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What a movie means for Doctor Who
2. How Doctor Who stories are told will be changed by a film. 3. If the movie is a reboot, the character of the Doctor will become a character that can be recreated whenever a new writer or director wishes, like anyone can do with Sherlock Holmes or Robin Hood.
hen David Yates first announced his attempt to make a Doctor Who movie, many fans were worried that 50 years of history would be trampled upon. While Steven Moﬀat’s subsequent comments have said that any Doctor Who movie would be a continuation of the television show, there remains one important facet of the announcement. A Doctor Who movie would change the Doctor. In November 2011, David Yates spoke with the Daily Variety and announced that he is working on a movie version of Doctor Who. Big changes would be happening to the story of the Doctor: David Yates: It [a Doctor Who movie] needs quite a radical transformation to take it into the bigger arena. … Russell T. Davies and then Steven Moﬀat have done their own transformations, which were fantastic, but we have to put that aside and start from scratch" This was big news. For fans, it seemed that 50 years of history would be trod upon. But a movie could mean more than continuity ignored. For Doctor Who, a movie would fundamentally change everything. Okay, this sounds like hyperbole. But Doctor Who is a television series told in television ways. A movie cannot be a carbon copy of the television show, and if it is successful (both as a film and in the box oﬃce), Doctor Who as an ongoing tale will change more than it has ever done before. There are three ways that a movie will change Doctor Who: 1. The primary focus for the public will become two competing media (television and film).
No Longer a Television Series A movie would not be the first time that Doctor Who is produced outside of television. Doctor Who is not just a television series. It is already a story with novels, comics, audio dramas and more. However, these spin-oﬀ media are not the same as a movie. These other stories are specifically for fans, people who are drawn to the television series and want more. These media have smaller audiences, they are less mass-market and more tailored for the most engaged group of Doctor Who viewers. Doctor Who remains a television series for the general public, and a movie will change this all. Movies are big things. Books and comics sell in the range of the low thousands, except if they are major best-sellers. While movies can flop, many have audiences in the millions at the cinema alone, which is then complimented in the DVD/Blu-ray market, through downloads and on repeat showings on television channels. Meanwhile, Doctor Who television episodes have in the order of ten million viewers. Suddenly, with a movie, Doctor Who will appear in two major competing media: television and film. While the existing books, comics and audio compliment the television series, a movie would be competing for the audience’s attention. The Story is No Longer the Same I grew up with Doctor Who in the 1980s. For me, stories spread across weeks and separated by 7
cliffhangers were the norm for the series. Since Doctor Who returned in 2005, the style of the show changed. Most stories were self contained. Only a few would involve multiple episodes. The stories themselves were shorter, more intensely told. How Doctor Who was being told was changed. Yet it still remained a television series. We usually get fourteen episodes a year, with a varying degree of a story arc, from character evolution to tricky timey-wimey story telling. While we miss out on longer individual stories, we get a longer, interconnected series. Telling movies is diﬀerent to how stories are told on television. They are more self contained — few movies have pre-defined ongoing stories like Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter. Some movies will provide a tease, a potential foreshadowing of a potential sequel, yet movies must remain complete in their own right. Audiences would be frustrated by not seeing a character arc completed within the current film. Television episodes are regular, while movies in a series can be separated by years. A Doctor Who movie will be self contained. It will be made as a one-oﬀ story (even with some tentative hooks for the future). We also often talk about how movies have bigger scopes. Traditionally, a television show will describe the events happening oﬀ screen. Characters will tell of the invading hoards. Movies, on the other hand, show the armies fighting. Today, television is getting closer, now showing the invading armies (albeit still in a scaled-down version), though movies hold the upper edge. With each step that television moves closer, films react. They are becoming bigger and bigger in scale, becoming more spectacle. A Doctor Who movie will change the scope of the Doctor’s adventures, and the television series will look smaller in comparison. This is the biggest diﬀerence between television to movies. The great writer Dennis Potter, who dedicated himself to television, considered that how television and films were shown illustrated the fundamental diﬀerence between the two media. Television is a technology where the pictures are projected from the box into the audiences’ eyes. Film is light projected onto a screen, and we only
see the reflection. For film, we are only observers. We are part of a faceless crowd, sitting in the dark, watching a spectacle. For television, we are often watching as part of a group. We participate with the show and more-visible audience. We interact with the environment around us while watching television. And while television ratings now include more time shifting, the majority of the audience still watches at the same time. The feel of the two media is very diﬀerent. A Doctor Who movie will be more spectacle. It will be a less shared, less communal story. No Longer the Same Person Let’s ignore the Peter Cushing Dr Who and the Daleks films for a moment. Right now, the Doctor is a single character. Through the invention of the regeneration concept, we can have new actors in the role, while the character remains the same person. Despite the (occasional) dodgy continuity, we have a roughly consistent universe. This is diﬀerent to Sherlock Holmes. With each new actor, the Holmes universe is given a reboot. While Arthur Conan Doyle’s novels and short stories are the “canon”, each successive movie or television series or comic is something new. Young Sherlock Holmes. Holmes fighting Nazis. Holmes in modern-day London. Each version is a reinvention. Diﬀerent universes using the same creative spark. Doctor Who is diﬀerent. It is the same story with the same person at its heart. Fans even work out ways to fit in the TV Comics into the single ongoing story. We can do this through the tools of regeneration and time travel. The series can reinvent itself without rebooting. But what if someone like David Yates decides to restart the story for a film? Suddenly, the character of the Doctor is split. He instantly becomes like Sherlock Holmes or Robin Hood. The Doctor transforms into a concept rather than a character. The Doctor is no longer the hero of an ongoing tale, with layers being added by successive stories. The Cushing films were diﬀerent — they are a reinvention of the character as if the Doctor was like 8
Sherlock Holmes or Robin Hood. Cushing’s Dr Who was a distinct character, a human inventor with two human granddaughters. This happened in the 1960s, before the first Doctor regenerated into the second. The films themselves were superseded by later Doctor Who and regeneration. But if the story is rebooted for a film today, the Doctor Who universe will not be one. There will no longer be an ongoing single story. There are no other ongoing characters like the Doctor, and a film (especially a successful one) would stop that. He would become another Sherlock Holmes or Robin Hood. Special, but no longer diﬀerent.
fifty-eighth Doctor or the 9¾th Doctor. The character can just exist in the Doctor Who universe, and the audience can create the necessary connections to reconcile the stories. Secondly, the film should not be the origin story of the Doctor. Such mysteries should remain. Revealing too much will undermine the essentials of the character. While Neil Gaiman was writing “The Doctor’s Wife”, he received the following note from Steven Moﬀat on the Corsair: … can we make the Corsair sound less like the man the Doctor modeled himself on? Answers too many question that should be left alone. He’s the Doctor, he does what he does for reasons too vast Where Should a Movie Should Go? and terrible to relate. But in the end, a Doctor Who movie should be Change is good. It brings new life to things. It lets looking forward. It should not be too concerned us discover new avenues. A Doctor Who movie with the past, just like the television series. It should could certainly work, even if it changes the not focus on origins but instead focus on audience’s relationship with the television series. adventures. It should expand the Doctor Who But the movie still needs to be Doctor Who. universe, not replace. There is no need for the Doctor Who story to If done right, a Doctor Who movie will mean that restart. Doctor Who is no longer just a television series, and Firstly, the movie’s producers can create a unique it is a modern myth. story in the Doctor Who world. The show’s format allows for that to occur. The movie’s producers do not even need to create an obvious link with the Huw Buchtmann writes the website television series. They don’t even need to specify thirteenfaces.com, where he explores what whether the film Doctor is the twelfth Doctor or the makes Doctor Who the story it is.
Situation Vacant? Following Death in Blackpool there is a vacancy in the TARDIS to accompany the Eighth doctor on his travels, and what better way to fill it than testing out four new candidates Apprentice style?! Needless to say this story is a lot of fun and allows Paul McGann great license to trot out his best Lord Sugar impression. That with a smattering of monsters, robots and challenges makes for some great listening. Summary Absolutely full credit has to go to Alan Barnes who follows Death in Blackpool with another tremendous piece of writing. Here whilst acknowledging that Lucie Miller has moved on, the Doctor soon finds himself involved in a recruitment exercise involving four very diﬀerent candidates for the post of new assistant, and there are more secrets to be uncovered than in a typical Edwardian detective mystery. The set-up keeps you guessing all the way through and you are tempted to be too clever by trying to spot other characters that
might be better suited to being the new assistant. It certainly kept me on my toes at the time. Meanwhile we have aliens, disappearing scientists and giant robots all presenting challenges to the candidates. Oh, and did I mention that the Doctor hadn’t even set this up! Overall rating This story easily gets 4.5/5 – since originally writing this I have heard the rest of the fourth series which got better and better, so I save the 5/5 for one or two later stories. However, as an experience I enjoyed this so much I listened to it twice; first pass once I spotted the emerging Apprentice spoof I was chuckling all the way through. I won't give away the end, suﬃce it to say that all the candidates are great and I didn't remotely spot who the winner would be. Lucie Miller may be gone, but the Eighth Doctor continues in style! Review copyright 2011 Tony Jones redrocketrising.wordpress.com
The Rescue Region 2 DVD (2009) With so many enhancements and format transitions over the years, it’s important to remember how certain episodes started out. A positive change on this edition of The Rescue is the return of the lead-in to The Romans, excised on the original VHS. As a new viewer in the Nineties, I was oblivious to the curtailed ending. On this version, a fresh audience will be unaware that the inlay shots of the crash site have been stabilised, as there is no before and after option as on previous DVDs. Despite the clear improvement to the story, this illustrates the fine line between restoration and replacement. A highlight on the disc is the commentary guests’ comparison of The Rescue with the new series. Briefly reflecting on designing for black and white TV, Raymond Cusick describes
his reaction to the 2005 Daleks, and the suggestion is that unearthliness, a hallmark of the Sixties series, is somehow lacking in the current one. It’s true that to stay relevant, the revived Doctor Who has kept close ties with Earth and humanity, and trips to more remote or challenging places have been scarce. By contrast, the early stories were able to go anywhere, and this is surely why they continue to oﬀer so much. The Rescue may itself be regarded as primitive science fiction, but with a repertoire of creepy landscapes, rocket ships and ominous beings, it certainly looks more comfortable in the genre. The visuals are critical to its success. The commentary team single out the music and lighting, and these elements help to establish a genuine sense of dread, particularly for Koquillion. On this occasion, his hunched pose, jutting head and long claws reminded me of Ivan Bilibin’s Kikimora, and it’s fitting that a pretend monster should resemble something from folklore. At various stages, Koquillion appears to alter the momentum, with the cut as he swipes the stones out of Vicki’s hands; as he emerges from his secret passage; and with the rising camera as he approaches the Doctor in the finale. 10
Raymond Cusick admits that his spaceship door is too flimsy (Bennett’s trapdoor is similar), but his slanting set, with its blasted midsection is highly plausible, and the repetition of shapes in the set and on the exterior of the model connects them on screen. The DVD gallery provides comprehensive photographs of the model, along with some amusingly chummy-looking shots of Koquillion with his arm around Vicki. A further bonus is a PDF of Cusick’s striking production drawings. The acting is equally good. The rockfall sequence allows Jacqueline Hill and William Russell to create profound unease. Their characters’ responses are totally credible, with alarm and repulsion at Koquillion, and Ian’s outright panic as he tries to reach Barbara. The Doctor’s TARDIS soliloquy is a slight hindrance, as it makes Ian look slow to react, but the tension is recaptured as a dazed Chesterton insists that the Dido people are hostile. In the documentary Mounting the Rescue, the eﬀect of Carole Ann Ford’s departure is examined. William Russell reiterates that he found Maureen O’Brien less otherworldly; personally I’ve always thought the opposite – in fact her features alone would have made her ideal for the Doctor’s granddaughter under other circumstances. As well as demonstrating the character’s distress, O’Brien gives Vicki a detachment that expresses the chasm of centuries between the girl and the teachers. She deftly portrays a range of emotions, notably extreme fear during the first mention of Koquillion. Among the regular contributors it’s a treat to see Ray Barrett. Speaking fondly about the production, Barrett explains that he decided to play Bennett as a normal human being to preserve the surprise, but watching him again, this seemed a modest description of his performance. In the opening, Bennett’s spikiness could reasonably be judged as stemming from his ‘injury’, though it’s apparent he’s hiding something. When Vicki excitedly announces the landing, Barrett’s delivery of “What’s its location?” hints more of intent than concern for the new arrivals. Also, Bennett is clearly dismayed that Barbara is alive and well, and this is a testament to Barrett’s insight into the character. At these times, he shows that Bennett’s complete lack of empathy makes it impossible for him to feign it. The Rescue is seen as the point where the First Doctor softens, possibly because he felt greater responsibility for Susan. William Hartnell’s comedic flair is evident – the Doctor’s post-sleep fussing is one example – but in terms of powerful emotion, he’s unrivalled. The reference to Susan, and the Doctor’s scenes with Vicki are touching and brilliantly played. The Info Text reveals that, as the Doctor defends
Barbara’s actions, Hartnell wandered away from the script, but given the proposed line, viewers may prefer to think he did this on purpose! In one of Doctor Who’s best showdowns, excellently directed, Bennett advances, with Hartnell maintaining the Doctor’s defiant air. As the villain recounts his crimes, Hartnell’s eyes dart around, and it’s startling when the Doctor attacks. This is what Maureen O’Brien refers to as a “terrifying quality” that no other Doctor could match, and I’d agree that no other Doctor has communicated the fear of the unknown so vividly. William Russell’s opinion that The Rescue was quite a lastminute aﬀair is borne out by some awkward plot holes. Perhaps the weakest is the depiction of Dido’s natives, who rather bluntly avenge their dead and secure the planet. It’s implied that the knife wall and other subterranean relics represent an ancient era, and that the carnage has made the survivors regress, but this is hard to reconcile with the Doctor’s assertion that violence is “alien” to Dido. Even without this contradiction, in a period with some of the most inventive extraterrestrials, these figures would still be disappointing. The Rescue is one of my favourite stories, and as with The Aztecs and The Tomb of the Cybermen, I was thrilled to see it in such a pristine state, and with a very respectable set of extras. What I enjoy in this story, and in this phase of the show, are the strong feeling of innocence and the impression of a family unit. The Doctor is a warm, reliable presence, and it’s satisfying that Vicki can board the TARDIS (still very much a safe haven) and feel protected and amongst friends, with real optimism for the future, not solely for Vicki, but for the viewers as well. Reviewed by David Bruntnell
THE END By Grant Foxon
In the timeless recesses of the multiverse a small unobtrusive blue box ran the time winds. A battered shell like its owner. Tired but still with boundless energy. Inside the time machine The Doctor stood passively at the controls. He was alone, this was when he was at his weakest. Fully aware of all his errors and mistakes. He had recently left the planet Earth for the final time. The human race had exiled the Doctor away for good. He brought to much death and destruction in his wake. He was too much of a target for malevolent alien life forms. So now he was running through time and space. Never stopping, trapped in his own world, his own prison. Now he was preparing for a final adventure. To send the Tardis into oblivion…. Slowly Thomas surveyed the devastation he had caused. Whilst he had only fired one round from the hand gun, the viscera and mess at the crossroads suggested it was far worse. He knew that by firing the gun and killing a few motorists he would have the desired eﬀect of distracting what was following him. Instead nearly fifty people lay dead or dying. Even worse the creature that was now following him only stopped briefly to devour a corpse. The creature had no home or family. A creature as unearthly as this what abomination could have conceived it? It existed trapped in neither heaven nor hell, but a place known by it’s inhabitants as Earth. Here lying, greed and devastation would become its family. It waited in the shadows until it was free. Thomas Morgan freed it. In 1 week the creature had killed approximately 98,675 people. All that Thomas had loved were now slaughtered by the terrible creature. The creatures appetite knew no bounds. The
confusion at the crossroads was the act of a desperate man trying to save himself. The Doctor was a timelord a being of great intelligence and ability. A time sensitive from an ancient race. But he had visited Earth to often and left traces of himself. These remained after each time he left. A small time rift bled life into these traces. They created the monster without physical form that was now haunting Thomas Morgan. Despite this The Doctor knew he couldn’t return to the Earth for making the creature stronger. Therefore he was sending the Tardis into a black hole. Causing the end of himself and in doing so unleashing the full energies of the Tardis into the eye of harmony creating the time lords time travel ability. The Doctor discovered he did this long ago when he himself was in the matrix on Galifrey. He was the third person with Rassilon and Omega. Thomas now lay in a field. The sun beating down on his face as he lay so gently and eﬀortlessly on the ground. Had he sowed the seeds of himself and also the entire human race. He knew the creature would never stop. Thomas looked one more time at the shinny pocket watch in his pocket. It had a massive significance which he could no longer remember? Instead he threw it in anger. What did it matter now? The whole planet was doomed? Thomas thought bitterly. Suddenly he could feel the creature nearby. “Why? Why are you doing this!” Thomas screamed with all the energy he had remaining. “Foolish creature. We are the same you and I”. With that the creature lunged into to the hidden mind of Thomas killing him. The body collapsed to the floor emaciated. With that there were no more timelords.
DAM GIVES A WHO write and produce your own show is nothing short of fantastic. I hear you cry the word 'amateur' and think of us as some fanboy parading in funny clothes peddling twaddle into a bucket, well maybe once upon a time it was like that, but no more! Some of us are actually producing audios that compare to even those from the oﬃcially licensed... Where it all began, like any first production however, is always a bit shakey. I mean, when you get ello reader! You may or may not be over the fact that Big Finish’s own ‘Sirens of Time’ has familiar with Doctor Who fan output, Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy hang on! what am I saying?! You’re saying words never spoken before, you begin to see the reading a bloody fanzine – of course you are! audio as it really is; an overly elaborated plot with some And as you may know there is a lot more to fandom average sound design. But even they were pioneering than just fanzines and conventions, there are even unique, unheard adventures for the Doctor and that’s some of us that like to dress up in funny clothes and exactly what we’re doing. pretend to be the Doctor too! Err, well not just at Copy cats? No. Hardly! home or in the shower with a bubble bath sonic We were ‘Sirens of Time’ in the summer of 2001 screwdriver, we sometimes spend time making fan with our first audio ‘The Big F Up’. audios and fan films, unless I'm the only one that likes And you were right in assuming the title summed it wearing funny clothes in the shower? up perfectly. Nothing is ever perfect and nor was our Yes? Well then... first outing in the TARDIS; recording ourselves with a I'm David Nagel, founder of small multimedia cheap karaoke microphone, two fan boys (well one was company DAM Productions, whom since 2001 has a fan boy, the other was humouring his best friend) been producing an unoﬃcial series of Doctor Who fan who wanted to get into media production and make audio plays and fan films featuring two homebrew something tangible, something that one could boast Doctors. about afterwards and sure enough, that time came, ‘Audio plays?’ I hear you cry, ‘don’t Big Finish do again and again with each new audio we penned and those? What’s the point!’. Yes, you’re right, Big Finish recorded. And that soon morphed into our own take do do audioplays with oﬃcial TV Doctors but there on the classic TV show, starring David Nagel as the was once upon a time when there was both no Doctor Doctor with companion Mike, as played by Michael Who on our screens (until every year now) and there Maher. was no Big Finish (OK in 2001 Big Finish had been Inspired by the groups that had gone before, like the going for 3 years but that’s besides the point). Like Big now defunct Floorten Audios and the still hanging on, Finish, we endeavoured to create our own approach to Crossover Adventures, DAM Productions (then the Doctor Who universe by creating our own named DAM Audios) was well on the way... monsters, revisiting old monsters but meeting them To give you a potted history of our early audios, let with our own fan Doctors with brand new stories. me elaborate in a paragraph... or six. When we initially There is something magical about producing your own meet our first fan Doctor, he is given a mission by the script, your own vision of Doctor Who. The ability to Time Lords to play something called the ‘ratings game’
DAM GIVES A WHO but no idea what this is the Doctor then given a device that will travel him from any time and dimension, through an opening and closing portal in the fabric of reality. What? No TARDIS?! Yes, that’s right. The TARDIS was removed early on to allow short fan films to be made, minus the time, space and money needed to build a full size police box or console interior. Instead, the appropriately named ‘sliders’ portal would be a simple visual eﬀect to allow multiple and varied storylines at various locations. Unfortunately, given the complex ability at the time to organise a film shoot, the audio series continued without any supporting fan films. The series thus spawned six complete adventures, each in diﬀerent times and places and posing various threats against the Doctor and his newly acquired companion, Mike. By 2004 and the audio “Check and Mate” our skills had improved immensely we had better, wittier writing with superior recording equipment and even enhanced sound design and knew exactly what we were doing. If there is one audio you should start listening from, its “Check and Mate” featuring the dreaded Sontarans (voiced by some superb guest stars). Around this time we were getting endless requests from a certain Matthew Chambers to make his first Doctor Who fan fiction “The Opening”, this needed improvements or even adaptions to fit within our already established continuity. But Mr Chambers was persistent and soon turned into not only our next fan Doctor but also a lifelong friend. To introduce this new Doctor a fan film was needed and
what better to film a “The Two Doctors” come “The Five Doctors”-esque involving Daleks, Longleat and Time Scoops! DAM’s first fan film “Chimera” was born and thus secured further adventures for both Time Lords. Matthew Chambers has his own continuing audios which can be downloaded from the website. At present, there is no planned regeneration, nor any indication which Doctor comes before the other – wait and see. Now that a permanent team was found, the show has gone nothing but go on to new heights and new stories. Not only has the David Nagel Doctor endured a further 11 audios (a clever combination of narrated audio book and full cast audios) with the Matthew Chambers Doctor to have a more fuller series of his own in the future. Both Doctors have a mixture of short trip adventures venturing into the surreal to the sublime. Each Doctor has also been popping up in more fan films too, including the multi-Doctor charity fan film “Pudsai” which has over 11 other Doctors from other popular fan serieses. There is more than enough to get you started over at the DAM Productions’ Doctor Who website and so much to love of these mad cap adventures with two fan Doctors, so why not download a story, get a brew and put your feet up. There is more coming, so watch this space... www.doctorwho.damproductions.org 15
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Is Doctor Who Healthy?
my favourite series, I have benefitied from it. How? Low calories snack food? No. Starvation then? No. The treadmill and my trusty old iPod. Yes, that's right. Doctor Who keeps me fit. There, I've come out of the closet and said it. Without my iPod and portable Who I'd probably be several stone heavier. Anyone, who has used a treadmill will probably find it very boring after a few minutes without some kind of entertainment and Doctor Who fits the bill perfectly. You might argue that I could watch any ou series or maybe, god forbid listen to high energy dance music instead but despite trying, I always go back to Doctor might wonder what this article Who. Most of it is perfectly timed for workouts too. The is going to be about with a title like that. Although, old 24 minute-ish format is a good minimum goal to you'd probably guess it isn't going to be about the Doctor's fitness or an analysis of the Doctor's diet or achieve. A song might change my mood after a few minutes but with Doctor Who, a good clffhanger might it would be called, "Is The Doctor Healthy?". Besides, that would be a stupid question to muse. Wouldn't mean another episode and another 24 minutes of it? Bear with me then, as a half arsed article is cmoing up... punishing running. Trouble is, it really has to be Doctor Who. A comedy series A quick glance at new Doctor Who would reveal that he is can have me laughing too often and will slow my pace. indeed in very good shape but maybe a little skinny for some. To be fair, the Doctor is always running around, so Saying, that, a few classic series lines have slowed me down a bit. Especialy from Time and the Rani "I have the probably has never been healthier. I'm not saying his loyhargil", and "Leave the girl, it's the man I want" Mind you, choice of a diet of fish fingers and custard would be for there is something so very right about getting physical with everyone though but at some point you might have Kate O'Mara spurring me onward to exhaustion. considered trying it. Silly you! The classic era of Who plays greats on an iPod too. It's If you can be bothered looking at Classic Doctor Who, it might reveal a very different story, especially with the first relatively slow moving which suits my pace. It's also a good excuse to lose yourself in the moment for a bit. Doctor Doctor. Hartnell wasn't really up to being any kind of Action Man but he was seen to be enjoying a good walk in becomes a lot more of a personal experience. It feels selfish and made just for me. Oh, but which episodes to a few episodes at least. Although, his early preference for choose! This can waste a good 20 minutes at my computer tobacco was quickly stamped out. Anyway, I could go on but I digress. So, is this article about the very old fashioned undoing some of the hardwork on the treadmill... An Apple a day keeps the Doctor away, An Apple iPod a perceived negative social implications of watching an old day keeps the Doctor home. Just doesn't quite have the sci-fi series with the "not we" then? same ring to it though does it? Nope. Adric I am actually suggesting that instead of having a negative Peace and Love impact on my personal fitness through watching hours of
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OK, I’m really friggin’ bored now. I’ve spent hours arranging my Books and DVD’s into story order and there is nothing left to do except Hoover my wnak stained carpet. Can anyone tell me what on earth am I going to watch now that Who is once again off the friggin’ air? I mean, how many times am I going to have to watch Love and Monsters to stem my Who cravings? Yes, Love and Monsters! A Blow job giving alien paving slab! Get in :) Mr P. Encilcase Frodsham
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GOING UNDERGROUND? Oh, for God’s sake, the Doctor is going incognito is he? No he bloody isn’t. Just because he is known to die on 22nd April 2011 doesn’t mean that every villain will now feel safe does it? The Doctor has a frickin’ time machine and can appear anywhere in the universe before and after this stupid date, rendering this bum fluff information redundant. Besides, the Doctor will be seen to either regenerate or announce himself as The Doctor with a new face after his eleventh incarnation and this will be recorded by someone at some point. Undercover or not, he will be discovered by his favourite nemesis the Daleks or even the Cyber(Cybus)men eventually as Character Options will see to that. So feck off Moffat.. Mr I. Swallow Hull
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