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Review: Doctor Who – 7×13 – The Name of the Doctor

The Name of the Doctor

In the UK: Saturday, 7pm, 18th May 2013, BBC1/BBC1 HD. Available on the iPlayer
In the US: Saturday, 8pm/7c, 18th May 2013, BBC America

Ian: Just open the doors, Doctor Foreman.
The Doctor: [To himself.] Eh? Doctor who? What’s he talking about…?

– from Doctor Who – An Unearthly Child

Doctor Who’s name has been a subject of considerable interest, ever since the first episode. Whether it was Ian Chesterton’s misnaming of him as Doctor Foreman in the very first episode or the more recent Steven Moffat antics regarding River Song, the Doctor and their wedding, everyone’s wanted to know what his name really is. Doctor von Wer, Dr John Smith, Theta Sigma – Who knows, ho, ho?

This season has, in fact, been building on this, with Clara mid-runaround…

stopping off in the TARDIS library to find out the Doctor’s real name. So it all looked like we were about to get some big revelation in the appropriately named The Name of Doctor, the season finale, billed as revealing ‘his secret’. And revelations we did get, just not the ones we were expecting. Let’s go chat about The Trouble with Clara after the jump.

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Since you all were so good, here’s a video of Matt Smith and David Tennant

Whoops. As you might have heard, the Beeb cocked up and accidentally sent out the Blu-Ray release of this half-season of Doctor Who before the finale aired. That meant 210 fans had the potential to spoil everything on web sites, Twitter, et al. But they didn’t. Even though John Hurt had already spoiled most of it himself. Well done them.

To reward them, the BBC has released this shiny clip of Matt Smith and David Tennant chatting away about the anniversary special, due on November 23rd. I wonder what David Tennant’s advice was.

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Review: Doctor Who – 7×12 – Nightmare In Silver

Doctor Who - Nightmare in Silver

In the UK: Saturday, 7pm, 11th May 2013, BBC1/BBC1 HD. Available on the iPlayer
In the US: Saturday, 8pm/7c, 11th May 2013, BBC America

Well, it’s Wednesday so there’s probably not much point doing a full review of Saturday’s Doctor Who episode – you’ve probably forgotten it all, already – but for the record and for completeness’ sake, so I thought I’d jot down a few thoughts. Spoilers after the jump…

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Mini-review: Doctor Who – 7×11 – The Crimson Horror

In the UK: Saturday, 6.15pm, 4th May 2013, BBC1/BBC1 HD. Available on the iPlayer

In the US: Saturday, 8pm/7c, 4th May 2013, BBC America

Not worth a full review, more a mini-review this, I think, since despite the presence of Diana Rigg (and daughter) in the cast, a reference to Tegan and a nice joke about Tom Tom (the sat nav, not the fourth Doctor), this was a pretty meh episode. It started off well enough, going for northern comedy and Victoriana, which are writer Mark Gatiss’s real strengths. Rigg was good, everyone was acting fine, and despite being Doctor-and-Clara-lite, it was engrossing, right down to Murray Gold’s Sherlock-riffs in the soundtrack.

But then it just sort of carried on, progressively becoming thinner, more predictable and less interesting as it tried to deport itself not as merely a comedy, but as a proper Doctor Who story, complete with evil, incredibly shit-looking beastie (we’re talking Invisible Enemy shit, here). Not even an Avengers joke, more references to Clara’s significance and a certain Sontaran getting to shoot people for a change could lift it from the “When’s this going to end, again?” Which is a shame, because as a comedy, it would have been a really good episode, I reckon.

Oh well, it’s Neil Gaiman doing Cybermen next week, albeit with the addition of a couple of kids to the companion line-up. Fingers crossed, it should be better.

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Review: Doctor Who – 7×10 – Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS

In the UK: Saturday, 6.15pm, 27th April 2013, BBC1/BBC1 HD. Available on the iPlayer

In the US: Saturday, 8pm/7c, 27th April 2013, BBC America

Ever since the TARDIS showed up and proved itself to be bigger on the inside than on the outside, there have been several burning questions in the minds of viewers: how much bigger? What’s in there? And will the BBC budget ever stretch to allowing us to find out?

Over the years, we’ve had references to the many rooms within the TARDIS, as well as stories that have given us brief glimpses of the infinite interior, including Edge of Destruction

Castrovalva

…the TV movie…

The Doctor’s Wife and, of course, The Invasion of Time:

But these glimpses have been very few and far between, usually quite brief, and either subordinate to the rest of the plot or mind-numbingly dull (Castrovalva). What we’ve been waiting for is a proper adventure set in the TARDIS that combines everything we’ve learnt about it but goes on to show off as much as possible of the interior, while giving us new and exciting additions, all while avoiding the Castrovalva “Maths is Fun!” syndrome.

Did Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS give us that? Well, let’s discuss it all after this lovely trailer and the jump.

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