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Series 8's winning streak continues with a Frank Cottrell Boyce-penned episode that has a great deal to say...
In The Forest Of The Night brings to an end a run of four Doctor Who series 8 episodes from writers who'd never penned an adventure for the show before before. On the basis of all four stories they came up with, every one of them should be warmly welcomed back in the future.
This latest comes from Frank Cottrell Boyce, whose extensive and hugely impressive writing career to date has taken him from Coronation Street and the wonderful, wonderful Millions, through to Welcome To Sarajevo and Code 46. And it would be fair to say that by the time he sat down to write In The Forest Of The Night, he had plenty of things he wanted to say. To his credit, he's squeezed a great many of them into a 45 minute Doctor Who adventure. »
Even before the credits had rolled on his second Doctor Who episode, Flatline, people were asking if writer Jamie Mathieson would be back for series 9 of the show. But Mathieson's path to Doctor Who goes right the way back to his original pitch in 2004, via a feature film screenplay (Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel, his writing on Being Human and a further, unsuccessful Who pitch.
A Doctor Who pitch meeting is fairly banal really. »
Written by Jamie Mathieson
Directed by Paul Wilmshurst
Doctor Who, Season 8, Episode 9, “Flatline”
Written by Jamie Mathieson
Directed by Douglas Mackinnon
Airs Saturdays at 9pm Et on BBC America
These weeks, on Doctor Who: Clara gets comfortable lying, the Doctor enjoys not knowing, and it’s a bad time to be a red shirt
In their reviews of “The Caretaker” and “Mummy on the Orient Express”, the fantastic Tom and Lorenzo postulated that Clara has become addicted to traveling with the Doctor, showing many of the signs of addiction. While this is absolutely the case, and could certainly be part of where showrunner Steven Moffat is planning to take the rest of the season, with “Flatline”, another aspect of Clara and the Doctor’s arcs this season finally becomes clear—Clara is becoming more like the shifty, callous late Eleventh and now Twelfth Doctors, »
- Kate Kulzick
It’s the premise of a classic short novel by a Shakespearian scholar and at least a half dozen EC Comics. What happens when beings based in a differing number of dimensions interact? Usually it’s the higher dimensions assaulting us, but if the invasion comes from the ground up, one would hope your defensive wall could be a…
Directed by Douglas Mackinnon
A mysterious force is causing the dimensions in a council estate near Bristol to collapse, resulting in people vanishing, with only distended and partial projections left behind. The Tardis is affected by the distortion, and when it lands, the connection between the interior and exterior of the ship is…oddly affected. Reduced to half-size, and then smaller, The Doctor is trapped within the ship, leaving Clara as the one with boots on the ground to discover the source of the attack, save everyone, »
- Vinnie Bartilucci
Doctor Who has unveiled a trailer for next weekend's episode 'In the Forest of the Night'.
The next series eight episode sees The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) venturing into a dangerous forest with Danny Pink and a group of precocious schoolchildren.
Doctor Who series 8 'Flatline' recap: A bumpy ride?
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Writer: Jamie Mathieson
Director: Douglas Mackinnon
The Story: While attempting to drop Clara back home, the Doctor winds up in Bristol. Trapped in a shrunken Tardis, he sends Clara to investigate a mysterious two-dimensional anomaly…
If Jamie Mathieson’s second Doctor Who episode is anything to go by, Steven Moffat may wish to hire him as a permanent writer. In fact, how about Moffat just hands over the showrunner crown entirely? Of the entirety of Peter Capaldi’s first series as the Doctor, only Mathieson’s writing has really delivered on the originality front. Last week’s Mummy on the Orient Express took a classic monster and gave it a unique twist; this week, he’s dreamt up something new altogether.
Flatline might bring the danger in its later moments, but it starts spritely. The Doctor accidentally »
- Chris Wharfe
The BBC has announced details of the upcoming DVD release of Doctor Who: The Complete Eighth Series, which is set to arrive in the UK on November 17th 2014. Here’s the cover art, as well as a list of the special features…
Doctor Who: The Ultimate Time Lord (A 45-minute feature with Fifth Doctor Peter Davison)
Doctor Who: The Ultimate Companion (A second 45-minute feature with Fifth Doctor Peter Davison)
Doctor Who: Earth Conquest (A 45-minute documentary about the 2014 Doctor Who World Tour)
Four exclusive audio commentaries (Episodes and contributors Tbc)
Doctor Who Exclusive (Four two-minute cast interviews)
Doctor Who Extra (12 10-minutes behind the scenes features)
Source: Doctor Who TV
The post Doctor Who: The Complete Eighth Series DVD »
- Gary Collinson
Warning: contains spoilers for Doctor Who series 8 up to and including Flatline.
The article will begin after a picture of Daphne The Spoiler Squirrel. Only if you're ready for spoiler chat should you scroll past Daphne. She won't be offended either way.
"Clara. My Clara, I chose well."
Empiricism and Steven Moffat series arcs. We meet again.
The line above, said at the end of tonight’s Doctor WHo episode, Flatline, strongly implies that Missy chose Clara for something, which ties in with the on-going plot strand about the ‘Woman in the shop’ who gave Clara the Doctor’s number. It doesn’t, of course, confirm that it was Missy in the shop, that she was involved, or indeed even that it was Clara who was chosen.
Spoilers: we take a look at Doctor Who series 8 episode 9, Flatline. And there's plenty to talk about...
This review contains spoilers. Our spoiler-free review is here.
"These readings are very ish-y"
Ah, Missy, Missy, Missy. The plot thickens. With Clara and the Doctor seemingly as close to happy families as they've been all series, Missy has to go and throw another spanner in the works right at the end.
She does it with a simple line, and a giggle. "Clara, my Clara. I chose well", she says. So woah: is Clara Missy's mole? Has she been placed into the Doctor's life deliberately all along (it's been hinted that the two coming together is no coincidence in the past)? Is Clara aware that she's part of whatever Missy's plan is? Is the internet big enough to handle all the speculation?
Not for the first time this series, the last moments »
The post Is The Twelfth Doctor As Grumpy As He Seems? appeared first on Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews. »
- Jake Simpson
Steven Moffat has spoken; he will not pander to your whims when it comes to fan expectation. Speaking during a panel session at the Mipcom conference in Cannes Moffat said: “You don’t give them what you think they want. That would be mad! The only useful index you’ve got is what you would like.” Trusting...
The post Moffat: “Don’t Give Fans What You Think They Want” appeared first on Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews. »
- Andrew Reynolds
Series 8 of Doctor Who is flying by, and will be all wrapped up next month. General consensus? It's been a successful series, with our fag packet assessment being that more people seem to be keen on it than not.
“I really wanted to do a Cyberman story, because they were always my favourites when I was a kid, and I was quite surprised that one way or another I’d never used them in any of my own scripts, except as supporting characters.”
Ever the tease, Moffat added that “I wanted to do a proper scary one.”
With Missy and Seb expected to feature heavily too, along with appearances from »
In the new issue of Doctor Who Magazine (479) showrunner Steven Moffat talks about the return of the Cybermen in this year’s final adventure. Says Moffat of the cyborgs who have appeared five times on his watch (more than any other series producer): “I really wanted to do a Cyberman story, because they were always...
- Christian Cawley
You dont give them what you think they want. That would be mad! The only useful index youve got is what you would like, said Moffat, speaking during a panel session at the Mipcom conference in Cannes.
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- Stuart Dredge
Steven Moffat is leaving Doctor Who behind. It might not be today, nor tomorrow, but at some point in the foreseeable future the current showrunner will be putting down his pencil, disconnecting his feverish nightmares from the Whoniverse and moving onto pastures new (presumably more Sherlock). So what happens next? Well, of course, Doctor Who...
- Christian Cawley
In the annals of Doctor Who, there have been many historic conflicts. The Doctor vs. the Daleks. The Doctor vs. the Cybermen. The Sixth Doctor’s Coat vs. my eyes. The list goes on and on. However, dear reader, there is a more interesting face-off a-brewing in the Whoniverse (and no, it’s nothing to do with Phillip...
- Nick Kitchen
Here's a question for you. Do you ever feel that you're marching out of time with the rest of the world? Especially when it comes to popular opinion? It's a mystery that frequently leaves me scratching my head. Popular opinion meant that somehow, Jj Barrie's schmaltzy dirge No Charge sold enough quantities to reach Number One in 1976. Popular opinion means that every two years in June, people become football fans regardless of whether they like the sport or not. And of course, it also means the continuation of a past-its-sell-by-date-show in which three pub bores with stupid hair talk rubbish about cars for a merciless hour. Abraham Lincoln once claimed that standing by a principle in the face of everybody else rejecting it links the human to the divine – whether or not that includes popular opinion on another Steven Moffat script is a point still to be decided.
It's a funny thing, »
Get a first look at Foxes' cameo on Doctor Who in a Digital Spy exclusive clip.
The 'Youth' singer appears in 'Mummy on the Orient Express', performing a reworked version of a classic pop hit.
Frank Skinner also guests in Saturday's episode as Perkins - Chief Engineer on the space-age Orient Express.
"I like the fact that he gets gags, and that the Doctor actually is quite respectful to him and knows that he's not an idiot," Skinner said.
"Perkins is very, very bright. He's the second brightest man on the train. You can probably guess who the brightest one is."
"He's not just a great comedian and a great Doctor Who fan, he's someone who can »
Doctor Who has long glossed over scientific logic for storytelling reasons, says Andrew. Why complain about implausibility now?
Warning: contains spoilers for series eight episode Kill The Moon.
Doctor Who has gained a reputation for being unrealistic. While the original run is seen as generally striving for, if not accuracy, then at least scientific plausibility, since 2005 it's ditched this in favour of less rigorous, more fantastical ideas and resolutions. It's become more impressionistic, favouring symbolism over physics and magic over advanced science.
Way back in Rose, we were treated to Anti-Plastic, a term so simple and free of technobabble that it still causes raised eyebrows and froth expulsion to this day. How simplistic. How dumbed down. Jon Pertwee would be spinning in his grave, and then presumably spinning the other way.
Except that plastic-dissolving solutions exist now, as does flesh-eating bacteria. Is it really so unlikely that the Doctor could »
Frank Skinner is such a big fan of Doctor Who that he even has his own five-foot cardboard Dalek in his bedroom, so it must be a dream come true for the comedian to find himself joining the show for this week's episode 'Mummy on the Orient Express'.
Speaking about landing the role, Skinner said: "I love this show. I subscribe to Doctor Who Magazine, I've got a Tardis ringtone, a five-foot cardboard Dalek in my bedroom and when I got the call saying they wanted me to read for the part, I was in the back of my tour bus watching episode three of 'The Sensorites'. I am beyond excited."
Showrunner Steven Moffat joked that he gave Skinner the part to stop him camping out in his garden. »
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