Series 8, Christmas special episode – Last Christmas

Come on, it’s Christmas, the North Pole, who you gonna call?

The ones who have watched special Christmas episode preview know that the Doctor and Clara arrive to a research base i North Pole and there are some problems involving everyone’s survival. And Santa Clause, with his reindeers and elves, appear. Actually they not only appear, they storm in the scenery. Twice, every time with very good reasons.

This year Christmas special episode is one of the most… confusing episodes of Doctor Who I’ve ever watched, 60 minutes as elaborated as it can be – and it’s on purpose. But, in the same time, it’s one of the best episodes, having a dream inside of dream inside of dream. And it continues like this for 5 level of dreams – everything but the last scene of the episode is not real, it never happened. Or maybe not even that is real, it remains to be seen. This episode succeeds in surprising you several times during the crazy race in waking yourselves up and beat the creature putting your lives at stake – some telepathic monsters called Dream Crab that feed with human minds and looks a lot like the creatures from the Alien series. So let’s start from the beginning.

It’s the North Pole, it’s Christmas Day. You’re dying. Who you gonna call? Just one last time, huh? One last Christmas, as if your lives depended on it. Please! Ho-ho-ho!

The answer is quite simple: you call the man that everybody knows. No, not the Doctor, although he would not say “no” to such thing. Or almost sure he would not refuse. But sometimes even the Doctor need help from father Christmas / Santa Claus. If you still believe in Santa Claus or father Christmas you don’t need more explication. If you don’t believe, well, you may not get your most desired gift next year. Don’t tell me you are all grown up or too mature to expect such gifts or to refuse them because I don’t believe it. And if Santa Claus would surprise you with such gifts, your inner child would be so happy, just like the times he was expecting impatient the arrival of the man dressed in red that comes down the chimney or gets inside through the cracked window if the fireplace is unavailable.

Don’t ask me to tell you the story of this episode – it’s too complex and I should start from the end to the beginning to make sense, and doing that I will spoil the surprises (especially the big on in the end) and I don’t want to. I’ll tell you only some short conclusions about the reasons this is the last Christmas.

  • it’s the las chance Clara and Danny Pink can say goodbye. Because Danny appears again in the show, even if he’s only a part of a dream.
  • it could have been the last episode for Clara and the Doctor traveling together, The episode is also about they, not only about Clara and Danny – they get over the lies said in the last episode, Death in Heaven.
  • it could have been Clara’s last episode – she could have dies because of Dream Crabs or because of old age, but (at least this time) she survives.
  • every Christmas is the last Christmas.

Yes, Clara Oswald will accompany the Doctor in the ninth series – the name of the first adventure is The magician’s apprentice. You can never say what other people are thinking and that could get some surprise and twists in the season 9 – if Clara will stay until the end of the season she will outrun Amy Pond as the number of episodes (36 to 33) as Doctor’s companion.

Inspiring sources for this episode: Alien series, the movies The Thing from Another World and Miracle on 34th Street. They can be found on Shona’s Christmas list 😀 (but for this you have to watch the episode to its end).

Directed by Paul Wilmshurst, based on a story by Steven Moffat, the producer is Paul Frift, the executive producers are Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald), Nick Frost (Santa Claus), Samuel Anderson (Danny Pink), Dan Starkey (Ian), Nathan McMullen (Wolf), Faye Marsay (Shona), Natalie Gumede (Ashley), Maureen Beattie (Bellows), Michael Troughton (Professor Albert).

Series 8 Q&A Highlights to mark the DVD and Blu-ray release

Frank Skinner (Perkins) hosts this very special series 8 panel with guests Peter Capaldi (the Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald), Samuel Anderson (Danny Pink), Michelle Gomez (Missy) and Steven Moffat (lead writer and showrunner), to mark the DVD and Blu-ray release of Doctor Who Series 8. Lately we had the chance to watch some parts of the event filmed at the Ham Yard Hotel in London on Monday 17th November 2014 (here and here) – this is a longer video clip, about 14 minutes.

Doctor Who: The Complete Eighth Series is out now in the UK and Australia – coming soon in other countries.

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.

Series 8, episode 11 – Dark water

Tell me, what would make Clara to behave so strange that she tries to blackmail the Doctor in order to help her? What could make Clara and the Doctor to choose a path that bring them to a collision (or, at least, to a meeting) with Missy? You know, that mysterious lady that welcomes the people after that in hell / heaven / underworld / the world beyond, whatever it is / the gatekeeper at Nethersphere. What is the role of the Cybermen in this story with the world beyond death?

The answer is very simple, and you will find it in the first moments of this episode: Danny Pink dies in a car accident. And when the mad man with 2 hearts and a blue box, known as TARDIS, asks you what he can do for you, could you refuse the chance to save the person you love the most? What would you do to assure that goal?

By the way, Nethersphere is a real place, where TARDIS can go, and Missy has stored the souls / minds gathered from the dead people around the globe for several thousands of years in order to give them a new meaning. A new purpose in a brand new life. Don’t let yourselves be fooled by the promises made to these people by the guys hired by these mystery woman (you had the chance to watch them in action in the previous episodes) or the skeletons kept in the transparent sarcophagus, big rooms filled with a special water (the dark water the give in part the name of the episode, because the times are also dusky and desperate) that only let the organic tissues visible, hiding the chassis that was keeping them intact, working and very dangerous in the reprogrammed shape we know as Cybermen. Yes, I was little wrong about Missy’s identity. Being a Time Lord was very clear, but some people said that her identity was also obvious (we had only a few choices). Probably I was missing their logic or I would have preferred somebody else the Doctor’s old and famous foe, the Master. In the moment her official welcoming package offered to the Doctor were a very intense kiss and another 3 kisses on the nose the story becomes not only funny, but also a little frightening. Especially that Michelle Gomez (the actress playing Missy) is perfect for this role. And the game with words from some point is great, but you will have to watch the episode in order to understand what I mean – Dark Water is great and I hardly expect the second part, the next Saturday.

On the other hand, Master has had 7 different versions during the last 4 decades (starting from 1971), Missy / Mistress being the newest one. The only one being a woman. The last one he was seen in the episode The end of time, a story in 2 parts broadcast in 25 December 2009 and 1 January 2010 (the last one we’ve seen David Tennant as the Doctor) and he disappeared – presumed dead – fighting against the other Time Lords that wanted to break the time lock and return into the Universe. Master’s regeneration as a woman will bring a lot of fuel and heat to the idea of Doctor’s future regeneration as a woman, a first in the 5 decade history of the show.

Directed by Rachel Talalay, based on a story by Steven Moffat, producer Peter Bennett, executive producer Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald), Samuel Anderson (Danny Pink), Michelle Gomez (Missy), Joan Blackham (Woman), Sheila Reid (Gran), Chris Addison (Seb), Andrew Leung (Dr Chang), Bradley Ford (Fleming), Antonio Bourouphael (Boy), Jeremiah Krage (Cyberman), Nicholas Briggs (Voice of the Cybermen), Nigel Betts (Mr Armitage).

Next episode in Doctor Who, the last one of the series 8 before the Christmas special, is Death in Heaven. The second part of the cliffhanger that started with Dark Water.

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Series 8, episode 10 – Forest of the night

Well… when you put too much fantastic into a science fiction show you may lose some fans. Especially when you lose contact with the big picture and make the current episode into a story for children, or a fable. Even if it’s a eco story, as this Forest of the night, with very clear references to the tales from the past, as Red Hood and the Hansel and Gretel’s lost trail through the wood when they left the house of the witch. Or the TARDIS, in the story of this episode.

But let’s start with the beginning: how would you react if you go to sleep in the town you’ve known all your life and you wake up in the middle of a forest, without leaving any moment your bed, house or town? A forest made of fire-proof bushes and trees, that means they do not catch fire, however some people tries to light them up. Clara, Danny and a group of children from the highschool they were teaching at spend their night at a museum (without any links to the movies with that title) and when they wake up they have a “little” surprise noticing the forest that appeared sudden, invading entire London. And all the Earth, the oceans too. And a lot of children invaded the TARDIS: first it was Maebh, that get separated the group and get to the TARDIS searching for the Doctor, and the rest of the group accompanied by Clara and Danny. It’s not the first time children get into the time machine (you must have remembered Courtney, some episodes ago), but it’s the first time they are trying everything out. Also, if in other episodes Doctor had to save the Earth because the aliens were invading the planet and its human population, this time the planet is invading the humans. It’s also a first. And, apparently, with a clear reason (at least for the author of the story): to protect the life on the planet by the solar radiations of a very powerful storm, that appears once a century or once a millenium and it puts in danger the life of all living creatures. The Doctor is not very sure which part is right: he says that’s it’s a storm that appear once a millenium, but he offers examples from the modern period of other similar solar storms.

The story is eco, fashionable. There are immediate dangers, the wolves and the tiger that escaped from the London zoo after the security was affected by the trees, and Clara and the Doctor had to be saved, and Maebh get lost in the forest in order to become later the troubled visionary of the fable. I don’t want to insist on the action, I don’t have any reasons to: it’s not very attractive. And the world is saved, again. The only thing to notice is the Doctor’s attitude against the planet Earth, very different from the episode Kill the Moon: in that episode he considered that the Earth was the planet of the humans and let them take the decisions about its and their future, now he considers it’s also his planet. And the only consolation is that the next episode seems to be much better than this one.

Director Sheree Folkson, writer Frank Cottrell Boyce, producer Paul Frift, executive producers Brian Minchin and Steven Moffat. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald), Samuel Anderson (Danny Pink), Abigail Eames (Maebh Arden), Jaydon Harris-Wallace (Samson), Ashley Foster (Bradley), Harley Bird (Ruby), Michelle Gomez (Missy), Siwan Morris (Maebh’s Mum), Harry Dickman (George), James Weber Brown (Minister), Michelle Asante (Neighbour), Curtis Flowers (Emergency Service Officer), Jenny Hill (Herself), Kate Tydman (Paris Reporter), Nana Amoo-Gottfried (Accra Reporter), William Wright-Neblett (Little Boy), Eloise Barnes (Annabel).

Next time on Doctor Who series 8 is Dark Water, the eleventh episode and the first part of the finale, written by Steven Moffat: in the mysterious world of the Nethersphere, where Missy is, plans have been drawn up. And Missy is about to come face to face with the Doctor, and an impossible choice is looming. “Death is not an end” promises the sinister organisation known only as 3W – but, as the Doctor and Clara discover, you might wish it was.

Series 8, episode 9 – Flatline

Doctor Clara. Doctor Clara Oswald. It does not sound bad at all, right? Especially that it fits perfectly the character and the direction she was heading lately. It’s not something new, and in the previous episodes (especially Kill the Moon) she only got prepared for the last night adventure. If the Doctor’s behaviour from the episode Kill the Moon puzzled you, well, Clara’s behaviour from Flatline will amaze you: she not only gets the psychic paper and the sonic screwdriver because the Doctor gets trapped into the TARDIS whos exterior dimensions have shrinked, but she stats behaving just like the Time Lord. About the lies she keeps telling the Doctor and Danny I am not saying anything, but you already know that the Doctor is lying, right?

So, the people started disappearing: when they were in town, when they were inside their homes, or inside a closed room and without possibilities to get out unnoticed. And when they left something behind, most of the times the remains were so insignificant they were unnoticed or they did not look human. And the Doctor and Clara get to Bristol, some distance from their destination (120 miles / 200 km) just to descover with some surprise that something weird was happening around them. Even the TARDIS’ dimension was pratical infinit (you know, the name is an acronim for Time and Relative Dimension in Space and it’s bigger on the inside: she has a pool, a huge library, some acres of space and a real Sun trapped inside), the exterior dimensions start shrinking fast: first it became a smaller blue box, hardly having enough space for a person, and it became a small little blue box you can put inside your bag. And Clara did exactly that for an important part of the episode: she traveled with TARDIS inside her bag, talking to the Doctor and getting out from the TARDIS what she has needed: a psychic paper or a sonic screwdriver, a sledge hammer and a device to shift objects between 2D and 3D.

The reason for Doctor’s headaches and people disappearing are the Bansky, a new type of monsters that proves to be something to be scared of: they come from a different Univers, a bidimensional ones (it means it only has 2 dimensions) and they are trying to get into a tridimensional Universe. The one occupied by the Doctor, Clara and the teams of workers she met when she wondered around trying to find out more information about what was happening, and the train traveling near them in the tunnel. First they were in the walls and in the floor, making people bidimensional, at first, then objects (as couches, handles, an entire train). The gifted graffity artist Rigsy proves to be a real help in solving the mystery and then saving the world, but you’ll have to find out yourselves how. You have to remember Doctor’s basic idea: use the power of your enemy against themselves. Now I can tell you that the episode is excellent, full with humor (including Doctor’s jiggle) and references to another movies (the train has the signal code A113, Pixar’s fans know all about that, and the hand from Adams family movies is already legendary). Missy appears again, proud by her choice (about Clara). She has good reasons why: she saved the Doctor and with his help she saved the world. Again,

Director Douglas Mackinnon, writer Jamie Mathieson, producer Nikki Wilson, executive producers Brian Minchin and Steven Moffat. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald), Samuel Anderson (Danny Pink), John Cummins (Roscoe), Jessica Hayles (PC Forrest), Joivan Wade (Rigsy), Christopher Fairbank (Fenton), Matt Bardock (Al), Raj Bajaj (George), James Quinn (Bill), Michelle Gomez (Missy).

Next time on Doctor Who series 8 it’s In the Forest of the Night, the tenth episode written by Frank Cottrell Boyce: one morning, in every city and town in the world, the human race wakes up to face the most surprising invasion yet.Everywhere, in every land, a forest has grown overnight and taken back the Earth and the land the humans have taken from millenia. It doesn’t take the Doctor long to discover that the final days of humanity have arrived… And we’ll watch Danny Pink and some kids in action, in the middle of a future London.

Series 8, episode 8 – Mummy on the Orient Express

After the fight from the last episode I thought that Clara will take a break of an episode or two, especially that trailers did not included her and nor the sneak peek, and Ellis George (Courtney Woods) might have been at Doctor’s disposal if she was needed for another adventure. But no, the character took a break that laste a few weeks, between episodes, and now she embarked into the train Orient Express, in a voyage through the space between galaxies with the Doctor. With all the problems they had to solve and the fight from Kill the Moon. And the new adventure was like the rest: a creature was stalking the people from the train, killing them in 66 second from the moment they were looking at the mummy.

Don’t be very surprised if Clara looks very different than usual, the previous episodes: she’s wearing clothes in the style of the 1920’s, about the same style the interior of the train traveling through extraterestrial space looks like. At least in the beginning: the railways were through hyperspace, the train was engineered to travel through space, but in the interior they tried to recreate the original style. The Doctor got some invitation to travel with the Orient Express a while ago (He has tried to entice me here before. Free tickets… mysterious summons… he even phoned the Tardis once. Do you know how difficult a number…), but in that moment he kind ignored them – he was too busy with Amy and Rory’s wedding. The moment of the visit (in the usual style, not using the railway station and embarking as the other travelers, but with the TARDIS straight in the luggage carriage) came only when he took Clara with him. They wanted to be a separation travel, a quite one and without incidends… but that’s exactly what did not happen: people started dying in a very strange way, killed by a mummy that only they could see. In the beginning there were attacked only the old and the sick, after that the healty were following. And the worst part was that you could not run away from the mummy, you could not hid and you could not strike a bargain with it. Even if some stories said there was a special word that stopped the mummy in some ocasions, without naming it. It was the Doctor’s job to find it.

Who is Gus?Clara and the Doctor tries to find out some answers, separately, and she get trapped into a compartment in luggage carriage along another young women, the first victim’s granddaughter, and the sarchophagus in which Gus, the computer controlling the train Orient Express, wanted to catch the mummy in order to study it further. Understanding the phenomenom, capturing and studying the mummy are the reasons Gus gathered a series of professors and doctor, experts in several domains, in one single place. And he did it for a long time: it was not the first travel with the train it was planning, and it pursued the Doctor to join several centuries before.

And when he finally did that, he also solved the problem, retrieving the technology that put the mummy in motion for over 5,000 years. The good part is that the Doctor and Clara saved again the day (during this day the Doctor had to do some difficult choices, knowing that he could not help all the people around him)… and saved a part of the travelers. Gus destroyed the train Orient Express. You will have to descover yourselves how they did it… all I can tell you right now is that, at least for the moment, the Time Lord and his companion solved their problems from the previous episode.

Director Paul Wilmshurst, writer Jamie Mathieson, producer Peter Bennett, executive producer Brian Minchin and Steven Moffat. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald), Samuel Anderson (Danny Pink), Frank Skinner (Perkins), David Bamber (Captain Quell), John Sessions (Gus), Daisy Beaumont (Maisie), Janet Henfrey (Mrs Pitt), Christopher Villiers (Prof Moorhouse), Foxes (Singer), Jamie Hill (Foretold).

The next episode of the series 8 is Flatline, written by Jamie Mathieson: separated from the Doctor, Clara discovers a new menace from another dimension. But how do you hide when even the walls are no protection? With people to save and the Doctor trapped, Clara comes up against an enemy that exists beyond human perception.

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Series 8, episode 7 – Kill the Moon

Why killing the Moon? Only the living creatures, as vegetal, animal and alien reign can be killed, right? And then, why Kill the Moon, Earth’s natural satellite? Is this related with the strange spider creatures, with jaws like the Predator that can be noticed in the trailer and the preview of this episode? Or is this related with the theories that you (probably) have heard about that said that the Moon is hollow on the inside, just like an egg.

On the other hand, the Doctor have not treat Clara very well lately, in the last few tricks, after Matt Smith‘s regeneration into Peter Capaldi: he got estranged, treating her with superiority and cold, in some degrees. That got to a fight during last night episode: Clara exploded, nervous, and she got to say some things into his face about the troubles she had lately. Getting everyone’s attentions, of course, and the Doctor’s also (Tell me what you knew, Doctor, or I’ll smack you so hard you’ll regenerate. is just brilliant). But their story is not over, at least not yet (there were some rumours about Clara’s departure not long from now). And if the rumours were right, well, at least we will understand why. Probably.

Anyway, I can’t blame the Doctor for his reaction from the episode Kill the Moon. However, the episode begins with Clara’s ask for help in the message send for the human kind from the planet Earth: in the year 2049 the people had to choose between a life of an innocent creature and their future. Courtney Woods (played by Ellis George) returns into the TARDIS and the Doctor’s life. He has to get her to the Moon, to be the first women (girl) to step on it’s surface in order to show her how special she is. But they don’t get exactly to the surface of the Moon, they get to a NASA shuttle that was just landcrashing to the surface, somewhere not far away from a Mexican mining station, deserted because its inhabitants have been massacred. A space shuttle fulled with nuclear bombs prepared to destroy the aliens that “messed up” the gravity of the satellite, increasing it several times. And the effects to nearby Earth were disastruos. Lundvik (Hermione Norris) was leading some astronauts with a simple mission: to blow up the Moon, clearing the effect threatening their future. But the astronauts are getting killed one by one, everyone but Lundvik, by some spider-like creatures with jaws that reminded me about the aliens from the Predator series. However, these creature are not the most important thing to worry about, despite their great number and their ferocity: the Moon really was alive. Like a chicken inside an egg, but alien. And it was preparing to get out. So, Clara, Courtney and Lundvik had to take their hardest decision: to detonate the nukes, killing the innocent creature before it was born (in order to save the lives below, from the surface of the planet, whos future was threatened by the Moon rocks crashing as meteorites) or to let the nature to follow its course, hoping that nature will find a way to save them all.

Clara has a very unpleasant surprise: the Doctor choose not to involve in choosing the right decision. It was their planet, humans’, their satellite, they were the only ones to make that decision. A thing that would seem strange to many people, after so many times the Time Lord has changed their history, after so many people he has saved and helped around the Universe. But, at least this time, I can not blame him: it’s an attitude very similar with the one he had during the negotiations Amelia Pond and the silurians took part (Cold Blood, series 5, episode 9). And, eventually, it does not matter how many times the Time Lord helped the humans or how much he resembles them: he is an alien from other planet.

You will have to watch the episode to find out more, and what kind of decision they take. Maybe you’ll tell me if you think the Clara’s and the Doctor’s decisions were right. On the other side, am I the only person who find a resemblance between Lundvik and Adelaide Brooke, played by Lindsay Duncan in the episode The waters of Mars? Probably the two characters have no connection: the Mars landing and colony happen only 10 years later (the year 2059).

Director Paul Wilmshurst, written by Peter Harness, producer Peter Bennett, executive producers Brian Minchin and Steven Moffat. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara), Samuel Anderson (Danny Pink), Ellis George (Courtney Woods), Hermione Norris (Lundvik), Tony Osoba (Duke), Phil Nice (Henry), Christopher Dane (McKean).

Next episode of series 8 it’s Mummy on the Orient Express, and it was written by Jamie Mathieson.The Doctor is on the most beautiful train in history, Orient Express, in space, speeding among the stars of the future. But a deadly creature is stalking the passengers: once you see the horrifying Mummy you only have 66 seconds to live. No exceptions, no reprieve. As the Doctor races against the clock he’s seen at his deadliest and most ruthless. Will he work out how to defeat the Mummy? Start the clock!

Season 8, episode 6 – The Caretaker

If you would live two parallel lives, but very different, would you like them to meet each other? How people around you would react when they would find out the the person they thought to know does other things they had no idea about, things so amazing they could hardly believe they were true? Amalia (Amy) Pond and Rory Williams’ friends started asking themselves why they were getting old so fast, completely unwit that in the few minutes in the next room they had lived a few months of adventures in time and space with the Doctor, the last of the Time Lords alive (meanwhile that story changed also, but that’s another story). The the sixth episode of the 8 series the moment Danny Pink meets the Doctor arrived, with the initial shock (and what a shock it was!) and the following scandal.

After a period of adventures in time and space with the Doctor and dates with Danny Pink Clara takes a break from her double life in order to dedicate a dew days to school and her boyfriend. The Doctor asked her that: he had a special mission, undercover, and he had to infiltrate alone, with no outside help. A Skovox Blitzer, one of the most formidable military killing machine, was on Earth, and the Doctor wanted to send it into a distant future where (probably) it could do no damage. If the killing machine would hid any other place other than near Coal Hill highschool from East London, where Clara and Danny were teachers, the story would be very different, and Clara would not be so surprised and worried about the Doctor’s appearance as caretaker, temporary hired in the school. The Time Lord’s plane were blown away by suspicious Danny, whos’ instincts put him on caretaker’s tracks because we was behaving a little strange. And the three of them found themselves in an empty room, disarranged by the attack of the robot and the time vortex that sent him away.

Some would say that the motive Danny and the Doctor does not put up with each other is their great resemblance: Danny is the common soldier, the footman that gets you out from the line of the fire, while the Doctor is the aristocrat, the officer with the “lighter” (but the Doctor’s sonic screwdriver have a lot of other use) that starts the fire. Maybe this is the reason the Time Lord does not like the military: they remind him too much about his decisions in the past, some very unpleasant, and his own behavior, or the training in the Academy. But I’ll let you discover yourselves how the trio Doctor-Clara-Danny succeeds in solving their problems (at least for now) and the way they succeed in eliminating the Skovox Blitzer. The episode contains romance and love story, fun, but also fire arms.

Is the Doctor preparing to replace Clara? Even if Courtney’s travel in the TARDIS was very short (at least from the viewer point of view), she was surely wanting for more travels through time and space. Missy appears again in this episode, even if only passing by (less than you may expect from the previous episodes). Her helps, anyway, work hard welcoming the victims from Doctor’s life in the Nethersphere, or Heaven, or call it how you want.

Writer Gareth Roberts and Steven Moffat, director Paul Murphy, producer Nikki Wilson, executive producers Brian Minchin and Steven Moffat. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara), Samuel Anderson (Danny Pink), Ellis George (Courtney Woods), Edward Harrison (Adrian), Nigel Betts (Mr Armitage), Andy Gillies (CSO Matthew), Nanya Campbell (Noah), Joshua Warner-Campbell (Yashe), Oliver Barry-Brook (Kelvin), Ramone Morgan (Tobias), Winston Ellis (Mr Woods), Gracy Goldman (Mrs Woods), Diana Katis (Mrs Christopholou), Jimmy Vee (Skovox Blitzer), Chris Addison (Seb).

The next episode on Doctor Who is Kill the Moon, the seventh episode of series 8, written by Peter Harness. In the near future the Doctor and Clara find themselves on a space shuttle making a suicide mission to the Moon. They crash-landed on the lunar surface and they find a mining base full of corpses, vicious spider-like creatures poised to attack, and a terrible dilemma. When Clara turns to the Doctor for help, she gets the shock of her life.

Samuel Anderson about playing Danny Pink & texting Jenna Coleman

Meet Samuel Anderson, the actor behind Danny Pink, Clara’s new date and Doctor’s companion, in this BBC America Exclusive Interview, and discover how he found out he’d landed the role and why texting with Jenna Coleman is the greatest!

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Greetings from Cardiff & London – The World Tour #DWWorldTour

“It’s official – the Doctor Who World Tour has started!” – and you will be watching videos from each location. Here’s the first with a look back at day one in Cardiff and London.

The Doctor Who World Tour is officially underway and the Doctor Who Channel will be hitching a ride on the TARDIS all the way.

The first stop saw the red carpet rolled out for Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Samuel Anderson, Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin for the World Premiere of Series 8 Episode 1 “Deep Breath.” The Cybermen and the Daleks were also on hand to keep excited fans in order.

The TARDIS then touched down on London’s Southbank where lucky fans got to see cast, crew and monsters before a very special screening.

Filming series 8 – Clara and her date

Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and Samuel Anderson (known as Danny Pink) filming in Cardiff Bay, February 25th 2014. The trio have been filming scenes believed to be for the fourth episode of the series 8.

The Doctor drops Clara off outside a restaurant and she walks away quickly on her own wearing a black dress, then he hurries back into the TARDIS. Danny has also entered the same restaurant wearing what else but a pink shirt and jacket.