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Doctor Who: The Time of Angels – What did you think?

Posted by LiveFor on April 26, 2010

Episode Four of Matt Smith’s Doctor Who and things took a turn to the spooky with the return of the Weeping Angels. Spoilers ahead.

Blink was one of Steven Moffat’s great episodes from the David Tennant era. The Weeping Angels, creature that cannot move if you look at them, are genuinely chilling and a great monster.

Now they are back along with River Song who is literally the Time Traveller’s wife. Her and the Doctor have an ongoing relationship that he discovered back in the silent library. The only thing is the Doctor is still at the early days of the relationship.

Song’s return was a great start to the episode, which also had a small part for The Street’s Mike Skinner. She was all Catwoman thief style and leaving a message for the Doctor to read 12,000 years in the future was fantastic and I love the way Moffat uses the whole concept of time travel in his stories as opposed to many who just have the Doctor turn up in whatever time and that is the end of it until the story runs its course.

Other great bits from the start were finding out the Doctor likes the TARDIS to fly without stabilizers as it is more fun and the iconic sound of the TARDIS materializing is simply because he leaves the breaks on (Matt Smith doing the sound of the TARDIS was rather funny).

Before too long we are with the Weeping Angels – great bit finding out that whatever has the image of an Angel becomes an Angel. Having the image move on a repeated 4 second segment was nice and chilling – lots of dark tunnels, soldiers of the Church with guns and people getting killed one by one, all while the Doctor and River Song bicker like an old married couple. Luckily companion Amy Pond manages to hold her own and you get her feeling of excitement as she journeys to another world.

Moffat used a similar concept from the library story. Both the Weeping Angels and the Vashta Nerada used people they had killed to speak to the Doctor over a com-link. Not sure if there is anything in that apart from Moffat likes to use that for dramatic effect.

All in all a great episode and probably my favourite of the series so far. Matt Smith’s Doctor finally seems to be in control of the situation- I like the fact his Doctor usually knows exactly what to do, it just takes a minute for him to focus on that thought. Alex Kingston as River Song is a great character, mysterious and all knowing which makes a change from most people the Doctor encounters. Karen Gillan again shows her companion is clever, brave and a boon to the Doctor.

All that topped off with the Weeping Angels. Great stuff and looking forward to the next part of the story.

What did you think of the episode? Post your thoughts, theories, rants in the comments below.

Don’t blink.


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Doctor Who: Victory of the Daleks – What did you think of episode 3?

Posted by LiveFor on April 18, 2010

Third episode of Matt Smith’s adventures in the TARDIS and this time he is back in war torn London helping Winston Churchill fight the Daleks. Spoilers ahead.

Mark Gatiss (The Leage of Gentlemen) wrote the episode. It was good, but did have some faults. Mainly that it was all a bit quick. They were no sooner in London, then zip, zoom, zam it was over.

Still we did get to see a new generation of colourful Daleks (all the better to make kiddies buy each version). Nice to see them changing as well, but I am not sure of the new look. They’re taller so as to match Smith and Karen Gillan’s height, but they just seem a bit too bulky and sleek. The various colour schemes are a good nod to Peter Cushing’s Doctor in the old movies – wonder if they will try and tie that in to continuity somehow.

I liked the idea of the Brit scientist who wasn’t actually human. Would be nice to see him crop up again in some way.

My biggest bugbear is the fact that, like last weeks episode, the Doctor didn’t really do much and that Amy Pond again saved the day. Always cool that the companion does stuff, but it is the Doctor you tune in to watch each week.

Still, lots of foundation building for future Dalek episodes (was each one given a name? I missed that bit when they were introduced) and what is the deal with Amy not knowing about them? Did the Doctor pick her up from the early 1990s so they had not yet invaded? As we know from the first episode the Doctor has taken her on board for a reason that involves the cracks in the universe – when young Amy heard the TARDIS did she have an adventure with him that she has forgotten?

Looking forward to next weeks episode, The Time of Angels, with the return of the Weeping Angels and Alex Kingston as River Song.

Things to ponder. Now over to you. What did you think of the episode and the ongoing plots developing in the series?

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Dr Who – A look at the new Sonic Screwdriver and other things

Posted by LiveFor on July 23, 2009

Here are some new photos from the Dr Who shoot. They include our first look at the new sonic screwdriver, Matt Smith as the Doctor, Alex Kingston as River Song and Karen Gillan as the new companion.
The sonic screwdriver looks a little sleeker than the old one. I wonder if the old one has been upgraded and passed to River Song?
io9 had the photos and they mention that the wreckage is a ship called the Byzantium – River Song mentions the crash of the Byzantium when she meets David Tennant’s Doctor.



Not sure if Matt Smith is in character in the photo above or if he has just messed up his lines.

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Dr Who – Look who will be starring with the new Doctor

Posted by LiveFor on July 20, 2009

Well we had the first look at Matt Smith as the Doctor earlier today and now here is a glimpse at a guest star from the new series. Yep it is River Song (Alex Kingston), the mysterious archeologist who has apparently met the Doctor many times in her past — and his future.

We saw her in the Shadows in the library episodes where you find out her and the Doctor were in love. In those episodes she had all the knowledge of it and David Tennant’s Doctor was playing catch-up. I wonder if this will be the first time River meets the Doctor?
With Stephen Moffat at the helm it should be a nice twisty turny path we follow. Also notice how the TARDIS has a slightly different look to it. The next thing we are waiting to see is a look at the new interior. I really hope they explore the infinite inside of the TARDIS as some point.
What are your thoughts on River starring in the new series?

Source: io9

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