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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.

1 week, 3 days 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.

1 week, 3 days ago on Russell T Davies Interested in Writing A Doctor Who Movie

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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.

4 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.

4 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.

4 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'. 

4 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.

4 weeks ago on Last Christmas Review (Part 2): Questions, Questions

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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.

1 month 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?

1 month 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.

1 month 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.)

1 month, 1 week ago on First Series 9 Title Revealed

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@DrMalcolmT @Planet of the Deaf 

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

1 month, 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.

1 month, 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.

1 month, 4 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.

1 month, 4 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.

1 month, 4 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.

1 month, 4 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. 

1 month, 4 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.

1 month, 4 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.

1 month, 4 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. 

1 month, 4 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.

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

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

2 months ago on 2014 Christmas Special Titled

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@DrainOfMorbius 

Ace username sir. Pure genius. 

2 months ago on 2014 Christmas Special Titled

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@Unibot 

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

2 months ago on 2014 Christmas Special Titled

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

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

2 months ago on 2014 Christmas Special Titled

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

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

2 months ago on Doctor Who In Perspective 1963-1966

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

2 months ago on Doctor Who In Perspective 1963-1966

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

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

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


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

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

2 months ago on Doctor Who In Perspective 1963-1966

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@mc92 @The MasterDoctor 

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

2 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.

2 months 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.

2 months 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.

2 months, 1 week 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.

2 months, 1 week 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.

2 months, 1 week ago on Capaldi Hoping for New TARDIS

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@PhillipArcher 

Pardon? Represents...what?

2 months, 1 week 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?   

2 months, 1 week 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.'.

2 months, 1 week 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.

2 months, 1 week 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.

2 months, 1 week 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.

2 months, 1 week 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.  

2 months, 2 weeks 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.














2 months, 2 weeks 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.

2 months, 2 weeks 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.

2 months, 2 weeks 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.

2 months, 2 weeks 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 months, 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 months, 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 months, 2 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Death in Heaven

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