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The problem is though, that despite me hating Torchwood's concept of an afterlife (and I say that as someone with no religious beliefs), I still won't be happy if they ignore it completely. Sure, take the existing idea and morph it into something else, but don't pretend it never happened. I'm just hoping Moffat's found a way of making his version work in conjunction with Torchwood's.



1 day, 9 hours ago on Dark Water Advance Preview

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@Djornad Dunno. Does the Moon count? :P

1 day, 10 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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Ride it out would be my advice. Part of the show's beauty is that if you're dissatisfied with the current Doctor, companion, showrunner, etc., you only have to wait a short while until a new one comes along and restores your love for the show. I felt very disconnected from the show after 'The Time of the Doctor' last year, but watching more of the classic series helped to keep me interested until series eight arrived (which has restored some of my faith in Moffat). Perhaps you could do something similar? You've got over half a century to choose from!

4 days, 8 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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1. Listen - 9.5/10

2. Deep Breath - 9/10

3. Flatline - 9/10

4. In the Forest of the Night - 8.5/10

5. Mummy on the Orient Express - 8/10

6. Time Heist - 8/10

7. The Caretaker - 6.5/10

8. Robot of Sherwood - 6/10

9. Kill the Moon - 5/10

10. Into the Dalek - 3/10

4 days, 9 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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@Scootersfood, Secret Agent of C.L.A.R.A. @AuthorDreamsNr2 To be honest, I think all the of the 'NEXT TIME' trailers are pretty crap nowadays. I don't know if the people responsible for them have changed since series 5, but none of them get me excited like they used to. They generally feel rushed, poorly edited, and seem to cut off at very strange points ('Cold War' being the biggest offender). I was really hoping they'd improve for series eight, but they've been worse than ever this year.

5 days, 7 hours ago on Rate & Discuss In the Forest of the Night

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@TheBiPunishment Patrick Troughton

Tom Baker

Peter Capaldi

David Tennant

6 days, 9 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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@TheBiPunishment William Hartnell. That's the only one I can answer here.

1 week ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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@TheBiPunishment McCoy, Troughton, T. Baker (they're both two of my favourites though), McGann

1 week ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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@TardisBoy Deep Breath - 9/10

Into the Dalek - 4/10

Robot of Sherwood - 6/10

Listen - 9/10

Time Heist - 8/10

The Caretaker - 7/10

Kill the Moon - 7/10 

Mummy on the Orient Express - 8/10

2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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@NightRises I look forward to reading more of your thoughts. Do you think you'll watch The Crusade from season two? It's the only story from the season to have any missing material (2 out of 4 episodes surviving), and is in my opinion one of the very best Hartnells (my personal favourite, in fact).

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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Since we're all doing it.

1. The Shakespeare Code

2. The Unicorn and the Wasp

3. The Lodger

4. The Caretaker

5. Closing Time

6. Planet of the Dead



4 weeks ago on Face-Off: Gareth Roberts’ Episodes

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I've thoroughly enjoyed every episode we've had from Gareth Roberts, but The Shakespeare Code is still the clear winner here. It's witty, extremely funny, at times terrifying, and does a beautiful job of recreating Elizabethan England. The best of the 'celebrity historicals' to date.









4 weeks ago on Face-Off: Gareth Roberts’ Episodes

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Might as well give this a go, since my opinion of Clara has improved so much since Deep Breath.


1. Martha

2. Donna

3. Clara

4. Rose

5. Amy

6. Rory (nothing against him though)

It’s nice to be back in a position where I can comfortably say that I like every companion on this list.







1 month ago on Remembering the Ponds – 2 Years On

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@Antee991166 If you'd asked me this before series eight, I'd probably have said Amy, but Clara's blossomed so much in the last six episodes that she's now become my favourite Moffat companion, and my second or third favourite (of the new series) overall. Quite an improvement I'd say, considering she was one of my least favourite companions before!

1 month ago on Remembering the Ponds – 2 Years On

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@Ladydetemps I know the feeling. I'm hunting for work myself at the moment, and my trip down there is always the low point of my week.

1 month ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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@whovian213 is suspicious of the new caretaker Definitely. I'd argue that Barbara is probably the most important companion in the history of the show, since she's almost wholly responsible for shaping the Doctor as we know him today (Ian helped too, but to a lesser extent). 


Oh, and on the topic of strong female characters (pre-Sarah Jane), I have to ask… why is poor Vicki always forgotten? She was a brave, intelligent individual who could always hold her own against the foe(s), and in one case, even start a revolution against them! 

1 month, 1 week ago on Celebrating “The Highlander” and “The Bad Wolf”

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@TheDreamer @RoastNewt @YaelMoise I know what you mean. I got so bored during The Mutants that I ended up taking an entire month away from the classics. Definitely the most tedious Doctor Who story that I've ever encountered.

1 month, 1 week ago on Celebrating “The Highlander” and “The Bad Wolf”

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@TheDreamer I can barely remember the middle parts to be honest. I watched the whole thing in one sitting and it's all a bit of blur in my mind. I'm not complaining though, because given what what was coming, I was happy to spend as much time with Jamie and Zoe as possible!

1 month, 1 week ago on Celebrating “The Highlander” and “The Bad Wolf”

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@Mark McCullough All six episodes of Fury from the Deep! :P

1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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@ Notsosmartguy The new Caretaker. I thought that at first, but watching it again it sounds more like "Oh my god, you're from space." Pity. I was all ready to boast about predicting the John Frobisher reference. :P

1 month, 1 week ago on Next Time: The Caretaker

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I wonder if this is the episode where they'll address his likeness to John Frobisher, seeing as it's the first one this series to be set entirely on modern day Earth.

1 month, 1 week ago on Next Time: The Caretaker

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@Chris502 There's a guy on YouTube who's uploaded loads of SJA music, including that track. 


www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqJkpdI6emk


I'd recommend checking out some of his other stuff too - hardly anyone seems to know about his channel, despite him being one of the only people to upload SJA music in listenable quality.

1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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@LucasW Martha's still my favourite companion since the series came back, but Clara's well on her way to joining her (or at least coming in at a close second) if she continues to be as wonderful as she has been so far this series.



Now, try telling that to the me of nine months ago!

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Listen Review

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@YaelMoise @stargazer0118 @supermoff is playing Grand Theft Karabraxos... Yeah, I really don't like the whole "She's the new Sarah Jane" thing. Not only do I find it sort of insulting to suggest that the inimitable Lis Sladen can be 'recreated' with Clara (which isn't to say that Jenna isn't amazing in her own way), but I also hate being told that I should automatically like her because she's similar to a character that I already love. It comes across as a very effortless attempt to force me to accept her, and on top of that, I think it devalues what both Lis/Sarah and Jenna/Clara have contributed to the series. I’ve really grown to like Clara over the last few episodes, and I want it to stay that way, but every time I hear this it just reminds of everything that ever made me dislike her in the first place. (This isn't aimed directly at supermoff's comment by the way. I'm thinking more of other occasions where I've seen people saying this.)







1 month, 2 weeks ago on Listen Review

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@DaftDalek is Ceter Papaldi Not at all - Into the Dalek is my least favourite so far!

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Your Verdict on Robot of Sherwood

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@iamthedoctor "Fear makes companions of us all."

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Listen

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Oh my word. That final throwback to An Unearthly Child. I was practically in tears. Just perfect.


1 month, 2 weeks ago on Rate & Discuss Listen

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@social_crime @supermoff is alone. Listen... It was only a rumour. I doubt that Moffat will let it get in his way if he has a good idea for bringing back Ian.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on The Caretaker BBC Synopsis

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@ClassicWhovian The Reign of Terror, The Ambassadors of Death, The Claws of Axos (special edition)

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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@Sephora is Scottish now Thanks. I'll resist my urge to click it then. I'd rather wait until the episode to find that out!

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Listen Promo Pics

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Out of ten, how spoilery is the last pic?

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Listen Promo Pics

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@YouveBeenDuplicated I agree. The 'next time' trailers feel really sloppy and badly edited nowadays. I wish they'd bring the middle eight back. 

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Next Time: Listen

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I'm in love with the new titles. Yes, they're a bit over the top, but somehow I like that about them. They feel like a perfect combination of Moffat era whimsy with an old school sci-fi feel (similar I think to the theme used for The Trial of a Time Lord), and it suits Peter very well. I'll be absolutely gutted if they're dropped any time soon.

2 months ago on Examining Series 8’s New Title Sequence

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Well done on writing this Lazy Cat. I was wondering when we'd see it. Speaking as someone who was heavily critical of Clara in 2013, I can't tell you how happy it makes me to finally say she's won me over. I just watched Deep Breath for the fourth time and it took me about five times longer than it should have, because every time I reached one of these moments, I just had to rewind and watch them again. For all the praise I've heaped on Capaldi, who is already shaping up to be one of my favourite Doctors, it really was Jenna that stole the show in this episode, and the two of them together are sure to become one of my favourite TARDIS teams.

So thank you Jenna, and thank you Moffat, for doing what seemed impossible and making me love Clara Oswald. I can't remember the last time I felt this optimistic about Doctor Who!

2 months ago on Deep Breath: The Very Best of Clara Oswald

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Oh, and I saw an interesting post on Tumblr yesterday.


Strax said he saw lots of "muscular young men" in Clara's subconcious. But hang on, doesn't Strax always mistake women for men? So, applying that logic here...


What do we think people?

2 months ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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Just watched Deep Breath for the third time. I'm loving it more and more with every viewing. My new ranking for the series openers is:


1. Smith and Jones

2. Deep Breath

3. Partners in Crime

4. The Eleventh Hour

5. The Impossible Astronaut

6. Rose

7. New Earth


And although it's still early days, I can easily see Clara Oswald becoming one of my favourite companions if she carries on like this. I only hope that subsequent stories will serve her as well as this one did.

2 months ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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@The Finn Not at all. Lots of people on my Twitter who've seen or read the leaked ep were really impressed (people who generally have a similar to taste to myself). Plus it sounds like one of the most original Dalek stories in years. 


But you're right to be cautious though. It's best to keep your expectations low.

2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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I think the new theme tune is shaping up to be one of my favourites. At first I wasn't sure about the howling sound, but the more I listen to it the more I like it. It reminds me of the theme used for The Trial of a Time Lord.

2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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@stargazer0118 As ever, I shall vote for Martha Jones with little hope of success. (3.92%!? Pah.) Still, glad to see Rose and Donna placing well. 

2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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@TheNightmareChild redecorated (You better like it) @RoastNewt I knew someone else would if I didn't get there first! :P

2 months, 1 week ago on New Who Openers In Perspective: Partners in Crime

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(And what I actually meant to say was Stacey!)

2 months, 1 week ago on New Who Openers In Perspective: Partners in Crime

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Oh, and can I just say, that scene where poor old Tracey collapsed into Adipose terrified me as a kid. The special effect used still gives me shivers to this day!

2 months, 1 week ago on New Who Openers In Perspective: Partners in Crime

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I've always loved this episode. It might have silly aliens and a plot that's tissue-thin, but it's just so fun and heartwarming that I can't bring myself to dislike it. Plus, the window miming scene might just be the best moment of Doctor Who, well, ever!

2 months, 1 week ago on New Who Openers In Perspective: Partners in Crime

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@TardisBoy Yes, yes! This is it. It's from the scene where Sarah meets the Trickster in Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane?

SARAH JANE: But if I died all those years ago. Never mind the Bane. What about the Slitheen, and the Gorgons, and the Patriarchs of the Tin Vagabond? I stopped them all from taking over the Earth. What happened to them?

TRICKSTER: I turned them all away. All I need is the meteor.

So there you have it - proof that the Tricksters can alter multiple events in order to shape an individual's life! In my headcanon, the time beetle was saving the Earth for something much worse than the Titanic (the reality bomb). 

And now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to leave before I get any more overexcited...

2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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@TardisBoy Yes! Thank you. This was (I swear I'm not lying!) my theory too. 

There was a quote in SJA somewhere which I used to explain this once - and I can't bleedin' remember it now. But it's a perfectly suitable explanation. They have to spend a little energy so they can profit in the long run! Love it.

2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/discusswho/062014/

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@supermoff  @Amy says Peter Davison is the Thirteenth Doctor! While I've not exactly been on the Moffat bandwagon of late (in terms of episode enjoyment), I have to agree with you here. One of the things I respect most about him is how highly he speaks of other writers - so many people try to paint an image of him as being horrible and arrogant, when to me he always comes across as such a kind, humble man. 


Honestly, I don't know how he - or RTD - manage it. I know I'd cripple after one day under the pressure that they face in that job!

2 months, 1 week ago on New Who Openers In Perspective: Smith & Jones

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@Amy says Peter Davison is the Thirteenth Doctor! Interesting. Andrew Cartmel has also said in a recent interview (I forget where) that this is his favourite episode of the revived show.  Whether popular among fans or not, it does seem to have attracted quite a bit of praise from other writers (but then it can be hard to tell with Moffat, since he's always so respectful of the others working with him!).

2 months, 1 week ago on New Who Openers In Perspective: Smith & Jones

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