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Doctor Who – The Doctor Falls. “You May Be A Doctor. But I Am The Doctor. The Original, You Might Say.”

I will tell you now, there is a fair few spoilers!

Doctor Who concluded its tenth series of the revival with one of its most heartfelt, powerful episode’s that Moffat has ever delivered. We had Bill as a Cyberman, a spaceship where the flow of time was all messed up and TWO Masters! How do you get out of this one? Well, with a 90% success rate.

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We begin the episode with Missy and The Master teaming up for a great and slightly creepy partnership (The Master flirting with himself/herself and pushing sexual chemistry with themselves is disturbing) to defeat The Doctor. The Doctor manages to get the upper hand early on, encouraging his rival (rivals?) to lend a hand to survive.

For the first time in quite a while, the Cybermen do feel like a real threat. Eventually, they turn on their controller and look to destroy/convert EVERYONE! Seeing the different generations of Cybermen on screen was a visual treat and seeing them blow up was action-packed and a bit funny (loads of them go flying through the air, you will laugh!).

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Elsewhere, what has become of poor Bill? Well, she is still a Cyberman! It was upsetting to see Pearl Mackie deliver them lines of sadness and anger as her character struggles with the idea of no longer being human.

Having The Master and Missy certainly was great, and to see the two conflicting was just a treat. While Michelle Gomez brings Missy down from her crazy ways, John Simm continues his ever so twisted plan to defeat his rival (and luckily not dancing around like a lunatic. But I do enjoy his nod to Delgado and Ainley).

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‘The Doctor Falls’ is not all about deception, evil and sadness (though that is a majority of it). Matt Lucas gets to once more make Nardole a very comedic character and his interactions with a slightly flirtatious Samantha Spiro was worth watching alone. If this is the last we see of Nardole, at least he had a happy ending…living on a floor of a giant spaceship that looked like the countryside.

Speaking of endings, Bill gets a nice ending which brings her face to face with someone from the past and the emotions are already high. Pearl Mackie has been a magnificent part of the cast and it is a shame to see her bow out here. But, Capaldi manages to steal the show back in that final scene!

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Remember that tease at the beginning of ‘World Enough And Time’? Well, Capaldi literally punches his way out of regenerating, setting up what may be a very explosive chain of events which could lead to a highly traumatic change at Christmas. Then we have that familiar face come to The Doctor, but what does this mean for the Time Lord?

I thought this episode was great, and to see Steven Moffat throw so much into his penultimate Doctor Who script was mostly well executed. It was a shame to see Nardole left behind, but I did enjoy how Pearl Mackie was present on screen throughout the episode while still being a Cyberman. To see John Simm take on a disguise as The Master and seeing his look was like being in the classic Who era, and to have Gomez take him on was truly spectacular. Moffat wants his time on the show to go out with a bang, and his fuse which has been burning away since April, is now fit to blow.

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While we now have that wait until Christmas for the next lot of Doctor Who, it is clear that the special in December will be one you cannot miss!

Probably the best series finale of Doctor Who since 2008!

Final rating: 9.5/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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P.S. How great does David Bradley look as the First Doctor? To quote Christopher Eccleston, “FANTASTIC!”

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Doctor Who – World Enough And Time “Hello Missy, I’m The Master. I’m Very Worried About My Future”

*Some Spoilers Ahead*

Well, we knew we were getting The Master and Missy standing side by side at some point in this episode, and this episode, much like ‘The Eaters Of Light’ from last week, has a classic who vibe to it.

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We start this episode with The Doctor still trying to convince Missy to be good, taking her on a “test run” to see how she reacts in the face of danger with Nardole and Bill as companions (or expendables). The problem is, the ship that they are on is carrying a number of dark secrets. For a time-travel show, they have a really great idea that time goes at a different speed dependent on where they are on the ship.

So, this is where I hit some spoiler territory, you have been warned! BILL!?!?!?! Bill was shot through the chest, brought back to life and then…watch it! The Mondasian Cybermen return and I will say the robots shouldn’t be so creepy, but they are f**king terrifying! Ok, we knew the Cybermen were coming, just like we knew to expect The Master, but does that really matter? Not too much.

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Anyone who ever saw the classic Doctor Who episodes that featured The Master, he was a master of disguise and I know many people were fooled by that outfit John Simm wore (I saw through it straight away, but it was a nice touch). To see Simm embrace the Delgado/Ainley inspiration for the evil Time Lord was a great nod and he is fantastic in his short time in the episode!

While Capaldi is gearing towards a regeneration and Lucas delivering more laughs, it was Pearl Mackie who gave us the real heart (sorry) of the episode! Staying in that “hospital” and coming face to face with the people who cry out in pain through their machines is scary. Bill is told by The Doctor to wait for him and the result is…well, you gotta watch it!

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Steven Moffat is definitely gearing towards his big finale, and the beginning of ‘World Enough And Time’ is surely teasing the biggest event we have been waiting to see for the whole series. I have loved Pearl Mackie in this series and I hope she will come back for series 11 (please do it!).

Next week, we will see what happens when ‘The Doctor Falls’ and we find out maybe who our next Doctor is? Could it be Kris Marshall? Paterson Joseph? Olivia Colman? Maybe in a few days, it will all be revealed.

A great episode, surely one of the best for a long time and an almost perfect score for a really gripping story!

Final rating: 9.5/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

Next week…THE DOCTOR FALLS!!!

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Doctor Who: The Lie Of The Land. “Your Version Of Good Is Not Absolute. It’s Vain, Arrogant And Sentimental”

*Some Spoilers Ahead*

Well, that was the end of the Monk’s trilogy! Thank goodness for that. After a rather good build up, the Monk’s ultimately are a let down on what was a great idea put into motion. The villains may have been a bit rubbish, we got our dynamic back on track with our lead characters. Then we have Missy, can we really trust her? No! No no no no no! Give her a chance, she will try and defeat The Doctor again!

Throughout the episode, Bill is talking to her dead Mum. Yeah, a bit weird isn’t it. But if you haven’t seen the episode yet, it does become a big point later. We are apparently dealing with an evil Doctor at the beginning, as he is part of the broadcasts which try to convince the public that The Monk’s have always existed on earth.

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As the episode goes on, we start to realise that there is a way to defeat the Monk’s, and it seems like they can’t be bothered to stop the TARDIS crew from chucking them off the planet. The aliens are good at taking over the world and bending it to their will, but the security to their headquarters is left easy enough to be attacked.

This is where we get into spoiler territory in some depth, we need to discuss that REGENERATION! Well, I always thought it was going to be a cop-out, this was then confirmed to me when we got to the end episode seven. There had to be something happen that needed either a reset or some great explanation and luckily it didn’t completely copy ‘Last Of The Time Lords’, even though there was certainly some similarities.

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The winning factor for this episode for me was Pearl Mackie, who once again shows that Bill is certainly one of the best companions to grace Doctor Who! I can’t help but think that all these teases with her mum will result in her either meeting her mum soon in the past or her somehow coming back to life (this is sci-fi, anything can happen).

While writer Toby Whithouse may not be able to bring the most favourable conclusion to the loose three-parter, we are given some great dialogue and interactions, and yes this does include Missy (I will really miss Michelle Gomez when she quits the role). How much more are we to get of The Mistress before she comes face to face with her former incarnation? We know this is coming, and to think we still have Cybermen and Ice Warriors to come, there will be plenty to enjoy before the series reaches its end.

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A fantastic performance from our central trio saves this episode from being a throwaway and still includes some great moments. The only real dip in the series so far, but you can forgive Doctor Who for this one!

Final rating: 7/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

NEXT WEEK: We are brought together to greet the ‘Empress Of Mars’!

 

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Doctor Who: Extremis. “Life Can Be A Cunning Enemy”

*Mild Spoilers Ahead*

So within the first few minutes, we finally find out who is contained within that vault (are we surprised?). But this is just one aspect of the story…

Beginning what will possibly be an arc for the next few episodes, we meet The Doctor as he is greeted by The Pope and members of The Vatican, presenting him with the details of “Veritas”, an ancient text that causes its reader to commit suicide. The Pope asks The Doctor if he will read the text to stop any further deaths, but there is one problem…The Doctor is still blind!

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In a secret library in the Vatican, the text lies ready to be read by the Time Lord. There is also a strange light which appears to come from nowhere and some creepy, freaky monks trying to seemingly capture The Doctor. The Doctor does all he can to read the text while Bill and Nardole investigate the light.

The light acts as a portal to a central hub, where we find portals which lead to other places around the world, including The Pentagon and CERN. The truth of the text leads to a shocking twist which affects about 90% of the whole episode, a truth which hits Nardole and Bill like a ton of bricks.

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That other 10%? well that deals with the return of another certain Time Lord (Lady)! Missy returns in a way that we are not used to, she is a prisoner, ready to be executed. It was nice to see Missy pop up throughout the episode, while at the same time not affecting the main story of ‘Extremis’ which will at least lead into the next episode.

Thinking last week when Peter Capaldi’s Doctor was hit with blindness, we had no idea that he would be without his sight for this long. He manages to go through the whole episode and still comes no closer to regaining his eyesight. Though the episode could have almost been a throwaway, it actually becomes the most important episode of the series so far.

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What the show has really needed is an arc which presented a good tease and some immediate consequences. We had weeks of teases from the vault, but once The Doctor begins to realise what is happening, suddenly the vault looks a bit less interesting and the TARDIS crew now has a HUGE challenge on their hands. It’s time to save the world!

Trying not to give too much away, but this episode surely was one of the darkest episodes that Doctor Who has ever produced. Steven Moffat once again proves that his scripts can still be very sharp and yet genuinely surprise you. There are a lot of references to video games and this episode does well at giving us something new to discuss and wait to see on screen.

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The new enemy, The Monks, surely do leave an impression of fear. This is something which we haven’t seen before, an enemy making some careful plans on how they are going to invade the world. Could The Monks possibly rival The Daleks and Weeping Angels? I think so!

While the central trio of Capaldi, Mackie and Lucas are great as always, we get to see a very different side to them, literally! The fear from the companions was unexpected and seemed really honest. Then we have Michelle Gomez who always impresses as Missy. While we don’t get a lot of her in this episode, she is integral to the last act and we know there is more to come from her.

Another fantastic episode and the only real sad point is that we are now half way through the series! Keep the quality coming!

Final Rating: 9.5/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

Next week, pack your suitcase as we are heading to ‘The Pyramid At The End Of The World’!

P.S. I did like the inclusion of Ivanno Jeremiah in the episode (he is Max in the fantastic Humans!)

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Doctor Who – A Series 10 Theory (Maybe!)

Since watching the series 10 opener ‘The Pilot’, I have been thinking about how the whole TWO Masters will come together. I want to make it clear, I have no insider knowledge nor have I seen beyond the first episode, but I have come up with this little theory which actually made sense to me. Missy is not The Master!

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What was that? You’ve heard that one before? It is true, many have mentioned that Missy could actually be The Rani. Now I have a slight twist to that thought, imagine if Missy is actually another time lord! Remember a certain young lady called Susan Foreman? (Yes, I went there!) My main thought has been the more recent nods to Susan (the picture in ‘The Pilot’ and named in Coal Hill Academy’s honour roll in Class.

As I mentioned, this is just a theory. There has been a few little moments that have made me think Susan could return to the show. Also, what would you think to actually having Carole Ann Ford make a welcome return too? This is my four steps to how I think this has played out and how it comes to be part of a plan set by The Master (The John Simm version of The Master).

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Step One: Motivation

Back in 1964, The Doctor said goodbye to his granddaughter Susan and left her with her human partner David. This did initially upset her as she wanted to stay with The Doctor. Maybe in time she has been depressed with not living in the adventures, losing David, grows angry of being left alone and possibly heads back to Gallifrey…but, oh no! TIME WAR!

Step Two: Meeting Master

The last time we saw John Simm’s Master, he was pulled back to Gallifrey with the Time Lords as he fought Rassilon. Maybe Susan has then somehow got back to Gallifrey (either pulled there by force or somehow got another TARDIS). Knowing they are about to be sent into a pocket universe, The Master then escapes with Susan in tow and they take a TARDIS to some random point.

Step Three: Regeneration and Revenge

When they crash land on a planet, Susan begins to regenerate. Her and The Master moan about The Doctor, though Susan is a bit more sympathetic about her grandfather. The Master can sense a lot of hate in her, so he then takes the opportunity to implant some of his mind into hers (Time Lord stuff, there must be something like what happened to David Morrissey in ‘The Next Doctor’). She then believes herself to be the regenerated Master (Missy), and her hatred of The Doctor helps with the takeover.

Step Four: The Master Comes Forth

Ok, so Missy has faced up against The Doctor a few times. The Master finally decides it is time to come out of hiding, especially since Missy has failed multiple times to defeat his rival. She tries to destroy The Doctor morally, whereas John Simm’s Master just wants to destroy The Doctor. So The Master finally makes his appearance and reveals the truth of what has happened.

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Well what do you think? I know this is a long shot, but I reckon the recent few nods could symbolize her return. How great would it be to see Carole Ann Ford even just briefly make a return to Doctor Who?

Doctor Who airs every Saturday on BBC ONE in the UK.

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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Doctor Who Series Nine Review

Another series has come to an end, but what a great series it was. Seeing a more settled Peter Capaldi lead this series, he gets to show a superbly fun streak while keeping the deeply moving moments when needs to. From busting out guitar solos to heart-wrenching speeches, it was a fantastic series which built upon the 2014 run and came out high. Jenna Coleman may now have left, but we got some great episodes featuring Clara to show how much we shall all miss her. Plus, who can forget appearances from Reece Shearsmith, Maisie Williams, and even Ingrid Oliver coming back as Osgood.

  1. The Zygon Inversion by Peter Harness and Steven Moffat

Not by any means a bad episode (compared to series 8 which had a few weak episodes), but arguably I felt this conclusion to the Zygon two-parter lacked much substance to me. I felt at this point Clara was very much just being sidelined to make Osgood appear to be a replacement. The threat from the rogue Zygons never feels as grand as it should, there isn’t that worldwide ramification which is teased in the first part and to see Kate Stewart minimalised is a crime. But, the speech from Peter Capaldi does really stand out as one of the best acting movements from the Scottish actor.

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  1. Under The Lake by Toby Whithouse

Following on from one of the most thrilling two-parters ever, Toby Whithouse had to give a story which could keep the same attention as Steven Moffat had done for the previous two weeks. Though it seemed some of the cast was wasted to short parts, the characters of Cass and Lunn really make a good mark as the double act. But Morven Christie is superb as O’Donnell, it is just a shame that her great presence is then minimalised in part two. The tension builds nicely and makes for a great conclusion, which I will discuss later…

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  1. The Woman Who Lived by Catherine Tregenna

When we see Ashildr after so many years, we find that she is almost nothing like the Viking girl we met in ‘The Girl Who Died’. Maisie Williams proves to be the best guest star of series 9 with her appearances in the show. This one sees her very much become traitor as she looks to trick The Doctor to get away from earth and explore the world, but the alien Leandro looks set to make his own plans (I have to admit, he was a weak villain in an otherwise strong story). Also, it was nice having a companion-lite story and who would have thought Rufus Hound was cast so well? It may not be a classic, but Catherine Tregenna should come back!

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  1. Sleep No More by Mark Gatiss

This episode took me by surprise, making a twist to the found-footage genre and giving it a Doctor Who episode was definitely out of the ordinary. On first viewing, I was greatly impressed. But, the second time really was a killer. I still get a great chill from that last scene, as it really does infuse a horror element to the show with an effortless performance from Reece Shearsmith. The creatures themselves were a great invention, though I would think this story could be expanded upon and a follow-up could be better.

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  1. Hell Bent by Steven Moffat

The finale came and wow! First off, The Doctor is back on Gallifrey and is finally free from billions of years stuck in his confession dial. Though the Time Lords ask for his help, he merely despises for their actions and eventually dethrones Rassilon. The humour is great and to see many story strands conclude here is all well and good. But, as much as I loved Jenna Coleman, bringing Clara back really seemed to destroy the outstanding exit scene she was given just two weeks prior. On the plus side, we do get to see a second TARDIS and Ashildr returns.

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  1. The Zygon Invasion by Peter Harness

The Zygons exploded back onto the screen this year, and they brought Osgood back with them too. With the fear of a fracture in the treaty between human and Zygon, The Doctor is called upon by UNIT to help stop everything going to hell. The choice to have a mostly female led cast was genius and highlighted the best in Doctor Who with Osgood, Kate and Clara. The cliffhanger may not be the most stunning in its history, but the Clara reveal was well played and really made the stakes high.

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  1. Before The Flood by Toby Whithouse

A two-parter unlike any other, this second part saw The Doctor travel over 100 years to the past to see what happened to cause these ghosts to appear. As well as meeting the mole-like Prentis, we also get to see The Fisher King, one of the most haunting and creepy monster’s to appear in the show. The combination of three separate actors bringing The Fisher King to life was indeed impressive and how long will you be questioning if Beethoven really made his own music?

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  1. The Witch’s Familiar by Steven Moffat

Fighting the Daleks, stealing chairs and drinking a cup of tea from an unknown source was just the starters of this episode. Seeing two hero/villain double acts fill the majority of the episode was impressive. While Clara and Missy teamed up to save The Doctor, The Doctor and Davros were getting chatty and some serious and fun moments evolved from that. The joke about the only other chair on Skaro will be a long lasting one. Also, kudos to the special effects team, Skaro looked really cool.

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  1. The Girl Who Died by Jamie Mathieson and Steven Moffat

Jamie Mathieson wrote the superb ‘Flatline’ last year, and it was not an easy task to follow on from that. But, he did so and more. A Viking village is attacked by alien race The Mire and young Viking Ashildr declares war against the warrior race. The Doctor and Clara then have just 24 hours to train the village to become warriors like those they have lost. Putting in many great jokes, some stunning action sequences and seeing The Doctor talk baby again. A winning episode which finally tells what helped the Time Lord get the familiar looking face he currently holds.

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  1. Heaven Sent by Steven Moffat

Imagine being stuck in a loop for billions of years, being chased by a creature that can’t die and won’t stop. Imagine being all alone with no companions and no exit. The Doctor literally punches his way out of this nightmare trap over the years and slowly wears a wall away until he is free. Seeing a vulnerable and frightened Doctor, it was a great in-depth look into the mind of our hero and a story which could never be replicated. A grieving Time Lord after losing his friend is a dangerous thing.

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  1. Face The Raven by Sarah Dollard

We knew it was coming, but who would have thought the death of Clara Oswald would have been so moving? Jenna Coleman provides one of her greatest performances as she does her best to save friend Rigsy and tries to be like The Doctor. Learning the hard way she can’t be like the Time Lord, the ultimate price is paid for trying to be more than human. The Doctor physically and mentally is shaken by the series of events, and even looks to destroy former ally Ashildr after she sets up the trap which puts all these events into motion. Seeing Clara fall to the ground will haunt Doctor Who fans for many years to come…

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  1. The Magician’s Apprentice by Steven Moffat

To start off on such a massive high is a huge gamble, but started what was to be a fantastic series can’t be denied. With The Doctor missing, Missy and Clara working together and the best axe battle of all time, there was a lot to enjoy. The biggest surprise comes in the opening minutes when The Doctor meets a young Davros on a battlefield and leaves him to die. He then goes to hide, knowing that Davros survives the events and is looking to get him. With the pace being hectic, yet grounded, we have such a strong opener which floods the screen with references and characters. All perfectly placed, all pieces move towards what becomes the biggest ever cliffhanger in the history of the show!

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Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

 

Doctor Who – The Witch’s Familiar. “Who’s going to tell me that Clara Oswald is really dead?”

So, we got Davros back to bring chaos to the life of The Doctor. We have Missy back to bring chaos to The Doctor. Two of the biggest enemies ever to cross the path of the heroic Time Lord and a planet full of Daleks is not a great situation to be in. On the last episode of Doctor Who, we saw Missy (who was on The Doctor’s side, kind of) and Clara EXTERMINATED by the Daleks as The Doctor was at the mercy of Davros. We have already discovered Davros is dying, and wants The Doctor to see him before he dies. We get a great game of who is tricking who (no pun intended) leading up to the finale, but I will save that for you to see yourself.

This episode changes the grand epic scale for a more grouped in and intimate romp for the second part of the series nine opener. The Doctor and Davros spend a lot of time talking to each other, learning more about each other. The scenes are intense, downright gripping in the interactions from two life-long enemies. The Doctor also gets to go for a ride in Davros’ chair, and I find it rather funny when he is eventually ejected from it and then told by Davros “You should feel privileged…the only other chair on Skaro” as he awakens back in the room which is keeping Davros alive. We may not be getting the grand adventure as we did in episode one, but to see Clara and Missy working together (even if Missy tries to get her killed by friend and foe alike) and see more from Colony Sarff as the dastardly helper to the grand scheme on Skaro. Seeing as this is only episode 2, we know The Doctor shall not die today, even though we had his confession last week. A new layer to the Daleks is revealed in the sewers and we get to see what happens when they “die”.

Peter Capaldi and Julian Bleach turn in possibly the best performances of their career so far in the sci-fi show. We kinda know where Davros is going in this episode, but Bleach gives such an endearing performance of a man who just wants to be accepted for who he is. The real eyes of Davros opening was something rather extraordinary. Peter Capaldi gives honest regret to his decision in episode one to abandon the young Davros on that battlefield, but be sure that wasn’t the only time you will see the child. Michelle Gomez and Jenna Coleman work well as a double act, fighting over a stick and stealing a Dalek casing is part of the fun they get in to. Jenna really gets to show her emotions in this episode, even when it comes to fighting impossible odds to avoid death. The explanation for their survival at the beginning of the episode was a bit convoluted, but I am glad we finally got an answer to how Missy/The Master survived death the last couple of times. The ambiguous conclusions for two characters will leave no doubt to the return at some point in the future. Who knew that Davros and The Master/Missy had never met before? I always thought they were actually working together till that point. Also I like the fact that we had Daleks from all different eras making an appearance, great way to bring the 52 years of Who together. I wonder how many people got upset with Missy saying Bitch on Doctor Who? Well, I hear a lot worse at much earlier times. Next week, we have ghosts! We go from Steven Moffat making his best scripts since ‘The Time Of Angels’/’Flesh And Stone’ to Toby Whitehouse with ‘Under The Lake’ and ghosts!

Truly a great episode, though I think it should have taken a few more risks. Top writing from The Moff, superb acting from Mr Capaldi and the greatest Doctor Who two-parter for five years!

Final Rating: 9.5/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

No Doctor Who in 2016?

A rumor is currently going around saying Doctor Who will not be on TV next year. Well, let’s break this down first!

We know that Series Nine of Doctor Who is due to start on Saturday 19th September 2015! From this, we will have 12 brand new episodes. Peter Capaldi returns as The Doctor with Jenna Coleman looking to become the longest-serving companion in the show’s history. This series will see the return of Missy (The Master), The Daleks (of course) and The Zygons! Also, fan favorite characters Kate Stewart, Osgood and Rigsy will also return. But, there may be a bit of a damper on the events if Doctor Who is given a year break. The word is, because Sherlock is going into production through 2016, Steven Moffat won’t be able to give time to both (I think Steven Moffat is great, but maybe it’s time to hand the reigns to Mark Gatiss or even Toby Whitehouse?). So I want to share a few points as why a year without the show is a bad idea!

  1. Interest will fade

Doe’s anyone else remember the viewing figures for Doctor Who between 2005-2008? Well they were rather good. Each year, the figure for the finale went up and up. Reaching 10.5 million in the UK alone, the fourth series finale still stands as the biggest-watched finale so far! After the 2009 specials, the fifth series then arrived where we then had the lowest watched finale so far! The whole year without a full series did take a hit on the massive upswing in ratings. Steadily, the show has slowly risen back up, but unfortunately it is still nowhere near the ratings hit it once was.

  1. The wait is too much

How many US shows “take a break” during their run? Not many. Many of our top shows run between September-May every year, or may have a more limited nature and still appear annually (Game Of Thrones 10 episode series every April). But the reason they stay popular is because you never have to wait too long to see what happens next. Another long hiatus for Doctor Who could be potentially damaging and risk losing more viewers.

  1. What doe’s the UK still have to offer?

I know this may seem a bit unfair, but there isn’t many other shows coming from the UK that make a massive effect around the world. Doctor Who has become huge worldwide, and is always well enjoyed when it is aired. Though recent show Humans was superb and Fortitude proved to be popular, there really isn’t anything like our sci-fi show which is nearly 52 years old!

  1. One-offs can work, but not always

During series 7 and 8, the show took some big gaps. First, it was filling the seventh series over one year. Then we had the 50th Anniversary Special which was fantastic, then a month later the Christmas special which was also brilliant. Then we had an eight month wait before series 8 officially aired. While the anniversary special made a good reason for the gaps in airing the program, having the gaps again with no real need for them will just cripple figures as proved time and time again.

What do you think? Do you think Series 10 will be delayed until 2017? Do you believe that the BBC is putting pressure on its flagship show? Or is this story a load of bull and we should expect The Doctor to make his 10th run next year?

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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Doctor Who Series Nine Trailer!

Doctor Who is coming back! With teases of old villains The Daleks (yes, them again! Are you surprised?), The Zygons and Missy (Michelle Gomez) returning and some new and wonderfully creepy creations on the way, The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Clara (Jenna Coleman). This series looks like it will once again be a grand spectacle, and with some top writers filling the twelve exciting episodes in store, who knows what will come!

So, who is the girl (Maisie Williams) playing? How did Missy survive? and just who is that creepy looking guy? All that and more shall be explored soon! For now, enjoy this great trailer!

Also…series nine is due to begin on Saturday 19th September, bit late? Or is the 2015 Christmas Special closely linked to this series?

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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Doctor Who – Death In Heaven. “This is a promise, the promise of a soldier!”

So last week we saw Danny die, Clara trapped in a room with a Cyberman and The Doctor seeing his arch-rival The Master has regenerated into the Time-Lady The Mistress. The Cybermen begin their invasion of earth and the dead begin to rise as Clara attempts to survive in 3W with her Cybermen captors as she states she is The Doctor and that Clara Oswald is not real. Eventually Clara is saved by a Cyberman which is actually a certain Mr Danny Pink who has been sent from The Nethersphere back to his body, with a full upgrade. Meanwhile, the Cybermen are seen to be going up to the air and exploding into “Cyber-Pollen” which rains down over the graveyards of the world. The Doctor and The Mistress are both taken to an aircraft by Kate Lethbridge-Stewart and Doctor-obsessed Osgood with The Mistress as a prisoner and The Doctor is made President of Earth during this time of crisis. During the time on the aircraft, “cyber-pollen” is spreading and creating Cybermen, but they seem to be child-like and not fully functional. In one graveyard, Clara finds herself in the middle of a group of recently risen Cybermen who have been created by the storms made by the pollen. Clara finds one Cyberman who is functioning properly, finding out that it holds Danny who has still got his emotions after refusing to delete his memories. Danny is alive, kinda. Clara is happy to see him, though she is upset that he wants to delete his emotions so he can not feel his pain anymore. So what happens on that plane?

The Doctor finds that The Mistress has escaped her imprisonment and killed Osgood (NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!). The ship is attacked by flying Cybermen (I know, it is actually pretty cool) and a massive hole is made in the plane. Kate falls out of the plane and so does The Doctor. The Doctor manages to get to his TARDIS and find Clara and Danny. They learn the ultimate plan is to change all living people as well as the dead into Cybermen. The Mistress claims that the Cybermen were a gift to The Doctor for his birthday, she gives him the control over them and this only upsets The Doctor as he states nobody should have that power. Though he decides to transfer that power to Dan the Soldier Man as he takes the Cybermen to the skies and destroys them all. The Mistress is then seemingly blasted away by a lone Cyberman, is it Danny? Nope. This Cyberman is an old friend of The Doctor known better as The Brig; he saves his daughter Kate and flies off after receiving a salute his long-time friend and former UNIT co-worker. Before parting, The Mistress states co-ordinates to where Gallifrey is hiding. But is she telling the truth? Also, what happens when Danny is given one last chance of life? Well, let’s just say that tears and anger flow at the end. But, a certain jolly character comes to help save The Doctor, will he be able to bring the Time Lord some much needed joy and cheer this Christmas?

Well, this episode had a lot to get through. The death of Danny Pink may have started last week, but the impact of a post-deceased Danny makes probably the strongest performance of the episode. Samuel Anderson makes Danny one of the biggest highlights of series 8 and to see his soldier side come to be the hero for the day is just fantastic. Michelle Gomez is a creepy and psychotic female Master and hopefully will come back soon as the Time Lady. Jenna Coleman really does well as Clara, the side of her which has The Doctor influence really comes out in full force and at times is rather scary when we think of how her character was just a few weeks ago completely against The Doctor’s methods. It was nice to see the return of Jemma Redgrave and Ingrid Oliver as Kate and Osgood, though I am sad to see Osgood is gone, or has she? (Well I think it is conclusive she is gone). But I can’t forget Peter Capaldi, he shows some great emotion in this series finale and the anger over The Mistress lying about Gallifrey is probably the biggest emotional blow that Peter Capaldi’s Doctor has suffered so far. Steven Moffat pulls a great finale out of his hat, it is probably the best finale since 2010 and shows how Doctor Who can still grow and captivate. Though the double threat of The Mistress and Cybermen may not have caused too much menace, the way they are displayed and brought to the screen is just wonderful. A lot had to be resolved, the scene where Danny gives up his chance at life again to bring back to life a child he accidently killed is touching though I feel this could have had been explored earlier in the series for more emotional impact. The storylines may have been a bit iffy at times, but we get plenty of answers and hopefully a happy ending on the horizon. One last highlight, the opening titles which gave Jenna Coleman top billing and featured her eyes was rather fun and a good way to mess with viewers as Clara pretended to be The Doctor. We have only a matter of weeks till Christmas, and Nick Frost is about to become Santa Claus!

Final Rating: 8/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove.

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