Sunday, 27 December 2015

Doctor Who- The Husbands of River Song review

Doctor Who at Christmas. There is nothing magical enough to beat it. This festive edition to the traditional specials have to be one of the best and most memorable.
One of the reasons why is that of the return of River Song- the wife to the Doctor and naughty archaeologist. 

It seems a perfect fit to see River change roles with the Doctor on an adventure that is both light, funny and exciting. It begins with a case of mistaken identity in that sweet Nardole thinks the Doctor of a surgeon, who River has sent for to help King Hydroflax.

Fandom was cheering as the 12th Doctor came face to face with River. Here is where the brilliant notion comes to fruition- the Doctor gets to see what River gets up to when he's not around.

It seems she is rather more naughty than we'd ever seen her! She married Hydroflax because he had a valuable diamond in his head that she wanted and then planned to saw off his head.
There is a new atmosphere when they interact with each other because River isn't trying to be the mysterious woman that the Doctor has been fascinated by. 

Alex Kingston has never played River better; there is so much fun, range to her delivery and a cool, sassy attitude that is infectious not to smirk at. River has never been so deliciously wicked as we find she has another husband- Ramone, who she doesn't mind smooching in front of the bemused Doctor.

The settings and atmosphere is full of warm oranges and sparkling snow that is absorbing on the screen.

Also, it was wonderful to see the Doctor laughing at being threatened by a bag. Peter Capaldi & Alex Kingston were delightful as they brought so much humour and versatility to their vocal tone and playful camaraderie. 

The Tardis scenes were electric and tense as the lighting was superbly done, with the shimmering flames and blue illuminations of the roundels. (Seeing that River had hidden alcohol in one of the roundels was hysterical!)

The character was Flemming was a marvelous guest to the story as he brought a slice of alien mischief.

Furthermore, Steven Moffat has continued to write beautiful dialogue for River and her rage at the Doctor not loving her rather mournful and beautiful use of describing the Doctor as the 'stars' and 'a sunset'.

But is the concluding scene, where the Doctor finally brings River to the Singing Towers of Dirillium. Everything about this last encounter is perfect; the glittering lights, costumes, Murray Gold's score being one of beauty and elegance, River's last words to the Doctor shows her vulnerability and hope that the Doctor will always be there.

Again, fandom is given another revelation, that this is when the Doctor gives River the sonic that we first saw in Silence of the Library. It was a moment of shock followed by an obvious time for that story to be rounded off.

With a sparkling chemistry between Capaldi and Kingston, funny supporting characters and a good old adventure story with a moving end, The Husbands of River Song is at the top of my favorite Christmas specials and Who episodes of all time!

Friday, 25 December 2015

Happy Christmas 2015 From!


A huge Happy Christmas from!

We hope you have a great few days, a great New Year, and a great time watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens (if you haven't seen it already!).

See you all in 2016! :D

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

New Forum for!

Hi guys & gals! I know I've been away for a very, very long time. Luckily the site has been updated every week or so by our lovely Winged Warrior with her great review posts, so thank you to her for that. I will be back soon hopefully, just a long-term side effect from illness that has interrupted my ability to blog! 

For now I've created a brand new & simple forum for everyone to use, away from your usual social media outlets, where you can chat about literally everything! Multiple categories for various topics are up, but if you want anything added specifically for your own geeky interests please let me know. I hope it's of use to some of you as much as the old forum used to be a few years ago. You can find it here:

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Agents of Shield Episode 10 'Maveth' review

The winter finale provides unlimited tension, chills, gripping moments and character fueled choices that take the team in uncharted depths. Maveth is a stunning representation of how many ambitious decisions has provided within this series. 

The episode begins with an attempted attack on Ward by Fitz as he sees an opportunity to end him for good. It almost heightens the unpredictability that anything could happen to our beloved characters.

A cameo from Rosalind eventually pushes Coulson into waking up and he makes it his mission to save Fitz, but is this just a moral mask to hide his true agenda?
Back on Earth, Mack takes charge as Director with grace and an inspiring respect for his people.

Elsewhere, Simmons cleverly escapes which allows the story to bring Andrew back into the mix again, it seems strange seeing him now because he still has this honesty and warmth to him that I can still feel........ But then later on when May goes looking for him, we find a few dozen Inhuman bodies which dwindle those feelings quite a bit.

Each team member brings something to the rescue mission; Hunter and Bobbi provide the humour, Lincoln is all with the logic and Daisy sticks with the loyalty for her team. I could clearly see May is still not herself and the damage that Andrew has done to her is evident and really sad to see, but it's right- truth in her emotional damage and pain.

We dive back onto the alien planet where Fitz finally locates Will which many layers of drama and hidden feelings that I think Fitz has but he's a better man to not let them drive the situation. But of course, Ward arrives and sticks the knife right in which provides the tension.

There is a wonderful concoction that Will and Fitz create to get back through the portal and leave Ward and his soldiers behind. It's only when this happens that the disturbing shocks come blasting into the story.

Fitz finds that Will has been dead since he saved Jemma and the creature that Ward has been searching for has taken his form; the grotesque bones and muscles were truly horrible!

The tension builds as Mack orders May to blow the Hydra base if they don't get out before the portal closes. More so, the music composition provided chills and my heart was pounding when Coulson actively chose to murder Ward by crushing his chest; the crunching of Ward's bones was particularly horrific.

Then BOOM- the base is destroyed and we get that heart grinding wait to see who comes out of the pod. I loved the slow motion sequence as one by one the team came striding out with relief on their faces.

There is debate when Jemma runs over to the pod; is she looking for Fitz or Will. Personally, I think she was looking for both and when she didn't seen any of them she lost hope. But she turned round, saw Fitz, obviously relieved and thankful for his return.

We have a lasting shot of Fitz looking at Coulson at the scene he just witnessed- this man who has been his friend and leader has made the choice to murder Ward when he could have just let him to die on the alien planet.

Clearly, we are going to be seeing a completely different man and it's something that is very intriguing and disturbing.

Still, there is one last twist that the writers wedge into the concluding scene- Ward has now been overtaken by the creature that Fitz thought he killed. Wherever the rest of the season takes us, it's going to be epic, full of drama, tension and I think a lot of blood. Pray for your favourite characters lives!

Saturday, 5 December 2015

Doctor Who-Hell Bent review

I am boiling hot from jumping up and down too much, going crazy and geeking out to the maximum! 
Where to begin, well logically, let's start at the very beginning. The Doctor returns to the American Diner where we last saw him with the Ponds in the Impossible Astronaut. There he meets Clara, now before I saw the ending my theories were that this was another version of Clara who the Doctor had been outwardly seeking but no, it's the genuine article, except heartbroken... a lot.

Clara listens to his story and it starts on Gallifrey, where we revisit the barn where the Doctor slept as a boy in 'Listen' and returned in 'The Day of the Doctor'. At first I was unsure what the relationship was with the Doctor and the Time Lords, but then it became clear that the Doctor was angry at the High Council especially Rassilon who was expressively banished- quite right too! I liked seeing the soldiers lay down their weapons and side with the Doctor. Could this be a truce or peace?

After much discussion with the Time Lords and Sisterhood of Karn on the theories of the Hybrid, the Doctor's plan is revealed- he spent four and a half billion years so that he could access the Extraction Chamber and save Clara. This is an extremely powerful and determined Doctor who is not letting anything get in his way. Peter Capaldi is terrifying as he shoots the General and pulls Clara into the Cloister tombs- the biggest database in the universe. Daleks, Cybermen and Weeping Angels!

More so, I was so surprised to realise that Clara was actually Clara, and not a hologram or a dream extraction. However, she is stuck between one heartbeat and the next- no pulse so technically still dead. Jenna Coleman gives us her greatest performance- her shock and bewilderment that the Doctor would spend over four billion years saving her because he has a duty of care, to keep her safe was mesmerising and extraordinary!

This is not the Doctor, as Clara states, "What happened to the Doctor"? It seems the Doctor hasn't really thought his plan through, he's been so hell bent on saving Clara that he didn't know what would happen afterwards. He grabs a new Tardis (nostalgia kicks in with the sight of the 60's retro interior) and thinks that by travelling to the end of the universe will restart Clara's heart.

It was magical to see this new dynamic between the pair; Clara is afraid of this Doctor, he shouts and has become limitless and reckless like her, almost letting time fracture. Another brilliant scene is the reappearance of Me.

She throws her Hybrid theories to the Doctor and it's here that we are allowed to contemplate that the Hybrid is two people, possibly the Doctor and Clara- half-human and Time Lord. It's a really clever idea especially when Missy was brought into why she brought them together!

Additionally, there are so many beautiful scenes with the Doctor and Clara- when they both realise that one of them has to forget one another, it's the Doctor and the last thing he wants to see is Clara smile. There is another before this when the Doctor says that they could just fly away and Clara responds with, " God, yeah". You can see their yearning to just put their arms up and say to hell with the universe, but this is their sacrifice, letting each other go so that the Doctor can move on.

It was amazing to hear the Doctor playing Clara's theme and seeing Clara's story end- she gets to become the Doctor in a way; she has a Tardis, companion in Me, immortality and her destination is Gallifrey. I have more stories to write! Clara Oswald deserves to live the adventures she's dreamed of because she's made this mad man the Doctor again, complete with velvet jacket and NEW SONIC!

Utterly moving, suspenseful, mind-blowing, incredibly sad, heartwarming and epic conclusion to the Impossible Girl!  Run, run you clever boy and be a Doctor! We'll be right there with you Doctor! See you around Clara Oswald!

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Agents of Shield S3 E9 Closure review

Agents of Shield has come so far from that very first episode where it was clear the writers were holding their breaths and hoping that people would stick with the characters and stories within the Marvel universe.

'Closure' has to be one of my favorite episodes of the entire show. There were groundbreaking shocks; Ward murdering Rosalind in the most painful and sudden way, Coulson's hands now filled with her blood. Their peaceful dinner seemed too good to be true but I certainly wasn't expecting THAT!

This promotes Coulson's path for the entire story- taking down Ward after he puts it, he was the one who recruited him so everything that he has done is because of him. I don't think this is necessarily true because all Coulson ever did was make him a part of the family and Ward became a psychopath long before he met Coulson, but I see where his guilt is coming from, everyone aroun seems to die because they form a relationship with Coulson which Ward uses.

The ambition and intense unguided us through a thrilling component of exploring Ward's relationship with each of the original team members. I found this really refreshing and interesting, especially learning that Simmons liked Ward but knew that he was more interested in Skye was a comedic aspect in those dark scenes.

The story pumps into a find and destroy with Hunter and Bobbi being brought along, Mack being made acting director which gave him the chance to take a step forward and give that impressive speech to the secret warriors.
Every character is exposed and I felt like anything could happen to them once the team found that FitzSimmons had been kidnapped by Malick. Hearing Simmons scream as she was being tortured was really painful particularly when I saw Fitz clearly screaming inside at not being able to help her. 

But he proves his absolute dedication and love for her by going through the portal to bring back the Hydra creature that Malick wants so much. As the plot comes to a climax, we get given another shock as Coulson descends through as well, his vengeful mentality proving to be his only motivation.

I think the hero out of all of the team members and super powered beings has to be Fitz, all he's ever wanted is to be with Simmons and then another man comes between them and because Simmons admits that she loves Will, Fitz makes that his main priority to get him back for her. He is the true hero of this show and I pray that he does come back safe and alive. That one extraordinary line, "I don't think I'm strong enough to live in a world that doesn't have you in it", is truly stunning in how powerful and emotional it makes that scene so memorable.

This felt like a season finale level with every character given a crucial part in the plot, shocks that were utterly unpredictable and character moments that made me plead for the characters I love to survive and take down Ward for good, because I really hate this guy. 

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Doctor Who- Heaven Sent review

The Doctor is alone. But his bravery and wise words from Clara brings him home. Heaven Sent is luxuriously indulgent and absorbing. The visualization of the story is so artistic and creative; frozen flies, the Tardis lighting up and the Doctor underwater being only a minority of the many.

As the audience, we are given an introduction that is both intriguing and mystifying in seeing the Doctor really scared of this cloaked figure- the Veil. I found the lyrical narrative completely fascinating like melting cookie dough- soothing and delicious.

The plot leads to a really intricate crafting of timey-wimey loopholes that see the Doctor endlessly dying for billions of years, each time punching a hole through the azbantium which is blocking his way home.

I found this metaphor beautiful and definitely a perfect tool to seed into the explanation for the millions of skulls that were found. I can't even imagine how brutal and infinitely exhausting it must have been for the Doctor, and seeing his bloodied face and hands was very saddening.

Therefore, it's quite unpleasant to realise that that this was a cruel trap crafted by the Time Lords; the Doctor did save their entire planet in the only way to ensure their survival and they torture him like this. Murray Gold's score brought so much atmosphere that fitted each scene collectively. The harmonicas were so endearing and classical sound of the violins were beautiful.

The teasers about the Hybrid made that concluding revelation a spine-tingling moment where I gasped behind a cushion, my palms sweating and brain bouncing up and down at the sight of Gallifrey!

A spell-binding, tragic piece of storytelling from the magnificent Steven Moffat!

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Doctor Who- Face the Raven review

The story of Clara Oswald has turned its final page, and what a story she was! The impossible girl thought she was saving Rigsy when there was no need, it was all a mystery created by Ashildr to lure the Doctor into the trap street. 

So lets start there, the return of Rigsy sees him finding a strange tattoo on his neck that is counting down, a fake death sentence to entice the Doctor into finding out who had killed Anna, a new alien janus who has two heads.

I found it lovely to see that Rigsy has evolved and created a life for himself, a mature, loving father and husband. The story is an intelligent and fantastical driven notion of streets that house aliens that we don't know about.

The sequence of the Doctor, Clara and Rigsy walking the streets of London to find these hidden streets made the story feel more personal because I could imagine bumping into them in passing.

Everything about this episode screams creativity from its set design, costumes and the creation of some new aliens who make an immediately impact on human empathy. A particular awesome scene was when Clara almost fell out of the Tardis but loving the adrenaline and near death experience. An absolute representation of her addiction to the Doctor's lifestyle.

The trio splits up, trying to find who the real murderer is. This is what infuriated me about Ashildr, Rigsy never was going to die but she couldn't possibly believe that Clara would even think about facing the raven herself. 

There are some incredibly indulgent and witty lines from Clara,"Me and Jane Austen play pranks on each other, she is the worst I love her, take that how you like", a possible assumption to her fancy of the famous author.

Also, there is an atmosphere in this episode that is completely unique and new, I found it so magical and yet it felt so sci-fi at the same time. The fateful cliffhanger that befalls Clara, the Doctor looks on horrified as does Ashildr when they realise Clara now wears the quantum shade was daunting and terrifying.

Her fate is brought to a tragic and bound by a stupid mistake that she thought the Doctor would be able to fix her. A stupid and pointless mistake that costs Clara her life. What I loved about the emotionally draining conclusion is that she doesn't complain or fight but accepts that she needs to brave and face the raven. 

She does so with such courage and grace, her last gift to the Doctor is reminding him of who he is. Jenna Coleman has given us an impeccable performance once again with such heart and energy that I felt quite numb after watching the second time. A truly iconic summation of Clara Oswald- "I will die and no-one else will suffer".

For any fans who didn't like her because they thought she was too perfect, too like the Doctor then after this, know that there is no such thing a perfect human being but there is such a thing as extraordinary, and that's what Clara is and always will be- the Impossible Girl.

Doctor Who- Sleep No More review

Mark Gatiss helms a scary tale but it feels scattered and unsure of its objective. After watching Sleep No More, I felt very confused as to what had actually happened.
The story felt very disjointed in that I didn't feel like the story was layered enough or brought a plot that was uniquely interesting.

However, there are some wonderful unique elements that we have here. The decision to have the story from a found footage perspective was very ambitious and creative. It's purpose served the scariness of the Sandmen as they hovered in the dark and we got to feel like we were one of the characters, in direct contact with the Doctor and Clara.

Additionally, the angles and lighting was very creative in how the red/purple hues illuminated the characters only slightly to leave us wandering what could be hiding in the dark.

The Sandmen themselves were very creepy in their deficit in wanting only to digest and kill and with their stretched mouths, they were definitely gruesome. The Tardis duo have some great and funny lines with each other, especially the Doctor pondering why people put the word space in front of future technologies

The supporting characters didn't feel like they had much depth, layers or personality to them which made me feel distant from them and when they all eventually died, I have to admit I didn't really feel anything.

But the story idea of the Sandmen being sand dust and that their visual receptors are the mini cameras floating in the air makes for unusual but insightful ideas into what sleep means to us.

I thoroughly enjoyed the climax because it was unexpected and intelligent that the footage itself was the Sandmen's way into digesting people.

My concluding thoughts to this, as the Doctor says, "None of this makes any sense"!

Saturday, 7 November 2015

The Zygon Inversion Review

The concluding part to this incredible Zygon two parter- The Zygon Inversion is something groundbreaking and completely divine.
At the beginning, Bonnie's interrogation was fast, intelligent and tense with Clara's slices of humour and terror at not being able to lie being most gripping.
I particularly felt that the approach to how Clara interferes with Bonnie was very creative and cool.

It was a nice escape for the Doctor and Osgood to have parachutes and those scenes that they shared delved deep into the Doctor's vulnerability at the possible death of Clara and his nagging want to know if Osgood is human or Zygon. But this is the main theme of the story, it doesn't matter, it's about accepting both races and ensuring peace between them.

More so, we've been some wonderful moments to see the Zygons from a different perspective. The Zygon that was filmed by Bonnie felt vulnerable and scared and I felt genuinely sad for him because the majority of its race just wants to live in peace. It was painful to see it kill itself.

It's where the conflict takes off as Bonnie discovers that there are two Osgood boxes, who no doubt will become some kind of merchandise in the future.
This is the moment where the twelfth Doctor is given his own time to try and persuade Bonnie that war isn't worth the beauty of peace.

Peter Capaldi brought so much gravitas, truth and conviction to his performance and I felt like I couldn't breathe as I watched him sparkle. There were so many levels and I could truly feel the pain that he continues to carry with him. It was saddening but empowering and inspiring. This is why I love the Doctor and why he is my hero.

With so much that correlates with society today, I feel that these episodes should be commended for their prevalence, ambition, sophistication and intelligence in telling a rich and valuable story.

Peter, Jenna and Ingrid's performance were creative, unique and delicious to watch. I have always wanted to see two Clara's in one episode and now it's happened. I have a new respect for the Zygons and I would gladly live amongst them myself. There aren't enough good words to describe this two-parter.

Agents of Shield S3 Among Us Hide Review

Among Us Hide shows that you can never know who some people really are. We're right back into the action with Andrew having survived the explosion with his version of events explaining what happened.
May certainly isn't entirely forgiving towards Hunter as she tells Coulson that she is back on the team and ready to hunt down Ward.
There is an exciting action scene between her and Mockingbird which May was using as a test to see if she was ready to get back into the field.

Whilst this is all going on, Daisy is taking up a lead to find out who Lash really is and thinks it's something to do with Rosalind's second hand man. It was a lot of fun to see Mac, Daisy and Hunter working on their own mission as it gave us time to see them work through their issues with each other; Hunter nearly getting Andrew killed being the main focus.

In addition, it seems like everyone has got their individual missions  going on as Coulson tags along with Rosalind to see her secret base where they contain the Inhumans they capture. I wasn't surprised to see what they were doing with them as their reputation doesn't really do much for their moral values. However, I think that the audience needed to see into Rosalind's character a bit more to understand her motivations and her husband's death lends itself value.

We get a glimpse into the progression of Fitz and Simmons relationship; Fitz becomes doubtful into getting Will back as Hunter points out, there could be competition. But this is what I love about Fitz, he doesn't think that way, he's always seeing it from a unique perspective- he saved Simmons's life so he believes he owes Will. Wonderful!

As the episode concludes, the reveal of Lash was very cleverly built up as May interrogated Von Strucker as he bled to death. I had my theories that Andrew could have been Lash but I didn't think that it would be true because I always Andrew was the more human side to the team- he didn't have fighting skills or superpowers but a great mind. It will certainly be fascinating to understand how long he has been hiding this and why he has been killing all of the other Inhumans.

I'm very much looking forward to seeing how May and the team try to understand Lash's identity as I could see from May's reaction that she seemed utterly terrified that she doesn't really know who Andrew is or why he's been killing the Inhumans. I don't know where the story will end up but it always does end up being the person who the plot never really focuses on.

Very clever writing, slight humor with marvelous and thrilling action sequences!

Agents of Shield S3 E5 Review

4722 Hours- that's how long it took for us to see how special Gemma Simmons is. She has a whole episode dedicated to her time on the alien planet and what we see is something I certainly wasn't expecting.

If you have a character that hasn't had much screen time to focus on, putting her in a situation where we get to see her motivations, hope, helplessness and sheer determination to get home is what makes this episode so special. Not only in storytelling but in the cinematography, pace and direction.

Elizabeth Henstridge brings a stunning performance to Simmons with her frustration at not being able to see the sun, to killing a monster plant and eating it. Her time on this planet proves what real strength really is; it's not about the fighting skills but the will and instinct and adaption to survive.

There were still so many mysteries to the planet that we didn't get to explore but I think that makes the thought of Simmons going back even more terrifying. Each scene was handled with raw emotions that went back and forth and felt truly real to the eye.

When Simmons met Will I was fascinated at where the story as going because I certainly didn't think there would be any other humans, let alone an astronaut who had been on the planet for fourteen years.

I can completely understand why Simmons would fall in love with this man- his brave, strong, courageous and smart and the only other person she had at a time where she felt completely hopeless. I did feel a punch in the stomach though because I was thinking, 'But what about Fitz'?. Then I realised, that if anyone was in Simmons situation then of course you would cling onto the only other person with you.

Marvel have managed to construct a really clever, thought provoking story about survival and love with added layers of humour with a wonderful performance from Elizabeth Henstridge. This season is seriously going somewhere new and delightfully exciting!

Doctor Who- The Zygon Invasion Review

What a stonker of an episode that was ! My god I was shrieking , literally gasping for breath at that cliffhanger!
A prequel to the 50th encounter with the Zygons, this time we see full blown Zygons, who I find astonishly terrifying; their snarls and hisses and their sneaky ways of having already started their invasion without the Doctor or UNIT realising is ghastly.

The Doctor talking to the two seven year old commanders whilst having a go in the slide and monkey bars kind of sums up the Doctor for me and was hilarious in its entry point into where the Zygons are now with twenty million of them living amongst us.

Personally, I loved that we got to see the Doctor, Clara and UNIT travelling to different points in the world, it reminded me of Torchwood a little which was quite strange but entirely thrilling.

As a lover of the UNIT 70's Earth adventures, I very much welcomed the return of UNIT as they add such an epic layer to the story that when we find out that they have been fooled by the Zygons as well as the Doctor, I got really scared for the planet.

In addition, this episode felt so grown-up but with so much sophistication and interpretation of modern day society issues regarding benefits and immigration. Something entirely new but with the blobby jokes layered within that, it makes for wonderful storytelling.

When I saw the little boy's parents dragging their son in a bag into the lift, I was really shocked at how dark that looked and really felt scared for what the Zygons were capable of. I have to mention Osgood because I love her so very much; she is the bearer for us fans, cosplaying the Doctor's in marvellous fashion.

Finally, we get to the cliffhanger, now I was so blown away with this twist that I was kind of gasping, shouting 'No' and squealing with how cool it was at the same time. Jenna Coleman plays evil so slyly like she knows that she can have fun with this.
When I look back at the little things that Clara does; tying her hair back, calling Jac middle-aged, holding a gun and saying that she's enjoying herself are all slight but in your face clues but one in particular did make me worried about Clara, and that was the middle-aged stint. When I first heard Clara say that to Jac, I actually believed that Clara could actually say that, now that she seems to be becoming more reckless and arrogant. I find that quite scary in where Clara is heading but I have hope that she will do good in the end.

And we're not even given enough time to digest that because she's already firing a missile at the plane that the Doctor's in, and he has no clue whatever! I really don't know how he is going to get out of this one but I am going to come up with lots of theories to fill the time until next week.

Doctor Who- The Woman Who Lived Review

In this week's episode of Doctor Who, Catherine Tregenna has delivered a delicious script with an integral insight into what being immortal actually is like. There has been snippets with Captain Jack where he has spoken to the Doctor and in Torchwood but with Ashildr, it focuses more on living day after day and not having enough head space to remember her family and experiences.

I adored the 16th century setting and the dark lighting was a warming change with a wonderful artistic success for the location setting and costumes. Maisie Williams delivered the script with such weight and conviction that I was compelled to her character. Being the same age as her, I was really astounded by her performance, she made every word mean something that just took the story to so many places.

These two would make a remarkable team and yet when they were having that conversation at the end, I couldn't help but feel scared. Just by their perspective on life which obviously changes the way they see people who fleet past them.

My most geeky moment was when the Doctor mentioned Captain Jack, I would love to see Jack and Ashildr together! An immortality club, I just imagine them sharing stories about the different ways in which Jack has died.

The underlying story that has the Doctor and Me search for a purple alien amulet felt like a refreshing supporting role for the overall story. The villian Leandro was a striking figure that the modern series hasn't really scene before and I was delighted at his slight vulnerability and selfish nature.

I did feel quite sorry for the Doctor though, he just thought he had saved a young woman but didn't think at the time the consequences that would befall Ashildr. I think these needed to be addressed because he does need reminding of some bad decisions he has made. But I don't think that Ashildr becoming immortal was a bad thing because she is a good person, she just forgot how to be one.

When Clara stepped back into the Tardis, I felt like I hadn't seen her for ages and I really missed her! That shot of the Doctor recognising Ashildr/me gave me so many thoughts; he seems scared and glad to see her at the same time because he now knows that she has lived for centuries, what does that do to a person?

I'm sure we'll find out because I've recently heard that Maisie Williams is returning for episode ten which is very exciting news! 

Overall, this has been a wild ride, an incredibly stunning script with some genuinely funny moments with conflict, twists and a look into the Doctor's guilt.

Doctor Who - The Girl Who Died Review

The Girl Who Died  felt like the comedy romp that presides every series in Doctor Who and then features a cliffhanger that changes the tone so drastically, I certainly wasn't ready for it.
The opening scene of Clara floating in space was so cool, I have to give praise for the special effects team who captured the visual beauty of space so eloquently.

When the Doctor and Clara arrived I was a bit confused when Odin appeared in the sky as I it took me a while to understand who he actually was as I felt like everything happened so fast, I didn't have time absorb the story.
More importantly, I think that the strength in this episode was with the comedy value between the Doctor and the Vikings.
There was also some valuable scenes with the Doctor and Clara at his realisation of what he has made of her. Their evolving partnership seems to be be building towards something huge and life changing.

Maisie William's character-Ashildr was very intriguing and mysterious especially when she tells the Doctor that she has always felt different. I did for a moment wander if she was a lost Time Lord that the Doctor thought he knew.
I was very astounded when she so suddenly died and then was brought back, leading to her immortality. This was something very new and unique in terms of story. I think it makes the story more exciting and refreshing.

I have to mention the nostalgic moments of the Doctor finally realising why he gave himself his face. It felt really weird seeing the Tenth Doctor and Donna, so long ago.
The Doctor translating what the baby was saying was outrageously funny and seeing a Viking trying to work out how to use an iphone was a fleeting moment of joy.

The story was not what I expected but in a brilliant and unique way. I loved the idea of Ashildr being a Hybrid and the Doctor becoming tired of losing people. I did find that the Mire didn't feel particularly powerful or scary really. It was no-one's fault but I just think that they didn't make much of an impact of a formidable opponent.

Thoroughly enjoyable, historical, funny and emotional adventure with a very different and exciting cliffhanger!

Saturday, 10 October 2015

Doctor Who- Before the Flood Review

The concluding episode of Under the Lake delivers highly in its explanation of who the Fisher King is and how the Doctor cheats death, although he doesn't really- it was a hologram! It's strange because I was speculating in my head about whether the ghost Doctor was actually real, and I thought, 'Maybe it's a hologram' but then I dismissed it and then I found it to be true! I felt quite proud.

It was so cool when the Doctor began talking to us all, it felt so personal like he was talking to me. It so rarely happens I was thrilled and the rock version of the theme tune should definitely be made official, it was glorious!

So the Doctor arrives in 1980 with Bennet and O'Donnell tagging along, I was thinking what the twelfth Doctor would be like with a couple as companions and thought it would be quite nice and refreshing. O'Donnell's glee at the Tardis being bigger on the inside was adorable, I couldn't help but smile and think that is exactly what I would do... and then she dies.
This was a shocking moment and my body felt stunned, I genuinely couldn't believe it. I think this gave Bennet time to show multiple sides of himself which was to be expected but I was relieved that the supporting characters arre given different material to work with.

It enables the Doctor to respond in new and strange ways, I would expect him to stab Bennet with his eyebrows and argue back when Bennet says about O'Donnell dying was a part of the Doctor's theory.
Back in the base, Clara is mirroring the Doctor's attitude towards using people to 'do what has to be done' as she calls it. I find this evolution of Clara fascinating, I think everything that has happened with Danny and the Doctor regenerating has not had the most positive impact on her and it shouldn't. I like that the writers are showing what can happen to the Doctor's companions when they kind of lose all they are, and that this life with the Doctor isn't always inspiring and fun, everything comes at a cost, and if Clara wants to have this kind of life she's going to have to change to fit in with it.

Her order to send Lunn out of the faraday cage to get her phone back was hard to watch in a way because I love Clara but seeing her this narcissitic was quite worrying. Essentially though, I think that it gave good cause because we got to see that wonderful interaction between Clara and Cass. The atmosphere was intense, Sophie Stone did magnificently well portraying the worried friend and ashamed colleague.

Onto the monster- the Fisher King was a mighty looking alien, and alien he felt. His immense size and the skull like head with boney skeletel structures were vile and menacing bringing some quality villiany.
The pace kept its rhythm as I was completely enthralled by the Doctor and Clara's conversation about time and escaping death, Cass being stalked by Moran was genius and the Doctor popping out of the stasis chamber was entirely what I thought would happen. Not that it was predictable, but I knew it would be something that the Doctor would do, to fool everyone.

By the end, I could feel the coldness and empty space between everyone as the effect of the crewmembers dying being felt hard here. This was lit up beatifully with Bennet ordering Lunn to tell Cass that he loves her. It shred some hope for these characters and knowing that these two were safe gave me some comfort.

A compelling, thrilling, emotional, heartmwarming and shocking conclusion to a story that I value highly as what Doctor Who should be.

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Doctor Who- Under the Lake Review

Under the Lake feels like a mix of wonderfully delicious underwater fun that delves into an extremely fascinating ghost story.
I loved the visuals of the story; the illuminated green, dirty corridors that add history and depth to the setting.
From the beginning, the suppporting characters feel very appealing and charismatic as they extend towards their own personality. The script allows us to see glimpses of who these people could be. Of course, we could have seen more from them but I think the sudden deaths lend itself to the frightening realisation that the Doctor, Clara and the team literally have no idea who these ghosts are- are they real or not?

One of the most memorable highlights was the ever evolving relationship between the Doctor and Clara; a sparkling conversation where the Doctor tries to tell Clara not to go Native. Clara has become scarily like the doctor with her wrecklessness attitude seemingly obvious in this episode.
However, it does give us some playful, quirky and fun moments; Clara wanting to high five the Doctor and the Doctor's social cards (I could do with some of those) all adding to a sprinkle of fun in the midst of some fascinating investigating.

More so, the script holds brilliant tension and suspense; the ghosts were incredibly scary with their silent movement and their slight appointment to trying to kill but always staying close behind their victims.
I have a high interest in stories involving water which I think stemmed from The Waters of Mars, the wavy effect reflected on the corridor walls and the water separating the Doctor and Clara gave me shivers.
The mysterious symbols, the spaceship gave the story some unique qualities in that the characters and the audience believe that these ghosts could be real ghosts, but with a nagging sensation that there has to be more to be uncovered.
A slick, funny, compelling, suspenseful with a rocky music score that gives a classic Who story a very modern sheebang!