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War vs. Peacetime

Published November 11, 2013 by joscasta

Days left till the 50th: 12

Episodes watched:  91

Today’s Episode: A Town Called Mercy

Writer: Toby Whithouse

Town called mercy Poster

Another Prequel.. sorry gang.. Moffat’s loving these this season!

We are treated to a beautiful monologue given by this girl, with a western accent:

WOMAN: When I was a child, my favourite story was about a man who lived forever, but whose eyes were heavy with the weight of all he’d seen, a man who fell from the stars.

Then we see a poor man getting gunned down by this guy with a gun for an arm… and CREDITS!

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Ohhhhh a western landscape!

So the Doctor, Amy and Rory end up way far from their destination, as the Doctor was taking them to Mexico for the Day of the Dead festival. Instead, we are about 200 miles off in a town called Mercy. That town has a border made of sticks and stones, and electricity, before its time.

Now this episode was supposed to be after Power of Three, which is why the Doctor mentions that Rory left his cell phone charger in Henry the VIII’s suite, and that doesn’t happen until the next episode. Hmm…

The Gang enters the bar and the Doctor orders tea with the bag in, after having problems with his toothpick, that Moffat agreed he could have, making the scene a wee more funny. Then its discovered that he’s a doctor, and more importantly an ALIEN DOCTOR, so he’s promptly kicked out of town past the border. Luckily the Marshal named Issac steps in, (played by the awesome Ben Browder, you might know him from Stargate and Farscape!) and tells everyone to back off and to let the Doctor back in, as the guy with the gun arm is slowly flashing closer to town.

Back in the Marshal’s office we learn that the guy wants the “alien doctor”, and the Doctor realizes that the real doctor that everyone wants to kick out of town is in jail there. Thus we meet Kahler-Jex or Jex for short, another alien doctor. Everyone loves him in town as he set up the electricity, running water and heat, as well as cured the town of cholera. No one can leave town though..

Mercy

Without the Gunslinger shooting at them, thus leaving the town starving. So the Doctor decides to go grab the Tardis, load up everyone and then they can re-locate the town somewhere else. Sounds like a good plan. So he gets a horse..

Town Called Mercy

And then heads off to get the Tardis, while the Marshal and Rory distract the gunslinger by wearing Jex’s clothes, and the gunslinger takes the bait. However we learn from seeing everything from the gunslinger’s view, that he will not shoot if there is a high chance of killing someone who is an innocent.

The Doctor veres from his plans once he sees a long cord, that leads from town to Jex’s ship, that is the generator to the town for the electricity. The ship is in good condition, even though Jex said it was badly damaged. Using the sonic, the Doctor gets inside and turns off the self destruct, and learns exactly who Jex is and what he did, as well as whom exactly the gunslinger is and why he is after Jex. The Doctor heads back into town very pissed off….

No mercy

 

doctor kicking out the doctor

And we have a standoff at the edge of town, between Jex, the gunslinger Amy and the Doctor. Amy is pissed that the Doctor is just willy nilly killing people suddenly, and shoots a gun a few times to make her point. This pisses of the Marshal, whom then yells at everyone that ISN’T AMERICAN to put down their guns. The Doctor is still angry since he has used up all of his mercy apparently, and Amy isn’t having it, by saying he’s been traveling alone again for too long.  He is 1200 at this point, if you recall back in Impossible Astronaut, he was at 1103. Thus he realizes he has no choice but to follow what Amy said, and realizes there has to be another way.

Sadly, the Gunslinger decides to try to shoot Jex, and the Marshal jumps and takes the hit, thus killing him. Before he dies, he does give the Doctor the Marshal badge, thus leaving him in charge of the town and Jex.

The gunslinger and the Doctor agree on a truce, and to meet up at HIGH NOON the next day, where the gunslinger wants Jex or he will start shooting others.

Thus, everyone heads back to town, and we see the gang hanging out in the Marshal’s office, where the preacher comes in and demands for the Doctor to head outside. Lots of people, and one young man steps up and says that he just needs to leave the office, and that the people will just kick Jex out of town. Luckily the Doctor manages to calm the crowd..

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After the crowd disperses, the Doctor remarks how hard that was, and that he would prefer to deal with Daleks. The Doctor then heads back inside and has a very touching moment with Jex,

JEX: Let me guess. The good folk of Mercy wanted me to take a little stroll into the desert. You could turn a blind eye. No-one would blame you. You’d be a hero.

DOCTOR: But I can’t, can I?! (walks towards cell) Because then Isaac’s death would mean nothing! Just another casualty in your endless, bloody war! (JEX lies down on the bunk) Do you want me to hand you over?! Is that what you want?! Do you even know?!(turns away in frustration)

JEX: You think I’m unaffected by what I did? That I don’t hear them screaming every time I close my eyes? (props himself up on one arm) It would be so much simpler if I was just one thing, wouldn’t it? The mad scientist who made that killing machine, or the physician who has dedicated his life to serving this town. The fact that I’m both bewilders you.

DOCTOR: (walks back) Oh, I know exactly what you are. And I see this reformation for what it really is. You committed an atrocity and chose this as your punishment. (paces)Don’t get me wrong, good choice. Civilised hours, lots of adulation, nice weather. But, BUT, justice doesn’t work like that. You don’t get to decide when and how your debt is paid! (sighs and leans against the wall, back to the cell)

JEX: (sits up) In my culture, we believe that when you die your spirit has to climb a mountain, carrying the souls of everyone you wronged in your lifetime. Imagine the weight I will have to lift. (the DOCTOR turns around) The monsters I created, the people they killed. (the DOCTOR walks towards the cell) Isaac. He was my friend.(walks to the bars) Now his soul will be in my arms, too. Can you see now why I fear death? You want to hand me over. There’s no shame in that. But you won’t. We all carry our prisons with us. Mine is my past, yours is your morality. (lies down on the bunk)

DOCTOR: “We all carry our prisons with us.” Ha…

This is a great moment, as the Doctor himself has seen war, as he is the survivor of the time war. How does he deal with that? He obiously can relate to Jex, as you cannot judge the actions that one takes to survive at war time, and compare them to the actions of someone when the war is over and there is peace. It’s like saying, killing someone when you need to kill someone to survive is totally different than just killing someone just for fun. You can’t judge that person for their actions when their survival is at stake.

The Doctor knows this, and sometimes his inner Nine comes out, when he feels threatened it seems, however he feels stuck here, trying to figure out what to do.

Luckily though he and everyone come up with a plan, they basically decide to fool the gunslinger, thus giving Jex enough time for him to head out of town back to his spaceship and fly away.

Jex has other ideas, and decides to face his inner demons and uses the self destruct mode of the ship and dies.

The Gunslinger is sad then, but he is happy that Jex went out on his own, and viewed that as an honorable death, as he explains that to the Doctor. He plans to go out into the desert to die, as he has no role to play when its peacetime. The Doctor, has other plans for him, and makes him the Marshal, telling him to protect the town and to keep the peace within the town.

Thus the Gang leaves to head back home, as Amy mentions that their friends are starting to notice that they are getting older than them. So, off they go.. and we are treated to another lovely monologue..

WOMAN: (v.o.) ‘By the time the Gunslinger arrived, the people of Mercy were used to the strange and the impossible. Where he came from didn’t matter. As a man once said, “America is a land of second chances”. (the LITTLE GIRL crosses the boundary) Do I believe the story? I don’t know. My great-grandmother must have been a little girl when he arrived. (the GUNSLINGER stands watch on the ridge) But next time you’re in Mercy, ask someone why they don’t have a Marshall or a
Sheriff or policeman there. “We got our own arrangement”, they’ll say. Then they’ll smile, like they got a secret. Like they got their own special angel watchin’ out for them. Their very own angel who fell from the stars.’

God what a beautiful closing ending, thus filling out the framework of the story..

Till tomorrow… CUBES!!!

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One flew over the Dalek’s Nest

Published November 9, 2013 by joscasta

Days left till the 50th: 14 (TWO WEEKS!)

Episodes watched:  89

Today’s Episode: Asylum of the Daleks

Writer: Stephen Moffat

Welcome to Season 7! Just TWO WEEKS TO GO!!

I have tons to talk about… as we begin this season.

First off is Story Arcs..

1.)    Season  1 – BAD WOLF

2.)    Season 2  – Torchwood

3.)    Season 3 –  Saxon

4.)    Season 4 – Missing Planets

5.)    Season 5 – Cracks in Universe

6.)    Season 6 – Who killed the Doctor/How the heck will he get out of his death from a fixed point?

7.)    Season 7 – Who is Clara Oswin Oswald?

Now, this season’s arc really isn’t clear until the Snowmen.  Thus we have to finish our adventures with the Ponds to move on, as there are NO two part episodes at all this season. Speaking of the Ponds, here’s one of the pre-quels called “Pond Life” that shows their lives at home when they are not traveling with the Doctor..

So, the Ponds aren’t doing that well apparently. I’m sad that Amy is sad. This is not good. Luckily we have an adventure coming up!

Aslyum Poster

There is a  prequel explains why the Doctor went to Skaro in the first place. I was confused for a moment, because I thought it had been time-locked in the time war. Apparently it was already a wasteland.. thus no need to lock it. I was surprised at how well they managed to merge the Daleks with humans.. I had no idea that the Daleks could do that. It was also good to see that his death has become common knowledge thought the universe. Sadly this was a trap.. and the poor Doctor got kidnapped.

Then we see Amy getting photographed. You recall back in the episode “Closing Time” this picture?

perfume

Well apparently Amy has become a model.  Which isn’t too far from Karen’s gigs since she left our dear Doctor, kinda sad eh? So due to the info in Pond Life, for some reason, Amy kicked Rory out and Rory is there getting the Divorce papers signed. Right after though, Amy gets kidnapped by her make-up artist, which boggles my mind. Then Rory gets kidnapped by the bus driver which boggles my mind even more.

They both wake up in a white room, and the Doctor enters…

11 out of 10

YAY A SPINAL TAP REFERENCE!!!

Look at these spiffiy credits, each of the first 5 episodes of this season has this.. ohhh looks like a DALEK!

dalek in name

Thus we begin with learning about this girl and its her mum’s birthday and she likes baking soufflés, and the one she made was too beautiful to live..

souffles

I adore that bop at the end, she just can’t help but show her trash can some love. We also learn that she crashed and was a Jr. Entertainment Manager on the star ship Alaska. Now my problem with this, is if she is human, then this episode must be in the future, as she identifies herself as human, thus the Daleks have the ability now to travel throughout time? Just thought I’d point that out.

Then we head back to the parliament.. and Amy gives this great monologue..

Dalek Aslyum

Lo, the first line of the Daleks is a WTF line.. “SAVE US!”. He finds out there is a problem with the Asylum planet that the Daleks have.  That they send the ones that go insane, or refuse to fall in line with the Dalek philosophy. They hear “Carmen” coming from the planet, and the Doctor decides to fold back the signal, thus giving us perspective on this soufflé girl, as the Doctor asks how she’s been fighting the Daleks..

against the daleks

Then it is determined that the Doctor, Amy and Rory will get be fired at the planet. This is his reaction..

fire at planet

fire 2

 

rory

 

fair to daleks

 

Sadly, the firing goes bad, and everyone gets separated. Amy and the Doctor end up on the surface, where we learn that soufflé girl’s name is Oswin. They end up on Alaska, and realize that everything living or dead gets turned into a Dalek due to the nanocloud. We first heard of the nanogenes back in Moffat’s first outing with Who in the Doctor Dances. Remember that? Well, luckily the Doctor, Amy and Rory are wearing bracelets to protect them. However dead humans that have been converted into Daleks steal Amy’s bracelet! Oh no! Luckily Amy and the Doctor escape down a hatch into the Aslyum.

Now we are back to Rory.. and a Dalek begins to wake up and says.. “eggs”. So Rory thinks it’s asking about the round balls on the base. Uh no.. as it begins to add “term”… then “iate”.. and fires! Luckily at that moment, Oswin comes up on the speakers and lo, she gives instructions on how to get out of there. Then she has no shame but begins to flirt with Rory calling him Nina. So funny.

Amy and the Doctor are climing down the ladder and the Doctor explains how the nanocloud is changing Amy, and it has begun since she has asked him to repeat the info 4 times already. He calls for Oswin, and she informs him she has Nina, I mean Rory and will get them together. Sadly Amy sees people dancing, and decides she wants to join them. The Doctor manages to wake her up, and telling her what she is seeing are Daleks, and one decides to join them in the corridor they have been hiding out in. Sadly that Dalek’s gun is broken. So the Doctor decides to activate the self destruct, and send it in reverse to destroy all the Daleks in the room.

They manage to catch up with Rory..

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Apparently Karen is heavy according to Matt Smith.. and that was a hard scene for him to pull off.

DOCTOR: Amy, you’re still with us. (strokes her head)

RORY: Amy, it’s me, do you remember me? (she slaps him) She remembers me.

DOCTOR: (smiles) Same old Amy. (stands)

make a dalek
AMY:
Well! Somebody’s never been to Scotland.

Then the Doctor holds a pow wow with Oswin, and Ponds listing the tasks:

DOCTOR:In no particular order, we need to neutralize all the Daleks in this asylum, rescue Oswin from the wreckage, escape from this planet, and fix Rory and Amy’s marriage…

Which Amy sees THREE lost causes.. they realize that the room that Doctor, Amy and Rory are in is a teleport, so the Doctor decides to get it up and running again. Oswin demands that the Doctor heads her way.  After much reluctance he realizes he has to, otherwise she won’t drop the force field that is surrounding the planet, and after the forcefield is dropped the Daleks will destroy the planet.  So they will survive a bit longer.. well 4 seconds according to Rory.

And off the Doctor goes to rescue Clara!

Meanwhile… Amy and Rory get down and deep about their marriage…

RORY: (stops pacing) OK. Look at me. (AMY turns around) I’m going to be logical. Cold and logical, OK? (walks towards her) For both of our sakes, for both of us, I’m going to take this off my wrist and put it on yours. (starts to unfasten wristband)

AMY: Why? It’ll just start converting you, that’s not better.

RORY: Yeah. But it buys time. Because it’ll take longer with me.

AMY: Sorry, what?!

RORY: It subtracts love. That’s what she said.

AMY: What’s that got to do with it? What does that even mean?!

RORY: It’s just arithmetic. It’ll take longer with me, because we both know, we’ve both always known… (bends over to be face-to-face) Amy, basic fact of our relationship is that I love you more than you love me. Which, today, is good news, because it might just save both of our lives.

AMY: How can you say that?

RORY: (straightens) 2,000 years, waiting for you, outside a box. Saying it because it’s true, and since you know it’s true, give me your arm… Amy!

AMY slaps RORY in the face.

AMY: Don’t you dare say that to me. Don’t you ever dare!

RORY:  Amy, you kicked me out!

AMY: (tearful) You want kids! You have always wanted kids, ever since you WERE a kid! And I can’t have them. (sniffles and turns away)

RORY: I know.

AMY:(tearfully) Whatever they did to me at Demons Run, I can’t ever give you children. I didn’t kick you out. I gave you up.

RORY: Amy… I don’t…

AMY: Don’t you dare talk to me about waiting outside a box, because that is nothing, Rory, (stands) nothing… compared to giving you up!

RORY: Just give me your arm, let me put this on you.

AMY: (puts her arm behind her back) No get off me!

RORY: Just give me your arm!

AMY: DON’T TOUCH ME!

They stop, realizing something his different. RORY removes his hand from AMY’S wrist to show a band on her arm.

RORY: It’s the Doctor’s. When you were asleep, he must’ve…

AMY: Time Lord. What’s the betting he doesn’t even need it?

AHHH… so that’s why she kicked him out. It makes sense, but it just kinda upsets me that she never discussed this with him after finding out? Instead she just kicked him out with no explanation? Oy. At least they are on better terms now.

So as the Doctor gets close to Oswin, she mentions intensive care that he has to pass through. All of the Daleks are survivors of encounters with the Doctor on planets such as Spiridon (TVPlanet of the Daleks), Kembel (TVThe Daleks’ Master Plan), Aridius (TVThe Chase),Vulcan (TVThe Power of the Daleks), and Exxilon. (TVDeath to the Daleks) This confirms that some version of these stories has happened in the current timeline, as well as the Fourth Doctor‘s trip to Skaro and Big Bang Two. (TVGenesis of the DaleksThe Big Bang).

Also take note that the Daleks themselves are borrowed, and are all from different points in the show’s history, both those in the parliament and in this intensive care scene..the production team begged and borrowed any Dalek they could find, thus leading to so many different Daleks in these scenes.

The Doctor manages to wake up the Daleks, and hangs out right outside the Door that leads to Oswin. She can’t figure out how to get the door open, so she deletes all info about the Doctor from the database all Daleks share. Thus they stop trying to kill him.

She opens the door, and we are treated to the BIGGEST PLOT TWIST.

We see Oswin as a girl in a room. Turns out that room is in her mind and that she is has been converted into a DALEK.

Clara as a Dalek

My jaw hit the floor with this revelation when I saw this the first time.. WTF MOFFAT!!! OMG!!! He managed to keep this twist under wraps, and that Jenna Louise was even IN the episode, as she wasn’t scheduled to begin this role until the Christmas Special. He showed this episode to people and swore them to not tell another soul, thus keeping this off the interwebs.

Oswin of course doesn’t believe she is a Dalek, then slowly it comes back to her..

im not a dalek

The nanocloud got to her, and since she is so smart, they did a full conversion to her, rather than making her into a human puppet. She then asks why the Daleks hate the Doctor, and he explains how often he has fought them, and so she decides to tell him to RUN…

rycbar

One thing I need to point out here is that chair.. Remember it? Yes? No? Well look at it again..

Aslyum chair

And look at this one..

daughter's chair

BBC props department… saving money again!!!

Anyway… the Doctor manages to get back to the teleport room as Oswin drops the shields, thus making everything explodey-woodey, and Amy and Rory are taking a nice long facesmash, thus forcing the Doctor to activate the teleport!

He’s so good at teleporting, he teleports them back onto the Tardis. The Daleks have no idea who he is.. and thus we are left with the final line..

“DOCTOR WHO”?

Till tomorrow..  Dinosaurs on a Spaceship? WTF?

Two Men and a Dark Lord

Published November 6, 2013 by joscasta

Days left till the 50th: 17

Episodes watched:  86

Today’s Episode: Closing Time

Writer: Gareth Roberts

So Gareth Roberts writes another romp between The Doctor and Craig!

This episode, reminds me a of Rose, as we are back in a department store for bits of it.

Parents Yawn

The Doctor has been knocking a bit about on a Farwell Tour, as its been 200 years since God Complex, so the Doctor has spent his time waving at Rory and Amy thorough history, just like how Rory described it back in the Impossible Astronaut. I wasn’t thrilled with the whole cyber men part of it. I preferred to see the Doctor and Craig interacting and even better, the Doctor talking to Alfie aka Stormageddon Dark Lord of All, since he speaks baby as evidenced back in A Good Man Goes to War.

stormy

storm's perpsective

 

I also adored this great speech that the Doctor gave him..

DOCTOR: You, Alfie Owens, you are so young, aren’t you? And, you know, right now, everything’s ahead of you. You could be anything. Yes, I know. You could walk among the stars. They don’t actually look like that, you know, they are rather more impressive.

The DOCTOR uses the sonic and the projection becomes more realistic of space.

DOCTOR: Yeah! You know, when I was little like you, I dreamt of the stars. I think it’s fair to say, in the language of your age, that I lived my dream. I owned the stage, gave it a 110%. I hope you have as much fun as I did, Alfie. (kisses ALFIE’S head)

Also, we see how the Doctor got his paper for the invites to ‘Merica, and his Stenson.

paper

Finally.. the most important scene, it was great how they merged the kids to segue into River just becoming a Doctor herself, and being shoved into the suit, thus making everyone gear up for tomorrow’s episode of The Wedding of River Song!

astronaut

Faith vs. Fear

Published November 5, 2013 by joscasta

Days left till the 50th: 18

Episodes watched:  85

Today’s Episode: The God Complex

Writer: Toby Whithouse

Wow. What a complex episode. Having faith in something allows us to fear less, yet this episode touches on the idea of faith creating the fear.

We are stuck in a hotel that looks like the Shining, and no way out, since the doors are walls. Sadly no Jack Nicholson, but we do have a crazy ancient alien minotaur that kidnaps people and puts them there. Kinda like the “Cube” if you ever saw that awesome made for tv movie.   Thus we meet the key players in the lobby..

Name                    Faith                                      What was in their room

Joe                         Luck                                       Scary Howdy Doody puppets

Rita                        Muslim                                 Father being disappointed with her

Howie                   Conspiracy Theories       Girls that laughed at his stutter

Gibbons               Planet gets invaded        No idea, managed to avoid going into the rooms

Amy                       The Doctor will come      Young Amy waiting for a Doctor that didn’t arrive – Room #7

Rory                       No faith in anything        He was shown the Exit

Doctor                  WHO KNOWS???             No idea! – Room #11

So thus the minotaur goes running around killing those poor people, but they are accepting of it, as he shows them their fear, then converts that fear into faith in him, that he will make their death swift and painless, so they “Praise Him” to come to them and give them what they want.

The Doctor gets Amy, Rory and Gibbons out of there by using Amy, and this lovely conversation in Amy’s room that has her as a young girl waiting..

AMY: Doctor, it’s happening. It’s changing me, it’s changing my thoughts.

DOCTOR: I can’t save you from this, there’s nothing I can do to stop this.

AMY: What?

DOCTOR: I stole your childhood and now I’ve led you by the hand to your death. But the worst thing is, I knew. I knew this would happen. This is what always happens.

The BEAST pushes the door open, forcing RORY into the corner.

DOCTOR: Forget your faith in me.

The Beast growls.

DOCTOR: I took you with me because I was vain, because I wanted to be adored. (strokes her hair) Look at you. Glorious Pond. The girl who waited for me.

He is now speaking to AMELIA.

DOCTOR: I’m not a hero. I really am just a mad man in a box. And it’s time we saw each other as we really are.

He kisses her forehead and she is back to AMY. The BEAST staggers out the doorway.

DOCTOR: Amy Williams. (taps her on the chin) It’s time to stop waiting.

This conversation makes me sad since the Doctor has never referred to Amy as her married name, Williams, always as Pond. Rory, since traveling with the Doctor so much has made him a bit jaded, so he has no faith in anything thus being shown the exit. Then the minotaur dies, poor thing, but he does have a few last words for the Doctor..

DOCTOR: (translates) “An ancient creature, drenched in the blood of the innocent, drifting in space through an endless, shifting maze. For such a creature, death would be a gift.” (kneels and puts his hand on the BEAST’S) Then accept it. And sleep well.

The DOCTOR stands and walks away as the BEAST growls again.

DOCTOR: “I wasn’t talking about myself.”

Yup, he’s referencing the Doctor’s death in pilot episode, as we never did find out what was in the Doctor’s room, hearing the cloister bell, and him saying “Of course, Who else?” after opening a door with the #11, which he is the 11th Doctor we are aware of, this is the 11th episode of the 2011 season.

Thus the Doctor decides to drop the Ponds off at a new house he bought for them, and Rory’s favorite car! He’s “saving them” in a way,  as he doesn’t want to be standing over their graves. Amy gets it and lets him go…

Till Tomorrow when we see the Doctor working in a department store. I’m not kidding.

Amy tacks on a few more years of waiting…

Published November 4, 2013 by joscasta

Days left till the 50th: 19

Episodes watched:  84

Today’s Episode: The Girl Who Waited

Writer: Tom MacRae

Ah, another episode with nothing to contribute to the season’s arc…

So, since the Doctor can’t be bothered to pick up a travel guide and read about possible plagues, they go to this planet called Apalapucia, which he assures Amy and Rory, that it has towering spires ect, ect. So Rory and the Doctor go out to explore, whilst Amy runs back to the Tardis to get her phone. The boys are confronted with two buttons, Green Anchor and Red Waterfall. They pick the green one. Amy, picks the Red one.

However they are in a facility that is two time streams. Amy is in a faster one, and Rory and the Doctor are in a slower one.  They learn that Chen7 has hit the planet, and only affects two hearted races, thus the Doctor has to stay in the Tardis.

Whoops... Two times

They use this cool huge magnifying glass to get a lock on Amy, and tell her not to go near the handbots!

two times doctor

So they go to rescue her, 36 years later. Whoops. Amy got old, and at first refused to help, then she decided to help, they rescue the younger Amy, however they both can’t come on board the Tardis due to the MASSIVE paradox it would create. So Rory is given a choice of which Amy, and sadly he picks the younger one, leaving the older one to die.

Gaiman did state that he was planning on doing an episode where time was just a few seconds out, how that would work, then he was informed about this one, and decided to then do an episode about the Tardis, thus the Doctor’s Wife came into existence.

Its funny to think about time, how it can go faster or slower, if you look at a clock or a boiling pot, the difference you feel, how that works.

Well, till tomorrow… a freaky hotel that reminds you of the Shining!

Now THAT is how you begin a Season Finale!

Published October 23, 2013 by joscasta

Days left till the 50th: 31

Episodes watched:  72

Today’s Episode:  The Pandorica Opens

Writer: Stephen Moffat

I love this episode as it ties in very neatly nearly all the epiodes of the season. It begins with Van Gogh and his dreams, making a painting, and then ties in the war rooms of Victory of the Daleks with Winston Churchill, whom tries to call the Doctor but gets River in Stormcage thus adding in a few elements of Time of the Angels,  whom then goes onto Starship UK, to steal the painting from the Beast Below! Love the little links of things we have seen this past season.

Pandorica Opens

Now she gets the vortex manipulator from Malovar, whom says he got it fresh off the wrist of a time agent. Most people speculate that this could be Jack.. as he does turn into the Face of Boe. Then heading even further back she upsets the Doctor by writing on the oldest cliff face in history!  She does write the Doctor’s childhood nickname on the face.. if you look closely you can see Sigma Theta, which is what he was called in school. This was also done in So Long and Thanks for All the Fish by Douglas Adams, but that was God leaving a message for everyone..

hello sweetie

I’m sure Moffat had a blast writing River Song, as he always does. He does do a very good job at making moments that are seemingly important such as the Doctor explaining to Amy why her life doesn’t make any sense to be broken up by a cyberarm shooting at them. He also wrote the most definitive speech of Eleven’s tenure thus far, known as “Hello Stonehenge”..

DOCTOR: Hello, Stonehenge! Who takes the Pandorica, takes the universe. But bad news, everyone… (jumps up on flat stone) ‘Cos guess who?! Ha! (uses communicator) Listen, you lot, you’re all whizzing about, it’s really very distracting. Could you all just stay still a minute? Because I am talking! (the ships still) The question of the hour is, who’s got the Pandorica? Answer… I do. Next question, who’s coming to take it from me? Come on! Look at me, no plan, no back-up, no weapons worth a damn. Oh, and something else, I don’t have, anything… to… lose! So if you’re sitting up there in your silly little spaceship, with all your silly little guns, and you’ve got any plans on taking the Pandorica tonight, just remember who’s standing in your way. Remember every black day I ever stopped you. And then, AND THEN, do the smart thing. Let somebody else try first.

The DOCTOR holds his arms outstretched, daring someone to try. The ships take off. RORY exhales. The DOCTOR throws RORY his communicator and jumps down.

pandorica

Yup, Rory’s back. According to him, he died, and turned into a Roman, and its quite distracting.

rory wtf

He decides that Rory’s coming back is a mircle..

RORY:But I don’t understand. Why am I here?

DOCTOR:Because you are. The universe is big. It’s vast and complicated and ridiculous, and sometimes, very rarely, impossible things just happen and we call them miracles, and that’s the theory. 900 years, never seen one yet. But this would do me. Now get upstairs, she’s Amy and she’s surrounded by Romans. I’m not sure history can take it.

Sadly, Amy couldn’t remember Rory. Luckily she did though, just in time to be shot by Rory, at the same time River gets stuck in a Time Loop  on the Tardis, and the Doctor meets a ton of his olde enemies. For that scene, EVERY enemy since Rose in 2005 is there as well as the spinoff shows of Sarah Jane Adventures, and Torchwood. The Alliance consists of Atraxi,  Blowfish, Chelonians,  Cybermen,  Daleks, Draconians, Drahvins,Hoix, Judoon, Nestene Consciousness /Autons, Roboforms, Silurians, Slitheen family, Sontarans (including Commander Stark), Sycorax, Terileptils, Uvodni, Weevils, and Zygons.

Thus began our cliffhanger, with the entire universe exploding around the earth…

planets exploding

Till tomorrow… we’ll see how they get out of that one..

Craig and the Doctor

Published October 22, 2013 by joscasta

Days left till the 50th: 32

Episodes watched:  71

Today’s Episode:  The Lodger

Writer: Gareth Roberts

So, the Doctor gets kicked off the Tardis, and Amy tries to keep the Tardis alive without him. This episode is “Amy lite” as instead we are given James Corden as Craig, a guy  that is very insecure and just likes things the way they are as a companion to the Doctor.

It was kinda a fun one, trying to watch the Doctor try to blend in..

the lodger not expecting this

The best part was also when he was talking to Amy, and Craig only heard weird snatches of garbleness through the walls, before he knew exactly whom the Doctor was.

This episode was also fun for Matt Smith to show off his soccer skills as he nearly became a professional footballer before a spinal injury made him re-think his career. Funnily enough in the episode his jersey number is 11! Eleventh Doctor, eleventh episode of this season, and it’s the first time he’s ever referred to himself as Eleventh after the head bump with Craig.

The Doctor did do a great job in the end, saving the world again from someone trying to create a Tardis, and helps two people realize that they are in love with each other.

Till tomorrow.. River’s BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂