September 22, 2014

Time Heist

Title: Time Heist
Episode: 8.05
Karabraxos - Past
Earth - Present

Companion: Clara

Guests: Samuel Anderson{4}
Jonathan Bailey {8}
Pippa Bennett-Warner{1}
Keeley Hawes{12}

Writer: Steven Moffat {w72}
Steve Thompson {w7}

Director: Douglas Mackinnon {d13}

Rating: ****
It would be hard pressed follow an amazing episode like, Listen, but Time Heist was next on stage. I really think fans will forget this episode in the long run, as good as it was. It doesn't affect the overall Doctor Who mythology. Unless Saibra (Pippa Bennett-Warner) and Psi (Jonathan Bailey) return, which they may do.

While Clara is prepping for a date with Danny, The Doctor is trying to convince her to join him for another adventure aboard the TARDIS. A flashback shows Danny setting a time with her for the date, and that its been two months for them. As she's about to leave her flat (apartment) the phone rings on the TARDIS, parked in her spare room, when he answers the phone Clara and The Doctor are both suddenly sitting at a table with two others, all of them holding memory worms, last seen in The Snowmen, christmas special.

A quick briefing tells them that they've agreed to rob the Bank of Karabraxos, the most secured and fortified bank in the Universe. Their presence has set off alarms and a living guilt detector is issued to find them, The Teller. Nice double-entendre. The bank finds that they didn't get the right intruder, and continues their search. Meanwhile The Doctor and crew continue to make their way to the valts.

The question of the Good Man, came up again. As Saibra face agonizing death, she said, "Oh! A good man. I left it late to meet one of those." then she takes the exit strategy. Once Psi does his job of unlocking the 24 keys of the vault, he is sacrificed.

The Doctor and Clara are left to retrieving the things they want from the vaults, only to get caught themselves. As they think they're getting incinerated by a couple of guards, they discover the guards are Psi and Saibra in disguise and the exit strategy wasn't a vapourized body, but a teleport.

Off they go to finish the job and reunite The Teller with his mate, and at the end Clara with her date.

The episode really is a paradox, Madame Karabraxos calls the Doctor because he gave her his number in the past, but if she hadn't called and set-up the heist, he wouldn't have met het in the past and been able to give her his number,

Opening: 7
Setting: 9
Conflict: 8
Plot: 9
Dialogue: 8
Aliens: 7
Costumes: 7

Next time on Doctor Who: The Caretaker

Welcome to Coal Hill, Mr. Smith

September 20, 2014

Wonder Woman

DC Comic and Warner Bros. TV seem to have conquered the TV networks.

ABC is owned by Disney, they own Marvel, not likely to DC on there.
NBC is running its first season of Constantine this year.
FOX is running the first season of Gotham this year.
CW is owned by Warner and has both Arrow and The Flash.

Now CBS has entered the mix taking the in development Supergirl. There have been many incarnations of the superheroine, the show will follow Kara Zor-El, cousin of Superman. The series is expected to premier for the 2016 fall season.

I would not be surprised to see the show shot in Vancouver, where the same producer shoots Arrow and The Flash.

September 18, 2014

SHIELD poster

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. issued a movie like poster for their second season. September 23 sees the show back on Tuesday nights on ABC.

September 15, 2014


Title: Listen
Episode: 8.04
Earth--mid-90s, Present & The end of time.

Companion: Clara

Guests: Samuel Anderson {3}
Remi Gooding {1}

Writer: Steven Moffat
Director: Douglas Mackinnon {d12}

Rating: *****
The episode opens with The Doctor monologuing alone on the TARDIS, as he explores the theory of
what if no one is ever really alone.

Meanwhile Clara gets that drink with fellow teacher Danny Pink. First introduced in Into the Dalek, two episodes ago. Things start off great at first at a restaurant and both of them fumbling over what to say. Danny and Clara obviously like each other, but both have past that they need to get past. Clara leaves the date in a huff.

The TARDIS telepathic interface is introduced, and Clara is given control of flying the TARDIS. A distraction puts them in the wrong past, not hers. They meet a nine-year old Mr. Pink, named Rupert, not Danny, then they discover it is Danny. There never is an explanation as to who is on the bed when Clara and Danny are checking under it, the thing under the Afghan. While the Doctor. Clara and Rupert agree not to look at it and close their eyes, it blots out of the room, never seen.

Clara tries to make Rubert feel safe by putting toy soldiers around the foot of his bed to "protect" and defend him. She picks one out that has no gun, calls him the Colonel. "... he's boss. A soldier who's so brave he doesn't need a gun ... can keep the whole world safe (a look back at the Doctor). What shall we call him?" Rupert names him, "Dan, the soldier man." This harkens back to the Doctor refusing to take Journey Blue as a companion in Into the Dalek.

The Doctor and Clara return to the present and Clara resumes her date with Danny, and he suspects that something strange is going on. He leaves the date, suspecting that she is lying, as she is summoned back to the TARDIS by a guy in an orange space-suit. The space man, who looks like Danny, is Orson Pink, from 100 years in the future. He has Rupert's "Dan the Soldier-man" toy, a family heirloom.

The most interesting part is saved for last, when Clara pilots the TARDIS to a barn and a little boy sleeping in the loft. We quickly discover that the boy is The Doctor, and the barn is the one used by the War Doctor with The Moment. Clara talks to a sleeping Doctor and says, "Fear makes companions of us all." A line from the 1st Doctor's third episode, An Unearthly Child.

This episode had perfect hide-behind-the-couch moments, and very little special effects. The 12th Doctor hit his stride in this episode. When you go back and watch the episode, try it with headphones on; the little bits of conversation and sounds under sounds are amazing. I loved the fact that the story is unresolved.
Questions left at the end:
-Who wrote the note in the TARDIS?
-What was under the covers on Rupert's bed?
-Was there a monster?
-Where is that barn? It can't be on Gallifrey, can it?
-Why isn't Clara telling the Doctor who Rupert, Danny and Orson Pink are?
-What was knocking at the door of the ship?
-Why did the Doctor yell, "Sontarans! Perverting the course of human history!!!" when he woke?
-Why was the young Doctor crying?
-Was that the Doctor's parents?
-What changed and caused the Doctor to go to the Academy, instead of into the Army?
-When will we see Danny on the TARDIS?

Opening: 10
Setting: 9
Conflict: 4
Plot: 9
Dialogue: 8
Aliens: 0
Costumes: 5

Next time on Doctor Who: Time Heist

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September 07, 2014

Robot of Sherwood

Title: Robot of Sherwood
Episode: 8.03

Companion: Clara

Guests: Tom Riley {19}
Ben Miller {40}

Writer: Mark Gatiss {44} {w40}
Director: Paul Murphy

Rating: ****
Robin Hood is the focus of Clara's choice for an adventure, but the Doctor claims that the Merry Men and the Earl of Equality don't exist, he's fictional, until they meet him. Clara pops out of the box in a full drop sleeved medieval dress, and becomes the blushing schoolgirl when she spies Robin Hood.

The Rogue of Sherwood then tries to relieve the Doctor of his TARDIS. Robin, ever intent on stealing all he can, produces his steel, The Doctor defends himself well, with a spoon. When Clara compliments his skill, he cites training from the likes of Richard the Lionheart (contemporary of Robin Hood), Cyrano de Bergerac (fictional) and Errol Flynn (played Robin Hood). On a bridge over a stream the fight continues till the Doctor manages to knock Robin off, a la the famous quarterstaff fight with Little John.

While bantering about the Sheriff of Nottingham's contest to find the best archer in the land, Clara asks The Doctor when he stopped believing in everything. To which he asks her, "When did you start believing, in impossible heroes?" She simply says, "Don't you know?", as she continues to stare at him.

While the Sheriff and Robin of Locksley pair off in arrow splitting, The Doctor takes a shot and split the two arrows. Which causes the Sheriff to order the armoured guards to seize them, and Robin to attack the men, revealing that they are Robots. Robots that have cross marks on their faces and shoot purple cross marked lasers. The Doctor wants to be captured, better understand what the sheriff is up to. He disarms Robin's sword hand with a Pertwee style karate-chop.

Through an interrogation with Clara, the Sheriff reveals that the Robot army crashed in a skyship, and need gold to repair their ship, in exchange for power. Escaping the dungeons, Robin and the Doctor find the robots' ship and access the memory banks. The ship was heading to the Promised Land, like the half-face man from Deep Breath (8.01). The Doctor shows images in the memory banks of the legend that is Robin Hood, including a picture of Patrick Troughton (2rd Doctor, first person to play Robin Hood on TV) playing the Prince of Thieves in a BBC production from 1953.

A massive fight between Robin and Nottingham's Sheriff ends in Robin using the Doctor's bridge maneuver to throw the evil sheriff into a vat of molten gold.

When the TARDIS disappears, Marrion is revealed and returned to Robin, an aspect of the story that was almost forgotten.

Opening: 9
Setting: 9
Conflict: 6
Plot: 8
Dialogue: 8
Aliens: 7
Costumes: 8

Next time on Doctor Who: Listen

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