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I vote Listen because I think Blink has been so overrated since it aired that on every rewatch it fails to live up. The same will probably happen to listen in the future though! Mind you, Listen does feel very much like a Moffat "greatest hits" album... I really enjoy watching them both though... But then Listen has that scene which I can't decide if I love or loathe...

Ah well, too late. I've voted now.

Can I unvote? Or vote for both?

4 hours, 25 minutes ago on Face-Off: Blink vs Listen

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No, take a look where you are: a comments thread on an article. You must be in the wrong place. I came here to post my own opinion, I didn't expect it to be shot down quite so ferociously.

And after all, should a point of view be oppressed? Is mine any less valid than yours? I have no problem with people having different opinions to me, but I don't like the tone in which some of them reply. I haven't called any of your arguments weak, simply explained why I disagree with them.

1 day, 2 hours ago on Making Sense of Listen’s Gallifreyan Gallivant

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Is is merely my opinion. And it is just that: an opinion. You (evidently) disagree with it, but this is what I personally think about the scene in the barn. To me, it seemed needless. I'm not complaining about nothing, I'm trying to explain why I didn't like it. You don't agree with me? That's fine. The world would be a horrendously boring place if everyone held the same opinions. But it would be a much nicer one if people could accept other points of view.

1 day, 8 hours ago on Making Sense of Listen’s Gallifreyan Gallivant

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Things like regeneration and the time war were not only necessary but they were actually going somewhere in terms of storyline. Russell T Davies didn't think "oh, I'll casually throw in the destruction of Gallifrey and then move on." As I have mentioned elsewhere, if this is going somewhere, if Clara's influence on the Doctor is going to become an important part of the story arc, then I may look on the scene differently, but as it stands, it seems needless. It is only relevant to this particular episode.

Also, regeneration and the Time War were adding things into the Doctor's life going forward. This scene randomly throws in a large part of the Doctor's life from years before we first saw him! It all comes down to your personal preference. I don't like the idea of venturing into the Doctor's childhood and think it should be avoided at all costs, and therefore is don't like the scene in the barn. Anyone who likes the idea of seeing a young Doctor, however briefly, will think the opposite.

As I have also mentioned somewhere else, I enjoyed Listen, and I enjoyed the scene in the context of the episode. I simply think it was a misstep in the long run. If I could watch it without my fan head on, I would like it a lot more.

1 day, 17 hours ago on Making Sense of Listen’s Gallifreyan Gallivant

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True. It wasn't a very detailed shot, and left much open to interpretation. I may be being a little harsh, I quite enjoyed the scene, but I couldn't help rolling my eyes! Perhaps if the scene has greater significance in the rest of the series (preferably without revisiting it) then I will feel better about it, but it all seemed a little bit... Throwaway to me.

2 days, 2 hours ago on Making Sense of Listen’s Gallifreyan Gallivant

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I have absolutely no problems with the hows of that scene... My problem is the why! Did anyone actually want to see the Doctor as a child? I'm genuinely interested.

I also dislike the amount of influence Clara has been given. If this turns into part of the story arc, Clara's immense influence on the Doctor, then I may feel a bit happier, but I just don't like the idea of seeing the Doctor as a child. The show survived without going in that direction for almost 51 years - why change it now?

2 days, 3 hours ago on Making Sense of Listen’s Gallifreyan Gallivant

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This is almost exactly what I would think, were I not an obsessive fan. I think that as an episode it was fantastic, and that final scene works wonderfully in the context of the episode. However, placed in the context of the 50 year old show, I think it was a misstep. So I would say that it is a wonderful episode as long as you just watch to be entertained.

2 days, 7 hours ago on Listen Review

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I personally think the new series' definitive companion is Donna, with a fantastic journey, a brilliant series, a wonderful character with real depth when you scratch the surface, and a heartbreaking end. I just wish we saw more of her!

After Donna comes Martha, closely (very closely indeed) followed by Clara.

2 days, 7 hours ago on Listen Review

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It's interesting you mention that, because I find 12/Clara easier to write for. Particularly the Doctor though, I find it easier to write his responses because, perhaps contradicting-ly(?), he is less predictable! His irascible nature is much more fun to write for.

However, it could be to do with the stories I like to write. I'm more of a dark and creepy person (when it comes to writing, predominantly) and the 11th Doctor didn't really fit the tone. My stories have actually given me nightmares on four occasions (and one was informed by a nightmare) so they fit the tone of this series much more than they did anything from the Smith era. Plus of course Capaldi is much more fun to come up with reactions for.

4 days, 14 hours ago on The Crawling Terror Review

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I think you may have misunderstood me. I do like the occasional twist, for example in The Doctor's Wife where we learnt that the TARDIS chose him, but the practice of adding little bits into the Doctor's timeline seems to be becoming a frequent happening.

I would also disagree with your point about insignificant episodes. To be significant, an episode doesn't need to tamper with history. I'd say The Impossible Astronaut was pretty significant, and that didn't mess around with the past. Equally, there can't be a long string of "significant" episodes, otherwise significant would become commonplace, therefore all significant episodes would disappear into a swamp of insignificance! It's a very tricky game to play.

I also wonder if Moffat has problems just writing episodes. He said that it was a while since he had written a standard episode, and when he gets around to it in "Listen" he has to go and drop a continuity bomb on everyone. Maybe (pure conjecture, don't get angry Moff lovers!) he can't write an episode without it having some massive consequences on the show's history?

The truth is, however, that they managed to pull it off. Although I loath continual tampering with the history of the Doctor, it worked in "Listen" because it was necessary to the story and just because the scene worked well in context. However, it came far too close to actually telling us about the Doctor's childhood and certainly suggested some reasons the Doctor left Gallifrey, and I don't think they should ever be confirmed. The Doctor's past should be ambiguous and episodes like this get a little too close for comfort.

That probably came off as a bit angry, I'm not angry, just trying to explain my problem with the episode. And as I said, I still enjoyed it. But I would be very great full if Moffat would just leave the past alone for a little while, and forge into the future instead.

4 days, 16 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Listen

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I prefer to imagine that never happened though. Personally, I don't imagine the Doctor's overriding fear after 1000 years of time travel would be the crack.

Plus of course the rather ridiculous fact that the crack in the wall is apparently now a person.

5 days, 2 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Listen

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You see, that is the thing I disliked about the episode! All the stuff that was just about the episode I loved. But then it came to turning around our view of the Doctor, and I was drawn right out of it. The show has been reinvented way too many times for me.

5 days, 2 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Listen

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If the perfect show runner is one who sparks endless controversy then sure, perfect!

Although I admit Moffat is a very good writer, I haven't been too fond of most of his showrunning. He fiddles with the past too much for my liking.

5 days, 2 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Listen

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Not at all. I recognised it, and with predictions of controversy upcoming I saw vaguely what was coming. Boy, would I have liked to have been wrong. Personal preferences and all that.

5 days, 2 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Listen

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I don't get Slitheen hate.

5 days, 3 hours ago on Next Time: Time Heist

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I didn't find it very scary, and I find tinkering with the history of the Doctor infuriating when done as frequently as it is at the moment, but viewed as a whole (and ignoring its effect on the show's past) it was a very good episode. I really enjoyed it. Capaldi is really working for me, but I just wish I could watch it without my fan head on. I can't quite get over the messing around with history.

Overall, ignoring the tinkering, 9/10.

5 days, 3 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Listen

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Moffat skeptics exist because he keeps on tinkering with the history of the Doctor, a practice I would prefer reserved for occasional episodes that warrant it. He is a good writer, I just wish he could leave Who history alone for a little while.

5 days, 4 hours ago on Rate & Discuss Listen

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I admit I have had the occasional difficulty understanding me, but it hasn't put me off the show or his Doctor. For me, the main problem isn't his Scottish accent; it's the fact that people remark about it on the show! Even the Doctor himself! The Doctor isn't Scottish, he's a Time Lord. No one commented about McCoy being Scottish. Even Eccleston's "lots of planets have a north" is forgivable... But lots of planets don't have a Scotland.

6 days, 2 hours ago on Is Capaldi’s Accent Causing Issues?

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I'd say The Sontaran Experiment was one of those. I've never seen any love for it, but no one really dislikes it.

1 week ago on Face-Off: The Gatiss Episodes

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It wasn't clever, it wasn't intricate... But it was brilliant. At least, for me. I loved a straightforward plot for once in a while, and really enjoyed the chance for the characters to let their hair down.

I also really appreciated the slightly more "entry level" dark Doctor stuff. The first two episodes pushed it a bit too far for my liking, and as soon as the Doctor asked "am I a good man?" All subtlety was lost. Here, we got a darker Doctor, but one who still felt like the Doctor.

1 week, 1 day ago on Rate & Discuss Robot of Sherwood

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I think in Doctor Who it's a good idea to retain some ambiguity. Stay in between the lines, where you can not offend people who believe and not put off people who don't, all the while providing an entertaining story and food for thought.

1 week, 6 days ago on The Series 8 Arc: A Match Made In Heaven?

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Doctor Who can always pull something a bit extreme out of the bag. Would you ever have expected to see someone with crushed, bloodied hands on the show, or see people eating soup made out of humans? That's a brilliant thing about the show, it is unpredictable.

2 weeks ago on BBC Cuts Robot of Sherwood Scene

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There seems to be a bit of a thing to do with beheadings at the moment. Rather disturbing, and it is looking more and more like the Beeb made the right choice. My only question is why they told us at all! I doubt it will make any long lasting difference.

2 weeks ago on BBC Cuts Robot of Sherwood Scene

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Hull-ite here! But don't worry, no suing going on. I'm prepared to accept that the city exists in a near-permanent autumn.

And as for the celebrity historical? I love them. Particularly ones which show you some of the less positive traits of a character and are honest and truthful (The Unquiet Dead and Vincent and the Doctor spring to mind). I may not be the biggest fan of the historical, which is why I love the pathos and character drama brought about by them, and they're even better when they've got an interesting story to tell.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Why I Love… Celebrity Historicals

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As a person who knows a bit of entry level archery, I have to say... That is an astonishingly stupid place for the Doctor to stand.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Robot of Sherwood Pics

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My main complaint about Deep Breath (apart from some pretty poorly played humour) is the lack of a scene where the new Doctor chooses a new costume. Where was it?!

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Your Verdict on Deep Breath

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And Ashen Hill Manor! I love spotting reused locations.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Whodunnit? The Fate of the Half-Face Man

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They are very different openers to be fair. Perhaps the better comparison would be Rose / The Eleventh Hour and The Christmas Invasion / Deep Breath.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Face-Off: The Eleventh Hour vs Deep Breath

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I love the seventh Doctor's era. I know lots of people don't, but I really can't find it in myself to criticise it. Seeing as I grew up on an unhealthy diet of McCoy and Aldred on UKTV Gold during the Wilderness Years, he is technically my Doctor. Only beaten by Troughton for me. Hooray for seven!

4 weeks, 1 day ago on The Seventh Doctor: Five Favourites

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True! That's the funny thing about opinions. They just happen.

1 month ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – The Doctor Trilogy

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The way I had always heard it was that JNT at least had some say in it. I know the channel controllers decide when programmes air, but I had always assumed that he had something to do with it. Even so, the point still stands. Just replace it with "funny things happened to the schedule during the JNT era and the Moffat era."

1 month ago on Is Doctor Who History Repeating Itself?

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Oi! Don't diss my second-favourite Doctor!

1 month ago on Is Doctor Who History Repeating Itself?

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I think the ninth Doctor's era (if it's long enough to warrant that title...) is very similar to the third Doctor's; centred around Earth and with an extended family to fall back on.

And don't forget that JNT and Moffat did funny things to the schedules. The former decided to put Doctor Who on in mid-week slots instead of Saturday nights, while the latter seems to favour increeeeedibly long waits between blocks of episodes.

1 month ago on Is Doctor Who History Repeating Itself?

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True, but I know a lot of people who think Logopolis is a scruffy, awfully paced mess of a story while I love every second of it. The same for The War Games which some think is overlong and dull, while I see a fascinating storyline, well paced throughout with some great revelations and a heartbreaking end.

The Tenth Planet, Planet of the Spiders and the TV movie are also very divisive.

I think it tends to come down to the fact that quite a lot of people don't like saying goodbye to a Doctor. Particularly if you love a certain Doctor, people may have difficulty moving on and may think that they should have had a better end. I've never been a huge Matt Smith fan, so although I think turning him into a terrifying-looking old man with some awful prosthetics is a pretty poor way to go out, I can overlook it and just enjoy The Time of the Doctor.

1 month ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – The Doctor Trilogy

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Well, it could've been improved by a full series on the telly and a bit more looking back in Day, but what was got was still very close to brilliant.

1 month ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – The Doctor Trilogy

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Well, strictly speaking it's the 50th anniversary special...

I do agree that it should have looked a bit more to the past and respected the classic series a bit more, but it was still a damn good episode from my point of view, with a few references thrown in. However, I am firmly in the camp of people (and I don't even know if they exist) who say that The Light at the End is the fiftieth anniversary special. Hooray for Big Finish!

1 month ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – The Doctor Trilogy

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I think there seems to be a marmite thingummy going on for all regeneration stories.

1 month ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – The Doctor Trilogy

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The Name of the Doctor: 10/10 A great finale which is one of very few episodes on series seven to get the right balance for a blockbuster episode. At no point did it feel rushed which was a great problem throughout a very promising series for me.

The Night of the Doctor: 10/10 A lovely piece of fan service. While I rather liked the idea of the eighth Doctor's end being a mystery, I can't really fault the "minisode".

The Day of the Doctor: 9/10 It is a wonderful episode very enjoyable and great fun, but there was a distinct lack of classic series in there for me. I know (and entirely understand) that the desire was to look forward not back, but I think it should have spent a little bit more time remembering the 26 years of Doctor Who that mean we can have the show now. A great episode but a bit of tweaking could have made it fantastic.

The Time of the Doctor: 9/10 It has a nice story, a good conclusion to a long running thread and ties up Matt's era in a nice little bow. However, it feels a bit too sloppy with the Christmas scenes tacked on needlessly, and the battle of Trenzalore seemingly going on forever. And I really wish they hadn't layered Matt in awful old-age prosthetics. I love it for all it's faults, but it could have been a great.

1 month ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – The Doctor Trilogy

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I'm afraid I'm going to have to disagree - I think this is one of the strongest runs in Who history. The final three episodes are, for me, some of the best Doctor Who has ever produced. Turn Left is wonderful and powerful and moving, and I also love the companions getting their chance in the spotlight. It's important to remind the audience that the Doctor affects his companions greatly, and this episode exemplifies that. Also, of the Doctor is going to be the centre of attention, why include companions at all? Window dressing? To ask "what it is Doctor?" And proclaim "I don't understand, Doctor" and infinite number of times? They are all strong characters who need a chance to shine.

And I love TSE / JE. It's fun, epic, exciting, joyous... And then takes a sudden dive into heartbreak which is a real punch in the stomach every time. I loved Donna, and the brutal ending shows how brave and daring the show can be while telling us about the consequence of travelling with the Doctor.

I think it is fair to call Davies' finales a bit formulaic, but it would be a lie if you were to say that Moffat's finales weren't. Someone with a grudge against the Doctor does something which eventually causes the collapse of the universe, preferably with some weird timey-wimpy ball and a gaggle of old friends.

1 month ago on New Who: The Story Thus Far – Series 4 (Episodes 6-13)

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This sounds an awful lot like Gwen and Rhys in Torchwood, pre-Meat. (Pre-Meat? That sounds rather peculiar, but y'know what I mean)

1 month ago on Coleman on Clara and Danny in Series 8

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I made that precise joke to my Mum a few days ago. She didn't get it.

1 month ago on Coleman on Clara and Danny in Series 8

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Really? Did we need to be any more excited?

1 month, 1 week ago on Deep Breath TV Trailer

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I was a bit worried about the whole "dark Doctor" angle, but these clips have completely dispelled that. I'm sure Capaldi will be a great Doctor! Hopefully the witty one liners won't be too common, but overall no real complaints. Well, apart from this one: worries about Capaldi was the only thing making the wait until the 23rd tolerable! Now I have nothing! Nooooooooo!

1 month, 1 week ago on BBC News Series 8 Preview Featuring Into the Dalek Clips

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Still quite bitter that I didn't get to go! I would like to say that I'm looking at it positively but that would be a lie - I'm flying to Cyprus that lunchtime, so I'll have to wait a week and a half to see the episode! Grr...

1 month, 1 week ago on Doctor Who World Tour: Cardiff Launch Pics

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I believe it was Terrance Dicks who came up with that little description of the Doctor. A nice bit of fan service there by Moffat.

1 month, 1 week ago on The Curious Case of the 9th Doctor

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I don't dislike Clara particularly. But equally, I'm not one of the people who loves her. I don't really like companions being big plot points, which is one reason why I think Martha is such a strong companion as she is the only one from the new series not to have had a story arc revolve around her. However, one thing I actively dislike is the Doctor travelling with someone because they are a mystery. This is something which has only really appeared in Moffat's era, and the sooner it goes away again, the better from my point of view.

Another thing I dislike is Doctor / companion romance. I don't have a problem with the Doctor falling in love, but preferably not companions. I also don't have a problem with companions falling in love with him (which, I suppose, could well happen if you were travelling with someone as amazing as he is) but I'd rather it didn't go both ways.

More positively, the "impossible girl" arc was relatively interesting, and I really admire the subtlety in her characterisation after Amy's rather sledgehammer "I'm feisty! I'm strong-willed!" Characterisation.

Really, the main problem for me is that she has had so little time to prove herself. She has had to share her debut series with the departure of two long running companions, and her screen time has been overshadowed by anniversary celebrations and any character building moments overshadowed by a story arc.

However, now that we get to rid ourselves of the two main flaws (lack of screen time, a story arc and a dodgy romance) I look forward to seeing Clara fleshed out into a full person throughout series 8.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Popular / Unpopular Opinion: Clara Oswald

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I love the Axons! I'd really like a UNIT story where a load of old characters return but it turns out that actually they were all copied by the Axons during their last visit. Probably wouldn't work, but I'd love it!

And as for the Cybermen I really rather love those original Mondasian ones, they are absolutely terrifying! If the cloth faces could be updated without wrinkles, it'd be brilliant. You can see how close to human they are, and that's really disconcerting. And also kind of heartbreaking, which I'm sure anyone else who's heard Spare Parts can vouch for.

They wouldn't work now, but I do love them. I would like to see the original design updated, not redone.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Capaldi & Moffat on Axons, Cybermen and the Master

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I've always seen it as a family show where everyone sits and watches it together. Kids tune in to be scared and older people watch for an interesting story and ultimately everyone finds something to enjoy. The show can't alienate anyone, young or old.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Moffat on Why Series 8 Needed A Big Shake-Up

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But how many scowled? :)

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Peter Capaldi clocks in to Entertainment Weekly

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Like fezzes, bow ties, jammie dodgers, and fish fingers and custard you mean? :)

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Capaldi’s Doctor More Alien, Less “human-friendly”

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