Doctor Who

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AIRED ON 11/8/2014

Season 8 : Episode 12

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"I'm the Doctor, run for your life!"

A UK television staple, Doctor Who was completely redone for the 21st century by the BBC, bringing the show back in 2005 after its cancellation in 1989. The Ninth Doctor (Christopher Eccleston) came and conquered and died saving the universe and his companions from the cursed Daleks. Regenerating for the ninth time, the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) brought more secrets and dark sides of this universe. Past, Present, Future and beyond! After regenerating to once again save the life of a trusted companion, the Doctor (Matt Smith) is now on his eleventh incarnation. With new friends Amy Pond (Karen Gillian) and Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill), a newly revamped TARDIS inside and out, the Doctor is ready for more adventures in time and space.

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  • Hope 2015 is better.

    7.5
    Have enjoyed The Doctor for decades (used to rate it a 9.5), but lately, the stories have turned a bit ABC Family/USA'ish for our tastes. We don't watch Doctor Who for subtle lessons in morality or ethics. Yes - while those do play a role in any character, they shouldn't be the target subject. Hope they get off the "PC", "let's teach you to be a better person" train and get back to great story lines and pure entertainment.moreless
  • One more reason to love science... and Netlix!

    10
    Okay, I will be brief, the show seems to be planned to the milimetre, and seems to have great protagonism and amazing use of creativity combined with a sci-fi sense of action. The doctor has become the lead character for my cousin and my father. It is just so well designed... they NEVER run out of intriguing ideas and emotional storylines... simply grand. The doctors will change, but the charm for science action is untouchable...moreless
  • The show is rather superb as it is going on, to be honest.

    9.0
    Since the topic of these days seems to be Capaldi's reiteration of the Doctor, I wish to say this in my own terms. I do not compare the different Doctors or their actors because the show has stated on many occasions that the Doctor changes with each regeneration. That is what I believe some people have forgotten in their choosing over who's their favorite Doctor. I love David Tennant's version of the Doctor, but that does not mean that I don't care for the others or that I'm going to rant on them because I miss him. I do, but I'm not going to do it because that doesn't show any respect towards the new Doctor. The Doctor changes his looks and his personality; he changes his ALL. Nothing is the same from before. Now, with Capaldi's Doctor reiteration, I can understand that some people want a younger Doctor as they had it before. Yet, none of those who are complaining seem to understand that the Time Lords gave the Doctor (the 11th Doctor, or the 13th) NEW regenerations. That means he gets twelve new chances. So, it's like starting over again. He's older now, but then he'll get younger. At least that's what I hope the plan is. The show is superb, though I do feel as though they are dragging out the Clara arc a little bit too far. All would have been well, and calm, if they had ended it with the Doctor leaving to her to die peacefully of old age. Maybe the season this coming august will be her last. Other than that, I do wish they had kept the Master a male (even as a different man) instead of a female. If the Master can regenerate into a woman, why can't the Doctor? Though, I'm certain many people would be highly upset if the Doctor did indeed turn into a woman. I cannot help but wonder how Jack would react to that (I laugh at the thought).moreless
  • FX rule .

    7.5
    Before russell t davies revamped dr who when it returned, the story was king because the fx departments could not every episode they seem to be trying out a new sonic screwdriver situation has now got to the same state that k-nine got, to lazy script writing .If the doctor has something to do dig out the sonic screwdriver and everything is solved.
  • A stranger in your TARDIS ?

    8.0
    When Matt Smith bravely stepped into David Tennants shoes the usual uproar ensued as heart broken whovians had to digest yet another stranger in their TARDIS... David was arguably the best Who of the new series, and a contender for top 3 of all time. I say that with extreme prejudice as David was this generations first real Who - and he was brilliant. The stories and the scripts - well, hmm, lets not go there. Just quietly, sometimes i wonder how different the show would have turned out if Chris Ecclestone got his way with Russel T Davies and made WHO less flash and more substance...



    I digress, where we we? Oh, yeah, back to Matt Smith... eventually Matt become beloved to most, and he won over a younger audience with his charisma and sex appeal which was a god send to the show and its ratings. Matt was International and Universal in his appeal. He was warm, intelligent, deep and capable of touching your heart and ripping it out. The material he had to work with was disgraceful.

    In the end his final appearances were heart wrenching as we were forced to say goodbye.



    OH Heck, so now we get this old Scottish Doctor who is also charming and insecure. Its a new who, completely. On the exterior we have a flashy TARDIS and sort of a Steam Punk feel. The TARDIS is more machine than being now and the Doctor is more callous than he's ever been.



    I'll admit it - i was one of those outraged fans who couldn't believe the Doctor was going to be played by an old dude who already played a part in a previous episode - it just seemed stupid to me.



    But like most whovians, i wasn't going to not watch series 8. No, i was going to watch it and look for every error, every stupid mistake and seriously justify my position of Anti-Capaldi.



    Here's the part where i back-flip. Not every episode has been great. The stories havent been that awesome. The TARDIS, well it looks like a spaceship now - i guess thats okay. Dammit though, Capaldi is a brilliant actor. He really has brought depth and soul to the show. Capaldi's cheeky impersonations of previous Doctors is endearing. Look out particularly for his Tom Baker impression in Mummy on The Orient Express as he discusses percentages with himself.



    As mentioned earlier, Chris Ecclestone walked away from the series simply because he couldn't stand the complete dribble he had to spew - and after him it seemed to just escalate with each new Doctor - from Wibbly Wobbly to Timey Wimey and so on. While i love Doctor Who - the inane dialogue is grating a lot of the time. I think Moffatt can be credited with watering down the dribble to a tolerable level.



    And i guess thats why im so pleasantly surprised this season. Capaldi and Coleman work wonderfully together and the show is finally adult and watchable.



    For those of you still unconvinced, try just listening to an episode and i think you'll find it's wittier than its ever been and worthy of your timemoreless
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Classics, Dark Comedy, British TV, Time Travel, Creatures