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*Who* is Missy? Could She Be a Version of Tasha Lem?

 

Attention: If you have yet to see Doctor Who’s episode “Deep Breath” please be aware the following article contains episode spoilers.

 

 

Oh the theories floating around the social media-sphere. Is she some incarnation of River Song? Could she be the TARDIS? Are we finally seeing the Rani or another Time Lady return? The Master? Is it possible that Stephen Moffat simply introduced a new character? And people have frustratingly strong opinions about a character that we’ve only seen for a couple of minutes, me being no exception. It is well known Moffat is especially good at weaving in detail, and often the answers are right in the open, but we fans don’t ask the right questions until the very last minute, when we figure the story line out at the big reveal as intended. He throws red herrings at us, lies in interviews, and delivers some of the best kept secrets in show business when the loose ends finally tie up.

There is certainly a familiarity about the character of Missy (played by Michelle Gomez). She seems to have an extensive influence on the Doctor’s life from deciding to “let him keep” his Scottish accent to calling him her boyfriend to saying, “he loves me so much.” The psychopathic characteristics are reminiscent of the running theme of “only one psychopath per tardis, don’t you think?” as River Song told The Doctor in “The Angels Take Manhattan.” And the biting at the air is reminiscent of Idris learning that biting is like kissing, “only better.” Eagle eyed fans immediately drew a connection between the reuse of the set from “The Girl Who Waited” and “the promised land.” Whether there is an actual connection or not remains to be seen, as re-using sets has happened throughout Doctor Who history. At Christmas 2014, Clara is shown running down the very same steps Rose runs up in Christmas 2010, yet it was a simple re-use of the set rather than secret connection. Other examples of re-used sets can be found throughout the series, so it is possibly a budget issue. Fans argue though, that Moffat is too deliberate in the framing of the shot to be coincidence. Others have noted the similarity between the garden and the TARDIS interior, with a central circular column and the garden appearing to suit the needs of the user.

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Doctor Who’s “Deep Breath” Delivers a Strong Start to Series 8

This article contains a full plot synopsis, review, and critique. If you have not seen the episode “Deep Breath” please do not continue if you are avoiding spoilers!!!!!

 

“Deep Breath” was a breath of fresh air for Doctor Who fans. Our first full introduction to Peter Capaldi taking on the iconic role of the Doctor was, well, fantastic.

This season’s new title sequence is focused more on time and less on space than the opening has ever been, and was created by a fan, so I enjoyed it. Murray Gold’s more steam punk version of the theme is a little off putting for my tastes, but it stands out as more edgy and intense than previous versions, which is probably a reflection of the new incarnation of The Doctor. When we look back, it will likely seem perfect for its time when all is said and done; especially with Peter Capaldi alluding to his Doctor having a unique relationship with time in the preshow of “Deep Breath.”

From the beginning, we are introduced to the great visual of a dinosaur stomping down the River Thames, spitting out our beloved TARDIS. While this occurs, we see that the Paternoster Gang has established itself in Victorian London, working with the police, allowing for the return of Vastra, Jenny, and Strax (played by Neve McIntosh, Catrin Stewart, and Dan Starkey respectively). Vastra in particular is shown to take charge and be the liaison between strange events and the Victorian police force, instructing them what to do and how to do it when the dinosaur arrives.

When The Doctor walks out of his box, and starts naming the Seven Dwarves to Strax, it is hilarious. It slowly degrades to demonstrate how confused The Doctor truly is, not even knowing who Clara (Jenna Louise Coleman) is and confused as to how he got there. While he is able to speak dinosaur, the TARDIS does not translate for the companions as it generally does, whether this is a reflection of his confusion or the TARDIS giving Clara a hard time, we do not know, but it was very reminiscent of the Sycorax not speaking English until David Tennant fully awakes and emerges figuring out who he is in the process in “The Christmas Invasion” (2005).

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