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@The Finn, Agent of SPECTRE @ManWithChips 

They were also restored, in 'The Two Doctors'; and later recognised in both 'The Deadly Assassin', and 'The Invasion of Time', when The Doctor was nominated, and inducted as president-elect (respectively). 


(Oi, that's Prydon Academy; the Prydonian Chapter graduate therefrom, and in spin-off material, Lord Prydon was a contemporary of Rassilon: Prydonian is an adjective of things relating to Prydon.)

21 hours, 6 minutes ago on First Series 9 Title Revealed

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@DrMalcolmT @Planet of the Deaf 

Jamie? he had quite his fair share of chauvinistic lines, but he was always quite charming about it, and was able to see past this potential flaw, when needed. 

21 hours, 27 minutes ago on 4 Different Types of Companions Doctor Who Should Consider

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@Snakeblood14 

'Harry Sullivan....is an idiot!' 

My, how I love that line. Both Harry, and our old darling Sgt. Benson were wonderful portrayals as soldiers turned into companions. The reaction of Benson when he steps inside the TARDIS, compared to that of Alistair, in 'The Two Doctors' is absolutely priceless.

That said, the image of the 'ideal' soldier in the mind of most viewers has changed from the neat, and tidy BA/UNIT uniform, to the gritty over-acted Americanised 'trooper'. What we do not need, is one of those. 


I'd avoid a very young actor, but a young teenager, would be acceptable. We've had a selection of those in the past; but I far prefer something, or someone, unearthly.

21 hours, 28 minutes ago on 4 Different Types of Companions Doctor Who Should Consider

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@Hibernus @The_Eternal_Dalek @DocWhoFan

Precisely. We know what happened to Jon (and Colin), but we've no real datum on Chris. Past experience gives us a notion of what may've occurred, but no true, hard facts.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Who is YOUR Doctor? The Results

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@GWad84 

Eighth? That would be Paul McGann sir. Unless you started loving DW by listening to his audios (or somehow, from the 1996 'The Enemy Within', I expect that you mean 9th (technically, the 10th incarnation), Chris Eccleston. 

My sincere condolences of a phobia of felines.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Who is YOUR Doctor? The Results

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@TardisKid101 I have the opposite stance, and quite prefer the longer format. it allowed for a slower, logical progression, more storytelling, explanation, and true science-fiction; rather than action. 


It very likely is a generational difference.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on William Hartnell: The Beginning, End and In-Between

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@MrRazza, Lord Tony of Blackburn 

Aye, if I had to select a word for the previou schemes, it would always be 'Overwrought'. The Master was usually his own worst enemy. In 'the Daemons', he overestimates his ability to control Azal; and does the same for Chronos in 'The Time Monster'. 

He also mistrusted the aquatic Silurians, forged an idiotic alliance with the Daleks, expecting to control both species; and thought he could control the Nestines, only to rely on The Doctor to save him at the last minute. 

I have the feeling, that this is exactly what happened here:  It may very well be, that the idea of giving control of the cyber army to the Doctor was no more than a last-minute idea to find a way to escape, as Missy did in fact realise, at the last moment, that something was terribly wrong.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on The Problems with Death in Heaven

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@YaelMoise @Notsosmartguy Agent of C.L.A.R.A.  @DaftDalek is Robocop, the original one 

Did you all miss the point, that these deaths stemmed from jealousy; as a way of injuring The Doctor, and goading him? Each of the people killed, had a strong connection to The Doctor.

Kate was the daughter of the man that imprisoned The Master during the Pertwee era; and Osgood was given the offer to travel with The Doctor, within the perception of Missy. That's why she had to die.

Please, view how quickly, and pointlessly The Master kills in the past, before deciding whether these are any more, or less pointless. There was a shocking amount of logic, despite being twisted, about the choice of victims here. 

2 weeks, 5 days ago on The Problems with Death in Heaven

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@darrynlee1 @Arkleseizure 

All of this assumes that every single entity drawn into The Matrix partition would have voluntarily given up their emotions. Anyone strong-willed enough to retain them, would have had the same condition as Mister Danny Pink, on being downloaded: A non-active inhibitor.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on The Problems with Death in Heaven

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@conallmc2013 @Arkleseizure 

As explained in the classic series, UNIT is strongly connected to the BA. UNIT soldiers take commands from officers in the normal Army that outranked them, and likewise, Army soldiers took commands from UNIT officers, except when their otherwise direct-superior (usually at least a Captain, for UNIT), was present, and if the orders come from an Army officer that outranks him, he can pull rank over an officer attached to UNIT.


Keep in mind that being assigned to UNIT is an attachment, but the members thereof are still part of the normal Army, as well. Watch, 'Spearhead from Space', and this becomes quite evident, and is even stated as such.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on The Problems with Death in Heaven

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@mikeT5 

When I have the time to finish 'Resolving The matrix', perhaps I'll give it to DWTV to publish, as it covers precisely this subject; and linked other facets of Timelord society that are well-established canon. The simple point, is that the APC Net is designed for exactly what was occurring in DiH. 

2 weeks, 5 days ago on The Problems with Death in Heaven

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Three of the best  stories of the original Torchwood (pre-Miracle Day) series.

I wasn't overly fond of 'Adam', but everything else is a reasonable resume. Her contributions to DW are most-welcome.

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Torchwood’s Catherine Tregenna Penning Series 9 Story

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'Frost', would have made a spectacularly amusing episode title.

3 weeks, 3 days ago on 2014 Christmas Special Titled

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@DrainOfMorbius 

Ace username sir. Pure genius. 

3 weeks, 3 days ago on 2014 Christmas Special Titled

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@Unibot 

I might point out, that it could also be a cunning reference to the village of 'Christmas' on Trenzalore, which would also be the last from the perspective of The Doctor: It's far too open an episode title to give any sort of definition to its content.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on 2014 Christmas Special Titled

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I expect that the wording 'last', is intended as another mislead, with a forked meaning. 'Last', in this story, could easily mean Christmas from a past, previous year; or be a reference to a remark made in the dialogue, much like 'The Name of The Doctor'. 

It's clearly intended to make you ponder if Clara will be snuffed out, but I simply can't see the death of a main character happening in a family-holiday special on the BBC. 

3 weeks, 4 days ago on 2014 Christmas Special Titled

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@davidbrummy Aye. In the interim, have you listened to the BF audios that feature Carol Anne Ford? The BBC Radio-3 'Doctor Who' programme with Paul McGann (produced through BF), featured her, as Susan...twice, with Paul.

It's rather priceless, and brilliant; so if you've managed to evade it to now, I quite recommend it to you.. 

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Doctor Who In Perspective 1963-1966

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@davidbrummy Both are terrible losses, as is 'Marco Polo'. The best you will have, unless more footage surfaces, is the recons. Both of these stories are pleasant enough in reconstructed form (Loose Cannon), and contain parts that remain complete FMV.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Doctor Who In Perspective 1963-1966

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You have quite an excellent summary there, highlighting the Hartnell era. I rather enjoy the ideas presented in 'The Web Planet' though, as the story is clearly inspired by pulp horror mags, particularly those by HPL and REH. In fact, WoF is a stage-setter for alien stories to come, and for ideas such as 'The Great Intelligence', whoo I felt would never be seen on-screen again, until I saw those shocking, and chilling words in 'Snowmen'. 

I'm not certain why you feel the Zarbi are  so far-fetched,  but to each is own.

From a purely editorial perspective, I'd ask this: Why the extraneous Zed usage? I noted that your articles internally alternate between traditional 's' usage, and Merriam-Webster bastardised 'z' usage, and I expect that you had a bad auto-correct in a few spots. I suspect that any staff editors  for DWTV  don't look out for this type of consistency concern--assuming that DWTV has staff editors for feature writers--but as an editor, I notice them glaring across at me.  


Otherwise, fine work mate. I tend to silently chuckle at all the commentary on how Capaldi is 'not Doctor-like', as I vividly remember Hartnell; and if the viewers who complain now viewed the original run, from the start, they'd have to shut it. The commentary during 'Into the Dalek', on how the Daleks shapedThe Doctor was brilliant, but to me, you're spot-on about 'The Edge of Destruction', as I've said elsewhere in the past, for that is the defining moment where The Doctor realised his methods, and mannerisms mayn't be for the best.

I quite look forward to your perspective on Troughton, particularly on if the missing stories are, or aren't in your living memory from telly. Too few of us can clearly recall the imagery, and reviews of reconstructed stories are a stiff sell to a young audience used to action packed roller-coaster rides for Saturday night.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Doctor Who In Perspective 1963-1966

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@mc92 @The MasterDoctor 

That's likely due to them being stand-alone, sans-regular-companion, stories. Viewers needn't know anything about DW to enjoy them, and entire families are in one place, looking for children-friendly activities, which usually means telly. 

3 weeks, 5 days ago on A Hint on Jenna Coleman’s Future?

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As interesting as it may be to consider, I doubt we'll see that character return anytime soon, if ever. It was a nice nod to her, with Clara's speech in 'Death in Heaven', but beyond that, I think she's now relegated to the same limbo as Susan.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Jenny: A Future Companion

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It was 'The War Games', for me; and I feel that was quite appropriate, given how it first established the continuity of Timelord society to the series. It's always been one of my favourites, and as a ten-part story, s double-feature-length, for added enjoyment.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Doctor Who’s 51st Anniversary

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@gunslinger19 

The opposite for me:Keep it dark, add more metallic Victorian, and Edwardian touches, and integrate the roudels into that. I suppose I just prefer that style, as that's what's the inside of my home, down to the oil lamps.

1 month ago on Capaldi Hoping for New TARDIS

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@Impish 

I was glad to see the back of both the Eccleston hodgepodge, and Smith's chocolate factory, returning to a classic hex console at the end of his tenure. The new console is a classic design, with modern touches, and I feel that was Capaldi's doing. It's ace, in my book.

1 month ago on Capaldi Hoping for New TARDIS

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@RandomComments 

It would be neat to add roundels, with Gallifreyan circular writing, and the seals of Rassilon, and Omega.

1 month ago on Capaldi Hoping for New TARDIS

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@PhillipArcher 

Pardon? Represents...what?

1 month ago on Capaldi Hoping for New TARDIS

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@PhillipArcher 

We need a fresh look at the galley, and the sick bay, gardens, swimming pool, crew quarters, and art gallery. We've seen the library, corridors, core, architectural configuration plant, and under-console in recent times, but not much else since 'The Invasion of Time'.  That's what, 37 years?   

1 month ago on Capaldi Hoping for New TARDIS

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@Polyphase 

I can hear him saying exactly this: 'No romance, no kissing, no flirting of any kind; oh, and lots of round things.'.

1 month ago on Capaldi Hoping for New TARDIS

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@Iris Wildthyme 

Oi, now... McGann's TARDIS, combined with Baker's office as High Lord President, with round things. Methinks this would be fantastic.

I designed concept art for a console room modeled after the Panopticon, all emerald green, and black; and would love to see it in use too, but the time isn't right, and the idea was for another Timelord character, who was with the CIA, and a former HLP who self-exiled himself (I can't specify why, as that would be bad) after modifying his own memories.

1 month ago on Capaldi Hoping for New TARDIS

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@Mistress Oodkind will return... 

Agreed, to a point. The red, and blue round areas, and walls, could be covered by brass roundels, with no worries.

As to the sonic, I  liked the simplicity of Hurt's model, and would like to see that return. The present (green) version is a tad bulky, and a slimmer one would fit th e present wardrobe.

1 month ago on Capaldi Hoping for New TARDIS

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That, to me, would  be brilliant; although I feel that a hybrid between the present 'Gallifreyan Steampunk', and classic simplicity is possible. Certainly, we can have both.

1 month ago on Capaldi Hoping for New TARDIS

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@Rani Nose @jamesanash101 

Aye, 'twas, about 140 years  since. Tangerines, and Satsumas, are the sweetest of the orange varieties, and thus, were very candy-like at the same time period in which  this tradition became popular.  

1 month ago on 2014 Christmas Special: Children in Need Clip

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@jamesanash101 The tradition originates from the Chinese, and Japanese, who were sending Satsumas across the sea to relations abroad in the winter. Satsumas were commonly dispatched, in the mid-Victorian era, and became popular in the UK,, and the Americas; probably elsewhere too, but there were many Chinese, and some Japanese in the UK and stateside in that era. 













These citrus fruits originally grew in China, in Mandarin provinces, and thus are often called Mandarin(e) oranges; and both Satsumas and Tangerines  are part of that family. They're also one of my favourite fruits, and I've been known to carry one, or two in my pockets.














1 month ago on 2014 Christmas Special: Children in Need Clip

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@TheAbsofBoe have been very naughty @TheWibblyLever @Adric the Genius 

'One Week Later' re-polling would also improve the sampling accuracy. People often give over-high, or over-low scores after an initial view, and later find something that changes their mind.

1 month ago on Your Verdict on Dark Water & Episode Ranking

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@TheWibblyLever @Adric the Genius 

Aye, that's why I don't usually participate in polls with more than one pair of options: This format works for Boolean decisions, but not for proper rankings. 

The problem being, that 'choose  one option, from a pool of X' is common software, whereas a ranking system would need some custom initial work, and dynamic allocation for 'slots'.'

Tisn't too terribly difficult to design, but you won't find an easy, drop-in solution, especially for feed-based sites. The dynamic slot allocation (two, to a reasonable cap) may be tedious, based on both the model of base administration UI software, and the feed interface.

1 month ago on Your Verdict on Dark Water & Episode Ranking

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@troughton who? 

That's due to not having nother corrupt, recurring Timelord as a contrast. The Rani was expelled because she experimented freely on sentient beings, which might put  her in a similar boat to Davros, in their respective beginning; save that she held onto her marbles. 

In fact, senseless killing, would contradict her personal ethos, as all living resources should be utilised. For the record, that included failed experiment remnants, such as jarred dinosaur embryos. As David says here, 'Mark of the Rani' is the best way to compare the two, and in the story she detests associating with The Master, whereas she desired to work  with The Doctor in 'The Twin Dilemma'.


I'd say that her ideals place her in a similar camp to Cybermen, creating the potential for this kind of intentional misdirection. I suppose that, at least she didn't need to say 'I'm the Metamorphic Organic Receptionist-Bot Interactive Utility System', too... That'd be a lovely mouthful.

1 month ago on Michelle Gomez Reveals Series 9 Return, Rani Trickery

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@Battlion @DocWhoLocked 

'Yes, and no. Yes, it's in another dimension, and no it's not lost.'.

One thing that struck me, is that Gallifrey appears on the navigation console. It may be like Alzarius, and it exists at its coordinates, but The Doctor can't access it as it's in another dimension; and without help from The Master, he doesn't have the required kit.


It would be interesting if 'twas in E-Space.

1 month, 1 week ago on Rate & Discuss Death in Heaven

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@DocWhoLocked @Morrellium @social_crime 

The Fifth Doctor (Peter Davison) made it a rule to hit the TARDIS console, to achieve a desired result.

1 month, 1 week ago on Rate & Discuss Death in Heaven

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@Christoph1337 @Scootersfood is in love with The Mistress 

Agreed. I n fact, that body could be a Matrix projection. The more I consider things, the less likely her demise would be: The Master is a genius at surviving death.

1 month, 1 week ago on Rate & Discuss Death in Heaven

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@Scootersfood is in love with The Mistress @josephlepkowski Other Cyberguns shoot destructive bolts, not blue disintegration rays. Looked like a teleport to me. Go back, and watch Danny kill the other Cybermen.

1 month, 1 week ago on Rate & Discuss Death in Heaven

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@DocWhoFan thinks you need to rewatch Death in Heav @Oodkind is dead, just like the guest cast. @Deus_Ex_Machina 

We didn't see the result. He flew off, but we neither saw, nor heard any detonation, so Cyber-Lethbridge-Stewart could be 'alive'. 

1 month, 1 week ago on Rate & Discuss Death in Heaven

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@DocWhoFan thinks you need to rewatch Death in Heav @TheNightmareChild 

The pot ole was when he fell from the plane. I can see every other aspect of her plan--as a psychopath--, but that would disintegrate if he died; well, I expect not if he regenerated.

Still, it was a way of both rubbing it in , and trying to be understood. The Doctor could have taken the army, saved Earth' saved everything, and made off with The Mistress. In fact, The Master has tried to convince The Doctor to partner up in the past ('The Colony in Space' is a good example, and possibly 'The War Games', if like me, you feel that The War Chief was also The Master).

1 month, 1 week ago on Rate & Discuss Death in Heaven

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@ClaireAbraham 

It's called nanotechnology: Nanites drop from the clouds, absorb materials from the ground, and construct Cybermen. Search for 'grey goo' on Wikipedia for truly horrific nanotech ideas.

1 month, 1 week ago on Rate & Discuss Death in Heaven

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@MaddyKika @Clara Bosswald wants a Doctor for Christmas I was expecting The Doctor to save her, but The Brig as a Cyberman was in my mind since last week, so it was appropriate. If anyone could resist Cyber-conversion, it would be Alistair. Such a shame that Nicholas passed.

1 month, 1 week ago on Rate & Discuss Death in Heaven

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@Oodkind is dead, just like the guest cast. 

Did you notice that 'Missy' used a Scottish voice when on the plane?Se was leading UNIT to her door as part of her 'plan'. (Hint:She informed UNIT.)

1 month, 1 week ago on Rate & Discuss Death in Heaven

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@impossibleantigravgirl 

The arc of this series was based on 'beneficial lies', and she wasn't going to leave, until The Doctor said he was going home. Re-view the scene, and you'll probably understand. She didn't want to cause him pain.

1 month, 1 week ago on Rate & Discuss Death in Heaven

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@cyberbrayde 

A bit of a misconception there: 'The Valeyard' is 'the dark aspect of The Doctor, that occurs between his twelfth and fnal incarnatons', per 'The Ultimate For', if that was ever true. (That information was provided by The Master, after all...)Smith was the final incarnation, and Tenant o. 2 was the twelfth, so the 'Time Lord Victorious' would be what created The Valeyard, if anything.

That moment where he pounds the console in the TARDIS was heartbreaking.,  and Capaldi managed to portray the mixture of anger, and anguish in under a moment brilliantly. 

1 month, 1 week ago on Rate & Discuss Death in Heaven

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@OswinOswald 

'Twasn't even in the back of me mind. Orson could easily have been erased as a paradox, or be a distant cousin, or anything else. A bit sad I suppose, but I don't think that thread is paramount to what's happening in the future.

1 month, 1 week ago on Rate & Discuss Death in Heaven

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@ohjanetoh 

Seriously? That's far more horrid than being atomised by he Master.

1 month, 1 week ago on Rate & Discuss Death in Heaven

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