Saturday, 27 April 2013

Doctor Who-- Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS

Okay, is it just me or are these 7B episodes just really sub par?
Journey was GREAT...amazing, fabulous, wonderful, magical...until that damn ending. Again! Like last week!
What the heck is going on?!
[Moffat] 'Lets use a crack in time to reset the universe--AGAIN--so that Clara, who now knows everything, INCLUDING the Doctor's name, forgets it all! Muahahahahaha!' [/Moffat]
Um. WTF?!

So here are the notes I made--

Clara's wearing red again. Has anyone else noticed that she's always wearing/carrying something red?
Does it mean anything? I have no idea. :P

It was really cool to see the observatory, the swimming pool and the library. I feel like I've been waiting years for this episode. The TARDIS scenes didn't disappoint at all.

Didja all hear Nine? "The assembled hordes of Genghis Khan couldn't get through those doors.."
Did I also hear One and Susan? It was so hard to tell.

What did Clara read in the Time War book?! "So that's who." Who what?! What is his name?!

This episode again reiterated to me that Clara IS scattered through time somehow.

And now a confession--
I honestly don't know how I feel about Clara. I know, I know, don't hate!
I'm just not feeling the chemistry between her and the Doctor. Not at all.
I wasn't a HUGE Amy fan, but I could easily see that chemistry.
And Clara is a bit annoying. And she doesn't follow the Doctor into trouble like, in MY opinion, a good companion should.
This is her fifth episode as companion, and it still feels like her first.
Am I alone in this?

Okay, so I'll be truthful here and say that I'm not expecting much from next weeks episode, The Crimson Horror. It looks like a 'Doctor-light' episode, and those have never been my favourite--aside from the amazing 'Blink'.
But the last two will MORE than make up for this crappy latter half of the series...right? RIGHT?!

What are your thoughts on 'Journey'? Any thoughts on the Doctor's name? Am I way off base in disliking these endings?
Let me know your thoughts here, on Twitter or Facebook!

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Doctor Who--Hide

Well, until we got to that crappy ending... ;)

I haven't been that creeped out by a Doctor Who episode since The Empty Child!
The monster was chilling, the 'ghost' was spooky and the scenes in the forest were scary as hell!

A few notes I made--

'A sliver of ice in his heart'. Yep, that's pretty accurate. Remember, this is the man who let Cassandra die, who questioned whether or not he should let Wilf die, who's committed genocide more times that I can remember, not to mention what he did to the Family of Blood.
A sliver of ice indeed.

Ten's spacesuit was nice to see, wasn't it? Aww, I miss him SO MUCH. I can' even wait to see him again in November! TOO EXCITED.

I wonder how many 'pocket universes' there are. There was one in The Doctor's Wife too.
But the scene between Clara and the TARDIS was great.
My theory on that-- It was written in to remind us that the TARDIS can do holograms. A good way to bring back classic Doctor's without having to age them, no? ;)

What was with the whole missing umbrella stand? That was odd. Will we be seeing what that was all about in an upcoming episode?!

It was good to hear Matt's 'Geronimo!' again! It's been too long!

But a weird thing--That crystal from Metebelis 3? Yeah, the Doctor MISPRONOUNCED Metebelis.
The Third Doctor pronounced it a completely different way.
Coincidence? Am I seeing things that mean nothing?
...probably. ;)

Clara is 'just an ordinary girl'. Which, in my opinion, means that whatever is going to happen to her hasn't happened yet.

Okay, now that ending. Ugh.
Yes, I get the metaphor. The similarities between the 'lonely monster needs a companion', like the Doctor--a lonely monster himself--needs his companions.
But man, that was just badly written, wasn't it?
"Okay, lets send him back to the pocket dimension--where the TARDIS could be killed within seconds--to find the monster there and bring him to his monster girlfriend--who we barely saw and never did get an explanation for--in 1974 (the year I was born, eff yeah! :P)."
Um. Wut?

All in all a MUCH better offering from Neil Cross, who's first story, The Rings of Akhaten, was pretty horrible.


So what did you think of Hide? Love it? Hated it?
And who the hell is Clara?!

Saturday, 13 April 2013

Doctor Who--Cold War

Loved this episode! LOVED!
I didn't love it like I love Vincent and the Doctor or Blink or Midnight or Turn Left, I should stop there. ;)
But Cold War reminded me very much of classic Who and it was just a fun old, non-thinking romp!

And because it was non-thinking, I don't have much to say! Ha!

One thing that I did make note of--Clara stays put. When the Doctor says, "Stay here.", Clara stays.
Unlike Amy. And Rose. And Donna. And Martha. And Sarah Jane., apparently every other companion he's ever had.
I found that very interesting.
Is it that she's more cautious than his other companions have been? Or that she's less trusting of the Doctor? Or is she just an obedient person?
Only time will tell, I suppose!

I thought the Ice Warrior was really cool--I loved that they kept the retro look and added that they wear armour--and I was so happy to see the sonic screwdriver go missing for this episode. He uses that thing entirely too much for my liking!

So how about you guys? Did you like Cold War as much as I did? Let me know here in the comments, on Facebook or Twitter!

Saturday, 6 April 2013

Doctor Who: The Rings of Akahten

Y'know, I'm having a hard time with this episode.
On one hand, it was pretty bad. I mean, probably the worst episode since The Beast Below.
On the other hand, Matt was SO GOOD that I was moved to tears during his 'take it all!' speech. Like, literally moved to tears, sitting here on the couch, crying. He was THAT AMAZING.
Not to mention Jenna, who was also great during her big speech, right?!

I just...I'm not a big fan of child actors (sorry, sorry!), the songs were bad and the story was just silly.
But man, did Matt make up for all of that. Phew, I can't get it out of my head!

I DID like some of the aliens. They were cool. The barking one? Not so much.
The Susan mention was wonderful ("I came here a long time ago with my granddaughter.").

I DIDN'T like how, apparently, Clara and the Doctor can breathe in space while on a space-moped. Um. Wut?
Also, was the leaf completely different, or am I crazy? I could have sworn the leaf the Doctor took out of Cara's book was a maple leaf.
The leaf she gave to the God was NOT a maple leaf.

But the first few minutes before the opening was great, and the last few minutes as well...which brings me to my theory.
I mentioned it a few different places to a few different people, but never posted it here.
Tonight's episode really cemented in for me, so I think it's time I bring it up to you guys!

I think the Doctor is slowly going to lose his memory, which will lead us into the 50th anniversary special and the Fields of Trenzalore.
I think Clara is a kind of 'key'--possibly sent by the Doctor's future self--to help him remember who he is so that the ultimate question can be answered, "Doctor Who?"
To be clear, I DO NOT mean the Doctor's name. Your name is not who you are.
I mean his memories. His hearts. WHO he really is.

Oh, and a last note--
Clara's mother died on March 5, 2005.
Rose Tyler went missing in the episode 'Rose' on March 6, 2005, which means that the mannequins came to life and the building exploded on March 5, 2005.
Coincidence? When it comes to Moffat? Never. ;)

I'd love to hear your theories!
And what did you think of this episode?
Let me know in the comments, on Facebook or Twitter!