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Really, any work by any society is going to have some ideology present in the product. It's quite interesting to examine them, though. Watching classic Who from a modern perspective, for example, can be a bizarre experience, with various older ideologies bleeding through. It'll be interesting to see how new Who's ideologies look in 50 years.

12 hours, 58 minutes ago on The Ultimate ‘Ism’: Doctor Who and Ideology

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@Adric the Genius The old god wasn't a sun. And yeah, I do think there was some religious satire present. One of the better elements, I thought.

13 hours, 3 minutes ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 1

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I like big speeches when they drive things, but like a lot of that episode, it kind of came out of nowhere.

17 hours, 12 minutes ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 1

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Must. Resist. Urge. To. Rant. About. Cold. Watr

17 hours, 14 minutes ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 1

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Don't get me started on what's wrong with Cold War...

17 hours, 25 minutes ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 1

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Affirmative. I sold it for Big Finish CDs.

17 hours, 32 minutes ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 1

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The song is great, as is the acting, but lines like "make parasite gods blaze" make me cringe.

17 hours, 33 minutes ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 1

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Confession: I don't get what's so special about the Akhaten speech.

17 hours, 42 minutes ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 1

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Heh, that's probably my favorite of his stories. Look forward to seeing what your problems with it are, though.

17 hours, 56 minutes ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 1

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Regular commenters may have noticed I've been very hard on Gatiss' stories. I'm proud to say that this is the last story of his that I find truly awful.

18 hours, 7 minutes ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 1

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The Bells of St. John - 7/10. It's a , competent, solid, stylish romp with a clever resolution and a punch the air moment with the motorbike going up the shard. However, given it's position as an opener to 7b and introduction to modern Clara, it should have been more. Clara is particularly sidelined, which is a tremendous pity.

The Rings of Akhaten - 6/10. It's neither the disaster some say it is nor the classic others hold it to be. There's some genuinely beautiful visuals, music, and character focus. However, the plotting is extremely haphazard, with ideas like the vigil and the Mummy being churned it and then forgotten. And I usually have no qualms about the use of the sonic, but it was pretty damn ridiculous here.

Cold War - 1/10. Tedious and inconsistent. The base under siege story here is blatantly derivative, a shameless ripoff of what has come before. I wouldn't mind, but the execution is a mess. The opening sinking scenes were horribly edited, nearly incomprehensible. From there, we see an ice warrior suddenly decide it's in Alien, kill a bunch of people, angst a bit, plot nuclear war, and then change its mind for no particularly good reason. Oh, and after all that trouble, the ice warriors just conveniently show up, still alive despite everything the episode had previously told us. Eugh.

18 hours, 16 minutes ago on Rank the Revival: 2013 Part 1

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I can't really say a favorite. They've nearly all build a very special home in my heart. Even 5 and 10, who have had the least impression on me, have their moments that make me love them.

1 day, 5 hours ago on The Doctor Division

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@grumpyoldcow He's got a hell of a lot of stories in other mediums, though.

1 day, 10 hours ago on The Doctor Division

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Anyway, at least Last of the Time Lords had Martha being awesome.

1 day, 13 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2012 Part 2

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At least Lay off the Time Lords...actually, hold that thought, my phone really doesn't understand what I'm trying to say, does it?

1 day, 13 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2012 Part 2

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How can you stomach those awful brothers?

1 day, 13 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2012 Part 2

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Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS is one of the few episodes I physically cannot bring myself to watch. Eugh. It's just so bad.

1 day, 13 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2012 Part 2

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Pity what follows is my least favorite bit of the Moffat era. I don't like scoring harshly, but I must call it as I see it.

1 day, 13 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2012 Part 2

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Power - 7/10. Yes, that ending is a mess. I get it. But with such fantastic character focus and an intriguing invasion by cubes, as well as am enigmatic villain more than deserving of a return, I don't really mind. And I can't help but love it for reinventing UNIT so well! Kate is wonderful.

Angels - 9/10. Though the plot had its flawed, that's not really the point. It's the culmination of an emotional journey that began in 2010, tying up Amy's growth beautifully. From the scene on the rooftop onwards, the episode just skips from entertainment to artistry (like the end of Doomsday did). A beautiful, poignant, poetic episode that earned every last tear.

Snowmen - 8/10. Stylish, clever, competent, and quite witty. Though it fails a bit at the end, with the emotion saving the day ending being a bit tracked on, there's a lot going on to love. Clara dying again was a tremendous shock, still packing a punch despite being done once before. And the Paternoster Gang is always welcome back, injecting energy and character to their stories. Another strength of this episode is the fairytale imagery...the ice governess, the Snowmen, the Intelligence in the snow globe, and best of all, the spiral staircase to the TARDIS on a cloud. Blimey, it was charming.

1 day, 13 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2012 Part 2

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Someone get Capaldi in shorts.

1 day, 16 hours ago on Series 9 Filming in Spain

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Ooh,  that'll look great onscreen. 

1 day, 16 hours ago on Series 9 Filming in Spain

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@Shane Michaels @Iris Wildthyme Actually, she called it average, not below average.

1 day, 19 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2012 Part 1

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@YaelMoise They convert people into these weird cybermen-ish things called "robomen", yeah.

1 day, 19 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2012 Part 1

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@Beasts_a_Snarling - Servant of the Union of Three! Fires of Pompeii was Donna's third episode. Blood of the Daleks was a two-parter that actively focused on Lucie. Shona's had a minor role in one episode. I expect they could flesh her out, too.

2 days, 10 hours ago on Why Shona McCullough Should Return

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@Beasts_a_Snarling - Servant of the Union of Three! How do we know she's the one who found the ways? They never really go into that. 

2 days, 10 hours ago on Why Shona McCullough Should Return

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@Beasts_a_Snarling - Servant of the Union of Three! I don't recall Donna or Lucie's offbeat energy "nullifying a serious situation".

2 days, 10 hours ago on Why Shona McCullough Should Return

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@Beasts_a_Snarling - Servant of the Union of Three! Ashley's no different in that case, though...

2 days, 10 hours ago on Why Shona McCullough Should Return

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@Beasts_a_Snarling - Servant of the Union of Three! For one thing, her first scene showed she's an outside-the-box thinker with the dancing. Her worldview is unique and would bring out new opportunities both in stories and in Twelve and Clara's characters.

2 days, 10 hours ago on Why Shona McCullough Should Return

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@Beasts_a_Snarling - Servant of the Union of Three! I do think Shona is capable of being active, just in different ways. I can't see her just being a cheerleader. Just because she isn't as severe and serious doesn't mean she's useless.

2 days, 10 hours ago on Why Shona McCullough Should Return

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@Beasts_a_Snarling - Servant of the Union of Three! We have Twelve and Clara who both have that more than adequately covered. Shona would bring a different perspective.

2 days, 10 hours ago on Why Shona McCullough Should Return

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@Beasts_a_Snarling - Servant of the Union of Three! I dunno, Shona was the one who was bringing the most energy and wit to the base. I don't recall Ashley focusing on anything but the job at hand. Good qualities, but uninteresting as an addition to an already serious dynamic.

2 days, 10 hours ago on Why Shona McCullough Should Return

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@Beasts_a_Snarling - Servant of the Union of Three! I think Ashley is too severe to join Clara and Twelve. What the team really needs is a bit of cheeriness, some energy, some spark.

2 days, 10 hours ago on Why Shona McCullough Should Return

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@Beasts_a_Snarling - Servant of the Union of Three! I don't recall Liz ever being into perfume sales.

2 days, 10 hours ago on Why Shona McCullough Should Return

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@ParadoxAngel If you love Donna and Shona, try listening to Big Finish's Eighth Doctor Adventures line. Lucie Miller is very much that type (and she's wonderful)!

2 days, 10 hours ago on Why Shona McCullough Should Return

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@Beasts_a_Snarling - Servant of the Union of Three! Why Ashley? There was nothing much to set her apart from Clara, which would just make her kinda redundant.

2 days, 10 hours ago on Why Shona McCullough Should Return

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Come to worst, she'd make a great EU companion.

2 days, 12 hours ago on Why Shona McCullough Should Return

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@SirTrey @DaftDalek is the Aphex Twin Doctor If only Pond Life had actually focused on that.

Ood on the Loo was fun and all, but it really could have fleshed that out and bumped my score for Asylum to a 10.

2 days, 13 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2012 Part 1

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@DaftDalek is the Aphex Twin Doctor How did you miss the Special Weapons Dalek? It was right in the middle of the "eggs" room!

2 days, 13 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2012 Part 1

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@SirTrey @Malohkeh will sell soul for Big Finish CDs @Stradiwhovius I look forward to discussing it! It's one of the aspects of Series 7B that really interests me, even if it wasn't quite perfect.

2 days, 14 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2012 Part 1

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@SirTrey @SonicTheHedgehogRules @Planet of the Deaf  Hell, I know I let out a rather undignified squeal when my favorite Dalek, the Special Weapons Dalek, came onscreen.

2 days, 14 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2012 Part 1

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@Stradiwhovius @SirTrey I think that was what they intended. All of series 7 is about her being not just a plot device. Problem is, for that misdirection to work, they have to keep you looking the other way as she grows, which means it's rather easy to miss.

2 days, 14 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2012 Part 1

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Asylum of the Daleks - 9/10. Armed with some gorgeous location shots, some lovely sets, and the reliably fantastic direction from Nick Hurran, this episode just pops on the screen. Simply gorgeous visuals, all forwarding a bonkers, complicated, wonderful plot. The Daleks have only ever felt more threatening when Rob Shearman was in the writer's seat (is there a writer's seat?). Yes, the divorce subplot is underdeveloped (which I more blame on Pond Life for failing horribly at building up to it), but everything else works so well that I don't care. And Oswin! Oh, Oswin! What a shock that was!


Dinosaurs on a Spaceship - 7/10. The plot's generic but the characters are a wonderful mix, and are all clearly having a hell of a good time. Nefertiti is wonderful, and it's great fun to watch Amy boss her and Riddell around. Brian Williams is the real star of the show, though, and it's a pity this is one of his only two appearances.


A Town Called Mercy -7/10. For the third week in a row, the production team manages to take us somewhere amazing, with the lovely sets in Spain paying great dividends. Whithouse clearly enjoys telling the moral examination of the Doctor, and Khaler Jex's backstory is rather horrific for family television. The solution of the self-destruct was obvious, but it felt earned well enough.


Though 7A is a bit disjointed, and really could have used an arc presence, I find all the stories are fresh and engaging enough to keep things going, and for now, at least, the blockbuster format works.

2 days, 14 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2012 Part 1

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@Gustaff @Malohkeh, not a member of any acronyms If it were a planned move, I can't imagine her waiting until the last possible moment to press the button.

3 days, 10 hours ago on Doctor Who’s Impossible Choices and the Trolley Problem

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@Gustaff She was stressed and made an impulsive decision. I think anyone would.

3 days, 10 hours ago on Doctor Who’s Impossible Choices and the Trolley Problem

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@Planet of the Deaf Another case of the Doctor showing that there can be another way!

3 days, 12 hours ago on Doctor Who’s Impossible Choices and the Trolley Problem

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@Mark McCullough But would you push the fat man?

3 days, 12 hours ago on Doctor Who’s Impossible Choices and the Trolley Problem

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I feel like a lot of Doctor Who violates these thought experiments by always giving another way out. In real life, there's rarely only two possible outcomes, and that's what I love about stories like The Day of the Doctor. They show that if one's clever enough, there's a better option to be found.

3 days, 12 hours ago on Doctor Who’s Impossible Choices and the Trolley Problem

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Series 7 had so many things going for it but it really fell apart for me in many of the individual episodes.

3 days, 13 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2010-2011 Recap

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These two series are some of the greatest television ever produced, in my opinion. God, what a ride that was.

3 days, 13 hours ago on Rank the Revival: 2010-2011 Recap

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