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Does nobody think she's Romana???? You were the noblest Romana of them all..........

3 hours, 20 minutes ago on Dark Water Advance Preview

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@Polyphase It is scarily becoming the norm :/ We shall have a generation with bad eyesight and cricked necks from walking round, head down, playing with said i phone! :P

1 day, 4 hours ago on Rate & Discuss In the Forest of the Night

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@Old Whovian @BazHood Somewhat perversely, I think I partly enjoy the wait, hahaha. Reminds me of the 'old' days.

2 days ago on Rate & Discuss In the Forest of the Night

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@Old Whovian Nice rundown. I'm not much of a one for lists, but this very nearly mirrors my own thoughts on this season, except I like The Caretaker a little more and Forest a little less :P! 

Mummy has been my favourite so far, scoring 9.(I'm stingy and like 10's to develop over time) and I've only rated one story as low as 6 (Forest, I'm afraid, and the 6 is largely for Capaldi!) but it's been an incredibly consistent run of stories and a welcome return to a more alien Doctor. 

I too shall have a fit if Capaldi isn't in s9, but he did say they were planning for it, while filming s8 so......everything crossed!! 

And, boy do I commend you on your patience, waiting to watch the finale as a one-er. NO WAY I could do that, hahaha. I'll be repeat watching episodes through the week to keep me sane!!

2 days, 2 hours ago on Rate & Discuss In the Forest of the Night

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@Old Whovian @BazHood Also think it's very soon after the 50th but I'd still like something......

2 days, 14 hours ago on Rate & Discuss In the Forest of the Night

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@Burgess Shale Exactly! Come on team! She's not his granddaughter, Mum or Sister!! Or if she is, then the inclusion of THAT line is just.........really.........messed up.

2 days, 14 hours ago on Rate & Discuss In the Forest of the Night

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@supermoff needs answers! NOW! That'd be great if we get a bumper episode!

2 days, 17 hours ago on Dark Water TV Trailer

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@tom colman @Gustaff Yeah, all the wailing perplexes me too. It's simply the average opinion of an impartial 5000 people who watched the show and 83, relative to 85 is nothing.

2 days, 20 hours ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator

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Oooooooft!!!! Awesome biscuits!!!!

3 days ago on Dark Water TV Trailer

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@Old Whovian @BazHood yeah, the movie is mostly forgettable but he's amazing on BF and Moffat nailed him in Night of the Doctor so....COME ON MOFF!

3 days, 3 hours ago on Rate & Discuss In the Forest of the Night

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@PeterGecko I think what we were actually seeing with that Earth shot was green hued gasses from all the vegetation and not trees over the oceans. At least thats how I'm justifying that shot haha

3 days, 3 hours ago on Rate & Discuss In the Forest of the Night

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@Old Whovian Moffat said there is nothing special planned.....but ........Moffat lies ;) 

I'd like a 2 Doctor thing with McGann and Capaldi! Love McGann and would like more TV canon for 8 :D

3 days, 3 hours ago on Rate & Discuss In the Forest of the Night

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@Evolutionary Dead-End @Typo42 A Gent of Clare @darrynlee1 True dat.  And with final numbers between 6.7 and 7.3, (minus Deep Breath as it was an EVENT episode) this series has been incredibly consistent.

3 days, 11 hours ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator

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@Scootersfood, Secret Agent of C.L.A.R.A. Oh aye!!! Being a drinker of WAY too much Coke for most of my life, I LOVED this line :)

3 days, 14 hours ago on In the Forest of the Night Review

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@The Exploding Ultron Indeed. Classic stories need time and perspective to become classic! And for all we know, the finale could be a load of old rubbish. Highly doubtful but still.........

3 days, 19 hours ago on In the Forest of the Night Review

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6.71 final for Flatline is not bad, it'll be 7.7 with L+7. Good stuff!

3 days, 21 hours ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator

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@Mermeht Not a clue, mate. Maybe Maebh 'thought' her sister away in the first place, just as easily as she 'thought' her back at the episode's end?!?! Maybe she'd run away...to a bush in her front garden?!?! Or maybe Maebh turned Annabel into a plant then thought better of it, as that's just not cricket, old chap :P

4 days ago on Rate & Discuss In the Forest of the Night

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Be interesting to see the AI for Forest now. 


While it seems to have been met with, generally, meh opinions on here, I wonder if the AI panel will rate the 'fairytale' feel to the episode. Or not :P

4 days, 1 hour ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator

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After a rewatch, fresh, this morning, I think I'd revise my score up a touch. 

Yes, it has its problems but Capaldi is brilliant from minute one, I like the direction, especially the interior Tardis scenes, (which I've seen a few 'experts' grumble about on here) there's some more great VFX work and ALL the cast were really rather good. 

The sister thing at the end is still utterly illogical, forced, happy ending nonsense though! 

6.5/10, as it's below the 6 stories which are bubbling under my top 3 :D

4 days ago on Rate & Discuss In the Forest of the Night

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@The G Unitt - It's my initial, I'm not a rap fan Editing. We don't know the context in which she is saying that.....in a room with a Cyberman in it????

4 days ago on Rate & Discuss In the Forest of the Night

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@Ian Chatterton It's giving me a sore head ;)

4 days, 2 hours ago on Rate & Discuss In the Forest of the Night

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@ShantJoshi @Spadesey Yeah, sorry but I have to disagree completely about the direction. What Sheree Folkson achieved with what she had to play with was really great. And the choice of shots for the interior Tardis scenes was inspired. I especially LOVED the shot with Capaldi's arm pointing at Maebh, asking if she had a name. Comic highlight for me.

4 days, 3 hours ago on Rate & Discuss In the Forest of the Night

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@Ian Chatterton Doctor Who is a show within the show, according to Remembrance of the Daleks :P

4 days, 4 hours ago on Rate & Discuss In the Forest of the Night

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Initial thoughts are: A bit of a shame :/ Mostly harmless.........

Moffat talked this one up so intriguingly...........and, for me, it didn't quite hit the mark I'd had set for it. 


Peter Capaldi still elevated it above hum-drum, though so my first 6/10 of the series.

Some more nice little character nuances between the Doctor, Clara, Danny triumvirate. 

Some lovely directorial choices and VFX work. 

More good music from Muzza Gold and...shock, horror...The kids are alriiiight, the kids are alriiiiiight!! 


The sister thing at the end though, uugghhh! That was a slight return to the silliness of Matt Smith's tenure and needless....in my book. Sue me!?!

So yeah, the first episode to be directed by a woman in HOW LONG and Sheree Folkson gets this un. A bit of a shame but I hope she returns.

4 days, 14 hours ago on Rate & Discuss In the Forest of the Night

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Someone ask Peter Capaldi if he thinks his Doctor has been overshadowed by Clara. I would venture, not a bit of it! He's been phenomenal in every. single. scene!

5 days, 5 hours ago on Poll: Is Clara Overshadowing the Doctor?

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@DrMalcolmT It'll still have Capaldi! He's worth the admission price alone :)

1 week ago on In the Forest of the Night Advance Review

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@ThomasFirth @BazHood Ah cool, so they seem to follow the straight 3 million increase. Lovely.

1 week ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator

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@morn I've loved him since he stumbled out of the Tardis :D But I am Scottish, so slightly biased :P

1 week, 1 day ago on Your Verdict on Mummy & Episode Ranking

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@mrclever @ilyootha, a proud member of C.L.A.R.A. Maybe a 4 or 5 on a good day lol :P

1 week, 1 day ago on Your Verdict on Mummy & Episode Ranking

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@ilyootha, a proud member of C.L.A.R.A. @BazHood Lol, oh but Timelash has Paul Darrow absolutely chewing up the scenery :P He's worth points alone and the Borad is a cool make-up. 

The Twin Dilemma, I think, actually damaged me at the time I watched it. I was 9 and MY Doctor (Davison) had gone :( and been replaced by a shouting, half mad buffoon who'd tried to strangle Peri!! Then the awful, awful twins!!! Oh my giddy aunt! To be fair Colin Baker's performance IS incredible but that, and again, the make-up are the only saving graces for me. 

But I'd still rather watch it than Love and Monsters and Fear Her...and a few others :D

1 week, 1 day ago on Your Verdict on Mummy & Episode Ranking

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@ZakkVanBurace Yeah but it's still almost an 8/10 score. A great score in an incredibly consistent series.

1 week, 1 day ago on Your Verdict on Mummy & Episode Ranking

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@Polyphase I cried with laughter.........thanx for that :D

1 week, 1 day ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline

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@Americanwhovian Lol, It's not a shirt!!! It's a Paul Smith jumper/pullover with 'knitted' holes???? And I want one :P

1 week, 2 days ago on In the Forest of the Night Promo Pics

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@ilyootha, a proud member of C.L.A.R.A. yes, but The Twin Dilemma doesn't :P

1 week, 1 day ago on Your Verdict on Mummy & Episode Ranking

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@Meh Meh Meh Meh Meh is in the Secret Play! Shh! Oh, I didn't know this. That makes the million who do watch even more impressive!

1 week, 2 days ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator

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Aw shucks, I wanted Mummy to triumph over all hahaha :P Oh well, second is still good :D 

1 week, 2 days ago on Your Verdict on Mummy & Episode Ranking

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@ilyootha, a proud member of C.L.A.R.A. @BazHood @NickyArmstrong So, last year the show was averaging an extra 3 million watches over and above the overnights! 

Deep Breath garnered an extra 4 million for its L+7 so it would be reasonable to presume the rest of s8 maintaining or bettering (as more people choose these ways to watch) the 3 million + from last year and work out an expected L+7 score for this run of episodes :D 

Again, really well done on finding these, ilyootha!! I'm on Doctor Who News everday but didn't think to look there :) I'm away to extrapolate some L+7 numbers for s8 now :DDDD

1 week, 2 days ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator

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@ilyootha, a proud member of C.L.A.R.A. @BazHood @NickyArmstrong Oh, I was rooting around somewhere but i just typed in Live+7 as a search string. It brought back that one week in May and it was 'The Doctor's Wife' episode highlighted. 

Nice work with the 7a and b figures ;)

1 week, 2 days ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator

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Okay, so, a little bit of a leap here, but.....armed with new information, brilliantly found by ilyootha, and knowing Deep Breath's score already, I've made a sketchy list by simply assuming that s8's L+7 scores will be on a par, if not slightly better (due to more people choosing these ways to watch) than s7 and thus......

Deep Breath                 o/n    6.8     L+7 - 10.76

Into the Dalek               o/n    5.2     L+7 -  8.50 (slightly large due to Daleks)

Robot of Sherwood     o/n    5.2     L+7 -  8.20 (straight 3m increase)

Listen                             o/n    4.8     L+7 -  8.20 (large due to good word of mouth and repeat viewing)

Time Heist                     o/n    4.9     L+7 -  8.00

The Caretaker              o/n    4.89   L+7 -  7.90

Kill the Moon                o/n    4.81   L+7 -  8.00 (controversial episode, some good word of mouth)

Mummy......                   o/n     5.08   L+7 -  8.30 (good word of mouth, best of the series etc)

Flatline                          o/n     4.60   L+7 -  7.80

Looks alrighty to me! :D

1 week, 2 days ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator

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@tom colman Haha, no, no, that's cool :) The US numbers are listed further down, by distilledoreo, I think. Still waiting on Flatline's US figure though.

1 week, 2 days ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator

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@Mermeht @Rich7NS3 Just not everywhere, in everything! Clara has now been the nightmare hand under his bed, the dream who told him it's OK to be afraid, the one who left the toy soldier, the girl who told him which Tardis to take AND she's saved every incarnation at some point or another, as well as thwarting the Great Intelligence. That's just too much, for my logical sensibilities.

It's like R2-D2 and C3-P0 being in EVERY Star Wars thing from Ep I to Ep VI, plus The Clone Wars and NOW, Star Wars - Rebels...and no doubt they'll both be in the new films. Just....ugh....it makes no sense.

1 week, 2 days ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline

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@NickyArmstrong Gawd knows tbh!! Been waiting since the beginning of October! :/ It isn't easy to find any L+7 results,(I could only find May 2011 results) so maybe the BBC don't actually publish them regularly but put out the Deep Breath score as a one off randomly?!?!?

1 week, 2 days ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator

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@Antee991166 @Regenerated Catterson Oh, I love Masque of Mandragora :) A Hinchcliffe historical :D I see it's being shown with The Prisoner so perhaps that's a theme night to do with both being filmed around Portmeirion.

1 week, 2 days ago on Watch Death in Heaven Early

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@Rich7NS3 You're struggling and can't care about the series but still give mostly 8's and 9's for the episodes lol. Bit of an oxymoron there, innit? :P 

I agree about the Clara thing...but I just choose to ignore it (Like the half human thing in the TV Movie)

1 week, 2 days ago on Rate & Discuss Flatline

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@tom colman @Evolutionary Dead-End @PCAriza @BJAMES @AlanCrome The US had 2.2 million watching the premiere, (heavy publicity, world tour) which is unprecedented for Doctor Who in America. 

Then episode 2 halved to 1.1ish and then the same steady, small decline (to about 800,000) as the UK until, like the UK, Mummy went back up slightly to the million again. Don't know about Flatline yet but a million people, LIVE, in the US! That's pretty damn good. 

Australia also had record breaking numbers for the premiere but drifted down to 500,000/600,000, against tough sporting opposition apparently lol, before Flatline hit the million mark again. Which is also impressive. 

The rest of the world is harder to find out about.


1 week, 2 days ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator

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@tom colman Listen, man, I say black, you say white. It's utterly tedious and ultimately pointless. The BBC will do what they gonna do :) 

I, for one, am enjoying the show more than I have in 3 years and that's all I care about tbh. (selfish, yeah but there ya go) :P

Short of changing the showrunner, this is the show we have right now and I'd rather be positive than a negatroid android, constantly banging the same 'falling numbers' drum that Michael Grade and Jonathan Powell were banging 30 years ago!

1 week, 3 days ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator

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@BJAMES @BazHood I think, if they wanted to, the BBC could rest Doctor Who on a whim. They could cite any number of reasons for resting it. 

They already tried splitting the season into 2 parts (meaning 2 premiere episodes AND 2 finales) twice, which I loathed, but it swelled the numbers, somewhat artificially. It's certainly not inconceivable for shows to 'take a break'. The BBC will do as they see fit.

Ultimately, though, there is just no need for all this bickering after every viewing figure comes in. There's no need to crow when the figure goes up a little and there's no need for doom when it goes down a little. It averages about 7 million. Pretty damned steadily. Yes, it's down from David Tennant's height of popularity, but this is its 9th year and 8th series, and 7 mill (20% of the viewing public) is still good.

1 week, 3 days ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator

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@Burgess Shale Lol, murmerrings amongst the hypnotised, placated sheeple

1 week, 3 days ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator

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@tom colman The 'home' numbers are not dropping though. They HAVE dropped from the highs of David Tennant's reign (probably the most iconic Doctor since Tom Baker) but series 8 is equaling or slightly bettering the last half of Smith's s7. 

Although, Flatline looks likely to be a 6.5 final, which 7b did go down to on a few occasions. 

I expect the next episode to be much the same and then, perhaps, a small boost for Cybermen and then a slight fall for the finale. (which is strange logic I'll grant you, but, cliffhangers have never seemed to have the desired effect in Nu Who for some reason e.g. more people tuning in for part 2) 

Time will out, I suppose but I still stand by the fact that about 7 million folks watch the show, weekly, in the UK and that's a pretty decent number. There are, inevitably, lost viewers who loved 10 and/or 11 and that's a real shame but the show must go on.

1 week, 3 days ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator

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@BJAMES Nah, I would tend to think it's mostly newer fans, who haven't been here before, unlike us oldies who saw the REALLY dark times 30 years ago. We're not stressing at all :D

1 week, 3 days ago on Doctor Who Series 8 UK Ratings Accumulator

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