Twelfth: Husbands of River Song

husbandsWriter: Steven Moffatt

Director: Douglas McKinnon

Producer: Nikki Wilson

Companions: River Song (Alex Kingston), Nardole (Matt Lucas)

Series: 2015 Christmas Special

Summary: The Doctor arrives on a remote space colony on Christmas in the year 5343, where he meets River Song one last time. And gains a new companion named Nardole!

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Torchwood: Random Shoes

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Writer: Jacquetta May

Director: James Erskine

Producers: Richard Stokes and Sophie Faunt

Summary: Eugene Jones discovers he is now dead. In his ghost form, he is invisible, but Gwen can sense him. He realizes Gwen is his only hope.

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Short Trips Vol. 1: The Deep

short trips 1Writer: Ally Kennen

Directors: Nicholas Briggs & Ken Bentley

Producers: Nicholas Briggs & Martin Montague

Running Time: 17 minutes

Doctor/Narrator: Fifth (Peter Davison)

Summary: Nyssa attempts to repair the TARDIS’s Chameleon Circuit. After she’s fixed it, the Doctor wants to give it a test run, and they wind up in the middle of the ocean.

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Twelfth: Hell Bent (Part 2)

Writer: Steven Moffatt

Director: Rachel Talalay

Producer: Peter Bennett

Companion: Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman)

Series: 9, episode 13

Summary: The Doctor arrives on Gallifrey and attempts to extract Clara from her death. Thanks to Time Lord technology, she is now still conscious and affected by the world around her, but she no longer ages, breathes, or anything else one does in life.

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Torchwood: They Keep Killing Suzie

suzieWriters: Phil Tomalin and Daniel McCullough

Producer: Richard Stokes

Director: James Strong

Summary: The team discovers a string of murders with the word “Torchwood” scrawled in blood. Acting on a hunch, they revive Suzie’s corpse to learn more, however, the glove’s power has weakened, so they have to continuously revive her.

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Fifth: Time-Flight

timeflightWriter: Peter Grimwade

Director: Ron Jones

Producer: John Nathan-Turner

Companions: Nyssa (Sarah Sutton) and Tegan Jovanka (Janet Fielding)

Season: 21, ep 5 (20-23) No. of Episodes: 4

Summary: With Adric now dead, the Doctor tries to find a diversion for Nyssa and Tegan. Instead, he accidentally finally takes Tegan back to Heathrow, where she has been badgering him to go since she joined. But when they arrive, they discover that the supersonic passenger jet the Concorde has disappeared–with everyone still on it! The culprit–The Master!

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Twelfth: Heaven Sent (part 1)

Writer: Steven Moffatt

Director: Michael Talaly

Producer: Peter Bennnett

Companion: none

Series: 9, episode 12

Summary: The Doctor is all alone in a castle, pursued by a shadowy, veiled figure. The events are in an endless loop, and each time the figure kills him, it starts over. This is the Doctor’s Confession Dial.

Review: It is very rare for a companion to die, even in Classic Who. In fact, only three companions died in Classic Who, if you count Sara Kingdom. Most of his companions left of their own accord, and the Doctor is grieving. This was a great exploration of that grief that we all face when someone we love dies. The veiled figure reminded me of the Grim Reaper, and has to be one of the scariest monsters in Doctor Who.

Continuity: The Doctor remembers that Clara told him not to take revenge for her death. He mentions that whoever has trapped him should know better than to put him in a trap, the same thing he once told the Weeping Angels.

Trivia: This episode ran 75 minutes, making it the second episode during Capaldi’s era to run longer than the usual run time.



Short Trips Vol 1.: The Death-Dealer

short trips 1Writer: Damien Sawyer

Directors: Nicholas Briggs & Ken Bentley

Producers: Nicholas Briggs & Martin Montague

Doctor: Fourth

Companion: Leela

Narrator: Louise Jameson

Running Time: 15 minutes

Summary: Leela and the Doctor arrive on alien planet and find a strange merchant: a merchant who literally sells death and life.

Review: I didn’t care for this one. While the concept of actually selling life and death as a commodity was an interesting one, it was far too short. In fact, this is the shortest story in the entire collection.

Overall: 3/10




Twelfth: Face the Raven

face the ravenWriter: Sarah Dollard

Director: Justin Mololnikov

Producer: Nikki Wilson

Series: 9, episode 10

Companion: Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman)

Summary: Clara is called by Rigsy, who helped her when the Boneless attacked. He has a tattoo on the back of his neck that is counting down to his death.  They discover that he has killed an alien and has been marked for death by Ashieldr, who is now the “mayor” of a “trap street”, a place where aliens live. Clara sacrifices herself by taking his place.

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