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


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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Twelfth: The Empress of Mars

empress of marsWriter: Mark Gatiss

Director: Wayne Yip

Producer: Nikki Wilson

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

Series: 10, ep. 9

Summary: The Doctor and friends arrive on Mars and discover that humans have invaded and are attempting to colonize and revitalize the planet. However, his old enemies, the Ice Warriors, see the humans as invaders and the Doctor is caught in the middle of their conflict, unsure if he should take a side, and if so, which side he should take.

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