Doctor Who // Series 8 // So Far… (Episodes 1-7)

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“I don’t think I know who The Doctor is anymore…”

I’m not sure I do either, Clara. Anyone who knows me, knows I am a massive Doctor Who fan since the reboot, I loved RTD’s era with Ecclestone and Tennant and feared the worst at the end of The End of Time, despite even back then knowing that it was a rather crappy ending story for Tennant. However, when Matt Smith arrived on the scene with Gillan’s Amy Pond beside him I forgot any worries I had and with Moffat at the helm of clever story-lines and arcs that require the audience to think and watch closely to what is going on Smith and Moffat’s era just got better series by series. Of course there were episodes during this time I thought were duds or just naff but these were few and far between and even with Smith emotional Christmas 2013 exit I still trusted Moffat completely to make the show work in his absence and was actually ultimately looking forward to see Capaldi take the helm for a very different feeling Doctor. Right now, I am feeling lacklustre about my favourite show which hurts me to say but here is why.

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Doctor Who // Cold War Review

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“Courage, my dear…”

This is what every Doctor Who fan has wanted from this series, a slightly more contained but still spectacular episode driven by a pacey and exciting narrative that almost echoes the last real Dalek success-story, Dalekfrom series one in the way it breathes new life into a classic monster and brings fresh ideas and elements to a timeless character by using CGI in a way as to create mystery and suspense rather than create exploding stars or wall-clinging bikes, which, may well look fairly impressive, add no real substance to the story and are more of a ‘well, would you look at the that’ element. Cold War is literally what you would get if The Doctor landed on Nostromo (Alien). Where I couldn’t find anything that may add to a ‘bigger story’ this felt like the first proper stand alone story that really worked.

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Doctor Who // The Rings of Akhaten Review

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“You like to think you’re a God. You’re not a God, you’re a parasite, full of jealousy and envy and longing for the lives of others.”

The Rings of Akhaten was ‘one of those episodes’ if you get my drift. An episode that shone light on the darkness that the series has potential to be and so a lot less serious as it shows a lot of heart, as always, in introducing The Doctor’s latest companion to the life of the Tardis. Rose saw the end of earth, Martha met Shakespeare, Donna pitied the people of Pompeii and Amy dangled out the Tardis while The Doctor held her by the leg. These episodes are all very similar in the way they are made for the audience to warm to the new companion, sadly, I still don’t feel anything where Clara is concerned.

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Doctor Who // Series 7 and 50th Theory

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So, it’s that time of he series again where rumours for the current series story arc and finale begin to fly and something tells me the ‘finale’ won’t be our usual experience of pushing too hard to be the epic thing the audience expects, no, instead I wouldn’t be surprised if instead it is a little downplayed in comparison to the usual wannabe blockbusters and will work almost as a prequel or lead in to the 50th anniversary special. I have a theory of my own of what could be happening, one that could go down several routes and with recent casting announcements I feel it would not only work but be absolutely epic.

We don’t know much about what will be happening in November apart from the recent casting announcements of David Tennant and Billie Piper returning to reprise their characters, Joanna Page and finally the Zygons are set to appear as one of the foes The Doctor will face, I say one because I doubt something as huge as this will hinge on a character they haven’t yet rebooted in the modern series. There have been rumours that the special will be a bumper length 90-minute affair rather than the previously rumoured hour-long. This would suit the occasion as well as the announcement the special will receive a limited cinema release to accompany the broadcast.

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Doctor Who // Top 5 Moments

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Seeing as Doctor Who has now returned to our screens and I do pride myself upon being a know-it-all about the series I have decided to compile a list of my favourite and I don’t think you can dispute, best moments in the series since Matt Smith entered the role. It’s no secret that Doctor Who on the whole has vastly improved since Steven Moffat took over as show-runner with clever intricate stories that span each of his series and stylish design and cinematography in every episode it is no reason the long-running sci-fi series has finally broken into America under his control. Where Series 1-4 were a lot of fun under RTD and there were the od episodes that showed promise, a lot of the time it did feel like too much of a romp. So, onwards with the list making! Remember, these are moments from when Matt Smith entered the role.

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Matt Smith to leave Doctor Who after Xmas 2013?

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The rumour mill is working overtime today with news (not based on anything concrete as far as I can tell) that Matt Smith is to leave Doctor Who during the Christmas episode of 2013. I found this bizarre article originating on The Sun’s website where it questioned who will take over the role this Christmas and continued to discuss the ‘issue’ in detail listing many possibilities of who could take over. The fact that both David Tennant and James Corden made this list of potentials at all (despite the whole article firmly existing in a fantasy land) just proves how poor a knowledge the journalist has of the show at all that one has already played the role and the other has made recurring roles in the show. Perhaps the resident simpleton was allowed a go on one of the pretty computers over a lunchtime in the office he usually empties the bins of and made a dream list of ‘actors he has seen in programs he likes’.

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Doctor Who to return in two months!

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“You can’t fix this like you fix your bow-tie”

BBC’s jewel in their exporting crown Doctor Who has today been announced to return this easter on 30th March. Usually, an announcement like this would give me a rush of excitement followed by a feeling of wanting to watch old episodes and try and figure out stories that could happen but for the first time… this hasn’t really happened. Sure, I’m looking forward to new Doctor Who but there’s just something not right now, the excitement for the series isn’t there, the hype that surrounded the show since it’s 2005 comeback up until around series 5 has slowly faded on television anyway.

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