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Jane killed Lucy. Frown Damn.
Tarzan,s fuming.
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Tarzan,s fuming.
Yes he is.
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Scratch that, it appears EastEnders wanted to have an 11 year old kill their 20 year old sister. Funny.
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Just finished season 2 of Broadchurch.

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Another good season but unsatisfactory ending for me. Season 1 was really compelling viewing and one of the best seasons of anything I've seen for a long time. He confessed and they showed what he did etc so for him to get away with it like that leaves a bad taste in the mouth. But guess it shows how the system doesn't always provide the right justice. I see it's been renewed for a 3rd season so be interesting to see where they go now.
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Belated, but I'm thrilled we will be seeing more of evil Mary Poppins, Missy in Doctor Who this year. Michelle Gomez made me love The Master last year, and I hope she continues her psychotic, nutty characterisation of The Master further this year.  I've heard her and new companion with Clara being mentioned in the same sentence. Would be an interesting dynamic if that was the case, but Missy being the Doctor's adversary The Master, would it ultimately work? Who knows!

Here is Missy eating an apple:
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Just finished season 2 of Broadchurch.

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Another good season but unsatisfactory ending for me. Season 1 was really compelling viewing and one of the best seasons of anything I've seen for a long time. He confessed and they showed what he did etc so for him to get away with it like that leaves a bad taste in the mouth. But guess it shows how the system doesn't always provide the right justice. I see it's been renewed for a 3rd season so be interesting to see where they go now.


I hope I don't give anything away by responding to your post - I've been careful not to address anything specific, but in case there's anyone who is still wanting to watch Broadchurch I'd suggest not reading beyond this, just in case.

I've finally caught up with the second series - there were so many inaccuracies with the early stuff in the court room that I almost gave up, but Olivia Coleman is so good that I decided to record the remaining episodes and watch them in a block.

I can see why some would have found the ending unsatisfactory. For me though it makes sense in terms of a broader narrative. The drama was never really about the crime and who did it, but what happens in communities when they are ruptured by tragic events such as this. So in the end we see the community begin to repair itself by coming together to deal with the outcome.

The thing with the court and justice is that while there is evidence and case law, it ultimately comes down to who can use those two things to create the most convincing argument. If a convincing argument can't be created the next best thing is to create a story which unsettles the opposing argument/story, which creates doubt, which lets the jury say 'we can't be sure beyond reasonable doubt that x happened'.  That's what happened in Broadchurch, it was all about argument and narrative. That said the thing with Spoiler:
 the sister's bank accounts
which provided the bit of story/argument that created the most doubt, could not have been discovered so easily.

For the long term story it is better that the current narrative ended in the way that it did. Not only is it less predictable but it leaves the door open for future narrative developments and also brings the drama back to the core focus on a community fractured by events.
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Belated, but I'm thrilled we will be seeing more of evil Mary Poppins, Missy in Doctor Who this year. Michelle Gomez made me love The Master last year, and I hope she continues her psychotic, nutty characterisation of The Master further this year.  I've heard her and new companion with Clara being mentioned in the same sentence. Would be an interesting dynamic if that was the case, but Missy being the Doctor's adversary The Master, would it ultimately work? Who knows!

Here is Missy eating an apple:


Great that Missy is coming back. Still nervous it will all get messed up though! Any idea when we're getting the next series?
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Great that Missy is coming back. Still nervous it will all get messed up though! Any idea when we're getting the next series?

The Moff actually did an interview for Doctor Who Magazine that is out today. He said he's trying to make Capaldi's Doctor funnier this year. What a massive fail that will be.

Also, so far we have two two-parters in a row. One is Episode 1 and 2 (The Magician's Apprentice/The Witch's Familiar), which is written by Steven Moffat and includes the return of Missy, possibly Karn, planes frozen in the time by Missy and Clara and Missy teaming up to save the Doctor from some form of danger. Also includes the return of the Sisterhood of Karn and the Shadow Proclamation judging by two names on the cast list.

Then we have Episode 3 and 4, a two-parter written by Toby Whithouse, which is apparently a Sontaran two-parter based in a Russian war bunker. I don't know if this is correct though because there have been reports that this script is actually the ghost story episode that Moffat teased last year in Doctor Who Magazine. It features Paul Kaye as Prentis, who is to be a recurring character in the series apparently.

Also we have a script by Torchwood writer Catherine Tregenna, the first female writer on Who since 2008 and a two-part finale by Steven Moffat.
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The Moff actually did an interview for Doctor Who Magazine that is out today. He said he's trying to make Capaldi's Doctor funnier this year. What a massive fail that will be.

Also, so far we have two two-parters in a row. One is Episode 1 and 2 (The Magician's Apprentice/The Witch's Familiar), which is written by Steven Moffat and includes the return of Missy, possibly Karn, planes frozen in the time by Missy and Clara and Missy teaming up to save the Doctor from some form of danger. Also includes the return of the Sisterhood of Karn and the Shadow Proclamation judging by two names on the cast list.

Then we have Episode 3 and 4, a two-parter written by Toby Whithouse, which is apparently a Sontaran two-parter based in a Russian war bunker. I don't know if this is correct though because there have been reports that this script is actually the ghost story episode that Moffat teased last year in Doctor Who Magazine. It features Paul Kaye as Prentis, who is to be a recurring character in the series apparently.

Also we have a script by Torchwood writer Catherine Tregenna, the first female writer on Who since 2008 and a two-part finale by Steven Moffat.

Connor, thanks for the info.

Why does Capaldi's Doctor need to be made funnier? He's a good actor, he can do funny on his own if the moment requires it, doesn't need Moffat to decide he is trying to write Coupling again...

Hoping we don't have two episodes of Sontarans - I can't be the only one sick of them.

Have we really not had an episode written by a woman for 7 years?!

I still live in hope for an AL Kennedy Dr Who script. She's written two Dr Who e-books/novellas lately so I'm hopeful that they might eventually let her write an episode, after all Frank Cottrell Boyce's totally dreadful script was produced last year.
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Connor, thanks for the info.

Why does Capaldi's Doctor need to be made funnier? He's a good actor, he can do funny on his own if the moment requires it, doesn't need Moffat to decide he is trying to write Coupling again...

Hoping we don't have two episodes of Sontarans - I can't be the only one sick of them.

Have we really not had an episode written by a woman for 7 years?!

I still live in hope for an AL Kennedy Dr Who script. She's written two Dr Who e-books/novellas lately so I'm hopeful that they might eventually let her write and episode, after all Frank Cottrell Boyce's totally dreadful script was produced last year.

You and I clearly have very similar thoughts. Capaldi's Doctor needs humour where it is dry and sarcastic. Moffat is unable to write that. It's really quite disturbing and worrying to hear Moffat say that Capaldi can make a Matt Smith script seem different. Why does Capaldi have to be given Matt Smith scripts? Isn't Eleven well and truly gone?

I'm not tired of Sontarans really, I enjoyed Strax's character. I would like the Sontarans to become villains again, however their episodes can be extremely one dimensional in plot because they are basically a race of warriors.

I've read The Dead Pit by Kennedy, one of the Doctor Who Time Trips books and I quite enjoyed it. Not familiar with her other work though. Tregenna's script is one I'm looking forward to the most.

No confirmation yet if we will be seeing the two standout writers of Series 8, Peter Harness and Jamie Mathieson return.
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You and I clearly have very similar thoughts. Capaldi's Doctor needs humour where it is dry and sarcastic. Moffat is unable to write that. It's really quite disturbing and worrying to hear Moffat say that Capaldi can make a Matt Smith script seem different. Why does Capaldi have to be given Matt Smith scripts? Isn't Eleven well and truly gone?

I'm not tired of Sontarans really, I enjoyed Strax's character. I would like the Sontarans to become villains again, however their episodes can be extremely one dimensional in plot because they are basically a race of warriors.

I've read The Dead Pit by Kennedy, one of the Doctor Who Time Trips books and I quite enjoyed it. Not familiar with her other work though. Tregenna's script is one I'm looking forward to the most.

No confirmation yet if we will be seeing the two standout writers of Series 8, Peter Harness and Jamie Mathieson return.

Completely agree with you about the humour, and for me Capaldi has been funny anyway because he is using the right sort of humour in his performances without it being written for him. It can just be an expression, or the way a line is delivered - he's a smart guy and a good actor and can do this without being told what/how by Moffat, because when Moffat starts doing that it becomes too slapstick.

ALK is without a doubt my favourite contemporary writer. Her work is not for everyone, she makes the reader work, and many people don't get the dark humour in her writing. She's a life-long Whovian, and a big fan of Capaldi. BBC radio sometimes do a series of afternoon short stories, a few years back ALK wrote one and it was read by Capaldi. When he was recording it he rang her up to ask whether a dash she had used should be read in a particular way. She was impressed, as he is apparently the only actor who has ever gone into that sort of detail, and she's done a lot of work for radio.
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Completely agree with you about the humour, and for me Capaldi has been funny anyway because he is using the right sort of humour in his performances without it being written for him. It can just be an expression, or the way a line is delivered - he's a smart guy and a good actor and can do this without being told what/how by Moffat, because when Moffat starts doing that it becomes too slapstick.

ALK is without a doubt my favourite contemporary writer. Her work is not for everyone, she makes the reader work, and many people don't get the dark humour in her writing. She's a life-long Whovian, and a big fan of Capaldi. BBC radio sometimes do a series of afternoon short stories, a few years back ALK wrote one and it was read by Capaldi. When he was recording it he rang her up to ask whether a dash she had used should be read in a particular way. She was impressed, as he is apparently the only actor who has ever gone into that sort of detail, and she's done a lot of work for radio.

I think Peter Capaldi is a very methodical actor. The only difference is in the case of playing the Twelfth Doctor, he didn't have to do any research because its the role he always wanted to play. He even said himself that every role he's ever played on screen and stage is him playing like he was the Doctor, or at least had some influence from that character.
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Block 2 of filming coming to a close. Block 3 will consist of 2 standalone episodes by two different writers. Can't wait to see who they are.
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Not a surprise, but Mark Gatiss has confirmed he's writing for Series 9. Rolling Eyes Not a fan of his particularly, although Robot of Sherwood last year was solid. He said he is going to finish the script today and said he was proud of how scary it was. It's evidently the ghost story that Moffat teased.
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Not a surprise, but Mark Gatiss has confirmed he's writing for Series 9. Rolling Eyes Not a fan of his particularly, although Robot of Sherwood last year was solid. He said he is going to finish the script today and said he was proud of how scary it was. It's evidently the ghost story that Moffat teased.

Thanks for the info. I wasn't keen on Robot of Sherwood - although it was slightly saved because it stole some of the best bits from Alan Rickman's Sheriff in Robin Hood Prince of Thieves!
I quite liked Cold War in series 7, but that might mostly have been because of David Warner (who would have made a great Doctor but sadly the time for that has probably passed). 
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