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    @dalekbuster523 I was being facetious.

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    @dalekbuster523 Both Cleese and Dench would have been 90’s Doctors. My view is that if there were going to be a female Doctor it should have been done sooner and Dench should have been given the chance. As some has stated the Doctor should show up in charged. She would have been that Doctor.

    As for Craig Charles I think too many fans limits some actors to one role or role type. It is easy when you play a signature role as Craig Charles has. But watching him and seeing some of his interviews I just would like to see how he would handle the role of the Doctor. May not work. If not there is always regeneration now that the numbers are unlimited you could do a Doctor a week.

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    @grahamwarren Jarette is correct. Goodwill will also take VHS and if you do the long form you can take them off of your taxes. Not much but something.

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    @grahamwarren I don’t feel there is much of a market out there. Copying them to DVD would take a lot of time. There are places that does that but the cost is high.

    I teach special needs and what I do with old VHS tapes is to use them for vocational tasks. This has also been a great way for family, friends and co-workers to get rid of their old VHS tapes. I have most of the Doctor Who VHSs and used them as displays before my sons took over my hobby room. If you are a Doctor Who fan shadow boxes type displays may be nice.

    There used to be used records and tapes stores that you give some money. It has been years since I dealt with ones and not sure in today’s market that are still around.

    If not contact your local school system and see if a special needs/education teacher can use them as a job skill task. Sorry I could not be more help. I just finished as executor of my parents’ will. I know this is not an easy task. I’m praying for you.

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    Next Doctor Craig Charles or Emma Watson. Should have been the Doctor John Cleese. First female Doctor should have been Judi Dench.

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    We all have our likes. No one is right or wrong. If we all had the same likes the whole world would drink Tabs. Every Doctor has been different. That what helped to keep the show going so long. Look how long the original, 26 years don’t forget the 18 months lay off, and the reboot, 15 years no 2019. How many shows last as long? Fans come and go with each Doctor. Always been that way and always will be. Not right or wrong just choice. The older fans would tell fans leaving to hang in there because there will be another change.

    I have been a fan since 1977. But my Doctor Who has ended and it has nothing to do with a female Doctor. The “Timeless child” ended the Doctor Who I loved and supported longer than many of today fans have been alive. That fine with me. Unlike 1989 I have Big Finish so I can continue to enjoy Doctor Who. And the new fans, as with the reboot of Star Trek, have their Doctor Who. And if you don’t like the next Doctor hang in there will always be change.  And who knows about Chibnall will leave and the next writer will pull a Dallas.

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    I had no problem with a female Doctor. It is the way they went about it I did not like. We older fans know the Doctor and the Master were not the only renegade/political rebel Time Lords. Hedin, Ophiuchus, Ruath, the War Lord, Borusa, Morbius, the Monk, the Rani, Dax and Salyavin to name a few.

    Rather than pushing the Transgender agenda the writer could have had the Doctor met a Time Lord who had been off Gallifrey at the time the Doctor locked Gallifrey outside of time. At the end of his last generation he would have turn over the TARDIS, his title and knowledge over to the other Time Lord. I had no problem with the other Time Lord being female, I did not care about the race nor sexual orientation. I had no problem with Jack Harkness and watched both Doctor Who and Torchwood. I had no problem with Bill. I could tended to watch Doctor Who even with the poor writing and storylines.

    I like Jodie Whittaker as the Doctor, thou should have been a Doctor. It is the companions that are the problem. First three is too many for a new Doctor. As for Chibnall I believe he has a check list of agenda items he is going to get in even if it get the show cancel. He will fine other work and we know it is never about the fans.

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    I agree with you and have expressed a lot of the same thing on other fan sites. The barriers you face come from several groups, some well-meaning and some not.

    One group is from my generation who saw Doctor Who get canceled. A new hope with the 1996 movie that hurt in so many ways and then 15 years before the reboot. You must support Doctor Who no matter what. If not it will get cancel again and no telling how long before it return or who would control it. I personally would like for Big Finish to get it from the BBC. The one place I do not want the TARDIS to materialize is Disney.

    Another group is the fans who support the power to be without question and treat anyone who question the power to be as if we don’t understand how TV is done. We don’t understand what the production team is trying to do. We are mad because they just want do it the way we want. This is a difficult group to deal with because they are true fans and really care about the show.

    The next group are supporters of the current politically correct agenda whatever it may be at the time. They believe that everything must reflect that agenda. They are Doctor Who fans but not first. They are agenda first and everything else must reflect it are they label it with phobia, ism or ist. These are the same type that have politicize everything. A bad show that reflects my world view is better than a good show that does not.

    Only haters and denials want to watch something just for the enjoyment or to get a break from the real life events.

    The next group is the one that get shows cancel because once they get what they want they move on their next target. These are the anti-fans. Anti-fans were once found only in sport.

    They are not really a fan of the team they pull for. The truth is that anti-fans dislike a team or school so much that to take part in the discussion they feel they need a team/school to pull for. They pick the team they hate arch rival, instate rival or the team that seem to beat them the most and state they are a fan of the arch rival, instate rival or the team that seem to beat them the most. They are the kind of fans who have the bumper sticker “I pull for Y team and anyone who is playing X team.”

    When that discuss, post or call in about their team they may make a taken remark about the team they say they pull for but 95% of their remarks are attacks and put downs about the other team.

    With TV shows anti-fans are fans of the show. As previous group the anti-fans are supporters of the current politically correct agenda. Unlike the previous group they are not true fans of the show. They claim to be fans as a way in. Once in they have two goals. One, to change the show to reflect their world view. Two, to drive away as many fans that does not agree with them. Once done they leave for their next target.

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    Once you have finished the Discworld books read his other books. Bromeliad

    1. Truckers (1988) 2. Diggers (1990)    3. Wings (1990) are great. The Johnny Maxwell three are very good but for young teens/older children but I enjoyed them. The Tiffany Aching stories are part of the Discworld or can be a stand along for a young girl coming of age. The last book has some subjects not for younger girls. Will give my daughter another year or two.  The Carpet People a very good first book. The Long Earth is the only books by Sir Pratchett that I did not enjoy and I stop after the second book.

    Good to meet you. Enjoy and if you get a chance watch “Good Omens” and let me know what you think. Shepherd.

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    As a follow up to War Games read Players (1999) and World Game (2005) both by Terrance Dicks. As I look for new books to read I miss Sir. Pratchett and all the beings of Disc World more and more.

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    Did Earth have a Time War before Gallifrey? I know wars fought across time it is difficult which came first and a war could end before it started.

    As with the Time Lords and the Daleks Time War the Earth and Kyba Time War is a transmedia storytelling.   See “Outer Limit” Season 2 Episode 5 “Demon with a Glass Hand”

    In addition to “Demon with a Glass Hand”, Ellison wrote other stories set against the backdrop of the “Earth-Kyba War.” He adapted five of these — “Run For the Stars”, “Life Hutch”, “The Untouchable Adolescents”, “Trojan Hearse”, and “Sleeping Dogs” — into the graphic novel Night and the Enemy (1987), illustrated by Ken Steacy. Also, Ellison’s short story “The Human Operators” — later adapted into an episode of the new Outer Limits — is set in the same universe as this story. (The Starfighters were originally built for the Earth-Kyba war.)

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