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Well, I can forgive the writer for having a massive bias, however expressing it in this kind of article (never mind expressing it as if their POV is the majority) is pretty unprofessional.

4 days, 16 hours ago on Horror Who Part II: The Hinchcliffe & Holmes Influence

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@Typo42 "Magic Carrots"  Well, for those two examples, unnecessary probably wasn't the right term, because they both had a point somewhat.  But they generally detracted from their respective stories.  The point I was trying to make, is if you can't make a monster fit well in the story you want to write, why force it in?  This is coming from a writer, and as a writer, one thing I've never understood is why some writing staff' opt for formulaic format, rather than a realistic format.  The only thing I can think is it is a way to create some kind of illusion of filler episodes not being filler...  But for me at least, it kind of breaks immersion when literally everywhere the Doctor goes there's some physical monster threat he has to deal with, whether it is the focus of the episode or not...


I have to say one of the worst offenders last season was that thing in Listen.  Why let the audience see something clearly creepy and alien, when the entire point of the episode is there was never any monster?  That it was all in the Doctor's head...  Like the door knocking was well executed, because there was a strange level of ambiguity there, but the sheet monster? Detracted from the entire point of the episode, and whoever's fault it was for it's execution onscreen, whether it was Moffat, or the director or the lead designer, it was unnecessary and mildly spoiled a really good story.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on How Should Doctor Who Evolve?

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@Whovian312  Oh, I certainly agree, but Moffat can't think up everything.  Luckily, due to the nature of the series, just because Moffat doesn't do anything with, for example, the Valeyard, or the Black and White Guardians, doesn't mean they can never be visited in the future...

2 weeks, 4 days ago on How Should Doctor Who Evolve?

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I'm definately all for stopping the obligatory monster of the week crap...  Most stories suffer, not benefit from it.  If there is reason to have a monster in the plot, then have a monster, if it doesn't, don't hamfist one in because "Doctor Who has to have a monster in every story!"


I'd argue that 70's through 80's Who had a bit of the same problem.  Having unnecessary monsters, like the clam thing in Genesis of the Daleks, or the weird looking fire monster in Caves of Androzani, which ruin the pacing and point of otherwise very well crafted stories.  But even then, it wasn't treated as if it was an obligation to have monsters in those eras, as there were still plenty of stories without a real monster...  


As for Moffat ignoring the past, at the beginning of his run, I'd agree with you, but Series 7 forward he's started to embrace the series history, with classic series nods in the majority of episodes.  And I'd argue Davies was far worse, only referencing the classic series to retcon random parts of it for no easily discernible reason other than he felt like it...

2 weeks, 5 days ago on How Should Doctor Who Evolve?

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@Desgar I'd have all stories be 2 parters, and have one 3 part finale, which would put it on par story length wise with the 70's and 80's Who...

3 weeks ago on Moffat Explains Series 9 Two-Parter Increase

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Agreed.. Especially if they get Juliet Landau to play her... Though, I wouldn't mind a new actress either...

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Will Gallifrey Return in Series 9?

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Gallifrey Series VIII jack-knifing into nu-who continuity! Do it Big Finish!

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Infinite Potential: Where Could Big Finish Take New Who? (Part 1)

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I've just been falling in love with the audios and now this!

If this is a sign they are going to have New Series Audios, that has so many good story possibilities! I'm pretty sure that at least Matt Smith would be interested in doing a few audios due to his willingness to reprise the role... Plus, we'd likely get a few multidoctor stories with both classic and post-2005 Doctors...

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Kate Stewart Returns in UNIT Extinction

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I'd like to point out that anyone who thinks Moffat's stories are complicated with the way they play with time would absolutely hate the 8th Doctor Audio Dramas...

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Steven Moffat: The Good, The Bad and the Timey Wimey

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@Huknar @Antee991166  @Supermoff, member of CATS To be honest, it looks like the funnest writing job ever too, considering that as long as it doesn't break established canon, it's pretty much free writing.  Any setting, any secondary characters, any kind of plot...  I'd kill for a chance to write for the show... ^_^

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Steven Moffat: The Good, The Bad and the Timey Wimey

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@TheDoctor1235 I'm definately pro-Moffat, but I'll play devils advocate here and name two.  Lets Kill Hitler, and The Doctor The Widow and The Wardrobe...  Both were awful, but I do believe that two out of however many scripts he's written being childish and stupid far outweighs all the Davies scripts that completely fell apart by the end due to one problem with the story persisting enough to make an entire episode stupid and childish...

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Steven Moffat: The Good, The Bad and the Timey Wimey

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Don't you mean the top 13?

2 months ago on 2015 National Television Awards UPDATE

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I bet Sherlock, and Doctor Who will somehow end up both getting the award somehow, and that the Universe will implode simply to try and contain the awesomeness........




Hey at least it would make the award show more interesting than watching paint dry.

2 months ago on 2015 National Television Awards UPDATE

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No, no, NO!  A Doctor Who movie would have to have a very good reason to exist.


No offense to Davies, but his writing  track record, I could not see him do such a concept justice.

2 months ago on Russell T Davies Interested in Writing A Doctor Who Movie

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I may be alone on this, but I find him a an above average Doctor, but not my fav.  He's a great actor for the role, but inconsistency in portrayal through the writing is one of my problems with him.  He's fun, and at times very charming, and has some great lines, but I think there are superior portrayals of the character.


Anyways, Happy belated birthday Tom Baker, my 4th favorite Doctor!

2 months ago on Why I Love The Fourth Doctor

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I'll give it to Listen.  Love character piece's and that was the best one this year.  Though Deep Breath comes close.

2 months ago on Best of 2014 Awards #13: TV Story

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Deep Breath wins for me, for referencing the 3rd-4th Doctor regeneration scene, and having a rather amazingly unnerving post-regenerative trauma.

2 months ago on Best of 2014 Awards #12: Pre-Title Sequence

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"Old people are about as harmless as can be.". Old people can be just as dangerous as young people if they have any kind of power. Young people have physical prowess, old people have words. Due to humans ageist tendencies, they can lull you into a false sense of security, and then screw you over... If you think about it, The Doctor is the ultimate old person in that respect...

2 months, 1 week ago on The Lord of the Dream: Amy’s Choice in Perspective

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@The12thTorchwood The TARDIS only had to recharge because the Eye of Harmony (which the Doctor apparently stole off of Gallifrey in his Seventh Incarnation) was rendered inoperable, likely by trying to send power to TARDIS' stuck in the time lock.  He obviously repaired the issue by Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS.

2 months, 1 week ago on Barrowman Reveals New Torchwood Plans

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@StewartHaffenden She's not.  If you watched Mark of the Rani, you would know that the Doctor knew her back at the Timelord academy with the Master...

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Why A Multi-Master Story Needs to Happen

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I'd actually like that... I feel like we need more big standalone stories... I'd be happy if we'd get a story a year with Missy that's not a season finale, or midfinale...

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Russell T Davies on New Who’s 10th Anniversary

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@TheSnowmenCometh Seems a bit too fanservicey...  Remove the Rani, and you've got something potentially good though...  


I like The Rani, but I think she really needs her own reintroduction episode...  You can't just bring her back in a way where it's like, "Oh, and she was there too!"

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Doctor Who in 2015: Where to Now?

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Ooh...  Tough choice...  


Awful overly-dramatic episode with another "Jesus Doctor" moment...


Awful overly dramatic episode that turned the Master into a bleach blonde hobo eating other hobos, while shouting "Dinnertime!!!", and the 10th Doctor doesn't want to go because Russel T. Davies' galaxy sized Ego.


I may sit out of this one...  Though clearly The End of Dinnertime is the worse of the two.

3 months, 1 week ago on Festive Face-Off: The End of Time vs Voyage of the Damned

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Am I the only one that's thinking if this title is referring to a new companion, they might be a Timelord?  I mean, apprentice is a rather specific word.  After all, an apprentice and an assistant are different things.  An apprentice typically indicates some intention to utilize the skills being learned down the line.  If it were another Timelord trying to learn from the Doctor, then that title makes 100% sense.  Also, seeing how much I enjoyed Romana, and the fact that nearly every new series companion has used the rather generic Sarah-Jane template, it would be a more than welcome change of pace IMO.

3 months, 1 week ago on First Series 9 Title Revealed

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@Romanadvoratrelundar is looking for Gallifrey @DrainOfMorbius

What if it was done like The Key to Time Season?  A season with a big overarcing story composed of 5 or so distinct smaller 2-part stories connected to the big story via a goal or focus...  Could perhaps be a great way to tell the story of finding Gallifrey.  The Doctor getting leads as of where to search next, getting involved in an adventure, and finding more clues which send him on his next adventure.

4 months ago on Torchwood’s Catherine Tregenna Penning Series 9 Story

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@Malohkeh @TheOncomingHurricane I still feel bad about Kill the Moon...  Should have been something really spectacular, but the execution of the reveal, and the hand-waving of some of the most elementary physics broke the immersion right as it was getting to the meat of the story...

4 months, 1 week ago on BBC Declares Series 8 A Triumph

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@Malohkeh My list is very similar, but I place Series 1 higher personally...  Either right above or right below Series 3...  They're pretty closely tied quality wise IMO...

4 months, 1 week ago on BBC Declares Series 8 A Triumph

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@Huknar @Ivegotkidneys Except they cheated us a series for a reason...  Funding for the 50th...  The alternative would have been doing a year with a handful of specials like in 2009...

4 months, 1 week ago on Capaldi Hoping for New TARDIS

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Actually the quote is 12th and final... Everyone assumed that meant between 12th and 13th, but I think even back then they knew if they ever reached that limit, somehow the doctor would get more.

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Death in Heaven

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@Status: Stuck in the vortex  @LaraHarris @The Finn "You blew it up! Damn you! Damn you all to Hell!!!

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Death in Heaven Review (Part 1)

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@The2point5Doctor Or, you could try to understand other's perspectives, and see why they may find what you are so keen to say is objectively bad, good.  I think Death in Heaven is flawed, but the flaws aren't really that impactful on the point of the story.  Which was to be a character piece exploring The Doctor, Danny, Clara, and The Mistress.  

I don't like Doctor Who as an action show, or a monster of the week show, but as a show that asks me to think...  Not about little plot holes or they got this monster wrong because blah,but about the nature of people and the Universe, and all the things that most people might not normally think about unprompted.  This is why I wasn't too fond of Davies take on it all, because it felt like he took what I consider to be the bad elements of JNT's run on the show, and amplified it to 11...  To the point where it literally was all about the Doctor saving the day, without any of the philosophical and introspective based depth of the classic series....  So in short, my opinion vastly differs from yours.  Not because of being clouded by fandom, but because I don't look for what you look for out of the show.







4 months, 2 weeks ago on Death in Heaven Review (Part 1)

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Well, it beats Delgado's Master's gift... Colonel Masters' Gallifreyan Fried Plastic. Contains 12 secret nestene consciousness' ^_^

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Death in Heaven

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Am I the only one who finds it both genius and hillarious that Missy's evil plan was just an overly convoluted birthday present for The Doctor... Makes me wonder what the previous Masters' presents were like...

Ainley's Master: Oh my dear Doctor, you've been naive... I didn't steal this superdeathlaser for me... I did it for you! Happy Birthday! (The master usesa streamer and confetti falls on the head of a very confused Fifth Doctor...

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Death in Heaven

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@Adric the Genius They are technically one story, but I agree with the author that the tone, pacing, and portrayal of the master are so much better in Utopia than the other two parts, so separating them is an obvious choice...

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Ranking the Master Stories (Part 2)

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I suspect it's a lie... The dead aren't actually aware, and it was an artificial study that was created to make people more willing to let Missy do this to people.

That is, if my theory that this is all in The Doctor's head isn't the case, and Missy isn't actually the Valeyard/Dreamlord...

4 months, 3 weeks ago on 2nd Opinion: Dark Water

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@Unibot Pretty close to mine, except I'd replace Name with Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon.  Not to say I dislike Name of the Doctor by any stretch though...  Especially as a classic fan, which left me fan-girling the whole episode...

4 months, 3 weeks ago on The Eleventh Doctor: Five Favourites

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I think the perfect new series cybermen should be a bit like a splicing of the 10th Planet Cybermen, and the Tomb of the Cybermen Cybermen... Those sing songy voices from the Tenth Planet dis a lot to make them unsettling...

5 months, 2 weeks ago on DWM #479: Heaven or Hell?

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I agree... It's never a good sign when something is so blatantly rediculous that you can't suspend your disbelief... I think if they addressed the bigger reasons why this would peeve anyone with any basic knowledge of physics, and I was better able to suspend my disbelief, I would have enjoyed it more...

Fact is, it's a true shame that they didn't, because it is a very good story that raises some interesting questions about the value of life... It just completely broke my immersion before it got to that point... Fixing that would push it from 7/10 to a 9.5/10 because I saw the depth of the story, and I understood it, but it didn't engage me in a way where I felt it.

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Doctor Who and The Hype Train

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Seeing as Sylvester McCoy is my second favorite after Patrick Troughton, I'm glad they are doing a darker doctor. The fact of the matter, a fact Moffat himself actively pointed out over and over again in Matt Smith's run, is that The Doctor isn't a hero. He was a man who ran away from home with his granddaughter, kidnapped her teachers, and deliberately sabotaged getting them home... He also was ready to kill a caveman simply because he was slowing them down... Does that sound like a hero to you? It wasn't until the Daleks attacked Earth that he decided to try to be a hero, and even then, most of his incarnations have done some pretty horrible things...

Lets look at 10, he killed millions of sapient baby spider things, because their mother thought she had the upper hand. He gave her one warning, and never once mentioned that the consequences would be... Had he simply said "These charges will flood this entire complex and all your children will die if you don't take my offer", she would have agreed to relocate, and if not, then he'd be in the right to do it to protect Earth... She coudn't exactly stop him from destroying the complex anyways at that point, so yeah... But who cares. It's not like they are humans or look like humans... It's not like they were newly hatched intelligent beings too young to actually make the decision for themselves to leave... oh wait. This is what irritates me about Doctor Who fans... They care if a human gets hurt, but regardless of the situation, if the Doctor killed 4 people to save the Earth, it's somehow worse than killing millions of babies that clearly belonged to an intelligent species. Just because their mother had no concern for the humans well being...

And yes, this was in character. He's very fond of Earth. But that doesn't make it heroic in any sense of the word. He's a wanderer who tries to do the right thing... He tries to be a hero, but very often falls short. So I honestly don't get all the fuss about him making a bad decision, or doing something bad to prevent something worse...

6 months, 1 week ago on DWM: Things will never be the same again after Kill the Moon

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@garyseven He called her between blowing up the Dalek Mothership with his regeneration energy, and changing appearance...  If you recall, in Time of the Doctor, Clara put the TARDIS exterior phone back on the hook.  That was right after he called her from his perspective...

7 months ago on Deep Breath Review

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The way I view Clara's reaction is that it's like someone tells you you're going to be slapped in the face, and you know you are going to be slapped in the face... But it's still going to hurt when it happens...

This may not apply to physical pain, but any change is scary, even if you know it is inevitable, so her reaction does make sense in that respect...

Also, since she never experienced post-regenerative trauma, she probably thought he went completely insane after those first few hours...

7 months ago on Deep Breath Review

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I didn't get too much of that... This woman seems either immoral or amoral... After rewatching, I really get the sense she could be The Rani... Taking people right before death, and making them think they've gone to heaven does seem her style...

7 months ago on 12 Great Moments From Deep Breath

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Those were the sisterhood of Karn, not the timelord, thought the Timelords did choose the Third Doctor's face... I've always wondered if the inhabitants of Karn are an offshoot of the Timelords or not, because theyhave a lot of technological and cultural similarities to the timelords, but the sisterhood acknowledged the timelords as a seperate civilization...

7 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 8 “Faces” Deep Breath BBC Radio Trailer

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I wish most stories were two-parters (The equivalent to a classic series 4 parter).  It just works much better with a series like Doctor Who, where the main setting and conflict changes with each story...  Despite the fact it would mean we'd only get about half the stories, they'd have more depth to them, which I think is a more than fair tradeoff...

8 months, 1 week ago on Are Longer Stories Better? Five Classics

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The forth doctor said that, because for the first time in his life, he could commit genocide simply by touching two wires... It was mirrored in Day of the Doctor with the big red button. The Doctor for the first time had to make a conscious decision to commit genocide, and it terrified him. He likely committed genocide many times before and after, but i think he was always clinging to the thought of "I don't know for sure that they were the last ones...

8 months, 3 weeks ago on Is the Doctor a Good Man?

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I can understand that sentament, but if you go back to the 2nd Doctor serial, The Invasion, the cybermen took a good amount of time hiding in the shadows before actually putting their plan into action... That was with a fleet. Here, we have a much smaller group of cybermen that are lacking a lot of necessary resources, so it fits the cybermen rather well, to be working behind the scenes...

I just wish they'd kept the fact that the cybermen were the threat from us 'till the end. If they hadn't almost immediately let the audience know what the doctor was dealing with, it would have really worked.

8 months, 4 weeks ago on The Common Criticisms of Closing Time

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I think it's definately time for Davros to come back... I wasn't too fond of his previous appearance, mainly because he didn't do anything except spout craziness, and be delusional... Julian Bleach's acting wasn't bad, and was certainly better that Terry Melloy's, but the horrible dialogue made him seem a bit over the top...

I've often thought that it would be awesome if Steven Hawking played Davros... He'd probably be up for it, but I don't know if the production staff would do it...

9 months, 2 weeks ago on Is it time for Davros to return?

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Agreed, though he is much more cnsistant than Tennant... The Tenth Doctor is a complete hypocrite in a lot of ways... If it was portrayed as him learning and evolving, I'd except that... But most of the time it wasn't..

Also, on an unrelated note, I have to wonder if Smith is going to pull a Troughton, and be in every multi-doctor special for the forseeable future...

10 months ago on Analysing The Top Doctor Who Stories (DWM 2009)

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I agree with their opinion on series 5 honestly... It felt slightly... Off. I can't explain it... The writing, acting, and arc were pretty good, but I think it was trying too hard to be like the RTD era, and kind of suffered a bit from it...

I think series 6 is higher on my list than 7 though... I love serialized plots, and thought provoking ideas, so the heavy arc pushes 6 to the top of my Nu-Who list...

10 months ago on Why I Love… Series 7

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