The (final for a bit) in my series of Reviews of the Matt Smith Doctor Who years

Summary: The Doctor’s final secret is revealed will he discover Clara’s as well?

Plot: The episode start with the 1st Doctor in the process of stealing the TARDIS when interrupted by Clara. It then flashes through her seemingly falling through time encountering all the incarnations of the Doctor leading to the opening credits. Back in 1893 a killer on death row has a vision of the Doctor that peaks the interest of Madame Vastra who calls an unconscious conference call between her, Jenny, Strax (who is in the North) along with Clara in the future and River Song trapped in the database of the Library. During their conference they are attacked by strange creatures (The Whisper Men) and the Great Intelligence who kill Jenny and threaten Strax & Vastra unless the Doctor comes to Trenzalore. When Clara wakes she tells the Doctor of the encounter which shakes him to his core. The Doctor Travels to Trenzalore having to fight the TARDIS which resists him all the way due to the paradox of it being the final resting place of both it (the TARDIS and the Doctor). There he and Clara encounter the Whispermen and find Vastra Strax & Clara (who has been revived by Strax) and their master the Great Intelligence who is determined to destroy the Doctor for all time. Can he stop them without sacrificing himself, Clara or River?

Writing: Stephen Moffat has written less of a season finale as an intro to the 50th anniversary special. His use of just about every single Doctor in this episode likely is to make up for the purported exclusion of all the old doctors from the anniversary. The Whisperman are a very cool monster but seem to do absolutely nothing other than act spooky. There is also a huge hole in the resolution but it’s not clear if that is due to be resolved in the special. This makes this one of the hardest to judge.

Acting: Richard E Grant really brings real horror to his role as the Great Intelligence. Strax, Jenny & Vastra are their usual great selves as is Jenna Louise Coleman but as always Alex Kingston steal every single scene she is in and her final conversation with the Doctor is one for the ages.

Anniversary with just about every doctor in this episode it’s a superfluous question

Memorable Moments: Sorry Archie, Not the one with the big head, blood soaked, I will not open my tomb, God knows how that looked, I’ve got him rattled, ask Solomon, there will be consequences.

Oddities: When the Doctor says…”somebody stop him” why do none of his friends move to do while he is delivering his monologue?

Pet Peeves: For Clara’s gambit to work she has to defeat the Great Intelligence everywhere he exists in the Doctor’s Time line. Given she has no special powers other than being there, how does she manage it? Also shouldn’t the Doctor have a memory of Clara in every regeneration?

Great Quote(s):

Vastra: Professor. Help yourself to some tea.
River: Why thank you. {she has a champagne bucket}
Jenny: How did you do that?!
River: Disgracefully.

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Vastra: Ah, perhaps you two haven’t met. This is the Doctor’s companion. That is, his current travelling assistant.
Clara: Assistant?
Strax: Have you gone a darker green?

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Clara: You okay? Visiting your own grave, anyone would be scared.
The Doctor: It’s more than that. I’m a time traveller. I’ve probably time travelled more than anyone else.
Clara: Meaning?
The Doctor: Meaning… my grave is potentially the most dangerous place in the Universe. Shall we?

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Strax: Madame, boys. Combat formations! They are unarmed.
Jenny: So are we!
Strax: Do not divulge our military secrets!

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Final Verdict: 4 1/2 stars but I reserve the right to change my opinion after the 50th anniversary special & Christmas special if they are all linked. It won’t drop below four and I can’t see it going to 5 but we’ll see.

Ranking of Season 4th of 15 It’s worth noting that only one Rory/Amy episode ranked in the top 5 and only two in the top 10.

1. The Bells of St. John
2. The Crimson Horror
3. The Power of three
4. The Name of the Doctor
5. The Snowmen
6. Nightmare in Silver
7. The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe
8. Dinosaurs on a Spaceship
9. Journey to the Centre of the Tardis
10. Cold War
11. A Town Called Mercy
12. Asylum of the Daleks
13. The Rings of Akhaten
14. Hide
15. 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 you know, a day before Rep. Fred Upton’s (R-MI) “Keep Your Plan” bill, designed to allow existing, soon-to-be-outlawed individual health insurance plans to be offered through the end of 2014, passed the House, President Barack Obama administratively said that those plans that were in effect as of October 1, 2013, would not be deemed as outlawed, “substandard” plans through 2014. Unfortunately, the method Obama chose has several points of failure that essentially ensures the scheme won’t work.

The first problem is common to all of the “keep your plan” schemes out there, including Sen. Ron Johnson’s (R-WI) plan to extend the “grandfathering” to all plans in existence as of the end of this year and even Sen. Mary Landrieu’s (D-LA) heavy-hand-of-federal-government mandate that insurance companies continue those plans for another year. It requires the insurance commissions of the 50 states plus the District of Columbia to allow the insurance companies to “un-cancel” the policies. As of Friday night, Yahoo News reported that while three states (Florida, Ohio and Kentucky) would allow insurance companies to “un-cancel” the policies they already sent cancellation notices out on, three states (Washington, Arkansas and Vermont) said they would refuse that request.

That leads to the second problem – even if the states allow the “un-cancellations”, insurance companies might not have enough time to recreate the old policies as the entire process, from policy creation to enrollment, would need to be complete in a month’s time. Already, the underwriters necessary to properly price those policies are being laid off. Still, some insurance companies, like Florida Blue, are going to at least try to re-issue their cancelled policies.

The biggest problem, in my opinion, is that it is an administrative rewrite of the law. That leaves the delay wide open to a legal challenge and eventual retroactive reversal, which I expect the new-to-the-market community organizers/”insurance” companies to pursue as they fail to get enough people signed up for their versions of ObamaCare. Other parts of the administration, specifically the EPA, have shown an incredible ability to use lawsuits filed by liberal comrades-in-arms to get via out-of-court settlement what they couldn’t get through the normal regulatory process.

Today on DaTechGuy on DaRadio we’ll be talking about the crashing and burning of Obamacare the media and the O’Keefe videos they are ignoring.

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The Arian Heresy is named after its founder – Arius – who was a presbyter in an urban parish in Alexandria, Egypt during the early part of the fourth century.  Arius put forth the view that Jesus Christ was not self-existent, eternal or of the same divine essence as God The Father.  Arius taught that Christ was the first-born and highest of the created order of created beings.

Arius’ doctrine placed him in stark opposition to the Apostles of Jesus who affirmed the Deity of Christ in the four Gospel narratives (confer with John 10:30  where Jesus states that “I and  The Father are One.”).

Arius interpretation errors were the result of the poor exegesis of certain Christological passages of Scripture such as Proverbs 8:22-36; this is an Old Testament Wisdom narrative which some scholars in the spirit of Origen’s figurative  mode of biblical interpretation could translate symbolically and erroneously put forth the teaching that JESUS the Son of God was a created being.

Arius’ doctrine reach a point of great influence in the Eastern part of the Catholic Church right at the time that the emperor Constantine granted the Christian Church the status of “religious tolerance” and “freedom from persecution” (313 A.D.).  Constantine hoped to reinvigorate the Roman Empire and he could not have the strongest institution in the empire – The Christian Church – being torn asunder by internal controversy.

Constantine’s solution to the Arius controversy was to propose a council of the entire Catholic Church to resolve this issue; this council became known as the Council of Nicea (325 A.D.).

At the council of Nicea, the Bishops present voted 323 to 2 against Arius’s teaching.  The Bishops declared that Jesus is begotten, not made and that His divine nature is of the same essence (homoousios) with God the Father.   Christ Jesus is not merely similar to Deity, but He is Deity.  The Bishops put together the great Nicene Creed which has stood as a bulwark against many heresies for more than 1650 years.

In many Churches throughout the globe, the Nicene Creed is repeated at every worship service.  This wonderful Creed helps to strengthen Christians as they walk with Christ and seek to fulfill His Divine mission in their lives.

May GOD richly bless each one of you as you seek to affirm the truth of Christ into your lives each and every day

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