Anyone who watched the new episode of this ninth series (more commonly referred to as “season” by folks who don’t know/understand much about the overall Doctor Who TV saga) knows full well that it didn’t take very long for showrunner Steven Moffatt and his crew to plant their flag in the “OMG” ground. The opening title of the show hadn’t even hit yet, and viewers were already treated to a major bomb being dropped and the promise of a wacky and wild ride to kick off the new slate of episodes. Read on to learn more!
Welcome to this very special Doctor Who filled edition of the RadioBastard Podcast! This time on the show, Jeremy and Jason are talking about Peter Capaldi‘s full debut as The Doctor in “Deep Breath“, Jenna Louise Coleman‘s possible exit and what John Hurt smells like with Doctor Who expert and Panama hat enthusiast Steven Sautter.
Also on the show (which will be filled with spoilers from “Deep Breath”: (more…)
Can you believe the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor, is a mere month and a half away!? Time sure does fly, even without a TARDIS. Take a peek below to see the new, tantalizing images the BBC released today. (more…)
It’s been one of the largest gripes against Doctor Who‘s 50th Anniversary special: No Classic Doctors. As has been the tradition for Who anniversary specials we are indeed getting a multi-Doctor story – David Tennant is returning as the Tenth alongside Matt Smith‘s Eleventh, plus whomever John Hurt is playing – but of the other five surviving Doctors (discounting Christopher Ecceslton) not one has been asked to take part in the special. At least that’s been the story.
Now we’re hearing of some Classic Doctor spottings at the BBC (via Doctor Who TV). Though, these are not the typical oh-they-must-be-there-secretly-filming spottings, these are oh-look-they’re-protesting spottings. Just what have Peter Davison, Colin Baker, and Sylvestor McCoy been spied protesting? The 50th Anniversary special!
Yowzah! What a finale! Hope you don’t mind going absolutely bonkers waiting until November 23rd, amirite? For an episode that suffered an awful lot of hype, “The Name of The Doctor” no only withstood it, but completely twisted our expectations. Like a good episode of Steven Moffat-penned Doctor Who should. Moffat has stumbled in the past and I’ll be the first to admit he’s the king of convolution, but in this finale he managed to not only rewrite all of Who history, but at the same time, leave it completely untouched. An impressive feat, indeed. I’m sure most you of sat there, staring at your television screen, mouth agape, just stunned as the credits rolled. And there’s no better compliment than our stunned silence.
But I’ve had time to sit and digest, and I’m not one for keeping quiet. First off, Clara, the “impossible girl.” The mystery surrounding her has hung like a shadow over this entire season. From the moment she appeared in “Asylum of the Daleks” – another absolute shocker that left us all scratching our heads and wondering how and why the new companion was appearing now, before The Ponds had even made their exit – to her role in “The Snowmen”, all the way to this opening montage. What a way to start! It’s a sequence I know Classic Whovians will be picking over again and again. It’s a sequence I made sure to watch more than a few times, because holy shit! There’s Clara and the First Doctor, and the Sixth, and the Fourth, the Fifth, the Second, the Third, and the Seventh! I mean, how is this possible!?
We’re in the last week of Doctor Who‘s seventh season. Only one more episode to go, an episode promising epic revelations with massive consequences for The Doctor’s future, and likely, his past. The kind of episode companies and creators take great care not to spoil or have accidentally leak. Except, this is exactly what’s happened as BBC Worldwide has confirmed some fans who pre-ordered the Series 7 Part 2 DVD/Blu-ray have received their copies early. As in early enough they’ve already seen next week’s finale, “The Name of The Doctor.”
How this happened isn’t exactly clear, but what matters is that now, about 4 days before the finale will air anywhere else, there’s a select group of people who’ve seen the episode. And, unavoidably, there are assholes out there who will do their best to spoil and ruin what could be one of the series’ biggest episodes. Like the d-bag who hacked the Doctor Who Wikipedia page, deleted all its content, and uploaded a list of spoilers from the episode. The page has since been fixed, but I feel sorry for those who seeking a little info on Doctor Who ended up with far more than they wanted.
This of course means you’ll need to take great care while browsing the web this week. Major Doctor Who spoilers will continue cropping up, especially with the orders from Amazon UK expected to arrive on Friday and the inevitable pirated copies already making their rounds. Since the BBC are well aware of this giant slip up they’re dong their best to keep things hush-hush with promises of rewards if spoilers are kept off the net. I know, an impossible task, but here’s what we get if those who’ve seen the episode keep their mouths shut,
Some US DVDs of this series have gone out early. The #DoctorWho team would be hugely grateful if fans helped keep spoilers off the net. Steven Moffat has promised if fans help keep the finale’s secrets, we’ll release a special video featuring Matt & David right after the ep!
The bribe’s a nice try, but I don’t know how well it’ll work. Obviously spoilers have already been making their way online. Below the cut we’ve got two quick reviews of the episode from those lucky bastards who’ve seen it. They contain no specific spoilers but rather discuss the episode in a general manner, but I still wouldn’t recommend reading if you’d like to remain completely unspoilt. There’s also a few officially released episodes stills and the invariable speculation that comes with them. Hit the jump, if you dare.
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.”
It’s sad to realize there are only two more episodes of Doctor Who left this season. I mean, where did the time go!? I feel like we just met Clara, again, and now we’re already to the finale! Ugh, even with a time machine time passes too quickly. Well, prepare yourselves, because we’ve got plenty of news in this edition of Who News! in hopes of alleviating some post-Season 7B depression.
First, what do you think of the new TARDIS? I love the design because I’m a sucker for anything retro and the new console room pays homage to the TARDIS console of old in many ways. In the latest Doctor Who Magazine they shared these wonderful shots of the new console, up close and in detail, revealing each individual panel,
I particularly like how bleak it looks, this is a dark time for The Doctor, and I dig all the Gallifreyan symbols.
Lots more below the cut, including Billie Piper talking – as little as she can – about the 50th anniversary, Neil Gaiman on Clara and her relationship with the TARDIS, and more rumors about John Hurt’s mysterious role in the anniversary special.
This weekend’s Doctor Who – find our review here! – again teased us with not only the mystery of Clara, the “impossible girl”, but with the ever present question, who is The Doctor? This entire season is hinging on those two mysteries being uncovered, and showrunner Steven Moffat is promising we’ll be nothing but pleased with the answers we get,
It’s full of surprises and questions that have never been answered in the history of Who, including the Doctors greatest secret. We’re not pretending, we’re not kidding, it’s actually going to happen. The episode is called The Name of the Doctor and involves our hero in a conflict that is very, very personal to him. Usually he’s saving other people, but this time he might be the one who needs to be saved.
We’ll also find out what makes his new companion so impossible and there’s a surprise that no one has got right so far, and one that will change the course of Who forever!
These are some pretty bold claims, no? The Doctor’s greatest secret? A revelation “that will change the course of Who forever?” I honestly can’t even imagine what insanity that man’s thought up, but I’m sure it’ll both thrill and frustate us.
Jenna-Louise Coleman has also been dropping some tantalizing finale hints,
The finale story is such a fantastic idea; it’s epic and huge and filled with drama.
It was really exciting to sit down and read the script. There are little bits and pieces, which Steven planted a couple of years ago. It’s just really clever and a crucial moment in the Doctor’s life that you get to explore with the best baddies! I really think they are going to become another Moffat classic.
Those “baddies” she’s referring to are the Whispermen. Moffat explains,
We wanted a brand new monster to create chills in the finale. And the thought of stylish whispering almost faceless creatures was an idea that firstly scared me and that I thought would work well in an episode that looks forward and back.
And the biggest clue Coleman gave about Clara? “All I can say is that Clara hasn’t just met the Doctor three times before…” WHAT!? What does this mean? Have we seen Clara and The Doctor meet but it didn’t recognize her? She mentions Moffat’s been planting some of these pieces for years, so, maybe.
The finale of Season 7B, “The Name of the Doctor” airs on May 18th. What do you think of these hints?
Clara is summoned to an impossible conference call, alerting her that the deadly Whisper Men are closing in on Vastra, Jenny and Strax. Someone is kidnapping the Doctor’s friends, leading him toward the one place in all of time and space that he should never go. It’s a deadly trap that threatens to unravel his past, present and future…
Doctor Who airs Saturdays on BBC America at 8pm
Source: Doctor Who TV (2)(3)
Wow, was this one hell of an episode! With a name like “Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS” expectations were, expectantly, high. And I’ll say not only did it deliver, but my expectations were exceeded! This is Doctor Who at its very best. Engaging, exciting, frightening, and occasionally frustrating with the tantalizing clues it’ll wave in your face only to stuff them back in its pockets. The TARDIS is given center stage as not only the episode’s entire setting but as an equally valuable character. “Journey” is gripping and horrific where “The Doctor’s Wife” was sad and sweet. And honestly, I’m not at all surprise I found this to be one of the best episodes since “The Doctor’s Wife” because if Doctor Who has another, often forgotten star alongside The Doctor, it is the TARDIS.
She has appeared in every episode and serial of the series since it began in 1963, and for as little as we know about The Doctor, we know even less of her. In this year of Doctor Who‘s golden anniversary it seems only right we get know the TARDIS, and The Doctor, a little better. She is a mass of corridors, which I find only too fitting, what with Doctor Who‘s penchant for a good corridor. She is quite literally infinite, able to create and destroy on whim. She is filled to the brim with memories and you hear several of them bleeding out when the console is being dismantled. She is powered by a dying star, held within The Eye of Harmony in a constant state of decay; Time Lord engineering (“Smart bunch, Time Lords, no dress sense, dreadful hats, but smart.“) Inside her library – and hey did you catch the swimming pool? – is the complete Encyclopedia Gallifreya as well as a large, ominous looking book containing the entire history of the Time War. It was at this point I realized, “Journey” was going to raise a lot more questions than it could answer.