• ismellofhockey replied to the topic Kerblam!


    That has been one of the writers’ biggest failings this series. The Doctor is a bit flat. Doctors have usually had to blend a childish side with a darker side. Perhaps dark side is going too far, but a certain selfishness, irritability, condescension, pain… So far Whitaker has only been given the childishness and childlike admiration.…[Read more]

  • swordwhale replied to the topic Demons of the Punjab

    More and more I’m shouting “THIS IS THE SERIES I WANTED WHEN I WAS TWELVE!!!”

    Meaning, Hero Girls, adventure, heroes who aren’t warriors but save the day, humor, exotic locales (including Sheffield), a quirky spacetimeship, random forays into living history (which I grew up to do a lot of), space the final frontier, aliens…

    @drben I agree,…[Read more]

  • Bilbo Baggins replied to the topic The Ghost Monument


    About the “timeless child” at first I thought they were talking  about that “daughter” the Doctor had, Jenny.

  • Just spent a lazy afternoon reading this thread from start to finish.  Really enjoyed some of my favorite Forum writers’ contributions.  I’ve been missing the Doctor, especially Capaldi’s Doctor.  Thank you @wolfweed @jimthefish @drben @ichabod @missrori @mudlark @winston @missy @nerys @bluesqeakpip and I really appreciated the new voice of @gamerg…[Read more]

  • Lots of great comments and I’m pleased we’ve got a thread to celebrate Twelve – thanks @Craig .

    @DrBen and @ichabod  Yes, I think there’s a reason why Twelve doesn’t want to regenerate, beyond that he’s grown attached to this version of himself (that was Ten’s schtick). I do think he’s tired, and part of him would just like it all to be over.…[Read more]

  • @DrBen and MissRori:

    Regarding the Doctor’s present state of mind (and I’m sure I’m not the only one to say it), couldn’t this have something to do with the number of regenerations he’s had? Maybe there is a good reason for a max number of 12 (or was it 13?). Maybe living that number of lives (and they are different people in my opoinion or reg…[Read more]

  • @ichabod:

    I’d say it’s not that he’s forgotten everything he’d learned — he certainly remembers what pudding-brains we can be, and scorns us for it — but that he seems cut off from the more positive understandings that 11 had gained.  Maybe that’s what a completely unexpected and wrenching regeneration can do to a TL.

    Yeah, he “took a level in cyn…[Read more]

  • @missrori  I think the defining characteristic of Twelve is his rawness of emotion, even when it’s concealed

    Steven Moffat said so early on — that this Doctor is “an exposed nerve” of emotion — and Capaldi played that beautifully.  It helps to have a face that reads like a contour map of the Highlands, of course.

    @hiker  Each episode adva…[Read more]

  • I’d agree with @drben and @hiker that Capaldi does have a definite arc and it’s a truly satisfying one.

    Just for yucks, my favourite of his episodes would be:

    1. Heaven Sent
    2. World Enough and Time
    3. The Doctor Falls
    4. Listen
    5. The Magician’s Apprentice
    6. The Zygon Inversion
    7. Kill The Moon
    8. Hell Bent
    9. The Pilot
    10. Mummy on the…[Read more]

  • @drben

     I want to see his regeneration be much more peaceful — not fire and destruction like 10-11, or crash landing the TARDIS like 11-12.  Just a change, and 13 opens her eyes without confusion or dread, but in full awareness of her past and an eagerness to move forward.  Wouldn’t that be lovely?

    Yes, it would be. I really like that idea.…[Read more]

  • @rorysmith

    To be honest, I’m ready for the Master to be gone for a long time. I’ve said this repeatedly but I want to see new twists and villains or even old ones we have yet to entertain in the new series.

    Agreed- I think that as things stand, the Master/Missy, cybermen and Time Lords can all disappear for a season or more. The daleks are dou…[Read more]

  • @craig

    no problem 🙂

    @mudlark @drben @holodeckguy @rorysmith

    I agree with Craig. I do hope she uses her natural accent. Whilst it might not be banned in the way it once was, we hear far too few accents on TV (or at least that’s how it seems to me living in London)

  • @DrBen @holodeckguy @habemusdoctorem

    I hope she uses her own accent. Really only Tennant, of the new Doctors, hasn’t. But she seems to be good at them (well, she admits some of them).

  • @wolfweed — well, if you live in PC world you’re never going to go short of a flashdrive, so I say it has a lot to recommend it.

    @rorysmith and @drben — there is a definite point that old monsters can be re-used a bit too much. s10 had five of them this year and that could be considered a bit much — although I’d argue that all of them were…[Read more]

  • @ichabod

    Your description of your reaction to the news made me smile.  Being less pessimistic than you I was half expecting it, but before the announcement I would have said that I wasn’t greatly concerned either way as long as the actor cast was up to the job so, although I didn’t actually yell out loud,  the rush and glow of satisfaction I felt…[Read more]

  • <p style=”text-align: center;”>@DrBen</p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”>I never knew the word anglophile until my cousin explained it to me. She is a University English professor. She said our family tends to gravitate to our English roots despite being here since the 1600s. I was surprised because my whole life revolved around British…[Read more]

  • @drben That is a good question, what about the previous doctors (and companions)?
    They all had some accents didn’t they?

    I also agree with @holodeckguy.

  • @drben

    I think the “official” name these days is Wessex coast (The heart is Dorset). So a South 🙂 . I assume the accent was realistic for the area, but to be honest I don’t know.


  • @drben

    She didnt in Broadchurch (although she did have a distinctive accent their too)

  • So my bonkers theory would be that the Doctor gets halfway through the episode before realizing she’s a woman

    @drben I would seriously love it if that happened!

    I wonder if Missy will stay female. Either way if s/he shows up while the Doctor is a woman I can see some mickey-taking of how s/he did it first.

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