Deleted Pilot Scene



Official Ratings- Episode 1

fficial figures released by the Broadcasters’ Audience Research Board or BARB, gives Doctor Who – The Pilot an official rating of 6.68 million viewers.

The rating includes all those who recorded the programme and watched it within 7 days. It is over 2 million higher than the initially reported overnight figure.

Doctor Who is the tenth most watched programme for the week, the highest chart position for a non-Christmas episode since Listen in 2014.

Smile 2: The Sequel Review

Or else.

Be happy.

Or else.

You know how sometimes you run into people online that end every sentence in ‘LOL,’ no matter how toxic the statement? Imagine those comments as flesh-eating nanobots. (Houston Press)

That single line in that review put mine to shame. And why I’m back to it because that is part and parcel of this episode.  🙂

If language is boiled down to just emojis we are in big trouble. 😦

Because, like the Vardi who were programmed to make sure everyone was happy (Helen A of Terra Alpha hopefully didn’t) and when you forgot to tell them about grief 😦 they get it murderously wrong.

As many people do with emojis. I know this first hand because I’m an extremely sarcastic person in real life and sarcasm is one of the hardest things to convey in an emoji 😦 because its complex and not straightforward.

So a lot of times it gets lost in translation.

Is it

and who decides. And you’re wrong do you convey the wrong message.

And if you convey the wrong message does the instigator of the message know that?

Now imagine an entire world constructed on nanbots like that. Well, you get…

🙂  🙂  :0 :/ ;/ :> >:)

Ep2- Smiles Reviewed

This episode is so much better than the author first attempt at WHO.

This was right great episode really. Though “happy” bots did continuously remind me of “The Happiness Patrol” episode just with robots. Be happy or else…

The idea that emoji’s would be the surviving language. That robots don’t quite have the interpretative powers we want them to have. But yet again, machines become life. But not as we truly thought we knew it.

Matt Lucas’s Nardole is a non-issue in this episode as he only has 1 scene and a few line and he’s off. And he obviously won’t be in the next one.

So I am beginning to wonder what Moffats grand plan for Nardole is because so he’s a non-starter.

I like the way Bill thinks sci-fi geeky. Its a bit more charming. The Doctor is really now the crazy old mad Professor.

She wonders why HE has to step into the situation and she calls he out for it. He denies it but we all know it’s true.

Its a refreshingly nice twist on the usual Doctor-Companion warm up as they feel each other out.

He just casually mentions that he has two hearts like it doesn’t even matter and Bill had to take that on board.

The grand vista of Valencia’s building helps the story along.

We try and figure out what happened to the people and why the bots have gone murderous.

Turns out it was just there programming. They were programmed to make sure you were happy. Problem is, you forgot to program them for the darker and less-happy emotional reactions of humans.

A human error that turns murderous.

Someone forgot to tell the bots about death and the grief that comes from it.

So they make the logical assumption that if this grief thing makes humans sad it must be eliminated for them to be happy. Problem is, that eliminates the humans.


So this story was quite deep and profound, which one cannot say about “Forest of The Night”.

The Vault. Who has Moffat got in the Vault.

The Doctor has promised to do something his 3rd Incarnation was forced to do, stay on Earth for an extended period of time. But he’s doing it on the sly and UNIT isn’t wise to it?

Who could make the Doctor promise to stay on Earth for decades and teach classes at a University??

There better be a pay off for that, Moffat. I’m sure there will be, one last grand Moffat arc, eh?

So Pertwee era confinement (more or less) to Earth, Mondasian Cybermen, 2 Masters (or is one a very uncharacteristic Rani), and possibly the 1st Doctor all to come.

A Classic Who extravaganza…To bad Roger Delgado if he’d lived would have too old for “I am the Master and you will Obey me” it would be like old home week…






The BBC have said there are “currently no plans” for a female Timelord, but they’ve announced it in an unusual manner.

The discovery comes after a keen Doctor Who fan filed an official complaint to the Beeb with concerns switching the gender of the role would confuse his kids. And amazingly, a BBC worker wrote back and “assured” him it would be another man.

Complaints officer Joanne Coyne wrote: “We appreciate that you’re a big Doctor Who fan and you have concerns that the programme would change should there be a female doctor. Be assured there are currently no plans to have a female Doctor Who.”

They also said their worries would be passed onto senior managers and programme makers “including the Doctor Who team”.

Other women alongside Phoebe Waller-Bridge to have been touted for the job include Game of Thrones’ NATALIE DORMER, Broadchurch’s OLIVIA COLMAN and Hollywood star TILDA SWINTON.

Fellow potential Timelords are former Death in Paradise actor KRIS MARSHALL, sports pundit JIM ROSENTHAL’s comedian son TOM and Homeland’s DAVID HAREWOOD.

Tellingly, all a BBC spokeswoman said on the matter was: “No casting decisions have yet been made on Series 11.”

6 years on

Elisabeth Sladen passed away 6 years ago today. The greatest Doctor Who Companion of them all.


Fathom This

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I went to the latest Fathom Event last night.
There was the biggest crowd I’ve seen at one of these. It must have been 25-30 people.
First off, they were late getting started at The Ahwautukee 24 due to technical problems.
Then the first thing that comes on is the Pilot episode of CLASS without any announcement at all.
I thought maybe they made a mistake and showed the wrong “Pilot” episode. 🙂
Then the BBC’s “Being a Companion” a Behind-The Scenes of Pearl Mackie’s casting. Not very exclusive.
Then the episode itself.
So not a very “exclusive” showing for $15 I must say. Certainly a lot less “exclusive” than previous ones.