I wanted to wait till the special is now on Blu-Ray and DVD to let anyone catch up. The episode starts out with the classic titles from 50 years ago as homage. At the end of her first day as a teacher at Coal Hill School, Clara Oswald receives a message from the Eleventh Doctor and returns to the TARDIS…ON A MOTORCYCLE!!!! She’s officially on my hot watch after all that. The TARDIS is unexpectedly airlifted to Trafalgar Square by Kate Stewart of the paramilitary organization UNIT, with the Doctor nearly hanging on for dear life. Kate proceeds to give the Doctor preserved instructions from previous wife Elizabeth I of England, which declares him curator of Under gallery, a secret vault of forbidden art housed at the National Gallery of London. As proof of the veracity of Elizabeth’s message, the Doctor is shown one of many works of 3-D Time Lord paintings called stasis cubes: a depiction of the second city of Gallifrey known as Arcadia on the last day of the Time War whose titled No More or Gallifrey Falls. Once in the Under gallery, the Doctor sees many other stasis cubes has been broken from within with the figures in the paintings missing. At that time, a time portal opens with the Doctor recognizing it as he enters it.
In the midst of the Time War, the War Doctor, an unknown previous incarnation of the Doctor decides to trigger an ancient weapon of mass destruction called “the Moment”, a “galaxy eater” which will destroy both races completely. The Moment, however, is sentient and possessed of a conscience. Its interface manifests with the form of his future/former companion to both 11th and 10th Doctor Rose Tyler to challenge whether mass killing is his best option and to show him the personal price he will pay for his actions. It opens a fissure linking his time to both 2013 and Elizabethan England, where the Tenth Doctor and a young Elizabeth I are dealing with a Zygon which has taken the shape of the queen. Emerging from his time, the War Doctor is flabbergasted by the behavior of his future incarnations before the three are captured and taken to the Tower of London. Which I gotta say sucks for both of them.
Within UNIT’s “TARDIS-proof” Black Archive of alien artifacts in the Tower of London, Clara learns the Zygons from Elizabethan England used the stasis cubes in the Under Gallery to remain in stasis before emerging in 2013, where they assumed the forms of UNIT members so they could utilize their weapons. In Elizabethan England, the Eleventh Doctor inscribes an activation code in stone for a vortex manipulator hidden in the Black Archive. While he and his future incarnations wait, seeing their grief from how the Time War ended, the War Doctor is encouraged by the Moment to form an escape plan involving solving calculations in short time using their sonic screwdrivers. In the present, Clara is able to activate the vortex manipulator and join the Doctors in the past. After learning of the Zygons’ scheme to conquer Earth, with the Tenth Doctor marrying Elizabeth, the Doctors learn that Kate plans to detonate a nuclear warhead in London to stop the Zygons at the cost of all of London. Luckily, using the Zygons’ method to enter the Gallifrey Falls painting to reach them, the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors use the Black Archive’s mind-wiping facilities to erase the memories of the UNIT members and disguised Zygons present. Both sides are forced to cancel the detonation and discuss peace.
The War Doctor, now convinced that detonating the Moment will result in saving many more lives in the longer term, is returned to his time to enact the war’s end. Having been told by Clara that the War Doctor had not committed the deed yet, the other two Doctors appear with the intention of detonating the device alongside the him, so as to share the burden. But when Clara reminds them of their choice of the title “Doctor” and what it stood for, the Doctors devise an alternative solution. They plan to place Gallifrey in a stasis cube and hide it outside of regular space, knowing the surrounding Daleks will obliterate themselves in the process; both species will appear to have been wiped out. The General is initially skeptical of the plan, dismissing it as ‘delusional’ as the calculations would take centuries, but then reveals that the three Doctors recruited their past selves, and as well as a future incarnation, to successfully make said calculations, and the General gives his consent.
The three Doctors and Clara return to the Gallery, unsure whether it is possible to return Gallifrey from stasis. The War Doctor is content to think that he failed in doing the right thing before realizing that neither he nor the Tenth Doctor will remember what happened, and will continue shouldering the guilt for centuries. After departing, the aged War Doctor finds himself beginning to regenerate within his TARDIS. The Tenth Doctor also leaves, having persuaded his successor to tell him about his impending death on the planet Trenzalore. The Doctor, now alone in the Gallery, is joined by its previously unseen curator. The Curator comments that the painting doesn’t have two titles, but one – Gallifrey Falls No More, and the Doctor surmises that his plan succeeded. In closing, the Doctor describes a recurring dream, in which he and his eleven previous incarnations are looking together upon Gallifrey, which the Doctor vows to find and restore.
After all the secrecy after all the pain of having to wait and not get into trouble at Comic Con trying to record blog post and all the moment has finally arrived to celebrate 50 years of Doctor Who. Congrats to the show and it’s runners, cast, crew, writers both now and in the past on making a cult hit like this live for so long. Now in two weeks we come to a more pressing end for the 11th Doctor Matt Smith as on Christmas Day he will leave behind Jenna Coleman and the show behind him to make way for Peter Capaldi and the 12th Doctor. Here’s your special preview that just came out yesterday. See you on Christmas Day Whovians!!!
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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