Tenth Doctor: Army of Ghosts/Doomsday (dual review)

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Writer: Russell T. Davies

Producer: Phil Collinson

Director: Graeme Harper

Series: 2, eps. 12 and 13

Companion: Rose Tyler (Billie Piper)

Summary: The Doctor and Rose return to modern-day London and discover an infestation of ghosts that is being investigated by Torchwood. They came through a dimensional portal. But the ghosts in reality are Cybermen, and Daleks are on the other side of the portal as well.

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Tenth Doctor: Fear Her

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Writer: Matthew Graham

Director: Euros Lyn

Producer: Phil Collinson

Series: 2, ep. 11

Companion: Rose Tyler (Billie Piper)

Summary: A child has been taken over by an alien being. The alien gives her the ability to trap anything she draws in the paper. And it is the eve of the 2012 Olympics. Can the Doctor stop her from drawing the whole world?

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Eleventh Doctor: Vampires in Venice

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Writer: Toby Whithouse

Director: Jonny Campbell

Producers: Tracie Simpson and Patrick Schweitzer

Series: 5, ep 6

Companions: Amy Pond (Karen Gillan),  Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill)

Summary: After Amy kissed the Doctor last time, he realizes he’s made a big mistake, so he and Amy take the TARDIS to get Rory at his stag party. One awkward moment later, he, Amy, and Rory travel to Venice in Renaissance-era Italy, where they meet alien vampires.

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Eleventh Doctor: The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone (dual review)

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Writer: Steven Moffatt

Director: Adam Smith

Producer: Tracie Simpson

Series: 5, eps 4 and 5

Companions: Amy Pond (Karen Gillan, River Song (Alex Kingston)

Summary: The Doctor and Amy find River Song floating adrift in space. She takes them to the planet Alfava Metraxis, where the spacecraft Byzantium has crashed. They are met by Father Octavian and his militarized clerics. They also discover that the craft has imprisoned a Weeping Angel. The Doctor learns that River Song has a diary that she has kept of all the times she has met the Doctor, all of which are out of order. Amy finds the Angel, and it leaves an imprint on her eye. But that which holds the image of an angel will become an angel as well. Can they escape?

Review: When I saw River Song’s first appearance, I was instantly intrigued. She trusted the Doctor implicitly, but she also admitted that the Doctor lies. She seemed to know the Doctor so intimately. I liked how the story added more to the Angel’s lore. The episode was suspenseful throughout, but the scene where you actually see them move kinda ruins things. Other than that, I liked it.

Overall Review: 9/10

Continuity: This episode is a direct sequel to “Blink”, the first appearance of the Weeping Angels. It is meant to be an earlier point in River Song’s timeline than her first appearance.

 

Eleventh Doctor: Victory of the Daleks

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Writer: Mark Gatiss

Director: Andrew Gunn

Producer: Peter Bennett

Series: 5, ep.3

Companion: Amy Pond (Karen Gillan)

Summary: The Doctor and Amy travel to WWII and we learn that he’s met Winston Churchill.  Churchill is ecstatic because he has new weapons called “Ironsides”. But the Doctor knows that they are something else: Daleks. What’s more Amy has no knowledge of their existence, despite the events of “Journey’s End.”

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Seventh Doctor Audio: The Fires of Vulcan

fires-of-vulcanWriter: Steve Lyons

Director: Gary Russell

Producers: Gary Russell and Jason Haigh-Ellery

Executive Producer: Jacqueline Rayner

Running Time: 1 hour, 44 minutes

Companion: Melanie Bush (Bonnie Langford)

Summary: The Doctor and Mel arrive in Pompeii just before Mt. Vesuvius is about to blow.

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Destiny of the Doctor: Night of the Whisper

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Writers: Cavan Scott & Mark Wright

Director: John Ainsworth

Companions: Rose Tyler, Captain Jack Harkness

Running Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

(Note: This story is the only “Destiny in the Doctors” story that does not include appearances by any of the actors who play the companions. Instead, the whole thing is read by Nicholas Briggs. That’s why I didn’t include any names for the actors above.)

Summary: Captain Jack Harkness takes the Ninth Doctor and Rose to New Vegas, an outer space version of Las Vegas in the 23rd Century on a moon. Rose poses as a waitress and Jack poses as a reporter. The Ninth Doctor has discovered that a mysterious vigilante called the Whisper is on the loose, and has turned against the police. The Doctor works alongside the police to discover the Whisper’s true intentions.

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Fourth Doctor Lost Story: The Valley of Death

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Writer: Jonathan Morris (from a story by Phillip Hinchcliffe)

Director: Ken Bentley

Producer: David Richardson

Companion: Leela (Louise Jameson)

(Note: This is the second of two Lost Stories featuring the Fourth Doctor. It’s part of the Fourth Doctor Lost Stories Boxed Set. I reviewed each story separately.)

Summary: The Doctor and Leela meet Edward Perkins in the Amazon Rain Forest, where he is searching for details surrounding an expedition led by his great-grandfather. They join him on his quest in a plane. After a crash landing, they discover an abandoned spacecraft and tribesmen. The spacecraft belongs to an alien race called the Lurons, who can make copies of anyone they encounter. They’ve even made copies of the Doctor and Leela themselves!

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Tenth Doctor: Turn Left

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Writer: Russell T. Davies

Director: Graeme Harper

Producer: Susie Liggat

Series: 4, episode 11

Companion: Donna Noble (Catherine Tate), Rose Tyler (Billie Piper)

Summary: Donna is separated from the Doctor and meets a fortune teller who forces her to go back in time and make the one crucial moment that changed her life never happen: meeting the Doctor. As a result, all of the events after her first appearance in “The Runaway Bride” are now altered. The Doctor has died, and failed to regenerate. And now that he has died, the universe is in chaos.

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