Peter Jackson has either confirmed that he’ll direct an upcoming episode of Doctor Who, or, like Lucille Bluth, he gets off on being withholding.
Before season 9 of Doctor Who can hang up its velvet coat and say, “NO MORE,” the Doctor has one last battle to fight — and this one is personal.
Last week, as Clara prepared to die, she asked the Doctor why she couldn’t be like him. But Clara was already like the Doctor; she just happened to be more breakable. Clara used her last run in the TARDIS to do as the Doctor does: She ran, helping others out of trouble and getting herself into it to distract herself from her own loss. It’s the Doctor’s turn now; the only difference is that he has more time. Watching it play out is an experience, haunting and triumphant, unlike any Doctor Who has offered before — unless it’s been offered every week, and we just don’t remember.
Doctor Who fans left reeling by the death of Jenna Coleman’s character Clara Oswald at the end of last week’s show should continue holding onto their hats for this week’s installment of the British time-travel saga, according to executive producer Steven Moffat.
A group of ravens is called a “conspiracy” for a reason: They’re always stirring up trouble. They knock on poets’ doors late at night and make them think about death. I spent a year in Alaska, the state that gave its name to the starship where we first met one of Clara’s echoes, and the Native story I heard the most was the one in which Raven steals the sun. I think the Doctor knows the feeling.
Are you a member of the British actors’ union and have a yen to travel through time and space with a two-hearted alien in a small (but bigger-on-the-inside!) blue box? Then, we bring good news! Doctor Who executive producer Steven Moffat says that the search for an actor to play the titular Time Lord’s new traveling companion is still in the “very, very early stages.”
Raise your hand if you’ve ever felt personally victimized by science fiction’s vision of the future — or by Mark Gatiss. I feel called out by both after “Sleep No More,” which is basically the TV equivalent of that poem my dad wrote me on my 10th birthday about how I hadn’t slept in a decade. I’ve wished more than once that sleep could be optional. Imagine everything we could read or learn in that time; imagine how much easier it would be to pull those all-nighters in college.
If we can count on the Doctor for anything, it’s this: Minutes after he’s survived a plane crash, he’ll probably start talking about invisible watches. “You’re talking nonsense to distract me from being really scared,” Osgood says. “It’s one of your known character traits.” It’s one of Doctor Who’s known traits, too. Last week’s “Zygon Invasion” was an hour of misdirection that made it hard to feel the consequence of anything; this week’s “Inversion” is all about consequence but light on any actual repercussions — which must mean they’re coming.
“Truth or consequences” is the phrase of the day on Doctor Who — which is fitting, because consequence is something the past few seasons have lacked. Amy and Rory still lived out their lives in peace; the Eleventh Doctor was granted a whole new supply of regeneration energy; Kate Stewart was saved; Gallifrey stands. A few of these saves worked in context — Kate’s life was balanced out by Osgood’s death, and as much as the events of “The Day of the Doctor” were the most egregious example of the way that, lately, everybody always lives, I can’t not love it.
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