The latest in my series of Reviews of the Matt Smith Doctor Who years

Summary: Something horrible is hiding in the greatest Amusement Park that there ever was and the existence of the Human race is going to come down to a game of chess.

Plot: Clara’s “kids” having figured out the how she has been spending her spare time end up on a trip with the Doctor to the greatest amusement part in the universe where they find carney folk an platoon of inept soldiers and Cybermen who take over the children and half of the Doctor. It’s a race against time can Clara and the inept soldiers hold off the Cybermen long enough for the Doctor to win his winner take all chess match with the Cyber-planner in his head? Or will it come down to vaporizing the entire planet to save the universe?

Writing: Neil Gaiman gives us a story that’s has a mix of real horror and real terror. He also turns the Cybermen into an almost invincible foe that can adapt instantly. While the design is has another winner this makes them an impossibly powerful foe. Then again as this takes place in the very far future we might be able to ignore quite a lot of it.

Acting: Veteran actor Warwick Davis is great as Porridge Jenna Louise Coleman continues to excel as Clara. Tamzin Outhwaite’s captain is a bit memorable and Matt Smith’s seeming dual role is interesting as far as it goes.

Anniversary 6th Doctor: A marriage proposal from an Emperor to a doctor’s companion.

Memorable Moments: Sandwich, no blowing up the planet, Mr. clever, good news bad news We are going to the NORTH, Tom Tom, the wrong hands, my monster, that’s my girl.

Oddities: The Cybermen are simply too powerful. There is no way they lose their war with man given their strength (unless of course the Doctor intervened at some time in the past or future.

Pet Peeves: Once the doctor figures out the Cybermen are on the planet why doesn’t he just take the kids back to earth (fast return switch) and then come back (fast return again)?

Great Quote(s):

Clara: The only reason I’m still alive is because I do what the doctor says. Can you guarantee me you’d bring me back my children alive and unharmed? I trust the Doctor.

Captain: You think he knows what he’s doing?

Clara: I’m not sure I’d go that far

Porridge: That used to be the Tiberian Spiral Galaxy. A million star systems, a hundred million worlds, a billion trillion people. It’s not there anymore. No more Tiberian Galaxy. No more Cybermen. It was effective.

Clara: It’s horrible.

Porridge: Yeah. I feel like a monster sometimes.

Clara: Why?

Porridge: Because instead of mourning a billion trillion dead people, I just feel sorry for the bloke who had to press the button and blow it all up.

Clara: Chess game. Stakes.
The Doctor: If he wins, I give up my mind and he gets access to all my memories along with knowledge of time travel. But! If I win. he’ll break his promises to get out of my head and then kill us all anyway.
Clara: That’s not reassuring!
The Doctor: No.


Final Verdict: 4 1/2 An excellent episode

Ranking of Season 7 5th of 14

1. The Bells of St. John
2. The Crimson Horror
3. The Power of three
4. The Snowmen
5. Nightmare in Silver
6. The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe
7. Dinosaurs on a Spaceship
8. Journey to the Centre of the Tardis
9. Cold War
10. A Town Called Mercy
11. Asylum of the Daleks
12. The Rings of Akhaten
13. Hide
14. The Angels Take Manhattan

Ranking in Matt Smith Era to this point (top 10 shown)

1. The Bells of St. John
2. Let’s Kill Hitler
3. The Girl who waited
4. The Doctor’s Wife
5. The Pandorica Opens
6. A Good Man Goes to War
7. The Eleventh Hour
8. The Big Bang
9. The Crimson Horror
10. The Lodger

As the man in charge I of course accept full responsibility…but NOT the blame! Let me explain the difference, people who are to blame lose their jobs, people who are responsible do not.

Richard Nixon a Fantasy 1973

The latest in my series of how when this administration speaks and/or acts, it brings to mind Monty Python’s Flying Circus.

When I heard Kathleen Sebelius make this apology

And Barack Obama make this apology

The only thing that came to mind was this apology

Here is an exit question. The members of Python are very left. If they were active and young today would they be hitting Obama like this?


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Speaking of apologies I do apologize that there is a second shake of the jar to start the week and I further apologize that the Tip Jar goal is higher than before.

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