Listen Review

Oh how I love Who day! As usual, spoilers.

The opening speech made 12 seem a little crazy, until his chalk took on a life of its own… But it definitely had my attention!

Then we see Clara and her date with Danny.  Again, the very cool flash forward.  Again, so very uncomfortable… then to a good time… then to anger and walking out.  This relationship just isn’t going well.  You can physically feel it when things are uncomfortable, which I  think was done well.

I love the biting remarks of 12.  He is so rude and has no idea… it’s awesome, and I wish I could get away with this sometimes.  But that only lasts a moment, and then the creepy begins.  Just enough to tease, then Clara is hooked up to the TARDIS to check out her nightmares.  This is a bit of a terrifying thought.  I noticed the TARDIS doesn’t want to let her go, which makes me wonder if this will lead into something else later.

So, since Clara manages to get herself distracted, we wind up seeing Danny as a child.  Finally, we see 12 use the psychic paper to investigate things.  Note that the Doctor is drinking coffee, while Clara goes to have a chat with Danny about his dreams.  They’re right, everyone has had that dream.  Human nature,.. but what’s on top of the bed?  Whatever it is, the Doctor feels the need to lecture about adrenaline while it sits there.  We have a bit of tension, then the mysterious creature disappears.

Capaldi’s Doctor is so much more alien.  He just doesn’t have the people skills as some of the previous Doctors, and I’m really enjoying it.  Between the mean comments (that are true more often than not) and his attitude it general I just love him.  Moving on…

Clara returns to her date to apologize in her own little way, then things go back to awkward, then angry.  Then away we go to the TARDIS.  The Doctor couldn’t stay and wait 5 minutes for Clara, so he comes back with a Danny look-alike.  Then to the end of the universe, some more insults and back to the creep factor.  Not being able to see the villain is much worse that seeing them, don’t you think?  The look on Clara’s face when she receives confirmation of who Orson is – fantastic.

Okay, so we’re going to hang out for a night to see what happens in the dark.  While we wait, we’ll talk about Clara’s dating life, but that doesn’t take very long.  Company arrives quickly, and Capaldi gets to make all kinds of funny faces while he acts.  Clara does a believable job of looking afraid, while 12 just looks a little insane.  Unlocking the door doesn’t help, and neither does yelling at Clara.  You can see it hurt her feelings, so she calls him a name to try and hide it.  We have barely a hint of what happens outside the TARDIS before Orson has to go and save the Doctor.

While he’s out, Clara decides she should try to fly the TARDIS.  Of course the screen can’t be working, so Clara decides to just open up the door and go out.  What does she find but a crying child.  It seems as though we’ve found a Time Lord, and it must be our Time Lord.  It seems Clara has started all of the bad dreams all along.  There was never anything there, just like in real life.  Clara has been very good to the Doctor.  She gave him the speech from the 50th (see the tie-in for the barn), and the adrenaline speech and the ability to accept himself.

“What if the big, bad Time Lord just doesn’t want to admit he’s afraid of the dark?”

When we see her at the end of the episode, she’s fixing things up with her new boyfriend… Rupert.

In cast you didn’t know, “Fear makes companions of us all” was actually a 1st Doctor quote.  I just thought I’d point that out before moving on.

This was definitely a Clara-centric episode.  The Doctor was just there for some comic relief and some speeches.  I kind of like what was done with the whole Clara/Danny thing, but there was one thing that really bothered me.  When we first met Rupert, there’s was something hanging out under his blanket.  So what was it?

As much as I wanted to love this episode, and did in some ways, there were just enough things that bothered me about it for me to say it wasn’t as good as the rest of the season.  It had quite a bit of potential, but it just wasn’t where I wanted it to be.  Opinions?

Almost Time…

…to start the countdown.  In the meantime:

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More Filming News

More spoilers and more photos from Series 8 Filming

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Capaldi And Coleman Filming

Don’t watch if you want to avoid all spoilers, but there’s really not much here

Series 8 Filming

Photos are out from the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Zone and Doctor Who TV with Jenna Coleman and Peter Capaldi on set filming Series 8.

Stop NOW if you don’t want to see anything potentially spoilery!

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There’s a full album with more photos HERE

The Time Of The Doctor

I’m back!

I spent the holidays travelling, and spent several days without power.  Now I’m back and (for now, anyhow) the power is on.  Bet you know the first thing I did… In case not, I watched The Time of the Doctor.  Now I’ll admit that it wasn’t without issues, but being a month since the last episode I decided to ignore them and just enjoy it.

Although I couldn’t much enjoy losing Matt Smith.  You see, I’ve grown rather fond of him over the last few years.

If you haven’t watched the Christmas special yet, you may not want to read on.  This is going to get somewhat spoilery.  Myself, I pretty much avoided the internet altogether so that I wouldn’t accidently see something episode-related.  And to a certain family member that watched it first: thanks for telling me absolutely nothing.  Yes, I really mean that and am not just being facetious.

Certain things about the episode really bothered me, and it wasn’t even the big stuff.  For example, the Doctor is running around with a Cyberman’s head and an eye stalk, yet there’s no real explanation.

I purposely tried to watch the episode when no one was around because I felt I may get a little weepy.  The regeneration scene was going to be very different from Tennant’s (or so we were told) but I didn’t really want to risk it.  I was doing just fine at the beginning, but when 11 appeared with an older face I started to feel it.  When Clara held onto the TARDIS and turned around to see him I REALLY felt it.  It pulled at my tiny underdeveloped heart strings.  When he began to regenerate… a couple of tears were shed.  But when Amy appeared… I alternated between happy and really sad.  Fantastic to see her appear before he changed, even if she wasn’t really there.  The ‘everything changes’ speech felt more like Matt Smith’s speech than the Doctor’s, much like Tennant’s departing speech.  It also felt like Clara’s tears were actually Jenna Coleman’s tears…

When Capaldi appeared I could see the Doctor in him.  I have high hopes for him when the show returns.  I also really liked that Smith got one last speech in before he went, as well as the fact that they (sort-of) addressed the numbering.  But to be honest, it really felt like he was mostly gone when his face aged.  Maybe because it didn’t really look like him and maybe because of what was done with the character.  His performance was enjoyable though.

The plan is to re-watch the episode soon.  In the meantime, what did you think?

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… and I will miss Matt Smith…

Warning! #dontbuythesun

If you’re trying to avoid Christmas spoilers, don’t by the Sun today!

My understanding (I haven’t seen it) is that they’ve basically published everything.  I like the odd rumor and such, but I don’t actually want to see everything.