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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…

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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!!!

Jurassic Park on a Spaceship

Published November 10, 2013 by joscasta

Days left till the 50th: 13

Episodes watched:  90

Today’s Episode: Dinosaurs on a Spaceship!

Writer: Chris Chinball

The worst poster of this half of the season.. looks like a horrible Photoshop job.

poster

So the Doctor is hanging out with Queen Nefertiti, having just saved her people from giant locusts, and he gets a message from the Indian Space Association (who knew they had one?) in the year 2367, and she just barges her way onto the Tardis for this adventure. He learns that there is a spaceship the size of Canada headed toward the earth, right on a collision course. They mention 16 hours and 19 minutes till they send up missiles to make the ship explodey-woodey. So he decides to gather a gang together. He heads to the African plains to meet up with Riddell, the big African game hunter, (played by the same guy that is in Sherlock, Rupert Graves, so I’m sure Moffat had zero problems convincing him to get on board) and then goes to the present day and nabs Amy and Rory 10 months since Asylum, materializing around them, thus accidentally kidnapping Rory’s Dad, Brian, as Amy and Rory were holding the ladder as he was trying to fix a light.

So they head to the spaceship, and the Doctor accuses Brian of being a stowaway, and once Rory explains whom he is, the Doctor likes him. Then the doors open, and two Dinosaurs come out, to which the Doctor says gleefully.. “Dinosaurs on a Spaceship!”

I have no idea where they came up with this one… but we are treated to dinosaur skin on the opening credits..

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Thus after hiding, Brian freaks out..

Dinosars flying spaceship

Thus leaving Rory to explain that, “Hey, remember when we told everyone we went traveling to Thailand after getting hitched? Well it really was all of time and space. Sorry for lying.” Thus leaving his dad gobsmacked. So the Doctor decides to try to find the engine room, and Brian, Rory and the Doctor get transported to a beach.  This whole scene is too funny…

BRIAN: We’re outside. We’re on a beach.

DOCTOR: Teleport! Oh, I hate teleports. Must have activated on my voice.

BRIAN: (angrily) Ah, yes, well, thank you, Arthur C Clarke! Teleport, obviously, I mean, we’re on a spaceship, with dinosaurs, why wouldn’t there be a teleport? In fact why don’t we just teleport now?! (walks off)

DOCTOR: Is he all right?

RORY: He hates travelling. Makes him anxious. He only goes to the paper shop and golf.

DOCTOR: What did you bring him for?

RORY: I didn’t! Why can’t you just phone ahead, like any normal person?

BRIAN: (re-joins them) Can somebody tell me where we are, now?

DOCTOR: (sticks out tongue) Well, it’s not Earth. Doesn’t taste right, too metallic.

A large bird flies overhead, screeching.

BRIAN: Is that a kestrel?

DOCTOR: I do hope so.

RORY stands from where he was feeling the ground.

RORY: The beach is humming.

DOCTOR: Is it? (feels the ground) Oh, yes! (stands) Right, well, don’t just stand there, you two, dig! (brushes hands) I’m going to look at rocks. Love a rock. (walks off)

RORY: Dig with what?

The DOCTOR holds up his hands and keeps walking. BRIAN pulls something from his pocket. It is a collapsible trowel.

BRIAN: Ah! Well! (starts digging)

RORY: Did you just have that on you?

BRIAN: Of course! What sort of a man doesn’t carry a trowel? Put it on your Christmas list.

RORY: (squats) Dad, I’m 31. I don’t have a Christmas list any more.

DOCTOR: (raises both arms and shouts) I do!

RORY gives the DOCTOR a thumbs-up. BRIAN taps metal under the sand.

BRIAN: There’s a floor under this beach!

I love this, as we have a lovely reference to HITCHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY HERE! Yup, the trowel = towel. I always laugh so hard at this, as the Doctor says everything so matter of fact, and Rory is just so logical, and his Dad is too, so these three guys together is just so funny.

Anyway, some guy tells some people, “Oh did you hear that? Bring them to me!” and that’s just a wee foreshadowing, as he is watching a video of the Doctor on the beach.

Meanwhile, Amy finds out that she’s with the amazing Queen, Nefertiti, and that she’s also with the clueless Riddell. She loves the queen, and can’t stand Riddell, as he has no idea how to behave around women. They accidentally stumble upon a T-Rex nest, whoops! The Queen asks Amy if she is a Queen too, and Amy can’t help but answer that she is.

Thus we head back to the beach with more craziness..

DOCTOR: See! Metal floor, screens in rocks. It was just a short-range teleport. We’re still on the ship.

BRIAN: No. We’re outside, on a beach.

RORY: No, it’s part of the ship, Dad.

BRIAN: Don’t be ridiculous.

DOCTOR: Well, it is quite ridiculous, also brilliant. That’s why the system teleported us here – I wanted the engines. (turns around, arms open) This is the engine room! Hydro-generators.

BRIAN: I have literally no idea what he’s saying.

RORY: A spaceship powered by waves.

DOCTOR: (puts arms over BRIAN and RORY’S shoulders) Fabulously impossible! Oh, think of the things we could learn from this ship if we manage to stop it being blown to pieces.

RORY: Plus, not dying.

DOCTOR: Bad news is – can’t shut the wave systems down in time. Takes… (turns around and looks up) takes way too long.

RORY: (studies the screen) If these are the engines, there must be a control room.

DOCTOR: Exactly. (puts arms over BRIAN and RORY’S shoulders) That’s what we need to find. (whispers) Now, what do we do about the things that aren’t kestrels?

They slowly turn around and the creatures screech as they get closer. They do not look like birds.

BRIAN: Oh, my Lord. Are those pterodactyls?

The pterodactyls are getting closer.

DOCTOR: Yes. On any other occasion, I’d be thrilled. Exposed on a beach, less than thrilled. We should be going.

The DOCTOR grabs the hands of the two men and runs along the beach in front of the cliff face.

BRIAN: Where? 

DOCTOR: Definitely away from them!

RORY: That’s the plan?!

DOCTOR: That’s the plan! Amendments welcome! Move away from the pterodactyls!

RORY: I think they might be noticing!

DOCTOR: Amended plan – run!

RORY: Can’t we just teleport or something?

DOCTOR: No, local teleport’s burned out on arrival. There’s an opening in the cliffs over there!

RORY: (to BRIAN) Come on, run!

BRIAN: I’m trying!

When they are within site of the cave, one of the pterodactyls nips RORY on the shoulder. They make it inside the cave.

INT. SPACESHIP, CAVE

Once safely inside, RORY stops and leans against the wall.

BRIAN: Are you all right?

RORY: Yeah, I’m fine. (to DOCTOR) What do we do now? There’s no way back out there.

DOCTOR: Through the cave, come on.

The DOCTOR heads deeper into the cave but stops upon hearing a loud thudding.

DOCTOR: That suggestion was a work in progress.

BRIAN: We’re trapped!

DOCTOR: Yes, thanks for spelling it out.

RORY: Doctor, whatever’s down there is coming this way.

DOCTOR: (to himself) Spelling it out is hereditary, wonderful!

Thus, Rory the Doctor and Brian are “kidnapped”.

Amy, Riddell, and the Queen begin punching buttons in some room to find out what is going on with the ship. Amy then is able to determine that it’s a Sirlurian Ark. Remember them from way back in Season 5? Hungry Earth and Cold Blood? Yes? No? Well they apparently are out among the stars trying to find a new home.

So the fugly robots take the boyz to their leader, but first they meet a triceratops. It goes right up to Brian, thus making the Doctor remark.. “Do you have any vegetable matter in your pants?” to which Brian replies, “Only my Balls”…

balls

Oh that balls… thank god. So Brian throws one at the suggestion of the Doctor, and off it goes, just like a dog. Who knew?

Amy and her gang find out that there are none of those lizardish people on board, and play spot the difference to discover the ship that the boyz are hanging out around.

There we meet Soloman, who is played by the awesome, David Bradley. He will play William Harnell aka One, in “An Adventure Through Time and Space” coming up soon!

So the Doctor gets scanned and Solomon discovers he is worthless, which has never happened before. So he threatens the Doctor to fix him by having his robots shoot Brian. It is discovered that Rory carries around nursing supplies, just like his dad carries that trowel.

Amy then calls Rory, which shocks Brian. So apparently at some point the Doctor makes both their phones into Superphones eh? So, after explaining what she learned about the ship to Rory, he hands it off to the Doctor whom then finds out that Solomon killed all the lizardish people since he wanted the very valuable dinosaurs. Thus the Doctor informs him about the missles, and earth and then kinda takes off, by telling the stupid robots that Solomon wants them.

They run off and find the Triceritops! The Doctor decides.. HEY LETS RIDE IT!

ride 1

ride 2 

However they can’t figure out how to start it until Brian throws a golf ball. The Robots are too slow to catch up with them, and the boyz can’t figure out how to stop until the poor dinosaur hits the wall. It does return the ball to Brian, just like a doggie! Sadly at the moment, the ISA sends a message to the ship, missles are coming, sorry.

Meanwhile Riddell finds dart guns! Yay they don’t have to kill the dinosaurs!

Rory and the Doctor riff, as Rory’s like defense systems? Which promps the doctor to do this…

da kiss

Ahhhh yesssss.. kiss!!!

Sadly, this is an ARK, thus no defense systems. Then Solomon teleports to them, demanding the Queen. The Doctor says no. So Solomon then kills the triceratops. Amy and gang teleport to their location, and the Queen gives herself up. Solomon and the robots, and the Queen then teleport to the small ship.

Thus the Doctor and remaining gang head off to the control room. They decide to try to turn the ship around. However it needs two people of the same gene chain to do so. Thus Brian and Rory pilot the ship, Amy and Riddell shoot dinosaurs..

lessons

While the Doctor grabs some green thingy and teleports to Solomon’s ship. He then manages to grab the Queen, leaves behind the green thingy that the missles will latch onto, and then allows Solomon’s ship to leave… thus changing the course of the missles to his ship, exploding it! YAY!

So, everyone heads home, well not everyone,

ridel and the queen

and the Doctor takes the dinosaurs somewhere safe!

safe planet for the dinosaurs

I have a belief that, Rory is a lost Weasley, and this confirmed it, having Mark Williams play his dad, I know he doesn’t have red hair but, he should be one.. well an honorary one!

Till tomorrow.. where we visit the olde west! 

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?

Two Men and a Dark Lord

Published November 6, 2013 by joscasta

Days left till the 50th: 17

Episodes watched:  86

Today’s Episode: Closing Time

Writer: Gareth Roberts

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

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

Parents Yawn

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

stormy

storm's perpsective

 

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

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

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

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

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

paper

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

astronaut

Faith vs. Fear

Published November 5, 2013 by joscasta

Days left till the 50th: 18

Episodes watched:  85

Today’s Episode: The God Complex

Writer: Toby Whithouse

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

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

Name                    Faith                                      What was in their room

Joe                         Luck                                       Scary Howdy Doody puppets

Rita                        Muslim                                 Father being disappointed with her

Howie                   Conspiracy Theories       Girls that laughed at his stutter

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

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

Rory                       No faith in anything        He was shown the Exit

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

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

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

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

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

AMY: What?

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

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

DOCTOR: Forget your faith in me.

The Beast growls.

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

He is now speaking to AMELIA.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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