Doctor Who, series 9, episode 8 – The Zygon inversion

If you enjoyed the first parte of the story, in the last episode, The Zygon invasion, then you will love this episode for sure: the action is also very intense, the political message is even more present, the answer to Osgood’s presence is still not answered – human or Zygon? We will find out some other time. The Zygon inversion is a true continuation of the story started last week, in a way that makes it great – it’s one of the greatest Doctor Who stories I’ve watched lately!

Bonnie, the Zygon general that took Clara’s place copying her look and memories proved to be a special being: she wants her people not to be slaves, to live their lives without hiding and how they want to live, but she is ready to sacrifice all of them (all 20 millions) to succeed. Ready to risk a war, who could stop her? Cara from inside a cocoon, trapped, being used for information by Bonnie? The Doctor and Osgood, trying to survive (the rockets missed the only because of Clara that found a way to use Bonnie’s body without her realizing that) and to escape the Zygons? Kate that barely survived in the small town True or consequence (an important question in this story, something you should ask yourself all your life).

I won’t tell yout the story of the episode. But I can tell you that all the elements of the story will lead you to a very emotional Mexican standoff, something great that applies very good to the world in we all live. Some could say that the life became art, and they would not be wrong. Peter Capaldi (the Doctor) bring some very good arguments against war and the hate cycle that keep a lot of people prisoners, he shows very good the madness of the war and its effects.

Maybe in the real life the Doctor won’t convince a suicide bomber, the action is only inspired from what’s happening in the world, but let’s say that for a science-fiction story he did a very good job.

Directed by Daniel Nettheim, written by Peter Harness and Steven Moffat. The Zygon characters were created by Robert Banks Stewart. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara), Ingrid Oliver (Osgood), Jemma Redgrave (Kate), Nicholas Asbury (Etoine), Aidan Cook (Zygon), Tom Wilton (Zygon), Jack Parker (Zygon), Nicholas Briggs (Zygons – voice).

Next time on Doctor Who: Sleep No More, the ninth episode of Series 9, written by Mark Gatiss. The episode premieres Saturday 14 November on BBC One, 8.15pm to 9pm.

This terrifying story is assembled from footage discovered in the wreckage of Le Verrier Space Station.

Doctor Who, series 9, episode 7 – The Zygon invasion

There was a moment in time when there were 3 Doctors (the tenth, the eleventh and the War Doctor) and two Osgood (the real one and the Zygon copy) and there were a peace treaty about to be signed between the humans, represented by Kate Stewart and the UNIT, and the Zygons. Of course, that moment is The day of the Doctor. And they did it: the treaty was signed, 20 millions Zygons were allowed to live on Earth, disguised like humans, while Osgood remained in duplicate to ensure the treaty. A nice trick to get her back, of course, and a very good way to start an action packed dense episode!

We all have known for some time about Osgood’s return, but we did not know many things about it. It was chosen the hybrid variant, one quite often recently: Ashildr introduced us another type a hybrid two weeks ago. A reason good enough to change a little the Zygon rules: until now they need the original alive to be drained by information and to keep intact the exterior look they copied. But these rules seem obsolete.

Returning to this episode: the treaty has been untouched for two years (from the special episode in 2013), until the moment a radical Zygon group started to act against their own species and the humans on Earth. They wanted the entire planet in order to live without hiding and they did not hesitate to do anything and to kill anyone to get that. The political message is very subtle as clear as a sledgehammer in the head.

You will have to discover yourself how they did it (if you haven’t done it already) and the conclusion of this invasion in the second part of the adventures with aliens metamorphis, next week. Kate Stewart and UNIT, Osgood and Clara, the Doctor – they will all be there (probably), involved, if they survive until then.

Directed by Daniel Nettheim, written by Peter Harness. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald), Ingrid Oliver (Osgood), Jemma Redgrave (Kate Stewart), Jaye Griffiths (Jac), Cleopatra Dickens (Claudette), Sasha Dickens (Jemima), Rebecca Front (Walsh), Abhishek Singh (Little boy), Samila Kularatne (Little boy’s mum), Todd Kramer (Hitchley), Jill Winternitz (Lisa), Gretchen Egolf (Norlander), Karen Mann (Hitchley’s Mum), Aidan Cook (Zygon).

Next time on Doctor Who: The Zygon Inversion, the eighth episode of Series 9, written by Peter Harness & Steven Moffat. It premieres Saturday 7 November on BBC One, 8 pm to 8:50 pm.

Shapeshifting Zygons are everywhere in the UK, and there is no way of knowing who to trust. With UNIT neutralised, only the Doctor stands in their way. But how do you stop a war? And what can the Doctor do to save his friends?

Doctor Who, series 9, episode 2 – The witch`s familiar

What about these women…?! One moment they try to kill each other, the other moment they are best friends and allies when they have to get out of troubles and to save the Doctor, and they betray each other first every time they can. I mean, of course, about the relation between Missy and Clara, something that starts to look a lot like the relation between the Doctor and Missy. With the obvious difference of personality: killer psychopath versus philantrophist.

You can’t praise the man either: the Doctor ran away from the child Davros instead of saving him, and when the old dying Davros is searching for him the Doctor continues to run until he has no choice. He gets to Skaro waiting for a trap, trapping Davros and the Daleks, and the relation between him and the maniacal creator of Daleks is the center of the story: two manipulators with a long relation between them are dueling for their lifes. It would not surprise me at all a new time war between the Time Lords and Dalek, but until them Julian Bleach explores a very different perspective of Davros, a move that initial stir some controversy. And Peter Capaldi feels great as the Doctor and he acts like that.

The continuation of the first episode from season 9, The Magician`s Apprentice, The witch`s familiar is fluid enough and has a very good script in order to keep you there all the time. You will get more than you have expected: more information about how Missy survived the end of the series 8, about how Daleks react (they channel their emotion instead blocking the as their friends Cybermen do) and how they treat their dead (the tubes for evacuating the residues are revolting to some point of this episode). Clara gets inside a Dalek tank (again!), a lot like she appeared in Doctor Who, but this time she is getting inside one of the shells and taken through the fellows of the dead Dalek.

For more details you have to watch the episode. It’s a good continuation of the first episode (but not extraordinay), directed by Hettie MacDonald and written by Steven Moffat. Cast: Julian Bleach (Davros), Nicholas Briggs (Dalek – voice), Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald), Barnaby Edwards (Dalek), Michelle Gomez (Missy), Jaye Griffiths (Jac), Clare Higgins (Ohila), Kelly Hunter (Shadow Architect), Nicholas Pegg (Dalek), Joey Price (Boy), Jemma Redgrave (Kate Lethbridge-Stewart), Jami Reid-Quarrell (Colony Sarff).

The next episode, Under the lake, will be broadcast 3th of October and it is the beginning of a 2 part story (Under the lake & Before the flood).

Doctor Who Extra: Series 2 Episode 2 (2015)

Young Davros – Let’s get the inside story as we go behind the scenes with Joey Price (Davros).

Do you want to know what’s it like to be trapped inside a Dalek? Jenna Coleman reveals all about the Dalek Clara!

Jenna Coleman and Michelle Gomez talk about the relationship between Clara and Missy I’ve told you earlier.

Nichloas Briggs (know as the voice of the Daleks) talks about his approach to creating a cacophony of Davro’s creations.

Peter Capaldi and Steven Moffat talk about the return of Davros and his relationship with the Doctor.

Series 9, episode 1 – The Magician`s Apprentice

What’s with this time traveling Doctors?… His path cross over a boy’s path in the middle of war without end, trapped between the handmines with eyes into a mined field, he tries to save the boy’s life (against all the odds), but leaves in the moment he finds out that the young’s name is Davros. The same Davros that would later create the perfect warriors known as Dalek, responsables of the start of the greatest time war against the Time Lords.

Or the relation he have with Master / Missy: on moment they try to kill each other, messing with each other’s plans and involving a lot of people and planets in them, the other moment they are the same old ancient friend (have been for centuries!) that fight together against a common enemy. But what can you do against it: one is a murdering psychopat, the other is a traveling filantropist, both adventurers travelers in time. You don’t choose who you like and who your friends are, right?

Anyway, you got the ideea: the Doctor is returning (he is hard to find in the beginning, but he is back!), Clara is returning (at least for the moment becuase she is leavint the TARDIS during this series), Missy is back. So does Davros and his creations, Davros for the first time since 2008, even if the Daleks have constantly returned since them – they are some monsters very hard to eradicate in Who universe.

The reasons for Doctor’s disappearance is easy to understand, considering the first paragraph, especially when Davros sends him notice that he is dying, that he remembers his enemy intervention from his childhood and they have “some” issues to talk about before he dies.

After missing half of episode (hidden in an unexpected way, but for good reasons), the Doctor have to make a great appearance with a lot of humor. Very stilish for the beloved Time Lord and very stimulating, especially with Missy along him. I won’t tell you (a lot of) details about the first episode of firt series, especially that this season has several 2 part stories and the conclusion of this story will be found in the next episode (The witch’s familiar), you’ll have to find them by yourself.

All I can say is that the Doctor and Davros meet again, in conditions you do not expect. This episode might be more that usual, but at least you won’t complain (or you shouldn’t complain) of it. Either way, you won’t have the time for complaining: the action is cursive, without breaks.

For any other questions you will have to wait the next episode.

Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara), Michelle Gomez (Missy), Jami Reid-Quarrell (Colony Sarff), Jemma Redgrave (Kate), Joey Price (Boy), Jaye Griffiths (Jac), Harki Bhambra (Mike), Daniel Hoffmann-Gill (Bors), Benjamin Cawley (Kanzo), Aaron Neil (Mr Dunlop), Nick Briggs (Voice of the Daleks), India Ria Amarteifio (Alison), Dasharn Anderson (Ryan), Stefan Adegbola (Newsreaders), Shin-Fei Chen, Lucy-Newman Williams, Demi Papaminas (School Girl), Jonathon Okinnaka (Soldier). Story written by Steven Moffat. Directed by Hettie MacDonald, produced by Peter Bennett.

Series 8, episode 12 – Death in Heaven

It is said that when time travels are involved nobody really dies, that there (almost) always is a way to bring him / her back. But, at least for now, Danny Pink is dead and he stays dead: killed in the previous episode in a car accident, he got into the world beyond (or heaven / hell / Nethersphere / Time Lord database / data cloud) in order to become a Cyberman (he returned in his own body with an update) because of Missy / Mistress / Master’s plans to take over the control over the humans on Earth and to transform them into an army to conquer the Universe with. And, eventually, he was distroyed once more, sacrificing himself for humanity survival. So, at least for now, we can assume with some degree of certitude that Danny Pink is dead. It’s not very certain how this thing will affect Orson Pink’s existence, Danny’s descendant from 22nd century… Clara could already be pregnant with Danny’s son (or she will become pregnant – the miracles of current time technology can make this possible, without being a Time Lord technology), but she did not take his family name.

But let’s start with the beginning… something that can be damn difficult when the early mentioned time travel are involved: yes, as you found out in the previous episode, Master regenerated into Missy, but it’s not clear when / where / how / in what conditions it took place. Or even if it did took place – because Missy could be also a puppet in someone else’s hands, just like she selected Clara Oswald and she made certain that she was staying with the Doctor until now. Yes, Missy / Master is one of Doctor’s childhood friends, and he became one of his greatest adversary / enemy, and their lives paths met over and over again during the last decades of the show. And she / he could appear again because one very simple reason: she disappeared while the Cyberman was aiming his gun at her and the Doctor was preparing to use or he used the device Missy was carrying most of the episode. That device made people disappearing in a cloud of dust or ash, including Osgood. It’s not the first time in the show when people are disappearing in such manner, assumed dead, only to discover later that they were actually teleported somewhere else – do you remember the Jeopardy game Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) was forced to play in one of the episodes?

Yes, Ingrid Oliver (Osgood) andJemma Redgrave (Kate Lethbridge-Stewart) return once more in the show, in the middle of necessity state that put their lives in danger. And, to all appearances, Osgood loses her life, and Kate Lethbridge-Stewart is saved in the last moment by a Cyberman that could have been her deceased father, the Brigadier Sir Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart (often called just Brigadier, sometimes Brig, Lethbridge-Stewart or Stewart) that founded United Nations Intelligence Taskforce (UNIT) and worked with the Doctor in the 1980s. The salute the Doctor addressed to that Cyberman at the end of the episode (the only one time he ever saluted) could be considered a little morbid by some, but not when it comes from the chosen president of Earth. Because yes, in this episode the Doctor is elected the president of Earth in crisis situations (it means the alien invasions, the Cybermen returning, and all sort of thing we are already used to) –  a solution approved by all the nations. One that Doctor hardly accepts and with a lot off scepticism. And only to throw it into Missy’s face, some time later – he never wanted the political power, but he got it, while Missy / Master did everything he could do in order to change the world as he wanted.

Directed by Rachel Talalay, writer Steven Moffat. Producer Peter Bennett, executive producers Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald), Samuel Anderson (Danny Pink), Michelle Gomez (Missy), Chris Addison (Seb), Ingrid Oliver (Osgood), Jemma Redgrave (Kate Lethbridge-Stewart), Sanjeev Bhaskar (Colonel Ahmed), Antonio Bourouphael (Boy), Shane Keogh-Grenade (Teenage Boy), Katie Bignell (Teenage Girl), James Pearse (Graham), Jeremiah Krage (Cyberman), Nicholas Briggs (Voice of the Cybermen).

The next episode in the Christmas special. If at the end of this magnificent episode Clara and the Doctor are getting on their own ways, apparently with no option of getting together again, with all the appropriate lies said between two persons that lived through extraordinary experiences together and suffered lose that only made them to become closer. But she will be at least in one episode, the Christmas special. After that… the bets are open. She could continue her adventures with the Doctor, with or without her child, she could be replaced with someone else. And Nick Frost’s appearance costumed as Santa Clause remind us of Donna Noble’s appearance several years ago. Stick around, interesting episodes will happen.

On location at the Tower of London – Doctor Who: 50th Anniversary Special

Doctor Who location report from yesteday with Jenna-Louise Coleman, Jemma Redgrave and the newly-confirmed cast member Ingrid Oliver, they were treated to a rare appearance by the British sunshine.

You may remember Jemma Redgrave as Kate Stewart, head of scientific research at the United Nations Intelligence Taskforce (UNIT). She was confirmed to appear in the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special, along with the Zygons. Her character followed in the footsteps of her celebrated father Brigadier Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart and he will by taking these old enemy in the anniversary special episode.

The Brig led UNIT against the alien invaders in Fourth Doctor serial Terror of the Zygons, while his daughter Kate was introduced after his death, in series seven episode The Power of Three.

Filming on the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special started this month,  this week production travelled to the historic Tower of London, which aficianados will recall has previously served as an HQ for Earth defence force UNIT. The special episode is expected to air in November, half a century to the month after the first ever episode was broadcast.

Ingrid Oliver can be seen shooting scenes in a stripy scarf reminiscent of Tom Baker’s fourth reincarnation of the Doctor.

Related External Links

The Power of Three: The main gallery of images

You can find the full gallery on BBC.

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Rory, the Doctor and Amy return in The Power of Three.
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The Power of Three is the Ponds’ penultimate episode.
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The Doctor and Amy.
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The Doctor must deal with a different kind of puzzle…
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And, finally, an image that does not appear in the main gallery: the Doctor, Amy and Jemma Redgrave (left) that debuts as UNIT’s Kate Stewart.

As you may already know, Jemma Redgrave is making a debut as UNIT’s Kate Stewart. I remember the UNIT from the previous series of the new Who, and they are back in this week episode of Doctor Who.

 

UNIT was originally a military organisation formed to deal with ‘the odd and the unexplained’, which normally meant fighting alien invasions with the Doctor leading from the front. As said, executive producer and head writer Steven Moffat is delighted that UNIT returns in The Power of Three.

You can find more information about it here.