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Old 21-02-2013, 16:29
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This has been mentioned in the spoilers thread, but I thought it might be fun to start the arguments up again somewhere else.

http://www.kasterborous.com/2013/02/...lete-nonsense/

Highlights of the interview, as given by Kasterborous:

First of all, the matter of a single 50th anniversary special running to 60 minutes, as photographed on BBC promotional literature at recent toy fares.

A lot of things are going on. Donít believe the nonsense about one 60-minute film. That is complete nonsense!

Heads up, Whovians Ė weíve also got a Christmas special this year!

Of course thereís going to be a Christmas special. Santa will also visit your house. Yes, all is as it was.

What is particularly interesting is that the new Ice Warriors story was something Moffat wasnít initially keen to do.

Mark Gatiss had been pitching the Ice Warriors for a while. I wasnít tremendously persuaded. I thought they were maybe the default condition for what people thought of as rubbish Doctor Who monsters: things that moved very slowly and spoke in a way that meant you couldnít hear a word they said. I thought maybe that was the definitive rubbish one. But then Mark came up with a couple of very clever ideas. Itís an absolute cracker of an episode.

Interestingly, and despite many comments and speculation otherwise, not only is Moffat planning Series 8, heís also claiming that Matt will be staying ďFor the rest of time.Ē

Iíve just started planning the next series and Iím going to swing [the arc] a slightly different way again.
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Old 21-02-2013, 16:45
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Yaaaaayy!
Also excited to see the new Ice Warriors.
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Old 21-02-2013, 16:56
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Zygon fans should possibly be excited.

Will the Zygons return? 'Who knows? Well, I know.' That sounds slightly more positive than negative.
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Old 21-02-2013, 17:04
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Zygon fans should possibly be excited.

Will the Zygons return? 'Who knows? Well, I know.' That sounds slightly more positive than negative.
I'm a bit fed up of Zygons, what with Auntie Pat and the subsequent problems.

No one ever asks Moff about Alpha Centauri returning, do they? Why not?

Other than that, a great interview. Nice mention of Sherlock filming soon, yay! I agree with Moff about The Beast Below; disagree about The Big Bang.
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Old 21-02-2013, 17:04
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Blimey, well if Matt is going to be playing the Doctor for the rest of time then I guess we will never discover if the Doctor still only has twelve regenerations or not
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Old 21-02-2013, 17:07
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I'm a bit fed up of Zygons, what with Auntie Pat and the subsequent problems.

No one ever asks Moff about Alpha Centauri returning, do they? Why not?
I want the tractators back
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Old 21-02-2013, 17:08
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Blimey, well if Matt is going to be playing the Doctor for the rest of time then I guess we will never discover if the Doctor still only has twelve regenerations or not
And he'll never be a woman
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Old 21-02-2013, 17:08
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No one ever asks Moff about Alpha Centauri returning, do they? Why not?
Good question. Alpha was quite ahead of his time as a gender-bender.
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Old 21-02-2013, 17:27
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Ha, obviously not a fan of the Invasion of Time either and I never twigged about the double meaning of the title 'The Big Bang'
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Old 21-02-2013, 17:27
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They're certainly playing with expectations. Ben Shepherd , Matt, Jenna, Radio Times and BBC Worldwide have repeatedly mentioned the special in the singular. So it'd be nice if it were multiple or feature length.

Moffat asked ages ago "why talk in the singular?". The obvious answer to that was that until now several BBC sources (Moffat aside) have talked about it in the singular. And I suppose he still hasn't directly said multiple. But he does seem to enjoy taking in riddles so fingers crossed.
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Old 21-02-2013, 17:32
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They're certainly playing with expectations. Ben Shepherd , Matt, Jenna, Radio Times and BBC Worldwide have repeatedly mentioned the special in the singular. So it'd be nice if it were multiple or feature length.

Moffat asked ages ago "why talk in the singular?". The obvious answer to that was that until now several BBC sources (Moffat aside) have talked about it in the singular. And I suppose he still hasn't directly said multiple. But he does seem to enjoy taking in riddles so fingers crossed.
Hmmm, throughout that interview he still only refers to it as 'the special' though. When he talks about being very busy, it seems like he is referring to other things. One of which would probably be An Adventure in Time and Space. Him and Caroline are also exec producers on that so that might also take up some of his time, although I have no idea how involved he is on that.
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Old 21-02-2013, 17:41
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Haha, I read the title and thought 'oh, we haven't had 60 minutes of complete nonsense since The End of Time'.
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Old 21-02-2013, 17:53
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Haha, I read the title and thought 'oh, we haven't had 60 minutes of complete nonsense since The End of Time'.
That was longer than 60 minutes surely? At least it certainly felt like it!
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Old 21-02-2013, 17:58
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That was longer than 60 minutes surely? At least it certainly felt like it!
Part 2 was 75 minutes I believe.
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Old 21-02-2013, 18:03
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Haha, I read the title and thought 'oh, we haven't had 60 minutes of complete nonsense since The End of Time'.
I think you have overlooked The Big Bang.
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Old 21-02-2013, 18:52
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Part 2 was 75 minutes I believe.
60 minutes of nonsense followed by 14 minutes of utter pants followed by one minute of brilliance.
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Old 21-02-2013, 18:56
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Hmmm, throughout that interview he still only refers to it as 'the special' though. When he talks about being very busy, it seems like he is referring to other things. One of which would probably be An Adventure in Time and Space. Him and Caroline are also exec producers on that so that might also take up some of his time, although I have no idea how involved he is on that.
Well in classic who, the stories were in 4 or 6 parts (mostly) so maybe the special is just that, a special, but in 4 or 6 parts.

Just an idea, that way they could have an episode every evening, monday to friday, with the finale on the anniversary, which is the saturday.

I have a feeling it might be this, but i could be wrong.
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Old 21-02-2013, 19:05
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It would be nice if he gave us some idea of what IS going to happen instead of continually giving us the mushroom treatment......
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Old 21-02-2013, 19:34
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They're certainly playing with expectations. Ben Shepherd , Matt, Jenna, Radio Times and BBC Worldwide have repeatedly mentioned the special in the singular. So it'd be nice if it were multiple or feature length.
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Perhaps they were each talking about a specific, but single Specail.
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Old 21-02-2013, 19:53
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Perhaps they were each talking about a specific, but single Specail.
If there is more than one then that would be one explanation I suppose. But Matt said he would be filming "the special" - is he in only one of them? Or perhaps they were deliberately downplaying expectations so they could make a happy reveal about a two parter (and thereby distract attention from the absence of series 8 this year which even now some people are hoping for).

Maybe it is "The Special" (a single story) but will be edited into multiple parts.

Or by "complete nonsense" Moffat means "mostly accurate".
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Old 21-02-2013, 19:54
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Zygon fans should possibly be excited.

Will the Zygons return? 'Who knows? Well, I know.' That sounds slightly more positive than negative.
I'm also excited that the Ice Warriors are returning. I've got two Ice Warrior action figures that Character Options brought out in 2008.

I'd like the Zygons to return. They were scary. Sarah Jane Smith was scared of them, so I should think that pretty much characters in the new series will be too.
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Old 21-02-2013, 19:56
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I want the tractators back
I'd love it if the Axos came back.
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Old 21-02-2013, 19:59
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Maybe ita just the way they refer to it and it doesn't mean one episode. I can't recall what was said at the time too well but I am sure someone will have referred to 'The End of Time' as a 'special' in the singular at some point in its development and that ended up being a feature length two parter. I still refer to it in the singular come to think of it. So who knows.
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Old 21-02-2013, 20:32
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Yep - multiple episodes was an expectation even among many who weren't expecting any of series 8 this year. All the uses of the singular were given credibility by the BBC Worldwide's "1x60 minutes", but many people will now go back to their original expectations.
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Old 21-02-2013, 20:37
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But how many multiples episode will we be getting though?

Good interview from Moffat.
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