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Spoilers: our viewing notes and geeky spots for Doctor Who series 9, Face The Raven...
So, ravens have been faced, the Doctor has been betrayed, and the groundwork has been laid for the two-part finale. But there’s no time to mourn; here’s our weekly Doctor Who viewing notes, featuring all the callbacks, references and things we otherwise thought interesting. As ever, this is the collected observations of one tired fan, so feel free to catalogue the things I’ve missed in the comments below...
Face The References
This story reunites the Doctor and Clara with graffiti artist Rigsy, who first appeared in last year’s Flatline and acted as Clara’s assistant while the Doctor was trapped inside a Tardis whose outer dimensions were shrinking. The Doctor was initially unimpressed with Rigsy, dismissing him as another ‘pudding brain’, but quickly saw his worth as a source »
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, »
Carnival Films confirmed today that Lily James (Cinderella) and Matt Barber (Being Human) are reprising their respective roles of Lady Rose and Atticus Aldridge for the final episode of Downton Abbey, which will air March 6 on PBS. James previously had said she was coming back to the show for its “Christmas episode,” so called because it will air on Christmas Day in the UK. She discussed filming her scenes for the series finale in August at a red-carpet event when… »
Having laid relatively low ever since the “Maniax” were first unleashed upon the metropolis, Barbara this week is finally tasked with a deadly mission, as part of Theo Galavan’s grand plan to seek revenge on those who hundreds of years ago erased the Dumas family from Gotham history.
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Barbara, though, as we know, is highly unpredictable, so don’t be surprised this week when things go positively b-a-n-a-… actually, we »
The eight-part series will also star Nicholas Pinnock (“Fortitude,” “Captain America”), Ian Puleston-Davies (“Coronation Street,” “Being Human”), Nina Sosanya (“W1A,” “Last Tango in Halifax”), Ray Panthaki (“Convenience”), Jamie Bamber (“Law & Order: UK,” “Battlestar Galactica”), Patrick Baladi (“The Office,” “Mistresses”), and Harry Lloyd (“Game of Thrones,” “The Theory of Everything”).
“Marcella,” which is set in contemporary London with a police detective at its heart, is produced by Buccaneer Media and co-created by Rosenfeldt and Nicola Larder (Sky’s development executive on “The Tunnel” and “Dracula”). It is Rosenfeldt’s first exclusively created drama for the U.K. audience following “The Bridge,” a Swedish/Danish co-production which achieved critical acclaim when it began broadcasting in the U.K. in 2014.
The multi-layered noir thriller will »
- Leo Barraclough
Known for his family entertainers and classic love stories, filmmaker Sooraj Bharjatya is also always known to present his heroines in the most beautiful manner.
As the release of his upcoming film, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, is just around the corner, lead actress Sonam Kapoor couldn’t be more excited. Says Sonam, “I’ve been a huge fan of Soorajji’s films, they are so entertaining and his leading ladies have so much to do. My character, Maithili, knows exactly what she wants which is really cool. Plus, I get to play a princess.”
Sonam also got a chance to be serenaded by the original Prem, Salman Khan in the film and admitted that though she was intimidated initially, he completely put her at ease. She beams, “Salman is such a superstar and incredibly charismatic. But Soorajji and he went out of their way to make me comfortable”.
Talking to Toi about Salman, »
- Stacey Yount
I’m literally on my way out the door and I’m fast running out of slack on my T1 cable, but you have to watch this Gotham sneak peek in which Selina meets Bruce’s new gal pal, Silver St. Cloud.
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Played by Natalie Alyn Lind (The Goldbergs), Silver until now has been a bit of a sparkly cipher, but this clip makes crystal clear that she very much is Theo Galavan’s niece. Selina (Camren Bicondova) meanwhile is Selina, so… when the pretty little rich girl starts throwing threats around, »
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The potential series centers on a secret subdivision of the NYPD that provides social services for some of the city’s most unique citizens — werewolves.
DuVall will play Madeleine Holmlund, the eldest daughter of the current den mother and the heir apparent to lead her people.
Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…
* Candis Cayne (Call Me Cait, »
VideosAziz Ansari’s Master of None Trailer: Netflix Comedy Skewers Instagram, Race, the Morning-After Pill
Netflix has given a 13-episode, straight-to-series order to 13 Reasons Why, based on the 2007 young-adult novel by Jay Asher, our sister publication Variety reports. Gomez is executive-producing the project, along with mom Mandy Teefey, Kristel Laiblin and Anonymous Content. The pilot was written by series creator Brian Yorkey.
The complicated plot of 13 Reasons Why begins with Clay, an introverted high-school student, »
Melbourne formed an intimate friendship with Victoria, with their intimate friendship becoming a popular source of gossip that threatened to destabilise the Government.
Myles will play Mrs Jenkins, the Queen's senior dresser, while Knight is the hall boy, Brodie. Spooks star Peter Firth, Being Human actor Paul Rhys and Outlander's Nell Hudson are also among the cast.
Victoria has been written by novelist Daisy Goodwin, in her screenwriting debut. Shooting begins later this month on the 90-minute »
She’s got armor and a shield, but where’s Needle?
Game of Thrones‘ Maisie Williams has traded Winterfell for Old Norse times — but as the accompanying trailer and first-look photos show, she’s still playing a tough cookie on this Saturday’s installment of Doctor Who (9/8c on BBC America).
In the first of a two-part story, “the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Clara (Jenna Coleman) must train a useless band of Vikings” — including Williams’ plucky Ashildre — to “defend themselves against the galaxy’s most deadly army,” according to the network. »
Doctor Who is about to unveil one of its creepiest monsters in a long while - the Fisher King.
Our Time Lord hero will also come up against another less threatening alien, with Paul Kaye guest-starring as Prentis, a mole-like creature from the planet Tivoli.
Of course, before any of that, the show will have to resolve just how the Doctor is going to escape being turned into a ghost - the grisly fate that apparently awaited him at the close of Saturday's 'Under the Lake'.
After the dramatic events of The Magician’s Apprentice and The Witch’s Familiar, Doctor Who gave audiences something different this week – a terrifying tale of ghosts in an underwater base that harked back to the chills and thrills of Patrick Troughton’s ‘base under siege’ stories that Doctor Who did so well.
Toby Whitehouse produced a script that was as creepy and scary as some of his best work on Being Human and there were plenty of moments to shock, scare and raise the hairs on the back of your neck this week. In fact, it was so terrifying in places that there is a strong argument that this is one story the younger Doctor Who audience should not be watching.
With moments straight out of a horror movie, Under The Lake continued to standard of storytelling we have seen in series nine so far and built on »
- Baz Greenland
I’m not sure what it is about Doctor Who, but it can have weeks were everything just fits, but then go on to an episode where something just doesn’t click. Under the Lake does a lot right, but also gets the most important thing wrong for me, and that is the dynamic between The Doctor and Clara.
When The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Clara (Jenna Coleman) arrive on an underwater base, they are soon face to face with what appear to be ghost. Escaping from them they find the remains of the bases crew, and an alien ship they’ve pulled off the sea bed. Just who are the ghosts and what is their connection to the ship?
My problems with this episode start straight away, and that is the way Clara is so carefree and adventurous, wanting to “save planets” and “fight aliens”, even when they discover the ghosts, »
- Paul Metcalf
Three weeks into its latest run and, despite being filleted by critics for having its ratings trampled on by big rugby men, Doctor Who is ably demonstrating its power of enormous variety, jumping from a bonkers premiere to a bleak episode two, to - this week - a throughly traditional outing.
The 'base under siege' plot - our heroes and a motley crew trapped in an enclosed space - has been a Doctor Who staple for decades. One series, back in 1967, even replicated the formula for all but one story.
Since the show's resurgence, we've again seen countless examples of the type - 2005's 'Dalek', 2006's 'The Impossible Planet / The Satan Pit', 2011's 'The Rebel Flesh / The Almost People', and more.
This article contains lots and lots of spoilers for Under The Lake.
Under The Lake may not be the Dalek-filled continuity fest of the last couple of weeks, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t set our geek senses tingling. Here’s everything we were able to spot, from the obvious references to the slightly tenuous connections, from this week’s episode...
Under The Lake is a perfect example of what’s commonly referred to as a ‘base under siege’ story. These were a staple of the classic series, particularly during the Patrick Troughton era, not least because they meant the ever-stretched production team could save on the set budget. The first proper base-under-siege tale was William Hartnell’s final story, The Tenth Planet, »
This review contains spoilers. Our spoiler-free review is here.
9.3 Under The Lake
"This safety message was brought to you by Vector Petroleum"
Right then. There’s an isolated base, with a diverse crew on board. There’s a threat, from which there’s no obvious sign of escape. There are corridors, which are set to be run down with as much determination as you would expect. And there’s the arrival of the Doctor and his companion, just as the fit is hitting the shan.
What do you mean you’ve seen it all before?
"You actually poo-pooed the ghost theory?"
The news split the fandom - some excited for more adventures in the Who-niverse, others objecting to the apparent teen slant of Class.
Vote in our poll - and join the discussion in the comments section. Will you be attending Class or bunking off?
Doctor Who in crisis? »
Series nine's latest episode is set on a spooky underwater mining vessel called Drum, where the crew have found a seemingly deserted spaceship.
Judging by the clip above, poor Clara might be in trouble because she's on her own in the ship with the remnant of something that was once alive.
'Under the Lake' is the first-half of a fresh two-part adventure along with 'Before the Flood', following on from last week's visit to the Dalek planet of Skaro.
Doctor Who series 9: 10 exciting teasers for 'Under the Lake'
Doctor Who in crisis? The big questions facing the Saturday night sci-fi
'Under the Lake' has ghosts, gags and a helluva ending. No spoilers - but here are ten tantalising teasers.
Doctor Who in crisis? The big questions facing the Saturday night sci-fi
1. The psychic paper makes a comeback.
2. "I've never actually met a proper ghost."
3. Something is deadlock sealed.
4. "It's been deleted."
5. The Doctor once crossed paths with a soul diva.
6. "Don't leave me hanging."
7. Sorry haterz - the sonic sunglasses are back.
8. "We're going to do the impossible."
9. That cliffhanger is sure to spook the little 'uns.
10. "I was begging for the brush of death's merciful hand." (It's not much the line as the set-up.)
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