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Doctor Who – Dark Water. “Oh, you know who I am.  I’m Missy.”

Ok, this review is going to have probably the highest spoiler level I have ever written so far. You have five seconds to stop reading if you haven’t watched ‘Dark Water’ yet. So this first part gave us more of Chris Addison acting like an usher to those who had died, proclaiming about how they had Steve Jobs design the iPads that they use in the Nethersphere. Any, I have more on the Nethersphere later. Clara calls Danny to tell him the whole truth about everything, but Danny dies before they get to talk. Clara then tries to contact The Doctor, she hatches a plan to force The Doctor to save Danny, but things don’t go as planned. Clara has become an almost different person, threatening to destroy all the TARDIS keys to stop The Doctor gaining access again unless he helps her and betraying her friend to do this. The Doctor forgives Clara, even though Clara realises she pushed too far. The Doctor gets Clara to use the TARDIS to sync herself to Danny again and find themselves in the Nethersphere. The Doctor claims all cultures believe in an afterlife, so they go to explore what is really happening once the living depart. The Nethersphere holds the essence of many people, including Danny Pink as he is being greeted by Seb. Seb reminds you of an insurance salesman who just wants to do his job but thinks he is a part-time comedian. Danny is told that The Nethersphere is basically the next step after you die. Meanwhile, The Doctor and Clara arrive at their destination to find Mr Pink.

A Mausoleum is where the TARDIS lands. Inside they find many tanks which are filled with skeletons covered in a water-like substance. While looking around, they find Missy. Missy has been appearing throughout the series, and is shown here to be an android who gives information to The Doctor and Clara, or is she actually something different? Well, Doctor Chang takes The Doctor and Clara to show them about their life preservation work and the Dark Water, a liquid which allows only organic material to be seen through it. So no clothes, jewellery or metal (yes, you see where this is going). Missy then begins to unleash the skeletons from their tanks or “tombs”. Danny finds himself being confronted with a deceased child who died during his time as a solider. The truth about the dead bodies and how they are still intact with their minds after they have been placed into the Nethersphere is revealed and that they are being kept for something. Missy then begins to flush out the tanks; the water slowly reveals that the deceased are all actually Cybermen. The Nethersphere is shown to be in the middle of the mausoleum, a device which is of Time Lord Technology (the device is used to look after the minds until the bodies are ready to be used once converted). Missy reveals she is a Time Lord (or Time Lady) and calls herself “The one you abandoned, the one you left for dead”. As The Doctor runs outside (into Contemporary London) he tries to warn the crowd of the Cybermen emerging. Danny Pink manages to talk to Clara through a device which can contact the dead, but she is not convinced Danny is the person on the line. Meanwhile, Clara is stuck in a room with a Cyberman and Danny contemplates erasing his whole life to free himself from the pain he is suffering in the Nethersphere. The Cybermen begin to unveil themselves all over London and the world. Finally, Missy reveals her big secret to The Doctor. The line that says it all from Missy is “Please, try to keep up. Short for Mistress. Well, I couldn’t keep calling myself The Master, now could I?” and the dreaded TO BE CONTINUED is finally back to taunt us for 7 days of guesses, ideas, theories and crazy fan fiction.

BRILLIANT EPISODE!! Clara finally becomes Clara again after realising she went too far when threatening The Doctor. Jenna Coleman plays the episode well. Samuel Anderson gives probably the best emotional performance as the deceased Danny Pink, his scenes warrant enough for award for best actor in this episode. Points also to Peter Capaldi, especially after that kiss with Missy and The Doctor. He knows that what is happening is familiar, and it really affects him that he couldn’t see that the Cybermen were in full force. Chris Addison should get a mention too as he was slimy, weird and all round fun. Perfect Doctor Thirteen material is Mr Addison. Also there should be a mention of Steven Moffat for once again using his lies to bring back The Master, the most iconic Time Lord that has ever rivalled The Doctor. Finally, how can I forget Michelle Gomez? This woman probably has been given the biggest task this year to bring back one of the most popular characters in the history of Doctor Who. Michelle Gomez is wonderfully cast and brings a great menace as the gender-swapped renegade Time Lord. The story is well written and the story is strong. The story opens for old and new alike and brings together elements ranging from many episodes (The Doctor Wife bringing the idea that Time Lords can change gender). So, next week is the finale and no trailer is out for this…NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! Bring us Saturday night!!!!!!!!!!!

Final Rating: 9/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove.

Lets just share that reveal one more time…

Dark Water

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Doctor Who – In The Forest Of The Night. “Now that was surprising…I love surprises”

Trees…why trees? This was just about able to keep my attention throughout the 45 minutes of this episode. The start was intriguing enough; a lost little girl called Maebh finds the TARDIS and seems to know about The Doctor even though she has never met him before. He tries to leave this forest he is in to go to London, but they are already in London. That is the exciting bit over and done. After this we get another recycled idea (the solar flare blah blah) and we get an episode that has no real menace or threat. A throwaway episode which really gave nothing to grip you. If not for the girl who could hear voices and the appearance of Missy at the end, I think this episode would be pointless. The Doctor is intrigued by the forest; he does nothing though to save the day as there is nothing to do. Maebh is part of a school trip that stays the night in a museum for Coal Hill School, led by Mr Pink and Miss Oswald. This brings the companion and love interest into the episode, but apart from finding Maebh they have nothing else to do except take selfies and run in and out of the TARDIS. I feel that this could have been a Doctor-lite episode and may have worked better with the threat of a changing world and The Doctor appears at the end to say “it’s ok”. What we get is a brief chase with wolves who then runaway, some great greenery shots blending London into them and no real story apart from a girl who seems to be able to communicate with the forest but can’t get a clear answer out of them.

The episode ends with a world that comes back to normal after less than 24 hours of it being a forest. No harm, no threat and a very unsatisfying conclusion. Danny and Clara start to talk about The Doctor again as Danny realises that Clara has still been travelling with him. He seems to remain calm throughout the episode and shows a great side where he keeps the kids as his Number One Priority where Clara almost seems to pick up her “Doctorisms” again (yes, I just made that into a word) and seems more concerned about solving the mystery than helping the kids, though she does snap back to human mode during the episode. Near the end when Missy appears and is still monitoring The Doctor and Clara gives us a chill. This makes you wonder what will happen when she appears fully in the Two-part finale starting with next week’s episode ‘Dark Water’. Also, yes there was a light mention to Maebh saying she had lost her sister, but to have her just appear at the end was a bit weird and almost made no sense.

Not too often is there a Doctor Who episode which just confuses me so much as there was no real need to have it made. Frank Cottrell Boyce may have written the spectacular opening to the London 2012 Olympic Games, but sadly he can’t write a much convincing episode of Doctor Who. ‘In The Forest Of The Night’ suffers from poor execution, a lack of menace/threat and lack of strong supporting characters. Abigail Eames is a good young actress and makes herself work well with Peter Capaldi at the beginning, but then she suffers from poor writing for herself. Jenna Coleman and Samuel Anderson do however seem to still work well and are considered a highlight in this episode. The forest effects looked great, it gave a fantastic atmosphere and that cameo from Michelle Gomez at the end worked well to set up the finale. The children are just not helpful in this episode and make me want to ask why Courtney from episode 6 and 7 can’t become a part-time companion. Definitely the weakest episode of Series 8, so much potential but felt wasted. Some good highlights, but good highlights can’t make a good episode entirely. But, next week we have Cybermen and Clara being a bit menacing…now this looks exciting!

Final Rating: 5/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove.

in the forest pic