This season of Doctor Who is definitely one that grew stronger the longer it went on. Much of that was in allowing Peter Capaldi to grow more comfortable in his role as the Twelfth Doctor, and for him and Jenna Coleman to find their rhythm as Doctor and companion. But there were also the slowly developing threads linking The Doctor, Clara, Danny (Samuel Anderson), and eventually, Missy (Michelle Gomez) that once fully exposed made series 8’s finale so powerful. (more…)
So now that everyone’s had time to digest the anniversary special, “The Day of the Doctor,” we can look ahead with anticipation, and maybe even a little dread, to Matt Smith’s Doctor Who swan song, the forthcoming Christmas special. I guess, the BBC has the same idea because we’ve been getting a lot of material about the special, first a 10 second teaser, which we shared the other day, and now a poster and a title. (more…)
Well, here we are, sitting on the brink starring at Doctor Who‘s Season 7B finale. A rather big finale at that, where all sorts of wild things are promised: The Doctor’s name, the truth of the “impossible girl”, the Fall of the Eleventh. (OOOoooOOOooohhh.) And, how did we get here? Let’s go back, two weeks back in fact because if you’ve been paying attention you’ll have noticed last week’s episode, “The Crimson Horror” wasn’t reviewed. My bad. To get us all back on track, Nerd Bastards proudly presents, a mini-review.
Welcome to Sweetville. And, what was probably the weirdest episode this season since “The Rings of Akhatan”, and unfortunately, the weakest. Actually, that may be unfair because even after all this time I’m not sure what to think of “The Crimson Horror.” It began like one of those episodes where The Doctor wasn’t in it except as a peripheral character with Madame Vastra (Neve McIntosh), Jenny (Catrin Stewart), and Strax (Dan Starkey) taking the lead. But that isn’t what this episode ended up being at all, and maybe if it had things would have worked better. Once The Doctor is back in action Vastra and Strax are basically sidelined and used entirely as comic relief. Though the episode was genuinely funny, on a second viewing a good chunk of the comedy falls flat. Jenny’s the only one of the trio given some time to shine, but even she’s eventually rendered useless.
The premise is weird, no getting around that. Mrs. Gillyflower (Dame Diana Rigg) finds a prehistoric parasite, Mr. Sweet – now a good front runner for creepiest, grossest Who villain – and by using his “necter” creates a toxic disease that’ll both preserve her chosen people for the second coming and wipe out the rest of the planet. What saves this episode are the pretty fantastic performances, especially from Rigg and her actual daughter, Rachael Stirling, who also plays her daughter. Rigg relishes the role of the absolutely mad Gillyflower, and Stirling gets a good bit of range, too, flipping from sweet, downtrodden Ada to going completely postal on her mother and Mr. Sweet. Y’know, turns out this is a great episode for Mother’s Day, even if it’s highlighting the worst kind of mother.
Plans are foiled and the day is saved, but I felt the real reveal of this episode would be The Doctor admitting something to Vastra, Jenny, and Strax about Clara. I mean, otherwise, what was the point of visiting Yorkshire in this period? Especially once they turned up and all kept asking how Clara was alive. So that was a bit of a let down and a wasted opportunity. What we are given is an ending that wonderfully sets things up for where they go next, a family holidy – The Doctor, Clara, and the kids off to visit the amusement park planet, Hedgewick’s World, in “Nightmare in Silver.”
This is the year of Who. The show’s reached its greatest popularity, ever, and is steadily approaching its 50th anniversary. We’re currently in the middle of Doctor Who Season 7B, or Series 7 Part 2 to you Brits, and the anticipation is building with each episode. Who is Clara, this “impossible girl,” and how does she connect to the series’ golden anniversary? That’s the big question, at least it’s my big question. There are no coincidences, Victorian Clara’s birthday was November 23rd for a reason, I just know it! It’s either that, or Steven Moffat is an even bigger troll than we imagined.
Here’s what we know for sure about Who‘s big 5-0, it’s going to be epic. Recently Doctor Who writer Robert Banks Stewart teased Digital Spy about the baddies we’ll see in the 50th,
The Zygons are in there with all the others – particularly the Daleks and the Cybermen. [But] nobody yet knows what the plot of the 50th will be – Steven Moffat and his team in Cardiff, they are quite rightly keeping it all secret.
Except when they’re filming in front of hundreds of tourists at Trafalgar Square. Then it’s no so secret. But what other Who monsters and villains do you want to appear in the 50th? They only just reintroduced the Ice Warriors, I think they’ll likely show up again.
Definitely appearing in Who‘s 50th will be the Tenth Doctor – or is it his meta-crisis clone? – and Rose (Billie Piper). Hit the jump to learn how David Tennant feels about being back in the TARDIS.
Yesterday we shared some set reports from the filming of Neil Gaiman‘s upcoming Doctor Who episode, “The Last Cybermen,” but there weren’t any pictures of what these Cyberman looked like. That changes now. Either healthytowers ignored the crew’s request for no photos or found some way around it because here they are, the new Cyberman, or the last Cyberman as it may be,
Yesterday we shared some new details about Neil Gaiman‘s upcoming Doctor Who episode for Series 7 Part 2, most importantly the return of the Cybermen. Well guess what? Had we just waited a day we would have learned lots more as someone, hopefully not Mr. Gaiman himself, left a copy of the script in the backseat of a Cardiff cab! The finder and, surprisingly, not keeper made a post to Facebook which then ended up on Reddit trying to get the BBC’s attention in order to return the script. That’s a standup citizen. Most would have easily succumbed to temptation, scanned and shared it by now.
But, at least we learned some things, like the official title being, “The Last Cyberman,” which many had already guessed based on the clues given on Gaiman’s blog. We can also confirm Jenna-Louise Coleman‘s companion is named Clara, as we’ve long suspected. And guest star Warwick Davis‘ name is Porridge. Really? Poor guy can’t catch a break with character names, can he?
Now, if you’re looking for a few more details about, “The Last Cyberman,” and specifically what the Cyberman will look like, turn to ever reliable Doctor Who on set reporter, Timeboy. Those visiting the set are being asked not to take photos or video so all we have are these reports,
Very similar to the Cybus ones, but they have tighter armour and Tomb of the Cybermen-like faces!!! Really shiny. The armour is like slim-fitted rubber, similar to the new Sontarans, but silver. Guns fixed on arms, and the leader has an extra gun.
They’re walking softly, slowly, and quietly, like the Hartnell/Troughton era Cybermen
The Cybermen have a cool chest plate, with a camera iris thing in the middle, like this, but closed… Cool slot-like mouth and a more blank, fitted headpiece. And dare I say it, as close to cloth faces as would work in 2012.
Click for a rough sketch of what they look like (by Gabundy).
Hmm, so they’re called the last Cyberman but it sounds like they look more like the first Cyberman. What do you think it means? Coming from Gaiman I’m sure it’s not as simple as The Doctor meeting with the last of the cybernetic race, so what’s the twist?
Sources: Bleeding Cool, Doctor Who TV
They’re back! The BBC has confirmed The Cybermen will indeed be returning to Doctor Who in Series 7 Part 2. And not just in any episode, but in the episode penned by celebrated and loved writer Neil Gaiman. Double win!
Here are the recently released episode details,
Starring Matt Smith as the Doctor and Jenna-Louise Coleman as the new companion, the episode co-stars Warwick Davis (Life’s Too Short and Harry Potter), Tamzin Outhwaite (EastEnders and Hotel Babylon) and Jason Watkins (Being Human and Lark Rise to Candleford) as a band of misfits on a mysterious planet…
Steven Moffat, Lead Writer and Executive Producer, told us, ‘Cybermen were always the monsters that scared me the most! Not just because they were an awesome military force, but because sometimes they could be sleek and silver and right behind you without you even knowing. ’ He added, ‘And with one of the all-time classic monsters returning, and a script from one of our finest novelists, it’s no surprise we have attracted such stellar names as Tamzin, Jason and Warwick.’
I think a lot of fans might be more excited for this episode than any other, what about you? I know Gaiman’s episode in Series 6, “The Doctor’s Wife” was my favorite and I can’t wait to see what he does next. I wonder what the title is? Gaiman offered some clues on his blog a few weeks back and it’s been guessed the title will fit this format: _ _ _ (3 letters ) _ _ _ _ (4 letters) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ (8 letters). So, “The _ _ _ _ Cybermen” perhaps? It’s a guess, but what could that four letter word be?
Source: Doctor Who TV