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The Care Taker, The Soldier, and The Teacher

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

 

“The Care Taker” penned by Gareth Roberts and Steven Moffat, starts strong with The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Clara (Jenna Coleman) going through several adventures that we get small glimpses of. It is not only fun to see the different types of adventures the TARDIS crew has when it is not a Saturday night, but it also lets us see exactly how hard it is for Clara to juggle her real life and her “Doctor life.” During one of these brief glimpses, our two protagonists are being shot at, and The Doctor screams that he HATES soldiers, and asks Clara if she feels the same, with Clara agreeing (despite knowing her current boyfriend is a former soldier). When the glimpses slow down, Clara tells herself in a mirror she can absolutely handle everything.  We next see the pair on the TARDIS where The Doctor is being a little too nice. When Clara asks why he is being so nice, The Doctor explains that it works on her, thus he’s trying that tactic. He tells Clara that he is going deep undercover, and she should not ask questions nor try to look where he is scheduled to go. A funny scene where each snap their fingers to get the TARDIS doors open or shut while fighting about The Doctor’s secret mission, The Doctor tells Clara to go, and that he will see her when he does. She slowly walks out, and suddenly comes back in to try to catch The Doctor and see what he’s doing. The Doctor notices and she motions that she is watching him, because she understands the only reason not to tell her what he was doing would be if it was something she disapproved of, and she knows he is doing something sneaky.

The scene cuts to Coal Hill School, where Danny (Samuel Anderson) and Clara try to say good morning to each other with the students teasing them. Clara asks if the children know they are dating, and Danny says he believes so but children are prone to using their imaginations so it could be anything. They are called into the morning teacher’s assembly where they are informed the current care taker is ill, and will be replaced by…. You guessed it, The Doctor. He presents himself as the “New Caretaker” whose name is John Smith, but most people just call him “The Doctor” as he winks at Clara. Danny is the first to step up and try to shake his hand and greet him, but The Doctor walks away abruptly. Clara tells Danny she will catch him later, and runs back in the caretaker’s room to confront The Doctor. She asks him why he is “deep under cover” in her school. He brushes her off asking how she knew it was him; with her pointing out in a highly annoyed manner, he had only changed his. While it seems as though the two will continue to argue, The Doctor tells her “look I’ve got a brush” and explains he has caretaking duties that he must attend to, so she must go. Clara protests that he will not be able to fit in at the school, or really anywhere. The Doctor tells her that he once lived with Otters for a month because he and River had a fight; Clara says the school is populated by humans, not otters, and The Doctor responds with that’ll make his job even easier. He explains he is undercover because no one is safe, but when he is through, everyone will be safe. She screams that she hates him, and he quickly responds with, “that’s fine, it’s a perfectly normal reaction” as she leaves the room.

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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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“Into the Dalek” Brings New Dimensions to the Daleks, The Doctor, and Clara

Warning: this is a full summary of S8, “Into the Dalek” and contains spoilers and major plot points from that episode!

 

The episode begins with a full on Dalek attack against what turns out to be the “Combined Galactic Resistance.” Journey and Kai Blue’s ship has been hit, and it appears Kai is already dead in the scene, though he may have just been passed out with extreme injuries Journey tells her brother she is sorry about the upcoming crash, which was a very Doctor thing to say, and she is suddenly on the TARDIS. The Doctor appears exactly one second prior to the ship’s explosion, encapsulating Journey and saving her, though he is unable to save her brother or any other ships. The Doctor talks her through the transmat, which can be both confusing and leave someone feeling a bit sick; and doesn’t even flinch at the gun in his face Journey pulls out. He explains that he materialized his TARDIS around her, exactly one second prior to the explosion as she demands to be taken back to her ship. His response is priceless, telling her that she needs to get her demand right. On her third try, with The Doctor’s prompting, she asks and uses the word please, so he takes her to their “mostly” shielded ship. As they are exiting the TARDIS, The Doctor tells her, “dry your eyes Journey Blue, crying is for civilians, it’s how we communicate with you lot,” laying down the foundation for one of the central plot lines, the difference between soldiers and civilians. How The Doctor knew there was a Dalek attack and that the ship would explode precisely one second later is unseen. He may have visited the battle once before, looking to see if he could save someone, or it may have been as simple as the TARDIS taking him where he needs to be.

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Upon materializing on the Aristotle, Journey Blue’s uncle, Uncle Morgan, personally thanks The Doctor for saving Journey, but explains that since The Doctor was able to breech their security system, he will have to be killed. The Doctor begins to respond and Journey stops her uncle, telling him that the man he is thinking of killing is a doctor, and that they have a patient. The Doctor is brought before the patient, which turns out to be a Dalek, and in a scene reminiscent of Christopher Eccelston in the 2005 episode entitled, “Dalek” The Doctor tells the crew, “you don’t understand, you can’t put me in there” knowing what could happen and what danger he is in once the Dalek recognizes him and begins his attempts at extermination. But this Dalek is a bit different, it is sick and it is on the side of the humans, and The Doctor is in no immediate danger.

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Meanwhile, back in London, England, Earth, Clara is introduced to her newest co-worker, Danny Pink (played by Samuel Anderson). He leads a group called the “Coal Hill School Cadets” teaching the students a base level of soldier training. In his classroom, we find out that he is a maths teacher, and one of his students asks if he has ever killed anyone. Danny replies that he was a soldier and he did what he needed to do, he would leave it up to their minds to fill in blanks, but the student presses further asking if Danny Pink has ever killed anyone who wasn’t another soldier. Danny breaks down and allows a single tear to be shed, repeating the student’s assignment as the conversation is ended thanks to the bell. He is referred to as a ladies’ man by two separate people and he denies it, every time saying he stays home reading during the weekends. While Danny rubbed me wrong for some reason I can not quite put my finger on, his introduction and portrayal were wonderful. After telling Clara he has even more reading to do so he cannot go to a going away party for a colleague, he is caught by her, banging his head against the desk in a fairly funny scene where Clara persists and asks if he’ll look “that terrified when [he] take(s) [her] for drinks?” After telling him to take her out for drinks, Danny agrees, though the viewer is left wondering who he has potentially killed, why he killed that person/s, and if it will matter to Clara when she finds out. Clara may not mind soldiers, but I highly doubt gratuitous civilian killing would be something she will approve of when she finds out.

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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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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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