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This story, plus the combination of events in KtM, and the 'Next Time' trail, force me  to ponder if  'Missy' is the new 'Mistress of The Land of Fiction' (i.e. 'The Mind Robber', and the  'Legend of The Cybermen' BFA triad). That would be...interesting, albeit unlikely.

I was honestly waiting to see if Clara was somehow also The Doctor, or something truly bizarre, so I expect we'll learn on 1st November if this makes any sense. I still find the plot hole of her escape from the temporal rift ('The Name of The Doctor') to be a key consideration for plot twists. I wouldn't honestly be terribly shocked if all the stories since 'The Time Robber' are retconned here, although I wouldn't expect the Moffat crew to make that kind of blunder.

With regard to this story, I found it mediocre, and wasn't too enthralled. The gang of children seemed to play baggage roles, and I realised the solution long before any of the cast, despite one being a two-thousand-year-old, alien super-genius. This is yet another deus ex machina climax story, that would have been far better with more expose, and a smaller cast.

For the record, the TARDIS could have either shielded the Earth, or moved it away from a solar CME. That's well-established in the technical  capabilities, and I feel that the writer here, simply wasn't properly versed in the source material; including both the modern series, and the classic series. The self-sacrifice by Clara,  and her willingness to sacrifice everyone else also doesn't fit her prior personality profile, although perhaps that's intentional and leading somewhere.

The bottom line is that this story could have done far more; and didn't even bother to tie in the 'planet of bushes' comments from last week, which would have been an apt way to detail an off-screen adventure with a few select words,  injecting some life into what was otherwise a lukewarm plot.

5 days, 3 hours ago on Rate & Discuss In the Forest of the Night


@Doctor What @Exalos 

I would agree, but the creature itself could never produce that kind of mass differential, in so short a time. It's feeding cycle, whatever it may be, is another matter, but we really have no facts

Truly, even the message that Clara broadcast doesn't explain the gravity of the situation to the rest of the planet.

Acting only on the stated information, that killing it would save the planet, I'd need to choose the latter. If humanity knew more about the situation, and if there was more time for communications between Earth, and its satellite, you may see quite a different reaction, but it wouldn;t likely play out any other way.

Governments would cut power to whole cities, blacking out nations: It wouldn't be the lights of individuals that make this kind of choice.

2 weeks ago on Kill the Moon: Who Was Right? Thoughts & Your Vote


One thing thatI have to question, is *if* The Doctor left. The materialisation coordinates would have needed to be flawless, without margin of error, and in a very tight position; and we all know how reliable such accuracy is for The Doctor, with the possible exception during 'Logopolis'.

If we consider all that the TARDIS can do, it seems equally possibly that he engaged the TARDIS cloaking field:

I seem to recall that Moffat added a (very brief) materialisation sound to that effect, in 'The Impossible Astronaut, although it did not have any such sound in 'The Invasion', and the quick engine noise sound effect seems to me, quite similar.

In this scenario, The Doctor merely 'stood by', watching how things played out, all the while fibbing about his intent to leave, and observing the choice that humanity, and Clara made, from the shadows. There's a level of cunning in the deceitful actions we've seen to date; and we should all remember that while a short time may pass for Clara between visits, years, decades, or even centuries may pass for The Doctor, hence his inability to remember events, characters, his own actions, and so forth.

2 weeks ago on Kill the Moon: Who Was Right? Thoughts & Your Vote



Go back, and watch the Hartnell era,before you decide what constitutes DW. Capaldi is more 'The Doctor' than anyone in forty-five-ish years. In fact, watch 'The Edge of Destruction', and you'll entirely understand.

I'm honestly not at all sold on 'Sherlock'. I expect that being a reader of Sir Doyle's work, anything outside what I find proper, is out for me. The 1990s (Granada) series was, IMHO, perfect. Sherlock simply ruins the atmosphere for my sensibilities.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on 12 Great Moments From Mummy on the Orient Express



Aye, the jelly babies in the cigar case-it seemed a bit too large for cigarettes, but too small for coronas, so possibly something between those?--was brilliant. I wasn't aware that Capaldi enjoyed them though.

It brought back a memory of when I offered Sylvester McCoy one, from an assortment of original, and sour types in a traditional white paper bag. He selected at random, managed to choose a sour orange, and before I could get out the words 'Careful, that's a...', he popped it into his mouth, and made his usual series of cartoon expressions for a few ticks.

I should fill one of my cigarette cases like that, and in fact, I think I'll reach over for one now; as seeing them seemed to have made me crave their classical goodness, and buy a few packages yestereve.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on 12 Great Moments From Mummy on the Orient Express



In this case, I think you're reading too much into it. Beast, or 'Beastie 'is a rather common Scot manner of stating 'something large, dangerous, or otherwise unpleasant'. 

Not that DW (or most science-fiction) bothers to remember that, although the diameter of a star changes when it collapses into a singularity, its mass does not.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on 12 Great Moments From Mummy on the Orient Express



Missy, living dead, and biotech all seem to match well with this story. I'd say that she was conspicuous by her absence, and our MotW filled in for her nicely, while silently keeping the trend moving. I rather enjoyed the trigger words, which aided to place this story at the top of my list for this series (thus far).

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Rate & Discuss Mummy on the Orient Express


@supermoff is flatlining.. 

Edwardian wardrobe will do that for just about anyone. We've really sunk low, in terms of both fashion, and social customs, in the last eighty years.

'Tisn't that she isn't already a doll, but the flapper style is generally enhancing, adding to preexisting charms. If only the art-Deco ideals would be revived, rather than the hipster fashion of the 1960s.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Rate & Discuss Mummy on the Orient Express



Good point that: The reference to 'receiving invitations via 'telephone calls inside  the TARDIS' does seem to be a direct reflection of that event, likely because of how many people were disappointed that the story [ of that event ] never transpired on-screen; so one line here ties up another old loose thread.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Rate & Discuss Mummy on the Orient Express


@ Notsosmartguy likes watching "Clara Who"  @EvilZygonRabbit 

Indeed, that's rather the point. Not only does The Doctor lie, when necessary, or convenient, to others (including his companions), but he teaches them the (value / practice) of protective fibbing. 

In this story, we saw The Doctor double-lie to Clara, then we saw he pass on his lie to a lamb, leading her to the slaughter; and following this, we see that the original lie was one of mixed potential: It was simultaneously lie and truth.

The idea of 'lies' is a series arc of its own, including between The Doctor and Clara; between The Doctor and others; and between Clara and others: Clara has been placed in an awkward position where she must create a web of 'white lies' in her social life, and has been very bad at upholding them under scrutiny, or even postulating them under pressure (cit. The Caretaker); however...

Clara apparently learns enough, and has improved her 'poker-face' to the point that she is able to morally, and ethically persuade an innocent to walk into what she believes is going to be [ her ] certain death, in order to save others; and she manages to be convincing while doing it.

Not only is that a major character development trait, but in so doing this, and understanding why The Doctor does what he does (at times), she has gained insight, and even respect for what she earlier observed only as his  transgressions.

That to me, is the prime motivator that caused her to decide to stay: She could no longer hold out feelings of anger, when she has taken similar actions herself, in an identically cold, and calculating manner. 

In turn, she passes the proverbial torch of deceit back to both Danny and to The Doctor once more: With Danny, she can't very well evaluate her own state of comprehension against a backdrop of pressure from him (to leave), now that she understands more about the motivations in decisions  (and scope thereof) that The Doctor must make on a daily basis.

Simultaneously she attempts to deceive The Doctor by shifting the blame to Danny. Lesson learnt.

Do you also see this pattern growing or am I alone in this observation? Either way, I suspect that The Doctor is aware of the truth, and is allowing it to pass, as she's only doing exactly as he taught her: To simultaneously ease, and manipulate others by telling them what they need to hear.


I think that you could manage a mini-series on this topic alone, for your continuing Clara Oswald character-development plotting; and at some point, I should forward my views on her timeline to you as well, for the latter is often ignored, and is a rather complex matter when you evaluate it in detail.

At the least, this story gives you a springboard for evaluating the character complexity, particularly in her (platonic) relationship with The Doctor, and whether it is more important to her than her (romantic) association with Danny (Rupert) Pink.

I have a feeling that the latter is only important to her, because she feels that Orson Pink presents her with a comfortable predestination paradox, in which she lives a fairy-tale, 'happily ever after' life, with grandchildren.


On further note, the stick that The Doctor was holding at the end of this episode, reminded me even further of Hartnell. No doubt, that was the point.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Rate & Discuss Mummy on the Orient Express



That's an interesting, if unlikely consideration. We haven't heard from Drax since The Armageddon Factor, and he could be out there, somewhere,with heaps of old TARDIS spares. I very highly doubt that he'd've returned to Gallifrey, for any reason.

That said, I feel that Perkins is more likely a dark factor, and possibly very suspect in events to come, but I've a suspicious nature.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Rate & Discuss Mummy on the Orient Express


M'eyes clearlly aren't sharp enough to draw much from the details here: That meaning, with exception to clips of past stories that we can all easily identify, it's difficult to ascertain anything meaningful from this.

The image of a tiger could just as well be from anywhere, and it certainly feels as if it was a casual reference, to Blake's well-recognised poem... I saw more in relation to the episode that bears the namesake of the lines thereof, in yestereve's Mummy story (i.e. planet of bushes), and that casual topic is possibly a vital clue, or link to the future story arcs; but this music video is quite the opposite.

If aught, it's more of a red herring, and a tease towards the fan-base, due to massive speculation both on the leaving by certain cast members, and the future of the programme. 

I sense that 'Can't stop me now' is a general reply from Mr. Moffat, and not in direct relation to any singular story element in his series, in response both to fears of the series ending, and belief that he will be retiring from the production next year. It's an interesting statement either way, as it could be either (or both) factual, or sardonic. 

On another note, it is nice to see that DW has spread its fingers into other media once more.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Foxes ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ Full Song (Featuring New Series 8 Clips)


I feel that this is one story that will find little in the way of malcontent: it pleases viewers of both generations, whilst framing a captivating story around reasonable science-fiction. It has twists, and turns in the right places, without ideas seeming forced, or far-fetched, and it offers explanations in a brief, but paced manner that helps keep focus on the story elements.

One point that it helps clarify, is that The Doctor can simultaneous lie, and be truthful: Not every action must consist of Boolean logic. (That's for Cybermen, after all, not Timelords.) Further, it shows that Clara can, and will lie, convincingly, when necessary; which adds some dimension to her personality.

'Mummy on The Orient Express' is likely to shine as a timeless classic, right in line with both 'Talons', and 'Pyramids of Mars', somehow mingling the elements from those stories, as a Gothic-horror drama that manages to tell a solid story without doesn't overstaying its welcome.

Initial View: 10/10

Pacing: Fantastic, given its duration.

One-Off Characters: Alive, and notable.

Routine Cast: Dynamic, with attention to detail in character-acting, portrayal, and continuity.

Premise: Sound, without large, irrational, or illogical sequences.

Setting, and Visuals: Fantastic, Art-Deco scenery, Edwardian wardrobe, and matching themes to construct a traditional Gothic-horror/mystery atmosphere.


XS 12th October, 2014

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Rate & Discuss Mummy on the Orient Express


A train in space, illogical? We've had several sailing ships in space ('Enlightenment', 'Voyage of the Damned'), and the TRDIS is externally, a wooden box.

The nostalgia factor can easily apply to any futuristic vessel, and the idea of making something very advanced appear to be from a past era is something we (or some of us) do, even now.

Have you never seen a 'steampunk' PC keyboard, designed to externally resemble a 1920s typewriter, or an old Bakelite phone for VOIP,  or a cathedral radio that plays MP3s?

Surely an art deco FTL space avessel designed to resemble a train, is no different.

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Doctor Who and The Hype Train



For the record, some of us love Capaldi.

I'm one of them, and yet I can still find fault here. Taken as a singular story, it's fun, but it has some fundamental flaws that will not age well. 

The fact that it wasn't originally conceived for Capaldi might be part of the problem too, as it seems juxtaposed against the present story models.

I abide by a simple test, to determine if a story has true filler in it,: If you can remove a character, and have an identical outcome without them, then the story has filler. 

If you remove Courtney from the story, and simply stick this into the same series as 'Day of the Astronaut' (for the sake of continuity) the events would remain essentially identical. In fact, it would be just as easy to see Smith, with Amy & Rory in thisstory, which from what I understand, was the original concept when Harness penned it.

In that sense, I believe it may suffer from adaptation-sickness, fitting new, current elements into a story that has no binding context with the present arcs, to make it 'feel' as if it were meant to be new content. That usually means that characters other than the recurring cast take a huge hit, as is the case here; with Courtney literally shut out of the story for about half of its run-time.

I was still quite fond though, of Capaldi's performance, with his stilted manners (or lack thereof), and absent-minded ', drifting nature coming through, despite being forced into scenes clearly designed with Smith's wacky side in mind.

Clara's angry reaction only seems fresh because it's Clara. If it was Amy, it wouldn't be at all shocking, which I think I'd cite as the major problem with adaptations of this sort. The BBC promise to shock us, but at the end of the day, it's no more shocking than the webcast recreation of 'Shada'.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Rate & Discuss Kill the Moon


@Formerly EJB 

I agree here, however, the age of the (Earth's) moon  in DW canon, is sadly fixed to the Cretaceous period, primarily because of 'The Silurians'. 

Now, that doesn't fix its chemical age, that you might determine with RCD, merely the duration for which it has orbited this celestial body, and even in reality, we don't have absolute proof that it formed of the same accretion disc; or if it was an external body that collided with us, and collected trace elements from the Earth, in a gigantic ejection.

Not that this impacts the mass problems in this story. he only solution to a creature rapidly acquiring that much mass out of nowhere, would need some kind of exo-spacial conduit through which it obtained nutrients; and compounding that, its life-cycle would need to have a phase of super-rapid expansion, for it to gain that much mass so quickly, that humanity wouldn't notice it until it was too late for practical solutions.

I would need to expect one thing here: Time-dilation, as could be caused by some kind of space warping, that quickly changed the mass of the moon, as it was about to 'hatch', due to a sudden inrush of energy. If the story explained some kind of highly-improbable, but possible situation like this, I'd feel far better about it, but alas, the entire concept seems too forced, or perhaps overwrought.

I honestly feel as if the idea of The Doctor choosing not to act was over-hyped, as this is little different to his actions in 'Genesis of The Daleks', and other similar stories, where he had to determine if he had a 'right to choose' the fate of another species. His inaction here is one of the few truly logical points, as he was in an impossible situation: A dilemma that might require him to commit genocide with either decision.

In that situation, choice three (running away) was quite in character, and I have a sense that I was led down the garden path by the potentially earth-shattering character change, which in this case, seems more like Clara having a nervous breakdown form the stress of living a double-life, than any direct action of The Doctor.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Rate & Discuss Kill the Moon


Well, this is a tough one: I need to choose between The Shakespeare Code,c one of my favourites of Tenant's era, and The Caretaker. I don't believe I could do that: It's like choosing between a comfortable pair of bedroom slippers , and a sharp new suit.

Too bad this isn't a points-of-100 based vote, as that would be much easier to assign.

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Face-Off: Gareth Roberts’ Episodes


In what format would I submit a three-part article series? ZIP archive, three submissions as .doc files, or some other format? I have all three segments trimmed to approximately one page (i.e. journalism standard, 1,000 words) and thirty-coded, ready to roll.

1 month, 1 week ago on Write for Doctor Who TV



I have my own theories about the rift, and how they escaped, or if they escaped;as this never happened on-screen. (They simply go from showing The War Doctor, to Clara and Smith in the TARDIS over London, 

In a way,it reminds me of the end of The Mind Robber: What happened to The Master (of the Land of Fiction, and did The Doctor, Jamie, and Zoe really escape. ( There's a BF audio based on this idea. )

For what it's worth, you aren't alone in the thinking that something is off about this; and I've even considered the same thing, but IMO, the event was resolved by paradox; although if that paradox is indeed, in an 'un-reality', then anything goes.

Isn't this exactly why we love Doctor Who?

( My postulation on Clara, is an article, that I'd be happy to share, if only I could post a URL.) 

1 month, 1 week ago on Open Discussion: Is There More to Clara Than We Think?


My own notes, from this story, are as follows:

Gallifrey and Visiting its past: it's rasonably well-established ib classic Who canon, that you can;t materialiuse on Gallifrey outside of your naytural timestream, or create any paradox thereon. The reasons for this are linked togetyher:

(1) The Eye of Harmony: This isn't just some ultra-power-source, but it's described exactly as follows 'Rassilon created the Eye of harmony, so that things may neither flux, nor wither; nor change their state in any way' (Ref: 'the Deadly Assassin'). This, has in canon, and demi-canon (Zagreus) been shown to create a 'Web of Time' that cannot be changed, with Gallifrey at the heart of the web. The Eye, and the technology that Rassilon developed, prevent outside changes to the history of Gallifrey.

(2) Transduction Barriers: These are fields that 'separate the flow of continuity on Gallifrey from the rest of the Universe', sort of like a combination force-field, and time-dam (see 'The Face of Evil', and ;The Pirate Planet'). This is also *supposed* to keep a TARDIS, or any craft from materialising on Gallifrey without approval (Ref: 'The Invasion of Time, 'Gallifrey', series I to IV, by BF; and others).

These were damaged in 'The Invasion of Time', but presumably later repaired. The Daleks have found some way around them, and the main idea seems that they block craft, likely by shifting it to another location (Ref: 'Gallifrey: Weapon of Choice'). 

(3) The Eye of Harmony, and the Transduction bBrriers, are part of the same system, and symbiotic to the point that damage to one, damages the other, with potential destruction of Gallifrey as a potential result (Ref: 'The Invasion of Time', multiple BF audios).

The 'Oh goodie! part:

Where it is really interesting, is that the TARDIS (Type 40 Mk-III), used by The Doctor, has bypassed the Transduction Barriers on multiple occasions, showing that it can do this, and thus bypass the security systems that prevent meddling in the timeline . Add to this that tne Trandsuction barriers automatically convey any capsule (TARFIS) that conveys a Presidential Signature--The Doctor was High lord President of Gallifrey at least twice--and you can expect that the only thing keeping the TARDIS from landing on Gallifrey, is the extreme inherent paradox, and safety precautions.

With those liits off, abd the potential for a causal nexus (predestination paradox) at that point, landing in the past of The Doctor can be reasonably explained.

the blue sky though, and the barn itself, cannot, unless this is in The Death Zone. The skies on Gallifrey are burnt orange, if we recall that little nibble; but the troubled past of The Doctor is something you can trace back to at least Pertwee, who discusses the 'old hermit, that lived behind the house where he grew up'.

Remember that while Gallifrey was the jewel of the Kasterborous system, other planets also were under the domain of the Timelords, accumulated during the Dark Times, and in the time of Rassilon. It is even possible that a Transmat system could convey a citizen of Gallifrey to a neighbouring planet, or satellite, and that 'barn' area could be anywhere on one of Gallifrey's many dominions.


All that said, the image used as the thumb for this article, may be significant. The idea that The Doctor unlocked the door at the very end of time, to let in whatever is outside, may easily be tied to all of this, and no sheer coincidence. Then again, Moffat is full of Red herrings, so you needn't believe me.

1 month, 1 week ago on Listen: Breaking the Time Lock?


@bringmeknitting @HunterGraybeal 

Colin Baker->Sylvester McCoy, and Pat Troughton->Jon Pertwee, are two incarnations that regenerated from a (seemingly) younger form.

Jon was admittedly, a face selected by the Celestial Intervention Agency (canon, 'The Deadly Assassin'), however Colin, was another instance of The Doctor regenerating into an outwardly older body. Both were after an intense, physical, and mental crisis; and both flowed out of a more manic, and childish Doctor.

Notably, both Colin, and Sylvester are (were) the 'darkest' of all past incarnations; barring Zagreus, and The Valeyard as true candidates. Both were capable of killing, either outright, or with cunning, and guile.

2 months ago on 2nd Opinion: Deep Breath


'It was as if her dialogue was written for a character that was totally unaware of regeneration but Clara was well acquainted to this procedure by that point.'

I feel this is quite, quite intentional: If you look at the underlying paradox, the events of entering the wound in time at Trenzalore have been erased, by the new regeneration cycle. Thus, Clara had never shattered, but at the same time, she must've done (else, she wouldn't be here, as a companion). While The Doctor may be able to maintain the recollection of those events, I doubt that Clara can do likewise.

That also leave other threads loose, to taunt us.

2 months ago on 2nd Opinion: Deep Breath


I haven't viewed 'Scream of the Shalka' in ages, but I don't actually recall a regeneration scene (from McGann), or any formal declaration of numbering. There's nothing to say that this darker, fiercer Doctor from a decade past, isn't the *future* of the Capaldi regeneration cycle.

The linear nature of viewing Doctors on-screen, is entirely tossed in the rubbish bin with the non-linear nature of time travel.

The Morbius scene, is of all else, the largest debate, and you can always consider these other faces, as earlier regenerations of Morbius, who seems to be the losing side in the mental combat. There is no official record of on what regeneration phase Morbius reached by the time he was (supposedly) executed by dispersal.

The fact that his brain, detached from his body, didn't regenerate a new body around it, could however, mark that as his own final incarnation, making the steady stream of faces more logical, after the fact.

(There's always a way to defend your own model of what is, and what is not canonical.)

2 months, 3 weeks ago on The Curious Case of the 9th Doctor


@MJJ This was one problem that I had with the new series...

If you view, or listen to, anything else set on Gallifrey, it's generally felt that the population is quite small. Technically, that would be probably, given the definitions of the terrain, and the lifespan of the inhabitants (10,000 Earth-years, or more).

The settings from 'The Deadly Assassin', and 'The Invasion of Time', are rather important, the latter of which makes the statement 'no-one can survive out there', when defining any area outside the citadel, sets a general mood that the majority of the landscape of Gallifrey is desert, or otherwise inhospitable.

With some consideration though, the stories offered by the Third Doctor, and the visual depictions of Gallifrey as described thereby, and also (as I call) by Susan, are at odds with these stories, bit not with the deception in the new series.

I think that bringing Gallifrey back, has as much implication to define its culture, as it does to change the paradigm of the DW series. We have a hodgepodge of concepts, that when we attempt to fit them together in any real sense, create a jigsaw puzzle, with all-white pieces, and no regular shape.

I think that should Gallifrey indeed be returned, it needs to be a foreground element; and not merely a 'Ah, it's back, so off again, off again, jiggity jig!'. I would have loved a Timewar serial, but short of that, I think that a series set on Gallifrey, after its return, that sets up the next future goals of the series, wouldn't be unprecedented.

That would probably be brilliant; although it may better fit a later slot, with a more political science-fiction/drama style, like the 'Gallifrey' audios, and in parallel with the main series, as to not turn away the children that prefer DW to their afters.

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Why Bringing Back Gallifrey is Wrong


@Rani Nose The Key to Time arc, and before that, 'The Keys of Marinus'.

Technically, the events in the Key to Time arc, didn't end, until 'Enlightenment', and were continued in 'Key 2 Time; by Big Finish, but I can't think of a true quest that spanned more than one story, outside of the Key to Time arc.

There have however, been other 'purpose' arcs, including the Fenric arc, and some others. Most of the classic stories didn't follow a quest format, and only a few of them were truly long enough to give that kind of scope (such as 'The Daleks' Master Plan'),with 'Talons' being amongst the longest stories in the post-colour era.

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Why Bringing Back Gallifrey is Wrong


The loss of Gallifrey, was itself, no more than a plot device too: It was designed, and engineered, to prevent writers from returning to models of the original series, when the new series launched with 'Rose', to give viewers a way to identify The Doctor as a mysterious alien, adding to his mystique; without a backstory in full, and without requiring the viewer to watch all of the original series to understand how, and from where, story elements originate. 

I frankly, welcome back the enormous mythology of Gallifrey, and suggest that the writer both view all of the classic stories set thereon, including those set with Timelords as a primary plot element; and to listed to the audio series 'Gallifrey', and the Eighth Doctor 'Zagreus' arc, to understand how to use this in a creative manner.

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Why Bringing Back Gallifrey is Wrong


I think you're too quick to discount the nature of the inherent paradoxes in play here. The events that occurred in The Name of The Doctor, are entirely changed by the events in the Day of The Doctor.

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Trenzalore – What happened next?


I've pondered a parallel series, for some time. I think that the DW franchise has room, for a second series; possibly running in parallel, or else, running when the main series is off; that meaning, when the normal series finishes for a year, the alternate series begins. This would give 26 stories per year, which I think is more feasible with two full casts (for the benefit of actors, wanting time for something else in life).

WHile I'd happily accpet a mini-series, I have been addicted to Paul McGann;s voice since 1996; and a proper series, using him, before the time war, set after Dark Eyes, would be an interesting, and probably very successful concept. In fact, the last episode of such a series, would likely be Night of The Doctor that could be extended, filmed in advance, to show how he go to where he was.

The plot of such a series, would of course, involve the events that caused the Last great Timewar, and the atrocities therein; and would be very dark; and a good candidate for a later slot (the old Torchwood slot, would be ideal), for a Winter series; although now that DW is going darker, it may also be a fitting Winter story. (I tend to find that darker stories are best for late autumn to late winder, and cheerier tales, best for spring to summer.)

4 months, 3 weeks ago on McGann Signed Petition for 8th Doctor Spin-off


I don't comprehend the motivation behind disliking either this story, or the character of Jenny. My main problem with the episode, was its pacing: I think that in some ways, it felt more like a classic story, similar to 'The Ark in Space' in a way, save that it felt rushed. Had it been given 1 1/2 hours, I think it would have been a rather notable new classic.

I personally would welcome back the character in some form; and I would further welcome Carol Anne Ford back to the screen, before the opportunity passes.

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Bring Back… Jenny, the Doctor’s Daughter


I'll be frank with you Connor: Your sentiments apply, to any mature, and reasonable discussion; not merely to this community, and there are always going to be extremely opinionated, arrogant, rude, pessimistic, or otherwise inflexible people, in any social circle. The best way to cure that problem, is to allow them to fall through the cracks, and not to try forced politeness. The latter, only strengthens the idea that someone can gain attention by being a disruptive influence. 

All that not withstanding, Doctor who is about being radical, and unpredictable. even if I don't agree with someone, I have to accept that their stance exists, and grant them that; despite perhaps wishing that they fall off the nearest cliff, more than wishing to be in the same room with them.

If naught else, the younger audience, and the attitude of the newer generations, is what I see as a cause of a good deal of conflict, but conflict, if used in a positive manner, to present forward thinking, can be useful. It's a choice of evils: Shall we become stuffy senators, behind our transduction barriers, and observe the motion of the Universe; or shall we act to change it?

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Dear Whovians…


How veteran viewers would rate 'Blink' above 'genesis', is beyond me, and I've never found 'Androzani' to be exceptionally compelling; at least, I would have placed 'Underworld', and 'The Space Museum' much further up the tiers; and how 'Akhaten; came so close to last, is beyond me.

I've never quite been able to rank favourite Doctors, but I would place Patrick, Jon, Tom, Paul, and Matt at the top of the spectrum. That's mostly due to story treatment: Colin is fantastic in the audios, but he had terrible scripts for his first year, and was never allowed to move on after 'Trial'.

Some stories are also under-rated, primarily because they're lost, and so few people have viewed recons of them; much less any memory of what they were like, on telly, when they first aired.

I also would not rank 'Remembrance' anywhere near the top. For McCoy era stories, I feel that 'Ghostlight', and 'The Curse of Fenric' were fantastic. I'm a but curious how 'Fendahl' fared though, as that;s another of my all-time favourites, as is 'The Daemons'. There's no accounting for taste.

5 months ago on The Top Stories & Doctors (According to DWM 2014)


Those with short memories, may forget that the same thing occurred both with Tom Baker, and with Colin Baker. yet, now both are reprising their roles in audio format, and Colin, who refused to return for his regeneration scene, would like to return to the series on telly.

The major conflicts, relating to BBC executives, change when those people retire. 

Neither actor considered playing 'The Doctor' to be a serious role, and Tom was tired of being typecast. Now, thirty years later, they realise that the role made them a national icon.

Regarding Cass, I don't see this kind of return as likely. if we can't see jenny again, who is distinctively alive at the end of her single episode, then I doubt we'll see a character that was on-screen for about three minutes return.

I honestly would rather see a return of Carol Anne Ford, and a regeneration scene for her. I thin that would be a much better, more emotional, and deeply rooted idea; as after all, she is family to The Doctor, rather than some girl he couldn't save.

5 months ago on Campbell-Jones Wants McGann Spin-Off


I don't think I've seen a single account of a 'Yea' vote here. It's a decisive 'Nay', and i concur. Changing something this recognised, and iconic, is foolhardy at best. There are many ways to ut a frsh face on it: Compare the theme over the fifty years, plus Big Finish variations. 

Even the Delaware version of the theme, has its merits, but despite being based on the original arrangement, it was met with extreme distaste, and changed before one story aired using it. 

Changing this, is akin to trying to compare Stargate Universe, with any other Stargate franchise. Science-fiction.comedy/action, versus drama & middle-school behaviour with traces of science fiction elements, that are so muted, that if you replaced the Stargate with any other MacGuffin, you wouldn't notice a difference.  

You don't remove something that works;l and that the viewers enjoy, unless you want to commit broadcast suicide.

5 months, 1 week ago on The Theme – Time for a Change?


I have to say, that figures of this kind are based on mass-audience interest; but not on direct fan interest. Someone that views a single story, may enjoy that more, if they aren't a standard viewer, or fan, because it was easier to comprehend, had fewer dedicated science-fiction elements, had a more attractive female lead, had a kitten in a scene, or for whatever reason..

The viewers may also spin a top, or roll a die, and give the result of that as their figure, with their telly muted, while reading a book on golf. 

It's grand that Doctor Who is receiving high AI scores, as that is keeping it alive, but the vast majority of this information is entirely useless in a subjective context: Those who are dedicated viewers, will have entirely different opinions, from casual viewers, screened at random.

In my personal opinion, both producers had amazing, and terrible stories. I find that stories like ;The Curse of the Black Spot' are generally fun, despite not having any connection to the overall plot of a series, but in the original series, two stories weren't frequently linked to any overall arc, although the standard story length was twice, to thrice (or more) the length of modern stories, so it was often more detailed in some regards.

The Moffat era, makes a real, and valid attempt to link itself to the original series; which RTD tried to avoid, with direct intent, at the onset of the revival, finally caving to fan pressure, returning Daleks, Davros, and other classic elements, but re-inventing others. 

The most recent series, draw on past continuity, without needing to re-invent it. That alone, makes them feel like a better attempt at continuation of a series: I detested the Parallel Earth scenario, in David's first year, and the Cybus Cybermen. They had none of the charm, od the original creations; while at the same time, he managed to give the Daleks some wonderful stories, and personalities, expanding on them, without needing to completely re-create an origin story.

That felt right, and proper. I really think the turning point in the revived series, was at Utopia, which finally closed a yawning chasm between both runs. The following year was somewhat of a push backwards, until Davros appeared on the screen.

Really, the RTD monsters, and species, are generally unappealing. The Slovene Family, for example, was a farce. The revived Cybermen, boring. The Ood, a background monster, that could have been explored further, especially in connection to the Sensorites. 

The best new creation, in my opinions, for RTD's reign, was The Beast, and yet, it would have been nice to learn more about the society that caged it.

It's amusing that while RTD wanted to entirely avoid using classic series villains, the highest rated stories are those that include the most popular classic series elements.

Moffat also managed some bad placement, such as using Zygons, seemingly at random, as a core monster for The Day of The Doctor. One of the most compelling stories from the RTD era, 'The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances', was his work, but some of his other work, from the tenure of RTD, i find over-rated. The Weeping Angels were fine for a while, but they should have been retired after the crash of the Byzantium.

Their return in Angels Take Manhattan, is a bit over-wrought, an d no more than a way to kill a companion, without actually doing it. The re-start story plots are a bit old now too. Can we not have a proper paradox, please?

How many times can you re-start the Universe, before you realise that nothing really matters? I'm looking forward to a 'darker era', with Capaldi, and hopefully a bit more science in my science-fiction to go with it. I'm also hoping to hear a Venusian lullaby at some point soon, but that's probably a long dream.

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Settling the Moffat vs. RTD Debate (Using AI Scores)


The Land of Fiction is for some reason, poorly received in general; but I always loved this story. The enemy is part machine, part man, and part Great Old One, set in a Universe without normal laws. 

Now that I think of it, the Matt Smith quote 'I have walked in a Universe where the laws of physics were created by a madman!', could reference this; as well as the Antimatter Universe of Omega; although I think it is actually a reference to the Big Finish Zagreus story arc, and the Timeless Universe that Rassilon created, because Omega didn't create the Antimatter Universe, just the world, and the Land of Fiction was created by a higher-intellect of otherworldly nature, rather than a 'man', like the Celestial Toyroom.

The Mind Robber is actually the episode that I tell people to watch, if they want a taste of Patrick's era, not only because it survives intact, but because it needs no set-up from any previous story to understand. It's entirely self-contained. SO much in fact, that the viewer doesn't even need to know what the TARDIS can do, because it barely features in the story (directly).

The companions are also two of the best of all time: Who doesn't love Jamie? (Zoe, was also absolutely fantastic, and gorgeous; and in fact, Wendy Padbury is still gorgeous.)

For those who love this story, there is a Big Finish sequel to it:

City of Spires

Wreck of the Titan

Legend of The Cybermen

This story, pairs the 6th Doctor (Colin baker), with Jamie again, starting with City of Spires, and Zoe joins in Legend of The Cybermen. If you enjoyed The Mind Robber, I highly recommend listening to that Big Finish arc.

P.S. Although not canonical, the fictional character of Gulliver, is considered by many to be the same person, as the CIA operative, and later Chancellor, Goth. The same actor presided over the Trial of The Doctor (The War Games), and Chancellor Goth (The Deadly Assassin). I would love to have him back for some voice acting.

5 months, 3 weeks ago on On First View: The Mind Robber


I can;t agree that they are suprior, in level of 'threat', to The Daleks, but they are force ina nd of themselves. Really, while they are always 'upgrading', it's rare to see any cultural development. The Martians (Ice Warriors), are far more complicated; the Daleks evolve in culture, too; but the Cybemen, after the original Mondasian era, have no cultural development.

They care only about their survival, and really, many of the plot points don;t make sense. The Mondasian Cybermen needed the Earth for its energy, but why does an immortal species with no emotions want to convert all other humans (note, this doesn't usually include non-human humanoids) into their mechanised form?

They are a menace, only to Earth, and the Humanian Empire. 

Even the Daleks originated as humanoids, although many people tend to forget this. 

The Cybermen have little charm, and are easily foiled, because they are so locked into logical operation, and a singular imperative. Honestly, my votes for the best Cybermen stories are 'The Tenth Planet', 'Spare Parts', and 'the harvest', as these show the Cybermen as more than just drones.

I still haven't read Assimilation Squared, but that may also be a good place to explore their potential. I'd love to see the original, Mondasian Cybermen return at sone point, in place of the now ubiquitous Cybus model. I really dislike that while the modern Cybermen in the modern series (after Army of Ghosts) are supposed to be of the later-type Mobdasian group, they use the Cybus design for their casing, including the CYBUS LOGO.

Why would Cybermen replicate a logo on their casing? It has no significance to them, and is entirely illogical; except that is spares the BBC from making a new design, that appeals to viewers of the original stories. The first generation of Cybermen, to me, is far more eerie, and daunting, because you can still detect the human inside, and the halting voice patterns, and extended vowels, make their digitised speech more alien.

I would have thought that after a few thousand years, the boolean logic of a cyber-controller would have determined that war against other planets wasn't useful either, and simply continued to run a small, Cyber-Empire, that is of no threat to anyone else. Chilling, or no, the story elements are what tend to make the Cybermen less-appealing, as they don't actually have reasons for killing, or force-upgrading others.

The Daleks do so out of hate, swapping between destruction, and domination; but the Cyber Imperative is 'to survive', and if actions are making survival impossible, you;'d think that their entirely logical minds, free of all emotions, would find a different method to achieve that goal. (Simply ceasing to attack other worlds would best fulfil that.)

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Why the Cybermen should be Doctor Who’s best monster



I can see that actors may wish to move on, but for some, the decision is forced; and  I think that's what happened here. I doubt that Matt wanted to leave, and I think it came as a shock to him. 

To be honest, I believe that some of the actors who've played the Doctor, would have played the role right to the grave, at meagre wages, because they loved it. Pat Troughton was one of these, and I think that Davison probably would have continued as long as he was offered the position. Jon was forced out of the role, after requesting a raise in salary, and later regretted, it; but both Bakers were happy to see the backside of the BBC (like Eccleston).

I feel that Tenant, and Smith probably fall into the 'would've stayed indefinitely' sect.

I'm actually shocked, that in all the time that Doctor Who has been around, no-one has considered running two series, in parallel, with two Doctors, two casts of companions, etc.. Big Finish do this with the audios, and with a Time-Travel storyline, it would be an interesting model for film, or the telly. I know that budgeting is a big factor here, but really, with only thirteen 45-minute episodes per year, there is room for two series.

The Star Trek, and Stargate franchises managed to run 26-episode series, successfully, and Doctor Who allows for some quite creative story content, by having the actions taken in one series, affect the other, in both directions.

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Smith Jealous of Capaldi and Series 8


You've overlooking simultaneity between the High Council, and The CIA.

The CIA is clearly in charge of coordinating the War Effort, but the High Council, with the exception of Lord president Rassilon--a madman, who started a crusade against the Great vampires, participated in The Death Zone games, trapped the Divergent species in a self-sealed pocket universe, and committed other terrible deeds, perhaps even trapping Omega in a universe of anti-matter--has clearly been resurrected using forbidden science and lord, from The Dark Times, to lead the fight in The Time War.

It's pretty clear that people don;t like his policies, but feat to act against him, because of the repercussions. Look what he does to that Time Lady with his De-Mat Gauntlet, as an example of voicing any opinion of which he doesn't approve.

If Galifrey is taken out of time, and the Daeks destroy each-other, the forces of the CIA could probably mop up the remaining Dalek forces in a short while using the 'forbidden weapons--and the failure of Rassilon to achieve ascension would probably lead to many people turning away from his ideals, and positioning The Doctor as the greatest hero on Gallifrey, rather than Rassion, upholding his (The Doctor's) ideals, of peace, and enlightenment, over those of a dictator (i.e. Rassilon), leading to deposing him, and re-establishing rule of law.

Without Dalek forces assailing the planet, they could re-build, and then focus on finding the man who saved them, returning to a way of peace, over time. Think of this:

How much time elapsed between the Fall of Arcadia (No More), and Gallifrey broadcasting the message, to The Doctor? I would suspect that in reaching out to him, they are showing that the ideas of Rassilon had been abandoned,. Otherwise, they people of Gallifrey could have ascended inside that pocket universe, had they still planned on taking that action.

Weighing al the decisions of Rassilon, that only led to destruction, against those of The Doctor, that saved Gallifrey, I would thin that the High Council would have cast aside his ideas on a way to escape--that isn't even needed now--and probably returned him to The matrix, or to perpetual sleep in The Dark Tower. 

There's no reason to believe that without the threat of impending doom, that the High Council would sanction The End of Time, and the CIA would certainly not participate. There may have been another civil war, but in the end Rassilon would lose support, due to his dismal faliure in handling the Time War, and the statement by the Doctor 'If the Time Lords return, they will come in peace.', is based on these types of conclusions, for if they didn't intend to return to their original path, they wouldn't call out for *his* aid. 

Oi, did anyone else catch the reference in ;Rings of Akhaten: 'I walked in a universe, where the laws of reality were devised by a man man!'? That mates, is a reference to the Zagreus story arc. It's about the only thing that truly fits the picture, except perhaps the Antimatter World of Omega; but only the Divergent Universe itself had laws completely devised by a madman (i.e. Rassilon). I think it was a clever nod to the audios, and quite the deserving one, with the upcoming return of McGann to the screen in Night of The Doctor, that makes the Divergent Universe arc canon, **by directly referencing Charlotte, and C'Rizz**.

While I may not hold the novels as canon-[--Time Lord Genetic Looms my arse--the audios are generally non-contrary to the telly broadcasts, with the possible exception of 'The Kingmaker', contradicting 'The Shakespeare Code'.

5 months, 4 weeks ago on Thoughts on a Return for Gallifrey


I envision three periods of the timeline of The Doctor for which this makes sense:

9th (Hurt), during the events of the Time War. This, is of course, the most popular request.

10th (Eccleston): Set between meeting Rose, and taking Rose with him. Aye, there is no reason to conclude that the events in 'Rose' are as linear as they seem, and the indications of ahat regeneration of the Doctor having adventures without Rose, such as the photograph aside the Titanic, give room for a large span of his timeline to explore, without Rose.

13th (Smith): The time between Amy departing, and meeting Clara. 

I would be most interested in hearing more of Hurt's brilliant voice.

5 months, 4 weeks ago on Is it Time to Give Big Finish the New Who Licence?


I hope that we can eventually have a full-cast reading (audio book) of this: That would be absolutely fantastic!

5 months, 4 weeks ago on The War Doctor Returns in “Engines of War”


I always slated this to post-regeneration crisis. After all, if Coin Baker could mistake Peri for an evil faerie, or alien spy; the trauma of being nearly killed during a regeneration cycle could just as easily addled the mind of The Doctor; or it could have been a deception, masqued agaist The Master.

Many plot points in 'The Enemy Within' are clearly not standard fare for DW, being an American adaptation. 

I do however, find that Braxiatel, may be the son of The Doctor, and not his brother, as is suggested elsewhere. The line in 'Gallifrey', something along the lines of 'they were just family, an old man, and a young girl', (clearly referencing The Doctor, and Susan) points to Braxiatel seeing The Doctor as old, compared to himself, and Susan as young; positioning himself between. It isn't a great leap to think that if ordered to carry out a Burn Edict on his father, and his daughter, he would find a way out of that.

5 months, 4 weeks ago on RTD: Fans Can’t Ignore “Half-Human” Doctor



The former is less interesting, to be honest. A period mini-seires, in alien, or supernatural investigation, set in the 1930s, similar to Jago and Litefoot, could be entertaining, and is more feasible for audio format. It would be, in a way, like OTR, such as The Shadow.

Human Ten, and Rose, with her dysfunctional family, would be more like Eastenders+Sliders. It just doesn't have the appeal that other settings, and characters have; and honestly, I found Rose a boring companion, her mother irritating, and would have rather seen more of Pete Tyler.

The post-Cybus world may be good for a miniseries, focused on rebuilding, using alien technology; but not a a full series. Where would you even want to go with that?

All I can picture is a copy-Doctor, trying to find a way to leave the planet, on which he is exiled, probably b building some kind of time cabinet, similar to what Magnus built in the 51st century, using the knowledge of Gallfreyan science, combined with the technology left behind by parallel-Torchwod. perhaps even making a new Timelord society, but honestly, I don't picture the people of that world cooperating with the latter; nor do I see any Doctor, even a copy, wanting to remain in one place for an length of time.

6 months, 1 week ago on Piper Up for Rose/Meta-Crisis Ten Spin-Off


My edit period elapsed, but I would like to add this:

With regard to companions from the modern series that deserve to return, I place Jenny at the top of the list.

6 months, 1 week ago on Piper Up for Rose/Meta-Crisis Ten Spin-Off


I am content never to see Rose again: I've had enough of her (the character), and I think that her story concluded as good as it could (for her). 

The Doctor has been 'falling in love' with, and dumping human conpanions since The Enemy Within, and I think we have finally returned to a Doctor that we can respect, without the flirting.

In my opinion, I think that Carol Ann Ford (Susan) would have been the ideal choice for The Moment: Susan was the conscience of The Doctor from  the onset of the story, and it would both have been a nice nod to the original series, and far more emotional for The Doctor, if the Moment projected as her. 

How much more would it have impacted Hurt's Doctor to see his granddaughter there, when he's about to wipe out all the children of Gallifrey? Billie was no more than 'fan service', to fans of te new series, who wouldn't recognise Carol.

As to a spin-off, I would try watching it,but I'd much rather have a Gallifrey spin-off, or something that is actually interesting science-fiction. I just don;t see a spin-off on alternate-earth, with alternate-10, alternate Pete, Jackie, and Rose, as good storytelling. perhaps as a mini-series, or as audios, it might work, but all I can picture is a humanised Ten feeling depressed about being confined to one planet, while making out with Rose, in this kind of series on the telly.

6 months, 1 week ago on Piper Up for Rose/Meta-Crisis Ten Spin-Off


Noting that three actors who portray The Doctor, and two who portray The Master, have had a birthday in the last week or so, I thought you may all appreciate this trivia:

Star Signs of The Doctor’s Incarnations (Actors)

William Hartnell – Capricorn

Patrick Troughton - Pisces

Jon Pertwee – Cancer

Tom Baker – Aquarius

Peter Davison – Ares

Colin Baker – Gemini

Sylvester McCoy – Leo

Paul McGann – Scorpio

John Hurt -Aquarius (cusp)

Chris Eccleston – Aquarius

David tenant – Ares

Matt Smith – Scorpio

Peter Capaldi – Ares

Star Signs of The master’s Incarnations (Actors)

William Hughes – (Unknown; not listed at IMDB)

Roger Delgado – Pisces

Alex MacQueen – Pisces

Geoffery Beevers – Unknown (no public records exist)

Peter Pratt – Aries

Anthony Ainley – Leo

Gordon Tipple – Unknown (Not published)

Eric Roberts – Aires

Derek Jacobi - Scorpio

John Simm – Cancer

It's interesting to note that only William Hartnell is an Earth Sign (Capricorn, fitting his stubborn, argumentative, and grumpy nature well. The rest are *all* fire, air, or water.

I can't say that this is in any way meaningful, but it is clearly interesting, if you want to derive anything from it.

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Happy Birthday, Peter Capaldi!


I honestly feel that 'quantum locked' is an horribly bad description of the ability. Instead of this, 'genome locked', or 'temporally disjointed' would probably be better, as it is fesible for a creature to have the ability to modify its genome, alterning carbon, or other base materials at a fine scale, making it rigid. Perhaps 'quantum locked' refers to the ability to rearrange and lock the state of the quanta, within the genetic structure of a creature.

A temporal de-synchronisation would also be possible, if the creature exists in a different temporal state (a different position on Axis-T), so that when an entity from the 'standard' depth of Axis-T observes it, it appears to them, in their frame of reference, as frozen in place.  That makes some sense, from the perspective of the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle; and to some ideas of my own. The evolutionary defence mechanism shift the creature to a different temporal state, when observed. 

Their ability to shift creatures through time, and absorb the temporal displacement energy, as defined, would seem to best fit this model. 

Beyond this, the idea that this natural defence mechanism would also affect members of its own species has some very odd ramifications, including this: How does the species perpetuate itself? Overall, while engaging a natural mechanism to defend against other entities, it is extremely illogical to believe this would have the same effect on other members of the same species; unless they propagate by some form of mitosis, and are predatory within their own genus.

One important note for you: There is a technical 'Negative Kelvins', but it doesn't have anything directly to do with temperature, as you stated. It's a factor of entropy, and as I remember it, a Negative Kelvin scale, would be impossibly high levels of thermal interaction.

6 months, 3 weeks ago on Sciencey Wiencey: The Weeping Angels – Quantum Locking


For those of you who don't understand the 'TARDIS tormenting Clara' comments, i highly advise watching the minisodes. In one of them, the entire point of the minisode is to drive in this point!

(I won't give away how, but you really should watch all of these, as they involve Clara, River, and Vastra; making some very interesting plots.)

Now, I don't particularly understand why people dislike Clara. I'm somewhat fond of her--deapite being in favour of the Victorian version--as she has more about her than sex appeal, including class, honour, brains--thanks to the GI--, talent, and imagination. She is also seemingly able to do basic TARDIS operation, and the last time that the Doctor trained anyone on-screen was when exactly? Adric and Nyssa?

I was not fond of . Catherine Tate (5/10), until her metacrisis (9.5/10), and that was too short lived. The tension of Amy (7/10) was always irritating, and I lived with it, because she was gorgeous, and Scottish, but really, I thought that Rory (9/10) was the better part of this duo, and it was about time that we had a male companion. Mickey Smith (3/10) didn't do anything for me int hat regard, coming off as a smart-mouthed dimwit. before him, we had Turlough (7/10), who was admittedly an interesting character, and Adric (7/10), who it took me so long to warm to, that by the time I was liking him, he died. Then, we have Jamie!

If anyone would be described as the most loyal companions, it would be a toss-up between Sarah Jane, and Jamie. For purely intelligent female leads, we had Romana, and Zoe. The recent companions, were often lacking in the mental ability department, or had some gigantic personality flaw that was horribly irritating; by at least they weren't spraining ankles. 

Donna Noble always came off to me as snobby, snotty, and essentially complaining about everything. Agatha (Martha Jones, to me ranked an 8/10, as she was a much better companion, and smart in her own way, if not for the puppy-dog eyes, but clearly not cut out for actually doing something as difficult as piloting a TT capsule. Rose? I really never cared for her, mostly because of her teenager personality (5/10).

I think that the onyl reason that people like Rose, is because she was a sex symbol, for the modern series, to kick-start it for a new generation.

With Clara, I finally feel that the writers have managed to produce a well-balanced character, who isn't falling in love, and is very capable, with a wide skill set. She can cook, handle children, understand technology, deal with odd, diplomatic moments--holographic clothing included--and pilot the old gal; or at least pseudo-pilot her. 

If not for the TARDIS being so antagonistic, I expect she would be as competent as The Doctor at this. 

Precisely what is it about here that so many of you detest? The wiadom she portrays in Day of The Doctor is rather profound, being an overall positive impact on The Doctor, and of course, being selfless enough to give herself up to save him. That's pretty loyal. 

I am hoping that the new male lead will show equally brilliant traits, as I think that a female-only crew is rather skewed, obviously trying to sell the series by sex appeal, rather than good storytelling;l and I feel that this problem is somewhat relaxed now. You have some witty commentary, joking around the subject, but it is clear that there is genuine sense of friendship, rather than any love interest; making her far more appropriate.

Regarding this 'news', I also thought that The TARDIS was letting go on this anti-Clara outlook; but she may still be holding back. I seem to take the meaning of this, that the old girl isn;t yet willing to let Clara pilot her, and at some point, Clara may be put in a position where she has to argue with The TARDIS in order to pilot her solo, when our favourite renegade Timelord is out of control

A large hint was given to us last time: 'Do you know how to fly this thing?', and I expect that Moffat's hint was directed toward that scene, rather than any ongoing situation, as Clara slowly convinces The TARDIS to allow her to operate her controls, starting with an emergency landing of some sort, avoiding some kind of 'Edge of Destruction' situation, in Capaldi's post-regeneration crisis. 

I honestly wouldn't read too much into the comments that Moffat made, as Moffat is famous for dropping hints that tantalise us, but really aren't that prominent. There is a good deal of flashy expose, that amounts to nothing, meant to tease us; but in the end, being of little substance.

In the end, as a companion, I would give Clara an 8.5/10. She can't hold a candle to Susan (10/10), Ian (10/10), Romana (10/10), Nyssa (10.10), Jamie (9/10), or Sarah Jane (9/10)...yet; but she has grown on me since we saw her in 'The Snowmen', and I really would have liked to see that version of her as the lead, in place of the modern edition. Perhaps we can have some kind of memory recall moment, and a bit of those other personalities may lift to the surface at times.

Let us at least be thankful she isn't Tegan (6/10),  Peri (5/10), Mel (4/10), or Ace (4.5/10); yet she surpasses most other modern series companions, and other good classics, such as Zoe (8/10), and Liz Shaw (7.5/10), Leela (8/10).

(These are based on my bias that The Doctor needs a balancing companion, and not merely a tag-along with a bouncy chest.)

For major, recurring audio companions, we have Charlotte (9/10), C'rizz (3/10), Lucy Miller (3/10), Mary Shelley (6.5/10), and Evelyn Smythe (9/10); so based on my own personal benchmarks, with a little additional work on technical skills, Clara may evolve into a 9.5, or a perfect-10 for me. Amy would score higher, if not for the constant dramatic tension, and arguments.

6 months, 3 weeks ago on Why Does the TARDIS Dislike Clara? Moffat Teases Answers


A few things of note, include that The War Doctor did not aimply sacrifice his form, or cease to exist due to no longer being neededs. His words, directly echo the 1st Doctor 'My body is growing thin.' That is a regeneration due to ageing, and we can expect this means that this incarnation was at least four-hundred Gallifreyan standard years, or older. 

(Gallifreyan years would not be, and in fact are shown not to be equal to Earth standard years. Rassilon is stated to have lived 'Millennia ago', in 'The Invasion of Time', and yet, we see that Timelords live for thousands of years, by their own reckoning. That would possibly equate the term 'millennia' to thousands of lifetimes, or millions of years, as they state in other canon that the Rassilon Era began millions of Earth-standard years ago; and that the pre-Rassilon era was apparently, over one-billion years ago (e.g. The Dark Times).)

What I can see happening, is more of a cycle of personality traits, with similarities between various incarnations. The War Doctor, is more of a reflection of Hartnell, old, grumpy, and willing to complain about those youngsters, using his name; whereas Eccleston is more in line with Colin Baker, with a dark, moody personality; Ternnant a reflection of a hybrid between Davison, and Tom; and Matt Smith, directly based on Troughton, with a touch of McGann's passion and hyperactivity. 

I seem to recall that Matt went out of his way to emulate Patrick, as his favourite stories were in the 2nd Doctor era, which i found very interesting, partially as I feel the same, despite being thrice his age. I was shocked when someone so young, found the most interest in the 2nd Doctor, as it is rare that anyone in their twenties would have seen any of those stories.

As to Capaldi, we must ask this question, assuming that traits of former Doctor incarnations are going to surface in any regeneration: Who is left to emulate, other than Jon and Sylvester?

In an 'older, darker Doctor', I think that is what we would, and should, expect. The mysterious, dark personae of McCoy, combined with the outward, authoritative attitude of Pertwee. Perhaps we shall also see some Venusian Aikido revived. Even his wardrobe reminds me of the velvet outfit that Jon wore in the UNIT era.

I would hope that his enemies are used in that light, for we have not had many truly devious enemies in the new series, nor have we been steeped into any rich, alien cultures. Even in the UNIT Era, the cultural designs for off-world stories were richer, and more enthralling. The future Humanian Empire, the Draconians, Peladon, and other sets were deep enough to seem alien, and exotic. 

If we are returning to a Pertwee-minded Doctor, I think that we may be returning to a more exotic DW, with more off-world experiences, rather than Earth-Pseudo-historical stories.

With regard to the article, I further, do not find that Tom Baker was rebelling against sophistication. Rather, he was in favour of advancement, in culture, science, and art, without the corruption inherent to political, or otherwise ambitious and greedy men. If you examine his adversaries, many were stubborn, rigid, and corrupt individuals; else power-mad, or utterly evil.

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Does a rendition of this, at a higher, destop-sized resolution exist?

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