise in damage reports? What would have happened if anything broke inside the Daleks while they were operating them? Granted maybe moffat shouldn't have hyped up the whole 'every Dalek in history thing' if he couldn't deliver but do you honestly think if he could have had someone working the special weapons Dalek he wouldn't have?

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Unpopular Opinion: Asylum of the Daleks

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I agree it wasn't a great storyline but can you explain to me how it is sexist?

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Unpopular Opinion: Asylum of the Daleks

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Actually I think both your opinions are right. Moffat said in the build up to the 50th that if you were going to do a multi doctor story you would want the First Doctor in it because it's that kind of 'what have I be become?' thing. The war doctor took the place of the first in this and this was played for laughs (though I'm not sure you could quite call it spoof) eg. Mocking the screwdrivers, mocking the catchphrases, the youthfulness etc. but also asking why the doctor has become this man which I think comes down to what shyx111 said.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on How Could Capaldi’s Doctor Develop?

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I must admit I think a 'dark' character is what everyone thinks they want but in practice dark can get very boring. What is fun about the doctor is the different layers of his personality. The most exciting thing for me in the video with Capaldi reassuring the young doctor who fan was JLC declaring "he'll make you laugh!"

3 months, 3 weeks ago on How Could Capaldi’s Doctor Develop?

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For me Pandorica remains the series finale opener that did everything right. The massive amount of payoff in the pre credit sequence, the stone henge speech, the epic scale, the life and death of Amy Pond sequence, the cybermen in their scariest appearance since Age of Steel.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Series 1-7 Face-Off: Episode 12

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@TheEleventhWheatley Can you explain to me why McGann returning is 'jumping the shark'? I agree it is unlikely. I agree that Capaldi should have time to develop his own persona as the Doctor unencumbered (and I don't think the writer of this article is really suggesting that this would have to happen in Capaldi's first, second, third season just that it is an option) but that's not really the same as saying McGann EVER returning is somehow ridiculous or potentially damaging to the show. The idea of eight and twelve meeting really seems no outrageous than any other multi-doctor story of which several have spanned over multi-episode serials.  

4 months ago on How To Bring Back McGann

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I think Moffat's final series as showrunner will end with the Doctor finding Galiffrey again. I say this in no way bashing Moffat in any way I personally love his stories, but he is a writer who loves journeys more than destinations. I think he likes the idea of the Doctor's quest to rediscover Galiffrey more than the idea of Galiffrey returning itself (He has in the past expressed mixed feeling about the timelords as a regular feature on the show).

4 months, 1 week ago on Gatiss on Gallifrey & Time Lords’ Return

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I think that poor 7 year old boy is unfairly criticised for the Absorbaloff I like the idea of a creature that absorbs its victims into its own body is a chilling and ingenious idea. Imagine if a creature killed your friends and then wore them on its skill how horrifying would that be? I think there was scope for a much better story written around it.

4 months, 1 week ago on Are Doctor-Lite stories the best of Doctor Who?

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@hankim912 He didn't actually say the master wouldn't ever return: 'I think there’s a danger with giving the Doctor an arch enemy like that. It’s sort of limiting and a little bit cartoony. I thought Russell T Davies making him a complete lunatic was really, really brilliant. I did think he sort of ended that story. [Bringing him back] comes down to one thing: do you have a great idea or not? But it’s certainly not off the table'

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Major Series 8 Villain Revealed?

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@grumpyoldcow I think the tone of the story might make more sense if you knew about Victorian Penny Dreadfuls (Cheap weekly stories written in the 19th Century and filled with odd horror and mystery tales for teenagers they mixed scary tales of men such as 'Spring-heeled Jack' with dark humour.) It's this literature which inspired Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd which has the same tone moving from the darkly funny 'A Little Priest' through to the quite disturbing 'Epiphany'. The skill of these kinds of stories is that they can make you laugh then make you wince. 

As such it was the idea of this story that the acting was over the top and campy as that was the style of story it was drawing from, that style might not be to everyone's tastes which I understand, but it' not a criticism of Mark Gatiss' writing or the acting of the cast who were fantastic.

I must admit I agree about Clara, but this was a Doctor and Companion light episode in the same vein as Blink. In fact we see about as much of Clara in this episode as we did of Martha in that one. So I'm not sure we can begrudge her absence that much...

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Crimson Horror

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@DasManiac @tealeaves Firstly I personally think the Doctor would disagree with your claims Britain is not important. Despite him travelling across time and space he has an undeniable soft spot for Britain. The essential Britishness of the show is one of the things that makes it so popular around the world and I'm personally not sure that sending Torchwood transatlantic really led to better stories than a more domestic tale such as Children of Earth.

Secondly Doctor Who has arguably been more international in recent years than ever before. Vincent and the Doctor was set in Provence, Angels Take Manhattan, A Town Called Mercy and Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon were all set in America, Cold War was set on a Russian Submarine in the Arctic, The Girl in the Fireplace was set in France, most of RTDs stories stressed the global scale of disasters beyond merely Britain. Whilst Steven Moffat's reign as showrunner has seen more time spent travelling across the universe to new planets and less emphasis on life at home in Britain.

4 months, 4 weeks ago on The Speculator’s Guide to… The Next Showrunner

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@DasManiac To be honest I am confused as to what your point is. Doctor Who is a programme made by the BBC so it's natural it will primarily be interested in the domestic audience. Also how would a showrunner show more interest in the international audience? The cast have already done tours around the world, they went to Comic Con where the first trailer for Day of the Doctor was aired before British audiences, DotD itself was aired multicast around the world. If that's not interest in the international audience I don't know what is. Also surely an international audience will always be larger than a domestic one anyway?

4 months, 4 weeks ago on The Speculator’s Guide to… The Next Showrunner

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@Sir James Bond @tealeaves I am inclined to believe it is a plothole in a very plotholey episode but if I were to explain it I would say it must have to do with Clara being splintered across the universe amplifying the untapped possibility within that leaf?

4 months, 4 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Rings of Akhaten

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@Sir James Bond But aren't you missing the ultimate point of the speech? The truth is that despite everything the Doctor has done and the amazing things he has seen it is not that which destroys the creature known as the God of Akhaten. What destroys the creature is, like you say, something small and inconsequential and very human. A leaf which brought two people together on a cold autumn day, a memento for a lost mother, a token of the small moments of seeming fate which bring people together and make wonderful and impossible things happen. The point of the speech is that it is all boast and bluster but in the end it is a tiny piece of humanness which saves the world.

4 months, 4 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: The Rings of Akhaten

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@SonicTheHedgehogRules The reason I'm not a big fan of Cold War is that it feels like a less successful rehash of Dalek. There were some fantastic actors in that episode but none of them were really able to shine because the plot didn't give their characters any development. It just felt to me like the plot had been build around bringing back the Ice Warriors (Which, don't get me wrong are really cool) rather than an actual story.

I don't think it's awful its an enjoyable little episode, but I also don't think it's great. Crimson Horror was much better in my opinion

5 months ago on Best of Matt Smith: A Town Called Mercy

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@brewbrew42 I'm not sure I really understand your argument here. When you say it falls flat under its own cleverness the plot is really quite simple. A town in America houses a war criminal and spends the rest of the episode deciding what to do with him.

What it was doing was raising moral questions about the Doctor but I'm not sure that is trying to be 'clever' its just raising a question running through Doctor Who what does it mean for people to die because of the Doctor's mercy? It's the same question Tom Baker was asking back in Genesis of the Daleks is it acceptable for him to kill the Daleks in the knowledge he will save their victims? Similarly what is acceptable in war (A question which seems twice as interesting now we have seen Day of the Doctor). It's a personal thing but I think great television raises moral questions rather than raises moral answers and this episode did that. It made me think. If you were looking for what it 'says' isn't as the Doctor says "Violence doesn't end violence, it extends it." as valid a thing to say as any?

Also 'the dud that has really dragged down poor Matt Smith's era' surely even if you dislike the episode if there's one thing this episode showcased it's Matt Smith's acting ability. His rage at Jex when he picks up that gun, the hilarity when he orders "Tea, the strong stuff, leave the bag in" at a saloon bar, the electricity when he is in that jail with Jex two war criminals trying to justify the things they have done. I would argue Toby Whithouse is one of the writers who really nails the dialogue of the Eleventh Doctor.

As for it being a dud. When Steven Moffat started Series 7 he promised 'movie style' episodes and whether you like that format or not I really think this is one of the few episodes from Series 7 which achieved that. It looks epic and beautiful and it has a story which has a fitting ending which doesn't feel like the writer has run out of time and is rushing it to a deux ex machina.

Finally, "He's called Susan, and he wants you to respect his life choices."

5 months ago on Best of Matt Smith: A Town Called Mercy

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Could you explain to me how the episode is solved by deux ex machina? It was established half way through that the Minotaur had become an animal merely feeding on faith to survive who didn't want to live anymore. At the end of the episode the doctor broke Amy's faith and the creature died. The prison reduced because its only prisoner died. I'm failing to see anything introduced at the last minute to suddenly resolve the episode...

5 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: The God Complex

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@Amy the Consulting Commentator I'm sorry when was Amy physically abusive? The most I could notice was her playfully slapping Rory I don't think there was any implication of anything other than the fact Rory made a vaguely daft remark.

5 months, 1 week ago on Best of Matt Smith: The God Complex

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I feel this is a much fairer assessment of sexuality in Doctor Who than the article a couple of weeks back on 'Is Doctor Who a kids show and does it matter'. I think Doctor Who has the potential to really change the way children think about sexuality for the better. An excellent article.

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Doctor Who and Sexuality

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@GregChipman Sexism? How so? I agree that Abigail is something of a 2 dimensional character but how is it sexist?

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Best of Matt Smith: A Christmas Carol & Series 5 Recap

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