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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

Doctor Who – The Magician’s Apprentice. “Doctor, What Have You Done?”

Series Nine gets a huge kick up the backside and brings probably one of the strongest openers ever! After the few teases in the last week showing the Doctor hanging around on Karn and Earth during the 1100’s, we are brought straight to the big battle that was teased. This so far is probably Peter Capaldi’s best performance of The Doctor since the episode ‘Listen’, my favourite of Series Eight. Before the Time War, there was another war. A war fought for so long that it was almost forgotten. The Doctor finds a child, scared and begging to be saved from “hand mines”. His only hope, The Doctor, of course. But, The Doctor runs away, and has continued running since. Peter Capaldi’s Time Lord then goes missing, nobody can find him. UNIT can’t get him on the phone, a creature made of snakes visits all the possible places The Doctor could be with a message for him. We get to see a bar filled with aliens The Doctor has faced before, The Shadow Proclamation (The Judoon were fun, hopefully we may see more of them one day) and even a visit to the Sisterhood of Karn; the guardians of the Flame and Elixir of Eternal Life (or utter boredom as said by Paul McGann’s sarcastic Doctor). Even Missy can’t find him, and she is literally stopping planes to get his attention.

Clara, concerned by the lack of communication from her friend, joins forces with a very unlikely ally to find him in Essex (I know, ESSEX!! Honestly. I mean, 1100’s Essex is still Essex though! But anyway, back to the review). Within this time, we have seen a very scared Doctor and a surprisingly worried Missy (though she is still not above killing for fun, even explaining her “death” as just dust off her shoulder). The axe battle provides a good laugh, and we wonder who is actually being serenaded to the rock ballad ‘Pretty Woman’. Eventually, The Doctor is to face the person he has been running from this whole time. An ancient foe returns; one that has been around and faced him many times for a countless number of years. Clara Oswald refuses to abandon her friend, even if she isn’t his best friend. Missy also comes for the ride, and winds up with Clara and a whole stack load of enemies that have been a force against her and The Doctor. Everything goes from bad to worse; everything The Doctor holds dear is destroyed in front of his eyes. References to a certain Tom Baker story, voted as the best Doctor Who story ever, is a big key to this episode. Also the episode features other uses from Colin Baker and more. I can only say well done to Steven Moffat for creating probably the best possible script using these characters I have ever seen come to life.

The finale gives a hint of some timey-wimey stuff to come. But, I really want to keep it as minimal on the spoilers as possible. This episode is purely brilliant. It is a shame Jemma Redgrave only got a minimal showing as Kate Stewart, though we will see more of her and UNIT later in the series. Jenna Coleman seemed a bit more background than I would have liked at times, I prefer when she really throws herself into the ring, though she does get some great lines such when a student says he will get his pre-chewed gum back later in the day. Also, Jenna really does come to life in the middle with her meeting with the evil Time Lady. Also, “hashtag planes have stopped” is trending on twitter at the time of writing this! The Witch’s Familiar has got a tough act to follow, but I am sure it shall be a belter! A top story, non-stop action throughout and more references than I have ever seen on the show before! 2015, Doctor Who is BACK!

Final rating: 9.5/10 Scratch that, 10/10. I was generally surprised by how good this was!

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

WARNING: ONLY WATCH THE TRAILER FOR EP 2 IF YOU HAVE SEEN THE MAGICIAN’S APPRENTICE!

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.

Death in heaven pic

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