Review: Doctor Who S9
Released by BBC on 19 September 2015
Genres: Science Fiction
Pages: 45 minutes each
Source: Seen on TV
Cast: Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Michelle Gomez, Maisie Williams, Jemma Redgrave, Ingrid Oliver, Jiovan Wade, Nicholas Briggs.
The Doctor, over 2,000 years old, travels through time and space in a blue police box and is rarely seen without his companions. This revived series of Doctor Who began airing in March of 2005, 42 years after the original series debuted, in 1963. The original series ran until 1989, and was followed by a 1996 TV movie.
Warning: If you’re still not up to date with Doctor Who, don’t read this review because I’ll be talking about some spoiler-y things!
In September, series 9 of ‘New’ Doctor Who started airing. It starred Peter Capaldi as the Doctor for a second season, and Jenna Coleman as Clara Oswald for a third and final season. I was a bit sad to see Jenna go, because I really liked her, a lot more in series 8 than I did in 7; but of course, I knew that she couldn’t stay on the show forever.
Series 9 saw the return of a couple of great characters from the previous series, it had new characters; old and new monsters and lots and lots of great action. We saw the return of Osgood, who works for Unit but got killed by Missy in the previous series finale; but what we had all forgotten was that there were two Osgoods! (50th Anniversay episode anyone?); so she came back, and of course Kate Stewart came back too. Rigsy, who was Clara’s companion in Flatline, came back too in the most heartbreaking episode this season (Face the Raven… *sad sigh*).
One of my favourite new characters is Ashildr. Though I also don’t like her that much View Spoiler »Because she was indirectly responsible for Clara’s death. Yeah Clara said it was her choice, her own fault, and that the Doctor shouldn’t take revenge on Ashildr for doing the whole countdown tattoo thing in the first place, like the Doctor I do kind of blame her a bit « Hide Spoiler, but she grew on me. Her first episode was really nice, her second was a bit meh (I had liked the viking setting so much, and then it was suddenly all gone :C), but the other two she was in were both strong episodes and I really liked her character in there. So yeah – I like and dislike Ashildr.
Personally, I think this was one of Doctor Who’s best series, I honestly loved the entire season. Some episodes weren’t that amazing, but most of it was. The only thing that I really did not like were the amount of two-parters.
Usually, a season would have one or two two-parters each season (usually the finale would be two episodes); but this season had them all. There were twelve episodes, and out of those only one (!!) was a separate story. The other eleven were all two-parters and the last three episodes were actually linked which technically made it a three-parter. As much as I’d love longer episodes, I honestly didn’t enjoy having all these two-parters, because it meant having to wait even longer for the conclusion. I hate it when a book or movie or episode ends on a cliffhanger already, but imagine having a cliffhanger every other episode?! Gods no.
I really hope that next series will have less two-parters, maybe just the finale again, which is always good (as much as I still hate cliffhangers). Yes, the fact that these were all two-parters did make the episodes better, because sometimes I wasn’t really a fan of the first episode, but the second would be much better. There was only one time, with The Girl Who Died and The Woman Who Lived that I didn’t like the second episode that much, but that was only once, luckily.
Really, if you have not seen this series, DO NOT READ ON. I MEAN IT. DON’T DO IT.
This series was Jenna Coleman’s last, and honestly I had been preparing myself for her departure, because nine out of ten (or should I say four out of five? ;)) times it’s going to be sad. And GODS it was sad! I had read somewhere on the internet that Face the Raven (ep 10) would be her last episode already, and I honestly hadn’t expected it so soon. Yes it was the episode before the finale two-parter, but I had hoped for her to at least stick around for that. But alas, I think ten minutes before the episode ended I realised the internet had been right.View Spoiler »After watching her death (and the unnecessary slow-motion replay of her screaming (luckily without sound, that would have killed me tbh)) I felt numb. Honestly Clara wasn’t even my favourite companion, but I felt like her departure was much sadder than the previous ones. Because they all lived. Rose got trapped in a parallel universe, yes, but she lived. Martha just left – she’s the only one who did not have a sad departure in my opinion – and lived. Donna got her memories of the Doctor erased, but she lived. Amy and Rory got sent back in time, but they lived – and they had each other. Clara died.
I didn’t hate it, honestly, I did not hate it at all (Because she did actually return in the finale, even though technically she will have to go back to Gallifrey eventually to die again, she has a TARDIS and she has all the time in the world). But afterwards I just had to cuddle my cats for a while because I just felt a bit depressed. « Hide Spoiler
And you can breathe again, the biggest spoiler bit is over!
So in the end, series 9 of Doctor Who was one of the best series since it’s revival in 2005. I honestly love every series, but some are just a bit better, and this one definitely belongs in that list of the better series of Doctor Who!
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