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?

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?

Doctor Who, series 9, episode 6 – The woman who lived

Yes, the Doctor saves the Earth one more time (from an alien invasion), and that’s something already ordinary. He’s done it too many times not to expect of this from him, and an episode that would have only this would be almost boring. Almost. This episode is boring only for a few moments, when the action is slow and a little childish, or when it’s hinting to Robin Hood duel in the woods (from any movie about Robin Hood you can think about in this very moment, not only the episode from last season), but you can pass with no problems of these moments.

Especially because the episode The woman who lived deals with two important subjects for the entire Doctor Who show and, why not?, the future of the Doctor.

  • everyone knows the Doctor is always running, right? He saves someone, he destroys some things, he saves a planet (usually the Earth), he looses some men doing that, and he moves on. He never sets to some place long enough to set some roots there. The only times (at least in the last seasons) when he was close enough to that was the refuge for an undetermined time (we only know that he was alone “for a long time”) between the clouds where he hid after Amy and Rory’s dissapearance, and the time he spend on Trenzalore, bat then he did not have too many choices. Only a few times, too few!, he had to deal with what he leaves behind and the effects of his actions as intense as this episode.
  • at the end of the previous episode the Doctor says something you should remember: immortality does not mean “living forever”, it means “everyone dies around you”. It’s a different perspective that is the center of the action in this episode, you deal with it very intense: what happens with a person that lose often the beloved ones (friend, lovers, children)? Does that person remains normal (in the common sense of the word: a people you deal with, you are friend with and you can do something together) or he / she retreats in a personal world, distinct of the world we all share, and from he / she wants to escape?

Tha’s why this episode is a true continuation of previous episode. You will have to find out for yourselves the details (if you haven’t already found them): the Doctor made some mistakes, Ashildr made also some mistakes, and the second medical device (made by the Mire, reprogrammed by the Time Lord to repair humans, its secondary effect is immortality) is merged with the most trivial and unimportant human being in the world. A man who did nothing special, but who loves to live and, more, to remind Ashildr how precious is the human life. The conclusion will be understood only in the end of the episode, with Clara’s appearance (she was absent most of the episode) and the barely noticed appearance in the background of a selfie.

Directed by Edward Bazalgette (as Ed Bazalgette), written by Catherine Tregenna. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald), Maisie Williams (Ashildr), Rufus Hound (Sam Swift), Gareth Berliner (Coachman), Elisabeth Hopper (Lucie Fanshawe), John Voce (Mr. Fanshawe), Struan Rodger (Clayton), Gruffudd Glyn (Pikeman Lloyd Llewelyn), Reuben Johnson (Pikeman William Stout), Ariyon Bakare (Leandro), Daniel Fearn (Crowd 1), Karen Seacombe (Crowd 2), John Hales (Hangman).

Next time on Doctor Who: The Zygon Invasion, the seventh episode of series 9, written by Peter Harness.

The Zygons, a race of shapeshifting aliens, have been living in secret among us on Earth, unknown and unseen — until now! When Osgood is kidnapped by a rogue gang of Zygons, the Doctor, Clara and UNIT must scatter across the world in a bid to set her free. But will they reach her in time, and can they stop an uprising before it’s too late?

It premieres Saturday 31 October on BBC One, 8.15pm to 9.05pm.

Doctor Who, series 9, episode 5 – The girl who died

Any whovian knows that Peter Capaldi appeared in the Who Universe at least twice before becoming the Doctor: the episode Fire of Pompeii (series 4, episode 2) and an entire season of Torchwood. And we all know that Steven Moffat, one of the executive producers, promised that the issue will be solved “sometime in the future”.

That means this episode. Or, at least, an explanation is provided to match the events in this episode, to make the Doctor to keep the way he has chosen for himself: saving people. In Fire of Pompeii Dona implore him to save at least somebody if he could not save the entire town, and now he loses somebody saving a viking village from a very advanced technological civilization raiding for their chemical resources (adrenaline and testosterone from the local elite warriors).

But let’s return to the current events: Clara is lost in space, in clear and immediate danger, but the Doctor saves her life in the last moment. The break they are during, some kind of retreat, brings them near some vikings that take them prisoners and bring them to their village.

A young viking girl Ashildr, makes a great impression to the Doctor (and you will discover the reason why, alone). Clara and the same girl are kidnapped by Mire, the most deadliest mercenary in the galaxy during a raid again the vikings. The only thing that keeps both of them alive, for the moment, is the technology that they are wearing, something that could not have existed in a viking village. But Ashildr provoke them to war, so the Doctor and Clara have to find a solution to assure their survival without creating to many ripples in time.

And they, finally, succeed in doing that, in one short period of time: just a day. That’s a good thing considering that in the beginning the Doctor react very not like himself, arming and training some farmers that did not want to run away, even they did not stand a chance against the elite warriors of Mire.

The success is not complete, because Ashildr is lost, and the Doctor have to find some very good reasons to bring her back. And he does, so well that Maisie Williams (Ashildr) will be in the next week episode.

The episode is interesting, with the Doctor trying to keep the imposed attitude. There were very few times he was closer to a normal ordinary human being that tries to keep a high standard, with the normal, but only temporary, hesitations and misguidance.

Directed by Edward Bazalgette (as Ed Bazalgette), written by Jamie Mathieson and Steven Moffat. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald), Maisie Williams (Ashildr), David Schofield (Odin), Simon Lipkin (Nollarr), Ian Conningham (Chuckles), Tom Stourton (Lofty), Alastair Parker (Limpy), Murray McArthur (Hasten), Barnaby Kay (Heidi).

Next time on Doctor Who, The Woman Who Lived, the sixth episode of Series 9, written by Catherine Tregenna, premieres Saturday 24 October on BBC One, 8.20pm to 9.10pm.

England, 1651. The deadly Highwayman ‘The Nightmare’ and his sidekick stalk the dark streets of London. But when they find loot that’s not of this world, they come face to face with the Doctor. Who is the Nightmare in league with? And can the Doctor avoid the hangman’s noose and protect Earth from a devilish betrayal?

Series 8, episode 5 – Time Heist

Tell me, if you would rob a bank for the super rich people, the most secured bank in the galaxy, and you would have a TARDIS availabe (or any other time machine), what would you do? Which steps would you follow in order to get to owner’s personal vault, the most protected room in the bank? In which moment would you act in order to have the greatest chance to succed? Remember that it’s not just a bank heist, it’s the time heist, and you can pick any moment in time!

If I succeded in making you think and to imagine things (imagination is very good!) then that’s great. Even you have already watched this episode of Doctor Who’s series 8. You may say that the action from Time Heist is as you expected to be, but it’s much worse than the previous episode: I expected something better from the Doctor and his companions. It’s the first time the Doctor robs a bank, the episode should be great, but, somehow, does not meet my expectations even if the actor’s interpretation is good.

When Clara is preparing for a date with Danny Pink the Doctor’s pursue to convince her to travel with him somewhere else seems to be unsuccesful. Until the moment the Time Lord gets a call through the TARDIS on a phone number very few people knew. And the next image, without any tranzition, show us the Doctor, Clara and two other companions in a dark room, without remembering how they got there and why, because of the memory worms holding in their hands. The new guys were the hacker / augmented man Psi and the shapeshifter / mutant woman Saibra. All they knew is that they had to break into the most secured bank in the galaxy and to get some artefacts, the Architect offered some detailed information how to do that, plus some stimulents on the road, and that they were already inside! And their survival depended on how well they furfilled their task and getting out.

And their story begins: they had to stand against the guards of the bank and their boss, and the Teller as well: an alien creature looking as the Greek Minotaur, but with psychic powers that allowed him to feel guilt and to erase the guilty man’s brains, transforming them into a “soup”. The story of the time / temporal / bank heist is not as good as expected, but it becomes a love story, and a freedom story from jail and oblivion. Do you remember what I told you in the article about the previous episode? The time is circular, and sometime the effect of an action can precede the cause that put in motion the gears to obtain the effect. And you have to find out yourselves who are the lovers in this episode and what’s the identity of the Architect.

Writers Steve Thompson and Steven Moffat, director Douglas Mackinnon, producer Peter Bennett, executive producer Brian Minchin and Steven Moffat. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara), Jonathan Bailey (Psi), Pippa Bennett-Warner (Saibra), Keeley Hawes (Ms Delphox), Mark Ebulue (Guard), Trevor Sellers (Mr Porrima), Junior Laniyan (Suited Customer), Ross Mullan (The Teller).

The next episode is The Caretaker, whos story is writtern by Garth Roberts and Steven Moffat. The action is at Coal Hill highschool. where Clara Oswald and Danny Pink are teachers: when terrible events are threathening the highschool and people inside, and the terrifying Skovox Blitzer is ready to destroy all humanity the Doctor decides to go undercover, as the caretaker. How do you think the Doctor and Danny will react when they’ll meet and find out about each other, the most important men in Clara’s life? 😀

Doctor Who filming – Series 7, episode 5, scene 5

 On the set of Series 7 of Doctor Who, in Cardiff. This is part of scene 5 of episode 5, which features the Weeping Angels. The episode is period, set in the 1940’s. A mysterious character, male, 30’s, in a pea-coat and fedora had already cautiously entered the building, followed by an equally cautious Rory. The Doctor and Amy are in a bigger rush!!

In this second recording Amy and the Doctor are running past two weeping angels into the Department of Physics at Cardiff University.

Video was taken at 4/4/12 at approximately 10:30 pm.  It seems to be set in America (the crew changed the No Parking signs to resemble American no parking signs).