Doctor Who: Why Shona McCullough Needs To Join the Tardis Crew

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Though there was a quite a divide about Series 8 as a whole I don't think any Whovian had anything but love for the Christmas special "Last Christmas". It had horror, mind-twists, and for what hopefully is the foreseeable future Clara and the Twelfth Doctor finally seemed to come clean and start anew with each. It was like Series 8 was six-hour version of "Power of the Daleks" with Clara standing in for Ben Jackson and finally accepting The Doctor had changed.

It also sparked a rumor regarding a new companion in the Tardis in the form of Shona McCullough played by Faye Marsay. Shona stole a lot of the spotlight in the episode, even from the guest starring Nick Frost as Santa. From her lily-white dance moves in her first scene to her threatening The Doctor with "I will mark you, old man" she stood out as a combination of childish need and gutsy heroism.

The clues are all there. She refers to The Doctor as a magician and the announced first episode of Series 9 is "The Magician's Apprentice". In the scene where the remaining crew all hold hands The Doctor is deeply reluctant to be touched by anyone other than Clara until Clara instructs him to hold onto Shona. When the dreamers disappear at the end of the episode Shona goes last after promising to meet up for curry with Clara in the real world.

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Doctor Who: Dear BBC, Please Ignore the Big American Ratings

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"Deep Breath"
All the tallies are in and Pater Capaldi's first season in the Tardis was a ratings success both in England and in the United States. Especially the United States, where "Deep Breath" was the highest-rated season premier yet, and last year's "Day of the Doctor" shattered records. The American ratings success is an even bigger deal when you consider that American Whovians usually have to spend all day Saturday off social media to avoid spoilers and watch Doctor Who on a relatively small cable network as opposed to the largest television station in Britain. Clearly our country offers some real potential for growth in the long-running science fiction show.

I'm here to humbly ask that the BBC, Steven Moffat and everyone in writing for Doctor Who to please ignore that.

I don't mean stop sending us episodes and stuff like that. Never stop that. What I mean is that if someone in a meeting says, "You know, the show is doing big numbers in America. We should add something more American to it," it is my sincere hope that someone hit that person in the nose.

First of all, we don't need it. Seriously, guys, we're perfectly good over here. We produce a ton of movies and television on our own, and plenty of it involves monsters from outer space and time travel and other Who staples. All of it is just as ridiculously American as it could possibly be because frankly we're not a subtle people.

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Doctor Who: Jenna Coleman to Break Two Major Doctor Who Records

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"Rings of Akhaten"
After months of speculation and conflicting reports Jenna Coleman announced that she will return as Clara Oswald for the entirety of Series 9 of Doctor Who. In doing so she stands to become the most long-serving companion in the show's history.

Exactly how to measure the duration of a companion actor's stint on Doctor Who is a subject that I've already covered in depth previously. There are several ways to define it, but in two out of the three main ways Jenna Coleman will soon top the list.

The first is in time spent continuously on the show. The current record is held by Janet Fielding, who played Tegan Jovanka opposite the Fifth Doctor. Fielding debuted in "Logopolis" on February 28, 1981 and was with the show until "Resurrection of the Daleks" on February 15, 1984. She just narrowly beat out Elisabeth Sladen's Sarah Jane Smith for most time logged.

Jenna Coleman debuted in "Asylum of the Daleks" on September 1, 2012, though she would not reappear as a regular cast member until Christmas of that year. That means to beat Fielding's record she only needs to be on television past August 19, 2015 to be the new holder of the record. Considering that filming for Series 9 will not start until January and Orphan Black will likely hold Doctor Who's time slot until July it's a near certainty Coleman will make it when the season starts in August or September.

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Doctor Who: "Last Christmas" Hits Every Mark Perfectly

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My apologies for the lateness of this review as I spent most of Christmas evening in the emergency room with my daughter, who is fully recovered now.

The Doctor and Santa Claus...You have to be a little worried, right? Much like the Christmas Harry Potter crossover Russell T. Davies tried to put together during Tennant's time it might just be a bridge too far. Even for Steven Moffat, a writer who works his absolute best in the context of a fairy tale, it's a daunting task.

Surprisingly, the subject is handled just as perfectly as it can be.

"Last Christmas" excels well in horror. Capaldi's run has been somewhat strangely dominated by zombie-like enemies. We had the titular mummy in "Mummy on the Orient Express" and the Boneless from "Flatline" already, and you could conceivable add the corpse Cybermen and the Clockwise Men to the list if you were so inclined. The Sleepers certainly fit that mold, being reminiscent of either the infected from The Last of Us or probably more accurately the Headcrab Zombies from Half-Life.

For all that they've been largely done before they do still bring out an element of real horror. Add in the nightmarish nature of the multilayered dreamscapes that the monsters use to sedate and trap their victims and you've got a pretty creepy little winter's tale.

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Doctor Who: The 3 Most Wibbly-Wobbly Timey-Wimey Moments

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"Blink"
The universe of Doctor Who is nowhere near the vastness of our own real universe, but it's still pretty damned big. Counting all media, the adventures of The Doctor number in multiple thousands.

And just as in real life, sometimes it gives birth to moments of strange happenstance and coincidence that indicate either a brilliant master plan or just the bizarre randomness of creation getting kind of drunk and snarky. There are three instances in the modern series that show this off, and once you see them, you'll never be able to unsee them.

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Doctor Who: Are Weeping Angels Really Time Lords?

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The Weeping Angels remain one of the few significant contributions to The Doctor's rogue's gallery made in the revived series. Since "Blink" they've appeared in four episodes and a handful of short stories and novels. Unlike the Silence or the Ood, though, they remain very mysterious in origin. According to the Tenth Doctor they have been around since the beginning of the universe, and that seems to be the extent of his knowledge regarding them.

The idea that the Angels may somehow be connected to the Time Lords is not new speculation. It's been wondered about since "The End of Time" when Rassilon declared that the two members of the High Council who had voted against his plan to destroy the corporeal universe and ascend to beings of pure consciousness would "stand as monument to their shame, like the Weeping Angels of old". Many fans took this to mean that Rassilon might have special knowledge of the Angels, or perhaps had even created them for the Time War. Likely it was just a throwaway mention for fans, and all it really indicates is that Rassilon, like The Doctor, knows they exist.

There are similarities. Both races are essentially humanoid. Both races have mild telepathic powers and in some form seem to control time. Really, though, aside from Rassilon's line and those few bits of evidence there's not much reason to think the two are otherwise related.

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Doctor Who: 10 Best Doctor Who Christmas Ornaments on Etsy

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The time has come to trim your festive shrub in order to have it shade the baubles and trinkets most desired by your loved ones! Christmahanakwanzika is upon us all, and for Whovians that means two things; First, we've got Peter Capaldi's meeting with Father Christmas later this month, so there's that to look forward to. There's also the trimming of the tree, and if you're looking to show off your Doctor Pride, Etsy has some really outstanding ornaments just for you.

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Doctor Who: Just How Many Masters Are There?

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Series 8 of Doctor Who has come and gone, and with it a new, and female incarnation of longtime nemesis The Master. The insane Time Lord has been a staple villain since Jon Pertwee's run as the Third Doctor, and he has stuck around in various incarnations ever since.

However, unlike The Doctor it's very hard to figure out just where in his regeneration cycle The Master may be. Sure, he was always one to break the rules, but the 12-cycle limit is supposed to be a fairly hard to bust. There's the added problem when you consider that many of his incarnations and resurrections don't resemble anything like the regenerations we've seen from The Doctor.

So how many Masters are there?

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Doctor Who: Prominent Whovians Look Back on Season 8

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Peter Capaldi has finished up his first season as The Doctor, and it's been a season that was particularly divisive among the fandom. Barring John Hurt's appearances in the 50th anniversary special, Capaldi is the oldest man to take on the role in the revived series, and when you add in other drastic changes that happened over the course of the episodes a certain amount of Shaken Fan Syndrome was going to be inevitable.

In the course of reviewing each episode I found much of the writing weak, but applauded Capaldi and Jenna Coleman's abilities to work with what they had. There were some truly terrifying monsters, surprise returns, and amazing twists to go with oft-times poor characterization and plot holes that were bigger on the outside. Here on the other side of the whole thing, I thought I'd reach out to some big names in the Whovian community.

"Perhaps due to reaching an introspective mid-life crisis, the Doctor has spent being fifty gazing at his naval and considering the very nature of his character - and it's been an electrifying journey of discovery!"

That's Stuart Humphryes, better known by his YouTube handles BabelColour. He is one of the Whovians who sometimes does better work with The Doctor than the BBC, especially in terms of colorization. His upcoming mash-up detailing the Time War is highly anticipated.

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Doctor Who: It Wibbles, It Wobbles, But It Doesn't Fall Down

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There are spoilers contained within this review, so be warned.

First off, let it never be said that Steven Moffat is a man who is unafraid to take chances with Doctor Who. Love him, hate him, or just be thoroughly confused by him, he is not afraid of the change that is so very vital to the legacy of the show. He's given The Doctor a wife. He's created a whole new incarnation to help tell the greatest untold story in the mythos. He canonized the Big Finish audio dramas (At least regarding the Eighth Doctor). It would be impossible and ungrateful to not respect that.

However, a big problem with the Moffat era of the show is not what he does but how he does it. Nothing really sums that up better than "Death in Heaven", the season finale to one of the most divisive seasons in the revived show. Was it good? Yes, I'd say it was good. I was moved, but it was also a mess, and a mess that left far too much of the magic behind the curtain on display.

Apparently it's true, and The Master is now The Mistress. Michelle Gomez simply eats every single inch of scenery she dances through. Even Peter Capaldi, no lightweight in the thespian arts, seemed to have difficulty keeping up with mad rhetoric and unabashed evil. There hasn't been a villain so sincerely hammy and happily dastardly since Raul Julia played M. Bison. She is clearly having an obscenely good time, and they even brought back the ridiculous but hilarious tissue compression eliminator. A good bad guy needs a stupid laser just like a good hero needs a magic wand or an enchanted sword.

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