We Interrupt This Arrow-thon to Bring You…

… the Doctor Who Christmas Special.

The Doctor meets Santa Claus.

It’s Santa vs. The Doctor

Except that I tuned it out after 15 or so minutes.  Nor was checking in at various intervals enough to interest me.  Even the appeal of Danny Pink didn’t lure me in.  Instead, it felt as though Steven Moffat is running out of ideas.  The dream-within-a-dream-within-a-dream-(ad nauseum) has been done before, and better, in Inception.  Even the spinning jack was present, albeit replaced by the first word on a randomly chosen page of text.  Perhaps it’s time to turn the writing over to someone else.

As much as Peter Capaldi makes a marvelous Doctor, and as good as Jenna Coleman was last season, the prospect of the two of them journeying through all of space and time for another year holds little interest for me.

However!

I have been distracted. 

Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan star in Outlander.

Jamie (Sam Heughan) wraps his “plaid” around Claire (Caitriona Balfe).

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Doctor Who Season 8 Finale

Cybermen take over London.

Been there, done that.

What did you think  of the Doctor Who season finale (both parts)?  Yeah, yeah, the finale aired over a week ago but Doctor Who is usually pretty memorable, for good or bad.  It seems fan reactions are all over the place.  You might count me among those who didn’t like it, but “dislike” is too strong a word.

Michelle Gomez played foil to The Doctor on the season 8 finale.

BFFs for… never.

In general, I don’t care for episodes that focus on the Master, now Missy.  (“The Mistress”is a terrible name for her.  It sounds like a kept woman.)  The character is so off-the-charts whack, it’s hard for me to understand his/her motivation.  It seems to boil down to Missy’s desperate desire to win back The Doctor.  But how is destroying the planet he loves going to do that?  Then again, she is insane, quite literally.

A few weeks ago, YouTube’s Emergency Awesome/Charlie had said he felt that Danny was going to be tragic figure, likening him to Rory Williams’.  But Rory was well-defined, where Danny wasn’t.  We saw Rory’s interactions with Amy and felt their love.  With Clara and Danny, we were only told they loved each other.  We didn’t see it.

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Procrastinator’s Roundup, Part 1: Doctor Who

Mummy on the Orient Express (808)

Best episode title since “Dinosaurs on a Spaceship”!

The Mummy and the engineer from "Mummy on the Orient Express" pose with the Doctor.

The Doctor, the Mummy, and the gGuy who turned down Companion-ship

If one word could sum up this episode, it’d be “confusing.”  Clara’s behavior was confusing.  The story was confusing.  Well, not the immediate plot, to figure out the Foretold; but the end game left a lot up in the air.  (More in a moment.)

The story was actually quite fun.  What’s not to love about a mummy on the Orient Express… in space?  The Twelfth Doctor takes Clara on One Last Hurrah—and we all know how this will end, because Clara just can’t let it go.  (Stay tuned for more.)

Did you notice the Albert Einstein look-alike among the scientists and experts on the train?  Of course it wasn’t the real Albert Einstein.  If it had been, he’d have had a larger role, or at least a line or two.  It was a fun touch, much like the nod to Eleven in “The Caretaker,” before faux-Eleven became a minor plot point.

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Doctor Who: Kill the Moon (807)

Six people head out to explore the moon.

Six head out…

This is the type of Doctor Who episode that’s so entertaining.  What starts as a mundane adventure (if you discount Clara’s pre-credit plea to earth) becomes more and more interesting as events unfold, culminating in a spectacular plot twist.  Oh, and it also delves into some serious discussions about responsibilities, actions, and attitudes.

The moon has been increasing in weight and its gravitational pull on earth has had disastrous results.  To salvage earth, a crew of has-been astronauts in a second-hand space shuttle plan to nuke the moon out of existence.  The TARDIS accidentally lands on the shuttle rather than the moon proper, which forces the Doctor, Clara, and Clara’s precocious student Courtney to work with the three astronauts.  (You just know immediately that two of them will not make it to the end of the episode.)

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Doctor Gotham Hollow SHIELD

A Roundup of Doctor Who, Gotham, Sleepy Hollow, and Agents of SHIELD

(Guess I better get this posted before another week goes by.)

Doctor Who: The Caretaker (106)

Peter Capaldi’s Doctor makes me smile.  Until he gets all pissy and judgemental.  His new found dislike of soldiers doesn’t make sense.  But I enjoyed the episode.  Clara admitted she loved Danny (although what’s been shown of their relationship really hasn’t borne that out).  Danny learned about the TARDIS.  I’m not sure where the show will go from here.  Surprise me, Steven Moffat.  In a good way!

An Eleven look-alike!  When I first saw him in the teacher’s meeting, I thought it was just a tongue-in-cheek nod to the past.  But he turned out to have a slightly larger role to play.  It was cute, even if a little egocentric for the Doctor.

There as a new creature to cause havoc with the world, but I kind of felt sorry for it.  It had to play third string to the Doctor wreaking havoc with Clara’s classes, and the whole Doctor/Danny debacle.  Surely something so destructive should be seen again.  Yes?

Gotham: Selina Kyle (102)

The mayor of Gotham hold a press conference.

Would you believe anything out of this guy’s mouth?

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Doctor Who Is Late

What’s this?  In a week when Gotham premiered and Sleepy Hollow & Agents of SHIELD began their second seasons, you’re writing about a couple of stale Doctor Who episodes?  Yes,  I am.  It’s partly due to me forgetting to tape Doctor Who (at least that problem’s solved) and trying to get my thought together (which, sadly, isn’t likely to be resolved soon.)  However, thoughts on the above named shows will be forthcoming.

The Doctor and Clara team up with two others to rob a bank.

The “Time Heist” team (Saibra disguised as wealthy bank patron)

Listen (104)

Hailed by many as the best episode of season 8 so far, it was also chastised by others complaining it’s becoming The Clara Show.  I heartily agree with the former, even if I’m still trying to wrap my head around it.

Because it must be said:  John Hurt!   Even if it was just a scene from the 50th anniversary special, it was great seeing the War Doctor again.

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Doctor Who: Robot of Sherwood (803)

Thanks to having watched some of the classic Doctor Who episodes on Netflix, I actually knew what a miniscope was!  Pretty impressive for a non-Whovian, yeah?

So, what did you think of the latest episode of Doctor Who?  (I used speech recognition to “type” that sentence and what appeared was was Dr. Who.  Sacrilege!)

The Doctor and Clara find themselves keeping company with Robin Hood.

The gang’s all here: robot guard (oops, spoilers!), Clara, Robin Hood, and the Doctor.

The episode was written by Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat’s longtime writing and creative partner.  In case you’ve been living under a rock, the two co-created the hit Sherlock, and together or separately, have written the majority of its episodes.  Gatiss, a bona fide actor, even plays Sherlock’s brother Mycroft Holmes (initially uncredited).

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