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“Confessional priests. Very popular. Genetically engineered so you forget everything you’ve told them.”

First introduced in ‘The Impossible Astronaut’ we finally get an origin for the Silence in ‘The Time of The Doctor’. Rather than being an alien race we learn that they are created for the Papal Church to act as confessional … Continue reading

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“You were an exceptional Doctor, Clara. Goodness had nothing to do with it.”

‘Flatline’, written by Jamie Mathieson, finds the Doctor trapped in the TARDIS leaving Clara to play his role investigating a spate of missing people in Bristol. Soon she is trying to keep a small group of people alive in train … Continue reading

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“The destiny trap. You can’t change history if you’re part of it.”

A standard time travel trope is that by attempting to change an event you cause it to happen. This is also known as a pre-destination paradox, since the event wouldn’t have happened if you didn’t time travel how could it … Continue reading

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“Did a wizard put a curse on you about mini-breaks?”

‘Mummy on the Orient Express’, written by Jamie Mathieson, is a classic pulp horror story in the vein of ‘The Pyramids of Mars’ and ‘Horror of Fang Rock’. The Doctor takes Clara to a space train for their final adventure … Continue reading

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“Well I did come to Trenzalore and nothing can change that now. Didn’t stop you trying though, did it?”

In ‘The Time Of The Doctor’ we learn that Lady Kovarian led a breakaway chapter of the Papal Mainframe back along the Doctor’s timeline to prevent the siege of Trenzalore. Their plan was to kill the Doctor, ensuring that he … Continue reading

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“Look, when you’ve grown up a bit, you’ll realise that everything doesn’t have to be nice. Some things are just bad.”

‘Kill The Moon’, by Peter Harness, concerns the Doctor and Clara taking Courtney Woods to the moon only to discover that in the future it poses a terrible threat to Earth. With time running out the Doctor leaves it to … Continue reading

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“An Egyptian goddess loose on the Orient Express, in space.”

At the end of ‘The Big Bang’ the Doctor is distracted from solving the dangling plot thread of the exploding TARDIS and the Silence by a phone call. He is told that an Egyptian goddess has been freed from the … Continue reading

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“I’m a caretaker now. Look, I’ve got a brush.”

‘The Caretaker’, written by Gareth Roberts and Steven Moffat, sees the Doctor going undercover at Coal Hill School to deal with an alien menace and intruding upon Clara’s life. This is a story in which the monster is incidental, rather … Continue reading

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“God speed gentle husband.”

What happened to Queen Elizabeth after the events of ‘The Day Of The Doctor’? In the same year of 1562 Queen Elizabeth became infected with smallpox. This nearly killed her and left her with pock marks that she covered with … Continue reading

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“I was hoping for minimalism, but I think I came up with magician!”

‘Time Heist’, by Stephen Thompson  and Steven Moffat, has a intriguing take on a bank heist but is more style than substance. Strong visuals and special effects, particularly in the design of the alien Teller, make this episode enjoyable, rather … Continue reading

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