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@Arkleseizure The Doctor has been the High Lord President of Gallifrey twice, technically, or perhaps more: The Doctor became the only lawful candidate for the office of Lord President, in 'The Deadly Assassin', upon the death of Chancellor Goth; and was inducted as High Lord President (as there was no other legal candidate, a point that Borusa finds 'unfortunate') in 'The Invasion of Time'. 


His office was apparently vacated by the HC by the time of 'The Five Doctors', where we see a later incarnation of Borsa as the President; and at the end of this serial, The Doctor is again appointed as Lord President by Chancellor Flavia.


(I have no idea on how that would be legal, unless it was by overturning his removal.)

His office was again terminated by the HC later, as stated in 'The Mysterious Planet', when The Doctor tried to use his official powers to pardon himself.


Beyond that, we enter the realms of speculation, and quasi-canonical material. Is the remark, made by The Doctor, using the title of 'Lord President of Gallifrey' in 'Remembrance of the Daleks', when addressing Davros legitimate, or is The Doctor bantering? (I expect, we shall never know, nor shall we need to know.)

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Who and What Would the Doctor be without the TARDIS?

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@Polyphase Matt was however, bery close to, and his performance inspired by, Patrick Troughton. 


I find it a bit odd, that nowhere in this article was any contrast, or comparison made to Colin Baker, easily the most distant and alien of the lot since Hartnell; but at least the author mentioned the parallels to McCoy.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Is Twelve Really So Different to Previous Doctors?

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May I note, 'Ladies and gentlemen, and variations thereupon' (from 'Midnight'), has very important connotations towards a diverse, alien biological group. There is absolutely no good cause, or reason for life on another planet to develop into two, paired genders; and it's quite plausible to have singular, tri-phase, and other types of reproduction systems requiring additional pronouns

That was the point there, and similar wording exists throughout science-fiction. 

Thus, you can probably scratch that one off your forgiveness list for RTD: I feel this line was aimed at the element of speaking to life on another world, particularly groups gathered from many other planets, than any nod towards additional gender facets on this planet, or for this species.


I did find this an interesting article, and a perspective that we honestly don't see enough in television media, from any serious viewpoint. You are correct, that in standard programmes, the idea of any transition of a person from one gender, to another, is usually done either for amusement, or for shock value. In that light, I would be careful in what way you encourage Moffat/Missy, as the idea there, was also 'shock value', rather than any story-rooted reason.


I have absolutely no problem with the presentation of Missy---I rather loved Michelle, and her performance, and portrayal of the character to me, is so strikingly enough to Delgado's to quickly win me over---but you mayn't want to encourage that if you are looking for fewer stereotypes in your telly broadcasts.

RTD was quite interested in pushing forward the boundaries and the problems of homophobia toward a family-friendly audience, and to be honest, I never saw anything that would be particularly damning of the transgender community in his work, until today. I can recognise your viewpoint, and whilst it's possible that he feels some animosity towards the transgendered world, I'm not certain that it's quite true, or intentional.


It's more likely that he doesn't see a problem at using sardonic humour aimed any any community is a problem; unless it's his own.I would also note though, that without being sensitised to these types of situations, as you clearly are, there is no pain. That meaning, the average person cannot truly comprehend the problems, trauma, or other offshoots of this type of phenomenon. It's something that you need to be transgendered, and subject to this kind of fear, to actually understand.


Stating that anyone can understand something like this, without experiencing it first-hand, is like trying to describe the taste of an orange, to someone who's only ever eaten bread. Others may empathise, but only a very small number of human beings alive today, can sympathise. Again, I can see the problems that you are explaining, and the potential they have to trouble someone aready in a state of trauma; but I would never note them out of hand. 

For that matter, hasn't the word 'transgender' itself become problematic, somehow, in recent years, for its lack of descriptiveness on one hand, and its failure to classify people who work toward a gender, as that gender, on the other? How can anyone really navigate around that particular menagerie of potential complications when proofing a script? It requires experience, and time: Time for adaptation of the entire world both to a concept of other-gender-sensitivity, and to transition toward terminology that people can use without causing a new, major conundrum.


I do have to say though, that there are many elements in DW that can have profound traumatic effects on those already in many types of states of anxiety, or distress. I would never contemplate suggesting to one of my mates, that he view any episode containing 'The Silence'; and I would go out of my way to stop him from viewing 'Last Christmas'. 

Both of these contain a strong tone of mental manipulation (and un-reality); and as he is, quite frankly, schizophrenic--at least that is a medical classification that doesn't itself, cause a media whirlwind when used--with very strong phobias regarding mental-affecting concepts, mind-reading, and anything that projects a seeming state of reality; viewing these would be, in the voice of 'Egon Spengler', 'bad'.

I suppose that 'Dark Water', and 'Death in Heaven' would likely both be trigger episodes for him, and by that, I mean full-panic, 999-moments. Yet, none of that potential is ever mentioned, by anyone; and aside from the possibility of his suffering, it also makes selecting an episode for him, a bit more tedious, as I must first determine what content isn't going to be a problem, and then if that story requires viewing one that would be a problem.


It's safe to deduce from this, that it simply isn't possible to write television that can entirely avoid stepping on ties, or being potentially damaging to someone, or to a community. Phobias are tricky problems, and quite quite impossible to evade in entirety. That however, doesn't mean that we can escape having tact to balance out the nonsense. 


I'm afraid that you will never escape some of the comedy-relief that is associated with being cast as 'not like us': I also will never escape that of my own very small community, of Judaism, and I simply accept that there will always be some level of anti-Semitic humour out there. You can fight off the worst of it, but in the end, some stale after-taste remains.


For similar reasons to the above, likely because of having no internal sensitivity, as with RTD, I didn't take any note of the positive elements that you used to paint your image of Moffat, until now. As I said, you managed to portray things that most people would overlook, or see as minor comedic elements, into a somewhat shocking arena of (likely unintentional)---I don't care much for all these various labels, so I'll just use that one word that people dare not---bigotry

Whether intentional, or no, it's the enemy within that we must all keep jailed, lest it loose on us all. Everyone is easily capable of it, in some form, and most never notice how easy it is to package it up with pet-words, slang, and jargon. 


I personally, find that there is far too much focus on gender (of any sort) in the media today, but that is sadly inevitable. I do thank you for a glimpse into an alternative perspective, and a rather solid piece of literature. I expect that you worked under an editor who was as studious, and difficult--or expertly skilled in thumb-screws, and threats--who shouted at you until you were forged into a tempered writing instrument?.


That's how 'twas done in the old days.


2 months, 3 weeks ago on Little Boxes Will Make You Angry: Doctor Who and Transphobia

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While I could see the plausibility of placing Gallifrey in the same alternative Universe as Omega, I feel you're reaching there. The entire scenario is over-contrived, and if anything, I have a feeling that Omega, in the end, would have helped to save Gallifrey, and give a lifeline to his 'brother Timelords, now trapped in this infernal no-place'.


That in fact, would be a very nice spin on his character, potentially redeeming him entirely. I could also see this as a very solid way at getting his revenge on Rassilon. I would rather see some kind of evolution of Omega, following the events in either 'Arc of Infinity', or in 'Omega' (Big Finish), as in both stories, he is seeking some form of redemption, and re-acceptance.


Omega as a ranting, childish, megalomaniacal madman is a bit old hat now.


I noted some E-Space comments below, and I would also briefly mention the Timeless universe created by Rassilon to trap, and containing The Divergence, as another (quite unlikely) possibility.


Likely, Gallifrey is in the Great Storage Bin of Rassilon, and we'll never have a solid on-screen explanation of where it's located, even after it's recovered


The Master posession Matrix technology is expected (see: 'The Ultimate Foe'), and as to escaping ultimate destruction, or death... The entire data-biog extract of the Master reads as follows:


Biog DE Scan: Subject 'The Master'

Timelord, Prydonian, class of 92.

Madness detected at early childhood. 

Academy notes: Poor planner, but excellent grasp of physics, and a creative mind. Otherwise, a bit slow; and unable to formulate long-term projections of causal events. (Noted, by Borusa) 

Adopted 'the Master' as title on graduation. 

Stole decommissioned TT capsules; one being a type 45.

Personality defects lead to control complex. This fugitive desires to control others, using hypnosis, and technological devices. plans tend to be elaborate, but extremely pooly constructed. 

Attempted to partner with alien race,  for galactic conquest, and was shot by a lower-ranking officer. regenerated, and activities of this incident brought to the attention of the Celestial Intervention Agency. Subject is not officially renegade with CIA to follow up later.

CIA notes illegal activities, but does not consider fugitive a serious threat, as fugitive is unable to design any military campaign, or see the end-result of fugitive's own actions. Thus, the results are usually self-destructive. 

CIA informed operative 'the Doctor', exiled to planet Sol-3 in Mutter's Spiral, about plans of subject 'the Master', and expects single operative with low academy performance to be able to handle situation without further assistance of any kind.

Records break--datum stolen by subject, 'The Master'.: Previous records are a reconstructed transcript retrieved from the DEs of other Timelords.

Subject in possession of highly sensitive Gallifreyan technology, and datum. CIA sees no reason to investigate further. no actions ordered by the High Council as of this date. 

Subject attempted to gain control of Eye of Harmony, to renew regeneration cycle. The CIA and the High Council see no reason to retrieve fugitive. 

Subject pardoned by the High Council in closed session.

Subject slated for execution by the Daleks of Skaro. 

Subject executed.

Subject revived by intra-temporal extraction, and weaponised. 

Subject deserted post, and is not fugitive of Gallifreyan Military.

Subject's plans to control other planet prevented illegal act by High Lord Rresident Rasilon to destroy all life in Universe. Subject granted the remaining regenerations of Lord Rassilon, and regeneration crisis occurred due to instability of genetic matrix of subject.

Subject is now female form.

Subject vanished from gallifrey during last Dalek assault. Present whereabouts, unknown.

Subject is again fugitive, for desertion. 

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Could Gallifrey Be in Omega’s Dimension?

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@DanGriffin Goodness, if we're going to have a spin-off with her, I;d rather it be a late-slot like TW, than an early-slot for children. SJA was amusing, but never deep, or truly science-fiction at its heart. it was a fantasy programme designed for a young audience, and I feel we could manage a soldier-gal in space programme, a far better.


I would certainly love to see a Jenny series, but ..... I'd prefer her and Harkness in space--that would in fact, be brilliant, and a worthy successor to Torchwood--to another imitation of DW, meant to appeal only to the young.

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@Who is the Doctor - member of CATS 

Precisely. You may also enjoy this brief exploration of the Dalek timeline, as The Doctor's first visit to Skaro, from the perspective of the Daleks, was in their creation ('Genesis of the Daleks'), where he disclosed the existence of life beyond their planet to Davros, and further revealed that he was a time traveller. 

Later, he muddled with them, and prevented the extermination of the Thals ('The Daleks'), and not knowing of his ability to regenerate, the Daleks did not rlate the events here with the events in their creation. Not terribly long after this, The Doctor prevented Dalek control of Earth ('the Dalek Invasion of Earth'), and it may be possible that this event was happening in parallel to the events of 'The Daleks'.

Thereafter, centuries later, the Doctor prevented Dalek control over the later Earth-empire ('The Frontier in Space'), and by this time, the Daleks' had caught on to who, and what he was. I would suspect thgat it was in this time period that he also muddled the Dalek plans to interfere with aid missions (on Exxilon).

Somewhere further on, he participated with the Thals in attacking The Daleks on Spirodon, trapping a Dalek army, prevented the creation of a temporal weapon ('The Daleks' Masterplan') and stopped the Daleks from rescuing Davros to solve their problem with the Movellans

I suspect that this infuriated them enough with his time-meddling that they developed their own time-travel devices, starting with the style seen in 'Day of The Daleks', and ultimately TARDIS-clones as seen in 'The Chase'.


That places 'The Chase', somewhere between the most-advanced Dalek forces we've seen in the classic serials (and audios), and The Great Time War. Isn't that simply stunning, that such an early serial is that far into the future, from the perspective of the most iconic enemy alien species?

There is, indeed, also quite a very strong indication that without ever meeting the Doctor, the Daleks would have remained on Skaro indefinitely. The causal nexus of the entire Doctor<->Dalek situation, is frankly, a rather large mess of 'timey-wimey' muck.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Who and What Would the Doctor be without the TARDIS?

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Regarding age, the age of The Doctor has always been stated in years, but we have no basis to determine the length of a year on Gallifrey, and I would expect that his stated age (by Romana, in the Key to Time serials) would be in years, on Gallifrey, not years on a random planet she had never visited. 

That, coupled with comments in the series, and other tid-bits would lead me to suspect that a year on Gallifrey is many times the length of one on Earth, which would not be abnormal given its mass; and that the average lifespan of a single Timelord, through all regenerations, without disease, or other un-natural degradation, would be approximately 7,000 to 10,000 Earth-Years, at a safe minimum.

If the age of The Doctor at his first regeneration is ' about 450-years', expressed by Troughton as Earth years to Victoria Waterfield, we might anticipate that a year on Gallifrey is at least four times the length of one on Earth, assuming that the aging process is even, and uniform.


There is no proof that later incarnations beyond the first age at the same rate.


I would also note, that Gallifrey likely has little internal economy, from what we know of it. A life dedicated to learning, meditation, contemplation, and observation, with essentially unlimited energy, and nearly-unlimited resources, would make any monetary unit superfluous. 

Outside trade, and the general planetary economy, and that of the Kasterborous system, is another matter, but I doubt that any Timelord would even think of the need to use, or carry money; as is the case with The Doctor in general.


I also suspect that the limited attention span of The Doctor would make his role as an instructor at Prydon Academy short-lived, but I could see exploration of other nearby planets, in pursuit of archaeology as a very viable part of a sans-TARDIS lifestyle. Exploring the history of The Dark Times, and of The Rassilon Era, seems to be a recurring theme, and the knowledge that The Doctor already has, shows that he was clearly interested in this field while in his academy years.


How many Timelords can read Ancient, High-Gallifreyan script? Nearly none, yet The Doctor not only does so with ease, but he can solve a riddle written in that language in a very few minutes. He quickly uncovers the truth behind the myths regarding The Eye of harmony, and his greatest hero was Omega. With, or without a TARDIS, I safely peg him as an archaeologist.


Last, I would doubt that there would have ever been a Great Time War, without The Doctor landing on Skaro. Everything that the Daleks know about time travel, stems from the repeated interference from The Doctor; and the Daleks may never have left Skaro if The Doctor never visited there. it's pretty clear in genesis that Kaleds did not believe in life on other planets, a nd the minds that Davros programmed certainly carried on in his beliefs. 

The universe would likely be safe from Dalek attack without a TARDIS in The Doctor's hands, but the Autons would have knobbled us for sure.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Who and What Would the Doctor be without the TARDIS?

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@Ocean Geek It would be nice to see someone beat Tom's (on-screen) record, and Peter Capaldi very well may be the man to do it.

3 months, 1 week ago on Speculating on Series 9’s Big Cliffhanger (Part 1)

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To me, this seems a terrible idea: The cinema format, for a worldwide market, usually destroys the vision of writers. The BBC have the wonderful ability to care very little about western formatting, but to see a success across the pond, the vital sacrifices that'd be made would be a truly awful consequence of a screen transition.


Add to this the problem of time: unless you seek a three-part film, or something of GWTW length, you are essentially making a stand-along story, that may of may not have any relation to the current serial arcs, of about 120-minutes in duration. That simply isn't sufficient time to create a film that will have widespread appeal: Meaning, a film that any cinema will carry. 

For a UK-only production, cinema-planned films are a fantastic idea, with the caveat that such a production moves to the telly in a week or two. I'd far more prefer a few mini-series based on missing story arcs (e.g. 'The last Great Time War'), than a handful of films that need to be tuned down to appeal to a less sophisticated audience, in order to sell tickets.

Look at the previous film attempts at translating DW to a cinema format, and you may understand my scepticism.

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@rowan5215 has two broken hearts @Jardi101 It's indeed, around 240-minutes, or four hours, of pure joy. It's a prime example of the longer, deeper method of storytelling that I miss, from the 'classic' series, and is dominated (in length) only by 'The Dalek's Masterplan', yet 'the War Games', is to me, the better tale.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Patrick Troughton: The Beginning, End and In-Between

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@OnlyAsOldWhovianAsYouFeelTheMirrorIsFurious 

Both mate, both. 

I vaguely remember a bit of that, but you well-know, we're both flipping madmen. 'Space Pirates' was a fun serial, and yet another tragic loss: That scene may even have been an ad-hoc, or a directorial decision, and may not be present in the scripts.


it's quite difficult to convince younger viewers to watch the reconstructed stories, and a great part of that, is likely the lack of fond memories for them from their original air dates.

When you can look back on a still image and remember the scene, it's far different; but as with anything else, you never need visuals. I primarily listen to 'old time radio' rather than music, and that was a realm of the pure imagination.


Anyone who enjoys Matt Smith, should view [or listen to] the full Troughton era: The Smith incarnation was conceived around the Troughton template, after all, right down to the bow tie.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Patrick Troughton: The Beginning, End and In-Between

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What can I say? Author!

I was quite pleased with the previous part, and if you noticed, was a bit saddened only that you didn't include this in-depth coverage. I wasn't expecting this extension, and am quite content with it. 

I do still feel that addressing The Great Intelligence is an important factor in reviewing the Troughton era, primarily because of how it connects with the present continuity, but perhaps you have that up your sleeve for next time.


One other thing that I would say, to tie in here, is that The War Chief is clearly a prototype for The Master, down to character goals, appearance, ethics, and methodology. That is in fact, something that I've included in some work that I have yet to complete, or submit to DWTV, and is rather important to consider here. It's easily possible, and entirely plausible, that The War Chief, and The Master, are indeed the same Time Lord. (We never do know the fate of The War Chief, beyond being shot.)


Mr. Hussey, you continue to shine as one of the best feature writers here; and i would like to run an idea across you, for a series that I've been writing in my [ever-diminishing] free time. You may find it appealing, and it would be a fantastic opportunity for co-writing, a I believe we share certain style elements; and because we both clearly prefer to pen long, multi-part features, over single featurettes.


Well done again mate.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Patrick Troughton: The Beginning, End and In-Between

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The scene with Ashley, with The Doctor sitting across from her, at a table, asking her to rationalise, and theorise; was (to me) extremely reminiscent a similar scene with Liz Shaw, in 'Spearhead from Space'. 

3 months, 3 weeks ago on 2nd Opinion: Last Christmas

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'An idiot, then?'


Shona's reference to 'texting' rules her out as being older [in generations] than Clara, and unless you add a major paradox to an already problematic timeline (in a physical sense), that theory as a first impression is far too wild to be legitimate. Really, was that just sarcasm?

(I would never have jumped to that thought, even if I was pissed on whiskey, while chomping down a mound of red poppies.)


That said, why is this question absent: Why was The Doctor back at the volcano from the dream scene in 'Dark Water'. I'm clearly not the only soul who's pondered this, and seen the connection to the theme of dreams. 

I suppose The Doctor could simply be an ordinary Time Lord at the Prydonian Academy, sleeping during one of Borusa's lectures, and dreaming about the imaginary human species. You time tots all know, there's no such thing as humans. they're just a myth out of The Dark Times.

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@Amy Pond wants a Shona return 

 @Amy Pond is ready for Last 

First, I should tell you that the vast majority of lost stories are from this period.

For full-motion video, here is the short list:

(1) 'The War Games' : i cannot stress enough how important this story is to the continuity if the series, and how fantastic it is in storytelling. Ten parts, so bring some jelly babies. 

(2) 'The Enemy of The World' : Finally recovered, you can now watch this in its original glory. this is the second time that The Doctor, and a villain were portrayed by the same actor at the same time. (Colin Baker also did this later, but at separate times.) Six parts.


(3) 'The Mind Robber' : This is one of those stories that you will either love, or hate. i fall into the former, as it manages to do a fantasy story, without losing focus on scientific concepts. Four parts.


(4) 'Tomb of the Cybermen' : A chilling, and mentally interesting story, that manages to feature the Cybermen in concept, more than in appearance. Four parts.


(5) : 'The Krotons' : The introduction of another mentally chilling adversary, and one that illustrates companion intellect at its fullest.


Non-FMV, with some, or all parts missing:


(1) 'The Power of the Daleks' : The Daleks, manage to be terrifyingly cunning this time, but vey little full-video remains. Six parts.


(2) 'The Abominable Snowmen' : A dark, and mysterious force is at work in the mountains of Tibet. Six parts. 


(3) 'The Web of Fear' : Silence in the streets of London, as a plague of alien webbing spreads panic in the underground. First appearance of the Lethbridge-Stewart. A recent find has recovered five of these stores, so only part three is missing FMV. Six parts. 


(4) 'The Wheel in Space' :  The introductory story of Zoe, and a brilliant mystery-drama set in space. Four episodes lack FMV, while two are intact. Six parts.


(5) 'The Ice Warriors' : The introduction of Martians, albeit with some dodgy science. Two episodes are missing FMV, the rest is intact. Six parts,


That's my short list for you: others may prefer 'The Highlanders', or 'The Evil of The Daleks', and both are fantastic stories. I may even put 'Evil' above 'Ice Warriors', in some cases, but I wanted to give you a better selection of villains, and avoid two Dalek stories on a top ten list. 

'The Invasion' should also be on that list, but as it's the story most viewers have seen (fter 'Death in Heaven', I intentionally left it as an afterthought for you, here.


The real charm of 'the Highlanders' is Jamie, and you'll see far more of him, and far better too, in other stories. That story is missing quite a bit of FMV, and has spotty audio too, so when you chance to view them in order, you'll undoubtedly see it, but needn't go to it first.

4 months ago on Doctor Who In Perspective 1966-1969

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@davidbrummy 

I think we'll be in for a treat next time, as 'the Three Doctors' is a firm way to establish the clash of personalities, and is in Jon's era. Next month, perhaps?

4 months ago on Doctor Who In Perspective 1966-1969

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A very fine article, and enjoyable to read. I again look forward to your next chapter, however, I was most waiting for this, the Troughton era, and I'm thrilled that you both included the acknowledgement to the introduction of Time Lord mythos, and the pivotal role that 'The War Games' played on the series to date.


In truth, there is no more singly important story that establishes who the doctor is, and for what he stands. 

In many ways, this piece stands head-and-shoulders above your Hartnell counterpart, although if I'd any wish, it'd be that it was a bit longer, with additional focus on the progression between companions and story style, which is a rather important contemporary debate amongst younger fans of the modern series, who have yet to view these gems of classic television gold.

4 months ago on Doctor Who In Perspective 1966-1969

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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.)

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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. 

4 months, 1 week 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.

4 months, 1 week 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.

4 months, 3 weeks 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.

4 months, 3 weeks 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.

4 months, 3 weeks 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.

4 months, 3 weeks 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. 

4 months, 3 weeks 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.

4 months, 3 weeks 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.

4 months, 3 weeks 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. 

4 months, 3 weeks 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.

5 months ago on Torchwood’s Catherine Tregenna Penning Series 9 Story

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

5 months ago on 2014 Christmas Special Titled

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@DrainOfMorbius 

Ace username sir. Pure genius. 

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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.

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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. 

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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.. 

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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.

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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.

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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. 

5 months 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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@RandomComments 

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

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@PhillipArcher 

Pardon? Represents...what?

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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?   

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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.'.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.  

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