Doctor Who Night Terrors S06E09 (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.

Matt Smith takes over the reigns of Doctor Who in this serial.

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.

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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.

A trip to Apalapachia ends up in tears, as Rory and Amy get separated in different time streams. Rory meets an Old Amy, who’s been waiting for him for 36 years. This Amy despises the Doctor for what he’s done to her. She won’t help out, even if it means saving the Young Amy and eradicating this time stream. Needless to say that in the end, there’s only one Amy left. This was an interesting episode, somewhat better than the last one, which was actually a bit creepy. This was interesting, but it felt like a filler episode that didn’t advance the main storyline. Still, it wasn’t bad and I liked it.

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I’ve been somewhat busy over the last few weeks, which is one of the reasons why I have 3 Doctor Who episodes to watch this weekend. I don’t know if I’ll have time for all of them, but it’s going to be fun. The three episodes aren’t two-parters, so at least there’s that.

Some kid named George is afraid of going to bed. For some reason, the Doctor hears his pleas for help. Amy, Rory, and the Doctor star knocking on doors. They don’t find the frightened kid, but the Doctor does.

Something happens to Rory and Amy when they get into the elevator. They kind of disappear. The Doctor finds the kid and pretends that he’s from social services.

An old lady gets taken as well. Amy and Rory wake up in some strange house. Rory thinks that they are dead or it’s some time-slippy thing. There’s something in there with them.

There’s something in George’s cupboard. The sonic screwdriver’s readings are off the scale.

Rory and Amy find some strange life-sized cool in a closet. It’s alive but they don’t know it.

After some thinking and a cuppa, the Doctor opens the cupboard. There’s nothing inside. Alex doesn’t remember when they got George. Claire can’t have kids. She wasn’t pregnant the month before she got George. They ask George who he really is. The cupboard opens and Alex and the Doctor are sucked into it. This happens after the landlord is swallowed up by his carpet.

The landlord is caught by one of the dolls sand becomes one of them.

The Doctor says that they are inside the doll’s house inside the cupboard.

Amy gets caught by one of the dolls and turns into one of them. The Doctor realizes that George is a Tensa, an alien life form that mimics into whatever shape the foster parents want or need. George doesn’t even know that he’s doing it.

George opens the cupboard and appears inside the house. George heard them talking about some doctors taking him away. He needed his dad to rescue him and tell him that no one would take him away. He does so and the spell is broken. The people from inside the doll’s house come back to reality.

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