Twelfth: Under the Lake/Before the Flood(dual review)

under the lakeWriter: Toby Whithouse

Director: Daniel O’Hara

Producer: Derek Ritchie

Companion: Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman)

Series: (9, ep. 3&4)

Summary: The Doctor and Clara arrive on an underwater base, haunted by ghosts. The ghosts appear to be silent, but only because they can’t be heard.  They meet a crewmember named Cass, who is deaf. The Doctor takes two people to discover why the base was flooded. They meet an alien named the Fisher King, who is invading the base in different times.

Review: Toby Whithouse is in my opinion, one of Doctor Who‘s most underrated writers. I didn’t realize until I rewatched this episode and “Vampires in Venice” just how good he is. He can take a standard formula such as the “base under siege” model and put a nice twist on it. In fact, this story could be considered a “double BUS” story, as the base is being attacked in different times. I thought Cass being the key to the mystery because she can read lips was a great idea, and kudos to the casting of an actual deaf actress (Sophie Stone) to play her! I hope that when Chris Chibnall takes over, he keeps Toby Whithouse on, because he’ll need someone who can apply the standard formula in unique ways.

Overall Review: 8/10

Continuity: The Doctor uses his sonic sunglasses, which was introduced in “The Witch’s Familiar”. The Cloister Bell rings again to alert the Doctor to destruction to time. The Doctor’s amplifier has the logo for Magpie Electricals. Clara tells the Doctor that she isn’t ready to lose another person she cares about.

Note: This is my last dual review. The rest of series 9’s episodes are reviewed better separately than as one complete story for both parts of each episode.

 

 

Fourth: Genesis of the Daleks

genesis of the daleksWriter: Terry Nation

Director: David Maloney

Producer: Phillip Hinchcliffe

Companions: Sarah Jane Smith (Elizabeth Sladen), Dr. Harry Sullivan (Ian Marten)

No. of Episodes: 6

Season: 12, ep. 4

Summary: The Time Lords have taken control of the Doctor’s TARDIS for the first time since the Third Doctor’s era, stranding him on Skaro. He will be allowed to return on one condition: prevent Davros from finishing his tests on the Daleks and unleashing them for the first time.

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Twelfth: Dark Water/Death in Heaven (dual review)

dark waterWriter: Steven Moffatt

Director: Rachel Talalay

Producer: Peter Bennett

Companions: Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman), Kate Stewart (Jemma Redgrave)

Summary: Clara receives a phone call telling her that Danny Pink has died. She then receives another phone call from a mysterious woman named Missy,  who wishes to contact the Doctor. Missy is actually a new regeneration of The Master, who is turning the dead into her army of Cybermen.

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Torchwood: Everything Changes

Everything Changes

Writer: Russell T. Davies

Director: Brian Kelly

Producer: Richard Stokes

Summary: Gwen Cooper finds a murder scene being investigated by the Torchwood Institute.  Her curiosity inspires her to start snooping around and learn more about the institute. When they realize how much she’s discovered, Captain Jack Harkness recruits her to replace their fallen comrade Suzie.

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Twelfth: Eaters of Light

eaters of lightWriter: Rona Munro

Director: Charles Palmer

Producer: Nikki Wilson

Companions: Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie) and Nardole (Matt Lucas)

Series: 10, ep. 10

Summary: The Doctor, Bill, and Nardole are in the days of ancient Rome, when the Romans were invading Britain. They are in search of the Ninth Roman Legion. The Legion is battling beings known as the Eaters of Light.

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Eleventh: Nightmare in Silver

nightmare in silver

Writer: Neil Gaiman

Director: Stephen Wolfenden

Producers: Marcuse Wilson and Denise Paul

Companion: Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman)

Series: 7, episode 12

Summary: When Clara is discovered by the children she’s babysitting, the Docto takes them to Webley’s World of Wonders, an outer space amusement park The owner has remains of the Cybermen and a midget named Porridge. But they discover the Cybermen are not scrapped remains. They are very much alive and have taken the children hostage. They infect the Doctor with Cyber-mites, nanites that threaten to turn him over to their side.

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Twelfth: In the Forest of the Night

forest

Writer: Frank Cottrell-Bryce

Director: Sheree Folkson

Producer: Paul Frift
Companion:  Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman)

Series: 8, ep 10

Summary: A little girl comes to the TARDIS asking for help because she is lost. The Doctor drops her off where she wanted to be, but is bewildered by what he sees. The forest has overgrown, threatening to take over London.

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Editorial: Why Class Failed

For the past eight weeks, I’ve been reviewing the first (and now only) series of Class. It’s been announced that the show has been put on hiatus and that Patrick Ness, the show’s creator and writer, has stepped down. As of now, the show will most likely not return.

So, it seems we have a failed experiment. Why? I have a few theories.

First of all, the promotion was sparse at best. It originally aired online a year before Doctor Who returned, and that was the only way it could be watched before it came to BBC TV. I think this wasn’t a good idea, especially since it seems as if it was only available to British markets. Also, when the show did air on TV, it was placed in a timeslot that, for British TV, wasn’t a good one. I hear it did good here in America, but we’re not the target audience.

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