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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

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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…

Doctor Who - Series 7B

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!

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

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

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

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

winter quay

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

tudor-city-sign

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

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

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

Opening

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

Title pages

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

Central Park Angels

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

At this moment the Doctor arrives…

Angels take Manhattan River..

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

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

AMY: Okay, why did you lie?

RIVER: Never let him see the damage.

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

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

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

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

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

the jump

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

HUG!!!

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

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

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

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

DOCTOR:  Would rip New York apart and I —

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

RIVER: (tearfully) Mother, it’s true.

With shuddering breaths, AMY walks towards the Angel.

DOCTOR: Amy? What are you doing?

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

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

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

DOCTOR:  I don’t know. Nobody knows.

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

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

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

DOCTOR:  Amy —

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

DOCTOR: No!

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

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

RIVER takes AMY’S hand.

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

RIVER kisses AMY’S palm.

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

AMY: I’ll be fine. I’ll be with him.

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

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

angel

 

NOOOOOOOOO

 

gravestone

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

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

Last Page

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

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

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

Reading the letter

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

EXT. AMELIA’S HOUSE, BACK GARDEN, NIGHT

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

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

INT. TARDIS

The DOCTOR runs around the console to work the controls.

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

EXT. AMELIA’S HOUSE, BACK GARDEN, DAY

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

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

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

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

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

INT. POND-WILLIAMS HOUSE, FRONT HALL, SUNSET

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

ANTHONY(New York accent) Mr. Brian Williams?

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

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

BRIANI don’t understand.

The envelope says “Dad”.

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

INT. POND-WILLIAMS HOUSE, LOUNGE, SUNSET

BRIAN sits on the sofa and reads the letter.

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

INT. POND-WILLIAMS HOUSE, FRONT HALL, SUNSET

BRIAN walks out into the hall and approaches ANTHONY.

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

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

ANTHONYHow d’you do, sir?

BRIAN, stunned, hugs him.

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

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

The 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

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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.

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

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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

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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!

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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..

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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..

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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

 

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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..

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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!!!

The Sonic still doesn’t do wood

Published November 8, 2013 by joscasta

Days left till the 50th: 15

Episodes watched:  88

Today’s Episode: The Doctor the Widow and the Wardrobe

Writer: Stephen Moffat

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Ah we have another prequel

So, the poor Doctor is headed toward earth, he lands in a field, and thus needs help finding the Tardis. Luckily this lovely little lady helps him find one..

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The funny thing about that spacesuit is Matt Smith’s hair. Poor guy had to wear his hair like that to keep it contained. That’s how wild it gets..

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My favorite part was when he mentioned that the Forest of Cheem fancied him… I loved that little shout out to Nine, and “The End of the World”!

I adored the room montage, especially the announcement of “HAMMOCKS!” and how he just jumped into them..

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Also the ending was great, how Mage was like, GO TELL YOUR FRIENDS YOU ARE NOT DEAD!!!

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Thus leading him to the Pond’s doorstep..

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I do not fault Amy for using it on him. 2 years thinking your friend was dead!?? At least River told them the truth.

Till Tomorrow, DALEKS!! SEASON 7!!! NO MORE NETFLIX!! Luckily I have season 7 purchased via Amazon… as I’m not one to wait around for it to be available with captions.

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Sorry I had to include this.. Matt, Karen wearing really bad Christmas sweaters and a Cyberman??

The Finale that began in the Season Opener

Published November 7, 2013 by joscasta

Days left till the 50th: 16

Episodes watched:  87

Today’s Episode: Wedding of River Song

Writer: Stephen Moffat

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We begin with this prequel

The tick tock song again! GATISS!!!!

This is a fun finale. The whole concept of what happens when a fix point has been re-written. All of time happens at once and then leaks out. Just go watch it, as it’s a great episode!

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It also shows how FAR AHEAD Moffat thinks. RTD just took everything one season at a time. Moffat decides to really build on stuff that was discussed back in the Library that occurred what, 3 seasons back when 10 was around?

It was great to see the flashback between the opener and the finale, and we were able to get a solution that some people might have seen coming, but my jaw dropped so far I had no choice but to pick it back up again off the floor. A few good lines..

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Also the kiss..

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Till tomorrow.. Another Christmas Special!

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