Strax reports on the Doctor saving the universe again and his latest regeneration in the Christmas special episode, The time of the Doctor.

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Out beloved Sontaran commander gives a unique perspective about Christmas: Strax has discovered “puny humans enjoy a period of celebration known as Christmas…”

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The guys from BBC have released a new “Strax Field Report”. In this one Strax reflects on all the Doctors to date, just in time to prepare us for The Time of the Doctor.

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Strax’s field reports are back! The Sontaran commander reports on The Day of the Doctor and the return of the Zygons!

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Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman will feature in two special editions of Blue Peter dedicated to the BBC sci-fi show. Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald) will answer viewers’ questions in a pre-recorded segment for the Doctor Who: Blue Peter Special on the CBBC channel at 5:30pm on Thursday 21st of November.

Matt Smith (the 11th Doctor) will be following her in the Doctor Who: Blue Peter Party at 9:30am on Saturday 23 November – 50 years to the day after the first ever episode of Doctor Who was broadcast.

The first Blue Peter special (Thursday 21st of November) will also see the launch of a competition giving young fans the chance to design a sonic device for one of three Doctor Who characters – Madame Vastra, Jenny Flint and Sontaran Commander Strax – while the Saturday edition will see a live audience joined in the studio by aliens from the series and challenged to design their very own monster. Viewers will be asked to send in their ideas for a new piece of sonic hardware for one of The Doctor’s companions. The winning design will be featured in the forthcoming eighth series of Doctor Who.

The competition will invite entries in three age categories: six to eight years, nine to 11 years and 12 to 15 years. The high-tech tools will be considered by a panel of judges including Steven Moffat and the production designer Michael Pickwoad, the man responsible for the recent Tardis control room revamp.

Winners will be announced as part of Blue Peter’s Christmas show on 19th of December, with one chosen designer heading to Cardiff to see their gadget being used on the Doctor Who set. Three runners up will each receive a framed picture featuring their entry and a signed photo of the actor they designed it for.

Competition details will be live on the Blue Peter website following the launch on 21 November.

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Have you wondered what it takes to make a Sontaran warrior look so terrifying? Turns out, it’s foam rubber, a lot of make-up and two hours of patient work. See Strax actor Dan Starkey get made up in this time-lapse video.

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I think that many of the ones expecting the final episode of series 7, The name of the Doctor, were in some degree dissapointed about the way Steven Moffat has chosen to solve the Clara Oswald’s mystery. Last week, since the release of the last episode, Nightmare in Silver, a lot of ideas about her identity appeared: she was the Doctor and River Song’s daughter, she was a future incanation of the Doctor (the 12th or the 13th), she was some lost Time Lord from the old series (especially that Steven Moffat said that Clara and the Doctor have met many times in his past), etc. You can search for these ideas, unless you already had some of these them (or similar). But, eventually, the impossible girl was a regular human girl, as you all know – the Doctor studied her life closely.

But how she got to be that special? Not only for the Doctor, but for the entire Universe? Let me tell you, but for this I have to start with the beginning: a convict in the Victorian England told Madame Vastra that the Whispers have spoken about the greatest Doctor’s secret, the one he will take to the grave, and that it was found. Worried, Vastra and Jenny make a conference beyond space and time summoining Strax (left on vacantion), Clara Oswald from 2013, and River Song. The deceased River Song, the one saved by the Doctor as software in the Library’s database (the episodes Silence in the Library / Forest of the Dead). The general conclusion, just before being attacked by the new monsters (first time presented in this episode), the Whisperes, is that they have to get to Tranzelor.

Everyone return to his own reality: Vastra to Jenny’s dead body, Strax to the place he was spending his free weekend – they get captured by the Whisperers… and the Great Intelligence impersonated by the same doctor Simeon you could watch in the Christmas special episode. Or almost the same: the Great Inelligence used only his image. Probably you remember that Strax was a nurse at some point, he was recruted along with Vastra, Jenny, Dorian and many others to save Amy Pond and her daughter in the episode A good man goes to war. That knowledge help Strax to save Jenny, but they were of no use when all 3 of them are in danger to lose their lifes, several minutes later.

Clara, along with River Song’s ghost, returns home, meet the Doctor and she tells him about the conference, the message and the trip they have to make to Trenzalor. The expresion “to keep a secret to the grave” has a new meening: the Doctor’s grave is on Trenzalor, the Time Lords’ and their TARDIS-es planet-cemetery. Everybody dies, even the aliens with regenerative powers, and one of the problems about the time travels is that the travelers are put (sometimes) in the situation to visit their own grave. Hardly, Clara, the Doctor and the TARDIS get there, meet their friends and they are almost put to death in order to make the Time Lord to speak his name loudly in order to open his grave to all the visitors.

Do you really think that was a body inside? After the Doctor changed so many bodies during his long life in order to survice? I am letting you find out alone what was in the grave. I only can say that the Great Intelligence’s plan for revenge was to kill the Doctor in all the moments of his life, and the access to his remains was necessary for that action. To save the Doctor Clara accepts to break her being into millions of pieces all along the time and space – the entire Universe. She was always present in Doctor’s life, helping and saving him in ways he would never have suspected until now.

It was an excellent episode, showing the vulnerabilities of a man who’s name alone made entire armies to run away. River and Doctor’s love endures even after her death, and their story will continue further – it remains to watch it how. And John Hurt’s appearance in the end was sensational, he is that incarantion that will betray the name of the Doctor by taking tough decisions necessary to peace and sanity – probably of the entire Universe.

The next episode will be released in November 23drd, 50th anniversary from the release of the first episode of Doctor Who, and it’s created special for this. And, as it is said, it will be extraordinary. :D

Director: Saul Metzstein, writer and producer: Steven Moffat.

Cast: Matt Smith (The Doctor), Jenna-Louise Coleman (Clara Oswald), Richard E. Grant (The Great Intelligence), Samuel Irvine (Messenger Boy), Alex Kingston (River Song), Neve McIntosh (Madame Vastra), Dan Starkey (Strax), Catrin Stewart (Jenny Flint), Nasi Voutsas (Andro).

Clara Oswald, the impossible girl, receives a mysterious message from Madame Vastra.

Strax delivers a field report about events that will unfold in The Name of the Doctor…

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Go inside the Doctor’s relationship with Madame Vastra, Jenny & Strax – and discover what classic British comedy Matt Smith based his relationship with Strax on, and what led Steven Moffat to create such a unique character.

“I think those three should have their own show… They are just brilliant.”

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Commander Strax of the glorious Sontaran Empire finds himself at the Monster Day Out, Cardiff, answering questions from miniature humans. To help with the re-launch of Doctor Who Adventures Magazine the commander kindly agreed to that mission (that he accomplished successfully) at the Doctor Who Experience.

Standby for what Strax would do to you if you called him “Potato Head”, how he’d deal with a Weeping Angel, and his impersonations of other Sontarans…

“Yes, I’m the Doctor, you’re nuts, and I’m gonna stop you.”

“In the wrong hands, that venom could wipe out all life on this planet!”

Do you know about the not scientific proved story that the retina from a dead man’s eyes keeps the very last thing he had seen before dying? The medicine says that things can’t happen, at least in normal conditions. In the victorian times, in Yorkshire the year 1983 (the very next year after the events in the Christmas special episode, The snowmen, from London), started to appear dead man in the canals with a strange spect: scarlet-red skin, almost shining, and with the images from the moment of dead imprinted on the retina.

The Doctor and Clara arrive in Yorkshire by accident (they wanted to get in London) and become interested by the mystery. They discover that it was about some poison and the Sweetville mill, managed by Mrs. Gillyflower, is somehow related to that deaths. They try to get inside the society presided by the old lady and her silent partner, Mr. Sweet, and they disappear from the face of the Earth – at least from the point of everyone else. It’s not something unusual: about everybody accepted in the group disappeared without trace… or they were found dead in mysterious circumstances.

Madame Vastra, Jenny and Strax get involved in the story when the brother of a deceased reporter shows them the pictures he has taken… the Doctor’s image was very clear in the reporter’s eyes, so they go to solve the mystery and save the Doctor. Jenna gets inside the mill and finds the prisoner – a waste of the process that transformed the normal humans into scarlet dead corps. The only reason he was still alive (beside his internal alien chemistry that made him partially immune to the virus) was the attachment Ada Gillyflower (the blind daughter of the old lady responsible for everything) felt for him – she preferred to keep a monster as companion instead throwing him into the canals, along with the rest of the waste.

The Doctor is saved, along with Jenny they save Clara, and the team reunited (Vastra and Strax join them) try to save the world one more time: the Sweetville is the Winifred Gillyflower trial to save the most beautiful and the most intelligent from an disaster she was intending to do. She and the very old leech (the reptilians had very similar problems about 65 million years ago) was bound into a symbiotic creature – its red colored venom was produced in industrial quantities to transform and kill people.

I let you to discover yourselves how they finished their adventure. I only have to mention that Strax was funny as usual, but he did his job: he saved his team twice in this episode. The most cool scene from the show was in the end of the episode, when the children Clara is taking care about show her some old images (from 1970s’ and from 1983, but also a picture from Victorian London) and they blackmail her promising they would tell their father that their nanny was a time travel unless she was going to take them along in her next adventure. So, in the next episode the Doctor will have more companions than before… in an amusement park pillaged by Cybermen…

The director is Saul Metzstein, and the writer is Mark Gatiss.

The cast: Matt Smith (The Doctor), Jenna-Louise Coleman (Clara Oswald), Jack Oliver Hudson (Urchin Boy), Neve McIntosh (Madame Vastra), Diana Rigg (Winifred Gillyflower), Dan Starkey (Strax), Catrin Stewart (Jenny Flint), Rachael Stirling (Ada Gillyflower).

“Yes, I’m the Doctor, you’re nuts, and I’m gonna stop you.”

“In the wrong hands, that venom could wipe out all life on this planet!”

In “The Crimson Horror” there’s something very odd about Mrs Gilly flower’s Sweetville mill, with its perfectly clean streets and beautiful people. There’s something even stranger about the bodies washing up in the river, all bright red and waxy.

When the Doctor (Matt Smith) and his companion, Clara Oswald (Jenna-Louise Coleman), go missing, it’s up to Vastra (Neve McIntosh), Jenny (Catrin Stewart) and Strax (Dan Starkey) to rescue them before they too fall victim to the Crimson Horror!

With special guests Diana Rigg and Diana’s daughter Rachel Stirling appearing together on screen for the first time!

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This video is an intelligence report from Strax… :D Even more London based action this morning as a peculiar blue box and it’s owner dropped into Trafalgar Square for filming for the 50th anniversary special while the Eleventh Doctor and his companion (Matt Smith, and possibly a stunt double, and Jenna-Louise Coleman) were filming earlier today.

After being hoisted into the air by a crane alongside Nelson’s Column, Matt Smith proceeded to film the dramatic scenes whilst suspended above gathering crowds of spectators. Jenna-Louise Coleman’s character, Clara Oswald, is standing in the doorway of the Tardis as her travelling companion clings on beneath her.

In between filming, Matt Smith strolled around the square, obliging his gathering fans by signing autographs and filming footage for a behind-the-scenes video, which also features a message from Sontaran commander Strax.

hahaha :D Let’s enjoy some Songtaran Carols from BBC One on Christmas 2012 with Strax… :D, the Doctor and the rest of the team that worked on the sets of The Snowmen.



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- Aaa, refreshing to see that you take an interest again! Was she nice? asked Madam Vastra on the phone.

- I’ve just spoke to her! says the grumpy Doctor.

- And made your usual impact, no doubt!

- O, no impact at all! continue the Doctor with the same tone. That days are over.

- You can’t help yourself, it’s the same story every time, and it always begins with the same two words!

- She’ll never be able to find me again, she does not even have the name! Doctor! What two words?!

- Doctor? asked Clara pulling her beautiful head through the trap on the roof of the carriage. DOCTOR WHO?

The fans of the Doctor Who series already know that BBC One and BBC America have broadcast the Special Christmas episode, The Snowmen. The dialog from the beginning of this article appears in the first part of the episode, when a Doctor mourning his loses (the newest one being the Amy and Rory‘s disapearance) and prefer solitude, considering that the good old days, when he was saving the Earth, humans and Christmas, have past and they will not return.

The action is happening in the year 1892, and Madam Vastra and her companions (Strax and Jenny Flint) are investigating the problems that appeared with the strange snow fallen over town and the carnivore snowmen. The one behind all these is Doctor Simeon, the representative of the Great Intelligence institute, a sinister individual interested on the pond in the Clara’s master backyard. In the previous winter the Captain Latimer’s children’s Governess have drown in that very pond, and Doctor Simeon was interested on the ice that copied the woman’s genetic structure in order to create an army of live snowmen. With their help he wanted to conquer the world and end the human kind.

So the Doctor have to end his solitude (especially because of Clara who’s always searching for him, first driven by curiosity, then by need) in order to save the world. One more time. He does not save the Governess in the end, Clara dies, but, at least we take a peek of the Tardis when she visits it. If you haven’t already know, the TARDIS have a new look that have been presented the first time in the episode broadcast yesterday.

It was an interesting episode, very funny. The snowmen keeps you around the TV/computer not only because of the action itself (it does not have too many breaks), but also because of the dialog. Strax, the Sontaran traveling with the Doctor and Madam Vasta in this episode is very hilarious… but I let you discover how.

A few months ago, when the first episode of season 7, Asylum of the Daleks, had been first broadcast I had the surprise to recognize Jenna-Louise Coleman playing a character in it. She had been announced as the next Doctor Who companion after the exist of the Ponds (Amy Pond and Rory Williams) and she was scheduled to first appear in the Christmas Special episode (yesterday) under the name Clara.

Does the name Clara Oswin Oswald tells you something?  It’s the full name of the Governess from yesterday’s episode… and the character played by Jenna-Louise Coleman in Asylum of the Daleks. More: they are both dead! And, even now, Jenna-Louise is the current Doctor’s companion. Have I made you curious?  I say it’s enough to make you try to find more about all these… about the mystery surrounding the new character and the Doctor’s run to meet her again.

The cast: The Doctor (Matt Smith), Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman), Dr Simeon (Richard E Grant), Strax (Dan Starkey), Jenny (Catrin Stewart), Vastra (Neve McIntosh), Captain Latimer (Tom Ward), Alice (Liz White), Digby (Joseph Darcey-Alden), Francesca (Ellie Darcey-Alden), Voice of the Snowman (Ian McKellen), Voice of the Ice Governess (Juliet Cadzow), Uncle Josh (Jim Conway), Young Walter (Cameron Strefford), Walter’s Mother (Annabelle Dowler), Bob Chilcott (Ben Addis), Lead Worker (Daniel Hyde), Girl (Sophie Miller-Sheen),

Director: Saul Metzstein, producer: Marcus Wilson, Writer: Steven Moffat.

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