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“Listen” – We Have Been Warned Since July!

SPOILER FREE – the only images and information included in this article are ones that have been officially released by the BBC to ensure there are no spoilers!

Last weekend we were treated to a preview for next week’s episode of Doctor Who, entitled “Listen.”  The preview can be seen here if you missed it.

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However, back in July, prior to the start of series 8, we were given the preview found here, which was both simple, sweet, and foreshadowing.

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It seems that Moffat wanted us to be prepared for this episode since before series 8 even started. And listen to what?! Now he has me scared and paying attention! We’ve learned from Mr. Moffat some of the most terrifying concepts can be found in the every day – shadows, gas masks, and statues. What will this episode bring?  Steven Moffat has posed this question to viewers:  “Have you ever wondered what The Doctor does in his spare time and what happens when he is alone … and what scares him?”  It seems that we may just find out this Saturday.

Spoiler free reviews have indicated that we will be in for a treat and that this may be the scariest episode of Doctor Who penned by Moffat, if not in its entire history. We have been promised the return of Danny Pink, a new portion of the TARDIS, and a more Doctor-centered episode. While many sites have shared that this episode will return to concepts previously explored in Moffat’s tenure, both literally and implied, we will have to wait to see what those concepts specifically are.

Regardless of the mystery surrounding this simple command, Saturday’s episode promises to be excellent based on pre-release reviews and trailers. It seems we have been preparing for this episode for longer than we have realized with the pre-series release of the trailer where Capaldi simply says, “Listen.”

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We have seen from the most recent preview that there just *might* be something under our beds, and Moffat just might have a few scares left up his sleeves.

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Robot of Sherwood: “I am The Doctor, and *this* is my spoon!”

This is a full plot synopsis and review of Doctor Who S8′s “Robot of Sherwood.” If you have not yet seen the episode, this article contains episode spoilers. Please proceed with caution!!!!

 

“Robot of Sherwood” penned by Mark Gatiss was a light hearted and funny episode that brought our hero, The Doctor and the Legendary Robin Hood together under the most unlikely of circumstances. The Doctor offers to take Clara to any point in space and time she would like. She tells him that she knows he will laugh and tell her it is impossible, but she has always wanted to meet Robin Hood. He indeed responds with the fact that Robin Hood is fictional, telling her that “old fashioned heroes only appear in old fashioned storybooks.” Clara points out that The Doctor is a hero, constantly saving people, and he brushes her comment off calling it a way to “pass the time.” Clara insists that it is her choice this time, and she would like to visit that time period. The Doctor resigns himself to bringing them to the era of the Robin Hood stories, 1190 A.D. England, in Sherwood Forest. Not wanting his companion to be disappointed, he tells her that she should not be surprised when she does not see Robin or a forest full of merry men. The Doctor steps out of the TARDIS and it is hit by an arrow while a man dressed as Robin Hood responds to the name with, “you called?” The Doctor pulls the arrow out of the TARDIS and it heals itself, showing its own sort of regenerative properties. We have seen that the TARDIS is alive before, but this is the first time I can recall seeing it physically repair itself so quickly and fully without prompting

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Robin Hood congratulates The Doctor on his fantastical trick, presuming he has used mirrors or some other form of illusion to get the TARDIS to suddenly appear, not realizing it has materialized right before him. The conversation quickly turns sour when Robin Hood declares his intention to take the TARDIS from The Doctor. The Doctor tells Robin that no one will take his “box, in this universe or the next” showing the fierce loyalty The Doctor has to his only consistent companion over the course of his long lives. Robin pulls out a sword and Clara is concerned because The Doctor does not have one to fight back with. Capaldi solidifies his role as The Doctor, stating, “I have no sword. I don’t need a sword. Because I am The Doctor, and *this* is my spoon.” The spoon may have been a call back to Sylvester McCoy’s Doctor’s preoccupation with playing the spoons or it may have just been the dullest utensil one puts out on a table, but with spoon in hand, The Doctor begins to duel Robin on a log across a stream. While the pair seems evenly matched for a few moments, showing The Doctor really does not need more than a spoon to fight, Robin manages to get a swing in that cuts a button off of The Doctor’s coat. Big mistake – now Capaldi’s attack eyebrows are ready, and he holds his arm out as if to invite Robin to run him through, turning at the last second and knocking Robin into the stream triumphantly. Clara acknowledges how brilliant he is and appears to wonder where Robin has gotten to as The Doctor is pushed from behind into the stream by Robin who has snuck around behind them while the pair were talking.

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DOCTOR WHO SERIES 8

What is Moffat’s Obsession with Eggplant Purple??!?

These photos are from a variety of episodes and set photos from S7 and S8. Some photos may contain S8 spoilers if you have not seen the released set pictures for the upcoming series!!!! All images have been released as promo shots by the BBC (and are solely the intellectual property of the BBC and its authorized affiliates), and do not include any non-promo shots (i.e. taken by fans, released illegally, etc.)

 

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What is Moffat’s obsession with the color purple? Is his favorite food eggplant and he’s secretly working it in the scripts by dressing his characters in eggplant purple? Is there some correlation between the choice of when the characters wear this color and what is happening in the series at the time? As with everything in the Who-verse, no one but Mr. Moffat knows for certain, and there is fan speculation surrounding almost every line, scene, and detail. Some of it will become relevant as we go along with the series, and some will be happy coincidences. Some points will be poignant, while others will be absolutely silly; some will turn out to be correct, while others, in hindsight, will be incredibly wrong. But while we all speculate, I really want to know what Moffat is doing with this specific shade of purple! It is certainly worth pointing out that traditionally purple has been considered the “Royal Color” – the color of the King, Queen, or other royalty. While no character listed is royalty strictly speaking, The Doctor is a Lord; it may not be a Lord of the land, but he is a Lord of Time and thus his title and species implies a social hierarchy. The implication seems to be that the Time Lords are a higher level species than the ones they regulate, having stopped creatures from the dawn of time and the ability to travel forward and backward throughout the universe’s entire history. Aside from any royal ties, this color is woven in throughout S7 and S8 in the main character’s wardrobe with some consistency. We do not know the circumstances surrounding each characters mood during the scenes we see the color in, and we do not know if it is symbolic or significant. We are aware that it is prominent enough, and woven into the main character’s costumes with a frequency that makes it worth looking at.

 

Let’s start back in S7, “The Snowmen” with Matt Smith’s Doctor introducing a slightly longer purple coat with a stove pipe hat in contrast to his typical tweed jacket. The shade of purple woven throughout the episode is slightly different to the specific purples used throughout S8, but it is our first introduction to the color that will become prominent in the main character’s wardrobes. This episode was also The Doctor’s first introduction to Clara as a true and human companion, having previously seen her in “Asylum of the Daleks” as an auxiliary companion in a Dalek shell. This outfit on its own was a fantastic costume choice, demonstrating The Doctor’s slightly more jaded side after losing the Ponds with the full swish of a jacket behind him, in addition to the more Victorian feel.  We see him wear this outfit at different points in S7, with Smith finally regenerating in the purple-ish jacket in “The Time of The Doctor.”

Vastra from the Paternoster gang in “The Snowmen” appears to be wearing a very similar shade of purple while out and about the streets. Interestingly, the gang keeps a relatively low profile, and The Doctor is avoiding human contact, while they are both wearing this shade in the episode. Whether this is because the purple is visually aesthetic with the rest of the scenery, or because it ties the two characters together, or is part of a further reaching story arch, we still cannot say, but this is the first introduction to this shade we have.

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