Doctor Who, season 11, episode 11 – The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos

Well, this episode has been much more interesting than the last 7. Why it had to happen this ”quality break” in order to get an almost boring series? In fact, the last episode of the season 11 is the continuation of the first one, and the interesting episodes where the first 2 and this last one. If you fast forward the rest of the episodes just to watch these ones you wouldn’t lose much. There were a few good ideas in this series, but they lost a lot during production.

But this is the problem of the producers – they either thought bad some things or they did them bad during the production of the 10 episodes of this series. In this latest episode (the next one will be on the New Years Eve) the Doctor gets 9 different calls for help that came from the same area on the same planete. She decided to help and she took her companions with her. They find the remains of a battle with a lot of casualties, a few space ships, at least one of them being able to fly (but she didn’t had someone to pilot it – the commander was amnezic and the crew was captive), a strange monolith and a strange object. The natives have some incredible powers, but they are being fooled – that was corrected until the final.

Solving the mystery was interesting, it didn’t put the action on hold (if that would have happened more often during the series it would have been great!) and I am pleased with that. The killer creature from the first episode, returned with a vengeance, was meant to close the series, a cycle that allows the continuation of the show on different bases (the next series was postponed to 2020, as I heard). The Doctor’s message in the final sequence of the episode only make this idea stronger.

Directed by Jamie Childs, written by Chris Chibnall.

Cast: Mark Addy (Paltraki), Percelle Ascott (Delph), Tosin Cole (Ryan Sinclair), Mandip Gill (Yasmin Khan), Jan Le (Umsang), Phyllis Logan (Andinio), Samuel Oatley (Tzim-Sha), Bradley Walsh (Graham O’Brien), Jodie Whittaker (The Doctor).

Doctor Who, series 11, episode 9 – It takes you away

It’s that time of the year when the gramother’s stories (the grandma number 5 in Doctor’s case) become reality, and the contact between the Universe we are in and another conscious Universe could become the subject of a very interesting subject.

But, nevertheless, the few very good ideas could not save the episode – it didn’t have the consistency to be very interesting. Not really. The almost empty house in the Norwegian fjord was a good start of the episode, the blind and scared girl (Hanne) and the howling from outside could continue the idea pretty good to make the Sunday night episode deserve to watch. But, eventually, it was all about a father trying to keep his daughter inside while he was gone. In another Universe, to be with the girl’s dead mother. I say it again, the ideas are interesting, but putting them into images could be better.

Ribbons, the alien obsessed with food from the anti-zone tunnels became shortly food for some creatures. Even when he should have been prepared to avoid that. The conscious Universe’s cohesion holds on while it’s not visited by too many people from other Universes, but after they left it’s not capable to keep the Doctor in.

Directed by Jamie Childs, written by Ed Hime and Joy Wilkinson.

Cast: Sharon D. Clarke (Grace), Tosin Cole (Ryan Sinclair), Kevin Eldon (Ribbons), Mandip Gill (Yasmin Khan), Christian Rubeck (Erik), Lisa Stokke (Trine), Ellie Wallwork (Hanne), Bradley Walsh (Graham O’Brien), Jodie Whittaker (The Doctor).

The next episode, the last one of series 11, will have probably more action than this one, or the last episodes in general: answering nine separate distress calls, the Doctor and team arrive on the remnants of a brutal battlefield on the planet Ranskoor Av Kolos. This planet has many secrets. An amnesiac commander? Mysterious mists? Who or what do you think are the Ux? A deadly reckoning awaits the Doctor and team once they have the answers… and everything will probably end in smoke and ashes.

Doctor Who, series 11, episode 8 – The witchfinders

Arriving in 17th Century Lancashire, the TARDIS team become embroiled in a witch trial. The Christians could not spill the blood of other humans, so, in that times the accusers used to put the defendant through some deadly trials to prove their innocence.

If the defendant had died drowning he / she was considered innocent and his / her soul would get to heaven. If the defendant had survived that means the devil helped him / her and he / she was guilty to any of the charges were made and he / she was going to be hanged.

The episode is a little better that the previous ones: after the firsts unusual moments there was a mystery to be solved, some zombie lurking through the little village and an alien army captive under a hill for a very long time. When a woman cut down a tree because it was blocking her view she weakened the tech locks that keep the aliens inside, and some of them get out and they want to free the rest. An idea good enough to a clear conflict, especially because the presence of the king only made the tension grow up. Unfortunately that the Doctor solved the problem by pure luck, not by a clear plan (something to be recognized by everyone).

Directed by Sallie Aprahamian, written by Joy Wilkinson. Cast: Jodie Whittaker (The Doctor), Bradley Walsh (Graham O’Brien), Tosin Cole (Ryan Sinclair), Mandip Gill (Yasmin Khan), Alan Cumming (King James I), Siobhan Finneran (Becka Savage), Tilly Steele (Willa Twiston), Tricia Kelly (Old Mother Twiston), Arthur Kay (Smithy), Stavros Demetraki (Alfonso).

The next episode, It takes you away, brings the TARDIS team on the edge of a Norwegian fjord in the present day. The Doctor, Ryan, Graham and Yaz discover a boarded-up cottage and a girl named Hanne in need of their help. Do you want to find out what has happened there? What monster lurks in the woods around the cottage – and beyond?

Doctor Who, series 11, episode 07 – Kerblam!

When the Doctor gets a message asking for help she accepts to do something about it and she takes her companions (Graham, Yaz and Ryan) to investigate the warehouse moon orbiting Kandoka, and the home of the galaxy’s largest retailer. An institution fully automated, run by a system using robots, but it’s forced to hire 10% of its employees human – the law says that and the human in the management enforce this even the activities could be automated too.

One man is not please with it, he wants more jobs for people and more money for them, and he kills people to get what he wants: to discredit the company and to make it hire more people to replace the robots considered inefficient. But the system reacts to this and it tries to stop him, including by calling for specialized help like the Doctor.

The episode could be better. There was mystery, there was surprise (the identity of the terrorist), there was tragedy (some innocent people dead), but the action was lazy. Again. And the characters of the plot (it was more like a plot than a detective story solving a mystery) ignore some elementary things when they had to get into places they shouldn’t have. The episode was more for kids than for fans of all ages (as other episodes of this series) searching more or less to get new fans for the show.

Directed by Jennifer Perrott, written by Pete McTighe.

Cast: Tosin Cole (Ryan Sinclair), Callum Dixon (Jarva Slade), Leo Flanagan (Charlie Duffy), Mandip Gill (Yasmin Khan), Matthew Gravelle (Kerblam (voice)), Julie Hesmondhalgh (Judy Maddox), Claudia Jessie (Kira Arlo), Lee Mack (Dan Cooper), Bradley Walsh (Graham O’Brien), Jodie Whittaker (The Doctor).

Next episode, The Witchfinders: arriving in 17th Century Lancashire, the TARDIS team become embroiled in a witch trial. With the arrival of King James I, the hunt for witches intensifies. However, could something more dangerous be at play? Can the Doctor, Graham, Yaz and Ryan keep the populous of Bilehurst Cragg safe from the forces surrounding the land?

 

Doctor Who, series 11, episode 6 – Demons of the Punjab

The sixth episode of series 11 was better than the previous episode, it made me keeping me watching it until the end, but it seems it was missing something. It remained on the historical side of Doctor Who show putting the characters in the year 1947, the moment when the Indian state was divided because of religious motifs (and becoming the India we know today and Pakistan).

A moment that touched millions of lives, considering the big number of dead people and the huge number of refugees that had to move in other parts of the Earth to survive and live a normal life. Yaz’s grandma was one of the refugees, the first women that was married in Pakistan but she had to run away after her husband was killed in the wedding day. She kept a lot of things hidden about that period, about the monsters with human faces and about the assassins-aliens-made-witnesses with demonic face, but when one have access to a TARDIS and one has the Doctor among one’s friends why one wouldn’t made a trip back in time to meet one’s grandma in her wedding day?

For Yaz it hasn’t been an easy trip: any mistake could have changed her grandmother’s future enough to erase her granddaughter from existence. But it wasn’t easy for the Doctor either: the alien demons they’ve met were a part of ancient species of assassins. The destruction of their native planet transformed them into something else.

The episode would have been more interesting if it wasn’t so soft (if I could say it so). The first episodes of season 11 were full of action, but it was lost later. If it wasn’t the case, this episode could have had the chance to become one of the best one of the entire show.

Directed by Jamie Childs, written by Vinay Patel. Cast: Jodie Whittaker (The Doctor), Bradley Walsh (Graham O’Brien), Tosin Cole (Ryan Sinclair), Mandip Gill (Yasmin Khan), Leena Dhingra (Nani Umbreen), Amita Suman (Umbreen), Shane Zaza (Prem), Hamza Jeetooa (Manish), Shaheen Khan (Hasna), Shobna Gulati (Najia Khan), Bhavnisha Parmar (Sonya Khan), Emma Fielding (voice of Kisar)), Nathalie Cuzner (performance of Kisar), Isobel Middleton (voice of Almak), Barbara Fadden (Performance of Almak).

The next episode, Kerblam!, is about a mysterious message arrives in a package addressed to the Doctor, leading her, Graham, Yaz and Ryan to investigate the warehouse moon orbiting Kandoka, and the home of the galaxy’s largest retailer.

Doctor Who, series 11, episode 5 – The Tsuranga Conundrum

This episode was rather funny than serious: the Doctor and her companions were in danger, but I couldn’t feel the tensions at all. The creature eating inorganic components of the ship was something between Crazy Frog and Gremlin, something rather hilarious than grizzly.

I would rather say that this episode was meant for children rather then the older fans. I almost lost interest watching it, I took a break twice while watching. Not even P’Ting’s appetite or the possibility of destroying remotely the ship Tsuranga (if it were contaminated) weren’t interesting enough to be very interested in finding out how it ends.

The only good thing in the episode are, I would say, the characters: each one of them found his / her place in action, bringing some sort of contribution in solving problems. Ok, ok, the pregnant guy that gave birth to a baby boy (guys give birth only to boys, women give birth only to girls, right?) was hilarious and sort of useless half of episode, but, at least, he took 3 other characters to a safe place, away of the little and dangerous monster.

We’ve got to the half of the series 11, maybe the rest of the episodes will be better then this one, directe by Jennifer Perrott and written by Chris Chibnall. Maybe we’ll meet Ryan’s father, he was talking a lot about him already. Cast: Jodie Whittaker (The Doctor), Bradley Walsh (Graham), Tosin Cole (Ryan Sinclair), Mandip Gill (Yasmin Khan), Doc Brown (Durkas Cicero – as Ben Bailey-Smith), Lois Chimimba (Mabli), Brett Goldstein (Astos), Suzanne Packer (Eve Cicero), Jack Shalloo (Yoss), David Shields (Ronan).

Next expisode: India, 1947. The Doctor and her friends arrive in the Punjab, as the country is being torn apart. While Yaz attempts to discover her grandmother’s hidden history, the Doctor discovers demons haunting the land. Watch the episode 6 to find out who they are and what they want?

Doctor Who, series 11, episode 4 – Arachnids in the UK

Doctor’s team has returned home, in Sheffield, in the town she took away from only a half of hour after they left (from the perspective of the rest of the world, the universal time) and each of them returned to their homes and their regular problems (memories, families, jobs, and so on).

But one of the problems is common to all of them. All Yorkshire, actually, was affected by spiders: some of them were running away of danger, others multiplied a lot killing people. The episode from yesterday reminded me of The twilight zone, with 2 young men (teenagers) lost in a empty factory searching for their scientist father who wanted to produce an abundant source of food. They were grabbed by a huge arachnid who was stalking them in the dark, inside an elevator.

This time the source of the problem was a hotel built over an empty coal mine, and the mutant spiders appeared because of the neglect, the ego and dirty business (literally) Jack Robertson was conducting there. I think we’ll meet him again in this season, there are not many people that defied the Doctor and left unpunished.

The episode 4 of series 11 was meant for team TARDIS. It didn’t have a clear villain, only spiders that didn’t ask to become mutants, and the Doctor’s companions asked her to travel along in the Universe (something expected from them, not surprising at all). They will never return the same people as they left, some of them they could not return at all, but their presence in the TARDIS is necessary: the show could not exists without them.

Directed by Sallie Aprahamian, story written by Chris Chibnall. Cast: Jaleh Alp (Frankie Ellish), Sharon D. Clarke (Grace O’Brien), Tosin Cole (Ryan Sinclair), Tanya Fear (Dr. Jade McIntyre), Ravin J. Ganatra (Hakim Khan), Mandip Gill (Yasmin Khan), Shobna Gulati (Najia Khan), William Meredith (Kevin), Chris Noth (Robertson), Bhavnisha Parmar (Sonya Khan), Bradley Walsh (Graham O’Brien), Jodie Whittaker (The Doctor).

The next episode, The Tsuranga Conundrum: injured and stranded in the wilds of a far-flung galaxy, The Doctor, Yaz, Graham, and Ryan must band together with a group of strangers to survive against one of the universe’s most deadly – and unusual – creatures.

Doctor Who, series 11, episode 3 – Rosa

Sometimes, to become witness of historical events and let the history unfold itself can be pretty hard. But not that hard as correcting the deviations (when the events are influenced by another temporal travel that wants the history changed) into a manner that makes the involved persons very familiar.

Initially, when the Doctor Who started in 1963, one of its purposes was to teach the young men watching the show history. The first two episodes of this new season where full with action, they wanted to introduce the new Doctor and her companions as direct the writers could, but the third episode returned to one of the firsts ideas of the show.

The episode takes place in Mongomery, Alabama, USA, in the year 1955, the Christian era, a time when the segregation of “negros” (colored men) was still law, with all the unpleasant effects that accompanied it. The seamstress Rosa Parks was involved in the fight of black men against segregation, and her arrent because a very stupid reason (she was seated on a place in a bus reserved for the white people) made people protests. That protests made, eventually, segregation to dissapear in the United States.

It’s a good episode, with clear rules and subject, withe Doctor’s companions helping equally in solving the current problem, because the discrimination still exists and it requires a continuous effort to eliminate. Also, the episode explains pretty good how the discrimination manifests and how you should react to it.

Directed by Mark Tonderai, written by Malorie Blackman and Chris Chibnall.

Cast: Bradley Walsh (Graham), Trevor White (James Blake), Jodie Whittaker (The Doctor), Josh Bowman (Krasko), Tosin Cole (Ryan Sinclair), Morgan Deare (Arthur), David Dukas (Elias Griffin JR), Mandip Gill (Yasmin Khan), Mark Hugh-Williams (Bus Driver – as Mark Williams), Richard Lothian (Mr. Steele), Gareth Marks (Police Officer Mason), Aki Omoshaybi (Fred Gray), Jessica Preddy (Waitress), Vinette Robinson (Rosa Parks), David Rubin (Raymond Parks), Ray Sesay (Martin Luther King), Bradley Walsh (Graham), Trevor White (James Blake).

Next episode, Arachnids in the UK: The Doctor, Yaz, Graham and Ryan find their way back to Yorkshire only to find something is stirring amidst the eight-legged arachnid population of Sheffield.

Doctor Who, series 11, episode 2 – The ghost monument

A race against time to win the Race of 12 galaxies, traveling through a dangerous territory on a planet with 3 suns to arrive to the Ghost monument (that looks a lot like a blue box phone), using only what they find on spot and avoiding everything that could kill them.

The previous episode let the Doctor and her companions floating, lost is space of unknown solar system. She was searching her TARDIS and, by mistake, took the 3 humans along. They are saved by the only 2 surviving pilots of a very long race, they land on Desolation, the final part of the route. The only reason the 4 travelers join the 2 pilots is the TARDIS without they would be stuck on the surface of Desonations, a place that would kill them in less than a day.

The episode was directed by Mark Tonderai, based on a story by Chris Chibnall, and it continues pretty good (in the same style) the first episode of the series. You won’t get (too) bored watching it.

Cast: Jodie Whittaker (The Doctor), Bradley Walsh (Graham O’Brien), Tosin Cole (Ryan Sinclair), Mandip Gill (Yasmin Khan), Shaun Dooley (Epzo), Ian Gelder (Remnants – voice), Susan Lynch (Angstrom), Art Malik (Ilin).

The next episode: Montgomery, Alabama. 1955. The Doctor and her friends find themselves in the Deep South of America. As they encounter a seamstress by the name of Rosa Parks, they begin to wonder whether someone is attempting to change history.

Doctor Who, series 11, episode 1 – The woman who fell to Earth

So, a new Doctor, for the first time a woman – Jodie Whittaker, but (for now) away of TARDIS, a new group of human companions that are going along her in adventures through space and time, a new showrunner – Chris Chibnall.

The first of the season 11 is different from the previous episodes, it seems more to an action movie and has some special effects from that type of movies. And it’s not bad, the change is good (even when no all the fans can keep its pace). I did not have the time to watch the episode Sunday evening, that it has an advantage: I could see a lot of people complaining of different things (the female Doctor without a TARDIS, the episode is childish, it does not have a balance, and so on) because they were expecting something different. I can’t say they were all wrong (I would have done 2 or 3 things different), but, nevertheless, I can’t change your taste, but science-fiction as genre should surprise you, should come with new ideas and perspectives (that make it so charming).

That’s why I won’t write anything about the action of the episode, at least not this time, and let you watch it if you haven’t watched it already. You can find references from Predator and Terminator and you can consider them parodies.

Directed by Jamie Childs, written by Chris Chibnall. Cast: Jodie Whittaker (The Doctor), Philip Abiodun (Dean), Hazel Atherton (Sissy Roberts – Train Driver), Sharon D. Clarke (Grace O’Brien), Tosin Cole (Ryan Sinclair), Jonny Dixon (Karl), Mandip Gill (Yasmin Khan), Asif Khan (Ramesh Sundur), Asha Kingsley (Sonia), Stephen MacKenna (Dennis), Janine Mellor (Janey), Samuel Oatley (Tim Shaw), Amit Shah (Rahul), James Thackeray (Andy), Bradley Walsh (Graham O’Brien).

2017 Christmas special episode: Twice upon a time

David Bradley returned one more time as the first Doctor, Bill Pots returned for (at least) one episode, so did Mark Gatiss (in another role then the ones you probably have notices him: Lazarus, Danny Boy or Gantok – as Rondo Haxton), Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) and Nardole (Matt Lucas) appear for only a few moments. All of them accompanied the twelve Doctor (Peter Capaldi) in his last adventure before regeneration. And the last episode with Steven Moffat in charge – from next year the show will have another executive producer.

An adventure that wasn’t the normal Doctor Who adventures. It was more the last chapter of an era: the next Doctor is, for the first time in more than half of century, a woman. A reason for protest and comments thrown on internet this summer.

From one perspective, the Doctor must face his fear of death (change), from other pespective he must find reasons to continue. And, together, they must solve a mystery: who brought to them the soldier from first world war and why? With Bill Pots’ memories that have been brought to life.

What reasons do you have to watch the show further, in the new era that’s starting? The next series will be broadcasted probabil in Autumn 2018, with a first episode of 60 minutes and other episodes of 50 minutes.

Episode directed by Rachel Talalay, based on a story by Steven Moffat.

Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), David Bradley (The Doctor), Mark Gatiss (The Captain), Pearl Mackie (Bill Potts), Lily Travers (Polly), Jared Garfield (Ben), Toby Whithouse (WW1 Soldier), Jodie Whittaker (The Doctor), Nikki Amuka-Bird (The Glass Woman – voice).

Oh, there it is. Silly old universe. The more I save it the more it needs saving. It’s a treadmill.

Tardis noise

Yes, yes I know they’ll get it all wrong without me.

Tardis noise

Well, I suppose….one more lifetime won’t kill anyone. Well, except me.

Stirring music/Tardis noises

You wait a moment, Doctor. Let’s get it right. I’ve got a few things to say to you. Basic stuff first.

Never be cruel, never be cowardly. And never ever eat pears! Remember – hate is always foolish…and love, is always wise.

Always try, to be nice and never fail to be kind. Oh, and….and you mustn’t tell anyone your name. No-one would understand it anyway. Except….

He gasps, falls to the floor

Except….children. Children can hear it. Sometimes – if their hearts are in the right place, and the stars are too. Children can hear your name.

Gasps, grunts more

But nobody else. Nobody else. Ever.

Pulls himself off the floor

Laugh hard. Run fast. Be kind.

Stirring music.

Doctor – I let you go.

The regeneration starts

Peter Capaldi’s last speech as the Doctor. discurs al lui Peter Capaldi ca Doctor. Have you figured all the references to other episodes? Find out all of them here.

Doctor Who, series 10, episode 12 – The Doctor falls

About 20 years ago, in another science fiction series, Dellen was tested just to convince Kosh that she was the right person in the right place in the war that was following. The inquisitor wanted to know if the Minbari ambassador was ready to fight and die, even alone and without anyone knowing about that. Delenn passed that test with Sheridan’s help, and later they would become one of the most interesting couples in Babylon 5.

The last episode of season 10 reminded me about the episode from 2 decades ago: the Doctor also passed the test, and, further more, he also needed his friends to survive a war he mostly won.

The children he protected from the Cybermen were saved, with Nardole’s help – he stayed there to took care of them. Bill Pots became the Cybermen, with the personality mostly intact, and she stood next to the Doctor until the end. She had an unexpected help to save herself and the Time Lord, and after that she continued her trip through the Universe, as Clara Oswald and Ashildr did in the last series finale. I don’t think we’ll see them (too soon) in Doctor Who.

Master-Missy’s suicide was one of the strangest moment in the series (at least the new ones), and not such unexpected. Missy won’t return, but we could meet again the Master: he was considered gone / dead / without return before but he found his way back to stand with / against the Doctor.

The Time Lord wins the battle, but not without self sacrifice, and the regeneration started in spite his opposition. The Doctor falls only to meet the first Doctor, the original one: David Bradley, the one who played William Hartnell in the anniversary episode An adventure in space and time.

Some would say that episode directed by Rachel Talalay based on a story written by Steven Moffat is an emotional episode, others would say it’s the best episode for Peter Capaldi and Steven Moffat’s departure (they will leave the show after series 10 / Christmas special episode). And they would not be (very) wrong.

Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Pearl Mackie (Bill), Matt Lucas (Nardole), John Simm (The Master), Michelle Gomez (Missy), Rosie Boore (Gazron), David Bradley (The Doctor), Nicholas Briggs (Cybermen – voice), Simon Coombs (Rexhill), Stephanie Hyam (Heather), Briana Shann (Alit), Samantha Spiro (Hazran).

Doctor Who, series 10, episode 11 – World enough and time

What do you think that could happen if you try to change a psychopath murderer to change? Does she / he deserve to give him / her a chance because you are very old friends or everything is already lost and you only can lock him / her somewhere (in a vault, for example), throw away the key and then leave without looking back?

The best part of time travel stories is that you can combine the old and the new, and they could coexist (sort of, depending of the rules of the story) in the same space-time continuum. This episode is only the first part of the story, and its final will make you hardly wait the next part.

To give Missy a chance a signal requesting help was randomly chosen, so the Doctor, Missy, Nardole and Bill get trapped into a 400 miles long and 100 miles wide near a black hole.

After Bill is shot with the Doctor standing there, almost helpless, her body is taken to be repaired. She expects her friends to save her, but they get there too late because of the temporal difference between the different parts of the ship.

The Mondasian Cybermen (the characters created by Gerry Davis and Kit Pedler several decades ago) return, but only one is presented in full gear – and it looks much better (and maybe frightening?) that the more modern version of cybernetic humans. Some people could say that the title of the episode is wrong, perhaps it should be Genesis of the Mondasian Cybermen instead of World enough and time.

John Sims returns to Doctor Who as the Master, and the perspective of him and Missy standing next to each other, separated only by the Cyberman he created, is not pleasant of all.

The timing of the episode directed by Rachel Talalay and written by Steven Moffat is great, but some elements still remain to be revealed in the second part of the story.

Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Pearl Mackie (Bill), Matt Lucas (Nardole), Nicholas Briggs (Cybermen – voice), Paul Brightwell (Surgeon), Michelle Gomez (Missy), Oliver Lansley (Jorj), Alison Lintott (Nurse), John Simm (The Master).

The twelfth & final episode of series 10 is The Doctor Falls: the Mondasian Cybermen are on the rise. It’s time for the Doctor’s final battle.

Doctor Who, series 10, episode 10 – The eaters of light

Peter Capaldi returns home, and the Romans soldiers return in a brand new Doctor Who episode, no matter that the Doctor and his companions arrive to Scotland after the ninth legion was massacred. The disappearance of the trained 5,000 soldiers from Roman surviving archives is still debated, but there are possible explanations and books about that period.

Bill Pots (Pearl Mackie) had read some time ago a book about that period (probably The eagle of the ninth written in 1954 by the writer Rosemary Sutcliff), so she has a theory about what happened there, and the Doctor owner of a time machine try to show her she was wrong.

The trio (The Doctor, Bill and Nardole) got to highlands of Scotland and they started walking in different directions: Bill was searching the Romans, the Doctor and Nardole found the Picts (the well-armed natives, ancestors of scots). The disappearance of ninth legion could not have an entirely human explanation (a fight between invaders and natives and the massacre of the Romans by the Picts), so the new Doctor Who monster appears and kills again. And the few Roman survivors, young enough to consider them almost children, have to unite their forces with the native survivors of the same age to trap the creature and make it leave.

The help from the time travelers is welcomed, but, eventually, it’s not their fight to finish.

The fans of Outlander, the series of books and the show based on them will be glad watching this Doctor Who episode and the common elements of the two stories. It’s one of the Peter Capaldi’s last adventures as the Doctor Who: there are only 2 episodes until the end of series 10, a story in 2 parts, and after that Peter will leave the show. We may wait until the Christmas special episode for the conclusion, but the result is already known.

Directed by Charlie Palmer, written by Rona Munro. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Pearl Mackie (Bill), Matt Lucas (Nardole), Michelle Gomez (Missy), Rebecca Benson (Kar), Daniel Kerr (Ban), Brian Vernel (Lucius), Rohan Nedd (Simon), Ben Hunter (Thracius), Sam Adewunmi (Vitus), Billy Matthews (Cornelius), Aaron Phagura (Marc), Jocelyn Brassington (Judy), Lewis McGowan (Brother).

Next episode, the eleventh of series 10, and the first part of the finale is World Enough and Time: friendship drives the Doctor into the rashest decision of his life. Trapped on a giant spaceship, caught in the event horizon of a black hole, he witnesses the death of someone he is pledged to protect. Is there any way he can redeem his mistake? Are events already out of control? For once, time is the Time Lord’s enemy…

Doctor Who, series 10, episode 9 – Empress of Mars

If you love Jules Verne’s stories you will also love the ninth episode of series 10: a group of British soldier from Victorian time arrived to Mars. In the year 1881. And the Doctor gets into it after NASA’s rover discovers the message these soldier let behind under the ice cap on the pole, a century and some years later: God save the queen. The Doctor soon find out that an Ice Warrior took the British soldiers with him from Earth to help him reach the Ice Warrior queen’s sarcophagus (the Ice queen is a first in the show).

The soldier in red quicky become an invading force, a doomed one as long as the native’s technology is much more superior than the invading one. And the Doctor have to save both sides from certain death: the old war, from so many years ago, let Mars without atmosphere and Ice Warriors could hardly restore their civilisation on the surface.

Bill’s role was not important, almost decoratif. No trace of her personality was obvious, as a part of certain fact: she was only a woman between mail warriors (including the Doctor).

Directed by Wayne Yip, written by Mark Gatiss. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Pearl Mackie (Bill), Matt Lucas (Nardole), Michelle Gomez (Missy), Richard Ashton (Friday), Ian Beattie (Jackdaw), Anthony Calf (Godsacre), Lesley Ewen (Coolidge), Bayo Gbadamosi (Vincey), Ian Hughes (Knibbs), Ferdinand Kingsley (Catchlove), Adele Lynch (Iraxxa), Glenn Speers (Sgt Maj Peach).

Next episode, the tenth of series 10, it’s “The Eaters of Light”: a long time ago, the ninth legion of the Roman army vanished into the mists of Scotland. Bill has a theory about what happened, and the Doctor has a time machine. But when they arrive in ancient Aberdeenshire, what they find is a far greater threat than any army. In a cairn, on a hillside, is a doorway leading to the end of the world…

Doctor Who, series 10, episode 8 – The lie of the land

The last part of the trilogy with alien monks that had to be invited to rule the planet is a little strange, but it works somehow with the Doctor’s way. It’s strange that he work with the enemies for 6 months, fighting on the other side, or he had to test Bill in such a manner that she almost killed him, but after the moment of regeneration he comes to his senses and he starts doing his job – to try to save the world. Sort of.

In a world with the history rewritten to allow actions without boundaries for some people, in which the people not submitting to rules are thrown into prison, how could you fight against the abuse of power? Who could help you do that?

Eventually Bill is the key to solve the problem, and Missy’s advices only confirm that. Doctor’s cruel test, which could have a very different output, assured him that Bill was not under the monks control, but it was only the first step: only the person that accepted the aliens has the power to make them leave Earth. Not even the Doctor could do that, but he helped Bill with pictures that made her create the imaginary relation with her mother.

The most interesting moment of the episode is the one Missy is showing her emotions.

Directed by Wayne Yip, written by Toby Whithouse. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Pearl Mackie (Bill), Matt Lucas (Nardole), Michelle Gomez (Missy), Beatrice Curnew (Group Commander), Emma Handy (Mother), Jamie Hill (Monk), Solomon Israel (Richard), Rosie Jane (Bill’s Mum), Stewart Wright (Alan).

Next time, it’s “Empress of Mars”, the ninth episode of Series 10: The Doctor, Bill and Nardole arrive on Mars, and find themselves in an impossible conflict between Ice Warriors… and Victorian soldiers. As the Martian hive awakens around them, the Doctor faces a unique dilemma – this time the humans, not the Ice Warriors are the invaders. When Earth is invading Mars, whose side is he on?

Series 10, episode 7, The pyramid at the end of the world

The story that started with the last week episode, Extremis, continues with something interesting: a 5,000 years old pyramid suddenly appears into a war zone, between the Russian, American and Chinese armies. And the Earth’s president, the Doctor, is called to solve the mistery. Last week the Pope from Vatican appeared into Bill’s house, along some cardinals, and now she and her friends are visited by the Secretary General of the UN – a very good moment to joke about orange president we all know.

The blind Doctor needs Nardole’s help to interact with the monks just to find out that the world is about to end because of a mistake whose effect will get out of control. And the alien monks can save the planet, but with one condition: to be accepted, to be asked to rule the planet as thei like.

But the saviors you invite in your home can be worse than the monsters they save you from, so watch what’s next. The story is not over yet, the third part is next, but for the moment the danger is gone, and the Doctor recover his sight just the see the monks accepted by the favourite earthling. Only for saving him.

Written by Peter Harness, Steven Moffat, directed by Daniel Nettheim. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Pearl Mackie (Bill), Matt Lucas (Nardole), Ronke Adekoluejo (Penny), Tim Bentinck (Monks (voice)), Andrew Byron (Ilya), Daphne Cheung (Captain Xiaolian), Rachel Denning (Erica), Tony Gardner (Douglas), Nigel Hastings (The Commander), Jamie Hill (Monk), Togo Igawa (Secretary General of the UN), Eben Young (Col Don Brabbit).

The eight episode of series 10, The Lie of the Land, is the last part of the story: the world is gripped by a mass delusion and only Bill Potts can see the truth. When even the Doctor is fighting on the wrong side, it’s up to Bill to convince the Time Lord that humanity is in deadly danger. And if she can’t do that, she may just have to kill her best friend…

Doctor Who, series 10, episode 6 – Extremis

Ok, Missy is returning just to be executed. Sort of. By the Doctor. And the Doctor has to get her body into a vault and to protect it for a millennium because of the possible relapses. Sort of.

But the relation between Master / Missy and the Doctor is not quite so simple, and things can always turn to unexpected. The good part is that the identity of the creature inside the vault is now clear (it’s not a surprise – the fans have guessed it since last week), the less than good part is that your favorite Time Lord could let her out soon, depending the circumstance.

Earth is threatened by another invasion, a special one: this time the aliens are using simulations to study the reaction of the being on the surface. For the people inside the projections (something similar with the holodeck from Star Trek) there is no hope and no chance of escape, and that’s why when finding the Truth (one of the books hidden in Haereticum, one of secret archives inside Vatican) they prefer the non-existence. Or suicide, or erasing themselves from the system – tell it how you want.

Extremis is one of the best episodes of the series, and it’s the first one in a three parts story. it’s the moment when the Pope from Vatican requests a private audience from the Doctor and ask for his help about a text called the Veritas (the truth): all the people that have read it (while translating or after that) killed themselves. The text was online, being send by email to several institutions around the globe, and the Doctor had to decipher it and stop its effects before becoming viral.

Find out more watching the story written by Steven Moffat and directed by Daniel Nettheim. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Pearl Mackie (Bill), Matt Lucas (Nardole), Michelle Gomez (Missy), Jennifer Hennessy (Moira), Corrado Invernizzi (Cardinal Angelo), Joseph Long (The Pope), Ronke Adekoluejo (Penny), Ivanno Jeremiah (Rafando), Francesco Martino (Piero), Alana Maria (Pentagon Woman), Laurent Maurel (Nicolas).

The Pyramid at the End of the World is the seventh episode of Series 10. Synopsis: A 5,000 year-old Pyramid stands at the center of a war zone, where the Chinese, Russian and American armies are about to clash. There are many problems with that, but the one that intrigues the Doctor is this: there wasn’t a pyramid there yesterday. The Doctor, Bill and Nardole face an alien invasion unlike any other, and before conquest can begin, these aliens need the consent of the human race…

Series 10, episode 5: Oxygen

What do you do when the Doctor misses the space between the stars? Many adventures take place at the surface of planets or other celestial bodies, but the Doctor travels through time and space, so this place is part there. Even when, as he says, ‘Space – the final frontier. Final because it wants to kill us.’ – Star trek fans will recognize the reference.

This time The Doctor, Bill and Nardole answer to an emergency call and arrive to a space station. The future way of business makes some problems to the visitors: the oxygen is sold only in quantities required for the people living there, and the surplus is recycled only to be sold again to everyone visiting the space stations. When the Doctor extend the habitable space around the TARDIS on the station it suddenly appear an unexpected excess of oxygen – and the station take the necessary steps, and the visitors are stuck.

More: the asteroid mining operation lack of efficiency triggers other necessary measures (from the perspective of the Company). The people are going to be replaced, so they are killed to stop them consuming the priceless oxygen using the automated suits. ”Us against the suits” becomes a struggle against the automated suites and the people in the superior hierarchy inside the Company.

Until the end the trio gets out of there, with some survivors, but the Doctor becomes blind. A disadvantage that his enemies will profit by, maybe as soon as the next episode.

Directed by Charlie Palmer, written by Jamie Mathieson. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Pearl Mackie (Bill), Matt Lucas (Nardole), Kieran Bew (Ivan), Katie Brayben (Ellie), Peter Caulfield (Dahh-Ren), Lewis McGowan (Brother), Mimi Ndiweni (Abby), Justin Salinger (Tasker).

Next time, the sixth episode of series 10, it’s Extremis: In the Haereticum – the Vatican’s secret library of blasphemy – there is an ancient book known only as The Veritas. Throughout history, anyone who has ever read it has immediately taken their own life. Now a new translation is online, and the danger is spreading. The Vatican appeals to the Doctor. Will he read The Veritas? But can even the Doctor survive the ultimate truth?

Series 10, episode 4 – Knock knock

A cheap rent into a big house with big rooms? Who could refuse something like this when you don’t have too much money to spend? Does it matter that the building is old and not well maintained, or that it’s haunted or that people are disappearing without a trace during the night? Does it matter that the walls are eating humans instead of dinner or that the landlord is a strange untrusting fellow?

The fourth episode of 10th series is closer to a horror movie than the everyday Doctor Who episode, but the story also have some emotional moments: the reasons things were put into motion, 7 decades ago, bringing mother and child to the current situation. The story has a logic of its own, it works in some degree, and you may compare it (more or less realistic) withe the popular episode from 2007, Blink.

Long story short: Bill is moving in a strange new house with some mates. David Suchet changed from Hercule Poirot, the detective created by Agatha Cristie – the Doctor met her a few seasons ago – to this strange character that shows the students their new home. The first and only night they are spending there is a frightening one (they don’t need the Doctor’s help to be terrified but he is offering gladly his support), and things became unpleasant. People are missing (almost) without a trace, they become food for the creatures from inside the house, and you have to find out alone how they are getting out from that trap.

The identity of the creature in the vault is another mystery, one will find out soon. Probably it’s connected with Master / Missy and John Simm‘s return in this season – it would be a reason good enough for the Doctor to stick around all the time and to stop the prisoner to escape.

Directed by Bill Anderson, written by Mike Bartlett. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Pearl Mackie (Bill), Matt Lucas (Nardole), Sam Benjamin (Estate Agent), Mandeep Dhillon (Shireen), Mariah Gale (Eliza), Alice Hewkin (Felicity), Tate Pitchie-Cooper (Young Landlord), Ben Presley (Paul), Colin Ryan (Harry), Bart Suavek (Pavel), David Suchet (The Landlord).

The Doctor, Bill and Nardole answer a distress call in deep space, and find themselves trapped on board space station Chasm Forge. All but four of the crew have been murdered – and the dead are still walking! In a future where oxygen is sold by the breath, and space suits are valued more highly than their occupants, the TARDIS crew battle for survival against the darkest evil of all…

Doctor Who series 10 episode 3: Thin ice

In the previous episode Bill wanted to get into the future, now she and the Doctor get into the past, in 1814 London. And the episode 3 starts from the moment the previous one finishes, with an elephant and an entire fair on the frozen surface of Thames.

Historically speaking, Thames has frozen 23 times starting the XIVth century (and the ice was thick enough for the people to walk over it). The year 1814 was the last one when this has happened, something that was a reason good enough to be used as background for several episode during the last decade of new Doctor Who.

But a huge creature hunts under the ice, and every time someone gets under it (with or without the fishes with lights) he / she becomes food for something else. More: the one that Doctor calls Tiny or the Monster of Loch-Less or Not-so-tiny mermaid has been kept captive for decades, feeding with people from London for the benefits of others.

One of the children that have stolen the Doctor’s sonic screwdriver becomes food for fishes, a motif good enough for Bill to ask the Doctor about his 2,000 years story and the deads that hunts him after so many wars and adventures. The 10th episode of series 10 is a good motiv for the Doctor’s memorables speeches, even if it’s a shorter than the on from episode 10, series 9, The Zygon Inverson.

The Doctor and Bill borrows some diving suites in order to get on the bottom of Thames, under the thin ice, to discover more about the creature and how it got there. But you have to find out the details alone, watching the episode.

Directed by Bill Anderson, written by Sarah Dollard. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Pearl Mackie (Bill), Matt Lucas (Nardole), Nicholas Burns (Sutcliffe), Asiatu Koroma (Kitty), Peter Singh (Pie-man), Simon Ludders (Overseer), Tomi May (Dowell), Austin Taylor (Spider), Ellie Shenker (Dot), Kishaina Thiruselvan (Harriet), Badger Skelton (Perry).

In the next episode, Knock knock, Bill is moving in with some friends and they’ve found the perfect house – so what if it’s strangely cheap to rent, and the landlord is a little creepy? The wind blows, the floorboards creak, and the Doctor thinks something is very wrong. What lurks in the strange tower at the heart of the building – and why can’t they find any way to enter it?

Series 10, episode 2: Smile

The best colony of the future is the one created by the robots you send ahead, the robots build whatever the need to build (buildings, streets, green houses full with plants, the cultivated fields, etc), and later, when the ship with colonists arrives, it awaks all from their sleep in order to live into a city build especially for them. It sounds great, right? And more, if the robots are monitorizing your state of mind and try to make everything find for you is even better. Isn’t it?

This sounds good, but in really it isn’t very often when the action take place accordingly to the plans. Especially when the Earth had to be left behind and the new coloines of humens (not so many!) are the only way for the human specie to survive. That make even more necessary Doctor’s intervetion, help by his new companion, Bill Pots. Remember this: if you don’t smile during the entire episode you will die! The robots will get you and they will eat you!

The relation between the Doctor and his companion is very dynamic (Bill set herself confortable into the TARDIS after her first trip and she wants to continue) and very personal. The characters are set to stay (at least for this season). Bill had to choose between the past and the future as destination of the trip, and she chose the future. They arrived to the human colony Gliese 581 D (filming set is located in Valencia, Spain), into a city built entirely by robots: the colonies of microbots were parts of the walls, with the emojibots as interface with the human colonies. But things are starting to go wrong: the human emotions trigered a chain reaction and the robots tried to eliminate everything wrong. Starting with the humans.

Watch the episode, find out how the unusual problem was solved (it’s a rather simple answer), and the next time you are trying to win a chess game don’t turn over the table.

The writer for this story is Frank Cottrell-Boyce, the one who has writen the story for In the forest of the night (in 2014).

The next episode is Thin ice: a killing monster hunts under the frozen Thames in London, 1814 AD.

Series 10, episode 1: The pilot

A new series has started last night, a new companion has been introduced, the TARDIS is once again ”bigger on the inside” (everyone’s favorite shout when they first enter the blue box). And you don’t have to see the Doctor to enjoy the show: the way Bill Pots (Pearl Mackie) enter is simple and clear.

It’s not a complex episode (as others), the action is quite simple (the Doctor and Bill meet an alien creature and run away from it), but it works just fine if you consider it an introduction to something that’s going to end in an epic way: this is Steven Moffat’s last season as a producer and Peter Capaldi’s last season as the Doctor. Michelle Gomez and John Simms return as Missy / Master, but that’s another chapter of the story.

The story of the first episode was written by Steven Moffat. With Peter Capaldi (the Doctor), Pearl Mackie (Bill Pots), Matt Lucas (Nardole), David Olawale Ayinde (Edwardian Working Class), Nicholas Briggs (Dalek), Jennifer Hennessy (Moira), Stephanie Hyam (Heather).

In the next episode The Doctor and Bill travel to one of Earth’s first colonies in Smile.

2016 Christmas special episode: The return of Doctor Mysterio

The only episode (special or not) for the year 2016 was broadcast last night. After River Song’s dead (Clara is only a distant memory, so unclear she is not even mentioned) and an absence of 24 years, the Doctor returns to Earth, and for the first time he has to compete with another type of super-hero for the people’s hearts. Or, with other words, this is how Superman’s story would look like when she is told by a British fellow.

With the Doctor as a secondary character, because his presence is necessary to offer support for the hero and context to his story. Superheroes does not exists on Doctor Who universe (ok, ok, maybe with the exception of this Christmas special episode), but the cartoons with them do exist. To find out how they created this exception you will have to watch the episode.

The 10th series of new Doctor Who will return to British television screens next year. Nardole returned to the Christmas special episode (and his resurrection is interesting) and he is something more the the idiot robot from the previous episode – the character has an unexpected insight, can pilot the TARDIS and will be appearing in several episodes from the new series.

The episode was directed by Ed Bazalgette, the story written by Steven Moffat. Cast: Peter Capaldi (Twelfth Doctor), Matt Lucas (Nardole), Justin Chatwin (Grant Gordon / The Ghost, Charity Wakefield (Lucy Fletcher), Adetomiwa Edun (Mr Brock), Aleksandar Jovanovic (Dr Sim), Logan Hoffman (Young Grant), Daniel Lorente (Teen Grant), Sandra Teles (Reporter), Tanroh Ishida (Operator), Vaughn Johseph (Soldier).

The Silurian file

This article is about the Silurians (or homo reptilia, as they are also known): their history, TARDIS Index Files, revies, interviews, and so on.

Here’s all you need to know about the history of the Silurians (and Madame Vastra) over the last 46 years of appearances in Doctor Who. You can get this exclusive Silurian illustration by Titan Comics artist Rachael Stott, available for FREE as a desktop and mobile wallpaper here.

Who Are The Silurians? The TARDIS index file tells you several data about the monsters of last month.

The guys from the fan show try a Silurian review: they discuss the first story, Doctor Who and The Silurians. With Christel Dee, Luke Spillane, Simon Guerrier and Jenny Lippmann.

Neve McIntosh & Lindalee Rose talk about Doctor Who: Lindalee invades the tea-time of Silurian detective Madame Vastra at the Gallifrey One 2016 Doctor Who convention in Los Angeles. What do you think is the future of the investigative team of Vastra, Strax and Jenny (aka the Paternoster Gang), will the much talked about spin-off show become a reality, and what sort of Sonic would Madame Vastra have?

Doctor Who, Christmas special episode 2015 – The husbands of River Song

Or Doctor and River Song’slast aventure (a sort of, because she gets into the Library – episode 8, season 4 – and dies in the second part of the story sacrificing herself to save the Time Lord she loved), or the last 24 years night for the favorite Time Lord and his wife. Name it as you want, all the variants are good.

But this does not mean that this Christmas special episode is River’s last adventure along Doctor’s side – she has kept meeting with the Time Lord in the wrong order for 200 years (you should already know enough details about that) not to offer her a chance to continue their adventures in the right order. Jenna Coleman left recently the show, and Clara Oswald has her chance (a small one, but it’s there) to come back in Doctor’s life, sometime in the future. River was already saved (in electronic format, as a part of the database of the Library), she can easily come back in some form or another – nothing lasts forever, everything changes, and any additional information about the Executive Producers’ plans for her are probably secret.

The action was pretty bad: they wanted to be action packed and funny, but they didn’t make it quite right. They put the accent on funny discussions, the actors seemed sometime not realistic, but they had some good moments: the one when Riven realizes that the man standing next to her is the one she was searching the entire episode, and their connection in that very moment was just great, even if it wasn’t quite good before. If you want to relax a bit and just to have some fun than it’s a good story, but you shouldn’t expect too much from that.

Directed by Douglas Mackinnon, written by Steven Moffat and Toby Whithouse (character “Kahler”).

Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Alex Kingston (River Song), Matt Lucas (Nardole), Greg Davies (King Hydroflax), Phillip Rhys (Ramone), Rowan Polonski (Flemming), Robert Curtis (Scratch), Anthony Cozens (Concierge), Chris Lew Kim Hoi (Alphonse), Nicolle Smartt (Receptionist), Liam Cook (King Hydrofla’s Body), Nonso Anozie (Hydroflax – voice).

Doctor Who, series 9, episode 12 – Hell bent

Memories become stories when we forget them. Maybe some of the become songs. Remember this because it is important.

Well, Clara Oswald is still dead. Kind of dead. And here starts the beauty of time travel stories: Clara’s death is a fixed point in time and space (it can not be changed without fracturing the entire time and space continuum), but the Doctor saves her. Kind of saves her. And he can not enjoy it very much because he is not remembering her (with the exception of some details more or less important) good enough to recognize her when he meets her in the restaurant he met once, several series ago, with Amy, Rory and River Song to save his own life.

Maybe that’s why the final episode of series 9 started with the expectation that Amy and Rory were about to enter in the restaurant with the Doctor, for an unforgiven meeting of the companions because of Clara’s version as a waitress serving the amnesic Time Lord.

And the fragmented story he told her is a very elegant solution to offer Clara the exit she deserve: back on Gallifrey, Doctor’s actions made a president to run in exil (he gave the orders that brought Clara’s death and her friend’s captivity), with all the necessary scandal and after a firing squad meant for the Doctor with all the soldiers missing their target. Started to do everything he can in order to save Clara, the Doctor takes her from her own time, shortly before her death, frozen in one moment in time, and he fights against his hown people. Again. And he steals a TARDIS in order to run. Again.

Not very long time ago, in the episode The Witch’s familiar, you and your friends got inside the catacombs used by the Daleks as graveyard, now you get inside the computer used by the Time Lords to keep the personalities of their dead fellows inside a matrix, and you will leave that place as fast you left during the previous episode. The events in this episode happen very fast, I won’t give you the details, but the Doctor breaks all the codes he assumed for himself, and he gets to confront his own actions and their consequences. He gets in a situation he can not ignore the debates about the identity and origin of the Hybrid, especially when Ashildr / Me is the one serving them to the Doctor, at the Universe’s end of life (about the same period of time the Time Lord brought another immortal – captain Jack Harkness – and the meeting between Ashildr and Jack should be something important to watch).

Two TARDIS-es flying in space and time? The Who universe should be adjusted to that. Probably we won’t watch Clara and Ashildr, or their TARDIS, in action too soon, just like we haven’t met Doctor’s daughter after several years of adventures in Universe. Maybe they will appear in some distant future and a galay far far away, the one full with Jedi knights.

Directed by Rachel Talalay, written by Steven Moffat. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara), Donald Sumpter (The President), Ken Bones (The General), Maisie Williams (Ashildr), T’Nia Miller (Female General), Malachi Kirby (Gastron), Clare Higgins (Ohila), Linda Broughton (The Woman), Martin Sherman (Man), Jami Reid-Quarrell (Wraith), Ross Mullan (Wraith), Nicholas Briggs (Dalek – voice).

The next episode is the Christmas special one, it’s called The husbands of River Song.

It’s Christmas Day on a remote human colony and the Doctor is hiding from Christmas Carols and Comedy Antlers. But when a crashed spaceship calls upon the Doctor for help, he finds himself recruited into River Song’s squad and hurled into a fast and frantic chase across the galaxy. King Hydroflax (Greg Davies) is furious, and his giant Robot bodyguard is out-of-control and coming for them all! Will Nardole (Matt Lucas) survive? And when will River Song work out who the Doctor is? All will be revealed on a starliner full of galactic super-villains and a destination the Doctor has been avoiding for a very long time.

Doctor Who, series 9, episode 11 – Heaven sent

The action from previous episode let you a little uncertain about the people that have hired Ashildir / Me to get the Doctor into a trap, and you also don’t know the purpose of that action. Identity of that person or persons is still unknown (apparently they are Time Lords, but no one knows which ones), and the ending of this episode offer some answers while rising other questions.

Clara Oswald has died, the Doctor is alone, mourning and captive into a castle, followed by the ghost of his own past and a very dangerous creature, a killer called The Veil. Everything was created to make him feel afraid, using images from Doctor’s nightmares, and makes him always run from a certain death, offering him none chance to stay alive. Or almost none chance, because the only way out is a gate through a very though material, much more tough than diamond, something that he would break in “only” a few billion years.

The only help he has is Clara’s image, the same image the Doctor is carrying with him even she is dead. And it’s enough to make him continue over and over again until he breaks trough.

The episode is very similar with the nightmare, but the mystery is much more important that the scare, and the show in only one man’s: Clara and The Veil are only helps to push the Doctor into a direction or another. The only way to postpone a little the deadly end is to tell the truth, to confess – that’s the reason for the device that came into Missy’s, Doctor’s and Ashildr’s hand is called “the Doctor’s last confession”. Some name for the long path that brought the Doctor back on Gallifrey, and that’s only one small part of the unexpected end.

But you have to find yourself who is the Hybrid of two mighty warrior races, Daleks and Time Lords, the creature whom only purpose is to destroy Gallifrey şi turn everything to ashes.

Directed by Rachel Talalay, written by Steven Moffat. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald), Jami Reid-Quarrell (Veil).

Next time on Doctor Who: Hell Bent, the twelfth and final episode of Series 9, written by Steven Moffat. It premieres Saturday 5 December, 8pm to 9.05pm on BBC One.

If you took everything from him, betrayed him, trapped him, and broke both his hearts…how far might the Doctor go? Returning to Gallifrey, the Doctor faces the Time Lords in a struggle that will take him to the end of time itself. Who is the Hybrid? And what is the Doctor’s confession?

Doctor Who, series 9, episode 10 – Face the raven

How do you get the Doctor into a trap? Don’t forget that he is a Lord of Time with a TARDIS, a time travel with a technology, intelligence and determination not quite usual, a being that made entire armies with the mention of his name, a being that saved Earth and the entire Univers countless times. You know the show and the character, I don’t have to give you examples and explanations about that.

The answer to that question is simple: you show him a challenge, a mystery, something to make him be so focus he can not stay away. And Rigsy’s tattoo and the death sentence that came with it are motifs good enough to start searching hidden streets of London. Something that will remind you about Harry Potter’s adventures (but with more technology, of course, because it’s a science-fiction show not a fantasy series of movies with a lot of magic), not only because of the access but also the population.

And Ashildr runs with iron hand one of the hidden streets, a sanctuary for anyone who needs to hide from the exterior world. A lot of different species live there, united by the desire to be safe and the execution style for the people that does not obey the rules. Rigsy, the intruder, was sentenced to death because of the acuzation of killing someone, they thought he broke one of the most important rules of the small society living in the street. Doctor and Clara tries to find out what really happened. They did find out, but they could not avoid the trap nor the effects of their actions: it’s not a secret that Clara started to act like the Doctor, and in time she was transformed in something like him. A person addicted to the Time Lord life style, but more less resistant than the original. And it was quite obvious that sooner or later she would start to be reckless, to start making mistakes, even that kind of mistakes whom effects can not be undone. No matter how good are someones intentions, some times you die because of them.

And Clara Oswald dies because of something stupid, a mistake that she did taking Rigsy’s tattoo. It’s not entirely accidental, it’s rather a conclusion to a behavior that was building up in the last episode, especially after Danny Pink’s death, and because of that you may not feel her disappearance in the same way as Amy and Rory’s departure. The ending is emotional, with an unleashed Doctor and a Clara wanting a good death, in the same style as the death of the man she loved.

There are good chances to watch Jenna Coleman in other episodes of the show: from one point of view she is the girl that scattered all over the Doctor’s life in order to help and save him – why shouldn’t other versions of her appear and do the same things in the future, or to offer a different conclusion to the character. Maybe something to explain the life of Orson Pink, Danny Pink’s and Clara’s grandson?

On the other hand, Clara’s first appearance was entirely unexpected, sooner that all the fans were expecting to appear (we have known for some time about the Pond-Williams departure). The Clara’s character was surrounded in mystery from the beginning. Her departure, facing the raven, was also expected, but it’s the final? Who and what would stop her appearance one more time, the Clara we all know and watched in action, in order to offer a different ending to the character? It’s a rhetorical question, you don’t need to answer, but if it made you think a bit it’s excellent.

I won’t tell you how the episode unfold, it’s to action packed and there are too many details to be mentioned – I will let you discover yourself the story. Especially that you will have to wait for the next episode in order to get your own conclusion about facing the raven (a moment you will want to watch once or twice again).

Directed by Justin Molotnikov, written by Sarah Dollard. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara), Joivan Wade (Rigsy), Maisie Williams (Ashildr), Simon Manyonda (Kabel), Simon Paisley Day (Rump), Letitia Wright (Anahson), Robin Soans (Chronolock Guy), Angela Clerkin (Alien woman), Caroline Boulton (Habrian woman), Jenny Lee (Elderly woman), Naomi Ackie (Jen).

Next time on Doctor Who is Heaven Sent, the eleventh episode of Series 9, written by Steven Moffat. It premieres Saturday 28 November, 8:05pm to 9pm on BBC One.

Trapped in a world unlike any other he has seen, the Doctor faces the greatest challenge of his many lives. One final test. And he must face it alone. Pursued by the fearsome creature known only as the Veil, he must attempt the impossible. If he makes it through, Gallifrey is waiting…

Doctor Who, series 9, episode 9 – Sleep no more

An interesting episode, different, of new Who, something you should not watch! Not because is a classic horror episode, nor because the actions is made of different recordings (different perspectives) and put in order to get something fluent, something atypical, nor because of the monsters that haunts the indo-japanese space station le Verrier (on the orbit of Neptune).

The main reason is the unexpected ending: if you start watching the show and you get to the final yon can not erase or undo its effects. You will be entirely corrupt, you will can not sleep, and this thing will consume you all.

In the XXXVIIIth century the work is a very important of human activities, and the competition is so high the people are taking any advantage they can get. And when someone invents Morpheus, a device named after the Greek god of sleep, that modified the brain chemistry and compresses one month of sleep in only 5 minutes burst, it becomes very fast a vogue.

But sleep a necessary function of every live being, and the lack of sleep surface the monsters with human form and more: Sandmen are a new category of monsters, created along with the human body product (that ”sand in the eye” linked to sleep) and the dreams of Morpheus device. That ”sand” became alive and started digesting the host and any other human being that can be hunted and killed.

The story is happening on Tuesday, on the space station suddenly empty. The lack of communication rushed the saving team, but they are finding a lot of unexpected beings: first 2 visitors that had no business there (Clara and the Doctor) and a few of Sandmen. The story complicates, of course, and the humanity is being threaten again. At the end of the episode the situation is not clear, the threat is not completely eliminated, and the story could be continued some other time.

Directed by Justin Molotnikov, written by Mark Gatiss. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald), Reece Shearsmith (Rassmussen), Elaine Tan (Nagata), Neet Mohan (Chopra), Bethany Black (474), Paul Courtenay Hyu (Deep-Ando), Zina Badran (Morpheus Presenter), Natasha Sonal Patel (Hologram singer), Elizabeth Chong (Hologram singer), Nikkita Chadha (Hologram singer), Gracie Lai (Hologram singer).

Next time on Doctor Who: Face the Raven, the tenth episode of Series 9, written by Sarah Dollard. It premieres Saturday 21 November on BBC One, 8.10pm to 9pm.

The Doctor and Clara, with their old friend Rigsy, find themselves in a magical alien world, hidden on a street in the heart of London.
Sheltered within are some of the most fearsome creatures of the universe… and Ashildr (Maisie Williams)! With a death sentence hanging over their heads, not all of the intruders will get out alive.