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5 wishes for Doctor Who Series 10

Tonight’s episode of Doctor Who, Face the Raven, is going to be a very important one. At the Doctor Who Festival last week the writers and actors all discussed Face the Raven as a game changer. So naturally, I’m hyped. But one thing is certain; by the end of Series 9, Clara will be gone, almost certainly dead. Series 10 will hopefully see the return of a darker Doctor, one who has lost his companion and who is angry at the universe, which should hopefully change the style of storytelling.

I thought about writing this article after the series had finished, but I thought before tonight’s episode will do, given its importance. Any of the wishes I say here could happen by the end of the series. So here goes, 5 wishes I have for Series 10.

  • An interesting and new companion

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With Clara leaving, the new companion is of course going to appear soon. Now my hopes for a new companion is for someone completely different from the other New Series companions. Part of the reason I love companions like Romana and Jack are that they are so unique from all the others. I hope the new companion is either a male companion who travels independently with the Doctor (a Second Doctor/Jamie dynamic could be established) or an alien companion. Someone from the Earth’s past could be interesting as well. While I haven’t hated any New Series companion, they are all pretty similar in origins and there are several similarities between them. I love Donna because she was a break from the RTD era mould, so the third companion of the Moffat era should be a break from this era’s mould (a feisty girl with a mystery around them).

Clara’s departure should not impact the new companion either. Part of the problem I have with Series 3 is that the Tenth Doctor just wouldn’t shut up about losing Rose, meaning Martha’s introduction was like “new companion, yeah, but the old one is better”. This is partly why I find the Series 4 dynamic of The Doctor/Donna much more satisfying. I understand that Clara’s departure will be devastating for the Doctor (and the audience) but he shouldn’t be mourning for a whole series. Clara’s introduction worked because the Doctor got over Amy and Rory’s departure and accepted Clara, so the audience automatically did. The companion is the surrogate for the audience, so it is important the Doctor treats them with respect. Yes, Series 10 has to have an angry and upset Doctor, but the new companion needs to be treated as their own character, not just as a replacement for Clara.

  • Bring back more old monsters and have better new ones


Series 10 needs to be braver when it comes to reviving older monsters. This year, the Zygons returned with a bang after only two appearances (one of which wasn’t focused on them) and Davros returned after seven years. This was much more refreshing than just the Daleks, Cybermen or the Master, although two out of three of them have already appeared. I love the Daleks and the Cybermen, but they need a break to make their appearances have more impact. The show needs to revive older monsters, preferably ones who haven’t appeared for a while.

The Zygons have already been successfully revived, so I think it is time for the Rutans, the Mara, the Ice Warriors or the Autons to have a revival. The Rutans and Mara haven’t appeared in the New Series yet, and they have plenty of potential, while the Ice Warriors and Autons are monsters who have appeared but can be used better than how they were. Cold War was a very rushed re-introduction to the Ice Warriors who deserve a two parter (as I write I’m listening to a Sixth Doctor audio featuring them), and the Autons haven’t been used since 2010, when they are a fascinating threat. On that note, why didn’t Closing Time use them? It’s set in a shop! Even the Sontarans haven’t had a story focused on them since 2008.

More monsters I would like to see include the Terileptils, Sil, the Mandragora Helix, the Fendahl and Omega. If the Macra can re- appear, then I see no reason why he can’t.


Omega versus the Third and Second Doctor. I still have a long way to wait for this story in my viewing marathon but I can’t wait to watch it.

However, Series 10 needs cool new threats as well. In the whole Capaldi era, only the Teller, the Foretold and the Boneless have had a huge impact from Series 8, while Series 9 has lacked an awesome new alien. The ghosts were great, but the Fisher King should have been better than he was, and the other new monsters have barely made an impact. Christopher Eccleston had the Slitheen and the Empty Child, David Tennant had the Ood, Weeping Angels, Judoon and Vashta Nerada, while Matt Smith had the Silence. Capaldi’s era needs a truly iconic and terrifying threat. Series 9 could potentially have the weakest rogues gallery of the revival after Series 7, which barely had villains at all.

  • More focus on story

I have loved the new focus on character and emotion recently, and the idea to make nearly every story a two parter is great. However, often the story gets lost in the muddle. The plot, villains and action of a story is just as important as the character and emotion in my eyes. Stories like Kill the Moon have suffered because it forgot the plot and became a talky episode about killing a moon baby (facepalm) and while the Woman Who Lived was significantly better, the plot still got sidelined to the point where the villain literally exploded for no reason.

Episodes like The Waters of Mars, Mummy on the Orient Express, Vincent and the Doctor and The Satan Pit are all great examples of a story has an equal balance of character drama and emotion and also having a great story and threat. Yes, the Krafygis wasn’t needed in Vincent and the Doctor, but it still functioned in the plot and didn’t feel sidelined, to me at least.

Other examples include The Waters of Mars, which is both a great base under siege story and a powerful character drama while Human Nature is a basic plot made into a story full of strong themes and ideas, with the threat still intact and the story in place.



Under the Lake is another great example from recent memory with an equal balance of story and character.

In short, the story telling needs to be written alongside the character work, not written separatly and bunched together.

  • The Doctor needs to have a consistent costume

This awesome promo picture is on my wall and is how I want the Twelfth Doctor to look.

A bit minor, but still an issue I want to address. When Capaldi was introduced, he had that awesome buttoned jacket and plain white shirt. Simple, but effective. So why does it keep changing? I don’t mind costume changes, as Pertwee changed costume all the time, but all his costumes were regal and posh. Capaldi has worn hoodies, boring jumpers and loose white shirts. It doesn’t really scream “Lord of Time” when the main character has a polka dot shirt, hoodie or baggy trousers. Yes, I know Troughton wore baggy trousers but that was in character with his Doctor. Capaldi is a harsh and uncompromising Doctor, so it really doesn’t suit him.

Imagine being a Dalek and confronting the Doctor when he is dressed like this. Not very intimidating, is it?

Thankfully, tonight’s episode has got the Doctor wearing a gorgeous purple velvet coat, similar to his original one.

purple coat

This evokes class and is reminiscent of Pertwee. I love it.

This screams “Lord of Time” and I think he should coordinate between this one and his original coat. It’s a minor point, but I fail to see why the Twelfth Doctor has so many stories where he looks so un-Doctorly. Why is he wearing a baggy white shirt with a pink one underneath when confronting Davros, his archenemy? Into the Dalek, Flatline, Death in Heaven and now Face the Raven have had Twelve at his most regal and impressive, like he should be. Although the First Doctor esque costume in Mummy on the Orient Express was great.

  • Alien worlds

I can’t stress this enough, but I am really tired of Earth in Doctor Who. I understand the budget may not be able to accommodate an alien world every week, but if the Classic Series can have unique worlds and planets every series, then I fail to see why the New Series can’t.

krop tor

Krop Tor from the Impossible Planet is one of my favourite alien worlds in the show.

Capaldi has had two stories fully set on alien planets (Time Heist and The Witch’s Familiar) while Tennant and Smith has had plenty of interesting ones. The Doctor Who universe is so huge and vast, so quite why Earth is always visited baffles me. I won’t even mind a space station or a space ship, but Earth is really getting dull as a story location, especially London. If Earth stories are going to be the norm, then they should be set somewhere like Japan, Australia (the only story ever set there is the Enemy of the World) or Chandler’s Ford to shake things up a bit (OK, maybe not that last place). I understand location filming is expensive, but locations can be mocked up, and for the benefit of an interesting story I want a more diverse set of locations next year away from Earth.

Sydney opera house

I think I speak for all Australian Whovians when I say that a story set there would be awesome, and I’m not even Australian.

So those are my five wishes for Series 10. There are still three weeks to go of Series 9 so some of this may become outdated but I think now is a good time to say what I would like from the show next series.

Oh, and a theme tune change. I want awesome time travelling, not strangled cats. The variation from Before the Flood is what Capaldi’s Doctor needs every week-

Until then, it’s time to Face the Raven…

An ode to geekdom

I’m going to admit it-  this is the Golden Age of Geekdom.

Superhero movies are dominating cinemas and Star Wars is returning. Doctor Who is hitting unprecedented awesomeness (there hasn’t been a single episode this series which I haven’t loved) and whenever Marvel aren’t making smash hits, there’s another movie to appeal to the geeks of society- like Spectre or Jurassic World.

Basically, a geek is a person who is obsessed with something. There are maths geeks, sports geeks and then there are the geeky geeks. These are the geeks who are obsessed with film, TV and pop culture. The geeks who can rattle off every Hogwarts teacher or Jedi Knight and squees when Kate Stewart says “Five rounds rapid” or the Twelfth Doctor admits “Reverse the polarity of the neutron flow” makes no sense. Today’s post will be an ode to the geeks like me who are like that.

Now I’m a geek of many things. I’m a Whovian, a comic nerd (both Marvel and DC), Star Wars fanatic, Bond enthusiast, Harry Potter lover and Middle Earth fan. Because I’m a fan of so much, I don’t find myself involved in fanboy arguments. Here are my responses to some common ones-

Is the New Series of Doctor Who better or is the Classic Series better? I love both the same. Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Matt Smith, Peter Capaldi are all the same mad man travelling through time and space.

Are the Star Wars prequels too complicated and talky? Yes, but I still enjoy them and can admit the originals are vastly superior (though admittedly I haven’t watched Phantom Menace). I love both General Grevious and Darth Vader and look forward to The Force Awakens as someone who hasn’t been negatively impacted by the franchise.

Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings? Lord of the Rings is an epic, sprawling adventure with amazing action and story while serving as the world’s best New Zealand tourism advert. Harry Potter’s a more quiet and complex story about a boy wizard while serving as the world’s best British landmark guide. There’s no major comparisons to be made except for the fact they both have wizards and giant spiders in my eyes.

Marvel or DC? Both have fascinating, complex characters and compelling stories to me. DC’s characters are more magical and unique while Marvel’s are more human and relatable. The comics are equal in my eyes, though if we’re talking movies it’s obvious who wins.

Star Wars or Star Trek? Star Wars. Yeah, not offence to Trekkies but I don’t understand this franchise at all. Maybe it’s because I wasn’t raised on it but I can’t see the appeal for it. It’s the only major geek franchise I don’t enjoy. BUT, I’m not hating on it or anybody who likes it because I’m not someone who believes anything I dislike is horrible and the people who like it are dumb. People who act like that make me ashamed to be a geek.

So I’m a geek. Why? I don’t know why really. But being a geek is great to me. It means I can appreciate the amazing fictional universes and I understand what a Dalek, Muggle, lightsaber or Batmobile is. I know what people mean when Mordor, Tatooine or Gotham is mentioned, and I can confuse people by quoting Gandalf, Yoda or the Doctor. Because these things aren’t commonly known and known only to geeks, knowing someone who knows what I’m talking about can instantly identify with me.

So, whether I’m gushing about the awesomeness of Doctor Who Series 9, immersing myself in a comic or counting down the days till The Force Awakens, I am a geek. So much so that today I went to the Doctor Who Festival in London and saw Peter Capaldi in a special talk with the cast. I will probably write about that next.

Geekiness is a thing which can’t be explained. It’s just a special part of me which I am proud of.

Why does no one remember the 5th of November?

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Yes, it’s that time of year again. My annual late October post where I write a cynical post about Halloween (though in my defence last year’s post wasn’t that cynical). But this year I thought I wanted to write about the other significant date around this time – Bonfire Night. While I have written about it before, this time I aim to go in depth and talk about why I believe November the 5th should be remembered this time of year instead of Halloween. Before that, let’s look at things more important than Halloween today.

So with that out of the way, let’s talk about Bonfire Night. Everyone knows the story of Guy Fawkes and the plot to bomb Parliament so I won’t discuss the events in detail. Nowadays the day is celebrated with fireworks and burning guys on a fire. But I don’t think that enough is being done to celebrate the event. Far more is done commercially in Halloween, a “holiday” which has no relevance to British history or culture. Read the rest of this entry

The mystery of my cat

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Cats, along with politicians, are quite possibly the strangest animals to understand on the planet. I say this because my cat, Billy, is a ridiculously strange creature to live with. Yesterday I stood on his paw by accident while trying to move past him. He ran up the stairs quickly while I explained aloud to him what happened.

But, because cats have the exact facial expression all the time, I can’t tell if he was hurt or upset or even acknowledged what I said. He just had that expression all cats have – the somewhat vacant look which always seems like he is judging everything and everyone. Maybe it’s because I read too much Garfield at my grandparent’s house, but now I think all cats are plotting something, and that one day they will take over the world.

Cats are a pile of contradictions. They will follow you until you feed them, then eat the food, before expecting more food straight after. They will sit on anything and anyone, but complain if they are stroked at the wrong time. They possess two key superpowers –

  • Voluntary deafness – Cats have incredibly good hearing most of the time. They can hear food packets being rattled and they can hear people entering the kitchen. However, when being told to leave the food alone, get off the table or being told that they are not getting fed, cats can instantly become deaf and not hear what is being said.
  • Super persistence – Cats will never give up. If they want food, they will follow you until they get it. And because they’re cats and they are naturally cute, they can eventually coax anyone into doing anything. No one can complain about them doing anything. If the cat wants a stroke, he’s getting one. If he wants to sit on people, he’ll do it, and no one can tell him that he can’t.

My cat in particular functions in mysterious ways. He stares at me expecting me to know what he wants. As I’ve said before, because cats have one facial expression, I can’t tell what he wants. Does he want food? Something to scratch? Or is he plotting an evil scheme. He will also run off to a neighbourhood a few miles away without warning. We have to pick him up every now and then.

Billy on table

He is also very bizarre sometimes. He will run around the house randomly for no reason then lie on the stairs as if to say “Oh yeah, the stairs are mine”. If someone walks up the stairs, he’ll try and scratch them away, but it never really works.

But all this aside, cats are definitely awesome. And as strange as he is, Billy is still an important member of the family.

Billy is mystified by my blue-tongued skink, Georgy.

Billy is mystified by my blue-tongued skink, Georgy.

A Batch of Cumbers

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On Thursday I saw Hamlet broadcast by National Theatre Live, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, at the Thornden Hall in Chandler’s Ford. It was the fifth acting role I have seen Cumberbatch in, and apart from writing my review about the play, Hamlet, I would also like to write about how actors are defined by the roles they play.

Thornden Hall ticket

I first became aware of Benedict Cumberbatch through Sherlock, of course. After that I saw Star Trek: Into Darkness, though I can’t remember much about the film as I’m not a Star Trek guy (give me Star Wars any day). Following on from Sherlock I saw the National Theatre Live version of Frankenstein last Halloween, again at Thornden Hall, then I saw the Imitation Game at the Hilt in Hiltingbury. Then on Thursday I watched the highly anticipating play, Hamlet. Read the rest of this entry

Under the Lake/Before the Flood review and thoughts

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Another two parter for Series 9 and another great addition to the Capaldi era. I was really looking forward to this story to begin with, as the idea of a reverse two-parter sounded unique, as well as the back to basics style of the first part. As I said last time, Series 9 started brilliantly, and thanks to this two-parter it seems the series will continue the trend of being awesome. All it needs is 8 more awesome episodes to beat Series 4 as the best series of the new series.


One thing which is great about the story is the basic story structure in part one. I love a good base under siege story and Under the Lake was a prime example of one. The ghosts are very creepy and effective as a threat, and I like how they weren’t underused or pushed to the side, yet they didn’t dominate the screen and still allowed for some character moments.

The story seems to be continuing the trend of Series 9 scripts of subtly introducing character themes and ideas for the finale. In particular, Clara’s obsession over travelling and her increasingly cold nature to the people around her show that she is becoming more detached. In contrast, the Doctor is becoming more calm and more thoughtful, but he is still the Twelfth Doctor we know and love. In particular, him manipulating O’Donnel to test his ghost’s message and him having no empathy for his actions harken back to Into the Dalek and Kill the Moon. Despite this, he is still a hero, confronting the Fisher King and condemning his actions. He is swiftly becoming one of my favourite Doctors.

The Fisher King is a great but underused villain. I love the use of practical effects and costumes in the show recently, as many memorable monsters in recent memory have been practical. The Teller, The Foretold and now the Fisher King all harken back to Classic Series monster designs. I also like how he killed Prentis and O’Donnel as well as the parallels between him and the Doctor- both are warriors who will do anything to survive. Despite this, he was underused and I would have liked to see more of him, especially seeing how he is one of the coolest looking monsters in recent memory. Thankfully the ghosts are menacing enough to give the story a good enough threat.

fisher king

The supporting cast is probably the best since Mummy on the Orient Express. All the characters are very believable and likeable, except for Pritchard, who is such a cliche that the moment he appears I knew he was going to die. The other crew members are very good though, especially Cass, who gets a brilliant scene in Before the Flood. It’s a unique scene and is very tense. The great thing about a two parter is that it allows characters to be expanded upon and make the audience care for, and this story proves that two-parters work and should be used more often. Thankfully there will be more in this series.

I also really like the idea of the Bootstrap Paradox and how it ties in with the story. The solution to everything is very clever, as the Doctor uses the events of Under the Lake to defeat the Fisher King. The whole idea of the hologram and sending himself information in a stable time loop was very clever and fun, and was definitely the kind of story only Doctor Who could get away with.

bootstrap paradoz

As with last time, I’ll list my favourite scenes-

  • The cue cards.
  • Cass being hunted by Moran.
  • The Doctor and Clara’s phone call.
  • The Doctor’s speech to the Fisher King.
  • The Doctor telling Bennet that history cannot be changed.

Overall, this was another great addition to the series. It was a fun and unique story with one of the best uses of timey wimey in recent memory. While the Fisher King is underused and the story does have an exposition problem (all the information is revealed right at the end), it still is able to be a worthy addition to Capaldi’s era. I hope by the end of the series I can call Series 9 my new favourite series.

The London guide – Pop culture style

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Ah, London. The capital of the UK, one of the most important and famous cities in the world and enough landmarks to fill an entire guidebook. But let’s tackle things a bit differently.

I got an inspiration for this post. When my friend came back from his holiday in New York, he showed me a map of the City as defined by superheroes. Seeing how London is arguably the second most famous and influential city in the world, I was surprised that there was a lack of attention there to the influence London has on pop culture. So rather than just listing off the London landmarks that are must see and others which aren’t, I decided to list off the landmarks – as told by films, television and books. So when you arrive in London, you can see what the capital’s landmarks have truly been through.

Big Ben

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The Magician’s Apprentice/The Witch’s Familiar review and thoughts

Series 9 is here! After 9 months, the wait is finally over. I have spent the last two Saturday nights in front of the telly eating jelly babies and pizza (not at the same time) and with a huge grin on my face because this story is AMAZING!

Warning: full spoilers ahead!

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This opening two parter sets a very high standard for the rest of the series. If the other stories are as good as this one, then Series 9 may very well be my favourite series of the revival, beating even Series 4.

The plot is unique, revolving around a line made in Genesis of the Daleks (“If someone who knew the future pointed out a child to you and told you that that child would grow up totally evil to be a ruthless dictator who would destroy millions of lives… could you then kill that child?”) Rather than just be a copy of that story, this one expands on that question and asks more. There are two main strands across this story: The Doctor and Davros (!), and Missy and Clara. While the Doctor and Davros strand is the most interesting and deep, as well as being the focus of the story, the Missy and Clara strand is also very entertaining.

What’s interesting is that the Doctor and Clara are barely together in this story. Clara is mainly with Missy. Their relationship in Part 1 is very tense, especially with the cafe scene. In Part 2, the relationship is more crazy and unpredictable. Some of my favourite parts of The Witch’s Familiar involve Missy’s craziness. Her pushing Clara down the hole to check how deep it is and handcuffing Clara to lure a Dalek are two examples of her unpredictability. She is slowly becoming my favourite Master. My favourite scene with her is the scene where she tried to convince the Doctor to kill Clara in the Dalek suit (a great call back to the first Dalek story, where Ian went inside a Dalek casing). It is a clear example of her ultimate goal- to make the Doctor be like her. I don’t think we’ve seen the last of Missy in this series.

The Daleks in this story have a great build up. They are absent from The Magician’s Apprentice until the fantastic Skaro reveal and the squee-worthy appearance of the 60’s Dalek. Then they appear in full force, with the Supreme Dalek and Special Weapons Dalek making welcome returns. While I have never hated their overuse in the series, they have lost their sense of threat present in Dalek in 2005. Since then, we’ve had Daleks defeated by fairy dust, creating pig slaves, defeated by a superpowered Donna, and Skittles Daleks.

They were acceptable in Doomsday (though far too powerful), The Big Bang (though they were unnecessary), Asylum of the Daleks (though it should have been a Cyberman story) and pretty good in the Specials (though again, unnecessary in Time of the Doctor) and Into the Dalek, but here they were superb. They ruthlessly exterminated Missy and Clara and the TARDIS all without a hint of mercy. I knew they would survive, but it was still very well done. In The Witch’s Familiar, they took a back seat to the Doctor/Davros plot, but they were still effective through it. I don’t mind Daleks not exterminating people, I mind them being presented as jokes, idiots or just there for fans. Here, they were vital to the plot and worked as side villains.

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My favourite parts of the story were the converstions between the Doctor and Davros. In Part 1 Davros was a menacing figure for the short time he was on screen, while in Part 2 he is turned into a complex, quiet character. I genuinely believed Davros was dying and that all he wanted was to see the Doctor and have him heal him. While his plan is quite simple (and probably just a set up for the finale), the dialogue is stunning. A lot of the second episode is just the Doctor and Davros talking about compassion and mercy. Two scenes stand out for me: the first is the scene where Davros is tempting the Doctor to touch the wires and the second is where Davros opens his eyes and seems to be encouraging the Doctor to find Gallifrey. Of course it was all a trick, but the scenes are still powerful enough to make the twist forgiven.

The main theme of this story is all about friends and enemies. The Master is helping the Doctor, and the Doctor trusts her enough to give the confession dial to. There is a strong indication in this that the Doctor and Master were friends and still respect each other somewhat. I also love the fact that Missy is annoyed when the Doctor calls Davros his arch enemy. Davros in this story also seems to be encouraging and kind to the Doctor, before revealing his plans.

There were so many amazing scenes in this story. Some of them were-

  • The pre-credits to The Magician’s Apprentice.
  • The cafe scene.
  • The cliffhanger.
  • The Doctor in Davros’s chair.
  • Davros persuading the Doctor to touch the wires.
  • Davros opens his eyes.
  • Missy tricking the Doctor into nearly killing Clara.
  • The end scene.

And now it’s time for the bi-weekly part of the reviews where I randomly speculate on things!

  • The Dalek/Time Lord hybrid is probably the story arc of Series 9. I think Missy’s final scene here hints towards an alliance with the Daleks.
  • The confession dial is almost certainly going to play a part later on in the series.
  • Who is the Master’s daughter? Clara? Someone else? Or just a throw away line?

Overall this was a brilliant start to the series. I honestly feel that the Capaldi era is going to go down in history as the best in New Who. I am so excited for next week’s story, Under the Lake. I just hope it can match the standards of this opener.

The obligatory Series 9 hype post

Series 9 is TOMORROW! Just typing that makes me feel giddy and excited. Of course I’ll be in front of the television at 7:40 tomorrow, scarf, hat, jelly babies and jammy dodgers galore ready to watch the Magician’s Apprentice. So here I am with my crazy theories, hopes and expectations.

Because I’ll be discussing official news, spoilerphobes and people who don’t like reading Doctor Who news are advised to stop reading. But for the rest of us, let’s dive in!


There is a very high chance that Gallifrey will play a key role in the series. With Skaro already returning, it only seems sensible that Gallifrey will come back as well. Episode 11’s cliffhanger will apparently be game changing, so my prediction is a return of Gallifrey or old Time Lords. A returning foe other than the Master and the Daleks will apparently be making an appearance in the opener, so my guess is that Omega, Morbius or Rassilon are pulling the strings behind the scenes. Although Davros is also heavily rumoured to be returning as well, so that is a possibility too.

The Daleks are also a subject of debate too. As shown in the trailers, all the Dalek types are going to be in the opener, including awesome Supreme Dalek and the Special Weapons Dalek (YES!) I think that the Master will be acting as a double agent for both the Daleks and the Doctor, while she is secretly tricking both sides, manipulating them into her own agenda. She is probably an agent for the Big Bad (I want it to be Omega) and knowing the Master she will probably be betraying them as well. Again, this is all just my theory. I’m excited to see the Master and Daleks together in an episode, as well as how her interactions with Clara will be after Series 8.

So what about other Time Lords? Well, I would like Romana to appear, with K9 in tow. I think the finale will be a Time Lord bonanza, with the Doctor, the Master, Omega/Morbius and hopefully Romana/Susan.

Hopes and expectations

I hope Series 9 is absolutely amazing, but on top of that I hope that it will be even better than Series 8. While beating my number one favourite series, Series 4, is going to be tough, if the episode quality is good enough then it may be able to beat it. Series 8 had one bad story (In the Forest of the Night) and one story with lots of missed potential (Kill the Moon), which left 9 stories which ranged from pretty good (Into the Dalek, The Caretaker) to amazing (the rest of the series).

The amount of two parters in Series 9 means there is a lower chance of a bad story. If there is one, it’s probably going to be Episode 9, which is apparently going to be experimental and shot in a first person style. Oh, I’m not dreading that episode at all, just being cautious as experimental episodes can be brilliant or awful.

UPDATE: The titles have now been revealed. They are-

  • The Magician’s Apprentice & The Witch’s Familiar
  • Under the Lake & Before the Flood
  • The Girl Who Died
  • The Woman Who Lived
  •  The Zygon Invasion & The Zygon Inversion,
  • Sleep No More
  • Face the Raven
  • Heaven Sent & Hell Bent

Based on these titles and what we know, here are my most anticipated stories-

  • The Magician’s Apprentice /The Witch’s Familiar- This looks set to be an even better opener than the Impossible Astronaut, and seeing how that is one of my favourite stories, this makes me so so excited for this two parter. Missy, Daleks of all sorts, mysterious new villains and a mighty big cliffhanger mean this story is going to be awesome!
  • Under the Lake/Before the Flood- An intriguing plot and titles coupled with the writer of the God Complex and some interesting monsters means I cannot wait for this story. I always love base under siege stories.
  • Face the Raven- I know nothing about this story, but the title and the basic plot information (invisible streets) mean I am definitely intrigued.

UPDATE UPDATE: Clara has been confirmed to be leaving the show in Series 9. So now is a good time to speculate on the next companion, which I’ve already talked about. Phew. That saves me a post.

An awesome series is almost here, and I am literally bursting with excitement at the return of my favourite character (now THAT’s a post for another time). While I won’t do weekly episode reviews like last time, as they were very exhausting to write, I will do a post explaining my thoughts on the two parters after Part 2 of the story airs. If the episodes are like last year, then we will have a fantastic series.

Top 5 Twelfth Doctor scenes

With Series 9 on the horizon, I feel it’s time to reflect on the Twelfth Doctor’s previous series. With a multitude of amazing moments, it was hard to choose, but I’ve finally been able to narrow it down. For this, I’m going for the best and most important, not necessarily the funniest, so “Top layer if you want a few words”, “Shuttity up up up” and “Can you hurry up please or I’ll hit you with my shoe” will not be here.

I’ll be doing them in the order of the episodes they were in, as I don’t think a ranking would be enough for the Twelfth (and his eyebrows).

Looking into the Dalek’s mind- Into the Dalek

This is a great scene which shows the kinder side of this Doctor. What works about this is that you can clearly see that the Doctor is determined to be right, and prove that a Dalek can be good. There is some clever misdirection here, as for a moment, it seems the Doctor has won. But then, the tables are turned and Rusty starts killing the Daleks. In Rusty’s mind, this is what a good Dalek is. But for the Doctor, it’s just what a normal Dalek does. His final line is a powerful remainder that the Daleks can never change.

The beach scene- Mummy on the Orient Express

This serves as a great ending to the past two episodes. Here, the Doctor is fully admitting of his mistakes in both this episode and Kill the Moon. He knows that he is cruel and manipulative, yet he knows that being like that will ultimately solve the problem in an easy way. When there’s no simple solution to the problem, like the Mummy, there can be no easy way out. This scene not only shows what kind of a man the Twelfth Doctor is, but that he wants to be a better one.

Defeating the Boneless- Flatline

This scene once again shows the more forgiving side of the Doctor. Throughout the episode, the Doctor wanted to give the Boneless a chance and tried to make the whole situation out as a misunderstanding. It puts the Doctor’s idea of second chances to full effect. The speech also works because here, the Doctor is in charge. No longer is there a man unsure of himself. Instead, there is the man who defends the Earth from monsters. It’s so satisfying to hear him become the Doctor. Too bad the next episode failed to expand on that. Have I mentioned I HATE In the Forest of the Night?

Comforting Clara- Dark Water

This quiet scene brings the Doctor/Clara relationship full circle. The Doctor has seen the extent that Clara will go to save Danny, but instead of abandoning her, he helps her. Why? Because it’s a good deed and a thank you to Clara for staying with him over the series. The scene once again shows the Doctor in full, as he forgives, forgets and does the right thing. It is the Twelfth Doctor’s most noble act, and up there with the Third’s sacrifice, the Fifth’s trek across Androzani and the Eleventh’s protection of Trenzalore as one of the most selfless acts done in the show. This is the Doctor I want in Series 9.

A good man- Death in Heaven

My favourite Twelfth Doctor scene is also one of my favourite Doctor Who scenes in general. Here is the Doctor, with the an army at his disposal, the ability to change history, but he says no. Because that’s not who he is. He is the man willing to give Daleks and Boneless a chance. The man who accepts his place in history. The man who saves a species from extinction. The man with the trust that Clara will make the right choice and to know he’s wrong. He is a hero, a good man, and it takes the Master’s plot to drive him mad for him to realise this. He isn’t a general or a soldier because he doesn’t need to be. All he needs to be is the Doctor. It is the best moment from Series 8 in my opinion.

(As you can see, only two scenes had videos. I will update the post with the finale clips when they arrive on the Doctor Who channel. For some reason the Mummy scene isn’t there)

And those were my favourite Twelfth Doctor moments. Series 8 as a whole is my second favourite series, below only Series 4. There is a high chance Series 9 may be able to beat it though. 8 days to go!


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