The Name of the Doctor

Oh my goodness I don’t even know where to start!

How about we start in Gallifrey and go to Trenzalore?

First of all, I love, love, loved the story! ohmygosh! who didn’t? Clara Oswin Oswald, the Impossible girl, saving the Doctor time and time again. (we even got to see a bit of dear old Gallifrey!)

In this blog I want to talk mostly about the characters, about Clara, River and the Doctor, as I go through the episode, (just to keep myself sane.)
So, let’s get started.

We got to see Gallifrey! Loved it!
The flashes of history showing Clara saving the Doctor throughout his life was amazing! Very well done, the cutting and effects and skill, my goodness! *Round of applause*
Clara is the ultimate companion, saving the Doctor countless times, as all the companions have, but she did it for all of them!

Now in London, 1893.
Just as I had hoped, Madame Vastra, Jenny and Strax are with us again for the finale! I really liked the conference call stuff. Although, I must admit that when Strax and Jenny started talking about the one with the big head/ hair, I thought they were talking about the Doctor, after all, he’s got quite the head of hair, but I was pleasantly surprised and wonderfully wrong.
Professor River Song is back! 
She’s back with all of her “disgracefully” flirty self.
She’s the River we haven’t seen since the very beginning though, I thought that was really special, this was the current River Song, not the one with the backwards life filled with spoilers and crisscrossing timelines. She was the one after the Silence in the library, the current River Song. nothing wibbly-wobbly about her, an odd change, but very good for the resolution.

I absolutely loved Clara and River’s meeting each other for the first time! Oh my goodness, I had been thinking about how on earth they were going to introduce them, and they did it marvelously! The tension, the awkward silence, but it wasn’t overdone, it was like a perfect cup of strong tea, shocking, but not overpoweringly bitter. Just enough to get the point across, but not overdoing it.
I’m very glad that River and Clara were able to meet and not the competitive over the Doctor.

Later on in the call, need I say anything about Jenny? I think we all died a little with her when she was murdered. Let’s not dwell on that.

Now Clara is with the Doctor, she tells him about Trenzalore, about his grave. The Doctor cried! Oh how badly I wanted to make him feel better! He never cries–  he shouldn’t ever cry. But still because of his friends, they go to Trenzalore, the place he should never go, he goes because he owes them, they gave him so much, and loved him through it all, it really is the least he can do.
But the TARDIS has other thoughts. She doesn’t want to go there, she loves the Doctor too much, she wants to take care of him, and I think not only was there the fact that she wanted to keep him safe, but she probably knew that that was her grave as well. She didn’t want to see herself dying. The TARDIS has always taken care of him, and going to Trenzalore in the worst place ever for the two of them.
Also, I’ve got a dreadful feeling that there really isn’t much time between now and when they die at Trenzalore. Look at the TARDIS window. When they fell down onto the planet it cracked the window on the front door, the old dying TARDIS had the same crack in her window. It never got fixed, and the Doctor wouldn’t let that be broken for long, and the only way the TARDIS could fix it herself is if she regenerated, but since the crack was still there in the dead TARDIS, she wasn’t able to fix it, there wasn’t enough time.
And, another sad thought tat includes the TARDIS, the Doctor told Clara that the bigger the gravestone the higher the rank. There were some big gravestones, but none bigger than the Doctor’s. He turns people into soldiers, and he himself is one– one of high rank and power.

Now to River’s grave stone, I absolutely loved this part! It was sad, but clever. The conversation between River and the Doctor through Clara was wonderful. But as I watched it again to I realized that the Doctor can always hear River, he can always see her, that means that he could hear her talking to Clara then. (my feels can’t handle this!)
Another moment that I realized that he could really see her the whole time was when they were in the catacombs. River was standing in the tunnel talking to Clara, then the Whisperman passed through her, it scared the Doctor. Now why would that scare the Doctor unless he didn’t see it coming down the tunnel because he can see River as well as Clara could?

Past the catacombs, into the enormous TARDIS, memories come flooding back to Clara. That was another favorite moment of mine. Sad, but good. I’m glad she remembered everything from then. But it makes me think, she knew the Doctor’s name now, and she didn’t say it when the Great Intelligence wanted the Doctor to open the door, she loves him, I would say.

I must say, the Doctor has a beautiful grave. It’s sort of like a big ball of wibby-wobbly timey-wimey stuff wouldn’t you say?
Every time the voices of the Doctor start echoing through the air I get stabbed in the heart with so many emotions! truly beautiful. (It’s kind of strange, but Nine’s voice makes me the most emotional, maybe because he was the most sad of the three that I watched and loved, he had the most pain of the Time War on his shoulders at the time, while the other two had gotten better at putting it away, Nine was still grieving the most. It makes me want to cry.)

Then the Wretched Great Intelligence had to come in and kill everything (quite literally).
I’m glad he’s dead now. That’s all I have to say about him. *grumble grumble*

But then Clara came in. Oh Clara! Souffle Girl.

But before I get all into Clara, like crazy feels, let me just say…
RED!
When the GI went into the Doctor’s timeline, the light turned red! Now call me crazy, but this has been my obsession this whole season ins Clara and the color red, they’re always together, whether it be her clothes or the lights around her, and now I think I know why! I think the reason things around her are always red is because as all of her echoes goes through his timeline, she is stopping the GI, taking out the red, pulling it out of his life. She’s covered in it because she’s getting rid of it. The red lights might be more like flashes of his timeline being cleaned and turning white again because of Clara!
And, also, she isn’t wearing red in this episode, because she is entirely herself, not an echo.
I don’t know if any of this is legit or not, but I would like to think that it is. 🙂 I can’t be a coincidence for red to show up so often in this series, especially with the same character. Just say’n…

OK, back to Clara minus the red obsession.
Oh Clara, the love she has for the Doctor is so special, but really what else could she have done? It was either that or let the whole world fall apart and let everyone die.

“Run you clever boy, and remember me.”

Do you notice anything different about this? This is the real phrase, the real Clara said this one, the complete sentence, “Run you clever boy and remember me.” all of her echoes only say “Run you clever boy and remember.” The echoes are her, but they aren’t entirely her, they’re fragments and pieces of her through all of space and time, just like the sentence, they’re almost her, but not quite.

Then, a fun note, or more like a cool note, did anyone else see the Tenth Doctor at the Library in the flashes through the Doctor’s timeline? (I nearly screamed at the screen in happiness!!) and she was wearing the Asylum of the Daleks dress, ya know, the super cure red one? yeah, she was wearing that, which made me think that maybe each echo saved the Doctor more than once. What if she saved the Doctor at the Library, and then she went and joined Alaska afterwards and eventually saved his again. Or maybe she really didn’t die in the Asylum and she really wasn’t the dalek still. (I really don’t want her to be a dalek! *sob* so sad).

But enough about Clara for now, we have a marriage to discuss.

River and the Doctor.
I don’t even know how to start. Well, I cried. I cried a lot.
I wanted River to stay forever.
The resolution was wonderful, the emotions were overwhelming.

“I don’t know how to say it.”

“Say it like you’re going to come back.”

“Well then, see you around.”

“Till the next time.”

“Don’t wait up.”

“Goodbye, Sweetie.”

The very thought that he always saw her and he never spoke to her breaks my heart! But things were finished, and they finally have said goodbye.
But still, deep down I hope that she’ll still be around, after all the way she’s talked about him before, she’s mentioned seeing lots of his faces, meaning she might come up once in a while with the newer regenerations. I really hope she does, but she probably won’t. Moffat did a wonderful job finishing up her character and letting her go. I guess I’ll just have to learn how to cope without River Song.

The the Doctor comes through and goes back and saves Clara, well he’s in the process of saving her at the moment, when they meet the “John Hurt Doctor”.
May I just say that I’m super excited and quite curious about this new “Doctor” the one who broke the word of his name.
“He is my secret.”
BUT, really did they have to have the whole dramatic turn and stare, the *BAM!* “Introducing John Hurt as the Doctor” *killed every emotion and attachment to the story in less than two seconds.* Really? really? you had to do that? You killed it! murderer.
but I’m still excited about his character, I’ve got a hunch that he’s the version of the Doctor that fought in the Time War, the one that destroyed Gallifrey. Cause, to me that sounds an awful lot like breaking the word of his name “The Doctor” a doctor heals and saves people, he doesn’t commit genocide on his own race. This John Hurt Doctor is trouble.

“What I did, I did with no choice. In the name of  peace and sanity.”

Sounds like a good reply for defending one’s self against killing his home planet…

Over all, I loved this episode, the only thing I have to complain about is the whole *kill the moment* at the very end, but everything else was wonderful, I don’t think it’s possible to really express everything that is going through my head about this episode!
So, while I gather some thoughts and sanity, I would love to hear what you all think about it.

Thank you so much for joining me on this adventure through Series 7 of Doctor Who! I’m honored to know that all of you wanted to read what I had to say. Thank you! I love you all so much! You really have no idea how fun this has been for me and how much is makes my day when you all come and check it out!
I look forward to having you all with me again when the next series starts up! Thank you!

Love, Anna.

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The Snowmen

Hello to all and Merry Christmas!

oh my goodness! I have been looking forward to this special so much, I sure wasn’t disappointed about any of it.
it’s was mindblowingly amazing, and bogglingly entertaining, when it was all over I walked around the house laughing and clapping like  a retarded seal, this Doctor Who fix will last for a long time.

One thing that I have really been liking lately is how every time they show the credits in the beginning of the show it’s always different, this one was my favorite. I really liked how it was almost a bit of a throw back to the older ones with the face in the stars, and we flew through more than just the time vortex, it was all space and time, not just a tunnel of clouds and lightning. (which is wonderful as well)

but anyway, on the great stuff.

Clara Oswin Oswald.

need I say anymore?

all of my ideas are blown out of the water, *Moffat!* Clara isn’t a descendent of Oswin she IS Oswin!
I had some ideas after I had finished my latest blog about the leaving of the Ponds, I continued to think about how in the world Oswin was coming back as Clara (little did I know that she was the same person). I thought that maybe Clara, as we all know, would become the Doctor’s companion and she would go dancing through the galaxy with the charming bow tie wearing Timelord,  and then one day, she would leave, not willingly I guessed, and she would want to see the stars again so she would join up with Alaska and eventually crash on the asylum. there the daleks would find her and think that she is someone worth turning into a dalek, or at least into a computer system for the daleks, then during the  terrible process of turning her into one of them (*weep*) she might forget who she was except for her last name Oswald. so then as she changed, she would call her self Oswin Oswald because that was all she knew about herself.

but things don’t always turn out the way one might suspect, although I have some ideas that might make my previous hypothesis somewhat true, but that’s for later.

now just about Clara, I absolutely love her! she’s fantastic and already one of my favorites within only two episodes.
she’s so stubborn and spunky, no one can stop her from doing anything she wants, not even the Doctor (thankfully).

ah, the Doctor, my heart melted in sadness when he first showed up, he was so lonely and broken. but watching him change through the episode was so wonderful. my favorite scene of his becoming himself again was when he noticed his bow tie again. when Clara mentioned it being cool outside, and he looked at himself in the mirror as always, instantly he thought of his bow tie. that smile that spread across his face and the joy that sprang out of him again was one of the best parts of the show.

Another fantastic scene was the one of the Doctor’s pretending to be Sherlock Holmes. I died laughing!  it was absolutely perfect! especially being the Wholockian that I am, the nerdyness of that scene was wonderful. after all, for all of you who don’t know, and if you care, when Steven Moffat was first starting his show Sherlock and he was looking for someone to be Watson, guess who came to try out for the part? Matt Smith, now obviously he didn’t get it. but, correct me if I’m wrong, Moffat thought that he was too goofy for the part, so instead of casting him in Sherlock he offered him the part of the Doctor. so for us Wholockians seeing Matt Smith walking in dressed up as Sherlock Holmes with his death frisbe hat totally stumbling through being the legendary detective (well at least until before he started acting like himself again) was indescribably perfect. Moffat making fun of Moffat.

I must say that I nearly died when Clara’s one word answer was “Pond”. all the emotions were overwhelming. it was wonderful, yet heartbreaking.

and while we’re thinking about the Ponds, and of course Oswin, I’m not sure it was entirely a coincidence that Clara said “Pond” I mean yes, it was a good word to use because of the frozen pond, but at the same time the word pond doesn’t really show any bit of danger like the Madame Vastra wanted it to. I think she knew about the Ponds, or maybe she didn’t, it might have been something subconscious.

so, I have re-watched the episode now and taken notes on whatever I thought might be valuable, or simply funny. but I’ll spare you on some of them.
we’re getting into the part of the blog where I go on talking about my ideas and venting my questions to the internet.

 

Firstly, “Clara, it’s a nice name, you should definitely keep it.”
I wrote that down because I thought it was cute, but also because it seems like that is when the Doctor first starts to care about her.
Clara Oswin Oswald is what she goes by in this episode, but before she was only Oswin, what happened to the name Clara? why wasn’t that her name the first time we met her?

Second note, even though it seems like he started to care about her when the name was brought up, I think he really started to wonder and maybe even begin to connect the dots between Oswin and Clara when he asked, “Clara who?” and she replied, “Doctor Who?” I think that “Clara who” is going to be just as much of a mystery to us as the Doctor’s name is for a while. but I also think that the Doctor is starting to come up with his own ideas, he obviously knows something we don’t, since at the end, he was very excited and he ran off to go find her later. there’s something Moffat’s not telling us here….

Third note;
so, we all remember how every episode before in season 7 had something about flickering lights and Christmas? well this one is no different, I mean of course it’s going to mention Christmas, after all it is the Christmas special, but the lights flickered a lot in this one too. in the TARDIS, and at the house…. something is still going on with that…. I don’t think TARDIS lights should flicker….

Note four.
The TARDIS. why was the TARDIS different? I mean more than just that maybe a want for a new set for fun. why would the TARDIS change?  it only changes after it’s been hurt, such as exploding, or crashing… why would it change? did he try to find the Ponds and the temporal energy around NY caused some problems? or did the TARDIS just get tired of the desktop form she had for the time being?
(by the way, I really like the new look, I think it was a good idea, it gives Clara a new stage to set, with a new TARDIS she won’t be trying to follow after or replace the Ponds, she can be herself.) or perhaps after the Ponds left the Doctor didn’t want anything to remind him of them. he was hurt and the color seemed to fade away, so the TARDIS turning into something more boxy and dim seems to portray the Doctor’s feelings at the time.

Fiver
now we’re getting into Clara stuff.
when Clara was in the TARDIS it seemed like it started to trigger something in her, she asked if there was a kitchen, because she liked making soufles, she didn’t know why, but she did. she also began to cry for no reason that she knew of at the moment. maybe it was the Oswin part of her, or perhaps it was something she missed, maybe she hadn’t gone on adventures with the Doctor yet, or maybe in her timeline she already had and she was missing them.
we know that crying for an unknown reason means that something important is missing in the person’s life. (like Amy crying at her wedding for the Doctor, or when she cried for Rory after he became non existent.)
something is missing.

Ten.
Who is Clara Owsin Oswald? the soufle girl. Clara Who?

“Run you clever boy, and remember.”

the constant between the two people that are the same, or the one life in two parts, or two lives of the same person that keeps living over and over again.
she’s as confusing as River Song first was, my guess is as good as yours.
when she said those words before she died in this episode, it almost seemed like she had died before the words came out of her mouth, her eyes closed and she was quiet, then she woke up, spoke and faded away again.
she might be remembering her past being just Oswin, or maybe in her last efforts before she died she said it to give him a lead to go on to find her later.

her grave stone read, “remember me, for we shall meet again”
I’ve got a hunch that she has lived more lives than just the three that we have seen.

only time will tell. maybe.

feel free to comment and share your own ideas, I would love to hear them! this blog is my thinking place for Doctor Who, I hope it gets some ideas rolling around in your head.

cheers!

Asylum of the Daleks

Hello there!

first of all, sorry, i didn’t get this out very quickly, i was gone with some family and wasn’t actually able to watch the episode until last night, but my goodness was it a good one!

so much to say! well, well, well, the episode was absolutely brilliant! my mind feels like it’s slowly burning away in madness, maybe this is how Donna would’ve felt if she remembered the Doctor… anywho.

i feel like it’s very important to mention the condition of Amy and Rory’s relationship before anything else, my goodness, i was heart broken at the beginning of the episode, divorce papers, and well lets just say i was dying inside from that whole beginning, even from the minisode when Rory stormed out of the house, i was in panic! “what’s wrong with them!”. as the ep. went on i was really worried, and i felt kinda like the Doctor, trying to figure out what was wrong with them, because really, i love Rory too much, to see him heart broken for too long just kills me.

after Amy lost her bracelet and went under reconstruction i had a horrible pit in my stomach that Moffat would have killed her, but thankfully it was all under control. i can’t even begin to express my happiness when the two made up! so sweet! when the Doctor showed back up to see the two of them together i was half expecting him to throw out the usual, “how do you two breathe?” line. i’m super excited to see how the two of them get along in the rest of the series!

Now that i have vented my happy thoughts about things that are mostly resolved, let’s venture to the insane part of the story.

Oswin.

So if any of you have been even slightly keeping tabs on Doctor Who in the off season, you’ve noticed the new companion, Jenna-Louise Coleman, now how on earth (even though it’s not) is she in the situation she’s in?  being a Dalek, or so it seems.

i have a few different ideas on the answer to this. they say she’s a dalek, BUT daleks don’t have emotions like the Oswin-dalek showed… i don’t think she’s a dalek at all, or if she is, she’s still being changed, slowly emotions are being pulled out of her, to make room for hate (or maybe she’s in the asylum because they can’t pull all of the emotions out of her…). i don’t actually have a specific answer to what she is, but i have some ideas. lets see, first one.

Firstly, did any of you notice that her crashed ship looked like the inside of a dalek’s head? the eye hole, the dome. so maybe she’s a miniature person in a machine much like the one that saved the Doctor from actually dying, it’s far fetched, and probably not what’s going on, but it could be possible…

Secondly,she may not be a dalek in shape, but maybe they attached her to some sort of bonkers brain thing that sends her consciousness into the body of a dalek, (kinda like the movie Avatar) maybe she’s in a coma sort of thing hidden on the planet or even on another planet simply controlling the dalek.

and thirdly, my final idea is that she could be the security system for the asylum. she can hack into the very complicated and difficult dalek equipment, she uses all the system like it’s nothing, erasing information about the Doctor from all the dalek’s memory might even dare to show that she’s an even bigger security system/ computer for all the daleks.

they’re all pretty rough ideas, but all somewhat possible. she may even be a shipwrecked person who was actually a genius that the tried to turn into a dalek, and since the daleks have no need for other emotions other than hate, maybe the scavenging security system snagged the rest of Oswin’s consciousness and tried using it to make the system better, but Oswin overpowered it and unknowingly, became the new system.

another note. the daleks were sacred of her, which might not mean she’s a dalek at all, they feared her, they said that something not dalek was in there. i think there’s a pretty big possibility that she’s still alive and quite human, (cause i don’t think that the Doctor is going to have a dalek as his companion for the season.)

also, last i heard daleks don’t really seem to be the type to like classical music (especially if the Doctor was in it, even if it was just the triangle).

i’m very excited to see what happens with this situation, Moffat is absolutely brilliant! i know that eventually it will all get resolved, but who says that we can’t guess and drive ourselves insane with ideas of what in the universe is going on. 🙂 please feel free to say any ideas you have or any thoughts about mine, comment and even share if you like.  cheers!