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These introductions are almost always better than the trailers even. Moffat knows how to pitch an episode. 

1 day, 3 hours ago on Introduction to In the Forest of the Night

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@The 14th Doctor Vincent is one of my favourite stories, but it was not well received from what I remember when it first aired. A lot of people had felt the antagonist had been underdeveloped.Anyways, I'd consider Blink, Waters and Vincent as classics now for sure - not so sure about Girl in the Fireplace; it seemed to be more like the great episode of a weak season, but in all actuality I'd consider it one of the less developed Moffat scripts. Empty Child / Doctor Dances is a classic to me though - if I were going to teach someone how to write Doctor Who I'd give them a copy of Empty Child / Doctor Dances or The Eleventh Hour. They're quite paradigmatic.  A big Moffat fan obviously. >_>

1 day, 12 hours ago on In the Forest of the Night Advance Review

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I tend to be on the positive side of the "marmite" episodes, be in Rings of Akhaten or Vincent or Closing Time whatever - so I'm sure I'll find it at least good. :P

1 day, 21 hours ago on In the Forest of the Night Advance Review

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I really quite liked the atmosphere of "Mummy". 

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

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Some of the debate seems to surround whether The Doctor is supposed to be (loosely) peripheral. I think the proper answer is: he's been both, depending on the era. There's no right answer.

He was intended to be a peripheral character in the original run with the audience largely relating to Ian, Barbara and Susan. However, The Doctor took a more central role as Ian, Barbara and Susan left and Hartnell became more comfortable with the role. Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker, being very much "leading men" often also took a very central role to the story and would probably never take a peripheral role in a companion dynamic. Matt Smith held that leading man role in similar fashion as Pertwee and Baker did, whereas Eccleston and Tennant were oft cast in the shadow of a sort of "family" of characters. It all depends on (1) whether the incarnation of The Doctor is more/less reassuring, (2) the direction that the producer wants, (3) the extraneous characters and sub-plots that writers add. 

As for whether Clara "made" The Doctor, the answer is clearly no. She talked to The Doctor's child self in a dream and reassured him. This wouldn't even be the last time that The Doctor would need reassuring. Later, on the "worst day" of his life, The Doctor would visit K'ampo for his wisdom; K'ampo was the hermit at the top of the mountain near The Doctor's estate - years later, The Doctor would call him "his teacher". Whatever was so terrible in The Doctor's life, he cried quite a lot. He was tear-eyed with K'ampo and cried for weeks in Listen. If anything lays a claim to "making" The Doctor, it's first, whatever happened to him to plunge him into such despair, and second, The Doctor himself. Ultimately, he chose to steal a Tardis - something even K'ampo found "naughty". The Tardis, though, believes it chose The Doctor - so maybe, The Tardis made The Doctor, who knows. :P




2 days, 9 hours ago on Another Take on “Clara Who”

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I do agree with David that Doctor Who is quickly running out of characters that I "like" which is possibly the worse way to engage with a show -- I find Danny controlling, Clara has been shown lately as almost macabre/morbid and deceitful (and superficial) while I also don't have The Doctor look forward to ... yes, he had his big moment at the end of "Flatline", but we also had the "Rubbish Robots from the Dawn of Time" scene (great line) and the "Do I pass the class?" scene and the "Just look at me" scene ... all scenes where I can see The Doctor shining through him... and then by the next episode, Capaldi seems just as lost in self-doubt and grumpiness the next episode.  I like The Doctor's candor (he's one of the funnier 'Doctors') and his intelligence. But if I were showrunner, I would write a scene in the finale where Clara says, "Yes." The Doctor would reply, "Yes what?" and she would reply, "Yes, you are a good man". Because I have a sneaking suspicion a lot of The Doctor's behavior this series has been a result of no longer having even his own companion believing in him... that kind of validation could really launch The Doctor back into action - taking down Cybermen and saving the world. Being a Doctor.  




2 days, 22 hours ago on 2nd Opinion: Flatline

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@John Smith the Second @Unibot  I rate episodes based on a table that I keep, given each indices a mark out of 10. I just based the indices on stuff that I usually look for in episodes, or stuff that I usually find troublesome in episodes: Character Development,Unpredictability, Comedy, Intelligence, Dialogue, Look / Sound,Rewatchable?, Originality, Pacing and Action

This way I avoid overlooking issues I may have with an episode which I hadn't thought about; for example, I liked Flatline and Mummy a lot but I felt upon reflection that they were a tad too slow and seemed to drop off at times in momentum. Likewise, I liked Kill the Moon a lot, but the humor didn't seem to be there as much as it could have been. 



3 days, 18 hours ago on Your Verdict on Mummy & Episode Ranking

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Love that big promo picture!

3 days, 19 hours ago on In the Forest of the Night Promo Pics

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@ahunter8056 Haha, I would said Season Four was quite strong, so... :P

3 days, 21 hours ago on Your Verdict on Mummy & Episode Ranking

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@supermoff, agent of C.L.A.R.A. Don't worry I had to delete a post that said "How can 96% of respondents vote 5/10 or higher and 92% of people vote 7/10 or higher!?" It's been a long week already and the coffee is taking a long time to brew...



3 days, 21 hours ago on Your Verdict on Mummy & Episode Ranking

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@DWTV WHAT WOULD YOU DO!? WELL!!!? WHA--*looks to the blackboard* "Vote".

3 days, 21 hours ago on Your Verdict on Mummy & Episode Ranking

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I seem to be, on average, 3% higher in my scores than DWTV. I found Kill the Moon to be the most underrated episode so far and Into the Dalek, the most overrated. Qualitatively, I must say I don't think there's been a "dud" thus far this season!





(Episode) (My Score) (DWTV's Score) (Difference)

Listen [0.935][0.8918] [5%]

Mummy on the Orient Express [0.915] [0.8679] [5%]

Kill the Moon [0.91] [0.7808] [17%]

Flatline [0.905] [____][____]

Time Heist [0.82] [0.7823] [5%]

Deep Breath [0.815] [0.8282] [-2%]

Robot of Sherwood [0.78] [0.7512] [4%]

The Caretaker [0.76] [0.7795] [-3%]

Into the Dalek [0.75] [0.8052] [-7%]


3 days, 22 hours ago on Your Verdict on Mummy & Episode Ranking

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Don't know why people are so worried or trying to rationalize the results - the ratings have been REMARKABLY consistent. Seems everyone is just using a little dip here or there to justify whatever pet peeve they have about the show or about imaginary audiences (e.g., "fangirls just like pretty men", "Clara Who", "the doctor is too callous"). Here's a graph with the ratings put together visually, with an estimate for Flatline's final ratings (based on an average +2.11 boost from the overnights). // i.imgur.com/QUP0zib.png


4 days, 19 hours ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator

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@VincentLalyman @The Lazy Tiger Has Scared Off The Lazy Cat @Antee991166 1. Matt Smith,

2. Jon Pertwee,

 3. Tom Baker,

 4. David Tennant,


I like the more "heroic" Doctors, who you can count on to appear in the most desperate moments of civilization, scold his enemies, draw a line in the sand and declare himself "The Doctor" as an object of pride and audacity. I don't think Capaldi's "Doctor" is a, erm, finished product yet. He seems to still be feeling out the part - in a similar way that Tennant did. Tennant never felt "spot on" until more or less his final season. 





4 days, 21 hours ago on Flatline Review

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"This plane is protected!" Welcome Back Doctor! You never really left, you were just waiting. What's funny about Capaldi's Doctor is he approaches his enemies not with a confident stride, but with a timid, lanky and delicate tip-toeing yet he speaks angrier and more scorchingly than ever before. The Doctor is more scared than before, even scared of himself and his own shadow - which makes him even more dangerous. He's still soul-searching and not ready to show the world who he is, because he's not sure of it himself anymore. Fear played a large thematic role in Pertwee's years (as The Doctor sought advice from his old teacher to "face his fears" at the end of Planet of the Spiders) and I suspect that it will once more play a role in Capaldi's era. But where The Doctor once tried to face his fears, he must now learn to embrace them. 


Capaldi's little jig was also a show-stealing moment. ;)

4 days, 21 hours ago on 12 Great Moments From Flatline

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My hopes for this episode were raised a lot when I read Frank Cottrell Boyle's editorial on Doctor Who in The Telegraph. It's a rather beautiful love letter to Doctor Who. >> telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/doctor-who/11048783/Frank-Cottrell-Boyce-Finally-Im-on-board-the-Tardis.html

4 days, 23 hours ago on Next Time: In the Forest of the Night

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I love how some people still seem to think Twelve is callous. If anything he's much harder on himself about doing stuff that he previously would have done before without batting an eye. He had to talk himself into killing The Boneless - pretty sure Eleven would have just stepped out of The Tardis and burnt them to death with a roaring cracker of a speech and then went to lunch with Clara after it calmly (and I'm a fan of Eleven). He's undergone a lot of doubt about himself and he's finding himself again, questioning his morality. 

5 days, 10 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline

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@supermoff agent of C.L.A.R.A. I believe I saw a video somewhere online describing the theoretical people of a two dimensional world as 'flatliners'... 

5 days, 12 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline

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This looks brilliant. :D

5 days, 17 hours ago on Next Time: In the Forest of the Night

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Listen [0.935]


Mummy on the Orient Express [0.915]

Kill the Moon [0.91]

Flatline [0.905]

Time Heist [0.82]

Deep Breath [0.815]

Robot of Sherwood [0.78]

The Caretaker [0.76]

Into the Dalek [0.75]

5 days, 18 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline

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Mathieson is the first writer in DW since Moffat that has screamed "showrunner" material. I hope Moff keeps him around for Series 9. ;)

5 days, 19 hours ago on Doctor Who Extra: Flatline

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@Shalroth @Bdransfield 25% of the Tardis's rooms is a finite number. Rooms are just that space which are organized into rooms. 

5 days, 19 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline

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@DWTV How do you fight trees? With fire!?

5 days, 22 hours ago on Flatline – 12 Hints & Teasers

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@YaelMoise is glad they mentioned the goddess That outfit (with the leather jacket added) emphasized to me that she was a modern, cool (and single) school-teacher - not a schoolgirl, which, I've found, a lot of her outfits convey unintentionally. The army jackets and the satchels and skirts make her seem a bit too young - maybe just me, though.  

6 days, 22 hours ago on The Complete Eighth Series DVD Extras

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@CatPerson OOooh, that'll be good. :)

6 days, 22 hours ago on The Complete Eighth Series DVD Extras

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Well done. Very well said. 

6 days, 22 hours ago on ‘Doctor Who’ or ‘Clara Who?’

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Maybe the Nethersphere is where the people's consciousnesses are uploaded to when the Cybermen "rehabilitate" their bodies and minds??

1 week ago on Anderson on Series 8 Finale, Danny Future

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@Polyphase @Unibot Haha. Picasso? Bruce Gray? Mondrian? Yayoi Kusama? 




1 week ago on The Girl Who Painted: Artistic Themes in Doctor Who

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German impressionism helped inspired Capaldi's jacket now that I think about it; plus Tom Baker's outfit was inspired by Toulouse-Lautrec's painting of Aristide Bruant. 



1 week ago on The Girl Who Painted: Artistic Themes in Doctor Who

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Excellent article. Thanks for sharing. :)  Of course, the most famous painting in Doctor Who, however, is Gallifrey Falls... or rather, No more? Or.. 

1 week ago on The Girl Who Painted: Artistic Themes in Doctor Who

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What an introduction! 

1 week, 1 day ago on Flatline Clip

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All four of these episodes sound amazing!

1 week, 1 day ago on Details on Episodes 9-12 of Series 8

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WEEEEEIRRRD. :D

1 week, 2 days ago on Flatline Clip

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Listen [0.935] // +5% than DWTV 





Mummy on the Orient Express [0.915] // ___

Kill the Moon [0.91] // +17%




Time Heist [0.82] // +5%




Deep Breath [0.815] // -2%




Robot of Sherwood [0.78] // +4%




The Caretaker [0.76] // -3%




Into the Dalek [0.75] // -7%  


I gave an average of 0.835 per every episode; I also, on average, gave ratings that are 3% higher than DWTV's average.











1 week, 2 days ago on Your Verdict on Kill the Moon & Episode Ranking

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@The Taker @Unibot I don't see where it's that black and white, where if you feel other people are relying on you that suddenly it makes it all clearer. It doesn't always work like that - the human brain might think "I have to make this decision for myself, the others have their own light-switches". For example, those soldiers threatened the lives of everyone else in their troop by misfiring deliberately - but I imagine they considered it their gun and their decision. 



Rationalisation can work both ways, you see. 


Likewise, many people will make one decision with the hope that others make the opposite decision - some will keep their lights on, yet hope the collective decision is "aye" and the responsibility is shifted from them to others. Others to will choose "aye", but hope the lights stay on - not able to condemn everyone to death and maybe their own children and themselves, but not able to face the idea that they could just have ordered the destruction of someone or something.


I'm not a soldier, so my experiences being in physical confrontations where my life and the life of others is limited to say the least. Basically the only situation I can think of is when a small child that I was entrusted to look after and myself came across a wild, dangerous animal (and rather angry mother) in the woods. I picked up a big stick and waved it as a club - and nature would dictate I had two natural reactions: fight or flight. I told the child to run and waved the animal off until I ran away myself. I think there would have been a strong psychological barrier I would have crossed to have actually drawn blood from that animal. 


Fortunately, the key message of Doctor Who is that when you have something precious to look after, you RUN

1 week, 2 days ago on Kill the Moon: Who Was Right? Thoughts & Your Vote

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Gah, Hart? Jacobi? Simm? Norris? Capaldi? Cumberbatch? Coleman? Freeman? Maggie Smith!? Can't we just give everyone on that list an award and call it a bloody day?




1 week, 3 days ago on Capaldi vs Coleman in 2015 NTAs

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Haha, "Doctor in Distress". Anyways, I don't even normally like that kind of sound, but her rendition is "Don't stop me now" is quite catchy and certainly melts on one. 

1 week, 3 days ago on Who Tunes: Ranking the Lyrical Songs of Doctor Who

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I have to admit I dislike how the "Lights Off" crowd are quick to assume that the "Lights On" crowd are simply fluffies who aren't considering the situation personally enough. The assumption, of course, is that people, when faced with the threat of death become cowards out of self-preservation capable of murder if need be. 




However, it's not simply 'pretty rhetoric' when Doctor Who suggests "fear doesn't have to make you cruel or cowardly" - it's partly just empirical fact! There are many instances of people who fundamentally have a difficult time with killing others even for their own self-preservation.  There are reports in World War One of only 15-20 percent of the soldiers firing at their enemy, while reports in Vietnam suggested soldiers would often deliberately misfire so much that over 52,000 shots would be fired before one member of an infantry on either side was killed. At that rate, Storm-troopers look like pretty good shots! People aren't psychopaths and even put into extreme situations of life and death where other people are firing at them doesn't necessary mean that they can easily distance themselves from their natural instinct to see the others as human beings. 



The "Lights Off" crowd believe it is naive for me to think I would keep my lights on to protect an innocent being at the expense of myself and others; but I think it is naive for me to assume that in that situation I would pursue my own self-preservation if it means killing someone else - all of my life I've had a natural aversion to killing other people, why would I stop thinking that way just because of some extreme circumstances? If anything our experiences suggest most people don't!




1 week, 3 days ago on Kill the Moon: Who Was Right? Thoughts & Your Vote

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@Gustaff @Unibot Is it wrong that I read that in Clara's voice from Mummy on the Orient Express?

1 week, 3 days ago on Kill the Moon: Who Was Right? Thoughts & Your Vote

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@Gustaff @Unibot I'm actually not, really. I voted the way the polls came out, but then regretted voting for The Doctor. As the article lays out, I think both were in the wrong in some capacity. Gah, indecision! :P

1 week, 3 days ago on Kill the Moon: Who Was Right? Thoughts & Your Vote

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@The Lazy Cat is Watching Some Clara Who Thanks! It was a fun article to write!

1 week, 3 days ago on Kill the Moon: Who Was Right? Thoughts & Your Vote

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@YaelMoise is glad they mentioned the goddess @Unibot @Gustaff The effects of the moon breaking up is a natural process with consequences for which no one person can be held accountable -- the detonation of a hundred nuclear warheads over a living, breathing vulnerable creature however is very much a decision for which Clara and the rest of humanity can be held responsible. The only relatively certain way to avert such a natural disaster involved violating a minority's right to live --a decision which we cannot make without stepping out of our own societal expectations of what respect we owe to each other. 



1 week, 3 days ago on Kill the Moon: Who Was Right? Thoughts & Your Vote

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@Gustaff @Unibot That largely defeats the point of doing a hypothetical. You're just ignoring the reasoning altogether for an emotionally-charged non-sequitur. Clara wouldn't have "killed" anyone if she did not click the button, she would have killed someone if she did click the button -- and would those parents felt it justified if their child was killed to (potentially) help other children? No. 


1 week, 3 days ago on Kill the Moon: Who Was Right? Thoughts & Your Vote

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@Gustaff @Unibot You ask them, "If the moon had been their child? How should I have decided..."

1 week, 3 days ago on Kill the Moon: Who Was Right? Thoughts & Your Vote

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@Gustaff Not necessarily - The Doctor was for the decision to keep the lights on. He was sure "Clara would make the right decision". He just didn't want to make that decision for the rest of humanity. 

1 week, 3 days ago on Kill the Moon: Who Was Right? Thoughts & Your Vote

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@Gustaff It's a distinction between active and passive harm. Actively violating someone's rights is different than failing to protect people's rights from an extraneous threat. 

1 week, 3 days ago on Kill the Moon: Who Was Right? Thoughts & Your Vote

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I am now a minority in DW! :(

1 week, 3 days ago on Kill the Moon: Who Was Right? Thoughts & Your Vote

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@Gustaff @sontaran17 @TheNightmareChild is havin' a good time! You're forgetting that the HFM didn't even want to continue living; his code of self-preservation was twisted backwards to front. 



1 week, 3 days ago on Next Time: Flatline

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Gaaaah, this season finale has all the right ingredients - A cybermen invasion done right, a mysterious pseudo-afterlife and lots and lots of questions. Mofffffffattt!! :D

1 week, 4 days ago on DWM #479: Heaven or Hell?

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This list has 'developed a fault' for not including "It's practically in their job description!". I laughed uncontrollably at that one. 

1 week, 4 days ago on 12 Great Moments From Mummy on the Orient Express

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