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54 years of Doctor Who title sequences, constant change with one thing remaining constant Doctor Who thrives on constant change, but a few things remain constant. Once of those is the melody embedded in the opening and closing title music. It's the same pattern of beats and notes, even as the show runners change it around every few years to fit the times.
Capaldi is leaving Doctor Who because the Daleks are Cockney Nazi's Stephen Moffatt teases us about the 'monsters' coming up for Season 10. Missy, the Monks, new Ice Warriors, and more. The Fan Show visits the filming sets and back rooms and storage places and more. Peter Capaldi is on the Graham Norton show, talking about why he's leaving the show. Oh, and we learn that the Daleks are Cockney Nazi's.
Capaldi's Doctor is one to HATE, or is he? Peter Capaldi's Doctor (#12 or #13 depending on how you count it) has been controversial. Apparently some outright hate him, and stopped watching Doctor Who because of Capaldi. While his Doctor isn't quite my cup-o-tea, I purely do not understand stopping watching the show. Clearly if someones total exposure to Doctor Who started in 2005, they won't grok that Colin Baker's Doctor was just as gruff and disliked. If you think about the personage whose history we're watching, each Regeneration produces different emotional effects in The Doctor. Ponder that this instance of The Doctor is something of a clerical error, and that by the Rules of Regeneration The Doctor shouldn't even still be alive after his last stand at Trenzalore. Ergo, doesn't that give an excuse for a confused personality?
Creepy confessors from the Papal Mainframe - The Silence When first 'seen' in the Impossible Astronaut, these mysterious creatures were a puzzle. They could zap people, they were all over the place on Planet Earth, yet had a strange ability to be immediately forgotten, and were involved with training The Doctor's bespoke assassin - River Song. That last bit we didn't know until much later. Instead we knew that Amy and Rory's daughter was kept by them in a creepy mansion. It wasn't the end of Matt Smiths time we learned what the Papal Mainframe is, and the true role of the Silence.
Cyborg Tanks hell-bent on racial purity, cleansing the universe of all inferiors - The Daleks The Daleks have been The Doctors longest-running enemy. They were people once, but a thousand-year-long war against the Thals forced them to remake their race into cyborg tanks intent on racial purity and being the superior race of the galaxy. Taking that to it's logical conclusion, the Daleks develop over time technological mastery way beyond anyone's imagination, but dedicated to the cause of wiping out all other inferior life forms.
Cyborg robots, seeking a home world, improving other races by erasing emotions - The Cybermen The Daleks have been The Doctors longest-running enemy. They were people once, but a thousand-year-long war against the Thals forced them to remake their race into cyborg tanks intent on racial purity and being the superior race of the galaxy. Taking that to it's logical conclusion, the Daleks develop over time technological mastery way beyond anyone's imagination, but dedicated to the cause of wiping out all other inferior life forms.
David Tenant has inside tips about Chibnall's time with Doctor Who, but he won't tell David Tenant, Doctor# 10 or 11 depending on how you count, has worked with Chris Chibnall thanks to his time in Broadchurch, and of course Chibnall is due to replace Stephen Moffatt shortly as Show Runner. Tacked onto the end of this interview about Tenants new movie about RD Lang (it sounds like an amazing movie) he's quizzed a bit about both Harry Potter and Doctor Who.
Doctor Who Episode 2 (Smile) image gallery In Smile, the preview videos promised us a visit to Earth's first colony on another world. Valencia's Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias (City of Arts and Sciences - see my pictures at the bottom) is standing in for that colony, thanks to what looks like excellent CGI work. The actual location of these buildings in Valencia is very urban. In any case it appears the humans (in the story) are not on the best of terms with the robots.
Episode 1 (The Pilot) image gallery As with any Doctor Who companion, 'two worlds collide'. Bill, the new companion, is introduced to us in this episode. The episode synopsis: 'Two worlds collide when the Doctor meets Bill, and a chance encounter with a girl with a star in her eye leads to a terrifying chase across time and space. Bill's mind is opened to a universe that is bigger and more exciting than she could possibly have imagined. But who is the Doctor, and what is his secret mission on Earth?'
Episode 1's 'next time' trailers previewing Smile, episode 02 Doctor Who went to Valencia Spain to film a strange city that's one of Earth's first colonies in space, only to find the people had died and it's inhabited to Emoji-speaking robots. WTF? Valencia is a cool city, and that strange looking building (Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias) is certainly a strange place, but why would they cut the building out of its surroundings? Anyway, here's a preview of what the Doctor Who team plans to do with Valencia's City of Arts and Sciences. Some kind of robots-kill-the-humans scenario.
Episode 7 (Extremis) image gallery The BBC has posted these images of Extremis, the next episode of Doctor Who Season 10. These pictures show a little more about the location (The Hereticum?), Missy's presence, the Monks, and so forth. For some reason they're going to the Oval Office (as in The White House), which I do not understand.
Extremis, Season 10 Episode 6 preview Tacked onto the end of Oxygen, episode 5, was a spoilerific preview. The Doctor became blind due to events in episode 5, and has been called to The Vatican for some purpose. The Next Time trailer contains a glimpse of Dr. River Song's diary, and a glimpse of Missy. We knew that Missy would show up later in the season, but River Song? WTF? And then there's another preview showing Bill's date with a cute black woman being interrupted by The Pope and some Vatican dudes. Despite being a Time Lord, The Doctor has no sense of timing.
Falling through Thin Ice to meet a big fish, Previewing Doctor Who Season 10 Episode 3 In 1814, Bill asks The Doctor whether there are 'side effects' to time travel, and whether he's killed anyone. Fair questions to ask at the beginning of such a relationship, perhaps. In the background is a depiction of a 'Frost Fair' on the Thames.
Getting ready to Smile, Previewing Doctor Who Season 10 Episode 2 The Doctor Who crew flew to Valencia Spain to use the City of Arts and Sciences as a stand-in for a space colony on another planet. Having been to Valencia, I agree that building complex is very strange looking, like it came from another planet. Are Emoji-Bots really a dangerous monster, however?
Hell Bent from Gallifrey straight to Big Finish - Maisie/Jenna as Me/Clara from now til the end of time Whatever else we make of the Doctor Who Season 9 finale, one thing is clear: Maisie Williams and Jenna Coleman have a long career ahead of them playing immortals "Me" and Clara, traveling the universe in their own TARDIS. That's how the episode ended, eh? Clara insisting on a return to Gallifrey to finish things, but to take the long way around. She cannot die because her death is pre-ordained on Trapp Street and, thanks to Time Lord technology, she is a walking frozen point of time waiting to return to her regular time stream, swallow the raven, and die. Until then she can roam the universe, accompanied by someone who swallowed alien technology that will keep her body fully repaired, and is also effectively immortal. There you have it, the perfectly sensible back story of a Big Finish franchise.
Into the Evil of the Daleks - Doctor Who S08E02 and OldWho #038 We just watched Into the Dalek, and we have to acknowledge something - the story line references way back into Old Who, to a set of Patrick Troughton (Doctor #2) episodes collectively titled The Evil of the Daleks. In both cases we had a humanizing of Daleks, and Doctor#12's certainty there can be no humanizing of Daleks may stem from the experiences shown in The Evil of the Daleks.
Is Nardole the Doctor's Boss? Why would The Doctor have a boss? - Doctor Who Season 10 Episode 2 Review We come to this episode wondering why Nardole is still active with The Doctor, and find him lecturing about an Oath the Doctor took as if Nardole has some authority over the Doctor. Its difficult to believe the Doctor would put himself under anyone elses authority, so maybe that's a misinterpretation. In any case, this episode's adventure has the Doctor and Bill playing hookey, visiting the first Earth colony on another planet, only to find the place inhabited by over-eager robots who might have accidentally killed the colonists.
John Simms returning as The Master, opposite Missy, the female Master This week we learned that John Simms will play The Master this weekend, opposite the incumbent Master incarnation, Missy. Oh boy, that sounds like an insane explosion. The character itself is insane with megalomania and always concocting absolutely bonkers schemes. John Simms played The Master during the Tennant era, and that was quite a romp indeed. Then with Capaldi we had a season teasing this crazy woman calling herself Missy, which we learned was The Master incarnated as a woman. That's been quite a bizarre journey and I'm sure Roger Delgado is spinning in his grave (maybe). Of course it raises a huge question or three - of HOW do they suggest this Multi-Master story could happen. Since The Doctor has had several instances of multiple incarnations of himself at the same place/time working together, why can't The Master enjoy the same benefit? Still, the last time we saw The Master he was fighting Rassilon. That doesn't bode well for The Master's survival, but he's survived seemingly impossible situations before.
Let's Kill Davros! Or, a review of Doctor Who S09E01, the Magicians Apprentice If someone pointed out to you a little boy, as innocent as could be, and you knew that boy would grow up to create the most evil the universe ever saw, would you kill that little boy and prevent that evil? Yes or No. And what would either answer make you to be? If you're The Doctor, and you're suddenly in the middle of a horridly crazy war that looked like World War I trench warfare but had biplanes shooting laser canons, and you met a scared little boy who was about to die, what would you do? You'd offer the boy a lifeline, and save him, but what if that little boy told you he was Davros and that you were on Skaro, and you knew exactly who this was because you'd fought that person and his creations (the Daleks) dozens of times before. What would The Doctor do?
Looking back at Multi-Doctor stories in light of upcoming Multi-Master story It's been announced that, before the end of this season, the John Simms Master will play opposite Michele Gomez's Missy. May Roger DelGado rest in peace, but having multiple Master incarnations meet could be immensely exciting. It also violates various 'laws of time' for multiple incarnations of the same person to meet and interact. Think of what happened in 'Fathers Day' when Rose met not only her Dad and Mom, but herself as a baby. Even so, we've seen multiple Doctor's team up on multiple incarnations, and it wasn't a smooth ride. To get a sense of the fireworks likely to ensue with multiple Master's, let's review the times multiple incarnations of The Doctor appeared at the same place.
Looking back at Torchwood seasons 1-3 - Torchwood coming to the Colonies Last friday, Torchwood came to American television with a crash-bang-bazooka-filled show that's probably typical for modern American television (not owning a television, I don't see much TV, and have no clue what's common on American TV). Before getting into reviewing the new Torchwood, it's necessary to look back to where it came from, especially since it seems the new version will pretty much ignore Torchwood's origins as a spin-off from Doctor Who. There's two ways to appreciate Torchwood, as a spin-off from and participant in the Doctor Who universe, and as a standalone story. As a Doctor Who fan, my interest in Torchwood is its' role in the Doctor Who universe, but I do understand that some may watch the show on its own merit and not care about the blue box that spawned Torchwoods very existence.
Masterfully not killing Missy, the Fake Doctor reveals secrets, Doctor Who Season 10 Episode 6 review How do we know whether the world we see is real? Many spiritual traditions teach that this physical world we see is not in the slightest bit real. For example 'A Course in Miracles' goes so far as to suggest our insanity is what creates this insane world we see (heck, politics this year is extremely insane, yes?) and that by waking up we can see the real world. Many spiritual traditions teach this sort of thing without causing those who receive that message to commit suicide. That part, people who read the Veritas committing suicide, was troublesome, especially when the story flips that around to suggest that suicide is an act of freeing ones' self from the illusory world. Really? I don't know what to think about that, but the episode was otherwise excellently convoluted.
Matt Lucas and Pearl Mackie's tour of the TARDIS console buttons Behind the scenes of filming Doctor Who, the actors play around with the set props. Little do they know of the power behind those buttons. Fortunately The Doctor set up automatic systems to disable the controls except while filming. Otherwise they might have destroyed the universe taking those balls out of their sockets.
Michele Gomez leaving Doctor Who, means a Missy/Master regeneration, or what? Michele Gomez recently held a Reddit AMA that was rolickingly fun. While advocating for a Missy spin-off show, Michele Gomez revealed in the AMA, and in news articles with other sources, she would not be returning to Doctor Who after Season 10. Which raises a question of what might happen within the show. The Master is always there to challenge The Doctor, so there would be a new Master sooner-or-later one presumes. What would happen to Missy to cause Missy to definitively stop being available in the series, though?
Not quite happy with The Wedding of Dr River Song (Doctor Who S06 E13) The season 6 finale, the Wedding of River Song, was an amazing story but within five minutes of finishing the first watching an anger over the episode erupted. I recorded some of that anger in audio feedback for The Doctor Who Podcast, hopefully they'll play it. Anyway... it was an excellent story with lots of depth, as we've come to expect from Stephen Moffatt, but there's a bit at the end that is just griping me out to no end.
Nudity in The Time of the Doctor converts The Doctor from minor deity into leering teenager The Time of the Doctor, Matt Smith's final episode as The Doctor, was a fine romp through time and space, but had a completely horrible unnecessary plot point that rather derailed our enjoyment of the show: Nudity, rather, supposed nudity. Should this show, Doctor Who, be about unnecessary gratuitous references to nudity that add nothing to anything about the plot or characters or anything?
Peter Capaldi & Brian Minchin Interview - The Aftershow - Doctor Who: The Fan Show Peter Capaldi sat down for an interview about Episode 2, Smile. Somehow Capaldi doesn't mind having his running described as being like a penguin with its ass on fire. Is it important to tell stories about The Doctor where he almost gets things wrong?
Peter Capaldi cannot be regenerating during 2017 season The 2017 season official trailer ends with Regeneration Energy clearly emanating from Capaldi's hands as he appears to be struggling. Did that mean Capaldi's Doctor will regenerate during the season, and someone else is playing The Doctor for the Christmas special? Today, Cultbox is reporting that Capaldi is filming Christmas Special scenes this summer. Therefore, he is The Doctor for that episode, and presumably his Regeneration is at the end of the Special.
Peter Capaldi et al appears on Canadian Television The Doctor himself joins InnerSpace's Teddy, Morgan and Ajay alongside Steven Moffat, Brian Minchin and new companion, Pearl Mackie!
Peter Capaldi's earlier career as an ice cream salesman? Who's this new guy, Peter Capaldi, who's body is being used by The Doctor? He looks familiar, as in we've seen that body in ancient Pompeii. Did we see him anywhere else?
Previously - On Doctor Who Hilarious retrospective of the entirety of Doctor Who from 1963 up until late 2011 Matt Smith.
Pyramid at the End of the Earth, Season 10 Episode 7 preview The Doctor has a long history of rebuking the Military, and not using the Military's machinery. Here we see that a Pyramid has suddenly taken form in a desert place, that those crazy-looking Monks are the inhabitants, and the Doctor warning that these people have studied us for a looooong time, and then ordering an attack using military bombers. WTF?
Quantum-locked angels from the beginning of the universe - Don't Blink The Weeping Angels were born before the beginning of the universe, apparently. Their curious trait is that when observed, they are quantum locked and cannot move, and can move freely when unobserved. They feed off time vortex energy created by sending victims into the past, and feeding off the time potential of the life which was lost.
Reclusive Time Lords, watching over all of time and space, what's their game? Gallifrey We first learned of Gallifrey at the very end of the 2nd Doctor's time when, in the conclusion of The War Games, The Doctor had to appeal for their help. After which The Doctor was exiled to Earth for a couple years. Since then we've learned more and more about Gallifrey as tidbits here and there have been revealed in episodes.
Review: Doctor Who - A Christmas Carol Typically you'd think a Doctor Who episode named "A Christmas Carol" would involve traveling to 1800's England, meeting THE Charles Dickens, and having an adventure with him that somehow inspired him to write A Christmas Carol. There are plenty of Doctor Who stories where they do this, visit some actual historical place or event, meet historical people, etc. This episode doesn't involve any such thing, while still being heavily influenced by the Dickens story. What we have instead is the, uh, spirit of A Christmas Carol while not having any actual connection to the author and not retelling the exact story.
Review: Doctor Who S06E02: The Day of the Moon Before the opening credits we see both Amy and Rory shot (apparently dead), River Song jump out of a skyscraper, and The Doctor as a prisoner in Area 51. Yup. Before the opening credits. What happens from there is a twisty story which took 3 viewings to begin to understand. I recommend taking this show in the appropriate dosage. Several times.
Review: Doctor Who S06E03: The Curse of the Black Spot Okay, why are the black spots on the palm of the right hand, and in the episode before the recording gizmo thingies were punched into the palm of the right hand? Yeah, you noticed that too, eh? What do you think is the reason? I haven't a clue. Leave a comment below.
Review: Doctor Who S06E04: The Doctors Wife After the screwball tightly interwoven story arc laden season opener (Review: Doctor Who S06E02: The Day of the Moon and Review: Doctor Who S06E03: The Curse of the Black Spot), the powers that be must have realized we needed another "straight adventure" story with not a lot more than the episode in mind. That's more or less what we have - except the topic turns out to be something which fans for decades have pondered. Is the TARDIS alive, and what would the TARDIS be like as a person. That they got Neil Gaiman to do it is fabulous and the story which came out of it is simply beautiful. And, for once, the companion Doctor Who Confidential episode is actually worthwhile watching because it too is phenomenal.
Review: The Time of the Doctor - Smith Falls into Capaldi after Killing a Wooden Cyberman The Time of the Doctor brings to an end Matt Smith's time as The Doctor, giving us a tame Cyberman head, gratuitous unnecessary nudity, a chance for the Doctor to sit in one place for a loooooong time, a return of The Crack, a rewriting of the whole Trenzalore thing, The Doctor teaming up with the Silent's (who we now know are high level Priests in the Papal Mainframe cult), a wooden cyberman of all things, and a nod to Fandom with an addressing of the 12 regenerations limit.
Review: Torchwood, Miracle Day (Torchwood comes to the colonies) Torchwood is coming to the Colonies, that is, to America. I'm not sure if I like the idea, but it's what the people in charge of things decided to do and here we are, seeing the remaining Torchwood team-members brought to the land of loud car chases.
Series 10 (2017) trailers - the gateway to everything you've been waiting for, or something like that Doctor Who Season 10 starts April 15, 2017, featuring the introduction of a new companion, Bill, and a continuing relationship with Nardol. We know that in the Christmas Special the Doctor regenerates, and indeed trailer#2 shows what looks like the beginning of a regeneration.
Songs for the Wood -- Knock Knock, Season 10 Episode 4 review In Knock Knock, we had a right proper horror movie embedded in a Doctor Who episode. We had some of the classic tropes, people wandering off and getting eaten, etc. But it was too squeezed for space, and the ending was way too easy, way too trite. For once a kill-everyone-in-sight Doctor Who episode had everyone survive, instead.
Sonics, Movellans, a Goatee'd Master, and the Mary Celeste: Easter Eggs in Doctor Who Episode 1 The opening episode of Doctor Who Season 10 was not only a rollicking romp through time and space, it had plenty of odd bits stuffed in the side of things to satisfy the die-hard fans. The story was billed as a good jumping-in point for anyone, and that it is. It was an excellent story -- dunno if it was worth the wait, but it's very satisfying. What follows are the odd bits I noticed.
The "childhood fears" and "parenting" theme in Matt Smith's (#11) Doctor Who It's the morning after the showing of Season 6b episode 12, 'Closing Time', and for the fourth time this season we are shown a dad finding his fatherhood to be with his son. Makes me long for a father who would have done that, but let's not take that detour. Each of the three episodes would appear to be 'standalone', as does Closing Time. At first glance they don't seem to be part of the overall season arc, but when there's four episodes with similar themes in the same season we have to pay attention and take a look. Especially when the season also contains portrayal of the twisted childhood of one of the most enigmatic characters ever in Doctor Who history, River Song.
The Doctor, Harriet Jones, Donald J Trump, and Hillary Clinton Sometimes the real world and the fantasy worlds of television shows collide. This week, the propagandistic reaction to Hillary Clintons illness strikes one with eery similarity to one of The Doctor's darker days. That was the day revenge drove The Doctor to take down Harriet Jones. The method, starting a whispering campaign about Ms. Jones health, is so much like this weeks whispering campaign about Hillary Clintons health.
The Internet reviews Doctor Who Season 10 Episode 1 The title, 'The Pilot', was meant to signify a reboot of sorts, with the Doctor Who team shaping this season so it can be a jumping-in point for a new fleet of fandom. Is this really necessary? I think Moffatt has talked to us too many times about rebooting Doctor Who when it had already been rebooted. My criticism of recent Doctor Who seasons, under Moffatt's tenure, has been that it's too intensely intertwined with arcane history points of Doctor Who and perhaps that was unapproachable by regular folk. Perhaps Moffatt finally got a clue, and hopefully wants this season to downplay that aspect.
Thin Ice - Next Time Trailer - Doctor Who: Series 10 The Doctor and Bill, apparently having forgotten about The Vault back at the college, have gone to what appears to be 1850's London in the Winter with the Thames frozen over. We see carnival action, some kind of creature under the ice that must be fed, and on ominous question - have you ever killed anyone?
Thoughts on The Silence (Doctor Who S06) In Matt Smith's first season it was the Cracks in Time which was the puzzle. They appeared in every episode and we were told that "Silence Will Fall" the "Pandorica Will Open" etc. Part of the Pandorica/Big Bang episode was the destruction of the Universe and silence (as in no noise) throughout the Universe. Indeed the ending of Vampires of Venice had the Doctor go "shhh" and ask Rory to listen to the silence (no noise). It was fair then to assume when they talked about Silence Will Fall that they meant no noise silence. Instead it's clear now it's showing the unconscious mind, shadow self, as described by the likes of Dr. Freud and spiritual traditions from the millennia. Many aspects of recent Doctor Who has been explicitly exploring this subterranean part of each of us.
What's in the Vault? Thin Ice, Season 10 Episode 3 ponderings In Thin Ice we got to see the Doctor visit the 1814 Frost Fair, after we learned he'd taken River Song, and had asked Clara to go. That was fun seeing how well they portrayed the Frost Fair. But, the little bit at the end, concerning Nardole and the Vault, that's pretty darn significant. It seems that Nardole isn't the Doctors boss after all, but some kind of hired hand or something, and that he's not entirely happy with the situation. And that whatever is in the vault is a sentient thingy, which Nardole can communicate with, and which can knock on the door.
What's the history of The Master? At least 24 bodies .... How did The Master become Missy? The announcement that John Simms is to play The Master opposite Michele Gomez's Missy, raises a question of The Masters incarnations and life stream. A careful study of history shows that Roger Delgado's Master was his 12th incarnation, 13th body, and that every instance of The Master since involved a theft of a body. And, the big question of the Master's timestream is how did he become Missy?
Why did Christopher Eccleston leave after just one season? When Doctor Who restarted in 2005, Christopher Eccleston gave a power-house performance. But, he left after 1 season. Why?
Why is Nardole still with us in Doctor Who Season 10? We first met Nardole when he was River Song's assistant, before he was incorporated into King Hydroflax's body. That was cute, and then he appeared in the 2016 Christmas Special. By that time Nardole had apparently spent quite a lot of time with Capaldi's Doctor, though of course we saw none of that because no episodes were shown to us that year. Now we're in Season 10, and Nardold is still with us. He spent 10+ months living in Cardiff working on the Doctor Whom season. Supposedly he's here because he asked Stephen Moffatt to come to the show, and that's it. Really? That makes no sense. For character-continuity, Nardole had to be reassembled in some way, and in The Pilot we saw a mechanical piece apparently drop off his hand. We're supposed to learn more as the season progresses. And, Nardole isn't being billed as The Companion, but he's appearing in episodes enough that we should consider him as A Companion.
Will Capaldi's Doctor actually regenerate in Season 10? Does the Mirror actually know who's the Next Doctor? We know that Capaldi's contract as The Doctor ends shortly, which somehow connects with the Doctor's lifestream forcing him to regenerate. We'd thought the regeneration will be shown in the 2017 Christmas Special, but the season 10 trailer clearly shows regeneration energy action. Now, the Mirror claims to have an insider source telling them who will be the next life-stream-portal-representation-of-The-Doctor.