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I'm still reserving judgement on Danny, I think we need to see a bit more of him before I really give my opinion on his character, but the prospects seem good, particularly given how low my expectations had been when I first heard he was going to be another love interest. What I will say though is that, if not a ship name, "Dara Pinkwald" needs to be a character in something. I'm thinking amateur detective... "Pinkwald investigates!"

9 hours, 52 minutes ago on A Study of Pink: Danny Speculation

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Was that a Dalek though? What I really needed was the Eleventh Doctor phoning up to let us know that it was definitely a Dalek, just to reassure us all... *sarcasm overloads*

16 hours, 31 minutes ago on Rate & Discuss Into the Dalek

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Best Dalek episode since 2008, deserving of a MrRazza's Thumbs Up of Approval but a little lacking in one or two areas. The Daleks killed, yup, and as I thought it made little difference to them, perhaps the Uncle should have been exterminated too, as otherwise they only got some background characters. I think it could have done with another five minutes or so just to breathe a bit more, and the giant Dalek mutant scenes, while not bad, are not remarkable (though very much compensated for by the opening scene). The rejection of Journey just feels off though, and ultimately feels like nothing more than a bit of foreshadowing for the eventual Doctor-Danny dynamic. I think the Missy scene was inserted rather well, actually, intriguing and surprising but not jarring, the Doctor's characterisation is fantastic (loving the *I'm not really saving you* scene) and overall it pulls off the very cliched premise well.

However, ultimately I feel it had fewer flaws than Deep Breath (looking at you, Paternoster Gang and Smith cameo) and so I give it a (fractionally reduced from initial reaction) 8.5/10. 

16 hours, 33 minutes ago on 12 Great Moments From Into the Dalek

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  Compared to overnight figures of other second episodes, that's: Into the Dalek - 5.2m, Dinosaurs on a Spaceship - 5.5m, Day of the Moon - (Can't Find), The Beast Below - 6.7m, The Fires of Pompeii - (Can't Find), The Shakespeare Code - 7.2m, Tooth and Claw - (Can't Find), The End of the World - 8.0m   [And if you ask me, Livefyre, this looks a lot more "malformed" than the alternative]

An episode airing on the last weekend of the summer holidays, with the last 15 minutes or so clashing with the abomination that is the X Factor (which was going down the pan and has had to resort to bringing back Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole, and... *rants with deep hatred for several hours*) and with a massive and still growing iPlayer and Sky+ culture doesn't really stand a chance in getting remarkable overnight ratings.

16 hours, 48 minutes ago on Into the Dalek UK Ratings

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@LaraHarris @sontaran17 I enjoyed the episode, but was highly sceptical about the premise of being inside a Dalek. The premise is only a part of the story though

1 day, 11 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Into the Dalek

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@supermoff  @ChrisWalton1 "Welcome to Heaven, I'm..."

"EXTERMINATE! EXTERMINATE! YOU WILL BE DESTROYED!" 

1 day, 11 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Into the Dalek

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@Exxilon5 I think I'll do myself a favour and not

1 day, 11 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Into the Dalek

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Strong episode, the premise is a little cliched but there are fewer flaws to it than Deep Breath. The Daleks felt more threatening than they have for a few good years, though nothing to have nightmares about, and I think we've seen why just killing doesn't necessarily make something darker (*insert shameless article plug here*). Missy was inserted with perfection, intriguing but not clashing. Capaldi was by far the master of this episode, with his not-actually-saving-you scene carried off beautifully - though his rejection on the basis of her being a soldier feels a little odd when he's not long ago been fighting a centuries-long war himself (and even been flirting with Tasha Lem, in charge of one of the belligerent sides). I don't think the plot was astounding, but it was solid, and it managed to avoid the potentially cartoon-y edge the premise could have produced rather well. I vote on initial reaction, which was a 9/10, but to make a full official-MrRazza-rating I shall wait to see it again. 



1 day, 11 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Into the Dalek

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@The Lazy Cat But that's no yolk! 

Ahem, yes well... *Gets coat*

1 day, 13 hours ago on Into The Dalek: A Recipe for Success

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A Dalek recipe without "E-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-eggs"!? Now what am I supposed to do with all my puns...



1 day, 15 hours ago on Into The Dalek: A Recipe for Success

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@The Finn @Stuck in the vortex-again Yeah, I think we're going to see some sort of Dalek immune system, it's pretty standard to have bad-guy antibodies for any "Inside an X" adventure. Presumably, though, these will be a bit more Dalek-y than the ones we say in Let's Kill Hitler.

1 day, 18 hours ago on Into the Dalek – 12 Hints & Teasers

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I have to say I'm not overly enamored by the new titles, though I still feel it's the best we've had since the end of Tennant's era. I appreciate and enjoy the clock symbology, though I would have preferred to not have the TARDIS fly through a clock-vortex. Indeed, I like the graphics more than I thought I would, I feel the unwinding of said vortex is well done and I like the Gallifreyan edge and references, though I'm not a fan of the spinning planets at the end.

My main gripe is the new theme, which for me is simply too shrill (refreshing though it is to depart from the countermelody). It doesn't create a mysterious edge for me so much as shatter it, though nonetheless I still feel it is generally an improvement on our very most recent themes.

It's certainly an improvement, but as I'd rather see the graphics tweaked a bit and the theme altered, I can't say it's in my favourites, and I don't know how well it really suits Capaldi, besides the darker and older feel to the clock part of the intro. 

2 days, 19 hours ago on Examining Series 8′s New Title Sequence

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Some people complain about the lack of a "I'm the Doctor" moment in Deep Breath. And I have to say, well, good. That's what Smith's Doctor did, and Smith's is different to Capaldi's. We don't want 12 to be nothing more than an imitation of 11, we want to see something different. Having another rooftop-esque scene would have just felt like Doctor Who wasn't moving on, and for me even in The Eleventh Hour it feels over the top. Aliens with weapons that were seconds ago ready to destroy the Earth, cornering an unarmed man but running away because he showed them a nice montage of his enemies and faces ("Oh, this is the Hath, they didn't come to Earth and weren't an actual threat but oh well, your Doctor Who adventure film collection must be muddled up. Now where did I put my holiday pics of the Alps?") and said his name? That never sat well with me, and having Capaldi come in as a darker, older Doctor and just repeating the same thing would have jarred horrifically. Capaldi's Doctor seems more layered than Smith's, more of an enigma with complex layers than a (relatively) simple buried other self (a la Dream Lord). 12 builds up through the episode, we see him transition from still 11-hung-over to outright erratic to what he is now, and for him to have taken the time at the end to do a big over-dramatic "I AM ME!!!!!!" scene would have just felt out of place. For me, the lack of a "I'm the Doctor" scene is one of Deep Breath's greatest strengths, and imitating The Eleventh Hour in that way would have really hindered an episode which for me felt held back most by its inability to move on.



3 days, 9 hours ago on Face-Off: The Eleventh Hour vs Deep Breath

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I honestly object to trying to directly compare these two episodes. Their aims, methods and tones are all very different. Nevertheless, instead just literally weighing them up as episodes I have to say I prefer Deep Breath.



3 days, 9 hours ago on Face-Off: The Eleventh Hour vs Deep Breath

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@jsx Where have I been downright rude? If it's the supercilious bit, then I'd recommend not coming back at that by telling me to go and "learn" things (and definitely don't set out right at the start of the argument doing it, then you've just been asking for it). It rather proves the point. Conduct an argument the way you want it to be conducted, don't start off being rude to people (yes, people, not opinions, hoping we can see the difference here) and then be surprised or offended when they bite back.

Anyway, I think what you've done here is called "changing the subject", which suggests you want this debate ended, generally as a result of hitting a brick wall in your line of argument. I hope you consider your own views, and that you come to realise the difference between your opinions and something that makes someone who they are. I also hope that if someone you know or love comes out as homosexual that you show them the respect and acceptance they deserve.


3 days, 11 hours ago on Addressing the Deep Breath Kiss

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He totally nailed that part. How anyone could say the word "Yes" laden with such a range of perfectly portrayed emotions with such impact could only be an indication of a true master at work. Immensely convincing portayal of a clockwork droid to the extent that a small part of me very nearly went "Oh Yeah! He's played by an actor!" Would love to see him return, but if it's still as the Half Face Man, I'd want the return of the character to be well justified.



3 days, 17 hours ago on Ferdinando on the Possible Return of Half-Face

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@jsx  How very generous of you.

3 days, 17 hours ago on Addressing the Deep Breath Kiss

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@jsx No, there you're just attempting to get special protection and respect for your opinion by attempting to use yourself as a sort of front for them. Unfortunately, opinions are not integral parts of who you are, and you control them rather than the other way around - so no, your right to not have your ideas called laughable does not exist, for the same reason why that right wouldn't be extended to someone who told us we should all eat cheese every day for breakfast to keep them happy because they like cheese. As I say above, if you tie yourself so closely to your opinions that you feel an attack on them is an attack on you, that's a worrying position to put yourself in. Your opinions aren't you. Frankly, if you cannot distinguish the difference between respecting homosexuality and respecting homophobia, then I don't really think you're ever going to grasp this point, and we should leave it here.

3 days, 19 hours ago on Addressing the Deep Breath Kiss

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@jsx Unfortunately for you that's a demonstrated fact, not an opinion. The difference is a fact is testable, not necessarily correct. For example "homosexuality is a choice" is in reality a fact, it's just one that when tested is found to be completely incorrect. Without even delving into the rights of opinions, you don't have the right to hold everyone back by maintaining your own incorrect facts.

3 days, 19 hours ago on Addressing the Deep Breath Kiss

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@Amy says Peter Davison is the Thirteenth Doctor! I think "genius" is the word I'm looking for here...

4 days, 6 hours ago on Deep Breath: The Very Best of Clara Oswald

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@jsx If opinions are being given some sort of great status such that respect is mandatory then it becomes pointless, as debates and arguments would never be able to happen. An opinion that encourages hate, breeds violence and unfairly discriminates an entire demographic group receives no special protection, and similarly neither does the view "I like cheese". The only right an opinion has is to emerge from someone's mouth. It has no right to be considered, listened to or given some higher status. Oddly, people will generally share this view until it is their own opinion that is questioned (you seem to have no objection laying into others' opinions here - in fact you rather resemble the accusations and insults you made to me in your previous comment). Of course, some "opinions" are not opinions so much as demonstrably incorrect factual (facts are not necessarily correct, merely testable) statements, eg. "homosexuality is not natural". These deserve not just no respect, but a firm correction.

If you go through life thinking your opinion has the right to always be heard and respected, don't be offended or surprised if people ignore you, dismiss you or in any other way react negatively towards you. Particularly if you're so supercilious that you cannot even accept this. 

4 days, 8 hours ago on Addressing the Deep Breath Kiss

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@Amy says Peter Davison is the Thirteenth Doctor! Indeed it was, though I felt the Blockbuster format still hindered a consistent rewrite of her character. Like I say, I think many people exaggerate the effect of it though still!

4 days, 8 hours ago on Deep Breath: The Very Best of Clara Oswald

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I have to agree, for me one of the best ways Clara was improved as a companion was the fact that her flaws were pointed out. "Nothing's more important than my egomania!" 


The dynamic between her and Capaldi (when she wasn't setting another "he's the Doctor if..." moment) was fantastic - and I feel the only hindrance to her character, the really slow and jarring acceptance of the Doctor, feels less like real characterisation and more like it's forced to fit in the phonecall scene, so I don't really see this as an issue as far as Clara is concerned. I also felt that her character was really stabilised a bit now, as while I never disliked her or saw it as bad as some others did, I felt her characterisation had not been the best in Series 7 due to the "Blockbuster" format. I came away from Deep Breath liking Clara more than ever.

4 days, 8 hours ago on Deep Breath: The Very Best of Clara Oswald

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@jsx Opinions deserve NO special respect or protection. People do. If you're tying yourself so tightly to your opinions that you feel an attack on your opinion is an attack on you then you need to distance yourself from them a bit, because that's not healthy. If you can't distinguish the difference between protecting homsexuality and protecting homophobia, that I laid out above, or somehow believe that your opinion warrants special protection and respect then believe me, it isn't I who needs to go and learn about humility or social skills.

Believing opinions are some sort of sacred objects that should not be touched is a very dangerous path to go down - yours aren't special, neither are anyone else's. What are important are factors that make someone what they are. Opinions don't do that. You make your opinions what they are, not the other way around. 

4 days, 9 hours ago on Addressing the Deep Breath Kiss

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Brilliantly written Lazy Cat, and all the work you've been putting into it is very apparent!



4 days, 9 hours ago on Deep Breath: The Very Best of Clara Oswald

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@Calebxy @MrRazza, General Rogue Timelord Identifier @jsx Indeed, my point was that parts of the Bible are cherry picked (even if it's parts they are told the should not believe or follow) to use as justification for hatred and bigotry. I do not believe Christianity is a religion of hate at all, and detest seeing it used as a tool or justification for it - as is the case when certain people select their verse of choice, but ignore the otherwise obviously archaic contents alongside.

4 days, 13 hours ago on Addressing the Deep Breath Kiss

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@TheIdleIdol *Descends on TheIdleIdol like a bat in the night*

Actually, if your comments get reported enough that you're put on the pre-moderation list, where a moderator has to check your comment before making it public, you still get the "Edit within 5 minutes" option. The downside is of course there can be a wait for a while sometimes for your comment to appear, and the way to get on the list is unpleasant...

Basically, it's not a solution, but it is a way of getting an edit function. I look forward to receiving your worldly possessions in the post. ;)  


4 days, 14 hours ago on 2nd Opinion: Deep Breath

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Ah 12, I really get the impression you'll be finishing very high up in my favourite Doctors list by the end of Series 8


4 days, 15 hours ago on Into The Dalek Clips

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@jsx  @Calebxy @MrRazza, General Rogue Timelord Identifier Well in that case I hope Christians are also following Deuteronomy 21:18-21, which recommends taking disrespectful children to the city walls and stoning them to death. This isn't a religious debate, as I say above I do not believe Christianity is about intolerance or hate, and it shouldn't be used as a tool or justification for it.

4 days, 19 hours ago on Addressing the Deep Breath Kiss

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@jsx I posted this above, perhaps it may also be of relevance here:

Compare and contrast:

Being rude to someone for their homosexuality, which they have had no influence over and simply dictates the group of people they love.


Being rude to someone for their homophobia, which they have full control over and simply dictates the group of people they hate.

A homophobic opinion is not one I feel should be given any form of respect. 


4 days, 19 hours ago on Addressing the Deep Breath Kiss

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I think I've ranted at length below the line of many articles on what I disliked about the episode. My opinion of the Paternoster Gang remains unchanged - though Strax redeemed himself slightly - and I continue to outright hate the phonecall scene. Both opinions I recognise will always be unpopular, but there we go. I found the first third slow, but also recognise that to some extent it needs to be, as well as the slightly watered-down plot. 

However, I want to be positive today, and as I even acknowledged in my past periods of pontificating, these negatives are dwarfed by the rest of the episode. I feel Clara emerged as a stronger character ultimately, it was nice to see 12 lay into her a little to point out and acknowledge her flaws, and while I still think her reaction was initially good but by the end of the episode laboured (there were quite a few "he's the Doctor if..." moments) simply to allow the phonecall, and... No, positive thoughts MrRazza! The tone was fantastic. Darker without being oppressive and mature without being adult, the "I have bad eyes" scene was brilliant, as was the struggle between 12 and the half faced man. And speaking of 12, Capaldi was a master. From confused and still slightly Smith hung-over at the start to pleasingly erratic (still loving the jabs at Scottish independence via eyebrows and the death of a woman called Margaret Roberts [Roberts being Margaret Thatcher's maiden name]) to outright chilling, captivating throughout and definitely going to be a truly marvelous Doctor. Finally, Deep Breath is remarkable for its striking and potentially iconic scenes. Clara's "Deep Breath" is one of the finest pieces of TV I have seen for a good while, and the half faced man speared on the top of Elizabeth Tower - with the cause of his fall unknown - has rooted itself in my mind.


Overall, Deep Breath most certainly receives (yes, it's the long awaited return of it!) MrRazza's Thumbs Up of Approval. It wasn't flawless, but then few episodes are, and I think a direct comparison to The Eleventh Hour is inappropriate, besides in a usual "comparing two episodes" way. Both have their own intentions and aims, and do them in very different ways. Judge them each on their own merits. However, if we do want to do a direct "comparing two episodes", I have to say I'm voting Deep Breath, and I continue to give it a full and solid 8/10.


4 days, 18 hours ago on 2nd Opinion: Deep Breath

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"in a family show aimed at kids" I have to say I've never once seen a kid left confused by seeing two people of any sex kiss. But if a kid were to be, a parent choosing not to explain to their kid that these two people just love each other and that sex isn't a barrier to love and instead writing in to the BBC or ranting on the internet is quite simply a bad parent.



5 days, 5 hours ago on Addressing the Deep Breath Kiss

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"It is indeed an opinion. However, it is also a homophobic opinion." <<< This needs to be on T-Shirts. 


I also find, if you feel the need to say you're not in some way prejudiced, you probably actually are. Apparently 6 people wrote to the BBC to complain about this scene, though judging by the viewing figures these people are quite literally one-in-a-million idiots. I do feel the people who complain about these things are quite simply the very loud minority. Nobody can kick up quite a fuss so much as a group of people trying to pretend people in any way different to them exist or should have equal rights or representation. 

Great article Peter, very well written and argued - and I hope representation (without stereotypes too) continues to improve both in Doctor Who and the media in general.

5 days, 5 hours ago on Addressing the Deep Breath Kiss

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Compare and contrast:


Being rude to someone for their homosexuality, which they have had no influence over and simply dictates the group of people they love.

Being rude to someone for their homophobia, which they have full control over and simply dictates the group of people they hate.

No, I don't think vehement criticisms of homophobia are on the same level as discrimination and prejudice on the basis of homosexuality. Opinions don't have special protection, but a quality that defines who someone is (and simply to the extent of what group of people it is they love) is most certainly protected. And that's right. Don't defend homophobic views because they're "just opinions" or bring up some nonsense that being opposed to bigotry is somehow bigotry in itself. It's less apples and oranges and more apples and the Mighty Jagrafess of the Holy Hadrojassic Maxarodenfoe.

5 days, 5 hours ago on Addressing the Deep Breath Kiss

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@The_Eternal_Dalek @TheOncomingHurricane I assumed the droids would not notice as the mouth to mouth means the air around them would not be disturbed, which would be how they detected it.

5 days, 8 hours ago on Addressing the Deep Breath Kiss

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@jsx I'm perfectly open to the Christian line of objection, provided we also heard Christian objections to the variety of fabrics Capaldi wore at once at any given moment. If not, then I think that line of objection is even worse. Religion should not be used to justify and mask bigotry, that's not what it's supposed to stand for.

5 days, 9 hours ago on Addressing the Deep Breath Kiss

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@Antee991166 He was in fact a member of the Communist Party at one point, and was well on the left, so if he took that seriously then yes, I think he would too!

5 days, 10 hours ago on Addressing the Deep Breath Kiss

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@TARDlSkey @ Notsosmartguy the dalek of Jersey I always assume he has the occasional browse. Hello if you're there Moff!


5 days, 9 hours ago on Addressing the Deep Breath Kiss

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A great and witty article as usual, Caleb. It grated with me a little that the size of the T Rex was sort of addressed before disregarded by a throwaway line of that being how Vastra remembered them. Otherwise I'd have been happy to write it off as artistic licence (or some weird DW universe stuff - this is the show with a lizard woman) - but perhaps the reference was a deliberate hint at something or in the future? Or, indeed, just a reference to DW past.


5 days, 11 hours ago on Sciencey Wiencey: Deep Breath

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I should say, though I've ranted here, this and the Paternoster Gang exempted (OK, I enjoyed Strax a bit more than usual...) I greatly enjoyed Deep Breath, and ultimately these are minor quibbles. It was a solid episode when it got going, and I loved the new tone to it all. Capaldi will be fantastic, and I still have high hopes for Series 8!



5 days, 17 hours ago on Deep Breath Review

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My biggest issue with Deep Breath is it feels like it's trying to justify the Twelfth Doctor too much, to the point of feeling apologetic.The first third is slow, but that's fine with me because it allows for the transition between eras and of course there's going to be uncertainty immediately post regeneration. Throughout the episode, Clara (who otherwise I feel came out stronger as a character at the end of the episode) seems to set up various "he's the Doctor if..." moments, and while they are met she keeps reverting to "don't know him". Why? For me I don't think this is Clara herself, so much as an excuse to fit in the phonecall. By this point, at the end of the episode, the Doctor should have justified himself. And you know what, he did that, and he did it in style. But once more the episode goes apologetic - to the extent that 12 apparently needs 11's seal of approval. This undermines just about everything 12 has done in asserting his character throughout, it undermines the sense of looking onwards that all openers (particularly with new Doctors) should have and it even undermines the beginning, which felt like that was serving as the transition stage and the reassuring one, culminating in the Vastra/Clara exchange. It might be explained as reassuring the fans, but to be honest if by the end of the episode they haven't been won over by the smooth early transition and Capaldi in action, they're never going to be a fan of 12. Having 11 return to try and reassure them further just juxtaposes the Doctors even further, suggests that even the producers seem to have doubts, and frankly I see it as outright patronising.



5 days, 17 hours ago on Deep Breath Review

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@Mikeyboss182 I don't think Deep Breath is really directly comparable to The Eleventh Hour except in any normal "comparing two episodes" sense. They serve different functions and in different ways, each with their own merits.

Though, personally, I have to say  I prefer Deep Breath...

5 days, 17 hours ago on Deep Breath Review

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I'm not sure Missy had any role in it, as she herself didn't know exactly what had happened. Personally, I think it's little more than a point to make us question whether the Doctor had done it - I'm inclined to take the view that the half faced man jumped, but I'm not sure the Doctor pushing him is as dark an idea as it was painted. I always have a feeling about the language. Of course, a droid might not be inclined to call it something else, but "self-destruction" doesn't necessarily cover jumping from a height....

6 days, 10 hours ago on Whodunnit? The Fate of the Half-Face Man

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@The Genie All of them, a tragic consequence of the Doctor's actions or a particularly vicious act by one of his enemies

6 days, 17 hours ago on The Future of the Paternoster Gang

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To be honest, my ideal future for the Paternoster gang would be an unpleasant end to them. I've tried to like them, I've waited from episode to episode they've appeared in to see if they'll redeem themselves - and besides Strax actually giving me a laugh in Deep Breath it simply hasn't happened. I find Strax and his ways still juxtapose horribly with many of the scenes, less bringing comedy and more bringing cringes. I've always seen potential in Jenny and Vastra, I think their personal lives have the opportunity to be delved into further, but besides the touching "oxygen exchange" in Deep Breath I've felt the lesbian jokes have been a bit forced and I was not at all keen on the objectification in the "I'm not actually painting you and oh good here's Clara to strip for me as well" scene. I would by no means object to the suggestions put forwards here, but for me the characters themselves would need to be addressed and redirected - as for me they all seem to serve one dimensional purposes and even so do it with some degree of mediocrity.

Some untimely demise for them could be an unfortunate consequence of the new darker Doctor's actions, something again to cast doubt on his nature and to make him more questioning of himself. Did he just not consider their safety? Was he even just using them? It would build on what seems to be a continuing theme and add on his development, or of course he could just return one day to find them killed, leaving him to do some of his own detective work, fuelled with anger at the death of his friends.

I will still continue to approach the Gang with an open mind in their future episodes, but I can't deny I honestly worry when I see they are to be in an episode. I can still see the possibility for their redemption, but it would require more than some new storylines (the ones suggested here are all great, by the way). I understand they are rather popular with the fandom nevertheless, so perhaps simply a spin off, where they can continue but be somewhat excluded more from the main show, is the best way to go (if not their deaths...). 

6 days, 17 hours ago on The Future of the Paternoster Gang

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I'm intrigued to ask what the opinions of those of you who were more sceptical about Capaldi's doctor were, and particularly of those of you who were less enthused by the idea of a darker tone? 

Were you pleasantly surprised, did it meet your expectations, are you reserving judgement until further into the series or was it even worse than you had feared? And, of course, why? (I'm not wanting an argument here, I'm genuinely interested, I won't be putting forwards counter-arguments)

1 week ago on Rate & Discuss Deep Breath

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*Spoilers if you haven't seen the Radio Times episode synopses*


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Now, all this talk of her being a Clara echo gone bad has reminded me of a quote from the final two-parter that we saw in the episode synopses: “You betrayed me. You betrayed my trust, our friendship, and everything I’ve ever stood for. You let me down.” If this line of speculation is correct, then it could well be on to something! 

Of course, to use a metaphor, the trickiest Jigsaw puzzle will also have unrelated pieces that fit together...

1 week ago on Introducing Missy the “Gatekeeper”: Who is She?

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Having randomly noticed it on iPlayer, one of my favourite moments is when 12 shows the poor man the newspaper with the "Spontaneous Combustion" article. The name of the victim in said article is a "Margaret Roberts" - "Roberts" being the maiden name of Margaret Thatcher... Nicely done Moff!

1 week ago on 12 Great Moments From Deep Breath

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Missy really stole those last few moments of the show, brilliantly eccentric and even a little sinister. I have to say, I think she's her own new character, though she may of course have links to another foe ("paradise" and "nethersphere" all have an edge of constructed extra-universe to them for me - Omega?). I also think we need to take the whole "boyfriend" thing with a pinch of salt, particularly given her eccentricity. It seems to me either ironic (i.e. they hate each other), a bit stalker-ish (she did have a rough idea of the events that had unfolded prior to the half faced man's death, but not an exact account, suggesting some sort of camera or spying device) or simply just mad.


Great article TardisBoy - or Sam... if that is your real name

1 week ago on Introducing Missy the “Gatekeeper”: Who is She?

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So I've rewatched it in full - and I give it an 8/10. 

Its weaknesses, while few, are still quite noticeable, and come mainly in the form of the Paternoster Gang (though I oddly did find Strax less irritating) and a failure to actually move on. I'm resolutely not a fan of the phonecall, though would have objected a lot less if it had come earlier in the episode. Additionally, the theme tune (which I haven't factored into the score as it isn't actually the episode) has become too shrill for my liking, though it's nice to lose the countermelody and I like the visuals more than I though I would.

Its strengths are in its many striking and potentially iconic scenes. The half faced man speared on Big Ben, the "Deep Breath" itself, the sinister "eyes" scene and the oddly sinister Missy appearance at the end. The tone is a dramatic improvement for me, and I love the darker, mature themes and atmosphere that finally emerges after the slow start. Lovely links to Girl in the Fireplace, brilliant performance from Capaldi himself and a great setup for Series 8, unfortunately shattered for me by the *quick, look at the past again!* moment, after Clara seems to have decided to not like the new Doctor again.


1 week ago on Rate & Discuss Deep Breath

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