Christmas is a time to remember the man who died for our sins and rose again, who believed in kindness and peace and was always followed about by companions eager to learn of his ways.
However I haven’t bothered much with this season of Doctor Who so I’ve had to make do with getting drunk and watching a bunch of Twatty Who reviews instead; a series where Diamanda Hagan vents her frustration with Doctor Who, nu-who in particular and David Tennant to be even more particular-ular. Now while he annoyed me as the Doctor during his run that has dropped off since, no not because I have grown up and accepted that it is because it’s just a t.v show; no for I have a cunning theory.
In this adventure Paul McGann, with the aid of his young companion, must travel around helping random people and combatting strange dark forces with a few simple tools. There is no knowing how long he has been going or exactly all that he has seen but there is certainly one foe he has butted heads with more than once and fought hard to thwart their dark and evil schemes. No of course it’s not Doctor Who, didn’t you read the title?
Doctor who strikes on Christmas day with either a plot heavy nerd-fest or a light fluffy silly piece that make you a bit embarrassed to have gathered the family around the box to watch in what should be a time of peace and entertainment. Now you can take yourself away with the half-finished bottle of sherry and a few mince pies, or perhaps a good cup of tea and a packet of jelly babies and have a go yourself, not just running the show but saving the universe itself. Will you be Tennant’s overly emotional Doctor or Capaldi’s gruff self-assured eyebrow wielding monster. Or maybe your time lord ,or dare I say lady, will be someone else entirely.
Last time on Doctor Who: Danny Pink was killed in the universes quietest car accident and thus the Doctor and Clara set off on an Orpheus quest. However instead of ending up bobbing down the river Styx, they wind up in a mausoleum where the dead are on display inside giant fish tanks. Here they finally meet Missy who eludes them by humping the Doctors leg until he asks for her to leave. They also meet a young scientist who tells them that Humanity has made contact with the other side, or more accurately the other side has made contact with them. The Doctor poo-poos this notion of the Dead being able to talk despite being ready to journey to a literal physical afterlife not less than ten minutes ago. However this might have been a wise move on the part of the BBC after they got a few complaints about Doctor Who delving into the afterlife. Though if they hated that, I hate to think what they will say after a few choice lines from this episode air. There is a bit of pre-amble before the Cybermen emerge, we find out that this was modern-ish Earth all along and Missy is a newly regenerated Master who has gifted them a bit of Time-Lord tech that stores the memories of the recently departed so that their bodies can be cyber-converted. And now the conclusion…. Continue reading
Okay I wasn’t planning on doing another update today and I certainly wasn’t planning on reviewing the latest episode of Doctor Who. In fact the plan was to wait till next week, review the whole thing as a whole, moan about the usually over complicated and generally unsatisfying ending Moffat has given us and call it a day. Maybe with a link to the Christmas trailer.
However at the end of part one we have found out the identity of Missy and seen as how it will temporarily break the internet and certainly derail any review I put up next week I thought it best to get some words out on the matter now. Now there are a few things to mention first:
Number one is, spoiler. Duh
Number two, is that quite a few people have already guessed it which is what I guess we can expect when Moffat tries to do a twist that works rather than getting too far up itself.
And finally number three is spoiler. Duh. Now I know I’ve said it twice but it’s so important I thought it was worth repeating.
Okay so after we found out last week than Clara wasn’t a very good Doctor we this week find out that she isn’t a particularly good teacher nor even the best companion the Doctor could have picked it seems. But before we get to all that we get magic trees and little red riding hood. This is the last stop on the whimsy road before we get to the big earth shattering conclusion to what is sure to be an overhyped, over complicated, under explained season finale.
The episode picks up where last weeks left off with Clara vowing never to travel with or even see the Doctor again which means she is now on a space train, insert your own Galaxy Express 999 reference here, named after the Orient Express as you can probably tell by the title. Well okay the episode doesn’t really begin there it begins with another nice in universe timer that syncs up nicely with the run time to make the whole thing seem a bit more suspenseful. In this case however it matches up with the pre-credit sequence of an old rich woman being killed by a mummy only she can see. Of course everyone takes her for delusional, or possibly mad. Enter the Doctor and Clara on their “last hurrah!”