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1 day, 11 hours ago on The Complete Eighth Series Box Set Review

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The special edition has a standard DVD style case as opposed to the digipak trays used in the series 1-7 boxes.

1 day, 11 hours ago on The Complete Eighth Series Box Set Review

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Don't suppose anyone who has the "standard" box set can tell me whether it is in an amaray case or digipak can you? Thanks

1 day, 12 hours ago on The Complete Eighth Series Box Set Review

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I've got a real soft spot for those early adventures, I think it's a testament to the quality of them that someone who wasn't born until the depths of the wilderness years can taken them to their heart. That original TARDIS team in that astonishing TARDIS set - well done. You got us this far!

3 days, 13 hours ago on Happy Birthday, William Russell

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Why not? There's nothing wrong with flexibility. The first two were finales to eras, the second two finales to half-series. And also, I firmly believe that AGMGTW and TATM are a damn sight better than their respective series' "proper" finales.

4 days, 7 hours ago on Finale Face-Off (Series 1-8)

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1: Bad Wolf / The Parting of the Ways

2: The Stolen Earth / Journey's End (yes, I know)

3: The Name of the Doctor

4: The Pandorica Opens / The Big Bang

5: Dark Water / Death in Heaven

6: Army of Ghosts / Doomsday

7: The Wedding of River Song

8: The Sound of Drums / The Last of the Time Lords

The truth is though that I don't dislike any of them! TSOD/LOTTL comes at the bottom purely because I enjoy it least, but it is still great. They all have problems, but I somehow manage to overlook them for all of the finales. Weird.

4 days, 9 hours ago on Finale Face-Off (Series 1-8)

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Do you ever get the feeling that in this fandom there are some episodes you're just not allowed to like?

4 days, 21 hours ago on New Who Finales in Perspective: Series 8

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I cant help but feel that this finale is a little bit overrated. Of course I love it, but I love all of Doctor Who. Sure, it's clever and funny and interesting and sad and twisty and turny but then so are lots of episodes. It was a great way to round off Smith's first series and I think encapsulated the series it concluded perfectly. It probably isn't my favourite simply because I wasn't a huge fan of the fairytale element. This comes fourth for me in the running of finales- following The Parting of the Ways, Journey's End (yes, I know...) and The Name of the Doctor. It comes joint fourth along with Death in Heaven for me.

1 week ago on New Who Finales in Perspective: Series 5

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Oh no... This was always going to happen... I truly can't decide! Jacobi was incredibly intense and powerful and yet utterly heartbreaking too... I think of all new Who Masters, I think he is the most Master-y of them. But Simm was brilliantly deranged and creepy. Oh, but Gomez was so entertaining and mental too... Her quest to rediscover how old friend was surprisingly credible! I'm going to have to sit this one out, see how it falls.

1 week, 1 day ago on Face-Off: New Who Masters

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I've got a real soft spot for this finale. Turn Left is wonderfully inventive and powerful, cleverly using a sort of shorthand in that we know how things should turn out from past episodes to show the devestation when it happens differently. the Stolen Earth is great Dalek fun. It's very enjoyable but also has some much darker moments. Journey's End is a heart lifting finale for me, it seems as though RTD was aware it was the show's 45th anniversary and celebrated it with a finale slipped in. It's great fun until it takes a sudden dive into heartbreak with Donna's departure. It is an incredibly moving scene for me.

Okay, it's got problems. Quite a lot of them. But I'm willing to overlook them, as I do for a lot of finales, because I enjoy it so much.

1 week, 1 day ago on New Who Finales in Perspective: Series 4

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Dear anyone who has given any episode 1/10

Don't you think that is a little bit of an overreaction? To give something one out of ten I would have to find no entertainment or amusement, no plot, no characters worthy of note, no emotions, etc.

I really think something worthy of one out of ten is something you can't bear to sit through and switch off instead of coping.

If you can't bring yourself to sit through an episode then that's understandable; but it really saddens me to see such hatred amongst fans.

Even the Twin Dilemma had Colin Baker, Azmael and a comedy slug.

1 week, 2 days ago on New Who Finales in Perspective: Series 4

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I think series two is really underrated - the only poor episodes as far as I can see are New Earth, Love and Monsters and Fear Her (all of which aren't quite as bad as people make out - "love" gags aside). The Torchwood arc isn't as non-existent as is made out either; The Christmas Invasion, Tooth and Claw, Rise of the Cybermen/The Age of Steel and also to a lesser extent The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit add up to it nicely.

As a general rule (bear in mind I say general) I prefer RTD's finales because they function as their own stories too. There is no overly intricate story arc to try to tie up, so there is room for an individual story. That is why TATM is a great departure for the Ponds - they aren't competing with a conclusion. My list of finales, favourite to least would go:

1: Bad Wolf/ The Parting of the Ways

2: The Stolen Earth/Journey's End

3: The Name of the Doctor

4: Dark Water/Death in Heaven

5: Army of Ghosts/Doomsday

6: The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang

7: The Wedding of River Song

8: Utopia/The Sound of Drums/The Last of the Time Lords

Just to clarify, I do like them all! No hatred from me...

1 week, 3 days ago on New Who Finales in Perspective: Series 2

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I'm really torn about this episode.

To begin with, I love Missy. Michelle Gomez is amazing and, although I disagree with the concept of changing gender (what's wrong with a Time Lord being a Time Lord and a Time Lady being a Time Lady?) I have to concede that she was amazing as the Master.

The story was also very interesting. Although I don't think the Cybermen had much place in it - they didn't work very well as Cybermen as explained in the review and did very little - it was nice to see them.

It was lovely to see some (albeit brief) UNIT action. The regulars put in astonishing performances and I thought it tied up the "Am I a good man?" arc nicely too.

However...

I thought it was quite sloppy in how it tied up the Missy arc. The explanation to how and why Missy put the Doctor and Clara together was almost non existent and the references to the Promised Land seemed to have been dropped in just so we could have a story arc in there.

It stretched credibility to suggest that every grave had been emptied - not to mention quite nasty to tell people that their loved ones have been turned into Cybermen, left to stagger - distraught at what they have become - around the graveyard and then blow themselves up.

Which brings me to the point where they all fly up into the air. Oh dear... Would you like some Jacob's crackers to go with that cheese? Samuel Anderson did very well with some cringeworthy lines though. "The promise of a soldier!" indeed. It probably sounded amazing on paper, but out loud... Less so.

And then onto the scene with the Brigadier. So much about this is wrong! Apart from the scientific inaccuracies which are barely noticeable to me because of how much everything else screams out, it destroys the character of the Brig for me. I will never be able to watch him again without thinking about that scene.

Then we have a beautiful scene in the café/restaurant doo-dah, and the episode picks itself up dramatically for me. It was a great ending.

Oh no it wasn't, because ruddy Father Christmas rocks up and it all comes plummeting down again.

Overall, I think I enjoy it more than I hate it, but really I find it very hard to make up a single opinion. So, a very good finale... But it should have been amazing. It could have been amazing. And that is infuriating.

1 week, 5 days ago on Death in Heaven Review (Part 1)

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I found that particular scene incredibly cheesy, and I can never really look at the Brigadier in the same way again. It's not looking for things to complain about though - some people just don't like some things!

1 week, 6 days ago on Rate & Discuss Death in Heaven

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I really don't know what to think. It had lots of good ideas, it tied up the "am I a good man" arc brilliantly, it was lovely and dark, and it furthered the story of Gallifrey's return nicely. But it was so cringey! Flying Cybermen, and gushing about love being a promise... Plus the exact same trick used in His Last Vow, and far less effectively. The resolution to the Missy arc seemed a bit sloppy too. Are we expected to believe that every grave on Earth is now empty? No point laying flowers now then! It stretches credibility too far for me. And that scene with the Brigadier... It has completely ruined him for me.

Michelle Gomez was fantastic though, I'm all for the female Master idea. The three regulars did great with what they had, and the ending (the bit before Father Christmas appeared) was wonderful writing and acting.

I honestly don't know what I make of it all! I'll have to watch it again before making a judgement. At the moment, I'd say it was all over the place.

2 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Death in Heaven

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A tragic hero is a powerful character destined for an inevitable downfall of their own making. Just like the story of Oedipus, whose father caused his own death.

Literally (literature-aly? What's the word for "about literature"?) speaking, a story is only a tragedy if the protagonist/s cause their own fate.

2 weeks ago on The Tragedy of Clara Oswald

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Does that mean that the rest of the series was really a PG? Seriously? Did they actually look at that Mummy?

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Complete Eighth Series DVD Delayed

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I thought that too! Her turn in The Wrong Mans confirmed that one for me

3 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Dark Water

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He's invincible; the whole universe knows THAT!

3 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Dark Water

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I don't have a problem with the presence of a story arc, in fact I think it is quite important to use something to unify a series in the age of box set tv, and something that will grab the interest of more casual viewers in a way that independent episodes may not.

However, I think it is important to do it well. Series one and five I think we're done expertly, with a recurring theme and episodes within the series that add up to the finale. The story arcs are generally done well with episodes scattered in the series that turn out to be important to the finale even though we don't know it at the time, e.g. Human Nature. The only series I have problems with are six and seven.

I like the individual stories of series seven, and I think the main error was to include a story arc at all. There was no real build up, just the Doctor looking quizzically down the camera going "who on earth are you?" From time to time.

The arc of series six was interesting and enjoyable, but I think it really was a bit OTT. It attempted to make the whole series act as one story while retaining the power of individual episodes and, for me, ended up feeling a bit messy. Either produce a single thirteen episode story or go for a series of joined individual episodes.

I don't want anyone to think I dislike these series because I dont. I just don't like them as much as I could.

3 weeks ago on The Trouble with Story Arcs

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You know that weird fan thing we do to save time writing comment of abbreviating a story title to the initials? Dark Water = DW. Funny.

What is up with that title? I don't trust it...

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Dark Water Advance Preview

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Not... Adric?

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Dark Water Clip

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Plus cybermats!

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Dark Water Clip

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Others presumably include trailers later in the week and posters...

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Next Time: Dark Water

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Have you ever heard the Big Finish audio drama "Afterlife"? Because he really isn't the only one...

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Next Time: Dark Water

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Don't make me do this! I love them both! MOTOE was a classic slice of Who, intriguing, fun, creepy, enjoyable... F was creepy and experimental. I can't choose! I think I'll have to vote Mummy, but its a very difficult choice.

1 month ago on Face-Off: Mummy vs Flatline

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Okay, that first sentence is riddled with more typos than I actually thought possible. It's this new iOS update, it just doesn't work.

Should have been: I have no problem with Clara being the main focus.

1 month ago on ‘Doctor Who’ or ‘Clara Who?’

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No have no problem with Clara benign he main focus; in fact it is an idea I support. The best way to tell a story is with a relatable central character. And the Doctor is such a vast, complex and simply different character that the best way to examine him is through a pane of glass with the companion as our guide. That being said, we should be paying as much attention to the Doctor as to Clara, and I would like to see a bit more Capaldi. MOTOE was perfect in that respect.

My problem with Clara really develops on the back of TNOTD and Listen. Companions always guide the Doctor. It's what they do: Rose helping him escape his war anger, Amy saving him from loneliness. Clara however is being forced into the Doctor's past too much for my liking. Guide his future by all means, but leave alone the past.

I'm willing to eat those words if this all turns out to be part of a long term Moffat plan though - I'll write them out in felt tips and everything.

1 month ago on ‘Doctor Who’ or ‘Clara Who?’

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I'd say Peri went through the most in her time - something horrible happened to her in all of her televised episodes. Even speaking strictly about what they did with the Doctor, Ian and Barbara or Ace went through more to do with him.

1 month, 1 week ago on Flatline Advance Review

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I'm afraid I disagree... The Big Bang is pretty average for me; The Wedding of River Songis a mess,

NOTD I love, it's definitely Moffat's best finale. As a rule, I'd say his finales are all over the place!


AGMGTW I adore though, it's truly epic. And TATM is also great, even if it is riddled with more (plot) holes that a slice of leerdammer.

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

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Please don't make me hype the finale... I'd rather expect little and be surprised than expect something brilliant and be disappointed. It's always the way with finales (apart from TPOTW and D which didn't overface themselves) that they are not as good as they could (or probably should) be.

Mind you... I do count TSE/JE and TNOTD among some of my favourites... And series eight had been doing a brilliant job of bettering expectations (and that is even with some astonishingly high ones too) so it could just be possible...

No. Don't make me hype it! Let me live in a hype-free bubble. I'm not excited.

Not me.

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

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I love it too... Right until the TARDIS comes flying at the screen towards the end of the sequence and it starts TRILLING. That awful sound, like a cat with a stamped-on tail takes me right out of it.

1 month, 1 week ago on Rate & Discuss Mummy on the Orient Express

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Really, nuking it would still cause huge chunks of "shell" to hit the Earth. So logically, I'd say just the Earth is better than the Earth and the creature.

1 month, 1 week ago on Poll: Lights On or Lights Off?

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Sounds intriguing!

By the way, is anyone else delighted that Doctor Who has got a regular slot? Every week, eight thirty. It feels... Right! Rather than hopping around every episode. It makes it feel like the show is holding up the schedule, rather than being an inconvenience.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on In the Forest of the Night Official Synopsis

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To be honest, I'm not bothered about the continuation of the Clara story - this looks like a fun, creepy, interesting and intriguing slice of Doctor Who. As long as it lives up to that, I'll be happy.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Mummy on the Orient Express Advance Review

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I LOVE Murder on the Orient Express. I'm a sucker for a bit of Egyptology. Looks to be quite funny too. Plus I think Doctor Who is at its best when it's scary. And oh, is that mummy scary...

Why is it still only Monday?

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Next Time: Mummy on the Orient Express

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Fairly sure it is also a term used to describe plausibility.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Kill the Moon

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Team Doctor, because he trusted her to make the right decision.

Oh, but team Clara because he went about it in a horrible way.

Ah, but Team Doctor because this new Doctor is not very good at showing his emotions.

No, team Clara because he was foolish and cruel to her, and could have caused her to make a huge mistake!

Oh dear. This could get messy.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Kill the Moon

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I've just realised something! I actually like Clara! Kill the Moon has worked wonders. Now that I finally care about her, let's hope she isn't off at the end of then series.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Kill the Moon

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Oh, I cannot wait! KTM has restored my faith in this series, and I genuinely think this should keep it up. And that mummy... I've always hated mummies... Looking good.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Next Time: Mummy on the Orient Express

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I've asked this elsewhere, but I really need the advice.

At the moment, I've got a bit a bit of a downer of the Moffat era. The overall tone doesn't really work for me, and his "classics" like The Day of the Doctor and Listen are average at best for me. However, I think this is getting in the way of enjoying the new series which at the moment feels to me like an over budgeted fan fiction.

But I really don't like not killing my favourite programme! I want to just be able to get on with enjoying series eight, and I'd like to be able to enjoy Smith's era too.

So, short of saying "go and watch x episode" does anyone have any advice on how to like the Moffat era? I know this is a pretty stupid question, but I would really appreciate some advice!

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Thoughts on Series 8 at the Halfway Point

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While I don't dislike Clara heavy (I'd prefer Doctor heavy but I'll go with it) I think this series has been VERY Clara heavy.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Flatline Official Synopsis

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Fear Her isn't as bad as people say! Just misunderstood. Poor Fear Her. I think it's Tennant's version of Closing Time. Not bad, but it finds itself trapped before a big, anticipated finale and everyone feels like it's in the way.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Flatline Official Synopsis

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I think the idea of the new series of Doctor Who is that the companion is as important as the Doctor. They are equals, their relationships works both ways, they both needs each other.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Flatline Official Synopsis

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No better way to win me over!

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Kill The Moon Clip

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I tend to go with an idea of being caught up in the set org rather than the visuals. Poor graphics only bother me if the directing is making a show of it, and I think this series is striking a good balance. As bringmeknitting says, if you've ever seen Kronos or the Taran Wood Beast, those spiders couldn't be more real if they'd shoved the cast in a studio with a funnel web.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Kill The Moon Clip

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I'm going for the Unicorn and the Wasp because it is very funny, clever, compelling, has a great story, it's got Donna in it (so it has an unfair advantage) and, of course, Agatha Christie. I love Christie. She makes my summer holidays away, baking in the sun.

However... I think here is the right place to express some Planet of the Dead love. I watched it last night - and isn't it great?! Great fun and a great story with great characters. Criminally underrated.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Face-Off: Gareth Roberts’ Episodes

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But... All of the RTD "present day" stories are set a year ahead... So Martha must have read it... *gulp*

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Face-Off: Gareth Roberts’ Episodes

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I think that is the problem with The Time of the Doctor - Moffat was planning on a further series with Smith, so a year's narrative had to be crammed into an hour.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Flatline Official Synopsis

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I think Clara has come on leaps and bounds this series, but I can't get to properly like her after series seven. I don't know why, I wish I could like her more, but it just won't happen!

I have no problem with Clara being prominent, the companion's journey is often more compelling than the Doctor's (though that may be because the writers put more effort into writing for the companions). My problem is with her being shoehorned into the Doctor's past, after the Name of the Doctor and Listen. No companion should have that much influence. Guide the Doctor's future by all means, but leave alone his past.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Flatline Official Synopsis

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