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Series 8 OST coming soon!

dr who series 8 OSTJust got an email through from Silva Screen:

Doctor Who: Series 8 will be the first soundtrack release of music from the twelfth Doctor, Peter Capaldi, featuring the new Doctor’s theme A Good Man? (Twelve’s Theme).

This 3 disc set also includes the music from the episode Last Christmas and an extensive 24 page booklet with notes from Murray Gold. The score is performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales conducted by Ben Foster and James Shearman and with Murray Gold on keyboards, guitars and synths.

The first 5000 copies of the CD will include an extra 16 page booklet depicting the 13 retro posters designed by Stuart Manning for Radio Times, one for each episode and be packaged in a slip case.  All pre-ordered product on this store will include the extra booklet.



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Series Eight Alternate Posters

Whopix is part of the BBC’s Doctor Who Consumer Panel and my Series 8 email survey came today. One of the questions was about Stuart Manning’s posters and these alternate versions, which I’ve never seen and have no idea who they’re by but they are rather good!

Mummy On The Orient Express poster artist unknown

Time Heist poster artist unknown

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Series Eight – complete ratings

With the release of the BARB viewing figures for last week’s series finale, the final ratings for the whole of series eight look like this:



… which is consistent with the averages for each of Capaldi’s three predecessors. So although, by the BARB measure, it looks like the audience for the show is down it isn’t really.


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BLOOPERS! – Death In Heaven

At the  very end of the ep, when Clara is saying goodbye to Twelvy, there are two women in the background. Here they are at precisely 55 minutes, 12 seconds and twenty-two frames:

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and then, just one frame later, they have somehow teleported from way behind Clara to way in front of her!

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Danny died because…

… he forgot his Green Cross Code!

He forgot to SPLINK!

jon pertwee splink green cross code

Silly Danny!

You can find Jon Pertwee’s SPLINK Public Information Film, and many others HERE


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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.




SERIES EIGHT – Best To Worst

Mummy on the Orient Express by Stuart Manning Radio TimesDeath In Heaven 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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Death In Heaven – Speculation.

1] EXPLODING TARDIS : We still haven’t seen any of that exploding Tardis footage that featured so heavily in all those Season Trailers. Or Twelvy getting electrocuted by the console telephone. So will any of that show up in DiH or was it all just for the publicising series eight? Impossible to tell but my gut instinct is that it was for publicity only.

series eight exploding tardis

2] WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? : Well, if we look back to the trailer we had at the end of In The Forest of The Night, there are quite a few images that we haven’t seen yet…

When we last saw Missy and Twelvy, they were outside St Paul’s. So the Cybs march out of the cathedral and down the steps, peeps think they’re some sort of performance art installation, the Cathedral’s dome opens and the buggers start flying around, thanks to the latest upgrade – Rocketeer Cybermen!

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Clara, meanwhile, confronts the Dr Skarosa Cyberman, which is where she says “Clara Oswald has never existed”, whatever that means…
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Presumably she escapes as the next shot of her seems to show her coming out of one of the cubicles and approaching three Cybs. Maybe this is the point where she realises that if she gets killed she gets reunited with Danny…
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Meanwhile, the Doctor – and the Tardis – are taken aboard UNIT’s equivalent of Air Force One.
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On board are Kate Stewart & Osgood. But the Cybs attack and Missy, who is also onboard, uses her Dr Chang-killing-gizmo to blow out the side of the plane, sending Twelvy plunging to his death…
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…only I reckon he gets rescued by one of the Rocketeer Cybermen!

3] WHAT ABOUT DANNY? Danny is dead, or at least his body is, his mind has been uploaded to the Nethersphere, the Matrix Data Slice, the Gallifreyan Hard Drive where MissyMaster is storing all the deceased peeps. So it’s safe to assume that the Doctor will work out that it’s – theoretically – possible to download him again into his body. Question is, will he succeed? The answer to that one will, I reckon, decide whether or not Clara sticks around or calls it a day.

4] IS MISSY REALLY THE MASTER??? Well, it could very well be that Missy is really the Rani and she’s just messing with the Doctor’s head. If that’s what happens next ep then that would be a double twist but for the moment, there’s no reason to suspect that MissyMaster isn’t telling the truth.  But what about this one remaining unaccounted for shot from that ITFOTN trailer –

missy death in heaven
Her sudden intake of breath suggests that maybe she’s been clobbered and is waking up on the UNIT plane – how else does she get onboard?

Or maybe someone else gets downloaded into her head? The Doctor perhaps? Clara? Danny? Given the sheer number of minds inside the Data Slice it’s not outwith the realms of possibility that one of them could get downloaded into the wrong body. Which begs the question –

5] IS THIS JUST ANOTHER MIND-SWAP STORY? The old “Freaky Friday” mind-swap is a cliche that’s been around for years, playing as it does on ideas of identity, possession, madness and perception. The Avengers did it with “Who’s Who?”  and The Prisoner did it with “Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling”. RTD even had a bash at it with the Psycho-Graft in New Earth so it’s just possible that the idea will play some sort of role in Death In Heaven.

I mean, if you have a space football full of the minds of the dead – which is all very Shada if you ask me – then it stands to reason that the story will make use of it, otherwise why include it? It’s also a nice nod to The Deadly Assassin, assuming that Data Slices are what Engin was referring to and there are lots of storytelling possibilities here for a mind to get downloaded into the wrong body. Maybe Clara gets herself killed, either accidentally or on purpose, to be reunited with Danny in the Data Slice. The Doctor uses the comms thingy on Chang’s desk to communicate with them and asks them if they want to risk being downloaded or if they want to stay where they are – given the sheer number of minds in there he can’t guarantee that the right mind will end up in the right body!

6] HOW LONG HAS MISSY BEEN COLLECTING DEAD PEOPLE? This is a really good question. We know that she started her collection at least as far back as Deep Breath, if not before. So that takes us back to somewhere 1894-ish, after the events of The Crimson Horror. But she isn’t just collecting people from Earth, she got trooper Gretchen Carlisle from Into The Dalek as well, so it’s not clear whether she’s only collecting people the Doctor failed to save or killed or whether, like the Policeman from The Caretaker, she collects everyone who dies.

7] HOW WILL THE DOCTOR WIN? Good question. Depends on what MissyMaster wants. With the Rocketeer Cybs roaming about it’ll be like The Battle of Canary Wharf all over again. I assume it’ll be something to do with some sort of Mind Swap Download thingy that will make the dead peeps who have been turned into Cybs aware of what has happened to them, making their heads explode as per The Age of Steel. Or maybe not.

8] DOES CLARA SAY GOODBYE? I suppose it all depends on whether Danny Pink stays dead or not. It’s clear from the final lot of Cardiff filming, footage we haven’t seen yet, that Clara survives…

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… and it looks as if Twelvy leaves without her, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s leaving her behind. Throughout Series Eight we’ve seen Twelvy come and go, a bit like Three used to do with UNIT back in the day. So maybe he’s off for a Xmas ep on his own, giving her time to grieve for dear departed Danny before he comes back for her, or maybe this is her saying enough’s enough. Impossible to tell but if I had to make a prediction then I reckon she’s off – hope I’m wrong about that one!


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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.




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.


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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Mummy On The Orient Express – 10/10

mummy orient express titleFollowing all the  brouhaha over Kill The Moon‘s implausible science, I was looking forward to getting back to something much more escapist. An old-school Universal Pictures egyptian mummy, on the Orient Express, in space, what’s not to like? And with Capaldi looking very much like a Season Seven Jon Pertwee, I was really looking forward to this one. Along with the prospect of no Clara, who has really gone down in my estimation. Okay so we know she’ll be back and she’s still in the show at Xmas but I find all that Tegan-esque complaining really tiresome – if you don’t like it, bugger off with Sergeant Pinky and stop yer moaning.

The Clara situation was a bit muddled pre-transmission, with photos of Coleman in her flapper outfit alongside Capaldi on the train set but no mention of Clara in the cast listings in the Radio Times, although Pinky was listed. Then they put out the Stuart Manning poster and then replaced it with a version that didn’t credit Coleman.To be perfectly honest, I would have been quite happy if we’d never seen the little madam again after her rant in KTM – if it was my Doctor, I would have gone back for Sarah Jane but there’s no way I would have come back for her, she could be the girl who waited and waited and waited…

This one didn’t hang about with the Mummy seeing off Miss Hardaker from The Curse of Fenric pre-titles. There must have been a tight edit on this one as they cut the titles short to get back to the story that little bit quicker than usual, which is why the title lingers for that little bit longer over the opening scene than before. And if you’ve seen Horror Express then you know how this goes, with people getting bumped off left right and centre before the monster gets stopped. When she stepped out of the Tardis, part of me hoped that Clara would be one of them.

With all the shennanigans over Clara’s involvement in the story, part of me wondered if the Clara in this story would turn out to be another iteration of The Impossible Girl like in Snowmen and Asylum so realising that it was “proper” Clara disappointed me somewhat. That said, she looked well do-able in that flapper frock and the “one last hurrah” scene with her and Twelvy in the corridor was electric. A little over ten minutes in and this ep was already vying for the title of Best One Yet, and all the more so when Twelvy went off without her to investigate!

Okay, so it sags ever so slightly when Clara and the blonde burd are go off together because you just know that they are going to have a conversation that will end up being about the Doctor, without ever mentioning him, which of course they do. But hey, they at least acknowledge that they’re failing the bloody Bechdel test so I’ll let that one pass. And I did like the hard-light hologram line, quite appropriate since Howard Burden used to do the cossies on Red Dwarf!

Things take a slightly unexpected turn when things switch to the lab but it’s here that Twelvy really comes into his own and it’s nice to see that the game Moffat has been playing has actually led somewhere. The resolution when it comes isn’t entirely unexpected and it’s great to see Twelvy do the right thing for the wrong reason, if that’s how you choose to see it.

His complete lack of social skills is a character trait we haven’t really seen since the Fourth Doctor, and it’s brilliantly endearing the way Capaldi plays it when it could have been as irritating as Clara tried to make it seem last ep. And the reason it isn’t, the reason Capaldi makes it work is that he manages to give you the sense that this is a Doctor too busy paying attention to what’s really important to bother with all that bedside manner nonsense, in the way that really clever people tend to lack the social skills the rest of us have. But they can still be endearing and sometimes that can be the very thing you like about them. Which is probably what makes Clara change her mind about him. And in that case, I’m prepared to change my mind about her too. She can stay.

With all the deaths in this ep I was waiting for another appearance from the mysterious Missy but she was a no-show. Frank Skinner’s turn as Perkins was enjoyable and was I the only one just a little bit disappointed that he never went for at least one trip in the Tardis? Still, at least we can add him to the list of Almost Companions and I hope they bring him back. As for who GUS is, it’s clearly connected to Missy as Twelvy said it phoned the Tardis and, as we know, there are very few people in the Universe who have the Doc’s number…

I can’t think of a New Series episode that I’ve enjoyed as much as this one for a helluva long time, and it’s the only one so far I’ve gone back and immediately watched again. With each episode – except for Listen, which was shite – this series has got better and better and I have high hopes for what’s left now that Clara and the Doctor are back to normal. It’s at this point in the run that I can safely say that it’s only now that David Tennant can move over. Twelvy rocks and he’s now my Top of the Docs. Yaldi Capaldi!

NEXT TIME – Flatline. Ooh, now this looks good. Lots of dimensional funny business, Clara doing her best Sarah Jane impression, and this is the one with the shrinking Tardis. Yay!





Mummy on the Orient Express 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 TimesInto The Dalek by Stuart Manning Radio TimesDeep Breath by Stuart Manning Radio TimesListen by Stuart Manning Radio Times


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Series Eight Ratings So Far…

With Kill The Moon having a similar overnight figure to The Caretaker [4.2M versus 4.8M] it looks like things are staying pretty stable ratings-wise at around 7 million viewers each week. Halfway through the run, here’s how Series Eight is shaping up so far:

Capaldi Ratings Series Eight Part One

and if you compare Capaldi’s first series to that of each of his predecessors, things look like this:

ratings comparison first series by doctor

Three things worth noting before we all start to panic over these consistent, but still relatively low viewing figures:

1] we’ve just come off the back of the Fiftieth, so there may be a bit of Who fatigue among the non-fan audience

2] this is the first season to start transmission in the Autumn, whereas all the others TX`d in the Spring

3] the Average Audience for these first six eps is 7.3M, which is consistent with what every previous series has achieved.



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