by: Joachim Jocson
WARNING: ANYONE READING THIS POST THAT HAS NOT FOLLOWED UP ON WHATS GOING ON THIS SEASON SHOULD STOP READING AND CATCH UP BEFORE THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY EPISODE…JUST SAYING.
The episode opens on Gallifrey (The home of the Time Lords), “a very long time ago”, with the First Doctor and Susan Foreman stealing a TARDIS. Clara interrupts them, claiming the Doctor is making the biggest mistake of his life. She is then seen falling through time and space, and appearing near several of the past Doctors. She claims that she has been running throughout history in order to save him, and that he rarely hears her. She was known as “The Impossible Girl,” now we find out why.
In 1893, Madame Vastra and Jenny learn of a prophecy told by an insane man regarding the Doctor. Claiming that the Doctor has a secret and it is being held on a planet called Trenzalore. (Be forewarn that this is the first time I have heard of this planet.) The two of them call for a space and time conference call which include Commander Strax, Clara and River Song (AKA: The Doctor’s Wife AKA Melody Pond).
SIDENOTE: River Song was first introduced to the Doctor Who Universe in the two part episode Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead with David Tennant’s 10th Doctor. At first we didn’t know who she was. She was then seen in Season 5 with former companion Amy Pond (Karen Gillan). She reveals that the Doctor and her keep meeting up at different points of her life. Of course the Doctor knows less and less of her with every visit. That is until the start of Season 6 when it is revealed to all of us that River Song is the child of Amy and her husband Rory Williams (Arthur Darvil). We also find out she was used as a weapon to kill the Doctor. However it was a failed mission leading up to when the Doctor and River propose to each other and marry each other during a slip in time. So there’s your quick notes on River Song, the wife of the Doctor. Back to the episode.
They do this by using a drug to bring them into a dream like state. During the call Vastra mentions the prophecy relating to the planet Trenzalore, but the call gets interrupted when Vastra, Jenny, and Strax are attacked by Whisper Men (Pictured), strange faceless creatures. Thinking quickly, River forces Strax, Vastra and Clara to wake up. Clara wakes up back home only to find the Doctor looking for her.
Clara quickly explains what she remembered from the meeting to the Doctor, including the apparent deaths of his friends. The Doctor decides that they must go to Trenzalore to save them. As he fires up the TARDIS, the Doctor explains that the prophecy relates to his death, and Trenzalore will be the place he is buried, and is the one place he should not go. The Doctor plugs Clara into the TARDIS’ telepathic circuit, allowing it to access her memory of the coordinates. The TARDIS resists, unwilling to cross the Doctor’s timeline, but he manages to crash the ship onto the planet, ravaged by a giant war in the past and covered in gravestones. One of the stones just happens to look like the outside of the TARDIS. The Doctor points out that the structure is not a tombstone, rather it actually is the future TARDIS, dying and thus unable to control its transdimensional functions.
While walking around the planet the Whisper Men go after them. Clara then notices the gravestone of River Song, something the Doctor calls “impossible”, due to her physical death at the Great Library (Season 4: Silence In the Library/Forest of the Dead). River appears to Clara, and tells her that although she can see her due to the conference link, the Doctor however cannot. With River’s help, Clara suggests that the gravestone is actually a secret entrance. The Doctor accidentally reveals River to be his wife, and he and Clara crash through the stone.
In another part of the planet, Vastra and Strax find themselves outside the giant TARDIS, along with Jenny’s comatose body. Strax manages to revive Jenny before they are surrounded by Whisper Men. The Whisper Men are reviled to be a part of the Great Intelligence and are led by Dr. Simeon (Current Season: The Snowmen/The Bells of Saint John). Despite him being dead, he is somehow connected with the Whisper Men, who can shift their appearance to look like him. While Clara and the Doctor are running through the telepathic fields of the dying TARDIS, Clara begins to remember the events of “Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS” through the telepathic link with the TARDIS. The duo soon arrive outside the giant TARDIS, where they are held along with his allies by Simeon and the Whisper Men.
Simeon demands the Doctor say his true name or else he would have the Whisper Men stop his friends’ hearts. The Doctor refuses but River Song appears at the last moment, having said his name and allowing the doors to open. Inside, a pulsating column of light sits where the console would normally be. The Doctor tells them that it is the scars of time travel that he has left on the universe. Simeon declares his intention to climb inside and undo the deeds of the Doctor’s past; though Simeon knows he will die, the act would destroy the Doctor. His entrance into the column sends the Doctor to collapse on the floor, as he is “dying all at once.” As the Great Intelligence disappears, Vastra, Jenny and Strax find that stars outside are going out, erased from existence by the new timeline. Jenny also disappears, and Strax denounces Vastra as “reptile scum,” forgetting that they are friends. Vastra raises her gun to shoot Strax but then he too disappears.
Clara’s knowledge about her existence deepens, and she realizes that if she also enters the timeline, she will be able to save the Doctor from Simeon. River appears and tells her that she will not be able to come back, and the Doctor tells her not to go. But of course she goes for it and in true Clara fashion she says to the Doctor, “Run, you clever boy. And remember me.” before she enters. The events from the episode’s cold open then play out, where she witnesses events from all of the previous incarnations of the Doctor and helping him along (Current Season: Asylum of the Daleks & The Snowmen). Having saved the Doctor’s timeline as well as bringing the Doctor’s friends back to their normal state, she finds herself falling indefinitely and considers her role as the “impossible girl” done.
The Doctor is able to wake up, and he decides to rescue Clara by entering the column of light. River, who believes he cannot hear her, yells at him to not be so stupid and tries to slap him; however, he is able to catch her wrist. She sadly asks why he has been ignoring her, and he tells her that he does not know how to say goodbye to her. River says that she will only accept a goodbye spoken as if they will see each other again; the Doctor does this, and River fades away. The Doctor jumps into the timeline in an attempt to save Clara.
Clara falls into a cavernous place, and sees echoes of the past Doctors race past her. The Doctor’s voice guides her to catch the leaf that was responsible for her life (Current Season: The Rings of Akhaten) and helps her to find him as the space around them resolves. As they are about to leave, they spot one more figure nearby, whom Clara correctly identifies as not one of the eleven faces she has seen. The Doctor reveals that it was an incarnation that didn’t last. He explains to Clara that his real name is not the point; he chose the name “the Doctor” and the name a person chooses is like a promise, and this unknown incarnation is “the one who broke the promise. He is my secret.” As Clara passes out, the unknown incarnation speaks up and defends his actions, stating he had “no choice” and that he did what he did “in the name of peace and sanity.” The Eleventh acknowledges this to be true but not “in the name of the Doctor.” We are then left finding out that the shadowy figure (Guest Star: John Hurt) is The Doctor. Problem is, which incarnation is he supposed to be?
THIS EPISODE IS SO AWESOME AND THRILLING THAT I HAD TO PUT THIS SENTENCE IN CAPS…but enough of that. This is the set up for the upcoming 50th Anniversary Special premiering November 23 later this year. We have already confirmed that the current Doctor (Matt Smith) and Clara (Jenna Loise Coleman) will team up with the previous 10th Doctor (David Tennant) and his first companion from the start of the reboot Rose Tyler (Billie Piper). As you saw from the final John Hurt will play an unknown incarnation of the Doctor. I also got confirmation of Jemma Redgrave the niece of Vanessa Redgrave (Letters to Juliet) to play Kate Stewart whom we’ve seen in an earlier episode this season. At this point the plot is still unknown but from many pictures seen on set in London and Cardiff fans will be on their knees going crazy. But until then we’re only holding on speculation and rumors. I will keep you guys updated during the summer leading up to the epic special this November. As always thanks for following!
Watch the ‘Doctor Who’ 2020 Holiday Special Trailer Now
It’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays.
And that can only mean one thing — a special holiday episode of Doctor Who.
BBC America announced the episode “Revolution of the Daleks” will air at 8 p.m. ET on New Year’s Day.
The announcement was accompanied by a trailer that includes Chris Noth, John Barrowman, and Jodie Whittaker’s Time Lord coming to you from behind a high-security alien prison.
Oh, there’s also flying Daleks.
“We’ve crammed this year’s Doctor Who special with an explosion of extraordinary acting talent,” said showrunner Chris Chibnall in a statement. “Where else would you get British acting royalty, a globally renowned US screen star, an (inter)national treasure of stage and screen and one of Britain’s hottest young actors — just in the guest cast! Put those together with Jodie Whittaker, Bradley Walsh, Mandip Gill, and Tosin Cole (and Daleks! Did I mention Daleks!) — and you get a cast to be exterminated for. And things will explode. Promise.”
So, mark your calendar’s and check out the trailer below:
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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Featured Photo Credit: BBC/Doctor Who
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