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Saturday, 27 September 2014

Dr Who Season 8 Episode 5 Time Heist

Plot Summary

Memory worms are becoming over used but the idea of the Doctor getting a gang and robbing a max security bank is super.
This episode rocks because it is a stand alone story which has losts of great new characters!

The Teller made me flash back to River Song, Rose and even the 11th Doctor story of Hide in Season 7. Glad Tellers were good.

Mutant human called Saibra is clearly a rip of X-Men and the again with the Augmented human called Psi.
But they hold there own and push the  story forward even if they are plot tool characters. 

What is getting old in Doctor Who is killing characters to bring them back again, yawn. We have seen it before.  When will Moffat learn that if the Doctor does not care about a character then the viewer will not; even if Clara pretends to care because lets face it the Doctor companions never like to compete for his attention.  Both of these new character were cool and I hope they get a come back.

Bank Security
Ms Delphox the Head of Security as a clone of Director Karabraxos 'the clone burner' was awesome and had real depth to her and in the end we feel for her because the Doctor does. Perhaps he understands her as he too burns his lives one after another, always moving forward not looking back.

Clara's level of trust in the Doctor is huge and the emotional cost to her is huge. She needs to like Martha before her let him go.

Dark Doctor very scary and yet he was very funny in this episode but the villainy of him in this episode is shocking.  I loved it.

Rating 4/5

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Dr Who Season 8 Episode 4 'Listen' Review

There are spoilers in this review be warned! 

Basic Plot
The simple story of the episode is the Doctor suspects that when anyone is alone they have evolved defence strategies like talking to yourself to combat a unseen creature which has evolved  to be the best at hiding. This episode is a time loop.

The Scare Factor is a 100!!
The use of sound was highly effective in this episode as it tackled the question of how do you show a creature which can't be seen. The timing of louder bangs and soft sounds for the creature and characters imaginations was excellent.  The scenes has creepy Colour lines and mysterious tones which added to the overall creepy feel of the episode. The unseen monster was an brilliant idea expertly executed.  Children need to watch behide the sofa for this one!

Character Development
Danny Pink is still awkward but seeing him as child bring greater audience understanding of him. Clara and him just are going to be that awkward couple with rubbish timing.

Clara took the lead on this episode and she really is one of the strongest and time y whimey companions to date and most influential on forming the Doctor.
Clara leads the plot forward based up the Doctor idea which allows for him to have backseat control.The audience relates more to Clara than to the Doctor at this point. Her very awkward soap romance with Mr Pink feel forced and is very cringe worthy but can be funny.

Peter Capolid's performance is excellent as grumpy serious old man. But the audience has a weak Connection to him but this changes with the revelation end of the episode. As it appears he and his fourth wife River Song both share growing up in childs home.

Clara and Danny are part of the Doctor's family?
As they seem to share a Family heirloom! 

I give this episode 4 out of 5. It developed all of the characters well but the soap love story between Clara and Danny can be funny but  it was disconnected from the main story in this episode. Creative monster and MORE DOCTOR BACKSTORY!


Sunday, 7 September 2014

Dr Who Season 8 Episode 3 The Robots of Sherwood

This episode had good weather, shame about the overall cheap feel to the episode; paticularly the costumes (minus Clara's costume) and the historical sets being too new looking.

Clara is now a fully developed character thank God. Thus able to put both Robin and the Doctor in their place. But Peter Capolid's grumpy Doctor needs to find his lighter side quick. The over laughing Robin Hood was jolly annoying.

The Sheriff of Nottingham was just passable but nearly ham. There were many quite River Song references to Queens which made me mourn her and that kiss on the Doctor cheek from Maid Marion was sweet.

I feel that we have gone from the 11th Doctor Who played by Matt Smith was a myrical mix of the complex old man with a young man's energy & zest for life with over complicated love life & story arches to Peter Capolid's 12th Doctor a serious grumply complex mature man with very Janet and John simple stories. Is a step to far and it insults the Dr Who audiences. I just hope the next episode gets us back on track. I love the promise land references so far. I hope Peter Capolid's Doctor is able to be a round Doctor, who is able to have a light and dark side. I loved the spoon duel. This episode was dull and What's is with Doctor Who's historical stories not being quite right.
Overall I give this episode a 4/10.
Could do much better.
By Myriam Roberts