The Zygon Inversion – New Who Season 9 Episode 8 Review

Not sure why I even need to say this, but spoilers, lots of them, stupid amounts of details.  Here we go again.

This episode starts with Clara having some sort of dream in the Zygon pod where she can see Bonnie shooting at the Doctor’s plane.  She tries to throw off the aim but the plane is hit and blows up.

Next we see Bonnie touch a man in the temple and his arm starts to look like a Zygon’s.  Then he completely turns, asks people for help and runs.  Meanwhile, Bonnie records it all.  She then calls someone, said she changed the first one and is going to UNIT to retrieve the Osgood Box.

Clara replays the explosion and sees there were survivors.  Flash to Osgood and the Doctor.  Pointless scene to show they’re alive.  However, Clara has learned she has a little control over Bonnie’s body, enough to send the Doctor a quick text to say she’s awake in there.  And there are little things, like Bonnie walking by a mirror and Clara being reflected back.  She’s trying to take over.  But meanwhile Bonnie is looking for the Osgood Box.

The Doctor calls Bonnie and asks some questions of Clara, which she blinked the answers to.  This prompts Bonnie to visit Clara to try and probe her mind about the Osgood Box.  It really just gives Clara a chance to poke around some.  Clara is able to make Bonnie lose her shape.  Apparently because they are linked, they can’t lie to each other due to increases in things like pulse.  Bonnie thinks this will get her the information she wants.  So she starts asking questions about the location, and Clara tells her.  She also tells her how to access it and that the box contains a button that will unmask all Zygons for up to an hour.  That would cause mass panic and a war… Exactly what Bonnie wants.

The Doctor and Osgood find the Zygon that was forced to changed.  He’s terrified, doesn’t want a fight and just wants to live in peace.  Then he kills himself.  Moments later, “Kate” appears with a couple of Zygons wrapped up as UNIT.  The Doctor plays along.

Bonnie takes Clara’s pod with her to the Black Archives to grab the Osgood Box.  When she arrives, she finds 2 boxes, a blue one and a red one.  On a phone call to the Doctor, he says that one box normalizes all the Zygons while the other destroys them.  Bonnie opens Clara’s pod and removes her to use as a hostage.  So the Doctor says it’s the blue box that normalizes.  But there’s 2 buttons inside.  One says “Truth”, the other “Consequences”.  So she opens the red box and sees the same setup.  Bonnie demands they bring the Doctor to her.  When the Zygons advance, Kate shoots them both.  Turns out, Kate is actually Kate.  She’d shot the imposter in New Mexico to escape.

Now for the chat.  The Doctor reveals that the red box contains the nerve gas, which will turn the Zygons inside out.  The blue one will turn them to their true form.  Two boxes, one to protect each side.  Two Osgoods, to police and protect the ceasefire.  Kate had agreed to that and to having her memory wiped of the knowledge of it, so that’s what the Doctor had done.

For now, the Doctors group joins Clara and Bonnie’s group.  Kate stands at the red box, Bonnie the blue.  The Doctor tells Kate that one of her buttons releases the nerve gas while the other detonates the nuclear warhead under the black archives.  If you didn’t care about survival you could just push them at the same time, right?  He tells Bonnie that one of her buttons will unmask the Zygons while the other will “lock” them in the form they’re in, making it so they’re in human form forever.

On a side note, I’m really loving that shade of Bonnie’s lipstick 🙂

So the Doctor finally asks Bonnie what she actually wants, and the answer is war.  So there’s a lot of talking, about how war is bad basically, but we get some insight that the Doctor has done some very terrible things (for those who didn’t know) and that it haunts him.  Kate closes her box, while Bonnie realizes that both boxes are empty with a couple buttons that don’t do anything.  They say they can’t just forget the boxes are empty, but the Doctor informs them that they’ve said that the last 15 times… and then he wipes their memories.  Well, everyone’s but Bonnie’s.  She has to live with it so she doesn’t repeat her mistake.

We do a little wrap up and then the Doctor asks Osgood if she’d like to go in the TARDIS.  She turns him down and a second Osgood shows up.  Two were needed.  It seems like we kept the human one all along, assuming there’s still one human and one Zygon.  The second is Bonnie, now filling the empty space.  All is safe again.

It seems our Doctor is too attached to Clara.  I suspect the worst…

The Zygon Invasion – New Who Season 9 Episode 7 Review

Spoiler alert, starting NOW!

The 50th anniversary was supposed to be a stand alone episode.  Or so we thought.  Right away we see flashbacks about what happened with the Zygons.  We knew they’d have to address this eventually, and here it is.  Not when I was expecting it, just like Moffat wanted.

Osgood and her Zygon twin made a video to neatly explain current events for us.  It’s been decided that 20 million Zygons will take human form, live on Earth among the humans in peace and the treaty will be maintained.  In case anything happens to either or both Osgoods, this tape has been made to explain things.  There’s a box the Doctor(s) left behind in case things go south, but we aren’t told what’s in it.  At the beginning of the season when Missy killed Osgood, I kind of wondered if it was Osgood or a Zygon, but it wasn’t addressed.  Now we see an Osgood standing in front of her “sister’s” grave.  But which Osgood is still alive?  The one standing there is *not* wearing a scarf, so I wonder if we lost the human one?

We next see an Osgood running/hiding from a Zygon.  She attempts to text the Doctor but the Zygon catches/kills her.  Flash to the Doctor and he’s playing his guitar again (Amazing Grace) when the text “Nightmare Scenario” arrives.  He heads over to check things out.  By check things out, I mean he chases down a couple Zygons posing as 7 year olds and tells them he’s taking over.

We next see Kate Stewart making plans.  If you look carefully, there’s Easter eggs lurking in this scene, like a picture of the first Doctor on the wall.  It appears Osgood hasn’t been killed, just captured.  Unfortunately her data containing the location of every Zygon has also been compromised.  Kate tells the Doctor all of this, and he finishes up just in time to see the two girls snatched by some other Zygons.  It appears they’re collecting all of their “kind” for some reason.

The Doctor meets up with Kate (UNIT in general) and Clara’s still not answering her phone.  Wait, maybe Clara is a Zygon… We flash to Clara just in time to see her realize she has 127 missed calls from the Doctor.  She gets side tracked in her building with a little boy (who I think just got taken by Zygons) before returning his call and meeting up with him.  Once they head over to the Zygon command center to investigate we have time to find out that after the truce they never learned which Osgood was the human and which was the Zygon.  Turns out, they were both a bit of both.  When one died, the other went mad with grief and went into hiding… Could she be behind this?

The Zygons have been sending UNIT a series of videos, like with Osgood reading a threat.  Now there’s a new one with the two little girls (who are actually the Zygon high command) being vaporized.  The radicals have taken over.  Despite Kate’s first instinct to start a war, the Doctor sends her to New Mexico to investigate, Clara is going to stay to be a base of operations, and he wants to take the presidential plane to go negotiate peace.  Doubt that’ll work out.  Kate said that they had nerve gas that worked on just the Zygons but the Doctor had taken it.  If I remember correctly, that was actually during an “old Who” episode.

Clara wants to swing by home to grab some things with Kate;’s assistant (Jac).  The first thing I thought of was her neighbors and the potential Zygons.  Sure enough, within seconds we see the neighbors hauling a child-sized sack into the elevator.  They run to chase the elevator but it’s empty.  So they get in, discover a Zygon control panel behind the floor selector and end up in some underground base… of course the neighbors are just ahead.  Smartly they run away.

At the Doctor’s location he tries to stop UNIT from blowing up the town in New Mexico.  The agent that was supposed to be carrying out the order only stopped because she saw a man and child that looked like her family.  So would she be killing Zygons, or is it her family that are the Zygons?

In New Mexico, Kate meets the local law enforcement.  Meanwhile, Clara and Jac discover that elevators are going underground with bundles all over the UK.  Bouncing back to Kate (all this bouncing around is making my head spin) it appears a bunch of Brits appeared there a couple years prior then started taking Zygon form and came after the locals.  But Osgood was there just before everything went down.

The Doctor and UNIT head to a Zygon occupied village to try and collect Osgood.  The UNIT soldiers get tricked into believing the Zygon imposters are family members, follow them into a building and end up as piles of electrified remains.  The commander and the Doctor are all that’s left.  The commander leaves the building where the remains are, and the Doctor finds Osgood chained in the cellar.  Time to go…

The officer with Kate shows her a dumpster full of remains, left behind from the Zygons.  Close by, there are 4 more of them.  So a whole town basically.  The Doctor also has a chat with Osgood and we learn that Zygons no longer need to keep humans alive to keep their faces.  Now they can wear a memory, providing they don’t need any further information from the original.  So we still don’t know for sure which she is.

Clara’s group heads back underground and discovers a bunch of Zygon pods.  Clara leads a UNIT group in to neutralize them when she discovers *herself*.  YES! Jac is even smarter than she looks and quickly realizes it’s a trap.  But too late!  They’re all killed…

Flashback to Clara in the neighbor’s apartment, and she was actually captured and replaced by “Bonnie”.  Flash to the Doctor talking to a Zygon prisoner and they say they’ve already taken over… Flash to Kate and she finds out that her new friend is also a Zygon.  Not a surprise – why would a town full of Zygons leave one human?

Back to the Doctor and Clara (back and forth) and Clara (Bonnie) sends a missile at the Doctor’s plane…  Nice way to end an episode!

Series 8 Filming

Spoiler alert!

Series 8 filming is still going on, and all kinds of rumors are flying.  It seems sure, though, that the Cybermen are returning!

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Oh and did I mention Osgood, Kate Stewart and UNIT?

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While we’re at it, why don’t we just stop and take a selfie?

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Behind The Lens

This was aired in the theatre after The Day of the Doctor.  I wasn’t expecting it, so it was a nice surprise:

Ingrid Oliver & Jemma Redgrave Talk Filming #SaveTheDay

The Day Of The Doctor Pictures

The BBC has released some photos from Day of the Doctor!

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I know these photos didn’t actually tell us anything new, but they’re still exciting!

50th Anniversary Spoilers

Yes, I’m a little behind the ball on this one, but it looks like UNIT is returning for the 50th Anniversary Special.

Back on April 8th, Jenna-Louise Coleman and Jenna Redgrave were spotted being filmed in the back of an SUV.  Apparently dialogue could be heard:

Clara – “What about the Doctor?”
Kate – “…the Unified Intelligence Task Force…”

It’s been suspected UNIT would be returning for a while, but it’s always nice to have confirmation…

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