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Thoughts on Doctor Who: Series 10

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So yesterday Julia mentioned that the future showrunner of Doctor Who has been selected – Chris Chibnall, of Broadchurch fame. This meant that the vague rumblings I’d heard about Steven Moffat being out were true, or at least at some point true – so I ran to the Internet to find out more.

Have a link! It seems Moffat will complete his run with Series 10, which will indeed air Spring 2017, as feared. I had called this one of the things I was excited for this year – especially getting a new companion, since Clara was ever ill-used. Looks like I am losing this to next year, making comic-book-related media an even larger part of my year.

And since it sounds like Series 10 has not been written yet, there’s nothing on the new companion for now – nor about whether Peter Capaldi’s contract, which only goes through this coming season, will be renewed or not.

What do you think about these Doctor Who rumors and plans? Happy to see Moffat go? Scared of what will happen with the Doctor and his companion? Trying to imagine Doctor Who in the style of Broadchurch? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Doctor Who Series 9, After Action Report

Doctor Who Series 9 finished a few weeks ago and so in anticipation of the Christmas Special, “The Husbands of River Song,” I thought I would discuss my feelings on Series 9. I have really loved Capaldi as the Doctor, but Clara has been a particular disappointment so the past couple of series have been… interesting. I was not sure how 9 would go because originally it was rumored that Clara was supposed to leave during the last Christmas Special and then suddenly she didn’t.

There have been a lot of things that I have enjoyed about this season because they have played a lot with the concepts of war and death. Most of it is really well done, but they kept having Clara almost die, which was a bit overdone. The overall stories have been really well done, but Clara has felt like an obligatory companion and not as the amazing character she could have been.

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How the Heck is Clara Not Dead Yet?

We’ve been enjoying this season of Doctor Who so far, but the first thing that very clearly dawned on us – after we hit the “To be continued” at the end of the first episode and looked up the rest of the season… it’s going to be a season of two-parters.

Which in-and-of itself is fascinating, and potentially a good idea. There have been plenty of episodes that would have been better with more time, although also some two-parters that could potentially have pulled off one episode. So it’s a mix.

However, we did watch this most recent episode, rather than following our plan of watching every other week and watching the two-parters together. Maise Williams! A connection back to the Doctor’s face and its origin – Peter Capaldi’s original appearance in Pompeii. Oh, and that title. “The Girl Who Died.”

Because in each of the last two two-parters, they have teased the idea of Clara dying – and have saved her through ridiculous stunts, time-travel-rules-defying antics, and that’s not even the start of it. She’s almost been gone several times. In the Character Study of Clara I wrote last year (recently a popular post again – and hopefully still relevant), I talked about how Clara had already served her stated purpose. Her impossible purpose. To save the Doctor, throughout his timeline. It happened in “The Name of the Doctor.”

They spent last season trying to reinvent Clara, make her into the teacher. It didn’t work, really. But in the 50th Anniversary Special, there was also the whole thing about Clara working with Unit – and how they kept erasing her memory of that. Apparently, it stopped being erased, and there have been some Unit moments this season as well. So now I guess she’s the action heroine? I don’t know.

But she’s almost died multiple times, and with a title like “The Girl Who Died,” you know, I thought maybe it finally happened. But no.

I’m hearing rumors again that this Christmas will see Clara go, or the end of this season, but… she keeps not dying. It almost sounded like it’s becoming a thing with the Doctor… time will tell.

Doctor Who Last Christmas Review

Ah, what to say about the Doctor Who Christmas Special, “Last Christmas”? It had aliens, and the Doctor, and Christmas. It even had Santa, as promised. Oh, and it had Clara and the Doctor, on an adventure after they had parted ways. An adventure that was rumored to be Jenna Coleman’s exit from the show.

Which made sense. They never really hit a stride in writing Clara, as I discussed in my character study of Clara earlier this season. The season did not change this outlook, and having her bow out in a Christmas Special seemed like a pretty solid idea. Which means I think more than anything I am going to be talking about Clara in this review more than anything else. So spoilers to come for “Last Christmas”!

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Doctor Who Season Finale, Death in Heaven

Doctor Who Death in Heaven

There were a lot of people who have been praising this season finale as the best ever. Now as a combination of two episodes for the season finale this would definitely be pretty high up there. As a stand alone I felt that the first part of the two-parter was actually stronger. This episode beautifully finished out what the previous episode had started, but it did not quite have me at the edge of my seat as part 1. I enjoyed it, but there was just not the same tension. At the same time they did a beautiful job of tying up some of the relationship drama that has been going on and showing more of the heart of the Doctor. Here are a some of the relationships that the season finale dealt with. (Spoilers for Doctor Who finale after the jump.) Continue reading