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Doctor? Doctor Who?

Published November 22, 2013 by joscasta

Days left till the 50th: 1 (AH YISSS TOMORROW!)

Episodes watched:  102

Today’s Episode: Name of the Doctor

Writer: Stephen Moffat

Name Poster

So, last night I was out at a bar with a dear friend. He got a text from a mutual friend who watched Journey’s End. She is new to Who, and asked “So, What is the Doctor’s Name?” . We decided to troll her and say.. you’ll find out at the end of Season 7!

I don’t feel comfortable blogging too much about this episode, as there is so much going on. I will state I do love Moffat’s prequels…

And this one too..

What was it what was said about that place? Oh yeah..

“On the fields of Trenzalore, at the fall of the eleventh, when no living creature can speak falsely or fail to answer, a Question will be asked, a question that must never, ever be answered.”

Ohhh right. Well that was Season 6. I do hate spoilers but, I do love these little parts that don’t give away the ending..

Glasglow

 

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Name of the DOc

Of course we have this..  to end it..

HURRY UP!!!

tbc

TILL TOMORROW!!!

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More Than Just the Console Room

Published November 19, 2013 by joscasta

Days left till the 50th: 4

Episodes watched:  99

Today’s Episode: Journey to the Center of the Tardis

Writer: Steve Thompson

bigger better jouney

One thing I love about this episode is that we get some camera angles that we couldn’t get before, due to how the Tardis was set up. Like the opening scene..

DOCTOR: You said…

CLARA: I know what I said. I was the one who said it.

DOCTOR: You said it was looking at you funny.

CLARA: I was tired. Overwrought. I didn’t mean it. It’s an appliance. It does a job.

DOCTOR: It’s a pretty cool appliance. (taps on console) We’re not talking cheese grater here!

CLARA: You’re not getting me to talk to your ship. That’s properly bonkers.

DOCTOR: (strokes console) It’s OK, it’s OK.

CLARA: You’re like one of those guys who can’t go out with a girl unless his mother approves.

DOCTOR: It’s important to me you get along. I could leave you alone together.

CLARA: Now you’re creeping me out.

During this dialogue, they are walking around the Tardis console, and we are following them, thus allowing the camera to track with them, as with Tennant, you only had certain angles, and the same issue with Eleven’s first Tardis interior.

So, since the Doctor then put the Tardis into “basic” thus shutting down the shields, making the Tardis vunderable to things like the MAGNA GRAB that these brothers had on their ship that they use to scrap things in deep space. They thought the Tardis was just scrap, and grabbed it and shoved it on board.

magna grab

I swear when I saw them using a mallet and some cuttery thingy on the door to the Tardis, I was cringing and freaked out, as that thing is beloved! They are destroying it! Luckily the Doctor got out, and managed to convince the brothers, all three of them to join him for the salvage of a lifetime since poor Clara was still on board. So they all went in, even Tricky, the Android!

Thus the Doctor then, once inside, basically was like.. yeah, she’s big. Imagine the biggest ship in your mind’s eye, now forget that since this ship is infinite!

Then he launches into his madman speech..

GREGOR: It could take you hours to find the girl.

DOCTOR: Days! Plus the whole place is toxic. She could be dead by the time I reach her. So. Here’s the mission. We’re going to find her in one hour.

GREGOR: We?

DOCTOR: You’re my guys for this.

GREGOR: That wasn’t the deal.

DOCTOR: ‘Tis now.

GREGOR: What makes you think we’ll help?

The DOCTOR flips two levers and a countdown starts on the screen.

DOCTOR: I just activated the TARDIS self-destruct system. One hour until this ship blows.

BRAM runs for the door but it slams shut.

DOCTOR: Don’t try to leave. The TARDIS is in lockdown. I’ll open those doors when Clara’s by my side.

BRAM: You crazy lunatic!

DOCTOR: (turns on BRAM) My ship, my rules!

GREGOR:
You’ll kill us all. And the girl.

DOCTOR: She’s going to die if you don’t help me. Don’t get into a spaceship with a madman.

The men run to the door to try and force it open.

DOCTOR: Didn’t anyone ever teach you that? OK. A little gentle persuasion. Say 30 minutes.

The DOCTOR flicks some switches and presses a button. The countdown changes to 30 minutes.

BRAM: She’ll die even quicker now!

DOCTOR: We all perform better under pressure. Anybody want to go for 15 minutes? (his finger hovers over the button)

BRAM: Whoa!

GREGOR: Whoa!

DOCTOR: It’s your own time you’re wasting. Salvage of a lifetime. You meant the ship. I meant Clara.

So, poor Clara is wandering around the Tardis, while being chased by these zombie things, and walks into this awesome room, and the first thing we see is the Doctor’s Cot from “A Good Man Goes to War”, then she picks up Amy’s Tardis, “Eleventh Hour” and then Donna’s magnifying glass, “Unicorn and the Wasp”, and of course Six’s umbrella. Before the time zombies come at her, where she escapes and passes the Observatory that reminds you of “Tooth and Claw”, and the Pool, which kinda looks like the Pool that Donna lounged around during “Midnight”. She finally ends up in the Library, where she spots a book. Not just any book…

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Honestly, I’m curious to know who wrote it? The Doctor himself or River? She opens it and reads something, and makes a small remark about the Doctor’s name before she hears the time zombies and hides under the liquid Gallifreyian Encyclopedia that spills out!

The Doctor and gang split up, deciding that might be the best way to find Clara. Bram heads back to the console room and begins ripping apart the Tardis. By doing so, time is leaking out there and we hear some voices..

Gregor is walking by a room and notices that his value detector says, ANYTHING YOU WANT IS IN THIS ROOM! Thus he goes in to find this..

tree

Wow! So apparently, the doctor comes charging in, with Tricky, and we learn that those eggy things can make anything you want, a machine making a machine. The Doctor advises against taking one, but Gregor does anyway, and when she takes away the Door to the room, he tries to explode the room, so she gives them back the door, but sticks them in a maze instead with the time zombies.

Bram then gets killed by one of the time zombies underneath the console, and the Doctor and his gang realize that time zombies can kill

Clara ends up wandering around  and finds the console room, but an echo of it. After Tricky forces Gregor to give up the egg, they all end up there too. Luckily using the device that Gregor has to detect stuff and the sonic, the Doctor pulls Clara into their version of the room.

Where Amy would have hugged the Doctor in thanks, Clara…

The DOCTOR puts the sonic into his other hand and pulls CLARA free. She screams as he holds her. She pulls away and spins around, taking deep breaths.

DOCTOR: It’s all right. Clara, I’m so, so sorry. Please, please forgive me…

CLARA punches him in the shoulder and walks away.

DOCTOR: Ow! (rubs shoulder) OK, so we’re not doing hugging, I get that now.

CLARA: What do you keep in here?! Why have you got zombie creatures? Good guys do not have zombie creatures. Rule one. (hits him again) Basic storytelling.

So the guys were like, yay! Turn off the self destruct, when the Doctor was like, it was never on, everythings fine, before he looked, and saw that in fact the Tardis is exploding, thus requiring them to go into the bowels of the Tardis.

Sadly the time zombies follow them, and lo, the fuel cells run out of fuel, thus making the rods warp and all of a sudden poles are flying everywhere. One hits Tricky and Gregor is forced to tell him he isn’t an android, thus can feel pain, ect, he just has artificial eyes and voice box and amnesia so he doesn’t remember his childhood at all. Thus his brothers played a joke on him that he’s an android.  Poor dude.

So we then end up in the room where the eye of harmony, is held where we have an exploding star..

eye of harmony

WOW. Then the zombies catch up, and kill off the brothers allowing Clara and the Doctor to escape to the engine room, where we see a cliff. So the Doctor realizes they are about to die, and asks her this..

CLARA: We’re outside.

DOCTOR: No, we’re still in the TARDIS.

CLARA: There’s no way across.

DOCTOR: No. OK, you’re right.

CLARA: So what do we do? Time for a plan. Do you have a plan?

DOCTOR: Well, no. No plan, sorry.

CLARA: If you don’t have a plan, we’re dead!

DOCTOR: Yes, we are. So just tell me.

CLARA: Tell you what?

DOCTOR: Well, there’s no point now, we’re about to die, so just tell me who you are.

CLARA: You know who I am.

DOCTOR: No, I don’t! I look at you every single day, and I don’t understand a thing about you. Why do I keep running into you? (heads for the door)

CLARA: Doctor, you invited me – you said…

DOCTOR: (walks back) Before that. I met you in the Dalek Asylum. There was a girl in a shipwreck, and she died saving my life. And she was you.

CLARA: She really wasn’t.

DOCTOR: Victorian London. There was a governess who was a barmaid, and we fought the Great Intelligence together, she died, and it was my fault – and she was you.

CLARA: You’re scaring me.

DOCTOR: What are you, eh? Are you a trick, a trap?

CLARA: I don’t know what you’re talking about.

CLARA backs away from the DOCTOR and almost falls off the ledge. The DOCTOR grips her in a huge hug. She grips him back and gasps.

DOCTOR: All right. All right. (ends the hug) You really don’t, do you?

CLARA: I think I’m more scared of you right now than anything else on that TARDIS.

DOCTOR: You’re just Clara, aren’t you?

pinch

So they jump and come upon this..

heart of the Tardis

The poor Doctor is flummoxed. He has no idea what to do next. The Tardis has saved him, but at the moment he has no idea how to save her. He then feels the burns on her hands, and looks at it, as it spells out… “BIG FRIENDLY BUTTON”

kiss

He then realizes that there is a rip in time he can fix thus “resetting” the day, and tells Clara, even after she says that she knows his name due to the book, that she will have forgotten everything about this day, even all the info he told her about the times he met her before. Then he goes through the rift, and manages to do exactly what he said… and BAM, same day, but nothing big and explodey happened.

Now a few pictures of the stuff that Clara found…

pool

cot

amy

liquid

Such a fun episode, as this is the first time we’ve seen a room in the console beyond the wardrobe in NuWho, and that was Season 2, the first episode!

Till Tomorrow folks, we go back to the Victorian Era with the Paternose Gang!

Meeting up with Clara again…

Published November 15, 2013 by joscasta

Days left till the 50th: 8

Episodes watched:  95

Today’s Episode: Bells of St. John

Writer: Stephen Moffat

Bells Poster

Ahh… another prequel..

How cute, the Doctor runs into little Clara and takes her advice. How extreme does he take it?

He becomes a MONK in 1207! Yup! Poor Doctor has no idea who or what she is as much as the rest of us.

Before that, we do get this monologue about the WiFi, and about how people are trapped if they click on this link, and if you are chosen, you die. Whoops. That’s pretty much the basis of the entire episode.

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The fun points of this episode..

The Doctor is a monk in 1208 and answers the phone on the Tardis, hence the Bells of St. John? Took me a bit longer than normal to figure this out, as Nine and Ten’s Tardis didn’t have the sticker. It was brought back with Eleven, and the last time this was on the Tardis was back in Hartnell’s era.

st. john sticker

It was a woman on the phone…

Bells of St. John OO

He helps her out, as the biggest mystery befuddles us as she says she got the number from some woman in a shop and the woman said it was the best helpline in the universe. He hears RYCBAR123, Run you clever boy and remember, and realizes it CLARA!!! He uses the Tardis to find her, and she asks him..

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Sadly he’s wearing the monk clothes.. and she slams the door in his face..

monk clothes

Thus realizing “monk clothes are not cool.. he’s now wearing purple. I rather liked the tweed.

bye tweed

He then saves Clara from being “uploaded” to the WIFI. He then puts her to bed, and proceeds to snoop around her room, finding the 101 Places to see book and leaf. When she wakes up they have a lovely conversation, that ends with a plane heading their way to crash into them, and the Doctor uses the Tardis to take her and him on the plane…

plane

We get this great line..

DOCTOR: I’m the Doctor. I’m an alien from outer space. I’m 2,000 years old. I’ve got two hearts. And I can’t fly a plane, can you?

Wow. The Doctor spent a lot of time up in his cloud.

Thus they use the Tardis to fast forward to breakfast and take a motorbike to a café, that the Doctor just happens to have on board the Tardis. Clara manages to figure out where the whole singals were coming from, the Shard, but before she could tell the Doctor, whom was very distracted, she gets fully uploaded. The Doctor discovers this, and gets pissed off. He then heads to the Shard, and uses the motorbike, which happens to be “anti-grav” and bikes up the side of the building and demands that she gets “downloaded” back into her body. He manages to fool the woman in charge, because he wasn’t there, thus she gets uploaded, and demands for everyone to get downloaded again. The employees obey after some incentive was added by the Doctor. He calls UNIT, and they come by to clean up.

He gives Clara a pat on the head as he takes off.. returning some unknown time later.. and asks her to come with him…

crook

snog box eh

 

judge

And she doesn’t give a straight answer, but to come back the next evening. I think this is the first companion that scheduled their visits with the Doctor, and actually tried to build real life and travel life together.

Till Tomorrow.. a speech that rivals the Pandorica speech!

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 Charmed Ones

Published November 12, 2013 by joscasta

Days left till the 50th: 11

Episodes watched:  92

Today’s Episode: The Power of Three

Writer: Chris Chinball

power-of-three

I hated, dested and despised this episode. Of the first five episodes of this half, this one was the worst.  The title invokes that American TV show.. Charmed, where there were 3 witches that used the “Power f Three frequently”. We never did find out why they were taking humans onto the ship, nor the purpose of the pig faced nurses, nor why that little girl was there. Nor was the point of the Tally and Shakri? I’m sorry I was very very lost in that scene. Thus I will only focus on the awesome parts, as this episode really is more centered around Amy and Rory, will they or won’t they continue to travel with the Doctor in the Tardis? Real life or Doctor life?

Thus after the cubes arrive, Unit invades the Pond’s house.. and Rory is well..

pants

The Doctor tried hanging around for four days, and it just didn’t work, so he went off on an adventure.. but when he got on the Tardis.. well…

nine on meeting someone

eleven meets someone

So, off he went on adventures. The Ponds decided to settle down into real life. Rory’s job goes full time, and Amy says yes to being a bridesmaid. Everything was going smoothly then the Doctor shows up for their anniversary party.. and takes them off on more adventures, thus Amy accidentally marrying Henry the VIII, and making her the Doctor’s mother in law AGAIN, since he marries Liz.. well, will marry. Its supposedly happening in the SPECIAL! Also Rory did this…

henry 8

henry 8th suite

Brian gets pissed when they get back, and the Doctor tells him, whoops, been 7 weeks now.. sorry. Thus leading Brian to ask..

BRIAN: What happened to the other people who travel with you?

DOCTOR: Some left me. Some got left behind. And some, not many but, some died. Not them. Not them, Brian. Never them.

This then promps the Doctor to ask Amy and Rory to hang out… since they are not a threat and we are well aware of Brian’s diligence of documenting the cubes, so no need to stare at them. They are getting along much better… love this lovely fish fingers scene, as he’s gotten Rory AND Amy into them too…

fish fingers and custard

Its not quite bad, I’ve had it, the sweet and the sour actually works. Then again instant pudding is different than what they have there in the UK I’m sure.

So one day..

Doc on Wii

The cubes become active, and wreak havoc, and the Doctor saves the day again. Only after he has this heartbreaking conversation with Amy at the Tower of London, aka Unit headquarters..

 DOCTOR: You’re thinking of stopping, aren’t you? You and Rory.

AMY: No. I mean, we haven’t made a decision.

DOCTOR: But you’re considering it.

AMY: Maybe. I don’t know. We don’t know. Well, our lives have changed so much. But there was a time, there were years, when I couldn’t live without you. When just the whole everyday thing would drive me crazy. But since you dropped us back here, since you gave us this house, you know, we’ve built a life. I don’t know if I can have both.

DOCTOR: Why?

AMY: Because they pull at each other. Because they pull at me, and because the travelling is starting to feel like running away.

DOCTOR: That’s not what it is.

AMY: Oh, come on. Look at you, four days in a lounge and you go crazy.

DOCTOR: I’m not running away. But this is one corner of one country in one continent on one planet that’s a corner of a galaxy that’s a corner of a universe that is forever growing and shrinking and creating and destroying and never remaining the same for a single millisecond. And there is so much, so much to see, Amy. Because it goes so fast. I’m not running away from things, I am running to them before they flare and fade forever. And it’s all right. Our lives won’t run the same. They can’t. One day, soon maybe, you’ll stop. I’ve known for a while.

AMY: Then why do you keep coming back for us?

DOCTOR: Because you were the first. The first face this face saw. And you’re seared onto my hearts, Amelia Pond. You always will be. I’m running to you, and Rory, before you fade from me.

AMY: Don’t be nice to me. I don’t want you to be nice to me.

DOCTOR: Yeah, you do, Pond, and you always get what you want. They got what they wanted.

AMY: What? Who did?

DOCTOR: The cubes. That’s why they stopped. Come on.

dawwwwww

Also this funny scene happens once the cubes become active again and give people heart attacks..

pwer of 3 hearts

And that’s as far as I want to go. I’m sorry.. such a really rushed ending after so much build-up, and so many blanks.. I can’t even begin to wonder why they didn’t rescue everyone from the spaceship.. what the heck???!!!

Till Tomorrow… I’m off to buy some Kleenex.. as I know I’ll need it.

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!

credits

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..

violence

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!!!

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..

carrying

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?