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Death In Heaven – 8/10

death in heaven titleAfter last week’s revelation that Missy was The Master, there were still plenty of questions that we were looking forward to getting the answers to in this ep. But the answers we get in part two often fall short of the questions set up in part one so I was prepared for the conclusion not to be as good as the set up. It wasn’t a letdown but we still didn’t get answers to a lot of our questions about MissyMaster. So that was a wee bit frustrating but then again, maybe Moff doesn’t know the answers himself yet.

Michelle Gomez’s Missy is wonderfully bonkers and I cannot believe for one moment that, with a performance like that, she won’t be back. She will be. Maybe not in Series Nine but she will be. Her killing poor old Osgood was really rotten of her but at least Osgood stayed dead, unlike Kate Stewart. To my mind, if you’re going to do it, then do it, don’t pull a rabbit out of the hat like that, it feels like a cheat. Yes, I suppose CyberBrig makes sense in context but I’m sure there will be those who think it rather distasteful that the old boy ended up Cyber’d. And where was he when CyberDanny sent the Cybs on their suicide mission? He flew up into the sky when it was all over but we didn’t see him go boom so where is CyberBrig? And of course, all the graves of Planet Earth are empty now, the implications of which will keep fanbrains occupied for ages. And yes, I loved the “Squee” gag.

Clara pretending to be the Doctor was pretty obv but the whole CyberDanny thing was a bit overplayed I thought. Given the scene with Clara and her Gran in the previous ep I had the impression that Clara trying to save him was some time after that but now it looks like it was the same day. I’m no expert but surely Danny would have been locked in the freezer instead of being – conveniently – on a slab? The Power of Lurve saving the day was a bit sugary but Moff has form for this kind of thing, writing what was essentially a variation on Auton Rory. I would have thought Clara’s Mum would have been a better candidate and I’m surprised she never featured in the show. Clearly her Mum’s death isn’t that important to Clara as she never for a second thinks about one of those Cybermen being her Mum – I would have though the love of a parent for their child would outstrip a BF in the Lurve stakes anyday but seems The Moff didn’t think so.

Danny not coming back also made sense, so it seems the Doctor was right and the Power of Pain [fuelled by guilt] trumps the Power of Lurve. Only I can’t help but wonder how Clara explained the child to Social Services or the Home Office. It seems Twelvy is unaware of the boy so he can’t have pulled a few strings with Kate to get him back to Afghanistan or Iraq or wherever he came from, so what did Clara do with him???

And then we’re at the cafe and the “Eastenders” scene of two people both lying to each other, or two people both failing to tell the other how they really feel. I can understand why some people might think it works but I didn’t believe it for a second. And once again it’s all Clara’s fault. Jenna Coleman has given some great turns as Clara this series but I can’t help but feel glad that she’s gone. If she is gone. I have a horrible feeling that this might be one of those Moffat misdirection things and they’ve filmed a scene for the end of the Special where Twelvy turns up at Clara’s for Xmas dinner. Is it wrong of me to hope that maybe that doesn’t happen?

Overall Series Eight has been the one I’ve enjoyed most since Series Four [Ten & Donna] and on this form I’m already looking forward to Series Nine, and the next anniversary – Ten Years of New  Who.

SATISFACTION LEVEL FOR SERIES EIGHT? – 8/10

FRUSTRATION LEVEL FOR SERIES EIGHT? – 4/10

ANTICIPATION LEVEL FOR XMAS SPECIAL – 5/10

SERIES EIGHT – Best To Worst

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Dark Water – 9/10

dark water titleThe most anticipated regular episode of New Who for ages didn’t disappoint, even if the revelation that Missy is The Master didn’t have the impact that it might have, given that was what we were all expecting. The double bluff didn’t quite work, unless of course, she’s really the Rani and just messing with the Doctor’s head. That would be a twist on a twist that probably would work, but we’ll have to wait for that until next week.

I didn’t expect Danny to snuff it before the credits but there’s something rather appropriate about him having an “ordinary” death instead of the usual spectacular self-sacrifice that a lesser writer might have been tempted to go with. Again, no great surprises there as we all knew that Danny would die and that would be the reason Clara would “betray” him. That said, the “volcano” scene was brilliantly handled and good twist on the usual cop-out of “it was all a dream”. Yes, it was but a dream with a purpose. Nice one Moff.

Quite how Clara knows where the Doctor keeps all his spare keys I don’t know and anyway, this is a man who can open the doors with a click of his fingers – Clara closed them herself like that in Day of the Doctor - but you can put that one down to her not thinking straight because of her grief.  And speaking of grief, I don’t know that we need be that concerned about kids being traumatised by the idea that the dead stay conscious. It was kyboshed pretty soon afterwards by Missy saying that everyone in the Data Slice only thinks they are in Heaven. That said, “don’t cremate me” was pretty chilling.

So, all in all, an episode that pretty much did what we expected of it, but not exactly in the way we expected it to do it. The X-ray water reveal was a nice idea, even if we could see it coming but the danger is that whatever comes next – UNIT v Flying Cybs – will seem a bit of an anti-climax, because we can see where all this is going.

SATISFACTION LEVEL FOR THIS EPISODE? – 9/10

FRUSTRATION LEVEL FOR THIS EPISODE? – 1/10

ANTICIPATION LEVEL FOR NEXT EPISODE – 10/10

Next Time – Death In Heaven: So, what happens next? Well, the Doctor either will or won’t find a way to download Danny back into his body, which in turn will decided whether or not Clara stays with him.

SERIES EIGHT SO FAR?

Mummy on the Orient Express by Stuart Manning Radio TimesDark Water Stuart Manning Radio TimesFlatline by Stuart Manning Radio Timeskill the moon by Stuart Manning Radio TimesCaretaker by Stuart Manning Radio Timestime heist by stuart manning radio timesRobot of Sherwood by Stuart Manning Radio TimesForest of the Night by Stuart Manning Radio TimesInto The Dalek by Stuart Manning Radio TimesDeep Breath by Stuart Manning Radio TimesListen by Stuart Manning Radio Times

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Let the pointless speculation begin!

Wow. The hype has already started for the two-part series eight finale with a trailer that has more WTF? moments in it than you can shake a perigosto stick at. Fans love to speculate on What’s Next, that’s half the fun of it and you only have to cast your mind back to The Day of the Doctor to recall the last time we all went nuts over something like this. So let’s jump right in, shall we?

1] THERE IS A CHARACTER CALLED MISSY IN NIGHTMARE IN SILVER which is probably just co-incidence or maybe Missy from the finale is this Missy, back to wreak one of those terrible revenge things… but then in the trailer she says “you know who I am”, and we assume she’s saying that to the Doctor but maybe not…

2] YOU WILL NEVER STEP INSIDE YOUR TARDIS AGAIN. Okay so, Clara appears in a puff of smoke like some panto baddie, approaching Twelvy with the words “do I have your attention?” and holding the Tardis key. How does her having a key stop Twelvy getting back into the Tardis? Is this part of the thing why the Tardis doesn’t like Clara? And I don’t know about you but that looks suspiciously like the inside of the Doctor’s timeline to me, although knowing Moffat that’s probably a deliberate misdirection.

3] TIME CAN BE REWRITTEN. Cybermen are not only stomping down the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral, but the dome opens up and the buggers start flying out of it. Why does Clara want to rewrite time? To stop Danny from being converted into a Cyberman? They attack the UNIT equivalent of Air Force One [where Missy puts in an appearance to blow out the wall and plunge Twelvy to his apparent doom]  and are in some sort of museum-y type place, obv meant to evoke their Telos tomb, where Missy says her “you know who I am” line.

4] CLARA OSWALD HAS NEVER EXISTED. Whiiiiiitt????? Okay, so this could be a bluff to deal with the Cyb who is clearly pointing a gun at her, and she does step out of one of those display case things that have RIP above them… but is Clara really Bad Clara? Why did Missy “choose” her? For what? Has there been another one of those Flesh Swap things like they did with Amy/Amy’s baby? Or is Bad Clara another one of the iterations of Clara like the Snowmen and Asylum versions? Or did something happen to her when she entered the Doctor’s timeline that we don’t know about?

And we still don’t know who it was that stepped out of the Gallifrey Falls No More painting. Was that another Clara? If so, did either of them go to The Promised Land and get sent back by Missy? Or did one of them escape via the painting? Why did Missy choose Clara? Is Missy manipulating her into trying to rewrite Time to stop her mother dying? Is that it?

No idea. But I can’t wait to find out!

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The Name of the Doctor – spoiler review!

Well? After all the build up, was it worth it?

Hell yeah!

Looking back at my thoughts prior to transmission, some things I got right, some I got wrong, but I got the important one right, and that’s what matters!

Okay, first up, let’s deal with those flashbacks at the start. So glad I was wrong about the Gallifrey flashback, how many times have fans imagined that escape scene. Shame they didn’t get Babelcolour to do it, it would have been so much better than it was. As for the rest of the clips that Clara was inserted into, there were some pretty bizarre choices in there I must say – I mean, Dragonfire? WTF?

I thought there’d be some out of focus, in the background doubles and I got that right, though some of them didn’t look much like the Doctors they were meant to be, but I suppose you can explain that away as “the memory cheats”…

As for the story itself, well I got it right that we wouldn’t actually find out his name and there were a couple of moments where I guessed the dialogue correctly, which always gives me a warm glow. And did anybody else spot the line that was very similar to one from “Castrovalva”? Yeah, `course you did.

As for the “secret” itself, well, if you`ve been anywhere near the Internet, even in the run up to the “leak” of the episode, and showed any interest at all in the Anniversary special, then you had a good idea of exactly Who it was that  John Hurt was playing.  But if you didn’t, it must have been the biggest surprise ever. The moment he spoke, and you heard that distinctive voice of his, you would have been thinking “bloody hell, they’ve got John Hurt to play The Valeyard!”  But no…

And I got it right that Clara was Temporal Fission-ed across the Doctor’s timeline though having The Great Intelligence as the villain didn’t really have that much of an impact as it could have been pretty much anyone, the whole point of the story was simply to open the Doctor’s grave and find what was inside.

Guessed that Trenzalore was where he was buried and loved the idea of the now-dead  Tardis being his tomb. And I do think it’s a good idea to establish that, at some point in the future, the Doctor does die, he’s not immortal. Of course, how many Doctors there are before Trenzalore is another question…

And speaking of questions, there are plenty of those left hanging in the air between now and November 23rd.  I love the idea of a “forgotten” Doctor but I do think they could have made him a bit less of a scruffy bugger, don’t you?

And that was “The Name of the Doctor”, the obvious winner of the DWM Season Survey, the result of that will never be in doubt.

And what are the chances that the next issue of DWM will have a “John Hurt IS The Doctor” cover?

Can’t wait to Fan Edit this one!

SATISFACTION LEVEL FOR THIS EPISODE? – 96%

FRUSTRATION LEVEL FOR THIS EPISODE? – 2%

ANTICIPATION LEVEL FOR NEXT EPISODE? – 80%

SEASON SEVEN [According to Whopix]

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#1 – The Name of the Doctor
#2 – The Crimson Horror
#3 – Nightmare In Silver
#4 – Journey to the Centre of the Tardis
#5 – The Bells of Saint John
#6 – Hide
#7 – Cold War
#8 – The Rings of Akhaten

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Name of the Doctor – Spoiler pix? Maybe…

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Okay so you`ve probably all seen the two “spoiler” pix put out by the Beeb today, but if you haven’t they’re not really that spoiler-y, I think. Well, one of `em probably is and one of `em isn`t really, it`s just confirmation of my theory on what happens to Clara in the Tardis…

Okay, here’s the first one… ready?

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Given that this is on the Beeb`s official Facebook Page, I doubt that the revelation that we get a Gallifrey Flashback really counts as a spoiler. Unless you`re one of those strange people who don’t even look at Next Time trailers, in which case you`re not likely to be here anyway…

So, there are two possibilities. One, we’ll see the Doctor as a baby getting baptised, or whatever the Timelord equivalent is for naming their kids. Maybe Claire Bloom will be back as his mum…

Or it’ll be a flashback to the Doctor and Susan escaping for the very first time. I doubt this will be what it`s for, they would need a Hartnell lookalike for a start and where would they get one of those from…

I reckon this scene will be the Doctor getting named by his parents.

Or something else entirely!

Next, this one is a real corker and confirms what I thought was going on in my previous speculations on the story. Remember how Clara steps into the energy column to rescue the Doctor and sees Bessie drive past…

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Just after this last one, guess what happens next. somebody walks past in the corridor behind Clara… and look Who it is!

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It`s Sixie!

Now, that confirms what I thought about her having brief encounters with previous Doctors, moments in his lives. We had a similar thing in Journey a few eps back if you remember. So we’ve got a Colin Baker lookalike, in his costume, out of focus and in the background in a dimly lit corridor… I reckon he walks past the junction, with a genuine Colin line from the Classic Series as a voice over, and vanishes just as Clara turns round.

Nice idea, to have “ghosts” of previous Doctors “haunting” the Tardis due to whatever timey-wimey thing is going on. A nice idea and a neat way of getting the previous docs involved in anniversary year.

I reckon this is exactly what they’ll do for the other Old Doctors, with lookalikes for some and voice overs for others.

Excited for Saturday yet? I am, and it`s only Tuesday!

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The Impossible Girl – solved? [Speculation, no spoilers]

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Okay, having looked at the trailers closely and having put me thinking head on [see what I did there?] I reckon I know what the answer to Clara’s mystery is. Now this is just speculation, I haven’t seen the ep, I`m just going by what everyone else has seen in the trailers. If you look closely at them and put together the clues we’ve been given so far, then it starts to make sense. Sort of.

Anyway, here’s what I reckon…

Something happens during the story to the Tardis, resulting in this column of energy…

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River is there with Clara, and if you look, so is Vastra [no sign of Strax & Jenny though]

Now look what happens next, after River says to Clara not to do what she’s thinking of doing…

CLARA STEPS INTO THE ENERGY COLUMN AND VANISHES!

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So where does she go? Answer – she’s somewhere in the Tardis, having very brief encounters with previous moments in the Doctor`s past lives, like this one with the Third Doctor and Bessie…

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I reckon Clara somehow undergoes some sort of Temporal Fission type thing while trying to rescue the Doctor, spreading multiple copies of her through time and space – we’ve met the Snowmen one and the Dalek Asylum one so far but I reckon there are others.

That`s what I think.

Clara goes inside the Tardis to rescue the Doctor and gets Temporal Fission-ed. Her are some more screen grabs to back that up –

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Name of the Doctor Speculation #2 – Bessie!

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YES, IT IS BESSIE!

If you look at the TV trailer for The Name of the Doctor, yes, that is clearly Bessie, and here are the six frames that prove it, and we all know what that means…

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The implications of this are worth thinking over. It looks like Clara ends up back in time as the Third Doctor drives past her in Bessie. Yes the tree in the background looks like it`s from The Five Doctors but if you look at the other shots I reckon she’s still inside the Tardis and is doing some sort of “travelling through all the Doctor`s past lives” kind of thing.

So does this mean she will pop back through all ten previous Doctors? I doubt it – we’ve already had Eccles and others as voice overs in Journey so I wouldn’t be surprised if that happens again. Not only that, it would be a bloody long sequence if you gave them one each, even if they were only six frames long like the Bessie shot.

I reckon she’ll have brief, and I mean. very brief glimpses of past Doctors in one way or another. Bill & Pat will probably be voice overs, the others will be seen from behind or out of focus in the background or passing by really quickly.

As for why? Well, if, as Clara says in the trailer that she “was born to save the Doctor” then it looks like she travels back through his previous live in the Tardis, and that`s somehow involved in rescuing him.

That’s what I reckon’s going on anyway. And yes, Bessie`s back! Hooray!

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