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 9 episode 11 – Heaven sent extra

Peter Capaldi and Steven Moffat discuss the return of director Rachel Talalay for the final two episode of series nine.

Visualising Heaven Sent: storyboarding is an invaluable filmmaking tool. What did you make of the visuals for this episode? Director Rachel Talalay and storyboard artist Mike Collins discuss bringing to life Steven Moffat’s script.

Rachel Talalay’s castle sketch: she speaks about her artistic plotting of the castle layout.

The grave sketch: then she speaks about her artistic plotting of the grave attack.

Behind The Veil, cast and crew unveil the creature from the Doctor’s nightmares now pursues him.

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?

Exclusive Inside Look at ‘Dark Water’: Clara Oswald

If you have already watched or read about Dark Water you already know some of these, so it’s safe to get an Inside Look (thanks to BBC America) at eleventh episode of series 8 with exclusive interviews with stars Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman.

“I think it’s probably the first time that we see a companion properly go mad and lose their mind effectively.”

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 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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Dark Water Clip

This clip from Doctor Who’s series 8, episode 11, Dark Water only raise the most important question from this series until now: who is Missy? Many people tried to give an answer, I give mine only now: I think she’s Jenny, Doctor’s daughter. She is also a Time Lord, she regenerates and probably she can also change her face / body, becoming an entirely new person. The “boyfriend” thing is having fun about David Tennant relationship and then marriage with Georgia Elizabeth Tennant, the actress that played Jenny, Peter Moffett’s daughter. Peter Moffet was better known by his stage name, Peter Davison, the fifth Doctor.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtIqFgZ0QfQ