Days left till the 50th: 9
Episodes watched: 94
Today’s Episode: Snowmen
Writer: Stephen Moffat
We are finally down to the single digits till the Annivesary!!! Hurray!
Thus we left the doctor..
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..
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.
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?
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…
Sees the Tardis and knocks on the door, but doesn’t let the Doctor see her..
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?
VASTRA: Truth is singular – lies are words, words, words. You met the Doctor, didn’t you?
VASTRA: And now you’ve come looking for him again. Why?
JENNY: Take your time. One word only.
VASTRA: And about him?
VASTRA: What do you want from him?
VASTRA: Why would he help you?
VASTRA: The Doctor is not kind.
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?
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.
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:
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?’
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..
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..
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”
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!!
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?