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Seems like a wonderful man. Great titles, great idea.

3 hours, 25 minutes ago on Interview: Billy Hanshaw on Series 8′s Title Sequence

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Looks fun. Exactly what The Doctor ordered after two heavy meals. Into the Dalek was really great, looking forward to this one too.

1 day, 13 hours ago on Next Time: Robot of Sherwood

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@PaddyB @The Abominable Zombie Those Dalek explosions were AWESOME. Hehehe.

1 day, 20 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Into the Dalek

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Wow. This was my favourite Dalek story since "Dalek". Definitely a much more polished, intelligent and well developed story than we've seen in a long time. The realization of the Dalek interior and the Dalek combat was also superb. Really excited. I'm now very excited for the rest of Season Eight. 

1 day, 21 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Into the Dalek

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Excellent article. Really well done. It was a thorough investigation into the psychology of those thoroughly beloved, psychotic pepper-pots. I think the Small Man Syndrome fits the Daleks the best - they seem most dangerous and hateful when they themselves are shortest. I think this is why they hate The Doctor so much and hates what he believes, because he is always in their way, standing tall and confident with a cheeky smile on his face. I'm sure we all know someone like that at one time or another and have considered firing a death ray at them...

2 days, 4 hours ago on Into the (Mind of the) Dalek

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The Eleventh Hour has the best first scene for a Doctor, Deep Breath had the better story. 

3 days, 21 hours ago on Face-Off: The Eleventh Hour vs Deep Breath

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Possibly she knew The Doctor would change, but not ... her Doctor. She just got him back and then he changed in front of her.

6 days, 7 hours ago on Deep Breath Review

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I noticed Strax's attempted sacrifice - it was one of the stronger moments of the episode if you noticed it. 

1 week, 1 day ago on 12 Great Moments From Deep Breath

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I would bet a new character. Moffat likes to create new characters. 

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

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@Jenna Coleslaw @SonicTheHedgehogRules Blaming everything on "fangirls" is getting utterly annoying and downright sexist. I for one am a man, who felt during the episode that Capaldi wasn't exactly striking enough of a "Doctor-ly" tone and this scene really reassured me that he was the same man, when the rest episode had tried to do the opposite. Furthermore, I am not just a fan of "new who" (awful term - by the way), I listen to audio recordings of Troughton and faithfully rewatch Pertwee, Baker etc.... whatever. This Doctor felt different than the lot of them.  For all of the comparisons between Pertwee and Capaldi, Pertwee spent his first story signing and Tom spent it cracking jokes and trying on silly outfits. This was cut in more or less the same vein as Six (without the grammarian attitude). As Vastra and The Doctor, both condescendingly accused Clara of: One shouldn't assume that not liking someone who has changed is the same as not finding them attractive anymore. 

1 week, 1 day ago on Moffat on THAT Deep Breath Cameo

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@TARDlSkey Agreed, I think the people saying it "undermined" Capaldi are overlooking that this one was one of his most poignant moments in the episode. 



1 week, 1 day ago on Moffat on THAT Deep Breath Cameo

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As a huge fan of Smith, I felt like I was watching The Twin Dilemma for most of this episode and had kind of a sick feeling in my stomach that I wasn't even liking The Doctor. This was the scene that convinced me that maybe I was wrong and I thought it seemed right given how difficult this transition was on Clara - plus Clara never really got a proper send-off with Matt's Doctor in 'Time", since Amy was kind of the main subject of focus. 

1 week, 1 day ago on Moffat on THAT Deep Breath Cameo

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@kreehomel I don't think her reaction was that extreme. Capaldi was much more.. cold, distant and unlikeable than Tennant, Smith or John Hurt for that matter. The only previous Doctor I could compare Capaldi to would be Six. 

1 week, 1 day ago on Rate & Discuss Deep Breath

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I liked it a lot - I think it's great that Clara's been given a lot more depth, although I thought they went a bit hard about the "control freak" thing - they said it like a hundred times in this episode and have only suggested it once in the past. However, I think Clara was more the central character in this episode and that was.. a nice change. I also really liked The Doctor at the end - he seemed a bit warmer and a bit more recognizable. Maybe not so much warm as... inviting and willing to humour Clara's humanity. I was left with a bad feeling half during the episode that I wasn't ... well, liking who The Doctor was now. It's been a core, integral part of The Doctor that he is a compassionate being... "never cruel or cowardly". Just being clever and having good hair isn't enough. 

1 week, 1 day ago on Rate & Discuss Deep Breath

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I do wonder if first-past-the-post voting misrepresents things - like certainly I'm most excited about Listen or Into the Dalek, but I'm also excited to see The Caretaker. Pluralities don't do a good job of showing our preferences, just the divisions regarding our "first choice". 

1 week, 1 day ago on Anticipating Breath, Dalek, Robots, Listen, Heist & Caretaker

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@calliarcale I think Spearhead from Space and The Eleventh Hour are the only "total restarts". "Robot" and potentially Deep Breath stick out as examples of stories that almost completely confined themselves to the previous era's universe ... I mean, seriously, it's jarring having Tom Baker wildly gallivanting around UNIT's headquarters. Personally Spearhead and Eleventh Hour stick out as some of the best "first" stories, so I have to say I prefer the total restart, however, on the other hand, Troughton's Power of the Daleks is utterly brilliant and stands as one of my favorites too.. it does something a bit different: it takes a quarter of the story to show The Doctor coping with the madness of regeneration and then pits Troughton's Doctor, a schemer, against The Daleks, at their most manipulative height. What Power of the Daleks did was "let's give 'em a cracker of a story", which most first stories do not do - Moffat even admits the plots of The Eleventh Hour and Deep Breath are a bit underdeveloped because introducing The Doctor is the main focus of the episode. 

1 week, 2 days ago on Deep Breath Spoiler-Free Review

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@Sonic_Tardis Suketh returning would be awesome. I think it'd be cool if there was a story line where The Doctor caught Suketh for war crimes (prior to Pyramids of Mars). It very awesome idea to have the Egyptians worshiping actual alien warlords and such. 

1 week, 2 days ago on Moffat Teases “Major Foe” For Series 8

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Great response. Love Jenna. ;)



1 week, 2 days ago on Coleman on Exit Rumours: “I don’t want to tell you the truth”

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@ Notsosmartguy the dalek of Jersey I'm writing a script now introducing a new companion who I find amusing... she's kind of the epitome of the iPod Generation and a strong environment and social activist, who in between sips of her non-coffee coffee latte at Starbucks, cares very little about the people around her except in the most superficial of ways. She's kind of the Mel of 2014 - where Mel represented the obnoxious fitness culture of the eighties, except a bit toned down from Mel. I'm having fun with Capaldi's Doctor dumbfounded that he's hanging around someone who cares less about people than he does. It's Pertwee/Jo if Jo had brains and Twitter, while Pertwee had less of a grandfatherly "mother hen" charm about him. The idea would be to grow both of their personalities more with her having a hard time trying to fill Clara's shoes as the "Carer".

1 week, 3 days ago on Capaldi on Coleman Leaving Rumours

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I think the one thing people overlook with Gatiss is... he's the guy that Doctor Who's producers have turned to, time and time again, to write that throwaway, cheap script in the final few days when "so and so" backs out. It's a product of production and Gatiss does a good job with what he has... sure, they're no "Midnight", but they're ... acceptable.






The Unquiet Dead - 6/10 (Forgettable)


The Idiot's lantern - 7/10  (Guilty Pleasure)

Victory of the Daleks - 5/10 (Cheap "Power of The Daleks" knock-off)

Night Terrors - 7/10 (Good... its problem is it's "paint-by-numbers" as far as Smith's Era goes)

Cold War - 7/10 (Underdeveloped) 

The Crimson Horror - 8.5/10 (The standout script of S7.Hilariously bonkers.) 


Gatiss does best when he's not writing the "standard" Tennant/Smith or presumably Capaldi story - he needs to sit down, strip down The Doctor from its context of the day and write a piece that he enjoys with that character in the abstract. If you start writing FOR their eras, you get stuff like "Night Terrors" which isn't bad, it just isn't... good, "Night Terrors" is basically what you would write if you were asked to write the most Smith-ish episode ever... nightmares, little boy, monsters in the closet, dolls etc. I also think Gatiss is on a positive trajectory, he's getting in a better groove with DW and being used better with each episode. 










1 week, 3 days ago on Robot of Sherwood BBC Synopsis

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I'd love it to be more production-focused. But I always loved to watch Confidential. Honestly, I'll admit, I had no idea the Weeping Angels were actresses before watching Confidential. >_>

1 week, 5 days ago on “Doctor Who Extra” Announced

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These two are awesome and were the definite Doctor Who team of the Eighties. ;)

1 week, 5 days ago on Happy Birthday, Sylvester McCoy & Sophie Aldred

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He's great. I'm excited for it!

1 week, 5 days ago on Chris Addison to Guest in Series 8 Finale

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@SephoraNeedSeries8 @HitchcockWhovian @no_tweeter I think it was more... they knew they dying and had accepted they were dying - and then they were saved. They were in shock and in the Captain's case, denial. I thought it was great ending. It went places I didn't expect.

1 week, 6 days ago on The Moffat Co-writing Conundrum

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@SGMusic Yeah, RTD rewrote several stories - Fires of Pompeii and Water of Mars are good examples of that. Planet of the Ood too (i.e., a guilty pleasure). I know Moffat has said he basicaly rewrote several stories - The Doctor's Wife and Vincent of The Doctor had been stuck in rewrites. 

1 week, 6 days ago on The Moffat Co-writing Conundrum

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@gavinbarsby Maybe the monsters are "The Night"? :D

1 week, 6 days ago on Series 8: All Titles Revealed

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The Autons are a GREAT monster and were an excellent choice to relaunch Doctor Who with - I just don't think they were executed well here in "Rose" with the cheesy Plastic Mickey. The opening of "Rose" is pure magic, however. Deconstructing The Doctor and his mythology however, to make it easier to digest for new viewers was a great idea and executed well. 

1 week, 6 days ago on New Who Openers In Perspective: Rose

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@supermoff  @ Notsosmartguy the dalek of Jersey Phil Ford + Moffat is an excellent combo. I think I could only be more excited for Shearman + Moffat.  But I'll take Ford + Moffat. :P

1 week, 6 days ago on Poll: Your Most Anticipated Series 8 Story (Eps 1-6)

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@kian_chen @supermoff  @LGwalchmai95 I think from the sounds of the plot, Death in Heaven might be his best season finale yet, which is saying a lot because The Big Bang *was* my favourite story for years. I haven't heard of such an original idea for a Cybermen episode before. Really looking forward to it.

1 week, 6 days ago on Poll: Your Most Anticipated Series 8 Story (Eps 1-6)

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@TheCapaldiMasterplan @gameguy523 I think a writer's flaws are more easily shown with Doctor Who than Sherlock. Is it weird I could guess every writer 100% of the time for Season 1 and Season 2 in the first scene without even knowing only Moffat, Thompson and Gatiss were writing? It was easy. Moffat began his scene with "lots" of dialogue, very quick and intuitive banter,  Thompson began his scene with some research on Chinese history which he obviously had done and felt he needed to put in despite it not really being necessary (Note: Moffat hates research and thus often avoids writing pieces that requires research), Gatiss begins all dialogue with some cultured aspect - name checking some exotic place or a fine wine. 

1 week, 6 days ago on Poll: Your Most Anticipated Series 8 Story (Eps 1-6)

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@luckemasse I agree.... but Moffat is co-writer. Plus the retro 80's futuristic vibe looks cool. >_>

1 week, 6 days ago on Poll: Your Most Anticipated Series 8 Story (Eps 1-6)

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Into the Dalek looks amazing. Phil Ford and Moffat sounds like a great combination. Time Heist looks interesting...


1. Into the Dalek









2. Listen





3. Time Heist




4. Deep Breath

5. The Caretaker

6. Robots of Sherwood

1 week, 6 days ago on Poll: Your Most Anticipated Series 8 Story (Eps 1-6)

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Ford + Moffat sounds utterly awesome. "Mummy On The Orient Express", "KIll the Moon" and "In The Forest Of The Night" are the best titles, but I think I'm most excited for "Into the Dalek" and "Death in Heaven" (they look like absolute crackers!)




2 weeks ago on Series 8: All Titles Revealed

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@Jenna Coleslaw Yes The Doctor Wife and Vincent and The Doctor went through somewhere along the lines of nine drafts.

2 weeks ago on Series 8: All Titles Revealed

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I think Moff has a lot of similarities with Robert Holmes, more so that JNT (who had zero taste). RTD always reminded me more of Terrance Dicks. Moff's Weeping Angels are Holmes's Autons, plus their use of humour and quick intuition is quite similar. 

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Is Doctor Who History Repeating Itself?

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The introduction to Rose is perfect and RTD did a fantastic job relaunching the show with the episode, except the Autons with a bit too much cheese, I think. 


The Eleventh Hour is my favourite Regeneration Story - it had me sold at Fishfingers and Custard. The Christmas Invasion was not a very effective Regeneration Story, I found. I don't like that The Doctor was out of action for most of the episode - which is where it differs from Power of the Daleks. I suspect actually with Capaldi being a bit wacky apparently in his first story, Deep Breath will take more of the Power of the Daleks route, whereas I felt like The Eleventh Hour was more Spearhead to Space for a new generation. 





2 weeks, 1 day ago on New Who: Doctor Debut Episodes

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I agree with Moffat, it really is the first new and original idea for a title sequence in years. What an off-the-wall idea that Billy had for it. Well done. :) 

2 weeks, 2 days ago on The Series 8 Title Sequence

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I'm getting very tired that Donna keeps being held up by some as the greatest companion because there "was no romance". Donna was great because she was a funny and bold personality played by a wildly talented comedian, not because she wasn't romantically interested in The Doctor or seemingly interested in any reoccurring character. 

Personally, I think we should just want to avoid characters being defined by their relationships with men, not try to "de-sexualize" the entire program (which almost always drags any story back to a silently male-dominated status quo). 

Clara is a 20-something person, it's perfectly natural for her to want to have a relationship with someone and not simply gallivant across the universe with someone who looks twice her age - in fact I'd argue it would be out of character for her to just suddenly *not* want to be in a relationship... she was pretty uncomfortable with the idea of attending Christmas dinner without a boyfriend (which is a common feeling for many young women and men out there for that matter).

If Moffat were to rewrite and sanitize her character like that to keep viewers who dislike "relationships" on Daytime Telly happy, the accusations that Clara's character is paper-thin would most certainly hold true.


2 weeks, 4 days ago on Coleman on Clara and Danny in Series 8

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@drjakeyoung  @PaddyB @Friend of the Ood @Big_Bird96 Pretty sure McGann is a scouser. So is Tom Baker.



3 weeks ago on World Tour Live Stream: Seoul Q&A

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@Antee991166 @SephoraNeedSeries8 @DavidSJH Hmmm.





The Christmas Invasion: Good - but weak as an introduction for a Doctor. 


The Runaway Bride: Catherine Tate, great. Story, weak. 


Voyage of the Damned: Guilty pleasure.

The Next Doctor: boring and forgettable. 

The End of Time: A mixed affair of corniness and melodrama, but written well with broad brushstrokes to reintroduce the Time Lords, The Master and "The Moment". A case of an experienced writer indulging too much, me thinks. Cried like a baby when I first watched it. 

A Christmas Carol: Brilliant, although it's not one I regularly re-watch. Pacing is a bit on the slow side.

TDTW&W: Might be sappy but this is my favourite Christmas special. A guilty please. It's companion is one of Moff's best characters and Matt is excellent in it. 

The Snowmen: Love the magical staircase, but otherwise this seems like a dull affair to me. Strax is fun.  Grant and Ian Mckellen are severely underused.

The Time of The Doctor: Overall great. I like how jam-packed it is - it's a very tightly written piece which creates, more than it revisits. This is one that gets much better with every rewatch, whereas I found The End of Time deteriorates in my mind with every reshowing. 






3 weeks ago on 2014′s Christmas Special Director

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Someone will bring back The Master, but I think if I was in Moff's shoes, I wouldn't bring The Master back. If you're going to do it, do it in the later part of Capaldi's run when Capaldi is established and face him off against someone with a ton of gravitas like (and I'm surprised I haven't seen him suggested yet) Alan Rickman. 

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Moffat on Why the Master Won’t Be Back

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@ahunter8056 I really like the clockwork idea - Billy had to be thinking when he came up with that. It's so original. 

3 weeks, 2 days ago on The Series 8 Title Sequence

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@pyroclasticflow Yeah, nobody ever swooned over Tom Baker. :P

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Capaldi Doesn’t Expect to be a Heartthrob Doctor

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@MaraBackman @allons_ywibblywobbly I think he's probably already a heartthrob to many :P

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Capaldi Doesn’t Expect to be a Heartthrob Doctor

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I count Chris and Hurt as the Ninth Doctor. I'm weird like that. 

3 weeks, 4 days ago on The Curious Case of the 9th Doctor

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@Manyname But then there's The Stolen Earth, where Tennant regenerated into himself? :P 

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Doctor Who and the Doppelganger Dilemma

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@Stradiwhovius @ilyootha is in the Divergent Universe Erm, not necessarily. Broadcasters in many different shows are looking to DW as model for the "cinema simulcast" to broaden their show's popularity and give fans a fun experience. 

4 weeks ago on Does Deep Breath Really Deserve a Theatrical Release?

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I think these sentiments more surround the "rule-making" of fandom + the "diminishing" fears of fandom. One 'anniversary' (vaguely) was celebrated with multiple doctors, now *every* anniversary presumably should be celebrated with multiple doctors. One doctor had a new sonic screwdriver, so presumably every doctor should have a new sonic screwdriver. One regeneration story was a "swan song", so presumably every regeneration story should be a swan song. That's just rampant rule-making that fans do internally.  Now some may argue that because we saw the 50th in cinemas, only these major anniversaries are appropriate for cinema-watching. 

In all actuality, we've seen DW in the cinemas only once - it was a raging success. Television broadcasters are starting to  understand the power of that special fan/event experience that cinema showings can bring to premieres and finales - DW has led this trend, but GoT has followed up on it. 



Moreover, fans tend to be concerned about "diminishing returns", always worried about doing something more than once because it might "diminish" the last - like returning Gallifrey or blowing up the Tardis or bringing back so and so. You got to live in the here and now and judge something by the quality of what's on the screen, big or small, not based on what it says about something from an earlier work. Take a 'deep breath' of fresh existential air, sit down, have fun with friends and fellow Whovians and enjoy the showing guilt-free! 

I know I've got my ticket - I had a blast at the last showing, despite having terrible seats and I will probably have a blast at this showing. ^^



4 weeks ago on Does Deep Breath Really Deserve a Theatrical Release?

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