by: Joachim Jocson
This is the episode Whovians have been waiting for, because we venture inside the TARDIS for the first time since the reboot.
The episode starts on a salvage ship where we meet the Van Baalen brothers Gregor and Bram and the android Tricky. One moment they spot the TARDIS and think that its just a bunch of garbage. So using a magnetic beacon they reel in the TARDIS. While on board, the Doctor and Clara are discussing why the TARDIS doesn’t seem to like her (HINT: WATCH THE PREVIOUS EPISODE 7X09 HIDE). The Doctor, believing that flying the TARDIS will help Clara to connect with it, of course insulting Clara into thinking she can’t pilot he turns the settings to “basic mode” to allow her to do so, and in the process lowers the shields. As he is teaching her how to operate it, the TARDIS suddenly shuts down and starts being shaken about. Clara picks up a small metal object, a magnetic beacon used by the Van Baalens, and is burned by it. They are thrown to the ground as the TARDIS jolts.
The salvage team inspect their new arrival and see the TARDIS as a sort of escape pod. They realize it’s leaking fuel, back off, and Gregor decides to eject it back into space, only to be interrupted by the Doctor. Realizing that Clara is still inside, he convinces the salvage team to help find Clara and in return and sort of salvage they want that is inside the TARDIS, calling it “the biggest salvage of a lifetime.” To no surprise they accept the offer.
Inside the TARDIS, Clara wakes up in the corridor still burned from touching the beacon and still shaken from the rattling around in the TARDIS. As she explores the ship and its contents she sees something following her, an ossified humanoid creature with glowing red eyes, and in panic she starts running.
While the Doctor and the crew are searching for Clara, using his hand held computer Gregor realized the salvage potential of the TARDIS and orders Bram to go back to the console room to strip it for anything valuable, eventually he climbs down into the consoles innards and is absorbed by one of the ossified creature. The Doctor, Gregor and Tricky hear his screams but continue to look for Clara. Gregor goes into the architectural reconfiguration system, “a machine that can make machines”, and steals from it, causing the TARDIS to become distressed and to start creating labyrinths to protect herself. Clara, meanwhile, finds herself in the huge library where she finds a book entitled The History of the Time War. After reading a few pages Clara is forced to flee the library when she sees a creature she later refers to as a zombie hunting her. She soon finds herself back in the console room, relieved but alone.
SIDENOTE: The Time War was first noted back in season 1 of Doctor Who. The premise behind it was that the Time Lords were at war with The Dalek’s another alien race. The battle was long and hard fought but the result was that the Time Lords all died along with the Daleks. That was unfortunately a lie. The Daleks are still in existence and are holding a grudge against The Doctor. As for the Time Lords, they are well not dead. But that’s a whole other story you need to try and watch on your own.
Back to the TARDIS where The Doctor, Gregor and Tricky arrive in the console room and can hear Clara breathing, but they cannot see her. The Doctor deduces that the TARDIS has created copies of the console room to protect itself. He is able to link the two iterations of the room for a moment and grab Clara from the other console room where she has been avoiding the zombie. The Doctor then reveals to the crew that the self-destruct was a deception. But when he was trying to deactivate the self-destruct he found that the engine is damaged due to a time leak somewhere aboard the ship. The Doctor and Clara head down to the engine room, trying to avoid the falling rods, they run into the crew members, where Tricky’s arm is trapped by a fallen rod. Urging Gregor to cut his arm off as he could simply have a new one attached, however it is revealed that Tricky is not an android but is human and that Gregor and Bram’s brother. Gregor deceived Tricky after an accident wiped Tricky’s memory and led to his eyes being replaced with bionic ones as part of a joke. Gregor also had an ulterior motive: Replacing Tricky as Captain of the Van Baalen salvage ship after the death of their father.
Freeing Tricky and Gregor, Clara, and the Doctor run to the TARDIS’s engine, passing through the mammoth chamber containing the Eye of Harmony while avoiding the creatures.
SIDENOTE 2: The Eye of Harmony is an artificial black hole created by the Time Lords to provide energy for their home world of Gallifrey and their time travel technology.
While inside the chamber they attempt to cross over to the other side of a bridge but are trapped as the creatures are behind every door, soon breaking in. The Doctor reluctantly explains that the creatures are actually their future selves created by exposure to the Eye, displaced by the time leak, and tries to convince the others to alter their future to avoid them. Tricky successfully attacks the creatures but falls off the walkway; Gregor ignores the Doctor’s instructions not to touch Tricky, pulling his brother back onto the walkway, which leads to the two transforming into the conjoined twin-like creature they had just encountered.
The Doctor and Clara escape, seemingly finding a dead end. The conversation turns to an argument about the Doctor keeping secrets. Exasperated, he explains that he has met her twice before at different points in time and space, and that she died in both cases. Clara responds with incomprehension, and the Doctor accepts her innocence in the mystery. Clara mentions that she learned the Doctor’s name while exploring the TARDIS, but the Doctor sternly warns her against mentioning it, claiming that some secrets keep people safe.
The two finally make their way to the centre of the TARDIS only to discover that the engine has already blown up, its pieces frozen in time as a stopgap safety measure. The Doctor doesn’t know how to fix it until he sees Clara’s hand, where the backwards words ‘Big Friendly Button’ have been burnt onto her palm. Inspired, the Doctor returns to the console room, grabs the magnetic beacon, and climbs through the time rift in the TARDIS’ wall. He emerges into the past, the TARDIS rocking as the salvage operation begins. He throws his and Clara’s past selves the beacon, warning them of the future before vanishing. Clara again picks up the beacon and has her hand burned. The Doctor retrieves the device and sees the message “big friendly button” recently scorched onto its side. He presses it, the TARDIS is released from the salvage ship’s grasp, and the previous timeline is erased.
In the the new present, Gregor, Bram and Tricky are seen on their salvage ship. Gregor treats Tricky decently, echoing the Doctor’s earlier advice, suggesting that not everything was deleted. Tricky is now in the picture with his brothers and their father, while in the TARDIS the Doctor discusses with Clara how safe she feels with him.
Probably an episode that was long awaited because everyone wants to know what is inside the TARDIS. So far we know of these rooms to be in existence since the beginning 50 years ago.
Rooms in the TARDIS:
-Eye of Harmony Room
-Cloister Bell Room
-Architectural Reconfiguration System
So, judging by the long list here there are many rooms inside the TARDIS other than the ones you’ve heard during this episode and throughout Doctor Who history. Hence why everyone says, “It’s bigger on the inside.”
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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