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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.

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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Reaction to “Deep Breath” in the Who-verse

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

 

In addition to the introduction of what promises to be a stellar version of The Doctor, played by Peter Capaldi, there were a few scenes in the most recent episode of Doctor Who that lit up the interwebs and forums. While some of the speculation makes sense, other parts do not seem to be as big of a deal to me. Regardless, Deep Breath garnered media attention, from reviews to specific scenes like these:

“Clara, I’m not your boyfriend”

There has been some negativity in the Who-verse over this line. Some fans using it as an attack on fans who they believe only appreciate The Doctor for his good looks and boyfriend-esque personality. The scene takes place in the TARDIS where The Doctor says, “Clara, I’m not your boyfriend.” She quickly replied, “I never thought you were” and he points out “I never said it was your mistake.” To me, if the theory goes that Clara is the audience and The Doctor is the writer, there is no attack on any type of fan girls or boys at all. It is the acknowledgement that perhaps Moffat had written episodes that were too “boyfriend-y” and it would be changed. He claims full responsibility – “I never said it was your mistake,” in other words, it was my own. Not only do I not see this as a victory line against people who may have been attracted to other incarnations, I do not see this as a condemnation of wanting less flirting either. I see it as Moffat saying, “I am changing this character, you’ve gotten used to him being one way, and that is my own fault.” More of a mia culpa than a reflection on either side of the debate.



“I traded my watch for it”

People are debating whether or not The Doctor actually traded anything for the coat, or took it by force in a manic rage, and what watch it may be. Surprisingly, the two that seem to pop up most often amongst speculators are the pocket watch from “Human Nature” with David Tennant’s Doctor (at the end of which, he gives that watch away to Tim Latimer, so we can probably rule this one out anyway), and the wrist watch that, in real life, Matt Smith who wore it as The Doctor gave to Peter Capaldi as a symbolic “passing of the torch.” I don’t know whether or not that is the watch that is being referred to. What I do know, is I am shocked that I haven’t read anywhere about the possibility of it being the gold pocket watch Matt Smith wears in “The Snowmen” when he meets Clara. We do not know if the watch had any significance, or if it ever held his (or any Time Lord) consciousness, as in “Human Nature” or “Utopia”, but we do know that this Doctor has a “different relationship with time” as Capaldi explained in the Doctor Who “Deep Breath” pre show.

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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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