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…
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.

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!