The Day of the Doctor

Hello my fellow dearest Whovians!

I come to you bringing an official blog post about an actual Doctor Who episode! (ha! that’s rare as of late)

So, I just finished watching the 50th with my mom. I don’t even know where to being on the amazingness of this whole special! it was brilliant, positively wonderful and was better than I had expected.

As usual, I took notes on the things I wanted to talk about,
but first off, how many of you went to go see it in 3D at the theater?  *waves hands around* I DID!
Wasn’t the beginning so cute! we had Strax and the Doctors being their cheeky selves. I loved it!

It all began at the school, we got to see the real Clara in her real life doing a normal thing, teaching. She was a teacher at the school where it all began 50 years ago, where Susan, the Doctor’s granddaughter, first went to school. Where two curious teachers followed her to the scrap shed and into the TARDIS beginning the first recorded adventure of the Doctor that we know about.
I thought that was a wonderful and beautiful nod to the very beginning.

“You got a call from your doctor.”
“Did he leave an address?”

Out with the gear and the Triumph (a pretty bike I must say) and into the TARDIS! *chills running down my spine for the transition through the doors*

Ok, I just really loved that scene alright?

Fast forward a bit, past the wonderful introduction to the Zygon infestation, and broken picture frames with missing people.

No, we’re going to stay a little bit there, the Brigadier’s daughter was back, which was brilliant and we got to see her daughter! AKA the personification of the Doctor Who Fandom.
The Gallifreyan picture was amazing in 3D! oh my gosh! how long is it going to take for us to figure out how to do that with out own pictures? I mean really? this needs to happen in my lifetime.
Ok, moving on.

The Time War

“No more” *now see my feels being torn out of my heart* 

We got to actually see the Time War! We’ve heard to much about it and we got a long good look at the heartbreaking devastation for ourselves, and we loved it (well, I did, speaking for myself).

It seemed to me like the Doctor is considered just as much of a madman as the Master was… I always knew he was a madman with a box, but when the TimeLords were talking about him in the HQ all I could think of was that they probably talked about the Master with the same amount of fear and annoyance as they do about the Doctor. That made me sad.

Now the Doctor walks alone with the most powerful weapon in the universe slung across his shoulder in a burlap sack whilst monologuing about the end of his race and sacrifice. Only to enter a broken down shack that I can’t help but wonder if that was something of his once upon a time… If you look closely at the things that are scattered around in the barn/shed they’re all farming things, plows, tires, cages, it’s a barn. A broken down barn in the middle of the dessert? Me thinks, some things have happened to the once red and healthy fields of grass in that part of Gallifrey. One can wonder…

Putting the barn mystery aside, we have more pressing matters to discus! Billie Piper!

GUYS! BILLIE PIPER! 

She did an amazing job! My goodness, I can’t even being to express how excited I was for this! Moffat earns a nice solid slow clap for the writing in of Billie in this episode. I mean, we all got Billie, we got our Rose, but we didn’t ruin any of the story that T. Davies wrote! I’m so happy that Rose wasn’t ruined into a all-powerful hero that has no emotion, or anything that would complicate/undersize the relationship between her and Ten.
I loved how Bad Wolf has become so enormous, it’s one of the biggest plots that gets mentioned throughout the whole show the most (how we salute thee Davies, Eccleston and Piper!)

It was Brilliant!

One of my favorite bits was when she broke the tension of the Time War hanging over War’s head with her adorable mockery and sarcasm. (I’ve been quoting around the house more than I will admit…)

“No more. No. More. Nooo more. nomore.” 

and then to the fez!

 A rather unexpected visitor, but most welcome, indeed.

Just a little something that threw us into 1562 England with the back story of  Queen Elizabeth I. We now have the complete tales of the Doctor and the Queen! yay! with a thing that goes “Ding” when there’s stuff as bonus.

I like to think that the Zygon/horse is the same one from “The Girl in The Fireplace” ya know, the horse that got into the TARDIS

just say’n…..

Okay, continuing

I’ll just pass by a quick notice about the Tenth Doctor’s age just for the record and reference for later perhaps? 904! that makes places him just before he regenerates into Smith, so he was near the end of his 10 life span… *sad* Ugh, I can’t stand to think that it was only a little bit later that  he started to become so dark and sad….

But back on track, I have more to say.

Did anyone else notice the music that played when the zygons were hiding as the statues? and when the pictures were broken? It was the Weeping Angel’s music. That was horrible frightening to me. For a moment I thought we were actually going to get angels instead of zygons, which would have been bad news… but I think we’ve had enough of them for a while *cries* Pond…
But still, the music foreshadowed the whole statue hiding situation very well, very clever Murray.

Chiny, Sand Shoes and Grandad

Now to talk about the three Doctors. Was this not the best thing ever?! I mean,  three. Doctors. all. together. I can’t even!

So much sass, and wonderful zkjvcbsdaljkvnanf!

what are you going to do? construct cabinets at them?

Now, I know that there is a lot to say about these three being together and the whole relationship between then and how unspeakably wonderful the whole thing was. And since we’ve all probably rolled over these three a thousand times– or at least to the point that everything I have to say about them has already been said at some point. So, I’ll spare you all the repetition and repetition. 😉 Unless you really want to know, perhaps I shall write a separate blog for that.

But I will say that one of my favorite scenes was when they were all in the Tower of London together trying to figure out how to open the unlocked door. The sonics and counting the children, oh my feels! T’was my favorite.

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Now for the things that caught my eye as I watched that I haven’t seen anyone else write about.

Remember in the black archive when Clara was in there with the Zygon /Brigadier’s daughter they passed by several items that were classified as dangerous and that they should never be put into public hands? Well they passed by a pair of red heals… my first thought is they might be Rivers…

red shoes yes?

and well.. what do you know? It seems I’m right!

River’s red shoes!

They are the same! Now I really want to know what exactly makes those shoes special… besides the fact that they’re super cute and well, they were owned by River… but who might have owned them first? are they alien? *dun dun DUN*

Either way, I thought it was something worth pointing out, a little reference to River in the special.

On the same note of River, Eleven seems to be taking on a few of her traits as time passes, (which is only logical since they’re married). Oh Eleven, you’re so cute, using the same words as your wifey, “What in the name of sanity are you doing?” he asked as the two Brigadier’s daughters argued about the fate of London with a bomb on the verge of exploding below their feet. Much like what our darling River asked when she spotted Eleven wearing the fez for the first time, “What in the name of sanity have you got on your head?” Aaannd also, John Hurt’s Doctor seems to have a love for the word as well, seeing how he did what he did in the name of “peace and sanity”.

Just saying…

As for sanity in the rest of the episode, well, I wasn’t sane I know that.

I mean, we had Ten and Rose/Bad Wolf in the same room, and despite the fact that they never noticed each other it still made my heart sing. Honestly, I’m glad they didn’t see each other, their story has been finished and it doesn’t need any tampering. I enjoyed how they handled that situation while still bringing, “Did you say Bad Wolf?” into the equation and making us all melt in our own tears.

But putting all that aside,

GALLIFREY! 

Gallifret Falls No More!

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I don’t even know how to begin this topic. I mean, Gallifrey isn’t in nonexistent ruins like we thought it has been for the past seven series! It’s still out there! Sure, it’s frozen in time and I’m sure that the residence won’t be very happy with the Doctor when it’s all over and the world is awoken again. Can you imagine the madness that will ensue when they wake up and find that everything has changed, the Time War is pretty much ancient  history and everything has changed. I mean, we’ll probably have a few seasons after finding Gallifrey of the Doctor trying to stop the Time Lords from taking everything over and causing a mess in the universe.

But other than that, Gallifrey is still out there! There is hope! We have hope! The Doctor has hope!

I’m so excited for the future of this show! I was already excited for Peter Capaldi to be taking the lead as the new Doctor but now that it’s about searching for something,  there’s no more aimless running and terrible pasts following him to haunt him and hurt him anymore, because the thing that hurt him the most is something that didn’t even happen!

Speaking of Doctors….

Tom Baker!

Once again, I don’t know how to express my joy during this scene. The Curator, he calls himself. When the name “Doctor” is retired, Curator’s got a nice ring to it. 😉 But he’ll always be the Doctor to us.

But Tom Baker! We got Tom Baker!

This scene made me giggle so much, it was beautiful.

Did anyone else notice when the two Doctors were talking, Baker mentioned that “You’ll encounter a few more [faces], a few old favorites.” Meaning that we actually saw 14 doctors! Why? Because the curating Doctor was a future regeneration that we haven’t met, well we have met him, once upon a time, but this new/old face is probably one that we won’t have any episodes on, but still, we saw a new Doctor face! *LOVE*

It warms my heart to think that a future regeneration of the Doctor went back to this time to give the Doctor more hope and encouragement to go find Gallifrey for himself.

Oh how it warmed my heart!

(now, I may or may not use this phrase in common conversation…. I mean, who nose… Who nose? Who, nose, Who knows, or who knows? I don’t.)

All in all I found this episode to be wonderful, heart warming, and heart braking, and everything wonderful wrapped in a Baker scarf.

Moffat, you really did a good one, my friend.

Thank you guys to waiting so patiently for this posting, and thanks for reading it! Have a wonderful December and I’ll see you all again, when the Christmas Special comes out and tears tears from our eyes and pulls our hearts out of our chests. Until then, have a good one!

Hide

November 25th 1974 11:04 PM

that’s a lot of fours…. okay… two of them– but there are two elevens as well.
“He will knock four times” is 11 going to leave soon?

*awkward pause*

HELLO! welcome to my blog! This week we’re featuring none other than the latest episode called “Hide”. I’ve taken a few notes and I’m ready to get started! let’s plug through this, shall we?

alrighty, November 25th 1974 at 11:04 PM. Ok I already kinda voiced my thoughts on the numbers, you can call me crazy (or maybe —  just kidding!) but hasn’t the number 11 been showing up a awful lot lately?

continuing on, did anyone else think at first that it was another episode about the Gelf? ya know, the aliens from The Unquiet Dead back in season one? when Emma walked into the doorway way I suddenly thought of the archway that the maid stood at letting the gelf through. another connection is that the woman who was able to contact the “ghost” was also a lot like the maid as well, both with unusual abilities, sort of psychic. and what did the first girl talk about? Bad Wolf! (there seem to be a lot of references to that as well.)

(I loved the bit about the toggle switches. 🙂 toggle is a good word, although I have never used it as a verb before. maybe I should try this sometime.)

Warning, a bit of Wholock is about to happen.
Alec Palmer worked at Baker St! hehe! and the Doctor drank milk.
ok. no more. if you get it, great, if you don’t, it’s from a BBC show called Sherlock, if you don’t know what that is, watch it. NOW.

There were quite a few cute and fun scenes in this episode, some of my favorites being when the Doctor dared Clara to go find the ghost.  everything was perfect!
another when the Doctor asked if Clara felt anything in the music room, she said no, and he replied with “Your pants are so on fire.”
and the moment when Clara realized that the Doctor had a big chin, when she was talking to Emma about love.

some questions now. why was the music room the heart of the house? I can’t think of any ideas, but it seems like there should be some good reason for that to be said…
Who was holding Clara’s hand when she blamed the Doctor for doing it while they were in the hall way? my first guess was the crooked creature, but that thing’s hand wouldn’t feel like the Doctor’s hand….  what else was in that room?
Lastly, what did Emma mean when she told Clara, “Don’t trust him, there’s a sliver of ice in his heart.” ?  Yes, we all know the Doctor isn’t always happy, but I wonder what the specific sliver of ice could be… his sad past?

On to the TARDIS!

This also has been seen a lot lately, the TARDIS doesn’t like Clara. It’s really quite fun! It’s nice to see the TARDIS with a bit of character, since most of the time she’s quiet and just acts like a vessel for travel. Ever since the episode when the TARDIS was finally able to be a person and share her thoughts I’ve always missed her and hoped that they would bring that sort of thing back around more often, and they have!
I wonder what makes Clara so disagreeable to the TARDIS? Possibly it’s the whole three different Claras at different times and places. Like she’s a nasty taste to the TARDIS’ soul, as though she were a strange kind of paradox, which we all know the ship can’t handle and doesn’t like to encounter.
If only the TARDIS could talk to the Doctor and tell him what she’s feeling. but why doesn’t she? she could talk to Clara and insult her just fine. ( 🙂 hehe which was fantatsic!)

now two are in the TARDIS going through the different times and ages, Clara starts to talk about how she thinks that to the Doctor we must all be like ghosts. I thought this conversation was interesting for a couple reasons, first one being because they were both having the same conversation, but they were thinking totally different things, Clara was thinking about herself and the people around her, all dying, time passing. while the Doctor was thinking more about her, where she may not actually be buried in the ground out there, or she could be out there several times over again.”You are the only mystery worth solving.” , she’s probably thinking of the whole human race, while he is thinking about her personally.
and the other reason I like this conversation is because being the sap that I am, I really like parts of stories that tell more about the characters as much as it tells about the adventures. I love learning about the depth of them and this opened up just a little more about both of them.

another thing about the TARIDS. when the Doctor was stuck in the pocket universe the TARDIS started making pinging noises. that seems to be a pretty rare occurrence. it looked to me as though the TARDIS suddenly changed her mind and decided that risking her life to save him was exactly the thing to do. but before that, she didn’t want anything to do with the pocket/echo universe.

 

The ending of this episode was perfect!
“Hold hands and don’t let go.” I guess that’s what you can call Doctor Who marriage advice, it’s few and far between, but when it’s there it’s pretty good (like in Angels Take Manhattan, one of my favorite things about it was how beautiful it made marriage (which of course is a beautiful thing).)
The ending his talk to Clara about “every lonely monster needs a companion”
methinks, he was talking more about his own life than about the two creatures he had just reunited, you can say he was talking about Rose as well, which is quite fitting, everything he says can be matched to Ten and Rose. (there seem to be a lot of references to Rose and Badwolf…)

 

well I hope you enjoyed this pile of jumbled thoughts and I would love to hear your own! feel free to give your own opinions, what do you think of all the references?

Cold War

The Cold War at the North Pole in 1983. deep below the ocean monsters lurk, Russians do drills, and the Doctor appears expecting Las Vegas.

Ice Warriors oh my!

This was a very fun episode. It seemed pretty quick, but maybe that was because I was enjoying myself. 🙂

Favorite Moments:
When Clara began to ask questions about speaking Russian.
and
When the everyone was out on the top of the sub and the Doctor made that positively wonderful grumpy face after the Russian captain laughed about catching a ride down to the South Pole. absolutely wonderful. 🙂

 

I don’t really have that much to blog about it since I didn’t really notice a whole lot of secret things that might show up later and come in handy to know.

There was one that stands out in my mind though, “I’m hungry like the wolf.”
hungry like the wolf? bad wolf? Rose? 50th anniversary? I mean, we all know she’s coming, but could this be a hint? could Bad Wolf be spread over more of the universe than what we saw in the first season? because when you think about it, all the Doctors and all their companions are jumping around time and space at the same time. they all go everywhere and every time all the time. History is always changing. things are always moving. it could be quite possible for Bad Wolf to be floating around still. just a thought.

 

OK. honestly now, I don’t really have anything to say. The episode was quite simple and just fun. we were introduced to the Ice Warriors. yay! now what? will they show up later? from what the Doctor said, it seems to me that Grand Marshall Skal-what’s-his-name won’t be forgetting his escape anytime soon, meaning that they could easily come back later on in the show.

With that being said, I would love to hear you thoughts on the episode, what you liked, what you didn’t, what might have caught your attention… ya know. 🙂

Sorry I didn’t have any more to say. I would love to hear you feedback. 🙂