Doctor Who series 8: Ofcom will not investigate lesbian kiss


The TV regulator says it does not discriminate against same-sex couples


Ofcom has responded to complaints received after a lesbian kiss featured in the first episode of the new Doctor Who series last Saturday night.

Ofcom is the communications regulator in the UK.

We regulate the TV and radio sectors, fixed line telecoms, mobiles, postal services, plus the airwaves over which wireless devices operate.

We make sure that people in the UK get the best from their communications services and are protected from scams and sharp practices, while ensuring that competition can thrive. (from their page)

The TV regulator confirmed that six viewers had expressed concern over an “inappropriate” scene involving lizard-woman Madame Vastra and her human wife Jenny Flint.

“Having assessed the complaints, we can confirm that they do not raise issues warranting further investigation,” an Ofcom spokesperson told The Independent.

“Our rules do not discriminate between scenes involving opposite sex and same sex couples.”

Madame Vastra and Jenny Flint kiss in Doctor Who episode 'Deep Breath' Madame Vastra and Jenny Flint kiss in Doctor Who

Neve McIntosh and Catrin Stewart have played the couple for three years, but their first on-screen kiss sparked some people to attack what they saw as a “gay agenda”.

The moment received a positive reaction from almost all seven million viewers, despite some tweets claiming it was “unnecessary” and “gratuitous” and one reviewer accusing the BBC of “wanting to become a porn channel”. (Independent UK)


Gee, what happened to “enlightened” Political Correctness? :) Oh, right, they created this divide and conquer Lawyer-on-Speed-Dial “offense” in a nano-second culture.

Even though there will be no investigation why would you feel the need to complain in the first place?

The leap to “offense” in this world is so far out of hand one scarcely dares get out of bed in the morning for fear of “offending” the atoms of universe or someone or something.

In the immortal words of William Shatner, “GET A LIFE!”

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The Daleks 2014

The BBC has released new images from the second episode in the new series of Doctor Who, Into The Dalek.

A Dalek fleet surrounds a lone rebel ship, and only the Doctor can help them now… With the Doctor facing his greatest enemy, he needs Clara by his side. Confronted with a decision that could change the Daleks forever, he is forced to examine his conscience. Will he find the answer to the question, “am I a good man?”(Doctor Who News)

The Doctor goes all Fantastic Voyage on us as we journey inside the greatest evil in the Doctor Who Universe.

Will this finally wipe them out forever?

No. But it might look like it.

After all, the Daleks are as much a part of Doctor Who as The TARDIS and The Doctor himself are. They are the ultimate evil in the universe. That ultimate nemesis. They can no more die than Superman can.

They may go away for a time, but they will always be back.

How many times have they been “completely destroyed” or “erased from history” and still managed to come back.

You can’t have The Doctor without The Daleks.

But that said, The Daleks do provide that moment where you don’t have to wonder if the bad guy is really all that bad. They are. Though episodes like “Dalek” do provide some interesting insights and some different perspectives. “Into The Dalek” is said to be along those lines which I welcome.

A Dalek has apparently gone good; so broken it’s benevolent. The Doctor is ordered by grumpy-faced gun-folk Zawe Ashton (Fresh Meat) and Michael Smiley (Spaced), both of whom are extremely good at being grumpy-faced gun-folk, to attend to it.

Sounds like the Patrick Troughton “human dalek” experiment that the Daleks tried on themselves once and all it did was end in their extermination of each side, which has also happened several times to the Daleks since.

The Daleks obsession with purity and hatred usually leads to their destruction.

The Daleks always bring out the best and the worst in the Doctor. In their presence he is the hero and the destroyer. The man who asks ‘Have I the right?’ and then saves the day. It is no different here. But while the Daleks haven’t been scary for a long time, between the tin pots and the Time Lords it’s the more stylishly dressed of the two who is arguably the more ruthlessly utilitarian.

As one shocking moment demonstrates, you’ve not seen the Doctor this cold and caustic for decades. It keeps the episode and us on our toes. All the one-liners and unveiled insults are there, but they’re delivered solely for his own amusement.

Even Clara is a target. Lovely feisty Clara who, when she’s not being made fun of, is enjoying flirting with Danny Pink, hunky maths teacher and hunky ex-soldier haunted by his backstory. Samuel Anderson starts off strong and promises to be an excellent addition to the cast, even if the Doctor (when he meets him) may not see it that way.

It’s new ideas, rather than new colours, that are needed to make the Daleks scary again. Or to at least make them as scary as the Doctor. (Cultbox)

Now that’s edgy and different. We’ll see on Saturday if Capaldi and company can pull this off and still make The Doctor the hero and still a likeable guy.

A new Era indeed.


Too Scary?

He promised his Doctor will be ‘less user-friendly’ and a ‘little darker’.

However yesterday, just hours after Peter Capaldi finally made his  debut as the 12th Doctor, many fans questioned whether the timelord was now too scary for their children to enjoy.

Oh good grief, not this again…

A tweeter called Northsea_view said the show was ‘still scary’ and asked: ‘Shouldn’t it be on after the watershed? It disturbs children’, while  Andy Piper ‏complemented the ‘fantastic performances’ of Capaldi and co-star Jenna Coleman, who plays sidekick Clara Oswald, describing the show as ‘funny, scary and exciting’.

Vaughan Anscombe tweeted ‘#drwho clock work robots still scary just ask my daughter. She’s behind the sofa’, while a user called babesaurus wrote: ‘I liked it but I think it’s too scary for children.  Anyone have thoughts?’ (UK Daily Mail)

I guess the same clockwork robots with clown masks were less “scary” when they were doing THE VERY SAME THING back in “Girl in The Fireplace”.
And as usual, it’s the parents projecting on the kids. This has been going on for 40+ years. Blah Blah Blah…
It was Douglas Adams who said (paraphrase), “Doctor Who is intelligent writing for kids and dumbed down for adults”
The program is supposed to be scary, for god’s sake!
The adults who think it’s too scary for the kids don’t remember what it was like to be a kid.
Ironically, they should just Grow up!  :)
Capaldi and co star Jenna Coleman had travelled 35,000 on a global publicity tour ahead of the new series, visiting seven countries over 12 days and stopping in cities including New York, Seoul and Rio de Janeiro 

Movie Night

BBC America’s Doctor Who returned to 2.6 million viewers when including its first two replays—a record-setting opener for the series. The debut airing of season eight’s “Deep Breath” featured star Peter Capaldi’s first full episode as the Doctor. During its 8 to 10 p.m. premiere Saturday night, Doctor Who was the most-watched show on cable and dominated Twitter for the day among TV shows. The numbers are despite the episode leaking online weeks in advance. (EW)

I went to the theatre showing last night and the theatre was only about 1/2 full which was disappointing. But not half as disappointing as the “prequel” which ended up being a Strax Sontar comically written report on the Doctor’s 12 past regenerations (ncluding The War Doctor). So that was a disappointment. I was hoping, for say, a Dinosaur. :)

But alas, not. And the After sow was the first episode of “Doctor Who Extra” that I had already seen via my “internet fairies”. :)

But seeing the episode on a big screen like that wasn’t a disappointment. And I love this episode so much more now after my unexpected bout with cognitive dissonance earlier on.

Jenna Coleman and Peter Capaldi in Doctor Who



Calling from the Past


So how many of you got the Handles joke in “Deep Breath”?

But what I want to mention today is the Theme Music. I think I’ve heard that before…:)


Upon re-watching it, did anyone go “Don’t Blink, don’t even Blink, Blink and you’re dead” to Clara when the Half-Face Clockwork Man was standing directly in front of her trying to decide if she was real or robot? :)


Peter Capaldi’s full debut as the 12th actor to take the lead role in Doctor Who attracted the long running BBC1 drama’s best ratings for a series opener for four years, with a peak audience of 7.3 million viewers. (a 32.5% audience share)

The overnight ratings for Saturday’s episode compared with the 6.4 million overnight average audience that had tuned into the first Doctor Who episode of season seven in September 2012. The final figure was later reported as 8.3 million. 

These figures do not include viewings via iPlayer, the BBC’s digital VOD service, which has in some cases added more than 2 million viewers to the reported figure. The new season’s opening ratings also compare with the 5.5 million overnight and nearly 7.5 million final ratings for the final regular episode of the seventh season.


Warning: Deep Breath spoilers follow. If you still haven’t watched the episode yet read on at your own risk!


Steven Moffat has explained why he gave Matt Smith’s Doctor a cameo in Deep Breath.

He said [via]: “It just felt utterly right for what we were planning for Peter’s Doctor – and right for Matt’s Doctor that he would think of that as he was just about ready to go out the door. And you think, well it’s never been done before – why not?”

“I did wonder. I wondered when we sat in the cutting room, ‘Does this seem strange?’ And then you remember you’re making Doctor Who and you go, ‘Yes this does seem strange – that’s absolutely fine!’”

Moffat also confirmed that the scene was already shot during filming of 2013 Christmas special [via]: “We shot that on the set of Time of the Doctor which meant I had to write that scene first and then fill in some gumph about clockwork robots.”

The scene seems to have divided fans, some feeling it undermined Capaldi’s Doctor. But the man himself was happy with the scene: “I love Matt, I think he’s fantastic. He had a great kind of wisdom about him; he had this great combination of youthfulness and this very old soul, which is very unique, so I was delighted that he showed up.”

Think of that,  the underlying, and cleverer, theme was of age, and ageing, and looks, and perception, very nicely summed up when Claraasks the pretty lesbian lizard-lady, “When did you suddenly stop wearing that veil?” “When you stopped seeing it,” comes the reply.

So I wonder if the phone call scene was really for the viewers. All those new Whovians who have come to the show in the last few years and have only seen the young, lively, sexy “boyfriend” like Clara did.

I think maybe so. Post Regeneration episodes are traditionally about making the audience comfortable with switch over, after all, because they have to continue to watch and not go all “Tom Baker Groupie” (a phenomenon I found in Central Michigan when I became a fan whereby Doctor Who started with “Robot” and ended with “Logopolis” and that was just it) on them because the man standing in front of you IS THE DOCTOR, he just not THAT Doctor you’re used to.

He’s old.

He’s Grey.

But he’s still The Doctor

And he’s right there in front of you!

And I for one am very happy!

So all Hail The Doctor!

May he be with use for a long time.

My Impression: Deep Breath

This will be the weekly Sunday impression by me of the episode that aired the previous day.

Today, it’s the Post-Regeneration episode “Deep Breath”.


I loved Peter Capaldi. But I have to wonder, as a veteran of Post-Regeneration stories how “Matt Smith-y” it was compared to what Peter will bring in future episodes.

But let dive right in.

The Teaser opener, The really bad Dinosaur monkey has definitely be exorcised from the program.

Trying to figure out why swallowing the TARDIS would get you a Time Travel journey to The Doctor’s favorite era in British History is just not going to help, it comedic and that was it. And it WAS funny.

The Paternoster Gang came back and we had lots of new bits from them, especially Jenny, played by Catrin Stewart got lots of snark in the episode.

The “bedroom scene” was the best. “You have a whole room devoted to being unconscious?”  Hilarious. No wonder I don’t take as much care of that room as the rest of the house! Best Line in the episode.

I speak Dinosaur. I speak Horse, baby… etc. :)

Where I had a problem with the episode is Clara’s pissy attitude in the beginning where she is whining about the Doctor changing and all I could think of is, “you’re the Impossible Girl, you’ve seen ever regeneration of the Doctor and interacted with 3 of them at the same time” so being all pissy about “my” Doctor changing was my least favorite part of the episode. It just didn’t feel right, from my perspective.

Now calling her a Control freak, that I found hilarious. “Never try to control a control freak” and her “megalomania”. I know where Steven was going with this because of interviews he did prior to airing, but it still just made me cringe.

Overall though, Clara was a must better character in this one. You got to see a lot more of her character, rather than  “The Impossible Girl”. I liked that.

The other part that really irks me,and this one was by part the most irksome, The Clockwork Droids from “The Girl in The Fireplace”. WTF!

So now we have even more droids from the SS Madame De Pompadour? And these as MILLIONS of years old, not just time traveling to 18th Century France trying to decide when your meat is cooked enough for you to eat it.

But these droids are trying to become human, rather than using a Time Window to wait until Madame’s 37th Birthday.

And this is a crashed ship, not a Time Window. But the ship didn’t crash, it’s in the 51st Century in Deep Space!

Unless after the Doctor left that ship in Deep space they traveled back millions of years and crashed on Earth.


One can only take so much timey-wimey because you just want to pull what hair is left out.


Even for a 32 year veteran of this program that made no sense to me.

Sorry, Stephen, this is what dragged the episode down for me.

UPDATE: Upon Second Viewing my eyes contacted to my brain and saw that it was a different ship- The SS Marie Anoinette not what my brain translated it into last night!

Ah, how the mind plays tricks on you. So that makes this episode so much BETTER.

“these are not the droids you’re looking for!” :)

I am leaving in the “wrong” impression because until I saw it again this morning my brain hadn’t latch onto it and it did color my impression of the show.

The Matt Smithy cameo was cute. I don’t think it detracted from the story like the Clockwork Droids did.

So it’s onto next week, and the return of The Daleks…


It’s Christmas in August!

Like Christmas Day, the day Santa Moffat arrives and delivers us our Christmas Present in August, is finally here.

The Doctor Who Party at my house starts in 9 Hours!

So much to do yet…


The Doctor Who fan who created the show’s new titles

Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman in Doctor WhoPeter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman team up for their first adventure in Saturday’s episode of Doctor Who
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When a Doctor Who fan created his own unofficial title sequence for the show and put it on YouTube, the producers saw it and liked it so much that they decided to use it for the new series, which begins on BBC One on Saturday.

It is probably the most hotly anticipated moment of the year on British television – the first episode of the new series of Doctor Who and the first proper appearance of Peter Capaldi as the Time Lord.

A few minutes into the show, the iconic music will start up and the new opening titles will kick in.

Those titles have been created by 46-year-old Billy Hanshaw from Leeds, who originally made the sequence simply to show off his graphics skills.

What happened next was the ultimate dream for any Doctor Who fan.

Steven Moffat and Billy Hanshaw
Executive producer Steven Moffat (left) spotted Billy Hanshaw’s titles online

“Hanshaw created this title sequence, put it up on YouTube,” Doctor Who executive producer Steven Moffat explained at a recent fan event in New York.

“I happened across it, and it was the only new title idea I’d seen since 1963. We got in touch with him, and said, ‘OK, we’re going to do that one.'”

Mr Hanshaw thought it was “a wind-up” when Moffat’s fellow executive producer Brian Minchin got in touch.

“I had to pinch myself because I didn’t know if it was really happening,” he says.

“It’s one of those stories about people putting something on YouTube – it’s usually a musician this happens to. They put a performance on there and they get picked up by a label.

“It’s a similar kind of story. I thought, these things don’t generally happen.”

Big idea

Mr Hanshaw is a professional motion graphic designer who normally creates TV adverts and corporate presentations in his small home studio.

He made the Doctor Who sequence, he says, to show clients what else he could do and because, eventually, he hoped to move into TV and film.

In the past, the opening titles have taken viewers on a high-speed flight through space. In recent years, we have followed the Tardis as it hurtled down a wormhole through a terrifying maelstrom of psychedelic cloud, fire and debris.

Mr. Hanshaw’s original (which I saw back in 2013 and thought it was absolutely brilliant! And I will confess to thinking “why don’t they use something like that, it’s brilliant” And they did…

Billy Hanshaw talks to BBC Look North’s Harry Gration and Amy Garcia

Mr Hanshaw’s big idea was to hurtle through time instead of space. In his YouTube video, the viewer is taken through the cogs of the Doctor’s pocket watch before the Tardis is spat out of the centre of an MC Escher-inspired spiralling infinite clock face.

“The doctor is a Time Lord, he’s not a Space Lord,” Mr Hanshaw reasons.

“A lot of people have said that cogs and clocks are an obvious metaphor to use. But if it’s so obvious, why hasn’t it be done before?”

Mr Hanshaw got the idea after going to an exhibition by Escher, the Dutch artist who created optical illusions by depicting objects that look realistic on first glance, but are actually impossible and surreal.

‘Stroke of genius’

For the clock face, Mr Hanshaw deployed the “droste effect”, in which objects recur infinitely within each other.

“I think Escher had something to do with how that’s calculated,” Mr Hanshaw says. “That was one of the start points.”

The video clocked up 60,000 views in its first weekend on YouTube. It is now up to about 885,000.

After being contacted by the big cheeses of the BBC, Mr Hanshaw has worked with the show’s producers to tweak his original idea and create the final titles, which will be seen on Saturday.

The finished version keeps the same idea as his original concept, with a few elements added by the BBC visual effects team.

“There’s a genius stroke that they’ve pulled,” Mr Hanshaw says. “I can’t tell you what it is, but it gets me every time I’ve seen it. It’s wonderful and it’s a little diversion from what I’ve done, but it works so beautifully.”

Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman in New York
Capaldi and Coleman have been on a world tour to promote the new series

Mr Hanshaw began watching Doctor Who when Jon Pertwee, the third Doctor, was occupying the Tardis in the early 1970s.

His favourite Time Lord was Pertwee’s successor Tom Baker – although that may change after watching Capaldi, he says.

Mr Hanshaw’s design career started in the Sylvester McCoy era in the 1980s. He worked in brand design and advertising, helping to create packaging and campaigns for the likes of Asda, Nestle and Pepsi.

After moving into website design, he decided to move into graphic animation and set up as a freelance animator.

Career boost

“I’ve spent most of my career being an ideas person,” he says. “I’ve worked in advertising and branding and done some fairly large branding projects and you kind of have to think laterally about how you approach a design project.

“Doing motion graphics is no different, apart from the fact that you create a narrative that’s a little bit more engaging.”

After being handed his big break by Doctor Who, Mr Hanshaw is hoping to make a permanent leap into the world TV and film.

“It’s the biggest opening of a door you could possibly imagine,” he says.


Just One More Day…

Has the theme I’ve heard for Capaldi sound a lot like “The Trail of the Time Lord”‘s?? We’ll find out for sure TOMORROW! :)


The Return of “Confidential”

Attention all Doctor Who fans – a new behind-the-scenes show is on its way.

Doctor Who Extra promises to be much more than a ‘making of’ show, as we follow Peter Capaldi every step of the way throughout the creation of his first season as the Doctor.

Over the course of 12 programmes we trace the highs and lows of Doctor Who’s most ambitious run of episodes yet, getting the inside take on series 8 from the people who made it.

The Doctor Who Extra team had unparalleled access to stars including Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and Samuel Anderson (series regular Danny Pink) plus guests Frank Skinner, Keeley Hawes, Michelle Gomez, Ben Miller, Foxes and many more. Writers, such as Lead Writer/Executive Producer Steven Moffat, and directors also contribute, as they spill the beans on the on and off-screen drama.

Casual viewers will enjoy the fun, fast pace and lighter side of Doctor Who Extra but there’s plenty for fans, too, as we take a quick dip into the archive for every edition, reflecting on how Doctor Who’s history is echoed in this current series.

Packed with emotion, great stories and a real sense of ‘access all areas’, Doctor Who Extra is essential viewing for everyone who’s ever watched Doctor Who and wondered what it’s a like to be a part of the team that brings this global phenomena to our screens.

Each 10-minute Doctor Who Extra episode will be available after that week’s Doctor Who episode on BBC One.

Audiences will also be able to access Doctor Who Extra via the BBC’s Red Button And BBC iPlayer.

Each episode will be 10 minutes long and be available as soon as that week’s Doctor Who episode has aired.

Hopefully it will translate online though so we non-Brits can see it.





Timey Wimey


Now that’s timey wimey. Has Moffat really been that time whacked? :)


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