Doctor Who and Robot of Sherwood

Yes! This week’s Doctor Who finally did it for me. Robot of Sherwood was witty, funny, action packed and reminded me so much of the classic era that I couldn’t help but falling totally in love with it!

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I haven’t laughed so much in an episode of DW since I don’t remember when… Everything about the episode was magnificent, especially the bit where the Doctor and Robin bicker like 5 year old children and Clara outsmarts everyone. Love this Doctor! His childlike characteristics are different from its predecessors and that’s so good. Love Clara each episode a bit more!

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If the message in the beginning is a bit lost in all the laugh and robots wandering around, it becomes crystal clear by the end: aren’t heroes those who inspire heroic actions in others – whether real or fictional?!

Mark Gatiss is my hero! 😉 Bloody good job on this one! And I have to admit, I was very glad to not see Missy welcoming the Sheriff to “heaven”, what a nice change that was… still, the Promised Land was still there, but not in an overpowering way.

Doctor Who: Into the Dalek

The second episode of season 8 of Doctor Who brought us a familiar foe: the Daleks… again… Into the Dalek presented the concept of a good – damaged, that is – Dalek, and the conflict within the Doctor on weather he’s a good man or not… in the end, well, he tries to be!

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I felt that although some scenes reminded me of Dalek, back in 2005, this episode was a big step up from the previous one (and from the second half of the 7th season, for that matter).

Some things:

  • p025nvz0Danny Pink stole my heart! I love him already and he’s only been in a couple of minutes in one episode. They managed to convey a depth to his character in a couple of crucial scenes. I said before that it would be a waste to make him have a relationship with Clara, but I’m going to reiterate that: Samuel Anderson and Jenna-Louise Coleman have amazing chemistry and their shared scenes were amazing to say the least, so, I would be OK if their relationship moves forward, as far as they don’t lose themselves in it.
  • “She’s my carer. She cares so I don’t have to.” – Yep, very nice and accurate description to a companion…
  • Clara gets yet more established – and it was about time, given that she’s been a companion for quite a while.

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  • Amazing Doctor! Peter Capaldi has established himself as the Doctor, completely and without a doubt. A darker Doctor, for sure, but amazingly different!
  • Could have done without the “Missy” cameo! Sure, she’s intriguing, but are they going to tease us for the whole 11 episodes before the season finale?

Doctor Who: you can breathe now!

Take a Deep Breath and watch the season premiere of Doctor Who! Done?! Now you can breathe! After a long long wait, we finally got our first episode of season 8, with a new Doctor, running around in Victorian London, chasing a T-Rex and automatons.

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The main thing of the episode is Clara’s choice on whether she’ll remain with the Doctor or not, and, as always when there’s a regeneration, to present to us this brand new Doctor. So, I’ll just say what I thought of the episode…

1. Why so much emphasis on the age, the grey and the old?!

Seriously, why? Was Moffat showing the fans that the Doctor can be old? Well, we know that, actually, he was always older, way older than Matt Smith, and most of them were better at it. So, why bother? Why have 75 minutes constantly reminding everyone of this point, when honestly it’s a mute point… it really shouldn’t matter!!!

2. Capaldi’s Doctor just might make my top 3!DW-12_Ep1_00625_PS

Peter Capaldi just nailed it! Such a different, interesting, intense and darker Doctor. Exactly what we needed after so many years of silliness and jumping around.

Now we have one unexpected Doctor and an amazing actor behind him.

And the accent, I love the accent, I loved his reaction to it! Lovely to see him acknowledge his face, curious to see how they’ll resolve it.

3. Good Clara/Bad Clara…

I’m conflicted about this, see, for one hand, Clara has her best episode yet, she gets some development, she’s fierce, she holds her own (and Jenna Louise Coleman is just brilliant).

deepbreath_claraOn the other hand, Clara seems to have forgotten that she’s met all the past Doctors, all of them, and decides that she doesn’t recognizes the Doctor in this one… well, this would be a normal and perfectly natural plot line if you had another “Rose”, or “Amy”, or any of them really, but you have Clara, the girl who not only knows their faces, but just a few months ago actually met 2 more, and come on, if she could get along with The War Doctor, how could she not recognize 12th? And she knew he was old, if anyone knows, she does, just this Christmas she saw a much older version of 11th and she didn’t react like this… Moffat, you failed on this one!

4. A T-Rex… just because!

deepbreath_trexI still don’t see the point!

They had done dinosaurs before, but this plot could have been achieved by any other creature really, why have a T-Rex in the middle of the Thames, just standing there?

Fun, but pointless!

5. Paternoster Gang… always fun

tumblr_naklegZzdH1qijoeyo1_500I love them, best part of the episode for me (apart from Capaldi) was these three. Funny, light, smart – I really loved Jenny on this one. Still, how do they know so much about the Doctor’s regeneration? When did they meet him? How they came to be? I love them, but I would like them to make some sense.

6. The references

This felt good and weird, somehow! The Girl in the Fireplace reference was obvious and welcomed. “It’s times like this I really miss Amy”… uncalled for and so not relevant! “Chips. Coffee. Coffee and Chips”, well sir she just wants the coffee… Rose would have taken the chips though.

7. The phone call…

deepbreath_11I have absolutely no problem with Matt Smith’s Doctor, I loved him, not my Doctor, but loved him none the less. I do have a problem with that phone call! We had 1 year to get our minds around the idea that Capaldi was the new Doctor, we had 2 specials to say goodbye to Matt Smith, which we did, and they were such 2 big episodes… then we got 8 months to get used to the idea that 11 was not coming back (which is good, change is good!)… and then, when all the focused of the episode should be on Capaldi, here comes 11 again to convince Clara to help him?!

Really?! Moffat, are you having separation anxiety?! It surely fells like you are!

There was no need for it! She should have come to that conclusion alone. 12th’s speech should have been more than enough. Never on a first episode of a Doctor, should the previous one give the companion a call, never, ever, ever!

8. All’n All

55089Good enough episode, though I hope that the season brings a bit more. All that talk of age and perceptions kind of bored me, maybe because I was glad that this Doctor was older.

Curious to see where the season leads us, though I have to say, not very enthusiastic about the idea of “Missy” calling the Doctor her boyfriend, I really thought we were done with all that. The most popular theories are that she’s either The Master, The Rani or River – though let’s hope not River, if River Song ever returns, I want it to be as Alex Kingston.

Looking forward for next week and the return of the Daleks (and something tells me that the Cybermen will soon follow!).

Best news so far: a Male Companion!

Since the moment the 8th season of Doctor Who started filming, until the day it starts airing (summer, autumn… who knows…), we will be bombarded with news and scoops and spoilers. But this particular piece of news came as a breath of fresh air! The best news so far, in my opinion, is that season 8 will finally have a man on board – Danny Pink played by Samuel Anderson.

Yes, we had several men on the TARDIS, since its return in 2005, but we haven’t seen a permanent and proper male companion for ages.

Adam… we don’t even talk about Adam! Mickey went along for the ride mainly because of Rose, and that didn’t last long. He showed all his potential when he already had one foot out the door, to a parallel universe. Jack was great, but very on and off, and very aware of everything, I love him though, and I wish he would have been a full time companion. Then came Rory, and don’t get me wrong, from the 11th Doctor companions, Rory is my favourite, but he went to be with Amy, and there was never Rory without Amy.

Now we might actually have a chance to see a proper male companion, like Jamie was. I just hope that they don’t spoil it by making him romantic linked to Clara… we had enough of that already.