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December 9th, 2023 34 comments

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Doctor Who The Giggle BBC1 6.30pm

The giggle of a mysterious puppet is driving the human race insane. When the Doctor discovers the return of an old enemy, he faces a fight he can never win. Neil Patrick Harris guest stars as 1960s villain the Toymaker and Ncuti Gatwa makes his debut as the latest incarnation of the Time Lord.



  • TardyTardis

    December 22nd, 2023 - 8:27am

    My gut reaction is they now have too big a budget! Just because they can, they did! Less is often more and it tried too hard, threw everything at it with CGI. And, from the clip for Christmas, looks like this one is basically a Disney animation. Will wait and see but I’m worried…

  • TimelordTim

    December 14th, 2023 - 5:46pm

    For the Master, the classic run ended with the Master having used up all their lives and then taking a host body and being dumped in the eye of harmony during the events of the movie. This could quite easily make anyone more insane.
    You also have the Master being resurrected by the Timelords for the Time War and given a new set of regenerations. So this could be viewed as new personality traits being added at this junction.
    Plus, the drumbeat that was out in the Masters head came about as a result of the Time War and sent back in time, so maybe the insanity caused by the drumbeat in their head only truly came out in their personality post-Time War when the new set of regenerations meant the Master became aware of, and driven mad by, the drumbeat.
    Besides all those options, each regeneration of a Timelord can have wildly different personalities. We may not see it as much with some Timelords, but for evil ones then maybe the different personalities of each regeneration are more accentuated.

    As for the Toymaker. They are a being of untold power from outside of the universe that has lived for however many eons and is also capable of changing bodies, akin to regeneration maybe. So it’s conceivable that they would change personality quite drastically over time periods we can’t truly comprehend.

    Just my thoughts. But ultimately, their personalities change to fit the narrative and to keep things changing and fresh. I don’t think a Master or Toymaker more akin to their classic personas (as good as they were, Delgado is still my favourite) would necessarily have been received as well in the modern era. The cold, calculating type did well in stories that played out over multiple parts in stories that were ultimately (often) longer than the stories they get these days.

  • RPG74

    December 14th, 2023 - 1:36pm

    Davies missed a trick with this, I think. The whole bigeneration nonsense was an accident, but if The Toymaster had arranged it himself on purpose-“I’m so confidant I will triumph, I’ll take on two of you simultaneously, “-and it was made clear this could never have happened before, and will never happen again, then I think a lot of us older fans would have accepted it. But the way it stands now, it’s a bit of a mess, prompting awkward questions and likely causing problems down the line.

  • The Moffat Paradox

    December 13th, 2023 - 9:14pm

    But then again with or without a little infusion of time lord energy as this plot can of worms has now been opened why not the potential for single regeneration into someone else again and another bi regeneration even further down the line?

    Getting to be a bit like Spartacus; “I’m the Doctor. No I’M the Doctor!”

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