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Russell T. Davies

  1. Number Crunching Doctor Who Shows Reduced Roles for Female Characters in Moffat Era

    Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey Stuff

    For her Media Research Methods course, Rebecca Moore and several other students did a bunch of observation and data analysis right along the lines of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. Except instead of focusing broadly on television and movies, with is difficult and expensive enough, they narrowed their focus to Doctor Who, and even further to the first six seasons of the show's modern run. Specifically, Moore, et al., were focusing on a few quantifiable attributes of the treatment of female characters, in order to confirm or deny more anecdotal claims that the show's depiction of gender has become less progressive since the ascension of current show runner Steven Moffat.

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  2. John Barrowman & Eve Myles Give Updates On The Potential Future Of Torchwood

    The World Doesn't End Because the Doctor Dances

    I've said it before and I'll say it again. Torchwood: Miracle Day was BAD. But that doesn't mean I don't want them to try and make magic again, and it seems actors John Barrowman and Eve Myles agree.

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  3. 6 Reasons To Fear The Return of Doctor Who’s Time Lords

    If you haven't seen the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special, then you might want to stop reading because we're going to get a bit spoilery. Ok, still with us? As you know, "The Day of the Doctor" revealed Gallifrey and the Time Lords weren't actually destroyed at the end of the Last Great Time War. It just looked that way. In fact, they were banished to a pocket dimension and have been there since. The Doctor now has the possibility of finding his people and bringing them back. Recently, Doctor Who writer/actor Mark Gatiss said this might not be a good idea. He's not alone. Several creators and fans think the Time Lords bring a set of story problems that aren't worth the trouble and that previous showrunner Russell T. Davies did a good thing by eliminating them in the modern Doctor Who show that began in 2005. We'll get to why the return of the Time Lords could be a good thing but first, here are some reasons why the heroic Doctor himself may not want to bring back the society he turned his back on so many centuries ago...

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  4. Mark Gatiss Questions Steven Moffat’s Idea Of Gallifrey Returning On Doctor Who

    Steven Moffat made some big moves in the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor. Big moves which included the canon-altering inclusion of the thought-dead Time Lords. While fans had mixed reactions to the idea, it seems frequent Moffat collaborator Mark Gatiss falls squarely on one side of the fence.

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  5. Agent of S.T.Y.L.E. – The Alternate Versions of Doctor Who

    Agent of S.T.Y.L.E.

    This year, the 50th anniversary special of Doctor Who, "The Day of the Doctor," introduced us properly to the War Doctor. This previously unknown incarnation of the hero, played by John Hurt, wore an outfit combining elements of the Eighth Doctor's with the leather jacket of the Ninth, plus a belt taken from a woman named Cass whom the hero had previously failed to save. "The Day of the Doctor" also featured another version of the hero who had previously only appeared in the novel Summer Falls by Amelia Williams (AKA Amy Pond). Over the years, there have been other interesting alternative takes on the Time Lord scientist of the planet Gallifrey. So this time around, we're looking at the "what could have been" and "almost were" versions of the Doctor, along with costumes the character has worn in licensed media. Fan-films and the like aren't included or we'd be here forever, even if we had a time machine. 

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  6. Christopher Eccleston Talks About Doctor Who Anniversaries, Steven Moffat Talks About Billie Piper Being Awesome

    The World Doesn't End Because the Doctor Dances

    It was Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper who reintroduced me to Doctor Who as an adult so it's safe to say I have a certain affinity for them. So I was interested to hear both were getting attention recently. Hit the jump to find out what Eccleston had to say about anniversary celebrations and what Steven Moffat thinks about Piper's Doctor Who legacy.

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  7. The Live Doctor Who Episode That Was Never Made

    The World Doesn't End Because the Doctor Dances

    According to a new interview with Mark Gatiss at Paris Comic Con, there could have been a live action Doctor Who episode, if 2005 to 2010 showrunner Russell T. Davies had followed through with the idea. Of course, the idea for a Tennant-era live episode never took off, and now we are left to contemplate what could have been.

    Gatiss claims that he remembers Davies suggesting a live episode, like television shows from ER to 30 Rock have pulled off, while David Tennant was the Doctor. However, given the difficulty of attempting to pull together all the show's science fiction elements live, including the Doctor's confusing, wibbly-wobbly techno-babble, Davies gave up on the idea.

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  8. Which Being Human Star Might’ve Been Starring In Doctor Who Right Now?

    Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey Stuff

    Who, in an alternate universe, is gallivanting around in the (prop) TARDIS at this very moment? That would be...

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  9. John Barrowman Sounds Incredibly Sad About Not Being Asked To Join Doctor Who’s 50th (So Are We)

    The World Doesn't End Because the Doctor Dances

    We already pretty much knew John Barrowman was not going to reprise his role of Captain Jack Harkness for Doctor Who's 50th anniversary but we have to admit, we were still holding out hope. And we aren't the only ones. 

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  10. BBC Writer Explains How Torchwood Lost It With Miracle Day

    meh

    Your mileage may vary but I really hated Torchwood: Miracle Day. It took what was once a really unique sci-fi show with interesting characters and turned it into a bland U.S. extension with awful character development. If you found yourself thinking the same, you're not alone. Doctor Who and Torchwood writer Chris Chibnall thinks he knows why it didn't work.

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