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!

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Little Crafty Me. (Just something about Doctor Who that isn’t about the parting of Matt Smith)

I like to call myself a rather crafty individual. Most of the things I make have to deal with some fandom or another. So I decided to post a few Whovian things I’ve done. 🙂 Don’t really know why other than I’m bored, I have a webcam and I’m at home with nothing else to do (actually I could be doing a lot of things right now, I just don’t want to.)

Say hello to Mr. Dalek, he’s a friendly fellow, he invaded my house at Christmas time. No I didn’t make him, but the thing behind him is a half finished project for a Sherlockian craft I’m working on at the moment.

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This little girly isn’t finished either… (gosh I need to get something done around here!) but she’s a TARDIS box that is currently containing very random objects inside of it…

and the other thing in the picture is my too tall fez. but still my fez, after all fezzes are cool. 🙂

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A TARDIS I can have close to my heart

But speaking of the TARDIS (this one is complete) I made a little necklace myself. Love it so much! a very good conversation starter.

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A Time Lord even needs to know what time it right? well it’s Baker Troughton’o’clock

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Oh and I made a few books marks.

and a few snowflakes….

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And Christmas was a very nerdy one this year. The first is Pond themed, then Adipose, Dalek, Ood, Eleven, Angels (my fav!), The Silence, Rose (Doomsday, yes I went there) and the TARDIS.

Yeah…. that’s all. I love making things! I can’t help myself!

The Rings of Akhaten

Hello! I’m here, I’m back and I’m writing!  (thanks for waiting!)

Now I get to finally talk about this episode! 😀 so here we go!

Since I’m in a bit of a hurry, and I promised that this blog would be out before the next episode, I’m not going to take notes, instead I have the show opened up in another window,  so I will watch, pause, blog, repeat. 🙂 let’s hope this sucker is coherent!

*presses play button*

LEAF!! told ya! told ya! I knew it would be in here! the one from the book! oh squee! (although, I did get it wrong, thinking that she got the leaf from this planet. they wrote a better answer, more sentimental. good. I like it. 🙂 I approve. )
I absolutely loved the scenes where the Doctor watched Clara grow up, meeting her parents! daww!
having watched this episode once before, It’s interesting how when Clara’s father is talking to his lovely lady about the most important leaf in human history, it sounds a lot like what the Doctor was telling the Queen of Years when he starts talking about how she is unique in the universe. something special, a little nugget.

Another thing, super sad moment, the death of Clara’s mother, Ellie Ravenwood, I’m writing this down for my sake as much as yours, (dates are important to me) she was born September 11, 1960 (three years before Doctor Who first aired) and she died March 5, 2005 (the year of the, for lack of better words, “New Who” (although I consider it all the same show))

“She’s not possible.” – The Doctor
I have an idea, what if, the Doctor hadn’t met Clara at that exact moment in that exact time, and exact place, maybe she wouldn’t have existed three different times as one person. what if the reason Clara is the way she is is because of the adventures and happenings of traveling with the Doctor, after all, he seems to be looking at time as a strict progression of cause to effect. But actually from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint it’s more like a big ball of wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey… stuff. does he remember this?

Clara could be another life somewhat like River, backwards/ wibbly-wobbly and crazy. I guess we’ll have to wait and see. But I think it’s the Doctor’s fault in the first place that Clara is the way she is.

Anyway to the Rings!
It was the first time we’ve seen an alien planet in a long while! quite refreshing! 🙂 It felt a bit like starwars though. 🙂 all the strange noises, the humanoid aliens and funny a names, still loved it though! did anyone else notice the mixed alien? there was one alien, the one that Clara ran into while she was chasing the Doctor around the corner. the creature had the face of the monster from “Love & Monsters” in series 2 (my least favorite episode ever), it was wearing a green things infront of it’s mouth that was what the Hath from “The Doctor’s Daughter” in series 3, and it had a bit of “Ood noodle” strings coming out from underneath.
there’s a reference to the three companions in one alien. interesting and just fun. 🙂
(and the Ultramanta made noises like the Cyberman. hmm)

I loved how the Doctor mentioned his granddaughter! ❤ sadly, I haven’t seen hardly any of the first Doctor, but I would love to see the old take on the planet and creatures, and the similarities between the two.

Much later in the episode, when the three are in the holy area with the sleeping vampire/alarm clock/ ugly thing, the Doctor tells the story to Mary about how she is special, and the only one, Clara seemed to notice that it was something a lot of what her parents probably told her a lot, which would lead to why she asked him later if he was there at her mother’s funeral.

(the Vigil are absolutely creepy! ish! right up there with the Silence for me. to much whispering. ick)

I’ve seen a few things here and there about this episode being “the worst episode ever” but I don’t think it is. it’s not as much about the adventure as it is about learning more about the Doctor, we get to hear him say his rules, if you well, Never walk away. When you have something precious run, run until you’re out of the shadow.
we’re learning about the Doctor, it’s a very sentimental episode. it’s about history, setting the stage. I mean goodness he even mentioned his granddaughter!
This episode is about the people, not the adventure.

“Okay then. That’s what I’ll do. I’ll tell you a story. Can you hear them? All these people who lived in terror of you and your judgment. All these people whose ancestors devoted themselves, sacrificed themselves to you. Can you hear them singing? Oh you like to think you’re a god. But you’re not a god. You’re just a parasite. Eat now with jealousy and envy and longing for the lives of others. You feed on them. On the memory of love and loss and birth and death and joy and sorrow, so… so come on then. Take mine. Take my memories. But I hope you’re got a big a big appetite. Because I’ve lived a long life. And I’ve seen a few things. I walked away from the last great Time War. I marked the passing of the Time Lords. I saw the birth of the universe and watched as time ran out, moment by moment, until nothing remained. No time, no space. Just me! I walked in universes where the laws of physics were devised by the mind of a madman! And I watched universes freeze and creation burn! I have seen things you wouldn’t believe! I have lost things you will never understand! And I know things, secrets that must never be told, knowledge that must never be spoken! Knowledge that will make parasite gods blaze! So come on then! Take it! Take it all, baby! Have it! You have it all!”

This was definitely a favorite part of mine. It was very precious, it made my mind flash back to all the companions before, the love, the loss. this part made the Doctor personal. he’s always just a mad man in a blue box who lives in a protective bubble of distracting adventures. but we got to see him just for a little bit here. it was wonderful!

I also really liked what Clara said later to the Doctor,

Well whoever she was, I’m not her. Okay? If you want me to travel with you that’s fine. But as me. I’m not a bargain basement stand-in for someone else. I’m not going to compete with a ghost.

Very well said. of course at the beginning we all think of the other Claras and Oswins, but she she talks about not competing with a ghost my mind instantly shot to Rose.
This time with Clara right after the Ponds could have easily become a sort of Rose and Martha thing, where the Doctor is so sad about losing Rose that he doesn’t even notice Martha. He could easily do that with the Ponds and Clara, bumbling along being sad that the Ponds are gone.
I’m glad Clara set him straight. I mean I’m pretty sure that the Doctor wouldn’t do that, but still, there’s a risk.

I really really enjoyed this episode! It was sweet, refreshing, and very feely.

Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed the episode as much as I have. 🙂 I would love feed back and thoughts.
What are your thoughts about this episode? Good? Bad? Love to hear it!

Cheers!

The Bells of St. John

Hello! Happy Easter to all!

Let me just tell you, I am so glad to have Doctor Who back! I’ve missed it ever so much!

I really enjoyed The Bells of St John, it was a nice start for the show again. It wasn’t as spectacular, in my opinion as some other episodes, but it was like an introduction for the rest of the series, “Here’s Clara. Here is how the two get along. Here is a potential big bad guy! Have fun!”
After watching it I was a little bummed, maybe because I watched too many of the small clips before the episode came out or because really, not that much happened. But after the episode I started thinking about it, and that’s when the I started getting really excited! It was like a small meal that’s really not that filling at first, but afterwards, you sit down and do something else and you start to get really really full as time goes on. that’s what happened to me. so let me begin to tell you what I saw and thought about for this episode.

To start things off, hmm, starting is always so awkward for me… so I’m jumping in! Geronimo!

I’m going to start in the year 1207 (since I didn’t really see anything to point out for the very beginning, although it was quite creepy).
“The bells of St. John are ringing.” I liked the little code message for the TARDIS, but why would the Doctor has set up a code with the monks about the phone ringing when he knew that the phone never rang? maybe the poor monk who heard the phone ringing didn’t know what else to call it or the code was simply a panic phrase for if anything with the TARDIS went wrong.
When the Doctor heard the phone ringing he said that is never happens, which is true, because the only other time was in The Empty Child, and that was seven years ago, and even more for him.
Interesting that Clara would be on the other end of the phone, other than for the convenience of the show, how could Clara call him? maybe the TARDIS pulled it out from the time vortex since she would have known that the Doctor was looking for Clara. Or was it fate? in the same way that Wilf was always able to contact the tenth Doctor, will Clara be the eleventh Doctor’s bane like Wilf was to Ten?

Anyway, enough sounding like a soap opera. let’s look at Clara a little more, shall we? or at least the connections between her and the other episodes. We have (with the abbreviations I will give them for faster reference, The Asylum of the Daleks (AD), The Snowmen (TS) and The Bells of St. John (SJ).

The one thing in common with all of them is the line, “Run you clever boy, and remember.”  the color red, Clara always wears red, and of course Clara herself, but her names aren’t always the same.
I think the names are interesting, Clara and Oswin
The name Oswin seems to be connected to the computer techie bit about her. she called herself Oswin in AD and she made up the name while she was figuring out the location of the wi-fi signal.
Oswin = technology, computers, hacking.
While Clara is the name she used in TS and in SJ, just a good old fashioned name, but also in both of those episodes she is a nanny.
Clara = nanny.
I don’t think Oswald has any special things about it. yet….

Nina was also mentioned again. I wonder if we’ll ever meet this Nina….
and speaking of friends, did anyone else think that Angie looked a lot like Melody Pond before she regenerated into the Alex Kingston version? maybe there’s something there.
The book! It’s all over the internet, the book that was mentioned, “Summer Falls” written by Amelia Pond, “Chapter eleven is the best, I cried my eyes out.” hmm reference to Angels Take Manhattan? I think so.

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The phrase “run you clever boy and remember” almost seems to be following her around now. she wasn’t talking to the Doctor when she said it this last time. hmm. I’ll let that thought simmer for a few episodes.

Computer packages and splicing!
Did anyone else find it interesting that in order for Clara to be uploaded into the cloud she had to be computer savvy (hence where her cleverness came from for AD)? Why would the human mind have to be spliced and improved if the client/Great Intelligence was just going to consume them? There’s something bigger going on with that. But hey, good thing the needed Clara to be smarter or things might have been different for AD, in fact, AD might not have happened at all, since the classical music/Oswin was what the daleks wanted to stop, and if there was no problem for the Doctor to solve, the Ponds would have never been brought back together and then they would have been miserable for the rest of their lives. So all thanks to Clara’s spliced computer savvy skills, the Ponds were able to live happily ever after to the end of their days. (*Sniffle* stop talking about the Ponds, Anna, you went too far. change the subject)

But speaking of the Ponds and changing, the Doctor is doing rather well adjusting to life and moving on. Although it was really rather sad when he dropped the tweed jacket and went for the purple one instead, as well as wearing the fez for only a few moments and eventually getting rid of it. He’s moving on and it’s sad to watch, but it’s good for him. But he still wears Amy’s reading glasses.

But moving on. The client. GI! Great Intelligence! I thought he was going to be gone for good after TS, but I guess I was wrong. Looks like we’ve got ourselves a long lasting bad guy…
I’m curious to see what’s going to happen with him. How did he survive so long? all the way from the Victorian era to current day. It seems like GI figured out how to control people more… but we’ll see how that goes along. I’m quite curious. and the Doctor doesn’t even know that GI is even existent any more!

Now skipping to the point where your father was violently killed (sorry wrong show *ahem*) when Clara was asleep and the Doctor was looking at the 101 Places to See book.
The Doctor starts setting up the flowers and the jammy dodgers for Clara (cutest thing ever!) he looks at the old book, and there in the first few pages is a leaf. and of course the Doctor being the Doctor he smells it and licks it, his face seems to say that the leaf is not in its original habitat, not just that it is inside of a house, but from a different planet.

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Look at what Clara is holding her hand, to me it looks a bit like a leaf… I’m not sure, but that’s the first thing I thought of. So if Clara has a leaf in her book that she doesn’t get until an adventure that happens in the future would that mean that the book is always constant? Like if she was only 7 and she looked at the book it might have all the things that it has in it now? I’m not sure, but something is funny with that leaf. The Doctor questioned it later in the show as well, she didn’t seem to know anything about it, thinking he was only talking about a page in the book, not an actual leaf…
I’m beginning to wonder if Clara is some sort of scar in the universe. After the universe was restarted with the crack and all that fun stuff in season 6 maybe things didn’t get fixed all the way, maybe Clara is a scar, explaining why she shows up in different times and places all over the universe.

Now for the last few things I have to say before you become completely bored of my rambling on.

The Doctor’s age. wasn’t he 2,000 years old the last time we saw him? but in this episode he was only 1,000. something’s a bit fishy there…

I love how the Doctor is so smitten with Clara, it’s the cutest thing to see Smith fumbling around even more because of a girl who calls his TARIDS  a “snogging booth”. 🙂 I cannot wait to watch that relationship grow and mature.
I also noticed a lot of similarities between Eleven and Clara and Ten and Rose.
They’re both smitten for each other,
they have both been on a motorbike together (or at least a moped)
they have also both dealt with a strange alien that wants to feed on human minds. (“feed me!”)
and UNIT.
There was also a small hint of Doomsday music that played when the puppet woman of GI was downloaded into the cloud. (and it was in a tall building)

Now, I know what I’m going to say next might offend some of the Ten/Rose shippers, but I really hope that Clara can be a Rose for Eleven, he needs her, and well, that would just be perfect! ❤

With that final note, thank you for reading this rather lengthy blog, I hope I gave you some ideas to think about, and I hope you enjoyed yourself. please feel free to comment and ask questions, I will be happy to answer them!