Doctor Who – The Magician’s Apprentice & The Witch’s Familiar

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As a lot of Matt Smith’s episodes had a bit of extras – prologues or minisodes – we have for the first time for Peter Capaldi’s Doctor a prologue and a prequel ‘The Doctor’s Meditation’ to this new series first story – the prologue can be watched on the video below …

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‘Where is the Doctor?’ When the skies of Earth are frozen by a mysterious alien force, Clara needs her friend. But where is the Doctor, and what is he hiding from? As past deeds come back to haunt him, old enemies will come face to face, and for the Doctor and Clara, survival seems impossible.

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Trapped and alone on the terrifying planet Skaro, the Doctor is at the heart of the evil Dalek Empire – no sonic, no TARDIS, nobody to help. With his greatest temptation before him, can the Doctor resist? And will there be mercy?

*** BEWARE – SPOILERS ! ***

When I read months ago that this new series was to be made of two parts stories, I was really glad as it promised us well developed storylines. I enjoyed this very first, in which are shown familiar faces, with the return of Davros, Missy and Kate Stewart. We meet for the first time the efficient Jac – played by Jaye Griffiths – who will replace the very missed Osgood … I found Peter Capaldi having fun and as usual Michelle Gomez portraying a very humourous and naughty Missy. For moments I thought of Jenna Coleman’s very first episode as souflé girl and dreaded to see her go right away as was announced her leaving the show – fortunately we will have the joy to watch her again in the TARDIS for some new adventures.

Sci-fi adventure, starring Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Michelle Gomez, Jemma Redgrave, Julian Bleach, Jami Reid-Quarrell, Daniel Hoffmann-Gill and Jaye Griffiths.

A Moorland Holiday – Downton Abbey Christmas Special 2014

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It’s the early autumn of 1924 and Rose’s father-in-law Lord Sinderby has rented Brancaster Castle in Northumberland and invited the Crawleys to a grouse-shooting party. However, the Sinderbys’ butler Stowell has an axe to grind and a scandalous secret threatens to derail the holiday. Back at Downton, the servants hold the fort and unlikely later-life romances abound, while Bates takes drastic measures to clear Anna’s name as she faces an uncertain future behind bars…

Costume drama, starring Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Raquel Cassidy, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Kevin Doyle, Joanne Froggatt, Lily James, Robert James-Collier, Allen Leech, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Sophie McShera, Lesley Nicol, Maggie Smith, Penelope Wilton, Matthew Goode, Alun Armstrong, James Faulkner, Penny Downie, Matt Barber, Sue Johnston, Jeremy Swift, Douglas Reith, Rade Sherbedgia, Jane Lapotaire, Jonathan Coy, Sebastian Dunn, Harry Hadden-Paton, Alice Patten, Michael Fox and Hannah Wood.

*** Be careful !!! Spoilers ***

After a rather disappointing 5th series, we got at last a Christmassy episode with sparkles and warm moments that will lead to a much better series next year… Even if the Bates situation is unresolved, we hope for a happy ending, we should get a downstairs wedding after the moving Carson’s proposal to Mrs Hugues (I personally got tears in my eyes), and after the meeting of Lady Mary and the very promising Mr Talbot – played by the very handsome Matthew Goode, we can contemplate her getting at last the Mr Right she deserves.

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Doctor Who – Last Christmas

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On Christmas Eve, Clara is woken by the sound of something on her rooftop, and is astonished to find Santa Claus, two elfs, a sleigh and flying reindeer. Although she tries to deny his existence as a fairytale, Santa questions if she still believes in them, before being interrupted by the Doctor who takes her into the TARDIS. At the North Pole, a group of scientists work on trying to save their fellow base personnel who have been taken over by crab-like creatures. The Doctor and Clara arrive and while introductions are being made, they come under attack from the crabs only to be rescued by Santa …

Sci-fi adventure, starring Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Nick Frost, Dan Starkey, Nathan McMullen, Faye Marsay, Natalie Gumede, Maureen Beattien, Michael Troughton and Samuel Anderson.

I had to watch this episode a second time to really appreciate it. In the style of Christopher Nolan’s Inception, we travel in a four level dream story. I love this episode, as between scary and hilarious moments, Steven Moffat added emotion and tenderness. Too bad we had to wait after the death of Danny to get the chance of watching the most beautiful scene written for him and Clara ! Furthermore, we had the pleasure to see the second Doctor’s son and Dan Starkey’s real face – who usually is hidden playing Strax’s part. Anyway, I’m glad that Jenna Coleman is staying for the 9th series and hope we’ll get some answers next year …

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Doctor Who – Dark Water & Death In Heaven

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In the mysterious world of the Nethersphere, plans have been drawn. Old friends and old enemies manoeuvre around the Doctor, and an impossible choice is looming before him. Death is not the end, promises the sinister organisation known only as 3W – but, as the Doctor and Clara discover, you might wish it was.

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With Cybermen on the streets of London, old friends unite against old enemies and the Doctor takes to the air in a startling new role. Can the mighty UNIT contain Missy ? As the Doctor faces his greatest challenge, sacrifices must be made before the day is won.

Sci-fi adventure, starring Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Samuel Anderson, Michelle Gomez, Jemma Redgrave, Ingrid Oliver and Chris Addison.

This is my favourite episode for this series since “Deep Breath” ! That two part story is well written, well played and the darkest of them all ! We know at last who is Missy … some guessed from the beginning … well done for them ! Michelle Gomez was excellent in all appearances throughout the series. The only flaw to that all is that I didn’t feel any sorrow or emotion … David Tennant, Billie Piper, Freema Agyeman, Catherine Tate, Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill and Alex Kingston moved me to tears many times in the earlier series … Jenna Coleman’s Clara belongs to Matt Smith’s Doctor, they were so well together … never in this series I was convinced by her duo with Peter Capaldi. He is excellent as the new Doctor, but he reminds me too much of the first Doctor played by William Hartnell – that Doctor is not lovable, he’s hard and cruel. He never believed that Clara was in love with Danny … I never was convinced either. I love what Jenna Coleman did with her character, but it would be wise to get a new companion to bring Peter Capaldi’s acting out …

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Doctor Who – In The Forest Of The Night

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One morning in London, and every city and town in the world, the human race wakes up to the most surprising invasion yet – the trees have moved back in. Everywhere, in every land, a forest has grown overnight and taken back the Earth – an impossible stranglehold of vegetation. The Doctor soon realises that the final days of humanity have arrived …

Sci-fi adventure, starring Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Samuel Anderson and Abigail Eames.

I love this poetic episode where nature can be protective over Earth … as sweet as the hatching Moon earlier in the series.

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Doctor Who – Flatline

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Separated from the Doctor, Clara discovers a new menace from another dimension. But how do you hide when even the walls are no protection ? With people to save and no madman in a box to help, Clara goes against an enemy that exists beyond normal humain perception.

Sci-fi adventure, starring Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Samuel Anderson and Christopher Fairbank .

My least favourite episode of this series… Except for the mini Tardis concept with the very funny moment when the Doctor moves it as a hermit crab.

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