Sat, 27 April 2013
DOCTOR WHO TIN DOG PODCAST REVIEWS THE LATEST DOCTOR WHO EPISODE.
UPDATE TO FOLLOW
"Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS" will be the tenth episode of the seventh series of the British science-fiction drama Doctor Who. It will be broadcast on 27 April 2013, and will star Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor and Jenna-Louise Coleman as Clara Oswald. This episode was written by Stephen Thompson and is about an adventure in the TARDIS. The episode will also include three brothers from an intergalactic salvage crew, played by Ashley Walters, Mark Oliver, and Jahvel Hall.
Clara is lost in the depths of the TARDIS which is invaded by an intergalactic salvage crew who want to sell it for scrap, but the Doctor threatens to destroy the TARDIS by putting it in lock down and activating the self destruct if the salvage crew doesn't help him find Clara.
Lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat gave the concept of an episode discovering the centre of the TARDIS to writer Stephen Thompson. Thompson explained that this was because Moffat was "haunted" by the 1978 story The Invasion of Time, which was set on the TARDIS but used hastily-constructed sets. Thompson was also interested in mathematics and remarked, "anything involving multi-dimensional geometry gets me excited". Moffat left the rest of the story to be developed by Thompson.
The episode finished filming in September 2012 Guest star Ashley Walters was in trouble with the producers on the first day of filming when he tweeted a picture of himself in his costume in his trailer with the word "space". The picture was immediately removed.
Thu, 25 April 2013
DOCTOR WHO - TIN DOG PODCAST REVIEWS Destiny of the Doctors 3 - VENGEANCE OF THE STONES
Two RAF fighter jets are on a training flight over North East Scotland when one of them is plucked from the air and promptly disappears. UNIT are called in, and the Doctor and Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart are soon on the scene. They enlist the help of a local military officer - a young lieutenant by the name of Mike Yates.
The Doctor discovers a link to the recumbent stone circles that are plentiful in this part of Scotland. The stones are thousands of years old, and are soon revealed to hold a terrible secret. Then Mike Yates disappears, abducted by an alien race that has a grievance with humanity. Their intention is to harness the power of the stones in order to take their revenge. For the Doctor and the Brigadier, the race is now on to save their new friend Mike and the entire planet Earth.
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Richard Franklin (Mike Yates), Trevor Littledale (Garlin)
Sat, 20 April 2013
TIN DOG PODCAST REVIEWS HIDE
"Hide" is the ninth episode of the seventh series of the British science-fiction drama Doctor Who. It first aired on BBC One on 20 April 2013. It stars Matt Smithas the Eleventh Doctor and Jenna-Louise Coleman as Clara Oswald. This episode is based on ghosts and includes Jessica Raine playing a character called Emma Grayling and Dougray Scott in the role of a scientist named Professor Alec Palmer.
In 1974, Professor Alec Palmer and his assistant Emma Grayling collect photographic evidence of a ghost, known as the Witch of the Well, in the Caliburn mansion; Alec uses Emma's strong psychic powers to create an emotional connection that appears to summon the ghost. They are surprised by the arrival of the Doctor and Clara, claiming to be from military intelligence. The Doctor shows interest in the investigation after Clara points out that the ghost appears in the same position within each photograph. As they investigate, Clara finds that Emma has feelings for Alec but which are seemingly not reciprocated; at the same time, Emma warns Clara about sensing "a sliver of ice" within the Doctor's heart.
The Doctor and Clara find a location in the mansion which is noticeably colder than the rest of the house, and the group feels as if they are being watched. Suddenly, the house grows cold, and Clara feels something holding her hand; the two race back to where Alec and Emma are waiting to see Alec's equipment activating on its own accord. A thin black disc materializes in front of them, and Emma senses something crying "help me" through her psychic abilities before the disc vanishes and the house returns to normal.
The Doctor takes Clara in the TARDIS to examine the specific spot at several points during the Earth's history, and comes to the conclusion that there is a gateway to a pocket dimension there that is collapsing rapidly, and that someone - the person behind the ghost - is trapped within it. The Doctor asserts he cannot use the TARDIS as its energy would be drained as soon as it materialised, and instead helps to prepare a device to stimulate Emma's psychic abilities to open the gateway. He further constructs a tethered vest and means to pull him back across once he crosses over.
When the Doctor crosses over, he finds himself in a forested area, a small bit of land floating in a void. He meets Hila Tukurian, a time traveller and the woman stuck in the pocket dimension, who warns him that something else is there, following them. They race to the gateway, seeing an echo of the Caliburn house appear in the pocket dimension and try to barricade themselves from the creature to give them time to return. The Doctor insists Hila go first, and though she is successfully saved, the gateway closes due to Emma's exhaustion, leaving the Doctor trapped in the forest with the fast-moving creature. Drawn by the sound of the TARDIS' cloister bell, Clara races to the TARDIS, finding it locked. She pleads with the device to let them save the Doctor, and the TARDIS lets her in. The TARDIS briefly appears in the pocket universe, flying close to the ground to allow the Doctor to jump and hang onto it before the creature can grab him. The Doctor and the TARDIS safely reappear in the normal world.
As the Doctor and Clara prepare to leave, the Doctor tells Emma the real reason he stopped at this point was to ask Emma if she could sense anything unusual about Clara, but Emma reveals that there is nothing strange, but does reveal that Clara is, "more scared than she lets on". The Doctor offers Hila a lift to any other place in history, but as he discusses the matter with her he reveals that she is the future descendant of Emma, and the blood connection is what allowed Emma to open the gateway to rescue her. Further, he states that Hila is also the future descendant of Alec. Contemplating the bonds that love can create, the Doctor then realises that there is another entity within the Caliburn house. He implores Emma's help one last time to rescue the creature from the pocket dimension and reunite it with its mate.
The blue crystal is from Metebelis III; the Third Doctor (Jon Pertwee) had stolen a blue crystal from the planet in The Green Death and returned it in Planet of the Spiders. The Doctor mentions the Eye of Harmony, which was introduced in The Deadly Assassin.The Doctor puts on the orange spacesuit he wore originally in "The Impossible Planet" / "The Satan Pit" and wore on a number of occasions up to "The Waters of Mars". As in earlier episode Let's Kill Hitler, the TARDIS employs an emergency holographic service to communicate, though it did not previously broadcast this outside of its' control room.
Clara introduces herself and The Doctor as Ghostbusters. The Doctor recites in his dialogue the lyrics "Birds do it, bees do it, even educated fleas do it" from "Let's Do It, Let's Fall in Love" by Cole Porter.
Writer Neil Cross was a Doctor Who fan, but had never had the time to write an episode. Executive producer Caroline Skinner, who was new with the seventh series, knew him and offered to work his schedule around writing an episode; he was willing to do it. Executive producer and lead writer Steven Moffat was pleased to have Cross join, as he was a showrunner in his own right with Luther. Cross also wrote the seventh episode of the series, "The Rings of Akhaten", which he was invited to do after the producers enjoyed "Hide".
Cross wanted to write "a really old-fashioned scary episode of Doctor Who" targeted especially at children nine to twelve, which was how he remembered Doctor Who at that age. He aimed to show suspense and tension, as he felt it was more terrifying than "full-on shock horror blood and gore". Cross was inspired by The Quatermass Experiment and its sequels, and originally intended to have the Doctor meet Bernard Quatermass, though this was not possible due to copyright reasons. Cross was also inspired by Quatermass writer Nigel Kneale's The Stone Tape. The Crooked Man was something Cross said lurked in his imagination.
Cross wanted to tell the story with "a small cast and as few locations as possible". Jessica Raine was offered the part of Emma Grayling, and later said that she had not realised "what an institution Doctor Who is" until she arrived on set. She said it was produced very differently from her series Call the Midwife. Raine had also worked with Matt Smith before on a play. Cross said that Raine and co-guest star Dougray Scott were good at filling out their characters, as he found it difficult to fully "evoke the history of a quite complex relationship" between their characters with just the script. Subsequent to filming her appearance in this episode, Raine was cast as Doctor Who's original producer, Verity Lambert, in the anniversary special An Adventure in Space and Time.
"Hide" was the first episode Jenna-Louise Coleman filmed as Clara. Scenes were filmed in Margam Country Park in June 2012. Tyntesfield, a National Trust property near Bristol was used as the mansion. The scenes in the forest were filmed in a forest in Wales, with artificial mist. The Crooked Man's movements were done in reverse and then played forward, to give it an unnatural movement.
Broadcast and reception
The episode received positive reviews. Neela Debnath of The Independent praised how the episode blended a haunted house story with a science fiction tale, highlighting the twist at the end of "ugly aliens have feelings too". The Guardian reviewer Dan Martin said that it had "the hallmarks of an episode that will be discussed for years to come", including the guest stars and atmosphere. He praised the direction, but criticised some of the dialogue.
Daisy Bowie-Sall of The Daily Telegraph gave "Hide" four out of five stars. Radio Times reviewer Patrick Mulkern gave "Hide" a positive review, highlighting Smith's performance and the spookiness. While he praised Raine and Scott, he felt that Hila was "shortchanged", and also criticised the "love story" ending. The A.V. Club's Alasdair Wilkins gave the episode an A-, praising the way it changed direction and the subtle hints about the Doctor.
Morgan Jeffery of Digital Spy gave the story four out of five stars, writing that it flowed better than Cross' last episode, "The Rings of Akhaten", and allowed for the exploration of several themes. While he was positive towards the way the story was tied back to a time traveller, he felt that the ending was "perhaps less interesting than what's come before, simply because it feels more familiar", though it was still "solid". IGN's Mark Snow gave the episode a score of 8.4 out of 10. He praised the smaller scope and focus on character, but wrote "the left-field genre detour didn't completely convince, and felt jarringly underwhelming considering the spooky set-up, but at least it tried something unique". Jordan Farley of SFX gave "Hide" four out of five stars. Farley felt that the science fiction element left too many answers, but said that it excelled as a love story.
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Thu, 18 April 2013
DOCTOR WHO TIN DOG PODCAST REVIEWS COLD WAR
reprinted from wiki
"Cold War" is the ninth episode of the seventh series of the British science-fiction drama Doctor Who. It first aired on BBC One on 13 April 2013. The episode starsMatt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor and Jenna-Louise Coleman as Clara Oswald. It is the first TV episode to feature the Ice Warriors since the Third Doctor serial The Monster of Peladon in 1974.
The episode opens on a Soviet submarine sailing near the North Pole in 1983 during the Cold War. A nuclear weapons launch drill they are running is interrupted by Professor Grisenko. In the submarine's cargo hold a sailor prematurely begins to defrost a block of ice that Grisenko believes contains a frozen mammoth and is attacked.
The submarine begins sinking as the creature in the ice escapes and runs amok. The TARDIS materialises inside the submarine; Clara and the Doctor tumble out, believing that they are in Las Vegas. Although the sailors restrain them the Doctor convinces Captain Zhukov to maneuver the submarine to the side, landing it safely and preventing it from imploding. During this the TARDIS inexplicably dematerialises. The Doctor tells the captain and his crew that he and Clara are time travelers. They then encounter the escaped Ice Warrior, Grand Marshall Skaldak. The Doctor convinces them that they must be peaceful, but a frightened soldier shocks Skaldak with a cattle prod knocking him out cold. The chained Skaldak calls for his brothers to find him.
The Doctor convinces Captain Zhukov that someone must speak to Skaldak. The Captain insists but the Doctor refuses, saying that as an enemy soldier, Skaldak will not talk to him. Zhukov refuses to let the Doctor do it. As the only one who knows the Ice Warriors, the Doctor is too valuable to risk. Clara volunteers, and although reluctant, the Doctor allows her to go. She relays the Doctor's words to Skaldak but he knows that the Doctor is listening. After learning that he has been encased in the ice for 5000 years Skaldak laments the loss of his daughter and his people. Skaldak escapes from his armor, and stops broadcasting the signal to the other Ice Warriors, believing himself to be the only one of his kind left. The Doctor surmises that, thinking himself alone in the universe, Skaldak has nothing left to lose.
Skaldak manages to grab and kill three members of the crew. Having learnt of the ongoing Cold War and the mutually assured destruction, Skaldak plans to use the submarine's nuclear missiles to provoke a global thermonuclear war and destroy humanity as revenge for the humans attacking him, as under Martian code humanity as a whole has declared war on the Ice Warrior race. Reaching the bridge, he is able to connect himself to the sub's missile guidance systems and activate the missiles. The Doctor and Clara attempt to persuade Skaldak to show mercy when the sub is rocked by a tractor beam from above. The Ice Warrior's people have arrived over the site of the submarine's undersea grounding, and haul it to the surface.
Skaldak is beamed aboard the Ice Warriors spaceship, though the missile launch system is still active. Showing mercy, Skaldak deactives the missiles remotely. When the Doctor's sonic screwdriver informs him the TARDIS has reappeared, he informs Clara that it had "relocated" automatically as part of the H.A.D.S. (short for "Hostile Action Displacement System") at the South Pole. The Doctor sheepishly ask Zhukov for a lift.
The Ice Warriors were a well-known villain of the original Doctor Who series. They appeared alongside the Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton) in The Ice Warriors (1967) and The Seeds of Death (1969) and returned in the Third Doctor (Jon Pertwee) storiesThe Curse of Peladon (1972) and The Monster of Peladon (1974). Showrunner Steven Moffat had originally been hesitant to bring back the Ice Warriors, worrying that they were seen as "the default condition for what people thought of as rubbish Doctor Whomonsters — things that moved very, very slowly and spoke in a way that meant you couldn't hear a word they said." Writer Mark Gatiss, however, was a fan of the Ice Warriors' stories and had been campaigning to bring them back. In a phone conversation with Moffat that was originally supposed to be about their show Sherlock, Gatiss pitched new and "very clever ideas" of what to do with the Ice Warriors, and Moffat agreed. What sold Moffat were the submarine setting and seeing what the Ice Warriors looked like underneath their suits. Gatiss felt that the Ice Warriors had a lot of gaps in their timeline and had not been featured in a while, which allowed a lot of room to explore them.
The submarine was Gatiss's idea; he felt that Doctor Who called out to be set on a submarine. Executive producer Caroline Skinner described the story as "Letting a huge Ice Warrior loose at the heart of a classic Hunt For Red October style submarine movie." Gatiss chose the time period because he was "kind of obsessed" with the Cold War, and felt that there were several times in the 1980s where the danger was close. Gatiss also described "Cold War" as a "love-letter" to the base-under-siege stories that were common during Troughton's time; the episode even contains a reference to Troughton's The Krotons, which was the last time the TARDIS' HADS had been mentioned.
The read-through for "Cold War" took place on 6 June 2012, with filming beginning on 13 June. For the submarine setting, the cast would be sprayed in between every take. The scenes in which the characters are drenched in water were achieved by constantly pouring "gallons and gallons of water" on the cast. Coleman found the experience fun, while Smith said that it made acting easier.Coleman said, "The whole make-up process was reversed as they would damp us down in the morning and rub my mascara off!" For the shots of the submarine in the ocean, a model was used. It was suspended upside-down with "shredded feathers" blown at it to give the effect of being under the sea. Unlike some other returning monsters, the Ice Warriors were not heavily redesigned. Gatiss insisted upon keeping the fundamentals of the original and Moffat explained that the original design was not well-known enough to put a new spin on it, and so Skaldak's shell is just a "super-version of the original". Of the original design, Millennium FX's Neill Gorton said, "My problem with the old ones is they had Lego hands and weird, spindly arms but a bulky body and these strange saddlebag hips, almost feminine. They had fur sticking out everywhere. So all of that together didn't suggest "ice warriors." They should be much beefier and stronger. We gave it more of a bodybuilder physique, changed the hands and styled the body to make it look more like armour-plating, even though it's reptilian." The costume was made of flexible urethane rubber instead of the fibreglass like the original, as it would damage less easily and be more comfortable to wear. The costume was made to specially fit Spencer Wilding. Though only some of the Skaldak's real appearance was shown on-screen, Gorton stated that they created a full animatronic body.
Broadcast and reception
"Cold War" was first broadcast in the United Kingdom on BBC One on 13 April 2013. Overnight ratings showed that 5.73 million viewers watched the episode live, a 28.8% audience share. The episode also received an Appreciation Index of 84.
The episode received generally positive reviews. Dan Martin of The Guardian wrote that "Cold War" was "easily the best of this new series so far, and Mark Gatiss's finest contribution yet." He praised the reinvention of the Ice Warrior and felt that the elements came together to form a "tense, tightly wound, claustrophobic but also full of heart." Zap2it's Geoff Berkshire said that "Cold War" was better than Gatiss' previous episodes "The Idiot's Lantern" and "Victory of the Daleks". He praised the guest cast, but wished "their characters had a bit more meat to them." The Independent reviewer Neela Debnath described the story as "slick and intelligent" with "cinematic aesthetics and tone."
Patrick Mulkern of Radio Times found an inconsistency with the TARDIS translation matrix, but overall was positive towards the acting, visual aspects, and story. The Daily Telegraph reviewer Gavin Fuller gave the episode four out of five stars, describing it as "finely crafted" and "thrilling." He praised the setting and the dialogue, but felt that the Russian characters were "perilously close to being ciphers." Digital Spy's Morgan Jeffery awarded the episode five out of five stars, saying that it was "fresh and exciting" but also had a "wonderfully old-school tone." He wrote that it had "one of the best guest casts to have graced Doctor Who since the show returned in 2005" and also praised the reintroduction of the Ice Warriors and the production values. Alasdair Wilkins of The A.V. Club gave "Cold War" a grade of A, highlighting the tense atmosphere, the "bold new direction" taken with the Ice Warriors, the guest performances, and Clara's importance.
Russell Lewin of SFX gave "Cold War" four out of five stars, praising the set and direction as well as the Ice Warrior. On the other hand, Lewin noted that, as a base-under-siege story, it did not play with the narrative form or "go anywhere we couldn't have predicted," with the exception of the Ice Warrior breaking out of its suit. IGN's Mark Snow gave the episode a rating of 8.3 out of 10. Snow praised the reintroduction of the Ice Warriors and called Skaldak "the show's most memorable villain in a while, thanks to his stern, occasionally psychopathic approach to problem solving, and an environment that helped make the bulky, heavy creature design imposing rather than laughably naff." However, he felt that some of Skaldak's effects were "laughably rubbery" and that his motivations were "psychotically random."
Wed, 17 April 2013
They call him The Pugilist.
It is the dawn of a new century and a vigilante is on the loose. The scourge of the criminal underclass. The saviour of the virtuous and the protector of the weak. The police are baffled, the public enamoured… but Professor George Litefoot and Henry Gordon Jago are on the case. Or at least they will be when they've finished their beer.
What is the source of The Pugilist's spectacular supernatural powers? Is he alone in his noble quest? And what is his connection to the spate of corpses discovered around London?
As they descend further into a nefarious netherworld, the infernal investigators may be out of their depth. They're going to need help if they're to get out of this alive. The help of an old friend and his new assistant. The help… of the Doctor and Romana.
Written By: John Dorney
Tom Baker (The Doctor), Mary Tamm (Romana), Trevor Baxter (Professor George Litefoot), Christopher Benjamin (Henry Gordon Jago), Mark Goldthorp (Bobby Stamford), Rosanna Miles (Mary Brown), Ben Bishop (Stone), Adrian Lukis (Harvey Marsh)
Tue, 16 April 2013
Following the events of "The Bells of Saint John", the Doctor decides to learn more about his new companion Clara and travels into her past to observe her. He finds her parents met by a chance encounter caused by a gust of wind blowing a leaf into her father's face and then later discovers that her mother died while Clara was a teenager. The Doctor takes theTARDIS back to the present and collects Clara as previously arranged. He asks her where she would like to go and she requests to be shown "something awesome".
The Doctor takes Clara to the Rings of Akhaten. There they observe a series of planetoidsorbiting a planet, with a shining pyramid on one of them. The Doctor takes Clara to a giant alien marketplace and introduces her to several aliens, including a merchant named Dor'een who attempts to rent them a space bike. The Doctor explains that the market doesn't use hard currency but rather trades in items of sentimental value. Clara becomes separated from the Doctor and encounters a little girl who appears to be running and hiding. Clara catches up to her and she explains that her name is Merry Gejelh, and that she is the Queen of Years. Merry tells Clara that she is hiding because she is supposed to sing a song at a ceremony and she is afraid to get it wrong. Clara reassures her and Merry heads to the ceremony.
The Doctor and Clara attend the ceremony, where The Doctor explains that since the Rings were settled there has been a constant song sung to keep an angry god asleep. The people fear that the god, which they call Grandfather, will awaken and consume the entire universe if the song is ever interrupted. Merry begins singing, joined by a chorister at the pyramid. During the song, a mummy in a glass case at the pyramid begins to awaken. Merry panics, believing she made a mistake in the song. A beam of light from the pyramid envelopes her and she is pulled toward the pyramid and the mummy. The Doctor and Clara quickly find Dor'een and rent the space bike using Clara's mother's ring as payment. They ride the bike to the pyramid where they find the mummy struggling to escape the case and consume Merry's soul. The Doctor promises Merry that she doesn't have to sacrifice herself and that he will stop Grandfather. As they attempt to leave a group of creatures called the Vigil arrive and attempt to force Merry to sacrifice herself. The Doctor manages to hold the Vigil at bay long enough to let Clara and Merry escape from the throne room, but then the case shatters and the mummy breaks free. A ray of light strikes the planet, revealing that Grandfather is not the mummy, but rather Akhaten itself, a planet-sized parasitic creature.
Clara and Merry flee back to the ceremony and the Doctor faces the creature, realizing it feeds off of memories, stories, and feelings. He tries to overfeed it by offering the sum total of his Time Lord memories. This by itself is not enough to sate the creature, and Clara returns to help. She offers the creature the leaf that blew into her father's face on the day he met her mother. The leaf contains an infinite amount of untold potential that Clara's mother never saw because she died early. The creature, overwhelmed by the infinite potential it has consumed, implodes on itself and the planet and the Rings are saved.
The Doctor returns Clara to her home on the same day they left and gives her back her mother's ring. He tells her that all the creatures she saved wanted her to have it back. Suddenly Clara remembers seeing The Doctor at her mother's funeral and asks why he was there. He tells her that she reminds him of someone who died, and she rebukes him for using her as a replacement. He assures her that he was not replacing his friend, and Clara sets off home.
In "The Bells of Saint John", the Doctor finds a preserved leaf pressed between the pages of Clara's book, 101 Places to See. Clara enigmatically refers to it as "page one". The opening scene in "The Rings of Akhaten" explains this statement, showing how a mishap involving the leaf led to her parents' first meeting.
Writer Neil Cross was a Doctor Who fan, but had never had the time to write an episode. Executive producer Caroline Skinner, who was new with the seventh series, knew him and offered to work his schedule around writing an episode; he was willing to do it. Executive producer and lead writer Steven Moffat was pleased to have Cross join, as he was a showrunner in his own right with Luther. Cross had written the tenth episode of the series, "Hide", and was asked to write "The Rings of Akhaten" because the producers liked "Hide". Jenna-Louise Coleman named "The Rings of Akhaten" one of her favourites of the second half of the seventh series, as it was the first adventure for Clara which allowed the audience to watch the story "[begin] again".
The concept behind having the episode based around an alien planet occured to Moffat, Skinner, and producer Marcus Wilson when realising they had done big location pieces in the first half of the series with "A Town Called Mercy" and "The Angels Take Manhattan", but had none for the second half. They decided to do a story set in "a world created in our studios to make you really feel you're out there", rather than having the Doctor "promise unearthly wonders to his companions, and then get them trapped in an underground tunnel". As such, the episode was designed to allow the Doctor to actually show his new companion the wonders he had promised.The production team aimed to show "the best alien planet" on Doctor Who.
The read-through for "The Rings of Ahkaten" was held on 17 October 2012, with filming beginning the next week on 22 October.Director Farren Blackburn had previously worked on the programme in the 2011 Christmas special "The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe". According to Matt Smith, there were "between 50 and 60 prosthetic aliens" in a scene set in an alien market.Millennium FX's Neill Gorton remarked that he had "always wanted to do a scene like the Star Wars cantina" and had worked on different moulds in his spare time in case they could be used in the future, as making thirty different aliens would be out of the budget. Much of the episode was constructed around talks of what could be created with limited resources. For example, Cross recalled that producer Marcus Wilson called him and asked, "We've always wanted to have a speeder-bike like in The Return of the Jedi and we know how to do it inexpensively, so can you get one into the story?" To help establish the year at the beginning of the episode "Ghost Town" by The Specials is heard and the Doctor is seen reading a 1981 copy of The Beano.
Broadcast and reception
"The Rings of Akhaten" was first broadcast in the United Kingdom on BBC One on 6 April 2013. Overnight ratings showed that it was watched by 5.5 million viewers live. It received an Appreciation Index of 84.
The episode received positive to mixed reviews. Neela Debnath of The Independent called it "heart-warming" and felt that centering the episode around a child "adds something". She also praised the aesthetics and the caring nature of Clara's character. Zap2it's Geoff Berkshire shared similar sentiments, and also praised Emila Jones' performance. Both Debnath and Berkshire likened the storytelling to the Russell T Davies era (2005–2010). The Guardian reviewer Dan Martin described the story as "slight and straightforward [but] told it in broad and effective strokes" with "gorgeous" visuals. He particularly praised the emotional effectiveness of the ending, but felt that "The Mummy", although visually impressive, was "a little bit of a squib after all the build-up".
IGN's Mark Snow gave "The Rings of Akhaten" a rating of 7.2 out of 10. He wrote that Akhaten "felt like a fully formed world" but criticised the resolution and the Mummy's appearance. Gavin Fuller of The Daily Telegraph gave the episode three and a half out of five stars and called it "a mixed bag ... but still with enough elements of uniqueness to demonstrate, almost 50 years on, just why there is still nothing like Doctor Who on television". He wrote that the religion and singing was well-realised, but felt the "mind parasite" was too similar to the Great Intelligence which was featured the previous week, and also thought the many aliens "gave more than a hint of trying too hard and did not get things off to the best of starts".
Digital Spy reviewer Morgan Jeffery praised Clara and the monsters, but felt that after a good build-up the episode fell apart at its climax, which he felt was "far too fantastical". SFX reviewer Richard Edwards was more negative, giving the episode three stars out of five. He felt that the story had a lot of interesting ideas but then became standard. He also criticised the use of the sonic screwdriver and the Doctor's monologue, which he felt had been overused too much recently, but said that the episode was saved by Clara.Patrick Mulkern of Radio Times was also disappointed, saying that it "amounts to little more than series of events and has a more preposterous premise than usual". He ques
Mon, 15 April 2013
Following an emergency landing, the TARDIS arrives on a remote world orbiting a peculiar star – a pulsar which exerts an enormous gravitational force, strong enough to warp time.
On further exploration the Doctor and his friends, Jamie and Zoe, discover a human outpost on the planet surface, inhabited by scientists who are there to study an ancient city. The city is apparently abandoned, but the scientists are at a loss to explain what happened to its sophisticated alien architects.
The Doctor discovers that something dark, silent and deadly is also present on the world - and it is slowly closing in on the human intruders...
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Written By: Simon Guerrier
Frazer Hines (Jamie McCrimmon), Evie Dawnay (Sophie)
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Tue, 2 April 2013
"The Bells of Saint John" is the seventh episode of the seventh series of the British science-fiction drama Doctor Who. It premiered in the United Kingdom on 30 March 2013 as the first episode of the second half of the season. The episode starsMatt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor and Jenna-Louise Coleman as Clara Oswald. The plot line sees the Doctor finding Clara in present day London and fighting an enemy via the city's "Wi-Fi soup".
On 23 March 2013, BBC released a short prequel video to the episode, written bySteven Moffat. In the prequel, the Doctor is sitting at the swings of a children's playground when he meets a little girl. They talk about losing things, and the Doctor states that he has lost someone twice and he hopes he might be able to find her again. The girl tells him that, when she loses something, she goes to a quiet place for a think, and then can remember where she put it. As the girl leaves, the audience learns that her name is Clara Oswald.
Following recent events, the Doctor has begun contemplating the mystery surrounding Clara Oswin Oswald, who is referred to as "the woman who died twice", at a Cumbrian monastery in 1207. The monks soon bring forth news, telling him the "Bells of Saint John" are ringing. The Doctor quickly returns to his TARDIS(on which is the emblem of St John Ambulance) and realises the external phone is ringing, which it should not do. He answers and finds that on the other end is a young woman from 2013 in Ealing, London, who believes she has been put through to Wi-Fi tech support. Whilst helping her, she begins using the phrase "run you clever boy and remember" as a mnemonic for her Wi-Fi password. Recognising the same phrase from previous versions of Clara in "Asylum of the Daleks" and "The Snowmen", the Doctor realises who she is and departs for the future in his TARDIS.
Unbeknown to him, Clara has connected to a different Wi-Fi network labelled by alien-like symbols. The connection alerts a technician working under Miss Kizlet (Celia Imrie), who instructs him to send a "mobile server" to her address - a humanoid robot that can take the appearance of anyone taken from a person's memories. These are nicknamed 'Spoonheads' by the technicians because of a spoon-like antenna dish on the back of their head that they use to upload their victims to Kizlet's cloud storage. By the time the Doctor arrives, the Spoonhead has gained access to her house and begins downloading Clara's consciousness. The Doctor interrupts the operation and restores Clara, but his interference is noted by Miss Kizlet. He sends her a message and, after informing her 'client', she orders her agents to track down the Doctor and Clara.
When Clara recovers, the Doctor explains that someone is using the Wi-Fi networks to download and use human consciousnesses all over London for some unknown purpose; he also proves this by demonstrating that Clara has gained new-found computer skills due to her encounter. When Miss Kizlet's agents discover the pair, she orders the Wi-Fi network to be activated, causing the crew of a passenger jet to fall asleep and the lights of London to be put out. The plane descends towards the pair on a collision course and the Doctor drags Clara to the TARDIS. They park it in the rear of the aircraft and help to prevent the plane from crashing, while protecting the crew and passengers from the Wi-Fi - which allows them to awake - before departing.
The Doctor and Clara land the next morning and take a motorbike to a a café adjacent to St Paul's Cathedral. The Doctor is unable to find the base of operations for the Wi-Fi network from Clara's computer, but she offers to use her new skills to do so. The Doctor enters the café to get coffee when Miss Kizlet, using the various patrons in the café, taunts the Doctor and shows her abilities to control the London population. Meanwhile, Clara hacks the webcams used by the technicians and, using social media, discovers that the technicians work at The Shard. She tells this to the Doctor without realising that it is actually a Spoonhead, and her consciousness is uploaded before the real Doctor can stop it.
The Doctor, not wishing to lose her again, rides to the Shard on his motorbike, and uses its anti-gravity feature to scale the Shard, crashing into Miss Kizlet's office. She calmly explains she is doing the work of her client who needs the human consciousness for 'its' purposes and refuses to release the stored consciousnesses. The Doctor reveals that he is really the Spoonhead she sent to the cafe, being controlled by the real Doctor, who is still there. The Doctor downloads Miss Kizlet into the array of other consciousnesses, and then alters the obedience of her second-in-command to release all of them. Clara is restored to normal.
As UNIT forces rush in to secure the facility, Miss Kizlet explains to her client, the Great Intelligence, that she has failed him, and proceeds to do a "system reset"; she and all the other technicians are reverted to a mental state before they were part of the Great Intelligence's plan - with all considerably confused, though Miss Kizlet reverts back to her childhood.
The Doctor introduces himself properly to Clara in the TARDIS and offers to take her with him to any place in space or time. She rebuffs his request, though tells him to come back the next day as she may change her mind. He gladly agrees, and as she leaves, he decides it's time to unravel the mystery behind her.
Summer Falls, the book that Clara spots Artie reading, is written by "Amelia Williams", the married name of the Doctor's previous companion and mother-in-law Amy Pond; she had been a travel writer in the 21st century before being permanently sent back to the early 20th century, and becoming the editor of her daughter's detective novel/guidebook. The Doctor pulls out a fez, which was previously a plot point in "The Big Bang", and referenced several times thereafter. The Doctor at one point gives Clara a plate of Jammie Dodgers, in which he had shown an interest in the episode "Victory of the Daleks". The Doctor refers to a motorcycle that he rode in the "Anti-Gravity Olympics 2074"; the Anti-Gravity Olympics were also referenced in the opening moments of the 2006 episode "Tooth and Claw". The TARDIS' exterior public-use emergency telephone rang previously only in the Ninth Doctor episode, "The Empty Child", also written by Steven Moffat.
The "Doctor who?" line, having been used continually since the première episode, "An Unearthly Child", has had in-universe significance since "The Wedding of River Song". Each of Clara's three incarnations thus far have uttered it upon meeting the Doctor. The Great Intelligence makes its second appearance in a row after appearing in the preceding episode, "The Snowmen". From the Intelligence's perspective, more than a century has elapsed. During this time, the Intelligence has encountered the Second Doctor twice; once in 1935 (The Abominable Snowmen) and again 40 years later (The Web of Fear). It uses Dr Simeon's appearance to communicate.
Writer Steven Moffat described the premise as "the traditional 'Doctor Who' thing of taking something omnipresent in your life and making it sinister, if something did get in the Wi-Fi, we'd be kind of screwed. Nobody had really done it before, so I thought, 'It's time to get kids frightened of Wi-Fi!'". He denied that his intention was to give a warning about technology, but rather tell an adventure story about a "new way [for aliens] to invade" based on something viewers were familiar with. It was producer Marus Wilson who suggested that the episode be an "urban thriller", as the story would already be set in contemporary London to introduce Clara and the Wi-Fi monsters. Moffat compared the style to James Bond and The Bourne Identity. Moffat said that the episode was "an action roller coaster" rather than a story intended to be scary.
Despite being announced as the actress to portray the new companion, Jenna-Louise Coleman had first appeared as two different characters, called Oswin and Clara respectively, in "Asylum of the Daleks" and "The Snowmen", but "The Bells of Saint John" introduces the character who will be the Doctor's travelling companion. Coleman played each version of the character as individuals with "trust that there would be a payoff" to her mystery. Moffat described this version of Clara as "more real-world".Smith stated that Clara "reignites [the Doctor's] curiosity in the universe and gives him his mojo back".
The read-through for "The Bells of Saint John" took place on 19 September 2012 at Roath Lock. Filming began on 8 October. Some filming took place in London, at the Westminster Bridge and alongside the River Thames, with motorbike scenes at the London locations were filmed around 16 October 2012. "The Bells of Saint John" is the first Doctor Who episode to be directed by Colm McCarthy.
Broadcast and reception
"The Bells of Saint John" first aired in the United Kingdom on BBC One on 30 March 2013, and on the same date in the United States on BBC America and in Canada on Space. It aired a day later on 31 March in Australia on ABC1 and in South Africaon BBC Entertainment, and is due to air on 11 April 2013 on Prime in New Zealand.
"The Bells of Saint John" received positive reviews, but with several critics feeling underwhelmed by the story. Nick Setchfield of SFXgave the episode four and a half out of five stars. He was positive towards the visual style and the plot, as well as the performances of Smith, Coleman, and Imrie. Radio Times reviewer Patrick Mulkern was pleased that Coleman was playing Clara as a straightforward companion, and highlighted her chemistry with Smith. He described it as "a hugely enjoyable episode that revels in its modern London setting", praising the way its ideas were realised visually on-screen. MSN's Hilary Wardle gave "The Bells of Saint John" episode four out of five stars, noting that it moved at a fast pace and the plot was similar to "The Idiot's Lantern" (2006) but "very well done". She especially praised the chemistry between Smith and Coleman.
Ben Lawrence, writing in The Daily Telegraph, gave the episode four out of five stars, saying that it had much to "enthral" a present-day viewer and showed how Doctor Who was constantly reinventing itself. A similar statement was made by Euan Ferguson of The Observer, who also wrote that the episode was "splendid" with good villains, though he felt that the plot was "insanely complicated" and hard to understand. Digital Spy's Morgan Jeffery also rated "The Bells of Saint John" four stars, feeling that the threat "leaves a little to be desired" and the Spoonheads' physical appearance was not memorable. However, he said that "practically everything else here is wonderful", especially Clara's new characterisation. IGN reviewer Mark Snow rated the episode 8.2 out of 10. He praised the Wi-Fi concept but was underwhelmed by the Spoonheads, and felt that it was more low-key than it was promoted.
The A.V. Club's Aladair Wilkins gave "The Bells of Saint John" a grade of B, explaining that the plot suffered just as previous companion introductions had because the threat was secondary to establishing Clara. He also wrote that the episode "struggles to make all its chosen genre elements compelling" and was not positive towards the menace of the Wi-Fi and questioned how realistic the technology seen was. Despite this, he said that it was still "fun" with good performances. Dan Martin of The Guardian was disappointed, writing that it "makes a hearty meal of its iconic London locations ... But after the tour de force that was "The Snowmen", it feels as though this handsome episode constantly just misses the mark". He found the monsters and plot familiar to past episodes, but noted that a "generic" opening episode had been common for the show when it was introducing a new companion, which was done successfully with Clara. Neela Debnath in The Independent echoed similar sentiments, feeling that it did not live up to the hype and reused several elements from previous episodes. Jon Cooper of the Daily Mirror wrote that "The Bells of Saint John" "had its moments" but "as a whole it didn't reach the heights of previous episodes". While he welcomed the departure in tone, he felt that the set-pieces were shoehorned in, and also expressed concern that Clara, despite Coleman's success, was too similar to previous companion Amy Pond (Karen Gillan).