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The Gang saves the Doctor!

Published November 20, 2013 by joscasta

Days left till the 50th: 3 (nearly there!)

Episodes watched:  100

Today’s Episode: Crimson Horror

Writer: Mark Gatiss

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This is the ONLY Gatiss episode I like. I first saw this down at my local pub, the 42 Lounge, and while watching it, I was drinking a sonic screwdriver and laughing my butt off at all the jokes. This really was a fun romp, as it is not a story to be taken seriously like Vincent and the Doctor or Blink. It really shows off a great silly side to the Doctor. As one person put it, this is pretty much a summanation of Doctor Who..

Strax: And how will [Jenny] locate the Doctor?

Madame Vastra: To find him, she needs only ignore all “keep out” signs, go through every locked door, and run toward any form of danger that presents itself.

Strax: Business as usual, then?

Madame Vastra: Business as usual.

I loved how they introduce Mr. Thursday, and his fainting at everything…

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Also how he did give them this photo.. I was laughing so hard at it!

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At least Jenny does manage to find the poor Doctor. He’s so red.
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After she saves him.. All he can do is this..

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So, what does Jenny do? Totally and rightfully do.. Gives him a good SLAP! That was a good one!

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Then the Doctor explains how they arrived…

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How they met Mrs. Gillyflower, whom is played by the amazing Dame Diana Rigg. She had so much fun with the role! She’s well known for her work on the Avengers (The TV show not the films!) and most recently in Game of Thrones. Seems like they have been kind to spare their actors recently for Doctor Who, eh?

So they go off and find and save Clara, Strax has problems trying to find Sweetville.

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Get it? The GPS Tom Tom?!!! I was laughing so hard at this awesome joke.

While Clara is getting back to normal, the Doctor and Jenny get attacked by the Gillyflower Goones. So Jenny strips down into warrior gear under her dress, making the Doctor do this with his sonic..

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Then Strax and Madame join them, and Strax is a wee bit.. well..

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So Jenny and Madame meet Clara.. well this Clara..

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Together, Madame and the Doctor discuss the posion, and Clara helps them realize, that there is a chimney with no smoke, which means there must be a rocket or something.

Doctor and Clara then goes to confront Mrs. Gillyflower, and she reveals who Mr. Sweet is!

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What is that??? Oh that creature that Madame mentioned that exisited 25 million years ago??!! WHAT?? Well here is Gatiss acting like Mr. Sweet to get an idea of why it lived for so long..

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So the Doctor tries to convince her not to use the poison. We get a small cameo from Charlie the Badger!! SEE???

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It didn’t go to well… the convincing part.

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I think it was due to Charlie. He must have convinced her.

So off the rocket goes! No poison on board since the Gang intercepted it! Then Mrs. Gillyflower shoots at the gang once she realizes what has happened, and sadly misses after Strax shoots back at her… and falls to her death. So Mr. Sweet then crawls away, but Ada kills it, as she’s really upset that her mom blinded her and died.

So Away the Doctor and Clara goes, without giving the Gang any explanation about who Clara is, as he has no idea himself now, since he knows that she doesn’t know about the different version of herself.

Clara goes home, and it turns out the kids she’s taken care of have been doing a little digging…. Found pictures of her from Cold War and Hide. Also Snowmen, but she knows that she was in Yorkshire not London like the other Clara.

They then blackmail her for an adventure that will take place tomorrow!

Oh I found this really funny video.. an alternative ending to Doomsday. Watch it and laugh! Yes, Its captioned if you need that kinda thing..

Till Tomorrow, were we see Gaiman’s Cybermen! 100 episodes done, 2 to go!!!

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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

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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..

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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…

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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

Look! A Dalek Rainbow!

Published October 14, 2013 by joscasta

Days left till the 50th: 40

Episodes watched:  63

Today’s Episode:  Victory of the Daleks

Writer: Mark Gatiss

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This episode had a ton of firsts. The first time we see that boring Amy Pond era intro. The first time we hear the words “Come Along Pond”. The first time we see a Jammie Dodger, which was a smart way to say..”I’ve got a button that will explode the Tardis!”

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Now really stupid fans, think that this episode occurred the same time as Empty Child and the Doctor Dances. I have to say… *face palm* that the blitz was over a period of 37 weeks, so there is no way that Nine and Eleven would have met.

Speaking of meeting.. the Doctor finds it a bit odd that Amy knows nothing of the Daleks and the entire RTD era, planets in the sky, the battle of canary wharf, none of that stuff.

Speaking of Amy, they actually had to do a rebuld of the Daleks, since the actress whom plays her is tall, and she had to look eye to eye with it. Billie Pieper is only 5’5” and Karen is 5’11”! (Jenna wins as the shortest companion, at only 5’2”, she’s had to do tons of her acting standing on a block since Matt is as tall as Karen)

Other fun facts.. each color of the new rainbow Daleks had a purpose.   Supreme Daleks were white, the Eternal Dalek was yellow, Strategist Daleks were blue, Scientist Daleks were orange, while Drone Daleks were red. I can see why they did this.. but do we need a Dalek rainbow? No. We do not need one..

Dalek Rainbow

Now, I do think that the Doctor did make the right choice by saving the earth, but the Daleks won. He knows he will have to deal with them again.. but that is another problem for another day.

Till Tomorrow.. we shall meet and olde friend! 🙂

Death and Evolution

Published September 15, 2013 by joscasta

Days left till the 50th: 69

Episodes watched:  34

Today’s Episode: Lazarus Experiment

Writer: Mark Gatiss

I have a love/hate relationship with Mark Gatiss’s episodes as I have mentioned before. He is a great amazing actor… but he isn’t that great when he inserts himself here in the episode. I adore him in Sherlock, and if you haven’t sat down to watch BBC’s Sherlock with Cumberbatch… you are totally missing out on some great TV. GO WATCH!

Now back to Who. We FINALLY SEE MARTHA IN A NEW OUTFIT! surprisingly enough, after he takes her home… and looks at her “pants” that she just happened to leave drying out. Funny!

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I also found it funny at the end when its clear that Gatiss is a Spinal Tap fan.. when he “Turns it up to 11” on the organ.

Finally about the funny bits… Martha’s MUM slapped the Doctor. No wonder he was hesitant to meet Donna’s mom after TWO mothers have slapped him… tee hee.

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Anyway.. Gatiss does do a good job with the overall theme of this episode once you really think about it.. cheating death, and how humans do what they can to prolong their lives, while others accept death and greet it like an old friend.  Some awesome quotes are thrown down by the Doctor.. “It’s not that time that matters. It’s the person. Some People live more in 20 years than others do in 80”, and this quote that makes you realize the weight of everything the Doctor has seen in his 900 something years… “I’m old enough to know that a longer life isn’t always a better one. In the end, you just get tired. Tired of the struggle. Tired of losing everyone that matters to you. Tried of watching everything turn to dust. (Squats beside Lazarus). If you live long enough, Lazarus, the only certainty left is that you end up alone.”

Many themes are at play here, first is the biblical theme of Lazarus, as he rose from the dead and got his youth back in the bible. Thus, the whole name of the character and the experiment, however what actually happens in the episode reminds me the Ray Bradbury film… “The Sound of Thunder”. Martha actually references it back in Shakespeare Code when she mentions the short story book version, about going into the past and accidentally stepping on a butterfly and changing the future. Then you realize that’s exactly what the Doctor does, steps on TONS of butterflies. Especially Nine, after the Long Game, when he sees what he did created the Game Station in Bad Wolf in Season 1.

Here, there are more references to the film version, as the what evolution might have rejected us to look like in the past is what Lazarus eventually becomes when his freak side comes out to play. It really makes you stop and think sometimes, what if we didn’t have thumbs? What if we had four eyes? So many different choices that nature could have picked for us.. just might be locked away in our DNA? Really makes you think about life a little bit more. Also, that we are always evolving and changing, who knows what humans might look like 2,000 years from now?

Wow, Doctor Who, just a silly scifi show can really make you think about stuff sometimes!

The Doctor, Charles Dickens and Zombies, oh my!

Published August 15, 2013 by joscasta

Days left till the 50th: 100

Episodes watched:  3

Today’s Episode: Unquiet Dead

Writer: Mark Gatiss

One thing I have always paid attention to in Who is whom the writer of each episode is. Oddly enough here in ‘Merica, most people I know, myself included, Gatiss’s stories are not that great. For me there tends to be something just a wee off with his writing for me. A friend of mine that lives on the otherside of the pond disagresses with me, and says that over there, they adore his episodes, which is why nearly  EVERY season has one episode written by him. Thus some people are campaigning for him to take over when ever Moffat the current Overlord of Doctor Who/Sherlock steps down.

The first time I saw this episode, I was not impressed at all. Gas zombies in 1869? Who decided that this idea would actually fly?

What made this episode good was the little bits and pieces of Rose, and this little speech at the beginning…

Rose: Think about it, though. Christmas 1860. It happened once. Just once, and it’s… gone, it’s finished. It’ll never happen again. Except for you. You can go back and see days that are dead and gone, a hundred thousand sunsets ago. No wonder you never stay still.

Doctor: Not a bad life.

Rose: Better with two.

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Then we meet Charles Dickens. I love how Rose reacts to the Doctor telling her its Charles Dickens, she just accepts it, and files it away to freak out about later.

The Doctor on the other hand has this awesome conversation with Charles in his coach after Rose gets kidnapped…

Doctor: Dickens?

Charles Dickens: Yes?

Doctor: Charles Dickens?

Charles Dickens: Yes.

Doctor: The Charles Dickens?

Driver: Shall I remove the gentleman, Sir?

Doctor: Charles Dickens. You’re brilliant you are! Completely one hundred per cent brilliant. I’ve read them all. “Great Expectation”, “Olivier Twist”, and whats the other one? The one with the ghost?

Charles Dickens: “A Christmas Carol”?

Doctor: No, no, no. The one with the trains. “The Signalman”. That’s it. Terrifying, The best short story ever written! You’re a genius!

Driver: You want me to get rid of him, Sir?

Charles Dickens: No, I think he can stay.

Doctor: Honestly, Charles—can I call you Charles?—I’m such a big fan.

Charles Dickens: What? A big what?

Doctor: Fan. Number one fan, that’s me.

Charles Dickens: How exactly are you a fan? In what way do you resemble a means of keeping oneself cool? 

Doctor: No, it means “fanatic”, “devoted to”. Mind you, I’ve gotta say, that American bit in Martin Chuzzlewit, what’s that about? Was that just padding or what? I mean it’s rubbish, that bit.

Charles Dickens: I thought you said you were my fan.

Doctor: Oh well, if you can’t take criticism.

So funny…. Watching the Doctor “Geek Out” whist in a carriage that is chasing after another carriage that has Rose in it, poor girl gets kidnapped again.

I was bewildered by this episode the first time I saw it, as the Doctor does a good job explaining to Rose, that she can die in 1869 when she was born in the tenth century, and does mention that time is in flux, and her little world can change in an instant, showing the dangers of time travel.

Once you see the deeper levels of the episode it isn’t too bad.. once you take away the ZOMBIES!!