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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 weeks, 5 days 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 weeks, 5 days 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.)

1 month, 1 week 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.

3 months 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.

3 months 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.

3 months 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.

3 months, 1 week 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.)

3 months, 1 week 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.

3 months, 1 week 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?

3 months, 1 week 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.

3 months, 2 weeks 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.

3 months, 2 weeks 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.

3 months, 3 weeks 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.

4 months, 1 week 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.

4 months, 1 week 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.)

4 months, 1 week 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.

4 months, 1 week 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'.

4 months, 1 week 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.

4 months, 1 week 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!

4 months, 1 week 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.

4 months, 1 week 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.

4 months, 3 weeks 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.

4 months, 3 weeks 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.

4 months, 3 weeks 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.

5 months 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.

5 months, 1 week 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.

5 months, 1 week 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.

6 months ago on The Evolution of the Doctor


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

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