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@The Not-So-Lazy Cat: Clara Detective I think so! The battle of good vs evil sides of the same character. It adds strong credence to Missy being either a Clara echo gone bad, or an evil River. 

8 hours, 18 minutes ago on Pulling the Strings: The Unsolved Clara Mystery (Part 1)

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The scariest monsters are the ones that exist only in our minds, with our haywired-imaginations capable of turning something totally benevolent into the most dreaded phobias. 

Fear of the dark, fear of the forests, fear of spiders, even fear of peanut butter stuck on the roof of your mouth (yes there's such a thing: Arachibutyrophobia) in itself is irrational. But they became debilitating as a result of our brains' imaginations gone wrong. 

So yes, the unseen are scarier than the seen, for they provide the ripest environment for our imaginations to go wild. 




2 hours, 55 minutes ago on The Invisible Enemy: Are the Unseen Monsters the Scariest?

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Great stuff! One thing that really opened my mind is the extra "Lunch on the other Side" interpretation. With Moffat on the line it should come as no surprise that there's often more than one interpretation of such seemingly simple lines, the side of living/dead or good/evil. 

I believe additional credit must also be given to Jenna for portraying Clara so successfully, and I dare say she's done even more than what the scripts had written for her. Absolutely top marks for the actress! 

1 day, 1 hour ago on Pulling the Strings: The Unsolved Clara Mystery (Part 1)

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Oh dear. I think I'm reading too much of such speculations. Already I'm having more-than-enough theories and speculations of my own, I'll be going in with a tainted view. I better stop now. 

"Death is not an end". Live on by converting yourself to Cybermen?

2 days, 8 hours ago on Dark Water TV Trailer Breakdown

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Eleven was my first Doctor too. The first episode that I watched is Blink (a total random stumble, I got lucky), and boy am I hooked! I then started to binge my way across all series, starting (somehow) with Eleventh Hour, the first proper encounter I have with the Time Lord. The magic immediately gripped me And I never looked back. 

Honestly, if I'd started my experience with any other earlier series, I doubt I'd be here this day. 




3 days, 1 hour ago on The Eleventh Doctor: Five Favourites

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Wow almost 50-50 for Flatline and Mummy! Such negligible difference, it must be regarded as a tie! 

3 days, 8 hours ago on Your Verdict on Flatline & Episode Ranking

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Is that Handles 2.0 in the first pic? 

3 days, 8 hours ago on Dark Water Promo Pics

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I'm in tears!! 

IT'S SO GRIPPY! IT'S SO GRIPPY I'M GONNA DIE!!! 

4 days, 2 hours ago on Dark Water TV Trailer

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AI 83? You got to be kidding me. 

4 days, 3 hours ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator

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One thing that I really didn't like is the more-than-one references to "superpowers", from humans' tendency to forget everything and move on, to what "furious, fearful, tongue-tied" could be if properly channeled. 

Reason being, it cheapens the impact from Listen's narrative. In that episode, a special place is given to fear, however irrational, is perfectly fine being a permanent companion of us all. The related "fight or flight syndrome", increase in heartbeat, rush in adrenaline, spike in oxygen intake and consumption ,does legitimately makes the human body perform above normal parameters, a real example of a "superpower". 

In this episode, it's essentially saying that any other thing can be branded a superpower. I'd be fine with it if it's termed a "special ability", or an "extra survival skill", which in essence is what the examples listed are in real life; bouts of mania giving artists endless energy to work and create, paranoia adding an extra dimension to creativity outside the realms of a logical mind, or the attention to details the minds on the autistic spectrum are capable of, and the ability to forget as a safeguard to post-traumatic stress. 

I guess I'm just picking at the terminology, I'm sure many wouldn't have a problem with this and perhaps disagree with me too. But seeing how Fear has a special relationship with the Doctor, I feel that the connection with a Superpower deserves a more exclusive place in the mythology. 






4 days, 8 hours ago on In the Forest of the Night Review

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Never in doubt that the Trailer deserves a spot in the list, even if it's not in-story. 

Similarly, the best moment in-story is definitely the sending off. "I didn't want to be the last of my mind". And for Twelve to listen to Clara like this and just leave, shows just how much the Doctor respects her. 

A moment missed out here I think is how Danny responded to Clara when she tried to get everyone to marvel at the majestic solar flare. "I was a soldier, I put myself at risk, I didn't try too hard to survive, but here I am. And now, I can see what I nearly lost, and it's enough"

"One person is more amazing, harder to understand, but more amazing than universes". 

I must also mention of the music accompanying the scene when the children are preparing for their phone call. Reminds me very much of #SherlockLives scene in The Empty Hearse. 


4 days, 9 hours ago on 12 Great Moments From In the Forest of the Night

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This trailer is now the most mind-blowing moment of the entire series so far. Yes, Entire Series 

Some interesting points so far: 

"Clara Oswald has never existed!" Looking hard she's only talking to Cybermen at that point. It's possible she's trying to talk her way to bamboozle the tin men. (Prays hard to be so, in state of denial)


A Clara seemingly in Doctor's timestream from way back in NameOTD? Is she the original or a splinter turned evil? 

Dark Water = Evil River? It might explain Missy's link with Clara and River's psychic connection in NameOTD. 

Could the Promised Land / Heaven / Nethersphere be the Computer at the Library? Where Missy / Evil River resides? That would explain "Death is not the end"

5 days, 8 hours ago on Next Time: Dark Water

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Having absolutely no expectations, or even negative expectations, I went in just to watch a 45min prequel to the thing that I'm most looking forward to: The Trailer. Whatever the quality of this story, or any story located at this slot, it's always going to be overshadowed by the coming finales. 

That said though, doesn't mean this is a bad episode. It's still ok, a slightly fairytale-ish with a not-so-subtle environmental message intended for our future generations, in some ways a typical Doctor Who episode: for kids. Despite it being clearly the gonna-be lowest rated episode, it's by no means a bad one. Just that all other episodes of this series are good. 


5 days, 21 hours ago on Rate & Discuss In the Forest of the Night

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AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH 

I just need to get the hysteria out. 

CLARA!! MY CLARA!!!!!!!! 

5 days, 21 hours ago on Next Time: Dark Water

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I need a TARDIS NOW!!! 

To jump into next week and the next after. A short trailer like this already blew our minds off, let alone the episode itself!! 

5 days, 21 hours ago on Next Time: Dark Water

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The whole episode is only there for the Next Time trailer. 

5 days, 21 hours ago on Rate & Discuss In the Forest of the Night

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As a story-arc, definitely yes. Which in a way is why so many are speculating Jenna's run is coming to an end. 

As an in-show character, nope. She's just a seemingly more prominent cause of her story arc, while the Doctor was still finding his kidneys. 

Very similar to Rose and Ten in Series 2 really. People looked at Rose more due to longer familiarity. 

Had to vote for "No", despite my heart demanding to vote for "Yes". 

6 days, 8 hours ago on Poll: Is Clara Overshadowing the Doctor?

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Being the last episode before the finales, it's always going to be the calm before the storm, especially after the major character-arc episode that's Flatline. 

So, I'm going in with as little expectation as possible, perhaps might even come out with a pleasant surprise, or just to catch my breath and stock up on adrenaline in this sweet little story before the mayhem to come. 

1 week ago on In the Forest of the Night Advance Review

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Awww.... She's so sweet!! 

1 week ago on In the Forest of the Night Clip

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Wow, this is surprising. 

I'm not sure if we're watching the same show here, but one thing for certain, we have many different things we (don't) like about the show. 

I agree with the characters being mostly bland, but this episode holding such importance to the character-centric arc, something gotta give. If more development or *ahem* "dimensions" are added to the supporting cast, that's gonna divert attention on the main focus of this episode ("Clara, my Clara, I have chosen well...") Otherwise it's gonna feel even more rushed than it already is. 

One thing that this review touched upon, with few others picking it up, is how the Doctor is worried Clara may be turning to the worse, with the increasing lying (even to himself!) and the slowly eroding human connection she had with others. Rigsy tried to show Clara his proud work in the tunnels, but Clara just brushed him off without an extra look. The Doctor asks her if she's ok, given that many people have died. But she's rather happy, which she shouldn't be, even though on balance she saved more. All these got the Doctor concerned, maybe even annoyed. But on the other hand Missy.... 



1 week, 1 day ago on 2nd Opinion: Flatline

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@Desgar @mrclever Allow me to offer a new take too. 

All the events in NameOTD still stands, the overgrown TARDIS grave is still there and everything that happened still happened. Important thing is instead of the TARDIS being the actual grave of 11, it's a CONSTRUCTED make-believe grave by 12, with the time-tear up until 11th's death, River's tomb and all, for his past self and Clara to jump into. He most likely went back near the end of Deep Breath, before the "you've redecorated" stuff, as we see the tomb is still of the old TARDIS console. 

All this to preserve the timeline. Timey-wimey stuff. 

1 week, 1 day ago on Another Take on “Clara Who”

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I fully agree with the first point, that the same thing some fans love, some hate.

I agree with the second broad point too, that there's a lack of, or even negative portrayal of the Doctor. However I don't agree with pinning the blame of Doctor's negative portrayal on Clara's supposed negative treatment of the Doctor. 


Right from the start we know that this Doctor is going to be darker, more alien, more manipulative, more snarling, fierce and ruthless. Some would love this interpretation of the Doctor, reminiscent of a certain high functioning sociopath, some would hate it for being too far from the all-goody hero they knew the Doctor to be. 

It is because of this, that the audience needs a Watson to emotionally connect with, that Clara is pushed to the forefront into order to preserve the shadow around Twelve. Same thing goes with the seemingly lack of focus on Doctor too. 


On top of that, I see the added focus on Clara, all her character development as the series major arc. With Moffat at the helm, I dare say it's safer to bet that he probably has some major plot twist on Clara waiting for us in the series finale and christmas special. 

All in all, let's wait till the end of the series before we pass judgment 

1 week, 2 days ago on Another Take on “Clara Who”

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With Moffat as showrunner, I have a feeling that he got something really major installed for us on the part of Clara's arc that would absolutely blow our minds off. Not unlike the unveiling of River Song as Melody Pond, or the crack in the wall on Trenzalore. 

Therefore, I'm not jumping to any conclusions or even forming any opinions on how Clara is or where she's going. 

1 week, 2 days ago on Another Take on “Clara Who”

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Flatline. As darn good as Mummy is, Flatline is just better. 

1 week, 2 days ago on Face-Off: Mummy vs Flatline

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@Doctor hates tigers @Clara Who would make a good Doctor! There's now a facebook version, so you can play it on your laptop / desktop too. 

Alas, you have to start over though, can't transfer between different systems. 

1 week, 3 days ago on The Doctor and the Dalek

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@Bring back Ace @JamesClegg Initially I thought it's got something to do with TARDIS life support failing, and Doctor undergo sort of a botched up regeneration attempt and things go all wonky there. 

Though most probably just a forgettable negligible hair-cut discontinuity issue.

Or it could be another Flesh and Stone moment?



1 week, 3 days ago on 12 Great Moments From Flatline

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@ahunter8056 @Clara Who would make a good Doctor! Try to keep going! 

The real fun starts when you go into Series 6, that's when you can upgrade your characters further and recruit many more characters available in game. The most satisfying aspect of the game got to be collecting all available characters and costumes and level them up! 

Team set up is key. If you need help check out the game's official site and forums, loads of assistance there to get started. 

1 week, 3 days ago on The Doctor and the Dalek

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@Oodkind I'm not expecting much too. After 2 excellent episodes, we need to catch a deep breath again before the epic finale. 

Almost like the calm before the storm, the low between the highs. 

1 week, 3 days ago on In the Forest of the Night Promo Pics

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The little girl reminds me a little of little Amelia Pond. Perhaps Doctor too? 

And Clara properly looks Mrs Pink in those pics. Yup. 

1 week, 3 days ago on In the Forest of the Night Promo Pics

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I can see Flatline surpassing Mummy easily. The question is whether it can overtake Listen. 

1 week, 3 days ago on Your Verdict on Mummy & Episode Ranking

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@ahunter8056 You have got to check out Doctor Who Legacy. No doubt the best DW game so far! Go google it, and give it a try! 

1 week, 4 days ago on The Doctor and the Dalek

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For those who's wishing for a proper Doctor Who game, have you checked out Doctor Who Legacy? It's a gem based game and definitely the best of the lot out there. 

Go give it a try! 

1 week, 4 days ago on The Doctor and the Dalek

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Fascinating theory at the end! However I'm inclined to think they are the same, as from Deep Breath Doctor and Clara made a common reference to "the woman in the shop", and in Time Heist too. It would be unlikely for an echo of Clara to retain the memories from Bells of Saint John. 

1 week, 4 days ago on Flatline Review

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The hand out of the tiny TARDIS was my definite favourite moment outside of all the Clara Who moments! Yes the silliness set upon the serious danger felt out of place, however I see the irony of it an added dimension to the humour! 

Also I see Clara's response to the tiny TARDIS as one of the key reason to it working so well. "Oh this is so adorable". If the companion's response is different, say "oh no the TARDIS is in danger!", it probably wouldn't work the way it did.

1 week, 4 days ago on 12 Great Moments From Flatline

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Only problem I have with the episode is the name "Boneless" given to the Boneless. It just sounds so, boneless. The name felt without soul or substance, rather underwhelming compared to the originality, threat and potential of the monster. 

Just felt it could have a more powerful name befitting of such a great monster. In fact, it's so good I think it's right alongside the Weeping Angels! 

1 week, 5 days ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline

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@Dr. Oswald Oh yeah! Although I didn't need the explicit mention of "Addams Family" for it to knock myself out. The very scene of hand out of the TARDIS scuttling away left me rolling! 

1 week, 5 days ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline

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Despite being a new Who writer, Jamie Mathieson's script contains several elements of what makes some of previous episodes of Who great. 

Opening with hilarious, nonsensical stuffs (Time OTD), 

Developing threat with bickering humour between protagonists (Day OTD, adventure of River Song) 


A unique monster which toys with viewers' senses and imagination (Angels, Silents, Vastra Nerada)


Use enemy's power against itself (Blink, Day of the Moon)


Epic speech (11th's era)


Only thing that's missing is some timey-wimey stuff. 

Inadvertently, this episode could be renamed as "How to be the Doctor" or even "How to write an episode of Doctor Who". He even suggested as such in the script, "rule one of BEING the Doctor" and with the Doctor guiding Clara on what to do at every step of the way. 

Get a companion, establish local knowledge. 

Don't do weird things and scare people off, despite being always guilty himself. 

Take charge when group is disorientated and disorganized. 


Lie if necessary, to instill hope and to harness their superpower of fear. 

Save life whenever possible, move on quickly whenever inevitable. 

Always use your companion's special skill.

Use your enemies' power against themselves. 

End the threat with an epic speech. 

However by stripping it down to its bare elements, I'm concerned that it might create an obvious checklist of sorts for future writers to follow. Perhaps writers already had a list to refer to, but I'm concerned it gets so obvious that even viewers could see way too many ideas rehashed and put in. Originality may suffer until every other episode feels pretty much the standard fare. 

Still, I love this episode and it's easily my favourite so far even though I have a feeling the finale would be even better! With all those loose story points yet to be tied up into one big Moffat loop. Moral dimensions and dilemmas, soldiers, officers and pushing beyond oneself, all settled within the Promised Land and all the robot races. 





1 week, 5 days ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline

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Being the episode right after the epic that's Flatline and just before the 2-parter finale, I have a feeling it's going to be the most forgettable episode of Season 8. Which isn't helping Mr Pink though. 

1 week, 5 days ago on Next Time: In the Forest of the Night

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@SteveWillis @Clara Who would make a good Doctor! Oh dear I accidentally deleted my original comment. 

"I name you, THE BONELESS!". 

1 week, 5 days ago on Doctor Who Extra: Flatline

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"In this episode he's forced to conclude that maybe he's making Clara worse".

"She's picking up from him things that he thinks are necessary, but of which he is not proud". 


Grim foreshadowing indeed! 

1 week, 5 days ago on Doctor Who Extra: Flatline

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@A Greek Time Lord in 2D She's the woman in the shop! That "chosen well" line pretty much confirmed it. 

1 week, 5 days ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline

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The first and only episode I had no hesitation to voting a perfect 10. It would make the score irregardless if it's my favourite Clara or any other companion. 


1 week, 5 days ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline

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And of course, Clara is an exceptional Doctor! Goodness has nothing to do with it though..... Some grim foreshawdowing... 

1 week, 5 days ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline

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Love the moments with the TARDIS! Hand outside TARDIS scuttling to safety, was laughing so hard! TARDIS switching to siege mode, very Moment-ish Pandorica-ish Gallifray box. 

1 week, 5 days ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline

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THIS IS PHENOMENAL!!! THE ABSOLUTE BEST EPISODE SO FAR!! And I'm not saying it because it's so Clara-centric, but everything from beginning to the absolute end! 

1 week, 5 days ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline

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No minisodes? 

2 weeks ago on The Complete Eighth Series DVD Extras

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@Demeggy Even better. Watch it with Sophie! 

Bring along your hat and umbrella and stuffs. 

2 weeks ago on Flatline Clip

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Wow. Just wow. Even Clara haters would love this episode now. 

Cue conspiracy theories of BBC releasing this clip to pacify the cynics 

2 weeks ago on Flatline Clip

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Only from the mind of the Mad Moffat can one see a harmless storyboard drawing as an inter-dimensional threat! 

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Flatline Clip

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