Well, that was a bit silly, wasn't it? Yep, spoiler-free: silly, but fun.

And now, the spoiler-full )

COMING IN 2016: To be honest, I have no idea! But the Doctor will return in Doctor Who, series 36/10! Can't wait!

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Ok, let me start this by saying that this has been a really great season of Doctor Who. And in the finale, Moffat has answered pretty much all of the questions that he'd posed over the past few years, I should think. But did he stick the landing? Did it all work?

Spoiler space, sorry )

IN ABOUT TWO WEEKS: An old flame returns...but where River is, trouble can't be far behind! It's the 2015 Doctor Who Christmas Special, "The Husbands of River Song" by Steven Moffat!

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Traditionally, I give some kind of spoiler-free capsule review here, so let me do that. This was very good indeed, featuring an excellent performance by Peter Capaldi and fantastic direction by Rachel Tallaly. Very, very good writing by Mr. Moffat, although the "twist" wasn't as twisty for me as I think he'd have expected. We're barreling towards the season finale, and this episode was a great ride, with great scares.

Ok, that's all I can say before the spoiler space )

NEXT WEEK: The Doctor is where he should be. But what will happen next? It's "Hell Bent," the final episode of series 35, by Steven Moffat!

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Wow.

Spoiler )

NEXT WEEK: There is nothing I can say that might not spoil part of this week's episode. So I'll just say I cannot wait for "Heaven Sent" by Steven Moffat. If it's anywhere near as good as this week, I'll be very, very happy indeed.

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Here we are, with the first (apparently) single part story this season. And, well, it underwhelmed, to say the least.

spoiler space )

NEXT WEEK: Old friends return and new perils appear! There are entire communities among us, which will make the Doctor and friends "Face the Raven"! It's by Sarah Dollard, and it looks pretty darn fun!

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(Once again, I register my disappointment that the original title, "Inversion of the Zygons," was not used.)

Wow. I really don't know how I feel about this one. Don't get me wrong, it was a fine follow-up to last week's part one, but I'm not sure how I feel. I certainly didn't get the excitement I did last week.

This is the point where I'll have to go behind a spoiler space )

NEXT WEEK: It's "found footage" on a space station that ensures people will have to "Sleep No More!" It's by Mark Gatiss, and hopefully will work better than this week!

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Before I begin, I want to express my disappointment that this episode was renamed from the far more classic-sounding "Invasion of the Zygons." I have no idea what the thinking was, but there we are.

Last year, there was no episode more...controversial and contentious that Peter Harness' "Kill the Moon." A lot of what was wrong, in some people's opinions, with that episode was the terrible, terrible science. The character interaction, which was supposed to carry that terrible science, was seen by some (though by no means all) as interesting, but it couldn't save the episode for a lot of people. (It didn't help that it was a story that only made sense if you didn't think about it for more than a few minutes.)

This year, Harness was given a story that relies only on "Doctor Who Science," or "facts" established by the show. ("Zygons can shape change! How? Um, Doctor Who Science!") And, given that it's all about character, he does a much better job.

spoiler space )

NEXT WEEK: Who survives the cliffhanger? And who is who is who? Trust no one! It's "The Zygon Inversion" (formerly "Inversion of the Zygons," which I like better), by Peter Harness and Steven Moffat. Don't screw it up guys, don't screw it up!

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(Moffat didn't get a co-writer mention on screen, but he's been given one off-screen, so...)

What would it be like to be immortal?

spoiler space )

NEXT WEEK: The treaty from "Day of the Doctor" has broken down--the Zygons are on the attack! "The Zygon Invasion" by Peter Harness! Gotta be better than his last Doctor Who episode--it takes place on Earth, anyway....and, well, Zygons! C'mon, it can't be bad, right?

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Well, I did enjoy it, but I'm still kind of processing. One thing is for sure--there's no mistaking which bits came from Mathieson's idea and which bits were all Moffat.

Spoiler Space )

NEXT WEEK: 1651, and the highways of England are not safe for travellers...as the Doctor sees the consequences of his actions. It's "The Woman Who Lived" by Catherine Treganna and Steven Moffat!

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I'm going to start off with a variation of something I think I said after "Blink" aired: Toby Whithouse for new show runner!

The only other things I'll say before the spoiler cut are a) very good, though maybe not as good as last week and b) includes possibly one of the scariest sequences in Doctor Who. Parents, be warned!

Spoiler Space! )

NEXT WEEK: Pseudo-historical! Vikings! VIKINGS! Woo-hoo! Um, also aliens and such, and this woman from Game of Thrones, apparently! It's "The Girl Who Died," by Jamie ("Mummy on the Orient Express"/"Flatline") Mathieson! WOO!

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I'm really digging this series so far, that's for sure. This is good ol' scary Doctor Who!

spoiler space )

NEXT WEEK: The Doctor gets to the origin of the problem...regardless of the consequences. It's "Before the Flood" by Toby Whithouse! Can. Not. Wait!

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Ok, I really enjoyed that.

Spoiler Space )

NEXT WEEK: Malevolent ghosts in an underwater nuclear base--and the Doctor and Clara are right in the middle of danger! It's "Under the Lake" by Toby Whithouse!

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Cliffhangers are back, baby!

Spoiler Space )

NEXT WEEK: Part two, as the Doctor continues to reap the consequences of his actions. It's "The Witch's Familiar" by Steven Moffat! (And yes, apparently these titles will make more direct sense by the end, or so I'm told...)

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I did not know what to expect for this one, after the dubious tag on the last episode...I'd actually heard good things, but I was still dubious, for reasons I won't talk about before the spoiler tag. (My wife still hasn't finished last season, you see.) To say the least, the good things I heard were true. This Christmas Special was good, and really scary. I can assume children in the UK are having nightmares as I type!

Now, to allow myself to talk a bit more freely, here's a spoiler space )

COMING IN 2015: The Doctor returns in... "The Magician's Apprentice" by Steven Moffat! Ok, after this episode, I'll give him more rope... :-)

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That was a hell of a story.

Like it, loathe it, I hope everyone can agree on that! Yes, there were multiple homages to movies, but no more than RTD did in various episodes. It was, in turns, a horror movie, an action SF spectacular, a disaster pic and...well, a sentimental story. I liked it quite a lot, personally, though I'm sure I know people who didn't. I will admit to being enthralled, thrilled and amused while watching (in the dark, with headphones, which always helps with the scary bits)--and this is honestly the first time I've ever wondered if some of Doctor Who might be too scary for some kids.

Anyway, spoilers now )

THIS X-MAS: If you haven't seen this episode, there's no way I would spoil what little we know, except to say, "What the hell?" It's "Episode Title Not Released" by Steven Moffat. (And guest starring Michael Troughton! Neat!)

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First reaction: Ok, that was pretty scary.

It is, however, difficult to write any kind of review or talk about how I liked the story when I've only seen half of it. Yes, thank goodness we get a two-parter this year. I truly believe stories can use the room to breathe that 90 minutes can give you.

That being said, there are things to talk about, so let's have some spoiler space )

NEXT WEEK: It all comes to this--the end of the season and...who knows? "Death in Heaven" by Steven Moffat!

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Ok, I was warned that this episode...charitably, wasn't the best before I saw it and, well, I have to agree. It certainly wasn't bad, there were some very good bits...but it takes Doctor Who well out of the realm of science fantasy, and firmly into the realm of magic. Moreso than any other one we've had thus far, anyway. Now, as I said, it wasn't bad, per se; I'm kind of looking at it as a bit of a failed experiment.

And now, some spoiler space )

NEXT WEEK: It's the beginning of the end--of Season 34 anyway. The Nethersphere! Missy revealed! Clara...revealed? The Cybermen! Holy Zarquon! It's "Dark Water," by Steven Moffat, the first of a two part finale!

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Ok, can Jamie Mathieson write more Doctor Who, please?

Seriously, with his scripts last week and this week, I think he's firmly established himself as a new favorite. I liked last week's episode a bit better, but this week's was excellent, easily one of the better episodes of the season. Now, let's continue after a spoiler cut )

NEXT WEEK: A forest...in central London? And the Doctor, Clara, Danny and a bunch of kids are in the middle of it in "In the Forest of the Night" by Frank Cottrell Boyce. Love that title!

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That was fun. And scary. And felt a lot more like an old, mid-70s type of story. This second half of the season has been a lot of fun. I'm just not sure what else to say, but I suppose I should just babble behind a spoiler cut )

NEXT WEEK: When I read Flatland a few decades ago, I never thought it'd be the basis for a Doctor Who story...I think...? It's "Flatline" by Jamie Mathieson. If it's as good as his script this week, I'll be happy!

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Wow.

I really, really loved this episode. Best of the series, scary and thought provoking and just plain amazing. Not perfect, but no story is, but I just plain loved it. Might be my number one from the past few years. Wow.

Now, these are thoughts from about...oh, a minute after finishing watching, so excuse me if I'm a bit effusive. Perhaps in the cold light of future thought, my feelings might be tempered a bit. But for now...wow.

Now, a spoiler cut )

NEXT WEEK: The Doctor's on his own, on the most romantic train in the Universe. Romantic...and deadly! It's "Mummy on the Orient Express" by Jamie Mathieson. And they don't mean somebody's mother!

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