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It was only a couple of days ago that Doctor Who wrapped up its ninth season with a bittersweet send-of for the Doctor’s latest companion Clara Oswald, but with just a few weeks to go before Christmas it’s no time for wallowing in the past. As per usual on Christmas Day, an annual event with almost as much traction as turkey and a tree at this point, we will have the latest Doctor Who Christmas special, and since the Doctor is, at this point, companion-less, he’ll be reuinted with the only woman in the universe crazy enough to marry him, River Song. There will however be complications, as the BBC‘s promotional department tells us. (more…)

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Well, that didn’t take long. Earlier this season showrunner Steven Moffat introduced the Sonic Sunglasses to the Doctor Who series and fans had mixed reactions that ranged from the amused to the outraged. That’s what fans do, but now fans can get all hot and bothered by the return of the Sonic Screwdriver to the series as Peter Capaldi‘s Doctor builds a new Sonic Screwdriver. Wanna see what it looks like? (more…)

TV RECAP: ‘Doctor Who’ – S9E12 – “Hellbent”

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For an episode that featured Galifrey, the end of time, and two TARDIS’, this Doctor Who finale was an oddly personal tale that brought to a close the Doctor’s time with Clara in a way that wasn’t (only) sad and bittersweet, like most companion departures, but was hopeful as well. Even though it’s a lesson learned a couple of times before, seeing the Doctor face the fact that he can’t break the rules and run away from the consequences, “Hellbent” was definitely an hour of Who with punch. Light on the timey-whimey tom foolery, but heavy on the heart, or hearts, on the above average Whovian. (more…)

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In gearing up for the big season finale next week, Doctor Who has been upping the ante for the last few weeks, and this episode shoots the stakes through the roof. Perhaps the closest DW has ever come to replicating the vibe of a film like Cast Away or The Martian, this week the focus is solely on our man Peter Capaldi, as he is almost the only human actor featured in the entire story – not that I have one single problem with that, mind you!

 

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The writing was absolutely on the wall from the get-go.  Last week’s “Next Time…” was intentionally vague – and if you were listening, you could hear exactly which actress was doing the voiceover talk about “the Raven.”  Throughout this episode, the trail of breadcrumbs leading up to the final scene was so plain that each breadcrumb was as big as an entire loaf.  Season finales be damned – sometimes you just throw down when you want to throw down.

 

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Much like when a sports team pours “all you’ve got” into a big win or a student studies for days and exhausts themselves in passing a big test, letdowns are prone to occur after a big event.  Whether it’s the fault of the people in charge for not being able to try and harder or the external observer for expecting a higher level of greatness that can’t be sustained, the fact is that these things do happen.  I am, of course, referencing the most recent Doctor Who two-parter “The Zygon Invasion/The Zygon Inversion” as the “big win,” which leaves this week’s standalone episode, “Sleep No More,” as the aforementioned letdown.

 

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This is it, my friends.  This is the episode that will take the Peter Capaldi naysayers and do one of two things: shut them up, or prove that they are clinically insane if they continue to grouse about how not-great he is.  “The Zygon Inversion” is the best episode of the season so far, and should reaffirm for viewers what Doctor Who is all about: challenging perceptions, championing kindness and tolerance, and breaking the mold of what a “silly little science fiction show” is supposed to be.

 

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It’s a good thing that the Tardis is much bigger on the inside! While Steven Moffat has made it clear that there are no plans for a Doctor Who film, director Rob Schrab has teased that The Doctor may be landing in 2018’s The Lego Movie Sequel! Hints were dropped by Schrab on Harmontown Podcast (via io9), where he divulged that talks between Warner Bros. and the BBC were already underway concerning the Doctor’s appearance in the next Lego Movie. The Doctor is no stranger to changing forms- shifting into a Lego shouldn’t be that hard, right? (more…)

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Another multi-part story arc comes at us in full swing this week, and this one breaks out some big guns.  “The Zygon Invasion” hearkens us back to Doctor Who’s past, both semi-distant and relatively-recent, to bring us a story that feels fairly sweeping in its nature.  The series, as always, does a pretty damned good job of referencing its rich history while working within the confines of already-established canon.

 

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‘Doctor Who’s K-9 Coming To The Big Screen

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If I told you there was a Doctor Who movie in production one featuring K-9 might be in your top ten, but it wouldn’t be the first Doctor Who character that you’d expect to headline a feature film. Don’t get me wrong, K-9 has gone on from the original show to star in his own kids show, a few spin-off series and his eventual return in 2006 in Class Reunion and K-9 is a fan favorite and you can count me in that group. I just find it delightfully surprising to hear of co-creator Bob Baker‘s K9: Timequake announcement at the Doctor Who Appreciation Society Convention. (more…)