Steven Moffatt’s first Doctor, Matt Smith, became a fan favorite, and in some cases eclipsed his predecessor, David Tennant. It seemed as though he mostly proved he was a worthy successor to Russell T. Davies. But could the trend continue with Peter Capaldi?
“I do what I do because it’s right! Because it’s decent! And above all, it’s kind!”
About Peter Capaldi
At 59 years old, Peter Capaldi is the oldest actor to play the Doctor. He follows the tradition of Colin Baker in that he actually appeared in an episode of a previous Doctor’s run, “The Fires of Pompeii” as Lobus Caecillius (which became a plot point of the era). he’s also the second Doctor to have appeared in a spin-off prior to becoming the Doctor, playing Dr. Frobisher in the Torchwood mini-series “Children of Earth”. (David Tennant was the first, appearing in one of Big Finish’s UNIT audio dramas. He was a longtime fan of the show, much like Peter Davison, Colin Baker, and David Tennant before him. Prior to Doctor Who, his most famous role was Malcolm Tucker in the BBC TV sitcom The Thick of It. He played a “WHO Doctor” in World War Z and plays Mr. Curry in both Paddington movies.
In a Nutshell:
Catch Phrases: “Pudding brain” and “Shut up!”
Series 8’s premiere “Deep Breath” was an extended episode, which continued to be a fixture for all three series.
The Master returned in “Deep Breath”, having changed genders and referring to herself as “Missy.” She was played by Michelle Gomez.
Series 9 consisted mostly of 2-part episodes, with “Sleep No More” being the only stand-alone episode.
Series 10 was postponed one year, making the third time Doctor Who was put on hiatus during its history.
A new spin-off, Class, aired both online and on TV, but wasn’t nearly as successful as Torchwood or The Sarah Jane Adventures, only lasting one series.
Summary: Quill tries to coax Charlie into using the Cabinet on the Shadow Kin. She discovers that she is now pregnant. Dorothea discovers she has failed her benefactors–the Weeping Angels.
Review: And here it is, the final episode. I can’t say I enjoyed it as much as the main show. Quill was really the only well-written and acted character, while the rest of the actors were quite bland. I didn’t enjoy this episode, mostly because I knew no matter what happened it wouldn’t matter–the show was ending on a cliffhanger and there was going to be no resolution. BBC America knew the show had failed and was using this as a carrot on a stick in the hopes that maybe we Americans might give it enough of a try to justify more series. I can’t be positive with this because it was doomed from the start. I’ll be addressing my main problems in my next editorial, but for now I can’t give this even one point above 5. There was potential here, but it was all wasted. Patrick Ness himself has said he’s glad it’s over.
As for the episode itself. It was okay for what it was. But what good is a cliffhanger if it doesn’t get resolved, especially if it was meant to get resolved? This was a terrible way to end the show.
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.
Summary: Miss Quill has locked all the students in her class for detention. The rift opens in the classroom, trapping them inside. A strange meteorite lands in the classroom, causing anyone who touches it to confess secrets.
Summary: The story begins with a flashback montage as Tanya remembers her father, who died of a stroke. But as she puts down her father’s picture, she discovers he’s alive, even calling her by his affectionate nickname for her when she was younger. But she doesn’t see that he’s connected to a tendril. Later, Quill is also visited by a dead relative, in this case her sister, also attached to a tendril. Ram is visited by Rachel, connected by another tendril. These tendrils belong to the Lan Kin, who are using them as lures in order to take the children and feast on their souls.
Summary: Ram discovers that Coal Hills’s soccer coach has a tattoo on his back in the shape of a dragon. In reality, the tattoo is an alien that has entered through the wormhole. It has enhanced his strength, similar to someone on steroids. However, there is a price: it must occasionally feed on human flesh. In addition, an actual dragon is running amuck, and the kids think there may be a connection. Meanwhile, Miss Quill confronts an inspector who gave her a bad report on her teaching.
Summary: The students at Coal Hill Academy discover that there are two aliens disguised as a student and a teacher. The two aliens are Charlie, a Rhodian, and Miss Quill, a Quill. The two races have been at war with each other, and Quill is Charlie’s prisoner. Their kind were all but obliterated by a race of shadowy beings called the Shadow Kin, who are searching for the Cabinet of Souls. The main cast is as follows:
Miss Quill (Katherine Kelly)–The fiery Quill who calls herself a Freedom Fighter. She cannot use weapons or she will die. She is Charlie’s reluctant protector as well as his prisoner.
Charlie Smith (Greg Austin)–The Prince of the Rhodian.
Ram (Fady Elsayed)–the star soccer player
April MacLean (Sophie Hopkins)–seems like she will be the team’s “heart”, judging by her kindness.
Tanya Adeola (Vivian Oparah)–a child prodigy who has skipped several grades and is now a 14-year old in high school. She’s also the “token black kid” of the group.
Review: I’d heard about this show for a long time, due to hearing it talked about constantly on a Doctor Who fan podcast called “The Big Blue Box”. For a pilot episode, this is excellent. It sets everything up well, and it was intense and well-paced. Here’s hoping we get more than just these 8 episodes that start everything off.