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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. 

20 hours, 4 minutes 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.

20 hours, 6 minutes 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.

20 hours, 8 minutes 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.

5 days, 15 hours 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.

5 days, 15 hours 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.

5 days, 15 hours ago on Capaldi Hoping for New TARDIS

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@PhillipArcher 

Pardon? Represents...what?

5 days, 15 hours 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?   

5 days, 15 hours 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.'.

5 days, 15 hours 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.

5 days, 15 hours 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.

5 days, 15 hours 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.

5 days, 15 hours 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 week, 1 day 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 week, 1 day 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 week, 3 days 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 week, 3 days 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 week, 3 days 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.

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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'. 

2 weeks 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).

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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.)

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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. 

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Death in Heaven

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@ohjanetoh 

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

2 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Death in Heaven

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@Spadesey 

I'm guessing the latter: The safest place to store it is a Matrtix partition, to which she could easily escape. Did you notice that her 'death' was unlike those caused by Cyberguns, and more like a teleport, from earlier in the story?


The Master never truly dies, but I would have been more satisfied with a classic escape scene, even as an after-cut.

2 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Death in Heaven

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Oh look, the Red Guardian. :)

2 weeks ago on 2014 Christmas Special TV Trailer

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@Rainbow Kidneys 

I'll be watching my recording in about ten minutes, as I've just returned home; however, without seeing that, I can say that any person inside a Matrix VRE, is subject to the whims of any controlling entity. It would be easy to programme a subject to feel cold, feel as if they were in great pain, or as if they were a floating head on a pike.


Watch 'The Deadly Assassin', as it answers 90% of your questions on what you can actually do with this technology: in it, The Doctor tries to fight a virtual injury, caused by a controlling mind, and is able to erase it, for a while; but the controlling mind returns it later with a comment along these lines 'This, is my reality, and my will rules here.'.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Death in Heaven – Hints & Teasers (Set #1)

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@Rainbow Kidneys 

Really, you youngsters need to watch the 'classic' series, as all of this is without need of explanation to us who know the original series, back to front:  Your first few questions are quite easy to answer..

1. 'The Matrix'is a VR environment (on Gallifrey, from 'The Deadly Assassin', and 'Trial of a Timelord', among other stories), that is designed both to store the consciousness of a Timelord at the end of his (or her) regeneration cycle.

The mental energy is transferred to the APC Net, linked to The Matrix (this idea is from decades before that film of the same name, and theme). 


The Matrix is also an interactive VR environment, that can be accessed via Matrix Doors (using Matrix Keys, usually held by specially charged members of The High Council of Timelords; and by The Lord President of Gallifrey, via a coronet-like device, given to each HLP on his (or her) induction). There are also direct access terminals, and finally,devices stolen by The Master  prior to 'Trial of a Timelord', that he has already used to infiltrate it.

A Matrix Door allows full, bodily penetration: You can physically enter the VR environment; but mental links create a Matrix-body, that the Timelord can manipulate as desired. Thus, The Master could use a Matrix Door to physically enter, or use a mental link to access a Matrix avatar.

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2. A Timelord can also construct environments therein, and a contest of wills may be required to alter these, using Artron energy (stored in the brain, as residual energy from vortex travel).


I should write an article on this, and the links to related classic stories, but I may as well wait to see if Moffat explains The Matrix to viewers who'ven't seen the classic stories.

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3. You can upload any mental image to The Matrix, be it stored as neuron-bonded matter in the APCN, or as a programme in a Matrix Partition. That includes cyborgs, droids, and any other programme.


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4. 'Robots of Sherwood' features droids from the same civilisation, and era of robotic droids, as both 'Deep Breath', and 'The Girl in the Fireplace'. The 51st Century is when Earth develops time travel, and these droid ships are from that era. How, and why they know about 'The Promised Land' is another matter, but if you pay attention, Missy does not appear in that story, suggesting that the robotic knights did not transfer.

51st-century time travel is established first in 'Talons of Weng Chiang', and affirmed through the classic, and modern series: Jack Harkness is a former Time Agent from that era, and 'Talons' is also the first mention of Time Agents. That civilisation, is human, on Earth (specifically on Earth, not merely a Humanian Empire, elsewhere).


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5. This is the tough question: We have no idea where that battleoccurred, and it could have been in the solar system; or The Master could be using that datum slice in an entire galaxy. Method of death, is factually irrelevant, as the mental energy is stored on death: The 'physical link' to a cadaver stuff, is trickery by The Master, designed to create fear, panic, and erode a will to survive in her victims.


Someone that was struck by a disruptor weapon, separating them to their base atomic components, still kills them, and if their mind is within the scope of range of whatever Matrix tech The Master is using, it would slurp them into the VRE just the same as death by old age.


Without further clarification, this is sketchy , but all the rest is rather well-known by older fans. There is so much speculation, and debate, over elements of this story that are entirely obvious, and logical, to anyone who's seen 'The Deadly Assassin', and 'The Ultimate Foe'.

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2 weeks, 1 day ago on Death in Heaven – Hints & Teasers (Set #1)

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@mrpaddy1984 Ah-ha! I missed that potential connection for her, which is an exceptional nod to one of the most brilliant DW stories: Well-spotted mate.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Death in Heaven – Hints & Teasers (Set #1)

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@Polyphase 

Quite possibly: I prefer many story elements in 'Dark Water' over 'Utopia', but I enjoy both. My comments above explain my choice, which has less to do with the story, and acting,  than the re-introduction.

That said, the poll doesn't clarify was to what 'better' means. To me, it has to do with introducing an actor, or actress as a character, and 'Utopia' sold The Master to a fresh audience. The acting though, at the end of 'Dark Water', followed by a dead cut, was sublime. If Jacobi had not regenerated until after 'Utopia', that would have been even better.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Face-Off: Utopia vs Dark Water

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@Romanadvoratrelundar 

ye, well all theories have faults, which is what makes them theoretical, rather than fact. I admit, the tone of the conversation was a tad odd, but not much more than some that happen in normal life. The 'last time' remarks are foreshadowing, but I got the sense that she meant that from that point onward, she'd never say that to anyone else.



Welcome to the world of published writers: I've been a (paid) journalist, novelist, editor, and technical writer for ages, and critique is going to happen, whether you're starting on the path, or a seasoned expert. I wouldn't read too much into it: 

My three-part submission on Clara Paradoxes was shelved because 'twasn't properly topical by the time I completed it, so the lesson here is to write for the weekly heated debate, and not to fret over fan critique.Your article was thought-provoking,  whether right, or wrong, and it's nice to see people thinking fourth-dimensionally.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Clara’s Mysterious Phone Call: A Theory

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@Adric the Genius 

Not really... Each has a very different, and distinct tone, and setting. Even if they were, it's easy to place one part of a multi-part story above another, but in this case, each featured a different,, and distinct Master, and support roles. They may as well be different stories, with something between, from the contrast.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Ranking the Master Stories (Part 2)

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@Adric the Genius 

I expect it has to do with whom you first saw in the role. Delgado had even more charm than Ainley, was damnably polite, and cunningly evil. Ainley was actually forced to over-act his part by then-director Ron Jones, as I recall.

It's a shame that we never had him back for a proper return, as he's superb in performances when he's allowed some free will.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Ranking the Master Stories (Part 2)

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@The MasterDoctor 

Really, the direction killed the character. He seems even more over-the-top than Ainley (minding that Ainley didn't want to play a hammy Master) , and he never felt quite right; but little of the 'The Enemy Within' sits right,  save perhaps the fantastic console room.

Really, listen to 'Minuet in Hell', 'Neverland', and 'Zagreus'; then re-watch the1996  'movie', and compare.


Had Roberts been given more liberty with his performance,c perhaps it'd've been better, but I wasn't impressed by him.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Ranking the Master Stories (Part 2)

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@Polyphase 

'Survival' is, like the original Delgado arc,  in that it was meant to go somewhere , and thankfully never did. (Delgado's death, however, was terrible: It's merely the original story plan that I don't mourn.)


It's a story that I either mildly enjoy, or occasionally view, but I don't find it fantastic by any means. The idea of a planet influencing people was intriguing, but the random galaxy-wide teleport hunting,  combined with the planet disintegrating,  and the rather mediocre performance  from some of the cast, and suppporting cast, just dull it for me. 

'Ghostlight' was a far better story, as was 'The Curse of Fenric', and those will always stick in my mind as the best, of the end of the original series.


If things had gone to plan, then 'Survival' would be far more important, and we'd all be cloning Timelords out of genetic  looms. At the least, we were spared that in canon.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Ranking the Master Stories (Part 2)

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Anything else aside, you're spot-on with your ranking of 'The Daemons'. It's one of my favourite stories in the entire series: 'Daemons', plus 'Talons', 'Horror of Fang Rock', 'The Mind of Evil', 'The War Games', 'The Deadly Assassin' , and 'The Romans' are my go-to list for just ere bed. I expect,you can guess that I prefer the 'darker' tone, however all of these are purely fantastic stories,  tone notwithstanding.


I do suggest that you consider filling the gaps with audios though: You will love 'UNIT Domination'. We promise.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Ranking the Master Stories (Part 2)

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@Malohkeh I was more shocked that Doctor Chang was idiotic enough not to stay silent. If someone told me 'I'm not going to kill you, until you say something nice.', I'd be sure to be unpleasant.


I'm still waiting for 'I'm The Mistress, and you..will..obey..me.'. Now that, would be fantastic.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Face-Off: Utopia vs Dark Water

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@captainjohnnyreb 

I suggest that you have a listen to 'UNIT Domination' with Alex MacQueen as The Master. He's also brilliant in the role, nearly to Delgado, and Jacobi levels, but the story is really what makes him shine..


I would love for Sir Jacobi to return (audios, if not on telly),  but I wouldn't expect it. He was a fantastic guest star, as was Sir Ian McKellen, as the voice of 'The Great Intelligence'  but the BBC can't truly afford front-line gold like that on a recurring basis, especially if they want to have a visuals budget.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Face-Off: Utopia vs Dark Water

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@Adric the Genius 

I nearly concur,as I far prefer Delgado to Ainley; although Ainley was never allowed to play the part as he wished.  Sir  Jacobi would have been uttely amazing, and it's a shame that they both regenerated him into Simm, and killed The Master in the same story.

To be honest, The Master has always been a long-term arcing character, and his death in 'Last of The Timelords' simply felt wrong. I'm  hoping that won't reoccur here.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Face-Off: Utopia vs Dark Water

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@The2point5Doctor 

Howzat? The revived series has always been easy to obtain, on both sides of the Atlantic. I expect, that it must've aired at an inconvenient time for you, or that you didn't know how to collect live captures at the time, but all of DW, new, and old, is rather easy-peasy to get, if you put any effort into it. Us 1960s-70s fans are the ones who suffered, with reel-to-reel recording equipment, that cost a fortune, and you only owned if you were using it a purpose. 

That mate, is why there are so many 'lost' stories, and also why some of those were later recovered. (Plus foreign broadcast tapes, and press-clips, and such.)

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Face-Off: Utopia vs Dark Water

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@markdaventry 

For a moment, I thought you meant that dirty old gran that fancied The Doctor, but if you mean the mysterious woman in white; unless a Guardian is returning, I doubt that entirely .I'd be amused if 'twas that old lady that flirted with everyone. 

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Clara’s Mysterious Phone Call: A Theory

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I'd buy that, save for this: Clara is shocked that Danny dies, and asks to speak to him when he old lady picks up his mobile. If she was just shocked, or stunned, and asked 'Who's this?', that would fit, but she's bright enough to realise that he died there, and that she needn't ask for a stranger to pass the mobile back to him.

Oh, on the subject of mobiles, 'Dark Water' featured both Android, and Apple devices. Nice plugs, those. The 'Steve Jobs' line was amusing though, and we don't often hear the name of a real person, other than historical figures, mentioned on DW. I'm not certain, but that may be a first, in several respects. (Recent, cultural figure by name, recently deceased real person, and a Yank on top of it all.)

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Clara’s Mysterious Phone Call: A Theory

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While Michelle is brilliant, how can anyone expect me to choose anyone (other than Roger Delgado), over Sir Derek Jacobi? If only he stayed on, rather than passing the torch in 'Utopia'...

As to my vote, 'Utopia' ranks here, primarily  because if you didn't know who The Master is, viewing that story gives the audience all that they need to comprehend him, whereas the line 'I couldn't keep calling myself, "The Master"; could I?' in 'Dark Water' for Gomez, essentially requires the viewer to know what that implies, in order to have any real impact.

There's nothing wrong with that: I've known every incarnation of The Master for ages; but, as to 'reviving' the character, 'Utopia' trumps here. With regard to whom I prefer, between Simm and Gomez, I opt for our new Mistress, as she has more of the old, Delgado charm.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Face-Off: Utopia vs Dark Water

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