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“Time of the Doctor” – The Second Trailer

A second trailer for “Time of the Doctor” has been released by the BBC. It’s similar (if not identical to the BBC America one). Not sure about the dodgy voiceover bloke though: might as well have got Peter Dickson in to do it. Completely detracts from what would otherwise have been a nice tease. However, it does seem to be fulfilling the promise that a lot of the loose ends from the Matt Smith era will be tied up, even to the extent of going back to “The God Complex“, to find out what was behind the door to “Room 11”.

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“Nightmare in Silver” – Review: Redux

Doctor “Don’t wander off! Now I’m not just saying, “Don’t wander off.” I mean it. Otherwise you’ll wander off. And the next thing you know, somebody’s going to have to start rescuing somebody.”

Nightmar in Silver

The penultimate review. It’s been one helluva journey over the last 101 days to reproduce (or in many cases, write new) blog reviews of all the twenty-first century Doctor Who episodes. And after this one, there is only “The Name of the Doctor” left to complete. It goes without saying that my Doctor Who excitement levels are currently stratospheric and show no signs of slowing down any time soon. Planning for the Official 50th Celebration on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Excel in Docklands area of London, not to mention the 3D screening of “The Day of the Doctor” on Saturday. Once it’s all over, the blog will hopefully be replete with reviews and commentaries on the biggest Golden Anniversary of them all. In the meantime, I was forced into watching “Nightmare in Silver” again. Over the course of the last 100 reviews, only 4 episodes have managed to achieve the Demon’s Run Rating of 20 out of 20. One of them was Neil Gaiman’s “The Doctor’s Wife”: a beautiful love letter to the fans. However, it is unfortunate to report that ‘nightmare’ is a pretty appropriate word. Continue reading

“Closing Time” – Review: Redux

Doctor “No. That’s impossible and also grossly sentimental and over-simplistic. You destroyed them because of the deeply-ingrained hereditary human trait to protect one’s own genes. Which in turn triggered a… a…. Yeah. Love. You blew them up with love.”

Closing Time

I’ve mentioned a couple of love-conquers-all endings that have popped up in recent episodes of Doctor Who where just wishing really, really hard or thinking of someone you love is enough to overcome the deadliest of adversaries. Well, here comes another one and, while it’s by far from being the last one you’ll see in these final episodes of my mini-marathon, it’s one of the most blatant. Don’t get me wrong it’s a pretty good episode, played by and large for laughs, but with a good dose of pathos brought about by the fact that the Doctor knows that he’s nearing his ultimate demise, a fact which has been on the back of viewers’ minds since the opening instalment of Series Six. Additionally, there is an incongruous River Song / Madame Kovarian scene at the end that sets up tomorrow’s Series Finale “The Wedding of River Song”. However, the addition of this scene did diminish the impact of this bromance tale by reducing it to being little more that an appetiser, as we await the main course. The decision to revert to standalone, movie-of-the-week stories for the duration of Series Seven begins to look smarter by the minute Continue reading

“A Good Man Goes to War” – Review: Redux

River “Demons run when a good man goes to war. Night will fall and drown the sun when a good man goes to war. Friendship dies and true love lies, night will fall and the dark will rise when a good man goes to war. Demons run, but count the cost. The battle’s won but the child is lost.”

A Good Man Goes to War

“A Good Man Goes to War” is a very different kind of Doctor Who episode. It is stand-alone story in as much as it does not have a second part but in truth the storyline is essentially the tying together of many plot threads from previous Moffat era stories and the creation of many new ones that reach out in to Series Seven and perhaps, beyond. The revelation at the end of the previous episode that the Amy who has been travelling with Rory and the Doctor (since, as we discover here, before the beginning of Series Six) has been nothing more than a Flesh Avatar, meant that we now find out that the real Amy has been stuck on the converted Demon’s Run asteroid, being guided through her pregnancy under the beady eye of Madame Kovarian, played with delightful evilness by Frances Barber. The discovery of this deceit has clearly spurred the two men in Amy’s life into a massively complicated and not a little timey-wimey plan that is cleverly played out in the pre-title sequence. Continue reading

“The Big Bang” – Review: Redux

Professor River Song “Right, I have questions. But number one is this: what in the name of sanity have you got on your head?”
The Doctor “It’s a fez, I wear a fez now. Fezes are cool.”

The Big Bang

So, here we are at the end of The Moff’s first series in charge and we’re waiting to see just how the Doctor is going to get out of the Pandorica in which he was trapped by the alliance. The answer it turns out was funny, exciting, thrilling and, yet, a little bit unsatisfactory. This is where it starts to feel like the story, while brilliantly written, might be seen as being a bit too clever for its own good. The first shock is that it is that two-thousand years later, as the Pandorica rests in the National Museum, that it is not the Doctor but Amy who appears in the Pandorica after it’s been opened by little Amelia. We get a non-linear story to try and get our collective heads around as the Doctor from the future jumps back in time to instruct Rory how to open the “box” to free his younger self and replace him with Amy, who can later be restored. To dismiss the paradox (that the Doctor must’ve escaped from the Pandorica *before* being able to go back and instruct Rory how to fashion his escape) in such an off-hand way effectively gives rise to the notion that he could always do things like that to get out of perilous situations. As a one-off it is justifiable, but as a repeatable process it might become tiresome quite quickly. Continue reading

“The Pandorica Opens” – Review: Redux

Rory “I died and turned in to a Roman. It’s very distracting”

The Pandorica Opens

The season finale of Series Five begins with the longest pre-title sequence yet seen; it takes so long for the titles to arrive that you feel like you’re half way through the episode already. This, of course, may also be due to the fact that so much is packed into that sequence. Following on from “Time of Angels” and setting the scene for future stories when the two time travellers (the Doctor and River) arrange to meet, there are a series of wonderful little, for want of a better word, minisodes. The central conceit being the question of how to two people out of sync with one another arrange to meet up? The variety of ways of answering that question that are sprinkled liberally throughout Moffat-era Who, are always fun. Here we get a painting made by van Gogh in his fugue state, being found by Bracewell and Churchill, who, on the advice of River leaves it in the Queen’s estate all the way through to the reign of Liz Ten, where (after a small detour to obtain Captan Jack Harkness’s vortex manipulator via Dorium Maldovar), it is stolen by River herself, who carves a message along with necessary coordinates on the oldest cliff-face in the universe where it waits for the Doctor to come and translate it, before the final meeting in Roman Britain. Continue reading

1,000 Pieces

 

 

Completed my Christmas holiday challenge this evening…..

 

Jigsaw

Now, I’m no expert about such things but I found it to be a very high quality product and a step up from the standard of jigsaw that I recall from my youth. The colour reproduction is great, the artwork is actually very impressive (apart from the decision to include a TARDIS in what is essentially a villains and monsters image). It’s not exactly the most dynamic or sociable way to pass the time, but I found the whole exercise to be rather therapeutic and a complete change of pace from all the usual festive running around and over-eating. Hats off to Ravensburger for finally creating a jigsaw that’s more than the typical 60 or 80 piece efforts that appeal solely to the young fan base.