A Doctor Who Book Review: The Crawling Terror

The best way to prep you for this book review is to provide you with this quote from the book:

“Well, I doubt you’ll ever see a bigger insect.”

So if you’re squeamish when it comes to spiders–even if it’s only talking about spiders–this one might not be for you. You’ve been warned.

crawling terrorYou certainly won’t find bigger insects than the ones found in Mike Tucker’s Doctor Who novel, The Crawling Terror. You thought the spiders were bad in the Doctor Who episode “Kill the Moon“? Yeah, those alien bugs have got nothing on the crawling harbingers of doom that scuttle around in The Crawling Terror.

Here’s a basic synopsis of the book:

Gabby Nichols is putting her son to bed when she hears her daughter cry out. ‘Mummy there’s a daddy longlegs in my room!’ Then the screaming starts… Alan Travers is heading home from the pub when something rushes his face – a  spider’s web. Then something huge and deadly lumbers from the shadows… Kevin Alperton is on his way to school when he is attacked by a mosquito. A big one. Then things get dangerous.

But it isn’t the dead man cocooned inside a huge mass of web that worries the Doctor. It isn’t the swarming, mutated insects that make him nervous. It isn’t an old man’s garbled memories of past dangers that intrigue him.

With the village cut off from the outside world, and the insects becoming more and more dangerous, the Doctor knows that no one is safe. Not unless he can decode the strange symbols engraved on an ancient stone circle, and unravel a mystery dating back to the Second World War.

This book was actually the very first Doctor Who novel that I had ever read, and I have to say that I utterly enjoyed it. Sure, I wish I had picked up one that wasn’t literally filled to bursting with spiders, but the book was awesome. I’m always very dubious of novel spin-offs of television shows or movies that I love, as I fear that they will just be a cheap knock-off of the movie or show. However, this book has definitely proved to me that my prejudices were unfounded–at least for Doctor Who novels. This felt like an actual episode of Doctor Who. Tucker was able to brilliantly capture Clara and Twelve’s tone in the dialogue, and I could practically hear Jenna Coleman and Peter Capaldi speaking as I read.

In short, this book is a must-read for Doctor Who fans (but again, probably not for the severe arachnophobes among us). Mike Tucker absolutely nails the tone of Doctor Who and he is able to translate that seamlessly to the page. It’s a fun and fast read, and highly recommended.

So if you’re like me and you’re a bit skeptical of the Doctor Who novels, don’t be. Check out The Crawling Terror or other Doctor Who novels today. Seriously…

lasagna…check ’em out. You won’t regret it!

Have you read any Doctor Who novels? Do you love them or hate them? If you love them, which are your favorites? Give me your thoughts and recommendations in the comments!

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Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review

12 Reasons I Loved The Doctor Who Christmas Special

***Warning to all of those not caught up on Doctor Who*** 

Spoilers

Last year, the Doctor Who Christmas special was a Christmas-ruiner that had me in an endless loop of hardcore ugly-crying.

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To this very day, I cannot watch this episode without bursting into ugly, horrible tears. So I was quite concerned when rumors started breaking that this Christmas we would have another downer with the departure of Clara Oswald. Mercifully, we avoided having another Christmas-ruining, heartbreaking Christmas special. Actually, as someone who generally doesn’t care much for the Christmas specials, I was actually quite a fan of this year’s special. Apart from the plot itself (timey-wimey, alien-infused Inception? Yes, please), here are 12 reasons–in no particular order–why I loved the Christmas special:

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1. Clara is sticking around! This one is the big one, so I thought I’d get it out of the way right off the bat. I am so very happy that she isn’t leaving the show. I was just started to get attached and interested in her character and her relationship with Twelve. It would have been such a shame to shut that down before the two of them really had a chance to become really close buddies. Of course, her sticking around another season only means her departure will be that much more tragic (and could very likely happen next Christmas since she’s on board for the whole of season 9), but that’s for Future Kendall to worry about.

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2. Nick Frost as Santa is everything. Frost was a brilliant Santa. He brought a good measure of heart, sass, and fun into the character. His portrayal was exactly as I would like to image Santa would really be–er–how he really is.

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3. Twelve. It was subtle, but Clara picking 12 packed a big feels punch for me. If you’ll recall in the episode “The Bells of St. John”, when she asks the boy she is nannying what chapter the boy is on, he responds saying he’s on chapter 10. She then says “Eleven’s the best. You’ll cry your eyes out.” I miss Matt Smith just as much as the next Raggedy Man fan, but I’m so glad to see that Clara is starting to warm up to Twelve just as much as I am.

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4. Facing your fears by dancing. It was a brief moment, but I loved it just the same. Her coping methods spoke to me on a spiritual level.

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5. The Doctor is still as tactless as ever. Clara may be sticking around, and the Doctor may be finally climbing down from his high horse, but Twelve will never be the gooey teddy bear of a man that Eleven was. I have to be honest, I kind of like it that way.

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6. The nod to Trenzalore. Remember back with Eleven was crazy old, prior to his regeneration, and Clara had to help him open the Christmas cracker? I sure do. It was very sweet to see the Doctor care for Clara in her old age like she cared for him when he was old. He’ll always be rough around the edges, but he will always love Clara. It was also terribly sweet that he kept telling her that he didn’t notice the drastic change in her appearance as Old Clara.

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7. The Doctor’s soft spot for Clara. I am loving their shift in relationship. It’s been a while since we’ve seen the Doctor have a companion he was just mates with. Their friendship is just too cute, and the way the Doctor acted around Clara during the special–especially given how rude he had been to her all season–just makes my heart grow two sizes.

8. Alien jokes. Because the Doctor looks like a human, the show doesn’t always use the opportunities it has to crack a bunch of alien jokes. Happily, they made a TON of alien jokes, my favorite pictured above, in the Christmas special.

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9. Santa vs. The Doctor. Even though he turned out to be a product of everyone’s dream, I loved watching the Doctor and Santa square off.

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10. Danny Pink. I loved him, I miss him, and I’m so sad that he’s gone. I’m glad we got a bit more time with him. I’m gonna go ahead and begin my five minutes of properly missing Danny now…

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11. Beardy-weirdy. Probably the best Doctor-ism since “wibbley, wobbley, timey, wimey”.

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12. Did I mention that Clara is staying??? Seriously, I am so thrilled that we’ve not seen the last of her. She’s amazing, and I can’t wait to see how they continue to grow her character.

What did you think of the Christmas special? Let me know in the comments! 

Cinema Blend Post: Doctor Who Christmas Special Trailer

Christmas Day is inching closer, and that means that we’re one day closer to the Doctor Who Christmas special! I’ve already posted a clip from the Doctor Who Christmas special, and now I’m over at Cinema Blend with the official trailer for the special. I hope you’ll join me over there to check it out!

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The big question circling this year’s Christmas special is, of course, the fate of Clara Oswald. Will she continue travelling with the Doctor into the coming year, or will the Christmas special be her last hurrah? The official word from the BBC is that we’ll have to wait and watch the special to find out. However, I’ve got to say after watching Clara try to unsuccessfully erase the words “you are dying” from that chalkboard in the trailer, I’m pretty concerned for her fate.

Rumors had been circulating over the summer that Clara would be done travelling with the Doctor after this year’s Christmas special. After the Season 8 finale, however, the internet starting lighting up with more rumors that actress Jenna Louise-Coleman had gone back on her choice to leave the show…

Read the rest and see the “Last Christmas” trailer over at Cinema Blend!

Cinema Blend Post: Clara’s Fate on Doctor Who Is Unclear

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Hey, guys! I’m at Cinema Blend talking about Clara’s future on Doctor Who. After the series 8 finale (check my recap of Dark Water and A Death in Heaven) and several announcements in the press, it seemed like her days on the TARDIS might be numbered. However, after the release of the Christmas special sneak peek, Whovians started to wonder if Clara was indeed nearing the end of her run as companion. There were some interesting developments in the press today that have me even more curious. I’m talking about it at Cinema Blend!

We’ve been talking for months about the potential departure of Jenna Louise-Colemanfrom Doctor Who, and after the Season 8 finale, it seemed as though Clara’s days in the TARDIS were numbered. However, after Clara popped back up in the sneak peek for the Christmas special, some Whovians have started to wonder if we’ve really seen the last of Clara Oswald. It looks like we will have an official answer on Clara’s future in the TARDIS when we watch the Christmas special!

While Mirror UK ran a story this morning stating that Coleman will officially stay put as the Doctor’s companion, the new is nothing but a rumor at this point. When Radio Times contacted the BBC, a spokesperson for the network said…

Read the rest over at Cinema Blend! 

What do you think about Clara’s future on the show? Are you a fan of Clara or are you ready to see her go? Let me know in the comments!

Doctor Who Finale Recap

It seems like just yesterday we were first introduced to Capaldi’s Doctor and his attack eyebrows, but just like that, season 8 is over. If you haven’t checked out my post about Part I of the season finale, be sure to do that. Also, for those not caught up on Doctor Whospoiler alert. 
DoctorWhoFinaleS8We ended last week with Danny trapped in the Nethersphere, about to delete himself, Missy revealing her identity as The Master, and Cybermen invading the universe, reanimating (or upgrading, I guess) dead bodies via a giant cloud raining cyberman pollen on everything.

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So, you know, typical day for the Doctor.

Before we get started, can we just talk about how much I love Missy?

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I adore her. I loved John Simm’s version of the Master, but Michelle Gomez’s version just has something special. I’m not sure what it is, but she’s absolutely brilliant. She was a hoot to watch in this episode, even when she was being evilly evil.

That is, however, the only real happy bit I can glean from this episode. The rest was completely tragic. Starting off with Mr. Danny Pink. Our horrors were confirmed when we started off the episode seeing Danny in a full-on Cyberman suit.

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It’s totally cool. It wasn’t like I was kind of a giant fan of Danny’s. It’s not like I wanted Danny and Clara to go on and have beautiful, time-traveling babies together. It isn’t like Moffat totally got my hopes up for these guys being the best thing to happen to the TARDIS since the Ponds. It’s cool. No harm done.

Really though, Danny’s part of the story was tragic. We saw him contemplating “deleting” his emotions at the end of last episode, and he never got the chance as people were moved out of the Nethersphere rather quickly. Because of this, Danny had a full range of emotions and feelings while being forced to be a Cyberman, and it (plus listening to Clara say things like “The Doctor is the only man I’d never lie to”) was crushing his soul.

He asks Clara to help him “delete” himself to help him end his suffering, but she needs the Doctor’s help to do it. Initially, the Doctor refuses, telling Danny that he would become a dangerous Cyberman, and try to kill Clara. Then the Doctor realizes that Danny’s connection to the Cyberman hive mind is the Doctor’s only way to figure out how to stop the Cybermen from raining their Cyberman pollen down on the city, upgrading the dead. Ultimately, the choice is made, and Clara agrees to “delete” Danny and “activate” Cyber Danny. A quick wave of the Doctor’s sonic, and Danny is instantly transformed, but…not entirely. Because love. 

cyber hugsWhile Clara and Danny are engaged in the World’s Most Tragic Hug, the Doctor is busy confronting Missy–who, if you were curious, was brought back when the Doctor saved Gallifrey. Missy tells the Doctor she is handing over the army of Cyberman to the Doctor to rule the universe with, and finally, finally, the Doctor has his humble pie moment. I’ve been talking all season about how the Doctor needed to be knocked down a few pegs, and how he was obviously feeling a bit untouchable after Trenzalore. The episode started with UNIT naming the Doctor President of the World, which freaks the Doctor out a bit, but after Missy presents him with his army of Cybermen, the Doctor finally sees himself clearly. He sees the “officer” tendencies in him that Danny noticed. He sees the qualities that made him UNIT’s sole candidate for world leader. He sees the choices he has been making, the things he has been doing, he remembers Clara not being able to tell the Doctor if he was a good man or not, and finally, something clicks. He realizes who he truly is. He is not a good man, but he isn’t a bad man. He isn’t an officer or a world leader either. No, the Doctor is an idiot with a box and a screwdriver. Finally, he remembers.

rejoicingDanny is able to call upon the other Cybermen to fly into the Cybercloud and detonate themselves in it, destroying the cloud and saving earth, but ultimately destroying themselves–also destroying me and my soul, as I was desperately clinging to some sort of crazy hope that Danny could still be saved. Nope. Instead, Danny goes out in a literal blaze of glory, bidding Clara farewell with the most tragically sweet goodbye ever.

sleep safeOf course, after this is finished, Missy is still around. Clara threatens to kill Missy to avenge Danny, but of course the Doctor doesn’t let her. Missy lets him know that she found Gallifrey, telling the Doctor the coordinates of the planet. Just as the Doctor is about to kill Missy, she is presumably shot by another Cyberman (who turns out to be Kate Lethbridge-Stewart’s father). I saw presumably because 1. The color of the ray that zaps Missy is the same color as her teleporter and 2. The last time we saw the Master, he was shot to death and still managed to come back to life. I have a hard time believing Missy would go out so quickly and easily. Sadly, we’ll have to wait until at least next season to see if I’m right. Dead or transported, it seems as though the danger has passed.

Long after the ordeal is over, Clara is awoken from sleep by Danny whispering her name. When he flew into the cloud, he had a transporter on his wrist that would allow him to return to earth and the land of the living, safe and sound, and allows Danny to communicate with Clara. Of course, there is only enough juice for one person to return, and because Danny Pink is Danny Pink, he decides not to send himself back, instead sending the boy he killed when he was a soldier.

Thanks for that, Moffat.

A few weeks after Danny decides to not return to earth, the Doctor and Clara meet for coffee, and just as Clara is about to tell the Doctor what happened with Danny, he blurts out…

doctor lies…which is, of course, a big fat lie. Missy’s coordinates proved to be a giant fake. In fact, the Doctor discovering Missy had once again screwed with him drove him into a bit of a rage. However, he knew about Danny’s transporter, and assumed that after Danny’s return, Clara was planning to stop traveling with the Doctor to be with Danny–because a couple wouldn’t want to travel with him, I guess?

ummmAnyway, this is of course not true, and Clara is fully destroyed that Danny is not only dead, but that he had the chance to return and instead sent back someone else. But if we’ve seen anything this season, it is that Clara makes a really great Doctor, and what is rule one about the Doctor?

doctor always liesSo instead of telling the Doctor how she is having a hard time, how she needs him, and how she is lonely, she instead chooses to congratulate him on finding his home planet, and tells him…

clara liesThen they hug goodbye, Clara walks away sadly, and the Doctor returns to the TARDIS sadly. That’s. How. It. Ends.

Well, mostly…

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santa 3 santa 4Yep. Santa showed up to say what we were all thinking–not the what do you want for Christmas bit, of course–how the heck could you end the season like that?!? Clara’s departure from the show was made public over the summer, so I wasn’t totally surprised that she was leaving. Still, their ending was a brutal one. I’m hoping we can get a bit of a better farewell over the Christmas special, of course, that may be the end of Clara’s journey with the Doctor. After all, the Doctor has lost companions in a similar fashion before. Rose’s farewell was also tragic and sort of abrupt, and the Doctor’s mourning was also interrupted by a random TARDIS intruder in a memorable outfit.

So it’s possible we won’t get any more closure on Clara’s exit. Of course, she isn’t in an alternate universe like Rose, so it will be quite a bit easier for the Doctor and Clara to get back together again. Besides, the Doctor does like to see former companions when he can.

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I would be remiss if I ended this post without mentioning the two other deaths (both killed by Missy) in the episode that really tore me up. The death of the Nethersphere AI, Seb, who went out fangirling:

squee…and my favorite asthmatic, Whovian scientist, Osgood. Of course, she went out moments after the Doctor all but promised to take her on the TARDIS, and I had all by set my hopes on her becoming the Doctor’s next companion. Oh, Osgood, we hardly knew ye.

bowtiesSo that was the finale. Danny, Seb, Osgood, and maybe Missy died. Clara is destroyed, the Doctor is destroyed, and they both are temporarily alone and brokenhearted. And Santa is on the TARDIS.

Season 8 is officially in the bag. Capaldi has finished his first run as Doctor. Though I don’t think we’ll see the end to the grumpy, snarky Doctor, I am hoping we’re finally done with the version of the Doctor who thinks he is better, wiser, and worth more than everyone else. Here’s to getting back to the idiot with a box and a screwdriver in season 9. Twelve is a very different Doctor from Smith, Tennant, and Eccleston, but after a season getting to know him, I have to say I am officially a fan. What did you think of this season and the season finale? What do you think of the Twelfth Doctor? Do you think Missy is really dead? Let me know in the comments!

Doctor Who Recap: Flatline

While I wasn’t able to recap last week’s episode of Doctor Who because I was at GeekGirlCon (but you can check out this recap on The Mary Sue), be sure to check out my recap of “Kill the Moon,” “The Caretaker,” and “Time Heist“. And if you aren’t caught up on Doctor Who, this is your official spoiler alert.

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This week was the week of Clara Oswald! Ever since Clara was able to move past the “Impossible Girl” story line, evolving into an actual person rather than an anomaly on the Doctor’s timeline, I have become such a huge fan of her. This episode in particular has been one of my favorite Clara episodes.

This episode had the Doctor and Clara separated for most of the episode, the Doctor trapped inside the TARDIS, and Clara running the show from the outside. Clara has to figure out what is causing a string of disappearances in Bristol, and ultimately has to fight an inter-dimensional battle with a creature that can hide and attack from the floors and the walls.

Also, we finally got the context of those tiny TARDIS pictures released by the Daily Mail over the summer.

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After months of speculation, we finally learn that the tiny TARDIS happens because the creature in this episode latches onto the TARDIS and scavanges bits of its technology, causing the TARDIS to be quite a bit bigger on the inside than we’re used to, ultimately shrinking it to a size where Clara is able to stow the TARDIS (with the Doctor trapped inside) in her purse.

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While an earpiece let the Doctor communicate with Clara while the Doctor was trapped in the TARDIS, Clara was basically on her own to wield the sonic and try to keep those around her–and the world in general–safe.

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I loved getting to watch Clara run the show. After several episodes of Twelve’s roughness, his lack of empathy, and his frequent rudeness, it was great to see Clara take up the role of “Doctor” to infuse some of that loveableness (is that even a word?) back into the role. Clara made tough calls, she wasn’t perfect as she was not always honest with the people in her care, but she was ultimately able to make the people around her feel safe. While Twelve can make you feel protected in a moment of crisis, Clara was able bring a bit of softness that we haven’t seen in the Doctor since the regeneration.

Ever since Clara blew up at the Doctor in “Kill the Moon“–regardless of what the Doctor says–I think he has been mulling over his actions and examining how he treats the humans in his care. So watching Clara act like the Doctor in his stead maybe showed him ways that he’s falling short.

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Of course, maybe not. After all, the Doctor did say that Clara’s “goodness” had nothing to do with how good of a Doctor she was. So it stands to reason that he sees a reason and importance to having less “goodness” than Eleven.

But, honestly, the Doctor was really a supporting character this week. It was really all about Clara.

(C) BBC - Photographer: Adrian Rogers

(C) BBC – Photographer: Adrian Rogers

For the past several episodes Clara has been juggling her life with the Doctor, her life with Danny, and trying to work out how she felt about the Doctor’s questionable tactics on the moon. While her relationship with Danny and the Doctor was mentioned, the focus of the episode was Clara. In this episode, we got to see how Clara faced a crisis on her own (mostly on her own, anyway). My favorite moment of the episode was when Clara stopped asking “what would the Doctor do”, and starting asking how she felt it best to handle the situation. I’m really loving how this season is showing us Clara and the Doctor’s relationship evolve from Clara fully revolving around the Doctor–her very existence being only to save the Doctor–to Clara having a life outside of the TARDIS, and making choices without the Doctor beside her to call the shots.

Also, and I’m just gonna say this once, I think watching Clara wield the sonic showed us how a female Doctor could actually be pretty awesome, despite objections from naysayers.

Ultimately, Clara is getting a chance to blossom into an extremely interesting character. I love that they allow Clara to be feminine and show her emotions, as well as show her being fully capable to do what needs to be done in a crisis. So often in television and movies we see female characters portrayed as either feminine and emotional OR capable in a crisis. I love that Clara is a bit of both.

As a side note, I’m interested to see what will happen with Clara and Danny. Danny has made it very clear how important honesty is to him, and Clara has been lying straight to his face about her relationship with the Doctor. Danny’s presence is in the trailer for next week’s episode “In the Forest of the Night” has only made me more curious.

What did you think of the episode? Let me know in the comments, and check out the trailer for “Forest of the Night” below!

Doctor Who Recap: Kill the Moon

If you aren’t caught up on Who, this is your official warning:
spoilersAlso, be sure to check out my recap of “Time Heist” and my defense of Danny Pink in “The Caretaker“.

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In this week’s episode of Doctor Who, Clara, the Doctor, and Clara’s student, Courtney, head to the moon. Why the moon? Clara confronts the Doctor after learning he told her student, Courtney, she wasn’t special. Clara asks the Doctor to tell Courtney she is, in fact, special. Of course, the Doctor decides that he’d rather just take her to the moon, saying, “First woman on the moon special enough for you?” I guess that’s easier than just saying, “I was wrong, you’re special,” right?

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Of course, once they arrive, things aren’t great on the moon. It turns out there is already a team of astronauts on the moon because it is infested with giant, awful, space spiders, and even worse: the moon is actually breaking apart. Why? Well, it turns out the moon is actually an egg incubating a giant space creature that is finally ready to hatch.

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So, the decision must be made to either destroy the creature within the moon, keeping the moon in tact, but basically turning it into a giant sarcophagus, or allow the creature to burst out of the moon and see what happens to the earth–Is the planet destroyed without its moon? Does the space creature zoom down and destroy the earth? Or is everything okay, and nothing catastrophic happens?

In a rare move, the Doctor decides to leave the planet, allowing Clara, Courtney, and the surviving member of the astronaut team to decide the fate of the planet and the space creature on their own. Ultimately, Clara decides to save the creature, who is born, flies away happily, and lays another egg in the sky.

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Good one, Doctor.

Whew, right? Well, not so much. Clara realizes the Doctor must have known something about the future of mankind and the creature in the moon when he left Clara, Courtney, and the astronaut to their own devices, so she demands the Doctor tells her what he knew.

clara smackWhen he admits he knew the creature would be born safely, and that humanity would be okay, Clara feels a bit betrayed and patronized.  The Doctor put her in a position where she had to make an impossible choice, and he left her alone, telling her it was time to take the training wheels off and let her take ownership of her own planet. Yet, all the while, the Doctor knew everything would be okay–he knew Clara would save the creature and earth would survive. He left her alone not because it was a choice she had to make, but because he wanted her to feel like she made it on her own.

In short? Clara felt completely played by the Doctor. She felt, as she said, “lumped in with the rest of the little humans” the Doctor think are so, “tiny and silly and predictable”.

Okay, here’s the thing about the Doctor. First off, he doesn’t think humans are tiny and silly.

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In fact, the last time someone said humans must look insignificant to the Doctor, he responded by saying:

giantsHere’s the thing though: Ten said this not too long before he regenerated. In this moment, Ten knew he was reaching either the end of his life, or the end of his tenth regeneration. A few episodes prior to this moment, before he accepted his impending end, the Doctor said this when he did the big time travel no-no and disrupted a fixed point in time:

time lord victoriousThe Doctor is old. The Doctor is alone. The Doctor is also pretty powerful and very clever. Getting a big head can probably be quite easy for a guy like the Doctor.

I think we never saw Eleven get this big-headed because of what he learned after calling himself “Time Lord Victorious”. In fact, Eleven seemed pretty ready to accept his death when he was at Trenzalore…that is, until the Time Lords let him regenerate. We still aren’t clear if that regeneration was just an extra life, another thirteen regenerations, or an unlimited supply. Regardless, beating one’s inevitable end can make a guy feel a bit bulletproof, and a bit haughty.

I’ve really enjoyed getting to know Twelve this season, I truly have, but in the transition from Smith to Capaldi, we’ve lost a bit of the silliness and good-nature of the Eleventh Doctor.

huggingAnd really, that’s okay. Whovians are used to getting a new “type” of Doctor after a regeneration, but more and more over the past few episodes, the Doctor has moved from “rougher around the edges than Eleven” back to the Time Lord Victorious version of the Doctor. Leaving his friend alone to face an impossible choice without his help or support simply because he can? That kind of goes against the basic rules the Doctor bases all of his action upon:

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But like I said, the Doctor is old, the Doctor is powerful, and the Doctor is clever. It doesn’t take too much for him to get a dangerously huge sense of himself, which is why he has a companion. Travelling alone is when the Doctor spins out of control, and anyone who knows the Doctor knows how important it is that he has a companion.

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After all, Ten declared himself Time Lord Victorious after he was forced to say goodbye to his final companion, Donna. Thankfully, Twelve isn’t alone, which is good because right now, the Doctor’s morality is a bit off kilter. I think he genuinely had himself convinced he was helping Clara by leaving her alone on the moon, and I think he genuinely found no problem with pushing Clara as far as he did. But that’s why he has companions. To smack him back into sense, and to let him know–even if they let him get away with quite a bit for quite a long time like Clara has–that he can’t do whatever he wants whenever he wants.

Ending the episode with this…

clara mono2…was a heavy way to go, but at the same time, I was proud of Clara for standing up for herself. Her character development this season has been so exciting now that she’s beyond the “Impossible Girl” story line. Sure, she may have been “born to save the Doctor”, but her story is far from finished. The Doctor needs Clara more than ever right now, and we’ve known from the start of the Capaldi era that the Doctor is trying to figure out if he is actually a good man.

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We don’t know how much time will pass for the Doctor between Clara telling him to clear off and his next interaction with her. In next week’s episode preview, Clara was noticeably absent. My suspicion is we’ll see her again at the very end of next week’s episode similar to Eleven’s “The Doctor, the Widow, and the Wardrobe” episode, but we’ll see. I highly doubt he’ll be without her for too long, as I’m pretty sure Clara’s words will be buzzing too loudly in his head for him to stay away.

What did you think of “Kill the Moon”? Did you think Clara was out of line or right on the money when she yelled at the Doctor? When do you think we’ll see Clara again? Let me know in the comments!

Finally, here’s the preview for next week’s episode, “Mummy on the Orient Express”, in case you haven’t seen it:

In Defense of Danny Pink

If you aren’t caught up with Doctor Who, be warned, because:

spoilersAlso, if you haven’t checked it out yet, you can read my recap of “Time Heist” here.

Here’s a quick and dirty summation of the plot for “The Caretaker” via IMDB: The terrifying Skovox Blitzer is ready to destroy all humanity – but worse, and any second now, Danny Pink and the Doctor are going to meet. 

Though there was an impending alien threat–and at Clara’s school, no less–the heart of the episode came from Clara and the Doctor, and the Doctor finally meeting Danny. As I was watching and live-tweeting Saturday’s episode (follow me @Kendall_Ashley for future live-tweeting fun), I was really taken aback at all of the hatred I saw against Danny Pink. Honestly, I have been a fan of Danny since we met him, and “The Caretaker” really only solidified my feelings for him. So I was kind of surprised when I heard the outcry from some corners of the Who world. Because of this, I would like to present to you my case for Danny Pink:

We’ve known from the start Danny’s past as a soldier would absolutely cause tension with the Doctor:

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The Doctor has never been a big fan of the military, but Twelve has a special distaste for them. I think a lot of that stems from guilt about his own past. Remember the last time he was called “soldier”at Demon’s Run after Rory and Amy realize their baby is gone?

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It was here that River warned the Doctor to stop travelling down the violent path he was on, saying his actions were changing the meaning of “doctor” from a wise man and healer to a mighty warrior. Ever since that time, especially after being allowed a second chance at Trenzalore, I think the Doctor has tried to stay as far away from “soldiering” as he possibly could.

So back to “The Caretaker”. We all know the Doctor was well aware of Clara’s crush on him during his eleventh regeneration. So when, at the start of the episode, the Doctor first walked around Clara’s school and wrongly assumed Clara was dating this guy (aka: Matt Smith’s doppelganger):

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I think the Doctor was happy about the pairing not only because it was a bit flattering for him…

dashing…but I think he also liked the idea of Clara dating a safer “version” of himself. One who was human, who would stay in one place and in one body, and one who didn’t carry the destruction of an entire race on his shoulders. Sure, he wouldn’t be perfect, but Adrian-The-Eleven-Doppelganger would be safer and better for Clara than the Doctor. Of course, pairing his companions with a safer version of himself is something he’s done before:

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However with Danny, I think the Doctor sees far too much of himself in Danny, and that scares him. The Doctor is rude to Danny the entire episode…

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…and he belittles Danny’s intelligence from their first introduction…

stupid school…because the Doctor sees Danny as dangerous. He was a soldier. He killed people, and he’s far too similar to the Doctor himself to be a good match for Clara. What’s more, when Danny first meets the Doctor as the Doctor and not the school’s caretaker, Danny can sense that the Doctor is just as much of a soldier as he is. I think the Doctor is a tad threatened by that–I mean look at the Doctor’s face in this gif:

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While Clara isn’t afraid to call out the Doctor, sometimes she lets him get away with a lot. Danny, on the other hand, is clearly not going to take any crap from the Doctor. Does that make him a bit abrasive at times? Maybe, but I think a good companion is one that isn’t afraid to tell the Doctor when he’s wrong. While Clara and Amy were/are always quick to call the Doctor out, I don’t think we’ve had a companion like Danny, ready to argue with the Doctor at the drop of the hat, since Donna Noble.

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Ultimately, the Doctor knows it is likely that if Clara falls in love with someone, the time will come where she will have to pick between her partner and the Doctor. Going by history, the Doctor knows that Clara would pick her partner, much like one of his other companions faced with the Doctor vs. Partner dilemma:

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I think he knows his companions should pick their partner over him, despite how much it hurts him. However, he fears that very choice is in their future, so he wants to be sure that Clara spends the rest of her days with someone who is truly good for her. Because he sees similarities to himself in Danny, the Doctor is being quite cautious in truly accepting Danny–which we see at the end of the episode when Danny explains to Clara that the Doctor is angry with him just in case he isn’t good enough for Clara.

As for me, I think Danny is great. He’s tough, he’s not afraid to stand up for himself, he truly cares for Clara, and he’s delightfully awkward with a penchant for the headdesk.

headdeskSure, he was a soldier, but so was the Doctor. Danny can be a bit rough around the edges, but honestly, have you met Twelve?

get lostI think it is good he will be there to help reign the Doctor in, and I think he is a good match for Clara. More than being former soldiers, I think what Danny and the Doctor really share is a sense of regret for past violence, and a genuine concern for other people. Sure, Danny calls the Doctor out, but I think that’s good because the Doctor isn’t always right. Danny is committed to Clara, and he ultimately is only concerned with her being safe and honest with him. I think those are excellent qualities in a boyfriend. As a companion, the Doctor needs people who can be his friend, and people who can call him out and challenge him. I think Clara and Danny will bring that dynamic to the TARDIS.

Let’s just hope they stay away from Weeping Angels, amirite?

goodbye

Denver Comic Con and Cosplay Fails

It’s finally here! I’ll be going to Denver Comic Con for the first time in just a few hours–WAHOO! But, I have a sad, sad confession to make: I fully failed in my cosplay efforts. I had such hope at the beginning of all this. I was so sure I could easily figure out a cheap and easy costume. I made an entire Pinterest board of easy-to-create cosplay ideas. My only criteria was that I didn’t want to have to spend too much, and I didn’t want to have to sew anything. So after a lot of searching, I decided dressing up like Clara Oswald from Doctor Who in her Souffle Girl incarnation would be a pretty easy costume. It seemed simple enough. Red dress, a belt, and hair down. I could gather all the things I need for my costume in a day, I thought to myself. I mean look at it! It’s so simple!

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I did a quick search of the usual cheap subjects: Walmart, Target, thrift stores, and I didn’t find anything. I thought, This is a cute dress. I’d wear it again probably. That could justify me bumping up my price point a bit, right? So I did a more extensive online search. Nothing. I couldn’t find a red dress that looked remotely like Clara’s dress anywhere. So I thought I’d jimmy together an outfit with a red skirt and a red top. Nothing. It wasn’t like the style I was looking for wasn’t out there. It was. Just not in red. Nothing in red. The universe was clearly playing a cruel, cruel joke on me.

So I decided to re-think my cosplay. Of course, because I like to make things far more challenging than they need to be, I waited a really long time to officially declare defeat on my Clara costume. So as I contemplated my second costume, I didn’t have a lot of time on top of my tiny costume budget and incredibly limited sewing skills. Ultimately, I decided on Amy Pond cosplay:

Easy, right? I had a lot of the costume components already. I had the skirt, I had the chucks, the tights, and the headband. All I was going to need to get was the red hoodie. I figured, I live in Colorado. It isn’t a rare occurrence for it to snow in the middle of the summer. Surely there would still be basic hoodies in stores, right? Yeah, no. No red hoodies. No red sweatshirts. No red long-sleeved tees. Tons of red camis and tanks, but that’s it. Walmart? Target? Thrift stores? Nope, nope, and nope. Well, I did find a pretty cute tank top at Goodwill today. It won’t work for a costume, but it’s still cute. So, you know, not a complete loss. Long story short, I’m not going to the con in cosplay. Instead, I will be wearing the consolation tank I bought myself at Goodwill. Cosplay or not, I’m still ridiculously excited for Denver Comic Con. I’ll be tweeting when I can throughout the day, and then I’ll be blogging about the con after it’s over. So be sure to follow me on Twitter, @Kendall_Ashley, and maybe I’ll see a few of you at the con!