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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Daniel Skorka via The High Council of Timelords
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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Doctor Who: The Doctor and I Explain School Shootings to a Five-Year-Old

Late last Thursday afternoon, I picked up my daughter from elementary school and went through her homework folder like I always do. This is where the school puts important notices for parents, and there happened to be one on that day.

It read, "Dear parents. Tomorrow we will be conducting intruder drills at the school. Please inform your child how important this is."

I'm sure everyone is dutifully horrified by the concept of a person wandering into an elementary school armed with guns and evil intent. That said, the ever-increasing number of shootings that have populated the news in recent years has had me especially worried. It's extra hard to watch coverage of Sandy Hook knowing that your daughter would be entering school from the relative safety of day care in less than a year.

But preparation always increases your chance for survival, so prepare the kid we must. My wife and I sat down with her to try and draw her attention away from Peppa Pig long enough to try and save her life.

We started pretty softly at first. We said that sometimes people came to schools wanting to hurt children, and that tomorrow the school was going to teach her and her friends what to do if that happened. I can honestly say it was not my best moment as a parent because who the hell prepares for the day they have to give a rousing speech on survival in an active shooter situation to three feet of blond curls and Hello Kitty dresses? We're still teaching her to draw her Ps the right way around, and she is apparently supposed to know how to hide from maniacs on the same learning curve.

So I tried this.

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Doctor Who: "Dark Water" Is a Little Late on the Game

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Let's start off with something that may disappoint you, dear readers. I have nothing to say at this time about the revelation of Missy's identity and what it means to the show at large. There's still another episode for this all to resolve and I'm not entirely convinced that everything has been said on the subject that will be said. Until "Death in Heaven" airs next week all bets are still off on Missy.

What can be said is that the failure of the show to properly follow Big Bad format this season has really robbed an all-around brilliant episode of the acclaim that it truly does deserve. "Dark Water" was amazing, but in many ways it was too little too late.

Let's start with what's great. Clara experiences a personal tragedy that leads to one of tensest stand-offs between The Doctor and a companion ever seen in any medium, It was Shakespearean in scope, emotionally damaging, and The Doctor's ultimate forgiveness for Clara's betrayal is very moving.

Next we come to the Nethersphere, where our Big Bad Missy rules. Michelle Gomez is probably the best essentially human villain The Doctor has faced besides Richard E. Grant as the Great Intelligence's Simeon form. She is both utterly mad and completely captivating. She switches gears between menace and comedy so fast that you'd think she was Loki in one of his gender-switch moments. She's also completely one step ahead of The Doctor from beginning to end, and that seems to happen so rarely these days.

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Doctor Who: Can't See the Forest for the Trees

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"That was bloody terrible."

My Facebook app was blowing up with variations on that sentiment from my Whovian friends across the Atlantic on Saturday afternoon. It's not the sort of thing that you necessarily want to read knowing that you'll get your own chance to witness it later that evening. That's the reason I went into "In the Forest of the Night" expecting the worst.

It wasn't that bad, but it wasn't good either.

I'm a huge fan of The Doctor anytime he interacts with children. In my opinion all the best episodes involve them, from "The Empty Child" to the beginning of "The Girl in the Fireplace" to "A Christmas Carol". "Fear Her" is the only exception, and that is largely because Chloe spends almost the whole episode not acting like a child at all.

In fact, you could largely say that "In the Forest of the Night" is basically a sub-standard retelling of one of the greatest child-centric adventures, "The Doctor, The Widow, and the Wardrobe." They both have children wandering into an unexpected world, both feature trees that appear malevolent but are more than they seem, and both deal in the return of a lost loved presumed dead forever.

The difference is that most of "In the Forest of the Night" is just ridiculous. The sudden explosion of tree growth overnight representing some kind of sinister possible menace isn't a bad premise, really, but it's taken to heights of scope that are hard to swallow. We see, time and time again, this image of the Earth covered completely in green, including the oceans. Granted, that could be algae, which is actually responsible for most of the oxygen on Earth and therefore to the rather contrived method of defeating the real threat, but it's still a big "Oh come on!" moment.

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Doctor Who: The 8 Best Missy Theories

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Series 8 (Season 34) of Doctor Who is drawing to a close and with it we are presumably edging closer to the revelation regarding the identity of Missy, presumably the season's final boss battle. She's appeared here and there mysteriously, always related to welcoming deceased characters into a new area, or as part of something called The Promised Land.

While I cringe at how badly Doctor Who handles the concept of Big Badding usually, I'll admit to being as intrigued as anyone. So today I've gathered the best theories regarding Missy from around the internet.

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Doctor Who: Picture Perfect

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There are writer's names that echo down through the ages of Doctor Who. There's Terry Nation, of course, and Ian Stuart Black. There was Robert Holmes and the one and only Douglas Adams. In the modern era Steven Moffat hit pay dirt so deep at times only Neil Gaiman could top him, Now I think we've added another to the roster. Jamie Mathieson is the best thing to happen to Doctor Who scripts in years.

"Flatline" was a brilliant outing. Utterly gripping, horrifying, and philosophically devastating. Almost totally without fault, it was the highlight of Series 8 and weirdly, Peter Capaldi's finest moment despite being largely out of the action for the most part.

The Doctor and Clara land back in present day Earth, but not quite where they meant to. Upon landing, they discovery that the Tardis is having its dimensions shunted off by an unseen force. What's left is a battle between the denizens of the three-dimensional universe (That's us) and The Boneless (That's the terrifying monsters who embody the worst of ghosts and zombies all at once).

There is nothing cuter than a Tiny Tardis with full-sized Doctor trapped inside. The Adipose, maybe, but watching Capaldi stick his hand through the doors and try to drag the old girl along like Thing from The Addams Family is corny and silly and exciting and wonderful all at the same time. Capaldi has a real gift for making the ridiculous look suave, a far cry from Matt Smith who often brooded on his lack of cool. Calpaldi, by contrast, never says anything is cool because it never for a second occurs to him to wonder what is and is not.

The Boneless are a truly terrifying monster, and the saddest thing is how far both Clara and The Doctor go to give them the benefit of the doubt. I don't think I've ever seen any Doctor or companion go to these lengths to try and hope for the best even as everything dies around them and people are yanked into nothingness like that freakin' hand monster from The Legend of Zelda.

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