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The Friday Docback Faces 'The Crimson Horror'!! Glen's Spoiler Free Minireview Of This Week's DOCTOR WHO, Season/Series 7 Finale / 50th Anniversary Details, And More!!


Glen here…

 …with a quick, SPOILER FREE review of this week's DOCTOR WHO S7B installment, The Crimson Horror.  To get one possible misconception out of the episode out of the way right off the bat, and because SOMEONE’s likely to say it at some point anyway, let it be known that The Crimson Horror is NOT about a menstrual cycle - although it does feature a a different lady who is severely moody. 

More on TCH below, but first...




Links to last week’s show, in which... 

** Ken and Glen discuss Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS  

** Address recent theories/rumors about that SFX picture of John Hurt from the 50th Anniversary episode shoot.  

DOCTOR WHO 50th Anniversary ep - John Hurt on-set  

Could he be a ‘missing’ Doctor...a ‘banished’ Doctor? we’ve never heard about?  After all, we never pointedly saw the Doctor who regenerated into Eccleston’s variant.  Maybe this was a move to plug the hole left by Eccelston’s apparent non-involvement in the 50th?

** Ken and Glen expand their ongoing Deependers Amy/Rory in the 1930’s  sitcom, with Davros now appearing as the nosey, intrusive, bitchy landord and Adric being cast as the annoying and slippery neighbor.   

** Ken tries to rap while Glen beatboxes - both quite poorly.

** and more!   

...can be found HERE.  


Links to THIS WEEK'S show, featuring The Crimson Horror, Ken & Glen pondering the 50th Anniversary set photos seen below, IRON MAN 3 & it's fucked-up, shoddy international versions, and Glen sending Ken into a nervous breakdown by asserting that TRANSFORMERS isn't a particularly lofty concept when one really thinks about, can be found HERE!  




BBC has announced the new Executive Producer of DOCTOR WHO, stepping in for the outgoing Caroline Skinner.  Brian Minchin has landed the gig...

New DOCTOR WHO EP Brian Minchin

...and will be working alongside Steve Moffat.  He's currently onboard THE GAME, a new Cold War thriller from frequent DOCTOR WHO scipter Toby Whithouse (The God Complex, A Town Called Mercy).

Minchin is no stranger to either DOCTOR WHO or genre work in general; he's previously served as Script Editor on Moffat-era WHO, was a Producer on DW's TORCHWOOD and THE SARAH JANE ADVENTURES spinoffs, as well as producing WIZARDS VS. ALIENS (from previous DOCTOR WHO showrunner Russell T. Davies).  

The seventh Season/Series of DOCTOR WHO concludes in two weeks with an episode called The Name of the Doctor.  Iterations of the show will return later this year to commemorate DW's 50th Anniversary, including a blow-out (feature length?) episode, a TV docudrama exploring DW's fascinating formative years at the BBC, and (presumably) the traditional Christmas Special.  






A Moffaty quote from DOCTOR WHO Magazine...

We've only just finished shooting the actual completed ending – it's ridiculously secret – but it's quite a thing, hopefully. There's often an element of throwing in some lovely names, and then figuring it out later, but I've always had a sort of plan for the Doctor and Trenzalore. Things will be resolved. Things I've left hanging in plain sight – and sometimes not in plain sight – will be tied up...


Meanwhile, viaDoctorWhoTV, here are a few more tidbits from the S7 finale [also gleaned from DOCTOR WHO Magazine]... 

** A line from the Doctor:  “The path I carved through time and space, from Gallifrey to Trenzalore. My own personal time tunnel, leading back to every moment I ever lived. Every step, every tear, every kiss. Even the days I haven’t lived yet. Which is why I shouldn’t be here. The paradoxes… very bad…” 

**  Richard E Grant is back as Dr Simeon (“Hello again,” says the Doctor. “How’s the Intelligence – still Great?”) 

**  Will we, at last, learn the true identity of Clara Oswald, the impossible girl? Spoiler: yes! 


Interesting set photos/video from the shoot of the 50th Anniversary episode [via DoctorWHoTV ]...

DOCTOR WHO 50th Anniversary filming

DOCTOR WHO 50th Anniversary filming






DOCTOR WHO S7 - The Crimson Horror poster

Those who’ve previously expressed interest in a DOCTOR WHO spin-off series featuring Madame Vastra (Neve McIntosh), Jenny (Catrin Stewart) and Strax (Dan Starkey) won’t exactly find as much this weekend, but Crimson Horror may well prove next best thing.   The diverse and dynamic trio are featured more prominently (and integrated more fully) here than ever before - resulting in a tale which remains distinctly WHOverse, while also sporting a unique vibe.  

DOCTOR WHO - The Crimson Horror - Clara

The very structure of scripter Mark Gatiss (Cold War, Night Terrors)’s narrative shakes up the established WHO formula a bit, and director Saul Metzstein (Dinosaurs on a Spaceship, A Town Called Mercy, The Snowmen) brings to bear no small portion of his trademark visual flare.  Resulting in slick and brisk business which feels wonderfully balanced and organic, despite its unusual trappings.   

Dame Diana Rigg appears as the charismatic and imbalanced Mrs. Gillyflower (I’m not revealing a spoiler here - that she’s whacked becomes self-evident very quickly) - Rigg seems to become increasingly invested in her role  as the episode progresses, making me wonder if...perhaps...her part were shot more or less in sequence, rather than out-of-order (a  more customary tendency).  Her real-life daughter Rachael Stirling (SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN and SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN) - playing her on-screen daughter here - imbues her Ada character, which could easily have been melodramatic or over-the-top, with a sense of often heart-wrenching pathos. 

DOCTOR WHO - The Crimson Horror - Rachel Stirling

Pay close attention to the nuances of her may well find yourself moved by the powerful subtleties she brings to the equation.   

Strax is not quite as ‘funny’ here as he is when scripted by Steven Moffatt.  No disrespect intended towards Mister Gatiss at all - I’ve enjoyed both of his episodes this Season/Series quite a bit - I merely tend to engage with Moffat’s sense of humor a tad more than Gatiss’.  This said, Crimson offers is one priceless moment between Strax and a horse which is likely to instantly assume a lofty position in the Strax Hall of Greatness.  

A great deal of fast-paced fun sporting a few surprisingly edgy moments, DOCTOR WHO: The Crimson Horror transmits this Saturday May 4 on BBC America, BBC One, and Space.  





Glen Oliver


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