When the Doctor gets a messageasking for help she accepts to do something about it and she takes her companions (Graham, Yaz and Ryan) to investigate the warehouse moon orbiting Kandoka, and the home of the galaxy’s largest retailer. An institution fully automated, run by a system using robots, but it’s forced to hire 10% of its employees human – the law says that and the human in the management enforce this even the activities could be automated too.
One man is not please with it, he wants more jobs for people and more money for them, and he kills people to get what he wants: to discredit the company and to make it hire more people to replace the robots considered inefficient. But the system reacts to this and it tries to stop him, including by calling for specialized help like the Doctor.
The episode could be better. There was mystery, there was surprise (the identity of the terrorist), there was tragedy (some innocent people dead), but the action was lazy. Again. And the characters of the plot (it was more like a plot than a detective story solving a mystery) ignore some elementary things when they had to get into places they shouldn’t have. The episode was more for kids than for fans of all ages (as other episodes of this series) searching more or less to get new fans for the show.
Directed by Jennifer Perrott, written by Pete McTighe.
Cast: Tosin Cole (Ryan Sinclair), Callum Dixon (Jarva Slade), Leo Flanagan (Charlie Duffy), Mandip Gill (Yasmin Khan), Matthew Gravelle (Kerblam (voice)), Julie Hesmondhalgh (Judy Maddox), Claudia Jessie (Kira Arlo), Lee Mack (Dan Cooper), Bradley Walsh (Graham O’Brien), Jodie Whittaker (The Doctor).
Next episode, The Witchfinders: arriving in 17th Century Lancashire, the TARDIS team become embroiled in a witch trial. With the arrival of King James I, the hunt for witches intensifies. However, could something more dangerous be at play? Can the Doctor, Graham, Yaz and Ryan keep the populous of Bilehurst Cragg safe from the forces surrounding the land?
The story that started with the last week episode, Extremis, continues with something interesting: a 5,000 years old pyramid suddenly appears into a war zone, between the Russian, American and Chinese armies. And the Earth’s president, the Doctor, is called to solve the mistery. Last week the Pope from Vatican appeared into Bill’s house, along some cardinals, and now she and her friends are visited by the Secretary General of the UN – a very good moment to joke about orange president we all know.
The blind Doctor needs Nardole’s help to interact with the monks just to find out that the world is about to end because of a mistake whose effect will get out of control. And the alien monks can save the planet, but with one condition: to be accepted, to be asked to rule the planet as thei like.
But the saviors you invite in your home can be worse than the monsters they save you from, so watch what’s next. The story is not over yet, the third part is next, but for the moment the danger is gone, and the Doctor recover his sight just the see the monks accepted by the favourite earthling. Only for saving him.
Written by Peter Harness, Steven Moffat, directed by Daniel Nettheim. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Pearl Mackie (Bill), Matt Lucas (Nardole), Ronke Adekoluejo (Penny), Tim Bentinck (Monks (voice)), Andrew Byron (Ilya), Daphne Cheung (Captain Xiaolian), Rachel Denning (Erica), Tony Gardner (Douglas), Nigel Hastings (The Commander), Jamie Hill (Monk), Togo Igawa (Secretary General of the UN), Eben Young (Col Don Brabbit).
The eight episode of series 10, The Lie of the Land, is the last part of the story: the world is gripped by a mass delusion and only Bill Potts can see the truth. When even the Doctor is fighting on the wrong side, it’s up to Bill to convince the Time Lord that humanity is in deadly danger. And if she can’t do that, she may just have to kill her best friend…
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?
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!
Are you ready? Today is Doctor Who day, with the mission Kill the Moon… Let’s watch a short clip from the seventh episode of Doctor Who 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. Crash-landing on the lunar surface, 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.
After Danny met the Doctor as the Caretaker, this week, in the near future, the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Clara (Jenna Coleman) find themselves on a space shuttle making a suicide mission to the moon.
Crash-landing on the lunar surface, they find a mining base full of corpses, vicious spider-like creatures poised to attack, and a terrible dilemma. But when Clara turns to the Doctor for help, she gets the shock of her life. With special guest star Hermione Norris (MI-5, Wire in the Blood).
“Hello, Earth! We have a terrible decision to make: an innocent life versus the future of all mankind…”
“Whatever future humanity might have, depends on the choice that is made right here, right now.