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  • None other than #12   22 weeks 6 days ago

    How does 'None other than #12' square with the Doctor being unable to regenerate without Time Lord intervention in 'The Time Of The Doctor'? Simple.

    First let's agree that a Time Lord 'gets' 12 regenerations and that the 1st Doctor, who was 'born' a Time Lord, 'became' the 2nd Doctor when he regenerated for the first time. 1 Doctor, 12 regenerations = 13 incarnations. Agreed? This rationale would stipulate, require, specify, demand, etc. that the 11th Doctor had already regenerated 10 times which is to say he had 2 regenerations and as many incarnations remaining. Are you with me so far?

    The human copy of the 10th Doctor 'spent' one of the Doctor's regenerations just as the Doctor becoming a warrior spent yet another. Factor these regenerations out of the 11th Doctor's life cycle of '10 down and 2 to go' and you're now looking at '12 and done' in a manner of speaking. This may seem to contradict how I arrive at the current Doctor being the 12th rather than the 14th but both rationales can peacefully co-exist.

    You can run the fuel tank of a vehicle dry by operating it as a means of transport. You can run the fuel tank of a vehicle dry by operating it as a means of life support… to prevent you from freezing to death while stranded in blizzard conditions. Either way the tank is dry. While you didn't travel in the latter scenario you still 'spent' the energy and effectively shortened the life of its motor by a quantifiable number of hours. Despite the condition or age of a vehicle, total miles on its odometer are a key factor in determining its value or in figuring out how much life it has left just as total miles on a motor is key to determining how much 'life' it has left. In both examples there's a limit, just as the Doctor is limited to 12 regenerations. Look at it this way, no matter how the 'fuel' of regeneration energy is spent, a Time Lord's 'tank' is limited to 12 refills. The Doctor spent 2 refills or regenerations (or regeneration energy equal to same) 'growing' a 'human' 10th Doctor and by 'changing' into a 'Warrior' 8th Doctor.

    In the end one has to wonder why all the fuss? Did there have to be a 'Warrior' 8th Doctor? Didn't the 9th Doctor make sufficient references about his role in the Time War to convince us that he was a major player in the conflict? Was the 'War Doctor' called into existence to salvage 'The Three Doctors' (a.k.a. The Day Of The Doctor) a brilliant script lacking a key component… a third Doctor? I say yes. Otherwise what reason could there be for artificially shortening the (11th) Doctor's life by robbing him of his remaining regeneration(s)? Why not leave well enough alone until the end of the 12th Doctor's run?

    Happy Travels!

  • The Doctor's New Outfit!   23 weeks 12 hours ago

    Sorry, couldn't resist.

    Happy Travels!

  • The Cultdom Collective Podcast Updates   23 weeks 2 days ago

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    Cultdom Episode 242- Top 50 Cinematic Sirens

    Top 50 Cinematic Sirens starting with this list - Joel’s Top 50 Cinematic Sirens - http://www.thecinemologists.com/2011/11/5-reasons-i-cant-stand-remakes.html

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  • The Cultdom Collective Podcast Updates   23 weeks 6 days ago

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    Cultdom Commentary: Doctor Who – The Stolen Earth

    Dave, Mike and Ian step outside to get some fresh air between commentaries when they discover it's gone... it's all gone! The wine that is... so it's down to the off-licence to refresh the Cultdom Cellar in time for this weeks Commentary: Doctor Who - The Stolen Earth – Series 4 Episode 12

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  • Doctor Who: Podshock Live Show Reviewing 'The Angels Take Manhattan' Scheduled for Sunday   24 weeks 2 days ago
    The Angels Take Manhattan was a fitting send off for 'the Ponds.' I had just one ittsy-bittsy problem with the story and that is this, while Rory is standing on the roof of Winter Quay working out how he could avoid being sent back in time by the angels we are shown the street below where he and Amy would plunge to their paradox… there was plenty of traffic on it, West 63rd Street if I'm not mistaken, so tell me, why hadn't anyone on the street noticed that rather tall, dare I say, majorly massive mama, the one who was dressed in a flowing white robe, wearing a crown and carrying a torch, not a smegging flashlight, but a proper torch, a rather hugely majestic proper torch at that and yet we hear not a single reaction from the streets? How is this possible? How can it be that Lady Liberty visits Winter Quay without a single shriek from the city that never sleeps? I love New York. 
     
    If I were to rank the episodes from the first half of Season 7 from most favored to least favored, without a doubt, Asylum Of The Daleks is #1, #2 would be The Angels Take Manhattan, Dinosaurs On A Spaceship comes in at #3, in fourth would be The Power Of Three and at #5, A Town Called Mercy.
     
    Louis, to answer your question about season 7 prequels, there was but one offered through iTunes and that was for Asylum Of The Daleks. In my opinion, Pond Life could well be considered one, even though it wasn't billed as such.
     
    Through the magic of television, audio adventures, stage plays and the like, this fictional force for good that we call 'the Doctor' can simultaneously manifest himself 8 times over by 8 different actors in 8 different productions and not one need be a repeat or a re-run. No other program can make such a claim.
     
     
    Happy Travels!
  • Doctor Who: Podshock 279 - 'The Power of Three' Reviewed   24 weeks 2 days ago
    Skipping stones. That's how The Power Of Three struck me. As a skipping stone moves on to the end of its journey watch it as it ever so briefly skims the water's surface and then with one brief kerplunk, it's gone. Lots of hurry up, but very little wait, very little suspense… and then, with a last minute wave of the Doctor's magic wand, the problem was solved, the story was over and the stone just sinks out of sight.

    This episode felt a little like a super sized script that was attempting to fit inside the wrapper of a bite-sized single serving snack, which could help explain the Doctor's crunch time heroics, but I don't think it was ever intended to last longer than a single episode. Perhaps the recording pace of this adventure was a little slower than needed so that when it came down to the final edit, for the sake of a cohesive plot, well, it seems a bit rushed in places. After all there's only so much you can cut out and still have a workable storyline.

    I've heard Doctor Who cast and crew remark in DVD commentaries about how they'd handle a particular visual effect differently, or deliver a bit of dialogue in a completely new way if only they could do it over again. Like the ever elusive gumble jack, opportunities sometimes get away from us, especially when we are up against deadlines. It can be frustrating to deliver what we see in hindsight as second best, but that's what keeps us honest, and striving to do better next time.

    One very bright spot in this episode was the introduction of Kate Stewart, daughter of Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart. Casting Jemma Redgrave to portray Kate was a brilliant move. The family resemblance is rather striking. I too hope that Kate will return in future episodes.
     
     
    The Family Unit
     
     
    Happy Travels!

     

  • The Cultdom Collective Podcast Updates   24 weeks 2 days ago

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    Cultdom Episode 241 – 10 Best & Worst Comic Book Live Action TV series Part 2

    Part 2 – Last week in Part 1 we looked at the 10 Best – this week we look at The 10 Worst Comic Book Live-Action TV Series of All Time List http://www.newsarama.com/15448-10-worst-comic-book-live-action-tv-series-of-all-time.html

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  • The Cultdom Collective Podcast Updates   25 weeks 2 days ago

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    Cultdom Episode 240 - 10 Best & Worst Comic Book Live Action TV series Part 1

    10 best comic book live action tv series of all time. Using list: http://www.newsarama.com/15447-10-best-comic-book-live-action-tv-series-... & http://www.newsarama.com/15448-10-worst-comic-book-live-action-tv-series... Part 2 (worst) next week

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  • The Cultdom Collective Podcast Updates   25 weeks 6 days ago

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    Cultdom Commentary: Doctor Who – Bad Wolf

    Dave, Mike and Ian check out a game satellite where you can bet your life on a vintage of wine, Ian and Mike figure Dave doesn't have much to loose. But the boys run into the Face of Bo who has and enormous big screen perfect for this weeks Commentary: Doctor Who - Bad Wolf - Series 1 Episode 12

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  • DW Podshock 284 Cover   26 weeks 1 hour ago

     

    43 seconds of Doctor Who magic: http://wmiii.net/doctor_who/go-on-say-it/

    Happy Travels!

  • The Cultdom Collective Podcast Updates   26 weeks 2 days ago

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    Cultdom Episode 239 - Golden Globes & SAG Winners, BAFTA, Oscar & NTA Nominations

    2014 Film & TV Awards: Golden Globes Winners, SAG Winners, BAFTA, Oscar & NTA nominations

    NOTE: Main topic starts at the 57 minute mark, then the SAG and Gloden Globes take up most of the rest of the podcast.

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  • The Cultdom Collective Podcast Updates   27 weeks 2 days ago

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    Cultdom Episode 238 - Post-Apocalyptic TV Series

    Post-Apocalyptic TV Series - starting with IMDB Listing - http://www.imdb.com/list/w_sbkRcnldA/

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  • Doctor Who: Podshock 290 - 2013 Christmas Special - The Time of the Doctor Reviewed Live and Live Feedback   27 weeks 3 days ago

    Some opinions expressed by callers during the live show were similar to mine while others made little or no sense. I can't possibly question or answer them all in a 3 minute audio feedback so instead I'll do so here and as succinctly as possible.

    Steven Moffat's script, correctly deemed a 'continuity-fest' set out to tie up loose ends from Matt Smith's era. It was asserted that holes existed in Moffat's explanations but I don't recall hearing examples of how his answers were wrong. With so many loose ends this patchwork episode was largely a story about nothing, that's understandable, likewise it isn't hard to see why long story arcs spanning multiple seasons aren't the best way to spin a yarn.

    One caller insisted there's no monster or villain in this regeneration episode. I disagree. There is a villain. Its name is spelled T I M E and the Doctor was unable to outrun or outwit it. Why? Because he is without his TARDIS. What is a Time Lord without his TARDIS? Even google can't answer that question.

    Another caller commented about how the Oswalds reacted to the Doctor's arrival for Christmas dinner and that Mr. Oswald wasn't as warm as we remembered him. Trade places with the Oswalds and consider how you'd act if your child brought their significant other to Christmas dinner in the nude... and remember, Clara's father lost his wife. A loss like that can affect people in ways we can't begin to comprehend.

    Clara's been the 'impossible girl' since always. Expecting 'character continuity' from her doesn't seem reasonable. Doctor Who showrunner and writers can continue to clarify her (pun intended) so we really don't 'need to know' more about Clara during Matt Smith's swan song. Vislor Turlough was as enigmatic as Clara Oswald is yet we accepted the character and moved on. If observations made about Clara's lack of character continuity are calling attention to how she behaved contrary to her established character then I'd ask the obvious, what did we expect of her? Trade places with Clara. What would you do?

    Doctor 10's 'I don't want to go' regeneration line in 'The End Of Time' is emotional and memorable. Those 4 words are all he had to say however numerous scenes preceding that line were written for the same effect. Doctor 11's 'farewell speech' was long by comparison but far more time was devoted to the 'farewell tour' of Doctor 10. Looking for patterns or contrasting one regeneration scene with another is like comparing Apples to PCs. Reasons for why the Doctor has regenerated are as many and varied as the actors who've portrayed him. Each regeneration yields a 'new' Doctor but through it all he is the same.

    By comparison the internal moral battle of Doctor 10 in 'The End Of Time' upstaged Doctor 11's final moments but don't lose sight of the fact (of fiction) that 11 IS 10. He remembers that battle. It was his own doing. Obviously he learned a lesson or two by playing god or we wouldn't hear him admit to Wilf (Wilfred Mott) that he did some things that went wrong. Would 11 have been such a 'clever boy' if he caused history to repeat itself? Don't answer that. Rumor has it that we humans learn from our mistakes so why wouldn't the Doctor? 11 led a different life than 10 so it is fitting that it ended as it did.

    'So what?' was one caller's comment about how the script acknowledged (Time Lord) rules of regeneration. Parts of Doctor Who are 'fixed points in lore' and when tampered with Doctor Who ceases to be Doctor Who. Long time fans have looked forward to seeing how 'the rule of 12' would manifest at the appropriate time. No matter how inconsequential a plot point this particular detail may be, betray it and you betray your fan base.

    I strongly disagree that there's anything wrong or odd about Amy's cameo appearance or that the music underpinning her scene is somehow inappropriate because it's reminiscent of the soundtrack from 'Rings Of Akhaten' or that the segment steals Clara's thunder. Doctor 11 shared most of his time with Amy. For every Clara episode there are three Amy episodes so bringing Amy back for a final farewell wasn't the least bit bothersome to me, not when so many of the Doctor's foes from previous regenerations returned to menace him once again. Music in Amy's, 'Raggedy man. Goodnight' farewell didn't strike me as incongruous, rather shades of 'Akhaten' kept me in the moment, underscoring Amy's fleeting appearance... she literally disappears. This was a Clara episode.

    A long-time friend of mine, also a fan of Doctor Who, offered up a rather plausible reason for why the Doctor so noticeably aged in this episode. He was without his TARDIS. Clara was 300 years older than when she began her 'ride' on the TARDIS exterior yet she didn't appear to have aged a day. And how about that Christmas Turkey.... how long did it cook? From 'The Impossible Astronaut': RIVER: 'The Doctor we saw on the beach is a future version, two hundred years older than the one up there.' But the 'one up there' didn't look any older than the one on the beach, did he? And the one on the beach wasn't really the Doctor but rather the Teselecta posing as the Doctor to fake his death. Appearances can be deceptive. Still at no point in Doctor 11's run was he ever separated from his TARDIS for an extended period, say long enough for Father Time to change his boyish ancient features which is what made Matt Smith so perfect for the role lest we forget this was his last episode.

    I rather like the word play which may be hiding in plain view, right out in the open for all to see in the title of this episode. That which brings us to the end of our days doesn't have to be a bug eyed monster from another planet or some otherworld malady or for that matter an injury that would push the constitution of any human beyond the capabilities of the most advanced trauma center or hospital emergency room... time is the enemy of all... no matter how many hearts you have.

    Happy Travels!

  • The Cultdom Collective Podcast Updates   28 weeks 2 days ago

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    Cultdom Episode 237 - Movies we hope won't suck in 2014 Part 1

    Using the 'Movies we hope don't suck 2014' List from Digital Trends Note: Just the first 6 months covered - we will return to the topic later in the year http://www.digitaltrends.com/gaming/movies-hope-dont-suck-2014/

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  • The Cultdom Collective Podcast Updates   29 weeks 2 days ago

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    Cultdom Episode 236 - Dr Who 'The Time of the Doctor' Review

    We review the Matt Smith's last outing as Doctor Who - the 2013 Christmas Special 'The Time of the Doctor' With Spoilers!

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  • Enhanced Podcast Features and Tandem With The Random   29 weeks 5 days ago
    To be honest, since I am a new subscriber and I am using the new version of Apple's Podcast player, I don't use those features. But on a side note, I do appreciate all of the effort that you and the gang put into putting out each episode.
  • The Cultdom Collective Podcast Updates   30 weeks 1 day ago

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    Cultdom and RFC Christmas Message 2013

    Here are Mike ‘Rand al Thor’ daveac and the newly regenerated 7th Doctor to wish you all a Merry Christmas, Seasons Greatings and Happy Holidays!

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    Cultdom Episode 235 – Best Christmas TV Shows & Specials

    Best Christmas TV Shows & Specials – starting with these two lists: http://www.etonline.com/tv/103397_Top_10_List_Favorite_Christmas_TV_Specials/index.html & http://whatculture.com/tv/10-best-christmas-tv-episodes-ever.php/1

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  • The Cultdom Collective Podcast Updates   31 weeks 2 days ago

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    Cultdom Episode 234 - Best TV Show Openning Monologues

    Best TV Show Openning Monologues - starting with this io9 List: http://io9.com/5979944/tv-show-opening-monologues-that-are-worth-reciting-in-the-shower-each-morning

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  • Miniboom Videobombs Ice Warriors   31 weeks 4 days ago

    Good catch. They probably could had done better by concealing a mic on one or more of the furniture pieces in the corridor here.

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    Cultdom Episode 233 – Dr Who – The Doctor: 11th Doctor Revisited

    Cultdom Reviews Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited. This week it’s the turn of the 11th Doctor as played by Matt Smith

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  • The Cultdom Collective Podcast Updates   32 weeks 4 days ago

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    Cultdom Interview - Steam Powered Giraffe

    Ian geeks out and catches up with Bunny Bennett & David Michael Bennett from Steam Powered Giraffe on the eve of the launch of MKIII the band's 3rd Album. David and Bunny also bring along a track for Ian to play - Fancy Shoes from the new album. check out Steam Powered Giraffe at www.steampoweredgiraffe.com

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  • John Hurt's War Doctor Regeneration Scene Extended (SPOILERS) [VIDEO]   32 weeks 5 days ago

    Well, it is called The Time of the Doctor. So I imagine the clockwork gears is a representation of "time" here. 

  • John Hurt's War Doctor Regeneration Scene Extended (SPOILERS) [VIDEO]   32 weeks 5 days ago

    Some people have noted that there are some similarities between that and the new image from the BBC.

     

    Notice all the clockwork gears in the background.

     

    ...and the image is where a clock face would be.

     

    Coincidence?

    Probably, but I would like to think they were inspired by the video.

  • Wallpapers for Chrismas Special!   32 weeks 5 days ago

    Thanks for sharing the link. I am disappointed that the BBC no longer makes that many wallpaper images available to download as they used to in the past. I recall in years past, each episode had a dozen or so images that could be downloaded and used as desktop images. I think there was only one for The Day of the Doctor. They do have "photo galleries" for each episode, but they are web slideshows and not easily downloaded and not in high resolution. There used to be a download option for each image. I'm not seeing it today.

     

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