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!
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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