Doctor Who, series 10, episode 11 – World enough and time

What do you think that could happen if you try to change a psychopath murderer to change? Does she / he deserve to give him / her a chance because you are very old friends or everything is already lost and you only can lock him / her somewhere (in a vault, for example), throw away the key and then leave without looking back?

The best part of time travel stories is that you can combine the old and the new, and they could coexist (sort of, depending of the rules of the story) in the same space-time continuum. This episode is only the first part of the story, and its final will make you hardly wait the next part.

To give Missy a chance a signal requesting help was randomly chosen, so the Doctor, Missy, Nardole and Bill get trapped into a 400 miles long and 100 miles wide near a black hole.

After Bill is shot with the Doctor standing there, almost helpless, her body is taken to be repaired. She expects her friends to save her, but they get there too late because of the temporal difference between the different parts of the ship.

The Mondasian Cybermen (the characters created by Gerry Davis and Kit Pedler several decades ago) return, but only one is presented in full gear – and it looks much better (and maybe frightening?) that the more modern version of cybernetic humans. Some people could say that the title of the episode is wrong, perhaps it should be Genesis of the Mondasian Cybermen instead of World enough and time.

John Sims returns to Doctor Who as the Master, and the perspective of him and Missy standing next to each other, separated only by the Cyberman he created, is not pleasant of all.

The timing of the episode directed by Rachel Talalay and written by Steven Moffat is great, but some elements still remain to be revealed in the second part of the story.

Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Pearl Mackie (Bill), Matt Lucas (Nardole), Nicholas Briggs (Cybermen – voice), Paul Brightwell (Surgeon), Michelle Gomez (Missy), Oliver Lansley (Jorj), Alison Lintott (Nurse), John Simm (The Master).

The twelfth & final episode of series 10 is The Doctor Falls: the Mondasian Cybermen are on the rise. It’s time for the Doctor’s final battle.

Doctor Who, series 9, episode 2 – The witch`s familiar

What about these women…?! One moment they try to kill each other, the other moment they are best friends and allies when they have to get out of troubles and to save the Doctor, and they betray each other first every time they can. I mean, of course, about the relation between Missy and Clara, something that starts to look a lot like the relation between the Doctor and Missy. With the obvious difference of personality: killer psychopath versus philantrophist.

You can’t praise the man either: the Doctor ran away from the child Davros instead of saving him, and when the old dying Davros is searching for him the Doctor continues to run until he has no choice. He gets to Skaro waiting for a trap, trapping Davros and the Daleks, and the relation between him and the maniacal creator of Daleks is the center of the story: two manipulators with a long relation between them are dueling for their lifes. It would not surprise me at all a new time war between the Time Lords and Dalek, but until them Julian Bleach explores a very different perspective of Davros, a move that initial stir some controversy. And Peter Capaldi feels great as the Doctor and he acts like that.

The continuation of the first episode from season 9, The Magician`s Apprentice, The witch`s familiar is fluid enough and has a very good script in order to keep you there all the time. You will get more than you have expected: more information about how Missy survived the end of the series 8, about how Daleks react (they channel their emotion instead blocking the as their friends Cybermen do) and how they treat their dead (the tubes for evacuating the residues are revolting to some point of this episode). Clara gets inside a Dalek tank (again!), a lot like she appeared in Doctor Who, but this time she is getting inside one of the shells and taken through the fellows of the dead Dalek.

For more details you have to watch the episode. It’s a good continuation of the first episode (but not extraordinay), directed by Hettie MacDonald and written by Steven Moffat. Cast: Julian Bleach (Davros), Nicholas Briggs (Dalek – voice), Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald), Barnaby Edwards (Dalek), Michelle Gomez (Missy), Jaye Griffiths (Jac), Clare Higgins (Ohila), Kelly Hunter (Shadow Architect), Nicholas Pegg (Dalek), Joey Price (Boy), Jemma Redgrave (Kate Lethbridge-Stewart), Jami Reid-Quarrell (Colony Sarff).

The next episode, Under the lake, will be broadcast 3th of October and it is the beginning of a 2 part story (Under the lake & Before the flood).

Doctor Who Extra: Series 2 Episode 2 (2015)

Young Davros – Let’s get the inside story as we go behind the scenes with Joey Price (Davros).

Do you want to know what’s it like to be trapped inside a Dalek? Jenna Coleman reveals all about the Dalek Clara!

Jenna Coleman and Michelle Gomez talk about the relationship between Clara and Missy I’ve told you earlier.

Nichloas Briggs (know as the voice of the Daleks) talks about his approach to creating a cacophony of Davro’s creations.

Peter Capaldi and Steven Moffat talk about the return of Davros and his relationship with the Doctor.

Series 9, episode 1 – The Magician`s Apprentice

What’s with this time traveling Doctors?… His path cross over a boy’s path in the middle of war without end, trapped between the handmines with eyes into a mined field, he tries to save the boy’s life (against all the odds), but leaves in the moment he finds out that the young’s name is Davros. The same Davros that would later create the perfect warriors known as Dalek, responsables of the start of the greatest time war against the Time Lords.

Or the relation he have with Master / Missy: on moment they try to kill each other, messing with each other’s plans and involving a lot of people and planets in them, the other moment they are the same old ancient friend (have been for centuries!) that fight together against a common enemy. But what can you do against it: one is a murdering psychopat, the other is a traveling filantropist, both adventurers travelers in time. You don’t choose who you like and who your friends are, right?

Anyway, you got the ideea: the Doctor is returning (he is hard to find in the beginning, but he is back!), Clara is returning (at least for the moment becuase she is leavint the TARDIS during this series), Missy is back. So does Davros and his creations, Davros for the first time since 2008, even if the Daleks have constantly returned since them – they are some monsters very hard to eradicate in Who universe.

The reasons for Doctor’s disappearance is easy to understand, considering the first paragraph, especially when Davros sends him notice that he is dying, that he remembers his enemy intervention from his childhood and they have “some” issues to talk about before he dies.

After missing half of episode (hidden in an unexpected way, but for good reasons), the Doctor have to make a great appearance with a lot of humor. Very stilish for the beloved Time Lord and very stimulating, especially with Missy along him. I won’t tell you (a lot of) details about the first episode of firt series, especially that this season has several 2 part stories and the conclusion of this story will be found in the next episode (The witch’s familiar), you’ll have to find them by yourself.

All I can say is that the Doctor and Davros meet again, in conditions you do not expect. This episode might be more that usual, but at least you won’t complain (or you shouldn’t complain) of it. Either way, you won’t have the time for complaining: the action is cursive, without breaks.

For any other questions you will have to wait the next episode.

Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara), Michelle Gomez (Missy), Jami Reid-Quarrell (Colony Sarff), Jemma Redgrave (Kate), Joey Price (Boy), Jaye Griffiths (Jac), Harki Bhambra (Mike), Daniel Hoffmann-Gill (Bors), Benjamin Cawley (Kanzo), Aaron Neil (Mr Dunlop), Nick Briggs (Voice of the Daleks), India Ria Amarteifio (Alison), Dasharn Anderson (Ryan), Stefan Adegbola (Newsreaders), Shin-Fei Chen, Lucy-Newman Williams, Demi Papaminas (School Girl), Jonathon Okinnaka (Soldier). Story written by Steven Moffat. Directed by Hettie MacDonald, produced by Peter Bennett.

How many bodies has The Master had?

From an 8 year old child to Missy, how many bodies has The Master had? Stick around, watch the video and find out how many reincarnation the Master had (as far as we know)!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6HYrSBPdm8

Michelle Gomez returning as Missy

Yes… she’s back in Doctor Who. After being an instant hit during the last series, Michelle Gomez is filming in Cardiff this period series 9’s opening two episodes, The Magician’s Apprentice and The Witch’s Familiar.  The story is written by the show’s lead writer Steven Moffat and directed by Blink’s Hettie Macdonald.

From The Master to Missy, from Delgado to Gomez

This video is a new tribute and trailer for the Master who became Missy due to popular request.

During the decades, the Master was played by Roger Delgado, Peter Pratt, Geoffrey Beevers, Anthony Ainley, Alex Macqueen (The new Big Finish adventure Master), Derek Jacobi, John Simm and Michelle Gomez.

Music:  Alliance Music – End Maker, cover image by Daniel Skorka

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Series 8 Q&A Highlights to mark the DVD and Blu-ray release

Frank Skinner (Perkins) hosts this very special series 8 panel with guests Peter Capaldi (the Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald), Samuel Anderson (Danny Pink), Michelle Gomez (Missy) and Steven Moffat (lead writer and showrunner), to mark the DVD and Blu-ray release of Doctor Who Series 8. Lately we had the chance to watch some parts of the event filmed at the Ham Yard Hotel in London on Monday 17th November 2014 (here and here) – this is a longer video clip, about 14 minutes.

Doctor Who: The Complete Eighth Series is out now in the UK and Australia – coming soon in other countries.

Hey Missy – a parody by Legs Nose Robinson

You remember from the last episode of series 8 Missy singing “oh Missy, you’re so fine?” to the tune of “Hei Mickey” by Toni Basil, right? Just before killing Osgood? Well… Legs Nose Robinson have done the whole song with a Whovian twist…. a parody-style. Inspired by the antics of The Doctor’s “frenemy”, Missy the Mistress, they’ve composed their own version of “Hey Mickey” with brand new lyric and a video clip.

Michelle Gomez talks about being the first female Master

Michelle Gomez talks about playing a female Master in Doctor Who, and talks about whether she thinks the next Doctor after Peter Capaldi should also be a woman…

In another part of the same interview Michelle Gomez talks about what it’s been like to play Missy / The Master in the most recent Doctor Who series, starring Peter Capaldi… Would you like to see Michelle return as The Master in the next series? She will probably return in the series, sometimes in the future, anyway.

Don’t forget that the DVD of Doctor Who Season 8 is out on the 24th of November!

Exclusive Inside Look at ‘Death in Heaven’: Peter Capaldi

Let’s Get an Inside Look at season 8 finale, episode 12, Death in Heaven, with exclusive interview with The Twelfth Doctor, Peter Capaldi: with Cybermen on the streets of London and the Missy / Mistress / Master leading them, old friends unite against old enemies, and the Doctor takes to the air in a startling new role.

Can the mighty UNIT contain Missy? As the Doctor faces his greatest challenge, sacrifices must be made before the day is won.

Series 8, episode 12 – Death in Heaven

It is said that when time travels are involved nobody really dies, that there (almost) always is a way to bring him / her back. But, at least for now, Danny Pink is dead and he stays dead: killed in the previous episode in a car accident, he got into the world beyond (or heaven / hell / Nethersphere / Time Lord database / data cloud) in order to become a Cyberman (he returned in his own body with an update) because of Missy / Mistress / Master’s plans to take over the control over the humans on Earth and to transform them into an army to conquer the Universe with. And, eventually, he was distroyed once more, sacrificing himself for humanity survival. So, at least for now, we can assume with some degree of certitude that Danny Pink is dead. It’s not very certain how this thing will affect Orson Pink’s existence, Danny’s descendant from 22nd century… Clara could already be pregnant with Danny’s son (or she will become pregnant – the miracles of current time technology can make this possible, without being a Time Lord technology), but she did not take his family name.

But let’s start with the beginning… something that can be damn difficult when the early mentioned time travel are involved: yes, as you found out in the previous episode, Master regenerated into Missy, but it’s not clear when / where / how / in what conditions it took place. Or even if it did took place – because Missy could be also a puppet in someone else’s hands, just like she selected Clara Oswald and she made certain that she was staying with the Doctor until now. Yes, Missy / Master is one of Doctor’s childhood friends, and he became one of his greatest adversary / enemy, and their lives paths met over and over again during the last decades of the show. And she / he could appear again because one very simple reason: she disappeared while the Cyberman was aiming his gun at her and the Doctor was preparing to use or he used the device Missy was carrying most of the episode. That device made people disappearing in a cloud of dust or ash, including Osgood. It’s not the first time in the show when people are disappearing in such manner, assumed dead, only to discover later that they were actually teleported somewhere else – do you remember the Jeopardy game Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) was forced to play in one of the episodes?

Yes, Ingrid Oliver (Osgood) andJemma Redgrave (Kate Lethbridge-Stewart) return once more in the show, in the middle of necessity state that put their lives in danger. And, to all appearances, Osgood loses her life, and Kate Lethbridge-Stewart is saved in the last moment by a Cyberman that could have been her deceased father, the Brigadier Sir Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart (often called just Brigadier, sometimes Brig, Lethbridge-Stewart or Stewart) that founded United Nations Intelligence Taskforce (UNIT) and worked with the Doctor in the 1980s. The salute the Doctor addressed to that Cyberman at the end of the episode (the only one time he ever saluted) could be considered a little morbid by some, but not when it comes from the chosen president of Earth. Because yes, in this episode the Doctor is elected the president of Earth in crisis situations (it means the alien invasions, the Cybermen returning, and all sort of thing we are already used to) –  a solution approved by all the nations. One that Doctor hardly accepts and with a lot off scepticism. And only to throw it into Missy’s face, some time later – he never wanted the political power, but he got it, while Missy / Master did everything he could do in order to change the world as he wanted.

Directed by Rachel Talalay, writer Steven Moffat. Producer Peter Bennett, executive producers Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald), Samuel Anderson (Danny Pink), Michelle Gomez (Missy), Chris Addison (Seb), Ingrid Oliver (Osgood), Jemma Redgrave (Kate Lethbridge-Stewart), Sanjeev Bhaskar (Colonel Ahmed), Antonio Bourouphael (Boy), Shane Keogh-Grenade (Teenage Boy), Katie Bignell (Teenage Girl), James Pearse (Graham), Jeremiah Krage (Cyberman), Nicholas Briggs (Voice of the Cybermen).

The next episode in the Christmas special. If at the end of this magnificent episode Clara and the Doctor are getting on their own ways, apparently with no option of getting together again, with all the appropriate lies said between two persons that lived through extraordinary experiences together and suffered lose that only made them to become closer. But she will be at least in one episode, the Christmas special. After that… the bets are open. She could continue her adventures with the Doctor, with or without her child, she could be replaced with someone else. And Nick Frost’s appearance costumed as Santa Clause remind us of Donna Noble’s appearance several years ago. Stick around, interesting episodes will happen.

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

Series 8, episode 1 – Deep Breath

After a long time we have waited (it seems to have past only 8 months and change from the Christmas special episode, bur for some people they seemed like years), a Doctor Who world tour to promote the new series (with the new Doctor, Peter Capaldi, his companion, Jenna Coleman – Clara Oswald, and the executive producer, Steven Moffat), the first episode of season 8 was broadcast last night. With success: the BBC1 audience between the hours 19:50 and 21:10 was an average of 6.8 millions people with a spike to 7.3 millions. Without including the viewer from other parts of the globe, the ones watching through internet (BBC iPlayer) or the ones that have downloaded the episode from the torrents.

As you have probably expected, the Doctor Who universe changed with Peter Capaldi’s appearance. And the one worried about how he was going to perform his role have no reasons to be afraid: he is an extraordinary Doctor. Even if during a big part of his first episode he is lost in space and time, still suffering the effects of the regeneration that transformed the Matt Smith’s character into the new Time Lord. Or maybe that’s why he is making such a big impression? Anyway, as you have (again) probably expected, Doctor’s relation with Clara, his companion, changed: now he is a new man, that reacts different, and she, a control freak, has some problems with that. His dark side started to emerge, preparing you (at least in some part) for what’s going to happen next. Matt Smith’s surprising cameo at the end of the first episode (the part has been recorded when he still was the Doctor and it was added to the new episode) of series 8 clarified (if it was ever needed) the continuity between Matt and Peter.

The action is happening in Victorian London, where we meet again Madame Vastra and her wife, Jenny Flint, but also the Sontaran commander Strax, a dinosaur and some robots that use human organs as spare parts. You should remember the episode 4 of series 2, The Girl in the Fireplace (20 October 2006), with the robots with clock mechanism from the SS Madame de Pompadour, the spaceship built in the 51 century, that did the same thing. Of course, the Doctor could not stay aside to let them do it, as he could not stay aside back then – even if he changed his face twice and have lived some centuries. Some time ago you were told don’t blink!, now you are told to keep your breath from very similar reasons: to survive, and to survive with all your organs inside your body. And that’s all I can tell you about the action in this episode, for additional details just watch the episode.

Directed by Ben Wheatley, writing credits: Steven Moffat. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald), Catrin Stewart (Jenny Flint), Neve McIntosh (Madame Vastra), Dan Starkey (Strax), Michelle Gomez (Missy).

If you are speculating or guessing who is Missy and why is she calling herself The Gatekeeper of the Nethersphere or why she welcomes people to “Heaven”, well, let’s speculate / guess further. Maybe we’ll find some answers in the next episodes of series 8 that she is Rani / Master / Doctor’s daughter / any other character you can think of.

The next episode is Into the Dalek: a Dalek fleet surrounds a lone rebel ship and only the Doctor can salve them. He is facing his greatest enemy with Clara by his side.