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    JimTheFish @jimthefish
    Time Lord

    Off to download that now. Good call from @pedant too….

    Missy @missy

    Hello each.

    First of all, I should like to wish all you loyal Whovians :


    Right, now Ive ‘sucked up” would one or two of you good people (a bit more can’t hurt *grin*)
    let me know after you have seen the Christmas special, whether any mention of Clara leaving why and how comes up?

    All right, so I’m really weird, but as you know I haven’t watched the last 6 episodes of Series 9 yet, and although I will watch the special, I don’t want any spoilers.

    I shall be most grateful.

    Thank you,


    Anonymous @


    me too -well, it’s on my timeline thingy -yep, hopeless with fakebook  -but it has fantastic and powerful uses. I loved that arrangement -just the right amount of singing chops without sounding rehearsed and that was the point -among many others. I spent 4 hours in a US hospital once and it cost me $800. Just for the bed for 4 hours. I then wrote myself out when I heard it would be $1900 for the actual night. Yes, I wasn’t properly insured from Aus -young and foolish. The UK has a good system but I know that some don’t agree.


    I agree, you cannot leaf it alone on any account as it’s a twee.

    Yeah, it took me a hole minute and that’s how fwar I got (fwar is Czech for a type of tree but you laterally have to be on the branch).


    <I’m going!>

    janetteB @janetteb

    Happy Christmas, Merry Yuletide, Season’s Greetings, Joyous Solstice, (be it summer or winter), and hope all get to snuggle down with a bevvy of choice to enjoy the Christmas special.



    Anonymous @


    thank you and to you also. And to all.

    May the weather be warm but peaceful – I believe that is needed in SA and Victoria at the moment with the terrible fires and their toll.

    I was talking to a nurse tonight so funny story. I was about to get an injection and we were discussing Doctor Who -as you do. It also happened that the in-house movie channel was showing a great film with Cruise called Knight and Day. The nurse said “oh I know that Clara character. she’s got a perfect English accent. Considering.”

    I said: “Considering what?”

    nurse: “Well, she’s American. She’s Tom Cruise’s wife, Katie something. Katie Cruise. You know, that guy on screen right now. They’re great for each other. She’s short and so is he”.

    me: “no, no that’s a whole diff..”

    Nurse: “just a little prick now..”

    me: “oww. Holy f…”


    ichabod @ichabod

    Funny; not the needle part, just the little prick . . . Um.  (shut mouth)  (oh, open it again, go on — )

    Happy holidays, everyone!


    Anonymous @


    Ah hallo! Yes, it was funny: injections are fine. I’ve never had an issue with them but I do find they itch really nastily after words. That part leads to unholy curses delivered with crassness.

    OK, silly joke  🙂

    nerys @nerys

    @puroandson Someone has Jenna Coleman confused with Katie Holmes? There is a bit of a resemblance, but ouch. That had to have hurt worse than the needle prick.

    winston @winston

    @all the Whos down in Whoville……………  I hope you all have a Christmas just the way you like it and a New Year that brings you all what you need. Have a fantastic day.

    We will be having a green Christmas in my part of Canada so that’s too bad , but easier for all the travelling we have to do. So many dinners..so little space in my tummy (not bigger on the inside).

    Today a friend dropped by for coffee and told my husband that he had seen an ad for a Doctor Who Xmas special. My husband dryly replied “Oh believe me, she knows”

    Missy @missy


    I had to laugh at your post.

    Our daughter rang two days ago to tell me the same thing.
    My husband answered the phone and replied – with what I took to be a smirk, he certainly looked shifty –
    “Yes, not only does your mum know, she’s already ordered it from Amazon.”



    Anonymous @

    @missy @winston

    I think that’s funny too (and yes, Merry Chrimble ‘n’ all)- I’m the only one excited about the Christmas special. Son never liked the one with “fish and sharks” -Eleven’s first Christmas special nor the one with the Christmas trees and the house with two “annoying kids”.

    I didn’t mind it.

    But he’s in two minds, thinking that now he’s a bit “cool” for  Christmas specials because “they’re arc-free and I like arcs Mum”.

    What’s the matter with a standalone??

    Nothing at all in my opinion!

    Kindest to all, Puro (I had red and green jelly today with little edible golden ball bearings! -I think it was Ten who mentioned how wonderful earth was for such creations?)

    ichabod @ichabod


    Edible ball non-bearings, then?  Tasty, I hope!

    Miapatrick @miapatrick

    @puroandson- much as I am looking forward to the special, I will admit it looks like a bit of a ‘romp’- and one for the less intense fans. Thing is, last Christmas very much tied into what had gone on before- Clara’s grief, the theme of whether she should continue to travel with him.  I think the one before that was Eleven’s exit? And pretty much the end of an arc. And of course, ‘The Snowman’ was the continuation of the Clara story began in Asylum of the Darleks.

    So a lot of people have argued there hasn’t been a ‘proper’ Doctor Who, that non fans could follow. Exactly why this program, of all programs ever made is expected to cater once a year to people who don’t particularly like it has always baffled me. This year, people will complain that it is just a light-hearted romp with no deep emotional continuation of the end of the last series. Complaints about Doctor Who are just as much a part of the tradition.

    I am looking forward to this episode, though, just because of things I’ve just deleted realising they might count as spoilers. A couple of facial expressions, I’ll leave it at that. I am expecting there will be some gifts for the fan’s in there, because Moffart loves us really. 😉


    Missy @missy


    Never mind, as long as one of you is looking forward to the special.

    AND, would you let me know please (because you will see it first) if there are any references to Clara’s departure or anything that happened in the last 6 episodes?

    Ta muchly,


    Miapatrick @miapatrick

    @puroandson- just read my comment back, and to clarify- I’m not thinking of puroson when I’m talking about the complainers, I’m thinking of the Other Parts of the internet. And I do also like an arc, and worry that I will find this episode too silly.

    Mudlark @mudlark

    Just dropping in to wish you all a Very Happy and Peaceful Christmas, with much good cheer and an entertaining and enjoyable Christmas Who.

    janetteB @janetteb

    @miapatrick  I too felt rather apprehensive about the Christmas Special but trailers are always misleading. I don’t think being a standalone will slow our more dedicated theorists. I am certain Moffat enjoys providing just enough hints and clues/red herrings, to keep us all amused.

    I have to confess to liking all of the Christmas Specials except the Titanic one. Kylie irritated me. The Widow and Wardrobe is one of my favourites, along with The Snowmen, Last Christmas and The Christmas Invasion, which is nearly all of them. If there is a rule that states one can’t have multiple favourites then I am happy to break it.






    Oh, Puricle. You must learn to embrace the silliness of stand-alones. They are there for those moments we all have, when we need a little something to raise our spirits and reconnect us with joy (and there are only so many times one can watch Pitch Perfect in a day).

    Io Saturnalia to all.

    Craig @craig

    @pedant You have now won over Justin Bieber (although I doubt single-handedly) 😀

    Craig @craig

    Turns out Justin is a fan of free healthcare for all:

    blenkinsopthebrave @blenkinsopthebrave


    Justin Bieber–selfless humanitarian? I am willing to consider the possibilities of a Christmas miracle, but…

    Or am I being too Scrooge-like?

    Bluesqueakpip @bluesqueakpip

    @craig and @blenkinsopthebrave

    Perhaps Jacob Marley sent the boys round. 😀


    @craig Yeah saw that (and the earlier quote) just now. Hope his fans take heed (the Choir was just 660 sales behind earlier today).


    (Is it just me or does the very last Doctor at the end, opening her eyes and smiling, look disconcertingly like Dervla Kirwan?)

    Craig @craig

    @blenkinsopthebrave @bluesqueakpip It has been pointed out today that by posting those tweets he has done more to redeem his image than all the apologies and everything else he has done in the last few years. But from the 2011 quote, and as a recipient of free healthcare, I’m prepared to believe there might be more to it than that. It’s Christmas after all. 🙂

    Bluesqueakpip @bluesqueakpip


    It’s Christmas after all.

    For all of us (and Mr Beiber) from the movie currently on my DVD player

    blenkinsopthebrave @blenkinsopthebrave


    Well, he did grow up in Canada, also a place with universal heathcare. So who knows, perhaps it is a case of “you can take Justin Bieber out of Canada, but you can’t take Canada out of Justin Bieber”.

    Seen that way, and if, as @pedant hopes, he can sway his followers to support the NHS, then it really would be a sort of a Christmas miracle.

    Arbutus @arbutus

    @pedant    I have to admit that I wept my way through that video the first time I watched it (while in my car, waiting for the perogy store to open). It was beautifully done, and the songs worked surprisingly well together. Good for Bieber for those tweets. I’ve never been a fan, but I have always tried to remember that he was far too young for the massive success that came his way. He has behaved as stupidly as many young people do, but with the money and fame to do it on a bigger stage, as it were. Hopefully he is growing up! And as @blenkinsopthebrave says, it’s a shock when you have taken universal healthcare for granted to be made aware of the reality that many Americans have faced.

    On another note, I too am looking forward to the Christmas special. I don’t mind an arc-light episode, especially at Christmas. But I somehow don’t fear that we won’t get a hefty dollop of sentiment from Mr. Moffat and Co., mixed in with the frivolity. Isn’t that what Christmas is for?     🙂

    Off to try and finish the baking now. Cheers!



    perogy store to open

    I had to look that up. You have whole stores for them?

    Mersey @mersey


    How nice to see that even here there are fans of pierogi. I’m going to do some tommorow with my Grandad. That’s probably the most famous slavic dish.

    I want to thank you for the fantastic season and fascinating discussions. You are such great people. Happy Christmas to all from Poland.

    Mersey @mersey

    And one more funny thing. Who brings you gifts?


    blenkinsopthebrave @blenkinsopthebrave


    A friend of mine, who owns a couple of restaurants in the Canadian prairies, called pierogi “Poland’s gift to international cuisine”.

    And @pedant, in my part of rural Ontario, there is a central European foodstore that specialises in pierogi. When my brother-in-law (who is from Vienna) visited the shop he felt he had arrived in heaven.

    Arbutus @arbutus

    @pedant @mersey @blenkinsopthebrave

    We have one store in Vancouver that sells all kinds of homemade Ukrainian goodies. My mother lives in Alberta, and she can get all kinds of things there, where they have a greater number of Ukrainians both buying and selling. I used to make perogies (we actually call them “pedehey”, as my family is Ukrainian), but it’s way too much work nowadays and my kitchen doesn’t really lend itself to massive sheets of dough the way my Nanna’s did! The grocery store ones are just not the same when you’ve grown up eating them homemade, but now as I say, we have this one great store, so I can get my hit. We like to have them on Christmas Eve.

    @mersey    That map is great. I love reading about Christmas traditions from many places, it’s so interesting. Apparently in Italy there is also a witch that comes around, I think on Saint Nicholas’ Day, and leaves gifts as well. I suppose it is inherited from some pre-Christian tradition, as so many of these things are. Merry Christmas to you in Poland, enjoy your pierogi-making tomorrow! I will be making cabbage rolls and braided bread for Christmas Day.

    nerys @nerys

    My goodness, how many fellow Canucks are there here? I am in Canada by way of the U.S., so I still feel like a bit of an interloper (Canadian citizenship notwithstanding).

    winston @winston

    @nerys     I am in Ontario, Canada.       Have a good Christmas.

    ScaryB @scaryb

    Hope to catch up with you all soon, but just to say happy Christmas to all DWFers with a timey wimey sort of a pic 😉

    (And a special thank you to all those esp @jimthefish (ARSE indeed – that made me chuckle a lot), @Puroandson (you’re a hybrid now…?!), @xad4 who’s remembering drew me back from the dreaded RL universe!)

    And yeah, kudos to Justin Biefer (Now there’s a phrase I NEVER thought I’d hear myself say haha). And to our mighty and merciless Emperor @craig for dedicating our home page for a worthy cause.

    Anonymous @

    @swathi sorry sweets? But this is a Doctor Who site or Forum. If you were tutored by one of us or the Doctor then…awesome….if not, not!!


    unless I’ve skipped or missed something?


    blenkinsopthebrave @blenkinsopthebrave

    @scaryb you’re back! What a great Christmas present! And so many familiar avatars lurking today! Hurrah!

    <bleary-eyed Blenkinsop contemplates another stretch in bed before exploring tthe Christmass tree>

    Bluesqueakpip @bluesqueakpip

    @craig and @blenkinsopthebrave

    The NHS has done it!

    And Christmas best wishes to Mr Bieber, as well. Apparently his intervention helped tip the balance.

    Merry Christmas, one and all.

    blenkinsopthebrave @blenkinsopthebrave

    extra special Christmas greetings to @pedant, who reminded us all of how important it was to support the NHS.

    (and universal healthcare everywhere…which is about as political as I get on Christmas Day…)


    And No 1 achieved (quite comfortably in the ed, for which all credit to Beibs – the bookies stopped taking bets almost immediately after he Tweeted) – and thx to @blenkinsopthebrave! Right back at ya.

    Anonymous @

    Halloo  Mr @blenkinsopthebrave

    Mr @pedant

    awesome !!

    I knew nothing about the nHS until Puro showed me that song (I had heard the song before, I think) and the point it was achieving. As for Bieber, I didn’t know any of that.

    By now you will have all watched the episode. We have to wait. 🙁

    Son (Happy new year  to all. That’s coming next!)

    janetteB @janetteb

    Like @Puroandson Still waiting to watch the Christmas special. We are heading to the cinema tonight to see the inevitable. (Boxing Day film releases are a tradition here and we are sticking to it,) so may not be watching Dr Who until tomorrow night, (which is referred to as ‘second Christmas Day in our eccentric household) but will be able to do so with the aid of a brand new second hand data projector. (Our old one fell of the table and we have been rather bereft without it for some months now.)

    @scaryb Thank you for that lovely pic. I have saved it to my Dr Who slidehow. I will also be copying it into my Christmas Slide show.

    And to @all May the seasonal cheer continue



    XAD4 @xad4

    Slightly late to the party… Merry Christmas everyone! 🙂





    That is really rather lovely.

    winston @winston

    @xad4   Thanks for that, it was really good.

    Anonymous @


    brill! As Twelve goes, “so goes my nation”


    ScaryB @scaryb

    Happy Christmas everyone

    Waves, especially @blenkinsopthebrave, @janetteb (Technical glitches, rips in the space time continuum, being kidnapped by space gremlins… you know how it goes! Usual everyday timey wimey stuff!)

    @xad4 Thanks so much for the Dr Puppet Silent Night – rather great

    ScaryB @scaryb

    Happy timey wimey New Year everyone (in the past now for Australian fans, very close for us in UK, and future for Canadians and US peeps)

    And happy birthday to The Doctor Who Forum – we are 3!! We started on 31-12-12 with about 30 members – now look at the state of us! Thanks as ever to the mighty @craig for setting it up and to everyone for making it such a special wee space on the interwebs. Cheers folks! See you next year 🙂

    (And a quick wave back to @jimthefish and @pedant (hopefully will get more chance to discuss and banter with you in 2016))

    Mudlark @mudlark

    Good wishes to everyone for the new year.  And since I happen to have a glass in my hand, a toast to the forum and all who post here.

    Mersey @mersey

    Many happy returns!

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