The Great Detective – Vastra Investigates – The Battle of Demon’s Run, Two Days Later : These three minisodes are the prequels of the 2012 Christmas special and they introduce again Vastra, Jenny and Strax as allies of the Doctor that we met earlier in A Good Man Goes To War (I have to confess I’ll have to watch this episode again as I didn’t understand who they were in that story) and we will have the pleasure to meet them again in The Crimsom Horror and The Name Of The Doctor.
The Snowmen – Christmas Special 2012 : The Time Lord is in mourning after losing Amy and Rory to the Weeping Angels and determined to avoid getting mixed up in the universe’s problems. But a call for help whisks him back to Christmas Eve 1892, where a trio of old friends and a plucky young governess called Clara need him to take on a chilly menace that comes with the snowfall. Will he be persuaded to abandon his new life as a recluse and defend his beloved Earth once more?
Episode 1 The Bells Of Saint John : The bowtie-wearing Time Lord finds himself in modern-day London in his search for Clara Oswald, the mysterious, souffle-baking woman who keeps dying. But there’s a problem. Something dangerous is lurking in the city’s wi-fi signals, uploading people’s minds and imprisoning them – and among those targeted is none other than the woman he has travelled halfway across the galaxy to find.
Episode 2 The Rings Of Akhaten : Having found himself a new companion in the shape of Clara Oswald, the Doctor asks where she wants to go first – and her request for somewhere awesome takes the pair to the rings of the planet Akhaten, inhabited by all manner of amazing creatures. Clara meets the young queen, who is about to take part in a ceremony called the Festival of Offerings – but what begins as a happy sing-song soon turns very grim.
Episode 3 Cold War : The Doctor and Clara land on a damaged Russian submarine in 1983 as it spirals out of control into the ocean depths. To make matters worse, an alien creature is loose on board, having escaped from a block of Arctic ice – and with tempers flaring and a cargo of nuclear weapons, it’s not just the crew but the whole of humanity at stake.
Episode 4 Hide : Clara and the Doctor arrive at a haunted mansion on a desolate moor, where a gifted psychic and a professor are searching for a spirit who is said to have appeared in the building over the years. But the so-called Witch of the Well soon turns out to be more than your average ghost.
Episode 5 Journey To The Centre Of The TARDIS : The TARDIS is captured by a spaceship salvage team, sending its systems into meltdown. As the Doctor introduces himself to the motley crew of galactic rag-and-bone men, he realises Clara is still trapped within his malfunctioning ship, so he persuades his new acquaintances to help find her, taking them deep into the heart of his beloved blue box. But their hopes of a straightforward rescue are dashed when it turns out Clara is not the only one down there – and if that weren’t bad enough, they only have 30 minutes before the TARDIS self-destructs.
Episode 6 The Crimsom Horror : The people of a Victorian Yorkshire mill town are terrified when bodies start washing up from the river, bright red and wax-like – but with the Doctor and Clara nowhere to be seen, it’s up to lizard detective Madame Vastra and her sidekicks Jenny and Strax to take centre stage as they attempt to get to the bottom of the mystery. It seems the answer lies behind the imposing gates of Sweetville mill, owned by the plain-speaking Mrs Gillyflower.
Episode 7 Nightmare In Silver : The Doctor and Clara have ended up with a couple of extra companions, whose first trip in the Tardis brings them to Hedgewick’s World of Wonders, once known as the greatest theme park in the galaxy. Sadly it has seen better days and is now home to a shabby showman, a chess-playing dwarf and a dysfunctional army platoon. However, there is an even bigger surprise in store for the Time Lord with the re-emergence of one of his oldest foes – the Cybermen are back, and they’re deadlier than ever.
Episode 8 The Name Of The Doctor : Clara receives a letter summoning her to a mysterious meeting, where she is given a message for the Doctor. The meaning is uncertain, but when an enemy strikes the Time Lord is left with no choice but to travel to the one place in time and space he should never go – into a deadly trap that threatens to unravel his past, present and future.
The Night Of The Doctor – The Last Day : these two minisodes are the prequels of The Day Of The Doctor. The first explains who is John Hurt’s Doctor and the second shows Gallifrey just before the fall.
The Day Of The Doctor – 50th Anniversary Special : Something terrible is awakening in London’s National Gallery, while in 1562 a murderous plot is afoot, and in space an ancient battle reaches its conclusion.
The Time Of The Doctor – Christmas Special 2013 : The massed forces of the universe’s deadliest alien species have gathered on a quiet backwater planet, drawn to a mysterious message that echoes out to the stars. Among them is the Doctor, who has rescued Clara from a family Christmas dinner to help him discover what this signal means for his own fate and for that of the universe.
Sci-fi adventure, starring Matt Smith, Jenna Coleman, Richard E Grant, Tom Ward, Dan Starkey, Catrin Stewart, Neve McIntosh, Tom Ward, Celia Imrie, Robert Whitelock, Dan Li, Manpreet Bachu, Sean Knopp, Eve De Leon Allen, Kassius Carey Johnson, Emilia Jones, Liam Cunningham, David Warner, Tobias Menzies, Josh O’Connor, Jessica Raine, Dougray Scott, Ashley Walters, Mark Oliver, Jahvel Hall, Diana Rigg, Rachael Stirling, Jason Watkins, Warwick Davis, Tamzin Outhwaite, Alex Kingston, John Hurt, Paul McGann, David Tennant, Billie Piper, Jemma Redgrave, Joanna Page, Tom Baker, Orla Brady, James Buller, Elizabeth Ride, Sheila Reid and Peter Capaldi.
***** Originally I wanted to make comments to each episode as I did for Matt Smith’s earlier series, but what the hell, I loved them all – the team Matt Smith / Jenna Coleman is absolutely fabulous from the beginning till their last scene together . The idea to create the trio with Madame Vastra (Silurian), her wife Jenny Flint and Strax (Sontaran) was brilliant, especially to be able to meet them in different stories, in particular The Crimson Horror with Diana Rigg and her real-life daughter Rachael Stirling. When I think that at the beginning I didn’t appreciate Matt Smith after David Tennant’s Doctor ! All I have to say is that Matt Smith actually created a new dimension to the personality of the Doctor with humour and emotion. I will miss him.