The Doctor’s new companion is…

…. Pearl Mackie! She will be playing a girl named Bill, who has the fashion sense of Rose Tyler and apparently Donna’s attitude. The new companion was named on Saturday on the BBC network, with many people cheering on afterwards.

Bill and the Doctor can be seen interacting in the new trailer released by BBC, which shows a bit of Bill’s personality and the contrast between her and the Doctor. In my opinion, Clara was a little bit of a Goody-two-shoes and was too similar to the Doctor in personality (or was that the point?) so having a decent foil would provide more friction to the show. If I had to pick the companion myself I would have chosen Faye Marsay, the lady who played Shona in the Last Christmas special, but Pearl Mackie is good. A companion who isn’t so perfect or flawless would be good for the series.

Bill comes on as the companion to replace Clara Oswold, who left last season after basically being turned immortal and dead at the exact same time. (Long story.)

 

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This also comes after Moffat stepped down as the writer of Doctor Who in January, which was also followed by a lot of cheering. With a new companion and a new writer, the show could be headed in an entirely new, possibly better direction.

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Doctor Who: Hell Bent

While there were some episodes this season that were mediocre, to say the least (we’re looking at you Sleep no More). This final episode of the season, disregarding the upcoming Christmas special, was simply excellent.

 

One warning, though.

SPOILERS AHEAD!

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Spoilers!

 

The episode starts with one very irate doctor showing up on Galifrey and being welcomed by the peasants of Galifrey who view him as a sort of war hero. Cue big-baddy showing up, in this case, the President of Galifrey. He simply sends a small ship to ‘escort’ the Doctor back to the capital. The Doctor goes back to eating his soup. Turn after turn, the President of Galifrey sends out more and more people to try and get the Doctor to come, no one knows what he wants. When a guard asks why they simply don’t just ‘Talk to him’, the President replies with “Words are his weapons, when did they stop being ours?”

Eventually, the President of Galifrey himself shows up to the Doctor, along with a small group of snipers. Asking what it is that the Doctor wants, all the Doctor replies with is “Get off my planet.”

This would obviously upset any tyrannical ruler, but after being told to shoot the Doctor, the snipers simply drop their weapons and join the Doctor’s side.

 

But why is the Doctor doing this? The Galifreyians keep asking about the hybrid, but is that really what the Doctor wants? Yeah, you’re right. It isn’t. What is it he wants? Well, at the beginning of the episode our good Doctor shows up to a familiar diner and, because he doesn’t have any money, plays a song for some food….

 

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Is this just another one of Clara’s versions, spinning through time and space? To cut to the chase though, when the Doctor says “The Hybrid is ME.” at the end of the last episode, I’m pretty sure most of us thought he was talking about himself. No, he was talking about ‘ME’. Or Ashildr. In reality, after meeting ‘Me’ at the end of the time stream, we find that she has watched stars die and after telling the Doctor about the beauty of these dying stars, and after telling the Doctor that she isn’t the Hybrid, we find that the Hybrid was never one being. The Doctor and Clara were the hybrid because of the threat they posed to time and space. They would have ripped the time stream apart to get to each other, and they both realized that.

Which brings us back to the beginning and why our Doctor doesn’t recognize Clara at the diner. In a plot device similar to a game of Russian roulette, the two friends sit in a stolen TARDIS (which we now know what it looks like without the chameleon circuit – SWEET) with a small device that will wipe either the Doctor from Clara’s memory, or Clara from the Doctor’s memory.  In my opinion, I’m glad Clara didn’t wind up like Donna – forgetting everything and having to go back to some peasant life.

We see what happened to Clara at the very end, where the Doctor gets HIS TARDIS back, but that leaves ‘ME’ and Clara alone with a stolen TARDIS. After watching Clara leave the room through a storage door, we see that the stolen TARDIS is hidden within the Diner, because the chameleon circuit isn’t working in that one either.  Clara and ‘ME’ leave the Doctor behind with his own TARDIS as the two girls begin their own adventures in time and space, with Clara’s body frozen between one heartbeat and the next. (This actually sounds like it’d be very useful, if you needed to hold your breath a long time, Clara would be the one for the job.)

To wrap things up, I think the season just ended wonderfully. I also laughed really hard when the Vice President regenerated as a woman. It was kind of funny and random. I’m assuming dating must be really awkward on Galifrey…

“You don’t look like your tinder picture.”

“I regenerated!”

“Right…”

Along with:

“You’re not the same anymore, Mike! You’ve changed! It’s like I don’t know you anymore!”

“Of course I changed, Lucille! I was hit by a bus!”

Doctor Who : Heaven Sent

Okay. To say that I was somewhat excited by the end of today’s Doctor Who episode would be an understatement.

 

To say I jumped up in the middle of the living room and began squealing loudly at the sight of the desert landscape and the small, oddly dressed child, would be more accurate.

 

Seriously. DUDE. I haven’t been this excited for a Doctor Who finale in a very long time! I was super excited when he told the boy that he ‘took the long way around’, because if any of you remember Matt Smith’s last episode he says the same exact thing when discussing the future with Clara. That he’s going home the long way around.

Indeed. The episode started off very slowly and both my Mom and I were wondering just why they were insisting on that repeat montage of Twelve punching a wall of diamond… UNTIL…

 

We realized he was counting up the years as he punched the wall of diamond. Slowly eroding it away with the billions of years. I’m assuming to get that perfect doorway he made that he’d have to punch near the floor too, or kick it. Either way, it’s probably the most extreme example of ‘Slow but Steady’ I’ve ever seen in my life.

Doctor Who Season 9 excitement!

Saturday is going to be awesome.

Because anyone who’s been paying attention to the nerds lately will realize that the new season of ‘Doctor Who’ is going to premier on Saturday, September 19th. I’ve even got my costume planned… my Dalek dress is ready!  So, in my anticipation I decided to write down a list of things that I think should happen either in this season or the following.

 

1 –

Get. Rid. Of. Clara.

Yes, she’s the ‘Impossible girl’ but at this point the cow’s been milked to death and Clara seems to be a bit of a ‘Mary Sue’. The newest Doctor is incredibly dynamic and much more emotional that you’d be led to believe by his appearance. He should have a companion with similar depth…. And who isn’t so perfect. She’s also been here for quite a while and I’d hate for her to wind up with a fate like Rose Tyler’s.

 

This leads me to my next point…

 

2 –

Shona!

We all remember her from the Christmas special; she’s funny, energetic and definite not perfect. She’d be the perfect companion for Capaldi’s Doctor because she’d be the foil – his opposite. Where the current Doctor is withdrawn and kind of grumpy, Shona is cheerful and enthusiastic. She’s smart enough to think her way around, but also has a funny, childish manner that made everyone like her so much during the special.

 

3 –

Rusty

I don’t think Rusty would be a very good companion, being a Dalek and all. But as a recurring character he could easily lead into some good episodes and story lines. ‘Into the Dalek’ was a great episode – Rusty’s description of a star being born is almost poetic. The scene where the Doctor asks if there’s more to his mind than hate is one of the strongest scenes of the previous season and of the twelfth Doctor.

Now, I would go on to say that I’d love to see the weeping angels back in DW, but seeing as they were run into the ground during season seven, I’m going to refrain from that.

What do you suppose will happen in this next season?