Under The Lake – New Who Season 9 Episode 3 Review

Okay, okay, I know I’m way behind.  I don’t know what I’d do without a PVR.  Seriously I’ve had no time on my hands but have some serious catching up to do.  I’m going to try and work my way through some episodes as best I can.  I’ve even been avoiding Twitter so I don’t accidentally see anything about an episode.  Here we go with Under the Lake! – Spoilers!!!

A mysterious craft and some shadowy figures on an underwater base is always a good start to the show.  A character needs to die for us to realize we’re dealing with ghosts?  I’d like to think we’re all a little smarter than than.

Meanwhile back at my place I have a cat sleeping (and drooling) on my arm.  It makes it very difficult to type…

Après-credits (that’s right, my French is “awesome”), our heroes come along with an apparently unhappy TARDIS.  Clara wants some adventure and the Doctor seems to be right there with her.  I think this is a “be careful what you wish for” sort of situation.  But we run into the ghosts without incident and then arrive at the… ummm… spaceship?

Yes, the alien has confirmed the craft is alien.  Good.  Right.  On with it then.  So we now have ghosts that can wield weapons and in the general run-for-your-life scenario our dynamic duo meet up with the live portion of the crew.  Standard explanations ensue, and our ghosts now appear to be something else which only comes out at night.  Thankfully it’s “morning” in our dark scary underwater base and we can get on with our investigation.

On a side note, I love the fact that Clara has cards for the Doctor so he can be a little less… alien.  I’m really enjoying the back to “I don’t understand feelings” Doctor.  Also loving the fact that he gets so excited that he needs to calm himself down.  Clara seems to be getting overly excited as well.  She’s too at home as a companion, which may just get her killed this season.

We have some filler, the sub switches to night mode and we kill off an annoying character.  That means a close call with a ghost with a last second switch to day mode just in time for him to disappear.  All right, I take a bit of issue with this one.  It’s not like the group was trapped or there was another ghost blocking the exit.  They could have just run away.  But I digress…

They hatch a plan to catch a ghost but things go badly.  In the end of course the plan works out and all of the ghosts are captured.  The Doctor pops in and figures out what they want.  Some investigating leads to a stasis chamber from the ship and some more questions,  but the Doctor seems to figure it out.  Unfortunately the base starts to flood and he gets separated from Clara.  He and half he group jump in the TARDIS and head back in time to fix the issue.

Flash to Clara and the rest of the group who are waiting for his return.  We see another ghost, meaning someone died when they went to the past… and it’s the Doctor…

Okay, didn’t see that one coming.  Looks like we’re going to have plenty of multi part episodes this season.  I’d certainly rather see them do that and do a better job on the story than rush it.  And I really didn’t feel like there was a ton of filler here.  Looks like I can’t get to part 2 tonight, but I’m hoping before this week is out… and my cat is still drooling on my arm…

Death In Heaven Review

I can’t believe we’re at the finale already!  I’ve been away, and am just getting to watch the episode now.  Again, a write-while-viewing…

We left off with “Missy” turning out to be our old friend the Master, and we appear to be at the start of a Cyber-invasion.  My personal opinion is that although I love the Cybermen and the Master, I feel both villains need a rest.  However, I do understand that with the potential return of Gallifrey it does make sense to bring back some old foes.

This week we jump right in with Clara talking her way out of being killed by a Cyberman by saying she’s the Doctor.

Back to the Doctor and Missy.  Missy is playing on the fact that us poor stupid humans will assume the invasion is some sort of publicity stunt… sadly, I really believe this is what would happen in real life, especially if they were to look like something out of TV (like the Cybermen!).  Although… don’t people already know what Cybermen look like?  In the midst of trying to take a selfie, Missy is interrupted by Osgood!  YES!  I knew it was coming, but I didn’t expect her to jump in and offer to take a photo for them.  Of course we know right away that she’s up to something… after all…:

“Bow ties are cool” – Osgood

Our tourists all pull out guns and now we know where we stand.  Seconds later Kate is on the scene taking charge.  Some banter, then she puts the Cybermen in their place, although it appears the Doctor has forgotten that he’s on the payroll.  It doesn’t last long, since they then “blast off”.  Now, I was wondering how they’d find a new way to upgrade the machines, but I feel like we’re starting to border on ridiculous.  How far can we go with this?  The problem is that they’re appearing so often that it’s becoming impossible to make them more and more dangerous.

Only it’s not just a blast off.  The Cybermen are spreading out to every major city, “blowing up” and “pollinating” using the pieces.  This doesn’t even make sense to me!  There’s no plant or animal life left in them, right?  If that’s the case then it’s just not possible… *sigh* Fine, I’ll go with it.

We flash to Danny long enough to find out that the minds are being downloaded into the “upgraded” bodies. AKA the new Cybermen.

For some as yet unknown reason UNIT knocks out both Missy and the Doctor.  Just before passing out the Doctor tells Osgood to guard the graveyards.  This would make sense, since the dead definitely outnumber the living.  We flash to a giant cloud over just such a graveyard, where it begins to rain over the graves.  The scene with the lighting reminds me of something I’d see in The Walking Dead, but before the zombies actually start jumping out from behind things.  I take that back, because the water spreads to anywhere there are bodies and it even defies the laws of gravity to “upgrade” the dead.  Perhaps this is the only way they could show us the Cyber-Danny seeing himself and realizing what he’s become.

Still no sign of Clara, so I’m sure we’ll flash back to her later.

The Doctor wakes up chained with the TARDIS having been moved as well.  I’m not entirely sure why they bothered to chain him to release him as soon as he awoke, but at least they addressed the missing companion issue.  The plan seems to be to put the Doctor on a plane and make sure he’s hard to find while they carry out a plan.  They seem to have put him in charge of a bunch of soldiers, which is right up there with his worst nightmares.

“That’s your answer for everything, isn’t it?  Vote for an idiot.” – The Doctor

Yup, they’ve elected him president of the WORLD.  Well that’s interesting.  He’s got an awesome shocked face going on.  Plus it kind of looks like he’s drinking out of the saucer and not the teacup.  Anyone care to clarify?

Finally back to Clara, who’s actually doing a good job rattling off facts for the three Cybermen who now decide her fate.  A fourth Cyberman joins the party and when he says she really is Clara I’m assuming he’s Danny.  Then he starts rattling off facts about her and my resolve strengthens.  He knocks her out and now I’m certain, but just for confirmation he blows up the other three.  Yup, definitely Danny!  Poor guy.  So how did he manage to not turn out like the rest of him?  Why isn’t he controlled?  I’d like to think it’s just because he has wicked resolve, but I suspect that later it’s going to come down to his love for Clara.

Side note: I really should quit making predictions while I watch the episode, because when I’m proven wrong (and it does happen) I look kind of stupid.  Especially since I’m sure all of you who have read this far have already watched it.

Missy claims to know where Gallifrey is but won’t tell the Doctor, so he rubs it in that he’s ruling the world now.  So is she telling the truth?  Maybe, maybe not.  I’d definitely believe she would be lying, but as a plot point it makes more sense that she would know.  Right now though, Osgood shows she’s a smarty pants again and then points out the Cyber-clouds are expanding.  The news shows that Cybermen are rising from graves and the public is advised to stay away from cemeteries.

Of course that’s where Clara wakes up.  We have a bit of a suspense building scene with metal hands popping out from graves, although she doesn’t see them.  At least not right away.  We get a little cut scene where the Doctor explains that Missy is weaponizing the dead, but if you weren’t asleep so far you’ve already figured that out.  What you may not have figured out already is that Missy has been collecting minds basically forever, since she can use her TARDIS to jump through time to grab them all.

“Well look at me, I’m bananas.” – Missy

That’s for sure.  Missy uses that little gem to slip her handcuffs into Osgood’s pocket.  Now here’s what I don’t get.  Missy takes her handcuffs off, drops them in Osgood’s pocket and then puts on lipstick and the two armed guards behind her don’t notice?  And they don’t do anything when she makes a move for Oswin?  Come on now!  She then seems to turn Osgood into dust (Really?  That can’t be the end of her already) and set the plane all askew… or maybe that was the Cybermen outside?  It doesn’t take the Doctor long to figure out Missy is loose and what she’s done to Osgood.

We’re back to Clara.  She finds the one Cyberman that brought her there and gives him a piece of her mind.  She goes on about being the Doctor’s best friend and how he’s the closest person to her but all she’s doing is pushing Danny away.  He can’t shoot her, so he pulls off his mask.  Coleman plays this beautifully, with this mix of relief and shock and horror and shame.  It’s just well done.  He has no blue light in the middle of his chest like the other Cybermen.  At the moment he asks her to turn on his inhibitor I realize something I should have realized earlier.  He still has emotions because he didn’t take the option to switch them off in the Nethersphere.  I really want this to work out and to find a way to bring him back, but at the same time I think it would make a better episode for them to fail him and to not be able to help…  Imagine the heartbreak, what it would do to Clara, what it would do to the Doctor to see what it would do to her.  How would that affect their relationship?  There are so many ways that could go.

Back on the plane Missy confirms my suspicions that she was the girl with his phone number all along.  She was the one keeping them together (which we already knew, but this is confirmation) with the computer help line, the ad in the newspaper… We even get a wonderful flash from a Matt Smith episode in there.  The whole time the phone is ringing, and who else would be calling?  Clara, to ask for the advise of her best friend.  Only she doesn’t want advise… she wants permission.  She wants him to say it’s okay to destroy Danny’s emotions and turn him into one of them to make the pain stop, even knowing he’ll kill her as soon as she does it.  Really though, she wants saving.  She wants to destroy Danny’s emotions and then have the Doctor swoop in and save her.

But he has his own problems, like Missy throwing Kate out of a plane.  I don’t see why he can’t jump in the TARDIS, grab Clara, grab Kate (and whoever else) then save the day.  Maybe I’ve gotten used to expecting too much timey-wimey.  While I ponder that, Missy zaps herself out of there.  The plane blows up and the Doctor starts falling.  He has a very Bond like scene where he chases his TARDIS in midair and jumps inside.  Maybe I’ll get the ending I was expecting after all.

When the Doctor arrives, Clara and Danny both seem to be in denial about what he’ll do to her.  Capaldi is wonderful here.  As he looks over Danny he plays out beautifully human emotions.  A nice little speech to convince him to keep his emotions but then we learn that Danny can’t see into the Cybermen hive mind without inhibiting his emotions.  So what do you do now?  You need to know what will happen but you don’t want to destroy the human being.  Clara steps up and again tells the Doctor to do as he’s told.  This wouldn’t be believable at all if we hadn’t been building up to it all season.

The Doctor needs to walk away, because this is actually killing him.  It’s killing all of them, really.  Clara says her goodbyes as she takes the screwdriver and does what she needs to do.  Danny also gets his goodbyes in as he “dies” and the Cyberman is born.  This scene was very well done.  As he’s activating he tells the Doctor that the rain will fall again and kill the rest of humanity.

Missy gets a Mary-Poppins style entrance then demonstrates she has full control over the Cybermen.  In the arrival scuffle Clara gets her device.  I kept waiting for Missy to make the Cybermen do the Hokey Pokey but no such luck.  As Missy was yakking, I noticed that none of the Cybermen in the cemetery had their inhibitors on.  Maybe this is just an oversight, but I don’t find that likely seeing as how they made a major plot point out of Danny’s.

Missy wishes the Doctor “Happy Birthday” and appears to give him control of the Cyber-army.  She tells him the only way to save the people of Earth is to conquer the universe.  She wants him to know they’re not that different.  She’s right in a way, they’re not.  Missy has always wanted to rule over everything, and the Doctor has always wanted to be in charge even if he didn’t want to admit it.  They’ll both go to unbelievably great lengths to get what they want, making huge sacrifices.  We get great flashbacks showing that the Doctor may not be the good man he’s always wanted to be and that there is hate in his heart… but that’s true of most humans, even the good ones.  But it’s what happens when faced with the tough decisions that really determine what kind of a person you are.  In this case the Doctor is reminded that he isn’t a good man.  He’s reminded that he’s “an idiot with a box and a screwdriver.”

We’re back to the love that Danny has for Clara.  The Doctor gives control of the army to Danny, who he knows will never hurt Clara.  To keep her safe, he orders his army to rise into the clouds and burn them.  It’s the end of Danny Pink.  However, we’ve seen the future.  We know that he has decedents.  So is time being rewritten here, is Clara pregnant, or will Danny return somehow?

Missy gives up the coordinates for Gallifrey.  It seems she just wants her old friend back and doesn’t care if that means she’ll go back as a prisoner.  I don’t buy that.  Clara wants to kill her but the Doctor says he’ll do it to save her soul.  Missy wants to know who will save his soul.  He raises to fire and someone beats him to it.  It looked like Danny, but this Cyberman was wearing a mask…  The Cyberman points and they find Kate, alive, in the grass.

We quickly find out that this one is Kate’s father.  His inhibitor isn’t active either, and it seems he saved Kate.  He finally gets his salute from the Doctor before blasting off, but they never show what happens to him.

A couple of weeks later Danny visits Clara using the bracelet.  We learn it has enough power to bring one person back, but instead of saving himself he sends through the boy he killed.  To appease his conscious?  I think that although I understand what he was trying to do, this is in many ways the wrong way to go.  Assuming his parents are still alive, they’ve long ago accepted the death of their son, and by not saving himself he’s causing Clara pain for the rest of her life.  To me that sounds as though it’s not the best option.  But alas, it’s about dramatic impact.  Danny tasks Clara with finding the boy’s parents.

The Doctor arrives, and assumes that Danny is back.  He also assumes Clara is leaving the TARDIS to be with him.  She has to tell him the heartbreaking truth, that Danny chose the boy over her.  But first he tells her that he found Gallifrey… Only he’s actually lying so she won’t feel bad about leaving him behind.  After all, he does love her and wants to spare her some pain.  She loves him too, so she also lies.  She lets him believe that she and Danny are together and everything is fine.

She even gets a hug goodbye.

“Never trust a hug.  It’s just a way to hide your face.” – The Doctor

How true.   They say their goodbyes and it made me a little weepy.  He dematerializes, and Clara is alone.  Really, truly, properly alone.  I thought at first she was headed to the carousal to pick up the boy but no.

Then Santa barges into to TARDIS?  I’m so confused!

So do I think that’s the end of it?  No, I think he’ll be alone for the Christmas special (companionless, as usual) and then I think we’ll see her returning soon.  I also think that maybe the Nethersphere (or some version of it) still exists, since Danny and the boy were still in there and one was able to return.  But how did his body just materialize?

Overall I enjoyed the episode despite the crazy Cyberman powers.  What do you think?

In The Forest Of The Night Review

Another write-as-I-watch review.

Right away, this feels like a little red riding hood story… then we see the TARDIS.  The Doctor compares the size of the TARDIS to the amount of sugar in a Coke, which I found interesting… He seems to be good with the random child that shows up at his door, but things are very confused.

Apparently we’re in the middle of London, but we’re in a forest.  For once, could we please have an alien planet?  We’re spending entirely too much time in the UK, too much time on Earth entirely.  *sigh*  Anyway, on we go.  A bunch of kids sleeping over in what looks like a museum with our good friends Mr. Pink and Miss Oswald.  When they leave, they discover the forest has grown up overnight… and it appears to have covered the whole world.  The child?  Well, they lost her and now the Doctor has her.

There’s some… tension… between Danny and Clara over the fact that Clara is still in contact with the Doctor, but in this case it seems to be a good thing she is.

“If you start to fall behind, don’t” – Danny Pink

Seriously?  Is this boot camp?

The kids start to notice weird thing about the trees, like no growth rings and ones with both nuts and blossoms.  Something’s definitely not right with the forest.

It appears Danny has realized what’s really going on with the Doctor and Clara, or at least he suspects it.  There’s no time to worry about that with a lost little girl running through the woods, dropping clues as she goes.  As Clara and the Doctor follow they find men trying (but unable) to light the trees on fire.  We also realize there are animals loose in the woods.

So far there doesn’t seem to be much of a story here, just a lot of filler.

Wolves.  Wolves and a girl in a hooded red jacket.  Total red riding hood.  They find Mave (our little girl – and I’m sure that’s not her name but that’s what it sounds like so that’s what I’ll call her for now) and then we find a tiger.  Danny gets to save the day and be cool for a second.  Mave tells the Doctor that she created the forest because of the thoughts she catches.  The thoughts look like lightening bugs, but more aliens?

The Doctor believes the world is going to end.  He wants to take the kids and Clara, or even just Clara.  She doesn’t want to go, but she wants him to go and save himself.  She talks him into leaving, but I don’t think he’s done yet.  Within seconds, he’s chasing the group and bringing them back to the TARDIS.  What does he do but tell them all the Earth is on a path of destruction… for a second, anyway.  Then he explains that the trees are going to save them all.

The kids want to go home, but Clara wants to see the solar event.  Danny doesn’t want to go… so Clara acts like she’s going to skip it but goes back and sees it anyway.  I feel like her exit is coming soon or the end of her relationship is.

We’re treated to another brief glimpse of Missy, where she seems shocked by the choice as well.

Everything resolves itself within a minute.  The trees go away, a missing child is returned and everyone will apparently forget everything.

This felt a little preachy.  A little soda has a ton of sugar in it, save the trees, look at what’s in front of you instead of out at the world (Danny’s speech to Clara).  I don’t know, but I really didn’t enjoy it very much.  The interaction between characters was good, and there was some camera work that I enjoyed immensely, but I wasn’t at all enthralled with the story itself.

By the way, I just looked it up – it’s not Mave, it’s Maebh.

Next week looks much better.  We see Missy as well as Clara not being, well, Clara.  We also get a glimpse of some Cybermen.  It’s part one of the season finale (I’m not counting the Christmas Special as the finale) so I’m very excited to see where things are going.  Over the next several episodes I expect some resolution to Clara’s character (whether she leaves the TARDIS or Danny), and I also expect some resolution to Missy.

What did you think of this episode, and what are your predictions for the next several?  If you’ve seen any leaked footage or anything please don’t share that though – just opinions and theories.

Flatline Review (Spoilers)

I feel like it’s a running theme now that we start the episode with a death or an attack or something.  Maybe it’s not so much with the episodes… I’ve been listening to the 8th Doctor Big Finish audio books lately, and I think that everything’s starting to blend together.  It also just occurred to me that I haven’t been sharing those here like I was planning to.  Well… That’s for another day I suppose.

In the meantime, it seems as though Clara is still lying to Danny about travelling with the Doctor, and to the Doctor about Danny being okay with it.  It seems that Clara has asked the Doctor to return her to the exact time and place she left.  Only this time something is wrong.  The TARDIS door is smaller than it should be.  Upon exiting, we find that the entire TARDIS is now child-sized.  I definitely see marketing of this come Christmas.

“Could you just let me enjoy this moment of not knowing something?  I mean, they happen so rarely.” – The Doctor

No ego there…

Clara goes to explore while the Doctor works on things from the mini-TARDIS.  This never ends well.  So Clara discovers people are missing and when she returns to the TARDIS she finds it’s now the size of one of those cookie jars you can buy.  When 12 looks out the doors it’s fantastic!  And the hand sticking out?  I seriously lost it.

Clara gets a bit power crazy and starts referring to herself as the Doctor.  This may get confusing.  Doctor-Oswald doesn’t have quite the ring to it as Doctor-Donna, but I guess it is what it is.  The scene with Rigsy is great comic relief, with Clara poking fun at the Doctor and him just being grumpy but not able to do anything about it.  Clara looks like she’s having some serious fun wielding the sonic screwdriver.  Although I’m enjoying it, I also feel as if we’re putting too much importance on Clara.  Not just in this episode, but overall.  At the same time, I think if we hadn’t had that sort of background, this episode would feel forced, like it was out of character.

Anyhow, we go looking at the residence of the last man who disappeared.  Poor Rigsy is introduced to the tiny TARDIS and the Doctor, and we get the expected “it’s bigger on the inside” before having to run.  Next we look at another place and decide to start knocking down walls.  That lasts until the accompanying officer is sucked into the carpet.  The Doctor realizes she’s been turned into a mural on the wall and the unidentified threat starts coming after Clara and Rigsy.  Danny decides to call about then and Clara does a miserable job of lying to him.  Hopefully this means that it won’t be long before her double life is again exposed.  If so, it could mean the end of her travels with the Doctor or the end of her relationship with Danny.  Either way, it will definitely be interesting to watch.  The Doctor now knows that she’s been lying to him, and he doesn’t seem very happy about it.  It seems that he’s more upset about the act of lying than who she was lying to.

There isn’t much time to dwell on this because the Doctor realizes the missing people are actually murals on the walls… Very dangerous murals.  Clara tries to get everyone away, but the leader of the work group sees a blank page on the psychic paper.  That made me instantly suspicious of him.  Is he an alien?  We have no time to think about it because the murals start chasing them and everyone needs to run.

Clara finds herself the leader of our little group.  Although that seems like a good thing, it’s a role filled with difficult decisions.  She has to choose what to say and do to keep the group alive, which isn’t always the clearest choice or the most honest one.  It’s the Doctor’s world, and she’s squarely in the middle of it.  I like the idea that we’re finally seeing her put in a truly difficult place, one that’s not Clara-like at all, one where she can’t just yell at the Doctor to save them all.  Even though he’s kind of there to help.

Another person has been picked off and the group runs into the tunnels.  The next person is grabbed by a large 3D hand… They’re evolving.  As the images of the dead rise from the ground I’m reminded of a bad zombie movie.  Clara restores a door handle with a de-flattening device, which the Doctor gets to work just in time.  I feel like this is the beginning of our resolution to the episode, but maybe it’s just a convenient toy.

“We’re in the bad news!  I’m living the bad news!” – Clara, while running

Sometimes I love Clara.

So the leader of the work group grabs the TARDIS from Clara’s bad and it gets knocked over the edge of… well, whatever it is they’re running over.  I knew that guy was bad news.  The TARDIS lands on the train tracks with a train coming, and it feels like one of those old-timey movies with the girl roped to the tracks.  Clara has an Aadams family idea (I love that reference) and the Doctor tries to get the TARDIS out of the way in time.  There’s a bit of tension and we move back to the group without seeing what happened… at least for a moment.

Clara stops a train using the sonic (I have a problem with the overuse of the sonic in this episode) and sets it up to ram our fake zombies.  Of course it does no good, but this allows her to find the TARDIS in lock down mode.  He kept saying no power, and personally I feel like a set of jumper cables would fix that.

Clara is on her own now and she seems to have come up with an idea involving paint and Rigsy.  It appears that we’re tricking the Flatliners into pouring energy into the TARDIS.  The Doctor, of course, isn’t aware of this and is recording his final message to Clara.  I feel like he could have done better, but it was the best we could expect from this incarnation I believe.  However, once we get him back we’re treated to a nice little “this place is protected” speech, which we haven’t seen much of from this Doctor.  As an added treat we find out Clara heard his goodbye.

Everyone gets dropped off and Clara ignores a call from Danny… Does this means she’s choosing the Doctor over him?  Maybe I’m reading too much into this.  We’re also treated to another few seconds of Missy.  She’s “chosen” Clara?  What?  Something is definitely weird here, and I’m sure we’ll see more of it soon.

I definitely enjoyed the episode, and the “monsters” were a refreshing change.  What did you think?  Comments are welcome!

Mummy On The Orient Express Review

Yet another live viewing 🙂

We start off the episode with a train in space and a death by mummy.  This could be great or terrible, depending…

Clara and the Doctor appear… wait… I thought she wasn’t talking to him?  Maybe it’s assumed that we just missed the events that led up to this.  Until we find out that this is Clara’s final trip.  Thankfully they addressed it.  On a side note, I love Clara’s dress.

A moody train car is a great place for a serious conversation.  Having just watched The Walking Dead, it was a little extra added tension.  The Doctor and Clara each decide to do their own little investigation and it seems that the train is keeping people alive.  However, there’s a myth about a mummy that says only the victim can see it and that person has 66 seconds to live.

I love the jelly babies case!

Death #2…

The chief engineer seems a little too keen, but I like him all the same.  We get some time killing while Clara investigates her feelings (while she’s stuck) and the Doctor investigates the mummy.  I found this dragged on a bit longer than it needed to, but maybe I was just being impatient.

The mummy clock starts again and we have another death…

The Doctor figures out what’s going on, so the train stops and we find out what’s really going on.  We have a 4th death and Clara has managed to find some information.  The Doctor has managed to figure out how the mummy is choosing victims.  Another death and a little more information.

Clara’s new friend is suspected to be next, and we get to see the Doctor be a terrible person.  That also puts Clara in a bad position, where she lies to get her there. At this point the truth comes out and the Doctor redeems himself.

“Are you my mummy?” – The Doctor

I love that throwback.

The Doctor finally figures it out but that puts them all in danger again.  A last second rescue and the Doctor comes through in the end.  We find out he’s not heartless after all and that he’s accepted that sometimes he just has to choose between bad options.

This was mostly a filler episode.  We did discover that Clara and Danny are telling each other “I love you” and that Clara lies to him about deciding to go back “on the road” with the Doctor.  I felt this episode was okay, but wasn’t thrilled with it.


Audio Book: The Scapegoat

I’ve been working my way through the Paul McGann audio books… and writing about them…  It’s been suggested I start sharing them, and I think I may do that.  They may not be that interesting, but in case you’re thinking of joining the party this will give you some idea of what you’re looking for.

If you know me,  you know I’ve been at this a lot recently.  I’ll be honest here.  Even though I do slam some of the audio books, I now feel like we were cheated out of McGann on TV.  I wasn’t a huge fan of the movie so although I liked him I wasn’t that attached to him.  But now?  Oh yes, I completely love him now!

Doctor Who: The Scapegoat (The New Eighth Doctor Adventures)Doctor Who: The Scapegoat by Pat Mills

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This entire thing reminded me of something, but I can’t put my finger on it. It was a bit darker than we’ve seen in a while, and I really enjoyed that. It’s a nice theater mystery that’s not what it seems.

When Lucie woke up in the dressing room she reminded me a lot of Rose… Wait, that’s it! The theater in Penny Dreadful – that’s what I was picturing in my mind while listening to this.

Kill The Moon Review

Okay, so this is another write-it-while-I-watch-it review.  I’m kind of enjoying these, though it may make no sense to anyone reading it.

Finally we’re off Earth… kind of.  The space suits are back again, and it looks like Clara is without the Doctor.  You know, this whole Clara being the central character thing is starting to grate on me.  I like her well enough, but it’s starting to feel like too much.

I knew we wouldn’t see the last of Courtney, but I wasn’t expecting it so soon.  Though it’s interesting to see how the 12th Doctor seems to consider people not special, while the 11th Doctor thought everyone was.

Anyway, back to the future moon, with the whole crew for the moment.  The Doctor makes a nice fool out of himself in front of some random people, all in the interest of seeing that the moon has gravity.  Apparently it’s messing with things on Earth.  When our crew goes to investigate, we’re treated to the moon’s surface and a view of Earth from afar.  Finally something a little different from England.

We find some cobwebs in space, which seems a little odd.  The next part just gives a chance to explain the back story and have people walk around in space suits.  We find a body, then ditch the helmets… apparently without checking the air quality first?  The lights go out, we hear funny sounds and someone gets attacked outside.  Seems on par for the course.

We get our first glimpse of a big giant ugly spider, and it’s time to hide in the dark.  I feel like it’s partly atmosphere, party to have an excuse for a glow in the dark spider.  An attack, everyone runs, Courtney gets left behind and kills the spider.  Since everyone is now afraid, we have to have a chat about whether to stay or not.  The Doctor says he can’t see what happens because the fate of the moon hasn’t been decided.  In the meantime, Courtney is locked in the TARDIS… does anyone else see this ending badly?

We go outside, then find another spider (which apparently are germs?) and when it runs we see what looks like thousands.  I predict they will be running loose soon.  The Doctor finds a batch of amniotic fluid and jumps down into it, but he’s not gone long.  They head back and the TARDIS (and Courtney) are missing.  Nobody seems to care.  Apparently the moon is an egg, it’s hatching, and that’s more important than anything else.  Fair enough.  Okay, so it was intentional, but we’re ignoring that because it’s fun.

In usual human style, we want to kill the moon.  To be fair, there’s a decision to be made.  Kill the thing that’s hatching (one life), or let it live and kill billions (Earth).

“It’s time to take the stabilizers off your bike” – The Doctor

The Doctor refuses to make the decision for them, so he brings the TARDIS back, boots out Courtney and leaves in it.  He wants them to make the decision.  Our not-so-friendly astronaut sets the timer to destroy the moon while they decide.  No pressure.  So Clara asks the Earth to vote.  That’s something I’d fully expect from her.  As the timer runs down, the Earth appears to go dark, suggesting they kill the moon.   Clara can’t do it and stops the timer.  Of course, that’s when the Doctor chooses to pick them up.

We get a cool shot of them on Earth, looking at the moon hatching.  The beach looks like the one that 11 “died” on…

What came next, and the resolution of what would happen without the moon resolved itself a little too quickly, but I can let that go in favor of the showdown between Clara and the Doctor.  I don’t at all think this is the end of Clara’s trips with the Doctor, but it does feel as though they could be setting up the beginning of the end for her. She can’t stay around forever, so at some point they need to determine how she will leave.

We only saw Danny for a minute or two, but I was happy with him this time.  We also didn’t get to see anything from Missy.  All in all, I felt like the episode moved along quickly enough.  We got a little development in the Doctor/Clara relationship, and it wasn’t that bad to watch.

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