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Yeah, just empty space. I'm sure it would have taken, like, minimal effort to create the space ribbons effect.

Still, that Mummy was proper scary and realistic. hmm...maybe it killed the rest of the budget in 66 seconds. ;-)

1 week, 3 days ago on Best of 2014 Awards #13: TV Story

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There *is* a God!

1 week, 3 days ago on Blink Director for Series 9

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I would give it to Mummy if it weren't for the sloppy visual effect of the train traveling on nothing through space. 


IMO, they should have had a optical effect to show that the train was riding on something (even if that something was energy fields or currents or whatever it was).  Lacking an effect like that, the train didn't fly for me....so to speak. 


As such, Listen and INTO THE DALEK take the top spot for me (a tie).

1 week, 3 days ago on Best of 2014 Awards #13: TV Story

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Happy Birthday to "my Doctor", Tom Baker.  May you live to see 100 with many happy returns.  :D

1 week, 5 days ago on Happy Birthday, Tom Baker!

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@The_Eternal_Dalek @dragonsfyre 



Hi there The Eternal Dalek


:D



Thank you for taking the time to respond.


In the friendly nature of discussion, I wanted to bring something to light by commenting on one of your observations to my points.



“Actor hiring - Big definite no, in fact I already singled this out in my last post. Time is money, being stuck in Cardiff for four weeks as opposed to two weeks is going to knock a massive hole in their schedules, so costs will be much hire than hiring two separate casts. That's just the princiapl cast, extra numbers will remain the same. Result: Cost increase.”


I can understand extra time and (naturally) the extra pay for actors involved in shooting a two-parter.But my point here was to highlight the larger number of actors involved with 13 separate stories.


Iimagine the time and additional costs to hire new a new cast (with new payroll information to get set up with Human Resources etc etc) thirteen times versus only only 9 times.


Math is not my strong suit but surely hiring thirteen new casts for thirteen new stories must be more expensive than hiring only 9 new casts.



What are your thoughts?  I look forward to your reply.


~ Dragonsfyre


2 weeks, 2 days ago on Toby Whithouse Two-parter Confirmed for Series 9

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Yes, but surely production costs overall would be less?

If each story requires location scouting, actor hiring, set-building, costume-creating, music-scoring (to name only a few of the expenses)...I can't see how doing all of that thirteen times for 13 *separate* stories would be LESS expensive than if they only had to do it 9 times for 9 stories [in a season with FOUR two-parters].

I imagine the SJA costs were kept low by doing the whole season in two partners.

Does anyone with producing experience have the answer?

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Toby Whithouse Two-parter Confirmed for Series 9

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Just as elhakim noted below:  I really don't understand why the classic 3 x 2-parters formula was ever messed with.  But furthermore, with the BBC usually making such a fuss about budgetary restrictions I'm surprised they haven't insisted on FOUR 2-part stories per season!!

How could FOUR 2-parters save the BBC money, you might ask?

Well, when you have more two part stories, you have fewer NEW SETS to build, fewer NEW COSTUMES to design, fewer NEW SCRIPTS to commission, fewer read-throughs and so on.  All of which means the BBC saves money and/or has more money to put into more lavish special effects and practical effects [ for example, wouldn't it be cool to have a more than just ONE Judoon with its helmet off??? ].

Even if we only get THREE 2-parters, it certainly seems like someone in the financial area of the BBC has finally put 2 and 2 together, no pun intended.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Toby Whithouse Two-parter Confirmed for Series 9

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Finally!!! The 2-parters make a return, giving these squished and rushed stories a bit of breathing room and greater character development.  Plus, we get more cliff-hangers!!!


Oh happy day!

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Toby Whithouse Two-parter Confirmed for Series 9

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Nobody should watch Alien 3 and especially not ALIEN RESURRECTION.

Why? Well Alien 3 features the cast in cryogenic sleep pods that are different from the ones they went to sleep in at the end of ALIENS.

Oops!! Did I just point out the BIGGEST flaw of that painfully inferior movie that tried to follow in the footsteps of James Cameron? Here's the problem with trying to do better than James Cameron, the Canadian master who has Hollywood under his thumb: you can't.

I guess that makes Alien 3 (at best) a very bad nightmare. Yes, Ripley and Newt and Hicks are still out there in deep hypersleep.

1 month ago on Rate & Discuss Last Christmas

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Ditto.

Except it would have been a perfect 10/10 for me if the final (real) wake up would have shown the people with some red markings or mucus-y slime on their faces.

1 month ago on Rate & Discuss Last Christmas

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Watch it again without commercials. It makes more sense the 2nd time around.

The point of Santa - okay, well here goes nothing. The brain can summon up an image or sign to alert a dreamer to the fact that they are dreaming. Usually that image is strikingly different from the rest of the dream so as to stand apart and alert the dreamer. This is a well-known phenomenon and is thought to occur when the dreamer has become lost in the context of the dream and believes themselves to be in danger. By sending a contextually-different image (read: stranger than the dream itself), the dreamer is assured of the fact that they are not in danger or are prompted to wake up from the nightmare.

The Doctor mentioned this in the story. And the last time we see Santa, he says: "Wake up!!"

That is the point of Santa.

1 month ago on Rate & Discuss Last Christmas

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Actually, that expression goes back to the early 70s. I have an article that was written during BRAIN OF MORBIUS... "The night even the adults hid behind the sofa"

My own personal terror of DW was not scary in a fun way... I was truly truly horrified by the Gothic horror of early Tom Baker stories. Had nightmares and was banned from watching the show by my parents. But I still wanted to watch it as it was mesmerizing TV.

So yes, in a way there was a pleasurable thrill to being scared but sometimes that scare followed me into my bedroom and I had to sleep with the lights on.

1 month, 1 week ago on Last Christmas Allegedly “Too scary” for Kids

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@The Genie @jennacoIeman  @NSSG&SMAF 


ROFL!!!


Geez, you nailed it...that's exactly how I felt with the Matt Smith era after The Eleventh Hour (which was excellent).  The only episode that saved me from dropping it was THE GIRL WHO WAITED (which finally showcased Karen Gillan's acting chops).  And then I almost dropped it again until THE NAME OF THE DOCTOR threw a left curve at us and we all wanted to see the 50th... and that was a great episode that was preceded by the most amazing minisode (THE NIGHT OF THE DOCTOR) that brought back McGann.  Can we please have him back for a multi-doctor story!!!!???


The Christmas special 2013, however, was so excruciatingly bad that if it hadn't been the portal to the Capaldi era I would have given up on DW then and there.


1 month, 4 weeks ago on Moffat: Last Christmas is the Strangest Thing I’ve Ever Written

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He's a hit.  The thing is (as far as my humble opinion goes) they shouldn't have made the Doctor so inaccessible as a character.  Darker, sure... but unable to hug a person?? Unable to cry or show remorse?  That's where I think the ball was dropped.


Even Eccleston was able to hold hands with his companion and well up with tears when Dr. Constantine started morphing into the gas-mask creature.



2 months, 3 weeks ago on Poll: Capaldi’s Doctor – Hit or Miss?

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@Deus_Ex_Machina 


Nope.  See my micro review two comments down.  This is the oddest thing ever.  Brilliant and freaky.  Hard to tear your eyes off of it, like the morbid fascination of a car crash. 


Truly a study in extremes with the scary opening to the bonkers ending. 

2 months, 3 weeks ago on 2014 Christmas Special TV Trailer

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@questforsound 


Ah, but is Osgood really dead? What if that was her Zygon doppelganger from The Day of the Doctor?  Both Osgood and her Zygon twin were very much alive at the end of the 50th anniversary special....

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Death in Heaven

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I keep watching this preview over and over.  It's such a study in extreme opposites. 


The set up is SO dark and scary.  Like, proper scary.  Like, John Carpenter's THE THING scary. Like James Cameron's ALIENS scary. Like, the return of the Krynoids from classic WHO scary. 



And then there's Santa Claus. 



I don't know if Santa is the equivalent of Tom Baker's toothy grin that provided comic relief during the Gothic Horror years of DW....or if it's just bonkers creativity.  Or if it's just pure genius.



All I know is it's a preview like nothing I've ever seen before. 

2 months, 3 weeks ago on 2014 Christmas Special TV Trailer

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@DocWhoFan @dragonsfyre 

Thanks for the clarification DocWhoFan.

Yes, I was referring to that section of the fanbase that was objecting to it....

Glad to see that you're fine with it.  I mean, yes it's a shock to me (greatest cliffhanger in ages), but really, the Time Lords are ALIEN: they have two heart and they can regenerate.  Who are we to say what they can or cannot do with their physiology, right?

Cheers mate.

:D

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Gender-Swapping Regenerations: Why Now?

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@DocWhoFan @dragonsfyre 

That's like a dad saying he's okay with gay people but then freaking out when one of his children comes out as gay.

It's hypocritical. 

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Gender-Swapping Regenerations: Why Now?

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Most people are also forgetting that when Tennant regenerated into Smith, one of the first things the Eleventh Doctor did was touch his longer hair and scream out (not with horror) "I'm a GIRL..!!!"

This small bit of scripting single-handedly estalished that Time Lords can regenerate into Time Ladies.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Gender-Swapping Regenerations: Why Now?

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O.M.F.G. 


What a sucker-punch of a cliffhanger!!!!


The Mistress:  "Well I certainly couldn't go on calling myself the Master."


Just when you thought Doctor Who couldn't possibly surprise you any more....

3 months ago on Rate & Discuss Dark Water

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Amen!

3 months ago on The Trouble with Story Arcs

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Thank heavens for the return of the two-parter!!! 

I don't think we've had one since... series 6.  The Name of the Doctor *sort of* was a two parter with that sucker-punch of a cliffhanger.  But it really wasn't. 

3 months ago on Dark Water Clip

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@Polyphase @The Living Angel is Regenerating  


"What about when a better episode comes along?"



Well then it's either a tie...or you need to start using decimal increments. 


Or, in some really wild cases, you rank the best darn episode ever with an 11/10.  Yup.  That's when an episode is so good it really is "off the charts", meaning exceeding the 10 point grading scale. 

3 months, 1 week ago on Your Verdict on Mummy & Episode Ranking

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Not surprising since this episode featured a genuinely terrifying monster. That mummy design was a full-on body horror fright-fest and scarier looking than all of the Hollywood movie mummies combined....and that includes the Boris Karloff mummy from the 30s.

Betcha there were some kids any adults hiding behind the sofa (or at least behind a pillow) when the camera came in for the gruesome teeth-gnashing closeups.

Doctor Who did me proud with Mummy on the O.E.

3 months, 1 week ago on Your Verdict on Mummy & Episode Ranking

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Finally figured out what's wrong with this redesign of the Cybermen: the edges of the mouth slant outward at an 80 degree angle, giving the impression of a smile.


Smiling clowns: scary to some.  Smiling Cybermen: not so much. 


Just look at that cover photo!! The Cyberman looks happy to see something pleasant in the distance.  Happiness is an emotion.  And that is SO not what Cybermen are about.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on DWM #479: Heaven or Hell?

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@LeahGotTheBox 


Indeed..!  This is proper scary.  Doctor Who can reclaim it's badge for making you hide behind the sofa.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Mummy on the Orient Express Clip & Intro

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@Angie Whodini will foretell... YOUR DEATH! 


I can see your point but damn: that is one frightening monster. That is PROPER scary. 


3 months, 3 weeks ago on Mummy on the Orient Express Clip & Intro

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Now this is proper scary.  Doctor Who can reclaim it's badge for making you hide behind the sofa!

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Mummy on the Orient Express Clip & Intro

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Clara.  Definitely Clara. 



In over 50 years, no companion has ever brow-beaten the Doctor so blisteringly.  I'm surprised he has any eyebrows left after that.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Kill the Moon: Clara or the Doctor?

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So what are the numbers for the iPlayer crowd?  Do we know?  If there is a minimum of 1million UK folks watching on BBC iPlayer, then that makes the figures quite robust. 


Time Heist's final figures, for example, would be 7.99 million and Deep Breath would be 10.17 million.



Is there some agency -- other than the BBC -- tracking the BBC iPlayer viewing?  And if so, where might we see the results?

3 months, 4 weeks ago on Doctor Who Series 8 (2014) UK Ratings Accumulator

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"I'll slap you so hard you'll regenerate."  -  Best. Line. Ever!


I think I just had a nerd-gasm. 

3 months, 4 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Kill the Moon

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ooo!!  Now that's proper creepy!  Great timing too, as we move into the Halloween fright season.

3 months, 4 weeks ago on Next Time: Mummy on the Orient Express

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"Spiders. Why did it have to be spiders?"    ~  Indiana Jones meets Doctor Who


4 months ago on Kill The Moon Promo Pics

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@JolomontheCube 


Or the ratings might JUMP really high. People like getting scared.  Think JAWS, THE EXORCIST and ALIENS: all horror movies that raised the bar and broke box office records.  The word-of-mouth on how scary these films were made the line-ups at the theatres grow even longer.




"Just when you though it was safe to go in the water again." ~ tag line for JAWS 2

4 months ago on Next Time: Kill The Moon

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@12th's Sonic (I'm the new caretaker. John Smith) @Typo42 @thetru1h 

I think Typo42 is kidding around... note the avatar:  a TARDIS carafe. 

4 months, 1 week ago on Rate & Discuss Time Heist

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The one thing I don't think anyone's mentioned (and it really DOES deserve mentioning because it is the one thing people have been complaining most vocally about): the Doctor did not rely on the Sonic Screwdriver!!!!




And if any story was screaming out for the Sonic, this was it: impregnable fortresses, barricades and vault combinations!!!  But for a wonderful change, when the Doctor did bring it out, it proved to be ineffective. 


I think Moffat did this ON PURPOSE to address the over-usage of the Sonic by having the characters use their intelligence and cleverness to break into the bank. 



We definitely ARE moving in the right direction with series 8.   :D

4 months, 1 week ago on Rate & Discuss Time Heist

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An open letter to 'Cos Guess Who? Ha!  and to all fans of the show:






About two days ago, a serious rant was made by 'Cos Guess Who? Ha! and I would like to just say something in defence of this Moffat-penned episode (specifically addressing the point 'Cos makes that it is impossible for Clara to somehow end up on Gallifrey when it is locked in a pocket universe).





Listen, I hear you.  I'm not the biggest fan of Moffat *as the showrunner* of Doctor Who and I have been most vocal about the quality of the show under his leadership.  But he does have moments of genius... and I have to give credit where it's due.  For example: try as I might, I can't say that The Eleventh Hour is a bad episode.  It's a great episode!!






Anyway, my point is that the impossible girl known as Clara is revealed to us in THE NAME OF THE DOCTOR as the person born to save the Doctor.






Quite a LOT of fans liked that episode, including me.  But the one thing people didn't mention was that Clara  -- in being born to save the Doctor --  is revealed to be a sort of "spirit guide" for him, appearing at key moments in his life. 





In keeping with that established motif, we see that this is just another moment in the Doctor's timeline where Clara is the spirit guide.  Yes, she is surprised that the child is not Rupert... but as soon as she realizes who he is, she falls into her role as the spirit guide and whispers words of wisdom to him  -- to the Doctor --  words of comfort, words of courage, words to live by.  Words the Doctor obviously listened to and ended up living to save the day.

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Listen

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@They're all my favorite Bank Robber @StephenCoppins 


And Robots was 42 minutes vs LISTEN being 47.  Lots can be done with 5 extra minutes... like letting the story breathe...

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Listen

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@'Cos Guess Who? Ha! @awkward91 @smallaustralian 


Woah there... listen, I hear you.  I'm not the biggest fan of Moffat *as the showrunner* and I have been most vocal about how the quality has suffered.  But he does have moments of genius... and I have to give credit where it's due.  For example: try as I might, I can't say that The Eleventh Hour is a bad episode.  It's a great episode.


Anyway, my point is that Clara revealed to us in THE NAME OF THE DOCTOR that she was born to save the Doctor


Quite a LOT of fans liked that episode, including me.  But the one thing people didn't mention was that Clara  -- in being born to save the Doctor --  is revealed to be a sort of "spirit guide" for him, appearing at key moments in his life. 


In keeping with that established motif, we see that this is just another moment in the Doctor's timeline where Clara is the spirit guide.  Yes, she is surprised that the child is not Rupert... but as soon as she realizes who he is, she falls into her role and whispers words of wisdom to him  -- to the Doctor --  words of comfort, words of courage, words to live by.

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Listen

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"So, what?  You're the truth behind the myth then...?"  said the Tenth Doctor to Satan in The Impossible Planet.

Whether you believe in God or the Devil is of no consequence. From a secular perspective, Satan is a myth. 

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Robot of Sherwood Review

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"Furthermore what’s wrong with Doctor Who focusing on a character from myth and legend? They've done it plenty of times in the past..."  - TARDIS BOY

Indeed they have TARDIS BOY.  Clint, my man, step back in time with me and consider
The Impossible Planet/Satan Pit:  This is is a prime example of a DW story focusing on a character from myth - a story, I might add, that recieved universal praise from fans and critics alike for its daring and thought-provoking sequences that examined faith and religious beliefs.

Whether you believe in God or the Devil is of no consequence.  From a secular perspective, Satan is a myth.


"So, you're the truth behind the myth then...?"  ~ The Tenth Doctor

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Robot of Sherwood Review

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@greggc72 



Robin says "I'm as real as you are"



I think this is a nod to the fantastical nature of Doctor Who:  remember at the start of the episode that the Doctor asked Clara when she started believing in heroes and magic (or something to that effect) and Clara's response is mostly in her body language:  when her life crossed paths with the Doctor!!



Modern Doctor Who has done this sort of quasi-subtle  "in-joke referencing" before.  Take, for example, the scene in THE GIRL IN THE FIREPLACE when Madame De Pompador says to Rose: "The monsters and the Doctor: it seems you cannot have one without the other."


His comment simply was, IMHO, a nod to the show's fandom:  The Doctor is real to us, even though we know there's a whole production behind it and that it's just an actor playing a part.  The love and time we invest in the show make him as real as any character we fall in love with in fiction. 

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Robot of Sherwood

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Well, I have to say that I am grinning from ear-to-ear.



What a wonderfully-realized tale of whimsy and sci-fi.....



Capaldi was hilarious as he kept trying to poke holes in the "reality" of Robin Hood and his merry men. And I absolutely LOVED the way Clara had to take charge of situations, telling both Robin and the Doctor to shut up on more than one occasion.



For the first time in AGES, I watched Doctor Who with a complete sense of awe and enchantment. And it felt SO fresh!!  And my suspension of disbelief was not strained which felt truly wonderful.


It felt like it was 2005 all over again.

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Robot of Sherwood

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@AztecsDaleksAndCavemen @TheOncomingHurricane 

It wasn't mentioned again and again.  It happened and that was that.  If it had been mentioned again and again, then it would have become the central point of the episode.... and instead of seeing the Half-Faced Man impaled, we would have had this instead:  The Half-Faced Man is impaled but the crowd beneath him gasps in shock and says "See what happens when two women kiss!!!?"

And then the balloon from which he fell would have the following words painted on it:  "Did everyone see those two lesbians kissing?"

And then there would have been a march down the mainstreet with everyone singing "Two women kissed!  Two women kissed!  Two women kissed!"

5 months, 1 week ago on Addressing the Deep Breath Kiss

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I still don't get why Clara has such a hard time with the transition to the Twelfth Doctor, considering the fact that she "was born to save the Doctor", has met them all....and even met the WAR DOCTOR without skipping a beat.


Will somebody please explain to me what I am missing?


Thanks!

5 months, 1 week ago on Rate & Discuss Deep Breath

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This is my favourite RTD opener too!  And Martha is bloody fantastic.  She's smart and beautiful and can hold her own.

Martha can't be blamed for "falling for the Doctor" because of that genetic transfer.  Any one of you (who like blokes) would have had the same reaction if a tall good-looking guy suddenly came up and gave you a good snog. 

Yes, it's frustrating that she went through the whole unrequited love thing but then so was having Donna's memory wiped. 

With that one exception, Martha proved to be a blast of fresh air and the angles of racism that were brought into the stories proved to be an interesting narrative point for Doctor Who.

5 months, 2 weeks ago on New Who Openers In Perspective: Smith & Jones

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I can only hope that Capaldi's popularity (due to his role as Malcom Tucker) will draw a bigger UK rating, particularly among adults and the college demographic. 




From what I've seen already (no spoilers here, I promise), Capaldi appears to have instantly captured the erratic, mysterious, friendly and darkly humorous quality of the wanderer in the 4th dimension: in very much the same way that Tom Baker perfectly captured it back in 1974.



I wondered for a time if we'd ever see such a perfect storm as Tom Baker.... and I do believe we have it in Capaldi.

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Capaldi Unclear on Series 9 Return

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@ Notsosmartguy is superior again!!!!!!!!! 


Darn, wish there was a way to pvt message people.  I'm having some problems with the computer at the moment, but I think I saw you mention to me that my CAPS lock was on. 


If you mean when I was quoting EMPIRE, yeah I typed it out that way because that's how it appears on their cover [in full caps].  I guess I should keep in mind that not everybody knows that and is likely to think I'm yelling.


Sorry if you thought I was. 

6 months ago on Moffat on Why Series 8 Needed A Big Shake-Up

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@TheCapaldiMasterplan @dragonsfyre @ Notsosmartguy is superior again!!!!!!!!! 






Hello.  Welcome to the party.  :D





"Magazine making comment about tonal shift of show != Doctor Who is no longer a serious programme."





No no my friend, you're not comprehending. 




When EMPIRE magazine says IT'S DEFINITELY TIME TO TAKE DOCTOR WHO SERIOUSLY, they're not saying the programme isn't serious:  they're saying that it couldn't be taken seriously anymore. There's a difference.  But NOW with the shift towardscarier and darker stories (like in Doctor Who's glory years), it CAN be taken seriously again. And it's time to start doing so.

6 months ago on Moffat on Why Series 8 Needed A Big Shake-Up

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