I have finally finished watching the best Sci-fi TVSeries EVER! How I love Doctor Who.
Series 7 is a bit different to previous series because all the episodes are a standalone episode, no to-be-continue episode, but the finale was a painful cliffhanger…Damn you Moffat!! I have to wait till November to have the answer to so many questions you have left in the final episode. Arrghh November feels ages away.
Apart from what I have mentioned above, this series is also different because The Doctor has new companion in the middle of the series, it never happened before from series 1 to 6.
I will begin my review with the 2011 Christmas Special:
The doctor, The Widow and the wardrobe
The idea was a bit like Narnia but in The Doctor’s way. The Doctor was helped by Madge Arwell and when she turned widow, the Doctor returned to give her a favor. The Doctor gave them a big box for their Christmas gift. Cyrill, Madge’s son, couldn’t resist and peeked into the box. The box was a postal to a forest with so many tress covered in snow. But the beautiful forest was about to be liquefied and the soul of the tress needed help.
In the end of this special episode, Madge told the Doctor that he shouldn’t let his friends thought that he was dead (from previous series) in Christmas, he should tell them the truth. And it’s so lovely to see the Doctor cried of happiness.
Asylum of the Daleks
It began with Amy and Rory who were about to have a divorce (WHAT??) … I was like what the hell is going on? I meant these two loved each other so much and divorce seemed to cruel…but the reason was later revealed. The Doctor, Amy and Rory were being teleported by the Daleks. The Daleks wanted them to turn off the shield on the planet where they exiled the insane Daleks. Funny as it may sound, but I find the Daleks as the most entertaining Doctor Who enemy…I wish I have their action figure. Anyway, they had music coming from the planet and wanted the Doctor and his companions to check it and helped them blew the planet. The Doctor, Amy and Rory were helped by a female named Oswin Oswald, but they could only hear her voice.
The ending was really surprising…I really love the ending.
Dinosaurs on Spaceship
This was a fun episode. A spaceship was about to hit earth and ISA was going to shoot it with missiles. The Doctor was accompanied by Queen Nefertiti, a hunter, Amy, Rory and Rory’s father. I really like how Rory’s father, Brian was accidentally joined the gang. The spaceship was filled with dinosaurs and it belonged to the Silurians (homo reptilia). Unfortunately the spaceship was hijacked by a greedy black market trader.
A Town called Mercy
The Doctor, Amy and Rory landed on the cowboy era in the town named Mercy. Mercy was a peculiar town because it already had electricity which was too early. The town was surrounded by a line made of stones and woods and a sign said KEEP OUT. There was a gunslinger from other planet that would shoot anyone stepping outside the line. He was actually looking for the man (an alien) who had changed him into a cyborg.
You know, I couldn’t stop smiling how the alien speaks in British accent while the rest of the people in Mercy in American accent 😉
The Power of The Three
Rory : We have two life, the real life and the Doctor life.
Amy : What do we do?
Rory : Choose.
(The sound of the TARDIS)
Amy : Not today though
Rory : Not today.
I like how it began with Amy explaining how their life was divided into two. The Doctor came and went as he pleased in between Amy and Rory’s normal life. They had become part of Doctor’s life and the Doctor never been part of their life…until the invasion on the cube. It was a slooooow process invasion and the Doctor had to stay with them and experienced the normal human life. It was quite funny. Unfortunately…The ending was a bit lame, but I like it before it reached the end.
Ps. So good to see Professor Brian Cox in this episode 🙂
The Angel Take Manhattan
This is the last episode of Amy and Rory as the Doctor’s companion 😦
Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill wanted to leave the series and as always, the writers of Doctor Who created an episode that will mark their leaving in a good way…mostly a bit sad.
Rory was touched by the angel (a statue of angel that could send people back into the past). Amy and the Doctor followed him and they were assisted by River Song. (In this episode, we learned that the Doctor has been around in Amy’s life for 10 years…the make up for Karen and Arthur could tell us that they have aged gracefully). Something serious happened in Manhattan in 1930 and that led to how the Doctor was separated from Amy and Rory forever.
The Doctor: This is not any old future Amy, it’s ours. Once we’ve known what’s coming, it’s fixed.
Amy: Time could be rewritten
The Doctor: Not once you’ve read it. Once you’ve read it, it’s written in stone.
One thing that I like the most about this episode is how Amy and Rory were inseparable forever.
Christmas Specials: The Snowmen
This episode as indeed special…we were introduced to a new companion, Clara the impossible girl.
The Doctor was still grieving because of Amy and Rory, he refused to help the universe. He was sort of hiding in Victorian era. His friends, the Silurian Madame Vastra, her wife Jenny and the Sontaran Strax were helping him during his hide out. I really like this Victorian detective gang (they were called The Paternoster Gang), they appeared in 3 episodes and I wish they will show up again in series 8.
In that era, the snow turned alive and Dr Simeon was behind it. The Doctor met a woman named Clara Oswald, what Clara said made the Doctor alive again and helped Madame Vastra investigating the living snowmen. In the end, The Doctor found out something about Clara that made her as the impossible girl. Apart from Clara, we were also introduced to Doctor’s enemy of this series, The Great Intelligence.
The Bells of Saint John
This is one of my favorite episodes. The Doctor was searching for Clara…but just like before, she turned up unnoticed. Clara called the TARDIS by accident. This episode showed how people relied so much on internet and wi-fi. Miss Kizlet helped the Great Intelligence to upload people into a datacloud. Clara was half trough the uploading process and the Doctor helped her back. The two of them tried to stop Miss Kizlet.
What I like so much about this episode is how fast the Doctor and Clara become attached to each other. Their chemistry is so strong, to be honest I like seeing them together more than when I first saw the Doctor and Amy.
The Rings of Akhaten
Clara was officially the Doctor’s companion. He took her to The Rings of Akhaten to see a religious festival where the Queen of the year supposed to sing for the old God. However, things went wrong and the God was nothing more than a parasite.
I really like the song in this episode and Matt Smith showed more charisma than ever through his speech toward the parasite. I have mentioned that I saw no Charisma on Smith when I saw series 5 and then I saw his charisma in series 6 and now I saw him in equal charisma as the tenth Doctor in this episode. His speech was brilliant!! It truly touched my heart.
“I walked away from the last great time war and marked the passing of the Time lords. I saw the birth of the universe and I watched as time ran out moment by moment until nothing remained. No time, no space, just me!
I walked in universes where the law of physics were devised by the mind of a mad man. I watched universes freeze and creations burned. I’ve seen things you wouldn’t believe. I’ve lost things you will never understand and I know things, secret that was never be told, knowledge that must never be spoken, knowledge that will make parasite God blaze. So come on take it!”
I like the speech and the song so much, I extracted that part into mp3 and put it into my mp3 player.
The Doctor, again, landed on the wrong place. He landed on a Russian submarine during the cold war. The submarine found something trapped in ice. When they defrosted it, they thought it would be a mammoth but it turned out to be an Ice Soldier, General Skaldak.
In this episode, The Doctor and Clara came to a haunted house to investigate a ghost appearance. The ghost was also being investigated by Professor Alec Palmer and Emma Grayling. Hide was quite interesting and for the first time, The TARDIS trusted Clara.
Journey To The Center of The TARDIS
This episode was a bit weird. The timey wimey thing played another big part here. The TARDIS was salvaged by Van Baalen brothers. The salvaging process caused problems in the TARDIS. Clara almost realized who she really was. I find the ending a bit lame.
The Crimson Horror
This episode took us back to the Victorian era with the unique detective gang, The Paternoster Gang. They were investigating “The Crimson Horror” a mysterious dead where the victim turned red. Jenny infiltrated Sweetville, a place where people who had entered it never came out again. She found the Doctor had been turned red but still alive. Mrs Gillyflower, the owner of Sweetville, had an evil plan that could wipe out civilization.
Ps. I think the red creature is rather cute.
Nightmare in Silver
This episode showed what a great actor Smith is!! And he gained more love from me 😉
The Doctor took Clara’s responsibility children (Clara was a nanny) to the biggest amusement park in the universe…but they came to a wrong year, the park was no longer running. The Doctor was infected by Cyberman’s new technology. It made him looked like a person with double personality issue….and that showed Smith’s best act so far (I believed he’ll make a good villain).
The Name of the doctor
Madam Vastra was told by a prisoner that the Doctor’s secret was discovered. Madam Vastra held a conference call where he brought Jenny, Strax, River Song and Clara to a meeting about the Doctor’s secret.
I can’t say much about this episode because it’ll give huge spoiler. In short, the Doctor went to Trenzalore, his future grave. One thing I can say about this episode is that this episode leaves so many unanswered questions and many whovians are creating their own theories about it…theories that will be answered in the 50th anniversary special.
…and I love the love between the Doctor and River Song. All this time we think that River loves the Doctor more than him but in truth he loves her as much as her.
The Doctor: You are always here to me. And I always listen. And I can always see you.
River: and why didn’t you speak to me?
Doctor: because I thought it would hurt too much
River: I believe I could have coped it
Doctor: No, I thought it would hurt me. And I was right.
and they kissed….aaawww so sweet.
Overall…I like series 6 more than series 7 but I like series 7 more than series 5. After seeing three series with Moffat as the main writer, I realized that Russell T Davies made a better finale than Moffat. The most memorable finale by Moffat is ONLY from this series while RTD always made great finale, especially series 4…that finale is still my favorite of all. Moffat tends to end the series with the Doctor’s life being threatened but STD always created a situation where the earth or the universe is in jeopardy, and that is always a better ending for me.
Now…I have to wait impatiently for November. At time like this, I wish British makes more episodes in one series. 😉
The main Characters:
Doctor Who : Matt Smith
Amy Pond : Karen Gillan
Rory William : Arthur Davill
River Song : Alex Kingston
Oswin/Clara : Jenna-Louise Coleman
Madame Vastra: Neve McIntosh
Jenny Flint: Catrin Stewart
Commander Strax: Dan Starkey