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.
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).
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?
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).
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.
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?
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…
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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!
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Doctor Clara. Doctor Clara Oswald. It does not sound bad at all, right? Especially that it fits perfectly the character and the direction she was heading lately. It’s not something new, and in the previous episodes (especially Kill the Moon) she only got prepared for the last night adventure. If the Doctor’s behaviour from the episode Kill the Moon puzzled you, well, Clara’s behaviour from Flatline will amaze you: she not only gets the psychic paper and the sonic screwdriver because the Doctor gets trapped into the TARDIS whos exterior dimensions have shrinked, but she stats behaving just like the Time Lord. About the lies she keeps telling the Doctor and Danny I am not saying anything, but you already know that the Doctor is lying, right?
So, the people started disappearing: when they were in town, when they were inside their homes, or inside a closed room and without possibilities to get out unnoticed. And when they left something behind, most of the times the remains were so insignificant they were unnoticed or they did not look human. And the Doctor and Clara get to Bristol, some distance from their destination (120 miles / 200 km) just to descover with some surprise that something weird was happening around them. Even the TARDIS’ dimension was pratical infinit (you know, the name is an acronim for Time and Relative Dimension in Space and it’s bigger on the inside: she has a pool, a huge library, some acres of space and a real Sun trapped inside), the exterior dimensions start shrinking fast: first it became a smaller blue box, hardly having enough space for a person, and it became a small little blue box you can put inside your bag. And Clara did exactly that for an important part of the episode: she traveled with TARDIS inside her bag, talking to the Doctor and getting out from the TARDIS what she has needed: a psychic paper or a sonic screwdriver, a sledge hammer and a device to shift objects between 2D and 3D.
The reason for Doctor’s headaches and people disappearing are the Bansky, a new type of monsters that proves to be something to be scared of: they come from a different Univers, a bidimensional ones (it means it only has 2 dimensions) and they are trying to get into a tridimensional Universe. The one occupied by the Doctor, Clara and the teams of workers she met when she wondered around trying to find out more information about what was happening, and the train traveling near them in the tunnel. First they were in the walls and in the floor, making people bidimensional, at first, then objects (as couches, handles, an entire train). The gifted graffity artist Rigsy proves to be a real help in solving the mystery and then saving the world, but you’ll have to find out yourselves how. You have to remember Doctor’s basic idea: use the power of your enemy against themselves. Now I can tell you that the episode is excellent, full with humor (including Doctor’s jiggle) and references to another movies (the train has the signal code A113, Pixar’s fans know all about that, and the hand from Adams family movies is already legendary). Missy appears again, proud by her choice (about Clara). She has good reasons why: she saved the Doctor and with his help she saved the world. Again,
Director Douglas Mackinnon, writer Jamie Mathieson, producer Nikki Wilson, executive producers Brian Minchin and Steven Moffat. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald), Samuel Anderson (Danny Pink), John Cummins (Roscoe), Jessica Hayles (PC Forrest), Joivan Wade (Rigsy), Christopher Fairbank (Fenton), Matt Bardock (Al), Raj Bajaj (George), James Quinn (Bill), Michelle Gomez (Missy).
Next time on Doctor Who series 8 it’s In the Forest of the Night, the tenth episode written by Frank Cottrell Boyce: one morning, in every city and town in the world, the human race wakes up to face the most surprising invasion yet.Everywhere, in every land, a forest has grown overnight and taken back the Earth and the land the humans have taken from millenia. It doesn’t take the Doctor long to discover that the final days of humanity have arrived… And we’ll watch Danny Pink and some kids in action, in the middle of a future London.
After the fight from the last episode I thought that Clara will take a break of an episode or two, especially that trailers did not included her and nor the sneak peek, and Ellis George (Courtney Woods) might have been at Doctor’s disposal if she was needed for another adventure. But no, the character took a break that laste a few weeks, between episodes, and now she embarked into the train Orient Express, in a voyage through the space between galaxies with the Doctor. With all the problems they had to solve and the fight from Kill the Moon. And the new adventure was like the rest: a creature was stalking the people from the train, killing them in 66 second from the moment they were looking at the mummy.
Don’t be very surprised if Clara looks very different than usual, the previous episodes: she’s wearing clothes in the style of the 1920’s, about the same style the interior of the train traveling through extraterestrial space looks like. At least in the beginning: the railways were through hyperspace, the train was engineered to travel through space, but in the interior they tried to recreate the original style. The Doctor got some invitation to travel with the Orient Express a while ago (He has tried to entice me here before. Free tickets… mysterious summons… he even phoned the Tardis once. Do you know how difficult a number…), but in that moment he kind ignored them – he was too busy with Amy and Rory’s wedding. The moment of the visit (in the usual style, not using the railway station and embarking as the other travelers, but with the TARDIS straight in the luggage carriage) came only when he took Clara with him. They wanted to be a separation travel, a quite one and without incidends… but that’s exactly what did not happen: people started dying in a very strange way, killed by a mummy that only they could see. In the beginning there were attacked only the old and the sick, after that the healty were following. And the worst part was that you could not run away from the mummy, you could not hid and you could not strike a bargain with it. Even if some stories said there was a special word that stopped the mummy in some ocasions, without naming it. It was the Doctor’s job to find it.
Clara and the Doctor tries to find out some answers, separately, and she get trapped into a compartment in luggage carriage along another young women, the first victim’s granddaughter, and the sarchophagus in which Gus, the computer controlling the train Orient Express, wanted to catch the mummy in order to study it further. Understanding the phenomenom, capturing and studying the mummy are the reasons Gus gathered a series of professors and doctor, experts in several domains, in one single place. And he did it for a long time: it was not the first travel with the train it was planning, and it pursued the Doctor to join several centuries before.
And when he finally did that, he also solved the problem, retrieving the technology that put the mummy in motion for over 5,000 years. The good part is that the Doctor and Clara saved again the day (during this day the Doctor had to do some difficult choices, knowing that he could not help all the people around him)… and saved a part of the travelers. Gus destroyed the train Orient Express. You will have to descover yourselves how they did it… all I can tell you right now is that, at least for the moment, the Time Lord and his companion solved their problems from the previous episode.
Director Paul Wilmshurst, writer Jamie Mathieson, producer Peter Bennett, executive producer Brian Minchin and Steven Moffat. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald), Samuel Anderson (Danny Pink), Frank Skinner (Perkins), David Bamber (Captain Quell), John Sessions (Gus), Daisy Beaumont (Maisie), Janet Henfrey (Mrs Pitt), Christopher Villiers (Prof Moorhouse), Foxes (Singer), Jamie Hill (Foretold).
The next episode of the series 8 is Flatline, written by Jamie Mathieson: separated from the Doctor, Clara discovers a new menace from another dimension. But how do you hide when even the walls are no protection? With people to save and the Doctor trapped, Clara comes up against an enemy that exists beyond human perception.
Why killing the Moon? Only the living creatures, as vegetal, animal and alien reign can be killed, right? And then, why Kill the Moon, Earth’s natural satellite? Is this related with the strange spider creatures, with jaws like the Predator that can be noticed in the trailer and the preview of this episode? Or is this related with the theories that you (probably) have heard about that said that the Moon is hollow on the inside, just like an egg.
On the other hand, the Doctor have not treat Clara very well lately, in the last few tricks, after Matt Smith‘s regeneration into Peter Capaldi: he got estranged, treating her with superiority and cold, in some degrees. That got to a fight during last night episode: Clara exploded, nervous, and she got to say some things into his face about the troubles she had lately. Getting everyone’s attentions, of course, and the Doctor’s also (Tell me what you knew, Doctor, or I’ll smack you so hard you’ll regenerate. is just brilliant). But their story is not over, at least not yet (there were some rumours about Clara’s departure not long from now). And if the rumours were right, well, at least we will understand why. Probably.
Anyway, I can’t blame the Doctor for his reaction from the episode Kill the Moon. However, the episode begins with Clara’s ask for help in the message send for the human kind from the planet Earth: in the year 2049 the people had to choose between a life of an innocent creature and their future. Courtney Woods (played by Ellis George) returns into the TARDIS and the Doctor’s life. He has to get her to the Moon, to be the first women (girl) to step on it’s surface in order to show her how special she is. But they don’t get exactly to the surface of the Moon, they get to a NASA shuttle that was just landcrashing to the surface, somewhere not far away from a Mexican mining station, deserted because its inhabitants have been massacred. A space shuttle fulled with nuclear bombs prepared to destroy the aliens that “messed up” the gravity of the satellite, increasing it several times. And the effects to nearby Earth were disastruos. Lundvik (Hermione Norris) was leading some astronauts with a simple mission: to blow up the Moon, clearing the effect threatening their future. But the astronauts are getting killed one by one, everyone but Lundvik, by some spider-like creatures with jaws that reminded me about the aliens from the Predator series. However, these creature are not the most important thing to worry about, despite their great number and their ferocity: the Moon really was alive. Like a chicken inside an egg, but alien. And it was preparing to get out. So, Clara, Courtney and Lundvik had to take their hardest decision: to detonate the nukes, killing the innocent creature before it was born (in order to save the lives below, from the surface of the planet, whos future was threatened by the Moon rocks crashing as meteorites) or to let the nature to follow its course, hoping that nature will find a way to save them all.
Clara has a very unpleasant surprise: the Doctor choose not to involve in choosing the right decision. It was their planet, humans’, their satellite, they were the only ones to make that decision. A thing that would seem strange to many people, after so many times the Time Lord has changed their history, after so many people he has saved and helped around the Universe. But, at least this time, I can not blame him: it’s an attitude very similar with the one he had during the negotiations Amelia Pond and the silurians took part (Cold Blood, series 5, episode 9). And, eventually, it does not matter how many times the Time Lord helped the humans or how much he resembles them: he is an alien from other planet.
You will have to watch the episode to find out more, and what kind of decision they take. Maybe you’ll tell me if you think the Clara’s and the Doctor’s decisions were right. On the other side, am I the only person who find a resemblance between Lundvik and Adelaide Brooke, played by Lindsay Duncan in the episode The waters of Mars? Probably the two characters have no connection: the Mars landing and colony happen only 10 years later (the year 2059).
Director Paul Wilmshurst, written by Peter Harness, producer Peter Bennett, executive producers Brian Minchin and Steven Moffat. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara), Samuel Anderson (Danny Pink), Ellis George (Courtney Woods), Hermione Norris (Lundvik), Tony Osoba (Duke), Phil Nice (Henry), Christopher Dane (McKean).
Next episode of series 8 it’s Mummy on the Orient Express, and it was written by Jamie Mathieson.The Doctor is on the most beautiful train in history, Orient Express, in space, speeding among the stars of the future. But a deadly creature is stalking the passengers: once you see the horrifying Mummy you only have 66 seconds to live. No exceptions, no reprieve. As the Doctor races against the clock he’s seen at his deadliest and most ruthless. Will he work out how to defeat the Mummy? Start the clock!
If you would live two parallel lives, but very different, would you like them to meet each other? How people around you would react when they would find out the the person they thought to know does other things they had no idea about, things so amazing they could hardly believe they were true? Amalia (Amy) Pond and Rory Williams’ friends started asking themselves why they were getting old so fast, completely unwit that in the few minutes in the next room they had lived a few months of adventures in time and space with the Doctor, the last of the Time Lords alive (meanwhile that story changed also, but that’s another story). The the sixth episode of the 8 series the moment Danny Pink meets the Doctor arrived, with the initial shock (and what a shock it was!) and the following scandal.
After a period of adventures in time and space with the Doctor and dates with Danny Pink Clara takes a break from her double life in order to dedicate a dew days to school and her boyfriend. The Doctor asked her that: he had a special mission, undercover, and he had to infiltrate alone, with no outside help. A Skovox Blitzer, one of the most formidable military killing machine, was on Earth, and the Doctor wanted to send it into a distant future where (probably) it could do no damage. If the killing machine would hid any other place other than near Coal Hill highschool from East London, where Clara and Danny were teachers, the story would be very different, and Clara would not be so surprised and worried about the Doctor’s appearance as caretaker, temporary hired in the school. The Time Lord’s plane were blown away by suspicious Danny, whos’ instincts put him on caretaker’s tracks because we was behaving a little strange. And the three of them found themselves in an empty room, disarranged by the attack of the robot and the time vortex that sent him away.
Some would say that the motive Danny and the Doctor does not put up with each other is their great resemblance: Danny is the common soldier, the footman that gets you out from the line of the fire, while the Doctor is the aristocrat, the officer with the “lighter” (but the Doctor’s sonic screwdriver have a lot of other use) that starts the fire. Maybe this is the reason the Time Lord does not like the military: they remind him too much about his decisions in the past, some very unpleasant, and his own behavior, or the training in the Academy. But I’ll let you discover yourselves how the trio Doctor-Clara-Danny succeeds in solving their problems (at least for now) and the way they succeed in eliminating the Skovox Blitzer. The episode contains romance and love story, fun, but also fire arms.
Is the Doctor preparing to replace Clara? Even if Courtney’s travel in the TARDIS was very short (at least from the viewer point of view), she was surely wanting for more travels through time and space. Missy appears again in this episode, even if only passing by (less than you may expect from the previous episodes). Her helps, anyway, work hard welcoming the victims from Doctor’s life in the Nethersphere, or Heaven, or call it how you want.
Writer Gareth Roberts and Steven Moffat, director Paul Murphy, producer Nikki Wilson, executive producers Brian Minchin and Steven Moffat. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara), Samuel Anderson (Danny Pink), Ellis George (Courtney Woods), Edward Harrison (Adrian), Nigel Betts (Mr Armitage), Andy Gillies (CSO Matthew), Nanya Campbell (Noah), Joshua Warner-Campbell (Yashe), Oliver Barry-Brook (Kelvin), Ramone Morgan (Tobias), Winston Ellis (Mr Woods), Gracy Goldman (Mrs Woods), Diana Katis (Mrs Christopholou), Jimmy Vee (Skovox Blitzer), Chris Addison (Seb).
The next episode on Doctor Who is Kill the Moon, the seventh episode of series 8, written by Peter Harness. In the near future the Doctor and Clara find themselves on a space shuttle making a suicide mission to the Moon. They crash-landed on the lunar surface and they find a mining base full of corpses, vicious spider-like creatures poised to attack, and a terrible dilemma. When Clara turns to the Doctor for help, she gets the shock of her life.
Tell me, if you would rob a bank for the super rich people, the most secured bank in the galaxy, and you would have a TARDIS availabe (or any other time machine), what would you do? Which steps would you follow in order to get to owner’s personal vault, the most protected room in the bank? In which moment would you act in order to have the greatest chance to succed? Remember that it’s not just a bank heist, it’s the time heist, and you can pick any moment in time!
If I succeded in making you think and to imagine things (imagination is very good!) then that’s great. Even you have already watched this episode of Doctor Who’s series 8. You may say that the action from Time Heist is as you expected to be, but it’s much worse than the previous episode: I expected something better from the Doctor and his companions. It’s the first time the Doctor robs a bank, the episode should be great, but, somehow, does not meet my expectations even if the actor’s interpretation is good.
When Clara is preparing for a date with Danny Pink the Doctor’s pursue to convince her to travel with him somewhere else seems to be unsuccesful. Until the moment the Time Lord gets a call through the TARDIS on a phone number very few people knew. And the next image, without any tranzition, show us the Doctor, Clara and two other companions in a dark room, without remembering how they got there and why, because of the memory worms holding in their hands. The new guys were the hacker / augmented man Psi and the shapeshifter / mutant woman Saibra. All they knew is that they had to break into the most secured bank in the galaxy and to get some artefacts, the Architect offered some detailed information how to do that, plus some stimulents on the road, and that they were already inside! And their survival depended on how well they furfilled their task and getting out.
And their story begins: they had to stand against the guards of the bank and their boss, and the Teller as well: an alien creature looking as the Greek Minotaur, but with psychic powers that allowed him to feel guilt and to erase the guilty man’s brains, transforming them into a “soup”. The story of the time / temporal / bank heist is not as good as expected, but it becomes a love story, and a freedom story from jail and oblivion. Do you remember what I told you in the article about the previous episode? The time is circular, and sometime the effect of an action can precede the cause that put in motion the gears to obtain the effect. And you have to find out yourselves who are the lovers in this episode and what’s the identity of the Architect.
Writers Steve Thompson and Steven Moffat, director Douglas Mackinnon, producer Peter Bennett, executive producer Brian Minchin and Steven Moffat. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara), Jonathan Bailey (Psi), Pippa Bennett-Warner (Saibra), Keeley Hawes (Ms Delphox), Mark Ebulue (Guard), Trevor Sellers (Mr Porrima), Junior Laniyan (Suited Customer), Ross Mullan (The Teller).
The next episode is The Caretaker, whos story is writtern by Garth Roberts and Steven Moffat. The action is at Coal Hill highschool. where Clara Oswald and Danny Pink are teachers: when terrible events are threathening the highschool and people inside, and the terrifying Skovox Blitzer is ready to destroy all humanity the Doctor decides to go undercover, as the caretaker. How do you think the Doctor and Danny will react when they’ll meet and find out about each other, the most important men in Clara’s life? 😀
This episode starts with a mystery (why people talk loud even when they are alone?) and with the search of a creature whos ability to hide is… just perfect. Because if there are animals that are perfect predators and there are animals that developed perfect defense, why shouldn’t exist animals the developed perfect cloaking systems? The kind of beings that you only observe (unconsciously!) only when you start to talk alone, even if the senses does not tell you there is someone else near you. On the other hand, there is another thing you must remember before starting to watch this episode, a thing that the Doctor mentioned once: time is a river, time is circular. Sooner or later you return to places from your past or to moments from your life, with friends as companions or with fear in your soul.
Considering all these, do you remember how Clara met Danny Pink? The moment by itself is not very relevant, but the attraction between the two characters is very relevant. In this episode they dated for the first time, having dinner. Finally. But the date is not very successfull, they got each others mad, and Clara storms out of the restaurant, angry. At home the Doctor was expecting her, preocupied with his problem, and he convince her to use the TARDIS in order to locate a nightmare in her past… a kind of dream many people had: they awake in the middle of the night, even they are sleeping and know it’s a dream, and when they get out of the bed a hand is getting their foot. But the trip does not happen as expected, because otherwise it would be no fun: Danny is calling just in the moment Clara is preparing for the trip, she is distracted by his call, her emotions are leaking the TARDIS‘s telepathic interface and the Doctor and his companion are getting to know Rupert Pink, a boy frightened from a children shelter that just had a nightmare. They succeeded in casting out the intruder from Rupert’s room and to relax the boy using the Colonel Danny, the only toy soldier that did not have a gun, that did not need a gun because he was using his intelligence.
Clara need a new chance with Danny Pink, so she returns to dinner just moments after she left, and the Doctors use her imprint in the TARDIS’s telepathic interface to travel further in the future and he reaches to the end of the Universe, on the only surviving planet before it’s collapse. It wouldn’t be the first time he had done the trip “to the end of the Universe”, you may remember the adventure he had on Malcassairo with Martha Jones and captain Jack Harkness when they found the Master (season 3, episode 11 – Utopia). Now he finds Orson Pink, a pioneer time travel, originating from a period that was only about a century later that the current one, but he got to the end of everything because of an error. He also finds the creatures from an empty Universe (what was left of it) that tried to enter. Later Clara gets to know a frightened boy that did not want to be in the army, neither in the Academy.
But you’ll have to discover yourselves the connections between characters and to decide how much the creature accompanying the Doctor is real or not. The episode us much better than the previous one because it makes people curious and and it has some surprises. Writer Steven Moffat, director Douglas Mackinnon. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara), Samuel Anderson (Danny Pink), Remi Gooding (Rupert Pink), Robert Goodman (Reg), Kiran Shah (Figure). Producer Peter Bennett. executive producers Brian Minchin and Steven Moffat.
In the next episode, written by Stephen Thompson and Steven Moffat, Time Heist, the Doctor and Clara must rob the bank of Karabraxos, the deadliest bank in the cosmos! The Doctor turns bank robber when he is given a task he cannot refuse: to steal from the most dangerous bank in the cosmos. With the help of a beautiful shape-shifter and cyber-augmented gamer, the Doctor and Clara must fight their way past deadly security and come face to face with the fearsome Teller: a creature of terrifying power that can detect guilt.
How the meeting of two legendary heroes would look like? Two characters that everybody knows, who’s story are just amazing and almost fantastic, but you wish they had existed because the world would be better and more wonderful then if they weren’t a part of it. Well, such meeting would be exactly as this episode of Doctor Who. Or, eventually, close enough. Mark Gatiss’ story is quite good, but it could be (much) better: after an important part of the episode the Doctor did not believe that Robin Hood and his merry companions were real (the climate change and the radiation the kept the trees very green helped him in keeping that belief), he was, finally, convinced they were, indeed, real. Considering that the tendency of series 8 is being dark and the Doctor is heading into darkness, maybe a robot Robin Hood would be better. And cutting a sequence of the episode just because some people may be offended (it presented the Sheriff of Nottingham’s decapitation, just to discover he was a cyborg, half man-half robot, before throwing him into the tub full with hot liquid gold) because of the reportes decapitaded by the Muslims is gale. They should have kept it.
If the episode 3 preview did not make you sure about the Doctor’s distrust about the Robin Hood’s existence, maybe their duel, when the Doctor fought Robin with a spoon, cleared you perspective. A sort of. “No damsels in distress, no pretty castles, no such thing as Robin Hood” said the Doctor after he give in Clara’s request to travel in 1190’s Brittan, just second before finding out how wrong he was. Entering the territory controlled by Robin’s merry men the Doctor had to defend his TARDIS wanted by Robin Hood. On a log over a creek. With a spoon. And he won with a hip move. You know Robin Hood’s story or do you need to tell you that? 🙂 Robert, Earl of Locksley lost his fortune and he found himself in the position to fight with and for the peasants against Sheriff of Nottingham who was oppressing the people of the land, stealing their good, especially their gold, in the name of the regent John, Richard the Lionhearth’s brother, the king left to fight in the crusade. The Doctor, Clara and Robin, accompanied by the merry men, participate to a content to find the best archer in the area (you know the story, right?) to win a golden arrow. A trap, of course. A contest won by te Doctor who used an arrow with a homing beacon. At its final the Doctor, Clara and Robin get in the same prison cell, in the pretty castle the Doctor was excluding at the beginning of the episode. The escape was not as expected, they had to save a pretty damsel in red dress (Clara) in distress.
Until the the of the episode the three of them had to become allies (whatever they wanted or not) to save themselves and to save the world from the danger come from the stars (again), that means the robots-knights whose ship crash landed in Notthingham, in Sheriff’s head (that’s the reason they made him a cyborg). The robots were looking the same Promise land as the robot from the first episode, Deep Breath, but they were much more advanced. You’ll have to discover yourselves how they succeded and what’s the surprise in the end of the episode.
Directed by Paul Murphy based on a story by Mark Gatiss, producer Nikki Wilson, executive producers Brian Minchin and Steven Moffat. Credits: Peter Capaldi (the Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara), Tom Riley (Robin), Roger Ashton-Griffiths (Quayle), Sabrina Bartlett (Quayle’s Ward), Ben Miller (Sheriff), Ian Hallard (Alan-a-Dale), Trevor Cooper (Friar Tuck), Rusty Goffe (Little John), Joseph Kennedy (Will Scarlett), Adam Jones (Walter), David Benson (Herald), David Langham (Guard), Tim Baggaley (Knight), Richard Elfyn (Voice of the Knights),
The fourth episode is Listen, written by Steven Moffat, and when the ghost of the past and the future crowd in their lives, the Doctor and Clara are thrown into an adventure that takes them to the very end of the Universe. What happens when the Doctor is alone? What scares him?
Really? Do you really think that the Doctorul is a good man? Or a Dalek can be damaged in such measure that his morality stops and he transforms into something more than his original programming and he becomes good? The answers for the two questions are very similar: yes, no, he could be, I don’t know (the last one offered by Clara). And you may be right: the Doctor tries to be good, but from time to time he sacrifice one of the people around him to save the rest. A Dalek can have a moment of “escape” from the original programming, used to create them all, and can feel beauty, but that moment does not last very much time when you have a Doctor around, curious enough and well-meaning in order to repaid the good and the beauty.
But let me tell you about the episode from Saturday. Not very much, I don’t want you to lose your interest for it, but enough not to very shocked. As you may alreay know from the preview of the second episode, the Doctor is invited to offer his (more or less) medical services to help a Dalek that was damaged enough to become good. His morality, as programed by his creators, was not functioning properly. But this happens after saving a pretty girl (Lieutenant Journey Blue) from a spaceship pursued and destroyed by a Dalek ship. She convinced him to bring her to Aristotle, the cruiser belonging to the Combined Galactic Resistance (an alliance headed by humanity to fight the Dalek invasion of the galaxy), led by Colonel Morgan Blue. There the Doctor (at least the new one) has the surprise of his life: in order to repare and save the sick Dalek he had to be shriked to nanometric size and inserted into his enemy. An excelent idea for a movie, bad for the proctologist! exclaimed the Doctor. He gets Clara from the school she was a teacher, excited and almost in love after meeting Danny Pink, the new math teacher, and they go in their mission along with the nanny soldiers that had order to eliminate them if they were discovered to be spies of enemy. The Doctor, Clara, the Lieutenant Journey Blue, Kai Blue, Gretchen Carlisle and Ross were shrinked and entered the casing of a good Dalek..
They succeded in repairing his flaw, but the result is not as expected: the original programming takes over once again, and the Doctor, Clara and their companions have to solve the new problem in order to save their lifes and the lifes of the soldiers on the Aristotle. Not even the merge of 2 minds, the Doctor’s and Dalek’s, does not have the expected result, but for more details watch the episode… expecialluy that Into the Dalek has already been watch by 5.2 millions people (audience rate 24,7%) in UK on BBC1. And the questions from the first episode, who is Missy?, is still valid, expecially that she is appearing again in this episode, inviting a new person in Heaven.
Directed by Ben Wheatley, based on a story by Phil Ford and Steven Moffat. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald), Zawe Ashton (Journey Blue), Michael Smiley (colonel Morgan Blue), Samuel Anderson (Danny Pink), Laura Dos Santos (Gretchen), Ben Crompton (Ross), Bradley Ford (Fleming), Michelle Morris (School Secretary), Nigel Betts (Mr Armitage), Ellis George (Courtney), Barnaby Edwards (Dalek), Nicholas Briggs (voices of Daleks).
In the next episode, Robot of Sherwood, written by Mark Gatiss, The Doctor and Clara arrive in the Sherwood forest and meet Robin Hood, the well-known outlow. There they have to allie to stop a hellish plan from outer space, between the stars.
After a long time we have waited (it seems to have past only 8 months and change from the Christmas special episode, bur for some people they seemed like years), a Doctor Who world tour to promote the new series (with the new Doctor, Peter Capaldi, his companion, Jenna Coleman – Clara Oswald, and the executive producer, Steven Moffat), the first episode of season 8 was broadcast last night. With success: the BBC1 audience between the hours 19:50 and 21:10 was an average of 6.8 millions people with a spike to 7.3 millions. Without including the viewer from other parts of the globe, the ones watching through internet (BBC iPlayer) or the ones that have downloaded the episode from the torrents.
As you have probably expected, the Doctor Who universe changed with Peter Capaldi’s appearance. And the one worried about how he was going to perform his role have no reasons to be afraid: he is an extraordinary Doctor. Even if during a big part of his first episode he is lost in space and time, still suffering the effects of the regeneration that transformed the Matt Smith’s character into the new Time Lord. Or maybe that’s why he is making such a big impression? Anyway, as you have (again) probably expected, Doctor’s relation with Clara, his companion, changed: now he is a new man, that reacts different, and she, a control freak, has some problems with that. His dark side started to emerge, preparing you (at least in some part) for what’s going to happen next. Matt Smith’s surprising cameo at the end of the first episode (the part has been recorded when he still was the Doctor and it was added to the new episode) of series 8 clarified (if it was ever needed) the continuity between Matt and Peter.
The action is happening in Victorian London, where we meet again Madame Vastra and her wife, Jenny Flint, but also the Sontaran commander Strax, a dinosaur and some robots that use human organs as spare parts. You should remember the episode 4 of series 2, The Girl in the Fireplace (20 October 2006), with the robots with clock mechanism from the SS Madame de Pompadour, the spaceship built in the 51 century, that did the same thing. Of course, the Doctor could not stay aside to let them do it, as he could not stay aside back then – even if he changed his face twice and have lived some centuries. Some time ago you were told don’t blink!, now you are told to keep your breath from very similar reasons: to survive, and to survive with all your organs inside your body. And that’s all I can tell you about the action in this episode, for additional details just watch the episode.
Directed by Ben Wheatley, writing credits: Steven Moffat. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald), Catrin Stewart (Jenny Flint), Neve McIntosh (Madame Vastra), Dan Starkey (Strax), Michelle Gomez (Missy).
If you are speculating or guessing who is Missy and why is she calling herself The Gatekeeper of the Nethersphere or why she welcomes people to “Heaven”, well, let’s speculate / guess further. Maybe we’ll find some answers in the next episodes of series 8 that she is Rani / Master / Doctor’s daughter / any other character you can think of.
The next episode is Into the Dalek: a Dalek fleet surrounds a lone rebel ship and only the Doctor can salve them. He is facing his greatest enemy with Clara by his side.
Do you remember the first question? The one that’s hidden in plain sight, the oldest questiobn in the Univers, the one in it’s name the Silence acted to kill the Doctor and to stop him to reach Trenzalore.
Doctor: “Who wants me dead?”
Teselecta: “The Silence”
Doctor: “What is the Silence? Why is it called that? What does it mean?”
Teselecta: “The Silence is not a species; it is a religious order or movement. Their core belief is that silence will fall when the question is asked.”
Doctor: “What question?”
Teselecta: “The first question; the oldest question in the universe. Hidden in plain sight.”
Doctor: “Yes, but what is the question?”
To the end of season 6 he was told what the question was, the one in the title of the show: Doctor Who?
DORIUM: “On the fields of Trenzalore, at the fall of the Eleventh, when no living creature may speak falsely or fail to give answer, a question will be asked. A question that must never, ever be answered.”
THE DOCTOR: “Silence will fall when the question is asked”
DORIUM: “Silence must fall would be a better translation. The Silence are determined that the question must never be answered. The Doctor must never reach Trenzalore.”
THE DOCTOR: “I don’t understand? What’s it got to do with me?”
DORIUM: “The first question. The oldest question in the universe, hidden in plain sight. Would you like to know what it is?”
THE DOCTOR: “Yes!”
DORIUM: “Are you sure?”
If you haven’t watch the yesterday episode, yet, let me tell you its most important aspect: it’s not only Matt Smith closing as the Doctor, an epic one, and a ending of 12 regeneration cycle (the Doctor should have died on Trenzalore, as you already know from The name of the Doctor), but it’s the moment a lot of pieces of the puzzle known in different episodes from several seasons get together in a coherent story. It’s one of the most beautiful aspect of temporal travels: you find out the reason of various events only in the final, when you have to find out, and the forces that will bring to experients in the past are already in motion.
Why 12 regenerations? Everyone knows, or at least everyone knew until The day of the Doctor, that Matt Smith was the eleventh Doctor. Because that Lord of Time played by John Hurt was not considered to be a Doctor, at least not by many for a long time, but he consumed a regeneration. Also, the tenth Doctor (played by David Tennant) regenerated once, when he was wounded by a Dalek, dar he kept his face. That’s why the Doctor should have die on Trenzalore, defending the village called Christmas – the man who stayed for Christmas – during several hundred of years of conflict, but it did not happen this way.
But let’s start with the beginning: a strange signal was send from some planet to the rest of the Univers, it reached the most distant stars. Nobody knew what it was, but it succeded in frightening a lot of people… and everyone came, trying to find out its meaning and source. Among them there were old enemies (to each other and the Doctor), as Daleks, Cyberman, Sontaran and many others… but in the beginning they did not fight each others. Tasha Lem was Mother Superious to a religious order, Papal mainframe, the first one that arrived to the planet, and she decided to isolate it – not even the TARDIS could land without her approval. If you still remember, you have watched her soldiers (some warrior priests, the Clerics) in action in 2 previous episodes, The time of angels and Flesh and stone, and the creatures known as Silence were some genetical modified priests to make people forget their confessions as soon they move their eyes somewhere else. Also, mentions to the religios order and its leader appear in the episode A Good Man Goes to War, when it is said that colonel Manton had her approval to reveal the identity of the Hooded Monks. Some of the member of this religious order traveled back in time in Doctor’s personal history, they tried with no succes to stop him to get to Trenzalore. The result was the creation of River Song, Doctor’s wife, the explosion of the TARDIS and the creation of that cracks in time and space that helped transmitting the signal that brought them here.
When they realized the the Time Lords were sending the signal, the same Time Lords saved by the Doctors (David Tennant, Matt Smith and John Hurt) in the previous episode, broadcat at 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, the half curious, three quarters frightened gathering of ships and creatures start a siedge that last about 3 centuries: they can not allow the Doctor to speak loud his name and bring his race back, and he can not let the ones from the orbit to destroy the life on the planet Trenzalore.
I let you find the the details of the siedge and how it turned into a real war (that lasted some further time) on your own. Into the final the dying Doctor get an unexpected present from the Lords of Time: a new cicle of regenerations. In the period of the siedge and the war he became an old fellow, the present reset him.. before transforming into the new Doctor (Peter Capaldi) he gets a surprise visit: Amy Pond (played by Karen Gillan), his former companion.
It was a pretty good episode – it brought together several stories and elements from Doctor’s history into something coherent. But, from several points of view, it was a little superficial. It could have insisted on several aspects of war, the factions or Tasha Lem’s position and relation with the Doctor, so my evaluation is 7 of 10.
Cast: Matt Smith (the Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara), Dan Starkey (Sontaran), Nicholas Briggs (vocile Daleks / Cybermen), Barnaby Edwards (Dalek 1), Nicholas Pegg (Dalek 2), Ken Bones (voice), Orla Brady (Tasha Lem), Mark Anthony Brighton (Colonel Albero), James Buller (Clara’s dad), Peter Capaldi (the Doctor), Aidan Cook (Cyberman), Tom Gibbons (young man), Karen Gillan (Amy Pond), Sonita Henry (Colonel Meme).
Yes, yesterday was indeed the day of the Doctor. It was the 50th anniversary from the broadcast of the first episode, thing that happened almost unnoticed because of John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s assasination one day before. But a hard start did not stoped the people from the BBC to produce episode after episode, and now, 5 decades later, to produce n episode about the first 3 years of the show and the first Doctor, William Hartnell. An adventure in time and space was broadcast Friday, 22th of November, and it can be describe in one single word: memorable. The British work made the idea to endure and to become a world wide phenomenon.
Last night BBC and some cinemas around the world broadcast the special episode the Day of the Doctor, an episode well done. The history from the Doctor Who Universe says that once there were a temporal war between the Time Lords and a race called the Daleks that burned everything in its way in the universe. The war ended in the moment the Doctor eliminated both rases along with his home planet, Gallifrey, into an attempt to save the rest of the Universe. To do that he stole a weapon called the Moment, something so powerful its operating system became sentient, and the Time Lords could not used it even in the last moments of the war, when the odd were against them. Who could use a weapon of mass destruction that could became his/her judge of the war crimes?
That moment was probably the worst moment in Doctor’s life, so bad that he overlooked or even forgot some things. The John Hurt’s incarnation was considered that Time Lord that betrayed the name of the Doctor.
The day of the Doctor returns to that moment in time and space, bringing along several incarnation of the Time Lord: John Hurt, David Tennant (the Tenth Doctor), Matt Smith (the Eleventh Doctor). 3 Doctors working together, 3 times greater nightmare to their enemies, including the Daleks. The current companion, Jenna Coleman (Clara) and Billie Piper (known as Rose Tyler or Bad Wolf) are also present. But Tom Baker too, the Forth Doctor, at the end of the episode.
I am not telling you the details of the great story written by Steven Moffat, it has too many turns (more or less unexpected) in the action. If I am starting to write the good or the best stuff that appeared in the episode I will only take you the pleasure and the surprise of watching the show. All I can tell you is that the Zygons, shape-shifting creatures that return in this episode of Doctor Who, provide an important item that help saving the planet Gallifrey and its natives from destruction. So that the Doctor will be able to return home some time in the future.