A closer look at Empress of Mars

Get a closer look at ninth episode of series 10 of Doctor Who, what it was like to travel to Mars, and the requirements surrounding the Ice Queen. With Steven Moffat.

Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat and Peter Capaldi celebrate the return of a very old friend: Alpha Centauri.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman explain how filming in a freezer is a chilling challenge!

Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat and the cast discuss creepy new monsters, The Sandmen.

Every obnoxious computer needs a voice, producer Nikki Wilson couldn’t resist and impersonated one in this horror classic episode!

Doctor Who’s SFX Supervisor, Danny Hargreaves, tells you how he achieved the impressive flame effects in ‘Sleep No More’.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Series 9, episode 9: Sleep no more preview & introduction

Last message from Le Verrier Station: Gagan Rassmussen reports on the events which led to the demise of this facility.

`Hold my hand` preview: The Doctor and Clara flee from unknown creatures in this found footage.

Professor Rassmussen has created a machine that has changed the very fabric of human existence, compressing one month sleep to 5 minutes. He is very proud of what he has done, but at what cost? Jenna Coleman, Steven Moffat and Peter Capaldi introduce the tonight series 9 episode, with Steven and Pter warning of the terrors awaiting in ‘Sleep No More’.

Series 8, episode 9 – Flatline

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.

Series 7, episode 9: ‘Hide’ trailers

In “Hide,” Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman) and the Doctor (Matt Smith) arrive at Caliburn House, a haunted mansion sat alone on a desolate moor.

“It’s ghost time!”

“I am the Doctor – and I am afraid!”

Don’t miss an all new episode of Doctor Who, Hide, premiering Saturday Apr 20 at 8/7c on BBC America.

Within its walls, a ghost-hunting Professor and a gifted psychic are searching for the Witch of the Well. Her apparition appears throughout the history of the building, but is she really a ghost? And what is chasing her?

It falls to the Doctor to determine just who or what the Witch is once and for all…

Written by Luther showrunner Neil Cross, Hide guest-stars Jessica Raineas “emotional psychic” Emma Grayling and Dougray Scott as supernatural investigator Professor Alan Palmer.