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 11, episode 9 – It takes you away

It’s that time of the year when the gramother’s stories (the grandma number 5 in Doctor’s case) become reality, and the contact between the Universe we are in and another conscious Universe could become the subject of a very interesting subject.

But, nevertheless, the few very good ideas could not save the episode – it didn’t have the consistency to be very interesting. Not really. The almost empty house in the Norwegian fjord was a good start of the episode, the blind and scared girl (Hanne) and the howling from outside could continue the idea pretty good to make the Sunday night episode deserve to watch. But, eventually, it was all about a father trying to keep his daughter inside while he was gone. In another Universe, to be with the girl’s dead mother. I say it again, the ideas are interesting, but putting them into images could be better.

Ribbons, the alien obsessed with food from the anti-zone tunnels became shortly food for some creatures. Even when he should have been prepared to avoid that. The conscious Universe’s cohesion holds on while it’s not visited by too many people from other Universes, but after they left it’s not capable to keep the Doctor in.

Directed by Jamie Childs, written by Ed Hime and Joy Wilkinson.

Cast: Sharon D. Clarke (Grace), Tosin Cole (Ryan Sinclair), Kevin Eldon (Ribbons), Mandip Gill (Yasmin Khan), Christian Rubeck (Erik), Lisa Stokke (Trine), Ellie Wallwork (Hanne), Bradley Walsh (Graham O’Brien), Jodie Whittaker (The Doctor).

The next episode, the last one of series 11, will have probably more action than this one, or the last episodes in general: answering nine separate distress calls, the Doctor and team arrive on the remnants of a brutal battlefield on the planet Ranskoor Av Kolos. This planet has many secrets. An amnesiac commander? Mysterious mists? Who or what do you think are the Ux? A deadly reckoning awaits the Doctor and team once they have the answers… and everything will probably end in smoke and ashes.

Doctor Who, series 11, episode 8 – The witchfinders

Arriving in 17th Century Lancashire, the TARDIS team become embroiled in a witch trial. The Christians could not spill the blood of other humans, so, in that times the accusers used to put the defendant through some deadly trials to prove their innocence.

If the defendant had died drowning he / she was considered innocent and his / her soul would get to heaven. If the defendant had survived that means the devil helped him / her and he / she was guilty to any of the charges were made and he / she was going to be hanged.

The episode is a little better that the previous ones: after the firsts unusual moments there was a mystery to be solved, some zombie lurking through the little village and an alien army captive under a hill for a very long time. When a woman cut down a tree because it was blocking her view she weakened the tech locks that keep the aliens inside, and some of them get out and they want to free the rest. An idea good enough to a clear conflict, especially because the presence of the king only made the tension grow up. Unfortunately that the Doctor solved the problem by pure luck, not by a clear plan (something to be recognized by everyone).

Directed by Sallie Aprahamian, written by Joy Wilkinson. Cast: Jodie Whittaker (The Doctor), Bradley Walsh (Graham O’Brien), Tosin Cole (Ryan Sinclair), Mandip Gill (Yasmin Khan), Alan Cumming (King James I), Siobhan Finneran (Becka Savage), Tilly Steele (Willa Twiston), Tricia Kelly (Old Mother Twiston), Arthur Kay (Smithy), Stavros Demetraki (Alfonso).

The next episode, It takes you away, brings the TARDIS team on the edge of a Norwegian fjord in the present day. The Doctor, Ryan, Graham and Yaz discover a boarded-up cottage and a girl named Hanne in need of their help. Do you want to find out what has happened there? What monster lurks in the woods around the cottage – and beyond?

Doctor Who, series 11, episode 07 – Kerblam!

When the Doctor gets a message asking 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?

 

Doctor Who, series 11, episode 6 – Demons of the Punjab

The sixth episode of series 11 was better than the previous episode, it made me keeping me watching it until the end, but it seems it was missing something. It remained on the historical side of Doctor Who show putting the characters in the year 1947, the moment when the Indian state was divided because of religious motifs (and becoming the India we know today and Pakistan).

A moment that touched millions of lives, considering the big number of dead people and the huge number of refugees that had to move in other parts of the Earth to survive and live a normal life. Yaz’s grandma was one of the refugees, the first women that was married in Pakistan but she had to run away after her husband was killed in the wedding day. She kept a lot of things hidden about that period, about the monsters with human faces and about the assassins-aliens-made-witnesses with demonic face, but when one have access to a TARDIS and one has the Doctor among one’s friends why one wouldn’t made a trip back in time to meet one’s grandma in her wedding day?

For Yaz it hasn’t been an easy trip: any mistake could have changed her grandmother’s future enough to erase her granddaughter from existence. But it wasn’t easy for the Doctor either: the alien demons they’ve met were a part of ancient species of assassins. The destruction of their native planet transformed them into something else.

The episode would have been more interesting if it wasn’t so soft (if I could say it so). The first episodes of season 11 were full of action, but it was lost later. If it wasn’t the case, this episode could have had the chance to become one of the best one of the entire show.

Directed by Jamie Childs, written by Vinay Patel. Cast: Jodie Whittaker (The Doctor), Bradley Walsh (Graham O’Brien), Tosin Cole (Ryan Sinclair), Mandip Gill (Yasmin Khan), Leena Dhingra (Nani Umbreen), Amita Suman (Umbreen), Shane Zaza (Prem), Hamza Jeetooa (Manish), Shaheen Khan (Hasna), Shobna Gulati (Najia Khan), Bhavnisha Parmar (Sonya Khan), Emma Fielding (voice of Kisar)), Nathalie Cuzner (performance of Kisar), Isobel Middleton (voice of Almak), Barbara Fadden (Performance of Almak).

The next episode, Kerblam!, is about a mysterious message arrives in a package addressed to the Doctor, leading her, Graham, Yaz and Ryan to investigate the warehouse moon orbiting Kandoka, and the home of the galaxy’s largest retailer.

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?

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.

Doctor Who, series 11, episode 3 – Rosa

Sometimes, to become witness of historical events and let the history unfold itself can be pretty hard. But not that hard as correcting the deviations (when the events are influenced by another temporal travel that wants the history changed) into a manner that makes the involved persons very familiar.

Initially, when the Doctor Who started in 1963, one of its purposes was to teach the young men watching the show history. The first two episodes of this new season where full with action, they wanted to introduce the new Doctor and her companions as direct the writers could, but the third episode returned to one of the firsts ideas of the show.

The episode takes place in Mongomery, Alabama, USA, in the year 1955, the Christian era, a time when the segregation of “negros” (colored men) was still law, with all the unpleasant effects that accompanied it. The seamstress Rosa Parks was involved in the fight of black men against segregation, and her arrent because a very stupid reason (she was seated on a place in a bus reserved for the white people) made people protests. That protests made, eventually, segregation to dissapear in the United States.

It’s a good episode, with clear rules and subject, withe Doctor’s companions helping equally in solving the current problem, because the discrimination still exists and it requires a continuous effort to eliminate. Also, the episode explains pretty good how the discrimination manifests and how you should react to it.

Directed by Mark Tonderai, written by Malorie Blackman and Chris Chibnall.

Cast: Bradley Walsh (Graham), Trevor White (James Blake), Jodie Whittaker (The Doctor), Josh Bowman (Krasko), Tosin Cole (Ryan Sinclair), Morgan Deare (Arthur), David Dukas (Elias Griffin JR), Mandip Gill (Yasmin Khan), Mark Hugh-Williams (Bus Driver – as Mark Williams), Richard Lothian (Mr. Steele), Gareth Marks (Police Officer Mason), Aki Omoshaybi (Fred Gray), Jessica Preddy (Waitress), Vinette Robinson (Rosa Parks), David Rubin (Raymond Parks), Ray Sesay (Martin Luther King), Bradley Walsh (Graham), Trevor White (James Blake).

Next episode, Arachnids in the UK: The Doctor, Yaz, Graham and Ryan find their way back to Yorkshire only to find something is stirring amidst the eight-legged arachnid population of Sheffield.

Doctor Who, series 11, episode 2 – The ghost monument

A race against time to win the Race of 12 galaxies, traveling through a dangerous territory on a planet with 3 suns to arrive to the Ghost monument (that looks a lot like a blue box phone), using only what they find on spot and avoiding everything that could kill them.

The previous episode let the Doctor and her companions floating, lost is space of unknown solar system. She was searching her TARDIS and, by mistake, took the 3 humans along. They are saved by the only 2 surviving pilots of a very long race, they land on Desolation, the final part of the route. The only reason the 4 travelers join the 2 pilots is the TARDIS without they would be stuck on the surface of Desonations, a place that would kill them in less than a day.

The episode was directed by Mark Tonderai, based on a story by Chris Chibnall, and it continues pretty good (in the same style) the first episode of the series. You won’t get (too) bored watching it.

Cast: Jodie Whittaker (The Doctor), Bradley Walsh (Graham O’Brien), Tosin Cole (Ryan Sinclair), Mandip Gill (Yasmin Khan), Shaun Dooley (Epzo), Ian Gelder (Remnants – voice), Susan Lynch (Angstrom), Art Malik (Ilin).

The next episode: Montgomery, Alabama. 1955. The Doctor and her friends find themselves in the Deep South of America. As they encounter a seamstress by the name of Rosa Parks, they begin to wonder whether someone is attempting to change history.

Doctor Who, series 11, episode 1 – The woman who fell to Earth

So, a new Doctor, for the first time a woman – Jodie Whittaker, but (for now) away of TARDIS, a new group of human companions that are going along her in adventures through space and time, a new showrunner – Chris Chibnall.

The first of the season 11 is different from the previous episodes, it seems more to an action movie and has some special effects from that type of movies. And it’s not bad, the change is good (even when no all the fans can keep its pace). I did not have the time to watch the episode Sunday evening, that it has an advantage: I could see a lot of people complaining of different things (the female Doctor without a TARDIS, the episode is childish, it does not have a balance, and so on) because they were expecting something different. I can’t say they were all wrong (I would have done 2 or 3 things different), but, nevertheless, I can’t change your taste, but science-fiction as genre should surprise you, should come with new ideas and perspectives (that make it so charming).

That’s why I won’t write anything about the action of the episode, at least not this time, and let you watch it if you haven’t watched it already. You can find references from Predator and Terminator and you can consider them parodies.

Directed by Jamie Childs, written by Chris Chibnall. Cast: Jodie Whittaker (The Doctor), Philip Abiodun (Dean), Hazel Atherton (Sissy Roberts – Train Driver), Sharon D. Clarke (Grace O’Brien), Tosin Cole (Ryan Sinclair), Jonny Dixon (Karl), Mandip Gill (Yasmin Khan), Asif Khan (Ramesh Sundur), Asha Kingsley (Sonia), Stephen MacKenna (Dennis), Janine Mellor (Janey), Samuel Oatley (Tim Shaw), Amit Shah (Rahul), James Thackeray (Andy), Bradley Walsh (Graham O’Brien).

Doctor Who Magazine DWM issue 530

DWM goes on set with Jodie Whittaker, the latest Doctor. You can read their exclusive interview and previews of her first two episodes.

You also have there the latest updates from showrunner Chris Chibnall, a huge prize-winning competition and much more.

The new issue will be out Thursday 20 September 2018.

Doctor Who Magazine DWM issue 530

2017 Christmas special episode: Twice upon a time

David Bradley returned one more time as the first Doctor, Bill Pots returned for (at least) one episode, so did Mark Gatiss (in another role then the ones you probably have notices him: Lazarus, Danny Boy or Gantok – as Rondo Haxton), Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) and Nardole (Matt Lucas) appear for only a few moments. All of them accompanied the twelve Doctor (Peter Capaldi) in his last adventure before regeneration. And the last episode with Steven Moffat in charge – from next year the show will have another executive producer.

An adventure that wasn’t the normal Doctor Who adventures. It was more the last chapter of an era: the next Doctor is, for the first time in more than half of century, a woman. A reason for protest and comments thrown on internet this summer.

From one perspective, the Doctor must face his fear of death (change), from other pespective he must find reasons to continue. And, together, they must solve a mystery: who brought to them the soldier from first world war and why? With Bill Pots’ memories that have been brought to life.

What reasons do you have to watch the show further, in the new era that’s starting? The next series will be broadcasted probabil in Autumn 2018, with a first episode of 60 minutes and other episodes of 50 minutes.

Episode directed by Rachel Talalay, based on a story by Steven Moffat.

Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), David Bradley (The Doctor), Mark Gatiss (The Captain), Pearl Mackie (Bill Potts), Lily Travers (Polly), Jared Garfield (Ben), Toby Whithouse (WW1 Soldier), Jodie Whittaker (The Doctor), Nikki Amuka-Bird (The Glass Woman – voice).

Oh, there it is. Silly old universe. The more I save it the more it needs saving. It’s a treadmill.

Tardis noise

Yes, yes I know they’ll get it all wrong without me.

Tardis noise

Well, I suppose….one more lifetime won’t kill anyone. Well, except me.

Stirring music/Tardis noises

You wait a moment, Doctor. Let’s get it right. I’ve got a few things to say to you. Basic stuff first.

Never be cruel, never be cowardly. And never ever eat pears! Remember – hate is always foolish…and love, is always wise.

Always try, to be nice and never fail to be kind. Oh, and….and you mustn’t tell anyone your name. No-one would understand it anyway. Except….

He gasps, falls to the floor

Except….children. Children can hear it. Sometimes – if their hearts are in the right place, and the stars are too. Children can hear your name.

Gasps, grunts more

But nobody else. Nobody else. Ever.

Pulls himself off the floor

Laugh hard. Run fast. Be kind.

Stirring music.

Doctor – I let you go.

The regeneration starts

Peter Capaldi’s last speech as the Doctor. discurs al lui Peter Capaldi ca Doctor. Have you figured all the references to other episodes? Find out all of them here.

Jodie Whittaker’s reaction to landing the Doctor role

In a nice interview Jodie Whittaker chats to Christine about her new drama ‘Trust Me’ and recounts the moment she found out she was the thirtheenth Doctor!

Further more, she reveals how she feels about becoming the 13th Doctor for the BBC News. She is currently starring as a different kind of doctor in the new television drama Trust Me.

Jodie Whittaker, the thirteenth Doctor Who

My heart is still on fire, probably it’s a delayed heart attack, so you should call a Doctor. No, not a Doctor! The Doctor, the original one!

I’ve watched the trailer a few hours ago and I was curious about who Jodie Whittaker is… Now I found out more, and now I a curious what kind of Doctor she will be. For the moment she is the hottest sexiest Doctor in the series.

Guys and girls, stop arguing about the Doctor’s gender. It was about time your favorite Time Lord to go female, it’s not the first time in the history of Gallifrey and will not be the last one. If you want to argue about something argue about how the caracter is played or some other trivial stuff you want.