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!).

“Steven Moffat: I would do a Doctor Who/Sherlock crossover”… Say What?!

Everyone who’s a fan of Doctor Who and Sherlock has heard, read or wanted a crossover between the 2 shows for a while, and now, while promoting season 8 of Doctor Who, Steven Moffat, writer and producer of both shows, has ignited that fire stating that we would be willing to do it, as RADIOTIMES informs!

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“Look I’m going to come clean on this: I would,” said Moffat. “Go speak to Cumberbatch, Freeman, Gatiss and Vertue, OK? They’re all in the way. I’m not the killjoy, it’s that lot. It’s probably not going to happen.” Moffat sympathised with the load groans from the audience: “I know!” he squealed, “What a bunch of killjoys I work with.”

Despite his own enthusiasm for the project, Moffatt can understand why it might be a bad idea. “You know in some ways, I think Mark’s got a point when he says that however good you imagine [the crossover], it would be almost better in your imagination than it would be if the two grand old egotists actually met. They’d just both go off in opposite corners and sulk that there was someone cleverer than them. [Imitating Sherlock/The Doctor] ‘No, I’m not going to do it, he can do it.'”

I love both shows! Two of my favorite shows ever, two of my favorite characters! But really Moffat?! You do understand the concepts of the two shows you run, right?! Because mixing the sci-fi, fantasy and the “impossible and fantastic” that is Doctor Who, with the racional drama that is Sherlock, would never, ever work! So, I only say: THANK GOD FOR THOSE “KILLJOYS”!

I do not love Steven Moffat, is that a problem?

I’m a whovian, I like everything Doctor Who related! Eleven is not my Doctor, is that a problem? So why do people get ticked off when I point out that I really don’t like Steven Moffat as a showrunner?! 

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I will explain: Steven has written some of the most amazing New Who stories, such as Blink or The Empty Child/ The Doctor Dances, but that’s just it: he’s an amazing writer… does that make him a good showrunner forDoctor Who? I honestly don’t like the series as much as I did the Russell T. Davis era. It’s not that Moffat’s story’s are more complicated and therefore harder to understand… is that sometimes there’s nothing to understand! I don’t like the whole “everything has to have a big important meaning!”.

The other day I was watching the series 5 finale and the Doctor told Amy why he chose her, because of her big empty house, and then I thought of how he chose Clara, his Impossible Girl, and I realized, I don’t like this Doctor. I liked the Doctor who picked up the best and only the best, and not because they were impossible or complicated, but because they were there and he liked them. That’s how Rose came to be, and Martha and even Donna. That’s how most of the companions worked in the classic series: they were there, they needed a ride, they were stuck on the TARDIS, and then they proved they were the best! Maybe this is why I never LOVED Amy… I did love Rory though, because he DESERVED to be there and I do not like Clara (I’m with the TARDIS on this one)!

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And it’s not just the characters, it’s the stories… I think of how we met Clara’s family on the Christmas episode… It was dreadful! In the beginning of the New Who, we got the know the families quite well soon after the companion joined in, and it was great! I think Moffat overlooked some important stuff when he took over… I’m not even going to mention the fact that he brought the Time Lords back

Well, to which it’s own, I guess… I do hope Capaldi will bring a new life and light to the show and that they make something of Clara…

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.

My Top 20 TV Couples: 10 to 6

After last year’s Top 20 TV Couples, this year I’m making it a countdown. Numbers 20 to 16, and 15 to 11 are already posted, so here are the numbers 10 to 6…

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10. River Song & the Doctor (Alex Kingston & Matt Smith) – Doctor Who

While he’s not my favorite Doctor, she’s my favorite “wife” and probably my favorite companion as well (at least for Matt’s Doctor, because she as a tough competition in Donna). For a highly asexual character, the Doctor sure gets his way with the ladies, going as far as to actually marry River Song. The amazing thing about them is not even what they do as husband and wife, mainly because they hardly see each other, but the great and unique chemistry that Alex Kingston has with her onscreen (and a lot younger) husband, Matt Smith. This makes them my favorite couple in Doctor Who!

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“I can’t let you die without knowing you are loved — by so many and so much — and by no one more than me.”

“You are always here to me and I always listen.  And I can always see you.”

“They engineered a psychopath to kill you.” “Totally married her!”

    

9. Sheldon Cooper & Amy Farrah Fowler (Jim Parsons & Mayim Bialik) – The Big Bang Theory

Well, well, well… What a Valentine’s Day episode that was! What a kiss, Doctor Sheldon Cooper! Ok, this is a very different kind of couple, mainly because they have been together for 3 years and shared a great amount of 3 hugs, 3 kisses (but only one real), 1 spanking session and 1 virtual “Dungeons and Dragons” sexy time. Still, we know that Amy deserves a lot more (poor girl), and I do think that Sheldon will step up, in his own quirky way.

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“I present to you the Relationship Agreement. A binding covenant that in its 31 pages enumerates, illuminates and codifies the responsibilities of Sheldon Lee Cooper (hereinafter referred to as the “Boyfriend”) and Amy Farrah Fowler (hereinafter referred to as the “Girlfriend).” 

   

8. Robin & Barney (Cobie Smulders & Neil Patrick Harris) – How I Met Your Mother

This season of HIMYM has been mainly about them, oh, and the Mother off course! It’s their wedding weekend, and so far so good. We do know they get married, we already saw some images of after the wedding (Robin dancing with her father), and I’m hoping that it’s a happy marriage. Barney has proved so far that he’s ready for this big step, that he loves her more than anything, he turned from womanizer to a hopeless romantic… so cute to see!

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Some reasons why they are so perfect for each other:

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And this…

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And more…

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7. Lois & Clark (Erica Durance & Tom Welling) – Smallville

I appreciate these 2 even more since I saw the Man of Steel… I do not like that Lois Lane! Maybe because I like this one so much… yes, Erica Durance was everything I expect to see in Lois Lane: seriously bad-ass, sassy, smart, fearless, supporting, etc… and she’s all of this because of her man, her Clark! And I think Smallville nailed this. Not only was their chemistry off the charts, but they really made each other better. Lois and Clark (this L&C) are by bar my favorite coupling in any Superman story.

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 “I wanted these vows to be perfect, but perfection’s a hard thing to get your hands on. But life is meant to be a little messy. And when it comes to love, it’s like my dad always said when it comes to the army. You only sign up if it’s the only thing you can ever imagine doing, and Clark I can not imagine spending a moment of my life without you, so I promise that I will always have your back as you will always have mine. You’re my best friend, you’re my home, you are my true love and I am yours and will be forever.”

“I, Clark Kent, take you, Lois Lane, to be my companion, forever. With you by my side I will never be alone. Though the world sees a strong and independent woman, I’ve never known someone with such gentle grace and more pure heart. When I’ve been lost you’ve always been there to bring me back, so on this day, at this moment, I pledge the rest of my life to you. You’ve always believed in me, and I believe in you. When you believe in someone it’s not for a minute, or just for now, it’s forever.”

    

6. Marshall & Lily (Jason Segel & Alyson Hannigan) – How I Met Your Mother

This, so far, has been a tough season for the Eriksen clan. But the important thing is that they love each other and they will make it thru… And they’re staying in NYC!

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Great moments…

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“Marshall, I love you because you’re funny, and you make me feel loved, and you make me feel safe. And for our anniversary, you gave me a sweatshirt that says: Lily and Marshall: Rockin’ It Since ’96. Kinda wish I was wearing it right now, because it smells like you. But the main reason I love you Marshall Eriksen, is…you make me happy. You make me happy all the time”

  

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The Day of the Doctor

WOW! That’s basically it… WOW!

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It seemed an impossible task, to make a story that would appeal to all whovians, classic and recent era fans, and that made sense, had depth and packed an emotional punch like you wouldn’t believe… well, Moffat did it!

The story starts with Eleven and Clara (with a lot of Easter Eggs along the way… I would need a post just for them). We don’t get to see how he pulled her out of his timeline, but it’s obvious that he did… so moving on. They are “called” to assist UNIT, where they face an impossibility, a painting with the name of “No More” and “Gallifrey falls”, that is a moment in time captured by Time Lord technology… it’s bigger on the inside!

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So, we get a glimpse of that day, and we meet John Hurt’s Doctor, that steals a weapon of mass destruction and flees, going to an abandon place to detonate it. But the interface has a conscience, and it assumes a form from his past, or it his future, she always gets those two mixed up… it’s Rose Tyler, although, in that form, she’s called Bad Wolf. She offers him the possibility of seeing his future self, to know what we’ll become if he destroys Gallifrey and the Daleks on that day.

From here we go to the Tenth Doctor that is courting Queen Elizabeth I, thinking that she’s a zygon! After proposing to her and finding out that the zygon was actually the horse, he realizes that he’ll be king! After a quick chase, and now with 2 Elizabeth’s, Eleven makes his way into his time and now the fun begins.

The War Doctor soon joins them and with a lot a sass from all of them, they find out a way of dealing with the Zygon problem, in the past and in the present, but not before Ten marries Elizabeth I.

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With the Zygons dealt with, it’s time the War Doctor makes a choice, and he chooses to do it, to “push the button”. After Clara realizes that his incarnation hasn’t done it yet, the Doctors go to him, and the 3 of them prepare to do it, for he doesn’t have to do it alone this time… but, Eleven changes his mind, and they all know what to do!

“Bad Wolf girl, I could kiss you!” “That’s gonna happen…”

So, they decide to save Gallifrey, to “upload” it into a stasis cube, where they will be in a pocket universe, in a moment in time, but alive and with hope. To do this, they require all 1200 years of calculations, so we see all of them… all 13 of them…

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Not knowing if it worked, the War Doctor goes his way (beautiful scene with all 3 TARDIS) and starts to regenerate once inside is TARDIS, because he was wearing a bit thin… he does hope the ears are a little bit less conspicuous… (no luck!).

Ten, realizing that he won’t remember this, asks Eleven where they’re headed, which he tells him: their tomb. Ten says that things could be changed and that he’s better change them because “I don’t want to go!” (heart broken all over again), to which the Eleventh Doctor says to Clara “He always says that”.

Clara leaves the Doctor alone with his painting and soon after he meets the Curator (a.k.a. Tom Baker, the 4th Doctor), who tells him the correct title of the piece “Gallifrey falls no more”… which means that it worked!

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Now the Doctor has a destination, he wants to find it, he knows where he’s going!

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I loved how it was a nod to the past, without forgetting to look ahead to the future. Many people complained that the classic Doctors should all have been in the special, and to a certain extent, they were, old footage was used to show them manipulating their respective TARDISES and the scene in the end (although clearly a montage) it’s a tribute to all of them. It would have looked weird to have them all in it, specially when most of them don’t look nothing like they did in the 70’s and 80’s.

Matt Smith, David Tennant and John Hurt, what a treat! The bickering and ironic comments was amazing. Their chemistry was unbelievable, especially Matt and David, and I truly felt that they belonged there, together.

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Billie Piper!!! Steven Moffat did an amazing job with that. He’s right, bringing her as Rose Tyler would be a mistake, because that story is finished and so well told. Bringing her back as The Moment was a truly genius idea, and Billie was better than ever.

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