Doctor Who- Season 8 Episode 1 – Deep Breath

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Sit back this is going to be a long one…

I’m still on mixed reviews on this episode. Peter Capladi I expected him to make a brilliant Doctor. I was worried about his and Clara’s relationship. Moffat constantly put to viewers that her and the 11th Doctor, a young attractive guy had a deeper connection, than just a usual companion relationship. Since New Doctor Who started we have gone through 3 young Doctor’s each attractive, so now it was time to see how much the writers were going to make the age issue blow up in everyones faces.

At times the episode was like this-

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First let’s start with the issue that might have me clawing my eyes out… that new opening sequence. Doctor Who has been running for 50 years… WHY ARE YOU SCREWING THE CLASSIC??? If you had to change the imagery whyyyyy did you have to change the theme song?? Also how many times do you need to change the interior of the Tardis???

 

When the Doctor first walks outDoctor Who door of the Tardis, I’ll admit at first I was sort of offended as it seemed like Moffat was trying to make it seem like the Doctor had some sort of mental health problem on first viewing some parts seemed seriously over written. At times I was laughing because I related to some of the stuff he was saying and doing, that whole over the place, don’t want to sleep,, no real idea what they are saying or doing, or what anyone else thinks… It’s like me in a Manic state! Hey I’ll probably understand Dinosaur too… and I have climbed out of windows.

I’m interested to see what the Doctor will be like once he’s found out who he is. We saw it with the 10th Doctor (David Tennant) when he regenerated when he woke up after having a rough regeneration he had a few issues figuring out who he was, but mostly concerned with the fact he wasn’t ginger. With the 11th Doctor (Matt Smith) he seemed to adapt into his new character and form with ease. In this episode like the 10th Doctor was the opposite of the 9th Doctors (Christopher Eccleston) regeneration (as we didn’t actually see any problems with his physical regeneration) the 12th is the opposite of the 11th. The 11th had no mental problems with his regeneration and the 12th seems loaded with them. Even between the moments 12th is figuring out who he is we are getting the picture that 12th is a darker character and compared to the 11th he is a less warm, straight to the point character. There are moments especially when he leaves Clara in danger of the robots where I questioned his emotions, in the past we wouldn’t have seen the Doctor put his companion in harms way. However, we won’t see till later if this is a permanent part of him or if it’s just the regeneration. Although one major question is, Are the Doctor’s running days over? As in this episode we saw less running and more of the Doctor tackling the danger head on.

 

We get to the scene where we meet this episodes main villain. Clockwork robot thing which is taking out organs, which we later find out he is using the parts to repair his army and his ship… Umm seems familiar… Doctor who4

Well no one can argue with Moffat for stealing anyone else’s idea. Considering that Series 2 episode which involved Clockwork droids, who were stealing organs to get their ship working, and Madame De Pompadour. For a episode one in the new series though I was hoping for something a bit more original than Moffat recycling his other ideas.

It does get confirmed in the episode that these two episodes are interlinked only the ship which is mentioned in this episode is the Madam De Pompadour’s sister ship, Marie Antoinette.

 

We have a scene where some of my favourite characters, Madame Vastra and Jenny, it finally gets said they are married! Yay! At least this episode shows off a lesbian relationship, however, there is a kissing scene between them but they weren’t kissing in a moment in love they were kissing because Madame Vastra could store oxygen and they needed to hold her breath. Sweet that Madame Vastra was practically saving Jenny’s life, not so sweet that the only scene with them kissing was because they had to.   Vastra has a bitch fight with Clara, on if she is judgemental. This is where it really gets down to business on if Clara is bothered about the Doctor being an, “older,” person. Turns out she isn’t… All this is happening while the Doctor is running on the rooftops talking to the dinosaur…

THEN THEY KILL THE FREAKING DINOSAUR!!!

We have another cDoctor Who scaredonnection to a past episode, this time series 1 of the New Doctor Who, where the pig in a spaceship flies into Big ben… This time we have a dinosaur being burned to death near Big Ben. In both cases the Doctor, in grief, says, “It/She was scared.” Putting forward this idea that he’s sad that the Human Race doesn’t know how to distinguish between a threat and fear.

Moffat’s connection to Sherlock then comes out, as the Dinosaur’s death (the Dinosaur has basically combusted) then becomes a murder mystery as the question is, “Have their been any similar murders?” Turns out there has. The Doctor disappears leaving Clara questioning him again.Doctor who hit

Since New Doctor Who Started in 2006, only Rose has seen the Doctor regenerate and continued to be his companion. Compared to her, Clara has more doubt about who the Doctor is. This idea of accepting age comes back, although I know Rose and Clara are completely different characters, but if you think about it like this. Rose saw 9th Doctor change into a physically younger looking 10th Doctor, there was that romantic attraction there and in some cases the 10th Doctors attitude was more upbeat and positive- it was mentioned the 9th Doctor was still getting over the war. Here Clara has to sort of accept the opposite, accepting her young, childish Doctor has turned into an older Doctor, who on first appearances seems unstable. There’s a hurtful (for viewers) part where the 11th Doctor phones Clara up from Trenzalore in the past (Timey wimey Wibbly wobbly stuff) mentioning the version she is with now, will be scared and need help, that plus the 12th Doctor asking Clara if she wants to go for chips, connects back to the first series. There is the possibility that The Doctor needs Clara to be Rose, as he mentioned before at the end of series 4, Rose made him better. Where as the 10th Doctor and the 11th Doctor has similarities I’m thinking the 12th Doctor and the 9th Doctor are going to have similarities, winding the series down a darker path.

Mentioning Donna.  There is a scene where the Doctor, confused with who he is, Questioning an old poor man “Have you seen this face before?… It’s funny because I’m sure that I have.” One problem I saw with Peter Capaldi being the new Doctor was that he HAS been in Doctor Who before.

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Series 4- Fires of Pompeii which is one of the first places The 10th Doctor takes Donna. It’s a long shot but another theory could be is we have a connection to Donna here.Like Rose, Donna also had the attitude to tell the Doctor when to stop and had the plus that she wasn’t crushing on the Doctor all the time.

Also if we are connecting the Doctor back to Pompeii it could mean that the Doctor might not just have some control on what he looks like, it get’s mentioned he chose to look youthful to fit in, but who he looks like.

I mentioned before that the Doctor put Clara in a situation where she was in danger- leaving her trapped with the clockwork droids, the only thing that properly saved Clara was the fact she remembered the Doctor telling her, “How long can you hold your breath?” As these droids seem to be able to sense any human because of their breathing, although in the end Clara was still caught because let’s admit it we need oxygen to live. It still shows that the Doctor is willing to take more risks and maybe in future episodes the companion isn’t going to be safeguarded and locked up in the Tardis sent home every so often. This placing Clara, in danger also is a trust test. Although the Doctor left her, she had to see that he would always, “Have her back.” It’s different to see that instead of the Doctor insulting just the robots/villains, but he also throws an insult at Clara, “5’1 and crying.” and calling her a, “Control freak.”

There is also something I’ve actually become annoyed about. The Doctor’s change of attitude and the fact we will be getting a male companion, has Moffat put this characteristic in the Doctor to fit in with the male companion? Also this new quality might give a theory that Clara’s exit from the show might not be a clean one.

 

THE PHONE CALL

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I cried and I will keep crying for possibly the next 10 times I watch this episode. I know the Doctor is now not a, “Hugging person,” but I believe most of the Whovian fandom was giving him a hug at that point.

 

Questions (weirdly both of these questions the answer River has crossed my mind but then I’ve had to dismiss it)-

Who is this woman who is trying to keep them together? I always thought, “The Woman at the Shop.” was River, but if you remember Clara has met River so hopefully she would have mentioned when the Doctor asked who gave you my number that it was River.

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Who is Missy?

Right I have been asked if this could be River Song, due to her calling the Doctor her, “Boyfriend.”

*Sigh*
*turns lights off*
*sets up projector*
*opens powerpoint* 
allow me to tell you a thing

At the moment looking at the past story lines there is only a slim chance Missy is River Song. We met River Song as Mel, when she was a child growing up with Amy and Rory. We saw her grow up then change into the River Song we all know. She can’t regenerate, meaning River can’t change, as she gave her regeneration energy to save the Doctor. Also the small fact River is now dead and stuck in a library database, so even if she could change she’s stuck anyway. What about before Mel changed into River Song? Ok we find Melody again as a child in 1969 where she regenerates. If Missy is Melody, this would mean she regenerated, grew up, went back to the Victorian era, did whatever she is there for, then regenerated again into Mel to go back to school with Amy and Rory in I’m guessing the 1980’s/1990’s.

There is also another theory- Tumblr- that Missy could be the Master. Missy- Mistress- Master.

But from what I’ve seen with Moffat’s writing anything could happen.

– One thing about the Missy scene. This is either connected or the Doctor Who team really need to find new locations

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We have seen that garden in Series 6, The Girl Who Waited, Where Amy is quarantined in a place which is almost described as, “Kindness centres.” which allow people to live out the rest of their lives in the best way possible. It could be the same place- planet Apalapucia- Missy says it’s the, “Promise Land. Paradise.”

We’ve also seen it in a Sarah Jane Adventure episode where the gang go investigate a, “Haunted,” Building, only to find out it was the work of an alien magician.

 

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Coolest entrance goes to Madame Vastra and Jenny, I know the Tardis entering via a dinosaur was cool but I have more chance of being able to do aerial acrobatics… although chances are I’ll just end up killing myself and fall like Strax did.

 

Favourite quotes-

 Doctor. “Planet of the pudding brains.”

Strax- “By bringing it (the Tardis) here, he’ll be lured from the dangers of London to this place of safety… And we will melt him with acid.” 

Clara- “Okay that last part,” 

Strax- “And we will not. Melt him with acid.”

Doctor- “I’m Scottish, I can complain about things.”

Doctor “I don’t know but I’d probably blame the English.”

Doctor- “I don’t think I’m a hugging person now”

Clara- “I’m not sure you get a vote.”

 

WWI Centenary Lights Out

“The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime”.

Sir Edward Grey, Foreign Secretary , August 1914, as Britain’s Ultimatum to Germany was about to expire.

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At 10pm tonight we ask you all for just one hour to turn out the lights. Leave one candle or a single light on in memory of the beginning of WWI.

At 11pm on 4th August 1914 Great Britain joined the war changing lives forever.

BBC have commentary on until 11.05pm and there’s an app available called Light’s Out by Jeremy Deller.

Please join the country in remembrance.

News- Mental health job support scheme piloted

 

Another government idea and it’s to do with Mental Health!!DOTD Fes1

Let’s get those earning (employment support allowance) ESA back into work!

SarcasmOk, at the moment this is just apparently in it’s “Idea,” Stages, but as someone earning ESA for mental health issues. I’m really questioning if the people who have come up with this have really thought it through.

For those who don’t know or need this explaining, here in the UK there are two main benefits for the unemployed.

Jobseekers Allowance – those who are, “Supposedly,” active and looking for work- although many people will argue they aren’t looking for work, these people get about £50 a week but lots of them have to follow rules such as show evidence they are looking for work. The trick is though, the evidence needed is just writing some nonsense on a piece of paper and showing it to an advisor every 2 weeks when you go for your money (or that was the trick in my local job centre when I went)

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ESA- these people are classed as, “Too sick,” to work, it can be for physical or mental illness but you do need a doctor to agree that you are too sick, you get a sick note and the government do a lot of blah de blah sorting stuff.

 

One thing I find annoying is this idea is taking some people who it is said can’t work and putting them in an environment they might not be ready for but ignoring these people who are signing up for Jobseekers and supposedly want to work.

The main mental illnesses the government want to target are Anxiety and Depression….

I’d love to see the overall plan for this because I’m sure someone in the government has this idea in their head that, people with mental illness just need one therapy session then they’ll be completely mentally healthy

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It doesn’t work like that.

It can take years for therapy to work. Even if you have “Caught the illness in an early stage.” (anyone else think that makes it sound like cancer?) it doesn’t mean throwing them into work is the right decision.

 

Reality, it took me 3 years of therapy to realise I wasn’t healthy enough to work.

The idea of talking therapies is to get the patient to realise what is best for them, not what is best for the government’s spending.

Rushing people into talking therapies doesn’t work either.

-If people aren’t ready to talk, that may end up being therapy wasted,

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Will the government punish the person (take the money off of them) if they don’t comply with the therapy?

-If the therapy time is too short, this could leave a person worse- think of it you’ve just brought up memories you’ve hidden for a long time or just had the confidence to talk about them then that, “Support” Which was there and you could talk to is gone, then you are expected to go into a stress of a job.

 

ForkSure, there are times where I think, “Oh I could work,” However, I’m sure many mental health patients will agree with this, what you think one day can be completely different to what you think the next. Because I know that thought of, “I could work.” Is just a one day thing- also a manic thing because me saying I can work is often referring to impossible jobs such as being Wonder Woman.

My conditions would mean me keeping a job would be hard as I’ll be swinging off the roof and being reckless one moment and if they don’t fire me around that point there is a chance I’d be on the roof threatening to jump the next.

 

As they are targeting anxiety-

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Imagine waking up, you need to go to work, your gut feels like it’s twisted and the thought that something bad is going to happen won’t leave your head.

AnxietyThe idea of Fight or flight  is running through you, you want to run and hide from the world but at the same time you feel as if you are in a battle waiting for someone to pounce out and attack you. Although a therapist has told you nothing will happen to you, you still have the urge to cower under the duvet, while your body is waiting for an attack.

Somehow you do manage to get up and dressed- although you may not look your best as you were rushed to get dressed- the idea something bad will happen soon turns into the thought that everyone is looking at you and laughing at you. Throughout the day you are constantly plagued by paranoid thoughts, you avoid everyone (which is a problem in most jobs)

This continues, even worsens throughout the day. This is just one of the many things a person with anxiety could feel.

 

I don’t think the government see that most of these people with Mental Illness on ESA might be on it for a reason.

Depression isn’t just the person is feeling sad

Anxiety isn’t just that the person is feeling scared.

If some people want to go back to work, I say go for it, but I think if the government want to see about saving money they should look into the people who can work first. Dalek emotional

With ESA (especially with this idea) there are two groups people can be placed into. One of the groups I was actually terrified I’d be placed into, the “Work-Related group,” Involves regular interviews which if you don’t turn up to they can defer your benefit  and you can only be in this group for a year before you go into work or back on job seekers.

My anxiety levels actually dropped when I found I had been put into the, “Support group.” where you don’t have to go to those interviews.

This new idea apparently people will have to go through an interview.

Dear person who came up with this idea. Telling someone with anxiety that they have to go for an interview, which could effect their life, really not a good idea. Signed anxiety patient.

 

With this idea, I’m not sure if the government realise how much money they will need to put into therapy, apparently there are 260,000 people on ESA for mental health issues. Now, add the wage of a therapist, the amount of time they will need to put in, there may also be the need for a support scheme, someone the person could contact for support if they feel like they are having issues looking for work or in work, there are lots of things to factor in.DP Madness

I’m sort of hoping this idea doesn’t become official as, I know loads of people who will be effected by it. I’m all for equality with mental health but at their own timings.

 

The Crimson Field Review

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For the past six weeks the BBC have treated us to a fantastic war drama called The Crimson Field. This series was based in France and was set in a medical camp close to the front lines.

Throughout the six hours it’s been on our tv screens we’ve managed to see more of women’s lives in WWI than we’d possibly read in a book. It’s definitely bolstered the fact that women were indeed a crucial part of WWI

p01vbnlcThe main three ladies we get to know from the beginning are Kitty Trevelyan (Oona Chaplin), Flora Marshall (Alice St. Clair) and Rosalie Berwick (Marianne Oldham) all of them have their own secrets which we find out in the series. We get to watch them all grow in the short time we know them yet after the finale Sunday night it left me feeling like I’d known them forever. Suranne Jones plays another character who we know from the beginning, she plays Sister Joan Livesy. Sister Livesy is keeping a bigger secret than the rest of the ladies which makes her very interesting to watch.

One part I have to applaud the BBC on tackling is the taboo subject of Germans residing in Britain after the sinking of the Lusitania. We find out early on that Sister Livesy’s fiancé is a German, living in Britain, who goes back to be a German soldier. We find out that Germans who lived in Britain were treat very badly throughout this time. It’s quite an eye opener to see how different nationalities were so strictly divided but then we see this same division between the sexes and particularly ranks within the army.

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Each week we saw a different mix of soldiers come through the doors. This gave quite a visual of how the army, doctors and nurses dealt with different scenarios. A few that cropped up were desertion, keeping homophobia on the quiet, shell shock and mental health problems caused by the war and trust issues between the staff. Put in the time era of WWI and the punishments in place made these serious issues.

In some ways this series has been different to many you’ve seen before. I know when I first heard about it being commissioned I fell in love with the fact that thesuranne-jones-and-hermione-norris-in-the-crimson-field-136389032614410401-140404164356
main characters were female nurses from an everyday background. I loved that the actors were fairly unknown but you had the guiding light of experience such as Hermione Norris, Kevin Doyle and Adam James to keep it all in check so to speak. Everything else you learn about the war is an added bonus. The characters are obviously different to films you may have watched about both WWI and WWII, they feel a lot more gritty and strict. The nurses are also strict and stick with the rules, but you sometimes see the newer nurses facades crack a little reminding you they’re only human and they’re still only young.

In Sunday nights finale, which was a corker, the news comes in about Edith Cavell being executed which ties in with the storyline at that point. Everything within the series works well especially with the writers managing to weave real life stories into the scripts.

tumblr_n4d382JUTh1si51pco1_500The Crimson Field is really a series that needs to be watched. In my opinion it wouldn’t have worked as well for any other war. WWII sticks with women being Land Girls, Lumber Jills and Donut Dollies. WWI only seemed to depict women as nurses, there doesn’t appear to be many other roles for the fairer sex. The series manages to fit all the good, bad, ugly and forbidden of a year in WWI into six hours. Yes some questions don’t seem properly answered but this may leave room for another series… Just remember there’s still a lot of the war left at this point.

Watch The Crimson Field on BBC iPlayer here

Learn more about the series here

Week Round Up: Birthdays, Winter Olympics & Vampire Academy

So since so much has happened this week we decided to blend it all together and condense it down into bite size chunks. Make’s it easier to digest you see. We’re hoping that this eclectic mix will hold something for everyone.

Birthdays!

Clark_Gable_-_publicity1st February- Clark Gable (1/2/1901- 16/11/1960) American actor best known for playing Rhett Butler in Gone With the Wind. Starred in many films with many famous people. Try watching The Misfits which was sadly his last film

4th February- Ida Lupino (4/2/1918- 3/8/1995) British/American actress and pioneer of women film makers. Lupino starred Ida_Lupino_publicityin over 50 films and directed many more TV episodes like Hitchcock Presents and Twilight Zone. A very fascinating woman in a male dominated career.

Zsa_Zsa_Gabor_-_19596th February- Zsa Zsa Gabor (6/2/1917) Hungarian/ American actress and socialite. She has appeared in films and TV series but is probably best known for being married nine times and having a very public personal life.

Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics!

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Sochi 2014 Olympic Mascots

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Where Sochi actually is… There really isn’t that much snow.

As I write this the BBC coverage of the Opening Ceremony has just begun. EXCITING! Sochi 2014 is the 22nd Winter Olympics and Sochi is in Russia, but you probably already knew that. Everyone seems excited to see what the Opening Ceremony will consist of and what Putin has to say. This Winter Olympics is special because it is the first time Ski and Snowboard Slopestyle has been seen at the Olympics (giving Team GB great medal chances) and the first time Women can compete in the Ski Jump. It’s also the first time Team USA have competed on Russian soil… Thanks to Clare Balding for just mentioning that.

In the UK the BBC are basically covering it all and have commentators who know what they’re on about. I will also be out there for a week from the 17th, I’m very excited for that.  We’ll keep you updated on Team GB and any medal prospects. For now go and enjoy the most expensive Olympics ever and try not to let the controversies take anything away from the sport.

Vampire Academy US Opening

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Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry & Dominic Sherwood at Publicity for Vampire Academy

The film to the best selling books opened in the US today. As a resident of the UK I’m torn between hating people who are posting spoilers already and smiling at all the great photos and reviews that are being put on social network sites. Remember we don’t get the film until April. It gives us chance to re-read the books and see if the film gets enough money to maybe have Frostbite optioned.

Goodbye for now, I’m going back the the Sochi Opening Ceremony.

Doctor Who, Christmas episode review.

Ok, this is a bit late. This episode was aired in 2013 and we are now in 2014, truthfully I’ve been in Pantoland, since the 20th of December on stage.

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Now, this episode can be awarded some sort of trophy for truly screwing up the Doctor Who counting system.

Those who know, since 1963 to 24th of December 2013 we knew Time Lord- Doctor Who regeneration rule being there are 12 regenerations, and there will be 13 Doctors. And the Doctor and their actors are as follows
1st Doctor- William Hartnell
2nd- Patrick Troughton
3rd- Jon Pertwee
4th- Tom Baker
5th- Peter Davison
6th- Colin Baker
7th- Sylvester McCoy
8th- Paul McGann
9th- Christopher Eccleston
10th- David Tennant
11th- Matt Smith
12th Peter Capaldi.

After the 50th anniversary episode, there was the question, with no official answer at the time if John Hurt, who was introduced as, “The War Doctor,” Should actually be the 9th Doctor, meaning the current Doctor- Peter Capaldi would be the last. Although, with that episode bringing Gallifrey back, there was the option that the Time Lords would grant the Doctor more regenerations. One snag is that The Doctor doesn’t know where his home planet is, basically depending on how difficult the writers make it, finding Gallifrey could be really easy or it could be like getting a Where’s Wally book, only to make things extremely difficult someone has torn the pages up and hidden the small picture of Wally in some giant mansion sort of house with a garden with no clue to where the picture is.

Back to the Christmas episode, the line up was changed even more. Back when David Tennant was the Doctor , viewers did see regeneration energy- he was shot by a Dalek

Zim shaking headOnly after healing himself, he poured that energy into his hand that cut off, (Not going to go into that, Whovians you should know what I’m talking about, those who don’t you need to go watch the Christmas Special at the start of series 2). I don’t know anyone who actually counted that as a regeneration, but 25th December 2013 it actually got announced that it was a regeneration and the Doctor at the time had, “Vanity,” Issues.

 

Basically the line up now looks like

8th- Paul McGann
9th- John Hurt
10th- Christopher Eccleston
11th- David Tennant
12th- David Tennant
13th- Matt Smith
14th- Peter Capaldi

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Now, I’m going to try and not go into a written rant about this. The more annoying thing about this is- despite the obvious there shouldn’t be more than 13 Doctors or they should have made a bigger deal with the Time Lords giving him another regeneration rather than just some gold light coming out of the crack in the sky, the same crack we thought had been resolved in early Matt Smith days! Although it was written in the script, I’m taking that from the fact it came from the Actors mouths in the episode, which confirmed that the Doctor Who team were screwing everything up or someone along the lines for got how to count, internet sources such as the BBC and Wikipedia (ok I know that one isn’t a reliable one but come on, everyone goes to it), still count Capaldi as the 12th Doctor.

The Christmas Episode 2013, The Time of the Doctor, saw us say a tearful farewell to Matt

Smith as the 11th/13th Doctor, since the excitement of the 50th anniversary was over the number one question at the back of most Whovian’s minds- although most would not want to think of it- was, how would he be killed and would his goodbye create as much flooding as David Tennant’s Farewell as he with teary eyes, left us with the heart scarring words, “I Don’t want to Go.”

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Like the finale of 2 previous seasons (5 &6) We see for the 3rd time and I get an itching feeling Moffat mightlike writing scenes that involve all of the Doctors enemies in one place, ok it is effective considering we knew the Doctor would be killed in this episode it didn’t give any answers to how. There was a giggle worthy moment in this episode when it occurred to me, Matt Smith’s Doctor could be the first one to die naked- Spoilers 😉

In this Episode, we finally get to know how the Silence was formed and why it is known as a, “Religion.” It was created by the church and the Mother Superior Tasha Lem to stop the Doctor from speaking his name and letting the Time Lords back into that universe. Confusion was also stopped, these events happened after River Song but thankfully one question whichis answered is how the Silence got brought back in time. Apparently, a division of the Church broke off and went back in time to stop the Doctor from ever getting to Trenzalore.

Of course, the Doctor didn’t really die as much as he thought he would, counting up that he was the 13th Doctor he began to slowly die (not mentioning how) Spoilers ;). The Doctor is allowed another regeneration from the Time Lords, using his regeneration energy he is able to destroy the Daleks and defend Trenzalore. Yay! This actually isn’t as good as it seems if you remember the plot line for series 7, if you can recall that series is based around the Doctor dying on Trenzalore, it’s the reason Clara gets splintered into

DW8 Time and the Doctor goes to find her. If the Doctor doesn’t die on Trenzalore (it cannot be argued that he could still die there as Clara has no idea who the Capaldi regeneration is and she has seen every one), his grave isn’t on Trenzalore therefore, the events of that time with the Great Intelligence (End of series 7) doesn’t happen, leaving giant plot holes, and making series 7 irrelevant. 


.The Goodbye Matt Smith gives is a tearful one. Where as David Tennant made us all fall in tears with words, Matt Smith gave us tears with actions,

Dalek emotional we are taken for a trip down memory lane with the placement on the set of Fish Fingers and Custard, Mini Amy Pond and the appearance of grown up Amy (First time I saw this episode I knew straight away her ginger hair was a wig, after that though the emotional turmoil makes it less relevant) calling him by her childhood name for him “Raggedy Man.”and the symbolic meaning of him taking off the, “Cool,” Bow tie was like him stripping off his identity.

“I will always remember when the Doctor was me.” The Line that sent shivers down my back.

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This episode also, brings the quickest regeneration in the history of Who, but Capaldi and his new Kidneys and his Scottish accent make a brief appearance and we have to wait for series 8 now, which is set to be a good one as the 14th Doctor announces he doesn’t know how to fly the TARDIS.

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Unanswered questions in this episode-

How did the telephone get disconnected from the console unit? (Ok I think that one could go on without being answered but really I want to know, I hate to think it just, “Happened,” For that episode for laughs.”

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Where Can I get a Friendly Cyberman head? (Ok that’s probably more of an outside the episode, aimed at merchandising thing)

Will there be doing a Cooking with TARDIS cookbook? (Again merchandise)

Why do you have to go to church naked? (I want an actual reason for this. It can’t just be a, “Respect,” Reason).

In this episode, something is sort of spoiled. The Silence Monsters, we all got taught to fear- when we could DWC2see and remember them anyway, turned out to be priests…  Which begs the question is this a different branch of the Silence family? One side are priests that ask for confessions the other helps raise psychopaths? If that is true, Moffat needs to start writing some sort of Eastenders Soap with the Silence in the middle… or maybe he already has, no one can remember it.

The Mother Superior says, “You’re not taking any technology down there,” She means the TARDIS key, but nothing is asked of the Doctor Sonic Screwdriver. (I’m guessing he might still have had it on him as we don’t see him pick it up in the scenes in the TARDIS). Where is the Sonic Screwdriver? Or Why didn’t she ask for it?

Is some certain facts with what happened on the Day, The Master, The Doctor and the Power Mad Time Lords met gone from the Doctor’s memory? The Doctor said, “They will come in peace.” If you remember that episode properly do you really want to bet 100% on it?

How does a Wooden Cyberman work? Come on the thing shoots fire! (I don’t mean that as a question, I know the world of Doctor Who can defy the rules of physics)

How did Clara survive going though Time Vortex and Space without a shell? There is an argument if it will kill you or not, when Jack Harkness clung onto the TARDIS last time he died, although because he can’t really die, he came back. Clara was stuck in the Time Vortex for 300 years.

Does the Doctor get another set of regenerations (Meaning 12 more) Or is this just a one time, one generation   deal?

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BBC Cancels Victorian Crime Drama Ripper Street

I was devastated when I read about this this morning. It’s possibly one of the best period dramas set in Victorian London I’ve ever seen. It’s a crime drama with none of the gore, fighting and realism taken out. So why has Ripper Street been cancelled?

First off we should look at the slot it fills in the TV schedule. It airs on BBC One at 9pm on a Monday night, the exact same time as ITV shows I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here. It proves that more people would rather watch a reality show than an original drama that shows you a bit of history. In fact I’m a Celebrity had 8.8 million viewers to Ripper Streets 3.2 million during Monday’s episode. Big difference for a comparison in two very different shows.

Jerome Flynn, Matthew Macfadyen and Adam Rothenberg in Ripper Street.Ripper Street is a great period crime drama with a storyline and setting quite different to period dramas like Downton Abbey and The Paradise. Ripper Street is downright gritty and bloody, just like a copper show set in Victorian East London should be. The first season followed on from the capture of Jack the Ripper and season two follows on from that, showing that East London still has lots of murderers to catch and crimes to solve. If this doesn’t interest you then the main trio of Matthew Mcfayden (Det. Insp. Edmund Reid) Jerome Flynn (Det. Sgt. Bennet Drake) and Adam Rothenberg (Captain Homer Jackson) definitely will. Each of the performances are brilliant and very similar to what you’d expect of Victorian detectives in a crime populated area. The men aren’t the only great performers. MyAnna Buring is everything a Victorian lady probably shouldn’t be as Long Susan the brothel madam who usually crosses paths with the detectives.

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Ripper Street is currently airing its second series and only has two episodes left. The viewing figures for this series have dropped quite a bit compared to season one and some on the web and regular fans have said this could be down to the nature of some of the story lines. There have been a few brutal murders of females, beatings and the like but in all fairness this as helped make the show feel more realistic. What’s Victorian London without some brothels and scandal?

The main reason I’m sad to see Ripper Street go is that it’s a crime drama that keeps you on your toes and second guessing the whole way through. RIPPER-STREET-2480334There’s times when you can’t work out who the killer could possibly be. I found you also learn something in each episode. It’s an eye opener to see how different the police system is and how women were treated in the time. The actors are superb, the costumes and settings are spot on and the writing is true brilliance in a time with lots of period dramas.

So why the BBC are dropping this series now, so close to the end of season two, is beyond the comprehension of a lot of fans. It makes you wonder what programme will be created to take it’s place. I’m not a fan of reality shows and now the ratings of one have practically killed off this beautiful show I fear for the future of dramas. ITV have also recently cancelled their modern day crime drama Whitechapel, leaving the question what will be disappearing from our screens next?

Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor

23rd Of November 2013 saw a landmark day for all Whovians and possibly those unfamiliar to the show but wanted to see what the hype was about.

Whovians, acknowledged that this day would be the 50th anniversary of their beloved Time Traveller (Which first aired that day in 1963) However, fans were met with the news that there would be a 50th Anniversary Special, all news and the scripts were kept secret, occasionally some news would be realised news that David Tennant would be returning to play the 10th Doctor would have some fans screaming, but as Whovians would know there could be two forms the Tenth Doctor could take, the Tenth Doctor himself or his Human-Time Lord Equivalent in the parallel universe. The Hints the BBC released would leave more questions then answers, we were told the villains that would be involved and at the end of Series 7 in the episode, “In the Name of the Doctor,” Whovians were left with the knowledge that John Hurt some how would appear as The Doctor.

So, fans are left with questions that could cover all, Who? What? Why? When? How? And this is possibly one of the best kept secrets of the BBC.

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7.30PM 25th of November  2013. Get Fish Fingers and Custard Ready. (That’s just what I did, I’m not sure if other fans ate the same thing, but for the record it isn’t as bad as it sounds)

7.48PM- Screaming at the TV Hoping Strictly Come Dancing would hurry up

7.50PM Simultaneous broadcast Doctor Who was shown on the BBC, selected cinemas and 93 other countries, Breaking a Guinness World Record- Some significance to Doctor Who Series 3 episode 13 “Last of the Time Lords,” Where the whole world thinks, “Doctor,” At the exact same moment saving him?

The Episode-

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I’m not going to go through the whole episode minute by minute, as we could be here all day as I point out and explain all the little details which probably hold hardly any significance.

But I will admit I had chills when the credits came on screen and it wasn’t the traditional colour 12th Doctor Logo, instead we had the logo with the first 20 seconds of the first ever episode of Doctor Who in the 1960’s and the name “I. Chesterton,” Is written on the school board. Those who don’t know I.Chesterton= Ian Chesterton, one of the Doctors first companions. There are a few things what Old Who fans might have picked up on, such as the first 30 seconds we see, “I Chesterton,” but before that is the name of the scrapyard the TARDIS landed in in the first episode. The Long Scarf worn by one of the Scientists, gives a reference to the scarf worn by the 4th doctor.

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Keeping this short-

Some things I loved about this episode-

All the references to old doctor who, I screamed seeing a picture of Susan (The Doctors Granddaughter) on the Pin board of UNIT.

The drama, competition and humour between the three Doctors, such as the Sonic Screwdriver stand off.

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The awesome special effects especially those involving Gallifrey (Although I will admit, it did seem a bit Star Wars at times)

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All thirteen Doctors coming to save Gallifrey in the end including the 12th Doctor Peter Capaldi.

The fact Fez’s were involved

Tenth Doctor warning a bunny rabbit.

We see old TARDIS console- including the circle things

Tom Baker’s (4th Doctor) appearance near the end of the episode *Squeal*

Some Things I was disappointed about- 

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The fact that we didn’t find out how Rose and the Doctor were in the alternate universe (Spoilers- Billie Piper was in this episode but didn’t exactly play Rose and it was the actual Time Lord Doctor).

The amount of plot holes, there were certain things where it felt like, “That shouldn’t have happened because if that doesn’t happen, this and this doesn’t.”  The fact Gallifrey got saved there are lots which need to be explained. The 9th and 10th Doctor will still think that they destroyed Gallifrey but people such as The Master it could be questioned if he should still be around. Also in the 10th Doctors last episode, he admitted that the Time Lord’s have changed for the worse, so it could be argued why did the 11th Doctor save Gallifrey when he knows the President and a few others on Gallifrey are practically waiting to take over the universe?

The amount of flirting the Tenth Doctor did, no, just no.

It seemed the plot was over complicated, not sure how to explain this one, but it felt like there wasn’t a plot line, but that’s because there were around 3 different ones-

  • 1- War Doctors (John Hurt’s) plot line, deciding if he should destroy Gallifrey+ The Time War. The other two Doctor’s got brought in because the War Doctor needed to know what he would be like after he destroyed Gallifrey.
  • 2- 11th Doctor’s (Matt Smith’s) plot line, investigating paintings then trying to make an arrangement between humans and Zygons.
  • 3- 10th Doctor’s (David Tennant) Protecting and marrying Queen Elizabeth I against Zygons.

We see the end of the 1st plot line, although that isn’t the one that this episode started off with, it started with the 11th Doctor. There isn’t much suggestion to the hint of the end of the other two.

The Daleks were said to be one of the villains that were going to be in this episode but depending on how you are looking at it they weren’t exactly. The Zygons were the main villain the Daleks were only the villains when the Time War was shown, which we knew about that anyway.

The Tenth Doctor’s last words were the exact ones what he said before he dies- wasn’t disappointed in that, I cried about that

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I do recommend this episode, like any other episode, because even if it does have flaws there is something that makes up for it and if you are a Whovian you probably know that even if you do dislike one part of it it doesn’t mean that you will stop watching or loving Doctor Who.

It will be interesting to see where the series is going to go now that the Doctor knows Gallifrey is out there, viewers are left thinking maybe future series will evolve around The Doctor going on a hunt for his home planet. There is some confusion unfortunately if John Hurt’s appearance changes the Time Lord Numbering, meaning 9 is now 10, 10 is now 11, 11 is now 12 and 12 is now 13. However, I think this for the moment is down to viewers personal opinion I know sites such as Google etc (On date 24.11.13) Still has Peter Capaldi down as the 12th Doctor not the 13th.

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Apologies-

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Ok, my last post over a month ago, I said I’d do a Doctor Who post multiple times a week, unfortunately I forgot that as well as this November being the month where I squeal like a kid because of Doctor Who, I also do NaNoWriMo (I’ll hopefully get around to explaining that later but it involves me writing a 50,000 word novel in a month) Also I’ve had to be at rehearsals because I’m in a Panto this year.

For now…

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Doctor Who Party starts… NOW!

As a big Doctor Who fan the news of the 50th Anniversary Special episode made me seem like someone had told a 5 year old kid that Christmas was going to come early this year AND they were going to get everything they wanted AND vegetables were off the menu for life.

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Starting now, I’m having my own Well Did You Evah Doctor Who party, till the 23rd of November where the Doctor Who Special, “The Day of the Doctor,” will be aired.  The Day of the Doctor episode will excitingly be an adventure where the 11th Doctor and companion Clara somehow meets the HumanDoctor (Series 4 episode basically it’s the 10th Doctor only he’s human and has been living in a Parallel  universe with Rose, who will also be in this episode- companion he fell in love with), and in between all of that Actor John Hurt (Playing a character) has something to do with what ever is going on.

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As there are other people contributing on this blog I have had to be reined in a bit. This was going to be a month long, “Every day I will post something Doctor Who themed,” Sort of deal, but I was reminded we do kind of have a schedule here. So, its an every so often in the next month- few times a week- I will do a post focusing on certain aspects of Doctor Who, be it the monsters, the companions or everything in-between. I have gotten the team to let me have the 11 days before the 23rd to post a Doctor a day, starting from William Hartnell (The First Doctor) To Matt Smith (Present Day Doctor).

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Do I need to do an introduction?

1963, Doctor who was first aired, history was made. If it wasn’t for that and them deciding to bring the show back in 2005, my family would probably be seeing a less insane me, which would be boring.

The Doctor isn’t human, he’s a Time Lord from Gallifrey, the series first started off as he had been exiled but as the “New Doctor Who,” (This is what fans call the Doctor Who series that started in 2005) it became apparent the reason he couldn’t go back was because of the Time War destroyed Gallifrey (I’ll explain this at a later post). He travels the universe picking up companions who help the Doctor but also help the audience. A human companion helps viewers sometimes see the Doctors adventures through another point of view but are also there to ask questions to simplify the, “Timey-wimey wibbley-wobbley,” Stuff. Each episode The Doctor and his Companion/s travel in the TARDIS (Time and Relative Dimensions in Space), to try simplify that even more it’s a box that travels in time and space. They go to different eras, planets or just stop on Earth where they usually end up facing different monsters… with style.

The Doctor Who series is massive, spanning at least 2 spin off series (Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures) Most people will at least recognise the name or one of the icons from the programme. The programme can bring joy, fear, heartbreak but almost every episode can guarantee the Doctor winning in some form and kids… and me… dying to be a part of the Doctor’s adventures.

If anyone has any specific monster, companion or other thing you want us to review, get in touch via our contact thing or Psychic paper (however, best to use the contact thing apparently my Psychic Paper doesn’t react well to being sonicked by the sonic screwdriver)… of course I’ll be battling with the Daleks and Cybermen

Although, my MacBook seems to be having different idea’s with that battle-

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November: Dracula, Classic Horror and Vivien Leigh

I was looking through my Simon’s Cat diary and was quite pleased by what’s coming up over the next month. We thought it was our duty to fill you in on all the goodies that we have to look forward to.

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Friday 25th October brings Dracula to US screens. This version looks sinfully brilliant with the very pretty Jonathan Rhys Meyers playing Dracula (We drooled and squealed so much when this was announced.) Meyers is a great choice for Dracula and after seeing him a few times in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones I think he’ll pull the sexy supernatural role off very well. The trailer also looks quite amazing. I’m hoping it lives up to expectations as there seems to be a few gothic style TV Shows airing this fall/ autumn. Sleepy Hollow and Witches of East End to name a few. British fans will recognise Katie McGrath who played Morgana in BBC’s Merlin, in Dracula she plays Lucy. The 10 episode show airs in the UK on Sky Living on 31st October. This means we’ll be in for a ghoulishly good Halloween Night.

Where Horror films are concerned there’s a great film event you need to look out for at Independent cinemas. The event creatively titled Gothic: The Dark Artelsa-lanchester-bride-of-frankenstein-c10102251-1_7942 of Film runs fully at BFI London where they are showing a huge selection of old and classic horror films. Think Nosferatu Symphony of Horror, Bela Lugosi and Christopher Lee Draculas and The Bride Of Frankenstein and you’re definitely on the right lines. After some checking at my local cinemas (Showroom Sheffield and City Screen York) we’ve found out that they are also showing selected films (YAY!) Obviously they don’t have the full selection but they do have some corkers. This Sunday I’ll be in York to see Nosferatu in all it’s silent glory. Showroom are running Gothic well into December so people of Yorkshire you have no excuse to miss classic horror!

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For all the films in Gothic: The Dark Art of Film visit BFI: http://www.bfi.org.uk/gothic

Vivien_Leigh_BFI5th November marks Vivien Leigh’s 100th Birthday. Me and Cat are big lovers of this golden starlet and so are making the effort to make her birthday as big as can be. BFI Southbank are also celebrating by showing her films until January 2014. They’re showing classics like Gone With The Wind and A Streetcar Named Desire along with Waterloo Bridge and The Deep Blue Sea. Keep an eye out because there’s also a few talks taking place at BFI, National Portrait Gallery (with none other than Kendra Bean, Exciting!) and one at V&A Museum on 13th November. I’m very much looking forward to all these. Those who are free on Saturday 16th or Monday 18th November can also buy tickets to have a sneak peek in the V&A archives which now contain some of Ms. Leigh’s clothing and personal affects. What a perfect month November will be!

For a more detailed list on Vivien Leigh talks and events visit http://www.vivandlarry.com This site is basically all you need for everything Vivien. It’s ran by Kendra Bean. All screening times are available here: BFI Vivien Leigh showtimes

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As you’ve been warned we will be contributing lots on Vivien Leigh throughout November. It’s our way of showing our love and appreciation. You’re welcome to get involved too!