Our Series 8 Recap

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For three months, we have journeyed with Peter Capaldi on his first series as the Doctor, and it has been every bit of the wild ride we had hoped for. Together, we battled clockwork droids, Daleks, and Cybermen. Side by side, we faced down new villainous threats like the Skovox, Blitzer and the hastily (poorly?) named “Boneless”. With his guidance, we found the hidden truths behind misunderstood monsters like the Teller and the Mummy. Spurred on by his relentless pursuit of adventure and curiosity, we explored complex human struggles like the stuff of childhood nightmares, and the horrifying world of dating. And now, it is time to take a look back at our journey and see just how far we’ve come.

This week, we take a comprehensive view at Doctor Who‘s Series 8, and look at the work that Steven Moffat and his team of writers, editors and producers put into telling a cohesive story — and whether or not they honored all the promises that they spent the entire summer of 2014 dangling in front of our faces like so many carrots. Join us as we travel once more into darkness, and address the tough questions about our favo(u)rite program.

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Flatline

FlatlineWhat would be the best way for a fledgling Doctor Who writer to handle being assigned the “Doctor-Light” episode of the series?

  1. Scare the crap out of us so that we forget everything else (i.e., “Blink”).
  2. Give the Companion, effectively left on their own, the chance to show how incredible they really are (i.e., “Turn Left”).
  3. Cheat like a lazy school kid, and scatter the Doctor all throughout the episode in the hopes that no-one notices.

Jamie Mathieson appeared to like all three options, and decided to use the lot.

This week, we discuss “Flatline”, the second episode of the eighth DW series by Mathieson. With a nearly perfect blend of humor and horror, this episode was in incredible treat this late in the series. Join us as we discuss the adventure that has made us afraid to walk past murals. (Sorry, Banksy.)

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Mummy on the Orient Express

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For the Doctor, the statement “I’ll be right there” can take far greater liberties than for the rest of us. So it’s not surprising that after centuries in his time line (and three series in ours), he finally returned that mysterious call, and made it to the Orient Express in space to come face to face with the mummy that apparently haunts it.

This week, we discuss “Mummy on the Orient Express” and the first classically-styled murder mystery we’ve had on Doctor Who in many years. The Foretold is on board the train, coincidentally amidst scientific specialists of all fields, and it is up to the Doctor to determine how to stop it from its systematic killing of passengers every 66 seconds — all while Clara struggles with her decision to leave the prospect of traveling with the Doctor behind forever.

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