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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...

6 days, 10 hours 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...

2 weeks, 1 day 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.

3 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...

1 month, 1 week 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...

1 month, 3 weeks 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...

2 months ago on Why I Love… Series 7

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I think people need to stop saying Moffat is a bad writer, simply because they don't like his style... He is a great writer, and clearly better than Davies in a lot of ways... Is his writing perfect? No. I think Davies was better with doing character arcs, but Moffat is better with the characters, and stories themselves... Also, Moffat himself has made very few misses for me... It's the secondary writers that seem to cause problems...

The problem inherent to all fandoms that no one seems to understand is that two people can like the same series, or even the same story, for entirely different reasons... Some people like to think of Doctor Who as simply an adventure show, and just enjoy the ride... Others like to see really good thought provoking stories...

It seems those who prefer Davies are looking for the former, while those who prefer Moffat like the latter... While I don't mind the former, I really prefer entertainment that asks me to think, and doesn't hit me over the head with character traits or plot points because it thinks I'm to stupid to understand subtlty...

For example, some people think Matt Smith's Doctor is childish... He's not. He's a very complex take on the character, because he's using acting silly as a coping mechanism for all the bad stuff that has happened to him since the Timewar... But I guess some people can't see that. So they make assumptions...

It's a matter of what you're looking for as to whether you prefer Davies or Moffat...

2 months ago on Why I Love… Series 7

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Are you kidding me? There were references left and right to the classic series, and the story's monster was not only directly from the classic series, and relatively unchanged in design, but also one of the most requested monsters to make a return since their original story...

I feel it embraced both old and new who... Which is good, because I prefer the old series in a lot of ways...

2 months ago on Smith on 50th Classic Doctor Criticisms

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@luckypenny @DaftDalek  Which makes no sense as well...  The Doctor claimed to be older in both his 3rd "I am a scientist, and have been for several thousand...",, and 7th (953) incarnations than his 10th(11th if you count War), who claimed to only be 903.  This is part of why I like how the 11th Doctor says "Unless I'm lying, I can't even tell if I'm lying about my age, that's how old I am..."  


Also, we still need to know what kind of years he's using...  Years relate to the time a planet takes to orbit it's star once...  I doubt Gallifreyan years and Earth years are the same, especially considering the Gallifreyans have no sun...  Just a collapsing star (The Eye of Harmony) under the planet's surface, which I presume the Doctor saved some time before 8... (Hence why he has possession of the Eye of Harmony during the TV movie, and in Journey to the Center of the TARDIS...)  It's possible he's really bad at calculating years, or he uses a planet with a really long year as his age basis in his later incarnations, so he doesn't feel as old...





2 months, 1 week ago on Moffat: Day Was My Most Difficult Script Ever

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You know, I have the same problem with her as I do with many of the writers under RTD' including himself... The idea that you should include weird ideas just because you can... Like, for example, turning people into pig slaves as the Daleks key to controlling the masses... More often than not, because of little connection with the narrative, it not only makes it seem forced, but leaves you asking yourself "Is this an official episode, or someone's attempt at a fanfiction?"... At least it does for me.

Now weird ideas can be good... If done well. Usually if the idea has some literary significance, or is actually part of a witty joke (No, fart jokes don't count...)

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Bring Back… Helen Raynor

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I do agree that it was brilliant use of literary themes, but I felt the cringeworthiness of the monster over powered the actual message... If they made the slitheen a little less overtly disgusting, and maybe still had a bit of toilet humor, but made it a bit more subdued, and less obvious (the only way I find that kind of humor works.)

Actually, now that I think of it, that's my biggest problem with the RTD era... There is little to no subtlety in most of those stories... It's the classic "TV for stupid people" rearing it's ugly head... People apparently won't get a joke, character trait, or plot point unless it's forced onto them like a sledgehammer onto a coconut...

There are exceptions of course... I found Donna had a lot of depth that wasn't immediately obvious under her very outward persona... As well as all the Moffat stories, the Family of Blood two parter, Utopia, Lazarus Experiment, Waters of Mars... Okay, maybe there were more good intreguing episodes than I give that era credit... But way too much of it didn't make me think, like the Classic Series, and Moffat Era do...

3 months ago on 5 New Who Monsters in Need of a Return

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The hatred against the Slitheen isn't that they aren't serious. It's that they are a cringeworthy alien that took away all tension from a potentially great two parter. Also, fart jokes ain't funny... Although, at least they redeemed the idea somewhat with Boom Town....

But even that story would have been a billion times better if she was actually sincere about turning a new leaf...

3 months ago on 5 New Who Monsters in Need of a Return

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You know, I recently watched Shada (The unifinished Season 17 story), and with the way Tom Baker was narrating the missing bits, I got the sense that that was a likely inspiration for the curator... He was even standing in a museum....

Also, that bit at the end was amazingly delivered... "I suggested to Romana, that perhaps in hundreds of years, someone would meet me, and ask 'Was that really The Doctor? He seemed like such a nice old man..."

3 months, 1 week ago on Tom Baker Would Consider Returning Again

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Yo, know... This may be an april fools joke, but I feel like it's there to disguise for an even darker truth about this Doctor...

Earlier in Time of the Doctor, The Doctor established that he could use telepathic circuits to make himself look clothed... We never saw The Doctor enter The Tardis after that big explosion, but when we did he hadn't yet changed...

My idea is that this Doctor is The Valeyard, and the real Doctor (also Capaldi), is still on Trensalore... The Valeyard disguising himself as the 11th Doctor as a means to make The Doctor's companion think it was actually him....

Some might say "That would make Matt Smith's final words pointless...". But I don't think it would, because The Valeyard is part of The Doctor... He has all his memories... All that he's truely missing is his sense of morality. the Master even said "A Doctor with rules is terrifying enough, a Doctor without rules is a nightmare" (Paraphrased quote)... Heck, he might believe he is the true Doctor....

Most likely this isn't true, but it would fit right in with the darker doctor stuff they've been saying...

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Capaldi is Not the Doctor!

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Who says a game needs to be violent to be fun? I would like a (sort of) open Universe RPG.

Perhaps explaining the location limits (can't have an unlimited universe... Can use random generation algorythyms, but can only do so much with that before things get repetitive...) by having it be that the TARDIS is missing a component that has screwed up the mapping system, limiting him to a small range of space time coordinates... Heck, perhaps it could be stolen, with the Doctor's goal be to get it back from The Master or something...

Fact is, as long as you can make it engaging, there are just as many possibilities in games as in any other media... It doesn't all have to be killing and violent stuff... Plus, I could see Peter Capaldi pulling a Third Doctor and going all Martial Arts on some people who act irrationally or unreasonably...

3 months, 3 weeks ago on How a Doctor Who Game CAN Work

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Enemy of the World, Tomb of the Cybermen, and Invasion are my top three...

4 months ago on The Second Doctor: Five Favourites

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I've always kind of felt bad for McGann... He's kind of like that guy who's willing to bend backwards to be in the club, because he wasn't given a fair shot the first time around... Although, at least he got a chance to show his stuff in Night of the Doctor...

Now that I think about it, you could say the same about John Simm in the role of The Master... He wants a chance to be a good Master, because Russel gave him the most over the top, stupid dialogue and actions...

4 months, 1 week ago on McGann Would Return Again

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Am I the only one who thinks they're shooting themselves in the foot with going on about how dark and edgy this new Doctor will be... I feel like it's gonna be the "every dalek ever" thing all over again...

I kind of want them to zip their lips about what Capaldi's Doctor will be like, and let us see for ourselves in Series 8...

4 months, 1 week ago on Gatiss: Capaldi’s Doctor is Dangerous & Crazy

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I have a theory... Last time we saw The Master he was dying, right? My theory goes back to the classic series... Particularly the Tom Baker Era... Imagine this:

The Master has reverted to a corpse (Like Roger Delgado's Master), and now needs a new body...

It could be anyone, but having a companion the viewers have gotten to know taken over by The Master would not only be creepy, but would add much needed tension between The Doctor and The Master... The Master could even have good intensions this time, trying to prevent The Doctor from making a huge mistake by bringing back the Timelords... Having it be his tactics and immorality that push him back into villain territory.

4 months, 1 week ago on Danny Pink – Master of Disguise?

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Sorry for the upcoming randomness, but I've just made a really wierd connection today after rewatching Planet of the Spiders... What if Tasha Lem (Which I'm still pretty sure is an anagram,) is really an incarnation of the timelord who goes by the name Kampo Rimposche? Can't imagine he would get involved in the Timewar... Can imagine him regenerating into a woman, and becoming the head of a galactic church... Also, yes, I know this is highly unlikely, but it's kind of fun to think about...

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Series 8: Episode 4 & 5 Writers Confirmed

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Hmmm... I'm up for Gatiss... Though TBH, any of the current writes except Chibnall and Cross would be alright to me...

As for when Moffat will leave, I'm guessing (but kind of hoping to the contrary) at the end of this series. I think he wants to set up the new Doctor before moving on... The main reason I think this, is it was unintentional for Davies and Tennant to leave at the same time. If I'm not mistaken, when Davies decided to leave, it was planned that Moffat would have the last season (or couple) of Tennant's run, so as to ease current fans into the new writing style... Unfortunately, Tennant decided to leave that year, resulting in the New Showrunner, New Doctor combo. Fact is, we are still seeing complaints about this very sudden shift to this very day... Try doing that again, and see what happens to the fanbase...

4 months, 2 weeks ago on The Speculator’s Guide to… The Next Showrunner

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Remember how in Time of the Doctor, the Doctor said that when he restarted the Universe, there was a remaining structural weakness, evidenced by the remaining crack in time the Timelords were sending the message through...

If the Timelords figured out how to exploit this, I'm willing to bet Omega will soon follow...

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Speculating on Series 8′s “Big Bad”

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I think now that it's been established that there is a structural weakness to the universe, it would be a perfect time to reintroduce Omega. Surely he would try and exploit this weakness to return just as much as the Timelords would...

Plus, just imagine his reaction on finding out that the Timelords are stuck in an alternate dimension as well.

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Speculating on Series 8′s “Big Bad”

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