Doctor Who: Reflections on Season 9: “Heaven Sent”

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With “Heaven Sent” we have a unique occurrence in the history of Doctor Who — an episode featuring the Doctor and no other character. We’ve had other similarly unusual situations in the past: “Ark in Space” part 1 includes only the Doctor, Sarah Jane and Harry, with no guest characters. Same with “The Mind Robber” part 1 with the Doctor, Jamie and Zoe. The Season One 2-parter “The Edge of Destruction” features only the main cast for the entire story. The one-episode adventure “Mission to the Unknown” does the opposite trick, featuring only supporting characters with no involvement by the Doctor or his companions. But we’ve never had a story to feature the Doctor — or any single character — exclusively. That premise alone is an enticing one that immediately brings a million exciting possibilities to mind. But what we’re given here is a mostly quiet narrative on loss mixed with some new revelations about the Doctor, the reintroduction of some of the threads from earlier in the season, and a set up for the season finale. That’s quite a lot of material to deliver with only one actor on hand (that must have made for quite an interesting table read!)

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Doctor Who: Reflections on Series 9: “Sleep No More”

Well, that was  . . . interesting.

And no, that’s not intended to be snark. It really was interesting. It has certainly sparked a lot of discussion and debate around ye ol’ internet. But there’s a huge difference between debating deep meaning or interesting philosophical points and debating because no one quite can figure out what the hell is going on.

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Doctor Who: Reflections on Series 9: “The Zygon Inversion”

Ladies and gentlemen … I think we may have just reached the pinnacle of Modern Doctor Who.

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The strength of many Doctor Who 2-parters lies in the second part. We’ve seen innumerable occurences over the past ten years where a fantastic Part One is followed up by a confusing, wonky, or weak Part Two. But this is not the case here. This story, from the start of last week to the end of this week, has built and developed in a believable way, going from strength to strength, ratcheting up the tension and keeping the viewer engaged throughout.

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Doctor Who: Reflections on Series 9: “The Zygon Invasion”

If I’ve not said it before (and yes, I have), this is the best season of Doctor Who in the post-2005 era. And the show has upped the ante with this week’s surprisingly realistic and gritty episode, “The Zygon Invasion.”

In Doctor Who‘s greatest era (that being the Hinchliffe/Holmes era of the mid-70s), the show was known for its homages to classic sci-fi/horror films and literature. In a sense, we have a revisiting of that philosophy in “The Zygon Invasion,” which is essentially Doctor Who‘s take on District 9, Alien Nation, as well as the obvious and perpetually Zygon-related comparison to Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

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DWGH in stock at Barnes & Noble

DWGHcover-webA quick note to say that my book is now in stock at the Atlanta Perimeter Barnes & Noble location! At the moment there are five copies in stock just waiting to be taken to a good Whovian home! If you don’t live in the Atlanta area, you can always order a copy at:

https://www.createspace.com/5572586

Makes a great gift for newer fans of the show; gives readers a good overview of every era of the show.

A race of war machines who conquer the Earth in the 22nd Century; a brilliant painter who sees the world in a unique way; a reptilian species that sees the Earth as theirs and and intends to reclaim it; a time-traveling archaeology professor who never meets the Doctor in the right order; a dangerous world leader who bears a striking resemblance to the Doctor; murderous circus clowns; wind up toy soldiers; wind up service robots; and the Doctor as a little boy. With over 50 years of television stories, DOCTOR WHO has introduced its audience to some of the strangest creatures, weirdest places, and most dangerous times. DOCTOR WHO’s GREATEST HITS takes a loving look at some of the Doctor’s most memorable adventures. From Autons to Zygons, from Hartnell to Capaldi, this book has something for everyone, whether you’re new to the show or a longtime viewer.

Doctor Who: Reflections on Series 9 (so far)

A friend recently told me that I should be reviewing the new season of Doctor Who on my blog. Since he’s always right about everything, I guess I should give it a go. This first post will be sort of a catch-all of the first five episodes, and then I’ll jump into each individual subsequent episode as they air.

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