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.

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…

The girls who died extra & #MaisieCam

Beards, dragons and spacesuits: the viking world collides with the future in this episode.

Meet the Mire – #MaisieCam: Maisie Williams meets two of the men behind the Mire.

Making The Mire: check out the meticulous work that Millennium FX put into creating the Mire. You can go meet them and see the finished monster in all its glory at the Doctor Who Festival, 13th – 15th November 2015! Get your tickets: http://www.doctorwhofestival.com

Peter Capaldi shares his appreciation for the men and women behind the monsters – the Mire.

The Doctor’s Yo-Yo – #MaisieCam: can Peter Capaldi really use a YoYo? Let’s watch Maisie Williams finding out!

Peter Capaldi tells us of his delight in working with Maisie.

Maisie finds out about parenting skills on the set. #MaisieCam

Let’s meet Chuckles #MaisieCam: Maisie Williams introduces you to actor Ian Conningham.

Maisie Williams shows us rehearsals from the actor’s perspective whe the Mire came and took all the warriors. #MaisieCam

Will Ashildr be back? We’ll find out, eventually, hoping to be very soon..

Maisie Williams tells us about the reactions to her joining Doctor Who and crossing fandoms with Game of thrones.

Doctor Who, series 9, episode 4 – Before the flood

If you already watched the previous episode (Under the lake) you already know the first part of the story: the Doctor and Clara are brought by the TARDIS to a underwater base set for exploring oil, people are dying one by one and they transform into criminal ghosts. At the end of third episode the Doctor and 2 companions travel back in time, before the dam being destroyed and before the lake covering the nearby town, just in the moment of the arrival of the alien ship that started all the problems you already know.

The episode is quite predictable, especially because some elements could be guessed deducted quite easy because of the Doctor’s ghost appearance, and the new elements that you descover now does not influence the result too much. More: you are given the key element of the action in the beginning of the episode, so you can relax, watch the action unfolding and the confrontation between the Doctor and The Fisher King.

The good thing is that action is not slow, it keeps you alert even if you already know some of the key elements and you find out about everything you need from the beginning. More: you could become curious to find out how the characters discover the unknown elements of the puzzle and how they solve their problems. Or how they can create exactly the future they wanted in order keep their personal past unchanged. The two episodes succeed in creating a circular story that can only be developed with time travels.

In this episode the action is jumping from the year 2119 to 1980, during the cold war, into a training town for learning people to live in Russia. The alien ship had just arrived, and Prentis, the Tivolian that became the first ghost, was still alive. The two energy sources were on the ship, also the Tivolian’s master, The Fisher King. But he wasn’t exactly dead, and from this moment you have to watch the episode to find out for yourselves the rest of the story.

On the other end of time stream, on the base into the future, Clara is behaving very much alike the Doctor. And, at least in some degree, she knows about this transformation and that huge gap between the others (the old Clara) and the current Clara.

Directed by Daniel O’Hara, written by Toby Whithouse. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara), Arsher Ali (Bennett), Morven Christie (O’Donnell), Neil Fingleton (The Fisher King), Zaqi Ismail (Lunn), Paul Kaye (Prentis), Sophie Leigh Stone (Cass), Colin McFarlane (Moran), Steven Robertson (Pritchard), Peter Serafinowicz (The Fisher King – voce), Corey Taylor (The Fisher King).

The next episode of series 9 is The girl who died. With some weird vikings and Maisie Williams (Arya Stark from Game of Thrones).

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Meet the Fisher King: Peter Capaldi talks him and Game of Thrones.

Jenna Coleman talks about the Sonic Shades – the Doctor’s wearable technology!

What’s it like playing a Tivolian on Doctor Who? Paul Kaye tells us all how is playing Prentis.

Slipknot on Doctor Who set: Corey Taylor of Slipknot fame visits the TARDIS and lends his roar to the Fisher King!

Strictly come ghosting: behind-the-scenes at Before the Flood ‘Ghost Camp’!

Why is Clara like the Doctor? Jenna Coleman and Steven Moffat discuss the development of Clara.

Peter Capaldi tells you what it’s like to become a monster, a ghost!

Series 8, episode 4 – Listen

This episode starts with a mystery (why people talk loud even when they are alone?) and with the search of a creature whos ability to hide is… just perfect. Because if there are animals that are perfect predators and there are animals that developed perfect defense, why shouldn’t exist animals the developed perfect cloaking systems? The kind of beings that you only observe (unconsciously!) only when you start to talk alone, even if the senses does not tell you there is someone else near you. On the other hand, there is another thing you must remember before starting to watch this episode, a thing that the Doctor mentioned once: time is a river, time is circular. Sooner or later you return to places from your past or to moments from your life, with friends as companions or with fear in your soul.

Considering all these, do you remember how Clara met Danny Pink? The moment by itself is not very relevant, but the attraction between the two characters is very relevant. In this episode they dated for the first time, having dinner. Finally. But the date is not very successfull, they got each others mad, and Clara storms out of the restaurant, angry. At home the Doctor was expecting her, preocupied with his problem, and he convince her to use the TARDIS in order to locate a nightmare in her past… a kind of dream many people had: they awake in the middle of the night, even they are sleeping and know it’s a dream, and when they get out of the bed a hand is getting their foot. But the trip does not happen as expected, because otherwise it would be no fun: Danny is calling just in the moment Clara is preparing for the trip, she is distracted by his call, her emotions are leaking the TARDIS‘s telepathic interface and the Doctor and his companion are getting to know Rupert Pink, a boy frightened from a children shelter that just had a nightmare. They succeeded in casting out the intruder from Rupert’s room and to relax the boy using the Colonel Danny, the only toy soldier that did not have a gun, that did not need a gun because he was using his intelligence.

Clara need a new chance with Danny Pink, so she returns to dinner just moments after she left, and the Doctors use her imprint in the TARDIS’s telepathic interface to travel further in the future and he reaches to the end of the Universe, on the only surviving planet before it’s collapse. It wouldn’t be the first time he had done the trip “to the end of the Universe”, you may remember the adventure he had on Malcassairo with Martha Jones and captain Jack Harkness when they found the Master (season 3, episode 11 – Utopia). Now he finds Orson Pink, a pioneer time travel, originating from a period that was only about a century later that the current one, but he got to the end of everything because of an error. He also finds the creatures from an empty Universe (what was left of it) that tried to enter. Later Clara gets to know a frightened boy that did not want to be in the army, neither in the Academy.

But you’ll have to discover yourselves the connections between characters and to decide how much the creature accompanying the Doctor is real or not. The episode us much better than the previous one because it makes people curious and and it has some surprises. Writer Steven Moffat, director Douglas Mackinnon. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara), Samuel Anderson (Danny Pink), Remi Gooding (Rupert Pink), Robert Goodman (Reg), Kiran Shah (Figure). Producer Peter Bennett. executive producers Brian Minchin and Steven Moffat.

In the next episode, written by Stephen Thompson and Steven Moffat, Time Heist, the Doctor and Clara must rob the bank of Karabraxos, the deadliest bank in the cosmos! The Doctor turns bank robber when he is given a task he cannot refuse: to steal from the most dangerous bank in the cosmos. With the help of a beautiful shape-shifter and cyber-augmented gamer, the Doctor and Clara must fight their way past deadly security and come face to face with the fearsome Teller: a creature of terrifying power that can detect guilt.

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