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  • It isn’t just the subtlety with which he has been able to evoke echoes of all the previous Doctors whilst bringing  something extra of his own, it is that of all my favourite Doctors, his is the one to which I have had a strong emotional response – the one who speaks powerfully to and for me personally.

    I think @mudlark has described it so…[Read more]

  • @missy @tardigrade I’ve been re-watching Fifth Doctor episodes from the beginning – just finished Snakedance – and have noticed he tends to say he’s from Gallifrey rather than that he’s a Timelord.

    I think @missy and I feel similarly about the Twelfth Doctor – and I also don’t feel the need to have everything wrapped up neatly with a bow on top,…[Read more]

  • @antaus great list, but there is a fair amount on there you wouldn’t show to a young child. I love Alien and Terminator, but I wasn’t watching them when I was in primary school.

    @whofangirl-73 not all long term fans. I’ve been watching for as long as I can remember and I’m not going anywhere.

    The fanbase of just about everything is divided at…[Read more]

  • @antaus I think you’re actually highlighting another issue there, that of a reluctance to put money into anything other than a proven franchise.

    It must be much easier to sell, for example, the idea of Sherlock Holmes with a twist – Watson is a woman! – than sell a whole new creation.

  • @pstrong

    As a young girl I had a strong connection to and hero worshipped many men and male characters. As I’ve already said, I wanted to be Luke Skywalker, to be a Jedi. I also wanted to be a Ghostbuster, to be the Ring Bearer, to be the Doctor. I don’t think I’m alone in this, but why can’t it work the other way? Why can’t boys want to be a…[Read more]

  • @robynhod

    She will also have to deal an entire season scripts constantly pointing out that the Doctor is now a woman and explaining any recurring characters why.

    Doctor: Hello, I’m the Doctor!

    Recurring character does double take.

    Doctor: I regenerated.

    Hardly takes up a whole episode and anyone familiar with Time Lords presumably won’t need it…[Read more]

  • @janetteb had a conversation with my 4 year old son a few weeks ago. He points at Lego Friends (very pink, aimed at girls if you don’t know it) comic and asks ‘Is that for girls?’. I say no, that it’s Lego, they do different kinds and you get whatever type you like. ‘But is it for girls?’ he asks again. I repeat what I’ve already explained. Two…[Read more]

  • @missy excellent article, captures why I love the twelfth Doctor so much.

    @thane15

    I can imagine little kids -girls and boys -playing Doctor Who and not caring if the girl is the Doctor.

    When I was a small child I wanted to be Luke Skywalker. There weren’t any female Jedi, but I wanted to be the one to rescue the princess and do all the cool…[Read more]

  • 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.

  • @yolo2546

    If older fans display similar reasons for dissaproval think about how they would feel. It isn’t fear of change, but a dissaproval of what has been changed.

    Some older fans.

    My mum has been watching since the beginning and is fine with this. I’m 40 and have been watching Doctor Who for as long as I can remember and I think it’s great.…[Read more]

  • @exfan

    This is probably why Capaldi appears the worst Dr Who?

    Best for me. I’ve only been watching for around 37 years though.

    Perhaps this is because she would fancy the new Dr? This is not appropriate for a predominately children’s programme.

    Why not? I don’t hide the fact that two men or two women can fall in love from my four year old. It’s no…[Read more]

  • @premonition a new regeneration cycle was offered to the Master in The Five Doctors so it was already a known possibility.

    The extra regenerations have been mentioned a few times with no number given, in fact I think in both Kill the Moon and Hell Bent it was said that the number wasn’t known.

    @rorysmith

    Sorry, personal opinion but I think she…

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  • I’m pleased. Never watched Broadchurch so I’ve only seen her in Attack the Block, but she was good in that so I’m more than willing to give her a chance.

    Also a woman in the role is probably the only thing that would somewhat alleviate my sadness at Capaldi leaving. I feel quite excited now rather than despondent.

    The only worrying thing is…[Read more]

  • Mirime replied to the topic The Doctor Falls

    I’ve been looking at at the Holly Black story, also I believe there’s one by Marcus Sedgwick and I really enjoyed his ‘Ghosts of Heaven’. I’ve also had my eye on the Fairy Tales as well.

    I’m trying not to buy any books as I have well over a hundred on the waiting to be read pile. On the other hand I have an Amazon voucher burning a hole in my pocket…

  • Mirime replied to the topic The Doctor Falls

    @missrori I think I will be. Never had much to do with the novels, have read a handful because of the authors (Neil Gaiman, Alistair Reynolds), or their status as ‘interesting’ for some reason (Shada, Lungbarrow, Dead Romance).

    I’ve been having a look at the more recent Twelfth Doctor ones because I like Bill, good to hear a recommendation. What…[Read more]

  • Mirime replied to the topic The Doctor Falls

    @missy I’m considering reading the books, just to postpone the inevitable, though what I’ve actually done is go back and started watching the fifth Doctor episodes again. And just by coincidence while grumpily not eating anything on Monday because I was having some tests done I watched the Eleventh Doctor try and wipe out the human race in…[Read more]

  • Mirime replied to the topic The Doctor Falls

    A bit late to this, but wow. That was rather good. There may have been a few tears.

    I really don’t want him to go :-(

  • Mirime replied to the topic Empress of Mars

    We’ve had good hunters and terrible hunters (one was very proud of the slug he caught), usually the females are better, but Guybrush has proved to be an exception.

    I prefer it if the gift is alive and uninjured and I really object to dead rats being dropped on the kitchen tops, but if you have cats and let them out you have to expect the…[Read more]

  • Mirime replied to the topic World Enough and Time

    Loved it. So many things to say, but I think they’ve mostly been covered already.

    It strikes me that the dark, nightmarish world at the end of the spaceship where they are converting humanity into the first iteration of the Cybermen is like a dark, inverted version of the Nethersphere.

    @Blenkinsopthebrave Yes, I thought that.

    although it obviously…

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  • Mirime replied to the topic Empress of Mars

    You’ve not seen my Fry (as in Phillip J., Futurama). He has very little grace or elegance and is an annoying little sod. But I love him to bits anyway, he’s a big cuddly teddy bear of a cat and is a great friend to the rather more elegant Guybrush (Threepwood, mighty cat. Curse of Monkey Island.)

    Sadly Guybrush is rather efficient at hunting…[Read more]

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