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The Doctor Who TARDISblend 110: The Doctor Falls
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On the Doctor Who Season 10 finale… Trapped on a giant ship stuck close to a black hole, the Doctor comes face to face with two incarnations of his arch foe in the form of The Master (John Simm) and Missy (Michelle Gomez). Surrounded by villains, the Doctor will face one of the biggest tests of his life…

During TARDISblend 110, we talk about the disagreements amongst fans on this episode, discuss THAT final scene, and commend the performances in this episode. Bring on the Christmas Special!

All this and more on the latest TARDISblend podcast!

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The Doctor Who TARDISblend 109: World Enough and Time
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On Doctor Who, attempting to help bring about the redemption of Missy (Michelle Gomez), the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) recruits his friends Bill (Pearl Mackie) and Nardole (Matt Lucas) to help with the reconciliation process. But the test becomes fatal very quick, and will place the Doctor against the faces of enemies long since past.

During TARDISblend 109, we enter the final chapter of Series 10 with an optimistic outlook, examine the return of John Simm, and critically analyze the return of the Classic Mondas Cybermen.

All this and more on the latest TARDISblend!

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TV Review: DC’s Legends of Tomorrow 1.12 “Last Refuge”
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Legends Of Tomorrow
Season 1 Episode 12: “Last Refuge”
Directed by Rachel Talalay
Written by Chris Fedak & Matthew Maala
Starring Arthur Darvill, Victor Garber, Brandon Routh, Caity Lotz, Franz Drameh, Wentworth Miller, Dominic Purcell, Ciara Renee, Casper Crump
Created by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, Marc Guggenheim, Phil Klemmer, Sarah Schechter
The CW
Air Date: Thursday, April 21st, 2016, 8:00pm

Last week on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, our heroes hid out in 1871, the Old West, much to Ray’s (Brandon Routh) glee. They were all having a bit of fun until the requisite bar fight, where they were saved by Jonah Hex (Jonathan Schaech), who also happenned to be an old frenemy of Rip’s (Arthur Darvill). The town was being terroroized by the Stillwater gang, and the legends wanted to put a stop to it. Rip resisted but then stepped up once Jax (Franz Drameh) got taken. Hawkgirl (Ciara Renee) met an old version of herself. Stein (Victor Garber) saved the life of a child, H.G. Wells, who was obviously influenced by the futuristic battle that takes place in front of everyone once the Time Masters showed up.

Spoilers below.

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TV Review: Doctor Who 9.12 “Hell Bent”
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Doctor Who 9.12 Hell Bent BBC America

Doctor Who
Season 9, Episode 12 “Hell Bent”
Directed by Rachel Talalay
Written by Steven Moffat
Starring Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Maisie Williams, Ken Bones, T’nia Miller, Clare Higgins
BBC America
Air date: December 5, 2015

This week, we find the Doctor back on Gallifrey, the home of Time Lords. It’s a place of many traps, both for the Doctor and for Doctor Who. There is the Doctor’s own, occasionally troubled relationship with his own people. There is the temptation to reveal too much about who the Doctor really is. There is frequently the desire to indulge in the worst kind of fan nostalgia by summoning up key words, faces, and objects from the past.

In this week’s episode, “Hell Bent,” I think the Doctor emerges relatively unscathed, but only after the showrunner Steven Moffat leads us through some abrupt and unconvincing turns that aim high but cater to the show’s worst storytelling tendencies.

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The Doctor Who TARDISblend 97: Hell Bent
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On the latest episode of Doctor Who, freed from billions of years of imprisonment, the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) finds that he must face the Prophecy of the Hybrid, and he knows he must face his destiny. Or does he have something else in mind?

During TARDISblend 97, we are joined by Andy Sorcini from Geeks Of Doom’s The Drill Down and discuss Episode 9.12 “Hell Bent,” the season 9 finale, and compare it to other finales from the television show. We also look into the implications of some of the revelations made in this episode, make some predictions for the future, and look forward to the upcoming Christmas Special.

All this and more on the latest TARDISblend podcast!

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The Doctor Who TARDISblend 96: Heaven Sent
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On Doctor Who Episode 9.11 “Heaven Sent,” after witnessing one of his worst nightmares, the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) is teleported to a mysterious castle that seems to reconfigure and alter its passageways causing a disorienting labyrinth prison for the Time Lord. He begins to unwind the mystery of who put him here and why, only to find he must face more of his own fears and confessions.

During TARDISblend 96, we discuss the critically acclaimed episode with a phenomenal performance from Peter Capaldi – the good, the bad, and the several jaw-dropping revelations from the adventure. We also examine where our predictions were right and/or wrong!

All this and more on the latest TARDISblend podcast!

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TV Review: Doctor Who 9.11 “Heaven Sent”
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Doctor Who 9.11 Heaven Sent BBC

Doctor Who
Season 9, Episode 11 “Heaven Sent”
Directed by Rachel Talalay
Written by Steven Moffat
Starring Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Jami Reid-Quarrell
BBC America
Air date: Saturday, November 28, 2015

WARNING: SPOILERS for Season 9 of Doctor Who

This week on Doctor Who, Episode 9.11 “Heaven Sent,” we are forced to consider the myths of Prometheus, the Greek Titan. In an episode featuring only three actors, the Doctor is trapped in a prison apparently designed to both punish and tantalize him. A method of escape apparently exists, but it comes at a horrible price. It is a beautifully atmospheric piece of Gothic horror with a clockwork castle, an amorphous death-like adversary, and plenty of chills that bite deeply enough to hit bone.

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TV Review: Doctor Who 8.12 “Death In Heaven”
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Doctor Who Death In Heaven

Doctor Who
Season 8, Episode 12 “Death In Heaven”
Directed by Rachel Talalay
Written by Steven Moffat
Starring Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Samuel Anderson, Michelle Gomez
BBC America
Air Date: Saturday, November 8, 2014

The end has finally come and with it, reckoning. A number of threads were left hanging after “Dark Water” last week. What is Missy/The Master planning? Is Danny really dead? What will happen to Clara? How do the Cybermen fit in? It was all a bit of a mish-mash. It was difficult to see where the dramatic payoff would come from, and how it would finally let viewers look back at this season’s story arc.

While I believe this final episode, “Death In Heaven,” competently checked off all the boxes and answered everything, excellence came only in flashes. Michelle Gomez is responsible for much of it. The scene in which Missy finally pulls back the curtain to reveal the reason for all this to the Doctor comes to mind. The sequence between Missy and Osgood is also quite chilling. The rest of it merely services the arc. Give some credit to Steven Moffat for turning the Cybermen into zombies, and then a platoon of soldiers, but that’s all they are. Likewise, Danny’s part in the finale all fits, but it’s nothing spectacular for all its final flash. In all, it’s been a quality season that set the bar high. This finale meets that bar, but does not dramatically surpass it.

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TV Review: Doctor Who 8.11 “Dark Water”
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Doctor Who Episode 8.11 Dark Water and The Invasion BBC

Doctor Who
Season 8, Episode 11 “Dark Water”
Directed by Rachel Talalay
Written by Steven Moffat
Starring Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Samuel Anderson, Michelle Gomez
BBC America
Air Date: Saturday, November 1, 2014

What a difference a week can make, or a writer can make. After coming through an episode like “In The Forest Of The Night,” where everything felt like it was on unsure ground in terms of character and motivation, here we are on bedrock once again. Odd bedrock it is, however. The blows come fast and furious: first there is a death, then a betrayal, and then a mystery. Finally, the little snippets of the Missy story that we’ve seen make sense, and we know who Missy is.

Now whether you like what you see in this episode comes down, as it often does, to whether you like Steven Moffat‘s brand of storytelling on Doctor Who. In his favor, the trademark cleverness is here, and the economical knack for character. We definitely now understand how the crumb trail was left for us, the audience, across the season. The condensed plotting and the penchant for odd ideas that drive parts of the audience nuts are present here too.

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