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@Gustaff @TheNightmareChild is terrified about Dark Water @The Lazy Cat Has Gone to Heaven... With Clara. Maybe, but the TARDIS has been stolen before.  So it's not outside the realm of possibility.

13 minutes ago on Dark Water – Hints & Teasers (Set #2)

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@Gustaff @The Lazy Cat Has Gone to Heaven... With Clara. Maybe Clara is gonna jack the TARDIS itself from him?

15 minutes ago on Dark Water – Hints & Teasers (Set #2)

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[Michael Jackson gif] I'm just here to read the comments of people smarter than me solving these.

25 minutes ago on Dark Water – Hints & Teasers (Set #2)

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Besides, it's not as if the show was "arcless" before Steven Moffat.  Classic Who had season long arcs sprinkled here and there.  The Russell T. Davies era was more or less one big arc, just like Moffat did with the Silence arc.  The difference is that Russell took greater pains to relegate the arc to little details and tidbits (Bad Wolf, Torchwood, Mister Saxon, the missing planets) until it all came together in the finale, along with Russell's kitchen sink and for some reason my towel rack.  (I've replaced that thing four times already.)  Steven Moffat made the deliberate creative decision to forego that subtlety and put the arc much more at the forefront.  Thus the cracks from series 5 have a cameo in just about every episode to remind us that there are indeed cracks all over the universe; in series 6, the silence and Madame Kovarian were hanging like a pitch black cloud over every episode, even some of the earlier standalone episodes.  Madame Kovarian even got her own weird little cameos throughout the first part of the series.  Series 7 is an odd duck, and sort of its own discussion altogether.  So I'm gonna leave that one alone for now.  

None of this is to say that Moffat lacks subtlety or to criticize him in any way actually.  My point is that with his arcs, Steven Moffat decided to go a different route.  Not a better route or a worse route, but a different one.  People sometimes bring up lack of subtlety as a negative.  And while certainly some things could've been improved with a softer taste, a lack of subtlety isn't always inherently bad.  It's just a different way of doing things.  But of course, because it's different it will appeal to different tastes.  Personally, I've liked both approaches.  They both have their charms, and each their own set of pros and cons.  But both have been effective when they were effective.  Series 6 was my least favorite series, but it wasn't due to the arc heavy format.  I simply wasn't taken by the arc itself.  I'm not alone, as series 6 did garner an incredibly mixed reception.  It's possible that the arc heavy format takes a beating from people like me; people who didn't like series 6.  But perhaps they were so disappointed that they felt there had to be some larger issue with the show itself.  And the arc heaviness was the most notable change to the show. 

10 hours, 7 minutes ago on The Trouble with Story Arcs

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Quite simply, I feel as though the writer of this article isn't giving the fan base enough credit.  Yes, people are certainly getting caught up in the story arc.  And that is their right.  I've mostly been avoiding it myself at least up until the last episode or so and even I couldn't help getting caught up in it.  But from what I've personally seen, I've seen people doing exactly what you said as well; taking each episode as it comes.  And some of them have been getting caught up in the arc as well.  It is possible to do both.  Speculating about where the whole story is going is part of the fan experience for some people.  And you know what?  That's wonderful.  Some of those people are the most dedicated and invested fans in the entire fan base.  And so to tut-tut them in this way just because it's not your cup of tea feels just a touch unsavory to me to be honest.

10 hours, 52 minutes ago on The Trouble with Story Arcs

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"You have iPads in the afterlife?" It's almost as if they knew ahead of time that people would say something about that.

11 hours, 13 minutes ago on Dark Water – Hints & Teasers (Set #1)

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Also, if you ctrl+a, you'll see "you need both sets of teasers to work out the secrets" written backwards at the top.

11 hours, 16 minutes ago on Dark Water – Hints & Teasers (Set #1)

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Oh my god, 10. is made up of Roman numerals.  Something I'm familiar with! :D  Okay, let's see... 22, 15, 12, 3, 1, 14, 15, 4, 1, 25.  Aaaaaand, I'm still lost... :(

11 hours, 21 minutes ago on Dark Water – Hints & Teasers (Set #1)

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I think the best outcome will be if Missy's Paradise is some separate thing she devised as part of her overarching scheme, and if they allude to an afterlife outside of that they do it very subtly and not give a very definitive answer.  That way, they're still exploring the concept of life after death, but they're not really stepping on any toes.

1 day, 6 hours ago on The Dangers of Heaven

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@YaelMoise awaits the finale Personally, I was never able to get past the giant invisible space chicken, but other than that, it's a solid episode with real heart. :)

1 day, 10 hours ago on Face-Off: New Writer Debuts

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@MrRazza looks like Missy too now @TheNightmareChild is terrified about Dark Water Okay, I think I understand.  And I can even see my way towards agreeing somewhat with your criticisms of the episode.  You have such a distinct scoring system that seeing what seemed like such a shockingly low score for an episode that, while I'm not exactly a fanatic for I appreciate for its originality and some of its stronger moments which you've already highlighted, prompted me to pick your brain about it.  I actually really like asking people about opinions that stray so strikingly from the majority.  It usually provides a unique perspective and is almost a sort of window into the more idiosyncratic portions of people's minds on the subject of the show. :)

1 day, 13 hours ago on Face-Off: New Writer Debuts

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@MrRazza looks like Missy too now My goodness, a 3.55/10 for 'The Doctor's Wife' though.  If you don't mind me asking, what is it that you detest about that episode so much?

1 day, 13 hours ago on Face-Off: New Writer Debuts

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@AnthonyMercer I agree.  I find it just slightly overrated.

1 day, 14 hours ago on Face-Off: New Writer Debuts

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Honorable mention to Amy's Choice: similar in quality, but I very subjectively just like 'Mummy' a teensy bit more.

1 day, 14 hours ago on Face-Off: New Writer Debuts

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I would put 'Mummy' up against any of these episodes any day of the week.  It's not a complicated story at all, but it is so well written and so tight: not one line is wasted or feels extraneous.  Quite simply a marvel.

1 day, 14 hours ago on Face-Off: New Writer Debuts

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@Amy is uniting the Earth Kingdom! Alternatively (and this is even more stupidly complicated, but bear with me), maybe Missy wants to put Clara in her place, and she's also employing some kind of evil influence on her so that she will keep the Doctor trapped in the Nethersphere so Missy will be free to do what she wants without the Doctor confronting her.

1 day, 18 hours ago on Questions, Questions: The Unsolved Clara Mystery (Part 2)

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@The Not-So-Lazy Cat: Clara Detective  @Notsosmartguy Member of M.I.S.S.Y. Eh-bedee eh-bedee eh-bedee eh-bed... that's all, cruel world!  (I'm speculating that Danny's gonna die in the finale).

1 day, 18 hours ago on Questions, Questions: The Unsolved Clara Mystery (Part 2)

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@Amy is uniting the Earth Kingdom! But then, that leaves the question still of where Clara fits into all of this. :/

1 day, 18 hours ago on Questions, Questions: The Unsolved Clara Mystery (Part 2)

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@Amy is uniting the Earth Kingdom! My thinking precisely.  And my current theory is that she's gonna pull a 'Mind Robber' and trap the Doctor in her position as Gatekeeper so she'll be free to torment the world of the living.

1 day, 18 hours ago on Questions, Questions: The Unsolved Clara Mystery (Part 2)

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@Amy is uniting the Earth Kingdom! Another possibility along those same lines, but kind of in the opposite direction is that Missy could be a Time Lady who is on the outs with the Time Lords for some reason and is trying to prevent the Doctor from retrieving them.

1 day, 18 hours ago on Questions, Questions: The Unsolved Clara Mystery (Part 2)

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@ColbyOrrick Minus commercials, episodes are between 42 and 47 minutes usually.

1 day, 19 hours ago on BBC Confirms Hour Long Series 8 Finale

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Something about the "startling new role" bit smacks a little of 'The Mind Robber' to me.  Maybe Missy will trick or trap the Doctor into taking her role as Gatekeeper so she can be freed and wreak havoc on the universe proper.

1 day, 19 hours ago on BBC Confirms Hour Long Series 8 Finale

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Swing and... another hit!  Fantastic article!  I'm right there with you.  I can't even begin to speculate what this is all leading to.  And I love it!  As Gene Wilder said in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, "The suspense is terrible... I hope it'll last."  The tension is almost too much to bear in the best way possible.

1 day, 19 hours ago on Questions, Questions: The Unsolved Clara Mystery (Part 2)

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@Amy is uniting the Earth Kingdom! True.  I just keep thinking back to 'Flesh and Stone' when the Doctor is working out the cracks and he says "Time can be unwritten".  And then I think how spooky and weird it would've been if, like, when the marines disappear into the crack one by one, each one is replaced with a different marine; since they never existed, it stands to reason that a different marine would've been in his place.  And up until the revelation that Amy's parents had been erased by the cracks, it would've been perfectly feasible.  Because Amy could've been orphaned for any number of reasons without the cracks, so there would be no reason to assume that that's what happened.  

Eh, at the end of the day, though, that all just comes down to my own petty personal preferences and a slight confusion in understanding.  So I can't rightly complain too much. :p


2 days, 3 hours ago on Dark Water Advance Preview

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@Amy is uniting the Earth Kingdom! Fair enough.  Like I said, I like the series 5 finale.  And a lot of people really really love it.  And that's great.  But when people talk about why they love it, some of them try to hang it on this basis of air tight logic that I don't think it has entirely earned.

2 days, 3 hours ago on Dark Water Advance Preview

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A deeply fascinating, well worded and thought out article.  I appreciate the conversational tone you employed as well.  It might it accessible and quite a delightful read. Well done. :)

2 days, 5 hours ago on Pulling the Strings: The Unsolved Clara Mystery (Part 1)

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@Beasts_a_Snarling is in some... Dark Water..... By the way, I wouldn't be a good citizen if I didn't bring up that you have a very concerning fascination with cranial injury.  Everything is "bashed over our heads".  Are you reliving some kind of personal trauma?  Have you considered seeking out a therapist?

2 days, 7 hours ago on Dark Water Advance Preview

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@stargazer0118 I like the Series 5 finale just fine.  I like 'Pandorica' better than 'Big Bang' mainly because the former established this really bleak, catastrophic tone which was then completely shattered by the second half, but as episodes in themselves, each part was good.  I just don't hold to the notion that it's the most cleverest thing ever, or even all that much more clever or less contrived than anything that came before, since that seems to be the thing that people fall back on when they hail this finale as the best thing since sliced bread.  While the Doctor restoring the universe with the Pandorica was quite a clever concept, the part that really makes me scratch my head a little is how the Doctor was brought back.  It was only possible because the crack was pouring the entire universe, or something to that effect, into young Amelia's brain, which I guess gave her the capability to bring back what had been erased if she remembered them.  And my question is, why of all things is a puny, prepubescent human brain the perfect sponge to soak up all of time and space seeping out of the crack?  Why didn't it just burn away and not really go anywhere?  When you really stop and think about that, that whole element makes, at most, about as much sense as the DoctorDonna thing from the series 4 finale.

2 days, 8 hours ago on Dark Water Advance Preview

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@supermoff is now supermissy. blah blah blah contrivance and nonsense = Half Life 3 confirmed!

2 days, 8 hours ago on Dark Water Advance Preview

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@stargazer0118 @Beasts_a_Snarling is in some... Dark Water..... I like Series 5 and the finale a lot better on rewatch than I did initially, but I still have my problems with what was established with the cracks and what actually turned out to be the case.  Basically, I feel like Moffat had a cool, terrifying idea with the cracks being this thing that can not only erase you physically, but completely erase your existence from the timestream, effectively making you a complete non-entity.  Talk about existentially terrifying and bleak.  But then for some reason it changed to they're removed from existence and everybody just forgets them.  But their impact on time is still there for all the world to see even if they don't remember it.  Which... is a thing.  I guess.

2 days, 8 hours ago on Dark Water Advance Preview

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@supermoff is now supermissy. @stargazer0118 @Beasts_a_Snarling is in some... Dark Water..... Almost all New Who finales rely on some level of convenience or D.E.M.  And I agree, using the problem as the solution was clever.  That's part of the reason why 'Last of the Time Lords' was my favorite finale. :p

2 days, 9 hours ago on Dark Water Advance Preview

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@Clara Bosswald loves Black Panther&Captain Marvel Technically, Max Capricorn was a cyborg, and I think it was an elected procedure in his case.  But I take your point, and it's a fair one.

2 days, 18 hours ago on 2nd Opinion: In the Forest of the Night

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@Beasts_a_Snarling is in some... Dark Water..... Whatever.  Just means our basement will never be crowded. :p

2 days, 22 hours ago on 2nd Opinion: In the Forest of the Night

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@Notsosmartguy Member of M.I.S.S.Y. @TheNightmareChild is terrified about Dark Water @Beasts_a_Snarling is in some... Dark Water..... You know, upon reflection and further viewing, the ending doesn't really bother me that much anymore.  Overall, I just don't think that episode is half as bad as its reputation.

2 days, 22 hours ago on 2nd Opinion: In the Forest of the Night

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@Beasts_a_Snarling is in some... Dark Water..... I wouldn't be earning my L&M fan club ring if I didn't say that I sincerely like that episode, though.

2 days, 22 hours ago on 2nd Opinion: In the Forest of the Night

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@Notsosmartguy Member of M.I.S.S.Y. @Beasts_a_Snarling is in some... Dark Water..... This story wrote a check for some kind of conflict or at least peril with the zoo animals that it ultimately refused to cash.  After that point, I couldn't be arsed at all to care about what happened in the story.



2 days, 22 hours ago on 2nd Opinion: In the Forest of the Night

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@Beasts_a_Snarling is in some... Dark Water..... I would actually rather watch 'Fear Her' than this episode to be quite frank.  Because say what you want about that episode, at least it was never brain meltingly dull.

2 days, 23 hours ago on 2nd Opinion: In the Forest of the Night

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John, I'd say you took the words right out of my mouth if I hadn't been ranting about this episode from minute one after it went off.  I think I've said everything I have to say about it, so I am going to forego another rant and just say good writing from the both of you in any case. :)

2 days, 23 hours ago on 2nd Opinion: In the Forest of the Night

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@Beasts_a_Snarling is in some... Dark Water..... I don't know that I took the experience as hard as you did, but I'm right with you in terms of hating this episode.

2 days, 23 hours ago on 2nd Opinion: In the Forest of the Night

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The only one of these that I don't really like is the first one actually.  It's not the line itself, more the set-up for the line.  I've never liked the rooftop scene in 'The Eleventh Hour'.  Everything else is fine, and my favorite is probably the "You are unique in the universe" speech.

3 days, 7 hours ago on The Eleventh Doctor: Top Moments

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A sincere and fond happy birthday to the irrepressible, the indomitable, the unforgettable Mr. Matt Smith!  May it be a wwwwwwwhhhhhopper!

3 days, 21 hours ago on Happy Birthday, Matt Smith!

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@Amy is uniting the Earth Kingdom! "Upgrade" on the other hand, is much better.  It makes sense for the Cybermen, because that is what they do; they're trying to upgrade the universe.  Plus, it drives home how these new Cybermen are essentially unstoppable now.

4 days, 4 hours ago on Why I Love… Nightmare in Silver

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@Amy is uniting the Earth Kingdom! I think "Delete!" as a catchphrase doesn't really make sense in context.  It feels like they wanted them to have a comparable catchphrase to the Daleks' "Exterminate!", but of course that's way more appropriate to the Daleks' M.O. than "Delete" is to... anything really.  It comes across as a bit tortured, ultimately and, while I certainly enjoy the Cybus Cybermen, that catchphrase is undoubtedly their worst feature.

4 days, 4 hours ago on Why I Love… Nightmare in Silver

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I'm not sure why people are upset about them being overpowered.  Yes, they were once human/Mondasian, and then they augmented themselves with technology.  And then they continually upgraded themselves over a long period of time to meet new needs as they came.  Over a period of, what centuries?  Really, what else was gonna happen?  What else is the logical conclusion of that?

4 days, 8 hours ago on Why I Love… Nightmare in Silver

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