Hidden Messages

I saw this, but I couldn’t read it and wondered if it was a plague that was in the castle because I’m familiar with some of the Castles they used.

But The Radio Times has it sorted:

Did you spot it? No? Let’s ZOOM IN AND ENHANCE.

Still having trouble reading it? That’s OK, here’s the transcription.

As you come into this world,

something else is also born.

You begin your life

and it begins a journey.

Towards you.

Wherever you go.

Whatever path you take.

It will follow.

You will notice a second shadow next to yours.

Your life will then be over.

Sound familiar? That’s right! It’s the Doctor’s monologue from the beginning of the episode!

The Doctor wasn’t just waxing lyrical about death after all. Presumably this message is the torturers explaining the rules of the game and taunting the Doctor with his inevitable fate – the literal writing on the wall.

However, the Doc actually says more than is written here, adding detail about the Veil and a few poetic flourishes.

“As you come into this world,

something else is also born.

You begin your life

and it begins a journey.

Towards you.

It moves slowly, but it never stops.

Wherever you go, whatever path you take, it will follow.

Never faster, never slower, always coming.

You will run. It will walk.

You will rest. It will not.

One day, you will linger in the same place too long.

You will sit too still or sleep too deep and when, too late, you rise to go, you will notice a second shadow next to yours.

Your life will then be over.”

This difference might be why our attention wasn’t drawn to the instruction manual, and it later disappears without comment. Plus, it’s much more fun to watch the Doctor work it out as he goes along.

Guess who modelled for the skulls in Doctor Who episode Heaven Sent…

Guess who modelled for the skulls in Doctor Who episode Heaven Sent...

By Paul Jones

Saturday 28 November 2015 at 8:55PM

Morbid as it may seem, Doctor Who fans have just had a glimpse of what Peter Capaldi’s skull might look like…

Viewers watching this week’s episode, Heaven Sent, discovered that each of the hundreds of skulls seen lying on the seabed at the foot of the castle represented a time the Doctor had tried and failed to complete the tasks set for him by the mysterious force that had transported him there.

What they may not have realised is that Capaldi himself modelled for the skulls, which were created by working backwards from a cast of his head, a bit like the way forensics experts rebuild a face in clay, but in reverse.

“We had Peter in for a lifecast for episodes three and four [Under the Lake and Before the Flood] as we’d made prosthetics for the Ghost Doctor,” Kate Walshe, SFX producer at Millennium FX, told RadioTimes.com. “As we already had his lifecast, [producer] Pete Bennett and I discussed the possibility of making a skull based on Peter’s own face.

“We cast a version of Peter’s face out in clay and, following the contours of his distinctive bone structure, pared the form back to reveal what we imagine may be Peter’s own skull.”

Once you know the truth, it’s easy to see Capaldi’s high cheekbones and narrow face when you look at the skull, but Walshe said it had been important not to make it too obvious from the outset that this was the Doctor as it would have spoiled the big reveal that he was repeatedly dying and being brought back to life.

“Once you strip away the flesh of someone’s face they lose enough of their appearance so as not to make it immediately obvious whose the skull is,” said Walshe. “This was really important for [director] Rachel Talalay and Pete Bennett so as not to give the game away too early.”

Judging by fans’ shocked reactions during Heaven Sent, they succeeded in keeping the mystery of the Capaldi skulls a secret…

Doctor Who series nine concludes on Saturday 5th December at 8pm on BBC1


Review: Heaven Sent

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So The Doctor himself is the mythological “Hybrid”…

While I can say honestly I had thought of that and dismissed it for this reason:



So what you’re saying is that The Doctor is the product of two warrior races. His “parents” knew this. But he grew up a Time Lord, in the Prydonian Order- The elite class of Time Lords. He squeaked by.

Had kids, they had kids, so he could take his Granddaughter and flee Gallifrey because he found out he was the Hybrid and not because he saw wonder and excitement.

And all this time it’s been about tempering his inner Hybrid??

The Time Lords caught him (War Games) and didn’t try to exterminate him until the second time they caught him (Arc of Infinity) but not for being The Hybrid though.

Yes, I am going all Continuity Cop on Moffat.

If he was this fear mythological creature why was he elected Lord President of The High Council TWICE??

Did they want this being of legend to be their boss?

Let me guess, he’s not even Gallifreyan… :(

So I’m throwing the Red card (European Football)/ Yellow Flag (American Football) on this one!

I will give Moffat a change to ‘splain himself. I have no choice since the episode is in the can already. But he’s messing in shark infested fanboy waters here.

Yes, most of the general public is oblivious to it, it’s beyond The Veil, butr still we are here and we are relentless. :)

He’s messing with one of the fundamental truths of 52 years of the series AGAIN!

“Bold” and “fresh”, you say. I say the jury’s out on that, at least for now.

But before I rant on in full fan boy continuity furor until next Saturday lets talk about the rest of the episode.

You have The Prisoner meets Groundhog Day.

But how exactly does a fist, even over 2 billion years go through a substance 400 times harder than diamond, exactly??

And if the fear The Hybrid so much why did they engineer  a scenario where death was still a possibility? Yeah, I know “no one was supposed to die” and if Clara had not been so Doctor-ish she would have lived but in trying to trap The Doctor and literally beat a confession out of him they created The Time Lord Victorious potentially that were trying to avoid.

I get that he was teleported into his own confession disc and all the nightmares he had were of his devising, was this the Gallifreyan equivalent of a test?  Like the Untempered Schism??

Or did they just want to re-enter the universe through his confession Disc? or bring The Hybrid to Gallifrey through the disc?


They were wiped out and retcon saved by him (Day of The Doctor) and stuck in a pocket universe trying to get back into the main universe by using a crack in the universe to contact The Hybrid? (Time of The Doctor).

Moffat, you have some ‘splainin to do…

Peter Capaldi did do a magnificent job as I knew he would. But I’m just not sold on it yet.

Too many questions. Some more fundamental to the show that shouldn’t be messed with, IMHO.

If he’s The Hybrid, how is the “sense of wonder” Doctor anymore?

How is he a hero anymore?

I just had a thought, maybe that’s why they let him go, to be The Hybrid loose in the Universe.

Still doesn’t explain “War Games” then. Or “Deadly Assassin” or “Arc of Infinity”.

And if you’re just going to retcon it like the Time War, boo hiss.

The Time War was the Gallifreyans fault for trying to wipe out the Daleks. But it would explain why they chose him to do it.

So maybe my theory isn’t so far off. They let him loose in the universe to be The Hybrid and do all the things they refused to do.

Still doesn’t explain “The War Games”.

And yes, I know none of the writers, producers or anyone else was thinking along these lines in Classic Who.


But I think that’s why the monster is called the The Veil. It’s the Veil of Continuity that’s chasing Moffat and the Fans and it has to be defeated over time.

If you have any plans about seeing tomorrow, there’s one thing you never, ever put in a trap… Me.”– The Eleventh Doctor.

Let’s move one, I rant on.

Jenna Coleman as The Ghost of Clara makes an appearance when he’s down to push him forward with another “Be a Doctor” scene.

That part I can relate to because Doctor Who itself did that for me 30 years ago when a depressing, suicidal 20-something was at his rock bottom and the last thought, “But I’ll miss Doctor Who” and he’s soldiered on ever since. That part I get. It was the best part of the episode.

The good parts of the episode were especially in the Mental TARDIS then Doctor constructed so he had someone to show off to because the Doctor is a show off. Plus it’s a narrative device, not on unlike the Classic Series companions who’s main job was to as question like “How did you do that Doctor?” “How do we get out of this one Doctor?” and all those narrative questions that had to be answered to feed the audience the answers and the rationale for what they were seeing.

But overall, I’m in full fanboy continuity mode and I’m not leaving until someone explains WTF Moffat is up to, then I can hate it or not, and this is the first time I’ve said that in a long time and the first time this season I have said it about an episode on initial viewing.

It’s getting better as I write this but My inner fanboy is still screaming “Bullshit!”.

“Doctor, you’re not the only person who ever lost someone,” Clara says, finally showing her face again. “It’s the story of everybody. Get over it. Eat it. Break free. Doctor, it’s time. Get up off your arse and win. ”

But the Doctor realizes that in order to win, he has to lose.

“To lose is to win and He who wins shall lose. It was all a part of Rassilon’s Trap. To find out who wanted Immortality and get him out of the way” (The Five Doctors).

Trust me, I’m a Doctor Who Fan and we can over-analyze anything to death and never give up!  (see ya after the fairytale) :)

The shepherd boy Fairytale

A fairy tale of the Brothers Grimm Grimm
There was once on a time a shepherd boy whose fame spread far and wide because of the wise answers which he gave to every question. The King of the country heard of it likewise, but did not believe it, and sent for the boy. Then he said to him: “If thou canst give me an answer to three questions which I will ask thee, I will look on thee as my own child, and thou shall dwell with me in my royal palace.” The boy said: “What are the three questions?” The King said: “The first is, how many drops of water are there in the ocean?” The shepherd boy answered: “Lord King, if you will have all the rivers on earth dammed up so that not a single drop runs from them into the sea until I have counted it, I will tell you how many drops there are in the sea.” The King said: “The next question is, how many stars are there in the sky?” The shepherd boy said: “Give me a great sheet of white paper,” and then he made so many fine points on it with a pen that they could scarcely be seen, and it was all but impossible to count them; any one who looked at them would have lost his sight. Then he said: “There are as many stars in the sky as there are points on the paper; just count them.” But no one was able to do it. The King said: “The third question is, how many seconds of time are there in eternity.” Then said the shepherd boy: “In Lower Pomerania is the Diamond Mountain, which is two miles and a half high, two miles and a half wide, and two miles and a half in depth; every hundred years a little bird comes and sharpens its beak on it, and when the whole mountain is worn away by this, then the first second of eternity will be over.”

The King said: “Thou hast answered the three questions like a wise man, and shalt henceforth dwell with me in my royal palace, and I will regard thee as my own child.”

So the Doctor is the child right?
In all his answers, the shepherd boy does not necessarily give a correct answer so much as he gives an answer that proves how impossible it is to answer the question. Sometimes wisdom is shown by knowing what can and can’t be accomplished. (Bookrags)


Cute Moffat, very cute….Still going to retcon your fanboy arse though if you don’t explain this and pretty damn well.
To paraphrase The Doctor himself: “I am the Doctor <Fan>, I’m coming to find you and I will never, ever stop.”

“The hybrid destined to conquer Gallifrey and stand in its ruins … is  me.”




Companions of Us All

But in the Classic Series, I think the companion really wasn’t the “co-lead” or the equal status.  The Doctor was the star. Period.

The fact that some companions like Jamie, Sarah, and ACE rose above that to be virtual co-leads is more a testament to the actor than the part.

Which leads to today’s episode where we not only go companion-less for the first time since 1976’s “Deadly Assassin” (No, I don’t think the 2009 episodes were companion-less, just a series of 1-off companions), but apparently only 2 characters — The Doctor and the monster called The Veil.

So, it’s an interesting experiment for WHO. But I know Peter Capaldi is an actor who can pull it off.

The companion has become much more essential, and many thought Clara too much so, including me but that was the arc of the character.

What happens if a human becomes “The Doctor” psychologically.

It’s not pretty. And it’s fatal.

Humans were not meant to be Time Lords. :)

So the Season Finale begins today. Then we’ll have the Christmas Special 3 weeks later.

Then the long dark 8-9 month winter sets in where our only companion is our DVD player, comics,books, and audios.

We are the Doctor’s companions. But we are on the slow road of linear existence.

Gallifrey awaits us all. :)

The Script for “Face the Raven” is available from the BBC for free at:




Sarah Dollard Faces The Raven

Sarah Dollard (courtesy of BBC Worldwide)
At the weekend during the Doctor Who Festival, Blogtor had the pleasure of sitting down with Australian writer, Sarah Dollard – who has penned the Doctor Who Series 9 episode, Face The Raven
After discovering our mutual love for ’80s companion Tegan over a couple of hot beverages in the middle of London’s ExCel centre, we chatted about her episode whilst also trying not spoil the story for Who fans at nearby tables… (those spoilers will be revealed after the episode in the second part of this interview on Saturday).
When did your journey with Doctor Who begin and when did you become a fan?
“I think I become a fan, like a nutty fan, with the reboot but I watched it all the time as a kid. I watched it in the 80s but I was really young. It was on ABC in Australia I had no idea how lucky we were, I was just a kid watching this awesome show on every afternoon when I got home from school.
On ABC, everything was shown out of order. I mean, they would show a whole serial in a row but then they would jump somewhere else. So I would have seen loads of different Doctors but my prevailing memories are of Tom Baker and Peter Davison.”
How did you feel when it came back in 2005?
“I was hugely excited. In my shared house we had a viewing party for episode one.”
The emotional resonance of Doctor Who has been a big shift since the classic era, do you think it’s now integral?
“I do but that’s not to say you can’t have an incredibly fun episode that has no emotional feels in it, or a really scary or dark story without any soft bits in it.

But I think if you had a whole season without that heart, it would feel lacking.”

Jenna Coleman in Face The Raven
Your episode was going to be earlier in the series, how did those plans change?
“When I started writing it, I didn’t even know I had a place in the season! [Laughs] Everything I was handing in, I was kind of dancing for my life. I sort of felt like every word I was writing was auditioning, doing jazz hands! [Laughs] My usual layer of anxiety is pretty high but there was an additional layer with this one. [Laughs]
I’d done a complete first draught and that was read by everybody. I came in for second draft meeting and sat there at the table and Steven [Moffat] said, ‘Good news is, we really love it. We love it so much, we’d like to talk about putting at this point in the season where it can form the part of an arc.’
He said I made him emotional on the train when he read it. He’s a very emotional man. Nobody could write the way he writes and not be an emotional person.”
Face The Raven features the return of Rigsy from last year’s Flatline, was he in it from the start?
“Yeah, he was there in discussion pre-script. Right from the get-go there was a guest character, and it had to be someone that the Doctor and Clara knew and trusted. It had to be somebody that turned up and said, ‘I didn’t do this,’ that we believed them straight away. Not just the Doctor and Clara but the audience believed it as well. The moment someone suggested Rigsy, I was like, ‘Yes! Yes, that’s it! Lock it down. Definitely Rigsy!’
I like the fact he’s Clara’s friend, not The Doctor’s.
“That’s why I leapt at it straight away. In Flatline, she was his ‘Doctor.’ All the great and good things that a companion gets from being with the Doctor, Rigsy got that from Clara. So, in an episode where she is super Doctor-y, and where it is her episode in a lot of ways, bringing Rigsy in with her position in her world was perfect.”

Face The Raven
After seeing the Face The Raven trailers, a few people have already made the Trap Street comparison with Diagon Alley from the Harry Potter series.
“Do you know what? I am a really big Harry Potter fan and it never once occurred to me when writing it that a hidden street, a Trap Street was like Diagon Alley because I imagined it looking completely different.
The description in the script is quite different and it just happened to be the way that Michael [Pickwoad, designer] went with his design for it.
I think what it is is that era. The way the mythology of a Trap Street works is that the era that the Trap street was created, as in when it was hidden from the world, is probably about the same era that Diagon Alley was built. But I imagined ever since that time, when it was blocked off to humans and just exclusively an alien place, there would have been alien renovations, I guess.”
Last weekend during the Doctor Who Festival, Blogtor had the pleasure of sitting down with Australian writer, Sarah Dollard – who has penned the Doctor Who Series 9 episode, Face The Raven
After discovering our mutual love for ’80s companion Tegan over a couple of hot beverages in the middle of London’s ExCel centre, we chatted about her episode whilst also trying not spoil the story for Who fans at nearby tables….

Sarah continues to tell me about how she originally envisioned the Trap Street in Face The Raven.
“In the script I describe that it was hodge-podge of alien spaceship parts, little cubby houses built on top of the era of British architecture. You actually see it in the scenes where the body is preserved. To me the whole street was going to look like that, a mixture of alien tech and old British architecture.”
The Doctor is filled with anger, quite unlike any other time in the show’s history. Was that moment always part of the plan?
“Capaldi’s really good at that. It definitely came through in the very last draft. Because for a long time I think it was she [Clara] went out more quickly but that countdown of two minutes and the Raven taking from its perch, they had less time together.
I think that idea is really important because, to me as a viewer, Peter’s Doctor is uncomfortable with being vulnerable in a way where Ten or Eleven wore their hearts on their sleeves. Capaldi’s Doctor plays it much closer to his chest.
Some people have commented that he’s a Doctor who’s on the spectrum. I think that’s an interesting reading of it – I don’t think that’s the case. I think he doesn’t have much time for other people’s emotions.”
I think these days the term “spectrum” is often overused.
“Yeah, I think it’s a shorthand, an unfair shorthand often. They use it because he’s uncomfortable addressing other people’s emotions, that doesn’t mean to say that there isn’t a broiling sea going on under the surface and usually it’s covered with this grim, grumpy bluster [laughs].
In that moment where he has to say goodbye, there’s a moment where he can’t look at her, his eyes are darting around the room. And she is so centred and so present, she makes him stop and look at her again to face up to it. I think that moment where he doesn’t even know where to look, to me is scarier than when is raging at Ashildr.”
At what point did you find out Clara was going to die?
“I’d done a complete first draught and that was read by everybody. I came in for second draft meeting and sat there at the table and Steven [Moffat] said, ’Good news is, we really love it. We love it so much, we’d like to talk about putting at this point in the season where it can form the part of an arc.
They told me about Ashildr – I was like, ‘Awesome’ – Ashildr is played by Maisie Williams – and I spilt my water all over the table! [Laughs] We then talked about Clara and at that point I don’t think he [Steven Moffat] knew for absolute certain exactly what he going to do with her end. Certainly death was being talked about but he wasn’t sure if it was going to be in [episode] ten or in twelve.
We definitely, definitely knew that he wanted eleven [Heaven Sent] to be The Doctor by himself with no hope, no TARDIS, and no friends.
In talking about it, it didn’t make sense that Clara would be left behind because if Clara is left behind, when you see The Doctor alone in eleven there’s a possibility that she could rock up in the TARDIS or whatever.
Dollard with Peter Harness & Steven Moffat at the Doctor Who Festival (BBC Worldwide)
So in that meeting it was decided I would be given the chance to write that script. Things weren’t completely nailed down but we knew we needed The Doctor to have the teleportation bracelet on and then taken away. Ashildr had to have good intentions and have a go at the death! Even though I was definitely in the season by that point, that was in motion as well. I think that was putting a lot trust in a writer they didn’t completely know. It was still in a state of flux until they read what I’d done but they liked it so it was fine.
I felt like, ‘He’s putting a lot of trust in me, so that’s great!’ [Laughs]” (Blogtor Who)

The Six Lives of Clara Oswald

Clara’s 6 best exits so far in ‘Doctor Who’

Doctor Who Jenna Coleman Clara
Clara Oswald, in one form or another, has been gracing Doctor Who with her shining presence since the beginning of 2012’s run.

In that time, she’s also seemingly departed, for various reasons, enough times to nearly rival the many deaths of Rory Williams.

Clara is back again in Season 9, but with Steven Moffat giving ominous hints like “The Doctor and Clara are having absolutely the best time ever … what could possibly go wrong?” for the finale, could the Impossible Girl’s final hour be nearing?

Let’s take a look back at some of her best almost-exits so far…


6) ‘Asylum of the Daleks’

Doctor Who Asylum of the Daleks OswinI grant that this episode may not top my list of series premieres, but man, did it throw me for a loop when the actress slated to join the TARDIS team after Amy and Rory’s departure turned up in Season 7’s very first episode – and man, did it confuse the heck out of me when Oswin turned out to be a Dalek… and promptly died, in Jenna Coleman’s first episode.

I wonder if I was the only one who briefly entertained the hilarious possibilities in the Eleventh Doctor travelling through time and space with a spunky, baking enthusiast Dalek in tow?


5) ‘The Snowmen’

Doctor Who The Snowmen grave

And here began the furious mass speculation as to why the heck Clara apparently isn’t dead and is for some reason working in Victorian London and is decidedly not at all a Dalek. Why indeed?

This adventure offered absolutely no explanation at all, instead allowing poor Clara to die once more, much to the head-scratching bewilderment of fans everywhere. It’s hard not to picture writer Steven Moffat giggling with at least some measure of mischievous glee at the myriad theories as to how Clara would manage to pop up in yet another guise in ‘The Bells of St. John’ a few months later.


4) ‘The Name of the Doctor’

Doctor Who The Name of the Doctor Clara“I don’t know where I am. I don’t know where I’m going, or where I’ve been. I was born to save the Doctor, but the Doctor is safe now. I’m the Impossible Girl, and my story is done.”

Wrapping up Season 7’s ‘Impossible Girl’ story arc, Clara jumps in to the Doctor’s timeline and sacrifices herself to save him from The Great Intelligence. But is her story really done? Of course not!

3) ‘Kill the Moon’

Doctor Who Kill the Moon Clara

It turned out the main thing that was killed in this episode was my feelings. It was easy to see both sides of the argument, and if you were anything like me, you may have been silently willing the two of them to just hug it out already.

It was painful viewing seeing Clara and the Doctor part on such unhappy terms, and I’m fairly certain that if you pause the video on Peter Capaldi’s face at just the right second, you can pinpoint the moment the Doctor’s hearts break. What a relief it was when she returned for that last hurrah that turned out not to be last at all.


2) ‘Death in Heaven’

Doctor Who Death in Heaven Clara

The TARDIS dematerialises, taking the Doctor with it, as Clara turns and sadly walks alone down a busy street, each having placed the other’s happiness before their own, and unwittingly resigning both to a lonely future apart. And that hug was a beautiful, perfect moment.

Surely, there will come a time when we’ll all be sat in front of our televisions, calling the show’s bluff, but at the time, it sure was a much more bittersweet note to end on then the last false finish in ‘Kill the Moon’.

It was the perfect moment to end on, but this in no way made me any more pleased to learn of Capaldi and Coleman continuing together for Season 9.


1) ‘Last Christmas’

Doctor Who Last Christmas old Clara

This must be the last time Mr. Moffat will be able to pull off what seems like it’s about to be a Clara goodbye without the viewing public rolling its collective eyes in disbelief, but it worked.

This was cruel storytelling indeed – allowing the viewer to believe that Clara had indeed gone on to live a normal life all by her lonesome, with the Doctor only returning to her one last time when she was a much older woman with probably not many Christmases left – only to reveal that it was indeed one last layer of dream.

I dare say it was worth most of the arch emotional manipulation we’ve endured to get where we now stand, with this pair continuing to grow together in Season 9.


Which of Clara’s exits has been your favourite? Let us know below…(Cultbox)

Christmas Already?

The BBC have released the story synopsis for this year’s festive special.


It’s Christmas Day on a remote human colony and the Doctor is hiding from Christmas Carols and Comedy Antlers. But when a crashed spaceship calls upon the Doctor for help, he finds himself recruited into River Song’s squad and hurled into a fast and frantic chase across the galaxy.

King Hydroflax (Greg Davies) is furious, and his giant Robot bodyguard is out-of-control and coming for them all! Will Nardole (Matt Lucas) survive? And when will River Song work out who the Doctor is?

All will be revealed on a starliner full of galactic super-villains and a destination the Doctor has been avoiding for a very long time.

It is said that in River time it’s just after “The Angels Take Manhattan” and the loss of her parents to 1930’s New York and the Weeping Angels.

It doesn’t really matter, but for those who care, it’s immediately after The Angels Take Manhattan [2012]. River’s just seen Matt Smith’s Doctor lose Amy and Rory, and obviously before The Name of the Doctor [2013] because she’s dead in that.”

Doctor Who boss Steven Moffat told the Radio Times the Christmas episode would be a “great romp”, but has warned fans there is “not a lot of Christmas in it”.

“The big deal is Doctor number 12 encountering River and vice versa,” said Moffat. “It’s strange because they’re now, in our human terms, the perfect couple. They’re both sexy older people.

“It’s always been slightly strange before with Matt Smith. Now they could actually be married. It works.”

Moffat said River provided a nice bridge for fans mourning Clara Oswald, played by Jenna Coleman, who was killed off last weekend.

“We’ve just lost Clara, so I didn’t want to go straight into a new companion,” said Moffat.

“I’ll be honest, I brought River Song back in because I thought there was a possibility I’d never write [Doctor Who] again, so that’d be my goodbye.

“But also, I really fancied it. I hadn’t written River for a couple of years, and I’d missed her.”

The special is expected to air Christmas Day with the time to be confirmed.

Then  in The US you can watch it again in the Theaters on Dec 28th and 29th.





Doctor Who executive producer Steven Moffat has defended the “gruesome” death of popular character Clara Oswald amid claims her shocking demise was inappropriate for the show’s young audience.

The episode featuring actress Jenna Coleman’s final scenes on the hit BBC show have caused a stir, with the actress herself admitting to being “shocked” by the script.

The broadcasting corporation has meanwhile defended its decision to air the programme ahead of the 9pm watershed. 

The Time Lord could only look on helplessly as it flew into his companion’s chest before she silently screamed, with black smoke coming from her mouth, and then collapsed lifeless to the ground.

True, it is the “real” death in a programme that has cheapened death a lot for years, but it’s not worse than other things little kids see these days.

It was brave sacrifice, not a meaningless death. And it didn’t have blood and bullets everywhere…

Clara thought she was The Doctor, and she died for her companion. The Doctor does that all the time, but he’s a Time Lord and he can regenerate.

Doctor Who - Clara (JENNA COLEMAN), Doctor Who (PETER CAPALDI)

Did they go too far?

Lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat said: ‘You have to be responsible about it – that doesn’t mean it isn’t shocking or troubling. (UK Mirror)

A) Video Games are much deadlier these days than this.

B) The time slot is late enough at night that the watershed may have been breached by the time this part of the episode was aired.

C) but most important, and why many fans aren’t buying it, is that Clara has died 5 times previous to this.

Death has become a joke. Not to be taken seriously.

So a real, “I mean it” death is not believed and that is the main reaction I see.

But we all know the actress did quit, so she isn’t coming back.

And if Jenna Coleman shows up in the 2-Part Season Finale that will spoil this episode.

Steven Moffat, the series’ head writer, defended the dark themes, claiming children loved to be scared as long as it was kept within certain boundaries. 

He said: ‘You have to be responsible about it – that doesn’t mean it isn’t shocking or troubling. But it is not like children learn about the realities of people dying from Doctor Who.’

However, fans were unsettled by the episode, which was watched by 4.5million people, calling it ‘traumatic’.

One wrote on Twitter: ‘Still left staring blank at my TV after Doctor Who; too emotionally damaged.’

Another added: ‘Doctor Who just tore my heart into millions of tiny pieces then stomped on them. Somehow not feeling much love for Steven Moffat!’ 

Adric didn’t have the same reaction back in 1981. :)

The BBC defended the show at the time, saying Doctor Who was ‘a family drama with a long tradition of tackling some of the more fundamental questions about life and death’.

Miss Coleman, who has played Clara since 2012, said that she could not stop crying when she filmed her final scenes. 

She told the Sunday People: ‘It was a surprise when I read the script. It’s really cool and different, and good, I think. And sad. It was ridiculous to get emotional. I’d planned all these things I wanted to say but only got two words out.’

The BBC declined to comment yesterday.

I thought it was very well done. Very well played.

But I’m not a squeamish millennial  who plays Assasins Creed, either.

Happy Anniversary


Today our favourite TV show celebrates its 52nd anniversary!

At 5.16pm on the 23rd November 1963 the BBC premiered (what would be become known as) “An Unearthly Child” and UK television viewers were introduced to the incredible world of Doctor Who for the first time.

A simple policeman in a fog. A strange unearthly girl. 2 School Teachers. 1 Police Box in a Junkard. And a grumpy old man…

A Legend was born.

William Hartnell was the Doctor, a strange old man who could travel through time and space in his police box. Little did anyone know that this was just the first incarnation of a character who would go on to be so iconic for over half a century.

With audiences growing across the whole world, the show is arguably more successful than ever today and long may it continue.

Happy anniversary Doctor Who!

Review: Face The Raven

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Not kidding….

Definitely not kidding…

She’s Dead, Jim!  (sorry wrong franchise)

Dead as a can of spam.

‘E’s not pinin’! ‘E’s passed on! This parrot is no more! He has ceased to be! ‘E’s expired and gone to meet ‘is maker! ‘E’s a stiff! Bereft of life, ‘e rests in peace! If you hadn’t nailed ‘im to the perch ‘e’d be pushing up the daisies! ‘Is metabolic processes are now ‘istory! ‘E’s off the twig! ‘E’s kicked the bucket, ‘e’s shuffled off ‘is mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin’ choir invisibile!!He’s f*ckin’ snuffed it!….. THIS IS AN EX-PARROT!!

Sorry, companion… :)  Wrong franchise again…

The first companion to die (for real, “Kenny” Rory, Oswin Oswald, Governess included) since Adric, and no one was really sorry about that. :)

'Doctor Who' Season 9, Episode 10, 'Face The Raven'

And the Doctor was not happy with Ashildr/Me who set a trap for him and Clara paid the price for it.

“You can and you will  <save her> or this street will be over,” he tells Me in full fury. “I’ll show you and all your funny little friends to the whole laughing world. I’ll bring UNIT and the Zygons. Give me a minute and I’ll bring the Daleks and the Cybermen. You will save Clara and you will do it now, or I will rain hell on you for the rest of time!”

Clara did exactly what I said in my blog yesterday. She played “Doctor” and ended up sacrificing her life for her companion Rigsy.

Clara was bound to make an all too human mistake. Getting impatient and missing a crucial detail that will get her killed.

Unlike many I am not a Clara hater. But I do wonder if the amount of hatred and hot air being vented on Ms Coleman isn’t causing Global Warming. :)

I didn’t like the character when she was the “Impossible Girl” plot device. A living Deus Ex Machina.

Hated That.

But once they got past that, I liked her character a lot. Yeah, she’s a little too “important” in the Doctor’s life and timeline but I don’t hold that against her.

I will miss Clara Oswald and Jenna Coleman. I can’t say the same about Adric.

So the episode opens with “Doctor” Clara getting a phone call from her companion Rigsy who is in trouble and it’s the Doctor who has to save him. Only, the real Doctor, the wiser one, the one that can cheat death, is there too.

And Capaldi is magnificent. He does the “angry” “No Rules-Time Lord Victorious” much better than Tenant. He oozes menace and makes Ashildr/Me genuinely frightened of him. I would be.

Which is why I have a hard time believing Me to be the next Companion. Not to mention the whole Game of Thrones thing.

Then they find the “trap street” and the episode suddenly goes all Harry Potter!

Ashildr/Me is back as the Mayor of this little refugee camp (no politics tonight, promise) and she’s ever more ruthless,unfeeling, and largely just numb to life and death in general.

She believes she is doing the right thing, but she does it in a callous way. She has lived too long and seen too much and forgotten far more than that.

Quite why she made the deal to protect the Trap Street with what is likely to turn out to be The Time Lords is unknown at this point. The misdirection filters kept it from being noticed for over 100 years so the humans aren’t that big a threat.

More likely, it was a mafia style extortion. That is what we will find out over the next two weeks as the Season Finale kicks into high gear next week.

But dear, reckless, two cleaver-by-half,thought-she-was-a-Doctor Clara won’t be around to protect him from his darker impulses and to soften his inhumanity.

Now, that that is potentially unleashed and Capaldi’s Doctor is way scarier being dark than any Doctor before the gloves are off.

The Raven by Edgar Alan Poe (1845)

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore—
    While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
“’Tis some visitor,” I muttered, “tapping at my chamber door—
            Only this and nothing more.”
    Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December;
And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor.
    Eagerly I wished the morrow;—vainly I had sought to borrow
    From my books surcease of sorrow—sorrow for the lost Lenore—
For the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore—
            Nameless here for evermore.
    And the silken, sad, uncertain rustling of each purple curtain
Thrilled me—filled me with fantastic terrors never felt before;
    So that now, to still the beating of my heart, I stood repeating
    “’Tis some visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door—
Some late visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door;—
            This it is and nothing more.”
    Presently my soul grew stronger; hesitating then no longer,
“Sir,” said I, “or Madam, truly your forgiveness I implore;
    But the fact is I was napping, and so gently you came rapping,
    And so faintly you came tapping, tapping at my chamber door,
That I scarce was sure I heard you”—here I opened wide the door;—
            Darkness there and nothing more.
    Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing,
Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before;
    But the silence was unbroken, and the stillness gave no token,
    And the only word there spoken was the whispered word, “Lenore?”
This I whispered, and an echo murmured back the word, “Lenore!”—
            Merely this and nothing more.
    Back into the chamber turning, all my soul within me burning,
Soon again I heard a tapping somewhat louder than before.
    “Surely,” said I, “surely that is something at my window lattice;
      Let me see, then, what thereat is, and this mystery explore—
Let my heart be still a moment and this mystery explore;—
            ’Tis the wind and nothing more!”
    Open here I flung the shutter, when, with many a flirt and flutter,
In there stepped a stately Raven of the saintly days of yore;
    Not the least obeisance made he; not a minute stopped or stayed he;
    But, with mien of lord or lady, perched above my chamber door—
Perched upon a bust of Pallas just above my chamber door—
            Perched, and sat, and nothing more.
Then this ebony bird beguiling my sad fancy into smiling,
By the grave and stern decorum of the countenance it wore,
“Though thy crest be shorn and shaven, thou,” I said, “art sure no craven,
Ghastly grim and ancient Raven wandering from the Nightly shore—
Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night’s Plutonian shore!”
            Quoth the Raven “Nevermore.”
    Much I marvelled this ungainly fowl to hear discourse so plainly,
Though its answer little meaning—little relevancy bore;
    For we cannot help agreeing that no living human being
    Ever yet was blessed with seeing bird above his chamber door—
Bird or beast upon the sculptured bust above his chamber door,
            With such name as “Nevermore.”
    But the Raven, sitting lonely on the placid bust, spoke only
That one word, as if his soul in that one word he did outpour.
    Nothing farther then he uttered—not a feather then he fluttered—
    Till I scarcely more than muttered “Other friends have flown before—
On the morrow he will leave me, as my Hopes have flown before.”
            Then the bird said “Nevermore.”
    Startled at the stillness broken by reply so aptly spoken,
“Doubtless,” said I, “what it utters is its only stock and store
    Caught from some unhappy master whom unmerciful Disaster
    Followed fast and followed faster till his songs one burden bore—
Till the dirges of his Hope that melancholy burden bore
            Of ‘Never—nevermore’.”
    But the Raven still beguiling all my fancy into smiling,
Straight I wheeled a cushioned seat in front of bird, and bust and door;
    Then, upon the velvet sinking, I betook myself to linking
    Fancy unto fancy, thinking what this ominous bird of yore—
What this grim, ungainly, ghastly, gaunt, and ominous bird of yore
            Meant in croaking “Nevermore.”
    This I sat engaged in guessing, but no syllable expressing
To the fowl whose fiery eyes now burned into my bosom’s core;
    This and more I sat divining, with my head at ease reclining
    On the cushion’s velvet lining that the lamp-light gloated o’er,
But whose velvet-violet lining with the lamp-light gloating o’er,
            She shall press, ah, nevermore!
    Then, methought, the air grew denser, perfumed from an unseen censer
Swung by Seraphim whose foot-falls tinkled on the tufted floor.
    “Wretch,” I cried, “thy God hath lent thee—by these angels he hath sent thee
    Respite—respite and nepenthe from thy memories of Lenore;
Quaff, oh quaff this kind nepenthe and forget this lost Lenore!”
            Quoth the Raven “Nevermore.”
    “Prophet!” said I, “thing of evil!—prophet still, if bird or devil!—
Whether Tempter sent, or whether tempest tossed thee here ashore,
    Desolate yet all undaunted, on this desert land enchanted—
    On this home by Horror haunted—tell me truly, I implore—
Is there—is there balm in Gilead?—tell me—tell me, I implore!”
            Quoth the Raven “Nevermore.”
    “Prophet!” said I, “thing of evil!—prophet still, if bird or devil!
By that Heaven that bends above us—by that God we both adore—
    Tell this soul with sorrow laden if, within the distant Aidenn,
    It shall clasp a sainted maiden whom the angels name Lenore—
Clasp a rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore.”
            Quoth the Raven “Nevermore.”
    “Be that word our sign of parting, bird or fiend!” I shrieked, upstarting—
“Get thee back into the tempest and the Night’s Plutonian shore!
    Leave no black plume as a token of that lie thy soul hath spoken!
    Leave my loneliness unbroken!—quit the bust above my door!
Take thy beak from out my heart, and take thy form from off my door!”
            Quoth the Raven “Nevermore.”
    And the Raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting
On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door;
    And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon’s that is dreaming,
    And the lamp-light o’er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor;
And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor
            Shall be lifted—nevermore!


Clara Gone?

Is Clara’s number up today?

Think about it.

The next episode is the 2-Part season finale, which starts with an episode starring ONLY Peter Capaldi.



Go ‘ne further if you don’t want to know (or speculate)…

Official Sypnosis:

“Heaven Sent” – “Trapped in a world unlike any other he has seen, the Doctor faces the greatest challenge of his many lives. One final test. And he must face it alone. Pursued by the fearsome creature known only as the Veil, he must attempt the impossible. If he makes it through, Gallifrey is waiting…”

“Hell Bent” – “If you took everything from him, betrayed him, trapped him, and broke both his hearts…how far might the Doctor go? Returning to Gallifrey, the Doctor faces the Time Lords in a struggle that will take him to the end of time itself. Who is the Hybrid? And what is the Doctor’s confession?”

Then  add…

But actor Peter Capaldi appeared to silence reports on Friday night’s The Graham Norton Show when he said Saturday night’s Face The Raven would be ‘the end of the line’ for Clara Oswald.

Peter, 57, has been assisted by the 29-year-old companion for two years, and as he admitted that her exit would be sad and strange. (Daily Mail)

“It’s a sad one, gripping and very strange. And it’s the end of the line for Clara Oswald played by Jenna Coleman who’s been my companion for the last two years. It’s the end of her story. I don’t want to go into the details of it, but it’s sad.”

On whether Clara can return, Capaldi said: “Sometimes people can’t come back. Sometimes things happen that they can’t come back from.”

It makes since and I kind of thought that when I heard about the finale’s structure.

Will “Doctor” Clara lay down her life for her Companion Rigsy? (only she doesn’t regenerate).

Find out tonight. :)

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