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It’s End of the Twelve As We Know It

Doctor Who “The Fall of the Doctor” Review

It’s the beginning of the end for Peter Capaldi’s run as the Twelfth Doctor, as the Cybermen arise, the Masters are a force of chaos, and Bill is trapped as a newly converted Cyberman.

The Gist of It

It’s a rough day for the Doctor: his loyal companion in what was minutes to hours for him but ten years for her was lost and converted to a Cyberman, the Cyber armor is here and that means they’ll eventually want to take over and convert all the remaining humans, and oh, there’s now two Masters to contend with: Missy and her previous incarnation if the form of John Simm’s Master who we last saw in The End of Time during David Tennant’s run as Tenth Doctor. And in facing her past self, Missy is of course conflicted and has seemed to side with her past self self.

And we also know, from the previous episode’s cold open, that a regeneration doth approach.

The Spoiler-y Review

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Human Flesh is Not Enough on This Week’s Doctor Who

Doctor Who “World and Enough Time” Review

Hello and we’re back as we witness the penultimate regular episode of Series 10 for Doctor Who, “World and Enough Time.” I’m trying a bit more of structured format with this review, consider it a genesis, if you will.

The Gist of It

Capaldi’s hair is going borderline Pertwee and the Doctor is giving Missy a test run to prove she can be good because at the end of the day, Missy/The Master was his first friend and longest friend and apparently his man crush. Somewhere the shippers pump their first in the air, Tumblr goes nuts. Thusly, the Doctor is giddy at the chance to reform his friend, who is the closest person left like him. They were going to see all the stars together, but the Master got sidetracked with burning them.

Bill is skeptical because Missy really scares her. Rightfully so. Because taking Missy for a test run to answer the distress call of a massive colony ship is going to have consequences and the return of an old face or two.

Spoilers!

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Doctor, Welcome To Your Tape… 

The TARDIS appears in a hallway, the Doctor steps out and rushes to a locked door, hoping it’s not too late. He pulls out a sonic screwdriver from his coat pocket, click goes the lock. Door opens to find Hannah looking into a mirror.

Who are you? I’m the Doctor. Doctor who? Just the Doctor. Hannah, I know what you are about to do and I’m here to show you a future with you in it. Hannah agrees to go with the Doctor, as they walk toward the TARDIS she says, is that a police telephone box from like the 1950’s? More 60’s era.

The Doctor opens the TARDIS’ door and told Hannah to step in. She did with the Doctor following behind. So it’s bigger on the inside… Yes, you see… Hannah stops the Doctor in mid sentence. I know how this works. Imagine fitting a big cube into a much smaller cube. The Doctor looked baffled, okay then… So! Your future, seven years down the road where do you see yourself? Why do you have so many fezzes hanging from the ceiling? Because fezzes are… Seven years? I don’t know. Well, let’s find out. Hang on! As the Doctor shifts gears and knobs on his console the TARDIS begins to disappear.

The TARDIS lands outside a long gated neighborhood. Where are we? Like I said, seven years into the future. But before we go out take one of these. What is it? It’s a disguise pill. I can still see you, you can see yourself in a mirror but the great thing is, others will see someone else. It’s like the time Clara and I went to the Church of the Silence to meet Mother Superious and we were both naked. Hum… Okay.

The Doctor and Hannah stepped out of the TARDIS to a bright sunny day in a nice and wealthy looking neighborhood. The Doctor pulls his sonic screwdriver out of his pocket points it into the air. What are you doing? I’m looking for directions. Once the screwdriver started beeping the Doctor gave it a look and said, this way!

They both walk up to a two story home. Nice house, wonder who lives here? Let’s see. The Doctor knocked a couple times. As the door opens Hannah recognizes the face… It was Clay Jensen. Hi, can I help you? Yes, I’m the Doctor and this is, hum, Emma. We were hoping you could help us find Hannah Barker. Well, sir… Hannah committed suicide six years ago… She couldn’t have. I’m afraid she did… Why do you need her? The Doctor still in shock, Emma spoke up, she was a childhood friend before I moved. Sorry I couldn’t help you. The Doctor shakes it off. We must be going, thanks for your help. As they both walk back to the TARDIS, the Doctor is trying to figure out why this is happening. Why didn’t the future change?

As they step back in the blue box the Doctor pulls out his screwdriver scans Hannah and plugs it into the console. Doctor, I’m sorry but there is no future for me. There has to be, I gotta find out why. Ding! Ding! It’s ready! As the Doctor pulls out his sonic screwdriver, he looks at the monitor to see the words he always disliked. Hannah heard him say them under his breath, what did you say? Fixed Point in Time… Hannah, I’m so, so sorry. It’s okay Doctor. You tried to help but with me gone the future will be so much brighter… How is that possible? You’ll see Doctor.

It’s time to take me back. With a flip of a switch the TARDIS is back in the same hallway where it appeared not even a second later. Before Hannah left the TARDIS she gave the Doctor a hug and told him everything will be okay. As Hannah stepped out the TARDIS started to fade away… The Doctor sitting at the console weeping wanting to know why, why will it be okay?

A week later the Doctor shows back up walks into a pharmacy store. Anything I can help you with? The Doctor looks up to see Mr. Baker behind the counter and just behind him a picture of Hannah. Just the news paper. Seventy five cents. Here’s a dollar, keep the change. As the Doctor walks out reading the headline, Bryce Walker, Life in Prison. As the Doctor read his paper at the park. He sees why Hannah had to take her own life. So people like Jessica Davis wouldn’t have to go through what her and Hannah experienced. And for people like Bryce Walker to never hurt anyone again.

After watching 13 Reasons Why I thought about what would the Doctor from Doctor Who do in that kind of storytelling. He would try to help in every way he knew how. So I came up with Doctor, Welcome To Your Tape. It took me a couple days to get the story where I wanted it to go but once I wrote it down I knew I had something. Over a couple weeks I hashed it out with help from Sometime Co-Host Mike, giving me advice and pointers. I wrote a couple different drafts but decided to keep my first draft as the story I want to share. I usually don’t write fan-fic, if you will… But I did. Enjoy.

Doctor Who “The Empress of Mars” Review

The Ice Warriors are Back

NASA, not rogue tweeting. We haven’t hit full dystopia. The Doctor and Bill and Nardole bust in on the Valkyrie launch to probe Martian ice caps. So you know you’re getting the Ice Warriors, because ice caps + Mars= this classic Who villain.

This episode was written by Mark Gatiss, who many Whovians tend to feel can be hit or miss when it comes to writing Who. I liked “The Unquiet Dead”, “The Lazarus Experiment”, “The Crimson Horror” (horrible moment of the Doctor towards Jenny aside), less loved “The Idiot’s Lantern” and some of the others. I don’t think he’s a bad writer, though, and his stories always have an interesting concept even if I might not always like them. What Gatiss does well, I think, is writes very contained episodes that often don’t have much impact to the overall story but often do come with some great moments of tension. They’re like those nights when you just want a box of mac and cheese but add a little gouda or Gruyere for some substance while knowing full when it’s still one-off comfort goo. 

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Doctor Who 10×8 “The Lie of the Land” Review

In the third and last episode featuring the Silence x Beef Jerky-like Monks, lies and truth are a big theme and this episode makes no bones about being an allegory for our current “post-truth”/alternative facts political landscape. Where we last left off, Bill consented to the Monks to save the Doctor and they now reign over the Earth, using their alien technology to alter everyone’s memories so they think that the Monks were always there. After all, you can’t complain about things that have always been what they were. Anyone who remembers the truth is taken away, and Bill has been struggling for the past six months to hold onto her actual memories, anchored by the memory of her mother and separated from the Doctor. Until Nardole comes calling.

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Doctor Who “Extremis” & “The Pyramid at the End of the World” Review

Hello Whovians! Missed a week last week due to being out of the country, but we’re back in the TARDIS again for a trip to the Vatican in an episode that feels like an odd sci-fi love letter to Dan Brown and the second episode on the story that is a pyramid episode that makes me wish it was on Mars. But alas!

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(The Very Belated) Doctor Who 10×5 “Oxygen” Review

In the fifth episode of this season of Doctor Who, The Doctor, Bill, and Nardole find themselves caught up in new dangers as they answer a distress call coming from deep space, the sort of thing that’s never just an easy rescue. Especially when big corporate who only cares about the bottom line is involved. And so we have “Oxygen”, which feels like a space take on zombies-but-not-zombies. This review is very belated because much like the Doctor’s capers, shit happens that puts a wrench in things, like moving apartments and not having a desk or knowing where  you packed your laptop for a few days. I digress.

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Michelle Gomez’s Missy To Leave Who

With the newest season of Doctor Who seeing the departure of not only Peter Capaldi as the time travelling Time Lord and Peter Moffit saying goodbye as show runner, we have another casualty to report.

Fan favorite Missy (The Master’s latest incarnation), played with villainous glee by the amazing Michelle Gomez will also be leaving the show.

“My pals are going so I’m going,” Gomez said in an interview with RadioTimes.com. “Everybody’s leaving, so I’m going too. I mean, what would I do without Peter and Steven? Who would I be? ”

Missy made her debut in the 2014’s Deep Breath only later to be revealed as The Doctors arch villain The Master and has appeared in a whopping 9 episodes over the last few seasons and is scheduled to appear in 3 more this season, including a highly anticipated appearance with the John Simms, the previous Master.

“[I’ll miss] the fact that it was probably one of the best jobs I’ve ever had, the fact that I’m a woman of a certain age who’s this ass-kicking action figure.

“I won’t miss the corset because that was agony, and I’m a woman that likes a big lunch. And that’s not fun to wear after you’ve had two helpings and dessert.

“So I won’t miss that. But I’ll miss the amazing, wonderful, incredible Peter Capaldi, who I think is one of the best Doctors we’ve ever had. I’ll miss somebody like Steven Moffat writing me the best lines I’ve ever had in my career.

“I won’t miss the rain in Wales, but I will miss Wales. And the incredible crew that work so hard. It’s not work for them, it’s a passion, and that’s wonderful to be surrounded by. It’s very inspiring and energising.

“Yeah, I’m gonna miss a lot about that job,” she concluded. “It was a great job.”

BBC wasn’t kidding when they announced season 11 would be a total fresh start for the long running series. Hopefully we don’t lose Bill and Nardol along with them.

Doctor Who: “The Pilot” and “Smile”

Doctor Who finally returns after a long hiatus for it’s tenth series (of the NuWho ones anyway) and as an avid Whovian: Attender of Cons I asked to tackle reviewing the current season and decided to review the first two episodes together to get a better sense of how this series, showrunner Steven Moffat’s last, felt at the kickoff. Initially I’ll say this, my feelings are mixed and traditionally I find myself more aggravated with Moffat than appreciative, but as I generally have kept my expectations low with Moffat!Who, I can say I have been pleasantly surprised so far.

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John Simms To Return As The Master

HUGE news out of Britain today as one of New Who’s most beloved villains de-generates. Not literally, of course, but yes, you read the head line correctly, John Simm’s incarnation of the insane villain The Master returns to face off against The Doctor and his new companions in the latest season in one of the longest running shows in television history.

John Simm: “I can confirm that it’s true, thanks to the power of time travel I’m back.  It’s always a pleasure to work with this great team of people and I can’t wait for you all to see what The Master gets up to in the next series. “

Steven Moffat, writer and executive producer had this to say about the big news: “Nothing stays secret for long on Doctor Who but you’ll have to wait a little bit longer to see exactly what The Master is up to and how he makes his return to face the Doctor. It’s been a huge pleasure to have fan favourites John Simm and Michelle Gomez face to face in the same role! It’s not often you get to see a solo personality clash.”

No other details have come forth but from Moffat’s own words, can this be a hint that, much like the 50th anniversary special, we get to see The Master and Missy team up to take on The Doctor, His newest companion Bill Pots (Pearl Mackie) and Nardol (Matt Lucas)?

Of course the season will be chock full of other foes including the return of the Daleks, The Ice Warriors and, returning for the first time in nearly 50 years, The Mondasian Cybermen.

The Return of Doctor Mysterio: UK Blu-Ray And DVD Details

The Return of Doctor Mysterio hasn’t made its TV debut yet and details have already surfaced for the UK Blu-Ray and DVD.

Both the DVD and Blu-Ray will include…

The Doctor: A New Kind of Hero: The Doctor has no superpowers, but he can stand proudly alongside the greatest superheroes ever known. In this special program, we’ll ask what it is about the Doctor that makes him so heroic.

Doctor Who Extra: The Return of Doctor Mysterio: Join stars Peter Capaldi and Matt Lucas, showrunner Steven Moffat, and many more for this very special inside look at the making of The Return of Doctor Mysterio.

Doctor Who: The Return of Doctor Mysterio, will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray on January 23rd, 2017. Look for the US release on February 21st, 2017. 

Booking Doctor Who In 2018

I hope everyone is up to date on a possible shake-up for Doctor Who in 2018… Here’s my thoughts on the matter.

If Matt Smith stayed on for another couple years Doctor Who wouldn’t be where it’s at today, in the dumps. Sure you can blame Steven Moffat for Peter Capaldi’s run as the Doctor because those stories were lacking the warmth that Smith brought to the show.

The lack of merchandise sales, I wouldn’t blame Capaldi’s Doctor for that. As a collector of DW action figures there’s a lot more they can do with the classic series characters and if they start reprinting classic DW DVDs that’s more sales. Because some of those DVDs are just over priced.

Another factor is the Doctor’s companions. I don’t think they need to be younger but just a good actor will do. Sure Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald) had her moments but they were few and far between.

On a side note, one rumor that’s been floating around is bringing back Matt Smith as the Doctor. I think that’s a great idea, but without Moffat writing I don’t know if Chris Chibnall can bring the same magic like Moffat did. But only time will tell.

Major Shake-Up For Doctor Who In 2018

BBC bosses want Doctor Who to feel like “a brand new show” under incoming boss Chris Chibnall… so we can expect a whole new line-up in 2018.

Insiders say the Broadchurch writer will have a “clean slate” to start afresh for his first series – rather bad news for actress Pearl Mackie, who plays new assistant Bill in Steven Moffat’s last run, currently filming for next year.

Pearl, 29, yet to be seen by viewers, is said to have been signed on a one-year contract and is expected to depart with Peter Capaldi, 58, and Moffat after 2017’s Christmas special.

The replacement Time Lord is likely to be played by a younger actor in a bid to help boost the flagging sales of dolls, books, DVDs and toys.

Our source says: “BBC management wants a return to the format from the David Tennant era, when you had a dashing male lead and young female companion.

“Merchandising has dropped off sharply in recent years and there is a strong desire to boost the show’s popularity among kids.”

One way to do that, of course, is by returning to its traditional tea-time slot, rather than the post-Strictly position it languished in last year.

Next year’s show is expected to air in spring rather than autumn, to avoid the Saturday clash with Strictly.

Source: Mirror