November 24, 2015

November 11, 2015

Wholock in Theatres

Another Christmas and another Doctor Who special, this year in theatres. This year the BBC and BBC America, and assuming Canada's SPACE, will air the special on Christmas Day, but special events releaser will feature the 1.5 hour show on theatre screens across the country on December 28 and 29.

It’s Christmas in the future and the TARDIS is parked on a snowy village street, covered in icicles, awaiting its next adventure. Time traveler River Song meets her husband’s new incarnation, in the form of Peter Capaldi, for the first time! Don’t miss this unique opportunity to celebrate the holidays with fellow Whovians in cinemas this December.

FathomEvents is set to release the list of theatres this Friday.

Sherlock: The Abominable Bride is a special from Steven Moffat and the BBC, this time the boys of 221B Baker St. adventure in 1895, where Arthur Conan Doyle set the original Holmes tales. Benedict Cumberbatch, and Martin Freeman reprise their roles in this nearly two-hour adventure from the writing team of Steven Moffat and Mark "Mycroft" Gatiss.

FathomEvents will screen this one-shoot show on January 5 and 6.

October 10, 2015

Doctor Who: The Witch's Familiar

Title: The Witch's Familiar 
Episode: 9.02

Companion: Clara

Guests: Michelle Gomez {10}
Jami Reid-Quarrell {2}
Julian Bleach  {175}

Writer: Steven Moffat {w87}
Director: Hettie Macdonald{d4}
Rating: ****

Due to previews and credits, we knew that Missy and Clara couldn't have been killed by the Daleks, we just didn't know how they escaped, or for that matter how Missy escaped the Cybermen at the end of "Death in Heaven". Turns out it was the same trick, and the Doctor created the trick sometime ago. The energy from the death ray is used to power their Vortex Manipulators and transport them to safety.

Now that they're safe they need to get back into the city of Skaro and rescue The Doctor. They sneak into the sewers/graveyard of the Daleks.Clara discover that the Doctor is alive and looking for her.

A Dalek comes to "Exterminate!" Clara, and Missy manages to kill it. Then Missy convinces Clara to get in the Dalek and use it like a Trojan Horse. Davros convinces the Doctor that he's dying and needs his help.

Of course it's all an elaborate trap to gain the Doctor's regeneration energy. A trap that backfires and gives life to the nearly dead Daleks in the sewers and they attack, allowing the Doctor and Missy to escape and run into the Dalek that Clara is in. Because of the limited interface Clara can't communicate with the Doctor. Until it asks for mercy, and the Doctor is perplexed. The Doctor sees who the real enemy is and rescues Clara back to the TARDIS, which was dispersed in the very room occupied by Dalek Supreme.

The Doctor returns to Skaro in the past and rescues Davros, trapped on the battlefield.

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

Missy: Shh Now, mommy's talking.

Clara: Why are you sharpening that stick?
Missy: Well, I’ve no idea how long we’re going to be stuck out here. Might have to go hunting.
Clara: So … why am I tied up?
Missy: In case there’s nothing to hunt.

Missy: No, he’s the Doctor. He fell into a nest of vampire monkeys. But that’s another story!

The Doctor: You really are dying, aren't you?
Davros: Do you doubt it?
The Doctor: Yes.
Davros: Then we have established one thing only.
The Doctor: What?
Davros: You are not a good Doctor.

Dalek: You are a Time Lord?
Missy: Time Lady, thank you. Some of us can afford the upgrade.

Doctor: Dalek Supreme, your sewers are revolting.

Next time on Doctor Who: Under the Lake

September 25, 2015

Doctor Who: The Magician's Apprentice

Title: The Magician's Apprentice
Episode: 9.01
Earth - Present and 1138
Skaro and Karn

Companion: Clara

Guests: Michelle Gomez {9}
Jami Reid-Quarrell {1}
Jemma Redgrave {10}
Julian Bleach  {174}

Writer: Steven Moffat {w86}
Director: Hettie Macdonald{d3}

Rating: ****
A battlefield somewhere as soldiers run from Biplanes with lasers, the Doctor tries to rescue a boy in amongst a bunch of handmines (Landmines that are hands, with eyes). After throwing his sonic-screwdriver to the child, the Doctor ask the boy his name, to which he responds, Davros (creator of the Daleks). The Doctor leaves.

A creature in a hood called Colony Sarff visits a number of places and asks, "Where is the Doctor?" until he visits the Sisterhood of Karn, where they ask him for the message from Davros. Back on Earth, Clara spots a jetliner suspended in the sky and races to U.N.I.T. to discover what is causing it.


With the assistance Kate Lethbridge-Stewart they discover it's a hello from Missy. She's in a square drinking coffee waiting for Clara to come talk to her. They discuss the fact that the Doctor can't be found and that Missy has received a confession dial, the last will and testament of the Doctor. To be delivered to his best friend on the eve of his death. Clara thinks Missy is delivering it to her, when in fact it was delivered to Missy. They have been best friends since childhood.

Clara tracks the Doctor to the year 1138 in Essex and Missy vortex manipulators them there. Colony Sarff tracks the Doctor, by following his friends. He summons the Doctor to see Davros and throws him the sonic-screwdriver that the Doctor left with the young boy in the battlefield. The Doctor agrees, then Clara and Missy insist on traveling with him.

The Doctor appears before Davros where, Davros plays back old Doctor footage of their squabbles. Meanwhile Missy and Clara discover that the gravity isn't right for a space station, it's to perfect. Turns out they're on the planet where it all started, the home of the Daleks, Skaro.

Opening: 9
Setting: 8
Conflict: 9
Plot: 7
Dialogue: 7
Aliens: 10
Costumes: 9

Doctor: Your chances of survival are 1 in a thousand, so here's what you do. You forget the thousand and you concentrate on the one.

Colony Sarff: Tell the Doctor, Davros knows, Davros remembers. Tell him he must face Davros one last time.

Missy: See that couple over there? You're the puppy.

Doctor: I've also introduced the word 'dude', several centuries early.

Missy: Wait a sec, Davros is your arch-enemy now? I'll scratch his eye out.

Next time on Doctor Who: The Witch's Familiar