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10 hours, 5 minutes ago on Revival Face-Off: The Grand Grand Final

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The trousers more remind of the 1st Doctor, actually. But I believe those were in all reality yellow and white. :P

11 hours, 26 minutes ago on 12th Doctor Costume Change for Series 9

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@Status: Stuck in the vortex I loved the polka dot. :P

11 hours, 36 minutes ago on 12th Doctor Costume Change for Series 9

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 Say mercy.....

11 hours, 39 minutes ago on Doctor Who Future in Doubt After Capaldi ‘Fracas’

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I've got a theory - there was some recent shooting in Tredegar House (which would be anachronistic if my theory is correct, but that's not an issue for set designers...) - and I thought, perhaps this is a two parter about the accession of 'Bloody Mary' to the English throne. 'The Girl Who Died' is Lady Jane Grey (who was 16 or 17 when she was executed) - The Nine Day Queen - and 'The Woman Who Lived' is Queen Mary.  There would have to be more to it make it a proper Doctor Who episode - The Doctor held (again) in the Tower of England... The ghost of Lady Grey / Bloody Mary haunting UNIT, perhaps... A Scottish Doctor in the high court of England? Yikes! But I suspect the high Tudor drama would keep the story feeling fresh and different than something like Hide or Girl in the Fireplace.

The thing is I can't square this with the different authors - why have a historical two-parter with Mathieson as one author and Tregenna another? It makes me think that this might be a bit of a ploy, so fans assume that the first story is a two-parter and the ending may not become so apparent (i.e., if you know something is going to end in forty-five minutes - that can sometimes ruin a surprise ending).

1 day, 6 hours ago on Series 9: The Girl Who Died, and The Woman Who Lived

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@Polyphase @Unibot A recent DWTV article had a picture released showing a blurry copy of what looked like a Jamie Mathieson script. 

1 day, 8 hours ago on Series 9: The Girl Who Died, and The Woman Who Lived

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@nocealvento Yes, that's what I meant, I had said at the time I had thought 'Jamie Mathieson' was the name on it, so I imagine that's what's gone on then: the picture that showed had him on the script and Moffat will only be credited with co-author later.

1 day, 8 hours ago on Series 9: The Girl Who Died, and The Woman Who Lived

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I believe the trousers will probably look less 'loud' on film. It looks cool. Twelve's outfits are always cool. Hoodies with Crombies and Holely shirts. :P

1 day, 8 hours ago on 12th Doctor Costume Change for Series 9

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So... that image of a script looked like it was only one author's name; are they shooting The Woman Who Lived first, perhaps? I'm kind of wondering if Jamie Mathieson was the only credited author on the read-through draft of The Girl Who Died, because I swear it just said Jamie Mathieson. 

2 days, 2 hours ago on Series 9: The Girl Who Died, and The Woman Who Lived

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@MikkoKivisto @Doctavarium @TheOtherJenny @Bow Ties Are Cool It should be added RTD had far more production experience than he did as a writer even... he used to joke when he went on set, the staff would treat as though he was foreign to being on set, but he had worked on them for years. 

2 days, 2 hours ago on Series 9: The Girl Who Died, and The Woman Who Lived

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@Erga kai Hemerai Looks to me like S7A declined over S6, but S7B gained on both. Could be wrong-?

3 days, 7 hours ago on Rank the Revival: A Numbery-Wumbery Breakdown (Part 1)

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@Russell T Dalek @Unibot @Gustaff I was the exact opposite way - found Rory annoying throughout, and Amy a pleasure. I saw him as holding her character back. :P

3 days, 7 hours ago on Rank the Revival: A Numbery-Wumbery Breakdown (Part 1)

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@Gustaff @Unibot They've done something very clever with Clara and really grown her, though. She's practically a different person from Series 7B to Series 8. She's also gorgeous; that helps. >_> For me she has more staying power than the Ponds or Rose did. Controversial opinion: I think the Ponds could have left around The Big Bang / A Christmas Carol - had River and The Doctor travelling together for Series 6. I like the Ponds, but I got kind of bored of them really quick. The only reason why I wouldn't have done that with Series 5 is it'd be too Disney ("Now the Ponds are married. Bye bye Doctor. They live happily ever after. The End.")

3 days, 8 hours ago on Rank the Revival: A Numbery-Wumbery Breakdown (Part 1)

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@Gustaff @Unibot Yeah, it could be that the formula gets old - Tennant's era through Season 2 to 3 had a single female companion as a 'love interest' and changed it up in Season 4 with 'Just a Mate' ("You ain't mating with me, sunshine!"), while Matt Smith's era through Season 5 to 7A had a 'Tardis team' until they were replaced by Clara 'Obvious sexual tension' Oswald who changes things up for Season 7B. Interestingly, Clara will be a companion for Capaldi's first two seasons too before that's presumably changed as well. 

3 days, 8 hours ago on Rank the Revival: A Numbery-Wumbery Breakdown (Part 1)

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It could be me seeing things, but the top graph seems to suggest that as a Doctor's era continues, the episodes wane (S5 > S6 > S7; S1 > S2 > S3) until the end of that Doctor's era. 

3 days, 8 hours ago on Rank the Revival: A Numbery-Wumbery Breakdown (Part 1)

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I had totally forgotten about #1 - it couldn't have been anything else. :P I was gobsmacked when I saw it. 

5 days ago on The Best Pre-Title Sequences of the Revival (Part 3)

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I agree with most of this list. Nothing really doesn't deserve recognition here. I'd probably go with...


1. The Day of the Doctor

2. Listen

3. Bad Wolf / The Parting of the Ways 

4. The Pandorica Opens / The Big Bang

5. The Empty Child / The Doctor Dances

6. The Name of the Doctor

7. The Eleventh Hour

8. The Time of Angels / Flesh and Stone

9. The Time of the Doctor

10. Mummy on the Orient Express

11. The Waters of Mars

12. Vincent and the Doctor

13. Silence in the Library / Forest of the Dead

14. Smith and Jones

15. The Lodger

16. The Runaway Bride

17. Midnight

18. Army of Ghosts / Doomsday

19. The Bells of Saint John

20. Rise of the Cybermen / The Age of Steel



5 days, 7 hours ago on Your Top 20 TV Stories of the Decade

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"Fear Her" was atrocious and embarrassing - watched it recently and it was hard to stomach. "Love and Monsters" was just undercooked or overcooked. " The Lazarus Experiment" and "Night Terrors" were just dull, basically. "The Curse of the Black Spot" was extremely dull too.

The others aren't really that bad at all. "In the Forest of the Night" was positively lyrical, "The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe" is one of my favorite Christmas specials, "Daleks in Manhattan / Evolution of the Daleks" handles the Daleks with precision and was just let down with poor design on the Hybrid Dalek-Man thingy, "The Idiot’s Lantern" is a guilty pleasure and "The Long Game" has frrrreaking Simon Pegg in it. COME ON! :P

5 days, 8 hours ago on The Bottom 10 TV Stories of the Decade

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I think aging is psychological for Time Lords; if they feel older, they age faster.

1 week, 4 days ago on Wearing A Bit Thin: A Theory on Time Lord Ageing

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 If this is the case, I'd bet on...

1. Moffat 

2. Moffat 

3. Whithouse 

4. Whithouse 

5.  MacRae

6.  Harness 

7.  Tregenna

8.  Tregenna  

9.  Cross 

10. Gatiss 

11. Moffat 

12.  Moffat

X. Moffat

1 week, 4 days ago on Series 9: Episode 5 Filming Soon

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doctorwhotv.co.uk/macrae-confirms-another-who-episode-39262.htm 

1 week, 4 days ago on Series 9: Episode 5 Filming Soon

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If we're thinking the second word is an 'M' - it could be Tom MacRae as well. I had forgotten about it, but he had a script written back during Series 7 which didn't get used for Series 8. http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/macrae-confirms-another-who-episode-39262.htm 

1 week, 4 days ago on Series 9: Episode 5 Filming Soon

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Certainly all of the choices belong here in the semi-finals, I think..

Empty Child

Bad Wolf

Waters of Mars

1 week, 4 days ago on Revival Face-Off: RTD Era Triple

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Ah *swears* I've went with Listen, but wouldn't be upset if Mummy won. 

1 week, 6 days ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #11

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@Erga kai Hemerai Yep, that's totally possible. Sounds very likely. Peter Harness's script, like Jamie Mathieson's would also be rewritten extensively to give room for Clara.

1 week, 6 days ago on Series 9: Episode 5 Filming Soon

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Well, the top title is 'Doctor Who' in thick bold. Then a episode title - I think it's something very short. - it could be a production title like Episode 9.05. And then it's 'by' '________ ________'. Readthrough Draft in bold. It looks like several dates are noted on the script, which suggests it's an earlier script revised. I think the author's name looks like Jamie Mathieson - a bit longer than Steven Moffat's name, but with an 'M' in the second word.

1 week, 6 days ago on Series 9: Episode 5 Filming Soon

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Ah, crikey. No idea on this one.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #6

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I like the idea of Gallifrey having hidden itself in Ireland. :P  Perhaps Gallifrey thought hiding itself in Earth was a smart idea because it would always be safe for long as The Doctor was around. 


I think I'd focus on Irish folklore - I can't think of fairies being done in Doctor Who yet. That could be brilliant.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Why Doctor Who Should Visit Ireland

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Difficult choice, but I went with SIlence. 

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #4

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I've gone with the finale two-parter because it's the finale to beat all finales. The first part is hilarious and the second part is action-packed and suspenseful - great stuff!

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Revival Face-Off: Round #1

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@Ivegotkidneys I was going to say: what the hell is the Tardis doing in the sky without The Doctor flying it. :P

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Weird and Wonderful

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@4sure I do think there is too much emphasis on making "clever" ideas for monsters -- most of the old FAQ literature for submissions to like the Doctor Who Novels run and short story contests even, always emphasize that you should try to find a clever new idea for a monster. When in reality, a lot of the successful monsters are known for their design, more than their character -- Zygons are extremely unoriginal shapeshifters on paper, Daleks are Nazi tinpots, Cybermen, cyborg people... etc. On paper, these weren't the most clever ideas in the world. 


I'd say the Ood are probably one of my favourite creatures in New Who; they're a unique idea for a creature -- a subservient, peaceful kind. And their design is fantastic. Their success isn't built around gimmicks but just great design and a great idea for a character. 

3 weeks, 3 days ago on How Should Doctor Who Evolve?

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I've got a theory on how Moffat might wrap up Clara's timeline. Clara makes a deal with Missy - Missy retrieves Danny from a parallel universe (nearly fracturing the universe in the process) - while Clara has to cooperate with her in something untenable. 


When Danny returns, The Doctor lets him stay with Clara - but he let's go of her for good. Completing the circle. The Tardis leaves ... and Clara has to watch... and from then on, she secretly is never happy with her life with boring old Danny; bitter and regretful.


And they live miserably ever after. The End. 

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Moffat on Paternoster Return, Clara’s Original Exit

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@Gustaff @TheNightmareChild is... Subject Delta @supermoff Erm, no the miserable bad ending was done in "Death in Heaven". What's left is a senseless death ... or something far from heroic....

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Moffat on Paternoster Return, Clara’s Original Exit

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I love the idea of substantial differences between two parters - you make them interconnected stories but different enough that the lay audience can settle into the second episode not really realising it's a two parter.

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Moffat Explains Series 9 Two-Parter Increase

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8, 10, 7 - Mummy is one of my favourite stories in a long time with Doctor Who. What a charming premise and delivery.

4 weeks ago on Rank the Revival: 2014 Part 3

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Capaldi's Doctor was best when he was funny in a grumpy way, like in Mummy and Listen. This sounds to me like it's the right on the money. 

4 weeks ago on DWM #484: What Next for the 12th Doctor?

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10-10-11. Squint and you could find Gallifrey with my scores. :P

1 month ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 3

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@Polyphase I love it that she's back on the first episode - it's being realistic. The Master wouldn't have died there, especially not when she was brilliant in her debut - she was always going to be back. The suspense before her return would have been false - this is just subverting the obvious and going for a cracking intro to Series 9.

1 month ago on Series 9 Filming in Spain

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@divya12 That'd be an interesting plot line. Clara was pretty desperate to get Danny back in Dark Water - to the point where she violated The Doctor's trust a lot. Plus, The Master knows Clara is the way she is - it was her plan after all. 

1 month ago on Series 9 Filming in Spain

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@Planet of the Deaf @Antee991166 Yeah, I think individualism is probably one of its main tenets:

- The importance and value of each individual.

- Hedonism. To travel across the universe.

- To be free from oppression and autocracy.


1 month ago on The Ultimate ‘Ism’: Doctor Who and Ideology

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This looks ridiculously cool. I love it. Michelle's expressions are the best; great to see UNIT back. 

1 month ago on Series 9 Filming in Spain

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Looks beautiful and I like The Master's coat flapping in the wind. Great costume design. 

1 month ago on Series 9 Filming in Spain

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@Hirmien It'd explain the red dots in the ocean!

1 month, 1 week ago on Series 9 Filming: Bah Bah Biker

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I've been writing Doctor Who screenplays on my spare time, trying to come up with good titles is the absolute worse - they have to be vague, nondescript, slightly formal, yet interesting. 


"The Witch's Familiar" is easily one of my favourite titles already. Up there with The Empty Child. Can't wait for it!! :P

1 month, 1 week ago on Missy Back in Two-Part Series 9 Opener

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@Mark McCullough @TheCyberDoctor THE SUN: MOFFAT REPORTEDLY FURIOUS OVER TORCHWOOD RETURN; MESSY BEHIND THE SCENES CONFRONTATION BETWEEN RTD AND MOFFAT.

1 month, 1 week ago on Eve Myles Hopeful for Torchwood Series 5

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Thanks so much for the comments. I had a blast writing the article and seeing your lovely responses, thanks. :)

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Love from Gallifrey: Something We All Missed?

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I'm listening to Series 1's soundtrack right now - I think it actually be my favourite (it has parts that reminds me of Series 8). So dark and yet, a dash of Disney. 


It reminds me how good Series 1 was, led by our lovely Ninth Doctor: Meeting on Westminister Bridge, the horror of the Daleks as they appear - thousands of "stinking" Daleks in the sky, and Nine's regeneration. 

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Why I Love The Ninth Doctor

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