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The Doctor Who TARDISblend 108: The Eaters Of Light
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On Doctor Who, after chasing the Monks from Earth, and bringing the Ice Warriors back to the galaxy, The Doctor (Peter Capaldi), with companions Bill(Pearl Mackie) and Nardole (Matt Lucas), arrive in ancient Scotland, right in the middle of where the Picts and the invading Romans are supposed to be. But everyone seems to have disappeared… and something sinister is roaming the land.

During TARDISblend 108, we discuss the final one-parter of Season 10, the return of Rona Munro from Classic Doctor Who with her first writing effort for Nu Who, and look towards the finale with questions and predictions.

All this and more on the latest TARDISblend!

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The Doctor Who TARDISblend 107: Special Double-Feature Episode
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In Part One of our episode: The Monks have taken the planet, and it seems that only Bill (Pearl Mackie) remembers the truth, as humanity believes the invaders have been there forever. Reuniting with Nardole (Matt Lucas), the pair try to discover what’s going on. And where is The Doctor (Peter Capaldi)?

In Part Two of our episode: we re-enter the universe of the Ice Warriors, as writer Mark Gattis delivers a daring and significant chapter into the history of the species in Doctor Who.

During TARDISblend 107, we close out The Monk trilogy where we discuss the mixed reactions from fans online, examine the return of the Ice Warriors, and look towards what we can expect in the coming episodes.

All this and more on the latest TARDISblend!

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TV Review: Doctor Who 10.8 “The Lie Of The Land”
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Doctor Who 10.8 The Lie Of The Land BBC Simon Ridgway/Stuart Manning

Doctor Who
Season 10, Episode 8 “The Lie Of The Land”
Directed by Wayne Yip
Written by Toby Whithouse
Starring Peter Capaldi, Pearl Mackie, Matt Lucas, Michelle Gomez
BBC America
Air date: June 3, 2017

Ever since the dawn of modern mass media, there has been this concern that media has a meta-textual element designed to mislead the public. Call it subliminal advertising or even the Discordian fnord, but there is always this notion that the newspapers, the TV, the Internet that people so willingly and gleefully consume is actually putting us to sleep somehow. Though it informs us, that very act also allows it to control us. It creates a method for the direct manipulation of the human psyche, and since mass media systems make the replication of controlling information so easy, the many can be controlled by the very few.

This dystopian idea of control through mass media is what Doctor Who examines with Episode 10.8 “The Lie Of The Land.” Having established last week that a new alien species (the Monks) has arrived on Earth that behave something like a shadowy, Illuminati-like group, the gimmick of “The Pyramid At The End Of The World” was the setup for a choice. Bill (Pearl Mackie) must pick the uncertain future of life on Earth with the Monks, or let the Doctor die. She chooses the former, and now we see what life with the Monks looks like.

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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 106: The Pyramid At The End Of The World
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Seemingly prepared for the invasion of the Monks, The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) unites with Bill (Pearl Mackie) and Nardole (Matt Lucas), along with UNIT and the United Nations to face the new threat to planet Earth, and the future has never been so unclear…

During TARDISblend 106, we continue the midpoint of the season and begin discussing the intense character development during this episode, the unique elements of the episode and the clues that preceded it, along with new characters introduced during this episode.

All this and more on the latest TARDISblend!

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TV Review: Doctor Who 10.6 “Extremis”
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Doctor Who 10.6 Extremis BBC

Doctor Who
Season 10, Episode 6 “Extremis”
Directed by Charles Palmer
Written by Steven Moffat
Starring Peter Capaldi, Pearl Mackie, Matt Lucas, Michelle Gomez
BBC America
Air date: May 20, 2017

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the term in extremis means in extreme circumstances; especially: at the point of death. After the horror and jeopardy of “Oxygen” last week, what does that mean for Doctor Who? It cannot mean the Doctor, can it? Given a fifty year history of the Doctor’s survival, that seems highly unlikely.

No, what we get with this week’s episode, “Extremis,” is part Dan Brown and part the Wachowskis as something new menaces Earth. We also learn a lot about the mysterious vault, and this season’s long story arc. Our twelve episode journey for the year is now half over. Let’s see what it is all about.

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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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TV Review: Doctor Who 10.5 “Oxygen”
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Doctor Who Episode 10.5 Oxygen

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Season 10, Episode 5 “Oxygen”
Directed by Charles Palmer
Written by Jamie Mathieson
Starring Peter Capaldi, Pearl Mackie, Matt Lucas, Kieran Bew, Mimi Ndiweni
BBC America
Air date: May 13, 2017

Ah, now that’s more like it. After a somewhat tepid attempt at atmospheric haunted house horror last week, Doctor Who brings us a full-throated example of zombie horror in Episode 10.5 “Oxygen.” Drawing on a diverse series of film influences that use horror and jeopardy to entertain as well as launch social and economic critiques, experienced Doctor Who hands Charles Palmer (“Smith and Jones,” “The Shakespeare Code”) and Jamie Mathieson (“Mummy On The Orient Express,” “Flatline”) create a tense, kinetic episode that is much of what Episode 10.4 “Knock Knock” wasn’t and raises the average quality of the episodes this season to a very respectable place. More about the episode and its influences after the jump.

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The Doctor Who TARDISblend 104: Oxygen
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Taking Bill (Pearl Mackie) for a trip into space, The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) is also followed by Nardole (Matt Lucas) where they find themselves on a seemingly abandoned space station. But after investigating a little, the trio find themselves in a precarious situation, that could have severe consequences… one breath at a time…

During TARDISblend 104, we celebrate writer Jamie Mathieson‘s return to Doctor Who delivering one of the strongest (and creepiest!) stories of the season. We also examine THAT plot twist (Spoilers, Sweetie!), and drill down into the acting force of Capaldi, Mackie, and Lucas.

All this and more on the latest TARDISblend!

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The Doctor Who TARDISblend 103: Knock Knock
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On Doctor Who Episode 10.4, echoing experiences from the Seventh Doctor and the Eleventh Doctor, our current Doctor (Peter Capaldi) discovers strange “haunted house” happenings in Bill Potts’ (Pearl Mackie) house that she is renting with new students for the new semester. The Doctor’s concerns about the house become reality, and a new mystery is presented before our heroes, that may prove to be fatal…

During TARDISblend 103, we discuss Mark Bartlett‘s first story written for Doctor Who, examine which previous episodes mirror this experience of Episode 10.4 “Knock Knock,” and take a glance at the new friends hanging out with Bill before her next semester begins.

All this and more on the latest TARDISblend!

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