Without hope. Without witness. Without reward.

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So let’s get straight to business. ‘World Enough and Time’ was the first of a two-part story, constituting as the season’s finale. This episode starts off with The Doctor regenerating. (Yes,I know!) But this is only a sneak preview of the regeneration to come. The bulk of the episode consisted of a  400 mile long ship, reversing away from the gravitational pull of a black hole. And this problem is tasked to Missy, who is undertaking a test, conducted by the Doctor to see if there has been any change in her character. And she, being her old charming self, does not kill anyone she sees, and actually ‘tries’ to participate. Surely enough after some time a blue man, emerges with a gun, and shoots Bill, in fear of strange creatures coming up in the elevators. These creatures enter and take away Bill, claiming to be able to repair her. The blue man then tells his side of the story, claiming that it had been two days since they had been reversing from the black hole. A team of engineers had been sent to set the engines in reverse, and had never returned. Immediately after which numerous life signs showed up in the ship. It is then explained by the Doctor, that time is passing slower at the end that is closer to the black hole, than that at the further end. Meanwhile Bill, is repaired and is living in a hospital with the ‘janitor’. The hospital had been serving as conversion centre for humans, as they are ‘healed’. The wards are full of creepy gowned people with their heads wrapped in white cloth.  She waits for the Doctor for ten years, whereas above, only a few moments have passed. Team Doctor then hurries to go down the lift to rescue Bill, but by then Bill has already been tricked by the janitor, and is ‘converted’.  The episode ends with the reveal of the conversion, as being more of an ‘upgrade’ into a Cyberman, a Mondasian Cyberman. Meanwhile, the janitor is revealed to be The Master. And, oh yes, Bill, presumably becomes the first Cyberman, for like, ever.

A brilliant episode is one which takes you through the motions and also, emotions. And this is one such episode. The reveal of The Master and The Mondasian Cybermen, was already spoiled by the trailer released by the BBC. So it was just a formality that had to be taken out of the way.  But it was far from a formality. A beautiful score, wonderful acting, directing and amazing writing, transformed a routine disclosing into a something mysterious and wonderfully eerie. This was perhaps the eeriest episode of Doctor Who, ever, with a forever sense of doom lurking over the audience’s mind for the entirety of the episode. Peter didn’t have much to do in this episode. All the honors were taken away by Pearl. She was absolutely magnificent. Michelle, her cheery self. And John Simm, VERY restrained, for his version of The Master. The hospital was creepy, very creepy. The patients were suitably, very scary. As a whole, this episode easily takes the top spot on any DW episode list. This was perhaps the best DW episode in history, although slightly ruined by the BBC.

Episode 11- World Enough and Time-9.7/10

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The Doctor Falls. Ominous words. And that was what he did. The episode started off, a bit chaotically, with The Doctor having been captured by the Masters. The Doctor somehow converts the core programming of the Cybermen by telling them to upgrade, Time Lords rather than humans. This forces The Doctor and Team Master to work together to get out of the hospital. Team Doctor(now joined by Nardole, who found a spaceship in the loading bay, and the Mondasian CyberBill) and Team Master, make their way to the top of the ship. But as time is passing faster downstairs, the Cybermen have already developed and upgraded themselves to really shiny, metallic versions that we know so well. Once The Doctor and the rest reach Floor 1507, they get ready for an onslaught from the Cybermen. Missy and the Master contemplate leaving the Doctor and driving in their TARDIS, and decide for it. The Doctor tries to persuade them, but they don’t listen to him. Meanwhile, Bill struggle with the prospect of her being a Cybermen, and how she’ll never get to lead a normal life. The Doctor sets up base in a farm which was a home for many children. The Cybermen breach Floor 1057 and attack, while team Doctor fight back. The Doctor tells Nardole to evacuate the floor,along with the children. He then fights back to back with CyberBill, against the Cybermen. He holds them off for a while, but finally, is forced to blow the entire Floor. Bill and the Doctor are the only beings left alive. When all hope seems to be lost, The Pilot, from the first episode, in the form of Heather, comes to their rescue. Takes them back to the TARDIS. And makes Bill, human again. Bill and Heather decide to see the universe together, and leave. Meanwhile, The Doctor wakes up, and struggle with the proposition of regeneration. The TARDIS then takes him to a mysterious place, where he still does not want to regenerate, and constantly, forcefully tries to stop his body from regenerating. While, his denial to regenerate, he meets the First Doctor, played by David Bradley. “You may be a doctor, but I’m THE Doctor. The original, you might say”.

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This episode was more or less, a no win scenario for both, The Doctor, and the audiences. This is because, after such a wonderfully, perfect episode in ‘World Enough and Time’, it was almost impossible to top that with a more spectacular ending. And that was exactly the case. It did not live up to the hype created by its predecessor. But this, in no way means that ‘The Doctor Falls’, was in any way, bad. It was the best season finale, in DW history for a very long time. Although the start seemed a bit rushed and chaotic, once the episode settled down, and once we settled down in our sofas, the episode started to blossom, and unravel its enormous beauty. The speeches, the constant turn towards death and destruction, every emotion ever created bundled together, in perfect harmony, made the episode an unforgettable one. Plus, who can turn down the return of a doctor, The Doctor, in fact. The original, you might say.

Episode 12-The Doctor Falls-9.5/10

Overall- Doctor Who Season 10-9/10

GordonW

Doctor Who-X: The calm before the storm.

I’m a bit behind on the scheduled set of 5 episodes. But I suppose it’s always better late than never.

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https://haroldreese.wordpress.com/2017/05/16/doctor-who-x-the-story-so-far/

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This article will review the next five episodes of the Tenth Season of the Time Lord’s resurrection.

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After a very good episode in Oxygen, Doctor Who kicked on to make an even more impressive episode named ‘Extremis’. I feel, that any episode named ‘that’ has to directly qualify as one of the best. But still, Doctor Who has let people down in the past.  This was not one of those cases. Extremis was the best episode of Doctor Who for a very long time. The episode was the first in a three parter. The episode takes The Doctor and his companions to the Vatican, the Pentagon, the CERN headquarters and the White House. The Doctor gains his eyesight back, temporarily, or should I say momentarily. We are introduced to an alien race called The Monks. And we find out how the whole world is not the world. So, overall a very, very good stretch of 40 odd minutes indeed. The creepiness, and the sense of doom, that the episode sets out to instill in us, is done so VERY successfully. But as is the case with The Doctor of Peter Capaldi, he does not solve anything until the final moments. Until then, it’s just the Doctor being in the dark. Literally and metaphorically. So, overall, I felt that this episode was the best one yet of the Tenth season.

Episode 6- Extremis-9.5/10

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So, now that the world that is not the world has been exited by the Doctor, he can set about finding out more about the Monks and how to stop them. But immediately, we are thrown into the middle of a stress zone (is that what they’re called?) between the armies of China, Russia and obviously, the US. In the middle of which there is a 5000 year old pyramid which “wasn’t there yesterday”. The ‘Pyramid’ at the end of the World, also the name of the episode, houses the Monks, who can see and deduce the future result of current events. The Monks also make every clock in the world the ‘Doomsday’ clock. With it constantly reducing the time interval to midnight, at which the end of the world will occur. The generals of the armies decide to surrender but they can only do so if they WANT the Monks to rule over the Earth. The Monks do not accept their surrender as it was not ‘pure’, and turn them into dust. Meanwhile, the Doctor tracks the apocalypse causing event to a genetics lab in Yorkshire, which, due to a misplaced decimal point, created a bacteria that turns any living thing into gunk. Still the Doctor decides to burn up the lab, thereby sterilizing it, and killing the bacteria. He makes a bomb, he puts a timer, and leaves. Only problem, he’s still blind. He finally has to tell the truth to Bill, to say goodbye, but Bill turns and asks the Monks for help. Since this consent is out of love, they accept and return his eye sight, so he can escape the chamber that was going to be blown up. And that, is that.

This episode was not particularly my favorite. I never liked the Zygon two parter too. So perhaps it was the director’s fault. But never mind that. The story was a good one. But perhaps the ending could have been avoided. But obviously it being a three parter, it could not be done so.

Episode 7- The Pyramid at the End of the World.-8.5/10

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This next episode was a very disappointing one for me.  The ‘Lie of the land’ was more or less, shown only from the perspective of Bill and the Doctor and not at all from the side of the Monks. I personally, would have liked more resistance and more obstacles caused by the Monks. But it turned out to be pretty easy for Team Doctor to overpower them, and send them back from where they came from. The one silver lining from this episode was the Doctor’s speech about how humanity is regressing and needs help to evolve. It was the best moment of the 10th season yet.

Episode 8- Lie of the Land-7.5/10

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After a trilogy, that more or less failed to live up to its expectations, Mark Gatiss, brought the show back on the road with a refreshing standalone episode in ‘Empress of Mars’. The episode was not very ‘jolly’, but was much less ‘grave’ that the previous two episodes. The notion of Britishers on Mars itself is a marvelous one. Add to that the return of two Classic Who characters, The Ice Warriors and Alpha Centauri, you’ve got an amazing combination. But perhaps amidst all the excitement of their return, the story itself did not have much material. And can barely hold its own with the other standalone episodes of this season.

Episode 9- The Empress of Mars-8/10

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The final story before the ‘final’ story, was ‘The Eaters of Light’. And this too, along with Extremis, had got a far too good name to be let down like the previous two episodes. And it wasn’t. This was more of a joy ride than a thriller in which you are emotionally invested. Moffat does not take the audience anywhere, but brings them to his home. Scotland. And to the time, of the Roman Empire.  The disappearance of the Ninth Legion of the Roman Army, the disappearance of Bill Potts, and to when The Doctor’s patience shattered into a million pieces. The episode was a very good one, and can be attributed to the mathematical set containing all the good episodes of the tenth season of Doctor Who. I myself was speaking a bit of Scottish English at the end of it. So I would say that that’s more or less, job done.

Episode 10- The Eaters of Light-8.5/10

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Throughout the season, the serialized storyline had been the Vault and Missy’s repentance of her evil-ness. And the prospect of her and the Doctor fighting side-by-side. And for once, there are no buts coming up. Perhaps Missy will complete her ‘defection’ to the good side. And perhaps we’ll get to see her and The Doctor fighting hand-in-hand. But that was all to come.

Overall, it had been a not so good second half of the season. It started off, absolutely amazing, at then tripped again, and again, and again till it started crashing down the stairs. But luckily it was constantly stopped by the acting of the cast, and a return to just above par writing.

Overall-8/10

Next up, it was the sad starting of the farewell of the Twelfth Doctor. And a last chance to see the attack eyebrows and the crazy smile of the mad old man.

GordonW

 

Prevention, Cure and some Silver Tongued-ness.

‘Prevention is better than cure’, is how the saying goes, I think. But there are times when things become so bad, so terribly appalling that a cure is all that maybe left. This statement may have been true a few decades ago, but not now. Things have worsened and have become more terrible than ever before.Earth can barely contain the mass of populace that is humanity. But as it has done so for thousands of years, humanity never ever kicks the proverbial bucket. They keep enduring, surviving. But that no longer is enough. The haven of a planet, that is this Earth, is no longer the sanctuary that it once was. It is dying. Not that they did not have a say in the matter.DSCN1109.JPG So now this generation is tasked with the enormous responsibility of saving said planet. And maybe ‘Hybrid’ is the way to go. I’m not going to start elaborating about what hybrid means or what it entails, I’m pretty sure most people know. Others, Google it.

The harmonization of two opposite aspects of the spectrum of life. Economic growth and ecological preservation. That is the goal here. But are they truly ‘opposite’? They are only opposites because we make them out to be. They can be an amazing combination. Their harmony can bring to life a symphony of success and failure .We fall only to rise again. A word for this idea, is one that was coined not a very long time ago. ‘Sustainable Development.’ This form of development keeps in mind the consequences of said development and also considers the environment and costs that humanity has to pay. Genetically modified seeds, green spaces, solar and wind energy, crop rotation among many are examples of these revolutionary idea. But after we start practicing all this, another important question is raised. What is the effect of this on the Earth? Is it getting any better? The simple answer is yes.

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But just not fast enough. The damage that had to be done, has been done. And unless we find a way to reverse the process of pollution and global warming, there is no way out of this. Another factor for sustainable development’s minimal effect is the scale of it. Compared to the old practices, the portion that practices the former is very small. The problem with the people of Earth is that they are, like tantrumming children. They don’t exactly know what they want. Do they want to live happily, or do they want their children to live happily. If it is the latter, then their behavior has to improve. They have to be the best of humanity. They have to be the best of the only known inhabited planet in the universe. And also, they owe it to her. She’s given them so much. And after expelling so much emotion and hard work for her and on her, is it right to wither away with a whimper?is it right to give up this planet so easily? It most certainly is not. Humanity deserves to be here. This planet chose its inhabitants. So it becomes their responsibility to honor that choice, and to make her proud. Even if that means giving up all their creature comforts and living in complete agony, because, they deserve it. They deserve what is coming to them. But as I said in the beginning, they never give up. They learn from their mistakes. So, the summers can keep getting hotter, and winters, colder, but humanity has decided that it will not budge. It will not go quietly into the night. They will survive. So, to do one last act of kindness, to get one last victory over this homicidal planet, lets save this Earth of theirs!

GordonW