She will be amazing.
River Song’s timeline (so far), in pictures.
I’m really glad someone figured this out and put it in order. =)
THIS MADE ME START HYPERVENTILATING which is really ironic
that was fucking terrifying
your tension has been exterminated
I WASNT RELAXED I WAS FUCKING DYING OF LAUGHTER
jesus take the wheel
Doctor Who Reviews - The Name of the Doctor
I’m sorry I know I haven’t done TCH or NIS yet but I HAVE to do this one first.
I mean…how do I even review this? Well let me start with my opinion over this series in general.
Through this entire series, we’ve had some good stories. Action-packed, unique elements, movie style themes and high stakes. We were never once given something truly awful (JTTCOTT came close) and so that is something. What we haven’t been given yet is something excellent. These episodes, while high in physical stakes, have had low emotional impact and very light on character. Cold War, Bells of Saint John and Hide were the closest and are probably my favorites of 7b. But nothing felt emotionally satisfying and I’ve been waiting for something truly good. I never expected that The Name of the Doctor would be so satisfying.
Is it flawed? Yes. But it’s so grand, spectacular, and ambitious that I can really overlook some of them. Let’s take a look. And I should warn you that basically this whole episode is a BIG GIGANTIC SPOILER. So if you haven’t seen it yet, DON’T READ THIS
What I Like
DAT Pre-OPENING SEQUENCE - Never has an episode of Doctor Who had me fangirling in the first 30 seconds. By the time the Title sequence rolled I had to pause the episode, stand up, and go ballistic. Are we sure this isn’t the 50th anniversary special? All of a sudden I think I can deal with the classic Doctor’s not showing up for the anniversary special. After all we got all Eleven Doctors in this episode through archive footage and doubles (yes Eight and Ten were in there, trust me) That first scene with Clara and the First Doctor as we finally see him and Susan steal the TARDIS. (Undisguised, I might add) In a season filled with Classic references, the buildup pays off to this sequence. Yeah the effects were kind of crap but I can overlook that for such an ambitious and awesome sequence.
Character - About time we truly got some character driven scenes. Whether it be the Doctor as he realizes he has to go to Trenzalore, the gang about to be killed while the Doctor begs for their lives, the Doctor and River’s (post-Library) final reunion and Clara and the Doctor saving each other. We finally got reasons to get invested in Clara and the other characters. They feel real now where previously they hadn’t.
The Plot - Surprisingly straightforward for Moffat’s standards. This is definitely MILES above his last season finale and it’s probably for this reason. It isn’t really that wibbly-wobbly and Clara’s Impossible Girl arc was actually resolved in a way that (some what) makes sense in the context of the episode.
The Grave - I think it’s a really interesting idea that a time lord’s grave is actually their time-tunnel. It’s a cool idea as a body would be kinda pointless and anti-climactic. Although I have to ask…what about when the Master died “Last of the Time Lords”? He had a body. Where’s his time tunnel? (Yeah, I know he’s been ressurected countless times and regenerated way more than 12 times so its kind of pointless to ask)
Flaws/Things I don’t like
The Whispermen - I don’t know they felt kind of pointless. They didn’t really get to do much and seem similar to the Silence. I just thought it was a wasted opportunity. Perhaps a two-parter could have given them some depth.
The Man who said “It is Discovered” - What happened to him? Why was he important? They mentioned him in the conference call but was there any thing else important? Was he affiliated with the GI? I guess he was there so that he could give the Space-Time coordinates to the gang and Clara. I thought he’d have a bigger role
Not Sure yet
The Big Reveal - Whether or not you like where it’s going or not, this is probably the most shocking and mind-blowing cliffhanger that Doctor Who has ever had in it’s 50 year history. I’ve been waiting for this show to shock me and it’s finally done that. John Hurt is an incarnation of the Time Lord known as the Doctor but he isn’t the Doctor. I think he’s more akin to the Valeyard (but he isn’t the Valeyard). There are many theories as to where he is in the timeline. Many say that he is the Time War Doctor who couldn’t carry the title because it was against what he was doing. Some say he’s before the First Doctor who must have done something terrible before he ran away and stole that TARDIS. Some say he’s the Valeyard. Some say he’s something else entirely. The GI mentions a few names the Doctor has taken on in his lifetime. So who is he? Only the 50th Anniversary will tell.
Required Viewing? - YES YES YES! 100% Yes! Even if this wasn’t a good episode, I’d still say it’s required just for it’s ambition and how important it is in the lore of the show.
Final Comments: Bravo Moffat, Bravo! You have my attention. Whether this stunt you’ve pulled will backfire or not, only time will tell. But you’ve finally gotten me to care about this season.
Next Up: THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL!!!!!!…in november. :( That’s 6 months away. What can tie us over till then? Well I’m sure the Doctor Who team will release various DW related things along the way. The Doctors Revisited specials are still going monthly on Sundays. Possibly we might get some webisodes and trailers to tease us. You can check out the spectacular series Broadchurch on BBC America starting August 7th with David Tennant, Olivia Coleman, Arthur Darvill, David Bradley and more. I’m sure we’ll be fine…maybe…possibly…fine.
And for this month’s gifset, David Tennant: Brightening everyone’s day with his grin since 2005
The Doctor’s name from NAME OF THE DOCTOR LEAKED AUDIO ***SPOILERS***
Doctor Who Reviews - Journey To The Centre of the TARDIS
The first of a few late reviews.
Well this episode was certainly different from the others this season. It provided a lot of hints and teases at the arc and so many classic references your head will hurt just thinking about all of them. On top of that there are many things that make this episode enjoyable. With that said, there are some problems…some big ones. Let’s take a look.
What I Like
The TARDIS - I had no fear about this whatsoever. The TARDIS looks amazing. Whoever designed these rooms was incredibly clever. The Engine room, the replicator room, the library, swimming pool, The Eye of Harmony, all of it was visually spectacular.
Oodles of References -
- The Memorabilia Room
- The Eye of Harmony
- The Voices
- History Of The Time War book - I wanted so much more from this then “Oh hey it’s just kinda there and Clara sees his name” but whatever.
What I Don’t Like
(SPOILERS) Deus Ex Machina Time Reversal - I feel like this entire season has suffered from Deus Ex Machina syndrome. From the Power of Three to the Rings of Akhaten and now this. Not to mention this basically erases all the development we got in terms of the Doctor and Clara’s relationship. I feel like the show would have been more interesting had she known all that stuff through the rest of the season.
Supporting Cast - I just didn’t really care about the salvage team. Their acting was not very convincing (with a slight exception for Tricky), the other two were jerks, their motivations are a bit confused and they serve no real purpose other than to be killed.
- Sexism - That whole “because I’m a girl” line really wasn’t neccesary…
Required Viewing? - Only if you want to see the cool visuals and some interesting moments sprinkled in. But overall this was kind of a mess.
Final Comments - This probably deserves to be lower but I’m pretty generous. I had such high hopes for this one and it kind of fell through. Then again it is the same writer of The Curse of The Black Spot. Sorry this review is short. the episode was a while ago. Finals fault. :P
Next Up: The Crimson Horror - Short Version: Liked this one more as a nice little filler as it had a coherent plot.
I urge everyone looking for a link to The Name of the Doctor to stop. I want all of you to watch it on Saturday (or whenever it comes out in your country on TV) Your views count toward the show’s existence. If the BBC sees that the finale’s view-count is too low. They may cancel the show. Or at the very least come closer to cancellation. Please for the love of the Doctor, WAIT TILL IT HITS TV!!!
Think about it this way: Do you really want the show to die with Moffat in control?
About those Reviews…
So finals have eaten up my Review writing time but they are finally over. Within the next few days, I’ll finish my reviews of Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS, The Crimson Horror, and Nightmare in Silver. I’ll have them done before The Name of the Doctor comes out.
Sorry about the delay. I’ll be back on track now and I’ll get to those previous request reviews soon.
Here’s a Colin Baker gif :)
Doctor Who Reviews - Hide
*sigh* I really need to stop being so lazy and get on these faster. This one is gonna be a bit short cause I’m already due days after the next episode so yeah. Anyway, to the review.
Ok, Neil Cross. You have my attention. Had this episode been as boring and plotless as the Rings of Akhaten, I would have pegged Cross as another mediocre Doctor Who writer. But, lo and behold, he has come to surprise me. Hide is tense, dark and multi-layered. Is it flawed? Yes it is still flawed in a few aspects. So let’s break down what works here and what doesn’t.
What I Like
Chemistry - Matt and Jenna’s chemistry in this story works absolutely perfectly this episode. It took a while for me to like Clara but now I am really getting used to her.
Not seeing the Monster - The way this monster moves, and more importantly the way it’s edited is eery and very creepy. While this episode would not scare adults and teens, it will definitely leave kids behind the couch.
Parallels - I like how all three “couples” kind of parallel each other in some way. Proffesor and the Empath, Doctor and Clara and the Two Monsters all share common similarities in their stories and situations.
Even more References! -
- Metebellis III -
- The Eye of Harmony
- Ten’s Spacesuit
What I Dislike
Jarring Tonal Shifts - I never thought I’d say this but I think the Doctor was a bit too Doctor-y this episode. He got a bit better toward the end but through most of the episode, a good portion of the scares ended up being laughs because Matt kept his usual whimsey when being confronted with something ”scary”.
Inconsistent Rules - Didn’t the TARDIS say that entering the pocket universe would drain it’s energy reserves and kill it within ten seconds? So why did it listen to the Clara after she banged on the doors and called her a cow?
Required Viewing - I think there is a lot of development in Clara’s character particularly in the scene where she is talking to the Doctor in the TARDIS. I don’t think it will be required for the overall arc though. So, the actual story is flawed but engaging so if you like ghost stories, you will like this episode.
Final Comments: Neil Cross is shaping up to be another Mark Gatiss in that the quality of his episodes are inconsistent. Sometimes he can give us tense, atmospheric thriller. While other times he will dish out traditional alien romp.
Next Up: Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS - I’m REAAAAAALLY excited for this one. Not only will we finally get to see more of the TARDIS, but based on the images shown, we might get some answers about important plot points. Namely (*spoilers*) THE HISTORY OF THE TIME WAR! Please don’t mess this one up!
Rooms the Tardis should have…
A whole labyrinth of fun house mirrors
A ball pit
An aquarium with a glass shark tank floor
Did I mention a Ball Pit?
A room with stuffed animals for homesick companions to cuddle
A room with a giant floor chess set
B A L L P I T
One with a trampoline floor.