Doctor Who: Before the Flood First Impressions

I’m beginning to think that the Doctor points and laughs at paradoxes.

  • Who Wrote Beethoven’s 5th?: Interesting opening, I was wondering how it was going to tie in to the episode.  And I did indeed end up googling it.
  • What do you say to someone who’s scared?: I find it interesting that Clara suddenly finds herself on the other side of the “everything is going to be okay” conversation.  I think she also realizes that the person on the side she’s on at that moment doesn’t believe a word of it.
  • The War Minister: Really, Moffat?  Really?  We’re gonna use the “arc words” thing again to build up the mystery of the season?  Get some new material dude.
  • It’s Bigger on the Inside: O’Donnell is such a fangirl, and we love her for it.
  • Enter the Undertaker: You really have to wonder about a race that enjoys being conquered and oppressed.
  • The Fisher King: Not sure if there’s anything to the naming here, except that it’s kind of a cool name to give something, but it’s a nice little Arthurian reference all the same.
  • The Doctor Can’t Change the Rules: Oh, come on Doctor!  You ignore the rules of time all the time!  Your relationship with the rules of time is roughly equivalent to Kirk’s relationship with the Prime Directive.  You only acknowledge their existence in passing when it’s convenient for you!
  • The Death of O’Donnell: You know, I’m beginning to think that Moffat has a vendetta against fangirls.  First Oswald and now O’Donnell.  Or maybe there’s some kind of curse on people with “O” names.
  • The Doctor wouldn’t save O’Donnell: I know that Bennett is grieving here, and he’s not in the best place mentally, but he does have a point.  The Doctor didn’t do all that much to save O’Donnell.
  •  Trapped in Time: I wonder if the Doctor being time-locked, as it were, has anything to do with the TARDIS not being happy in the last episode.
  • Cass’ Question: Has traveling with the Doctor changed Clara?  Of course.  Traveling with the Doctor changes everyone who’s had the privilege, whether or not it’s for the better depends entirely on the person.  I have a feeling Clara may realize that the changes it’s made in her are not really all for the good.
  • The Courage of Lunn: Lunn is an interesting guy; I’m fairly sure that he’s just there to translate for Cass, but he turns out to be a pretty brave person.
  • I Have no Mouth, But I’m Still Pretty Eloquent: Interesting that they gave the Fisher King such an erudite voice.  Especially since he doesn’t have a mouth that would be capable of making those kinds of sounds.
  • Where the Fisher King’s Story Ends: Another fine twelve monologue delivered with flair by Peter Capaldi.
  • Bad Vibrations: Naturally that’s how Cass would be able to tell that there’s something behind her.  Also, props for giving the audience her point of view for that whole sequence.
  • Security Protocol Seven One Two: I bet the Doctor thought that making it sound like something an airline stewardess would say was funny.
  • The End of the Fisher King: Hmm, so that’s what happened to the other power cell.
  • Morning Breath: I figured it out about a minute before the reveal.
  • The Doctor’s Sunglasses: Still not entirely sold on those things, but they did prove useful for getting those coordinates out of everyone’s eyes.
  • Cass and Lunn: You know, I figured her protectiveness of him had to come from more than just “he’s the only way she can communicate effectively.”
  • Back to the Beginning: And there’s how the Bootstrap Paradox ties in.  He knew all that because he’d already done it.

Overall I think that this was a pretty satisfying conclusion to this two parter.  We got to see a little development for Clara here, I think.  And, of course, more arc words.  Hooray.

On the other hand, next week we get some vikings and Maisie Williams!

Doctor Who: Under the Lake First Impressions

Maybe I was wrong about the ghosts not really being ghosts.

  • Taking Risks: Sure, bring the strange craft that you have no idea where it came from into your underwater base, I’m sure nothing will go wrong.
  • Moran Came Back…Wrong: Well, that’s going to put a cramp in team dynamics.
  • The TARDIS Isn’t Happy: This little sub-plot runs through the whole thing like a strange chord in the background, which helps to keep the tension of the episode nice and high.
  • Clara Wants an Adventure: Be careful what you wish for Clara, with the Doctor you just might get it, and then some.
  • The Crew in the Cage: I find it interesting that the “ghosts” (and I’m still not entirely convinced that they are, in fact, ghosts) don’t seem to deal well with electro-magnetic energy.  Not sure if that’s going to pan out in the conclusion, but it’s interesting none the less.
  • O’Donnell the Fangirl: Be honest with yourselves for just a minute.  You’d have the same reaction.
  • Token Greedy Guy: I kind of like how the Doctor brushes Pritchard off as “an idiot”.  You just know he’s going to die.
  • They’re Ghosts!: Sorry Doctor, still not buying it.  But I do kind of love how he gets all excited about something that he’s never seen before and has no idea what it really is.  Also, shoutout to the great Shirley Bassey!
  • Cards for Humanity: He needs cards now, not sure what to do with that.
  • Cabin in the Woods Thing: Cass, I like you.  Not just because you’re awesome representation for the deaf, but also because you’re just awesome in general.  I really hope you don’t die.
  • Catching a Ghost: I really like the rapid fire teamwork going on here.  I also think I know why Lenn didn’t end up joining the ghosts, but more on that in a bit.
  • The Dark, The Sword, The Foresaken, The Temple: Way to use your assets Cass!  Although, figuring out that those words were coordinates was a bit of a stretch, even for the Doctor.
  • Ear Worm: And this is why Lenn wasn’t taken.  He never saw the words on the inside of the ship like everyone else did.  Thank goodness Cass is really protective of her translator.
  • “I want to kiss it to death!”: Classic Doctor right there.
  • Speaking of Death: Given that last scene, I think the Doctor might just get his wish.

So not only do we get another two-parter, but we also get another solid set up episode!  So far the writing has been much better than last season, and I’m really hoping it will keep going strong.

And next week, we find out how the Doctor is going to evade death…again.

Doctor Who: The Witch’s Familiar First Impressions

This one went in a different direction than I thought it would.  That’s a good thing, by the way.

  • Consider the Doctor: Interesting opening.  Missy is in top form, and the story she tells is definitely something I could see happening to the Doctor.
  • Missy and Clara Hanging Out: More awesome Missy and Clara interactions, love it.
  • How Does the Doctor Get Out: As simple as the statement “He assumes he’s going to win” is, it also makes a lot of sense.
  • Dalek Nightmares: A pissed off Doctor wheeling around in Davros’ chair?  Yeah, that’s gotta be pretty high on the Daleks biggest fears list.
  • Where’d He Get the Tea: I think “I’m the Doctor, just go with it” sums up the show as a whole pretty well.
  • Throwing Stones: You know, as soon as I heard Missy ask how far down that hole went, I knew Clara was going to get pushed in to it.
  • The Sewers of Skaro: Well, that’s not utterly awful at all!
  • Missy Pokes a Dalek:  That has to be one seriously strong brooch.  And no one should be surprised that Missy taunts the thing the whole time she’s doing the poking.
  • The Only Other Chair: They keep it around just for the Doctor.  Don’t even try to convince me otherwise.
  • Full Circle: Clara in a Dalek.  Something tells me this won’t end well; either in the short term, or the long term.
  • The Doctor and his Shades:  Sunglasses are the new fez.  You heard it here first.
  • Davros and the Doctor: Why are you trying to make me feel sorry for Davros show?  I’m not going to feel sorry for the guy who created the universe’s most evil pepper-pots!  Also, I can’t be the only one who thought that Davros opening his “real” eyes was just wrong somehow.
  • Missy and the Daleks:  I really do wonder what Missy was trying to do here.  Is she just playing to give the Doctor time to come up with something?  Or did she have some plan of her own?  At any rate, it’s all a moot point because…
  • Davros’ Real Plan: Ok, show of hands.  Who was expecting this little plot twist?  It couldn’t have been only me, right?
  • “There’s a Prophecy”: Oh dear, we have another season spanning plot here, methinks.
  • Second Word…Sewers: Oops, don’t think Davros thought of that.  This is why it pays to think of as many contingencies as you can.
  • “I Show Mercy”: Here’s the thing, remember when Missy said that Daleks sort of “weaponize” emotion?  When Clara calmed down a bit at the end there, she was able to get her meaning across more clearly.
  • Sonic Sunglasses: I’m…not really sure how I feel about this.  I guess we’ll have to see if it ends up being kind of a stupid idea or not, but right at this moment?  Not a fan.
  • Daleks Don’t Know Mercy:  Bit of a plot hole here.  If I’m remembering correctly, (not very likely, but still) I think we’ve heard a Dalek or two use the word mercy before.  I can’t remember which episodes, but I’m fairly certain that we have.  At any rate, the Dalek wasn’t in that case, it was Clara; so whatever systems govern the speech coming out of the case just searched for the closest word that would get Clara’s meaning across.  At least I think that’s what happened.

So next week we appear to have underwater ghosts.  Of course they won’t be actual ghosts, but whatever.

Doctor Who: The Magician’s Apprentice First Impressions

Good news: I’m still alive!
Better news: There’s a new season of Doctor Who!

  • Hand Mines: Nice and Creepy, I like it.
  • My Name is Davros: Ooh, that can’t be good.
  • The Colony Sarff: I had a feeling we were dealing with snake people, and I was right!
  • #theplaneshavestopped: Yeah, that would get noticed pretty quickly.
  • Death is for other people: Considering how many times the Master is supposed to have “died”, I’d say that’s accurate.
  • The Doctor’s Last Party: Yeah, meditation isn’t really the Doctor’s thing.
  • The Doctor’s Big Entrance: Ok Doctor, I’ll give you the tank, and the guitar solo, but that entrance could have been much more Metal. Next time, add some flamethrowers.
  • Dude: Dude.
  • He spent yesterday in a bowtie: I always like it when the Doctor calls back to his previous regenerations.
  • Traps are her flirting: That makes so much sense it’s kind of ridiculous.
  • The TARDIS is Located: That can’t be good.
  • Missy and Clara: I really like the interactions of these two. They’re really fun to watch.
  • Doctor vs. Davros, Part 1: Boy Davros really wants to throw that whole “Left young Davros alone in a minefield” thing back in the Doctor’s face.
  • Why would anybody hide a whole planet: Because it’s more dramatic that way!
  • The TARDIS will be destroyed: I’m on Clara’s side on this one, good luck with that guys.
  • Missy Turns the Tables: WHY ARE YOU SURPRISED BY THIS TURN OF EVENTS DOCTOR?! THE MASTER’S ONLY DONE THAT KIND OF THING, LIKE, ALL OF THE TIME!!
  • Random aside: It was really nice to see some of the classic Dalek designs make a bit of a comeback.
  • The Death(?) of Clara: We’ll see how well that sticks.

So, overall I think this was a pretty solid start to the new season. But I am kind of worried that instead of playing with the themes of Genesis of the Daleks, they’re going to be cribbing whole-cloth from it. But I guess we’ll find out next week.