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The Doctor Who TARDISblend 87: The Witch’s Familiar
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Held captive on Skaro by the Daleks, the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) is alone. Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) and Missy (Michelle Gomez) are gone, while one of the Doctor’s oldest enemies holds the Time Lord captive.

During TARDISblend 87, we discuss the possible implications for the entire story of Doctor Who Series 9 based on clues left in the opening two episodes of the season, look into whether Missy has another sinister plan for the Doctor up her sleeve, and much, much more!

All this and more on the latest TARDISblend!

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TV Review: Doctor Who 9.2 “The Witch’s Familiar”
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Doctor Who 9.2 Peter Capaldi BBC America Simon Ridgeway

Doctor Who
Season 9, Episode 2 “The Witch’s Familiar”
Directed by Hettie MacDonald
Written by Steven Moffat
Starring Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Michelle Gomez, Julian Bleach
BBC America
Air date: Saturday, September 26, 2015

So… how do we start? We assume we’re going to win! When we left off last week, the Doctor discovered his own part in Davros’ past; he, Missy, Clara, and the TARDIS were all on Skaro; and the latter three of those four were apparently vaporized. It was just the Doctor, Davros, and a planet full of Daleks, or as Missy put it this week “on the run, no TARDIS. No friends, no help. In other words … the Doctor, happy.” Well, I wouldn’t go that far… and neither would showrunner Steven Moffat. It’s a tangled web, to be sure! How does the Doctor escape? By creating a future that causes a past that produces his present, and showing once again that compassion is a disease for which there is no cure.

With all of the opening overture fireworks completed, the strengths of the Moffat-era Doctor Who now become more apparent. Where last week we saw almost a bewildering display of characters and plot twists, the players this week on Episode 9.2 “The Witch’s Familiar” are reduced to just five: the Doctor, Missy, Clara, Davros, and the Daleks. We know they are on Skaro, and we have some idea how they relate to one another… or do we? The brilliance of Steven Moffat the writer is to skillfully invert what we think we know about characters and situations and to do it with brilliant, economical dialogue.

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The Doctor Who TARDISblend 86: The Magician’s Apprentice
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After meeting a lone boy in the middle of a battlefield, the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) goes into hiding. Temporarily abandoning their differences, Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) and Missy (Michelle Gomez) unite to find the missing Time Lord. But someone else is searching for the Doctor, someone more sinister…

During TARDISblend 86, we discuss triumphant return of Doctor Who with the smashing opening episode of Series 9 – surely one of the best season debuts of the series for several years. We discuss Steven Moffat‘s return to form, and much, much more!

All this and more on the latest TARDISblend!

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TV Review: Doctor Who 9.1 “The Magician’s Apprentice”
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Peter Capaldi plays a Strat as Jenna Coleman looks on in Doctor Who 9.1

Doctor Who
Season 9, Episode 1 “The Magician’s Apprentice”
Directed by Hettie MacDonald
Written by Steven Moffat
Starring Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Michelle Gomez
BBC America
Air date: Saturday, September 19, 2015

This is what happens when narratives attack. In 1963, a 4-week-old BBC television show called Doctor Who embarks on its second serial by visiting the world of Skaro and introducing the semi-robotic survivors of an atomic war called the Daleks. The Daleks are a huge hit, establish the format of the show, and make it a fixture on British television for decades. The Daleks re-appear on the show every couple years. In 1975, the show finally decides to expose the origin of the Daleks. The Doctor returns to Skaro, sent by the Time Lords to prevent or alter their development. In it, viewers are introduced to Davros, the evil scientist extraordinaire who is fundamentally responsible for their development. The serial is considered to be one of the best Doctor Who stories ever. In 1988, Doctor Who revisits the time and place of its first episode from nearly 25 years earlier. Davros is there, leading one of two factions of Daleks, both of whom are after a stellar manipulator called the Hand of Omega. An ancient Time Lord artifact of tremendous power, the Doctor brought it to Earth and eventually uses it to destroy Skaro. This installment strongly signals a creative return to form for the series after years of poor creative choices, changes in time slot, and alterations in format. It is too late. Just short of two seasons later, Doctor Who is cancelled. In 2015, the ninth season of a revived Doctor Who series begins with the Doctor either saving or killing a young boy named Davros who’s trapped in a minefield on Skaro … what does it mean for Doctor Who this time? Let’s find out.

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Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd Reprise ‘Back To The Future’ Roles In ‘LEGO Dimensions’
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The impressive voice cast has been announced for the upcoming video game LEGO Dimensions in the form of a new preview video.

While the cast is huge, it’s a specific part of the cast that’s particularly exciting. Among all the names, none other than Michael J. Fox is in the game, reprising his role as Marty McFly from Back to the Future. He’s also joined by co-star Christopher Lloyd, who of course voices Emmett “Doc” Brown. If you recall a handful of years ago, Telltale made their own episodic Back to the Future game, but Fox was unable to record for the game at the time, leading to them bringing in a surprisingly accurate impressionist for the job.

You can read a rundown of who joins Fox and Lloyd on the cast, including stars of The LEGO Movie, Doctor Who, Portal, and more, and also watch the voice cast announcement video below.

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Michelle Gomez Returns In ‘Doctor Who’ Series 9
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Michelle Gomez as Missy on Doctor Who

The BBC announced some details about the coming Doctor Who Series 9 premiere: Michelle Gomez will be returning as Missy, the latest incarnation of the Doctor’s long-standing nemesis the Master.

The news popped up on a variety of online BBC outlets, primarily through exclusive video showing Michelle Gomez in costume (see below.)

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Countdown To The 2014 Doctor Who Christmas Special: TARDISblend 84
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Saint Nick Frost is gearing up for his appearance in Last Christmas, the 2014 Doctor Who Christmas Special, while Peter Capaldi is ready for not just Series 9, but Series 10 and beyond as well.

During TARDISblend 84, we preview the upcoming Christmas Special, and also discuss the latest news and rumors surrounding the next season, Series 9, including a list of some well-loved characters rumored to return. We also ponder Jenna Coleman‘s next steps as Clara in the series.

All this and more on the latest TARDISblend!

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The Doctor Who TARDISblend 83: Death In Heaven
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The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) has been separated from Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman), and he must team up with UNIT and some old friends to face off against his old enemy now known as Missy (Michelle Gomez) and her army of Cybermen. Meanwhile, Clara finds herself in a cemetery, and must resolve the mystery of Danny Pink (Samuel Anderson)

Andrew Sorcini guests on TARDISblend 83, where we discuss the invasion of the “Cyberzombies” in the season finale of Series 8, but also preview the reveals and previews of this year’s upcoming Doctor Who starring “Saint” Nick Frost.

All this and more on the latest TARDISblend!

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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
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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