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The Doctor's apparent antipathy towards soldiers strikes me as rather hypocritical at best. One of his longstanding friends, Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart. Profession? Soldier. The Doctor's daughter Jenny? Soldier. Even Captain Jack Harkness can be considered a soldier. And the Doctor himself during the Time War? Soldier. Cold, Doctor, very cold.

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Doctor Who Review: Acceptance

I'll just have to wait for it to come out on DVD, I suppose. Though I'll probably be stuck waiting for someone to give it to me for my birthday, which is in about 350-odd days... ;-)

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Doctor Who Review: Acceptance

I guess we'll agree to disagree on this particular topic! Changing course, I do find it interesting how the various incarnations have different opinions on regeneration - In "The End of Time", Ten grimly compared regeneration to death: "Some new man goes sauntering away, and I'm dead." In this episode, we have Twelve reminding Clara that he's the same person who just phoned her from Trenzalore, standing right in front of her in Glasgow. They aren't two different people at all, but the same Doctor.

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Doctor Who Review: Acceptance

Did anyone else feel that BBCA's commercial breaks seemed oddly placed? It's like, we're in the middle of the scene, and suddenly they break for a commercial. It was rather distracting, actually, and made me wonder what I was missing that they likely chopped out for the American cut of the episode. I don't know if they actually did cut anything out for the BBCA version, but it felt like they might have.

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Doctor Who Review: Acceptance

I, too, enjoyed the expansion of Jenny and her relationship with Vastra. If I have one complaint (it's a minor one, admittedly), it's that we know very little to nothing about Jenny *outside* of her relationship with Vastra. Yes, it's a very important relationship, one that brings Jenny into the Doctor's orbit, but who is she otherwise? Frankly, we know more about Strax than we do Jenny. On the other hand, maybe it's good to leave a little mystery to a character. And I agree that there were a lot of great lines in this episode. "These are attack eyebrows!" My sister and I laughed over that one - she has been enamored over Peter Capaldi's eyebrows since they first appeared in "The Day of the Doctor"!

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Doctor Who Review: Acceptance

I agree - Jenna Coleman's departure is still in the realm of rumor, albeit a (very) widely repeated one. Moffat's a sneaky one, and may have started the rumor himself just to mess with people. This rumor may turn out to be true, but I'll hedge my bets until then and shove this one into the "maybe" file.

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Doctor Who Review: Acceptance

At first I thought it very odd indeed that Clara was having so much trouble accepting the new Doctor. After all, she knew better than almost every other companion that the Doctor changes and has many faces over his life. In fact, not too long before, she had personally encountered two others with very little fuss over the concept. All that is true. However! Keep in mind that she just lived through the Christmas special: in less than a day (from her perspective), she's witnessed the Doctor she's known and loved change from an energetic, young-seeming man to an elderly, dying one. And then, he transforms into a completely new person entirely. The Doctor as she knew him is gone, and all her experience has not prepared her for the actual reality of it, especially since the Doctor himself is going through his own trauma. It's one thing to know, intellectually speaking, that the Doctor changes, and even to meet some of these incarnations. It's quite something else to have it happen right in front of you.

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Manu Bennett: Before he portrayed Slade Wilson's tragic devolution into the villainous
Deathstroke, before he was the white orc Azog in "The Hobbit", or
Crixus on "Spartacus", he guest-starred as Marc Antony on "Xena: Warrior Princess"! That would probably be the first place American audiences would have spotted Manu Bennett. Incidentally, "Xena" actually guest-starred quite a number of familiar faces: Ted Raimi, Karl Urban, Bruce Campbell, Timothy Omundson, and Melinda Clarke, just to name a few!

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Arrow Cast: Before They Were Stars

You forgot Manu Bennett! Before he portrayed Slade Wilson's tragic devolution into the villainous Deathstroke, before he was the white orc Azog in "The Hobbit", or Crixus on "Spartacus", he was Marc Antony on "Xena: Warrior Princess"!

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I suspect Harold's vast fortunes are currently off-limits. No doubt Samaritan has flagged his numerous bank accounts for activity. Control's survival is somewhat curious, but she's not actually an active enemy either of Samaritan or the country. Harold wasn't exactly in a position to forge clean identities, being held captive as he was.

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