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Picture shows: PETER CAPALDI as The Doctor, Cyberman, MICHELLE GOMEZ as Missy

‘Doctor Who’ Recap and Review of “Dark Waters”

(Alternatively Titled: OMGallifrey, Missy is…)

I know, I didn’t do a review of last week’s Who, “In the Forest of the Night”. I felt the majority of the episode was unremarkable, and the plot line was somewhat confusing. The only major things viewers gleaned from the episode were that Clara and Danny Pink finally told the school kids the truth about their relationship, that trees are smarter than mankind and can protect the Earth from solar flares, and that Danny really didn’t care that Clara was totally lying to him about spending time with the Doctor. Oh, and for some reason a math teacher and an English teacher are chaperones for an overnight lock-in at a Natural History museum, which likely has nothing to do with either of their subjects. Moving on.

This week in “Dark Waters,” as the series reaches its climax, we finally find out who Missy is and what all this business with the Nethersphere/Heaven/Promised Land is, and we get a return of one of the deadliest nemeses the Doctor has faced in the past: the Cybermen. (It’s not spoilery to say that, we saw the Cybermen pictures from the get-go of the season. We all knew they were coming.)

If you haven’t watched this week’s episode, hop in your Tardis and do that, because the rest of the article contains spoilers!


Dark Waters starts off innocently enough, with Clara on the phone with Danny telling him she loves him… and then he gets hit by a car and dies. Yep, they kill off Danny Pink in the first few minutes. (Cue shaking of fists and shouting “Moffatttttt!” like we Whovians are used to doing at this point in our fandom.) Danny wakes up in the Nethersphere intake office, because apparently the afterlife is a huge bureaucracy and forms need filling out. Meanwhile, Clara finally gets a hold of the Doctor and begs him to take her back in time to save Danny. To make her point perfectly clear, she finds all seven of the Tardis keys and hijacks the Tardis to the mouth of a volcano, because lava is the only way to destroy a Tardis key. She starts chucking the keys into the lava as the Doctor tells her he won’t take her back, even though–as she argues–time can be and has been re-written plenty of times before. However, the Doctor, in all his cleverness, has really put her in a dream state and let the whole thing play out in the console room of the Tardis, just to see how serious she was. He has Clara stick her hands into the consciousness of the Tardis like she had earlier in the season, to find where her and Danny’s timelines will re-intersect with one another. They land at the creepiest looking mausoleum, with skeletons in seated positions in some sort of blue liquid in a seemingly endless tower of tanks. Signs with “3w” adorn the walls, along with a slogan “Rest in Peace, we promise.” Lo and behold, who is there to greet them but Missy herself, although initially she leads them to believe she is a protocol android (hey, that sounds familiar), which lends itself to the best on-screen kiss in Whovian history. Missy introduces a doctor who demonstrates Dark Water that is used in the tanks, through which only organic matter can be seen. Clue number one. Then he tells them about the afterlife, that death is only a part of it and that life continues. Apparently the fuzz in the television was actually millions of voices from the recently deceased, pleading the three words on which their company name is based: Don’t cremate me. Way to be creepy, Moffat! Danny is getting the same lesson in the Nethersphere. The intake explains that his body in the previous stage of life is still connected to him now, and that’s why he’s cold (presumably he’s being kept in a morgue). That’s also why the dead don’t want to be cremated: ouch. Danny is forced to meet, face to face, the little boy he accidentally killed as a soldier. Cue massive feels. Then Danny receives a call from Clara on the other side. Clara tries to think of a way to tell if it’s the real Danny Pink, and after several “I love you’s”, Danny tearfully disconnects the call. He is handed an iPad (“We have Steve Jobs!”) with the choice to DELETE his feelings for his previous life. Clue number two. Finally, Missy and the Doctor have a one-on-one chat, as she drains the tanks of their Dark Water, revealing the non-organic Cybermen bodies. Surprise! (Really, who didn’t see it coming?) Fans are treated to the penultimate line we’ve been waiting for all season: “You know who I am.” Missy… short for Mistress… “Well, I couldn’t very well keep calling myself the Master.” GASP! The whole internet was right and caught on early. Now we’re left wondering how in the heck she regenerated, after in The Last of the Time Lords the Master refused to regenerate, to let the drums finally stop beating in his head. David Tennant cried! How? Why? Hopefully, next week’s finale Death in Heaven explains adequately. As the Cybermen leave their tanks and march on the world, the Doctor is left to consider the implications of the return of not only the Cybermen–inhabited by the dead, who obviously greatly outnumber the living– but the return of his greatest enemy. Will the Master finally win? Will Danny Pink push DELETE end up a Cyberman? Will we find out what Missy was up to during the Matt Smith regeneration? The series finale has much to accomplish!

 

Picture shows: (l-r) Jenna Coleman as Clara, Peter Capaldi as The Doctor. Adrian Rogers, © BBC/BBC Worldwide 2014

Recap and Review of “Flatline” on ‘Doctor Who’

In case you’re wondering, nope, I still don’t like Clara. I’m still mad at her for her little stunt after the train last week. This week’s episode, “Flatline,” gives us a new critter to be terrified of, finally (yes, Whovians, now we can’t touch the walls or the floor in addition to not blinking, not breathing, and putting hash marks on our arms!), we’re treated to some of the most stunning imagery we’ve seen from Doctor Who in a while, and we get a lesson in Tardis mechanics and geometry. Also, we’re granted yet one more tiny tidbit of information in The Great Missy Mystery, as she finally reappears after two weeks of no-shows. Of course, it leaves us with even more questions about her identity and intentions, but we’ll get to that in a moment.

In the words of Eleven, “Geronimo!” as we jump into the part of the article that contains spoilers!

The episode opens with the Doctor trying to deliver Clara on time for a date with Danny Pink, but he seems to have missed the mark and landed them 120Km away in Bristol, and the Tardis door is looking a little wonky. It’s smaller on the outside… more so than normal. The Tardis is now half scale. Clara and the Doctor exit, theorize they’ve fallen victim to some sort of shrink ray, and Clara heads off to explore the area while the Doctor tries to figure out how to fix the exterior dimensions from inside the Tardis. However, the Tardis continues to shrink and the Doctor is now trapped inside. Clara puts the tiny Tardis in her purse (while those of us at home keep hoping such a thing is available for sale soon because who wouldn’t want to carry around a Tardis?).

Clara comes upon a teenage boy doing community service to cover up the graffiti he has painted, near a tunnel featuring a mural of locals who have recently disappeared. With the Sonic out and her cell phone connected to the Tardis, Clara introduces herself as the Doctor (which, of course, the Doctor himself does not find amusing) and asks about any odd happenings. The boy takes her to an apartment from which a man has completely disappeared with all exits locked from the inside. Clara introduces the boy to the Doctor in her purse, and the Doctor is none too impressed with the youth. When they are caught snooping, Clara uses the psychic paper to convince local law enforcement she’s from MI5. But the constable disappears too, screaming. They notice the floor rippling, and the couch flattens itself onto the wall. Clara and the boy manage to escape out of a window while Clara convinces Danny via phone that she’s just held up and is perfectly safe.


When they arrive back at the tunnel featuring the people paintings, Clara quickly realizes that the paintings are anything but and are actually the people themselves, flattened into the wall. She convinces the other workers of their imminent danger when the murals start to come after them. The Doctor is sure it is some sort of misunderstanding. This is a new race from another universe with which neither he nor the Tardis has ever had contact, and the new universe exists only in two dimensions. Perhaps they are just stealing people to try to understand them.

Clara and the crew are chased into a subway tunnel, where the new race of critters is learning about the third dimension in rapid form, leeching energy from the tiny Tardis in Clara’s purse to attempt to live in 3D and give chase. The Doctor is forced to send the Tardis into seige mode, which locks it down into a tiny cube, from which the Tardis does not have enough energy to change back. Life support is failing. Clara must not only save the crew and the teenage boy she is with, but must figure out a way to recharge the Tardis to save the Doctor. She has the teen draw a door for the flattened people to try to turn 3D, using their energy to recharge the Tardis to full size. The Doctor emerges and sends the flattened race back to their own universe. Clara has learned what it is like to be the Doctor, having to make life and death decisions for others, and the Doctor concedes that she has been an effective Doctor, but “goodness has nothing to do with it.” The Doctor has also realized that Clara has lied to him about Danny being totally fine with her traveling with him, another trait he claims makes him who he is.

Finally, when everyone is home safe and sound, we get another glimpse of Mysterious Missy, watching Clara on a tablet and claiming she has chosen well. “My Clara”, she calls her, leaving fans more puzzled than we’ve been all season. Does she have it out for Clara? Is she another form of Clara in the time stream? Who is this woman and what does she want?! When will we ever find out?!

Picture shows: David Bamber as Captain Quell, Christopher Dane as McKean, Peter Capaldi as The Doctor, Frank Skinner as Perkins and Daisy Beaumont as Maisie

“The Mummy on the Orient Express” Recap and Review for ‘Doctor Who’

“The Mummy on the Orient Express” made me mad. Hello, my name is Tori, I’m a huge Whovian, and I am MAD. Last week, we had what I’d call one of the finest definitive Clara moments in her telling the Doctor essentially to shove it, and this week we get… Clara on a train? I was all prepared for a Clara-free bottle episode about a mummy (with the obligatory “Are you my Mummy?” jokes as only Who fans can make them in reference to “The Empty Child” from Eccleston’s era), and instead I’m left nothing short of baffled at Clara’s presence in the episode. By all means, she should have been off galavanting with boyfriend Danny, not tagging along on yet another awesome trip with the Doctor and his epic eyebrows.

 

Have you seen the episode yet? As Nine would say, “Fantastic!”, because there are spoilers from here on out.

 

So, why was Clara on the train? Apparently, she felt that it was her duty to give the Doctor one “last hurrah” with her. Now, I can’t tell if she’s really arrogant or really daft. The fact that she couldn’t leave it at “you go a long way away” with a Tardis door slam to the face and insists the Doctor take her for one fancy night out suggests arrogance. However, later in the episode during a chat with one of the passengers–who had just lost her Gran to the mummy on board that only the dying can see–points out that really she’s just dumb. The lady points out that of course you can leave a friend with a door slam! Plenty of sensible people do just that! But no, not Clara. I’m almost done defending the poor girl from all the Clara haters, due heavily to this episode alone.

I won’t get into the nitty gritty of the mummy, because it’s pretty innocuous overall. Dead soldier trying to recharge the batteries keeping him… not alive, I suppose, rather more just “undead”. It has to drain the life energy of the weakest passengers to do so. Weakness apparently is defined either by the little computer thingie keeping the mummy going, or by the mummy itself, we’re never quite told, or having any illness at all, physical or mental. Obviously, the Doctor figures the whole thing out, saves the rest of the passengers, and accidentally blows up the train trying to figure out who the “Gus” computer person is that orchestrated the whole thing (we never find out, by the way). Still no “Promised Land” or mysterious Missy. Blah. Moving on.

Finally, back in the Tardis, safe and sound, Clara is just about ready to give the Doctor the heave-ho and be on her merry way with boyfriend Pink. She tells him so on the phone, just as she’s ready to exit… when she and Danny exchange their first “I love you”s. Surprise! Suddenly she’s all “Psych!” and decides to stick around and travel anyway. What the heck, Clara?!?! Even the Doctor is taken aback by her sudden change of heart. Not that he minds, of course, but he mentions it. I feel like this makes her fabulous performance at the end of “Kill the Moon” pointless. Sure, she thinks the Doctor tends to be heartless, but no matter! She’ll stick around anyway!

Clara, I liked you until right then. You have officially lost me. Long live “Doctor Donna” in this Whovian’s book.

In summary: Mummy was cool, kind of creepy. Doctor wins, yay! Clara is wishy-washy. The end.


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