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TV Review: Doctor Who 10.7 “The Pyramid At The End Of The World”
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Doctor Who 10.7 The Pyramid At The End Of The World BBC

Doctor Who
Season 10, Episode 7 “The Pyramid at the End of the World”
Directed by Daniel Nettheim
Written by Steven Moffat and Peter Harness
Starring Peter Capaldi, Pearl Mackie, Matt Lucas, Togo Igawa
BBC America
Air date: May 27, 2017

This week on Doctor Who, the Doctor continues his adventure in the world of the occult conspiracy thriller. An Egyptian-style pyramid appears in the middle of a hot zone in Central Asia. The Doctor and Bill are summoned to investigate. The Doctor is still blind, and has not yet told Bill about it.

What do they find? What does it all mean? The episode pulls together some interesting literary symbols and ideas in order to create jeopardy, but it falls apart a bit at the last minute. To find out why, read on…

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The Doctor Who TARDISblend 105: Extremis
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On the latest episode of Doctor Who, “Extremis“: after returning from space, The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) must face a new challenge, one he has never encountered before. But before coping with his new circumstances, he is sought after by the Pope, who needs him to translate a mysterious text called Veritas. Recruiting Bill (Pearl Mackie) and Nardole (Matt Lucas) on the mission, the trio quickly find out that not everything is what it seems to be…

During TARDISblend 105, we enter the midpoint of the season and begin discussing the secret of the Vault and the return of a familiar villain. We also examine the writing style of this episode, both the highs and the lows.

All this and more on the latest TARDISblend!

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The Doctor Who TARDISblend 93: The Zygon Inversion
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On Doctor Who Episode 9.8 “The Zygon Inversion,” the Earth is facing dark times, as a splinter group of radicalized Zygons have gone against their treaty obligations, and are threatening humanity. While Kate Stewart (Jemma Redgrave) faces problems in New Mexico, the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Osgood (Ingrid Oliver) join forces to try and bring a peaceful resolution to the nightmare scenario. But the Doctor may end up facing his most fearsome enemy yet: his own companion, Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman).

During TARDISblend 93, we discuss the follow-up to last week’s episode, The Zygon Invasion, with its astounding cliffhanger. We also examine the implications made during this new Doctor Who episode, both with its social/political commentary, and with its impact on the overarching story arc for the season.

All this and more on the latest TARDISblend podcast!

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TV Review: Doctor Who 9.8 “The Zygon Inversion”
Dr. Geek, Ph.D.   |  

Doctor Who 9.8 The Zygon Inversion BBC

Doctor Who
Season 9, Episode 7 “The Zygon Inversion”
Directed by Daniel Nettheim
Written by Peter Harness and Steven Moffat
Starring Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Jemma Redgrave, Ingrid Oliver
BBC America
Air date: Saturday, November 7, 2015

In 1882, an author by the name of Frank R. Stockton wrote a now famous short story called “The Lady, or The Tiger?” In it, a barbaric king decides to mete out justice using trial by ordeal. The accused of crime is placed in an arena with two doors. The accused must open a single door. Behind one, there is a lady that the king decided is an appropriate match for the accused, that accused must marry if the door is opened. Behind the other is a fierce, hungry tiger that will devour the accused if the other choice is made.

That is very much the sort of conundrum that is the presented in Episode 9.7 “The Zygon Inversion” this week on Doctor Who. Does the world end in fire and violence? Or does everyone go on, committed to something different? How do you choose? Which do you choose, the Lady or the tiger?

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TV Review: Doctor Who 9.7 “The Zygon Invasion”
Dr. Geek, Ph.D.   |  

Doctor Who 9.7 The Zygon Invasion BBC America

Doctor Who
Season 9, Episode 7 “The Zygon Invasion”
Directed by Daniel Nettheim
Written by Peter Harness
Starring Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Jemma Redgrave, Ingrid Oliver
BBC America
Air date: Saturday, October 31, 2015

Doctor Who is not a series that generally tackles contemporary issues head-on. It was primarily started as a children’s entertainment designed to educate and inform, where possible, but not directly enter into controversy. So the Daleks can attempt genocide, we can all boo and hiss, and the Doctor can stop them, commenting about why they are so very wrong along the way. Looking back over the last 50-plus years, there are only a handful of serials that take stands on pressing political or social topics of the day. The Jon Pertwee serial “The Green Death” is remembered for its mention of environmental issues, as one example. The Tom Baker serial “The Sun Makers” dealt with the high British tax rates that made musical artists like the Rolling Stones, David Bowie, and Led Zeppelin into tax exiles, as another.

In this context, “The Zygon Invasion” that we see this week is a very rare bird indeed. It is a UNIT story, perhaps the first real UNIT story in a very long time. It is also one with a very contemporary edge. With the Zygons now settled on Earth through a treaty created in “The Day Of The Doctor,” this episode takes on what happens next… which turns out to tie in very neatly with issues of terrorism and surveillance in a post-9/11 world, the ethnic and social identity of refugees, and social reactions to the Syrian refugee crisis. How does the episode perform? Let’s find out.

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The Doctor Who TARDISblend 92: The Zygon Invasion
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Following the events of The Day of the Doctor, a peace existed between Humans and Zygons, allowing 20 million of the aliens to live safely (but in hiding) among humanity, after their planet had been destroyed by the Time War. But the peace is now threatened, as a splinter group of radicalized Zygons plot their insurgency against humanity – and the only ones who can stop the nightmare scenario are the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Osgood (Ingrid Oliver) in Episode 9.7 “The Zygon Invasion” of Doctor Who.

During TARDISblend 92, we’re joined by guest Chris McDavid aka Henchman21, and discuss the return of Ingrid Oliver as the lovable Osgood, as she appears in an episode that appears to be something of a sequel to The Day of the Doctor. We also look into the deeper political and social commentary integrated into the plot by writer Peter Harness, and how viewers and fans are reacting!

All this and more on the latest TARDISblend podcast!

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