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As normal, that's told us a lot :)


I'm intrigued by the fact that two-parters are back mid-series (a couple at least by the sounds of it) though having two parts doesn't necessarily mean better story than singles. It helps of course but it depends on the other factors too. Though it'll be nice seeing those good-old cliffhangers back!


Either way Series 9 certainly has a lot to live up to after the magnificence that was Series 8.


12 hours, 27 minutes ago on Moffat Confirms His Next Two Stories for Series 9

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Nice. Looking at these really shows just how much talent we had on board for Series 8 and though I didn't necessarily vote for all four of these, they've all deserved this victory.

4 days, 15 hours ago on Best of 2014 Awards: The Winners (Part 1)

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Great article and, though I really enjoyed Hurt and The War Doctor anyway, you've pointed out things I hadn't noticed. Now, of course people don't always have the same interpretations to each other but I, personally, do definitely agree, thinking about it. 

1 week ago on Why I Love The War Doctor

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@The Lazy Cat of CATS  I so want a crossover of all these :)

1 week, 1 day ago on Best of 2014 Awards #14: Moffat Series

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@The Lazy Cat of CATS  Do you have a spare TARDIS lying around? Or a time turner? Or a Flux Capacitor? Do you secretly live in Hyrule? Or Ylisse?

1 week, 1 day ago on Best of 2014 Awards #14: Moffat Series

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Series 8. A series containing so many top quality episodes, a fair few masterpieces and my lowest score for the remaining episodes is a 7/10 (ITFOTN). Mind you, Series 5 is really, extremely close behind it and I do personally prefer the arc in that series. 


But Series 8 just nudges in front, by a whisker.

Series 6 is also a bit of a personal favourite of mine. It's not the best (The Rebel Flesh/The Almost People for a start) but I do love it. Series 7 is underrated too.

1. Series 8

2. Series 5

3. Series 6

4. Series 7

1 week, 1 day ago on Best of 2014 Awards #14: Moffat Series

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Happy Birthday, Sir John. Hope we have the pleasure of your presence in Doctor Who, whether that be TV or perhaps Big Finish if they start doing New Who. I'll always remember you as Hazel and Mr Ollivander though as well.

1 week, 1 day ago on Happy Birthday, Sir John Hurt!

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So disappointed Doctor Who didn't win, or Sherlock either. Oh well at least David Tennant got the special recognition award. The look on his face, bless him. He was not expecting that at all.

1 week, 2 days ago on 2015 National Television Awards UPDATE

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@Tomb of the Cyberbob @MetamorphmagusWho  As Oswin would say, "I see what you did there". XD

1 week, 2 days ago on Why I Love The Fourth Doctor

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Listen.


Mind you it was a very difficult decision what with the other masterpieces this series: Deep Breath, Mummy on the Orient Express, Flatline and Last Christmas. Dark Water/Death in Haven isn't too far behind either. 

1 week, 2 days ago on Best of 2014 Awards #13: TV Story

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Though I haven't seen all the classics I am steadily getting through them and from all those featuring Tom that I've seen I can safely say that he is an absolutely phenomenal Doctor. He's certainly one of the most influential. In fact, I think I'm going to go and watch Terror of the Zygons (probably not all of the episodes, though, at the moment).     

1 week, 2 days ago on Why I Love The Fourth Doctor

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Have a very Happy Birthday, Tom. You were (and are, as the role stays with you forever) an absolutely phenominal Doctor.

1 week, 4 days ago on Happy Birthday, Tom Baker!

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Hmm... well this one was actually pretty close, however since I gave Death in Heaven a 9, unlike his other episodes this series (Not including co-writes. With co-writes it drops lower to 9.07), the average for Moffat becomes 9.75 whilst Mathieson stays at a 10. So Mathieson it is.



1 week, 4 days ago on Best of 2014 Awards #11: Writer

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Oh, yeah sorry. Great article by the way, getting us all in the speculating mood. 

1 week, 5 days ago on Speculating on Series 9’s Big Cliffhanger (Part 1)

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'Ey up, someone's mentioned Orson again. Looks like my Detective Inspector skills are still needed. My theory is that Orson is from a parallel universe in which Danny didn't die and that for some reason when he travelled through time he also ended up in another universe... or he's Teddy Lupin's grandson. Clara isn't pregnant (unless it's somehow...suspended?...at the moment...) as Moffat said that Last Christmas takes place 6 months after Death in Heaven.


As to what this cliffhanger could be:

- It might have something to do with Gallifrey however I doubt it will be back from out of the pocket universe yet. But it might still involve it somehow.

- What if another one of The Doctor's companions kills Clara? Maybe a future companion, perhaps.

- Or what if Clara accidentally gets Jenny, the Doctor's Daughter killed?


Ok... they were pretty dark ideas actually. Hmm... maybe they meet Timon and Pumbaa?! Nobody would expect that!

1 week, 5 days ago on Speculating on Series 9’s Big Cliffhanger (Part 1)

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It's good Madam. But your welcome. It certainly is a fantastic piece of not only Doctor Who but television in general.

1 week, 6 days ago on The Lord of the Dream: Amy’s Choice in Perspective

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Great article. I absolutely adore Amy's Choice and I didn't think I could love it any more. I always thought The Dream Lord was an unbelievably excellent character, the character development it brought was fantastic and it perfectly balances humour and dark moments. But you know what? This article has commented on points that I hadn't picked up on, such as the slight playful tease that Nye gave it for instance. It's made me love it even more now. 

1 week, 6 days ago on The Lord of the Dream: Amy’s Choice in Perspective

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@supermoff   I saw it the first time last week on the Series 8 boxset and I genuinely felt unbelievably proud of our fandom and the fanbase for the next few days. Not to say that I don't normally but you know what I mean.

2 weeks ago on Best of 2014 Awards #10: Director

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This one was difficult, but in the end I voted for Douglas Mackinnon. However Ben Wheatley and Rachel Talalay weren't far behind.

2 weeks ago on Best of 2014 Awards #10: Director

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@SirTrey  It's great being optimistic :)

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

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@Stradiwhovius @MetamorphmagusWho @the Ultimate Notsosmartguy I'll admit that as a separate episode The Rebel Flesh is okay, it also brought a lot of potential to the overall story and it did set it up decently enough, but personally I just don't think they were fully utilised then in The Almost People. Also for me the morality of the issues surrounding the Gangers could have been handled a lot better in both episodes.


I do like some other elements, though...


-The main three's acting (as always)

-Matt's Yorkshire accent

-The Almost People's cliffhanger

-Rory getting a bit more in the 'spotlight'


So TRF is okay, TAP lets it down immensely.

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

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@the Ultimate Notsosmartguy   Example: The Rebel Flesh/The Almost People.

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

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Series 9 News!!!!


*Reads Toby Whithouse*... Yay!


*Reads Two-parter*... WHA-HEY!! YES!! (wha-hey? Where did that come from?) RETURN OF THE MID-SERIES CLIFFHANGERS!


*Reads that it is going to be creepy*... (in David Tennant voice) Oh, Yes!!


Could this be outdoor filming time, then?



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

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I'd love for him to create an original monster. House was a good villain however I would love him to create a new alien. Capaldi needs an iconic monster for his era, and Gaimon's got as much chance as anyone has to create the next monster.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Neil Gaiman on Nightmare in Silver Reception

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And Coraline, which is an amazing book.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Neil Gaiman on Nightmare in Silver Reception

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Hmm, I really hope she stays all series especially since, from all of the hints from Moffat and Jenna herself have suggested, Clara isn't going to just up and leave of her own accord. Because of this I have a big feeling her departure is going to be heartbreaking, like Donna departing heartbreaking (though that will be a difficult thing to beat). Having this occur half way through a series might make it feel underwhelming and the emotional impact may be lessened because of this.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Is Clara Really in All of Series 9?

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@The Dreamer... dreaming about series 9 @supermoff  @The Finn, Agent of SPECTRE @Scribey @ilyootha, agent of C.L.A.R.A. @Malohkeh  I don't mind The Idiot's Lantern, though I agree with Love & Monsters. It's Fear Her I dislike, as well. *cringe*

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Series 9 Filming in Spain

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@supermoff   I maybe want some more stories about the war they were fighting in Into the Dalek between the Daleks and the humans. Then it could perhaps lead into another Dalek civil war, with human fighters in space (as opposed to on Earth like in Remembrance) then caught in the middle, killing and being killed by both sides.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Best of 2014 Awards #6: Returning Monster

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Got to admit I voted for the Clockwork Droids. They were fantastic in The Girl in the Fireplace but in Deep Breath they were brought back in a way that benefitted them. They were made even more scary than they already were previously and The Half-faced Man was one of the best villains of Series 8.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Best of 2014 Awards #6: Returning Monster

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@twoheartsonemind   I think we need a new villain/monster/alien that's going to be iconic for Capaldi's Doctor or at least one during his era that will go on to be iconic . Eccleston had the... gas mask zombies...slitheen? (To be fair he only had one series), Tennant had Weeping Angels, Vashta Nerada and the Ood and Smith had The Silence.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on 9 Predictions for Doctor Who Series 9…

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9. I was slightly disappointed there wasn't a returning alien from the Classic series in Series 8, but hopefully there'll be at least one in Series 9.


8. Yes, please. Whether it's Shona, someone from the past, present, future, an alien, anybody, I really want another companion in the TARDIS. I also wouldn't mind people like Journey Blue, Psi, Saibra, Perkins etc to maybe just appear again, potentially becoming recurring characters, maybe in Series 9, maybe not depending if any returning companions come back (I'm coming to that).


7. Please no spoilers!! Let's hope.


6. We certainly have some questions regarding Missy and I'm hopeful that at least some of them will be answered.


5. I'm pretty sure this happens every year, but I suppose if the show has already been put on hiatus then it's always going to be in the back of some people minds.


4. I really hope it is acknowledged somehow, maybe have a few returning aliens we haven't seen for ages. We could have a couple from "21st Century Who" and then at least one from "Classic Who" and then obviously some new aliens, that way we acknowledge the 10th anniversary but it shows it's still the same show. Or a returning companion (Martha/Mickey perhaps... Jack...Wilf... somebody?)


3. I think Clara's going to die and if she isn't it is still going to be heart-breaking. As for Moffat the problem is I don't see anyone who could possibly take over at the moment for him to leave at the end of the year.


2. Yes, yes, yes, YES! There are so many opportunities for spin-offs! The only issue is Moffat already has so much on his plate already. But if he was to have another main writer for the spin-off it could work.


1. I personally don't think it'll be brought back quite yet. Maybe after another few series.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on 9 Predictions for Doctor Who Series 9…

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My favourite revelation cliffhanger is at the end of The Almost People. It's probably one of the sole reasons why I watch it, really. However my favourite cliffhanger overall is at the end of The Pandorica Opens. It's a complete, absolutely massive " How on Earth are they going to get out of this!!!". As Chameleon Circuit once said:


"The Doctor's stuck in the Pandorica,

Amy might be dead and Rory's a

Roman with a gun inside his hand,

Seems like things aren't going as planned."


Though the cliffhangers for The Empty Child, The Impossible Planet, Human Nature, Utopia, Silence in The Library, The Time of Angels and The Impossible Astronaut closely follow it.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on New Who’s Best Cliffhangers (Part 1)

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Pretty close between The Half-faced Man and Missy, both fantastic, both villainous but neither 'evil because they are evil" which here worked tremendously well. In the end, went with Missy.

3 weeks ago on Best of 2014 Awards #5: Best Villain

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Great article. I haven't seen that many of Hartnell's episodes however from the few I have seen I actually really enjoy his portrayal and I look forward to watching more when I find time. I wonder what he'd think if he knew how many people of multiple generations love and, no doubt will love, his incarnation. RIP Hartnell.

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Why I Love The First Doctor

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@jamesanash101, Agent of the C.O.M.P.A.N.I.O.N.S @The Dreamer... dreaming about series 9  That's really quite similar to me except it was only my Dad who used to (and still does) watch it and I just wasn't quite 6 yet at the time. Wow... 10 years. 10 years since I was waking up, checking that my face hadn't turned into a gas mask.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on RTD: It’s Now Impossible For Doctor Who To Ever Be Axed

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@Yawn  Unlike previous years where the Drama performance awards were split into Male and Female (I believe anyway), this years weren't so Capaldi and Coleman were in the same category. Fans had to decide between the two of them instead of being able to vote for both.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on 2014 iPlayer Xmas Top 10, BBCA Ratings

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So ratings wise both Series 8 and Last Christmas are doing fantastically. There's so many different ways that people are watching it these days; Live (like me), iPlayer, Recordings (like I know several friends have done), Netflix, iTunes, illegal downloads (probably as a last resort, I'd have thought). Plus it's success internationally and the show is seems to be doing great.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on 2014 iPlayer Xmas Top 10, BBCA Ratings

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@The Eternal  The Doctor and Clara end up inside 10 Downing Street (for a magic trick?) and The Doctor tells Clara to inform him if anything smells like bad breath.


Or how about Clara finds a trampoline, whilst drinking tea from a mug with a chip in it (yes I know that's New Earth, but it's still a reference), when something's going to destroy the world and The Doctor says "Be glad it doesn't start talking to you".

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Russell T Davies on New Who’s 10th Anniversary

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@Scribey @TheOncomingHurricane  Yes, Wilf needs to come back at some point!

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Russell T Davies on New Who’s 10th Anniversary

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@Rorschach's_Journal_of_Impossible_Things  It would definitely be nice to have a returning New Who alien we haven't seen for a while. Along with those you mentioned I'd like the Ood to appear again.

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Russell T Davies on New Who’s 10th Anniversary

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@Baker Street  Yeah, I agree. Nothing major like a 10th anniversary special, not so soon after the 50th but... something. I still think (Ok, more 'hope') there might be a Comic Relief Special.

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Russell T Davies on New Who’s 10th Anniversary

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Never heard of heard of him, but it's so great to get new info on Series 9! Has it really been about a year since we were getting new info for Series 8... wow, that does not feel like a year ago (I think they started filming in January last year as well. Didn't they?) Though I wasn't commenting at the time.

Anyway, yay for new info! I love finding out the guest cast. I'm hoping for Matthew Baynton or Sarah Hadland among many others.

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Paul Kaye Cast in Series 9

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My list goes:


1. Last Christmas, A Christmas Carol (Joint) 10/10

2. The Snowmen 9/10

3. The Christmas Invasion 9/10

4. The Runaway Bride 8/10

5. The Time of the Doctor 8/10

6. Voyage of the Damned 8/10

7. The End of Time 7.5/10

8. The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe 7/10

9. The Next Doctor 6.5/10



3 weeks, 4 days ago on Festive Face-Off 2014 Winner

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R.I.P to both of them. :( They'll always be a part of the 'Who Family'.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Obituaries: Fiona Cumming, Bernard Kay

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@Miles Morales the Ultimate Notsosmartguy  @LGwalchmai95 @Antee991166  @gunslinger19  It's nice to have a bit of a mix, but we need more "evil because they are evil". Villains like how Maleficent used to be or Scar (unless like me you've created a backstory for him).

3 weeks, 5 days ago on The 5 Greatest Weaknesses of Series 8 (Part 2)

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Ok, so what do I think of the points:


5. I didn't mind this at all. Personally I prefer how it was done here than how it was done in the RTD era, there was just enough of it and I love The Caretaker. Maybe the Skovox Blitzer could have been slightly used a bit more, though.


4. I don't see it, really.


3. I feel the series needed a few lighter episodes to give it a bit of a balance. Even the darkest of series' have lighter moments.


2. I don't see it as too big a problem so long as they don't go too far and make every villain be just misunderstood. Though, yes the Cybermen should have killed someone in DIH to show themselves as villains.


1. Partly agree with ITFOTN, don't agree with the others.


It appears I don't agree with as much on this list as last list.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on The 5 Greatest Weaknesses of Series 8 (Part 2)

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@supermoff   Completely agree. Doctor Who is great in that it largely manages both light and dark moments within a series effectively (most of the time). They may have main tones, but the darkest series' and even the episodes do have lighter moments in them and I don't mind (provided the lighter moment makes sense in the context and doesn't ruin a particularly dark moment).

3 weeks, 5 days ago on The 5 Greatest Weaknesses of Series 8 (Part 2)

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@The Lazy Cat Is Owner (Clara) Searching  If Series 9 is even half as good as Series 8, I'll be happy.

3 weeks, 6 days ago on The 5 Greatest Strengths of Series 8 (Part 1)

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Completely agree with all five of these points and personally these are just a few of the reasons why Series 8 is, to me, the best series of New Who. The overall quality of the episodes for one thing and some of the ideas used were fantastic. Like every series it had it's problems (As your next article will show, though whether I'll agree with those we'll have to see. Looking forward to it, anyway.) but for me the greatness greatly surpassed the mediocre, this series.


Also, I seem to be in the minority but I loved the character of Danny and his relationship with Clara.

3 weeks, 6 days ago on The 5 Greatest Strengths of Series 8 (Part 1)

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