Doctor Who

Doctor Who – The Caretaker

by Alan Rapp on September 29, 2014

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“Didn’t they teach you anything at Stupid School?”

Doctor Who - The Caretaker

Clara‘s (Jenna Coleman) worlds collide when The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) shows up as her school’s new caretaker forcing Clara to apologize and make excuses to and for both men in her life. While not dealing with the deadly killing machine known as a Skovox Blitzer, The Doctor spends most of the episode insulting Danny Pink (Samuel Anderson) who he cannot see as anything more than a soldier (which Danny hasn’t been for some time) and P.E. teacher (something he’s never been).

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Doctor Who – Time Heist

by Alan Rapp on September 22, 2014

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Doctor Who - Time Heist

With one of the best pre-credits openings of any Doctor Who episode in recent memory, “Time Heist” finds The Doctor (Peter Capaldi), Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman), and a pair of professional thieves (Jonathan Bailey, Pippa Bennett-Warner) all awaking after a short-term memory wipe before which they foursome agreed to rob the universe’s most impregnable bank. Using the mutant abilities of Saibra (Bennett-Warner) and the hacking skills of Psi (Bailey) the group makes it into the bank, but the further they go the more likely the group is to be caught by the bank’s security creature who is able to sense and punish guilt on any being it comes across.

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Doctor Who – Listen

by Alan Rapp on September 16, 2014

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“What’s that in the mirror out of the corner of your eye? What’s that footstep following, but never passing by?”
“Did we come to the end of the universe because of a nursery rhyme?”

Doctor Who - Listen

The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) enlists the help of Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman) to test a theory that no one is ever alone. Given the nature of the universe, The Doctor believes that some unseen creature has perfected the ability to hide and observe unseen. It is this creature whom you are addressing to when you thing you are talking to yourself. Their journey is complicated when Clara throws the TARDIS off-course by reflecting on her bad first date with Danny (Samuel Anderson) leading her to meet the man as a scared young boy (Remi Gooding) decades before as well as Danny’s great-grandson, a time traveler lost at the end of the universe.

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Doctor Who – Robot of Sherwood

by Alan Rapp on September 8, 2014

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Doctor Who - Robot of Sherwood

Allowing Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman) to choose the destination, The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) is flummoxed when her dream to meet the legendary Robin Hood (Tom Riley) produces exactly (more or less) what she suspects. Disbelieving everything about the fairy tale unfolding before his eyes, The Doctor sets out to discover what is really going on with Robin, his Merry Men, and the Sheriff of Nottingham (Ben Miller) whose robotic soldiers are stealing gold from the local populace.

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Doctor Who – Into the Dalek

by Alan Rapp on September 2, 2014

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Doctor Who - Into the Dalek

Have you ever thought to yourself, “Gee, I really want Doctor Who to be more like Innerspace!”? Yeah… me neither. Following a somewhat lackluster premiere, Peter Capaldi‘s run as the Twelfth Doctor begins in earnest here as The Doctor and Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman) find themselves shrunk down by soldiers and surgically implanted inside a damaged Dalek. Nicknaming him Rusty, The Doctor escorts the soldiers (who might as well be wearing red shirts) and Clara through the creature’s innards in an attempt to do something he knows is impossible: create a good Dalek.

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Doctor Who – Deep Breath

by Alan Rapp on August 25, 2014

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“Nothing is more important than my egomania!”

Doctor Who - Deep Breath

Post-regeneration episodes are tricky. By and large the first episodes of the new actor as The Doctor focus either on an exhausted and confused Doctor trying to discover his himself for the first time (“Time and the Rani“) or resting and being out of action for much of the episode (“Castrovalva,” “The Christmas Invasion“). My main takeaway from “Deep Breath,” other than the fact that the jury is still out on just what kind of man the Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi) will be, is reminding me how well-constructed an episode “The Eleventh Hour” was. The Fifth Series premiere works as a strong story apart from the novelty of introducing a new actor into the series’ starring role. By contrast, while “Deep Breath” isn’t awful, it’s a far cry from the strides Matt Smith took in his first episode as the Eleventh Doctor.

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Doctor Who – The Eleventh Hour

by Alan Rapp on December 29, 2013

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Doctor Who - The Eleventh Hour

In honor of the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who we continue to look back at some old episodes of the series. With Matt Smith making his final appearance as The Eleventh Doctor in “The Time of The Doctor,” it seems appropriate that we take a look back at his first episode as The Doctor in “The Eleventh Hour.” It begins with an out-of-control TARDIS, a crash landing, a lie to a young girl, a mysterious crack in a wall that is actually far more interesting, and the odd combination of fish fingers and custard. And it ends with The Doctor frightening off an alien invader, adopting a bow tie, and heading back into space with a new TARDIS and companion.

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Doctor Who – The Time of The Doctor

by Alan Rapp on December 26, 2013

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“Raggedy Man, good night.”

Doctor Who - The Time of The Doctor

Matt Smith‘s final adventure in Doctor Who gets The Doctor trapped in Christmas for centuries, sees the return of several old villains (and one former companion), and offers The Eleventh Doctor’s final moments on the plains of Trenzalore. The Christmas episode feels a little too big at times, like an event careening a bit out of control, and relies far too heavily on narration, but Steven Moffat wraps up Smith’s run with a nod to the very first episode of his three-and-a-half year run with the return of the Crack in space and time. And before the end, as prophesized, silence will indeed fall.

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The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot

by Alan Rapp on November 27, 2013

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Colin Baker, Peter Davison, and Sylvester McCoy (along with a few other recognizable faces) reunite for their own 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who. One might argue it’s actually more satisfying than “The Day of The Doctor.” For the fans!

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Doctor Who – The Day of The Doctor

by Alan Rapp on November 25, 2013

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  • Title: Doctor Who – The Day of The Doctor
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“Anything could happen. For instance, a Fez.”

Doctor Who - The Day of The Doctor

Fifty years in the making, “The Day of The Doctor” offers surprises not only for what it chooses to show but also for what it doesn’t. It offers three Doctors in an adventure spanning three time periods, several nods to the classic series (including the return of the original design of the TARDIS, a classic villain in the Zygons, and the extremely well-kept secret of one very special cameo) and our first real look at the final day of the Time War. Those tuning in for Matt Smith‘s final episode as The Doctor certainly got more than they expected, and although the episode does offer us one regeneration sequence it is not the regeneration of The Eleventh Doctor into The Twelfth (Peter Capaldi) as Smith’s Doctor survives to adventure on.

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