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Doctor Who, Series 9, Episode 10, “Face the Raven”

Written by Sarah Dollard

Directed by Justin Molotnikov

Series 9, Episode 11–12, “Heaven Sent” and “Hell Bent”

Written by Steven Moffat

Directed by Rachel Talalay

The curtain closes on Doctor Who series nine with the show’s first three-parter since series three’s Master-centric finale, “Utopia”/“The Sound of Drums”/“Last of the Time Lords”, and while it’s not perfect, the extended finale is a fitting end to what has been one of NuWho’s most consistent seasons. The end of series three is not one of the better Who multi-part stories, starting strong before fizzling out spectacularly (let’s take a moment to remember The Tenth Doctor shriveling into GollumDoctor before becoming floating JesusDoctor. Now to piggy back off of The Twelfth Doctor’s memory wipe…), and perhaps that’s why showrunner Steven Moffat wisely avoids a traditional multi-part structure with these episodes.
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Doctor Who 9.10 Blog: Face the Raven [Contains Spoilers]

Writer: Sarah Dollard

Director: Justin Molotnikov

Cast: Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Maisie Williams, Naomi Ackie, Simon Manyonda, Simon Paisley Day

Synopsis: A familiar face calls up the Tardis with a problem: a mystery which leads the Doctor and Clara to a secret passageway, a second familiar face and the end of the road for one of the Doctor’s longest-serving companions.

Verdict:

After last week’s widely vilified misstep, Doctor Who returns to form just in time for the swansong of perhaps the most controversial companion to grace the Tardis since the show returned in 2005. Yes, Clara’s finally dead; or, yes, Clara’s unfortunately dead.

Whichever way you look at it, it’s hard to fault the show for finally giving a companion a clear-cut exit – this is the first New Who companion to actually, properly die – and it seems fitting that it should have happened to Clara,
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Doctor Who series 9: Face The Raven new pictures

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The BBC has released a tidy pile of brand new pictures from Doctor Who series 9 episode, Face The Raven...

Now that Sleep No More is, er, no more, it's time to move on to the next episode of Doctor Who series nine: Face The Raven.

Written by Merlin and Primeval's Sarah Dollard, Face The Raven sees the Doctor and Clara inside a magical world concealed in our nation's capital. For more on that, here's the official synopsis:

"The Doctor and Clara, with their old friend Rigsy, find themselves in a magical alien world, hidden on a street in the heart of London. Sheltered within are some of the most fearsome creatures of the universe… and Ashildr (Maisie Williams)! With a death sentence hanging over their heads, not all of the intruders will get out alive."

You can see the preview teaser for the Justin Molotnikov-directed episode,
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Doctor Who series 9: Face The Raven spoiler-free review

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Is Face The Raven any good? Yes, yes, yessity-yes. Here's our spoiler-free review of the next Doctor Who series 9 episode...

Today, the BBC has cost me 40p. In that time, I've listened to a bit of radio, caught up with the news at the BBC website. And then?

I watched Saturday's Doctor Who.

Good grief. In a series that's not been afraid to take twists, turns, to go off in precisely the opposite direction that people were expecting, Face The Raven has again demonstrated the confidence and talent that's fuelling modern day Doctor Who. It does feel like we take a lot of this for granted, but there are several flat-out exquisite moments in this episode - not least Peter Capaldi giving his work in The Zygon Inversion a run for its money - that surely deserve at the very least a lot more respect. Some thunderous applause would help,
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Doctor Who 9.9 Blog: Sleep No More [Contains Spoilers]

Writer: Mark Gatiss

Director: Justin Molotnikov

Cast: Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Reece Shearsmith, Elaine Tan, Bethany Black, Paul Courtenay Hyu, Neet Mohan

Synopsis: The Doctor and Clara land on a space station orbiting Neptune in the 38th Century, where they find a rescue crew, mysterious sleep pods and something altogether more horrifying.

Verdict:

It’ll be interesting to see even the staunchest of Doctor Who defenders explain this one. Capitalising on the popularity of found footage only seven years too late, Sleep No More takes an all too familiar concept, adds an extra layer of ridiculousness and packages it all up in a headache-inducing format.

The premise has been seen before, as far back as the Bond film no-one talks about (Die Another Day, 2002) – and if you’re borrowing story elements from there, it’s probably time to give it up as a bad job. Writer Mark Gatiss drafts
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Doctor Who series 9: Sleep No More review

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With spoilers, here are our thoughts on Doctor Who series 9, Sleep No More...

This review contains spoilers. Our spoiler-free review is here.

9.9 Sleep No More

"Calm down, pet"

I know it's not part of the writing-for-the-internet training manual, but I don't take pleasure really in penning reviews of things that I didn't really like too much. Especially if there are interesting ingredients, that don't really mesh together. But, after going through Sleep No More twice - once by myself, once with my kids - I confess I struggled with it.

It's easy, after all, to jump on a hate bandwagon. I think this series and last of Doctor Who have been the best in years, and I was hardly writing letters of complaint to the BBC about the Matt Smith era before that. But Sleep No More never really took off for me.

It's a coincidence that
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Doctor Who series 9: Sleep No More new pictures

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Mark Gatiss penned this Saturday's Doctor Who instalment, Sleep No More. We've got lots of pictures from the episode right here...

No, your monitor isn't playing up. That distorted image above is a promotional picture for this Saturday's Doctor Who episode, Sleep No More, which looks set to be a creepy one. 

Mark Gatiss has penned the script, and his League Of Gentlemen cohort Reece Shearsmith has been recruited for a guest appearance. Justin Molotnikov - of Merlin, Atlantis, Da Vinci's Demons and My Parents Are Aliens vintage - directed this episode, as well as the one that will follow it - Face The Raven. 

"This terrifying story is assembled from footage discovered in the wreckage of Le Verrier Space Station," the brief synopsis tells us.  

You can see lots of images from the episode by clicking into the gallery at the top of this page.

Sleep
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Doctor Who series 9: Sleep No More spoiler-free review

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Doctor Who's first found footage, written by Mark Gatiss, is ambitious, tight, and another real departure from the rest of series 9...

Wisely, following the terrific Zygon two-parter that we've just had, Doctor Who series 9 has now veered off once more in a completely different direction. As such, Sleep No More plays with structure, story and format. It's a found footage episode, anchored by guest star Reece Shearsmith, from the pen of Mark Gatiss.

The basic setup sees the Doctor and Clara land on the Le Verrier Space Station. It would be fair to say that said Space Station has seen much better times, and the mystery here is for the Doctor to uncover just what's happened.

In doing so, Doctor Who presents its first ever found footage episode. In fact, writer Mark Gatiss argues that television hasn't really done found footage before. He clearly has fun with it,
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'Doctor Who' Season 9 Trailers Have Maisie Williams in a Viking War

'Doctor Who' Season 9 Trailers Have Maisie Williams in a Viking War
Last night's new Doctor Who episode, The Girl Who Lived, marked the debut of guest star Maisie Williams as Ashildr. The Girl Who Lived was the first entry of a two-part episode, with the actress returning for next week's The Woman Who Lived, airing Saturday, October 24 on BBC and BBC America. Today, BBC revealed two new trailers for The Woman Who Lived, featuring Maisie Williams and series star Peter Capaldi.

The Woman Who Lived is set in 1651 England, where the deadly Highwayman 'The Knightmare' and his sidekick stalk the dark streets of London. But when they find loot that's not of this world, they come face to face with The Doctor. Who is the Knightmare in league with? And can the Doctor avoid the hangman's noose and protect Earth from a devilish betrayal? Rufus Hound and Todd Kramer also guest star in next week's new episode.

The previous episode, The
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Maisie Williams Is a Viking in 'Doctor Who' Season 9 Trailer

Maisie Williams Is a Viking in 'Doctor Who' Season 9 Trailer
Back in March, BBC America announced that Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams will be guest starring in a Season 9 episode of Doctor Who. While we saw Maisie Williams pop up in a recent trailer, we still haven't heard much about who she's playing in the beloved series. Today, the network has released a new trailer for this week's episode, The Girl Who Died, which gives us another look at her character, who, according to TV Line, is named Ashildr.

The episode centers on the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Clara (Jenna Coleman), who have been captured by Vikings. The Time Lord and his companion step up to help protect their village from Space Warriors from the future, known as the Mire. Outnumbered and outgunned, their fate seems inevitable. So why is the Doctor preoccupied with a single Viking girl? Presumably, Maisie Williams' Ashildr is this "single Viking girl," who
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'Doctor Who' Season 9 Trailer Has Daleks, Zygons and Maisie Williams

'Doctor Who' Season 9 Trailer Has Daleks, Zygons and Maisie Williams
Last month at Comic-Con, BBC debuted the first trailer for Season 9 of Doctor Who, while announcing that the show will return September 19. If you've been chomping at the bit for new footage since then, you're in luck, as the network has revealed the second Doctor Who trailer today, which offers a few new glimpses at guest star Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones). We still don't know exactly who the actress is playing yet, but here's what lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat had to say about the actress' role in a statement from March.

"We're thrilled to have Maisie Williams joining us on Doctor Who. It's not possible to say too much about who or what she's playing, but she is going to challenge the Doctor in very unexpected ways. This time he might just be out of his depth, and we know Maisie is going to give him
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'Doctor Who' Season 9 Trailer Announces Fall Premiere Date

'Doctor Who' Season 9 Trailer Announces Fall Premiere Date
Exploding with epic and thrilling adventures, Doctor Who returns to BBC America on Saturday, September 19 in the new season of the hit show. The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) is joined by Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) for time travel on a cinematic scale. Having the time of their lives, the pair meet new and old monsters, and go on a journey that takes them to deadly alien planets, creepy underwater bases, Vikings villages, a global Zygon uprising, and leads them through hidden alien dens, to the very end of time itself. Meeting monsters old and new the Doctor will come face to face with Missy (Michelle Gomez), a city of Daleks, deadly mercenaries called the Mire, terrifying ghosts and more. The series debuted the first trailer for Doctor Who Season 9 at Comic-Con, which features new guest star Maisie Williams. Having filmed in Cardiff since January, Peter Capaldi had this to say in a statement.
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Da Vinci’s Demons, Ep. 2.09, “The Enemies of Man”: a bittersweet return to Florence

Da Vinci’s Demons, Season 2: Episode 9 – “The Enemies of Man”

Written by Allison Moore & Marco Ramirez (story by Brian Nelson & Marco Ramirez)

Directed by Justin Molotnikov

Airs Saturday nights at 9 on Starz

After a thoroughly entertaining departure from the series norm by visiting the New World, Da Vinci’s Demons brings several of its central characters back to Italy–Leo to Florence and Riario to Rome. The help of the exotic setting has made much of this second season so enjoyable, but luckily the events we see here in Florence, at least, aren’t boring in the slightest. The city has been sacked by Duke Federico, making Leo’s homecoming more than just a little bit problematic (and not very warm at all). If other areas of “The Enemies of Man” slightly drag, this central plot does exactly what DVD needs to do on a weekly basis to be
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Da Vinci's Demons season 2 episode 9 review: The Enemies Of Man

Da Vinci's Demons is heading further into fantasy, which is no bad thing, says Ron...

Review

This review contains spoilers.

2.9 The Enemies Of Man

When Da Vinci's Demons takes a page from the book of Leonardo (not the Book of Leaves) and uses the character's creativity as an asset, it can be one of the most fun shows on television. Perhaps more importantly, it shows that brains can and will beat brawn if properly applied, which is one of the great lessons of Renaissance Florence as a whole. It was never the strongest of the Italian city states, but it reached a height that made it infamous both in its time and in our own. Using creative solutions, Florence became a power-broker known worldwide. The clever application of brains over brawn is the story of Florence, and it is the story of Leonardo Da Vinci.

Da Vinci has proven that
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Juliette Lewis Joins Blood or Water

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Juliette Lewis (Whip It) has signed on to co-star in Blood or Water.

Lewis will star opposite Stephen McCole (Crying with Laughter), Kate Dickie (Red Road), and Gary Lewis (Billy Elliot) and Greta Scacchi (Flightplan).

Blood or Water is being described as “a contemporary film noir about disconnected family and unwitting incest”.

Scottish filmmaker Justin Molotnikov is attached to direct, with production scheduled to begin early next year.

Source: THR
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Juliette Lewis To Star In Blood Or Water

You know what I think is depressing? For as much time as I spend watching trailers, I can't remember the last time Juliette Lewis was predominately featured or at least had a line of dialogue. Though she has multiple titles on her resume that show off just how good she can be, she's largely been relegated to the background in recent years. Part of it could be that in 2007 and 2008 she didn't make any films, but now it looks like she's finally back and now, according to Variety, she'll be headlining her next film. Juliette Lewis is now set to star in Blood or Water, a new thriller from writer/director Justin Molotnikov. The feature will be Molotnikov's first since his 2009 feature film debut Crying With Laughter. The trade doesn't provide a plot or character description, but Lewis will be co-starring with Stephen McCole, Greta Scacchi, Kate Dickie and Gary
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Casting Bits: Juliette Lewis in ‘Blood or Water;’ Ted Levine in ‘The Banshee Chapter;’ Peter Sarsgaard in ‘Night Moves’

Casting Bits: Juliette Lewis in ‘Blood or Water;’ Ted Levine in ‘The Banshee Chapter;’ Peter Sarsgaard in ‘Night Moves’
This is a serious little casting break that follows either movies with serious intent (there's one below about 'unwitting incest,' which I hope isn't a comedy) or serious filmmakers like Kelly Reichardt. So, after the break, you'll find: Juliette Lewis stars in the 'unwitting incest' movie Blood or Water, Ted Levin is in an indie inspired by secret CIA programs, and Peter Sarsgaard is going to be in Kelly Reichardt's new film, Night Moves. We don't have a lot of info about Blood or Water, which Justin Molotnikov will direct, but Juliette Lewis has just signed to play the lead role in the Danish/Scottish co-production. It will shoot in Spring 2012 in Scotland, with Stephen McCole, Greta Scacchi, Kate Dickie and Gary Lewis taking other roles. The director's first feature, Crying With Laughter, won best film in the Scottish BAFTAs in 2009. The basic plot description of Blood or
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Juliette Lewis Joins Justin Molotnikov’s Noir ‘Blood or Water’

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Justin Molotnikov has directed his fair share of television — particularly a series of several episodes on both Shoebox Zoo and High Times — but in 2009 he jumped into the medium of feature filmmaking with his debut, Crying with Laughter. I know next to nothing about the film, though I’ve since learned that it not only took home a Scotland BAFTA for Best First Film, but that it also caught the eye of the well-known American actress Juliette Lewis — enough of her eye, in fact, that she’s agreed to star in Molotnikov‘s follow-up feature, a contemporary noir titled Blood or Water. [The Hollywood Reporter]

“I am excited by Justin Molotnikov’s unconventional, completely organic approach to storytelling and filmmaking,” said Lewis about the up-and-coming Scottish director. “He creates one of a kind, totally engrossing stories with characters that jump off the screen.” Stephen McCole, Kate Dickie, Gary Lewis, and Greta Scacchi are
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Juliette Lewis Joins Cast Of Blood Or Water

Juliette Lewis - one of the more interesting actresses out there - might have concentrated a lot on her music career over the last few years with her band Juliette and the Licks and then The New Romantiques but that doesn't stop her from taking on more film roles all the same. The Hollywood Reporter has the news that Lewis has signed on to star in contemporary film noir Blood or Water, from Scottish director Justin Molotnikov. She joins the cast which includes Stephen McCole (Stone of Destiny), Katie Dickie (Red Road), Gary Lewis (Billy Elliot) and Greta Scacchi (The Player). Lewis had this to say: "I am excited by Justin Molotnikov's unconventional, completely organic approach to storytelling and filmmaking... He creates one of a kind,...
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Juliette Lewis Joins Blood or Water

Juliette Lewis Joins Blood or Water
Juliette Lewis has boarded the contemporary film noir Blood or Water, from Scottish director Justin Molotnikov.

Lewis will star opposite British actors Stephen McCole, Kate Dickie, and Gary Lewis as well as Greta Scacchi.

"I am excited by Justin Molotnikov's unconventional, completely organic approach to storytelling and filmmaking," said Juliette Lewis. "He creates one of a kind, totally engrossing stories with characters that jump off the screen."

Production will begin in Scotland early spring 2012.
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