by: Joachim Jocson
I’m not one for ghost stories but this is beyond anything I’m use to in Doctor Who history.
We meet Professor Alec Palmer and psychic Emma Grayling investigating a ghost in Caliburn house in the year 1974. Emma, who has psychic powers tries to communicate with spirits inside the house and The professor who takes photographs of the ghost before it disappears. Just after their encounter with the ghost a there is a knock at the door and Alec and Emma are greeted by Clara and the Doctor, who state they are ‘looking for a ghost’. (insert lame Ghostbuster joke here)
The Doctor and Clara introduce themselves to the Professor and Emma as members of military intelligence, as they are investigating on behalf of health and. Emma talks to Clara about her psychic powers, which allow her to feel the emotions of others and which they had been using to create a link with the ghost, which Alec explains is called the ‘Witch of the Well’, and has been known to haunt the grounds for long before the house was built. As they look at previous photos and evidence of the ‘ghost’, Clara notices that the ghost is in exactly the same position in every picture.
She and the Doctor then proceed to search the house to find the ghost, after being told by Emma that the music room is the heart of the house. During their search, Emma and Alec question whether or not the Doctor really is from the ‘ministry’, to which Alec states that ‘he certainly has the right demeanor’ though is not completely certain. Throughout their conversation it becomes apparent that Emma has feelings for Alec which neither of them have yet acted upon.
The Doctor and Clara arrive in the music room and begin to feel paranoid, feeling as if they were being watched and become moderately frightened. The Doctor finds a single spot in the room where it is strangely noticeably colder than the rest of the room, which he marks by drawing a chalk circle on the floor. Clara becomes more frightened and she and the Doctor leave the room, while the temperature in the entire house begins to drop drastically, causing the windows to frost over. A very loud banging is heard and something unknown takes Clara’s hand, causing the two of them to flee back to the room where Emma and Alec are. The equipment begins to work of its own accord and a circular, mirror-like object appears in the middle of the room, floating and spinning. The professor says that this has never happened before, and Emma sees in front of her what appears to be the ghost in the middle of a forest, running and reaching out for them. The ghost cries out “help me!” as Emma faints, and the words “HELP ME” are seen to be written on the wall, though they fade after a few seconds, and the floating mirror-like object disappears.
Clara talks to Emma while she recovers, and discovers that Emma has feelings for Alec. Emma asks if Clara has any feelings for the Doctor, and is happy to hear she doesn’t. She warns her not to trust the Doctor, saying there’s “a sliver of ice in his heart”. Alec and the Doctor look at the latest photos of the ghost in a dark room. The Doctor and Clara return to the TARDIS and travel to the exact same spot at different times throughout the history of the Earth, taking photographs at every stop. While Emma and Alec talk, a flash of lightning reveals what looks like a monstrous crawling woman behind them. Clara expresses shock over the fate of the Earth and, angered by the Doctor’s emotionless response asks him how he can have peace with it. She says that from a non-time travelling point of view she is long dead, that her presence at this moment is like a ‘ghost’ and that everyone must be a ghost to the Doctor. She asks him how they can possibly mean anything to him, and he answers her that they are the only mystery worth solving.
The Doctor and Clara return to the mansion and explain who the ghost is. The ghost ends up being a woman named Hila Tukurian who has become trapped in a bubble universe, where time moves much slower so that a few seconds of her life are spread out over millions of years in our universe. He shows the pictures he has taken through time and they show a woman in a forest running away from something.
The Doctor crosses over to the bubble universe and finds himself in a forested area, in a small bit of land floating in a void. He meets Hila Tukurian, a time traveler and the woman stuck in the pocket dimension, who warns him that something else is there, following them. They race to the gateway, seeing an echo of the mansion found in the pocket dimension and try to barricade themselves from the creature to give them time to return. The Doctor insists Hila go first, and though she is successfully saved, the gateway closes due to Emma’s exhaustion, leaving the Doctor trapped in the forest with the fast-moving creature. Clara races to the TARDIS, finding it locked. She pleads with the device to let them save the Doctor, and the TARDIS lets her in. The TARDIS briefly appears in the pocket universe, flying close to the ground to allow the Doctor to jump and hang onto it before the creature can grab him. The Doctor and the TARDIS safely reappear in the normal world.
As the Doctor and Clara prepare to leave, the Doctor tells Emma the real reason he stopped at this point was to ask Emma if she could sense anything unusual about Clara, but Emma reveals that there is nothing strange. The Doctor offers Hila a lift to any other place in history, but as he discusses the matter with her he realizes that she is likely a future descendant of both Emma and Alec, and the blood connection is what allowed Emma to open the gateway to rescue her. Further, he states what Emma has been hiding, that Alec will be her future husband. Contemplating the bonds that love can create, the Doctor then realizes that there is another entity within the Caliburn house. He implores Emma’s help one last time to rescue the creature from the pocket dimension and reunite it with its mate.
This episode takes on not really another alien species but this time, a sort of love connection through time and space. This episode side tracks itself to anything really going on with The Doctor and his search for answers about Clara. While we get a sense of that question being brought up in this episode, we really don’t get anywhere. Yet another adventure through time and space continues as the Doctor and Clara travel yet again till next week as they journey through the center of the TARDIS.
Doctor Who: The Magician’s Apprentice (9X01)
This episode takes place after the events of Last Christmas. Plus if you need a refresher on who the players are involved then I suggest you re-watch Death In Heaven (8X12) and The Stolen Earth/Journey’s End (4X12 & 13).
The episode begins on an extra-terrestrial battle ground where a boy is trapped by “hand mines”, creatures which are hands with eyes, and kill by dragging the victim underground. The Doctor arrives and tries to save the boy, but after the boy says that his name is Davros, the Doctor, shocked, abandons him.
On present day Earth, Clara was in the middle of teaching class when she notices a plane frozen in the sky. She is then summoned to the Tower of London by UNIT to help them contact the Doctor. UNIT reveal that every plane that is currently airborne has frozen and no-one knows why. While trying to work out who it is freezing the planes and what their motive is, UNIT receive a message on a channel specifically created by UNIT for the Doctor should he ever need to contact. The sender of this message is revealed to be Missy, who confirms that she was the one that froze the planes and she needs Clara’s help in finding the Doctor. Missy also reveals that the Doctor’s confession dial, or ‘Last Will and Testament’, has been presented to her, meaning that the Doctor believes he only has one more day to live.
Also looking for the Doctor is Colony Sarff, who has been appointed by an elderly, dying Davros. Clara and Missy track the Doctor down to Essex in the year 1138, where the Doctor has spent three weeks “partying” introducing a number of anachronistic items. The three’s reunion is quickly cut short as Sarff takes them to what appears to be a space station. The Doctor is taken to Davros, who tells the Doctor that he remembers what he did when he was a little boy and reveals that he intends to destroy everything the Doctor loves before finally killing him. In the meantime, Missy notices that the space station’s gravity does not feel artificial, as would be expected on a space station. She opens the air lock and steps out into what looks like space, before realising that they are actually standing on a planet. The planet becomes visible and, much to Missy’s horror, is revealed to be Skaro, the homeworld of the Daleks. The two are then captured by the Daleks who, while the Doctor watches, exterminate both Clara and Missy and destroy the TARDIS, which they had procured from Essex earlier, leaving the Doctor alone and powerless.
The Doctor returns to the hand mine field. Davros asks if the Doctor’s come to save him, but the Doctor, pointing a Dalek gun at Davros, says he’s going to save his friends, and shouts ‘exterminate!’.
Cut to black…TO BE CONTINUED!!!!
This episode marks the return of Davros, the creator of the Dalek’s. His last appearance was with the 10th Doctor in Season 4. This episode also marks the return of Kate Stewart head of UNIT after a short stint in last season’s finale. Also Missy returns after her demise in the season finale but this time helping the Doctor instead of harming him. What will become of the Doctor with everything now taken away from him? What has become of Missy and Clara?
Doctor Who: 10 Years Since the Return
It’s been 10 years to the day since the return of the Time Lord with the blue box time machine the TARDIS. So many fantastic memories that make us want to jump in and say Alons’y or Geronimo! I have my top 10 favorite episode of the last 10 years.
10. The Wedding of River Song: Starting off the list is the finale from season 6 where the time dimensions hold at a specific time. April 22, 2011 at 5:02 PM is the time of death of the Doctor…or is it?
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9. Rose: This is the episode that brought the show back. As a newly regenerated Doctor emerges from the Time War to help a new companion Rose Tyler stop the Auton’s from invading London.
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8. The Shakespeare Code: In season 3 following the events of a stolen hospital, the Doctor and a new companion Martha Jones take to the time of Shakespeare and uncover dark magic.
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7. The Eleventh Hour: Following the 2009 Christmas/New Year special a new face takes on the role of the Time Lord as Matt Smith’s 11th Doctor joins Amy Pond in a race to stop Prisoner Zero from invading Earth.
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6. The Power of Three: In season 7 the Doctor gets a first hand account of life on Earth for a long period of time when an invasion of cube like creatures make an impact on daily life.
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5. Journey’s End: The Season 4 finale brings all the Doctors’s companions since the 2005 return as the Dalek’s take 27 planets from around the universe including Earth.
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4. The Big Bang: The Season 5 finale takes us to a time where the stars go out and the Pandorica opens with the ultimate enemy of of the universe.
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3. The End of Time: The 2009 Christmas/New Years brought the end of David Tennant’s 10th Doctor as the Time Lord’s return and an enemy grows more insane taking over every human on Earth.
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2. The Day of the Doctor: The 50th Anniversary Special brings the Doctor’s together as the Zygons take offer the planet. But it comes during a time when even Gallifrey can’t hold on in the final days of the Time War.
1. World War Three: This was the first episode I got exposed to. In Season 1 the Slitheen have taken over London and plan to take over the Earth, but not without igniting World War Three.
You can grab your copies of the last 8 seasons or watch on Hulu and Netflix. Catch the return this fall on BBC America.
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Doctor Who: Last Christmas (2014 Christmas Special)
So remember how Santa just happen to show up in the last few minute of the season finale? I knew something was off after this episode. Well, it begins on Christmas Eve, when Clara is woken up by the sound of something crashing on her rooftop. Investigating nearby voices, she is astonished to find Santa Claus, two elves, a sleigh and flying reindeer stranded on her roof. Not long after, The Doctor arrives to take Clara away.
At the North Pole, a group of scientists attempt to save their fellow base personnel, who have been taken over by crab-like creatures. Their effort is interrupted as the Doctor and Clara arrive on the scene. While introductions are being made, however, they come under attack from the crabs, only to be rescued by Santa, who also provides a specimen of one of the creatures. The Doctor identifies the creatures as Dream Crabs whoa induce pleasant, euphoric dreams on their intended victims as a distraction whilst the crabs devour their brains. The first time I heard it I thought Capaldi was saying Dream (insert four letter bad word) but it gave me a few tries to get it. So both the Doctor and Clara reveal that they had lied to each other during their last meeting. Clara lied about her dead boyfriend, Danny Pink, having returned from the Nethersphere, while the Doctor falsely claimed to have found Gallifrey. While investigating the Dream Crabs, the Doctor sends Clara to recover Santa’s specimen, only for him to remember that they use telepathic connections to their intended victims to see their surroundings, but only when they are being thought about. This causes the specimen in the lab to come alive and attack Clara.
She is sent into a dream world where she is reunited with Danny, but also discovers chalkboards with messages warning her that she is dying. However, Clara deliberately ignores them, continuing to focus on Danny. The Doctor willingly falls victim to another Dream Crab in order to enter her dream world and confront her. She still resists willing herself to wake up, until Danny tells her to move on with her life. As Clara accepts the reality of his death, she and the Doctor both wake up, discovering that the creatures die and turn into dust if removed from a host prematurely.
Upon waking up back in the research station, however, the Doctor realizes that they haven’t truly woken up as they are simply in a different layer of a multi-faceted dream and have been since the initial attack when they arrived. In reality, none of them actually escaped it. The Doctor proves this by having the scientists individually read copies of the base’s manual that each had been issued. They find that the first word of any chosen page is different for each of them, rather than identical as it should be. The Doctor further deduces that the Dream Crabs could not stop their subconscious from fighting back, which came in the form of Santa Claus. Santa explains the entire situation to the group and aids them in waking up.
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As the Doctor prepares to abandon the base, Clara reminds him that they met Santa before arriving, proving that the entire scenario thus far has also been a dream. The reality is, all of the scientists are strangers from different times and places whose dreams are linked with the Doctor and Clara through the Dream Crabs. One of the scientists soon falls victim to the infected personnel, revealed to be manifestations of the “crew’s” minds that have already surrendered to their fate. Infected visages of the Doctor and Clara also emerge from the TARDIS, and the group find themselves surrounded. Facing defeat, the Doctor reminds everyone that Santa helped them survive the previous attack and has them dream of Santa, who arrives just in time on his sleigh and flies them to safety. The scientists soon realize that they are, in fact, ordinary people: Fiona is a wheelchair-bound grandmother, Ashley only an account manager for a perfumer, and Shona just a lonely shop girl. They and the Doctor soon wake up to their real lives, one by one, until only Clara is left.
The Doctor, wakes up and traces the psychic signal linking their dreams back to Clara and is able to pull the crab off, only to learn that Clara is now an elderly woman. 62 years have apparently elapsed since they last met. As they become reacquainted, Clara tells the Doctor she’s received lots of marriage proposals but declined them all, as no one could ever measure up to Danny, or the Doctor. The Doctor regrets not coming back for her sooner. Their reunion is suddenly interrupted by the arrival of Santa, who bids the Doctor to act on his regret before it’s too late. The Doctor, realizing he’s still dreaming, wakes up for real and rushes to the real Clara, waking her and finding, to their mutual relief, that she is still a young adult. Wanting no regrets and offering her all of time and space, the Doctor implores Clara to join him again. Clara happily accepts. As the pair depart, they are unaware of a tangerine having been left on Clara’s windowsill.
So call it an inception Doctor Who episode. So many dreams within dreams it just makes thing amazing. Not a bad Christmas episode for Capadi’s first. However Whovians will have to wait to see a new season till later this year. In the meantime, you can catch up on season 8 now on Blu-Ray and DVD.
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