World Enough and Time - Reaction

Jun. 25th, 2017 10:53 am
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This item contains spoilers.

Reaction to this week's episode of Doctor Who: World Enough and Time, is overwhelmingly positive, with many reviewers describing it as the best episode for years, if one of the darkest.

The Telegraph called it a dizzying ride. "Doctor Wow, more like. This two-part finale marks showrunner Steven Moffat’s last regular episodes and he’d saved the best until second last. It was darkly thrilling, mountingly tense, genuinely scary and brimming with smart ideas – but stayed just the right side of over-clever, as Moffat is often criticised for being."

The Mirror was impressed with the way the Cybermen were used. "The true grit of World Enough And Time is the rise of the Cybermen and their creepy conversion hospital. It's as close to horror-film than Who has gone to in a long time. Anyone who wondered if the 60's low tech Cybermen could scare modern audiences needn't have worried. Bill awakening on a hospital bed with chest full of retro cyber-tech, rows of half converted patients screaming in pain, the show's own take on Nurse Ratchett silencing the victims' volume dial - it's chilling"

Macabre and riveting is how Radio Times described the story, also focusing on the return of the original Cybermen. "What horror, what disfigurement lurks beneath the knotted bandages of these proto-Cybermen? It really is clever how Steven Moffat embraces the perceived weaknesses of the original 1966 cloth-and-plastic design – scorned and abandoned after their only screen outing in The Tenth Planet – and makes them sting."

Digital Spy felt the number of plot points revealed in advance diminished the impact of the story. "You don't have to be a Doctor Who super-fan, trawling every spoiler thread on every message board, to know that the Mondasian Cybermen and John Simm's Master are in this episode – even if you somehow missed the news, they both appeared in last week's Next Time trailer. The former reveal isn't such a problem. The episode plays the arrival of the Mondasians more as dramatic irony, an open secret it's teasing throughout. It's more a chilling inevitability than a jaw-dropping twist. But Simm's return? That was clearly intended to be a secret."

TV Fanatic agreed "Oh, to live in a day without spoilers. Most of the time, I don't mind them so much, to be honest. But no two ways about it: Doctor Who Season 10 Episode 12 would have been perfect without all the spoilers. Two of the big reveals at the end of the episode -- the returns of the classic Mondasian Cybermen and John Simm as the Master -- were both spoiled by the BBC's own promotional material! How frustrating."

Den of Geek, while also bemoaning the number of spoilers released for publicity reasons, felt the episode was impressive. "I thought World Enough And Time was at several times quite superb. Director Rachel Talalay and Steven Moffat are clearly a potent creative combination, and the middle of the episode in particular, as Bill creeps through a hospital evoking memories of The Empty Child and Asylum Of The Daleks was tonally outstanding."

Games Radar enjoyed the episode but felt the pacing in the middle act was too slow. "The sections with Bill in the hospital and the pre-Cybermen converts are utterly fantastic in terms of pure sci-fi, with the scares bordering on unwatchable for young children but it’s just too slow and filled with exposition."

IGN enjoyed the exploration of the characters of the time lords in the story "Much is also done to explain the bond between Missy and the Doctor. It does make sense that the enormous life experience of Time Lords would lead to a connection between them that other species could never fathom. But that relationship will be tested during the climax of the episode -- and in next week’s finale, no doubt"

AV Club felt the story was bursting with ideas. "None more fascinating than a massive colony ship caught in different time zones because of the gravitational distortion of a black hole. There’s the mad conceit of having Missy pretend to be the Doctor, with Michelle Gomez pulling off the seemingly impossible by making a whole string of “Doctor Who” gags not utterly cringeworthy. There’s the horrific plight of those stuck at the decaying bottom of the ship, which gets closer than any family-friendly Doctor Who story ever has in understanding the true body horror the Cybermen represent."

Ars Technica felt it was a return to form for the series. "We're back on firm ground with World Enough and Time. It's a very strong episode that manages to weave an agreeable timey-wimey spaceship yarn into the climax of this season's gently brewing Missy story, complete with Cybermen. The big reveal doesn’t disappoint, either"

Finally, Flicking Myth thought the episode was one of the best. "You know when you’re watching a fantastic episode of Doctor Who when the credits roll up at the end and you’re convinced that forty-five minutes can’t have passed that quickly. World Enough and Time plays with your emotions from start to finish, from the opening moments where your jaw falls and is left-hanging, and to Missy owning the show ,and again we’re back to silence as we’re left in a state of true shock."

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Jun. 25th, 2017 06:01 am
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Eighth in The Two Doctors series about Dr. Spencer Reid, a genius, an FBI Agent, a profiler and a Time Lord.

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The Doctor, Jamie and Zoe touch down on the first Earth colony ever - a community formed by survivors of a mysterious crash. Except there is no community now - nobody around at all, except for a generation of terrified children. What are they so scared of? And can the Doctor stop the threat?

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*Spoilers for World Enough and Time!!* Bill writes imaginary letters to the Doctor as she sits in the hospital and waits for him to come and make everything right again. But as time goes on, she starts to doubt if he'll ever come...

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The Cybermen are gone, Bill is Gone, Nardole has been dropped off at the university and the three Timelords are left to discuss and ACT on just what The Doctor meant when he confessed why he wanted Missy to stay this time.

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Posted by Susan Hewitt

We have one more episode of Doctor Who Series 10.  One more episode with Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor before the regeneration.  And here is the last iconic of the series.

Official Synopsis:

The Mondasian Cybermen are on the rise. It’s time for the Doctor’s final battle…

‘The Doctor Falls’, written by Steven Moffat and directed by Rachel Talalay premieres on BBC One and BBC America on Saturday, July 1st.

Also starring Pearl Mackie,  Matt Lucas. Michelle Gomez and John Simm as the Master.

The post Doctor Who – The Doctor Falls – New Iconic appeared first on Blogtor Who.

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***Don’t read on if you have not seen ‘World Enough and Time’***

SPOILER ALERT

More Spoilers

More Spoilers

And a Pretty picture

Doctor Who S10 – World Enough and Time – Bill (PEARL MACKIE) Missy (MICHELLE GOMEZ) and Nardole (MATT LUCAS) - (C) BBC/BBC Worldwide - Photographer: Simon Ridgway
Doctor Who S10 – World Enough and Time – Bill (PEARL MACKIE) Missy (MICHELLE GOMEZ) and Nardole (MATT LUCAS) – (C) BBC/BBC Worldwide – Photographer: Simon Ridgway

So who saw those twists coming? Be honest now.

Okay, you probably worked out that Bill had been converted into a Cyberman. The surgeon said it was going to happen but that didn’t make it any the less shocking. Perhaps you even managed to predict that Mr Razer was actually John Simm’s Master. At what point during the episode that epiphany occurred probably varies. But imagine if you had no idea whatsoever that John Simm was going to be returning.

Doctor Who World Enough and Time - The Master (JOHN SIMM) - (C) BBC/BBC Worldwide - Photographer: Simon Ridgway
Doctor Who World Enough and Time – The Master (JOHN SIMM) – (C) BBC/BBC Worldwide – Photographer: Simon Ridgway

Whilst it probably blew the minds of the majority of viewers I would suggest that the mind explosion was somewhat tempered. Over 40 minutes had passed and he still hadn’t turn up. Viewers were expecting him. It’s very difficult to expect the unexpected but Simm’s presence had been announced in advance making it much easier. He’d been in the series trailer, the ‘Next Time’ trailer and featured prominently in the iconic image. This raises an interesting question? How do you balance promoting a television show whilst still retaining the programme’s most dramatic revelations?

Pearl Mackie and Peter Capaldi on set filming of series 10 (c) BBC
Pearl Mackie and Peter Capaldi on set filming of series 10 (c) BBC

A Victim of it’s own Popularity

Doctor Who is a television colossus that has a global following. When off the air rumours circulate about every aspect of the show. When in production fans, autograph hunters and the press all flock to filming locations in an attempt to glimpse the future. Photos and video are shared across the world instantly. As soon as any public filming is arranged the Production Team know that the world will see what they are recording. Trying to control the spread of information is an unenviable task. Frankly it is impossible because a certain section, be they newspapers, websites or just over eager fans, delight in scooping juicy details before anyone else. Often this means that some information has to be released by the BBC hours before it will be scooped.

Doctor Who S10 – World Enough and Time - Mondasian Cyberman And Children - (C) BBC/BBC Worldwide - Photographer: Simon Ridgeway
Doctor Who S10 – World Enough and Time – Mondasian Cyberman And Children – (C) BBC/BBC Worldwide – Photographer: Simon Ridgeway

The return of the original Cybermen was one such occasion. Shots of the Mondasians including Cybermen were due to be filmed in Cardiff Bay. To prevent it being spoilered by the media or fans watching on the BBC had to release a promo photo to reveal the news. Again imagine if they hadn’t had to. Think how surprising the reveal of an original Cybermen would’ve been had viewers not been expecting it. Unfortunately public filming necessitated the announcement. Sometimes however certain characters only appear in scenes filmed in the privacy of the BBC studios. John Simm seemed to be one of those individuals.

The Master (JOHN SIMM)
The Master (JOHN SIMM)

Privacy of studios

The return of a recognisable actor to the show after 7 years was used to promote the new series. In a preview screening of ‘The Pilot’ John Simm appeared in the series trailer screened to the audience. Lead writer and Executive Producer Steven Moffat pleaded for that fact to be kept secret. It didn’t last. Days later it was officially announced that John Simm would feature in the series. It is a tough balance. There is little point keeping the secret if nobody is watching. The talent is to entice viewers in and still surprise them. Sometimes that is easier said than done.

Ardic - Doctor Who - Earthshock (c) BBC
Doctor Who: Earthshock – Adric (Matthew Waterhouse) (c) BBC

In the good old days

There is an art to keeping secrets in Doctor Who. In the modern era it is very difficult with the advent of social media, plus newspapers and websites looking for hits. During the classic era things were a lot easier. Consider ‘Earthshock’. A momentous story in the context of the show. Producer John Nathan-Turner locked down the studios at TV Centre and turned down a Radio Times cover to successfully conceal the return of the Cybermen. Worse still was to follow when the conclusion saw the devastating departure of companion Adric. The impact of those dramatic events can only be explained by those fortunate enough to watch the story on transmission in 1982.

Could that impact be achieved in 2017? Possibly not. But John Simm’s return could’ve been up there. His first appearance had an element of shock when Derek Jacobi’s Professor Yana true identity was revealed only for him to begin regenerating. Similarly when David Tennant began regenerating at the conclusion of ‘The Stolen Earth’ (2008) jaws hit the floor. Obviously the impact of regenerations has been undone in recent years but great drama, memorable drama, delivers the unexpected.

Promoting the show is vital to draw in viewers. Shakespeare’s plays would not be remembered if nobody saw them. ‘World Enough and Time’ had some incredible twists and turns with one of the most dramatic conclusions of Doctor Who ever. But those moments would surely have been even better if the viewer had had no idea about those involved. Ignorance is bliss as they say. Shame it’s so difficult to achieve.

The post Spoilers: Is Not Knowing Better When it Comes to Doctor Who? appeared first on Blogtor Who.

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