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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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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11th, 10th and The War Doctor

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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The 12th Doctor?

To all of us Whovians (Doctor Who fans if you aren’t familiar with the lingo), we received some bad news at the weekend.

Yes.

Our Beloved Matt Smith, who has played the 11th Doctor (The Master of the Bow Tie) since 2010 when dreadfully the 10th Doctor got ripped out of our sights after a radiation sacrifice, is leaving the role of Doctor Who.

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Now it’s only been 2/3 days and speculation has already started on who is going to be the 12th Doctor. It’s not really a role that can be taken lightly, considering Doctor Who has a HUGE fan base (well it has been going since the 60’s). People of all ages love it, but the Doctor only has 13 lives. It’s not like a one time role where one person plays this character and when they die it is over with. Neither is it like, he can live forever- although you never know something could happen. Each person who plays the role of the Doctor needs to bring character and personality to the role, or else they have to answer to the fan base. I’ve mentioned how deadly Twilight fans are in the past, well actually if you put them in a fight, I believe Doctor Who fans would win. But the Actor needs to earn his place, make it seem like he deserves to be counted as one of the Doctors… Example, The 8th Doctor. Some people don’t really believed he deserves to be counted as he was only in one movie, the others have gone for series and series of TV- Unless you count the 9th Doctor… I’m not even touching that issue, he apparently left for personal issues.

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THESE NAMES ARE WHAT MEDIA HAVE SUGGESTED. NOTHING IS OFFICIAL.

The Bookies favourites to become the 12th Doctor

Doctor Who Rupert GrintRupert Grint. Yes Ron Weasley is rumoured to be the 12th Doctor. I have mixed reviews about this. I love the idea of a ginger Doctor- There is always a line about the Doctor wanting to be ginger. Plus, we all know Rupert can act. If you haven’t seen proof of this, then you either have been living under a rock and not seen any of the Harry Potter films or you haven’t watched them properly. However, the unusual thing about this suggestion is that none of the past Doctor’s have been A-List celebrities. They have been amazing actors, but none of them have really come from a massive fan base in the first place. So, ok it is possible this could happen, he’s good at acting and he’s British. Doctor Who would be like jumping to another fan base… Woah Rupert Grint could take over the world if this happens, create an army out of the masses of Harry Potter and Doctor Who fans. Forget it. LET THIS HAPPEN! Although first he might need to sort out the fangirls who are in love with him to make sure they aren’t fighting against each other while taking over the world.

Russell Tovey. Played George the werewolf in the UK’s version of Being Human, has also been in BBC’s Sherlock (So, has actually worked with Moffat).

Doctor Who Russell-Tovey The thing what I see as against him, is he has been in Doctor Who before. Now, Freema Agyeman had a similar thing, she was in the end of series 2 and died then, but came back series 3 as a different character- the Doctor’s new companion Martha Jones- It turned out the character Freema played at the end of series 2 was Martha’s cousin. Now, that was Russell T. Davis’ world, so Moffatt could possibly try something like that. 99% that wouldn’t work. The Doctor is the last of the Time Lords, so no cousins- Though the question is WHAT HAPPENED TO JENNY??? Or if you want to go back to the 20th century WHAT HAPPENED TO SUSAN?? (This is where most of you who weren’t born in the 1960’s/70’s or haven’t watched Old Who go, “Who’s she?” But this idea of bringing Russell Tovey back wouldn’t work as he was clearly not the Doctor in that episode also the Doctor has rules about crossing over his own timeline. Yes, he’s a good actor, but as he’s already been in Doctor Who, it’s going to take one hell of a story line to explain why he was in a previous one as some other humanoid. They’ve gone down the human doctor route, series 4 with the 10th Doctor, they will be bringing him back for the 50th anniversary episode in November.

-By the way, Susan was a character travelling with the first Doctor, she was also his Granddaughter. I know it’s been hinted in New Who all the Time Lords/the Doctor’s family are dead, but I want an official confirmation.

They are the bookies favourites, Some other names that have been mentioned, some which are possibly really unlikely.

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Martin Freeman, played Watson in Sherlock, so has and still is working with Moffat so this is a possibility but it depends on hisschedule. I’m not sure when the new series of Doctor Who will start filming but Martin has to get though series 3 of Sherlock and a new Hobbit film. I’m not sure if there is anything else, I’m not bothering to look on IMDB.

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Richard Ayoade- played Moss in the IT Crowd. Now if this happens… Pretty sure I will love it. I just want to see this happen even if he just does a spoof.

 

 

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Colin Morgan was Merlin in… Merlin. Also has been in Doctor Who before- series 4- So, we could have a similar problem to Tovey. I would love it though if he did return.

 

 

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Tom Hiddleston… My Lord and Master. In the world of Marvel, you will know him as Loki. If he is the next Doctor Who, like Rupert, he has a chance of taking over the world. He can merge all the Thor/Avenger/Marvel fans with the Doctor Who ones.Also, Doctor Who might see a rise of female fans… and I will have to watch Doctor Who episodes more than my usual 3 times in 24 hours (Don’t judge me) as the first time I might be too busy staring and giggling over his amazingness.

 

Benedict Cumberbatch played Sherlock in… Sherlock. Also has been the villain in Star Trek into Darkness (2013). He’s worked with Moffat before so that’s a plus. I cannot even start to describe what else he has in his favour… *daydreaming*

I’ll just leave this here to prove his awesomeness-

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There is also speculation that the next Doctor could be female, but to be honest. Those rumours came up when David Tennant (10th Doctor) first announced he was leaving the show, I have a feeling they will also show up when the 12th Doctor is ready to step down. Ok, I’m all for female rights, it will show some equality, the females have always been the companion to the Doctor. On the other hand, I can see why it won’t really be done. Majority of the audience and fans are comfortable with a male Doctor. I think the risk of taking on another male actor is a large one for the crew, you won’t know how the audience will respond till they have seen the first episode. But taking on an actress, to portray the Doctor, signing them on to do a series and taking up a generation cycle, is an even bigger risk. The crew basically have one try to get this right. For any acting job you need the right person. With Doctor Who you need to factor in it’s history and audience as well. It’s not like they have created a new alien for the Doctor to fight off, where they want the audience to feel some negativity. Writers and the rest of the crew need the audience to feel comfortable with this character. Telling someone their favourite hero is now a female may take a while to adjust.

Doctor Who Christmas Special

Programme- Doctor Who Episode- The Snowman, Season… sorry that’s American… SERIES 7  Aired- 25th of December 2012 Starring- Matt Smith, Jenna-Louise Coleman and a bunch of other awesome actors/actresses. Yes Christmas time. Since Doctor Who started again and their Christmas … Continue reading