Television is a bit bare without Doctor Who adorning it.
SPOILERS SWEETIE – If you haven’t seen it – go watch it now, what are you waiting for?
It was a fascinating exercise watching and writing about the episodes, in as real-time mode as it’s possible to get with life’s little intrusions – Although there were clues, I wasn’t ever really sure where it was going, and along the way I got unexpectedly emotionally invested in it, so much so that I went into the finale with a head full of questions that were never meant to be answered, and felt real emotions for the character’s fates.
Having re-watched Deep Breath and Death in Heaven, and having scanned through all my notes, despite the black holes and revelations, it wrapped up everything it needed to, (if a little that it didn’t…) but inarguably gave Doctor Who a breath of new life following the tremendous climax of the fiftieth last year, and kept us all thoroughly confused, and entertained throughout.
I’m looking forward to suspending disbelief over Christmas (with Father Christmas), and enjoying a little extra Doctor Who and Clara before the long months before the new season begin their count down.
The exercise of collating all my reviews and writing them into a viewer’s guide is enjoyable in light of the answers – if you’re interested, I’m adjusting the content to be less bloggish, and more tied-upish (these are indeed new technicalish terms to describe things for which there are no adequate words) and In the Forest of the Night, Dark Water and Death in Heaven, will be included… I’ll keep you posted.
Having had a little time to think on it, overall I have no other choice but to conclude that this was just another beautiful, brilliantly crafted series run! I really enjoy what Steven Moffat has done with the show, his stories are intricate and interwoven and he’s left ample room with hooks and lines for future story integrations. In IT Terms this is what we would refer to as system scalability.
The beauty of Doctor Who is the show can scale upward, downward and every which direction outward… it just needs a creative mind at the helm driving the creative vision and Steven Moffat is just that visionary, and with the talk of finding a replacement for him, I’m getting nervous because his successor will have very difficultly-shaped shoes to fill.
Each show runner has brought a different focus and energy to this national treasure, there were the beautiful, emotive characterisations of the Russell T Davies era, and now we have the fantastically detailed, tricky stories of the Steven Moffat age. The ideal successor to the both of them would ideally be a clone made from their combined genetic material – best let the scientists get cracking on that now.
It was difficult to decide, but here are picks of my favourite moments and quotes throughout the season two per episode though, Death in Heaven gets three.
I’m hoping to see more from Jamie Mathieson… his episodes Mummy on the Orient Express and Flatline were two of my favourites, though (for me) the absolute best episode of Series 8 is the masterpiece by Steven Moffat, Listen.
Well done to all the BBC stars, players, writers, gophers, Silurians, Sontarans, Moon chickens, Daleks, dinosaurs, backstage people, and anyone else I missed, for producing an incredible and enduring Doctor Who thing, yet again!
“Clara, what is happening right now in this restaurant to you and me, is more important than your egomania.”
“Nothing is more important than my ego mania.”
“Right you actually said that”
“You never mention that again”
“You are a broom… Question. You take a broom, you replace the handle. And then later you replace the brush. And you do that over and over again. Is it still the same broom? Answer – no, of course it isn’t. But you can still sweep the floor. Which is not strictly relevant, skip that last part. You have replaced every piece of yourself, Mechanical and organic, time and time again – There’s not a trace of the original you left. You probably can’t even remember where you got that face from.” – The Doctor to the half-face man
Into the Dalek
Phil Ford and Steven Moffat
“Nobody guards the dead. Mortuaries and larders – always the easiest to break out of.” – The Doctor
“I am not a good Dalek. YOU are a good Dalek.” – Rusty to the Doctor
Robot of Sherwood
“No. So I can knock up an ornamental plant stand… Of course it’s so that we can get rid of our chains! I don’t want to be manacled to you all night.” – The Doctor to Robin Hood
Doctor: “I’m not a hero.”
Robin Hood: “But if we both keep pretending to be, perhaps others will be heroes in our name, perhaps we will both be stories and may those stories never end.”
“What’s that in the mirror
Or the corner of your eye
What’s that footstep following
But never passing by?
Perhaps they’re all just waiting,
Perhaps when we’re all dead,
Out they’ll come a-slithering
From underneath the bed.” – The Doctor
“I know you’re afraid
But being afraid is alright,
Because didn’t anyone ever tell you
Fear is a superpower
Fear can make you faster
And cleverer and stronger
And one day you’re going to come back to this barn and on that day you’re going to be very afraid indeed.
But that’s ok
Because if you’re very wise, and very strong
Fear doesn’t have to make you cruel or cowardly
Fear can make you kind.” – Clara to the Doctor
Stephen Thompson and Steven Moffat
“Listen, when we’re done here, by all means, you go and find a shoulder to cry on. You’ll probably need that. Till then, what you need is me!” – The Doctor
“Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! Shuttity up up up!” – The Doctor
Gareth Roberts and Steven Moffat
“Human beings have an incredibly short life span. Frankly, you should all be in a permanent state of panic. Tick, tock, tick, tock” The Doctor
“The accent’s good, but you can always spot the aristocracy. It’s in the attitude” “One thing, Clara. I’m a soldier, guilty as charged. You see him? He’s an officer.” “I’m the one who carries you out of the fire. He’s the one who lights it. That’s him. Look at him, right now. That’s who he is.” – Danny to Clara about the Doctor
Kill the Moon
“I’m a super intelligent alien being who flies in time and space – are you going to shoot me?” – The Doctor
“Clara, there are simply some moments in time that I simply cannot see. Little eye-blinks. They don’t look the same as other things. They’re not clear. They’re fuzzy. They’re grey. Little moments in which big things are decided. And this is one of them.” – The Doctor
Mummy on the Orient Express
Perkins: “Well Doctor, I can’t tell if you’re a genius or just arrogant.”
Doctor: “Well on a good day I’m both.”
“My enemy’s enemy is my friend. Especially when he has a built in teleporter.” – The Doctor
“Can you not just let me enjoy this moment of not knowing something, it happens so rarely?” – The Doctor
“I tried to talk. I want you to remember that. I tried to reach out, I tried to understand you. I think you understand us just perfectly, and I think you just don’t care. And I don’t know whether you are here to invade, infiltrate or just replace us. I don’t suppose it really matters now. You are monsters. That is the role you seem determined to play. So it seems I must play mine. The man that stops the monsters… I am the Doctor and I name you The Boneless.” – The Doctor
In the Forest of the Night
“We are the green shoots that grow between the cracks, the grass that grows over the mass graves. After your wars are over, we will still be Here. We are the life that prevails.” – the Thoughts through Maebh
“This is my world too. I walk your earth, I breathe your air.” – The Doctor
“You betrayed me. You betrayed my trust, you betrayed our friendship, you betrayed everything that I ever stood for. You let me down! … Do you think I care for you so little that betraying me would make a difference?” – The Doctor
“I’m sorry, everyone, another ranting Scotsman in the street. I had no idea there was a match on.” – Missy
Death in Heaven
Doctor: “That’s your answer for everything, isn’t it? Vote for an idiot.”
Kate: “If you say so, Mr President. So long as you’re on this plane, you’re the Commander-in-Chief of every army on Earth. Every world leader is currently awaiting your instructions. You are the Chief Executive Officer of the human race. Any questions?”
“Well gentlemen. Where to start? I was born on the planet Gallifrey, in the constellation of Kasterboros. I’m a Time Lord, but my Prydonian privileges were revoked when I stole a time capsule and ran away. Currently piloting a Type 40 TARDIS. Married four times, all deceased. My children and grandchildren are missing, and I assume, dead. I have a non-Gallifreyan daughter, created via genetic transfer. How much more do you need? I’m the Doctor!” – Clara
“Thank you! Thank you so much! I really didn’t know, I wasn’t sure. You really lose sight sometimes. Thank you! I am not a good man. And I’m not a bad man. I’m not a hero. I’m definitely not a president. And no, I am not an Officer. Do you know what I am? I… am… an idiot, with a box, and a screwdriver. Passing through, helping out, learning. I don’t need an army, I never have because I’ve got them. Always them. Because love it’s not an emotion… love is a promise.”