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@Clara Bosswald is the Chosen One. @TheNightmareChild just got fitted for a loincloth @Aztecs, Daleks and Cavemen Well, I haven't watched The Three Doctors yet, so I can't really say anything about that.  As for Journey's End, and it's first part for that matter, I would say I hold almost the opposite view of you.  I was really into the story and thought it was the stronger element, which was sadly let down somewhat by the fan service-y elements.  Not because fan service in and of itself is a bad thing, I just thought that the fan service in the episode was poorly done.

1 hour, 7 minutes ago on Watch Death in Heaven Early

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@Clara Bosswald is the Chosen One. @Aztecs, Daleks and Cavemen You will never not take an opportunity to slag off that episode, will you? :p

11 hours, 29 minutes ago on Watch Death in Heaven Early

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Curses!  Foiled again by living in not-Britain!

13 hours, 17 minutes ago on Watch Death in Heaven Early

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I think the thing about Capaldi's breaking out moment as it were is that he has obviously been deeply questioning himself throughout the entire series.  He's been the Doctor unmistakably all along; he just hasn't been sure if he's quite as into being the Doctor anymore, if that makes any sense.  And I think it took an entire episode like this of being essentially incapacitated and utterly helpless to reaffirm his commitment.  He was reminded that the alternative to being the Doctor is doing nothing, and that's a thousand times worse to him, no matter what the incarnation.  And so when he's finally let out of the box, it reignites a little of his old verve.  And that is what makes it such a fantastic moment.

1 day, 12 hours ago on 12 Great Moments From Flatline

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@ Notsosmartguy Agent of C.L.A.R.A. Agreed.  I don't know how I would feel about such chicanery.

1 day, 21 hours ago on Flatline Review

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@WiLfreduk To be perfectly honest, if it turned out to be anything that needlessly convoluted, I think it would just about ruin the entire series for me.  No offense-you thought out and explained this theory very well.

1 day, 21 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline

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@supermoff, agent of C.L.A.R.A. Wouldn't so much bore me as much as just go in one ear and out the other.

1 day, 22 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline

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@YaelMoise waits for the trees to take over @MrRazza's normal account is messing around @TheNightmareChild Well that, and I personally had to mull over just how much the ending with the space baby dropping an egg to replace the moon let down the overall experience for me.

1 day, 22 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline

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@MrRazza's normal account is messing around @TheNightmareChild @YaelMoise waits for the trees to take over I can live now with where it places for me.  It's a slightly uneasy settlement, but it's a settlement.

1 day, 22 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline

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@YaelMoise waits for the trees to take over @MrRazza's normal account is messing around @TheNightmareChild I think 'Kill the Moon' was a tough one for a lot of people.  Not that the story was really complicated or hard to follow, but I think many people, like myself, needed some time to really think on what we felt about that particular episode.  And after the cool down, I think a lot of people got the heat out in the Clara vs. Doctor debates that sprung up around it.

1 day, 22 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline

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@YaelMoise waits for the trees to take over I am a fastidious grammar-Nazi, especially against myself, so I was going to correct my comment to straighten out the subject-verb agreement issue I just spotted there, but my edit button timed out right when I was in the middle of fixing it and now it's just there.  Making rude gestures at me. X(

1 day, 23 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline

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@YaelMoise waits for the trees to take over Probably because the finale and the resolution to the series arc is now definitely dangling over us and there is some speculation afoot.

1 day, 23 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline

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@MrRazza's normal account is messing around I'll be sure to whip up about 800 more dummy accounts of my own to help you recoup the losses of at least all of the likes I've given you since I've been here.

1 day, 23 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline

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@The Lazy Tiger Has Scared Off The Lazy Cat @supermoff agent of C.L.A.R.A. You did this without Photoshop?  Well, my hat is off to you twice over.

2 days, 2 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline

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@The Lazy Tiger Has Scared Off The Lazy Cat Livefyre doesn't want anyone spamming.  Try putting a random space in the link somewhere.

2 days, 2 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline

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@The Lazy Tiger Has Scared Off The Lazy Cat Right now, I think the best theory floating around is that Clara is being subtly groomed in some way by Missy for some purpose.  What that exact purpose is is anyone's guess.

2 days, 4 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline

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@ClaireAbraham I guess I see what you mean, but personally I didn't mind it.  Because ultimately, I think the exact mechanics of the solution aren't what's important.  The scene is ultimately meant to further highlight the inflated ego that Clara is presenting in this episode, and how even in being heroic she is completely wrongheaded in the way she is handling everything.  When the Doctor steps out of his TARDIS and makes his grand, heroic speech about how he won't let the monsters harm the people and universe that he cares about, it contrasts sharply with Clara's attitude which, when boiled down, was very zealously "Did you see the Doctorin' I did?  Did you see the Doctorin' I did?"

2 days, 6 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline

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@Christoph1337  "Of all the people to survive, he's not the one you would have chosen, is it? But if you could choose, Doctor, if you could decide who lives and who dies... that would make you a monster." -Mr. Copper



2 days, 7 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline

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@ClaireAbraham @supermoff agent of C.L.A.R.A. That's more or less exactly my thinking on this.  Furthermore, the most that the anecdotal evidence of a Time Lord swapping genders between regenerations would go to prove is that that particular Time Lord simply had a more fluid gender identity than any of the Time Lords or Time Lord-like beings that we've seen in the show.

2 days, 8 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline

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My new rankings:  

First, the Triad: Listen, Mummy on the Orient Express, and Flatline.  

And finally, in standard best to worst order: Deep Breath, The Caretaker, Into the Dalek, Kill the Moon, Time Heist, Robot of Sherwood.


2 days, 8 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline

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@MarySue Moffat @Scootersfood has 66 Seconds to live... The problem was that she was too caught up in being a good Doctor at the expense of actually being the moral center that she used to be and that she needs to be.  She's taking the wrong lessons from him ultimately, and that's what's troubling him about the whole thing.

2 days, 9 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline

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@ Notsosmartguy Agent of C.L.A.R.A. @Browncoat of arms We are the Legion of the Beast!

2 days, 9 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline

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@Browncoat of arms Congratulations! :D

2 days, 9 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline

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So it would seem that Clara is getting a bit big for her britches there in the end.  Moreover, her inflated sense of importance seems to be playing right into Missy's expectations in some way.  So it would seem that those who would cry foul over "Clara Who" were partially correct, but the show is still vindicated by the fact that this is obviously setting up for catastrophic consequences down the line.  Clara's ego is growing, and if I were a guessing man, I would say it's going to send her crashing down in the end.  And I am on the edge of my seat to see how it will all play out.  

As for the episode itself, I would say it was very nearly as perfect as last week's.  The production design was spectacular, the visual effects were mesmerizing and quite disturbing at moments.  The cast was made up of very distinct characters who were all well written and well acted.  Unlike last week's episode, this one had more balls to keep in the air, and with more complexity comes more opportunities to screw something up.  But I really don't have much in the way of complaints about this episode other than one or two measly quibbles.  Grigsy(?)'s willingness to sacrifice himself, while certainly noble, seemed to come out of nowhere and lacking in real motivation.  If anything, it just felt like an opportunity for Clara to give him an out so she could say a funny line about her hair tie.  Secondly, as I've already pointed out below, Missy apparently owns an iPad or some other kind of tablet device.  Not something more fanciful like a looking glass, or some kind of big, spacey wacey looking thing, just a tablet that any random jagoff down here in the physical plane might own.  wut...?  

But as I said, these are quibbles.  In the grand scheme, they don't hurt the episode which overall I would describe as excellent.  I put it up there with 'Mummy' and 'Listen' as part of the new triad of perfect or nearly perfect episodes from this series.  Truly spectacular.

2 days, 9 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline

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Things I Learned from Television #6805: The ruler of the afterlife owns an iPad.

2 days, 9 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline

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@TerraceArchimedes @TheNightmareChild is havin' a good time! @twoheartsonemind Noble as that intention is, as an American myself I can tell you that it wasn't needed.

3 days, 1 hour ago on ‘Doctor Who’ or ‘Clara Who?’

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@The Lazy Cat is Watching Some Clara Who There aren't a lot of things that would make me reconsider my fanhood of this show, but that's one of them.

3 days, 3 hours ago on Flatline – 12 Hints & Teasers

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@ Notsosmartguy Agent of C.L.A.R.A. @TheNightmareChild is havin' a good time! Exactly.  That's why I hated that opening, because it felt completely incongruous with the series it was made for.

3 days, 10 hours ago on ‘Doctor Who’ or ‘Clara Who?’

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Incidentally, that's why I always hated that special opening they made for series six with Amy's narration.  Like, "Oh, oh yeah, no, thi-this show is definitely all about Amy.  All about Amy and her adventures with her wacky supernatural pal.  It's like f*ckin' It's Punky Brewster up in this sh*t."

3 days, 10 hours ago on ‘Doctor Who’ or ‘Clara Who?’

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Look, it's all very simple okay: you either have a more mysterious and distant Doctor, or you have a show in which the Doctor gets more or less total significance to the overall arc of the show.  That's just the way the dynamic is designed and there's no way around it.  And a consequence of the former is that we're seeing the show largely through the eyes of the companion, i.e. Clara at this point.  It seems to me that this is a significant dynamic shift from the one we saw with the previous Doctor, where while the stories themselves were not entirely about him, we were undoubtedly seeing those events mostly from his perspective.  His part in those stories and his reactions were what we were mostly meant to focus on and hang onto.  Now, we essentially have almost the reverse: where the overarching plot of the series is hanging over Clara and the Doctor, but it's Clara's eyes through which we are meant to relate to the events.  And in my humble opinion, that is a much more interesting and satisfying dynamic. 

3 days, 10 hours ago on ‘Doctor Who’ or ‘Clara Who?’

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Chr*st on a cracker, that was freaky!  This is gonna be a good 'un!  :DDD

4 days ago on Flatline Clip

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@sontaran17 @TheNightmareChild is havin' a good time! What do you mean?  I wasn't instigating it.  I was merely making a prediction.  People within this fandom tend to have very definite opinions about this character and it always comes to blows one way or another between the two factions as it were whenever she is brought up in this capacity.

5 days, 23 hours ago on Piper Praises Capaldi, Unsure on Another Return

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(reclines in seat) See how long this takes to turn into "ROSE IS SH*T!/NO SHE ISN'T, SHE'S GREAT!"-"RADDA RADDA/RADDA RADDA"

5 days, 23 hours ago on Piper Praises Capaldi, Unsure on Another Return

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I just noticed that The Song of Captivity and Freedom contains the Latin phrase cum tacent, clamant (roughly "Though silent, they cry aloud), a phrase which also appears in The Dark and Endless Dalek Night.  Since I don't know the full lyrics to either song, I'm curious as to what the connection is.

6 days, 10 hours ago on Who Tunes: Ranking the Lyrical Songs of Doctor Who

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And Doctorin' the TARDIS is just awesome, and if you think otherwise, you are simply wrong.

6 days, 12 hours ago on Who Tunes: Ranking the Lyrical Songs of Doctor Who

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@sontaran17 @ Notsosmartguy is excited for Captain America 3 Are you saying there's a dissonance between the lyrics and the music that you don't like?  Or is it just something about the content of the lyrics that puts you off?

6 days, 12 hours ago on Who Tunes: Ranking the Lyrical Songs of Doctor Who

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I don't hate Doctor in Distress, as much as I am intellectually curious about it.  I'm kinda' just like "...why was this made?"


6 days, 12 hours ago on Who Tunes: Ranking the Lyrical Songs of Doctor Who

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I like this episode a lot.  I consider it the second best episode of the series behind 'Listen'.  No, it didn't have any lofty goals like that episode or 'Kill the Moon', but man did it ever deliver on its premise superbly.  Beautifully written, wonderfully acted, excellently paced, wonderful production design.  What's not to love?

6 days, 13 hours ago on 2nd Opinion: Mummy on the Orient Express

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@Gustaff @ Notsosmartguy likes watching "Clara Who" It'll certainly be hard to reproduce the shock brought on by these results, eh?

1 week ago on Kill the Moon: Who Was Right? Thoughts & Your Vote

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 Look at all these sods squawking in the comments.  And I didn't even vote.  No stakes in this whatsoever.  What's a boy to do?  (unfolds chair.  sits.  eats popcorn)

1 week ago on Kill the Moon: Who Was Right? Thoughts & Your Vote

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@YaelMoise is glad they mentioned the goddess @sontaran17 For what it's worth, if you were saying this out loud rather than typing it, I'm sure you would've pronounced everything one-hundred percent correctly. ;)

1 week ago on Next Time: Flatline

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@sontaran17 @TheNightmareChild is havin' a good time! I'd say I wish I lived in Australia just so that I even had the possibility of witnessing that, but I'm honestly too terrified of 99% of the indigenous organisms over there for that to be the case.

1 week ago on Next Time: Flatline

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@sontaran17 @TheNightmareChild is havin' a good time! I love that this video exists.  Thank you. XD

1 week ago on Next Time: Flatline

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Boy, is this thread ever lively.  All stemming from one little TV trailer even.  Willickers.  Anyway, it was fun participating in it, I'll say that much.  I sometimes forget how much fun it is to get a fire in one's belly.  To give my stores of piss and vinegar some use.  I feel like I could run a marathon right now, or box a kangaroo.

1 week ago on Next Time: Flatline

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