Doctor Who The Doctor’s Wife S06E04 (BBC)

The new Doctor Who: Matt Smith

Doctor Who is a long-running, award-winning British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC. The programme depicts the adventures of a mysterious alien time-traveller known as “the Doctor” who travels in his space and time-ship, the TARDIS, which appears from the exterior to be a blue police phone box. With his companions, he explores time and space, solving problems and righting wrongs.

The show’s lead character is currently portrayed by David Tennant. A Christmas special co-starring Kylie Minogue aired in December 2007, and the fourth series started on 5 April 2008. For that series, Catherine Tate will reprise her role of Donna Noble, from the 2006 Christmas special, as the Doctor’s latest companion. Midway through the series, Freema Agyeman will also return to her role of Martha Jones, following a multi-episode guest appearance in the Doctor Who spin-off series, Torchwood. John Barrowman will continue his role as Captain Jack Harkness, and Billie Piper will return as Rose Tyler for three episodes. Elisabeth Sladen is also set to return as Sarah Jane Smith in a cameo role.

After a 2008 Christmas special and three further specials starring David Tennant, scheduled to air in 2009, Doctor Who is planned to return in 2010 for a fifth full length series.

From the Doctor Who entry at Wikipedia.

Warning: spoilers ahead.

The Doctor working a smartphone

The Doctor is a long lived alien from the planet Gallifrey. He’s a Time Lord and travels through time thanks to his aging time capsule the Tardis. David Tennant is the tenth Doctor. My favorite has always been Tom Baker as the fourth Doctor. The Doctor periodically regenerates. When he does so, he changes outward appearance which let the producers change actors easily. All Time Lords regenerate 13 times. The Doctor’s nemesis is the Master, a renegade Time Lord who found a way around this limit. Other enemies include the Black Guardian, the Daleks and the Cybermen.

During the previous serials, before 2005, Gallifrey was alive and well. It appears that for the new series, the Doctor is the only survivor of the last great Time War between the Dalek Empire and the Time Lords.

This is the first of a series of specials that will air this year. Since David Tennant couldn’t commit to a full series this year, due to some previous acting commitments, we are left with a bunch of specials.

After two disappointing specials, we come to the end of David Tennant’s Doctor. Tennant has rapidly become a favorite of mine. I still love Tom Baker above all, but Tennant is very good. What is it about him? I’d say that David Tennant was almost perfect for the role. It’s too bad that he’s moving on. Already, the 5th season has been delayed until later this year because he couldn’t commit to a full serial.

It’s sad because he was so good. However, it’s good that Tennant is going out with a bang. The ending of part one of the End of Time was amazing. The Master, the Doctor, and the Time Lords, all reunited at last for one final confrontation.

I didn’t really like how the tenth Doctor died, but others will say that it is within his nature to be like that, to sacrifice himself for anyone. He did so. The end is nigh as he says goodbye to all of his companions, from Rose to Sarah Jane.

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The new Doctor is nutty. Nutty enough to be the Doctor, if that makes any sense. I don’t know much about Matt Smith, and I usually keep an embargo on myself about upcoming Doctor Who episodes so that the fun isn’t spoiled, and frankly, I was surprised. It was a good show, not extremely good, but good nonetheless. I have to say that I did really like David Tennant as the Doctor. His shoes are going to be hard to fill. Naturally, Tom Baker remains as my favorite Doctor of all time.

This was an incredible way of ending this storyline. There are quite a few open-ended questions that I hope will be answered. We finally have seen the Silence and what they do. The Doctor was able to rid Earth of them, but this is something that’s on-going. Who is the little girl? She’s obviously got Time Lord blood since she can regenerate, and she’s quite strong. Naturally, she must be the Doctor’s child, but who’s the mother, Amy Pond or River Song? Amy was pregnant when the story arc started, she no longer is pregnant and the Silence have been caring for a child for years. The Space Suit in which the child resides will end up killing the Doctor.

There were a lot of questions, but the Silence are definitely quite creepy. There’s nothing like forgetting that a monster is behind you while you turn around. However, the whole thing about the “Silence Will Fall” story arc has a dual meaning now, since it could simply mean that the Silence, as a race, will fall and disappear. this is the exact opposite of what was implied during the last season, but it’s nice to see them return to this intrigue. I’ve always thought that Silence Will Fall meant that the universe would end and/or all life would be extinguished.

Nice episode by Neil Gaiman in which the most important bit was the matrix of the TARDIS stuck in a woman’s body. For the first time, the Doctor and the TARDIS can speak.

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Someone knocks at the door of the TARDIS. It’s a Timelord emergency messaging system. They leave the universe for some planetoid. The soul of the TARDIS is sucked out of it. It’s put into some girl. She’s exhibiting Timelord characteristics, glowing lights from the hands and face, just like she regenerated. The planetoid is filled with junk. The girl arrives and kisses the Doctor.

Petrichor: the distinctive smell which accompanies the first rain after a long dry spell.

There is an Ood there. The Doctor repairs his speech device. They hear the voice of another Timelord sending a distress signal. There are lots of Timelords, not just one.

The Doctor talks with the House. It says that it repairs the things that come here. It says that there were many Timelords and TARDISs that came here, but there aren’t here anymore.

Rory and Amy get back to the TARDIS to find the Doctor’s sonic screwdriver. It was a ploy by the Doctor. He locks them inside it.

The Doctor finds a bunch of Timelord distress signal collection. There are no Timelords here. They’ve been luring Timelords here for years. Auntie and Uncle have been patched up using Timelord bits.

The Doctor goes to find the girl. She tells him that she’s the TARDIS. He opens her cage. House feeds on rift energy, and the TARDIS is powered by this energy. House will try to eat the TARDIS.

A green fog is enveloping the TARDIS. It’s too late. The TARDIS is dissipating. The Doctor can’t open the door. The TARDIS flies off with House in it. Aunt and Uncle tell the Doctor that it flew off to their universe to find more food. It did this because the Doctor told him that he was the last Timelord with the last TARDIS.

The Doctor realizes that they are stuck on a planetoid filled with TARDIS junk. They are going to build a new TARDIS console.

Meanwhile, House is playing with Amy and Rory. Rory gets a telepathic message from the TARDIS. The Ood is after them. They are in an old control room. They put the shields down so that the Doctor and TARDIS can come in. House orders the Ood to kill them. The Doctor and the TARDIS appear in the old control room.

-Fear me, I’ve killed hundreds of Timelords.
-Fear me, I’ve killed all of them.
House and the Doctor

The girl’s body fails and the TARDIS’ soul comes out and goes back into its rightful place. It destroys House. The TARDIS tells him goodbye.

She told Rory that the only water in the forest is the river. She said that they needed to know this.

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