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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Tagged Christmas, Clara Oswin Oswald, Danny Pink, Doctor Who, Gallifrey, Jenna-Louise Coleman, Last Christmas, Nick Frost, Santa Claus, Storytelling, The Doctor, Time Lord
Long before Series 8 of Doctor Who started, there were rumors and speculation about the return of the Doctor’s old, eternal nemesis: the Master. Another Time Lord like the Doctor, the Master has been around on the show for decades, with all sorts of evil, sneaky, chaotic schemes.
The Master returned in recent years to be the one other Time Lord not trapped in the time-lock that holds in the Time War. That meant he was even more free to release his schemes on the universe – especially because the Doctor, the one person who could probably stop him, didn’t expect him.
He showed back up, was a connection to the Time Lords, who were manipulating him to return to the universe… and we now know the Time Lords could actually come back, so anything is possible! So even with the Master seemingly defeated and gone, I imagine that’s happened before in the past, and we should never consider him dead and gone. So the stage is set for the return of the Master – so what could happen with him? Thoughts and opinions to follow!
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Tagged Deep Breath, Doctor Who, Doctor Who 50th Anniversary, Doctor Who Series 8, Missy, The Doctor, The End of Time, The Master, The Time War, Time Lord
Okay, that might seem like a bleak sort of title for a Doctor Who fan. What is there to be hopeful about? It’s going to be great. Of course it’s going to be great.
However, some of that may just be the end of Series 7 talking. The last episode – followed by the 50th Anniversary Special and the Christmas Special – I have come to call the “of the Doctor” trilogy: The Name of the Doctor, The Day of the Doctor, and The Time of the Doctor. And this trilogy was amazing.
But as a whole, Series 7 was less well received. So let’s consider that for a moment, and then, why I’m hopeful for Series 8!
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Tagged Amy Pond, Clara Oswin Oswald, Doctor Who, Doctor Who 50th Anniversary, Doctor Who Series 7, Doctor Who Series 8, Peter Capaldi, Rory Williams, The Day of the Doctor, The Doctor, The Name of the Doctor, The Time of the Doctor, Time Lord
With this week being the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who, it seemed a good time to do some Doctor Who posts! I’ll try not to cover the ground others do. So let’s look at the show through the lens of one of our recurring elements: Science Fiction and Religion.
Religion doesn’t frequently come up in Doctor Who, at least not in what I have seen. They are careful not to mock religion or just treat it like it has just been disproven, like you get in some science fiction. They visit different planets and races and cultures, after all, who have different beliefs and rituals. However, many go back to the same sort of underlying causes or reasons, like the fear of the dark being based on the Vashta Nerada.
I recently watched the episodes The Impossible Planet and The Satan Pit, from series 2 of the recent Doctor Who. This two-parter delves into one aspect of religion, at least: into the heart of evil. These episodes are about the Beast. These episodes leave us without solid answers, certainly not any from the Doctor. And as far as religion and science fiction goes, I think this is just the right result. Read on for more thoughts from the episode, and spoilers aplenty!
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Tagged Doctor Who, Doctor Who 50th Anniversary, Doctor Who Week, Ood, TARDIS, The Beast, The Doctor, The Impossible Planet, The Satan Pit, Time Lord, timelord
This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the BBC hit TV show, Doctor Who. And this isn’t like, 50 years ago there was a show, and now there’s not. Or, 50 years ago there was a show, and now they’ve remade it again now. The same universe itself still exists – the same main character, even, in the Doctor. While I think there are other things that can reach this sort of milestone – the X-Men come to mind given that this is also their 50th Anniversary – it is still a feat basically unmatched in television.
There’s lots of specifics I could go into, and even more specifics I don’t know. I’ve seen all of the new Doctor Who – by which is meant all the Doctor Who since the series was put back together and started in 2005 (and not a bad place to start, if you’re looking to do so). But this is a continuation of what came before, and of this, I have seen very little. Episodes exist online, say on NetFlix, but they’ve been released individually, and figuring out an order, or where to start, or what to watch… Who knows.
So rather than try to get into details about Doctor Who, for a Geek 501 post, I thought I would introduce and discuss Doctor Who in the general. In the things that work, in the reasons that we love it. We being a huge base of people who have come to be known as Whovians. So if you know and love Doctor Who, add your thoughts in the comments below! If you’re still trying to figure out Doctor Who, read on, and see what you think!