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The Friday Docback Returns To DOCTOR WHO Season/Series Six!! + DW's Children In Need Mini-Ep, And More!!





Merrick here...

...briefly returning to Season/Series Six of contemporary WHO via THE COMPLETE SIXTH SERIES boxed set, due in stores next week.  We'll be going retro again next week with "The Colony In Space" (Pertwee, Story #58). 

But first, a few orders of business...




Today is Moffat's birthday.  So, you know...Happy Birthday.  And all that.

THANK YOU for the current iteration of this bizarre, elegant, poignant, goofy show - an iteration which is undeniably instrumental to the evolution of  the warm and fascinating community we now enjoy here in our quiet little cranny of AICN every weekend...and sometimes beyond. 

So, sir, a sincerest tip-of-the-hat to you...from all of us.  Along with a poorly crooned, Marilyn Munroe-esque song of acknowledgement (Hap-py-BIRTH-Day Mis-ter Mof-fat...), a whole cue of virtual Vikingy manly-man bear hugs,  imaginings of a TARDIS birthday cake that actually lights up and makes that bitchin' grinding sound as it dematerializes (i.e. is eaten), and boundless and genuine best wishes for the coming years.  

Admittedly, none of this is as badass as a buncha crazy, dancing Russians.  But there's always next year, and I have an idea...

Docbackers - SOUND OFF!!!!  Let's show the man some love in our discourse below! 






** greet the alleged DOCTOR WHO movie with consternation and distrust.  I use the term "alleged" very pointedly here - I wouldn't be at all surprised if the project never actually happened...

** Take more than a few hostile jabs at the recent GREEN LANTERN film...

** Discuss why a theoretical DOCTOR WHO movie, at this juncture in the franchise's development.,  is a more dangerous and troubling prospect than Cushing's Dalek films in the 60s...

** Argue Abrams' 2009 TREK film...

** Accidentally come up with a pretty decent "Hollywoodized" pitch for a GILLIGAN'S ISLAND film while arguing that the very same approach wouldn't actually be necessary..

** Discuss the castration of TREK: TNG...

** Sing Mancini's WHAT'S HAPPENING theme, Quincy Jones' SANFORD & SON theme,  and Falco's ROCK ME AMADEUS...poorly.  

** Talk a bit about Shatner's CAPTAINS documentary, now streamable on Netflix...

** And much more!

Find it HERE, while past installments are can be had HERE.  




It'll bring us a Moffat-scripted mini-thingie directed by "Let's Kill Hitler" helmer Richard Senior, a chance to snag one of The Doctor's costumes from the show via auction, and possibly our first look at the forthcoming DOCTOR WHO Christmas Special (at the very least we'll get a title reveal).   Embeds will appear in this space as soon as they're available.  

Children in Need information/donation details HERE.  


Here's the Children in Need short...


...annnnnddddd here's a trailer for "The Doctor, The Widow, and The Wardrobe" - this year's DOCTOR WHO Christmas Special. 







DOCTOR WHO Season/Series 6 was never as consistent as Season/Series 5.  HOWEVER: as far as I'm concerned, DW S5 was close to consummate in the boldness of its vision and the elegance of its overall execution.  As such, any follow-up was bound to feel at least a tad funky (I'd argue that DOCTOR WHO should feel funky - if it ever settles in, or feels too comfortable, it'll stagnate).  Season/Series 5 was, after all, an epic resulting in nothing less than the reboot of the entire universe.  That's a tough act to follow by any measure.   

S6 was a considerably more intimate tale, dealing with a wholly different type of universe - the personal   universe of our heroes.  Their identities, and how they relate to others.  S5 was about bigger spaces.  S6 was about smaller spaces.  It was part conspiracy  thriller (how did The Doctor die?  Why?  And who wanted him dead?), part personal exploration (who are Amy, The Doctor, Rory, and River - and what are they made of?  Both literally and figuratively...), and concludes with its own reboot in a way.  At the end of the day, the most pivotal moment of S6 rises from a single, humble wedding in Episode 13 .  The end of one era, and the beginning of another - a reboot.  A single, telling  instance in which both truths and resolutions all come into play with a sharp and necessary clarity that reset what can and might happen in the future.  

Once again, the HD presentation featured on the Blu-ray of the COMPLETE SIXTH SERIES (it's also available on DVD) is generally staggering.  I've said it before and I won't stop saying it:  the use of HD on DOCTOR WHO is perhaps the best use of HD on any television series airing right now (SHERLOCK, another Moffat show, being a close second).  If you've never seen DW in good HD, you should make every effort to do so.  It truly enhances the resonance of these episodes, and vividly illustrates the rather remarkable production values the show is bringing forth these days. 

Watching the whole of the series in close succession does, indeed, illustrate the clever interconnecitivty of various gags and interpersonal fibers -  revealing DOCTOR WHO S6 to be far more complex than many may've initially realized, while also being far simpler and sexier than it first appeared in other regards.  

I toyed with generating a "Top 13" list in descending order of episode preference, but when watching S6 in relatively tight succession and more-or-less back-to-back, I quickly realized that to do so would be an injustice to the whole of the S6 experience.  Many S6 stories appear disconnected from "a bigger picture" - but that's something you might notice when viewing them from a story perspective only.  If you note the growth of the nuances of the characters in the seemingly detached stories of this run - you'll sense their arc more clearly, and come to terms with the truth that the "main story" of this Season/Series is not necessarily what was we see happening from a narrative perspective, but is instead about how the people within these tales are changed by the adventures they're living.   This reminds me of a quote from David Gerrold... 

"Space is not the final frontier. The final frontier is the human soul. Space is merely the place where we are most likely to meet the challenge. The victory will occur in the continual process of challenging and testing our limits..."

While completely unrelated to DW, that's as nice an summation of DOCTOR WHO Season/Series Six as you're ever gonna find.  

Available in both DVD or Blu-ray, DOCTOR WHO: THE COMPLETE SIXTH SERIES includes...




"A Christmas Carol"


Extras include , "A Christmas Carol" Confidential, Comic Relief sketch "Space" and Comic Relief sketch "Time." 


"Space" and "Time" are a two-part story, totaling roughly 7 minutes in length, in which the TARDIS with The Doctor and Amy and Rory on board materializes inside of the TARDIS with The Doctor and Amy and Rory on board.





"Impossible Astronaut"

"Day of the Moon"

"The Curse of the Black Spot"


At approximately 8:54, there's a moment in which the Siren's song (sung during action) briefly merges with Murray Gold's score to become one and the same.  A brilliant move...


"Impossible Astronaut" includes audio commentary from Marcus Wilson producer and David Mason (Line Producer for the US segment of the episode) and Arthur Darvill (Rory) - Darvill indicates that the shelves in Amy and Rory's house contain "references to every episode so far..."


Disc Two special features include a Monster File - "The Silence" as well as Episode One prequel and Episode Three prequel shorts.





"The Doctor's Wife"

"The Rebel Flesh" 

"The Almost People"



"The Doctor's Wife" includes audio commentary by Neil Gaiman. 


Gaiman's commentary brings a great deal of insight into early versions of the story (House having tentacles, an original plan to have pieces of Daleks scattered about the junkyard, the fact that numerous "junk" pieces were actually TARDISes in disguise, which leads to the deactivation of their chameleon circuits & subsequent reveal of the TARDISes, etc.)  Gaiman confirms Idris saying "I love you" to The Doctor as she vaporizes at the end of the episode, saying it was down mixed from its original levels.  When the episode originally aired, some viewers caught this - some didn't. The line is reasonably crisp and clear on the Blu-ray mix. 


So, there were plans to reveal an un-chamelioned TARDIS?  Gaiman says the live-action material ofr this was filmed, but the scene was replaced by an alternate version.  



"The Rebel Flesh" features audio commentary with Marshall Lancaster (Buzzer), Mark Bonnar (Jimmy), and director Julian Simpson.  They talk funny, like they're not from America or something.  Despite this, it's an insightful commentary that nicely illustrates the challenges of making this episode.  Matt Smith apparently has a name for every gadget on the TARDIS control island.  The exposed "Danger Corrosive Acid" pipe  at 5:33 was added in post.  The Oval Office set from S6's first two episodes was repurposed as a chamber for this installment. 



Disc Three Special features include a Monster File – "The Gangers,"  NIGHT AND THE DOCTOR "Bad Night", NIGHT AND THE DOCTOR  "Good Night,"  NIGHT AND THE DOCTOR "First Night,"  NIGHT AND THE DOCTOR "Last Night."  


NATD is a series of five new vignettes generated for this video release featuring Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Alex Kingston, and Arthur Darvill. There're 3 to 4 minutes each, and are heavily focused on the interpersonal relationships of the characters while in the TARDIS and between adventures.  All are scripted by Steven Moffat.  "Last Night" features a callback to "Silence in the Library."  


A while back, I was talking to one of the producers of the recent BATTLESTAR GALACTICA series and informally pitched an episode called "Galactica Actual," which essentially followed Adama and a few series regulars around the ship on an average day of...nothing but the mundane.  NIGHT AND THE DOCTOR functions along the same lines.  I'm fascinated by what we don't see happening on-screen on shows like BATTLESTAR or TREK, so NIGHT AND THE DOCTOR is a pleasant discovery...and sits just right.  





"A Good Man Goes to War"

"Let's Kill Hitler"

"Night Terrors"

"The Girl Who Waited"



"Good Man" includes commentary from Neve McIntosh (Madame Vestra the Silurian), Arthur Darvill (Rory), and Tim Barter (on-set VFX Supervisor).  






"The God Complex"

"Closing Time "

""The Wedding of River Song"


"The Wedding of River Song" includes an audio commentary by Steven Moffat,  Francis Barber (Madame Kovarian), director Jeremy Webb. 


Special features include Monster File  – "The Cybermats," Episode 13 prequel, an S6 part one trailer, an S6 part two trailer, and NIGHT AND THE DOCTOR "Up All Night."  "Up All Night" returns James Corden  and Daisy Haggard to their "Lodger"/"Closing Time" roles of Craig and Sophie respectively.


Special features include Monster File – "The Anti-bodies", an Episode 7 prequel, an Episode 8 prequel.





Loaded with the traditionally abbreviated DOCTOR WHO CONFIDENTIALs  - for each of S6's 13 episodes - probably the last of that series we'll ever see. The disc also includes a Confidential devoted to the making of NIGHT AND THE DOCTOR, in which (Richard Senior discusses how to direct a Goldfish), the making of "Time" and "Space" is also covered (Senior discusses the techniques used to present multiple Amys and Rorys for the short), and more.  




A very nice set, perhaps a tad short on commentaries for fun/critical episodes ("The Girl Who Waited," "Let's Kill Hitler," "The God Complex") - THE COMPLETELY SIXTH SERIES nicely compliments S6 as a whole, reaffirming its place as the boldest, finest show on television...even if it never quite found the traction achieved by last year's batch.  


DOCTOR WHO: THE COMPLETE SIXTH SERIES arrives November 21 and 22 in the U.K. and U.S. respectively.  In the U.S. DVDs can be found HERE and Blu-rays can be found HERE.  In the U.K. DVDs can be found HERE and Blus are HERE.  






"The Colony In Space" (Pertwee, Story #58)

(now available HERE in the U.S. and HERE in the U.K.)




"The Dalek Invasion of Earth" 

(now availabe HERE in the U.S. and HERE in the U.K.) 








"The Impossible Astronaut"

"Day of the Moon"

"The Curse of the Black Spot"

"The Doctor's Wife"

"The Rebel Flesh"

"The Almost People"

"A Good Man Goes To War"

"Let's Kill Hitler"

"Night Terrors"




"An Unearthly Child" (Story #1)

"The Daleks" (Story #2)

"The Edge of Destruction" (Story #3)

"Marco Polo" (Story #4)

"The Keys of Marinus(Story #5)

"The Aztecs" (Story #6)

"The Sensorites" (Story #7)

"The Reign of Terror" (Story #8)

"Planet of Giants" (Story #9) 

"The Gunfighters" (Story #25)

"Day of the Daleks" (Story #60) + Preview of the DotD Special Edition

"The Talons of Weng-Chiang" (Story #91)

"The Sun Makers(Story #95)

"The Awakening" (Story #131)

"Frontios(Story #132)

"Time and the Rani" (Story #144)

"Paradise Towers" (Story #145) + New WHOvian Documentary / Newsbits

Merrick's Personal Journey With The Doctor (How Merrick Got Hooked On DOCTOR WHO)

DOCTOR WHO Title Sequences & DW At Comic-Con 2011

"The Crash of the Elysium" (Manchester version - interactive DOCTOR WHO adventure)

Why Eccleston Left, Here Comes Caroline Skinner, And Season/Series Six Part 1 on Blu-Ray And DVD

New Trailer For Season/Series Six Part 2



AICN's Friday DOCTOR WHO Talkbacks - aka "Docbacks"  - operate on a different set of standards than other AICN Talkbacks.  These standards developed quickly and naturally, and we intend to preserve them.  Accordingly, please take a moment to note a few guidelines which should help proceedings move along smoothly and pleasantly:  
1) a Docback should be about completely open and free discourse regarding all things WHO (with, obviously, some variation on subject matter from time to time - the real world intervenes, discussions of other shows are inevitable, etc.)... 

2) matters of SPOILAGE should be handled with thoughtful consideration and sensitivity.  Posts containing SPOILERS should clearly state that a SPOILER exists in its topic/headline and should never state the spoiler itself . "** SPOILER ** Regarding Rory" is OK, for example.  "** SPOILER ** Battle of Zarathustra" is fine as well.  "**SPOILER** Why did everyone die?"  Is NOT good.  

And, above all... 

3) converse, agree, disagree, and question as much as you want - but the freedom to do so is NOT a license to be rude, crass, disrespectful, or uncivilized in any way.  Not remaining courteous and civil, as well as TROLLING or undertaking sensational efforts to ignite controversy, will result in banning.  Lack of courtesy may receive one (1) warning before a ban is instigated.  Obvious Trolling or Spamming will result in summary banning with no warning.  One word posts intended to bump-up any Docback's figures on AICN's "Top Talkbacks" sidebar will be considered actionable Spam - they not only complicate efforts to access Docbacks from mobile devices, but impede readers' abilities to follow or engage in flowing conversation. 
In short, it's easy.  Be excellent to each other.  Now party on...
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  • Nov. 18, 2011, 11:17 a.m. CST

    Many happy TARDIS journeys, MOFF

    by HornOrSilk

    50 more years!

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 11:17 a.m. CST

    I doubt there is a DW movie in the works

    by HornOrSilk

    But Yates might, nonetheless, have the pull to get the rights for one. I hope not.

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 11:18 a.m. CST

    It would be great if the Christmas Special was called

    by HornOrSilk

    Children in Need

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 11:28 a.m. CST

    Happy Birthday Mr. Moff!

    by Terry

    Hope you are having a wonderful day and I wish you many, many more. Seems a bit unfair that it is your birthday and we are getting the presents today. :p

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 11:29 a.m. CST

    As disgruntled as I was with how S6 ended...

    by maelstrom_ZERO

    ...I honestly had a more fun time with S6 than I did with S5. Yes, S5 had a brilliant intro with 11th Hour, and the Angel episodes were equally brilliant, but there were quite a few clunkers. Beast Below was awful, VotD was uninspired, the Vampires ep was kind of filler-ish, etc. And, as always, the finale was nice, but suffered from really odd lapses in logic. S6's finale suffered from equally awful lapses in logic, but--as Merrick mentioned--the whole thing felt a lot more personal, and I think the season ended up all the better for it. The only really awful episodes were the Flesh ones. Even the Pirates ep and the Night Terrors ep, while weak, had quite a few strong points to them. And personally, I think the series' high point thus far was S6's DotM/TIA. Those two episodes alone were more fantastic than everything in new Who thus far. Yes, even better than Blink. Maybe I've gone nuts. But watching the Doctor die, watching River progress to her inevitable end, seeing the introduction of one of the most badass, creepy Who villains ever. . .yeah. Those eps were pretty darned good.

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 11:29 a.m. CST

    Oh, and good afternoon Honorsilk!

    by Terry

    Hope you are doing well and having a great Friday. Today is my day off and I am performing my yearly act of self electrocution. Yep, the Christmas lights are coming out and going up!!

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 11:30 a.m. CST

    Many Happy Returns Grand Moff Steven!

    by mukhtabi

    It's true the show is an absolute joy at this point, and the notion that he's bringing the doctor back to working in the shadows, that the silence will fall when the question is asked is coming up fast... I for one, am dying with anticipation to see how the visually realize the plains of Tranzilor! Especially now that the Doctor will not be attempting to stand in the spotlight. So thrilling! So I say Thanks Grand Moff Steven (what a great geek renaming) and Many Happy Returns!!

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Doctor Who Movie

    by mukhtabi

    I for one would like a Doctor Who movie, if it did one of two things: Set itself up like a special akin to The Five Doctors, and had every living doctor involved with a different person as the time lord at the center of the story, Or Just went off and told a tale of it's own disconnected to the BBC tv series, and had a whole different doctor that did not in any way resemble the other 11. Just my two pesos.

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 11:37 a.m. CST

    Happy timey wimey birthday, Moff!

    by DoctorTom

    May you travel in time back to this day to enjoy it many times!

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 11:40 a.m. CST

    Whoops, and Children in Need

    by Terry

    Sorry, missed an R in your name. I'd blame my keyboard but the truth is I suck at typing. :p As much as we are all looking forward to the teaser and scene tonight, please remember the show and the reason it is being brought to us. I know times are tough for everyone, but if you could spare even a buck or pound or whatever currency you use, it can make a big difference in some childs life. Kids charites are a big thing for me, so please excuse my jumping on the soapbox a bit. Kids that are in need could use help from everyone. Gotolik provided this link for me in last weeks Docback should anyone care to donate also. Off of soapbox now. Have a great day everyone!

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 11:42 a.m. CST

    A Teddy Doctor Who?

    by JML9999

    So does #11 end up a teddybear in a tweed suit voiced by smith?

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 11:50 a.m. CST


    by Dasinfogod

    We're mere hours away from a new mini-Doc. Was shot only three days ago, so let's see what Moff and the gang come up with on the fly. Really got a kick out of TIME & SPACE earlier this year, and TIMECRASH was a genuinely terrific little story with arguably Tennant's most heartfelt performance.

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 11:55 a.m. CST

    I agree dasinfogod.

    by Terry

    Time & Space was a wonderful little jaunt that I still have loaded on my phone for when I need a laugh. Timecrash was brilliant and easily could have been turned into a full episode. You could see and feel the joy Tennant had in doing that. I loved it.

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Happy Birthday Sir Moff! Hope it is a great one!

    by Michael_Jacksons_Ghost

    Looking forward to the CIN preview.

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 12:13 p.m. CST

    Happy Birthday Mr. Moffat.

    by V'Shael

    May your dreams continue to come true, and continue to astound us all.

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 12:24 p.m. CST

    mcduffie and kress were memorialized by the wga last nite

    by john nice, as neither one did or will ever get on the post mortem of the emmies

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 12:51 p.m. CST

    Happy B-Day to the Moffinator!

    by The_Mad_Groper

    Moffinator? Moffster? Bah, I had to try to come up with something different for the post title! After this week of reading the posts in some of the other columns, I have sworn never to do it again. This place is the only reasonable and safe place to read and post on the entire site! The vile and utter immatureness shown in some of the other posts make me so glad to have this refuge! Thank you Merrick, again for this place!!

  • Although Children in Need starts in 10 minutes at 7:30, the scheduling info on the BBC website says : 7.30-8.00 The 2011 spectactular gets underway. Sir Terry Wogan, is joined by Alesha Dixon, Tess Daly and Fearne Cotton and a whole host of stars, all out in force in support of disadvantaged children across the United Kingdom. Boy band sensation One Direction get the fundraising party started, and the cast of West End smash The Wizard of Oz performs live in the studio. 8.00-8.30 The BBC newsreaders make their own headlines in a Strictly Come Dancing special, and there is an exclusive treat from the Doctor Who team.

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 1:19 p.m. CST


    by HornOrSilk

    Get out the Dalek ornament and let him exterminate you instead

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 1:21 p.m. CST

    A Good Man Goes To Party!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by wtriker1701

    Happy Birthday, Moff! Have A Great Time! You surely have earned it! This time, the next, the one before... ALL THOSE TIMES! If anything - you are The Master Of Time!

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 1:32 p.m. CST

    Happy Birthday Mr Moffat.

    by notspock2

    Looking forward to tonight's mini ep...

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 1:47 p.m. CST

    No deleted scenes?

    by berserkrl

    There were scenes in the trailer that weren't in the show; I was hoping they'd show up as deleted scenes on the dvd.

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 1:53 p.m. CST


    by Terry

    Dalek extermination for missing an R? Sounds about right. lol I am inferior, I must be exterminated. BZZZZZT Wonder what happens when I screw up punctuation? Weeping Angels pay a visit?

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 1:59 p.m. CST

    I nearly did not come back for the second half

    by Himbo

    Amy's baby being taken from her in a Good Man goes to War, was one of the worst things I've ever seen. Doctor Who stopped being fun at that point. I'm glad that the show seems to be going back to where the Doctor was just a hyperintelligent Alien, but who still appears a git and has to establish his bonafides in each situation; Where a person with a gun traned on him is a real threat.

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 2:04 p.m. CST

    Is it just me, or does the Children in Need studio...

    by Mister Vertue

    Look a bit like the interior of a Tardis?

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 2:06 p.m. CST

    Want to know how to raise money and lots of it?

    by Mister Vertue

    Get Matt Smith in the nude (well, almost) for the ladies (and some blokes) and auction off his entire costume for the blokes (and some women). How much do you think they'll get for Matt's costume? I can't even begin to imagine.

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 2:09 p.m. CST

    Christmas Special episode title revealed...

    by Mister Vertue

    Although I may have already accidentally mentioned it a month or two back in these very Docbacks. Actually, I might not have, I genuinely can't remember. Let's find out!

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 2:18 p.m. CST

    Costume auction

    by Terry

    I am betting at least 10,000 pounds. Hopefully more! If a hat Richard Hammond from Top Gear wore could raise a couple thousand pounds, this should go through the roof. Wonder how much if it would have been Karen's costume........

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 2:23 p.m. CST

    Those Russian girls...

    by Peter

    ...are fantastic! What a great video. If Steven Moffat has seen that, his head is liable to explode with pleasure. Doctor Who with its optimism, good nature and imaginative storytelling is clearly engaging people all around the world. And who can blame them? Here's an idea - a documentary about Doctor Who fandom outside of the UK. What do people make of such a peculiarly British show? What do they make of blue police boxes!

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 2:36 p.m. CST

    bit of a *Spoiler*... CiN airing of the trailer..

    by s0l

    Title: The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe Best quotes so fat: [i'm] "Usually called 'The Doctor' or 'The Caretaker' or 'Get off this planet'..." Later: " a Forest, in a box, in a sitting room! What do they teach you in school these days?"

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 2:41 p.m. CST

    Happy birthday Moff - the finest writer working today

    by Ian bandy

    A true genius :)

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 2:49 p.m. CST


    by sam jacksons wig

    ...Just pure class. Cannot wait.

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 2:54 p.m. CST

    Promo up on Official site

    by Dasinfogod Seems to be viewable for the time being in the US!

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 2:59 p.m. CST

    Oh my. I can't wait until Christmas!!

    by Terry

    Loved it! It set a perfect tone without giving anything away. The characters and sets ook amazing. Thank you!!

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 3:15 p.m. CST

    ...and the Children In Need short!

    by Dasinfogod


  • Nov. 18, 2011, 3:18 p.m. CST

    i know children in need is for charity and all that

    by emeraldboy

    but please for god sake leave the freddie mercury queen era stuff alone. thank you very much.

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 3:26 p.m. CST

    "and sometimes beyond" Awwww :)

    by Renee Knowles

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 3:37 p.m. CST


    by Mister Vertue

    The Moff himself may very well have sent Merrick that link! He's vain like that. Or so I've heard.

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 3:39 p.m. CST


    by Renee Knowles

    That may have been the least fun, but it held the most gravity. That moment when Melody Pond's ganger melted was one of the few moments I've felt things might not turn out well and it added real importance to the story.

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 4 p.m. CST


    by Renee Knowles

    I pretty much agree with everything you said in your review (except I liked the Angel two-parter a lot, especially with that grand speech at the end of part 1), but I wouldn't call S5 "subpar". It had about the same number of good episodes as previous series (except for series 2... my god was that year a bit thin) but the good episodes were really, REALLY good. Other than that, I've got to add my voice here... S6 definitely was better. Even the S6 episodes that felt like twins of their S5 versions (fluff like Victory of the Daleks/the pirate episode, more boring ones like the Silurian/Ganger two-parters) were better in S6. Though you have got me thinking... now that I've seen S6, which has done a job of putting S5 in perspective... after looking at the lists of episodes for each, I think I preferred S4 to S5. Except for Vincent and the Doctor. That will probably always be up there amongst my favorites (including the Doctors Wife... absolutely amazing).

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 4:16 p.m. CST

    Wow, that comment got disappeared fast...

    by Renee Knowles

    So... calling Moffat a twat goes against the code of conduct? ;)

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 4:29 p.m. CST

    Ha ha! You called him a twat?

    by Mister Vertue

    I'm sure he's been called worse, but maybe that broke the 'be excellent to each other' rule? And now I'll always be wondering why you called him a twat. Not really.

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 4:41 p.m. CST

    Yes, A Very Happy

    by Ken Plume

    Birthday tidings to the Great Grand Gaddy Moff on this most momentous of days, though we can never be sure where exactly we are encountering him in his timeline. I hope he considers our podcast to be his gift from Glen & I. Next year, we promise a gift certificate instead, just to make up for this year's gift.

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 4:42 p.m. CST

    Happy the Birthday, Mr. Moffat

    by Greg

    and a thank you for entertaining us.

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 5:11 p.m. CST

    The two-parters

    by I am not a number

    I don't get the dislike of the ganger episodes: I rather liked them, though not as much as THE DOCTOR'S WIFE, THE PANDORICA OPENS or THE 11TH HOUR. And it was miles better than the Silurian episode from the previous season - I HATED that episode. Boring, predictable story with the ridiculous sequence of Amy and drill woman negotiating on behalf of the humans. And the redesign of the Silurians is lame - they don't even have reptilian eyes. BTW, are we supposed to assume these are a third race of earth reptile (as compared to the original Silurians and the Sea Devils)? I was never clear on that. Anyways, I enjoyed this last season overall (except for NIGHT TERRORS and the pirate episode), but the season arc really got in the way of some episodes. It is a bit hard to go along with the story when you are constantly thinking, "Why doesn't Amy seem upset that her baby was taken?", or when the story seems disjointed because they are setting up stuff that may or may not be resolved over the series (I seem to be in the minority on finding this most grating in TIA and DOTM). I assume the season would benefit from seeing it twice, but I don't generally want to HAVE to watch it twice to enjoy it.

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 6:25 p.m. CST


    by Renee Knowles

    *LOL* Nonononono! I didn't call him a twat... someone else did, and I happened to catch the comment before it was, I'm assuming, deleted :) Sorry for the confusion :)

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 9:17 p.m. CST

    They could make it a Tennant movie via a perception filter

    by tangcameo

    Some story so incredible that 10th doctor had to hide it from our minds via a perception filter. You could even work that into the trailers. Start with a fake trailer that breaks down and suddenly you see The Doctor staring back at you from the movie screen, with sonic aimed at you and him saying "Don't worry. Everything's going to be alright. Your perception filter's on the fritz. Just hold still and forget. [with flashes of the movie]." Throw in all the companions. Kill one off for good.

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 9:20 p.m. CST

    Is it just me that can't open any Talkbacks in Firefox ?

    by dj_bollocks

    Internet Explorer it is then... Thought that Russian video was great... they've certainly never been to any Who convention I've been at... And even though we've had to wait twice this year so far, it's always good to see this and wait for Christmas Day, one of the most pleasurable parts of the return of Who... (apart from that Cybermen one, does anyone watch that again ?)

  • Nov. 19, 2011, 1:58 a.m. CST

    you learn something everyday you visit a docback

    by Johnboy40

    and for me, today, it's that Russian women in internet videos are allowed to wear clothes. that was a first. good effort though. they must have felt a wee bit dorky on red square, so kudos to them

  • Nov. 19, 2011, 3:34 a.m. CST

    Trailer comments....... (possible theoretical spoilers)

    by sam jacksons wig

    Okay- let's begin. The Doc is running through a corridor that is on fire, waving his sonic about (oo-er). There is an explosion. My belief is that this corridor is on a ship in space. Where in the story this is is unknown, but I am going to say that he is on the ship Bill Bailey appears from so it wont be at the start, or could be the opening montage thatt leads him to his first encounter with the widow and her kids.... Why? 0.07 secs, and there is what appears to be a space man lying in a crater. We know the Doc wears this kind of space suit as it has been leaked in photos. So i am presuming he has jettisoned as the ship goes BANG. (this set looks different to all of the others) The wardrobe of the title is the TARDIS? Okay, why not...... Notice the colour of the box in the living room- TARDIS blue..... co-incidence? (quite probably!!!) Does the voice speaking to the little boy say "hollow" or "follow"- I can't tell.... 0.38 seconds- "the Widow" appears to have a green light in her hand. A torch, or does she have the Docs sonic for some reason??? Looking forward to Xmas day!!!!!

  • Nov. 19, 2011, 3:34 a.m. CST

    Happy Birthday Mr Sir the Moff for yesterday!!!!

    by sam jacksons wig

  • Nov. 19, 2011, 3:37 a.m. CST

    Children in Need........

    by sam jacksons wig

    ...I have to say (and don't think negatively at this)- they could have done a bit more with the Doc this year and not just have him undress. Sure, the main purpose of it was grand, and Smith made me grin from ear to ear (oh how I have missed him!!!) as he just wears the role with such ease. But...that was it?

  • ...and is taking ages for the comments section to appear. SABOTAGE- !!!!!!!!!!!! Sabo- from the Ukranian meaning "to illicit wrongful sex from a butterbean" and Tage- from the Hindu meaning "a large boil situated just below the left butt cheek" (I haven't done that in a while!!!!!)

  • Nov. 19, 2011, 3:43 a.m. CST

    well it came back, but the comments disappeared, then re-appeared!!!!....

    by sam jacksons wig

    ...has Herc cast a magic spell over this thread??????

  • Nov. 19, 2011, 4:45 a.m. CST

    things have been acting up for over a week

    by HornOrSilk

    But I feel for me, the new firefox has issues

  • Nov. 19, 2011, 4:46 a.m. CST

    but now that seems to be fixed

    by HornOrSilk


  • Nov. 19, 2011, 4:48 a.m. CST

    Sam - as to the trailer

    by HornOrSilk

    The things I am wondering: What role does the Doctor have in relation to LWW? I'm guessing the professor. T But that raises the question -- who is Alsan? Do they have to die? Do they come back to life? Regeneration? Time Lord? The Wardrobe seems to me, if I had to guess, something similar to the Girl in the Fireplace, and not the TARDIS. And will the boy get high on turkish delight?

  • Nov. 19, 2011, 6 a.m. CST

    BTW, I say that knowing

    by HornOrSilk

    The Doctor called the TARDIS his wardrobe. It's just.. is it that simple? Ok, sometimes it is. I am just wondering if we are being fooled with the simplicity..

  • Nov. 19, 2011, 6 a.m. CST

    See, it could really be the War Drobe

    by HornOrSilk

    What's a drobe? :P

  • Nov. 19, 2011, 6:59 a.m. CST

    So ... should we also be wishing MOV happy birthday?

    by veteran_of_mu

    If so ... many happy returns. And the Russian girls were so lovely. It's funny to think about how DW brings people together all over the world, this silly little show about the madman and his box, so many twists and riddles ... it gets under all of our skins. It's so lovely and authentic and novel, humans can't help but take it to heart. That's really the most remarkable thing about it, I think - it manages to stay charming and intimate while nevertheless pulling our brains through as many non-orientable manifolds as they're capable of tracking. And it all comes down to young Steven Moffatt and his pen. Of all the British SF auteurs, he stands head and shoulders. Even the great Adams is in the shade. Well, having pushed off, his shade is in the shade. Seriously, put the Doc and Beeblebrox in a room and Zaphod is downstage now. Hopelessly so. As for the next season, I do have one small wish. I'm old fashioned, I admit. I think of Rex Harrison as the first Doctor. But there is one character I would very much like the Doctor to meet. It probably doesn't make any sense, and you can chide me as an old sentimentalist, but there is just the one little idea I'd love to see explored. Rod Taylor's time traveller. The chair with the spinning wheel, and Weena and the Eloi. I know in my boots it will never happen. But just once I'd like to see the Doctor with that crystal tipped control rod in his hand. He wouldn't need to take a trip in the chair or meet a Morlock. Just a tip of the hat or an arched eyebrow would be enough for me. A nod. Is that asking too much?

  • and will be to the TV series what the RD jr Sherlock Holmes is to the BBC/Moffat Sherlock. Which of course means different things to different people, since that RD jr Sherlock was quite popular with the average audience. But I think the JJ Abrams Trek will prove a good comparison. Depending who you ask its either the worst thing to ever happen to Trek ranging all the way to the other end of the spectrum where it is the ONLY good thing to happen to Trek, and every opinion in between.

  • Nov. 19, 2011, 7:38 a.m. CST

    Those russian girls are awesome

    by Rebel Scumb

    Glad they vocalized the desire to bring back Jenny! A lot of them are pretty cute to!

  • Nov. 19, 2011, 10:06 a.m. CST


    by Kevin Bolinger

    This is for you buddy, and for anyone else that likes my zaniness in playing a fat version of the 11th Doctor. Here is the link to the new episode of The Breaux Show, where my buddy did some great special effects with a file I sent him. ENjoy. Oh, and I may not be on here as much as I would like, given a current problem with an internet provider. Hoping to have a new provider set and lined up and running any day now.

  • Nov. 19, 2011, 10:27 a.m. CST

    caractacus.... I suppose you could wish MOV a happy birthday if you want.....

    by sam jacksons wig

    ...but it is almost 100% certain that it would be a fluke if it was.

  • Nov. 19, 2011, 10:33 a.m. CST


    by sam jacksons wig

    It was the colour of the box, and the fact that it was "bigger on the inside...." that led me to believe it was tardis related. However, I am sure it's just a macguffin and a plot development in order to get the kid into another world.

  • Nov. 19, 2011, 10:41 a.m. CST


    by Mister Vertue

    It would be one hell of a coincidence, wouldn't it?

  • Nov. 19, 2011, 10:45 a.m. CST

    And someone just pointed out to me...

    by Mister Vertue

    I (sort of) revealed the title in a roundabout kind of way, without actually giving you any of the key words. I must have been feeling particularly clever that day. Doesn't happen very often.

  • Nov. 19, 2011, 10:51 a.m. CST

    Did someone mention a documentary...

    by Mister Vertue

    ...about fans of Doctor Who from around the world? They've *got* to do that for one of the anniversary documentaries, haven't they? I'd say so. Especially after seeing what those lovely Russian girls did. Absolutely bonkers.

  • Nov. 19, 2011, 11:02 a.m. CST

    Sure, it may have been a shorter piece for CiN this year

    by Mister Vertue

    But it was still incredibly generous of Matt to give up his free time for a worthy cause when he should have been enjoying a well deserved break from wearing the bow tie. He's going to need a bloody good rest ahead of February, because it's going to be one hell of a slog for him in next year. *And* you all get the chance to bid for his entire costume! That's pretty amazing, don't you think? Who knows, if one of you wins, we might be seeing you on camera sometime in 2013 too?

  • Nov. 19, 2011, 11:31 a.m. CST

    Just a random thought: If Jenny was the companion after Amy/Rory...

    by Rebel Scumb

    It would make for a very interesting dynamic, a father and daughter, but the father is played by an actor the same age as the daughter. Would also avoid another 'the companion falls in love/lust with the doctor' type dynamic.

  • Nov. 19, 2011, 11:31 a.m. CST

    But MOV

    by Kevin Bolinger

    I already have an 11th Doctor costume, ok , so iit may not be official, but it works for me, and fits my fat body LOL LOL P :)

  • Nov. 19, 2011, 11:36 a.m. CST


    by Kevin Bolinger

    who hasnt seen my Doctor Who costume, I have pics of me at conventions on my facebook page, Kevin Scott Bolinger , as well as me in videos as him on both my youtube page darthdevious, and in my buddies show, The Breaux Show, TheMatrix8475 . I think I do well for a fat man in a fez :P

  • Nov. 19, 2011, 12:01 p.m. CST

    Attaboy, Moff - you did it!

    by Perigee

    Growing up as a fanboy writing fanfic to end up very large and in charge of the show you love; that's incredibly beautiful. You're living the dream that we all had during our childhoods, and, best of all, you're doing it beautifully. All love and deep respect, from one fanboy to another. Welcome to your first, best destiny. Don't let it go. - Bob

  • ..and I realise that we have already had a short of sorts involving Einstein. But it could have been a little more generous regarding content. That might seem very petty on my part, and ungrateful, but I assure you it is certainly not meant to be. I also am aware that they couldn't have possibly tied it in with the Xmas special, as that was the big REVEAL for CIN. But...... something!! Anything- a dance with a cyberman, a farting competiton with the absorbalof!!!!! :))

  • Nov. 19, 2011, 12:06 p.m. CST

    And to the rest of you... Howdy again!

    by Perigee

    Finally - a DB I can rejoin. Time and cash - paired with no access to the episodes discussed - have left me out in the cold recently; I abstain from looking like a bigger windbag than I already am. But know I'm in the wings, and send my affection to all you who are retro-thrilling. I'll be back a bit later to chat - Just wanted to pop in and spread the love before I get too much further into Saturday.

  • Nov. 19, 2011, 12:07 p.m. CST


    by sam jacksons wig

    Yup- your cake is in the post!!!! :)) The C S Lewis tie in was inspired, I will certainly give you that!

  • Nov. 19, 2011, 12:09 p.m. CST

    SAMMY! Hiya!

    by Perigee

    That's all. ~Grin~

  • Nov. 19, 2011, 12:11 p.m. CST

    Just watching The Long game......

    by sam jacksons wig

    ...and marvelling at just how fantastic Chris Eccleson was at bringing the Doc back to life. I can just imagine him tearing into the jaws of the Nightmare Child and (figuratively) chaining up the time war!!!!! Sorely missed and a still slim hope we'll see him for the 50th. (and Simon pegg was awesome in this!!!)

  • Nov. 19, 2011, 12:32 p.m. CST

    Bob!!!!!!!! You're back!!!!!

    by sam jacksons wig

    ..... and not a moment too soon!!!! How dare you stay away, there should be a law against it, and I shall make it so!!! ENGAGE!!!!!!!! erm....wrong show......

  • Nov. 19, 2011, 1 p.m. CST

    SJW re: farts, ALL re: next Docback

    by Merrick

    SJW: ***a farting competiton*** Yes. Farts. Farts are cool. ALL: just a heads up that the next Docback ***MAY*** happen nearly next week, as 1) we've a Holiday here in The States later next week which I may or may not be inclined to take advantage of, and 2) Wednesday just *happens* to be the 48th...49th?...anniversary of DOCTOR WHO's first broadcast, and a Docback on such a day seems appropriate. HOWEVER, whether or not a Docback actually happens on Wednesday instead of Friday is wholly dependent on my getting my shit together in a timely manner. So don't count on that. Worst case scenario? We'll roll Friday as always... Tonight I'm watching "Colony in Space." Anything I should know going in (the forewarning about Sensorites' suck probably saved my TV screen - thank y'all for that).

  • Nov. 19, 2011, 1:12 p.m. CST

    Colony in Space

    by HornOrSilk

    It might be a bit slow, and would be better as a 4 instead of 6 part story, but otherwise, it's always been one I've liked. There are some interesting things going on with it; it's not necessarily revolutionary but it did get the Doctor off earth

  • It's kind of a random mix of different eras, looking forward to watching them over the Winter

  • Nov. 19, 2011, 1:55 p.m. CST

    Happy Birthday MOFF!

    by gotilk

    I thought I'd already posted that, but I guess I did not. Anyway. Who else here wants to move to Russia this instant after that video? wow.

  • Nov. 19, 2011, 2:16 p.m. CST

    Getting a blu-ray just for this set.

    by gotilk

    well... my ps3 stopped reading disks , so yeah. I guess I needed one anyway. Nice , big new TV to hook it to as well. Yay me! I cannot wait to see what these look like in true HD.

  • Nov. 19, 2011, 2:20 p.m. CST


    by gotilk

    Thanks for the link. Fun as always! And nice FX!!

  • Nov. 19, 2011, 2:28 p.m. CST

    Merrick- but a fart wearing a fez.....

    by sam jacksons wig THAT would be coooooooooooooool. Yeah!!!!! I trust you are amazingly well my friend- enjoy your holiday in the US.

  • Nov. 19, 2011, 3:23 p.m. CST

    Yay Whotininnies!

    by gotilk

    Thanks again guys! Great fun.

  • Nov. 19, 2011, 8:06 p.m. CST


    by Ken Plume

    Hope you enjoy it! Feedback is always welcome... Just don't tell Glen you enjoy that accursed machine...

  • Nov. 19, 2011, 9:18 p.m. CST

    Just realized, probably not gonna be able to do next week's TB anyways

    by Renee Knowles

    Because it's ChicagoTARDIS!!!!!! :) Who's going? :)

  • Nov. 19, 2011, 9:30 p.m. CST

    What machine?

    by gotilk

    Oh wait... THAT machine? But... but... I just finished an over 1000 word essay about my appreciation of said machine. What will I do with it now?? *think think* Post it here?

  • Nov. 19, 2011, 10:38 p.m. CST


    by Merrick

    *** post it here? *** Yes.

  • Nov. 19, 2011, 11:06 p.m. CST


    by Ken Plume


  • Nov. 19, 2011, 11:13 p.m. CST

    The running order of Series Six was wrong

    by doctordaz

    G'day Merrick, Happy Birthday Steven. I think Series Six was great and it would have been the best ever if it had aired in the correct order. There was enough foreshadowing and call-backs to discern a running order, more like this. 1) The Impossible Astronaut (Aired 1st) 2) Day of the Moon (2nd) 3) The Doctor's Wife (4th) 4) The Girl Who Waited (10th) (A lost opportunity) Mini Episode "Time and Space" 5) The Curse of the Black Spot (3rd) 6) Night Terrors (9th) 7) The Rebel Flesh (5th) 8) The Almost People (6th) 9) A Good Man Goes to War (7th) 10) Let's Kill Hitler (8th) 11) The God Complex (11th) 12) Closing Time (12th) 13) The Wedding of River Song (13th) I highlighted "The Girl Who Waited" as a lost opportunity, not because of its writing, which was superb, but because of its placement in the season. In it the Doctor forced Rory to choose between a "Young Amy" and an "Old Amy" when in fact, both Amy's were Gangers and the real Amy was never in danger. I think by the end of "Day of the Moon", the Doctor knew Amy had been replaced, but he wasn't sure about the nature of the replacement. So he begins to investigate. Coming out of "The Girl Who Waited" the Doctor realizes that somewhere out there was the "Real Amy" controlling the Ganger. In "Time and Space" he was modifying the psychic circuits (mentioned in the "Doctor's Wife") to trace Amy. In the same episode, Amy is going to ask the Doctor, why she can remember both times in the Red Time-stream. One where she was in there for ten minutes, and one where she was in there for thirty six years. Lucky she remembered how to use a sword... dispatch Pirates with it, in "The Curse of the Black Spot" There is more to come

  • Nov. 19, 2011, 11:53 p.m. CST

    Shameless Plug

    by veteran_of_mu

    There's a project on rockethub with which I'm affiliated - - and I'm trying to get the word out. It really is quite a fantastic idea and could change a lot of things. If any of you could help spread awareness through your own networks, I'd be much obliged. If you wanted to chip in that would be great too, but just spreading it is what's really needed now. Apologies for posting off-topic and thanks in advance!

  • Nov. 19, 2011, 11:57 p.m. CST

    More on the running order of Series Six

    by doctordaz

    The Doctor modified the psychic circuits to trace Amy and on his first attempt receives the distress signal from the Siren in "Curse of the Black Spot", not a success on his first try. On his second attempt he receives the distress message from the young boy George in "Night Terrors" Realizing Plan A wasn't working, the Doctor decides to investigate the Gangers up close and personal, in "The Rebel Flesh" The last six episodes from "The Almost People" onwards is very tight with the story arc and it makes perfect sense for Amy and Rory to leave the TARDIS in "The God Complex" which occurs in my running order after "Let's Kill Hitler" This is a direct quote from Steven Moffat in an interview he gave this week, which is cited here, about the delay in Series Seven. "Doctor Who is going to enter production for the longest sustained period we’ve ever attempted, and the biggest and best and maddest time ever to be a fan of this wonderful old show is rumbling towards us. And yes, you got me. We needed a little more time to prepare for everything we’ve got planned. That, above all, is why we needed this tiny gap. Just be a tiny bit patient, and trust me, we’ll make it up to you.” S. Moffat I think Series Six's running order was compromised. There must have been post-production issues that prompted this years season break. So episodes were shuffled to accommodate, said issues. The biggest victim in this was "The Girl Who Waited" and possibly two producers. So, that's my take. If you can re-watch Series Six in this order you can see every little hint that Moffat squeezed into the narrative. There were call-backs and call-forwards, clues and misdirection and everything in between. I think Series Six, as aired, was a 7.5 out of 10.0. In the correct order, an easy 9.0 out of 10 and the best season ever. Maybe Moffat should pull a George Lucas and re-release the DVD's in ten years. Anyone interested in my take on the Ultimate Question "Doctor Who?"

  • Nov. 20, 2011, 12:13 a.m. CST


    by gotilk

    What if I edited it down to , say, 500 words? With a disclaimer?

  • Nov. 20, 2011, 12:15 a.m. CST


    by Merrick

    *** 500 words *** Yes.

  • Nov. 20, 2011, 12:17 a.m. CST


    by gotilk

    That is SO AMAZING and fascinating. I'm in!

  • Nov. 20, 2011, 12:19 a.m. CST


    by gotilk

    I am VERY interested in your take. And thanks for the insight related to series 6.

  • Nov. 20, 2011, 12:29 a.m. CST


    by gotilk

    I also tweeted the link to my 425 followers. I hope that helps in a small way to get you to that lofty goal. It can be done. There's a science show on the TWIT network called Dr Kiki's Science Hour that just might be interested in reporting on this project: And on the same network, a show called Futures In Biotech that just might be even more interested: You can find contact info for both shows at that link. If something is set up quickly enough, it could mean exposure to potentially thousands more people who would be at least interested in the project. If exposure can be made to happen with either of these shows (biggest podcast network in the world) you could look toward NPR's Science Friday next. And I would also suggest trying to get booked on EVERY science podcast listed on iTunes, and beyond. Are you good on radio? Can you speak for the project? With only 55 days left... better get a move on.

  • Nov. 20, 2011, 1:04 a.m. CST

    The Ultimate Question, "Doctor Who?"

    by doctordaz

    Moffat has a unique way of presenting his stories. He will write a definitive sentence, but with enough wriggle room to have the same sentence be interpreted or reinterpreted in a completely different way some time later. I call them the WIBBLY. And I've become quite adept in spotting these WIBBLY's. The first WIBBLY I spotted was in "The End of Time" when the Tenth muttered those immortal words, "I don't want to go" I am 80% sure that line originated with Moffat. It's a tip of a hat (or fez), that the Eleventh was going to be a bit different. If you consider that the emotional baggage that a Timelord carries into a regeneration, can effect the next Doctor...the Doctor had just condemned his people to oblivion for a second time. This can't be ignored. So now we come to the ultimate question, Doctor Who? My take is, that it is not the question. It is an incomplete sentence which is a statement of fact. In other words...'s not "Doctor Who?". Its "Doctor, who..." Now I don't know the exact phrasing of the sentence. Only Moffat knows that. But I can use a placeholder to intimate what may be happening. Statement; "Doctor, who paints his red house, blue" You can derive the question from that statement (A statement that suggests a TRUE fixed point in time) Question; "Why did the Doctor paint his red house blue?" Answer; "Because the red paint MUST fall." Anyone interested in my take on the Silence?

  • Nov. 20, 2011, 1:22 a.m. CST

    On Whotininnies and The Infernal Machine

    by gotilk

    The initial goal of this treatise was to vanquish a demon. What occurred during this attempt confounds me to this day. In my efforts to do my best to eliminate this terrible machine, this ... I assume... electronic flatulent hadouken tosser, I found myself in a state of calm I had not felt since my days overlooking the canyons in Northern California and , as they say, letting one rip. I could recall the echo returning to me even before the distinctive culinary layers of odor reflecting my day's meals reached my nose. Men who are plunged in the pursuits of life, are no judges of its course and tendency on the whole. They confuse great events with little, measure the importance of objects, as in perspective, by the mere standard of nearness or remoteness. It is only at a distance that one can take in the outlines and features of the whole picture. In this distance I have found an appreciation. For the lack of odor, most importantly. But also for the inexplicable fits of uncontrollable laughter, for which I still cannot explain. In fact, I do not believe in the entire anals (sic) of science, can we find a conclusive study with findings that explain the reason why such breaking of wind (synthetic or otherwise) causes a predictable response of laughter. While this response can be linked mostly with males, some females have been witnessed chuckling at their own bottom tsunamis when they think no-one is observing them. Could the source of this reaction be genetic? Some have even claimed to believe the response is of alien origins. And while these theories cannot be taken with the seriousness we reserve for scientific studies, can we entirely ignore these opinions? Can the green clouds observed above area 51 in the late 90s be entirely dismissed? Some have blamed said clouds on the fact that James Cordon was indeed visiting the region on both occasions. And while I am sure he had several opportunities to partake in the local cuisine, to blame him for a cloud of that magnitude would at least be a slight over-reaction. At least. I guess we must leave that to science, and the future. In the meantime, I cannot subscribe to such opinions, or take them seriously. Because of the nature of a treatise like this, it is not at all uncommon to come across as condemning of individuals espousing a certain philosophy when it is the philosophy itself being condemned and not the individuals holding it. The intention during this presentation has been to emphasize many times that this treatise is aimed at refuting ideas but not people. However, if at any time this perception has not successfully been conveyed than an apology is extended to you the reader. And in conclusion, I must say that while my first reaction was negative to the addition of an electronic fart machine to the show Whotininnies, in my laughter and mild disgust, I have found both solace and familiarity. I have grown closer to the show and look forward to the reactions of Ken Plume when presented with the electronic recreations of bum backfires and cheese concussions. It is my opinion that (if you'll excuse the term) eliminating said electronic gas gusts and touche torrents would be a terrible idea. These rear-reports, rump ruptures and tail thumps should remain at the very least a small part of the show. Thank you for your time and consideration. (edited from 1500 word version by request of Ken Plume... and..... *ahem*.. excuse me...beans you know.)

  • Nov. 20, 2011, 1:25 a.m. CST

    Your Machine Treatise

    by Ken Plume


  • Nov. 20, 2011, 1:40 a.m. CST


    by gotilk

    I am laughing just as loud right now as I laugh at your reactions to the tomfoolery on the show. Kudos. Love ya.

  • RIP Falco.

  • Nov. 20, 2011, 2:17 a.m. CST


    by gotilk

    Ouch. Turns out he did not.

  • Nov. 20, 2011, 6:58 a.m. CST

    Oh hey Merrick, found something for you.

    by gotilk

    Doctor Who sound board. Not that you should... umm.. use it or anything. On Whotininnies. Or anything.

  • Nov. 20, 2011, 7:53 a.m. CST

    Gotlik see that makes me think of a skit one could make

    by HornOrSilk

    Rock me Hands Soda with Millenium Falco Crashing into the Depth Tsar

  • Nov. 20, 2011, 8:40 a.m. CST

    Can i just say- RE: the CIN scene.

    by notspock2

    I really don't like the idea of seeing Matt Smith in character as the Doctor in non canon skits or breaking the fourth wall (CIN, Dr Who at the Proms) however the reality is that he does it so well, that he somehow manages to keep the world of the show completely intact, and feel like he's actually a part of our world. Very impressive.

  • Nov. 20, 2011, 8:41 a.m. CST


    by Merrick

    re: On Whotininnies and The Infernal Machine Masterful, fully realized, and sublime. Kudos of the highest order. Re: the sound board. Yes. Oh, yes. Thank you!

  • Nov. 20, 2011, 10:26 a.m. CST

    doctordaz - I don't want to go

    by Mister Vertue

    Just so you know, that was very much a Russell T Davies line, with input from David Tennant. It was meant to reflect David's heartfelt reluctance to leave the role he loved so much, and I think it came across beautifully. The very second that Matt hits the screen, that's all Moffat.

  • Nov. 20, 2011, 11:09 a.m. CST

    notspock2 the fourth wall

    by HornOrSilk

    Well, you know, they could be a part of a larger canon that we don't know about yet. Imagine if the Doctor gets drawn into a match with the Toymaker, and he is to play the part of the Doctor trying to make money -- and the one who makes the most wins the match? Etc. I know Ian Levine has, for his own personal canon, a way to connect many of the odds and ends of the 7th Doctor in this kind of fashion. I think he even has had Sylvester film extra scenes to make it all fit into an overall story.

  • Nov. 20, 2011, 11:17 a.m. CST


    by notspock2

    That line always felt exactly like that to me. The lap of honour gets quite a lot of flak from people. However, I think it's kind of perfect, and that line is heartbreaking every time...

  • Nov. 20, 2011, 11:25 a.m. CST


    by notspock2

    Are you suggesting that Matt Smith is not playing the Doctor? but rather, the Doctor is playing Matt Smith? Hmm. That would actually explain quite a lot.

  • Nov. 20, 2011, 11:54 a.m. CST


    by HornOrSilk

    That would be one way one could do it. In fact, it would make for a marvelous story to do -- when the Doctor is whisked to a universe where Doctor Who is a tv show, and Matt Smith is a real person. For some reason, they have to exchange places -- maybe Matt is thrust into the Doctor's universe... and the Doctor has to find his way back. And I would add the Doctor once entered this universe before... in Remembrance of the Daleks... so make the Daleks a part of the story... imagine, The Doctor as Matt Smith having to protect fans who think the Daleks are props..

  • Nov. 20, 2011, 11:55 a.m. CST

    And if they did that

    by HornOrSilk

    Then so many appearances on tv can be a part of the story itself.. I would put his appearance in the US as an example.. have the Doctor caught in our universe for one whole year (but Matt Smith in the Doctor's for only one day.. timey-wimey).

  • Nov. 20, 2011, 11:56 a.m. CST

    Saw this ... I Heart Heart Gallifrey ... T-shirt

    by DrMorbius Not me selling them, just posting a link in case anyone was interested ...

  • Nov. 20, 2011, 1:21 p.m. CST


    by gotilk

    Really happy you enjoyed it. Great episode, by the way. I was literally in tears from laughing at a couple of points.

  • Nov. 20, 2011, 2:42 p.m. CST


    by doctordaz

    Cool. What do you think of the running order of Series Six. Is it plausible or not?

  • Nov. 20, 2011, 3:02 p.m. CST

    Rebel scumb - Jenny as a companion

    by DoctorTom

    It would be worth it so that we could have an episode with the Doctor and Jenny, where River shows up. River: Doctor, she's your WHAT? Is this a spoiler? Is this something that happens in our future that you thought I should know about now? Jenny: You got married? So, she's my stepmom? This, of course, makes Amy Jenny's (step)grandmother, and Rory Jenny's (step)grandfather. Come to think of it, it would definitely be fun having the Ponds show up in the same episode (or a later episode) just so Jenny could keep calling Rory grandfather and watch him get a headache.

  • Nov. 20, 2011, 3:14 p.m. CST


    by gotilk

    You're SO right, that would be very entertaining to watch Rory react to that situation.

  • Nov. 20, 2011, 3:17 p.m. CST

    Doctordaz - not bad with the timeline, but a few points

    by DoctorTom

    It's been stated that Time/Space come after Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon (I think Moffat told Doctor Who Magazine), so it's probably not fixing the circuits to trace Amy. They don't say, but it could as easily be the Doctor wanting to do some repairs to the circuits after the strain put on the TARDIS from using Stealth mode so much in the 2 parter. I also completely disagree with you on The Girl Who Waited being a lost opportunity. Putting it earlier and having both old and young Amy being gangers would totally rob the story of the drama that it has. The choice wouldn't matter if none of them were the real Amy, so the entire story wouldn't matter at all. Having both be the real Amy and having the Doctor choose to not save the older Amy means a lot. The story is a lot better placed where it's at, since Rory's reactions about the Doctor in The Girl Who Waited could be seen as one of the triggers which got the Doctor to decide that he was going to leave Rory and Amy on Earth. Having Rory's reaction in TGWW, then nothing coming of it for a long time doesn't seem right. The Doctor realizing how he had to treat the older Amy in the episode probably also made him realize that he would have to have Amy stop travelling with him before she got killed permanently. This leads into the final revelations (for Amy) in the God Complex that the Doctor is just a madman with a box. Dramatically, The Girl Who Waited was right where it needed to be.

  • Nov. 20, 2011, 3:19 p.m. CST

    gotilk - maybe that can be next year's Christmas episode

    by DoctorTom

    Christmas with the Ponds, The Doctor, River and Jenny. You could probably have a long part at the beginning watching everybody figuring out the relationships and watch the misunderstandings, then by the time some threat pops up you would get to see the relief on the Doctor's face as he would have to go deal with that instead.

  • Nov. 20, 2011, 6:27 p.m. CST


    by notspock2

    I think that idea is a bit too close to RED DWARF: back to earth to be given any kind of real chance at succeeding. However - I can see it making a nice kind of "galaxy quest" type film with an ersatz Doctor.

  • Nov. 20, 2011, 7:20 p.m. CST


    by Ken Plume

    You will be using that soundboard over my dead body. Which is to say not on the show, but you're certainly welcome to use it at my funeral.

  • Nov. 20, 2011, 7:22 p.m. CST


    by Merrick

    Soundboards are cool.

  • Nov. 20, 2011, 7:53 p.m. CST

    notspock2 while many have done similar before

    by HornOrSilk

    It doesn't mean it can't work for a one off story. And it would be a way to tie in much which otherwise seems odd..

  • Nov. 20, 2011, 9:24 p.m. CST

    Merrick re: the soundboard

    by DoctorTom

    I think it will end up being mandatory to use the Doctor's *Do You Mind Not Farting...* bit in conjunction with the fart machine.

  • Nov. 20, 2011, 9:29 p.m. CST


    by Ken Plume

    Again, Glen, there will be no soundboard. Unless it is comprised entirely of the sound of you crying.

  • Nov. 20, 2011, 10:03 p.m. CST


    by Merrick

    An excellent idea...

  • Nov. 20, 2011, 10:48 p.m. CST

    This is amusing

    by DoctorTom

    What's funny is I can imagine hearing these arguments on the next Whotaninnies podcast. You two have definitely brightened up my day (and night)!

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 2:34 a.m. CST

    Must agree with doctortom

    by gotilk

    I can hear it already, and NOTHING has made my weekend work tolerable like Whotininnies. Nothing.

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 2:39 a.m. CST

    So where is everyone?

    by gotilk

    Have we all crawled back into our caves already for this week? I'm dying for new Who still, but did just watch a VERY entertaining and satisfying episode of Misfits. It was *Let's Kill Hitler* from a very, very different angle. Well, sort of. You'd have to see it. But I think Let's Kill Hitler's Hitler was a better Hitler. *phew*.... say that 3 times fast. Anyway, very good episode. Hope you are all having a fantastic end of the weekend. Be well and charge those fart machines up! By the way, in case anyone is still reading these posts... do any of you know of a good tool for making your own sound boards? I have an idea.

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 2:39 a.m. CST


    by gotilk

    It's a VERY good idea.

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 4:39 a.m. CST


    by Ken Plume

    No. No soundboard ideas here. NONE AT ALL. hrmph

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 4:51 a.m. CST


    by gotilk

    Don't worry. I wouldn't THINK of doing anything Merrick would be tempted to actually USE. *grin*

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 4:53 a.m. CST

    I'd just like to reiterate

    by gotilk

    .. who else wants to move to Russia? At least for a while? My my goodness.

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 6:35 a.m. CST

    Well, I saw the CiN stuff

    by Ithrat Cordwallis

    And it was, y'know, okay; I too have *some* reservations with the whole 'breaking the fourth wall' thing, but if it makes the cash, and the Matt-being-naked thing pleases whoever it is who becomes pleased by Matt being naked, then fair play, and happy days. Does anyone know this year's CiN total total in the end? Also I've been meaning to listen to the podcasts but have not been on suitable technology for goodness knows how long; I will be looking to rectify that sooner rather than later, and may even have my shizzle together soon enough to offer feedback on one, all or none of the podcasts on this very docback, if y'all are sufficiently unfortunate. Additionally, will try and get my head around the PASTE and BLAST stuff, too. In the meantime, I'm looking forward to the Colony in Space docback as it's a serial I know fairly well (meaning, basically, that I've seen it more than once). Had I read this week's Docback sooner, I would have offered you the following pre-watch advice, Merrick: 'watch out for a young David Tennant' and 'skip episode three as it doesn't help with the story'. Then, you see, you could have come back here and said, 'What the hell were you talking about?' and oh, how we would have laughed. Why, 'twould have been funnier even than a soundboard. And now I need to go and watch some s6 again. I think... I think the Doctor's Wife is calling - she's left the back door open and, well, you know how it is...

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 6:44 a.m. CST

    Oh, and hello again Docbackers

    by Ithrat Cordwallis

    Long time no see. And as I'll doubtless forget, I'd like to wish *all* of you a happy birthday, as I expect you'll have one in the next 364 days or so.

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 9:38 a.m. CST

    Hello, ithrat!

    by DoctorTom

    Nice to see you back again! I thought the CiN bit was amusing, and it was a good way to segue into the preview clip. I wasn't bothered by the breaking of the 4th wall stuff - it wasn't THAT much more than Tom Baker looking straight at the camera and saying *not even the sonic screwdriver will get me out of this one*

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 10:49 a.m. CST

    The Doctor meeting actor Matt Smith

    by Mister Vertue

    Nah. Bit too gimmicky. Might work on other shows (ones that are more comedy based) but I think it would look very much out of place on Doctor Who. And we still have so many more amazing stories to see without resorting to that, don't you think?

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 10:51 a.m. CST

    doctordaz - viewing order for series 6

    by Mister Vertue

    If it works for you without creating any plot-holes, then go for it! I'd be interested to hear some feedback from other Docbackers who have tried that order too. I doubt the order will change for future dvd/blu-ray releases though.

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 10:54 a.m. CST

    Moving to Russia...

    by Mister Vertue

    Looks like a really fun place to visit, doesn't it? Not sure if I'd want to live there though.

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 10:57 a.m. CST

    darthdevious - Eleven's costume

    by Mister Vertue

    Even though the costume might not fit you, you should still bid for it! It's a piece of history, and I'm sure the value will only rise in the future. Buy now, sell it in 2013. Mortgage paid. Holiday in Hawaii. Great investment! Please note, I am in no way a qualified financial adviser.

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 12:15 p.m. CST

    MOV but it is not necessarliy meeting

    by HornOrSilk

    It is replacing, having them switch places, like in Sarah Jane. And for one story -- one which could imply it last a long time for the Doctor -- it would move many things we have seen to potential Doctor as Matt Smith roles, freeing many things so they can be "canon." Plus, Doctor Who often has fun episodes like this. We already have hints of something like this with Remembrance, so I say take it on. For a 50th anniversary story.

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 1:21 p.m. CST


    by notspock2

    I think there might be something to a story about a supposedly "fictional" character actually possessing the actors playing him/her. However, I think that to extend the diegesis of Doctor Who to include Matt Smith and "our" world and suggest that our world was was in fact canon, would result, I suspect, in many people seeing it inevitably as a shark jumping moment. Telling people flat out that what they are watching is just a story when they have a lot invested in the suspension of disbelief is a tough sell, especially if you are dealing with a show like DR WHO which relies on terrifying the audience... Respectfully, I can't see it working with this show.

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 2:25 p.m. CST


    by gotilk

    Actually, I think you're right. Heat of the moment.

  • Nov. 21, 2011, 3:37 p.m. CST

    About the Doctor meeting Matt Smith...

    by Michael_Jacksons_Ghost

    I would hope not. Red Dwarf just did that bit, and was meh. Maybe for a special like CIN or something, then it could work for a comedy bit.

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 1:13 a.m. CST


    by Kevin Bolinger

    You sir gave me a great laugh that I needed tonight, thanks for that...ahh, a vacation in Hawaii :P

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 3:40 a.m. CST

    I concur

    by Ithrat Cordwallis

    With the notion that a real-life / DW crossover would affect a dilution of the DW world. After all, whilst that kind of metafiction often works well with the written word (Vonnegut is a total master at it, for example, imo) unless you're dealing with an out-and-out comedy (a la Naked Gun) or something whose entire MO is to explore the concept of creativity (a la Adaptation) then it seems likely it would all go a bit 'Back to Earth' in the visual medium and that, I fear, would make me cry. That said, I do agree it could work, at a push, as a five minute Comic Relief sketch, but as I'm a miserable old scrote I'd do my damndest to not enjoy it. Oh, and I'm not in the position to offer any feedback on anything yet. Bwahahaha!

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 3:42 a.m. CST

    I still say it would work

    by HornOrSilk

    And it would, in a way, be a variation of Blink if you think about it..

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 5:50 a.m. CST

    'Supernatural' did it...

    by Peter a recent episode, where Sam and Dean 'hide' in an alternate dimension for a few days. In this dimension, Supernatural is a TV show, they are actually the actors Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles, It was a lots of fun, but required an 'angel' to hide them away. Supernatural can get away with implausible, fun nonsense at this late stage in its life. I'm on the fence as to whether 'Who' can. In the hands of a skilled writer, I guess anything is possible!

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 8:42 a.m. CST

    Night And The Doctor now online

    by veteran_of_mu At least one new HAT already. Very cool.

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 9:03 a.m. CST

    We've had as close to the metafiction as we probably need already

    by DoctorTom

    There was the sketch that RTD wrote for John Barrowman for Tonight's the Night where someone got to play an alien, having what looked to be a confrontation between Captain Jack and the alien, when David Tennant comes out as David Tennant and we find it's just Barrowman and the other guy horsing around on the TARDIS set. It was good quick thing for a show like that. The breaking the fourth wall bit with Children in Need was good, but also short and in a good cause. Neither of these were a full fledged episode, though, and people realize these can play faster and looser with the fourth wall that way. I don't think people would end up liking the result of having the Doctor meet Matt Smith. Other than Red Dwarf, the closest I can recall any regular series getting to this are either Castle or Stargate SG-1 (I'm sure Diox will appreciate slipping in a Stargate reference). Castle visited the production of a film based off one of his novels, so even though he based Nikki Heat off of Beckett it's clearly supposed to be someone else. Stargate of course had the people showing Stargate Extreme, doing the shows that were a thinly veiled fictionalization of the adventures. So, if you were to have the Doctor meeting Matt Smith, the most palatable way would be to say that someone got UNIT or Torchwood files and say that they're making a series based on those files, and Matt Smith is playing the lead. It would be better to go with the Professor X idea (if you can avoid getting sued by Marvel) - this was the thing in fan circles in the 90's that Professor X was actually what was about to show on the TV screen in 1963 in the one episode of Remembrance of the Daleks. Mark Gatiss took it further with his first novel, Nightshade, and had movies based on Nightshade instead of Quatermass (since Remembrance of the Daleks implies that Quatermass was also a real character in the Whoniverse). You could still do the idea of the show being filmed, but have someone else playing the Doctor equivalent. Yes, it's probably a hoary sf cliche at this point (or deserves to be) but that would be one way to make it work. One added benefit - you have more options than the Doctor meeting Matt Smith. You could have the Eleventh Doctor meeting Tom Baker, or Peter Davison, or whichever older Doctor you want, and actually have him be Tom Baker (or whoever) as himself playing the part of the Doctor equivalent. Who knows, have enough difference in it (and, I'm willing to bet, enough money involved) and you might even be able to taunt Christopher Eccleston back to do it. Or, you get John Culshaw to do the part doing imitations of the other Doctors. Still, it would probably be better as a charity-related sketch rather than a regular episode.

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 9:05 a.m. CST

    petermck - forgot about the Supernatural

    by DoctorTom

    actually I didn't forget so much as not see the episode. It does show that it is an old cliche at this point, though. Now, having the Doctor end up on the set of Torchwood might provide for more amusement than having him end up on the set of Doctor Who...

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 10:32 a.m. CST

    For those interested in how Supernatural handled it...

    by Peter

    ...YouTube has a trailer for the episode, "The French Mistake". It was largely played for laughs, which is just about the only way to get away with meta-plots of this kind.

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 1:57 p.m. CST

    Droopy McCool!

    by DoctorTom

    listening to the podcast - definitely fun stuff! (Finally got a free-ish hour + to listen). Now I want to have a new Muppet Show tv series so Deep Roy could make an appearance - Droopy McCool joins in a song with Dr Teeth and the Electric Mayhem. I'm definitely looking forward to hearing the Buckaroo Banzai discussion too. Laugh-a while you can, monkey boy!!!

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Merrick - since you brought it up in the podcast

    by DoctorTom

    and are discussing Buckaroo Banzai as well as Doctor Who next podcast, I decided to look and found a Buckaroo Banzai soundboard. You don't have to limit yourself to playing only Doctor Who sounds!

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 3:40 p.m. CST

    Hmmmm, about 1 - 1 1/2 hours until I can pick up my Season 6 set

    by DoctorTom

    Of course this will prove that time is relative by making it seem like 8 hours. I'm going to be experiencing time the way the Doctor did in Vincent and the Doctor.

  • They're up at the BBC Doctor Who website, and probably being used by all the usual suspects at other websites by now.

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 3:46 p.m. CST

    I pre-ordered my set

    by HornOrSilk

    But I expect it will be awhile before I get to it. Which is fine since I have seen it all (save extras) once, I have a lot to write, and I am still slowly going through the new Big Finish CDs. Oh, and I am reading PKD's Exegesis. Seriously, something needs to connect River Song with PKD. Black iron prison? You betcha.

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 4:29 p.m. CST


    by DoctorTom

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 4:29 p.m. CST

    oops, take 2. That's funny, horn

    by DoctorTom

    I should be getting the Exegesis of Philip K Dick showing up tomorrow.

  • Nov. 22, 2011, 5:25 p.m. CST

    That is funny, indeed

    by HornOrSilk

    I've been reading it for over a week now. Very slowly. It's big, thick, and slow to go through if one is exploring its concepts in one's head (as I am doing). I like it. I don't agree with everything, but I think PKD is onto many things I agree with. That isn't a surprise to those who know me, I would think. I've been writing my theological/Christian commentaries on it for a bit more than a week, and I've already got the attention of and many other interested readers. You can see what I've written here: it's not necessarily great, but it is an engagement.

  • Nov. 23, 2011, 6 a.m. CST


    by gotilk

    Heck of a run so far. Anyone planning anything special for today? I'll be a busy beaver, no time for parties and such. But Who will be on my mind all day. Was thinking about a story when I woke up. The surviving bits of River Song in the library being pursued by over-zealous historians claiming she's not served her whole sentence. Be well fellow DocBackers! And have a happy birthday Doctor Who.

  • Nov. 23, 2011, 8:04 a.m. CST


    by Greg

    How goes your first time watching of the older Whos? You last mentioned skipping ahead to Logopolis. I hope that didn't sour you (especially since I bought the New Beginnings set sight unseen).

  • Nov. 23, 2011, 9:08 a.m. CST

    I love Logopolis

    by HornOrSilk

    But I think why I love it is it is my first regeneration story.

  • Nov. 23, 2011, 9:24 a.m. CST


    by DoctorTom

    I'd say it was my first regeneration story too since I don't really count the bit at the beginning of Robot that way. There's some good stuff in Logopolis but some very wacky stuff too - trying to flush the Master out of the TARDIS, the Master using a little communicator to supposedly send a message to everyone in the universe and expect them to be able to respond in time to him (of course that latter part can now be explained by the drums beating very loudly for him right then).

  • Nov. 23, 2011, 9:25 a.m. CST

    Happy Birthday, Doctor Who!

    by DoctorTom

    just 2 more to go to hit the big 50. And, by this time next year we might actually be getting shows broadcast on (or near) the anniversary date.

  • Nov. 23, 2011, 9:27 a.m. CST

    Night and the Doctor

    by DoctorTom

    I got the series 6 box set yesterday and watched the Night and the Doctor segments. Fantastic! I like how Moffat can go from a broad comedy to being very emotional in the same sketch (First Night, and Last Night). Moffat shows he's a master of the short sketch set in the TARDIS once again with these bits.

  • Nov. 23, 2011, 11:16 a.m. CST

    Happy Birthday Doctor Who, and Happy Thanksgiving to

    by Michael_Jacksons_Ghost

    my fellow American Docbackers! Cheers.