Series 8 Episode Guide

In an interview with Radio Times, Steven Moffat gave us a little episode guide.  Avoid to stay spoiler-free:

Deep Breath
“Who frowned me this face?”
A slaughterhouse restaurant and a buried spaceship lead The Doctor into a confrontation with a long-forgotten foe…

Into The Dalek
“Imagine the worst thing in the universe, and then don’t bother because you’re looking at right now. This is evil refined as engineering.”
In the dying days of a bitter war, a beleaguered army has one last hope: a Dalek so damaged it has become good. But can it be trusted? To find out, a miniaturised team, led by The Doctor and Clara, embark on a fantastic voyage into the Dalek itself…

Robot of Sherwood
“There’s no such thing as Robin Hood!”
In a sun-dappled Sherwood Forest, The Doctor discovers an evil plan from beyond the stars. But with of Nottingham at stake (and possibly Derby), there’s no time for the two adventurers to get into a fight about who is real and who isn’t – which is probably why they do very little else!

Listen
“What’s that in the mirror, and the corner of your eye? What’s the footstep following, but never passing by?”
What scares the grand old man of time? What horrors lurk under his bed? Ghosts of the past and future crowd into the lives of The Doctor and Clara; a terrified caretaker in a children’s home, the last man standing in the universe, and a little boy who doesn’t want to join the army…

Time Heist
“Welcome to the bank of Karabraxos.”
The Bank of Karabraxos is the deadliest bank in the cosmos – only a fool or genius would tempt to rob it. Fortunately, for The Doctor, he’s both. But nothing even The Doctor has encountered can prepare them for the Teller: a creature of terrifying power that can detect guilt.

The Caretaker
“Human beings have incredibly short life-spans. Frankly, you should all be in a permanent state of panic. Tick tock, tick tock.”
Clara has it all under control: her life at school, her life in space; her new boyfriend and her mad old Time Lord. Everything is humming along just fine, so long as everybody never actually meets. And then, one morning, just before assembly, Coal Hill welcomes a new relief caretaker with a Scottish accent.

Kill the Moon
“The little planetoid that’s been tagging along beside you for a hundred million years, which gives you light at night and seas to sail, is in the process of falling to bits.”
In the near future, The Doctor and Clara arrive on a decrepit shuttle making a suicide mission to the Moon. Crashing on the lunar surface, they find a mining base full of eviscerated corpses, spider-like creatures scuttling about in the dark, and a terrible dilemma.

Mummy on the Orient Express
“Start the clock!”
board the most beautiful train in history, speeding among the stars of the future, a legend is stalking the passengers. Once you see the Mummy, you have 66 seconds to live. Clara sees The Doctor at his most deadliest and most ruthless – and finally she realises she’s made the right decision. Because this is their last adventure: it’s time to say goodbye to the Time Lord.

Flatline
“Look, your home isn’t going anywhere. And neither is mine until I figure this out.”
Separated from The Doctor, Clara discovers a new menace from another dimension. But how do you hide when even the walls are no protection?

In the Forest of the Night
“D’you like the forest being in Trafalgar Square? I think it’s lovely.”
One morning in London, and every city and town in the world, the human race wakes up to the most surprising invasion yet: the trees have moved back in. Everywhere, in every land, a forest has grown overnight and taken back the Earth.

Dark Water / Death in Heaven
“You betrayed me. You betrayed my trust, our friendship, and everything I’ve ever stood for. You let me down.”
In the mysterious world of the Nethersphere, plans have been drawn. Old friends and old enemies manoeuvre around The Doctor, and an impossible choice is looming over him.

Bits and Pieces

If you haven’t already heard (and you probably have) we’re going to get an uninterrupted run of Doctor Who for Series 8.  That’s the first time since 2010.  Here’s the kicker – it doesn’t start until AUTUMN!  So we’re going straight through from Christmas until… what… October?  Maybe the tail end of September, if they’re not counting the 2014 Christmas special as part of the 13 episodes we’re getting.

So let me wrap my head around this.  We get a new Doctor at Christmas (Capaldi) when we say goodbye to Smith, then we don’t see him again for 9-10 months?  Wow.  Just… wow.  I hope this doesn’t drive away newer fans.  If you’re thinking you’ll be bored, don’t forget to come back here to visit.  I’ll find you some content!

Something else to ponder: Moffat has confirmed that Matt Smith’s Doctor is, in fact, the 13th Doctor.  That means that Tennant’s meta-crisis Doctor and the War Doctor count, making “11” actually “13”.  I’m not sure yet if this will change our numbering, but for now I’ll be sticking with the old structure until we hear something official from the BBC.  A month or so ago Moffat was telling us that the numbering wouldn’t change and that we’d still be calling Smith “11”.  He likes to lie to us and wind us up, so I take what he says with a grain of salt.

You can’t see me, but I’m waving my fist in the air screaming “MOFFAAAAT!”.  Nah, that doesn’t work as well as “Barrowman!”…

All right, that’s my rant for the evening.  I know I don’t do much these days except repost stuff I find but I’m hoping that after the holidays are over we’ll be able to get a bit of original content up.  In the meantime, what are your thoughts on the whole numbering scheme and large break between episodes?

More Discovered Eps?

There’s been all sorts of speculation that some missing videos will be released around the 50th, especially since they found others recently.  The Mirror is claiming more have been located.  I’ll wait and see.

Seven lost Doctor Who episodes that were recorded by a fan are set to be unveiled next month.

The BBC are desperately keeping the existence of the 1964 series – called Marco Polo, featuring William Hartnell as the Doctor – secret.

They are one of the only series where no video footage exists – and was thought to have been lost forever.

A TV insider revealed: “This is a massive deal for Doctor Who fans, these episodes were hugely popular with viewers when they were first shown and are set to be a hit again.”

The chance to recover the wiped Marco Polo episodes has come from the dedication of a fan who enthusiastically recorded the episodes on a cine camera. The fan recorded the episodes directly from the television onto a 16mm film camera.

Since the discovery of the cine film, the recordings have been carefully restored and transferred onto broadcast tape by BBC Worldwide.

The source continued: “This new discovery is all down to a dedicated fan who spent ages recording the episodes back in the sixties. The recording – which is a silent film – came out really clearly so it will be easy to watch… the fan did it in a very professional way.

“There are already audio recordings of the episodes so the Beeb have had to match everything up. There are some gaps in the audio so it has been a painstaking process. Where there are gaps in audio they are going to be re-recorded using contemporary actors who sound as close to the original actors as possible.

“The fan had been holding onto these tapes for a long time and when the BBC found out about the tapes they jumped at the chance of using them. It’s a massive coup for the broadcaster.”

BBC Confirms 9 Episodes Found

The BBC has officially confirmed that 9 of the missing Patrick Troughton episodes have been found:

The Enemy of the World (episodes 1, 2, 4, 5, 6) and The Web of Fear (episodes 2, 4, 5, 6) are supposed to be available on ITunes today.

So exciting!

Aliens Of London, World War Three

It gets better!  “Aliens of London” is on, and about 15 minutes in I see another familiar face.

Naoko Mori, who plays Doctor Toshiko Sato (Tosh) in Torchwood was just wandering around in a lab coat.

But onto topic.  This is where the Doctor returns Rose 12 months late instead of 12 hours late.  The first part of the episode is all about the fallout of that.

After a crash landing of a space ship in the middle of London, this is when the Doctor finally gives Rose a TARDIS key.  I don’t remember a lot of keys being given out in the classic series, but maybe I need to go back and have a look.  Anyway, although the Doctor says he won’t interfere, he goes into the hospital where the pilot was taken.  Here we see Tosh.  The “pilot” turns out to be a pig that was modified by alien technology, and the ship was really launched from Earth.  The Doctor explains everything to Tosh before disappearing into the TARDIS.  She’s actually playing the same character as in Torchwood, where they address this episode.  She is a computer expert (not at all a pathologist) and was covering for a hung over friend/colleague.

Moving on, the TARDIS reappears and Rose’s mother learns where she really was.  Jackie calls the emergency alien hotline and turns in the Doctor.  This sets off all kinds of red flags because this is not the first time the world’s seen him.

There’s a disturbing scene with the government officials where the Slitheen are wearing suits of people, causing flatulence.  Personally I feel it’s a little low brow humour and takes away from the show.  However, the target audience is children, so perhaps that’s why someone thought it was a good idea.

This is also the first time we see UNIT in New-Who.  As the Doctor, Mickey and Rose leave the TARDIS (with Bad Wolf painted on the side) they are taken into custody and delivered to Downing Street.  Jones finds Rose and tells her all about the Slitheen, while the Doctor talks to UNIT.  The Doctor realizes it’s a trap while Rose and Jones are caught with a member of the Slitheen, and Jackie has one of them in her apartment.

This is around the time everyone takes off their “skin suits”, there’s an electrical charge sent through the room with the Doctor/UNIT, and the episode ends on a cliffhanger.  Now we move forward into “World War Three”.

But of course our favorite alien isn’t going to be killed so easily and turns the electrical charge back at the Slitheen.  By doing so it actually electrifies all of them instead of just the one he “attacks”.  Mickey saves Jackie with enough time left over to snap a photo, Rose and Jones get out of their room, the Doctor runs, and the Slitheen manage to stop the electrocution.  Nice and fast paced.  The “prime minister” manages to turn UNIT against the Doctor, but he gets into the elevator.  Rose and Jones continue to run, and the Slitheen chase them down.  The Doctor manages to get them out of the room of course, so now it’s a good old fashioned Scooby Doo style chase.

With a bit of a bluff (I’ll blow you up!) the Doctor sets up a question and answer session with the Slitheen to find out what was going on.  The Slitheen are a family out for profit, not a race of aliens.  Of course!  He then seals himself, Rose and Jones into a room when the family realize his threat is a complete fabrication.  The family realizes they’ve got the group trapped, so they shut off all communications to that room and go about their business.  Unfortunately for them, they didn’t know that Rose’s cell still worked.  So the Doctor contacts Mickey and walks him through how to log into UNIT to get some intel.  With that information he figures out that the Slitheen are from Raxacoricofallapatorius.  One member of the family came after Mickey and Jackie and the Doctor was able to have them throw vinegar on him to basically blow him up.

He learns from the family that they are planning to launch World War III.  Once the Earth is destroyed they can sell the radioactive remains of the planet as a source of fuel.  In usual fashion, he gives them the option of giving up and leaving or being destroyed.

There turns out to be a way to save the world, but The Doctor can’t promise Rose will survive.  Harriott Jones orders him to do whatever must be done, and Rose agrees.  He walks Mickey through the process to launch a missile at the building, with them all knowing they could kill Rose in the process.  She doesn’t want to go without a fight, so she talks everyone into hiding in the closet.  Their group get out alive, but the Slitheen are caught in the blast.  This leaves Jones to clean up the mess, leading to her eventual election as prime minister.

I thought the Doctor pulled kind of a dirty trick when he called and basically asked Rose to choose between him and her mother/boyfriend/life.  This was part of his dark and selfish side coming out.  He wanted her as a companion and manipulated her to get what he wanted.

The Doctor instructs Mickey to wipe out all information on him using a disc he provides, and offers him a place in the TARDIS.  Mickey declines, so the Doctor helps him out by telling Rose that he simply doesn’t want Mickey in his TARDIS.  How sweet.

I have to admit that these couple of episodes were far from my favorites.  Although they had their good points and didn’t feel too rushed, I just didn’t like the feel of them.  I really think it came down to the flatulence jokes, which I’ve never been a fan of anyway.  I found they just distracted from the story.  If that plot point was necessary, I feel there are better ways it could have been done.

When Rose says goodbye to her mother I found it to be a bit more heartbreaking than the first time I watched it.  After all, she assures her that she’ll be fine, and I know how it ends now.

Lost Episodes

Okay, before I go any farther remember that this is just a RUMOR and NOTHING has been confirmed.

Let the gossip begin!

There is a post circulating (specifically posted on Bleeding Cool) that the BBC has located a ton of old Doctor Who episodes that were previously thought to be lost.  Here is the quote:

What I’ve been hearing, and some of it is attributed to an eccentric engineer who worked for broadcasters across Africa with a taste for science fiction and a habit of taking things for “safe keeping”, is that the BBC have secured a large number of presumed-wiped episodes of early Doctor Who.

And there are lots. Lots and lots. Completed serials that we’ve only had incomplete before, full series that nothing existed of. Not everything. But heaps and heaps. Possibly even The Full Hartnell.

And come November, or before, we’ll get to see them.

Again, as a reminder, NOTHING HAS BEEN OFFICIALLY CONFIRMED.

However… I have to say that I got totally and completely excited at the mere thought of actually seeing these missing episodes.  Giddy, even.  I’m trying to keep my excitement in check, just in case this is another tease, but I’m hoping it’s true!

London Mapping

Jonn at Londonist has gone to all the trouble of mapping out all of the interactions with the Doctor in and around London by actor.  He’s been there even more than I thought.

Have a look here:

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