Doctor Who "Hide" Review: Every Lonely Monster Needs a Companion

Doctor Who S07E09: "Hide"

A frightened Doctor, a companion who is catching on to the darker side of time travel faster than most, a ghost, imaginative storytelling, and a couple of love stories all combined in this overall satisfying, creepy, and emotionally juicy episode. While I enjoyed Neil Cross's first episode, "The Rings of Akhaten," this one was a vast improvement, plot-wise. 

"Hide" began in a haunted house, where former spy/war hero Alec (Dougray Scott) and his companion, an empathic psychic named Emma (Jessica Raines), were holed up. They were trying to solve the mystery of a ghost that had haunted the old, castle-like Caliburn House for a long, long time, and the Doctor and Clara had arrived to bust some ghosts. They were shown evidence of "The Witch of the Well" dating back to the seventeenth century, always in the same position and screaming "Help Me!" Plenty of shadows, blink-and-you'll-miss-it shots of things lurking in the dark, and a genuinely spooky looking house helped create the atmosphere that was, for me, missing in last week's "Cold War."

As the two pairs split off to look for the ghost, Alec and Emma had a conversation that spoke volumes about the kind of character arcs we're watching unfold in this series, the title of this episode, and time travel itself. Emma suspected that the Doctor was lying about who he was.

Alec: "That's often the way that it is, when someone's seen a thing or two. Experience makes liars out of us all. We lie about who we are, what we've done…"

Emma: How we feel?

Alec: Yes, always. Always that. 

You see, Alec and the Doctor have a lot in common, as we learned when they switched off into boy-boy and girl-girl pairs. Alec, as a former spy, had seen a lot of people die doing things at his behest, and it was haunting him, much like it torments our Doctor. The Doctor asked what Alec would like to say to all those people, perhaps looking for an answer for himself, and Alec replied that he'd merely want to thank them. I wonder what the Doctor would like to say to the people he's lost? He seems to spend most of his time hiding from the thought of them. Meanwhile, Emma, using her empathy skills, warned Clara against getting romantically involved with the Doctor, because he's got "a sliver of ice in his heart."

We've seen the Doctor struggle with being a peacemaker with so much blood on his hands, a lover of humanity who has to watch people die with their puny human lifespans, and I feel like this is definitely going to be focus of the rest of this season. When the Doctor and Clara took the TARDIS to check out the site of the Caliburn House billions of years ago all the way through to billions of years into the future, the Doctor was having a blast, taking photos of the site to discern the origin of the ghost, but Clara was horrified. She saw the birth and death of the planet she lives on and realized her own insignificance within it. "We're all ghosts to you. We must be nothing." The Doctor's response—"You are the only mystery worth solving"—may not be the most explanatory of utterances, but that scene really resonated with me, and I hope the discussion will come up again. I sometimes get annoyed with the portrayal of the Doctor as a damaged wizard, but this is an angle that's rich with possibilities. 

Through the pictures taken on their travels, the Doctor figured out that the Witch in the Well wasn't a ghost at all, but a time traveler named Hila who messed up a bit and gotten herself stuck in a "pocket universe." She'd been trapped there for three minutes, but for our universe, it'd seemed like billions of years, which was why she was always in the same position in pictures. The Doctor's plan? Get Emma to communicate with Hila so the Doctor could jump into the pocket universe, grab Hila, and get out of there before a) the monster they spotted in the pics could get to her, or b) the pocket universe collapsed. He managed to get Hila out, but Emma collapsed from the effort, trapping the Doctor in the pocket universe… with a very bizarre-looking monster we only saw in flashes. His fear was palpable, and I love seeing the Doctor when he's afraid and defenseless. I love it when he's vulnerable. 

The Doctor's peril forced Clara to go and make nice with the TARDIS, who doesn't seem to like her much. I don't remember if this has been as much of an issue with past companions, but ever since "The Doctor's Wife," I have certainly imagined the TARDIS as a jealous woman. Clara managed to convince the TARDIS to help "their" man, and grabbed the Doctor from the pocket universe (she seemed quite handy at piloting that TARDIS—was this because the TARDIS was helping?) just as the monster was bearing down on him. Everyone was rescued, Alec and Emma realized their love for each other, the monster lovers were reunited, and there was a mega happy ending... save for one interesting conversation between Emma and the Doctor. Because he didn't actually come to Caliburn House for the ghost—he came for Emma the psychic. He wanted Emma to get a read on Clara, to find out who she is. Emma said Clara is a pretty, clever girl who is more scared than she lets on, but she didn't sense anything else. The Doctor was clearly disappointed. I'm happy to say I wasn't. Neither the Doctor nor Clara will be able to hide for too much longer. This episode for me was the closest to a home run we've gotten so far in this second half of the season. 

Every lonely monster needs a companion, indeed. 



Notes/Questions/Random Musings:

– I like how, several times in this episode, Clara acted as the Doctor's social skills helper—guiding him away from conversations when he was interrupting a moment, or rubbing salt in a wound. It's a good task for a companion to take on with the Doctor. 

– This is crass, but I genuinely thought, at the end of the "he's a liar" conversation between Alec and Emma, that she was casually reaching for his genitals. I spit my coffee out! But alas, she was not.

– "The color's a bit boisterous." "It brings out my eyes!" "It hurts my eyes." 

– There were a few bits in the episode that were a bit too cheesy or on-the-nose for me—the hand-holding bit (although I get that it was setting up things later), the monsters actually being in love and looking for each other, the fact that Hila was Alec and Emma's granddaughter. But I'll take a little bit of cheese in exchange for a story that resolves itself well. 

– I could be totally wrong, but I'm starting to get a strong suspicion that this idea of pocket universes that slow time will come up again in the mystery of who our dear companion actually is.

– The TARDIS Voice/Visual Interface represents itself with an image of a person you esteem, and for Clara, it chose… Clara. Does this say more about her feelings about herself, or about the Doctor? 

– The high-five that the Doctor and Clara exchanged when she rescued him and he was clinging to the side of the TARDIS better be made in to a .gif IMMEDIATELY, and I would love that .gif to play over and over again forever in my heart. 

– The "how do sharks make babies" run was pretty clever and adorable. 

– The ending, oddly, reminded me of the ending of Say Anything, going black at a moment that could have been wrung dry in the hands of other writers. I thought it was very classy and clever, especially for a show that usually doesn't depart too much from a specific (albeit awesome) formula.

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I enjoyed this episode a lot as well. It wasn't perfect, but it was much better than the previous handful. That feeling of genuine terror is something I've missed as of late.
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Bored Now.
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After three episodes above TV averages but far below what I was used from Doctor Who - despite brilliant chemistry between The Doctor and Clara - this was IT. This episode was just brilliant from start to finish. It had lots of suspense, fun, a love story and some sparks between the Doctor and Clara AND felt connected to the overall story (who or what is Clara?). I loved the high fives - the relationship between Clara and the TARDIS, both of them coming to the Doctors rescue and a brilliant, brilliant performance by Matt and Jenna.

This episode was absolutely brilliant - by far the best post-Amy Pond episode so far and showed off why to be excited about new episodes of Doctor Who again. More, please. Make that LOTS more, please.
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Much better. This is the episode I was waiting for to get back on track. Although I have to say after a recent re-watch of Rings of Akhaten, it wasn't as bad as I initially thought. Still didn't like the submarine episode. But this one was great. Still one problem for me, and that's Clara and the Doctor. Still don't like them together, and I guess I'll have to live with that for a while until one or both of them goes away. I would also like to see the dialog written for Matt Smith get back up to it's standard prior to the mid-season break. He's still doing a great job and while this was a good story/episode for me, it doesn't seem like he's getting as witty/likeable lines from the writers since the break.
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"Emma, using her empathy skills, warned Clara against getting romantically involved with the Doctor...."

I think you're misinterpreting what the shows trying to do if you think the Doctor and Clara's relationship is building toward something romantic. She was just warning her not to trust and have complete faith in The Doctor.That he's hiding something, that we're all hiding something (hence the title of the episode). I think you're projecting your feelings on what you want the Doctor's relationship with Clara to be.

If you are watching thinking the dynamic between them is romantic then I think you might be coming at the series in the wrong way. Not every companion is Rose and I think the people who came into Doctor Who having just seen The new series from Rose on might have the misfortune of thinking that the vibe between the Doctor and his companion is more often than not a romantic one. Perhaps watching or researching a bit more about Classic Who Doctor/Companion relationships will broaden your perspective on the subtleties in the Doctor/Companion dynamic.
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I would normally agree with the assertion that watching or researching the classic show would broaden one's perspective (being a classic Whovian myself), but in this case I think your knowledge of the classics may actually be clouding your perspective. I think it's clear that they're leaning towards some sort of romantic interest between the Doctor and Clara, although I can't say I like it.

Moffat has also stated that Doctor is smitten with his new companion, and even went so far as to say there is a bit of a love triangle between the Doctor, Clara, and River.
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Rule Number One - Moffat lies...
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I think the TARDIS may be rejecting Clara on the grounds that it was there when Victorian Clara died, and it's a bit confused as to why this woman, who looks EXACTLY like Victorian Clara, (though it's established that Victorian Clara had no children of her own) exists. Of course, seeing as how the TARDIS let Rory in despite him dying repeatedly would be an interesting counter theory, but the TARDIS is female and it did say Rory was "the pretty one."
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There's a whole lot of mistrust hints being dropped. Having said that, I was more confused than usual with this episode. I did like seeing inhibited Dougray+shy empath's faces when they found out future-girl was their descendant.
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i am curious like you if and when the 12th doctor time ends what will happen to the show?
regardless whoever writes for the show or not and if you like the result or not. that's something that is hard to live up to less face it it.
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I have to say, I totally thought the same thing after the "he's a liar" conversation
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I wonder if the 'sliver of ice' comment is foreshadowing the next Doctor. I seem to recall the 12th Doctor appearing with an earlier Doctor (maybe 6th) trying to find him guilty at a trial ie he was the bad guy worse than the Master in that episode.

That and the comments about Doctor 'Who' at the fall of the 12th seem to be pointing that the next Doctor will be very different or very confused and need to answer who he actually is at some point. This might also be the way to resolve the regeneration limits on Time Lords.
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That would be The Valeyard, in the "Trial of a Time Lord" episode, which was indeed a 6th Doctor episode. Lots of stuff to consider there. But first let me say that I've always thought it would be a hell of an idea to have a season or even a few episodes that addressed the apparent canon created in that old story.....that one of the Doctor's future regenerations will be evil and out to foul up the universe a la The Master. Only a show with EPIC BALLS would even think about something so insane (the general public would probably reject their hero being the villain for any amount of time) and it would be be tough to pull such a thing off. But if done right, I still think it would be AWESOME. That said, there's more wrenches in the works than just the logistics behind keeping a TV show afloat whilst doing something no other show has ever done. For starters, the showrunner during Colin Baker's tenure was actively trying to get the show cancelled and was basically out to get Baker and tank the show any way he could (and let's face it, sleeping with Baker's wife was insult on top of injury), and as such, the show suffered some of its most ridiculous plots ever. Baker's doctor was never given a fair shake, but one has to wonder how much canon can be taken or even intended from a show that was actively trying to sabotage itself. Is the Valeyard canon? Then it seems like in some of the new adventure books (which I wouldn't have thought would be canon, but enough of the new show has adhered to some of it that I wonder, and quite a bit of it was at least written by some of the old show's writers) the Time Lords or the Doctor himself or somebody, somehow, split the Valeyard's existence with the Doctor's, thus apparently removing that future incarnation. That's all really shaky as far as if it should happen and if it would. This is just a long winded way of saying you are correct......it was once more than hinted at that some future incarnation of the Doctor would be rogue/renegade/evil.

It also used to be part of the deal that Time Lords got 12 regenerations, 13 incarnations. I always thought the death of the 13th Doctor would have to be it, but I was never clear on if that was a biological limit or if it was a rule the Time Lords had to prevent immortality. If the latter, without any Time Lords left, I suppose the Doctor and the show could keep going past the 13th Doctor if it chose to.
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i dont hate clara, but for some reason all my mind did while watching this episode was think how amy pond would have done things in the same situation...
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I find Clara intolerable, the more we get to know her, the less her mystery is worth solving. Either the actress is faking it and really hates this job, or the character is written horribly and comes off flat. But no matter what, Clara dragged this episode down right from the very first line, and made all the other little stuff grate on my nerves when normally it'd be easier to shrug off.

The effects looked really bad, like 9th Doctor bad, both CGI and the monster... puppet? Prop? Makeup?

The tone of this episode really didn't deliver for me, the beginning felt like material from an entirely different show and then it got dropped into Doctor Who, but it never felt like it was trying to be consistent with that idea.

The TARDIS flies through the pocket universe both times for far longer than it should have been able to, even with editorial and artistic license. Why create a risk like that so specific when a longer danger could still have worked?

The Doctor sacrifices himself to get the victim of the week out of trouble, but now the only person who knows how to save him is... himself. Great planning. THEN HE DOES IT AGAIN!

What is the monster anyway? Why does it need love? Why aren't we more concerned that it's living on Earth?

The TARDIS has a holographic interface and it chooses Clara to talk to Clara, thanks a whole bunch. Then the TARDIS flies herself into trouble twice despite last episode flying away from trouble with nary a word.

So much cheese at the end, I thought the Doctor was going to turn into a block of gouda.

Kinda sick of Moffat's run overusing that it can't change points in history because they're fixed, originally that was BIG stuff and now it's EVERYTHING. Drop her ass off beyond her future instead of leaving her centuries early to screw up her own timeline before she's even born.

A lot of lines got lost in whispers and straining voices, and then a lot of lines were just one-liners meant to be bigger ideas.

Damn good Nikon '70s-era flashgun, just blasting out the light at instant notice.

Sonic is overpowered and then conveniently loses even basic ability.

What was the circle in the floor being cold and hopping up, why was it that spot, all that sort of thing that felt like it'd be interesting but got left out.

So all that got in the way of what did work, I liked Alec and his "companion", the premise was verged on creepy ghost stuff but kept it in check. The Doctor hasn't given up trying to figure out Clara and doesn't trust her. The house was a good setting and the backstory on its owner was suitably dramatic. The idea was sound of why the ghost wasn't a ghost, and how he proved it. But ultimately it just felt like the director ran out of gas too early and let it devolve into a lot of ideas and notes you could have seen in any episode, and that's too bad.
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Strangely I thought this episode to be ok(compared to the previous ones), but of course it was a mess too.
Does Moffat even want to continue his work for Doctor Who? Maybe a new runner and he can do more Sherlock?
Clara is the probably worst written companion ever and they continue to ruin every ending of every story so far. Maybe that's too harsh, but it seems that any monster from now on gets disneyrized or something. By the way, the make-up and effects in the 9th Doctors' second episode were better than the ones they used in "Rings of Analshtoz" or whatever the title was.
Whatever I agree that it got almost normal to be underwhelmed by the show and the use of good ideas in general. Maybe I changed but wasn't there a time when it was backwards?
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This was a better episode than the previous few, I agree, but a mess it was. I honestly don't know what Moffat wants to get out of his run, it can't be prestige judging by how poorly this series has done in the ratings over there. He says he has passion for the show but it doesn't come out in the work.

I wholeheartedly agree, Clara is the barest bones of a character, she pops in with youthful exuberance and misplaced flirtiness, then acts inconsistently to every scenario and seems to have little self-preservation instinct much the time. They just took ideas from how previous modern companions worked and cut-n-pasted them into Clara.

Disneyized, yeah, there is a lot of that for the monsters. "They're not bad, just misunderstood", that trope gets trotted out a lot with very little justification, as it was here.
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The TARDIS flew away last episode because the doctor was messing with the emergency circuit or something. It was long the lines of: he hadn't used it in a LONG time and thought it might be useful to turn on again, forgetting that it was set to "go somewhere safe" if it sensed danger. I imagine he turned it off again or adjusted the setting accordingly since he's in danger SO much it's a hazard to leave it on.

THEN HE DOES IT AGAIN! Umm, he probably coordinated between the TARDIS and Oswin that they would swoop in again to save him since (apparently) the two of them were able to fly very precisely the first time.

The monster needing love was a metaphor for the Doctor. As to why it's on Earth, the show states there are aliens and creatures on Earth. And the Doctor doesn't tend to mind so long as they're not hurting anyone. Though whether after the rescue he took them to another planet remains to be seen.

How are they over-using the fixed-points thing? The Doctor said that the previous episode WWIII could start even though it didn't originally happen. HERE he just said PARADOXES by-and-large work themselves out. We've seen a number of paradoxes, even in the earlier WHO. The only BIG CLUSTER**** paradox was like a double/triple Paradox. Rose changing the past while in front of yet another time-traveller-version of herself.

Haven't we seen the TARDIS choosing to mirror the form of the person it was talking to? I know we had Amy talking to younger-Amy, but haven't we seen it show the same actor/actress talking to himself/herself? Even if not, I didn't mind it. It was kind of the TARDIS being a *itch to Clara: saying she only respects herself or whatever.
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Just as the TARDIS disappeared due to an off-screen tinkering before, now that behavior is the polar opposite due to an off-screen tinkering? That's the sort of continuity Doctor Who took to heart back to the very first episodes. I remember him saying in the sub episode that it was on already, he just tweaked its settings - here it does the opposite of what it was supposed to do. And if the TARDIS is so sentimentally sentient about these things, why would a simple settings change have affected it before so it left the Doctor to die?

"Umm, he probably coordinated...", they need to show things like that then or at least give a quick mention, it's not fair to the audience to assume plans of that level have been made off-screen, that's "a wizard did it" thinking. The TARDIS nearly dies the first time, so they pull that twice? Not a terribly good Doctor thing to do so flippantly. And that's ignoring the whole "how the hell did it get into the pocket universe when it took serious juice to break through rifts between dimensions and universes before, stuff like the Cardiff Rift.

Does the Doctor need love? Seems a pretty simplistic message, not to mention short-sighted since he did get married not all that long ago. The show may state there are aliens and monsters on Earth, but this episode didn't bother remotely thinking about this monster's place on Earth - how it got there, who it was, what it wanted, or anything. They used to be characters, not just set pieces.

He can't return the time traveler to her own time or after it, history records her as dead and she's such a big deal that she's a fixed point in time. He could easily have saved her and returned her to her own life, especially since she was only trapped in time for 3 minutes in her own timeline, but doesn't. Cop out.

Clara doesn't have enough personality to justify the argument that she only respects her own opinion. I think they did it because she has so little character development that there was no other choice, just her or the Doctor.
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C'mon, this was classic Who! Scary monsters, mystery and traveling to the end of the world and back... much better than last week for sure. Man, you are hard to please!
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PS - what 5 people care that much about your commenting about my comment???
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First off, if this was classic Who there'd be 7 episodes of serial filler. ;-)

I hear you, I even considered putting in a mention that this episode felt written for the 10th Doctor but cut that because mentions of Tennant seem to be even more polarizing than my opinions. My complaint here is that the way they presented Clara in the episode drew me out of the Who-ness, her odd read on "Ghost Busters" and then her phony smile and exuberance and inconsistent behavior kept me from enjoying what did work.
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This is the kind of episode I was waiting for.
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i liked last weeks a LOT better. this one started out really slow with nothing really happening.
than it did get better.
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by far the best episode this season!
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"This is crass, but I genuinely thought, at the end of the "he's a liar" conversation between Alec and Emma, that she was casually reaching for his genitals. I spit my coffee out! But alas, she was not." - do you give people lie detector tests by holding their genitals?
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I'm surprised at the positive comments. I thought it was a kind of non-story episode, simply there to hold up some fairly non-specific clues about Clara. Still, happy people liked it as don't want to see this show go off air.
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I had the same crass thought.

Can anyone explain the bit about the opposite of bliss? How is it "Carlyle"?
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This might help explain the remark (or at least hint at something greater in this season arc) http://forums.digitalspy.co.uk/showthread.php?t=1819500
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I like it when, like in this episode, The Doctor does not have all the answers and is at a loss. So often you have the Doctor knowing exactly what he is dealing with and exactly what to do because he has seen so much in the universe that he is very rarely surprised, That's why he gets bored. The Doctor always gets a twinkle in his eye though when he does not know something, even if he is in grave danger. Of course this is the reason he has taken Clara with him, to find out her mystery.

Here he had no clue what that creature was or what it really wanted and for a while did not know what the figure was in the house. It's these types of situations that show The Doctor as a problem solver, whether it be by pure genius or by winging it, and the episode is more fun because of it.

The Tardis vs. Clara was fun, something we saw a bit of in the Rings of Akhaten. The Tardis either sees Clara as an anomaly of time like Jack or just doesn't like her. Using Clara as the form of the voice interface and saying that it chose a form that Clara holds in esteem could be the Tardis's way of saying Clara is full of her self, a real catty move. the Tardis probably could have made those trips to the pocket universe a bit less bumpy for Clara also but chose to shake her like a ragdoll, possibly to show her for wringing out her umbrella in the console room.
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I liked this episode a lot. I've really been enjoying this whole season.

I wish someone here reviewed Orphan Black, that show is awesome.
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I actually enjoyed this ep too. The only thing that took me a bit out of the moment was how the doc and Clara were able to go back and save the other creature. They made it seem like the doc was saved at the very last moment and that pocket universe was a goner. Then it's like hold on, let's go back and get the creature like NBD. Ah well, other than that, I liked it and I liked Clara and the TARDIS being kinda sassy towards each other:-) I felt the same way about the TARDIS since seeing the Doctor's Wife ep (TARDIS a jealous woman) so that made it more interesting as well.
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Huge improvement over last week; Clara and The Doctor have settled into a rhythm (and it's a good one at that "I think it brings out my eyes""It hurts my eyes"-lmao), and they are setting up for the rest of the season (granted there are only 3 episdoes left, but I would guess some of this set up is going to carry over into the 50th special and the Christmas special).

Did anyone else get a little mad when Clara called the TARDIS "a cow"? My first reaction was similar to The Doctor's: Have some respect for her, it's probably your fault she doesn't like you. It's funny that while I do like Clara's my loyalty is to a blue box. We've seen the TARDIS intentionally be difficult for it's passengers before, and in The Doctor's Wife we hear her say in her own words she sees them as strays, but I still took her irrational side.
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I was wondering if someone else thinks that the Doctor saying blood calling to blood explaining Emma's + Hilla's connection is a hint for us that Clara is related to him.

I really liked this episode a lot, best of 2nd half of 7th season. The Doctor being scared, Clara "helping" his social awkwardness, the "We're ghosts to u" line, the spookiness, brilliant. I really like that the episode was as the Doctor said "A love story"

The TARDIS "hating" Clara has to do with her mystery & pocket universes will appear later on for sure. A think the umbrella crack was also poking fun at the TARDIS new "sterile" look.

The "Every lonely monster needs a companion" line is also a look at what the Doctor sees himself as, not only lonely but a "monster" for the things he has had to do in the past. I think Matt Smith is a great Doctor & hope he continues

"The only mystery worth solving" was also a brilliant line
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About Clara being related to The Doctor: I like that idea, I was thinking after the episode that it would be kinda cool if present day Clara was the granddaughter of Susan or something like that. But that wouldn't explain Victorian Clara, so it must be something else, but I wouldn't be disappointed if she was related somehow.
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Yup. Agree with the review completely. For all the gripes I've had with each episode, this is shaping up to be the best run with Matt Smith and a big step up from last year. I've always said I don't have a problem with the people involved in Who now, I just thought the last few seasons were hit and miss. I'm so glad to enjoy this enough to prove that point.

I really hope the retro feel of this season is deliberate and that it will stick for upcoming seasons, too. This is perhaps the closest new Who has been from classic Who, and the more it reminds me of the cheesy sci-fi serial feel of the original the more I enjoy this one.

Also, props to a few things Doctor Who always states that I love as lessons to its children fans: There are no such thing as ghosts, curiosity is a good thing, science (even if it is weird, schlocky science) can explain mysterious things and stuff that looks scary is often not that bad when you understand it, even if it can still be dangerous. So much better stuff to teach children than "always be yourself", "have faith and everything will be alright" and "the good guys are good and the bad guys are bad".
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Really enjoyed this episode. Been rewatching the older ones the past days and I really miss David as the Doctor...
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David will always be my favorite in the new runs (sorry Matt)!
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Frankly, I interpreted the TARDIS showing Clara herself as the TARDIS being a bit yhctib. It really doesn't like her, does it?
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the TARDIS reacted badly to Jack Harkness as well after he was resurrected by Rose, because according to the Doctor he was 'wrong'
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You can say "bitchy", it's ok.
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Cool, thanks :) I was never quite sure so I just decided to play it safe.
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Completely agree. This episode felt like the episodes of old,not just threading of water. I really like the way they are treating the new companion's story. I really miss the Ponds, but I'm quite enjoying Clara.
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I liked the discussion about the pocket universe compared to a parallel universe becaue it will open the door for Rose and Tennant to return briefly.

I think Dougray Scott is an amazing talent and don't know why he hasn't caught on more here in the US. Maybe if he did a stink like Dominc West on The Wire. He's ruggedly handosome and has great range, so I was happy to see him make an appearance.

I spent most of the scene that Emma was in picturing Talia Shire in her place, seriously, the haircut damn near made me want to scream ADRIANNNNNNNN talk about perfect costume design for the seventies. I don't know if they dressed like that in Britain in the 70s, but that look was an early childhood flashback.

The family connection was okay. Seeing Clara pleading with the TARDIS to go into a collapsing pocket universe and then showing up there (twice) wasn't a big deal.

I did love how the Doctor looked her in the eye and told her she was the only mystery worth solving. Also loved when Dougray said "doctor what? " and he responded "if you like." was great. especially after this week's buzz that they will be revealing his name this season.

The moment near the beginning of the episode when the two companions, after the Doctor described Emma as the same type of companion that Clara clearly is, was a great shot too.

I don't care that I knew the alien in the dimension wasn't a threat early on. they can't all be threats. Sometimes life is the threat.

And when Emma said Clara was an ordinary girl I ignored it, because blood calls to blood.

good TARDIS atiquette: if you bring a wet umbrella inside and can't find an umbrella stand, apologize to the turning dials. Apparently it works.
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So the Earth's lifespan is 12 billion years. If you take a photo every 3 million years, that's 4000 snapshots.

What we've seen suggests longer, but let's assume the Doctor spends 3 minutes leaving one time, getting to the new one, going out the door and taking the picture.

That's 12,000 minutes assuming he never takes a break. That's 200 hours. That's 8 days and 8 hours.

We just saw Clara spend over a week in the Tardis. More likely, double that or more, because there is no way The Doctor fails to talk to his companion for that long. The man can't shut up.
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Yeah, that bugged me too. Not to mention that those 12 billion years were like three minutes in the pocket universe (or was it one second? she always looked the same, after all), and yet when the doctor spent time there - how much will it have been? five minutes? - it was only a few hours max. in the real world...
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Way to put the science in science fiction... but it looks like the writers took the 4000 and maybe did like... 5. Love that you went there tho.
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It was a very good episode but I can't wait for River Song to show her face!!!!!
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Smith seemed to fluff the name of the blue crystal planet--Metebelis III was a favorite spot of the Third Doctor...
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Given that the Third Doctor couldn't even pronounce "chitinous", I imagine it was him mispronouncing Metebelis, not the Eleventh! :)
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Yes, this one was really great, so many callbacks to old series and to haunted house genre. I'm still waiting to see if Oswin will finally settle as companion, she was so much better in previous standalone episodes (dalek&governess), there is still something off here. Or I just stare to much at her pretty face and I don't give her enough credit. Matt is acting his ass off, brilliant brilliant actor.
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Finally some purpose for Clara!!! but I'm still not feeling any love for Clara, and I probably won't!!!
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I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Best Oswin episode to date.
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My theory about the Doctor and TARDIS...so those conversations about how the Doctor sees us and the mystery (which I think is more specifically about Clara) and the whole thing about love neverending...I think the Doctor is torn about Clara because he is starting to havefeelings about her and has a hope there is something different about her so she could stay with him. I think rhis is how they will seperate it from Rose and River like Rose always was too vulnerable and who had a human life to live and I still think we haven't met the Doctor that River marries. I am wondering if the Tardis is ...well I hope we have a conversation where Clara demands to know what its problem with her is and the Tardis replies well you break the Doctor. I see it more as overbearing mother than jealous ex. I figure when we reach the season finale that River will tell us. I really like how Clara seems to be the most realistic to me companion who has a sense of adventure but it is mostly from books and she is totally and rationally scared about stuff.
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Is this a record for Doctor Who, at least the NuWho, only 5 actors in the whole episode. The only 1 i can think of off hand that gets close is The Impossible Planet 2 parter.
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God, The Impossible Planet...david tennant standing over the hole...fucking riveting
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Actually, there were four guest stars and two main stars in Hide six total.The Doctor's Wife had seven. Journey... will apparently only have five actors. The Girl Who Waited probably is the record to date, with only two guest stars and three actors.
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Best episode of the second half of the season for sure. I'm really enjoying Clara as the new companion, too.
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Definitely the best episode of the second half of season seven!! Now I'm getting excited...
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Did anyone else think Emma Grayling was a homage to Pamela Franklin?
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yes!
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Full thoughts tomorrow, but in brief, I thought this episode was a fantastic piece of work all round!
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Wow, the pendulum has swung back and I love Doctor Who again! Best ep of the second half of this season so far, and possibly of season 7. This was the first time I jumped at a Who monster/ghost/villain since Blink, and the interwoven love/ghost/family/end of time stories where fantastic.
We moved forward on the Clara story, at least there are hints now of her being from an alternate universe, and that she may be granddaughter/related to the Doctor rather than a love interest. River Song will be making an appearance in ep 14, so that definitely could be a possibility, and I'm fine either way.
Also the secondary characters, Alec and Emma were great. Dougray Scott is fantastic, and what else have I seen Jennifer Raine in? (Oh, Call the Midwife) Anyway, we really cared about them and their timey-wimey great x4 granddaughter (btw, what happened to her?) Anyway, the only thing is the monster love story seemed tacked on, but I guess all crab rock monsters deserve love too. "Never let go of her hand." ...maybe important later.
I immediately posted 'we're all ghosts to you' on my facebook, one of the best lines of Who ever along with 'he's like fire and ice and rage... and he's wonderful.' Eps like this is why I'm a Whovian. Nowhere else can I get time travel, scary monsters, and the mystery of human nature that falls in love anyway despite all odds. Bam!
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Loved the call backs to the original series in this episode. You had the cloister bell, the crystal from Metebelis III, and the Eye of Harmony.
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I never saw the original series, so it all seemed a bit random to me. Glad to hear it wasn't.
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Let me just say, I enjoyed this episode tremendously. It was fantastic, definitely the best of the new ones. My favorite moment had to be the Doctor scolding Clara for getting the TARDIS all wet. Also, why is Jenna-Louise Coleman so gosh-darn pretty, I'm wicked jealous.
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I thought this was excellent.
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I enjoyed this one. It's nice to have an old-fashioned creepy, scary Doctor Who.
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