The Angels Take Manhattan… and My Heart

By Courtney Rowan

What an odd feeling to sob during Doctor Who, yet twice in the Moffat era this has happened. Once with Vincent and once when Amy and Rory left to live their lives.

There are SPOILERS from here on out, so either watch the episode or proceed with caution!

I laughed, I cried, I was angry and I was confused. I feel like if I don’t have 3 out of 4 of these emotions each week, I’m not really watching a Matt Smith Who episode.

After we got through that opening sequence, which I should point out seemed to be an awful waste of time seeing as it was the last of The Ponds; how dare you waste screen time, Moffat?! We opened to a pretty relaxing episode of Doctor Who – Amy, Rory and The Doctor, relaxing in Central Park reading papers and books and drinking coffee. We learn The Doctor really doesn’t like endings and that his companions getting older does bother him. What could go wrong? Rory goes to get more coffee and the confusion and heartbreak begins.

What book is the Doctor reading, though (and aloud most of the time, apparently)? Not just any paperback, although no surprise he liked the cover… he’s reading a book by Melody Malone – a private detective with ice in her heart, and a kiss on her lips. Yowza! What sets things off is while the Doctor is reading aloud he notices the author mentions a ‘skinny guy’ who has gone to get coffee for Amy and The Doctor. HUH?

Oh, this is Doctor Who with Stephen Moffat writing, save some ‘Huh?’s’ for later, dear.

Poor Rory is swept back to 1938 by the newest evil breed of angel – a cherub. A baby Weeping Angel. Seriously? I’m already deathly afraid of statues… But, to Rory’s surprise, his daughter is there to rescue him, Dr. River Song, Professor now, naturally.

The timey-wimey elements of this episode were done brilliantly. And I absolutely adored Rory, both old and young. The revelation that it was Rory in that room and the paradox needed to fix it made for a very compelling and dramatic scene for The Ponds. When Amy tells Rory that it is ‘together or not at all’, I was slayed. And adding the humor to Rory’s yet again, death scene, was clever. Finally, an admittance to the audience that Moff gets it.

I have to bring up the Statue of Liberty angel, because well, it was the Statue of Liberty. It was fun and I know why Moffat included her, but I just didn’t buy it and don’t think it worked the way he expected. Of course, that may be a very American thing to say. Perhaps, overseas they don’t realize that that Statue never has a moment when someone isn’t looking at her. Technically, in a city that never sleeps, there is no way in HELL she would be able to traipse around without being noticed. But, it was fun.

Husband – Run, Husband – Shut UP!

I absolutely loved the way River and The Doctor were together this episode. When he fixes his hair and checks his face in the mirror before going to see her, well, it may have been the cutest moment ever on Who. And River’s quote:

“When one’s in love with an ageless god who insists on the face of a 12-year-old, one does one’s best to hide the damage.”

I know their relationship is confusing and a bit of a pain point for some fans, but it’s really innocent and endearing. I am curious about the bit with him using his regenerative powers to heal her wrist, either he can do that all the time and just doesn’t unless he REALLY loves someone, or it is something Moffat is going to have to explain. Good on River for yelling at him for it. I’m filing this under ‘things that make me yell Moffat with my fist defiantly in the air’.

Now, for the sadness

So, the paradox trick works. And can I just say that the cinematography while Amy and Rory are falling was absolutely beautiful. That shot of Amy’s red hair streaming around above her while they fell from grace made a huge impression on me. That is the scene that I will go back to when I think of Amy and Rory.

The real sadness (and my inevitable sobs) begins when they are in the graveyard and I see Rory’s name on that gravestone. I realize that his death is fixed. It was there before. It is there again. And then, here comes that stupid left over Angel to send Rory to his eventual death. Oh, Amy! I’m sorry, Amelia. I’m so sorry. (nice Tennant nod there!).

Then this:

Amy: That gravestone, Rory’s, there’s room for one more name, isn’t there?
The Doctor: What are you talking about? Back away from the Angel. Come back to the TARDIS. We’ll figure something out.
Amy: The Angel – would it send me back to the same time, to him?
The Doctor: I don’t know. Nobody knows.
Amy: But it’s my best shot, yeah?
The Doctor: No!
River: Doctor, shut up! Yes! Yes, it is!
The Doctor: Amy…
Amy: Well, then. I just have to blink, right?
The Doctor: No!
Amy: It’ll be fine. I know it will. I’ll- I’ll- I’ll be with him, like I should be. Me and Rory together. Melody?
The Doctor: Stop it! Just- Just stop it!
Amy: You look after him, and you be a good girl, and you look after him.
The Doctor: You are creating fixed time. I will never be able to see you again!
Amy: I’ll be fine. I’ll be with him.
The Doctor: Amy, please, just come back into the TARDIS. Come along, Pond, please.
Amy: Raggedy man, goodbye!
The Doctor: No! [Sobbing]

And then this:

The Afterword.

“Tell her, this is the story of Amelia Pond. And this is how it ends.”

And then, we’re left with this… The Doctor and River.  Always, there will be The Doctor and River.

“Whenever and wherever you want.”

 

The Doctor will return Christmas Day. Here’s the teaser:

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Doctor Who 6.13: “The Wedding of River Song” – Prequel AND Trailer!

By Courtney Rowan

Holy nerdgasm alert, fanboys and fangirls!  

Last night’s Closing Time bred not only a ‘next time on’ trailer, but a whole creepy prequel to the Who series finale also.  What a treat for a Sunday morning, right?  Not much else to say about these two, but well…  WATCH!

The Wedding of River Song Prequel

The Wedding of River Song Trailer

Doctor, brave and good,

He turned away from violence,

When he understood,

The falling of the silence…

Doctor Who returns for the finale on Saturday October 1st at 9:00 PM on BBC America with The Wedding of River Song.

Even More Doctor Who Series 6 Finale Details!

By Courtney Rowan

Contains SPOILERS

Doctor Who Magazine has released yet even more details and some spoilers about the Series 6 finale, The Wedding of River Song.  Not  gonna lie here…. I’m confused.  And I’m sure I’m supposed to be as there seems to be quite a bit of Timey-Wimey stuff going on.  TV Overmind has reported on the details in an article:

The episode is apparently set on April 22, 2011 at 5:02pm: “In Buckingham Senate, at 5.02pm, Holy Roman Emperor Winston Churchill calls for his Soothsayer to be fetched from the Tower. Greying, unkempt, older, tireder, but unmistakably – it’s the Doctor. ‘Tick tock goes the clock,’ Winston tells him, ‘but they don’t, do they? The clocks never tick.’ It’s always 5.02pm these days. All of history is happening at once. ‘What happened to time?’ asks Winston. The answer, it seems, is a woman…”

Dorium, the big blue man who sold River a vortex manipulator back in series 5, will also be back in the finale, it seems, despite his death at the hands of the Headless Monks in the midseries finale, “A Good Man Goes to War.”

“On the fields of Trenzalore, at the fall of the Eleventh, when no living creature may speak falsely or fail to give answer, a question will be asked,” Dorium tells the Doctor. “A question that must never, ever be answered. . . ‘Silence must fall’ would be a better translation. The Silence are determined that the question must never be answered. The Doctor must never reach Trenzalore.”

Check out the rest of the article here.

Doctor Who TV has also released some new  info from Doctor Who Magazine, including an official synopsis:

The city of London, 22 April 2011 – soaring buildings, glittering and mighty under a perfect blue sky, and life tumbling onto pavements below. And horse-drawn Roman chariots driving through the streets. And a Victorian steam train on a monorail… hang on, like in a sci-fi city, but with Romans and steam trains? And hot air balloons? And pterodactyls? And Charles Dickens appearing on BBC One’s Breakfast! Something isn’t quite right…

In Buckingham Senate, at 5.02pm, Holy Roman Emperor Winston Churchill calls for his Soothsayer to be fetched from the Tower. Greying, unkempt, older, tireder, but unmistakably – it’s the Doctor. “Tick tock goes the clock,” Winston tells him, “but they don’t, do they? The clocks never tick.” It’s always 5.02pm these days. All of history is happening at once. “What happened to time?” asks Winston. The answer, it seems, is a woman…

Check out the full article to read the whole conversation between Dorum and The Doctor also.   They’ve also highlighted some other stuff, a few of which are:

  • There is a wedding ceremony, of sorts
  • There is an exciting battle sequence near the end
  • Another big River revelation
  • And River gets a big revelation about the Doctor
And other stuff – so go read it!!

My brain can’t handle all these spoilers and teasers!!  Are you as excited for this finale?  In the meantime, get your fix this Saturday during Closing Time at 9:00 PM on BBC America where it seems the return of an old foe appears (not to mention the brilliant James Corden).  Here’s the trailer:

Doctor Who Stuff: The Wedding of River Song details and Christmas in September!

By Courtney Rowan


Radio Times has been gracious enough to release even more details about the upcoming Series 6 Finale, “The Wedding of Rover Song”.   But don’t worry, there are really no spoilers, just juicy bits of teasers.  With only two episodes left until we finally see who that Impossible Astronuat actually is/was, these details are quite tantalizing.

As Radio Times’ Patrick Mulkern saunters, as he puts it, to a Press Preview for The Wedding of River Song, he passes none other Paul McGann on the way, a good omen indeed.  Here’s an excerpt what he has to share about the fate of our time traveling friends:

The Wedding of River Song necessarily leads us back to the events of The Impossible Astronaut and the Doctor’s demise at Lake Silencio in Utah, but this shocking moment acts as a pivot, not a dead end, for Moffat’s finale and a barrage of bewildering and bizarre imagery that spools forth.

Is it satisfying after so much anticipation? Well, that will be a matter for you. Loose ends are tied up and, more importantly, the series and its heroes are repositioned in line with Moffat’s vision. Sorry to be so cryptic.

A few things to look out for: pyramids, fixed points in time, “hell in high heels”, “the man who dies again and again”, a phone call with tear-jerking news, an unusual use for a bow tie, a plethora of eye-patches (surely inspired by the late Nicholas Courtney’s favourite anecdote) and a lapse in grammar when River talks of “theories about you and I”.

There’s also an answer of sorts to “the oldest question in the universe”. It’s something the Doctor has been running from his whole life. Come on, you all know what it is… I guessed weeks ago.

I dare say that I also ventured a guess at that age old question weeks ago as well and it seems some of us are on the same track.  Be sure to head over to Radio Times and check our the rest of  the article!

Doctor Who Christmas episode

Who says Christmas can’t come early?  Blastr has released 10 pictures from the set of the Christmas episode. Before we get to the pics, I wanted to share a comment from Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat who recently said of this year’s Christmas episode to SFX that:

It will be as Christmassy as Hell. I might be cleverly redeploying a known Christmas story again, sort of … but probably not the one you think! It will be massively Christmassy and moving and sentimental and sweet. It’ll be set partly on Earth, but not completely. And it might have a period setting …

Not sure how he could top last year’s Christmassy-ness, but if I trust anyone, its Moffat!

From the pics you can see The Doctor (Matt Smith) paying a visit to Amy (Karen Gillan) and Rory (Arthur Darville), and then we have a mysterious lady in period clothing played by Outnumbered actress Claire Skinner. We have no information on who the character is yet, or what role she’ll play in the Christmas special. Check these out and go see the rest over at Blastr:

So, glad to share some new exciting Who news… looking forward to the series finale and the journey there.

GERONIMO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

Doctor Who “Let’s Kill Hitler” Review

By Courtney Rowan

Well, fanboys and fangirls, how about that? Amazing, right?  If you haven’t seen the episode yet, there are definitely spoilers ahead so please stop back after you’ve watch the episode. 

Steven Moffat at it again, huh?  Bringing us a bloody brilliant return episode.  Answering some questions and breeding many, many more.  That’s what I’ll be focusing on, the new questions last night’s episode created.  Mostly because I”m a little confused on some things, as I think is intended.   So let’s start with the obvious:

1. Mels/Melody/River

We are introduced to this new character through some flashbacks of her growing up with Amy and Rory and being their best mate.  But we’ve never seen her before. She’s never been around in any way shape or form.  It’s like she was inserted mysteriously into their timeline from when they were children.   I will admit, I did not see it coming.  I wasn’t really sure why she was even in the episode at first other than to give us the reason behind the title.  Then we travel to late 1930s Berlin and things really get interesting. So here’s what I think I know:

  • She was the little girl who regenerated in the alley at the end of “The Impossible Astronaut”
  • She regenerated into a toddler and is able to control her age, thus allowing her to grow up, er be raised, by Amy and Rory
  • She’s been trained as this weapon by the eye patch lady’s people as planned – to kill The Doctor
Here’s my biggest question around River – does she really know who she is yet?:
  • She knows enough that Amy and Rory are her parents
  • She knows she can regenerate – but does she know she’s part Timelord?
  • She doesn’t know The Doctor is ‘worth it’
  • Intrinsically she knew how to drive the TARDIS – a product of being a child of the TARDIS, I presume.
So, all in all, we get some further answers aboout River Song, but ultimately more questions.  Like, where does she get her lipsticks from?!  By the way Alex Kingston seriously outdid herself this episode.

2. “Hello Benjamin”

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say it’s just an homage to The Graduate , and good ‘ol Mrs. Robinson.  But is that it?  Was it just a ploy for her to grab the gun and reference the whole cougar thing with him?  Or is it more than just an American movie reference and a foreshadowing for something bigger?

3. Silence Will Fall and The Question

Well, not just the name for an alien race then?  This one really threw me off.  A religious order, perhaps the Headless Monk’s religious order?  They are silent, since well, they have no mouths.  Or heads for that matter.  But is that too obvious?  It sounded bigger, more ominous.  And okay, what’s the damn question, assuming the answer isn’t 42. Could the actual question simply be, “Doctor Who?”  That seems impossible as The Doctor is only 900 years old and the universe much older than that.  But wouldn’t that be a Moffat twist to make the show title the ultimate question.  I’m not going to lie, I’m really confused on this one.  I didn’t quite understand the switch from The Silence already falling and now a whole new concept being introduced.  That being said I absolutely love it, just don’t fully understand it yet.  I suspect this will be slowly revealed throughout the second half of the series.

4. Fish Fingers and Custard

I adore this connection between young Amelia and The Doctor.  So, when he is dying with just 32 minutes to live, the significance of this line reappears.  And here’s the bigger question – what happened in those 29 minutes between “Fish fingers and custard” and him showing up in a tux and top hat?  Does it take that long to get into fancy dress, or will we be able to revisit this time loss soon?  I suspect it’s larger than just the top hat.

So that’s my thoughts on last night’s episode, I’m dying to hear what you guys thought.  I’m so excited the rest of the season’s returned and cannot wait to see what Moffat’s got in store for us. Until then here’s a preview for next week’s episode, “Night Terrors”:

The Wedding of River Song plus Doctor Who Season 7 Details!

By Courtney Rowan

Yes, you read that correctly – “The Wedding of River Song” has been confirmed the title of Season Six’s finale.  Wow.  That is complete awesomesauce.   Here are some more details from the Radio Times on this:

And here it is at last – the episode with all the answers, as the Doctor journeys to Lake Silencio for his date with destiny. While I was writing this, my wife asked me, “What happens?” and when I frowned, and pondered my answer, she hurriedly added, “In one sentence. Quite a short one.” I thought a moment and said, “The Doctor goes to his certain death – and it doesn’t work out as well he expected.”  So welcome to what is, without doubt or serious competition, the wedding of the year! Early reports indicate that it could make On Her Majesty’s Secret Service look like a fairly successful honeymoon…

And some other bits:

  • Guest stars Frances Barber (Kovarian)
  • Guest stars Simon Callow (previously Charles Dickens in The Unquiet Dead)
  • Guest stars Simon Fisher-Becker (Dorium)
  • Guest stars Mark Gatiss
  • Guest stars Ian McNeice (Churchill)
  • Quote #1: “I don’t want to marry you.”
  • Quote #2: “I don’t want to murder you.”

Source: Doctor Who TV

Season 7 Details

There were rumors floating that Season 7 would be shortened.  Steven Moffat himself addressed these worries in a recent interview with the The Daily Beast.  A matter-of-fact, he stated the complete opposite, quite frankly;

“Absolute nonsense.  First of all, we are airing in 2012. The only thing that’s happening is that we’re moving a bit later…There’s lots of reasons for that that will become clear quite soon…It is certainly not a reduced episode count. Do you think the BBC would really let that happen? With an average audience of 10 million?…Doctor Who’s international profile is huge. It’s never been more successful. You’re not going to reduce a show like this. The opposite is going to happen, in fact.”

This is quote tantalizing of Mr. Moffat, don’t you think?  Does that mean we’ll get more than the standard 13 episodes?  What more can we expect? Please give us more Steven!!  We do know it will consist of at least the 13 episodes and the Christmas Special.

Until then, we’ve got the rest of Season 6 and apparently a fantastic wedding to attend, in true Moffat fashion, of course, which really means anything could happen.

Source: Ain’t It Cool News

For now… “Let’s Kill Hitler” Saturday at 9:00 PM on BBC America!