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The Hunt for the Ice Warrior

Published November 17, 2013 by joscasta

Days left till the 50th: 6

Episodes watched:  97

Today’s Episode: Cold War

Writer: Mark Gatiss

Cold War Poster

When determining who was gonna write this episode, I have this scenario in my head, with Moffat, Gatiss and Gaiman sitting around a table in a café.

Moffat: So Gaiman, I want you to make the Cybermen scary again. Can you do that? They are such a classic monster, and they just thud around. They need to be refreshed.

Gaiman: Sure, I’m pretty sure I can come up with something, as they made me make pools off wee behind a sofa as a kid.

Moffat: Now Gatiss..

Gatiss: What? I’m not doing another historical. I did mine already with “The Unquiet Dead”. You remember that episode right? Also “Victory of the Daleks” can be considered a historical too, and I already gave you my rough draft of Crimson Horror. Can I have a classic monster too?

Moffat: Which one? What was that one that looked like a plant with lips like well.. you know?

Gatiss: You mean the Vervoids? No. What about the Ice Warriors?

Moffat: What about them? They were kinda like the Cybermen.

Gatiss: I wanna re-do them too. If Gaiman gets the Cybermen, I want the Ice Warriors. We have the technology now to make them pop out at you. Perhaps we shall see what they look like under that suit they wear?

Moffat: FINE. How man episodes are you doing this season anyway? I’m already planning on opening with the Daleks, so we can’t shove in too many classic monsters at once. I mean we just brought back the Great Intelligence at Christmas.

Gatiss: Just Crimson Horror. I wasn’t part of the first half of season 7, and I’ve been super busy filming the OTHER Doctor Who Special, An Adventure Through Time and Space. Or you have you forgotten that your special is the only one? Also don’t forget I’ve been helping you out with Sherlock too.

Moffat: Fine you win, do the Ice Warriors. Make them scary.. like Gaiman just said, I want the kids hiding behind the sofa and making pools of wee!!!

Well if not that, something similar to that.. I hope had occurred. Here is what a Vervoid looks like..

vervoids

I did like this episode at some points, others where a bit meh. I mean the Doctor and Clara were supposed to go to Vegas, as the Doctor is sporting those Elvis sunglasses that I bought for my ex when I was there. Silly Tardis decides to just drop them off there it seems, then runs to the South Pole to await for them to finish adventuring.

The good parts, pretty much the professor. It was awesome to see the Onion Knight too for you Game of Thrones fans. I loved this bit..

CLARA: What was that?

PROFESSOR: The Doctor told you, it’s just the boat settling. Tell me about yourself. What do you like doing? Clara?

CLARA hears some metallic rattling and looks around.

PROFESSOR: Clara?

CLARA:
(distracted) Stuff. You know, stuff.

PROFESSOR: “Stuff”? Very enlightening. And the Doctor, what he said, is it true? You’re… from another time… from our future? Clara?

CLARA: Yes.

PROFESSOR: (stands) Tell me what happens.

CLARA: I can’t.

PROFESSOR: Well, I need to know.

CLARA: I’m not allowed.

PROFESSOR: No, please.

CLARA: I can’t!

PROFESSOR: Ultravox, do they split up?

CLARA: (laughs) Funny. You’re funny!

After seeing this episode I was curious to know if Ultravox did split up. The professor would be delighted to know they are still together and touring, although the members have changed and they did break up for a bit.

Now another great thing about this episode.. is you recall these lines from Forest of the Dead??

DOCTOR There’s a signal coming from somewhere interfering with it.

RIVER Use the red settings.

DOCTOR It doesn’t have a red setting.

RIVER Well, use the dampers.

DOCTOR It doesn’t have dampers.

RIVER It will do one day.

Lo, Eleven goes around after it being green and suddenly we see this…

red setting

Wow. We finally see the red settings on the sonic! Hurray!!

The bad.. well one can argue that using the 1980s era of the Cold War and the Mutally Assured destruction is not a good time. It was more assured back in the 70s, than early 80s. However I can see why Gatiss wanted to use “Hungry Like the Wolf”, thus it had to be in the 80s, as there are very few tunes that are recognizable from the 70s that people do for Karoke at Hen Night.

Any, till tomorrow, apperntly we have a Haunted House? Hmmmmm

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Snowmen try to take over the world… really?

Published November 14, 2013 by joscasta

Days left till the 50th: 9

Episodes watched:  94

Today’s Episode: Snowmen

Writer: Stephen Moffat

snowmen

We are finally down to the single digits till the Annivesary!!! Hurray!

Thus we left the doctor..

Doctor Who Snowmen

No wonder he decides to spend time in isolation away from the world.

We have a prequel

I first loved this romp, as this was the first episode of Doctor Who I watched in “real time”, no Amazon, no Netflix, my friends went out of town and I basically begged them to doggsit at their house so I could watch it, as they tend to go out of town for Christmas and own every channel under the sun, including BBC ‘Merica. It was strange watching shows with commercials, as I’m so used to not dealing with them.

Anyway.. a little boy builds a snowman, and the snowman talks back to him. Reminds me of Frosty the Snowman, but in the Victorian Age. So we then fast forward 50 years, and the snowman is now in a big globe and voiced by the totally amazing Ian McKellan. You should know him as Gandalf from Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit, if not that then X-Men then? Yes, you should know that amazing awesome guy that hangs out with Patrick Stewart (we need to get him on the show too.. MOFFAT!!!) and does fun things.

So back on track, Frosty basically states, “hey I’ll take form soon, as that little girl is having nightmares about the lady in the pond, ohhh I won’t be made of little smithereens anymore!” (Well not exactly but we get the gist) Also, that little boy who becames a man.. Simeon, feeds some of his workers to the snowmen.. what the heck??? Frosty likes to eat meat??

We leave and head over to the Rose and Crown..

rose and crown

Moffat knows how to stab one right in your heart eh? Rose and Crown? Reminds me of that werewolf adventure, Tooth and Claw.. omg that was season two!!!

We see this lovely girl, a barmaid named Clara, that is working, and for some reasons carries some drinks outside, and bam a snowman pops up. She asks a passing stranger about it, and lo.. It’s the Doctor! He writes it off as memory snow. Nothing worth investigating, and wanders off.

Clara was like WTF????? Of course follows him, as he heads off into a carrage that has a phone and talks with Vastra, and says that Clara has no idea how to contact him, nor any idea of the word “Doctor”. Clara pops her head down outside the carriage and is all like.. ”DOCTOR WHO?”

Bam… Credits.. new ones again.. MOFFAT, please tone down the changes, as there will be more changes coming up soon when Smith leaves at Christmas. That’s gonna be a headache for another day.

So the snowman’s helper is at some house, and says that something is going to come out of the pond. Please call the number on this card when it does, and we’ll take care of it. So the dude is like..”OK?”

Frosty’s helper then meets Jenny, Madame’s assistant on the streets, as well as Madame too. The Helper says, oh you two are together, Watson and Homles? Madame is like… she’s my wife! How dare you think of her as anything less! She also is curious about the Great Intellegence (aka Frosty) and confirms that yeah.. their adventures are the Sherlock ones, who cares if I’m a lizard woman. Thus Frosty’s helper leaves, and Jenny and Vastra  agree they must get the Doctor to investigate somehow.

Back over to Strax and the Doctor, discussing the snow.. and what to do with Clara. This scene is too funny..

DOCTOR: This snow is new. Possibly alien. When you find something brand new in the world, something you’ve never seen before, what’s the next thing you look for?

STRAX: A grenade?

DOCTOR: A profit. (stands) That’s Victorian values for you! (faces STRAX)

STRAX: I suggest a full frontal assault with automated laser monkeys, scalpel mines and acid.

DOCTOR: Why?

STRAX: Couldn’t we at least investigate?

DOCTOR: It’s none of our business.

STRAX: Sir, permission to express my opposition to your current apathy?

DOCTOR: (leans against a shop-front) Permission granted.

STRAX: Sir, I am opposed to your current apathy.

CLARA: (muffled) Let me out of here!

DOCTOR: Thank you, Strax. And if ever I’m in need of advice from a psychotic potato-dwarf,(takes STRAX’S head in his hands) you’ll certainly be the first to know.(releases STRAX)

STRAX: But if the snow is new and alien, shouldn’t we be making some attempt to destroy it? Be reasonable!

The DOCTOR puts a finger to STRAX’S lips. Behind them, we see the carriage rocking back and forth.

CLARA: (muffled) Let me out!

DOCTOR: It is not our problem. Over a thousand years of saving the universe, Strax, you know the one thing I learned? The universe doesn’t care.

CLARA: (muffled) Oi, Doctor! Let me out!

DOCTOR: Now, we have a problem of our own to worry about…(walks to the carriage)

CLARA: (muffled) Let me out! Oi!

The DOCTOR opens the carriage door and CLARA presses against the opposite side. The DOCTOR sits across from her.

DOCTOR: Don’t worry. No-one’s going to hurt you.

CLARA: (sees STRAX) What is that thing?

STRAX: Silence, boy!

DOCTOR: That’s Strax and as you can see, he’s easily confused.

STRAX: Silence, girl. Sorry, lad.

DOCTOR: Sontaran. Clone warrior race – factory produced, whole legions at a time. Two genders is a bit further than he can count.

STRAX: Sir, do not discuss my reproductive cycle in front of enemy girls! It’s embarrassing.

DOCTOR: (whispers to CLARA) Typical middle child of six million.

CLARA: Who are you?

DOCTOR: It doesn’t matter because you’re about to forget that you and I ever met. (to STRAX) We’ll need the worm.

STRAX: Sir. (leaves)

CLARA: You’ll need the what? The worm? What worm?

DOCTOR: Don’t worry, it won’t hurt, but one touch on your bare skin and you’ll lose the last hour of your memory.

STRAX returns empty-handed.

DOCTOR: Where is it?

STRAX: Where’s what, sir?

DOCTOR: I sent you to get the memory worm.

STRAX: Did you? When? Who’s he? What are we doing here? Look, it’s been snowing!

DOCTOR: You didn’t use the gauntlets, did you?

STRAX: Why would I need the gauntlets? Do you want me to get the memory worm?

>>>LATER>>>

STRAX is under the carriage looking for the worm. The DOCTOR and CLARA stand by and watch.

DOCTOR: Can you see it?

STRAX: I think I can hear it.

The DOCTOR looks over at CLARA who is trying to hide a smile.

DOCTOR: Oi, (points) don’t try to run away, stay where you are.

CLARA: Why would I run? I know what’s going to happen next – and it’s funny.

DOCTOR: What’s funny?

CLARA: Your little pal, for a start. Ugly little fella, isn’t he?

DOCTOR: Maybe. He gave his life for a friend of mine once.

CLARA: Then how come he’s alive?

DOCTOR: Another friend brought him back. I’m not sure all his brains made the return trip!

CLARA: Neither am I.

STRAX: I can see it.

DOCTOR: Oooh! Can you reach it? Have you got it?

STRAX: Got what, sir?

CLARA: (picks up a pair of large gloves) Because these are the gauntlets, aren’t they?

STRAX: Sir! Emergency! I think I’ve been run over by a cab!

Suddenly a snowman pops up, and more and more pop up! So the Doctor tells Clara to picture them melting, and she does. Thus making her know how to fight them, due to a low level telepathic field surrounding them, however she doesn’t need the memory worm now does she?

Thus the Doctor sends her off in the carriage with Strax, or so he thinks, as he wanders off with her following to a park. He pulls down a ladder to a long staircase and climbs up. Clara, after seeing him disappear does the same…

stairs

Sees the Tardis and knocks on the door, but doesn’t let the Doctor see her..

the tardis

Thus she heads back to the stairs, dropping her shawl again.

We flash forward to Clara waking up and leaving the Rose and Crown and getting into a carriage, to her “real” job as a governess for the kids at the house that we saw earlier with the pond. The poor girl.. (who played young lilly in the Harry Potter movies) is having nightmares about their previous horrible governess. Aww.. Clara or Miss Montigue as she’s called here, soothes the children, and tells them it will be all right. However she notices the pond still frozen, whilst everything is thawed out. Hmmm…Digby mentions that his sister needs a Doctor, and thus Clara seems to agree, heading back to the park.

She begins jumping up and down and yelling like a crazed woman when Jenny spies her… and thus brings her back to Madame Vastra, whom lays out this challenge..

JENNY: Madame Vastra will ask you questions. You will confine yourself to single word responses. One word only, do you understand?

CLARA: Why?

VASTRA: Truth is singular – lies are words, words, words. You met the Doctor, didn’t you?

CLARA: Yes.

VASTRA: And now you’ve come looking for him again. Why?

JENNY: Take your time. One word only.

CLARA: Curiosity.

VASTRA: About?

CLARA: Snow.

VASTRA: And about him?

CLARA: Yes.

VASTRA: What do you want from him?

CLARA: Help.

VASTRA: Why?

CLARA: Danger.

VASTRA: Why would he help you?

CLARA: Kindness.

VASTRA: The Doctor is not kind.

CLARA: No?

VASTRA: No. The Doctor does not help people. Not anyone, not ever. He stands above this world and doesn’t interfere in the affairs of its inhabitants. He is not your salvation, nor your protector. Do you understand what I’m saying to you?

CLARA: Words.

JENNY smiles.

VASTRA: He was different once, a long time ago. Kind, yes. A hero, even, a saver of worlds. But he suffered losses which hurt him. Now he prefers isolation to the possibility of pain’s return. Kindly choose a word to indicate your understanding of this.

CLARA: Man.

VASTRA looks over at JENNY who nods her head.

VASTRA: We are the Doctor’s friends. We assist him in his isolation but that does not mean we approve of it. So… a test for you. Give me a message for the Doctor. Tell him all about the snow and what fresh danger you believe it presents, and above all, explain why he should help you. (CLARA takes a breath and VASTRA places a finger to her lips) But do it in one word. You are thinking it is impossible that such a word exists, or that you could even find it. Let’s see if the gods are with you.

CONTINUED, INTERCUT WITH –

– CUT TO:

INT. TARDIS

The DOCTOR is reading in the muted blue light when the phone rings. He answers in frustration.

DOCTOR: Yes, what? I’m trying to read!

VASTRA: Miss Clara and her concerns about the snow. I gave her the one-word test.

DOCTOR: Always pointless. What did she say? Well? Well?’

VASTRA: Pond.

The DOCTOR stares ahead, stunned. He removes his glasses.

I cried with that word. The glasses the Doctor is wearing? Amy’s from Angels Take Manhattan. The way he just looks at them.. my heart breaks for him again as we all know he misses his best friend in this incarnation.

Thus the Doctor then visits Frosty’s headquarters, disguised as Sherlock Homles, the classic version not the modern BBC Moffat version.  He then finds out about the Pond, and realizes that the governess is going to be coming out of the pond, as she died in it, but not before getting in a few quick words with Frosty.

Off he goes to the house, and sees Clara in the window.  The hand that he got chopped off during Christmas Invasion says that he will be up in 5 minutes. So after talking stragety with Strax, he heads up.

Clara gets the kids ready for bed by telling them about the man in the cloud called the Doctor, and announces his arrival, or what she thought was his arrival, which turned out to be an ice sculpture of the olde governess. Whoops! They manage to escape into the playroom, and the Doctor pops up out of nowhere and uses the newest setting on the sonic… the antifreeze to make her melt. YAY!

The kids are thankful as well as Clara, and he notices that he’s got is bowtie is on, due to the “coolness” in the room.. whoops the ice lady is reforming!

They run downstairs, and the Captain aka head of the house, demands to know who is running down his stairs.. thus bringing about the key players and Alice the maid..

LATIMER: Children, what is exp… Who the devil are you?! What are you doing in my house?

DOCTOR: It’s OK! I am your governess’ gentleman friend, and we’ve just been upstairs… kissing!

ALICE: (comes running in) Captain Latimer, in the garden, there’s snowmen! And they’re just growing, out of nowhere, all by themselves – look!

ALICE runs to the front door and opens it. VASTRA and JENNY are there.

VASTRA: Good evening, I’m a lizard woman from the dawn of time and this is my wife!

ALICE screams and hurries down the hall only to come face-to-face with STRAX.

STRAX:This dwelling is under attack! Remain calm, human scum!

ALICE screams and faints. The DOCTOR runs to the bottom of the stairs and looks at LATIMER.

DOCTOR: So! Any questions?

The Doctor manages to throw up a force field, keeping the ice lady trapped on the stairs, while they convene in the parlor to discuss strategy, as more snowmen are poping up all over due to Frosty’s henchmen making it snow on the house. They want the ice lady so that the snowmen and Frosty can have more physical form.

The doorbell rings, and just after that this happens..

Blush

Then the Doctor answers the door to Frosty’s helper whom tells the Doctor he has five minutes. The Doctor comes up with a plan, and grabs and umbrella, and he and Clara head upstairs, using the sonic to move the force field barrier.

After tons of flirting and banter, they head up to the Tardis, and she’s shocked as it is..

smaller

He invites her to go traveling, and she mentions a kitchen and soufflés.  He gives her  the key to the Tardis, and heads back to the console, when she the ice lady enters the Tardis and drags Clara off the cloud and she goes tumbling to the ground with the ice lady.

The gang inside sees Clara dead, and is happy that the Doctor uses the Tardis to “pick her up” and move her inside where it’s safe. Strax works on her, but sadly she is still dying. She promises to travel with him once he “saves the world”

The Doctor then heads outside and tells frosty’s henchmen that he has a piece of the ice lady, and will give it to them back at the office.. aka where Frosty is.

Vastra and the Doctor head over there via Tardis much faster, and he manges to get frosty’s helper to open a box containing the memory worm, and thus making him forget his whole life. Frosty then moves into his body.. and this whole next part confuses me.. something about rain? Family crying on Christmas? Thus Frosty is “defeated” again.

The Doctor races back to Clara, and she’s about dead… when she says..

“Run you clever boy and remember”

Hmmmmm………..

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We are then at the gravesite for her funeral and the Doctor notices the gravestone. SHITE! ITS OSWIN! He never saw her face as she was a Dalek, but the voice was the same! Their last words were the same!!

gravestone

Also.. fun thing.. note the day she was born. November 23rd! That ring a bell too? Yup the 50th is coming up on the 23rd! To the exact date the first show aired… a Saturday night as well!

Thus we go running off with the theories as much as the Doctor does..

WHO IS CLARA OSWIN OSWALD???

Till Tomorrow.. modern day Clara. Drat. It would have been fun to have a character from a different era, don’t you think?

The Angels Take the Ponds Away ON MY BIRTHDAY!

Published November 13, 2013 by joscasta

Days left till the 50th: 10

Episodes watched:  93

Today’s Episode: Angels take Manhattan

Writer: Stephen Moffat

poster

So I only became a Whovain about a year ago. I’m so thankful that I didn’t watch it sooner, otherwise my totally awesome birthday last year would have become super crappy.  Yes, this episode aired on September 29th, and while this episode was airing, I was having the time of my life on a secret bar crawl. This episode is deeply personal for me for that and one other reason… which I shall get into.

So, someone is writing a book, and we meet a detective who goes to investigate these statues that move in the dark and they hang out in an apartment building in Battery Park called “Winter Quay”. He goes and meets and older version of himself, and manages to avoid weeping angels till he gets to the roof top, and meets the Statue of Liberty, which happens to be an angel.

WOAH, hold up a second there… let’s see that shot again.. of the winter quay..

winter quay

I recognize that sign.. hold on.. its..

tudor-city-sign

OMG! THAT’S MY BROTHER’S APARTMENT COMPLEX!!!! HOLY TARDIS OF GALLIFREY!!! I’m not kidding.  It’s only a few exterior shots. However the entrance to Winter Quay is the Mining and Engineering College in Cardiff, as the entrances to all the buildings in Tudor City have green awnings announcing which building is which.

The one thing that took me out of this episode ever since was figuring that out, and knowing that Battery Park is totally on the opposite side of town from Tudor City.

Ok, Back to the story shall we?  Oh Right… Credits..

Opening

Oh and look a coolish Rainbow of all the credits from these 5 episodes merged together!

Title pages

So Team Tardis is sitting on a rock in Central Park enjoying a lovely picnic. The Doctor is reading a book aloud about this woman and the Doctor says “Yowzah”, thus prompting this from Rory..

Central Park Angels

This ticks off Amy, and Rory decides to go grab some coffees, but not before snogging Amy to the Doctor’s disgust. Then the Doctor borrows Amy’s glasses after he notices that she’s wearing them to read. They actually help him read better. I mean he is over 1200 right now.. so eh?

He tears out the last page and puts it in the basket, declaring to Amy how much he hates endings and thus begins reading aloud again, we see Rory heading back to the Rock with coffees. Sadly he meets a little angel that zaps him back to where River is, whenever she is.

Amy and Rory hit a point in the book where River says.. “Hello Dad”. Then they realize that Rory got zapped back in time and is somehow in a book. Thus they need to go rescue him.

This next part interchanges between then and now, as 1938 as Amy finds it in the book, is a difficult year for the Tardis to get to, yet River can get in with the vortex manipulator.

The Doctor needs landing lights, and Rory and River are taken to the same dude’s house that we met in the opening scenes.  River mentions Early Chin dynasty china that she sees, thus by getting that info, Amy and the Doctor heads there to send a message on some of the pottery.

Rory is sent to the basement to meet the “babies”, where he is given a box of matches and then gets sent to Winter Quay too.

River “texts” the Doctor landing info, however she meets the weeping angel the man has, and  her wrist is forced into the Angel’s hand, locked tight.

At this moment the Doctor arrives…

Angels take Manhattan River..

Knocking out the dude, and as soon as they arrive, Amy goes looking for Rory. The Doctor realizes that he must break River’s wrist to get her out, as Amy read it in the book. River didn’t know about the book, thus they agree that chapter titles is the way to find Rory. The Doctor, who has the book at this point, says he’s in the cellar! YAY! However he peaks at the final chapter.. “Amelia’s Farwell” and goes off into a rage.. as he cannot deal with the idea of losing the Ponds. He yells at River to get her hand out without breaking it.

He then leads Amy out of the cellar, away from the babies, explaining that they are Angels. They head back upstairs and sit on the stairs on the landing debating about what to do, when River comes in and declares that he was NOT sent back in time but sent nearby! The use the device she has and the vortex manipulator to get a lock on the signal. They are about to run outside and steal a car, when the Doctor grabs River’s bad hand, and she winces. He then realized that she did break it and that she lied about not breaking it. He uses some of his regeneration energy to fix it, and she then uses her now healed hand to slap him, and runs outside. Amy follows…

AMY: Okay, why did you lie?

RIVER: Never let him see the damage.

AMY: (goes over to RIVER and puts an arm around her shoulder) Hey. Hey.

RIVER:  (turns to AMY) And never, ever, let him see you age. He doesn’t like endings.

We kinda knew about the ending part, but after she said that, the Doctor bursts outside saying that he found a lock, so they head off to Winter Quay… aka Tudor City..  to find Rory.

Meanwhile Rory found his way into the building, and found his room. As he enters and sees himself, everyone else shows up, and the old man there begs for Amy. She goes to him, and he dies, and Rory is massively confused. The Doctor explains how this place is a battery farm using time energy for the Angels, and that he got zapped back in time, and thus he just died, without Amy.

So what does team Tardis decide do to defeat the Angels? Create a paradox of course! So Amy and Rory go first, and head up to the roof where they decide to JUMP OFF MY BROTHER’S APARTMENT BUILDING!

the jump

Thus they all ping back to the cemetery, and the Doctor gives Amy and Rory a BIG HUG!

HUG!!!

He knows everything is going to be fine, no need for that farewell chapter eh? Off to the pub!!

As they are heading back into the Tardis, Rory notices a gravestone with his name on it. And POOF! He’s Gone! A weeping angel did get him after all!

Amy is devastated and crushed, and decides to have the Angel take her as well..

AMY: No. No, we can just go and get him in the TARDIS. One more paradox.

DOCTOR:  Would rip New York apart and I —

AMY: No, that’s not true. I don’t believe you.

RIVER: (tearfully) Mother, it’s true.

With shuddering breaths, AMY walks towards the Angel.

DOCTOR: Amy? What are you doing?

AMY: That gravestone, Rory’s, there’s room for one more name, isn’t there?

DOCTOR: What are you talking about? (heads for the TARDIS and reaches for AMY’S hand as he passes) Back away from the Angel. Come back to the TARDIS! We’ll figure something out!

AMY: The Angel, would it send me back to the same time, to him?

DOCTOR:  I don’t know. Nobody knows.

AMY: (takes a step closer) But it’s my best shot, yeah?

DOCTOR:  (raises his hands in a vain attempt to stop her) No!

RIVER:
Doctor, shut up! Yes, yes, it is!

DOCTOR:  Amy —

AMY:  Well, then, I just have to blink, right?

DOCTOR: No!

AMY: It’ll be fine. I know it will. I’ll — I’ll be with him, like I should be. Me and Rory, together. Melody. (holds her hand out behind her)

DOCTOR: (turns toward RIVER) Stop it! Just — just stop it!

RIVER takes AMY’S hand.

AMY: (crying) You look after him. And you be a good girl and you look after him.

RIVER kisses AMY’S palm.

DOCTOR: You are creating a fixed time. I will never be able to see you again.

AMY: I’ll be fine. I’ll be with him.

DOCTOR: (crying) Amy, please. Just — Come back into the TARDIS. Come on, Pond, please.

AMY: (sobs) Raggedy man, (turns to the DOCTOR) goodbye. (disappears)

angel

 

NOOOOOOOOO

 

gravestone

Now just a moment about that gravestone, the ages are the years that Karen and Arthur were born. Karen in 1987 and Arthur in 1982! Cool tidbit… I know you are crying right now right? So..

River and the Doctor are back on the Tardis and the Doctor says he’s sorry, as he realizes she just lost her parents. She mentions the book..

Last Page

Thus sends the Doctor racing through New York back to that basket where he left the last page..

AMY: (v.o.) Afterword, by Amelia Williams. Hello, old friend.

The DOCTOR sits on one of the park benches lining The Mall.

Reading the letter

AMY: (v.o.) And here we are, you and me, on the last page. By the time you read these words, Rory and I will be long gone. So know that we lived well and were very happy.(puts on AMY’S glasses) And, above all else, know that we will love you always. Sometimes I do worry about you, though. I think, once we’re gone, you won’t be coming back here for a while and you might be alone, which you should never be. Don’t be alone, Doctor. And do one more thing for me. There’s a little girl waiting in a garden. (gives a small smile) She’s going to wait a long while, so she’s going to need a lot of hope.

EXT. AMELIA’S HOUSE, BACK GARDEN, NIGHT

Wearing a warm coat and hat, AMELIA runs to where the TARDIS disappeared, puts her suitcase on the ground, sits on it and waits.

AMY: (v.o.) Go to her. Tell her a story. Tell her that, if she’s patient, the days are coming that she’ll never forget. Tell her she’ll go to sea and fight pirates. She’ll fall in love with a man who’ll wait 2,000 years to keep her safe.

INT. TARDIS

The DOCTOR runs around the console to work the controls.

AMY: (v.o.) Tell her she’ll give hope to the greatest painter who ever lived and save a whale in outer space.

EXT. AMELIA’S HOUSE, BACK GARDEN, DAY

AMELIA is still sitting on her suitcase, resting her head on her hand.

AMY: (v.o.) Tell her this is the story of Amelia Pond — and this is how it ends.

AMELIA looks up into the air when she hears the TARDIS engines.

So is that the end? HELL NO. Moffat toys with our feelings a bit more with this.. P.S.

Oh and here is the transcript.. (for a few of you that I know need it!)

INT. POND-WILLIAMS HOUSE, FRONT HALL, SUNSET

BRIAN is watering the plants. He stops and looks around, taking the emptiness of the house, the absence of AMY and RORY. The doorbell rings. BRIAN opens the door. A man in his mid-60s – ANTHONY – is standing on the doorstep. He is wearing an old-fashioned suit.

ANTHONY(New York accent) Mr. Brian Williams?

BRIANYes. How did you know I was here? This isn’t my house.

ANTHONY:  (holds out a letter) This is for you.

BRIANI don’t understand.

The envelope says “Dad”.

ANTHONYYou should read it. I’ll wait. (walks in past a bemused BRIAN)

INT. POND-WILLIAMS HOUSE, LOUNGE, SUNSET

BRIAN sits on the sofa and reads the letter.

RORY: (v.o.) Dear Dad. This is the difficult bit. If I’ve got this right, you’re reading this letter a week after we left in the TARDIS. The thing is, we’re not coming back. We’re alive and well and stuck in New York 50 years before I was born. We can’t come home again. I won’t ever see you again and it breaks my heart. I’m so sorry, Dad. I thought about this for years, and I realized there was one thing I could do: I could write to you. Tell you everything about how we lived, how, despite it all, we were happy. But before I do, I need you to know, you are the best dad any son could have had, and for all the times I drove you mad and you drove me mad, and all the times I snapped at you, I’m sorry. I miss everything about you, especially our awkward hugs. I bought a trowel. We have a small yard. I garden. But one more important bit of business: the man who delivered the letter, Anthony, be nice to him ‘cause he’s your grandson.

INT. POND-WILLIAMS HOUSE, FRONT HALL, SUNSET

BRIAN walks out into the hall and approaches ANTHONY.

RORY: (v.o.) We finally adopted in 1946. Anthony Brian Williams. He can tell you everything. He’ll have the family albums and I realize having a grandson who is older than you is way beyond weird, but I’m sorry. I love you, Dad. I miss you.

BRIAN stands in front of ANTHONY who holds out his hand.

ANTHONYHow d’you do, sir?

BRIAN, stunned, hugs him.

Lordy, Moffat knows how to pack the punches, as he knows how beloved Brian became after just two episodes with him in this. I do wish it was filmed properly but they couldn’t get the crew together to do it. I’m ok with the storyboards though.

Till Tomorrow.. we are back with a Christmas Special! Hopefully I can clean up all this kleenex I’ve used by then…

The Doctor makes a house call…

Published November 3, 2013 by joscasta

Days left till the 50th: 20

Episodes watched:  83

Today’s Episode: Night Terrors

Writer: Mark Gatiss

Now, I might have been wrong about yesterday’s assumption about today’s episode. It really wasn’t that bad and kinda scary. There were only two real cool things.. such as this line from the Doctor to Alex, the boy’s father,  about how George managed to communicate to him via psyphic paper across time and space..

Through crimson stars and silent stars and tumbling nebulas like oceans set on fire, through empires of glass and civilizations of pure thought and a whole terrible wonderful universe of impossibilities. You see these eyes? They’re old eyes. And one thing I can tell you, Alex – monsters are real.

Also, this episode was supposed to be aired in the first half, but Moffat deemed the first half to be already too dark, thus tacking this onto the second half instead.

I adore the Tic-Tock Song.. the only thing that ties this episode into this season’s story arc, as Gatiss put the whole thing up on his twitter account for everyone to see… 

Tick tock goes the clock
And what then shall we see?
Tick tock until the day
That thou shalt marry me
Tick tock goes the clock
And what now shall we play?
Tick tock goes the clock
Now Summer’s gone away?
Tick tock goes the clock
And all the years they fly
Tick tock and all too soon
You and I must die
Tick tock goes the clock
He cradled her and he rocked her
Tick tock goes the clock
Even for the Doctor…

Moffat asked Gatiss to write this spooky song, just telling him to write a nice little rhyme about the Doctor’s death with zero details about how he will die, thus we got this little dity.

Thus till tomorrow, where we find out more info about why Amy is the “Girl Who Waited”!

Time can run out, be re-written and UNWRITTEN!

Published October 16, 2013 by joscasta

Days left till the 50th: 38

Episodes watched:  65

Today’s Episode:  Flesh + Stone

Writer: Stephen Moffat

The best part of the episode was when the Doctor realized the crack was time energy, and manages to throw all the Angels down the crack. All he can figure is that the crack is an explosion, happening somewhere in Amy’s time, but what it is, and what causes it.. he’s clueless.

Also, he made Angel Bob say “Comfy Chairs”. I love how Eleven has Nine’s humor about the tiny things..

We manage to get a SPOILER from River, something about the Pandorica Opening?

The whole cleric army idea was cool, the idea that the church itself is an army, which did happen before if you look at the crusades.

At first I thought the strange scene with the Doctor having his jacket back on was odd, when he clearly loses it to an Angel, and later he doesn’t have it on? Luckily that gets explained away later…

The worst.. Amy kissing the Doctor, and the Doctor declaring he’s 907… NOPE NOPE NOPE! I love how the Doctor has no idea what to do with his hands.. so he just waves them everywhere..

the kiss ew

Also, the death of Father Octavian, did he have to die? I don’t think he did… but Moffat obviously has a thing for killing good characters.

Till tomorrow.. we visit one of my favorite cities in the world.. VENICE!!!!

flesh-and-stone

So Eleven can’t stand to see children cry..

Published October 13, 2013 by joscasta

Days left till the 50th: 41

Episodes watched:  62

Today’s Episode:  The Beast Below

Writer: Stephen Moffat

So Moffat has his hand in writing his first episode with a poem..

In bed above or deep asleep, while greater love lies further deep.

This dream must end, this world must know.

We all depend on the beast below.

Thus this isn’t one of my favorite episodes. However it does take place in the 29th century, well after the End of the World.

The good:

  • Liz X, the most badass Queen ever. Long may she regin!
  • This conversation.. that had me laughing.. YEAH RIGHT DOCTOR!

 

DOCTOR: Well, come on. I’ve found us a spaceship. This is the United Kingdom of Britain and Northern Ireland. All of it, bolted together and floating in the sky. Starship UK. It’s Britain, but metal. That’s not just a ship, that’s an idea. That’s a whole country, living and laughing and shopping. Searching the stars for a new home.

AMY: Can we go out and see?

DOCTOR: Course we can. But first, there’s a thing.

AMY: A thing?

DOCTOR: An important thing. In fact, Thing One. We are observers only. That’s the one rule I’ve always stuck to in all my travels. I never get involved in the affairs of other peoples or planets.

(Sorry, nearly spat my tea over my keyboard. An image of Mandy waiting by the lifts is on the scanner.) 

DOCTOR: Ooo, that’s interesting.

AMY: So we’re like a wildlife documentary, yeah? Because if they see a wounded little cub or something, they can’t just save it, they’ve got to keep filming and let it die. It’s got to be hard. I don’t think I could do that. Don’t you find that hard, being all, like, detached and cold?

(Amy sees the Doctor on the scanner, speaking to the weeping Mandy.) 

AMY: Doctor?

(He gestures for her to join him.)

 

  • Also,look at the name of this shop! A tribute to the Idiots Lantern!

magpie

  • After the voting.. lordy.. this had me laughing.. the great interaction between Karen and Matt…

AMY: Where are we?

DOCTOR: 600 feet down, 20 miles laterally – puts us at the heart of the ship. I’d say… Lancashire. What’s this, then – a cave? Can’t be a cave. Looks like a cave.

AMY: (stands) It’s a rubbish dump, and it’s minging! (throws a piece of rubbish)

DOCTOR: Yes, but only food refuse. (sniffs) Organic, coming through feeder tubes from all over the ship.

AMY: (gets down on hands and knees) The floor’s all squidgy, like a water bed.

DOCTOR: But feeding what, though?

AMY: It’s sort of rubbery, feel it. Wet and slimy.

The DOCTOR hears a distant moaning and stands. He realizes where they are.

DOCTOR: Er… It’s not a floor, it’s a… (puts screwdriver away) So…

AMY: (stands) It’s a what?

DOCTOR: The next word is kind of the scary word. Take a moment. Get yourself in a calm place. (takes her hands) Go “omm”.

AMY: Omm.

DOCTOR: It’s a tongue.

AMY: A tongue?

DOCTOR: (excited) A tongue. A great big tongue.

AMY: (stunned) This is a mouth? This whole place is a mouth? We’re in a mouth?!

DOCTOR: Yes, yes, yes, but on the plus side, roomy.

AMY: How do we get out?

DOCTOR: (takes out screwdriver) How big is this beastie? It’s gorgeous! Blimey! if this is just the mouth, I’d love to see the stomach. (hears grunting) Though not right now.

AMY: Doctor, how do we get out?

DOCTOR: OK, it’s being fed through surgically implanted feeder tubes, so the normal entrance is… (sees the sharp teeth of a closed mouth) closed for business.

AMY: We can try, though. (heads forward)

DOCTOR: No! Stop, don’t move! (mouth heaves in agitation) Too late. It’s started.

AMY: What has?

DOCTOR: Swallow reflex.

They slip and fall back into the refuse. The DOCTOR uses the screwdriver on the mouth walls.

AMY: What are you doing?

DOCTOR: I’m vibrating the chemo-receptors.

AMY: Chemo-what?

DOCTOR: The eject button.

AMY: How does a mouth have an eject button?

DOCTOR: Think about it!

They hear the creature growl, and, on their knees, look to see a wave of bile coming towards them.

DOCTOR: Right, then. (straightens tie) This isn’t going to be big on dignity. Geronimo!

Now onto the bad..

  • The whole, very old very last of its kind routine. Yes we know the Doctor is old. Comparing him to a star whale though? I’m just not getting that at all. It just seemed too deus ex machina for me.
  • The” Smilers” really didn’t serve a point other than to make the Queen paranoid due to her younger self creating them. Not a big fan of this pointless “monster”.
  • Moffat’s poem at the end. Really not needed. We could have just had music and seen the crack, aka this season’s arc, that will apparently be solved during the 50th Anniversary, as Moffat has promised this.

crack

 

Thus till tomorrow.. where visit Winston Churchill and have Daleks, according to the title!

Ten finally meets an Alonso!

Published September 23, 2013 by joscasta

Days left till the 50th: 61

Episodes watched:  42

Today’s Episode: Voyages of the Damned

Writer: Russell T. Davies

Woot! 42 Episodes in!!

This is the strangest episode of all the Christmas Specials that we have. The whole cyborg and the Max thing was crazy. The good parts of episode where

1.)     Note the newspaper man we met. He seemed cool.

2.)     This is the THIRD time we have seen Ten in a tux..

  1. The parallel universe with Rose, at the party  at her “parent’s” estate
  2. Lazarus Project
  3. Now

i.      Every time he wears that tux, people die. He should burn it.

3.)     The tour guide and his zany knowledge of Earth kept me laughing.. I’m happy he lived.

4.)     This awesome speech..

The Doctor: Okay, okay. Tch, tch. First things first. One: we’re going to climb through this ship. B… no… two: we’re going to reach the bridge. Three – or C: we’re going to save the Titanic. And, coming in a very low Four or D or that little “iv” in brackets they use in footnotes… why. Right then, follow me.

Slade: Hang on a minute. Who put you in charge and who the hell are you anyway?

The Doctor: I’m the Doctor. I’m a Time Lord. I’m from the planet Gallifrey in the constellation of Kasterborous. I am 903 years old and I’m the man who’s gonna save your lives, and all six billion people on the planet below. You got a problem with that?

5.)    The BEST THING was this exchange…

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THANK YOU RTD!!!!