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Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor (2013 Christmas Special 8X00)

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“And now it’s time for one last bow, just like your other selves, Eleventh’s Hour is over now, the clock is striking Twelves.” -Clara Oswald

AS THIS RECAP IS COMING OUT I HOPE PEOPLE ARE STILL HOLDING ON TO THEIR HANKIES, THEIR TISSUES OR THEIR SIGNIFICANT OTHER BECAUSE THIS EPISODE IS ONE HELL OF A TEARJERKER.

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The episode begins when The Doctor and other alien races are hovering over an unknown planet. They were all given A message that no-one can translate that is being broadcasted from the planet across all of time and space. With the assistance of a modified Cyberman head named “Handles,” which he is using as a personal assistant, the Doctor visits two of these ships, being attacked by Daleks and then Cybermen. After picking up Clara from her home and briefly meeting her family, they return to the planet where Handles identifies the planet as Gallifrey. The Doctor refutes this, knowing the planet can’t be Gallifrey. If anyone needs a recap/spoiler here’s a quick one. After the events of The Day of The Doctor it has been revealed that Gallifrey was not lost but simply in another part of space and time. When the Church of the Papal Mainframe, a space church headed by Mother Superious Tasha Lem, an old acquaintance of the Doctor. Having put up the force field around the planet, Tasha allows the Doctor and Clara to be teleported on to the planet to find the source of the message. They arrive in a town called Christmas that is surrounded by a truth field that prevents anyone on the planet from telling a lie…awkward in the sense that some of the statements said by both of them were very interesting and funny. Locating the source of the message in the church tower, the Doctor finds a crack in time through which the message is being broadcast; this crack is “scar tissue” from the cracks originally closed when the Doctor rebooted the universe (Season 5-The Big Bang). Handles identifies the language as Gallifreyan and with the Doctor’s help, translates the message as the first question: “Doctor who?” (Season 6-The Wedding of River Song). The Doctor concludes that his people, the Time Lords, are calling to him from the pocket universe asking that the Doctor answers the question and speaks his real name. The result would be that the Time Lords will know they are in the right place and come through. It would eventually lead to all the alien species gathered above to descend on the planet to destroy the Time Lords, effectively restarting the Time War. Tasha contacts the Doctor and warns him that she shall not let this happen, even if it means having to destroy the planet. The Doctor asks her for the name of the planet, and she reveals it to be Trenzalore, the planet where the Doctor is to die and be buried (Season 7-The Name of the Doctor). The Doctor tricks Clara into plugging a device into the TARDIS which transports her home, and remains on Trenzalore to defend the planet from incursions by the aliens overhead.

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Immediately after landing Clara home, the TARDIS begins to return to Trenzalore, but Clara manages to hold on to the outside of the ship and join it on its return trip, a risky and dangerous move to do considering the last person to do that was Cpt. Jack Harkness (Season 3-Utopia). However, to protect her from the time vortex, the TARDIS is forced to increase its shields, consequently slowing down the return journey. The TARDIS and Clara return to Christmas, where we see The Doctor 300 years later and defending the town against the attackers. He reveals to her that, although he is known as the Eleventh Doctor, he has already used all twelve of his allotted regenerations, once his incarnation who fought in the Time War (War Doctor) and the Tenth Doctor’s aborted regeneration (Season 4-Journey’s End) are counted. He is therefore in his final body and can no longer regenerate. He and Clara are then brought back to the Papal Mainframe which was now changed to the Church of the Silence. The Doctor finds out that after the events of his fake death (Season 6) a chapter of the Church broke away and tried to avert these events by killing off the Doctor in the past by destroying his TARDIS (Season 5- The Big Bang) and engineering a child to kill him (Season 6- A Good Man Goes to War) which he would eventually marry in the future. The Doctor then soon discovers that Tasha and her crew have been killed by the Daleks, who converted them into Dalek/Human Hybrids similar to the ones that killed Oswin (Season 7-The Asylum of the Daleks). The Doctor draws attention to Clara’s courage and insults Tasha, awakening her anger, and allowing her to resist the Dalek consciousness within her. They all escape the ship and go back to the planet.

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Despite promising never to send Clara away again, the Doctor does so and she returns to Earth as the siege of Trenzalore becomes an all out war. Years past for the Doctor as minutes heck even hours pass for Clara back on Earth as he and Silence (with whom the Doctor puts aside his differences and allies himself) fight against the Daleks and the cybermen. With Clara losing all hope that The Doctor was never gonna return the TARDIS reappearsonly to find Tasha piloting the TARDIS. When Tasha returns Clara to Trenzalore, she sends her to talk with the Doctor as we see a more aged man and different from earlier and a time frame unknown. With nothing left and telling Clara that changing the future is impossible without the Time Lords, the Doctor goes out to meet the Daleks in a final stand. While she could not bear to watch his final act she talks to the crack and hopefully the other time lords, pleading to save the Doctor, saying that they needn’t hear his name and that he save the planet and himself. The crack then suddenly disappears.

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At the top of Christmas’s clock tower, the Doctor is preparing to die at the hand of his worst enemy when the time crack appears in the night sky. Regeneration energy flows from the crack and into the Doctor giving him a chance to live again once more saving him from death on Trenzalore and changing his future. As his regeneration begins, the Doctor uses the excess energy to destroy the Daleks and save the town of Christmas. In the aftermath, Clara finds the Doctor, young again, back in the TARDIS. He states that this temporary rejuvenation is a sort of reset for the new cycle of regenerations to begin and the second phase of the regeneration is taking some time to change. He delivers a eulogy to his current form, and hallucinates a final farewell to former Amy Pond (Karen Gillan), the first person he met after last regenerating (Season 5- The Eleventh Hour), before abruptly finishing his transformation into the Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi). After commenting on the of his new kidneys, the Doctor worriedly asks Clara if she knows how to fly the TARDIS. Therefore setting us up on another adventure with No. 12 and Clara. Date of return…UNKNOWN!!!

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This was such a sad send off compared to 4 years ago when David Tennant’s 10th Doctor left the show. This one was more emotional and more understanding of the events that led to this finale of the 11th Doctor. Now more questions arise as fans are wondering if Trenzelore will play an even bigger role in the 12th Doctor’s adventures. Plus, will the Doctor and Clara find Gallifrey and restore it? What is to become of Clara in the future now that a new and much older Doctor is at play. So many questions to ask as we say goodbye to Matt Smith and a heartfelt Thank You for his service the last four years. We say hello to Peter Capaldi and the 12th Doctor as the future of Doctor Who lives on in time and space.


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Doctor Who Holiday Special 2020 Trailer

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:


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Doctor Who: The Magician’s Apprentice (9X01)

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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?


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Doctor Who: 10 Years Since the Return

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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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