Doctor Who Series 10 episode reviews.

RialVestroRialVestro Posts: 6,256 ✭✭✭
edited April 16 in TV/Movies
I'm going to split these reviews up into three parts. Things I liked, things I didn't like, and a spoiler section at the end. The first two parts will not contain any major plot spoilers.

Things I liked. The Doctor's office is very nicely decorated. It reminds me of Professor Chronotis' TARDIS in Shada. Plus I love the attention to detail on the set with the photos he keeps. The episode also reminded me a lot of the first proper Clara episode with the same over all tone and feel. And by the first proper Clara episode if you don't know what I mean by that I'm referring to the first time we actually see the real Clara rather than her copies. I like that this episode kind of sets up the over arching plot for this series. I really want to know what's inside that vault. There isn't really any information on it at this point. I also love the camera work and editing in this episode. The way it's shot and how it transitions to different shots along with the dialog is just amazing. It's kinda hard to impress me with something as simple as aiming a camera so that really says a lot that I'm even noticing the way this episode was filmed.

Things I didn't like. The plot of the episode was kind of predictable. I figured out what the monster of the week was trying to do before the characters in the show did. I'm not really liking Bill at this point, though that could change as her character develops more. It's just kind of the worst introduction to a new companion I've ever seen. There's also something that appears in the episode which should be awesome but just seems kind of random and makes no sense.

One of the photo's on the Doctor's desk was a picture of his granddaughter and first companion, Susan Foreman. I'm wandering if they're ever going to bring her back in this series especially considering this is the first time she's ever been directly referenced in the new era of Doctor Who.

When Bill asks "When someone is gone do photos really help" the camera shows his reaction and then shows a close up of the Susan and River photos on his desk. The next scene is Bill for the first time seeing photos of her mother. This is one of the best shot and edited sequences I have ever seen. It adds to the conversation they were having without anyone actually saying a single word. The actors expressions help this as well. I actually stopped to rewatch this sequence about three times before I finished the episode. The whole thing is like that but this one in particular was really great.

About five to ten minutes before they revealed that Heather was trying to get Bill to travel with her, I had already figured that out. She only ever went where Bill did and she did promise to take Bill with her when she left. There was a moment when I think they were trying to get you to think she was going after the Doctor but the whole thing seemed very familiar. Like the entire plot was almost borrowed from a previous episode. It just made it very predictable and boring. I do kinda wish that Heather had been the companion instead of Bill but maybe that's just because of her asymmetrical eyes. I don't know why I just like weird things like that.

As for why I don't like Bill... she says Doctor What instead of Doctor Who, she sees the Doctor reflected in a mirror in photos of her mother immediately after telling the Doctor that her mother died when she was a baby and she doesn't have any photos of her but then never actually confronts him about it, she sees the Doctor and Nardall at that mysterious door and again never questions it, and it takes her a stupidly long time to realize that the TARDIS is bigger on the inside. At first she calls it a kitchen then thinks it's a lift. In the first scene of the episode the Doctor practically brags about how smart she's suppose to be but then we never actually see her do or say anything intelligent. She comes off as a blooming idiot.

Finally that seeming random thing that shows up for no apparent reason. The Doctor gives Nardall a Sonic Screwdriver... but it's a classic Sonic which was destroyed and replaced and is supposedly the same sonic just with a different outer shell that the Doctor is currently using. And there's no reason why he would even need to do that since the Doctor could of used his own Sonic himself. So something which should of been really cool to see return is instead placed in the show for no reason other than hey here's the classic Sonic Screwdriver which shouldn't even exist at this point.


I have no doubt that the series will get better as there's a Multi-Master story coming at some point and I love the Master but we're off to a bit of a shaky start.
by RialVestro
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  • RialVestroRialVestro Posts: 6,256 ✭✭✭
    Things I liked: Oddly enough Bill... I think there was one moment in the entire episode where she kind of annoyed me but I've already forgotten what that was so couldn't of been too bad. For the most part she was actually pretty good in this episode. Wasn't really expecting to suddenly flip my opinion on her so quickly. Thought it would be a least a couple more episodes of not liking her before this happened if at all. The Doctor's first speech/theory about why there were no people around was really good. He actually convinced me that that's really what he believed at that point. Well I was convinced for about ten seconds before I realized he was only trying to fool the Emoji Bots and keep Bill calm.

    Things I didn't like: This episode was actually really boring. Not just predictable but the trailers and the opening scene pretty much spoil everything that happens later in the episode anyway. In fact I'm not even going to write a spoiler portion for this review because there's freaking nothing to spoil in this episode. If you've seen the emoji bots in the trailers you pretty much already know how this episode turns out. However you imagined this episode being is probably a lot more interesting than the reality of it.
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  • RialVestroRialVestro Posts: 6,256 ✭✭✭
    Sorry I haven't posted in a while but I wasn't home and I don't have the bottons on my tablet to make Spoiler tags work so I had to wait till I could get to a proper key board. Going to split up Thin Ice and Knock Knock into different posts just so there's no confusion for which episode I'm discussing. With that being said onto the Thin Ice review.

    Things I liked: So far this is my favorite episode for Bill. I loved her in this. She's finally starting to question things which is one of the things she didn't do in the first episode that bothered me so much about her. There's actually several moments in this episode where she reminds me of Clara. There's also some moments in the episode which deal with the time period they happen to be in and her race which during Martha's run I felt like Doctor Who was trying to pretend that issues like that never existed. Please don't misinterpret what I'm saying here. Just because I'm talking about this in the things I like section doesn't mean I approve of it, racism is a terrible thing obviously. I just like that they weren't afraid to acknowledge that period of history. As horrible as it was, it's always a little weird to me whenever shows and movies set in that time period try to pretend like it didn't happen. And I like how pissed off the Doctor got whenever anyone addressed Bill as a lesser being because of her race. This was also the first episode that wasn't so predictable. I thought it was going to go one way and they actually went another way.

    Things I didn't like: There's a scene I'll elaborate on in the spoiler section. Moments like this are why I freaking hate Capaldi's Doctor. This didn't happen so much in series 9 but series 8 it was almost every episode there was a moment like this. I really hope Capaldi is revealed to be the Valeyard by the end of this series because besides being a major jerk... and that's putting it nicely... this incarnation of the Doctor also is the closest match to the description of the Valeyard's origin. Capaldi also kinda looks like an older version of the actor who originally played the character and it could be explained why there's an age difference the same way that they explained Davison's appearance in Time Crash.

    The scene in question is where the Doctor is more worried about his bloody Sonic Screwdriver than saving the life of a child. The fact that he doesn't even seem to care at all that a child just died right in front of him and he did nothing to save him. Any other Doctor would have done anything he could to save that kid and if he really couldn't do anything he would of gotten just as angry and upset as Bill did. Why does this Doctor not give a $#!* whenever someone dies around him? I pretty much liked everything in this episode except for this one moment. Also kind felt like Capaldi was playing two completely different characters in this episode because of this. I mean he punches a guy because he made a racist comment towards Bill but doesn't bat an eye when a child dies. What the hell? How is this the same person?
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  • RialVestroRialVestro Posts: 6,256 ✭✭✭
    Knock Knock

    Things I like: There's another Susan reference in this episode when Bill refers to the Doctor as her grandfather which is what Susan always called him. I thought it was a nice throw back to the first episode how the photo of Susan and the Doctor's description of Bill seemed to compare the two characters. I also like how she showed the picture of her mom around the room which we know the Doctor is the only reason why she even has that picture from the first episode.

    Things I didn't like: This might just be bias because there was a lot of speculation before this episode came out about who exactly the Landlord was and what this episode was going to be about none of which turned out to be true. And I think the fan theories sounded a lot more interesting than the episode we actually got. One of my personal favorite fan theories involved the Landlord being a Time Lord and the person responsible for the TARDIS-like ship from "the Lodger". I was kind of hoping to see Craig again who was originally introduced in that episode. He knows about Regeneration but has never properly met any other Doctor besides Matt Smith so I think it would be interesting to see him with Capaldi's Doctor. It wasn't really a bad episode for what it was. I'm just kind of disappointed because the fan theory sounded a lot more interesting than the episode we actually got.

    One thing I didn't like that I couldn't mention in that section because it's a spoiler... I don't really get how the wooden lady forgot that her "father" was actually her son. The Doctor tried to explain it but I don't really feel like that explanation actually explained anything. The wood lice preserved her body but not her memory? What does that even mean? Wouldn't he have continued to call her mum for a while even if she didn't remember? I mean exactly how did she forget that was her son? That just doesn't make sense to me. Also didn't mention this in the like section because of the same spoiler but she reminded me of the wood people from the Doctor Who Narnia Christmas Special. I can't remember the actual title right now but it was a reference to Narnia. Actually one of my favorite episodes. I shouldn't really care so much about a family who only appears in that one episode but I do.
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  • RialVestroRialVestro Posts: 6,256 ✭✭✭
    edited May 15
    Oxygen

    Things I liked: The opening lecture the Doctor gives. He's done this in a few episodes before but this is the first time he's actually been talking to someone. Before lectures like this kind of broke the 4th wall because he would be talking directly to us. Also the speech was a reference to Star Trek. Liked the fluid link reference which the First Doctor also lied about as an excuse to explore around Skarro the first time he met the Daleks. One other non-Doctor Who reference I noticed and I'm not sure if this was intentional or not but the plot of the episode is about an evil corporation taking your air and then selling it back to you... That's the plot of Space Balls. It's not the exact same plot just enough to be a nice reference rather than a total rip off.

    Things I didn't like: I'm just going to refer you to the spoiler section for this one because there's no way to talk about this without spoilers.

    This episode pulled a fake out on killing Bill TWICE. One fake out is bad enough but two in the same episode? The first one happens when the suit forces her to remove her helmet. I was kind of OK with that one. I'm kind of glad that at least there was a negative effect of this not a suddenly everything is fine again. The second one however the cope out of oh the battery in her suit was too low to actually kill her so it just knocked her out for a bit. that was completely unnecessary. I don't normally get annoyed at fake outs like this I mean Clara has come close to death multiple times but having two in the same episode is what really bothers me.
    by RialVestro
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  • RolloRollo Operative 6081, MiniTrue Airstrip Three, OceaniaPosts: 1,900 ✭✭✭
    edited May 18
    Hello Sweeties... SPOILERS!



    On the face of it, Oxygen looks like a play on the zombies trope until you realise that it is the suits themselves which are alive and the people inside them aren't undead, they're just plain dead.

    I also like how the villain of the week here isn't zombies but uncaring capitalism. I wonder if that's a covert attack on the May Government re: the BBC itself.



    by Rollo
    "I speak an infinite deal of nothing and I am not bound to please thee with my answers."

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  • RialVestroRialVestro Posts: 6,256 ✭✭✭
    I'm actually not sure how I feel about that which is why I never bothered to mention it. Part of me still wants to call them that even though I know they're not.
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  • RolloRollo Operative 6081, MiniTrue Airstrip Three, OceaniaPosts: 1,900 ✭✭✭
    Speculation Time:

    Who or what is in the vault?

    In the running so far are Missy (likely), Bill (not likely), the Doctor (Moffat likely), or the world (this is Doctor Who after all).
    "I speak an infinite deal of nothing and I am not bound to please thee with my answers."

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  • RialVestroRialVestro Posts: 6,256 ✭✭✭
    Um kinda late to speculate on what's in the vault now. Guessing you aren't caught up on the series. And this is why I include spoiler sections. Also because I can't do spoiler tags on my tablet I'm not wrighting the next review till Sunday or Tuesday... why not Monday? Because comic con is Monday.
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  • RialVestroRialVestro Posts: 6,256 ✭✭✭
    Extremis

    Things I liked: My favorite Doctor Who villain makes an appearance again. Kind of under utilized in this episode but any time I see that character show up I'm happy. Also like the new villains they've introduced in this one. Though I'm not entirely convinced that these Monks are actually new villains. The way they look and act is very similar to the Silence. The Silence also have religious origins being genetically engineered as priests to confess your sins to. I think these Monks are the genetic rejects, created the same way as the silence but without the ability to make people forget them when they're not looking at them. The idea that they may be genetic rejects could also explain why they look decayed. But the way the religious themes and the way they move and speak is exactly like the Silence. They just look like genetic rejects to me.

    Things I didn't like: I'm going to go into more detail about this in the spoiler section but the over all plot for this episode I've seen before... fairly recently... on two other shows. Arrow and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. both did this exact same thing. Actually I just remembered an episode of Are you Afraid of the Dark also had the same thing happen years ago. Also don't really like the way that the Doctor was using the Sonic Sunglasses to see. How does that even work? If he's blind than how is he able to see the virtual display in the sunglasses? There's another thing which I don't think I can even vaguely talk about without giving away the spoiler so I'm just not going to talk about it here.

    That other thing I mentioned that I couldn't even vaguely talk about also has to do with that Doctor Who villain who I never actually named in the things I liked section. Missy is the one in the vault and several flash backs in this episode show how she ended up in there. Pretty much everyone guessed this after the first series 10 trailer. As much as I love any incarnation of the Master/Mistress the reveal of this is pretty boring considering that was the first guess that everyone made. Plus it seemed to have nothing to do with the rest of the episode. I was expecting them to wait till the end to reveal it and I kind of hoped that it wasn't going to be the most obvious answer. A lot of episodes this season have been really predictable. Anyway, the other plot I mentioned seeing in other shows is the idea of the entire world existing in a virtual reality. Arrow did this in the Invasion episode where a few characters were kidnapped by the Dominators and put into a virtual reality world. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. just finished an entire story arc set in a virtual reality world right before this episode aired. Plus it's pretty much a cop out as pretty much nothing in this episode ever actually happened. It's like when tv shows do a dream episode where at the end a main character wakes up and you realize none of it is real. They didn't really add anything new to it to make it stand out from the dozens of other times that plots like this have been done.


    Also in case you're wandering why I posted this early. I came home early because I've been sick for the last couple days. Woke up one night coughing and wheezing barely able to breath. It's been off and on like that for a few days but then one night when I thought I was starting to get over it.. I was fine for a while until I went to get my step son out of bed and just caring him five feet from his bed to the living room winded me like I had just ran five miles. Considering I can't even pick him up without feeling like I've just gone on a five mile run there's no point in me being there. Plus I don't want him to catch whatever it is that I have... I just hope he didn't catch it already. With his disability his immune system might not be able to fight it so It's best I'm not around him right now.

    I'm hoping I'm over this by Monday but there's a possibility I might be cancelling my plans to go to Comic Con too. This really sucks, the first ever convention that happens in my local area, that I can actually afford to go to, and I might have to miss it because of being sick.
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  • RialVestroRialVestro Posts: 6,256 ✭✭✭
    The Pyramid at the End of the World

    Things I liked: The way they did the recap of the last episode by having Bill tell Penny about it as a dream. Those "previously on" recaps are usually the worst part of any series. I never really understood the point of them. If you've already seen the episode then you know what happened in the previous episode and there's no need for the recap. If you haven't seen the previous episode then you're going to want to actually watch the full episode first before watching the continuation anyway or you're not even going to care about the series in the first place. So who are these recaps for? In this particular instance I like it just because they got a little creative by having it actually be part of the episode. I also like the part later where the Doctor makes another speech to no one and Bill actually asks if he's talking to himself. Considering how often Peter Capaldi's Doctor has made these types of speeches I'm so glad it's finally been addressed by another character on the show. I'm not sure but I think this is the first episode of Doctor Who that features a little person as a normal human. They've been on the show before but usually as some sort of alien or the Elves in that one Christmas special. I can't recall seeing any human characters played by little people before this. And simply looking human doesn't count, that guy from Nightmare in Silver looked human but he was from a different planet, not Earth, so still not actually human.

    Things I didn't like: The events of this episode seem to have little to nothing to do with the last episode. Kinda strange considering this is suppose to be a direct continuation of the last episode. The Monks appear in both episodes but it seems like their motivations have completely changed from the last episode. Before they were studying the Earth to discover our weaknesses so they could rule by force but now it's been changed so that they've predicted a world ending event and need consent to help us. They went from ruling by force to ruling by love. I actually agree with their assessment that ruling by fear can never work but as one of the guys in the show said, they look like corpses. They're down right terrifying so the whole idea of loving them also seems to conflict. Plus there's still the thing I didn't like from the last episode of the Doctor using the Sonic Sunglasses to see... I still don't understand how that works. How is he able to see the User Interface?

    One of the other things that seems to have no connection at all to the last episode is that there's no mention of the vault or Missy in this episode. This is the first episode to not mention or show the vault in some way and makes me wander why they even bothered to include those flash backs in the last episode if the stuff with Missy has nothing to do with this. I was kind of expecting to see someone breaking Missy out of the vault at the end of this episode as a teaser for the next part. Not really being able to tell exactly who it is but just enough glimpses of him that people who have watching since David Tenant would be able to tell who it was while still keeping his identity a mystery to newer fans. I'm of course talking about John Simms' Master. But nope there's no reference to any version of the Master anywhere in this episode. So why did they reveal that Missy was in the vault in the last episode if they weren't going to continue that story line in this episode? This actually makes me hate the last episode because it was entirely pointless to the plot of this one. This is suppose to be a continuation but you could actually watch this without ever seeing Extremis and have no problem at all following the plot. They could have even taken out the previously on and still wouldn't effect a damn thing. Extremis really shouldn't have even been made considering how it seemingly has nothing to do with the story. The Misstress parts will obviously come back into play at some point but I think they should of waited to show that in a later episode instead of revealing it now along with a pointless story that never actually happens.
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  • RialVestroRialVestro Posts: 6,256 ✭✭✭
    Things I liked: Pretty much everything except for one thing.

    Things I didn't like: The fake out regeneration. I was hoping that this was going to be some kind of slow regeneration that takes a few episodes to fully work itself out caused by the virus from the last episode but instead we got this which I'll talk about in greater detail in the spoiler section. It was just stupid an unnecessary. Why would the Doctor fake a regeneration when Bill doesn't even know what that is? How would he even be able to fake a regeneration, it's usually triggered by the need to heal but here he's just using energy for no reason. This scene seems to break continuity and character all for the sake of faking out the audience. We know he's not regenerating till the Christmas special so why even bother with a fake out when we were told before the series even started that he wouldn't be regenerating yet. That's why I don't really feel like the fake regeneration needs spoilers because we all knew it was coming but I am going to spoiler tag exactly how the fake out was done.

    The Doctor convinces Bill that he's joined the Monks. He's doing this to test her, to make sure she hasn't been brain washed. Of course the Doctor should have already known this the moment she walks in trying to free the Doctor from the Monks and freaks out about the fact that the Doctor has joined them. But instead for some odd ball reason he's not satisfied that she hasn't been brainwashed until she shoots him. He then staggers around for a bit, you start to see that regeneration effect, and then it just stops and he's fine. It's revealed that the soldiers guns were all loaded with blanks not real bullets and the whole thing was just a test to see if she would shoot him. It's a pointless test, completely stupid wast of time, all for a fake out regeneration that we knew was going to be a fake out regeneration. Even if we didn't know that the real regeneration would be in the Christmas Special this would still be the dumbest way to fake out the audience. This one moment ruins an otherwise great episode. I wish this had been cut out to give us more of Missy at the end cause I feel like that scene had been cut short.
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  • RialVestroRialVestro Posts: 6,256 ✭✭✭
    Things I liked: There was a running joke in this episode where Bill would make a movie reference and the Doctor wouldn't know what she's talking about. I think it was established in a previous adventure that the Doctor doesn't watch a lot of movies and it was kinda funny especially when towards the end the Doctor finally makes a reference to one movie he does know and it's not something that Bill would expect him to know about. I'm not going to spoil what it is. I'm not even going to mention it in the spoiler section because I think it's a moment you just have to experience for yourself. The episode also reminded me a lot of Cold War which is one of my favorite episodes. There's enough differences so that it doesn't feel like a direct rip off of a previous episode but just enough similarities to give me flash backs to a previous Ice Warrior story. Oddly I don't really remember ever seeing any classic Doctor Who with the Ice Warriors. Is it always like this whenever they're around? I know they're classic monsters I just don't think I seen them before Cold War.

    Things I didn't like: They never really gave an explanation for what was wrong with the TARDIS in this episode. It just vanishes on it's own at one point and we never hear why it did that. Maybe it'll be explained in the next episode but for now it kinda bugs me.

    I'm going to do something a little different for the spoiler section this time around. I have a theory for future episodes but my theory contains spoilers for events that happened in this episode. As such my theory will also be contained within the spoiler tags even though it might not happen as I'm suggesting.

    As mentioned above the TARDIS takes off on it's own for no apparent reason. What I didn't tell you is that Nardole had gone into the TARDIS just in time to see the controls on the console moving by themselves. The TARDIS ends up back in the Doctor's office and Nardole goes to the vault to ask Missy for help fixing the TARDIS. She agrees but then says "It'll probably be easier if I just showed you." The episode leaves you hanging there not sure if Nardole is going to let her out or if she's going to trick him so she can steal the Doctor's TARDIS for herself. At the end of the episode we see that Missy is indeed on board the TARDIS. The Doctor says they're going to have to return her to the vault. Agree Missy agrees. This is making me think that she really is turning good as she isn't putting up any kind of a fight.

    So this is my theory for the future of Doctor Who. As you may know I've theorized for a long time that Peter Capaldi's Doctor is actually the Valeyard. A version of the Doctor who had turned evil. Missy appears to be turning good. What if in the multi-Doctor/multi-Master story line at the end of the series Peter Capaldi's Doctor finally actually officially takes the name Valeyard and teams up with the past incarnations of the Master while the Mistress turned good ends up teaming up with past incarnations of the Doctor. And more importantly what if the next series of Doctor Who sees a role reversal between the two characters where the Mistress is our hero and the Valeyard is our primary villain. Not sure if they would actually go that far with it. Maybe after a while the past Masters and the past Doctors end up realizing that they need to work together in order to restore their future selves. I could see them doing a whole story where Anthony Ainsley's Master played by a different actor, has to travel back in time to help Colin Baker's Doctor stop the Valeyard which we've already seen him do. After returning to the present the Valeyard and the Mistress get killed and in their next regeneration turn back into the Good Doctor and the Evil Master. It would be interesting though if their whole reason for making Missy turn good was so that the TARDIS could still have a Time Lord while the Valeyard is off in the past, at least until he's able to be the Doctor again. I don't think they would ever make it a permanent switch but maybe at least for a couple episodes in the next series. It is still Doctor Who after all and we were promised that the Valeyard was still in his future so having a good Master to battle the evil Doctor would make sense.
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  • RialVestroRialVestro Posts: 6,256 ✭✭✭
    edited June 18
    Things I liked: Nardole was surprisingly really good in this episode. He's usually just kinda there and I don't get what the point of him is but he was honestly the most entertaining part of this episode.

    Things I didn't like: It feels like they tried to cram far too much into this one episode. There are things that happen towards the beginning of the episode that I fell like could have played a bigger part of the story but then never actually is explained or is not even ever mentioned again. I'll go into more detail in the spoiler section. The other issue is that there's things that happen that in previous episodes which this episode just seems to completely ignore. Again I'll go into more detail in the spoiler section. Basically it was a terribly written episode.

    The show opens with two kids playing on this hill. The boy seems scared of something for some reason and the girl talks about hearing music. Something happens that makes you think the girl gets killed but then at the end you see she's fine and they talk about the music again but it's never explained where the music is coming from or what caused it. It's just there and seems to have nothing to do with anything going on in the episode. There's also a crow that says Doctor both in the time period with the two kids and in the past but at no point do we actually see the crow learn the Doctor's name. It just randomly says Doctor for seemingly no reason. And they even say in the episode that crows in the future have stopped talking so why is it that a crow in present day Scottland is still saying Doctor? There's also a picture of the TARDIS carved into a rock where the crow is perched and again no explanation for this. It seems to already be carved there even in the past.

    Once we actually get into the story, the Doctor and Bill are looking for Roman soldiers. The Doctor is complaining that Bill thinks she knows more about the Romans than him. Bill even mentions reading the book that was also Amy's favorite book which Rory appears in and there's never any mention of the fact that one of the Doctor's best friends was a Roman soldier for 5,000 years, instead the Doctor spouts out some non-sense about how HE was a Roman soldier... When the hell did this happen?

    Later on when the Romans and the Scottish can some how understand each other it's said that the Doctor himself is translating for everyone except it was previously established that the translation effect came from being inside the TARDIS not the Doctor... Several characters are able to understand each other even when the Doctor isn't around so how the hell does this work? This went from being a nice way to explain why everyone always speaks English to horribly written non-sense. I could buy the whole idea that when you've traveled inside the TARDIS that you can speak and understand different languages thing but when characters who have never been in the TARDIS are able to speak and understand each other's languages, that's just lazy writing.

    And finally... The Doctor made a huge deal about Missy being out of the vault in the last episode and now suddenly he's the one that let her out and seems to be the only one that doesn't have an issue with it even though he just said in the previous episode "This can never happen again." So why is it happening again? I still like Gomez's performance in this scene but the total 180 from the last episode with the Doctor kinda ruined it for me.

    Oh and the monster... considering everything else going on, even the monster was kind of just a foot note in this story. The trailers made it look epic and awesome but actually watching it felt like I was watching a Micheal Bay movie without the explosions in it. I just compared this to a Micheal Bay movie, it was that bad.
    by RialVestro
    Ni, peng, nee-wom! Ecky, ecky, ecky, pakang, zoom-ping! Baa weep grahna weep ninny bong!
  • RialVestroRialVestro Posts: 6,256 ✭✭✭
    I don't know if anyone is actually reading these things but next week I'm not going to be able to post a review right after the episode, which is a shame because it's the Multi-Master episode that I've been most looking forward to. Unfortunately I'm going to be busy for a week or two starting on that Saturday. I may end up watching the episode twice, the first time on my tablet just to see it and then again whenever I can get home just so everything is fresh in my mind before I go into a major in depth review.

    I might still be around on the forums in other places but I can't use spoiler tags on my tablet so I need to be at my computer for it. The keys just don't exist on the virtual key board... plus the key board some times likes to close itself up before I've actually finished typing so I just don't want to deal with it. I need an actual physical key board for that thing.
    Ni, peng, nee-wom! Ecky, ecky, ecky, pakang, zoom-ping! Baa weep grahna weep ninny bong!
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