Doctor Who, series 10, episode 12 – The Doctor falls

About 20 years ago, in another science fiction series, Dellen was tested just to convince Kosh that she was the right person in the right place in the war that was following. The inquisitor wanted to know if the Minbari ambassador was ready to fight and die, even alone and without anyone knowing about that. Delenn passed that test with Sheridan’s help, and later they would become one of the most interesting couples in Babylon 5.

The last episode of season 10 reminded me about the episode from 2 decades ago: the Doctor also passed the test, and, further more, he also needed his friends to survive a war he mostly won.

The children he protected from the Cybermen were saved, with Nardole’s help – he stayed there to took care of them. Bill Pots became the Cybermen, with the personality mostly intact, and she stood next to the Doctor until the end. She had an unexpected help to save herself and the Time Lord, and after that she continued her trip through the Universe, as Clara Oswald and Ashildr did in the last series finale. I don’t think we’ll see them (too soon) in Doctor Who.

Master-Missy’s suicide was one of the strangest moment in the series (at least the new ones), and not such unexpected. Missy won’t return, but we could meet again the Master: he was considered gone / dead / without return before but he found his way back to stand with / against the Doctor.

The Time Lord wins the battle, but not without self sacrifice, and the regeneration started in spite his opposition. The Doctor falls only to meet the first Doctor, the original one: David Bradley, the one who played William Hartnell in the anniversary episode An adventure in space and time.

Some would say that episode directed by Rachel Talalay based on a story written by Steven Moffat is an emotional episode, others would say it’s the best episode for Peter Capaldi and Steven Moffat’s departure (they will leave the show after series 10 / Christmas special episode). And they would not be (very) wrong.

Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Pearl Mackie (Bill), Matt Lucas (Nardole), John Simm (The Master), Michelle Gomez (Missy), Rosie Boore (Gazron), David Bradley (The Doctor), Nicholas Briggs (Cybermen – voice), Simon Coombs (Rexhill), Stephanie Hyam (Heather), Briana Shann (Alit), Samantha Spiro (Hazran).

Doctor Who, series 10, episode 11 – World enough and time

What do you think that could happen if you try to change a psychopath murderer to change? Does she / he deserve to give him / her a chance because you are very old friends or everything is already lost and you only can lock him / her somewhere (in a vault, for example), throw away the key and then leave without looking back?

The best part of time travel stories is that you can combine the old and the new, and they could coexist (sort of, depending of the rules of the story) in the same space-time continuum. This episode is only the first part of the story, and its final will make you hardly wait the next part.

To give Missy a chance a signal requesting help was randomly chosen, so the Doctor, Missy, Nardole and Bill get trapped into a 400 miles long and 100 miles wide near a black hole.

After Bill is shot with the Doctor standing there, almost helpless, her body is taken to be repaired. She expects her friends to save her, but they get there too late because of the temporal difference between the different parts of the ship.

The Mondasian Cybermen (the characters created by Gerry Davis and Kit Pedler several decades ago) return, but only one is presented in full gear – and it looks much better (and maybe frightening?) that the more modern version of cybernetic humans. Some people could say that the title of the episode is wrong, perhaps it should be Genesis of the Mondasian Cybermen instead of World enough and time.

John Sims returns to Doctor Who as the Master, and the perspective of him and Missy standing next to each other, separated only by the Cyberman he created, is not pleasant of all.

The timing of the episode directed by Rachel Talalay and written by Steven Moffat is great, but some elements still remain to be revealed in the second part of the story.

Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Pearl Mackie (Bill), Matt Lucas (Nardole), Nicholas Briggs (Cybermen – voice), Paul Brightwell (Surgeon), Michelle Gomez (Missy), Oliver Lansley (Jorj), Alison Lintott (Nurse), John Simm (The Master).

The twelfth & final episode of series 10 is The Doctor Falls: the Mondasian Cybermen are on the rise. It’s time for the Doctor’s final battle.

Doctor Who, series 10, episode 10 – The eaters of light

Peter Capaldi returns home, and the Romans soldiers return in a brand new Doctor Who episode, no matter that the Doctor and his companions arrive to Scotland after the ninth legion was massacred. The disappearance of the trained 5,000 soldiers from Roman surviving archives is still debated, but there are possible explanations and books about that period.

Bill Pots (Pearl Mackie) had read some time ago a book about that period (probably The eagle of the ninth written in 1954 by the writer Rosemary Sutcliff), so she has a theory about what happened there, and the Doctor owner of a time machine try to show her she was wrong.

The trio (The Doctor, Bill and Nardole) got to highlands of Scotland and they started walking in different directions: Bill was searching the Romans, the Doctor and Nardole found the Picts (the well-armed natives, ancestors of scots). The disappearance of ninth legion could not have an entirely human explanation (a fight between invaders and natives and the massacre of the Romans by the Picts), so the new Doctor Who monster appears and kills again. And the few Roman survivors, young enough to consider them almost children, have to unite their forces with the native survivors of the same age to trap the creature and make it leave.

The help from the time travelers is welcomed, but, eventually, it’s not their fight to finish.

The fans of Outlander, the series of books and the show based on them will be glad watching this Doctor Who episode and the common elements of the two stories. It’s one of the Peter Capaldi’s last adventures as the Doctor Who: there are only 2 episodes until the end of series 10, a story in 2 parts, and after that Peter will leave the show. We may wait until the Christmas special episode for the conclusion, but the result is already known.

Directed by Charlie Palmer, written by Rona Munro. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Pearl Mackie (Bill), Matt Lucas (Nardole), Michelle Gomez (Missy), Rebecca Benson (Kar), Daniel Kerr (Ban), Brian Vernel (Lucius), Rohan Nedd (Simon), Ben Hunter (Thracius), Sam Adewunmi (Vitus), Billy Matthews (Cornelius), Aaron Phagura (Marc), Jocelyn Brassington (Judy), Lewis McGowan (Brother).

Next episode, the eleventh of series 10, and the first part of the finale is World Enough and Time: friendship drives the Doctor into the rashest decision of his life. Trapped on a giant spaceship, caught in the event horizon of a black hole, he witnesses the death of someone he is pledged to protect. Is there any way he can redeem his mistake? Are events already out of control? For once, time is the Time Lord’s enemy…

Doctor Who, series 10, episode 9 – Empress of Mars

If you love Jules Verne’s stories you will also love the ninth episode of series 10: a group of British soldier from Victorian time arrived to Mars. In the year 1881. And the Doctor gets into it after NASA’s rover discovers the message these soldier let behind under the ice cap on the pole, a century and some years later: God save the queen. The Doctor soon find out that an Ice Warrior took the British soldiers with him from Earth to help him reach the Ice Warrior queen’s sarcophagus (the Ice queen is a first in the show).

The soldier in red quicky become an invading force, a doomed one as long as the native’s technology is much more superior than the invading one. And the Doctor have to save both sides from certain death: the old war, from so many years ago, let Mars without atmosphere and Ice Warriors could hardly restore their civilisation on the surface.

Bill’s role was not important, almost decoratif. No trace of her personality was obvious, as a part of certain fact: she was only a woman between mail warriors (including the Doctor).

Directed by Wayne Yip, written by Mark Gatiss. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Pearl Mackie (Bill), Matt Lucas (Nardole), Michelle Gomez (Missy), Richard Ashton (Friday), Ian Beattie (Jackdaw), Anthony Calf (Godsacre), Lesley Ewen (Coolidge), Bayo Gbadamosi (Vincey), Ian Hughes (Knibbs), Ferdinand Kingsley (Catchlove), Adele Lynch (Iraxxa), Glenn Speers (Sgt Maj Peach).

Next episode, the tenth of series 10, it’s “The Eaters of Light”: a long time ago, the ninth legion of the Roman army vanished into the mists of Scotland. Bill has a theory about what happened, and the Doctor has a time machine. But when they arrive in ancient Aberdeenshire, what they find is a far greater threat than any army. In a cairn, on a hillside, is a doorway leading to the end of the world…

Doctor Who, series 10, episode 8 – The lie of the land

The last part of the trilogy with alien monks that had to be invited to rule the planet is a little strange, but it works somehow with the Doctor’s way. It’s strange that he work with the enemies for 6 months, fighting on the other side, or he had to test Bill in such a manner that she almost killed him, but after the moment of regeneration he comes to his senses and he starts doing his job – to try to save the world. Sort of.

In a world with the history rewritten to allow actions without boundaries for some people, in which the people not submitting to rules are thrown into prison, how could you fight against the abuse of power? Who could help you do that?

Eventually Bill is the key to solve the problem, and Missy’s advices only confirm that. Doctor’s cruel test, which could have a very different output, assured him that Bill was not under the monks control, but it was only the first step: only the person that accepted the aliens has the power to make them leave Earth. Not even the Doctor could do that, but he helped Bill with pictures that made her create the imaginary relation with her mother.

The most interesting moment of the episode is the one Missy is showing her emotions.

Directed by Wayne Yip, written by Toby Whithouse. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Pearl Mackie (Bill), Matt Lucas (Nardole), Michelle Gomez (Missy), Beatrice Curnew (Group Commander), Emma Handy (Mother), Jamie Hill (Monk), Solomon Israel (Richard), Rosie Jane (Bill’s Mum), Stewart Wright (Alan).

Next time, it’s “Empress of Mars”, the ninth episode of Series 10: The Doctor, Bill and Nardole arrive on Mars, and find themselves in an impossible conflict between Ice Warriors… and Victorian soldiers. As the Martian hive awakens around them, the Doctor faces a unique dilemma – this time the humans, not the Ice Warriors are the invaders. When Earth is invading Mars, whose side is he on?

Series 10, episode 7, The pyramid at the end of the world

The story that started with the last week episode, Extremis, continues with something interesting: a 5,000 years old pyramid suddenly appears into a war zone, between the Russian, American and Chinese armies. And the Earth’s president, the Doctor, is called to solve the mistery. Last week the Pope from Vatican appeared into Bill’s house, along some cardinals, and now she and her friends are visited by the Secretary General of the UN – a very good moment to joke about orange president we all know.

The blind Doctor needs Nardole’s help to interact with the monks just to find out that the world is about to end because of a mistake whose effect will get out of control. And the alien monks can save the planet, but with one condition: to be accepted, to be asked to rule the planet as thei like.

But the saviors you invite in your home can be worse than the monsters they save you from, so watch what’s next. The story is not over yet, the third part is next, but for the moment the danger is gone, and the Doctor recover his sight just the see the monks accepted by the favourite earthling. Only for saving him.

Written by Peter Harness, Steven Moffat, directed by Daniel Nettheim. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Pearl Mackie (Bill), Matt Lucas (Nardole), Ronke Adekoluejo (Penny), Tim Bentinck (Monks (voice)), Andrew Byron (Ilya), Daphne Cheung (Captain Xiaolian), Rachel Denning (Erica), Tony Gardner (Douglas), Nigel Hastings (The Commander), Jamie Hill (Monk), Togo Igawa (Secretary General of the UN), Eben Young (Col Don Brabbit).

The eight episode of series 10, The Lie of the Land, is the last part of the story: the world is gripped by a mass delusion and only Bill Potts can see the truth. When even the Doctor is fighting on the wrong side, it’s up to Bill to convince the Time Lord that humanity is in deadly danger. And if she can’t do that, she may just have to kill her best friend…

Doctor Who, series 10, episode 6 – Extremis

Ok, Missy is returning just to be executed. Sort of. By the Doctor. And the Doctor has to get her body into a vault and to protect it for a millennium because of the possible relapses. Sort of.

But the relation between Master / Missy and the Doctor is not quite so simple, and things can always turn to unexpected. The good part is that the identity of the creature inside the vault is now clear (it’s not a surprise – the fans have guessed it since last week), the less than good part is that your favorite Time Lord could let her out soon, depending the circumstance.

Earth is threatened by another invasion, a special one: this time the aliens are using simulations to study the reaction of the being on the surface. For the people inside the projections (something similar with the holodeck from Star Trek) there is no hope and no chance of escape, and that’s why when finding the Truth (one of the books hidden in Haereticum, one of secret archives inside Vatican) they prefer the non-existence. Or suicide, or erasing themselves from the system – tell it how you want.

Extremis is one of the best episodes of the series, and it’s the first one in a three parts story. it’s the moment when the Pope from Vatican requests a private audience from the Doctor and ask for his help about a text called the Veritas (the truth): all the people that have read it (while translating or after that) killed themselves. The text was online, being send by email to several institutions around the globe, and the Doctor had to decipher it and stop its effects before becoming viral.

Find out more watching the story written by Steven Moffat and directed by Daniel Nettheim. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Pearl Mackie (Bill), Matt Lucas (Nardole), Michelle Gomez (Missy), Jennifer Hennessy (Moira), Corrado Invernizzi (Cardinal Angelo), Joseph Long (The Pope), Ronke Adekoluejo (Penny), Ivanno Jeremiah (Rafando), Francesco Martino (Piero), Alana Maria (Pentagon Woman), Laurent Maurel (Nicolas).

The Pyramid at the End of the World is the seventh episode of Series 10. Synopsis: A 5,000 year-old Pyramid stands at the center of a war zone, where the Chinese, Russian and American armies are about to clash. There are many problems with that, but the one that intrigues the Doctor is this: there wasn’t a pyramid there yesterday. The Doctor, Bill and Nardole face an alien invasion unlike any other, and before conquest can begin, these aliens need the consent of the human race…

Series 10, episode 5: Oxygen

What do you do when the Doctor misses the space between the stars? Many adventures take place at the surface of planets or other celestial bodies, but the Doctor travels through time and space, so this place is part there. Even when, as he says, ‘Space – the final frontier. Final because it wants to kill us.’ – Star trek fans will recognize the reference.

This time The Doctor, Bill and Nardole answer to an emergency call and arrive to a space station. The future way of business makes some problems to the visitors: the oxygen is sold only in quantities required for the people living there, and the surplus is recycled only to be sold again to everyone visiting the space stations. When the Doctor extend the habitable space around the TARDIS on the station it suddenly appear an unexpected excess of oxygen – and the station take the necessary steps, and the visitors are stuck.

More: the asteroid mining operation lack of efficiency triggers other necessary measures (from the perspective of the Company). The people are going to be replaced, so they are killed to stop them consuming the priceless oxygen using the automated suits. ”Us against the suits” becomes a struggle against the automated suites and the people in the superior hierarchy inside the Company.

Until the end the trio gets out of there, with some survivors, but the Doctor becomes blind. A disadvantage that his enemies will profit by, maybe as soon as the next episode.

Directed by Charlie Palmer, written by Jamie Mathieson. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Pearl Mackie (Bill), Matt Lucas (Nardole), Kieran Bew (Ivan), Katie Brayben (Ellie), Peter Caulfield (Dahh-Ren), Lewis McGowan (Brother), Mimi Ndiweni (Abby), Justin Salinger (Tasker).

Next time, the sixth episode of series 10, it’s Extremis: In the Haereticum – the Vatican’s secret library of blasphemy – there is an ancient book known only as The Veritas. Throughout history, anyone who has ever read it has immediately taken their own life. Now a new translation is online, and the danger is spreading. The Vatican appeals to the Doctor. Will he read The Veritas? But can even the Doctor survive the ultimate truth?

Series 10, episode 4 – Knock knock

A cheap rent into a big house with big rooms? Who could refuse something like this when you don’t have too much money to spend? Does it matter that the building is old and not well maintained, or that it’s haunted or that people are disappearing without a trace during the night? Does it matter that the walls are eating humans instead of dinner or that the landlord is a strange untrusting fellow?

The fourth episode of 10th series is closer to a horror movie than the everyday Doctor Who episode, but the story also have some emotional moments: the reasons things were put into motion, 7 decades ago, bringing mother and child to the current situation. The story has a logic of its own, it works in some degree, and you may compare it (more or less realistic) withe the popular episode from 2007, Blink.

Long story short: Bill is moving in a strange new house with some mates. David Suchet changed from Hercule Poirot, the detective created by Agatha Cristie – the Doctor met her a few seasons ago – to this strange character that shows the students their new home. The first and only night they are spending there is a frightening one (they don’t need the Doctor’s help to be terrified but he is offering gladly his support), and things became unpleasant. People are missing (almost) without a trace, they become food for the creatures from inside the house, and you have to find out alone how they are getting out from that trap.

The identity of the creature in the vault is another mystery, one will find out soon. Probably it’s connected with Master / Missy and John Simm‘s return in this season – it would be a reason good enough for the Doctor to stick around all the time and to stop the prisoner to escape.

Directed by Bill Anderson, written by Mike Bartlett. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Pearl Mackie (Bill), Matt Lucas (Nardole), Sam Benjamin (Estate Agent), Mandeep Dhillon (Shireen), Mariah Gale (Eliza), Alice Hewkin (Felicity), Tate Pitchie-Cooper (Young Landlord), Ben Presley (Paul), Colin Ryan (Harry), Bart Suavek (Pavel), David Suchet (The Landlord).

The Doctor, Bill and Nardole answer a distress call in deep space, and find themselves trapped on board space station Chasm Forge. All but four of the crew have been murdered – and the dead are still walking! In a future where oxygen is sold by the breath, and space suits are valued more highly than their occupants, the TARDIS crew battle for survival against the darkest evil of all…

Doctor Who series 10 episode 3: Thin ice

In the previous episode Bill wanted to get into the future, now she and the Doctor get into the past, in 1814 London. And the episode 3 starts from the moment the previous one finishes, with an elephant and an entire fair on the frozen surface of Thames.

Historically speaking, Thames has frozen 23 times starting the XIVth century (and the ice was thick enough for the people to walk over it). The year 1814 was the last one when this has happened, something that was a reason good enough to be used as background for several episode during the last decade of new Doctor Who.

But a huge creature hunts under the ice, and every time someone gets under it (with or without the fishes with lights) he / she becomes food for something else. More: the one that Doctor calls Tiny or the Monster of Loch-Less or Not-so-tiny mermaid has been kept captive for decades, feeding with people from London for the benefits of others.

One of the children that have stolen the Doctor’s sonic screwdriver becomes food for fishes, a motif good enough for Bill to ask the Doctor about his 2,000 years story and the deads that hunts him after so many wars and adventures. The 10th episode of series 10 is a good motiv for the Doctor’s memorables speeches, even if it’s a shorter than the on from episode 10, series 9, The Zygon Inverson.

The Doctor and Bill borrows some diving suites in order to get on the bottom of Thames, under the thin ice, to discover more about the creature and how it got there. But you have to find out the details alone, watching the episode.

Directed by Bill Anderson, written by Sarah Dollard. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Pearl Mackie (Bill), Matt Lucas (Nardole), Nicholas Burns (Sutcliffe), Asiatu Koroma (Kitty), Peter Singh (Pie-man), Simon Ludders (Overseer), Tomi May (Dowell), Austin Taylor (Spider), Ellie Shenker (Dot), Kishaina Thiruselvan (Harriet), Badger Skelton (Perry).

In the next episode, Knock knock, Bill is moving in with some friends and they’ve found the perfect house – so what if it’s strangely cheap to rent, and the landlord is a little creepy? The wind blows, the floorboards creak, and the Doctor thinks something is very wrong. What lurks in the strange tower at the heart of the building – and why can’t they find any way to enter it?

Series 10, episode 2: Smile

The best colony of the future is the one created by the robots you send ahead, the robots build whatever the need to build (buildings, streets, green houses full with plants, the cultivated fields, etc), and later, when the ship with colonists arrives, it awaks all from their sleep in order to live into a city build especially for them. It sounds great, right? And more, if the robots are monitorizing your state of mind and try to make everything find for you is even better. Isn’t it?

This sounds good, but in really it isn’t very often when the action take place accordingly to the plans. Especially when the Earth had to be left behind and the new coloines of humens (not so many!) are the only way for the human specie to survive. That make even more necessary Doctor’s intervetion, help by his new companion, Bill Pots. Remember this: if you don’t smile during the entire episode you will die! The robots will get you and they will eat you!

The relation between the Doctor and his companion is very dynamic (Bill set herself confortable into the TARDIS after her first trip and she wants to continue) and very personal. The characters are set to stay (at least for this season). Bill had to choose between the past and the future as destination of the trip, and she chose the future. They arrived to the human colony Gliese 581 D (filming set is located in Valencia, Spain), into a city built entirely by robots: the colonies of microbots were parts of the walls, with the emojibots as interface with the human colonies. But things are starting to go wrong: the human emotions trigered a chain reaction and the robots tried to eliminate everything wrong. Starting with the humans.

Watch the episode, find out how the unusual problem was solved (it’s a rather simple answer), and the next time you are trying to win a chess game don’t turn over the table.

The writer for this story is Frank Cottrell-Boyce, the one who has writen the story for In the forest of the night (in 2014).

The next episode is Thin ice: a killing monster hunts under the frozen Thames in London, 1814 AD.

Series 10, episode 1: The pilot

A new series has started last night, a new companion has been introduced, the TARDIS is once again ”bigger on the inside” (everyone’s favorite shout when they first enter the blue box). And you don’t have to see the Doctor to enjoy the show: the way Bill Pots (Pearl Mackie) enter is simple and clear.

It’s not a complex episode (as others), the action is quite simple (the Doctor and Bill meet an alien creature and run away from it), but it works just fine if you consider it an introduction to something that’s going to end in an epic way: this is Steven Moffat’s last season as a producer and Peter Capaldi’s last season as the Doctor. Michelle Gomez and John Simms return as Missy / Master, but that’s another chapter of the story.

The story of the first episode was written by Steven Moffat. With Peter Capaldi (the Doctor), Pearl Mackie (Bill Pots), Matt Lucas (Nardole), David Olawale Ayinde (Edwardian Working Class), Nicholas Briggs (Dalek), Jennifer Hennessy (Moira), Stephanie Hyam (Heather).

In the next episode The Doctor and Bill travel to one of Earth’s first colonies in Smile.

2016 Christmas special episode: The return of Doctor Mysterio

The only episode (special or not) for the year 2016 was broadcast last night. After River Song’s dead (Clara is only a distant memory, so unclear she is not even mentioned) and an absence of 24 years, the Doctor returns to Earth, and for the first time he has to compete with another type of super-hero for the people’s hearts. Or, with other words, this is how Superman’s story would look like when she is told by a British fellow.

With the Doctor as a secondary character, because his presence is necessary to offer support for the hero and context to his story. Superheroes does not exists on Doctor Who universe (ok, ok, maybe with the exception of this Christmas special episode), but the cartoons with them do exist. To find out how they created this exception you will have to watch the episode.

The 10th series of new Doctor Who will return to British television screens next year. Nardole returned to the Christmas special episode (and his resurrection is interesting) and he is something more the the idiot robot from the previous episode – the character has an unexpected insight, can pilot the TARDIS and will be appearing in several episodes from the new series.

The episode was directed by Ed Bazalgette, the story written by Steven Moffat. Cast: Peter Capaldi (Twelfth Doctor), Matt Lucas (Nardole), Justin Chatwin (Grant Gordon / The Ghost, Charity Wakefield (Lucy Fletcher), Adetomiwa Edun (Mr Brock), Aleksandar Jovanovic (Dr Sim), Logan Hoffman (Young Grant), Daniel Lorente (Teen Grant), Sandra Teles (Reporter), Tanroh Ishida (Operator), Vaughn Johseph (Soldier).

The Silurian file

This article is about the Silurians (or homo reptilia, as they are also known): their history, TARDIS Index Files, revies, interviews, and so on.

Here’s all you need to know about the history of the Silurians (and Madame Vastra) over the last 46 years of appearances in Doctor Who. You can get this exclusive Silurian illustration by Titan Comics artist Rachael Stott, available for FREE as a desktop and mobile wallpaper here.

Who Are The Silurians? The TARDIS index file tells you several data about the monsters of last month.

The guys from the fan show try a Silurian review: they discuss the first story, Doctor Who and The Silurians. With Christel Dee, Luke Spillane, Simon Guerrier and Jenny Lippmann.

Neve McIntosh & Lindalee Rose talk about Doctor Who: Lindalee invades the tea-time of Silurian detective Madame Vastra at the Gallifrey One 2016 Doctor Who convention in Los Angeles. What do you think is the future of the investigative team of Vastra, Strax and Jenny (aka the Paternoster Gang), will the much talked about spin-off show become a reality, and what sort of Sonic would Madame Vastra have?

Doctor Who, Christmas special episode 2015 – The husbands of River Song

Or Doctor and River Song’slast aventure (a sort of, because she gets into the Library – episode 8, season 4 – and dies in the second part of the story sacrificing herself to save the Time Lord she loved), or the last 24 years night for the favorite Time Lord and his wife. Name it as you want, all the variants are good.

But this does not mean that this Christmas special episode is River’s last adventure along Doctor’s side – she has kept meeting with the Time Lord in the wrong order for 200 years (you should already know enough details about that) not to offer her a chance to continue their adventures in the right order. Jenna Coleman left recently the show, and Clara Oswald has her chance (a small one, but it’s there) to come back in Doctor’s life, sometime in the future. River was already saved (in electronic format, as a part of the database of the Library), she can easily come back in some form or another – nothing lasts forever, everything changes, and any additional information about the Executive Producers’ plans for her are probably secret.

The action was pretty bad: they wanted to be action packed and funny, but they didn’t make it quite right. They put the accent on funny discussions, the actors seemed sometime not realistic, but they had some good moments: the one when Riven realizes that the man standing next to her is the one she was searching the entire episode, and their connection in that very moment was just great, even if it wasn’t quite good before. If you want to relax a bit and just to have some fun than it’s a good story, but you shouldn’t expect too much from that.

Directed by Douglas Mackinnon, written by Steven Moffat and Toby Whithouse (character “Kahler”).

Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Alex Kingston (River Song), Matt Lucas (Nardole), Greg Davies (King Hydroflax), Phillip Rhys (Ramone), Rowan Polonski (Flemming), Robert Curtis (Scratch), Anthony Cozens (Concierge), Chris Lew Kim Hoi (Alphonse), Nicolle Smartt (Receptionist), Liam Cook (King Hydrofla’s Body), Nonso Anozie (Hydroflax – voice).

Doctor Who, series 9, episode 12 – Hell bent

Memories become stories when we forget them. Maybe some of the become songs. Remember this because it is important.

Well, Clara Oswald is still dead. Kind of dead. And here starts the beauty of time travel stories: Clara’s death is a fixed point in time and space (it can not be changed without fracturing the entire time and space continuum), but the Doctor saves her. Kind of saves her. And he can not enjoy it very much because he is not remembering her (with the exception of some details more or less important) good enough to recognize her when he meets her in the restaurant he met once, several series ago, with Amy, Rory and River Song to save his own life.

Maybe that’s why the final episode of series 9 started with the expectation that Amy and Rory were about to enter in the restaurant with the Doctor, for an unforgiven meeting of the companions because of Clara’s version as a waitress serving the amnesic Time Lord.

And the fragmented story he told her is a very elegant solution to offer Clara the exit she deserve: back on Gallifrey, Doctor’s actions made a president to run in exil (he gave the orders that brought Clara’s death and her friend’s captivity), with all the necessary scandal and after a firing squad meant for the Doctor with all the soldiers missing their target. Started to do everything he can in order to save Clara, the Doctor takes her from her own time, shortly before her death, frozen in one moment in time, and he fights against his hown people. Again. And he steals a TARDIS in order to run. Again.

Not very long time ago, in the episode The Witch’s familiar, you and your friends got inside the catacombs used by the Daleks as graveyard, now you get inside the computer used by the Time Lords to keep the personalities of their dead fellows inside a matrix, and you will leave that place as fast you left during the previous episode. The events in this episode happen very fast, I won’t give you the details, but the Doctor breaks all the codes he assumed for himself, and he gets to confront his own actions and their consequences. He gets in a situation he can not ignore the debates about the identity and origin of the Hybrid, especially when Ashildr / Me is the one serving them to the Doctor, at the Universe’s end of life (about the same period of time the Time Lord brought another immortal – captain Jack Harkness – and the meeting between Ashildr and Jack should be something important to watch).

Two TARDIS-es flying in space and time? The Who universe should be adjusted to that. Probably we won’t watch Clara and Ashildr, or their TARDIS, in action too soon, just like we haven’t met Doctor’s daughter after several years of adventures in Universe. Maybe they will appear in some distant future and a galay far far away, the one full with Jedi knights.

Directed by Rachel Talalay, written by Steven Moffat. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara), Donald Sumpter (The President), Ken Bones (The General), Maisie Williams (Ashildr), T’Nia Miller (Female General), Malachi Kirby (Gastron), Clare Higgins (Ohila), Linda Broughton (The Woman), Martin Sherman (Man), Jami Reid-Quarrell (Wraith), Ross Mullan (Wraith), Nicholas Briggs (Dalek – voice).

The next episode is the Christmas special one, it’s called The husbands of River Song.

It’s Christmas Day on a remote human colony and the Doctor is hiding from Christmas Carols and Comedy Antlers. But when a crashed spaceship calls upon the Doctor for help, he finds himself recruited into River Song’s squad and hurled into a fast and frantic chase across the galaxy. King Hydroflax (Greg Davies) is furious, and his giant Robot bodyguard is out-of-control and coming for them all! Will Nardole (Matt Lucas) survive? And when will River Song work out who the Doctor is? All will be revealed on a starliner full of galactic super-villains and a destination the Doctor has been avoiding for a very long time.

Doctor Who, series 9, episode 11 – Heaven sent

The action from previous episode let you a little uncertain about the people that have hired Ashildir / Me to get the Doctor into a trap, and you also don’t know the purpose of that action. Identity of that person or persons is still unknown (apparently they are Time Lords, but no one knows which ones), and the ending of this episode offer some answers while rising other questions.

Clara Oswald has died, the Doctor is alone, mourning and captive into a castle, followed by the ghost of his own past and a very dangerous creature, a killer called The Veil. Everything was created to make him feel afraid, using images from Doctor’s nightmares, and makes him always run from a certain death, offering him none chance to stay alive. Or almost none chance, because the only way out is a gate through a very though material, much more tough than diamond, something that he would break in “only” a few billion years.

The only help he has is Clara’s image, the same image the Doctor is carrying with him even she is dead. And it’s enough to make him continue over and over again until he breaks trough.

The episode is very similar with the nightmare, but the mystery is much more important that the scare, and the show in only one man’s: Clara and The Veil are only helps to push the Doctor into a direction or another. The only way to postpone a little the deadly end is to tell the truth, to confess – that’s the reason for the device that came into Missy’s, Doctor’s and Ashildr’s hand is called “the Doctor’s last confession”. Some name for the long path that brought the Doctor back on Gallifrey, and that’s only one small part of the unexpected end.

But you have to find yourself who is the Hybrid of two mighty warrior races, Daleks and Time Lords, the creature whom only purpose is to destroy Gallifrey şi turn everything to ashes.

Directed by Rachel Talalay, written by Steven Moffat. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald), Jami Reid-Quarrell (Veil).

Next time on Doctor Who: Hell Bent, the twelfth and final episode of Series 9, written by Steven Moffat. It premieres Saturday 5 December, 8pm to 9.05pm on BBC One.

If you took everything from him, betrayed him, trapped him, and broke both his hearts…how far might the Doctor go? Returning to Gallifrey, the Doctor faces the Time Lords in a struggle that will take him to the end of time itself. Who is the Hybrid? And what is the Doctor’s confession?

Doctor Who, series 9, episode 10 – Face the raven

How do you get the Doctor into a trap? Don’t forget that he is a Lord of Time with a TARDIS, a time travel with a technology, intelligence and determination not quite usual, a being that made entire armies with the mention of his name, a being that saved Earth and the entire Univers countless times. You know the show and the character, I don’t have to give you examples and explanations about that.

The answer to that question is simple: you show him a challenge, a mystery, something to make him be so focus he can not stay away. And Rigsy’s tattoo and the death sentence that came with it are motifs good enough to start searching hidden streets of London. Something that will remind you about Harry Potter’s adventures (but with more technology, of course, because it’s a science-fiction show not a fantasy series of movies with a lot of magic), not only because of the access but also the population.

And Ashildr runs with iron hand one of the hidden streets, a sanctuary for anyone who needs to hide from the exterior world. A lot of different species live there, united by the desire to be safe and the execution style for the people that does not obey the rules. Rigsy, the intruder, was sentenced to death because of the acuzation of killing someone, they thought he broke one of the most important rules of the small society living in the street. Doctor and Clara tries to find out what really happened. They did find out, but they could not avoid the trap nor the effects of their actions: it’s not a secret that Clara started to act like the Doctor, and in time she was transformed in something like him. A person addicted to the Time Lord life style, but more less resistant than the original. And it was quite obvious that sooner or later she would start to be reckless, to start making mistakes, even that kind of mistakes whom effects can not be undone. No matter how good are someones intentions, some times you die because of them.

And Clara Oswald dies because of something stupid, a mistake that she did taking Rigsy’s tattoo. It’s not entirely accidental, it’s rather a conclusion to a behavior that was building up in the last episode, especially after Danny Pink’s death, and because of that you may not feel her disappearance in the same way as Amy and Rory’s departure. The ending is emotional, with an unleashed Doctor and a Clara wanting a good death, in the same style as the death of the man she loved.

There are good chances to watch Jenna Coleman in other episodes of the show: from one point of view she is the girl that scattered all over the Doctor’s life in order to help and save him – why shouldn’t other versions of her appear and do the same things in the future, or to offer a different conclusion to the character. Maybe something to explain the life of Orson Pink, Danny Pink’s and Clara’s grandson?

On the other hand, Clara’s first appearance was entirely unexpected, sooner that all the fans were expecting to appear (we have known for some time about the Pond-Williams departure). The Clara’s character was surrounded in mystery from the beginning. Her departure, facing the raven, was also expected, but it’s the final? Who and what would stop her appearance one more time, the Clara we all know and watched in action, in order to offer a different ending to the character? It’s a rhetorical question, you don’t need to answer, but if it made you think a bit it’s excellent.

I won’t tell you how the episode unfold, it’s to action packed and there are too many details to be mentioned – I will let you discover yourself the story. Especially that you will have to wait for the next episode in order to get your own conclusion about facing the raven (a moment you will want to watch once or twice again).

Directed by Justin Molotnikov, written by Sarah Dollard. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara), Joivan Wade (Rigsy), Maisie Williams (Ashildr), Simon Manyonda (Kabel), Simon Paisley Day (Rump), Letitia Wright (Anahson), Robin Soans (Chronolock Guy), Angela Clerkin (Alien woman), Caroline Boulton (Habrian woman), Jenny Lee (Elderly woman), Naomi Ackie (Jen).

Next time on Doctor Who is Heaven Sent, the eleventh episode of Series 9, written by Steven Moffat. It premieres Saturday 28 November, 8:05pm to 9pm on BBC One.

Trapped in a world unlike any other he has seen, the Doctor faces the greatest challenge of his many lives. One final test. And he must face it alone. Pursued by the fearsome creature known only as the Veil, he must attempt the impossible. If he makes it through, Gallifrey is waiting…

Doctor Who, series 9, episode 9 – Sleep no more

An interesting episode, different, of new Who, something you should not watch! Not because is a classic horror episode, nor because the actions is made of different recordings (different perspectives) and put in order to get something fluent, something atypical, nor because of the monsters that haunts the indo-japanese space station le Verrier (on the orbit of Neptune).

The main reason is the unexpected ending: if you start watching the show and you get to the final yon can not erase or undo its effects. You will be entirely corrupt, you will can not sleep, and this thing will consume you all.

In the XXXVIIIth century the work is a very important of human activities, and the competition is so high the people are taking any advantage they can get. And when someone invents Morpheus, a device named after the Greek god of sleep, that modified the brain chemistry and compresses one month of sleep in only 5 minutes burst, it becomes very fast a vogue.

But sleep a necessary function of every live being, and the lack of sleep surface the monsters with human form and more: Sandmen are a new category of monsters, created along with the human body product (that ”sand in the eye” linked to sleep) and the dreams of Morpheus device. That ”sand” became alive and started digesting the host and any other human being that can be hunted and killed.

The story is happening on Tuesday, on the space station suddenly empty. The lack of communication rushed the saving team, but they are finding a lot of unexpected beings: first 2 visitors that had no business there (Clara and the Doctor) and a few of Sandmen. The story complicates, of course, and the humanity is being threaten again. At the end of the episode the situation is not clear, the threat is not completely eliminated, and the story could be continued some other time.

Directed by Justin Molotnikov, written by Mark Gatiss. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald), Reece Shearsmith (Rassmussen), Elaine Tan (Nagata), Neet Mohan (Chopra), Bethany Black (474), Paul Courtenay Hyu (Deep-Ando), Zina Badran (Morpheus Presenter), Natasha Sonal Patel (Hologram singer), Elizabeth Chong (Hologram singer), Nikkita Chadha (Hologram singer), Gracie Lai (Hologram singer).

Next time on Doctor Who: Face the Raven, the tenth episode of Series 9, written by Sarah Dollard. It premieres Saturday 21 November on BBC One, 8.10pm to 9pm.

The Doctor and Clara, with their old friend Rigsy, find themselves in a magical alien world, hidden on a street in the heart of London.
Sheltered within are some of the most fearsome creatures of the universe… and Ashildr (Maisie Williams)! With a death sentence hanging over their heads, not all of the intruders will get out alive.

Doctor Who, series 9, episode 8 – The Zygon inversion

If you enjoyed the first parte of the story, in the last episode, The Zygon invasion, then you will love this episode for sure: the action is also very intense, the political message is even more present, the answer to Osgood’s presence is still not answered – human or Zygon? We will find out some other time. The Zygon inversion is a true continuation of the story started last week, in a way that makes it great – it’s one of the greatest Doctor Who stories I’ve watched lately!

Bonnie, the Zygon general that took Clara’s place copying her look and memories proved to be a special being: she wants her people not to be slaves, to live their lives without hiding and how they want to live, but she is ready to sacrifice all of them (all 20 millions) to succeed. Ready to risk a war, who could stop her? Cara from inside a cocoon, trapped, being used for information by Bonnie? The Doctor and Osgood, trying to survive (the rockets missed the only because of Clara that found a way to use Bonnie’s body without her realizing that) and to escape the Zygons? Kate that barely survived in the small town True or consequence (an important question in this story, something you should ask yourself all your life).

I won’t tell yout the story of the episode. But I can tell you that all the elements of the story will lead you to a very emotional Mexican standoff, something great that applies very good to the world in we all live. Some could say that the life became art, and they would not be wrong. Peter Capaldi (the Doctor) bring some very good arguments against war and the hate cycle that keep a lot of people prisoners, he shows very good the madness of the war and its effects.

Maybe in the real life the Doctor won’t convince a suicide bomber, the action is only inspired from what’s happening in the world, but let’s say that for a science-fiction story he did a very good job.

Directed by Daniel Nettheim, written by Peter Harness and Steven Moffat. The Zygon characters were created by Robert Banks Stewart. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara), Ingrid Oliver (Osgood), Jemma Redgrave (Kate), Nicholas Asbury (Etoine), Aidan Cook (Zygon), Tom Wilton (Zygon), Jack Parker (Zygon), Nicholas Briggs (Zygons – voice).

Next time on Doctor Who: Sleep No More, the ninth episode of Series 9, written by Mark Gatiss. The episode premieres Saturday 14 November on BBC One, 8.15pm to 9pm.

This terrifying story is assembled from footage discovered in the wreckage of Le Verrier Space Station.

Doctor Who, series 9, episode 7 – The Zygon invasion

There was a moment in time when there were 3 Doctors (the tenth, the eleventh and the War Doctor) and two Osgood (the real one and the Zygon copy) and there were a peace treaty about to be signed between the humans, represented by Kate Stewart and the UNIT, and the Zygons. Of course, that moment is The day of the Doctor. And they did it: the treaty was signed, 20 millions Zygons were allowed to live on Earth, disguised like humans, while Osgood remained in duplicate to ensure the treaty. A nice trick to get her back, of course, and a very good way to start an action packed dense episode!

We all have known for some time about Osgood’s return, but we did not know many things about it. It was chosen the hybrid variant, one quite often recently: Ashildr introduced us another type a hybrid two weeks ago. A reason good enough to change a little the Zygon rules: until now they need the original alive to be drained by information and to keep intact the exterior look they copied. But these rules seem obsolete.

Returning to this episode: the treaty has been untouched for two years (from the special episode in 2013), until the moment a radical Zygon group started to act against their own species and the humans on Earth. They wanted the entire planet in order to live without hiding and they did not hesitate to do anything and to kill anyone to get that. The political message is very subtle as clear as a sledgehammer in the head.

You will have to discover yourself how they did it (if you haven’t done it already) and the conclusion of this invasion in the second part of the adventures with aliens metamorphis, next week. Kate Stewart and UNIT, Osgood and Clara, the Doctor – they will all be there (probably), involved, if they survive until then.

Directed by Daniel Nettheim, written by Peter Harness. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald), Ingrid Oliver (Osgood), Jemma Redgrave (Kate Stewart), Jaye Griffiths (Jac), Cleopatra Dickens (Claudette), Sasha Dickens (Jemima), Rebecca Front (Walsh), Abhishek Singh (Little boy), Samila Kularatne (Little boy’s mum), Todd Kramer (Hitchley), Jill Winternitz (Lisa), Gretchen Egolf (Norlander), Karen Mann (Hitchley’s Mum), Aidan Cook (Zygon).

Next time on Doctor Who: The Zygon Inversion, the eighth episode of Series 9, written by Peter Harness & Steven Moffat. It premieres Saturday 7 November on BBC One, 8 pm to 8:50 pm.

Shapeshifting Zygons are everywhere in the UK, and there is no way of knowing who to trust. With UNIT neutralised, only the Doctor stands in their way. But how do you stop a war? And what can the Doctor do to save his friends?

Doctor Who, series 9, episode 6 – The woman who lived

Yes, the Doctor saves the Earth one more time (from an alien invasion), and that’s something already ordinary. He’s done it too many times not to expect of this from him, and an episode that would have only this would be almost boring. Almost. This episode is boring only for a few moments, when the action is slow and a little childish, or when it’s hinting to Robin Hood duel in the woods (from any movie about Robin Hood you can think about in this very moment, not only the episode from last season), but you can pass with no problems of these moments.

Especially because the episode The woman who lived deals with two important subjects for the entire Doctor Who show and, why not?, the future of the Doctor.

  • everyone knows the Doctor is always running, right? He saves someone, he destroys some things, he saves a planet (usually the Earth), he looses some men doing that, and he moves on. He never sets to some place long enough to set some roots there. The only times (at least in the last seasons) when he was close enough to that was the refuge for an undetermined time (we only know that he was alone “for a long time”) between the clouds where he hid after Amy and Rory’s dissapearance, and the time he spend on Trenzalore, bat then he did not have too many choices. Only a few times, too few!, he had to deal with what he leaves behind and the effects of his actions as intense as this episode.
  • at the end of the previous episode the Doctor says something you should remember: immortality does not mean “living forever”, it means “everyone dies around you”. It’s a different perspective that is the center of the action in this episode, you deal with it very intense: what happens with a person that lose often the beloved ones (friend, lovers, children)? Does that person remains normal (in the common sense of the word: a people you deal with, you are friend with and you can do something together) or he / she retreats in a personal world, distinct of the world we all share, and from he / she wants to escape?

Tha’s why this episode is a true continuation of previous episode. You will have to find out for yourselves the details (if you haven’t already found them): the Doctor made some mistakes, Ashildr made also some mistakes, and the second medical device (made by the Mire, reprogrammed by the Time Lord to repair humans, its secondary effect is immortality) is merged with the most trivial and unimportant human being in the world. A man who did nothing special, but who loves to live and, more, to remind Ashildr how precious is the human life. The conclusion will be understood only in the end of the episode, with Clara’s appearance (she was absent most of the episode) and the barely noticed appearance in the background of a selfie.

Directed by Edward Bazalgette (as Ed Bazalgette), written by Catherine Tregenna. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald), Maisie Williams (Ashildr), Rufus Hound (Sam Swift), Gareth Berliner (Coachman), Elisabeth Hopper (Lucie Fanshawe), John Voce (Mr. Fanshawe), Struan Rodger (Clayton), Gruffudd Glyn (Pikeman Lloyd Llewelyn), Reuben Johnson (Pikeman William Stout), Ariyon Bakare (Leandro), Daniel Fearn (Crowd 1), Karen Seacombe (Crowd 2), John Hales (Hangman).

Next time on Doctor Who: The Zygon Invasion, the seventh episode of series 9, written by Peter Harness.

The Zygons, a race of shapeshifting aliens, have been living in secret among us on Earth, unknown and unseen — until now! When Osgood is kidnapped by a rogue gang of Zygons, the Doctor, Clara and UNIT must scatter across the world in a bid to set her free. But will they reach her in time, and can they stop an uprising before it’s too late?

It premieres Saturday 31 October on BBC One, 8.15pm to 9.05pm.

Doctor Who, series 9, episode 5 – The girl who died

Any whovian knows that Peter Capaldi appeared in the Who Universe at least twice before becoming the Doctor: the episode Fire of Pompeii (series 4, episode 2) and an entire season of Torchwood. And we all know that Steven Moffat, one of the executive producers, promised that the issue will be solved “sometime in the future”.

That means this episode. Or, at least, an explanation is provided to match the events in this episode, to make the Doctor to keep the way he has chosen for himself: saving people. In Fire of Pompeii Dona implore him to save at least somebody if he could not save the entire town, and now he loses somebody saving a viking village from a very advanced technological civilization raiding for their chemical resources (adrenaline and testosterone from the local elite warriors).

But let’s return to the current events: Clara is lost in space, in clear and immediate danger, but the Doctor saves her life in the last moment. The break they are during, some kind of retreat, brings them near some vikings that take them prisoners and bring them to their village.

A young viking girl Ashildr, makes a great impression to the Doctor (and you will discover the reason why, alone). Clara and the same girl are kidnapped by Mire, the most deadliest mercenary in the galaxy during a raid again the vikings. The only thing that keeps both of them alive, for the moment, is the technology that they are wearing, something that could not have existed in a viking village. But Ashildr provoke them to war, so the Doctor and Clara have to find a solution to assure their survival without creating to many ripples in time.

And they, finally, succeed in doing that, in one short period of time: just a day. That’s a good thing considering that in the beginning the Doctor react very not like himself, arming and training some farmers that did not want to run away, even they did not stand a chance against the elite warriors of Mire.

The success is not complete, because Ashildr is lost, and the Doctor have to find some very good reasons to bring her back. And he does, so well that Maisie Williams (Ashildr) will be in the next week episode.

The episode is interesting, with the Doctor trying to keep the imposed attitude. There were very few times he was closer to a normal ordinary human being that tries to keep a high standard, with the normal, but only temporary, hesitations and misguidance.

Directed by Edward Bazalgette (as Ed Bazalgette), written by Jamie Mathieson and Steven Moffat. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald), Maisie Williams (Ashildr), David Schofield (Odin), Simon Lipkin (Nollarr), Ian Conningham (Chuckles), Tom Stourton (Lofty), Alastair Parker (Limpy), Murray McArthur (Hasten), Barnaby Kay (Heidi).

Next time on Doctor Who, The Woman Who Lived, the sixth episode of Series 9, written by Catherine Tregenna, premieres Saturday 24 October on BBC One, 8.20pm to 9.10pm.

England, 1651. The deadly Highwayman ‘The Nightmare’ and his sidekick stalk the dark streets of London. But when they find loot that’s not of this world, they come face to face with the Doctor. Who is the Nightmare in league with? And can the Doctor avoid the hangman’s noose and protect Earth from a devilish betrayal?

Doctor Who, series 9, episode 4 – Before the flood

If you already watched the previous episode (Under the lake) you already know the first part of the story: the Doctor and Clara are brought by the TARDIS to a underwater base set for exploring oil, people are dying one by one and they transform into criminal ghosts. At the end of third episode the Doctor and 2 companions travel back in time, before the dam being destroyed and before the lake covering the nearby town, just in the moment of the arrival of the alien ship that started all the problems you already know.

The episode is quite predictable, especially because some elements could be guessed deducted quite easy because of the Doctor’s ghost appearance, and the new elements that you descover now does not influence the result too much. More: you are given the key element of the action in the beginning of the episode, so you can relax, watch the action unfolding and the confrontation between the Doctor and The Fisher King.

The good thing is that action is not slow, it keeps you alert even if you already know some of the key elements and you find out about everything you need from the beginning. More: you could become curious to find out how the characters discover the unknown elements of the puzzle and how they solve their problems. Or how they can create exactly the future they wanted in order keep their personal past unchanged. The two episodes succeed in creating a circular story that can only be developed with time travels.

In this episode the action is jumping from the year 2119 to 1980, during the cold war, into a training town for learning people to live in Russia. The alien ship had just arrived, and Prentis, the Tivolian that became the first ghost, was still alive. The two energy sources were on the ship, also the Tivolian’s master, The Fisher King. But he wasn’t exactly dead, and from this moment you have to watch the episode to find out for yourselves the rest of the story.

On the other end of time stream, on the base into the future, Clara is behaving very much alike the Doctor. And, at least in some degree, she knows about this transformation and that huge gap between the others (the old Clara) and the current Clara.

Directed by Daniel O’Hara, written by Toby Whithouse. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara), Arsher Ali (Bennett), Morven Christie (O’Donnell), Neil Fingleton (The Fisher King), Zaqi Ismail (Lunn), Paul Kaye (Prentis), Sophie Leigh Stone (Cass), Colin McFarlane (Moran), Steven Robertson (Pritchard), Peter Serafinowicz (The Fisher King – voce), Corey Taylor (The Fisher King).

The next episode of series 9 is The girl who died. With some weird vikings and Maisie Williams (Arya Stark from Game of Thrones).

Doctor Who extra

Meet the Fisher King: Peter Capaldi talks him and Game of Thrones.

Jenna Coleman talks about the Sonic Shades – the Doctor’s wearable technology!

What’s it like playing a Tivolian on Doctor Who? Paul Kaye tells us all how is playing Prentis.

Slipknot on Doctor Who set: Corey Taylor of Slipknot fame visits the TARDIS and lends his roar to the Fisher King!

Strictly come ghosting: behind-the-scenes at Before the Flood ‘Ghost Camp’!

Why is Clara like the Doctor? Jenna Coleman and Steven Moffat discuss the development of Clara.

Peter Capaldi tells you what it’s like to become a monster, a ghost!

Doctor Who, series 9, episode 3 – Under the lake

A town covered by water after a damn broke, an underwater base built near by, on the bottom of the lake, to explore some oil, and than abandoned, an alien spaceship found after mapping the area and then brought inside the base.

Are these reasons good enought to bring in the Doctor? Yes and no. Let’s add a new reason: the dead people are transforming into ghosts and try to kill the living near them. But not before accomplishing some necessary conditions: they had to gather information to send a message.

Now that’s enough to call the Doctor? Or for the TARDIS to get him there for no apparent reason and for no request from the Doctor – a habit you found out about in the episode The Doctor’s Wife: the Time Lord arrive not only where he wants, but also where he needs to be. He and the people depending of his help. And the base from under the lake, 3 days after the alien ship was brought inside, is the exact place and time for Doctor’s and Clara’s presence.

Clara. The impossible girl that is more and more like the Doctor is always prepared for adventures and she take control of the action when she has to. Too much active, she wouldn’t return home for a break (but, wait, after Danny Pink’s death she does not need that) and you should start thinking about that. I am curious to find out how all this action will end for Clara – it is already known that she’s leaving the TARDIS for good sometime this season, and her departure will be memorable.

Returning to the base on the bottom of the lake – the Doctor, Clara and the survivors of the initial team succed in trapping the ghost trying to solve the mystery of the alien spaceship and its user (who’s body is recovered and got back). Suspended between life and dead, he / she / it left behind a message that force the visitors to act even after death. The action take place in the year 2119 and it’s continuation happens a few hundreds of years earlier.

The episode os ok, it has a good atmosphere, it has humor, it’s a classical Doctor’s adventure when he has to solve a crises, but it could be better: some of the characters could be used more, and the case of the ghosts look a lot like the chase from Alien 3. Considering the final (you will have to find it by yourself) it’s easy to guess understand that the inhabitants of the alien spaceship is the Doctor itself, even if the original owner was somebody else.

Written by Toby Whithouse, directed by Daniel O’Hara, produced by Derek Ritchie. Executive producers Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin. Cast: Peter Capaldi (the Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald), Colin McFarlane (Moran), Sophie Stone (Cass), Zaqi Ismail (Lunn), Morven Christie (O’Donnell), Arsher Ali (Bennet), Steven Robertson (Pritchard), Paul Kaye (Prentis).

The next episode, the second and final part of the story, is Before the flood.

Doctor Who, series 9, episode 2 – The witch`s familiar

What about these women…?! One moment they try to kill each other, the other moment they are best friends and allies when they have to get out of troubles and to save the Doctor, and they betray each other first every time they can. I mean, of course, about the relation between Missy and Clara, something that starts to look a lot like the relation between the Doctor and Missy. With the obvious difference of personality: killer psychopath versus philantrophist.

You can’t praise the man either: the Doctor ran away from the child Davros instead of saving him, and when the old dying Davros is searching for him the Doctor continues to run until he has no choice. He gets to Skaro waiting for a trap, trapping Davros and the Daleks, and the relation between him and the maniacal creator of Daleks is the center of the story: two manipulators with a long relation between them are dueling for their lifes. It would not surprise me at all a new time war between the Time Lords and Dalek, but until them Julian Bleach explores a very different perspective of Davros, a move that initial stir some controversy. And Peter Capaldi feels great as the Doctor and he acts like that.

The continuation of the first episode from season 9, The Magician`s Apprentice, The witch`s familiar is fluid enough and has a very good script in order to keep you there all the time. You will get more than you have expected: more information about how Missy survived the end of the series 8, about how Daleks react (they channel their emotion instead blocking the as their friends Cybermen do) and how they treat their dead (the tubes for evacuating the residues are revolting to some point of this episode). Clara gets inside a Dalek tank (again!), a lot like she appeared in Doctor Who, but this time she is getting inside one of the shells and taken through the fellows of the dead Dalek.

For more details you have to watch the episode. It’s a good continuation of the first episode (but not extraordinay), directed by Hettie MacDonald and written by Steven Moffat. Cast: Julian Bleach (Davros), Nicholas Briggs (Dalek – voice), Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald), Barnaby Edwards (Dalek), Michelle Gomez (Missy), Jaye Griffiths (Jac), Clare Higgins (Ohila), Kelly Hunter (Shadow Architect), Nicholas Pegg (Dalek), Joey Price (Boy), Jemma Redgrave (Kate Lethbridge-Stewart), Jami Reid-Quarrell (Colony Sarff).

The next episode, Under the lake, will be broadcast 3th of October and it is the beginning of a 2 part story (Under the lake & Before the flood).

Doctor Who Extra: Series 2 Episode 2 (2015)

Young Davros – Let’s get the inside story as we go behind the scenes with Joey Price (Davros).

Do you want to know what’s it like to be trapped inside a Dalek? Jenna Coleman reveals all about the Dalek Clara!

Jenna Coleman and Michelle Gomez talk about the relationship between Clara and Missy I’ve told you earlier.

Nichloas Briggs (know as the voice of the Daleks) talks about his approach to creating a cacophony of Davro’s creations.

Peter Capaldi and Steven Moffat talk about the return of Davros and his relationship with the Doctor.

Series 8, Christmas special episode – Last Christmas

Come on, it’s Christmas, the North Pole, who you gonna call?

The ones who have watched special Christmas episode preview know that the Doctor and Clara arrive to a research base i North Pole and there are some problems involving everyone’s survival. And Santa Clause, with his reindeers and elves, appear. Actually they not only appear, they storm in the scenery. Twice, every time with very good reasons.

This year Christmas special episode is one of the most… confusing episodes of Doctor Who I’ve ever watched, 60 minutes as elaborated as it can be – and it’s on purpose. But, in the same time, it’s one of the best episodes, having a dream inside of dream inside of dream. And it continues like this for 5 level of dreams – everything but the last scene of the episode is not real, it never happened. Or maybe not even that is real, it remains to be seen. This episode succeeds in surprising you several times during the crazy race in waking yourselves up and beat the creature putting your lives at stake – some telepathic monsters called Dream Crab that feed with human minds and looks a lot like the creatures from the Alien series. So let’s start from the beginning.

It’s the North Pole, it’s Christmas Day. You’re dying. Who you gonna call? Just one last time, huh? One last Christmas, as if your lives depended on it. Please! Ho-ho-ho!

The answer is quite simple: you call the man that everybody knows. No, not the Doctor, although he would not say “no” to such thing. Or almost sure he would not refuse. But sometimes even the Doctor need help from father Christmas / Santa Claus. If you still believe in Santa Claus or father Christmas you don’t need more explication. If you don’t believe, well, you may not get your most desired gift next year. Don’t tell me you are all grown up or too mature to expect such gifts or to refuse them because I don’t believe it. And if Santa Claus would surprise you with such gifts, your inner child would be so happy, just like the times he was expecting impatient the arrival of the man dressed in red that comes down the chimney or gets inside through the cracked window if the fireplace is unavailable.

Don’t ask me to tell you the story of this episode – it’s too complex and I should start from the end to the beginning to make sense, and doing that I will spoil the surprises (especially the big on in the end) and I don’t want to. I’ll tell you only some short conclusions about the reasons this is the last Christmas.

  • it’s the las chance Clara and Danny Pink can say goodbye. Because Danny appears again in the show, even if he’s only a part of a dream.
  • it could have been the last episode for Clara and the Doctor traveling together, The episode is also about they, not only about Clara and Danny – they get over the lies said in the last episode, Death in Heaven.
  • it could have been Clara’s last episode – she could have dies because of Dream Crabs or because of old age, but (at least this time) she survives.
  • every Christmas is the last Christmas.

Yes, Clara Oswald will accompany the Doctor in the ninth series – the name of the first adventure is The magician’s apprentice. You can never say what other people are thinking and that could get some surprise and twists in the season 9 – if Clara will stay until the end of the season she will outrun Amy Pond as the number of episodes (36 to 33) as Doctor’s companion.

Inspiring sources for this episode: Alien series, the movies The Thing from Another World and Miracle on 34th Street. They can be found on Shona’s Christmas list 😀 (but for this you have to watch the episode to its end).

Directed by Paul Wilmshurst, based on a story by Steven Moffat, the producer is Paul Frift, the executive producers are Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald), Nick Frost (Santa Claus), Samuel Anderson (Danny Pink), Dan Starkey (Ian), Nathan McMullen (Wolf), Faye Marsay (Shona), Natalie Gumede (Ashley), Maureen Beattie (Bellows), Michael Troughton (Professor Albert).

Series 8, episode 12 – Death in Heaven

It is said that when time travels are involved nobody really dies, that there (almost) always is a way to bring him / her back. But, at least for now, Danny Pink is dead and he stays dead: killed in the previous episode in a car accident, he got into the world beyond (or heaven / hell / Nethersphere / Time Lord database / data cloud) in order to become a Cyberman (he returned in his own body with an update) because of Missy / Mistress / Master’s plans to take over the control over the humans on Earth and to transform them into an army to conquer the Universe with. And, eventually, he was distroyed once more, sacrificing himself for humanity survival. So, at least for now, we can assume with some degree of certitude that Danny Pink is dead. It’s not very certain how this thing will affect Orson Pink’s existence, Danny’s descendant from 22nd century… Clara could already be pregnant with Danny’s son (or she will become pregnant – the miracles of current time technology can make this possible, without being a Time Lord technology), but she did not take his family name.

But let’s start with the beginning… something that can be damn difficult when the early mentioned time travel are involved: yes, as you found out in the previous episode, Master regenerated into Missy, but it’s not clear when / where / how / in what conditions it took place. Or even if it did took place – because Missy could be also a puppet in someone else’s hands, just like she selected Clara Oswald and she made certain that she was staying with the Doctor until now. Yes, Missy / Master is one of Doctor’s childhood friends, and he became one of his greatest adversary / enemy, and their lives paths met over and over again during the last decades of the show. And she / he could appear again because one very simple reason: she disappeared while the Cyberman was aiming his gun at her and the Doctor was preparing to use or he used the device Missy was carrying most of the episode. That device made people disappearing in a cloud of dust or ash, including Osgood. It’s not the first time in the show when people are disappearing in such manner, assumed dead, only to discover later that they were actually teleported somewhere else – do you remember the Jeopardy game Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) was forced to play in one of the episodes?

Yes, Ingrid Oliver (Osgood) andJemma Redgrave (Kate Lethbridge-Stewart) return once more in the show, in the middle of necessity state that put their lives in danger. And, to all appearances, Osgood loses her life, and Kate Lethbridge-Stewart is saved in the last moment by a Cyberman that could have been her deceased father, the Brigadier Sir Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart (often called just Brigadier, sometimes Brig, Lethbridge-Stewart or Stewart) that founded United Nations Intelligence Taskforce (UNIT) and worked with the Doctor in the 1980s. The salute the Doctor addressed to that Cyberman at the end of the episode (the only one time he ever saluted) could be considered a little morbid by some, but not when it comes from the chosen president of Earth. Because yes, in this episode the Doctor is elected the president of Earth in crisis situations (it means the alien invasions, the Cybermen returning, and all sort of thing we are already used to) –  a solution approved by all the nations. One that Doctor hardly accepts and with a lot off scepticism. And only to throw it into Missy’s face, some time later – he never wanted the political power, but he got it, while Missy / Master did everything he could do in order to change the world as he wanted.

Directed by Rachel Talalay, writer Steven Moffat. Producer Peter Bennett, executive producers Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald), Samuel Anderson (Danny Pink), Michelle Gomez (Missy), Chris Addison (Seb), Ingrid Oliver (Osgood), Jemma Redgrave (Kate Lethbridge-Stewart), Sanjeev Bhaskar (Colonel Ahmed), Antonio Bourouphael (Boy), Shane Keogh-Grenade (Teenage Boy), Katie Bignell (Teenage Girl), James Pearse (Graham), Jeremiah Krage (Cyberman), Nicholas Briggs (Voice of the Cybermen).

The next episode in the Christmas special. If at the end of this magnificent episode Clara and the Doctor are getting on their own ways, apparently with no option of getting together again, with all the appropriate lies said between two persons that lived through extraordinary experiences together and suffered lose that only made them to become closer. But she will be at least in one episode, the Christmas special. After that… the bets are open. She could continue her adventures with the Doctor, with or without her child, she could be replaced with someone else. And Nick Frost’s appearance costumed as Santa Clause remind us of Donna Noble’s appearance several years ago. Stick around, interesting episodes will happen.

Series 8, episode 11 – Dark water

Tell me, what would make Clara to behave so strange that she tries to blackmail the Doctor in order to help her? What could make Clara and the Doctor to choose a path that bring them to a collision (or, at least, to a meeting) with Missy? You know, that mysterious lady that welcomes the people after that in hell / heaven / underworld / the world beyond, whatever it is / the gatekeeper at Nethersphere. What is the role of the Cybermen in this story with the world beyond death?

The answer is very simple, and you will find it in the first moments of this episode: Danny Pink dies in a car accident. And when the mad man with 2 hearts and a blue box, known as TARDIS, asks you what he can do for you, could you refuse the chance to save the person you love the most? What would you do to assure that goal?

By the way, Nethersphere is a real place, where TARDIS can go, and Missy has stored the souls / minds gathered from the dead people around the globe for several thousands of years in order to give them a new meaning. A new purpose in a brand new life. Don’t let yourselves be fooled by the promises made to these people by the guys hired by these mystery woman (you had the chance to watch them in action in the previous episodes) or the skeletons kept in the transparent sarcophagus, big rooms filled with a special water (the dark water the give in part the name of the episode, because the times are also dusky and desperate) that only let the organic tissues visible, hiding the chassis that was keeping them intact, working and very dangerous in the reprogrammed shape we know as Cybermen. Yes, I was little wrong about Missy’s identity. Being a Time Lord was very clear, but some people said that her identity was also obvious (we had only a few choices). Probably I was missing their logic or I would have preferred somebody else the Doctor’s old and famous foe, the Master. In the moment her official welcoming package offered to the Doctor were a very intense kiss and another 3 kisses on the nose the story becomes not only funny, but also a little frightening. Especially that Michelle Gomez (the actress playing Missy) is perfect for this role. And the game with words from some point is great, but you will have to watch the episode in order to understand what I mean – Dark Water is great and I hardly expect the second part, the next Saturday.

On the other hand, Master has had 7 different versions during the last 4 decades (starting from 1971), Missy / Mistress being the newest one. The only one being a woman. The last one he was seen in the episode The end of time, a story in 2 parts broadcast in 25 December 2009 and 1 January 2010 (the last one we’ve seen David Tennant as the Doctor) and he disappeared – presumed dead – fighting against the other Time Lords that wanted to break the time lock and return into the Universe. Master’s regeneration as a woman will bring a lot of fuel and heat to the idea of Doctor’s future regeneration as a woman, a first in the 5 decade history of the show.

Directed by Rachel Talalay, based on a story by Steven Moffat, producer Peter Bennett, executive producer Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald), Samuel Anderson (Danny Pink), Michelle Gomez (Missy), Joan Blackham (Woman), Sheila Reid (Gran), Chris Addison (Seb), Andrew Leung (Dr Chang), Bradley Ford (Fleming), Antonio Bourouphael (Boy), Jeremiah Krage (Cyberman), Nicholas Briggs (Voice of the Cybermen), Nigel Betts (Mr Armitage).

Next episode in Doctor Who, the last one of the series 8 before the Christmas special, is Death in Heaven. The second part of the cliffhanger that started with Dark Water.

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Series 8, episode 10 – Forest of the night

Well… when you put too much fantastic into a science fiction show you may lose some fans. Especially when you lose contact with the big picture and make the current episode into a story for children, or a fable. Even if it’s a eco story, as this Forest of the night, with very clear references to the tales from the past, as Red Hood and the Hansel and Gretel’s lost trail through the wood when they left the house of the witch. Or the TARDIS, in the story of this episode.

But let’s start with the beginning: how would you react if you go to sleep in the town you’ve known all your life and you wake up in the middle of a forest, without leaving any moment your bed, house or town? A forest made of fire-proof bushes and trees, that means they do not catch fire, however some people tries to light them up. Clara, Danny and a group of children from the highschool they were teaching at spend their night at a museum (without any links to the movies with that title) and when they wake up they have a “little” surprise noticing the forest that appeared sudden, invading entire London. And all the Earth, the oceans too. And a lot of children invaded the TARDIS: first it was Maebh, that get separated the group and get to the TARDIS searching for the Doctor, and the rest of the group accompanied by Clara and Danny. It’s not the first time children get into the time machine (you must have remembered Courtney, some episodes ago), but it’s the first time they are trying everything out. Also, if in other episodes Doctor had to save the Earth because the aliens were invading the planet and its human population, this time the planet is invading the humans. It’s also a first. And, apparently, with a clear reason (at least for the author of the story): to protect the life on the planet by the solar radiations of a very powerful storm, that appears once a century or once a millenium and it puts in danger the life of all living creatures. The Doctor is not very sure which part is right: he says that’s it’s a storm that appear once a millenium, but he offers examples from the modern period of other similar solar storms.

The story is eco, fashionable. There are immediate dangers, the wolves and the tiger that escaped from the London zoo after the security was affected by the trees, and Clara and the Doctor had to be saved, and Maebh get lost in the forest in order to become later the troubled visionary of the fable. I don’t want to insist on the action, I don’t have any reasons to: it’s not very attractive. And the world is saved, again. The only thing to notice is the Doctor’s attitude against the planet Earth, very different from the episode Kill the Moon: in that episode he considered that the Earth was the planet of the humans and let them take the decisions about its and their future, now he considers it’s also his planet. And the only consolation is that the next episode seems to be much better than this one.

Director Sheree Folkson, writer Frank Cottrell Boyce, producer Paul Frift, executive producers Brian Minchin and Steven Moffat. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald), Samuel Anderson (Danny Pink), Abigail Eames (Maebh Arden), Jaydon Harris-Wallace (Samson), Ashley Foster (Bradley), Harley Bird (Ruby), Michelle Gomez (Missy), Siwan Morris (Maebh’s Mum), Harry Dickman (George), James Weber Brown (Minister), Michelle Asante (Neighbour), Curtis Flowers (Emergency Service Officer), Jenny Hill (Herself), Kate Tydman (Paris Reporter), Nana Amoo-Gottfried (Accra Reporter), William Wright-Neblett (Little Boy), Eloise Barnes (Annabel).

Next time on Doctor Who series 8 is Dark Water, the eleventh episode and the first part of the finale, written by Steven Moffat: in the mysterious world of the Nethersphere, where Missy is, plans have been drawn up. And Missy is about to come face to face with the Doctor, and an impossible choice is looming. “Death is not an end” promises the sinister organisation known only as 3W – but, as the Doctor and Clara discover, you might wish it was.