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FINALLY!!! Mr. Gene is back and we sat down to the first episode of Dr. Who Series 9 Episode 1. WARNING – there’s a whole lot o’ cussing going on so don’t listen if yer easily offended.
ALSO – Spoilers galore on the episode but you can still listen to the first 25+ minutes where we talk about:
- Happy Batman Day!!!
- Star Wars Reads Day is on 10-10-15 and not 10-15-15
- The Muppets return and are being boycotted.
- Indiana Jones Restaurant – we went over the menu and discussed what we would order if we were there.
- Is Batman v. Superman is really Man of Steel 2? We chime in Zack Synder’s comments.
- Finally, we get to the “hearts” of the matter for Dr.Who.
BONUS – I was not able to get comments during the taping of the show but I will be posting it here on the blog and respond to it. Many thanks to Connie over at Evil Genius Labs.
Connie: The best thing about the new episode is after I watched it the first time, I noticed that BBC America had just started playing Baker episodes, so I checked my DVR and the first episode was Genesis of the Daleks! The timing couldn’t have been better. I got to see Tom Baker get sent to Skaro to try to stop the creation of the Daleks, or try to find some inherent weakness that could be exploited in the future. When they first get to Skaro, the Doctor says the war must have been going on for centuries, since they probably started with the technologically advanced weapons, and then ended up using the more primitive ones as resources dwindled. Harry says, “At this rate, they will finish with bows and arrows.” Well, yes, what does the soldier use in the first scene of the new episode? He aims a bow and arrow at a bi-plane! I just thought that was a pretty neat continuation.
Monster: I agree. I think the series works best when it taps into its own history and then explores another side of the Doctor that we don’t know still. For example, the Dr. Who movie with McGann was never explored until the 50th anniversary. We saw the missing years which included the War Doctor played by Hurt. We don’t need to see a creature of the week storyline this far into the franchise.
Connie: So, it appears obvious that the kid is probably someone dangerous, but I was not expecting Davros!! I screamed his name at the screen several times, joyfully, as I think this is going to work out brilliantly.
Monster: I know that show needed to start off with a bang but to me the reveal of Davros as a child. On the one part, I’m heartbroken to see the a child being helpless but on the same token the events shape him to be this terrible monster and foe for the Doctor. I wonder if the Doctor had saved the child then perhaps alter the course of those dark events in Davros’s life perhaps that long war would have been averted without having to resort yo killing him.
Connie: I loved that both the sisterhood, and Clara, in the same tone of voice ask, “Doctor, what have you done?”
“Planes have stopped” – heavy handed, but just a perfectly delectable thing for Missy to do. Love that she is not even pretending to be good. Asking Clara if her BF is still “tremendously dead” just had me laughing out loud. Had to pause and re-watch several times. Calling Clara the puppy was pretty good too.
Monster: Missy delivering that puppy line was a very “Q” viewpoint. I think Missy as The Master is really enjoyable to watch just to hear those little zingers.
Connie: The Doctor coming out on a tank playing a guitar? So self indulgent – but so awesome, I loved it. And how could you not want the word Dude introduced several centuries early?? Dude is one of my favorite words. Wore a bowtie and a long scarf, all of me is invited, hee hee. Great lines.
The funny thing is that I watched it a 3rd time, with closed captioning (which I normally do when I watch BBC, as I miss quite a bit depending on the accent, and the shows are so damn quiet sometimes, I really can’t catch everything). The one scene there was big difference was when the Doctor, Missy and Clara are being held in the room on Skaro. Clara “tricks” the Doctor by saying now he has to come back. The Doctor says one word, and Missy says “I know”. The first two times I watched it, I thought he said “crafty”, as in referring to Clara being “crafty” with her little exercise to get him to come back. In fact, he said “Gravity”, which of course made so much more sense what with Missy then making the gravity comments.
Monster: I hate the fact that I don’t have the option of Closed Caption until I get the Doctor on Netflix. There have been on many times more enjoyment of an episode that I first thought was meh.
Connie: All in all, I love Capaldi – LOVE Capaldi. I was not sure anyone could be better than ten, (modern era) as I am a huge Tennant fan, but Capaldi is totally my favorite modern doctor by far. I love his interplay with Clara and more recently Missy.
I seriously hope that when he goes back to Davros, that he isn’t aiming the gun at the kid, but somehow saves him another way in order to “save” his friends. I know this is probably my hippy dippy way of wanting everyone to have a happy ending, but I can’t help it. I don’t really want the Doctor to go back in time and kill a child. That said, I know Missy and Clara aren’t dead, whether they used the vortex manipulators to transport, or whether the doctor saves them some other way.
Monster: For me there has always been there hesitancy between Doctors that the one before was the best Doctor. Yet, time and time again, each actor brings there own energy and quirks to the same character to make that Doctor different from its predecessor. And no, Missy and Clara can’t be dead. It’s way too early to think otherwise.
My thanks to Connie for her comments of the firs episode of Doctor Who Series 9 Episode 1