Doctor Who 43.6 Flux Chapter Six: The Vanquishers

Finale of Flux.
This came on December 5 2021.
Like the Flux opener The Halloween Apocalpyse on October 31 and Village of the Angels on November 21 its broadcast calendar date plays its part in the episode itself.
Through a doorway, Yaz, Dan, Jericho and Williamson found themselves on December 5 2021 and meet Kate Stewart!
Due to a device from Division, the Doctor gets to be in three places at once and what a delight seeing three Jodies.
This includes her finally meeting Kate.
So funny seeing the Sontaran at a corner shop eating chocolate and gets caught at it by the Doctor, Yaz and Dan.
The Sontarans offered an alliance with the Daleks and Cybermen but that turned out to be a trick, as sacrifice to slow the Flux, and they sure flew into that one.
The Doctor and Jericho reunites with Claire and to recruit her on a mission on the Sontaran ship.
Ultimately Claire got off this ship but Jericho wasn’t so lucky as it was very sad as he was still there when it exploded.
The Sontarans, Grand Serpent, Azure and Swarm are dealt with and the Doctor sees Time in her (the Doctor’s) form.
Time in the form of the Doctor gave the Doctor a horrifying warning that the end is coming for her and reunified her three selves back together.
Vinder and Bel got reunited and decide to travel together with Karvinista. That looks fun.
In the final scene in the TARDIS it was saddening seeing the tear in the Doctor’s eye as she decides to put the fob watch with her lost memories in the TARDIS interior and telling the TARDIS to hide it until she asked for it.
The Next Time trailer to the New Year’s Day Special revealed that the Daleks are in it.
The Daleks are in a New Year’s Day Special (again!).
It was only afterwards I found out online that the New Year’s Day Special is called Eve of the Daleks.


Matthew See
Spocksoc Vice President

Doctor Who: The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe tenth anniversary

December 6 2021 marks ten years since the release of the Prequel to The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfJkFtqYQ3Q&t=24s

This has the Doctor on a spaceship that is about to destroy the Earth.
He makes a call to Amy in the TARDIS whilst he has his hand on a red button when released will blow up the ship and therefore will save Earth.
However the Doctor will get blown up with it.
He therefore calls Amy on the TARDIS phone but soon realises that there are three problems to this, the first is that she can’t fly the TARDIS, second, he doesn’t have the coordinates for him to be picked up on and last Amy is not even in the TARDIS as she left quite a while ago.

He therefore admits he just want to have a chat as he says “Merry Christmas, Amelia”,

The Doctor releases the button and with the view from the outside, the ship explodes.

To be picked up in The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe on Christmas Day 2011.

Matthew See

Spocksoc Vice President

Helen McCrory has passed away

Helen McCrory has passed away.
Born on August 17 1968, McCrory appeared in the 2010 Doctor Who episode The Vampires of Venice playing Rosanna Calvierri.
The Vampires of Venice featured my beloved Karen Gillan as companion Amy Pond and McCrory later reunited with Karen in the 2012 TV movie We’ll Take Manhattan.
The Vampires of Venice came four episodes before Vincent and the Doctor with Vincent being Vincent van Gogh.
McClory herself would come across the subject of van Gogh in the animated movie Loving Vincent (2017).
Other work included Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles, The Count of Monte Cristo, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking, Casanova, The Queen, Life, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, The Special Relationship, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and 2, Hugo, Skyfall, Inside No. 9, Penny Dreadful, Their Finest, Quiz, Roadkill & His Dark Materials.
She died on April 16 2021, four months before her 53rd birthday.


Matthew See
Spocksoc Vice President

Doctor Who 43.5 Flux Chapter Five: Survivors of the Flux

Doctor Who 43.5 Flux Chapter Five: Survivors of the Flux:
Penultimate chapter of Flux.
Yaz, Dan and Jericho are in 1904, three years since they were sent back in time to 1901.
They made their entrance in Mexico where they came down on a place by a rope.
Yaz came down smoothly while Dan had a crashing drop. Reminds me of a similar drop by Strax when the Paternoster Gang made their entrance to help out the Twelfth Doctor and Clara in Deep Breath.
When we first see Farquhar and Prentis (an identity adopted by the Grand Serpent) in 1958 and they were talking about a new taskforce that just got established.
It was soon confirmed but I immediately knew that this taskforce is UNIT.
It conveniently avoided addressing what UNIT stood for as it depends whether events takes place in the 20th or 21st century.
The next we see Farquhar and Prentis was in 1967 at UNIT HQ.
We briefly hear the voice of a corporal. I didn’t have a good listen to this voice so I was surprised to read afterwards that this was the late Nicholas Courtney as Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart with the audio clip coming from the 1971 story Terror of the Autons.
Farquhar said that Corporal Lethbridge-Stewart was brought in after missing the whole thing at the Post Office Tower and that is a reference to the 1966 story The War Machines.
The War Machines is a story that came before The Invasion, the story that introduced UNIT but The Invasion established it as a pre-existing organisation.
Surprised on seeing the TARDIS in UNIT HQ as she was left abandoned at that village.
Farquhar sure met his demise when he scanned Prentis which showed that he is not human.
The manner of Prentis killing his victims as demonstrated first with Farquhar with him expiring as a serpent comes out of its mouth.
This serpent then absorbs itself on Prentis.
Funny in 1904 when Yaz, Dan and Jericho met with the hermit in Nepal the message he gives them is “Fetch your dog.”
Yaz and Dan immediately knew the dog is in reference to Karvanista.
They sent a message to Karvanista by painting a big message at the Great Wall of China, a message that Karvanista does indeed received.
The Great Wall of China was previously seen in Doctor Who in the 1964 story Marco Polo.
More recently it was referenced in Knock, Knock in 2017.
The manner of Yaz, Dan and Jericho delivering their message to Karvanista is not dissimilar to Amy and Rory delivering their message to the Doctor in a cornfield in Let’s Kill Hitler.
In 1988 Prentis meets a man called Millington about succeeding him as the chair of UNIT’s oversight committee.
Millington saying that Prentis will get that job over his dead body.
I knew at that moment Millington truly asking for that as Prentis soon kills Millington afterwards and gets that job.
Yaz, Dan and Jericho had been travelling on a ship and what a surprise when Joseph Williamson all of a sudden turned up to meet them.
Ultimately they meet up with Williamson at the tunnels in Liverpool.
Knew before hand thanks to the trailer to this that Kate was going to be here and it was of her meeting with Prentis.
Kate tells Prentis that she knows there is something off with him and the beginning of this exchange established the moment when UNIT’s operations got suspended.
The suspension had been revealed before in the 2019 New Year’s Day Special Resolution also written by Chibnall.
After this meeting, Kate barely escaped with her life when a bomb exploded her house.
Osgood gets a mention as Kate tells her by phone that she has to go dark.
Things are coming together with Karvanista meeting Bel while Vinder meets Diane.
Meanwhile we first see the Doctor in a field of Angels and soon brought into the Division to meet that woman.
What a surprise the woman is revealed to be Tectuan, the explorer who found the Doctor as a child.
Sensed that Tectuan was going to meet her demise the moment Swarm and Azure came in.
Exciting closing moments showing the alliance between the Grand Serpent and the Sontarans with the latter making their attacks and the cliffhanger marked with the Doctor on the brink of meeting her own demise.

Matthew See

Spocksoc Vice President

Frances Barber, Christian Coulson and Jemima Rooper in Love In A Cold Climate

Saw the 2001 mini-series of Love In A Cold Climate with Frances Barber.
Here Barber says the word sweetie and that very word is what Amy says to her as Madame Kovarian just before she killed her in The Wedding of River Song.
This version of Love In A Cold Climate also featured two actors who got to be one-off companions for Big Finish that of Christian Coulson and Jemima Rooper.


Matthew See
Spocksoc Vice President

Doctor Who = Captain Planet

Captain Planet 6.5 is A Good Bomb Is Hard to Find.
Although NuWho’s own 6.5 is The Rebel Flesh, this Captain Planet episode has similarities with a couple of other NuWho season 6 episodes.
A Good Bomb Is Hard to Find looks kind of similar in name to NuWho 6.7 A Good Man Goes to War.
The Captain Planet episode has a German dictator who is greatly implied to be Adolf Hitler while NuWho 6.8 Let’s Kill Hitler explicitly has Hitler albeit briefly.

Matthew See

Spocksoc Vice President

Bernard Cribbins is Dangerous Davies

Bernard Cribbins is Dangerous Davies: The Last Detective:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIhr5lfvgss


Peter Davison would later play the same character in The Last Detective TV series (2003-07) with its first episode being the same story with the 1981 TV movie.
The character played by Joss Ackland in the 1981 TV movie would later be played by David Troughton in the Davison episode.
In a curio the 1981 TV movie has a brief appearance by Colin Baker and this was even before he was Maxil in Arc of Infinity.
Just as Cribbins appeared with Peter Cushing as a different version of the Hartnell Doctor in Daleks Invasion Earth AD, the 1981 Dangerous Davies features two people who were in Hartnell Doctor Who stories that of Eric Francis (The Sensorites) and Frank Jarvis (The War Machines).
Also featuring Pam St Clement and Frank Windsor.
St Clement is a Eastenders actress and she later played her Eastenders character in Dimensions In Time also with Baker as the Sixth Doctor.
Windsor later appeared in Doctor Who twice, the first of which was in The King’s Demons, five stories after Baker was Maxil in Arc of Infinity.

Matthew See

Spocksoc Vice President

TV WEEK feature on Doctor Who: Flux

TV WEEK of November 20-26 2021 has a feature on Doctor Who: Flux with the headline Twisting Time – Doctor Who Returns For A Very Different Adventure.
This has a picture of Mandip Gill as Yaz and John Bishop as Dan and a picture of Jodie as the Doctor.
The caption for the Yaz-Dan picture asked the question due to the looks on their faces, “Why are Yaz and Dan (John Bishop) so worried?”
For the Jodie picture the caption simply states that this is her third and last as the Doctor.
With production on Jodie’s final season coming in the midst of COVID, the piece states that showrunner Chris Chibnall had two choices that of “little episodes in one room, with no monsters…or do the biggest story we’ve ever done.”
Chibnall went for the “biggest story” option and the piece states for only the third time in Doctor Who’s 58-year history (presumably in reference to after the Key To Time and The Trial of a Time Lord seasons).in which the season became one continuous tale.
This has an interview with Mandip Gill in which she tells TV WEEK:
“This is one epic story with six thrilling chapters inside it.
It’ll be like one really long film.”
Mandip says that the longer format will provide a chance for the relationships between Yaz, The Doctor and others to develop.
She explains:
“The great thing about this series is we’re able to delve into emotions and characters further, because we don’t have to say goodbye to people at the end of the episode.
Yaz [for example] develops a really lovely relationship with Jacob Anderson’s character Vinder and we’re able to explore that over several episodes.”
The piece states that this format also gives Mandip a chance to expand on Yaz who quickly became one of the series most popular characters because she approached her adventures with The Doctor the way any normal person would: cautiously.
However TV WEEK says that Mandip hints the time for caution may be over, with a clue that she might be taking a bigger role in things this Doctor is heading to her end.
Mandip:
“In this series, there are times when Yaz knows a little bit more [than she once would have], so she’s able to be a bit more bossier.”

Matthew See

Spocksoc Vice President

Doctor Who 43.4 Flux Chapter Four: Village of the Angels

Antepenultimate chapter of Flux.
This is the only episode of Flux in which it is co-written alongside showrunner Chris Chibnall and that co-writer is Maxine Alderton.
Playing Professor Jericho is Kevin McNally.
McNally had been in Doctor Who before during the classic run in Colin Baker’s full debut as the Sixth Doctor, The Twin Dilemma in which he played Hugo Lang.
McNally’s non-Who work included playing Jenna Coleman’s father in the 2012 mini-series Room at the Top.
The Twin Dilemma is the story that came after The Caves of Androzani which guest starred Robert Glenister.
Like McNally, Glenister too later returned to Doctor Who during the Jodie era as he played Thomas Edison in Nikola Tesla’s Night of Terror.
Another thing that Glenister has in common with McNally is that he too played father to a NuWho companion actor in Glenister’s case it was to Karen Gillan in We’ll Take Manhattan which like the aforementioned Room at the Top came in 2012.
In addition to this McNally is married to Phyllis Logan and she too was in a Jodie episode as she was Andinio in The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos.
Small world isn’t it.
Village of the Angels has another guest star who had been in classic Who that of Vincent Brimble (Gerald).
For classic Who, Brimble had been Tarpok in Warriors of the Deep.
Village of the Angels has two guest stars who had been on Big Finish Doctor Who but not in the TV series before that of Jemma Churchill (Jean) and Blake Harrison (Namaca).
Professor Jericho states the date as November 21 1967, exactly 54 years before the broadcast of this episode.
After appearing briefly in The Halloween Apocalpyse, Claire is back, this time more substantially.
Here she is in an experiment conducted by Jericho.
Surprised when Claire, being in 1967, says that she was born on May 13 1985 before changing her birth year to 1935.
Shocking to see Claire briefly with Angel wings and then have Angel dust in her eyes, the latter reminding me of the same happening to Amy in The Time of Angels.
Just after arriving in the titular village the Doctor gets separated from Yaz and Dan with the Doctor meeting with Jericho and Claire while Yaz and Dan went to look for Peggy a child who recently gone missing.
During this search Yaz and Dan encounter an Angel which send them to 1901 where they found Peggy.
Quite a shock that the village in 1901 is surrounded by space!
At Jericho’s house, Claire had drawn a picture of an Angel and the image of an Angel becomes an Angel.
The Doctor set fire to this picture but that resulted in a fiery Angel and that looks more terrifying.
Claire has been inhabited by an Angel and ultimately this sees the Doctor having a talk with this Angel with a vision of them at a beach which is an intriguing sight to looked at.
What a revelation from Angel Claire about the extraction squad from the Divison!
Joining Yaz, Dan and Peggy in 1901 briefly thanks to the Angels were Peggy’s great-uncle and great-niece, the latter being the said Jean, who were also Peggy’s guardians but they met their demise when they touched an Angel.
I am pretty sure that this is the first time which shows what happens when an Angel is touched and a very shocking sight at that.
What a sight of the polygraph drawing an Angel.
When Yaz, Dan and Peggy saw Mrs Hayward on the other side of the barrier it did not take me long to figure that Mrs Hayward is Peggy herself, 66 years older.
In making her way out of Jericho’s house, what a shocking sight of the Doctor being surrounded by an army of Angels.
The Doctor has been recalled to the Division and what a big shocker seeing the Doctor transformed into an Angel! (I admit that I immediately saw in my mind the merchandise for the Doctor Angel.)
This marked the cliffhanger except the end credits gets interrupted by a mid-credit scene, the first time this has happened in Doctor Who, something I definitely wasn’t expecting.
The mid-credit scene has Vinder searching for Bel and follows on from Bel searching for Vinder in the main body of the episode.
The trailer for the next chapter Survivors of the Flux has a couple of surprises that of an Ood and Kate Stewart!


Matthew See
Spocksoc Vice President

Karen Gillan in New Town Killers

Saw my beloved Karen in her first film role in New Town Killers (2008) although she was there for a single scene.
New Town Killers was released in the same year that Karen made her Doctor Who debut albeit as the Soothsayer in The Fires of Pompeii.
Coincidentally New Town Killers has Liz White and Dougray Scott as the villain and both would later be in Doctor Who but narrowly after my wife Karen’s time as Amy had ended with White in The Snowmen and Scott in Hide.
Other cast members of New Town Killers include Alastair Mackenzie and Shelley Conn.
For the crew credits I noticed a familiar name in second assistant director Derek Ritchie
Ritchie went on to become producer of Doctor Who and Class.
Ritchie was Doctor Who producer for Peter Capaldi’s second season as the Doctor and before that he was script editor which began with The Time of the Doctor in which Capaldi appeared briefly at the end as the newly regenerated Twelfth Doctor.
Also during this last scene of The Time of the Doctor is Karen’s cameo as Amy.


Matthew See
Spocksoc Vice President