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I know there have probably been a few reviews written and you are all doctor who out I thought I would let you know what I thought. I am sorry it is a bit late, but have been really busy.

I (Well the whole family) had been looking forward to this for months ever since John Hurt was revealed as a Doctor at the end of “the name of the doctor”.  But I was worried that because of the amount of hype that it had received it wouldn’t meet my expectations. But I shouldn’t have worried.

I had some boxes that I wanted ticking prior to watching. Nod to classic series – ticked, Action – ticked, special effects – ticked, Time war – ticked, daleks – ticked. So I was satisfied.

From the start with the classic old titles, music and walking policeman you felt this was going something special.

Steven Moffat always had a difficult job to do, balance pleaseiing classic and modern doctor fans as well as pleasing those that havent seen doctor who before. And he think he managed it beutifully.  I have read some comments from people complaining that histtory was changed by having the doctor hide galfrey instead of destroying it. But if you think about it, history hasn’t changed. The John hurt and david tennant doctor will still think gallefrey was destroyed because they forgot the new event as soon as they went off in their respective Tardis’s. I thought it was a very clever move as it has taken the show in awhole new direction.

When Doctor Who first started many moons ago, the Doctor was running away from his home planet — first as a TARDIS-stealing criminal, then in exile, then running from his responsibilities to help govern there, and finally running away from the memory of having destroyed it. Now, he’s running back home.

There are plenty of shout-outs for “Whovians” young and old. From a distinct Fourth Doctor-like scarf appearing wrapped around a nerdy peripheral character, the prominence of old Who comrades U.N.I.T throughout the episode and a reprised Billie Piper’s role as an omniscient Rose/Bad Wolf helping to steer the War Doctor in the right direction, this is an episode that wants to celebrate 50 years as well as tell something brand new.

There were brilliant special affects and loads of action.  and more Daleks than you can count.

At the heart(s) of the episode, we have a simple tale of Doctor Who baddies The Zygons – shapeshifting monsters that can mimic people (and animals) around them but otherwise look like big, ugly suckers – breaking free from oil paintings in London’s National Gallery to take over the world. Meanwhile, Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor jumps through a time fissure to team up with David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor and save the day.

It’s not all fun and action though. Delivering on the epic saga side of the Time Lord’s story was the mysterious ‘War doctor’ (John Hurt) who was on the brink of carrying out the mass genocide that has dogged the Doctor ever since Christopher Eccleston walked out of the TARDIS in the regenerated show in 2005. The ruthless Doctor is given a chance to meet his future incarnations to see first-hand the consequences of his actions and how he will feel about them with the benefit of hindsight.

As for the assistants, Jenna Coleman’s Clara was touching and Billie Piper (Rose) was transfixing as the “Bad Wolf” Rose. But its a shame David Tennant’s doctor couldn’t see her.  But since it was the weapons “consciousness” maybe it could have took the form of other previous companion’s as well, for example Jack Harkness, Donna Noble or others, just a thought.

One of the highlights  for me, though was when the three Doctors came together, thanks to a time fissure and some fez throwing.  The manner in which John Hurt’s The War Doctor ripped the piss out of Ten and Eleven was relentless and glorious. The dialogue John Hurt got to play with in particular was fantastic. The line  “Are You Capable Of Speaking Without Flapping Your Hands About?” was one of many that had me in stiches.

But the funniest moment has to be when three versions of one of the cleverest characters in the universe forgot to check that the door that they were trapped behind wasn’t locked. Brilliant.

Tantalisingly, we were also given a surprise debut from new Doctor Peter Capaldi, his eyes flashing before us, that hinted at trouble to come.

But it was the last five minutes that stole the show for me as fourth Doctor Tom Baker made his appearance. Baker appeared as a “curator” telling Matt Smith’s Doctor to go and look for Gallifrey. His voice from the past was haunting and the exchange between Baker and Smith was very tender. And then seeing all the doctors at the end looking out proved too much for me and bought a tear to my eyes.

My Verdict, Well the whole familys verdict, it was absolutely brilliant :), what do you think?

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Over the weekend the family (me, wife and our son Oscar) watched Doctor Who.  As you know I am a huge fan of Doctor Who but now Oscar, who is only 6, loves doctor who too and now he keeps saying “When can I watch another Doctor who?”.

Until the revamp in 2005 Doctor Who was always Tom Baker for me.  I lost interest in it when Sylvester McCoy and Colin Baker were in the roles.  But had my interest renewed in 2005 when the series was reinvented with Christopher Eccleston as the Doctor. Ever since then I have been watching it religiously.

And now Oscar has started watching doctor who. He saw episode 10 of series 7 back in april 2013 and he was hooked straight away. When the series ended in May the first thing he said was “when can I watch another Doctor who?”. So we decided to catch up on the all the old doctor who from series 1 (2005). We have been watching the odd episode each weekend.

But last weekend we had a huge marathon session which we all enjoyed including Oscar. We watched most of series 4 (with David Tennant as the Doctor) and all the specials leading up to the regeneration into Matt Smith.  And now we are up to series 5 with Matt Smith and Oscar still wants more.

He just loves it, and he understand a lot for his age. He gets that the doctor is a time lord and is immortal because he can regenerate. He is transfixed. There are some things and some story lines he doesn’t understand, but then again there are some I don’t understand either :). I think Its amazing and shows the huge influence that doctor who has on every one. I mean there are not too many programs that the whole family can enjoy and will keep a 6-year-old and 43-year-old engrossed. can you think of any? And that’s whats so brilliant about Doctor who, its science fiction for everyone.

And its British.

We can’t wait till the 50th Anniversary special on the 23rd November this year. I know its only about 3 months away but we still have to keep putting up with Oscar asking “When can I watch another Doctor who?”.

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Here is my review of episode 13 (final episode of series 7) of Doctor who which was on BBC1 on Saturday 18th May 2013.  Please don’t read if you have not seen this episode, spoiler alert.

In the beginning of the episode, Clara is seen falling through time and space, and appearing near several of the past Doctors. She claims that she has been running throughout history in order to save him, and that he rarely hears her.

Madame Vastra and Jenny learn of a prophecy told by an insane man regarding the Doctor; in particular, he claims to have a “secret” about the Doctor. They hold a “conference call” to bring themselves, Strax, and Clara Oswald across time and space into a dream realm using special drugs , where they explain the prophecy relating to the planet Trenzalore. The consciousness of the deceased River Song, saved in the Great Library in “Forest of the Dead”, also joins them. While in the call, Vastra, Jenny, and Strax are attacked by Whisper Men, strange faceless creatures. Thinking quickly, River forces Strax, Vastra and Clara to wake up. Clara wakes up back in contemporary London to find the Doctor looking for her.

Clara quickly explains what she remembered to the Doctor, including the apparent deaths of his friends. The Doctor decides that they must go to Trenzalore to save them. As he fires up the TARDIS, the Doctor explains that the prophecy relates to his death, and Trenzalore will be the place he is buried, and is the one place he should not go. The Doctor plugs Clara into the TARDIS’ port, allowing it to access her memory of the coordinates. The TARDIS resists, unwilling to cross the Doctor’s timeline, but he manages to crash the ship onto the planet, ravaged by a giant war in the past and covered in gravestones. One of the stones looks like an enormous, monolithic effigy of the TARDIS. The Doctor points out that the structure is not a tombstone, rather it actually is the future TARDIS, dying and thus unable to control its transdimensional functions.

The Whisper Men appear to attack the duo. Clara notices the gravestone of River Song, something the Doctor calls “impossible”, due to her physical death at the Great Library. River appears to Clara, and tells her that although she can see her due to the conference link, the Doctor cannot. With River’s help, Clara suggests that the gravestone is actually a secret entrance. The Doctor accidentally reveals River to be his wife, and he and Clara crash through the stone. Elsewhere, Vastra and Strax find themselves outside the giant TARDIS, along with Jenny’s comatose body; Strax manages to revive Jenny before they are surrounded by Whisper Men. The Whisper Men are part of the Great Intelligence and are led by Dr. Simeon (“The Snowmen”); although he has died, he remains as a conduit for the Whisper Men, who can shift their appearance to look like him. While Clara and the Doctor are running through the telepathic fields of the dying TARDIS, Clara begins to remember the events of “Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS” through the telepathic link with the TARDIS. The duo soon arrive outside the giant TARDIS, where they are held along with his allies by Simeon and the Whisper Men.

Simeon demands the Doctor say his true name or else he would have the Whisper Men stop his friends’ hearts. The Doctor refuses but River Song appears at the last moment, having said his name and allowing the doors to open. Inside, a pulsating column of light sits where the console would normally be. The Doctor tells them that it is the scars of time travel that he has left on the universe. Simeon declares his intention to climb inside and undo the deeds of the Doctor’s past; though Simeon knows he will die, the act would destroy the Doctor. His entrance into the column sends the Doctor to collapse on the floor, as he is “dying all at once.” As the Great Intelligence disappears, Vastra, Jenny and Strax find that stars outside are going out, erased from existence by the new timeline. Jenny also disappears, and Strax denounces Vastra as “reptile scum,” forgetting that they are friends. Vastra is forced to kill him to save herself, and she runs back inside.

Clara’s knowledge about her existence deepens, and she realizes that if she also enters the timeline, she will be able to save the Doctor from Simeon’s meddling. River appears and tells her that she will not be able to come back, and the Doctor tells her not to go, but she decides to enter the timeline anyway. She calls to the Doctor, “Run, you clever boy. And remember me.” before she enters. The events from the episode cold opening play out, where she witnesses events from all of the previous incarnations of the Doctor and helping him along (including from “Asylum of the Daleks” and “The Snowmen”). Having saved the Doctor’s timeline (subsequently restoring Jenny and Strax along with the rest of the universe), she finds herself falling indefinitely and considers her role as the “impossible girl” done.

The Doctor is able to wake up, and he decides to rescue Clara by entering the column of light. River, who believes he cannot hear her, yells at him to not be so stupid and tries to slap him; however, he is able to catch her wrist. She sadly asks why he has been ignoring her, and he tells her that he does not know how to say goodbye to her. River says that she will only accept a goodbye spoken as if they will see each other again; the Doctor does this, and River fades away. The Doctor jumps into the timeline in an attempt to save Clara.

Clara falls into a cavernous place, and sees ghosts of the past Doctors race past her. The Doctor’s voice guides her to catch the leaf that was responsible for her life (“The Rings of Akhaten”) and helps her to find him as the space around them collapses. As they are about to leave, they spot one more figure nearby, whom Clara has never seen before. The Doctor reveals this is an incarnation that didn’t even hold the moniker of “the Doctor” due to his actions in life. He explains to Clara that his real name is not the point; he chose the name “the Doctor” and the name a person chooses is like a promise, and this unknown incarnation is “the one who broke the promise. He is my secret.” This unknown incarnation responds by defending his actions, stating he had “no choice” and that he did what he did “in the name of peace and sanity,” which the Eleventh acknowledges to be true but not “in the name of the Doctor.” The figure (John Hurt) turns to look at them, as the screen credits identify him as “The Doctor”.

Well, what can I say?

BRILLIANT :).

What a fantastic way to end this momentous series in the 50th year of Doctor Who. They certainly saved the best till last, but why oh why did we have to wait so long for a brilliant episode. Overall, it had everything that you could possibly want from a good episode of Doctor Who. It had brilliant effects, sadness, joy and action.

And at least we discovered why Clara was the impossible girl and it all made sense. It was a noble act to splinter herself into a million pieces across time and space for the Doctor. The Doctor’s kiss with River Song bought a tear to my eye as the doctor showed his true love for her.

It was an utterly fantastic episode and I was overwhelmed with joy at seeing all the doctors at the start. And seeing William Hartnell in “colour” and Clara talking to him was brilliantly done. It was really nice to see that the show’s long history has not been forgotten. I personally think the flashbacks were done really well.

And then there was the ending which made my jaw drop when John Hurt was introduced as the Doctor which will be probably be picked up in the 50th anniversary episode in November.  The question now is: who is John Hurt’s Doctor and what does he want?

But what did you think? Do you agree?

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Please don’t read if you have not seen Thor yet….Spoiler alert.

The other evening I finally got around to watching Thor. I missed it when it was on at the cinema and so have patiently waiting for it come out on DVD.

At the center of the story is The Mighty Thor, a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. As a result, Thor is banished to Earth where he is forced to live among humans. When the most dangerous villain of his world sends its darkest forces to invade Earth, Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero…..

At the beginning of the tale we are introduced to Thor (Chris Hemsworth), his dark-haired brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and their father Odin (Anthony Hopkins) who are gods of the norse world who have been at war with a race of Frost Giants.  Loki manipulates Thor into defying his father’s orders, who attacks the frost Giants and risks the peace. Odin is non to pleased and banishes Thor from Asgard to earth, without his enchanted hammer, Mjolnir, and powers.

On earth Thor, who is powerless, meets up with Jane (Natalie Portman), a young scientist who is investigating atmospheric disturbance with her team.  We have a lot of amusing moments between the two including when Thor announces  “This is great stuff!” and hurls a mug of coffee to the floor. “No more smashing!” scolds Jane.

Back in Asgard Odin is on his sick-bed and Loki has betrayed him by forging an alliance with the frost giants.  To stop Thor from returning he sends a giant monster robot to earth to eliminate him.  Clobbered, believed dead, Thor suddenly rears up on Main Street after his hammer returns to him.  Thor, none to pleased, returns to Asgard, just in time, to do with battle with Loki and save the day.

In between we are introduced to SHIELD again who will feature heavily in next years avengers film.

I was really looking forward to watching this movie but I was left a little bit disappointed.  Dont get me wrong I thought it was good, but not great. The effects are good and there’s plenty of action and explosions. But it felt (for me) like they just were just making a movie just to introduce character’s for next years Avengers movie. And as a result they tried to cram too much information in and in my opinion it was too long.  Another negative is that the film is very dark in some places and it was difficult to tell what was going on.

But apart from that it was a good watch and a good interpretation of Thor. What did you think?

I am really looking forward to the Avengers next year.  Click here  for a sneak peek at the trailer.

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Please don’t read if you have not seen final episode of Doctor who series 6 (2011)  yet….Spoiler alert.

The episode starts with time all mixed up. Time is stuck, it’s been 5:02 on 22 April for a long time. We see dinosaurs, Cars suspended from hot air balloons. Charles Dickens and Winston Churchill as the leader of the Roman empire riding back into London on his mammoth all in the same time line.  Winston Churchill starts to notice that the time is always the same and fetches the Soothsayer (the doctor) who has been held in the tower.  The doctor tells the story of how he endeavoured to find out who “The Silence” were and why they wanted him to die and then how time got all mixed up.

It is revealed that River figures out how to not kill the Doctor at the fixed point in time (Yes it was River in the spacesuit, who did kill the Doctor after her brainwashing at the hands of Madame Kovarian) which causes all of time to happen at once, as you are not allowed to change a fixed point in time (apparently).

The doctor and Winston Churchill then fight the silence and Amy blasts onto the scene with some army types.  They know about the problem with time and want to fix it. They have The silence imprisoned in water tanks. And we see Madam Kovarian tied to a chair and the return of River. And the eyepatches are revealed as “eye-drives” that enable the wearer to remember the Silence.  However the silence escape and all hell breaks loose. And to sort time out it is only the bringing of River and the Doctor together, ultimately in marriage, that can repair things. Which they do, of course, and all is well again. Time is repaired and the doctor is killed, or is he?

No of course the doctor doesn’t die, but how did he cheat death? Well he miniaturised himself and hid inside the Tessalator robot from Let’s Kill Hitler. And its the Tessalator robot that is shot. Wonderful stuff.

In between we are given a nice touching tribute to Brigadier Alastair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart (played by Nicholas Courtney who died this year) from UNIT who was with the doctor in the early “doctor who” days.  News of his death makes the Doctor realise that all things must pass.

So what did I think of this episode? Well, WOW I thought this episode was brilliant. Matt Smith, Arthur Darvill, Karen Gillan and Alex Kingston were all excellent in this episode.  I particularly liked the part when River drops in on Amy and Rory at the end and River quips  “Father dear, I think mummy might need another drink”  brilliant :). It was a great finale to what has been a really good series of doctor who.  It was witty, scary, emotional, crazy, surprising and action packed.  And not only does “The Wedding Of River Song”  pretty much aswered all the questions and tie almost everything up, but it also sort of reboots the show as now everybody thinks the doctor is dead.  I think things will be a bit different in the next series as the doctor tries to keep to the shadows.

However at the end of episode we are left with a new/old question…..

“The oldest question in the universe, hidden in plain sight.”

Doctor Who????

What did you think?

Doctor Who returns for the christmas special.  As soon as I have a trailer I will post it on my blog.

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