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Damn. It just occurred to me that that Richard Curtis is... well... RICHARD CURTIS. Getting a perfect "concerto for heartstrings in E minor" out of him is about as likely as getting TDW out of Neil Gaiman, if not more so. 


Theoretically, that means that Mummy won by default... but I already voted last night. 

Let that be a lesson to all of you - Never vote on a DWTV poll when it's 2:00AM and you're completely out of it. You'll just regret it in the morning.

21 hours, 37 minutes ago on Face-Off: New Writer Debuts

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@Push_to_88mph If we're only talking about the script, then yes, Amy's Choice is brilliant. If we're talking about the episode as a whole, though... I can't vote for it. 

Because of Rory's wig. 

It's silly, but that wig just popped the dilemma right up for me. There WAS no dilemma. The universe where he had THAT hair had to be false. And even if it wasn't false... it had to end. Him dying in THAT universe, even if it was the real one, would be a good thing, because it meant that hair died with him. It was just SUCH a bad wig.

1 day, 8 hours ago on Face-Off: New Writer Debuts

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Hmmm... tough one. It would be between TDW, Vincent, and Mummy for me, I guess.

Now... TDW took an idea that many people had at the back of their heads (The relationship between the Doctor and his TARDIS), and took it to the logical next level in a beautiful, touching, and utterly hilarious way. It shows a marvelous acuity of thought on the part of its writer and a genuine gift for application. However, I don't know... a part of me feels like it's too easy for someone like Gaiman. The man who co-wrote the masterpiece that is Good Omens, who is responsible for so many pieces of lovely literature... a part of me isn't that impressed with merely perfectly iterating what everyone was thinking, I suppose. It's a silly way to look at it, and really unfair, I know... but there it is. 


Mummy was a beautifully executed proper Doctor Who story. But... it suffers a little from its connection the Clara-Doctor relationship arc. It's marginal and I think the episode makes up for it in so many other ways ("Are you my mummy?" "The Doctor. Nosy Parker"), but it's there, and in a photo finish like this, every little bit makes a difference. 

And Vincent... Vincent is about heart. It unabashedly plays on your heartstrings, blending themes of loneliness, sadness, hope, and joy. It taps something basic in our hearts in its response to the beauty and pain of Van Gough's life and art. I would be hard pressed to name "Vincent and the Doctor" in my list of "Perfect Doctor Who episode", but I also am really struggling at finding any flaws in it. It's a good episode through and through. For a first showing, it's magnificent. 

I think that Vincent it'll have to be. :) 

Oh, and thank you, DWTV for putting up an entirely non-finale-related article so I don't entirely have to avoid the website ^^





1 day, 8 hours ago on Face-Off: New Writer Debuts

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Ok, I've decided... not to read this. Or anything else for that matter. 

I'll see you fine folks in two weeks' time, after I finish watching Death in Heaven in sequence with Dark Water. 

Good luck and good finale to us all.

2 days, 8 hours ago on Dark Water Advance Preview

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@boldfoxrd Would YOU be worried? I mean, let's face it - If a bunch of robots, even Cybermen, walk up the street and don't start killing people or doing anything violent, would you assume "Danger!!!"? 

No, you'd assume "Marketing stunt" or, in the venerable tradition of Rose Tyler, you'd think  "Students". 

When you get home and hear that they are all over the planet, THEN you might begin to worry. 

But, just out and seeing them in town? Nah. 

3 days, 1 hour ago on Dark Water Clip

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@Polyphase @DocWhoFan Well, up until now (to the best of our knowledge), the Master never had... *cough*... well-developed mammary glands and an internal reproductive system.

3 days, 1 hour ago on Dark Water Clip

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Excellent choices! 

And, no, his SJA episode is NOT a cheat in this case. It's too great to be overlooked and, like you said, technically it does count. :)

3 days, 16 hours ago on The Eleventh Doctor: Five Favourites

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@sontaran17 @Notsosmartguy Dreams of Paradise The sentiment or the typo? 

3 days, 21 hours ago on Happy Birthday, Matt Smith!

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Well, since the great dry period is almost upon us, as is clearly signaled by the absolutely awesome trailer up there, and we poor, episode-less Whovians will be forced to sit and wait for our next fix of the good stuff, you might want to know that the "The Doctor Puppet" fan animation project is having a funding drive for a Christmas special, to be released a week before Christmas. The drive is open till Wednesday, if anyone wants to chip in, and you can reach it through their FB page. I am 100% unaffiliated with them. Just thought you'd be interested, considering the end of the season is nearly upon us, and considering the Doctor Puppet shorts have always been very good, and have helped me with Doctor Who Withdrawal in the past.

4 days, 11 hours ago on Dark Water TV Trailer

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@thedoctorisinthehouse Not what I would wish for, but I can't help applauding your out of the box thinking there.

4 days, 11 hours ago on Dark Water TV Trailer

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@Planet of the Deaf And in this case... you're surprised?

5 days, 13 hours ago on Next Time: Dark Water

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Ummm... no. Just... just, no. 

I can sort of take the trees growing overnight as a sort of planetary defense system. I refuse to accept them vanishing into thin air, with the roads and pavements not even being cracked. And if that wasn't enough, the disappearing rhododendrons? Camel's back, meet straw. 

4/10

5 days, 14 hours ago on Rate & Discuss In the Forest of the Night

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@Switcharoo I've had a VERY tiring week, so can I just say I love you to bits for that post and leave it at that?

6 days, 12 hours ago on Poll: Is Clara Overshadowing the Doctor?

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@Darque Bakura Or, alternatively, just Frank Skinner. Why do we need to take Angie Mk. 2 along for the ride?

6 days, 12 hours ago on Poll: Is Clara Overshadowing the Doctor?

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I think I know how this vote will end up. 

6 days, 12 hours ago on Poll: Is Clara Overshadowing the Doctor?

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@troughton who? *wonders if she should point out Troughton Who's erroneous assumption that a companion is female* 

*wonders if she should point out that Troughton himself had a male companion* 

*decides she's too tired to argue* 

*walks away* 

6 days, 12 hours ago on Poll: Is Clara Overshadowing the Doctor?

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I think I'm in love. 

Three of my most favorite things ever... British forests, London, The Doctor... all in one place. I'd like to take this episode's hand and walk off with it into the sunset, and we haven't even met properly. 

*sigh* I just know it'll just break my heart, but... oh, hell... <3

1 week ago on In the Forest of the Night Clip

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Originality, thy name is Doctor Who, series 8.

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

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A little more TDW, a lot less NiS (Matt Smith rescuing a terrible episode does not make it any less of a terrible episode. It just makes Matt Smith THAT good of an actor), and you're golden, as far as I'm concerned.

1 week, 1 day ago on Neil Gaiman on Hopes for Capaldi Episode

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I have to wake up in about 4 hours and manage being intelligent and unembarrassing, so I really should go, but I just wanted to say: I really wouldn't mind a nice spin-off for Clara, if the winds start blowing in that direction. And if they DO make it... they could take a cue from the first picture up there. Could be my sleep-addled brain, but I think it looks really nice, from a typography stand point.

1 week, 3 days ago on Another Take on “Clara Who”

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@MrRazza is regenerating I found the whole thing to be a thinly veiled meta-discussion with the "Oh, NO! Matt's gone! Who's this OLD GUY???" crowd, to be honest. A necessary evil, I suppose. 

Which is basically why I a) don't really mind the character inconsistencies all over, and the lack of logic in her last minute doubts, and b) don't really like Deep Breath, all in all.

1 week, 3 days ago on Another Take on “Clara Who”

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@sontaran17 @YaelMoise waits for the trees to take over @ Notsosmartguy Agent of C.L.A.R.A. Again, ground we've covered before, elsewhere. I still say that the comparison with other companions is incorrect in the current series, and that she wasn't as out of focus as you make her out to be in series 7B.

1 week, 3 days ago on Another Take on “Clara Who”

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btw, if you don't mind me asking (forgive me if this is an etiquette violation), but who wrote this article? I mean, what "Andrew Nickels"'s handle here?

1 week, 3 days ago on Another Take on “Clara Who”

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@ Notsosmartguy Agent of C.L.A.R.A. @YaelMoise waits for the trees to take over @sontaran17 Well, I still think that you can achieve mystery and aloofness without absence and a shifting of focus to the companion... but we've covered this ground before. ;)

In all honesty, I'm content to wait till the wind changes, and to grumble my displeasure whenever it becomes unbearable.

1 week, 3 days ago on Another Take on “Clara Who”

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@ Notsosmartguy Agent of C.L.A.R.A. @sontaran17 I think the moment that worked the most for me was "The Doctor. Nosy Parker", with that devilish grin of his. He's just obviously great... which is why I really do wish there was more focus on him. It would let it shine. I think most of the people who view him negatively do so simply because they haven't seen enough of him.

1 week, 3 days ago on Another Take on “Clara Who”

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@sontaran17 @YaelMoise waits for the trees to take over @BeyondThePolice Yes, I did notice that (See? I CAN spot a joke!!). I just wanted to comment on that slap, and you offered me an opportunity to do so. :)

1 week, 3 days ago on Another Take on “Clara Who”

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@sontaran17 @BeyondThePolice Actually, I always interpreted that one as vaguely foreplay-ish, and therefore not entirely violent.

1 week, 3 days ago on Another Take on “Clara Who”

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@Rani Nose Beat me by a nose...

1 week, 3 days ago on Face-Off: Mummy vs Flatline

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@troughton who? Personally, I'd like to see some producing and showrunning experience on his resume, too, before we give him the keys. There's more to it than brilliant writing, after all.

1 week, 3 days ago on Face-Off: Mummy vs Flatline

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A fascinating read. It's very interesting to hear the anti-Clara case from a completely different point of view. I can't say I agreed with all of it, but that made it all the more interesting. Thank you very much :)

1 week, 3 days ago on Another Take on “Clara Who”

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@John Smith the Second Really? I get the distinct feeling that Flatline's going to win, based on them. 

Mind you, the comments marked Listen as the winner when Blink won. The comments are probably not really the thing to go on.

1 week, 3 days ago on Face-Off: Mummy vs Flatline

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No idea what the actual episode will be like, but one thing's for sure, it's going to be utterly beautiful to look at :)

1 week, 3 days ago on In the Forest of the Night Promo Pics

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Mummy, but solely based on execution, not concept. They are both AMAZINGLY original, but where Flatline stumbles falls at a certain point (Sorry, but when they got 3D, it all became SO conventional), Mummy carries its originality and genius from start to finish without dropping the ball once. 

I see them as a progression - Despite the order of screening, Flatline was his first offer. Mummy was his second go. So, as far as I'm concerned the man just keeps getting better and better. Can you imagine what his third go could be like? The mind races, does it not? :D



1 week, 3 days ago on Face-Off: Mummy vs Flatline

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@Planet of the Deaf It's nice to see you're back. Your absence was felt.

1 week, 4 days ago on Your Verdict on Mummy & Episode Ranking

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@ilyootha, a proud member of C.L.A.R.A. We hate the AI score because our numbers don't mean the same as them. It's the same as someone saying "It was a horrible, terrible, horrendous episode!". Out there in the big old world, it means... well, exactly what it says. In here, though, it comes with the unspoken addendum explaining that... "it was only horrible compared to the show in general"... or that "it's horrible but does not reflect on the show"... or any number of relatively positive mitigating comments that you wouldn't get from a non-Whovian. We allow ourselves the freedom to rank something poorly because it goes without saying that we still loved it for being Doctor Who, and that if we were asked to rank it outside the confines of the community, it would still rank higher than most other things. Consequently, a score below 8 here does not mean the same as a score below 8 outside. Sometimes a score below 8 here can actually be a higher score than one outside. 




1 week, 4 days ago on Your Verdict on Mummy & Episode Ranking

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@supermoff, agent of C.L.A.R.A. Thank you so much! No offense to DWTV, but your post's more interesting than the article it's attached to.

(Clarification: Because this is really interesting, and not because the above article is boring.)



1 week, 4 days ago on Your Verdict on Mummy & Episode Ranking

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@The Finn @Joseph Graham @YaelMoise waits for the trees to take over Isn't nearly all of NuWho filmed in Wales, though? You would think they could choose something else, then.

1 week, 4 days ago on Watch Death in Heaven Early

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@chocker That actually explains some of the choices. The Five Doctors was filmed in Wales, The Unquiet Dead is set in Wales. 

1 week, 4 days ago on Watch Death in Heaven Early

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@ Notsosmartguy Agent of C.L.A.R.A. I know! Me neither!!! 

*bursts into tears*

1 week, 4 days ago on Watch Death in Heaven Early

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"Hmmmm... TDtWatW... Sontaran Stratagem... Who picked these??" 

*GASP* 

"THE FIVE DOCTORS????"

*goes to look for tickets to the UK*


1 week, 4 days ago on Watch Death in Heaven Early

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@floppy_who @BazHood @BJAMES As the proud owner of two screwdrivers, one 4th Doctor hat, and one 4th Doctor scarf, all authorized, not to mention the DVDs, the comic books, handful of e-books (paid for), and a growing addiction to audios... I think you might be right there, floppy.

1 week, 4 days ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator

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@joelharris199892 @Scootersfood has 66 Seconds to live... @SIDRAT To paraphase Jessica Rabbit, they're not terrible, they're just written that way.

1 week, 4 days ago on Next Time: In the Forest of the Night

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@supermoff, agent of C.L.A.R.A. Yeah, I can't believe the "Thing" scene didn't make this list!

1 week, 5 days ago on 12 Great Moments From Flatline

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@Clara Laurinda I'm not being rhetorical... I really would love to hear what you mean by that...

1 week, 5 days ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline

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@Antee991166 Still too early for me, I'm afraid. I'll let you know when I know. 

1 week, 5 days ago on Flatline Review

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@Ottoman14 Thing is... Moffat amd RTD had experience AS showrunners, or at least producers. Mathieson is an excellent writer, but there's more to show-running than that.

1 week, 5 days ago on Doctor Who Extra: Flatline

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@Scootersfood has 66 Seconds to live... @tomblack93 "Oh, no, of course. You mostly went hands-free, didn't you? Like 'Hey, I'm the Doctor. I can save the universe using a kettle and some string, and look at me, I'm wearing a vegetable!'" 

Not ALL the Doctors. ;) 

1 week, 5 days ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline

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