• JimboMcMaster replied to the topic Face The Raven

    I reckon the ‘they’ Ashildr refers to is actually the Master/Missy. It sounds plural but you can refer to a single person in a gender-neutral way by saying ‘they’, for instance if the gender is unknown. Or perhaps if the person has been both male and female.

    Also, surely the Gomez Master is due another appearance before the series ends.

  • JimboMcMaster replied to the topic The Zygon Inversion

    The scene in the Black Archives was absolutely marvellous. One of my favourite moments I think I’ve ever seen in Doctor Who. Excellent writing and performance. Some really good observations about the stupidity of war, terrorism and cruelty. Its always worth hearing these things said out loud, even though very few us need convincing of them.…[Read more]

  • JimboMcMaster replied to the topic The Zygon Invasion

    Although much about this episode appeals to me greatly, I feel let down by some big issues which either don’t make sense, or aren’t explained very well…. or maybe I just missed the explanation.

    If 20 million Zygons are now living on Earth, how is that a secret? That’s a significant rise in population. Or are they replacing actual humans?…[Read more]

  • JimboMcMaster replied to the topic The Girl Who Died

    <p style=”direction: ltr;”>I actually really liked this episode, despite the fact that it had some of the silliness of ‘Robot of Sherwood’, including a cartoony version of history, which I don’t like (although a lot of the funny dialogue that goes with this ‘subgenre’ I do really like, so its swings and roundabouts). What I liked was the fact that…[Read more]

  • @citizenvexx@pedant and @supernumerary. Re: The Doctor’s approaching inevitable death.

    Add to that the end of the Tennant era. That’s four in total in the last 7 years! The Doctor knows he will die soon, without actually being in a state of dying, and, in three of the four examples, goes on one last sequence of adventures (mainly off-screen) a…[Read more]

  • @mudlark:

    It is now up to the Doctor to find a way of changing the past just sufficiently to avert their deaths, without disrupting the entire universe.

    If the Master didn’t Vortex-Manipulate herself and Clara away, I reckon the Doctor will find the Manipulators before the Master takes them with her, modify them so that he can operate them…[Read more]

  • Hello, it’s been a while. I’ve dipped into the forum from time to time since the last series (or Christmas?) but haven’t posted again until now. Nice to see familiar and new ‘faces’ alike.

    I’m left with that slightly mixed feeling that I often get with Moffat’s ‘big’ episodes. Not quite sure why, but it happens sometimes.  It’s not such a bad…[Read more]

  • As a general point further to this debate, there’s an interesting alternative view posited in the letters section of the latest Doctor Who Magazine (Feb 2015). It’s the ‘Star Letter’, and the author says that in a […]

  • Good work on this @Bluesqueakpip. It certainly was a mammoth debate, and fun too. It’s amazing how many issues and ideas we covered really.



  • JimboMcMaster replied to the topic Flatline

    @ichabod – this is a good point. When facing a Bad/Worse choice, a person must of course consider the probability that the ‘Worse’ would actually come to pass if they choose ‘Inaction’ (aka ‘Worse’). As you say, nothing is ever guaranteed. If it’s 99% likely, then the person’s choice might be a different one than if it’s only 50% likely. If they…[Read more]

  • JimboMcMaster replied to the topic Flatline

    @Bluesqueakpip   – In response to your post which will be appearing on the blog:


    Undistributed middle: you’ve just turned the least morally wrong act into the morally right choice without confirming that the least morally wrong act IS always the morally right choice.

    If we are in a situation where the only available acts are immoral ones th…[Read more]

  • JimboMcMaster replied to the topic Last Christmas

    Bit late to the Christmas party, but here are my thoughts for the hell of it.

    Main reaction is gladness that Clara didn’t leave in this episode! She’s become probably my favourite companion, so that’s nice. Although I wonder if we’ll get another companion next series as well. No reason, I just think it would be cool – we haven’t really had a full…[Read more]

  • JimboMcMaster replied to the topic Flatline

    @Bluesqueakpip – sorry for the slow reply!

    3. Therefore the best (least wrong) choice of any set of options will be the morally right choice.

    This isn’t quite what I’m saying. I’m not saying the best/least wrong/right choice of any set of options is always a morally right choice. For example, if someone asks you to guess what their job is, out o…[Read more]

  • JimboMcMaster replied to the topic Death in Heaven


    So the dead can now rest in peace, and we can relax that we won’t actually feel what our bodies are going through after death

    Did somebody say that? I think I missed it. What makes you say this? I hope you’re right.

    (Although, actually, in the Doctor Who ‘universe’ I suppose it doesn’t matter much, as most characters get disintegrated a…[Read more]

  • JimboMcMaster replied to the topic Death in Heaven

    I can’t think of what to say as I liked pretty much all of it. Think of a thing to comment on, and I probably liked it. Particularly noteworthy, although by no means the best thing, was the return of the end of series Christmas cliffhanger, and a good one too. (not a spoiler, just the next event in the Doctor’s busy life!). Also, the Doctor’s…[Read more]

  • JimboMcMaster replied to the topic Death in Heaven

    It was excellent.

  • JimboMcMaster replied to the topic Dark Water


    So the Master arranges a new set of lives for the Doctor before making an escape to torment the Doctor again.

    I like this idea very much. It gives a whole new dynamic to the relationship. Although, for some reason I’m not certain that the Master would admit it openly to the Doctor, other than maybe in a fit of rage.

    In addition, I…[Read more]

  • JimboMcMaster replied to the topic Flatline


    I did make a reply (post #34417) a few days ago, but I don’t think the tag worked so I thought I’d try again. Apologies for the delay.

  • JimboMcMaster replied to the topic Dark Water

    @Arbutus – Oh I’m the same re writing complicated thoughts versus speaking. Really what I was referring to was what prompted the conversation. It seemed like the point of the scene was what Clara had to say, but then, no, instead it was scene about Danny’s death. It could have been both, but it seems too coincidental to me. And yes, maybe I…[Read more]

  • JimboMcMaster replied to the topic Dark Water

    @thommck – Yeah, I just assumed he’d have another way in, or the Tardis would just let him in. She’s sentient after all. But surely Clara should have known about the clicky fingers thing, you’re right. In grief, I suppose.

    @Spider – that could well be the case. There’s got to be some explanation for Orson’s existence, and that makes most sense…[Read more]

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