Twelfth: Mummy on the Orient Express

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Writer: James Mathieson

Director: Paul Wilmshurst

Producer: Peter Bennett

Series: 8, ep. 8

Companion: Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman)

Summary: Angered after the events in “Kill the Moon”, Clara has agreed to one more adventure before she departs the Doctor.  They take a ride on an outer space train that resembles the Orient Express. The Foretold, a monster resembling a mummy, is killing passengers. When it spots its prey, he or she has sixty-six seconds to live.

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Class: The Metaphysical Engine, Or What Quill Did

metaphysicalWriter: Patrick Ness

Director: Wayne Cheyip

Producer: Derek Ritchie

Summary: While the kids are in detention, Quill meets with Dorothea and Ballon. Dorothea has found the Metaphysical Engine, which will sever the Arn from Quill, allowing her freedom.

(Note: This is a synchronous episode with the previous episode, “Detained”, showing what Quill did while the class was in detention.)

Review: OK, so remember at the end of “Detained” how Quill comes back and goes on about how she’s free and gets in Charlie’s face, and she has a scar? Well, this is supposed to explain that. And now I understand why “Detained” was a bottle episode. Bottle episodes are often a way to save money on a sci-fi show. This episode was loaded with beautiful backdrops, so it was obvious that they would need a cheaper episode to meet the budget. I’m not saying this was a bad idea, and I love how “Detained” ended with a cliffhanger that made you wonder what happened to Quill. Quill is really a loose cannon. She’s too caught up in winning her freedom than her loyalties to everyone else, and it’s become a liability. I’m now curious to know if she will betray everyone in the series finale next week. Also, what’s Dorothea’s deal? She doesn’t seem benevolent. I like that the show is leaving you wanting more, even with its flaws.

Overall Review: 7/10

 

Twelfth: The Pyramid at the End of the World (Part II)

pyramidWriters: Peter Harness and Steven Moffatt

Director: Daniel Nettheim

Producer: Peter Bennett

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

Series: 10, ep. 7 (part 2 of 3)

Summary: A pyramid has suddenly appeared, causing all of the world’s clocks to count down. Bill learns the Doctor has been hiding his blindness from her.

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Twelfth Doctor: Kill the Moon

kill the moonWriter: Peter Harness

Director: Paul Wilmshurst

Producer: Peter Bennett

Companion: Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman)

Series: 8, ep. 7

Summary: Courtney Woods, the delinquent student from the previous episode, is angry that the Doctor doesn’t think she’s special, so she stows away on the TARDIS.  To placate her, the Doctor takes them to the year 2049. A team of astronauts have discovered a new life form on the moon that they feel must be destroyed.

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Twelfth Doctor: Extremis (Part 1 of 3)

extremisWriter: Steven Moffat

Director: Daniel Nettheim

Producer: Peter Bennett

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

Series: 10, episode 6

Summary: The Pope requests an audience with the Doctor because they wish to execute Missy. And what is the secret of “Veritas”?

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Twelfth Doctor: The Caretaker

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Writers: Gareth Roberts & Steven Moffatt

Director: Paul Murphy

Producer: Nikki Wilson

Series: 8, episode 6

Companion: Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman)

Summary: The Doctor poses as Coal Hill High’s Caretaker, suspecting that an alien called the Skovox Blitzer may be there. He also finally meets Danny Pink.

Review: This was kind of a chore for me because it was so slow. But once things got going, it wasn’t too bad. The Blitzer was a funny alien.

Overall Rating: 5/10

Continuity: The Tenth Doctor also went undercover at a school. The Doctor is once again uncomfortable around soldiers. The Doctor says that a soldier can’t teach math, but forgot that the Brigadier was doing the same thing in “Mawdryn Undead”. The Seventh Doctor was once asked if he was applying to be a caretaker when he returned to 1963 Earth. Both the Doctor and Clara opened the TARDIS by snapping their fingers. The Doctor finds the same junkyard where the TARDIS made its first-ever appearance and says “Home, Sweet Home”. The Eleventh Doctor also posed as a caretaker in Madge’s house. Danny compares the Doctor to the officers who light the flames he carries out. The War Doctor considered himself a lesser man to those forged in the fire he was creating.