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@Toa Kongosoha can FEEEEL THE POWERRRR!!!! Small no to your first paragraph, but very large and resounding YES to everything else!  I agree completely about the new show's take on the Master. :D

1 day, 7 hours ago on Top 12 Best Written Russell T Davies Characters

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@Mark McCullough To me, The End of Time is a mixed bag in the most extreme sense.  The bad is perplexingly bad (I'm looking squarely at that resurrection scene), but when it works, it really really damn well works!  And for me, it mostly works. :D

1 day, 7 hours ago on Top 12 Best Written Russell T Davies Characters

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@Antee991166  @TheNightmareChild @TardisBoy! And what a story it would have to tell.  "Well, you know that one guy Adam who was kind of a tit?  You could fairly blame this on him."

1 day, 7 hours ago on Top 12 Best Written Russell T Davies Characters

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@TardisBoy! Locates nearest potted plant and vomits.


1 day, 7 hours ago on Top 12 Best Written Russell T Davies Characters

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@Strontium All the Strange Strange Creatures plays.

1 day, 8 hours ago on Top 12 Best Written Russell T Davies Characters

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@Strontium @TheNightmareChild "Oh, I think the explanation might be you've been fooled by a simple olfactory misdirection.  A little bit like ventriloquism of the nose.  It's an elementary trick in certain parts of the galaxy.  And it's gotta be said: I don't like the look of that hydroconometer.  It seems to be indicating you've got energy feedback all the way through the retrostabilizers feeding back (ding ding) into the primary heat converters.  *gasp*  Because if there's one thing you shouldn't'a done, you shouldn't'a let me push all those buttons.  But in fairness, I will give you one word of advice:  Run! :D

1 day, 8 hours ago on Top 12 Best Written Russell T Davies Characters

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@Jamesanash101, Member of CATS @Doctavarium: Knight of CYDONIA @Supermoff, member of CATS People treat the clingy/jealous aspects of Rose like that's all there was to her, and in order to do that they have to miss or deliberately ignore every other aspect of her character and development.  It's truly perplexing.

1 day, 8 hours ago on Top 12 Best Written Russell T Davies Characters

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@TardisBoy! Besides, Ten was able to say goodbye to her.  I'm pretty sure if things ha turned out differently and Rose had stayed with the Doctor, he would've done the same for her so she could say goodbye to her mother.

1 day, 8 hours ago on Top 12 Best Written Russell T Davies Characters

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I think my favorite Ten moment was the scene in Family of Blood when he destroyed their ship.  The way he really rubbed it in their faces.  The cheeky wryness of how he spelled out their doom was so wonderful and so fun to watch.

1 day, 8 hours ago on Top 12 Best Written Russell T Davies Characters

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@TardisBoy! Hell, that's what shows like Breaking Bad and Mad Men and films like Requiem for a Dream and No Country for Old Men  are all about, aren't they?  And people generally love those.

1 day, 8 hours ago on Top 12 Best Written Russell T Davies Characters

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Whatever else I or anyone might think, the placement of the Tenth Doctor at number one feels deserved to me.  He's a much more complex character than some give him credit for.  Full of ecstatic enthusiasm on the outside, but with a huge layer of darkness hiding underneath.  And portrayed with aplomb by David Tennant.

1 day, 8 hours ago on Top 12 Best Written Russell T Davies Characters

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@Ivegotkidneys  @TardisBoy! That "He was a good man" speech in CoE still gives me the chills.


1 day, 8 hours ago on Top 12 Best Written Russell T Davies Characters

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@TardisBoy! I think the moral of the story here is that maybe there are just too many good characters to put into a limited list like this.

1 day, 8 hours ago on Top 12 Best Written Russell T Davies Characters

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I would've maybe taken Jackson Lake out of there to make room for Captain Jack myself, but otherwise a very good list.  And Wilf being dead last feels a little wrong.  But otherwise I liked this article, and I liked the Moffat one as well.  Very good on ya. :D

1 day, 8 hours ago on Top 12 Best Written Russell T Davies Characters

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@whisperman1 They were both episodes with potential but were let down in their own ways.  With Into the Dalek the dialog really left a lot to be desired; it was downright atrocious at times.  Kill the Moon felt a little rushed and the ending with the Moon Baby conveniently dropping a new moon there was... eeehhh....

1 day, 10 hours ago on Best of 2014 Awards: The Complete Results

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@Malohkeh, not a member of any acronyms @ilyootha Ooooh, yeah, that's a good tearjerker.  The Doctor smashing the console.... D'X

1 day, 10 hours ago on Best of 2014 Awards: The Complete Results

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@Supermoff, member of CATS @TheNightmareChild @ilyootha Yes, but I can't recall him ever being this brazen before.  He flat out said a thing that wasn't true to throw us off of the scent.

1 day, 10 hours ago on Best of 2014 Awards: The Complete Results

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@Supermoff, member of CATS @ilyootha Yeah, I didn't see Missy coming either, but it still felt cheap because the only reason it was so surprising to me is because Moffat straight up lied about the Master returning.  So that's why I didn't count that one. :P

1 day, 10 hours ago on Best of 2014 Awards: The Complete Results

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@ilyootha Best Surprise for me would be the barn scene in Listen.  Best Tearjerker would probably be Danny dying in Dark Water.  Even though it didn't make me cry, but I'm just not a cryer generally. :P

1 day, 10 hours ago on Best of 2014 Awards: The Complete Results

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@Supermoff, member of CATS Alright, ya number hounds!  Here's your precious numbers!  Eat up!

1 day, 10 hours ago on Best of 2014 Awards: The Complete Results

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@Edoe I'm not gonna flame you.  I'm just gonna cock my head to one side with a raised eyebrow.

1 day, 10 hours ago on Best of 2014 Awards: The Complete Results

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@ Notsosmartguy  @Scribey Like Van Gogh (and the Series 3 finale), people will know of her greatness.  One day.  In the far distant future.

1 day, 11 hours ago on Best of 2014 Awards: The Complete Results

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@Russell T DaftDalek Not to mention Jenny being so low! D:

1 day, 11 hours ago on Best of 2014 Awards: The Complete Results

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@Antee991166  @The Finn, Agent of SPECTRE Eh, two-dimensional is being a bit generous.  1.5 I'd say.  I could maybe go as high as 1.8. :p

1 day, 11 hours ago on Best of 2014 Awards: The Complete Results

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@Antee991166 Stomp on the ashes!

1 day, 11 hours ago on Best of 2014 Awards: The Complete Results

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Time Heist in the pre-title category is kinda' low as well.  Now I'm sad. :(

1 day, 11 hours ago on Best of 2014 Awards: The Complete Results

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Daisy Beaumont that close to the bottom of her poll is a minor travesty that I will not live down easily.

1 day, 11 hours ago on Best of 2014 Awards: The Complete Results

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@Supermoff, member of CATS @ Notsosmartguy I'm not surprised by either.  I'm delighted for series 8 and I'm a little sad for series 7 but at the same time I'm used to it, so it's hard to be too upset.

1 day, 11 hours ago on Best of 2014 Awards: The Complete Results

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@TardisBoy! Probably because nobody knew him by his name.  They just knew him as "that old bastard" or the like.

1 day, 11 hours ago on Best of 2014 Awards: The Complete Results

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An interesting exploration.  And very well considered. :)

2 days, 8 hours ago on Who and What Would the Doctor be without the TARDIS?

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@MrRazza has joined David Dimbleby @DWTV is No Thrills DWTV If it's the episode I think you're talking about, it at least has some visual charm to it, and that's not nothing.

2 days, 10 hours ago on Best of 2014 Awards: The Winners (Part 4)

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@Kongosoha likes sea otters and BIONICLE Well, it's such a double edged sword isn't it?  The other side of the coin is overhype.  And it's a tight rope to walk to be sure, but it happens and I think this might be an example of that.

2 days, 10 hours ago on Best of 2014 Awards: The Winners (Part 4)

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@Huknar @TheNightmareChild, lone agent @TardisBoy! That's more or less what I was referring to.  I mean, people say the RTD era was soapy but for my money I can't think of one thing in the whole show that was soapier than that.  And to be honest, River herself was starting to lose me as a character around this time too.  Maybe it's because, like you said, we really didn't get enough of her in Series 6, but I can sort of understand the arguments made by some of Moffat writing women very stereotypically based on River alone.  I think the only reason that argument doesn't hold up for me though is basically all of Moffat's other female characters.

2 days, 10 hours ago on Best of 2014 Awards: The Winners (Part 4)

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@TardisBoy! The arc itself on the whole isn't bad, I'm just still not fond of some of the individual elements.  The River Song thing still bothers me to no end.

2 days, 10 hours ago on Best of 2014 Awards: The Winners (Part 4)

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@Malohkeh, not a member of any acronyms While I don't share your adoration of Series 6, I sympathize and admire your tenacity all the same. :D

2 days, 10 hours ago on Best of 2014 Awards: The Winners (Part 4)

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10 out of 14 for me.  So it's a low C, but hey-a C is a C.


In regards to the section on Opening Sequences though, I am curious, to what is the author referring when he talks about "tacky clichés" in Fires of Pompeii?

2 days, 12 hours ago on Best of 2014 Awards: The Winners (Part 4)

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@The Lazy Cat of CATS I would love to see a Studio Ghibli adaptation of the Dr. Seuss stories The Cat in the Hat and The Cat in the Hat Comes Back.  I can already see what the Cat would look like.  He'd be a normal looking guy in a tuxedo and a top hat, except he'd be, like, eight feet tall and he'd have cat ears and big green cat eyes.

3 days, 10 hours ago on Best of 2014 Awards: The Winners (Part 3)

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So far, if my math is correct, I'm rocking a 7/10 overall.  Again, it got me through high school so I'm not gonna complain. :P

3 days, 12 hours ago on Best of 2014 Awards: The Winners (Part 3)

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@Planet of the Deaf In other words, Susan may not be transgendered, but a transvestite.

4 days, 7 hours ago on Little Boxes Will Make You Angry: Doctor Who and Transphobia

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After having had something of a laugh in the article published immediately before this one, I have to admit I wasn't at first sure that I even wanted to read this one.  Gender issues being the thorny and heavy issue that they are I didn't think I wanted to complicate the good feelings that I still had.  But this is an important issue, and these things needed to be addressed for many reasons, and I commend you for being brave enough to do so.  Despite my trepidation, I think I and everyone here got something out of this for the better.  So thank you. :)

4 days, 7 hours ago on Little Boxes Will Make You Angry: Doctor Who and Transphobia

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Being a cis-male, I can't say I'm particularly underrepresented in the media, so I obviously lack any perspective on what that is like for you and other trans-individuals to have your entire demographic for the most part at best ignored and at worst disparaged in the media.  And for what it's worth, I am truly sorry that this is the case.  I am doubly sorry that you feel the need to conceal your real name out of fear for your safety.  But if I might offer a ray of hope, perhaps we could take the show's history with the issue as a microcosm for society's progress as a whole on the issue.  As you point out, the show under Davies started out with some rather problematic takes on the issue, but then later on perhaps even in direct response and as a show that he had learned, Russell himself deliberately wrote in an overtly positive line.  It might not be much but it is there.


And from there, the show continued to progress in the right direction as you so eloquently showed under Moffat, but of course it hasn't been perfect.  Toby Whithouse is a glaring example of that.  But if I might paraphrase the famous saying, "Never attribute to malice what is easily explained by ignorance".  It's very likely, and I am somewhat inclined to believe, that Toby Whithouse was well meaning but clumsy in his writing when it comes to trans issues.  One redemptive reading I read once of the Greeks Bearing Gifts line was that Jack was not so much upset that his friend is trans, but that he wasn't there for his friend when she needed someone to help her through the process, and so he's learned from that experience to be more attentive when people he's close to start acting out of sorts so that he can help them.  But the problem is how it was written.  The line "We have to start calling him Vanessa" is really dismissive and it suffers from the mis-gendering problem.


None of this is to excuse this line or the horse line in ATCM.  Nothing I've said makes these lines any better.  Whether out of ignorance or malice, the same damage has still been inflicted.  But I think it's important not to write off individuals if they themselves can be redeemed.  Malice is often deeply ingrained and hard to combat, but ignorance can be alleviated through education and discussion.  And for all his faults, I believe Toby Whithouse never has less than the best intentions.  But trans issues is something that he struggles with perhaps through just lack of experience.  And I think that's the case with society as a whole outside of the media.  We're still not perfect.  There's still a lot of outright hatred on top of just simple ignorance.  But we're better than we were before.  And we're still getting better.  There's still work yet to be done, but the progress we've made so far is encouraging.  And I would encourage everyone to at least take heart in that.

4 days, 7 hours ago on Little Boxes Will Make You Angry: Doctor Who and Transphobia

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@DWTV is No Thrills DWTV (chanting) WE WANT NUMBERS!  CLAP!  CLAP!  CLAP CLAP CLAP!

4 days, 10 hours ago on Best of 2014 Awards: The Winners (Part 2)

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Okay, so far 5 out of 7 for me.  That ain't bad.  I was a C student in High School, I'm familiar with the feeling. :)

4 days, 10 hours ago on Best of 2014 Awards: The Winners (Part 2)

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@YaelMoise Bienvenue au club! :/

4 days, 10 hours ago on Best of 2014 Awards: The Winners (Part 2)

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@Malohkeh, not a member of any acronyms @ Notsosmartguy is nervous about Miles's fate. @the666thdoctor You're entitled to your personal feelings, even if they're wrong. XP

5 days, 3 hours ago on Sciencey Wiencey: Listen

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