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If you employ a progressive MrRazza algorithm translating prime numbers to the 5th plane and reinverting the voiced consonants you can combine the 3 codes to produce a fluctuating geometric sequence that roughly works out when you extrapolate to the nth term as: 

"I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I'M DOING"


1 week, 6 days ago on Flatline – 12 Hints & Teasers

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Looking back I really am proud of my comments here, I was genuinely quite drunk when I wrote them... Just wanted to add that when a lot of people point out Clara's flaws as a character, I nod and agree, but for me this helps her along. Real people are flawed, and Clara feels pretty damn real and part of that is from her flaws. No, they may not make her universally likeable, but I don't always want really likeable characters rather than real ones.

1 week, 6 days ago on ‘Doctor Who’ or ‘Clara Who?’

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"inspiring him to become the hero she sees him to be"

Yes, I know I say this every time the topic moves to this, but this genuinely is not what I see in this scene. I've never had my very being altered by some words someone told me while I dreamt, and Clara certainly wasn't with the Doctor. She certainly was consoling him, she may well have given him some nice words that sound good when said as someone plays a clip of you having a good snog over it, but defining his very being? Nah. The Doctor would always have been the Doctor, regardless of the strange lady who grabbed his ankle and rambled to him for a bit one night in what he is pretty sure was a dream.



1 week, 6 days ago on ‘Doctor Who’ or ‘Clara Who?’

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I'm not a Clara fanatic but personally the "Clara Who" comments don't sit well with me at all. Nope, she's far from my favourite companion, but she's also far from least favourite, and I think many of the comments are less about Clara's role and more that they just don't like Clara. I think, Connor, you nailed it with your warm water analogy, it's the juxtaposition (try typing that when you're drunk) between the withdrawn role of the companion in 7b and the return to ordinary service in 8. Yes, I'd ultimately like to see a bit less of Clara, but for me Capaldi has been the master of series 8 in every regard, and part of that is from getting to know him through Clara's eyes. Great article, don't agree with it 100% but a very good riposte to the "Clara Who" view, without feeling condescending or dogmatic.

1 week, 6 days ago on ‘Doctor Who’ or ‘Clara Who?’

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I have to say it missed my favourite bit though...

"When the stars threw down their spears/And water'd heaven with their tears" has to be one of the best combination of words ever produced. One of my favourite poems ever, it really is. (Edgar Allan Poe takes the top two spots though, if anyone is interested)

2 weeks ago on Details on Episodes 9-12 of Series 8

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Basically, In the Forest of the Night is still a mystery, except that we know it involves trees and a tiger (there was one in the Foxes clips, after all). Loving the use of the poem for the synopsis, very atmospheric, still one that really intrigues me...

2 weeks ago on Details on Episodes 9-12 of Series 8

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@LGwalchmai95 It's interesting, because I actually connected with the likes of Captain Quell, the Professor, Maisie, and Lundvink better than both Psi and Saibra (and Journey too, actually, who is also often put forwards as one of the stronger ones to my bafflement). For me, the Time Heist duo were actually among the weakest of the series...

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Flatline Advance Review

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@Oodkind, now in 2D! I think with just 45 (or 50) minutes it's hard to set up a slower solution without clumsy foreshadowing or a speedier resolution without feeling a bit rushed. For me, Mummy managed to deal brilliantly  with a quick solution without feeling hurried, though what distinguishes it exactly for me from other less satisfying conclusions I don't really know

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Flatline Advance Review

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My, these advance reviews really are in advance. My anticipation for Doctor Who is high enough as it is (this really promises to be one of my favourite series) without DWTV emerging in a billowing cloud of smoke, cackling and telling me that it's a great episode and oh, do you still have to wait 3 days?...

I have to say I actually haven't been as excited about this episode as others have been. While I'm certainly nowhere near the opinions of the "Clara Who" brigade, I am starting to get a little weary of her prominence, really appreciating the more background and typical companion role she played in Mummy. Not that it should harm my enjoyment of the episode (I seem to be the only person in the fandom who isn't on either of the polarised sides of opinion on the closing scene of Listen), but I have to say the entirely mysterious In the Forest of the Night really beckons to me more.

A typically intriguing, un-spoliery and fantastic a review as ever, DWTV! 

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Flatline Advance Review

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My personal favourite scene is the 66 seconds the Doctor faces the Mummy in. Witty, intelligent and enjoyable, with a satisfying conclusion reached and just some brilliant "the Doctor being the Doctor" vibes to it. I loved this episode because it just felt like a normal Doctor Who episode pulled off amazingly, and this scene is in much the same vein.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on 12 Great Moments From Mummy on the Orient Express

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Well, everyone is linking Gus to Missy, but I'm not sure that feels right. Gus (played superbly by John Sessions, by the way) seems very unconcerned about keeping the Doctor alive, willing to leave him to the hands of the Foretold (and even halt his attempts to ascertain its true nature... wasn't that exciting!), blocking his exit and attempting to suffocate him. Missy on the other hand, assuming she is in fact or was at least behind the woman in the shop/Deep Breath newspaper ad, seems more concerned about keeping her "boyfriend" and Clara together, and even nudging them in the right direction. Gus meanwhile had no qualms at all in keeping them separated, even killing the whole kitchen staff just to stop them chinwagging on the phone.


It also seemed that the whole "ascertain[ing] the Foretold's true nature" was an operation in progress too, with other ships having been stopped and forced through the same process as the Orient Express. The whole scenario wasn't set up for the Doctor, but felt more like somebody had been interfering with Gus not to make him pursue this mission with the mummy which I think was already his programming, but to keep the Doctor there (and probably to bring him there in the first place too, as was implied with the reference to The Big Bang) and see to it that he ends up dead.

Therefore, I don't really feel this is as simple as "Missy did it", and I honestly can't help but feel there was a greater, more inherently malevolent force behind it all. A rogue time lord perhaps? Well, that isn't really my position to say... ;)

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Rate & Discuss Mummy on the Orient Express

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Was just having a browse of the BARB figures. I can't find last week's yet, but it was certainly telling that the final viewing figure for The Caretaker of 6.82m was a mere 300,000 behind the final viewing figure for the Saturday night episode of the X Factor that it went up against. It was the 7th most watched programme of BBC1 that week, behind only some episodes of the ever-dominant Eastenders and the immensely popular Strictly Come Dancing and The Great British Bake Off, the latter of which seems to be becoming something of a religion at the moment (I find it mind-numbingly dull, but oh well). Compare that to the most watched programme of BBC2, for example, which isUniversity Challenge raking in about 2.95m, and it's apparent just how brilliantly Doctor Who is doing, and how whatever the commenters who serve as harbingers of doom say, it's really up there with the ratings juggernauts.



2 weeks, 4 days ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator

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@RUAZ I can understand that, I have to say I generally try and avoid reading too much into the synopses, looking for an idea of the plot rather than the broader themes (like the Doctor/companion dynamic, the arc development, etc.). A Clara-absent episode would definitely have been a good thing though. 



Publicity is very often the art of exaggeration!



2 weeks, 5 days ago on Rate & Discuss Mummy on the Orient Express

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@RUAZ "What was the point of that whole tiff when it just resets like nothing ever happened at the end?" 

Arguments can be resolved, and it seems to be implied that Clara has been spending some time fuming/dwelling on it, and even so had agreed to go out on a "last hurrah" as she didn't think she could bring herself to continue travelling with him. For me there were clear loaded emotions going on, that didn't need to be shown by having either of them away or stropping or whatever. Sometimes people argue and fall out before making up again, particularly when it was only initially fuelled by someone left angry and upset after something of an emotional rollercoaster much like Kill the Moon.



2 weeks, 5 days ago on Rate & Discuss Mummy on the Orient Express

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And I see lists are emerging, so for a de-Tony Blackburn-ed recap of my Series 8 scores so far...


1. Mummy on the Orient Express - 9.52/10.00 [9th]

2. Listen - 9.50/10.00 [10th]

3. Kill the Moon - 8.80/10.00 [19th]

4. Into the Dalek - 8.45/10.00 [26th]

5. Deep Breath - 8.20/10.00 [31st]

6. The Caretaker - 7.60/10.00 [42nd]

7. Time Heist - 7.40/10.00 [45th]

8. Robot of Sherwood - 7.05/10.00 [51st] 

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Rate & Discuss Mummy on the Orient Express

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This was an episode of Doctor Who. Monster of the week, speedy but not rushed, no heavy reliance on other episodes, gripping, Doctor saving the day, brilliant dynamic with the companion and a good array of side characters providing a good body count without particularly tragic deaths.


Capaldi was simply masterful throughout, while Clara was subject to a good balance between "generic companion role" and the continuation of her personal storyline. The Mummy was near perfection, yes perhaps the deaths could have been a little more graphic but it didn't bother me in the slightest, and it's more than compensated for in the visuals of the Foretold itself. Frank Skinner played a very likeable character, nicely avoiding the threshold of becoming annoying that such characters can often stumble across, and I have to say I didn't feel Clara's change of heart at the end to be jarring in the slightest, indeed it felt like it was building up from the very start.

So, to turn to the score. No, it's not a revolutionary plot, it's not brimming with original and dynamic themes, but it takes what it's got and delivers it superbly. And yes, I can't really fault what it provides, so for me I think it pips Listen at the post, and through having to cram it in to those dizzying heights of scoredom it gets a rather bizarre looking score of 9.52/10.00 [9th]

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Rate & Discuss Mummy on the Orient Express

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@Patrick Mogueeglie True, but there is a boundary, albeit a blurred one, between sci fi and straight forward fantasy. A giant space dragon laying a moon egg within seconds of hatching and having all its previous egg shell conveniently disintegrate is pushing it.

Ultimately though, I think the lack of science argument about it is less that (hey, I was happy with the moon being an egg in the first place), and more that it just felt a bit shoehorned in to give a nice and happy ending without any lasting consequence. It makes it feel rushed and almost a bit of a cheat, and that is what makes this scientifically unlikely conclusion particularly grating.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Kill the Moon and Its Importance in Whoniverse History

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Basically I agree with everyone. Has anyone got a cushion? This fence is really uncomfortable...

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Poll: Lights On or Lights Off?

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First instinct is self preservation. Turn off the light, save the planet (environmentalist slogan unintentional!). We don't know that it's just going to lay another egg, we don't know it's all going to magically dissolve in space and not bombard us with enormous rocks, and hypothetically we don't even know if it won't just hatch and not turn to us for dinner.


But the longer I think about it, the more unpleasant that feels, until I just can't. It's the old philosophical question. You can divert a trolley from killing five people tied to the tracks but in doing so actively kill one person tied down on the other route. The vast majority of people would, but I don't think I could. Whether that makes me a coward or an overly moral namby-pamby Guardian reader or whatever, this is essentially the same question, and I don't think I could bring myself to make the choice. But then also if I was faced with the imminent prospect of death, it's pretty hard to say how I would react at all. I can wonder, but I certainly won't ever know.

Not that it would really matter anyway. As people have said before, I'd be A) unlikely to believe the mad TV woman (and if TV has been knocked out for so long... actually have a TV at all) and B) would just end up having the government turn everyone's lights off anyway. 

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Poll: Lights On or Lights Off?

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If one of the main strengths is the Paternoster Gang, this sort of confirms to me that this would be my least favourite of the books, as I had expected (indeed, it's the one I haven't bought).

Still sounds intriguing though, and I find it's actually not unusual for Doctor/companion characterisation to be a bit off, even if they've been around for a while by the time the book is written. 

3 weeks ago on Silhouette Review

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I really do love the sound of this episode. The title I'm guessing is inspired by the awesome poem The Tyger, there are definite Day of the Triffids vibes, and just a total mystery about any specifics at all. This is the episode I'm anticipating most (yes, even more than Flatline!)

3 weeks, 1 day ago on In the Forest of the Night Official Synopsis

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@ Notsosmartguy Plants can be seriously scary things if done right. Day of the Triffids in just about all the forms I've ever seen it always works fantastically

3 weeks, 1 day ago on In the Forest of the Night Official Synopsis

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This really sounds like exactly the sort of episode I enjoy. A more serious combination of Voyage of the Damned and The Unicorn and the Wasp sounds great. After Kill the Moon I'm monitoring my anticipation carefully, not necessarily subduing it but avoiding making assumptions of what sort of episode it's going to be, as it was not doing this that quelled my initial reaction to Kill the Moon, an episode now in at number 2 (faaaaaan-tastic pop pickers!) on my series 8 ranking.

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Mummy on the Orient Express Advance Review

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Despite initial mixed reactions after going into the episode expecting something different (not better, just different), a rewatch told me that I loved this episode... up until the last few minutes. For me the whole moral dilemma, otherwise brilliantly set up and executed, is undermined by the lack of consequence. To be honest, I prefer the idea of Clara and gang having made the other decision, to kill the creature, and the dealing with that. I can just about deal with the moon being an egg, as it allowed such an otherwise excellent dilemma, but the whole extra moon being laid moments later and all that is a step too far for me. It's an episode that promised to be daring, set it up to be daring, and chickened out at the last minute, with just a very (and understandably) angry Clara resulting from it, and a throwaway line about Courtney's future that should probably have not been bothered with. 8.80/10.00 [18th]

3 weeks, 1 day ago on 2nd Opinion: Kill the Moon

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Honestly, I have to say I kind of side with both. The Doctor's intentions were ultimately and fundamentally right, but he acted like a total *insert anatomical part here* (honestly, most will do, even ones that aren't rude) over it. Clara's anger was understandable, if over the top (but then, she had had something of an emotional rollercoaster that day, I won't begrudge her something of an overreaction). Ultimately picking one I think I have to say the Doctor, but this definitely isn't an endorsement of all his actions, he clearly had understanding or at least an inkling of information that would have had a profound effect on the decision made, and while I support his leaving the decision to humans, I cannot support his leaving everyone in the dark.



3 weeks, 2 days ago on Kill the Moon: Clara or the Doctor?

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Everyone is doing lists so I'm going to jump in there and do one too (for best effect imagine it in Tony Blackburn's voice and YouTube "pick of the pops theme" for some music in the background - it'll be just like BBC Radio 2).


Faaan-tastic pop pickers! Let's have a recap of Series 8 as it stands.

Just in at 7 it's Mark Gatiss' Robot of Sherwood with 7.00/10.00 - great fun that one!

Coming in at number 6 is Time Heist [7.40/10.00], Steve Thompson surprising his critics there!

Pipping ahead aaaat 5 is the great The Caretaker, always good for a laugh with 7.60/10.00

Theeen at 4 we have Deep Breath, doing well with 8.20/10.00

Moving into the faaaan-tastic top 3 now...

Down 1 to 3 this week is Into the Dalek, with a great 8.40/10.00

Pushing it down is a new entry at number 2 this week, it's the tiptop Kill the Moon[8.80/10.00]!

And of course... With 9.50/10.00...At number 1 for its 4th consecutive week... Yes  it's Steven Moffat wiiiiith Listen!

(Faaaan-tastic series, I really have to say!) 

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Your Verdict on The Caretaker & Episode Ranking

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For me the best is the Earth voting. Sure, it may only be the side of the planet representing a minority of the global population that gets to vote, and it's almost certainly the governments turning the lights off, but the idea of humans opting to kill the creature with the plethora of dark undertones you describe better than I could, Mark, is by far the most striking for me.

I also honestly have to say that I just wouldn't have number 6 on the list at all - and a part of me can't help but think it might have been a lot more interesting, a lot more thought provoking, and obviously a lot darker (and thus more fitting with the rest of the episode) if the Doctor had returned to find the other option had been pursued instead...

3 weeks, 4 days ago on 12 Great Moments From Kill the Moon

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So I've rewatched it, and with different expectations I more or less resolved the debate I was having in my head. The first half is almost perfect, it's atmospheric, tense and dark. The second half is pretty good too, though it starts to feel a little rushed, and really when you approach this episode not expecting something different (different, not necessarily better) it all works rather well. Sadly, I still feel the spiders should have been seen more and an otherwise fantastically set-up and executed moral dilemma is undermined by its conclusion, everything happy and a lovely new moon in seconds because luckily that baby can lay eggs the same size as itself moments after hatching (and given what its metabolism must be like at that size, it really must have happened very quickly from its perspective). On rewatch I understand Clara's reaction more now, though I still side with the Doctor and feel she rather overreacted (but, hey, people do when they're angry after having something of an emotional rollercoaster). So yes, there are flaws, but approach the episode knowing what it is and they are not particularly egregious, so yes, I rather do like this episode. No, I won't score it in the 7s, and no, it's not going to be the 15th episode to break the 9.00/10.00 mark either, but it's solid, an enjoyable watch that should avoid too much scrutiny besides its moral aspects, and it's ultimately just a shame about the conclusion. 

8.80/10.00 [18th]



3 weeks, 4 days ago on Rate & Discuss Kill the Moon

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What I do know about this episode is, regardless of the internal conflict in my head over the score, despite having the ability to recline in my chair and watch at ease, it had me sitting forwards, watching intently. It was brilliantly captivating TV, and didn't half give me a sore neck afterwards!

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Rate & Discuss Kill the Moon

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Well that was... surreal. Gripping from start to finish certainly, a great moral dilemma and some fantastic atmospheric scenes throughout...


But I don't know what to think at the moment. I know it really appealed to me, but there's a certain disappointment to it too...A setup slightly disappointingly realised, I really would have loved more of the spiders, and while the moral dilemma was indeed superbly realised and executed, the moon being an egg (and the "oh, it's laid another one!") feels a bit silly. Really this is another episode that needed more time to breathe, and Clara's reaction to the Doctor's actions also rather baffled me, I have to say. It's the first time I've been unable to score an episode straight away this series (and for quite a while)... I honestly could make it just the 15th episode to go above a 9/10, but I could also drop it to the 7s...

I just don't know. 

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Rate & Discuss Kill the Moon

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This was in fact the episode I was most sceptical about, but boy has that totally reversed. This genuinely looks fantastic.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Next Time: Mummy on the Orient Express

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@RieruM @The Finn @Adric the Genius Indeed, though we have only ever had one PM born outside the British Isles, Andrew Bonar Law, who was in fact born in a colony in Canada (and thus still had British nationality). 

You can in fact run for MP (and thus, I assume, do so as a leader of a party if you want to be PM) if you're a British citizen, Irish citizen or a citizen of a Commonwealth country.

OK, class dismissed! ;) 


3 weeks, 6 days ago on Kill the Moon – 12 Hints & Teasers

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You know, the worst thing about these articles must be that DWTV gets to sit there and take delight in our blind speculation. How amusing it must be to watch us stumble around with wild and adventurous theories, dashing from one outlandish hypothetical to another. What sort of being takes the time to subject us mortals to such tribulations?

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Kill the Moon – 12 Hints & Teasers

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Slightly off topic, but as the main anticipating-the-episode article on the website it's probably the least off-topic place to ask, but does anybody know how long it is before an episode of Doctor Who appears on iPlayer? It's my first week ever watching it like this, and obviously I'll want to watch it as soon as possible!



3 weeks, 6 days ago on Kill the Moon – 12 Hints & Teasers

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Left = POTUS? Well POTUS usually stands for President of the United States, so perhaps the disasters the moon is causing has made him evacuate Earth? Or if it's really cryptic perhaps it means Democratic? (The left of centre party in the US being the Democrats) Perhaps the terrible decision is decided by a vote or something to that effect?


If one of those guesses are right, it'll be the first of these clues I've ever worked out...

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Kill the Moon – 12 Hints & Teasers

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Series 8 has been strong. Unbelievably solid. I never anticipated a series again that would rival the nostalgia-filled series of my childhood, but damn is it. Clara has been a dramatic improvement on series 7, Capaldi is effectively the result of my "ideal Doctor checklist" and the whole tone of the series appeals to me. Using my spreadsheet I've worked out the averages for the first half of each series (in terms of stories, not episodes) and this is the current ranking:


Series 2 - 8.06

Series 4 - 8.04

Series 8 - 8.02

Series 1 - 7.96

Series 3 - 7.52

Series 5 - 4.78

Series 6 - 3.76

Series 7 - 2.96

Now, obviously it's not the best ranking, both series 3 and 4 will soon get boosts with their excellent second halves, while series 2 is yet to have L&M and Fear Her factored in, for example. But it shows that when I say it's been a long time since I enjoyed the start of a series as much as I have with series 8, I'm really not kidding!

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Thoughts on Series 8 at the Halfway Point

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Whew... DWTV, I normally pretty much agree with your reviews, so this has ramped up my anticipation for this episode considerably. It hasn't been enormous, there's a feel of typical Who components and used elements to it, and until The Caretaker my big fear was Courtney. But then, an episode of Doctor Who doesn't have to be original, or intricate or revolutionary to be a stomping-ly good episode (despite some new twists The Impossible Planet two parter uses a lot of typical plot elements, but is still currently my 6th most rated story of the revival to date), and the boy inside me still loves a good old fashioned DW episode. So reused elements or not (and lets be honest, there are Waters of Mars vibes here a bit), I can now really see this being just the 15th episode of "NuWho" to push past the 9.00/10.00 mark on my colour coded, numbered, system-based and not-at-all-nerdy spreadsheet.

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Kill the Moon Advance Review

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In the Forest of the Night for me. There is a feel of Vashta Nerada about it, and while I'm not expecting them it would be like Xmas come early. Mysterious and I suspect the title inspired by a brilliant poem, something about it just calls out to me...

1 month ago on Poll: Your Most Anticipated Series 8 Story (Eps 7-12)

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The Caretaker is a great character piece. Amusing and believable, it goes along with the other episodes of Mr Roberts for me as "episodes with a special affection for". Yeah, the Skovox Blitzer is underused. But any enemy in this episode would be. It's mainly there to add some tension and pace to the plot, and give Danny an opportunity to start proving to the Doctor that his prejudice about him was wrong. A little more backstory to it would have been nice, but prolonged exposure would have given away just how naff it ultimately is.


Of the 3 less serious episodes of Series 8 so far (and, looking ahead, possibly altogether) it's the least flawed to me. Both Robot and Heist have flaws that, while not too damaging by any means, are quite noticeable, with Cheesiness and poor characterisation respectively. The Caretaker lacks such a prevalent flaw, and is thus my favourite of them.

7.60/10.00 [40th]

1 month ago on 2nd Opinion: The Caretaker

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Well, this episode certainly gets a special place in my heart (gosh, I'm so sentimental deep down), as it was the last episode I watched at home before travelling to uni. And alas, as I leave tomorrow and will have so much to sort out I shall probably be vanishing for a few days, so I hope all you folks and DWTV itself can live without my intricate analysis, razor sharp wit and legendary humility for a bit!



1 month ago on Rate & Discuss The Caretaker

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@supermoff will kill the moon! @MrRazza, WANTED: A Lord of Thyme Yep, you're right, it's geography!

It seems my brain automatically corrected it to something more logical...

Definite dubious teaching, then!  

1 month ago on Rate & Discuss The Caretaker

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I have to dispute the teaching abilities in the biology department of this school though. I mean, who sends the disruptive influence out to the caretakers cupboard in search of paper towels?



1 month ago on Rate & Discuss The Caretaker

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I need to finalise the score, but I've given it a 7.60/10.00 on my spreadsheet. It's been a very long time since I enjoyed a series in the way I have Series 8, and particularly one so consistent. In fact, using the provisional (and, actually, unlikely to change) score, I worked out the average score of the first 6 stories of each revival series so far, and Series 8 has so far, very narrowly, achieved the highest average score. A whisker above Series 4!

1 month ago on Rate & Discuss The Caretaker

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Roberts' episodes often end up in my "guilty pleasures" drawer, so while sceptical I wasn't as pessimistic as others were, and I enjoyed it. No, it wasn't astounding, I wasn't in hysterics, but it certainly kept me chuckling and was a great piece of character work.

At first thought, yes, perhaps we should have seen more of the ol' Skovox Blitzer, but really I can't help but think prolonged exposure may well have given away how dodgy it ultimately was (though not as strikingly goofy as the Next Time clip made it seem last week). Some more background to it would have been nice, though. The Doctor-Danny dynamic (God I love saying that) was well done, I was worried for the level of soldier hating we may see, but ultimately it just came across as the Doctor being an overprotective prat more than anything else, and it also produced most of the laughs. Courtney was another worry that turned out to be unnecessary. Yes, she's a stereotype, but not to the cartoon-y levels of the much beloved Angie... (try typing that with a straight face), and is probably one nearly all of us has seen (or, very possibly, been) in real life before. A romp done right, and I think better than our other two light(er)-hearted episodes of Series 8 so far, as I can't really pick out a notable and prevalent flaw. 8/10

1 month ago on Rate & Discuss The Caretaker

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@TardisBoy Y̶o̶u̶'̶r̶e̶ ̶a̶ ̶f̶r̶e̶a̶k̶

I think it looks like this episode may well be changing that opinion! ;)



1 month ago on Kill The Moon Clip

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@DrainOfMorbius @Meh Meh Meh Meh Meh Sometimes halfway through the series we got next time clips that were actually for the rest of the series (I remember the Series 3 one being particularly awesome). Even so, this was usually just because it used to skip a week for Eurovision...

1 month ago on The Caretaker Advance Review

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To be honest, it basically sounds like what I was expecting. The characterisation of the Doctor sounds a little worrying, but I shall reserve judgement. I do have a bit of a soft spot for Roberts' episodes, they're quite warm and cosy like my great aunt's bungalow, though they're never really stand-outs.

1 month ago on The Caretaker Advance Review

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This plot gives me an idea for another. The Doctor once more has to disguise himself as a human adopting a pseudonym, and again taking a job, this time in government. After clearing up the trouble his exasperation with humans and desire to see things done right he becomes obsessed with supporting and trying to save a failing government and its incompetent ministers, and in the process becomes increasingly rude and aggressive. I call it The Thick of It... Oh, right...


Ahem, yes well, I must admit that my hype for The Caretaker is not as great as it has been for some episodes so far, or indeed episodes to follow it, but I do have a soft spot for these sorts of episodes, even if they seldom make their way into my favourites. Either way, my soft spot is almost already formed for this one, as it shall be my last DW episode at home before moving to uni, after having watched every Doctor Who episode here since it revived in 2005 to awesome-up my childhood!

And, of course, join mine to the many voices here calling for (at least) an Ian cameo, but also perhaps a Susan mention? This is her old school, after all...

1 month ago on The Caretaker Clip & Video Introduction

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"Capaldi on Graham Norton This Friday" Whatever Mr Capaldi wants to do in his own time is really none of our... Oh, yes, I see.

I'm quite fond of Graham Norton's show, I file it under "things I don't understand my liking of but definitely do like". Capaldi himself is an amusing and interesting bloke, so I look forward to it! 

1 month ago on Capaldi on Graham Norton This Friday

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@supermoff is your new lodger- I mean, caretaker.  @MrRazza, WANTED: A Lord of Thyme Yes, supermoff, I do mind and I am deeply offended that you could ask me such a thing! ;)

I score stories rather than episodes, so two parters have one score between the two episodes (the exception is Utopia, which I see as so different to its two following episodes that I count it separately from The Sound of Drums/Last of the Time Lords). I also only cover revival episodes in this scoring system, I tried with the classic included but found it really warranted its own, separate system - which is currently a work in progress. Therefore, at the moment (and I doubt Series 8 is set to produce an episode to out-do it) my lowest is... *Drumroll*:

The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe - 0.20/10.00 [91st]

It is worth noting that my range is probably more focused than others, too. I know a lot of people dislike giving an episode below a 5/10, because it's Doctor Who and even when it's poor it generally outclasses other TV. My scale is unique to Doctor Who, so for me anything from about a 3.00 upwards is still good and watchable television (only 10 episodes score below that), and you're looking at below 1.00 before you get into episodes I particularly dislike (only 3 episodes below fall that mark). So a 1.70/10.00 isn't actually as bad if it's coming from me as it may at first seem.

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